Deadly Dad: Uncle David Tournier

I’m David John Tournier, My Country involves three places; Narrindjerri (Mothers side-Tateari Clan), Yorta Yorta (Birth Fathers side), Wathaurong (Great, Great, Great Grand Father)

After doing all of my primary schooling and a year a half of secondary school in Geelong we then moved to Swan Hill where I was taught a lot about my culture, from my Uncles and Aunties, how to hunt and gather, how to track, the use of various plants etc.

In the 70’s I got a job as a Gardener at the local High school, then that job turned into me becoming an Aboriginal Teacher’s Aide.

After several years working in that role I had the opportunity to attend the Bendigo College of Advance Education to become a Primary School Teacher. I was the Father of 3 children at the time. Cassandra, David Jnr. & Jason.

Now I have 5 children, the added 2 are Myranda and Louisa. They are all grown up with children of their own, all except Louisa. In total I have 10 Grand Children.

I just love sitting and talking with my family when we get the time.

In their younger days we spent a lot of time out bush, where I would teach them the things that I was taught. I always instilled in my children the importance of Education and how it can influence your life no matter what sort of job it may be.

It’s unfortunate, but I never knew my real father, but the man that brought me up always made sure that you respect people, especially women.

He was a boxer in his earlier days, so he taught me how to look after myself.

I tried to teach my children the aspect of right and wrong, NEVER harm a woman, NEVER disrespect your Mother

I believe I’ve done a pretty good job with my children, when we get together we always have a laugh, sometime we might “talk” when it is needed if you know what I mean, but all in all we get along pretty good.

My tips for other Dads is to let them be children, teach them the difference between right and wrong, when and where possible spend as much time as you can with them – They are only young once. Never be afraid to accept decent criticism, or help if you need it. Don’t turn your back on people who may need your help.