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Stanley Forbes COOMBESAge: 44 years19181962

Name
Stanley Forbes COOMBES
Given names
Stanley Forbes
Surname
COOMBES
Birth about 1918 40
Citation details: COOMBES STANLEY F 50656/1918 JOHN SUSAN PORT MACQUARIE
Death of a motherSusan HOLLIS
about 1929 (Age 11 years)
Citation details: COOMBES SUSAN 5847/1929 JOSEPH JOHANNA PORT MACQUARIE
Marriage of a siblingHarold “Matey” BANNERMANRosellia M “Ella” COOMBESView this family
March 17, 1934 (Age 16 years)
Citation details: 3764/1934 BANNERMAN HAROLD COOMBES ROSELLIA M KEMPSEY
Quality of data: primary evidence
Publication: Wauchope Gazette, 24 April, 2018
Text:

Wauchope Gazette readers have been helpful in solving part of the mystery of the last baker in Long Flat, whose photo hangs in the shop there.

Last week, we printed a photo of Harold ‘Matey’ Bannerman, and his family, as well as the Port Macquarie and Districts Family History Society have been in touch.

The history society told us that Harold ‘Matey’ Bannerman was born on August 13 1910, the son of Mary E Bannerman and his birth was registered at Kempsey.

In 1933, he became engaged to Rosellia Coombes, known as Ella, from Forbes River. They married on St Patrick’s Day, March 17 1934.

In January 1942, during World War Two, Harold enlisted in the army. He was living in Long Flat, and joined the 30 Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps, on part time duty and was discharged on September 30 1945.

Between 1944 and 1963, Harold’s name appeared a number of times in the Hastings Shire Gazette as the baker at Long Flat and Wauchope.

He was also noted as the President of the Parents & Citizens’ Association which organised the Long Flat Rodeo in 1947.

In 1954 with William Roods, he purchased the bakery of Bill Barton in Wauchope where he moved together with his family.

He returned to Long Flat in December 1961, when he took over Ken Watt’s bakery until 1963, when it appears he left Long Flat for good.

Harold died on January 13 1982 at his home in King Street in Wauchope.

Here is an extract from his obituary in the Gazette:

“Aged 71 years, Matey spent most of his life on the Hastings after coming here from his native Macleay River. A popular figure and former businessman, he was a retired baker, having worked in Wauchope and Long Flat in this capacity over many years.

“He is survived by wife Ella, whom he married in Kempsey and a family of seven children.

“They are Pam (Mrs Roy McLaughlan, Wauchope), Keith (Sydney), Margaret (Mrs Alan Newman, Wauchope), Pat (Mrs Norm Cribb, Castle Hill), Jim (Long Flat), Marie (Mrs Eddie Aitken, Beechwood), and Sue (Mrs Bob Ryan, Port Macquarie).

“Interment took place in the Wauchope Cemetery on Friday 15th January, following a service in the Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Wauchope.”

His daughters are pleased to see his name come up again, and they would love to know more about his early life.

Daughter, Sue Ryan never knew her father had enlisted. It was before she was born.

“The only thing that I remember being spoken about was that he did not go to war because he was a baker and therefore an essential service at home,” she said.

Anything about Harold’s early days always sparks a great deal of interest in his children. They found out quite late in his life that he was illegitimate, which, of course, was a great shame in those days.

His mother married not long after he was born, but her new husband didn’t want anything to do with Harold, so he was raised by his grandmother in Kempsey.

“He loved his family and would do anything for us. He was very popular and was a good-hearted fella. My parents saw some pretty tough times,” recalled Sue.

“We would dearly love to get any information about our father and who his father was, but have hit dead ends whichever way we looked.”

Death of a fatherJohn “King or Jack” COOMBES
July 18, 1934 (Age 16 years)
Address: Hastings District Hospital
Citation details: COOMBES JACK 15348/1934 JAMES ROSIE PORT MACQUARIE
Quality of data: primary evidence
Publication: Port Macquarie News and Hastings River Advocate (NSW : 1882 - 1950), Saturday 28 July 1934, page 5
Burial of a fatherJohn “King or Jack” COOMBES
July 20, 1934 (Age 16 years)

Address: Forbes River Cemetery
Religion: Roman Catholic
Publication: Port Macquarie News and Hastings River Advocate (NSW : 1882 - 1950), Saturday 28 July 1934, page 5
Death of a brotherPatrick J COOMBES
about 1959 (Age 41 years)
Citation details: COOMBES PATRICK 36238/1959 JOHN SUSAN WAUCHOPE
Death about 1962 (Age 44 years)
Citation details: COOMBES STANLEY FORBES 7234/1962 JOHN SUSAN HAMILTON
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father
mother
Marriage: about 1909Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder brother
2 years
elder brother
3 years
elder sister
3 years
elder brother
Patrick J COOMBES
Birth: about 1915 37Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1959Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
elder brother
Reginald Clifton COOMBES
Birth: about 1917 39Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1983New South Wales, Australia
2 years
himself
Stanley Forbes COOMBES
Birth: about 1918 40Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1962Hamilton, New South Wales, Australia

BirthC - Births Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: COOMBES STANLEY F 50656/1918 JOHN SUSAN PORT MACQUARIE
DeathC - Deaths Registered in New South Wales
Citation details: COOMBES STANLEY FORBES 7234/1962 JOHN SUSAN HAMILTON