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Rediscovering Ginninderra:
Strayleaf

John Butler was the first person known to occupy 'Strayleaf', but it is unknown whether he built it, and it was then owned by E K Crace.

In the early 1900s, Clarence Bede Cavanagh and Esther Smith Cavanagh then purchased and farmed "Strayleaf", which became ACT Block 20 Gunghalin of 1,066 acres.

The old John Crinigan "Stone Hut" blocks were inherited and absorbed into "Strayleaf", as the Cavanagh's were related to John Crinigan's second wife, the widow Margaret Logue, through Clarence's mother Mary Logue.

After Clarence's death in 1933, Esther held the lease and continued farming with her brothers-in-law and son Jack.

John Cavanagh and his wife Joyce then took over "Strayleaf" and farmed until it was resumed in 1994.

Strayleaf is commemorated by the naming of Strayleaf Crescent which follows the old road close to where the property stood.

In 2013 the Holy Spirit Parish completed the building of its presbytery and office block on the paddock the Cavanagh's called "The Post Office." One of many paddocks that were once part of Stray Leaf.

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