Bancroft to be celebrated with a weekend memorial
A CLARENCE Valley group is looking for 50 horse riders to participate in a memorial weekend at Lionsville Public Reserve at Baryulgil during the October long weekend, (Oct 3-5).
One of the organisers Neil Heinze said they were hosting a three day event to honour a great Aboriginal horseman who passed away at the end of last year.
The concept for this weekend is to celebrate the life of local Aboriginal whip maker and horseman, Pat Bancroft.
Pat was well known and a highly regarded resident of the Clarence Valley and grew up in the Lionsville and Solferino area.
At age 10 Pat began his life long love of horses when he started helping his father lead packhorses laden with gold bearing ore from various mines in the area.
A Second World War veteran, Pat served in the AIF in 1941, serving in the 2/4 Pioneer Battalion.
After discharge he returned to Lionsville and continued his work with the cattle and horses he loved.
"Pat was also a good pony breeder and an enthusiastic whip maker," Mr Heinze said.
"Pat painstakingly manufactured whips while the cow was still running in the saleyards.
"His whips were in demand around Australia with one going to Ireland and several to Texas in the USA.
"On Australia Day 2004 Pat received a Community Service Award from Copmanhurst Shire Council for his outstanding service to the community and assistance to the Heritage Committee."
People wishing to participate in the weekend can arrive on the Friday evening or early on Saturday morning.
Day rides to old mining sites and other points of interest will be lead by Pat's nephew Sonny Bancroft and will depart at 9am each day.
On the Sunday morning at 8am a memorial ceremony will be held for Pat.