ONE HUNDRED years since Herbert Hetherington bought Crestfield Farm, a descendant still resides on the Dallarnil property.
During Easter more than 100 descendants of Herbert and Maud (nee Chesworth-Burgess), originally from Hawkwood near Mundubbera, gathered at the home of Adrian and Colleen Hetherington at Dallarnil.
The weekend was a great time for the family to catch up, with many cousins meeting for the first time.
The farm was passed down to Harry and Vera (nee Nichol) who raised 18 children there.
In 1921 there was much excitement for the locals when Bert Hinkler landed his plane on Detticks Flat on Crestfield during one of his joy flights.
During the Second World War, Harry grew cabbages for the army. Ploughing in those days was done by horses.
In the early days of dairying the separated cream was collected in cream cans and sent to the Biggenden Buttery Factory while the separated milk was fed to the pigs.
It wasn’t until the 1970s the milk was collected by tanker and transported to Bundaberg.
Crestfield is now owned by Harry’s youngest son Conrad and wife Kim, who gave up dairying four years ago. Sadly in the coming days the last dairy farm will close in the Dallarnil area.
Like Herbert and Harry’s children there are still descendants attending Dallarnil School today.
BIG CLAN: Descendants of Herbert and Maud Hetherington celebrated 100 years since Herbert bought Crestfield Farm at Dallarnil.