Reece Vaughan Jones

M, #170, b. 10 December 1866, d. 25 October 1942
Reece Vaughan Jones 1866-1942
FatherJohn Jones1,2 b. 22 Feb 1827, d. 27 Jul 1917
MotherElizabeth Ann Mason3,1 b. c 1835, d. 15 Oct 1922
RelationshipGreat-grandfather of Keith Graham Bassett
ChartsAncestors of Keith Graham Bassett
Last Edited9 Apr 2022
Name Variation Vaughan Rees Jones4 
Birth*10 December 1866 McLaren Vale, SA, Australia;
When Born: December 10 1866
Name: Rees Vaughan
Sex: Male
Name and Surname of Father: John Jones
Name and Maiden Name of Mother: Elizabeth Ann Jones, formerly Mason
Rank or Profession of Father: Farmer
Residence of Parents: McLaren Vale5 
News-Arct31 August 1883 "The Horsham Times", Horsham, VIC, Australia;
Notice is hereby given that a Local Land Board will be holden in the Mechanics' Institute, Nhill, on Wednesday, the 5tth day of September, 1883, at 10 o'clock, for hearing the following applications under section 2 Land Act; 1878, and other business.
23 Hurtle Jones, 320a (abandoned selection of J. J. Hayes)
25 Vaughan Jones, 320a (forfeited selection of A. Talbot)6 
News-Arct8 August 1884 "The Horsham Times", Horsham, VIC, Australia;
Licenses.—Applications approved—Vaughan Jones, Miram Piram7 
News-Arct27 July 1886 "The Horsham Times", Horsham, VIC, Australia;
LEASES—Approved (under Sec. 32 Land Act. 1884) —Vaughan Jones, 160a, Miram Piram8 
News-Arct2 August 1887 "The Horsham Times", Horsham, VIC, Australia;
LICENSES APPROVED.—Vaughan Jones, 135a, block 27959 
Photo*circa 1893 Adelaide, SA, Australia;
Marriage*13 September 1893 Holy Trinity Church, Lyndoch, SA, Australia;
Groom: Vaughan Rees Jones
Status: Bachelor
Occupation: Farmer
Age: 26
Usual Residence: Miram Piram, VIC
Father: John Jones

Bride: Elizabeth Jane Milgate
Status: Spinster
Age: 26
Usual Residence: Lyndoch, SA
Father: James Milgate

Date of Marriage: September 13st 1893
Place of Marriage: Holy Trinity Church, Lyndoch
Religion: Church of England
Witnesses: Edith Emily Milgate, lyndoch
David Thomson Jnr, Moulder, Gawler
Minister: H A Brooksbank;Bride=Elizabeth Jane Milgate4 
Electoral Roll*1903 Miram Piram, VIC, Australia;
Jones, Vaughan, Mirampiram, farmerJones, Bessie, Mirampiram, home duties;Principal=Elizabeth Jane Milgate11 
Electoral Roll1905 Miram Piram, VIC, Australia;
Jones, Vaughan, Mirampiram, farmerJones, Bessie, Mirampiram, home duties;Principal=Elizabeth Jane Milgate11 
News-Arct9 November 1906 "The Horsham Times", Horsham, VIC, Australia;
The farm homestead of Mr. Vaughan Jones, of Watchupga, was burned recently, during the temporary absence of the inmates, nothing being saved. The dwelling was insured for £250, and the contents for £100, in the Norwich Union office.12 
Electoral Roll1908 Birchup, VIC, Australia;
Jones, Reece Vaughan, Birchup, farmerJones, Bessie, Birchup, home duties;Principal=Elizabeth Jane Milgate11 
Electoral Roll1909 Birchup, VIC, Australia;
Jones, Reece Vaughan, Birchup, farmerJones, Bessie, Birchup, home duties;Principal=Elizabeth Jane Milgate11 
News-Arct16 October 1912 "The Lachlander", Condobolin, NSW, Australia;
At the local court last Wednesday, P. V. Wood proceeded against Jno. Rose, for allowing a dead beast to remain on his premises. Defendant pleaded guilty and was fined 2s 6d, together with costs of court 4s and professional costs 21s. A similar charge was preferred against Vaughan Jones and a similar fine inflicted. The evidence in this case was most conflicting. Wood stated that he had spoken to Jones several times before he destroyed it, covering a period from 9th July to 3rd August. Jones' evidence was to the effect that he was unaware of the beast being dead till Wood informed him on the 9th July. He then arranged with Waldron-Jones to destroy it, but Wood came next day and said it had not been destroyed, whereupon defendant and his son went that evening and burnt it. The P.M. said that, apart from whose was the truthful evidence, the fact of the dead beast being there several days, even if unknown to the defendant, must carry conviction. It may seem hard, but the Act required that every landholder should so watch over his property that nothing became a public nuisance thereon.

