The graves of Phillip and Mary Greber at Tuckurimba Cemetery.
The graves of Phillip and Mary Greber at Tuckurimba Cemetery. Samantha Elley

Greber was a man of progress in Tuckurimba

PROGRESS associations were a necessary channel to getting things done in the early pioneer days of the Northern Rivers.

Phillip Greber was one of the oldest members of the Tuckurimba Progress Association having moved to the area in 1883 and he was instrumental in helping advance the small farming community.

In one of the last monthly meetings he would attend before his death Mr Greber was active in moving motions or seconding them to advise Gundurimba Shire Council or the Minister for Lands of the area's needs and desires.

 

Phillip Spencer Greber of Tuckurimba taken around 1902.
Phillip Spencer Greber of Tuckurimba taken around 1902. Ancestry.com.au

"It was moved by Mr Greber, seconded by Mr W.J.L. McCaughy and carried 1) that the secretary be instructed to write the hon. the Minister for Lands asking that all Crown lands within the county of Rous be made available for settlement at once. 2) That the secretary point out that for the last three years hundreds of farmers were compelled to leave the State owing to the apathy of the late Wade government in not making land available for settlement." it was written in the minutes.

Greber and the progress association wanted to see more specifically 'white' farmers move into the area.

"That the secretary write the hon. the Minister for Lands stating that this association enters its most emphatic protest against Hindoos and other Asiatics being allowed to enter the ballot for land while numbers of respectable white people are unable to obtain any."

The recently opened railway line between Casino and Murwillumbah brought more people and goods to the area but the Tuckurimba Progress Association wanted to see it extended into Queensland.

"...the immediate urgency of completing the railway line from Murwillumbah to the Tweed Heads, the secretary to point out that a promise has been given to the Queensland authorities that this section...would be completed as soon as Queensland built their line to the Tweed Heads," the minutes recorded.

Proposals for the line extension had gone to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works Committee but proposals were knocked on the head and the idea was dropped in 1928.

The Casino to Murwillumbah line was closed down in 2004.

Greber died suddenly in 1911 and the next Tuckurimba Progess Assocation meeting immediately after his death was suspended in respect of his passing.

He is buried at Tucki Tucki cemetery next to his wife Mary who died in 1926.

References

  • The Richmond River Herald and Northern Districts Advertiser, August 1922
  • The Northern Star, December 3, 1910
  • Ancestry.com.au
  • Wikipedia


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