The connection between my ex-husband’s family and Sale begins with his great grandparents, Thomas Smith and Louisa May Clyne. Thomas and Louisa were originally from the Maffra area, but the family moved to the Sale area around 1912 when Thomas got a job there Five of their children were born in Sale.
Thomas’s parents were James Smith and Dora Mansfield. James and Dora’s son (Thomas’ brother) John James Smith moved to Sale around 1924. John died 2 February 1963 at his home at 10 Stawell Street in Sale.
The Sun Monday Feb 4 1963
SMITH – On Feb 2, at his residence 10 Stawell St, Sale, John James dearly loved husband of Flora. Aged 82 years.
SMITH – The funeral of the late John James Smith of 10 Stawell St Sale will arrive at the Springvale Crematorium at 1 pm TOMORROW (Tuesday) after a service at St Columbus Presbyterian Church Sale at 8.30 am G.H. Uebergang AFDA Sae 2359
The Sun Tuesday Feb 5 1963
SMITH – On Feb 2 John James Smith dearly loved son of the late Dora and James Smith of Valencia loved brother of Tom (dec), Mary (Mrs McCole) Rae (Mrs Cromb) and Will.
John’s wife Flora Jones was born in 1883 in Sale.
Dora Mansfield’s family also lived at Sale. Dora was the daughter of John Mansfield and Mary O’Keefe. The family were from Tralee in Ireland, and came to Australia in 1857. It is not known exactly when John and Mary first settled at Sale, but the family were living in the area by 1871, when their son Thomas was married at Nuntin. John died 12 May 1882 at Sale, and was buried 14 May 1882 at the Sale Cemetery. At the time of his death, John was a farmer at Clydebank.
The Gippsland Mercury Saturday May 13 1882
The friends of Mr John Mansfield Senr are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of internment, Sale cemetery. The funeral will start from Clydebank at 11 o’clock on Sunday
His wife Mary died 13 November 1891 at Stawell Street Sale, and was buried at the Sale Cemetery on 15 November 1891.
John and Mary had two sons, John and Charles, who never married. Charles died 5 July 1887 at the Gippsland Hospital in Sale, and was buried 8 July 1887 at Sale Cemetery. John died 20 September 1912 at Clydebank, and was buried 25 September 1912 at the Sale Cemetery.
John and Mary had another son, Thomas who married Susan Blyth on 10 May 1871 at Nuntin. Six of their children were born at Sale, before the family moved to Bairnsdale.