Prisoners of War

Many would not be aware that Forest Range and Lenswood hosted soldiers captured during World War 2 as labourers for farms.  Many of the local men were away fighting and the “prisoners of war” provided valuable labour.  Some families took on internees as labourers including Frank Hackett, Roy Mason, Max Vickers and Harry Rowley.  Joyce Leslie…

Families left behind

John Vickers and Eliza Badenoch settled in the Swamp Road in September 1889 purchasing Mount Farm from George Chidgzey.   John came from the Nottingham region and married Eliza (born Carey Gully of parents from Scotland and England) in 1888. John and Eliza were strong community workers and his has been passed down through the…

Families left behind

Our forebears left behind their families when they moved to Australia.  One of our members has shared a letter written by his 3 x great grandmother in London in 1869 to his 2 x great grandparents in Australia. Gran never saw her grandchildren. Mary Fennell (nee Duck) had five children.  Her son John and his…

Emily Rowley

Emily Scissley Schultz married Harry Esmond Rowley and lived in Lenswood on an orchard for many years.  She was born in May 1911 and died in August 2005.  They had six children; Joyce, Dene, Rosemary, Pam, John and Merilyn.  Joyce has shared her oral history with us which we will soon upload to our oral history…

Vehicles of our past

  We all loved our first vehicles.  Imagine how special they were in earlier days.  Click here to read a story about an early vehicle owned by the Stafford family We would love to share your stories about your old family vehicles too.  Send us your photos an stories.   lenswoodforestrange2012@gmail.com  

Anna Ings : Matriarch

In each community there are a couple of people from whom many of the current residents are descended.  In our community Anna Ings is the mother to many of us. Anna has descendants that pass through several generations in the district and include surnames such as Green, Fry, Brockhoff, Caldicott, Townsend, Shaw, McAulay, Conlon, Mason,…