William PURNELL was listed as a farmer and orchadist. He also had a contract for delivery of mail fr…

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William PURNELL was listed as a farmer and orchadist. He also had a contract for delivery of mail from Galston to Arcadia. The mail was carried by buggy, six times a week, for the sum of 36 pounds per annum. The mail arrived about midday at the Arcadia Post Office which was a slab buiding with a bark roof. Then the return trip was made to Galston. The boys in the family were all involved with horse racing, trotting and greyhounds. A good friend of theirs was the well known jockey of the 20's and 30's, Billy COOK.The family also had a lovely pony "Slogger" that won many Prize Ribbons and their mother stitched them altogether and made a blanket for "Slogger"

When the family were in their teens their house in the Galston valley burned to the ground and they lost everything. It was thought the boys left a candle too close to the curtains. A neighbour in the valley took up a collection and a little house was built beside the Bus Station, with a store attached and their mother ran the shop selling sweets and drinks.

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