Lowther

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Lowther family

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Lowther

Bombowlee

Robert and Mary Lowther - Tumut c1850

It’s not often that you get the unsullied memories of a child growing up in the Australian countryside during the years of the Second World War published raw and unvarnished over sixty years later.

A Wayward Child begins with Rita’s country girlhood in Tumut where her father worked as a guard at the open prison farm. It describes the traumatic effects of the Second World War years on her mind and on her family, and the harsh values that informed a generation that was emotionally and intellectually starved. Rita survived with those values. This is a testimony of how difficult it is for precocious children to try to grasp problems that adults have difficulty in grasping themselves – a situation not uncommon in the isolated communities of the Australian country.

She has a writer’s eye for detail. Some of her descriptions are almost Dickensian. A writerly touch is apparent in the last sentence of a paragraph devoted to a magnificently detailed description of her grandfather and his clothing: “I think I liked him most for the way he dressed…”

We get these flashes of ‘child’s eye views’ throughout the book, all the more poignant for being written over sixty years later. And the wealth of iconic Australiana (country meals, social settings) should be mined by any producer worth his salt, of an Australian period film.

And just when you think this is a catalogue of social country life, with schoolgirl tiffs and jealousies, Rita introduces her ‘imaginary friend’ Edna, and the narrative of the Odyssey across the Australian countryside, when her father is forced to seek work, first as a shearing supervisor, and then as a rabbit trapper.

Over all this is the background of the Second World War. It looms over Rita’s childhood, it is the trauma she sees as being to blame for hardship that hard work and endurance could not prevent. The propaganda newsreels of the time had her running out of the theatres in a panic that the Japanese were on our doorstep, a constant state of childhood anxiety that voided her of any compassion at an accidental sight of Japanese prisoners during a visit to Sydney, and perhaps affords us a sympathetic glimpse of the roots of One Nation xenophobia.

Synopsis : An era of Australian history that has been sadly neglected in the literary world. This story is about a country born child who lived through the rough and tumble of the WW11 years with all it's hardships. Only the older generation would know this history, and I feel this story should be known to young and old alike. It is laced with sadness, hilarity, tragedy, sex and more. Estimate of manuscript word length 105,400 http://www.decadentpublishing.com Photo and details supplied by Julie [hopper.n-at-bigpond.com] 12.04.11 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Descendants of Robert Lowther Compiled from the new Monaro Pioneers database: 30.03.11 with some additional information supplied by: Peter Lowther [peter_l_lowther-at-hotmail.com] 29.03.11 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

First Generation --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1. Robert Lowther, son of William Lowther and Sarah Maskall, was born circa April 17, 1814 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, was baptised on May 28, 1815 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, died on August 11, 1891 in Bombowlee near Tumut, NSW1 at age 77, and was buried on August 12, 1891 in Pioneer Cemetery Tumut, NSW.

Notes: Robert was a convict. Convicted April 23, 1833 in Doncaster, England and sentenced to Life. He was transported on the vessel "Aurora" and arrived in Sydney, NSW in 1833. He received a pardon December 31, 1847.

Robert married Mary Boyd on October 24, 1850 in Church of England, Yass, NSW. Mary was born circa 1827 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, died on January 2, 1904 in Mundongo near Tumut, NSW at age 77, and was buried on January 4, 1904 in Tumut Cemetery, NSW.

Children from this marriage were:

2 M i. William Lowther was born on December 25, 1849 in Toomoorooma, near Tumut, NSW and died on November 2, 1915 in Bombowlee near Tumut, NSW at age 65.

3 F ii. Sarah Lowther was born on July 29, 1853 in Tumut, NSW, was baptised on August 17, 1853 in Wagga Wagga, NSW, and died on August 3, 1949 in Tumut, NSW at age 96.

M iii. Robert Lowther was born on July 29, 1853 in Tumut, NSW, died on April 16, 1931 in Tumut, NSW at age 77, and was buried on April 17, 1931 in Tumut Cemetery, NSW.

M iv. James Patrick Lowther was born on March 17, 1855 in Tumut, NSW, was baptised on April 16, 1857 in Tumut, NSW, and died in 1942 in Liverpool, NSW at age 87.

