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John 'Jack' Simpson KIRKPATRICK was born at South Shields, Durham, England on the 6 July 1892. He was the son of Robert KIRKPATRICK born 26 Nov. 1837 in South Leith Scotland and his wife Sarah SIMPSON born 14 September 1885 in Glasgow. As a child during his summer holidays he worked as a donkey-lad on the sands of South Shields.

After his father died on the 10 October 1909, Jack took on the role of bread winner for the family.

In 1910 he joined the crew of the SS Yeddo as a fireman and sailed for Newcastle, New South Wales, always sending money back home to his mother. (His mother passed away on the 9 March 1933 at South Shields).

On the 30 May 1910, When the Yeddo arrived in Newcastle, Jack deserted and for the next few years he worked a lot of different jobs. He tried coal mining in Newcastle, went cane cutting up in Queensland and drove cattle on the Liverpool Plains.

Sometime around the end of 1913 Jack joined the crew of the SS Yankalilla which was headed to Western Australia with a shipload of coal from Newcastle. Once it docked in Fremantle, on the 3 January 1914, Jack again took off. He managed to pick up plenty of odd jobs around the place.

On the 25 August 1914 at Blackboy Hill, 35 ks east of Perth in Western Australia Jack enlisted as John SIMPSON a ship's fireman, dropping the surname KIRKPATRICK, thinking they may not take too kindly to a merchant navy deserter and quite possibly would arrest him. He gave his mother as next of kin, calling her Sarah SIMPSON of 141 Bertram St, South Shields, Durham.

Jack was chosen as a stretcher bearer with the 3rd. Field Ambulance. This job was only given to strong men so it seems that his work as a fireman in the Merchant Navy had prepared him well for his exceptional place in history.

The strong, fair haired John SIMPSON became Australias most famous, and best-loved military hero without ever having to fire a shot.

On the 25th April 1915, he, along with the rest of the Australian and New Zealand contingent landed at the wrong beach on a piece of wild, impossible and savage terrain now known as Anzac Cove.

[Out of the 1500 men who landed in the first wave, only 755 remained in active service at the end of the day. The sheer number of casualties necessitated that stretcher bearing parties be reduced in the size from 6 to 2. Simpson then decided that he could operate better by acting alone. He spied a deserted donkey in the wild overgrown gullies and decided to use it to help carry a wounded man to the beach. From that time on, he and his donkey acted as an independent team. Instead of reporting to his unit, Simpson camped with the 21st Kohat Indian Mountain Artillery Battery - which had many mules and nicknamed Simpson "Bahadur" - the "bravest of the brave".]

From that day on Jack became a part of the scene at Gallipoli walking along next to his donkey, forever singing and whistling as he held on to his wounded passengers, seemingly completely fatalistic and scornful of the extreme danger.
He led a charmed life from 25th April 1915 until he was hit by a machine gun bullet in his back on 19th May 1915.

In just 24 days Jack rescued over 300 men down the notorious Shrapnel and Monash Valley. His prodigious, heroic feat was accomplished under constant and ferocious attack from artillery, field guns and sniper fire.

Quoted from some of his officers:

"Almost every digger knew about him. The question was often asked: "Has the bloke with the donk stopped one yet?"

"he was the most respected and admired of all the heroes at Anzac."

Captain C. Longmore, in 1933, remembered how the soldiers "watched him spellbound from the trenches... it was one of the most inspiring sights of those early Gallipoli days."

Colonel John Monash wrote "Private Simpson and his little beast earned the admiration of everyone at the upper end of the valley. They worked all day and night throughout the whole period since the landing, and the help rendered to the wounded was invaluable. Simpson knew no fear and moved unconcernedly amid shrapnel and rifle fire, steadily carrying out his self imposed task day by day, and he frequently earned the applause of the personnel for his many fearless rescues of wounded men from areas subject to rifle and shrapnel fire."

