Eleanor Clark

F, b. 6 November 1835, d. 3 October 1895
FatherJohn Clark b. 27 Jun 1812, d. 22 Aug 1884
MotherMary Anne Slater b. 1813, d. 25 Sep 1887
ChartsClark, William - Descendant Chart (Indented)
Follett, John - Descendants (Indented)
Last Edited13 Aug 2020
     Her was commonly known as Eleanor. Eleanor was born on 6 November 1835 at Belper, Derby, EnglandG. She immigrated with her parents John Clark and Mary Anne Slater on 6 June 1849 at Port Adelaide, South AustraliaG; The Dorothy, a ship of 488 tons, had originally left Plymouth on 4th Mar before reaching Port Adelaide. John and family travelled this distance as steerage passengers before leaving the ship in Adelaide. From here the Dorothy left for Melbourne arriving there on July 29 after leaving Adelaide on the 21st.
The South Australian Register on Sat 9th June 1849, p4: "Wednesday, June 6 The barque Dorothy, 488 tons, Moody, master, from London. Passengers— Mr Jonas M Myers, Mr Richard Baker Aldersey, wife. and seven children, Mr William Montgomery, wife, and three children. Mr John Rule, Miss Sarah Rule, in the cabin.
Messrs John Joseph Hail, Richard Pirkins, John Moseler Smith, Miss Ellen Scott, Mr William Stewart, in the intermediate. Richard Wm. Lerrett, wife, and two children. John Archer, wife, and child, Wm. Barnes and wife, Henry Rugless, wife, and two children, Henry S Rugless and wife, George Lee and wife, Thomas Goodman, Maria Williams and son, Patrick Gallaway, wife, and three children. James William Bailey, John Robertson, Thos Hitherington, Eliza Barnett, Philip Larritt. William Mason, wife, and child, Robert Torlmer, wife, and two children (Walter, aged I6 years, was drowned at sea, 2nd June). William Brewer, wife, and child, James Brown and wife, Margaret Humbut, Elizabeth Fisher, James Hawkins and two children, John Turner, wife, and five children, Charles Swift, wife, and four children, John Clarse [Clark]. wife, and seven children, Eleanor Slater [nee Frith], Mary Raw Hs. Joseph Fogg. Charles George Webb, Mary Ann Kerby, Geo Diggins. John Grummedge, Harstham Hogg, George Peter Hammond, wife, and three children. Jane Barnes, Thomas Thacker, John Rawson. Thomas Tyler, wife, and eight children, John Stock, John Symes Avery, in the steerage."1

She married James John Beer on 11 March 1856 at Adelaide, South AustraliaG. As of 11 March 1856,her married name was Beer.
Eleanor died on 3 October 1895 at Urquhart Street at Castlemaine, VictoriaG, at age 59.2 She was buried at Castlemaine General Cemetery, Campbells Creek, Castlemaine, VictoriaG.2,3

Family

James John Beer b. 25 Jan 1836, d. 24 Dec 1903
Children

Citations

  1. [S99] Text , "SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE." South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) 9 June 1849: p4. Web. 22 Dec 2018 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50246245>.
  2. [S63] Durrant, Not All Beer & Skittles , p5.
  3. [S285] "Billion Graves". <unknown cd3>

Robert Troupe Moodie Clark

M, b. 19 May 1849, d. 26 July 1916
FatherJohn Clark b. 27 Jun 1812, d. 22 Aug 1884
MotherMary Anne Slater b. 1813, d. 25 Sep 1887
ChartsClark, William - Descendant Chart (Indented)
Last Edited26 Nov 2019
     Robert Troupe Moodie Clark was also known as Robert Troop Moody Clark. Robert was born at transit, on the ocean, en route to Australia on 19 May 1849. He was born on board the ship "Dorothy" on its way to Port Adelaide, South Australia. Hence his birth was recorded in Adelaide on his parents landfall. Robert Troupe Moodie Clark was named after the ship's Master, Robert Troupe Moodie..1 He arrived on 6 June 1849 to Adelaide, South AustraliaG.2 He was baptized on 10 June 1849 at St Paul's Church, Port Adelaide, South AustraliaG.3 Robert appeared on the Australian electoral roll of 1903 and listed as living at Warrenwood, Hay, New South WalesG. Robert had a listed occupation of Boundary Rider.
Robert Troupe Moodie Clark died on 26 July 1916 at Hay, New South WalesG, at age 67. He was described as a Labourer but also an Invalid Pensioner so must have sufferred some disease or accident in later life. He died from odema of his failing heart as he had had "valvular heart disease" for about 17 years according to his doctor, Dr J. W. O'Brien. Doctor O'Brien last saw him on the 11th of July. His wife Esther was the informant listed on his Death Certificate. He had spent 7 years in South Australia, 14 years in Victoria and the remaining 45 years in NSW.

Citations

  1. [S313] Trading as the South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society Inc © Genealogy SA and www.genealogysa.org.au, South Australia Births, Robert Troupe Moodie Clark, SA Reg No: 2/161.
  2. [S195] The Argus, The Argus, Mon 30 July 1849 p2.
  3. [S99] Text , Ancestry.com. Australia, Births and Baptisms, 1792-1981 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
    Original data: Australia, Births and Baptisms, 1792-1981. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.

Mary Anne Clark

F, b. 1847, d. 1920
FatherJohn Clark b. 27 Jun 1812, d. 22 Aug 1884
MotherMary Anne Slater b. 1813, d. 25 Sep 1887
ChartsClark, William - Descendant Chart (Indented)
Last Edited15 May 1999
     Mary was born in 1847 at Staffordshire, EnglandG.
She married John Moore Chanter on 16 November 1863.
Mary died in 1920 at Caulfield, VictoriaG, at age at an unknown age .

Family

John Moore Chanter b. c 1845, d. 1931
Children

George Clark

M, b. 1841, d. 1910
FatherJohn Clark b. 27 Jun 1812, d. 22 Aug 1884
MotherMary Anne Slater b. 1813, d. 25 Sep 1887
ChartsClark, William - Descendant Chart (Indented)
Last Edited15 May 1999
     George was born in 1841.
He married Celia Chanter in 1865 at VictoriaG.
George died in 1910 at Ballaarat, VictoriaG, at age at an unknown age .

Family

Celia Chanter d. 1922
Children

Peter Clark

M, b. 1845, d. 1907
FatherJohn Clark b. 27 Jun 1812, d. 22 Aug 1884
MotherMary Anne Slater b. 1813, d. 25 Sep 1887
ChartsClark, William - Descendant Chart (Indented)
Last Edited15 May 1999
     His was commonly known as Peter. Peter was born in 1845 at Derbyshire, EnglandG.
He married Isabella Morton Paton in 1870 at VictoriaG. Peter Clark was widowed with the death of Isabella Morton Paton in 1875 at VictoriaG; I don't have her certificate but just by coincidence she may have died due to complications of the birth of her daughter.
He married Hannah Shepherdson in 1876 at VictoriaG.
Peter died in 1907 at Kyabram, VictoriaG, at age at an unknown age .

Family 1

Isabella Morton Paton b. c 1853, d. 1875
Children

Family 2

Hannah Shepherdson b. c 1857, d. 1888
Children

John Chanter

M
Last Edited15 May 1999
     He married Elizabeth Moore.

Family

Elizabeth Moore
Children

Elizabeth Moore

F
Last Edited15 May 1999
     She married John Chanter.

Family

John Chanter
Children

Jane Maria Cocking

F, b. 10 January 1836, d. 1897
FatherRichard Cocking
MotherMary Rich
ChartsClark, William - Descendant Chart (Indented)
Last Edited19 Aug 2000
     Jane was born on 10 January 1836 at New York, USAG.
She married William Clark on 31 January 1855 at Brighton, South AustraliaG.
Jane died in 1897 at the local Hospital, Kyneton, Dalhousie, VictoriaG, at age at an unknown age .

Family

William Clark b. 19 Oct 1834, d. 22 Nov 1874
Children

John Moore Chanter

M, b. circa 1845, d. 1931
FatherJohn Chanter
MotherElizabeth Moore
ChartsClark, William - Descendant Chart (Indented)
Last Edited15 May 1999
     John was born circa 1845.
He married Mary Anne Clark on 16 November 1863. He witnessed John Clark's death on 22 August 1884 at Moama, New South WalesG.
John died in 1931 at Caulfield, VictoriaG, at age at an unknown age .

Family

Mary Anne Clark b. 1847, d. 1920
Children

Celia Chanter

F, d. 1922
FatherJohn Chanter
MotherElizabeth Moore
ChartsClark, William - Descendant Chart (Indented)
Last Edited15 May 1999
     Celia's name is variously spelt CELIA, CECILIA and SELAH on the Birth entries for her children.
She married George Clark in 1865 at VictoriaG.
Celia died in 1922 at Prahran Melbourne VictoriaG at age at an unknown age .

Family

George Clark b. 1841, d. 1910
Children

Isabella Morton Paton

F, b. circa 1853, d. 1875
FatherJohn Paton
MotherIsabella Morton
ChartsClark, William - Descendant Chart (Indented)
Last Edited27 Nov 2019
     Isabella was born circa 1853 at Fife, ScotlandG.
She married Peter Clark in 1870 at VictoriaG.
Isabella died in 1875 at VictoriaG I don't have her certificate but just by coincidence she may have died due to complications of the birth of her daughter. at age at an unknown age . She was buried in 1875 at Echuca Cemetery, 45 Hansen Street, Echuca, VictoriaG. From the cemetery burial record she is listed as being 22 years old.

