Barden – Adams – Waters Connections

A Barden Family Tree can be found here.

Cyril Barden, also from Boggabilla, was variously a  horse breaker, a shearer in New Zealand, a boxer, had been in WWI including at Alexandria, Gallipoli & France, and ultimately a grazier.  His military records show that he was being confused with another Cyril Barden – a Cyril Linden Barden – or was it the same person . Cyril’s brothers – Percival and Leonard had also served in WWI (others from  Boggabilla who enlisted in WWI). Leonard was only 18, and required his father’s permission to enlist to be sent overseas in 1916. Interestingly Percival refers to his father’s address as “Banka Banka” Warwick, and “Wonga” Boggabilla had been crossed out on his paperwork for return to Australia in 1918-1919. The two older sons, William Thomas and Charles Patrick, did not enlist. The three  younger sons enlisted as privates, and all were wounded. There seems to have been a lot of telegrams received by Charles William Barden about his sons’ injuries, however the three survived to return to Australia. Cyril Bernard Barden’s war service is detailed below, including injuries and Absence Without Leave on quite a few occasions! Connie Mather has written in Mundia :

Cyril Bernard Barden joined the Australian Army during World War 1 on 4th June, 1915 as a private with the 1st Battalion, 7th Reinforcement. His occupation before joining up was a horsebreaker at Boggabilla, New South Wales. His regimental number was 2428 and his father, Charles William Barden of Boggabilla, New South Wales, was named as his next of kin. He embarked for overseas service on 14th July, 1915 on board HMAT A67 ;Orsova; and by the end of the war he had risen in rank of Lance Corporal with the 1st Battallion. He returned to Australia on 31st May, 1919. Cyril was mentioned in despatches and was awarded and promulgated in London Gazette No. 31448, on 11th July, 1919; Commonwealth Gazette; No. 124 on 30th October, 1919. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

What this record doesn’t say, is how, after he got out of Gallipoli, Cyril led his two White Percheron horses across Europe who were pulling a wagon full of ammunition through many of the major battles of WWI. One of his granddaughters, Julie, has shared …

“After the war ended he was given leave to take the horses into Belgium to repatriate them into farm life. I gather that this was not the usual practice, however I’m sure those horses deserved a much better life for their loyalty and service.”

Cyril Barden later became a grazier of sheep and bullocks, owner of “Wonga” outside Boggabilla, and was a supporter of horse racing in Goondiwindi. The Barden’s were described as one of best known racing families in Australia in 1938, and it seems Cyril had a winning horse known as Lough Allen in 1938. However their involvement in horse racing dated back decades earlier.

After WWI, Cyril Bernard Barden spent a number of years in the Tweed area, reputedly as a professional punter until the money ran out –  he did have  4 to 5 years of wages from his WWI to collect. It would appear that it was during this period that he met Mary Ethel May Adams and they had a son Cyril Ross Adams. However following the untimely death of Mary’s mother when a horse bolted, overturning her sulky and breaking her back, that Mary was summoned to Boggabilla to support her widowed father in helping raise her younger siblings,as well as a  niece and nephew. Unselfishly, Mary sacrificed her own life and future for the good of her family.

Cyril Barden was to eventually marry another, Ruby Ellen McNamara of Warialda, in 1927.  Ruby McNamara is greatly loved by her grandchildren to this day. Ruby and Cyril would have seven children : three sons – including Patrick Joseph and John Bernard; and four daughters – including Betty  ”Topsy” and Mary Helen. However it seems that none of his three sons by Ruby McNamara bore the name “Cyril” although one, John,  had “Bernard” as a middle name. John Bernard had been a private in the Korean War, and was injured in 1953.