F v. Anna Lowther was born on March 21, 1857 in Tumut, NSW and was baptised on April 16, 1857 in Tumut, NSW. Another name for Anna was Hannah.

4 F vi. Mary Jane Lowther was born on November 5, 1859 in Tumut, NSW, died on October 24, 1934 in Tumut, NSW at age 74, and was buried on October 25, 1934 in Tumut Cemetery, NSW.

F vii. Eliza Lowther was born on October 11, 1861 in Tumut, NSW,15 died on June 8, 1938 in Tumut, NSW at age 76, and was buried in Tumut Cemetery, NSW. Another name for Eliza was Elizabeth.

Eliza married Alexander Balfour Feltus in 1906 in Cootamundra, NSW.

Eliza next married Charles William Clemson, son of William Sharp Clemson and Mary Ann Purcell, in 1926 in Yass, NSW. Charles was born in 1863 in Penrith, NSW and died in 1927 in Tumut, NSW at age 64.

5 M viii. John Edward Lowther was born on January 25, 1864 in Bombowlee, NSW,21 was baptised on June 4, 1864 in Tumut, NSW, and died on May 19, 1962 in Tumut, NSW at age 98.

6 M ix. Henry George Lowther was born on April 17, 1866 in Tumut, NSW,23 died on August 28, 1957 in Tumut, NSW at age 91, and was buried on August 30, 1957 in Tumut Cemetery, NSW.

M x. Frederick Charles Lowther was born on October 2, 1870 in Tumut, NSW, was baptised on December 2, 1870 in Tumut, NSW, died on May 14, 1948 in Tumut, NSW at age 77, and was buried on May 17, 1948 in Tumut Cemetery, NSW. Second Generation --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2. William Lowther (Robert1) was born on December 25, 1849 in Toomoorooma, near Tumut, NSW and died on November 2, 1915 in Bombowlee near Tumut, NSW at age 65. Notes: William's birth was registered as William Wallace but throughout his life he was always known as William Lowther. William married Rebecca Jane French,27 daughter of William Mingus French and Emma Hayden, on January 1, 1879 in Bombowlee near Tumut, NSW.28 Rebecca was born on December 12, 1860 in Tumut, NSW and died on January 13, 1946 in Tumut, NSW at age 85.

Children from this marriage were:

7 M i. Arthur Roland Lowther was born on August 28, 1880 in Tumut, NSW and died on March 2, 1913 in Nymagee via Cobar, NSW at age 32.

M ii. Albert Ernest Lowther was born on February 10, 1882 in Tumut, NSW, died on May 29, 1922 in "Yaouk Station" near Adaminaby, NSW at age 40, and was buried on May 30, 1922 in Adaminaby Cemetery, NSW Grave 237f. - Albert married Ada Emily Cochran, daughter of Lachlan Cochran and Marion Ada Murphy, in 1913 in Sydney, NSW. Ada was born in 1885 in Adaminaby, NSW and died in 1938 in Newtown, NSW at age 53.

F iii. Martha Helena Lowther was born on July 26, 1883 in Tumut, NSW and died on May 5, 1944 in Tumut, NSW at age 60. - Martha married Angus William Cavanagh, son of Patrick Cavanagh and Kinzena Mary, on August 19, 1901 in Tumut, NSW. Angus was born in 1875 in Deniliquin, NSW and died in 1919 in Newtown, NSW41 at age 44. - Martha next married Mervyn L. Keen in 1925 in Woollahra, NSW.

M iv. William Burton Lowther was born on June 4, 1885 in Tumut, NSW, died on July 20, 1968 in Tumut, NSW at age 83, and was buried in Tumut Cemetery, NSW.

More about William: • Religion: Church of England. • Occupation: Grazier.

• He served in the military as a Driver, number 17108, 1st Wireless Signal Squadron, 1st AIF from March 27, 1916 to March 22, 1919 in WW1. Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Mooltan on 23 December 1916.

William married Maude Evelyn Norris, daughter of Alfred John Norris and Eleanor Payne, on December 8, 1932 in Tumut, NSW. Maude was born on January 2, 1895 in Bombala, NSW and died on August 25, 1965 in Tumut, NSW at age 70.

