Mailbox Donald the RMB by Ken Tregoning

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The story of Charlie DONALD and the RMB

I found this photo of my pre up-dated Donald mailbox after its uprooting and dragging down the highway,

For those that don’t know what the blue blazes an RMB is I’ll tell you.
It can and is often made from tin, metal, wooden boxes, plastic all shapes and sizes.
Road Side Mail Box, RMB.

Many years ago I was an Amateur radio operator, I had grown up with country radio networking and loved to keep in touch with family and friends over the Radio.
One day a “Booming Voice came over my radio!” “Charlie Delta Number One here the Lord Mayer of Bayswater …. Where the blazes are you?”

I had just met Charlie Donald, He had a voice like a gravel truck driver and as rough as Dynamite in a tin can, I thought he’d look like one to but no a skinny little runt of a fella as gentle as a lamb but he just loved to bluff those CB radio guys.

We had a friendship that lasted donkeys years, one day he announced to the world he’d had enough and was heading North, and building a spread in Maryborough
As an Artist and sculptor, he asked me if I would make him a RMB to tell the world where he was.

Funny thing is I made the famous Donald RMB, what else would it be but Donald Duck sitting on an ex CUB Carlton United “Niner” I had a great time making it
Cut it out of sheet & Tube steel welded and painted it so that no matter which way you were heading Donald was there to greet you, hanging onto his solid steel windmill.

Some one stole it, It was held for ransom but Charlie found it in the bushes 300mtrs up the road, It still had 3 bags of solid concrete attached to the base of it’s pole, I guess that was far enough to take it, the hole took the two of us on a 100o day half a slab to dig, it was worth it to see it there. Busses loaded with tourists stopped and took photos surrounding it was a hit with the locals too.

Sadly Charlie and Donald are no longer with us and I will always remember
RMB’s and my mate Charlie Donald with the fondest of memories.

“Oh I nearly forgot to tell you why it was made so solid”
Charlie asked me to make it bullet proof, I asked him why, he simply said Duck season, I understood, his country humour and his request was granted.

Sited in central Victoria in Maryborough ( maybe it’s still there)
Ken Tregoning

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A fairdinkum Aussie Artist who love to mix mediums and styles this along with subects from nudes to beach scenes, Can’t remember a time when I never held a brush pencil or hammer, working in Oils, Watercolours, Acrylic and Pen & inks, even had a hand in Computer Graphics & Furniture Design…
Formal training in Art & Design, Graphics, Advertising and Photography.
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  • rightasrain
    rightasrainalmost 5 years ago

    Great story, Ken! :-)

  • Hello Hillie, Someone told me long ago some of the best stories come from real life situations, Thank you for your lovely comment, Hillie

    – Ken Tregoning

  • rightasrain
    rightasrainalmost 5 years ago

    My husband’s address was RMB in the Hunter Valley. I like these stories :-)

  • The Hunter is a wonderful area packed witrh history as well.
    Thanks Hillie

    – Ken Tregoning

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