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Journal by itellya



Entries for the following pioneers in the parish of Wannaeue have already been written in my journal PIONEERS OF THE PARISH OF WANNAEUE, MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VIC., AUST. and will not be repeated here. This earlier journal has a link for the parish map provided by janilye in comment 1 so that boundaries of properties, for which only a Melway reference is given here, can be more accurately determined. I have listed the pioneers about whom I've already written in the other journal here so that I don't have to remember to refer you to the Wannaeue journal in each individual entry. (WEST TO EAST) PURVES, SULLIVAN, BLAIR W.A., PAGE, WHITE G., STENNIKEN, TRUEMAN, ROWLEY,RUSSELL, WILLIAMS, CRISPO, LOVIE, FORD, CRIPPS (Back Road Bob Cairns and Robert Henry Adams re trespass), ROBERTS.

Fairly extensive details of members of pioneering Dromana families buried in Dromana cemetery (and some that are not) are given in my journal CHRONOLOGY OF BURIALS (FROM TROVE) AT DROMANA CEMETERY , VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA WITH BIOGS OF DECEASED. There are too many to list here and I cannot undertake to mention in entries below that the family is discussed in the chronology.

N.B. References are made to my posts in a Facebook history group. These posts will be either copied into the journal or become separate family tree circles journals. Pioneers near Somerville are discussed fairly extensively in my journal SOMERVILLE AND ITS PIONEERS and may not be included in this journal.

About counties and parishes.
Although I will be providing Melway references for the pioneers' grants,some boundaries cannot be indicated because Melway has true north and parish maps have magnetic north. Thus original N-S Government roads run from 1 o'clock to 7 o'clock in Melway and both side and back boundaries of crown allotments are also diagonal, not following the grid (letters and numbers.) By the way, Melway (except in Key and touring maps) has a scale of 1mm to a chain and 8cm to a mile.

How far north the county of Bourke extends has not been determined but my research into David Mairs showed that it included the parish of Blackwood between Ballan and Trentham. It included land on the other side of the Yarra as far south as the Mordialloc Creek where it adjoined the county of Mornington. When the Mornington Standard was established, many readers objected to it being named after just one town, but the publishers pointed out that the name derived from the county which included its entire circulation area, the whole peninsula and farther east.(See map in the COUNTY OF MORNINGTON, VICTORIA wikipedia entry.)

