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OBITUARY.

MR. JAMES WALES.

After sufferlng acutely for several months, Mr. James Wales, a wellknown district resident, passed away in the Burrangong District Hospital, Young, at 2 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon. He had been an inmate of the hospital for about nine days, but his case was hopeless from the outset.

The deceased, who had almost completed his 66th year, was a native of Rye Park, in the Burrowa district but had lived the greater part of his life at Young. He is the first of a family of thirteen to pass hence. He was a son of Mrs. Wales, of Hurstville, and formerly of Young, and the late Edward Wales, and for about 30 years has been a resident of Kingsvale road Young, where he took up residence shortly after his marriage with Miss Minnie Fisher, of Young who, with a family of seven survive. The eldest son Bert, is an officer in the Australian Navy, and is believed to be at present at Albany. The other members of the family are:- Myrtle and Claude (Young), Jack (Victorla), Leslie, Phyllis and Joyce (Young). Deceased's brothers are: Oliver, Albert and Frederick (Young) Charles, Alfred and Hubert (Sydney) and sisters: Mrs. J. Pearsall (WA) Mrs. W. Herrett (Canterbury), Mrs. W. A. Hourn (Belinore) Mrs. W. Gabel (Oatley), Mrs. T. McBeth (Hurstville), Mrs. M. Gannon (Goulburn). Deceased was a man of quiet disposition and highly esteemed by a wide circle of friends. Much sympathy is expressed for the widow and family.

The burial will take place in the methodist cemetery, and the funeral will leave the hospital at 3 o'clock to-day (Thursday).
 
Wales, James (I1438)
 
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OBITUARY. -- Mr. J. F. Mote, hotelkeeper at Yass, died at his residence on April 23, at the early age of 47 years. Deceased was subject to attacks of rheumatism, which complaint was the cause of death. The funeral took place on Monday and was largely attended. The members of the Prince of Wales Lodge of Oddfellows and the members of the R.A.O.B., of which deceased was a member, marched in procession. At the grave the funeral services of the Church of England were read by the Rev. Canon Faunce, after which the funeral service of the Oddfellows was read by P.G.M. A. W. Thompson. The coffin was covered with wreaths and crosses which were sent in by friends.
 
Mote, James Frederick (I18)
 
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OLD FORBES RESIDENT PASSES:
Mr W J NEVILLE 1961

Mr William James Neville (88) who passed away in the Forbes District Hospital last Monday was born at Liverpool and came to Forbes in the early part of the century.

He and his wife came from Boorowa between 30 and 40 years ago and settled on "Balara", Ooma, but for the last 10 years they have been living in town at 49 Church Street, Camp Hill.

About three weeks ago Mr Neville had an accident at his home when he fell and broke a leg, and this undoubtedly hastened his end.

In his younger days he was a noted horseman and even trained a number of racehorses.

In addition to his aged widow he is survived by a family of four sons and three daughters.

The sons are Clarence (Eugowra), Raymond, Leslie Herbert and Colin Kenneth, all of Forbes while the daughters are Eileen Muriel (Mrs Sid Anderson, Forbes), Jean Margaret (Mrs Edgar Pascoe, Forbes) and Joan (Mrs McFadden, Moss Vale).

One son, Edgar William, was killed in a road accident in 1935.

Deceased also leaves one brother, whose whereabouts is unknown, while one sister, Mrs Sheila Murchie, of Sydney, is deceased.

The funeral on Tuesday afternoon was to the Anglican Cemetery, following a service at St John's Church.

The service at the church and graveside was conducted by the Rev. L.C.G. Crowe, while Mr A O Jones directed the obsequies. 
Neville, William James (I12013)
 
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On 3 September 1821 a letter was sent from the Court of Magistry at Parramatta by Hannibal Hawkins Macarthur, a nephew of wool producer John Macarthur, to the Colonial Secretary Frederick Goulburn recommending:
"William Fishburn, a free man and landholder at Castle Hill to act as Constable for the District of Castle Hill and Pennant Hills in lieu of John Rogan - dismissed from that situation for drunken conduct and neglect of Duty."

The recommendation was accepted and five days later the appointment was announced in the Sydney Gazette 
Fishburn, William Henry (I10263)
 
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On Monday 1st November 1841, at the age of 21, Philip married Maria Hammant, 19 years old, (Hammond) in the Parish Church of Wortham. The witnesses to the wedding were Charles Elvin, Sarah Anna Bryant and Maria's two sisters Mary and Hannah Hammant. Philip was a farm labourer and Maria was to become a school mistress. They had a baby girl, Eliza, who was born on Tuesday 12th July 1842 in Suffolk, England. Eliza was to die at the age of 52 at Maldoon in New South Wales on Monday 13th May 1895. Philip and his family emigrated to the colony of New South Wales at the invitation of Maria's father, William Hammant. The Reverand Richard Cobbold of Wortham had married Philip and Maria and in 1843 he received a letter and a sum of money from the Bishop of Sydney, Dr. Broughton, who was a nephew of the Rev. James Merest, a former curate of Wortham for 40 years. The Bishop had been approached by Maria's father following a service at Appin, NSW and asked "Sir, I have five children at Wortham, would you be so good as to write and say 'if they will come to me I will take care of them', and will you have the kindness to transmit for me this sum of money for their passage" The five children referred to are assumed to be his three daughters - Maria, Mary and Hannah - his son-in-law Philip and his grand daughter Eliza as this was the family group that subsequently sailed for Sydney on the Ship Neptune. The Rev. Cobbold wrote that "I took the whole of his family (William Hammant's) - all daughters - one married Philip Collett, who went out with her, to the Immigration Depot.

Dear children I did weep to say farewell
Because I knew in this life never more
On happy faces that I loved to dwell
I should behold them bound for distant shore
We parted as we all must do in present pain
That parted weeping, hoping to meet again."

The Rev. Cobbold received a vote of thanks from the Board of Guardians on 25th October 1843 for seeing the children to Deptford to embark. The children had belonged to the Parish of Burgate. In time the Rev. Cobbold received news from the Rev. D D Sparling of Appin, NSW that the children had all arrived safely, although Maria died shortly after arrival. Rev. Cobbold passed the news on to the aged grandmother and great grandmother, both poor people in his parish. Grandmother Elizabeth Hammant lived to the age of 94 under the care of her daughter Mrs Elvin of Yaxley and we are told that "she could read to her very advanced age even without spectacles and many persons of 70 looked older than she did at ninety. Great grandmother Charity Harbour died at the age of 92.
Maria's father William Hammant had been convicted, together with his older brother James, when stolen wheat was found in the Hammant family's Dolphin Inn near Wortham, Suffolk on the High Road Norwich to Bury. On 6th January 1832 they were sentenced at Suffolk Quarter Sessions to 14 years transportation and arrived in Sydney on 17th August 1832 on board the Lady Harewood. William is said to have became a sincere penitent in Australia and was later a church warden at Appin and was able to afford to offer to take care of his family if they would join him in Australia. Twenty Pounds to cover the cost of the voyage was given. The money was then sent to the Rev. Richard Cobbold at Wortham as mentioned previously. William's youngest daughter Hannah was born the year he was transported, 1832. His wife Elizabeth died sometime between 1832 and 1842 and the two youngest daughters Mary and Hannah then lived with their great grandmother Charity Harbour. Philip Collett was provided free passage to Sydney provided he took his two sisters-in-law under his protection for the duration of the trip and for two weeks after their arrival.
Philip Collett, his wife and daughter arrived in Sydney on 11th February 1844 on board the ship Neptune. The Neptune was a 643 ton ship that sailed first from Deptford then Cork on 26th October 1843. She was carrying some 308 Bounty Emigrants and the list of passengers shows:

Collett, Philip23Farm Lab.?18-14-0
Maria20School Mistress?18-14-0
Eliza1Daughter ?9-7-0
Hammant Mary16Nurse?18-14-0Bounty
(There was no mention of 45 male and 43 female children between the ages of 1 and 14. Hannah Hammant would have been one of these)
Ten people died during the voyage, including three infants and two small children. The ship was quarantined in Sydney on arrival for three days for smallpox.
Philip and his family initially stayed in a house in Domain Terrace that had been taken for him by the Bishop of Sydney, who had written to Wortham to arrange the family's trip to Australia. Maria's health was only fairly good when they departed England and it deteriorated so that only three months after her arrival in Sydney she died on Tuesday 7th May 1844 at a Benevolent Asylum. The burial service was conducted by J Edmonston on the 9th May 1844. Philip and the children went to Appin where his father-in-law was living. Philip worked for the Rev. D D Sparling of Appin who wrote to the Rev. Cobbold in Wortham to confirm the arrival of the Hammant children. Following Philip's marriage to Lucy Bean they both lived and worked for Rev. Sparling in the parsonage at Appin.
Lucy and Philip's first child, Mary, was born in the Appin parsonage. Philip later became a farmer living at Rev. Sparling's properties at Elladale, Lachlan Vale and Macquarie Dale as shown in the birth certificates of their subsequent children. While at Appin Philip was one of six local patrons elected at a public meeting to establish a Vested National School in Appin.
The family's final move was to the Gunning area where Lucy had a number of Bean family relatives. Philip died at Gunning on Tuesday 24th October 1876 
Collett, Philip (I889)
 
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On the afternoon of 23 November 1831, 18-year old James Diggins, spied a cart carrying goods from a warehouse in Houndsditch towards the Royal Exchange. The cart was drawn by two men with two others following behind. From across the street, a City-officer, Charles Thorogood saw James approach the cart, and when the men's attention was distracted, he lifted up the tarpaulin and draw out a parcel. Thorogood moved across the street and arrested James, and later charged him with stealing two sheets of paper (the parcel wrapping), valued at 1 penny, and 14 pairs of drawers, valued at ?2, being the goods of William Bousfield and others.

On 1 December 1831, James Diggins appeared in the Old Bailey on the charge of Simple Grand Larceny, and City-officer Thorogood gave evidence that "? on the afternoon of the 23rd of November, I observed a truck near the Royal Exchange drawn by two men, and two men were following it behind - I walked on to the end of the Exchange, by the Mansion-house, when I saw the prisoner lift up the tarpauling which was over the truck, and draw out this parcel; I took him into custody.

In cross-examination, by Mr. Heaton, Thorogood explained that he had been an officer for ten years and had never been suspended. He said that "? the prisoner had not got more than twenty yards from me - I had not lost sight of him; I asked him what he had got, and he said he did not choose to answer - when I asked him again, he said a gentleman gave it to him to carry from Wood Street, Cheapside, to his house - he did not say the Spread Eagle [a public house]; I asked where he lived - he said in Wood Street, Spitalfields; I asked where the gentleman lived - he said he did not know; he did not ask me to go to Gracechurch Street - I went according to the direction on the parcel, to Cheapside, to ask whether they expected such a parcel, and they said they did; the truck was going towards Cheapside and the prisoner towards Whitechapel: it was dark, but the lamps were lighted.

A warehouseman, Edward Hitchcock, an employee of William and John Bousfield gave evidence that he had packed the parcel and that the parcel contained the items stated in the indictment. On cross-examination, Hitchcock said "? I know this parcel by my own writing on it, and the drawers have my figures on them."

John Ludford, another employee of the Bousfield's, gave evidence that he "? had placed this parcel in the truck with other goods, which I received at the warehouse. On cross-examination Ludford said that the truck was covered with a tarpaulin and "? was tied down - no one could have got the parcel without lifting up the tarpauling."

James Diggins told the court, "What the officer states is all false - he asked what I had; I said I did not know, but a gentleman gave it to me to carry to the Spread Eagle - I asked him [Thorogood] to go there, but he declined."

Constable William Drane, who had been a witness in the earlier trial of Joseph Lawrence and James Diggins (alias Thompson), now appeared and produced and read from a certificate and told the court "? I was present in April last, and saw the prisoner tried here by the name of James Thompson; I apprehended him, and know he is the [same] man."

The Jury found James Diggins guilty as charged, and as it was James' second conviction, the Judge sentenced him to fourteen years transportation to the colony of NSW.  
Diggins, James (I44079)
 
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One of this district's oldest and most esteemed settlers, Mr Charles Loiterton, aged 88, passed away peacefully shortly after 9 o'clock this morning.
For the past twenty years he had taken things easily, after hard and successful toil on the land, and latterly was living with his son, James (also retired), in Queen street. A week ago deceased suffered a stroke and thereafter, at his advanced age, little hope of his recovery was entertained.
Deceased's wife died in Cootamundra seven years ago, at the age of 72. Her maiden name was Ellen Sheather, sister of Messrs. Ike and Steve Sheather of Cootamundra. They married in Camden 69 years ago, and came to Cootamundra in the year 1871 - 59 years ago. Deceased and his only brother, John, selected property known as "Lincolndale" and "Rosemont" adjoining each other, at West Jindalee. Will Loiterton, one of the sons, now resides at "Lincolndale".
The family comprise: John (deceased), Charles (deceased), James, William, Reginald (deceased), Alice (Mrs Jas. Manning, Stockinbingal), Anne (Mrs A Armstrong, Cootamundra), Louisa (Mrs R Mutch, Cootamundra), Sarah (Mrs C Lines, Laura), and Rose (Mrs A Cranfield, Cootamundra).
Deceased's only brother, John, survives him, living in Hurley street, and is 88 years of age. He has two sisters surviving him, Mrs New of Goulburn, aged 85, and Mrs Clayton of Auburn, aged 80 years. A family of long livers, indeed! Another sister, Mrs Campbell (eldest) passed away 20 years ago, aged 69 years.
Grand children number 62, and gret-grandchildren, 87.
The funeral leaves Mr James Loiterton's residence at 2pm tomorrow, for the Methodist cemetery.
The subject of our notice was born in Lincolnshire (Eng.), and came to Australia with his parents at the age of 12. The parents settled in Camden.
Present day active workers for the Show Association will be interested to learn that the "grand old man" of our district joined the association at its inception, and was a committee man for many years, and remained a member all his life. 
Loiterton, Charles (I501)
 
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PERSONAL

Mrs Wm. Darby, an old and well known resident of Colac for the past 65 years, passed away on Thursday morning, at the advanced age of 84 years. The deceased lady arrived in the town in 1853, in company with her parents (Mr and Mrs Farndale) and her sister (Mrs W Martin) and a few years later married the late Mr W. Darby, who for many years carried on a general store at Colac east. Mrs Darby was of a kindly and genial disposition, and endeared herself to a large circle of friends. For a considerable time past she suffered from partial blindness, but she bore this affliction with more than ordinary resignation. Nothing delighted her more than for some relative or friend to drop in and read to her the news of the day, the changing fortunes of the war being followed with keen interest. Even up to the last, though suffering intense bodily pain, her bright and cheerful temperament still remained with her, Christian fortitude and endurance being fully exemplified. The funeral of deceased is timed to leave her late residence at half past ten o'clock this (Saturday) morning, for the Colac cemetery.
 
Farndale, Elizabeth (I210)
 
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PERSONAL

The death occurred on Friday night last in Wagga District Hospital, of Mr. James Foley, at the age of 61.

It is stated that the A.L.P. executive intends to ask the Labor party to make further appointments to the Upper House. What!

Congratulations, to a Cootamundra native who has beeome an L.L.B., and is now practising as a barrister in Ade laide. We refer to Mr. E. J. C. Hogan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mat. Hogan, who will be well remembered.

Mr. L J. Aspland, late of Brawlin, writes from ''Kiiton,'' Hopetown street, Camperdown, Victoria, to say that he managed to get down there in time to go to bed with the 'flu, but is now on the mend. Our fellow sumpathy! Most of us had an attack of it, and can feel sorry for one another!

