Deck Transformations

Recently, Emu Ridge has gone through a few transformations as a new seating area has been added onto the front of their shop in preparation for upcoming functions

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building materials have arrived

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laying the timber for the deck

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building the steel frames for the marquee

 

If you have any enquiries about hiring any of our function areas, see our Blog or Contact Us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Glass Cleaner

There are many great benefits when it comes to making your own cleaning products. Not only do they help you save money, but you also know exactly what’s in them. Our environment is filled with toxins and one of the biggest offenders in the toxin department is household cleaners.  At Emu Ridge we like to clean naturally and keep as many toxins as possible out of our home and workplace. This cleaner is completely non toxic so you feel safe using them around your children, pets and yourselves!

This homemade glass cleaner recipe is a simple, easy to make solution that uses everyday ingredients from around your home and works effectively. All you need is:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dish washing liquid
  • 8 drops eucalyptus oil

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Simply combine all the ingredients in an empty spray bottle and give your mixture a shake and it is ready to go! An old glass bottle is also great, we have a 1 litre glass apple cider vinegar bottle, you just need to get a spray top that fits it. We recommend using Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil, but our Lemon Myrtle can also be used, it has similar properties and a different fragrance. (Hint – recycled bottles don’t last long as Eucalyptus oil disolves some plastic parts inside the pump. We have found it best to buy a pump from our local Jasol agent they last forever)

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Why Use Eucalyptus Oil Instead Of Other Oils?

Stops Streaking: Everybody hates those annoying streaks that are commonly left behind after washing your windows. Using eucalyptus oil in your cleaning mixture helps to prevent those annoying streak marks on your windows.

Stops Mirrors Fogging Up: There is nothing more annoying than going to look in the mirror and its all fogged up! Wiping down your mirrors with eucalyptus oil helps prevent mirrors from fogging up.

Helps Prevent Germs: This is handy for when you have dirty and grimy glass sliding doors. Children tend to put their hands and mouth all over the glass when opening sliding doors, so eucalyptus oil is great for stopping the spread of germs.

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The dish washing detergent in this cleaner removes detergent residues and this can can be omitted once you have been cleaning with your natural cleaner.This cleaner has a strong smell but this will completely disappear once it dries. We use old newspapers to wipe the area we are cleaning, but you can use a microfiber cloth or old t-shirts work well to. Just avoid paper towels as they tend to leave lint on them.

Happy toxic free cleaning 🙂

Larry’s Birthday

Happy Birthday to Larry. He was able to celebrate this special day with friends, family and a giant chocolate cake! Because he is normally surrounded by girls at work, today it was time for him to knock off and head straight down to the beach to set his crayfish pots.

All-Natural Flea Collar & Flea Powder

The chemicals on flea collars are definitely not something we feel good about at Emu Ridge, especially on dogs and around kids who are playing with them and patting them!

Many dogs are also very sensitive to commercial chemical flea collars, but respond well to natural flea collars made with essential oils.

This homemade flea collar recipe is a natural and healthy alternative because it uses essential oils rather than the toxic chemicals found in store bought flea collars.

How to make your “All-Natural Flea Collar”:

You can use this on a leather, material or  fabric collar. To make the mixture, you will need to combine:

Ingredients

(NOTE: The above recipe is for a medium size dog. For smaller dogs, use 1-2 drops and for larger dogs, use 4 drops)

Procedure

Put the mixture on your dog’s collar, leave to permeate through for a few hours, and then put the collar on your dog. You can repeat this process once per month. (Depending on where you live and how often your dog is in flea-infested environments). Make sure you remove when the dog is swimming or having a bath.

You can also make a spray on flea deterrent using this recipe plus add 250ml of apple cider vinegar!

We also sell an All-Natural Flea Powder, which is great for deterring all those nasty pests without any of those harmful chemicals. See more info about our flea powder see below.

