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Mission near 'The Point' (30 April 2012)

contributed by MukmukBurke
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Many of my ancestors were born at Warangesda Mission near The Point, including my grandfather, James Webster, in 1901. He was the son of Alexander Webster and his mother was known only as 'Kitty' until she married. The mission became a settlement when Rev John Gribble left and no longer had religious affiliation. Perhaps the most widely known names associated with Warangesda are FERGUSON, WEDGE, COE & WILLIAMS. There are quite a few others. Gladys Williams (Aunty Glad) was the daughter of James Webster's sister, Janet (also born on the mission). She took the name Williams when she married KNOCKER WILLIAMS, a notable contributor to the Wiradjuri Dictionary and other historical documents. The old mission/settlement came into the hands of a family named KING and their farm retains the name WARANGESDA. It is still in the hands of the King family. One of James' sons, Jimmy Webster, lived at The Point after his wife died. He was known as THE SINGING SHEARER for many years and wrote and played his own music across a fair slice of Australia. His last illness was at The Point and he died in Griffith. He was of course my uncle and the brother of my mother, Gwenda Brown (formerly Burke and nee Webster). The day I write this Mum would have turned 87 had she not passed on 12 years back.

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