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Mr. 'Bert' Sheather.

Gundagai's 'handy man,' Mr. Albert Thomas Milne Sheather, has gone tbe way of all flesh, and his early demise will be genuinely re gretted by many outside his own kith and kin. He died on Saturday from an attack of pneumonic influenza at the local emergency hospital, where he was admitted only a week previously. In 1915 deceased enlisted in the 56th battalion of the A.I.F., and after spending a brief period in the training camp at Cootamundra was drafted to Egypt and afterwards to England. He was invalided home in 1918, and it is thought the severe bout of ill ness through which he passed while on active service had its telling effects against him being able to successfully fight against the illness tbat brought about his death. 'Bert,' as he was familiarly known, was a man of many parts -- in fact he could do anything from the weaving and casting of a fishing net to the building of a vehicle, or even a house, and those whose privilege it was to employ him never had any cause to regret it. Deceased, who was 42 years of age, was the youngest son of Mr. Fred. Sheather, a hardy old pioneer who survives him, and three brothers (Messrs. Alfred, George and Fred. Sheather) and two sisters (Mrs. Cooke and Mrs. Podmore) are also left. Deceased was accorded a military funeral, the remains being laid to rest in the C. of E. portion of the North Gundagai cemetery on Sunday morning. The Rev. H. F. Champion officiated at the grave side, while the returned men were in charge of Lieut. Fisher, the pall bearers being Gnr. A. Hunt and Ptes. C. Weekes, H. Hardwick and W. Bale. Matron Brown, who also attended, was attached to deceased's battalion in the Red Cross army abroad.
 
Sheather, Albert Thomas Milham (I21232)
 
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MR. A. Mathieson - Death at Carrington.
Veteran Mine manager

Mr. Alexander Mathieson,Father of Mr James Mathieson, Manager of the Bellbird Colliery, died last night at his home in Carrington, where he had lived since his retirement from the service of the Hetton Coal Company.

Mr Mathieson was a native of Lanark (Scotland) where he was born on September 22 1844. At the age of 8 years he began to learn weaving in his native town. His parents, following the example of so many others, decided to try for their fortunes in the new land, Australia, of which much was heard that was favourable, and the family sailed in a vessel named the Albatross arriving in Melbourne in 1855.

They continued on to Sydney, and then to Newcastle where Alexander who was one of four sons secured employment. His ------------ in the field of mining was most successful. Mathieson in chatting over his experiences gave an interesting record of his many impressions of the Newcastle district. He produced a manuscript record every entry in which was his own, denoting the thoroughness with which he attended to business and to it's details. One entry reads "A Mathieson started work for J & A Brown 1865 (or 1863?)"This was followed by a statement of his employment with the Coal & Copper Co., with which he was associated until September 29 1863 Worked for them for eight years six months. Another entry was "Started work for the A.A. Company September 30 1863. Worked for A.A. Co 12 years four months two days." Then there was a third entry showing that he started work for the Newcastle Coalmining Co on February 3rd 1876 for which he worked nine years six months 17 days.

Mr Mathieson's association with the Hetton Coal co was explained by the following characteristic statement "Started work for the Hetton Coal Co September 21 1885 last pay I was paid at the colliery Nov 17 1917 when I was retiring on a pension. Employed by the Hetton Coal Co for 32 years one month six days. Last day coal was hauled for shipment at colliery April 15 1915".

Searching through the book and reflecting on the contents the veteran manager ran his index finger through other entries several of which were copied. "Contractor for 'A' pit H Walker depth 252 ft first coal put into wagons april 3rd 1888 Cost of sinking 'A' pit ?10, 255/14/6 " 'B' pit 271 ft started to put out coal April 3 1888 cost of sinking ?5630/2/8.

Mr Mathieson did not believe that Hetton was worked out when the decision was reached to close the mine. "At that time" he said "We had an output of 100,000 tons of coal a year, and without driving another yard in the headings there was four years' coal ready for winning."

Although almost the entire operations of this historic colliery were carried on 240 ft beneath the ocean and harbour waters, it was drained so well that the pit horses were kept below, the actual location of the stables being in a portion of the colliery that was in a line beneath the track of shipping.

When the adjoining Stockton Colliery was closed the Government gave Mr Mathieson's company the right to continue, provided that the water in the disused pit was kept down to 100ft or 120ft. To accomplish this it was found necessary to bore through 240ft of coal and then instal a pump which was connected to the Hetton company's standard. In this way the water was kept effectively under control. There was always a ready market for Hetton coal, interstate and overseas.

Mr Mathieson lived to see Carrington grow into a big suburb with upwards of 3000 population. When he knew it first it was nearly all swamp and sand with but a few scattered buildings. His services in connection with the survey and layout of Carrington were placed on record by the council of that municipality.

Mr Mathieson enjoyed for years the friendship of Mr James Fletcher "We were great friends" he said when he recounted some of the stirring incidents in the political fights of Newcastle of 50 years ago. "I knew James Fletcher when he was 'on the coal.' He was in the New South Wales Parliament for many years and became Minister for Mines." Mr James Curley, the Secretary of the Miner's Union and Mr William Davies one of the first presidents, Mr Mathieson always expressed the warmest regards for both, were, he said, very straight. There was never any trouble with them.

The under manager at Hetton was Mr. J Welford , who with other acquaintances of the past, had since died. Mr Mathieson was one of the original members of the Newcastle Hospital Board. Mrs Mathieson died several years ago. In addition to the son who is manager of the Bellbird Colliery (Cessnock) there are two other sons Messrs William and John Mathieson both of whom are well known in the Newcastle district.

The funeral is announced to leave St Andrew's Presbyterian Church tomorrow afternoon for the Sandgate Cemetery
 
Mathieson, Alexander (I512)
 
153

Mr. Albert E. Sheather

A former well known resident of Grong Grong, Mr. Albert Ernest Sheather, of Leeton, died at Leeton on Thursday last, aged 69 years.

Mr. Sheather was born at Gundagai, and was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Sheather, very early residents of Gundagai. When he was very young his parents moved to Matong (or Boggy Creek, as it was then known). Later they moved to Warri, near Ardlethan, but eventually they settled on a small property at Grong Grong and remained there until their deaths.

Mr. Bert Sheather spent many years on his property, 'Oakvale,' Grong Grong, which he disposed of only about six months ago. He and Mrs. Sheather and their son Reg, ('Mick') then moved to Leeton, where they acquired a mixed business in Kurrajong Avenue. It was here where Mr. Sheather was residing when he passed away.

There was no keener supporter of the Grong Grong Football Club than Mr. Sheather. Among other organisations in which he was keenly interested was the Farmers and Settlers' Association. He was a good neighbour and had many friends in the Grong Grong district, where he spent almost a life time.

He married Miss Margaret Molloy, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Molloy, who were early residents of Grong Grong.

Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons and three daughter, viz.. Messrs. Bert Sheather (Nyngan), Jack Sheather (Narrandcra), and Reg ('Mick') Sheather (Leeton), Myrtle (Mrs. Jim Murphy, near Sydney), Linda (Mrs. Phil Prowse, Kew, North Coast), Mary (Mrs. J. Burt, Leeton). Two daughters (Vio let and Elsie) predeceased him.

Also surviving him are one brothers (Mr. Wally Sheather, Grong Grong), and two sisters, Ada (Mrs. Melrose Hanson, Narrandera) and Elsie (Mrs. E. Kite, Tamworth).

The remains were taken to Grong Grong for interment in the Church of England section of that cemetery. The Rev. Blaxell, of Ganmain, officiated at the Graveside. The bearers were Messrs. W. Sheather (brother), Bert and Jack Sheather (sons), and Jack Molloy (brother-in-law).
 
Sheather, Albert Ernest (I21795)
 
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MR. B. SHEATHER.

Mr. Benjamin Sheather, a Lansdowne pioneer, died, after a long illness, aged 72 years. He is survived by a widow, 10 children, and 37 grandchildren.
 
Sheather, Benjamin (I14831)
 
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MR. C. SHEATHER.

Mr. Charles Sheather, who died at North Sydney on Tuesday, aged 88 years, was the eldest son of Mr. James Sheather, and was born at Camden Park. His father arrived in Sydney from England in 1840, under engagement to Captain James Macarthur, of Camden Park. Mr. Sheather was in business in Camden and Mittagong, and became the owner of the Coach and Horses Hotel, a well-known hostelry in the coaching days. He took an active part in the civic life of Mittagong, and was one of the aldermen elected to the first council. He retired from business in 1903, and settled in Sydney. His wife died in 1912. He is survived by five sons-Messrs. Frederick, P. B., Charles, Leslie, and Walter Sheather and one daughter-Mrs. J. McGrath.

The funeral, which was largely attended, took place yesterday afternoon, at the Gore Hill Cemetery, after a short service at Wood Coffill's chapel.


 
Sheather, Charles (I6777)
 
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MR. C. SHEATHER.

Mr. Charles Sheather, who died at North Sydney on Tuesday, aged 88 years, was well known in this district, having resided at Mittagong for some years. He was the eldest son of Mr. James Sheather, and was born at Camden Park. Mr. Sheather was in business in Camden and Mittagong, and became the owner of the Coach and Horses Hotel, a well-known hos telry in the coaching days. He took an active part in the civic life of Mittagong, and was one of the alder men elected to the first Council. He retired from business in 1903, and settled in Sydney. His wife died in 1912. He is survived by five sons - Messrs. Frederick. P. B., Charles, Leslie, and Walter Sheather - and one daughter- Mrs. J. McGrath. One of the sons, Mr. Fred Sheather, who is at present Town Clerk at Campbell town, was one-time on the staff of The Mail.
 
Sheather, Charles (I6777)
 
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Mr. G. F. SHEATHER

The late Mr. Sheather was born at Gundagai 81 years ago and had lived at Kingsdale before moving to Tallong to reside about nine years ago.

He had been employed at the quarry only six weeks, working at timber establishments at Tallong in previous years.

A member of the V.D.C. at Tallong Mr. Sheather was well known and highly respected throughout the district.

He is survived by his wife and five children, Clarence (10 years), Leonard (8), Lurline (6), Valda (4) and Ken- neth, aged nine months. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Shea- there, and two sisters, Rita and Joan, reside at East Goulburn. Two brothers, Charles (A.I.F.) and William (Tallong), are also living.
 
Sheather, George Frederick Charles (I30017)
 
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Mr. George A. Sheather

The death occurred under sudden circumstances of a well-known and respected resident of Grong Grong at his home last Thursday, in the person of Mr. George A. Sheathcr. Mr. Sheather had not been in good health of late, but his end came unexpectedly. He was 59 years of age.

Mr. Sheather was a native of Matong, and therefore resided in the district all his life. He was a drover and his trips with stock look him to many parts of the State.

He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Sheather.

He was married twice. His first wife, formerly Miss Pearl Fielding, whom he married at Grong Grong, predeceased him some years ago.

Some time after the death of his first wife he married Miss Janetta May Barber, at Grong Grong, and he is survived by her.

Deceased is also survived by two sons and six daughters of the first marriage, and four sons and three daughters of the second marriage.

