The Family History Of
George Parker (father of Samuel Parker) And Margaret Sullivan

George Parker
Arrived "Shipley"
24th March, 1817

Margaret Sullivan
Arrived "Recovery" 24th July, 1808



Janet Mahon, Adam Oliver
Adam Oliver b 1827 and Janet Mahon b 1832
Parents of Jessie Oliver (wife of Samuel Parker 2).
Adam and Janet are buried at Delegate (Adam d.21/12/1899 - Janet d.1904)

James Parker
James Parker - son of Samuel 2 and grandson of Samuel 1 -
father of Keith, Dudley, Beryl and Jim



Jessie Oliver and Sam Parker2

Jessie Oliver
Jessie Oliver b 1859 - wife of Samuel Parker 2 b 1853
Samuel Parker [2] married Jessie Oliver on 25/4/1877.
Jessie: born: 6/8/1859 died: 13/11/1937
Jessie buried Goulburn- grave disturbed
due to hospital extensions - now lost

Edith Clements - wife of Ambrose Parker born:.7/6/1883 died: 8/7/1963 age:80
buried: Towamba Cemetery

Keith Parker with mother, May Matheson and baby Jim and sister Beryl.
Towamba approx 1905

Jim Parker b1907 (right) son of James, grandson of Samuel 2

Jim Parker

Jim Parker and Elsie Chegwidden

Eve and Keith
Keith Parker m Evelyn Maxwell. Son of James, grandson of Samuel2


Keith Parker. 12th Light Horse. 1915

Keith Parker, lower left

'Sunnyside', Towamba. Sam2 and Jessie's house

* George Parker *

Born : 1798, Hertfordshire.
Died: Unknown
Place Of Death: Unknown
Buried: Unknown

Convicted: 1815
Transported: 1817
Freed Of Servitude: 1822
Married: 1820

Married To: Margaret Sullivan
Died: 31/12/1853
Place Of Death: Unknown
Buried: 1/1/1854 St Stephens,Newtown)


Details Of Conviction That Led To Transportation....

Tried At The Old Bailey, 6th Session, 21st June - 1815.

Case No.745 (As Per Transcript.....See Documents)

George Parker Was Indicted For Feloniously Stealing On The 22nd Of May, 1815, One Pair Of Shoes, Value 3 Shillings, The Property Of Robert Branch.

Robert Branch...." I am a servant to George Burchell Esq. I put three pairs of shoes into 'the area' to be cleaned on the 22nd of May. I went into the pantry and after remaining there some time about my business, I heard a noise and turning round, I saw the next witness and the prisoner in the kitchen. the witness told me that he saw the prisoner steal the shoes; and bought him back."

Ralph Agar......" I am the servant to Colonel Dalrymple. on the 22nd of May, as I was going down Dutchess Street, I saw the prisoner take down 'the area', at no. 5, I watched him, and saw him take the shoes, and as he was coming up the ladder, I stopped him, and took him back."

Guilty, Aged 18.
Transported For Seven Years.
First Middlesex Jury, Before Mr. Recorder.

( 'The area' referred to is the courtyard adjacent to the basement of a building and railed off from the street pavement. This area gives access to the basement for deliveries and is visible to pedestrian traffic passing along the footpath. Duchess Street is in the Piccadilly area of London...there is no Dutchess Street. As this is a well to do area where Esquires and Colonels would reside, it is assumed that it is the street where George was captured.)


Record Of Shipment (Transportation)
[From Shipping Records Of Convicts - (Bound Indents)]

Convicted - Middlesex Gaol Delivery
When - 21st June, 1815
Conviction - 7yrs
Native Place - Hertfordshire
Calling - Plasterer
Age - 21
Height - 5' 5 1/2"
Complexion - Fair
Hair - Dark Brown
Eyes - Brown
Religion - Protestant

Arrived In Sydney - 24th March, 1817 On "Shipley", Voyage No. 1.

Ships Master - Lew W. Moncrief
Sailed - England, 18th December, 1816.
Ships Doctor - Geo. W. Clayton.
(no reference to George Parker by the doctor for this voyage so he had remained in good health.)

The Sydney Gazette mentioned this voyage and noted that the ship, (the "Shipley") came via Bass Strait rather than around Tasmania. Normally ships stopped at Rio de Janiero then crossed to Cape Town to continue via the roaring forties onto Tasmania before arriving in Sydney. the "Shipley" had come directly from England without a stop.


The Marriage Of George Parker To Margaret Sullivan.

(The following Is the extract Of T.D. Mutch.. Ref 398/29)

Marriage Of: George Parker Age : 22
Convict : "Shipley"
Occ'n : Plasterer

To: Margaret Sullivan Age: 16
Came Free

Married : 12 August, 1820 by Richard Hill
Witnessed: Joan Heffernan, Eleanor Holems
Church : St Phillips, Sydney.

{See Also Rbdm Microfiche Index 1820.2589.3 & 1820.99.8, Vol 3 Entry2589 Reel 5002}

Margaret Sullivan wrote to the Governor to obtain permission to marry as was required of convicts wishing to wed. She wrote or had written for her:

"Praying His Excellency The Governors Permission To Have Their Names Published In Church In Order To Their Being Married"

George Parker - Convict "Shipley"
Margaret Sullivan - Free
Sydney 3/7/1820
Approved (Signed) L Macquarie (Signed) William Cowper
Assist' Chaplain
{A.O.4/3502 Col. Sec Letter Book}


The Family Of George And Margaret
(Also Known As Martha) Parker.

A census was carried out of the colony in 1828 and the following is the data relating to George Parker...

Name George Parker - Freed Of Servitude (Freed In 1822)
Arrived - 1817 ...."Shipley"
Age - 39
Sentence - 7 Yrs
Religion - Protestant
Profession - Plasterer
Residence - 106 Kent St. Sydney.
Wife - Martha
Age - 23
Arrived - 1816
Sentence - Came Free "Hunter"
Religion - Protestant

Children - George .....Born: Colony.....Age: 7
- William.....Born: Colony.....Age: 6
- Mary Ann Born: Colony Age: 3
- Samuel Born: Colony Age: 9 Mnths

(The Register Generals Index Of Births, Deaths And Marriages- Pre 1900 records two other children, Catherine And Maria..:-)

Taken From Birth Records - Pre 1856. (Margaret Died 1853)

Parents.............George And Margaret Parker
- Maria Born: 1842 (Ref 13/27) V1842213 27a
- Catherine Born: 1831 (Ref 69/128)
- Samuel Born: 1827 (Ref 237/11,8316/1)
- Mary Ann Born: 1825 (Ref 159/162 In Supplement)
- George Born: 1821 (Ref 1544/162, 2nd
Supplement)
- William Born: 1820 (Ref 1559/162)
(Could Be 1822 According To 1828 Census
Death Certificate Says 48 Yrs Old In 1872)

It is not known at this point when George Parker died and where he is buried.


* Margaret Sullivan *
(Also Referred To As Martha In 1828 Census)*

Born: 1805 (According To The 1828 Census)
Died: 31/12/1853
Buried: 1/1/1854
Where: St Stevens, Newtown (See Cemeteries)
Address At Time Of Death: Kent Street
Father : William Sullivan (Born 1780)
Mother : Mary (Born 1783)
Married: George Parker -1820

The 1828 Census shows that George Parker And Martha were living in 106 Kent Street, Sydney With Their 4 Children (George Jnr-7, William-6,Mary Ann-3 And Samuel- 9 Mnths). This Census Also Shows that Margarets mother, Mary Sullivan was living at the same address with her 4 children (Mary Jnr-12, William-10, Catherine-7 And John-4). A total of 3 adults and eight children as can be seen from the following extract.

The 1828 Census Reference (Ref 52767) For 106 Kent Street for the household of George Parker is as follows in part :-

Mary Sullivan - Came Free
Age - 45
Arrived - 1816..."Hunter"
Religion - Catholic
Occupation - Laundress
Residence - Geo Parker, Kent Street, Sydney.

Children - Mary (Jnr) Born: Came Free Age: 12
- William Born: Colony Age: 10
- Catherine Born: Colony Age: 7
- John Born: Colony Age: 4 (B 15-9-1824) {V1824 700 125}
{John was baptised in St Marys Cathedral -Sydney 15-1-1826} See Documents.

Further Searching of the Society Of Australian Genealogists (S.A.G) General Card Index made reference to Catherine Sullivan.

Catherine Sullivan
Parents - William And Mary

Petition Dated 27th August 1830 from Margaret Parker, The child's sister of Clarence Street, Sydney.
"states mother Mary Sullivan is dead. Father William Sullivan believed to be at Newcastle or on the Hunter River. Poor and unable to support child. Wants her admitted to orphan school".

Catherine - Born May 1821
Baptised 26 August 1821 By Ralph Mansfield
(Wesleyan Missionary)
{Ref A.O. 4/331 Page 159}

Catherine Sullivan was admitted to female orphanage school on 3rd september,1830.
{Ref A.O. 4/350 & 351 F.O.S Admission Book}

{Note: The orphan school was often an advantage to the child of a poor family. They were given an elementary education and skills. The boys were apprenticed and the girls were found employment. Families were not able to take the child out until they reached the age of 18. This was to prevent the child from being dumped at an early age and then collected as soon as they were old enough to work or be useful to the parents.}


A Petition dated 27th December,1832 from Francis Morrison and Catherine Morrison states:

" On The Death Of Mother (Mary Sullivan), they took John, The younger brother Into their home And now wish to have Catherine. They are relatives."

{Ref A.O. 4/334 Page 601, Petition To Have Child Out Of Orphanage}
(Catherine would have been 11 Years old & John,10)

It is not known at present what relationship the Morrisons mentioned in this document are to Catherine and John. The Morrisons however were the sponsors of John at his baptism 15/1/1826 at St Marys Cathedral


* William Sullivan (Father Of Margaret) *

[See Les Sullivans Research Paper Entitled " William And Mary Sullivan - A North Coast Nsw Pioneer Family" for further Information]

Born: 1777 (According To Army Records)
1778 (According To The 1828 Census)
1780 (According To "Hunter" Muster Papers, Micro Roll
Archive Office A.O.2422 Section 2/8263 Page 246)
Where: Co. Cork, Ireland According To "His Own Hand"
( Micro Roll A.O. 2422 Section 2/8263 ...Page 246)
Or Westport,Co.Mayo, Ireland According To L. Sullivan
Died: 7th January,1860 (Rbd&M 4337/71)
Buried: Christmas Creek, 8th January,1860.