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We hate the idea of putting any sort of toxic chemical flea treatment on our dog. Apparently those products are the number 1 cause of pet poisonings.  Did you know that on those commercial flea and tick repellents, there’s a big warning to not let it come into contact with human skin. So somehow it’s ok to put all over my dog?!! I don’t think so!

Ingredient List and Benefits of our Natural Flea Powder:

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth: 

Also known as Diatomaceous Earth or DE, this substance is composed of fine, fossilized remains of aquatic organisms called diatoms. Diatoms are one of the most commonly found phytoplanktons in aquatic environments. Due to diatoms being silica-based, these DE particles are very sharp on a microscopic level. This lets them puncture an insect’s exoskeleton and cause death by dehydration. For humans and pets, however, DE particles feel like a fine baby powder and the food grade, freshwater variety of DE is harmless to them.

NOTE: Make sure the DE you get is “Food Grade.” Other varieties like Crystallized or Filter Grade DE can cause lung damage if breathed in over long periods of time. Food Grade DE, however, is processed differently and is safe for human consumption. That being said, if you foresee yourself using it for a long period of time (like on your yard), it’s probably best to wear a dust mask.

Neem Powder: 

Neem is an herb that has been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. It’s a highly effective insect repellant and contains many compounds that affect insects negatively. For instance, the active ingredient  Azadirachtin inhibits the metamorphosis of insect larvae, which means larvae never get to develop into the next generation of fleas. Another compound, called salannin, has been shown to be as effective at repelling biting insects as DEET.

Yarrow Powder:

Yarrow powder has been used by herbalists to treat wounds since ancient times. Many cultures regard it as sacred due to its healing properties. Yarrow is especially effective at treating skin inflammations, as well as having antimicrobial and pain relieving properties. Pets with flea bites often get secondary infections, and yarrow helps to ward off germs while soothing irritated skin.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil:

Our Eucalyptus oil is a natural bug deterrent and like neem, has also shown itself to be as effective as DEET when it comes to repelling insects. It’s also antiseptic properties to heal after being bitten.

Directions:

Apply from head to tail along your pets spine in dry conditions. Brush your pets fur going the opposite direction so the powder comes in contact with the skin. Avoid the eyes and nose. Rub the powder on the belly and legs. Try to get the flea powder on as much skin as you can.

Brushing the fur in the opposite direction and applying the flea powder with a cosmetic puff works really well. Fleas seem to like the tail, the area right above the tail and the belly/groin area so make sure to pay extra attention to those areas to get them well covered.

How often to apply flea powder?

To use this as a general repellent (with no serious flea infestation), applying once a month during active flea season (end of spring/summer) is sufficient. If the pet gets a bath or gets wet, it will need to be reapplied.

If you have a flea infestation:

You will need to apply more often, depending on how bad of an infestation you are dealing with. I applied every other day until I saw no more traces of fleas (now I’m just using it as maintenance). Some are successful with applying as little as once a week, but others need it more often – it just depends on the level of infestation. Also remember to reapply if your pet gets wet (important!).

 

If you have a flea infestation, you will also need to apply this flea powder to your floors, windowsills, door sills, pet bedding, sofa, etc. Focus your efforts where your pet spends the most amount of time, since fleas and their eggs will be the most concentrated in those areas. Just apply a light dusting to the areas in your house and leave it there overnight. Vacuum in the morning or sometime the next day.

This flea powder works amazingly, BUT, it will not work overnight if you have a flea infestation. You must be diligent about applying it to your pet AND applying the powder to your home and vacuuming at least once per week for 4 weeks in a row to get rid of an infestation.

You can even use this flea powder it in your yard to repel and kill fleas, ticks, spiders, ants, mosquitos, etc!

You can also leave a little bit of flea powder in your door and window sills  to prevent spiders, ants and other bugs from entering.

 

Has your pet ever had fleas? What worked for you? Have you tried any natural options before? Let us all know!

