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Monument to members of the Eather Family who were washed away in the record 1867 flood in which twelve of them died.
LOSS OF LIFE AT WINDSOR.-The gloomiest forebodings as to probable loss of life are prevalent. It is reported that William and George Eather, farmers, living at Cornwallis, placed their wives and children on the roofs of their houses, and there clung with them awaiting help until the rising waters washed them off. The two wives and their ten children were overwhelmed in the flood, and the husbands saved themselves and one little boy by swimming to a willow tree, from which they were shortly afterwards rescued and taken in a boat to Richmond. It is said that they made fruitless attempts to save their wives and children and that one of the poor women, seeing the impossibility of escape, begged of her husband to save himself and not to mind her.
Excerpts from Incidents of the Floods in NSW,
The Brisbane Courier (Qld), 1 July 1867.
|Address:||Cornwallis Road, Off Greenway Crescent , Cornwallis, 2756|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.600278|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
In Memory Of
THE EATHER FAMILY
15 FAMILY MEMBERS WASHED
FROM THIS SITE IN THE 1867 RECORD
FLOOD - 12 LIVES LOST.
BROTHERS THOMAS AND WILLIAM EATHER
(names of wives and children & survivors)