Big day for the Duncan branding

DUNCANS from far and wide gathered at Coramba recently to watch their family cattle brand burned on to a timber bollard in the town's main street.

The branding of the bollard on the corner of Martin and Gale streets commemorated the contribution to the district of Coramba pioneers Minna and Job Duncan and their family who lived at 'Myola' at Coramba in the early years of the 20th century.

Forty-five members of the Duncan family plus relatives and friends visited the Coramba cemetery, church and school and drove past Myola, as well as gathering for a lunch at the Coramba Hotel and the bollard branding.

Organiser Helen Puris, who travelled from Sydney for the occasion with her family, said they had a very happy time and she was surprised by the interest from everybody stirred by the event and the fun had by those who attended.

She said they had done plenty of practising with various methods of heating up the brand and applying the brand and the final solution - a three ring gas burner - was most successful.

“My son, who was not able to come, sent along some of his left-over floor boards cut into pieces for people to brand for themselves and take home a souvenir and this proved very popular,” Mrs Puris said.

Among those who took home one of the souvenirs was Catherine Moss of Coffs Harbour, a great grand daughter of Minna and Job, who attended the day with her husband and mother-in-law.

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