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Enhancing the Lives of Older
People by Volunteering
A busy mother of ten children, six of whom are still at home, Anne began
volunteering with UnitingCare Ageing in 2009. Her dedication sees her spending
hours at the facility where she volunteers, bringing comfort and hope to the lives
of the people she cares for.
Taking on a number of roles, Anne regularly visits the residents spending quality
time and providing companionship, as well as assisting with clerical duties. Anne
also works alongside the Lifestyle Team, chatting with residents, participating in
activities and helping with morning tea, to ensure life is a gift to be enjoyed.
Not content to leave her volunteering efforts at that, Anne is also a regular at a
respite centre, where she is known as the Jack of all Trades, cooking hearty
homemade meals and joining the clients for their social events.
UnitingCare Ageing is seeking more volunteers like Anne to enhance the
lives of the people we serve. If youre compassionate and interested
in the well-being of older people in your community please visit
www.unitingcareageing.org.au/careers/volunteering or call (02) 4943 6077.
Inspired Care... Enriching Lives... Together
ALLEN ARTHUR TAYLOR
ATIMBER merchant, ship owner and politician,
Taylor may seem a strange choice as the most
important person in the history of Great Lakes as
he never lived in the area, but he greatly influenced its
progress through pioneer shipping and timber milling.
Taylor's involvement with the Great Lakes began when
he moved into the area of hardwood timber supply and
founded Allen Taylor and Co Ltd, probably in the 1880s,
also becoming chairman of the Illawarra and South Coast
Steam Navigation Co and North Coast Steam Navigation
Co in the 1890s. Through the shipping companies he
helped with the development of the north and south
coasts, spending money on building silos and improving
As well as buying and building several timber mills in the
Great Lakes area he was involved with ship builder John
Wright at Tuncurry, and the duo owned and built many
ships, including two versions of the Tuncurry.
Born in 1864 at Wagga Wagga, Taylor settled in Sydney
and became an important person in NSW. During his
life he was a director of the London Bank of Australia,
the Benevolent Society of NSW, the Royal Prince Alfred
Hospital, the Insurance Office of Australia Ltd,
the Auburn Brick Co and a trustee of the
Savings Bank of NSW.
In 1895 he was elected to Annandale
council, where he lived, and was
Mayor in 1897-1902. He became an
alderman on Sydney council and was
Lord Mayor in 1905-06 and 1909-12,
and he launched a program of civic
He was a member of the Board
of Health and a commissioner for
the Franco-British Exhibition,
London, in 1908, and
was knighted during
King George V's
coronation in 1911,
the council the
Taylor was nominated to the Legislative Council in 1912
and was re-elected in 1933 and 1940, was a founder of the
Dreadnought Fund, to add a warship to the Royal Navy,
and was chairman of its trust fund from 1926 to 1931.
He was a member of the Taronga Zoological Park
Trust, a supporter of numerous charitab
institutions and was considered a NSW p
Taylor died in Sydney in 1940.
GEORGE GARLICK GODWIN
Known as the pioneer of Forster,
Godwin, with his wife Mary Ann and
five children, came overland from
Gosford in 1863 to become the area's
first permanent settlers.
Believed to have been born in
England around 1808, Godwin was
convicted of stealing a pig and sent
to Australia around 1830. After
receiving his freedom he married,
and he and Mary Ann are believed to
have had more than a dozen children,
one of his daughters becoming the first
white person born in the area.
Godwin had a good relationship with t
local Aboriginals and sent wild honey an
Cape Hawke oysters to Sydney.
He and his family eventually decided t
away from the Forster area and went to Wamwarra, at
the end of Smiths Lake.
<< LES MURRAY
The area around Nabiac, where he was
born in 1938, provides the backdrop
for many Les Murray poems, and
his attraction to the place is
such that he has returned to
live in nearby Bunyah.
A former Taree High School
student named by the National
Trust of Australia as one of 100
living Australian treasures, Murray is
the outstanding poet of his generation
in Australia and one of the country's most
influential literary critics.
He has published around 30 volumes of
poetry since his first in 1965 , and his works
have been translated into 10 languages and
won numerous awards and prizes, including
the Grace Leven Prize (1980 and 1990), the
Petrarch Prize (1995), and the prestigious TS
Eliot Award (1996). In 1999 he was awarded the
Queens Gold Medal for Poetry.
JOHN WYLIE BRECKENRIDGE
Breckenridge is known as the founder of Forster, as it was
when he established a sawmill and store on the town site in
1871 that the township came into being.
The town's first post master in 1872, he also engaged in
shipbuilding, as the waterways were one of the few means
of transport at the time, first with the cutter Forster and
then the Hoolet. In the 1880s he built the biggest sawmill
in the district at Failford where he also built a hall and a
store that doubled as a post office.
Around 1894, the town of Nabiac was almost named
Burnside after the estate of Breckenridge, but this
was scrapped as there was already a
e in South Australia.
rn Mary Keleher in County Clare,
eland, in 1832, the woman who
ecame known throughout the
Forster/Tuncurry area as Granny
Rennie immigrated to Australia in
She was known as a healer and
midwife and assisted with the
birth of more than 1000 babies in
the area. She was first married to
French migrant Joseph Delore, and
after their marriage in Queensland
hey moved to the Williams River
nd then to the Myall. The couple
d 11 children and when Joseph
in 1879 Mary married Charles
e, the owner of Rennie's Island in
name became legend as a healer and in
1901 local residents presented her with a purse of
sovereigns for her work, mainly collected from those she
had brought into the world from 1875 to 1901.
Granny Rennie died when her clothes caught fire at her
home on Rennie Island in 1908. At her funeral at Forster
Cemetery Sid Wright, the eldest living son of John Wright,
said ''we saw the soil cover one of the best, kindest women
Erin ever gave to Australia'', describing her as ''trusty as
steel, a faithful wife and a most loving mother''.
One of her descendents, Jane Mayers, became the
first registered nurse in the area, and although she had
no formal training local doctors granted her a medical
certificate on the basis of her practical knowledge.
The first survey of Forster was made by John Hall, the
Government Surveyor, in 1869 when the township was
It was necessary to have a gazetted plan of the village
because there had been a number of applications for land
in the area. Hall submitted his village design and when
it was returned in 1885, the name Minimbah had been
crossed out and replaced with the name Forster, presumably
after William Forster, who was Secretary of Lands from 1868
to 1870, just at the time the name was changed.
A shipbuilder and timber miller, Wright is considered the
founder of Tuncurry where he settled in 1875.
Born in Scotland in 1836 he first travelled to New
Zealand in 1857 and then Australia in 1858, had no luck
on the goldfields and moved to the Williams River area.
The timber industry brought him to the Myall at
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