Looking back on the Hill family

The four Hill sisters, from left, Florence, Mary, Julia, Eva.

The four Hill sisters, from left, Florence, Mary, Julia, Eva.

James and Lucy Hill came from Queensland to purchase Gleeson's Inchiquin estate.

They brought their family of four daughters, Florence, Mary, Julia and Eva, with them. Son, Arthur, stayed in Queensland.

James used to send his men out to pick up bones, which he burned to crush bone dust. He made his own wine for a few years but later took all his grapes to the Stanley Winery.

Hill added the large ballroom to the Inchiquin home and it became the scene of many social gatherings. The hall was one of the best in Clare with a jarrah floor.

Three Hill sisters were married in the ballroom, and years later, Norah Ohlmeyer, a granddaughter, married local lad, Max Bryant, there.

Norah is remembered for her hours of volunteering at the Clare Swimming Pool, which had been built by local man, Frank Phillips, in 1939 opposite the present Bowling Club.

Julia Hill never married. She kept many pets and one, a kangaroo, used to follow her everywhere, even onto the dance floor.

Julia was killed, aged 38, in a car accident near Tarlee.