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Country music lover Noel Francis Wales of Chisholm St, Goulbum has died at Goulburn Base Hospital, aged 65.

Born on December 27, 1926, Mr Wales was educated at Cootamundra Sacred Heart Primary School and De La Salle High School before spending 46 years with the State Rail Authority.

He ended up as a Senior State Guard for the SRA and spent 40 years in Goulburn. He also resided at Cootamundra, Yass and Hornsby.

Mr Wales came from a very strong family background and being a country music lover he would travel anywhere there was a concert, especially if Slim Dusty was appearing.

He was a member of the Australian Railways Union and Labor Party and was always eager to do voluntary work for the Worker's Club and Railway Christmas Picnics.

Mr Wales was a Director of the Goulburn Worker's Club, President of the Kenmore Rugby League Club and a voluntary worker for St Vincent De Paul.

He retired at 63 and unfortunately contracted a rare blood disease. He fought bravely against all odds and died on November 1.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, his sister Dolly and his brothers Vince, Tom and John.

He is survived by his wife Betty of Goulburn, Paul (son) Gosford, Donna (daughter) Sydney, LeeAnne (daughter) Goulburn, Anthony (son) Gosford, Lisa (daughter) Terrigal, Louise (daughter) Forresters Beach, Trix (sister) Fairfield and Bill (brother) Greenacre.

The funeral was conducted by Fr Paul Tarpey at Ss Peters and Paul's Cathedral with interment at Norwood Crematorium, Canberra on November 4.

Betty Wales and family would like to thank all their relations, friends and neighbours for the floral tributes, messages of sympathy and help.

Special thanks to Dr Renton and nursing staff at Goulburn Base, the Palliative Care ladies for their love and caring support and John Crooks 
Wales, Noel Francis (I12390)

Mrs Churchill, the widow of the late Isaac Churchill of Gullen, who died at Gullen on the 10th inst, was buried at the chapel there on the following Tuesday and her body was followed to the grave by about 200 people from all parts of the district. The weather was most wretched - about the worst day we have experienced this winter - and that such a large number attended shows the respect in which the deceased was held. Had the weather been fine, fully double the number, I am sure, would have been present. The late Mrs Churchill was greatly esteemed throughout the district in which she was long resident, and a large number of her neighbours can testify to her usefulness when amongst them, to her untiring assiduity and kindness in attending the sick, etc. She closed a long life of 65 years, having reared a large family, by whom and all that knew her, her loss will be deeply regretted. d. 10.8.1879.
Hann, Harriet (I32172)


Mr. Les. Aspland, of Brawlin, reports getting an eagle hawk bigger than the one displayed in our window for a few days. Nine feet from tip to tip! It was a dead bird- had picked up some poison. Anything to beat this one?
Aspland, Leslie James (I75)

Death at Gunning.
Our correspondent writes :- Mrs. Bean, relict of the late Mr. Joseph Bean, of Frankfield, died at the residence of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. A. Rodram, on Friday, about noon, in her 83rd year. She survived her husband by about 10 years. The cause of death was general decay. She leaves behind her two sons, Joseph and Charles, and a daughter, Mrs. J. Waye, of the Yass and Collector Inn. She was a sister-in-law of Mrs. J. Collet, of Goulburn. Mrs. Bean and her husband came to the district over 50 years ago. They kept an hotel at Frank field for some time, and later on built in Gunning what is now known as the Frankfield Hotel. Since the death of her husband she had never been con tent at home and had lived with her daughter-in- law for the past five years. She died quietly and peacefully.
McConville, Sarah (I888)

Death Notices
On Friday last, aged 64, Mr. William Hargreaves, miller, North Shore. 
Hargreaves, William (I45438)

Death of Mr William Perks

One of the saddest deaths that have occured at Young for a long time is that of Mr. William Wainwright Perks, who succumbed to pneumonic influenza in the Emergency Hospital last week, aged 48 years. The deceased got the influenza in the ordinary form about three weeks ago and went to bed for a few days. He had a contract on Memagong station, and although he had not been long out of bed drove a man out on Wednesday week. He stayed there for the night, and on his return home felt so ill that he went to bed again. He had evidently caught a relapse as he grew worse, and on Thursday of last week was taken to the Emergency Hospital in a serious condition. He was a son of Mrs. Eliza Perks, of Main Street. He was borne at Boorowa and married at Yass. A widow and five sons and two daughters are left to mourn their loss. The eldest of the family is a son aged 20 and the youngest a daughter aged 3. Five are at home to be cared for. Mr. D. Perks, teacher of Tumbleton School, is a brother, and Mesdames Albert Wales and E.E. Begg (Young) Sisters. Mrs. A. Plumb, another sister, resides at Gunning, and two other brothers, Messrs Henry and Joseph at Millthorpe and Condobolin respectively. The remains were interred in the Methodist portion of the cemetry, Rev. A. E. Putland conducting the ceremony and Messrs. Patterson Bros, the funeral arrangements. - ' Chronicle'
Perks, William Wainwright (I738)


To live for 72 years in the one district (says the Gundagai "Independent") is a record that has not often been recorded in Australia, but it was notched to the credit of Mr. George Sheather, of Nangus, who died in Gundagai Hospital last Wednesday. Deceased was born at Gundagai 72 years ago, lived there all those years and reared a big family and over 50 decendants are left to testify to the fact that deceased played his part as a good Australian. For some time past the old gentleman had bean ailing - after a strenuous life came the reaction - and for some weeks he had been an inmate of Gundagai Hospital. The late Mr. Sheather is survived by his wife and the following children : Mrs. C. Smith, Nangus; Mrs. Bert Smith, "Balmoral,'" Gundagai; Mrs. Jno. Sullivan, Nangus; Mr. A. Watkins, Batlow; Mrs. Clarrie Joyce, West Wyalong; Miss Ethel Sheather, Sydney; Mr. George Sheather, Nangus; and Mr. Ridley Sheather, South Gundagai. Deceased leaves a brother (Mr. Jno. Sheather, Nangus) and two sisters (Mrs. A. Burke, Temora, and Miss Eliza Sheather, Nangus), as well as 40 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. The burial took place in the C.E. cemetery, North Gundagai, on Thursday morning; Rev. H. F. Champion reading the service.
Sheather, George (I10376)


For some time past the health of Mr. Silas Sheather had been of such an unsatisfactory character that his many friends could not fail to realise that the end of his earthly career was not far off. He died at 3 a.m. on Thursday at the advanced age of 82 years. He suffered some time ago from rheumatism and dropsy; then his illness merged into senile decay. The deceased was one of the best known residents of Parramatta, he having lived at Camellia Grove (his far-famed old Parramatta River nursery) for about 54 or 55 years. He leaves three daughters - Mrs. J. Ridal, Mrs. J. Muir and Miss Sheather. and six sons, Messrs. Henry, John, Silas, William, James and Arthur Sheather. The funeral, which was largely attended, took place on Friday afternoon (yesterday), and moved to St. John's Church, then to St. John's cemetery. The coffin was carried to St. John's Church, where the family had been worshippers for over 50 years ; and the service at the graveside was conducted by tho Ven. Archdeacon Gunthor. A number of beautiful wreaths were laid upon the coffin. Arrangements in connection with tho interment were in the hands of Mr. Ralph Metcalfe. Mr. Sheather had seen the growth of Parramatta from a straggling military village. He originally came to Parramatta with the Macarthurs, when those sturdy pion- eers commenced sheep-raising on Elizabeth Farm, within sight of what was to be Mr. Sheather's home for so many years. That was over 60 years ago. He landed in New South Wales when he was 14 years of age, and had really lived in Parramatta ever since. Mr. Sheather was widely known amongst the old horticulturists as tho most successful raiser of the camellia in Australia. When that beautiful flower was enjoying its day of popular favour, Mr. Sheather's fine grove was one of the spots marked out for the tourist and the sight-seer to visit. The old gentleman to the last still clung to his fancy, and could see in the camellia a flower that surpassed all other creations. His latest creation was a beautiful flower, and he brought to us the first bloom and asked us to suggest a name. It was Commonwealth time, and we suggested the flower be called "Commonwealth." He was delighted with the name, which he accepted. His whole soul was wrapped up in his flowers, and he loved to meet and talk with one whose fancies ran in the same direction. In the good old days he made a fortune out of his camellias, and it was a common thing to see two or three men, each bearing a couple of long bamboo poles from which were suspended bunches of camellias. These men would go to Sydney by the early steamer, and convey the flowers to the markets, where they commanded a ready sale at a good price. But Mr. Sheather was not the man to hoard up wealth. He was easy, hospitable and generous, otherwise he might easily have ended his days in comparative affluence. But that was not to be. There is something, however, more to his credit. He and his good wife will ever be remembered as two of the kindliest natures that ever existed in the old town. His name was unsullied, and he knew not the name of an enemy.
Sheather, Silas Charles (I6721)


Mr. William Wainwright Perks, a well known and respected resident of Young, died in the Emergency Hospital, Young, last evening from pneumonic influenza, after about a week's illness. Deceased, who was 48 years of age, was born at Burrowa and was a son of the late Patrick Perks and Mrs. E. Perks, of Main Street, Young. He was a brother of Messrs Joseph, Harry and Dunstan Perks, his sisters being Mrs. A. Wales (Marengo street) Mrs. E. Begg (Main street, Young), Mrs. A. Plumb (Gunning). Deceased was married to Miss Priscilla Edgerton, of Rye Park, who with a family of five sons and two daughters, the eldest of whom is 20 and the youngest three years, survive. Deceased has been a resident of Young for 17 years. The funeral took place this afternoon to the Methodist portion of the Young cemetery.
Perks, William Wainwright (I738)

Death of Mrs. E. Perks.

As the evening church bells of Xmas Day pealed, passed away the spirit of Eliza Perks, one of the gentlest christians in the town of Young. The deceased was the daughter of the late William Armstrong of Edgerton, Mundoonan, and was born 78 years ago in Sydney. In 1867 she married Josiah William Perks, grazier of Rye Park, but in 1885 her husband died at Yass. Although left with a young family of seven, without a husband's help and comfort she bravely undertook the management of her late husband's properties and reared her children facing her trials with a true christian fortitude and faith that set her children an example that it has not been the privilege of all families to enjoy. About 15 years ago she came to live at Young where most of the family were residing. Although never very active of late years she had not been really ailing till a fortnight ago, when she contracted slight congestion of the lungs. Despite every earthly attention being given with unfailing devotion by her son and daughters she seemed to gradually sink, passing peacefully away. Besides the sorrowing daughter, Mrs. Begg at whose home she died she leaves, two other daughters, viz. Mrs. A. Wales (Young) Mrs. A. Plumb (Gunning ) also three sons, Harry (Milthorpe), Josiah (Eugowra), and Dunstan (Young). Two daughters predeceased the husband and one son,William, died seventeen months ago, during the influenza epidemic.

