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Name EATHER, RONALD GORDON
Service Australian Army
Service Number NX125178 (N3008)
Date of Birth 10 Nov 1921
Place of Birth NARRABRI, NSW
Date of Enlistment 29 Aug 1942
Locality on Enlistment RIVERSTONE, NSW
Place of Enlistment GYMPIE, QLD
Next of Kin EATHER, LESLIE
Date of Discharge 5 Jun 1946
Rank Driver
Posting at Discharge 78 TRANSPORT PLATOON
WW2 Honours and Gallantry None for display
Prisoner of War No 
EATHER Ronald Gordon (I10164)
 
2
«tab»Artie was born in 1915 at Charters Towers Qld, but his family moved to Blenheim Station when he was three weeks old. Blenheim was a very large cattle grazing property about 50 mile from Collinsville, and Artie's Father went there as manager. Artie was the eldest of nine children. The family stayed on or near Blenheim until Artie was fifteen, when they moved to Exmoor Station as his father was appointed manager their in 1930. Exmoor is also in the Collinsville District, being a little closer than Blenheim, about 60 klms from the town.
«tab»The interview concentrated on Artie's childhood at Blenheim & his youth and adult lift at Exmoor & also covered his recollections of trips through and into Collinsville from 1920 to Early 1950's. Artie & his family moved permanently into Collinsville in the early 1960's and he & he wife have been here ever since.«tab»
«tab»Blenheim was quite a large sized property as most were around that time. During the time Artie's family was there the station employed about 10 or 12 single men plus a few aboriginals to help with domestic duties. The station was self contained with supplies being brought in twice a year by horse team from Nebo, the closest town.
«tab»While Artie was on Blenheim all transport was by horseback or by buggy or wagon. Artie cannot recall any motor vehicles on or having visited Blenheim until they left in 1930. In the 15 years of Blenheim the family travelled to Bowen about four or five times and a similar number to Mackay. The first trip he can recall to Bowen was in 1920 when he was five or six. It was a major operation, as were later trips, involving a number of Buggies or wagons with changes of horsed along the way. It took about one week to travel the 110 miles, with about three days to Collinsville, almost halfway.. Later on after 1922 when the railway reached Collinsville, the h horse transport was left there & the family travelled by train to Bowen, which took about five or six hours.
«tab»Artie's Recollection of Collinsville on these early trips was of a small settlement without any substantial buildings, many of the housed being little better than temporary shacks. Later on the family travelled more often to Mackay as the roads over the Eungella Range improved & it was quicker to reach Mackay than Bowen.«tab»
«tab»Artie cannot recall any aeroplanes visiting or flying over Blenheim but says a light air strip was built at Exmoor during the 1930's .
«tab»He can remember a veterinary surgeon flying in twice a year but not other regular aeroplanes. At Blenheim the only communication was by horse, so messages would be sent from a neighbouring station by horseback. The mail came fortnightly by a mail man on horseback who later on, when roads were improved, used a horse & buggy, thane replacing this with a motor truck by the mid 1930's. Some newspapers came with mail man but were well out of date on arrival.
«tab»There was no telephone service for the stations right up until Artie left Exmoor in the early 1950's. Artie remembers being shown a radio crystal set by Hawker when he was 12 or 13 but reception was very bad & radios did not become common for many years as the nearest radion transmitters would have been in Mackay or Townsville.
«tab»The Stations were visited once a year by an Afghan hawker who usually stayed a few days, he sold clothes, small hardware, medicines, leather goods, materials & dressmaking supplies. He replaced his horses with a truck in the early 1930's & seems to have ceased visits by around 1940 when most properties had their own motor transport.«tab»
«tab»In 1932 Artie & his brother brought a 'B' model ford car which they kept fro 14 years & Artie recalls selling it then for more than it cost them. Exmoor purchased a truck for the property's use about the same time. The Ford was used to travel into Collinsville roads were reasonable. In the wet season it was still impossible to travel any distance over the dirt roads with no bridges over the creeks. A contract carter from Collinsville, Ted Moran, used to deliver supplies regularly to Exmoor. Initially Exmoor was not on a mail run & someone had to ride over to Blenheim to pick up Exmoor's mail until later on the mail run was extended to include Exmoor.«tab»
