Jimmy Carter…But I Loved the Dairy.
Written by D Morley, photo by Italo Vardaro
Jimmy grew up on a fruit and vegetable property on the River Murray at Waikerie. His parents soon set up a small dairy and this is where Jimmy’s love of cows began. When he left school at fourteen it was his job to run it. The cows were milked for their cream and every morning Jimmy would cut lucerne for them, milk them and separate the cream. It was a good business and soon there about 50 cows to milk!
However the introduction of pasteurization made it too expensive to continue with dairying and they got out of the business. “I liked the fruit block, but I loved the dairy. When we left I kept one of the cows and I milked it every morning.”
Jimmy became very well known around the Waikerie district for playing the drums in various popular dance bands. He was never taught how to play the drums. He remembers as a kid that he would always ‘play the knives’ on the table while listening to the radio so his parents bought him a drum kit. When asked how he taught himself to play the drums he says, “I don’t know how or why but I could just do it!” Jimmy still has asset of drums in his shed. He has lived his whole life in Waikerie and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
An extract from: “Conversations…history comes as a story.”
A project of the Rain Moth Gallery, Waikerie.