NAME Albert Jarvis Abbott
BORN Abt. 1892
DIED 1942
UNIT 4th Battalion AIF
ENLISTED Wyalong 7 August 1915
DISCHARGED Medically Unfit – badly wounded in arm which was then amputated – Sydney 18 February 1919

Albert Jarvis Abbott applied for his Advance of £625 in March 1919.  His block consisting of 640 acres was in the County of Gipps, Parish of Udah, Wyalong Land District.  It was a Settlement Purchase in Kalm’s Estate. [1] It was not considered by the Inspector that Albert having only one arm, would prevent him being a success on the land.[2]  Albert was a farmer with eleven year’s experience and was judged to be a ‘good steady fellow’.[3]

In the 1926-27 season his crops were a failure and his debts for the land and the advance amounted to £490.7.3.[4]  The seasons were very dry around this time contributing to the failure of his crop.   In December, he wrote to the Closer Settlement Branch asking that the interest he was required to pay could be deferred until seasons improved.[5]  The seasons did not improve and as well as having to contend with drought, his crops were badly damaged by grass-hoppers.  He was still on the land in 1931, but his debt had increased to a little over £1401.

 It is not known how long he remained on the land.


[1] State Records NSW:  Lands Department;  NRS 8058, Returned Soldiers loan files; [12/7365 No. 9237] Albert Jarvis Abbott, Application for loan March 1919.

 [2] Ibid, Report by Lands Inspector 16 December 1924.

[3] Ibid, Report Closer Settlement Branch 14 March 1927.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid,  Albert Abbott to the Closer Settlement Branch 7 December 1927.

Sources used to compile this entry:

State Records NSW:   Lands Department; NRS 8058, Returned Soldiers loan files [12/7365 No. 9237] Albert Jarvis Abbott.

National Archives of Australia: B 2455, First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers (Albert Jarvis Abbott) online: