Just inside the main entry there is a tiny little private cemetery.
It is sad to see how many children died within the first month of their life. How awful for the parents. It shows how tough pioneering life was.
In 1870 James took up a selection of land here (I think that means he was given the land by the government to encourage settlement in the area.) Later he bought more land adjacent. He grazed cattle and planted mango trees which are still here today. In 1880 he built a bigger home. In 1893 he died and Mary continued on with the work. She died in 1920 and her son Joseph buys the property. In 1940 Joseph enlarged the lagoons in the area to provide irrigation.
I walk past here every morning. It is now called Dennis Lake.
Frank built an island in the lake as a bird sanctuary. We sometimes walk here in the evening too.
|A Magpie Goose|
In 1968 the land was subdivided and the suburb of Daisy Hill began. He also donated a huge parcel of land to the state under the provisor that it remained as a park for the community to enjoy. That is now "The Daisy Hill Conservation Park". Frank became a Taxi Driver in his later years and he often picked me up and took me to the airport and brought me home, when I visited Sydney regularly to see my dying father. Now I walk in his beautiful park everyday.Frank died in 2000 and is buried in the family cemetery.
This is my contribution to Julie's Taphophile Tragic's meme.