Jan Horrell

Jan Horrell grew up on a property called Noah’s Orchard in Otford and tells of her life there and the history of her family including her father Norbert Charles Godwin Oliver who was in the Royal Australian Navy and was sadly killed in World War II in 1941.  Jan tells of life in Otford on the property and surrounds and speaks of her mother Rosa Fletcher who grew up at Sherbrook Village at the top of Bulli which no longer exists.

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Otford; Noah’s Orchard; Norbert Oliver; Otford primary school; Croker Island children; Jessie Elizabeth Fletcher (McDonald); Abraham Fletcher; Rosa Oliver (Fletcher); Bulli Mine Rockfall; Bulli; Bulli Mine; Sherbrook Village, Bulli; HMAS Parramatta II; World War II.

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Oliver Family Details by Jan Horrell

A Family Of Fighters by Eileen McDonald (Fletcher)

Sherbrooke – Gone but not forgotten by Eileen James (Fletcher)

Jan’s Photo Album