«tab»Arties's first schooling was carried out by his mother who tried to fit it in between her other duties & looking after the younger children, a little later a neighbour's wife from a small holding, Tipperton. came over to do the teaching while her husband was away working on other properties. As she had been a school teacher before marriage, she seemed to manage it better than Artie's mother. The only pupils being taught then were Artie, his younger brother, & two younger sisters.«tab»
«tab»When Artie was 11 or 12 his parents moved the family to a house in the small settlement of Netherdale at the foot of the Eungella Range because a school was there. Artie's father was still manger at Blenheim & he travelled back & forth while his wife stayed with the children. Artie found the school a lot different from education at Blenheim with stricter discipline which was difficult for him to accept. When things became too tough he would grab a horse & ride back to Blenheim. This happened quite often until he finally finished school about age 14. His younger brothers & sisters settled in well & seemed to enjoy school.
«tab»Artie played football at school & was also a competitore in footraces. While he was a Netherdale school he remembers some district sports meetings at other schools & once a year a large sports day at Mackay.«tab»
«tab»As the railway had reached Netherdale by this time the school travelled by train on these occasions.
«tab»Artie only outstanding memory of school is that his was very happy when he finished. None of his brothers or sisters was able to go to high school as the nearest one was in Mackay this was too far away fro them to attend.
«tab»Artie remarked that is was very difficult for children in isolated bush areas to get a good education then.«tab»
«tab»The house at Blenheim was quite large & well built with pit sawn timber slabs cut on the property. Cooking was done on a wood stove & lighting was with carbide lights & hurricane (Kerosene) lamps. There was no adequate fresh food storage although Artie recalls that many ideas were tried to overcome this. but none successfully. He mentions one consisting of a container with charcoal packed around it & kept wet but this did not work either. The property killed a prime bullock about once a week, so this meant fresh meat for up to three days & corned of salted meat after this. The station also kept pigs, goats & Fowls & these provided meat at regular intervals. The single station hands lived in a barracks & usually had a cook provided but sometimes
«tab»Artie's mother had to cook for them too. Artie remembers two aboriginal women living on the station & providing help with the domestic duties. Blenheim had a good sized vegetable garden looked after mainly by a Gardner who was a blacksmith by trade but spent time in
«tab»the garden when not needed in his trade. Artie & his brothers helped with the gardening also. Very little fruit was grown on the station, only a few citrus trees such as oranges & lemons.«tab»
«tab»Artie considers his childhood normal for the time but concedes his was probably better off than others because his father was the manager & looked after his family & employees well. The children's duties were helping around the house & the garden & other things when required. They very rarely met other children for social occasions as distance was a problem & there were not many on neighbouring properties. On recollection, he considers he did not really miss playmates his own age because he was always busy, and out helping with mustering & also fishing in local streams. Artie stared work age 17 at Exmoor, i.e. he went on the station payroll. His first wage was 2-17-0 per week plus keep. After a year he went onto the adult rate at Exmoor of 3-17-0.
«tab»He worked as a general station hand & later on as assistant to his father. When his father died about 1950 he took over as manager until he left a few years later. The Exmoor wage rate was considered good as at that time no unions were active in the area & there was not station hand's award.
«tab»Some years later when an award came into force the Australian Workers union officials visited once a year mainly to get the workers dues & issue them with a membership ticker.«tab»
«tab»The nearest police station to Blenheim was at Nebo. The only time Artie can recall the police visiting Blenheim was when a swaggie who had stayed the night was missing at his camp, the next morning with a lot of blood everywhere. He was then found with his throat cut & later died, Probably from loss of blood, The police were notified, came out & made a report and apparently were satisfied it was a suicide. Artie remembers everyone seemed to be more honest then as nothing much seemed to get stolen, even when passing swaggie 's moved through, or when workers left the property.«tab»
«tab»From 1933 on Artie came into Collinsville regularly, by this time it had grown quite a bit from his first visits in the early 1920s.
