Laslett family history
George and Eliza Laslett of Allendale East
(This story of George and Eliza Laslett and of their family was written by their grandson Reg Laslett and first published as a booklet for the South Australian family reunion in 1972. The odd word here and there has been changed in this reprint to fit the narrative into the style of the present document.)
George Laslett was born at Hole Farm, Sturry on 6 April 1836. He was the fourth child of George Laslett, a yeoman of Hole Farm, and his wife Charlotte Laslett née Manger (page 54).
In 1841 George and his brother Richard started school as weekly boarders at Miss Elizabeth Stead's ladies boarding school in Sturry where they stayed for a year before, due to their sizes more than their ages, they were then moved to Miss Stead's brother Stephen's boarding school, also in Sturry, as day boarders. In 1848 Stephen Stead's school closed and he took on the more leisurely occupation of clerk at the Ramsgate waterworks while the boys, accompanied now by their brother Manger, moved as yearly boarders to a school located at Belmont House, 1 High Street, Ramsgate that was run by their old schoolmaster's son, Thomas Stead.
From reading family letters it is apparent that the boys were keen sportsmen, playing cricket in the village team and riding with Squire John Collard of Edington's hunt. Squire Collard was related through family intermarriage with the Dennes and Lasletts. The social function of the hunt was much deeper in those days than it is today, a sort of 19th century Rotary Club. The fox would find itself pursued by not only squires and gentlemen, but also by a collection of farmers, the parson, the doctor and the solicitor, and even the village tradespeople. The fox did as much for social cohesion as the church. The Laslett boys were keen riders. Richard, George's brother, writing much later remembers as a boy being halted by a fence, not wishing to force his nag. George took the fence and Richard, while finding the gate, saw George "a field ahead, well among others, riding at high speed after hounds in full cry.
Georges parent's land was farmed under rigid conditions. They were not permitted to sell any produce from the farm except on the hoof. This ensured that the fertility of the land was maintained by returning all plant produce to the soil in the form of manure. A number of farm hands were employed to care for the stock and produce food for them. George was educated at a boarding school and found pleasure in recounting stories of his school days. In the young colony, where many could not read or write, his education was often used to bridge the gap between them and their folk "back home".
When his father died in 1853 it appears there was some difficulty in the continued use of the land farmed by the Laslett family for so many years. This circumstance apparently turned George's thoughts towards Australia. We have a letter written by him from Ewell in England to his uncle, dated 26 June 1854, where discussions regarding the land are disclosed. Also in this letter is an expressed determination to migrate to Australia. He wrote, "I had a letter from Uncle John this morning respecting Australia, but he does not want to persuade me from going to Australia, but no one will stop me from going if I get a chance. I shall never be satisfied till I am there. I was talking to a young sailor one fine day and he said we shall have no difficulty in getting out, and also there is a young man coming home now from there. He said it is a splendid place and if it was not for coming home to be married he would not leave it, but means to go back again". So it was quite apparent that George's mind was made up and in January 1855 he arrived in Australia. (When he celebrated his 90th birthday a report in the Border Watch, Mount Gambier's newspaper, stated that he arrived in South Australia in the sailing ship Fulwood, but maritime records do not confirm this.) The Fulwood, Captain Fitzsimmons, left Liverpool Docks on 10 October 1854 and reached Port Phillip on 30 December 1854. George then proceeded by steamer to Adelaide.
On 24 August 1855, the Comptroller of Prisons wrote to the Honourable the
Colonial Secretary in the following terms,
I have the honour to request that you will be good enough to procure from His Excellency, the Governor in chief the appointment of George Laslett to be Convict Guard in the Department from this day inclusive. One Chas Lewin (Senior Guard) promoted to be overseer in charge of the Free Labour Station at Northside.
In another document concerning the appointment it stated the salary to be seven shillings per deum.
We do not have much detail of George's life in the years from 1855 to 1866. On 27 June 1860 in Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide, he married Eliza Ann Langford. Their first child, also named Eliza Ann, died in infancy. These two events were to be symbolic in their lives, as for many colonists, a mixture of joy and sorrow.
