At St. John's Church Gundagai, yesterday morning, the Rev. H. F. Champion celebrated the, nuptials of Mr Will. Brannock, one of the Tarrabandra soldier settlers, and son of the late Mr John Brannock, of Booligal, and Miss Florence Emily Gladys Bell, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs W. J. Bell, of Kimo Road, Gundagai.

The bride was given away by her father. Miss Ella Stafford acted as bridesmaid and Mr Os car Bell (brother of the bride) as groomsman. - (Ref- The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate (NSW : 1898 - 1928)(about) Previous issue Thursday 1 September 1921 Page 2).

A very pretty military wedding took place at St. John's Church,' Gundagai, on Wednesday morning last; when Florrie, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Bell, of Kimo Road, was married to Mr W. G. Brannock. of Tarrabandra, only son of Mrs and the late Mr. W. Brannock, of Sydney. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 6 September 1921 Page 4).

This area was to become closely associated with the development of Tumut. It is generally situated across the Tumut River from Brungle. It has access from the Gundagai and Gocup ends.


- with reference made to the Tumut District and it's early settlers and history.

System No.[12/7039] Loan No.04666 Name - BRANNOCK, William George - Gundagai. - (Ref- http://srwww.records.nsw.gov.au/indexsearch/searchhits_nocopy.aspx?table=Returned+Soldier+Settlement+Loan+Files&id=75&frm=1&query=Surname%3abrannock).

William George BRANNOCK

William George was the brother of John & Joannah Brannock who were drowned at West Blowering in the Tumut River in 1904.and of "Nell" Mrs Albert Hartshorn and "Ginny" Mrs Jack Higgins of "Fairview" West Blowering, Tumut

In about 1904 William George was the Mail Contractor for West Blowering and Yellowin areas, and remain so for some years. He apparently was living in the area when his only brother John and sister Janey were drowned in the Tumut River, near Higgins's property and just up stream from "Kinloch". It states in the newspapers that John was the mailman when he was drowned, so, brother William must have taken over the run?

1915 - Barman, Ganmain.NSW. - Ref NSW Elect/Roll.


In 1914 William George Brannock enlisted in the A.I.F. William George (Will) BRANNOCK, Pte. No. 5332, 45th Batt. Son of Sarah Elizabeth Brannock, of 168 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville, was born Booligal on 26/1/1886, educated at Hay Public School, Carter, Enlisted September, 1915. Embarked 9th April, 1916. France (21 months in Trenches, slightly wounded August, 1918.) Apparently this slight wound was in fact pieces of shrapnel that had lodged in his spine and was never be removed. After being patched up he returned to the war front and became a stretcher bearer without further mishap except being gassed on one occasion. This in later years caused trouble and in fact he became a T.P.I.


CUTTING UP RIVERINA ESTATES. - A Melbourne surveyor has arrived at Gundagai for the purpose of subdividing Tarrabandra Estate of 15,000 acres which will be cut up into farming areas. It is probable that a couple of other large estates in the district will be similarly cut up during the year. - (Ref- The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas. : 1899 - 1919)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 10 June 1903).

CLOSER SETTLEMENT. - GUNDAGAI, Tuesday - Mr. T. M'Caffey, of Tumut, has purchased one of the Muttama Estate subdivision blocks of 606 acres at 5 15s per acre. Last week Mr. M'Caffey bid 21 l5s per aere for one of the Tarrabandra subdivision blocks, but the price was not accepted. The owners of Tarrabandra subdivisions (Messrs. J. and F. M'Evoy) have decided to lease farms In rotation.

They state that after the sale on Thursday last one farmer offered to lease a large area at 2 per aere per annum. They propose to erect suitable dwellings on the farms as they are leased, and they intend to visit the South Coast with a view of getting dairy farmers to settle on Tarrabandra. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 28 October 1903).

Another of our desirable Tarrabandra settlers is about to leave us, Mr W Brannock having sold to Mr. Sid. Sheather. Mr. Brannock did not tire of his block but on account of chronic rheumatismfinds he cannot work it as it should be worked. It is a well-improved holding and Mr. Sheather can go ahead the minute he puts his foot on the block. - (Ref- The Tumut Advocate and Farmers & Settlers' Adviser (NSW : 1903 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 5 August 1924 Page 2).

