Family History
COOMBS, William (1864-1932)
Parents: John George COOMBS & Sarah Ann MIDDLETON

The Advertiser (Adelaide), 19 April 1932 &
Chronicle, 16 & 21 April 1932
Mr William Coombs, who died upon his holding, Cowan's Landing, near Renmark, on Wednesday, April 13, at the age of 67 years, was one of a family of fine bush horsemen who since childhood resided mainly in the Upper River districts of this State. He was born at Moorna Station, and as a young man went into the employ of the Chowilla Station, where he remained for about 25 years, riding over practically every inch of that extensive holding. He was frequently engaged with other river riders mustering wild horses on Chowilla, and could tell interesting tales of moonlight gallops to the old trap years, remains of which may still be seen upon Chowilla and Claperum stations. A brother, who for many years was overseer on Calperum Station, predeceased him a few years ago. Mr William Coombs was twice married and left a family of 16 children. Most of these are engaged on the land throughout the Upper River district.

The Murray Pioneer, 15 April 1932
After a long and painful illness, suffered with great forbearance, William Coombs, one of the river's greatest scrub riders and bushmen, passed away at his home near Renmark on Wednesday.

Mr Coombs was born at Moorna 67 years ago. He grew up in the bush, and no man knew its varying moods better than he did. As a young man he rode Chowilla station and was employed by the Robertsons on that run for about 25 years. Mr Coombs once rode a horse of his from Morgan to Chowilla in a day. Neither man or beast was much the worse for that long trip.

With Mr W Johnson and others, Mr Coombs took part in mustering the wild horses on Chowilla, and his stories of interesting "moonlight" gallops at the old trap yards were gems of wild bush life in the eighties. As a tracker Mr Coombs could hold his own with any one in Australia. He of course, was a splendid type of bush horseman. He also rode well over hurdles and won a number of races. As a bush contractor, he was well known on various stations and his thorough work may still be seen in miles of fencing and stout yards.

Mr Coombs was married twice. The family from the first union are Mrs W. Pannan, Messrs G.W., Ben, Laurie and Stan Coombs. By his second wife - formerly Miss Augusta Drogemuller of Moorook - he had 11 children Florrie (Mrs Batholomew, Greenock), Edie (the late Mrs O. Hoffman of Renmark), Phyllis, Nestor, Bettie, Fred, Lloyd, Allan, Colin and Keith.

William Coombs is dead, but there are many folk who will always remember his cheery laugh and the good fellowship he extended to all. Both he and his wife who survives him, have helped many a weary wayfarer along life's broken road. The funeral took place on Thursday (yesterday), leaving the home at 1 p.m. Many expressions of sympathy were extended to the bereaved family by numerous relatives and a wide circle of friends. The Rev. A.L. Bulbeck officiated at the funeral.

CORK, Agnes (1863-1943)
Parents: James SHEPHERD & Matilda BARTLETT

The Kiama Independent, 26 June 1943
The death occurred on Sunday last, at Strathfield, of Mrs Agnes Cork, at the age of 80. She was well-known and highly respected at Jamberoo, where some years ago her late husband, Mr W.H. Cork was headmaster of the Public School, and they both took a keen interest in the affairs of the township. The late Mrs Cork is survived by two daughters and two sons, one of the latter serving in the A.I.F. Another son was killed on active service with the first A.I.F. in the Great War. Sympathy is extended to the relatives in their bereavement. The funeral took place on Tuesday at the Methodist Cemetery, Woronora.

COWARD, Edith May (1912-1989)
Parents: William Walter Oliver OAKEY & Clara Jane MARTIN

Source unknown
LONGREACH resident Edith May Coward passed away peacefully in her home on August 26, 1989 at 76 years of age. Mrs Coward was born in Charleville, the third child to William Walter Oliver Oakey and Clara Jane Martin on December 25, 1912.
She moved with her family to Longreach and spent the remainder of life in the central west. Edie was educated in Longreach at the catholic school and married Edward James Coward in 1933. After working on properties in the district, Edie and Eddy moved with their two sons to Longreach in 1943.
In partnership with Edie's sister and brother-in-law, they ran the bakery in Pelican Street for several years. In 1958 the Coward family moved to Morella where they ran the Morella Store with a mail run and carrying business.
Edie and Eddie retired to their Craine Street home in about 1965. Edie was predeceased by her husband in September 1986, and four sisters and two brothers.

