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Jessie (Murray) Corfield's lone grave, Teebar, Queensland 1853

SACRED / to the Memory of / JESSIE / wife of H C Corfield of TEEBAR who departed this life / 29th May 1853 / May she rest in Peace

Jessie was born Janet Jessie Murray at "Georgefield", Langholm, Dumfrieshire, Scotland on 4th July 1824. She had migrated with her parents in parents 1842-43. Her family took up land on the Great Dividing Range between Lithgow and Bathurst calling their property "Warrawang". Jessie and 2 of her brothers, John and James Murray, migrated to the Wide Bay District and first took up "Wulooga" but were eventually defeated by the aboriginal Kabi Kabi / Gubi Gubi response. John became a Luietenant in the NSW Native Police, later Queensland Native Police which was intended to keep the peace on the pastoral frontier allowing graziers to take up and occupy the land for grazing. At the same time as John's becoming a trooper, Jessie married another grazier, Henry Cox Corfield and moved to his new run at Teebar. James continued alone trying to sustain "Wulooga" but he too sold out to Robert Tooth and moved to the Rosedale area, near their relatives the Little Family who owned "Rosedale".

There is another memorial headstone that was erected in the Barton Park Cemetery, Wallerawang, NSW to Jessie by her parents.

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    by Ian Stehbens