Last Hall brother passes away

The last Hall brother - after which Young’s Hall Brothers Oval was named - passed away in Sydney at the weekend aged 96.

David Hall was one of 10 brothers, all of whom were known in Young for their sporting prowess. 

In fact, it’s said the brothers were able to make up an entire cricket team so long as their dad played too.   

On the plaque at the oval it reads: “This oval is named after the James Hall family, noted for its active participation in, and support for, many sports in the Young District.”

It notes at one time the Maher Cup Rugby Team included five members of the Hall family.

Mr Hall’s niece, Eileen Loader, said the boys were so fit and into their sport they would ride their bikes all the way to Temora, play a game of cricket and then ride back.

“If you said that to people now, they’d say ‘that poor old thing, she’s lost her marbles’, but it’s true,” she said.

There were 17 siblings in total, with some dying at childbirth.

The family was also known for their community involvement, with six members serving on the Burrangong Shire Council. 

Mrs Loader said she was very sad at her uncle’s passing.

“It’s the end of an era,” she said, “that generation’s completely gone.” 

However, she added direct descendants of the brothers could be found today excelling on the sports fields of Young, with the surnames Hall, Loader, Sells and Kimber.  

LADS: The Hall family, with David Hall up front in the white shirt.

LADS: The Hall family, with David Hall up front in the white shirt.

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