When Mackay city was lit by gaslight, North Mackay was not included. He built a miniature Gas Plant, placed it under our back steps and provided our household with Gas lights and stove. He fitted a magneto to the stove, when given a twist, this lit the stove automatically.
The modest man he was, is evident in his Autobiography. So much was left unsaid. He was a consultant for all the engineering problems that beset the people of Mackay, be they canefarmers, boat owners or motor vehicle owners. Hardly a day passed in his workshop, that someone could not be found there, seeking his advice. His knowledge of all things electrical, mechanical and marine was astonishing and there was never any doubt that he would find an answer to the problems.