Adrian Davies from Ballina was born on April 1, 1945 in the old Kyogle ambulance at a park in Wiangaree.
Adrian Davies from Ballina was born on April 1, 1945 in the old Kyogle ambulance at a park in Wiangaree. Susanna Freymark

Put in shoebox after early birth, but Adrian’s no April fool

ON THIS day in 1945, Kyogle’s iconic yellow 1938 Dodge ambulance was forced to pull over at the Lions Park in Wiangaree.

Adrian Davies’ mother, Mavis, couldn’t make it to hospital and her son was born two months early in the yellow ambulance.

Dodge ambulance that was stationed at Kyogle between 1938 and 1964.
Dodge ambulance that was stationed at Kyogle between 1938 and 1964.

“I was put in a shoebox,” Mr Davies said.

When his mother went into labour out at Dairy Flat, there was no phone to call the ambulance and Mr Davies’ four year old brother had to walk half a mile up the road for help.

He gave a neighbour the note from his mother to call the ambulance stationed in Kyogle.

When Mr Davies, now 71, saw the photos of the ambulance featured in The Northern Star recently, it jogged his memory.

The ambulance was part of the Australia Day celebrations in Sydney.

It served Kyogle and surrounds between 1938 and 1964 and clocked 372,000km in its service.

One of those journeys was Mr Davies’ impromptu birth.

Road workers came and checked what was going on, he said.

He was taken to Kyogle Hospital where he stayed for a fortnight.

“My dad, Frankie, was away at the time cutting timber to make railway sleepers to ship to India,” Mr Davies said.

Mr Davies’ mother died in July last year aged 94. At his Ballina unit, Mr Davies proudly held up his birth certificate.

Born April 1.



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