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I was wondering if you have any information or photos of the above
woolscour. I believe it was run by my great grandfather around
the early 1940s. I think his name was Thomas Swinbourne and it was
located out on the Yarrie Lake Rd close to where the town 50km speed
limit starts. My name is Lorena Swinbourne, 0400507427. Email
is lorena.swinbourne@bigpond .com. My father has passed and mum has
Alziemers so that is all the information I have sorry.
Thank you for your time REPLY
31 January 2015
I'm an amateur historian preparing a series of local history articles
with a view to publishing them in The Courier newspaper in
Narrabri (Ian Dunnet).
I've done extensive research into my family's history in the Narrabri
Wee Waa districts (Gray, Foxe and Carrington).
My great grandfather, John Gray, a trained shipwright, sailed from
Scotland in 1865. In Australia, he turned his wood-working skills to
contract bridge building. He completed several bridges between
and Mungindi in the 1880s.
In 1887, John Gray built the Tulladunna bridge over the Namoi River to
the west of Wee Waa on the road to Burren Junction. Remnants of this
structure are still standing today. In 1888, he purchased the property
"Glencoe" located a few miles east of Wee Waa.
My grandfather, John Gray (2nd), inherited the "Glencoe"
property from his father in 1920. My grandfather (1880 - 1965) served
four terms as the Namoi Shire president in the 1940s and has a street
named after him in Wee Waa in recognition of his 16 years of service
the shire council (1937 to 1952).
My father, Gordon Gray (1918 - 2002), took over running the
"Glencoe" property after his marriage in 1949. In
1961, my family sold "Glencoe" to Paul Kahl, the now-renowned,
cotton-industry pioneer. "Glencoe" is the property where that
My mother, Olive Gray was a member of the pioneering Carrington family
Narrabri. Her grandfather and grandmother ran Carrington's Store in
Maitland Street up until 1916. Her father, Horace Carrington, owned and
managed the iconic W. Foxe & Co. department store on the corner of
Maitland and Dewhurst Streets which commenced business in 1925. My
worked at Foxes in the 1940s before marrying and moving to
"Glencoe". Her brother, Charlie Carrington, ran the Faulkner's
Cordial Factory in Narrabri from the 1950s for several decades.
Before it became W. Foxe & Co. it was Hanaford & Co.
and before that Barry and Stafford (established in 1896).
A great grandmother, Annie Emily Carrington (nee Orman) (1864 - 1966),
was an early pioneer of the district who lived to 102 years of
A little background about myself. I was born in Narrabri in
March 1951 and grew up in Wee Waa during the 1950s (1951 - 1961) but I
longer live in the area.
As mentioned, I grew up on the property "Glencoe" where the
cotton industry first started with Paul Kahl and partner Frank
I'm currently putting the finishing touches to an illustrated story
a plane (Tiger Moth) that crashed in the garden of our property near
Waa during a flood in December 1950.
I'm also researching the history of the W. Foxe & Co. general store
So far I've been using old newspaper articles between 1880 and 1955 as
the basis of my research. I have been able to glean a
substantial amount of historical detail by this method.
However scans of more recent newspapers are not yet available online so
my research is very sketchy after 1955. If anyone might be
able to help me with more recent information, I'd be pleased to hear
Thank you, Peter Gray. REPLY
16 January 2016 - REVISED 17 February 2016
I’m doing some family history research on the Jobson family who resided
in Emmaville around mid 1890s (1896??). Rev Henry Jobson was an
Anglican minister and on a recent drive through Emmaville, we stopped
by to see the Anglican church. I believe this to be the church he
was the minister at. He had children born in Emmaville too and as
there were older children at the time, I’m guessing they would’ve
attended school in the area. I’m trying to find any photos of the
Rev Henry and his wife, Mary Jobson and their children. I wonder
whether you may be able to assist me at all.
