HENRY PIG … A NEW YEAR LABEL – By Waltie Ainsworth


By Waltie Ainsworth

In the People’s Republic of Victoria every native son had a false name. Henry came from a very prominent family and it was tantamount to a criminal offense to desecrate the family image and prestige by calling the children and offspring nick names until a certain incident on New Year’s Day, 1960.

Like clockwork every New Year’s Day Tom Charles and the Syncopators had a permanent annual arrangement with the adult men in Victoria to play and perform at their two-tier New Year’s Day picnic and ball. The picnic would normally start at 2.00pm and end around 7.00pm and the ball would start at 9.00pm until the wee hours of the morning.          

Henry over the years was a fixture at both the picnic and ball and this particular year Henry had no money and so he became creative. He got four of his comrades to place him in a jute bag and take him to Daddy Baynes farm as a pig and they proceeded to sell him as a way to raise money to cover the expenses of attending the New Year’s Day fete at Cove School.

It should be noted that Daddy Baynes was highly suspicious of the men when they arrived bearing a pig in a bag because neither of them were pig rearers. Anyhow he played along and gave them 20.00 dollars for the pig and called the dogs to certify his purchase.

When Henry realized that the dogs were on route he hopped skipped and jumped into the 40 foot canal that was astride his property and Henry was off to the triathlon races.

He ran and swam in the bag and made good his escape much faster and more efficient than his friends who had sold him as a dumb animal to make a raise and from that day forward Henry became known as Henry pig. Three generations later his great grandchildren are referred to as Little pigs, Junior pigs, Small pigs or any other description to show that they are derivatives of the great and late Henry Pig from the People’s Republic of Victoria.

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