Frederick Ahern and Hilda Ellen Golding
Fred and Hilda married in Rockhampton on the 4th January 1930. They had 11 children:
James William (Bill), Frederick, Gordon, Hilda Ellen, Caroline, Joseph, Mary Dorothy (Dot), Ronald, Clarence, John and Josephine (Mary).
Fred and Hilda raised their children in Emu Park during the Depression – Fred was a very capable man. He caught fish and possums to feed his family. He was good to the American soldiers who camped in Emu Park during WWII. He became good friends with Howard Latham (I’m not sure of his rank, but he was the head of the US soldiers in Emu Park). Fred worked as a railway ganger. His sons, Fred and Bill, became railway drivers.
Hilda’s parents were Richard Golding and Margaret McPhie. Richard was born in Suffolk, England in 1864. He came out to Australia with two of his brothers. Richard married Margaret in Charleville, QLD. Margaret was 14 years younger than him. Apparently, Richard had a sheep station in the area with his brother Herbert, but because of a bad drought, the farm couldn’t support both brothers’ families. Richard and Margaret and their children moved to Rockhampton in 1912. They had 8 children:
Isabel Margaret, Thomas McPhie, Dorothy Mary, Edith Jean, Marjorie Robinson, Hilda Ellen, Richard Eshor and Reginald Lawrence.
Richard had a shop in Emu Park in the mid 1920s but then became an orderman for a big grocery store in Rockhampton. He retired, age 60, to Emu Park.
The land where Ahern St is now was once a Chinaman’s garden. He sold the land to Fred Ahern because he wanted to return to China. The family house was built there but was destroyed in a cyclone in the 1940s. Fred re-built and later split the land up amongst the children.
Richard Golding lived on what is now Golding street. Fred’s son Fred still lives at Oak street which lies between the two streets named for his grandfathers: Ahern St and Golding St.
See a copy of Hilda and Fred’s family tree.