Ted Noffs about himself
I was born in Mudgee on 14 August 1926 at 18 Douro Street just where it is met by Lovejoy Street. My childhood memories are deeply rooted in the place of my birth. Living subsequently in Sydney with my parents, sister Hilda and brother Ron, I frequently returned to Mudgee. I first attended school at Eurunderee, but when we moved to the city, the tradition was established of my spending every vacation on my grandparents' orchard and vineyard at Eurunderee.
It may seem unimaginable now, in these more dangerous days, to put a child of eight on a train at Parramatta and allow him to travel alone all the way to Mudgee, especially with all the shunting involved at Wallerawang; but I can remember those train trips as vividly as though they happened yesterday.
When I arrived at Mudgee, I was met at the railway station by my grandfather in his high-backed cart pulled by his favourite horse, old Jim. I no sooner arrived at the farm, when I was involved in my childhood joys of picking up fruit, catching rabbits, crayfishing, milking cows and exploring the forsaken goldmines.
One winter's Sunday in 1935, the Anglican clergyman arrived for a church service at Eurunderee's School of Arts. Someone had forgotten the key, and the small congregation adjourned to Henry Lawson's house for the service. As the only child present, I sat beside the fireplace and reflected on the fact that Henry, as a child, had some sixty years before sat in the same place. The house was subsequently torn down, and only the chimney remains.
Every holiday, on the night before the train was to take me back to the city, I tried desperately to make myself sick through crying. I always hoped that my grandparents would take pity on me and decide to keep me with them a bit longer. It never worked. The next morning I would be taken down to the station, to set out once again on the lonely, but exciting journey home, where I would cry for nights after my return, until another memorable Mudgee holiday became part of my childhood dreams.......
Ted Noffs-Childhood Memories of Henry Lawson Country 1983
NOFFS Rev. Theodore Delwin, MA (NWU), LTh (Melb); Ted Noffs Foundation; son of Theodore & Leila Noffs; born 14 August, 1926; educated Parramatta High School, University of Sydney, Leigh Theological College (Sydney), Northwestern University (Chicago); Career Pastor Wayside Chapel Kings Cross NSW 1964-91, founder Wayside Foundation (renamed Ted Noffs Foundation) 1971, established Australia's first Life Education Centre Sydney 1979, Aboriginal Breakfast Program Sydney 1970, first 24 hour Crisis Centre Sydney 1968, first Drug Referral Centre Sydney 1967, Co-founder Life Line 1963, Founder and first President Aboriginal Affairs Foundation 1962, Associate Pastor Central Methodist Mission Sydney 1959-64, Garrett Theological College (Rural Sociology) Northwestern University and Minister Wesley Church Chicago 1957-59, Minister Lockhart NSW 1953-57, ordained 1952, Minister Far West Mission 65,000 square mile parish Wilcannia NSW 1951-52, Leigh Theological College Sydney 1948-50, Trainee Minister Methodist Church 1946, English Dip. Sydney Tech. 1945, Trainee Engineer McPhersons Sydney 1941, Australian Humanist of the Year, Council of Australian Humanist Societies 1985; Australian Humanitarian of the Year, National Bank of Australia since 1985; Advance Australia Award, Advance Australia Foundation 1986; publications The Wayside Chapel 1969, Drugs and People 1976, Cries 1977, By What Authority? 1979, The Summit of Daring 1981, Childhood Memories of Henry Lawson Country 1983, The Mark of God 1984, Understanding the Drug Crisis 1986: married 17 March, 1951 Margaret, daughter Harry & Gladys Tipping, three sons; Wesley, David, Theodore. Died 6 April, 1995.