Saxelby family, Bylong NSW

 Allen SAXELBY and his wife Ida (nee DUNN) lived for some time at Bylong NSW where they operated the Bylong Cheese Factory.

Allen and Ida had one daughter, Jean, who was born in 1912. She married Walter STONE.

Below are several photos from the collection of Catherine and David SAXELBY.

Saxelby Homestead, Bylong NSW (Photo: Catherine SAXELBY)

Allen and Jean SAXELBY, 1920 (Photo: Catherine SAXELBY)

Jean SAXELBY, 1918 (Photo: Catherine SAXELBY)

Jean SAXELBY, c1916, aged 3.5 years (Photo: Catherine SAXELBY)

Jean SAXELBY, 1913 (Photo: Catherine SAXELBY)

Jean SAXELBY, 1918 (Photo: Catherine SAXELBY)

Farmers and Settlers Association - Rylstone NSW

(Ref: Kandos High Year 9 history project 1976; posted by Wal Pilz in 2011)




The names of those in the photograph were found by Michael OLDFIELD in an article published in The Farmer and Settler, which can be found online at Trove.

(Source: SOME MEMBERS OF THE RYLSTONE BRANCH F.S.A. (1908, December 11). The Farmer and Settler (Sydney, NSW : 1906 - 1955), p. 2. Retrieved November 27, 2019, from

The accompanying article can also be found on Trove (1908 'HISTORY OF THE RYLSTONE BRANCH.', The Farmer and Settler (Sydney, NSW : 1906 - 1955), 11 December, p. 2. , viewed 28 Nov 2019,

Michelle OLDFIELD (nee FULLER) has pointed out a related article referring to this photo in 1923, fifteen years after the original article and photo was published. The article reads:


We have before us a group photo graph of the Rylstone Farmers and Settlers' Association as the branch was constituted when Mr Allan Saxelby was the enthusiastic "whip" of the Rylstone party and Mr. J. R. Fletcher the "head serang." Going over the faces in the picture one realises how busy the hand of death has been. Were the roll called to-day, the absentees would be the late Mr. John Lloyd (countryman of Mr. Lloyd George), William Black, "Brookside," Bylong road; Michael Sheridan, Glen Lea, Narrango; Fred Fuller, Bylong road; George Staff; Samuel G. Benson, the first shire president, and a live man in Rylstone; and one of the district Pioneers, George Mason, of Tea Tree Flat. On the whole the group comprises gentlemen representative, of Rylstone's pioneer settlers and well-to-do freeholders."

The article can be found on Trove. (1923 'RYLSTONE FARMERS AND SETTLERS.', Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW : 1890 - 1954), 11 January, p. 26. , viewed 28 Jan 2020,

Bylong Valley Cricketers 1907

Bylong Valley Cricketers 1907 (Photo: Bylong Valley - Centenary of Education 1884-1984)

Back Row (L-R): Gordon Tindale, Bill Davis, Archie Chitty, W. Spradbrow, Tom Stevens, Val Glew, 
Joe Goninan, J Brennen,   Simpson, Rou. Glew.
Second Row (L-R):   Oz. Leighton, Sid Freeman, Cecil Davis, H. Glew, Percy Davis, Chas. Graystone, J. Folpp, Ray Tindale, Dick Davis Geo Roberts, Allan Leighton.
Front Row (L-R):   J. Gleeson, Jack Kurtz, Harry King, Dave Leighton 

(Source: Bylong Valley - Centenary of Education 1884-1984)

Note: J. FOLPP was originally recorded as J. PHOLEP; however, as pointed out by John FITZGERALD, this is most likely J. FOLPP.

Kookaburra March, WW1

Photos from the Kookaburra March, WW1

Kookaburra March, Running Stream (Photo: Kevin LEIGHTON)

Kookaburra March, Cullen Bullen (Photo: Kevin LEIGHTON)

Dorethy and Arthur MENCHIN's children

Found in Ruby LEIGHTON's (nee TURVEY) post card album from around early 1900s. Ruby LEIGHTON and her family lived in the Bylong Valley.

Children of Dorethy and Arthur MENCHIN (Photo: Kevin LEIGHTON)

Back (L-R): Iris, Robin, Pat, Carmel
Front (L-R): Ivan, Sonia

Source: Kevin LEIGHTON

Cudgegong (1926)

Cudgegong on the main road from Mudgee to Sydney in 1926.

Cudgegong no longer exists as a town following the construction of the Windamere Dam from 1974-1984. It is believed that some buildings were removed or relocated prior to filling of the dam although some buildings and roads remain under the water.

