One of the most famous names in the Indigenous community – from Cummeragunja right up to Yarrabah – is Atkinson. And many of them, probably, link back to one man.
James John Oldbury Atkinson, known as John Oldbury Atkinson, came to Moira Station in 1843 and became the overseer of the station for the next 17 years. He came from what was called the Bong Bong District, near Berrima, New South Wales. He is, apparently, the father of the Atkinson children, William’s Cooper’s older siblings.
James came to Moira Station as a 17 year old teenager, with a couple hundred head of cattle from his father’s Oldbury Estate. That man was James Atkinson who established Oldbury Estate, near Berrima. James senior was a well-known statesman and magistrate who was part of the early Government of Australia until 1822.
We know that John Atkinson and possibly Aaron Atkinson are likely to his children, by Kitty. But there is a few years gap between Aaron and the next child, possibly being, Edgar, who is the great great grandfather of several Atkinsons today, such as Stephen Atkinson of Cummeragunja. There’s another few years between Edgar and Lizzie, who was also called Atkinson. We can’t really, say with any certainty that he was the father of all four Atkinson children.
There is also a discrepancy in the ages of the Atkinson children or at least Lizzie, as Daniel Matthews, who established Maloga Mission in 1874, put her age as 14 with a 2 year old child in his diaries but then puts her age as 24 with a 9 year old child in the Maloga Mission register. This discrepancy makes it hard to truly identify Lizzie’s true date or year of birth.
We do know that there was a bloke by the name of Edgar Attwood Atkinson who was named as the father of Edgar Atkinson on Edgar’s Death certificate. Edgar most probably had a different father, as recorded in Edgar’s death certificate, to Johnny, Aaron and possibly Lizzie.
No one is sure if it’s coincidental or whether Edgar Attwood Atkinson is a brother or relative of John Oldbury Atkinson. That’s yet to be ascertained. It’s extremely hard to follow these sorts of trails 100 to 150 years later.
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