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Born : Sydney
. Susan's Death Certificate . N.S.W.
cert # 17034/155
Bay N.S.W / C.of.E Cemetery Brunswick Heads This Cemetery is no
longer in existance
Names : William
(b....d.)& Helen (Ellen ) McGowan
Robert . Walter . Reddacliff
Married : 1872
Married : unknown
. John . .
(b.1804...d.. ) & .H
. Susan ..
- 1 . H
. Walter . Reddacliff
m H .Mary
A . Rose . (b.....d.)
2 . H .
James . . Reddacliff
. Ethel M .
Whittaker . (b. ..d3/10/ 1926)
3 . H .
John . Reddacliff
& H .
Christina . J . McDonald
4 . H .
Mary . Ellen. Reddacliff
. ( b.1879 -
. Samuel .
Henry . Johnson .
5 . H .
William . . Reddacliff
. Alice .
Lucy Jane . Johnson
. Grace Edith . Reddacliff
m H .
Charles Henry . Walsh
7 . H .
Ruth . Elizabeth . Reddacliff
(b.30/8/1885..d.12/7/1948) m 12/12/1911 m. H
. Henry .
Strange . Pillidge .(
8 . H .
Bessie . E . Reddacliff
Eric . McKenzie
9 . H .
Arthur . Reddacliff
) & ..H .
Mary . Gladys . McCloy.
9 . H
Janet . Paterson .
10 . H
J (Till or Tillie) . Reddacliff
(Dick) . Norman .
11 . H
. Mabel . Reddacliff
m 1925 . H
. Herbert . Sherar .(b...d.20/8/1967)
12 . Frederick James . Reddacliff .
13 . Susanah . Reddacliff . (
History & Achievements
We believe this article is dated around 1932,
due to the writers statement Robert Walter who died 2 years ago,
Robert Walter died in 1934 . The article apeard in a local area
newspaper and is in our possetion . We can E-mail copies if wished
Brunswick .... 1881
The Funeral of Mrs.Susannah Reddacliff aged 79
took place on Wednesday afternoon following a short service in St.
Martin's Church of England, conducted by Rev. P. F. Tilghman. The
long cortage moved to Brunswick Heads cemetery, where the burial
took place in the family grave in which the three Reddacliff
Brothers, who came from England together -- John, James and Robert,
were buried, and the late Mrs, James Reddacliff. The Funeral was
Mr. A. Beckinsale , furneral director,had
charge of the arrangements.
The family comprises :-- Walter ( Mullumbimby
), Jim ( Wondai Q ), John ( Wondai ), Nell
(Mrs. S. H . Johnson, Mullumbimby ), William (
Brisbane ), Grace ( Mrs. Chas. Walsh., Main Arm )., Ruth ( Mrs.
Harry Pillidge ,Wondai ), Bessie ( Mrs. E. McKenzie, Sydney ),
Arthur ( Sydney ) , Tillie ( Mrs.Herb Norman, Sydney ) and May ( Mrs
Herb Sherar, Sydney ). Fred, Main Arm died three months ago.
The late Mrs. Susannah Reddacliff was the widow
of Mr Robert Walter Reddacliff, who
died two years ago, and arrived in the Bruswick
River District in 1882, when the district's population was not more
than 30 and Mullumbimby did not exist.
Born in Sydney and leaving for the Clarence
River with her parents when 12 years old, the
late Mrs. Reddacliff lived 67 years on the
Northern Rivers. Her father was a shoemaker and followed that trade
at Bushgrove and Cowper. She married Robert Walter Reddacliff in
1872. Mr. Reddacliff was a blacksmith at Cowper till 1881, when he
selected land on the Brunswick in the Myocum district. Mrs.
Reddacliff and the family returned with him to the Brunswick in
STAYED AT GUNDURIMBA
They came by sailing boat to the Richmond River
and some months were spent at
Gundurimba. The journey from the Richmond to
the Brunswick was made by horse team and dray, with Mr. John Hickey
as driver. The remainder of the party comprised Mr. and Mrs.
Reddacliff and 5 children.
Roads did not exist, though ther were bullock
and dray tracks here and there .The party
traveled from Ballina to the Three Mile Scrub
along the beach, and then in-land to Byron Bay, a detour being
necessary owing to the rocky coastline towrds Cape Byron. The only
sign of habitation in Byron Bay 54 years ago was a small slab huton
what is now Brook's camping reserve. There the second night was
spent until 2 am . Not a person was met, Cape Byron then being a
wilderness, where it was not a swamp. Not a single person was seen
on the journey from Ballina to the Brunswick.
TRAVELLED BY NIGHT
It was necessary to travel by night to
Brunswick Heads when a low tide made the beach
easier for travelling. The first mishap occured
at the Belongil, Three of the five horses became bogged in the
quicksand, and it was necessary to un load the dray.
Brunswick Heads was reached at daybreak. A few
cottages made the village, and a small
hotel was conducted by Mr. R. Marshall, a vey
well known early Brunswick identity. It stood on portion of the
present Ocean View Hotelsite. After breakfast, the household goods
were transfered from the dray to two rowing boats, by which the
party travelled to Mullumbimby Creek, landing near where Mullumbimby
bowling green is to-day.
Virgin scrub covered the country, and apart
from a selector here and there and a few
cedar getters, there was no settlement.
On a bush-track the family walked for 3 miles
to the selection and spent the night in a bark
hut beloning to the late Thomas Torrens. Only 2
acres had been felled and the new arrivals found themselves hemmed
in by scrub.
The selection comprised 200 acres but this was
added to in the next few years until Mr.
Reddacliff had a total of 600 acres.
Doctors and nurses were a thing of the future,
and a few months after her arrival Mrs.
Reddacliff returned to her parents on the
Clarence, travelling to Lismore by horseback along the beach route.
She was companied to the Richmond by Mr. Reddacliff and the late Tom
Doran, who brought the two young children Nell and Will from
Woodburn, Mr. Reddaclif went with the children by coach to the
Clarence, where Grace Mrs. Walsh, (Main Arm) was born.
The Reddacliff selsection became the centre for
the sparse population of the Brunswick and
a private post office was established. Later it
was made a recieving office and later raised to the status of an
official post office. When the railway was openend and Mullumbimby
commenced to grow, the post office was removed there.
THUNDERBOLT TO DINNER
One of the most vivid incidents in the late
Mrs. Reddacliff's life was nearly 70 years ago at
her aunt's place, near Nymboida, where one day
a stranger arrived and called for dinner, which he ate heartily, and
for which he paid. It was learned shortly after that he was the
notorious bush ranger, Thunderbolt. Some rather unnerving
experiences also were had with the blacks, who sometimes were
hostile on the Clarence.
The late Mrs. Reddacliff was an ardent worker
for the Red Cross during the War years and
was interested in church work until the
approach of old age. Both Mr. and Mrs. Reddacliff had much to do
with the opening of the first school at Mullumbimby Grass in 1886.
In 1911 and again in 1924 the couple visited
England ,returning on each occasion via America.
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