The remains enclosed in a silver mounted polished maple casket were laid to rest on Sunday in the Methodist portion of the Young cemetery. Rev. A. E.Putland officiated at the graveside, and spoke feelingly of the splendid christian character of the deceased. Loving, and being a staunch adherent of the church, the hymn "That Will be Glory For Me" which she always loved so much to hear was sung over the grave. As the years pass by the family will realise the truth of one of her many sayings?"The memory of a good life scents like a rose, after death."
Armstrong, Eliza (I195)


After a somewhat lingering illness, there passed away at her home, in Justin street, Cootamundra, on Sat- urday last, a well known and highly respected old citizen, in the person of Mrs. Loiterton. Deceased was 72 years of age. Many years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Loiterton settled on the land at Jindalee, and later came to town to live, Mr. Loiterton building a cosy little home in our midst. The other members of the family are: Messrs. Charlie Loiter- ton, East Jindalee; James (Stockin- bingal); Jack (Mount Hope, Stockin- bingal); Mrs. A. Armstrong; Mrs. Bob Mutch; Mrs. Tom Mutch; and Mrs. Cranfield, all of Cootamundra; Mrs. Lyons, Parramatta;. and Mrs. Tom Manning.
Sheather, Ellen (I653)

MARTIN.-At the home of her daughter. Mrs. Aspland, Hopetoun street Camperdown. on January 20th, 1923. Mary Ann, widow of the late William Martin. formerly of Hawthorn. Birregurra and Newton, Geelong, and elder daughter of the late Matthew and Hannah Farndale, aged 92 years. 
Farndale, Mary Ann (I71)

Death. - It is my painful duty to have to report the death of a very old and much respected resident - Mr. Joseph Bean, sen. - which took place at his residence, Frankfield, yesterday. The deceased gentleman had attained the age of sixty-one years. For many years he carried on business as an hotel keeper. He built and conduced the Frankficld Hotel, so favourably known to all travellers on the main southern road, before, the railway extension to this place. In those days the Frankfield Hotel was the stopping place for Governors, Judges, and, I might say, all the upper classes. When the railway works were started at Goulburn, he built an hotel close to our railway station, which he also called the Frankfield Hotel. He carried on business in this house for some, time, but his health became so im paired that he leased the hotel, and went back to reside at Frankfield. His funeral takes place to morrow, and I am sure will be largely attended by all classes, for he had the esteem and respect of all who had dealings with him.- January 10.
Bean, Joseph (I833)

DEATH. SITLINGTON.Killed in action in France on the 19th July, 1916, after service at Gallipoli (wounded at Cape Helles), Egypt and France, Private Alec. Farndale Sitlington, dearly beloved only son of A. J. and M. Sitlington, of Gellibrand street, Colac, and loving brother of Irene.
Sitlington, Alexander Farndale (I41976)

DEATH. SMITH---On the 10th April, Harold Farndale, eldest son of Horatio and Ada Smith, aged 19 years and 11 months. The funeral will leave his parent's residence, Corangamite Street, at 4 o'clock, THIS (Monday) AFTERNOON. for the Colac Cemetery. T. W. SHARROW, Tel. 51. Undertaker.

Widespread regret was expressed on all sides on receipt of the news of the death of Harold Farndale, eldest son of Mr and Mrs H. Smith, well-known residents of Colac. The deceased, who was only 19 years and 11 months old contracted typhoid fever a short time ago, and succumbed to the dread dis- ease on Sunday. He was very popular and amongst the foremost of our athletes. The funeral will leave the residence of his parents, Corangamite street, this day (Monday), at 4 o'cloock for interment in the Colac cemetery.
Smith, Harold Farndale (I36336)


........ ASPLAND.-On June 25. at the residence of her daughter (Mrs. Woodmason), Grange, Cobden. Elizabeth Clarissa, eldest daughter of the late William and Mary Anne Martin, of Birregurra, beloved wife of William Aspland and loving mother of Percy, Ethel, Nellie, Hilda, Herbert. Ada, Leslie, Clarice, and Doris, aged 92 years. -The long day closes. .......
Martin, Elizabeth Clarissa Teresa (I73)


ASPLAND, Phyllis Nellie - January 27 1948 at her residence 51 Nasmith Street Young Loved mother of Gwen (Mrs. E Brown) Audry (Mrs Mote) Mona and Raymond and beloved daughter of Mrs L Mutch and late Robert Mutch of Cootamundra aged 48 years.
Mutch, Phyllis Nellie (I76)



At the Wagga District Court before Judge Coyle, Norman Edward Sheather of Wagga petitioned for a divorce from his wife Louisa Ann Sheather, on the ground of desertion for three years and upwards.

Mr. Brian Clancy (instructed by Messrs. J. C. Sheekey and Co.) appeared for the petitioner. There was no appearance of the respondent.

Sheather said that he was married to the respondent at St. John's Church Wagga, in 1919. They lived at Wagga for some time, and then went to Cur rawarna. They returned to Wagga, and he was employed by the Murrum bidgee Milling Co. When he was on night shift his wife would tell him that she was going to the pic tures. He discovered that she was going to dances in the country. He objected, but his wife continued to go to the dances. One day after his wife had been to a dance he spoke to her about it, and she said that she would do as she pleased. That day his wife left the house and did not return. He saw her later and asked her to return to him, but she declined. He wrote to his wife at Cootamundra asking her to return home, but she replied that she would not return .

Judge Coyle found the issue proved.
Family F4785



In tho Divorce Court on Tuesday, before Mr. Justicc G. B. Simpson, Robert Henry Loitorton petitioned for a dissolution of his marriage with Annie Loiterton (formerly Thorning), on the grounds of desertion and adultery with Alfred Godfrey, who was joined as co-respondent. The petitioner, for whom Mr. A. Watt (instructed by Messrs. Brown and Beeby) appeared, said he was married to the respondent on January 14, 1892, at Wallendbeen, according to the rites of the Methodist Church. The ceremony took place in a public house, both he and the respondent being under age. They lived on friendly terms until 1902, when she left him, leaving a letter in which she advised him to give up drink, to get a divorce, and to marry a woman who would not be an expense to him, and who would not drive him to drink. Subsequently he saw his wife and Godfrey together at an hotel in Wagga. Godfrey had for 12 months been in his employ as a laborer at Cootomundra. He asked her why she had left the little ones, and she said she did not know, that she must have been mad. He asked her to return, but she said she could not face the people again after what she had done. She said she would sooner be with Godfrey, anyhow. God frey said it could not bo helped, that 'these things do happen'. Godfrey was a bigger man than he was. Sub sequently the respondent, and the corespondent, in a statement, admitted misconduct. A decree nisi was granted, returnable in six months, co-respondent to pay costs, and the petitioner to have custody of the children.
Family F1011

Dooley Wales
John Joseph (Dooley) Wales Unit 7, 8 Yass Road, died suddenly at his home.
The son of the late Augustine and Johanna Wales, he was born at Cootamundra on September 27, 1920.
He was reared at Cootamundra and attended the Catholic School.
On leaving school he worked on the railway as a call boy and progressed to an office position.
After working in Sydney for 20 years he returned to Cootamundra.
A generous man, for many years he had been confined to a wheelchair but he always retained his sense of humour.
He loved company, having a drink with friends and playing cards.
Dooley will be sadly missed by his two brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews and friends who remember his kindness and generosity.
Surviving are brothers Noel (Goulburn) and Bill (Sydney) and his sister Trixie Eccleston (Sydney). He was predeceased by brothers Tom and Vince and sister Dorothy Morris.
Arrangements for the Newman, Bray and Wales funerals were carried out by Smith & Rinkin, Cootamundra  
Wales, John Joseph (I12388)

Dorothea May Wales
Author: Thea Harris

Dorrie, as she was called, was born in Cootamundra where she went to school and learned to play the piano to a very high standard. She would visit relatives at Rye Park during the school holidays and after her sister Eileen married Thomas Callaghan in Temora, NSW, Dorrie spent a lot of time with her and helped with the children.

Following the death of her mother, Bridget Wales, Dorrie remained in Cootamundra with her father until she moved to Sydney and married Alexander Simpson on Saturday 14 January 1921.

Dorrie and Alex lived in Croydon for a few years and then moved to Randwick where their only child Dorothea Jessie Simpson was born in 1926.

The section of Randwick where they lived later became Maroubra and many happy years were spent there.

Alex Simpson, who worked for the Commonwealth Bank, was appointed to the Relieving Staff and the family moved to Kingsford. Upon alex's appointment as Bank Manager to open a new branch at Double Bay, the family moved again to a new address there in 1936. Dorrie, who, ever since her marriage made all her own clothes and furnishings, was now busy with making items for the new residence.

In 1941 the family was off again, this time to a bank at Nowra. For the next five years during the war the family did a lot of entertaining and Dorrie was busy with work for the Red Cross, Country Women's Association and, of course, the church where she played the organ and her daughter taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. There were many commitments and Alex, who was a city boy, had to cope with dairy farmers and their financial problems.

The war years were a difficult time with food and clothing coupons, and Dorrie taught herself to preserve fruit and vegetables, make jam, dry fruit and even to make soap.

During the last few months of their stay at Nowra, the building was undergoing alterations which created many problems for those still living there. However, the family was off to Forbes in the very dry Central West area of New South Wales. They arrived there after a 14 hours trip on a steam train and stepped out into the heat and dust of a February summer day.

There were new things to learn, sheep instead of cows, lucern and wheat and the lack of rain. These were some of the things facing Alex, as well as the country jobs on committees of the Ambulance, C.W.A, Red Cross, Bowling Club and of course the church. In the middle of the second year at Forbes, the building where they were was being altered and extended, and in the midst of the worst part of these renovations, Alex and Dorrie moved yet again. This time it was a couple of months in Sydney and then to Adelaide as Superintendant of the Savings Bank.

In 1950 came a big move to England for the next four years. During this time Alex went to the Olympic games in Helsinki, Finland in 1952 to take charge of the banking there. Many other trips were made to the Continent to make speeches encouraging immigration to Australia, and Dorrie talked to the wives about Australia.

