The Rawson & Redenbach Families

The Rawson, Redenbach & connected families that arise from settlement in Gippsland in the mid 1800's

“Some in the future may care, and some may not, for any reminiscence of their forefathers. Some only take note of the present fruit and flower of a tree and no account of the root from whence it sprung. But those who have gone before us should not be ignored or forgotten. They have left us a goodly heritage in unsullied names and respected lives.”
Emma L M Guy (nee Commins) (b 1862)

Josiah Pitman (b abt 1865) & Annie Irwin Cairnes (b 1864)

The fifth child of Reverend Frederick John Pitman and Maria Elizabeth Brice, Josiah was a saddler in the Murray River town of Yarrawonga. He was born in what then may still have been known as Forest Creek, but is now Chewton. He married Annie Irwin Cairnes (b 1864) in September 1889 in Yarrawonga.

Their first child, Annie Eileen Pitman, my paternal grandmother, was born in 1891.

There were three other children of whom the only other information I have is that Jessie Cairnes Pitman (b 1895) probably married a man with the surname Ward, and that they may have had a daughter named Patricia.


Josiah Pitman and Annie Irwin Cairnes
About 1889
Source: Patricia Hunt


Annie Irwin Cairnes
At Yarrawonga
About 1920


The Pitman Residence
7 Tom Street Yarrawonga
June 2016


Josiah Pitman (back) and Frederick William Robert Pitman
About 1920


Frederick William Robert Pitman and Annie Irwin Cairnes
About 1920