Colin HUDDLESTON (1983)

Colin Huddleston

1914 – Born on May 1st at Iron Knob in South Australia.

His parent died when he was young so was brought up by his grandparents.

1927 – Left home at 13 and worked at numerous jobs, including a boundary rider, and a fettler on the Ghan railway line.

Around this time he became interested in country music and would entertain around the campfire at night. He would travel hundreds of kilometres, sometimes on a camel, to attend country music shows.

1953 – Square dancing was taking off and it caught Colin’s interest. When 4500 attended a dance at Centennial Hall in Adelaide, Colin decided to form his own club. In four months he had a large following and many times his children provided the backing music for his square dance calling.

Colin became the square dance caller on the Reg Lindsay “Country and Western Show” broadcast from Adelaide. He travelled with Reg teaching people how to Square Dance.

1980 – Illness forced him to cut back on his work load and so he moved onto radio presenting a country music program “Colin Huddlestone’s Country Hour” on 5UV Adelaide.

1983 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.

1984 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

1988 – Passed away on July 6th.