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In memory of Trevor Davies

South Sydney Uniting Church grieves the passing of Trevor Davies – editor, elder, friend – united with Christ June 14, 2011. "For if we have been united with Christ in the likeness of Christ's death, we will also be united with Christ in the likeness of Christ's resurrection"
(
Romans 6:5).

In memory of Trevor Davies here are comments and tributes from many sources. Here are links to each section:


Obituary

Trevor Edward Davies (May 25, 1956 June 14, 2011)
Susan Leith-Miller (Trevor’s sister) & Dorothy McRae-McMahon

To understand Trevor’s passion for social reform, his devotion to politics, his love and compassion for the community in which he lived, and, of course, his commitment to the church, we need to know where it all began.

It began with Trevor’s parents two people whose struggle and bravery set the foundations for the man so many people love and dearly miss now.

Trevor’s father was born in South Wales, the son of a coal miner whose family and ancestors endured the harsh existence of mining.They worked long, dangerous hours, day and night. History records the miner’s fight for the most basic rights we all enjoy today. Trevor continued this battle he was always fighting for the underprivileged, for those in need.

His Father, known as Taff, was an extroverted, funny man who called a spade a spade it is easy to recognise Trevor here. As an asthmatic, however, his father was never to go down the mines.At the age of 14, Taff left Wales and went to England to find a better life. And a better life he found. As part of this life, he was a keen and respected union leader.

Connie, Trevor’s Mum, was born in England and grew up during the war years. Losing her mother when she was only 5 she faced these awful times without the tenderness and affection only a mother can give. She, however, became the most loving person imaginable and Trevor learnt how to love from Connie she had time and love for everyone she met.

It will be no surprise to you that Trevor was an unusual child from an early age he was a happy, thoughtful bundle of paradoxes. Although born at home he spent the first few months of his life very sick in hospital, then at 18months he won the beautiful baby competition! At 4years he was the mascot of the teenagers in his neighbourhood he went everywhere on their shoulders. His father’s nickname for Trevor was Jasper. Why? Trev was forever saying, “Jasper minute, wait for me!” He could never keep up and so his dad bought him a bike Trevor could ride a two-wheel bike at the age of 4.

Trevor watched his first election when he was 9 years old. He wagged school, saying that he was sick, and stayed glued to the TV on Thursday October 15, 1964, and rejoiced as Harold Wilson was elected the first Labor Prime Minster of England for many years.At age 10, Trevor set up an “insurance” scheme for the children in the neighbourhood they gave him a penny which they would claim back if and when their parents smacked them the first injustice Trevor attempted to right.

In 1966 his family migrated to Australia as “ten pound Poms” and life was good and happy in the luck country.Trevor went to Cammeray Public School where he started the school newspaper the Cammeray Chronicle. Later, he went to Chatswood High School where everyone knew him. He was always a character.

Sadly, his father died on Jan 11, 1969, of an asthma attack Trevor gave himmouth-to-mouth resuscitation but was unable to save him.Undoubtedly, this had a huge impact on him, made him question life and turned his world upside down. His sister can remember him holding the Little Red Book with the quotes of Mao Tse Tung in one hand and the Bible in the other!

The next years were tough financially and emotionally as his motherand grandmother struggled to bring up four teenagers in a new country. In those days there was no widow’s pension, so between them they cleaned houses to make sure that the family had food and clothes. Though poor, they were happy and close with many friends and neighbours visiting regularly and copious pancakes and waffles served to ravenous teenagers. His mother’s struggle at this time greatly affected Trevor.

After high school he went to Bible College, and when they invited prayers for those in prison Trevor would supply names not quite what they wanted or expected!

In 1979 Trevor moved to Redfern and lived with his sister, Susan, and her then husband. When they moved away, Trevor stayed and lived in Darlington for the next 30 years.

Trevor became one of the best-known members of the local community. He was very active in the Darlington Branch of the Labor Party, representing the Left of the party in all sorts of situations and discussions. No one could doubt his loyalty for the party and its causes, even if he had fierce debates with many of its leaders. Not many ordinary citizens of our country have their deaths announced and tributes read in State and Federal Parliament, as did Trevor!

He regularly went to sittings of the South Sydney Council, and later, when the Council boundaries were changed, the City of Sydney. He stood for membership of the City Council and was very nearly elected. Many of us did not regret that he was able to go on as he had been, immersed in local community life and as News Editor and distribution organiser of the South Sydney Herald, a project of the South Sydney Uniting Church. Today, this paper is a 16- to 20-page tabloid in colour with a distribution of 22,000, and its own website.

If the parish wanted to take on this project, it was because, at that time, South Sydney had no local paper which clearly focussed on its life, apart from a small area in Surry Hills, and people felt that the news from the area covered by mainstream media was almost always bad news.

Apart from the paid designer and the printer and a modest percentage given to a couple of people who gather advertising, all other work is done by volunteers, largely organised by Trevor. Over the years, the paper has had respected relationships with the City of Sydney and local community leaders, both political, religious, in social service agencies and in places like The Block. Politicians of all varieties take it very seriously and make regular comment on what is printed sometimes negative and sometimes positive!

The mission statement is:“Celebrating the lives of the diverse people of South Sydney, inviting discussion on issues of concern and interest, adding encouragement to possibilities for community.”

All this arose from the dream of Trevor Davies, from his commitment to justice and compassion. Often over the years, those of us who have produced the paper have said that the one person on the editorial team who could not be replaced was Trevor. He was the one who collected the stories. He was the networker. You would sit in a café with Trevor and people would come in and ask, “Could we have this in our paper, Trevor?” and tell him some local news or concern.

At the centre of Trevor’s life was his faith. He was the Chairperson of the Church Council of South Sydney Uniting Church for a decade and rarely missed attending its services. He was a long-serving Elder of the congregation. He felt very passionate about his views on life, politics and faith, but you could have a good tussle with him and then move on to the next thing without anyone bearing grudges.

Throughout his life Trevor struggled with significant health problems and died after a severe heart attack. Locals requested and participated in a brief funeral with his casket present in the street beside his favourite café, his congregationheld a vigil in the church which was Trevor’s spiritual home but not big enough for his funeral, and then around 800 people attended his funeral at the Pitt Street Uniting Church in the city.

Vale, Trevor Davies. The world won’t be the same place without you, and we love you and grieve your passing.

For Trevor: The local legend

There he was,
in his favourite café,
with life unfolding around him,
engaging with everyone as they passed
and sharing the latest.

And then he was gone,
as suddenly as a bright red autumn leaf
falling off a tree in the wind.

We looked around,
unable to imagine life without him,
he who knew everyone
and gathered us all together in his knowing.

Plod, plod, plod, he went,
pulling his trolley behind him
as he delivered his papers to the community
and kept checking
to see that we all did the same with our bundles.

Then he was mixing with
the state and country’s leaders,
standing on the ground for what he believed,
a faithful representative
of his Party and the people.

“Do you vote Labor?” he asked the doctors
in the hospital emergency ward.
“Jesus loves you anyway” he reassured them
as they wondered what to say.

Such a mixture of determination
and vulnerability he was.
A “one-off”,
and yet a man of the people.
Such love and passion you leave behind you,
Trevor Davies.
No-one can replace you,
but maybe your kindly spirit
will travel on among those who have known you.

Rest in peace, dear friend.
Jesus does indeed love you forever,
and so do we.

 Dorothy McRae-McMahon


But before we hear from Geoff, Barry and others about this chapter of Trev’s life I want to fast forward to the last 12mths. During this last year Trev spent many happy, laughter filled evenings with Nick and I at our home in Rozelle. Even so we all became very worried about his weight and his health. Everyone rallied:

• Website Wallace thank you.

• Ali went with him to Dr’s appointments,

• Dorothy took waste measurements and weight every Sunday.

• The café and coffee shops refused to serve him food that was not healthy

• Trev began to look after his health and his life.

• He even tidied up his apartment and invited friends to supper.

• He started losing weight 16 kilos since Jan

• Finally I stopped nagging him about his weight and his health and spoke of other things told him how great he was looking

• And then when we were not looking he slipped through our fingers.


Remembering Trevor’s activity
Geoff Turnbull

Over the last 10 days as I passed on word of Trevor’s death I have seen many comments and stories. It is surprising the number of people who say they saw Trevor in the days before he died. It was a testimony to how many people Trevor knew and how much he did around the community as he knitted together people’s lives in his friendship and endeavours. This was his greatest political achievement. He created communities, he generated discussion and he made everyone, even those he disagreed with, matter. I had my disagreements with Trevor.

I have known Trevor since the mid 1970’s from the days when Uniting Church Ministers John Hirt and Vladimir Korotkov and the late housing activist Harvey Volke were all Baptist Ministers preaching Radical Discipleship at the House of the New Worldin West Ryde. It was at a time when Fred Nile ran the Jesus Commune and the Labor party of Gough Whitlam stood for righting long term injustice and delivering change.

When Trevor came to Redfern with his sister he came with view that both politics and faith mattered - they were two sides of the same coin. I was pleased to share some of those two passions with him at Pitt Street Uniting Church and South Sydney Parish and in the activism of REDWatch’s battles like with Frank Sartor over The Block.

Robyn Fortescue says that “Trevor was a great believer in the people having a voice, the right to be heard” and that “Trevor’s community activity exemplified this”.

In the days of inner city branch stacking, Sue Wicks remembers making sure Trevor actually existed when he applied to join the local ALP branch in 1979. He went on to become the Darlington Branch long term Secretary ensuring that the branch dealt with real issues of community interest. He regularly invited speakers to address the Branch. He was involved with saving the Erskineville Public Housing estates; trying to save South Sydney Council, and raising issues elected representatives often did not want to hear - whether it was taking on Andrew Refshauge over drug issues around The Block or on one visit I made with him asking Upper House President Meredith Burgmann to explain why they were allowing Frank Sartor to attack the Pemulwuy project.

When NSW ALP looked set to sell off state owned electricity Trevor called an activist meeting at the AMWU building and thus was born the grass roots campaign against the sell-off.

Many of Trevor’s contributions to the community were outside his branch and his church. Over the years Trevor served on the management committees of many of the local organisation in the area such as The Settlement and South Sydney Community Aid. He was very involved in Redfern Residents for Reconciliation who campaigned for what became the Redfern Community Centre. At the time of his death he was on the committee for South Sydney Community Transport and Vice President of the St Vincent de Paul Society at Erskineville just to name two organisations where he was carrying on this important facet of his community involvement.

Trevor liked debate and discussion and he helped create the debate not just report it. The “Chippo Politics” Trevor created on Saturday afternoons at the Thurless Castle Hotelspored the “Chippo Politics newsletter”, “Road Runner”, “Chippo News” and the “Redfern Chippo Herald” that led to the South Sydney Herald of today.

“Chippo Politics” list of speakers over the years covered a very broad spectrum including Alan Jones, Brendan Nelson, Mungo McCallum, David Oldfield, Piers Ackerman, Bob Ellis, Richard Glover and a young ALP tyro not yet running for pre-selection Tanya Plibersek. Topics included the history of the Eveleigh Railway, euthanasia, council amalgamations, the future of community radio, East Timor and progressive local government.

While “Chippo Politics” might have ended ten years ago Trevor organised visits of Alan Jones, John Brogden, Brendan Nelson and Barry O’Farrell to The Block to meet Mick Mundine and the Aboriginal Housing Company. It generated debate and articles in the South Sydney Herald and stories in the wider media. It carried on this long Trevor tradition of generating debate and also covering it. I am sure I was not the only one that had a mixture of excitement and foreboding when Trevor would say “I’ve just had a good idea”.

Trevor may have been a staunch Labor man that liked debate but I have also had the opportunity to see him work over the last 7 years across the broader political spectrum in REDWatch where local members of the ALP, Greens, Liberals, Clover Moore Independents and people not associated with any party worked together to try and ensure extensive community involvement in all decisions made about the Redfern Waterloo area by government and the Redfern Waterloo Authority.

Remarkably we have held REDWatch together through a long battle with a Labor government and a number of polarising election campaigns and sometimes heated discussions within, where Trevor would threaten to walk if he thought his branch might not back him. Some things happened through Lyn and my independent email updates to provide Trevor and other ALP members with plausible deniability.

In the past few months we have been planning for the proposed redevelopment of public housing forming a new coalition called Groundswell. We will miss Trevor as this struggle unfolds but hopefully some of Trevor’s friends will help take his place.

Greens Councillor Irene Doutney, who is also on the REDWatch Co-ordination Group, talks about Trevor not being blinded by party attitudes and of Trevor’s support for the South Sydney Greens and their candidates like her. She says she will miss Trevor’s regular phone calls to find out the latest gossip around Council and his cheeky leading questions about the Greens.

Seeing Trevor meet up with Ian Thompson, the Liberal party person involved with REDWatch in its early years, was to watch two friends who loved politics catching uprather than watching a clash of class enemies.

I was catching up with Trevor in the front of Saucepan in Darlington as very many of us did. After a succession of people passing by had stopped to talk to Trevor I jokingly said to him that if I was ever to write an autobiography that I would have to call it “Who’s that with Trevor?”A few minutes later a bishop walked past and Trevor stopped him and said he had seen him around a couple of times and wanted to know who he was and what he was doing around the place. He was the Anglo Catholic Bishop for Australia and New Zealand who lives in Holden Street. An interesting discussion ensured on a number of topics including the role of women in the church and it ended with Trevor asking for his business card and promising to be in touch.

The encounter underlined to me why Trevor knew so many people and why so many people knew Trevor. It showed the important role that Trevor played in knitting the social fabric of Darlington, it bought together some of the issues Trevor cared about politically and religiously and I suspect Trevor thought there was an opportunity for afuture debate or a South Sydney Herald article there also.

We will all miss Trevor and the role he played in our community. If there is one way we can help Trevor’s spirit live on it is by talking to our neighbours, building community and remembering that the people around us really matter.

Geoffrey Turnbull
23 June 2011

Thanks to Robyn Fortescue President Darlington ALP Branch, Sue Wicks the ALP Branch Secretary before Trevor and Greens Councillor Irene Doutney for the use of their memories of Trevor.


SSH Tributes

The SSH has been inundated with condolences and tributes to Trevor. Thank you for taking the time to write and send your words. The following is a selection of tributes, many of which have been abridged.

“Are you a journalist?” he asked. “No,” I replied, “but I’d like to be.” And with that, I met Trevor Davies for the first time.

We exchanged our details, like so many do in an industry where networking is everything. But within days I was confronted by Trevor’s want to get me involved. What began as a passive request “Can you write a story for the South Sydney Herald?” over time morphed into a demanding but endearing, “How are you going with that story? When will you be able to file?”

In offering me the opportunity to write for the SSH I thought that Trevor was more than a lucky neighbour to have; here was a man who wanted to help me reach my goal.

While Trevor never had any children of his own, for those, like myself, whom he offered the opportunity to write and tell stories, we became his children.

Just like a father would, Trevor never let me forget one of the first stories that I handed in, riddled with puerile puns and toilet humour. A naturally risible bloke, whenever Trevor would recall instances of my undergraduate humour and churlish quips it triggered his chortles. And like so many things that tickled Trevor, once he got going it was hard to know what it was that made him giggle, as the punch lines and points got lost in laughter.

Over a very short period, I, like many other amateur writers whom he fostered, grew very close to Trevor. As my editor he put himself out there so that I could get in close to the story. He had the contacts that allowed us to find the truth; he knew the people we had to speak to in order to build the true narrative; he wanted us to “sex the story up a bit”, but never to compromise on integrity.

