Descendants of local farmers explore their shared history

Cemetery: Roslyn Story (nee O'Shaughnessy) of Adelaide and Wendy Hall (nee Button) of Benalla with Wandearah Cemetary curator Paul Collins.

Cemetery: Roslyn Story (nee O'Shaughnessy) of Adelaide and Wendy Hall (nee Button) of Benalla with Wandearah Cemetary curator Paul Collins.

Recently, a group from local, country and city South Australia and interstate visited Port Pirie, Crystal Brook and Wandearah in recognition of their family heritage.

Accompanied by their partners were the grandchildren of Jack and Mabel (nee Ferne) O'Shaughnessy, both of whom were born in Wandearah and farmed there until 1947 when they retired to Crystal Brook. Both died in 1977.

The get-together of cousins provided a time for them to meet and catch up with each other, and the day's programme included a Pirie tour, a formal dinner, a boat cruise and a barbecue.

Most of Saturday was spent visiting family sites, homes, farms and graves in Pirie, Crystal Brook and Wandearah.

Luncheon was held at the Wandearah Museum, and was provided by members of the Broughton Plains Heritage Society.

There was a friendly and welcoming atmosphere in a district where many of the group's parents once played sport and attended dances, weddings and funerals.

Photos and memories of family history were abundant.

The group felt that the collection and maintenance of historical items by the Broughton Plains Heritage Society had been significant in preserving the life and stories of the early pioneers.

Visitors came from Port Pirie, Crystal Brook, Port Broughton, Rhynie, Kapunda, Adelaide and Victoria.

Towards the end of the afternoon, the group visited the Wandearah Cemetery where their great grandparents were buried.

Cemetery curator Paul Collins gave a brief account of the cemetery's renovation.

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