is an extract from a history of Henry by Joan Truelove of "Elmavale"
Illabo NSW. Joan is the youngest daughter of Harry Truelove, Henry's
As the gold boom [In Victoria] began to fade
Henry and Annie sold the store [in Bendigo] and together with their
young family, in 1876 came overland by buggy and waggon to Cunjigong
Creek (now known as Frampton) where the main southern railway was under
construction. Here they kept a store and bakery, supplying goods and
bread to the workers on the line. There were some 5,000 men working
on the construction, many of them irish immigrants. They were paid £1
($2) per week for a 12 hour day, 6 day week.
Will Owen, an uncle, was engaged as an engineer on the line under construction
and could have influenced the decision to move to Cunjigong.
Note: Henry's brother, James Truelove
had moved to Bowning in 1874 and died at Gundagai in 1876. Henry was
given Jame's probate. Both were listed as publicans.
As the construction moved further west (opened for traffic
between Cootamundra and Junee in 1878), so did Henry, Annie and family
to build the "Billabong Hotel" and store near the site of
a stone quarry and brick kiln about 1 mile (2klms) west of the present
site of the Village of Illabo. By 1883 they had acquired 136 acres of
land (now part of "clearview" nearest to Illabo) and worked
it in conjunction with the "Billabong Hotel". It appears to
have been an almost self contained operation with stables, dairy, poultry,
fruit trees and probably vegetables. A long row of mulberry trees were
planted along the roadway towards Junee.
Note. Henry's second surviving
child, Sarah Anne, born 1860, married Warren Smith in Wagga Wagga in
1882. Henry and Annie's youngest child, Anne (Nell) was born at Illabo.
By 1882 - 1883 there were several families in the locality with children
of school age and no school closer than Bethungra or Boree. Henry Truelove
and Mr Osborne, the station manager on "Geralgambeth", began
negotiations by letter with the Department of Education to have a provisional
school established at Illabo. At a cost of £60 ($120) Henry had
the first school built in 1884 and opened that same year. He offered
to board a male teacher for 16 shillings ($1.60) per week. Four Truelove
children, John, Fred, Nell and another were amongst the first enrolments.
Note. Henry's elder surviving child, Catherine born 1858,
married Donald McDonald in Junee in 1886.