«tab»Although still a small isolated town it had a good business centre, which included two hotels, two banks, four of five cafes, a co-operative grocer/store, a hardware shop, a post office, a garage, a soft drink factory, a butcher, plus a few others. The hotels were the 'Central' & 'MacGees', this run by a Mrs Duncan. The town also had a dentist & Artie remembers the treadle operated drill being used on his teeth. The garage had a hand operated petrol bowser where the Ford was filled when in town. Petrol was brought out to Exmoor by the carrier in square four gallon tins packed town to a wooden case. If Artie had room he would take a couple of petrol tins back to Exmoor.
«tab»The relationship of the station people with the shopkeepers was cordial & it seems that the shopkeepers were always happy to meet those people who usually had their supplies sent out by carrier;«tab»
«tab»At Blenheim the residents were really on their own as far as health services were concerned. If someone became badly ill or injured it meant a long road trip to Mackay to see a doctor. Apart from this all injuries and sicknesses were attended to there mainly by Artie's Mother. There was no travelling doctor, or dentist, or clergyman visiting properties in the district. As well, there were no midwives or nursing sisters close by and Artie says the main reason for the regular trips to Bowen & later to Mackay was to enable his mother to give birth to his Brothers & Sisters under medical attention.
«tab»Artie recalls that the younger children were christened on these trips as well. He remembers also that the woman from the neighbouring property, who used to teach him, died quite young from what he thinks were complications with her first Pregnancy.«tab»He remembers she became very ill quite suddenly and he had to get a team of horsed ready in the buggy for a trip to Mackay, while her husband and others were brought back from the mustering camp. The trip apparently was too long and hard as the woman died either before arriving in Mackay or just after getting there.«tab»
«tab»In Artie's recollections there are only a few notable or memorable characters. One person he admired was Les Parker who he knew from Collinsville. Les Parker became a Rhodes Scholar but unfortunately later dies during service in the second World War.
«tab»A couple of other characters he remembers are two swaggie's among the many who used to visit the properties regularly.
«tab»One was 'German Jack' who came through every year with a couple of horses. One of his horsed had a bell attached and this was heard quite a while before German Jack appeared. He would stay a week & was happy to do some work in return for supplies which was a bit different to most others. Another he remembers was Carl Flor who did a circuit every year & would stay a couple of days and than leave with a full tucker bag.
«tab»All travellers including the swagmen were welcome then because they brought new from adjoining properties & was a good change to talk to someone different. Often the station people tried to get a traveller to stay longer just to have a different face around.
«tab»Artie says there were not greater numbers of swagmen travelling through during the depression years of the 1930s. «tab»
«tab»He thinks this is because these properties were isolated & too far from the coat & the railway which most depression time travellers preferred to stay near. By about 1940 nearly all swagmen had stopped travelling through, probably because of the better transport available then.
«tab»When Travelling through Collinsville & other towns as a child Artie did not have any desire to live in a town even with the extra facilities there. He always felt glad to get back to station life & sometimes felt sorry for the kids in town. As an adult, he had some offers of jobs at the coal mine in Collinsville but even then decided not to move off the station. The main reason he finally left Exmoor was to live near a school because by then he had married & wanted his children to have better educational opportunities. The Family moved to Bloomsbury, a small town on the coast, where Artie was a butcher for a while & also worked in the sugar industry. Later on in 1960 the family moved to Collinsville to allow the children to go to high school.«tab»
«tab»The change for Artie has seen to Collinsville since the 1930s and 1940s are better shopping & recreation Facilities, a larger population, better roads and council services. The biggest changed have been when the power station was built starting in 1966 and more recently in 1982 when a major upgrading of the coal mines commenced, which resulted in improvements generally to the town's amenities. Artie is happy with life in Collinsville & although he & his wife have travelled extensively throughout Australia in recent years he would not like to live anywhere else. 
BAILEY Arnold Arthur (I16595)
 
