In Week 4 of 6, although you are only suppose to submit one story I actually submitted two under the subject of ‘Creating a Backdrop’. Both stories were about Margaret Jane Snowdon nee Lydeker my 2nd great grandmother. This one was written when Margaret is elderly and reminiscing about her childhood. It was submitted on 13 January 2017.
Margaret, now an elderly lady, closed her eyes and let her childhood memories come flooding back.
Her earliest memory was of hiding frightened under her bed when the local aborigines came looking for handouts of food.
Margaret laughed a little as she remembered in winter how they covered themselves with kangaroos skins when out walking and were often told they looked like emus instead.
When Margaret was about seven they left Bobinawarrah and travelled south through King Valley by horse and buggy some 21 miles to another farm in King Flat. It was as though she could still see the wattle in full bloom, soak up the warm spring sun on her face, and feel the jolting rhythm of the buggy.
Not long after they had settled, a gentleman arrived one evening to tell them he was a teacher from the newly opened school. Margaret was so excited when told she could attend. Even having to cross Boggy creek didn’t dampen her enthusiasm. She was darn right miserable on the days she was unable to cross.
A few years later Margaret watched Mr Quinn and his nephew round up stock to take off the land they had leased from her papa . Instead of a final payment, they were given a good horse. As Margaret helped the nephew unbridled the horse and let it go in their orchard, she noticed that Ned Kelly was a fine looking young man.
A knock at the door brought Margaret back to the present!