Whether my grandmother was correct in her memories or not, Ernest Bound (known as Ern) was a very successful business man, who was also involved in many aspects of the community. He was one of the first Victorians to export fruit to Europe, United Kingdom and India.2 At one time, his business supplied practically all the stores in the Wimmera (a large geographical area in North West Victoria, Australia) and a portion of South Australia with sauce.3 This is even more impressive when you consider that Ern had only a few weeks of formal schooling. 4
Ernest Bound was only 6 years old when he arrived in South Australia in September 1878 with his recently widowed mother, Amelia "Jane" Bound, and eight of his siblings, who were aged between 7 months and 20 years of age.5,6
|Source: Robert Geyer|
|Trove; The Nhill Free Press (Vic.: 1914 -1918)|
Friday 5 April 1918, Page 3
According to a number of various newspaper reports, Ern was also very active in the community, being a member (and later chairman) of the Winiam Methodist Sunday School, secretary and member of the Winiam Rifle Club, Chairman of the Arbour Day committee, secretary and financial contributor of the "Telephone party" to bring telephone lines to Winiam, chairman of the School committee, member of the Cemetery Trust, member of the wartime Patriotic Committee, a Justice of the Peace and was nominated (but declined) a position as Councillor to represent the district.
Ern was fortunate to have a natural spring on his property, which was appropriately called 'Springvale'. In 1915 a well was completed at a depth of 45ft where most wells in the area were 150ft. He was rarely beaten and won many awards at the local shows for his tomatoes and during the war years he also had ewes and lambs, which flourished on being fed watermelons. 12,13
|Circa 1935 - Bound Fruit Pickers. |
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|Bound Fruit Pickers - Perhaps Ern standing in centre with white shirt|
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A letter from England in 1935 stated "I have received the case of apples so kindly sent by you and wish to express our admiration for the excellent manner in which they were packed, and the prime condition they were in. Not an apple showed the least sign of decay and all were as sound as a bell. One would have thought they had just been harvested the previous day from a local orchard. As to their quality, I must say they are excellent; several of our neighbors sampled them, the unanimous opinion of all being that they are as good as the best apples they have ever eaten and better than most" 15
|Circa 1935 - Bound Fruit Pickers|
Ernest Bound died in Nhill on the 26th March 1953 when he was age 80. The company E Bound and Sons Pty Ltd was disolved and the businesses split between his four sons. 4,7, 17
Ern Bound and family at Nhill - about 1932
Back, Tom Bound (with moustache) Frank, Ern, wife Emma, Ruby, Norm (holding Doris), Jeanette
Centre: Frank, Walter and wife Jean;
Front: Norm's children Betty and Muriel
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1 Eva Scott wrote this in her notebook about her Uncle Ernest Bound
2 Trove: Western Mail (Perth, WA: 1885-1954, Farm & Station Notes, Friday 17 April 1914, page 3
3 Trove: Nhill Free Press (Vic.: 1914 - 1918), Tuesday 5th March 1918, page 2
4 Robert Geyer: first families 2001
5 State Records of South Australia
6 Trove: The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1858-1889), Monday 23 September 1878, page 6
8 Trove: The Register (Adelaide, SA: 1901-1929), Wednesday 15 June 1910, page 9
9 Trove: The Horsham Times, Tuesday 27 October 1925, page 2
10Trove: Nhill Free Press (Vic.: 1914 - 1918), Tuesday 12 May 1914, page 2.
12Trove: Nhill Free Press (Vic.:1914 - 1918), Friday 21 May 1915, page 3
13Trove: Nhill Free Press (Vic.:1914-1918), Friday 3 March 1916, page 2
14Trove: The Horsham Times (Vic,: 1882 - 1954), Tuesday 27 October 1925, page 2
15Trove: The Horsham Times (Vic.:1882-1954), Friday 9 March 1934, page 6
16.Trove: The Horsham Times (Vic.: 1882-1954) Tuesday 4 June 1935, page 4
17 Australian Death Index