Duncan Frank1895 - 1948 (53 years)
Name Duncan Frank Born 26 Aug 1895 ,Byrock, NSW, Australia
- Birth not recorded as parents were not married
Gender Male Milit-Beg 8 Dec 1915 ,Dubbo, NSW, Australia 
- Duncan Frank : SERN 4767 : POB Bourke NSW : POE Dubbo NSW : NOK F Duncan FrankRegimental number4767
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMonaghan Street, West Cobar, New South Wales
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, F Duncan, Monaghan Street, West Cobar, New South Wales
Enlistment date8 December 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Residence 1924 Elsinore, Cobar, NSW, Australia
- 3 horses, 2 cows, 916 sheep, 32,000 acres
Residence 1925 Elsinore, Cobar, NSW, Australia
- 8 horses, 8 cows, 32,000 acres
Residence 1926 Elsinore, Cobar, NSW, Australia
- 3 horses, 1200 sheep
Residence 1936 Elsinore Station, Cobar, NSW, Australia
Milit-Beg 10 Aug 1940 ,Sydney, NSW, Australia 
Milit-End 21 May 1941 ,,NSW, Australia
- Private Posting at Discharge 2 GARRISON BATTALION
Residence 1943 55 Kensington Road, Kensington, NSW, Australia 
Died 27 Aug 1948 55 Kensington Road, Kensington, NSW, Australia 
- A little man he was in the army with came to lay him out.
Buried 30 Aug 1948 Rookwood Cemetery, Rookwood, NSW, Australia 
- Church of England section 16 3258
- Service Honour Roll 
- Death Notice - age 55 ???
- Went to Dubbo with Cobar Band when he was about 14. 
- COBAR, Wednesday.
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Frank Duncan, aged 13 years, was riding,
a bicycle yesterday evening along Hillston Road at Wrightvllle, when through some
cause he fell. He was found unconscious on, the road, and brought to town by a 'busman. Ho was found to be suffering from concussion
of the brain 
Few Now Burning.
Reports last night from all centres in the
west and south, in which serious bushflres had
been raging, were definitely reassuring.
The Cobar correspondent of the "Herald"
stated that the only fires now burning between
that town and Wilcannia, in the west, were
those on Nillera station, 32 miles down the
Hlllston-road, and Elsinore, 40 miles west of
Cobar. The fires on Tambua and Wilga
Downs had been subdued. In the north,
towards Byrock, an outbreak on Coronga Peak
was still burning fiercely, and spreading to-
wards the adjoining property of Coronga
Downs. Curraweena was still ablaze in
places. Small fires were burning on the large
Paddington estate, and on the adjoining pro-
perties of Belford, Bindi, and Lachlan Downs.
A storm was thieatening at Cobar last night,
and hopes were entertained that rain to-day
would assist to subdue the remaining fires.
All fires within a radius of 30 miles of Bourke
had been extinguished by yesterday morning,
and volunteers had returned to the town.
Both west and east from Menindie all fires
were either out or under control. A report
to Broken Hill police by Sergeant Canning, of
Menindie, stated that about 80 firefighters
were still patrolling the smouldering ruins in
case of further outbreaks. They were mostly
engaged in throwing burning logs back into
the burnt area to prevent them setting light
to new country.
In the south the serious fires of earlier in
the week at Lake Cargelligo were all under
control anr' being rapidly subdued. Minor
outbreaks occurred yesterday at Junee, on
the south-west slopes, and Trundle, on the
Correspondents of the "Herald" at Bourke,
Cobar, Menindie, Wilcannia, and Lake Car-
gelligo state that there have been many ex-
aggerated reports, and that there is no Justi-
fication for alarming statements. Under the
Impression that a large portion of New South
Wales was in serious danger, many people in
Sydney offered their assistance yesterday. The
New Guard stated last night that it had 1000
men in readiness for transport to the scene,
but had been advised by the Mayor of Cobar
that volunteers were not required at the
moment. A suggestion that the naval and
air forces should be mobilised in the bushfire
zones was rejected as impracticable, and would
now appear to have been un 
EXTENT OF DAMAGE.
Praise for Volunteers.
According to reports from all bushfire zones
yesterday, few serious fires are now burning,
and, unless there are further outbreaks, no
large areas are now in danger.
From estimates made in each district it is
calculated that about three million acres of
grassland and more than 1000 miles of fenc-
ing has been destroyed. Losses of stock have
been comparatively light, and the chief diffi-
culty now Is to secure agistment for homeless
flocks until a good fall of rain encourages
the growth of new pastures on stations de-
nuded by the flames. It is already apparent
that the damage done by the fires has not been
as serious as at first supposed. When it is
remembered that, in the western division
alone, there is approximately eighty million
acres, it will be seen that the area burnt out
is less than 4 per cent, of the total. More-
over, the firefighters, although unable- in
many instances to prevent the spread of the
flames, succeeded in saving all the threatened
homesteads and most of the outbuildings,
such as shearing sheds. In only one case, that
of Bulla Station, in the Cobar district, is the
loss of a woolshed been reported.
Praise for the work of volunteer firefighters
and their womenfolk is being received from all
centres. In many cases the heat was so in-
tense that the men were unable to work from
early morning until late in the afternoon, and
some of the most strenuous fireflghting was
done at night. Most of the fighters showed
their willingness to work long hours without
rest in order to keep them constantly sup-
plied with refreshment, the women worked
night and day. No matter how often the
demand was made on them they were always
ready with food and tea. Unemployed played
a big part in the fight, which was waged
against an enemy more mobile than any army.
