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Frank BANHAM

Male 1887 - 1987  (100 years)


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  • Name Frank BANHAM 
    Born 03 Mar 1887  Belubula, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Photos? Grave (DSC_0997) 
    Died 28 Oct 1987  District Hospital, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Eugowra, New South Wales, Australia, Cremated in Orange, and ashes placed at the head of his first wifes grave in Eugowra Section M, Allotment 76 Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Data obtained from Birth Certificate of Frank Banham:
      When he was born on 3 March 1887 his father was a farmer and aged 22 and his mother aged 22. His father was registered as the Informant and gave his then address as Garrick, near Canowindra. Witness was Bridget Boyd.
      ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The following information is an extract from an article written in 1988 by his son , William George Banham , family historian:
      William and Frances raised a family of ten children, some remaining their entire lives in the Eugowra district. Schooling was always a problem for pioneering parents during the early years with the inevitable consequence that the older children of the family had to ride many miles for what limited education they were able to obtain. This problem was eventually overcome when 'Prospect ' was purchased. Trajere School was operating and it was situated along the Eugowra-Payten's Bridge Road. The Convent School was also available in the township of Eugowra itself .Later a more convenient school for them, travel wise, was opened at Meadowbank and younger members of the family attended it.

      Issue of this marriage was as follows:- Frank. Jack, William, Evelyn, Frances, Willina, Bernard, Thomas, Edward and Marie.

