Shepherd family

David Shepherd (1826-1911)
Jane Susan Bell (1829-1886)

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David Shepherd‘s father was Thomas Shepherd, a well-known horticulturalist and viticulturist who arrived in Sydney in 1826 on board the Rosanna. He was 48 at the time. With him were his second wife, Jane Susan Henderson, aged 26; two children by his first wife (Sarah Joslin) John and Elizabeth, and his and Jane’s two sons Thomas William and David (probably born at sea). They had two more children following their arrival: Jane and Patrick Lindesay Crawford. The name Crawford presumably comes from the Earl of Crawford, at whose estate Thomas’s father was head gardener.

A descendant, Louise Johnson, has provided her extensive research on the Shepherd family:

Also on board the Rosanna were Robert Bell, 30, overseer, employed by John Thos. Campbell, Bringelly, his wife Isabella and their sons James, 2, and David, 6 months. Isabella, who was Jane Susan Henderson’s sister, died at Bellfield, Cabramatta in November 1863 aged 63. Their daughter Jane Susan Bell was born in 1829 and married David Shepherd in Cabramatta Church, Sydney, on 23 Nov 1854 (record V18541098).

The Rosanna was the vessel that brought a number of settlers who were to be indentured labourers in a New Zealand Company venture planned to last three years. Hilda McDonnell spent 12 years researching the venture, and has published an 93-page account, The Rosanna Settlers: with Captain Herd on the coast of New Zealand 1826-7: including Thomas Shepherd’s Journal and his coastal views; The New Zealand Company of 1825.

Soon after his arrival in Sydney Thomas Shepherd was given a land grant of 28 acres and established the Darling Nursery at what is now Darlington. The University of Sydney now encroaches on what was the Darling Nursery. From page A18 of the University’s Appendix A: University Of Sydney Overview History:

During Governor Macquarie’s administration, when land in the Grose Farm area was fenced for pastoral purposes, the land to the south-east of Newtown Road was granted to various individuals. William Hutchinson received 52 acres, known as Golden Grove. The Golden Grove Estate was also known as the ‘Bullock Paddock’ as it was used to pasture cows destined for the Sydney meat market. Thomas Shepherd received 28½ acres and Robert Cooper, 17½ acres on which he established a brewery. The remainder of the area was included in William Chippendale’s grant. The soil in the general area was rich and suitable for intensive agriculture. Chippendale ran cattle and grew potatoes and barley on his grant.

Shepherd was a botanist, who was originally attached to a party of colonists heading for New Zealand, however the project was abandoned and they landed in Sydney. By 1827 Shepherd had begun to establish a garden and nursery business at Darlington and named his property the Darling Nursery, presumably in honour of the then incumbent Governor Darling. The Nursery became a landmark in the area and is commemorated by the streets named Shepherd, Pine, Ivy, Vine, Myrtle and Rose. It is believed that the name Darlington was derived from Shepherd’s Darling Nursery.

Thomas died in Sydney 30 Aug, 1835 aged 56 years.

Shepherd was a man of some influence in the early colony. He prepared a series of lectures to be given at the Sydney Mechanics Institute on the virtues of the colony. He wanted to encourage English gentlemen to emigrate and he pointed out the economic benefits of coming to a new land to establish large estates. He pictured Sydney Harbour with a ring of marine villas dotting the foreshores. Shepherd had been one of the foremost garden planners in England. In Australia, he lectured in horticulture and designed gardens for villas of the wealthy. It was the influence of people like him that led to the early establishment of the Botanic Gardens.

Following Shepherd’s death, the nursery was operated by his son and widow. Part of Shepherd’s Estate was subdivided in 1855.

From Obituaries Australia:

