Copyright 2017 Stories of Drouin

DROUIN CEMETERY WALK

Stories of Antonio Debertolis, Harold Higgs, Leith family, Ellen Lampard, James Aikman and John Parker.

 

Told by Judy Farmer, Anita Coonan, John Parker, Ellen Burrows, Faye Vandyk, Brian Milner and Marilyn May February 2017

Cemetery Plaque

Mrs Josephine Smith grave digger

ANITA COONAN

0.00 General intro and welcome

0.43   History of Drouin Cemetery

1.55   Mrs Josephine Smith, gravedigger

2.12   Upkeep of cemetery

ELLEN BURROWS/LEITH FAMILY AND JOHN MELVILLE

0.00   Introduction

0.40   Railway Hotel story

2.25   Earlier hotels owned by George and Alice

3.05   Purchased Railway Hotel

3.15   George’s accident

3.50   First Drouin creamery

4.05   Alice’s story

4.15   Sold Railway Hotel and moved to Warburton

4.33   John Melville

FAYE VANDYKE/JAMES AIKMAN

0.04   Early Life

0.32   Selected land at Poowong East 1876

0.47   Buln Buln Shire councillor

1.00   1895 Assistance to Drouin Agricultural Society Show when in financial trouble

2.30   Fires - Effect on wife

4.11   Sold property, moved to Drouin

BRIAN MILNER/HAROLD HIGGS

0.00   Introdcution

0.30   Early history

0.40   Moved to Drouin

1.00   War service – Warragul and District Light Horse Squadron

1.18   Enlisted and sent to Cairo

2.05   Gallipoli

2.23   Western Front, Palestine. Mentioned in Dispatches.

3.43   Battle of the Somme

4.42   Welcomed back to Drouin 1918

4.58   Married, farmed, good citizen

5.18   WW2 – enlisted in the Volunteer Defence Corps

5.53   End of life

JOHN PARKER/JOHN HENRY PARKER AND KATHERINE PARKER

0.00   Introduction

0.06   Early history in County Cavan

1.45   Arrived in Melbourne, established carrier business

2.35   Moved to Longwarry South/Ripplebrook area. Bought land for himself and his sons

MARILYN MAY/ELLEN AND ROBERT LAMPARD

0.00   Introduction

0.25   Lived in South Australia – eight children

1.00   Moved to Drouin

1.26   Robert moved to Horsham. Ellen stayed in Drouin. Women’s Rights campaigner

2.22   Robert’s later life

JUDY FARMER/ANTONIO DEBERTOLIS

0.00   Introduction

0.10   Antonio arrives in Drouin

2.10   Took advantage of local materials to make slat-backed chairs.

5.10   Highly regarded for workmanship

8.50   Death

9.25   Tribute and plaque presentation

Harold Higgs

Ellen Lampard

James Aikman

Elizabeth Aikman

Antonio Debertolis   

Leith Railway hotel

John Parker talking to the crowd about his ancestors