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Harry Edward Douthat

Posted by on March 3, 2012

Son of Robert and Margaret (nee Wilshusen) from a letter written in 1987

“I was born in Hargreaves Street, Golden Square, but left there when I was two years old. My father’s name was Robert Douthat and my mother was Margaret Wilshusen of Nuggetty Flat. My father worked on the steam engines around Tarnagulla.

After my father died in 1908 my mother married a man named Yelland. We had seven children in our family and Mum had two more sons when she married George Yelland. Mum went to live in Corryong, my sister Vera went to live there too. Mum, Vera and my half-brother George died at Corryong, my other half brother Charlie still lives there, he is 77.

My brother Alver and I are the only ones of our family still alive, brother Jim died in Orbost last year. Vera was 85 when she died and Mum was 92.

I have two daughters and one son from my first marriage, my son died when I was in New Guinea during the war. I have a son from my second marriage, he is living in Western Australia. My brother Alver lost his arm whilst serving in the Second World War.”

3 Responses to Harry Edward Douthat

  1. Lyn Lea

    My mother’s name was Wilshusen. Her Grandfather, Hinrich (Heinrich)
    Wilshusen is buried at Tarnagulla. I would be pleased to correspond
    with other family members.
    Buninyong, Victoria

    • Damien Rooney

      My mother Kathleen Yelland’s parents were George Alexander & Margaret Yelland. George’s brother Charlie lived just outside of Corryong heading towards the racetrack on the way to Khancoban. George fought in the 2/24th Battalion during WWII – a Rat of Tobruk. Yes he is buried on Corryong

  2. Kimberley

    I am Charlie Yellands grandaughter. Charlie passed away in 1990.

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