Warrah 1912 subdivision centenary

The Warrah centenary was held Friday 21st September to Sunday 23rd September, 2012.

The Warrah 1912 subdivision centenary was a great success. It all went perfectly, just as you would hope it would, but probably not really expect.

Unveiling the commemorative basalt rock. Alma Upton [nee Avard], Michael Rhodes, [AACo CEO.] Joan Wares [nee Morrison] and little Zac Gallagher.
Cutting the cake. Pat Thomas [nee Kelaher], Alma Upton [nee Avard], Cyril Barwick, Gloryna Barwick [nee Ferris], Joan Wares [nee Morrison], Clare Stanley [nee Smith], and Julia Benham [nee Ingal.


Friday night at the club was excellent, with everyone enjoying a great meal and first catchup and chat. Some minor electrical problems just added to the great friendly atmosphere. Saturday saw perfect weather, and yummy morning tea. The bus tours were very popular, and saw 4 packed buses head off during the day. The Quirindi lions did an excellent BBQ lunch, and then was followed by the official proceedings. The speakers all did a great job, especially Earl and Ray, and the A.A.Co.s Michael Rhodes. Then socialising and wound up by a great meal in the big marquee, with some entertainment and auctions. The generous bidders at the auction mean that we should cover costs and probably make a small profit. Sunday was just more glorious weather, 2 more bus tours and just a  relaxing catchup with relatives and friends.

L-R. Earl Kelaher, Geoff Barwick, Ray Hynes, Peter Parnwell, Margaret Watts, Kay Barwick, Neil Barwick, Bridget Gallagher, Allan Jeffkins, Gwen Cone, Elizabeth Gallagher, Barry Avard, Dawn Jeffkins, Ian Gallagher, Sue Schumaker, Peter Doyle, and Sally Fitzpatrick.

The committee would like to thank everyone who attended, for making the 3 days something very special for all.

The kids, about to lower the time capsule.

There are a couple of hundred photos of the centenary, in the new section, "Centenary Photos", all sorted into different albums. Photos taken by Geoff, Neil and David Barwick, and Toby Hynes. Youtube videos in the "Centenary Videos" section, and some new stories in the "Centenary Stories" section.



Clare Stanley [nee Smith], 90 years old, and Julia Benham [nee Ingal], 103 years old, 2 wonderful old ladies at the centenary.
Prime news footage of the centenary. Taken on Sunday.

Patrick Herley 17.09.2020 11:49

Lived a bit out of Willow Tree in the '50's - Dad owned a farm, "Werribon" - Raphie drove the school bus to Quirindi. Would love to find out where that farm was

anonymous 27.07.2019 06:00

I would like to read like this more

Clare 28.10.2017 01:48

Wonderful website. I am a very distant cousin of the Barwicks.

Mike Fibbens 09.03.2016 07:07

So much "living history" here. Very well done. Will I ever get through Windy Woolshed again? Last time was 1958 as a roustabout.

Harald GATENBY 02.01.2014 02:12

Kate Copeland & Helen Copeland are you Sisters ?and was George & Jean ? your parents.. I would love to hear from one of you direct Thanks Harald

kate Macpherson 04.01.2014 00:59

Hi Harald. Helen, Campbell, Janet and I are the children of George and Jean Copeland. Have you read Helen's story about growing up on Warrah?
Cheers Kate

Kerry Power 17.02.2013 06:34

Do you know if the former Sparkes Creek school used by Walter Barwick as a woolshed is still standing?

If so, where?

Thanks, Kerry

Fran McLean 28.10.2012 07:35

Thank you and congratulations to the committee and all involved with the organisation of the Celebrations. A wonderful weekend of reminiscing for many of us.

Helene Murphy 14.10.2012 05:12

Wonderful weekend - wonderful people & memories - Congratulations to everyone on the Committee.

Jeannine power 10.10.2012 02:44

Hi, my great grand- father Henry w ham was an overseer on warrah. And my great great grand- farther Daniel Lewis also worked and died. Do you have any info plea

Jeannine power 25.01.2016 09:17

Hi, Annie m Lewis married Henry William ham, who worked at warrah. Any information or pictures would be very greatful.

Kate Macpherson (Copeland) 15.10.2012 06:35

I have done some research on the families who worked on Warrah. Daniel Lewis b c 1843 and d 31.1.1897 was the father of Annie,George, Daniel and others.

Steve Young 02.10.2012 20:16

Hi from England! My Great Uncle Charlie Shuttlewood was the steam engine driver at Warrah back in the early 1900's. He came over from England about 1911.

Steve Young 23.10.2012 13:20

Hi Topsy. Great to hear from you re your grandmother marrying Charlie. That makes us related in some way but it's too complecated to work out! Thanks Steve Youn

Topsy Hall 23.10.2012 12:24

Hi Steve,
My grandmother, Ellen Sevil's sister, Robina Ward married your Uncle
Charlie. She died young, maybe in childbirth. Topsy Hall

Geoff barwick 03.10.2012 00:52

Hi Steve. If you send me some info on Charlie and some more photos, I'd love to do a story on this web site about your great uncle Charlie Shuttlewood. Geoff.

Helen Copeland 26.09.2012 11:42

Thank you and congratulations, Centenary Committee for a truly memorable weekend. The displays, tours, catering and everyone there were fantastic.
Best wishes.

Rhonda McCoy, SYDNEY. 25.09.2012 04:44

Thanks for a wonderful weekend. Everything was well organised and all people very friendly. My family had a ball !
Great job Committee members !

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