3 BDM 24670/1901 PITTS William George (I13975)
 
4 Brickwall, Sec: A Side B, Site: E16 KAGEN Roseannah Isabel Irene (I588)
 
5 FME C CLOISTER L/72 BLANCH Lily Edna (I1865)
 
6 Last Residence «b»Soquel, 95073, Santa Cruz, California, USA«/b» DALEY Ailsia Adeleen (I23553)
 
7 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I9576)
 
8 Location: BB, Section: Rose Garden 4, Position: 0045 MITCHELL Linda Joyce (I15342)
 
9 Location: JJ, Section: Rose Garden 13, Position: 0085 CHAPMAN Patricia Margaret (I15321)
 
10 Location: JJ, Section: Rose Garden 13, Position: 0087 CHAPMAN Norman William (I15322)
 
11 Witnessed by daughter, Janet.
Usual address - 181 Broughton Road, Leith. 
LINDSAY George (I27297)
 
12 Witnessed by daughter, Janet. LINDSAY George (I27302)
 
13 Witnessed by son, David. Queensberry House was a hospital and house of refuge for the poor. LINDSAY William (I27269)
 
14 Witnessed by son, James. LINDSAY Christina Stewart (I27309)
 
15 Year: 1911 Registration Number: 13772 Family F7277
 
16 «b»Richard COLLIER «/b»
Richard ("Dick") was born between April and June 1839 in Battersea, Surrey1, son of William COLLIER (or COLLYER/COLLEAR), a lighterman2/waterman3, and Ann Eleanor BOSTICK.
1 The 1841 UK census indicates he was born in 1839, while the 1851 UK census states 1840. The 1841 census was taken on 6 June, while the 1851 census was taken on 30/31 March. This indicates that Richard is likely to have been born between 1 April and 6 June 1839.
2 A lighterman is someone who operates a 'lighter', which is a type of flat-bottomed barge. William was most likely a lighterman on the Thames.
3 A waterman is someone who transfers passengers across and along city centre rivers and estuaries. The terms 'lighterman' and 'waterman' often appear to be used interchangeably, although 'lighterman' usually carried cargo, while 'waterman' carried passengers.
4 The Ford's Buildings were located on York Road immediately to the west of York Place. They were a row of 39 small brick cottages built in about 1824-25 by John Ford for the workers of the woollen factory that he set up on the land behind. The woollen factory was unsuccessful and by the 1850s and 1860s the cottages were taken over by the workers of the silk factory that took its place. (source: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/content/imported-docs/a-e/battersea-vol-50-chap-2.pdf)
In 1841, Richard was living with his parents and family at 22 Fords Buildings4 in Battersea, Surrey and at York Road, Battersea in 1851. He was attending school at the time of the 1851 census aged 11 years. He does not appear in the 1861 UK Census.
A family story suggests that Richard emigrated to Tasmania on board the «i»Indian Queen «/i»with a sister and his girlfriend in the early 1850s. Two of Richard's sisters resided in Tasmania during the 1850s. Ann Martha COLLIER (1824-1917) had married Charles ROBINSON in 1854 in Launceston, Tasmania. It is understood Ann Martha paid her own way to Tasmania. Another sister, Mary Ann COLLIER (b.1831), married Thomas Oldfield NEWMAN jnr in 1852 in Lambeth, Surrey. They were living in Tasmania by 1855 when Thomas jnr paid for the passage of his parents and younger siblings to Tasmania.
The «i»Indian Queen «/i»was one of 12 ships of the Black Ball Line of Packets that mainly brought bounty emigrants to Australia (and America) from Liverpool. The «i»Indian Queen «/i»made its maiden voyage from Liverpool to Melbourne from April to August 1853. The only voyage to Tasmania was made in 1856 arriving in Hobart on 5 January with 60 immigrants. Another 24 immigrants from the «i»Indian Queen «/i»arrived in Launceston on 5 Jan on board the «i»Lady Bird «/i»after transferring in Melbourne. If Richard came on the 1856 voyage, he did not travel with one of his sisters as they were in Tasmania prior to this. Then again, one of his sisters may have paid for his passage to Australia on the 1855/56 voyage and the family story became distorted over the years.
The family story suggests that Richard followed Ann Martha and her husband Charles ROBINSON to the Paterson River area of the Hunter Valley, NSW. Ann Martha and Charles had moved to Auckland in New Zealand by early 1857 with the birth of their first child. They returned to Australia, residing in Sydney in 1859 with the birth of their second child. They apparently lived in Liverpool where Charles had a saddlery. By 1860 they had settled in the Hunter Valley around the small settlement of
Paterson. Apparently on arrival at the Paterson, Charles cut down a tree for slabs and bark for a roof. He told all that he had finished the family home, but he had left no room for a door or windows. The next morning the wind blew down the lot. The family referred to the area as "Dickie's Land". Charles and Ann Martha were apparently orchardists and very active Seventh Day Adventists.
Richard married Elizabeth COOK on 23 December 1863 at St Paul's Church of England in Paterson in the Hunter Valley. Richard was a sawyer living at Tillimby Station and Elizabeth a farmer's daughter also living at Tillimby Station. Ann ROBINSON was a witness to the marriage. This is most likely Ann Martha COLLIER.
Richard and Elizabeth's children were:
1. Matilda Ann COLLIER ("Aunty Tilly") b. 31 Dec 1868 at Martin's Creek, Hunter Valley, d. 1954 in Manly, Sydney, m. George Elliot in 1888 at Wallsend - George was apparently a master builder who built the family owned flats at 3 and 3A Stanley Street, Randwick for Phoebe Hannah COLLIER. George also ran the Royal Hotel at Minmi for a period and also worked as a farmer.
2. Benjamin James COLLIER (known as "Buckets" or "Ben") b. 4 Oct 1870 at Oaks Farm, Oakendale near Clarence Town, d. 1941 in Randwick, Sydney - never married but apparently had a daughter named Hazel. He was reputed to be the Mayor of Cessnock (whether officially or unofficially) and a bit of a tippler. He also apparently went into the mines, but left in search of greater pay.
3. William John COLLIER (known as "Bill") b. 28 Aug 1872 at Oak Farm, Oakendale near Clarence Town, d. 1920 in Cessnock due to difficulties during surgery, m. Elizabeth WAITE at Minmi in 1897. Had refreshment rooms in Cessnock where he made ice cream. Also later ran a hotel in Cessnock.
4. Anne Elizabeth COLLIER b. 1874 at Clarence Town, d. possibly in 1875 in Newcastle - a family story suggests otherwise with her marrying someone with the name DEVINE and then remarrying Fred McGARRY (have been unable to substantiate these claims).
5. Phoebe Harriet (later Hannah) COLLIER b. 5 Jul 1875 at Teralba, d. 26 Aug 1948 at Rockdale, Sydney, m. John SCOTT in Minmi in 1893 - John was a Scotsman who emigrated with his family to Australia on board the «i»Samuel Plimsoll «/i»in 1875. John was initially a coal miner in Minmi before becoming a fruiterer in Minmi before 1906. He apparently opened up the first general store in Kurri Kurri in 1907 before moving to Sydney and running a number of hotels, including the United Australian Hotel at 631 King Street, Newtown from 1913-1917, the Bank Hotel at 344 King Street, Newtown from 1918-1920, the Rifleman's Hotel at 75 Fitzroy Street, Ashfield in 1924, and the Royal Hotel at 2 Perouse Road, Randwick from 1924-1934. Phoebe took over the licence of the Royal Hotel after John's death in 1934 until 1936 when she retired to travel with her daughters and granddaughter. John, known as Jack, apparently liked a tipple and during the period of the 6 o'clock shutdowns he was a good source of afterhour's drinks. He had a very large overcoat which could carry about a dozen long neck bottles of beer, earning him the nickname of 'Overcoat Jack' or 'Topcoat Jack'. I recall my grandmother telling a story that the local policeman was aware of his out of hours business


