A DUNN DEAL: THE WILL OF JOHN DUNN OF MT. BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA (1894.)
The details of this will were found by chance (in the second result for a trove search for "WILLIAM BENNETT WRIGHT", limited to Victoria.)W.B.Wright most likely farmed the part of today's Keilor Park, Melbourne, near Wright's Rd. (Melway 15 A 5-6.)
I have previously written journals about Henry Dunn of Mornington and Edmund Dunn of "Viewpoint", Tullamarine being brothers, and Edmund being an early pioneer of the Mornington Peninsula. John, William, Charles, Richard and George were also brothers of these two and have not been mentioned by researchers in connection with Henry and Edmund.
Genealogy makes my head spin; that's why I generally stick to local history. I still haven't got old Tom Wright and young Tom Wright, who lived across Old Broadmeadows Rd (now Mickleham Rd) at Tullamarine from each other, sorted out. Several families, such as Alston & Jenkins and possibly Harrap and Bennett, were pioneers in both areas- near Tullamarine and Mornington. Therefore I will just provide the link for the will which should be of benefit to family historians who have more understanding of the family trees of the families mentioned.
N.B. Moonee Ponds meant near the Moonee Ponds Creek and between today's Strathmore Heights and Westmeadows, Camp Hill (later Gowanbrae), Edmund Dunn's "Viewpoint" and my great grandfather, John Cock's leased "Gladstone" extended east to The Moonee Ponds Creek. Henry and Edmund Dunn had both died in 1891. As the print in the article was so clear, I didn't bother checking the digitisation.
On reading the article again, I notice that John was described as a resident of Mount Barber (digitised as Mt Barker.) In this case I believe that the digitisation is correct and the typesetter had made a mistake, based on so many family members living at Mt. Barker. A google search for Mt. Barber, South Australia produced no results. Believe is a word that should be avoided in history so I checked text corrections and discovered that Mt. Barber had been changed to Mt Barker by a descendant of John Dunn's daughter, Elizabeth Paltridge.
(2 years ago mpaltridge)
JOHN DUNN'S WILL
on 2018-01-12 09:38:26
Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.