If you believe you have any information which may be helpful, or are
able to direct me to another, I’d be most grateful. REPLY
28 December 2015
This is an emotional issue for which I am trying to be logical and
factual. After practically a lifetime of searching, we have at last
turned up a “clue” to what may have happened to our missing father, who
disappeared in Collaroy, NSW, Australia in March 1948. Only one live
sighting of him has been heard, and no contact was made by him with his
family (late wife and two daughters, late mother, late brothers and
His name was William James Fraser, called “Bill.”
Recently my grown daughter, his granddaughter, found during an
internet search for burial information a gravestone in Binnaway marked
“William J. “Bill” Fraser” in a well-maintained “paupers plot” there,
inscribed with the date of death as Sept. 17, 1994, and birthdate
“unknown” with a guess at age of 67 at time of death. Stretching the
age a bit for what was a handsome, physically well-maintained man, this
may have been my father. Since my daughter sent me the link to this
photo of a Binnaway gravestone, it’s taken me almost three days to gain
the courage to write to you and address the issue.
I would like to put out the word locally to Binnaway area
longtime residents to learn if there is anyone who knew this
man—William J. “Bill” Fraser--from, say, around 1950 on. He was an
expert shooter and fast, competitive runner, holding running cups and
sometimes being in charge of running meets previous to his
disappearance. He might have sought labor work on a ranch, working with
the land or with animals. He loved motorcycles and rode them well, and
fast. The same for horses. He knew several languages and dialects from
India and Burma. He could write and type well, but I believe he wanted
work outdoors rather than in after keeping the detailed insurance
contact records he did, and knocking on doors for possible insurance
clients to sell them policies they didn’t want. He may have become a
heavy drinker by then, having acquired a “rum habit” during his time in
the Royal Indian Navy and Army. He also smoked during the time we knew
Before I go further, here is the rest of of what you request on your
“Regional Mail Form”:
My name is Dawn Fraser Kawahara, birth name changed at the time of my
wedding to Delano Kawahara (June 21, 1992). (I was born Pamela Dawn
I reside at: 5753 Noni St., Kapaa, Hawaii, 96746-9659 USA
(on the island of Kauai). My daytime telephone number is: 1 (808)
822-3271. This is in my home office and takes messages. Cell phone
(used mostly for emergencies and business in the field): (808) 651-6305.
I am contacting you from the Hawaiian island of Kauai, State of Hawaii,
Community: Binnaway and surrounding area to this community.
I have some documents and an old photo I can submit for use in the
local papers requesting information for a person missing since March of
1948, if you can put me in touch, please. It would be helpful for me to
also contact a radio or television station that broadcasts in or to
My father, William James Fraser, would have been a “noticeable” man,
having been a “British gentleman” type on the surface, but actually
having been born in a rural area of Upper Burma when it was British,
and having joined the British forces in India and Burma in 1940. He was
markedly handsome in his youth and manhood. He spoke like a Brit, but
sometimes slipped into a Scots burr, learned from his Scottish father,
and apothecary and assistant surgeon. Bill Fraser also knew something
of first aid and medicine, learned from his father.
After World War II we emigrated to Collaroy, NSW, Australia from
Mandalay, Burma, but my father was running into difficulty with his
work and money due to the trauma he was suffering from his wartime
experiences. He brought up a plan to move to the outback, getting, out
of the suburbs and city, where his last job as an insurance salesman
for Prudential Insurance took him to Sydney and surrounding areas,
because he couldn’t think straight. I believe he had what is now known
as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, untreated. He thought that physical
labor and a rural life might be the healing agent for him. However, my
mother could not and did not agree to that plan, and after kissing her
and telling he loved her deeply, he left Collaroy with not a word to
anyone and truly disappeared from our lives. We have not had any clue
of what happened to him since, although he was seen back in Rangoon by
his brother’s friend shortly after his disappearance. There is a lot
more to the story, but it is a guess at filling in the blanks from what
was written in letters and also known about his associations and hopes.