      FRANK, the eldest, spent his entire life in the Belubula, Reedy Creek, Eugowra and Forbes areas. When his parents owned "Mount Pleasant ' he rode a horse into the Eugowra Convent School and later when at 'Prospect ' he attended Trajere School. However his schooling was very limited.
      He married Grace McMillan in 1910 and from then on he became a farmer tending the property his wife had inherited.
      His wife's Father, Archibald McMillan (1828-1902) owned 'Rosebank ' station in the Waugan Parish and had died in 1902. After his death his station was surveyed into lots and each of his living children received their equal share.
      Grace's original block is now owned by Mr. Ted Pengilly. It was previously owned by Mr. Jack Little for many years.
      This block was called 'Woodlands'. A small hut, more so than a house, was erected with logs sawn down the middle and the edges straightened. These were stood end on end and held together with a top and bottom plate. It had a galvanized roof and was lined with newspaper to keep the breezes out. There were two bedrooms, a pantry and a kitchen with a dirt floor. This was my first home and I will always remember it by the convenience of being able to look at the pictures in the newspaper lining. Besides there was a photo of the reigning King, King George V, above the open fireplace and he was wearing all of his regalia. He wasn't there too long before his facial features were badly eroded with soot and he took on a rather dark complexion.
      After ten years at 'Woodlands' the property was sold to Mr. Harry Little and my parents bought 'Somerset ' from her brother. Archibald McMillan (1862-1928). He had already been living in the Cessnock area for some years making a living as a carpenter. His block was also a portion of old 'Rosebank ' station. This change took place in 1924 and the present day owners of this particular property are Fred and Valma Price, Valma being a grand-daughter of the original owners. The property was named 'Somerset ' as this was the English County from which William Banham (1834-1866) left England to migrate to New South Wales.
      Around the later part of the 1920's there was growing disquiet about the state of the State economy. The rural areas in particular were in economic difficulties. The main symptoms seemed to be over production and under consumption. Primary exports had become difficult to sell and prices were low. These conditions prevailed until 1934 before the economy began to become more stabilized.
      One wonders at the temerity of a farmer having the audacity to purchase one of the first, if not the first, fuel operated combustion engine tractors to come into the Waugan area, and this during the depression years. Frank did this, he purchased a 6 cylinder Ronaldson-Tippet tractor which operated on kerosene. Wheatley and Hill were the local stock and station agents who sold it to him. This transaction took place in 1926 and whilst the motor performed reliably there was considerable problems with the differential section. Without going into detail the blunt fact was that the motor was too powerful or the transmission setup. The kerosene fuel was first delivered in two rectangular tins contained in a lightweight timber packing case. Neptune and Texaco were the most common brands available.
      A neighbour, Neil McMillan,had also purchased a tractor, his being of the McCormack-Deering variety. When the vehicle was operating the speed was so slow that one could be forgiven for putting a finger up in line with the vehicle and watching to see if it was actually moving.
      Farmers from all around the district were keeping a wary eye on these new found mechanical monsters. Were they to take the place of the draught horse? Most farmers at that time owned at least two teams of eight draught horses to do their agricultural work. Some owned three and up to four teams.
      We now know the tractor eventually eliminated the need for these magnificent animals as today there would be very few, if any, draught horses left in the entire district.
      Frank was also amongst the first to purchase a motor car. Numerous makes of these vehicles were appearing, a most popular one being a Buick. Neil McMillan, Harry Little and Ted (E.E.) Herbert chose that make but Frank Banham did business with Harry Langford. who owned a garage/workshop on the corner of Broad and Chesher Streets. Harry was the representative for Overlands. A number had been purchased throughout the area but in this instance it was the first six cylinder. The buyer and sales representative made a special trip to Sydney to get it direct from the importers.
      Frank and his wife remained at 'Somerset ' until they retired in 1953. They sold the property to the present day owners, Fred and Valma Price.
      They bought a home in 54 Wombat Street, Forbes and that is where they remained for the remainder of their lives.
      Grace died at the age of 68, leaving this world on the 3rd March 1956. She was buried in the Presbyterian section of the Eugowra Cemetery.
      Later Frank married a widower, Mrs. Emily McKay (nee Higgins). He lived until the ripe old age of 91. He was cremated at Orange on the 28th October 1978 and his ashes are buried at the head of his first wife's headstone .
      Frank and Grace Banham reared a family of fourteen children. Most of them departed the Eugowra district in their late teens or early twenties.
      As at 1988 three are deceased:- Eric (Glenbrook 1975); Ron (The Oaks 1976) and Frank (,Seaton,South Australia, 1987).
      Only one has remained to spend her entire lifetime in the Eugowra district, Mary, Mrs. Herb Little. Her daughter Daphne, Mrs. Frank Thompson, is the only descendant remaining in the district. She, her husband and four children live at 'Hillside ', some four miles west of Eugowra on the Forbes Road. This property was previously owned by her parents.
      Of the other immediate family members Reg Lives at Guildford, N.S.W: Viv at Sefton, N.S.W: Bill at Leumeah,N.S.W: Jean (Mrs. R. Allen) at Umina,N.S.W: Grace (Mrs. J. Rea) at Orange,N.S.W: Ray at Marden,South Australia: Betty (Mrs. J. Wilson) Adelaide,South Australia: Neville at Parkes,N.S.W: Aubrey at Findon, South Australia): Don at Brisbane,Queensland.

      GENERAL.

      One of the earliest clubs formed in the district was the Eugowra Rifle Club, this was in 1907. Following is a list of Foundation Members. (As presented to me by Mr. Ken Douglas of Randwick.) William Banham (1863-1920): Frank Banham: Charlie Dwyer: David Orr Douglas: J.T. Noble: Mr. Simmons (Sec.): Neil McMillan (lst Captain): Jack Attenborough: Arthur Hatfield: Horace Thorncroft. George Iffland: Lyle Shrimpton: Mr. Goodall (local Constable): Mr. Telford: Dave Herbert:

      Frank Banham was a member of the Eugowra Cricket Club. Unfortunately I cannot find any records to determine what year he was a playing member. one other member I often heard him refer to was Lance Kirby. they played at the same period of time. Later, during the late 1920's, he played for the 'Vychan Station ' team. Their home ground was at the bottom of the hill, down from Mr. Mick Dwyer's home on the south side of the Eugowra-Forbes Road. About five miles from Eugowra.
      May one have the audacity to mention that there were some mighty good cricketers scattered amongst there country clubs.

