Hether­ing­tons re­unite

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG CLAN: De­scen­dants of Her­bert and Maud Hetherington cel­e­brated 100 years since Her­bert bought Crest­field Farm at Dal­larnil.

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