Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

Kenneth Wilfred NEWBYAge: 9019122003

Name
Kenneth Wilfred NEWBY
Given names
Kenneth Wilfred
Surname
NEWBY
Birth August 14, 1912 38 31
Citation details: 25 JUly 2014
Text:

Part of an attached Word document:

"Born – 14th August 1912 Died – 23rd August 2003"

Citation details: 41023/1912 NEWBY KENNETH W CLEMENT S ELIZA CASINO
Birth of a brotherFrederick Athol NEWBY
about 1913 (Age 4 months)
Citation details: 33265/1913 NEWBY FREDERICK H CLEMENT S ELIZA CASINO
Death of a paternal grandfatherJohn N NEWBY
October 13, 1918 (Age 6)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc, Taree NSW, 2001
Citation details: 205
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 18450/1918 NEWBY JOHN JOHN MARY CASINO
Death of a maternal grandfatherAlfred Henry WHATSON
July 4, 1923 (Age 10)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc, Taree NSW, 2001
Citation details: 77 and 575
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 15714/1923 WHATSON ALFRED H GEORGE A MIRIAM TAREE
Death of a paternal grandmotherCatherine SMITH
July 3, 1928 (Age 15)
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc, Taree NSW, 2001
Citation details: 205
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 13537/1928 NEWBY CATHERINE ALEXANDER MARY CASINO
Marriage of a siblingHarry James Kethel COXAlice Pearl NEWBYView this family
about 1932 (Age 19)
Citation details: 11316/1932 COX HARRY J K NEWBY ALICE P CASINO
Marriage of a siblingFrederick Athol NEWBYElla A MILGATEView this family
about 1935 (Age 22)
Citation details: 3795/1935 NEWBY FREDERICK A MILGATE ELLA A CASINO
Marriage of a siblingAlexander Robert DOLBYHazel Marion NEWBYView this family
about 1936 (Age 23)
Citation details: 7121/1936 DOLBY ALEXANDER ROBERT NEWBY HAZEL MARION CASINO
Marriage of a siblingDavid Dalrymple HERBISONDoris Lillian NEWBYView this family
about 1941 (Age 28)
Citation details: 23021/1941 HERBISON DAVID DALRYMPLE NEWBY DORIS LILLIAN ASHFIELD
Marriage of a siblingWilliam Watson NEWBYElizabeth May CUTLERView this family
about 1942 (Age 29)
Citation details: 20742/1942 NEWBY WILLIAM WATSON CUTLER ELIZABETH MAY BYRON BAY
MarriageNancy Vernon HOODView this family
about 1945 (Age 32)
Citation details: 989/1945 NEWBY KENNETH WILFRED HOOD NANCY VERNON ASHFIELD
Death of a maternal grandmotherEliza Ann CHAPMAN
August 19, 1948 (Age 36)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 22987/1948 WHATSON ELIZA ANN WILLIAM MARY ELIZABETH TAREE
Whatson - Eliza Ann
Whatson - Eliza Ann

Note: Image kindly made available by the volunteers at Australian Cemeteries Index.

Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc, Taree NSW, 2001
Citation details: 566 and 575
Note: The Pre 1860 Pioneer Register has the DOD for Eliza as the 18th or 19th of August.
Death of a motherEliza WHATSON
about 1951 (Age 38)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 30312/1951 NEWBY ELIZA ALFRED HENRY ELIZA ANN CASINO
Death of a fatherClement Stephen NEWBY
May 17, 1952 (Age 39)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 13456/1952 NEWBY CLEMENT STEPHEN JOHN HENRY CATHERINE CASINO
Publication: Manning Wallamba Family History Society Inc, Taree NSW, 2001
Citation details: 205
Death of a brotherWilliam Watson NEWBY
December 23, 1964 (Age 52)
Citation details: 6407/1964 NEWBY WILLIAM WATSON CLEMENT ELIZA SYDNEY
Citation details: Newby William Watson 23 Dec 1964 54 Field of Mars NSW Pbn Sec E 560
Death of a brotherFrederick Athol NEWBY
about 1968 (Age 55)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 16424/1968 NEWBY FREDERICK ATHOL CLEMENT STEPHEN ELIZA CASINO
Death of a sisterDoris Lillian NEWBY
about 1971 (Age 58)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 51013/1971 HERBISON DORIS LILLIAN CLEMENT STEPHEN ELIZA BURWOOD
Death of a sisterNellie May NEWBY
about 1975 (Age 62)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 25991/1975 NEWBY NELLIE MAY CLEMENT STEPHEN ELIZA
Death of a sisterAlice Pearl NEWBY
January 5, 1987 (Age 74)

