A celebration better late than never
IT’S probably appropriate that the Kerr family crest carries the motto “late, but in earnest”.
When Paul Kerr planned a family reunion at his historic Heywood property Athol Hill at Easter, he thought it would also celebrate 150 years of its establishment.
Problem was, he was five years out – some further research showed him that the beef property was established by original owner John Wheeler in 1864.
Not that it affected the family reunion, which drew about 50 people from across Australia.
They were headed by Mr Kerr’s aunt, Valda Kerr, now resident in Portland and who has as close a connection as anyone with the property.
Mr Kerr has also done a lot of research into the background of the property, which is a tale of a family buying back the farm.