Any issue in South Sydney, Trevor was across it. And it wasn’t long before his children were experts, able to tell the side of those often neglected and forgotten. This was one of Trevor’s greatest strengths and his community is stronger for his relentless effort.

I’m glad I’ve been able to tell stories for Trevor. He stood for telling the stories that needed to be told, that deserved to be told and should be told.

Personally, Trevor was more than my editor. Trevor was my mentor, and he was also my friend. And I feel in my heart that he rests soundly, knowing that South Sydney will never be the same without him, and that it will never be the same because of him.

Nicholas McCallum

I feel extremely blessed to have known Trevor during the two-and-a-half years that I have written for the South Sydney Herald. Trevor was a wonderfully patient man who always spoke words of encouragement to me, and I will miss him very much.

Brendan Wong

It is a shock and a great sadness to hear of Trevor Davies’ passing. Trevor will be dearly missed by all the journalists who have ever written for the South Sydney Herald.
As an editor he had a sharp insight into the issues facing South Sydney, and strongly believed in ethical journalism that matters to the community. An encouraging and understanding editor, he was constantly ready to let beginning journalists grow their passion for reporting.
He has left a mark on many reporters’ lives and we will always remember him.

Doug Dingwall

A note of thanks mate!

A smile & a tear mate, to your always good-humoured patience & persistence in retaining me as a South Sydney Herald casual newspaper deliverer, which became a bit of a regular thing, over the past several months, rain or shine. Trolleys to the wind my friend as we helped get the papers to the people. Journey well my friend.

Reece Meredith

Dear Trev, I know you’ve departed us for another world, where you will probably start another kind of newspaper riling, honest, a tribute to Lady Justice, compassionate but I thought I would write you anyway to reflect on your life, most of it spent in Redfern, or more precisely, Darlington, which is the skinniest suburb around but is really a subject to your beloved region: Redfern. As you once said to me in these approximate words: “Redfern isn’t a suburb, it’s life.”

You lived your latter 33 years here, most of them huddled in the small but cosy apartment in Edward Street whose name references the monarchy under which you were born in East Tilbury, England. You never told me East Tilbury was an outpost of London on the Thames, home to the blue-collar manufacturing worker and a fortress to stop the French raiding the kingdom’s capital. Funny, but it was these traits you would eschew in your adult life, never relenting on the rights of the battlers and defending them like a fortress against sieges of racism, ignorance and inhumanity.

You mustn’t remember much of the 10 years you spent in East Tilbury before your parents hauled you onto a large boat to collect their 10 pounds a head from the Australian Government. I wonder what you thought when you landed in Bradford, north of Manly, the first point of call for the Davies clan with their two daughters and diminutive son. When you started at Chatswood High in 1968, I imagine your accent would have been ripe, but not unfamiliar. You told me it was there that you experienced your first injustice in the form of an alpha male sports master spotting your stumpy legs and disinterest in running about in the warm weather and labelling you a “fairy”.

What a loss, then, to lose your father to an asthma attack just three years after arriving in this country. That must have been a gutting and galvanising experience. You once told me, from that day forth, justice would be your quest (bridled with your compassion and friendship). That flame of equity burned a pathway bright into the halls of Bible College in 1976 where you found a distinct lack of groovy people. But you didn’t need their whimpering prayers. For all the respect you had for the Word and the Lord, you didn’t need an old guidebook to tell you the difference between what was right and wrong. And what better place than Redfern to wield your discernment.

Aboriginal people were returning to the area when you moved there in 1978, thanks to the Whitlam Government’s allotment of housing to the Aboriginal Housing Company. It was on this political and emotional land that you chose to enact your love of justice and join the Labor Party. In 1983, party members identified your potential and nominated you Branch Secretary. Through the ’80s you must have watched the rise of materialism and right-wing ideologies with awe and disenchantment. By the time the ’90s rolled around, and the dawning of the “Keating era”, it was time for you to reignite the flame. It came in the form of the Chippo Newsletter, an A3 sheet that hit the streets in 1991 with individual stories and details of the next Politics in the Pub session. I remember you telling me how you would run to the printers every month and then back to the office of an inner-city politician to photocopy all 2,000 editions in readiness for distribution. Which you would do yourself, as you did with the SSH up until your death, with a dogged commitment, and a trolley trailing your steady frame.

With the help of one committed Russian (Vladimir), the South Sydney Herald masthead was born. Within a decade, the SSH grew to 22,000 copies, and you were breaking news like it was morning bread, thanks to your on-the-ground news sources on your distribution run.

John Howard would keep your inner torch burning, but ironically enough, it was a fellow member of the Labor Party that would provoke your ire. Frank Sartor made an attack on the place you loved and cherished: Redfern. He talked about high-rise developments, the beginning of a long and dense corridor to the airport, and the overhauling of that dirty Block and all the trouble it had created. Never one to let party loyalty stop you from pointing out where someone had crossed the line, you put the SSH and your 22,000 monthly babies to work. It was State Government versus Trevor Davies and crew and the kind of punches you threw and defence you showed would have impressed local pugilists Tony Mundine and his son. You were light on your toes Trev, ever moving, ever sparring, knowing when to retreat, knowing when to attack, the lady with her scales (I know how you liked your female deities and figureheads) hovering behind you, willing you on to victory. You were a natural. It must have been sweeter than one of your teas (with the two tea bags and three heaps of sugar) to see Sartor leave the Block, and eventually state politics. A quiet KO.

You must have slept happily those nights. And there were plenty of other fights, too. How many times did Sydney Morning Herald journalists call you for leads? And how many times did local, state and even federal members in the area wait nervously for the arrival on their doorsteps of the month’s SSH?

I still imagine you in your apartment, the distribution done, ABC radio on volume level 9, the fax machine binging the arrival of a new press release every 10 minutes you up at 5am and reading all the major headlines, sizing up stories and angles for the next edition.

You were a legend, Trev. I know there have been many great and idyllic people to grace the Redfern area, and how you once campaigned to have a statue erected in Redfern Park of Keating, in honour of his now famous Redfern Speech, but I was thinking Trev, and don’t respond too quickly: What would you think about a monument in memory of yourself? Nothing grandiose, but what about you holding the scales of justice? Or you, bronzed, next to a newspaper stand where people could pick up the paper, still delivering the printed word, with the words “God bless you” inscribed beneath? You laugh now, and yes I know, I can get ahead of myself at times, but you were like a father figure, and in the spirit of that love, I think you deserve nothing less. Please drop by some time, Trev. We’d love to see your silhouette on the streets of Redfern again. God bless.

Ben Falkenmire

Ms CARMEL TEBBUTT (Marrickville) [6.29 p.m.]: Today I make a private member’s statement about the sad passing of a valued member of my community, Trevor Davies. Trevor was a man who lived for those around him, as a passionate advocate for his local community in the Redfern-Waterloo area and a long-time secretary of the Darlington Branch of the Labor Party, as a founder and news editor of the South Sydney Herald, and as an active and generous elder of his church, the South Sydney Uniting Church. Trevor was a friend to many, a true inner-city character, and those who knew him admired his commitment to social justice and his integrity in remaining true to his ideals and values. Trevor passed away following a heart attack on Tuesday 14 June 2011 at the age of 55.

Trevor is a great example of how individuals can make a difference in the lives of those around them. Trevor was a community activist who genuinely put into practice his belief in the importance of compassion and justice for all people in our society. For example, when concerns were raised locally regarding policies and plans for the Redfern-Waterloo area, Trevor made sure the community had a voice. He was one of the founding members of the REDWatch community group, which monitors plans for the local area, makes recommendations and advocates for outcomes that benefit the community. The group remains a strong, progressive presence reviewing projects taking place in Redfern-Waterloo, and its ongoing efforts are a testament to people like Trevor, who care for their community and take action to pursue outcomes that aim to benefit the community as a whole. Trevor’s commitment to local debate and engagement was also demonstrated through his very successful Politics in the Pub, which ran for many years. I can remember debating Peter Debnam many years ago at one of Trevor’s Politics in the Pub debates. Trevor was always committed to putting both sides of an argument and he had some very interesting speakers.

Trevor could only be described as a passionate man; he did everything with gusto and good intentions. He fought for what he believed in and was involved in many campaigns and protests over the years, whether it was to save housing in The Block at Redfern or to fight against homophobia, racism and poverty more broadly. He was devoted to these causes in the same way that he was devoted to the independence of the media, his politics and his church. Trevor was a strong advocate for greater internal democracy within the Australian Labor Party. Trevor did perhaps some of his best work in his support for and work with the local Aboriginal community in Redfern and Waterloo. He was a strong supporter of the Pemulwuy Project of the Aboriginal Housing Company and it was through Trevor that I first became aware of the fantastic work of The Settlement in Darlington, which provides support for children and young people in the Darlington area.

I will always remember Trevor for his endless energy for campaigning, his quick-talking presence for which political opponents were no match, and as someone who proudly wore his politics pinned to his sleeve. Whenever I met him in the electorate in Darlington I could be certain to find him engaged with people on the street, at a cafe, or at a street stall, always talking, always opinionated, and always looking to the next project or the next article he would write. Trevor’s network of contacts and his knowledge about what was happening were legendary. Trevor’s monthly column, “Have You Heard: The Fast News”, always had its focus on issues facing his community and there was often a bit of local or political history thrown in. In his last column he wrote of the battles in local Labor branches in years gone by to save the Erskineville housing estate.

Trevor did not write the stories or get involved with these movements just to have an argument. He did it because he believed that local people with local knowledge have a lot to offer, and that people in positions where decisions are made should always be prepared to listen and respond to what people have to say. The people of Darlington and Redfern will notice the huge gap that has been left by Trevor’s passing. I hope that his memory will inspire people to get actively involved in their local community and to stand up for the things they believe in. I am very fortunate to represent an electorate with a proud tradition of activism and of communities coming together to fight for their beliefs. I hope to see that continue in Trevor’s memory, and I am sure it will.

Trevor has been described as irreplaceable, a local legend, a grassroots activist, a forthright publisher, an unfailing friend of Labor, a man of strong faith and a caring friend. I remember him as an unswerving supporter and a passionate advocate for the Darlington community in my electorate. I feel privileged to have known Trevor. Our many discussions and debates on issues both local and broad were stimulating and thought provoking. While we did not always agree, Trevor always made me think carefully about my position on issues, see things from another perspective and often revisit my approach. I pass on my sincere condolences and sympathy to all those who are mourning his loss. The communities I represent and indeed New South Wales have been very fortunate to have benefited from the passion, dedication and hard work of Trevor Davies. He will be missed by many.

Carmel Tebbutt MP

As one member of the Redfern and South Sydney area I would like to extend my condolences to the family of our Mate Trevor Davies!
Our mateTrevor was a passionate Labor Party member, Redfern and South Sydney community member, a proud South Sydney Herald reporter and true local community Icon ...
We’ll miss your yarns and passionate drive for our community ... This is a sad loss to Redfern.
You are, were and will be a Brother to us mate!

Shane Phillips
CEO, Tribal Warrior Association

The Redfern-Waterloo Authority would like to acknowledge the tremendous contribution of Trevor Davies to the local community.

Trevor was a member and Elder of South Sydney Uniting Church and the founding editor of the South Sydney Herald. Trevor was also one of the foundation members of REDWatch and was known to many people within the local community.

In all of his roles, Trevor always demonstrated tremendous commitment and passion and had a great sense of community spirit. He will be sadly missed.

Roy Wakelin-King ?CEO, Redfern Waterloo Authority


Selection of messages from Memorial Book

Maintained by Louisa Dyce and currently kept at the Tripod Café in Abercrombie Street, Darlington. Transcribed by Di Everingham.

In the early days of the Whitlam Era the Labor Party members met regularly at the Town Hall to advise the new government on policy and practice about Darlington/Redfern.

Trevor Davies offered his services to the party as a street cleaner. Trevor cut a good labourer working on the streets and gutters.

Col James was acting as a patron of the party. He was able to offer Trevor a new house in Edward Street next to the Settlement. This Trevor occupied for years and was a local figure acting for grass roots policies for Labor. Trevor was a good foot soldier and eventually took up the role of Labor rep reporting to the Party reps at Town Hall. Trevor became the nominal Labor representative. He became a valuable Party member and a strong fighter for Labor policy on the ground. Trevor loved Labor and kept the faith. Col James


 

Still cannot believe that you are gone. Trevor, you are a true champion. I will forever remember your daily visits to the shop. You are one of the most compassionate people I have ever come across. I will forever hold a place for you in my heart.


 

Trevor, we’ll miss you sitting in the café , sitting in the corner with your Souths gear on. And you’ll always be our paper boy! Redfern Community Centre.


 

Thank you for all your love and all the smiles you have given to me and my family. Darlington will miss you and I will be looking for you everytime I am sitting in the Tripod having a coffee. I know you were a part of a lot of different lives. Thank you for being you. All my love Brianna Murphyt xxx


 

Dear Trevor and his family

Thank you for being such a community spirited person. You always knew everyone’s name and a bit about them. You will be sorely missed, especially your raising of people’s awareness of those in our community less fortunate. Jacquie Ny


 

Trevor, you have been so much part of our community. Literally around every corner, mostly wherever I walked have you been there, you were present – I will remember you and be reminded of you as I continue to walk the streets of Darlington.


 

Dear Trevor, now you are in Heaven, I need a favour from you to find my family and tell them I really love them and very soon I will see them again, You were a good person and I will never forget you when I have my breakfast at the best restaurant in Chippendale. Goodbye. I loved you like a son. Poppy


 

I am so sad that Trev is gone, he was such a personality, a ray of warmth and eternal cheerfulness no matter what, a huge force for good. May the path he has shown us stay wide open.


 

We will miss your smiling face and great sense of humour. You were such a great guy. Loved coming into the newsagency to see you because you would always ask me my name (Luisa). Hopefully you will remember me from above. Rest in peace and lots of love. Patrick, Luisa, Zac and Zander McKay. Xoxoxoxo


 

Trevor – wow – what a man. Knew everyone by first name. Many, many names and always in for a chat. A true man for others. Glen Joseph


 

Hi Trevor, I know in my heart of hearts that you are watching over us and making sure that we carry on. You will be in my thoughts. Jennifer Boswerg


 

Taken so young. Left many memories. You will not be forgotten. Robert, Huey, Molly


 

Trevor was an amazing fellow and a vital focal point for the local neighbourhood. He was always engaged on some communal enterprise and seemed to know everyone! He was always kind to me, ready with a cheerful greeting and an interested enquiry about what I was up to. I have no doubt he’ll be pouring the same energy and warmth into his new community – and we’ll all get to share a coffee up there eventually. Margaret


 

Mate, that was a fast exit. I hope you remembered to pack your toothbrush. Have fun in your new place and we’ll all see you soon. Clare


 

Trevor – thinking of you today, tomorrow and lots. We will miss you so much. Love Michelle and Quincy the dog.


 

Trevor, your raised- eyebrow smile and probing questions welcomed me to Darlington twenty seven years ago, and have continued to make this place a great community. Give the angels hell. Best, Stephen.


 

Trevor, You’ll try I’m sure to convince God that he should vote Labor but I suspect that he’ll inform you that he’s a Capitalist who makes a profit and only takes 10 percent.