Family

Peter Clark b. 1845, d. 1907
Children

Hannah Shepherdson

F, b. circa 1857, d. 1888
FatherJohn Shepherdson
ChartsClark, William - Descendant Chart (Indented)
Last Edited15 May 1999
     Hannah's surname may have been "Schecterdson". Hannah was born circa 1857.
She married Peter Clark in 1876 at VictoriaG.
Hannah died in 1888 at Arcadia, VictoriaG, at age at an unknown age .

Family

Peter Clark b. 1845, d. 1907
Children

William Vardy

M, b. 17 January 1874, d. 1970

William Vardy - circa 1920
FatherAlfred Thomas Vardy b. 1848, d. 8 Jun 1927
MotherSusannah Clarke b. 1853, d. Nov 1934
ChartsVardy, Alfred Thomas Decendants
Last Edited17 Dec 2020
     His was commonly known as Will. William was born on 17 January 1874 at Yarram Yarram, Buln Buln, VictoriaG.1 William Vardy
Married Janet Cummings about 1900. Their family was two sons Lloyd and Leonard.
When I first remember him I was a small boy during the first world war and he and his family had a dairy farm at Carrajung South. Some times of a Sunday father would harness the horse to the jinker and we would all go up the winding road to Uncle Will's place for the day.
He sold the Carrajung property in the early twenties and farmed a property at Jack River for some years: and then with his two sons moved to a larger property near Yarram known as Sweeneys. He retired to Yarram in the early depression years. His first wife Janet passed away 1939. He remarried a widow Mrs Casbolt and lived to the ripe old age of almost 96 years passing away a few weeks before his birthday. He was a very active man of sober habits and did not smoke. His second wife predeceased him by a few months.2
He married Janet Cummings in 1901.3,4
He married Mabel Emma Lucas after 1939.
William died in 1970 at Yarram, VictoriaG, at age at an unknown age .

Family 1

Janet Cummings d. 1939
Children

Family 2

Mabel Emma Lucas b. 1878, d. 1969

Citations

  1. [S201] Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Birth Certificate, Victoria, Australia, Willian VARDY, Vic Birth Reg No: 6392/1874.
  2. [S30] Walter Edward Vardy, Vardy, Unpublished History.
  3. [S30] Walter Edward Vardy, Vardy, Unpublished History, p.7.
  4. [S147] Marriage Record, Vardy - Cummings, Vic Reg No: 5363/1901.

Alice Vardy

F, b. 22 April 1876, d. 1976

Alice Vardy - circa 1920
FatherAlfred Thomas Vardy b. 1848, d. 8 Jun 1927
MotherSusannah Clarke b. 1853, d. Nov 1934
ChartsVardy, Alfred Thomas Decendants
Last Edited17 Dec 2020
     Alice was born on 22 April 1876 at Yarram, VictoriaG.1 Alice Vardy
Married Charles Smith of Yarram when she was 20 in 1896. The family four girls - Gladys (Mrs Balhorn Deceased) Mavis (Mrs Odgers) Dorothy (Mrs Levings) and Alice (Mrs Les Wynne).
Her husband Charlie was a boot maker in the town and before the first world war employed up to seven men making boots mainly for the farming people. He also operated a retail shoe shop for a while. Alice lived in the same house in Commercial Rd, Yarram where she was taken as a bride all her married life. She, like her sisters was tall slender and dignified and a meticulous house keeper. Her home was the meeting place of her brothers on their weekly visits to the town where family matters were often discussed over a cup of tea.
Aunt Alice lived 13 years after the death of Uncle Charlie in 1963 and passed away just a few weeks before her 100th birthday in 1976.
She lived with and was cared for by her youngest daughter Alice after the death of Charlie and no doubt the care she received helped to make the attainment of such a long life possible. Uncle Charlie was an industrious man and a keen fisherman and sportsman. My earliest memories of him was my mother driving us children to the beach near St Margaret Island in a horse and jinker where he took us all across to the Island in a row boat.2

She was a witness at Thomas Hull and Lydia Vardy's wedding on 3 January 1893 at Trinity Church, Yarram, VictoriaG.
She married Charles Thomas Smith in 1896.
Alice died in 1976 at Yarram, VictoriaG, at age at an unknown age .

Family

Charles Thomas Smith
Child

Citations

  1. [S192] Vic BDM search , Reg Vic No: 13204 in 1876.
  2. [S30] Walter Edward Vardy, Vardy, Unpublished History.

