Friday, 9 March 2018

Fred & Colin Laws Part 4:Fred and Colin after work

Notes prepared by Patrick Flynn  for a presentation for the induction of Fred Laws and Colin Laws in to the Allora Regional Sports Museum Hall of Fame at Allora on 25 February 2017
The notes now continue.

After Fred retired from work  he and Madge moved into an aged care hostel on the Gold Coast.  He passed away in March 1986. Fred  and Madge’s family has grown from three children to include 11 grandchildren 15 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren

Fred and Madge were very devoted to their grandchildren and delighted whenever they came to Fred and Madge’s Chevron Island home. They were a big part in the early lives .of the three grandsons who lived upstairs. The Tiger Laws of the rugby league field was a gentle man who was a good sport as well as a good sportsman and great footballer.

Away from the football field Colin was a keen gardener and regularly exhibited at the Allora Show.  He was reckoned a pretty handy cricketer and in his later years  enjoyed lawn bowls. He did not drive and seldom left Allora except for family reasons. Nnotable exceptions were trips to Lang Park Rugby League Tests to which he and his friends Colin Muir and Alf Naumann were regular spectators. 

He and Kit often hosted one or more of their grandchildren, for weekends and school holidays and looked after their oldest grandson for more than a year while Margaret was ill. Kit passed away in 1971. In his last years Colin visited his extended family on the Gold Coast a number of times and hosted five of his grandsons and the son of one his friends at his sister’s house in Surfer’s Paradise for a week. He stayed for a week or more every year with Margaret’s children and with Mary and her children.

Colin made friends wherever he went and he stuck with them.  When a friend and his wife sold their farm before their new home was built, Colin immediately invited them to stay with him at his home for as long as necessary.

Colin passed away on 7 February 1975 aged 68 in Allora the place he called home for almost 60 years. Colin’s and Kit’s Family has now extended to 2 children 12 grandchildren 24 great grandchildren and keenly awaited great great grandchild expected shortly.  Slip Laws of the football field wasa  straight shooting generous man who cared for his family, his customers and his community. Tom McVeigh and John Croke described him as “the Complete Package”.  It is hard to argue with that.


The seniors of the Allora Rugby League Football Club winners of the St George Cup in 1963
Colin is on the left.


Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Friday 1 September 1933, page 25
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/179562605