Arrived: 24th July, 1808.."Recovery"
Left Australia: 1814 Or 1815 To Ceylon
Arrived Again: 1816..."Hunter"

Married: 1800, Cork {Unsubstantiated Source [A.P]}
Wife: Mary Hayes
Died: 7 January,1860
Buried: Christmas Creek

William Sullivan arrived In Australia on Sunday, 24th July, 1808 On the Transport Ship "Recovery" under Captain Bacon. The Recovery had set sail from Portsmouth on 21st of January and proceeded via Rio De Janeiro then across the Southern Atlantic and Indian Ocean.

Amongst the 117 troops on board, reinforcements for The New South Wales Army Corp and Commanded by Captain Cummings was Private William Sullivan, his wife Mary and their two children. The "Recovery" was a square-rigged ship of 493 tons, built In Batavia (Now Jakarta) In 1797.

William Sullivan was to become a member of the 73rd Regiment. The history of the Military of N.S.W up until 1815 is as follows:

1788 - 1792 Marines
1792 - 1810 New South Wales Corps
1809 Aug. NSW Corps renamed To 102nd Regiment
1810 Jan. 73rd Highlanders Regiment arrived
73rd takes on Volunteers from 102nd
Apr. residue of 102nd then returns to England
1810 - 1814 73rd Regiment, Australia
Aug,1814 - Dec 1815 73rd Regiment transferred to Ceylon


[The following is an extract from Les Sullivans research paper entitled " William and Mary Sullivan - A North Coast NSW Pioneer Family" ]

In 1808, a muster or census of all the people in the Colony gave a very complete description of the soldiers and there was Private William Sullivan with sufficient information to enable me (LesSullivan) to identify him, despite a large ink blot obscuring part of the original entry, and confirmed that he was indeed the right William Sullivan. He was described as being of dark complexion with hazel eyes, black hair and round visage (face). He was originally from the parish of Canbirk, town of Westport in County Mayo, Ireland. His son on registering his fathers death in 1860 had given his birthplace as Cork, Ireland and his age as 90 years. In the Return of Men who volunteered to transfer from the 102nd to the 73rd Regiment his age was given as 33 (in 1810) and the term of military service as seven years. Thus we have two possible dates for his birth: 1770 if he was 90 when he died;1777 if he was 33 in 1810. The last appears the most likely correct date.

Research by a professional researcher in London has provided additional information on Private William Sullivan prior to 1808 which shows that he was not a model soldier. In the Army quarterly muster rolls for the 28th Regiment of Foot for June-July 1807 there is a note "Confined by Civil Power in Chelmsford Gaol 16th July" and for the period July-September 1807, "Transferred to service abroad for life". (end of extract)

{Note :- Some of the N.S.W Corps were transferred directly from the Savoy Prison as deserters, but it looks as though William had broken a civil law and he probably had the choice of facing trial or 'volunteering' for service abroad.


War Office records show the following in relation to William Sullivan:-

-Enlisted to the 73rd Regiment,Isle of Wight from the 28th Regiment 5th August,1807.
-Arrived "Recovery" July,1808 ....WO25/642

-Description list (1st September,1808) Age,height & service indecipherable.

-Born: Canlurk, Cork, Ireland Dark complexion, grey eyes, black hair,round visage WO25/642

-1809...June 10..Received rations from Hawksbury Stores July ..Discharge from Hawkesbury stores as going to Sydney Col. Sec. Index.

-To 73rd Regiment, 25th March,1810 Age: 33
-Service: 7 years 149 days WO17/2295

{The above notes were supplied by Janet Robinson, Soc. of Gen.}

Pay records of the military in the period 1808-1810 show William Sullivan as a private on the strength of the N.S.W Regiment of Foot between:-

25th June and 25th September,1808,
25th December,1808 and 24th January,1809
25th January,1809 and 24th March,1809
(two occasions listed as sick)
25th June,1809 and 25th September,1809
24th October,1809 and 24th November,1809
24th February,1810 and 24th March,1810

On the muster list of 27th June,1810 his name is missing.
(the above dates supplied by L. Sullivan)

The Army Pay Lists - London Public Records Office (P.R.O)
P.R.O Microfilm Roll 3869 ,Mitchell Library shows:
Starting page 137.... Lists of Transferees

Page 137 ......William Sullivan
Company No. 8 Volunteered from 102 Regiment
Pay Period 25/3/1810 - 24/6/1810 (92 days)
Amount Paid....Pound 3.12.10

Page 145.......William Sullivan
Date Volunteering - 25/3/1810

Paid : Pound 3.3.0

The pay list has three columns as soldiers received extra pay for length of service:- 14 years service (pound 4.0.6), 7 years and under 14 years (pound 3.12.10), under 7 years (pound 3.5.2). As Williams appears in the second column he must have been in the army between 7 & 14 years, therefore joining the army between 1796 and 1803. {War Office records calculate this at 1802}

William Sullivan left with the 73rd Regiment for Ceylon (Sri Lanka) on 24th March, 1814 after embarking either in the "General Hewitt" and the "Windham" or as a member of the rear party of the Regiment sailing from Sydney, January,1815 in the "General Brown" and the brig "Kangaroo".

The next record of William has him being transported back to Australia as a convict. According to the Muster papers of the "HUNTER", William Sullivan was found guilty of receiving stolen goods.
(Micro roll A.O. 2422 Section 2/8263 ...page 246)

"Written 14/4/1817 by his own report.. AGE: 37 HEIGHT: 5'3"
BLIND RIGHT EYE NATIVE PLACE : COUNTY CORK FORMERLY : 73rd Regiment SENTENCE: ..7 years

Tried by Civil Power in Colombo about two years ago."

page 255.... "By sentence of the Supreme Court of Indicative on this Island, hearing date 6/10/1815.John Harrison and John Miller convicted of robbery and WILLIAM SULLIVAN for receiving stolen goods."

page 256...."Sentence to be carried out by banishing to N.S.W."

page 259...."Sentence of the Court..."to the common Gaol of Colombo .... hard labour at any of the Public Works."

page 259....letter from "KINGS HOUSE", Colombo to Gov. Macquarie 2/3/1816. " I have caused to embark on the Honorable Companies Cruiser 'NEARCHUS' bound for Calcutta, 3 European prisoners.....John Harrison, John Miller and William Sullivan late soldiers of H.M 73rd regiment under sentence...for transportation."

(The Honorable Company was the East India Company)

Page 244...."Goal deliveries at Fort William, Bengal. 1816 - the 2 soldiers will also be embarked 'HUNTER'"

( A military guard was to be provided for the convicts on the voyage and the the guard to be returned. The "HUNTER" was not a convict ship and on this voyage carried 18 horses, muslin, piece goods and cargo from Calcutta. It seems that it also carried Mary Sullivan and her children Margaret, Patrick and Mary Jnr. This however can not be verified as the passenger records of the "HUNTER" have been lost.)


WILLIAM SULLIVAN - the years between 1828 - 1860

William Sullivan died at Austral Eden, on the Macleay River on 7th January,1860, aged 90, {see Note (1) over page}.

The 1828 Census had shown that he had indeed moved from Sydney to the North Coast of N.S.W and was no longer with his wife as can be seen by the following extract.

This reference(Ref 52767) for 106 Kent Street, more than likely supplied by Mary Sullivan as the responsible member of her family is as follows (in part) :-

WILLIAM SULLIVAN - Freed of servitude AGE - 50
ARRIVED - 1817...."HUNTER" (see letter at bottom of page then Note (4) on 1817 arrival)
SENTENCE - 7 yrs
RELIGION - Catholic
OCCUPATION - Labourer
RESIDENCE - Wallis Plains (in the Maitland area)

MARY SULLIVAN - Came free
AGE - 45
ARRIVED - 1816..."HUNTER"
RELIGION - Catholic
OCCUPATION - Laundress
RESIDENCE - Geo Parker, Kent Street, Sydney.

An earlier (1822) Muster/census for William Sullivan recorded:

William Sullivan (I) "HUNTER" Ticket of Leave
Householder, Sydney.
Mary (nee Hayes) - Wife - Came Free (see Note(2) over page)

Children - Patrick BORN: Came free AGE: 12
- Mary (jnr) BORN: Came free AGE: 7
- William (II) BORN: Colony AGE: 4
- Catherine BORN: Colony AGE: 2
(see Note(3) over page)

Margaret/Martha would have been 18 during this 1822 Muster and would have been married and registered as residing with George Parker. Child Patrick Sullivan does not appear in the 1828 Census as he would have been 18 years old and may have died or left home. There were no children older then Margaret Sullivan as can be seen in a letter written from Gov. Sec J. T. Campbell to C.M. Ricketts, Fort William, Bengal, dated 15/10/1816 reads as follows:

{Ref .. Colonial Secretaries Letters..Archive office 4/3521}
" Wife and three children granted passage on ship 'HUNTER' but now leaving on ship 'MARY' 25/7/1817"(see Note(4) over page)
(The children referred to must have been Margaret, Patrick & Mary)


NOTE (1): This would make his birth year 1770 and not 1777 as previously deduced so we should assume this age is in error. The witness, William (II) states that children still living at time of death were William (II), aged 40 and John, aged 30. According to the 1828 census William (II) should have stated that he was 42 years old (b.1818) and John was 36 (b.1824). The four deceased children reported on the death certificate by William (II) may be Margaret (d.1853), Patrick, Mary and Catherine.}

NOTE (2): According to L.Sullivan, when William (II) died in 1879 the second informant was his son John George who gave his grandmothers name as Mary, nee Hayes.

