He had to take his chance – this old woman that owned him she used to cook pies and everything else for him – well old mother said he won’t get any pies at home – he’ll get what he can if he can fight the old cattle dog.
The War Years - James Herron
This solicitor came out several times trying to get her to try and get her to appoint him to act on her behalf as he maintained Katie was entitled to get at least a one-fifth share of the estate and he guaranteed her it would be worth upwards of £14000 but she was too proud and threatened him not to make any more contact with the family. How much would that be worth today??
(Note this part of Jim's story is incorrect - her father died in 1921)
Jack Duggan was a mate of mine. He was a shearer really but him and Wilf went from Roma across to Rubyvale to the gemfields to make a fortune – and they didn’t make a fortune. That is a picture of a shaft they had at Rubyvale. I went over afterwards and then we moved from there to the Willows.
The big mills had twenty seven or twenty nine foot wheels. The one at Corfield had twenty nine and the smaller ones like Middleton was twenty one feet. The bigger wheels took heavier winds to turn them than the smaller wheels. Some of the deep wells only had seventeen foot wheels on them. The one at Middleton used to be a flowing bore and the water went back in it. And they dug a well and it had a twelve inch artesian pump and they put the pump down the bottom. I altered this later on and brought it up to the top. The water was only four or five degrees off boiling.