Cudgegong Valley History Project

Neil Paul RaynerAge: 6919221991

Name
Neil Paul Rayner
Given names
Neil Paul
Surname
Rayner
Birth January 3, 1922

Birth of a half-brotherWalter Thomas Rayner
February 1, 1931 (Age 9)

Event
Won at Wellington
May 9, 1946 (Age 24)
Note:

Won at Wellington Sheila's Choice, owned and trained by Mr. Neil Rayner, won in the maiden races at Wellington on the first day (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Thursday 9 May 1946, page 3).

Birth of a son
#1
Gregory John Rayner
1951 (Age 28)

Death of a fatherWalter Thomas Rayner
1958 (Age 35)

Death of a half-sisterMerle Esther Rayner
June 6, 1967 (Age 45)
Note:

Killed in Accident A well-known Mudgee woman was killed in a car accident on the Sydney Road five miles south of Cudgegong yesterday afternoon. She was Mrs. Merle Mulley, wife of Mudgee butcher, Mr. Jack Mulley. Mrs. Mulley was driving alone towards Mudgee when the accident occurred at about 1.30 pm. Her car had just passed a low-loader travelling in the same direction when it swerved off the road, broadsided, overturned and hit a tree. It is believed Mrs. Mulley died instantly. Mudgee Guardian Wednesday 7 June 1967, p. 1. Accident Merle Mulley.

Note:

Around the Town With Suzie Death Mrs. Merle Esther Mulley The funeral of Mrs. Merle Esther Mulley, 51, who lived at 38 Douro Street, Mudgee, took place yesterday following a service in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 11am. The ladies of the Mudgee Bowling Club, of which Mrs. Mulley was President, formed a guard of honour from the church. Interment was at Mudgee Cemetery. Requiem Mass was celebrated at 7 am. Mrs. Mulley is survived by her husband Jack and daughters Joan, Diana and Lesley. Mudgee Guardian Friday 9 June 1967, p. 2. Death notice Merle Esther Mulley.

Burial of a half-sisterMerle Esther Rayner
June 8, 1967 (Age 45)
Death of a sonGregory John Rayner
September 21, 1969 (Age 47)
Note:

Head-On Crash Near Mudgee-3 Youths Dead Three Mudgee youths were killed and a fourth seriously injured in a head-on collision between two cars at Appletree Flat last night. Police officers who went to the scene described it as one of the worst accidents they had ever seen. Police and local residents took more than an hour to free the bodies from the twisted wreckage of the car in which the four youths were travelling. Killed instantly in the collision were. - Gregory John Rayner, 18 of Spring Flat, Mudgee. - Peter John Tierney, 18 of Denison Street. - Michael John Quinn, 19 of Botobolar. The other youth who was in the car at the time of the smash, Keiran Mahon, 19 of Inglis Street, Mudgee, suffered serious head and abdominal injuries. He was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital soon after the accident, for emergency treatment. The driver of the other vehicle, Frederick Lloyd, 52, of Northmead, was taken to Parramatta Hospital with a broken arm and broken elbow. His condition today was reported to be satisfactory. Lloyd's family was travelling with him, but escaped with minor injuries. They are his wife Noreen Catherine, 52, his son Frederick 21, and daughter Jennifer, 13. Police said this morning that the Lloyd family had had 'an amazing escape from death'. Both cars were wrecked in the smash, which was the worst in the Mudgee District for several years. The Mudgee youths were returning from Sydney, where it is believed they watched the Rugby League grand final between Balmain and South Sydney the previous day. The Lloyds were returning to Sydney after a weekend in the country. The accident occurred about 7.30 p.m. All four Mudgee boys were well known in football circles. Rayner and Tierney were members of this year's Mudgee junior team which made the Group 14 semi finals. Quinn was a regular first grader. Mahon is regarded as one of the most promising footballers in Mudgee. The President of the Mudgee Rugby League Football Club (Mr. Warwick Munro) said today that he was deeply shocked to hear of the deaths of three of the club's outstanding members. 'I have coached these youngsters at various times myself,' he said. 'They will be a tremendous loss to the club, not only as players, but as men.' Mr. Munro said he would hold a special meeting of Mudgee Rugby League Club in the Mechanics' Institute tonight to discuss attendance at the funeral. Police today praised local residents for the help they rendered at the scene of the crash. A senior police officer said he had never seen a worse smash in 25 years with the Police Force.'I have seen them as bad, but never worse.' 'Lesser men could not have risen to the occasion because it was not a very pretty sight,' he said. There were two other minor accidents reported in Mudgee in the past few days and at Inverell a former Coolah footballer was killed in a car accident. The former Coolah man was Tom Fletcher, 25, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fletcher. His funeral was held today. On Thursday, last week a Dulwich Hill man escaped injury when his car struck a calf about six miles south of Cudgegong. The driver, Peter Doyle, was not hurt and his car was only moderately damaged. The only other accident reported in the district since then was on Saturday afternoon when two cars collided in Church Street. The drivers, Douglas Kenny, of Court Street, and Frank Tuite, of Cox Street, were not injured and damage was only minor. Mudgee Guardian Monday 22 September 1969, p. 1. Head-On Crash near Mudgee.

