Cashma (Jacqueline Cashmore) was one of the Pioneers of the 1950’s in rural Western Australia when taking up a Conditional Purchase block on virgin land east of Hyden. She could be described as one of the last in the group of this era of farming pioneers to survive the hardships and deprivation of such an undertaking. She was a quietly determined person who faced all adversity with a strength of character and resilience that was essential to be able to stick with all that she faced while trying to build a new land farm and a life. It was a lonely existence, but she faced it with humour and uncomplaining purpose, raising her children with love in an isolated environment far from medical care, and supporting her husband in all his endeavours, in reality it was his wish, but over the years it became her passion. The latter years of her life met with a devastating realisation that all that she had worked towards would be a travesty.
This story was written for the family, not only about Cashma, but giving insights into the family heritage through her ancestors. Despite this familial purpose, it is a story of the early years of Western Australian settlement and an insight into the types of people involved in the developing of this great state and the opportunities and adversity they faced and how they dealt with it.
The stories of Jacqueline’s parents, grandparents and great grandparents are also included, giving an insight into the early development of Perth and rural Western Australia when these people immigrated to Australia for a better life, or were forcefully transported as a convict.
‘Cashma, Her Story’ is Debbie Cashmore’s second book. Her first ‘Madam, are you back? Living in Nigeria’ was published in 2007. Debbie Cashmore was born in Western Australia and spent her childhood on a farm in Hyden before attending secondary school in Perth. She pursued a career in teaching. After resigning from teaching she obtained a Graduate Diploma in Business and worked in administrative positions until returning to training computer users in technical colleges and for businesses in Perth. After marrying she joined her husband on overseas postings and found the time to pursue her joy in writing.