Sarah Vardy

F, b. 5 January 1878, d. 5 March 1905
FatherAlfred Thomas Vardy b. 1848, d. 8 Jun 1927
MotherSusannah Clarke b. 1853, d. Nov 1934
ChartsVardy, Alfred Thomas Decendants
Last Edited9 Sep 2018
     Sarah was born on 5 January 1878 at Yarram, VictoriaG.1
Sarah died on 5 March 1905 at Yarram, Buln Buln, VictoriaG, According to an interview with my grandmother Elsie Clark, "Sarah was a nurse at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and was home for a holiday. There was a dance to which she wished to go however she had a boil on her face. To try to hide it she applied a powder and a hot water bottle. She "got a chill in it" and died.
This fits with her Death Certificate which lists her death as being from Septicemia which she had had for six days. She was last seen by her doctor, Dr C C Muir, on the 4th of March. at age 27.2,3 She was buried on 6 March 1905 at Alberton Cemetery, 214 Yarram-Port Albert Rd., Alberton, VictoriaG. Poor Sarah died unmarried and without children.4

Citations

  1. [S192] Vic BDM search , Reg Vic No: 6190 in 1878.
  2. [S255] Death Search Australia, Her Victorian Death Registration No: 3901 in 1905.
  3. [S194] Death Certificate - Victoria, From her Death Certificate registered in the District of Yarrum Yarrum, Victoria. Reg Vic No: 3901 in 1905.
  4. [S194] Death Certificate - Victoria, From her Death Certificate registered in the District of Yarrum Yarrum, Victoria. Reg Vic No:.

Ethel Vardy

F, b. 7 April 1880, d. 1946

Ethel Vardy

Ethyl Vardy - circa 1920
FatherAlfred Thomas Vardy b. 1848, d. 8 Jun 1927
MotherSusannah Clarke b. 1853, d. Nov 1934
ChartsVardy, Alfred Thomas Decendants
Last Edited17 Dec 2020
     Ethel was born on 7 April 1880 at Yarram Yarram, Buln Buln, VictoriaG.1 As of 1906,her married name was Kay.2 As of 1939,her married name was Munro.
Ethel Vardy died in 1946 at 81 Darling Road, East Malvern, MelbourneG. The cause of her Death was chronic nephritis and cerebral haemorrhage. Strangely this was certified by Mr J.W. Marwick, the City Coroner, who ordered burial of the body without Inquest.
She died without children.2 She was buried on 18 March 1946 at Springvale Cemetery, MelbourneG.3

Citations

  1. [S192] Vic BDM search , Reg Vic No: 12706 in 1880.
  2. [S30] Walter Edward Vardy, Vardy, Unpublished History, p.5.
  3. [S196] Australian Certificate. Her Victorian Death Certificate, Reg No: 2938/1946.

Alfred Thomas Vardy Jnr

M, b. 28 July 1882, d. 1963

Alfred Thomas Vardy Jnr - circa 1920
FatherAlfred Thomas Vardy b. 1848, d. 8 Jun 1927
MotherSusannah Clarke b. 1853, d. Nov 1934
ChartsVardy, Alfred Thomas Decendants
Last Edited17 Dec 2020
     His was commonly known as Alf. Alfred was born on 28 July 1882 at Yarram, VictoriaG. Alfred Thomas Vardy (Junior)

He was a tall thin wiry type of man and was the most successful of the sons.

He married Marcella Babington in 1911 and had a family of 6 boys and 2 girls. Roy (deceased); Robert; John; Jean (deceased) Keith (mac) Alan; Alice (Mrs Winter) David.

He worked hard in the early years with his wife and a farm hand, they milked 50 cows by hand: he also rented land and dealt in cattle. It wasn't long before he was able to purchase more land. When I was a boy of 12 he had four properties; 3 for dairying and one for grazing, he also rented property.

His success was mainly due to his ability to deal successfully buying and selling cattle. He was considered the best judge of cattle in the Yarram district.

He purchased an (overland) motor car in 1921. We lived in Maffra at that time and Uncle Alf visited us and took our family to visit the Glenmaggie Weir which was then under the beginnings of its construction. The roads were so bad where he lived at Stacey's Bridge that the car could only be used in the summer months. He passed away in 1963 aged 81 years and right up until the end he kept his interest buying and selling cattle.

On his death he was able to leave each of his five surviving sons a farm.
He predeceased his wife Marcella by 18 years. She passed away in 1981..1



Alfred Thomas Vardy Jnr married Marcella Mildred Babington in 1911 at VictoriaG. Gippsland and Northern Co-operative Co. Ltd. sold 5 "Fat Calves" for Alf at the local sales. They attained an average price of Pound 4/11- although the highest price paid was Pound 7/1-. This was reported in The Argus where Alf was listed as living at Stacey's Bridge.
Alfred Thomas Vardy Jnr died in 1963 at Yarram, VictoriaG.

