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Yamba family reunites

Sharmian (nee Marr) and John Maxwell, of Yamba, with their son, Johnno from Sydney, at the Marrs’ bi-annual family reunion over the Easter long weekend.
Sharmian (nee Marr) and John Maxwell, of Yamba, with their son, Johnno from Sydney, at the Marrs’ bi-annual family reunion over the Easter long weekend. Sharmian Maxwell

IT WAS ON for young and old when up to 80 descendants of a Yamba heritage family met for a reunion over the Easter weekend.

Four generations of the family came from across eastern Australia to be at the event according to Yamba resident and family member Sharmian Maxwell.

"The oldest was 95 years old and she came up from Melbourne. The youngest would have been seven months old," she said.

A picnic was held at Flinders Park, just across the road from the house in Clarence St that was occupied by the first couple in the family to live in Yamba, Vida and Walter Marr.

The Marrs spent time in Nimbin and Evans Head before settling at Yamba early last century, Mrs Maxwell said.

The couple had six children including 95-year-old Helen Cattonach and Mrs Maxwell's father, Rodney Marr.

This generation has had 16 children, and some of them are now grandparents.

Sharmian's son, John Maxwell, said it was good to catch up with his uncles and aunts he barely remembered, and to meet up with cousins his age that he had never met before.

"We played football and had a good time," he said.

"All the cousins were really keen to be involved with each other," said husband John Maxwell.

"Walter Marr was one of the first lifesavers in Evans Head and one of the first blokes to ride a long surfboard. When he came to Yamba he worked in the oyster business," Mrs Maxwell said.

When Rodney Marr brought his wife back from England, after the Second World War, they lived in a tent on Yamba hill, she said.

Topics:  easter, family, holiday, reunion, yamba



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