In appointing Mr. J. Simpson, of Cootamundra, secretary of the newly formed Southera Districts Hospital As sociation, the delegates picked one who should suit admirably. For one reason, Mr. Simpson visits every centre in the south once a month in his ordinary business capacity, as representative of a Sydney firm.
 
Aspland, Leslie James (I75)
 
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PERSONAL
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The marriage of Miss Betty Taber and Mr. Noel Wales will take place at the Sacred Heart Church, Cootamundra, on Saturday, April 9, at 4 o'clock.
 
Wales, Noel Francis (I12390)
 
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POPULAR RYE PARK CITIZEN PASSES

Mr. David William Perks

As previously announced in a recent issue the sudden death of Mr. David William Perks, well-known and popu- lar citizen of Rye Park, who passed away in the Boorowa District Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, April 29, caused widespread regret throughout the district.

When the late Mr. Perks rose on the morning of April 29, he appeared to be in his usual good health, it was whilst cutting down a sheep at his residence that he became suddenly ill and was soon after- wards transferred from his home by ambulance to the Boo- rowa District Hospital, where, despite all possible medical at- tention, he failed to rally, and passed away that night (Tuesday).

The late Mr. Perks, who was 57 years of age, resided in the Rye Park district all his life, was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Perks, also of Rye Park.

For a period of thirty years he successfully followed the occupation of grazier, and for the past fourteen years helped in the conducting of the Rye Park post-office.

As a member of the A.I.F. in World War I, the late Mr. Perks represented an Australian Servicemen's cricket eleven against an English Service-men's team in a match played in England. When World War II broke out, the deceased was on garrison duty at Hay. Following his dicharge he be- came active in the V.D.C. and was Company Sergeant-Major. The late Mr. Perks was al- ways a popular citizen and took a very keen interest in all public bodies for the welfare of Rye Park, where he had on occasions occupied the positions of president to the Soldiers' Memorial Hall Committee and treasurer of the same commit- tee.

He was known as the 'father of sport' in his town for many years and, apart from being an active member himself in cricket and tennis, had also oc- cupied executive positions on these clubs which controlled his two favourite sports for which he did very much. He was recently president of the Sat- urday District Cricket Compe- tition as well as an active play ing member.

As a particularly fine shot in the earlier days, Mr. Perks played his part in the Rye Park Rifle Club and, about the same period, made his presence felt on the football field.

As president of the Boorowa Returned Soldiers' League, he was instrumental in the establishment of Boorowa and District Ex-Servicemen's Club and was a member of the Boorowa and District War Memorial Fund since its inception, where his help and advice was much valued.

He was a keen bowls and golf player at the time of his death and had represented at the Country Week' Bowls Carnivals.

The passing of 'Dave' Perks, Rye Park lost one of its finest and most forceful and most popular citizens who, when he did a job, did it well and who was always a great neighbour and friend.

The late Mr. Perks' funeral was the largest ever seen at Rye Park and this, together with the extremely large number of floral tributes, was indicative of the high esteem in which the deceased was held.

The late Mr. Perks leaves a sorrowing wife and a daughter Joan, both of Rye Park. He is also survived by one brother and one sister, Sarah (Mrs. T. J. Mewburn), of Mossvale. One brother, Tom, predeceased him.

Following the service held at the Methodist Church, Rye Park, by Rev. A. Blackert, of Boorowa, the funeral cortege left for the Methodist portion of the Rye Park cemetery, where the remains were laid to rest. Rev. Blackert officiated at the graveside.

R.S.L. members, headed by the president (Mr. C. L. Starr) and members of the Masonic Lodge formed a guard of honour, and the coffin was draped with the Union Jack and the family wreath, which was lowered with it. Funeral arrangements were in charge of Mr. O. J. Stuart, of Boorowa.

FLORAL TRIBUTES
The casket was covered by many beautiful floral tributes, and these were forwarded by the following: Loving wife and daughter; Dad; Sarah and Tom; Perks family (Victoria); Gwen. Clem and Wendy; Allie, Wal- ter, Norma ami Betty; Reba, Jack and family; Mavis, Jack and family; Nell, Tom and fam- ily; Alma; George and family; Vere and Flo; Aunties Ann and Elizabeth; Uncle Charlie and Auntie Bertha; Audrey, Ray and Richard; Laurel and Trev- or; Ken and Eve; Chris and Jack; Ivan, Wally and Olive; Auntie and Edith; Auntie M. Jolley; Lee and Dick; Wallie, Hazel and Les; Herb, Alice, Al- lan and Ken; George, Bell, Bert and Noel Halley; Vera, Ted and Earle; Daisy, Percy and Claude; Winnie, Wib and fam- ily; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Moorby, family; J. and E. Roberts, Lance and family; Charlie, Jean and and Cedric; Mrs. A. M. Moorby and family; Roy, Dorothy and family; Nellie Moorby and fam- ily; Tom; May Moorby and Al- ister; Hector, Eileen and fam- ily; May, Dick and family. 1914-18 Diggers; Boorowa. Sub-branch R.S.L.; Boorowa Ex-Service Club, members Ma- sonic Lodge, Boorowa; Church of England, Rye Park; Booro- wa Young Anglican Movement; Rye Park Ladies' Aid; Parents and Citizens' Association; Pupils and Teachers, Rye Park Public School; Rye Park Sol- diers' Memorial Hall Commit- tee; M. B. McMahon, manager Rural Bank, Boorowa; Farmers and Graziers, Goulburn; S. D. Bobbin and Company; Commit- tee and members Boorowa Golf Club; all Associates Golf Club, Boorowa; president and mem bers Boorowa Bowling Club; Farmers and Graziers' Bowling Club, Goulburn; Saturday Cricket Competition, Boorowa; Rye Park Public Tennis Club; Welcome Tennis Club; Bala Tennis Club; Rje Park Rifle Club; M. J. Rolfe and family; Rye Park School; Ivy and Mar- jory; Jack, Elma Moore and family; Clem and Betty; Eric and Susie; Reg, Gertie and family; Ben, Kath, Dulcie and Kath; Frank and Dulcie; Jack, Joyce and family; Jack, Sylvia and family. Isobel and Dick Ollerenshaw; Ned, Mrs. Fuller and Mervyn; Austin, Olive Adams and fam- ily; Win and Viv. Noble; Beryl, Jock and Peter Dewar; Kevin and Tom Costello; Mrs. H. Bar- ton; Charlie, Miriam and fam- ily; Mrs. A. L. Banks; Steve, Amy and family; Henry and Maria Gorham; Vera, Eric and family; Frank, Coral and Philip; Mr. and Mrs. T. Arm- strong; Cliff and Colin Fuller; Les, Barbara Mills and family; Jim and Muriel Cliff; Edna and Jack Leggo; Sid, Mrs. Dockett and family; Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Mills and Joyce; Glover and Olive Moorby and Pat; Fred and all at 'Maben'; Laurel and Arnold; Kath, Jim and Freda Noakes; Harvey, Doris and family; Enid, Walter and fam- ily; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Carrod- us and family; Lus, Tom and Allan; Dawn, Kevin and boys; Flo Jobbins (Wagga); Mollie Ticehurst (Cowra); Minnie Stan, Malcolm and Deidre; Edith and Albert Holgate; Southwells of 'Fairy Farm'; M. J. Banks and family; Bess, Jim Arantz and Brian; Kevin Wyn and family; All at 'Wil- lowmere'; Baden, Mrs, Smith and family. Pat, Gordon, Candy and Chris Commens; Efvin and Edna; Gordon, Edna, Greg and Barry Fuller; Mr. and Mrs. J. Butt, Ollie, Clem and family; Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Davis and family; Jim, Mrs. Keefe and family and Lydia Gorham; Bill, Mag and family; Ken, Stella and fam- ily; Mr. and Mrs. F. Mills and George T. Perceval and family; Albert, Mrs. Bryce and family; Alf ana Muriel Perce val and family; Ken and Dor- een; JRay, Thelma and Theley Sullivan; Ken, Melba and girls; Mr. and Mrs. Muntly and fam- ily; Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Ar mour, Allan and June; Glen and Jean Bush; Alan, Marie and girls; Mrs. McGratli and Fran- cis; Rex and Marie Geary; Les- lie and Pat; all at 'Broken Dam'; J. and G. Hazell; M. Edgerton; Mr. and Mrs. E. Cro- ker; Harry, Irene Corcoran and boys; Ray, Thelma and Doris; Alice Malone and family; Flor- rie, Gordon Gorham and fam- ily; Gertie, Len Taylor and family; Dulcie, Victor, Kaye and Sandra; Gladys and Allan Pollard; F. M. Perceval; R. J. and Mrs. Martin; Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Harris; Lynn and Harry Dowling, Sid and Beulah. Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Sargent; Mr. and Mrs. H. Southwell; El- phick family; Evelyn, Ken and Alma Gorham; Ena and Billy Palmer; Walter and Mrs. Apps; George, Martha, Douglas and Kevin; Mr. & Mrs. A.. Frost and John; Liomtf and Hilda Daly and boys; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Southwell; Gordon, Flo and family; Joyce and Lyn; B. M. Gorham and Lance; Stan, Mrs. McCann and Pauline; Lindsay, Lily Gruber and family; Len, Kathleen and family; G. Gay and family; Herbert and Nina Banks and family; L. P. Noakes and family; Kath and Wes Per- ceval; Edley, Mrs. Perceval and family; Mr. and Mrs. F. Hughes; Betty, Alister and family; Sibyl and Jake Thom- as; Major and Mrs. Williams and family; Mr. and Mrs. Noel Armstrong; Reg. Gladys and family; Mr. J. Holgate and Eu- nice; Mr, ami Mrs. C. South- well and Graham; Mrs. Pitches, Phyllis and Arnold; Hughie, Mrs. Gorham and family; Rita, Aubrey and family; Bill and Pearl Bush; Bill and Ivy Rees. and family; Alf and Plioebe Stuart; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Armour and family; Mr. and Mrs. J. Penning and Olive; Laura Murray and Angie; M. J. and A. J. S. Gorham; H. Gru- ber and girls; Mr. and Mrs. Alf Southwell and Greta; Edna Southwell and Mrs. F. C. South well; Will, Myrtle, Ralph and Delia; Mr. and Mrs. Eric Moor- by; Ailsa, Stan and family.


 
Perks, David William (I1293)
 
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PRESENTATION TO MR. SHEATHER.

For his 20 years as Town Clerk of Campbelltown, Mr. Fred. Sheather has earned the six months leave of absence granted him by the Aldermen of the Municipality of Campbelltown. With another five years added to his public service life, Mr. Sheather has been a resident of Campbelltown, and whatever function has been held in the township, his name has been conspicuously noticed, not as a figure-head but as a worker. For 20 years it has been said that Mr. Sheather has been the back-bone of Campbelltown. Apart from the Council giving our worthy citizen the long holiday he rightly deserves, the general pub lic recognising his many services would not allow him to go without taking with him some little token of esteem showing in a small way their appreciation of his residence amongst them.

This function took the form of a smoke concert in the Campbelltown Town Hall, on Monday evening, when between 60 and 70. gentlemen sat around tables in banquet array to wish Mr. Sheather a very enjoyable holi day, and also to his wife who is accompanying him on an ektended tour thro' Tasmania. His worship the Mayor, Ald. C. N. Hannaford, opened the night 's proceedings by saying it was very pleasing to see such a representative gathering to wish the guest of the evening, who is sitting on my left, a very enjoyable holiday, and may he be spared to return to again take up his duties as Town Clerk of Campbelltown. (Applause). The chairman then asked all, to drink to the toast of His Majesty the King. All joined in singing the National Anthem, Mr. O. S. Frost (Camden) playing the accompaniment.

After the reading of the apologies, Mr. M. Brien (Camden) greatly pleased the attend ance by his rendering 'Blow Blow,' a beaut iful song, the words being by Shakespeare. For his encore Mr. Brien was asked to sing by special request 'The Trumpeter.'

Ex-Mayor and Ald. Fred Moore was asked to propose the toast of 'Our Guest,' which words brought loud applause. Mr. Moore, in addressing the Mayor and gentlemen, said: The duty has fallen to my lot to propose the toast of ' Our Guest, ' which I must say gives me great pleasure, and you will, all under stand I am speaking right from my heart. In our guest, Mr. Sheather, I must speak as I find him, and give honour where honour is due. The citizens of Campbelltown, and the friends of Mr. Sheather are doing the right thing in recognising his services. Mr. Sheather has held the most responsible position in this town for 20 years as Town Clerk. When I first knew him he was assisting Mr. McGlynn to publish the 'Campbelltown Herald,'' and at the demise of the late Mr. Alex. Munro, put in an application for the position of Town Clerk, which the aldermen accepted, believing Sheather was a good fellow. The job at that time was not such a big job, but there was a great deal to do. Mr. Sheather started to build up the affairs of the Council which were bad. However, with hard work he managed to put the Council on a sound foundation, and set the books up properly. All the time he was assisting the Council he was assisting himself and through hard study, passed every examination, fitting himself for a much higher position than he holds to-day. (Hear, hear). Mr. Sheather has refused higher positions simply because of his love for the old town. As a citizen he has done his duty, this we know by the large family he is credited with. (Laughter). This Council of which he is Town Clerk, ranks as the soundest and clean est in the State, and it is greatly due to Mr. Sheather that the municipal rates for Camp belltown are the lowest in N.S.W. (Applause). Mr. Sheather is not only the man at the wheel of the Council, but our Show flourished for many years under his supervision, with the assistance of the late Hon. John Kidd; Campbelltown is a small place to conduct such a large show and the credit is due to Mr. Sheather. Our guest has proved himself a good townsman, he has done his duty in every respect. There has been no movemont in Campbelltown but what he has helped with his valuable assistance. Campbelltown must be proud to have a man like Mr. Sheather at the helm. Mr. Moore concluded his address by wishing Mr. and Mrs. Sheather a very pleasant holiday, and may they both be long spared to reside in our midst. He hoped and trusted Mr. Sheather would return to resume his duties as Town Clerk a new man. (Ap plause).

Mr. H. V. Denham when asked to speak in support of the toast, said he was pleased with the remarks of Mr. Moore, and although being practically a new-comer to Campbelltown, nevertheless recognised the great qualities of Mr. Sheather. He found Mr. Sheather ever ready to assist in all philantropic and patriotic affairs, a man of great calibre, and although he was deprived of having the pleas ure of going to the seat of war, he fought for country here in Campbelltown, and did the best a man could do for the Empire. He was indeed very pleased to have the pleasure of speaking of a friend and a man. (Applause) Dr. Mawson said in supporting the toast, he had known Mr. Sheather for 13 years, be ing associated with the Agricultural Society, School of Arts, Choral Society, and the Ceme tery. In fact he could think of nothing Mr. Sheather has not been associated with. Every movement would have fallen flat without him. We could say Mr. Sheather carried the baby to a large extent in reference to the School of Arts and Agricultural Society ; his univer sal and friendly manner made him extremely popular with every man and woman in this town. He wished Mrs. Sheather and Mr. Sheather a very enjoyable holiday, and hoped Mr. Sheather would return fit to do another 20 years as Town Clerk.

Ald. Kershler supporting the toast, said the 20 years Mr. Sheather has been Town Clerk he had been a alderman, and remembered when Mr. Sheather first became Council Clerk hawking a council's cheque round the town to cash, the amount was only ?1, but the banks would not look at it; that was an instance to show the bad state of affairs the council was in when Mr. Sheather became their clerk. Outside the council Mr. Sheather has done a lot of good, no other man in Camp belltown has done as much. He wished Mr. and Mrs. Sheather a bonny trip wherever they go. (Applause).

