Project Description

Walter (Wally) Thomas Cuthbert was born in Busselton on 14 of February 1916. His father Thomas Alfred, and mother Evelyn Agnes Cuthbert, migrated to Australia in 1908.

The family moved to a 160 acre virgin bush block at Acton Park. His father worked very hard on the farm and at jobs off the farm to get ahead. Wally attended school at Jalbarragup.

On leaving school Wally worked at various jobs and accumulated livestock for when he moved onto his own farm after he married in 1940. From 1935 onwards Wally worked loading the ships at the Busselton Jetty and at busy times men were sent to Bunbury Wharf to assist with loading.

Wally’s wife Betty helped with milking the cows so that he could work at the wharfs. He talks about the type of cargo going through the port of Busselton.

Walter and Betty had two children Paul and Nicole. When their son Paul married, Wally and Betty moved into Busselton to live. Wally then worked full time on the Bunbury Wharf. He retired in 1981 and he and Betty spent a lot of time travelling during the next thirty years.

Both of his parent lived until the age of eighty eight. Wally talks about his Great Grandmother Keenan who bought land at Cape Naturaliste in 1870.