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Connie, her daughter, married Andrew C Coombe, and had four children:
Ian Ralph, born 11/3/1944, married Caroline Shultz May, 1968. Ian has 2 children.
Adrian Kenneth, born 16/8/1947, married Joan Hooten Aug, 1972. Adrian has 2 children.
Keith Lawrence, born 4/8/1949, married Gillian Anderson in 1969 . Keith has 4 children.
Lucille Margaret, born 10/6/1957.

Percy, her son, married Alice Fag Paterson, and had 3 children.

Christine Fay, born 2/4/1958. Janette Elizabeth, born 17/6/1961. and Allison Helen, born 8/2/1963.

Margaret, her daughter, married Edward Francis Reid, and had 3 children, Paul Wilson, born 2/8/1955. Francis Ann, born 20/3/1957. Cheryl James, born 26/3/1962. Paul married Genelle Mary McLeod.

Frank, her son, married Winifred McKinnon, and had 2 children, Franklin John, born 1965. Rodney Maxwell. born 6/12/1937. 
WILSON, Lucy Janet (I28835)
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Henry, served with the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade at Gallipoli, Egypt, and in France from 1914 to 1918, being one of the world famed ANZAC'S.

On his return to Australia in 1918, he settled at "Runnymede", on the Dumaresq River.

Henry was a grazier and when he became incapacitated he left the land and started a Stock and Station Agency, which developed into the well known firm of "Wilson and Mayne", of Texas, Queensland.

Owing to ill health, he decided to leave the west and settle at Port Macquarie.

He was President of the Shire Council of Texas, and a Worshipful Master of the Masonic Order. 
WILSON, Harry Roger (I28836)
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Eric, her son, married Kathleen Gibson, and had two children,
Judith, who Married Graham Butcher in 1979, and Phillip.

Thomas, her son, married Annabell Elford, and had three children, Neville, killed in accident 1972, Christine and Lindsay.

Eunice her daughter, married Ernest Langthorne, of Yorkshire England, and live in Peakhurst. N.S.W., they have five children, Francis Rex, who married Wendy Wade, and had a son Martin Francis. Jim Ernest, who married Sue Paponic, and have four children, Jason. Rene, Simone and Macbeth. Noel, who married Kathryn Wainwright, and have two children, Winston and Dawnie. David and Erin Gai Gwenda, are twins.

David, married Dinice O'Carmon.

Rita, her daughter, married Eric Ward, and have four sons, Donald who married Pam Brown, and have three children, Jeffery, Wendy, and Alison. Robert, married Fay ? , and have three children, Scott, Peter and Katrina. Gerald, married Cheryl ?, and have two children, Diane and Gumma. Trevor, married Janny ? , and have three children, Karissa, Ben and Rinae.

Eric, her husband, died in September, 1979.

Elizabeth, her daughter, is deceased.
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Recollections: by HARVEY THOMAS OAKES

My great-grandfather JOHNSTON came to Australia from Scotland after the Crimean War, about 1856. He brought his wife, and as far as I know, his ten children.

They pitched their tent right in the heart of Sydney. There were only about 30 huts there at that time. From Sydney, they went to Bathurst, then later to Manning River. When the children were grown up, they settled around the Manning and Macleay districts.

One of the sons, James Johnston, was my grandfather and he married Elizabeth Anne Waugh. Her mother died in England and her father brought Anne, the only child, to Australia when she was eight years old, and settled in Port Macquarie, where James was a private school teacher, conducting his school in his own home.

They came out from England by sailing ship and the trip took six months, as they were becalmed for six weeks in the Bay of Biscay.

James Johnston became a pupil of grandpa Waugh, who took pupils after they left school, to further their education.

James and Anne's family was as follows:--

Alice married James Lyon of Ellenborough, Hastings River. James Lyons parents came from Stratheden, Scotland, and were members of the Bowes-Lyon family .
The second child was Margaret Emily , known as Emy, and she was born at Dingo Creek. Manning River in 1861. The third child a son Alex then Mary and Leila.

