Over 60 years ago, when our parents, Vern and Jean Walsh, were a young couple, they befriended Amelia, then in her mid-70s, a tall, gentle woman of great dignity and strength, who lived at historic Inlet Park in Busselton. At that time, Amelia was still running the family farm single-handedly.
Amelia was a pioneer of the Busselton region, a third-generation descendant of hard-working settlers who arrived in the Swan River Colony in the 1830s and who eventually established themselves as farmers in the south-west. In 1886, Amelia’s father William inherited Inlet Park with its lush cattle pastures, moving his wife Jane and their young family from Bunker Bay. Amelia was the fourth child.