Jeffrey Dynevor (Cherbourg), Adrian Blair (Cherbourg) and Eddie Barney (Kingaroy) represented Australia at the 1962 Empire (now Commonwealth) Games in Perth (Photo: State Library of WA)

August 22, 2018

A funeral will be held in Cherbourg on Friday for former Australian boxer Edward Claude – “Eddie” – Barney.

Eddie, who represented Australia at the 1962 Empire (now “Commonwealth”) Games in Perth as a Flyweight, died in Caboolture Hospital on August 3.

He was 76.

Eddie came from a sporting family.

He was especially proud of his father, cricket hero Eddie Gilbert who famously bowled Don Bradman for a duck at the Gabba in 1931.

Eddie Jnr was a special guest at the opening of the “Play The Ball” sports memorabilia exhibition at The Ration Shed precinct in Cherbourg in 2014.

A year later, he was the guest at a ceremony to rename a cricket oval near Wolston Park, the “Eddie Gilbert Memorial Field”.

Eddie is survived by his children Eddie, Albert, Peter, Vernon, Anita and their families.

The funeral service will be held at the Cherbourg Community Hall from 11:30am on Friday to be followed by interment in Cherbourg Cemetery.

Eddie Barney with Ken Edwards, co-author of a biography about cricketer Eddie Gilbert, at The Ration Shed in 2014
Eddie Barney with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart at the re-naming of a cricket oval near Wolston Park in 2015 (Photo: Premier’s Office)

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