Cox - Alice Pearl
Cox - Alice Pearl

Note: Image kindly made available by the volunteers at Australian Cemeteries Index.

Death of a sisterHazel Marion NEWBY
May 22, 1987 (Age 74)

Citation details: DOLBY Hazel Marion Funeral notice 22MAY1987 Death late of Coraki Northern Star (Lismore) 23MAY1987
Death August 2, 2003 (Age 90)

Citation details: 25 JUly 2014
Text:

Part of an attached Word document:

"Born – 14th August 1912 Died – 23rd August 2003"

Obituary after 2003 ( after death)

Citation details: 25 July 2014
Note:

Written by his son, Stephen:

"Kenneth Wilfred NEWBY Born – 14th August 1912 Died – 23rd August 2003 that’s 91years of age

Who was he? Country boy, City boy, Friend, Husband, Father, and more

Country boy 3rd youngest and last surviving of the 9 children of Lisa Watson and Clements Newby of Coraki 5 Sisters (all older) and 3 brothers (two younger) Much of this early life is still hidden from us – but we know .. He stayed on at his small Country school as far as the Intermediate – coming down to Sydney for a Scout Jamboree. This was to be significant as he landed a job with the Australian General Insurance Co and stayed on in Sydney. In fact in one form or another he stayed with this company until he retired. (Mercantile Mutual and now QBE)

City Boy So he made the change to a city boy, living with his aunt - in Yeo Ave, Ashfield, near by, working in the City and attending this church. Now many of you will know that the Hood family also attended this church and will be already jumping ahead… but marriage was still years away for this the young Ken.

While the earliest years are a bit of a mystery to us, the 30s are a bit better. due in part to one of dad’s long term interests – photography. His photo albums document his interests. Bushwalking. With his friends he explored south into Royal National Park and the coastal beaches and up into the Blue Mountains. He was not unique in this – as this was the formative time of bushwalking and bush camping as we know it today. A print from one photo hangs at home showing his group in the Blue Gum forest. Years later I would see the same sight – with a group of scouts. Church. In those days much of dad’s social life and friends centred on this church, he was a member of the Fellowship, worked out in the Gymnasium and played tennis on the church courts. War. Like every one else Dad was effected by the War!. He joined the Army Signal Corps but did not see overseas service. It did however give him a grounding in things electrical and radio in particular. I remember him talking about an ammeter radio friend of his … years later when my scout group got involved in a Jamboree of the Air. I think he would have like to have been a Ham operator.

Husband. Now, getting back to Ashfield Presbyterian church…, Ken obviously began paying less attention to the bush and his mates and more to one Nancy Hood, because in 1945, while on leave from the Army he convinced her to marry him. Fortunately the war soon finished and Ken was “de-mobbed”, he went back to his job and moved to Orpington St, the family home of his new wife. In a while along came 4 children, Stephen (me), Donald, Philip and Helen. Later, with us kids going to school in Haberfield, Dad and Mum started attending Haberfield Presbyterian church (our cousins the Colletts were also in Haberfield and attended the same church). Dad was active in the new church, on the Committee of Management, as an Elder and teaching Sunday school.

Father. Dad never played music (if you discount the possibility of mouth organs, combs, spoons and such in his youth ) but he appreciated music. He took Donald and myself into the free concerts held in the town hall. An outing for us while Mum looked after the two littler ones. He also introduced us to his love of the bush, with trips on the train to Royal National Park / Audley. A walk up the river to “Head of navigation” , a fire to cook the sausages, eaten as lunch between slices of buttered bread with tomato sauce. I can’t remember if we complained about how far it was…… I took my own two children back there some years ago, and it all came back so vividly. When we in our turn got into Scouts, Dad joined up again. Taking up several roles at 1st Ashfield troop. Even after we had moved on he stayed on as Treasurer and helped other kids. He also worked with the school P&Cs.