My Internet Address: www.kauaiweddingsandbooks.com
An e-mail contact address besides the one I’m writing from: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a writer/publisher and wedding minister/planner.
I believe I’ve covered all for this first request. Please do get in
touch with me if I have left out something important, or if you have
another suggestion that may be of help in learning who the unknown
buried person actually was.
Thank you very much for your help, in advance, and Happy Christmas!
Dawn Fraser Kawahara REPLY
22 December 2015
This is a personal request for
possible information about bike races between Armidale and Ashford in
1930's. Not sure event survived beyond WW2. My father used to
participate and remember him telling me all about it when I was young.
Any info would be greatly appreciated REPLY
3 December 2015
My family lived in Evans Head in
Our family name was PIEL.
My father was called John. He was half owner of a LFB trawler named
"The Patience". It was painted in blue and had a cabin towards the aft.
Does the fish board have archives?
We migrated to Australa from France.
Do you know of anyone who might have photos?
The only other boat I remember was one owned by a family called
My teacher at primary school was named Bricknell. He had a brother who
ran a tourist business hiring row boats and selling fishing tackle,
bait, etc... just down from the FISH BOARD wharf on the river.
With my best regards and thanks in advance for any replies.
( I live in Paris, France). REPLY
20 October 2015
I am seeking information about my
Great Grandfather Mr Hugh Corbett Taylor born 1860 who at one time
owned Dobikin Station, Bellata. He purchased in July 1877, until
1888.It was then transferred to his Son, my Grandfather until about
I am writing a Family history REPLY
10 September 2015
Hi i am after
information about my family,
school photos or any photos, i think they were around Tingha,
Wilga Ramage aka Taylor,
lillian ramage and James ramage,
john henry spinks
Tingha/Bingara area REPLY
24 August 2015
In search of old friend
Wonder if you can help by putting an advertisement online. I am
looking for a friend of mine who used to live in Spring Ridge in
the 80' s. Her father had a farm called "Chevy Chase" and I think they
farmed Sheep. We lost contact in the late 80's and really would
like to make contact again. Her name is Didge ( Deirdre) Mc
Donald . Her address I have is Chevy Chase , Spring Ridge
NSW . I see the farm was sold about 15 yrs ago. Please let me
know if it is possible . I am sure a lot of people knew them. REPLY
13 July 2015
Country of Origin: Ireland
Community request is about: Deepwater, NSW
Specific request: The Eclipse Theatre, the Art Deco building to the
right as you drive into Deepwater from the Sydney side.
Thank you for creating this link. I am interested to know more about
the past and current story to do with the Eclipse Theatre in Deepwater,
now derelict. I was passing through a couple of weeks ago, and
practically crashed the car when I was struck by its beauty. I would
dearly love to know more about it. It looks as if possibly someone
lived in it since its use as a theatre. Also, was it a cinema theatre,
or one with a stage, or both? Deepwater is a very beautiful town and
I’m only sorry I couldn’t stop off for much longer to walk around. REPLY
2 June 2015
Hi I drove though your town today what's is the reason for black cats
on entrance signs into your town?REPLY
29 May 2015
My name is Stephen Sullivan and I am a direct descendant of a family
that resided in the Bundarra District in the late 19th Century and
through the earlier part of the 20th century. My last known, but
indirect relative died in Bundarra in the early 1980’s and is buried
along with other family members in the Bundarra Cemetery.
With the Centenary of the Landings at Gallipoli now upon us, I was
seeking to clarify some information in relation to men who served in
that and other WW1 Campaigns and who were directly related to me.
Two men; Ernest Laurence Sullivan, my paternal grandfather, and his
brother, Thomas Joseph Sullivan, my great uncle, were both born and
raised in Bundarra. Their father, my great grandfather was one Alpha
John Ernest Sullivan, also a resident of Bundarra.
On both my grandfather’s and great uncle’s Enlistment Papers, was the
reference to my great grandfather as being their next of kin.