NOTE (3): According to L.Sullivan, Mary is listed in the records of baptism at St Phillips Church, Sydney as having been born on 12th July,1813 and baptised 25th July,1813. William (II) is said to have been born on 16th May,1818 and baptised 27th September,1818. Therefore Mary should have been 9 and not 7 at this muster.

NOTE (4): The Sullivan women claimed they arrived on the "HUNTER" and not the "MARY" so passage must have been found for them on the "HUNTER" after the letter was written by Cambell in Bengal.

The 1828 Census information was taken from the people themselves rather than compiled by documentation so it must be assumed that the Sullivans did arrive on the "HUNTER" as they have stated in both census collections however the Muster Papers of the "HUNTER" on A.O Micro roll show the arrival date of the "HUNTER" to be 13/4/1817 so the arrival date of 1816 stated in these census results may prove the mother and daughter in error of arrival date. Why didn't the Sullivans state that they arrived in 1808 on the "RECOVERY" as was the case.

William Sullivans death certificate states that he died primarily of natural decay and secondarily of gangrene after an illness lasting eight months. He had been attended to by Dr C.L. Gabriel who last saw him on 12th November,1859 and was buried at Christmas Creek on 8th January, 1860 by William Dunkley and performed by Rev. F.R. Kemp of Port Macquarie. The location of this cemetery is not certain.

Further information on the decendants of William Sullivan can be made by obtaining a copy of the family history entitled:-

" William and Mary Sullivan - A North Coast NSW Pioneer Family" written by Les Sullivan, Wg Cdr RAAF (Retd).


SUMMARY OF GEORGE AND MARGARET PARKER

George Parker, born in Hertfordshire in 1798 was arrested at the age of 18 and bought before the Old Bailey on the 21st of June, 1815. He was indicted for stealing shoes from a basement courtyard window of No. 5 Duchess Street, in the the Piccadilly area of London on the 22nd of May, 1815. The shoes were the property of Mr Robert Branch, a butler, who was in the service of George Burchell Esq. George Parker had scaled down a ladder to the courtyard area and removed the shoes that had been placed on the window sill ready for cleaning. As he was climbing the ladder to escape he was detained by Ralph Agar, a passing servant who forced George to return down the ladder and subsequently be arrested. George Parker was found guilty and sentenced to seven years transportation.

George Parker arrived in Sydney (24/3/1817) on the "Shipley" having already served eighteen months of his seven year sentence in Middlesex Gaol. The ship left England on the 18th of December,1816 and sailed directly to Australia (67 days) which, in that time, was uncommon.

The next record of George Parker has him marrying Margaret Sullivan at St Phillips Church, Sydney, 12th August,1820. He was 22, she 16.

** Background history of Margaret Sullivan **

Margaret/Martha Sullivan was the daughter of an Irish father who had joined the Army in 1802. Margaret and her brother Patrick arrived in Australia with their parents, William and Mary Sullivan on the "Recovery" in 1808. Her father had arrived in Australia as a member of the Regiment of Foot following a civil conviction in England that had him 'volunteer' for service abroad for the rest of his life.

William Sullivan transferred from the 102nd Regiment in 1810 to the 73rd Regiment which remained in Australia until it was transferred to Ceylon in March of 1814 . During this period William and Mary had another daughter, Mary Jnr (b. 1813)

No documentation exists as to how the family followed William to Ceylon ,however, according to Martha Sullivan in 1828 and her mothers (Mary) report in the 1822 census, both claim that they arrived in Australia aboard the "HUNTER" which sailed from Calcutta.

William Sullivan was arrested in Ceylon for receiving stolen property on 6/10/1815. After being arrested, William Sullivan , now aged 35, was detained in the Colombo jail undertaking hard labour , then transferred to Fort William, Bengal for shipment via Calcutta to Australia. All in all, a year of detention in India and Ceylon before being transported in late 1816, arriving in Australia 13/4/1817 aboard the "HUNTER".

Another son was born to William and Mary in 1818, William (II) born in Sydney. A further daughter, Catherine born in 1820. William Sullivans sentence was for seven years which would have him freed in 1822, so it appears the family was maintaining contact whilst he was serving his time.


Summary of George and Margaret Parker ......(cont)

George was still a convict at the time of his marriage (1820) with two more years to serve. He was a protestant whereas Margaret came from a Catholic family. The marriage certificate however shows her religion to be Protestant. Their first son George Jnr. was born in 1821. It would be unusual for a Catholic girl to renounce her religion when marrying a Protestant. Margaret may have fallen pregnant out of wedlock, been excommunicated by her church because of her state and changed her religion to that of her new husband, or have been declared Protestant due to the denomination of the church where she married as the first Catholic church to be built in Sydney was not until 1821.

Margaret Sullivan wrote to the Governor to obtain permission to marry as was required of convicts wishing to wed. She wrote or had written on her behalf:

"Praying His Excellency the Governors permission to have their names published in church in order to their being married" George Parker - convict "SHIPLEY" Margaret Sullivan - free Sydney 3/7/1820

Approved (signed) L Macquarie
(signed) William Cowper
Assist' Chaplain

George Parker finished his sentence of seven years and was freed of servitude in 1822, the same year that his second son, William was born. His first daughter, Mary Ann, was born in 1825.

The 1828 Census shows that George Parker and Martha (Margaret) were living in 106 Kent Street, Sydney with their 4 children (George Jnr-7, William-6,Mary Ann-3 and Samuel- 9 mnths). This Census also shows that Margarets mother, Mary Sullivan was living at the same address with her 4 children (Mary Jnr-12, William-10, CATHERINE-7 and John-4). A total of 3 adults and eight children.

In a petition to the orphanage to admit Catherine Sullivan dated 27th August 1830, Margaret Parker states that Catherine Sullivans mother is dead and that her father is believed to be at Newcastle or on the Hunter River. She states that her address is now Clarence Street and that she is poor and unable to support the child.

Little more is known of this Parker family other than the death of Margaret Parker in 1853 and her burial at Camperdown Cemetery (now St. Stevens Church, Newtown). The family of Samuel, third son of George and Margaret Parker follows immediately


SAMUEL PARKER [1] (Son of George)
(Known as SARGEANT according to Athol 'Mick' Parker)

BORN: Sydney 1/12/1827
BAPTISED: 25/12/1827 (see DOCUMENTS)
Parish of St Philip's,Sydney
{Registrar Births Deaths and Marriages No.237 Vol.11}
FATHER: George Parker
MOTHER: Margaret Parker
Performed by: William Cowper

DIED: 15/5/1917 Age: 87
BURIED: Towamba Cemetery, NSW.

WHEN MARRIED: Pambula 8/9/1850
MARRIED TO: MARY CUSACK,
Born Ireland 1833
Died 28/7/1872
Buried Pambula Cemetery
(daughter of Michael Cusack and Jane Ryan)

CHILDREN: Parents Res:
* George Edward B: 20/1/1852 Bapt: 20/6/1852 Pambula

*# Samuel [2] 28/4/1853 30/4/1853 Eden
{RBDM 1853.1992.70}

# William 1855 {RBDM
* Thomas 13/6/1855 17/9/1855 Pambula

*# John 29/12/1859 25/4/1860 Eden
{RBDM 1859.7229}
* Thomal Michael 26/1/1862 18/3/1862 Towamba
* Mary Jane 16/10/1863 29/4/1864 Towamba

# JAMES 1866 {RBDM 1866.1674}

# Maria 1868 {RBDM 1868.8898}
# Ambrose 1871 {RBDM 1871.09797}


(A list of children was supplied by Violet Allen, (RBDM Reference numbers by Lei Parker) however the Birth certificate of JAMES, born 7/4/1866 shows previous issue of Samuel Parker and Mary Cusack as 5 males living, 1 male and 1 female deceased. On investigation of the Moruya Roman Catholic Baptism Register made by Ted Williams it was discovered that in addition to those children identified by Violet (identified by a #) there were also a few others marked above with an asterix. Baptism dates and parents residence are shown. Samuel Parker remarried in 1877 to Eliza Higgens when he was aged 48 at Pambula and there were no children from this marriage, therefore any children the records show of children being born to Samuel after Ambrose are false listings.)

A note obtained from Mick Parker written by Mick Parker in response to questions asked in the weeks prior to Walters (SON OF SAMUEL (2)] death revealed the following in point form:-
Samuel (1) born Hawkesbury River. Died 1917 aged 88. Birth 26 November. Was 14 when he came to Eden. Married Mary Cusack- came from Ireland. His fathers name was George came from England. Grand mother (Walters) born in India. Sargeants [Samuel (1)] brothers George and Bill built old brick houses at Pambula. One was killed by falling off a building (George) the other choked while eating meat (Bill) {See Page 53} . Sargeants nephew (William) was a jeweler in Sydney. William Parker dropped dead. Sargeants father owned a block with store house on it at Wynyard Square.

( NOTE: Mick Parker had heard stories of this property and that the ownership of it was exchanged in a card game. The story goes that the property owner was sort by Authorities for unpaid rates and that after advertising for the owner to come forward, the property returned to the Crown.) (V.A notes possible exchange for a bottle of grog)

The following sections of this Family history shall deal with the children of the marriage of Samuel and Mary Cusack.

In order to allow an ease of updating this data, it was considered necessary to separate the lineage of each of Samuels children, so that I could deal with these branches one at a time. Where possible and as time and research would allow, I have noted the origins of spouses not of the Parker line. In turn, I have dealt briefly with the current generation in hope that the living descendants can further add to this story by expanding on the present.