 

Trev, we’ll miss you – and wait in joyful hope to meet you again. Heaven is going to be a lot more interesting now you’re there! Gai


 

Hey, Trevor, I must have seen you every day I lived here, just about. We always talked politics and often disagreed, but we always said we were on the same side, and I don’t think there’s anyone else that’s truer than you. You’re an awesome guy. Mike and Frankie


 

Dear Trev,

Too many good times to recount. I won’t forget the things you did for me both career and life wise. You were one of a kind and irreplaceable. Hopefully that park gets named after you. Redfern loved ya, mate. Joe Correy


 

Trevor,

You are and always will be in my heart, my friend, my comrade and champion of our community. In a world where labels are common and often don’t reflect the true, you really were a true Christian and a great Labor man. You stood for something and cared for all. I hope that we are able to in a small way take up your care for us and honour it each day. You will be my “Light on the Hill”. Farewell Comrade and friend. Jill Lay.


 

Dear Trevor,

A Note of Thanks Mate!!

A Smile & a Tear Mate, To Your Always Humoured Patience & Persistence in Retaining Me as A South Sydney Herald Casual Newspaper Deliverer, which became a bit of a Regular Thing, over the past several months, Rain or Shine, - Trolleys to the Wind my Friend as we helped get the Papers to the People, In Your Spirited & Flexible Ways, you Adapted to Our Changing Schedules & Availabilities for a Bunch of Us Locals & Friends making Light of Our Work with Time for a Joke & Something Cryptic!

Journey Well My Friend,

Your Mate, Reece Meredith


 

Responses to Trevor’s Passing

REDWatch email:

The Responses in this section are predominantly from Emails received by Lyn and Geoff Turnbull up until 26/6. We have deleted private email addresses but kept public addresses in place so those making the comments can be contacted if required by family, church or SSH.

There are also many great entries in the book at Abercrombie Street Newsagency.

 

From: supporter-bounces@lists.redwatch.org.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it [mailto: supporter-bounces@lists.redwatch.org.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ] On Behalf Of Geoff Turnbull
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 9:43 AM
To: 'REDWatch Member'; supporter@lists.redwatch.org.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Dear Friends and Colleagues
It is with great sadness that I write to let you know that Trevor Davies passed away this morning Tuesday 14 June 2011.
Trevor was due to undergo an angiogram today but was taken to hospital yesterday and had a massive heart attack there. Doctors worked on him for many hours but were unable to revive him. It only became apparent when they operated on him that he had a congenital hole in the heart and an infection.
Trevor had only recently celebrated his 55 birthday.
Trevor was a member and Elder of South Sydney Uniting Church, the founding editor of the South Sydney Herald and long-time Secretary of the Darlington ALP Branch. Trevor was one of the foundation members of REDWatch and was known to very many people within the local community. Please pass word on to those you know who knew Trevor.
We will advise funeral details when known and will also post these on the Events section of the www.redwatch.org.au
Sad Regards,

Geoff
Geoffrey Turnbull
Spokesperson
REDWatch
PhWk:(02) 8004 1490 Mob: 0418 457 392
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web: www.redwatch.org.au


 

From: Elizabeth Morley
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 9:47 AM
To: Geoff Turnbull
Subject: Re: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Hi Geoff
I am sorry to hear about Trevor. He was such a part of everything locally and will be missed.
Thanks for letting us know.
Regards
Elizabeth
Redfern Legal Centre


 

From: Bruce Lay
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:03 AM
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Subject: Re: [REDWatch Member] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Geoff
Bugger - he evidently had serious health issues, but what a blow - thanks for letting us know!
Bruce


 

From: Kerry Pearse
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:05 AM
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Subject: Re: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Geoff
This is terrible news. Thank you for letting us all know. Do take care, Kerry


 

From: Cliff Bott
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:13 AM
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Subject: Vale Trevor Davies
Thank you for letting us know about Trevor Davies' death. Darlington won't be the same without him. Is there any possibility of putting some permanent memorial to him in the area? We would be happy to contribute.
Cliff Bott and VimalaSarma


 

From: Jean Stuart
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:27 AM
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Subject: RE: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Thank you for letting us know of Trevor's passing. It is a great sadness when a community looses such a special person who was so committed to improving the environment and making such a real contribution to the well being of all. We are thinking of you all at this difficult time.

Kind regards
Jean Stuart Pyrmont Community Group


 

From: Elizabeth
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:21 AM
To: geoff@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 'REDWatch Member'; supporter@lists.redwatch.org.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: RE: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
I’m so, so sorry. I knew Trevor from my time with the ALP. He was such an enthusiast. A great loss to the community. So sad. Regards, Elizabeth


 

From: Kristina Keneally
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:48 AM
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Subject: Re: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Thanks Geoff. What a shock and incredible sad news.
I have said a few prayers for Trevor already this morning.
Kind regards
Kristina
The Hon Kristina Keneally MP
Member for Heffron

From: Jeremy
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 11:03 AM
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Subject: Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Hi Geoff,
I got the email in regards to the passing of Trev - very sad news. I was actually having a yarn to him late last week.
Can you let me know when the funeral will be on as I'll pass it on to the members of the Babana Men's Group.
Thanks,
Kind Regards,
Jeremy Heathcote
Secretary Babana Aboriginal Men's Group


 

From: Maggie Roche
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:52 AM
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Subject: RE: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Thanks Geoff terrible news


 

From: Roy Wakelin-King
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 11:01 AM
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Cc: Julie Parsons; Natalie Kikken
Subject: Re: FW: [REDWatch Member] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Dear Geoff and Michael,
I am greatly saddened by this tragic news. Trevor was a wonderful person with a great sense of community spirit and commitment.
He will be greatly missed.
Can you please let me know of the funeral arrangements when they come to hand.
Thank you for letting us know.
Regards,
Roy
Roy Wakelin-King, AM
Chief Executive Officer
Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority
Chief Executive Officer
Redfern-Waterloo Authority
Managing Director
Company Secretary
Australian Technology Park Precinct Management Ltd
PO Box 3332
REDFERN NSW 2016
Ph: 92029101
Fax: 92029111


 

From: Ben Spies-Butcher
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 11:23 AM
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Subject: Re: [REDWatch Member] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Geoff,
I am so sorry to hear this. Thank you for passing it on. I'm still in Auckland at the moment, but do let me know when the funeral is. In any case please send my thoughts on to everyone back there in Redfern and to his family. It is a great loss.
Ben


 

From: RSCJ Redfern
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 11:46 AM
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Subject: RE: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Dear Geoff,
I am so sorry to learn about Trevor. On Saturday I saw him out walking; I didn’t think he looked well and said so but he said he felt okay. What a shock for us all.
In sympathy,
Esmey


 

From: Shane Phillips
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:31 AM
To: geoff-turnbull@stassen.com.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 'Roy Wakelin-King'; 'Mark Spinks' …
Subject: A sad loss for Redfern
As one member of the Redfern and south Sydney area I would like to extend my condolences to the family of our Mate Trevor Davies !
Our mate Trevor was a passionate Labour party member , Redfern and South Sydney community member , a proud South Sydney Herald reporter and true local community Icon ...
We’ll miss your yarns and passionate drive for our community ... This is a sad loss to Redfern
You are , Were and will be a Brother to us mate !
If anyone knows his family please pass our message on ?
Shane Phillips
Chief Executive Officer
Tribal Warrior Association


 

From: Elizabeth Rice
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 2:27 PM
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Subject: Re: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Thanks very much Geoff. What a shock! I've spoken with him a couple of times after your anniversary dinner where we sat together and got to know each other much better. A lovely fellow and a good man.l liked him a lot.
Love to you both,
Joe (Elizabeth's in Canberra on Sorry Day business.)


 

From: Justin Whelan
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 2:37 PM
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Subject: RE: [SSG Discuss] Fwd: Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Geoff,
This is very sad news. Please let me know when the funeral arrangements are known.
Peace,
Justin


 

From: Leonard Chin
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 2:30 PM
To: Justin Whelan
Subject:Fwd: [SSG Discuss] Fwd: Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Begin forwarded message:
From: Bronislava Lee
Date: 14 June 2011 12:40:45 PM AEST
To: South Sydney Greens
Subject: [SSG Discuss] Fwd: Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies


 

From: David Allen
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 3:08 PM
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Subject: Re: [REDWatch Member] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Geoff,
Please pass our warmest wishes and most sincere condolences to Trevor's family and many friends.
David Allen


 

From: Nichols Street
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 3:19 PM
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Subject: re:
Very sadnews indeed
Brian
From: Andrew Woodhouse
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 3:40 PM
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Subject: Sincere Regrets - Death of Trevor Davies
Letter to the Editor South Sydney Herald
14th June, 2011
Trevor Davies’ death represents the death of some part of us all. He will always be remembered for his passion for people and for fighting for the underdog. I recall him vividly walking door-to-door in our area handing out early copies of the South Sydney Herald telling me, “‘You have to read this!”, which I did, avidly.
His inchoate humanity shows us that it’s not the years in your life that count as much as the life in your years.
Andrew Woodhouse
President
Potts Point and King Cross Heritage Conservation Society
Saving our past for the future
Ph 0415 949 506


 

From: Coalition Chippendale Community
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 3:55 PM
To: Geoff Turnbull
Subject:Fw: Sincere Regrets - Death of Trevor Davies
Geoff
Awfully sad news and a reminder how precious our lives are!
I hope are OK!!
Jeanette
This message iscirculatedbythe Coalition Chippendale Community Groups (includesChippendale Residents Interest Group and East Chippendale Community Group).


 

From: Michael Gravener
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 5:22 PM
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Subject: RE: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
thanks Geoff
thats very sad indeed
condolences to his family and everyone he will be missed
Michael Gravener


 

From: Leigh Bowden
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 6:05 PM
To: RSCJ Redfern
Cc: geoff-turnbull@stassen.com.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: Re: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Dear Esmey,
What a shock and how incredibly sad!! I knew TrevorwhenI was a member of the House of the New World in the early to mid 70s, then reconnected with him whenI was doing the Redfern Research Project in 2004. He was certainly a character and a 'goer' and was so much help to me whenI was working in Redfern in 2004. A conversation with Trevor was always 'a deep and meaningful'. The Redfern Community will certainly miss him.
I would most certainly like to know what his funeral arrangements are.
In the meantime, I extend my sincere sympathies to those who knew Trevor and loved him.
Leigh
From:RSCJ Redfern
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 5:50 PM
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Subject: FW: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Dear Everyone,
I am forwarding this message from Geoff Turnbull for all who knew Trevor.
I was shocked to receive the news as I had seen Trevor out for his walk on Saturday; he didn’t look well to me and I said so but he said he was okay.
He certainly made his contribution in the local area and we shall miss his presence.
Esmey


 

From: Karine Shellshear
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 8:23 PM
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Subject: Trevor Davies
Dear Geoff - thank you for so promptly putting information on notice re Trevor ! Like many locals, Col and I were shocked and I cannot imagine Darlington without him - he is so much part of the visual streetscape, it is unthinkable to walk up to the shops or up to the Carriageworks markets without Trevor there, quietly watching, taking it all in, and in his own gruff style - expressing the most compassionate commentary on one thing or another. He was quite remarkable for keeping his finger on the pulse and made a damn good socio-active journalist. He called a spade a spade. Please keep us informed of procedings, it would be a terrible shame not to say a decent farewell to this intrinsically very good man. - Karine Shellshear and Colin James

From:elaine syron
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:10 PM
To: rwiu@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Andrew Managing Editor SSH Collis
Subject: FW: [St Vincents Redfern] FW: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies [1 Attachment]
Dear Geoff and Lyn and Andrew,

We are so shocked and sorry to hear of Trevor Davies passing.
How horrible. We were in Sydney on Fri afternoon andwe met Trevor at Tripodi where Trevor bought us a cup of coffee andwe then drove him to the Settlement as hewas telling us of some trouble there and it was just getting dark when we let him out.
We are so upset, so sorry for all your congregation and Redfern residents. We will miss him. He said we don't take a stand on many things but we have taken a stand tohelp you and The Keeping Place.

What a loss.
Elaine and Gordon Syron

Please let us know the details of the funeral by email if possible?

From: jack callaghan
To: svrcnews@yahoogroups…
Subject: FW: [St Vincents Redfern] FW: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies [1 Attachment]
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 18:41:42 +1000

Dear All, trevor was a very active member of the Waterloo Uniting church and a friend of St.Vs.he was also very active in the local A.L.P.and the South Sydney Herald . It is a shock asn Trevor was a fixture aroubnd the place and always welcomed a chat and the latest news from St.Vs ..Recquescat in Pacem . Vale .Trevor . I had a brief chat with him at the R.P.A. Medical Centre about three weeks ago .


 

From: Esther Turnbull
Sent: Wednesday, 15 June 2011 9:24 AM
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Subject: Re: FW: Trevor
Thanks Geoffie.I just forwarded your email with a short message to people from church.
If I get replies. I will ad to the doc and send back.x

From: john hirt
Sent: Wednesday, 15 June 2011 9:37 AM
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Subject: Trev sorely missed-Jh
Dear Geoff,
Very sad news indeed
Thanks for letting us know mate
Trev will be very sorely missed.
Praying for all his family and friends
All strength in Christ,
John
Rev Dr John Hirt
UCA Chaplaincy


 

From: Wendie McCaffley
Sent: Wednesday, 15 June 2011 9:49 AM
To: geoff@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: RE: [REDWatch Member] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Jose , Guido and I were so saddened to hear of our trev departing from our lives yesterday. How we will miss the inimitable man. Please let us know when funeral is.
Hope the Turnbulls are allwell.
Wendie


 

From: Graeme Grace
Sent: Wednesday, 15 June 2011 10:42 AM
To: Andrew Woodhouse; Chippendale Community Group; Elizabeth Elenius; Jean Stuart; Trevor Davies; geoff@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: RE: Sincere Regrets - Death of Trevor Davies
Good on you Andrew. The news was a real shock. I thought he had another 20-30 years of activism in him. What a loss for all of us and what a genuinely lovely man he was.


 

From: Stefanie Pillora
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 9:37 PM
To: 'Lyn Turnbull'
Subject: FW: Trevor Davies
Hi Lyn and Geoff,
I’m sorry to hear about the death of Trevor Davies. Will you be attending the funeral?
Regards
Stef
From: Grayndler ALP
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:29 AM
To: Grayndler ALP
Subject: Trevor Davies
Members are advised of the sad news that Trevor Davies, secretary of Darlington branch, passed away last night. Funeral details to be advised.

Text From Jill Lay:
What can we say……A good mate and one of those rare and special human beings. I am still numb from the call early this morning Jill Lay

Tweet from Shane Mallard
Vale Trevor Davies passed away today. South Sydney local Labor identity & stirrer from the old school.
14 Jun via Twitter for iPhone


 

From: Malcolm Brown
Sent: Wednesday, 15 June 2011 5:27 PM
To: mail@redwatch.org.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: Trevor Davies.