Something of his nostalgia is revealed in a letter dated 6 January 1866. This was addressed from Dry Creek Stockade to his brother in England and says, "I have been expecting to hear from you but have been disappointed these last two mails. Surely some of you could write once a month as there can be no excuse being so many of you . . . no one can feel the disappointment like those who are far away from their Mother country and anxious to hear from their dear relatives, who perhaps they will see no more. Many times my thoughts are in dear old England . . . Often I picture the old farm. I am separated from those I love so dear to me, to end my days in a distant land, but I have no one to blame, it was my own seeking therefore I must be content and make the best of it is the only conclusion I can come to. Thanking God for His goodness in providing me with a good partner and blessing me with two sweet children, often do they cheer you up when one is downhearted. I have had little Lotty's likeness taken and will send you one". Eliza Ann born 7 March 1862, Charlotte Ann born 22 April 1863 and Elizabeth born 26 June 1865 were all born in the Hundred of Yatala at the Stockade now known as Yatala Labour Prison.
The only other letter we have was written from Allendale on 19 June 1867. By this time George and Eliza had taken up a block of land at Caroline. In this letter he regrets not having written but pleads busyness. He writes, "We have been busy since coming here, putting up house and clearing the land. We are now turning up the new land which plow rather hard as we have but little wet. One great drawback, we have the confounded kangaroo to contend with and if we are not careful and put up a good fence they will nip what we have sown . . . This is a new Hundred and we were one of the first to come here. Those who came later consider ours the best land. I hope it will prove itself to be so . . . We are anxious to hear from you . . . there is no excuse for you all can write and if you would take it in turns we could have a letter once a month which we would be pleased to receive . . ."
George and Eliza only stayed at Caroline one year and then removed to Allendale. Here the rest of the family were born. In the earlier days of Allendale the children were educated privately by a Miss Blehein (or Blaheen) and later at the Kingsley School.
For many years George worked on the roads, sometimes walking eight miles to the Council boundary at the Six-mile post. At the age of sixty he suffered a heart attack and from that time did no more heavy work.
He lived to see great changes. In the early days of wireless George Rackett brought down a set and George listened to this new invention. He saw an aeroplane or two but never liked motor cars and when he died a horse-drawn hearse was procured for the funeral. (I believe the last horse-drawn funeral in Allendale) He moved slowly on two sticks in his last few years. A permanent slight bend from the killing of a snake near the old summer-house, was evident in one.
George always held allegiance to the Church of England and a few days before he died Archdeacon Samwell came and gave him Holy Communion and this gladdened his heart a great deal.
He passed away peacefully on the night of 8 October 1926 and is buried in the Port MacDonnell Cemetery.
Eliza Ann Langford was born on 23 October 1837. She was the daughter of Richard and Ann Sarah Langford and was the eldest of a family of twelve children. Richard Langford was a carpenter and cabinet-maker by trade. The old cedar chest of drawers and the wooden bed in the old home at Allendale were his wedding gift to Eliza and George. The chest of drawers had neither nail nor screw in it anywhere and was perfectly dovetailed for jointing and commends his craftsmanship.
We know little of Eliza's history, but the story as I remember it, indicates that the family came from England to New Zealand. Richard Langford is reputed to have held land of quite some dimensions in what is now the heart of the city of Nelson.
Not being content with the opportunities offered in New Zealand Richard Langford left his family for the time being and came to Sydney. When he felt the time warranted it he sent for the family to join him. They sailed for Sydney but for some reason went in the wrong direction and after some time found themselves amongst icebergs. Realising that disaster could overtake them there was quite some panic aboard and the Captain resolved to batten all the passengers down below deck. There was a threat of mutiny aboard and the planned action was not put into effect. After altering course they eventually reached Sydney where they found Richard Langford a prosperous business man, wearing a top hat, and manufacturing furniture from cedar cut in his own saw-pits.
There is an old photograph which shows a shop bearing the name G.H. Langford, Carpenter and Joiner. Undoubtedly this was Eliza's brother, born in 1841, who must have followed in his father's trade.
We do not know when and how the family came to Adelaide.
Through Eliza there came for the Langford family many strong links with Allendale. Her sister, Elizabeth Sarah, born 1843, married George Holland and lived in the old house at the rear of where Eric Butler now lives. (Incidentally this house was lived in by George Laslett junior, later by William Manger, and later still by his daughter Rosa, and some of William's family were born there.)