His address was shown as “Bellevue” Bundarra.
I expect “Bellevue” was a station/property, but I cannot find any
current reference source that provides any information of relevance to
this particular property.
I would like to know if anyone has any information on “Bellevue”,
particularly as to what might have become of it, and the people who
lived upon it, up to and including the period pre and post WW1.
Thanks in anticipation.
S E Sullivan REPLY
CAN ANYONE HELP?
The attached (below) is a picture of a medallion which belonged to
an uncle of my husband. We have been unable to discover any information
about it at all and are hoping that someone may be able to tell us what
the medallion what issued for and who issued it.
Just above the number 157, are the initials U.G.L. N.S.W and in the
banner just above the word Jubilee are the dates 1886 and 1936. On the
reverse of the medallion is the maker’s stamp – Angus and Coote Sydney
and an engraving of the recipient’s name.
Please reply to email@example.com
with the subject GLADSTONE MEDALLION
4 May 2016
RESPONSE: Hi. This is a “Masonic Jewel“ issued to members of Lodge Gladstone of
The United Grand Lodge of NSW (and ACT) from Gladstone NSW adjacent to
the Macleay River across from Smithtown near Kempsey. The Lodge no
longer meets (members would have transferred to a Masonic Lodge meeting
in Kempsey many years ago after roads and motor vehicles made district
travel easier and a usually at a time of village decline and or
declining or ageing membership). The premises are two storey
weatherboard opposite the local primary school. When I last visited it
was used as a riverside cafe and art/craft outlet. Many villages have
lost other facilities such as churches, schools and bank branches.
Regards, Norman Dare of Armidale NSW who lived in Kempsey for part of
the 1950’s. - thanks to J G Dare
We stopped in Emmaville back in October last year and saw
the Anglican church which is still standing and which Rev Henry Jobson
served. We walked through the cemetery too but didn’t see any
Jobson graves. I’ve since discovered there are quite a few.
It was a Sunday and nothing was open. I did some searching
once home again and found your website, so I emailed but I don’t recall
receiving any response.
I'm after information on the family of Rev Henry Jobson
and his wife Mary (nee Tevelein). Perhaps their younger children
attended school in the area and there are some photographs.
Otherwise you may have photos of other events in the town during
the time they were there.
I’ve recently found some information on Leslie Thomas
Jobson (one of their sons) which shows he had a photographic studio in
O’Donnell Street Emmaville in 1907. I’ve attached a copy of the
newspaper clipping. Would you please let me know if there is
anything more you may have.
5 May 2016
Hello my name is Barbara Hodgson and I wonder if you can help me.
My ancestors came from Gulargumbone, the Blowes family and
the Law family . We have always been told that we have aboriginal blood
and now kt is crucial we find out as my daughter has two foster
children who are part aboriginal and docs are talking of putting them
with an aboriginal family. I might add one of them she has had for 5
years since he was 4 days old we dearly love these children, my father
always told us he was part aboriginal and one of my nephews is always
being mistaken for one. Any help you can give me would be greatly
appreciated. If not could you give me the email address of someone who
may be able to help my fathers name was Lancelot Charles Blowes; his
father was William Francis Blowes; his mother was Mary anne Law.
Brabara Hodgson REPLY
6 May 2016.
I am trying to find a photograph of John Charles Truscott, who is my
great grandfather. We have searched everywhere but cannot find one of
John Charles Truscott and his wife Elizabeth Truscott arrived in
Brisbane from the UK in February 1878. John Charles Truscott was 35
years old and Elizabeth was 30 years old. When they arrived they had a
daughter Bessie who was 12 years old, John Henry Truscott who was six
years old, Sidney Truscott who was two years old and Orton Truscott who
was an infant and soon died.