Photo*circa 1915 Australia;
;Principal=Elizabeth Jane Milgate14
Reece Vaughan and Elizabeth Jones and Family
News-Arct24 February 1915 "The Lachlander", Condobolin, NSW, Australia;
I desire to tender my sincerest thanks to Dr. Quirk for his kindness and attention to me while in the Hospital, also to Matron and all the nursing staff (Nurse Lovelock worthy of special mention, always having a kind and cheery word for every one).
Clifton, Condobolin.15 
News-Arct2 June 1915 "The Lachlander", Condobolin, NSW, Australia;
A sucking pig donated by Mr. Vaughan Jones to the Belgian fund was auctioned by Mr. Harry Moulder at the close of the Show Committee meeting last Saturday.
News-Arct8 November 1916 "The Lachlander", Condobolin, NSW, Australia;
Last Wednesday afternoon we made an inspection of the crops adjacent to the town, being kindly driven round by Mr. Vaughan Jones. We have seen many crops in various parts of the State, but can unhesitatingly say that we have not seen any hay crops to equal some now being harvested here, and very few to equal the wheat crops which are giving every promise of heavy yields. One of the heaviest oats crops can be seen at Goodwill, but unfortunately it has been so badly blown down by storm that only cutting by hand scythe is possible. Mr. Jones has cut 300 acres of mixed wheat and oats for hay, which may fairly be estimated to average two ton to the acre; while he has about 160 acres of wheat to strip, estimated to average 10 bags to the acre. Mr. Honan has some extraordinary hay crops. Indeed it is hard to choose between many of the crops around.17 
News-Arct2 May 1917 "The Lachlander", Condobolin, NSW, Australia;
A large number assembled in front of Mr Carruthers' office on Friday night to hear Miss Grace Scobie's appeal for recruits. She is a vigorous speaker, intensely enthusiastic in her work, but, in our opinion, not sufficiently temperate in her language to win many recruits. Some one has said—we believe it was the great St. Francis himself—that ''you can catch more flies with a spoonful of honey than with a caskful of vinegar." Many of the eligible men now wanted for recruits are fly to the extent that they require the honey of calm, logical persuasion to convince them that it is their duty to enlist, not the "vinegar" language of those, whether old man or young maid or young man or old maid, whose words are so flavoured with abuse as to harden the heart and promote resentment of the majority of the men whose services are sought.
In the course of her remarks, Miss Scobie said it was the bounden duty of every eligible man to be in the firing line. Those who stayed back were not men at all. The Allies were appealing for men, and there were still 200,000 eligible men in Australia, 90,000 of whom were in New South Wales. There were mongrels—not men—who said they would fight only for the Australian flag, and did they not realise that the Australian flag was not complete without the Union Jack in its corner. Others said they would fight if the Germans came to Australia. Such men were liars—liars in their hearts. They wouldn't fight at all. If the Allies went down, the Australian flag wouldn't matter a tin tack. We couldn't defend it. The German fleet could come out and blow our cities to pieces, and if we did try to fight them we would not have enough ammunition to last five minutes. Can't these wretched men who stay at home hear the call of their brothers in the trenches; crying out help! help! We want you all to come over and help us! Can't they realise that the blood of our sanctified dead heroes has been split to save them; to save our glorious country and preserve its freedom.
Referring to women, she said no girl should ask a man who intended to marry her to stay back on her account: rather, she should tell him straight to go the front and prove himself a man, otherwise she would not marry him. No man need stay back for her (the speaker). Before she would marry anyone he would have to be every inch a man. "There is no mongrel blood in me!" No woman, married or single should attempt to persuade a man from going. In fact the woman who was shielding a man behind her skirts is not worthy of the name of woman. No woman should be seen out with a man who has not been either at the front or offered to go.
In the Scobie household it was a condition that no man entered it as a guest unless he was in uniform or had been rejected. Persons who came otherwise had been told straight they were not wanted. That is the way to deal with the shirkers. She had not one eligible male relative who had not enlisted; some of them, including a brother, dead. Whilst the memory of the dead remained, she would clamour for vengeance on the brutes responsible. How could anyone be otherwise? Finally, she appealed to everyone to prove their patriotism by entering the firing line.
Sergeant Williams, who was one of the Australians at the Gallipoli landing, they made an appeal for recruits. Mr. J. C. Petley was the first to walk forward. Shortly afterwards Mr. Dave Garrick Perservering by walking into the crowd, the Sergeant next got Mr. Vaughan Jones, and finally two young men, Ernie Gilderdale and Dick Hemsworth. The first three are married men.stepped up.18 
Death of Father27 July 1917 Geelong Hospital, Geelong, VIC, Australia;
Name: John Jones
Date of Death: 27 Jul 1917
Place of Death: Geelong Hospital, City of Geelong; Usual Residence Nhill
Occupation: Retired Farmer
Sex: Male
Age: 91
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: Wales
Time in Aust Colonies: 58 years in Victoria

Father: Not known
Occupation: Not known
Mother: Not known

Place of Marriage: Not known
Age at Marriage: Not known
Name of Spouse: Not known
Children of Marriage: Edith 54, Hurtle 51, Ruth, Vaughn, Ewin, Craig, Ross, Ada (ages not known)
Informant: R N Carbines, undertaker, authorized agent, Geelong

Cause of Death: Senility, Cardiac failure
Length of Illness: Indefinite
Medical Attendant: Dr N Dennerstein M.B., B.S.
Date Last Seen: 27 Jul 1917

