Maude McGeorge (nee Horsington)
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McGEORGE, Cecil Francis (1899-1918)
Parents: John Robert McGEORGE & Isabella May MOORE

Forbes Times, 21 May 1918
Private C.F. McGeorge's Death - The Rev. Father O'Brien, Forbes received word on Saturday last of the death in action of Private Cecil F. McGeorge, son of Mr and Mrs J.R. McGeorge, of Farrand Street, Forbes, to whom he immediately conveyed the sad intelligence. In St. Lawrence's Roman Catholic church on Sunday last reference was made to Private McGeorge's death and to the sympathy felt for the parents of the brave boy, who was only just 19 years of age. He attended the Forbes Public and Budgerabong schools and enlisted at Forbes in October, 1916. He was only in camp in Sydney for a month when he sailed for England and after a stay there reached the firing line in France in November of last year. From then up till the day of his death, May 4th, he escaped without a scratch, when suddenly he was called on to make the supreme sacrifice. Some time ago the father of this boy enlisted, and was actually in camp, but he was discharged as it was thought he was not strong enough to bear the strain of a soldier's life. As a mark of respect to the memory of the deceased soldier the flag at the Town Hall was raised to half mast after the receipt of the sad news.


McGEORGE, Dinah Sarah (1840-1913)
Parents: James Horn OSBORN & Jane ASH

The Register, 3 April 1913
WENTWORTH, April 1.— Within a few hours last week passed away two of Wentworth's foremost figures in Social and public life. The late Mrs. J. McGeorge, who was-in her seventy-third year, arrived at Wentworth in 1858. Her father at the time was in charge of Capt. Randell's store at Randell Town. She married the late Mr. L. T. H. Geake, one of the first butchers to start business on the Darling. There were three children. Afterwards deceased was wedded to the late Mr. J. McGeorge, well known on the Daily River. There are three surviving daughters and one son.

McGEORGE, Maude Alma (1901-2010)
Parents: James Waygood HORSINGTON & Lillian Hariett COOMBS

The Courier Mail, 19 April 2010
A TRULY REMARKABLE CENTURY
Maude Alma McGeorge (nee Horsington), Pioneer, grazier, author
Born 31 October 1901 Congie Station
Died 21 March 2010 Hervey Bay
It was particularly apt that Maude McGeorge called her autobiography A Well-Sinker's Daughter. One of Queensland's oldest residents, she witnessed first-hand the early development of the Outback at the beginning of last century. Her father, John Horsington worked a variety of jobs including sinking wells to water stock on stations around Thylungra, Bulgroo, Springfield and Congie, a sprawling property near Thargomindah. He had initially headed out west in search of opals. Like many other opal miners, he had a story about how he nearly became rich. His tale was that he sold the lease on a mine he had been working in the Eromanga district, The Little Wonder, for £50 just before an opal discovery turned it into one of the richest mines, per square metre, in Australia.
The family instead moved on to find shearing work in the Barcoo district. Mr Horsington got a job there as an engine driver in a wool scour, while his wife Lillian cooked for the men in huge cast iron camp ovens. The Horsington clan, which eventually grew to include nine children, would often camp wherever Maude's father happened to be sinking wells in the Outback. From about the age of 10, Maude would be left at the camp with her elder sister Alice to cook for the men if her mother Lillian happened to be away with the younger children.
Maude later recalled being camped next to tribes of Aborigines and listening to corroborees at night. They also taught her the art of searching for bush tucker. There was no formal schooling and most of her education came indirectly, in later life, while she supervised her own children's correspondence lessons.
It was a hard, sometimes cruel life. One time her father was forced to build the coffin for her brother Walter, who accidentally shot himself, and Maude also experienced the loss of her two younger sisters Elsie and Florence, who died at an early age.
The second phase of her long life began in 1922 when she married Reg McGeorge after he returned wounded from World War I where he was in the 11th Light Horse. They made their home at Regleigh, a sheep station about 200km west of Quilpie which was meant to be their home for all of their married life and where they raised their six children. After Reg died of a massive heart attack in 1954, Mrs McGeorge continued to work the property with the help of her family. She thought nothing of having to cook for a team of shearers, supervise the children's school lessons and maintain a large garden and house. But eventually the workload became too much and in 1963 she moved to Kalinga, Brisbane where she became involved with St Andrew's Church in Lutwyche and helped raise funds for its church hall. She continued to work hard even in her later years, gardening, cooking and babysitting her grandchildren.
Despite having no formal education she wrote a memoir,
A Well Sinker's Daughter, in 1997, and then the sequel The After Years in 1998. After 98 years of independence, she suffered a fall and was admitted to a nursing home in Hervey Bay. She became deaf in her last years but kept active through the 100+ Club.
One of her relatives put Mrs McGeorge's extraordinary longevity down to always being surrounded by her loving family and always being within arm's reach of a box of chocolates. Mrs McGeorge in a 2003 newspaper interview instead attribute her long life to a diet of corned beef and cabbage while she was living out west. But it could just as easily have been due to an exceptionally strong will, strong character and physical strength - even in the last few years of life, when she became increasingly frail, she had an iron grip that one of her grandchildren joked could bring the toughest jackaroo to tears. Mrs McGeorge is predeceased by her daughter Alma and granddaughter Gaynor. She is survived by her children Rex, Dawn, Hugo, Marny and Cheryl, 16 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 16 great great-grandchildren.
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MYERS, John (1866-1928)
Parents: John MYERS & Margaret HEMINGWAY

The Daily News (Perth), 21 Dec 1928
The funeral of the late Mr John Myers took place on Monday morning, Dec 17. the cortege proceeded from his late residence, 50 Finnerty-street, Fremantle, to the Baptist portion of the Karrakatta Cemetery, where his remains were laid to rest enclosed in a polished jarrah casket. The Rev. Wesley Smith officiated at the graveside, at which a large gathering of friends assembled. Mr Myers was a native of South Australia, and came to Fremantle 32 years ago. He was prominent in musical circles at Fremantle, and for many years was bandmaster of the Trades Hall Band. During the wara he rendered service with the Military Band. In recent years Mr Myers conducted a carrying business.

The pall-bearers were: Messrs. C. Travia, J. Kurby, F. Deeming, P. Ward, T.J. Tasker and C. Grieve, and the chief mourners: Messrs. Will and Jack (sons), Mrs A. Hewitt, Mrs H.J. Dawkins, and Mrs F. Clegg (daughters), Messrs. H.J. Dawkins and F. Clegg (sons-in-law), Mr and Mrs J. Johnson (sister and brother-in-law). Friends at the graveside included: Messrs. Dodd, R. Clune, C. and H. Manton, Grieve, T. Crooks, Scott (representing Barnett Bros.), D. Feeney, A. Ulrick, Captain Barber, J. Newton, Anderson, Mesdames Harriott, Crooks, Keating, Manuel, Holmes, and Jefferson. the deceased's relatives were the recipients of numerous beautiful wreaths and floral tribues, letters, telegrams, cards of condolence and personal expressions of sympathy. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Joseph C. Semken, of Fremantle and Cottesloe.