You can buy many of our other great natural products by visiting our Online Store

Source:  primallyinspired

Newsletter #2 June 2015

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus
Kangaroo Island #2
Since 1991

June 2015

Hi, Emu Ridge continues to evolve since our last newsletter. For those that have visited us we have built a huge deck at the front of our shop that can cater for larger functions, seating up to 150 people, this was built to cater for our youngest daughter’s wedding last December. See this link for deck transformation and the wedding.  We’re excited that you can now keep up with us by following our blog on our website,PinterestFacebook, Instagram and Twitter page. We hope you enjoy our newsletter
Warm regards Larry, Bev and the Emu Ridge staff.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
ALL NATURAL GLASS CLEANER
There are many great benefits when it comes to making your own cleaning products. Not only do they help you save money, but you also know exactly what’s in them.
This homemade glass cleaner recipe is a simple, easy to make solution that uses everyday ingredients from around your home. It works effectively and is much better for our environment. Please click for the full recipe on our blog.
EUCALYPTUS TIP OF THE MONTH
On Kangaroo Island winter has just begun which means cold and flu season is upon us! So this month’s tip is all about helping to keep away those nasty flu and cold symptoms.
With our pure Eucalyptus oiljust add a few drops in the bottom of the shower, or add about 15 drops in a bowl of steaming hot water and inhale, covering your head with a towel. This is great as a decongestant! You can even mix a few drops of our Eucalyptus oil with a carrier oil (e.g. Emu oil) and rub on chest, back and feet. This is a great natural alternative! We also sell our own allnatural vapor rub.
We would like to offer our Valued customers a FREE GIFT to thankyou for your support. Spend $50 or more this month and mention this SPECIAL from our newsletter when you order to receive our LIP BALM valued at $7.95.
EUCALYPTUS HONEY SWEETS
 
Our sweets have always been a popular choice, all natural, no artificial colours or flavours and gluten free. The soothing antibacterial properties of our eucalyptus oil and healing properties of pure Kangaroo Island honey make it effective in clearing your nose, soothing your throat and giving freshness to your breath.
BLOGGING ALONG..
Most of you that browse our website might notice that we love to add to our blog. Everything from sharing our favourite Eucalyptus recipe to DIY projects, and even sharing photos and experiences we have here at Emu Ridge.
DIY – DOG BED MADE OF PALLETS..
One of our popular blogs is a project that shows you how to make pet beds from pallets, this page has some great ideas including tips on how to keep your pet and home free from fleas.
For those of you that love multi media technology and have a favorite social network, we are keeping up with the times.
We have some great boards that you can follow on pinterest.
Our Facebook page is a great way to share fun and intersting ideas plus keep up with whats happening at Emu Ridge
Instagram is new to me one of our new staff members Lucy will be posting here!
Twitter also a new addition will also be handled by Lucy.
We hope you enjoy keeping in touch with us via your favorite social network!
TESTIMONIALS
We have added a testimonials page to our website. Nothing pleases us more than to hear the wonderful ways that our products have helped, what our customers think and recommend to others. Have a look and see what others have said and we would love to hear from you to. Thanks to those that have taken the time to share thier experience. Much appreciated!
Thanks so much for taking the time to read our newsletter, we hope you have found it useful and we hope to get the next one to you on a more regular basis.
Warm regards Bev
Emu Ridge Eucalyptus
www.emuridge.com.au | info@emuridge.com.au
ph: 08 8553 8228 | fax: 08 8553 8272

Emus and Aussie Sheep Dogs = Emu Oil

Recently, there has been a great amount of talk about emu oil in the media. A Current Affair Quotes: “It promises to treat aches and pains, soothe sunburn and even repair skin” and “now celebrities are turning to Emu Oil in their search for a flawless complexion”

Demands for our Emu Ridge emu oil are increasing and we love receiving orders from our great online customer base. We found this adorable story about an Aussie sheep dog, who is a very talented emu herder, and thought we would share it with you.