Date of Burial: 28 Jul 1917
Place of Burial: Eastern Cemetery Geelong
Minister & Religion: Rev T Tinniswood, Church of England
Undertaker: R N Carbines
Witnesses:;Principal=John Jones19 
News-Arct*18 July 1918 "The Western Champion", Parkes, NSW, Australia;
In consequence of the number of complaints that had been received regarding the alleged systematic sheep stealing in the Condobolin district (says a Condobolin message of Thursday last), Superintendent Walker, of the Criminal Investigation Branch, recently sent Sergeant Small a plain-clothes policeman, to make an investigation.
Small knocked about the stations for three weeks without revealing his identity, and was mistaken for a boundary rider and a drover.
Several charges of direct sheep stealing and many breaches of the Pastures Protection Act are set down for hearing before the police court, which opened yesterday afternoon before Harcourt Holcombe, police magistrate. The court was crowded, there being intense local interest.
Alfred Bassett, owner of both town and station properties pleaded guilty to a charge of travelling sheep without supplying full information of the brands and earmarks. He was fined £10, with £1 7/- costs. On a charge of having a sheepskin in his possession reasonably suspected of having been stolen, there being reasonable cause to believe that he came by it dishonestly, Bassett was fined £50 and costs.
Reece Vaughan Jones, a farmer, pleaded guilty to two charges, one of slaughtering cattle without notifying the inspector, and the other of using an unregistered brand. He was fined, in the first case, £5, and in the second £25. Costs were allowed in each case.
Thomas Martin Dunn, aged 31, was charged with stealing six sheep on February 1, the property of J. J. Leahy, of Euglo station. Lengthy evidence was given, Sergeant Small stating that earmarks had been altered and brands defaced. He was committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions to be held at Condobolin on August 14. Bail was allowed in £100. Dunn was also committed for trial on charge of stealing two sheep the property of Clara Ann Hope about June 24. Similar bail was allowed.
Inspector Mitchell, the police prosecutor at the Central Police Court, Sydney, conducted the prosecution. Detective Devlin has been here for a fortnight assisting in preparing the evidence.;Principal=Alfred Bassett20 
News-Arct31 July 1918 "The Lachlander", Condobolin, NSW, Australia;
Condoboiin's Record Court Cases
Alleged Sheep Stealing and Faking of Earmarks
Many Breaches of the P.P. Act
Committals and Heavy Fines.
This was a charge against Reece Vaughan Jones for keeping premises for slaughtering without a license. The chief witness was Sergt, Small, whose evidence was in substance as follows: Went to defendent's place in company with Const. Sivyer, on 20th June. After preliminary remarks, asked Jones had he any bullock hides or sheep skins at his place. Was told "Yes, I have three sheep skins and I sold three bullock hides to Sam Yook last month." Replying to question whether he killed or sold meat, Jones said, " No, but if I kill a bullock and it is too much for me, I sell half of it." He said he did not make a practice of selling it by the pound. Showed him a bill for meat sold to Bouffier by the pound, which he admitted was in his handwriting, but said the meat was sold by E. Jones, his wife, in whose name be said he traded, and that he was manager for her. Later on Jones said, " I'll admit it now. I had an arrangement with (naming the man), by which it was agreed that if the police asked anything about the meat, he was to say that he bought the cattle on their legs and I was to say the same. But, it is no good saying that now." Went out to Jones' farm and saw two pulley blocks tied to a leaning tree, also ropes and tackling, There were indications that pigs, sheep and bullocks had been slaughtered. Asked Jones where he got the last beast he had killed and he said from Yerbury, about last February or March. Saw the head of a half-grown beast at the wood heap and asked when did he kill that beast, to which he replied that it was the last he killed, about the middle of May last; adding that since he had killed a pig for his own use. Asked him did he supply other men besides Bouffier in town, and he said, No. When questioned about Mr. F. Marlin, he admitted having also supplied him, at 6d per lb. Subsequently he admitted he had killed one beast a month, for sale, and sold the meat. Defendant had a beast in his possession, the owner of which he said he did not know, also 17 sheep. I caused him to impound them.
Fined £20, professional costs £3 3s, court costs 6s.
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Two charges, one for using an unrecorded brand on sheep, the other for using an unregistered brand on a beast. The one evidence was taken to cover both charges. Sergeant Small deposed: On the 21st June last, in company with Constable Sivyer, I was making enquiries from the defendant about cattle, and in answer to a question he said, I sold three bullock hides to Sam Yook in May. I said to him, What brand was on them? He said, One J. I said, But that is not a registered brand. He said, No. I said, Do you brand your stock with it? He said, I brand the wife's cattle with it. We went out to his place, about 2 miles. I said to him, Where is that J brand? He said, It is in the blacksmith's shop. We went there and he showed it to me. I produce the brand. I said, Have you used that recently on cattle? He said, Yes; he had used it three or four wieeks previously, when they were branding their cattle. I, saw another brand, U rover S, and I saw that same brand in the tar on the sheep. I said, Is it the U over S brand you use on sheep as a registered brand? He said, No. I said, Who does the U S brand belong to? He said, To a man named Sparkes; he's dead. I took possession of the brands and handed them to the Inspector of' Stock. The J is only part of a brand, the other part being broken off. I saw the sheep with the U S brand. Did not ask the defendant when he used it.
To Mr. Rhodes: Jones referred to both brands. He put the J H on the cattle as a distinguishing mark between the wife's cattle and the son's.