Died also, on Sunday last, Mr. Thomas Shepherd, of the Darling Nursery, leaving a wife and four children to deplore his loss. Mr. Shepherd was born of reputable parents in Fife in Scotland, and was bred to the humble profession of a working gardener. Like many of his countrymen, especially of that profession, he emigrated to London, with the hope of bettering his fortune, about the commencement of the present century; and by dint of persevering industry, conjoined with inflexible integrity and an irreproachable moral character, he succeeded in establishing himself in a highly respectable situation as a nursery gardener at Worthing in Kent, and at Hackney, near London. During the Joint-Stock Company mania of 1825, a company was formed in London under the designation of the New Zealand Company, for the cultivation, exportation, and manufacture of the produce of that island; of which, Mr. Shepherd was selected the president superintendent. Finding, however, on his arrival in New Zealand, with the Company’s establishment, that the prospects of realizing a larger revenue for his constituents were by no means adequate to their expectations, he wisely recommended the abolition of the Company, and came to New South Wales with his family when the Company’s property was disposed of on behalf of the proprietors. Shortly after his arrival in the Colony, Mr. Shepherd obtained a grant of land from His Excellency General Darling, adjoining Black Wattle Swamp, for the formation of a nursery garden; and it was doubtless the excessive fatigue he underwent for a long period in the accomplishment of his object that undermined his constitution, and rendered him unable to withstand the attacks of acute disease.

Mr. Shepherd died of the effects of a cold, which he had caught a few months ago, in preparing lectures for the Mechanic’s Institution. From his general ability and his zealous and successful efforts in the department of Horticulture, his death is undoubtedly a serious loss to the colony.

The Sydney Morning Herald published this eulogy on Thu 10 Sep 1835::

(From a Correspondent.)

On Wednesday the 2d instant was buried our late respected townsman Mr. Thomas Shepherd, of the Darling Nursery. The funeral was attended by many persons of distinction. The Hon. Alexander M’Leay, Esq., Colonel Snodgrass, M. C., Colonel Shadforth, late of tho 57th Regt., C. D. Riddell, Esq. M. C., E. D. Thomson, Esq., F. A. Hely, Esq., W. Macpherson, Esq., Lesslie Duguid, Esq., Captain Hunter, Military Secretary, Thos. Barker, Esq., Messrs. Campbell, Esqs., J. E. Manning, Esq., T. C. Harrington, Esq., Dr. Bowman, and many other friends, attended, anxious to pay the last mark of respect to a most worthy and energetic Colonist. His loss will be generally felt, as his ample stores of knowledge were liberally opened, for the advantage of all who consulted him on horticultural subjects.

Mr. Shepherd was a native of Kemback, in Fifeshire, and was a schoolfellow of the celebrated David Wilkie, the Painter. His father was for many years principal gardener to the Earls of Crawford and Lindesay. Having quitted Scotland at an early period, he became owner of an extensive Nursery, at Hackney, where he spent near thirty years of his life. He was examined at great length before a Committee of the House of Commons, on the state of the agricultural labourers of England, and the best means of lessening the poor rates, about the same time that His Excellency General Bourke was examined on a similar subject in relation to Ireland. The plan he then proposed — the erection of small cottages on private estates, in proportion to the available acres of the estate, has been of late introduced into some parts of England, with great success; and during the last session of Parliament, a measure was carried to give facilities for its extension. Subsequently, Mr. Shepherd was appointed Principal Superintendent of the New Zealand Company for the culture of flax, and spent eighteen months on that Island, having examined every harbour, bay, river, and island of importance, in furtherance of the object of the expedition. But partly from inability to clean the flax, by any process, chemical or mechanical, and from a certainty that a loss would be sustained by the Company, the ships Rosannah and Lambton proceeded to New South Wales, where they arrived in February, 1827. Mr. Shepherd was therefore the first person who landed a large body of Emigrants on these shores. The value of such an acquisition was perceived by General Darling, and facilities were given for the establishment of a Nursery to supply the settlers, at a cheap rate, with all sorts of worked trees, a proceeding that has been attended with the most beneficial consequences to this Colony, and to Van Diemen’s Land, with which Mr. Shepherd kept up a constant correspondence. The promise given on his part to General Darling has been fulfilled by Mr. Shepherd to the letter, and the country now possesses a stock of fruit trees and vines, which, without Mr. Shepherd’s energy could not have existed in the Colony in so short a period.

