Ray Denning was born on 15.9.1927 in Brisbane, the third of a family of 4 children to Bill and Lenore Denning. His early life was spent in Coorparoo and Dutton Park where he attended primary schools. Leaving school at 14 to assist with family support. He began an apprenticeship with Aircrafts Pty. Ltd., at Archerfield in late 1942 as a sheet metal worker engaged in repairs on Australian, Dutch, and American aircraft. The apprenticeship was completed in 1948 with Coachcrafts Pty. Ltd., as the company had become when aircraft work ran out. Following an interlude in Injune on a property Ray returned to Brisbane as a panel beater. He met Rita, and they were married in June 1953 and Ray commenced building their house on land at Mt. Gravatt. He worked for a while with his brother Alan and also at Ashgrove as a panel beater and developed a love of classical music and Italian Opera. Their children Linda and Matt were born in 1958 and 1960 and Ray became an insurance assessor firstly with Lumleys and then with Capper & Co both in Brisbane and Mackay. The children’s interests were fostered both with horse riding and soccer while Ray became involved in rock and gem collecting. Ray and Matt were members of AHSA and became foundation members of Queensland Air Museum. Ray acquired the remains of a Boomerang fighter for Matt and was proud to see him fly it many years later. Ray retired in 1992 and became involved with the Mt. Gravatt Historical Society and compiled a book on the area and was working on a second volume when he passed away on 5.7.2005.
RAYMOND STEWART DENNING
1927 - 2005