 

Not just a sheep dog: Chip deals with all the emus at one farm

This Aussie sheep dog herds 8,000 emus every day

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Chip the 8 year old kelpie is a third generation emu dog.

When it comes to mustering, it probably looks like emu dog Chip has one ruff job. But owner Jeff Long says the third-generation working farm dog’s daily efforts in rounding up the more than 2000-strong flock is an invaluable labor of love which keeps Longview Emu Farm running without any ruffled feathers.

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Jeff says Chip has a soft mouth and has never hurt one of his valuable birds.

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Chip plays at Kerang in northern Victoria.

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Jeff chained the keys of the bike to the handle bars after one of the birds stole them.

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It used to take Jeff and his partner Bev hours but with Chip they can be tucked away in ten minutes.

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When the chicks are four months old they are ready to leave their pens and taken to the paddocks where they live for two years.

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Once in the paddocks the emus can no longer be herded.

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Organizing 8,000 emus is all in a days work for Chip and Jeff.

The eight-year-old kelpie can be found in the paddock of the northern Victorian emu farm — one of the biggest in Australia — ducking in and around emu chicks, herding up to 2500 of them each morning and night. If not on the ground, he is usually on the back of Mr Long’s quad bike, guarding both farmer and vehicle from the pecks of adult birds.

What he can do in ten minutes, Mr Long said would take he and partner Bev Littlejohn hours.

“He’s a really top dog actually, a really smart dog, he’s a good mate,” said Mr Long. “It would be nightmare to do it without him, we’d need two or three people without him.”

He said the hardworking dog had a natural affinity with the birds — he’s gentle with the chicks, who can be herded until they reach four months, and firmer with the older birds who have been moved out into the paddock.

But it’s not all work for the playful pooch, who plays his own tricks with the birds, running to the wire fence to poke his feet under for the birds to peck.

“He loves them pecking at his feet,” he said

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Chip is not imune to the emu’s pecking – but won’t retaliate.

This adorable story was written by  the Daily Telegraph on the 18th of October, 2014

School Holiday Activities on Kangaroo Island

We like to be children friendly at Emu Ridge. Each school holidays we always organizes a range of activities for children to do while their parents have a browse around our shop. These include crosswords, word finds, making bath salts, colouring-in competitions and lots more! See below for some templates. Our kiddies corner is always popular, the little ones can enjoy toys, books, blackboards and more.P1040673

These bright, colourful bath salts are fun and easy to make as well as smelling beautiful, whether they are mixed into your bath water or simply left open beside your bed.

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Making Bath Salts always popular every holidays

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Easter Colouring-In Competition 2015

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Making Bath Salts

we also have fun outdoor activities such as hop scotch and tic-tac-toe (noughts and crosses)

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hop scotch fun in the warm sun

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you may all know this game as tic-tac toe, but at Emu Ridge we have sticks and stones that was hand made by Larry Turner. This lovely family from Italy enjoyed a game of good old-fashioned Tic-Tac-Toe on our new deck at Emu Ridge. Tic- Tac-Toe is a fun, traditional game that can be played by all ages.

To print off our fun Eucalyptus Crossword, Click Here

To print off our fun Eucalyptus Word Find, Click Here

Traditional Games

Family fun at Emu Ridge, A lovely family from Italy enjoy good old-fashioned Tic-Tac-Toe on our new deck at Emu Ridge.

Tic- Tac-Toe is a traditional FUN game for all ages. The different names of the game are more recent . The first print reference to “Noughts and crosses”, the British name, appeared in 1864. In his novel “Can You Forgive Her”, 1864, Anthony Trollope refers to a clerk playing “tit-tat-toe”. The first print reference to a game called “tick-tack-toe” occurred in 1884, but referred to “a children’s game played on a slate, consisting in trying with the eyes shut to bring the pencil down on one of the numbers of a set, the number hit being scored”. “Tic-tac-toe” may also derive from “tick-tack”, the name of an old version of backgammon first described in 1558. The U.S. renaming of Noughts and crosses as Tic-tac-toe occurred in the 20th century.