To Geoff Turnbull,
Redwatch
15 June 2011

Dear Geoff,
I have been asked to do an obituary on Trevor. I left a telephone message for you but then inquired further and find that Trevor died only yesterday. I apologise for contacting you so quickly and will leave it to you to get back in touch with me. From the briefing I have received Trevor was a great man, tragically died too young, and ought to be properly commemorated.
Yours faithfully,
Malcolm Brown


 

From: Jose Perez
Sent: Wednesday, 15 June 2011 5:52 PM
To: Andrew Collis
Subject: Re: Trevor Davies
Hi Andrew,
Thank you for the email.
Yes Michael and Ross told me.
He was taken too soon.
At least he is resting now.
I'll keep an eye on the website for the time and date of the funeral.
Please pass on my condolences to his sister.
Regards
Jose


 

From: Colin & Joyce Clague
Sent: Thursday, 16 June 2011 7:30 AM
To: Dorothy McRae McMahon
Cc: Geoff & Lyn Esther & Alexander Turnbull
Subject: Trevor
Greetings Dorothy
Joyce and I are saddened to hear of the death of Trevor Davies. His passionate commitment to the people of the Redfern and South Sydney communities and his particular role as News Editor of the South Sydney Herald will be greatly missed.
We are coming to Sydney at the end of next week to collect an electric wheelchair to enhance Joyce's mobility. Please let us know when there is to be a service of celebration of Trevor's life in case we can get down in time to attend.
Trust that you are well.
Colin and Joyce Clague


 

From: Colin & Joyce Clague
Sent: Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:40 AM
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Subject: Re: Trevor
Hi Geoff and Lyn
Thanks Geoff.
We won't make it to Sydney in time for the service so plan to see you during the following week.
Colin C


 

From:  Sarah Malik
Subject:  Re: Trevor Davies
Date:  16 June 2011 12:49:47 PM AEST
To:  Andrew Collis sshandrew@bigpond.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

thanks for the notification Andrew. I'm in shock. I hope he had a peaceful passing. Please feel free to post this tribute from me in the next edition.
I was so used to Trevor's genial presence around Darlington. He was always genial and affable and genuinely interested in how I was doing. He would always inquire what I was up to and wish me luck and encouragement in my endeavours. He was funny and passionate and will be sorely missed. God bless.


 

From: D. McRae-McMahon and A. Blogg
Sent: Wednesday, 15 June 2011 8:21 PM
To: Julie McCrossin; Andrew Collis
Cc: Heather Robinson; lyn@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; norriemAy-welby; Miriam Pepper; Nicole Fleming; patriciacorowa
Subject: Tanya Plibersek
Hi everyone,
I have just had a call from Tanya Plibersek's staffer to talk with me about Trevor. She is going to make a statement about him at 9.30 tomorrow in Federal Parliament. Imagine what Trevor would think about that!! I am sure he will be listening. I read the staffer (Michael) my poem and he asked for me to send it through (it is attached) and I also sent him through a detailed description of our paper. We had quite a long talk about Trevor, so Tanya could have some ideas. He will send me through what she says. I have also told Trevor's family about all this.
Love to all
Dorothy

For Trevor
The local legend

There he was,
in his favourite café,
with life unfolding around him,
engaging with everyone as they passed
and sharing the latest.

And then he was gone,
as suddenly as a bright red autumn leaf
falling off a tree in the wind.

We looked around,
unable to imagine life without him,
he who knew everyone
and gathered us all together in his knowing.

Plod, plod, plod, he went,
pulling his trolley behind him
as he delivered his papers to the community
and kept checking
to see that we all did the same with our bundles.

Then he was mixing with
the state and country’s leaders,
standing on the ground for what he believed,
a faithful representative
of his Party and the people.

“Do you vote Labor?” he asked the doctors
in the hospital emergency ward.
“Jesus loves you anyway” he reassured them
as they wondered what to say.

Such a mixture of determination
and vulnerability he was.
A “one-off”,
and yet a man of the people.
Such love and passion you leave behind you,
Trevor Davies.
No-one can replace you,
but maybe your kindly spirit
will travel on among those who have known you.

Rest in peace, dear friend.
Jesus does indeed love you forever,
and so do we.

Dorothy McRae-McMahon


 

From:  Ellice Mol
Subject:  Re: Sharing -- funeral info
Date:  16 June 2011 10:05:38 AM AEST
To:  Andrew Collis sshandrew@bigpond.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thank you so much for passing on this info. I will see you there. Again, let me know if there is anything I can do.
Take care x


 

From: Andrew Collis
Sent: Thursday, 16 June 2011 12:13 PM
Subject: Trevor Davies

Dear friends,

Apologies for multiple emails, just wanting to make sure I reach you all.

Trevor's passing this week has so many of us in shock. As you know, he contributed so much to the community and people he loved. The grieving will take some time and then the regrouping ...

Thank you for your July stories. Dorothy and I will be in touch about those in next week or so. We will publish a July SSH, with space for tributes to Trevor -- please send your special letters to the editor.

We will not publish an August SSH -- we'll need that time to grieve properly and to make plans for the future. In recent months Trevor helped to compose a five-year plan for the paper, so we can be confident about the way forward, and know that he affirmed the plan.

I have attached funeral details below. Thanks for all your kind words and support this week.

With you in love for Trevor and South Sydney,
Andrew

A Funeral Service for Trevor Davies
10am, Thu June 23, 2011
Pitt Street Uniting Church
264 Pitt St, Sydney (near to cnr of Pitt & Park sts and a block from Town Hall Stn)

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The South Sydney Herald.
By mail: PO Box 3288 Redfern NSW 2016.
By EFT: BSB 062 231; Account No. 1021 8391.

"... love is everywhere present where thereis one who loves" (S. Kierkegaard).

Rev. Andrew Collis
South Sydney Uniting Church
The South Sydney Herald
The Orchard Gallery
PO Box 3288
REDFERN NSW 2016
+ 61 2 8399 3410


 

From: elaine syron
Sent: Thursday, 16 June 2011 12:18 PM
To: rwiu@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: RE: So upset about Trevor could not sleep all night and maybe it was Thurs when we last met him and he asked us to drive him to the Settlement and maybe that was very stressful for him.

Thank you for writing and we are thinking of you and your extended family of people who loved and respected Trevor so much,
Elaine

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To: elainesyron…

Subject: RE: So upset about Trevor could not sleep all night and maybe it was Thurs when we last met him and he asked us to drive him to the Settlement and maybe that was very stressful for him.

Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 10:28:12 +1000

Hi Elaine

I have spoken to many people who have said to Trevor in the last few days that he should get up to the hospital as he was not looking good and I think because he was due to go in yesterday he thought it was OK. As I understand it they decided when they saw him to operate and put in a stent but they were unable to successfully complete the operation.

Please do not in any way blame yourself. If there is a lesson to be taken from it is that we all need to look after our health and do what we need to do to keep going because if we don’t we won’t be around to share life with our loved ones.

I do worry about you and Gordon and what you are going through and what it is doing to your own health and your ability to continue to create your art. Please make looking after your own health a priority in the end nothing matters more.

Best Regards,

Geoff
Geoffrey Turnbull
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From:  Margaret Williams
Subject:  RE: Trevor Davies
Date:  16 June 2011 2:36:18 PM AEST
To:  Andrew Collis sshandrew@bigpond.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dear Andrew

I remember Trevor at the church in Redfern, at Julie and Damien’s wedding and the baptisms of Phoebe and Noah. I am sorry to learn of his passing and trust that you and all his friends will take comfort in knowing that he is now with his Lord and Saviour. His contributions will not be forgotten by any of you who cared for him and you will often be thinking that “Trevor would have been pleased about this or that,” or “What do you think Trevor would have done in this case?” His absence will have created a void, but I am sure he would want you to carry on as you are since we must all cross that narrow sea one day.

Blessings to you all,
Aunty Margaret


 

From: RSCJ Redfern
Sent: Thursday, 16 June 2011 3:11 PM
To: 'Anne and Bill Byrne'; 'Brian Egan'; 'Jill Perkins'; 'Joseph Castley'; 'Lorelle Savage'; Lyn and Geoff Turnbull; 'Paul Newbury'; 'Peter Maher'
Subject: Funeral Trevor Davis
Dear Everyone,
This is what we have received re the funeral of Trevor Davies.
So many people are affected by his death but he will surely rest in peace.
Esmey


 

From: stvincentsredfern@yahoogroups.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it On Behalf Of John Gavan
Sent: Thursday, 16 June 2011 1:56 PM
To:stvincentsredfern…
Cc:stvinred…
Subject: [St Vincents Redfern] Funeral Trevor Davis
REDWatch Note regarding Funeral Service: A Funeral Service for Trevor Davies will be held at 10am on Thursday June 23, 2011 at Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney (near to cnr of Pitt & Park sts and a block from Town Hall Stn). In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The South Sydney Herald. By mail: PO Box 3288 Redfern NSW 2016. By EFT: BSB 062 231; Account No. 1021 8391.


 

From: Esther Turnbull
Sent: Thursday, 16 June 2011 3:27 PM
To: RWIU@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: Re: Trevor
And I feel left out!!! The only Turnbull not mentioned in that article!
--------------------
Esther Turnbull

On Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 3:26 PM, Esther Turnbull wrote:
aww... Dorothy's poem is lovely!
http://southsydneyuniting.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=318:for-trevor-the-local-legend&catid=60:creative&Itemid=86
thanksGeoffie.
es.x
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From: D. McRae-McMahon and A. Blogg
Sent: Thursday, 16 June 2011 4:47 PM
To: Heather Robinson; Trevor Davies; Andrew Collis; norrie may-wElby; Lyn Turnbull; Susan Leith Miller
Subject: Tanya's speech
Hi everyone,
Attached is what Tanya said in Parliament today about Trevor.
As you will see there are a couple of mistakes, like the paper circulation etc, but mostly it is good and obviously a great honour.
Love to all
Dorothy

Speech from Hansard the original version referred to above was not complete:

Davies, Mr Trevor

Ms PLIBERSEK (SydneyMinister for Social Inclusion and Minister for Human Services) (09:44):
I rise today for a very sad reason. We have lost two great local identities in my electorate in recent times. My colleague Andrew Leigh spoke about the Newtown bookseller Bob Gould in the main chamber.
Today I want to speak about Trevor Davies, a local identity in the Redfern and Darlington area for many years, who died very suddenly and unexpectedly over the weekend from a heart condition that had troubled him all his life.
Trevor was born in Wales. He lived for the last 30 years in the Redfern area in public or community social housing. He was just the most dynamic man. He was prevented from working. He had dyslexia, sleep apnoea and a congenital heart defecta hole in the heart and a faulty heart valve, which were the things that caused him to lose his life. He had hip and knee problems, but he walked everywhere. With all of those things stacked against him, he still managed to run a very successful Politics in the Pub for many years. He ran a terrific debate between Fred Nile and the Prostitutes Collective about the legalisation of prostitution, for example.
He also started a small community newspapera newsletter, reallyfor ALP branch members, that became the South Sydney Herald which now publishes 16,000 copies each month and has about 400 hours of volunteer work involved in it. It is a terrific newspaper because it talks about the strengths of the local community and tells the stories of the local people, and people feel a very strong sense of ownership of the paper. The people who volunteer to work on the paper or to hand it out get a terrific experience if they are journalism students, and a real sense of connection and belonging if they are community members. Trevor's friend the Reverend Dorothy McRae- McMahon talked a lot about how people get this sense of ownership of the paper and come to the paper and ask, 'Could we have this story in our paper?'
With his connection to the local community, strong friendships in the area and strong friendship with the Aboriginal community of Redfern, many of whom called him brother, Trevor will be sorely missed. He was a social innovator. He was a good Labor man, but he would work with anyone to improve the conditions of the people who lived in his community. He was a dedicated social activist to the end and he will be much missed.
Source: House of Representatives Hansard 16 June 2011 page 66 www.aph.gov.au/hansard/reps/dailys/dr160611.pdf


 

From:  tjeckleberg
Subject:  Re: Trevor Davies
Date:  17 June 2011 1:07:51 AM AEST
To:  Andrew Collis sshandrew@bigpond.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oh Andrew.

I'm so sorry to hear this news. How devastating.

Trevor was a kind and passionate man, the kind of rare breed who cares and acts for his local community, who puts the interests of others above his own, who is bold and brave enough to stand up and defend the weak, the powerless and those who go overlooked in our society.

Whenever I saw him he was always concerned to know how I was, and he always asked after you - he clearly loved you and held you in extremely high regard - and was proud that he shared your passion and that you had come to Redfern, The South Sydney Uniting Church and The South Sydney Herald.

It's a huge loss for Redfern, but also a massive legacy. His life reminds me very much of the value of compassion and kindness, a concern for others that is rooted in a respect and care for where they live and what sustains them. It will not be the same to come back to Redfern and find him not there. I mourn with you.

Thinking of you,the community he so loved, his friends and particularly his family at this difficult time,

with much love -
TJ


 

From: Geoff Turnbull [mailto: geoff@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]
Sent: Friday, 17 June 2011 2:23 PM
To: 'Geoff Turnbull'
Subject: Sorry Business - Trevor Davies Funeral Arrangements & Associated Information - Test

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This is to advise you of the arrangements for Trevor’s funeral and other associated information.

The Funeral Service for Trevor Davies will be held at 10am on Thursday June 23, 2011 at Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney (near to corner of Pitt & Park Streets and a block from Town Hall Station). The service will be followed by refreshments until 1pm. You can download a notice with the funeral details to put in a window or on a notice board to let others know from Notice for Trevor Davies Funeral Service 23 June - PDF
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The South Sydney Herald. By mail: PO Box 3288 Redfern NSW 2016. By EFT: BSB 062 231; Account No. 1021 8391.
Arrangements are also being made for those who are able to
contribute to the funeral costs to do so. If you would like to assist in this way please let me know and I will pass details when they are finalised.
The South Sydney Herald will publish tributes to Trevor in their July issue. You can email your story or message to editor@ssh.com.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
You might like to also see some current online tributes to Trevor at:

• Tanya Plibersek on Trevor Davies in the House of Representatives on 16 June 2011

• City News’ Redfern mourns the death of community activist

• South Sydney Uniting Churchespecially Dorothy McRae-McMahon's poem - For Trevor the local legend

• Neil Whitfield's photo’s Trevor1956-2011

• Norrie's Facebook Event Page - A Funeral Service for Trevor Davies

If you know of any other Tributes please let us know and we will add them to the REDWatch website and pass them on to the family. As more are available we are updating the Event listing for Trevor’s funeral on REDWatch
It has been suggested also that there should be some permanent memorial for Trevor in Darlington. With Council due to do some work around the Darlington shops within the next 12 months people might like to consider how Trevor could be best remembered by his community. If there is a good idea and it gains support then we are sure it can be made to happen!
Thank you to those who have sent comments back to us from the earlier email it is an important part of the grieving and mutual support process following such an unexpected loss. We have made a compilation of your comments and passed them on to the family. They are overwhelmed by the volume and sentiments of the responses. We will also to pass on any further messages we receive.
In memory of Trevor,
Regards,

 

Geoff
Geoffrey Turnbull
Spokesperson
REDWatch
PhWk:(02) 8004 1490 Mob: 0418 457 392
email: mail@redwatch.org.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
web: www.redwatch.org.au


 

From: Julie Parsons
Sent: Friday, 17 June 2011 3:43 PM
To: geoff@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: Trevor's Funeral

Hi Geoff,

Thank you for keeping us informed regarding the well deserved tributes to Trevor. It is with great sadness that I will not be able to attend the funeral to celebrate his life and enormous contribution to make not only Redfern, but the world a better place. Unfortunately I will be interstate on this day.

I will miss Trevor very much - andI didn't get to tell him that Roy had approved his request for funding for the South Sydney Herald's Christmas party this year. He was a lovely, cheeky man who always bought a smile to my face.

Vale Trevor Davies.

