MORE CLARENCE SCATTERINGS

 

GRAFTON MAY 08 015

SCHAEFFER HOUSE GRAFTON.    

Back as we are from the Clarence, Izzy is out on the front porch with Mac laptop open and papers covering the round table. It rained heavily for the 2 days we were in Grafton and we were accommodated in a small caravan. That all added nicely to the explorative atmosphere. 

Some of the areas on which we were seeking elucidation were:

  • Location of Basil Kendall’s grave
  • Location of GordonBrook, Bushy Park and Rose Valley – the three properties on which the Kendalls lived whilst on Clarence.
  • The route taken by the Kendalls to reach the Big River Settlement
  • Details of the Kendalls’ lives in this period
  • Exact dates
  • The events following the death of Basil.

CLARENCE MAY 08 015

HUT ON RUSHFORTH ROAD NEAR POLEY  BRIDGE ON THE ORARA RIVER

Some of the details which came to light were:

  • Rose Valley was a sheep run of James Aitken – owner of Bushy Park. It was on RUSHFORTH ROAD – the very road which we were directed to by ‘chance’ in the Clarence Historical Society rooms.
  • The first Presyterian Minister on the Clarence was John Gibson who arrived in 1851 – taking up residence in what was Durno’s Hotel.

CLARENCE MAY 08 018

SEEKING THE LONELY GRAVE DEEP IN THE FOREST

Now bear with us as we try to weave them into a Clarentian tapestry and determine some more of the missing threads.

Still known to be eluding us are:

  • The means by which Melinda and Family arrived in and departed from the Clarence.
  • Basil’s precise status on the 3 properties
  • Where did Basil serve his 2 year sentence ?

GRAFTON MAY 08 004

GRAFTON

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