Stratford Historical Society and Museum

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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Looking for Macreadies

The Society has received an enquiry from a descendant of Hugh Macreadie, who died at Stratford in 1874. Hugh was licensee (but did not appear to own) the Stratford Hotel, and had at least 361 acres near Briagolong.

You can see the land Hugh made freehold above, on Middle Creek and just below the red three. This is just on the Briagolong side of what locals know as Murrays Corner. According to his probate papers, he possibly also owned 9A and 9b, plus 11, shown here made freehold by William Forbes. But he wasn't running much stock on them.  All this is part of The Fringe property today. 

There are a number of problems. Macreadie married Hannah Rosina (known as Rosina) Plumb, nee Parsons in 1869, and they had a son Hugh Kennedy Macreadie in 1871. He is shown as deceased on Hugh's death certificate in 1874, but Rosina claims he is alive when she is applying for probate. Then both she and her son disappear.

Can anyone help with what may have happened to them?


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