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Farewell Bert Brooker
17/4/1911 - 21/11/2002

Bert was the fourth son in the family of seven of William and Florence Brooker of Teutoburg (now Witta).  He is believed to be the Arnotts Biscuits' Baby of the Year in 1911. William and Florence originally had two settlement blocks at Curramore but sold that to be contract share-farmers on Joe Cooke's farm (now Mal Thompson's).

Bert and his brothers and sister attended Witta School until year 5 and then worked on the farm milking and other duties.  I believe they were milking about 100 head by hand.  Bert stayed there until he went to work for his brother Arthur as a truck driver and later with Tesch's Sawmill carting timber to and from the mill.

Social life at that time was all sport, cricket, football, tennis, and Saturday night dances.

When WW11 broke out, Bert and his mates joined up and were sent to different units.   Bert wound up in the 2/2nd Machine Gun Battalion and saw service in the Middle East, particularly Battle of El Alemein, and later in Brunei and Borneo.

After the war, he returned to Maleny and Tesch's Sawmill.  He married Daphne Russell, a local hairdresser, and had a son, Chris.  Bert bought the local soft drink business supplying soft drinks to hotels and cafes from Kenilworth to Beerwah.  He also purchased the Witta cream/ school/mail run.  The one truck was used to carry the cream and later milk, and the children, just a different configuration of seating in the back.  Bert sold that and after a while bought the Wootha milk run.  He also established the Amoco Fuel Agency and operated a fertilizer depot.  The latter were sold to son Chris in 1976.

Bert was an active member of the local RSL Sub Branch, holding the Presidency for many years and had been appointed a Life Member of the RSL.  He was also a Charter member of Rotary Club of Maleny, Past President of Maleny Bowls Club, Foundation member Probus Club of Maleny and had been involved with Neighborhood Watch, Meals on Wheels and an Information Service Volunteer.

Bert married Anne in 1990. He leaves a son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Jocelyn Brooker; granddaughters, Joanne, Susan and Katie and great granddaughters, Stephanie, Anthea and Carmen.

He was a gentleman, friend of many and will be missed by his family and friends.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.