F. W. Cox, Stock Inspector, deposed: On the 21st June, 1918, at "Clifton," in the presence of Constable Sivyer and defendant, Sergeant Small handed me three brands, two of which; the J and the U over S, form the subject of these cases. The defendant said he used the J for cattle and U over S for sheep. I asked defendant, in Sergeant Small's presence, If the J fire brand was his registered brand ? He said, No. I said, Have you used the brand to brand cattle? He said, Yes, I have. I then showed him the U over S tar brand, and asked him was it his registered brand. He said, No, but I have used it to brand sheep with. In a yard close by I saw 17 sheep, some of which were branded with the U S. I asked him where the cattle were which he had branded. He said, On Agistment at Robin's farm. On the 24th June I went there and saw Mr. J. E. Robins, the owner of the farm, and had a conversation with reference to cattle on the premises. In consequence, I went into one of the paddocks near the house, where I saw two cows and three calves. One of the cows and the three calves have the J brand. Then went to a paddock about a mile and a half further away, in which I saw 17 head of cattle, most of which were branded with J. There was one red heifer which appeared to have been branded within the last four months. I afterwards saw the defendant at Clifton and asked him when he had last used the J brand. He said, Between three and four months ago, on a red heifer that I bought at Pinnell's sale. He said that he had a few weeks previously used the U over S brand on a lamb which he said he had got from Mrs. Doyle. I produce a list of registered brands, which does not show either of these. The J reversed (the brand referred to was a reversed J) is registered as a horse brand, but not as a cattle brand. It is now registered in the name of Higgins, near Muswellbrook.
To Mr. Rhodes: Saw the lamb bought from Mrs. Doyle; it had the appearance of a brand on it. It was a Xbred. The brand appeared to be recent was feint, so faint that I would not swear it was U over S. The red heifer appeared to have been branded four months. Referring to the brand on the lamb, defendant said that he had used an ink that was not a proper tar mixture. This would account for it being indistinct.
Reece Yaughan Jones deposed: I am a farmer and reside at Condobolin. I have the brand J over 30 years; brought it over from Victoria with me. The U S brand I got from Mr. Sparks when I bought the property; he handed it over to me and told me it was his registered brand. Mr. Sparks gave me this document (tendered) with it. I won't contradict what I said to Small about branding cattle three weeks ago, but I made a mistake. I said that the boys had branded cattle bought from Yerberry with it. Since then I asked the boys, and they have not branded them. With regard to the red heifer Cox referred to, she was branded last November. I have said to Cox that I used it on a red heifer three or four months ago, but it wasn't correct I think she came from Mr. Pinnell's. I got two red cows from L'Estrange about the same time. They were bought early last spring. Bought no. red heifer since the 1st January last.
To Mr. Driffield: Bought the red heifer from Mrs. Piniiell in the spring of last year; not at Pinnell's sale. Bought cattle from Yerberry on 11th February; killed one of them; not branded at all; but made a mistake when I told Sergeant Small it was branded J. The two I bought from L'Estrange were branded, J, in November. I have not used the J on any stock during the year 1918. I sent some stock recently to Gifford's. They are branded with other people's brands; 19 of them with J.
To Mr. Rhodes: I did not brand the lamb spoken of by Mr. Cox. Have bought only two sheep this year, one at Pinnell's sale and one from Mrs. Doyle; neither of them branded. Mr. Cox must have been mistaken in saying that I said I branded it; I don't remember saying so to him; I don't think I could have.
Erick Jones, son of defendant, deposed: I am 17 years of age. The brand J has not been used on any cattle on my father's place since the 1st January last. I have been away at times, for odd days, and have been away down at Robin's farm 4 or 5 weeks, two or three weeks ago. The last time the J brand was used was about the middle of November. I used it myself, on a red and white calf. I know the U S brand ; it has not been used this year. Remember father buying a lamb from Mrs. Doyle. I last saw that lamb 2 or 3 days ago, and it had no brandon it.
To Mr. Driffield : We bought stock this year; none of them were branded. The calves we branded were bred by, us: Only one of the lot (20) at Gifford's was branded this year. We never branded one this year with the J brand. We have not branded any big cattle since November last. There is no reason why we should cease branding since then. It may have been six months since we bought cattle from Yerbury. One was killed; we sold the skin. I suppose we did; it was brought into town to Sam Yook. Don't know what brand it had; I never take notes of the brands; don't keep any record of the brands of cattle going through our hands. Am not aware of father buying any cattle while I was away at Robin's. I still adhere to the statement that we only branded calves in November. Father bought a sheep at Pinnell's sale and a heifer before the sale in February. We didn't brand it after.
F. W. Cox recalled: The brand on the heifer, I should say was put on within four months—the reversed J brand.
Mr. Rhodes briefly addressed the Bench, holding specially that greater consideration and respect should be given Mr. Jones's evidence than Sergeant Small's.
The P. M. said he took the opposite view. At first Jones made a plain statement to the police; then suddenly found himself in a mess, and comes along with the story that he had not branded any stock since November. He would say plainly that he did not believe either Jones or his son. In view of the evidence of the several cases before him, including Bassett's and Dunn's, there seemed to be a big conspiracy, and a lot of young men around the principals. He could say, from his 30 years' experience of the back country, that the keeping of an unregistered slaughter yard was one of the principal means of disposing of stolen stock and meat. He added that the statement had been made that about 1000 sheep had been stolen in the district within a limited time. In view of previous fines, he would (as asked for by Mr. Rhodes) make these lighter, namely £10 in each case, together with £2 2s professional costs and costs of court. Three months time was given for the payment of the whole of the fines, totalling £70, exclusive of costs.21 
Police-gzte*31 July 1918 "New South Wales Police Gazette", Sydney, NSW, Australia;
Reece Vaughan Jones, summoned before the Condobolin Bench at the instance of Sergeant 3rd Class Small and Constable Sivyer, Sydney and Condobolin Police, charged with using an unregistered cattle brand (two charges), also with using an unregistered tar brand on sheep, has been fined ?25, ?10, and ?10 on charges respectively, with ?6 3s. costs, in default three months’ hard labour on each charge. Further charged with keeping unregistered premises for the purpose of butchering. Fined ?20, with ?3 9s. costs, in default three months’ hard labour. For slaughtering one head of cattle without giving the required twelve hours’ notice, offender was also fined ?5, with ?1 7s. costs, in default two months’ hard labour. Three months allowed to pay fines.22 
News-Arct16 October 1918 "The Lachlander", Condobolin, NSW, Australia;
Lengthy letter from J. H. Rhodes, solicitor, pointing out that his client, Mr Reece Vaughan Jones, was taking action, by petition, to obtain a remission of the whole or part of the fines, totalling £45, imposed upon him by Police Magistrate HoIcombe in the recent cases in which the Board had proceeded against him. He asked that the Board support the petition and write the Member for the District, Mr Buttenshaw, or the Minister for Justice. Board decided to just receive the letter and take no action whatever, holding it was a matter in which it had no right to interfere.23 
News-Arct11 December 1918 "The Lachlander", Condobolin, NSW, Australia;
Return Thanks
I desire to tender my sincere thanks to all who signed the petition, praying for a remission of the fines that had been imposed upon me, with the result that they have been reduced to a total of £20. R.V.JONES, 
Note*29 August 1919 Supreme Court of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia;
No. 21,779.
Friday the 29th. Day of August, 1919.
Re REECE VAUGHAN JONES, Bankrupt being duly sworn, was examined by Mr. C. F. W. Lloyd, Official Assignee, and saith as follows:-
My full name is Reece Vaughan Jones.
I am a labourer. During the last two years I have been looking after things for my wife. I lived mostly at Clifton, Condobolin. Clifton is the name of a farm. That farm belongs to my wife. It is about 770 acres and is a freehold farm belonging to my wife absolutely. It is under mortgage to NSW Savings Bank for £2000. She bought it about 8 years ago. We were married then. My wife bought the farm from Innes partly and I don’t know whether the other part was from Innes or Stokes. The purchase money was for Clifton, 330 acres £1250 and the other part cost I think £4.2.6 per acre for 640 acres. My wife got the money to buy it with the proceeds of a property she owned at Henty or Yerong Creek. She got £6.10 for one part per acre and £6.5 per acre for another part.
We were married about 26 years ago and my wife had money then I think she must have been left money by her people. They were alive then. I think she had a Savings Bank account when I married her. She leased a property from a woman named Jenkins near the S.A. border. Her brother put in some crop for her there. His name was Alfred Milgate. She had that lease two or three years. That was about 1901.
She then bought a place of 640 acres at 11/3 an acre in Victoria in the mallee country and held it for six or 7 years when she sold out for £3.3.0 an acre. After that she bought land near Yerong. She sold out at Yerong and bought this place up at Condobolin.bushel was all I got. When I put that wheat into the pool I owed the Govt. about 210£ for seed wheat and hay and that amount was deducted out of the proceeds of the wheat in the pool. I don’t know what they paid altogether but I got 2/6 bushel. There were 3800 bushels and I got 2/6 a bushel
During this time since we were married I have been dealing a bit. In 1914 I went business for myself. I leased a farm of 1449 acres from a man named Bassett, 20 miles from Condobolin. I put in about 600 or 700 acres of crop.
In with the property I leased 150 bags of wheat and a stack of hay and was to leave a similar amount when I gave up the lease. I put in a crop but it was a total failure and I got nothing. I had that place for two years. I took it on another year on different terms. I was to pay Bassett’s back Government rents and to leave 150 bags of wheat and about 30 tons of hay. When I leased the land I leased horses and implements too. That year I got 1450 bags of wheat. I put 1300 bags in the pool and left 150 for Bassett. I got paid 2/6 a bushel on the wheat in the pool, 15-16 pool. As far as I know 2/6 a bushel was all I got. When I put that wheat into the pool I owed the Govt. about 210£ for seed wheat and hay and that amount was deducted out of the proceeds of the wheat in the pool. I don’t know what they paid altogether but I got 2/6 bushel. There were 3800 bushels and I got 2/6 a bushel about £480. When I got that money I put it in the A.B.C. Bank Condobolin.
I put in in in my own name, R. V. Jones. I drew it out again and the list made up by the bank will show how that was spent. The paper you have is my bank account. I never had a pass book.
I bought a machine from James Martin and Coy Ltd in 1914. When I got the money from the pool I knew I was indebted to Martin and Coy. I didn’t pay them out of the money I received from the wheat pool. The cost of the machine I got from them. I don’t quite know. I don’t really know whether I bought a machine or hired it. I had a machine from Martin and Coy. The agent came round and sold or hired a machine to me. The plough was valued at £47 I think and the other machine a disc cultivator was valued at about £30 odd. I signed a document and paid £5 on the disc cultivator, I paid about £30 altogether for deposits and freight on the two machines and was to pay a certain sum per year. I didn’t keep up those payments. The only thing I paid was the deposit and freight. Martin and Co came and took machines away. I asked them to take them and sell them just about the time I was leaving the farm. I wrote and told them I was leaving the farm and later on they sent up and removed the machines but before that they summonsed me and got a verdict. I didn’t attend as I thought it was waste of money as they held my p.n.
I went and saw Mr. Rhodes who owned a sixth share in the crop and consulted him when I got the summons. I don’t remember what he said. I told him Martin and Co held my p.n.s which were overdue. I think I had received the 2/6 a bushel from the wheat pool before I was summoned by Martin and Co. I think the summons was a little afterwards. I used the first year on Bassett’s farm. The disc cultivator was scarcely used at all as it was no good. I used the plough the first year and it had a fair amount of use. I owe the Riverina Harvester Coy about £60. When I got the money from the Government I only paid wages and for bags. E. J. Jones is my wife and I paid her £40 she had lent me to buy manure with. I still owed her £10on that. Ted Jones is my son and the amount there is for two years labor. Ross Jones is my son too and the amount paid to him was for labor. J. R. Rhodes, £72, was his share in the wheat crop. He had a sixth interest on the wheat crop. Cantrell £70 was for hay I had bought to replace the 30 tons of hay on Bassett’s place. The Mark Owen Co-op Coy £75 was for stores & sacks. When I made these payments I think Martin and Coy’s bills had been dishonoured a couple of years. I didn’t pay Martin and Coy and the Riverina Harvester Coy because the money wouldn’t go round. I didn’t pay my family all they had earned. They worked for a long time without payment and had to wait until I got the proceeds from the wheat crop. They got money to buy clothes out of a few rabbit skins they trapped and dug out. I didn’t consider Martin and Coy because they were secured. They had the machines which weren’t worn much at all. I don’t consider that I owe Martin and Coy anything. I didn’t defend the case against me because have seen people defend p.n.s before and get nothing out of it.
