A convivial day

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Russell Barton (1830-1916) rose from humble beginnings to become a pastoralist, mine-owner and politician.

In the late 1870s he built Russell Lea Manor on 24 hectares of land at Five Dock. The property was subdivided in 1913 to become the suburb of Russell Lea.

Barton was the eldest of thirteen children and with his wife Jane McCulloch Davie had a large family of eleven children. The photograph shows a family gathering at Russell Lea which may well be the occasion of Russell Barton’s 80th Birthday. A newspaper report from September 1910 described him as ‘one of the busiest of business men in Sydney… After a convivial day… when family members met to wish him ‘many happy returns of the day’ he was in his office on the following morning attending to urgent important matters’.

More photographs of Russell Lea Manor can be seen on flickr.

Posted on September 8, 2015, in Russell Lea and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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