In 1954 the next move was to America which was cancelled. Alex and Dorrie came back to Australia in time to attend the arrival of their first grandchild, Jennifer Anne Harris. They were then off to Brisbane and finally a return to Sydney to settle in Strathfield for Alex's retirement. He died there on 4 August 1967.

The last move for Dorrie was to a unit at Elizabeth Bay and for twenty years she kept busy with a Debating Group, learning Chinese and Japanese, making trips overseas to visit friends in England, China, Japan and America. She did much entertaining and enjoyed her life.

A wonderful life full of interesting experiences and never letting anything stop her until her death on Thursday 6 April 1989 at 91 years of age. She had lived with a serious heart condition for many years, but loved being active and keeping in close touch with her family and friends, all around the world 
Wales, Dorothea May (I8520)


The Organist at All Saints' Church, Parramatta, played bridal preludes and the wedding march at the wedding of Grace, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Sheather, of Leichhardt, to Lionel, second son of Mr. and Mrs. James Dunstone, of Jervis Bay. Rev. G. F. B. Manning officiated.

The parents of both the bride and the bridegroom are old identities of Parramatta and great interest was taken in the wedding. Given away by her father, the bride wore a smart bur gundy hat with her gold flecked tailor ed suit, and her Early Victorian posy combined autumn tinted flowers in a setting of cloth of gold.

Miss Edith Sheather (sister of the bride) attended as bridesmaid, wearing a tailored clover suit with plum accessories.

The best man was Mr. Charles Dunstone, brother of the bridegroom.

The reception was held at "McConville," Ross-street, Parramatta, the home of Mr. Stephenson, a relative of the bride, and Mrs. Urchart and Mrs. Taylor, Mr. Stephenson's daughters, as sisted the bride's mother to receive the guests. Mrs. Sheather wore a grey tailored costume with black accesso ries, and added a posy of pink carna tions and cornflowers.

The bridegroom's mother chose a navy angora ensemble, with a match ing hat.

The breakfast tables were delightfully decorated with pink and white carnations, and tawny chrysanthemums and Iceland poppies. Mr. Baker (Leichhardt) presided.

The honeymoon is being spent at Cronulla and Jervis Bay.
Family F4654



There was a tragic happening at Wallendbeen yesterday afternoon. William Lolterton, aged. 30, a married man with a family of four, was cleaning out the gutters of the roof of the cottage occupied by his aged mother, the widow of the late Charles Loiterton, of Wallendbeen, when he slipped. To save himself from falling off the roof he grasped the electric wires leading into the home from the Burrinjuck service, got caught with the current, and could not get free fom the wire. His screams for assistance attracted the attention of the golfers on the course alongside. It was during the afternoon tea in connection with the season's official opening. The men ran over to assist. Others were also soon on the scene. One man, Mr. Cecil Connors, cut the wires with an axe to shut off the current from the unfortunate victim, who was still alive.

The ambulance and a doctor were summoned from Cootamundra, and the electric substation at Cootamundra was phoned. The ambulance with the doctor aboard, did the 12 miles in 12 minutes; and Messrs. Slater and Lucas ??f from the sub-station, were there in ??? minutes.

Meanwhile Messrs. Mormon and Connors, of Wallendbeen, who had had ambulance training, took charge of the case, and gave directions to the willing helpers. Using the ladder by which Mr. Loiterton had gone up to the roof, they got him down, and laid him out. He was unconscious, but still breathing, although the current had passed through his body for some minutes; and they worked to restore animation until the arrival of Ambulance Superintendent Moorhouse and the doctor. The latter continued their efforts, but in vain, until 10 minutes to 7, and the body was then brought to the Cootamundra District Hospital.

The accident had happened at about 4.45.

Deceased was born at Cootamundra. His father at time was farming. A member of a very esteemed family, descendants of the district pioneers, he followed shearing, and his brothers Fred and Ken made a clever trio in demand at the woolsheds around. All the brothers are handy men on the farm and in other spheres. For the last six months William had been renovating the home of Mr. Dixon, of "Bramshott," Wallendbeen, and, having a few days off from there, he was doing odd things for his mother, aged 71.

Mother and son had separate homes adjoining, but facing the two side streets off the main road which runs out from Wallendbeen towards Murrumburrah. To the veteran the fatality is a dreadful shock, as to all the other relatives and to Wallendbeen and district.

Deceased married Miss Oriel Dacey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Dacey of Wallendbeen, who are also links with the earliest settlers about there; and there are three daughters and a son. The latt??????????? old and eldest girl is 12.

Brothers of the deceased are Steve (Cootamundra), ???????? Ken and Sid (Wallendbeen), Jim (Burrinjuck); sisters, May (Mrs. Roy Duffy, Cootamundra), Maude (Mrs. Len Troy, Lake Cargelligo), Emma (Mrs. George Ceeney, Wallendbeen), Eliza (Mrs. Geo. Adams, Taralga, Vic. and Ivy (Mrs. Geo. Mayne, Wallendbeen).

The Cootamundra Coroner (Mr. J. T. Kenehan), after formalities this morning, fixed the inquest for next Tuesday.

The interment took place in the Anglican cemetery at Wallendbeen this afternoon, following a service in the church.
Loiterton, William Thomas (I1100)


At St. John's Church of England, Gundagai, on Saturday night last, the Rev. G. Morris officiated at the marriage of Mr. Walter Elphick and Miss Irene Sheather. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Sheather, of Back Station Creek, Gundagai, and the bridegroom a son of Mrs. Elphick and the late Mr. John Elphick, also of Back Station Creek.
Family F6154


Mr. A. Martin and Miss D. I. Aspland

The marriage took place at St. Mary's Church, Ely, on Saturday, the Rev. J. B. Rowsell officiating, of Miss Doris Irene Aspland, youngest daughter of Mrs. Aspland and the late Mr. R. Aspland of Hill's-lane, Ely, to Mr. Alfred Martin. son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Martin, of Willow-walk, Ely.

Given her brother, Mr. P. S. Aspland, the bride was attired ina
Pastel blue two-piece, with hat and shoes to match. She wore a spray of pink carnations and carried an ivory prayer book.

Mrs. V. M. Mudd, matron of honour, wearing a pink ensemble with black accessories, attended the bride. Mr. C. Barton was best man.

As the couple left the Church a guard of honour was formed and Masters Anthony Mudd and Michael Bunting presented the bride with silver horseshoes.

Later 50 guests attended the reception at the Cutter Inn.

When the couple left for their honeymoon at Bournemouth the bride was wearing a floral design dress and beige fur fabric coat.

The bridegroom's gift to the bride was a gold wrist watch and the bridegroom received a gold signet ring from the bride.

They were the recipients of numerous preisents, cheques and congratulatory telegrams, the gifts including a chiming clock and cutlery from the staff of Messrs. T. H. Nice, and Co., St. Mary's-street, Ely 
Family F4358

Engagement: Miss Audrey Aspland, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Les. Aspland, of Burrowa road, Young, to Mr. Gordon ('Bob') Mote, of Young, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Mote, of Yass.
Family F1


ASTLEY-MARTIN.-The engagement is announced of Joan, second daughter of Mrs. E Astley, Surrey Hills, to Alan Farndale second son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Martin, Boomahnoomoonah ,Victoria.
Martin, Allan Eugene Farndale (I399)


More engagements are reported --
Mr. Clive Casburn, now of Moss Vale (formerly in Mr. Harold Paterson's garage), to Miss Dulcie Loiterton, daughter of Mr. Jim. Loiterton; and Miss Jossie Perry to Mr. Mulllns, of the Goulburn post office.
Loiterton, Dulcie May (I1106)


The engagement is announced of Miss., A. Wilson, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Wilson, to Mr. Des. Loiterton, youngest son of Mrs. M. Loiterton, and the late Mr. James Loiterton.
Family F578

Jean Caswell Stacy trained at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, and in 1933 joined the Lady Minto Indian Nursing Association. As nursing sister to reach her cases she had to travel widely throughout northern India and at Ajmer (Rajasthan) she met Alan Benson a UK?trained professional engineer (b. 1905, Liskeard Cornwall) whom she married in March 1937 at All Saints Church, Tumut, NSW. Alan and Jean Benson returned to India later in the year, and to Ajmer, where he was Production Engineer at the Metre Gauge Locomotive Workshops of the Bombay, Baroda, and Central India Railway, during the time when they were building 15 locomotives a year. Before long they were transferred to Mhow, in Central India, where Alan Benson was District Mechanical Engineer, taking with them their daughter Beatrice who had been born in 1938.

In September 1939 World War II broke out, and in early 1940 Alan Benson was seconded to the Indian Ordnance Factory at Jubbulpore, Central India, situated near a large Army Cantonment area. Here he took over as Power and Maintenance Engineer. By 1943 the area had become India's principal Munitions Complex. Whilst in Jubulpore two more children were born, Christopher (1940?1961) and David (b 1943). But by 1943 the war-worn Indian Railways were showing signs of strain and Alan was recalled to his railway job, taking over as Works Superintendent of the Broad Gauge Locomotive Workshops at Dohad, 400 miles north of Bombay. Thence, in 1945 after Peace was declared, the family were granted long deferred Long Service Leave, arriving in Sydney in October of that year.

However in March of the following year, leaving Jean in West Australia, Alan had to return to duty. The reason that they went there was that the two older children were both nearing school age, and as was the usual procedure they would have to be put to boarding school. WA was so much nearer than NSW. However Alan Benson hoped to be allowed to resign as the B.B. and C.LRIy was already Indianised, and he did not wish to go to the Senior job offered to him in New Delhi. Reluctantly he was permitted to resign. He received his superannuation but not the retiring allowance given to all a few years later. He was only 40 years old.

Having served his six months notice Alan returned to Perth. It was a very happy reunion and the family returned to NSW. Later Alan's mother came from England, and visited us there.

Alan Francis Benson was educated at Sherborne, Dorset, England, where he showed outstanding "classical" scholarship but turned to engineering, and after four years in the L.N.E.Ry workshops was to qualify (in time to come) as M.LC.E. (UK), and M.I. Mech. E., as well as M.I.E. (Aust).

Of all the people mentioned in this book, there are only four people who are able to claim that their grandparents had been born a Stacy, a Caswell, a Harris, and a Shelley.

These people are Jean Caswell Benson, Arthur Llewellyn Stacy, Muriel Hamlyn Andrews, and Gordon Neville Stacy.