Margaret Emily, married Thomas Henry Oakes, son of Henry Richard Oakes. My father Thomas Henry, was born 12th July, 1854. at East Kempsey, somewhere on the hill above Chadwick's Store.

Henry Richard Oakes, my grandfather, married Susan Johnston, sister of James Johnston. Their children were Isabel, Thomas Henry, Helen, and Toppy. Isabel married Robert Waugh who was a son of Capt. Waugh who named Wauchope. He was very wealthy. Helen married William Snodgrass from the Macleay and Toppy married Neil Snodgrass from Macksville.

Mother and Father had five children, Mary Susette, Clifton Harry James, Charles Alexander, Hubert Vivian and Harvey Thomas , born at Seven Oakes on 13th August, 1902.

"Seven Oakes" consisted of 350 acres which was my fathers share of the original grant which had been divided between the four children.

I remember father telling me that in the 1864 flood, the only dry ground was Saunder's Hill at Smithtown. Everyone around, including the aboriginals, were there for one week camping on the hill. The snakes were there in hundreds trying to get out of the flood waters. One night an aboriginal woman was bitten on the calf of the leg. Uncle Peter Johnston scarified the wound and sucked it, then he kept her walking around the campfire all night to keep her awake and each time she became drowsy he would switch her on the legs with a little switch. She was OK the next morning.

Father said, out along the Clybucca Road there was an old dead tree with the skeleton of the head and horns of a bullock, high up in the tree, it had been caught there during the flood.

In another big flood in 1893, a Berkshire pig came all the way down from James Ducat's place at Mooneba on a log, and they dragged him out of the flood waters at Seven Oakes. The pig was returned to the owner.

Grandfather Oakes ran about 300 blood horses on "Seven Oakes". They had no cattle as they were all lost in the 1864 flood. Father had a beautiful lot of blood horses there later. He left school at 14 years, and all he did was break in horses and train them. One time he broke in 25, then he and his hand, drove them to Maitland and sold them by auction for an average of 25 pound per head, which was a good price in those days. He used to win a terrific lot in the Kempsey Show with hacks. His wedding present to mother was a beautiful brown hack named Coronet, and a new side saddle and bridle. They rode to Port Macquarie, where they spent their honeymoon.

Father was considered the best buckjump rider on the river in those days. The last race meeting he attended at Gladstone before moving to the Bellinger River, he took his three racehorses he had in training. They were named Stella, Seven Oakes, and Glencoe. I think there were five races and the three horses won the whole program between them. A high Jumper he owned was called Satan. He was a beautiful black horse, and father sold him to someone in Sydney for 50 pound, and shipped him by boat from Smithtown.

When mother's father married Granny, he built a home on land he selected and cleared, at Dingo Creek. He split all the timber and cut the slabs and approximately 12000 shingles, with a pit saw.

Mother said she remembered seeing when a little girl, the aboriginals come down from the hills, walking along in single file, all painted up with their spears and boomerangs, talking away to themselves. They came from the Bellinger, and were on their way to a corroboree down the Hunter River. They would go straight past the house, and never interfered.

An old aboriginal called Old Cooligat, lived up on the mountain at Dingo Creek, he was wild and simple. He was a very big man.

Grandfather used to go away after cattle, sometimes for a few days to the head of the Hastings River, and one day Granny saw old Cooligat coming, so she took in the axe and all the tools and locked the door. Uncle Alex was only a baby then and he started to cry, and old Cooligat, who was eating peach leaves by the house, heard him cry and the' could hear him saying 'my piccaninny, my piccaninny' . He found an old axe on the woodheap and began hammering at the door and Grandma was terrified, being all alone with the children. However, he didn't get in. He was always bothering them, spearing the cattle and so on, so Grandfather, Uncle Robert and Uncle Peter Johnston, took a dray up on the mountain before daybreak one morning. They found Old Cooligat asleep, so they rushed him, then tied his hands and legs with vines, and put him in the dray and drove him 9 miles to Wingham. The Police locked him up for a couple of days then let him out, and he went straight back to the mountain, but never bothered them again.

