Beinke family recognised

RECOGNITION: Ellen Harris, Justin Beinke, Yvonne Rudderham and Leo Beinke are descendants of Andrew and Annie Beinke, whose family is being recognised.
RECOGNITION: Ellen Harris, Justin Beinke, Yvonne Rudderham and Leo Beinke are descendants of Andrew and Annie Beinke, whose family is being recognised.

The family of Andreas ‘Andrew’ and Annie Beinke, who have been farming in the Franklin Harbour district since 1886, will be recognised by the Franklin Harbour District Council, with a road named in their honour.

Descendant of Andrew and Annie, Veronica Hubert wrote to the council in July to highlight that her family had no formal recognition in the district.

Andrew and Annie’s eldest grandson, the late Bob Beinke continued to farm at their Narridy Creek property, which was first purchased in 1890, until he retired last year.

Bob actively farmed full-time in the district for 79 consecutive years, which Mrs Hubert said “could be considered a district record.”

The property was farmed by Bob’s son, the late Francis ‘Francie’ Beinke until his death, and grandson, Justin.

In her letter to council, Mrs Hubert noted the economic contributions made by the family to the district.

“Members of this extremely large family, of whom I am one, have contributed greatly to the economy of the district council, and still do so, despite a large number having moved from the district,” she said.

“The extended family lands here in droves to mark special occasions, be it birthdays, weddings and, sadly, funerals, or to just visit family members who still remain in the district.”

The council voted to change the name of Commune Road to Beinke Road in recognition of the family as Andrew and Annie once owned land that bordered what is known as Starr Road and Port Gibbon Road.