Gordon Cairo Parr, 19151943 (aged 27 years)

Birth October 3, 1915 37 32
Source: NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Registration Number: 47392/1915
Birth of a sisterMay Frances Amy Parr
1917 (aged 1 year)
Birth of a brotherAlfred Parr
August 3, 1920 (aged 4 years)

Birth of a brotherWalter Victor Parr
April 5, 1928 (aged 12 years)
Death of a fatherJohn Thomas Parr
February 1, 1930 (aged 14 years)
Note: DEATH OF MR. JACK PARR WELL KNOWN CARRATHOOL

DEATH OF MR. JACK PARR WELL KNOWN CARRATHOOL RESIDENT

Surprise and regret was expressed on Saturday evening, when it became known that Mr. John Thomas Parr, a well-known man in the Riverina, and an old resident of the Carrathool district had died suddenly as the result of poisoning.

According to the police report Mr. Parr had latterly suffered from ill-health, and had gone to Wagga to obtain medical advice. Some time after doing so he again complained of not feeling well and is stated to have threatened to take cyanide. On Saturday evening it is reported that he was seen to put some white substance into a cup and drink it, throwing the balance in the fire-place.

He collapsed, and died almost immediately. The police subsequently recovered the substance from the fire-place, and brought it to Hay where an analysis showed it to be cyanide. The body of deceased was brought to Hay on Sunday for a post mortem, examination, after which it was taken back to Carrathool for interment.

An inquiry into the circumstances of death will be held today (Friday). Mr. Parr who was 51 years of age, spent his boyhood days in Hay and Oxley, at which places his father was a hotel keeper. He chiefly followed the calling of a drover, and was highly esteemed by all with whom he came in contact. He is survived by his wife and a large family. —'Riverine Grazier.'

Narandera Argus and Riverina Advertiser (NSW : 1893 - 1953) Friday 7 February 1930 p 2 Article

Death of a maternal grandfatherMichael E Ledwidge
November 4, 1931 (aged 16 years)
Burial of a maternal grandfatherMichael E Ledwidge
November 5, 1931 (aged 16 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherRose Ann Parker
August 26, 1940 (aged 24 years)
Note: Newspaper article

Newspaper article

Obituary

MRS. ROSE ANN LEDWIDGE

The death occurred in the Hay Hospital on Monday of last week, of Mrs. Rose Ann Ledwidge, at the age of 78 years.

The deceased had been in indifferent health for some years and had several times been a patient in hospital, being admitted for the last time only two weeks prior to her death.

The deceased lady was very well known and highly respected in the Carrathool district having lived there from the age of nine years.

She was born at the Billabong Creek, Jerilderie, and went to Howlong Station with her father. Up to the time of her last illness, Mrs. Ledwidge was always ready to relate tales of the early days of the district and one was always assured of an interesting conversation with her when she was in reminiscent mood and re-lived the days of her youth.

While in her early twenties she married Mr. Michael Ledwidge, a well-known teamster of the Carrathool district, who pre-deceased her by nine years.

Of her eight children six survive her. They are: Leo (Sydney), Margaret (Mrs. Parr, Hay), Michael John (Darlington Point), Alfred Thomas (Jerilderie), Albert George (Sydney), and Frank Bartlett, who is at present in camp with the A.I.F. at Ingleburn.

One son was killed at Gallipoli in the last war, and one was accidentally drowned in the Murrumbidgee many years ago She is also survived by a large number of grandchildren and some great grandchildren. Four of her sons served with the A.I.F.

The funeral was held on the day following her death, the interment being in the Roman Catholic portion of the Hay cemetery. The Rev. Fr. McGrath performed the ceremony, which was attended by a large circle of her friends and relatives. The large attendance and the number of floral tributes spoke eloquently of the popular esteem in which this pioneer of the district was held.

'Riverine Grazier.'

Jerilderie Herald and Urana Advertiser (NSW : 1898 - 1958), Thu 5 Sep 1940

Burial of a maternal grandmotherRose Ann Parker
August 27, 1940 (aged 24 years)
Farewell
Farewell
May 13, 1941 (aged 25 years)
Source: The Riverine Grazier (Hay, NSW : 1873 - 1954) Tuesday 20 May 1941 p 4 Article
Note: CARRATHOOL

CARRATHOOL

(From Our Own Correspondent)

SEND-OFF TO SPR. PARR

A public send-off organised by the Patriotic Fund, was given to Sapper Gordon Parr in the Parish Hall on the 13th instant. Notice having been extremely short, arrangements were very hurried. Nevertheless quite a nice gathering was present. The night being very cold, those present availed themselves of plenty of dancing.

