Ernest Maltby Kerruish (1872 1947)
Blanche Kerruish (nee Eaton) (1870 1926)
Alice Kerruish (1899 1914)
Charles Kerruish (1901 1975)
John Creer (1880 1922)
Arthur Eaton (1887 1920)
On 29 October 1909 the S.S. Runic once again sailed into King
George Sound at Albany. This time amongst its passengers were Alice Clucas and
Anne Morrison from the Isle of Man. By arrangement they had come out to marry
and settle down with their husbands-to-be that had arrived 4 years earlier to prepare accommodation.
On 1 November 1909, in a double wedding, the two couples were
united as Mr & Mrs Eaton and Mr & Mrs Creer with the Sedgman girls, Edna and Dora, acting as bridesmaids. This was the first marriage ceremony conducted in the newly built Caversham Methodist Church (see photo).
Everything went well for several years. Jessie Kerruish was born in 1908, William Eaton in 1910, Nancy Kerruish in 1911 and John Morrison Creer
and Molly Eaton in 1912.
Unfortunately on 28 April 1912 four year old Jessie Kerruish
was accidentally burnt to death in a grassfire near Ballajora and in April 1914 Alice Kerruish died of pneumonia at the age
of 14. These tragedies were great shocks to the three families. In spite of these unexpected adversities, Mr & Mrs Kerruish were sustained by their strong Christian
beliefs and they gradually recovered to carry on the management of their large vineyard business which by 1915 was flourishing.
In 1917 John Creer entered into an agreement with John Frederick
Roe, a fruitgrower at Sandalford, Guildford to purchase a 14 acre property on Patricia Street, a short distance north of the
adjacent properties of the Kerruishs and Eatons on Benara Road. I am unsure when the Creer family actually occupied a house on this property.
By 1920 the children were growing up, going to school, entering
into sporting and church activities and taking a great interest in the orchard and the horses and cows and pigs and machinery
associated with the running of the busy Roesland property which was situated in the centre of the original Caversham district
and which necessitated the employment of many men in addition to the resident leasees, especially during the seasons of ploughing,
pruning, harvesting and marketing. These were busy days for all concerned. The World War I was over and life was most enjoyable.
By now the Eaton family had grown to four children with the
addition of Grace and Douglas. The Creer family grew to five children with the
addition of Enid, Myra, Doris and Thomas. The Kerruish children consisted of
Charles, Thomas and Nancy. The three families all lived within close proximity
which made for happy times with the six parents all active in social, church and charity work in addition to their home duties.
Sadly and suddenly on 29 August 1920 at the early age of 33
years Arthur Eaton collapsed and died of a heart attack and the whole settlement was thrown into mourning. John Creer unfortunately developed tuberculosis and after suffering the illness for almost 2 years he passed
away on 29 December 1922.
It is somewhat ironical that of the three Manxman that left
the Isle of Man in 1905
Mr Kerruish, the older of the three and the one who moved
to Australia for health reasons lived to the age of 75 years while Arthur Eaton passed away at the age of 33 years and John
Creer at the age of 42 years.
Alice Eaton carried on for nearly 4 years and then in 1924
on the advice of her brothers she sailed from Fremantle with her four children to return to Tromode, I.O.M. Her family owned Clucas Laundry in Tromode. Alice worked in
the family business until she retired in about 1950 when she paid a brief but happy visit to Perth W.A.
The Creer family managed to honour the agreement to purchase
the Patricia Street property and on 29 August 1929 Annie Creer received the title to the property. In August 1939 Mrs Creer sold the property and with her family moved to Tenth Avenue in Inglewood, W.A.
John and Annie Creer had five children: John Morrison, father of John McAllister
Creer, Enid, Myra, Doris and Tom.
Arthur and Alice Eaton had four children, William, Molly, Grace and Douglas.
John McAllister Creer
24.7.1999 Perth, Western Australia (Updated 10.8.2001)