G5 15 Edgar Albert Salter

Edgar Albert Salter was a Queensland great grandson of Timothy Sullivan through his grandfather John Sullivan and mother Clarice Salter (nee Sullivan)

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G5     TS/JS/CS/ EDGAR ALBER SALTER (1916 - 2011)

Edgar Albert Sullivan was the third child born to John Francis Salter and wife Clarice (nee Sullivan). He was born in Flemington, Melbourne, on 9/6/1916 (V20679).

Again, very little is known of his childhood and teenage years, although it is likely that he did some of his schooling by correspondence.

ClariceandEdgarHe enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was discharged in March 1947 with the rank of corporal. On enlistment he was aged 25, single and listed his occupation as property manager. He had served in Queensland and the Northern Territory gaining skills as a signalman before undergoing further training as a radio mechanic. He then served in Brisbane, then Morotai, and eventually was posted to Japan with the occupation forces, flying from Morotai to Tokyo on January 21st 1946.

Edgar with mother Clarice
Photo courtesy Mrs J. Gordon

 

 

He had sustained loss of vision in one eye, the story being that when he received a cheque for rabbit skins, in his delight threw a his hat in the air and hit a meat hook, which fell and grazed his eye. It was this loss of vision that determined his military service in radio communications.

Edgar Albert Salter married Gloria Lucy Olive in 1950. They had three children who reached adulthood:

  • Edgar Roderick Salter, born 19?
  • Caroline Salter, born 19?
  • Richard Salter, born 19?

The Electoral Rolls show Edgar at Undulla in 1943, aged 27. By 1949 Edgar had abandoned the farming life and with his wartime skills was employed as a radio salesman in Chinchilla where he remained in 1954. By 1959 he had returned to farm life as a grazier at MS694 Tara. From 1959 to 2009 Edgar remained at MS694 (“Woolfield”) Tara. Woolfield was on Hannaford Rd North, Hannaford, about 20k east of Meandarra and 40 k west of Tara. From time to time his wife Gloria Lucy is with him, but she also established herself at 2/62 Park St Chinchilla until some time after 1995.

Son Edgar Roderick with wife Shirley May is also at Woodfield from 1979 to 1998.

Gloria Lucy Salter died in 2009, and Edgar Albert Salter died soon after in 2011. Both are buried in the Tanderra Lawn Cemetery.