The Government paid 4/9 for the wheat but all I remember receiving after deductions was 2/6 a bushel. I owed the Government £210 for seed wheat etc but I don’t think I owed them anything more than that. Rhodes held the wheat script I think. I held it in the first place and left it in the A.B.C. Bank and the bank collected the money. I know Rhodes summonsed me for the balance of the money due to him for his share and I think I made the scrip over to him and the case never came into Court. I think the terms of settlement were that I was to hand the scrip over to Rhodes. I have had no bank account since the one you have there.since 1916 I haven’t been doing very much as I met with an accident off a horse and haven’t been able to do much, I am assisting my wife on her farm and average about £1 a week wages. My life is insured. I don’t know what office. It is insured for £500. I have the policy at home. It is a year or two since it was taken out. I will let you know the date I took it out and the name of the Company.
The cause of my bankruptcy was bad seasons and Martin and Coy. Going for me. I appealed against the Bankruptcy Notice. I haven’t paid my solicitor and don’t know what he is charging me. An appeal was lodged, I got an adjournment but then Rhodes told me it was no good appealing on the terms of the hiring agreement. Then he got a copy of the agreement he told me it was no good appealing. He had advised me to appeal at first.
My wife is just about bankrupt at present, she owes thousands. The only way I could get here was by making the petitioning creditor’s pay my costs of coming down.
I had no crop in the 1916-7 pool. I had no interest in any 1916-17 crop. I have had no interest in any crop since the 1915-16 crop.
I remember writing something to you,- saying I may get enough out of the wheat in the pool to pay you. I don’t remember getting any more money. Rhodes got some money. I transferred the wheat scrip to Rhodes. Out of the £480 he got £70 odd. Other members of the family have property in that district besides my wife. Victor holds a property. He is a sharefarmer with a man named Pennell. One of my sons has a settlement lease with a crop in on that. That is Victor Milgate Jones. He bought that property, 1849 acres for £890. He is 22 about. When I gave up Bassett’s place the three boys went working on the Railway line and were away 7 months. They cleared £450. Victor bought a property for £200 from a man named Beck and sold it to Mrs Peterson for £350. Then he bought the place he owns now for £890. There was £450 from the Govt. Savings bank on it and he paid the balance. None of my money went into it. My wife paid about £63 for me last year. Two of my schoolboys had a calf and they branded it with an unregistered brand and I was prosecuted for that and fined £25. That was about June 12 months ago. My wife paid the fine. I was also fined £20 for selling a quarter of beef without a license and my wife paid that.
had no slaughtering license and killed a beast and sold portion of it. My wife paid the fine. There were five charges and I was found guilty in each case. The fines and expenses were about £80 odd. Then a petition was sent down and £20 was taken off.
In 1916 when I opened my account, I hadn’t been sued by Martin and Co. My transaction with them was under a hiring agreement and the p.n.s wore given as collateral security for the payment of the rent under the hiring agreement. I made an affidavit saying I had a cross action against Martin and Co exceeding the amount of their claim because I had paid the instalment and they had taken the implements back. I paid £15 instalment on the plough and the deposit of £5 on the cultivator. The implements were delivered at Condobolin and I drew the implements up to the farm from there. The plough arrived alright but the one way disc cultivator was damaged. I had to get a new box from Martin and Co before I could use it. I paid them for the new box. I used the cultivator to do about 30 acres and the box wore out again and I never used the disc cultivator to do about 30 acres and the box wore out again and I never used the disc cultivator any more. He life of a plough ought to be about 15 years. I used the plough one year. I then wrote to Martin and Co and asked them to sell the machines and I would make up the difference. The price of the same plough now is about £70. They got their plough back after about 1 years use and it is nearly as good as when it came out. The cultivator was never any good.
I borrowed £100 from Rhodes to pay for agistment for Bassett’s horses after the first bad year when there was no grass. The £72 paid to him was on account of that loan. I gave him a sixth share in the second crop. I paid him £12 in addition that I borrowed from my wife.
There was a balance owing to him and as near as I can remember I transferred the wheat scrip certification to him. The value of the scrip was about 1¼d. a bushel and there were about 3800 bushels of wheat.
I offered to return the implements and let them sell them and I agreed to give them any difference there might be on the resale. I was never notified that they had been sold and that there was any deficiency.
R. V. Jones25 
News-Arct12 September 1919 "NSW Government Gazette", Sydney, NSW, Australia;
In the Supreme Court of New South Wales. (21,779)
Re Vaughan Jones, of Clifton, Condobolin.
NOTICE is hereby given that a Sequestration Order has this day been made against the abovenamed bankrupt, on the petition of James Martin & Coy. Ltd., and Mr. C. F. W. Lloyd appointed to be the Official Assignee.—Dated at Sydney, this l1th day of July, 1919.
Registrar in Bankruptcy.26 
News-Arct*2 July 1920 "The Forbes Advocate", Forbes, NSW, Australia;
I regret that one of our esteemed residents, Mr Vaughan Jones, sustained a nasty fall from his horse the other day. Happily no bones were broken, and beyond a shaking and a few scratches he escaped almost free. Still the doctor thought it advisable for him to stop in the hospital for a few days. However, at latest he is quite himself again.27 
News-Arct7 July 1920 "The Lachlander", Condobolin, NSW, Australia;
I SINCERELY thank Dr Grieve, the Matron and nursing staff of Condobolin Hospital for their unremitting care and attention to me while an inmate of that institution; also friends for kind enquries.
R. V. JONES.28 
Death of Mother15 October 1922 51 Spring St, Geelong West, VIC, Australia;
Name: Elizabeth Ann Jones
Date of Death: 15 Oct 1922
Place of Death: 51 Spring Street, Town of Geelong West
Sex: Female
Age: 88
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Time in Aust Colonies: 38 years in Victoria, 50 years in South Australia

