George Stevens was born in Clarencetown in 1864. He was the fourth child of John Stevens and Maria Ford, both of England. George was 79 years of age when he died at ‘Killarney’, Dyers Crossing surrounded by family. He had been active until four months prior to his death.1
When George was 12 years of age (1876) he came with his parents to Dyers Crossing, where they selected land and commenced farming. The long journey from Clarencetown was made by bullocks and dray and took many days to accomplish.2
For the greater part of his life he was engaged in the timber industry as a teamster, and in the early years of the Upper Wallamba Dairy Co. he conveyed the society’s butter to Bullock Wharf, Nabiac. Later in life he was engaged in dairy farming on his property ‘Killarney’.3 When George was 72 years old he won the draught horse section in the Nabiac Show.4
George was a quiet man not taking part in public affairs, though supporting worthwhile causes.
He was married to Miss Eliza Hickey of the Upper Myall for 54 years, who predeceased him by five years. He was survived by their 9 children and 24 grandchildren.5
Author: Joan Holmes nee Stevens.
Eliza Stevens nee Hickey: https://midcoaststories.com/2018/10/eliza-stevens-nee-hickey/
James Hickey Stevens: https://midcoaststories.com/2018/09/james-hickey-stevens/
1 Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales, 19 May 1943, 2.
2 Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer, Tuesday 25 May 1943, 4.
4 Northern Champion, 9 May 1936, 3.
5 Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer, Tuesday 25 May 1943, 4.