Every best wish,
Julie Parsons


 

From: Andrew Woodhouse
Sent: Friday, 17 June 2011 4:14 PM
To: geoff@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: Thank you - tribute RE: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Trevor Davies Funeral Arrangements

Thank you Geoff

Could you please add our own tribute to your website, thank you:
Trevor Davies’ death represents the death of some part of us all. He will always be remembered for his passion for people and for fighting for the underdog. I vividly recall himwalking door-to-door, hand-delivering earlybasic, broadsheet copies of the South Sydney Heraldtelling me, “Maaate, you have to read this!”, which I did, avidly.
His inchoate humanity shows us that it’s not the years in your life that count as much as the life in your years. RIP.

Andrew Woodhouse
President
Potts Point and King Cross Heritage Conservation Society
Saving our past for the future
Ph 0415 949 506


 

From: Ben Spies-Butcher
Sent: Saturday, 18 June 2011 5:47 AM
To: Geoff Turnbull
Subject: Re: [REDWatch Member] Sorry Business - Trevor Davies Funeral Arrangements

Hi Geoff,

Sorry I didn't read this through properly. Of course we're happy to make a contribution to the funeral costs. I hope you and Lyn are going ok. He was a pain in the arse, but a wonderful man who will be deeply missed. I'm still in a bit of shock over here, it must be hard being in the middle of it all. But as always your work holding things together and keeping everyone in the loop is very much appreciated. If there's anyway to help once I'm back please let me know.

Yours,
Ben


 

From: Ben Spies-Butcher
Sent: Friday, 17 June 2011 4:05 PM
To: Geoff Turnbull
Subject: Re: [REDWatch Member] Sorry Business - Trevor Davies Funeral Arrangements

Thanks Geoff,

I will try and get back. Things are a little confused by the ash cloud and work (I was to stay on a little longer). But I'm trying to sort that out, so hopefully I can make it.

Cheers,
Ben


 

From: Maggie Roche
Sent: Saturday, 18 June 2011 1:33 PM
To: geoff@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Cc: lyn@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: RE: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Trevor Davies tributes

What a great idea to collect ... . These comments were made on my facebook page, some of the people have made more formal, public comments, but just in case. Also I uploaded one of the Chippo Politics newsletters

http://redfernoralhistory.org/OralHistory/TrevorDavies/tabid/162/Default.aspx actual link - http://redfernoralhistory.org/Portals/0/ChippoPoliticsNewsletter1997.pdf

Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor - The Grovenor/Dixon family are very sad to hear of the loss of our dear friend Trevor what a man what a mighty mighty good man.
Colin Kinchela Sad news. True Fulla and always up for a yarn. Flag @ Half Mast @ Kinchela H.Q. With Respect. X

Shane Phillips - I'll miss our passing yarns Brother Trev, Redfern will miss you dearly..from just one of your many Koori mates............

Duroyan Fertl Speechless. :(

Me [Maggi Roche] - Very sad news. A GEM of a person. What a terrible loss. I'll miss you Trev !

-----Original Message-----
From: davjap
Sent: Saturday, 18 June 2011 7:09 PM
To: geoff@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: Re: [REDWatch Member] Sorry Business - Trevor Davies Funeral Arrangements

Really regret I can't attend. Presently in Melbourne. Returning from Wodonga on Thursday - but not in time. Trust all goes well. My thoughts are with all.

- davidpocklington


 

From:patriciacorowa
To:ARC Sydney
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 5:42 PM
Subject: [aboriginalrightscoalitionsydney] Trevor Davies, Vale...

Hello, Everyone...

This message is forwarded FYI and the information of others who might have known Trevor.

Peace
Patricia

----- Original Message -----
From:Andrew Collis
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:12 PM
Subject: Trevor Davies

Dear friends,

Apologies for multiple emails, just wanting to make sure I reach you all.

Trevor's passing this week has so many of us in shock. As you know, he contributed so much to the community and people he loved. The grieving will take some time and then the regrouping ...

Thank you for your July stories. Dorothy and I will be in touch about those in next week or so. We will publish a July SSH, with space for tributes to Trevor -- please send your special letters to the editor.

We will not publish an August SSH -- we'll need that time to grieve properly and to make plans for the future. In recent months Trevor helped to compose a five-year plan for the paper, so we can be confident about the way forward, and know that he affirmed the plan.

I have attached funeral details below. Thanks for all your kind words and support this week.

With you in love for Trevor and South Sydney,
Andrew

A Funeral Service for Trevor Davies
10am, Thu June 23, 2011
Pitt Street Uniting Church
264 Pitt St, Sydney (near to cnr of Pitt & Park sts and a block from Town Hall Stn)

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The South Sydney Herald.
By mail: PO Box 3288 Redfern NSW 2016.
By EFT: BSB 062 231; Account No. 1021 8391.

"... love is everywhere present where thereis one who loves" (S. Kierkegaard).

Rev. Andrew Collis
South Sydney Uniting Church
The South Sydney Herald
The Orchard Gallery
PO Box 3288
REDFERN NSW 2016
+ 61 2 8399 3410

www.southsydneyuniting.org.au
www.southsydneyherald.com.au
www.theorchardgallery.com.au


 

From: Charmaine Jones
Sent: Monday, 20 June 2011 2:59 PM
To:Char.Jones …
Subject: FW: Inner Sydney Regional Council e-news 20.6.2011

INNER SYDNEY REGIONAL COUNCIL e-NEWS
20 June 2011

Vale Trevor Davies
It was with great sadness that the local inner city community received the news of Trevor Davies’ sudden passing last week. Trevor was a member and Elder of South Sydney Uniting Church, the founding editor of the South Sydney Herald and long-time Secretary of the Darlington ALP Branch. Trevor was one of the foundation members of REDWatch and was known to very many people within the local community. Trevor had only just celebrated his 55 birthday.

A Funeral Service for Trevor Davies is to be held on Thursday, June 23 at 10:00am at the Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to South Sydney Herald - BSB 062 231; Account No. 1021 8391.


 

From:AlexandriaResidentsActionGroup
On Behalf Of M. MOFFAT
Sent: Monday, 20 June 2011 3:20 PM
To:alexandriaresidentsactiongroup…
Subject: [ARAG] RE: T Davis
Importance: High
Geoff Turnbull

Thank you for including the information about Trevor Davis' service. I am only an acquaintance but I was shocked to hear his death announced at Politics in the Pub last Friday. I hope he was not suffering at all. Marjorie Moffat


 

From:Melodie Gibson
Sent: Monday, 20 June 2011 3:41 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: FW: Sorry Business - Trevor Davies Funeral Arrangements


 

From: Geoff Turnbull [mailto: geoff@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]
Sent: Monday, 20 June 2011 3:31 PM
To:Melodie Gibson
Subject: Sorry Business - Trevor Davies Funeral Arrangements
Melodie can you send this around your list if possible please as we are still coming across people who have not heard -
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Thanks to the Aboriginal Organisations that have asked for statements to the passed on to Trevor’s family these have been appreciated.
This is to advise you of the arrangements for Trevor’s funeral and other associated information. …


 

From: Natalie Kikken
Sent: Monday, 20 June 2011 3:58 PM
Subject: RWA Email Update - June 2011
RWA Email Update
20 June 2011
In memory of Trevor Davies
Trevor Davies from the South Sydney Herald sadly passed away on Tuesday, 14 June 2011. Trevor was a member and Elder of South Sydney Uniting Church and the founding editor of the South Sydney Herald. Trevor was one of the foundation members of REDWatch and was known to many people within the local community. Trevor had a great sense of community spirit and commitment and will be sadly missed.


 

From: Desley Haas
Sent: Monday, 20 June 2011 12:36 PM
To: geoff@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: Re: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Dear Geoff
I've only been able to access my laptop messages today.
I'm dreadfully sorry to hear about Trevor. What awful news. So sad to think of life without him to brighten the way and make us see the funny side of things. We will be heading to Darwin the day of the funeral and am disappointed I won't be there with you all.
Take good care best wishes to all will be in touch
Desley


 

From: Gai Smith
Sent: Monday, 20 June 2011 6:52 PM
To: geoff@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: A personal archive for Trevor
Dear Geoff,

AsI mentioned to you and Lyn today, I'm helping Vern organise his mother's papers to go to the Manuscripts Department of the Mitchell Library. Alan Tasker, the Field Librarian at the Mitchell Library, is very enthusiastic about what we're doing. In Trevor's case I suspect there's not much in the way of documents he has kept, and that's why I think it's VERY IMPORTANT to use the occasion of the great gathering of people who come to honour Trevor on Thursday to get people to commit to contributing their memories of Trevor, and what they know of all he did in their area of interest, IN WRITING - so we can gather the materials that will be needed to document the life of a great man. We'll never get that chance again, to have in one place so many people who knew the different facets of Trevor's life. I KNOW the Mitchell Library would be very glad to have such a collection of documents available for future researchers - not exactly a "personal archive" since it won't have been gathered together BY Trevor, but anything people can contribute to record all Trevor was and all he did. We've lost Trevor - we mustn't lose this chance to preserve the details of his remarkable life.

Gai


 

From: Andrew Collis [mailto: sshandrew@bigpond.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]
Sent: Monday, 20 June 2011 10:47 PM
To: RWIU@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: Re: A personal archive for Trevor
Hi Geoff,
Thanks. The eulogies will be important in themselves. I'll inquire about recording the service on Thursday.
I've scanned the photos that Lyn and I collected from Trevor's place today. I also have all back copies of the SSH and many previous incarnations of the paper.
Peace,
Andrew


 

From: NATIONAL NEWS
Sent: Tuesday, 21 June 2011 7:48 AM
To: NATIONAL NEWS
Subject: NSW FUNERAL NOTICE: VALE TREVOR DAVIES - [NATIONAL NEWS 11949 - 2011, 21 JUNE]

TSN NATIONAL NEWS
[PLEASE NOTE: THIS EMAIL IS DELIVERED BCC TO MULTIPLE RECIPIENTS]

NSW FUNERAL NOTICE: VALE TREVOR DAVIES

It was with great sadness that the inner city community received the news of Trevor Davies’ sudden passing last week. Trevor was a member and Elder of South Sydney Uniting Church, the founding editor of the South Sydney Herald and long-time Secretary of the Darlington ALP Branch. Trevor was one of the foundation members of REDWatch and was known to very many people within the local community. Trevor had only just celebrated his 55th birthday.

A Funeral Service for Trevor Davies is to be held on Thursday, June 23 at 10:00am at the Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to South Sydney Herald - BSB 062 231; Account No. 1021 8391.

Source: Inner Sydney Regional Council e-news 20.6.2011

The following was emailed from Sue Wicks:

Michael Page Tribute
Appropriately Trevor was the first person I met when I moved into the Darlington area.
This quirky and curious man who I bought a paper from that day asked me about what I did, who I was and where I came from. Later, as our dialogue grew we shared our common ground over our growing up in the suburbs of the northern beaches, our dislike for Tony Abbott and our concerns for the boatpeople. He struggled with my name for a while and for a while I became quite fond of being called “Paul”. But once he realised my passion for Rugby League and the Rabbitohs through my regular purchase of Rugby League Week he pounced. “Can you write Michael?” and 500 words later I was part of the widespread group of willing volunteers that Trevor was so brilliant at harnessing.
We had many coffees and conversations at Ming’s, Tripod and pretty much every other coffee shop in Darlington. His story will no doubt be told well at eulogies and masses he was determined, cheeky, loving, intelligent, and passionate - “a good man” who had achieved so much in his relatively short period on this earth.
It’s a rare talent bringing strangers together and Trevor had an incredible ability to connect and then connect people and build a sense of community here in Darlington. There are so many people who I now know, smile at, talk to who I wouldn’t know if it hadn’t been for Trevor. Last year at the fundraiser at Buono Gusto I marvelled at not just how the then Premier’s attendance and Fr Bob’s wonderful speech but at the eclectic group of people Trevor had assembled and the wonderful sense of community that went with that. It has to be our mission to keep that going in his absence and find ways to keep reaching out and make friends out of strangers.
Vale Trevor Missing you big Time

Sue Wicks Trevor Story
I first met Trevor after he applied to join the ALP in about 1979. As the then Secretary of the Redfern-West ALP Branch we checked people were real and lived at their given address (credentialing in ALP terms). After knocking on the door where he lived with Sister Susan, I’m not sure whether hello or do you want a cup of tea were his first words but many cups of tea later...
Trevor then became the branch Secretary and started organising people come and talk to the The Branch.
After Peter Baldwin was elected such was his interest in politics that Baldwin arranged for hard copies Hansard to be posted to him.
Trevor started the first of his newletters/newspapers called “The ChippoPoilitics Newsletter” in the 1990’s to advertise “ChippoPoilitics”, the pub forums called “ChippoPoilitics” and also had some articles, reviews and letters to the editor. It went to every house in Redfern and Darlington
One of Trevor’s skills was that he wrote fantastic with headlines for stories.
We took it over to Baldwin’s Office and for photocopying . Firstly 1 x A3 and then 2 x A3, took it home to his place and it was folded and put in letterboxes. Of course many people helped including Trevor’s mother Connie. The newsletter was sponsored by the Abercrombie St Medical Centre and the Abercrombie St Newsagency and adds from pub bistros and local services.
Paddy McGuiness even once threatened to sue the Chippo Politics newsletter about a review of the 1996 British film “Brassed Off”.
The Chippo Politics Newsletter morphed through a few names before becoming the South Sydney Herald. There are Copies at the State Library of NSW
1998-2000 “Chippo politics newsletter” - Chippo Politics Foundation
1999-2000 Road runner (Redfern, N.S.W.) - Uniting Church in Australia. South Sydney Parish
(The State Library notes that the May 2002 ed. has: "Sorry Day edition". "Incorporating Road runner &? Chippo politics" -- these two titles merged to form the previous title "Chippo news")
2000  “Chippo news” - Uniting Church in Australia. South Sydney Parish
2000-2002 “The Redfern chippo herald” -Uniting Church in Australia. South Sydney Parish
Many of you would have attended theseChippo Politics forums.
Chippo Politics was held at the Thurless Castle Hotel, Cleveland St, Chippendale on an irregular basis starting at 2pm. Trevor was pretty forward and would meet people in all sorts of places and invite them along and spend hours on the phone chasing them up. Politics soon became something that you did not reject the invite to talk at. It soon developed into an event to get to early as there was often standing room only and an overspill onto the footpath.
It was described by Brett Evans in his book “The life and soul of the party: a portrait of modern Labor” published by theUNSW Press in 2001 as
“Besides the noise of the poker of the regulars (who probably resent their drinking time spoiled by these noisy interlopers) and the faltering PA system, Bob Gould had to be dealt with. Real people mixing alcohol and political argument all done without a modem or a website. A sort of seminar-in-the-pub run by some Labor Party members.”
People would come, some would eat and drink, listen, heckle and ask questions. Sometimes there would be music. There was always a raffle for a donated prize inspired by Johhno Johnson and ALP institution raffle organiser and ticket seller.
By this century it had moved to The Berkley Hotel in Abercrombie St, Chippendale as the Thurless Castle Hotel had changed hands. Chippo Politics had lost it’s outside beergarden, a good bistro and great publicans.
The Thurless had been was a great venue and it never took survived the move to the back bar of a pub.
On Susan LM’s advice the “Chippo Politics Foundation” was registered as a legal entity. However in 2009 the registration was cancelled by according to that riveting journal, the Government Gazette.
In the 1990’s a group of people from the ABC and academia were struggling to start “Science in the Pub” down in Ultimo and contacted Trevor for help. We went down there a couple of times and Trevor did spend time with them over time. It still happens regularly.
Here is a partial list of speakers and some topics. The last ChippoPolitcs was held early this century
Alan Jones (indescribable)
Prof Bill Randolph (Academic - Urban Renewal & can the inner city be saved)
Brendan Nelson (in his earing wearing days)
Cass Wilkinson (ex-ALP Staffer -the Future of Community Radio in Sydney)
Clover Moore (Mayor and State Member - Council mergers, Botany and South Sydney)
David Oldfield (One Nation - Multicultural Future of NSW)
Doug Sutherland (ex Councillor and Sydney Mayor - Council mergers)
Henry Tsang (ex Councillor -Multicultural Future of NSW)
Jill Lay (Councillor Council mergers)
Jim Soorley (ex Brisbane Mayor)
Dr Lucy Taska (Railway Historian about Eveleigh Railway Sheds Centenary)
Marian Wilkinson (Prize winning author and journalist)
Meredith Burgman (City Councillor)
Michael Mobbs (Ex City Councillor and Chippo resident)
Rev Ray Richmond (then from the Wayside Chapel -Church and Drug law reform and the Safe Injecting Room)
Richard Glover (ABC)
MargheritaTracanelli (worked for Fretilin)
Bill Leak (artist and cartoonist)
Bob Ellis (author etc)
Mungo MacCallum (ex Canberra Correspondent)
Dr Phillip Nitschke (Euthanasia)
Dr Keith Suter
Al Grasby (ex Politician)
David Malouf (Prize winning author and Chippo resident)
And many others
Other topics were Education, Aboriginal Affairs ... and politics
References:
State Library of NSW
Clover Moore Newsletters
National Library Trove
Workers Online the Official Organ of LaborNet
etc.