IMPORTANT AUCTION SALE Live Stock, Machinery and Furniture w.e.kyle'&co., GUNDAGAI, Have received instructions from MR. W. G. BRANNOCK (who is leaving the district) to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION at his farm, TARRABANDRA, on THURSDAY, 25th SEPTEMBER, at 1.30 p.m. sharp,

THE WHOLE OF MR; BRANNOCK'S LIVE STOCK, MACHINERY, FURNITURE, ETC., comprising :- 3 Draught Mares, aged ; 1 Draught Mare, 6yrsj ; 2 Draught Geldings, aged - 3 Draught Geldings, 3yrs. ; 1 Draught Gelding, 4yrs. ; 1 Draught Yearling; Trot ting Stallion 'Gold Dust'; 16 head Cattle, Calves, Cows and Springers, 1 Shorthorn Bull, 14 Poddies,

1 2-furrow Oliver Plough, 2 Massey Maize Drills, 1 Masse'y Maize Cultivator, 1 Disc Harrow, 1 set 3-leaf Harrows, 1 Scarifier, 1 Roller, 1 2-horse Dray, 1 Sulky, 1 Set Sulky Har ness, 1 Dray-saddle and Breech ing, 7 Draught Collars (Sheather's), 6 Sets Harness, 8prs. Winkers, 2 sets Leather Traces, 4 Sets Chains, 2 sets Leading Harness, 1 Saddle and Bridle, Blacksmith's Tools and Bellows, 40 Fowls and Turkeys ? Also : -

HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE AND EFFECTS. On account of owners : - 1 14-tooth McKay Disc Drill. 1 2-furrow Massey Plough. 1 Springer. - (Ref- Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post (NSW : 1900 - 1925)(about) Previous issue Friday 19 September 1924 Page 5).

Records indicate that in 1915 William Brannock was employed at the Ganmain hotel as a Barman.

(Will) Brannock after the war won a land ballot at Tarrabandra,8 miles from Gundagai, which was on the opposite side of the Tumut River at Brungle from Albert Hartshorn's dairy sheds, small farm and suburban house.

He eventually sold the block after running a Dairy Farm there and purchased the Charles Goodsall's Cordial Business in Sth Gundagai..One son Keith when he was 3 or 4 years old developed health problems here and he was taken to Sydney and left with Nanna and Mary Kathleen to nurse to better health. Apparently Keith was drinking to much cordial and not eating his food and was becoming very ill. The Dr advised them to sell the business as Keith would eventually die if they stayed there.

After selling the factory they purchased the Bogan Gate Hotel. This business they sold after some years and purchased the Union Club Hotel at Junee.

But after continued ill health from war wounds, Will retired and they moved to 1A Wharf Road, Marrickville. Which was in the same street as his sister Mary Kathleen Liddell, also their mother Sarah Elizabeth Brannock who was living there with her at the time.

Uncle Will, traveled up north with Nanna to look at a property before she and Pa decided on "Kinloch" West Blowering, via Tumut. NSW.

William George Brannock died at the age of 83 years, his wife, Florence died several years before him. His funeral service was conducted with full military honors, Mr J Short, Liasion Officer, representing the T.P.I., spoke of the years of good service Bill had given the Marrickville Branch, and recited the ode. The body was taken to the Eastern Suburbs Crematorium and cremated, and the ashes placed besides those of his wife.

Relatives and friends from N S W and Queensland districts attended the funeral. Mr & Mrs O.I. Bell and Mr Lockie and Clive Bell, of Gundagai were present at the funeral.


Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park Military Road Matraville 2036 Phone: 9661 5655 Fax: 9311 3654 Postal Address: PO Box 11 Botany 2019 Ref - http://www.esmp.nsw.gov.au/crem_search.php


At least one of the group settlements of returned soldiers has hopeful prospects this season. At Tarrabandra, a few miles from Gundagai, 37 settlers have a total of 2020 acres under maize on the fertile Murrumbidgee flats. One holder has 150 acres, another 140 acres. while two have 100 each. The total exceeded the previous best by 600 acres. The crop looks well, and the late good rain saved the situation. With a further good rain at the critical period a big crop is assured. Mr. Malcolm. the Inspector, estimates that 80,000 bushels of maize will he harvested. This is more thais three times last season's crop.

It is significant that the whole of the settlers) signed the security documents for their advanees without protest, and the blocks are .now, being confirmed. This is gratifying evidence that all the men are trying to make good. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Friday 19 January 1923.)

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A WHEAT CROP BURNED. - A bush fite on the Tarrabandra Soldiers' Settlement, in the Gundagai district, New Smith Wales, destroyed 45 acres of standing wheat crop, owned by Mr Reg Gittoes, as well as a lot of grass country and a quantity of fencing. Seventy five fighters in a short time, prevented the fire from spreading. - (Ref- The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)(about) Previous issue Monday 26 January 1925).