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Author Archives: Waanyarra Admin

Robert Henry and Margaret Wilshusen Issue Robert Henry and Margaret Wilshusen Issue:

Isabel died in infancy Elsie Vera married Henderson then Sinclair Robert Henry not married Lesley no information Alver not married Harold Edward married? James married?

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John Moten (Morton)

Brother John We mentioned earlier that Michael had an older brother John who had been transported for life to Van Dieman’s Land in 1845, two years before Michael. John, and accomplice Patrick Brien had attempted to assassinate a wealthy landlord, Mr. Theophilus Roe. Roe was on his way to a fair at Templemore when John … Continue reading »

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William Emanuel James Douthat

Son of William & Mary Ellen (nee Cassidy) “We left Waanyarra when I was only young and came to live at Koondrook but often I would travel back to Waanyarra with Dad’s brother, Uncle Manuel in his gig. The gig was a beautiful contraption with red wheels. His horse was a lovely bay mare. She … Continue reading »

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Grandfather Bohwen Douthat at Waanyarra

By Grandson Max Douthat “I don’t remember a time when the name ‘Waanyarra’ was not mentioned regularly in our house in Melbourne. Many holidays were spent at Waanyarra with my grandfather (Poppa) on his farm. It was an epic voyage to Waanyarra in the family’s 1934 Plymouth tourer, taking around three hours without a stop … Continue reading »

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Richard Douthat (Son of Dick) Recalls

“The strongest memories I have of my grandfather, Bohwen Douthat at Waanyarra are of going fishing in his flat bottomed, corrugated iron boat. We fished at Anchor’s Bridge mostly, and always, we got fish. We caught red fin and measured our catches in bags full. We lived at Bohwen’s for a while in the 1950’s … Continue reading »

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Dick Douthat looks back

Eldest child of Bohwen & Sarah (nee Thorp) “We as kids never thought to ask about our family, but by the way the garden was set out around our place at Waanyarra, I think our ancestors must have known about growing things. There was an elaborate system for watering the many varieties of fruit trees … Continue reading »

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The Memories of Mildred Miles (nee Douthat)

“I was born in the family home at Waanyarra. My brother Dick, sisters Mary, Sally and Isabel were also born there. ‘Gran’ Strahan, a midwife and neighbour brought us all into the world. Brother Raymond was born years later at Dunolly. When I was very young Dad took the family to Koondrook to live for … Continue reading »

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Mary Ann Douthat’s Obituary

Death of Mrs. Douthat – Tarnaguila Courier – 16th July, 1904 The news of the death of Mrs. Douthat widow of the late Manuel Douthat of Waanyarra was received with unfeigned regret on Tuesday morning. The deceased lady had been suffering for some time from an internal complaint and had been attended to by Dr. … Continue reading »

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Douthat Family

Researched by Lynne Douthat from family letters, interviews and the Public Records Office, Melbourne, 1988 “William Bowen Douthat was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1817. In 1848 he married a Spanish girl named Isabel Maria Fieri. Their son, Emanuel William was born in Vigo, a fishing village and port on the Spanish coast, in 1850. … Continue reading »

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Historical Sites

1. Original cemetery site – never used 2. White Swan Hotel 3. Jones’ creek school No. 339 4. Historic cemetery 5. Morton’s old hotel 6. Historic stone crossing 7. Head Teacher’s residence 8. State school No. 1879 9. Sports field 10. Penny school Tarnagulla cycling club at Waanyarra’s White Swan hotel c.1905 Rock walled dam-Built … Continue reading »

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