For seven years we lived in Bungendore, New South Wales, a little village about half an hour on the other side of Canberra. We were “blow-ins”, with an unknown surname, not born in the local area. At least we had country credentials but we were still new bloods.
Or so I thought!…
After some family tree discoveries I found I was related to one of the large pioneering families, the Barretts, from a little rural locality just 2o minutes east of our village!!
Spanning the generations
My great, great, great grandmother Catherine Doolan and her sister Mary were Irish assisted immigrants and had migrated to Australia together from County Clare in 1841.
On the same ship was a Patrick Barrett. Mary later married Patrick and they took up land on the Boro Creek between the villages of Bungendore and Tarago.
As we do, we had aimlessly driven the crisscrossing dirt roads in the back blocks around our village.
Some of those dirt roads had passed right by the front gates of the Barrett family properties. Boro Creek cut through Barrett land. They held large blocks on either side of the creek between the mid 1840s and the early 1900s.
This is the old disused bridge over Boro Creek, on Mayfield Road at Lower Boro.
I was game and walked its rickety deck – I just had to throw a pebble in the water hole beneath. ♦
Weekly Photo Challenge, ‘Abandoned’
Photos taken 7 November 2009 with my old Canon Powershot A550
* “a blow-in” – a stranger, or someone who comes from somewhere else
Lower Boro, via Tarago, New South Wales, Australia