Mr. Shepherd was considered in former years an excellent draughtsman, surveyor, and landscape gardener. One of his first works on arrival, was a splendid design for laying out Hyde Park, with ornamental walks, shaded with trees, and surrounded with elegant public and private edifices. Having acquired a few years experience of the vicissitudes of the seasons, he published several Letters in the Gazette and Herald Newspapers on the growth of the Vine. In furtherance of this, he directed the attention of the Colonists to an old theory respecting the variation of temperature, and depression of heat, when the wind shifted suddenly to the south and south-west. Some controversial Letters appeared on the subject, but we believe it is now generally admitted, that shelter from such winds is a great preservative from blight, which would imply, that cold is the cause of that malady. To Mr. Shepherd is chiefly to be ascribed the extended cultivation of the vine in this Colony; which has been also greatly promoted by the zeal of Mr. James Easby, the King’s Representative at New Zealand, who introduced nearly 500 distinct varieties of Grapes, and of whose exertions, Mr. Shepherd was a warm admirer. It was his intention, had he enjoyed life for sometime longer, to have set on foot a subscription for the purchase of a piece of plate, as a token of gratitude from the Settlers to Mr. Busby, for his spirited exertions on their behalf. Several of the most influential members of Colonial society had promised their support.

In 1833 and 1834, Mr. Shepherd formed one of a Committee appointed by His Excellency, to report on the state of the Vines in the Botanic Garden, introduced by Mr. Busby, and kept there for public use. Mr. M’Leay, Chief Justice Forbes, Sir John Jamison, and Mr. M’Arthur, were Members of the same Committee, and their printed reports have been read with interest by the Settlers who have directed their attention to this important subject.

Three years ago, Mr. Shepherd proposed the formation of a Horticultural Book Club and intended to erect a building on his own premises for the members ; but circumstances of a peculiar kind, prevented him from executing this project. He was warmly supported by most of the Members of the late Australian Horticultural Society, and it would have been carried into execution had his life been spared. In 1834 he delivered, at (the Mechanics’ School of Arts four lectures on the Horticulture of New South Wales, which were afterwards published, and require only to be known in order to be generally approved of. He had also prepared seven lectures on Landscape Gardening, Emigration, and other Colonial subjects, which, with a little care, might be fitted for publication. It was his intention to dedicate these lectures to the Hon. Alexander M’Leay, Esq., Colonial Secretary, whose botanical acquirements, and profound knowledge of landscape gardening, were the subjects of his esteem and praise. Few works on landscape gardening have appeared even in England; and Mr. Shepherd having been a pupil both of White and Repton, the principles of these eminent men are explained in his lectures, at considerable length. The lectures were undertaken to excite a better style of laying out grounds, and building mansions, than have in general prevailed in the Colony, and to encourage the thinning ouf, but not the total destruction, of the native trees in such situations. They were also written with a view to induce persons with capitals of from £30,000 to £5,000 to Emigrate to these shores, a class of persons who, in Mr. Shepherd’s opinion, were calculated to produce great changes on Colonial Society. The lectures are calculated, if published, to be generally useful.

In 1833 Mr. Shepherd took an active part in the erection of Saint Andrew’s Church, the success of which, from vicinity to his residence, but particularly from the firmness of his principles of religious belief, was an object of constant solicitude to the last hour of life. The last public act of Colonial importance, in which Mr. Shepherd was engaged, was his examination before the Committee of Council, on Immigration. It will be admitted, by those who have read the printed abstract, that his views on that momentous subject, are entitled to much consideration. They are not less showy than those of other persons examined, and in addition, there is a sterling principle in his views, that cannot easily be surpassed.

It is unfortunate that we should at this period, lose such men as Commissary-General Laidley and Mr. Shepherd, whose ripened experience, activity, high and honorable characters, and early years, gave promise of much useful exertion on behalf of the Public. Mr. Shepherd will long be remembered as a man of great firmness of character, possessing a clear, discriminating, and ready judgment. To a strong natural understanding he had added acquirements not generally met with in common life, and his religious principles, derived from affectionate parents in youth never left him, and never varied. His conduct was exemplary as a man and a Christian. He was warm-hearted, liberal, honorable, and open in all his transactions; he was sincere and earnest in his manner, an affectionate and tender husband, father, and friend; one whose word was his bond; one whom his friends never left without regret, nor revisited without pleasure.