F v. Ethel May Lowther was born on June 6, 1887 in Bombowlee near Tumut, NSW, was baptised on August 5, 1887 in Tumut, NSW, and died on September 30, 1985 in Sydney, NSW at age 98.

Ethel married Herbert Cowley Kinred, son of Frederick Kinred and Emma Bridle, on January 31, 1910 in Tumut, NSW. Herbert was born in 1882 in Tumut, NSW and died in 1930 in Tumut, NSW at age 48. -More about Herbert: • Religion: Church of England. • Occupation: Bricklayer. • He served in the military as Lance Corporal, number 6075, 4th Field Company Engineers, 1st AIF from January 15, 1915 to March 9, 1919 in WW1. Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 2 June 1915.

• He was awarded the Military Medal. 'Whilst working with the regimental pack train, taking stores forward near MESSINES, 7th/10th June 1917, this N.C.O. showed great coolness and resource under fire and set a fine example to his party. On two occasions when his party came under heavy shell fire, he rallied his drivers and in darkness reached the unloading spot, parked the stores correctly and by his cool judgement brought his train back with light casualties.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219 Date: 20 December 1917.

8 F vi. Eva Rebecca Lowther was born on May 17, 1889 in Bombowlee, NSW and died on October 23, 1985 in Cooma, NSW at age 96.

9 M vii. Percy Harold Lowther was born on May 12, 1891 in Toomoorooma, near Tumut, NSW, died on May 13, 1973 in Tumut, NSW54 at age 82, and was buried on May 15, 1973 in Tumut Cemetery, NSW.

M viii. Stanley Robert Lowther was born on May 14, 1897 in Bombowlee near Tumut, NSW, was baptised on September 26, 1897 in Tumut, NSW, and died on August 15, 1949 in Redfern, NSW at age 52. (Twin)

Stanley married Beatrice Eileen Victoria Norris, daughter of Alfred John Norris and Eleanor Payne, on February 3, 1923 in Yass, NSW. Beatrice was born on July 3, 1899 in Bombala, NSW and died in 1976 in NSW at age 77.

F ix. Ruby Mary Lowther was born on May 14, 1897 in Bombowlee near Tumut, NSW, was baptised on September 26, 1897 in Tumut, NSW, and died on September 17, 1988 in Tumut, NSW at age 91. (Twin)

Ruby married Claude Piper, son of Unknown and Mary A. Piper, in 1933 in Tumut, NSW. Claude was born in 1896 in Tumut, NSW. 3. Sarah Lowther (Robert1) was born on July 29, 1853 in Tumut, NSW, was baptised on August 17, 1853 in Wagga Wagga, NSW, and died on August 3, 1949 in Tumut, NSW at age 96.

Sarah married Robert James Piper, son of Samuel Piper and Sarah Hern, on July 24, 1876 in Adelong, NSW. Robert was born in 1853 in Tumut, NSW and died in 1936 in Wagga Wagga, NSW at age 83.

Children from this marriage were:

F i. Christina Piper was born in 1877 in Tumut, NSW and died in 1960 in Burwood, NSW at age 83. - Christina married Thomas Miles in 1897 in Tumut, NSW.

F ii. Rebecca Piper was born in 1879 in Tumut, NSW and died in 1955 in Auburn, NSW at age 76.

Rebecca married William Jonothan Cribb, son of Thomas Cribb and Hannah Bygrove Atkinson, in 1905 in Tumut, NSW. William was born in 1872 in Tumut, NSW and died in 1944 in Wagga Wagga, NSW at age 72.

M iii. Archibald V. Piper was born in 1882 in Tumut, NSW and died in 1973 in Sydney, NSW at age 91.

F iv. Flora Piper was born in 1885 in Tumut, NSW and died in 1969 in Helensburgh, NSW at age 84.

Flora married Albert Andrew Hartnett, son of Edward William Hartnett and Mary, in 1914 in Tumut, NSW. Albert was born in 1886 in Adelong, NSW and died in 1964 in Tumut, NSW at age 78.

M v. Robert Ernest Piper was born in 1887 in Tumut, NSW, died on June 9, 1967 in Wagga Wagga, NSW at age 80, and was buried in Wagga Wagga Cemetery, NSW. - More about Robert: • Religion: Church of England. • Occupation: Labourer. • He served in the military as a Private, number 6556, 3rd Battalion, 1st AIF from July 12, 1916 to November 1, 1917 in WW1. Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916.