Family

Marcella Mildred Babington b. 1892, d. 1981
Children

Citations

  1. [S30] Walter Edward Vardy, Vardy, Unpublished History.
  2. [S30] Walter Edward Vardy, Vardy, Unpublished History, p.10.

Arthur Ernest Vardy

M, b. 10 September 1884, d. 22 September 1977
FatherAlfred Thomas Vardy b. 1848, d. 8 Jun 1927
MotherSusannah Clarke b. 1853, d. Nov 1934
ChartsVardy, Alfred Thomas Decendants
Last Edited5 Dec 2020
     Arthur was born on 10 September 1884 at Yarram, VictoriaG.1 Artgur Ernest Vardy
was born at Yarram on September 10th 1884. Seventh child of Alfred & Susan Vardy.
A mid wife attended the birth in a slab and bark shack on Church Road, a mile from the town.
There were no made roads, just bush tracks. The country around his home was covered in scrub, the natural habitat for the Paddy Melon Wallaby. As a boy he and his brothers trapped these wallabies with snares for their skins The snares were made from a pole pushed into the ground (called a springer pole) with a light rope which bent the pole similar to a bow. It was fixed by a small piece of wood to a cross piece driven into the ground. When the wallaby sprang the snare the rope loop was jerked upward and lassoed the animal by the neck or the leg. He also helped the family milk a few cows on their free selection. At six years of age he attended school at North Devon.
The education system in those days was very basic - pupils were taught the 3 R's with no frills attached. It as a primary school with the standards of our primary schools today, going to the sixth grade.
Arthur left school when 12 years of age having passed through the 6 grades; and went to work for Albert Coxsedge on a farm at Won Wron for 2/6 (25c) a week. He was forced to sleep in a leaky shed in a bed made of saplings through chaff bags (no sheets) using horse rugs and sacks for blankets. Arthur felt it hard to leave the family home; although they were poor they were a close knit family with strong ties which remained to the end of their days. This was the period of the great land boom depression of the 1890's when his father was away working in Western Australia.
In 1897 when Arthur was thirteen his father returned from the West and took up dairying on a property on Stoney Creek a few miles west of the family home. He and his brother Walter went with their father. The great fire of 1898 destroyed their stock and everything they had - it was a heart breaking time.
When the family moved to Bulong near Woodside, Arthur accompanied them. The farm was too poor to supoort the family so Arthur took up shooting and hunting to help their income and became an expert shot. (In latter years when I accompanied him with parties of good sportsmen, to shoot quail, my father would shoot as many as all the rest of the party put together. It was said he got nine quail with every ten shots.) Durirg the winter he and his elder brother Alf used to camp on Snake Island shooting and snaring Wallabies and kangaroos for their skins.
Around this time Arthur took up bike riding and soon became a good sprint rider. It was also around this time he first met my mother Mabel Bessie Amery whose parents had arrived from England with their parents in the early [18] fifties. My mothers parents were named Bruce. Although both familis travelled on the same sailing ship from England they never really go to know each other till after their arrival in Melbourne.
Mother was the second youngest of a family of 9 childnen - boys and 6 girls. Her father was a plasterer by trade. Dring the early part of the century before
World War 1, the Amery's had a contract to do plastering for a builder who built most of the better type homes and other buildings in Gippsland of that priod. Arthur travelled to Dalby on the Darling Downs in Queensland, where land as being made available for closer settlement. He travelled with a small party from the
Yarram district. The party got a job cutting bricklow scrub for so much a day and keep and were housed in tents. Snakes were plentiful and when they would return in the evening from their long hot day cutting scrub they often found snakes in their tents sometimes lying on the bunks.
Also in the party was an amateur photographer who spent all his spare time and money on his hobby.When I was young father had very good photos of the men at work and all dressed up in their suits in the bush of a Sunday. Later he travelled to New Zealand but could not find work so returned to Yarram.
The family were now living on a dairy farm on the Jack River and Arthur took on a job with his older brother Alf cutting scrub. While on that job the axe was deflected by an over hanging branch and cut deeply ito his righ foot. Owing to the lack of proper medical care the wound became infected which almost cost him his life. He often used to mention the agonising trip to Sale Base Hospital over the rough road or track in a horse and buggy.
Prior to the accident he became engaged to Mabel Amery and purchased a motor bike, one of the first in the Yarram District. Mabel my mother, who lost her mother when only 6 years of age and her father had taken to drink was not very happy and broke off the engagement.
Some time later while in Melbourne she attended a concert and sat next to a young man frcmm Yarram. In the course of the conversation Mother asked him if he knew Arthur Vardy. Then he told her of the accident, Mabel then wrote to Arthur.
They were married on 10th May 1910 at Glenferrie. Her father gave her a wedding reception which was well attended by friends and relatives.
Arthur took his bride to the farm in the valley at Boodyarn near Won Wron that his father had recently purchased. It was part of the Bodman estate. When purchased the only building was a bark hut. Two weatherboard rooms and a bark kitchen were built, all other buildings were of bark and round timber. The land was in its natural virgin state. When my poor mother reached this farm in the wilderness she cried; she felt so alone and isolated. Her neighbours, the people that lived further up the valley were good to her. She did not have much time to shed tears. Within five years of her marriage she had 4 babies. The eldest Glenda born in Yarram private hospital on 24th Feb 1911 and I, Walter the following year 1912 on 24th January. Bernard was next in March 1913 and Jack(now deceased) was born in Sept. 1914. The youngest of the family Mavis was born at Maffra private Hospital on 15th June 1924.
With the help of his brothers and a hired man, they worked long hours clearing the land. The soil was very rich; maize as grown to 17ft high and all other crops did equally well.
For the first 4 years of their marriage while the land was being cleared they worked just for their keep and out-of-pocket expenses 1914 which was a sever drought year, father was given the farm on a share basis for 3 years. During the winter of 1917 father in partnership with his cousin Roy Hull (Lydia, his eldest sister's son) rented 200 acres from Harry Bodman on Greigs Creek, Trenton Valley. It was rich fertile grass land. Although super phosphate was not used then, rye grass.