Obituaries C
CAMPBELL, Arthur (1838-1925)
Parents: Arthur CAMPBELL & Ellen Elizabeth COLLINS

Brisbane Courier, 8 Dec 1925
The death occurred on November 9 in Quilpie of Mr. Arthur Campbell, late of Maroo and Kundah stations. The deceased was born in Yass (New South Wales) on September 15, 1838. He was the youngest son of the late Dr. Allan Campbell, of Yass. When a lad he came to Queensland for experience, and passed some time on various stations in the Isisford district in 1875. In 1887 he went to one of his father's stations "Kundah" which he managed for some years. When this property was sold, he bought Maroo station from the late Mrs. Kenavan. He married in 1897 Edith, the eldest daughter of the late Mr. T. L. McGeorge, of Maroo Station. There are two children, Allan and Jean, who, with his widow, survive. After living at Maroo station about 18 years, the deceased sold the property to Scanlan Brothers. Later he bought Ashgrove station, Gore, and sent his son Allan to manage it for him. Afterwards he disposed of Ashgrove station, and took up Fifield grazing homestead. For some time past Mr. Campbell, with Mrs. Campbell and Miss Campbell, had been living at Maroochydore, where they had a seaside home. Mr. Campbell died while they were visiting the West. His only remaining brother is Mr. Allan Campbell, of Manly, Sydney, and late of Young, New South Wales. There are two sisters, Mrs. C. W. Russell (Melbourne) and Mrs. John Dunbar (Sydney). The funeral, which took place to the Quilpie cemetery, was largely attended.

CLAYDON, Samuel James (1894-1899)
Parents: Nathan CLAYDON & Matilda SHEPHERD

Source Unknown
Sam Claydon, the North Coast's last World War veteran has died in Casino aged 104. Mr Claydon was 28 and working as a butcher in Clunes when he enlisted in The Australian Imperial Forces in Lismore in 1916. He was an infantry man in France and Egypt. After leading the Casino Anzac Day march this year, Mr Claydon was awarded the 80th Anniversary Armistice Remembrance Medal. His daughter, Betty Towle, last night said Mr Claydon died peacefully at Cedars Nursing Home on Thursday. After returning from the war, Mr Claydon moved to Federal and resumed working as a butcher. After marrying Irene, he joined the NSW Department of Agriculture as a tick inspector. Mrs Towle said her father stayed with the department until 1949 when he was discharged at Stanthorpe with arsenic poisoning. After moving to Casino he carted fruit, delivered mail and also worked around the stockyards until he was 70 years old. When he died on Thursday, he was 104 and eight months. A funeral service for Mr Claydon will be held today at 2 p.m. in the Casino Uniting Church.

COOMBS, George Moorna (1862-1923)
Parents: John George COOMBS & Sarah Ann MIDDLETON

The Advertiser (Adelaide), 7 June 1923
Mr George M. Coombs, overseer in the employ of the Calperum station proprietary, died at his residence, Murray-avenue, Renmark, on Sunday night. Mr Coombs had been in the service of the owners of the station for about 15 or 16 years and for a number of years prior to that was engaged in the district as a fencing contractor and in general station work. He went to Renmark from the Blanchetown district. His father was at one time the licensee of the Moorna hotel, between Lake Victoria and Wentworth, and subsequently of the Ral Ral House, a well known mail change at the end of the first stage up river from Overland Corner and about two miles from the Chaffey Irrigation Area main Camp.

Mr Coombs was regarded as an excellent judge of stock, and he was held in high respect by a large circle of friends. Messrs. John Coombs, of Renmark, William Coombs, of Paringa, and Hab. Coombs, of Belmore station, are brothers, and he leaves three sons and four daughters - Messrs. Hurtle, M.G. , and Arthur Coombs, of Renmark; Mrs W. Manifold, of Berri; Mrs R. Rosenthal and Misses Florence and Gwen Coombs, of Renmark. Mrs Coombs died about seven years ago.

The Murray Pioneer, 8 June 1923
Mr George Coombs, an old river identity, died at his residence, Renmark about midnight on Monday aged 63 years. The deceased was widely known in the district and had been employed on Calperum for 17 years as an overseer. He was a good stockman. Mr Coombs was born at Moorna Station, his father keeping the old Moorna Hotel. In 1876 the family moved down the river to Ral Ral and kept the Ral Ral Hotel. This was in the days when the old stage coach ran between Morgan and Wentworth, taking the Stony Pinch track instead of the river route now used. Mr Coombs did a good deal of fencing and hut building on Chowilla for Mr J Robertson. He also helped to clear up the brumbies which years ago roamed the Chowilla country.

Mr Coombs had a family of 3 sons and 5 daughters. His wife died some years ago and as a result of a burning accident one of his daughters is also dead. Mr Coombs had 7 brothers and 3 sisters of whom Mesrs Jack and William Coombs reside in Renmark.
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