Martin Ignatius Broderick
Kathleen Mary Hancock
|Mart and Kath farmed at "Cranbrook", a property which adjoined Avondale. He ran a small dairy for Major Mitchell. During the war Italian POWs were sent to this area. Dante, lived and worked with Mart and Kath, and many a Sunday lunch menu was spaghetti, hand made and rolled by the Italian.|
|Mart and Kath moved to Avondale in the late 1940's and
operated the farm together with their children.
Mart was very interested in horses and had a wonderful team of draught horses. He also had a chestnut gelding called Paddy, and won many prizes with him in the sulky section of the shows. Being president of the Forbes show for several years, Mart was made a life member of the society.
|Mart was a keen member of the agricultural bureau, both
in the Gunning Gap area and the Western division, holding executive
positions in both.
Mart's reputation as a yarn teller was well known. The district and his family enjoyed many a 'goat' yarn which would start as one point and continue on to several more before finishing at the origin, and always his infectious laugh would mould around you.
|Kath loved her music and was a talented pianist and choir mistress. Through the CWA she took the Bogan Gate choir to great heights, winning the state title with excerpts from 'Iolanthe'.|
|When Mart retired, Avondale was bought by Dick and Anne Hodges, Anne being Mart's daughter.|