The sections of this family history shall now be defined in six separate areas and deal specifically with the descendants of:-

SAMUEL [2]
WILLIAM
JOHN
MARIA
AMBROSE
GEORGE EDWARD



THE FAMILY HISTORY OF SAMUEL PARKER AND JESSIE OLIVER (BORN 1853) (born 1859)

*** SAMUEL PARKER [2] (Grandson of George) ****
(known as Goka)
BORN: 21/4/1853 Rocky Hall
DIED: 19/10/1933 {V.A}
BURIED: Delegate {A.P} (See CEMETERIES)

Samuel Parker [2] married Jessie Oliver 25/4/1877.
born: 6/8/1859 {V.A}
died: 13/11/1937
(Jessie buried Goulburn- grave disturbed
due to hospital extensions - now lost {A.P})

Samuel [2] lived in Towamba and had a farm that dealt with mixed farming of corn and pigs. the farm was turned into a dairy when Samuel's son Walter took it over. The farm was called "Sunnyside" and was the third residence built by Samuel. The first was built down by the river on the flats but it met with difficulties being so close to the river when it flooded. The second , a slab hut, was built, a little higher. All that remains of this now is a walnut tree that was in the house yard. The third house was built on the ridge overlooking the Towamba river and was originally called Clifton Lodge, to be renamed "Sunnyside". Violet Allen remembers the ceiling of this house being made of hession with paper "wallpapered" to it. The effect was a billowing ceiling each time the wind blew. Eric Parker took over Sunnyside @ 1943

Eden Magnet
January 24, 1980
PASSING OF WELL RESPECTED CITIZEN
The death occurred in Bega district of Eric Oliver Parker on January 1, 1980 aged 72.

Eric was born at Towamba and was the eldest son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Walter Parker formerly of Towamba until they retired but lived the latter part of their life at Bega.

Eric went to school at Towamba but later assisted his parents on the land. He later worked for the late Reg Johnstone, the late Os Gutherie and many more. He served with the C.M.F. during W W 11.

Eric is survived by two daughters of his first marriage. They are Thelma (Mrs. Shelley, Cobargo) and Joyce (Mrs. Payne) of Nowra and two grandsons, Peter and Trevor.

Eric is survived by a widow of his second marriage Rachel and six adult step-children.
Up until the time of death of this well respected man who was a keen sportsman, he had the title of champion shooter of the Bega Rifle Club and also champion bowler with the Candelo-Kameruka Bowling Club.

Even after his major operation of having his legs amputated he was presented with a special chair from Cronulla Bowling Club.

Many a time, Eric was called away from his dinner to assist a motorist who had broken down at Wolumla.

Eric has six sisters and one brother. He was also a member of the Wolumla Bushfire Brigade and Wolumla Hall Committee and held his driving licence up until his passing. In all that time he was not involved in one traffic accident.

Walter and Mary lived at Sunnyside when Eric took over. Walter and Marys house "Peaceful Hills" was pulled down and the materials used to build a new home in town when Eric took over Sunnyside. (assumption that Peacefull Hills may have been a house on the Sunnyside property. The relocated Peacefull Hills became "Dellril" by Walter and Mary. "Delrill" became "Parklea".

Samuel made the trek to Delegate one day with Jessie to see her family and apparently took sick whilst there. This accounts for his burial there. Jessie lived with Walter and Mary after Samuels death but had to finally take up residence in Kenmore Hospital, Goulburn due to a bad heart that made caring for her at home difficult. Jessie died at Kenmore and was buried in the grounds however her grave was destroyed when extensions to the hospital began.


'Magnet' October 28, 1933
MR. SAMUEL PARKER
Mr. Samuel Parker, whose death occurred at Delegate on the 19th instant, was born at Rocky Hall on April, 23, 1853 and was thus aged 80 years and 6 months. He lived at Towamba all his life. Years ago he used to drive a horse team between Pericoe and Eden and later when the Yambulla-Eden mail was run by coach, he had the contract for nine years. At times when carrying gold to Eden from the Yambulla mine he was escorted by police officers Campion and Meek. Afterwards he took up farming on one of his father's farms at Towamba. He leaves a wife, two children, Mrs. G. Lewis, Dungay, and Walter William Parker, Towamba, 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Two brothers are also living, Ambrose, Towamba and John, Bega.



*** The Family of JESSIE OLIVER **** (wife of Samuel Parker)

Jessie Oliver was the daugter of Adam Oliver and Janet Mahon. A photocopy of the Oliver family tree was obtained through Mick Parker (original source unknown...see DOCUMENTS for copy) plus an old piece of paper with a tree structure showing Adam Oliver and decendants with dates of marriages, births and deaths where possible. A combination of this data is as follow :-

The OLIVER Family Tree.

1 - Adam Oliver. b.1742-married-Betty Familton. b. 1755
2 - Adam Oliver. b.1755/6/7-married-Mary Hall. b.1771
d.9/7/1848.. d.24/9/1856..
both buried- Jedburgh Abbey
They had a family consisting of Adam, Andrew, Ann, Thomas & Mary.
3 - Adam Oliver.b.1803-married-Elizabeth Cumming.b.1804
d.11/1/1877 d.1882
both buried- Delegate
4 - Adam married Elizabeth 20/10/1826 and they had a family of..
Adam, WILLIAM, Janet and Mary.

William came to Australia with his wife Jane Inglis on the "HUMBOLT" and landed in Australia on 19/12/1852. They came as bounty immigrants which I think means they were bound to work for the person who nominated them. This was John Nicholson, at the time a large landholder on the Monaro or as it was called then, the Manaroo.

William in turn sponsored his brother Adam (b.11/9/1827- d. 20/12/1899) and wife m.26/1/1885) Janet Mahon (b. 18/8/1832 d. 24/3/1904) together with his other sisters Janet and Mary as well as other brother Thomas. He also sponsored his father Adam and mother Elisabeth. They came to Australia on the "BEE" and arrived here on the 6/1/1856. William having paid their fare (32/10/0) and both Adams paying 5.0.0 per piece.

They also went to work as shephards and farm labourers on the Monaro. Adam and Elizabeth are buried at Delegate (Adam d.1877 - Elizabeth d.1882) but we can find no trace of their graves. Adam and Janet are also buried at Delegate (Adam d.21/12/1899 - Janet d.1904) and Joe Oliver who is a grandson still looks after their graves. The early Olivers I have been able to trace were for generations burgess of Jedburgh (Magistrates) and were relatively well to do members of the commercial community.

Prior to 1603 the Olivers, who were border people used to participate in border raiding and were operating under the protection of the Kerrs who used to obtain their pardons in the civil courts. They (the Olivers) shared their plunder with them (the Kerrs).
Originally the Olivers held their lands directly from the King but eventually, in order to more effectively control them, their lands were given to the Douglas family who were made responsible for the good behaviour of the Oliver surname.

The Olivers apparently came from places like Liesliesleof Chapel and Castlewood Park, all around the Jedburgh area of Roxburghshire, Scotland.

However when they came to Australia, they came as shepherds and farm labourers. I have traced some relatives of Adam and Elizabeth. A brother Thomas has descendents still farming land in the Kelso district which is near Jedburgh. Adam and Janet were married at Bedrule in Roxburghshire at Rue Castle Bedrule on 26/1/1855. They had nine children - Elisabeth, Mary, Jessie, Adam, Agnes, William, Thomas, Isabella and Cecilia. (END OF TEXT)

[ Note...The original photocopies have various spellings for Jedburgh that include Jedburgh, Jedberry and Jedirgh. The town of Jedburgh is in the County of Borders, Scotland.

The identity of the writer is unknown so when the document refers to "I", it is not Lei Parker.]


* THE CHILDREN OF SAMUEL AND JESSIE *

CHILD 1: Walter
born:16/4/1882, Towamba {A.P}
16/4/1881, Little Plain Craigie {V.A}

CHILD 2: Mary Jane
born: 1878 {RBDM Microfiche 1878.09450}
married: George Lewis

(The Lewis descendents still live around Murwillumbah. A great grand daughter of Mary Jane lives in Bomaderry {name unknown})


**** WALTER PARKER AND MARY MATILDA CLEMENTS ***

Walter was born at: Little Plain Craigie 16/4/1881.{V.A}
: Towamba 16/4/1882 {A.P}
died: 23/3/1973 age: 91
buried: Towamba (see CEMETERIES)
married: Mary Matilda Clements
...28/6/1905 at Eden
(see DOCUMENTS)
born:21/8/1887
died: 31/10/1970 age:83
buried: Towamba (see CEMETERIES)

Walter played the violin at local dances.


**** The Family of Mary Matilda Clements (wife of Walter Parker) ****

What follows is the information supplied to me on two loose leaf notes and
two photocopies of relevant documentation made available by Mick Parker(Writing comparisons show the source to be Violet Allen ). Where possible the dates are cross checked to documented sources, however some of the following is unsubstanciated. For ease of veiwing this particular branch of the family, a tree diagram is attatched.


*** ELIZABETH ANN MITCHELL ( mother of Mary Matilda Clements) ***


The story begins with Edward Mitchell, the son of Edward and Nancy Mitchell arriving in Sydney 27/7/1857 aboard the "TARTAR" with his wife Anne Kendall (b. Cornwall, daughter
of Thomas and Mary Kendall). They had been married six years (4/10/1821...1823 by death
certificate) and had with them daughters Nancy (b. 26/8/1824) and Mary (b.15/7/1826).
They were to have another eleven children:-

EDMUND b.28/3/1829
John b.7/1/1831
Elizabeth b.5/5/1833
Edward b.29/3/1835
Susan b.24/4/1836
Thomas b.1/6/1838 (buried Wolumla)
Sarah b.3/9/1840
Jane b.14/9/1842
Amelia b.5/3/1845 d. 1/6/1927 (buried Candelo)
m. Henry Gates (buried Candelo)
Ellen b.31/7/1847
Emily b.23/1/1851

(NOTE: The death certificate of Ann Mitchell, informed by son Thomas states that at time of Anns death the children of the marriage of Ann and Edward Mitchell comprised all of the above with the exception of Nancy, Mary and Susan. It seems odd that he neglected to mention these. (see DOCUMENTS for full Transcription of Anns' Death Certificate.)

Anne Mitchell died 12/3/1873 at Wolumla {RBDM 1873.3325.14}and was buried at South Wolumla Cemetry. (record of this grave is not in the Monument listings)

Ann and Edward's first son, Edmund Mitchell, married Jane Nicholas on 2/7/1854 (see DOCUMENTS). Jane was born in 1828 and died 13/11/1864. Edmund died 11/3/1935. They had five children:-
ELIZABETH b.29/7/1856 m. William Clements
John b.16/10/1862 m. Fanny Bridle
Eliza b.15/3/1861 m. Rob Hazelgrove
Edmund
Amelia b.1859..d. 2/7/1864 buried Old Towamba

Edmund and Jane moved from Sydney and lived at Pambula for three years before moving to Towamba and purchasing property owned by Ballmans (sic). They then bought land and settled at Lower Towamba.