Every year on April the 25th, Australians and New Zealanders remember our ANZACS. A promise made in 1915 which we have passed on down to our children. And The Band Plays Waltzing Matilda as we reflect on the tragedy of war.

Not Only A Hero adapted from the book by Tom Curran is an illustrated life of Simpson, the Man with the Donkey, part of the Spirit of Anzac website.

The inscription on John SIMPSON's grave reads;

19TH MAY 1915 AGE 22


8 comment(s), latest 5 years, 6 months ago

Frank Hilton EATHER 1883-1917 -ANZAC

Frank was the son of Joseph Hiorns Rutter EATHER 1861-1884 and Clara RIDGE 1860-1941.

Early in life Frank EATHER displayed considerable musical and artistic talent. Around the turn of century he was amongst the art exhibitors at the annual Hawkesbury District Agricultural Shows. Some very famous artists were amongst the judges in the fine arts section around that time. They included Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Sid Long.In one year when Tom ROBERTS was the judge, Frank's prize-winning entry consisted of sketches of a number of the officials of Show Society, including one of the first secretary, Charles S GUEST. When the Society produced its history, "The Hawkesbury on Show" on the occasion of its hundredth Show in the 1980's, it featured a selection of sketches from Frank's prize-winning entry on the cover.

About 1902 romance blossomed between Frank EATHER and Blanche MORTIMER. She was 24, having born on 15 June 1878, the youngest of the ten children of Yarramundi farmer Henry Francis MORTIMER and wife Philadelphia CHANTLER. Henry Francis MORTIMER was one of the younger sons of George MORTIMER who had arrived at Richmond age 21 years and had received a grant of 100 acres of land. George MORTIMER hailed from a family of farmers in Wiltshire, England.

Henry Francis MORTIMER had died unexpectedly on 5 July 1878, not quite a month after Blanche's birth. When Blanche was ten her mother succumbed to pneumonia and she was left an orphan with three married sisters and six young siblings. There were a number of CHANTLER relatives in the Hawkesbury district and it was there that she grew up and in due course became close friends with Frank EATHER, who was six years her junior. They shared a common feature in their backgrounds. Neither of them could remember his/her respective father. On 17 April 1903 a son was born to Blanche and Frank in Wheeler's Lane, Sydney - a short street that no longer exists. Recorded originally as Eugene Allan, his name eventually became Alan Eugene because he didn't like the name Eugene.

At that time Frank's mother, Mrs Clara EATHER, was residing in George Street, Windsor and she was the organist at St Matthew's, Anglican Church. Residing with her was her elderly mother, Mrs Charlotte Margaret RIDGE, who had been a widow since the death of her husband John RIDGE. A descendant of the well-known COBCROFT family, she was a well-informed and interesting old lady until she was stricken with paralysis. Grandson Frank was one of the mourners at her funeral in 1906.

During the festive season of 1906, Frank EATHER nearly lost his life. Fanny RIDGE, an elder sister of Frank's mother Clara, had married William RICHARDS, a son of Benjamin RICHARDS and Elizabeth Eather WILLIAMS. They and their children lived at Port Hacking. Frank and his sister Mattie were holidaying with them and were out in a boat on the bay when a mishap occurred. Frank was almost drowned and was unconscious when pulled from the water by one of his cousins. The incident received mention in the Windsor newspaper of the day.

On 19 July 1908 a daughter was born to Blanche and Frank and named Enid. This daughter was only a small child of five when her mother died from what later became known as deep vein thrombosis. Frank went to his aunt Emma MORGAN of Abercrombie Street, Sydney, and Enid to her aunt Sarah GORNALL who lived at Chatswood. World War I broke out in August 1914 and on 3 November that year Frank Hilton EATHER enlisted in the Australian Army. He named his mother as his next-of-kin. Allocated to the 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry Brigade with the number 1462, he did his initial training and less than two months later was promoted to the rank of corporal. Sent overseas with reinforcements to the Mediterranean early in 1915, he was taken on strength at Gallipoli on 7 May, just a fortnight after the historic landing that made the name ANZAC famous. On 20 June 1915 he was promoted to lance-sergeant and saw further action on Gallipoli until 20 October 1915, when he was evacuated to Mudros on the island of Lemnos, suffering from diarrhoea. On 25 November 1915 he embarked for England on the "Aquitania" and on 4 December was admitted to the London War Hospital at Epsom.