For information about Tic-Tac-Toe, Click Here

To play your own fun game of Tic-Tac-Toe, Click Here

Turner Folly, Kangaroo Island

Recently, The Folly has been re-named as The Turner Folly, after John Turner, who was one of the first settlers on Kangaroo Island. Larry Turner is the 4th generation of Turners, and Bev his wife, are both entrepreneurs and the founders of Emu Ridge. They are very proud of Larry’s dad, Ralph Turner and Jed Sheridan, their nephew, who put in the new signs at the Folly. You will pass these signs while driving on the main road into Kingscote.
118 years ago their Uncle John Turner put in the first road-side drain pipe with a pick, shovel and a wheel barrow. Everyone thought this was a foolish idea! Hence where the word ‘folly’ comes from. He was an amazing man and a big part of Kangaroo Island’s history.

Definition of ‘Folly’: the state or quality of being foolish, lack of understanding and sense or a foolish action, practice, idea, etc.

Origin of the name ‘Turner’

Turner – usually a trade name for one who turns wood on a lathe. It can also be from the Old French ‘Tornier’ – “someone who takes part in a tournament”. In the Middle Ages, tournaments and hunting were the two recognized sports and these could only be enjoyed by the nobility and were usually between teams of knights.

Burkes General Armory lists 52 different lines of Turners, as well as their Coats of Arms, but unfortunately we have not been able to establish to which line we belong.

John Turner

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Born: 26th March, 1846

Died: 24th October, 1931

John Turner was one of the first settlers on Kangaroo Island. When John and Alfred made their home on Sec. 124, Hd. Menzies in 1882, they could not see the sea, just a short distance away, because of the dense bush, but in time the view of Smiths Bay unfolded as the land was cleared.

John married Esther Hoskin in 1887. Esther was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Hoskin of St. Peter’ Isl;land which is just off the coast from Ceduna on Eyre Peninsula. She was 29 years of age and John by this time was 41. The home to which he took his bride to was a timber framed house of 4 small rooms, each opening from the other, shared with his brother Alfred.

Little is known of Esther for she died in 1899, twelve years after their marriage. Her children were all young, Ruby, the last born, was still an infant at the time of her death. Photos of her show a woman with a sweet and gentle face, family stories tell of a gentle nature which may have found the conditions of those times rather harsh.

After the death of Esther, two of their children were cared for away from home. Ruby was in the care of Mrs. Florance at Cygnet Park and Bessie was sent to John’s sister, Eliza, at Hindmarsh. Sutton and Lil stayed home, the young Lil becoming housekeeper for the menfolk.

when he married, John had been on the property for five years. He and Alfred were now in partnership, the original one of the three brothers having been dissolved. In time the two brothers acquired more land and had a substantial holding.

In 1892 John Turner was made a Justice of the Peace.

John experimented with artificial manures, being among the first in  the area to do so. The results were gratifying, where crops had been dwindling and returns had gone down to five bushells an acre, a return of 25 bushells after an application of super and bone dust was exciting. The next year the results was even more dramatic when a crop of barley sown with two hundred weight of bone super per acre averaged 64 bushells.

the lifting of the government stipulation of one fifth of the holding to be under cultivation meant that more careful preparation of smaller areas of land could be carried out and with the use of artificial manures good yields were assured.

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This improvement in the cropping meant improvements had been necessary in the machinery and John brought in a drill and binder, being the first in the district to use these implements.

As the name of his farm, “Sutton Apiary”, suggests he was interested in bees and kept them as a sideline, exporting Queen Bees to the mainland. An import John made though, was much larger, A hundred ewes in lamb, were brought from the mainland by boat to Smiths Bay where they were put into the water and swam ashore. It is recorded there was 90% lambing. Later a Lincoln ram was brought in to breed a Lincoln Cross which John claimed was hardier then Merinos, bigger framed with the extra weight in wool making up for the difference in quality.