and white clover grew in profusion. A new 5 roomed house had just been built and the most modern dairy and pig sties. The dairy mas equipped with a 225 gallons per hour Bartram separator and skim milk pump, to pump the milk to the pig sties. Also a 6 unit bucket milking machine plant (One of the first inthe district) driven by a 3 1/2 horse-power engine. The floors of the dair and pig sties were made of laid bricks with cement grotted in. Concrete was seldom used as cement was
expensive and imported from England in wooden barrels. The first year 80 cows were milked by 3 men and all the calves reared. It was a boom time of high prices because of the first world war. The milking machines were only used to take the flush from the cows and discarded by mid January, The following year the herd was increased to 100 cows, a very large herd in those days.
Father did well, and when the lease expired in July 1920 he was able to purchase a 100 acre farm at Mewburn Park, Maffra. This farm is still owned by my deceased brother Jack's family. My elder sister Glenda started school in 1917 during the 1st World War amd I can remember the children riding by on their ponies singing: "Rule Brittania"or"Australia will be there". The pioneering families were 98% British stock and very patriotic in those days.
I started school from Trenton Valley at the beginning of 1918. I rode on a pony behind Glenda a distance of about 3 miles to the school. One day when we had almost reached school a car came along behind us and blew its horn. The pony took fright and bolted throwing us both off. Cars were then so unusual that most horses took fright at such contraptions.
Father paid £52.10 an acre for the Meburn Park property on the Macalister River about a mile from Maffra. The land was very broken and covered with scrub and logs and trees and rabbits, Levee banks had been constructed along parts of the river and some drainage works of swamps had been done. Glenmaggie Weir had then not been constructed. The river flooded from August to October every year with melting of the snow. The big floods went over the banks. During the period from 1920 to 1924 while we remained there, we were not able to milk more than 30 cows by hand. The milk in 20 gal cans was put on the cart and taken to a stand on the road where it was picked up night and morning by horse drawn waggons. Father got into financial difficulties and was offered a farm by his brother Alf, on the Albert River 12 miles west of Yarram at Stacey's Bridge. By this time I was twelve years of age; Glenda 13; Bernie 11; and Jack just 10 and Mavis a baby of 3 mths of age. The farm was 160 acres, some river flats but mostly steep hill country. Here with the help of a hired man we milked 55 cows by hand and separated the milk with a steam turbine driven separator. We all had to work hard, even mother helped with the milking. Our life on that farm when not at school was milking and feeding cows on maize, We hand cut with a sickle, trapping and poisoning rabbits and cutting bracken fern with hooks. It was a hard life working every day from daylight to dark when not at school. We longed to return to Maffra and the farm at Mewburn Park that had been leased to a Mr Potter from Bairnsdale for £2.5/- an acre.
After 3 years father fell out with his brother Alf and we moved back again to Trenton Valley to a neighbouring farm of the one father had rented ten years before in 1917. This time we were share-farming for a third share 33 1/3 in the dollar for Mrs W.E. Bodman. The farm was an exceptionally good one and irrigated from Greigs Creek by flood gates. Father installed milking machines and we milked 75 cows the first year and fattened pigs with the skim milk.
By this time Jack was attending school. He rode a pony four miles to Won Wron. As the members of the family left school they stayed on the farm which was the normal practice in those days.
While at Stacey's Bridge during 1925 Father purchased his first car. It was a second hand 1922 model T-Ford. During the late nineteen twenties dairy farming became quite profitable and father was able to buy a new sedan car. By this time we had increased the herd size to 130 cows, we also grew Barley & Maize for fattening pigs. During the 9 years father stayed there he prospered and with his family's help was able to over come his financial problems. For in those depression years we, like most other families stayed on the farm and worked long hours for our clothes and keep, just; the bare necessities of life.
In the winter of 1936 he returned to his farm at Mewburn Park, accompanied by my mother, Jack and Mavis who was then 12 years of age. Mother did not have long to enjoy a more leisurely life. 2 years later in 1938 she became ill with cancer and died the following year 1939 aged 54 years. Glenda, who had stayed with Bernie and me to house keep returned home at the first news of mother's illness. Mother, like most of her family was a deeply religious woman and her faith seemed to give her courage and fortitude to the very end. Father was very upset at Mothers death but time heals all wounds.
It was just after mothers death that my brother Bernie and I purchased 2 blocks of unimproved irritation land at Riverslea. It had been a cropping and grazing property but with the coming of irrigation the owner Mr Alan Riggall had decided to cut it up into 120 acre blocks for closer settlement. We purchased the homestead block and the one next to it with a new double bail milking shed. The price was £18.5/- per acre ($36.50) My younger brother Jack gradually took over the farm at Mewburn Park and in 1947 father remarried to Miss Hazel Mann who was some 20 years younger. He retired from the farm to live with his bride, at her sister Muriel and her husband Robin King's
home in Powerscourt St. Maffra.
Robin King and his wife had just built one of the first holiday houses an Raymond Island. In those days the Island was serviced by a row boat and if a vehicle had to be taken across, there was and old wooden punt that was ferried across by a chain operated by hand. About this time father purchased a 23 ft motor launch which gave him much pleasure for the many more years he was to live. About 1940 just after mothers death he joined the Maffra Bowling Club and enjoyed many hours of bowling on the Maffra Greens. He also became a member of the Maffra Masonic Lodge. In the later years of his life he spent a great deal of his time on Raymond Island, and enjoyed nothing more than to fish from his motor launch. He was as he had been at all sports, an exceptionally keen fisherman and could handle two lines while most others could scarcely manage one.
He enjoyed many long hours of fishing right up to 12 months before his death. He passed away at Maffra District Hospital on September 22nd 1977 aged 93 years. He was buried in the Maffra cemetery with my mother and was survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters, Walter, Bernard, Glenda (Mrs Carr) and Mavis (Mrs Mills) and nineteen grand children. His second wife Hazel lived for another 4 years and four months and passed away January 1982.
[Walter E. Vardy]2


