EDITOR : Ronda Finnegan sent me this little snippet and photo of her great grandmother.

Jane Munro, my great grandmother, came to Australia in 1855. She married John Lines in 1861. Before their marriage John was a sheep overseer on a property “Carrabah” near Taroom in Queensland. Jane was Lady Companion to the manager’s wife.


John and Jane had 3 children born there before shifting to Roma. They were among the early settlers in the area. They grew the first crop of any extent of wheat in the district and won a prize for some of it at the Royal Melbourne Show in 1880/81.


Jane spoke Gaelic and enjoyed a conversation with anyone else who could speak it. My grandfather, Alexander Munro Lines (1867-1932), and father Malcolm Strafford Munro Lines (1898-1932) were born in Roma and family descendants including myself still live here.


Our daughter, Meryl, has offered to take me to Scotland next year on a tour and we also plan to visit Jane’s home town, Saltburn, Invergordon.


© Ronda Finnegan

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