Had a good time today at the Mary Boulton Cottage. The committee meeting itself was interesting. Afterwards, Marge Thomas gave a talk about her life growing up at Warrell Creek (they had a church, school and a hall – only the hall is left now). Then Edna Stride told us about growing up as one of 15 kids at Eungai Creek with her brother Bill Thomas adding in bits here and there. Grandma and Grandpa Oram were sponsored out here by William and Mary Ann Sanders. Geoff Minnet is the historian there and his wife is a Sanders and Edna’s sister Ruby is married to a Sanders. Geoff said that some years back, Chris McCarthy lent him about 12 books of Sanders history which he scanned so I’ll be keeping in touch with him and finding out lots of Sanders history from him. Edna is also going to email me the talk she gave today. I also know where I’ll be doing some volunteer work next year.
From the Guardian News (Nambucca) :
"Reflections on the early years at Eungai Creek
The next meeting of Mary Boulton Pioneer Cottage and Museum committee will be held at 1.30pm on Saturday (12th) and will focus on Eungai and Warrell Creek. Guest speakers will be Bill and Marge Thomas and Edna Stride. Bill and Edna are grandchildren of John Thomas, the second selector of land in the Tamban area. Marge grew up at Warrell Creek. Afternoon tea will follow. For further information, contact Diana Wood on 65690043 or Joy Lane on 65642048."
This is of interest to us as John Thomas’ son Aaron Macleay Thomas married Ada Oram, daughter of Grace Oram, who was Mary Ann Sander’s neice. The info they give out will be applicable to Ern and Charlie (Grace’s cousins) who had land there too.