VIGAR, Florence continued ...
For the last 25 years she had been at Zanci Station with Roy, her
eldest son. Despite her advanced years, Mrs Vigar was remarkably
active and alert and she enjoyed good health until November last
when she had a fall and suffered a fractured hip. This kept her in
hospital in Mildura for nearly seven months, after which she
returned home to Zanci, and was able to get about with the aid of
The sterling pioneer scorned the use of a wheelchair or crutches.
She always returned to Renmark at least once, sometimes twice a
year for a few weeks. Her last visit was in July this year when she
came down to her grand daughter, Betty's wedding which she was
very anxious to attend.
She passed away quietly in bed at home on September 17th aged
There were nine children in the family, and Mrs Vigar is survived
by six: Ida (Mrs Hope formerly Mrs Stirrat), Roy, Harold and
Walter (all of Zanci Station, NSW), Albert (Renmark) and Venn
VIGAR, Florence (1868-1961)
Parents: John George COOMBS & Sarah Ann MIDDLETON
The Murray Pioneer, October 12 1961
With the recent passing of Mrs Florence Vigar, at Zanci Station in
N.S.W., one of the few remaining links with the early pioneering
days was removed. Mrs Vigar was born at Moorna, N.S.W., in
1868, where her father the late John Coombs kept the Moorna
Hotel until it was burned down. Her mother died at Moorna and
her remains are buried there, not far from the site of the old
hotel. After the destruction of the Moorna Hotel, the then Florence
Coombs with her father and other members of the family (there
were 7 boys and 3 girls) moved to Ral Ral, which in those days
was like Moorna, a hotel and mail change station.
Mrs Vigar used to tell of how they used to teach the black
children their way of living and the blacks would show them how
to make their canoes and how to track and hunt. Blacks were
numerous along the river in those days. Another memory which
Mrs Vigar often recounted was how she and her sister, Lil were
lost one time at Ral Ral and were found the next day somewhere
between Stony Pinch and Overland Corner. After her father's
death she went to live with her brother, Johnnie, who was mail
driving between Kingston in the South-East along the Coorong to
Meningie on Lake Albert. She was living at Blanchetown when she
met Joseph William Vigar, of Annadale (the old half-way house)
and they were married in 1891 at Kapunda.
They lived on a farm near Florieton where Mr Vigar and William
Teasdale were share farming. Later Mr Vigar went to N.S.W.
contracting and for a few years kept the old Lake Victoria Hotel
and worked from there, until the licence lapsed. Mr and Mrs
Vigar then came to live in Renmark where they built a home next
to where Eudunda Farmers' store is now situated, and the family
were educated from there. The old pise building was demolished
only a few years ago.
After the death of her husband in 1922, Mrs Vigar went back to
Lake Victoria, where her son Albert was carrying on his father's
contract work and remained there for some years.
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