Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

A Practical and Astute Woman

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

A Practical and Astute Woman

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SARAH Fisher Fraser was born October 24, 1912 at Girraween, a newly selected farm on West Cooroy Road. Her parents were William and Jessie Cambage. Sarah was one of twins and was named after her father's aunt, born in 1813. Her twin sister was Flora Elizabeth and the girls were eighth and ninth in a family which eventually grew to 11 children.

Sarah's parents came to Cooroy in October 1911, with seven children, to farm on Happy Jack Creek, Ridgewood. William moved often and Girraween was the third move in two years.

Sarah began school at Black Mountain State School in 1919 after William had bought another farm, while keeping the one he had on Cooroy Mountain. Sarah walked three miles to school, with her sisters. The family moved to Tillowrie, West Cooroy in 1920. While at West Cooroy School Sarah was given the name Sadie, which she retained for many years. She was a very bright student and the headmaster recommended that she sit for scholarship exam to enter high school but it was rare for a girl to go on and Sarah did not further her education.

Tillowrie was a very happy place for the large family. A favourite game for the children was skating down the hill from the house to the creek on pieces of bark, backed with dripping. At the bottom there was a speedy entry into the creek, under a barb wire fence held up by one of the girls.

The family attended the Anglican Church services and Sunday School at the West Cooroy hall and Sarah and her family were at the opening of the Holy Nativity Anglican Church in 1914.

William extended the house and the bails and milked up to 100 Australian Illawarra Shorthorn cows. Sarah and her twin sister Flora were trained to judge calves at district agricultural shows. After leaving school in 1926, Sarah and her sisters helped the older girls, Eva, Melba and Emma, with their growing families.

In 1937 Sarah left home to work at Mullumbimby in northern NSW where she had relatives. While here she met Roy William Fraser from Lismore. The couple was married in St Peter's Church of England, Gympie on October 18, 1941, just three weeks after her mother's death. …

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