An early photo of the Halfway Creek Coaching Station.
An early photo of the Halfway Creek Coaching Station.

Ebelings converge for reunion

DESCENDANTS of the Ebeling family will reunite this weekend to honour their relatives that served in World War Two.

Extended family members of Herman and Florence Ebeling will meet at Halfway Creek today for a family reunion.

“It’s more than 150 years since my great-grandfather came to the Clarence,” Peter Ebeling said.

“The cousins thought it would be a nice idea to hold a low-key tribute to our forebears.”

Peter’s great-grandfather John Henry Ebeling moved from Denmark to the Clarence in 1859, leaving his wife and children behind while he searched for a safer and better life.

In July 1866 he was called home to his ailing wife’s side but unfortunately didn’t make it back to Denmark in time.

More than 15 years later he remarried and returned to the Clarence with his three children.

The family became heavily involved in farming and after successive floods wiped out their Lawrence property, the family purchased 32 hectares of land at Halfway Creek, which later became known as the Halfway Creek coaching stop.

After his death in 1893, John’s son Herman took over the family business.

Herman later married and had three children, two of whom served Australia in World War Two. Family members will travel from throughout Australia to celebrate the Ebelings achievements and dedication to the Valley.

They will visit the family’s nostalgic Halfway Creek site, before returning to Grafton for a family lunch and gathering at the Regional Art Gallery.

Anzac Day services Grafton

 6am dawn service at Grafton Memorial Park.

 9.15am all organisations are invited to take part in the procession and should assemble in the marshalling area at Market Square in Prince Street.

 9.45am civic commemoration at the cenotaph, Memorial Park.

South Grafton

 4.50am dawn service. People are invited to assemble near the Old School of Arts building in Spring Street, South Grafton, for a march.

 5am dawn service at the Cenotaph, Land Boulevard.

 10.45am members of the Returned Services League and all organisations are invited to take part in the procession and should assemble at the Spring Street side of the School of Arts.

 11am commemoration service at the cenotaph, Lane Boulevard.

Maclean

 5.30am dawn service at cenotaph. This service is to be followed by gunfire breakfast for ex-service personnel and their dependants at the Maclean Services Club. In the event of rain, the dawn service will take place on the services club veranda.

 10.30am parade to assemble at the Boulevard.

 10.45am march begins from the Boulevard.

 11am service and wreath laying at the cenotaph.

 12pm Anzac Day lunch at the Maclean Service Club.

Iluka

 6am dawn service at the cenotaph, Charles Street, Iluka.

 11am march from Iluka Public School to the cenotaph for the remembrance and wreath laying service.

 12pm luncheon for ex-servicemen and women at the Iluka Bowling Club.

Lawrence

 5.45am assemble at the Lawrence Hall for march to Memorial Park.

 6.00am Dawn Service at Memorial Park

 9.45am assemble at the hall for the march to Memorial Park.

 10am commemoration service at Memorial Park.

Ulmarra

 10.45am march begins in the vicinity of the Newsagency to Bailey Park on the river bank.

 11am commemoration service.

 12pm reunion lunch at the Commercial Hotel, Ulmarra.

Wooli

 Dawn service at cenotaph.

 March from Wooli Bowling and Recreation Club to cenotaph.

 11am service at cenotaph.

Tullymorgan

 5.30am dawn service at Tullymorgan School. Assemble by 5.15am.



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