Cudgegong, 1926 (Source: NSW State Records and Archives)

Family photos for identification - Kandos NSW

Can you help Amanda Rowe identify these photos?

Amanda says:

"I'm sharing these photos in the hope of identifying some of the people. They are from the collection of my grandfather, Lindsay Wilson, and they are taken in Kandos. Many of the photos appear to be taken in front of the Railway Hotel, which is where my grandfather was living while he worked at the cement works in Charbon. My guess is that they were taken either in the late 1920s or the early 1930s and the men could be people from the town and/or colleagues, who may or may not have been from Kandos. It's a long shot, but just wondering if any of the men can still be identified."

(Photo: Amanda Rowe)

(Photo: Amanda Rowe)

Lindsay WILSON is man at right

(Photo: Amanda Rowe)

(Photo: Amanda Rowe)

(Photo: Amanda Rowe)

Lindsay WILSON is man at right 

(Photo: Amanda Rowe)

(Photo: Amanda Rowe)

(Photo: Amanda Rowe)

(Photo: Amanda Rowe)

1927/28 Chevrolet Tourer (Photo: Amanda Rowe)

(Photo: Amanda Rowe)

(Photo: Amanda Rowe)

(Photo: Amanda Rowe)

(Photo: Amanda Rowe)
The sign hanging from the verandah above the truck reads "W.F. DUNN MLA".
William Fraser DUNN, MLA (1877-1951), was a Labor party member and Member for Mudgee.

Ilford Public School

Ilford School, 1930 (Photo:

Written on the back: 'Concerning a fire in 1930'

(Source: 1930 'Old School Burnt Down', The Farmer and Settler (Sydney, NSW : 1906 - 1955), 4 October, p. 15. , viewed 21 Jun 2018,

Warrangee Station

Warrangee Station (Photo: Michael WALTON)

Warrangee Station, Glen Alice Road, Rylstone

Painted by Mrs M.E. JAMISON

Given to Rev. Horace Clarence George (H.C.G.) WALTON, who said he lived there with her after his mother died on 17 August 1887.

COX children, Rawdon, Rylstone

COX children, Rawdon (Photo: Kevin LEIGHTON)

Can you help to identify these children?

It is believed that these children could be among the children of Edward Standish COX born at Rawden/Rawdon, Rylstone:
  • Lilly Alice Standish COX (b. 2/4/1882)
  • Beatrice Standish COX (b. 5/7/1883)
  • Milicent Margaret Standish COX (b. 14/7/1884)
  • Edward King Standish COX (b. 24/7/1885) - died in Egypt during WW1
  • Mary Standish COX (b. 20/10/1887)
  • Florence Standish COX (b. 30/6/1889)
  • Miles Standish COX (b. 25/8/1891) - died in Egypt during WW1

(Source: Anne-Maree WHITAKER)

Mrs Brogan of Brogan's Creek

Photo: Dan Hatton

Portrait hanging in Cottage Museum, Rylstone

There are some BROGANs buried in the Rylstone cemetery (AustCemIndex). I wonder if Cecelia BROGAN is Mrs BROGAN picture above?

BROGANs in Rylstone cemetery

Alexander McDonald and Ellen Sophia Riches

Alexander McDonald and Ellen Sophia Riches
Photo: RDHS Wiki

Alexander Wildfred McDONALD, b 1863 d 1929 and Ellen Sophia  RICHES, b 1875 d 1937

Robert SLAPP (1809-1890)

Robert SLAPP (Photo: Sonya ORGAN collection)

Robert SLAPP was born in 1809 at Lacklistone, Norfolk, England and died 1890 Rylstone, NSW. He married Mary Ann SELF in 1835 Felmington, Norfolk, England. They had eight children.

(Source: Adel FIRTH-MASON)

Robert SLAPP (b.1809) and Mary Ann SELF (b.1812) married 5th May 1835 at All Saints, Skeyton, Norfolk. (Skeyton lies about 2.5 miles south of Felmingham, Norfolk). Robert with his wife and 3 female children, Elizabeth, Ruth and Mary Anne, sailed as "Bounty" immigrants from Plymouth, Devon on the 18th May 1841, on the vessel "Canton". The vessel sailed via Cork, Ireland, where it departed on the 1st June bound for Sydney, New South Wales where it arrived on the 18th September 1841.

Robert was the son of John and Judith SLAPP (nee CHRISTMAS of Skeyton) married 4/2/1795 Skeyton; Elizabeth a daughter of John and Elizabeth SELF of Tacolneston, Norfolk.