Mrs. Miller supplied the music, extras being given by Mrs. Parr, Messrs. McLeod and Lewis. On Sapper Parr's arrival, all joined merrily, in singing 'For He's a Jolly Good Fellow.' At about 10.45, Sapper Parr, accompanied by his mother and other citizens, assembled on the platform.

Mr. B. J, O'Donovan. acted as chairman in the absence of Mr. Sinclair, who was unable to be present. Before introducing the speakers he mentioned that Sapper Parr had lived the greater' part of his life in Carrathool and welcomed him back to the town for his short stay. He also extended a welcome to another visitor present, the guest's brother-in-law, Sapper C. Stewart.

Mrs. Heffernan, president of the Red Cross, conveyed the Society's, very sincere wishes, adding how proud they were to do everything possible for the boys and assuring the guest of the Society's best services at all times. With best wishes for a safe return she handed him a parcel of smokes from the ladies of the Red Cross.

Mr. Hiscocks, on behalf of the Patriotic Fund, extended a welcome to Sapper 'Parr and his mother, adding, although he was pleased to be there, he was also sorry to see another of the town boys leaving us. He had watched 'Snow' grow from childhood to manhood and sincerely trusted he would soon be back among them again with the horrors of war over.

On behalf of the citizens of Carrathool and district, he handed Spr. Parr a wallet. Mr. O'Donovan, on behalf of the R.S.S.I.L.A., praised the work and responsibility the soldier of today was undertaking and with the hopes that the victory they were all so valiantly fighting for would soon be here. He handed Spr. Parr a steel mirror with the League's best wishes for a successful and safe return.

All joined in singing 'For He's a Jolly Good Fellow.' Sapper Parr thanked all patriotic bodies and all present for their nice gifts, speeches and their presence. He added, he hoped he would soon be with them all again. All circled the guest and his mother singing Auld Lang Syne. Community singing followed for a short time, but dancing was first favourite to keep warm.

The Red Cross ladies served a nice supper later. At about 1 o'clock the singing of Auld Lang Syne and the National Anthem closed a very pleasant night. Sapper Parr and his mother left Carrathool by train on Thursday, his mother to her home now in Hay and the soldier lad en route to camp. Several friends were at the train to bid them au revoir.

The Riverine Grazier (Hay, NSW : 1873 - 1954) Tuesday 20 May 1941 p 4 Article

Death September 24, 1943 (aged 27 years)
Source: Jerilderie Herald and Urana Advertiser (NSW : 1898 - 1958) Thursday 21 October 1943 p 3 Article
Note: Obituary

Obituary

SAPPER GORDON C. PARR

Very sincere regret was expressed in Hay on Wednesday of last week when it became known that Sapper Gordon C. ('Snowy') Parr, of the Royal Australian Engineers A.I F.. had been killed in action in New Guinea.

Sapper Parr was. the fourth son of the late John Parr of Carrathool and Mrs. Parr of Hay. He was almost 28 years of age and was single. Born at Hay, he had spent most of his life in the Carrathool district, being a member of one of the best known families in that district.

He was employed by the W.C. and I.C. at Finley when he enlisted in that town in 1940. Sailing to the Middle East he saw a good deal of action in that theatre of war being in Palestine, Syria and Egypt as well as being one of the renowned 'rats of Tobruk.'

He was in the big push in which the Germans were started off on their last rush out of North Africa and returned home with the Ninth Division. He had been in New Guinea a couple of months. His mates spoke of him as being an expert at 'de-lou'-ing' minefields.

Deceased is survived by five brothers, two of whom are in the A.I.F., and six sisters. He was a nephew of Mr. Tom. Ledwidge, of Jerilderie.

Jerilderie Herald and Urana Advertiser (NSW : 1898 - 1958) Thursday 21 October 1943 p 3 Article

Family with parents
father
18781930
Birth: August 18, 1878Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 1, 1930Lachlan Street, Carrathool, New South Wales, Australia
mother
18831954
Birth: July 4, 1883 24 23Howlong Station near Hay, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 1954Hay, New South Wales, Australia
elder sister
19021903
Birth: 1902 23 18Hay, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1903Hay, New South Wales, Australia
17 months
elder sister
19031994
Birth: May 22, 1903 24 19Carrathool, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 29, 1994Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder brother
19051980
Birth: August 13, 1905 26 22Young, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1980Cooma, New South Wales, Australia
17 months
elder brother
2 years
elder sister
3 years
elder sister
1910
Birth: 1910 31 26Carrathool, New South Wales, Australia
20 months
elder sister
19112015
Birth: August 28, 1911 33 28Bringagee, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 19, 2015McFarland Wing, Hay Hospital, Hay, New South Wales, Australia
brother
Private
himself
19151943
Birth: October 3, 1915 37 32Hay, New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 24, 1943Finschhafen, Morobe, Papua New Guinea
2 years
younger sister
19171995
Birth: 1917 38 33Hay, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 14, 1995Windale, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
younger brother
19202005
Birth: August 3, 1920 41 37
Death: December 26, 2005Mater Hospital, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
sister
Private
younger brother
19281988
Birth: April 5, 1928 49 44Hay, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 7, 1988
Birth@NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Registration Number: 47392/1915@
Farewell@The Riverine Grazier (Hay, NSW : 1873 - 1954) Tuesday 20 May 1941 p 4 Article@
Death@Jerilderie Herald and Urana Advertiser (NSW : 1898 - 1958) Thursday 21 October 1943 p 3 Article@
Farewell