Another of Eliza's sisters, Ann Maria, born 1852, married Alfred Earl. They kept the Allendale Post Office, and one of their sons, Charles Earl, continued this until the time of his death. Yet another sister, Emily Fanny, born 1856, married Henry Holland, whose children, Dick, Fred, and Millie, were well-known in Allendale. They lived where Mary Holland now lives.
Reg was only a small boy when Granny died, but remembers her with affection - the same deep affection with which she was always known among her children and grandchildren. Indeed all who knew her, loved her. She was the soul of hospitality and generous to a fault. It was said of her that she spoke ill of no one. According to Aunty Em her worst condemnation of any one was of Burns, the murderer, and of him she said, "I don't like that man". It appears that Burns, who lived on land beyond Kieselbach's, and lately owned by Roly Edge, used to come to George to have his letters written. Eliza would hurry the children inside whenever she saw him coming. Later it was discovered that he could write but feared in some way that his writing might help uncover his foul deeds. Eventually he was convicted of not one, but three, murders!
In early days Eliza was friendly with Mrs. MacIntosh whose home was situated on the rise above Mr. Fred Thompson's "Lowlands" farm, and a short distance from that part of the sea afterwards known as Mac's Beach. With the little girls Eliza used to walk the distance of about six miles to visit Mrs. MacIntosh. Aunty Em delighted to tell that Eliza would suggest going home early in order to procure a reaction from her. "Tea first, Tosh. Tea first, Tosh", Aunty Em would protest.
Eliza's lot in life was not an easy one, but her gentle nature stood her in good stead. On 29 June 1917 she passed away after a sudden illness and was mourned by all who knew her, for to know her was to love her.
No story of the Laslett Family would be complete without reference to the old home. Situated on seven acres of land fronting the Kingsley Road with tall pines on the northern and eastern sides, the old stone house has been a witness to both rejoicing and sorrow.
As Reg first knew it there were five main rooms with an old detached kitchen of timber at the back. This old kitchen would be remembered by many because, to keep out the draughts and to cover the bare timbers, pictures from the Chronicle and other sources were pasted to the walls. One of the annual Spring cleaning tasks was the renewing of the pictures stained by rain, faded by age, or damaged by the activities of the kitchen. Maybe juvenile efforts at writing or drawing marred rather prematurely the artistic photographs by Mr. Krishcock, whose centre spread in the Chronicle, covered areas of interest in many parts of the State.
When Eliza died in 1917 William Laslett purchased the old home. He, his wife, and the three oldest children of the family, moved in and shared the home with George and Aunty Em, somewhat straining the capacity of it as the family grew.
Mr. Tom Papworth was employed to put a verandah on the front and a small sleepout was erected on the western side.
After George's passing the stone kitchen, bathroom and laundry were added by Mr. Jeff Perryman. At the same time the verandah was altered to have stone pillars and was extended to enclose the western part to George's room, where an access door replaced the window. The house has remained the same for many years, although internal improvements have been made from time to time. The front rooms still have under the iron the old shingles that were the original roof. Bag and hessian ceilings in the two front rooms and dining room were replaced by fibrous plaster in the 1940's. We can presume the old home was in the Laslett Family for about one hundred years and only in 1972 did it pass into other hands. However, it has strong links with the past and for many of us will be a tie that, from time to time, will bring back a flood of memories.
Family of George and Eliza Laslett
GEORGE - born on 29 March 1870. Married Ellen Tall of Melbourne and they had a family of three sons and three daughters, two of whom died in infancy. George died on 21 June 1949 and is buried in Mt Gambier.
See chapter George and Ellen Laslett of Moorak on page 134.
RICHARD JAMES (Dick) - born on 27 May 1872. In 1902 he married Miss Annabella Seebohm of Tantanoola and they had a family of two sons and four daughters. Aunt Annie died in 1925 and in 1929 Uncle Dick married Miss Grace Cram of Glencoe. Dick established a home on land leased from the Mount Schanck Station and engaged in dairying and other farming pursuits as well as maintaining a splendid team of draught horses. He was also interested in show horses and had success with hunters. His teams were well maintained and the harness always meticulously kept. In his younger days he successfully competed in plowing competitions.
