Vale John Gamblin

To: Bill Stent <>
Subject: Vale John Gamblin
From: John Harris <>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:16:17 +0000
from one "mad bugger" to another, may you Rest In Peace.

I, like Bill, Rusty-lubs, Unca Tones, Ruth, Paul and Kaz got to know John
through his Birding-Aus posts that were as Bill put it, hilarious and
sometimes baffling.

Penn Gwynne will miss you....!!!

Cheerio mate, look after the Magpies up there. :'(


John Harris BASc, GDipEd
Director - Wildlife Experiences PL
Principal Ecologist/Zoologist
Croydon, Victoria
0409 090 955
On 16/02/2016 6:40 PM, "Bill Stent" <> wrote:

> This morning our friend John Gamblin passed away, after a lengthy illness.
> I first emailed John after having read one of his typically off-beat posts
> to Birding-Aus.
> The conversation lasted 15 years.
> Like many of us, I can say I've never met anyone who had such a different
> on-email and in-person demeanour.  Receiving emails from John was equal
> parts hilarious and baffling. In person, John was thoughtful, lucid and
> caring, but always with a Goon Show-esque sense of humour.
> The moderation team were lucky enough to spend Australia Day with John,
> who shouted us the entire barbecue. He was at that stage in palliative
> care, and was in fine form.  He was just as chirpy on Saturday when I last
> saw him. He was chuckling cheekily about the prospect of Tony Russell ever
> seeing the Crested Honey-buzzard in Perth. I'm attaching a beautiful
> portrait of John taken by Ruth on Australia Day. I hope Ruth doesn't mind.
> Good bye, John, I am honoured to have been your friend.
> Bill
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