CHARLES SHUTER, POLICE MAGISTRATE (VIC., AUST.) AND HIS SHORT-LIVED SON, THE DOCTOR.
CHARLES SHUTER WAS A PROMINENT PIONEER OF MOONEE PONDS.
He didn't get a mention in THE STOPOVER THAT STAYED but Lenore Frost wrote about him in her STREET NAMES OF ESSENDON. He was a police magistrate and covered a huge area. Shuter St, between Puckle St and Gladstone St in Moonee Ponds was named after him but so was a street in Greendale, a small town between the western Highway and Blackwood. He was a grantee in the parish of Blackwood which extended almost to Ballan. I was surprised to read this in Margot Hitchcock's history column in the BLACKWOOD TIMES*.
" Still another victim, who,though not born on Blackwood, could almost be claimed as a native, as I believe he was born at his father’s residence near Greendale. I refer to Dr. Shuter, son of the well-known & respected Police Magistrate, Mr. C.Shuter, who died at his father’s residence Malvern, on Easter Monday. I have heard that the young Dr. was a man of great promise, & his death is deeply lamented by a wide circle of friends. The young man, I think, had only attained the age of about 30 years when he died. "
(Bacchus Marsh Express - Sat April 12, 1890)
EventDeath Event registration number8093 Registration year1890
Family nameSHUTER Given namesChas Yalden SexMale Father's nameChas Mother's nameAmelia Elizth (Lord) Place of birth Place of deathMvern Age30
The birth was apparently registered at Collingwood but this may have been because there was no registrar yet at Ballan, or maybe because Amelia's mother lived there.
EventBirth Event registration number5715 Registration year1860
Family nameSHUTER Given namesCharles Yalden SexUnknown Father's nameCharles Mother's nameAmelia Eliza (Lord) Place of birthCOLL
The birth DID take place at Collingwood.
On the 6th inst., at Victoria-parade, the wife of Charles Shuter, Esq., police magistrate, Ballan, of a
son.(P.4, Argus, 8-3-1860.)
It seems unlikely that Amelia's parents were living at Collingwood.
On the 10th inst., at Trinity Church, Bacchus Marsh, by the Rev. J. T. Schleicher, Charles Shuter, Esq., Police Magistrate, to Amelia Elizabeth, second daughter of John Lord, Esq., late of Sydney. (P.4, Argus, 14-8-1858.)
BUT John Lord was a labourer of Collingwood when he applied for discharge of his insolvency in 1849.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 15 May 1849 p 3 Article)
Charles Shuter's house at Moonee Ponds was called Newstead. The Puckles bought a fair piece of Peter McCracken's "Ardmillan Estate" west of the railway and if I remember correctly the bridegroom's Sydenham Villa was demolished for the construction of the Ardmillan House Reception Centre near the top of Ardmillan Rd. Charles certainly mixed with many prominent families judging by the guests at the wedding.
* THE BLACKWOOD TIMES
EMAIL FROM MARGOT HITCHCOCK.
---. from my unpublished book ‘The History and Pioneers of Blackwood.” I have evidence Charles Shuter was in Blackwood in the 1850’s….– one as early as 1855. 32 references in all..!!! two as copied here.
“Assistant Commissioner Standish reports - Mr. Robert McKenzie was appointment the first Warden of the Mt. Blackwood Goldfield in 1855 and he together with a Magistrate and a Police Officer who had already been on the field for several months represent the law of the time. Robert McKenzie the first Warden was transferred to a larger field in 1856. In June 1855 the Warden was sharing the Police Officer's tent along with the Stipendiary Magistrate. The tent was also used as a Police Court, Wardens' Office and Mess Room. Tenders were put in and soon substantial buildings were erected up to replace the tent. Warden McKenzie was later replaced by Warden Charles Shuter. ”
Also - Saturday 25 June 1859. MOUNT BLACKWOOD - From our Correspondent.
“FATAL MINING ACCIDENT- One of those catastrophes that too often arise from the careless or venturesome manner in which miners conduct their operations, occurred at Kangaroo Flat on Tuesday last, 18th instant, whereby James Brown (generally known as Kentucky) lost his life. Brown was endeavouring to remove a single pillar that supported a large mass of earth; this he was doing cautiously, but without propping or slabbing; when suddenly the superincumbent mass fell
crushing and burying him beneath. He was immediately dug-out and conveyed to his tent, was perfectly sensible, and it was thought he would recover, but early the following morning he died.
An inquiry was held on Friday before Charles Shuter, Esq, J.P and an examination made by Dr. Kieser of Ballan, from whose evidence it was ascertained that death was cause by rupture of the bladder, occasioned by the earth falling on him.”
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