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HORSINGTON, John Waygood 1868-1965
Source unknown, c. 1962 "Week's Personality"
The first sheep came to Kyabra from N.S. Wales in 1886. Just a
year before that a young man in his late teens had arrived in the
South-west from Victoria.
His name was John Waygood Horsington, and today, at the young
old age of 94, Mr. Horsington recalls the arrival of these first
sheep to Kyabra and all the other history-steeped events of those
early days. He remembers gleefully that the first shepherds were
aboriginal women. It was their first sight of the animal they called
"a monkey," and great was the confusion resulting from the
unskilled and often fearful, attentions of these shepherds.
Kyabra, until 1886, was solely a cattle property. It now forms one
of the four Thylungra group of properties owned by Australian
Estates, and this group forms the largest sheep station in the
Mr Horsington has the history and stories of this area at his
nimble fingertips. He has been a tank sinker, dam builder, fencer,
opal miner and cattle property manager. During the early opal
days when towns sprang up around the filds he and a partner dug
rich pay loads of opals.
He recalls wryly that during his time as a manager of a cattle
property it rained 19 inches in eight years, so it was a case of
back to the opals, and of all his activities, he liked opal mining the
John W Horsington on his 90th
birthday, 24 April 1958
Mr Horsington admits to feeling pretty fit "though not as young" as
he used to be. He now lives on grandson's property, Regleigh,
about 30 miles from Thylungra. His only complaint was that "the
eyes were not so good".
But he then showed the wonderfully carved cane he carved. It was
rich with scroll and delicate pattern. He carves for a hobby, so it
is strongly suspected that "the eyes" are really very good.
His opinion of the Thylungra sale? "The offering was a pretty good
lot of monkeys."
Also see Obituaries H , and daughter Maude McGeorge's book,
"The Wellsinker's Daughter".