They all have grandchildren, and they all have family papers. Perhaps one of them will "Write us up!". By then it will be Family History. And I feel sure that it will still be A Wide Spectrum.

Stacy, Jean Caswell (I21992)

ERLE RAY WALES was born on the 7th June 1900 (same year as the Queen Mother) at Murringo Street Young, NSW. He was the fourth and last child of Albert Thomas and Esther Jane Wales (Perks).

He went to primary school at Young (which is now the Young Museum) and delivered milk before and after school to their customers (his father owning a dairy at this time).

In his 14th year he was apprenticed to a master builder, Mr. Voyt (pronounced Vote) in order to learn the trade of carpentry. After completing his apprenticeship he plied his trade around the town.

Erle met and married Angela Joyce at St. Francis Catholic Church, Paddington, Sydney in 1922 (much to the horror of both denominations, he being very Methodist and she Roman Catholic). Returning to Young, they made their home next door to his parents and had three children.

The depression set in and in 1932 they accepted a frost bitten orchard advertised for free on a soldiers' settlement block at "Green Gables" Kingsvale, ten miles from Young and Harden. From there they went to "Claradale", Wombat Road, Young which was closer to town and a much smaller farm, in 1964.

Erle retired in Young in 1976. When he died in1984 he was buried at Young.

These are a few things told to Gordon (his nephew ) and what he remembers about his Uncle Erle :

?Erle Wales had built a carpenter's workshop at the back of his home in Murringo Street, Young, and from there he carried on his building career. In his early days he had a horse named Nigger that he used in a spring cart to carry timber and his tools of trade. It is believed that Nigger was the cause of his nose being broken, when he was kicked by him. When Gordon was on holidays at Young, his Uncle Erle used to tell him to keep away from Nigger or he might end up with a nose like his. (Erle's wife says that he broke his nose while milking a cow when he was young. Erle's son Richard says that Erle's brother Des put him on a calf when he was four years old and his nose was flattened when he fell off.)

?Erle built houses to sell and rent, he also built a house in Yass in 1928 for his sister Mabel Mote. It was a large weatherboard home, all the frame and roof trusses were made out of oregon timber, and were carted from Young by truck, from Voyt's timber yards.
Wales, Erle Ray (I201)

Extract from the Engineering Year Book (Sydney University), 1933
BRADFIELD, Keith Noel Everal, B.Sc.
(Sydney Church of England Grammar School and St. Paul's College.)
Invariably known as Bill despite the three other choices allowed us. He came to us as dux of Shore and brought his dux tendencies with him.

From the outset of his course he has been one of the prime movers of the S.U.E.U.A., and after occupying all other executive positions is now our honoured and popular President.

As genial host for our Jubilee Ball this year his performance calls for special mention and commendation. Before he took to developing blisters in his college boat he was an ardent member and later Captain of our Faculty XV. He has as well represented us at tennis and athletics. During Third Year his presence ensured the social success of all geology excursions.

A tower of strength at all ladies' committee meetings, he gets the business done with his "You'll second that, won't you, er ....?".

One of the very smartest men in the year, his work is characterised by a thoroughness and finish which few attain. Kis lecture notes are the envy of all, and have been instrumental in helping more than a few of us "through".

His slogan in all things is "prepare for the worst, but hope for the best".

Cheerful, keen, popular, always in a hurry -- that's Bill 
Bradfield, Keith Noel Everal (I31674)

Extract from The Monitor of 22 January 1831:
"......... Before Mr Justice Stephen and the usual Commission - Sarah Mellon, alias Fishburne, was indicted for killing and slaying a male child at Windsor on 26 September. It appeared in evidence that the prisoner acted as midwife and delivered to Mrs Slaney the infant in question. On the evening of the same day she returned to the house, intoxicated, and taking the child in her arms, gave it two or three pieces of sugar and butter. She then took the child by the heels and gave it two or three shakes. Shortly after the child expired. The doctor gave it as his opinion that the child met its death from bleeding, in consequence of the umbilical cord being negligently tied.... There being no proof of malus animus, the case was put to the jury by the learned judge, who found her not guilty and she was discharged by proclamation after a proper caution in all such future cases ......." 
Donnelly, Sarah (I10264)

Family Notices


Thomas Creamore (Tom). ? June 24, 1985, at Woden Valley Hospital. Beloved husband of Kathleen (dec), loved father and father-in- law of Pat and Robb, Ernie and Glenys, Beth and Al. Loving grandfather and great-grandfather of their children.

HINCKSMAN, Oswald Thomas Creamore (Tom).

Father and father-in-law of Ern and Glenys, grand- father of Kim and Colin Holgate, Ross and Gary, great-grandfather of Brent and Scott. At Peace.

HINCKSMAN, Oswald Thomas Creamore (Tom). June 24th, 1985, at Woden Valley Hospital. Beloved father and father-in- law of Beth and Al Tankey, grandfather of Mark, Joanne and Tony Warner and Christine, great-grandfather of David. Rest in Peace.


Thomas Creamore (Tom). Beloved father and father-in-law of Pat and Rob Cameron, grandfather of Susan and Bob Dunkeld, Ian (dec) and Nina, great-grand- father of Stuart and Craig.



Relatives and friends of Mr Oswald Thomas Creamore (Tom) Hincksman are advised that his funeral will take place to-day, Wednesday. A Service will be held in the Church of the Holy Covenant, Dexter St, Cook, at 1.30pm. The cortege will leave for the Gungahlin Cemetery at the conclusion of the service.




75 Canberra Avenue

Kingston 957838
Hincksman, Oswald Thomas Creamore (I3635)

Fatal Accident Near Yass

We regret to state that on last Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Thomas James, proprietor of the North Yass Hotel, was thrown from a horse he was riding, and died shortly afterwards. The deceased was one of the aldermen for O'Brien Ward, and was much respected by a large circle of acquaintances. Much sympathy is felt for the widow and family of eight children, the youngest an infant. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon, and was very numerously attended. The hearse was preceded by a large number of the members of the Yass Oddfellows Lodge, with their large banner in front draped in crepe. After the coffin, about thirty vehicles and over fifty horsemen, &c., followed. An inquest was held on Wednesday, and we append the evidence taken:-

Jeremiah Spearing deposed: I am a labourer, and reside near Yass; yesterday I saw the deceased going out to Mr. McGrath's Telegraph Inn, about three miles from Yass, in a vehicle; about two o'clock on the same day I noticed Mr. Denis McNamara going in the same direction; I was at the time at the back of Mr. Hannon's Carriers' Arms Inn; about four o'clock I heard a horse galloping past rather quickly; I looked along the road and noticed a man on horseback; I did not recognise who he was; I could see by his manner of riding that he was under the influence of liquor; he rode some distance, almost falling from the horse, and I then watched him until he fell; this occurred on the Yass side of Jones's Creek bridge; I then procured a horse and galloped up to where the accident occurred; I took hold of the deceased and asked him if he was hurt; I had then recognised him as Thomas James; He made no answer; There was a cart passing at the time, and with the assistance of the driver I placed deceased in it, and conveyed him to his own dwelling; immediately afterwards a messanger was sent to Yass for a doctor; I then went to meet the doctor; he told me to procure some leeches; I did so; on my return the doctor told me there was no hope of deceased recovering; the deceased was insensible from the time I picked him up until his death; which took place almost immediately after I returned with the leeches.
Charles Smith deposed: I reside in North Yass; about four o'clock yesterday afternoon I went down to Jones's Creek after my horses, and as I was going along, Thomas James galloped past and said "good day"; I was near Jones's Creek, on the main road, when this happened; deceased then hit the horse with a whip, the horse went to one side and deceased leant on its neck and then fell off; a woman came up, and she told me to stop there while she went up and told Mrs. James; Jerry Spearing then came along and picked up deceased; there was a spring-cart near, and the deceased was placed in it; the spring-cart was then driven to deceased's residence; after he was taken into the house I saw no more of him; deceased did not speak or move in my presence after the accident. To a juryman: I think deceased was a little groggy, when he spoke to me.
Dr. Perry deposed: I am a legally qualified medical practitioner, and reside in Yass; I have seen the body of the deceased; yesterday evening about four o'clock I was requested to come to North Yass to see Thomas James and was informed that he had had a fall from his horse; I went to his residence to see him and found him in a dying state; he was quite insensible, and unable to swallow; on examination I found bruises about his face and forehead; he was also bleeding from both ears; his pulse was beating very feebly; he slightly inspired twice and then died, within a very few minutes of my first seeing him; I sent for leeches and was prceeding to do what was necessary, but he died before anything could be done; I believe his death was caused by fracture to base of the skull, the result of a fall from a horse.
The jury returned the latter part of the doctor's evidence as their verdict.
James, Thomas Edward (I1175)

Fifty years down memory lane

Boorowa couple celebrates golden wedding

Jack Wales, a former shearer and long time union member, tallies up a special golden fifty on April 10 when he celebrates his fiftieth wedding anniversary.

For he and his wife Sylvia it will be a golden trip down memory lane

Fifty years ago in the tiny stone Anglican church at Bevandale near Gunning, NSW Laural Wales, shearer, better known to his family and friends as Jack, married the daughter of a well known family in the district, Miss Sylvia Gorham.
When the marriage pledges were made and the "I do's" completed the couple with their small gathering of family and friends went back to Jack's fathers' nearby property, "Killarney" for the traditional reception.
"Killarney" has long since gone but not so the memories.
And one special memory Jack and Sylvia have is of their wedding cake.
Its centrepiece was a basket.
Sylvia has kept it throughout the fifty years of her marriage, stored safely in an airtight glass jar. Now, on the couples' golden anniversary, it will again take pride of place in the centre of her wedding anniversary cake.

Eight children
Fifty years of marriage brought Jack and Svlvia eight children - Dawn (Mrs Barton), George, John (Snow), Ron (deceased), Kevin, Leon, Graham and Raymond plus 15 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
They plan a big luncheon party in the Boorowa Ex Servicemen's Club and expect over 70 family and friends will join in the celebration.
Jack and Sylvia enjoy relatively good health for their age.
Now almost 79, Jack is an avid card player and Sylvia who turns 70 in August still takes up her knitting needle and handicrafts in spite of her now failing eyesight.

