ToodyaYesterday essay: Vale Gaven John Donegan (1941-2013)

Vale: Gaven John Donegan (1941-2013), compiled by Robyn Taylor.

Extract from Duidgeeana, the newsletter of the Toodyay Historical Society (Inc.), Issue No. 32, Spring 2013, pp. 7-10.

Photo caption: Gaven Donegan on Australia Day, Duidgee Park, Toodyay, 2009 (photo by Beth Frayne)

From the essay: “Everyone who knew Gaven heard at least one or two, or several, of his famous stories. He had plenty to tell about his life in Toodyay and growing up on the Avon River, and for many years we discussed the importance of getting these ‘down on tape’. Gaven agreed. ‘Yeah, one day we could do that – I have plenty I could tell you. And [with a twinkle in his eye] ones that maybe I shouldn’t!’ This year Gaven and Christeen were going on an extended holiday to the North-West so the planned interview was put on hold. This is a salutary lesson for oral historians! 

Gaven hadn’t been well for some years, but he never complained and somehow it was unthinkable that he wouldn’t always be around. For many who knew Gaven he ‘was Toodyay’. He was a member of our Historical Society (and many others organisations in town), and of course our headquarters ‘Donegan’s Cottage’ is linked to the wider Donegan family tree with all its roots and branches.”

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