The Trethowan Fam­ily

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - News - By Caryl Turnidge (nee Trethowan)

Al­fred Trethowan was born in 1855 in Fal­mouth, Corn­wall, Eng­land. His sis­ter, Au­gusta, was born in 1856. Both brother and sis­ter mar­ried in 1877 and the two young cou­ples set sail for Sydney, Aus­tralia, in Oc­to­ber of that year.

The Trethowan fam­ily had had a ship build­ing yard in Fal­mouth for over two cen­turies, but the world was chang­ing and there was not go­ing to be a fu­ture in build­ing wooden sail­ing ships

The Trethowan boys had to make a new and dif­fer­ent life. Alf had com­pleted his ap­pren­tice­ship as a ship­wright be­fore mar­ry­ing Anna Maria Ham. When they ar­rived in Sydney they lived in the area now known as The Rocks, where their son Al­fred Ham Trethowan was born on 12th Jan­uary, 1879. Alf and Anna Maria es­tab­lished a Ham and Beef Shop (a deli to­day), which they sold at a profit. This process was re­peated at Bur­wood and Glanville be­fore Alf had enough de­posit to buy a forty acre prop­erty on the cor­ner of Smalls and Blacks Roads, Ar­ca­dia in Novem­ber 1885. Here they es­tab­lished the fam­ily farm, grow­ing citrus and poul­try. Their young fam­ily of Alf, Ern, Daisy, and Bill grew up hap­pily although they had the tragic death of lit­tle brother Sid­ney, aged 4.

The Trethowans and other lo­cal fam­i­lies were keen to have a Church of Eng­land place of wor­ship at Ar­ca­dia. A site was cho­sen along­side the School and fundrais­ing com­menced. Alf se­nior as a ship­wright was able to pre­pare the build­ing plans for the lit­tle wooden church and with his three sons was among the vol­un­teers who built St, Columbs, Ar­ca­dia which was opened in 1907.

Anna Maria and Al­fred died in 1909 and 1913, and most of the fam­ily mar­ried and moved away, leav­ing Alf ll and his wife, Ruby and their only son, Dick on the orig­i­nal farm. Dick mar­ried Dorothy David­son of Gal­ston in 1934, and they had Michael, Terry, and Caryl (me !) over the next nine years. The whole fam­ily moved

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