William and Mary Benbow
William and Mary's marriage was obviously a great partnership, as they started out with very little. Courage certainly, optimism, patience and a great enduring strength for work and they must have been very practical. With a house full of children to organise, a handful of tree cuttings, a pocketfull of seeds, pips and nuts, with their love and caring for one another, they made a wonderful world for themselves.
It all sounds so very romantic but behind this story lie the furrowed brows, workworn hands, the tell tale rheumatic joints and premature wrinkled skins. Their children were all healthy, most of them married into farming or farm related work and businesses. All were able to look back and say, "Mum and Dad were a great couple and God must have blest them to let them live long enough to look back on so much.
Success they had in their small way, but as they grew old and their families moved away, the farm became too much for William. He sold off a portion to ease the load.
It is nice to know
the old homestead "Ladymoor" which housed a great little family, still stands
- clear, clean and solid, like the pioneer who built it.