1967 Subdivision.


7,000 acres of Unrestricted Freehold Title

In compliance with the request of the New South Wales Government

to provide lands for Closer Settlement

The Australian Agricultural Company offered 6 Blocks for sale by

Public Auction on 14th December, 1967 in Quirindi.


Situated 6 miles from Willow Tree township & railway; 124 miles from Newcastle Seaport;

228 miles from Sydney.  All Blocks front an existing road. Rainfall of 25 inches. Abundant supply of underground water available at shallow depths.


Block 1  of approximately 1,125 acres was purchased by the Bull family for $98/acre. It was farmed by Walter Palmer and wife Caroline (nee Bull).  Walter was related to Frank Palmer, a long time employee of the A.A. Co’s  Warrah Station and every day rode his horse from Willow Tree over the ‘Tollbar’ Hill, to work on the Station.  Frank lived most of his life in a cottage in Willow Tree, until his death many years ago.

Later, the Block was subdivided with the northern section sold to Wallace & Milton Barwick, and the southern portion sold to Tony & Sue Grills.

John Benham is now the current owner of both Blocks 1 & 2 and named “Nara”.


Block 2  of approximately1,100 acres was purchased by Tony & Sue Grills for $80/acre.  The Grills family also had holdings on the Borah Creek Road and Caroona Road out of Quirindi.


Block 3  of approximately 1,230 acres was purchased by Scott Duddy Pty Ltd for $78/acre and was named “Tullamarine”.  This Block was later sold to Brian Marheine and the present owner is Romani Pastoral Company.  Scott Duddy and family are now farming a large area they named “Millers Creek Plains” which is positioned along the Blackville Road and the Cattle Lane.


Block 4  of approximately 1,110 acres was purchased by Stan & Bernie Morgan (Morgan Bros) for $106/acre.  This Block was the choicest farm as the top price indicated.  In December 1971, Morgan Bros also purchased the portion (about 200 acres) east of the Warrah Ridge Road from Block 6.  Stan Morgan’s sons, Mike & Pat acquired their Uncle Bernie’s share in 1975.  To consolidate their holdings west of Currabubula, the farm was sold to Brian Marheine in 1980.  The present owner is Romani Pastoral Company.


Block 5  of approximately 1,185 acres was purchased by Dr Cecil Baker of Tamworth for $66/acre.  This Block was share-farmed by Pat Carter & Howard Penrose. Later sold to Col Smith, then to Ted Wilkinson and now owned by John Smith, who has converted the farm into a horse breeding enterprise.


Block 6  of approximately 1,185 acres was purchased by Laurie Perrett (with father Roy & brother Peter) of Gunnedah for $70/acre.  The area of about 985 acres on the top (west) side of the Warrah Ridge Road was sold to Cliff & Margaret Harris in 1971.  Later, in 1975 they onsold a western portion of about 360 acres to Albert Allen.

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25.09 | 09:36

Absolutely delighted to come across a part of my direct ancestors history about which I knew very little and shall endeavour to find out more
Thank you Prof. A.

23.09 | 22:23

Very interesting Kelaher family history. Impressive number of trained nursing sisters. Jack lent the Copelands a cream horse, Playboy, in 1950's, ridden by Kate

09.09 | 17:58

Wonderfully informative. Thank goodness for Jane and John Atchison's work

06.09 | 14:33

I am Jack Kelaher and I am proud of my pop, dad and ancestors.

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