THE PARRS OF "THE ELMS" AND "ANNANDALE" AT TULLAMARINE, VIC., AUST.
With the Nash and Wright families, the Parrs were mainstays of the Tullamarine Methodist Church. The family also gave great service to the Keilor Shire Council with James Henry serving as President six times and his son, Bill, four times. James and his wife were known by locals as Da and Ma Parr. James and later his son, Sam, farmed The Elms (5,F/10) and Bill lived n/w of the west end of Sharps Rd (15, D/1) on part of Annandale which was not absorbed into the Arundel Closer Settlement, keeping the name of grocer Annands grant for his farm. The Parrs left England in 1853, going to New Zealand before arriving in Australia with Ann Parr seeming to have lost her husband during that time. The family lived in Tullamarine until The Elms was bought for Airport Purposes in about 1960. More information in my Before The Jetport.
The success of the Back to Tullamarine reunions of 1989 and 1998 was chiefly due to Winnie Lewis, daughter of Sam Parr (the first beardless man one oldtimer ever saw.)
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Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.