of David Young
the 8th January 1931, the 12 children of John & Sarah Young gathered in Devonport
to celebrate the 50th birthday of youngest sibling, David Young.
are photos taken on the day and also the newspaper article published
Advocate the following day.
OF COAST PIONEERS.
family of 12, all in good health, assembled to celebrate the
birthday of "the
baby," aged 50, and to meet in a happy family
reunion--this was the nature
of a remarkable gathering at the
residence of Mrs. J. T. King, Best Street,
For such a large family circle to remain unbroken for
and for its units to meet under the one roof after being seperated
for a number of years, was an event as happy as it was unique.
be present one member of the family had travelled from Deniliquin (N.S.W), and
another from Ballarat. The day was spent most happily, reminiscences of the pioneering
days being exchanged, and good wishes for the future expressed; while a feeling
of gratitude at being enabled to re-assemble in such a manner was very evident.
It was nearly 90 years ago that the late Mr. John Young, father of
the guests at yesterday's gathering, arrived in Tasmania as a child; and it was
in the year 1870 that he and his good wife, with the six elder members of the
family, came to Barrington, and the father commenced to clear a forest of 115
acres in that fertile district. It was there that the remaining members of the
family were born, and it was there that that they all grew to manhood and womanhood,
the majority later leaving for other parts of the State and Commonwealth.
Mr. and Mrs. Young, sen, were
among the first half-dozen settlers to arrive
at Barrington, and the youngest member of the family was the second baby, whose
birth was registered at Sheffield. It was a slow and laborious journey, which
ended with their arrival on the land selected. Over a rough bush track they travelled
from Dunorlan through Sherwood and on to Barrington by means of a horse-drawn
dray. The travellers had to camp in the bush on the first night of the trip, and
on the second they lodged in a hut at the foot of the Don Hill belonging to the
late Mr. Kelcey. The journey occupied three days and two nights.
of the early days of their pioneering life at Barrington yesterday, older members
of the family stated, among other matters, that the nearest trading centres to
their home for years were Don and Latrobe, and from those towns flour and other
supplies had to be carried on horseback. Such things were taken, however, as a
matter of course, and there was little complaint. Certainly the descendants of
this worthy pioneering couple appear none the worse for any of the inconveniences
and discomforts associated with bush life in the early days, sharing the blessing
of good health to a remarkable degree.
a pioneer engaged in the arduos task of converting his land from a block of heavily
timbered ground into a
farm, the late Mr. John Young played his part worthily, and in his life's partner
he possessed a helpmate whose kind heart and nobility of soul endeared her to
all with whom she came in contact. It was a long way to the nearest doctor in
those early days, and the late Mrs. Young was doctor and nurse to a very large
section of the community. Never was a night too dark and stormy for her to venture
out on her errands of mercy, and while she reared a large family and worked hard
in assisting her husband to succeed on his holdings, she was ever ready to help
others. Her name is mentioned to-day with feelings akin to reverence by scores
who were recipients of her kindness, and a family of worthy citizens comprise
a living monument to the care and solicitude of this noble woman. Some 13 years
ago she had the joy of meeting them, with her husband, in a similar gathering
to that which took place yesterday, at Barrington. The late Mr. John Young died
in September, 1920, at the age of 87, and his life's patner, who was then 80,
followed some six months later.
The members of the family, all of whom were assembed at the residence of Mrs.
King yesterday, were:-
John Young, Ridgley.
Mrs. J. T. King, Devonport.
Mr. W. A. Young, Burnie.
Mr. A. M. Young, Burnie.
Mr. R. K. Young, Devonport.
Mrs. S. J. Heathcote,
Mrs. W. L. Irvine, Sheffield.
Mr. E. Young, Launceston.
Mrs. H. J. Day, Sheffield.
Mrs. F. H. Young, Ballarat.
Mrs. F. E. French,
New South Wales.
Mr. David Young, Devonport.
also present, Mesdames
J., W.A., A. M., R. K., and D. Young,
relatives, numbering about 30. All were hospitably entertained by
and Miss King, dinner being served in the large dining-room.
In the afternoon
the younger members of the party visited Mersey Bluff, while the older folk spent
a happy afternoon at the residence of their hostess.
The living descendants
of the late Mr. and Mrs. Young, it is interesting to note, number exactly 90-12
sons and daughters, 48 grandchildren, amd 30 great-grandchildren.
THE ADVOCATE, FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 1931
gathering, January 1931
photo courtesy Rosemary Turner
David, Frank, Kirk, Monty, Edwin
middle: Nellie, Mary, Alice, Annie, John
sitting: Archi, Elizabeth
Young with his brother's and sister's, January 1931