Susanah McAuley (1857..1936)
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- 1 . H . Robert .
Walter . Reddacliff . (b.12/2/1873..d.14/4/1960
m H .Mary A
- 2 . H
. Reddacliff . .
(b.2/11/1875..d.1947). mH . Ethel M .
. (b. ..d3/10/ 1926)
- 3 . H
. John . Reddacliff . (b.23/11/1877..d.27/5/1960.)
& H .
. J . McDonald .
- 4 . H
. Ellen. Reddacliff . ( b.1879 -
Samuel . Henry . Johnson .
- 5 . H
. . Reddacliff . (b1881..d1942.)**H .
. Lucy Jane . Johnson . (1b.878..d.1950..)
H . Grace
Edith . Reddacliff . (b.24/10/1883..d.7/5/1941)
m H .
Henry . Walsh .
- 7 . H
. Elizabeth . Reddacliff .
(b.30/8/1885..d.12/7/1948) m 12/12/1911 m. H .
. Strange . Pillidge
- 8 . H
. E . Reddacliff . (b.1/12/1892....b.)
- 9 . H
. Reddacliff . (26/1/1894..d.1976
) & ..H
. Gladys . McCloy.
- 9 . H
. Reddacliff . (b.26/1/1894...b.1976)*
. Paterson .
- 10 .
H . .Matilda
J (Till or Tillie) . Reddacliff . (b.19/3/1896..d..)
&. H .
(Dick) . Norman
- 11 .
H . Levinia
. Mabel . Reddacliff . (b.13/8/1898..d.18/4/.1957.)
m 1925 .
H . Frederick
. Herbert . Sherar
- 12 . Frederick James . Reddacliff .
- 13 . Susanah . Reddacliff
. ( b.1890..d.1891)
& 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
- 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 largely attended.
- 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
- 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 1882.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- HEMMED IN
- On a bush-track the family walked
for 3 miles to the selection and spent the night in a
- 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
- 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.
- One of the most vivid incidents in
the late Mrs. Reddacliff's life was nearly 70 years ago
- 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
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