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Best Family

Alfred John Best whose family pioneered the Horse Drawn Coach Service from Brisbane to Sandgate in the 1860’s married Lucina Emma Bennett in 1893, a daughter of a pioneering dairy family at The Gap.

The Bennett farm was opposite the now Ashgrove Golf Club and extended to The Gap Tavern area.

The “Bests” established the “Sweet Home Dairy” at Lizzie Terrace Estate near Rainworth School site. In 1901 they purchased acreage, portion of 106 acres granted to H. H. Payne by the colony of New South Wales, a small portion of which is now occupied by The Payne Road State School.

They reared five children — when they were old enough, they helped with the running of the dairy, such as cultivating feed, milking and delivering warm milk to the Bardon area twice daily in a horse-drawn milk cart emblazoned with “Fresh Country Milk and Cream”.

Lucina passed away in 1926 aged 57 years, and in 1934 Alfred leased the property (when it became known as “Sheps Place” with the best swimming pool in the district) Alfred returned in 1938 and remained there until his death in 1948.

When the property was subdivided, the Trustees of the Estate donated portion to the Council for the people of The Gap which is known known as the Alfred and Lucina Best Park.

The Best quilt panel was worked by Shirley and May, wives of Bruce and Doug Best – grandsons of Alfred and Lucinda.

 

  • Alf Best and grandson Merv Kay

    Alf Best pictured with his grandson Merv Kay. Circa 1940s.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Merv Kay
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  • Alf Best milking cows

    Alf Best milking cows at the “Sweet Home Dairy” early 20th century.

    Date: early 20th century
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  • Alf Best’s Diary

    Post and rail fences at Alf Best’s “Sweet Home Dairy” Payne Road, circa 1940s. Alf Best was married to Ellen Fanning’s sister Lucina and they lived opposite each other in Payne Road.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Merv Kay
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  • Alf Best’s Diary

    A typical farmyard scene at Alf Best’s “Sweet Home Diary” showing the barn on the left. Circa early 1940s.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • Alf Best’s Sweet Home Dairy

    The sulky shed (left) and fowl run (rear) provide this farm setting at Alf Best’s “Sweet Home Dairy” property in Payne Road.

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  • Alfred and Lucina Best Park

    Alfred and Lucina Best Park situated in Payne Road near the Paten Road intersection. The park was officially named in 2001 to recognize the pioneering past of the Best family who lived on this site in the early 20th century. Photo July 2001

    Date: 2001
    Courtesy: Jeff Hilder
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  • Alfred and Lucina Best’s home

    Early 20th century view of Alfred and Lucina Best’s home in Payne Road. This home is still in existence in 2000 on the western side of the Payne Road “Cubbyhouse” Infant and Toddler Centre.

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    Courtesy: Merv Kay
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  • Alfred Best

    Alfred John Best – Born Sandgate, 1869. Photo aged 71 at Payne Road. Died Aged 79 in 1948.

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  • Alfred Best and grandson Bill Best

    Alfred John Best (Payne Road) pictured with his grandson Bill Best. Circa late 1930s.

    Date: 1930s
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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  • Alfred Best delivering milk 1910

    Alfred Best pictured in 1910 delivering milk from the family’s Sweet Home Dairy

    Date: 1910
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • Alfred John Best

    Alfred John Best, 1869-1848. Cream shed in the background, circa 1940s.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Irena Arnold (nee Best)
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  • Alfred John Best

    Alfred John Best, 1869-1948, circa early 1940s.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • Alfred John Best

    Alfred John Best pictured on his Payne Road property with daughter Rose (left), visitor Jean Barber and grandson Doug Best. Circa 1940s.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Irena Arnold (nee Best)
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  • Alfred John Best

    Alfred John Best pictured in the front garden smoking his pipe. Note the traditional grey flannel shirt he is wearing. Circa 1940s.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Lillian Warren (nee Best)
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  • Alfred John Best and Family

    Alfred John Best (left) pictured beside his 1942 Cher utility with son Reg, grandson Doug Best and grand-daughter Julie Best, circa 1947.

    Date: c. 1947
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • Alfred John Best and grandsons

    Alfred John Best pictured with his grandsons, Bill Best (rear), Doug Best (left front) and Mervyn Kay at this Payne Road home, circa 1930s.