After six months in England, Frank departed with the 35th Draft to join the British Expeditionary Force in France, and reported to the 1st ADBD at Etaples on the following day. He marched out of this Unit on 20 December 1916 and rejoined 1st Battalion three days later. On 8 January 1917 he was absorbed from the supernumerary list of non-commissioned officers to replace Corporal BRADSHAW who had died of wounds, and on 29 January he was promoted to Temporary/Sergeant. In action on the western front, T/Sgt Frank EATHER was reported missing on 5 May 1917.
A court of inquiry found that he had been killed in action some time between the 5th and 8th of May. He left two children, Alan Eugene, then age 14 years, and Enid, age 9 years. His mother was duly notified of the death of her only son.
The name Sgt Frank EATHER appears on the honour roll inside St Matthew's Church at Windsor, and his name is also recorded on the headstone of his maternal grandparents John and Charlotte RIDGE in the churchyard.

For the honour of Australia, our mother,

Side by side with our kin from across the sea,

We have fought and we have tested one another,

And enrolled among the brotherhood


Remember the Anzacs

Location on the Roll of Honour Frank H Eather's name is located at panel 29 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial (as indicated by the poppy on the plan below).

1 comment(s), latest 6 years, 6 months ago

The Quin

Talking about Quinn's brought back a memory of a funny story. I was at a roadhouse in the Northern Territory called Threeways,just north of Tennant Creek, back in 1988 and in the bar(where else?) This bar is 24 hours and attracts tourists, truckies,miners,ringers desperados and the locals. The walls of the bar are covered in all sorts of things including car number plates notes to and from people passing through etc. and one wall has money stuck on it from all parts of the world.

In walk two aboriginal boys from a community the other side of Phillip Creek . They barely speak english and are catching the bus to see the doctor 560ks south in Alice Springs.
They see the money on the wall and pay particular attention to the Irish pound note.
They point to the picture of the queen on the colourful note and ask me, "Who That?"
I said, "That's the Queen.
"Yes" I repeated
"Who Quin?"
I said, "She's the boss"
"Where quin live" they ask.
"Oh, she lives a long way away. In England"
"We can go see Quin?"
" NO no no it's too far."
"How long way?" they asked again.
"A very, very long way, on the other side of the world." I explain.
after confering together for a minute, they both said,
"Ahhhhhhh Near Kalgoorlie"
"Yes" said I. " Near Kalgoorlie."

For those of you who don't know. Kalgoorlie is in Western Australia and a short cut is down the Gun Barrell highway from Alice Springs

6 comment(s), latest 6 years, 7 months ago

William ROWLAND 1836-1918

William ROWLAND the son of William ROWLAND b:1806 Luckenfield, Cheshire d:11 March 1847 Stepney, London and Esther Ann GARRETT orn 13 June 1808 Clapton, Surrey and died 1872 at Muswellbrook, NSW
William was born at Tower Hamlets, Middlesex and baptised on 15 July 1836 Stepney St.Dunstan and All Saints, London died 24 August 1918 Quirindi, NSW

On the 29 November 1855, married the daughter of Peter NOWLAN a settler from Sugar Loaf and Mary nee HONOR. Mary Ann "Annie"NOWLAN born 25 October 1838 at West Maitland baptised 7 January 1839 at East Maitland NSW and died on the 1 June 1877 in East Maitland, nsw

