72. James Eather
NINETY-FOUR YEARS OLD.
MR. JAMES EATHER.
Mr. James Eather, of Taverner's Hill, Lewisham, celebrated his 94th birthday onThursday.
He was born near Richmond, his father being also a native of the Windsor district. Schools in remote parts in those early days were unknown so he received his instruction in reading and writing from his mother and so well did she do the job that he is still able to write beautifully.
Mr Eather s earliest recollections go back to the time when he crossed the Blue Mountains at the age of seven years in a waggon with his father via the Victoria Pass. " My father was the first man to drive a waggon down the Pass," he remarked, "and it was the first time I saw snow. It was June and the cold was so severe that the load of brown sugar became frozen by the time Bathurst was reached and crowbars had to be used to get It off."
Up to about 30 years ago Mr Eather was the licensee of several hotels - , the Royal Hotel at South Bowenfels the Cosmopolitan Hotel at Lithgow and the hotel at Rooty Hill; yet he himself is a lifelong teetotaller and non smoker and he attributes his long life to abstinence in these things. His father was 89 years of age when he died. His wife died about 12 years ago and of his family four daughters and one son are still living.
During various periods Mr Eather de- voted his energies to farming and took great pride In his ploughing skill-he was able to defeat all comers in ploughing competitions. Fond of horses, he followed country race meetings and kindred sport with great pleasure.
About three months ago he attended the golden wedding celebration of his brother Mr Charles Eather, of Carramar who is 84 years of age, taking great interest in the event.
Source: The SMH 31 Dec 1932
James and his wife were cousins.
Ellen Mary Spencer
Arrived in Australia aged 7 years on the Dingo
DEATH OF MRS E M EATHER
The death occurred at Inverell recently at the age of 93 years, of Mrs Ellen Mary Eather, mother of James Eather of Goulburn. Daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Richard Spencer. Mrs Eather was born in London and came to Australia, then a struggling colony, at the age of seven. The early part of her life in Australia and that following her marriage to Mr John Eather, who preceased her, were thrilling adventure and her reminiscences in latter years were of bushrangers, brushes with the natives and the bullock wagons of the early settlement days.
Mrs Eather leaves six sons and one daughter, all that remain of a family of 12 children. The sons are George (Bathurst), James (Goulburn), John and Walter (Inverell) and William and Leslie (Narrabri) and the daughter, Ivy (Mrs A Scholes, Inverell). She also leaves 29 grandchildren and 47 great grandchildren.
The interment took place in the Church of England portion of the Inverell Cemetery.
Source: Goulburn Evening Post 9 Jul 1946