The sons of the first marriage are George (Narandera) and Leslie (Culcairn); and the daughters are Rose (Mrs. Bert Mohr, Mildura), Daisy (Mrs. Liddicoat, Merbein), Mary (Mrs. Bob Dale, Shepparton), June (Mrs. Didini, Ganmain). Joan (Narandera District Hospital staff), Ada (Mrs. Ron Hahne, Narandera). The sons of the second marriage are Thomas, James, Ernest, and Roy (Grong Grong), and the daughter's are Eileen, Doris, and Stella.

Brothers are Messrs. Bert and Wally Sheather of Grong Grong; and sisters are Ada (Mrs. A. E. Smith, Balmain, formerly of Merrylands, Grong Grong); and Elsie (Mrs E. Kite, Toothdale, Bega).

The funeral took place on Friday last, the cortege leaving the Church of England, Grong Grong, for the Grong Grong cemetery.

The Rev. Tassall of Ganmain, officiated at the church and also at the graveside.

The bearers were Messrs. Jim Fisher, Joe Rava, Bob Stewart, Reg and Eric Guymer, and G. Butler.

Watkins Bros., Narandera had charge of the funeral arrangements.
 
Sheather, George A (I18012)
 
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MR. J. A. SHEATHER

The funeral of Mr. James Alfred Sheather, of The Rock, will take place to-day, leaving the Church of England, The Rock, at 2.30 p.m. for interment in The Rock cemetery.
 
Sheather, James Alfred (I21796)
 
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Mr. JAMES ALT

There is no more interesting personality in the Postal Service than Mr. James Alt, Semi-Official P.M. at Bowning, who celebrated his 70th birthday on the 12th of last month. He joined the railway service in 1879 at Yass Junction, and the following year was promoted to the position of night officer, in which capacity he relieved at Picton, Mittagong, Balmoral, Wingello and Store Creek.
In 1885 Mr. Alt became officer-in-charge at Hilltop, near Mittagong, and a year later, whilst occupying this position, he fell from a moving train, the injuries sustained resulting in the loss of both legs and his retirement from the railway service.
In 1907 Mr. Alt accepted appointment as P.M. at Bowning, at that time a busy centre, all material for Burrinjuck Dam being unloaded there. The Kangiara mines were also working, so that the local Post Office was taxed to capacity. Later on when the Southern line was being duplicated, the population of the town increased by 500. During all this time Mr. Alt was giving great service to the public, but probably his finest effort was on the morning of July 11, 1933, when at a point just to the rear of the Post Office, the "down' Albury Mail, conveying about 200 passengers, overturned and was partially wrecked.
Mr. Alt was called at 4.30 am, and with the assistance of his niece, Miss M. Aylen, set about the task of disposing of telegraph and telephone business, and so they worked, without breakfast, until 1 pm, and even their luncheon period was disturbed in the public interest.
In spite of his great physical limitations, Mr. Alt always welcomes one with a smile. He is courteous to the public, amongst whom he has many friends. Mr. Alt has never had one day off owing to illness during his term as P.M. at Bowning. He describes his las annual holiday as being "great" and is looking forward earnestly to his next year's leave. It is worth while calling in at Bowning Office any time to see a man who has not let his physical loss interfere with his personality.
Mr. Alt qualified in telegraphy 55 years ago, so that many H.O. telegraphists who work with Bowning will appreciate that they are working with a man whose experience in the art extends over half a century.
 
Alt, James (I46)
 
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MR. R. W. SHEATHER

The death occurred at the Wagga Base Hospital yesterday morning of a well-known resident of Gundagal and district, Mr, Ridley Walter Sheather, of Hanley Street, Gundagai, at the age of 57 years. Mr. Sheather was seriously injured when thrown from his horse earlier this week. He is survived by his widow, of Gundagai; two sons, Messrs. Irving, W. Sheather of South Gundagai, and Lawrence Sheather of Gundagai, and two daughters, Mrs. James Smith of South Gundagai, and Mrs. C. Manns of Gundagai. The funeral will take place this morning, the cortege moving from the Gundagai Church of England at 11.30 for the Gundagai cemetery.
 
Sheather, Ridley Walter (I21834)
 
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MR. SHEATHER'S LIFE HISTORY.

Mr. Sheather's birthplace was Sussex, England. In 1838 he left England with his father and mother, and three brothers and four sisters, and came out to this country, in the 'Royal George' -- a vessel chartered by Mr. Wm. Macleay and Sir James Macarthur. In April, 1839, he landed at Redbank (only a few yards lower down on the banks of the Parramatta River than where he subsequently made his picturesque home) -- and near where the Sandown Meatworks now stands. He went to Camden Park from Parramatta, the party being accommodated in waggons, which were 24 hours on the journey. After eight years' gardening at Camden Park, during which time he learned much, in regard to the Australian climate and productiveness, as he afterwards freely confessed, under the hints of Sir William Macarthur, he left Camden Park. He was at Mr. Henry Watson Parker's establishment, at Elizabeth Farm, for three years. It was then that he met his wife (then Miss Annie Bellamy, a young lady belonging to Pen- nant Hills). Mr. Sheather was after wards at Mr. George Oakes' place, New lands, (near Mr. Fairclough's present re- sidence). The gardener there when Mr. Sheather was at Mr. H. W. Parker's was Mr. Brown, the first to graft the orange on lemons stock - as Mr. Sheather always claimed - and a smart man generally. Mr. Brown was scalded to death in an accident. Mr. Sheather took his place, and stayed there two years. About that time Mr. Sheather got married; and he lived in George-street, Parramatta. Subsequently he took up three acres at Camellia Grove, as he called the spot just at the bend of the river before Subiaco is reached from Parramatta. The young settler started growing vegetables, though the demand for that commodity was very limited, till the diggings broke out. Then things began to improve all round. As much as ten shillings would be given at that time for a cwt. of cabbage -- some- times ten cabbages making up that weight. Mr. Sheather then took to the nursery business proper, and in those early days we are now speaking of the Sixties things were brisk in that line. He received as much as 6s for a single orange tree, and ?6 and ?6 6s per hundred often. Mr. Sheather was a man of quiet temperament, and retiring disposition; and did not mix up very much in public matters. Three of his children predeceased him, one daughter -- a popular local young lady -- dying only a few years ago.
 
Sheather, Silas Charles (I6721)
 
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Mrs E C Sheather of Flett Street, Taree, who is 81 years of age, recently returned from a visit to Melbourne, on which she was accompanied by Mr Murray Voce of Taree. After a 3000 mile trip she came home as if it was nothing, despite her years. She had since gone to Hannam Vale district to see her daughter and from there she went to Port Macquarie, and returned to Taree on Thursday. She is the mother of 11 sons and daughters and many grandchildren 
Minett, Eliza Charlotte (I14841)
 
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MRS. ALBERT SHEATHER

The sudden death occurred at her home at Back Station Creek on Tuesday last of Mrs. Olive Sheather, wife of Mr. Albert Sheather. The suddenness of Mrs. Sheather's death not only shocked the community of Back Creek but the whole of the district where she was well and favorably known. The deceased passed away shortly after 1.30 a.m. on Tuesday. At that time she announced her intention of listening to the news over the wireless and when she did not arise from bed her husband enquired if she intended to put on the radio, and much to his alarm he discovered his wife in the throes of a heart attack. Help was summoned immediately, but in the few brief moments the deceased had breathed her last. A member of the Smart family of Nangus, the late Mrs. Sheather had resided in the Gundagai district all her life. She leaves a widower and a family of eight, Mrs. Reg. Murray (South Gundagai), Mrs. McEwen (Jones' Creek), Misses Ester, Joan, Jean and Eila Sheather, and one son, Charles. The funeral took place at Nangus on Wednesday, Rev. Geo. E. Morris officiating at the graveside.
 
Smart, Olive (I21341)
 
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MRS. ELMA ELLEN LOITERTON

The death occurred, on 30th December, at the District Hospital, of Mrs. Loiterton, aged 60, widow of the late Mr. Arthur Loiterton, of Jindalee who was drowned in 1817 when trying to retrieve some ducks he shot on 'The Oaks" dam. The latter years of the widow's life were spent at Cowong street, Warren's Sub. Of the family one daughter is a nurse at Murrumburrah and Harden Hospital. Mrs. Jos. Braier, of Henty, late of Cootamundra, is another. Sons are employed at the mill, at Mr. Frank Mitchells, and out at Bute.

The burial was in the Methodist cemetery on 31st. Rev. W. Francis officiating.

Deceased, who was very highly esteemed, had a well attended funeral.
 
Wallis, Alma Ellen (I4541)
 
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MRS. FRED. SHEATHER.

One of Gundagai's very old residents in the person of Mrs. Frederick Sheather, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Podmore, Moss Vale, on Saturday last. Deceased was born at Camden over 83 years ago, and was there married to Mr Fred. Sheather. The pair came to Gundagai 45 years ago, and resided here until a few years back, when they went Camdenwards. About eight months ago they returned to this district, and lived for a while with one of her daughters, Mrs Cook, Mundarlo. Deceased is survived by her husband, two daughters (Mrs Podmore, Moss Vale, and Mrs Cook, Mundarlo), and four sons (Mr. Alf. Sheather, of Gundagai, Mr George Sheather, of Gocup, and Messrs. Fred. and Bert. Sheather, Gundagai). Thirty two grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren also survive. One grandson was killed at the war. The funeral took place at Camden on Monday.
 
Funnell, Sarah (I14605)
 
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MRS. IKE SHEATHER

The death occurred on Friday of Mrs. Ike Sheathe, 78, wife of Mr. Ike Sheather, of Sutton street, Cootamundra.

Mrs. Frank Mitchell, of Cootamundra, and Mrs. Walter Brown, now of Cremorne, are daughters, and Mr. Fred Sheather, of West Melbourne, is a son.

Before her marriage Mrs. Sheatherwas Miss Alison Pirie.

After a service at the Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Rev. Keeling, in the absence of Rev. Russell, the remains were laid to rest yesterday afternoon.
 
Pirie, Alison (I10695)
 
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MRS. JANE SHEATHER

Three years after the disastrous flood of 1852, which washed the township of Gundagai away, a pioneer family of Williams came to the district to settle. Real sons of the soil, industrious and hard-working, this family knew of the hardships that beset the pioneers; but, by sheer effort of will, they won through and the descendants have now settled in various parts or this district, owing their start in life to the foresight and indus try of their pioneer forebears. One of the last members of this family, Mrs. Jane Sheathcr, died in the Gundagai District Hospital last Tuesday, in her 90th year.

Since her husband died 27 years ago the deceased has lived in Gundagai, but prior to that her whole life was spent at Nangus. She was born at Mittagong, but came to Gundagai when only a baby.

A family of ten children survive -- Mrs. G. Pickering (Goulburn), Mrs. F. Field (Gundagai), Mrs. A. Metcalf (Junee), Mrs. W. Paton (Gundagai), Messrs. George (Junee) , Edward (Sydney), Albert (Back Station Creek), Percy (Wantabadgery) , Bill (Back Station Creek), and Walter Sheather (South Gundagai).

The funeral took place at Nangus on Wednesday. Rev. George E. Morris officiated at the graveside.
 