In 1909 they received eleven pence per pound for their Merino wool, ten and a quarter pence for crossbred, seven and a quarter pence for Lincoln, seven pence for lambs and five pence for pieces.

A report of a visit to their farm in the Kangaroo Island Courier in November 1910 tells of the difficulty in clearing the scrub.

“It was not a matter of chopping it down once, nor a second or yet a third  time, that did away with this stubborn foe which, however had eventually to succumb to the attacks of more stubborn men. Finding that they could not get rid of the scrub in any other manner, they left pieces out every year so that they could get grass over it, then, in the summer they fired the grass, finding this the best and cheapest way of killing the foe out. Two fires in succession “polished the lot”. After killing the scrub they initiated a set program of grubbing portions of the land every year until eventually they had a cleared a paddock to go into”.

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John kept a team of bullocks which was used for heavy work and dam scoping. There was excitement when a sample of malting barley sent to the Franco British Exhibition won a prize. For John, and brother George from whose crop the sample came because John’s was not quite up to expectations that year, this result brought great pleasure and publicity.

John enjoyed the interest of trying different crops and in 1912 he and Alfred shipped a ton of onions to Adelaide by the S.S. Karatta. A report in the “Courier” states ‘to the best of our knowledge the first parcel of onions exported from the Island’.

Other by-products were eggs, pigs, vegetables and wattle bark.

He also enjoyed going off on prospecting trips, an enthusiasm no doubt fostered by his time at the gold fields when a young man. It was a hobby that with so many unexplored creeks and gullies on the Island always held a beckoning promise but it seems there was never any very significant find.

John was interested in public affairs and became first Clerk of the District Council holding the position for fifteen years. He was also a councillor for several years being chairman for a short period.

He was chairman of the Kingscote Agriculture Bureau and helped organize the first Agriculture Show in Kingscote and was chairman of the Show Committee and afterwards President of the K.I. Agriculture and Horticulture Society.

He shared with George the honor of laying the foundation stone for the new Kingscote Nursing Home in November 1929. They had both contributed generously toward the building.

Before World War 1, George Jr, second son of brother George, was assisting on the farm and had entered into a lease with a right to purchase the property when war broke out. George Jr. enlisted and went overseas with the A.I.F. Harry Schaefer, husband of John’s niece, managed the property for the duration. During these years a new house was built. A solid limestone dwelling that faced the sea. The old stone room which had been a small store in the early days remained. The store had been patronized by men going outback snaring, gumming or prospecting, they would call for supplies before heading off into the bush. The huge spreading Moreton Bay Fig Tree that shelters the old room today has provided shelter for many years for children swinging from its branches, farm implements out of the weather, hen and chickens in a coop, its dense shade being welcome in a heatwave with the water bag of pre-refrigeration hanging within easy reach.

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John was a teetotaler having joined the Order of Rechabites in 1867. For many years he took the Sunday evening Church of England service in the Wisanger School.

He retired to Kingscote during the first world war, and had a general store in Murray Street in the building that adjoins the end of the District Hall. His last years were spent with his daughter Ruby and her husband Will Neighbor and their family at Bay View in Chapman Terrace, Kingscote.

John Turner had a strong personality which could be quite stern, a stern-ness which mellowed in late years . He was a keen business man but would also give help and support if he felt it was warranted, quite a few had cause to be grateful for his goodwill.

In 1982 there is still a John Turner on the Smiths Bay property. He is a great nephew of John who settled here in 1882, and son of George Jnr. who brought the farm after World War 1. The name “Sutton Apiary” has been changed to “Renrut” and son Ian has completed the full circle of sheep breeding for once again British Breeds are on the property, this time with Border Leicester and Suffolk studs which have been developed in recent years.

There were 131 descendants of John and Esther in 1982.

The historical information was collected from the Turner Family History Book written by Fay Davidson in 1982.

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