You are here:--Martin Family

Martin Family

The 47th year of Strathaven Hatchery is celebrated in the quilt panel.

When Walter and Jessie (nee Dickson) Brown migrated to Australia with daughter Kathleen (born 15″ March 1900) on the ship “Strathaven” in 1911, it was only fitting that their farm here at The Gap be called “Strathaven”

Settling in their first home at Milton, Kathleen completed her schooling at Milton State School, then had a career as a tailor until her marriage to Percy Martin on the 18th September, 1926, in the Ann Street Presbyterian Church.

Percy Thornelle Smith Martin, affectionately known to all as “Nig,” was born on the 115 May 1900 at Helidon and educated there until he was 11, leaving school to help support his 10 siblings. Working at the local butchers and all types of jobs on farms as well as learning to operate machinery, he was learning life skills which were to prove a great asset in his later life.

The family moved to Kelvin Grove for better education opportunities and Nig was to become a driver with “Finney’s Transport Company”.

On 11th May, 1925, Walter and Jessie purchased lot 92 here at The Gap on the western side of Hilder Road on the corner of Waterworks Road. Containing just on 8 acres, the property was part of the original soldiers settlement and had a modest cottage on it. They were soon growing crops, had various farm animals and some poultry and it was to this farm a young Kathleen would bring her new beau, who she had met at a Scottish social and Walter grew to like the lad who showed a real interest in farming life. Theirs was to become a lifetime of trust and respect.

Kathleen and Percy (Nig) married on the 18th September, 1926, in the Ann Street Presbyterian Church. Jessie diedsuddenly in 1931, so the young couple moved to be with Walter, and Nig continued as a truck-driver, helping every spare moment on the farm.

Two children, Kathy born 19th September, 1934; and John the 26th October, 1936, brought much joy to the household – both becoming pupils at our local school.

In 1941, Walter signed an area of land over and Nig set about to get “Strathaven’” up and going. He was to design and make various labour-saving inventions as well as collecting many awards for his breeds of poultry. Nig passed away on the 12th August 1953 and Kathleen and her Dad carried on, assisted by local man, Roy Vinter, who had worked for them since the age of 14. Following a fall, Walter passed away in 1956 and Roy and Kathleen battled on ‘til Kathleen became ill in 1963.

Attempts to sub-divide into housing lots were continually rejected and faced with another round of crippling “Death Duties” resulted in its sale at a rock-bottom price to a developer who was prepared to wait for The Gap to grow.

Daughter Kathy, now lives at Everton Park. John married local girl, Janice Napier. John passed away suddenly on the 29th March 1993 and their son Peter 18 days later on the 16″ April 1993. His two daughters, Julie and Karen and son Christopher have produced 8 grandchildren.

Source: Reflections 2, Memories of The Gap, © Copyright 2000 by Richard Speechley

 

  • Grandfather Walter Brown

    Nig Martin’s father in law.

    Date:
    Courtesy: Jan Martin
    Quick View
    Details
  • John Martin

    A young John with his horse Biddy.

    Date:
    Courtesy: Jan Martin
    Quick View
    Details
  • Julie Martin

    Julie Martin pictured at the front gate of her Napier grandparents home at 61 Payne Road. An almost new Holden utility is parked outside and the Ullin Street Presbyterian Church is visible across the road, circa 1962.

    Date: c. 1962
    Courtesy: Jan Martin
    Quick View
    Details
  • Kathleen Martin and baby Kath

    Date:
    Courtesy: Jan Martin
    Quick View
    Details
  • Martin home

    Martin home – corner Hilder Road topside.

    Date:
    Courtesy:
    Quick View
    Details
  • Martin kids under the mango tree

    Karen (left) and Julie at rear, with Peter (left) and Christopher Martin at front, pictured under the mango tree on the Martin property at the corner of Waterworks and Hilder Roads. circa 1966.

    Date: c. 1966
    Courtesy: Jan Martin
    Quick View
    Details
  • Nig Martin

    Perey (Nig) Martin and his wife Kathleen (Nee Brown) 1926.
    (Photo on right) Nig Martin 1900–1952. Pictured in 1950.

    Date: 1926 & 1950
    Courtesy: Jan Martin
    Quick View
    Details
  • Nig Martin

    A young Nig Martin who put his age up to enlist in WWI. On hearing of his enlistment, his irate Mum soon had him returned to the family hearth. Her “wee bairn” was too young to go to war.

    Date:
    Courtesy:
    Quick View
    Details
  • Nig Martin with daughter Kathleen

    Date:
    Courtesy: Jan Martin
    Quick View
    Details
  • Nig Martin with family and friends

    L-R Back row: Friend, Kathleen Martin, young Kathleen, Walter Brown.
    Front: Nig (Percy) Martin, young John and friends.

    Date:
    Courtesy: Jan Martin
    Quick View
    Details
  • Pat, Judy, Jan and David Napier

    From left : Pat, Judy, Jan and David Napier pictured in their front yard at 61 Payne Road. In the background is their father’s Whippett car. Circa 1950.

    Date: c. 1950
    Courtesy: Jan Martin
    Quick View
    Details
  • Waterside workers early 20th Century

    An early 20th Century photo of a group of waterside workers with Walter Brown pictured at the end of the centre row, far left. Walter and wife Jessie purchased property on the corner of Waterworks and Hilder Roads in 1925 and over a number of years it developed into a sizeable poultry farm which passed to their daughter Kathleen who had married Percy (Nig) Martin.

    Date: early 20th Centur
    Courtesy: Jan Martin
    Quick View
    Details
2018-03-23T00:54:04+00:00