Jane died of T.B and pnuenomia 13/9/1865 aged 36 and was buried with her daughter Amelia at the original Towamba Cemetery. This grave site is the only one still standing.

Edmund on the death of Jane remarried Mrs Jane Underhill (nee Mc Cloy) in 1886 and a daughter Emily was born 12/11/1866. Daughter Emily may have married a Pike as she was known as "Aunty Pike". Edmund and Janes daughter Elizabeth married William Clements on 9/2/1874. William Clements was born 1/1/1844 at Sixmilecross, County Tyrone, Nthn Ireland- d.24/6/1924, buried Towamba Cemetery and Elizabeth Mitchell (b. 29/7/1856, Pambula - d.11/3/1935, buried Towamba Cemetery. William and Elizabeth were married 9/2/1874 at Towamba and had thirteen children :-

Hannah b.17/12/1874 d.3/4/1919 m.Jack Jones
Edmund b.15/10/1877 d.5/2/1953 m.Matilda Hyde
Jane b.8/5/1876 d.11/12/1955 m.Robert Gordon
Rebecca b.5/8/1879 d.21/7/1941 m.Joseph Jaggers
Alice b.19/10/1881 d.21/7/1941 m.Art Whitby
Edith b.7/6/1883 d.8/7/1963 m.Ambrose Parker
Adeline b.21/10/1885 d.28/2/1960 m.Joseph Harris
MARY M. b.21/8/1887 d.31/10/1970 m.Walter W. Parker
Ruth b.12/8/1889 d.3/1/1912 m.Edmund Love
Elsie b.13/10/1891 d.15/9/1978 m.(1) Sydney Allan m.(2)Ted Heathcote
William R.b.30/10/1893 d.30/12/1893
Arthur b.26/12/1894 d.28/7/1980 m.Grace Stevens
William D.b.27/8/1900 d.16/8/1977 m.Iris Lawler (Eileen)

Aunty Pike ran the Hotel Australasia in Eden. The 1912 Trades directory gave her name as Mrs Serbina Pike RMBD 1875.2423 shows Serbina DAY married James Pike

PROBLEM.. Is Serbina Day then Emily, Daughter of Jane Underhill and Edmund Mitchell. VA states that "Aunty Pike" was running the Hotel Australasia. Violet being born in 1921 would have been 9 years old when Serbina Pike had the hotel licence.


*** WILLIAM CLEMENTS (father of Mary Matilda Clements) ***

A photocopy of the obituary of William Clements was made available to me by Mick Parker (source Eden Magnet newspaper). It is as follows:-

TOWAMBA
The late Mr. Clements. A Typical Pioneer. (1924)

As mentioned in the last issue of the "MAGNET", Mr William Clements, senior, one of the oldest and most respected pioneers of the district passed peacefully away on Tuesday of last week (June 24th), at his home "Model Farm", Towamba, at the age of 80 years. The following brief additional reference to his career will doubtless be of interest to many of our readers.

Mr Clements was a native of County Tyrone, Ireland. Strongly imbued with the spirit of pioneering, he, as a young man, embarked for Australia and arrived in New South Wales on October 9th,1863 in the sailing ship "SEVERN". His shipmates included Messers B.H.McCabe (Lochiel), R. Cunnane (Eden) and M. McMahon (once of Merimbula), all now deceased. He first went to the Shoalhaven district where he worked for a couple of years. He then came to Eden, where he spent eight years in the employ of Barclay and Co, who at the time were merchants in a big way. During his employment he saved a few hundred pounds which he invested in the purchase from Mr Stiles, a block of land at Towamba. This he made his home and he resided there for 51 years.

He married, in 1874, a daughter of the late Mr Edmund Mitchell, of Lower Towamba and thereafter,with undeviating purpose, and by hard work, good management and careful saving, he assisted by his wife, developed on of the best farms in the Towamba District.Mr and Mrs Clements reared a family of nine daughters and three sons. The daughters are Mrs R. Gordon (Kyogle), Mrs J. Jaggers (Tweed River), Mrs A. Whitby (Parramatta), Mrs A. Parker (Towamba), Mrs W. Parker (Towamba), Mrs J.N. Harris (Kiah), Mrs Heathcote (Sydney), Mrs Jones and Mrs E.Love (deceased). The sons, Messers Edmund, Arthur and William Clements reside in Towamba. Their are 44 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

At the funeral, which took place at Towamba, the Rev. J.L. Forbes, who officiated, referring to the deceased gentleman, spoke of him as a man of exemplary character, honest, straightforward and upright, a pioneer of the right type, one who had helped to make the district and one whom the district could ill afford to lose. He was steadfast adherent to his church and regularly attended divine service as long as health permitted. a very large attendance at the funeral, the arrangements for which were in the hands of Mr W. Ryan, Bega, evidenced the general esteem in which the deceased gentleman was held, and some beautiful wreaths were placed upon the coffin, which was of polished oak. All the deceased's children now living, with the exception of Mrs Jaggers ( Tweed River), were present at the graveside. (End of Text)

Mary Matilda Clements, Daughter of William Clements and
Elizabeth Mitchell married Walter Parker at Eden in 1905.


CHILDREN OF WALTER PARKER AND MARY CLEMENTS:-
The following dates and names are compiled from a letter recieved from Violet Allen {V.A},dated 4/1/1987 and information from Mick (Athol) Parker {A.P}. Bracketed [] notes by Lei Parker.

1) ERIC Oliver ... born 5/1/1907, died 1/6/1980, buried BEGA
(see CEMETERIES)
married: Daisy O'Brien
Two daughters - Thelma (dec'd) m.C. Shelly
and Joyce m.D.Payne
Eric remarried: Rachel Thurston (died Bega 1992)
- no children.

2) ATHOL Clements born 21/2/1909, (see DOCUMENTS)
known as Mick married: Edna Mary Purnell born:December 1912
died:18/8/1972 {V.A}..19/8 {A.P}
[for more information on Edna Purnell see "William & Sarah KEEVERS" ref. page 131 ]
Two children -1) KENNETH William b.16/9/1939, Cobargo.
married Aileen ???? ,three children:-
1-Kerrylee Joyce,b.8/8/1962, Melbourne
2-Meralyn Edna,b.16/4/1965,Moruya
3-Glenn Kenneth Athol,b.11/9/1969,Wollongong
Kenneth remarried Ann - no issue
and 2) PAULINE Edna b.3/2/1946
married John Winchester, two children:-
1 -Darren,b.9/9/1968,Bega
2 -Michel,b.2/4/1970,Wollongong

Mick Parker remarried Joyce Williamson (nee Smithers,b. 5/8/1912,Adaminaby, daughter of George Smithers and Blanch Holston) on 21/4/1973 at Cobargo. {Information supplied by A.P}
3) ELSIE Doreen born 11/1/1911 Died 4/5/97 buried Bega Cemetary
married: Herbert Michael (Mick) Chegwidden
{V.A} 2 daughters - Jill (b.19/10/1942)
m. B. Beuzeville (d.17/12/65)
son - Wayne
re-m.N. McKenzie..no issue
- Dell (b. 1943) m. Hugh Scotton
children ..Andrew & Ilona
4) MARY Jean born 21/6/1913
known as JEAN married: Moss Brasington (d.15/5/1980)
{V.A} children - Patricia m. J. Ireland (d.20/2/73)
re-m.Ray Gaskill..no issue
- Hermoyne m.J. Ferry
children- Colin, Robert, Garth,
Vivian, Peter (dec)
- Walter Rex m. Margaret ????
children- Susan & Carol
- Alwyn Moss m. Helen ????
children- Barbara & Allan


5) ELIZABETH Jessie born 21/6/1913 (twin of mary Jean)
known as JESSIE married: Harry Salway (d.5/11/1969)
children - John m. G Flemming
children- Susan, Judith, Debra,
Jennifer, Gregory, Daryl
- Donald W. m. J. Campbell
children- Christeen, Maree and Kathleen.
- Lynette (dec'd) (Died as a baby)
- Anne m. Warren Thompson
child- Sharon
{V.A} - Ross (d.22/12/1973)
- Gary.
6) ALICE Melba born 12/12/1915
known as MELBA died 10/1/1985 aged:69 yrs
or MEL buried: Bega cemetery (see CEMETERIES)
married: Jack Finlay Rixon
died: 17/8/1973
buried: Bega cemetery
(see CEMETERIES)
{V.A} child - Harl Childs Rixon
m. Kerry Otton (divorced)
child - Guy
re-m Gail Triggell
child - Ian
7) VIOLET Evelyn born 22/4/1921
married Francis Allan (b.29/6/1917)
{V.A} children - Victor C.(b.30/7/1942)
m. G. Sedman
children- Anthony R., Jayne L.
- Norman F. (b21/6/1946)
m. G. Redman
children- Kim, Judith, David.
- Reginald W. (b.12/12/1950)
m. J.Driscol
children- Bronwyn & Matthew.
- Douglas J. (b.23/5/1956)
m. D. Coleman
- no issue
8) MAISIE Alma born 2/1/1925 died 25/10/1993
married: Keith Bowtell
children- Myree m. G. Ryan (divorced)
child - Jole
- Maxwell (d.5/4/1979)
- Anthony(Tony) m. J. Hayden (div)
- no issue
{V.A} - Sandra (d.4/7/1987)
m.S. Taylor
children- Katrina, Karen & Melony



**** MARY JANE PARKER AND GEORGE LEWIS ***

Mary was born at: Little Plain Monaro 1879 {V.A}
married: George Lewis ..at Eden- 4/3/1899
born: 1876 at Nimmitabel

George Lewis was a gold miner at Yambulla {V.A}. George and Mary had six children :-

(1) Wilfred George b.1902
m. Lila Edna ????
children - Eileen
Florence
Mavis
Jean
Arthur
Harry
Robert
Frank

(2) Olivia Mary b.1902 d.7/1/1979
m. Edward O'Shea
children - June m. Edward O'Shea
son Jeffrey
- Elsie Doreen m. J Hartmann
daughters Jill & Karen
Elsie d.28/12/1991 aged 71.

