Grandad “Les Brookes” was a cray fisherman in Jurien, Western Australia from 1967 to 1987. The boats owned and skippered by Les included the Ramblin Rose, Antoinette and The Rose.
Les was an important member of the Jurien Bay community in these early years. He held many volunteer positions with organisations such as the Fisherman’s Association, The Dandaragan Shire, The Jurien Bay Golf Club and The Jurien Bay Football Club.
He was also a founding member of the Jurien Bay Marina, fundamental in ensuring the current day marina became a reality.
Les retired from fishing in 1988 and he moved to Perth with his family. It was hard for the family to say away however, and both Les & Julia returned to Jurien as a permanent residents in 1999. An expert with his compass, it was common to see Les’s “Ramblin Rose by Julia” beyond the reef – competing with the Commerical Fisherman for his portion of the ocean’s bounty.
In 2009, Les Brookes lost his battle with Motor Neurone Disease and sadly passed away. He is not lost however. His legacy lives on in the stories he shared with his children, grand children and friends.
I am his youngest daughter. When he was sick, I made a promise to Dad that my children would know his stories. With Naomi’s help, we are slowly keeping that promise as we work towards immortalising his yarns in print for a generation of future ocean lovers and fisherman alike.