This is the website of Derek Barry, a blogger, group editor of Surat Basin Publications and editor of  the Western Star,a bi-weekly APN publication in Roma, Western Queensland.   I have a masters in journalism from QUT and am now looking seriously at doing an economics degree, or at least talking seriously.

I was born in Waterford, Ireland in 1964 and have lived in Australia since 1988.

I have been blogging since October 2005. To view posts earlier than 20 February 2009 see the Google blogger version of Woolly Days

If you wish to contact me, email me at derek_barryATyahoo.com&&& (without the ampersands and with @ instead of AT)


Driving the Mitchell-Dunkeld road

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. earl walk  |  January 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm


    how u doing

  • 2. Billy Costine  |  February 19, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Hi Derek, just saw your part on the blogg, is that right.
    Very interested about your report on my forthcoming book. ‘The Flight of a Magpie’. It will be launched on the 28th of April in Waterford city in the Granville Hotel at 8.00pm.
    The legendary former captain Bob Moncur is coming form Newcastle for the launch.
    Do I know you or your family backround, or where did you live in waterford.
    Keep in touch
    Billy Costine

    • 3. derekbarry  |  February 19, 2011 at 10:30 am


      I’m not sure if we ever met. But its possible, as my best friend in Waterford since school days is your fellow Newcastle supporter Kevin Daly.

      Best of luck with the launch, I’m afraid I won’t be able to get there but I’m sure it’ll be a great night


  • 4. Gary Roberts  |  June 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm


    Your article re Darren Lockyer’s Roma visit has been added to the RLCM News. Please feel free to continue advising RLCM.

    I was out there in ’94 to see him play, unfortunately he was away with the State U14s or 15s [?]. But we had a good time with Peter Flynn. We are printing the Zone 4 Schoolboy programme for next weekend being held on the Gold Coast, which Ray Bruton is involved with, maybe another Lockyer might be found.


    Gary Roberts

  • 5. Julie McNeill  |  May 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Hi, dropped by during family history research: A young fella with the name of Waldron doing a building job for me in Fernvale, and I said we could be cousins, so whilst he is hammering, I find we share common dna in a tiny village in Worcestershire UK! Nail Makers for hundreds of years. One Alfred Waldon got away and after incredible journey went gold-digging in Victoria and then in a wagon found ROMA.
    He had lots of labourers to prosper with a dairy farm – 17 children with 2 wives? Planted grapes, opened a wine shop – very entrepeneurial. Why I tell you this is because reading your blogs, one can’t help but think that it is only by the dispossession of the native population our working-class ancestors got to purchase their own land and develop their potential.
    Lest we forget indeed. Blood and human sacrifice.
    Look forward to more.


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