According to the 'Herald" correspondent
at Cobar, the fires south of that town are
gradually dying out. Miles of country is
smouldering, and a strong wind might start
fresh fires. Fortunately, the weather has been
calm for some days, with little wind. The fire
on Nillera, 32 miles south of Cobar, has burnt
about 3000 acres of grass country, and al-
though still burning, is nearly under control.
The report that Bulla woolshed was burnt
has been definitely confirmed. The fires on
Tambua and Mulga Downs have been checked.
A fire is now burning on Elsinore, 40 miles
west of Cobar, and Hart's paddock, on Spring-
field Station, along the Cobar-Wilcannia road,
about 30 miles west of Cobar, is blazing. North
of Cobar there was a big glare last night.
Coronga Peak Station was burning. This fire
came off' Curraweena Station, and is re-
ported to be now on Kergunyah, an out-
station of Tindarey. The fire on Wilga Downs
spread across Lyndhurst and the adjoining
properties, Booroomugga, Timkin, and Sussex,
are in danger of being burnt. This fire also
started on Curraweena.
It is reported that most of the fencing on
Bulla has been burnt, and that some of the
sheep have perished.
All fires to the immediate south of Bourke
are out but a number of patrols are keeping
a vigilant watch, in case of any fresh out-
breaks. An urgent call for volunteers was re-
ceived from Kenilworth station, 40 miles from
Bourke, and near Byrock. There the fire is re-
ported to be burning fiercely, and stock Is
stated to be endangered. Volunteers left
Bourke yesterdav morning for the scene.
Fires in the Wilcannia district were practi-
cally under control yesterday. Heavy rain is
needed to extinguish the timbers. It is esti-
mated that between the towns of Tilpa, Cobar,
and Wilcannia, 750,000 acres have been burnt.
It is impossible at present to ascertain the
losses of stock as, in driving the sheep to
safety points, the various flocks have been
merged. The fencing destroyed exceeds 300
Person ID I14 Geniaus Family Tree Last Modified 31 Mar 2014
Father Duncan Francis, b. Abt 1851, Mooney Ponds, Victoria, Australia , d. 20 Sep 1921, Prince Street, Cobar, NSW, Australia (Age ~ 70 years) Mother Magick Harriet, b. 22 Aug 1850, ,Cobbora, NSW, Australia , d. 3 Nov 1921, Prince Street, Cobar, NSW, Australia (Age 71 years) Family ID F16 Group Sheet
Family Pusell Ethel Jane, b. 31 Jul 1899, Thompson's Creek, NSW, Australia , d. 30 May 1988, Alloa Nursing Home, Arncliffe, NSW, Australia (Age 88 years) Married 20 May 1922 St. Paul's Church of England, Cobar, NSW, Australia 
- Ceremony performed by V. H. Jenkyn
Children 1. Living 2. Duncan Ethel Eileen, b. 27 Nov 1924, ,,NSW, Australia , d. 3 Sep 1990, Alloa Nursing Home, Arncliffe, NSW, Australia (Age 65 years) 3. Duncan Kathleen Jane, b. 4 Oct 1926, ,Nyngan, NSW, Australia , d. 12 Nov 2004, ,Chatswood, NSW, Australia (Age 78 years) 4. Duncan Lillian Frances, b. 31 Jan 1929, ,Cobar, NSW, Australia , d. 5 Oct 2012, ,,Peakhurst, New South Wales, Auatralia (Age 83 years) 5. Duncan Mary Olive, b. 9 Mar 1931, ,Cobar, NSW, Australia , d. 2 Aug 1997, David Berry Hospital, Berry, NSW, Australia (Age 66 years) Last Modified 7 Mar 2013 Family ID F6 Group Sheet
Event Map Married - 20 May 1922 - St. Paul's Church of England, Cobar, NSW, Australia Residence - 1943 - 55 Kensington Road, Kensington, NSW, Australia Died - 27 Aug 1948 - 55 Kensington Road, Kensington, NSW, Australia = Link to Google Maps = Link to Google Earth Pin Legend : Address : Location : City/Town : County/Shire : State/Province : Country : Not Set
Photos Frank Duncan c.1918 SCAN0107 Frank Duncan's travelling cafe, Cobar, NSW. Frank and Ethel Duncan with their five daughters in Red Cross outfits Frank and Ethel
At Kathleen Jane Duncan's Wedding
Duncan Home at Elsinore Station
- [S13] WWW, http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=85253.
- [S16] WW2 Nominal Roll.
- [S48] Ancestry.co.uk, Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1954 > New South Wales > 1943 > Watson > Kensington >.
- [S6] Elsie Harriet Duncan.
- [S53] Jill Patricia Curry, Grave visited and photographed.
- [S13] WWW, http://www.skp.com.au/memorials/pages/20057.htm.
- [S2] Sydney Morning Herald, 14 February 1907.
- [S2] Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 8 January 1932.
- [S2] Sydney Morning Herald, 9 January 1932.
- [S52] NSW BDMs, 8895/1922 .
DUNCAN FRANK CHATFIELD ETHEL J COBAR
- [S13] WWW, http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=85253.