Jack Clanchy Story
The hero in our story today is a one Jack Clanchy. It involves a flat tyre and some cattle. Here’s the story in his words:
It was about 5 or 6 years ago one night fairly late out near Camooweal and I was travelling west to do a cattle delivery in The Northern Territory where we were going to do a daylight start so my plan was to get as far as I could then find a warm ridge to roll out my swag and grab a few hours camp. Having been going pretty hard all day I was looking forward to a couple of stubbies, a bit of a bogie in a trough then a good solid sleep to re-gather some energy.
In the headlights I saw a bloke pulled off the side of the road about to do battle with a flat tyre and with the knowledge that some times not everything goes to plan with changing tyres in the night, i.e no torch, wrong wheel brace, flat spare and so it goes on, that I stopped and offered to help. Nothing out of the ordinary really as I nearly always pull up to see if a stranded motorist needs a hand, not that I am mechanically minded but just the re-assurance that you are not alone is comforting if you are in need of help. Any way this bloke turned out to be a real decent man and we got to fixing the wheel and talking about the industry and cattle in general and me having a few cold stubbies and over a hour or so had passed and I said that I had a few miles to go before I could turn in for the night and so we shook hands and as I was leaving he said “ you have been a good help to me, I’ll remember this”.
Through mates being in touch and one thing and another I get a phone call the other day asking if I would like to have a look at some of his bullocks and give him an idea as to what they were worth. Sure enough out I go and get talking and offer my services and organize a few cattle trucks and next thing we stand up and sell 532 Brahman Bullocks in the Roma fat sale.
The cattle drafted up very well and presented accordingly and though the market was a bit tough the job was done smoothly, professionally and rounded off with a hand shake and “ I’ll see you again, and thanks for your help”.