Jack Gordon Nash was born in 1900 to Florence and Henry Nash, and his early life was spent at the family home in Leumeah - "Merriwee".
|Jack as a boy in the garden at Merriwee, with his father Henry and cousin Olive Roach|
Jack was variously described as "really robust", "a real character", "a really big man", and "a really wild bloke!". It was clear he loved his sport - photos show him in both football and cricket teams, and sports reports from the day record him as being talented at both games - try scorer, skilled bowler, and evidently a strong batsman as well! Jack would run from Kenny Hill to Campbelltown for his football training.
|The Campbelltown Cricket team - Jack is the centre player in the back row.|
The family continued to farm at "Birriwa" for many years. Jack 's son Don worked as a milk vendor, but also worked with Jack until the dairy closed in 1969. They bred Ayrshire cattle with the stud name Birriwa.
|Jack Nash with a beautiful Ayrshire cow c1930s|
Jack passed away in 1973 - he is remembered in the area through the Jack Nash Reserve at Curran's Hill , and the farm is remembered through Birriwa Reserve, Birriwa Circuit and Birriwa Community Hall at Mount Annan.
Written by Claire Lynch
Grist Mills - Vol.28 No.1
"Why Campbelltown? : interviews"
Don Nash - all images courtesy Don Nash