AWU ticket collection
Over the years Jack has become a collector of union tickets. His own membership tickets cover a continuous membership period of over fifty years and another dated 1905-06 was given to him by the late Bill Bush.
That ticket cost its original owner ten shillings!
Jack's shearing days in the 30's and 40's brought him in contact with many a colourful character and he can relate with glee some of the sagas associated with the days of Ted Healy, of union politics and union meetings where members arrived by bus loads to support their chosen candidate.
As a local union representative Jack went to all the union meetings and conferences and he will talk at length about personalities such as "Pump-handle" Owens who cycled his bike round the west shaking hands with everyone he met as he went about the business of signing up members.
The AWU Jack says is a good clean union and he'll vouch for the fact that it does a lot to help its members.
The Union helped him sort out a compensation claim after he was injured at work many years ago.
Jack was only 14 when he first joined the AWU in 1922. In those days he was only a rouseabout at "Coree" at Jerilderie but five years later he was a fully fledged shearer and well and truly settled into his new trade.
During his shearing days he shore throughout the outback and southern Queensland but Boorowa was always home base.
He has lived in the district for 49 years and moved into town about twenty years ago after he sold his small property.
But this year it will be the year 1937 that will be most in Jack's mind . . . that day fifty years ago when Jack the shearer married Sylvia in the little stone church at Bevandale.
Happy Anniversary Jack and Sylvia 
Wales, Laurel Arthur (I8419)

Fire at Yass.


YASS, Monday.

THE stables of Mr. James Mote, of the Yass Hotel, were destroyed by fire this morning. Constable Whalley who was doing duty gave the alarm at 2 o'clock, and a number of persons assembled at the scene of the fire and worked admirably to keep it from spreading. Had the flames caught any of the premises in the immediate vicinity nothing could have saved the properties between Rossi and Mehan streets, on the east side of Cooma street. A calf was burnt, also quantity of hay and harness. About 1 cwt of powder, stored in Mr. Yeo's powder magazine, which is only 3ft from the stables, was carefully removed. The property destroyed is insured for about ?200. Sub-inspector Brennan, with constables Whalley and O'Leary, rendered valuable assistance. 
Mote, James Frederick (I18)

Four Generations Together For Gwen Brown's 80th Birthday
Family members spanning four generations converged on Young last Wednesday to celebrate Gwen Brown's 80th birthday.
People travelled from Melbourne, Gosford, Cootamundra and from just down the road to share this special day with Gwen.
Gwen was born in the small village of Brawlin, near Cootamundra.
When she was four years old her family moved to Young where her parents established the family home in Whiteman Avenue.
When she left school at 14 she began working at Gilpin's store in Young.
On Boxing day in 1934 she married Ted Brown, who she has shared the last 63 years with.
Their first home together was an original two roomed hut on Ted's family property, "Trafalgar", three miles from Young.
Later they moved to a property near Back Creek Road where they started a farm.
In 1956 the couple decided to leave the land and moved into Young to run a corner store where the Caltex service station is today, on the corner of Boorowa and Zouch Streets.
During her time in Young, Gwen has been an active member of the community.
She has been part of the Young Women's Bowling Club, Young Garden Club, Probus Club, Neighbourhood Watch, Tidy Towns, and the Young Veteran and Vintage Car Club.
As well as all this, Gwen had the time to raise four daughters and enjoy watching 11 grand children and 16 great grand children grow. 
Aspland, Clarice Gwendoline (I77)

Fourth Session 1820

507. George Smith and Christian Asquith were indicted for stealing, on 26th of February, 12 lbs. of mutton, value 9s., the goods of Samuel Summers.
Robert Teasdale. I am headborough of St. Pancras. On the 28th of February, I saw the prisoners and another going along Suffolk street, knowing them all, I followed them --- Asquith had a bundle, he set off running as soon as he saw me; the others did not run at first. I followed, and Asqith dropped the bundle as he turned the corner, I picked it up. Taylor took Smith, the next day he was discharged from Hatton-garden office. I took Asquith myself -- they were both together. I found a leg of mutton in the bundle, which the prosecutor claimed; there is a particular mark on it. I am a butcher myself.
Samuel Summers. On the 26th of February, between eight and nine o'clock, I lost a very large leg and chine of mutton, from my shop, which is at the corner of Skinner-street; I saw it safe about six o'clock, it then hung on a hook outside the shop. Teasdale afterwards shewed it to me; it was a particular sort of mutton -- the chine had been taken away then.
Asquith's Defence. I bought it of a hawking butcher.

Transported for seven years

First Middlesex Jury, before J. Vaillant, Esq 
Asquith, Christian (I35760)

From Pte. George Mutch.

We are at present quartered in the camp of the Royal Flying Corps, but expect to be shifted any time. All the different trades are split up here and sent to different parts of England to complete their train ing, prior to being sifted up for serviee. The wireless operators stay in Farnborough for their course and will be quartered at Blen heim Barracks for instruction. These barracks are only about a quarter of a mile from our present camp, and are fine, large buildings. This dis trict is and has been for years the training grounds of the British Army, and the whole district is no thing but large brick barracks, which for years have formed the homes of the British regulars. Am sure you have heard and read of Aldershot. It has been computed that at pre sent there must be upwards of 200,000 British Tommies here, and we are the only Australians. At pre sent there are also a couple of thou sand of U.S.A. troops hereabouts, but understand they leave for France almost immediately. See plenty of flying here, though this is not a flying school, but the Royal Aircraft factory is here, and every machine built at these works is test ed before leaving. They have a new machine which they call the S.E 5 just out a little while. Birds abso lutely could not do the things that are done in this bus. It travels up to about 170 miles an hour, and flies in all sorts of styles. I admit I never saw flying in Australia. They rock here all over the place, and drop down from all heights any where at all. The stunts they do with them you would think wero ab solutely impossible. Looping the loop is simply child's play. Imagine one travelling along rolling over side to side, planes or wing, or what ever you like to call them, revolving like a cart wheel, or look up at one and see it coming down nose first, absolutely perpendicular, doing the same motion, and rocking about like a falling leaf, excepting that the wings are edge on to you instead of flat. I know its hnrd to imagine do ing these things. They climb up much faster than any bird up to an eagle. This forms the way to another stunt. They will start climbing, then elevate the plane to nearly the vertical, which, of coarse, is too much, and the engine cannot keep that up. The machine gradually loses way and stops. Then it falls all sorts of fashions, perhap a couple of thouand feet, then away they go. Some machines and some pilots, too, I can tell you.

Have had a fair run around since coming here. Taken altogether, have had a much more pleasant time than I expected, and I have been treated very well ever since we arrived. Considering that we hear, such a noise about the short- age of food in England we cannot growl at the treatment received in that direction. Certainly nothing more is wasted than can be helped, but take the following as our average day's meals: Breakfast, 6.30, porridge, bacon or rissoles, with two slices of bread and margarine; dinner, pea soup, cold roast beef, potatoes and marrow, or French beans, and pickles, custard and prunes, or other small fruit, with half slice of bread. Sometimes puddings, otherwise known as ''sinkers," sometimes rice. 4.30, tea; Two sliccs of bread and jam, sometimes so called cakes, three times a week, cold meat or ham, with greens or tomatoes, and tea. (Note only tea once a day.) Even though at times, the cooking is very indifferent, one can hardly growl. Some do, though. They don't use white flour here. Bread, biscuits, cakes, etc., are all made with the brown stuff, and no thing is particularly tasty, though, no doubt, wholesome. Sugar is fair ly scarce and costs about 1/ lb, jam is not plentiful. Chocolates and sweets are a devil of a price. To bacco is about twice the price it is in Australia. Matches are a penny a box, and dashed hard to get at that.

The war hasn't had near the effect on the country I expected, and everyone here is optimistic regard ing the outcome of the struggle, and the general impression is it will not last longer than six to twelve months more. One could hardly be anything else than an optimist here, seeing the masses of war material and munitions kicking about to spare and hearing from the hundreds that return from the front the reports that all is going well.
Mutch, George Edmund (I1115)

An Ely Octogenarian.
The funeral of Mr. Richard Aspland of 35 Hills-lane, Ely, whose death was reported last week, took place at Ely cemetery on Saturday after a service in the Chapel-street Methodist Church, where he had been a regular attendant all his life. The Rev. Frank Young officiated.
During the service Mr. Aspland's favourite hymn, "Abide with Me," was sung, with Mr. A. E. Kerridge, at the organ. Suitable music was also played as the cortege entered and left the church.
In a short appreciation, the Rev. Young, spoke of Mr, Aspland's regular attendance at the Church; ever since he was brought as a child of three years, he had attended continuously until upwards of his 80th birthday; he, said.
Mr. Aspland had been a member of the Star in the East Lodge (Ely) of the Royal Order of Ancient Shepherds, for over 60 years.

The family mourners were: Mrs. R. Aspland, widow; Mr. P. Aspland, son, Mrs E. Brown, Mrs. E. Montague and Miss R. Aspland, daughters; Mrs. P. E. Aspland, daughter-in-law; Mr. E. Brown, son-in-law; Mrs. W. Spinks, niece; Mr. A. Martin, Mr. and Mrs. E. Leach and Mr. and Mrs. R. Sharman, friends.
Others present at the service included: Mrs. A. Cox, Miss M. Martin, Mrs. H. Fenn, Mrs. R. Smith, Mrs. W. Atkin,- Miss B.) Atkin, Mr. W. Hill (representing Mr. C. Howard and family), Mrs.. E. Barwell, Miss Vye, Mrs. J. Cooper, Mrs. F. W. Nash, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Lemmon, Mrs.,E. Collins, Mrs. G. Curtis, Mrs. E. Harris (representing 24, Newnham-street@ Miss Ablett. Mr. W. Spinks, Mr. and Ivlrs. S. 8..Spink@, Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Edwards, Miss E. Drake, Miss D. Gotobed, Mr. H. R. Prudhomme, Mr. A. Dunliam and Miss Pratt. Messrs. C. A. . Day and P. B. Bangley walked in front of the cortege, representing the Shepherds, while Messrs. H. Huckle: 1, and L. joyee, secretary and treasurer respectively of the Star in the East Lodge, and Messrs. W. J. Callan and C. Jettery, trustees, were also present. Mr. J. P. F. H. Smith was unable to attend.