The children of this marriage were:-

Samuel ROWLAND 1857 ? 1902
William Henry ROWLAND B:1857 Maitland NSW D: 1902 Inverell
Alfred J ROWLAND b:1859 Maitland, nsw 1859
Annie ROWLAND 1862 Maitland, NSW
George Frederick ROWLAND b:1864 Maitland, NSW d:1932 E.Maitland
Florence Ada ROWLAND b:1867Maitland, NSW d:1938 Quirindi, NSW
Sarah E Anne ROWLAND b:1871 Muswellbrook, NSW
Amy Lillian ROWLAND b:1873 Murrurundi, NSW
Edith Ethel ROWLAND 1876 Singleton, NSW
plus Jennie 1876-1950 by unknown mother raised by William

William ROWLAND's second spouse was
Jane DOWNEY the daughter James DOWNEY 1815 d:1882 Merriwa, NSW
and Margaret GORDON 1824 d:1891 East Maitland, NSW
born on the 6 May 1848 at Page's River near Singleton NSW.

Her first husband was William J CROTHERS the son of John CROTHERS 1805-1853 and Bridget RICE 1811-1878. William was born 19 December 1843 at Armagh, Ireland and died 13 March 1873 Merriwa, NSW. they were married on 1 January 1868 at Murrurundi, NSW

The children Between William CROTHERS and JANE were:-
Emily Jane CROTHERS b: 19 October 1868 at Colly Blue, NSW. d:1948
Alicia CROTHERS b:15 July 1870 Llangolen NSW d:28 Feb. 1874 Moredevil
William John CROTHERS b:7 Sept.1872 Llangolen d: 26 April 1919

William ROWLAND married Jane CROTHERS nee DOWNEY on 23 June 1879 at the residence of Mr.James RUDD Murrurundi, NSW. by the rites of the Wesleyan Church by Reverend B WATKINS.
Witnesses John Hughes and Annie CASSIDY

The children of William ROWLAND and JANE were:-

James ROWLAND b:1878 Newcastle, NSW
James Felix ROWLANDb:1880 Murrurundi d:1947 Granville, NSW
Margaret Alice ROWLAND b:1880 Murrurundi d:25 Sept.1951 Balmain
Jane Esther Eveline ROWLAND b:1883 Gunnedah d:1909 Quirindi, NSW
Myra E D b: 1885 Gunnedah, NSW
Celia R ROWLAND b:1887 Quirindi, NSW
Nellie A Rowland b:1892 Quirindi, NSW

Jane ROWLAND nee DOWNEY formerly CROTHERS died on the 17 October 1915 at Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales

*Source for this journal-janilye tree in ancestry.com.au

The photograph below QUIRINDI about 1911

2 comment(s), latest 6 years, 7 months ago

Anyone can be a Genealogist !!!

Anyone can be a genealogist!

These days it seems, to call yourself a genealogist, all you have to do is learn to spell 'genealogist', or find an old photo of your grandfather when you moved the fridge.

If you're thinking of hiring a 'genealogist' note that Certification and accreditation are not a requirement for genealogists who wish to accept clients.

Of course certification or accreditation does help you to know that these individuals have had their competence as genealogical researchers thoroughly tested by their peers and not just any individual who knows how to find the Mormons Family Search on the internet. Which is the first online site we all find during our first steps into trying to find where the rellies all hailed from.

Professional Genealogist: - This title generally applies to any genealogist with knowledge and experience of proper genealogical research methods and techniques, and who supports and upholds high standards in the field of genealogy. People who call themselves professional genealogists are usually either certified or very experienced, but this is not always the case. Anyone can use the title "professional," so be sure to inquire about their education, experience, and references.

Do you think that the genealogical profession is one that you will enjoy? Follow these simple steps to see if you have the necessary skill, experience, and expertise to offer your services to others on a fee basis.

Below I've added some tips by Kimberly Powell for those thinking they may be able to earn a bit of extra change in the field of genealogy.

How To Become a Professional Genealogist

By Kimberly Powell, source- About.com Guide


1. Read and follow the code of ethics of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

2.Consider your experience. A genealogist must be familiar with the various types of genealogical records available and know where to access them, as well as know how to analyze and interpret evidence. If you are unsure about your qualifications, enlist the services of a professional genealogist to critique your work and offer guidance.

3. Consider your writing skills. You must be knowledgeable of the proper format for source citations and have good grammar and writing skills in order to communicate your findings to clients. Practice your writing constantly. Once you have it polished, submit an article or case study for possible publication in a local genealogical society newsletter/journal or other genealogical publication.

4. Join the Association of Professional Genealogists. This society exists not only for practicing genealogists, but also for people who desire to further their skills.

5. Educate yourself by taking genealogy classes, attending seminars and workshops, and reading genealogical magazines, journals, and books. No matter how much you know, there is always more to learn.

6. Volunteer with a local genealogical society, library or group. This will keep you in touch with a network of fellow genealogists, and help to further develop your skills. If you have the time, start or join a transcribing or indexing project for additional practice at reading genealogical documents.

7. Make a list of your goals as a professional genealogist. Think about what types of research interests you, the access you have to necessary resources and the profitability of doing research as a business. What do you want to do? Professional genealogists don't all do client research - some are authors, editors, teachers, heir searchers, bookstore owners, adoption specialists and other related fields.

8. Develop your business skills. You cannot run a successful business without knowing about accounting, taxes, advertising, licenses, billing and time management.

9. Get a copy of Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians. This book by Elizabeth Shown Mills is the bible for genealogy professionals and those who want to become professional. It offers advice and instruction on everything from abstracting to setting up a business.

10. Consider applying for certification or accreditation. The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) grants certification in research, as well as in two teaching categories, and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists offers accreditation in specific geographical areas. Even if you decide not to become certified or accredited, the guidelines offered by these testing programs will help you objectively evaluate your genealogical skills.

If you are in Australia,The Society of Australian Genealogists has a formal course and examination, resulting in a Diploma in Family Historical Studies (Dip. F.H.S.).

1.Practice your research skills every chance you get. Visit courthouses, libraries, archives, etc. and explore the records. Get as much experience as you can before working for others.

2.Don't stop researching your own family history. It is most likely the reason you fell in love with genealogy in the first place and will continue to provide inspiration and enjoyment.

Kimberly Powell is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and several local genealogical societies. She has been writing about genealogy for About.com since 2000, and her work has also appeared in several genealogy magazines.

6 comment(s), latest 6 years, 6 months ago

Do You Need Spell Check ??

Better make sure it's a goodie.

Eye have a spelling chequer,
It came with my Pea Sea.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss Steaks I can knot sea.

Eye strike the quays and type a whirred
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am write oar wrong
It tells me straight a weigh.

Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your shore real glad two no.
Its vary polished in its weigh.
My chequer tolled me sew.

A chequer is a bless thing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right all stiles of righting,
And aides me when eye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The chequer pours o'er every word
Two cheque sum spelling rule.

The original version of this poem was written by Jerrold H. Zar in 1992. An unsophisticated spell checker will find little or no fault with this poem because it checks words in isolation. A more sophisticated spell checker will make use of a language model to consider the context in which a word occurs.
Most word or office programs are pretty good these days.

6 comment(s), latest 6 years, 4 months ago

COUSINS, Richard, William and Walter NSW

Richard Young COUSINS 1798 and Kezia Dann 1796 were married at St.Martin In The Field, Middlesex, London on the 16 June 1818.
The sons were Richard Young COUSINS 1819-1886, William Henry COUSINS 1827-1883, and Walter COUSINS 1829-1904.

The first son;

Richard Young COUSINS born 17 March 1819 in Heytesbury, Wiltshire.
On the 30 July 1844 at the Trinity Church, Bathurst NSW with the reverend Mr. SHARPE officiating Richard Young COUSINS married Sarah Mary KITE.
Sarah Mary was one of 9 children born to Thomas KITE born 1788 in Wiltshire, England died 13 September 1876 at Bathurst, NSW and his wife Sarah, nee BAYLISS born 11 January 1804 at Bathurst, NSW and died 17 September 1844 at Kelso, near Bathurst NSW.

