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Rita Ambrozene BROOM

Female 1912 - 1992  (80 years)


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  • Name Rita Ambrozene BROOM 
    Born 16 Aug 1912  Derriwong, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 04 Oct 1992  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Notes 
    • An interview with Rita Allison (nee Broom) about her childhood and that of her grand-mother Lydia Broom (nee Field, grand-daughter of Edward ) Rita died in 1992, 80 yrs.

      “Lydia Field married John Broom in 1859 and they were the first white people on the Lachlan River near Forbes. The place was called “Manwonga” or something like that, it was on the Condobolin side of Bedgerabong, they built a mud house and lived there for quite a long time. They were surrounded by Aboriginal tribes who had lots of pigs.” What was Lydia like? “Oh she was a great woman, no doubt about that, she had to be seeing we are her descendants. She was blind for many years, cataracts. She was a wonderful woman, rather nuggetty, but a big woman, she use to sit near a big open fire place and we had to sit around this fire place while she sat on a little stool especially made for her and she would rock backwards and forwards and tell us all these stories of her life. It was very interesting only then we didn’t realise how interesting it was for anyone later on. She loved telling stories.” How would they have survived in their early life? “I don’t really know, they would have grown vegies and have a few chooks also they would have caught wild game including pigs. Later they shifted to Derriwong, 12 miles out of Condobolin towards Parkes, when their children started growing up. The boys became farmers and had properties around in that area. Ours was an old place where we lived, a wooden house near Lydia. Theirs was like a bag hut down by the creek. That’s where Lydia got a lot of her rheumatism from, she was all crippled up Oh, so bad. Dad (Lydia’s son Ernest) was a gentleman and hated wearing work clothes and farming so he left us and went to Sydney in about 1916, Laurie was only about 3 years old and I was about 5, the other 3 were a bit older. He got a job with CSR Sugar as a Security Guard and did pretty well, scab labour they called it. We later shifter to another house 3 miles out of Derriwong and we had to walk to and from school every day, going wasn’t so bad but walking home after running round at school was terrible, we used to drag ourselves along. The school was one room and we had one teacher for all the classes. In the time of drought nothing much would grow, even the grass for the animals, we children had to go round the paddocks and gather all the dead bones and horse hair we could find so it could be sold in Condobolin, I was told it was sent to Sydney and they made hair combs out of the bones and stuffed mattresses with the horse hair, we had quite a few horses. Life was hard in those days.” Did you get up to any mischief? “Not us... But when mum had to go to town Phyllis was in charge of us, Laurie and I used to climb up to the top of the windmill that pumped water up to the tank so we had water at the house, it was a lovely view of the swirling flood waters below us, we didn’t realise just how dangerous it was, one slip and... we wondered why Phyllis was so upset. Oh well some of it was fun.” - by Dorothy Cefarin. (Field Family Newsletter Edition 1)
    Person ID I5638  The Rawsthorne Family Tree
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 

    Father Ernest Albert BROOM,   b. 21 May 1876, Bogabagil Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1960, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Francis Jane MCMURRAY,   b. 31 Aug 1884, Orange, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1958, Condobolin, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 29 Sep 1901  Condobolin, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F738  Group Sheet

    Family Trevor Corchrane ALLISON,   b. 11 Apr 1897 
    Married 17 Dec 1938  Condobolin, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Children 
     1. Jean Frances ALLISON
     2. Ailsa Joan ALLISON
     3. Glenys Dale ALLISON
     4. Narelle Rita ALLISON
     5. Heather Helen ALLISON
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F2622  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S79] From a Distant Field, Colin Field, Book: Version 3 (Self Published).

    2. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages.
      Condobolin, NSW, 1912-27922

    3. [S367] Field Family Newsletter, Dorothy CEFARIN, Edition 01 (December 1999).

    4. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages.
      Condobolin, NSW, 23923