The Wad­dell Fam­ily

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - News -

The Wad­dell Fam­ily has been a vi­tal part of the his­tory of our dis­trict for over 170 years, and has con­nec­tions to many of the old fam­i­lies, such as Fa­gans, Rough­leys, Hunts, Cus­berts, Gee­lands, Al­lens, Knights and John­sons.

Two broth­ers, William (b.1826) and James 11 (b.1840) came to this coun­try with their par­ents, James and Nancy and 3 sis­ters from County Mon­aghan in Ire­land , ar­riv­ing in Oc­to­ber 1841. They first set­tled in the Hawkes­bury dis­trict, and they earned their liv­ing as shin­gle cut­ters. Shin­gles were in much de­mand as a roof­ing ma­te­rial be­fore iron be­came avail­able. Even­tu­ally, by 1853 James saved enough to buy 100 acres for 100 pounds at Gal­ston, where he es­tab­lished a pro­duc­tive cit­rus or­chard. The first home was built in Lailors Lane (now Bel­bowrie Close, near Green­shades )

Over the years and sev­eral gen­er­a­tions the Wad­dell fam­ily has in­creased in num­ber, but many of them have stayed in the or­chard­ing business. In the 1890’s the Du­ral-Gal­ston area was the big­gest cit­rus grow­ing dis­trict in Aus­tralia. When the piped water sup­ply be­came avail­able after the water tower in Gal­ston Road was built in the late 1930’s, it was pos­si­ble to pro­duce stone fruit, ma­tur­ing in the sum­mer. Now Per­sim­mons (both the soft and hard va­ri­eties) are in big de­mand .

Many peo­ple will re­mem­ber Ron and Vera Wad­dell, who lived next door to the Wad­dell pack­ing shed and shop, which was the best place to buy fresh fruit, par­tic­u­larly or­anges all year round. They died only 13 days apart in 2009, and, un­for­tu­nately, most of the orig­i­nal Wad­dell prop­erty has now been sold.

“Norquay Farm”, a 10 acre prop­erty on Gal­ston Rd, is still in Wad­dell fam­ily hands. It is planted out with Per­sim­mon trees. The name, Norquay, comes from one of the many an­ces­tors con­nected to the fam­ily.

Wad­dell Cot­tage, now within the grounds of Gal­ston High School, was built in about 1866 by James III out of stone quar­ried from the site. The house has bed­rooms up a stair­case (hence the dormer win­dow) and the kitchen is a sep­a­rate build­ing

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