birding-aus Thanks to Gamblin John

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Subject: birding-aus Thanks to Gamblin John
From: "Philip A Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 1999 15:13:26 +1100
Hello All,
His writings on this line are all I know of John Gamblin. I have often thought and sometimes written that he is one weird character and I may actually be right. I am pleased to acknowledge that behind this is someone who in strange manner is also making a contribution. Somehow or other I managed to come up with whatever answer he was seeking in one of his quizzes (I don't recall which). The prize was to be a t shirt, I certainly was not expecting anything. Well it seems t shirts ran out; I received: A very nicely written certificate, a baseball style cap embroidered "Mornington Peninsula Shire" (not really my style), a quite nicely done pocket book on Mornington Peninsula birds, 2 pens & 2 pencils (wrapped in gladwrap), some RAOU publicity material (that I already had). More importantly, there was a copy of the Western Port Trader (obviously a local newspaper) of 5 October 1999. This had a front page story with the headline "Bird man throws a festival" and photograph of John, featuring the three day bird related festival, mainly for children, at Hastings Hall. The postage alone (minus the cost of the 'post pak', and items inside), was $3.40. Fairly generous. It takes a lot of work to put together an event like this and it can only be good to try and encourage an interest in children in our birds. I have managed to be the "page three girl" in The Canberra Times once relating to promoting the Garden Bird Survey. John's style may be quite different but that is OK and I think he has done well to create a fair bit of good local publicity especially among children..
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