CARRATHOOL

(From Our Own Correspondent)

SEND-OFF TO SPR. PARR

A public send-off organised by the Patriotic Fund, was given to Sapper Gordon Parr in the Parish Hall on the 13th instant. Notice having been extremely short, arrangements were very hurried. Nevertheless quite a nice gathering was present. The night being very cold, those present availed themselves of plenty of dancing.

Mrs. Miller supplied the music, extras being given by Mrs. Parr, Messrs. McLeod and Lewis. On Sapper Parr's arrival, all joined merrily, in singing 'For He's a Jolly Good Fellow.' At about 10.45, Sapper Parr, accompanied by his mother and other citizens, assembled on the platform.

Mr. B. J, O'Donovan. acted as chairman in the absence of Mr. Sinclair, who was unable to be present. Before introducing the speakers he mentioned that Sapper Parr had lived the greater' part of his life in Carrathool and welcomed him back to the town for his short stay. He also extended a welcome to another visitor present, the guest's brother-in-law, Sapper C. Stewart.

Mrs. Heffernan, president of the Red Cross, conveyed the Society's, very sincere wishes, adding how proud they were to do everything possible for the boys and assuring the guest of the Society's best services at all times. With best wishes for a safe return she handed him a parcel of smokes from the ladies of the Red Cross.

Mr. Hiscocks, on behalf of the Patriotic Fund, extended a welcome to Sapper 'Parr and his mother, adding, although he was pleased to be there, he was also sorry to see another of the town boys leaving us. He had watched 'Snow' grow from childhood to manhood and sincerely trusted he would soon be back among them again with the horrors of war over.

On behalf of the citizens of Carrathool and district, he handed Spr. Parr a wallet. Mr. O'Donovan, on behalf of the R.S.S.I.L.A., praised the work and responsibility the soldier of today was undertaking and with the hopes that the victory they were all so valiantly fighting for would soon be here. He handed Spr. Parr a steel mirror with the League's best wishes for a successful and safe return.

All joined in singing 'For He's a Jolly Good Fellow.' Sapper Parr thanked all patriotic bodies and all present for their nice gifts, speeches and their presence. He added, he hoped he would soon be with them all again. All circled the guest and his mother singing Auld Lang Syne. Community singing followed for a short time, but dancing was first favourite to keep warm.

The Red Cross ladies served a nice supper later. At about 1 o'clock the singing of Auld Lang Syne and the National Anthem closed a very pleasant night. Sapper Parr and his mother left Carrathool by train on Thursday, his mother to her home now in Hay and the soldier lad en route to camp. Several friends were at the train to bid them au revoir.

The Riverine Grazier (Hay, NSW : 1873 - 1954) Tuesday 20 May 1941 p 4 Article

Death

Obituary

SAPPER GORDON C. PARR

Very sincere regret was expressed in Hay on Wednesday of last week when it became known that Sapper Gordon C. ('Snowy') Parr, of the Royal Australian Engineers A.I F.. had been killed in action in New Guinea.

Sapper Parr was. the fourth son of the late John Parr of Carrathool and Mrs. Parr of Hay. He was almost 28 years of age and was single. Born at Hay, he had spent most of his life in the Carrathool district, being a member of one of the best known families in that district.

He was employed by the W.C. and I.C. at Finley when he enlisted in that town in 1940. Sailing to the Middle East he saw a good deal of action in that theatre of war being in Palestine, Syria and Egypt as well as being one of the renowned 'rats of Tobruk.'

He was in the big push in which the Germans were started off on their last rush out of North Africa and returned home with the Ninth Division. He had been in New Guinea a couple of months. His mates spoke of him as being an expert at 'de-lou'-ing' minefields.

Deceased is survived by five brothers, two of whom are in the A.I.F., and six sisters. He was a nephew of Mr. Tom. Ledwidge, of Jerilderie.

Jerilderie Herald and Urana Advertiser (NSW : 1898 - 1958) Thursday 21 October 1943 p 3 Article