Robert married Elsie May Murray, daughter of John Murray and Emily Jane Carrigg, in 1918 in Tumut, NSW. Elsie was born in 1898 in Tumut, NSW and died in 1973 in Wagga Wagga, NSW at age 75.

F vi. Bertha Piper was born in 1889 in Tumut, NSW and died in 1890 in Tumut, NSW at age 1.

4. Mary Jane Lowther (Robert1) was born on November 5, 1859 in Tumut, NSW, died on October 24, 1934 in Tumut, NSW at age 74, and was buried on October 25, 1934 in Tumut Cemetery, NSW. - Mary married James Kell, son of Unknown and Margaret, on October 24, 1888 in Tumut, NSW. James was born circa 1820 in England and died in 1906 in Tumut, NSW at age 86.

The child from this marriage was:

M i. Edgar Stanley Kell was born in 1894 in Tumut, NSW and died in 1962 in Gosford, NSW at age 68. - Edgar married Ethel Ann Bundock, daughter of John Stallyard Bundock and Mary, in 1914 in Tumut, NSW. Ethel died in 1957 in Tumut, NSW.

5. John Edward Lowther (Robert1) was born on January 25, 1864 in Bombowlee, NSW, was baptised on June 4, 1864 in Tumut, NSW, and died on May 19, 1962 in Tumut, NSW at age 98. - John married Martha Jones, daughter of George Jones and Frances Elizabeth Bickerstaff, on January 25, 1898 in Tumut, NSW. - Martha was born in 1867 in Tumorrama near Tumut, NSW and died on July 2, 1913 in Tumut, NSW at age 46. The child from this marriage was: Dallas Lowther was born in 1900 in Tumut, NSW.

6. Henry George Lowther (Robert1) was born on April 17, 1866 in Tumut, NSW, died on August 28, 1957 in Tumut, NSW at age 91, and was buried on August 30, 1957 in Tumut Cemetery, NSW. - Henry married Jessie Elizabeth McDonnell, daughter of Charles Edward Stewart McDonnell and Georgina Kilminster, on June 17, 1896 in Tumut, NSW. Jessie was born on May 15, 1873 in Bombowlee near Tumut, NSW and died on August 6, 1952 in Tumut, NSW at age 79.

The child from this marriage was:

M i. Eustace Cornelius H. Lowther was born in 1896 in Tumut, NSW and died in 1948 in Tumut, NSW at age 52. - Eustace married Dorothy M. Carr, daughter of Charles Edward Carr and Margaret Petrie McLaren, in 1928 in Tumut, NSW. Dorothy was born in 1900 in Tumut, NSW and died on April 20, 1985 in Hay, NSW at age 85.

Third Generation --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

7. Arthur Roland Lowther (William2, Robert1) was born on August 28, 1880 in Tumut, NSW and died on March 2, 1913 in Nymagee via Cobar, NSW at age 32. - Arthur married Constance Minnie Fallon, daughter of William Fallon and Ellen Kennedy, in 1906 in Adelong, NSW. Constance was born in 1884 in Tumut, NSW104 and died in 1964 in Sydney, NSW105 at age 80.

The child from this marriage was:

M i. Alan William Lowther was born in 1906 in Tumut, NSW and was baptised on December 28, 1906 in Tumut, NSW. - Alan married Betty Donne in 1943 in Sydney, NSW.106

8. Eva Rebecca Lowther (William2, Robert1) was born on May 17, 1889 in Bombowlee, NSW and died on October 23, 1985 in Cooma, NSW at age 96. - Eva married Arthur Lachlan Cochran, son of Lachlan Cochran and Marion Ada Murphy, in 1918 in Waverley, NSW. Arthur was born in 1891 in Cooma, NSW and died in 1954 in Newtown, NSW at age 63.

