Rock Valley family moved their farm on a steamboat

Ellen Louise Wallace.
Ellen Louise Wallace.

They had been farmers in the south and brought all their cattle and other possessions with them on the ship. The farm on which they settled was named "Loughrea".

All the sons helped on the property initially and the youngest, Gordon, also attended the local school.

When War began in 1914 Edward Wallace was anxious to go overseas.

He had been a member of the local Light Horse Militia for two years and so, in 1916, apparently joined the Australian Light Horse and was sent to Palestine.

Wounded, he was invalided back to Australia and discharged as medically unfit for further military service. Edward married Catherine Toovey in 1919 and it appears that he and his wife remained on the original property as his father was not well.

Hugh William Wallace died in 1925 aged 62 years.

Ellen Louise Wallace is remembered as a kindly and religious person. They were Anglicans and she was very strict about attending church services.

No doubt she thought that, as the minister had to travel from Nimbin it was up to his parishioners to be present.

The minister always had a meal at the Wallace home and he was made very welcome.

The service was held at the Rock Valley Hall, about two miles from the Wallace property, and Ellen had to drive the sulky over a rough track.

Once, when the sulky was out of order, she made use of the farm's spring cart. Ellen died in 1942. Both she and her husband are buried at East Lismore Cemetery.

Two of the sons, Pryce and Gordon, purchased other properties, all at or near Rock Valley.

In 1923 they purchased a farm jointly and worked together for some years until they both decided to get married in 1926.

Gordon then took over Pryce's share and Pryce bought himself another property at nearby Jiggi. Unfortunately, he died still a young man in 1932, aged just 40 years.

Apparently, Bill Wallace was the only brother not to have his own farm. He became a share farmer on the Webster property at Rock Valley and married Jean Brown of Lismore.

They moved to Lismore in 1950.

We know more about the youngest brother, Gordon.

He was born at Moss Vale in 1900 so was 11 when his family moved to the Richmond. The property he purchased with his brother Pryce, and eventually took over entirely, was named "Rosemount" and it was part of the original Rock Hill Dairy Estate which was established in the 1800s.

Gordon married Edith Gertrude Hancock and they had six children.

The property was a dairy farm and cream was sent to the Norco factory in Lismore.

A bridge had been built over the nearby Creek but in 1931 it collapsed.

This meant that all cream cans, supplies, and people had to be swung across on a Flying Fox, using ropes and pulleys.

It required a concerted effort on the part of the local population. This was also during the Great Depression and money was scarce.

Struggling through bad economic times Gordon built his farm into a showpiece. He also bred prize-winning pigs and grew bananas commercially.

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