Interviewee: Mrs Myrtle Viola Mills (nee King)
Date of Birth: 1906
Interviewer : Dianne Veitch
Date of Interview: 29 January 1986
Date of Death: 3 February 2002
Synopsis: John Brewer
BOHG No: 1986-001
Daughter of John King, son of Henry and Susannah King.
Three children in the family.
Grandparents visited often.
The children spent a lot of time at King Cottage.
Uncle ran the mail coach from Perth to the Vasse.
There were ten acres of land at King Cottage.
They milked their own cows and made butter.
The Kings started the brick works. They also ran a market garden.
King Cottage was made from his own Flemish Bond bricks.
One of the uncles went gold prospecting and did well.
Her father also went prospecting but contracted gold fever and had to return.
He then grew vegetables and had a green-grocery round.
The family bible contained all the birth entries.
She lists the births and marriages.
1926 her father bought a farm at Needilup
Myrtle married a farmer and lived there till he died.
She has lived in Busselton for twelve years.
Suzannah’s and Myrtle’s mother’s furniture was offered to the Bunbury Historical Society but was not collected, so it was given to the Ongerup Museum.