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William Ashmore Sheaffe (1860-1947)

William Ashmore, the eldest son of Percy Hale Sheaffe, was born and raised on the family dairy farm at Yatte Yattah on NSW South Coast. In 1896 he moved to the Northern Rivers District in search of good farming land and purchased some 500 acres of land to become a prime dairy farm, and settled at Goonengerry near Mullumbimby, on the North Coast of NSW.
William Ashmore Sheaffe Birth/Death/Married  
williama.jpg (13286 bytes) b. 12/3/1860, Milton NSW

d. 2/8/1947, Goonengerry NSW

m.17/3/1917, Cecil Nelson Percy Whittall

Children as below

William Ashmore Sheaffe was considerably successful at his farming and business ventures and purchased the first private separator in Northern NSW.
He was extremely active in local affairs and was highly regarded in the community.
He married Cecil Nelson Percy Whittall and raised five sons and one daughter on the Sheaffe Homestead at Goonengerry.  Many of his descendants are still living in the area.

Descendants of William Ashmore Sheaffe

Percy Hale
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b. 14/12/1917, Mullumbimby, NSW
d. 21/12/2008, Mullumbimby, NSW

m. 29/4/1950, Olive June Paull, Sydney

Gregory Paul 1954 (me)
Debra June 1961

Percy owned and run a substantial bus company at Mullumbimby for many years. Always keen gardeners and orchid enthusiast, "retired" in 1969 and opened an orchid nursery at Brunswick Heads with June an acclaimed florist. A Rotary member of many years, Past District Governor & both Percy & June are Paul Harris Fellows.

More on Percy's life coming ...

Percy at the grave site of his grandparents, Percy Hale & Hannah Marie Sheaffe (circa 1984)

William Ashmore
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b. 20/8/1919, Goonengerry, NSW

m. 25/9/1948, Una Jean Weir

Gae Elizabeth 1949

Philip Ashmore 1952
Rhonda Jean 1953
Lesley Jane 1955

Bill operated a dairy and beef cattle farm on half the Goonengerry homestead property until recently. He served in WW1940-45 in the Middle East, Darwin & New Guinea. He has been a volunteer in the bush fire brigade, Goonengerry School P&C, Bangalow Masonic Lodge member - all for over 50 years! Bill taught Sunday School for 10 years, 6 years as a councillor on Byron Shire Council & "Citizen Of The Year" once in Byron Shire.

Howard Edward Percy
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b. 25/4/1921, Goonengerry, NSW
d. 23/05/2009, Lismore, NSW

m. 15/4/1950, Ruby Olive Weir

Carolyn Anne 1951
Stephen Wayne 1953
Barry James 1955
Julie Maree 1961

Howard ran dairy cattle on half the original property until a few years ago when it was subdivided with the family moved to the Kyogle district establishing the only dairy property in the area considered better than the original. They retired to Kyogle & eventually Goonellabah. Always keen gardeners, particularly vegetables & show flowers, Howard has been judging in NSW & Qld shows & events for over 60 years.

John Henry
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b. 13/3/1923, Goonengerry, NSW
d. 18/3/2006, Lismore, NSW

m. 2/10/1945, Norma Olive O'Meara, Mullumbimby

Denise Lynette 1946-47
Laurene Elizabeth
Margaret Dawn 1950
William Charles 1951
Robert John 1953
Vicki Leanne 1958

Moved from the farm to Wollongbar near Lismore.

Grace Hannah
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b. 18/1/1925, Goonengerry, NSW

m. 9/12/1948, Samuel James Charlton

Merrilyn Anne 1949
Cecil James 1952
Glenyce Grace 1954
Wendy Joy 1957

Grace also played the Federal Anglican Church organ for over 50 years. Sam & Grace ran a dairy farm at nearby Federal. They recently retired to Alstonville, ably assisted by Wendy-Joy.
(Photo by Wendy-Joy, 2001)

Roger George
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b. 5/9/1927, Goonengerry, NSW
d. 2006

m. 1955, Joan Gladwyn Devine

Bruce William 1956
Geoffrey Roger 1958
David John 1963
Peter Warren 1966
Suzanne Elizabeth 1973

Owned and ran Summerland Farm Machinery and service station in Lismore. Now run by his sons.

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Howard, Roger, Grace, William,
(front) Percy, Jack.

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L to R: Percy (with grand-daughter Sarah), Howard, Bill, Grace, Roger & Jack on Percy's 80th birthday, December 1997.

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