Father: William Mason
Occupation: Farmer
Mother: Elizabeth Ann Mason (maiden name not known)

Place of Marriage: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Age at Marriage: 22
Name of Spouse: John Jones
Children of Marriage: Ellen 65, Alfred deceased, Edith 61, Anson deceased, Hurtle 58, Ruth 57, Vaughan 55, Irwin 53, Greig 52, Ross 50, Ada 48
Informant: Alex Monro, undertaker, authorized agent, Geelong

Cause of Death: Senile Decay
Length of Illness:
Medical Attendant: Dr A W Morgan
Date Last Seen: 13 Oct 1922

Date of Burial: 17 Oct 1922
Place of Burial: Eastern Cemetery Geelong
Minister & Religion: Rev J H Peake, Church of England
Undertaker: Alex Monro

;Principal=Elizabeth Ann Mason29
"Waywen", 51 Spring Street, Geelong West
News-Arct28 March 1923 "The Lachlander", Condobolin, NSW, Australia;
Wyalong-Condobolin Railway.

The Public Works Committee arrived by train on Monday of last week and took evidence in the court house next day respecting the proposed railway line from Wyalong "towards" Condobolin.

Reece Vaughan Jones, farmer, Condobolin. deposed his son had a block 18 - miles south of the river. He carts his wheat to Condobolin, and, on account of the distance, does not grow much. If line constructed from Wamboyne to Condobolin he would cultivate 1000 acres. Between Euglo and Condobolin it was nearly all good agricultural land. Did not agree with the statement that the land for 15 miles out from Condobolin was not agricultural land. "I know parts that would do me, and I have been farming all my life." Know the country between Wamboyne to Bogan Gate. It is not superior country to ours. We have grown up to 10 bags to the acre on our Condobolin farm. Possibly there may be a larger proportion of agricultural land on the proposed extension to Bogan Gate than on the proposed extension to Condobolin—I think it would be much of a muchness. Would rather see it come on to Condobolin. It would be an advantage in drought times to have a cross country line. It would be more flooded about Burrawang than Condobolin. Have been here 12 years and only saw one flood, in 1916. Consider 30 per cent of Borambil station would then be flooded.30 
News-Arct13 January 1926 "The Lachlander", Condobolin, NSW, Australia;
P.P. Board
The tender of Vaughan Jones (only tender) was accepted for the sinking of tank on the Tottenham-Bobadah T.S.R. Price Is 3d per cubic yard and is per chain for drains.31 
Electoral Roll1930 Merrygoen, NSW, Australia;
Jones, Reece Vaughan, Merrygoen, labourer11 
Electoral Roll1933 Trundle, NSW, Australia;
Jones, Reece Vaughan, Trundle, labourer
Jones, Ress Herbert, Trundle, horse breaker;Principal=Herbert Ross Jones11 
Electoral Roll*1934 Trundle, NSW, Australia;
Jones, Reece Vaughan, Trundle, labourer
Jones, Ress Herbert, Trundle, horse breaker;Principal=Herbert Ross Jones11 
Electoral Roll*1936 "Red Heart", Four Corners, Tullamore, NSW, Australia;
Jones, Reece Vaughan, Red Heart, Four Corners, Tullamore, labourer11 
Electoral Roll1937 "Red Heart", Four Corners, Tullamore, NSW, Australia;
Jones, Reece Vaughan, Red Heart, Four Corners, Tullamore, labourer11 
Death of Spouse25 August 1937 Melrose Road, Condobolin, NSW, Australia;
Name: Elizabeth Jane Jones
Date of Death: 25 Aug 1937
Place of Death: Melrose Road Condobolin Municipality NSW
Sex: Female
Age: 69
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: Lyndoch Valley South Australia
Time in Aust Colonies:

