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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 with the Fursman farm cauliflower harvest, circa 1960s. Augie was the caretaker of the Enoggera Waterworks until 1970. Bill Fursman became the next caretaker in 1971.

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

    Bill Fursman with his nephew George Fursman and Bob Mitchell in the 1930s.

    Date: 1930s
    Courtesy: Nancy Fursman
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  • Bill Fursman

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  • Bill Fursman’s Cauliflower Crop

    Bill Fursman with a truckload of caulieflowers ready 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

    Creamy the horse working with Bill Fursman on the cauliflower crop. Farm horse Creamy, from the Holder farm “Mountfield”, had a change ownership to the Fursman family after the sale of the “Mountfield” property in the 1960s.

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

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  • Fred and Vera Fursman

    Fred and Vera Fursman in the front yard of their property on Waterworks Road, located just west of the School Road corner with The Gap State School and School Road visible in the top left hand corner. With Fred and Vera are their sons, from left: Bill, Brian, Ray and Terry.

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  • Fursman Farm

    Hard working farmhouse Dixie ready to haul another load of cauliflowers from the Fursman farm to market, circa 1940s.

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

    The Fursman’s cauliflower crop growing on top of the hill overlooking the Enoggera Dam, circa 1940s.

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

    Bill Fursman on his farm harvesting cauliflowers for market with horse and wagon, circa 1960s.

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

    Fursman’s farm at the end of Payne Road, The Gap, circa 1960s. A fine crop of cauliflowers are growing on the flat with more recent plantings on the hillside up to the farmhouse.

    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

    Bill Fursman tending to his thriving crop of strawberries in 1953.

    Date: 1953
    Courtesy: Nancy Fursman
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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 hunting wild pigs at the 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 displaying two wild pigs shot on the Waterworks property, circa 1970s.

    Date: c. 1970s
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  • Royal Brisbane Show

    The Moreton exhibit of produce at the Brisbane Royal National Show, 1964. Cauliflowers grown by Bill and Nancy are displayed in the centre under the “Moreton” sign.

    Date: 1964
    Courtesy: Nancy Fursman
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  • Washing Beans

    Bill Fursman preparing his crop of beans for market by washing them in a 44 gall drum of water. Nancy Fursman, her sister Olive and niece Mary are ready to assist.

    Date: c. 1956
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  • Watermelon crop

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  • Watermelon crop

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  • Wild Pig

    Another invasive wild pig removed from Enoggera Waterworks, circa 1970s.

    Date: c. 1970s
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  • Young Nancy Fursman

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