Mr. S. B. Day said he wished Mr. Sheather and his wife every success, he could bear out the testimony of Mr. Sheather 's good charac ter; he knew of no town, who had a man like Mr. Sheather to go to for information, which was always so nicely given on every occasion.

The Mayor also spoke in the highest strains of Mr. Sheather, after which. Mr. Blew, North Sydney, sang a splendid song in equally splendid voice, and 'Up From Somerset' 'for his encore. Dr. Mawson rendered admirably ' Saint George of England,' and for his encore 'Off to Philadelphia in the Morning.'

All rose in earnestness to drink to the health of Mr. Sheather, followed by musical honors 'For he's a jolly good fellow.'

Mr. Sheather was greeted with applause when he rose to respond. 'Mr. Moore, Mr. Mayor and gentlemen. I have always had the pleasure and privilege of speaking in the Council, but am at a loss to-night what to say in response to all the nice things spoken about me. I will not go back in detail to my early days in Campbelltown, which in course of time I took up the position of Town Clerk, since then I have seen ups and downs of the Council, but it was a pleasure in my occu pation in public life to do my best, as I had the right sort of men behind me. (Applause).

I am at a loss what to say further. I fully appreciate the remarks of the speakers, and should God spare me the privilege to return to my duties, I hope to do better in the future than in the past. (Hear, hear). I have made mistakes, and got into ruts, but I always tried to do my work with the best intentions to attain the object in view. Mr. Sheather spoke of the valuable assistance given him by Mrs. Sheather, and every movement he under took to help, his wife bore her share of the burden. Mr. Sheather concluded with the remarks : 'I thank you gentlemen most heartily. ' '

Musical items followed, Mr. Kitt sang 'O Flower Divine, ' ' and with Mr. Brien render ed 'Watchman, What of the Night? ' for his encore. Major Shaw (Narellan) sang 'I am a Friar of Orders Grey,' and for his encore a 'French ditty. ' ' Mr. H. Wilkinson followed with an appropriate song, 'Another little drink won't do us any harm,' and 'Gallants of England'' for his encore.

The Mayor in making the presentation of a wallet of notes, containing ?65, said ' ' Mr. Sheather, on behalf of the citizens of Camp belltown, it gives me very much pleasure in, presenting to you this wallet of notes as a mark and token of esteem, appreciating in a very small way the valuable services you have rendered to the township and district of Campbelltown. ' ' The inscription on the wallet read: ? 'Presented to Fred. Sheather, Esq., J.P., by the citizens of Campbelltown, as a token of esteem, 1898 ? 1921. He does the decent thing. '

Mr. Sheather in accepting the wallet said this completely took the wind out of him, and he accepted the present in the same spirit in which it was given him. His good wife will share with him the contents. Before Mr. Sheather could say any more 'For he's a jolly good fellow' was again accorded him in rich masculine voices.

Speeches on Local Government, and further songs concluded a very enjoyable evening.


 
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PUBLIC NOTICES

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For a Good Haircut or Shave go to LES ASPLAND.

 
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(Continued from page 7) A 'SLEEPY' ACCUSED

Robert Gordon was called to answer a charge of stealing from person.
Accusod was on bail. When called he did not answer.
He was located, asleep, in the gallery, and when 'the police got him down they said he was under the influence.

His Honor asked the police to lock him up till 2 o 'clock.
Gordon was brought in again at 2 o 'clock, and Mr. Maxwell, who appeared for him, said he seemed well enough. Accused had been travelling all night, and was not physically fit (returned soldier), and had got excited.
The charge was that he had stolen ?14 and a book, the property of George Henry Tilden, from the person, at or near Cootamundra.
Plea, not guilty.

Jury: W. Elliott, H. T. Merriman, Joseph Moore, T. Bannon, I. Brovman, L. J. Aspland, P. Reardon, John Scott, George Gill, M. B. Sutton, Maxwell J. Wilson, P. J. Bartley.
Several of the jurymen who had officiated in the Temora case were called, but requested by the C-P. to 'stand aside.'
Sergeant Macdonald deposed: On 21st December, at 8.15, I was on the Cootamundra station when the Albury mail arrived. Tilden, who was in a second class carriage, called me. Ac cused was lying down in the carriage, drunk, but seemed to know what was said.
Mr. Maxwell objected, as his client was at the time incapable.
Witness: He was not too drunk to know.
Mr. Maxwell: He was arrested for drunkenness. I can call evidence that he did not understand.

His Honor: It is no use objecting. The constable said he could hear and understand.
Witness admitted that accused was half drowsy.
Evidence admitted
Witness: Tilden said, 'l have been robbed of ?15.' I said, ' Where did you miss it ?' He said, ''About Beth- ungra.' ' ' ' Whom do you .suspect? ' 'I don't know. It must have been some- one in the carriage." We shook accused up and said we would search him. Ar- rested him. He was sober enough to walk along the platform. Sergeant Jeffrey handed me ?7 in notes and some silver which he took out of accused's hip pocket. I said, 'How much did you have?' He said, 'About ?8.' From the right side pocket we took two ?5 notes and four ?1 notes. I said, 'There are more notes here- What have you got altogether. ' ' He said, . 'About ?12.' I said, 'You have got. 'about ?20 altogether.' He made no reply. On the following morning I said '.'You were a bit drunk last night. How much did you have on you last night? ' ' He, said, 'About ?21.' I said, 'Where did you get it!' He said, 'I sold some furniture in Melbourne, and had a few pounds be sides. I found a receipt for ?8, and asked did he pay it out of the ?24. 'He said yes. He further said the money got separated in his pockets, but it was all his own. I produce the bank book. The bank book, has the name of Tilden in t'

By Mr. Maxwell: There were six or severn passengers. Only searched accused.

Tilden, a laborer at Beveridge's, be tween Gundagai and Wagga, deposed., that he was travelling to Goulburn. Waa drunk when he got in the train. Had ?14 on him, including two ?5 notes. Put it in the bank book produced, and put the book in his inside breast pocket. This chap was next to him all the time and offered him a drink. Witness was skylarking. When he missed the money he said he would give them all in charge at Cootamundra. A man named Morris said he would call the police if witness did not.
His Honor: Nice ,company travelling! Was the skylarking all in fun?
Witness: Yes. When I took the mouthful of spirits I spat it over him.
Didn't the railway officials try and put you out for being drunk ?
No.
They should have.
By Mr. Maxwell: Anyone could have seen the book sticking out of the top of my pocket. I came to Wagga with a cheque of ?38. Spent a good bit Put ?10 in the bank. Spent about ?12 Gave a good bit to my grandchildren. It could not have fallen on the floor while I was flopping about.

Daniel Morris, lineman on the rail way deposed to Tilden pulling his money out, and witness told him to put it back and not be silly. Accused and Tilden were falling about on one an other. Drink was going round. No one sat next to Tilden but accused.
By Mr. Maxwell: I called tho police at Cootamundra. Tilden fell out of the carriage at Junee and I put him back. I did not have any of the liquor. Neither did Tilden. Tilden got in drunk at Wagga. I joined the train at Culcairn- I was not searched by the police but was willing to be.
Sergt. Jeffrey: The Bethungra station- master handed me Tilden's bank book.

Accused deposed: I live in Victoria. Came back in 1919. Was discharged as medically unfit, due to wounds. Produce the discharge.
Mr. Maxwell: It reads on active service three years. Discharge not due to misconduct.
Continuing: On 17th December I had about ?32 on me. Went to see my mother at Milgrove, and sent ?3 to my wife. Leaving Melbourne had about ?21. At Wagga I was getting towards drunk. Someone gave me a dinner the other side of Junee. Remember nothing after that till I was at the police station. Have never been in trouble before. Sold my furniture to go and live in Sydney.
By Mr. Mason: Got the furniture from the Repatriation. Have arranged for the payment of the balance due, about ?21. Thought I had the right to sell it and put the money in my pocket. Have now to pay it at ?1 a week.
To Mr. Maxwell: I received three ?5 notes and six ?1 notes for the fur- niture. By Mr. Mason: If Mr. Shannon said he paid me one ?10 note, one ?5 note, and six ?1 notes, he would be wrong
The jury returned a verdict of not guilty. '
Accused was discharged, and his Honor directed the money to be held to give an opportunity to apply for it.


 
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RECENT WEDDINGS

Young: Audrey, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Les Aspland, of Young and Gordon, only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Mote, of Yass.
 
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Recollections Of Islay John Shirley and other Snippets
My grandfather John Cheine McLellan: I remember my grandfather, he was a Gaelic man from Scotland, with red hair and a flaming red beard, which to me seemed to be very long and bushy. But later when I grew up, I saw a photo of him and it was just an ordinary bushy round beard. He thought that little children should be seen and not heard, and if anyone spoke at mealtimes they would be hit hard with a big stick. He scared me very much as a child. My grandparents had saved up enough money to go in for a Ballot Farm. He left in a cart to go and put the money in, and to apply for the ballot. But on the way, he called into the Hotel and arrived home about 6 o`clock stone drunk. He had spent all the money on drink. Also my father used to send the grandparents money for our upkeep (Jeans, my sister and mine). I'm not sure how often, anyway, my grandfather would read the letter out to grandmother because she couldn`t read or write, he never mentioned the money, but would put it in his pocket and go off and spend it on drink, or buying trinkets for a couple of girl friends he had on the sly. I went in a buggy with my grandfather, to Waikaka Valley when my aunt died. She was Frank Shirley's wife and they owned the grocery store in Waikaka. I was probably only about 3 years old. There was not enough room for me to sleep there, and so the Postmistress took me home and I slept with her in her bed. Years later I would tell this as a joke 'that I had slept with the Postmistress' when I was young. I used to go birdnesting for Sparrows eggs. There were lots of wheat farmers in the area and with millions of sparrows eating the wheat the Acclimatisation society offered 2 pence a dozen for the eggs. The corner store at Edendale was where we took the eggs. We wore shirts with elastic around the waist and would put a birds nest inside our shirts and put the eggs in the nest inside the shirt. On one of these trips I fell out of the tree and hit a branch on the way down and injured my back. I was put onto a door and taken home by horse and cart to see Dr. Rodgers who thought that I would not recover as he told my Aunt that the only way I would go out of the house was 'in a box' meaning a coffin. The Dr told them to give me a good time as he'll be in a box within 6 months. I was off school for about 27 months flat on my back. I was about 9-10 years old then. If only the Dr. could see me now.!! It appeared that I had a fractured back and it was cured? by an electrical masseur who treated me for the best part of a year in Invercargill for a very small monetary cost to my mother (aunt). He was experimenting with electricity massage. When I was about 10 years old my uncle came home and said to his wife that the Laird had just bought a new Renault car and that it could do 60 miles an hour, which was very fast in those days. I saw my first car when about 7 or 8 years old. The first dead person I ever saw was sitting in it. The steering wheel was in his hand and the steering wheel shaft had gone right through his body. The doctors in those days had to come in a buggy from miles away. The car had hit the small Wyndham bus on the railway line. My uncle got me out of bed to see Halleys Comet in about 1908. About the same time I saw my first aeroplane. An aeroplane flew from Invercargill to Gore, it made a lot of noise. Motorbikes came in about 1910; Harley Davidsons, very big bikes. About age 18 I bought a Triumph motorcycle, later a Horsman Triumph and a Ricardo, the first bikes to have 2 exhausts on the 1 cylinder, they were out like bull horns and could do about 100 miles per hour. Shingle roads weren't easy to ride. I went to Gore once a week to take singing lessons. Took my uncle to Mataura one time in a side car, on an old Norton, to see my grandmother. The old guy with his beard flowing in the wind said 'is that all it will do'. Was going off one Sunday on my motorbike and my Uncle said 'Where are you going and who are you going to see'. I said I' m going to Mataura 9 miles away to see a girl. My uncle said 'Well, lad when I was a young man I used to walk 9 miles every Sunday to see my girlfriend, now your Aunt.' I said, ' if I couldn't find a girlfriend closer than that I would have stayed at home.' We lived in a no licence region and so there was no beer able to be bought. My aunt was leader of the Temperance Union and she was a bitter woman as far as alcolol was concerned. To get beer, 5 of us used to put 5 shillings in each and buy a Postal note and send it with a note to Rupes Brewery at Waikiwi, or to Gore or Mandville and get them to send a gallon keg on the slow train to Edendale at 4 o`clock. Because they were under age they couldn't take delivery of it so they used to write a note and say would you please deliver it to a farmer who lived about 6 miles out of town. So that was how they got their beer. My Mother died when I was about 18 months old and I was brought up by my Aunty Flora Finlay, my mother's sister on the McLellan side - she was who I called my mother. My sister was brought up by grandmother McLellan. My brother was brought up by my mother's sister O 'Leary. When she died he went to his father Albert Shirley. My aunt Flora Finlay was a Maternity Nurse. In about 1918 there was a terrible flu, and she sent me to take people's temperature and mark it in a book each day. Often when I went back next day they were dead. When the Dr. came about twice a week he would look in the book and then go to see the ones who were still alive. Flora`s youngset daughter died in Gore Hospital the day King Edward the 7th died. The church bells were all ringing and everything was draped in black. I sat very close to the Prince of Wales when he came to a football match at Gore. I had played in the curtain raiser before the Prince came (about age 18).
Edendale only had about 300 to 400 people - no street lights in those days. The big day in Edendale was Xmas day when they had a big sports day. When I went to the Isle of Islay I met an old man, Dougal McLellan, about 90 years old, who told me that he could remember his father telling him many years ago about his two brothers who left for NZ. One was a seaman and the other was a landman. The seaman's son later became Harbour Master at Pt Chalmers. His name was Islay McLellan. Note: These two who came to NZ- Hugh the seaman had a large family and John Cheine the land man had a family of 7-8 duaghters so the name didn't carry on. I was 16 when I went to work in the sugar of milk factory for about 18 months. About this time also I worked on the Edendale Telephone Exchange for a few months as a night operator. I would have been 17 when I started in the cheesefactory and was there for 9 years in the Edendale Factory. In about 1921 I worked in Dunedin for awhile, at Sheild Brothers in their quarry, sprawling large rocks out so that they could be crushed for road making. After working in a cheese factory for about a year my hands were very soft, so you can imagine the blisters I got doing this work, as the hammers we used weighed 14 lbs. I then went up to Christchurch to work for my Uncle David Caithness in his timber and coal yard, Tuam St. I made small wooden boxes for him out of very thin wood. He supplied the fruit people with these boxes to sell cherries in.

I met Muriel Mullaney whom I later married, at the Annual Meeting of the Edendale Tennis Club. She was teaching at the Edendale school at this time. Daphne was born while we were at Edendale. During these years I bred Bulldogs and over the years successfully showed quite a few. There was Baron who pulled Daphne around in a cart when we were at Edendale. At Rowan, Opunake and Normanby we had other bulldogs and also a Pekinese called Mitsi. At various times I kept magpies which I taught to talk and at Patea had a Minor which also was able to talk. It became quite vicious and used to attack Muriel. From there I was appointed Manager at the Little River Factory where we stayed 10 years, Lyall was born while we were at Little River. While at Little River I joined the Manchester Unity Lodge in 1933. I am still a Member and have the distinction of being the oldest living member of the Waiwera Branch. On April 5th 1934 I bacame a member of the Waiwera Branch of the Masonic Lodge. The lodge in Little River no longer exists. We were both very active in School affairs, the English Church and anything local. Tennis etc. We were there 10 years.