Father: James Milgate
Occupation: Farmer
Mother: Elizabeth Newell

Place of Marriage: Lyndoch Valley South Australia
Age at Marriage: 25
Name of Spouse: Reece Vaughan Jones
Children of Marriage: Herbert R 42, Victor M 41, Ivan H 37, Eric B 35, Percy H 34, Ewen A 33, Maxwell C 29 living; 1 male deceased
Informant: R V Jones, widower, Orange Street Condobolin

Cause of Death: Myocarditis
Length of Illness:
Medical Attendant: Ronald MacQueen
Date Last Seen: 25 Aug 1937

Date of Burial: 26 Aug 1937
Place of Burial: Church of England Cemetery Condobolin
Minister & Religion: W Chas Arnold, Church of England
Undertaker: Robert G Marlin
Witnesses: H Y Marlin, F G Vine;Principal=Elizabeth Jane Milgate32 
News-Arct8 January 1942 "The Lachlander", Condobolin, NSW, Australia;
R. V. Jones, tendering his resignation as poundkeeper and common ranger. Accepted, and Mr. C. White appointed to the positions until he can get some one else to take them on.33 
Death*25 October 1942 "Delamah", Condobolin, NSW, Australia;
Name: Reece Vaughan Jones
Date of Death: 25 Oct 1942
Place of Death: Delamah, Condobolin
Occupation: Station Manager
Sex: Male
Age: 77
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: Condobolin
Time in Aust Colonies:

Father: Not known
Occupation: Not known
Mother: Not known

Place of Marriage: Not known
Age at Marriage: Not known
Name of Spouse: Not known
Children of Marriage:
Informant: Ross Herbert Jones, son, Delamah, Condobolin

Cause of Death: Carcinoma rectum
Length of Illness: 1 year
Medical Attendant:
Date Last Seen: 24 Oct 1942

Date of Burial: 26 Oct 1942
Place of Burial: Roman Catholic Cemetery Condobolin
Minister & Religion:
Burial*26 October 1942 Condobolin Cemetery, Condobolin, NSW, Australia;
Reece Vaughan & Elizabeth Jane Jones headstone
Obituary2 November 1942 "The Lachlander", Condobolin, NSW, Australia;
The abovenamed well-known and respected identity of the district died at the home of his son Ross on the 25th inst. Although a healhy[sic] and vigorous man throughout life, an illness which became manifest little more than a year ago was the cause of his gradual decline as well as the cause of much suffering towards the end and only alleviated by applications to deaden pain but not prolong life. In any case, with an age of 76 years, the constitution cannot withstand what would he the case in youth. Born in South Australia, he was married on 13th September, 1892, to Elizabeth Jane Milgate, at Lyndock Valley, South Australia. For a number of years he followed farming, both sheep and wheat. Selling out, he entered into butchering business at Birchup, Victoria. From there he came to Condobolin about 32 years ago and settled on the farm known as "Clifton," about four miles from the town of Condobolin and opposite (easterly) the old racecourse. With good family help and labour expenditure, many improvements to the farm were effected, and some very fine wheat crops grown, when the seasons would favour it. But they were not the days when wheat farming gave anything like adequate financial return for the labour and expense involved. Leaving there, deceased went to Rockhampton (Queensland) and did some farming for another person. Filling his engagement there, he returned to Condobolin. His wife died at Condobolin about five years ago, at the age of 63. Living sons are Herbert Ross, Victor Milgate, Ivan Harold, Eric Phillip, Percy, Leslie Ewen, Maxwell Claude—no daughters. Living brothers and sisters of deceased are Hertle (Geelong), Greg (New Zealand), Ross (Manly), Mrs. Sanders (Geelong), Mrs. Kinnealy (Wagga), Ada (Colac, Victoria).
Deceased's body was laid to rest in the Church of England portion of Condobolin cemetery, the Rev. H. C. Barratt officiating and Mr R G. Martin in charge of the funeral arrangements. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved ones.34 

Family 1

Elizabeth Jane Milgate b. 4 Sep 1867, d. 25 Aug 1937

Family 2

Elizabeth Annie McGregor b. 25 Nov 1904, d. 11 Apr 1989


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