Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Pioneer Woman's 85-Year Adventure

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Pioneer Woman's 85-Year Adventure

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Byline: LOCAL HISTORY margaret henderson

MOST of the day-to-day events of early life on the Richmond have been lost in time. There are official records but often these are incomplete. Many births and deaths were not registered and the registering of marriages was often at the mercy of itinerant clergymen. Even the best intentioned could lose a record if he was soaked crossing a creek, or if a saddle-bag was lost.We are therefore dependent on the reminiscences of early settlers to fill in the gaps.

A good example of this is the history of Ann King, who married Thomas Hollingworth and, after his death, Henry Dawe. When Ann died in 1919 her obituary stated that she was born in Casino 85 years previously and that she had lived there all her life. It also gives her second husband's name as Dawes, not Dawe. This is interesting as, only 12 months previously, the same newspaper had published Ann's reminiscences in which it states clearly that she was the eldest child of William and Anna King and that she arrived in Australia with her family in July 1844 when she was 10 years of age.

The family came to Australia on the sailing ship St Vincent and the voyage took four months, a rather speedy passage. They were assisted immigrants and it is possible that William King (aged 29) had a brother accompanying them as there was an Edward King (aged 23) listed as being with the family.

After spending two weeks in Sydney, William and his family boarded the Susan and set off for the Clarence River where William was engaged by Ward Stephens of Runnymede Station. William was employed as a shepherd at Back Creek and the family set off by bullock wagon with three other families also employed by Stephens. The journey from Grafton to the Richmond took two weeks.

When they reached Casino it was decided that the bullocks and loaded wagons would be swum across the river but that the women and children would have to be taken some other way. …

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