    Date: c. 1930s
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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  • Best Family and Friends

    Circa 1940. Family and friends gather at Best’s property, Payne Rd.

    BACK ROW L -R. TED FARMER, DORIS BESTOWS BEST, ROSE KAYE (Cocky “JOE”) SYD.ERSE1NE EDGAR LEVITT, MERV KAYE, ALF BEST, MURIEL BEST, REG BEST. CENTRE BILL BROWN, KEITH BEST, DOUG BEST. BOTTOM JOYCE BEST, (Friend ? ) DAME BEST, LAWRENCE BEST.

    Date: c. 1940
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  • Best property

    Fun and games in the back paddock by Enoggera Creek on the Best property in Payne Road. Circa 1940s.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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  • Bill and Grace Best

    Bill Best with future wife Grace standing beside an unsealed Payne Road in the early 1940s.

    Date: 1940s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • Bill Best and future wife Grace Simpson

    Bill Best and his future wife Grace Simpson standing at the corner of what is now (2001) Kernel Street and Payne Road and looking outbound towards the Best Property. Circa 1937.

    Date: c. 1937
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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  • Bill Best beside 1937 Chev

    Bill Best pictured beside a 1937 Chev with his sister Irena (right) and Alice, a cousin of the Cummins girls.

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  • Bill Best riding Mona

    Bill Best riding “Mona” on his Grandfather’s property in Payne Road. The cream shed is seen on the left.

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  • Colin Fanning 1920s

    A young Colin Fanning pictured with his dog Digger and calf at the double gates entrance to the Best property at 185 Payne Road which was opposite his home at #170. A nut tree in the photo was still growing there when Col visited 55 years later in 1983. Circa late 1920s.

    Date: c. 1920s
    Courtesy: The Colin Fanning Collection
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  • Daphne Best

    Daphne Best is pictured at Grandma Best’s trying to show an interest in the washing. This was the era of the bush clothes prop. (No Hills hoists.) Daphne is the daughter of Les Best.

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    Courtesy: Merv Kay
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  • Doug Best

    Doug Best pictured holding a stock whip at his grandfather’s property in Payne Road.

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    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • Doug Best

    Doug Best pictured in the front garden of his grandfather’s home at Payne Road. Circa 1940s.

    Date: 1940s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • Doug Best and “Mona

    Doug Best and “Mona” standing at the side of the barn at “West Home Dairy”. circa 1941.

    Date: c. 1941
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • Doug Best and Mona

    Doug Best and “Mona” are pictured in front of the “Sweet Home Dairy” stockyard fence. In 2001 the entrance to Payne Road School is on the other side of the fence.

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  • Doug Best riding Mona

    Alf Best’s “Sweet Home Dairy” farm building provide the background for this picture of Doug Best riding “Mona”. Circa early 1940s.

    Date: 1940s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • Doug Best riding Mona

    15 year old Doug Best riding Mona at Sweet Home Dairy, Payne Road, circa 1964.

    Date: c. 1964
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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  • Doug Best riding Mona

    Doug Best pictured with “Mona “at the rear of the bush house at “Sweet Home Dairy” Circa 1941.

    Date: c. 1941
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • Doug Best with children

    Merv Kay (far right) Doug and May Best with children Julie and Roy and Merv's Model A Ford parked at left.

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    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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  • Earle Homesite

    Standing in dusty Payne Road looking west to the Earle homesite, “Fairearth” which in 2001 is situated at the cnr of Whitehead Road. The large fig tree on the upper left of the photo was situated opposite what is now known as Blucher Av. Circa 1949.

    Date: c. 1949
    Courtesy: Bau and Edwin Earle
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  • Earle Property View

    Looking east from the Earle property “Fairearth” (near Whitehead Rd 2001). A glimpse of unsealed Payne Road with Alf Best & home amongst the trees (upper left). Circa 1948.

    Date: c. 1948
    Courtesy: Bau and Edwin Earle
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  • Essie and Lola Best Feeding Chooks

    How many of you remember feeding the chooks as Essie and Lola Best are doing here? Remember the chooks having the run of the property much the same as the kids did. Remember going to the chook pen to get an egg for cooking when you needed one. Remember some of the aggressive roosters. What about the ones who laid their eggs up under the big lantana bushes just so it wasn't too easy for us. Doesn't going to Coles for eggs seem a bit mundane. Essie is the wife of Ossie Best and Lola is their daughter.