Williams, Jane Selina (I16718)
 
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MRS. LOUISA SHEATHER

Tho death occurred at Corryong, where she was visiting, on 4th April, of Mrs. Louisa Sheather, who was al- most 92 years of age, and who was the oldest resident in the district, where she resided for about 75 years. The late Mrs. Sheather was of a most cheerful disposition, and took a keen interest in all movements.

She was born at Winterbourne (Eng land) and arrived in Australia with her parents when about- 15 years of age. They settled on the South Coast of N.S.W. before coming to the Upper Murray. She married, first Mr. Emerson, who died suddenly, leaving her with a young family of ten. Some years later she married Mr. Sheather, and he was accident ally drowned about four years later. Members of her family are: Messrs John (Tumbarumba), William (Jin- gellic), Fred and Charles (Leeton), Mrs. R. P. Donelan (Talmalmo), Mrs. Merrit and George (Narandera) Three predeceased her. There are also 55 grand children and about 103 great-grand children. ' The funeral took place In Walwa.
 
Callaway, Louisa (I14620)
 
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MRS. WALTER SHEATHER

We beg to tender our deepest sympathy with the relatives and friends of the late Mrs Walter Sheather, who departed this life at the early age of 21 years, at her residence, Mittagong, on Sunday morning. Deceased had only been confined to her bed for several days, and the best medical skill proved to be of no avail. Deceased leaves a sorrowing husband and one child.
 
Grono, Mary Jane (I9028)
 
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MUTCH Robert Bertram (Bert) -October 5, 1947 at hospital, dearly beloved son of Mrs L Mutch and loving brother of Phyllis, Ethel, Elma and John, aged 41. 
Mutch, Robert Bertram (I222)
 
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My parents, Joseph and Ruth, were married at Kalgoorlie, Western Australia on 25th January 1918. At that time my father was in the employment of the Commonwealth Railway and was the Station Master at Deakin, a small station on the main line between Perth and Adelaide.

I recall my parents telling me of the time they spent there after their marriage. The living quarters consisted of a small shack with hessian covered sides. At night the aborigines would peer through the flimsy walls, which was very disconcerting to my mother. Prior to this period of employment with the railways my father worked in the under-ground gold mines in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

My parents subsequently moved to Victoria and took up residence at "St Malo" in Mayfield Street Coburg, then occupied by my Grandmother Rosa Constance Howden. I assume that the three children of her second marriage Christopher (Kit), John and Margaret grew up at that address. My parents had by then moved to a house in Reynards Road Brunswick Victoria where my sister Rose Germaine was born (1920) and my brother William Cansdell (born 1920) and myself (born 1921). I distinctly remember this house as a small child. I must have then been about four years old. It was a red brick house with a high galvanised iron fence. The local fire station was in Reynards Road and I remember climbing onto a large box with my brother Bill to witness the fire engines racing down to Sydney Road, Coburg. I have discussed these events with Bill in the past and he has verified the details.

My family subsequently moved to a house in Garnet Street, Coburg. I still can recall this residence painted white as was the "fancy" wire fence in vogue at the time. It is interesting to note that opposite to the house where Bernice (Betty) and I now live in Bermagui, NSW there is a very old house with an identical fence. The Garnet Street house had a large back garden in which my father erected two high masts to accommodate the aerial for his "crystal" wireless set, the only form of introduced home entertainment in those days.

In the early twenties my Grandmother moved from the Mayfield Street, Coburg house to a rented dwelling in Sargood Street in Hampton, Victoria, near the coast on Port Phillip Bay. By that time my Uncle John had left home, Aunt Margaret had married and had built a new home in Retreat Road, Hampton, not far from the Sargood Street house occupied by my Grandmother and her second husband Thomas Gidley Howden. Margaret had two children, Barbara and Margaret Rose. Subsequently Uncle John began an association with a lovely lady named Gloria. In today's terms she would be regarded as his "partner". There were two lovely daughters of this liaison, Barbara and Lucille. My family lost contact with John's family prior to World War II. I caught up with Uncle John in early 1944 in Sydney at Manly where he was employed as a journalist with the Sydney newspaper the "Smiths Weekly". At that time I was in transit on posting to a RAAF unit at Noemfor Island in Dutch New Guinea. He was living in a "flat" in Manly with his new lady "Bunty". Early in the war John enlisted in the Royal Air Force as an Administrative Officer with the rank of Flying Officer. He was eligible to join the RAF, as his mother Rosa Constance was a British national. I last met him in 1946 where he was living in St. Kilda, Victoria. He was in very poor health and died in 1948.

There was a humorous side to my meeting with John in Manly. His residence was close to the beach I and expressed the possibility of going for a swim. Uncle John did not fancy going but he said to me "Aunty Bunty would surely be pleased to accompany you". We spent a couple of pleasant hours on the beach and in the surf. On my return to the Air force "Transit Camp" I was greeted by a couple of my mates with wide smirks on their faces. To accompany this was the remark "We saw you, a married man on the beach with a pretty young sort" (which was a popular term at the time). My rejoinder was "Oh, this was quite in order as the female in question was my Aunty Bunty". Roars of laughter ensued and I never lived this down from then on.

Thomas Gidley Howden had influence at Scots college and offered to arrange for John to begin an education at that establishment. He did commence studies there but this was short lived and his father did not exert any influence in an effort to persuade him to continue his studies. We all looked forward to his visits to our home in Hampton in which our family moved in 1926, but I am jumping ahead of myself here and further reference to Uncle John will be continued later in this manuscript.

My father having been a seafarer in his early years was never happy away from the sea so in 1926, when I was five he and my mother decided to move to Hampton Victoria and to join other families already there.

By this time Rosa Constance and husband Thomas Gidley had moved to a new home at 10 Retreat Road, Hampton opposite the new house built by her daughter Margaret and her husband Bert Stanley. They had two children Brian and Margaret Rose.

When the Wilson's decided to move to Hampton my mothers half brother Christopher (Kit) Howden and his wife Florence (nee Porter) who had resided with the Wilsons at Garnet Street, Coburg, decided to move with the Wilson clan. The house into which the families moved initially was a small cottage but as the Howdens had no other accommodation they were taken in as a temporary arrangement until they could find alternative premises. In fact the "temporary situation" continued indefinitely as where the Wilsons moved the Howdens followed. In fact the two families resided in common premises for the next fifty odd years.

Florence Howden (nee Porter) had three sisters Bertha, Linda and Dulcie. Bertha married Horace (Horry) Clover who was a leading player with the Carlton football club in Melbourne. He joined the club post WWI. We always called him "Uncle Horace" but of course he wasn't our uncle. We naturally all followed Carlton except my brother Bill who had a fancy for Richmond. It was reported that Horace could boot a "place kick" 70 yards, a considerable distance.

I remember the house into which we first moved was Grenvile Street, Hampton, a weather board cottage, much too small for the two families, which consisted of six Wilsons and four Howdens (the second Howden son Geoffrey Burton was born when the families resided in Coburg) as was my youngest brother Kenneth Lamond Wilson, born 1924. The eldest Howden's son was Jack Burton. Needless to say these were very cramped conditions.

Fortunately alternative accommodation was offered without delay (a two storied house at No. 9 Hastings Street Hampton, a short distance from the Grenville Street premises). This house still exists but not completely in its original form, as we knew it. It is close to one hundred years old. I well remember the move from Coburg to Hampton, two Clydesdale horses drawing furniture vans lock stock and barrel including two dis-assembled wireless poles and ten souls and Uncle Kits fox terrier dog Bob who lived to the age of sixteen. The journey took most of the day. It was high summer and I recall it being very hot and sitting up front with the driver watching the pair of sweating horses with odd stops at horse drinking troughs along the way to slake the thirst of the straining beasts. These horse troughs were common in most streets in those days. Water was replenished by an automatic cistern as the horse drank.

When we arrived at Grenville Street, Hampton my Grandmother Rosa Constance was there to great us and see us in our new abode. The electrified train line was but a short distance form the back fence with a lane way between. I remember we all rushed to the back fence to await the arrival of the next train. Granny said that often steam trains went by which carried freight to the rail terminal of the line at Sandringham. The passenger service was then electrified.

The move to Hastings Street was exciting for us children when we discovered that it was a two-story house. The house at the time we moved seemed then to be quite old. The construction would have been planned to accommodate a single family, two bedrooms, lounge room, kitchen cum laundry on the ground floor and one bedroom, large sleep - out and a bathroom upstairs. Before our occupation the house had been converted into two flats. The bathroom upstairs became a kitchen. A communal bathroom had been added downstairs under a skillion galvanised iron roof, which also housed a fernery. A communal toilet was under the main roof downstairs with access outside, inconvenient for the upstairs occupants. My parents elected to occupy the down stairs floor and the Howdens the upper floor. In the large backyard was a free-standing sleep-out (bungalow), which after some modification, was occupied by the Wilson boys. My sister Rose used the small bedroom downstairs. There was a large two car galvanised-iron garage in the yard, which eventually became my father's workshop and storage area. For the first few nights we three boys slept in the garage, as the sleep-out was unusable as the walls of hessian fabric were in ruins.

From the street the house was an imposing structure with white painted stucco walls over internal lath and plaster coke reinforced construction. At the front all the windows were stained-glass top and bottom. In its hey day it would have been an imposing structure. It was in stages brought up to a decent standard by the good work of my father. Although the house was rented the landlord later reduced the rental because it was maintained in good condition. This was a continuing situation and as a result the old house remained attractive and of pleasing appearance. An investigation by us children discovered that the house was equipped with a telephone, a luxury in those days. The prospect of having this facility at our disposal was short lived in those austere times and my father took immediate action to have the phone disconnected.

Life slowly settled down in our new abode. The house had not been occupied for some time and the first thing was to make it habitable. On the first night after our arrival the Howdens were fortunate enough to have a bedroom and sleep-out upstairs. There was a problem with us three boys as previously explained and we had to temporarily sleep in the garage. I remember that the walls in the garage were decorated with framed prints by celebrated English painters.

Dad soon had his wireless poles erected so that he could listen to his crystal radio set (which he made himself), which was equipped with headphones. This was long before radio sets, as we know them today.

His main listening station was 3LO (ABC) for the news and mainly classical music programs and test cricket matches relayed from the U.K by cable. Following the rehabilitation of the sleep?out, we boys moved in. Two single beds for Bill and myself, Ken being a two year old occupied his baby cot. Dad rigged up a crystal set for Bill and I and we spent many evenings listening to plays and stories from 3LO. I particularly recall listening to stories from the pen of Edgar Allen Poe that were often rather frightening to two small boys in a sleep-out isolated from their parents. After one particularly lurid tale we were so frightened that Bill and 1 kept each other awake for hours, reluctant to settle down to sleep.

In the summers there were often violent thunderstorms with livid lightening and heavy rain beating on the iron roof. We awoke very scared and apprehensive. Dear old Dad was aware of this and never failed to come down in the rain wearing a heavy army (disposal) great coat which had been dyed black to disguise it having been a military issue (WWI), the regimental buttons had been replaced by black ones.

He would stay with us until the storm abided. That old coat stays in my memory as I later claimed it as my own and it was permanently on my bed during the cold winter nights.

