Cutmore’s Story - (from an obituary)
One of the oldest residents of the Barraba district in the person of George Cutmore passed away last Sunday 22nd March 1922, of cancer, at Jenner Hospital Sydney at the age of 68 years.
The late Mr Cutmore was born in Poslingford, Suffolk, England and came to Australia with his parents when he was 3 years of age, in a small sailing vessel which took over 6 months to complete the trip. After their arrival, they went to live on the Richmond River and at the age of 19 he went across to Windsor where he became apprenticed to a shoemaker. Some time after, George went to Inverell and resided there for several years. In the year 1872, he came to Barraba where he opened up in business as the village shoemaker, saddler and harness-maker. It was soon after this he met his wife (then Miss Mary Jane Dowdell) they being married in 1879 in Tamworth. There were nine children.
After relinquishing business as a saddler, the late Mr Cutmore commenced a carrier business between Barraba and Tamworth. After several years of this strenuous labour, he again changed his occupation. This time entering into the butchering trade. Soon after this the land called him and he selected Mount Olive. He soon made it a snug little property and lived there with his family up until 6 years ago (1916) when he sold and came to live privately in Barraba. Some time before 1916, he topped the state for the wool clip, at 4¼d per pound.
The deceased gentleman took a keen interest in local government and for several years occupied a seat on the municipal council.
The body was brought to Barraba by train Monday. Afterwards interred in the Church of England portion of the Barraba cemetery, the Rev. A.R. Pegler administering the last rites.
Mary Jane Cutmore – (from an obituary)
In the death of Mrs Mary Jane Cutmore, 82, which occurred at the residence of her daughter Mrs G. Rumsby on Sunday last (19th October, 1941), Barraba has lost a very old and respected resident. The deceased was born at Bowling Alley Point, Tamworth and had been a resident of Barraba for 62 years. Her husband pre-deceased her about 20 years ago. After the service at St Lawrence’s Church on Monday, the funeral left for the Church of England portion of the Barraba cemetery. The Rev. R. I. H. Stockdale conducted the service at the church and the graveside