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Fursman Family

William Fursman – Born 18th March 1914, Died 28th September 1996.

Nancy (nee) Winn- Born 16th June 1913, married 9th December 1939 at Albert Street Methodist Church.

The words on this quilt panel “From the Good Earth” tells the story of their years as growers of the best of produce, beans, tomato and cauliflower along with cabbage, watermelon, cucumber and pumpkin in the rich fertile soil immediately below our local Enoggera Reservoir.

As they stand clutching two huge cauliflowers, we are reminded that each year at The West Moreton Horticultural exhibit at the R.N.A. (Ekka) the caulis on display were from their farm.

Bill arrived in The Gap with his family as a 3 year old from Cedar Creek and settled on Lot 822 containing 10 acres on the hill to the south and down to the Reservoir flats.

Educated at our local school, the sudden death of his Dad in 1921 saw him leave school at 14 and commence his farming life and by age 17, his farm was well on the way to becoming firmly established. Crops were rotated and rows laid out in a most orderly fashion.

Nancy Winn had arrived with her family from Bishop Auckland, County Durham aged 13 in 1927 and settled in Orchard Street (now Firhill Street) Ashgrove West. It is thought that Nancy was possibly the first “Billy Girl” in Australia as she assisted her Dad and Uncle with the dairy-farm work and milk deliveries. She spent time as a cook at “Granite House” to the Kennedy family and after courtship with Bill, they married on the 9th December, 1939 at The Albert Street Methodist Church. For the next 57 years, they worked side by side keeping the vegetables on a steady flow to the markets.

The Gap Historical Society is proud to have Nancy as our first Patron.

History Source: Nancy Fursman aged 89 (in 2002) carries on with her fancy work and is a member of The Gap Garden Club.

Panel Embroidery: Julie Rowe.

Panel Crochet: Nancy Fursman. 

 

  • Augie Sprenger

    Augie (Augustus) Sprenger, caretaker of the Enoggera Waterworks to 1970 is pictured on the neighbouring Fursman farm, circa 1960s. Bill Fursman became the caretaker in 1971.

    Date: c. 1960s
    Courtesy: Nancy Fursman
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  • Bill Fursman

    A youthful Bill Fursman is pictured here in the 1930s with his nephew George Fursman and Bob Mitchell.

    Date: 1930s
    Courtesy: Nancy Fursman
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  • Bill Fursman

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  • Bill Fursman’s Cauliflower Crop

    Bill Fursman pictured with a truckload of caulies for the Brisbane Markets, Circa 1960.

    Date: c. 1960
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  • Cauliflowers for market

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  • Chickenhawk

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  • Creamy the Farm Horse

    Once the pride of the Holder farm “Mountfield”, farm horse “Creamy” was to change ownership to the Fursman family in the 1960s after the sale of “Mountfield”. Pictured here with Bill Fursman and the cauliflower cultivation.

    Date: c. 1960s
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  • Farm Horse

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  • Fursman Farm

    Down on the Fursman farm, Dixie prepares to haul another load of cauliflowers for market. Circa 1940s.

    Date: c. 1940s
    Courtesy: Nancy Fursman
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  • Fursman Farm

    Cauliflowers growing high up the hillside on the Fursman farm overlooking the Enoggera Dam. Circa 1940s

    Date: c. 1940s
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  • Fursman Farm

    Bill Fursman harvesting cauliflowers for market, circa 1960s.

    Date: c. 1960s
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  • Fursman Farm

    A view of Fursman’s farm at the end of Payne Road. Cauliflowers are growing on the flat with more recent plantings all the way up the hillside to the farmhouse. Circa 1960s.

    Date: c. 1960s
    Courtesy: Nancy Fursman
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  • Fursman Farm

    Bill Fursman surveys a bountiful crop of “caulies” from the packing shed. The Fursman homestead in background.

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  • Fursman Farm Strawberries

    STRAWBERRIES!!! Another backbreaking job for Bill Fursman and wife Nancy in 1953.

    Date: 1953
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  • Fursman Farm View

    View from Bill and Nancy Fursman’s farm, across the Dam filter beds to Mt Nebo Road. Date unknown.

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  • Nancy and Bill Fursman

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  • Nancy and Bill Fursman on Farm

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  • Nancy and Bill Fursman’s Wedding

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  • Nancy and Bill Fursman’s Wedding

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  • Nancy Fursman

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  • Nancy Fursman and Family

    Nancy Fursman and family back in England, her father was a cornet player of note.

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  • Nancy Fursman Farming

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  • Nancy Fursman’s Cauliflowers

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  • Outing on the reservoir

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  • Pig Hunting

    Bill Fursman after another successful day hunting destructive wild pigs in the backwaters of Enoggera Dam. Circa 1975.

    Date: c. 1975
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  • Pig Hunting

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  • Pig Hunting

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  • Pig Hunting

    Bill Fursman pictured with two wild pigs shot on the Waterworks property. They are very destructive and create a constant threat to the areas near the water’s edge, circa 1970s.

    Date: c. 1970s
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  • Royal Brisbane Show

    The Moreton exhibit at the 1964 Brisbane Royal National Show. Directly under the Moreton sign, cauliflowers grown and provided by Bill and Nancy Fursman take pride of place.

    Date: 1964
    Courtesy: Nancy Fursman
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  • Washing Beans

    Bill Fursman washing beans for market in a 44 gall drum of water. Looking on are Nancy Fursman, her sister Olive and niece Mary.

    Date: c. 1956
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  • Watermelon crop

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  • Watermelon crop

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  • Wild Pig

    Another statistic of the campaign to rid the Enoggera Waterworks of destructive wild pigs. Circa 1970s.

    Date: c. 1970s
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  • Young Nancy Fursman

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