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Yarroweyah family leaves land

Morris legacy is no more after six generations owning the same piece of Yarroweyah land.

ROB HENSON June 30, 2014 3:47am


A Yarroweyah farm will no longer be Morris-family-owned land after six generations.

Colin Morris is moving to Shepparton with his wife Lorraine.

‘‘I think it’s going to be a bit of a shock,’’ he said.

‘‘I don’t think it will actually hit us until we leave.’’

The dairy farmer has studied the family history which shows Morrises have worked the piece of land since the mid-1800s.

‘‘They had a hard time during the depression between the wars, but everyone just got on with it,’’ Mr Morris said.

Mr Morris’ ancestor Thomas Morris moved out from Scotland in the 1850s, and originally tried his luck in Bendigo at the goldfields.

Later he and his family moved to Violet Town and Benalla, with Thomas believed to have been a roadworker on what was to become the Hume Hwy. He later served in the infantry and was promoted to lieutenant.

Thomas Alexander ‘Alec’ Morris — Colin’s grandfather — was born in 1860, and later settled in Yarroweyah.

Alec’s son, Thomas ‘Bob’ Morris, was born in 1888 in Yarroweyah and played football for Cobram, and with four other excellent Yarroweyah recruits formed the ‘Yarroweyah Five’.

With the arrival of irrigation, the property was broken up for the Murray Valley Soldier Settlement Scheme after World War II.

With Colin and Lorraine’s children pursuing other opportunities, the eldest son in IT, another finishing a university degree and their daughter working in a bank in Melbourne, the couple will retire to Shepparton in mid-July.

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