Dave Tout

Dave Tout was born in 1946 and frequented the Moruya area during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s and returned to permanently reside in the 1990s. He spent time with people who have since passed away such as Percy Mumbler, Percy Davis and Joseph Chapman.

In 1960, aged 14 Dave worked on Murphy’s farm, Moruya, with his grandfather. There were not enough beds, so the first person in slept the best. Hessian sheets divided family sleeping quarters. In 1968, Dave lived for a period of time with Joseph Chapman in Bodalla, and worked at Murphy’s Mill down Red Rock behind Bodalla. Dave also worked cutting sleepers along the corn trail and picking at Spaulding’s dairy farm in Tuross.

Excerpt from Stories About the Eurobodalla by Aboriginal People, 2006. Story contributed by Martin Ind from Moruya High School.