This week's episode of the Our History, Our Memories video series discusses the link between Taree and Australian cricket icon Richie Benaud.
Richie's grandfather, Jean Benaud, lived in Taree and captained many ships that sailed on the Manning River.
Jean was born in France and arrived in the Manning Valley in the mid 1800s.
A widower, Jean remarried in 1858 to Caroline Powell, the daughter of the first ever maritime pilot on the Manning River, Richard Powell.
On July 1 1866, Jean was riding his horse on Pulteney Street when tragedy struck.
Near where the Civic Theatre used to be, Jean's horse stepped into a pothole. As the horse jolted, Jean was thrown forward and landed head first on the ground.
He died from his injuries two days later.
Be sure to check out the Manning River Times website every Wednesday at 8pm for the latest video in the series.
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