Major Oakes had no daughters, his sons were Henry Richard, Monty, Gussie, Alex and Douglas. Uncle Monty lived in Melbourne and had no family. The Oakes in Queensland are descendants of Uncle Gussie. Uncle Alex's family went up north in the early days and we never heard from them again. Uncle Douglas had three sons and two of them never married. 
WILSON, Sophie Davenport (I28837)
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Jim, the youngest child, on retirement held the position of inspector, with the Bank of NSW, now Westpac Bank.

He retired to the Isle of Capri, in Queensland.

Passed away on the same day as the celebrated star of Radio and Television - Bob Dyer.

Jim was aged 86 years.

The family lived at Lindfield when the children were young and later were moved to Perth and Melbourne.

Returning to Sydney some years later, they resided at Cammeray, where they still lived when Jim retired.

From Cammeray they moved to the Isle of Capri, where he died.

His wife Jean stayed on at 49 Rappallo Avenue, Isle of Capri. 
WILSON, Lionel Vaughan (I28838)
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Her address is 3 Durkin Street, Macksville. 2447.

Eileen, the first child was born at Port Macquarie, spendinq her early years on the family property "Bronte" Emu Creek. Degilbo, Queensland.

On the death of her mother, she was 12 years of age, and the family moved to Macksville, N.S.W. where her father farmed.

To Eileen, fell the responsibility, of raising her younger brothers and sisters, of which there were five, including an infant. This would have been a tough task, at her age, considering the farm routines, and her own schooling, coupled to normal household requirements.

Although Wilton was raised by Aunt Annie Swan, and Floss and Geoff spent considerable time With Aunt Annie Bransdon in Port Macquarie.

At the age of 25 years, she married her husband, Ken, at Macksville, N.S.W. raising her own family, on their property at "Eastbourne", Maras Creek, Tailors Arm Road, Macksville.
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Of her children, Bruce married Kay Norris and moved to New Zealand, they have two girls, Robyn Kay & Wendy Jean Ainsworth, their address 177 Taharepa Road, TAUPO.

Betty, married Patrick Cashman and settled at "Yallambie" Ironbark Road, Mangrove Mountain. Their children are: Joanne, Colleen, John, Maria, Jane, Peter & Rachel Cashman respectively.

John, married Lea Daley, and they live in Macksville, their children are Linda Eileen , Peter John, Kenneth Leslie and Susan Lea Ainsworth respectively.

Ken, married Janice Davey, and they live at 118 Wallace Street, Macksville. Their children are, Eliza Jane, Andrew David and Kenneth Mark Ainsworth respectively. Kenneth Robert is a businessman, and in partnership, operated Eastland Brake & Exhaust, this was sold in 1984, he is now General Manager of Minbury Pty Ltd. GMH dealership, NRMA branch & Howard Rotavators agency combined with his previous business.

David, married Jennifer Anne Smede, and they live in Wedgwood Dr, Macksville. Their children are, Michael Anthony, Natalie Gai, John Kenneth and Lindsay David Ainsworth respectively. David has a building business.

Anne, married Brian Ross Pade, a successful farmer, and they live at Valla. Their children are, Helen Maree, Kathy Anne, Wayne Ross and Cheryl Anne Pade.

AN ACCOUNT written by Eileen, of a bus trip taken on 14/5/83.

The bus took the back road to Wauchope, over the iron bridge en route to the Plains.

We went through 1500 acres of replanted forest. Alan Reid?s property on the right and "Bonnie Doon" where once there was a hotel. I can remember when there was a shop and Post Office - no sign of any buildings now.

The Lindsay property on the right which led to the river, across to "LAMBFIELDS". Ernest & Min Campbell?s first home, then owned by Harry Bransdon, and later by Stewart Myhill. The property is now subdivided. To get there you would turn in at the Church on the northern side of Telegraph Point.

On the left side, opposite Lindsay?s there used to be Church. Tom Oakes was christened there and Jean Wilson's memorial service was also held there, she was Harry Stewart Bransdon?s wife.
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Next was the GAMACK home, granny Bransdon, the James Gamack?s, Radford and Bruce Gamack. Now occupied by Richard Gamack?s daughter.

Then the Warlter's home "Bronte", now owned by Alan Border, of Cricket fame, and Occupied by his parents. Next the Jacob Healey farm.

The home with the camphor laurels called "The Laurels" was occupied by the Herbert family - Susie, was Mrs. Harry Bransdon, Maude, Norm Bransdon, Grace, Oriel one son. All deceased now.

We then crossed the "Bril Bril" bridge, opened by Harry Bransdon in 1951, when he was Shire President.

Next home on the left is the kitchen remains of "Sevington", home of Roy and Maude Wilson. Roy junior, Don, Ena and Marjorie.

The house opposite to on the right, occupied by Kirkmans, where we turned in through the gate, and went to where the old "WILLESBRO" home was. It had been Roy Wilson's parent's home. George & Helen Wilson - Amy, Ida, Grace & Nellie, and later occupied by Bert & Sophie Oakes and family.

Next property "Eugowra" belonged to Thomas Davenport & Agnes Anna Wilson. Bert, Min, Annie, Sophie, Lucy, Harry & Lionel .

Bert married Kate Emma Bransdon and lived there until the writer was four years of age. T. D. Wilson retired to Green Hills, and later to Forth Street, Kempsey. Bert left and purchased a property at Degilbo, Queensland.

Rudders leased "Eugowra" and the house burned down shortly after.

The bus then proceeded to where the Cogo School used to be. Bruce Langham lives nearby and he breeds and trains racehorses.

We then travelled to the "Pop Hole" bridge, crossing over to "Clarefield". On the left DeWitt McKay's.

"Glencoe" is Little's Property. A replica of the old home and bullock team is on display at the Hastings District Historical Museum, at Port Macquarie.

We had lunch by the river, near Walter & Lorna Thompson?s home.

"Glen Esk" was owned by my great grandparents . The marking stone of the family graves is in the corn paddock, below the Thompson house on the far side of the river.

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Recollections of Agnes Eileen Wilson

Note: Eileen?s recall of events is important in this study as it offers the younger generations the means to bridge what may be termed the ?time span between generations?. Her memory is such, and her contact with many personalities, long deceased, has proven invaluable.

She states:

I was born on 21st May, 1907, at Port Macquarie, eldest child of Herbert John Wilson and his wife Kate Emma Bransdon of "EUGOWRA" Rollands Plains, where they carried on dairy farming.

Prior to Dad?s marriage he and Roger Williamson Wilson, his cousin, were in partnership growing maize.

When I was four years of age we left the Plains, Dad having bought a dairy farm at Degilbo, Queensland - 200 miles above Brisbane. My only memory of that move, was that grandfather drove us per buggy to Armidale, to connect with the train to travel to Queensland.

I remember him flicking wild flowers off the roadsides with the buggy whip, and also that we stayed with Rev. Roger Wilson and Aunt Isobel at Armidale.

It was a four day journey to reach Degilbo, where we stayed at a hotel and picked up measles germ.

On arriving at the farm Jean, Nora and I Developed them. The farm was at Emu Creek, and three miles from Dallarnil.

When I was six, a neighbour brought me to Sydney, where I stayed with mums sister, Aunt Aggie Secombe at Canley Vale.

I have no recollection of getting to Kempsey, where I staged with Grandpa at "BERVIE" Forth Street, Kempsey, where the park and swimming pool are now.

I was sent to West Kempsey Public School, no memory of that much, except how I hated wearing a hat which was insisted upon. And of waking at night, hearing Dad's voice - guess I must have been homesick, so I went back to Emu Creek with Dad.

My school teacher drove a horse and sulky, and I went with her to Emu Creek School. I must have been only nine years old when I first drove the sulky myself after the teacher moved away.

I remember a big lecture that we didn't give the children who were walking a ride. The Khalu children were further from school than we were. So I attended Emu Creek till I was eleven. Our family consisted of Eileen, Jean, Nora, Thomas, Lucy, Florence, Geoff and Wilton.
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In December, 1914, as a family of five, we children were stricken down with some sickness like gastroenteritis and all were in Gayndah hospital. Nora and Thomas, aged 4 and 2 years respectively, died within four days of each other. Their headstones are in Gayndah cemetery.

