Lo­cal fam­i­lies mark 150 years in Buf­falo River

Alpine Observer - - News -

AL­MOST 100 de­scen­dants, in­clud­ing those from the 7th gen­er­a­tion of the Moore and McGuffie fam­i­lies re­cently gath­ered to un­veil a 150th year plaque on a rock at the McGuffie Bridge Re­serve in Buf­falo River.

The plaque was added to the ex­ist­ing cen­te­nary recog­ni­tion at a fam­ily re­union on Satur­day, May 26.

Wil­liam Moore and Wil­liam McGuffie were pi­o­neers of the Buf­falo River area, at­tain­ing land in the val­ley in 1868.

Both men trav­elled to the Land Of­fice in Bright to pur­chase their prop­er­ties then worked to­gether to build their four roomed dwellings which con­sisted of walls of split slabs, bark roof and earthen floors, all built with­out a sin­gle nail.

Is­abel Dun­stan OAM, who is the great grand­daugh­ter of both Williams, said the fam­ily proudly re­mem­bered the courage and hard­ships en­dured by their fore­fa­thers.

“And also our grand­par­ents and par­ents whose hard work and ini­tia­tive car­ried the dream for­ward,” she said.

“A way of life evolved as they learned to un­der­stand the sea­sons and chal­lenges in their unique val­ley, to­day the fifth gen­er­a­tion of each fam­ily still farm “Top Flat” and “Glen Burn” the farms se­lected 150 years ago.”

Ms Dun­stan said com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween the fam­i­lies had de­vel­oped be­yond imag­i­na­tion.

“In the be­gin­ning fam­ily mem­bers would stand on their side of the Buf­falo River and cooee out, and then they would re­lay their mes­sages,” she said.

“One hun­dred and fifty years later its emails and Face­book used to send out mes­sages, high­light­ing some of the enor­mous de­vel­op­ments in ev­ery­day life over this time.”

The fam­i­lies ar­ranged for a Scot­tish Piper to play whilst they un­veiled the plaque in hon­our of their fore­fa­thers.

Fam­ily mem­bers then ad­journed to the Nug Nug Pic­nic ground to con­tinue the cel­e­bra­tions by swap­ping many me­mories and fam­ily sto­ries.

“It was a won­der­ful day en­joyed by all,” Ms Dun­stan said.

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