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  • ID: I5568
  • Name: William Moncrief SINCLAIR
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 22 MAY 1910 in Telegraph Point, NSW
  • Burial: 30 DEC 2006 Macksville, NSW
  • Death: 26 DEC 2006 in Macksville, NSW
  • Note:
    Eulogy for Bill Sinclair delivered at the Anglican Church, Macksville, on 30 December 2006, by his son-in-law, Bob Johnston

    Bill Sinclair was born at Telegraph Point on 22 May, 1910. He was the third son of Frank and Beatrice (Chelman) Sinclair. They lived in the Telegraph Point area where Bill and his siblings did a lot of swimming in the Wilson River.

    The family came to Macksville in 1924 where, at the time, the rail line from Sydney ended. They lived on the Reid and Cassidy property at Newee Creek and Bill attended the Wirrimbi School, which was located near where the Newee Creek Mill stands today Upon leaving school he worked on local properties wielding a brush hook and axe to clear the land of ferns and trees to prepare the land for farming During these early years of his working life he also worked for his uncle Baden Sinclair, on his property named 'Roslyn' near Bostobrick in the Dorrigo area. The name 'Roslyn' came from the town of Roslyn in Scotland.

    Bill would ride down from Dorrigo to Newee Creek on his horse, camping at Bellingen and heading off again the next day. Working in Dorrigo, with Baden, was a very enjoyable time for Bill over the years. He often recalled incidents from this time.

    He also worked for the Mitchell's at Viewmont and for his future Father-in-law, Caleb Stuart, on their properties at Newee Creek until its sale in 1972 to wind up the Stuart Estate.

    During his early working life he met Maude Stuart, whom he married in 1934. They were married locally and the wedding breakfast was held in Newee Creek Hall.

    Bill and Maude had seven children, five daughters and two sons - Lola, Betty, Beryl (deceased), Jean, Kevin, Bruce and Cindy.

    They worked their rented property as a dairy farm and grew crops, using his draught horses to turn the soil. They later purchased the farm in 1941 from his brother-in-law, Colin Stuart. The dairy he built still stands today and Kevin and Bruce still dairy on the farm.

    It was recalled how Bob Provost, a local cattle buyer, visited Bill and Tess the dog was barking. Bill came out to find Bob standing there, with his arms by his sides and the dog standing upright with his paws on on Bob's shoulders licking his face.

    Bob asked "Does he bite?"

    Bill replied "No."

    Bob responded "Marvelous that a big dog like this doesn't"

    During these early years, the family moved between the two properties milking on both for several months at a time and also growing beans, peas and tomatoes for market and corn for the cows.

    Bill and Maude would often milk in the afternoon then drive to Newcastle in the truck to deliver their produce to the markets. On the return trip they would often pickup kegs of beer from Newcastle and deliver them to the Macksville RSL and be back in time to milk the next morning. Some feat!

    Bill would often walk several kilometers up the creek from the 'bottom farm', at night, to turn off the irrigation he had watering a crop on the 'top farm'. All irrigation was manually handled and moved in those days.

    In 1958, Bill purchased the neighbouring property from the O'Donnell's to make his property more viable. Bill's brother Lachlan did quite a bit of bulldozing and built a dam for his brother. Their hard work began all over again working this land so it would become productive farmland.

    During these years many dances were attended in the Newee Creek Hall which gave lots of enjoyment to the family.

    In 1962, Bill and Maude employed local builder Kevin Hennessey to build their new home on the farm

    In 1972, Bill and his family sadly lost Maude in a car accident with Bill sustaining serious injuries, resulting in hospitalisation.

    After several years alone, Bill met and married Mary Finlayson (Welsh) and in 1977 retired from the farm to join Mary in their home in Nambucca Heads where he lived very happily until 2004

    In the late 1970's Bill and Mary decided they would travel off and try some fruit picking. They could outpick their younger co-workers and the owner requested them to return anytime. This they did, thoroughly enjoying these times, as did their employer, who considered himself very lucky to have them on his books.

    At eighty years, Bill was still a very active and hard working man and whilst living in Charlton St, Nambucca Heads, built a stable in their back yard and bought himself another horse. Horses were one of his passions throughout his life. He would ride through the forrest, on the beach and out on the farm. He only had the horse at Nambucca Heads for a short while because it was too frisky for him to shoe and handle.

    Unfortunately Mary succumbed to ill health and Bill nursed her through her illness, lovingly and without complaint, until her passing in 1999. He stayed in Nambucca until 2004 until his own health problems forced him to return to the farm.

    Bill Drove his whole life and voluntarily handed in his licence at the ripe old age of 90 years, whilst he was able to drive with confidence. With failing hearing he was heard to say "What if I don't hear the car revving and cause harm to others". When handing in his licence, the RTA employee said "Are you sure, I took you for your driving test and you drive a lot better than most". Still Bill handed it in.

    Bill's biggest joys were, horses, bird life and sitting on the front verandah at the farm watching the boy's work the farm.......Not always sure they were doing it right??

    Bill was a very quiet gentleman, always well-dressed and hard working.

    Bill Sinclair we will miss you.

    Father: Francis Gerald SINCLAIR b: 1883 in Dorrigo, NSW
    Mother: Sophia Beatrice CHELMAN b: 1886

    Marriage 1 Maude STUART b: 02 AUG 1917
    • Married: 1934 in Newee Creek, Via Telegraph Point, NSW
    1. Has Children Living SINCLAIR
    2. Has Children Living SINCLAIR
    3. Has Children Beryl SINCLAIR b: 23 NOV 1942
    4. Has Children Living SINCLAIR
    5. Has Children Living SINCLAIR
    6. Has Children Living SINCLAIR
    7. Has No Children Living SINCLAIR

    Marriage 2 Mary FINLAYSON
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