and one day spotted him heading home in his overcoat and said to him to be careful on the way home, for if he slipped and fell, he would cut himself to death.
6. Charles Richard COLLIER b. 1876 at Teralba, d. 16 Jan 1959 at Allworth, Great Lakes - was a miner at Minmi before moving to Raymond Terrace.
7. Ada COLLIER b. 1878 at Wallsend, d. ?, m. Thomas SMITH and moved to the USA. Their son, Sydney SMITH was born in the cemetery during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
8. James Arthur COLLIER (known as "Jim") b. 1880 at Wallsend, d. 1967 in Sydney (yet to be confirmed) - was a miner at Minmi and possibly Mayor of Greta.
9. Alice Maud COLLIER ("Aunty Alice") b. 1882 at Wallsend, d. 1968 in Sydney, m. Lewis Arnold CRAMP in 1905 in Minmi - lived in Coogee Bay Road. Had two sons, Jack CRAMP and Frank CRAMP. Jack was a motor dealer with the Ford Motor Co. Frank was a master house painter.

By 1868, Richard and Elizabeth were residing at Martin's Creek near Paterson and at Oak Farm, Oakendale near Clarence Town between 1870-72. In 1872 they had returned to Paterson and in 1874 were again residing at Martin's Creek before moving to Teralba in 1875. Richard gave his occupation as 'bushman' on the birth registration of his daughter, Phoebe Harriet (later Hannah) in 1875. A bushman is probably another name for a 'timber getter'.
In 1883, Richard's mental health severely deteriorated. He was suffering the effects of syphilis which would eventually lead to his death later that year. It is unknown how long Richard had been suffering from syphilis and whether his mental illness had plagued him and his family before being committed to Darlinghurst Gaol in March 1883. On 20 March 1883 he was convicted of entering a train while in motion and refusing to pay the fare; the sentence being 14 days in Darlinghurst Gaol5. He was discharged on 2 April, but re-admitted 4 days later for a period of 2 months on the basis that he had no legal means of supporting himself. It is unclear whether this stint in gaol triggered his mental state or whether this was the cause of the incident on the train.
5 Unfortunately there is no photo of Richard in the Darlinghurst Gaol photo description book.
Richard wrote to Elizabeth while in gaol on 2 May:
«i»My dear wife I am in Darlinghurst Goal. I have two months in goal. I hope to be soon out of it. I am your loving husband Richard Collier. To the Bank of England send me five hundred thousand pounds place it in the Bank of Australia Wallsend. I will collect. «/i»
By this time he had clearly become delusional. On 12 May he was certified as insane and committed to the Hospital for the Insane at Parramatta. He was committed until «i»"he has become of sound mind, or until he be otherwise discharged by due course of law"«/i».
Richards's committal, signed by Dr A. I. Brady of 3 Lyons Terrace, included the following comments:
«i»He has delusions. He believes that he is the Duke of York and that he has a million of money in the Bank of England. Says that he saved the life of the Duke of Edinburgh for which he was Knighted. «/i»
«i»The officer in charge informs me that the prisoner is quite childish in his conversation and that he has various delusions believing that he is fabulously rich etc. «/i»
He was re-examined later the same day by Dr Maurice J. O'Connor of Victoria Street, who made the following comments:
«i»He has various delusions fancies that he is the 'Duke of York' that he saved the life of the Duke of Edinburgh and consequently was raised to the peerage. That he is possessed of fabulous wealth:- his appearance is stupid and he talks in an incoherent manner. «/i»
«i»The attendants inform me that he fancies he is the Duke of York, that he has considerable wealth in the Bank of England which he acquired at the 'diggings' and that he is childish and quite unable to take care of himself. «/i»
Richard's admission form, dated 14 May, indicates that he was sentenced to 6 weeks gaol, he was under medical treatment, taking no stimulants and not refusing food. He was said to be quiet and obedient during the day but was very restless and cannot sleep at night. Further remarks were that «i»"this man is quite harmless, he has a delusion that he possesses a large sum of money"«/i». He was recorded as 5 feet 3 inches tall and a weight of 123 pounds. Interestingly, he gave his religion as Roman Catholic.
He was admitted with the diagnosis of 'delusional mania' and throughout his notes there is no indication that he was physically examined as would happen today. Also there is no comment about relatives contacting the Hospital. His only medication written up on the 16 May seems to have been Mist. Pot. Ammon and ?chloral hydrate.
Richard's medical case book for the month of May states the following:
«i»May 14th. Richard Collier is this day transferred from the Goal at Darlinghurst to the Hospital for the Insane at Parramatta under an order from the Colonial Secretary. He is under the average height fairly well put together, closely shaven and cropped and is described as follows in the accompanying Medical Certificates. When questioned as to the occupation he usually followed, that he was the captain and owner of a large vessel trading all over the world in silks and satins offered one an interest in this ship which was of course declined. «/i»
«i»May 21st. This patient is by no means in a strong state of health and instead of improving appears to be gradually growing weaker in mind and general health. He is exceedingly untidy in his dress and in his personal habits, continually on the lookout for all kinds of rubbish he can possibly pick up and stuff into his pockets being under the delusion that they are diamonds, he eats his food fairly well and also sleeps better than at first. «/i»
«i»May 28th. Not improved in the slightest degree in mind or body, he was removed to the hospital ward but was of too aggressive disposition to remain with the other patients there, he was continually knocking them about. «/i»
The remaining medical case book notes are almost unable to be read however it would seem that at one time he attempted to escape in June and suffered a fall of at least 15 feet. He seems then to have faded away over the next six months and he died on the 8 December 1883. The cause of death
stated on his death certificate is General Paralysis of the Insane (GPI), a common syphilitic condition. His occupation is given as bricklayer, with no details of his family known other than to state he had 8 children, all living. Richard and Elizabeth actually had 9 children, with one daughter dying as an infant. He was buried in the Roman Catholic section of the Rookwood Necropolis on 10 December 1883, obviously respecting his new found religion.
Elizabeth remarried on 30 Dec 1889 at Plattsburg to John Brooks SMITH. There is a family note of a scandal between a SMITH and an Elizabeth COLLIER that was covered up. It is unclear whether this was something between John Brooks SMITH and Elizabeth COLLIER (nee COOK). Elizabeth ("Gran Smith") apparently went blind in her later years and for a time Phoebe Hannah COLLIER had to share a bed with her.
Compiled by Sean McPhail
with the assistance of research undertaken by Con Scott Reed
and recollections by the late Jean Bowie Reed (nee Scott))
(all descendants of Richard Collier) 
COLLIER Richard (I21706)
 