These summer storms blew in from the South and often caused severe damage to the beach foreshores. In those days "Bathing Boxes" were the vogue. These were individually owned and usually the property of the local residents. There were arranged along the beach and came in assorted colours. It was fashionable to dress for the beach (adult mainly) and then change to swimming ware in the "Boxes". In those severe storms the heavy seas sometime caused considerable damage. At Binghton Beach near to Hampton Beach the sea baths were practically wrecked on one occasion. After these storms Dad would haul out his large wheelbarrow and we would all head for the beach to collect driftwood for the fire. Often the seas uncovered rack beds and we boys would scavenge for coins and any other " treasures" in the rock crannies. One occasion Bill (always the lucky one) found a solid gold chain and medal inscription with the name "Muir". It turned out to be a prize for lawn bowling. In an extraordinary coincidence the Muir was a neighbour in our street. Dad suggested that it would be appropriate to ask this gentlemen if he had a family connection. Bill (reluctantly) agreed to this and sure enough the chain and the medal had belonged to his father, who had lost it on the beach many years before. His father had long since died and Muir junior was overjoyed to recover this memento.

About this time my sister Rose Germaine, who was born in 1918, passed away. My recollection of Rose is somewhat vague as I was quite young at the time. I have in my possession a photograph of her with our father and mother when she was quite young. Over the years my father was reluctant to discuss the nature of her illness only to say that it was followed by pneumonia, which finally caused her death. I imagine that the loss of his only daughter and first born was a sadness that he found difficult to discuss.

As we children grew up in the years before the "Great Depression" our family enjoyed a very happy life together despite the economic conditions. We never possessed a motorcar but can't recall that this worried us to any degree. Of cause it would have been nice to have had one for outings, picnics etc, but because it was so far beyond our reach it was easily dismissed.

Our Uncle Arthur Budds, the husband of our Aunt Marjorie (my mother's sister) was a traveller with the Royal Insurance Co and the vehicle he drove was an early Citroen. It was a single seater and was equipped with a "dicky seat" in the rear. This was combined with the luggage compartment. As previously mentioned my Uncle and Aunt had these daughters, Mary Joan and Norah (my cousins). How the family were accommodated in this "baby" vehicle on outings is beyond imagination. On occasion he took us children on a picnic and other outings but of cause our cousins were not included on these outings.

My Grandmother Rosa Constance Howden was a rather smallish woman, typically English, well spoken, cultured. She stood no nonsense from us boys. After Rose and husband Thomas settled down in their new home in Pibreat Road they established a small orchard and when the trees started to produce fruit our family received our share. There was one rule however and that was there was to be no "pilfering" from the trees. I remember that on one occasion I sneaked into the garden and picked an apple. Grandmother observed this from the kitchen window and called out to me "who said that you might pick my fruit with out asking permission". All meals in the dining room were served on spotless linen tablecloths with s ????? (silver bands). All linen was sent to the Chinese laundry. She took us to task if we were disrespectful to our parents. Her husband Thomas Howden who was then blind took up writing textbooks for schools, geography, and mathematics etc. he used a typewriter for all his draughts. He sometimes sought my assistance in checking, etc. My cousin Jack Howden and I joined the church choir at Holy Trinity Church in Thomas Street, Hampton. My mother attended this church and suggested that we join the choir. I remember collecting our starched collars at the Chinese laundry to wear with our white surpluses.

I was chosen to be included in the school choir at Hampton State School (I was enrolled at this school in 1927), when in the 6th grade our English and Music Teacher Mr Robert singled out myself and one of my school friends, Les Moses to perform solo's and duets before the school assembly. He would walk up and down the rows in the classroom with ears cocked.

The school head master Mr Allison was somewhat of a martinet but fair if the students behaved themselves. W---- bested any pupil sent to him for punishment (at the time a heavy leather strap to both hands). I was lucky not to have even being sent before him.

The boys were required, in the winter to take turns as wood monitor, chopping wood and carrying it to the classroom to service the open fires. I remember this task on cold winter mornings. At this time the onset of the Great Depression had begun to take its toll. My father who was a "permanent" employee at the Melbourne Harbour Trust (Superannuated) was put off work for six months and then returned to his job for six months. In these off periods life was hard. There were no funds founded by the government to support families. My father was not idle however; he and a friend made pot plant stands from scrap metal strips of iron and hawked them from door to door. My parents could not afford school uniforms so Mother made pants and shirts on her trusty "singer" sewing machine. Dad established a large vegetable garden and Uncle ???? raised chickens, and mother ducks. In lean times we could not afford "real" meals very often and as explained there was no monetary "dole" in those days.

Dad went to Sandringham Council offices once a week and collected dry goods, flour oatmeal, sugar etc. Mother made the bread, cakes, scone etc. Or kitchen was equipped with a wood stove and gas stove. Thank heavens for the wood stove as in the lean times we could not afford to pay large gas bills. Soup was a staple diet item. We had a large stockpot and it was always bubbling away. Soup bones weren't an expensive item and there were always copious supply of vegetables from the home garden. The local Italian Greengrocer allowed us to help ourselves to scraps, cabbages leaves etc ------------- to feed the ducks and chickens. In reality some of this found its way into the stockpot. The odd apple, carrot, banana by "error" found its way into the sugar bag.

In the periods when funds were available following Dads periods of employment within the "on" phase if it could be afforded we were able to attend Hoyts Theater in Hampton for the Saturday afternoon matinee. (In hard times the Council occasionally supplied theatre tickets)? I recall Dad taking us to a matinee where the film was called "The Jazz Singer" staring Al Jolson (the first talking film) 1928). The cost for children was sixpence and the cost for tickets to an Aussie Rules match was thruppence each. In the lean periods we children earned money by selling barrow loads of horse manure to neighbours at sixpence per barrow load if they needed it or could afford it. The manure was collected at Hubbands Dairy farm, the yards where the horse drawn delivery carts were loaded with milk supplies. Mrs Hubbard gave us permission to collect two or three barrow loads on Saturday mornings. I recall her once looking as ?????? at us as we passed the gate on these occasions wondering if we had gone "commercial" collecting more than we needed for our purposes, which was sure to some extent. However she never commented on this, as she was aware of our circumstances.

One of my regular customers was a Mr Rouveray, a Frenchman and our neighbour. Every Saturday when I approached him he would say he would have it and "wheel it in" to the back garden. To illustrate his generosity he already had a mountain of manure from past supplies from the Wilson manure merchants.

However I digress from the consequences which followed from the six month "off periods" imposed by the Harbour Trust. In an effort to ensure that funds would be available during these lean periods (other schemes not being adequate) Dad decided that he would give gold prospecting a try. Before his marriage he was a worker on the gold fields at Kalgoorlie above and below ground and had gained experience there. Two of his friends volunteered to accompany him although only one was entirely suitable. Never the less they went off to Blackwood and Trentham in Victoria the site of good fields of gold many years before. Unfortunately alluvial mining had long since waned and the party had little success in the field. Dad had looked over the field many years before as a hobby. He decided that any hope of success would be with underground (mine) prospecting. Of course Dad had to organise everything. They dug a shaft and erected a winched bucket and commenced work. The accommodation consisted of tents only. They did have some success but the meagre proceeds divided among three was barely enough to support them and their families. After a few months Mother pleaded with Dad to return home. I have in my possession a letter from mother to Dad dated 7th July 1931 accompanied by a letter I wrote also to Dad for the same time. I was then only ten years old. Mother's letter is heart rending. We children missed him so much and Mothers words were I think that you had better come home dear. She half blames herself for sending him away but I don't think this was likely. The deciding factor in Dad returning home followed an accident which could have been fatal when the "green horn" member of the group, an Englishman, dropped the bucket into the shaft while Dad was down at the bottom striking him on the shoulder. Luckily he wasn't injured seriously. If it had struck him on the dead the outcome could have been a different matter. I remember the day Dad returned home with a full beard looking tired and worn.

In order to argument the scarce supply and barness of foodstuffs in these hard times, the Wilson and Howden boys took up fishing from the Hampton and Bringhton piers. In those days the fish stocks were abundant in the bay when the Whiting and Schnapper schools appeared and it was nothing to catch 30 to 40 fish in one day. Of course these numbers were well in excess of the bay limits imposed and smuggling them past the fishing inspector required cunning and subterfuge. A scheme employed by my brother Bill was to put most of the fish into a sugarbag suspended by a rake at the end of the pier. We would then pack up and depart with our "legal" stock off the pier and sensibly depart from the scene. When darkness descended we would return to the pier and recover the balance of the stock.

Next to the pier a German WWI submarine had been sunk as a break-water. At the time we had a canoe and we used to paddle to the sub. There was a variety of fish available there - Trevally, Leather jacket ete not found in pier fishing. It was possible for us to descend to the "bowels" of the sub where we had a clean view of the passing fish. If line fishing became boring we would attempt to spear fish. This was more difficult than line fishing. I recall that there was a large Trevally which we saw frequently. It could not be enticed by tackle and bait. Bill constructed a large spear with a metal tip which had a heavy line attached. This Trevally was about three feet in length. Bill waited for the fish to appear which it eventually did. By a stroke of luck he speared the fish. It took off like a torpedo and we all grabbed the line but we couldn't hold it. After about an hour or so we won the day and we were able to land it into the "sub". This was no mean feat for a gang of youngsters.

Being close to the bay we would spend most of the school holidays fishing, swimming and hiking along the beaches. Mother would make us a cut lunch and we would spend the day together, the five of us, Bill, Ken and myself and our two Howden cousins Jack and Geoffrey. On one occasion we walked from Hampton to St Kilda, quite a long hike to see the ?????? boat the ??????????? which was taking passengers on short trips across the bay. We were all quite weary at the end of the day. On another occasion we hiked to Beaumaris, a few miles in the opposite direction. At that time the "fad" was to arm ourselves with "pen" shooters and wage mock battles between ourselves. The usual ammunition was dried peas taken from Mums pantry. During the "battle" we ran out of peas but we noticed that trees along the foreshore had a type of berry whish we thought would do as a replacement. Bill volunteered to climb a tree and began to break off small branches. As he threw a large branch down he called out "Here comes the ammunition". To our dismay he fell from quite a height, about twenty feet. The tree overhung a pathway with a parapet (sea wall) nearest to the beach. As he fell he turned over and dropped onto his back on to the parapet, rolled over, and fell about another six feet onto the sand. We all jumped down on to the beach to assist him. The contact with the wall had knocked all of the air out of his lungs and he was gasping for breath. We were at a loss to help him until I had a "brain wave". At school we were taught to administer "artificial resuscitation". We turned poor Bill over on to his stomach, and I began to administer this treatment. After a minute or two he began to breath then we realised that he was in extreme pain. We had to walk miles back home. He suffered extensive bruising but no other injuries. The incident could have resulted in much more serious injuries. On a visit to Coffs Harbour a few years ago I mentioned this incident to Bill's son Peter and he told me that Bill had told him years before of the "Here comes the ammunition" accident. As mentioned earlier, during the "off periods" Dad was never idle. He had constructed a wood lathe and he made a variety of beautiful wood items, howled bowls etc. He also made lamp stands. I still have one he made for me many years ago. He made us boys wooden fishing reels and rods made of bamboo. The lathe he made embodied the use of an old Singer sewing machine. The means of operating the spindle was conveyed by using the foot pedal. He also made a model of a ships boiler. It was made of copper and was assembled by the use of copper rivets. When heated by a blowlamp it operated a small engine. We were always asking him to run it for us. Dad passed it on to us many years ago; however it cannot be used without a complete overhaul. This boiler is still in our possession. He also made me a beautiful model of his ship the "Lord Templetown". The "Lord Templetown" was the ship (three masted barque) in which he went to sea from London at the age of 17. Details of his exploits post 1899 are detailed in separate papers on my father's history. The last time 1 saw the model he made was when I went into Army Camp in 1941. After the war when I returned to Australia from overseas service with the RAAF in 1945, the model could not be found at 9 Hastings Street, Hampton. This was a great loss to me.

