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JAMES  HANHAM  TUCKER (1)

Page history last edited by Robyn Lockwood 8 years, 2 months ago

JAMES HANHAM TUCKER

 

James, known as Jim was born at Lake View Sandergrove on 19 th January 1882, the 8th. child of Walter John and Annie Tucker.

His grand parents, George and Lucy Tucker were pastoral pioneers of Sandergrove , purchasing land from the crown for lake view 8 kms. s.w. from Strathalbyn about 1850.

Jim was educated at Sandergrove and Strathalbyn schools and learned farming with his father and brothers.

 

He was an excellent horseman and polo player and a first class rifle shot .

On march 11 th. 1901, when Jim was 19 years he left to serve at the Boer war in Africa as trooper 606 of the south Australian imperial Bushmens corps.

His brother, Walter George Ewen Tucker, 22 years, also volunteered for the Cavalry, with others from Strathalbyn.

 

the Australian contigents - the lancers , the mounted infantry , the first Australian horse , the light horse , the commonwealth horse , the mounted rifles , the imperial bushmen , never fought as one Australian division . With the New Zealand and Canadian contigents , they were divided and attached to British regiments .

 

On 22 nd. April, 1902, Jim sent a wire to his parents from Albany, saying they would be home at the end of the week.

On 25 th. April , 1902, Jim’s parents travelled by train to Adelaide , and met Jim and George at the port on 27 th. April

 

Their father wrote in his journal on 1st. May , 1902.

 

‘’ a social given tonight in honour of the boys return from Africa - we all went - a splendid gathering . ‘’

 

This was followed by a family gathering and a dance for the young ones.

 

A week later, a big dance was held in the Sandergrove school.

On 2 nd. June , a wire from south Africa announced that peace was proclaimed.

 

‘’ the bells were ringing . ‘’

 

Jim took up the offer of a returned soldiers block of land to develop into a farm at Henty , between wagga and Albury in new south wales . His friend and fellow soldier , George Borrett, took the adjacent block. His brother, George established his farm on a part of the family Lake View property at Sandergrove.

 

On 21 st. August , 1905 , at age 23 , Jim, in the company of Harry Henderson , set off on the long journey to Henty with gem Rankine’s horses.

During the following months, he returned to lake view twice, each time taking another 8 horses to Henty, then stayed away for 2 years, creating ‘’ Fitzroy Farm ‘’ for cropping and grazing merinos.

 

A condition by the government was for dwellings to be constructed during the first year of occupancy. Jim and George met this by building a house on one’s block and sheds over the fence on the others and sharing it all while they established their farms.

Another neighbour of Jim’s was Headlie Taylor who was well known for designing and building the header. The machine revolutionised harvesting on farms because it could reap and thresh out the grain. Before the header, two machines were needed – the stripper to cut the stalks then the labour intensive winnower to thresh .

Today, Henty is still known as the ‘ home of the header’.

 

Jim was a successful exhibitor at the Henty shows with his sheep and farm produce.

Jim travelled to Warooka at the foot of Yorkes Peninsular for his wedding with school teacher, Mary Vigar at the Methodist Church on 1 st. November,1911. It appears their romance was conducted by post cards .

 

The honeymoon was a long journey by horse and buggy to Henty .

Two of Jim and Mary’s four children were born at Henty.

Muriel Hanham Tucker in 1915 and kenneth james in 1916 .

 

Sadly, the farm and life the family enjoyed at Fitzroy Farm ended in 1918.

While it was as a result of the Boer war that Jim spent 13 years at Henty, it was as a result of World War 1 that he left there to return to Sandergrove .

Jim’s youngest brother, John Stewart Tucker was killed in action at Gallipoli on May 2 nd. 1915. Then, further tragedy when his second youngest brother was killed in Palestine on December 22 nd. 1917. These brothers were to farm at Lake View on return from the war .

 

On his fathers request, Jim returned to Lake View after 13 years at Henty.

Jim owned the first header in the Strathalbyn district then bought the first tractor in the area in 1923 .

 

Mary and Jim added two children to their family at Sandergrove – Elizabeth McDonald Tucker and Hubert Arthur Tucker . Mary died in 1937 age 58 years . In 1946 Jim married widow, Fanny Wylie. He died July 30 th. 1950 ,age 68 and was buried at Sandergrove in the Tucker family cemetery.

 

Researched and written by Carolyn Tucker, August 2012

 

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