The children of Richard Young COUSINS J.P. and Sarah Mary, were:-

1. Louisa Jane Cousins 1846 ? 1912
2. Alfred Thomas Cousins 1847 ? 1942 m. Harriet Sophia MARSDEN 1850-1920 at Moama 6 Jan.1872
3. Emily Cousins 1849 ? 1924
4. William Frederick Cousins 1852 ? 1893
5. Elizabeth Cousins 1853 ? 1942
6. George Cousins 1856 ? 1895
7. Edward Charles Cousins 1859 ? 1927 m. Myra Helena Lloyd 1860-1941 in 1881
8. Florence Ada Cousins 1862 ? 1863
9. Minnie Lucy Cousins 1864 ? 1934 m. Sir John Charles GIBSONE 1847-1929 in 1888

Richard Young COUSINS died on 27 August 1886 at 'Bishopscourt' Bathurst, NSW
His wife Sarah Mary died at her residence 'Kelsoville' in Kelso on the 10 February 1900.

The second son Walter Henry COUSINS 1827-1883 married Martha Eliza BLUNDEN 1838-1907 at Wellington, New South Wales in 1856. Together they had 9 children, they were:-
1. William Henry Cousins 1857 ? 1933
2. Alfred S Cousins 1858 ? 1918
3. Charles James Cousins 1859 ? 1944 m. Alice Martha BRAZIER 1863-1950 in 1888
4. Keziah D Cousins 1866 ? 1943
5. Martha Philadelphia Cousins 1870 ? 1933 m Henry Edward BLUNDEN 1863-1938 in 1900
6. Henrietta Cousins 1872 ? 1961 m. James Charles BLUNDEN 1869-1951 in 1887
7. Richard Young Cousins 1875 ? 1953 m. Annie Agnes SMITH in 1908
8. Sydney Herbert Cousins 1878 ? 1949
9. Elizabeth J Cousins 1880 ? 1942
William Henry died at Urana in 1883

The third son;
Walter COUSINS was born at Heytesbury, Wiltshire in 1829.
He married Harriett MUNRO on the 28 September 1858 by special license at the home of Arthur George RAVENSCROFT.
The ceremony was performed by the Reverend Mr. TUCKFIELD

Harriet MUNRO was born in 1837 to Thomas and Catherine PHILLIPS and from about 1840 was raised by Alexander MUNRO 1812-1889, the first Mayor of Singleton and his wife Sophia LOVELL 1812-1889.
She was known as Harriet MUNRO daughter of Alexander MUNRO.

The children of the marriage between Walter COUSINS and wife Harriet were:-

1. Alexander Munro Cousins 1854?1923 m. Matilda Sarah EATHER 1858-1941
2. Walter Young Cousins 1856?1898 m. (1.) Sarah Jemima McFadden 1860-1885 m:(2.) Jessie McInnes 1866-1950
3. Sarah J S Cousins 1857 ? 1872
4. Charles S Cousins 1859 ? 1859
5. Harriet Emma Cousins 1860?1946 m. Robert Henry LEVIEN 1847-1938
6. Edward Hugh Cousins 1862 ? 1879
7. Isabella Marie Cousins 1866 ? 1867

Walter COUSINS died on the 5 February 1904 at 'Heytesbury' Bishops Avenue, Randwick, Sydney, NSW
Harriet COUSINS nee MUNRO died on the 14 January 1873 at Singleton, NSW.
?janilye, 2011

The photo below is Robert Henry LEVIEN lawyer/politician husband of Harriet Emma Cousins

Further information, just ask.

The Ship THAMES 1826

Please contact me if you had an ancestor who arrived on the THAMES

The Irish immigration ship the Thames which brought wives and children from Cork Ireland to Sydney to unite with their husband/father who had been transported prior to 1826

The Thames was the first immigration ship to carry families directly from Ireland.

