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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 7 (December 1, 1930)

Obit: “Kuku Brooklet.”

page 45

Obit: “Kuku Brooklet.”

The Wellington provincial dairy world mourns the loss of the famous Jersey cow “Kuku Brooklet,” of Ohau, which died at the Wairarapa Show, on duty to the last. An obituary notice in the dailies described her as “a cow of exceptional character, body and dairy ability.” She won no end of championships in her day, and right well she must have deserved that write-up and send-off to the land where there shall be no more teat-pulling and no more anxious moments over butter-fat tests. Would that we all could do our duty in the world as well as “Kuku Brooklet”!

New Zealand Railways Express Services. The Wellington-New Plymouth Express leaving Wellington (Thorndon Station) on its 251-mile run to New Plymouth.

New Zealand Railways Express Services.
The Wellington-New Plymouth Express leaving Wellington (Thorndon Station) on its 251-mile run to New Plymouth.

The thought comes, why cannot some of our poets rise to the occasion and commemorate in eloquent lines the life and milky deeds of that sorely-mourned queen of cowland? Why not, instead of inditing poems to fantails, Silverstream by moonlight, and other inconsequent things, give us a worth-while ode to the golden cow that links our Empire together in silken bonds of steel and so forth? This is the idea, roughly, by way of giving our rhymesters something to be going on with:

“Kuku Brooklet's” gone and died,
Idol of the country-side;
She deserves a funeral grand,
Preceded by the local band;
Every milking test she won it,
She knew her duty and she done it.

Something like that, with “Kuku's” pedigree worked in, and due credit to her male partners. Inspiration! It is here in Cowland's Helicon by the bucketful.