He married Mabel Bessie Amery in May 1910 at Melbourne, VictoriaG. Arthur Ernest Vardy was a farmer.
He married Hazel Mann in 1947.
Arthur died on 22 September 1977 at Maffra, VictoriaG, at age 93.3

Family 1

Mabel Bessie Amery b. Nov 1884, d. 24 Aug 1939
Children

Family 2

Hazel Mann b. c 1904, d. 11 Jan 1982

Citations

  1. [S192] Vic BDM search , Reg Vic No: 28878 in 1884.
  2. [S30] Walter Edward Vardy, Vardy, Unpublished History, p17-20.
  3. [S30] Walter Edward Vardy, Vardy, Unpublished History, p.12.

Walter Henry Vardy

M, b. 27 January 1887, d. 1904
FatherAlfred Thomas Vardy b. 1848, d. 8 Jun 1927
MotherSusannah Clarke b. 1853, d. Nov 1934
ChartsVardy, Alfred Thomas Decendants
Last Edited9 Sep 2018
     Walter was born on 27 January 1887 at Yarram, VictoriaG.1
Walter died in 1904 at Yarram, VictoriaG, Died at 17 years from a bee sting. at age at an unknown age .

Citations

  1. [S192] Vic BDM search , Reg Vic No: 7860 in 1887.

Percival John Vardy

M, b. 30 January 1889, d. 26 December 1958

Percival John Vardy - circa 1920
FatherAlfred Thomas Vardy b. 1848, d. 8 Jun 1927
MotherSusannah Clarke b. 1853, d. Nov 1934
ChartsVardy, Alfred Thomas Decendants
Last Edited17 Dec 2020
     Percival was born on 30 January 1889 at Yarram Yarrm, VictoriaG.
Percival John Vardy married Rubina Alice Hiho in 1917.
Percival John Vardy died on 26 December 1958 at Nambrok, VictoriaG, at age 69. Both Percival and Rubina were killed in a car accident.1

Family

Rubina Alice Hiho d. 1958
Children

Citations

  1. [S255] Death Search Australia, His Victorian Death Registration No: 24939 in 1958.
  2. [S30] Walter Edward Vardy, Vardy, Unpublished History, p.14a.

