Wendy Bowman & Goldman Environmental Prize
Featured Image: Wendy Bowman courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald
Wendy Bowman is my souse Sarah’s first cousin and has a marital ‘double cross’ (in stock-breeding vernacular) of two scion pioneer grazing families in the Hunter Valley. On the dam’s side she is the granddaughter of early immigrant Charles Boyce Mackay (http://mncp.scss.dyndns.info/individual.php?pid=I51733&ged=mncp.ged), and daughter of Charles Mackenzie Mackay (http://mncp.scss.dyndns.info/individual.php?pid=I51738&ged=mncp.ged). Her mother Alice D Mackay, known as ‘Woogie’, had five siblings, six in all known as Jack, Ken, Bob, Bill and Olympian swimmer Kitty.
Young Wendy Peters married Mick Bowman; direct descendant of one branch of the ground-breaking Bowman patriarchs in the Upper Hunter Valley. The rest as they (may) say in the classics is history.
Despite all the best efforts of the admirable ‘Mine-Watch’ cadre spear-headed by ‘Boadicea’ Wendy Bowman it appears that the extraction giant has actually prevailed? My good friend and professional colleague the late Gavin Gidley-Baird was also a talisman for this admirable initiative; at great personal cost to himself. The NEH betwixt Singleton and Muswellbrook has become the very essence of ‘the road to success paved with best intentions’. Perhaps I’m a trite morbid/maudlin? Did anyone say Pyrrhic; or even KFC?