Bertram Henry EATHER

Male 1881 - 1965  (83 years)


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  • Name Bertram Henry EATHER 
    Born 31 Mar 1881  Baan Baa, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1965 
    Engineer 
    _UID 734CB2824147483D90C7E46CFA0DE8CE641A 
    Died 7 Feb 1965  819 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Informant: SD Eather, widow, 819 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why, Nsw.
    Cremated 9 Feb 1965  Northern Suburbs Crematorium, Delhi Rd, North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I691  The Path to Our Future
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2019 

    Father Henry Charles EATHER,   b. 8 Jun 1849, Richmond, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1942, Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Mother Lucina Sarah Jane RIDGE,   b. 1857, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1936, Auburn, New South Wales, Austrlia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 23 May 1877  Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F213  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah (May) Demaris FRATER,   b. 22 May 1887, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1979, Chesalon Nursing Home, North Manly, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 14 Feb 1906  Baan Baa, Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Bertram (Keith) Kenneth EATHER,   b. 16 Aug 1906, Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1974, Boggabri District Hospital, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     2. Charles Neville EATHER,   b. 3 Sep 1907, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1907, McNamara's Hotel, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. Mavis Clare EATHER,   b. 6 Nov 1909, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1997, Epping, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     4. Lindsay Gordon EATHER,   b. 27 Nov 1912, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1997, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     5. Isis Damaris EATHER,   b. 2 May 1914, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1988, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     6. Heather May EATHER,   b. 15 Nov 1915, Boggabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1994, Mona Vale, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     7. Edward Clyde EATHER,   b. 12 May 1917, Baan Baa, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 2001, Hospital, Ballina, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     8. Nancy Joan EATHER,   b. 23 Oct 1919, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1963, Manly, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
     9. Anita Joy EATHER,   b. 19 Jul 1923, Boggabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 2013  (Age 90 years)
     10. Douglas Bruce EATHER,   b. 3 Oct 1927,   d. 2002  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2008 
    Family ID F212  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Bertram Henry Thomas EATHER, the second son of Henry Charles and Lucina Sarah EATHER, was born at Baan Baa on 31 March 1881. He was generally known as Bert. In adult life he dispensed with his third forename and his name appears in the electoral rolls as Bertram Henry EATHER. He grew up in the Baan Baa district and was a teenager when his father drew a block of 500 acres in the sub-division of "Henriendi" in 1898. This block extended westwards towards the Pilliga Scrub. During the 1902 drought Bert spent several months in the Scrub looking after a herd of cattle. In 1903 he was residing at Baan Baa and was a labourer. Later he became a shearing contractor and worked many of the big sheds in the Narrabri district.

      On 14 February 1906 when he was 25, Bert was married at Baan Baa to Sarah Damaris Isabel FRATER. She had been born on 22 May 1887, the daughter of Alexander FRATER who had been born on 9 March 1859 at Trinky Station, Breeza, and his wife Sarah (nee GLOVER) who had been born on 3 August 1864. Bert and Sarah began married life by moving onto "Bellarah", a property which had also been part of "Henriendi". Bert set up a sawmill on the outskirts of the town of Baan Baa and subsequently built a number of houses in the town. In addition he won the tender to erect the Church of England church there. In 1910, after the birth of their third son, they moved to "Kia-Ora", another property near Baan Baa. Bert was still kept busy running the sawmill and managing his shearing contracting business. Sarah was equally busy with household responsibilities and rearing the children.

      In 1914 Sarah's mother died and Sarah undertook the responsibility of raising her younger sisters and brothers for her father, Alexander. Their own family kept growing and by the mid-1920's they had nine children living out of ten born to them. By then their eldest son Bertram Kenneth (who was known as Keith) was helping his father in his businesses. Later he was joined by his younger brothers Lindsay Gordon and Edward Clyde (who was known as Clyde). Eldest daughter, Mavis Clare, became a school teacher, while her sister Iris assisted her mother at home. Their younger sisters found employment; Heather as a hairdresser; Nancy as a nurse, and Anita as a secretary. When the youngest son Douglas Bruce (who was known as Bruce) grew up he joined the work force at the family sawmill.

      As time went by, son Keith ran the shearing business and also had a stock and station agency. His brothers Lindsay and Clyde were in the timber business, and Lindsay also had a contract to supply sand for the grain silos which were being erected in the district. Soon after World War II commenced, Bert moved his sawmill to the Kirringal Forest. The army purchased all the timber that he cut between 1939 and 1945. At this time son Lindsay had a sawmill at Boggabri. Later he sold it to the McKICKINIE Brothers and bought another mill at Wee Waa. Keith, the eldest son, married on Boxing Day 1927, and gradually over the years that followed all of the other eight sons and daughters married.