The beautiful floral tributes sent were inscribed as under:

In loving memory of dear Dad, from Mother, Ethel, Elsie, Selwyn and Rene.
In loving memory of Grandpa, from his grandchildren, Vera, Eric, John and Baby Anthony.
in loving remembrance, from Dora.
In remembrance, from Eland.
With deepest sympathy, from Mrs. Martin, Mabel, Alf and Charles.
With deepest sympathy, from Mr. And Mrs. Leach and Mr. and Mrs. Sharman. R.I.P.
With deepest sympathy, from Mr. A. Ablett and family. At rest.
With deepest sympatny, from the Officers and members of the Star in the East Lodge.
With deepest sympathy, from Will, Dick and families.
With kindest remembrance, from Frank and Freda.
With deepest sympathy, from Lily, Arthur and Little Paul.
With deepest sympathy, Hilda and Arthur.
With deepest sympathy, Mr. and Mrs.Ted Howard and little Domneva.
With deepest sympathy, Mr. and Mrs. F. Parker.
Sympathy, from all at 24, Newnham-street.
From an old friend, Mrs. E. Sayer.
With kind thoughts, Mrs. Brown, Maud and Nina.
With deepest sympathy, from all at 4, Hills-lane.
In loving memory, from Mr. and Mrs. J. Neal and family. At rest.
With kind remembrance, from Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Atkins and Mrs. Joyce.
With deepest sympathy, from Mr. And Mrs. Pickering.
Not gone from memory, not gone from love, but gone to his Father's home above. - Mr. and Mrs. Hammond.
With deepest sympathy, from, Mr. And Mrs. J. Scarboro.
Kind remembrance - Mr. Chas. Howard and family.
With deepest sympathy, from Mr. And Mrs. G. Curtis and all at 41, Hills-lane.
With loving sympathy - Mr. and Mrs. Jackson. Sleep on and take thy rest.
With deepest sympathy, from Miss E. Drake.
With deepest, sympathy Mr. H. J. Fiske.
From his garden.
In memory of an old friend - Elia, Fred and Keith.

The coffin was of unpolished oak with brass fittings and the breastplate was inscribed: "Richard Aspland, died May 30th, 1939, aged 81 years."
Messrs, H. Y. Morriss and Sons, of Ely were the undertakers.

"By the death of Richard Aspland the Star in the East Lodge, No. 10, Loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds, have lost an old and valued member. A true Shepherd, too, because he saw to it that his two sons, as soon as they were old enough, were made members of the Lodge. Unfortunately, his youngest son was. killed in the Great War. His only surviving son still a member of the Lodge.
"The late Brother Aspland joined the Star in the East in August, 1878, and he has been. a member of the Lodge for just over 60 years. The writer has no record of his activities in the Lodge previous to (date obscured) but since that date the late Brother was elected a trustee of the Lodge. The work in connection with that office he carried out most conscientiously, and at all times he was willing to do anything for the good and welfare of the Lodge."
H. H. 
Aspland, Richard (I434)


Presentation to Mr. A. Martin and Miss D. I. Aspland

Almost the entire staff of the garage of Messrs. J. H. Nice, and Co., Ltd., of St. Mary's-street, Ely, ,assembled at the Cutter Inn on Monday evening, to celebrate the forthcoming marriage of two of the best-known of their members.

Miss D. J. (Rene) Aspland:, who for a number of years has been in charge of the office at the garage, has now left in order to marry tomorrow, (Saturday), Mr. A. A. N. (Alf) Martin, who has been in charge of the works department for many years.

Following a few words of welcome from the manager (Mr. J. P. Stow) Mr. Geoffrey Nice, former manager of the branch and now joint managing director of the firm, paid glowing tribute to the work of Mr. Martin and Miss Aspland for the firm and said in particular, how much all would miss the help and co-operation of Miss Aspland. He brought with him a I special message of congratulations and good wishes from the directors. As a climax to the evening's proceedings, Mr. Nice, on behalf of the entire staff at Ely, made a presentation of a chiming clock and cutlery to Miss Aspland and Mr. Martin, both of whom made suitable replies, They were accorded musical honours and a most enjoyable evening was spent 
Family F4358

General Sir Martin Farndale, KCB, C-in-C BAOR and Commander Northern Army Group, 1985-87, was born on January 6, 1929. He died on May 10 aged 71

MARTIN FARNDALE might well have become the Chief of General Staff - the professional head of the Army - if timings had fitted better and if the Falklands campaign of 1982 had not swung defence thinking away from its over-emphasis upon European defence towards the greater likelihood of threats arising outside the Nato area. The latter half of Farndale's career had been centred almost exclusively upon the British Army of the Rhine. He commanded in succession its 7th Armoured Brigade, 2nd Armoured Division, 1st British Corps and finally, in 1985, BAOR and Northern Army Group, giving him a European Central Front bias at a time when rapid reaction forces for worldwide deployment were coming into vogue.
Martin Baker Farndale was born in Alberta, Canada, of Yorkshire parentage and brought up and educated back in Yorkshire at Yorebridge School. He was just too young to see service in the Second World War, but joined the Indian Army in 1946.
After Indian Independence in 1947, he transferred to the British Army and was sent to Sandhurst, which had just reopened as the Royal Military Academy. He was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Artillery in 1948.
Farndale was rather a private person with the single-mindedness of purpose and professional integrity needed for a successful military career. He was always "on duty" in both an intellectual and military sense, and although he was punctilious about military niceties he was, paradoxically, relaxed and approachable with a typical Yorkshire forthrightness. These qualities made him immensely respected and liked throughout the Army.
His hallmarks were enthusiasm for the matter in hand and avoidance of self-advertisement. He was, indeed, a generous, humane and caring man with more than a touch of humility.
He started his military career in the 80th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment in the Suez Canal Zone, but his command abilities were soon recognised with his selection for the elite Royal Horse Artillery. He joined 1st Regiment RHA in 1950 with which he was to serve on and off for the next twenty-one years.
During his first tour he was in E and then B Batteries in BAOR. His abilities as a potential staff officer were equally quickly recognised when he was posted to the Royal Artillery Staff of 7th Armoured Division at Verden, Lower Saxony, in 1954. He went to the Staff College, Camberley, in 1959 after a spell with 53rd (Louisberg) Battery and as Adjutant of the 22nd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment. At Camberley he showed himself to be exceptionally articulate, both verbally and on paper, with a sensible balanced approach and a nice sense of humour. He was perhaps disappointed not to get a General Staff appointment after graduating. Instead he was sent to the Gunner staff with 17th Gurkha Division in the Far East, where he saw active service during the final phases of the Malayan campaign.
His first General Staff appointment came in 1963 when he served for two years in the Military Operations Directorate of the War Office and then the Ministry of Defence during the withdrawal from Empire of the mid-1960s, in which he was soon to be involved personally. He returned to 1st RHA in 1964 in command of the Chestnut Troop, which he took out to Aden for the Radfan campaign, fought in the arid mountains of the Protectorate.
His outstanding abilities were recognised when he went back to the Staff College for three years as an instructor in 1966, and was then given command of 1st RHA in 1969. He had the unique distinction of being the first artillery commanding officer to take his regiment to Northern Ireland to serve as infantry on the streets of Belfast in the earliest years of the Troubles.
Two years followed on the Defence Policy Staff in the Ministry of Defence while the Heath Government was trying unsuccessfully to reverse the British military cutbacks set in train by Denis Healey's defence reviews. In 1973 he was promoted to brigadier and started his rise to high command.
His first major command was in Germany with 7th Armoured Brigade at Soltau in Lower Saxony. His easy fluency with the press and media led to him becoming a highly successful Director of the Army's Public Relations before he was promoted major-general as the Director of Military Operations from 1978 to 1980 during the final phases of the guerrilla campaign in Rhodesia in the aftermath of Ian Smith's unilateral declaration of independence. He was largely responsible for setting up the British Monitoring Force, which helped to end the guerrilla war and to bring about an independent Zimbabwe.
He was back in BAOR commanding, in succession, and without any further breaks away on the Staff: 2nd Armoured Division, 1981-83; 1st British Corps, 1983-85; and finally Northern Army Group and BAOR, 1985-87.
He became very much a Nato man, and was widely respected in international military circles for his deep understanding of continental warfare as it might have been fought in the 1980s. He was appointed CB in 1980 and KCB in 1983.
Farndale retired from the Army in January 1988 and took up a number of appointments connected with the armaments industry. Since 1988 he had been a defence adviser to Deloitte Touche, and he was also a consultant to Somerset-based Westland Helicopters, 1989-95. He was also a very active chairman of the Royal United Services Institution.
His principal hobby was writing definitive histories of the Royal Artillery to which he was devoted: His History of the Royal Artillery, France, 1914-18 was published in 1987 and his History of the Royal Artillery; The Forgotten Fronts and the Home Base, 1914-18, in 1988.
He was also the author of volume V of The History of the Royal Artillery in the Second World War (The Years of Defeat, 1939-41) which appeared in 1996, and of volume VI (The Far East Theatre, 1941-46), which will be published posthumously.
He was thus a happy choice as Master Gunner of St James's Park, the honorary appointment that he assumed in November 1988 as well as being Colonel Commandant of the RHA, Honorary Colonel of 1st Regiment RHA and of the 3rd Battalion, the Yorkshire Volunteers - his home county - and Colonel Commandant of the Army Air Corps.
From 1989 Farndale championed the Royal Artillery Museum Project to create a new museum in the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich to house the vast regimental collection of guns, medals, books and archives. He became president and later chairman of the project, and it was through his inspiration, leadership and his abundant reserves of forceful energy that money was raised from a variety of sources: the regiment itself, industry, individual benefactors, trusts and national funds. He lived to see the start of the building programme which is scheduled to culminate in the opening of the new museum in May next year.
In 1955 he married Margaret Anne Buckingham. They had one son, who followed his father into the Royal Artillery. Both wife and son survive him  
Farndale, General, Sir Martin Baker KCB (I16579)

George m. Ameilia Matilda Waddy at Parramatta on 1.9.1835 - In Tumut Centenary Celebrations 1824-1924 - see pp 13
The Shelley brothers bought Tumut Plains from James H Rose. They built CAMELOT on the property occupied now by Mr A N Stacy - Tumut Centenary Celebrations 1824-1924 - at pp 13.

In Australian Index 1824-1842 Vol 19 " SHELLY, George - On Yass Committee of Southern Assocn. - A., Mar 11th 1836"

Same source - "George Shelley - member of Southern Cattle Assocn. - A., Jun 17th 1836 p. 3"

Same source - " SHELLEY, George - Signs address to S. Wright - A., Oct 4th, 1836. p3."

