Kenyon Austin (Ken)  Elder

Kenyon Austin (Ken) Elder

Male 1890 - 1958  (67 years)

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  • Name Kenyon Austin (Ken) Elder 
    Buried Plaque in Peachester Cemetery.2005.  Cremated MT Gravatt Brisbane Queensland. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Born 6 Dec 1890  Wellington, New Zealand. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Jun 1958  Old Maleny Hospital, Maleny, Queensland. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Ken died of Prostate Cancer. 
    Notes 
    • And several of them attended Wanganui Collegiate:
      Paul Austin Elder, p133
      Rae Austin Elder, p116
      Robert Godfrey Elder, p160
      Kenyon Austin Elder, p116
      A A Elder, p116, p133
      H R Elder, p147, p160
      Norman Lascelles Elder, p147

      Reference: Wanganui Collegiate School Register, 2nd Edition, 1854 - 1939


      Wills:

      Both of these available at Wellington Archives.
      Austin Alison Elder, b 29 Dec 1864, d 13 Feb 1896, probate filed 18 Mar 1896
      Ref: AAOM 6029 5052

      Josephine Elder, probate filed 22 June 1935
      Ref: AAOM 6029 56701

      Schooling:

      Kenyon Elder went to Paekakariki School, admitted 27 Jan 1902, last school St Paul's, London, next school Wanganui Boys College.

      The family were living at Paekakariki Hotel in 1902.




    • (Research): Biography:

      Kenyon Austin Elder was born on the 6th Of December 1890 in Wellington New Zealand he was the third child of Austin and Josephine Elder. And his mother said he had dark blue eyes, hair going black, full of fun and mischief, musical, fond of all animals and especially ofBoo's pony Smudge. Kenyon went to school in England, and on the family's return to New Zealand to the Wanganui Collegiate School. At Wanganui he won a prize for the Latin. He studied economics at the University of New Zealand, Victoria College and then worked for the firm Wright Stephenson & Company, Ltd., Stock & Station Agents & General Merchants. In 1914 Ken sailed to Australia, and worked in the Hunter River region in New South Wales on a dairy farm and a sheep property, before joining the 13th Australian Infantry Battalion in 1915. He was with the Australian forces who landed at Gallipoli, and fought in Egypt and France. In August 1916, he was mentioned in dispatches for his gallantry in leading a ration and water party up to his company in the front line through an artillery barrage when others had failed to get through. Towards the end of the war he was badly wounded in the leg and suffered from mustard gas poisoning. He was in hospital in England before being sent home to Randwick Hospital in Sydney when he met his future wife, Una Flora Woods who was a physiotherapist.

      When he was well enough, Ken looked for some land to buy, and in 1921 he bought 35 acres at Bald Knob Landsborough. Bald Knob was up in the hills near the coast about 56 miles north of Brisbane, Queensland. The plan was to build a house and grow bananas. Ken and Una were married in Brisbane in November 1921 with his brother Paul, and Una's family there for the happy occasion. The was no road only at track to the land, and all the building material and goods have to be carried in on horseback. The land had to be cleared of heavy rainforest before bananas could be planted and when they matured there was often a glut in the market and little returns. They also grew small crops of beans, tomatoes and other vegetables. A Dirt road was built in the mid-20s, and they have the first car to go in that road it was a 1924 model Dodge. Known as Hoo, and they drove it for 22 years. When they got the car Ken could not drive because of his injured leg, and Una had only had a few driving lessons in Central Park in Sydney. In 1928, dairying, seemed the best thing to try and they also grew ginger, tung oil nuts and Leptospernum citratum for tea tree oil, used in antiseptics. He was one of the first to grow pecan nuts too. From dairying cream was sent to the butter factory and pigs were reared on skim milk. Later, they had hens, instead of pigs and the eggs were sent to Brisbane by rail. The farm was always too small, and it was hard to get more adjacent land, but they managed to make a living, had fun playing tennis and golf and really enjoyed the atmosphere of one of the most beautiful places in Australia. Ken worked hard right up to his death in June 1958, aged 67. Una continued to live at Bald knob until her death in November 1963. Family and friends remember Ken has a warm good-natured, generous person with high moral values a real gentleman, Ken and Una had a son Peter Kenyon, stillborn, in 1924 and two daughters, Robin Margarett, 1927, and Jean Kenyon, 1935, who both attended the Bald k Knob School. They walked or rode horses to school. There was a good horse paddock at the school, and many of the pupils had horses. Jean went to Maleny School by bus when the Bald Knob School was closed in 1945 because there were only nine pupils left.
      Robin and Jean still live at Bald Knob.
    Person ID I3  Simpson & Elder
    Last Modified 18 Oct 2007 

    Father Austin Alison Elder,   b. 29 Dec 1864, Hampstead, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1896, Te Nui, Wairapara, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Mother Josephine Neville O'Meara,   b. Abt 1865, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1935, Wellington, New Zealand. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Married 25 Sep 1886  Wellington, New Zealand. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F31  Group Sheet

    Family Una Flora Woods,   b. 27 Oct 1897, Forbes, N.S.W. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1963, Maleny Hospital, Maleny Queensland. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married Nov 1921  Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Unnamed Elder,   b. 1 Aug 1924, Sydney N.S.W. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Stillborn
    +2. Robin Margarett Elder
     3. Jean Kenyon Elder
    Last Modified 18 Oct 2007 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Kenyon A Elder
    Kenyon A Elder
    Sydney 1918
    Kenyon Austin Elder
    Kenyon Austin Elder
    Kenyon Elder Medals
    Kenyon Elder Medals


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