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  • Gardening Team at Glenlyon House

    The gardening team at Glenlyon House in Glenlyon Drive enjoying morning tea. Pictured 2nd from the left is Reg Best. Circa 1920.

    Date: c. 1920
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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  • Grace Simpson

    Grace Simpson pictured sitting at the front of the Best Property in Payne Road and looking across to the home of Ossie Best. Circa 1943.

    Date: c. 1943
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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  • Grace Simpson riding Mona

    Grace Simpson riding “Mona” on the best property with the cultivation are on the flat and Enoggera Creek behind the tree line.

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  • James Campbell at Sweet Home Dairy

    James Campbell stands near the milk separator shed of the Best’s “Sweet Home Dairy”, 50 yards off Payne Road where School now exists. Circa 1926.

    Date: c. 1926
    Courtesy: Merv Campbell
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  • Les and Doris Best and children

    Les and Doris Best with their children, Daphne and Keith (at rear), Lawrence and Joyce in front.

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    Courtesy: Lillian Warren (nee Best)
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  • Lillian Best

    Lillian Best, daughter of Alfred Ernest and Margaret Best pictured under the family home at the Car of Waterworks and Settlement Rds. Note the old washing tubs on the left and the cane dolls pram, circa 1927.

    Date: c. 1927
    Courtesy: Lillian Warren (nee Best)
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  • Lily Best on family property

    Lily Best standing on the family property at cnr Greenlanes Road, Across Waterworks Rd the Kerr & Quarry rock crusher is visible on the left with the Alexander Bailey house and Post Office seen upper right. House in the centre is the Wyatt’s. Corn growing on the adjoining block was used for feeding the Best family farm animals. Circa 1929.

    Date: c. 1929
    Courtesy: Lillian Warren (nee Best)
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  • Local Lads

    Local lads, Edgar Levitt (left), Syd Erskine (right) and Ted Farmer (son of Gap Bus Proprietor, Bill Farmer at the front) pictured at the Best home in Payne Road.

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  • Lucina and Alfred Best’s home

    A view of the eastern end of Lucina and Alfred Best's home in Payne Road. Rose Kay's cockatoo Joey is observing the proceedings.

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  • Lucina and Leslie Best

    Lucina Emma Best (nee Bennet) pictured with her son Leslie Herbert Best, circa 1915.

    Date: c. 1915
    Courtesy: Bruce and Shirley Best
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  • Merv Kay

    Merv Kay pictured with his grandfather Alf Best. Circa late 1920s.

    Date: c. 1920s
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  • Merv Kay 1940

    Home on leave, young Merv Kay shows the family his uniform. Circa 1940.

    Date: c. 1940
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  • Merv Kay and his mother Rose.

    Merv Kay pictured at Payne Road in the 1940s with his mother Rose.

    Date: 1940s
    Courtesy: Merv Kay
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  • Merv Kay on Sweet Home Dairy

    Merv Kay on “Sweet Home Dairy” with a view of the neighbouring STANLEY property to the west.

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  • Merv Kay’s Telegraph

    As we all know there is nowhere in this world that you can hide from the inevitable human ageing process. Merv Kay receives his annual reminder whilst serving with the B.C.O.F. in Kure, Japan after the end of WW II.

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  • Mervyn Kay

    Mervyn Kay, circa early 1940s.

    Date: 1940s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • Mervyn Kay

    NO, it’s not the wild west, the cowboy pictured in Payne Road in the early 1940s is Mervyn Kay.

    Date: 1940s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • Mervyn Kay and Lillian Best

    Mervyn Kay and Lillian Best sitting on the steps of Grandad Alf Best’s Honey Room at Payne Road, circa 1925.

    Date: c. 1925
    Courtesy: Lillian Warren (nee Best)
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  • Mervyn Kay’s home

    The home of Mervyn Kay at 181 Payne Rad with a Jowett Javelin car out front. In the background is the home of Mervyn’s grandparents, Alfred and Lucina Best at #185.

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  • Muriel Best

    Muriel Best, wife of Reginald Walter Best. Circa 1920–30s.