Eventually we grew older and took wing , Dad stayed as Dads do. and He tracked our travels on maps from our letters home. (He and Mum did however manage to drop in and visit me when I was in London).

So much for the ordered tidy history. People however aren’t just tidy, they are quirky and individual

So who was Ken Newby? How much of the country boy stayed on in the city boy? Lover of the bush, talker to anyone, great knowledge of the world’s geography, always ready to help people. are these attributes of the country boy or just a good man?

Conversationalist, Numerologist, Collector, Wood worker, Helper, Navigator Over the last week, we his family have remembered.

We talked again about the things that each of us recall, the little things, each in itself trivial, but which together go to colour in the person he was. We remembered the lively Christmas family discussions about what ever was topical that year – usually despairing of the current crop of political leaders or some radical group of workers who had ruffled his feathers. As youngsters we listened, older we voiced our own opinions.

Dad would talk to people every where. Neighbours up and down the street, friends who dropped in, tradesmen, anyone. He knew everyone. He remembered numbers, he knew people by the house number they lived in, he knew cars by their rego numbers. He kept his own affairs as full accounting ledgers, he would have survived an audit. He loved numbers! He collected…form his interest in stamp collection he knew just about every country. but more .. he knew capitals, rivers, mountains and towns. He also corresponded with other stamp people across the world as well as being a member of a local stamp club. In later years he collected aluminium cans, the money from these went off to the Crippled Children’s charity. He also collected anything that might possibly ever be of use. We remembered his Santa, sleigh and Reindeer, cut carefully out of ply, painted, finished and harnessed together to hang proudly on the front verandah each Christmas. (this was before massive strings of flashing lights became all the go). We also laughed about his quickie projects, like a match holder for the kitchen stove that could dump all its collected used matches out onto the floor with little provocation. … He loved to help!

His ladder must hold the record for being lent out ..it has been used by every one up and down the street. We remembered the school holidays each May to Ocean Beach where he arranged for us to stay in a holiday house owned by one of his work mates.

Its funny how many of his interests have gone on to become part of our own lives. Ken’s family was eventually central to who he was. and we don’t have to dig too deep to find the same colour that defined him in ourselves.

Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: June 23, 1901Taree, , New South Wales, Australia
6 months
elder sister
Nellie May NEWBY
Birth: about 1901 27 19Taree, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1975New South Wales, Australia
3 years
elder sister
Doris Lillian NEWBY
Birth: about 1903 29 21Taree, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1971Burwood, , New South Wales, Australia
3 years
elder sister
3 years
elder sister
3 years
elder sister
Winifred B NEWBY
Birth: about 1909 35 27Casino, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1909Casino, , New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder brother
William Watson NEWBY
Birth: about 1910 36 28Casino, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 23, 1964Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
3 years
himself
17 months
younger brother
Frederick Athol NEWBY
Birth: about 1913 39 31Casino, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1968Casino, , New South Wales, Australia
brother
Private
Family with Nancy Vernon HOOD - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: about 1945Ashfield, , New South Wales, Australia
son
Private

BirthEmails - Stephen Newby
Citation details: 25 JUly 2014
Text:

Part of an attached Word document:

"Born – 14th August 1912 Died – 23rd August 2003"

BirthN - Births Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: 41023/1912 NEWBY KENNETH W CLEMENT S ELIZA CASINO
MarriageN - Marriages Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: 989/1945 NEWBY KENNETH WILFRED HOOD NANCY VERNON ASHFIELD
DeathEmails - Stephen Newby
Citation details: 25 JUly 2014
Text:

Part of an attached Word document:

"Born – 14th August 1912 Died – 23rd August 2003"

ObituaryEmails - Stephen Newby
Citation details: 25 July 2014