DARLEY OF TASMANIA, SAFETY BEACH AND FLINDERS, VIC., AUST.
steve74 keeps feeding me info. so I might as well use it. So the Darley/(Sarah) Wilson connection goes back well before their time near Westernport shores! I've written plenty about the Darleys including the location of their grants in the parish of Flinders and the boy almost crippled by a boar who became a champion golfer and had one of the holes at the Flinders Golf Course named after him. (Flinders Golf Champ Dies; 72 . - Google News
Flinders golf champ dies; 72 . Bill Darley, of Flinders, one of Victoria's best known golfers died in his sleep early yesterday, aged. He played his last round of ...
This information is in my SARAH WILSON journal,courtesy of Petronella Wilson's fantastic book.
Jamieson's Special Survey was the Safety Beach area, extending east to the line of Bulldog Creek Rd.
Its a shame this article is so hard to read but still interesting.
Mornington & Dromana Standard 16th January 1909 Page 4
Mrs Annie Darley, relict of the late Mr. Jonathon Darley (who died in the year 1873) passed away at Flinders S..- December last. The deceased, who was in her 91styear ai the time of her death, had led a wonderfully active life right up to the last. The late Mrs Darleyemigrated to Tasmania with her husband and chil- dren in the ship Sir Charles Napier, in the year 1843. Conditions of life, both on board ship and in the island colony, were at that time very rough and ready, and involved a considerable amount of hardship on the part of the early colonisers. Upon arrival in Tas- mania, Mr Darleyv took up land at New Norfolk, where he engaged in farming and fruitgrowg pursuits, and had the distinction of being the first hop grower in that district, which has now gained such notoriety for its extensive hop gardens. Being such early settlers and pioneers , Mr and Mrs Darley came into contact with many of the best known people connected with the colonisation of the island. The famous Sir John Franklin, then Governor of Tasmaniia, was in their house previous to his leaving the coluny to embark on the ill-fated Arctic exploration, in which he lost his life. Mrs Darley often had visits from Messrs O'Brien, McManus and O'Mara, the famous Irish patriots. As her husband was local representative of the company owning the bridge across the Derwent at New Norfolk, and the house was si- tuated only a short, distance from the toll gates, she was in touch with the traffic along one of the principal thoroughfares of Tasmania. In 1853, when such glowing accounts were heard of the pogress of Victoria, the Darleys disposed of their interests in the island colony, and crossed the straits to the new land of promise. Soon after Mr Darley went to Dro- mana with his wife and family, as'a lessee from the late Mr W. J. T. Clarke (grandfather of Sir Rupert Clarke), of a portion of Jamieson's Special Survey. This was before the Peninsula was properly surveyed and laid out for settlement. Many persons interested in the early historyof Vic- toria will remmember that Jamieson's Special Survey, which afterwards passed into the hands of Mr Clarke, was one of the areas originally sur- veyed and granted under special con- ditions before the lands of the colony were cut up and alienated from the Crown subsquent to the undisputed reign of the old time squatter. Mr Darley went in for extensive farming operations on his section of "The Sur vey," as Jamieson's old grant is still locally known. Dromana was then in its infancy, and Schnapper Point was the post town. In addition to farming Mr Darley also had several crafts ply- ing between Dromana and Melbourne with timber. After seven strenuous yeas at Dromana, Mrs Darley Was ??????????????????????? Flinders as a tenant of the late Mr John Barker. The vicinity of the township of Flinders was then a dense forest. The Darleys farm, which was then known as "The Round Hill Farm," included "The Pinnacles " and a good bit of adjacent. and around the present Cape Shank road, the house being situated at Double Ceek. Mrs Darley also resided for a time at "The Cups,'" near Boneo, where her husband leased some land from Mr Barker for dairying purposes. For a great many years before her death Mrs Darley had been living in the Flinders township, and had therefore the distinction of being a very early settler and resident of the Peninsula of 55 years standing. She could also claim to have been an Australian colonist of 65 years. Of her family, some of whom were born in Tasmania and others in Victoria, three are now surviving. These are Messrs Thos. and Wm. Darley, and Mrs Beecher, all of Flinders, with whom much sympathy is felt in their sad be- reavement. The body was interred in the Flinders general cemetery on the 23rd ultimo, a large number of resi- dents following deceased to her last resting place.
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Do you know anything on the Darley Family? Annie Darley married to Jonathon Darley and I just found a Mrs S. E. Darley married to John Darley (Both of Flinders) Both die within a year of each other
22nd February 1908, Mornington Standard
FLINDERS. Very much regret will be felt by her numerous friends in all parts of the Peninsula at the death of Mrs. S. E. Darley, relict of the late Mr. John Darley, which occurred at her late residence, "The Rest,"' Flinders, lastTuesday morning, after a long and painful illness. The deceased lady, who had attained an advanced age, was extremely active, and took a keen interest in anything pertaining to the good of the district until shortly before her death. She was of a very chari- table and kindly disposition, and will be much missed by the residents of Flinders. Any charitable or other useful local movement had her finan- cial assistance and earnest help in other ways if she were not also the actual originator. She took a special interest in the children, who had many picnics and other enjoyments through her kindness and generosity. When the news of her death was received,the flag at the state school was hoisted half-mast, and general expressions of regret were heard on all sides. After the death of her husband some years ago, Mrs. Darley built the villa near the Flinders township known as "The Rest," where she has since resided with her daughter (Mrs. Falkingham) and granddaughter (Miss Martin). Mrs. T. Holland, wife of Mr. T. Holland, of "Mitford," Flinders, is also a grand- daughter of the deceased lady. In all her good services to Flinders of late years, she has been assisted by Mrs. Falkingham and Mr. and Mrs. Hol- land. The remains were interred in the North Brighton cemetery last Thursdasy and a large number of residents assembled at "The Rest" at 8 o'clock, when the body was removed, to pay their last respects to one who had won the esteem of all who knew her.
ME:Not really,genealogy does my head in; that's why I do LOCAL history. Thanks for this. I'll add it to the DARLEY journal.
on 2013-11-06 23:36:35
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.