1921 – Born on the 4th
of March at Kalabar, in the Fassifern district of Queensland.
As a child he was a devotee of
Australian country music, in particular Tex Morton.
1936 – Age 16 his father bought
him his first guitar, on the promise that he would learn to play
it. Soon singing and playing at local dances and on the radio
stations 4BH, 4BC and 4IP. Eventually having his own show
“Rangeland Rhythm” every Saturday night on 4BH.
1946 – Invited to tour with Jack
Gills Wild West show. After leaving the rodeo he appeared on Bob
Dyer’s “Dude Ranch” on the ABC radio.
1949 - Joined the Lester’s
Follies – Married Alexie Wood.
1950 – Ron and Alexie joined with
Eric Tutin to take a travelling show “The Vanities” on the road.
1950 – Rejoined Lester’s Follies.
1951 – Travelled to
for his first recording session with Regal Zonophone. Recorded 6
tracks, one of which was “My Fassifern Valley Home”. Stayed in
for 3 years.
1952 – Release of “Rodeo Rhythm”
and “Out on the Warrego”. Recorded a total of 18 tracks for
1954 – His father became ill
so he returned to the family farm. Ron had continued to perform
around the southeast region of
1974 – Brief return to recording
with a single on Festival- “Boonah Rodeo” and “Freight Whistle
1980 – Ron “retired” from
1996 – Release on CD of the 18
tracks originally released in the 1950’s on Regal Zonophone.
1997 – Inducted in to Hands of
Fame. Presented with the Norm Scott Pioneer Award for “his
contribution to country music in Australia”
by Brian Howard. This prompted Ron to come out of retirement.
1997 – In June recorded 3 tracks
for Birubi’s Country Down Under Volume 5.
2002 – Release of the CD “The
Three Generations” featuring Ron with his daughter Karen and
2007 – Awarded the World
of Radio Presenters’ National Legend Register 2007
2008 – Released a fund raiser CD
in aid of drought relief.
2014 – Passed away on October