They established a general store in Texas, then moved to Deepwater then
In the 1894-5 NSW electoral roll for Glen Innes (Emmaville) John
Charles Truscott and his son John Henry (Jim) Truscott were listed as
John Charles Truscott, had owned ‘The Central Produce and Grocery
Store’ in Emmaville in the 1880’s. We do not know if one of the
two people standing in the attached image are John Charles Truscott or
Jim Truscott REPLY
7 May 2016
I am trying to get in touch with my brother who lives in Urbanville.
His name is Russel Fynn
I did manage to contact him through facebook, finally, but this has
gone. When I finally found him a few months ago, he was ill and I would
like to know how he is.
Bernie Fynn REPLY
10 May 2016
I am researching any information you may have on my grandparents who
owned the property "Dellapool" near Mungindi qld. .They were owners in
1937 and was hoping you may have any information on when they bought
the property and when it was sold, as well as any possible
photographs of the family or the property? I would be grateful
for any information?
The name of the family is "Allison". I believe "Dellapool" was owned by
William Elijah Marshall Allison, who was married to Elizabeth
Allison nee Mcgregor.
Williams father was Hugh Elijah Allison, married to Hannah Kent,
both also lived in the area. Hugh died on 19 Jan 1878 and is buried at
Jennifer Westwood CONTACT
19 May 2016
My Name is Peter Hoeppner I am from Medicine Hat Alberta Canada.
I know this is a long shot but I had a teacher in high School who was
working here 1972/1973. Her name is Estelle Hammond I use to have
her address but in the years have lost or misplaced it She taught
school in Coonabarabran. I am coming to Australia in Feb of 2017 and I
was wondering Is there any way that you can help me find a way that I
can contact her .I know this is a long shot but she be in her mid
eighties. She was my favourite teacher in school and it would mean a
lot to me if I could see her again. I give you permission to ask her if
i can contact her I hope she is still with us and it would great
to see her again.I have tried every thing to find her can you let me
know either way as to if she is still with us or not this would be
amazing if I could see her again . You have my permission if she still
around to ask if I can contact her.I hope I receive good news Thanks
for your help it is well appreciated .
Peter A Hoeppner CONTACT
1 June 2016
My name is Robert Vial and I am the Great, Great Grandson of William
Braham who was a carrier at Hillgrove for many years. he lived
there with a Susan Aherne nee Jobson. Several children were born
to both William and Susan. I am in the throes of researching my
family history and was wondering if you have any information on the
Braham family. I can be contacted by EMail Any
information on this family would be most appreciated.
R. W . Vial CONTACT
3 June 2016
I would like some help in
trying to find a Picture of James “Jimmy” Reid who was a Drover in the
surrounding area’s prior to 1953, James was married to an Aboriginal
Woman named Mabel Ward and had a large family, sometimes lived on the
mission at Gulargambone, NSW, James drowned on his horse in
the “Mullins Swamp” Public Watering Tank at Carinda in 1953
6 June 2016
Would love to contact the
family of Don Alt who farmed Wallaroo, Emmaville Rd, Torrington in the
1970s/80s. I spent childhood ‘farm holidays’ staying on Wallaroo
and plan to visit Torrington again later in 2016 – after 30 years! Is
there anyone connected to Wallaroo still living in the area?
Would love to share some memories.
Please email a reply to Anna Claude CONTACT
11 June 2016
Hi my name is Cliveene McRae My mother Lola Enid McRae maiden name is Casey said that she was born in Tyringham on the 2-8-1932 i was just trying to find out
18 June 2016
I am researching my Family Tree and I came across a mention that Annie Cross was the first Post Mistress of Graman. I would appreciate any information you might be able to provide me, including any dates.
Phillip Youngman CONTACT
21 June 2016
My name is Joanne Peterson(Knauz)
my contact is 0756790169
I A seeking any information if Warren's Family is still in coraki? and could you pass on my details to them, I am the mother of Warrens child Sarah shes 22 and amother herself now, I lost contact with them and she wishes to get to know her Fathers Family.
Hopefully someone can help me, with thanks
17 Jan 2017
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