There was a library in Manildra as early as 1908. This was in a hall down near the Mill House. There were two rooms, one for books, and one for a reading room. It was run by Mrs Flo Denton and Mrs May Whitehead.
When the building became badly cracked and unsafe the library was transferred to the Memorial Hall, where it remained for many years. Read the rest of this entry »
On 22 January 1891 H G Hanks, a general storekeeper wrote to the Postmaster-General on behalf of the residents of Manildra asking for a post office. In his letter he said:
‘… at present we have to walk two miles or wait for the return coach from Meranburn before we are in receipt of our letters … There are 25 families within the precincts of the Village, and everyprobability of others taking up their permanent abode here, as soon as the railway tenders are called for the construction of the railway line from Molong through here to Forbes.
There are at present in this Village two churches, two blacksmith shops, General Store, Hotel, Butcher’s Shop, Baker’s Shop, Large Hall, Police station and a well-attended Public School.
… I may also state that there is ample accommodation at my place for an office and I am quite willing to take charge of the same until the period arrives to erect an office.’
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WINDUS FAMILY MEMORIES
I read with great enjoyment the efforts of Brian Davis in preparing a book of memories of this area.
I am about the same age as Brian and went to Gumble School with him until he left Gumble School to attend Manildra School. I think when we were both at Gumble in our class was Brian Davis, Julie McLachlan, John Watts and myself (Paul Windus). When Brian and the others left to go and attend Manildra School I was left by myself in sixth class, and that was one year I remember coming first in my class. My parents sent me to school in Sydney for secondary education and the first year there were 36 in my class, five grades in first year and 800 in the secondary school and I was like a rabbit on a squat for a while.
I remember as Brian has said going over the creek to Mrs Delaney’s at morning tea break with our home-made pies for her to warm up for us. At lunch break we would race over again for our hot pies. Mrs Delaney was a very nice old lady and she would have great pleasure giving us our hot lunch. Read the rest of this entry »
The Deans of Greghamstown, Gregra, Molong and beyond
Samuel Dean was a convict transported to Australia in 1832. He had been found guilty of stealing lead and his sentence was 7 years. He was 15 years old. On arrival in Sydney he was assigned to Robert Williams and lived at Penrith. In 1838 he married Catherine Kinsella, daughter of an Irish convict at St Matthews Catholic Church Windsor. In 1840 Samuel obtained his Certificate of Freedom and he and Catherine moved to Kurrajong. They had 12 children; our ancestor William was born on 25 September 1851.
The family left Kurrajong and took up several grants of land at Greghamstown, approximately half way between Blayney and Millthorpe. The family home was built on 40 acres with access from what is now known as Sherlock Lane. We believe that the property was called ‘Tremaine’ although it is now known as ‘Brightside’. The remains of the family home still stand today although it seems that the property has been subdivided. William Dean had 52 acres next door to the family property. Catherine died 11 July 1898 aged 77 years and Samuel died 4 November 1899 aged 88 years. They are both buried in the cemetery at Millthorpe. Read the rest of this entry »
STAN WENBAN’S LIFE STORY
By Freda A. Wenban 1988.
These are true facts often related to me while he recollected over his younger days.
F. Stanley Wenban, eldest son of Frederick Henry Wenban (our old grandfather), was born at Red Hill on their selection. He later shifted down the road to Meranburn and when Stan was about 18 they all came to live in Manildra opposite to where the Manildra Bowling Club now is.
When Stan was a young man after coming to Manildra to live, he used to earn his living trapping rabbits and shooting foxes around the hills and flats within walking distance. When he was 23 years old he married Edith May Cole in Old Manildra. They had a family of five children – Isabel, Freda, Fred and Marie (twins), and Ruth. Young Fred was named after Frederick on the family tree, which had been handed down the four generations to the eldest son. Stan being the eldest son of Frederick Henry inherited it when his father died aged 101. It will now be Frederick Richard’s as Stan has died; then will be Frederick Myles’, then Luke Curtis’. Read the rest of this entry »