Rennie Bus Reunion

By Corowa Free Press

After 12 months in the making former travellers on the Rennie bus gathered in Corowa for a special reunion.

Commuters from as far back as the 1950s travelled in from places such as Melbourne, Port Macquarie and Newcastle to attend the reunion at the Corowa Golf Club, where they reminisced and reconnect with old friends.

The bus route began in Savernake in 1947 and during the 50s was always at full capacity. Today the bus only has three travellers that step on board – Caleb, Eloise and Ben Black who are the third generation of Blacks to travel on the Rennie bus to Corowa High School.

Another prominent person in attendance was Gavin Nagle, who himself rode the bus to school in the 1950s before then becoming the driver for many years and has recently retired.

The idea for the event was prompted by Sandra Dunn, Pam Tait and Jane Seymour who worked together for 12 months, getting in touch with former commuters and organising the reunion.

Sandra said that the event was a great success as attendees traded mischievous stories of getting into fights, getting kicked off and how the bus was always as warm as a furnace due to no air conditioning.

“The turnout was great, and David Cooper and Robert Tait did an excellent job as MCs,” Sandra said.

“It was fantastic to catch up with old friends and reminisce on stories from the bus while we gorged on a beautiful lunch, catered by Fran Wightwick and her great staff at the Corowa Golf Club.”