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Rylstone property clocks up 150 years of family ownership

Posted by on January 19, 2017

The Keech family from the Rylstone property “Drayton” are celebrating 150 years of continuous family ownership. Situated in the locality of Camboon, around 10 kms north-west of town, fourth generation owner Greg Keech lives on the property with his mother Nita who is 95 years old and who, with her late husband Frank Keech, were the previous owners. The property was originally selected by William Keech in 1867. 

The Keech family from the Rylstone property “Drayton” celebrating 150 years.

The Keech family from the Rylstone property “Drayton” celebrating 150 years.

William bought the first 50 acres of his property from the government on the proviso that he could not purchase any more land until he had removed all the trees except for a few in one corner for shade. He eventually increased his holding to around 1400 acres.

The first home at “Drayton” with William and Martha Keech and family members.

The first home at “Drayton” with William and Martha Keech and family members.

Over the four generations there have been three homes built on the property. The first was demolished, the second was removed and located to the property “Camp Hill” nearby and the third was built around 1926.

Source: Mudgee Guardian, internet article, http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/4403417/keeches-celebrating-150-years/?cs=981, accessed 19 January 2017.

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