Leslie James Vardy

M, b. 21 January 1891, d. 1959

Leslie James Vardy - circa 1920
FatherAlfred Thomas Vardy b. 1848, d. 8 Jun 1927
MotherSusannah Clarke b. 1853, d. Nov 1934
ChartsVardy, Alfred Thomas Decendants
Last Edited17 Dec 2020
     Leslie was born on 21 January 1891 at Yarram, VictoriaG.
Leslie James Vardy married Letitia Olive Finlay, daughter of Thomas Finlay and Christina Mary Ann Ross, in 1916 at VictoriaG.
Leslie James Vardy died in 1959 at Dandenong, VictoriaG.1

Family

Letitia Olive Finlay b. 1897, d. c 1959
Children

Citations

  1. [S196] Australian Certificate. Victorian Death Certificate, Leslie James VARDY, Reg No: 27447/1959.
  2. [S30] Walter Edward Vardy, Vardy, Unpublished History, p.15.

Frank Essington Vardy

M, b. 26 March 1895, d. 19 July 1960

Frank Essington Vardy - circa 1920
FatherAlfred Thomas Vardy b. 1848, d. 8 Jun 1927
MotherSusannah Clarke b. 1853, d. Nov 1934
ChartsVardy, Alfred Thomas Decendants
Last Edited17 Dec 2020
     "Youngest member of the family married Clarice Morris 1921. His father built another house on the property at Won Wron for Frank and his bride.
The old couple retired to a house in Yarram and PeEce and family moved into their home on the farm. After a short while Frank's father-in-law, Jim Morris assisted him to buy a property between Toora and Fostere He too had difficulties during the depression took on a share farm for a few years before returning to his own property.
There were 3 children - 2 girls and 1 boy
My most vivid memory of Frank is the long white dust coat he wore when driving my grand parents model T-Ford. Frank drove my mother and us children to Maffra when we moved from Trenton Valley during 1920 to a farm at Mewburn Park near the town of Maffra."1
Frank Essington Vardy was born on 2 March 1895. This birth might just be a "typo", leaving the "6" out of the date.1 Frank was born on 26 March 1895 at Yarram, VictoriaG.
Frank Essington Vardy married Clarice Mary Frances Morris on 3 September 1921.1
Frank Essington Vardy died on 19 July 1960 at Korumburra, VictoriaG, at age 65.1,2

Family

Clarice Mary Frances Morris b. 6 Mar 1899, d. 6 Aug 1950
Child

Citations

  1. [S30] Walter Edward Vardy, Vardy, Unpublished History, p.16.
  2. [S255] Death Search Australia, His Victorian Death Registration Number: 25488/1960.

Charles Thomas Smith

M
ChartsVardy, Alfred Thomas Decendants
Last Edited3 Apr 2001
     He married Alice Vardy in 1896.

Family

Alice Vardy b. 22 Apr 1876, d. 1976
Child

Gladys Louise Smith

F, b. 2 February 1898, d. 1950
FatherCharles Thomas Smith
MotherAlice Vardy b. 22 Apr 1876, d. 1976
ChartsVardy, Alfred Thomas Decendants
Last Edited30 Oct 2020
     Gladys was born on 2 February 1898. As of 15 July 1922,her married name was Balhorn.1
Gladys Louise Smith died in 1950.1

Family

Children

Citations

  1. [S30] Walter Edward Vardy, Vardy, Unpublished History, p.8.

Richard Stanley Odgers

M, b. 1901, d. 18 March 1984
Last Edited22 Nov 2020
     Richard Stanley Odgers was born in 1901 at Castlemaine, VictoriaG.1,2 Richard Stanley Odgers was also known as Dick.
Richard Stanley Odgers died on 18 March 1984. Aged 82.1,3 He was cremated His epitaph reads; Age 82 Loved husband of Mavis, dear father of June and Ray. on 3 July 1984 at Springvale Botanical Cemetery, 600 Springvale Highway, Springvale, MelbourneG.1 His estate was probated.3

Citations

  1. [S285] "Billion Graves"; https://billiongraves.com/grave/Richard-Stanley-Odgers/…. <unknown cd3>
  2. [S317] Birth Index, Australian State Records, Internet Search , Richard Stanley Odgers, Vic Birth Reg No: 17825/1901. From FindMyPast.
  3. [S333] Victorian Probate; http://www.access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/…