More about Arthur: • Religion: Presbyterian. • Occupation: Grazier. • He served in the military as a Sapper, number 17103, 1st Australian & New Zealand Wireless Signal Squadron, 1st AIF from March 27, 1916 to November 23, 1917 in WW1. Unit embarked from Sydney, NSW, on board RMS Mooltan on 23 December 1916

The child from this marriage was:

F i. Beryl Enid Cochrane was born in 1922, died on March 31, 1971 in Yaouk near Adaminaby, NSW at age 49, and was buried in Yaouk near Adaminaby, NSW. - Beryl married Robert James Mackay, son of James A. Mackay and Christina Inglis Frew, in 1958 in Cooma, NSW. Robert was born on November 27, 1912 in Adaminaby, NSW, died on December 31, 1973 in Adaminaby, NSW1 at age 61, and was buried in Old Adaminaby Cemetery, NSW Church of England section.

More about Robert: • He served in the military as a Private, number NX132114 (N267557), LAE P O W COY, Australian Army from October 31, 1942 to April 10, 1946 in WW2. NOK: MacKay, James

9. Percy Harold Lowther (William2, Robert1) was born on May 12, 1891 in Toomoorooma, near Tumut, NSW, died on May 13, 1973 in Tumut, NSW at age 82, and was buried on May 15, 1973 in Tumut Cemetery, NSW. - Percy married Maude Evelyn Norris, daughter of Alfred John Norris and Eleanor Payne, on October 4, 1916 in Bombala, NSW. Maude was born on January 2, 1895 in Bombala, NSW and died on August 25, 1965 in Tumut, NSW at age 70.

The child from this marriage was:

F i. Dorothy Nea Lowther . - Dorothy married Raymond John Webb in 1942 in Tumut, NSW.

Percy next married Mabel Annie Reinhard in 1932 in Coonamble, NSW. Mabel died on July 17, 1962.

10. Dallas Lowther (John Edward2, Robert1) was born in 1900 in Tumut, NSW.96 - Dallas married Eileen May Naughton, daughter of John Naughton and Isabella Jane Foster, in 1927 in Tumut, NSW. Eileen was born on February 22, 1907 in Tumut, NSW and died on April 22, 1993 in Albury, NSW at age 86.

Children from this marriage were:

F i. Ruth Lowther

F ii. Nell Lowther --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sources --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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7. NSW BDM Index, 16809/1949.

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9. NSW BDM Index, 7791/1931.

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Bombowlee. Dear Dame Durden,-This is my first attempt to write to you. I will write a description of a snowstorm which occurred on the night of Mon day, 4th, and all day Tuesday, 8th, the like of which has not been seen here for some forty seven-years. It fell about 5in deep at Bombowlee, and at several other places it was over a foot deep. Snow-balling was much indulged in everywhere. In the towns it was thought great sport snow-balling; no one was spared a snow ball. Even the Police did not get off without a snow ball. The streets of Tumut were in a terrible state, and I suppose every town was the same. In Tumut (that is our nearest township) the skating rink was smashed to the ground by the weight of the snow., There were also some stables crushed down by the weight of the snow. It lasted for five days here; but it lasted a great deal longer in the cold mountains. The snow was followed by slight rains, which would cause the snow to melt quickly.

Dear Dame, I think I have told you everything about the snow, so, perhaps, you would like a description of country around us. It is not a wild place at all. We live about five and a half miles from Tumut, which is a prettily situated little township on-the slope of a hill. It is by the Tumut River, a small but pretty river. In Tumut there are a good few stores ;and public-houses; also bakers' shops and fruit shops, and four churches. There is a good bit of farming going on at Bombowlee. There is, more wheat than corn growning. There are a good many residents at Bombowlee. There is a public road running close in front of our house. We have also very close neighbors. I gp to the Bombowlee Public School. I am in fourth, class; I like the school and all my lessons very well. I have five brothers, two of whom are away; the other three are at home; vi I) have also three, sisters, all of whom are at home.

My younger brother and sister are twins-2 years- old on May 14. They are just talking now,- I hope you will print this letter in a corner of your paper. I like reading the letters and stories in your paper. I am hoping to win a prize, as this is my first letter to you. I must conclude my letter soon, or you will tire yourself reading it.._ We are having very nice weather now; it is real spring all about here. There are some lovely wild flowers out about here. Oh! well, I had better close my letter will say good-bye, dear Dame.

I remain, your unknown but fond friend. May Lowther (aged 12). - (Ref- Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907)(about) Previous issue Saturday 14 October 1899).

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