David Shepherd continued the work of his father and with his brother Thomas was involved in Shepherd and Sons’ Chatsworth Nurseries at Rooty Hill. Chatsworth is mentioned in several obituaries of people who once worked there. For example, from the Nepean Times, Thu 13 May 1937:

The Late Mr. F. Creswick

With further reference to Mr Frederick W. Creswick, whose death was reported in last issue, a correspondent writes:

The late Mr Frederick W. Creswick, who died recently at the residence of his daughter, Mrs T. Beggs, Rooty Hill, at the advanced age of 94 years, was the son of an English botanist. On leaving school at 16 years of age, he was apprenticed to Mr David Shepherd, of Chatsworth nurseries. He quickly rose to the position of manager, which position he held for over 40 years. Who of the older school does not remember “Chatsworth”‘ and the wonderful hospitality extended to all. The nursery was a hive of industry, between 200 and 300 employees living in cottages on the estate.

An example of David Shepherd’s expertise was published in the Empire on Sat 10 May 1856 and can be read here. It is a lengthy paper read before the Horticultural Improvement Society of New South Wales, detailing the history of the olive tree and explaining in great detail everything from its cultivation to picking and pressing the olives to make olive oil.

David took over a sole owner of Shepherd & Co in 1898, putting Chatsworth up for lease in 1899 (The Nepean Times, Sat 16 Sep 1899) (see ads).

An 1880s poster held in the State Library of NSW shows Shepherd’s Wharf on the Parramatta River at Rydalmere, adjoining a 40+ acre property purchased by Shepherd brothers David and Patrick Lindesay in 1879; the street names are still used today, apart from Wharf St (now Park Rd):

Shepherd's wharf L

David passed away on 5 Jan 1911, as reported in the South Coast Times and Wollongong Angus on Fri 09 Jan 1911:

On Monday morning, Mr. David Shepherd, late of Shepherd and Co., Sydney, died suddenly, at the age of 84 years. Deceased had been spending a holiday here in company with his daughter (Mrs. Cowdrey), and they were preparing to take the train for Sydney when Mr. Shepherd collapsed.

David’s mother Jane was not not mentioned in the NSW death record (8276/1911). His wife, Jane Susan Bell, had died some 25 years earlier on 29 Aug 1886 (see also NSW record 3159/1886 and her death notice in The Sydney Mail on Sat Sep 04 1886).

David & Jane’s family:

David Shepherd and Jane Susan Bell had 6 children, all born in the Penrith district (presumably at Chatsworth) apart from Mary Bell (who was born in Chippendale, Sydney):

01. Jessie Elizabeth (b. 1857, d. 17 May 1927)

02. Thomas Robert (b. 1858, d. 18 Nov 1936 in Auburn)

03. Jane (b. 1861, d. 1941 in Katoomba) did not marry

04. Mary Bell (b. 07 Dec 1863, d. 06 Aug 1946)

05. Annie Laura (b. 1867, d. 12 Nov 1942 in Gulgong)

06. Edith Susan (b. 1871, d. 11 May 1941 at Quirindi, NSW)

Generation 2

01. Jessie Elizabeth Shepherd married William Joshua Wilson in Newtown, Sydney, in 1887. William was born in 1844, his parents being Felix Wilson and Esther Holt. In 1834 Felix and his father had purchased the property Tocal, situated at the junction of the Paterson River and Webbers Creek in the lower Hunter Valley of New South Wales. In 1841 Felix built a homestead on the property (it’s still standing today). In 1865 Felix Wilson died and Tocal was willed by entail (a method of keeping your estate intact in the hands of one heir alone, in an ideally indefinite and pre-ordained chain of succession) to his unborn grandson David.

Jean Archer is the author of Caleb Wilson Owner of Tocal 1834-1838, details of which are available here. Another on Felix Wilson is in preparation.

Jessie died in Burwood on 17 May 1927. There are errors in the transcription of her NSW online death record 8075/1927, which has her name as Tessie E Wilson, parents David and Mary. Her gravestone, however, can be viewed online and her death date is clear. William died in 1899 (record 12614)

The couple had seven children, three of whom died young:

01. Felix (b. & d. 1877 in Newtown)

02. David (b. 26 Dec 1879 in Newtown, d. 06 Jan 1965 in Sydney)

03. William Hardy (b. 14 Feb 1881 in Campbelltown, d. 16 Dec 1955 in Richmond, Victoria); spelt Hardie in his birth record.