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      Frank was the eldest of ten children and spent his entire life in the Belubula, Reedy Creek, Eugowra and Forbes areas of New South Wales. When his parents owned the "Mount Pleasant" property he rode a horse into the Eugowra Convent School. Later when he lived at "Prospect" with his family (on the Eugowra to Goolagong Road) he attended the Trajere school however his schooling was very limited.
      Frank was a farm hand at Rosebank property which was where he met and married Grace.
      Grace was pregnant with their first child when they married. Following the marriage ceremony at her parents homestead they honeymooned in Sydney for five weeks, financed by her family. On their return they lived in Forbes and Frank worked for Bryce Matt and Raymonds for about twelve months. They returned to Rosebank (her family property) when first born son Eric was a baby. About this time Grace inherited by ballot her section of the Rosebank property which she and Frank called Woodland. The Woodlands property was sold by Grace to Athol Little's grandfather and it was with the proceeds that they purchased the land on which the "Somerset" homestead was constructed from Grace's brother Archibald where they lived, worked and raised their family of fourteen children. The house on Somerset was built by Archie McMillan from Cyprus pine off the property and locally milled. Somerset was the English County from which William Banham (1834-66) left England to migrate to New South Wales.

      RECREATIONAL INTERESTS/ACHIEVEMENTS: Frank played cricket with the Vychan station team. Viking was next door to Rosebank and the cricket pitch was on the Forbes/Eugowra road. he played until he was about 40 years old. He took up bowls after retiring to Forbes and called the Bowling Club "the den". He continued to be a member of this club after retiring from an active bowls player to listen to the local gossip and the enjoy a scotch whiskey or two.
      Frank was a staunch Mason and a foundation member of the Masonic Lodge Evans at Eugowra until he retired to Forbes. He loved to visit his old haunts in later years of his life. He was also on the committee of the first to form a rifle club at Eugowra on 8th October 1907. he won many trophies for his varied sporting activities.
      He lived to the age of 91 years.
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      71 Leumeah Rd.
      Leumeah. 2560
      Mon. 6th April 1987.

      Rev.Neville Gray
      24 Church St.
      Forbes 2871

      Dear Sir,
      I am a member of a family born and reared in the Eugowra district, in fact a family of 14 children, and we are of the Presbyterian faith.

      Our parents were Frank and Grace Jessie (nee McMillan) Banham, they were married at the house of Mrs. Mary McMillan,'Rosebank ', Waugan Road, Eugowra on the 29th June 1910.

      On numerous occasions mention has been made amongst family members as to the dates on which different members were christened. Many members are almost certain they were, but with some element of doubt.

      My reason for contacting you is an attempt to locate the Records of the Presbyterian Church at Eugowra, that was our place of worship.

      I am enclosing a full list of the birth dates of the family hoping to solve the problem of their respective christening dates, should you have access to such records. If not would you kindly inform me as to where I would apply for such details.

      Trusting you can guide me on this subject.
      Yours sincerely.
      William G. Banham

      CHRISTIAN NAMES. DATE OF BIRTH. CHRISTENED ON CHRISTENED AT

      ERIC 17/1/1911

      FRANCES MARY 27/5/1912

      REGINALD 25/3/1914

      RONALD ROY 17/2/1916

      IAN VIVIAN 9/7/1917

      WILLIAM GEORGE 19/10/1918

      DOROTHY JEAN 23/4/1920

      FRANK 25/4/1922

      GRACE 28/6/1924

      RAY 17/12/1926

      BETTY 17/12/1926

      NEVILLE 10/2/1928

      AUBREY MERVYN 26/5/1929

      DONALD ALLEN 7/1/1931

      Please return to:- W.G. Banham
      71 Leumeah Rd.
      Leumeah. 2560
      N.S.W.
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      Presbyterian Church of Australia ENQUIRIES TO
      in the State of New South Wales
      G.P.O. SYDNEY. N.S.W. 2001

