(Better late than never – here are some words and images)
BUCK & GASCOIGNE Family Reunion a success
More than 100 descendants of pioneer families BUCK and GASCOIGNE descended on historic Alison Homestead, Wyong NSW Australia on Saturday 11 November 2006 for a long overdue family reunion.
Family came from all over NSW and Queensland to Wyong Shire where their forebears settled in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many BUCK and GASCOIGNE descendants are still living in the Wyong and Tuggerah Lakes area and are connected with other pioneer families such as AMOR, BEDDING, DUNCAN, FERNANCE, LEGGE, STACKMAN, and WALMSLEY.
Alison Homestead, home of the Wyong District Museum and Historical Society, was the perfect venue. The wide verandahs and aptly named breezeway helped to keep folks out of the heat of the midday sun. Many toured the museum’s collection of artefacts used in the work, home and school life of our ancestors. The volunteer staff were very knowledgeable and ensured all were well looked after.
Many of those at the reunion were descended from the six children of Thomas GASCOIGNE and Sarah PATERSON. Thomas was the licencee of the Commercial Hotel (now the Grand Hotel) at Wyong before taking up 60 acres at Pipeclay Pointt in the 1890s in the area now bounded by Howelston Road and Gascoigne Road, Gorokan.
Thomas also built and operated the ferry ‘Wyong’ which could be hired by holidaymakers and picnic parties for transport down the Wyong River and across the lake to the Entrance and Toukley.
As the reunion was held on 11 November – Remembrance Day – those assembled took time to remember family who had served in the two World Wars and other armed conflicts.
Ernest BUCK enlisted in the AIF in August 1914 and was posted to the 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry Brigade. He took part on the Allies landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and two months later was shot in the chest. Ern was evacuated to a military hospital on the island of Malta, then to a hospital in Manchester England. He was unable to rejoin the fighting as his chest wound affected his heart and he returned to Sydney in May 1916. (see pte ernest buck – anzac for his story)
The LEGGE family settled at Tuggerah in 1896 and Byron LEGGE married Ernest’s sister Bertha BUCK in 1915. Ern came to visit them and recuperate from his wounds and decided to stay. Byron LEGGE was a builder, as was Ern BUCK, and they both found plenty of work in the booming Wyong Shire.
Ernest married Madge GASCOIGNE (daughter of Thomas and Sarah) in 1923. They built a house on the lake at Pipeclay Point and raised nine children. Ern would fish in the spring and summer and work building houses and other construction in the colder months.
Five of their nine children, Ron, Tom, Shirley, Hazel and Midge still live in the area and Mick and Bernice travelled from Queensland to attend the reunion with their families. Eldest daughter Jessie and another son Stephen were fondly remembered by their brothers, sisters, daughters, nieces and nephews.
The reunion was a resounding success! Those gathered representing four generations mingled and caught up on news of family life and new additions to the family tree. The youngest present were Lewyn PILIC, Kaylee QUINN and Harrison BUCK, all born in 2006 and descended from both the BUCK and GASCOIGNE lines.
Any descendants who would like further information on their family history or future events can contact Susan Buck at family_history ‘at’ dodo.com.au (replace ‘at’ with @).
Thank you to Kerrie BROOKS and John MAJOR for sharing their photographs.