Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Boys Were Used to Bush Life; Brady Family Lived the Loner Lifestyle among the Mangroves and Raised Decent Kids

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Boys Were Used to Bush Life; Brady Family Lived the Loner Lifestyle among the Mangroves and Raised Decent Kids

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Byline: Alina Rylko alina.rylko@tweeddailynews.com.au

DETAILS of the unconventional bush lifestyle of the Brady family have emerged following the location of 14-year-old Jayden and 11-year-old Joseph by Tweed Byron LAC Police last Tuesday at Suffolk Park near Byron Bay.

According to locals, about 2004 the once tightly-knit Brady family of eight arrived in Cabarita in a Volkswagen Kombi van, moving to a campsite on the creek bank so remote it was only accessible by canoe when the tide came up.

Bevan Wise of Bevan's Bait and Tackle sold lures, fresh vegetables and fruit, eggs and honey to the Brady family for eight years from his Cabarita shop until he moved into Coronation Ave, Pottsville.

Mr Wise said the Brady children were "very well mannered", "very healthy", and stuck to their mother like "baby chicks to a mother duck".

"Mum would always be with the kids and, when the youngest was little, she would carry him in a sling and breastfeed him," Mr Wise said.

"She always came across as well educated and well spoken and could add up figures quicker than I would out of the till."

Mr Wise could only recall the name of one of the six children - Fingal - because "he was born naturally on Fingal headland".

During the family's time in Cabarita the mother was seen using town tap water in Cabarita to fill a 40-litre drum, which she would "drag through the mangroves back to the tree house", he said.

The family is said to have lived off fish.

"The kids were great fishermen. They would come into the shop and they knew exactly what they wanted, their favourite lure was the blue pilchard," said Mr Wise.

"The little one would make lures out of wood, with a knife and a stone. I was real impressed, he done a damn good job."

Another Cabarita business owner said that her bakery "looked after the mother and the children" for several years, giving them free bread. …

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