Cars:- The first car we bought was a Willeys Knight coupe, 3 seater. It was a 6 cylinder slide valve model, in good condition but with a big mileage. Its book value was 45 pounds and we were able to buy it at that price from the traveller whose firm owned it. We bought it just before Lyall was born and thought we were on top of the world. We had an english 6 cylinder Sunbeam with a Dickie seat at the back. It had the best enamel finish you could ever see and the upholstery was solid english Leather. But it used more oil than gas so I sold it. After that we had a Ford V8. We came up to the North Island in that. At Rowan we bought a new Austin 10. We had that until we went to Normanby where we bought a Humber, and had that when we went to Patea. We came up to the North Island to the Rowan Dairy factory near Kaponga in Taranaki after that. Here we played tennis, were active in school affairs and I formed a Golf Club and a Golf Course was set up on a local sheep farm and was designed by Danny Sulliven? who later became Mayor of New Plymouth. Here I also had a plantation of pine trees that I had to keep clean of weeds, so we put 500 white Leghorn hens in there to do that job for me. I had the good fortune to have very high Grades for the cheese and was top Grade for New Zealand for 3 years and 2nd top for 1 year. Four years later we moved onto the Opunake Dairy factory for two years, where I played golf, tennis etc. After 2 years I was appointed Manager of the Normanby factory (1300 odd ton of cheese a year) for another 10 years. 36 years all told, making cheese. The first 4 years at Normanby were very difficult years for me as the company was almost Bankrupt and the plant was in a deplorable state, rundown and worn out. Parts were held together with bits of wire, staples, string and rope, even pieces of wood put in bearings that were worn out. Some of the permanent staff (12?) had been there for 28 years and really had no idea how to make good cheese. The previous Manager had been with the company for 38 years and the foreman expected to get the job and so I was not welcomed there at all. The staff did everything they could to make life difficult for me, but over the next few years I weeded out the trouble makers and replaced them with men I knew who were good cheesemakers. In the 4th or 5th year we got our first shipment of Finest Grade cheese ever in the Company's history in 55 years of making cheese. After that, things started to go my way, and life became a little easier. Shortly after that Normanby's grading was placed 2nd top for NZ for such a large tonnage factory. 88.7% finest Grade. In those days we were one of the 6th largest cheese factories in the Southern Hemisphere - not today. We were members of the Tennis Club, played Table Tennis in Hawera and golf. Also very acrive in Local affairs school, church and Queen Carnivals for Hawera High School and at Normanby to raise funds to build a new Hall. I had the distinction of rebuilding the Hawera Swimming Club and was a member of the Taranaki Amateur Swimming Club Association. It was in Hawera that the Editor and owner of the Hawera Star, Mr Lew Aggot introduced me to a new reporter on his staff, a Mr Harry Dansey, a maori from Rotorua abt 18 years of age. He told him to help the swimming club by giving write ups of our weekly meetings. There were Headlines in the paper that said if you showed any interest in swimming you could expect a visit from a small bespectabled man named Mr Shirley. I still have that cutting. Shortly after that the swimming meetings each week were crowded. Shortly after we left Normanby, and with the help of the Shell Company we bought Universal Motors at Patea. This venture was not very successful moneywise, but we made a living, and that is about all. Again we were mixed up in Queen Carnivals because of my interest in swimming. I became Chairman of the committee to raise funds for a filtered pool in Patea. We raised enough money to build the first full sized filtered pool outside Auckland and Wellington in a small provincial town. After 10 years there we were lucky enough to sell the garage and moved to Paeroa and I started up as an Insurance Assessor. Unable to rent or buy a house we rented a small shop that had a flat attached at the rear. We were advised by Gordon Craig of Manaia to put Knitting wool in the shop and so this was the beginning of Shirley's Wool Shops in Paeroa, and Thames. This turned out to be a good venture and turned the tide of fortune in our life. It was not easy at first, but with much hard work and ingenuity by Muriel and I, it turned out to be worthwhile. All through these years we were plauged by many heart problems for Muriel. Also it was there in Paeroa that I was hit several times with bad attacks of Sciatica. Because of health problems we sold the shops after 10 years. We bought a section at Otumoetai in Tauranga and built a house there in 1970. We landscaped the section ourselves and altered the house after 2 years, putting an addition on to the front, enlarging the living room. This made a great improvement to the appearance of the house and to its resale value. Through the 10 years we were there, Muriel had many heart problems and it ended suddenly one night at 11:15 when she had a final heart attack. I was devastated after 53 1/2 years together. All these years it had been good and interesting watching our 2 girls growing up -what with school, piano, sports, running, swimming and for years life was good and we had many happy times and events. As these were happening including table tennis and Indoor Basketball etc, I was very happy , purring like an old tom cat-very much at times to Muriel's embarrassment-she thought I purred too loudly -who wouldn't. All the years, and particularly in my early years, I felt embarrassed at my lack of education (-which was caused because I fell from a tree while birdnesting as a child and I was away from school for 27 months). I am always appreciative of the effort and hard work Muriel took to educate me and I think that she did a good job with a difficult and raw recruit. It helped me as I grew older and progressed in the Dairy industry.

After Muriel died I moved to Ellerslie to be closer to my daughters and friends. Going overseas for my first trip, I called to see two old school friends in America, whom I hadn't seen for many a year and I fell in love with one of them, Dorothy Turner whom I had known as Dorothy Chism as a child in Edendale. Later, I had worked for her father for abt 2 years. Dorothy came over to NZ in Januray 1982 and we were married in Auckland. Since then I have lived with Dorothy in North Cape May, New Jersey USA. As you know my whole life has altered from that day on. To me she has been a godsend and I am so pleased to have her as a compaion in the last years of a long and really happy, fruitfull life. On April 12th 1992 I had a 5 way heart bypass and recovered very well. At the age of 91 I had a second operation on one of my hips and have made a very speedy recovery. The hospital supplied me with rubber soled socks to help prevent me from slipping, but somehow while I was in the bathroom and went to turn around the socks gripped the rug on the floor and I fell backwards into the bath and couldn't get out. Dorothy called 911 and 2 police cars and a rescue squad arrived about 20 minutes later to get me out. Other than hitting my head on the soap container and seeing stars for a few minutes, the only damage I suffered was a sore toe and the back of my head 
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Remarkable Record for Longevity
Broken with Death of Mr. W. J. M. Martin
The death in a private hospital, Melbourne, on Saturday, of Mr. William John Matthew Martin, formerly of Birregurra, at the age of 82, breaks a link in a family, which possesses a remarkable record for longevity.
The eldest of a family of eight was born at Birregurra in 1853 and the youngest in 1869, and Mr. Martin's death was the first, their average age being 80 years nine months.
Their mother was over 90 when she died, and their maternal grandfather, Mr. Matthew Farndale, lived to the great age of 92.
Came from England 89 years ago
The late Mr. Martin's parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Martin, arrived at Birregurra from England in 1853, and resided there for many years, earning the esteem of a wide circle of friends.
The late Mr. John Martin went to live at Yarrawonga many years ago, following rural pursuits very successfully.
His wife, who predeceased him some years ago, was Miss Irene Erlandson, member of a well known Colac family. There are two sons, Erland and Farndale.
Mr. Martin was a brother of Mesdames W. M. Aspland, T.Parkinson and Miss M. Martin, of Camperdown. Mrs H. Smith (Brunswick) is another sister, and brothers are Messrs Edgar Martin (Williamstown) and Mr Alfred Martin (Yarrawonga). 
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Robbery, and Apprehension of a Robber. -- Saturday evening. Mr. W. Parker, of Ubley, on his return from Bristol, was stopped between the 5th and 6th mile-stones, by three footpads, who robbed him of his watch, two 5l, and a few 1l notes, with some silver. Mr. Parker immediately returned to Bristol, and acquainted Roberts, the night constable, and Scholes, of Bedminster, with the circumstances; and on Sunday they apprehended Jas. Chard, one of the robbers, at his house in Church Street, Great-Gardens. He is a native of Taunton, six feet high, and stout of proportion. He had not been in custody many hours, before three other persons swore to his having robbed them within the last three weeks. His hat was lined with rope, to protect his head, and he generally wore a white frock. He confessed that he had committed four robberies within the last three weeks, and disclosed the names of his accomplices in robbing Mr Parker, but they have not yet been taken. Chard is fully committed to Ilchester gaol for trial.
 
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Sad Accident
The sad news reached Yass during Sunday night that Mr. James Alt, stationmaster at Hill Top had been run over by a train and had both his legs cut off. From the news to hand, it is surmised that, as he is subject to fits, he must have taken one and fallen on the line on his way home from Mittagong and while on the line a
train came along and, passing over him, cut off both legs. Immediately the news reached Yass, his mother, Mrs. G. Weatherby and his sister, Mrs. J. J. Sheekey, started for Hill Top, but did not expect to see the unfortunate man alive, as they were informed that he was sinking fast. Alt has a wife and three children and was a very kind and obliging officer. It is only about three weeks since his elder brother, Mr. Henry Alt, died and left a wife and several children.
As we went to press, the unfortunate man was still alive and both legs had been amputated below the knee in the Bowral hospital.
 
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SAD DROWNING ACCIDENT - FOUR LIVES LOST - HEROIC CONDUCT OF JEREMIAH MEAD - GALLANT CONDUCT OF WILLIAM SUNDERLAND - PLUCKY CONDUCT OF EUGENE SHEEHY - A GLOOM OVER THE TOWN - IMPOSING MILITARY FUNERALS.

? ?Never in the annals of Yass has such a gloom been cast over the town, as on Friday night last, when the startling and terrible news reached Yass that four of a picnic party Jeremiah Mead, William Sunderland, John Davis and Edward Bede Kiely, who had only three or four hours before left town, had been drowned in the Murrumbidgee River. The people were horrified and refused to believe it, knowing that Mead was a strong fellow, and an expert swimmer. The messenger said there was no mistake they were searching for the bodies when he left at 7 o?clock.

The cadets of the public school had arranged for a picnic on the Murrumbidgee River for two or three days, with Sergeant Anderson, of the Yass Volunteers, who takes great interest in the cadets, in charge. On Friday afternoon everything was got ready, and the youngsters started off bent on a day or two?s pleasure. They arrived at the river shortly after 5 o?clock, and got everything ready to pitch their tents. The Sergeant very wisely called the boys together and cautioned them not to go into the river, and also gave them the same caution before they left Yass, until he was with them.

The cadets commenced to play about, while the Sergeant, Mead, Sunderland, Mote, and Booty, and Sheehy of the cadets, commenced to put up the tents, and prepare the meals. While this was going on a number of the cadets had gone down the hill along side the river out of site. As soon as they did so a bathe was suggested and in no time about seven or eight of the young lads were in the water. The river at this point is very wide, with shallow water down the centre for about 50 yards, when all of a sudden it drops down 10 or 12 feet. It was at this spot the accident happened.

The accounts of the different lads are very conflicting with reference to the two lads Kiely and Davis. Taking a common sense view of it after seeing the place we believe that Kiely and Davis must have gone on in front until they reached the deep hole, when they got beyond their depths, and commenced to struggle. A cry was immediately raised that some boys were drowning, Mead, Sunderland, Mote, Booty and Sheehy, who were about a quarter of a mile from the scene, at once started running to render assistance, undressing themselves, as they ran along. Sheehy was the first to reach the river, but there was no sign of young Kiely, the poor lad was evidently drowned then, but Davis was struggling in the deep water. Sheehy jumped in with only his boots on and swam over to where Davis was struggling, and by this time Davis had disappeared. Sheehy dived for him three times, but did not get him. Mead then arrived and commenced to dive for the bodies. In the third attempt Mead brought up the body of Davis on his shoulder. Sheehy took hold of Davis by the right hand, and Mead held his left, and both commenced to swim with Davis to where the others were standing in the shallow water.

It was then that poor Sunderland, in his eagerness to render assistance stepped forward, and was at once out of his depth. He immediately commenced to drown, and Mead seeing Sunderland sink left Davis to Sheehy, and dived after Sunderland. Sheehy could not hold Davis, and he got away from him. He dived again for him, caught him by the hair, but could not hold him. Sheehy then came up and commenced to swim, and Mead came up alongside of him in an exhausted state and trying to swim out, but could not make headway like as if something was hanging on to him so that he could not swim. He gave a smile in sheehy?s face, and commenced to sink. Mote then swam out with a fishing rod, and mead caught hold of it, and went under still holding the rod. Sheehy then went to Mote?s assistance and both were pulling Mead along and it appeared as if some heavy weight was pulling Mead back. Mote then became exhausted and struggling in the shallow water was helped out. By this time Mead had let go the rod, and all was over.

Sheehy?s conduct cannot be too highly spoken of, and it was Sheehy, who was in the water diving, when the men arrived, and they thought it was Davis. Mote was sometime before he came round. A messenger was at once dispatched to the residence of Mr. William Dwyer, who with Mr. Roy Barber at once dived in, and like Mead, had run too far, and become exhausted, and had to be dragged out, almost adding another to the sad deaths.

The Sergeant, at once, ordered all cadets into camp, and sent a messenger to Yass to inform the police. As soon as the news spread about the excitement became intense, father and mothers rushing about asking for the names of those drowned, while sisters, brothers, and friends were endeavouring to find out the name of the fourth party missing. About 9 o?clock two or three of the cadets arrived, and it was then ascertained that the fourth name was Bede Kiely, aged twelve years, and eldest son of Mr. E. Kiely, of Hardwicke, Yass.

Many willing townsmen at once volunteered to go out and dive for the bodies, and it was not long before several buggy loads started on their solemn duty. Grappling Irons were also procured and sent out. As soon as they reached the river, which is 15 miles from Yass, a start was made to recover the bodies. Those who went into the water were Messrs Duddleston, Leslie Barber, Webster, Cook, Hayhow, Alick Barber, Lucas, Flynn, M. Coen, J. Weatherby, and J. Leonard. They continued to grapple until between one and two o?clock, when the body of poor Sunderland was found. He had his trousers, braces and boots on. Finding the one body gave them encouragement to go on thinking they would soon get the other bodies. Sunderland?s body was then sent into Yass.

Messrs H. Jones, P. Fallon and one or two others then joined the search party and diving was then commenced, but without any result. The irons were again used, and at 7 o?clock the body of the heroic Mead was brought up, and when taken on the bank, his features indicated the terrible struggle that he had gone through. The body was at once brought to town.
The plucky search party, up to their waists in water still stuck to their task, and at half-past eight Mr. A. Barber secured the body of the little lad Kiely. His calm and placid features would lend one to believe that in finding himself in deep water he collapsed from fright, which might account for his disappearing so soon. Mr. W. Howard brought the body into town at once.
At this time Mr. James Duffy?s boat arrived at the river, and was a great help in securing the body of young Davis, which was discovered at 10 o?clock. All the bodies were found in the deep hole, where they had disappeared within a few yards of one another.

As each body was taken out the scene was very sad. Strong sturdy men with tears trickling down their cheeks. And when one lad was brought out the sight of a fond parent kissing the pallid cheek of his son, was too much for those around to bear without shedding tears. As the bodies were brought into town the excitement was intense, and as they lay out in a long room at the rear of the Australian Hotel, they presented a sight that will never be forgotten in the annals of Yass.
Jeremiah Mead, the hero of the calamity, was a native of Yass, and was 29 years of age. He was a general favourite in the town, and was good company wherever he went, and it was on that account that he was pressed, against his will, to accompany the picnic party. He was a compositor by trade, and was employed in the ?Courier? for about 17 years, and we are in a position to say that a more honourable, steady, hardworking young man never breathed. He was one of the best players in the senior football team, and was so well liked by the players that a number of them volunteered at once to search for his body, and did so. One of his best traits was his kindness to his aged mother. No young man has ever passed away in Yass that so much sympathy has been felt for.

