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Coming Wood family reunions

Wood family reunions have been held almost every year since 1979, with venues ranging across Australia and New Zealand.

They provide us with the opportunity to meet previously unknown relatives, compare family histories, and add to the  immense volume of information that the family has accumulated over the past 30 years.



The 44th family reunion

An invitation has been received from Ralph and Alison Baker (James line) to attend the next family reunion on 25th and 26th March 2017 at Forbes.

This invitation is extended to all cousins, but especially those descended from George and Agnes Menzies who moved to Lake Cargelligo in 1890. The detailed invitation is shown below.


Previous reunions

1979 Bowral               1981 Bowral
1981 Coonabarabran  1982 Wentworth Hotel
1982 Forbes               1983  Tumbarumba
1983 Canberra            1984  Bowral
1984 Tumbarumba      1986  Bowral
1986 Nowra                1987 Bowral
1987 Newcastle           1988 Bowral
1989 Parramatta Park  1990 Braidwood
1991 Wellington           1992 Bowral
1993 Gold Coast         1994 Lake Cargellico
1995 Moruya               1996 Nowra
1997 Sydney South      1998 Narellan
1999 Bowral                2000 Forbes
2001 Coonabarabran   2002 Gosford
2003 Auckland NZ      2004 Bowral
2005 Olympic park      2006 Albany WA
2007 Goulburn             2008 Windsor
2009 Murwillumbah     2010 Hunter Valley
2011 Tamworth           2012 Tumut
2013  Bowral               2014 Katoomba
2015 Richmond


I wish to extend a special invitation to the descendants of John Adam Wood and Christine (Teena) Catherine Wood to join with our other Wood Cousins in Forbes for the 2017 Wood Reunion. Forbes is significant to the Wood descendants especially in the life and travels of John and Teena Wood and their children. A brief outline follows........

Being a great grandson of William and Anne through James and Charlotte's third son George who married Agnes Menzies at Bong Bong on 13/2/1877.

George and Agnes, together with their five children (Mary, Amy, Andrew, George, and two year old John) decided in 1890 to move and take up land at Lake Cargelligo on a property they called Hillview, where they had two further children Charlotte (Pearl) and Laura.

In 1911 John Adam Wood married Christine (Teena) Townsend and made their home at Riverside, farming the land. They leased the farm while John went off to World War 1 in 1917 leaving Teena and three children ( Keith, Marjory and Herbert) in Lake Cargelligo

After the war they returned to the farm at Riverside where they had another six children: Jean, Agnes (Day), Edward (Andy), Stewart, Alice (Maude) and Catherine (Nell). Later living in Lake Cargelligo while in partnership working a garage.

They had moved to Forbes working on various properties including Wandary Station before the outbreak of WW2 during which time John enlisted in the Garrison spending time at Orange, Cowra and Sydney.

It was during 1945 that John and Teena moved to Coonabaraban where some of their family were and where they spent the rest of their lives.

This special invitation is extended to Stewart's wife Josie, being the only remaining family of that generation and the families of the other siblings. - their Children, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren etc:

  Keith and Verna Wood - Judith, June, Keith, Beryl, Earla, Bruce, Frank and Warwick.
  Marje and Herb Read - nil.
  Bert and Stella Wood - Allan and John.
  Jean and Ralph Baker - Pat, Joe, Ralph, Frances, Denise, Peter and Tom.
  Day and Jack Newton - Gene, Bill, Valda, Russell, Christina, Suzanne, Jim, Stewart, Tony and Terry.
  Andy and Gloria Wood - Lynn, Stephen, Mary and Carole.
  Stewart and Josie Wood - Kathryn and Peter.
  Maude and Roy - Anne.
  Nell and Tony Hennessy - Cath, Norbert, John and Tony.

Please 'spread the word' and lock in the dates of 25th/26th March 2017 . This will be a great opportunity to catch up and to update each families' details.

With Thanks

Ralph and Alison Baker