Founding Tuncester family to remember ancestors at reunion
TUNCESTER wine growers Anton and Rosina Bibo will be remembered at a family reunion this Sunday at Rock Valley Hall.
Organisers are inviting all descendants and those interested in Lismore history to bring a picnic lunch and gather at the hall from 10.30am.
Family historians have identified more than 500 direct descendants of Anton and Rosina, many still living in the Northern Rivers.
Members of the Bibo, Dillon, Taylor, O'Keefe, White families and the many branches will be marking the 142nd anniversary of the Bibo's arrival in Australia in 1873.
Organisers hope many of the descendants, which span more than eight generations, will meet for the first time on Sunday.
Some descendants will be travelling from North Queensland, Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra for the event.
Anton, Rosina and their first three children travelled on the ship Great Britain, built by the famous shipbuilder Brunel.
Their long and arduous journey started in Nassau, Germany, made a stop in Liverpool in England and ended in Tuncester, on the site now occupied by Hurford Hardwood mill.
Anton's grave, in the Barham St cemetery, has been restored to honour the occasion and efforts are being made to identify the location of Rosina's last resting place.
More information about the history of the Bibos in the Lismore and Tuncester area is being sought to add to a book about the family. To contribute, phone Sharon Tucker on 6665 1129 or turn up on Sunday.