William Sunderland, who lost his life so gallantly, was made more sad by him being a married man, with a wife and young child, for whom the greatest sympathy is felt. Sunderland was a great worker in all-public matters, and was the originator of the first Hospital Demonstration, and was one of the secretaries of the movement. He was also a moving spirit in all-volunteer movements and will be missed by the company. Much sympathy is felt for both his wife and aged father.
Edward Bede Kiely, the youth who appears to have first disappeared in the treacherous hole, was the eldest son of Mr. E. Kiely, J. P. of Hardwicke, and was a very quiet and inoffensive lad, about 12 years old, and he had a very amiable disposition, which made him a general favourite. He was one of the cadets and persuaded his parents to let him accompany the picnic party. It was not known that Kiely was drowned until about 10 o?clock, as the messenger could not think of the fourth name. As the parents lived some miles from town the body was taken to the residence of Mrs. M. Coen. Mr. and Mrs. Kiely have the sympathy of the public.
John Davis, who evidently was close to Kiely when he went down, was a son of Mr. Edwin Davis of Coolalie, and was stopping with his aunt in town, for the purpose of attending the Public School. He was also one of the cadets. Word was sent to Mr. Davis, who at once started for the Murrumbidgee to assist in the search for the body. The parents have sympathy of everyone.

Roy Barber and Fred Mote, the two young men who were almost drowned, have now quite recovered. They suffered much from exhaustion, and no doubt excitement as well. Roy Barber was so ill when he reached Yass on Saturday that Dr. Thane had to be called in.
The two cadets Eugene Sheehy and Fred Booty deserve special mention for their plucky conduct in attempting to save the drowning men. Sheehy made one or two desperate attempts and almost succeeded.

We are sure we echo the sentiments of the public of the town and district, when we say that the men who worked in the water all through a stormy night, and up until the bodies were all found deserve the highest praise for their noble conduct, also Mr. James Duffy for lending his boat.
 
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Sarah Watts was indicted for stealing a silver spoon the property of Thomas Baker. Mr. Rogers appeared for the prosecution. Martha Baker stated that the prisoner had washed for her four or five months, and that the prisoner had washed at her house the day before she missed the spoon, and on searching the prisoner's house, the spoon was found. Verdict- Guilty-Transportation for seven years. There were several other articles found in her possession belonging to Mr. Baker.
 
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Septimus and his wife Elizabeth lived at "Rockleigh", Delegate. In 1916 "Bertery Bank" was divided in half and Septimus renamed his half "Rockleigh".
In his early years Septimus was a shearing contractor and his entire life was spent in conjunction with that occupation. He was a sheep breeder of renown and was an exhibitor at local agricultural shows and the Sydney Royal Easter Show. After his death in 1941 his wife Elizabeth bought a house in Delegate where she lived her last years. She survived Septimus by 21 years 
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SHEATHER - BROWN

The Presbyterian Church, Thirroul, was the scene of a very pretty wedding on June 29th, when Ivy Doris Brown, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Brown, of Lachlan street, Thirroul, was married to Mervyn T. Sheather, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs George Sheather of Nangus, via Gundagai.

Rev. Torbett officiated.

The bride's gown was of ivory briral satin with long train cut into skirt and silver girdle. A coronet of orange blossoms held in place her beautiful tulle veil. A shower bouquet of camelia white roses and carnations and fine maiden-hair fern, with streamers of white satin ribbon completed the bridal ensemble.

The bridegroom's gift to the bride was a white gold wristlet watch.

Little Miss Raynor Dixon, of Thirroul, was a very pretty flower girl in her ankle-length frock of pale blue crepe-de-chene, with shoes to tone and carrying o gold basket of pink Erica and fine maiden-hair fern, with blue tulle bow.

The bridegroom's gift to the flower girl was a gold armlet.

The briedsmaid, Miss Vera Brown, of Goulburn, sister of the bride, looked charming in a frock of matalasse, with silk stripe, trimmed with silver girdle; she carried a bouquet of pink carnations, pink stocks and fine maiden-hair fern, with streamers of pink ribbons.

The bridegroom's gift to the bridesmaid was a gold wristlet watch.

Mr. George Brown, of Sydney, brother of the bride, was best man.

The Wedding March was played by the Church organist, who also contributed various organ solos. The Church was tastefully decorated with arum lilies, roses and asparagus fern, by friends of the bride.

The reception was held at the bride's home, 'Iolanthe,'' Lachlan street, Thirroul, where the bride's mother received the guests attired in an ensemble of black crinkle crepe and black silk lace, with shoes and hat to tone. She carried a bouquet of red carnations and roses, and maiden hair fern with streamers of red satin ribbon.

Mr. and Mrs. Sheather left by train for Sydney and Goulburn, the bride travelling in a suite of beige, with brown trimmings, hat and shoes to tone.

Many useful and valuable gifts were received.

Mr. and Mrs. Sheather's future home will be at Gundagai.
 
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SHEATHER - MILLER

St. Paul's Church of England, Adelong, was the venue of a very pretty wedding on Saturday morning last when Mildred Alma, only daughter of Mr and Mrs. Theo Miller of Sandy Gully, Adelong, made her responses to Dudley Roy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sheather of Nangus. The church was tastefully decorated by friends of the bride and looked a picture, a fitting setting for a beautiful bride, whose gown was of cream magnolia embossed satin. The conventional '"something borrowed" was the beautiful veil lent by Mrs. C. T. Miller. A bouquet sheaf of gladioli completed the ensemble. In support of the bride was Miss Agnes Miller as bridesmaid, who chose autumn green taffeta for her frock, and Mrs. Stan Keogh was matron of honor, wearing a frock of petunia taffeta. Both ladies curried a sheaf of gladioli. Supporting the groom were Mr. L. Miller, brother of the bride, as best man, and Mr Stan. Keogh as groomsman Miss Neita Crain presided at the organ. At the conclusion of the ceremony the recept tion was held at the home of the brides mother, where Mrs. Theo Mil ler, wearing a navy gown with lace trimmings, assisted by Mrs Alec Sheather, in black and white, received about 80 guests. The Rev B.D.C. Simpson presided at the breakfast, and the following toasts were honored and where necessary, responded to- 'The King' by the Rev. Chairman ; 'The Bride and 'Groom' by Mr. T Smith 'The Bridesmaids' by Mr. D. Shea ther; 'The Parents' by Mr. Don Moon, 'The Rev. Chairman' by Mr A Miller. An additional toast, and one particularly apt, was that of 'The Fighting Forces' by the Rev. Chairman. At the conclusion of the reception the happy young couple departed for Sydney for the honeymoon, the bride choosing a travelling frock of beige pink crepe, with white accessories. Both young people were the recipients of many costly and beautiful presents too numerous to mention but the 'groom's gift to the bride was a wrist-watch, and to the bridesmaids each a bedroom clock. On hehalf of the paper we extend our best wishes to the young couple for future happiness.
 
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SHEATHER - PEARCE.

Last week Gertie Christina Pearce, of Pine Vale. Narandera, and Arthur Edward Sheather, of Narandera (formerly of Grong Grong), were united in marriage at the Methodist Church, Rev. J. Wadkin was the celebrant. Miss Armstrong played the wedding march. The bride was becomingly gowned in a dress of cream cashmere de soie and georgette trimmed with silver beads. She wore the usual wreath and veil and carried a charming bouquet of carnations, roses, lily of the valley and asparagus fern. Miss Margaret Sheather (niece of the bridegroom) was bridesmaid and Mrs. R. Cobban, best man. The breakfast was laid at the home of the bride 's parents, Pine. Vale. The honeymoon was spent in Wagga and Albury.
 
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Sheather Pleads Guilty

George Sheather, charged with stealing two cheques and ?68 in money at Nangus last April.

Mr. Fraser for accused.

Plea, guilty.

John Ernest Fuller and George Gittoes each gave accused a good character. The latter knew him 45 years, and never knew him to do a wrong action before. All the family were good. He reared a big family, and reared them well.

The police had nothing against accused. He bore a good character.

Mr. Fraser: A man named Gibbon, a market-gardener, kept his money in a quart pot, on the top of the ground, under some flowers, in view of the main Sydney to Melbourne road. Sheather had seen him frequently going to the spot. Sheather admitted his guilt, and gave notice that he would plead guilty. I gave my cheque for the amount. Accused is 65. He has a wife and has reared a large, respectable family in the district. A testimonial to his good charactcr was put in by Mr. James Robinson, of 'Kimo' the most respected gentleman in the Southern districts, who would not give a man a testimonial unless he deserved it. He gave it without hesitation. I ask you to bind accused over to appear for sentence if called upon.

His Honor: What appeals to me is that he has brought up a large family. An old man should not fall to temptation, but money should not be let lie about in that foolish fashion.

Sentenced to 9 months, and released under the F.O.A.,

?23 was found on accused when ar rested, and was ordered to be re turned, to him, less ?5 costs for a witness.
 
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SHEATHER-BOOTH.

Miss Lois Booth, who was married to Mr. Douglas Sheather last night, showed originality in her wedding plans by choosing crownless glass hats for her two bridesmaids and little flower girl, and a caravan tour for her honeymoon. The caravan is a trailer, fully equipped, and they will head north.

The bride is the eldest daughter of Mrs. J. Wentworth Booth, of Mosman, and the bridegroom is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Sheather, of Mosman.

The bride chose white angel skin, appliqued with a pattern of silver roses, for her gown, and a long train fell from her waist.

[Photograph not included]
MRS. DOUGLAS SHEATHER (right), who, before her marriage last night, was Miss Lou Booth, with her bridesmaids, MISSES BETTY and NORMA BOOTH, and flower-girl, MOINA TULLOCH.

A simple bouquet and a coronet holding in place her tulle veil were of lily-of-the-valley.

The bridesmaid's frocks of leaf green net, self spotted with silk, featured the same theme of design in the train falling from the waist, and the frock worn by the flower girl, Moina Tulloch, was identical. The bridesmaids were Misses Betty and Norma Booth, sisters of the bride, and they carried cyclamens, which were also scattered on the edge of their trains.

Mr. Colin Sheather was best man, and Mr. Bruce Dixon was groomsman. Rev. L. A. Purnell officiated at the ceremony, which took place at the Presbyterian Church, Mosman.
 
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SHEATHER-DAVISON

The Church of England, Bangalow, was the scene of a pretty wedding on Monday, May 9, when Thelma Marcia, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. W. Davison of Tyagarah, was married to Richard Edwin, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Sheather, of Coraki. Canon Seymour officiated.

The bride, who entered the church on the arm of her father, was prettily attired in a dress or white mariette, beaded with seed pearls. She also wore a wreath and veil, and carried a shower bouquet of white chrysan themums, cosmos and fern, tied with white tulle streamers. She was attended by her sister Doris as bridesmaid, who wore a frock, of Oriental silk, with hat to tone and carried a bouquet of pale pink roses and asparagus fern, tied with pale pink tulle streamers. Mr. R. T. Johnson of Tyagarah, carried out the duties of best man. Mr. and Mrs. Sheather's future home will be at the Main Arm, Mullumbimby.
 
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Sheather-Day

A wedding was celebrated on Saturday, June 3, at St. Mary's Church of England, Guildford, at 3 p.m., between Marjorie Day, only daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Day, of Kings Cross, and Lawrence Sheather, eldest son of Mrs. and the late Mr. H. C. Sheather, of Bursill-street, Guildford.

The bride was dressed in gold and rus set shades of crinkle crepe, with hat and shoes to match, and carried a shower bouquet of gold roses, wallflowers and gerboras. An unusual note in the bou quet was a spray of orange blossom, which thie bride's aunt sent specially from America.

The bridesmaid, Miss Dorothy Doyle, looked most attractive in grey crinkle crepe, with mauve velvet sleeves and hat, and carried a muff of violets, stock and fuchsias.

The bridegroom chose Mr. A. Jolly as best man.

The Rev. J. Poole officiated at the altar and Mr. W. Poole at the organ. The reception was held at the bridegroom's home at Bursill-street, Guildford, where 30 guests were entertained.

The bride chose brown as the pre dominating note for her travelling costume.

The happy couple left for the Blue Mountains, where the honeymoon was spent.
 
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SHEATHER-JONES.

A pretty wedding was celebrated at the Wesleyan Church on Wednesday last, the participating parties being Mr. Herbert Joseph, second son of Mr and Mrs Sheather, of Sydney, the Miss Hannah Grace, third daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph Jones, of Adjungbilly, Rev H Skuse being the celebrant. The bride (who was given away by her father) was dressed in white voile with hand-embroidered net over dress, hat en suite. She wore a gold brooch with neck chain and cross and carried a boquet of orange blossoms (the gifts of the bride- groom). Miss Lily Jones (sister of the bride) and Miss Emily Marsh (cousin of the bride) were the bridesmaids, both gowned in white muslin trimmed with embroidery, with white silk hats en suite, and both wore gold brooches (gifts of the bridegroom). Mr. Albert Woods capably filled the role of best man. The ceremony over, the company adjourned to the Oddfellows' Hall where a sumptuous wedding break- fast was provided. Rev. H. Skuse occupied the chair, and after justice had been done to the good things provided, proposed the toast of the 'Bride and Bridegroom' in a happy speech The bridegroom suitably responded and proposed the toast of the 'Bridesmaids,' Mr. A. Woods responding. Rev. H. Skuse then proposed the health of the 'Par- of the Bride and Bridegroom,' Mr. J.Jones responding. The bride's travelling dress was of navy blue serge with Oriental trimmings, hat to match. She wore a sealskin muff and fur (the gift of the bride- groom). Numerous and costly were the presents they received. The happy pair left, amid showers of rice and confetti, by the train en route for Albury, where the honey- moon is to be spent. We wish our young friends health, wealth and prosperity in the future. Their home will be Cootamundra.
 
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SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE (From the Sydney Morning Herald):- THE AGENORIA - This vessel has made a good passage of one hundred and seven days from Plymouth. She is commanded by Captain Newby, formerly of the Mary, and an old trader to this colony. By her we are in possession of dates from London up to the 4th of February. She has on board 256 immigrants (English, Irish and Scotch), of whom 97 are male and 88 female adults, 29 boys and 32 girls from one to fourteen years, and 10 infants. Seven deaths and six births occurred during the voyage. All on board are now in good health, and much credit is due to the commander, surgeon superintendant, and officers of the ship, for the remarkably clean condition in which she has arrived. 
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Ships in Harbour (Sydney) - Agenoria, barque, 724 tons, Newby, in the Stream; Captain, agent. Disembarking emigrants, and about to discharge.
Arrivals May 25 - Agenoria, 724 tons, Captain Newby, from London 30th January and Plymouth the 7th February. Passengers ...... and 256 immigrants.

pages 143 to 144: This vessel has made a good passage of one hundred and seven days from Plymouth. She is commanded by Captain Newby, formerly of the Mary, and an old trader to this colony.... She has on board 256 immigrants (English, Irish and Scotch), of whom 97 are male and 88 female adults, 29 boys and 32 girls from one to fourteen years of age and ten infants. Seven deaths and six births occurred during the voyage. All on board are now in good health, and much credit is due to the commander, surgeon Superintendant, and officers of the ship, for the remarkably clean condition in which she has arrived. On the 13th March, the Agenoria spoke the barque Competitor, from Adelaide, bound for London, out seventy five days in latitude 0.47N, longitude 21.52W 
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Sidonia Alt, daughter of Christoph Alt and Martha Crossley, was born at Yass on 17 December 1868. She was reared in Yass and grew into a self-reliant, well-developed woman with dark hair, olive skin and brown eyes. In 1889, at the age of 20, she married Hubert Leaf Mellersh and bore him five children; Hilda, Hubert, Olive, Dorothy and Norman.
Mellersh was an Englishman, the son of one of two brothers, who owned a private bank, known as Mellersh Brothers Bank, at Guildford, near London. It later was taken over by a National Bank. He attended a Grammar School and his parents planned a life for him as a doctor. He got as far as studying chemistry at university before changing course and migrating, first to Fiji and then to Australia. In 1886, he entered into a partnership with Frederick George Moule to conduct a business as Auctioneers and Commission Agents at Yass. They became brothers?in?law on 1 January 1890, when Moule married Sidonia's youngest sister, Elizabeth. However, several months prior to the wedding, Mellersh disposed of his share of the business, possibly to concentrate on another business he owned at Yass, distilling and marketing eucalyptus oil. The oil was derived from the foliage of eucalypt trees, which were prolific in the area. The three elder children were born in Yass. The family subsequently moved to Young for a short time and Dorothy was born there. They then transferred to Randwick, Sydney, where Norman was born. The following entry appears in the annual Sands Directory for 1897 and 1898:
'H.L. MELLERSH, Mining Agent, 93 Pitt Street, Sydney. Private Residence "Glenburn", Fern Street, Randwick.' 93 Pitt Street was in the heart of the financial centre of Sydney. Hubert Mellersh was a likeable, charming man, adored by his sisters, played golf and was very fond of horses. The home at Randwick had stables at the rear, in which he housed his horse and phaeton. Reared in a wealthy home, he acquired, fairly early in life, a liking for alcoholic beverages. Although he was an enterprising man, his judgment in financial matters is open to some doubt, because of his investment in several unsuccessful companies, whose shares later proved to be worthless. He died of a stroke in 1898 and is buried in Waverley Cemetery.
Olive recalls her father's love of horses and remembers the family going into mourning after his death. She has vivid recollections of being delighted with her dainty black and white check frock (standard dress for young girls in mourning) and of her brothers wearing black Eton jackets with black ties. She also recalls everyone wearing black arm bands as a token of mourning following Queen Victoria's death in 1901.
Sidonia was a friendly, vital, energetic person, who kept herself constantly occupied. A good organizer, with sound financial sense, she was an active member of her Church and took a leading role in fund raising activities. In addition to liking and being very interested in young people, she was a good golfer and above average bridge player. After her husband's death, besides having the home in Randwick, she became the recipient from her Father-in-Law's Estate, of an income of ?300 ($600) per annum. ?300 doesn't sound much in 1987, but at that time, when an unskilled man earned only ?100 a year, it was sufficient to enable her and the children, with care, to live comfortably. Food was cheap. Lamb chops cost 2?d. a pound (11? a kilo). Everyone grew vegetables in their backyards and a local Chinese market gardener called regularly selling vegetables very cheaply. The children were given 1?d. (3?) a week, usually spent on home?made sweets at a little corner shop nearby. Cotton material was 2?1/2d. to 5d. a yard (5? to 10? for 914 mm.) and the girls learned to make their own clothes when they were teenagers. The girls were educated at Claremont Church of England College at Randwick and the boys at Scots College, Bellevue Hill. Norman subsequently attended Grammar and Shore, two other G.P.S. schools.
The family continued to live in the home at Randwick until 1908, when Sidonia's mother-in-law passed away, leaving her the recipient of a vastly increased income of some ?1,500 per annum. It was necessary for Sidonia to go to England in connection with her inheritance and she decided to take Hilda (17) and Norman (12) with her. They had a wonderful trip lasting six or seven months, travelling both ways on the P. & O. Steamship 'India'. In England they stayed with Sidonia's sister-in-law, Fanny, in Holloway Hill House at Godalming about eight kilometres south of Guildford in Surrey. It was the home of the Mellersh family in England and was a big stone house set in some five acres of land. The house and the life style of those who lived in it were typical of a wealthy English family of that period. Norman recalls that it was a very formal home with a large staff of servants. He remembers joining girl cousins in an after school drive around the area in a dog cart driven by a coachman. Fanny died in 1971 at the age of 103. Holloway Hill House was taken over by the Armed Services in World War 2 and subsequently was purchased by the local council and demolished, the land being used for a housing estate.
While overseas, Sidonia and Hilda spent a fortnight visiting Ireland.
After returning from England, they lived at "Silverleigh", 66 Henrietta Street, Waverley. A large home, designed for entertaining, it was ideal for rearing a teenage family. Sidonia had an enlightened approach to bringing up a family and encouraged them to bring their friends home. On Sunday evenings they had a Gypsy Tea (an informal evening meal) and afterwards everyone participated in the washing up. One 'rule' was that anyone who left sugar in the bottom of the teacup had to go without sugar on the following Sunday. Olive and Dot gave up taking sugar at this time. Hilda met her future husband here, when he was brought to a tennis party. She was 23 when she married him, Henry Etherston Braylesford Loxton, a surveyor from Grafton, N.S.W., at St. Stephen's Church, Sydney, on 4 January 1913.
Prior to Hilda's marriage, Hubert had left home to go on the land and the house at Waverley was sold. The family then bought another at Mosman on the other side of the harbour. Life seemed dull after all the excitement of Hilda's marriage and Dot and Olive were very keen to go to England. They pestered their mother and eventually Sidonia told the girls that, if they could sell the house, they would all go. The girls got to work and the house and furniture were soon sold and off they went by ship for a six months trip. Norman had already joined Hubert on his property near Dalby in Queensland.
Whilst in England, Olive turned 21 on 5 June 1913 and this is how she described the celebration of her coming of age - 'June the 5th was Derby Day and the woman suffragette had thrown herself under the horse and all that sort of thing. I didn't go to the Derby, but two friends we had met on the ship coming home (to England) were in London. They had made a fuss of us on the boat and these days they would be described as our boyfriends. In those days, they were called "friends of the family", because mother was always with us and chaperoned us no doubt. She took us to dinner with the two friends at the Savoy Hotel. Derby night was a wonderful night. Everyone dressed in evening dress and top hats and opera cloaks and everything. Then we went to see a show called "The Girl in the Taxi", the musical show of the year. After the theatre, in those days, you went to supper as well. We went to the Trocadero, which was in the heart of Piccadilly at that time. We had the usual supper, very good, and then we danced until about one o'clock, after which we went home. I had the most wonderful 21st birthday. Of course, I had a beautiful new frock and new slippers and everything."
When Mellersh's mother died, she bequeathed ?1,000 stg. to each grandchild, payable to each on attaining the age of 21. Olive received hers while they were in England, so the girls decided to tour the Continent while they had the opportunity. They had a wonderful time visiting places as far apart as Norway and Paris. The trip cost ?300 each and as Dot, being only 19, had not yet received her ?1,000 from the Estate, Olive loaned her the ?300 to be repaid when she received her inheritance. In due course the money was repaid, enabling Olive to invest the remaining ?700 of her legacy. This earned her ?50 a year in interest, which, over the years, proved to be a very useful supplementary income.
They returned to Australia in November, 1913 and on the trip home received news of the birth of Hilda's first baby, Jack. They sat at the Purser's table and he produced champagne to celebrate, declaring that Sidonia was the youngest grandmother he had met for a long time. She was then nearly 45, full of energy, attractive and good company.
Hostilities in World War 1 commenced in August the following year. After the landing of Australian troops at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, what was happening to them received great publicity in the newspapers.
Appeals were frequently made for help in the hospitals in Egypt, to which Australian casualties were evacuated. Sidonia and the two girls decided to volunteer for service there and were accepted ? Sidonia as a Red Cross Worker and the girls as VADs. They were posted to the No. 2 A.G.H.
(Australian General Hospital) where Sidonia worked in the sewing room while the girls worked in the wards, taking temperatures, doing dressings etc. At the same time they enjoyed themselves helping to entertain the troops, going to functions, dancing at the Officers' Club and whatever else was on.
Early in 1916, at the time of the evacuation of Gallipoli, the wards were practically cleared in anticipation of heavy casualties. As it happened, there were only five and there were great celebrations by the troops in Cairo. The girls were invited to go to the famous Shepherd's Hotel. Only officers were allowed to go there and the place was crowded. The men from Gallipoli had not seen white women for a long time and of course Olive and Dot received a great deal of attention and had a wonderful night.
The troops were then moved to France and the girls wanted to go to England to carry on the work they were doing. Sidonia decided to return to Australia, but allowed the girls to go to England. Some of the English women in Egypt were critical of her for permitting the girls to go to England on their own, contrary to social expectations at that time. She angrily replied that she had brought them up and trusted them. Dot met her future husband, Chip Burrows, an English Army Officer (a solicitor in civil life) and saw him whenever he returned to England on leave. They became engaged with the idea of marrying at the end of the war.
Towards the end of 1916, Sidonia decided to return to England. On the voyage, she became seriously ill and, despite the fact that white women were not allowed to land at Port Said, she and another woman were off?loaded and admitted to the American Hospital there. When they were well enough to travel, they were put aboard a second vessel to complete the journey. This ship was torpedoed in the Mediterranean and was quickly abandoned. The passengers took to the lifeboats and, after six or seven hours, were rescued by a Japanese ship carrying wounded from the Middle East to Marseilles, where the passengers disembarked. When they were allocated space in between the bunks bearing the wounded, the man alongside Sidonia died during the night and the following morning a Japanese officer on the ship vacated his cabin, which, to their great relief, was made available to the two women for the remainder of the voyage.
During World War 1, passengers in ships at sea, when not in their cabins, were required to have an overcoat and their money with them at all times, because in the event of the ship being torpedoed, they would not be allowed to return to their cabins. In her luggage, all of which went down with the ship, Sidonia had a valuable family collection of coins and banknotes acquired by her husband, which is doubtless still lying on the floor of the Mediterranean. After landing at Marseilles, the women were put on a train to Lyon, where they bought an English?French dictionary and clothing. They then proceeded to London via Calais and Sidonia was re?united with her daughters, and for some time the three of them lived together in England.
The following year Chip Burrows was badly gassed, evacuated to England and classed unfit for Active Service. Seeing that he would not be returning to the Front, he and Dot decided to get married. Sidonia and Olive continued living in England until after the war ended and in 1919 decided to return to Australia. They arranged to break their journey with a sojourn in Egypt. An English engineer, William Day, was staying at the hotel they selected. They found, to their surprise, that they were friends of Bill's uncle and his family, who lived near them in Randwick. Sidonia's husband, Hugh Mellersh, and Reg Day had been to the same school in Guildford in Surrey, England. Quite apart from the affinity which Bill and Olive felt, the fact that their families were friends would have lead to their ready acceptance of each other. They married in 1919 and in 1981 were still healthy and happy together, looking after themselves in their house in Staines, Middlesex, England.
After Olive married, Sidonia returned to Australia. However, as Hilda was married, Hubert lived in Queensland and Norman was farming, there was no need for her to stay there. She was a widow in her early fifties, enjoyed company, healthy, with a zest for life and an income which enabled her to do the things she wished. She loved travelling and found life in the expatriate country community in Cairo much to her liking and, in between trips to England, where Dot lived, and to Australia, spent most of the next twelve years there. She enjoyed the club life and played golf, something she hadn't done since her husband's death, and also became an above average bridge player. She was a popular person and rejected several offers of marriage during her long widowhood. Perhaps the experience of having five children in quick succession and the responsibility of rearing them on her own, made her value, above all else, the freedom from care she found once her children reached adulthood. In Sydney one suitor made a habit of composing poems about her in Church, admiring her frocks and hats etc. and posted them to her the following day. They caused great merriment in the home where her teenage daughters couldn't imagine anyone being in love with a woman as old as their mother (she was then in her thirties.) Later in Egypt, she became very attached to a younger man, but refused to marry him. He died tragically in a few days from septicaemia, after pricking his finger on a rose.
Sidonia returned to Australia in the 1930's, living first at Lindfield and Killara, before buying a large, beautiful old home set in extensive grounds at Neutral Bay. In recent years it was demolished and replaced by home units. She made her last trip to England in 1939, when 71, but hurried back, saying she couldn't face another war in England. She lived at Neutral Bay until her death, caused by a stroke, on 15 July 1953 at the age of 85.
Hubert, after finishing school and not liking office work, spent some three years or so working on a property near Warwick, Queensland, with people called Allen. He was then allocated a Government Homestead Block of 620 acres at Timber Plains outside Dalby, which he worked successfully as a mixed farm. He later acquired an additional 620 acre block. During World War 2, he sold his farm and bought a newsagency at Redcliff in Brisbane, which he conducted until he retired. He married and had two sons and five daughters.
Norman too found he disliked office work and joined Hubert on his property at Timber Plains for over twelve months. He then spent 1914 doing a course at Hawkesbury Agricultural College, after which he worked on properties on the Northern Rivers of N.S.W. He enlisted in World War 1, but was still training in England when the war ended. He married in 1921, but remained childless. In 1936 he bought a block of land at Caringbah, Sydney and has lived there ever since. In World War 2, he again joined the Army, but remained in Sydney. When the War ended, he was employed in the Public Service where he continued to work until retirement.
Olive and Bill Day had a most interesting life together. Bill went to Cairo in 1911, where he joined the Department of Roads. He returned to England to enlist in the Army early in World War 1 and served in France until the end of the War. Following discharge, he returned to his profession in Cairo, where he married Olive in 1919. He remained in Egypt, eventually becoming Engineer?in?Charge, until 1930, when he went to Athens to work for the Greek Government. The Great Depression struck and, when in 1933 the Government became bankrupt and unable to pay his salary, he returned to England. Some two years later, the Egyptian Government invited him to return to Cairo, which he did and remained there for three years. Thence to Cyprus, to the Department of Public Works, for which he worked until 1941. When World War 2 started, Olive was evacuated to Egypt and later to South Africa. Bill then joined the Shell Company, working as a Resident Engineer, first building roads and later repairing and extending airfields in the Suez Canal area. This job finished with the end of the war, so he joined what was known as "The Hirings" for six months. This was a department of the army, whose function it was to prepare detailed listings of material proposed for auction. On reaching the mandatory retiring age, he left the army and was demobolised in England. Bill returned to the Public Works Department in Cyprus, where he stayed until 1949, when he turned 60 and had to retire. He then bought a small residential hotel at Staines, which he and Olive conducted for nine years, prior to finally retiring to a house in the same suburb. Their marriage was blessed with one daughter, Mary
 
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Special Celebration For Boxing Day
For most people, December 26 is Boxing Day, a day for watching the cricket and the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
But in one home at the Young Retirement Village this Boxing Day, two people celebrated a marriage that has been going strong for 66 years.
Ted and Gwen Brown have both spent their lives in Young, and have been together since their marriage at the Anglican Church by Reverand McKeown, in 1934.
Ted remembers Young in 1925 when there were still gravel roads, as he used to deliver milk from his family's dairy.
This year, their anniversary was acknowledged by means of transcript, received from Queen Elizabeth II, Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Australian Governor General Sir William Dean, and Federal Member for Hume, Alby Schultz.
The Brown's, who have been at the retirement village for a little over a year now, celebrated their anniversary this year with friends and family.
A family that is, by the way, quite large. The Brown's boast four daughters, 11 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.
The family is so large in fact that a tally had to be done to work out just how many there were.
Gwen highlighted the importance of the family unit and patience to keeping a good marriage alive.
"They're like birds in a nest, they all fly out sooner or later," Gwen said.
Ted said the many years of marriage had certainly been hard work, but it was a very rewarding experience. 
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SPIKED HIS LAST COPY

SUDDEN DEATH OF POPULAR NEWSPAPER MAN

The sudden death of Mr. Frank H. Hopwood, proprietor of the Harden "Express" came as a great shock to a wide circle of friends, both at Harden and Young (says the Young 'Witness'), when it was learned on Saturday morning that he had - after a full rich life of useful service - passed away suddenly to the Higher Reward.

The late Mr. Hopwood was up and about as usual on Saturday, and about 7.30 o'clock had a stroke, from which he did not regain consciousness and passed away in the Harden-Murrumburrah Hospital about mid-day.

