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BAILEY Arnold Arthur

BAILEY Arnold Arthur

Male 1915 - 1991

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  • Name  BAILEY Arnold Arthur 
    Born  5 Feb 1915  Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    _UID  F6DA38B3C373452E904F578B2F8919998F3E 
    Died  9 Apr 1991  Collinsville, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I16595  Frater Genealogy
    Last Modified  28 Aug 2016 

    Father  BAILEY Arthur Samuel,   b. 29 May 1888, Bowen, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1944, Bowen, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  WHELAN Elsie Eveleen (Evelyn) Ida,   b. 20 Oct 1892, Ukalunda, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1983, Collinsville, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  13 Jan 1915  Church of St Paul, Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F467  Group Sheet

    Family  WATTS Viola Elaine,   b. 18 Nov 1921, Proserpine, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 2009, Collinsville, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  25 Jan 1945  Mackay, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Bailey-Watts: There was a Methodis Curch, Mackay on Wednesday,July 25, when
      Viola Elaine only daughter of Mr & Mrs Watts, Proserpine, was married to
      Arnold Arthur, eldest son of Mrs Bailey & Late Arthur Samuel Bailey, Exmoor
      Station Collinsville. the bride was frocked in a very nice but simple wedding
      frock & looked charming as she walked down the aisle of the church on the
      arm of Mr. W.C. o'Loughlan, North Mackay, who Subsequently gave her away, Miss
      Lorna Downs, Of Proserpine, was bridesmaid, and Mr. W.C. Bosel carried out the
      duties of best man. The Wedding was held very quietly in respect to the recent
      passing of the bridegroom's father in October & brother Les who was killed
      in action in April. Mrs Cross presided at the organ. After the wedding there was
      a quiet & brief reception upstairs at Zeglas Cafe. The Young couple will
      make their future home at Exmoor Station.
    Children 
     1. BAILEY Arthur Leslie William,   b. 15 May 1946, Mackay, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 2002, Bowen, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  3 Mar 2012 
    Family ID  F5426  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Wedding Day 1945
    Wedding Day 1945
    Arnold Arthur Bailey
    Viola Elaine Watts

  • Notes 

    • «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.