Australian Light Horse Trooper Sergeant Stan Carberry returned to Australia from World War 1 to take up farming in Narrabri district.
On March 4, 1918, he pitched his tent on the 1195 acre Culgoora Road property he had drawn in the soldier settlers’ ballot. It was his 23 birthday.
He later recalled his first night on the property.
“It was pitch dark, the curlews were screeching and the wind whistling through the trees. I must admit I was frightened on Gallipoli, but no more than I was that night. It was the loneliest night I have ever spent, and I wondered whether it was worthwhile”.
He named the property ‘Cadarga’ after the Capetown, South Africa, hotel where he had recuperated from his wounds for 10 weeks.
He married Caroline Gertrude Wall in Narrabri in May, 1920, and the couple raised a family.
One hundred years after pitching his tent, on Saturday night, March 3, 2018, 150 guests including 29 of Stan and Gert Carberry’s descendants, extended family, friends and business associates, gathered to celebrate the centenary of the family’s tenure at Cadarga.