He spiked his last piece of copy, read his last proof, and subbed his last article, but he leaves on the 'Inky way" cherishable memories of a man who set himself out to assist every movement that was for the good of the community in which he lived.

The large number of people both from the Harden-Murrumburrah district and Young who attended the funeral services, and the cortege, which was one of the longest seen in Harden for many years was visible testimony of the high esteem in which the late Frank Hopwood was held.

Only 53 years of age, he was born at Young and educated there, being the second son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hopwood, of Young.

Choosing the 'Inky way' as a profession, he served his apprentice ship with the Young 'Chronicle,' and from there graduated to the old Burrangong 'Argus.'

After leaving the 'Argus' he joined Mr. F. Wales in a job printing business which was situated on the site now occupied by the Fire Brigade Station. Later, the partnership shifted to Burrowa Street, where Gordon, Mote and Co., now have their furniture business.

The lure of the printing press still called him, and he longed for the more eventful life of a newspaper man, so he then took over 'The Witness' from the company which at that time was controlling the destinies of this paper, going into partnership with Messrs. F. J. Wales and A. E. Collins. He carried out the duties of Editor with success and harmony for a number of years, finaliy taking over the Harden 'Express,' which he edited successfully up till the time of his death.

The deceased, as a pressman, had the confidence of his confreres, for on several occasions he was elected a member of the Executive of the N.S.W. Country Press Association.

During the time he was at Young the late Mr. Hopwood distinguished himself as a good townsman, for he was not only in the place, but of it. He was an active member of the P. and A. Association, being for many years a steward in the horticultural section, and judged at surrounding Horticultural Shows.

He was thoroughly at home at this, as he was a horticulturahst at heart, and was a lover of flowers. In his spare moments he was to be seen in his garden amongst his roses and the other blooms he loved so well.

Amidst the exacting life of a newspaper man, he also found time to devote to other interests for the good of the town, and in addition to being a useful member of the P. and C. Association, was, for many years Secretary of the Burrangong Race Club. He Was also a loyal adherent of his Church, being a regular Communicant and the Church of England Council and the C.E.M.S. had the value of his membership and advice. When he went to Harden, those interests went with him, and there he was also a member of the Church Council and the C.E.M.S.

He was also associated with the Friendly Society movement as a member of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows, through the chairs of which he passed.

The late Mr. Hopwood was mar ried at Young to Miss Annie Murray, daughter of the late Mr. H. J. Murray of Rimmer's Hill, Adelong, and Mrs. Murray, of Sydney.

After taking over the Harden 'Express' he conducted it from Young for about 12 months, after which, on the transfer of his family to that place, went to live there permanently. There he became a member of the P. and A. Society, and identified himself with progressive town movements.

He leaves to mourn his loss, a widow, three sons and two daughters. The eldest boy Frank, is on the staff of the Bank of N.S.W. in Queanbeysn. Noel works in the 'Express' office, and Ken. Of the girls, Marge and Betty, the former is a student at Sydney University. He also leaves three sisters and a brothers, Mrs. Grafton and Mrs. Hector Webb' (Sydney), Mrs. Frank Finn (Yass), and Mr. Tom Hopwood (Young).

A large number of people from Young travelled to Harden to at tend the service at St. Paul's Church, and later follow his last remains to the graveside, interment taking place in the Church of England por tion of the cemetery. The Rev. S. North officiated in the Church and at the graveside. Miss Dowling pre sided at the organ, and the congre gation, in a nice tribute to a good churchman, sang one of his favorite hymns, 'Abide With Me. Four members oi the C.E.M.S. acted as pall-bearers, and Bro. Harold Bem brick, P.N.G., conducted the G.U. O.O.F. service. The Rev. S. North, in paying tribute to the deceased spoke of his fine Christian character, and eulog ised him as a citizen who had given his best in wide service to his town and district. As a churchman his life was exemplary. As a citizen it was of the best.

Many beautiful floral tokens were received from : Frank, Marjorie, Noel, Ken and Betty; Tom, Jess and fam ily; Al., Hec and family; Sister Marth; Frank, Sue and family; From the Members of St. Paul's Women's Guild; Rector, Council and Parishon ers of St. John's Church (Young) ; Members and Committee of Harden District Brass Band; The C.E.M. So ciety; Wales and Collins (Young) ; The Junior Guild; The Members of A. C. Barrett Branch G.U.O.O.F. Lodge; Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Webb and family, 'Laurel Grove'; Mr. and Mrs. Belfour and family; Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Rabbets and Edna; Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Larkin; Mrs. C. Coddington and daughters, 'Moul- ton'; Mr. and Mrs. P. Hayne; Mrs. E. J. Hutchinson and family; Mr. and Mrs. Back and Ron; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Richardson and family; Mr. and Mrs. Ibbetson, Ted, Madge and Rene and Albert Walton; Mrs. Boag and family; Jessie, Oliver and family; A. R. and E. H. Codding ton, 'Eulo'; Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Coddington and Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Phillips and family;. Win and Helen Sinclair; R. and C. Clayton; Mr. and Mrs. W. Hatter and fam ily; Mr. and Mrs. Zipfell and family; Mr. and Mrs. R. Reimer and family; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lanham and family; Mrs. Webb, Edith, Alma and Alf ; Mrs. E. Lawton and family; the Melville family; Mr. and Mrs. H. Nolan and family; Mr. and Mrs. F.G Wilson; Annie, Eric and Neville Menzies; Mr. and Mrs. Keith Gibson and Mrs. Mitchell; Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Coddington and Errol; Mr. and Mrs. C. West and family; Mr. and Mrs. F. Wales and family; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hammond and family; Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Collins and family; Mrs. Reimer, Ethel and Violet; Herb Manwaring and Mr. and Mrs. Kent and family; Mr. and Mrs. C. Lanham and family; Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Selden and John; Aunt, Uncle, Jim and family; Mr. and Mrs. Harbridge, Alan, Clyde and Hazel. [We join with other members of the Fourth Estate in offering our deep sympathy to the sorrowing members of deceased's family. ? Ed., | Burrowa News.]

 
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St. John's, Young, was the scene of an attractive wedding on Boxing Day, when Mr. Edmond Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Brown, of Trafalgar Farm, was united to Miss Gwendoline Aspland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Aspland, of Young, the Rev. Canon McKeown officiating. The future home of the happy couple will be at Young.
 
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Sticking-up at Yass.

WE (Courier) were informed on good authority on Monday that F. Mote, son of Mr. J.F. Mote, was stuck up at the far end of the Hume Bridge on Sunday night about 9 o'clock by three men as he was going home to North Yass. They ordered Mr. Mote to " bail up" and hand over his money, but as it happened he had no money on him, and therefore could not comply with the request. After being detained for a few minutes Mr. Mote was allowed to pro- ceed on his way. The would-be highwaymen certainly selected a very daring spot for bailing a man up

 
Mote, Frederick Arthur (I17)
 
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Stockinbingal Wedding.

CLEMENTS - SHEATHER.

A very pretty wedding took place at St. James' Church of England on Wednesday last, when Andrew, youngest son, of the late Mr. Andrew Clements, of Brown's Creek, Blayney, was married to Eva, the daughter of Mr. Samuel Sheather, of this town. The Rev. Crane, of Blayney, officiated ; the church was tastefully decorated with suitable decorations. The bride, was attired in a gown of white crepe-de- chene, and had a court train lined with shell pink ninon. Her tulle veil was worn over a mob cap, outlined with orange blossoms, and carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums and dalias ; she also wore a gold necklet, the gift of the bride groom. The bride was attended by two bridesmaids, Miss B. Clements (sister of the bridegroom); who wore a gown of cream serge, and Miss Flo. Sheather (sister of the bride), who wore a gown of white crepe-de-chene. The bridegroom's presents to the bridesmaids were:- Miss Cle ments, gold necklet ; and Miss Sheather, pearl spray brooch. Little Miss Ally Sheather acted as train- bearer, and wore a frock of white silk. After the ceremony the guests retired to Ellwood's hotel, where a reception was held, about 40 guests being present.

The presents were Bride to bride- groom, silver-mounted hairbrush and comb; Mr. Sheather (bride's father), cheque; Mrs. Sheather (bride's mother), afternoon tea-set, hanging lamp, and tumblers; Mrs. Clements (Blayney), mother of bridegroom, cheque; Miss Flo Sheather, cutlery ; Miss Allie Sbeather, silver mounted butter dish and knife ; Mr and Mrs. F. Hull, table runner and doyleys ; Miss M. and B. Clements (Blay ney), cutlery ; Mr. and Mrs. J. Clements (Blayney), set carvers in case; Mr. R. Clements (Blayney), silver sugar scuttle; Mr. Irwin Clements (Blayney), silver teapot; Mr. and Mrs. J. Clements; silver jam dish; Mrs. A. Bowyer (Sydney), wedding dress; Mrs. T. Manning, glass water jug and tumblers; Miss E. Man ning, water bottle and tumblers; Miss Hughes, silver mounted jam dish; Miss Lacey (Sydney), silver mounted flower stand ; Mr. and Mrs. J. Roberts (Blayney), set carvers in case; Mr. S. Hurst (Blay ney, afternoon teaspoons in case; Mr. Whiteman (Blayney), silver mounted salt sellers in case ; Mr. J. T. O'Brien, set carvers in case; Mr. T. F. Ellwood, cheque ; Mr. H. Cooper (Blayney), silver butter dish; Master L. Clements, silver jam spoon ; Mr. and Mrs. D. Jordan, set carvers in case; Mr. and Mrs. W. G Noble, silver jelly dish ; Mr. J. Whalen, water jug ; Mr. G.Sheather, silver mount ed cake and flower stand ; Mr. T. W. Manning, silver teapot ; Mr. and Mrs. F. West, silver mounted biscuit barrel ; Mr. A. Sheather; silver cake tray ; Mr. and Mrs. J. Gravolln, purse sovereigns.
 
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Sydney Gazette of 25 August 1829
Description of the hanging of John Holmes on 21-8-1829 after burning down a barn belonging to James Thomas John BEAN (Jun.)

On Friday last, John Holmes, convicted of arson at Campbelltown, was executed pursuant to his sentence. When on the scaffold, the rev. Mr Therry addressed the Under Sheriff and enquired whether he would be permitted to communicate the prisoner's confession to the numerous assemblage of persons who were collected to witness the execution. Immediate assent was given and Mr Therry then stated that the unfortunate culprit acknowledged his guilt, as well as the justice of his sentence; that he had committed many crimes, but sincerely hoped that God had forgiven him, as he freely forgave all those by whom he had ever been injured. The prisoner then addressed the spectators himself earnestly entreating that they would take warning by his fate, and avoid the evil consequences of bad company which had brought him to an untimely and disgraceful end. The Under Sheriff expressed himself gratified at hearing a declaration from the prisoner which must be so consolatory to himself, and so gratifying to his friends and all present. Holmes then joined in prayer with great devotion and in a few minutes the drop fell.

After hanging the usual time, his body was earnestly requested by many persons, and Mr Prorit directed it to be delivered over to his friends on condition that it should be interred on the evening of the same day, as he was aware that they were desirous of having a wake over the body, which in all probability would have occasioned a disturbance in the town at night.

A neat Coffin was provided by his friends and on the evening the corpse was followed to the grave by a numerous train
 
Bean, James Thomas John Jnr. (I867)
 
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Talk between Alfred Farndale and his son, Martin on 29 July 1982

"I remember going to school at Charltons near Tidkinhowe. We then went to Standard 1 at Bosbeck. We stayed there until we were 14. It was a two mile walk each day. The headmaster was Mr Ranson. I remember Jim, my elder brother catching me fishing and playing truant. He just said "Get in" (he was in a pony and trap) and he took me to a days marketing at Stokesley. I remember the second masters name was Ackroyd. I got a fork through my leg and he sucked it out. We were always inspected as we arrived at school. We had to walk passed the Bainbridge place and people used to say that he had more sheep on the moor than he was allowed. I remember William looking after me at mother's funeral. I was crying and very upset.

The war came in 1914 and I was just 17. I wanted to join up so I ran away and joined up at the local recruiting office at Northallerton, somewhere in South Parade I think. I joined the West Yorks but my father found out and said I was under age, which I was. The CO wanted me to stay on the band, but father wouldn't hear of it and I came out. I remember being very proud of my first leave in uniform. Then one day they called for volunteers for the Machine-Gun Corps and I stepped forward. We went to Belton Park, near Grantham for training. I joined 239th Company MGC and we were attached to the Middlesex Regiment. In 1917 we sailed for Calais and went to "Dickiebush" Camp. We were first in action at Westbrook and Polygon Wood. I remember an incident on the Menin Road galloping up with two limbers of ammunition towards the gun positions at Hooge. I was a Private but I was giving a lift to Quarter Master Sergeant Zaccarelli. The Germans started to shell us. They could clearly see us. I had one horse killed and I managed to cut him free and I then rode the other. Zaccarelli was killed; it was quite a party when I reported it. My Captain asked if there were any witnesses but there were none, otherwise I might have got something. I remember an officer coming up to me when we were under bombardment at Ypres and saying "How would you like to be in Saltburn now, Farndale?" We saw some action at Zonnebeke, Ploegstraat and Arras. The suddenly we were ordered to Marseilles and got on a troopship for Basra in Mesoptamia. After about 14 days we were in the Suez Canal and then the Red Sea. We landed at Basra and marched to Kut-el-Amara as part of a force under General Maud to relieve Townsend. About the middle of 1918 the Turks surrendered. We hung around for quite a while. I cut my thumb on a bully beef tin and it got poisoned. I was in hospital in Kut when 239th Company left for England. I eventually got to Mosul where I thought my unit was and met my platoon commander Lieutenant Pearson. He asked me where I had been and put me in charge of the officers mess. We had some Punjabi officers at the time and they used to knock me up to try to get whiskey! Later in 1918 we were ordered to Bombay. I remember I had to take my stripes down on the troopship. We were sent up to the Afghan frontier for a while and we had quite a lot of trouble in the local bazaars.

Eventually in early 1919 I think, we got a troopship to England. We landed at Southampton. I remember we were told that we could keep our greatcoats or take ?1 when we were demobbed on Salisbury Plain. I took the ?1! I remember arriving at Middlesborough station very late at night and sleeping on the platform. I got the first train next day to Guisborough and actually arrived at Tidkinhowe before they were up! This would be in 1919. I know that I was clear of the army by the start of 1920. I wish I had stayed in. I really did like the army life. But I had to come out.

I then went to Tancred Grange to help my eldest sister Lynn whose husband had died in 1918. I spent my time between Tancred and Tidkinhowe till I married your mother on 16 March 1928 at Bedale Parish Church. Martin was over from Canada and he was best man. It was just after my father died in January 1928. My eldest brother, John took over Tidkinhowe. Peggy and I had already decided to join the 'Canadians' [his brothers Jim, Martin and George and his sister Kate] in Alberta. We went to Huxley and rented a section of the CPR and you three children were born. However we had bad luck with crops and the slump and we had to go back to England in 1935.

We had a farm in Middleton-One-Row in 1936 and then we moved to Sycamore Lodge at Thornton-le-Moor near Northallerton in 1937. That was where Margot was born. It was too small though and we left it in 1940 after the war had started. We then lived at 117 Crosby Road, Northallerton. I was a farm contractor doing ploughing and threshing. It was very hard work and very long hours. I was Special Constable as well. Then, in January 1943, we moved to Gale Bank Farm at Wensley. We had been looking for farms for years and this was easily the best, so our luck had changed. It was then about 400 acres, but now it is more. Peggy and I retired in 1972 and we are now living at "Highfields", Eller Close Road, Leyburn." 
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TEACHER HONORED.