My younger brother Ken never learned to swim although he loved the beach and our trips along the coast. This resulted from an incident when he was quite young. As I recall he was about 3 or 4 years old. He was playing near the waters edge watched by my parents when a large wave came in unexpectedly and knocked him over. By the time my mother reached him he had disappeared in the surf. She rescued him without incident. This had a lasting effect on him with the result that he would never venture beyond his depth and consequently he never learned to swim. Ken's fear of deep water and the sea could have been instrumental in saving the lives of myself and my school friend Ken Crichlon. As mentioned, the canoe we made consisted of wooden laths and heavy canvas. The canoe was very heavy and if it was submerged in the water it sank below the surface and it was almost impossible to refloat. The canoe was always on the beach under our bathing "box". One Sunday morning my school friend Ken, my brother Ken and I went down to the beach and my friend and I decided to go for a paddle and a sail. Of cause my brother remained on shore. We had attached a small mast and sail which we sometimes used in calm conditions. This day a southerly wind was blowing on shore. We didn't go out very far into the bay and as the wind wasn't storming we erected the sail. We were not far from the beach when suddenly the wind changed to a half northerly and began to take us out into the bay (this change in wind direction often occurred in the summer months).

We took in the sail and began to paddle back to the shore but as the wind was strong we made no headway. We were then about a mile from the shore and the wind and the waves capsized the canoe and we were thrown into the sea. We were naturally scared but we didn't panic. We were both strong swimmers and we decided to take a paddle each and try to swim to shore. This was almost impossible in the conditions and we made little headway. Now to Ken our saviour. He was very worried that we wouldn't make it back to the beach. Also there were often sharks in the bay. He was about a mile from the boat harbour and he ran along the beach and told a fisherman of our plight. He immediately started up his fishing launch, raced out into the bay, picked us up, and took us back to shore. He also towed the canoe behind his boat. Needless to say we never took the canoe far from shore again

Dad sought employment with the Harbour Trust because the work appealed to him due to his experience as a seaman. A bonus for us children was the annual picnic either to Queens's cliff or Point Lonsdale on Port Phillip Bay; this event was the highlight of the year for us. There were two paddle steamers plying the route to the destinations. These boats were the Weerona and Hygiea. The Weerona was constructed in Scotland and came out to Australia under its own steam. I can recall the excitement of taking the train to Port Melbourne and going aboard the boats. When we went aboard we each received a bag of boiled sweets, a luxury in those days. The journey down the bay was usually under fairly calm conditions but sometimes the sea could become rough if a southerly change came up which was a frequent occurrence in Victorian Summers. There were picnic races with prizes and each child received a gift.

In those days my father belonged to the local branch of the Socialist Party. This party was well established in Australia and you could say was the formation forerunner of the Community Party. The secretary or the party was Lloyd Edmonds. He and his brother Phillip went to Spain in 1936 and fought in the Spanish civil war against the Dictator General Franco.

Periodically the Social Club arranged picnic outings to the Dandenong Ranges to which we all looked forward. The club could not afford to have a coach so the cheaper alternative was to hire a furniture removalist van with bench seats along the side. A tail board was lowered by chains and the older children were allowed to sit on this with legs dangling outside, a practice which Dad thought very dangerous and which he discouraged. The picnics were unforgettable. We enjoyed this so much that we were sad when the trip ended.

The social club also conducted a social evening from time to time that was held in the dance hall of the Avalon Caf situated on Beach Road near Hampton Beach. There was dancing (old time) and singing and later a grand supper supplied by members of the club. Coffee, tea and soft drinks were served but being family orientated no alcohol. How times have changed. My father was a great lover of music. When he was in Canada working as a Lumber Jack in forest industries he bought himself a mandolin on a visit to Seattle, Washington State and taught himself to play while living and working in the back woods of Canada. His playing was exceptional and I never ceased to enjoy listening to his playing. When I was at Hampton State School I took lessons on the violin and as the fingering was the same as for the mandolin he helped me with my leaning and we played together. I must say that his technique out matched mine. He was expert in working with his hands and made beautiful objects in wood and metal. I have a collection of these items. He had a wonderful temperament as did my mother. Brining up the family in hard times in association with my mother he coped so well and I cannot remember him raising his voice or being bad-tempered with us children or my mother.

I recall my father reading to us small children in front to the fire on winter evenings. This was eons before the days of radio or television. He obtained a copy of a publication he recalled reading as a boy in London, the "Boys own Paper". This was an annual bound copy. One of the stories he remembered was "The adventures of a two gunned watch". He obtained the volume from a 2nd hand book shop.

I recall Dad playing his mandolin on the front porch of our house in Hampton on summer evenings. Passers by used to stop to hear him play. One of the pieces from memory was called Souvenir which was his favourite. Most of his playing was from sheet music.

Dad was employed at the Victoria Harbour Trust at the Victoria Docks. He rode his pushbike to work for years. As he grew older he found this too tiring so he obtained a 1928 B.S.A motorbike that he restored.

In those days my mother was a member of the Hampton Tennis Club, with my Aunty Flo. She taught us boys to play tennis. Mother also taught us to swim on the Hampton Beach.

My mother was an excellent cook. She prepared lovely dishes from the fish we caught. A meat dish she made was called "Toad in the hole" this was prepared with sausages peering from a hole in pastry base. She bred ducks and always had a flock of about twenty of so, "Muscovies and Kahki Campbell's". Her roast duck dishes and plum puddings were delicious.

The following years at Hastings Street were uneventful as the country crawled out of the hardships of the worst years of the depression. I left Hampton High School when I was about 17 without having passed the Intermediate School Certificate which was the pre-requisite to obtaining any sort of gainful employment.

Things were still difficult for our parents in feeding and clothing the family. I started a job at a local Chemist shop delivering prescriptions and cleaning up the shop. The pay was inadequate and did not contribute much to the family budget. I left this employment and found myself a position with the Commonwealth Meteorological Bureau in the City of Melbourne. I was employed as a clerical assistant and also delivered weather reports and charts around the City on a pushbike (rain or shine). I recall one incident which could have been serious. It was raining heavily and I was riding down a hill in Collins Street. There was a policeman at an intersection (no stop lights in those days) directing traffic. I attempted to cross the intersection before he changed the traffic flow. However, before I could do this he held up his hand at me and the traffic. I stood on the brakes as I crossed a pile of wet horse manure. I skidded and my bike dis ????????? about four ?????? and I landed at the policeman's feet. His remark to me was "Do you think you are in the Air Force ??????????? with a broad grin, fortunately I was wet and dirty but unhurt.

When I was about 18 I left the Bureau and I went for an interview with the Public Service Inspector and he placed me in a position at the Department of Commerce as a clerical assistant.

Bill had stayed at school when I left. A friend of the family, a Mr Bigelow was the manager of a Bank at Bringhton. He advised my parents (incorrectly, as it ensured) that if Bill returned to High School and passed his Leaving Certificate he would offer him a position at his bank. Bill followed his advice and passed the exam. However this for some reason never eventuated, much to the chagrin of our parents. We later found out that at that time the bank positions were scarce and one would have had to attend college such as Bringhton Grammar or Scots College before being considered for a position. Bill had then to seek alternative employment. On Dad's advice he decided to become a plumber and attended Bringhton Technical College. I recall co??? this course was for two years. He secured employment with Melbourne Harbour Trust working at the dockyard; later on, Naval Vessels. Because of this he was declared "Manpower" and unable to change employment. Later he joined the Defence Forces. While I was employed at the Commerce Department I met my future wife Bernice Joyce Higgins (Betty). The date was Sunday 20th July 1941. A combination of events led to this meeting. My brother Ken worked at a shoe warehouse Doery and Tilley in Flinders Lane Melbourne. They had arranged an employee snow picnic at Mount Donna Briny, close to Melbourne. My cousin Jack Howden and I obtained tickets to attend the picnic from Ken. A friend of Bettys, Iva Berrett (who later was a bridesmaid at our wedding) also worked at the warehouse. Betty worked as a milliner at a hat Manufacturer. Iva arranged tickets for Betty and a work mate Kathy Edwards. Betty and Kathy sat in front of us in the picnic bus and during the journey to the mountains all we saw was the rear view of the girl's heads. When we arrived at our destination Betty turned around and our eyes met. My first impression was a pair of lovely blue eyes. During the day the four of us stayed together and we had an enjoyable time.

When the bus arrived in the city, on return from the outing, Betty and I walked together in the direction of the Flinders Street Railway station. I casually enquired as to what rail line she travelled on and she replied Sandringham and I said what a coincidence. She boarded the train at Ripponlea and I at Hampton. The Journey to Ripponlea took fifteen minutes and in that time I discovered that she boarded the train at 8:15am in the morning on the way to work. The train I took left Hampton at 8:00am. We met at Ripponlea and travelled together. In that short time we arranged our first date. I casually asked her if she liked ice skating and she was noncommittal but agreed to accompany me to the "Glacorium". We met in the city, me with skates over my shoulders. We set out for the skating rink and the more we talked I got the impression that skating wasn't her first choice so I said to her "would you rather go to the pictures instead?" A look of relief came across her face and she said she would like that. It was then about 8:00pm and the theatres were filling up. The big hit film at the time was a movie with the star Ginger Rogers "Kitty Foyle" at the Regent in Collins Street. The seats were nearly all taken and we finished up in the "Cheapy" front stalls. We enjoyed the show but I remember the strange looks directed to me by other patrons arriving at the "pictures" with ice-skates. So that's how a combination of events led to our meeting and the beginning of our whirlwind romance. This was July 1941 and my "call-up" to the Army was due just prior to Christmas 1941. We had plenty of opportunities to arrange meetings on the train twice a day as we both worked in the city and we met at most lunch breaks. We got together most weekends and played tennis. Betty was a wonderful dancer. We usually went to the St Kilda Town Hall on the Palais De Dance near the beach front on Saturday nights. I was "just a Dancer" but she taught me how. She always wore beautiful dance dresses and often wore a gardenia in her dark hair. Whenever 1 catch the perfume of gardenias I recall those wonderful times so many years ago. I spent more time at 4 Sycamore House Ripponlea than I did at home. On the way home from work sometimes at the last minute before Ripponlea station I managed to invite myself to dinner. I couldn't ring my mother as we had no phone at Hastings Street. I remember Betty's mother Violet saying that this was a mad romance. I thought the family, Violet and Jack (Pop) Higgins and Betty's brothers Jack, Doug and Bob must have been sick of me at times but I just couldn't care. We just couldn't waste the hours available to us before my call-up. "Procrastination is the thief of time", as quoted from an old adage I learnt from my father, which seemed to be appropriate.

I was off to basic army training at Willamstown race course late in December. Luckily my next posting was to Olympic Park and signals training so I was able to visit Betty and my family on occasional leave and luckily on Christmas day. I was posted to other courses at training venues near Gelong, Mt Martha and Nagamlin Road Scymour Victoria. Leave from these courses were few and far between. 
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News reached Ely on Monday from the War Office of the death in action on Oct 3rd of Lieut. Stanley R. Aspland MGC son of Mr and Mrs R Aspland, Hills Lane. But apart from the bare official announcement , communication by telegram, no details are yet to hand. The deceased officer, who was 27 years of age was extremely well-known and respected in the city and district and the sad intelligence occasioned widespread regret. For eleven years Lieut. Aspland was in the employ of the Ely Gas Company. He was a popular and esteemed member of the Ely Liberal Club and held amongst other offices that of secretary. He leaves a widow who resides in Soham.
 
Aspland, Second Lieutenant Stanley Richard (I15229)
 
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OBITUARY

MR SAM MUTCH

The death occurred; yesterday morning of a well known Cootamundra Identity in Mr. Sam Mutch, of Sutton street, aged 73.

His parents were pioneers in this district in the days of free selection, and he was the last of a large family of brothers, Joseph, John, James Thomas, Robert, and George. There are two surviving sisters, Mrs. E. Forsyth and Mrs. E. Williams, sen., of Temora road.

Deceased was born in the Gippsland district.

Forty-four years ago he married Miss Clara Smith at Junee and he is survived by the sorrowing widow and one daughter, Florence (Mrs. Tom Baker, of Sydney).

He had been employed on the railway at Cootamundra until an accident forced him to retire about 15 years ago.

In his youth he was a keen cyclist, and took part in many of the old club runs from Cootamundra to surrounding towns.

The funeral left the Church of England after a short service at 3 o'clock this afternoon.
 
Mutch, Samuel (I5199)
 
175

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MRS. JOHN LOITERTON

Another of the esteemed old district identities died on Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. Margaret Loiterton, aged 86, the wife of Mr. John Loiterton, one of the early selectors at West Jindalee.

Of the familly two survive - Mr. Robert Loiterton, of Dirnaseer, and Mr. John Loiterton, Bellarwi, near Barmedman. Three died -- Mrs. Young (Susan), Arthur, (who was drowned in Forky dam whilst duck shooting), and George who died when 11 years of age.

Deceased's maiden name was Wilesmith, and she came from England. The widower is 85. The interment took place in the Methodist cemetery this morning, Rev. J. H. Sorrell officiating.
 
Wilesmith, Margaret (I2082)
 
176

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After a prolonged illness, the death of Mr. Thomas Parkinson occurred at his residence, Hurd street on Monday evening last. The deceased, who for many years was professionally engaged at Portland as a surgeon dentist and until ill-health intervened, had an extensive practice throughout the district, was widely known and respected, and commanded general admiration for the cheerful fortitude with which he bore his suffering, which extended over a lengthy period. Of a natural genial and gentlemanly disposition, the lat Mr. Parkinson made many friends, who will learn of his death with feelings of deep regret. He took a lively interest in many things calculated for the good of the town, and for some time acted as Secretary of the local golf club, in which capacity he rendered great service, more particularly in connection with the Easter tournaments, which until a few years ago were held annually at Portland. He was a keen lover of sport, and enthusiastically supported clean healthy recreation of any kind. The late gentleman was also a talented musician, and until his health failed, was organist at St. Stephen's Anglican Church. He was 56 years at the time of death, and leaves a widow to mourn his loss. The remains were interred on Wednesday in the local cemetery. Out of respect for their late brother, members of the Portland Masonic Lodge marched in front of the hearse to the place of interment.
 
Parkinson, Thomas (I456)
 
177

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ALAN DONALD SHEATHER

We regret to have to report that the death has occurred, at the Wentworth Falls Sanitorium, of another of the two war sons of Mr Steve Sheather, of Sutton street, Cootamundra. First Hector succumbed after his return; and now Alan.

After the war Alan, one of the smartest tailors in the State, worked for Mr. Tom Watson, the Cootamundra tailor, for nine years, and then went to Goulburn.

Both were natives of Cootamundra. ? ?
 
Sheather, Allen Donald (I14656)
 
178

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Mr. Arthur Sheather

The death occurred under sudden circumstances on Monday evening last of a well known and highly respected resident of Corobimilla, in the person of Mr. Arthur Edward Sheather, at the age of 57 years.

Mr. Sheather, who was a native of Gundagai came to Grong Grong about 40 years ago, and resided there for many years. Later he was employed on the permanent way branch of the railways and saw service at Culcairn, Corobimilla and other places. He had resided at Corobi milla for about six years. He had not been in the best of health for about two months and had sought medical attention. On Monday he appeared to be in good health and after returning home from work went into one of the out-houses at his home where he collapsed. Mr. Sheather was possessed of an amiable disposition and was liked by all who knew him.

Deceased is survived by a family of four daughters, namely, Jean (Mrs. Lavender, North Coast), Joy C, Betty E., and Mavis M., all of Corobimilla. He is also survived by three brothers, Messrs. Bert, George and Walter Sheather, all of Grong Grong, and two sisters, Mesdames Geo. Smith (Grong Grong), and Mrs. A. Kite (Bega). His wife predeceased him 15 months ago.

The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon last, moving from the Methodist Church. The members of the M.U.I.O.O.F. formed a guard of honour at the church, and with members of the Narandera railway staff, also formed a guard of honour at the cemetery.

The Rev. C. C. Cashin officiated at the graveside, and the Manchester Unity I.O.O.F. service was also held. The bearers were members of Lodge Leopold,; namely, Messrs. R. Guymer (Corobimilla), R. Dawson (Morun dah), F. Aubrey, G. B. White, S. H. Wright, and M. Bashir (Narandera).

Messrs. Watkins Bros. had charge of the funeral arrangements.
 
Sheather, Arthur Edward (I18013)
 
179

OBITUARY

MR. DUNSTAN PERKS

After many weeks of agonising ill ness caused by Bright's disease, death came as a relief to Dunstan Perks, of Yass Street Young, last week. Model husband and father, and guide, counsellor and friend to many hundreds of persons who received their early and youthful training at

his day school or evening continuation classes, his was a noble and beautiful character. His death in the prime of life is generally deplored. Scattered throughout the State are hundreds of men who owe much of their progress in life to this man's teaching and kindly influence. Wherever he went in late years he met old pupils who always embarrassed him by express ing gratitude for what he had done for them. During his many years teaching he trained and found posi tions for 450 pupils, of ages ranging from 14 to 24 years.. It was impos sible to know him and not to be up lifted and influenced by his sweetness of nature, his philosophical outlook and his deep spirituality. With these gifts he proved a great teacher. A native of Rye Park, the late Mr, Perks, after joining the Education. Department, taught at the old Gari baldi School Tumbleton and Boara. He has lived in this district for 22 years. He was married at Grenfell to a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wigg. Having also been a teacher,

Mrs. Perks, since her husband's health broke down two and a half years ago, helped to teach school at Boara, and conducted some of the continuation classes. There are four children, all girls, the eldest being seventeen (now studying for her Leaving Certificate) and the youngest eight years. Messrs. Harry and Josiah Perks, of the Orange district, are brothers of the deceased, and Mrs. Plumb (Gau rcain), Mrs. Begg and Mrs. Albert Wales (Young) are sisters. For some time the deceased and his wife knew that he was doomed to an early and painful death, but that knowledge did not disturb the seren ity of his nature. His last illness was marked by patience and resignation which were an inspiration to all who watched by his bedside. He went to Sydney some time ago to visit a specialist. Two weeks ago he was brought back by car, and it was doubt ful then if he would reach home alive. ? Young 'Witness.'


 
Perks, Isaac Dunstan (I743)
 
180

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MR. J. SHEATHER

The death occurred in Wagga on Tuesday evening of a very old resident, Mr. John Sheather, of 98 Murray Street, at the age of 79 years. Mr. Sheather, who had resided in Wagga nearly all his life, led a very active life until the day of his death. Predeceased by his wife, he is survived by two sons, Messrs. Norman Sheather, of Wellington, and John Sheather, of Murray Street, Wagga, and three daughters, Rita (Mrs. H. Bromham) of Tarcutta Road, Wagga; Marjorie (Mrs. L. Tucker), of Forsyth Street, Wagga, and Joan (Mrs. G. Kotzur), of Blake Street, Wagga. One daughter predeceased him. The funeral will take place tomorrow, the Cortege leaving St. John's Church of England after a service commencing at 10.30 for the Wagga cemetery.
 
Sheather, John (I16947)
 
181

OBITUARY

MR. ROBERT BERTRAM MUTCH

The death occurred yesterday, at St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, of a Cootamundra old boy, Bert Mutch, aged 42, son of the late Robert Mutch and Mrs. L. Mutch, of 44 Crown street, Cootamundra. He married Miss Maude Backhouse, of Braidwood, who, with two sons and three daughters, is left to mourn their sad loss. Sisters and brother of deceased are: Mrs. Aspland (Young), Mrs. Claude Long (Cootamundra), Mrs. P. Rigney (Balgowlah), and John, of Auburn. Bert was for a number of years a member of the staff at the local post office; and after residing at Wagga and Maltland, was transferred to the Department of the interior, Canberra.

The funeral is to leave Andrews's Parlors, North Sydney, for the Pres byterian portion of Northern Suburbs cemetery, at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
 
Mutch, Robert Bertram (I222)
 
182

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MR. SID. LOITERTON, of Wallendbeen

The death occurred, at the home of his brother Fred, on Tuesday evening, of Mr. Sidney Loiterton, 58, well known Wallendbeen identity.

Deceased had been assisting his brother Mr Fred Loiterton, with the harvesting, and collapsed after work on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cootamundra Ambulance was called out, and brought him to the District Hospital, where he failed to rally.

The late Mr. Loiterton's wife predeceased him on January 3, 1943. There were no children. She was Annie May.

The widow was formerly Annie May Coddington, of Wallendbeen.

Surviving brothers and sisters are: Steve, Don, Fred, and Ken, Mrs. G. Ceeney, Mrs. Adams (Vic), Mrs. Troy (Woollongong), Mrs. Roy Duffey, and Mrs. Ivor Davies.

The remains were laid to rest in the Church of England portion of the Murrumburrah cemetery yesterday, at 11 a.m.

Deceased was the eldest son of the late Charles Loiterton, Wallendbeen.

A brother, Jim, died last July, and another brother, George, was electrocuted at Wallendbeen.
 
Loiterton, Sydney (I1092)
 
183

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MR. STEVE SHEATHER

The death occurred in the District Hospital yesterday morning of Mr. Steve Sheather, 83, a well-known Cootamundra identity.

The late Mr. Sheather was a skilled laborer, being an expert on concrete work. He worked for the late Mr. Peter McBeath. and for 30 years with Mr. Frank Mitchell.

