1867 - 1961
Bashford, R.C. BARCALDINE IDENTITY DIES IN 94TH YEAR (The Longreach Leader 1961) Mr Alfred Bashford, who died in the Rockhampton Hospital on September 10, was an old Barcaldine identity. He was born in Sussex England in 1867 and was 2 months off 94 when he died. He came with his parents to Australia in 1873 and lived in the New England district of New South Wales. His father, Rheuben Bashford was employed as Chief Engineer for the Railway Department and built many of the important lines of NSW. Alfred Bashford came to Queensland and worked on Mitchell Downs as the manager's buggy boy. He was a good horseman and rode as an amateur over the jumps and on the flat. In 1886 he left Mitchell Downs and came to what is now Geera siding, on the central line. He and Mr J Cooper were there employed by Messrs Milton and Desachie, owners of Coreena, bailing water out of wells for stock. From Geera, Mr Bashford went to Coreena homestead to break in horses. In 1889, whilst still working on Coreena, he married Miss Mary Lyons from Cork, Ireland, in Aramac on November 14. Coreena was owned by Mr W C Little and Mr Bashford continued in his employ until the shearers' strike of 1891. He was called out by the union and was in the camp at the mail change (14 miles from Aramac) until the strike ended. He returned to Coreena and was sent as boundary rider to The Springs on Valley Downs. He remained there until the end of 1900. He then went to Barcaldine and took over the lease of the Exchange Hotel, form the late Mr J Page, M.L.A. Business was bad at the hotel because of the drought so Mr Bashford took on droving. He also was employed by Cobb and Co. as a relief driver on their coaches from Barcaldine to Aramac and Barcaldine to Blackall. He left the Exchange Hotel in February 1907 and continued droving and Kangaroo Shooting. Mrs Bashford died in April 1909 and was buried in the Barcaldine Cemetery. Mr Bashford went from Coreena to manage Richmond Hill in 1926, and remained there until his retirement in 1952, to Yew Street, Barcaldine. He was buried at Barcaldine beside his wife. He had a family of 11, nine living are: Ellen, Pansy May (Mrs E Fowkes), Edith (Mrs Morgan) Doris (Mrs D Owens), Edward, Alfred James, Earnest John and Leslie. ---------------- Joan Caldwell writes, "Notes about Alfred was an article written in the local newspaper following his death. Some of the information in this article we now know to be false. Alfred's family came to Australia in 1875. The part about his father being a railway engineer is also a bit doubtful. The family was involved with the railway and there are a few puzzles still to put together in the area but if you are interested I will tell you more about this later." --------------- Buried 12/09/1961 Barcaldine Cemetery Grave 69RC Cemetery Record No 1784 _______________ Alfred owned all the land in Yew Street from Browns to Dents and ran horses on the land which was known as Bashford's Paddock.
|Born: Sussex, England 30th Nov 1867 ||Baptised: |
|Died: Rockhampton, , Queensland, Australia 10th Sep 1961 ||Buried: Barcaldine, , Queensland, Australia 12th Sep 1961 |
|30th Nov 1867||Born Sussex, England|
Bashford) 1872 - 1909 Aramac, Queensland, Australia
|10th Sep 1961||Died Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia|
|12th Sep 1961||Buried Barcaldine, Queensland, Australia|