500 Fergusons camp under the stars
COBBLER Pool became a mini-city last month when nearly 500 Fergusons camped out for four days under the stars in a massive family reunion over the Easter holiday break.
Scores of caravans, and campers and tents were set up in family groups, each signposted to show who was related to who.
The oldest Ferguson was 90-year-old Bel Rowe (nee Ferguson), and 82-year-old Royston Sinclair was the oldest male.
The youngest Ferguson family member at just 10 weeks was Perrie Harper Wood.
All are descended from Scottish ancestors Alexander (Sandy) James and Christiana Ferguson who – with their three young children – sailed halfway around the world to the fledgling Swan River Colony, arriving after seven months at sea in February 1831.Read more
They stayed initially in Canning when most settlers were still living under canvas before moving to Middle Swan and finally settling at Barn Elms in West Toodyay, where Sandy Ferguson built a mudbrick family cottage.
Sandy Ferguson was a blacksmith who charged an English pound for shoeing horses.
He died in 1858 age 53 and was the first person to be buried in Nardie Cemetery.
Christiana Ferguson died 12 years later age 64 and is buried next to her husband.
Their second child Thomas (1826-1892) married Jane Morley (1829-1919) and the couple lived near Guildford before also moving to Toodyay, from where the local pioneering family grew and spread.
Information provided by Ferguson family member Leanne Rowe and historical records.