I have many childhood memories of Christmas time gatherings at my Nanna's house in Milton where all the cousins, aunts and uncles would gather for the annual festivities in Nanna and Pop's old wooden house. The kitchen would be a hive of activity, with Nanna making the traditional Christmas pudding in huge bowl and all the children taking turns to stir the pudding for luck.
Christina Sterland Lee was born on 29 May 1901, in the small trading town of Nelligen, on the banks of the Clyde River. She was the daughter of George William Lee (1859-1936) and Catherine McGregor (1866-1945). Christina or Teenie as she was called by her friends was the fourth child and first daughter in a family. She had four brothers and four sisters. At the time of her birth her family lived in 27 Vincent St Nelligen (NSW 1901 Census) . The children were not short of company with their cousins living in two houses next door. (These were the families of her father’s brothers Thomas and Albert Lee).
While Christina was still at school her family moved to “Acacia Farm” about 8 kms north of Nelligen on the Clyde River. The farmhouse was surrounded by fruit trees and the family grew vegetables and raised cattle. This farmhouse was to see many family gatherings and reunions over the next eighty years. I remember visiting the farm as a small child, when it has been passed on to Christina’s younger brother George Alexander Lee (better known as Jordie).
However, Christina’s happy family life was soon to take a unhappy turn. In March 1931 her husband Malcolm was knocked down and seriously injured by a tree. He survived the accident but didn’t fully recover, passing away at the age of 40 in the January of the following year.
While hauling logs to Backhouse's Benandarah mill, Malcolm M. Shepherd was knocked down by a rebounding sapling. He was taken to Moruya Hospital in a serious condition
In the very difficult economic times of the early 1930’s Christina was left with three small children to raise on her own.