A large number of descendants gathered at Tarlee on September 18 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the arrival at Tarlee of Robert Clarke, who married Esther Kelly, and John Tayler with his wife, Fanny Paine.
Soon after their arrival, the eldest son of Robert Clarke, William, married the eldest daughter of John Tayler, Sophie.
They had eight children and some of their descendants still live at Tarlee.
Robert Clarke leased and then purchased farm land near the township while John Tayler became the first clerk of the District Council of Gilbert.
The Clarke farm is now owned by the families of Ron and his son Peter, who conduct a large farming enterprise, as does Tony Clarke, whose ancestors established Mona Vale Farms, also at Tarlee.
John Tayler, Snr, established a general store and commission agency which he ran to supplement his income as clerk of the fledgling council.
This business was run by four generations of Taylers for 108 years, before being sold in 1980.
It was closed as a business some years later.
Two fourth generation members of each family still live at Tarlee, while other descendants live in various parts of Australia.
The families have maintained close ties and were thrilled to celebrate the anniversary with relatives from across Australia.
Fourth generation descendant Ron Clarke and his wife Leona (nee Bartram), took the opportunity to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at the same time, with most of the extended family present.