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. Harold 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)

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

Rylstone Dry Goods Store (also known as Hardwick's Store)

The Rylstone Dry Goods Store, once owned by Edward Farrar HARDWICK, is located on the corner of Dabee and Mudgee Streets in Rylstone.

The present owner has renovated and restored the property in keeping with the original design and aesthetics as shown in the images below.

Rylstone Dry Goods Store (Source: Terrence KEEN)

Source: Dan HATTON

George Nathanial Mason

George Nathanial Mason

Cecil Mason Eileen Skinner & Family

Cecil Mason Eileen Skinner  & Family

William GEORGE and Ann OWEN

Photo: Cathy Hill

WILLIAM AND ANN, The background story...
William GEORGE and Ann OWEN were born at a time of great social change in Britain. The Industrial revolution had created a new middle class. Many new offences were introduced by the authorities to protect the property of the newly rich, and the numbers of gaol inmates soared. The end of the American War of Independence meant that Britain no longer shipped convicts to that colony and the British gaol system was collapsing. In response, the new colony of New South Wales was established in 1788 as a penal colony and by 1820, Sydney was a city of 12,000 people. Among other developments, a thriving whaling industry had been established.

WILLIAM GEORGE was born about Jan 1801 in Llangwm, Pembrokeshire, Wales. He died on 15 Oct 1869 in Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia. He married Ann Owen, daughter of Robert Owen and Mary Morris, on 11 Apr 1826 in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia. She was born in Aug 1799 in Lydbury North, Shropshire, England. She died on 22 Jul 1874 in Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia.

Ref; William and Ann...a Lifetime Together-by Cathy Hill

Source: Wal Pilz

Edward King Cox (1829-1883)

Edward King Cox (1829-1883), grazier, was the eldest son of Edward Cox, M.L.C. of Fernhill, Mulgoa, and his wife Jane Maria, and grandson of William Cox.
Ref: Australian Dictionary of Biography

Perram Family

From left to right:
George Henry Perram (aged 7)
Isabella Perram (aged 11)
Mary Jane Perram (aged 18)
Ellen Margaret Perram (aged 14)
William Perram (aged 10)
May Perram (aged 4)
Elizabeth Perram (née Morrison)
Alfred Perram (aged 13)
James Perram (aged 46)

Photo taken about 1887.
Property located somewhere between Rylstone and Cudgegong possibly Carwell area

Ref: Perram descendant David Harris

Source: Wal Pilz

A turn-of-the-century bikie gang — Airly

 A turn-of-the-century bikie gang — Airly
Photo: The Story of Capertee compiled by Bruce Jefferys

A turn-of-the-century bikie gang — Airly
Ref: The Story of Capertee compiled by Bruce Jefferys

Jimmy Lambert’s breastplate

Jimmy Lambert’s breastplate, now held by his great great great great grandson.
The plate is decorated with an emu and a grasstree on the left,
and a kangaroo and grasstree on the right.
The inscription says: A Reward of Merit to James Lambert King of the Dabee Tribe.

Ref: Paul Perrin, great great great great grandson of James and Peggy Lambert

Peggy Lambert's gold thread sash

The silk and gold thread sash believed to have been presented to Peggy Lambert.
Ref: Paul Perrin, great great great great grandson of James and Peggy Lambert.

Charles Henry GEORGE (1885-1956)

Charles Henry GEORGE
Photo: Joan and Bernie George collection

Charles Henry GEORGE (1885-1956)
Born: 1 Jul 1885, Cumbermelon
Spouse: Belinda WALSH
Children: June married Jack FOODEY and Mervyn married Lola YATES
Charlie owned "Ashwood", Nullo Mountain, then "Lugan Park", Nullo Mountain 
Ref: George Family Records - spelling amended to 'Foodey' on advice from descendant.

Source: Wal Pilz

George Staff and others at Railway Station

Photo: Staff collection

Mr George Staff on cart, Mr G. Foodey, Mr Harry Davis and Asstnt SM
Ref: Back of photo - spelling amended to 'Foodey' on advice from descendant.