Frederick Alexander Timbs

1.4.4 – 4th child of Catherine Anderson and Henry Timbs

Frederick Alexander TIMBS                     Emily Eleanor ‘Ellen’ RENDALL     

b.1860                                                                      b. 1864

at Kiama, NSW                                                      at Cambewarra, NSW

d. 31st July 1936                                                      d. 17th November 1934

at Dapto, NSW                                                        at Dapto, NSW

Frederick and Ellen were married at Kangaroo Valley in 1886. Ellen was the daughter of Thomas RENDALL and Mary A HUNT. They were to have seven children: Emily Mary TIMBS                                 b. 1886 at Marshall Mt, NSW (Frederick) Thomas H TIMBS          b. 1889 at Marshall Mt, NSW David Alexander TIMBS                      b. 1st March 1893 at K Valley Henry Marshall TIMBS                        b. 1895 at Marshall Mt, NSW Annie May TIMBS                                    b. 1898 at Marshall Mt, NSW Elsie Margaret TIMBS                            b. 30th Nov 1900 at Marshall Mt, NSW Ethel Irene TIMBS                                    b. 13th June 1907 at Marshall Mt, NSW

Always a farmer, Fred bought his father’s 150 acres County Camden Parish Bundarra for~400 in Aug 1895. In Sep 1895 he transferred the Grant of Conditional Purchase for this property to Thomas Rendall. After his mother’s death in 1896 Fredrick continued farming Lot 6 at Marshall Mt and after his father’s death the property which was heavily mortgaged was transferred in 1900 to Fred. Lot 6 was transferred to Thomas Rendall Jnr of Barrengarry, Farmer and he subsequently transferred the property to Fred’s wife, Emily Eleanor (nee Rendall) (known as “Ellen”) in 1905. In March 1904 the district was ravaged by a severe thunderstorm which caused flash flooding of the Macquarie Rivulet. The ‘South Coast Times” on l7Dec 1909 reported on the devastation caused by bushfires:

 Since our last issue the farmers in and around Albion Park have suffered a dire calamity in the shape of disastrous bush fires, which wreaked their vengeance in all directions on Tuesday and Wednesday. In many instances the unfortunate farmer has been left homeless, and to an extent, penniless. Their sufferings in the past through extended droughts and having to hand feed their herds were surely sufficient but this calamity to come upon them is deplorable in the extreme, it is little to be wondered at that the greatest sorrow and sympathy is universally meted out to those who have practically lost their all. The fire spread with wonderful rapidity, and travelled a distance of 12 miles in a little under two hours. The farms in the Ton garra district fared the worst, and that portion is simply one blackened mass. Albion Park township was at one period in imminent danger of being demolished. The business people, however, closed their places and set out together with hundreds of other willing workers, to help to quell the onrushing flames. These volunteer fire-fighters are deserving of the highest commendation for in many instances they effected remarkable saves. On Wednesday, again, a strong westerly wind was blowing and the flames raced along the mountain side taking everything before them. Unfortunate cattle, poultry, pigs, etc. perished in large numbers, while many cattle were so severely scorched and burned that it was found necessary to destroy them. On Wednesday morning the Shellharbour Council proceeded to transact its usual business, but they had not got far when word came that Alderman Armstrong’s farm was in peril. Business was abandoned and the alderman set out to assist the gallon t band of fire-fighters. Mr HG Fraser lost his home “Ton garra House” together with stacks of fodder, outbuildings etc. also a number of head of stock. Mr B Rutledge’s home was demolished, and he and his family escaped with only their wearing apparel. The homes of Mr M Brown lee and Mr GeoFlitcroft werealsodemolished. Mr Fred Timbs (MarshallMount) lost all his outbuildings and dairying appliances, but the homestead was fortunately saved. Other heavy losses are: Messrs E Rogan, H Thomas, H Gower, E Hazelton, Jas Fowler, A Graham, Mrs JRogan, WMoles, J Fallon, I Walker, MO’Gorman, A Johnstone, S Clark, G Fleet, E Couch, H Pryor, MGill, JHamilton, G Griffin (who had a recently-erected house demolished) and many others. The exact amount of damage done is not as yet known, but the figures will run into many thousands of pounds.

 Obviously with the financial help of Ellen’s family Fred w able to farm Lot 6 until his sons, David and Henry married. When Ellen died on l7November 1934 at Dapto Lot 6 was transmitted to Francis Tomkins of Dapto, Metalworker (her son-in-law). Fredrick Alexander Timbs died on 3lJuI 1936 at Dapto and was buried at Brownsville.

 From Journey Through TIMBS – A History and Family Tree of William Timbs and his descendants.