The Ostles of Koorda
Family Album - Page 1
Mollie Picton-King (neé Ostle) has written a comprehensive and vivid history of her family's early days at Koorda in Western Australia
It is suggested that visitors to the site should first go to Mollie's Memoir, print it out and then read it while viewing the pictures from this album
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The wedding of Richard Ostle and Mary Stanwix on April 20th, 1921
After their marriage, Richard and Mary Ostle farmed at Cowgate, near Newtown. Their first two children, Richard and John, both died in infancy but, in 1924, a daughter Mary - always known as Mollie, was born. She is seen here, aged two, at Cowgate. Richard suffered from poor health, following service in World War I and took up an offer from a relative of his wife to spend a long holiday in Australia. He fell in love with the country and asked his family to join him there. Mary and young Mollie left England to join him in 1928.
They landed at Fremantle and traveled by train to join Richard in Koorda. The family is pictured here on their very first day in their new home, a rather primitive affair when compared to the fine farm house they had left behind in Cumberland!
Horse power at Koorda during the early days
Family and friends help out on the farm
By the late 1930s, Richard and Mary had a family of three; Mollie and been joined by Betty in 1928 and Richard Junr. (Richie) in 1930. The family had also been joined by two of Mary's brothers - Jack and Ted Stanwix. The farm had been expanded and the depression was over.
To follow the family through more recent times, click on the link below for the next page of their album.