Joseph Waldo Rice

Joseph Waldo Rice

Birth
Lincoln, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 26 Feb 1915 (aged 87)
Barmah, Moira Shire, Victoria, Australia
Burial Barmah, Moira Shire, Victoria, Australia
Memorial ID 69004128 · View Source
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Wife: Mary Ann Gill
Father: Henry Rice
Mother: Mary Sherburne

THE first WHITE RESIDENT in the area is believed to have been "Governor" Joseph Waldo Rice. The term "Governor" was affectionately applied by the tribal aborigines around the Moira Lakes where he lived and fished as a member of the Murray Fishing Company. He was born in Lincoln, Massachusetts, U.S.A., and set out from the Californian gold fields, in a vessel which he chartered with several others, to try his luck on the Australian gold fields. Hearing that fish were very plentiful in the Murray, he left the gold fields and after a short time settled on a spot near the "Lakes Weir". The fig trees which he planted still stand there. From there he supplied the Bendigo gold fields with a ton of fish a week, transported over 80 miles by spring cart. It is said that the fish caught in those days were all "whoppers", and that aborigines spearing fish for "Governor" Rice, near where the windmills now stand in the town, told him that the fish were as thick as the leaves on the gum trees. Guests would come for many miles to enjoy the great spread which "Governor" Rice always provided on American Independence Day. An "Illuminated Address" was presented to him by the residents of Barmah and surrounding districts on April 4tll, 1906, to honour his 50 years of residence on the Murray. He was buried in the Barmah Cemetery .Many of his descendants still live in Barmah district and many stories - "handed down", are still told about him.


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  • Created by: Vicki Smith
  • Added: 27 Apr 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 69004128
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Waldo Rice (8 Feb 1828–26 Feb 1915), Find a Grave Memorial no. 69004128, citing Barmah Cemetery, Barmah, Moira Shire, Victoria, Australia ; Maintained by Vicki Smith (contributor 47337664) .