We were in hospital nearly six weeks.

For the birth of the babies, mother would go to Maryborough or Childers - the nearest hospitals. Except Florence, who was born at home. I remember being puzzled at Dad catching the horses at midnight and going off in the buggy to Dallarnil, 3 miles away to get Mrs Munt, who helped out as mid wife

Mother was a small dark eyed person who wore size 2 shoe, but she must have had lots of energy.

Being one of the fifteen Bransdon family of Hastings River. N.S.W.

She as a girl had spent some years with her father's sister, Nena Slade, who had a shoe shop in Maitland, where she learnt to paint and play the piano.

In her married life she often sang at concerts, she played the organ, a portable one, for all denominations of church congregations.

How I remember when Dad didn't want to go, and she and I would go off in the sulky. I'd mind the baby on a rug on the floor near the organ.

She seemed to be always helping someone out with their children?s sewing, especially Mrs Semple, who had eleven. She would ride old "Creamy" up early in the morning with the baby in her arms, and stay till it was dark, and then off home, three miles away.

Being the eldest I had to be Dads help. He had a second paddock, two and a half miles away, and the weekends were taken up shifting cattle and fencing etc. I would have to ride with him, & would have been about six when I learnt to ride. You dare not fall off or you would be put straight back on. Once "Whirley" pig rooted all the way from the house to the gate - but I didn't fall off,

Also I had to help Dad plant the potatoes - I was given a piece of stick to measure distance between each plant. 
WILSON, Agnes Eileen (I28839)
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Jean, the second child, was born at Kempsey, N.S.W. and moved with the family to Maryborough, Queensland.

She spent her teen years at Macksville N.S.W.

Jean, at the age of 36, married her husband, Harry, her first Cousin, at Eastwood, N.S.W.

They resided on their farming property- "LAMBFIELDS" Rollands Plains.

She suffered a hearing deficiency and wore a hearing aid. 
WILSON, Edna Jean (I28840)
20407 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WILSON, Lucy (I28843)
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Floss, as she has always been called, was born at "Bronte" Emu Creek, Queensland, where she spent her initial years on this the family property.

On the death of her mother, her father and family moved to the Nambucca District of N.S.W. settling at Macksville.

She was the sixth child of the marriage.

Floss, was married at Gladesville, and settled with her Husband, Stan, at 71 Western Crescent, Gladesville.

During the war years she worked with Crompton Parkinson - Armature Winding.

On leaving school at 15 years, she spent 18 months housekeeping in Grafton, before going to Sydney.

She recalls travelling to school in horse & sulky over very rough roads, and that the cream from the farm, would be collected and taken to the factory be boat.

Stan, her husband was a carpenter with the M.S.B. and a capable boat builder. He built the house in which they live. 
WILSON, Florence Kathleen (I28844)
20409 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. WILSON, Geofrey Alan (I28845)
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Wilton, the youngest child, was born in Maryborough, Queensland.

Shortly after he was born the family moved to the Nambucca District in N.S.W. settling in Macksville.

Wilton saw war service as an RAAF navigator during the 2nd World War in France and Germany.

He was a bank officer with the Bank of NSW, and I can recall him being stationed in such locations as Kempsey, Grafton, and as Manager, Tweed Heads, Bourke and Katoomba.

He has in his possession, half of the original McIver family tablecloth, displaying the "Colquhoun Family Crest and Motto, "Stags Head" Si Je Puis , displaying the date 1813.

He was mentioned in a book on the war, called "The Navigators".

He and Nola, were married at St. Alban's Church of England, Epping.

His wife, Nola, had a child by her previous marriage, a son John Mitchell, a commissioned officer in the RAAF, and earlier a Queen's Scout.

Wilton, on the death of his mother, was raised be his aunt, Annie Agnes Wilson , in Kempsey. 
WILSON, Wilton Herbert (I28846)

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