Local families mark 150 years in Buffalo River
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.