Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Celebrating 100 Years of Family History

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Celebrating 100 Years of Family History

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THE Golding family recently gathered at Eddystone, on the banks of the Clarence River at Baryulgil, to commemorate 100 years since their ancestor's settlement.

It was in 1912 that William and Emily Golding, nee Hamilton, along with their three boys, took up their Yulgilbar selection which they had purchased, in 1908.

William Symonds Jones Golding was a boy of 16 from Devon in England when his mother, Annie Jones, died and his step-father, Charles Golding, sent him to Australia to make his fortune. William arrived in the colony on the Curzco in 1881 and made his way to the Upper Clarence. We believe that he found work with horses on Sandilands Station, and then in the following years sought work on Gordonbrook and finally at Lionsville and then Yulgilbar Station. Somewhere along the way he changed his name from William Jones to William Golding.

Emily Hamilton was the youngest daughter of Ellen (nee Brennan) and John Hamilton, who had arrived separately in the colony in the 1840's. Ellen had arrived in 1843 with her first husband James Shanley. They had three children; Anastasia (m. Edward Jordon of Tabulam, and after his death, married Edward Riordan), Sylvester (m. Ellen Marsh) ran a pub in Casino and Ellen (m. Hugh Rea). James Shanley was killed about 1846 and is buried on Chuckingar an outstation of Yulgilbar.

In 1850 Ellen married her second husband, John Hamilton who was born in Ireland and they worked and lived at Yulgilbar Station all of their lives, and indeed, are buried on Yulgilbar near where they had lived. Ellen and John had eight children together. Emily, grandmother to the Golding family, was the youngest of these.

The eight Hamilton children were all born on Yulgilbar outstations. They are as follows:-

John Hamilton (b. 1851) was accidentally killed when a horse rolled on him in the first race at Malera Flats race course . This was 1864 - he was only 13 years old.

William Hamilton (b. …

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