17 "Deep Creek" is a private cemetery on "Milfield" Narrabri, NSW FRATER Alexander (I575)
 
18 "Deep Creek" is a private cemetery on "Milfield" Narrabri, NSW HAY Penelope (I576)
 
19 ( 5 Children ) Family F5616
 
20 ( Children 9) MILLER James (I10251)
 
21 ( Possible) Name: Issobel Grant Gender: Female Birth Date: 22 Jul 1719 Baptism Date: 2 Aug 1719 Baptism Place: Cromdale and Inverallan and Advie,Inverness,Scotland Father: Charles Grant Or Mcallan Mother:FHL Film Number: 990724 GRANT Isobel (I7285)
 
22 ( Worked as a Moulder) PITTS William George (I13975)
 
23 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I13964)
 
24 (2 Children) Family F5619
 
25 (Denis's Parents) Denis Riordan and Honorah ( Morry ) Flynn settled in Sydney originally but then moved to the region to The Rockgidgele Station just outside Quirindi. Their daughter Honorah Riordan married James Loch at Burburgate, Carroll. RIORDAN Denis Benedict (I11044)
 
26 (Fireman) LIMEBURNER Henry John (I985)
 
27 (Fireman) LIMEBURNER Henry John (I985)
 
28 (Fitter) CARD Charles Herbert (I34)
 
29 (Fitter) CARD Charles Herbert (I34)
 
30 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I13964)
 
31 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I13964)
 
32 (headstone has the 12 Jan 1983) SUTTON Essie Malina (I4329)
 
33 (headstone has the 9 Jun 1992) SUTTON David Henry (I4319)
 
34 (Home Duties) PITTS Alma Irene (I13962)
 
35 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I13965)
 
36 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I13965)
 
37 (Listed as Vesysle, Demark on marriage cert.) JOHANSEN John Jorgan (I11076)
 
38 (Medical):