    Date: c. 1920–30s
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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  • Muriel Prackert

    Muriel Prackert, the future wife of Reginald Walter Best.

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  • Oss Best, Mervyn Kay and Frank Bailey.

    Dressed as swagmen and standing in front of the Best home at 185 Payne Road are from left: Oss Best, Mervyn Kay and Frank Bailey. Circa 1928.

    Date: c. 1928
    Courtesy: The Colin Fanning Collection
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  • Ossie Best

    Oswald Arthur Best 1912 – 1983. Ossie was the youngest son of Alfred and Lucina Best, Payne Road. Photo circa 1979.

    Date: c. 1979
    Courtesy: Merv Kay
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  • Ossie Best and his nephew Merv Kay

    Ossie Best pictured with his nephew Merv Kay. Circa late 1920s.

    Date: c. 1920s
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  • Ossie Best and Rosie Stanley

    Ossie Best pictured with Rosie Stanley, the girl next door. The Stanley family owned the adjoining farm on the western boundary in Payne Road, circa 1921.

    Date: c. 1921
    Courtesy: Lillian Warren (nee Best)
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  • Ossie Best riding with Fluffy

    Ossie Best riding past the barn at his father's “Sweet Home Dairy” with Fluffy on the bike and Bluey beside him. The separator room is on the right.

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  • Payne Road 1930s

    Standing in Payne Road near the Campbell residence and looking outbound. Paten Road can be seen running off to the left with the Best homestead and farm buildings visible at the crest of the hill on the right hand side of the road. Circa late 1930s.

    Date: c. 1930s
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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  • Reg and Muriel Best with sons Doug and Bill

    Reg and Muriel Best with their sons Doug (left) and Bill (front).

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  • Reg Best on horseback

    Reg Best pictured on horseback outside his home at the corner of Payne and Moggill Roads. Circa late 1920s.

    Date: c. 1920s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • Reg Best with his two horses

    Reg Best pictured with his two horses, Robyn ard Diamond in front of the sulky shed at “Sweet Home Dairy”, circa 1920s.

    Date: c. 1920s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • Rosanna Lucina Kay’s Home

    Home of Rosanna Lucina Kay, daughter of Alfred and Lucina Best who lived at 185 Payne Road, son Mervyn lived at #181. Rosanna’s home was named “Home”.

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  • Rose Kay

    Rose Kay in the paddock at Payne Road with Mona and cockatoo Joey. Circa 1930s.

    Date: c. 1930s
    Courtesy: Merv Kay
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  • Rose Kay and Joey

    Rose Kay with “Joey” pictured in the front garden of her parents’ property in Payne Road.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Bill and Grace Best
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  • Rose Kay riding Mona

    Rose Kay (nee Best) riding “Mona” at home Payne Road.

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  • Rose Kay with Joey

    Rose Kay (nee Best) with Joey.

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  • Rose Kay’s cockatoo Joey

    Rose Kay’s cockatoo Joey has ridden across Payne Road and stalled the bike in Ossie Best’s driveway. No need to worry about being hit by a car, the next one is not due to pass ’till tommorrow. View of Payne Road inbound towards Kernel Street. Circa 1940s.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Merv Kay
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  • Rose Kay’s Home

    Home of Rose Kay, daughter of Alfred and Lucina Best, mother of Merv Kay. Home situated on “Sweet Home Dairy” property in Payne Road.

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  • Sweet Home Dairy property

    On the banks of Enoggera Creek in the “Sweet Home Dairy” property of Alf Best in Payne Road. Circa early 1940s.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Best
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  • The Gap Cemetery 1930s

    Buried in this row > Ellen Fanning, Lucina Best, Alfred Bennett (with tombstones) Cowan family (fenced). The first three mentioned are children of Joseph and Rosanna Bennett. Photo circa late 1930s.

    Date: c. 1930s
    Courtesy: Doug and May Easton
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  • William and Sarah Todd

    William and Sarah (nee Black) Todd, grandparents of Bruce and Lilly Best, emigrated to Australia 1910. Later moved to Fletcher Pde where Sarah had a small dairy and milk run. William had a horse and cart and repaired the roads. Photo early 20th century.

    Date: Early 20th century
    Courtesy: Lillian Warren (nee Best)
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