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Reunion to preserve Edwards family history

Lynette Lackay (pictured) and Tony Martin are organising the Edwards Family Reunion over the Easter Festival weekend. Photo contributed

One of Bourke’s largest and most well-known families will gather in Bourke over the Easter weekend in a reunion that has been several years in the making.

Lynette Lackay is one of the descendants of Percy Edwards and Lena Fisher, who were the forebears of many of the Edwards family members who are today living in Bourke, Enngonia, Cunnamulla and beyond.

The reunion is a labour of love for Lynette who is keen to gather as much history as she can before some of the older members are no longer able to share the memories and stories of their ancestors.

As well as gathering over the Easter weekend, Lynette is trying to track down photographs, documents, and other records to enlighten younger generations of their place in the family tree.

“We want to bring the family together because we only have one of our uncles, Uncle Charlie still surviving, the only one out of 14 siblings,” Lynette said.

“We will be going to Bourke where most of the Edwards family moved to in the twenties. Uncle Charlie and Lena Percy, my grandmother, lived and worked on Tinnenburra Station, between Enngonia and Cunnamulla.

“We want to bring the family together to tell the history of our grandparents, because a lot of the family doesn’t know where family members are buried, so we are having a memorial walk through the Bourke cemetery.

“I have been trying to get more information through the archives to show more of the history.

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