After the Sunday School lessons were over at the Methodist Church on Sunday, the opportunity was taken to make a small presentation to Miss Hilda Wales, superintendent of the Kindergarten department, on the occasion of her approaching marriage to Mr. Alfred I'Anson, which happy event takes place during the present month. The present was from the parents of the kindergarten children and the kindergarten staff and was a beautiful tea set of best English china. Mr. A.R. Chellew, the general superintendent of the school, made the presentation, and in doing so, spoke of the enthusiastic service which Miss Wales had given over a long period of years. Her cheerful nature had endeared her to the children and her enthusiasm had been an inspiration to the teachers under her. She would be greatly missed in the school. Miss Wales suitably replied.
 
Wales, Hilda Ruth (I200)
 
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Ted Perceval was the owner of a wagon and team of horses. It is understood that in early 1922 Ted camped out one night on the roadside near Boorowa, on the Rye Park Road. Ted was sleeping under his wagon when, during the night, the wagon rolled forward and the wheel passed over Ted, fatally squashing him 
Perceval, Edward Ernest (I12409)
 
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Tennant--Sheather

At Merewether Central Methodist Church, on Saturday, September 14, the wedding was celebrated between Louise Blanche, fourth daughter of Mr. C. H. Sheather of Harrington, Manning River, and Leslie James, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Tennant, of Elliot-street. Merewether. Rev. W. Jenkins performed the ceremony. The church was decorated in real orange blossom and arum lily. Appropriate music was supplied by the Austral Concert Band, conducted by Mr. G. Richards. Mr. A. Charlton was organist, and Mrs. W. Tennant, jun., sang.

The bride, who was given away by her father, looked charming in her gown of ivory satin, moulded to the figure and flaring in a long train. A cowl neckline and full sleeves to the elbow were featured. An embroidered net veil mounted an underveil of cut tulle flowed in billowy clouds from a coronet of orange blossom. A sheaf of arum lily and cream orchid was carried by the bride.

Miss Winn Tennant and Miss Chris Lorger, of Stockton, were bridesmaids. They were attractively gowned in del phinium blue taffeta, trimmed with frills and silver lame, with silver hats and shoes to match. They carried bouquets of pink stock. Marjorie Sheather and Judith Lingard (nieces of the bride and bride groom), were flower girls. They wore dainty gowns of pink taffeta with puffed sleeves and silver halos, and carried baskets of sweetpea. Mr. W. A. Tennant and Mr. J. Lewis were best man and groomsman respectively.

Following the ceremnony, a reception was held at the Blue Room Cafe. Mrs. C. Simmonds (sister of the bride), in pale blue figured crepe-de-Chine with a white picture hat, received the guests. Her posy was of pink sweetpea. Mrs. Tennant, sen. looked smart in black crepe-de-Chine, and picture hat. She carried a posy of golden marigold.

When leaving for the honeymoon, which is being spent in North Queensland, the bride wore a royal blue matelasse frock with hat and shoes to match. Mr. and Mrs. Tennant will reside in Merewether.

[A large photo of the bride is included in the paper]
 
Family F7692
 
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Terms of Settlement

London 10th January 1798

We whose names are hereunto signed do acknowledge that at our own request we have offered ourselves as settlers to go to New South Wales with our families on the following terms;

To have a passage found and our families to be victualled by Government during the voyage. On arrival in the Colony to have a grant of 100 acres of land at Port Jackson, or 50 acres at Norfolk Island.

To be victualled and clothed from the public stores for the term of 12 months after being put in possession of our respective allotments, and to be allowed the labour of two convicts (maintained by Government) for the same term; after which we & our families are to be of no further expense to the Crown.

To have the same proportion of stock, seed, grain and agricultural tools as have been furnished to other settlers, together with such other assistance as the Governor may judge proper to afford us.

In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands on the day above written.

James Thomas John Bean
John Hanson
William Weller
Thomas Bradley 
Bean, James Thomas John (I132)
 
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THANKS

I SINCERELY wish to thank members of the Cootamundra Fire Brigade and the public generally who assisted with the fire early this morning.

LES. LOITERTON.
 
Loiterton, Leslie Douglas (I4335)
 
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The death is reported in St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, of Mr Bertram Mutch after a comparatively short illness. Word of his passing was received in Braidwood with deep regret, for the deceased was very well known here, having been employed in the post office for some years. While in Braidwood he married Miss Maude Backhouse, daughter of Mr and Mrs R Backhouse. He was a capable, conscientious officer, and made many [friends] while working in the post district. Born at Cootamundra he went into the post office there, later being transferred to Braidwood. After leaving here he served in various country centres, including Wagga and Maitland, and finally went to Canberra, from where he was transferred to the Dept. of the Interior, where he remained until he was compelled to enter hospital. In St Vincent's he underwent three major operations, the last being a little over a week ago. Despite his dogged courage and great fight to live, his strength gradually gave out and he passed away last Wednesday morning. He is survived by his wife and children Kevin, Marjorie, Fay, Joy and Allan. His mother, three sisters ......... and one brother .... survive, to whom the "Review" extends its sincere sympathy. The funeral took place at Northern Suburbs Cemetery on Friday last. Deceased was 42 years old 
Mutch, Robert Bertram (I222)
 
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The engagement of Miss Audrey Aspland, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Les Aspland, of Burrowa road Young, to Mr. Gordon Mote, of Young, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Mote, of Yass, has been announced.
 
Aspland, Audrey Mavis (I4)
 
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The following was read by his daughter, Gwen, at his funeral at the cemetery at Cooranbong, NSW on 9th July 1999:
Keith Martin James was born to Christiana and Walter James on October 27, 1906. He was their second child. His older sister, Rosina, is still alive, aged 96, but his younger brother, Sydney George died in 1962 aged 49.

The James family lived at Kellyville where they earned their living by farming. They supplemented their income by catching and selling birds to pet shops. Both Walter and Christiana were from large families and their household was always busy with visiting extended family. Their's was a very hospitable home.

One of Keith's favourite stories was, when he started school, at age seven, he was caned on the very first day because he couldn't spell HAWK correctly. Not impressed with this treatment he refused to go back for the next couple of weeks. However, he became a reasonably good student and was quick at maths. On deciding to become a farmer he finished his formal education at twelve and worked along with his father.

In 1928 he moved to Tumbi Umbi, married Phyllis Bade in 1929, and they continued to live there for the next 47 years. He first met Phyllis at Mr Showe's school and they met again at Church Camp Meeting.

Four children were born - Nancy in 1932, Wally in 1934, Gwen in 1936 and Joy in 1943.

With a pair of Harrier hounds he would spend time hunting foxes, rabbits, possums, kangaroos and any other animals that threatened his crops of beans, peas and tomatoes. Later on he grew gladioli which he sold to the local florist. The other hobby Keith indulged in was fishing and he continued to go fishing until about eight years ago when he found walking on the beach just too tiring. He wasn't all that keen on eating fish and gave most of his catch away.

Cousin Perce was Keith's best mate and they shared many adventures while they were growing up. They built a boat together, which they would row out to sea hopefully to get a better catch. Wally would often accompany them on these fishing trips but sometimes he would have to be rowed back to the shore as he was prone to sea sickness. He eventually worked out a way to beat it. Gradually, as their finances improved, they bought a bigger boat and a twenty horse power outboard motor. Perce died over twenty years ago and Keith missed him greatly.

When Keith was eighteen he had typhoid fever. While he was convalescing, his mother bought him a book on how to play the organ. He used this time to learn and practice until he was proficient enough to play the organ at church. He continued to play until in his eighties. These last few years he wouldn't play as he couldn't bear to hear the mistakes his fingers were making. He sang harmony, had a pleasant voice and could still sing his part in his favourite hymns. Mum and Dad used to sing duets together when they were young and we loved to hear them sing.

Little things we have remembered about him over the years when we were growing up...

He would repair our shoes. His mouth would be full of tacks and we would watch as he nailed each tack into place. Just when we thought his mouth would be empty by now he would produce another tack.

He made his own sinkers in the kitchen at night. Another job we loved to watch him do. Judging by the amount of lead he still had in his shed I think he had planned to make a lot more sinkers.

He seldom raised his voice at us. Although we did get the odd clip in the ear and he kept a strap on a nail on the kitchen wall which was applied when necessary.

To call us he would put two fingers in his mouth and whistle. We were expected to respond pronto.

He couldn't bear to let a snake go free. We have vivid recollections of Father bringing home dead snakes to show us. We were also allowed to keep a few odd pets, a wallaby, a sugar glider possum, a small, harmless snake, although none of them survived for a great deal of time. Maybe the cat, Nigger, had something to do with that.

Because it was a time when doctors were not readily available in our part of the country, Keith did a home nursing course and had his first-aid kit ready when it was needed. When Wally, about 12 at the time, cut his foot with the axe while chopping wood, Keith was able to sew it up. He boiled up some of Mum's cotton and a needle and the entire operation took place on the verandah bed. It must have been painful as Wal made a lot of noise.

We had a happy family life and we have good memories. Nancy was the caring older sister, wally, the son that all fathers want, Joy the adorable little sister and I fitted somewhere in the middle.

As the children grew up and left home it was a bit lonely on the farm. Dad had taken a full time job at the Citrus Co-op in Wyong and retirement was fast approaching. In 1976 they sold the farm and moved to Mannering Park where Dad continued to farm on a much smaller scale. We all ate his home grown tomatoes and pumpkins. He still attended the church he loved at The Entrance. Sabbath School time found him in his place in the second row among the friends that he held most dear.

It is nearly two years now since our mother died. He found it hard going alone. He said he would be able to manage as he lived on his own before, in 1928 for 18 months, and he knew how to cook. He didn't manage very well after all this time and became just so lonely; a loneliness we couldn't fill, lonely for his mate and happy years past. He was no longer able to read his precious Bible and even the many birds he used to feed from his hands every day didn't help. He was tired and longed to rest, sure in the knowledge that Jesus would call him from his grave when He comes.

Psalm 127 says, "Lo, Children are an heritage of the Lord: happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them." Our Dad has left an heritage of four children, fourteen grandchildren, thirty two great grandchildren and four great, great grandchildren. He was a simple man, Trusted in God and, for the most part, was content with his life 
James, Keith Martin (I20643)
 
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THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

The following notices appear in the
Gazette :-

Mr Edward Darling, Clerk of Courts at Steiglitz, has been appointed a Commissioner
of the Supreme Court.

The following have been appointed trustees :-Mr John Bell, for land temporarily reserved as a site for a cemetery at Bambra, in the room of Mr J. Dennithorne, who has left the colony; Messrs Alex. and Richard Dennis, Samuel Gilbert, Samuel Talbot, and Matthew Farndale, for land temporarily reserved as a site for Wesleyan Church purposes at Birregurra; Messrs Francis Orinon and Chas. Shannon, for land reserved as a site for a Presbyterian place of worship and minister's dwelling in the town of Geelong.
 
Farndale, Matthew (I69)
 
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THE INQUEST.
An inquest was commenced at the local Hospital on Saturday morning, before the Coroner (Mr. James Stevenson, J.P.), concerning the death of William Wales. ? John William Bradwell, Constable of Police, stationed at Burrowa, deposed : About 6 o'clock last night, from something I heard, I proceeded in company with Dr. Le Fevre, to, about 4 miles from Burrowa, and there saw a man named Michael Muldowney with a wound on the top of his head, lying on a stretcher; about fifty yards away, I saw the deceased William Wales, lying on his back, with a big gash right across his head, and his brains protruding ; he was then quite dead, and a considerable quantity of blood was near where his head was lying ; with the assistance of Constable Lord, I removed the body to the morgue at the local hospital ; on searching the body I found a small purse containing 6s 6d, one gold ring, one knife, and a piece of tobacco ; I was informed that he owns a bicycle and a tent, which is now in my possession ; he was working with contractors who ware engaged grubbing 700 acres of land ; about 6 feet from where deceased was lying I saw a grubbing plant, a portion of which I took possession of ; it is ... a green pole with about a foot broken off the end, which I now produce. ? ? ?
John Joseph McGann, labourer, residing at Burrowa, deposed : On yesterday evening I was working On Gowrie ; I was engaged along with Michael Muldowney and the deceased William Wales, whose dead body I viewed this morning at the morgue ; we were working with a machine for pulling down trees ; it was worked with a wire rope by two levers attached to two rollers on the machine ; there is a wire rope about 2/4 or ? of an inch in thickness ? from the rollers; I was. on one lever and the deceased and Michael Muldowney was on the other ; when we had it at full pressure the lever that Michael Muldowney and the deceased were on, snapped, which had the effect of throwing the full weight of the pres- sure on my lever, resulting in me being thrown away, and the lever striking deceased and Muldowney ; on recovering myself, I saw the other two men lying on the ground ; I then sang out to men who were working about 150 yards away, before which I examined my mates; I saw deceased's brains protruding, and observed that Muldowney was seriously injured ; I then ran to Mr. Spicer's home, whose land we were working on, for the purpose of getting a vehicle to remove them to town ; while I was absent someone went to inform the Doctor and the Police; subsequently the Police removed deceased to the morgue at the local hospital, and the Doctor advised ? that Muldowney be sent to the Young hospital; I attribute the accident which caused the death of deceased to the insufficiency of strength of the lever put in in the morning ; the lever was got by Muldowney who put it in the machine ; It was as large if not slightly larger than the previous one we were using, and larger than the lever I was using ; the deceased informed me that the machine was one of bis own invention ; the death of deceased ? was solely caused by the sudden snapping of the lever, and not by the negligence of anyone present; the deceased was, I am informed, unmarried, and has been residing in the Burrowa district for the past four years, and I also understand that his parents reside at Wyalong. ?

John Speechly Le Fevre deposed : I am a legally qualified Medical Prac titioner and Government Medical offi- cer, residing at Burrowa ; about 6 ? o'clock yesterday evening I received word that there had been an accident at Gowrie, and that one man had been killed, and another seriously injured ? in company with Constable Bradwell,proceeded to the place of the acci- dent ; I first examined a man named Muldowney, who was conscious, and was suffering from a compound depressed fracture of the skull ; I dressed his wounds and then examined deceased William Wales, who was lying where he fell near the machine he was working; he was quite dead, the roof of hiswas smashed completely off, and the brain was protruding ; death had been instantaneous from some blow on the head causing the above injuries, and from the evidence I have heard, and what I saw at the scene of the accident, the blow was caused by one of the levers of the machine flying back and striking deceased.this stage the Coroner adjourned the inquest until 11 a.m. on Monday, to allow of the father of deceased being present to give evidence.

MONDAY.
The inquest was resumed today by the Coroner. George Wales, miner, residing at Wyalong, deposed : I received information of the death of my son William, on Saturday, 8th inst. ; I last saw my son alive about three yeara ago last February ; at that time he was in his usual health ; I did not see the dead body, but attended the funeral yesterday ; he was a single man ; he had no property when I last saw him; he was born at Hovell's Creek, near Frogmore, in the Burrowa district, on the 2nd May, 1864, being 46 years old last May. This concluded the evidence.Coroner found that the said William Wales at Gowrie, near Bur- rowa, in the State of N.S.W., on 7th day of April, 1911, died from the effects of injuries accidentally received on the same day, through being struck by the lever of a tree-grubbing machine, owing to the breaking of one of the levers with which he was engaged working.

Funeral took place on Sunday afternoon to the Catholic portion of the Burrowa cemetery, and was largely attended, Rev. Fr. Fogarty officiating at the grave. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. G. Patterson & Son. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the relatives of the deceased. They have asked us to convey their sincere thanks for the many kindnesses received at the hands of the Burrowa people.
 
Wales, William (I8532)
 

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