Family Search (IGI) see Tree at:

(Source: Anonymous via comment on original post)

DAVIS Family Collection - can you help identify?

DAVIS family photo, c.1900 (Photo: Dan HATTON)

Can you help identify the people in this photo from the DAVIS Family Collection?

Source: Dan HATTON (

Maria Elizabeth MULHOLLAND (nee MASON) (1848-1924)

Maria Elizabeth MULHOLLAND (1848-1924) (Photo: RDHS Wiki)

Daughter of George MASON (1828-1913), wife of John MULHOLLAND (1845-1918)
(Source: RDHS Wiki)

Maria Elizabeth MASON was the eldest child of George and Anne MASON (nee WHITE) born in the village of Fulbourn, Cambridge, England in 1848.
(n.b Fulbourn is fast becoming a suburb of Cambridge which lies 5 miles to the north west).

Maria, with her parents and ten siblings, left Plymouth, Devon, on the 30th September 1857 on board the "Stebonheath” arriving in Sydney on the 27th February 1858. (see Sydney Morning Herald newspaper article,

Maria married John MULHOLLAND on 21st July 1868 at St James' Church, Rylstone. She had 11 children; just like her mother! (The MULHOLLAND family originated from the Manchester area).
[see Lisa Day's web page at]

The MASON family were poor agricultural labourers living in the Fulbourn area of Cambridgeshire. Around a dozen other "Fulbourn" families left the village for Australia between 1840 and 1880. It is believed that they were encouraged to emigrate by the Government although official documentation to support this has not yet been located.

The MASON spouses (Sarah and Anne were also from Fulbourn;
William (Gillespie?) MASON and Sarah ROLFE + 6 children - Southampton 1853
and his son; George MASON and Anne WHITE + 11 children - Plymouth 1857

(Source: comment by Anonymous to original post)

George and Ann MASON (nee WHITE) came to Australia with only 4 children: Maria, Charles, William and Frederick. The remainder were born in Australia.

(Source: Gwen POTTER)

Henry Herbert DAVIS

This photo is part of the DAVIS Collection, provided by Jan LAWRENCE, and shows Henry Herbert DAVIS.

Source: Dan HATTON

Henry Herbert DAVIS, c.1900-1910 (Photo: Dan HATTON)

DAVIS family - identification help needed

Another photo of potential DAVIS family members from the Rylstone District.

Can anyone help to identify these people?

Please comment or email Dan at

Source: Dan HATTON

Potential DAVIS family (Photo: Dan HATTON)

Identification needed - DAVIS family members

Can anyone identify the women in this photo and the location it was taken?

It is believed that they could be members of the DAVIS family as the photo comes from an album belonging to a DAVIS relative.

Please comment with any additional information or email Dan at

Source: Dan HATTON

Unidentified women - potential DAVIS family (Photo: Dan HATTON)

Information provided by Joy LUBAWY:
Dinah DAVIS (nee HARRIS) with her daughter in law, Elsie DAVIS (nee MORRISON, wife of Henry Herbert DAVIS); two daughters, probably Effie, and another daughter, possibly Evelyn or Grace. It’s taken in the garden at “Tryalion”, the peppercorn trees give it away.

Louee Street, Rylstone

View of Louee Street, Rylstone (Photo: Dan HATTON)

View of the main street in Rylstone NSW. Looking down Louee Street from approximately opposite the Bridge View Inn.

The Globe Hotel can be seen at left with the Rylstone Hotel in the centre at end of Louee Street where it veers slightly right. The former building housing E.H. NASH's store can be seen at right where it was later extended.

Can anyone add any further information on the buildings or the approximate age of the photo?

Source: Dan HATTON

Rylstone Golf Club 1910

Rylstone Golf Club, 1910 (Photo: Dan HATTON)

Back Row (L-R): Rev. H.G. Chivers, J.W. Farrar, G.W. Hardwick, J.R. Fletcher, W.R. Jones, H.F. Bloxham, Herbert Richard DALTON, Miss G. Davis, Miss D. Frost, Ion Tarburton BOSSLEY, Miss E. Dunn, M.W. Hayward, Dr. N.W. Hansard, Edwin Henry NASH, Mrs M.W. Hayward, R.E. Greenwood, E. Howe, L.M. Bossley.

Front Row (L-R): Miss W. Scott, Mrs N.W. Hansard, Mrs H.G. Chivers, Mrs J.R. Fletcher, Mrs G.W. Hardwick, Mrs E.H. Nash, Mrs S.E. Jeffreys, Mrs J.W. Farrar, Mrs H.R. (Fanny Aston) DALTON, Miss G. Frost.

