1913 - 2003 (90 years)
Set As Default Person
||Eric Lawrence Moore |
||29 Aug 1913
||Cooktown, QLD, Australia
||Between 1 Apr 1940 and 24 Aug 1945
||12 Denbeigh Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia 
||22 Sep 2003
||Mareeba, QLD, Australia
Maurie Roy at one stage was taking out Eric's sister. [2, 3]
The following is a eulogy published in Eric's funeral service:
Eric was born in Cooklown on the 29Aug1913 He was the second son of miner George Moore 26 yrs and Margaret Mary Moore 20 yrs (née Adams).
Eric was one of eight children that grew up in the Far North Queensland area. His sister Shirley recalls Eric having to walk a mile in the mornings just to go to school -- if he didn't take a detour to go fishing or spend the day exploring the bush.
Eric was a man that could be referred to as a Jack of all trades, but you couldn't say he was a master of none, as what he set about doing he MASTERED, therefore, what he did, he did well.
Saying Pop was "jack of all trades" refers to his numerous skills. Pop was a tiler, a carpenter, a wharfie, and a soldier. Eric also co-owned a bakery and learnt how to be a baker. He also owned a newsagency, and it is believed he could sell ice to the eskimos.
But the career that he was most widely known and respected for was that of a publican. Eric owned several hotels; starting out with the Royal Hotel (Mareeba), then The Crown Hotel (Port Douglas) and the last pub he owned was The Dunlops Hotel (Mareeba), now known as the Peninsula Hotel. He was a huge supporter of the football clubs and was a co-founding member of the Mareeba Lions Club.
One of Eric's many nicknames was 'PUNCHY MOORE'. This had a few meanings that refer to his boxing days when he was a boxing referee. And also from his publican days... If you were playing up too much, he would jump over the bar and punch you.
But before we go too far we need to acknowledge the fact that Eric was a solider in World War II. Corporal Eric Lawrence Moore QX3959, was enlisted with the Australian Any on 2 Apr1940. Eric was a truck driver in a services unit. He boarded the ship The Queen Mary to the Middle East for his first tour of duty. Whilst aboard the ship Eric took on the Australian Bantamweight Champion, and won very convincingly.
Eric completed his tour of duty in the Middle East and returned to Cairns to marry Jean McFarlane née Royes on the 30th May 1944, and Jean's three children Joyce, Bert and Ron, became Enc's stepchildren. They then moved to Brisbane for a short time, where they purchased a newsagency.
Enc was recalled to Army duty. He had to train on the Atherton Tablelands for the conditions in Papua New Guinea. He was one of many who fought in the historic war on the Kokoda Trail. On completing his last tour of duty, he was discharged from the Army on the 24 Aug1945 from 2/23 Aust Support PE. The War was something that Eric never spoke too much about.
After Eric's 90th birthday, we came across some newsletters from a fellow soldier that had been keeping the in touch with members from the unit (1st Australian Corp Troops Supply Column) Jack Kelso, a fellow digger, is putting the names of the soldiers that are called to 'The Big Parade' on an honour board. So if you are ever in Dorrington Queensland, call into the Enoggera District Memorial Hall you will see up on the honours Board the name of Corpora! Eric Lawrence Moore QX3959.
Pop will be remembered in Mareeba as we watch the olive tree that he planted grow.
It was planted on Remembrance Day 2000 "as a living symbol to remember all who served Australia in times of conflict". This honour was bestowed on Eric for being the oldest returned soldier at the time.
World War 2 Nominal Roll:
Service 2 Apr 1940 - 24 Aug 1945
NOK Mother, Margaret Moore
Eric does not appear on the Electoral Rolls 1901-1936, but there are many Moore's who share Lawrence as their second name, mainly in Melbourne, VIC)
||Roy~Royes | Hougham, Moody, Mordaunt, Royes, Roy-Manning, Healey-Roy, Claxton-Harris, Australian Royes
||2 Aug 2012 |
||Gavin Henry Moore|
b. 10 Jul 1887, QLD, Australia
d. 1 Apr 1935, Cairns, QLD, Australia (Age 47 years)
||Margaret Mary Adams|
b. 26 May 1893, QLD, Australia
d. 2 Jul 1972, Cairns, QLD, Australia (Age 79 years)
||30 Apr 1912
||Family Group | Family Chart
- [S12] Ancestry.com, Australian Electoral Rolls 1901-1980 Leichhardt/Cairns p 120.
- [S12] Ancestry.com, Australian Electoral Rolls 1901-1980.
- [S56] Commonwealth of Australia, WW2 Nominal Roll Australia.