Same source - "SHELLEY, George - Subscriber to Bourke memorial - A., Jan 30th, 1838 p.3"

Same source - "SHELLEY, George - Subscriber to Bourke Statue - A., May 15th, 1838 p.3"

Same source - "SHELLEY, George, Tumut - Subscribe to Yass Church Fund - A., May 14th 1839 p. 3"

Same source - "SHELLEY, George - witness at trial of P. Norris. Australian May 11, 1841, p. 2"
Shelley, George (I917)

Gilbert Mills Wales
Written by Ann Wales

Gilbert and Marjorie owned a small property at Bevendale called "Killarney". It was approximately 320 acres and Gilbert lived off the farm from his sheep, cows and wool and caught rabbits for skins and carcasses.
Gilbert never owned a car but had a horse and sulky which the kids used to go to a nearby school. Jack, Gilbert's eldest son, never went to school; he trapped rabbits at a young age and then went to the shearing sheds to work.
Gilbert was always a very proud family man, was very quiet and had a lot of time for his children and grandchildren. Gilbert and Marj had a very casual lifestyle, hard at times, and with the normal setbacks that country folk encountered. Marj used to talk a lot, she loved a good conversation. She always wrote down little pieces of information and kept paper clippings in a book that is now called "Grannies Scrapbook" and which is now in safe keeping with her daughter Sara Joyce Carroll. In one of her clippings it says that Mrs Gilbert Wales was at a sports day at Bevendale and that she "Won.....the nail driving Contest". This probably explains why so many of her grandchildren and great grandchildren are in the Building Industry.
When Gilbert and Marj left the farm in April 1950, they moved into Gunning, NSW. The item in the paper reads. . . . .

On the occasion of a farewell and presentation to Mr and Mrs Gilbert Wales, who have disposed of their grazing property at Bevendale, a cricket match was arranged between Blakney Creek and Bevendale on the local sportsground. Mr Wales had played cricket for many years in both districts and has always displayed a lively interest in the sport. Many friends had gathered to say farewell and at the conclusion of the match, Mr W Turton, cricketer of Blakney Creek, was called upon on their behalf, to make a presentation to Mr and Mrs Wales, of a roll of notes. He spoke of the highest esteem in which the couple were held, and of the sterling qualities of the fine family they had reared and of the host of friends who would miss them from the district where they had resided for so many years.

When Gilbert's son Jack and his wife Sylvia visited them in Gunning, the grandchildren always enjoyed being with their grandparents. Gilbert always gave them "a couple of Bob" (shillings) with which they would go down to the local cafe that had a small range of fishing tackle. They would spend their money on hooks and sinkers. Kevin said that it was the only time that they got near a store and they would have "a ball". Gilbert and Marj would make return visits to Jack and Sylvia's property of "Carinya" near Rye Park about twice a year for three or four weeks.
Gilbert always smoked a pipe and it never left his side. After his heart attack, his son Jack went to visit him and found him sitting on the woodheap, down in the dumps. He told Jack that the doctor had told him not to smoke, but Jack replied "if you want to have a smoke, then have it". It wasn't long before Gilbert had a cloud of smoke coming out of his pipe.
Sadly, Gilbert died at the age of 75 on Tuesday, 29th October 1957 at Gunning. His wife Marjorie died four years later on Wednesday, 9th August 1961 at the age of 82. They are both buried in the cemetery at Gunning and their home in Waratah Street still stands for all of their descendants to see. 
Wales, Gilbert Mills (I1429)


I, Gordon Mote, came into this world on Saturday 20th April 1918, weighing nine & a half pounds, at 13 Murringo St. Young. I was born to my parents Mabel and Albert Mote, at Albert Thomas and Esther Jane Wales' home. My mother was Mabel Wales before her marriage to Albert Thomas Mote on 15th September 1915 at the Young Methodist Church. They made their home at 46 Church St. Yass, in a house owned by Albert's mother, where I was to spend the first 12 years of my life.

Gordon, my name , was given to me by my Aunt Hilda Wales. She wanted me to become a Methodist Minister. I became many things, but not that. I started school about 1924 at the Yass Public School; Anne Malyon took me to Mr. Brigdon, the Headmaster to be enrolled. Anne told him my name was Gordon; I had never been called Gordon since I was born; I was known as Bobby Mote. The name Bobby was given to me by my sister Joyce who could not say "baby". She would say, "look at the bobby", so the name stuck for the rest of my life. After a lot of tears that first day at school, I settled down and stayed there until I was 9 years old, when I became a victim of Rheumatic Fever.

Four of us at the school had it at the same time, Claude Hatton, Nina Archer, another and myself. In those days it was a death sentence, most people died within a few years, no antibiotics in those days. Claude, Nina, and another died and my mother was told by the Doctor that she would be lucky to see me reach the age of 18 years. I did go back to school after a while, but was sent home, they did not want to take the responsibility of me as my heart was badly affected. I was told I would not be able to ride horses, bikes, or go swimming, and not to walk around or climb steps. Well, my mother let me do what I wanted to do saying it was better doing something and not sitting around waiting to die. Well here I am and next birthday 2000 I will be 82 years old. I did all these things I was told not to do, even going in the Army, through New Guinea etc..

My working life ----- What is Work ?----- There are many forms of work -----But I will define for this part of my life, Work as doing a job for someone, and being rewarded for it.

My first rewarded job was to stack wood in a shed for my father when I was about 5 years old, I was paid by my grandmother (father's side) one black pudding sausage for this chore. My next job was for my Uncle Jim Weatherby in his boot shop in Cooma St., Yass when I was 6 years old, I would go on Saturday morning from 9a.m to 9p.m to unpack crates of shoes and many other chores, for one or two shillings. When I was 12, I would go down to Delaney's grocery shop, Clara, my father's sister and her husband Frank owned this shop and I would wheel boxes of tomato sauce, pickles, tinned fruit, and biscuits and other groceries from the store room to stack on the shelves in the shop. For this work my pay was a ham bone,( they sold ham in the small goods department). After this I went to Kingsvale to another Uncle, Erle Wales, my mother's brother (I had a good supply of uncles) this time to pick plums at his orchard, then dip them in hot water and caustic soda to turn them into prunes, then onto wire trays to dry in the sun.

My farming experience started in the early 30's , again another uncle, Alfred I'Anson who married Hilda Wales, my mother's sister. They were living then at "Iandra", between Young and Greenethorpe, but were going to live between Koorawatha and Grenfell. The first job that I had was to move the furniture from Iandra to Uppingham in a wagon pulled by 3 horses. This was the first time I had handled a wagon on my own. I did various jobs in the time I lived with my aunt and uncle, mostly with sheep and cattle and other farm chores.

After arriving back at Yass it was time to look for another job to do, in these depression years jobs were very hard to come by but one day when I was passing by the Tribune newspaper office, a friend of mine called me over and asked me would I do a newspaper run in North Yass of about 20 or 30 houses, for a reward of 2 shillings a run. This job I did for 2 or 3 weeks, but the wear and tear on the push bike was too great so I gave the job away, to apply for a better position with the Misses Colvin sisters in their grocery business in Cooma St., Yass. Their father Robert (Bob) Colvin had died and left the shop to Annie and her sister. I prepared the orders and delivered them in a cart around Yass. About 6 months later Frank Delaney bought out Woodland's barbers' shop and remodelled it, he rented it to Mr. Perkins as a furniture shop. My uncle Frank Delaney said that I could have a job with Mr. Perkins if I liked as he had arranged it , that was in 1935-36 and I was very excited about it, as it was a permanent position. I had to learn to drive a 1923 Buick car that had been cut down and made into a table top and many a wild time I had in it. Mr. Perkins taught me how to do upholstery which in later life came in very handy, also how to lay carpet, feltex and lino. In 1937 Mr. Perkins decided to extend his business to Canberra, and I was in charge of opening the new shop at Kingston. I had to take all the furniture etc. over from Yass to Canberra in a new Fargo truck and that was the last job I did for Mr. Perkins. The management of the shop was taken over by Ossie Woodger, as at this time I was thinking of opening a furniture store at Young, Gordon, Mote & Co., The Home Moderniser, with my uncle Alf I'Anson.

I went to Young in 1937 to look for a shop, which I found and opened it in 1938. It was a great success and doing very well in the bedding department, lino, ice chests, and furniture. I took out full page adds in the Young Witness newspaper and when radio station 2LF opened I was their first contract advertiser, sponsoring the Country Women's session, also the Maher Cup (for football) on Wednesday afternoons, at the cost of 5 pounds each game.

It was at this time (3rd September 1939) that the 2nd. World War broke out and in December 1940 I went into the army on a three months training course at Greta NSW until Xmas time when the boys joined the A.I.F. I could not join because of my heart condition, so I came home to Young and my girl friend Audrey and I decided to get married, which we did in the Methodist Church Young on the 26-2-1941. Our son Robert was born on the 16-2-1942 at the Young Hospital. From this time things were about to happen in my business world, first the Fargo truck was taken for the army, then the shop for a munition factory, so I moved to a new shop, and 6 months later I was called up to go back into the army so the business was sold up and Audrey and Robert went to live with my mother and father at Yass, this was in November 1942. I was discharged from the army on the 26-3=1946, I had leave a couple of times while in the army, and it was on one of these occasions that Audrey and I decided to have another child and our daughter Janice was born on the 2-2-1946.

The war was over so Audrey and I had to start all over again. Mr. Smith the grocer had just retired and he rented his shop to me and I started a shop selling bedding, curtain materials, upholstery materials and Audrey did the sewing making loose covers and curtains, I did the upholstery, this lasted for 12 months in which time I built a caravan. We bought a block of land in Yass and a army hut from Cowra that we were going to convert into a home but did not go ahead with this idea. I gave the business to Ron Firth a lad that had been working for me, and Audrey and I set off to live on our acres at Bowral I bought, and Audrey paid off while I was in the army. We lived in the caravan then built a house on the farm, also bought another 100 acres out on the Hume Highway. While at Bowral I did the pencilling for an auctioneer at the auctions, we did some upholstery work, market gardening, buying and selling horses and cattle.

Down at Shell Harbour on the South Coast I bought 2 blocks of land on the seashore. After 12 months I was on the move again. This time to work for Charles Rogers and Sons, in Goulburn in charge of the floor covering department.

There was a new home at 18 Church Street Goulburn for sale, new houses were very hard to come by in 1948 just after the war, we decided to buy it so I put a deposit on it. I only stayed 6 months at Roger's store, I could not stand being inside all day, so back to upholstery making loose covers for cars and lounge suites. At this time telephone lines were hard to get, a long wait for one, the best way was to buy a small shop with the phone on, which I did, Nell Goodhew's Florist Shop. In the florist shop we made wreaths, Wedding Bouquets and supplied the Hoyt's Theatre with flowers. The flowers came from Western Australia.

