Thomas & Emma Strain & Family c.1915

Thomas & Emma Strain & Family c.1915
Back row –   Jim Everitt; Mark Roche;  Bob Strain; Maggie Strain; Tom Strain; Jack Perske;
Eliza Perske; Chris McGinn; Jim McGinn; Lennie McKenzie
Middle row – Ollie Everitt; Agnus Kelly; Bertha Strain; Emma Strain; Thomas Strain;
                      Emma Tyacke (& the family cat); Tom Tyacke; Muriel Farrow
Front row – Eve Tyacke; Doris Perske; Reg Tyacke; Ted Strain; Bertie Perske; Rachel Costelloe

The Brisbane Courier of 14th July 1925 published an obituary for Thomas and Emma Strain who died within a week of each other, Thomas on 21st June 1925, aged 83, and Emma on 26th June, aged 72.  Thomas Strain was born at Portadown, Co. Armagh, Ireland. He arrived in Moreton Bay on the Hannah More on 23rd June 1863.  On 24th December 1872 he married Emma Henry who was born in Co. Cavan, Ireland.  Emma arrived in Moreton Bay with her family on the Golden Dream on 10th June 1863.

On 30th October 1874 Thomas Strain became the third selector at Mt Pleasant.  Over time he acquired a total landholding of 478 acres at Mt Pleasant.

Thomas Strain disposed of his Mt Pleasant properties in 1900 having in 1897 “bought the flower of the farms from Mr. Day, where he was very successful at farming, and later bought a block of Mr. Berry’s estate, on which a good portion of the present town of Dayboro is built.”  In 1909 a new Orange Hall (now Dayboro Community Hall) was built in the town on part of Thomas Strain’s land.  About 1918 Thomas and Emma moved to Kedron Park.  Thomas Strain was a life member of the Killyman True Blue Loyal Orange Lodge.  A number of Lodge members attended his funeral.

Norma Butler, a granddaughter of Thomas & Emma Strain, now aged 93, still resides on the family farm.