1. Hon. Sir Allen Fairhall KBE (1909 - 2006)
Allen lived all his life in the Hunter Valley around Newcastle NSW,
and an early interest in radio led him to be a national pioneer in commercial
broadcasting. His hobby led to the establishment of Station 2KO Newcastle
, and his expertise was acknowledged when he was asked to work on signals
equipment for the Armed Services during the second World War.
Following a three year term in local government , he entered Federal Parliament
in 1949 as Member for Paterson, a seat he held for 20 years. During that
period Allen was Minister for Supply and Minister for Defence. In this latter
position he presided over the purchase of the F-111 fighter aircraft and reintroduction
of conscription to provide Australian servicemen for the war in Vietnam.
In both the Sydney Morning Herald and Sydney Daily
Telegraph of 21 August 1969, reporting his resignation from Parliament,
writers suggested he could have become Prime Minister if he had nominated.
Allen was knighted in 1970 for his services to the nation, and spent some of his retirement researching, and writing, a book on a taxation system based on land ownership rather than income, based the philosophies of Henry George. Unfortunately, the introduction of the GST overshadowed the impact this book could have had on Australia.
Some further information on Sir Allen is available
Sir Allen's family data is available in MY FAMILY files.
2. Samuel Fairhall (1849-1928)
Samuel Fairhall proved himself a courageous soldier in Fiji, during war
in the 1870's aimed at pacifying the cannibalistic and brutal local tribes.
In the book Fiji in the Seventies he was especially mentioned
in relation to the battles during May 1874:
"It was Sergeant Fairhall's dash and bravery that saved the day,
for so quickly were the enemy dislodged from their entrenchments that the
main body of their warriors who were lying in ambush along the lower track
that they expected us to advance by were unable to get up in time to assist
the defence" (P.75)
Samuel married Josephine Hulek in Suva in 1887, moved to New South Wales
and lived out his life in the country town of Lithgow.
Samuel's family data is available in MY FAMILY files.
3. Thomas "Nutty" Fairhall (1901 - 1986)
Tommy Fairhall's career in boxing spanned the years from 1918 to 1932.
In his first 50 fights he had 43 victories, some against opponents heavier
He travelled throughout Australia and to several overseas venues to fight.
His defeat of New Zealand Lightweight Champion Les Murray at Timaru in 1923
was acclaimed as "one of the most scientific exhibitions of boxing ever seen
in New Zealand", and he received a standing ovation from the crowd of 4000
spectators after his bout against Australian Welterweight Champion Wally Hancock
at Leichhardt in 1930.
Tommy and his wife Christina moved to Sydney, where Tommy worked as a barber
for many years.
Nutty's family data is available in MY FAMILY files.
4. Thomas James Fairhall (1912 - 1990)
Tom is recorded here because of his great dedication to the task of researching the Fairhall family history. Tom was, I believe, the first to locate the
details of the migration of William and Anne Fairhall to Australia in 1838.
He used his journalistic skills to produce a booklet "From Sussex to the
Green Hills" (1981) which detailed much of the known family history at that
From early days with several local newspapers as a reporter, Tom became
Editor of the Illawarra Evening Star, and then joined the Sydney Daily Telegraph,
working as subeditor, roundsman and War Correspondent in south-east Asia.
He was wounded in New Guinea during a Japanese bombing raid in 1942 and was
commended by General MacArthur for his "long and meritorious service".
After the war, Tom worked with the Sydney Daily Mirror and the Sydney Herald,
from which he retired in 1978.
Tom's family data is available in MY FAMILY files.
5. William J Baltzer (c.1860 - 1948)
A German immigrant, William became an acknowledged expert throughout Australia
in the use of reinforced concrete, the so called "Monier System".
In 1896 he imported the first machine for making concrete pipes, and worked
as a consultant for the Sydney construction firm of Gumnow, Forrest and Company
who established the Monier Pipe Factory at Alexandria. His expertise was
later extended to concrete railway culverts and bridges.
With his wife Lottie (nee Charlotte Fairhall) and three of his daughters,
William moved to the Blue Mountains town of Blackheath in 1922, and the family
became very involved in local issues. William was an early proponent of the
need for a Blue Mountains National Park, and his efforts in this regard were
commemorated by the naming of Baltzer Lookout above the Grose Valley.
Some further information on William, and his family, is available
William's family data is available in MY FAMILY files.
6. Neroli Fairhall (1944 - 2006)
Neroli Fairhall was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1944.
At the age of 24, Neroli was knocked off her motorcycle in Christchurch,
and paralysed from the waist down. She faced the challenge of life in a wheelchair,
and took up archery to replace her interest in horse sports.
A natural athlete, Neroli competed locally and then overseas before being selected for
the 1980 Paralympic Games. In that competition she won a Gold Medal, and was
selected to represent New Zealand in the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.
In the 70 metres Women's event she won the Gold Medal, becoming the Women's FITA Double Champion -
the first paraplegic to ever achieve such a result in Olympic or Commonwealth competition.
She again represented New Zealand in the 1984 Olympic Games, at Los Angeles, but
did not reach medal status.
BREAKING NEWS: We have just discovered, after a long search, that Neroli gained the Fairhall surname from her marriage to John Gary Fairhall (a member of our family) in the mid-1960s. Neroli and John separated a short time later, and John subsequently remarried. Full details are just being verified, and this new information will be added as son as possible.
Neroli's family data is available in MY FAMILY files.
SOME OTHER NOTABLES:
Click on the name link to have a look at the following men in the people data. They have some brief biographical notes.
Their stories make interesting reading!