Mr. Ike Sheather, of Cootamundra, who will be 90 this year, and Mrs. Finney (Louisa), of Hay street, are the only surviving brother and sister. Sam (Stockinbingal), John (Stockinbingal), Mrs. Gardiner (Jane), Mrs. C. Loiterton (Ellen), Mrs. Woodhouse (Charlotte), and a younger brother have all passed away.

Deceased married twice, his first wife being Susan Roberts, a sister of Mr. Ern Roberts and Mrs. Geo. Black, of Cootamundra, and there were five children from the union ? Alan (de ceased, Hector (deceased), Charlie (Wollongong), Linda (Mrs. Sid. Pinkstone, Benalla), Florence (Mrs. G.Hale, Wagga). His second wife, who was a widower, Mrs. Murphy, of Sydney, survives him.

There are eight grandchildren.

The Sheather family came to this district from Camden. In 1873 the brothers; Ike and Sam, rode by horse- back from Camden to Nangus, where they helped an uncle with the harvesting. They then went to West Jindalee, and selected a property. Their parents and the rest of the family, including Steve, followed them about 12 months after. The family settled down in the district, and have been much esteemed ever since.

Deceased had been in poor health over the last 12 months, but only went into hospital a week ago.

The funeral left the Church of Eng land at 3 o'clock this afternoon.

Rev. S. North, from Harden, officiated in the absence of the Cootamundra Rector (Rev. A. W. Harris), who was away at Barmedman.
 
Sheather, Stephen (I987)
 
184

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MRS. A. M. LOITERTON, WALLENDBEEN

The death occurred at the Harden-Murrumburrah Distrlct Hospital, at midday on Monday, of Mrs. Annie May Loiterton, wife of Mr. Sydney Loiterton, of Wallendbeen. Deceased, who was a native of Murrumburrah, was the oldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Willlam Coddington, of Wallendbeen, and formerly of Murrumburrah. She was 60, and had lived all her life in the district.

The late Mrs. Loiterton was admited to the District Hospital on Wednesday, and appeared to be doing well; but on Monday morning she took a bad turn, and passed away at noon.

Deceased is survived by her husband and three brothers and three sisters. There are no children. Her mother predeceased her just six months ago, and her father in 1910.

The late Mrs. Lolterton was a home loving woman, and always ready to help her church or the Red Cross and other institutions. For some time prior to her mother's death she had nursed and cared for her.

The sisters are Ethel (Mrs. Hedges, Auburn), Isabella (Mrs. Keogh, Kings vale), and Evelyn , (Mrs. Sivell, Bal main), brothers, Messrs. Walter Cod- dington (Carringbah), Hugh (Wallendbeen), and William, (Granvllle).

The funeral moved from St. Paul's Church of England, following a short service at 11.45 a.m., on Tuesday morning. Rev. White, from Young, conducted the services at the church and the graveside in the absence of the rector.

A number of beautiful wreaths were sent by friends and members of the family.
 
Coddington, Annie May (I1564)
 
185

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MRS. A. SHEATHER

Quite a gloom was cast over Junee when it was known that Mrs. Mabel Empire Sheather, aged 40 years, wife of Mr. Allan Sheather, had suddenly collapsed and died at the Junee District Hospital yesterday morning. Two weeks ago Mrs. Sheather had undergone an operation for appendicitis. She had made good progress and was to go home early this week. Born at Junee she was the youngest daughter of the late W. H. Hinchcliffe, who came to Junee in the late 90's, as a carpenter at Messrs Cohoe and Walster's foundry. Prior to her marriage she was on the staff of Mr. F. A. Cummins, solicitor, for some years. Mrs. Sheather, who was very fond of gardening, also took a keen interest in her husband's motor garage business in Broadway, where she was in daily attendance. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her aged mother; a young son, Darah and a young daughter, Ellen; also three brothers, Sidney (Wollongong), Claude (Taree), and Jack (Sydney), and three sisters, Mrs. J. Scanlon (Hilda), Sydney, Mrs. J. Treadwell (Alice) Sydney, and Mrs. A. Gibson (Lilian) Junee. Her father predeceased her at Junee two years ago. The funeral will take place to-morrow morning, the cortege moving from St, Luke's Manse, Junee, after a service to commence at 10 o'clock, for the Junee cemetery.
 
Hinchcliff, Mabel Empire (I17250)
 
186

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Mrs. E. Sheather

The death took place at her sister's residence, 111 Western Road, Westmead, on Saturday, 29th August, of Mrs. Clorrie Sheather, wife of Edward Sheather, of 45 Jersey Road, Wentworthville.

Mrs. Sheather was the youngest daughter of the late William and Mary Beresford of 'Spring Vale,' Hay. She was born in Hay in 1870, and lived most of her young life in the district, which she vis ited periodically after.

Clorrie Beresford was married to Edward Sheather in Goulburn, in 1916, and made their home at Moss Vale. In more recent years they sold out and bought a place at Wentworthville where they lived until ill-health caused her to be moved to her sister's residence, where she could be cared for.
 
Beresford, Clarinda (I17143)
 
187

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MRS. EDITH LOITERTON

Many Cootamundra, Wallendbeen, Stockinbingal and district friends were shocked to hear of the death, in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Cootamundra, yesterday, of Mrs. Edith Loiterton, 40, wife of Mr. Fred. Loiterton of Yeo Yeo.

Deceased had only recently given birth to a baby son, who is now 11 days old. There are also two other young children. The children are Lorraine (4), Alison (18 months), and the baby, Stuart. The funeral was to leave the Church of England at 3 o'clock this afternoon. The late Mrs. Loiterton (nee Cropper) was an English girl, coming to Australia about 12 years ago. She married Mr. Loiterton at Cootamundra. A sister of the late Mrs. Loiterton, arrived in Australia two months ago, and is living near Melbourne.
 
Cropper, Edith (I1551)
 
188

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Mrs. Ellen Maria Sheather

The death occurred at her residence, Newtown East, Narandera, on Monday evening last of an old and respected resident of the Narandera and Grong Grong districts in the person of Mrs. Ellen Maria Sheather, at the age of 86 years.

Mrs. Sheather was a native of Narellan, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bell, old residents of that district. When quite young she moved with her parents to Mundarlo, near Gundagai, her parents having acquired a farming property there. At Gundagai, at the age of 26, she married Mr. William Henry Sheather, a member of an old district family. They remained at Gundagai until 1896, when they moved to Grong Grong, where Mr. Sheather had acquired a small farming property.

Mrs. Sheather was at Gundagai at the time of the big flood which caused a great deal of damage in the district, and she often recounted incidents in connection with it.

At Grong Grong Mrs. Sheather was an enthusiastic worker for St Matthew's Church of England, and in her younger days she interested herself in the affairs of the Labour League.

Her husband died in 1914, and about eighteen years ago Mrs. Sheather came to Narandera to reside, and she remained here until the time of her death.

During her residence in the district Mrs. Sheather made many friends and was held in high esteem by all who knew her.

Deceased is survived by a family of five sons and two daughters. The sons are Albert E. (Bert) Sheather, Grong Grong; James Alfred, The Rock; George Albion, Grong Grong; Arthur E., Corobimilla, and Percy W., Grong Grong; and the daughters are Ada E. (Mrs. G. E. Smith, Merrylands, Grong Grong), and Elsie E. (Mrs. E. Kite, of Jingellic). She is also survived by an adopted son, Pte. Doug J Sheather of the ATF Egypt.

Two sons, William H. and John H., ' predeceased her.

The funeral took place on Wednesday last, when the remains were taken to Grong Grong for interment in the Church of England section of the cemetery at that centre.

The bearers were Messrs. Bert., George, Arthur, and Walter Sheather (sons).

The Rev. J. O. Were, Narandera, officiated at the graveside.

Messrs. Watkins Bros, carried out the funeral arrangements.
 
Bell, Ellen Maria (I18008)
 
189

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MRS. ESTHER JANE WALES

The death occurred in the Sacred Heart Hospital on Saturday evening, after a short illness of Mrs. Esther Jane Wales, wife of Mr. Albert Wales, aged 62 years.

With her husband and family deceased had been a resident of Marengo Street, Young, for the past 40 years, and she was highly esteemedby a wide circle of friends, her sweet disposition and kind heartedness endearing her to all who knew her.

Until two years ago deceased had enjoyed the best of health. She received a stroke in 1929 which resulted in partial paralysis. This did not affect her good spirits, and she still remained active. Last Thursday week illness supervened and deceased was removed to hospital, where despite medical and nursing skill, she gradually declined and she passed peacefully away as stated.

The late Mrs. Wales was a native of Rye Park, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Perks. She was married at Burrowa in 1889 and came to Young with her husband immediately after the wedding, and has resided here ever since. Her life was one of devotion and self sacrifice for her family, and her almost daily acts of kindness and neighbourliness to others in times of sickness and trial will long be remembered.

A family of one son and two daughters survive, another son Des mond having predeceased her about three years ago. , The surviving members are Mrs. A. Moate (Yass), Mrs. A. I'Anson (landra) j and Mr. Earl Wales (Young). Brothers and sisters of the deceased are Mrs. A. Plumb (Gunning), Mrs. B. Begg (Young), Mrs. Harry Perks (Mill- thorpe), and Mr. Joseph Perks (Orange). The funeral took place from Patterson's Funeral Parlours to the Methodist portion of the Young cemetery, where the body was laid to rest in the family grave. Despite the short notice and extreme heat, the funeral was largely at- tended. Rev. P. H. Curtis officiated, conducting a short service before the cortege moved to the cemetery. The pall-bearers were Mssrs. I. Joyce, W. Smithers and deceased two nephews, Messrs. Oliver and Roy Wales.

Many beautiful floral tributes were sent, including the following; Dad and the Girls; Eva and Jim Pizarro and family; Mr. and Mrs. Reg Foster, and Mr. O. Wales; Mrs. and Misses Tonkin; Ollie and Reg.; Ernest, Rebecca and Glad; Mrs. J. Wales; Claude, Ruby, Phyl and Joy; Fred, Lizzie and family; Mr. and Mrs. W. Sutton and family; Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Kleen and family; Mr. and Mrs. C. Price and family; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Symons; Eric, Angella, Bernie, Joan and Dick; Jean and Harold and others without cards attached. -- The Young Witness
 
Perks, Esther Jane (I193)
 
190

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MRS. PEARL SHEATHER

The death occurred on Friday of Mrs. Pearl Sheather, wife of Mr. Gearge Albion Sheather, of Grong Grong. Mrs. Sheather had lived in the Grong Grong district for a number of years, and was respected by all. The feeling of regret at her passing is very sincere. Mrs. Sheather was only 35 years of age and leaves a husband and eight children. The eldest is 14 and the youngest six months. Much sympathy is felt for the husband and children in their bereavement. The burial took place in the Church of England cemetery, Grong Grong, on Saturday. The Rev. C. A. Baker officiated at the graveside.
 
Fielding, Pearl Y (I18023)
 
191

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MRS. PHYLLIS LES. ASPLAND

The death occurred at her home, of Phyllis Nellie Aspland, 48, daughter of Mrs. Mutch and the late Robert Mutch. Born at Cootamundra, she married Leslie James Aspland, at Cootamundra, in 1916, and he and four children survive. A son is Raymond, of Young.

