Maude Keir and Maurice Atkinson.
Maude Keir and Maurice Atkinson.

Family relives heritage

NAVIGATING a horse-drawn sulky through potholes on the dirt road from Boomi, near Goondiwindi, Robert (Bob) Atkinson and wife Minnie brought their eight children to settle in Warwick almost a century ago.

The Atkinson family trek took place in 1923 and on Saturday 22 first cousins and their families converged on Junabee to celebrate their family’s settlement in the Rose City.

Atkinson family reunion organiser Maurice Atkinson spent countless hours piecing together family history for the event.

“People now just don’t know the hardships their families went through,” Mr Atkinson said.

“Bob left Ireland with a pocketed belt of gold sovereigns and a white ivory-handled pistol.

“In 1910 he married 21-year-old Minni Lenz from Goondiwindi and first settled in Boomi where eight of their 11 children were born.

“My father Andrew (Andy) is 94-years-old and still remembers the journey from Boomi to Warwick.”

Mr Atkinson said on arrival in the Rose City the family lived temporarily in a house at the corner of Wood and Short streets. They moved to 2 Lyons Street, then on to Killarney Junction. Minnie and Bob spent the rest of their years at 101 Wood Street.

First cousin Maude Keir beamed with family pride and appreciation for Maurice’s organisational skills.

“It was high time we all caught up at a function that wasn’t a wedding or a funeral,” she quipped.



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