(3) Kathleen b.1906 m. ???? Simpkins

(4) Etheleen b.1912 m. ???? Griffin
{Etheleen was known as Annie} {V.A}
(Violet Allan met the son of this
marriage. He was Station Master at
Hay @ 1972.)

(5) Charles H. b.25/1/1916 m. Marjory ????
children - Evelyn m. ???? Martin
3 sons
- Annette m. ??? Johnson
3 sons
- Frances m. ???? Jackson
2 daughters
- Lindsay m. ????
2 daughters & 2 sons



THE FAMILY HISTORY OF WILLIAM PARKER (Son of SAMUEL )



*** WILLIAM PARKER ***
(known as Bill)

BORN: 1855

Bill never married. Athol (Mick) Parker remembers a story of Bill walking from Neathercote to Towamba but getting lost for 12 days to eventually be found by the dogs of sawmillers in the Myrtle Creek area. Mick was 10 years old when this happened which would place the event at 1919 with Bill Parker being 64 years old.

VA says that Bill didn't keep in contact with the family and may have moved south to the Orbost area. Una recalled that Bill died at a old mans home in Lidcome when she was 16 which would make it about 1927.(worth more investigation)

Note: The Register of Baptisms - Roman Catholic Church ,Moruya records that a son Thomas was born 13/6/1855 and baptised 17/9/1855 to parents Samuel and Mary residing at Pambula. Thomas may be Bill as everyone seemed to alternate their names.



THE FAMILY HISTORY OF JOHN (Jack) PARKER AND MARY J. BEASLEY

The information contained herein is a compilation of dates ,names and extracts supplied by Violet Allen and Mick (Athol) Parker and Lenna Pearce. Initials in brackets {} show the source of this information unless otherwise stated. {V.A} for Violet Allen and {A.P} for Mick Parker and {Lenna.P} for Lenna Pearce . The names, dates and locations have been substanciated where possible by cross checking with documentation, however some dates may be in error and should be used as a guide until they can be linked to Register Births , Deaths and Marriages documents.

NOTE:
The information contained herein, regarding the KEEVER Family can be found in 'William and Sarah KEEVERS', a family history compiled and published by Elizabeth Webb. It is strongly recommended that any relations to this line obtain a copy of this research.



*** JOHN PARKER ***
BORN: 29/12/1859
Baptised at Eden 25/4/1860 Witnessed by Maria Parker
(Maria was born 1842 and would have been 18)
DIED: 16/6/1938 Buried at Bega next to Rose Mitchell
Anglican Section 3 Row J grave 25
First Marriage: Mary J. Beasley.
Second Marriage: Eliza Theresa Parker

John and Mary (Maria) married at Eden in 1881 Reg. No 3751. Mary is believed to have taken her own life in Burragate. No record of where she is buried however there are some unmaked graves near the Parkers and Beasleys which would be the most likely place {VA}. Following the death of Mary, John remarried Eliza Theresa Parker in Sydney Reg No. 3154 . According to Johns death certificate (SEE DOCUMENTS) there was no issue from the second marriage. Listed below are the children of Mary J Beasley and John Parker.

children: (1) MARTHA Ann (Annie) born: 20/2/1885 Bombala Reg. No.25782
died: 17/6/1972
buried: Bega Cemetery (see CEMETERIES)
(2) MAUDE ADELINE born:1889 Bombala Reg. No. 26810
died:9/3/1959
buried: Bega Cemetery
(see CEMETERIES)
married: Ben Rixon
died:10/5/1959
buried: Bega Cemetery (see CEMETERIES)
(3) JOHN Linden (Len) born:1891 Bombala Reg. No.7267
died: 13/4/1975 aged:84
buried: Bega Cemetery (see CEMETERIES)
(4) GEORGE Henry born:1894 Bombala Reg. No. 6974
died:14/11/1969 aged:74 {VA}
(5) ELENORA E. (Nina) born:1894 Bombala Reg. No. 7302
died:
Buried:
married: Ted Beasley
died : WW1


1) JOHN Linden (Len) Parker married Alice Florence Ethel (Florrie) Duncan and had one daughter Josephine LENNA. Lenna married Alan Vincent Pearce and is living in Brogo.
Alan Pearces' parents were Norm and Hilda Jessie Pearce (nee Smith). [ Jessie was a school teacher in Wolumla between January 1889 and 1895 when she retired. She died soon after. Source..E Williams}].
Alan and LENNA have three sons Geoffrey (b.1964), Trevor (b.1966) and Keith (b.1968). Geoffrey has three children - Belinda (b.1986), Christopher (b.1988) and Brent (b.1990). Trevor married Sharon Russell and have a daughter Carly Rose (b.27/9/93).
2) GEORGE Parker never married.
3) MARTHA Ann (Annie) married James Keevers (born 1887). Jim Keevers was a share-dairyman. Martha died in 17/6/1972 aged 87 years and he died 24/1/1944 aged 56 years. James is buried at Bega (see CEMETERIES).They had 6 children :-
i) James b. 5/7/1908 d.12/6/1938 m.Vera Lloyd d.?/7/1938 - no
issue James was killed aged 29 years. Vera died six weeks
later.James is buried at Cooma.
ii) Fredrick W. b. 1910 d.3/10/1971 buried:Bega
never married (see CEMETERIES)
iii)Eileen b. 24/9/1912 d.29/12/1939 buried:Bega?
m. Jack Healey - no issue
iv)Walter Henry b.1916 d.1989
(Pat) m.Laura Griffin

Walter and Laura had eight children:-
- Beverly (dec)
- Sandra m.Rodney Sayers ..Adam, Benjamin, Amanda
- Alan m. Janice Flemming..Jodi, Heidi
- Patricia m.Dennis Rowley..Louise, Belinda, Chad
- Raymond..never married
- Barbara m. David Anderson...Trent, Michelle, Alisha (b.20/10/1988)
- Walter m. Anne Tatershell...Daniel, Jenna, Brendan (b.9/10/1988)
- Gillian m. Stephen Manton
- Judith m. John Cox
v)Phyllis b. 26/2/1918 m. Charles Griffen d.of m.25/8/1944
Phyllis and Charles had one daughter:-
- Patricia Eileen b.29/12/1947 m. George Brotherson
Date of marriage 15/9/1965. Three Children:-
Rodney John b.8/3/1967
Wayne Charles b.14/8/1968
Darren James b.3/5/1972
vi)Stanley b. 13/12/1922 d.4/9/1969 (buried:Bega
m. Joyce Grealy ..see CEMETERIES)
Stanley and Joyce had three children:-
- Pamela m. John Lehmann..Michael, Paul, David, Gavin
- Kevin (known as Jim) - unmarried
- Stephen m. Dorothy Buckett..Anthony, Heidi.


(Reference for the above: "William & Sarah KEEVERS" page 78)
(see Note on front cover sheet regarding this text)

4) ELENORA E (Nina) married Ted Beasley.
Ted was killed in World War 1. {V.A} is not aware as to what happened to Nina. Nina and Ted had a daughter Edna and is believed to be married to man by the name of Gibson (unverified)
5) MAUDE ADELINE married Ben Rixon.



*** The Family of Ben Rixon ***
(source ... E. Williams.. Database entry #3109)


Thomas Rixon was born in Windsor N.S.W in 1808. He married Anne Smith and they had one son Joseph (b.26/9/1851). Ann Smith died 18/6/1893 and Thomas died 8/9/1883. Joseph Rixon married Harriet Gammon in 1875 and they had nine children:-
- Henry b.1876 m. Ann Gannon
- Louisa b.1878 m.1879 to David White
- Joseph b.1881
- George b.1883 m. Elsie May ???
- BENjamin b.1887
- Obadiah b.1888
- Emma b.1891 m.John Coman
- Bertha b.1893 m. ???? Quigg
- Leslie b.13/5/1897 m.Ruby May Freebody b.1903
d.23/5/1965 buried Cooma.

Benjamin James Rixon married Maude Adeline Parker and they had two children:-

- Joseph Benjamin John (b.27/5/1916)
born Berridale m. Sigma Almeria Nita Kelly
children...1) Dorothy May b.1939 Cooma
m.1957 to Ronald Edward Taylor
2) John David b.1941

- Thelma May (b.11/3/1923) Berridale.. died: Shellharbour
m. Les O'Brien. Two Children:-
1) Female
2) Male (killed motor accident)



THE FAMILY HISTORY OF GEORGE EDWARD PARKER and ELIZA PLUMB



**** GEORGE EDWARD PARKER ***
Born: 20/1/1852
Baptised at Eden 20/6/1852
Died: 7/11/1901 (death registered in Eden)
buried : unknown
Married: Eliza Theresa Plumb b.6.11.1855 (Launceston) d.30.9.1926
(Marriage Registered at Eden 1879 No.8405 \ 1879.3009)
(daughter of William Plumb and {m. Sydney 1858} Mary Anne Winning {d. Eden 1873}

In researching this family, one Mr George Edward Parker presented problems as I had no proof of his birth. Birth Deaths and Marriage records were not well maintained and genealogy is driven by proof.

On the death certificate of Samuel (1) dated 15/5/1917 it states that Samuel (1) had 5 children by his first marriage being Samuel (2) aged 64 (1853),William 62 (1855), John 58 (1859), James A 51(1866) and Ambrose 45 (1872). It then states that there were no deceased children. (what then of George Edward died 1901 and Maria died 1911 - an obvious omission).
Many years passed and fortunately for this leg of the family an interesting chain of events unfolded. E.R Williams was investigating his own family tree and looking through the baptism register of the Moruya Catholic Church. He noticed Samuel Parker and Mary Cusack listed and there at the top of the baptism list of children born to Samual and Mary sat George Edward born 20/1/1852 and baptised as the son of Samuel and Mary on 20/6/1852. George Edward irrefutably belongs according to the church and thats enough for me.