 

From: Millie Ingram
Sent: Wednesday, 22 June 2011 10:03 AM
To: RWIU@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: RE: Contributions to Trevor's Funeral
Thanks Geoff. Acknowledging receipt of the email.
Kind Regards
Millie
From: Turnbull Family [mailto: RWIU@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]
Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 9:50 AM
To: Millie Ingram
Cc: Susan Leith Miller
Subject: Contributions to Trevor's Funeral

Hi Millie

Thanks for your call and comments about Trevor. It was good to know Lola spoke about him today on Koori Radio I will try and get a copy of it for the family.

Thanks for your offer of a contribution towards Trevor’s funeral. Below are the details for contributions towards Trevor’s funeral.

I hope you can make it for some of the funeral and look forward to seeing you there

Regards,

Geoff
Geoffrey Turnbull
Spokesperson
REDWatch
PhWk:(02) 8004 1490 Mob: 0418 457 392
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web: www.redwatch.org.au


 

From: Turnbull Family
Sent: Wednesday, 22 June 2011 1:45 PM
Subject: [Redfern Waterloo Issues Update] 22 June 2011
Vale Trevor Davies Funeral 23 June 2011
The Funeral Service for Trevor Davies will be held at 10am on Thursday June 23, 2011 at Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney (near to corner of Pitt & Park Streets and a block from Town Hall Station). The service will be followed by refreshments until 1pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The South Sydney Herald. By mail: PO Box 3288 Redfern NSW 2016. By EFT: BSB 062 231; Account No. 1021 8391.
Trevor was a member and Elder of South Sydney Uniting Church, the founding editor of the South Sydney Herald and long-time Secretary of the Darlington ALP Branch. Trevor was one of the foundation members of REDWatch, had served as a committee member in almost every community organisation in the area at one time or another over the last 30 years. At the time of his death his committee responsibilities included being Vice President of the St Vincent de Paul branch that covered the Redfern area. Trevor had a wide circle of friends from his various involvements and the people he met along the way; be that as a street sweeper, working in the Darlington newsagency, at Politics in the Pub, as part of Redfern Residents for Reconciliation, at political meetings or delivering leaflets for a meeting, or his beloved local newspapers (the South Sydney Herald only being the most recent incarnation).
Trevor’s death was sudden although he had not been well for some time. He was due to have an angiogram on the day he died but was taken to hospital the evening before where he had a heart attack and was operated on for several hours before he died on Tuesday 14 June 2011. His death came as a particular shock to those who had spoken to him around the Darlington coffee shops over the long weekend or had talked to him in one of his various activities in the week before. Trevor had only recently celebrated his 55 birthday and was brother to Susan, Annie and Ivor. Susan has recently started work at the Big Issue office in Redfern.
His family would welcome assistance with the funeral costs and if you are able to contribute please contact his sister Susan Leith-Milleron leithsu@bigpond.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and / or make a contribution to Account name: Susan Leith-MillerBSB: 062 231 Account Number: 1037 0246. Any surplus funds will be donated to the South Sydney Herald.
The South Sydney Herald will publish tributes to Trevor in their July issue. You can email your story or message to editor@ssh.com.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before the weekend. Trevor played an important role in the South Sydney Herald and they are currently looking at how they rearrange responsibilities to cover a Trevor sized hole. If you have skills that may be of assistance to the paper, even in the short term, please contact Andrew at editor@ssh.com.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
It has also been suggested by Gai Smith, who is helping with other family archives to be deposited with the Mitchell library, that the Mitchell Library would also be interested in receiving people’s stories. She says “
it's very important to use the occasion of the great gathering of people who come to honour Trevor on Thursday to get people to commit to contributing their memories of Trevor, and what they know of all he did in their area of interest, in writing - so we can gather the materials that will be needed to document the life of a great man. We'll never get that chance again, to have in one place so many people who knew the different facets of Trevor's life”. We encourage you to put something in writing about your interactions with Trevor and add items to SMH Tribute Page for Trevor or pass these on to the South Sydney Herald to either publish or to pass on to an archive.
Below are some current online tributes to Trevor and if you know of others please let us know to pass on to others:

• Tanya Plibersek on Trevor Davies in the House of Representatives on 16 June 2011

• City News’ Redfern mourns the death of community activist Trevor is on the front page of a paper other than SSH!

• South Sydney Uniting Churchespecially Dorothy McRae-McMahon's poem - For Trevor the local legend

• Neil Whitfield's photo’s Trevor1956-2011 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnhibvhKQ-Y&feature=player_embedded

• The SMH tribute page - www.onlinetributes.com.au/Trevor_Davies/ (Fairfax Digital Media are also working on an Obituary)

• Norrie's Facebook Event Page - A Funeral Service for Trevor Davies

It has also been suggested that there should be some permanent memorial for Trevor in Darlington. With Council due to do some work around the Darlington shops within the next 12 months people might like to consider how Trevor could be best remembered by his community? If there is a good idea and it gains support then we are sure it can be made to happen like many of Trevor’s own good ideas!
Trevor will be missed greatly by the community that he served and stirred for so many years. Farewell political comrade, church brother and personal friend.

 


 

From: Roslyn Burge
Sent: Wednesday, 22 June 2011 1:52 PM
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Subject: RE: [Redfern Waterloo Issues Update] 22 June 2011
Hello Geoff and Lyn
I haven’t had one of your epistles in many months good to see.
I’m sorry to read about the death of Trevor Davies good luck with your RED Watch.
Kind regards
Roslyn Burge


 

From: Lucy Taksa
Sent: Wednesday, 22 June 2011 2:05 PM
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Subject:Fwd: Indigenous Connections With Eveleigh Research Project

Dear Geoff, am very sad to hear the news about Trevor. It's a great loss of a community activist - too soon after the passing of Bob Gould.
I hope all else is going well for you,
regards
Lucy
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From: ray.r@idl.net.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sent: Wednesday, 22 June 2011 2:28 PM
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Subject: Re: [Redfern Waterloo Issues Update] 22 June 2011

Had the great pleasure of meeting Trevor a few times, on a street corner with you and Lyn only 18 months ago. I read the So Syd News, great paper.
He certainly will be missed.
Ray
Habitat Assoc for Arts and Environment Inc Visions Inner Sydney


 

From: liesaclague@westnet.com.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sent: Wednesday, 22 June 2011 2:32 PM
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Subject: Re: [Redfern Waterloo Issues Update] 22 June 2011
Thanks Geoff and Lyn
For the information especially about Trevor.
Love
LiesaClague


 

From: ElectorateOffice Marrickville
Sent: Wednesday, 22 June 2011 3:23 PM
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Subject: Re: [Redfern Waterloo Issues Update] 22 June 2011

Hi Geoff and Lyn

Thanks for the email. Carmel and our office membershere in the Marrickville electorate were also very saddened to hear the terrible news of Trevor's passing. Hewas much liked by us all.

I also just wanted to pass on that Carmelspoke in tribute to Trevor in the NSW Parliament last night, she had met him many times over the years. It is currently located here:
http://parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/hansart.nsf/0/FF5AA2BCDAAF40CCCA2578B6007F82AD

Kind regards

Lliam Caulfield
Electorate Officer
The Office of the Hon Carmel Tebbutt MP
Member for Marrickville
244 Illawarra Road Marrickville 2204 | PO Box 170 Marrickville NSW 1475
Phone 9558 9000Fax 9558 3653
www.carmeltebbutt.com.au
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TRIBUTE TO TREVOR DAVIES

Ms CARMEL TEBBUTT (Marrickville) [6.29 p.m.]: Today I make a private member's statement about the sad passing of a valued member of my community, Trevor Davies. Trevor was a man who lived for those around him, as a passionate advocate for his local community in the Redfern-Waterloo area and a long-time secretary of the Darlington Branch of the Labor Party, as a founder and news editor of the South Sydney Herald, and as an active and generous elder of his church, the South Sydney Uniting Church. Trevor was a friend to many, a true inner-city character, and those who knew him admired his commitment to social justice and his integrity in remaining true to his ideals and values. Trevor passed away following a heart attack on Tuesday 14 June 2011 at the age of 55.

Trevor is a great example of how individuals can make a difference in the lives of those around them. Trevor was a community activist who genuinely put into practice his belief in the importance of compassion and justice for all people in our society. For example, when concerns were raised locally regarding policies and plans for the Redfern-Waterloo area, Trevor made sure the community had a voice. He was one of the founding members of the REDWatch community group, which monitors plans for the local area, makes recommendations and advocates for outcomes that benefit the community. The group remains a strong, progressive presence reviewing projects taking place in Redfern-Waterloo, and its ongoing efforts are a testament to people like Trevor, who care for their community and take action to pursue outcomes that aim to benefit the community as a whole. Trevor's commitment to local debate and engagement was also demonstrated through his very successful Politics in the Pub, which ran for many years. I can remember debating Peter Debnam many years ago at one of Trevor's Politics in the Pub debates. Trevor was always committed to putting both sides of an argument and he had some very interesting speakers.

Trevor could only be described as a passionate man; he did everything with gusto and good intentions. He fought for what he believed in and was involved in many campaigns and protests over the years, whether it was to save housing in The Block at Redfern or to fight against homophobia, racism and poverty more broadly. He was devoted to these causes in the same way that he was devoted to the independence of the media, his politics and his church. Trevor was a strong advocate for greater internal democracy within the Australian Labor Party. Trevor did perhaps some of his best work in his support for and work with the local Aboriginal community in Redfern and Waterloo. He was a strong supporter of the Pemulwuy Project of the Aboriginal Housing Company and it was through Trevor that I first became aware of the fantastic work of The Settlement in Darlington, which provides support for children and young people in the Darlington area.

I will always remember Trevor for his endless energy for campaigning, his quick-talking presence for which political opponents were no match, and as someone who proudly wore his politics pinned to his sleeve. Whenever I met him in the electorate in Darlington I could be certain to find him engaged with people on the street, at a cafe, or at a street stall, always talking, always opinionated, and always looking to the next project or the next article he would write. Trevor's network of contacts and his knowledge about what was happening were legendary. Trevor's monthly column "Have You Heard: The Fast News", always had its focus on issues facing his community and there was often a bit of local or political history thrown in. In his last column he wrote of the battles in local Labor branches in years gone by to save the Erskineville housing estate.

Trevor did not write the stories or get involved with these movements just to have an argument. He did it because he believed that local people with local knowledge have a lot to offer, and that people in positions where decisions are made should always be prepared to listen and respond to what people have to say. The people of Darlington and Redfern will notice the huge gap that has been left by Trevor's passing. I hope that his memory will inspire people to get actively involved in their local community and to stand up for the things they believe in. I am very fortunate to represent an electorate with a proud tradition of activism and of communities coming together to fight for their beliefs. I hope to see that continue in Trevor's memory, and I am sure it will.

Trevor has been described as irreplaceable, a local legend, a grassroots activist, a forthright publisher, an unfailing friend of Labor, a man of strong faith and a caring friend. I remember him as an unswerving supporter and a passionate advocate for the Darlington community in my electorate. I feel privileged to have known Trevor. Our many discussions and debates on issues both local and broad were stimulating and thought provoking. While we did not always agree, Trevor always made me think carefully about my position on issues, see things from another perspective and often revisit my approach. I pass on my sincere condolences and sympathy to all those who are mourning his loss. The communities I represent and indeed New South Wales have been very fortunate to have benefited from the passion, dedication and hard work of Trevor Davies. He will be missed by many.

Source: NSW Legislative Assembly Hansard - www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/hansart.nsf/V3Key/LA20110621038


 

From: Irene Doutney
Sent: Wednesday, 22 June 2011 4:18 PM
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Cc:ssg-discuss@lists…
Subject: memorial for Trevor from Irene Doutney and the South Sydney Greens

Dear Andrew and Geoff

Please find attached a memorial for the SSH and Redwatch in memory of Trevor Davies on behalf of myself and the South Sydney Greens

Regards,
Irene

Irene Doutney
Greens Councillor
City of Sydney
Ph: 02 9265 9812

IN MEMORY OF TREVOR DAVIES
22 JUNE 2011

I am writing on behalf of the South Sydney Greens to express our great shock and sadness at the passing of our dear friend Trevor Davies.

Although Trevor’s great loves were his Church, his Party and his community he was always incredibly supportive of our local group the South Sydney Greens and our election candidates and councillors. Trevor was never blinded by party attitudes and he was always prepared to work together with all groups for the betterment of our South Sydney community.

Trevor was such a force for good in our community it is hard to imagine life without him. How well we remember the Survival Day Harbour Cruises he organised each year on the 26 January, the fundraisers for the South Sydney Herald, his membership of REDWatch, and his championing of the rights of the disadvantaged and the working class in our area and across the state.

As one of the founding editors of the South Sydney Herald he made an important contribution to independent media in Sydney and gave a voice to the concerns of the South Sydney community. His regular column in the SSH was a monthly must read.

I personally have fond memories of Trevor’s regular phone calls to find out what was the latest gossip around Council and his cheeky leading questions about the Greens. Whatever the conversation he would always end it with a compliment and a blessing. I will miss those calls so much whether it was about a contentious local Development Application or an invite to the blessing of the animals at the Uniting Church or a request for a few hundred words on the latest hot topic for the South Sydney Herald, Trevor always had time for the Greens.

We remember Trevor as a Labour man who was big enough to accept and encourage all those who fought against injustice in our community whatever their political affiliation. He was a man with a big heart who will be sorely missed by all those who knew him.

