COLLECTOR

Jim Murray and Rebecca Lamb were very interested in going to Collector to locate the sites of the farms which the Murrays and the Rangers had owned. Both Jim and Rebecca had the Maps but Jim's seemed to be more definite as to location.

We went last Wednesday in Rebecca's car ... more>

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Madew's winery

Madew's winery

Madew's vineyard

Madew's vineyard

Frankford, George Murray' farm

Frankford, George Murray' farm

Jim Murray on Frankford

Jim Murray on Frankford

The boundary fence of Frankford

The boundary fence of Frankford

Jim Murray, Jean Whatman, Gordon Ranger on 'Cherrylea' beside the old road

Jim Murray, Jean Whatman, Gordon Ranger on 'Cherrylea' beside the old road

Foreground, ruins of George Murray's house

Foreground, ruins of George Murray's house

Rebecca lamb, Jim and Gordon looking at the map

Rebecca lamb, Jim and Gordon looking at the map

Looking across original Murray farm to Collector

Looking across original Murray farm to Collector

Signage Collector

Signage Collector

Methodist Church 1865

Methodist Church 1865

Inspecting the stone foundations

Inspecting the stone foundations

Wall with hand-made bricks

Wall with hand-made bricks

Lynwood restaurant, George Murray's home after he sold Frankford

Lynwood restaurant, George Murray's home after he sold Frankford

Original homestead of Terence Murray

Original homestead of Terence Murray

The first stop was along the old Collector road which had been discontinued except to give access to the vineyards. It ran along the boundary fence of Madew's extensive vineyards which are bounded on the west by the Cullerin Range which is a volcanic uplift. Jim indicated that there had been three farms which had faced onto the old road, one of which was George Edward's which he had called Frankford after the little town in Ireland where he had been born. Jim hopped over the fence to have a photo taken for posterity. There were the remains of an old orchard on the land which would have in their day been standing not too far from the house.

After we had finished letting our imaginations run we went back on the old road past where the Remembrance drive had originally been planted but now appears to have been aggregated into Madew's. Our next diversion was long the Gunning road to Cherrylea, Barney Ranger's property. When Rebecca had rung and asked if we could visit and see where the other properties were she got a rather short response but Gordon, Barney's son, agreed and he met us on the doorstep. There was no doubt about the inherited face!!

Cherrylea (named for the cherry orchard of which many trees were left)was about a kilometer off the Gunning road along a dirt drive, and the property stretches off to the north to a boundary fence about a kilometer off. Another boundary fence runs north south about 100 meters from the main house, just at the beginning of the rise into Cullerin Range. The existing house is 1940-1950 style?, but the old house, or part of it is on the western side of the garden.

The yards and the sheds would be a delight to a photographer as the timbers are all hand hewn and have weathered to a silvery gray. In addition there is and amazing array of rusted machinery parts.

It appeared that the property had been sold and they were just about to move to Picton. Anyway, Jim hopped into the ute with Gordon and Jean and I went with Rebecca off across a couple of paddocks to where George Edward and great, great grandfather John and Ruth had lived.

There was only a small mound and some hewn rocks to show where the foundations had been. In front of the house there had been a road, Bowera Road which is in the map of the location of the farms, but is no long recognisable.

Over the 'road' was great, great grandfather's farm where her and ruth are buried, but there is no marker. There is a clear view across to Collector. A rather John Constable effect.. We'll have to get some aerial photos taken.

From here Gordon took us to the limit of Cherrylea and then round to see where Barney, his father had built his house and where Gordon had lived until her was about eleven. There were bricks and the foundations rusted remains of the stove and the relics of an orchard with old pear trees. It was here that Albert Ranger is supposed to have been thrown down the well. He disappeared and Barney said that he had seen him onto the train at Gunning, but it was later said that he had been seen in Sydney. The police apparently came to dredge the well but refused to go on with it as there were too many snakes. So it all remains a mystery.

Gordon said that as a young man Barney used to go the Queensland shearing at Middleton's, the very same eponymous Middleton of 'Middleton's Rouseabout'. He quoted the lines back to me when I mentioned it.

From Rangers were went into Collector to have some lunch at Linwood, where George Edward lived after he sold the farm. Then to look at the Methodist church built by Sampson, Ranger, William Jones and George Edward. The others went to cemetery attached to the church where all the family names popped up.

A good day was had by all.