Colin HUDDLESTON (1983)
1914 – Born on May 1st
at Iron Knob in
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
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
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
1984 - South Australian Country
Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1988 – Passed away on July 6th.