For many years he operated a limestone quarry about one mile west of the Bay Road on the property known as Pareen, delivering the building stone to many areas by wagon and team.
Later he retired to Gambier West and almost every Sunday visited the Mount Gambier Hospital and brought a message of goodwill and cheer to patients.
He died on 4 October 1953 and his memory is perpetuated in the naming of Laslett Road that passes on the South side of Mount Schanck and connects the Bay Road and the Nelson Road.
Bertram William George - married Grace Emily Saunders in NSW in 1942 and lives in Gordon Street, Aldinga Beach, S.A.
Victor Richard J. - lived at 680 Hundred Blanche Y, Suttontown and died around 1985 a very old man.
All three live in Fartch Street, Mount Gambier, S.A.
ALFRED HENRY (Alf) - born 17 November 1874. He married Margaret McLay, of Allendale, and they had a family of seven children, two sons and five daughters. Alf died on 24 June 1953.
See chapter Alfred and Margaret Laslett of North Terrace, Adelaide on page 141.
WILLIAM MANGER - born 21 December 1885. In 1911 he married Lilian Rose Earl of Allendale East in 1911. He died at the early age of 52 on 31 October 1938. Lilian died on 4 November 1970.
See chapter William and Lilian Laslett of Allendale East & O.B. Flat on page 149.
ELIZA ANN - born 7 March 1862. Died in infancy.
CHARLOTTE ANN (Lottie) - born 22 April 1863. In 1884 married William Holland, farmer, of Allendale East at Christ Church in Mount Gambier. William was the thirteenth child of George and Mary Holland having been born at Kalangadoo on 1 August 1858. Had 10 children, five sons and five daughters.
Lottie bore the first grandchild for George and Eliza. Lil Kerr, as she was afterwards, was always proud to make this claim.
Three of the sons, Herbert, James and Allan, served in France in World War I. Herbert was killed in action in the Battle of Bullecourt in 1917. It is worthy of note that of the several descendants of George Laslett who served in World Wars I and II that Herb Holland is the only one to pay the Supreme Sacrifice.
Will Holland was a farmer and teamster and established the home that was later destroyed in the disastrous fires that ravaged the Allendale area in 1959. In was situated on sections 377 and 378 (38 acres). After changing hands a number of times the land is back in the family, being farmed by Roland and Rosa Edge (née Laslett).
Lottie was a good mother and home-maker and having a large family it was natural that young folk from the district should find a warmth of hospitality in their home. Some years after Will's passing Lottie made her home with Daisy, Mrs George Wallace, and there her remaining days were spent.
William died on 14 April 1927, aged 68 years, and Lottie died on 12 August
1938. They are both buried at the Port MacDonnell Cemetery.
Eliza Mary (Lil) Holland - born 7 August 1885. Married Alexander Dick (Sandy) Kerr and dairy farmed sections 250 & 251 (112 acres) at Allendale East. The house on 250 is still occupied by their adopted son Leslie. Alexander died on 28 January 1950 aged 74 and Lil died on 10 July 1955. They are buried together at Port MacDonnell cemetery.
William George Holland - born 3 December 1887 at Allendale East. Became a School Teacher. On 6 January 1916 married Elsie Mary Elizabeth Freeman at St. John's Church, Adelaide. George died on 12 April 1959 and Elsie died in Sydney in 1981.
Ivy Jean Holland - born 9 October 1917. Married Kenneth Charles Hilditch (born 31 July 1921) an Aircraft Engineer. Children: Linda Ann Hilditch - born 29 May 1949. Married John Roy Lockeridge (born 17 November 1945) a Marine Engineer; Malcolm George Hilditch - born 30 March 1952. Aircraft Engineer. Married Dianne Allan; Andrew Kenneth Hilditch - born 26 August 1955. Wood Machinist. Married Dianne Bayliss; Millicent Kay Hilditch - born 18 September 1965. Florist. Married Robert Davidson an Aircraft Engineer and have two children.
Allan James Holland - born 23 January 1919. Commercial Pilot. Married Verena Marti.
Children: Katharina Dawn Holland - born 25 May 1949. Nurse. Married Robert Thurnell a Programme super./Farmer; Michael James Adrian Holland - born 8 August 1952. Married Isobel Williams, but now divorced.; Nicolette Ann Holland - born 24 August 1956. Teacher. Married James Squelch an RAF Officer; Delia Mary Holland - born 13 February 1958. Nurse. Married Nicolas Jones an Industrial Chemist.
Kathleen Elsie Holland - born 16 November 1921. Station Cook. Married James Franklin (born 30 December 1915) a Station Hand. Kathleen died 22 November 1972. No children.
Andrew William Holland - born 4 April 1923. Electrician. Married Patricia Agness Wilkie. Children: Geoffrey Andrew Holland - born 7 July 1959. Bank Clerk. Married Susan Anne Thompson; Susan Marie Holland - born 11 March 1968.
Mervyn Keith Holland - born 16 February 1925. Clerk. Married Melva Frances Forster (born 13 July 1929). Children: Alan David Holland - born 6 November 1950. Industrial Chemist. Married Helen Natalie Phillips (born 15 December 1951; Joy Frances Holland - born 1 March 1952. Married Victor George Carr-Moody (Born 22 May 1950) a Sheet Metal Worker; Raymond William Holland - born 15 November 1954. Fire Officer. Married Anne Marie Parker; Mervyn Peter Holland - born 13 March 1956. Railway Driver. Married Sherry Anne Greenstreet; John Phillip Holland - born 16 November 1958. Landscaper. Married Susan Ball; Mark Andrew Holland - born 1 January 1961. Storeman; Paul Anthony Holland - born 3 March 1964. Storeman. Married Debra Lands (born 1 November 1961); Bernadette Louise Holland - born 30 March 1968. Shop Assistant; Kim Gregory Holland - born 26 July 1971.
Roma Dawn Holland - born 30 December 1930. Typist Railways.
Herbert John Holland - born 8 September 1889 at Allendale East. Was training as a Missionary but joined the A.I.F. in 1916, 3rd Div. 48th Btln. Died during Arras offensive on 11 April 1917. No known grave but after the war his identity was found in a field at Bullecourt.
Ellen May (Nell) Holland - born 14 May 1891. In 1913 married Albert Reuben Easton at Allendale Presbyterian Church. Farmed at Glencoe. Had 3 boys and 1 girl. Nell died on 10 January 1962, Albert on 9 November 1971. He was aged 84 years. They are buried together in the Mount Gambier Cemetery.
Leslie William Easton - born 9 April 1914. Married Grace Margaret Wright (born 24 March 1922).
Barbara Gay Easton - born 27 January 1946. Married Harold Mark.
Jason Mark - born 8 March 1973.
Lisa Mark - born 9 December 1975.
Beverly Margaret Easton - born 20 December 1947. Married Malcolm Davis.
Gernhard Davis - born 21 April 1971.
Adrian Davis - born 17 April 1975.
Raymond Albert Easton - born 25 July 1915. Married Maidos Thelma Hinton (born 30 December 1918).
Vina Maidos Easton - born 16 March 1941. Married Brian Field.
Wayne Field - born 24 March 1968.
Gaie Lorraine Easton - born 15 November 1945, died 15 September 1978. Married Lance Bald.
Theresa Bald - born 17 August 1978. Married Maurice McIntyre.
Bronwyn Bald - born 24 September 1966.
Grant Bald - born 12 February 1969.
Adrian Bald - born 1 August 1973.
Raelene Thelma Easton - born 15 November 1945. Married Deryl White.
Craig White - born 14 February 1965.
Noel White - born 21 November 1966.
Ian White - born 16 January 1968.
Wendy White - born 29 September 1972.
Janice Ann Easton - born 5 January 1956. Married Harold Arthur Weedon.
Kingsley Arthur Weedon - born 21 December 1974.
Heath Weedon - born 22 January 1979.
Quentyn Weedon - born 10 June 1982.
Irene May Easton - born 7 April 1917. Married Victor Alvin Pasfield (born 7 February 1922).
Alan Jeffrey Pasfield - born 3 November 1955. Married Jennifer English (born 4 March 1958).
Sarah Ellen Pasfield - born 16 January 1985.
Kenneth Victor Pasfield - born 26 August 1958. Married Christina Bikkel (born 9 February 1958).
Herbert George Easton - born 4 September 1919. Married Nora Hilda Glazbrook (born 2 January 1918).
Elaine Joy Easton - born 25 August 1941. Married Murray Pearce.
Debra Pearce - born 24 July 1961. Married James Comby.
Matthew James Comby - born 11 June 1987.
Darryl Pearce - born 11 July 1963.
Cynthia Dawn Easton - born 22 August 1942. Married Arthur Lowe.
Geoffrey Lowe - born 14 December 1971.
Cheryl Lowe - born 7 November 1973.
Vicki Ellen Easton - born 7 January 1947. Married Ian Miller.
Kerri Miller - born 6 November 1969.
Jodie Miller - born 24 June 1971.
Glenna Faye Easton - born 29 July 1950. Married Allan Macaskill.
Evelin Macaskill - born 2 August 1979.
James Richard Holland - born 29 July 1893 at Allendale East. In 1914 joined A.I.F., 5th Reinforcements 5th Pioneer Btln. During the war met and later married Evelyn Ada Collins of Hindmarsh. Became a Farmer at Allendale East. Had three children all girls. Evelyn died on 10 May 1962, aged 62 years, and Jim died on 28 May 1968. They are buried at Port MacDonnell Cemetery.
Thelma Mary Holland - born 3 October 1921. Married Kenneth George Feast (born 9 May 1918) a Farmer.
Malcolm George Feast - born 27 April 1943. Farmer. Married Beryl Schriever (born 11 December 1947).
Stuart Feast - born 8 November 1965. Farmer.
Leonie Karen Feast - born 17 July 1967. Married Neil Ashby.
Bronwyn Mary Feast - born 27 April 1969.
Marie Evelyn Feast - born 20 November 1951. Married John Langdon Beaumont (born 21 October 1949). Foreman.
Tracy Ann Beaumont - born 15 October 1972.
Louise Beaumont - born 28 July 1975.
Bradley John Beaumont - born 18 October 1977.
Roma Frances Holland - born 24 March 1924. Married Colin Edward Carrison (born 7 June 1920).
John Richard Carrison - born 27 February 1950. Fisherman.
Married Kathryn Ann Carrison (born 8 May 1954.
Cristan Ann Carrison - born 9 December 1980.
Mark Andrew Carrison - born 5 October 1982.
Graham Edward Carrison - born 24 April 1955. Forester.
Janine Mary Carrison - born 23 March 1962. Married David John Rankin (born 12 July 1954) a Farm Hand.
Matthew John Rankin - born 19 May 1982.
Joshua Brent Rankin - born 15 April 1985.
Joan Charlotte Holland - born 24 February 1928. Married James Blacksell. Later married Terence Scanlon (born 7 January 1939).
Denise Dawn Blacksell - born 27 February 1947. Married Peter Schreuder (born 15 February 1945) a Bricklayer.
Mark Richard Schreuder - born 29 September 1970.
Karen Lee Schreuder - born 24 June 1978.
Carol Joan Blacksell - born 22 January 1951. Married Anthony Bowden. Later married Stewart Hetherington (born 10 August 1956) a Technician.
Tracy Ann Bowden - born 1 February 1971.
Jodie Carol Bowden - born 6 March 1973.
Andrew Stewart Hetherington - born 23 June 1980.
Lynne Dianne Blacksell - born 14 September 1955. Married Mark Berryman.
Kelly Anne Berryman - born 16 September 1972.
Jy Richard Berryman - born 19 March 1978.
Coby Lee Berryman - born 4 February 1982.
Noel Blacksell - born 5 June 1962. Slaughterman. Married Susan Whithead.
Allan Francis Holland - born 13 July 1896 at Allendale East. Became School Teacher. In 1916 joined A.I.F., 13th Infantry Brigade 50th Btln. On 2 June 1922 married Kathleen Alma Wilson. Had 1 boy and 2 girls. Allan died on 3 March 1954.
Allen Maxwell Holland - stillborn.
Aileen Patricia Holland - born 21 June 1924. Married Malcolm David Harvey (born 13 April 1924, died 10 November 1968).
Allan Kym Harvey - born 8 December 1947. Sales Rep. Married Veronica Ruth Bull (born 25 September 1959).
Kirralie Erin Harvey - born 26 August 1986.