And, in one of life’s coincidences,  Cyril Barden’s daughter, Mary Helen Barden would marry Kevin Ross Maunder, connected through marriage to Ross Adams via Ross’s mother Mary – viz a cousin, Alice Maunder,  daughter of Jane Brasen nee Waters. In fact the Maunders are thus not only connected to Ross Adams’s daughter Kerrie, but also to her husband David, via the 1st Fleet Sailor and later Commander of the HMS Norfolk, Peter Hibbs. Some members of the Barden family have traced our family tree back to 1705 in the UK – see Peter Noones website. And there has been a Maunder – Avard marriage in Kerrie’s mother’s Callcott-Avard family as well.

Cyril Barden’s father, Charles William Barden, had been a sheep station manager, business manager and a grazier at Boggabilla. Charles William Barden was the son of William Barden and his wife Anne Tulloch (her family would later achieve fame as  the Tulloch Wines family). William’s family had emigrated to Australia as Bounty Emigrants in the 1830’s – his parents were Charles Barden and wife Harriett nee Easton.  Whereas it seems that Anne’s parents James Halden Tulloch and wife Helen (nee Henderson) were able to travel as unassisted immigrants – of course many of Australia’s pioneers arrived as assisted immigrants or in the earlier years as convicts.

Sadly William’s father Charles appears to have drowned at sea off Sydney Heads around 1851. His widow Harriett remarried in 1853, and lived around Camden until her death in 1904. Cyril Bernard Barden’s father, Charles William Barden had nine children with first wife, Mary Jane McCosker who died in 1913 – William Thomas (born in Queensland; Charles Patrick; Percival James; Ivy Ann; Cyril Bernard; Lyla Jane, Bertha Rose, Leonard Hilton; Beryl (who was elected to the Coonamble CWA Younger Set Advisory Committee in 1937) . Charles William Barden remarried on being widowed, however there were no children of the second marriage. Later he moved to Banka Banka Warwick, where he died on August 4 1933 – See Brisbane Courier Obituary August 12 1933. Charles William Barden had been a community leader, in the times when Boggabilla appeared destined for a rosier future – and he had clearly advanced well beyond his family’s humble origins as Assisted Immigrants in the 1830’s.

Cyril Bernard’ s mother Mary Jane McCosker was descended from the pioneering McCosker’s – Mary Jane was the daughter of Thomas McCosker and his wife Sarah Power. Thomas’s parents, Bernard McCosker and wife Ellen McIllina had arrived as Bounty Immigrants from Ireland in 1838. Sarah’s father  Thomas Power had been a convict and her mother Jane Byrnes had also come to Australia as a Bounty Immigrant. The McCoskers and the Barden’s, in particular Charles William Barden, had been keen to support Boggabilla in its late 19th Century and early 20th Century years. They had donated land and funds to build the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Boggabilla in the 1890′s. They also operated the pub in Boggabilla, now known as the Wobbly Boot Hotel, about which John Williamson later recorded a song.

In the wider Barden Family – Cyril Bernard Barden’s uncle was James W B Barden, a well known Eastern States Horse Trainer at Randwick. James Barden had also been a jockey who dominated horse racing in the late 1800′s. In 1901, he was considered one of the three best riders from Central Queensland, and was famed for pioneering the crouched riding style – see Wikipedia article. James Barden rode horses placed 2nd and 3rd in the Melbourne Cup in 1904 (on Lord Cardigan) and 1905 (on Tartan) respectively. There were claims that Barden had ridden Lord Cardigan too aggressively in the 1904 race, and the horse was put down days later. Even in New Zealand, James Barden was described, in 1902, as the Champion Jockey of Australia. James Barden’s passing in 1931, made the headlines in newspapers all around Australia often simply as “Barden Dead“  – see 1931 Obituary in Perth Sunday Times. Though there seems to have been some problems with the will, when one son who was left out, contested it. The racing seems to have continued with James great grandson Trent Watson. a director of the Gold Coast Turf Club. Another Barden relative, Charles Patrick Barden, had been a jockey before he also became a horse trainer, living in Western Australia but also operating in the eastern states – see Charles’ 1938 obituary. And yet another relative, Percival also seems to have been a jockey around 1918, after being in the 7th Light Horse in WWI.

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