This gentleman wouldn’t look out of place in an inner city cafe today. However, his name was John Goss, and our records say he was born in Devonshire in 1852 and he died in 1920 in Ross. In 1880, probably the same John Goss and his wife, Elizabeth (nee Double), registered the birth of their son, also called John, at Council Creek in Ross district. His occupation was ‘laborer’.
By the 1890s he was heavily involved in Ross council activities, including obtaining a clean supply of drinking water. The Goss family have a long association in Ross.