The family of John Bernard Rodgers the 2nd and his wife Ellen Rodgers (Melling).
The family of John Bernard Rodgers the 2nd and his wife Ellen Rodgers (Melling). Contributed

Rodgers descendants gather at Maidenwell Hotel

MAIDENWELL will host 200 descendants who are celebrating 200 years of the Rodgers family being in Australia.

About 200 descendants of John Bernard Rodgers and Bridger Broderick will descend on the Maidenwell Hotel this weekend.

John Bernard Rodgers was born in the county of Longford Ireland in 1815 and Bridget Broderick was born in the County of Cork Ireland in 1819.

When Bridget was just 13 she was found guilty and sentenced to a term of seven years transportation for a small crime and was transported to the Penal Colony of Australia.

She was a passenger on the all-female ship the Buffolo, which arrived in Australia in 1833.

Upon receiving her Freedom Certificate she met and married John Bernard Rodgers. They were married in 1840 in Victoria.

The pair only had one child, John Bernard Rodgers, who was born in Flemington, Victoria.

John Bernard met and married Ellen Melling in Tenterfield in 1871.

The couple had 11 children all born in the Tenterfield region

Their second son Edwin Vincent Rodgers was born in Snake Gully Tenterfield in 1873 who married Harriet Lang in Toowoomba in 1901.

This couple are the patriarch and matriarch of the bloodline which is celebrating the 200th anniversary at Maidenwell this Sunday.

Vince and Harriet had nine children all born around Warwick, Mt Mee, Allora, Esk, Cooyar and Nanango from 1904 to 1921.

They were George, Edwin, May, John, William, Arthur, Henry, Margaret and Norman.

At one stage all of the family lived and worked in the Nanango, Blackbutt, and Yarraman and Cooyar areas.

In the early to mid 1900s all of the Rodgers family were employed in the forestry industry.

Today family members are still involved in the South Burnett's timber industry.

The descendants of John Bernard and Bridget Rodgers still live in the South Burnett today.

Councillor Gavin Jones who owns the Maidenwell Hotel is also a descendant of the couple.

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