Their first Rupanyup store was at the north end of town, later
they moved to the centre of town and finally to a corner store at Cromie Street, first
renting the property from Jimmy & Effie Hemphill and later purchasing it. This
business was known as 'Hudson's Corner Store', selling items ranging from tractors to
peanuts. We 3 boys each served our apprenticeship there, weighing up spuds, delivering
groceries and eventually reaching the peak of our profession by serving Mum Hunter, Annie
Coote & Bessy Tickner.
Vera too would have shared this experience, when for a time
Don was general manager. I cannot pretend to be covering all the important aspects of
Emmy's & Bobby's life together, Don surely could write a book on his exploits and
similarly Roly. May we start from this day, sharing some of our past experiences, for time
is running out for the 3 Hudson brothers, and our children are interested even if only to
give a similar report on another occasion.
The fact that we raided 'Tight' McMullin's pomegranate tree is something that our kids
should know about and the reason why Mum's cane chair collapsed was because us kids were
cutting sections of cane out of it to smoke the stuff. I have covered those early years as
best as my memory will serve, for as I said earlier, I think we owe it to our children to
inform them of things past.
Emmy would be proud to know that her family has gathered here today, not just to mourn
her passing (on the 11th of January 1983), but the mere fact that we have assembled to
share each others company in a very meaningful way. In doing so we focus our attention on
those who are unable to be present. In particular we think of Carole with her husband
Stuart and their family over in England.
Cheryl, or little Emmy as she is often referred to as, regrets that this service
couldn't have taken place before she left to join Carole & Stuart for the birth of
their 4th child. As one life passes, we are mindful of a new beginning with the birth of
Robin Gamble. We can praise God that he is a healthy babe and we will love him despite the
fact that he is a Pom.
It was Julie & Carole who christened Emmy as Nanny, and Bobby as Pa Pa, and theirs
was a loving relationship that we will all remember. We remember also the special role
that Barbie & Terrie played in comforting both Nanny & Pa Pa over the prolonged
period of Pa Pa's failing health when Vera & Don so lovingly nursed him in their
Lilydale home until his passing on the 4th of November 1964.
Trevor & Peter, the typical boisterous farm children, fondly remember being
occasionally minded by them during holidays and for the chewing gum that was always handed
out when they ever met. Trevor is especially thankful to Nanny for boarding him at Chelsea
during his 1st ten years with the SEC.
Regrettably, Jim would not have known his Grandpa, as he was only 3 years old when
Popsy died. But to his Grandma, he was her last chance to train up a child "in the
way he should go".
Emmy always felt richly blessed with her 3 daughters in law who each gave her the
respect, love, care & understanding which we boys treasured. She was always proud to
announce that each of her boys married christian girls. I am very mindful of the fact that
she gave me a bible suitably inscribed when I joined the RAAF. It is for us to take stock
of the fact that the bible has stood the test of time and will outlive all of us. Emmy had
a favourite chapter, Roman's 12, and I would like to read verses 9 & 10 as I feel the
words portray something of her life's principles.
"Let love be genuine, hate what is evil, hold
to what is good, love one another with brotherly
affection, outdo one another in showing honour."
It was said of Emmy that she was always very much ALIVE.
Awareness Love Involved Vitality Enthusiasm
These qualities enabled her to physically push herself beyond the bounds of ordinary
people and resulted in her excelling in two sports that she loved, namely golf and bowls.
Emmy was a loyal and faithful helpmate to her husband. As a team they saw to it that we
obeyed the "golden rule" (Do unto others..) and good manners were paramount in
our home. Dad commanded our respect, not by yelling at us but by merely holding up a
finger, on his left hand of course. As parents, they saw to it that we attended Sunday
School in the hope that it would have an impact on our lives.
Together they shared their time with us. Many a family picnic we had at the Grampians
and at Lake Lonsdale with other families. Our fishing trips to the Gunbower with Rupert
Salter, plus rabbiting and gathering wood at week ends were all character building. So too
was our involvement in the Scouting movement as well as in sport, where Roly learnt to be
a good winner, whilst Don and yours truly learnt to be good losers. However we are
thankful that God blessed us with gifts in other fields of endeavour.
In summary I know their dying wish would be good health to everyone of us including
those who are unable to be present and that we would extend a little more love, one
towards the other.
As we conclude with the Lord's Prayer, let us be mindful that in donating her body to
science (Melbourne University), Emma Louisa HUDSON continues to give of herself.
Our Father ..........."
Emma's brothers and sisters that predeceased her were -
John Charles born 1892, Evelyn Matilda born 1895, Gertrude born 1896, Albert born 1901,
Edward Clarence born 1905 and Reinhild Keith born 1906.
Still living in 1983 were -
Thelma Ellena born 1909, Olive Beatrice Olga born 1912.