A. B. ("Bert") Howard (1927 -2022)

The Coromandel
The Coromandel
Photo courtesy A.J.Howard.
Bert was born in Roma, Queensland, and grew up in country areas of western Queensland and, later in the Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. Educated in various country primary schools, his secondary education was at boarding school in Armidale, NSW.

A veteran of World War II (RAN), Bert was present at the Japanese surrender of Timor and, later, the official surrender of all Japanese forces, including the Japanese 48th Division, in the Lesser Sunda group of islands.

Returning to civilian life, Bert reached executive level in major companies before starting his first construction business. Highly respected by associates for his knowledge and attention to detail, he became a leading valuer and construction consultant. In 1973, Bert bought a small property in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales and retired there in 1980.Over-Halling the Colony

Bert and his wife Beryl were both fifth generation Australians. Beryl, who died in 2017, was a descendant of the pioneer pastoralist, George Hall who arrived in the New South Wales colony on the transport ship, Coromandel, in 1802. Bert’s immigrant ancestor arrived on the same ship in 1804. Having a particular interest in the Coromandel, he, and friends, obtained copies of the original plans and built a scale model.

Bert contributed two chapters to Over-Halling the Colony, one on the Halls Heeler and the other on the Coromandel.

Over-Halling the Colony, a collection of essays contributed by members of the Hall family is out-of-print, but available on CD or downloaded. Contact Noreen Clark.

Warner, R. M. 1990. Over-Halling the Colony. Australian Documents Library, Sydney. 258 pp. index, family trees.

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