George Edward married Eliza Plumb. Eliza's father, William Plumb, was a master baker and came to Tasmania bringing the first bake oven to Launceston. William Plumb is reported to have built the Eden Bakery on moving to the South Coast of NSW.

The controversy:

I had been led to believe that "Aunty" Una was a cousin of my Aunt Bessie, however in the quest to establish this family tree, I found no documentation to support her belonging genetically to the Parkers. Una's father, George Arthur "Parker" was taken in to the family of George Edward Parker at the age of three following the marriage of his mother Eliza Plumb to George Edward Parker. A birth certificate was provided by Bev Francis in 1997 proving George Arthur to be the illegitimate child of Eliza Plumb

June 13, 1951
'The Sydney Morning Herald'
PARKER, George Arthur.-June 8, 1951, at Pambula District Hospital, of Towamba my dearly beloved husband, loved father of Una (Mrs. Halliday), May (Mrs. Stevenson), Tom, Jim, and Gwen, aged 76 years.

Questions regarding George A's legitamacy had been put to the older remaining members of this family from Bega and either a blank wall or conjecture was encountered each time... however Bessie asked Una about her father George Arthur and a story unfolded, scant as it was.

"George Arthurs mother was Eliza Plumb and when George Arthur was little he lived next door to Una's great grand mother Prike who would feed George Arthur as he was kept tied up (supposedly under the house). Eventually Una's grandmother Walters looked after George Arthur and that was how Una's mother (Hebe) met George Arthur, finally marrying him." {B.M}

"George Arthur was given a hard time by the community and spent a fair amount of time with the aboriginals up by the Towamba Cemetery. He once attempted to kill a Mitchell (rumoured to be his father) but no charges were pressed by Mitchell." {Bev Francis 1997 - a family story}


Eliza (aged 51) remarried John Parker (aged 47), her brother in law , in 1906. His wife Mary had died and he would have been left with five children (Nina - 8, George Henry - 9 , Maud -13,John L.-13, (twins) Martha - 18). George Edward parker had died in 1901 aged 52. This left Eliza with 10 children, the Eldest George Arthur aged 26 and the youngest Eric L. being 2.

Note: * Mrs. John Parker gave birth to twins daughters on October 1st. 1893 at Burragate 'Pambula Voice' October 13, 1893.


*** THE FAMILY OF GEORGE EDWARD PARKER AND ELIZA PLUMB ***

George A. also known as "Podge" 1875 (7510722 or at Eden (Reg. No. 3009)
Lawence Edward 1880 (80.13746)
Adeline Rose 1882 (82.15555)
Irene E (Inez) 1885 (85.19078)
Ethel M 1887 (87.20561) twin (possibly died at birth)
Reginald A 1887 (87.20560) twin
Algernon Gerald 1889 (89.20072)
Claude 1891 (91.12669)
Gwendoline 1891
Dulcie AM 1895 (95.22072)
Eric L 1899 (99.02852)
Richard Alfred (according to Voilet Allen) (note George Edward died in 1901)
Margaret (Winnie) 1903 (according to Voilet Allen) (note George Edward died in 1901)

(Connie Johnson - daughter of Adeline doesn't remember an uncle Richard Alfred or aunty Margaret however Violet Allen (second cousin) says they existed. Requires more proof )

1) - George A.
Born:26th October 1875 (see documents)
Died 8/6/1951
Buried Eden Cemetery #263
George married Hebe Walters at Eden 16.8.1910 (Reg. No. 8405). Hebe Walters was the sister of Eileen Walters.
Note ...Eileen Walters married Ben Beasley after the death of her first husband, George Farrell. George and Eileen are the parents of David Farrell, the husband of Zita (Granddaughter of Ambrose Parker).

George and Hebe had five children. (see diagram for other decendants)
i) Una b.21.2.1911 married Scott (Jock) Halliday lives Sydney
ii) Hebe May b.12.4.1913 m. Reginald Stevenson b.5.1.1914..live in Bombala
iii) Gwen m. Peter Kimber " "
iv) Tom lives Sydney (Photo V.A)
v) Jim m. Hilda Platts lives Campbelltown
George is buried at Eden Cemetery. Hebe is buried at Bombala (Entry M#499 .."Monumental Inscriptions [Monaro])

2) Lawence Edward 1880 (80.13746)
Born:1880 at Eden
Died ;Murwillumbah 1956 ,aged 76
Buried: Murwillumbah
Married: Alice May Lindwall , 1904 at Pambula

Lawrence Edward Parker moved to Murwillumbah @ 1916 . He had been an Engineer and farmer prior to his retirement. The newspaper clipping of the day of his funeral at the Church of the Sacred Heart Murwillumbah (possibly 6/6/56) stated that L.E. Parker was survived by three sons Austin Edward (Wingham) John Eric (Orange) and George Elliott (Kunghur) as well as his wife, a brother Richard Alfred (Eden) and three sisters Rose (Sydney), and Winnie and Dulcie (Eden). L.E Parker was a member of the UKI branch of the Manchester Unity Lodge.
3) Adeline Rose 1882 (82.15555)
Rosie Parker married John Loghrey and lived in Sydney. She had a daughter Connie. b 1/1/1905

4) Irene E (Inez) b.1885 (85.19078)
d. 4.6.1948

Inez married Alf Holden (d 19.3.1952) in 1906 (Reg No. 7079). They had a daughter, Queenie who married Michael Kilkenny (Buried Eden Entry BV#7...Monumental Inscriptions of the Bega Valley.) Queenie was born in Pambula and died 2.10.1983. It is rumoured that she married again to ???? Ison.
5) Ethel M 1887 (87.20561) twin
6) Reginald A 1887 (87.20560) twin m..Hanah ????
children Beryl,Walter and Alfred
7) Algernon G 1889 (89.20072)
Algernon married Laura Severs. Algernon died 16/11/1955 and Laura died 10/7/1981. They are both buried at Eden (Grave 9). Children are Alberta b.1920, Norma b.1922 , James (Jimmy) b.1918 and Eric b.1924 (lives in Cairns). Alberta married Pat Price and has two sons Tony and Wayne. Norma married an Otton and has two daughters Pat and Jenny and a son Eric.
8) Claude 1891 (91.12669)
9) Gwendoline 1891 died 1976 .. did not marry
10) Dulcie AM 1895 (95.22072) d.1954
11) Eric L 1899 (99.02852)
Eric L married Rachel Hannaford ,daughter of Henry "Harry" Hannaford and Francis Sophia "Fanny" Summerell. {EW}
12) Richard Alfred (need more proof of connection)
Lived in Eden and had a family (As yet no details). He died in Pambula District Hospital on the Tuesday prior to 19/3/1957
13) Margaret Winnie 1903 (need more proof of connection)
Winnie married Eddie Rowlands. Winnie died 3/3/1965.



THE FAMILY HISTORY OF JAMES PARKER AND MAY MATHESON


*** JAMES PARKER ***
BORN: Towamba 7/4/1866
died: 4/7/1927
buried : Catholic Section, Rookwood, Sydney.
Married: May Matheson (born 1869){ref 1869.17223}
(died: 19/9/1909 aged:40)
(buried: Towamba Cemetery)
(See CEMETERIES)
Remarried: Sophia ????
James Parker was born in Towamba and stayed there until around 1911 before selling his farm to Ambrose Parker and moving away from the valley. (According to the book written by his son Jim entitled "The Echos are Calling" James took the family to Sydney soon after the death of his wife May. {May Matheson became ill and was moved to Sydney, however died soon after. Her body was returned to Towamba for burial}.) James was a corn and pig farmer for a period of time in Towamba and evidence of this can be seen in a photograph (in the collection of Violet Allen) taken from Samuels property, across the river showing James' farm. Old slabsheds are still to be found on this property (1993). Old Parish maps show that James owned several sections of farmland in the Towamba township. To obtain a copy of these plans, it is necessary to approach the Dept of Lands in Sydney.

James remarried Sophia ???? after moving to Sydney and they resided at Forest Lodge, Kensington Rd, Summer Hill. James and Sophia had a daughter Merle. As a half sister, Merle inherited from Dud (Roy)'s estate. The last address for Merle was 10 Dawn Drive, Seven Hills, Sydney. {B.M}

May Matheson, James' first wife, was the daughter of William Matheson and Catherine Grady.

(Other children of the marriage of William Matheson and CatherineGrady
(married 1865...{ref 1865.3094) were:-
- unnamed {74.16613}
- unnamed {74.18047}
- Catherine B. {1882.196.154}
- Ann {1868.15469}
- Mary J. {1866.14100})

Children of the marriage of James and May :-
(1) Jim b.1907 (by book) d.28/3/1964
(2) William Dudley b. 1895 {ref 1895.1283}
(3) Beryl b.@1901 d.@1933 {B.M}
(4) Keith b.22/3/1895 d.31/7/1959 {B.M}



THE FAMILY HISTORY OF MARIA PARKER AND BEN BEASLEY


*** MARIA PARKER ***

BORN: 1868
Died: 22/9/1911 age:43
Buried: Towamba (see CEMETERIES)
MARRIED : Ben Beasley
born: 1852
died: 9/8/1946 aged 84
buried: Towamba
(see CEMETERIES)

(NOTE: The Death Certificate of Samuel Parker (b.1827) does not record Maria as a child (see Samuels Death Certificate in the DOCUMENTS section). This is perplexing as family history accepts her as a Parker yet she does not appear on this document.)

Ben Beasley and Maria (pronounced Mah-rye-ah) took in Len and George Parker, (children of John Parker) {A.P}. They had a child of their own, a daughter Bertha (b.1892) who died 16/6/1900 aged 8 years and 5 months. Bertha is buried at Towamba Cemetery (see CEMETERIES).

NOTE: Ben Beasley, a nephew of the above Ben Beasley remarried Eileen Walters after the death of his first wife Vera Hite.

