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