The Thames sailed from Cork 14 November 1825 and arrived 11 April 1826 and carried 37 wives and 107 children. There were also 16 paying passengers and crew captained by Robert Frazier and Surgeon Superintendant Dr. Linton R.N

There is no official passenger list existing in the NSW State Archives, the National Archives in Canberra or the National Archives in Dublin Ireland .

The purpose is to locate extended family members of those that immigrated on the Thames with the view to drawing together background information on what has happened to those Thames families and their convict husbands since 1826.

The objective is to document as many as possible Thames family stories and provide this information to the Mitchell Library and to the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) in the form of a manuscript.

A researcher named Lyn Vincent of Lyndon Genealogy has managed to reconstruct a passenger list through using the 1828 Census, the Ship Surgeon's Report, Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes and the Australian Biographical & Genealogical Record.

A Constable Michael Sheedy in the 1830s also compiled a list of family names that travelled on the Thames .

Unfortunately there were 16 deaths on the voyage (3 wives and 13 children). Close analysis of the Surgeon's Report (Dr. Lynton) has identified 2 of the wives and 8 children) on a microfilm held by the Mitchell Library. It would seem that not all of the Surgeon's report has been copied to microfilm

12 comment(s), latest 6 months, 3 weeks ago

FORDERICH the itinerant corn cutter

Transcribed by janilye 13 April 2011 from Bell?s Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer NSW : 1845-1860 published 30 September 1848


In this case one FORDERICH summoned a buxom widow, by the name of Dickson, for the sum of ?1 11s. 6d., for sundry attendances and operations on one of the said lady's toes.

The Commissioner.- Let us hear the nature of the claim. Is the debt disputed ?

Mrs. Dickson.-Oh, dear me, yes. It is one of the most abominable and impudent, as ever the law heard of.

The Commissioner.-Then it must be bad indeed-(a laugh) ; but we will hear what it is,before we decide
Mrs. Dickson.-But, sir, I wish to state that the person, who has summoned me here, has committed what, I think, must be contempt of court ; though 1 know very little about law, and have no desire to know more.

The Commissioner (surprised).-A contempt of court ! What has been the nature of it?

The plaintiff, a somewhat, chubby, Dutch-formed personage, stepped forward and said he would explain.

The Commissioner.-Let us hear the lady first, Proceed Mrs Dickson.

Mrs. Dickson (holding down her head.) - He, the bad man, has sent me an order, or note, or subpoena, or whatever it is, to produce in evidence my---(the lady could not go on farther.)

The Commissioner.- Where is the paper?

Mrs. Dickson after some difficulty, and blushing red, handed it to the court.

The Commissioner as soon as he had perused it, laughed heartily. "It was," he said " a novel subpoena, for it requested the defendant to produce her left foot in court."

Plaintiff:- Yes, dat is it.

The Commissioner. - At present we have nothing to decide on, as it is not likely to be called for.

Plaintiff (earnestly.)- Oh, yes! (laughter.)

The Commissioner.- Where is the bill.
The document was handed in, and was as follows : -

Mrs, Amibil Dickson,
Dr. to Forderich, the chiropodist, just arrived from Amsterdam.

Jan. 4.-See your left foot very great bad corn, vich 1 tell you take long time it so big. 2s 2d
Jan. ?.- Put on dis cornu pressum forget him allgedur and take same
oil. 10s 6d
Jan. 7.- Der same-... 10s 6d
Jan. 8...Der fine Amstat salve, as der corn Very hard, and dis always
soften. 2s 6d
Box for him. 6d
Jan. 9.-For lost time, see you when you give back der cornu pressum, an say 1 never cure you. 5s 6d

This precious bill excited roars of laughter during its perusal. The Dutchman did not seem to understand why, and the lady was evidently annoyed at the allusion to her "left foot", which she kept right out of sight.
The Court observed that this was one of the most extraordinary claims among the many extraordinary that daily came before them. A good deal of it, however, they, as yet. could not understand. Did the defendant dispute the whole amount?
Mrs. Dickson said very energetically that she did, and if the commissioner had been put in thc cornu pressum, or whatever it was, he would justly think she ought to complain, instead of being asked for this bill-(loud laughter.)
Tho Commissioner.- What is the plaintiff's case ?