Aaron David Harvey - born 22 August 1988.
David Craig Harvey - born 14 August 1951. Sales Rep.
Married Sandra Jennifer McKenzie (born 2 June 1953).
Deanne Michelle Harvey - born 28 February 1977.
Mark David Harvey - born 29 July 1981.
Helen Patricia Harvey - born 1 May 1957. Data Encoder.
Barbara Alma Holland - born 19 July 1933. Died 17 October 1963.
Married Donald Watkins Polden (born 31 December 1924.
Catherine Francis Polden - born 4 October 1955. Advertising Co-op Groc.
Donald Timothy Polden - born 22 June 1957. Engineer. Married Jane Lindsay Galbraith.
Sally Polden - born 8 June 1983.
Benjamin Polden - born 20 May 1985.
Mark Phillip Polden - born 22 December 1958. Operator Power Station.
Emily Frances Holland - born 1897, died 1968. Married William George Rackett.
Henry Thomas Holland - born 1900, died 1960. Married Mary Victoria Wallace.
Dorothy Stella Holland - born 1903, died 1943. Married Ronald Cyril Gunn.
Daisy Irene Holland - born 1907, died 1983. Married George Edward Wallace.
ELIZABETH (Lil) - was born on 26 June 1865. She married Patrick Glynn and had a family of eight children, all of whom have passed on.
In the earlier days of their marriage they worked on station properties near Lake Bonney. During this time tragedy struck their household when their son Jack was drowned in a boating accident. With his sister, May, he was on Lake Bonney in a small boat when one of the oars went overboard. Jack swam to retrieve it but failed in the attempt and disappeared. May reached the shore by standing in the boat and spreading her skirts to act as a sail. Jack's body was later recovered. It was a tragedy felt by the whole family and long remembered.
Later Pat and Lill took up a farm at Moorak near the Benara Road and dairying became their main pursuit.
Lill's visits to Allendale were all too rare. She was an extremely loyal wife, and mother to her large family, and to the end her faith never wavered. She died on 5 April 1947, mourned by children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren alike.
EMILY (Em) - born on 17 February 1868 and never married. From teenage she went out to service as the role of a servant was described in those days. She was servant in several first-class homes in Mount Gambier in a live-in situation. Amongst those most notable would be Loutit's, the Bank Manager's residence, the Rev. Hartley William's, at the Church of England Rectory, and the Trevorrow home. Bert and Vic Trevorrow were deeply attached to Em, who took an almost motherly interest in them.
After leaving service Em returned to the old home at Allendale and was there when Eliza died and until George passed on. From there she went to Emily Holland's home, followed by periods with Harry and Jim Holland in the old home of Will. Later she had rooms with Miss Nell Wallace. Her last home was a small cottage built for her on the old Holland homestead block which I had purchased
Em was a great lover of children and intensely loyal to the family. In her school days when George and Dick were threatened by the ire of their schoolteacher, she took each by the hand and marched them off home. She had an honest, independent spirit and as much as she was able, was a generous giver. It would be hard to say how many pairs of socks she knitted for others.
Her end came suddenly on 18 September 1950. A small stone marks her resting place in the Port MacDonnell Cemetery.
FRANCES ELIZA (Fanny) - born on 18 May 1877.
She married Abraham Barrier Wallace (better known as Bert) and they had a family of six daughters.
They lived in the old home close to where George and Daisy Wallace now live. Bert as well had land opposite the old Laslett home and outlying blocks near Allendale and Kongorong. Largely to give his family of daughters a better opportunity for employment they moved to Belmont, near Geelong, in 1923.
The old home farm was leased to Mr. C. Kennedy and the 54 acres opposite the old home was purchased by William Laslett.
Bert was the Superintendent of the Allendale Sunday School and the removal of the family left a real gap in the Allendale Church. However this was to be Belmont's gain and their Christian witness was extended in an area that was soon to develop beyond expectations. In this the Wallaces played an important part. Fanny was well-known for her sympathy and understanding of those in trouble and had an encouraging word for those who found the way difficult.
For Bert and Fanny their greatest joy and reward was in seeing their children and grandchildren continuing their work and witness in the Church.
Bert passed on first and on 12 June 1955, Fanny received the Home-call.
They are buried in the Highton Cemetery.