|Country News. (1883, July 7).|
Logan Witness (Beenleigh, Qld. : 1878-1893)), p.2
|(1886, January 16,).|
Australian Town and Country Journal
(Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907), p.17.
Still a village, the longtime locals call it "Tumble-gum" and in November 2016, they gathered together to acknowledge its 150 years of settlement. Two of the village pioneers have remained there fore more than 100 of those years, resting in the North Tumbulgum Cemetery. There is no headstone to mark their lives, but Eliza Baker (nee Alexander) and her husband William are remembered through the documentary fragments of officialdom.
William Baker died on 6 June 1901, aged 68. He had married in Grafton 42 years earlier, in 1859, and there were no children from the marriage. His birthplace was given as Bristol, England.
|NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages - death Certificate #6130/1901|
Eliza Baker died only nine months after her husband, on 22 March 1902, aged 66. Her birthplace was given as London. Eliza's will also granted her full estate to her husband's nephew Thomas. How did this come about?
|NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages - Death Certificate #2226/1902|
|NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages - Marriage Certificate #1709/1860 [late reg'n]|
|GRAFTON. (1858, December 17).|
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p.5
|EARLY HISTORY OF GRAFTON. (1904, September 13).|
Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1839 - 1915), p.2
|Advertising (1882, June 17).|
Australian Town and Country Journal
(Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907), p.4
Of course the fact that William had a nephew living not far away from Tumbulgum also made it easier to find his family. The presence of Thomas' father James in Grafton and later on the Tweed River made it easy to find a connection to William's background. After a sale at auction, it was James' land which became The Junction.
|(1985) St Mary's Church, Almondsbury, with|
graveyard containing Baker family graves
For his emigration form, William stated that he was 22 years old, had a brother James "in the colony", and like his brother was a (farm) labourer.
|List of Emigrants sent to Sydney NSW on board|
the Marchioness of Londonderry, Captn. J. Williams
by the Family Colonization Loan Society
[State Records NRS 5323/9_6173]
So was it possible, as per many Australian certificates, that London was her point of departure from the UK, rather than her hometown? Emigration records with a reasonably close match to Eliza's age suggest she arrived in December 1854 on the Marchioness of Londonderry, one of 32 single servant women and 101 immigrants on board. 
|[State Records NRS 5322/4_5037]|
|SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE. (1854, December 13).|
The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser
(NSW : 1843-1893), p.2
The purpose of the Family Colonization Loan Society was to: "...lend to the emigrant one-half of the cost of the passage, after he has paid to the Society a sum equivalent to the other half, we take from him a note of hand payable on demand for the amount lent, at the same time undertaking to give him two years in which to repay the amount, provided he conforms to certain simple regulations laid down by the Society." 
In 1852, the virtues of settling in such faraway places were extolled by Caroline Chisholm during a trip throughout the UK. One of her stops was the city of Glasgow. She had spent more than a decade encouraging emigration and reinforced it by overseeing the funding of several ships. Less than two years later, one Eliza Alexander made the journey.
This sesquicentenary reflects the tenacity of a village to survive, an echo of the hopes of two pioneers who became Tumbulgum locals. That it thrives is a testament to their determination to forge lives in a reimagined Australia.
 Kiddle, Margaret Caroline Chisholm, Melbourne at the University Press, 1950 http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/211683720.
 EMIGRATION. (1854, November 28). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), p.2 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12962820.