FAMILY GATHERING: Brothers Ron (left) and Lex McCoombes are looking forward to holding a family reunion at Lobley Park, Churchill, later this month and are hoping to find the missing links in their family tree.
FAMILY GATHERING: Brothers Ron (left) and Lex McCoombes are looking forward to holding a family reunion at Lobley Park, Churchill, later this month and are hoping to find the missing links in their family tree. David Nielsen

McCoombes hope to attract 126 years of history at reunion

MEMBERS of the McCoombes clan will reunite at the place where their Ipswich story began in 1887.

Brothers Ron and Lex McCoombes are keen to find the missing links in their complex family tree, the seed of which was planted when their grandfather, Samuel David McCoombes, first arrived in the Churchill area in the late 19th century.

Many other well-known Ipswich names have joined the tree over the last 126 years, and the McCoombes brothers would like to see as many as possible at the reunion in Lobley Park, Churchill, on September 29.

"We started on our own family tree about 10 years ago and there are other McCoombes that we want to get in touch with," Ron said.

"Samuel lived in Woodgate St, Churchill from about 1867. He worked with horses all his life but also worked for the council.

"He died pretty young - aged 54."

Ron and Lex's father James took charge of the family horse business from there.

James was later involved in the construction of the Redbank railway workshops.

"He was on the workshop site from about 1952 onwards - reconfiguring the railway and working on the trucking yards and workshops and the construction of buildings," Ron said. "Dad was the next in charge to chief engineer."

Believe it or not, Ron said he believed his father's family was friends with Dan Kelly.

"Dan used to come in from the Fernvale area and spend time with them," Ron said.

"Dad and several of his brothers and sisters claimed to have seen the 'D.K.' brand on his thigh - where his father had branded his initials."

"He looked after the family from an early age," Ron said.

"He went through the depression and raised a family including four boys and three girls."

Family friends and school friends of the McCoombes are also invited to the reunion.

Ron said the McCoombes had married into other families including those with the names Campbell, Pascoe, Bryant, Bently and Langland.

The reunion will start at 10am on September 29 at the Lobb St side of the park.

For more information phone Ron on 3281 3554.



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