      THE ASSEMBLY BUILDING MARGARET, YORK AND JAMISON STREETS, SYDNEY

      GENERAL SECRETARY:
      HECTOR MACFARLANK

      FERGUSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY

      6th August 1987

      Mr W.G. Banham
      71 Leumeah Road

      LEUMEAH NSW 2560
      Dear Mr Banham,

      In reply to your letter requesting details of Baptisms of your family. The Perguson Library holds the Baptismal Register of St. Andrews Forbes
      1874-1928. A search of this register has shown the following record:
      Francis Mary Parents - J. Banham and Grace J McMillan Farmer Eugowra
      Born 29 May 1912 Baptized 7 September 1912 J. McDonald
      Ronald Roy Parents Frank Banham and Grace Jessie McMillan Farmer of Eugowra
      Born 13 February 1916 Baptized 2 May 1918 J.T. Thorburn
      Ian Vivian Parents Frank Banham and Grace Jessie McMillan Farmer of Eugowra
      Born 9 July 1917 Baptized 2 May 1918 J.T. Thorburn
      William George Parents Frank Banham and Grace Jessie McMillan

      Born Forbes 19 October 1918 Baptized at District Hospital 3 June 1921 R.G. Cruikshank.

      There was no place of Baptism given in the period when Francis Mary was
      Baptized.

      Ronald and Ian were Baptized at Rosebank, Waugan on the same day.

      These were the only records to be found in the 1874-1928 Register for your family.

      Yours faithfully
      For the Library
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      The forerunner of the "Waugan" school - referred to by family members as "the University" was one known as "Wauganvale" which was situated on the property then known as Wauganvale. The exact site seems to have evaded historians. However, it seems certain that it was close to Southern Cross on the Forbes end of the Waugan Road. The rough school house was constructed by the parents and was completed in September 1892. The necessary furniture same from "Nangan" school on the Eugowra-Orange Road. The local residents supplied a tank. If not all, the majority of the pupils came from the following families: Wrights, Parkers, McMillans, Herberts, Banhams, Steels, Pluiss, Harrisons, Landlords, Westons and Hoswells with apologies to any family omitted to be mentioned.
    Person ID I2433  The Rawsthorne Family Tree
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 

    Father William John BANHAM,   b. 20 Jul 1863, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1920, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Frances Alice BOYD,   b. 21 Apr 1864, Liscombes Pools, Carcoar, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1945, Eugowra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 16 Dec 1886  Residence of District Registrar, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F1235  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Grace Jesse MCMILLAN,   b. 14 Jul 1887, Rosebank, Waugan Road, Eugowra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Mar 1956, Eugowra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 29 Jun 1910  Rosebank, Waugan Road, Eugowra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Eric BANHAM,   b. 27 May 1911, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1975, Nepean District Hospital, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. Frances Mary BANHAM,   b. 27 May 1912, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 2007, Parkes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     3. Reginald BANHAM,   b. 25 Mar 1914, Eugowra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 2008  (Age 94 years)
     4. Ronald Roy BANHAM,   b. 17 Dec 1916, Eugowra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Aug 1976, Milton Hospital, Milton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     5. Ian Vivian BANHAM,   b. 09 Jul 1917, Eugowra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1997, St Josephs Hospital, Auburn, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     6. William George BANHAM,   b. 19 Oct 1918, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1995, Concord Repatriation Hospital, Concord, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     7. Dorothy Jean BANHAM
     8. Frank BANHAM,   b. 25 Apr 1922, Parkes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1987, Mary Potter Hospice, Barnard St, North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     9. Grace BANHAM
     10. Raymond BANHAM,   b. 17 Dec 1926, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1988, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     11. Betty BANHAM
     12. Neville BANHAM,   b. 10 Feb 1928, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Oct 1996, Parkes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     13. Aubrey Mervyn BANHAM
     14. Donald Allan BANHAM,   b. 07 Jan 1931, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1993, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F1236  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Emily HIGGINS,   b. 23 Nov 1896, Wowingragong, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1980, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 05 May 1960  Registrars Office, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F1237  Group Sheet

  • Headstones
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    Frank's ashes are at the head of first wife's grave in Eugowra Section M, Allotment 76
    Plot: Presbyterian Section

  • Sources 
    1. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages.
      26897, Molong, NSW

    2. [S231] Our Family Roots - "Maria Collits", Gai Rimmer and Lorna Hawkins, (Name: Self Published;).

    3. [S116] Geoffrey BANHAM.