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Westaway family of Moggill

The Westaway family can trace its roots back to the 15th century in the Devon village of Belstone. John Westaway was born about 1480. His descendant, William Henry Westaway born around 1863, emigrated to Queensland and arrived in Cooktown on 18 November 1883. He married Alice Kate Hooper in 1887 in Brisbane.

Their son, also William Henry, joined up on 1 October 1915 as a Trooper in 5th Australian Light Horse. He died following a gas attack on 04 December 1917 in Palestine, just 22 years old. The 5th Light Horse had been recruited almost entirely from Queensland men and after Gallipoli, moved to Egypt in February 1916 to defend the Suez Canal. With the fall of Gaza November 1917, the Turkish position collapsed and the 5th was involved in the pursuit that followed, ending in a gas attack which killed William. He is remembered in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel. A total of 24 Westaway family members gave their lives in World War I. They had come from England and Wales and Queensland, Victoria, and New South Wales.

The Westaway family became well known as pineapple growers in the district and although the pineapples are long gone, three generations of Westaway live nearby

This information was compiled by Neville Marsh, from the following sources:
Goeldner Family Tree:; URL:; viewed 22 February 2014
Moggill Historical Society; A Time to Remember Descendants of Moggill Pioneers Souvenir Booklet; URL viewed 30 January 2014
National Library of Australia: Trove digitized newspaper collection. URL:
Sugars, Bruce; 16 January 1997. URL viewed 1 February 2014.
Thomas/Westaway Public tree on; URL viewed 31 Jan 2014 One name study URL viewed 31 January 2014: