Name: Sidney SINCLAIR
Birth: 16 JAN 1901 in Hernani, NSW
Death: 07 SEP 1964 in Dorrigo, NSW
The life of SIDNEY SINCLAIR prepared by his daughter Shirley Wetherspoon (Sinclair) 25th Nov 2000
Sydney Sinclair, known all his life as Sidney, was born 16.01.1901 at Hernani and died 07.09.1964. Sid was the 4th child of Arthur John Sinclair (born 1868 - died 1943) known as "Foley" and Helena Williamson (born 1 875 - died 1954) known as "Nellie" and brother to Herbert, Daniel, and Dulcibella. He was reared from the tender age of 2 years by his father. As a child. Sid attended the Coutts Water Prov. School and from all reports could run like the wind. At the age of 12 years he ventured into the work force with his brother Herbert, initially fencing and then helping with his bullock team. Later on in life, Sid enjoyed share farming and growing potatoes with A.A.Menzies at "Kincora" Ebor. It was at this time that he met and married Thelma Mary Margaret Menzies, born 21.11.1904 - died 20.05.1973, eldest daughter of Arthur Adam Menzies born 22.09.1884 - died 21.06.1932 and Emily Maria Menzies (nee Layton) born 14.07.1884 - died 05.03.1978. Sid and Thel made their home at "Melvern" 96 Kurrajong Street Dorrigo, formally owned, by the Harrigan family. Sid proved to be an enterprising young man, by the time he -married he owned his own Essex Car and had quite a sizable nest egg - a significant achievement for that era.
In 1926, Sid was employed by the "Dorrigo Bacon Factory"as a slaughterman. During Sid's 37 years of employment, the factory was awarded numerous first prizes for their bacon at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. This was due to the pride that Sid and his workmates took in their work. Days at the factory were long and hard, on killing days, Sid would leave for work at 3 o'clock in the morning. It was very hard work, everything was done manually, mechanisation only to come in later years. Because of the early start, his wife Thel would cook him a hot breakfast and lunch. This would be delivered to the factory (approximately 2km away) via the family pony "Tootsie" by one of his sons Max, Kevin or Alan. Sid retired from the factory for health reasons in 1963.
In the early days, Sid nurtured his ability to be a provider, and with the help of his wife Thel at his side, they reared 8 children through the rough times of that era. It was about this time that he became an avid gardener and built up his mini farm, providing milk, eggs, cream, fruit and vegetables for the family. Once again, Sid placed the emphasis on team work. Sid taught the boys how to garden, milk the cow and undertake all the outside chores. Thel, with the, help of the girls, and her wonderful cooking skills was able to keep the larder full of preserved fruit, jams, pickles. A photo in the family album bears witness to the year the tomatoes grew taller than Sid himself and were so heavily laden with fruit that very little bush could be, seen.
Through encouragement and sacrifice, Sid and Thel ensured that all of their children enjoyed the benefits of an "all round" solid education. For example, the boys were members of the Junior Farmers Club. Sid spent hours encouraging them and fostering their enthusiasm for their projects, in particular, potato growing and calf rearing. His efforts were rewarded when Kevin won the cup for the State Potato Competition and Max received the prize, in Junior Farmers section of the local-show, with his Freisan Heifer Calf Sid's father and his grandfather William James were both accomplished horsemen. Sid followed in their footsteps training "Thora Girl" the horse that won the Dorrigo Cup in 1927 - Jockey R. Muns. Through Sid and Thel's past involvement with horses, it was only natural for them to involve their children in the art of horsemanship and Show Riding, with much success at show level.
Sid was also a member of the Dorrigo Fire Brigade. He joined in 1933 and was awarded Captaincy in 1 944, succeeding Captain Curran, and held this position until the year that he died in 1964. Sid was honoured with a long service medal for both 15 and 30 years of service, twenty of these years were as captain, making him the longest serving Dorrigo Fire Brigade Captain. During this time Sid competed in State Competitive Fire Brigade Demonstrations, the first of which was held in Newcastle in 1934. Sid possessed an innate instinct for leadership and had a natural ability to instill confidence into others. This was reflected in the way he led his firemen, even when he was past participating himself. The Fire Commissioner, Mr Bradley, stated in his congratulatory letter after a demonstration at Murwillumbah, that he could see that "the effort put in by the men was just as much for Sid as for their own glory." Sid loved to dance! The museum in Doi-rrigo houses the silver cup won by Sid and Miss R Fahey for a Waltzing, Competition in 1934. Years later, he thoroughly enjoyed judging and winning waltzing competitions with his daughters Dulcie and Dawn. With his family grown, Sid joined the M.U.I.O.O.F. Lodge and the R.S.L. By this time he could relax, sit back and enjoy the odd ale and game of cards with his mates, knowing that one of his and Thel's, greatest achievements was the rearing and educating of their 8 successful children. Sid lived to see his children married and was able to enjoy many of his 21 grandchildren. Sid died as he said he always would - "with his boots on". He will be fondly remembered by his family and peers as a provider and a worker; attributes that ensured his ability to be a survivor. Sid possessed an innate ability to foster and encourage the talents of others, he provided the support and encouragement for others to fulfill their dreams. Perhaps, above all, Sid will be remembered for the way in which he undertook life, with a passion and never without his wonderful sense of humour.
Father: Arthur John SINCLAIR b: 1868 in Dorrigo, NSW
Mother: Helena WILLIAMSON b: 28 MAR 1875 in Glenferneigh, Ebor, NSW
Thelma Mary Margaret MENZIES b: 21 NOV 1904 in Ebor, NSW
in Dorrigo, NSW
NSW BDM 1926/2694
- William Arthur SINCLAIR b: 26 MAR 1926
- Dulcie Emily SINCLAIR b: 12 FEB 1928 in Dorrigo NSW
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- Shirley Margaret SINCLAIR b: 15 AUG 1937 in Dorrigo, NSW
- Max Sidney SINCLAIR b: 25 MAR 1940 in Dorrigo NSW
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