Origin of the surname
"Gardener" (Old French). Spelling variations include: Gardiner, Gardner, and others.
First found in in Oxfordshire where they were seated from very early times.
1813 - ?
George Gardner arrived in Australia on 25 Feb 1836 as a convict aged about 23 years old aboard Recovery. Nothing is known of him prior to that date. He married Mary Grimes at Capertee (NSW) on 14 Feb 1846. Nothing is known of him after the birth of his son, Attwood Charles Gardner, on 24 Dec 1862.
Charles Gardner, 1862 - ?
On Christmas Eve 1862, Attwood Charles Gardner was born at Tareelwung Station, Coonabarabran, NSW. The reason for the choice of his unusual Christian Name is unknown, but one possibility is that it may have been the maiden name of one of his grandmothers. In any case, he must have liked it because he passed the name on to his own son 24 years later.
His parents, George Gardner and Mary Grimes, had married sixteen years earlier at Capertee, NSW. George had arrived in Australia in 1836 as a convict aged 23 years old.
In 1883 Attwood was 21 years old and employed as a coach builder living at Coonamble, NSW. He met 24-year-old Frances Kemp and they had a child, Frances Elizabeth ("Tolla"). They were married on 8 November 1884 in St Barnabas Church. In 1885 their son Attwood Charles was born and named after his father. Two years later Bertha Ada was born and another two years later came Emma Mary. Amy Laura Emily Gardner was born at Gum Carwell near Quambone (NSW) on 12 March 1892. Her father was, at this time, employed as a boundary rider on Mobala station.
Six more children followed: Clara May (1893), Vida Robina (1895), Georgina Jane (14 March 1897 - also at Gum Carwell), Nora Olive Lavina, Albert and Daisy Una Geraldine. Descendants
Little is know about the remainder of his life, except that he witnessed his daughter Amy's marriage to James Jolliffe at Quambone in September 1909.
Emily Gardner, 1892 - 1952
Amy Laura Emily Gardner
Amy Laura Emily Gardner was born at Gum Carwell, Mobala station near Quambone (NSW) on 12 March 1892. She was the fifth of eleven children born to Attwood Charles Gardner and Frances (nee Kemp). Her father was a station hand who worked in the Coonamble-Quambone district.
When she was about sixteen she met her future husband, James Jolliffe, who was nine years her senior. He was a rural worker like her father and became well known in Western NSW for his feats of strength and endurance despite his small stature. They were married at St Paul's Church, Quambone on 26 September 1909. Amy was just seventeen and a half years old. The marriage was witnessed by Amy's elder sister, Emma, and William Boyd. After the marriage the newlyweds went to live at Norwick, Cowra.
It was at Cowra that their first child was born on the first day of May in the following year: Stella. Less than a year later they had a second daughter (Merle born 16 April 1911), followed by Isobel (20 August 1913) and Wilfred James (22 June 1915). Their fifth and last child, Brian Attwood, had to wait a further nine years (born 10 August 1924).
For a period when the children were young, Amy and Jim lived at The Angle, a property in the fertile Lachlan Valley near Goolagong (NSW). In later years they lived in a house in Ferguson Street Canowindra.
On 31 January 1929, Amy witnessed her daughter Stella's marriage to Reginald Angus Fleming at All Saint's Church, Canowindra. Stella was, at eighteen, only a few months older than her mother had been on her wedding day. As a result of this, Amy was only 37 years old when her first grandchild was born (Reginald Bruce Fleming). He has many fond memories of fun holidays spent with his grandparents in Ferguson Street Canowindra. Amy was a great grandmother who delighted in showing her grandchildren the skills of farm life, such as how to preserve various home grown produce such as eggs and fruit.
It came as a great shock to her family when Amy died suddenly (after a short illness) on 23 September 1952 at the age of just 60.
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