Gentleman Jim

Gentleman Jim is Clarence Roy Williams, my Pop. Jim was laid to rest in his final resting place 20.10.03 at a grand 91 years of age.

He was a highly respected bush man, a strong hard working man, tough as an old mallee bull and just as stubborn at times. He came to be known as Gentleman Jim. His wife Evelyn was always beside him with their family of nine children in rugged Outback country, in remote areas of Australia where he worked as a fencing contractor. He then took his position on the Australian Dog Board to maintain and repair his allocated 200 miles of dingo fence over long red sand hills, across wide open clay pans in temperatures that reached up to an unbearable 50 degrees . The Dingo fence in Australia runs from the Cliffs of the Great Australian Bite, 5500kms to a gate near Jimbour in South East QLD. It was built to keep wild dogs (dingoes) out of NSW away from sheep. Pop was also a professional rabbit and roo shooter and a soldier in Darwin in the 2nd World War. His greatest hobby was the growing, maintaining, catching and eating of the famous Australian Yabbie. (fresh water crayfish). I spent every opportunity I could with my pop and his family. These were some of the most cherished parts of my young life...

Thanks Pop!



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Gentleman Jim
Lyrics and Music by Rod Esam

Old mate I’d like to thank you for the good times on the land
My younger child hood memories, the biggest part you played a hand
Teaching what you thought was right or wrong each night around the fire
You had your kids, lost your love, in 90 years of life.

Chorus:
Old man you’ve served your country well and sound
Men like you were hard to come by, when the chips were down
Born in the land of Southern sun
Through war and depression times you’ve come

You have achieved much more than some people like to say
To raise nine healthy children and send them on their way
You’ve seen a lot of life old friend in the Outback you call home
Your love for it burns deep in us where ever we may roam.

Chorus:
Old man you’ve served your country well and sound
Men like you were hard to come by, when the chips were down
Born in the land of Southern sun
Through war and depression times you’ve come

Your daughter is my mother and I have three children of my own
We are proud, strong and thankfull, we are the seeds you’ve sown
From the dingo fence to yabbie tanks you salted on the plains
Even when you say goodbye in my heart you’ll still remain.

Chorus:
Old man you’ve served your country well and sound
Men like you were hard to come by, when the chips were down
Born in the land of Southern sun
Through war and depression times you’ve come


Rod and his grandfather, Gentleman Jim    Gentleman Jim and his beloved wife


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