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
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.
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
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
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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