The second generation
John Ahern founded Ahern & Sons, Contractors in the late 1890ís & operated in the Rushworth-Euroa districts until around 1940. The company was dissolved in the early part of WW2 when labour was difficult to procure. The Euroa Shire purchased & continued to operate the plant & equipment.
Other members of the Ahern family that are known to be partners, or worked for Ahern & Sons were Victor (Johnís Son), Herbert Henry (Johnís brother) & Leslie John (Herbert Henryís son). It is not yet known if Johnís other son, John Jr. was part of the company, but it expected so. It was on one of the road building contracts at Strathbogie that Herbert Henry Ahern was fatally injured.
One of the earliest references to the company is in "They All Came To Rushworth" written by Val Sheehan. (Quote). The following has been taken from a book entitled 'Waranga Shire 1865 - 1965'.
This was part of the construction of the ĎWaranga Basiní irrigation scheme.
Elizabeth b.1864. Rushworth. d.1954 Gilgandra. Married Arthur Lummis & had five children.
On the 26th December 1864, Elizabeth Ahern was born in Rushworth & after the death of her father in 1881, moved to Mooroopna with her mother & younger brother George Michael, according to the date given in Annís obituary this would have been around 1887. It is believed that Elizabeth worked for some time as a storekeeper, possibly in the greengrocery business that her mother owned. In 1888, she married Arthur Robert Lummis, a grain dealer of Mooroopna.
They settled on a farm at Undera, near Shepparton. After their family had grown up they moved once more, this time to Gilgandra NSW. Elizabeth died there age 81 on the 18th June 1945. Arthur died 15th December 1954 aged 92. Both Elizabeth & Arthur are buried in St Ambrose Anglican cemetery Gilgandra.
Herbert Henryb.1869 Brighton Victoria.d.1929 Euroa. Married Catherine Florence Muller & had 10 children.
Herbert worked for his brother John in the road contracting business & died at the age of 60 years near Strathbogie Victoria on the 29th November 1929 under suspicious circumstances. The Rushworth Chronicle printed the following report.
Accidental Death Friday December 6, 1929
Mr. Herbert Ahern killed.
George Michael b.1872 Rushworth d.1937 Mildura, married Ellen Jane HILL in Mordialloc & they had four children.
George Michael Ahern. Was born on the 22nd
May 1872 at Crockers Reef, Rushworth & married Ellen Jane Hill on the 24th April
1901 at Mordialloc, they had 4 children. After his fatherís death in 1881, he
accompanied his mother & sister and moved to Mooroopna, this was more than
likely to be in 1877.
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