Did you ever watch the TV show “Who do you think you are?” It took famous people back into their family history, helping them discover who in their past has contributed to them being who and where they are today. Inspired by this, I’ve decided to do a little series, looking at some of the characteristics of GJ Rechner. Maybe you will discover that they’ve been passed down to you!
GJ Rechner was a very keen gardener. Not always successful – he did try his hand at farming soon after his arrival in Australia, with little success. But at Light Pass he established quite a little farm. His grandson, JJ Stolz, remembers visiting as a child, and enjoying the delights of his “fine orchard and lots of vines” where the children could “satisfy our hunger for fresh fruit to our heart’s content”.
There were also vegetables, chickens and pigs. The grandchildren visiting from the city loved the freedom of the country, roaming around the manse garden and church grounds at Light Pass, chasing chickens and climbing trees to pick the fruit. One can just imagine them, sitting on the branches of a tree laden with ripe apricots or peaches, juice dripping down their chins.