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  • Title
    Ker family - papers, 1916-1958, 1975, and photographs, 1890s, ca. 1914-1976, together with Adames family papers, 1914-1936
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 6626
  • Level of description
  • Date

    1890s, 1914-1976
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    2 boxes - 0.26 Meters

    William Innes Ker, an electric motor driver of Broken Hill enlisted in the A.I.F. aged 24, 30 Oct. 1916 and embarked on the Berrima, 16 Dec. 1916. He served in France with the 50th Battalion, returned to Australia on H.T. Argyllshire and was discharged because of defective eyesight, May 1918. After the war, during which he served with the 8th Reinforcements, 50th Battalion, he worked on various sheep stations in western New South Wales. In 1927 he married Evelyn Mary Adames; originally from Queensland she was matron of the Lake Cargelligo Hospital. As a soldier settler William was granted a ninety-nine year lease by the Western Lands Commission of NSW on an 18 000 acre block near Mossgiel, on which he would run his own sheep station. The family moved to the property, which they named 'Coorain', in 1930.
    William and Evelyn had three children : Bob (1928-1949), Barry (1930- ) and Jill (1934- ). The boys were sent to boarding school in Sydney at the King's School, Parramatta. After William's death in 1944 a manager was hired to run 'Coorain', and Evelyn and Jill went also to live in Sydney where Jill was educated at Abbotsleigh girl's school. Jill Ker left Australia in 1960 to study at Harvard in the United States; in 1962 she married John Conway, and in 1975 she was inaugurated as the seventh president of Smith College (Northampton, Massachusetts).
  • Scope and Content
    Series 01: Ker family papers, ca. 1891-1958, 1975; together with Adames family papers, 1914-1936

    Series 02: Ker family photographs, 1890s, ca. 1914-1976
  • System of arrangement
    This collection comprises 2 record series. You may navigate to a more detailed description of each series from this collection record
  • Source
    Presented by Barry Ker and Jill Ker Conway in 1995 and 1996
  • Access Conditions

    This material is held offsite and is usually available after 4pm on the next business day. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
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