 Source: Portrait in Cottage Museum

W. SINCLAIR, General Storekeeper, Rylstone

Poster/calendar from W. SINCLAIR, General Storekeeper, Rylstone, 1909 (Photo: Kevin LEIGHTON and Les LEIGHTON)

A 1909 calendar depicting 'Heavenwards' with compliments from W. SINCLAIR, General Storekeeper, The Store of Good Values, Rylstone.

These were probably given to or sold to customers of W. SINCLAIR's store in Rylstone.

Where was SINCLAIR's store?

(Source: Dan HATTON)

E.H. NASH, storekeeper in Rylstone

Poster/calendar from E.H. NASH, General Storekeeper, Rylstone, 1900 (Photo: Kevin LEIGHTON and Les LEIGHTON)

A 1900 calendar depicting 'The Lovers' with compliments from E.H. NASH, General Storekeeper, Rylstone.

These were probably given to or sold to customers of Edwin Henry NASH's store in Louee Street, Rylstone.

(Source: Dan HATTON)

Capertee School - Class of 1917

Capertee School - Class of 1917 (originally labelled as class of 1918)
Photo: The Story of Capertee compiled by Bruce Jefferys

Front Row: L to R — Ted Moore, Horace Robertson, — — — Wright, Peter
2nd Row: Rita Whalan, , Cyril Forbes, Ethel Good, Annie James, Rupert Dennis, Lill Dennis, Merle Wolfe, Sadie Wolfe, Sylvia Forbes, Liddia Whalan.
3rd Row: Toppy Wolfe, Molly Cooney, --- Wright, Ivy Robertson, — — — Forbes, Rachel Forbes, Milly Tindall, Elphemia Dennis, Elma Whalan, Dorrie Whalan.
4th Row: Gabriel Jabour, Tommy Cooney, Spencer Collett, Violet Lowe, Gladys Whalan, Bernie James, Dovey Wolfe, Olga Homer, Ilene Jabour, Madeline Jabour.
Between Rows: Rhoda Lowe.
Back Row: Mavis Pay, Denny Cooney, Leslie James, Archibald Dennis (Teacher), Mick Bastick, Lenny Cooney, Grace Dennis, Ida Champion, Ethel Dennis.

Ref:  The Story of Capertee compiled by Bruce Jefferys

The photo was originally captioned as the Class of 1918; however, a relative of Ethel DENNIS (back row, right hand side) has advised that Ethel died in December 1917 from appendicitis. It is therefore assumed that this is, in fact, the class of 1917.
(Source: Phil by email)

I notice the name JABOUR. Old Mr. Jabour Lived at the end of our street and I recall, around 1954, I was home from boarding school, when Mr. Jabour died. He was a very big man weighed about 24 stone! The undertaker knocked on our door looking for my father, Harry Lye, Harry was a powder monkey at the Ben Bullen mine; they needed Harry to blow a hole in the ground because the earth was too hard to dig and they needed a very big hole. My father used to always say Mr. Jabour was forever, perfectly preserved in rock.
(Source: Janice Lye)

KIRKLANDs at Oakborough, Rylstone

KIRKLANDs at Oakborough, Rylstone, c.1936-1940 (Photo: Shirley TUNNICLIFF)

(Left to Right):
  1. Stephen Richard "Dick/Richard" KIRKLAND
  2. Janet May "Olyve/Ollie" KIRKLAND
  4. Mary KIRKLAND (née PICKETT)
  5. Allan Samuel KIRKLAND
  6. Russell George KIRKLAND (son of Allan)
  7. May WEBB (nee KIRKLAND, wife of Stanley WEBB)
  8. Minnie KIRKLAND (Jim BOLAND's wife)
  9. Clifton "Cliff" KIRKLAND
  10. Fanny KIRKLAND (Mrs MARCHANT- Wal & Ray's mother)
Ref: Dick BRACKENRIG and Amanda WILSON

The was taken about 1936-1940, as the child in the front is Russell (born 1929), youngest son of Gertrude & Allan KIRKLAND. 
Ref: Shirley TUNNICLIFF and Amanda WILSON

The woman behind Minnie looks to be May WEBB (nee KIRKLAND), sister to Minnie, Cliff, Fanny, Olive and Allan. Suspect that the person taking the photo is Stanley Webb, husband to May and brother of Alf. Sidney KIRKLAND's (half-brother to Mary Clara's other children) first name was spelled Sydney on his birth certificate. 
Ref: Judith MELVILLE