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Richard and Paulina Short - Written by Harold Short



Richard and Paulina Short



Written by Harold Short



Faithfully Reproduced by Michael P O'Neill



My Father, Richard Short, was born on the 22nd of July 1873 in Moggill, Ipswich to English parents, William and Sarah Short. My grandfather William migrated from England when he was 19 and worked as a blacksmith/farrier. He married Sarah Ann Walker, also an English migrant, in 1861 and the following year selected 18 acres on Moggill Road next to the Brisbane River near the present Moggill ferry. It was here that they had their family. Dad left home when he was about 12 years old as he had differences with his father and worked at a brickworks in or near Brisbane, later working on the railway. My mother, Paulina Louise Wieland, was born on the 5th of September 1879 at Rosewood Scrub, Ipswich to Prussian parents, Ernst and Christiana Wieland. Her birth certificate shows Pauline, however, she was always known as Paulina-as shown on her marriage and death certificates.



Mum and Dad were married on the 31st December 1898 in the Methodist Parsonage, Gympie to the rites of the Wesleyan Church. After their marriage, Dad worked around the Murgon area with the railway and drew a farm block of 160 acres on the Boat Mountain Road about 3.5 miles north of Murgon. He dairy farmed, growing corn, oats, pumpkins and cotton although the cotton was not successful as the soil was not suitable.



My mother was a strong woman and managed the farm chores, whilst Dad and Wally worked away during the week. Mum and the children milked between forty and fifity cows. The milk was separated, the creamsent away and the separated milk fed to the pigs. Mum took great pride in her horse and sulky that was her main form of transport. The horse was a grey and a very good trotter. She took the sulky into Murgon on Saturday Mornings to do the shopping. To transport the family, Mum also had a buggy that was bigger and stronger. Usually two of us rode beside her with the other three or four in the back. She managed her duties well, looked after her own father until his death in 1932 and was the mainstay in raising us nine children.



Dad worked with Wally on the railway line between Murgon and Proston building skeleton bridges. They earned more money as they had a horse to do the heavy work, clearing and laying the track. Mum and Dad sold the Boat Mountain farm to my brother-in -law Tom Fahey. My brother Percy and his family moved onto the newly bought farm at Mt Murchison near Biloela around christmas, 1941. I took Mum and Dad up early January 1942 to join the others on the farm.



Mum moved to be with her daughter, Violet, so she could seek extra treatment for her illness in Maryborough. She died in 1945, aged 65 years and is buried in the maryborough Cemetery. Dad was fairly deaf from about his mid thirties, his deafness believed to have been caused by perforated ear drums. In later life, glaucoma nearly blinded him. He died in Biloela in 1951 at the age of 78 and is buried in Biloela.

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