Eileen Walters was the mother of the husband (David Farrel) of the grand daughter (Zita) of Ambrose who was Marias brother and therefore Bens brother in law. Eileen Walters had been married to George Farrel until his death in 1950.



THE FAMILY HISTORY OF AMBROSE PARKER AND EDITH CLEMENTS



*** AMBROSE PARKER ***

BORN: 1871
DIED: 30/7/1946 Age: 75
BURIED: Towamba Cemetery, NSW.
MARRIED :Edith I.Clements
born:.7/6/1883
died: 8/7/1963 age:80
buried: Towamba Cemetery (see CEMETERIES)

Data from a letter sent by Zita Farrell, Boundary Rd, Bega - dated 2/11/1986

Children - 1) Arthur STANLEY Samuel
died: 10/10/1968, age 61,
buried: Towamba Cemetery(see CEMETERIES)

2) Raymond IRA
died: 5/10/1967, age 64,
buried: Towamba Cemetery (see CEMETERIES)
married: Eva Perry
born: 24/3/1915 {Z.F}

3) DARCEY Elwin
died: 3/10/1980, age 63,
buried: Towamba Cemetery,(see CEMETERIES)
married: Eileen Sarah Burgess,
died: 8/12/1973, age : 56
buried: Towamba Cemetery
(see CEMETERIES)



**** The Family of Edith Clements ****


What follows is the information supplied to me on two loose leaf notes and two photocopies of relevant documentation made available by Mick Parker (Writing comparisons show the source to be Violet Allen ). Where possible the dates are cross checked to documented sources, however some of the following is unsubstantiated.



*** ELIZABETH MITCHELL ( mother of Edith Clements) ***

Edward Mitchell, the son of Edward and Nancy Mitchell arrived in Sydney 27/7/1857 aboard the "TARTAR" with his wife Anne Kendall (b. Cornwall, daughter of Thomas and Mary Kendall). They had been married six years (4/10/1821...1823 by death certificate) and had with them daughters Nancy (b. 26/8/1824) and Mary (b.15/7/1826). They were to have another eleven children:-

EDMUND b.28/3/1829
John b.7/1/1831
Elizabeth b.5/5/1833
Edward b.29/3/1835
Susan b.24/4/1836
Thomas b.1/6/1838
Sarah b.3/9/1840
Jane b.14/9/1842
Amelia b.5/3/1845
Ellen b.31/7/1847
Emily b.23/1/1851

(NOTE: The death certificate of Ann Mitchell, informed by son Thomas states that at time of Anns death the children of the marriage of Ann and Edward Mitchell comprised all of the above with the exception of Nancy, Mary and Susan. It seems odd that he neglected to mention these. (see DOCUMENTS for full Transcription of Anns' Death Certificate.)

Anne Mitchell died 12/3/1873 at Wolumla {RBDM 1873.3325.14} and was buried at South Wolumla Cemetry.

Ann and Edwards first son, Edmund Mitchell married Jane Nicholas on 2/7/1854 (see DOCUMENTS). Jane was born in 1828 and died 13/11/1864. Edmund died 11/3/1935. They had five children:-

ELIZABETH b.29/7/1856 m. William Clements
John b.16/10/1862 m. Fanny Bridle
Eliza b.15/3/1861 m. Rob Hazelgrove
Edmund
Amelia b.1859..d. 2/7/1864 buried Old Towamba Cemetery

Edmund and Jane moved from Sydney and lived at Pambula for three years before moving to Towamba and purchasing property owned by Ballmans (sic). They then bought land and settled at Lower Towamba.

Jane died 13/9/1865 of T.B and pneumonia,aged 36 and was buried with her daughter Amelia at the original Towamba Cemetery. This grave site is the only one still standing.

Edmund on the death of Jane remarried Mrs Jane Underhill (nee Mc Cloy) in 1886 and a daughter Emily was born 12/11/1866. Daughter Emily may have married a Pike as she was known as "Aunty Pike". Edmund and Janes daughter Elizabeth married William Clements on 9/2/1874. William Clements was born 1/1/1844 at Sixmilecross, County Tyrone, Nthn Ireland- d.24/6/1924, buried Towamba Cemetery and Elizabeth Mitchell (b. 29/7/1856, Pambula - d.11/3/1935, buried Towamba Cemetery. William and Elizabeth were married 9/2/1874 at Towamba and had thirteen children :-

Hannah b.17/12/1874 d.3/4/1919 m.Jack Jones
Edmund b.15/10/1877 d.5/2/1953 m.Matilda Hyde
Jane b.8/5/1876 d.11/12/1955 m.??? Gordon
Rebecca b.5/8/1879 d.21/7/1941 m.J. Jaggers
Alice b.19/10/1881 d.21/7/1941 m.Art Whitby
*EDITH b.7/6/1883 d.8/7/1963 m.Ambrose Parker
Adeline b.21/10/1885 d.28/2/1960 m.Joseph Harris
Mary M. b.21/8/1887 d.31/10/1970 m.Walter W. Parker
Ruth b.12/8/1889 d.3/1/1912 m.Edmund Love
Elsie b.13/10/1891 d.15/9/1978 m.(1) Sydney Allan m.(2)Ted Heathcote
William R. b.30/10/1893 d.30/12/1893
Arthur b.26/12/1894 d.28/7/1980 m.Grace Stevens
William D. b.27/8/1900 d.16/8/1977 m.Iris Lawler (Eileen)



*** WILLIAM CLEMENTS (father of Edith Clements) ***

A photocopy of the obituary of William Clements was made available to me by Mick Parker. It is as follows:-

TOWAMBA
The late Mr. Clements. A Typical Pioneer. (1924)

As mentioned in the last issue of the "MAGNET", Mr William Clements, senior, one of the oldest and most respected pioneers of the district passed peacefully away on Tuesday of last week (June 24th), at his home "Model Farm", Towamba, at the age of 80 years. The following brief additional reference to his career will doubtless be of interest to many of our readers.

Mr Clements was a native of County Tyrone, Ireland. Strongly imbued with the spirit of pioneering, he, as a young man, embarked for Australia and arrived in New South Wales on October 9th,1863 in the sailing ship "SEVERN". His shipmates included Messers B.H.McCabe (Lochiel), R. Cunnane (Eden) and M. McMahon (once of Merimbula), all now deceased. He first went to the Shoalhaven district where he worked for a couple of years. He then came to Eden, where he spent eight years in the employ of Barclay and Co., who at the time were merchnats in a big way. During his employment he saved a few hundred pounds which he invested in the purchase from Mr Stiles, a block of land at Towamba. This he made his home and he resided there for 51 years. He married, in 1874, a daughter of the late Mr Edmund Mitchell, of Lower Towamba and thereafter, with undeviating purpose, and by hard work, good management and careful saving, he assisted by his wife, developed on of the best farms in the Towamba District. Mr and Mrs Clements reared a family of nine daughters and three sons. The daughters are Mrs R. Gordon (Kyogle), Mrs J. Jaggers (Tweed River), Mrs A. Whitby (Parramatta), Mrs A. Parker (Towamba), Mrs W. Parker (Towamba), Mrs J.N. Harris (Kiah), Mrs Heathcote (Sydney), Mrs Jones and Mrs E.Love (deceased). The sons, Messers Edmund, Arthur and William Clements reside in Towamba. Their are 44 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

At the funeral, which took place at Towamba, the Rev. J.L. Forbes, who officiated, referring to the deceased gentleman, spoke of him as a man of exemplary character, honest, straightforward and upright, a pioneer of the right type, one who had helped to make the district and onewhom the district could ill afford to lose. he was steadfast adherant to his church and regularly attended devine service as long as health permitted. a very large attendance at the funeral, the arrangements for which were in the hands of Mr W. Ryan, Bega, evidenced the general esteem in which the deceased gentleman was held, and some beautiful wreaths were placed upon the coffin, which was of polished oak. All the deceased's children now living, with the exception of Mrs Jaggers ( Tweed River), were present at the graveside. (End of Text)

Edith Clements, Daughter of William Clements and Elizabeth Mitchell married Ambrose Parker.



** THE CHILDREN OF AMBROSE PARKER AND EDITH CLEMENTS**


Children - 1) Arthur STANLEY Samuel
died: 10/10/1968, age 61,
buried: Towamba Cemetery
(see CEMETERIES)

2) Raymond IRA
died: 5/10/1967, age 64,
buried: Towamba Cemetery
(see CEMETERIES)
married: Eva Perry
born: 24/3/1915 {Z.F}

3) DARCEY Elwin
died: 3/10/1980, age 63,
buried: Towamba Cemetery,
(see CEMETERIES)
married: Eileen Sarah Burgess,
died: 8/12/1973,
age : 56
buried: Towamba Cemetery
(see CEMETERIES)
1) Arthur STANLEY never married. He took over James Parkers farm when Ambrose died. {VA}

2) IRA Parker married Eva Perry from Cobargo. Eva Perry was the daughter Peter Perry and Sarah Gillespie. Peter and Sarah had two other children , Jean (who married a Roberts) and Maurie.

Ira and Evas' son Stephen Ira died 20/10/1992, late of Ocean Street, Bondi. Daughter Zita was born 6/2/1945. Zita married David Farrell from Towamba in 1967. David was the son of George Farrell and Eileen Farrell (nee Walters). When George Farrell died, Eileen remarried Ben Beasley (d.23/9/78 aged 85, buried Bombala {See CEMETERIES} ). Zita and David Farrell have a son Graham, born 11/11/1969.

3) DARCEY married Eileen Sarah Burgess. They had a son Alan and daughter Norma. Alan married Shirley ???? and they had two children, a son Terry and daughter Donna. Alan died at an early age and it is understood that Shirley has left the Bega district {Z.F}.

Ambrose Parker owned the Towamba store and his fathers farm. Edith Clements continued to run the store after he died, sons Darcey and Stanley were farmers and Ira took over the store and Darcy ran the wine shop. The Parker family held a licence for a wine saloon in Towamba for 100 years.

In April, 1993, I travelled to Towamba and found the shop and wine shop still standing. The wine shop is now a residence.