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Morayfield
Plantation

William Henry Raff

Harry Raff

Anne Elizabeth Raff

Harriet Raff

Charles Stewart Raff

John Dunsmure Raff

Stewart Mowbray Raff

They had 11 children, 9 sons & 2 daughters.

Robert Raff

George Raff jnr

James Raff

Alexander Cumming Raff Hon.

GEORGE RAFF

Born 15th April 1815, Forres, Morayshire, Scotland and arrived in London aboard the

“Earl Durham” and arrived on 2nd January 1839

 in Port Jackson.

He worked for John de Villiers Lamb who was a merchant, pastoralist and businessman before moving to Victoria with his brother Alexander, then back to NSW in 1845 .

 

He married Harriett Sealy Bourne on 14th April 1843, at Presbyterian Scotts Church in Sydney, NSW.  Finally moving to Brisbane on 9th April 1851 with his wife and 3 children at that time.

He took up 2500 acres along the banks of the Caboolture River that he called “Moray Field Park” next to Capt Whish’s “Oaklands” and commenced operations as a cotton farmer, however this did not go well and he changed to growing sugar.

 

The plantation consisted of a large mansion, manager’s house, houses for married workman and their families, labourers’ huts, stockyards, stables, sheds, carpenters’ shop, blacksmiths’ shop, butchers’ shop, bakers’ shop, stores, sawmill and carriage house.  He had the entire plantation connected by rail even to his own wharf on the river.

 

He constructed a distillery for the production of rum or strong spirits for the Colony.

He represented Brisbane 1859 in the first Queensland Parliament and was also the Chairman of the Caboolture Divisional Board 1880.

 

He died on 28th August 1889 and is buried in Toowong Cemetery.

Inscription

GEORGE RAFF
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
HARRIET THIRD DAUGHTER
BORN 18 DECEMBER 1860 - DIED 6 OCTOBER 1861
CHARLES STEWART SEVENTH SON
8 FEBRUARY 1862 - DIED 21 AUGUST 1874
JOHN DUNSMURE EIGHTH SON
BORN 18 NOVEMBER 1863
DIED AT SYDNEY 26 AUGUST 1876
ANNE ELIZABETH SECOND DAUGHTER
20 AUGUST 1858 - 24 FEBRUARY 1878
HARIET BELOVED WIFE AND MOTHER
BORN 21 APRIL 1821 - DIED 28 NOVEMBER 1880
GEORGE RAFF HUSBAND AND FATHER
BORN 15 APRIL 1815- DIED 29 AUGUST 1889
WESTON GRANDCHILD
AND DEARLY BELOVED SON OF
HARRY AND CLARA RAFF
DIED 22 JULY 1898 AGED 21 MONTHS
ROBERT ELDEST SON
BORN 22 JANUARY 1845 - DIED 2 NOVEMBER 1920
KENNETH GRANSON
12 OCTOBER 1917 AGED 23
HARRY SIXTH SON
BORN 10 JULY 1856 - DIED 24 MAY 1945
THY WILL BE DONE

Information from a number of publications including The Queensland, Caboolture Shire, The History including Chairman & Mayors from the 1800’s to 2008 by Joanne Beeston and North Harbour Heritage Park.

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