The South Sydney Greens extend our sympathy and condolences to his family and friends, he will be greatly missed

With deepest regret
Irene Doutney
Greens Councillor
City of Sydney
On behalf of
The South Sydney Greens


 

From: Bill Sheridan
Sent: Wednesday, 22 June 2011 6:26 PM
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Subject: Re: Trevor D - Tripod Service
Hi Geoff & Andrew
Kindly find the attached.
Regards
Bill


 

From: Robyn Fortescue
Sent: Wednesday, 22 June 2011 6:48 PM
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Subject: Trevor

Trevor was a great believer in the people having a voice, the right to be heard. Trevor’s community activity exemplified this:

Involved in Saving the Erskineville Public Housing estates; raising the issue of the then drug abuse and associated problem around Ivy lane with the then Deputy Premier Andrew Refschauge; and at every opportunity raising the issue of accessibility to Redfern Station.

Creating the Chippo Politics Saturday afternoons at the Thurless Castle where the speakers included a very broad church: among them Mungo McCallum, David Oldfield, Piers Ackerman, Bob Ellis, Richard Glover and a young ALP tyro not yet running for pre-selection Tanya Plibersek. Topics included the history of the Eveleigh Railway, euthanasia, council amalgamations, the future of community radio, East Timor and progressive local government because Trevor believed in the right to be heard.

He was passionate about the ALP, and said with the performance of the new Liberal Government he thought Labor was in with a chance at the next election in NSW. As long standing Darlington Branch Secretary Trevor ensured the Branch dealt with real issues of community interest and regularly invited speakers to address the Branch. Trevor had a deep interest in local government and was considering a run at he next election. Trevor was the type of representative we needed and rarely got.

When NSW ALP looked set to sell off state owned electricity Trevor called an activist meeting at the AMWU building and thus was born the grass roots campaign against the sell-off. Trevor also called the public meeting that set up the Darlington residents to form RAIDD in opposition to the proposed University development next to the Darlington school.

Trevor started the community newsletter that grew to become the South Sydney Herald so we the community had a voice

Trevor was a man of faith, in his church and in the ALP as the party to give voice to ordinary people. Trevor knew everyone in Darlington because he engaged with everyone; he was at the heart of our community and he will be missed by all of us. A generous and caring man. Comrade I miss you.

Robyn Fortescue

Robyn Fortescue/ Secretary TSA Division/AMWU
T 8868 1581 F9897 2219 / www.amwu.org.au
Po box 167, Granville NSW 2142
Level 2, AMWU Building, Cnr Good St & Parramatta Rd, Granville

From: Suzanne Wicks
Sent: Wednesday, 22 June 2011 8:28 PM
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Subject: These people have asked me to send apologies for tomorrow
Jefferson Lee, Professor Jennie Seberry, John Wilkinson
Good night and all of you and sleep well.


 

From: Jeanette Brokman
Sent: Wednesday, 22 June 2011 9:28 PM
To: 'Geoff Turnbull'
Subject: FW: [Redfern Waterloo Issues Update] 22 June 2011
Thanks for the Update. I won’t be able to attend tomorrow’s funeral however wanted to say what a remarkable man Trevor was he left a marked impression with everyone. I hope you find solace in tomorrow’s events and enjoy the shared memories and dialogue tomorrow!
Jeanette


 

From: RSCJ Redfern
Sent: Saturday, 25 June 2011 6:02 PM
To: geoff@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: RE: [REDWatch Email] Sorry Business - Trevor Davies Funeral Arrangements

Dear Geoff,
I missed Trevor’s funeral as I had to be in Brisbane this week. But I imagine the crowd would have been so big that my absence would not have been noticed.
May I suggest that his story would be a very good one for inclusion in the obituaries in the SMH. I imagine Dorothy McRae-McMahon would do a very good job in writing it up.
But you may know others equally qualified to prepare such an article. It does not have to be submitted immediately just when it is possible for whoever writes it.
The editor of TIMELINES as that page in the SMH is called is Harriet Veitch and the email address is Timelines@smh.com.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Esmey

From: Kerry Pearse
Sent: Sunday, 26 June 2011 11:22 AM
To: RWIU@turnbulls.au.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: RE: [REDWatch Member] FW: Attention: Jim Diers coming to Australia

Hi Geoff

I wasn’t able to come to Trevor’s funeral on Thursday I was in Canberra and to be frank had been to a pretty gruelling funeral of a friend last Monday and didn’t think I could take another one so soon. I’m sure that lots of people would have gone and that he would have been sent off well.

I hope you and Lyn are doing ok I’m sure that Trevor’s death was a big shock for everyone

Kind regards, Kerry

Kerry Pearse
Moreton Consulting Pty Ltd

Working together to make a difference


 

From: Laura Bannister
Subject:  Re: SSH July 2011 -- Online and Out Now!
Date:  6 July 2011 7:29:25 AM AEST
To: Andrew Collis sshandrew@bigpond.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hi Andrew,

I hope this email finds you well.

I was greatly saddened the other week to learn, through chance of an email I got included in as a recent contributor of SSH (having halted writing for you to go overseas for uni), the passing of Trevor Davies. Trevor, as you know, was such a wonderful man, who brought so much life into the community. Never have I felt so encouraged to pursue stories of depth with my journalism, so accountable to a community, and in my representation of them, and so able to have freedom in writing abut the things that matter. Through SSH, under Trevor's guidance, I often found myself interviewing Big Issue vendors, reviewing the prison system and engaging with more passionate people than I ever have. He was a wonderful man with a biting sense of humour - as soon as you met him, you realised he immediately cared about you.

My thoughts are with you and others close to Trevor. Thank you for sending through this new issue - I look forward to reading it …

Warmest,
Laura


Facebook


In this section we have pulled together some of the Facebook comments known to us. There are bound to be many, many more. Note: On Facebook most recent usually at top not bottom.

From Alexander Turnbull’s Facebook

Short Obit for Trevby Alexander Turnbull on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 8:41am
Trevor Davies died this morning, at the age of 55. i know few of you knew him, but if you've ever frequented the shops at Darlington you would have seen him around either working at the news agent, or more likely discussing politics at one of the cafes. if you ever lived in south Sydney you probably saw his face in the local paper. he was a devout christian, a good socialist and one of the most dedicated citizens that Redfern Waterloo has ever had.
We have lost a true comrade today. He will be sorely missed.

Kieran Adair devastated but thank you for letting us know Alex Trevor was a really good bloke, quirky, dedicated, good sense of humor He will be sorely missed in this household... Best wishes to his family

Chappie Lea fuck, are you serious? fucking awful! argh. thanks for letting me know.

Geoff Turnbull Well said Alexander Turnbull - Trevor Davies has made a huge contribution to the local community and he will be sorely missed. I joked recently with Trevor that if I ever wrote an auto-biography it would have to be titled "Who's that with T...revor". As we talked at Saucepan he stopped a bishop walking past to find out who he was and what he was doing in the area. It underlined why so may people knew Trevor and why so many people knew him. God Bless Comrade!

Alexander Turnbull seriously fuck the entire tory party fuck them all the smiley heartless piles of reptile shit. they have nothing that could be mistaken for decency. Fuck tony aboot, fuck Joe Hockey, fuck Chis Pyne and fuck Nick fucking Minchin. if i had it my way they would be neutered.

Maggie Korenblium this status is funnier if you say "fuck tony a boot" out loud. PS when you said the details were on your fb status I assumed the details did not consist entirely of swearing :P

Alexander Turnbull to give context to this outburst, they are preventing Tanya Plibersek MP for sydney and anthonyalbanesemp for grayndler attending the funeral for trevordavis who was a leading constituent, and alp stalwart, by refusing to pair them (having two oppersition MP's abstain from voting so there is no change in make up of the house for that day

Alexander Turnbull my rage has no need of spelling

Patrick Duffy What the hell! Petty minded little shits. Please tell me that someone, somewhere is going to protest this idiocy.

norriemAy-welby KUNTS!

Alexander Turnbull we cant protest pat we have a funeral to go to

Maggie Korenblium you could bring a sign that says "hey tony, where's tanya? >:|" and hold it up in an official photo :P

Patrick Duffy Well said, al. What about murderin? Can we commit some murderin?

Alexander Turnbull pat you are the one our government has trained in that not me

Alexander Turnbull also shouldn't you be doing that now mate? i thought you were on course

Patrick Duffy I leave at the start of July. Plenty of time for pre course murderin.

 

From Norrie’s Facebook

norriemAy-welby crying today, normal services will be resumed as soon as possible

 

From Trevor’s Facebook

norriemAy-welby the community spirit in redfern that trevor helped light up

Paul Reti Vale Trevor Davies. A rare 'mensh'. He was a rare inner-Sydney 'identity' with a heart of gold, who persuaded, conned, cajoled and/or manipulated many of us into getting involved with his many well-intentioned local communal projects and initiatives.

What's on @ The Factory Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies

thefactorycommunitycentre.blogspot.com I would like to express my deep regret at this news. I enjoyed seeing Trevor at the Darlington shops and exchanging a word or two about the issues of the day. Many will miss him.

norriemAy-welby saddle sore from delivering 800 South Sydney Heralds today (tell Trevor Davies I've finished all my deliveries except for the ABC and Sydney Uni bundles)

norriemAy-welby Vale Trevor Davies, by Tanya Plibersek from Federal Parliament https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=1gH02379GnCapg7f1fnn1A74WF3p8_cVIZhkTF4ZCYHq-ZNNbjuWh1s0CmIs4&hl=en_US

 

Michael Mackenzie-Shreenan
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=212758298763433
A Funeral Service for Trevor Davies
Location: Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney
Time: ‎10:00AM Thursday, June 23rd
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Geoff Turnbullposted to A Funeral Service for Trevor Davies
City News Tribute to Trevor Davieshttp://www.altmedia.net.au/37590/37590
Redfern mourns the death of community activist « Alternative Media Group
www.altmedia.net.au
Michael Mackenzie-Shreenan
http://www.facebook.com/notes/the-factory-community-centre/a-funeral-service-for-trevor-davies/156598477744028
A Funeral Service for Trevor Davies
Dear friends, Apologies for multiple emails, just wanting to make sure I reach you all. Trevor's passing this week has so many of us in shock. As you know, he contributed so much to the community and people he loved. The grieving will take some time a...nd then the regrouping ... Thank you for your July stories. Dorothy and I will be in touch about those in next week or so. We will publish a July SSH, with space for tributes to Trevor -- please send your special letters to the editor. We will not publish an August SSH -- we'll need that time to grieve properly and to make plans for the future. In recent months Trevor helped to compose a five-year plan for the paper, so we can be confident about the way forward, and know that he affirmed the plan. I have attached funeral details below. Thanks for all your kind words and support this week. With you in love for Trevor and South Sydney, Andrew A Funeral Service for Trevor Davies 10am, Thu June 23, 2011 Pitt Street Uniting Church 264 Pitt St, Sydney (near to cnr of Pitt & Park sts and a block from Town Hall Stn) In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The South Sydney Herald. By mail: PO Box 3288 Redfern NSW 2016. By EFT: BSB 062 231; Account No. 1021 8391. "... love is everywhere present where thereis one who loves" (S. Kierkegaard). Rev. Andrew Collis South Sydney Uniting Church The South Sydney Herald The Orchard Gallery PO Box 3288 REDFERN NSW 2016 + 61 2 8399 3410 www.southsydneyuniting.org.auwww.southsydneyherald.com.auwww.theorchardgallery.com.au See More
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Linda Scott We'll miss you Trevor - thanks for all the advice. God speed.

Ben Falken Lots of love to you Trev. May your legend live on.

Darren Mara Trev, we'll miss you mate.

Joe Correy RIP Trevor Davies .. Redfern legend. Miss ya.

 

Neil James Whitfield Passing of Trevor Davis

 

Passing of a person of faith | Neil's final decade
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Neil James Whitfield Shocked to learn this. Privileged to have known you.

Lisa Duff Darlington won't be the same without you Trevor, so happy I had the chance to talk with you yesterday, you were a wonderful human being!!

 

Geoff Turnbull God Bless Comrade and Friend

Michael Mackenzie-Shreenan message from Tibal Warrior

 

As one member of the Redfern and south Sydney area I would like to extend my condolences to the family of our Mate Trevor Davies !
Our mate Trevor was a passionate Labour party member , Redfern and South Sydney community member , a proud South Sydney Herald reporter and true local community Icon ...
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We’ll miss your yarns and passionate drive for our community ... This is a sad loss to Redfern

You are , Were and will be a Brother to us mate !

If anyone knows his family please pass our message on ?

Shane Phillips
Chief Executive Officer

Tribal Warrior Association Inc
Jill Lay
With love and amazing memories, goodbye mate.
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Asren Pugh
See yaTrev. You were a great man.
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Ben Aveling
Vale Trev.
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Michael Mackenzie-Shreenan
http://www.facebook.com/notes/the-factory-community-centre/sorry-business-death-of-trevor-davies/156108711126338 - You were one in million mate, RIP mx
Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
Dear Friends and Colleagues It is with great sadness that I write to let you know that Trevor Davies passed away this morning Tuesday 14 June 2011. Trevor was due to undergo an angiogram today but was taken to hospital yesterday and had a massive hea...rt attack there. Doctors worked on him for many hours but were unable to revive him. It only became apparent when they operated on him that he had a congenital hole in the heart and an infection. Trevor had only recently celebrated his 55th birthday. Trevor was a member and Elder of South Sydney Uniting Church, the founding editor of the South Sydney Herald and long-time Secretary of the Darlington ALP Branch. Trevor was one of the foundation members of REDWatch and was known to very many people within the local community. Please pass word on to those you know who knew Trevor. We will advise funeral details when known and will also post these on the Events section of the www.redwatch.org.au Sad Regards, Geoff Geoffrey Turnbull Spokesperson REDWatch PhWk:(02) 8004 1490 Mob: 0418 457 392 email: mail@redwatch.org.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it web: www.redwatch.org.auSee More
By: The Factory Community Centre
Norrie’s A Funeral Service for Trevor Davies
Time Thursday, June 23 · 10:00am - 1:00pm

Location Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St, Sydney
264 Pitt St
Sydney, Australia

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 A Funeral Service for Trevor Davies
10am, Thu June 23, 2011
Pitt Street Uniting Church
264 Pitt St, Sydney (near to cnr of Pitt & Park sts; a block from Town Hall Stn)

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The South Sydney Herald.
By mail: PO Box 3288 Redfern NSW 2016
By EFT: BSB 062 231; Account No. 1021 8391

Bradley Pollard I loved talking politics with you mate. Rest in peace. Love from Brad &Felisimina

Seán McIntyre RIP Trevor, was a beautiful service this morning

Neil James Whitfield Sorry -- still in The Gong so won't make it. My thoughts are with you all.

Brenda Woodward RIP Trevor - thanks for all the support you gave to South Sydney Community Aid, you knew what 'Community' meant xx

Dave Darker well trever you got to the big pie in the sky. dave

norriemAy-welby The community spirit in Redfern that Trevor helped light up. A project begun in january this year, lit up full last night for the solstice, Caroline street redfernhttp://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150662459615637&set=t.568956663&type=1&theater

Michele Goodman still so strange not to see Trevor around - just wish I could tell him they finally fixed his letter boxes

Digby Hughes Very sorry - unable to make it - I wish I managed to have as much love for humanity as Trevor.

Wendy Collis agreed, rip trevor
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sorry will be unable to attend

Matt Barnes Oh sad, just the other day I realised it had been a while since I'd seen or talked to Trevor around the Ambercrombie St cafes.

Julie Campbell RIP Trevor - it will seem strange not seeing you around....

