The eldest Thorn family member in attendance at the reunion, Wendy Robinson, 71, with the youngest, Kathryn Thorn, 3.
The eldest Thorn family member in attendance at the reunion, Wendy Robinson, 71, with the youngest, Kathryn Thorn, 3. Sarah Harvey

Young and old gather for reunion

A REUNION of the family that pioneered Ipswich - the Thorn family - had many members of the clan meeting for the first time at the weekend.

The group gathered to honour the legacy of George Thorn, whose name became an icon in its own right in the late 1800s.

George made Ipswich his home and was part of St Paul's Anglican Church, the turf club and the botanic gardens.

George Thorn's descendants met on Saturday to enjoy the reunion.

Rick Thorn is the great-great-grandson of George, and said meeting new

family members for the first time had been incredible.

"It's been a great opportunity to meet members of the family I've never met before. There's quite a wide representation of the Thorn family here today," Mr Thorn said.

Georgiana Kert, from Pine Mountain, is a descendant of one of George's 10 children. She said the day had been a huge success.

Of the 38 family members to come together, the youngest was three-year-old Kathryn, who soon won the family over.

The group met at Claremont House, where in 1863 George bought the magnificent gothic-styled mansion Claremont, beside the Bremer.

It was the Thorn family home for more than 40 years. George died there on April 28, 1876.



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