      Edward Clyde EATHER, the seventh child of Bertram and Sarah EATHER, was known as Clyde. He had his formal education at the Baan Baa School and the Narrabri High School. After leaving school at the age of fourteen, he had a variety of jobs, including those of shearer, rouseabout, truck driver and sawmiller. He was a sportsman, especially in rugby league and cricket. On 4 January 1946 Clyde was married to Joan Megan NUNN in the Chapel of Newington College in the Sydney suburb of Stanmore. Joan was the daughter of Randolph NUNN and Elizabeth May DIXON-SWIFT. Maurice NUNN and Heather TAYLOR (Clyde's sister) were the attendant Joan had first met Clyde in 1942 when his sister Mavis (an Anglican missionary home on leave from Papua New Guinea) had invited her to Baan Baa. After their marriage, Clyde and Joan lived at Inglewood, Queensland for a few years. Four children were born to them, but sadly two died soon after birth. During working life, Clyde and his elder brother Lindsay established a cypress pine sawmill at Gunnedah. The business became the largest of its type in New South Wales, employing a staff of over 50 and selling timber Australia-wide and overseas. In 1964 Clyde purchased the farming and grazing property "Warelda" on Breeza Plains near Gunnedah. Eventually he expanded his holdings in that area with the purchase of adjoining properties, "Wandagee" and "Holwood". Beef cattle raising was combined with the cultivation wheat and irrigated oil seeds. In 1979 Clyde and Joan purchased a unit at Fairlight, Sydney and afterwards commenced semi-retirement. Clyde developed new interests, assisting staff at the Mandalay North Shore Private Hospitals. He regularly attended race meetings of the Australian Jockey Club and Sydney Turf Club. In 1988 they sold their unit at Fairlight and in 1989 moved to Alstonville in the Northern Rivers district. A decade later Clyde's health began to fail and he died in the Ballina Hospital on 2 June 2001 after 18 months of illness. His funeral the next day was held at St Bartholomew's Church, Alstonville. He was survived by Joan and sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Susanne EATHER (Gundagai) and Stephen and Rhonda EATHER (Alstonville) and also six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

      During the war years Anita Joy EATHER, the ninth child of Bertram and Sarah EATHER, married Kenneth McDona STRANGE, a flight-sergeant in the Air Force, and her sister Nancy Joan married William FORD. Their eldest sister Mavis had become a missionary and was teaching with the Anglican Mission at Gona in Papua, New Guinea. After the War the family moved the sawmill to Gunnedah and it is still there today. Lindsay, Clyde and Bruce went to Gunnedah to run the mill, and Keith and wife Mary settled back-in Baan Baa and ran shearing business. For a while Anita and husband Ken had a shop and bakery in Baan Baa, but after it was burnt down in 1948 they too moved to Gunnedah. The other daughters had moved to Sydney and eventually their parents Bert and Sarah retired to a home that they had built in Grandview Drive at Newport Beach. In their later years they lived at Dee Why in Sydney. Bertram Kenneth EATHER died age 83 years on 7 February 1965 following a stroke. Sarah survived him by fourteen years and was 92 when she passed away on 12 September 1979.

      Mavis Clare EATHER, the eldest of Bert and Sarah's daughters, was forced to leave Gona in 1942 when the Japanese invaded New Guinea. Back in Australia she became a teacher on the staff of Newington School at Stanmore. At the end of the War Qantas augmented its flying boat service to New Guinea and Mavis was the first female missionary to fly back to there when she resumed teaching under the Australian Board of Missions. Eventually she married John Patrick BURKE, and they had one daughter, Patricia Mary, born in 1950 when Mavis was 40. When the EATHER Family Newsletter commenced, Mavis became one of its early readers and continued to be a subscriber for many years. At that time she was residing at Bathurst. She died on 22 September 1997 at the age of 88.

      Lindsay Gordon EATHER, the fourth child in Bertram's family, also lived a long life. After many years in the Boggabri district he retired to Neutral Bay, Sydney and was residing in the Sirius Bay Nursing Home when he died on 19 March 1997 at the age of 84 years. His wife Frances and his eldest child Susan had both predeceased him. His funeral service was held at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium at North Ryde on 24 March and a graveside service followed in the Catholic Section of the Boggabri Cemetery on following day. A notice of his funeral services appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald.

      Anita and Kenneth STRANGE had three sons and a daughter. I met their youngest son, Mark, in Kowloon 1996 when on my way to China. Mark was in the aviation industry at Hong Kong and he and his wife daughter were residing in Clearwater Bay Road in a suburb north of Kowloon. Mark has provided much of information above on Bertram Henry Thomas EATHER and his family. [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2357] Dearth Cert. Reg. No. 1965/9055, Bertram Henry Eather, 1965.

    2. [S3369] Peter J Moore & Carole J Moore.