Reginald Victor EATHER 1873-1946
The eldest son of John William EATHER 1845-1915 and Harriet Clark 1849-1928.
Reg married Harriet Maria COUSINS 1882-1924 at Singleton on the 30 November 1910. Harriet was the daughter of Walter Young COUSINS 1856-1898 and Sarah Jemima nee MCFADDEN 1860-1885.
The children of this marriage were:-
Jack Cousins EATHER 1912 – 2002 Heather Jean EATHER 1913 – 2003
Kathleen Mollie EATHER 1915 – 1983 Wilga Elizabeth EATHER 1918 –
Ian Finlay EATHER 1921 –
None of the EATHER family had been fortunate enough to draw the homestead block of 'Henriendi' when land ballots had been held, but Reginald Victor, succeeded in coming to an arrangement with the man who had drawn it, and after the required residential requirements had been complied with, purchased it from him.
Reginald took his bride Harriet (known as Ettie) to live at 'Henriendi. She was 28, having been born at the Caledonian Hotel at Singleton on the 8 October 1882. She had ancestral roots in the English county of Wiltshire, where her paternal grandfather Walter COUSINS had been born at Heytesbury. Her uncle Alexander Munro COUSINS, was married to Reginald's cousin, Matilda Sarah, one of the daughters of his great uncle Charles EATHER 1827-1891.
Henriendi was their home for over forty years and where their children grew up.
Parts of the homestead had been modernised and there were additions, however the original kitchen remained for many years.
And what a marvellous kitchen it was. A very long room built entirely of cyprus pine with a very high ceiling which had white
calico tacked to the rafters which had been adzed flat. Every year just before Christmas the calico was replaced with fresh new calico.
On one side was a huge cast iron stove with two ovens on either side of the woodbox. In the corner was the copper for boiling the water and against the end wall were huge stone laundry tubs. In the winter the children would bathe in these tubs in front of the roaring fire. The walls were of upright logs split in halves with the flat sides on the inside. The scrubbed kitchen table seated at least a dozen. there was a huge pantry stocking all kinds of preserved fruits and vegetables. Big pottery jars of cauliflower pickles and tomato relish big bags of sugar and flour and other staples needed when living so far away from the nearest shop. The walk in fireplace had an iron bar across the top where the hams were smoked. Can just imagine the wonderful warm inviting aroma.
On the north west corner of the Henriendi homestead block was a small public school. In 1920 the Education Department realised that Reginald Eather could lawfully claim the school. They bought two acres of land from the stock route and set about moving the school building. Imagine the excitement of the children when a bullock team arrived to tow the school the ninety feet. They put round logs under the school and little by little they moved it without any trouble at all.
Much of this story has been taken from the book 'The Eather Family' Volune 5 for the Eather family History Committee by John St.Pierre.
Jack and Heather, Two of the children photographed below about 1915