Daughters are Gweneth, (Mrs. E. Brown), Young, Audrey (Mrs. B. Mote), Bowral, Mona (Young).

Mr. Jack Mutch, of Auburn is a brother, and sisters are Mrs. Elma Rigney (Balgowlah, Manly) and Mrs. Ethel Long (Cootamundra). A brother predeceased her.

The remains were conveyed to the Methodist Church, where the Rev. L. A. R. Taylor conducted the service.

The coffin passed through a guard of honor composed of members of the Methodist Ladies' Guild. The interment took place at the Young cemetery, the family wreath being lowered with the remains.

Pallbearers were Mr. Claude Long (brother-in-law), Mr. Milton Mutch (cousin), and Messrs. F. Carnley and Alex Murray.


 
Mutch, Phyllis Nellie (I76)
 
192

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THE LATE MR. JOHN LOITERTON

In our short reference to the late Mr. John Loiterton, who died when we were closing up to go to print on Monday, we said he was in his 89th year, but relatives correct us. The veteran was 87 last birthday. His wife predeceased him by two years. They came from the Camden district 63 years ago, and selected 'Rosemont' West Jindalee. Of the family of five, three have gone over to the Great Majority? Mrs. Charlie Young Arthur, and George. The survivors are Robert, of Dirnaseer, and John, of 'Bellarwi,' Barmedman.

The late Mr. Charles Loiterton was a brother of deceased; and both did well in this district as farmers and graziers. One sister resides in Sydney.

About 26 years ago the late Mr. and Mrs. John Loiterton retired and went back to the Camden district for a while but, like many other retired folk, they preferred to be among their old friends again, so they came to Cootamundra. Here, esteemed by all who knew them, the devoted couple spent the rest of their long relationship.

The fine old man had enjoyed splendid health till recently, and then recovered well enough to be able to take a good daily walk. The end came very quickly however. Following a bad turn on Monday, the ambulance conveyed him to the district, Hospital at 12.15, and two hours later he passed away.

Deceased was born in Lincolnshire (Eng.), and came to Australia with his father and mother when 4 years old. They settled at Camden, farm ing, and dairylng.

The maiden name , of the late Mrs.John Loiterton was, Margaret Wilesmith, whose relations are in the Junee and Wagga districts.

The only neighbors deceased had, in their pioneering days in this district, were the Cokers, Webbs, Robertses, and Frosts. He had several trips to and from Sydney with the bullock teams.

Ardent church folk all their lives, they largely assisted in the Methodist activities and actually formed the first Sunday School in the Jindalee district.

The funeral was yesterday afternoon, preceded by a service at the Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. C. Goy, in the absence of the Rev J. H. Sorrell, who had gone to Sydney to attend a returned soldiers conference, he being president of the Cootamundra branch.

Mr. Sorrell, a great 'pal' of the veteran, wired his deep sympathy, to the bereaved. Rev. C. Goy spoke in high appreciation of Mr. Loiterton, and the splendid life he had led. Only two weeks previously he had attended church. A deep loss to the community was the passing of one who linked Cootamundra with the early settlement.

The church service and funeral were largely attended.
 
Loiterton, John (I1021)
 
193

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MRS. E C. ASPLAND ONE of Camperdown's oldest and most respected residents. in the person of Mrs. Elizabeth Clarissa Aspland, passed away on Tuesday last at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr A. Woodmason, "The Grange," Cobden. after a lengthy illness. The late Mrs. Apland had reached the age of 92 years and was the daughter of the late Mr and Mrs. William Martin of Birregurra, and was born at Colac. Her late husbanad. Mr. William Aspland, died 38 years ago. She arrved in Camper down 74 years ago, being em ployed in the drapery depart ment of a general store owned by her uncle, Mr. Darby in premises on the site now occupied by Pirone and Pitcher. Her memory went back to the days when the blacks held corroborees in Wa?s paddock between the present butter factory and the town. She was a devoted, life-long member of the Methodist Church and took a tnirsinre in its activities and ne sutnes bre was one or the Unra genretr srn ia reach an Savantteu age. I ri mother atlnedan l9years ne? gran ather 91 years. one sister is in her nineties. an three his reas andF a brother are over P2 years of age- She leaves a family of three sons and six daughters. who are Percy, Herbert, Les,
(The mess at the end of the obituary is caused by bad fading of the copy of the newspaper being scanned.) 
Martin, Elizabeth Clarissa Teresa (I73)
 
194

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MRS. L. M. GOODGER
The death of Mrs. Lillian May Goodger, aged 74 years, occurred in Yass District Hospital last Tuesday, after an illness of some months.

A daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry Diamond, deceased was born at Gundaroo. She was the widow of the late Jeremiah Goodger of Limestone Creek, who predeceased her by some years.

Mrs. Goodger is survived by one son, Albert, of Crookwell, and three daughters, Gladys (Mrs. W. Watson, Yass), Alma (Mrs. M. Kershaw, Yass) and Ruby (Mrs. O. Crossley, Wol longong).

She is also survived by two brothers, two sisters, five grand children and four great-grand children.

One son, James, three brothers and two sisters predeceased her.

The funeral left St. Clements Church for Yass Cemetery, where Rev. H. P. Reynolds officiated at the graveside.
 
Diamond, Lillian May (I3058)
 
195

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MRS MARY ANN LOITERTON

The above well known Cootamundra and Stockinbingal district resident passed away in the Sacred Heart Hospital early this morning, in her 81st year.

She was taken to hospital on Friday.

Deceased was the widow of the late John Loiterton of "Mount Hope,"

Stockinbingal. Surviving members of the family are Nell (Mrs Daw, Elsie (Mrs. Ball) Eileen (Mrs. Pengilly, Walter, Alan, Mill, (Mrs C. Dickson), Harold, and Doris (Mrs. Anderson).

The funeral will leave St. James Church, Stockinbingal, at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
 
Guymer, Mary Ann (I1027)
 
196

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MRS. CLARA MUTCH

A well- known Cootamundra resident, Mrs. Clara Mutch, 80, of 14 Sutton street, passed away in the District Hospital on Friday last. Her husband predeceased her 11 years ago.

She Is survived by one daughter, Florrie (Mrs. T. H. Baker, Sydney).

The funeral left the Baptist Church after a service on Saturday afternoon, and was the first burial from the new church.

Mr. A. J. Smith and Miss F. Smith, both of Auburn, are brother and sister.

The late Mrs. Mutch made history, when she became the first woman in Cootamundra to own and ride a lady's bicycle. This was in 1894.
 
Smith, Clara (I5372)
 
197

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MR. JOHN LOITERTON

Mr. John Loiterton, sen., of Hurley street, was taken by ambulance, to the District Hospital, this afternoon, very ill. A bad turn followed, and the end came at 2.15. Deceased was in his 89th year. The funeral leaves the Methodist Church to-morrow, at 3.
 
Loiterton, John (I1021)
 
198

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CHARLES LOITERTON, Jnr.

Mr. Charles Loiterton, jun., of Wallendbeen, aged 60, whose aged father resides in O'Donnell Street, Cootamundra, passed away last night. Deceased had not been robust for the past couple of years, and was under treatment of doctors and herbalists. He farmed in this district, like most of the esteemed ilk of the same name;and general regret will be expressed at his demise. A widow and family mourn their sad loss. Mr Steve Loiterton, of Cootamunda, is a son.

 
Loiterton, Charles (I1010)
 
199

OBITUARY.

MR GEO. SHEATHER.

To live for 72 years in the one district is a record that has not often been recorded in Australia, but it was notched to the credit of Mr George Sheather, of Nangus, who died in Gundagai Hospital yesterday. Deceased was born here 72 years gone, lived here all those years, and reared a big family, and over 50 descendants are left to testify to the fact that deceased played his part as a good Australian. For some time past the old gentleman had been ailing after a strenuous life came the reaction - and for some weeks he had been an in- mate of Gundagai Hospital. The late Mr Sheather is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs C .Smith, Nangus; Mrs Bert Smith, Kyogle; Mrs Wm. Smith, 'Balmoral,'' Gundagai ; Mrs Jno. Sullivan, Nangus; Mrs A. Watkins, Batlow; Mrs Clarrie Joyce, West Wyalong; Miss Ethel Sheather, Sydney; Mr George, Sheather, Nangus : and Mr Ridley Sheather, South Gundagai. Deceased leaves a brother (Mr Jno. Sheather, Nangus) and two sisters (Mrs A .Burke, Temora, and Miss Eliza Sheather, Nangus) as well as 40 grandchildren & three great grandchildren. The burial took place in the C.E. cemetery North Gundagai, this morning. Rev. H. F. Champion reading the service .
 
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OBITUARY.

MR. JESSE SHEATHER.

A gloom was cast over the town when the news came to hand of the sudden death of Mr. Jesse Sheather who was on a visit to Forster at the invitation of the Cape Hawke Regatta Club, to officiate as umpire at their annual carnival.

A few days previous to his death he umpired at the Mungo Brush regatta, a position he has filled for a number of years, and appeared to be in his usual health. He then made the trip to Cape Hawke with members of his family, who had a boat competing in the regatta there.

On the afternoon of Friday, 29th he complained of not feeling well, and whilst lying by the fire he passed away suddenly. His end came as a great shock to his relatives and to his many friends. The deceased was held in very high esteem by the sailing people all along the coast. As a young man he was a competitor at different regattas, mainly on the Manning and Macleay rivers. Later in life he has acted as umpire to Cape Hawke, Mungo Brush, George's River, and several other regattas, where his judgement in matters concerning the same commanded the greatest re spect.

Born at Taree 65 years ago he followed the occupation of fisherman practically all his life, working on almost every river in the north, and coming to Port Stephens 24 years ago, where he has resided ever since. His wife predeceased him 11 years ago, and he now leaves a sorrowing family of four sons and five daughters to mourn their loss. The sons are: Stephen Henry, Arthur Benjamin, Everet Albury of Tea Gardens, and Ernest Raymond, of Tanilba; daught- ers, Mrs. W. Phillips and Miss Mona of Tea Gardens, Mrs. Brown, Taylor's Arm; Mrs. Squires, Wootton, and Mrs. Harris, Sydney.

His remains were brought to Tea Gardens for burial, being first taken to St. Andrew's church, thence to the Church of England portion of the Tea Gardens cemetery, the Rev. G. Rooke officiating at the graveside.

Wreaths were placed on the grave by the following:-
G. A. Engel and Sons.
T. and J. Perrin.
Mr. and Mrs. Alex McRae
Mr. and Mrs. W. Burrows and family.
Mr, and Mrs. R. Smith and family.
Mr. and Mrs. S. Kinnaird and family.
Sussie and Mick Davey.
Fonce and G. Davies.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Motum and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Neary and family.
Eva and Stan McGraith.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Motum and family.
Mr. and Mrs. M. Blanch.
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Motum.
Mr. and Mrs. H. Davey and family.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Blanch and family.
Mrs. A. Yates and family.
Mr. and Mrs. G. Goodwin.
Mary and Alex.
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Frost.
Owner and crew of skiff 'Windy.'
Steve Engel and Ed. Devereux.
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Ray and family.
Mr. and Mrs. R. Haddow and family.
 
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