The florist shop and house in Church Street we sold, and bought a house no.28 Elizabeth Street Goulburn. From Elizabeth Street we started to expand our business, I sold carpets to Doctors, Dentists, The Gentlemen's Club, and R.S.L. Club. In the bush run, I would go out into the country one day and do the measuring of the lounge suites and chairs that had to be upholstered and then return another day to repair and cover them, Audrey would do the sewing at home. I would go as far as Narrawa, Bigga, Crookwell, Braidwood, Bannister, most of the people were farmers.
While I was doing upholstery, Flick & Co advertised a position for a pest exterminator, I thought that this would be a good way of making extra money, it worked well with my upholstery business. At Wagga I did a school with Flick & Co, to learn all about pests. Flick & Co. had the contract for Repat. Homes and I had to do the inspections of their homes for pests in the Goulburn and Canberra area, also in the Marulan, Wingello, Bundanoon area. Bigga was my biggest area for termites, the biggest spraying job of new timber for borers and termites was at the new extensions of "Inverolocky" boys' school. At this stage the sprays began to affect my health so after 8 months with Flicks I had to leave.

In January 1951 I applied for the position of buyer and inspector, Government Stores Department, Public Service Board, 19 O'Connell Street Sydney. On the 7-2-1951 I received a reply to call at this office on Tuesday 13th. February when the Selection Committee would interview me. I was granted this position and Audrey and I and family went to Sydney to look for a house to buy, but after a lot of discussion no one wanted to leave Goulburn so we did not go ahead and take this position.

At this stage I became interested in birds, Pheasants, Peacocks, Pigeons, Budgies, and Finches. The back yard was completely covered with bird wire on a water pipe frame, the area was about 15x17 meters. All this was done while we were in the upholstery business. The pet business grew when I started to sell puppies, tropical fish, bird cages, fish tanks, as a matter of fact, all pet supplies.

We heard of a new shop that was being built next to Hoyt's Theatre so I took a three year lease of this shop with Bill Thwaite to start a pet shop. I opened this shop the same day as Woolworths opened. We did very well in this shop (Audrey was still making loose covers at home) but after three years Bill Thwaite put the rent up so we sold out our stock and left. I rented another shop up near the Odeon Theatre and carried on the upholstery.

In 1961 positions were advertised in the Goulburn paper by Marcus Clarke that they were going to open a department store in the new Monaro Mall at Canberra. The position for soft furnishings and floor coverings I applied for and obtained, to start in early 1962. For the next 10 weeks I had to travel by train to Marcus Clarke's store in Sydney to do the buying for the new store. The fare for train travel on a monthly ticket was fifteen pounds.

On the 2nd. February 1960, my son Robert joined the Public Service in Canberra and our daughter Janice obtained a position with Marcus Clarkes in the Cosmetic Department, that was the reason why we went to Canberra, it kept the family together.

The Elizabeth Street home in Goulburn was sold, we had lived in Goulburn for 13yrs.. We then bought a new house in Downer, Canberra, so for the first three weeks Jan and I travelled to Canberra and back. At Canberra we had to get the departments in Marcus Clarkes ready for the big opening of the store.

After 6 months with Marcus Clarkes I was on the move again taking up a position in the Real Estate business selling houses all over Canberra, I was very happy doing this and I stayed with this firm for about 6yrs. For over 6 yrs. Audrey and I never had a holiday, I worked 7 days a week and all holidays. Audrey had to take the after hours calls for me as I was on call 24 hrs. a day, so we bought a caravan and went to Queensland for a holiday in September 1968. Our son Robert was working there for a few months, so we saw him on the week ends while we were there. After a taste of freedom from work I decided to give up the Real Estate position, so down the South Coast in the caravan we went to Allen Bell's Caravan Park for 6 months to enjoy ourselves. For an income we did upholstery work and this kept us going.

After this South Coast working holiday, back to Canberra and another job, in the life assurance business, this I did until 1969. I then joined the A.C.T. Electricity Authority. This was an interesting position, it took me out to all the rural properties, the Army, Airforce and Navy head quarters. Also into all the Embassies, and collecting over due accounts. The experiences I had in this position with people, would fill a book or two.

In 1972 while I was still with the Electricity Authority, Audrey and I with Robert went to Sydney for the week end to look for a holiday unit to buy. We found one at Ashfield which I bought with the help of Robert. Audrey and I would go down on Friday nights for the week ends to set the flat up, Robert's work sometimes took him to Sydney, and it was very convenient to stay at the flat. It was in April 1975 while on holidays at the unit that I had a heart attack and was taken to the Western District Hospital and was there for 10 days. Eventually I went back to work at Canberra, but the Dr. said I was not fit to work again at the Electricity Department, so retired at the age of 57. When I left the hospital the heart specialist said I might have another 5 yrs left in me. I don't know how many times I was told by Drs.; another 5 yrs.

After leaving the Electricity Authority Audrey and I made our home at the unit at Ashfield until 1980 when we sold the unit and went to Bowral and bought an acre block of land and had a house built using the money we received from the sale of the unit. We had a great time at Bowral getting our garden going, trees to be cut down, roads to be made in the two entrances and many-many shrubs and trees to be planted. After about 18 months when the Tulip festival was on, we were talked into entering the new garden competition. We won and received 50 dollars and a nice wall clock donated by 2GN Radio Station, so Audrey and I were well rewarded for the many long happy days we spent in creating this lovely garden.

We stayed at Bowral until 1988 when Robert bought a new house in a new suburb in Canberra, Isaacs , so we decided to buy his house at Hawker, in Canberra, so in May 1988 we moved in.

In January 1993 we decided to move to the south side of Canberra to be closer to the rest of the family as it was too much travelling for us. We had many ideas and we looked around with our daughter Jan, but could not find anything suitable until we came across a retirement village in Fisher. As soon as we inspected the unit we decided to buy it, so we went home and put the Hawker house on the market and sold it the same week.

We moved into our new house in April 1993 and we watched the village grow from 32 people to 140 living in 107 homes. It is now (1997) and we are very happy living here.

Through my journey through life I have had countless experiences and to tell them all would fill many books. I have met people in all walks of life and I am very grateful to have had these experiences and can reminisce for the rest of my life, I suppose for the five years I have been told about.

I am now making towards my 82nd birthday and have had a nice family and a marriage of 59 years at the next anniversary with Audrey.
Mote, Gordon (I2)

Greetings! John Donne wrote, long long ago, the well known words "No man is an island entire in itself". Indeed, we all belong to each other and our friends are part of us.
So we send our greetings. May you have a joyous Christmas, and may the coming year be happy and fulfilling.
We look back over the years (seniors are apt to do that) with immense gratitude for the many folk who have been part of our pilgrimage. We are also heartened by the many cards and greetings that come at this time of the year, especially as we experience some of the limitations that the years bring. Barbara still has the effects of her collapse in November '97 and her limitations have increased somewhat. However, we rejoice that we are free within those limitations to continue in many ways our involvements in family, community, Church and Probus.
Lach continues to take services from time to time as needed. It is 58 years this month since his ordination and preaching is in his blood. He once again conducted a group on the History of Religious Thought, a 21 week course with a survey of world religions leading up to the modern secular society and its ethical systems. It was a most rewarding experience again with interaction between people of different opinions, allegiances and experiences. There are people lining up for the course in 1999. Also on the agenda is the Faith and Order Committee of the Uniting Church synod, on which he has served for the last 21 years.
Barbara is still involved in the local Red Cross branch but mainly as an adviser, able to contribute from a long and rich experience. Our only trip this past year has been with our Probus Club on a five day tour on the south coast. Our Probus Club gives many opportunities for fellowship. We are part of both the Australian History Study Group and the Classical Music Group. Lach is also in the Computer User's Group. These activities keep us in contact with a large number of people. Lach still writes and prints the monthly Belletin of Probus, a six page "Patter". All this gives an opportunity to keep the mental cogs turning.
Our family, Robert and Sheila, Ian and Jan, and Jean are all frequent visitors here. Sheila has arranged to fly over to Scotland for Christmas to be with her sister who is seriously ill. Unfortunately she chipped a bone in her ankle this week and is on crutches. Robert and their son Ben, also hope to go over later. Our family Christmas get-together is in Canberra on the Monday, the 28th. We have had several occasions during the year when we have had an excuse for all to meet. Our family is precious and close.
And we must not forget that we hope to become GREAT Grandparents in March! Lisa, the wife of our grandson Brett whose wedding Lach conducted in March 1997, is expecting. Ian and Jan are to become grandparents and we are all thrilled about it. Jean, however, is not sure about being a "great" aunt. Jean is still at Evans High School, giving her all to education but finding time still to be involved in presenting a session on community radio and serving on the Sydney Jazz Club committee.
Did you know that 1999 is to be the year of the Senior Citizens? Maybe we may qualify. None the less the future still looms with hope and joy and love. Life is a tremendous experience.
May the blessing of Almighty God be with you and yours this happy season and through the coming year.
Family F82

I regret to have to state that Mr. Joseph Bean junior of the Frankfield Hotel had a rather narrow escape yesterday, Sunday. Mr. Bean was out riding a splendid horse. He was thrown from the horse, and had it not been that he fell partly on his back, he must have broken his collar-bone or dislocated his arm. Mr. Bean is, greatly bruised; and is also very much hurt inwardly.
I learn from Dr. Hunter, who is attending Mr. Bean, that the nature of the injuries are such that Mr. B. will have to be cautious in his movements for some time to come.
Bean, Joseph (I2443)

(From our Correspondent).
OBITUARY.- A very old and respected res- dent of the Gunning district in the person of Mr. Joseph Bean passed away in Sydney on Sunday last at the age of fifty-nine. He had been a sufferer for years on and off, and some months ago went to Sydney for the purpose of securing the best medical skill. Mr. Bean was the last of the family of that name resident in this district, where his father for many years kept the Frankfield Hotel, on the Goulburn Road, and subs- quently built and conducted an hotel on the site of the present Frankfield Hotel.
Bean, Joseph (I2443)


(From our Correspondent.)

Business Changes. - Our old and respected townsman, Mr. Joseph Bean, senr., is about retiring from business, having leased his hotel to Mr. H. T. Best for a term of seven years. Mr. Bean's health has been failing for some time past, and he intends returning to his private residence a few miles out of Gunning, where many years ago he carried on the business of the old Frankfield Hotel.
Bean, Joseph (I833)

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