Esther Turnbull For Trevor - The local legend
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Claire Thompson Happy that I am able to attend. Trevor was a true Redfern legend who will be sadly missed in the community. Trev - you gave me my first break as a journalist working for the South Sydney Herald and the opportunity to make my dreams come true. An absolutely top guy with a big heart. RIP Trev - we will miss you xxx

Flint Dewberry Would love to be able to be there. Thanks for everything Trevor.

Peter Ovenden I will be overseas but would dearly love to attend.

Garry Mallard Sorry, tyranny of distance and all that. Trev, comrade, you will be missed!

Shane Phillips You were Redfern through and through Brother ! To Trevor's family & many freinds , our Love and respects go to you all ! Our mate !

Geoff Turnbull City News Tribute to Trevor Davieshttp://www.altmedia.net.au/37590/37590
Redfern mourns the death of community activist « Alternative Media Group
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‎Melissa Gibson Trevor's loss will be felt in a thousand different ways, on a daily basis. I'll miss his courage, humour and heroic levels of kindness.

Irene Doutney dear, dear Trevor he will be so greatly missed :-(((

Julie Elizabeth McCrossin Let's honour this great community activist and compassionate man.

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norriemAy-welby http://www.facebook.com/notes/the-factory-community-centre/sorry-business-death-of-trevor-davies/156108711126338
Sorry Business - Death of Trevor Davies
By: The Factory Community Centre

norriemAy-welby http://www.facebook.com/notes/alexander-turnbull/short-obit-for-trev/10150286620843203
Short Obit for Trev
Trevor Davies died this morning, at the age of 55. i know few of you knew him, but if you've ever frequented the shops at Darlington you would have seen him around either working at the news agent, or more likely discussing politics at one of the cafes. i...f you ever lived in south Sydney you probably saw his face in the local paper. he was a devout christian, a good socialist and one of the most dedicated citizens that Redfern Waterloo has ever had. We have lost a true comrade today. he will be sorely missed.
By: Alexander Turnbull

Deborah Ruiz Wall Goodness is an intangible quality that exists in some persons and yet is readily detectable. Trevor Davies was a shining example of a person of goodness a true gentleman, in John Henry Newman’s terms of ‘one who never inflicts pain.’ Trevor felt the pain of others and fought to redress social and political injustice. His sudden death removes from Sydney a community activist whose presence in the media, streets and in political, social and church gatherings was an inspiration and encouragement to so many.

Trevor, you will be sorely missed but your life will continue to be a catalyst for good.

David and Deborah
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Penny Sharpe Facebook
Vale Trevor Davies : This is the speech I just gave in the Parliament
byPenny Sharpe on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 4:33pm
I rise today to mark the very sad passing of Trevor Davies. A caring and kind man who has been taken from his family and his community way too young. Today a community - a community in the truest sense - gathered at Pitt St Uniting Church to bid farewell to Trevor Edward Davies. At the young age of just 55, Trevor died on 14 June 2011 of a heart attack.
His devastated family spoke of a beloved brother and an uncle for whom they cherished and for whom they were not yet ready to lose.
A man quick with a joke and a long and infectious laugh.
They told how as a teenager he had tried to revive his father after a fatal asthmatic attack.
They told of his undying love for his mother.
A man who always had something interesting to say - just as he was always able to listen to the stories of others.
They told how Trevor wagged school to listen to the federal election and started his first newspaper at high school .
A man whose faith was unshakeable and whose care for others unbounded.
His friends talked of Trevor as the man who knows everyone.
A man who involved himself in the community of Darlington, Chippendale and Redfern in a way that knitted people together.Someone who enriched everyone by the simple act of reaching out to others and bringing them together to work for the common good of their own community.
His friends talked of someone who truly loved his neighbours as he loved himself.
Trevor Davies was the founder and co editor of The South Sydney Herald. The South Sydney Herald started life as the local newsletter of the local Labor Party with a distribution of 5000 one page photocopies. Trevor, in partnership with the South Sydney Parish of the Uniting Church grew this little newsletter into a full colour, 16 page, independent newspaper produced every month and delivered to 22,000 households.
It is made by the community for the community. Every month over 450 hours of volunteer work go into producing it.
Trevor's death has been described as leaving a Trevor sized hole at the Herald.
I am however confident that the community built around the South Sydney Herald will be able to continue this unique and vital community publication.
Trevor Davies was an elder of the South Sydney Uniting Church, the Founder of REDWatch, a management committee member of a number of local community organisations including South Sydney community transport and the Settlement.
He even managed to become the Protestant vice president of the Erskineville St Vincent de Paul Society.
For Trevor Davies faith and politics were two sides of the same coin. Trevor had been the Secretary of the Darlington Branch of the Labor Party for more years than anyone can remember. Trevor worked for Labor at every local, state and federal election for the last 30 years.
He was committed to Labor in the finest of traditions. While his commitment was rock solid this did not mean that his support was unconditional.
Trevor encouraged debate, he was prepared to be inclusive of others even if they were not members or indeed supporters of the Labor Party.
Trevor was fearless in his pursuit of what he considered was the right thing for his community be it a compassionate approach to refugees, the need for a local community centre or indeed fixing a street chair so people in his community could rest on their way to the shops.
One of great contributions Trevor made was his passionate campaign to gain government support for the redevelopment of the Block in Redfern. The Pemulwuy project he fought for alongside the Aboriginal Housing Company is now a reality.
He unashamedly backed the underdogs and spoke out at injustice when he saw it.
I would like to share one of my favourite quotes from Trevor. He said this when we was a candidate for the City of Sydney in 2008.
"The great thing about working class people is that you can't piss on them from up high"
His Labor family will miss him terribly.
One of his oldest and dearest friends, Dorothy McRae-McMahon wrote this poem.
For Trevor - The local legend
There he was,
in his favourite café,
with life unfolding around him,
engaging with everyone as they passed
and sharing the latest.

And then he was gone,
as suddenly as a bright red autumn leaf
falling off a tree in the wind.

We looked around,
unable to imagine life without him,
he who knew everyone
and gathered us all together in his knowing.

Plod, plod, plod, he went,
pulling his trolley behind him
as he delivered his papers to the community
and kept checking
to see that we all did the same with our bundles.

Then he was mixing with
the state and country’s leaders,
standing on the ground for what he believed,
a faithful representative
of his Party and the people.

“Do you vote Labor?” he asked the doctors
in the hospital emergency ward.
“Jesus loves you anyway” he reassured them
as they wondered what to say.

Such a mixture of determination
and vulnerability he was.
A “one-off”,
and yet a man of the people.
Such love and passion you leave behind you,
Trevor Davies.
No-one can replace you,
but maybe your kindly spirit
will travel on among those who have known you.

Rest in peace, dear friend.
Jesus does indeed love you forever,
and so do we.

Vale Trevor Davies

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Jo Chichester Beautiful Penny...
Rose Tracey That's wonderful Penny.
Ruth Pollard Gorgeous speech Penny ... vale Trevor
James Shaw Very sad day.
Helen Harper Lodge But beautiful service, he was so loved by so many people from all walks of life...
James Shaw True. It was a great send off.
Rachel Maitland best sendoff ever, great speech too P
Warren Gardiner Well said Penny
Margaret Duckett Thanks Penny. He worked as part of my campaign team against John Howard some 25 years ago, and I have counted him as a friend ever since - he was loved by many
Phil O'Donoghue I worked a bit with Trever some years ago, you've captured part of his essence here. Sad.

 

Website Tributes and Links

Links, Places for Memories & Rembering Trevor Davies

REDWatch www.redwatch.org.au/redw/trevor

REDWatch last modified Jun 26, 2011 12:16 AM History
Here we will collect and update links to other material about Trevor Davies. If you know of one which is not here please let us know. We have also provided information about how you can deposit your stories and Remember Trevor.

Below are some current online tributes to Trevor and if you know of others please let us know to pass on to others:

• Tanya Plibersek on Trevor Daviesin the House of Representatives on 16 June 2011

• Carmel Tebbutt in NSW Legislative Assembly 21 June 2011

• Penny Sharpe - Parliamentary Tribute to Trevor Davies 23 June 2011

• Andrew Collis Funeral Homily for Trevor Davies

• Geoffrey Turnbull Funeral Tribute to Trevor's Activism

• Joel Pringle's translations blog on Trevor Davies

• City News’Redfern mourns the death of community activist Trevor is on the front page of a paper other than SSH

• South Sydney Uniting Churchespecially Dorothy McRae-McMahon's poem-For Trevor the local legend

• Neil Whitfield's photo’sTrevor1956-2011andhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnhibvhKQ-Y&feature=player_embedded

• The SMH tribute page -www.onlinetributes.com.au/Trevor_Davies/(Fairfax Digital Media are also working on an Obituary)

• Redfern Oral History 2007 Interview with Trever also has a links to a 1977 Chippo Politics newsletters and on line information.

• Trevor Davies Facebook page

• Norrie's Facebook Event Page - A Funeral Service for Trevor Davies


Would you like to say something about Trevor?

People are trying to collect stories about Trevor and would like to hear any stories you might have. Gai Smith, who is helping another family collect archives to be deposited with the Mitchell library said that that the Mitchell Library would also be interested in receiving people’s stories. She says“it's very important to use the occasion ... to get people to commit to contributing their memories of Trevor, and what they know of all he did in their area of interest, in writing - so we can gather the materials that will be needed to document the life of a great man. We'll never get that chance again, to have in one place so many people who knew the different facets of Trevor's life”.

These stories can go to the family, be shared in the South Sydney Herald, on websites and go to the Mitchell Library. Here are some ways you can tell your story or pass on information:

The South Sydney Herald will publish tributes to Trevor in their July issue and possibly later. You can email your story or message toeditor@ssh.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .aubefore 26 June 2011 for the July issue or any time after this and it can be added to the website and passed passed on to the family.

• Add your story to the SMH tribute page -www.onlinetributes.com.au/Trevor_Davies/

• Add a message or story to the Tribute Book at the Abercrombie Street Newsagency Darlington

• Do something on your own blog or website and let us know about it


Help the Memory and Activities of Trevor Live on
Here are some thing you you could do to help Trevor's memory live on:

• Trevor talked to many people and made them feel welcome and part of the community. He also introduced people he knew to others. You can can do the same.

• Trevor was involved in many activities, causes and campaigns. Many of those are looking for people to volunteer and help. Think about what you may be able to do to help others

• Some people have suggested a memorial to Trevor in Darlington, if a good idea emerges and people support it then we are sure it can be made to happen. Council due to do some work around the Darlington shops within the next 12 months people might like to consider how Trevor could be best remembered by his community?

Redfern Oral History http://redfernoralhistory.org/Default.aspx?tabid=162

Redfern Oral History site also has posted the December 1997 Chippo Politics Newsletter and some links to Workers Online items about Chippo Politics sessions.

Joel Pringle - http://translationsblog.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/vale-trevor-davies/

Vale TrevorDavies
Posted on June 14, 2011 by hrgh| 1 Comment

Inner South Sydney has lost another stalwart and a man dedicated to social justice.
This morning, 14 June 2011, Trevor Davies suffered a heart attack and due to subsequent complications, passed away.

Many members of the Darlington/Redfern community, and beyond, will know Trevor through his efforts with the South Sydney Herald, the newspaper of which he was founding editor. The newspaper began as a community newsletter that Trevor started out of the South Sydney Uniting Church, and has grown to become a well-regarded independent source of news on local events and issues.

Trevor was a senior member of the South Sydney Uniting Church, the long-term Secretary of the Darlington ALP Branch and a founding member of the REDWatch organisation.

I came to know Trevor through my involvement with The Settlement. Trevor was quick to assist through his contacts with the local member and her office, and the South Sydney Herald has always been available to publicise Settlement events or issues. Trevor was very accepting of a blow-in such as myself becoming involved in the area, and was generous with his background knowledge of the local scene.

It is people of Trevor’s ilk that shift the balance of power between the welfare of local communities and government policy. This has been particularly important in a gentrifying inner city location, with distinct pockets of disadvantage.

Trevor recently celebrated his 55th birthday.
Update:Tanya Plibersek pays respect to Trevor in Parliament.

One Response to Vale TrevorDavies

 1. Brian Noad | June 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Reply

Trevor gave our nichols street community group considerable support over many years by attending local meetings, supporting issues and will be sadly missed

Alternative Media Group
Redfern mourns the death of community activist
The Redfern community is mourning the death of REDwatch founding member Trevor Davies following his death on Tuesday.

Mr Davis will be remembered for founding and editing the South Sydney Herald and for his community activism and commitment to social justice.

Spokesperson for REDWatch and close friend Geoff Turnbull, said: “There is now a vacuum that needs to be filled in so many areas of the community.”

As founding editor and regular columnist, Mr Davies started the South Sydney Herald, originally as an A3 newsletter that he photocopied in the office of an inner city politician.

Close friend Lyn Turnbull said the paper played an important role in the community, which continues today.

“One of the most important ways he [Trevor] could engage with the community was through the South Sydney Herald, telling positive stories about the area at a time when nothing good was coming out of Redfern,” she said.

Mr Davies played a prominent role in the Waterloo-Redfern area; he was an Elder of the South Sydney Uniting Church and he was the Secretary of the Darlington ALP Branch
Reverend Dr Dorothy Mcmahon from the Uniting Church said Mr Davies was a passionate believer in both the church and the Labor party. She said his presence in the community will be missed.

“Trevor Davies was a legend. There he was, often struggling with multiple health issues and yet at the centre of community life, caring for others. He knew the life stories of so many people and was their friend and advocate.

“We will all missTrevor Davies and no-one could replace him,” she said.

Mr Davies was part of the protest to save the housing estate ‘the block’ and was a regular campaigner against homophobia, racism and poverty.

Sydney Greens Councillor Irene Doutney described Davies’ ‘sharp eye’ for local issues and his love of the area.

“Trevor really was at the grass roots of this area with his role in the independent press, his great love of the Labor party and his devotion to the South Sydney Uniting Church,” she said.

A Facebook tribute to Mr Davies highlights his passion for local politics and the Australian Labor Party.

“If you’ve ever frequented the shops at Darlington you would have seen him around either working at the news agent, or more likely discussing politics at one of the cafes,” wrote Alexender Turnbull.

“His loss will be felt widely and incredibly deeply,” said Councillor Doutney.

Councillor Doutney and Mr Turnbull said his famous sign off to every conversation, “God bless you,” will be fondly remembered.

Mr Davies, aged 55, was scheduled to have an angiogram on Tuesday but was taken to hospital on the day before.

Doctors discovered a congential hole in his heart and he died on Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack.

By Tara Blancato

LETTER: RIP TREVOR DAVIES
Trevor Davies’ death represents the death of some part of us all (City News, June 16). He will always be remembered for his passion for people and for fighting for the underdog. I vividly recall him walking door-to-door, hand-delivering early broadsheet copies of the South Sydney Herald telling me, “Maaate, you have to read this!”, which I did, avidly.
His inchoate humanity shows us that it’s not the years in your life that count as much as the life in your years.
RIP.
Andrew Woodhouse
President
Potts Point and King Cross Heritage Conservation Society

Trevor,

You had great affection for Cana and we had great affection for you.  Your interest in the people around you and your passion for justice was deep and speedy.  Your energy left you no time for commas or full stops.  Words overtook each other in your output of ideas.  We are grateful for you contribution to Cana especially through your interest in the garden shelter.  Speed home to God. 
With love from your friends at Cana Communities