VIDEO: Former stockman 'in charge of dirty jokes' at hoy
"LET the little bugger go. He'll come back."
That was 1948.
Fifteen years later Ron Henderson came back a tough stockman his father would have been proud of.
"My pop was a tough man and he bred into us four boys to never jump out of the way of anything," the 81-year-old Mt Larcom man said.
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His father, Frank Austin Henderson, boxed at Festival Hall in Brisbane.
When at 15 Ron Henderson ran away from home after having an argument with his dad, he made it to Emerald, and lived on charity until a farmer took him on because he could ride a horse.
An old woman gave him some money for bread and butter, he remembers.
He stayed in Emerald until he did national service at 18 and became a Lance Corporal.
"I always shot the bullets in the bullseye," he said.
Due to his rank he protected his soldiers by taking on a Jimmy Sharman boxing troupe fighter.
"It must've looked funny. I might have had dark arms and legs but the rest of me was lily white fighting a dark bloke," he said.
"There must've been 1000 watching and every time I hit him he moved back."
Henderson won on points and called out on parade and congratulated.
After three months in Wacol for his national service, he moved to Cloncurry.
With him, he only had his swag and his saddle and went from cattle station to cattle station.
Nearing 30, he needed to earn more money and so moved to Gladstone after never being bucked as a stockman.
He bought a carrying business where he met his wife Margaret, who worked at Coles.
He later worked in the power station for 17 years and bred thoroughbreds.
Now at 81 he still doesn't jump out of the way.
He is the only man to go to CWA Raglan hoy games - and he is in charge of the dirty jokes.