The plaintiff, in broken English, said he had been called in professionally, and should, in time, have cured der lady ; but she would not let him, and said he and his cornu pressum was an "imposture "-(a laugh),

The Commissioner-What is this cornu pres-
sum ?

Plaintiff (leaning over and speaking mysteriously).-That for cure her-but. der foot so bad shape, no shape, that no cornu pressum fit-(loud laughter).

Mrs. Dickson.-Oh you good for nothing

The Commissioner.-Never mind, Mrs. Dickson, we will hear you by and by.

The plaintiff then gave a glowing description of his professional skill, and wished the court to see the shape of the lady's foot, and they would be satisfied it required much time for the completion of his engagement-(laughter).
The Commissioner observed that he would not ask ihe defendant to do anything of the sort, but as the complainant had given notice to Mrs. Dickson to produce her foot, he could perhaps give secondary evidence.

Plaintiff.- Der dieble! What that ?
One of the officers explained. to him that he might show by some other means of what particular form the lady's foot was.

Plaintiff (passionately).-How I do dat, dere is der foot-(pointing under the table) ; look for what I say-(roars of laughter).

The Court.- No, that, we shall not allow. Can you produce a witness, or a drawing, if you like?

Plaintiff - No witness. And looking at the Commissioner with the utmost astonishment - Draw der voot ? Der diable! not draw der voot - (continued laughter).

The Court - We, can assist you no further. Is that all you have to say?

Plaintiff - I vant der voot; look for der voot, mynheer, and den give me my bill.

The Commissioner declined to pry under the table, and called upon Mrs. Dickson for her defence.

Mrs. Dickson said the case on her part was a very hard one. She had unfortunalely a bad corn when she first saw the plaintiff, who, she had discovered, is an itinerant corn-cutter.

Plaintiff-Vot you say? I have my caracter in Amsterdam for chiropodist ; take care -(a laugh). , . .....

Thc Commissioner-You must not interrupt. We have heard you very patiently.

Mrs. Dickson continued, and stated that he called at her house, and spoke of so many wonderful cures he had performed, that she was induced, at the suggestion of her niece, to allow him to attempt the removal of the corn, which had caused her a great deal of pain. He was to call the next day, but then he made a vast number of difficulties, and observed how lucky it was that he had been called in, as there was great danger if the case had been placed in un skilful hands-(loud laughter),-and she was induced to let him apply what he called his cornu pressum, and she really thought, it would, have pulled not only the corn but her foot off. She had been lame ever since, and the allusion to the shape of her foot was nothing but a piece of impudence to deter her from defending this summons.

Several of the defendant's friends gave her foot a " good character," and fully.corroborated her statement, that she had been lame ever since the application of the cornu pressum (laughter).

Thc Commissioner, having consulted, said the charges on the bill were so strange that he did not see what could be allowed. Probably as Mrs. Dickson had been so foolish as to consult the plaintiff she'ought to be charged something, and the first item in the bill Would be enough. The Cornu pressum, or whatever it was, he thought it must be paid for.

Plaintiff.- Oh, my cornu pressum-(loud laughter, and cries of "silence."

Ultimately Mrs. Dixon was ordered to pay
2s. 6d. which she did.

The Commissioner- Mrs. Dickson, let me advise you to beware of the cornu pressum for the future-(a laugh)

Mrs. Dickson said she assuredly would.

The plaintiff', When the result of the decision was made known to him, burst out in a volley of abuse against all present, and running after the defendant called out, " See der voot ! seeder voot !" Mrs. Dickson, however, had a cab waiting, and public curiosity was not gratified.

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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

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