Death of a half-brotherNelson Rayner
1989 (Age 66)

Death August 8, 1991 (Age 69)
Note:

Death Notice RAYNER, Neil Paul, 8th August, 1991 at Dubbo Hospital late of Cox Street, Mudgee. Loving husband of Sheila and father of Tony, Greg (deceased) and Leanne, Aged 69 years. His funeral service was held yesterday (Monday) 12th August, 1991 at Mudgee. Eastaugh & Carroll, Funeral Directors, Mudgee Phone: 722384. Mudgee Guardian Tuesday 13 August 1991, p. 23. Death notice, Neil Paul Rayner.

Burial August 12, 1991 (4 days after death)
Obituary September 3, 1991 (26 days after death)

Note:

Obituary Neil Rayner - 'He Never Had An Enemy' Neil Paul Rayner, the son of Walter Thomas Rayner and Bertha Rayner of 'Woodgrove' Mudgee, was born in Mudgee on January 3, 1922. After completing his schooling at the local school of Millsville and Mudgee High, he went to work with his father at the family property, 'Woodgrove', which is still run by Neil's brother, Walter. In 1946 Neil purchased a nearby property, 'Cunnagawah' in Spring Flat. This was the beginning of a long and successful career of mixed farming. On July 28 1947 Neil married Sheila Butler of Mudgee. They had three children, Tony, Greg (deceased) and Leanne, who still live in Mudgee. Neil was a hard working man, his farm producing merino sheep, stud hereford cattle and his love of horses led to a long and prosperous association with Provincial and Metropolitan racing. One of his earlier horses, Terranda, won many country races and was trained by a succession of trainers; Percy Flynn of Hill End, Miles Sherd of Rosehill and Goldie Fox of Orange. Other horse of note were Greg's Delight and Tony's Choice, named after his sons, Sheila's Choice, Vauhaut and the most successful of them all, Our Add, winner of the Coonamble Gold Cup and the Gosford Cup. as a founding member of the Mudgee Police Citizens Boys Club, Neil was instrumental in raising funds and many people remember the woolshed dances held at 'Gunnagawah'. In his later years Neil retired to 19 Cox Street, Mudgee, with his wife and enjoyed his social activities as well as taking a keen interest in gardening. He was known as Pop to his six grandchildren, but to many was fondly called Poppy as there was an instinctive love by children of Neil. Neil Rayner passed away on August 8, aged 69, in Dubbo Base Hospital. He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends. As one of his friends stated. 'He never had an enemy'. Mudgee Guardian Tuesday 3 September 1991, p. 10. Obituary, Neil Rayner.

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Marriage: 1901
11 years
half-brother
6 years
half-sister
15 years
half-brother
Walter Thomas Rayner
Birth: February 1, 1931
Death: September 9, 2011Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
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wife
Private
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Gregory John Rayner
Birth: 1951 28
Death: September 21, 1969Appletree Flat, Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia
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Private

  1. Generation 1
    1. Neil Paul Rayner, son of Walter Thomas Rayner and Private, was born on January 3, 1922 and died on August 8, 1991 in Dubbo Base Hospital, Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia at the age of 69.

      Children of Neil Paul Rayner:

      1. Private
      2. Gregory John Rayner (19511969)
      3. Private
Event

Won at Wellington Sheila's Choice, owned and trained by Mr. Neil Rayner, won in the maiden races at Wellington on the first day (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Thursday 9 May 1946, page 3).

Death

Death Notice RAYNER, Neil Paul, 8th August, 1991 at Dubbo Hospital late of Cox Street, Mudgee. Loving husband of Sheila and father of Tony, Greg (deceased) and Leanne, Aged 69 years. His funeral service was held yesterday (Monday) 12th August, 1991 at Mudgee. Eastaugh & Carroll, Funeral Directors, Mudgee Phone: 722384. Mudgee Guardian Tuesday 13 August 1991, p. 23. Death notice, Neil Paul Rayner.

Obituary

Obituary Neil Rayner - 'He Never Had An Enemy' Neil Paul Rayner, the son of Walter Thomas Rayner and Bertha Rayner of 'Woodgrove' Mudgee, was born in Mudgee on January 3, 1922. After completing his schooling at the local school of Millsville and Mudgee High, he went to work with his father at the family property, 'Woodgrove', which is still run by Neil's brother, Walter. In 1946 Neil purchased a nearby property, 'Cunnagawah' in Spring Flat. This was the beginning of a long and successful career of mixed farming. On July 28 1947 Neil married Sheila Butler of Mudgee. They had three children, Tony, Greg (deceased) and Leanne, who still live in Mudgee. Neil was a hard working man, his farm producing merino sheep, stud hereford cattle and his love of horses led to a long and prosperous association with Provincial and Metropolitan racing. One of his earlier horses, Terranda, won many country races and was trained by a succession of trainers; Percy Flynn of Hill End, Miles Sherd of Rosehill and Goldie Fox of Orange. Other horse of note were Greg's Delight and Tony's Choice, named after his sons, Sheila's Choice, Vauhaut and the most successful of them all, Our Add, winner of the Coonamble Gold Cup and the Gosford Cup. as a founding member of the Mudgee Police Citizens Boys Club, Neil was instrumental in raising funds and many people remember the woolshed dances held at 'Gunnagawah'. In his later years Neil retired to 19 Cox Street, Mudgee, with his wife and enjoyed his social activities as well as taking a keen interest in gardening. He was known as Pop to his six grandchildren, but to many was fondly called Poppy as there was an instinctive love by children of Neil. Neil Rayner passed away on August 8, aged 69, in Dubbo Base Hospital. He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends. As one of his friends stated. 'He never had an enemy'. Mudgee Guardian Tuesday 3 September 1991, p. 10. Obituary, Neil Rayner.