04. Lindsay (b. 1883 in Campbelltown, d. 20 Dec 1958 in Nowra)

05. Jessie (b. 1885 in Ashfield, d. 1885 in Manly)

06. Robert Shepherd (b. 1886 in Ashfield, d. 12 Feb 1947 near Bowral)

07. Edith Isabel (b. 1890 in Ashfield, d. 1894 in Ashfield)

David was the beneficiary of Tocal, his grandfather’s estate in the Hunter. Felix Wilson’s estate was valued at about like £250,000 (equivalent to between 3 and 4 million dollars in today’s money), and the four surviving grandsons were all beneficiaries. However Felix died before any were born. The estate’s executors had to apply for a ruling as to what part of the estate could be used for the education on the four boys. Many newspapers carried this story. The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Fri 12 May 1905 as follows:

Hardy v Wilson.

Mr Mann, instructed by Messrs Holdsworth and Son, appeared for the plaintiffs, John Hardy, Caleb Felix Wilson, Arthur James Kelynack, and defendant David Wiilson, Mr Newbery, instructed by Messrs Holdsworth and Son, for the infant defendant Robert Shepherd Wilson, and Mr Street, instructed by Messrs Matthews, Kershaw, and Lane, for the defendants William Hardy Wilson and Lindsay Wilson (children of William Joshua Wilson).

This was an originating summons issued upon the application of John Hardy, of Strathfield, gentleman, Caleb Felix Wilson, of Blackheath, gentleman, and Arthur James Kelynack, of Sydney, barrlster-at-law, who claim to be the trustees of the will of the late Felix Wilson.

His Honor was asked to determine inter alia whether the trustees of the testator’s will would be justified in applying any part of the rents and profits of the estate towards the maintenance, education, and support of the adult children of William Joshua Wilson; whether the amount of such part should be ascertained according to the number of children and classes of issue of children of William Joshua Wilson, for the time being in existence, or according to the discretion of the trustees; whether the trustees would be justified in paying the amount of such part direct to the adult children in lieu of applying the same towards their maintenance, education, or support; and who are entitled, and in what shares, to tho accumulations of the rents and profits of the estate.

The estate was originally valued at £250,000.

His Honor gave his reserved judgment in this matter. He said that the clause, although not clearly worded, fairly meant that during the minority of all or any of the children the trustees were to collect the rents, and to divide the net rents into as many shares as there were children for the time being; that the shares of the adult children were, according to the case of Williams v Papworth, for the adults’ benefit, and therefore payable to them absolutely, but that the share of the infant was to be applied by the trustees, so far as was necessary, to the maintenance and education of the infant. He also held that the sum of £714 11s 2d, being accumulated surplus rents, followed the same rule. Costs of all parties to come out of surplus rents.

Generation 3

02. David Wilson came top in the state in English, having been educated at Newington College in Sydney. He became a barrister specialising in equity, a director of the Colonial Sugar Refining Company, was a good sportsman and hobby furniture maker. There is more detail in his Wikipedia entry. He married married Marcia Budge on 10 Apr 1906 and they had one daughter, Marcie Elizabeth Wilson (known as Betty). She had two children by her first marriage to (Sir) Warwick Oswald Fairfax: Caroline Simpson (1930–2003) and (Sir) James Oswald Fairfax (b. 27 Mar 1933, d. 11 Jan 2017). After Betty’s divorce from Warwick she married Commandant Pierre Gilly in 1946 and had one son, Edward Gilly (1948–2005).

03. William Hardy Wilson was a well-known artist and architect, a co-founder of the Fine Arts Society. He married Margaret McKenzie in Sydney in 1910 and they had one son. There is more detail (including his photo and some of his art and house designs) in his Wikipedia entry. See also The works of William Hardy Wilson.

We have little information of the other two brothers apart from the mention on David Wilson’s Wikipedia entry. However the following may be accurate. The death of a Robert Shepherd Wilson was reported in early 1947 in several newspapers, such as The Scrutineer and Berrima District Press on 15 Feb 1947:

Farmer Killed at Bridge

A farmer of Colo Vale, Mittagong, Robert Shepherd Wilson, 56, was killed at Malting’s Bridge, near Mittagong, on Wednesday, morning, when his utility truck collided with a lorry.

His wife, Mildred Ruth Wilson, 55, received a fractured right wrist, chest injuries, a chin wound, and severe shock.

Wilson received chest and internal injuries, and died almost immediately.

The lorry driver, Raymond Cross, of Moss Vale, was not injured.

Malting’s Bridge, on the Hume Highway, has been the source of many accidents.

Berrima District Ambulance took Mrs. Wilson to the Distiict Hospital.

The NSW death record for Robert Shepherd Wilson in 1947 shows his parents as William Joshua & Jessie Elizabeth Wilson. The newspapers reported his age at the time of his accident as either 56 or 58. However his birth in 1886 suggests that in 1947 his age would have been 60 or 61. Assuming this to be the correct person (as his NSW death record suggests), his wife was Mildred R Waugh whom he married on 26 May 1915 (Sunday Times, 30 May 1915). Another newspaper article of Robert’s death mentioned he left two adult daughters: Mildred, born in 1916 and Faith, born in 1918.

We know that he and his brother Lindsay had some joint business interests. For example, from The Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts AdvertiserSat 06 Jul 1912:

A special lease of 2½ perches of Crown land, within reserve 88, municipality of Ulladulk, has been granted to Lindsay Wilson and Robert S. Wilson, of Conjola, for the purposes of wharf and storage, for seven years at an annual rental of £5.

If anyone had further information on these brothers please email me (

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02. Thomas Robert Shepherd married Florence Eveline Ellen Willis at Parramatta in 1878. Thomas was a nurseryman and the couple lived at 89 Harrow Rd Auburn, Sydney, for many years. They had 4 children:

01. David B (b. 1890 in Redfern, d. 1899 in Parramatta)

02. Kathleen A (b. 1891 in Redfern)

03. Juanita Amy (b. 1893 in Waterloo, d. 1972 in Burwood) married Arthur E Parker at Auburn in 1927

04. Edna V (b. 1896 in Waterloo) married Herbert H Woodhouse at Parramatta in 1919

Kathleen appeared in the 1936 Electoral Rolls living with her parents, but to date we have no other information.

05. Annie Laura Shepherd married Jonathan Alfred Starr at Ashfield on 06 Aug 1889. Jonathan was a farmer; at the time of his wedding he lived in Capertee, NSW but they soon moved to Gulgong NSW. In 1909 they lived at Birriwa, 34km north of Gulgong. He was an applicant for 450 acres there (see the Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative 14 Jan 1909). Jonathan passed away on 24 Sep 1933 at Gulgong, aged 81 (ibid. 28 Sep 1933).

The couple had three children:

01. Flora I (b. 1890 in Ashfield, d. ) married Max Murray

02. Edith M (b. 1895 in Mudgee, d. ) married Eric U Plummer at Dubbo in 1925

03. David S (b. 1902 in Cassilis, d. ) married Sylvia M Davis at Gulgong in 1930

The Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative published the following notice of Annie’s death on 19 Nov 1942:

Mrs. A. L. Starr

Mrs. A. L. Starr, wife of the late Mr. J. Starr, who predeceased his wife some nine years ago, passed away at her home in Bayly Street on Thursday last, at the age of 75 years. The Rev. G.J. Stevens conducted the funeral service, which took place to the Presbyterian portion of the Gulgong Cemetery.

Deceased leaves two daughters, Mrs. Max Murray (Victoria) and Mrs. E. Plummer (Gulgong), one son, Mr. D. Starr (Gulgong), and an only sister, Mrs. M. B. North (Roseville).

Our sympathy is extended.

06. Edith Susan Shepherd married Charles Stephen Cowdrey at Ashfield in 1902, his parents being George Cowdery & Lucienne Reynolds. They had at least two children. The surname is usually spelt Cowdery in official records.

01. Edith Isabel (b. 1903 in Canterbury) married John Alfred North at Tamworth in 1953.

02. David Lindsay (b. 1908 in Ashfield, d. 1962 in Newtown)

In the 1913 electoral rolls Charles is described as a “draftsman” living in Catswold Rd, Strathfield. By 1930 the family (parents and daughter Edith Isabel) had moved to Pittwater Rd Gordon. In 1934 they moved to live with their son (and brother) David Lindsay Cowdery who is shown as a grazier at Tindaroo, Nundle. Edith Susan Cowdery passed away on 11 May 1941, the registration registered at Quirindi, NSW, just over 50km from Nundle. Charles had passed away in 1940 in Katoomba.

02. David Lindsay Cowdery married Margaret Phyllis Allison at Quirindi in 1936. They had at least one child, a son David Allison Cowdery; he married Helen Mary Richardson in Sydney in 1960, and passed away in 1978.

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