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Posted by: Jan Date: March 18, 2000 at 06:10:53
In Reply to: CHAFFEYS-BROCKVILLE, CANADA by James E. Moriarty of 1205

The Chaffey Bros were George and William Benjamin. George came to Australia in 1886 and saw great potential for irrigation in the Mildura area of Victoria, he sent for WB, as William became known, to sell up and move to Australia. In 1896 George was bankrupt, and returned to California, but WB stayed, became Mildura's first Mayor in 1920. He died in 1926 at the age of 70. His home named "Rio Vista" is now the Mildura Art Gallery. WB married twice, 1st to Hattie Schell they had 6 children, then to Hattie Sexton Schell, they also had 6 children.

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