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Murray John (Eakie) ASHBY

Murray John (Eakie) ASHBY

Male 1927 - 1966  (39 years)

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  • Name Murray John (Eakie) ASHBY  [1
    Nickname Eakie 
    Born 22 Feb 1927  Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • The BRB has the birth date as 22nd Feb 1927 whereas Dianne Facey has it as 22nd Feb 1925.
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes
    • «b»Murray John Ashby«/b» b. 22/2/1927 at Kongorong, S.A. Nickname - "Eakie".

      Married: Margaret Edge (b. 10/10/1926). V

      His occupation: Dairy farmer of Kongorong but moved to Mt Schank shortly before his death.

      -He was a noted sportsman and represented the Mt Gambler Cricket Association and earlier the Kongorong Club. and played competitive tennis and darts.

      Eakie was always big for his age and even though Viv was older Eakie was bigger and stronger. Viv remembers being the loser in his fights with Eakie. When VIV was at school and Eakie wasn't they would wrestle and Eakie would say "l've got the school boy down".

      Eakie was in trouble one day in school so went out and climbed a pine tree. When Old Schol went to get him down Eakie said "You come and get me" and pelted pine cones at him.

      One day, his parents went to town and left Herb (aged about B or 9). Eakie and Viv at home. The telephone rang. Herb answered it and said "Nobody home" and hung up The telephone had not been connected very long and everyone was shy of it.

      When Eakie left school he went to join up but they wouldn't let him as he was too young and told him he had to work in the factory. Eakie said if he wasn't old enough to join up he wasn't old enough to work in the factory. They said he was big enough and strong enough so that's where he was to go.

      Warley remembers asking Eakie to mend his motor bike before going to see Margaret. He didn't have time so Warley hid his rubber boot. When Eakie went to find it to go to work at the factory the next morning there was hell to pay.

      Eakie and Chas represented Mt Gambler in Country Cricket in Adelaide one year and while they were playing a man started firing bullets at the players. One of the opposition was killed and one injured Eakie came home and said he was so scared he hit the ground so hard he hid under the grass.

      His death notice from the "Border Watch" newspaper of 8/1 1/1966:-

      Ashby - on November 4th at Nene Valley, Kongorong (result of accident) Murray John of Mt Schank, loved husband of Margaret Ashby. father of Carol, Deborah and Heather. aged 39 years He was interred at the Mt Gambler Cemetery.

      An account of the drowning was also published. Headed "First Day tragedy" and "Searchers still comb beach". Although a number of theories have been expounded, the cause of Fridays crayboat tragedy in heavy seas off the coast between Port MacDonnell and Carpenters Rocks has not been determined. Police and local residents are still combing the shallows at Nene \\/alley for the second member of the crew 17 year old Peter John Black, of Kongorong. The body of the Skipper, Murray John Ashby, 38. of Mt Schank was recovered 2 miles north-west of Nene Valley shortly after 6 p.m. Friday ....... ..

      The first news of the boat's non arrival in port was received by Senior Constable C. G. Wilson. it had been due at Port MacDonnell at 2 pm. Mr Blackall of Kongorong sighted an overturned boat in the shallows N.W, of Nene Valley. Mr A. M. K. Ashby, a brother recovered the body. The 27 foot boat, the "Lancier" was split down the centre lying on a reef 300 yards offshore. The motor and rigging were missing and two life jackets were still hanging in the boat. A watch wom
      by Mr Ashby had stopped at 2 p.m. SC Wilson is preparing a report of the mishap for the Coroner (Shortened version with the main facts).

      Children ..................................:
    Cause of death Drowning  [1
    Occupation Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Dairy farmer 
    Died 4 Nov 1966  Nene Valley SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I-4679  Christina and Donald McLean | Archibald McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 9 Mar 2018 

    Father James Edward ASHBY,   b. 30 Nov 1889, Tantanoola SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1967, Port MacDonnell SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship -1485 
    Mother Maria Mabel MCLEAN,   b. 27 Oct 1891, Beulah Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1981, Allendale SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Relationship -1485 
    Married 2 Dec 1914  Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F-1485  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family M E 
     1. CM A
     2. DG A
     3. HA A
    Last Modified 10 Dec 2013 06:28:00 
    Family ID F-1539  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    0380 - 50th wedding anniversary of Maria & James Ashby.jpg
    0380 - 50th wedding anniversary of Maria & James Ashby.jpg
    WM A (I4554)
    IA A (I4570)
    DEDOZ A (I4544)
    CJ A (I4636)
    KCoW A (I4668)
    HDoG A (I4617)
    HHoSB A (I4689)
    DJoOH A (I4578)
    BVoT A (I4707)
    AMK A (I4731)

    STORIES At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] PUBLICATION BRB 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995 copies available, Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .

    2. [S-148] FS Dianne Facey - ID 4624 - evidence pending , Worksheet 29 on 3rd March 2018 - inputted by Don Gordon on 9th March 2018.
      Details provided by Dianne are held in the records of the C&D McLean Committee. These records are accessible via 'Contact us' on the homepage and will eventually be available at the Strathalbyn NTSA.