Birthday of David Young
January 1931

On the 8th January 1931, the 12 children of John & Sarah Young gathered in Devonport to celebrate the 50th birthday of youngest sibling, David Young.

Below are photos taken on the day and also the newspaper article published
in The Advocate the following day.

Birthday Lunch




Devonport Gathering


A 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, Devonport, yesterday.
For such a large family circle to remain unbroken for so long,
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.

To 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.
Speaking 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.
As a pioneer engaged in the arduos task of converting his land from a block of heavily timbered ground into a

productive 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:-

Mr. 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, Westbury.
Mrs. W. L. Irvine, Sheffield.
Mr. E. Young, Launceston.
Mrs. H. J. Day, Sheffield.
Mrs. F. H. Young, Ballarat.
Mrs. F. E. French, Deniliquin,
New South Wales.
Mr. David Young, Devonport.
There were also present, Mesdames
J., W.A., A. M., R. K., and D. Young,
and other relatives, numbering about 30. All were hospitably entertained by
Mrs. King 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.



Birthday gathering, January 1931

Photo Index


photo courtesy Rosemary Turner

back: David, Frank, Kirk, Monty, Edwin
middle: Nellie, Mary, Alice, Annie, John
sitting: Archi, Elizabeth



David Young with his brother's and sister's, January 1931




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