«b»POWER DRIVE CATCHES MAN AT GREGADOO«/b»
In one of the worst fatal accidents in the district for man
y years, a 46-year-old overseer, «b»Cedric Lambert Hughes«/b», was slowly entangled in the drive shaft of a tractor in operation at a Gregadoo property on Saturday morning.
As the result of shocking injuries he received, which included several fractures, Hughes died on Saturday afternoon at Wagga Base Hospital. About 9.25 a.m. he had been using a power take-off from the tractor to a grass cutter. When he attempted to switch off the power his sleeve was caught by the machinery, which stripped him of his coat and shirt be fore winding him around the shaft. Wagga Ambulance officers rendered first aid on the spot, and rushed him to Wagga Base Hospital, where he died at about 4.30 p.m. Hughes had been employed on the property, 'Gregadoo Station' for 30 years. His -wife and three teen age children live on the property. The late Mr. Hughes had spent all his life In the Gregadoo district. At the time of his death he was overseer for Mr. - J. A. M. Napier, of 'Gregadoo Station' Wagga. He was widely known in the district, and was held In high esteem by many friends. He Is survived by his wife (Mrs. Gladys Hughes, of Gregadoo), two daughters (Shirley and Esther Hughes) and one son (Wallace Hughes). Also his mother (Mrs. E. Hughes, of Bimbeen Street, Wagga) and one brother (Gordon Hughes, of Sydney), and his father Mr. W. M. Hughes, of Newtown. His funeral will take place in Wagga today, leaving St. John's Church of England, Wagga, after a service commencing at 2 o'clock, for the Wagga cemetery. 
HUGHES Cedric Lambert (Sid) (I7341)
 
39 (Medical): GLOVER Robert David (I16979)
 
40 (Medical):32107/1952 NAUGHTON WILLIAM JAMES WILLIAM MARCUS MARY ANN F WOLLONGONG NAUGHTON William James (I12282)
 
41 (Medical):A fractured skull and intra cranial haemorrage, fractured humerus and haemothorax, the result of injuries accidentally recieved when the push bicycle he was riding collided with a motor lorry. Finding at inquiry held at Newcastle on 19 Mar 1952 - T H See, Coroner. PETHERBRIDGE John Redman (I3888)
 
42 (Medical):A verdict of manslaughter was returned against the alleged assailant, John Issac. Edward and John Issac were playing cards at a hotel and a quarrel ensued. DEATH Edward (I8255)
 
43 (Medical):Age: 69 Hit by motor vehicle; driver charged with manslaughter but charges dropped CHAMBERLAIN Walter (I21182)
 
44 (Medical):An inquest was held on 16th March 1887. (WHEATLEY) Annie (I9035)
 
45 (Medical):Austral Coal. JACKSON Bertram J (I1869)
 
46 (Medical):Carcinoma Surperior Maxillae (left) ( Cancer of the left Jaw) following an operation on the 29 May 1926. CRAIG Peter Hay (I7724)
 
47 (Medical):Coroners Report, Newcastle Hospital, NSW 23rd March 1934 KAGEN Henry Douglas (I4354)
 
48 (Medical):Death From Gunshot Wounds :- A finding of death from gunshot wounds self-inflicted was recorded by the coroner at Junee after inquiring into the death of Alfred Rapley, 62, farmer, of Marrar. The coroner added that he was unable to say wheather the wounds were caused accidentally or otherwise. Argus (Melbourne, Vic) Tuesday 13 Feb 1945 (Newspaper) RAPLEY Alfred (I6034)
 
49 (Medical):Deceased had been assisting one of the boiler furnacemen to trim forward the dross or "gum," which was stored in a large hopper erected in front of the stoke hole. He was seen leaving the hopper, but appears to have re-entered it unobserved, and to have slid down amongst the gum towards one of the shoots, from which it was shovelled into the furnaces. About an hour afterwards, his body gravitated to the shoot, and was discovered by one of the furnacemen. Death was due to suffocation. SIMS Henry William (I1425)
 
50 (Medical):Died from trying to to stop a wagon of hay being pulled by a team of horses. SMALL James (I18217)
 

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