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on 2012-08-26 10:51:08

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.

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by benhelenv on 2012-11-30 18:58:07

It was great to read a little more of my wife's family history. There are not many Mairs' left in Victoria! I would like to write a more detailed family history starting with David Mairs and Sarah Taylor. What you have provided is an excellent help.

by itellya on 2013-02-27 07:30:07

David Mairs' land purchases in the parish of Blackwood and his service as a councillor in the Shire of Ballan are included near the end of my journal BLACKWOOD, THE HISTORY BUFF AND BUSHWALKER'S PARADISE.

by itellya on 2013-03-08 03:24:06

The previous comment is no longer correct for reasons explained in comments under that Blackwood journal. Notice that the title of this journal has been changed. I intend to provide information about David's grants near Greendale and his service as a councillor in the shire of Ballan in this journal. David's involvement in that area continued after his move to Bittern.

by itellya on 2013-03-08 10:46:58

Hamilton with about 930 acres wasthe biggest purchaser in what I take to be the alienation of Thomas Henry Pyke's Run, but David, with about 812 acres was not far behind.Dr John Harbison, a doctor from Northern Ireland
who grew oranges, was a grantee on section 16 Doutta Galla too,hisgrant indicated by a streetin North Essendon called Orange Grove. He or Charles Shuter may have inflenced David's decision to buy land there too. So too might William John Turner (Big)Clarke who would have passed David 's grants on the way to Melbourne from his Special Survey at Sunbury. Clarke,who owned Jamieson's Special Survey (Safety Beach to Bulldog Creek Rd) may also inflenced David Mairs' move to the parish of Bittern.

by itellya on 2013-05-20 03:05:03

The late Mr David Mairs. The late Mr David Mairs, who died recently at his residence, Balnarring, was an old colonist and one of the earliest settlers in this district. He was a native of the north of Ireland and came to the colonies as a young man in the early days.

He first took a situation on a sheep station, but soon left this in order to try his luck on some of the first discovered goldfields in Victoria. He was very successful and shortly opened a store on one of the diggings, where he quickly amassed a fortune. He then purchased his Pentland Hills property, consisting of about 600 acres of excellent land, where he lived for a few years.

On letting that property he came to Balnarring (about the year 1868) and se- lected the land on which the homestead stands. As opportunity offered he bought out most of his near neighbours and thus gradually extended his boundaries until he had acquired over 3000 acres of good grazing land, which he devoted entirely to sheep-breeding. Mr Mairs was a member of the first Roads Board, which then met at the residence of the late Mr Peter Nowlan, near Shoreham, and was one of the few survivors of the little band of old pioneers who composed that body. On the formation of the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong, he became one of the first councillors, a position he held continuously for nearly 25 years. He was many times President and rendered the Shire much valuable service. He was also a member of the first local Board of Advice and a justice of the peace for over 40 years, having been appointed to the latter position prior to coming to Balnarring. Up to his retirement from public life, a few years back, he took a prominent part in every movement for the advancement of the district and was the liberal patron of every local organization. In disposition he was straight- forward, persevering and generous, and in manner unpretentious and pleasant, and was universally esteemed for his many admirable qualities. He possessed intellectual ability of a high order, was well educated and deeply read. He was a great admirer of Robert Burns and, in conversation, would quote extracts from the poet's works with great aptitude and zest. He was nearly 81 years of age when he died and his peaceful end at a ripe old age forms the termination of a long, useful and honorable career.
(P.2, Mornington Standard,26-7-1902.)

David Mairs did not actually live in Blackwood, but it was David who ensured that Blackwood had a representative on the Road Board when hardly any Blackwood residents turned up to the election!

by itellya on 2015-05-30 19:47:48

THE FARM adjoining the land of the late Mr.John Dwyer, being Allotment 5, section 27,
parish of Gorong, and containing 81 acres. Immediate possession. Terms liberal. Apply to DAVID MAIRS, Balnarring. (P.2,The Bacchus Marsh Express, 27-4-1872.)

The parish of Gorong is south east of Ballan near the road from Ballan through Ingliston to Maddingley near Bacchus Marsh.

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