ADAMS Henry Everest.
(Much detail is included here because it is available nowhere else except in Harvey Marshall's scrapbook, accessed in late 2010.)
Henry Everest Adams was born at Ramsgate, Kent, in 1816 and christened at Gravesend, Kent on 11-12-1818. Family folklore held that he was the son of Lord Vivian but the connection with this aristocrat, resulting in the use of Vivian as a given name and a slight variation, Vivyan, to name the vineyard, more likely involved the conveying of supplied to aid Lord Vivian's military campaigns.
Having become a ship's captain, on one of his visits to England Henry Everest Adams "married" Miss May of Kent, known to some relatives as Polly.(A descendant's account, no doubt recounting what she had been told.)
Captain Adams' year of arrival in Rosebud is very uncertain but beyond doubt his family can claim to be the oldest residents of Rosebud. It appears that for services rendered, he was given a lease by the N.S.W.government of crown allotment 20, Wannaeue,between Adams Creek (The Avenue) and the line of Parkmore Ave. backing onto today's freeway, which had been earmarked as a future village of Wannaeue, part of which was alienated much later in 1870. All of this land south of South Road was bought by the captain and his son, Robert Henry, perhaps as a sort of pre-emptive right. By 1864 the captain had bought crown allotment 19 of 191 acres between Parkmore Rd and Adams Avenue from his good friend Isaac White, who had probably selected the land in the early 1850's as a dummy for the captain. In that first alphabetical assessment of the Kangerong Road Board his name appeared first in Kangerong, Wannaeue and Nepean. (Message me if you want the exact acreage and location of his properties.)
With no banks in the area, Captain Adams helped residents who needed a loan.
In August 1878 gave a loan of 128 pounds and 9 shillings to William Edwards, farmer of Dromana, that was to be repaid with interest on 30-6-1880. On 3-5-1880 he gave Rosebud fisherman, Antonio Bosina, a loan of 20 pounds, security being the latter's fishing boat, Lily.
Robert Henry Adams married Mary Jane Hopcraft ( "gentlewoman" given as her occupation) in 1873, his age stated as 28 and hers as 19. Robert was born at Swan River (Perth) in about 1846 so this part of the marriage certificate seems reasonably accurate. It is certain that Robert fudged the details of his parents' marriage because they were actually married in St James Cathedral, Melbourne in 1855!
Soon, Robert's wife was refusing to live with the Captain any longer. The family folklore is that he insisted in giving his children a taste of the produce of his Vivyan Vineyard, which was on crown allotment 17, along with an extensive orchard. On 15-2-1875, Robert obtained a crown lease of the 19 acre part 6A of crown allotment 20 and on 1-12-1881 he was issued a licence to occupy 44 acres which had to be 32D Wannaeue (Melway 171 A3.)
But on 15-12-1877, Robert was applying to occupy the surveyed crown allotment 69 section A, Balnarring (Melway 190 E9-10) which just happened to be between the Balnarring grants of her father, William, and the Wannaeue grant of her brother, John. Here they were safely away from the Captain's terrible influence. A few years later, Captain Adams sold his 36 acres just downhill from today's Pindara Rd and moved to South Melbourne to live with his friends, the Mullens, allowing Robert and Mary to move into Hopetoun House.
The births of several children were registered at Tootgarook. This should not be taken as an indication that Robert had moved there. Dromana would have seemed the logical place to register the births, being closer, but perhaps Robert had some reason to do it at Rye. Perhaps he had burnt lime on his father's 56 acres at 157 C12 as a boy and used the task as an opportunity to catch up with old friends.
Henry Vivian Adams born 1874 (registered at Dromana), married Sarah Ann Heaton Morgan at Mornington in 1897. Their first child, Myrtle Vivian Annie was the mother of Harvey Marshall.
Mary Emma was born in 1876 (Dromana) and died the same year.
Eva Helen Mary , born 1877 Dromana, married Andrew Dunk in 1902.
Emma Flora, b. 1880 Dromana, married George Freeman in 1903 at Dromana.
Mary Jane was born 1882 at Dromana and married Thomas Hall.
Births all registered at Tootgarook.
Mary Helen b.1884 married Ernest Lester Harvey in 1907.
Robert William b.1886 married a Pain girl, then a Hall girl.
Sarah Mabel Adams b.1889, known as Mabel, married Keith McGregor.
Edith Rosa b.1891 married William Reeves in 1914.
The Adams family engaged in many occupations on their Rosebud land as well as farming and running a guest house named after the Governor, Lord Hopetoun who often stayed there. There was a blacksmith's forge and a brick kiln; Robert Henry Adams donating 10 000 bricks used in the construction of St Mark's Angican Church, Dromana. Robert Henry's occupation was given as one time as tanner and this could have been why Wattle Rd got its name, although wattle stripping probably started much earlier, in the 1850's.
From about 1905, relationships soured between Robert Henry Adams and Back Road Bob Cairns of Fernvilla on the opposite side of the road to Cape Schanck (the freeway.) I refer to the animosity as SHOVEL TROUBLE AT ROSEBUD because it was started by R.Cains diverting stormwater into R.H.Adams land , flooding it, and the latter's response flooding the "Hobson's Flat road". It culminated in an assault with shovel charge being laid against R.H.Adams by Back Road Bob and his son, Godfrey.

ADAMS James Smith.
James Smith Adams - Pioneer Graves in the Mornington ...

Antonio Albress was a pioneer of the Mornington Peninsula in ...

My summary of William's biography in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS.
P. 390.
ALLISON, William. Born 1861 Mornington. Spent 2 years running a small vessel between Mornington and Melbourne, eight and a half years as a blacksmith, then drove the Mornington-Dromana coach until some time ago when he married and took to conducting the Arthurs Seat Hotel, the property of his wife.

Comment. After her husband's death, Catherine Wainwright applied to have the hotel licence transferred to her but as she was the executrix, there was no need to do so. The next year the same woman was running the hotel but now her name was Catherine Allison. There was also a Boag-Wainwright marriage and the two grandmothers of a young Wainwright lad who died circa 1910 were Mrs Allison and Mrs Boag.

Alfred Jones was one of the three Canadians who gave Canadian Bay near Mt Eliza its name. When the firewood business became less lucrative because of increased competition, he leased land at Baxter's Flat before buying land in the parish of Tyabb to establish his farm of this name.

At Twelve O'Clock
Six Miles from Frankston
G.A.BYRNE has received instructions from Alfred Jones, Esq , to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION at his residence, as above, The whole of the Almond Bush Stud, Consisting of
50 useful well bred carriage and light harness horses about 30 unbroken, three and four years old, by L L
and Moonbeam, also 50 fat crossbred sheep and a pure bred bull.
Luncheon provided. Terms Cash.
G.A.Byrne, Main street, Mornington
N B -Train leaves Prince s bridge for Frankston 7 .30 a.m.(P.3, Argus, 24-1-1883.)

Almond Bush St., Somerville (Melway 107 J12) led to the farm, whose use is indicated by the items in the clearance sale. Alfred's grants were c/a 5 of 221a. 0r. 37p. bounded by the diagonal section of Lower Somerville Rd, Baxter-Tooradin Rd and Ingersoll Rd, and c/a 5A of 48 acres, being the parts of Melway 107J 7-8 on the south west side of Lower Somerville Rd.

Peggy Gage told me that her family later had Alfred's property.

Red Hill's football ground and today's Lindenderry at Red Hill are located on part of John Arkwell's grants, 12AB, Kangerong, whose north west corner was where Arkwells Lane met White Hill Rd at the top of Melway 190J2.

When Heredford-born John Arkwell arrived in 1854, Hannah was only nineteen;
Hannah (nee Lewis) had pushed the future King's pram for the Queen.
Emily, Alice and Walter B. were born while John ran a plant nursery
On the site where Abbotford nuns later said their Rosary. (1)

John bought his Red Hill grants between Arkwells and Andrews Lane
In 1862, and while clearing for an orchard never did complain.
He was the pioneer in the growing of Red Hill's famed strawberries;
Flower-growing also becoming an Arkwell expertise.(2)

Ern, Herb, Clara and Percy were born at Red Hill (1)
And with their older siblings worked with a will.
Their 20 acre orchard was well-kept, probably the best,(2)
And the growing of blooms would allow little rest.

By 1900 John had finished his duty,
And left Red Hill of mountainous beauty.
And Hannah,his longtime mate,
Administered John's estate.

South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic. : 1872 - 1920) Wednesday 28 February 1900 Edition: WEEKLY. p 2 Article
Letters of administration have been granted in the estates of John Arkwell, late of Red Hill, Dromana, gardener, to Hannah Arkwell. widow, of same place;
(1) The Red Hill by Sheila Skidmore. (2)Around Red Hill(P.2, Mornington Standard, 30-8-1902.)

Scurfield's hotel was Dromana's first hotel, being operated in 1858 by Richard Watkin who established the Dromana hotel in 1862. It burnt down in early 1898, then known as the Arthurs Seat Hotel. George Assender renamed the hotel circa 1874 when he obviously bought the hotel, between Permien and Foote Sts, from the assignee of the insolvent estate of William Dixon Scurfield. During the next decade, George was prominent in community affairs, such as the establishment of the Union Church. Information about George before and after this decade is provided below.

William Dixon Scurfield was in financial trouble again although his assets were greater than his liabilities.

NEW INSOLVENTS......Wm. Dixon Scurfield, Dromana, licensed victualler. Liabilities, £479; assets, £650.
(P.14, Advocate,Melbourne, 25-4-1874.)

It was George Assender who renamed the pub as the Arthurs Seat Hotel. I wonder where George had been before he took over the Scurfield Hotel. Find out under the hotel's new name, THE ARTHURS SEAT HOTEL..........

George Assender had taken over the Scurfield Hotel by September 1874 and ran it for over a decade but little mention was made of him in Dromana's current written history, except in connection with the Union Church.

George Assender was born on 17-10-1834 in Southwark,Surrey, England to James Joseph Assender (born at the same place in 1804) and Ruth (nee Everett) who died in 1841 aged 37.
(George Assender b. 17 Oct 1834 Southwark, Surrey ...

George Assender's death notices tally with a birth in 1834 and also supplies a link to the articles below. There is no mention of George's daughter Isabella whose piano was mentioned in George's insolvency meeting in 1885.

ASSENDER. On the 15th inst., at his daughter's residence, Blairmore, Gertrude-street, Windsor, George, the beloved husband of Grace Assender,late of Dromana, aged 60 years.
ASSENDER. On the 15th inst., at his daughter's residence, Mrs Jones, Windsor, the loving father of Janie Ford, Lucy Hall, and Annie Assender, of Albert-park, at the age of 60, after a short illness. (P.1, Argus,16-3-1895.)

MR. J. ASSENDER, of Hindmarsh.
Your Wife is very anxious concerning you, only having had two letters from you, the last being dated the 4th September. All well at home. (P.4,Adelaide Observer, 10-12-1854.)
N.B. J.Assender had left Adelaide for Melbourne aboard the Asia on 24-1-1852. (P.2, South Australian Register,26-1-1852.)

A Second Charge. The same prisoner was then charged with stealing a prayer-book, value one shilling,the property of Joseph Assender, now at Melbourne.
(Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Saturday 25 November 1854 p 7 Article)

WILLIAM SMITH, of Adelaide, lately engaged on the Argus newspaper, will oblige by writing to Mr. G. Assender, care of Lewis and Nickrison*(sic), Rushworth, as his mother and sister are anxious to hear of his whereabouts.
N.B. There was still an Assender presence in Rushworth in 1952,the birth being reported in a South Australian newspaper.

The correct spelling would seem to be Nickinson; James Nickinson and George Assender may have been cousins. NICKINSON. On the 19th November, 1892, at the residence of her son-in-law, Fernbank-villa, South Wimbledon, Surrey, England, Jane Assender, the dearly-beloved mother of James M. Nickinson, of Shepparton, Victoria, aged 80 years. A conscientious Christian woman, whose constant care was that her children should be brought up to fear the Lord. (P.1, Argus, 2-1-1893.)

On the 23rd September, at Whroo*, Victoria, by the Rev. Theodore Budd, George Assender, late of Adelaide, to Grace Menzies, of Perth, Scotland.(P.6,South Australian Register, 11-10-1858.)
(*Another notice,in The Argus, stated that George and Grace were both residents of Whroo,near Goulburn.)

Appointments to committees of Common Schools:......Kingstown : Frank Baker, Thomas Young, Emile Huide, Joseph
Emmott, James M. Nickenson, George Assender. (P.5, The Age, 27-5-1865.)

WANTED, a TEACHER, for Common School,Kingstown. Apply Geo. Assender, P.O., Kangaroo Ground.
(P.1, Argus, 18-2-1870.)

Mr. Candler held an inquest on the 11th inst. at Eltham, on the body of George Moore, aged 33 or 34 years, a horse dealer.
On Wednesday evening the deceased was at Kangaroo-ground, Nilumbik, Eltham, in company with a storekeeper named Assender,and, as both were going to Kingston, the latter, on meeting deceased advised him to drive his vehicle behind Assender's cart, and he would be all right. Assender started, but the night was so dark that he could not tell whether the other followed......(P.6, Argus, 14-8-1871.)

The election for the north riding of the shire of Eltham comprising Kangaroo ground and St Andrews came off on Thursday, and resulted in the return of Messrs Contie, E H Cameron, Robert Smith, Jas.Johnston, and George Assender. (P.5, Argus,7-7-1873.)

George was off to Dromana soon after he was re-elected to the Board of Advice. Within a few years of arriving,he was well-regarded enough to be appointed to the building committee of the proposed Union Church in 1877 and as a trustee of the church in 1878. (P.114-115 A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.)

However by 1885 George had become insolvent.His daughter Isabella is not mentioned in George's death notice. However Isabella had become Mrs Jones, and it was at her house that George died.
(Assender Isabella Grace Jones - Melbourne South
www.ancientfaces.com ⺠History ⺠Jones Family)

George's widow,Grace,also died at Isabella's home.

ASSENDER. On the 22nd October, at the residence of her daughter, Gertrude-street, Windsor, Grace, relict
of the late George Assender, aged 76.(P.1,The Prahran Telegraph,30-10-1909.)

ASSENDER.-The Friends of the late Mrs.GRACE ASSENDER are respectfully informed that her remains will be interred in the St. Kilda Cemetery.The funeral will leave her residence, "Blairmore," Gertrude street, Windsor, THIS DAY (Saturday, 23rd inst.), at 11 a.m.(P.13, Argus,23-10-1909.)
N.B. George was also buried at St Kilda Cemetery. Grace is not on the late Gary Batt's index.Perhaps there was no inscription for Grace.

An adjourned examination was held in the estate of George Assender, of Dromana hotelkeeper, Mr Braham appearing for the trustee.
George Assender, the insolvent, was further examined in detail respecting the circumstances under which a quantity of furniture, a piano, and some household goods were removed from his hotel to Mrs, Kittle in South Melbourne, a few days before sequestration.

Isabella Assender, daughter of the insolvent, also examined, stated that she bought the piano which had been removed, and paid for it with her own money which she had obtained for wages and in gifts from visitors to the hotel. She was not at the hotel when any of the goods were removed, and knew nothing about the removal. Mrs Kittle had not told her that the goods had been seized by the assignee. The examination then closed. (P.3,Argus,15-5-1885.)

By 1886, Horatio and Catherine Wainwright were running the Arthurs Seat Hotel and following Horatio's death, Catherine married William Allinson. (See ALLINSON entry.) Charles Brown was the licensee when the hotel burnt down. (You'd reckon that Snoopy would have alerted Charlie before the fire got out of hand!)

ARTHURS SEAT HOTEL (formerly Scurfield's.) See the ASSENDER and SCURFIELD entries.
The old-established Arthur's Seat Hotel, containing about 20 rooms, was demolished by fire on Sunday morning.
The licensee, Mr Charles Brown, was aroused from his slumbers by the screeching of a parrot caged in the
house. On proceeding to ascertain the cause he was met by volumes of dense smoke. He at once alarmed the inmates, but despite the strenuous efforts on the part of Mr Brown and several residents the building was burned to the ground. The Misses Brown showed commendable presence of mind in rescuing the horses from the stable. A piano, sewing-machine, several bedsteads and bedroom furniture were saved, also the conveyances ,and harness. The stabling and a detached building containing two rooms escaped the ravages of the fire. The building and furniture were purchased some four years ago by Miss Anketell of Melbourne, and were insured.
(DROMANA. Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 28 April 1898 p 3 Article)

Doug Bachli won the British Open Golf Championship in 1954, the first Australian to do so. Doug and his father ran the Rosebud Hotel for a decade. During his father's illness, Doug was managing the family's stud in Harrisons Rd, Dromana as well as the hotel. As a result, Doug hardly stepped onto a golf course but maintained his form by practising on Rosebud's footy ground on the foreshore, a short chip shot away from the pub. See my journal: HERITAGE WALK, ROSEBUD and HERITAGE WALK, DROMANA for extensive detail.

Google BALDRY, "WILDWOOD" and you'll get plenty of information. See the Baldry grants by googling FLINDERS, COUNTY OF MORNINGTON and WANNAEUE, COUNTY OF MORNINGTON.

Alfred Ernest Bennett was a pioneer in the parish of Balnarring on the east side of Red Hill Rd. He owned Kent Orchard but when he married, he moved to Seven Oaks, the next property north, renting Kent Orchard to John (Peter) Shand. Bennett was a true Good Samaritan, raising the plight of the Connell family of Red Hill.

Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 10 December 1896 p 3 Article
... wants of the family of William Connell, on whose behalf Mr A. E. Bennett made his appeal.

Mr A. E. Bennett, who arrived at his residence, " Seven Oaks Farm," Red Hill, a few days ago with his bride, was tendered a musical evening by his numerous friends. The music was chiefly instrumental and many striking and original selections were rendered on a dozen bullock bells and an equal number of kerosene tins.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 22-11-1902.)

BENT Tommy (Gomm, Huntley)
Tommy Bent's biography is on the internet but it won't include the three wishes he granted to Henry Gomm. He grew up in the parish of Moorabbin as did Somerville's Henry Gomm. Tommy looked after his mates, three of his favours being the posting of the young station master, Graf, to Ascot Vale Station,the siting of Somerville station just over Jones Rd from Henry's "Glenhoya" and, as Premier, opening the Somerville Fruitgrowers' Show.
John Huntley Snr. was at Brighton and also established Hillside Orchard on 15A Kangerong. John's sister or daughter (take too much time to check)married Tommy, being his first wife. A full sized portrait of Tommy in full regalia hangs in the Safety Beach lounge room of the grandson of John Huntley Snr.

One of Melbourne's most prominent doctors, Dr.John Blair, bought "Villa Maria" built by a Catholic politician, in about 1873 and renamed it "Blairgowrie". Sorrento East was eventually renamed after the house. Dr. John was not one of those who considered aborigines to be intellectually inferior! (See BLAIR, Lani.)

Dr John Blair was convinced that aborigines were just as intelligent as white people and adopted two aboriginal boys from Queensland. The first one died during his passage south so John adopted a second one taken from his mother's breast after she had been shot, apparently during a reprisal. He was named after the doctor's long-serving Indian butler, and though Mrs Blair was not (according to one account) keen about the adoption, she became very affectionate to the boy.
Lani lived near Fitzroy and at "Blairgowrie" so there are accounts about him from two Fitzroy residents and in Jack Ritchie's history of Blairgowire (sic.)
BLAIR.—On the 16th January, at 17 Crimea street, St. Kilda, Lani Mulgrave Blair, dearly loved adopted Queensland aboriginal boy of the late Dr. Blair, of Collins-street, and M. Blair. He heard the voice of Jesus say, "Come unto Me
and rest." A peaceful and happy death. (P.1, Argus, 1900.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 5 April 1930 p 10 Article
Blairgowrie: Blairgowire History (Jack Ritchie)
For another 30 years, Sorrento and Blairgowrie were left to the Bunerong tribe aborigines. ..... There is in existence a photograph of Mrs. Blair with Lani.
More letters with extra information about Lani's accomplishments, the cause of his death and a different version of Mrs Blair's attitude to the adoption.
The Potter's Wheel Craftsmanship of an Ancient Art
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 22 March 1930 p 10 Article Illustrated

William Allison Blair apparently came out with a brother, James, who was a hatter at Fitzroy, married with young children, who seems to have just disappeared in the 1860's, his wife's subsequent children carrying the surname Simpson-Blair according to the JAMES BLAIR journal on Family Tree Circles.

C.N.Hollinshed has mangled the name of the property that W.A. established at Essendon. Ngarveno was John Davies' property south of the Moonee Valley Racecourse site and McNae's. The following marriage notice gives the name of W.A.'s property on the north side of Buckley St, Essendon which later housed Essendon Technical School.

BLAIR—PECK.—On the 12th inst., at St. John's Church, Essendon, by the Rev. Alexander Stewart,M.A., William Allison, elder son of W. A. Blair, of Netherlea, Essendon, to Minnie Waters, younger daughter of J. M. Peck, of Lebanon, Pascoevale. (P.1, Argus, 26-4-1888.)

You might wonder what this chatter about Essendon has to do with the Mornington Peninsula. Guess what W.A. Jnr. called the house built by Peck for the newlyweds!
Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 6 February 1889 p 1 Family Notices
... . BLAIR. —On the 28th ult., at Wannaeue, Pascoevale, the wife of W. A. Blair, jun., of a son*.
(*The son may have been W.A.3,who was killed in W.W.1.

Along the Port Phillip coast from Boundary (Canadian Bay) Road to Point Nepean were the parishes of Moorooduc, Kangerong, Wannaeue and Nepean, separated by Ellerina/Bruce Rd, roughly Latrobe Pde (N-S) and Government Rd/Weeroona St. From the 1860's, Blair, a lime merchant bought many grants near Rye in the parish of Nepean and all the land in the parish of Wannaeue north of Hiscock Rd between Elizabeth Avenue and Truemans Rd that later became the Woyna Estate. Thus he eliminated competition from limeburners whose kilns were on many of those crown allotments. He had several limecraft which conveyed the lime to Little Dock near Spencer St.

Near the site of Sorrentothere was fierce competition between Charles Gavan Duffy and Blair to select land, especially in 1869 when each accused the other of using dummies. There was no conclusive proof of which had the more valid claim on a particular selection so Sidney Smith Crispo suggested (as he claimed) that a village be created on that land. It was and the village and suburban blocks at Sorrento sold like hot cakes, those who missed out turning to Manners-Sutton/ Canterbury for a block.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 9 January 1869 p 6 Article

Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 1 June 1899 p 3 Article)

The opening of quarries at Lilydale by such as the future Dame Nellie Melba's father, lessened demand for lime from the peninsula (and possibly near Geelong where Blair was also involved, as recently discovered.) Rye was only saved by the demand for ti tree firewood to heat the ovens of Melbourne. Blair had also bought good farming land at the eastern end of Wannaeue but like most speculators, he became insolvent in the 1890's depression and his Rosebud West land was snapped up by Hiscock's Tootgarook Land Co. Blair moved from Netherlea to Solomon's old farm on the site of the Medway Golf Course. His son had moved to Mernda and as stated earlier.W.A.3 was killed in W.W.1.

Charles Blakey was a poundkeeper at Somerton who invested in land at Rosebud and Broadford. Crown allotment 18 Wannaeue, consisting of a tad over 152 acres, was bounded by the line of Adams Avenue, Eastbourne Rd, Jetty Rd and the beach road. He had subdivided it by 1871 but the only portion he managed to sell was lot 86* on the FJ'S corner.This consisted of 2 acres and the rest of c/a 18 was assessed as 150 acres. (*So described on a sketch of title on the memorial of a loan of 128 pounds from Captain Henry Everest Adams to William Edwards, farmer of Dromana.)

Charles died in about 1874 and his executors sold c/a 18 to Robert White. When Robert's son, Blooming Bob White, sold c/a 18 to the Lake brothers, they unsuccessfully tried to evict Jack Jones from his store. The case revealed many of the details above.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 18 September 1889 p 11 Article

BRADDY H. Teacher, Rosebud State School.
Mr.H . Braddy, head teacher of the Yundool State school for the past thirteen years, has been transferred to Rosebud,, near Dromana. Prior to his departure he was presented with a Gladstone bag by the school children.
(P.7, The Age, 20-1-1902. TUNGAMAH.)
Charles married the daughter of Sir John Manners Sutton (who, while he was Governor, became Viscount Canterbury causing a name change for Sidney Smith Crispo's private village on the west side of Canterbury Jetty Rd.) For some time, Charles lived in Beleura at Mornington, later leasing the property (referred to only as the Bright estate) to others. See Val Wilson's Pioneer Graves in the Mornington Cemetery website.
BRIGHT (Main Ridge)
BRIGHT (Tootgarook.)
BROWN C. (1898)
BROWN James L.

BUS BAN, the.
While the area west from Rosebud could be reached on horseback,passing Anthony's Nose via the old Cape Schanck or along the beach at low tide, either route a difficult option for bullock drays, most transporting of goods and passengers from Melbourne was done by small craft although Charles Graves (till 1860) and later Benji Shaw hawked goods such as drapery and the willow-patterned plates that so etched their way into Norm Hall's memory,to isolated homesteads. Lime craft, which later carried 2 foot 6 inch lengths of firewood to fire the ovens of Melbourne's bakers, provided a regular service between places such as Rye but sailing conditions caused delays, the school there waiting weeks for fencing materials as detailed in Patricia Appleford's RYE PRIMARY SCHOOL 1667.

The Kangerong Road Board from 1864 and the Flinders Road Board from 1869 built bridges and made the tracks a bit more like roads, but the provision of piers at Dromana and Sorrento which could accommodate steamers,and the extension of the railway to Mornington circa 1889 made travel from the city easier. From about 1913 the Country Road Board, whose chairman William Calder owned "Four Winds" at Red Hill greatly improved the roads, which had provided a very jolty ride to the Mornington railhead with such as Jimmy Williams and Carrier Harry Cairns.

In about 1920, Keith McGregor introduced motorised transport to Frankston Station where trains left more regularly than at Mornington. Many others did the same but due to poor connections at Frankston, they extended their runs directly to Melbourne. As they were depriving the railways of revenue, the commissioners requested the government to prevent the carriers from going any farther than Frankston Station.


CAMPBELL (Pier, hotel 1873)
COYLE Dan. and Granny

"CUMBRAE", Tyabb.
See the McKIRDY entry.
Alexander Stewart McKirdy
Born in Buteshire, Scotland on 1824 to James Mckirdy and Barbara McKirdy. Alexander Stewart married Emily Norkett and had 9 children. He passed away on 26 Feb 1896 in Tyabb, Victoria, Australia.

No clue about the origin of the farm name there so this extract from the Wikipedia page for County of Bute might help. "Buteshire was also a local government county of Scotland with its own elected county council from 1890 to 1975. The council area comprised a number of islands in the Firth of Clyde, between the local government counties of Argyll and Ayrshire, the principal islands being Bute, Arran, Great Cumbrae and Little Cumbrae. The county town was Rothesay, located on the Isle of Bute."

Tuesday, January 30.
At Three O'Clock In Rooms, Queen's Walk, 72 Swanston street, Melbourne
Under instructions from THE UNION TRUSTEE CO. of AUSTRALIA LTD.,333 Collins street, Melbourne, to Wind up the estate of A. S. McKIRDY, deceased.
Realising Auction of the Well-known Property, "Cumbrae," Being Crown Allotment 58. Parish of Tyabb, County of Mornington, containing 223 ACRES, Situate 3 Miles from the Railway Station and Cool Store at TYABB, In the pick of the famous orchard district of the Mornington Peninsula, and fronting WESTERNPORT BAY,"Cumbrae" is at present used as a mixed farm. About 15 acres are in orchard mostly full bearing, comprising Jonathan apples, pears, plumbs and apricots &c.

About 50 acres are rich flats, mostly cultivated, and the balance is good fruit land, partly cleared. The whole is fenced and subdivided into 6 paddocks, watered by tanks and dams. The buildings comprise a 6-roomed W.B. house stables &c, The property is well adapted for subdivision into orchard, garden farm, and residential blocks. Having two* road frontages.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 27-1-1917.)
(* The now closed 3788 links or 758 metres of Denham Rd to the coast, and a frontage northward of 3676 links or 738 metres on McKirdys Rd. The eastern half of Cumbrae had an additional depth of 200 metres indicated by the southern three quarters of Melway 149 G-H11.) Crown allotment 56A, also granted to J.McKirdy,and extending another 198 metres farther north on the west side of Whitneys Rd was not part of the advertised land.

Alexander must have selected the land some time after 1875 when his last child was born at Dunolly.

DAVEY, Henry Pearce.
Henry Pearce Davey of Forest Lodge, Red Hill, was regarded as the life and soul of the area. ARTICLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here's how his name came about. (P.S. I'm not related to any of the people that I write about unless I say so!)
You may well already have this information by now...

"The Mercury
Tuesday 8 October 1872
On the 18th September, at St John's Church, New Town,[Hobart, Tasmania] by the Rev. F. H. Hudspeth, Thos. J. Davey, of Melbourne, to Mary Ann, second daughter of Mr. Alderman Pearce."
Alderman Pearce's name was Henry. Mary Ann was called Polly.
Hence your ancestor named Henry Pearce Davey!

See Forest Lodge article for location.

EATON, B and W.

See BUS BAN, The;

BUSH FIRES (Continued)
Sweeping down upon the township of Dromana before a 40 mile-an-hour wind, a fierce fire destroyed 43 houses and sent hundreds of residents and holiday-makers fleeing to the safety of the beach. Many persons had miraculous
escapes from death, including a crippled woman, aged 80 years, whose hair was singed before rescuers could carry her to safety.

The fire began about midday at the Heronswood property at Dromana West formerly owned by the late Mr. Justice Higgins, in Burrell's road, at the foot of Arthur's Seat. The property is now occupied by Mr. W. A.Farey, of Camberwell. The fire was noticed in one corner of the 35 acres of land near the home, and, driven by the gale, swept along the foot of the mountain. When the wind changed to the south, it drove the fire without
warning toward the town. There was hopeless confusion on the beach, where hundreds of motorists drove their cars for safety. Many of the care were trapped in the sand, and some caught fire, but a plentiful supply of sea water enabled their owners to save them. Five residents lost their homes and about 20 families who were on holiday in the district were left with nothing but the bathing costumes and wraps they were wearing on the beach when the fire occurred shortly after midday. They returned to their homes in various suburbs clad in bathing suits.
Practically all the camps along the foreshore were destroyed when the fire leaped Point Nepean road. The occupants had to take shelter in the sea. The fire burnt right to the water's edge, and property which had
been stacked on the sand for safety was burnt.

List of Houses
In Clarendon street the fire destroyed the large buildings used as a nurses' rest home and 12 other homes. In Grant street eight homes and two camps were burnt. Properties in Latrobe parade, Park grove, and McArthur, Stawell, Layard and Beard streets were destroyed.

The following is a list of properties destroyed:
CLARENDON STREET.-Nurses' rest home and homes of Messrs. Mewton, McLeish, Jennings, G. Vaughan, Hart, Henry, Thornton, Ingram, Mrs. Hinds, and Sister Rogerson, and stables and outbuildings of Mr. Hazledine. J.Matthews's house was partly burned.
GRANT STREET- Houses of Messrs.A.V.Vaughan, Allan Jones, J.J.Clift, W.Mills, M. Owen, J. Oliquist, and Mairs, and the "Women-haters" and Ascotvale camps.
LATROBE PARADE. - Houses of Messrs. W. Mairs, Salter, Walker, Jose,Turner, Mairs, W. Moorehead, S. Greig, J.Craig, and Ehrke.
PARK GROVE.-Houses of Mrs. Weir and Mr. S. R. Bellingham.
McARTHUR STREET. - Houses of Messrs. J.Vial and H.Mathieson.
BEARD STREET. House of Mr.Gamble.
STAWELL STREET.-Mr. Samble.(P.7, The Australasian, 14-1-1939.)

N.B.There is no longer a Beard St. As the streets mentioned were in the Dromana Township, their names would have been chosen by the surveyor and thus unlikely to be changed, so the name given might be a mistake. Burrell's road was not a mistake. It was the western boundary of Dromana Township, supposedly heading straight up the cliff from the beach road to link with the north-south section of Latrobe Pde.
The Ascotvale camp was that of the St Paul's Anglican Church, Ascot Vale mentioned in my HERITAGE WALK, DROMANA journal. The locations of the Hazledine, Matthews and Mathieson houses pre 1918 are shown on Melbourne Brindle's map.

An article about the excited preparations, massed baptisms and so on, related to the Archbishop's visit is indelibly etched into my memory although I read about it in BALNARRING BYWAYS AND MEMORIES several years ago. That's why I include it as one of the Peninsula's major historical events. There is nothing on trove that replicates the article so I must conclude that the visit described was in connection with the dedication of St. Peter's, Shoreham in 1901 or the opening of the church school in 1917. CHECK B.B.AND M.

FAIRLEM George, Dromana.
Not a resident but involved in two incidents that put Dromana in the news. An illegal boxing match was to be staged in 1867, reportedly on Mud Island but for some reason, which I read but don't recall, the spectators were to be landed near Rosebud and many drowned. Fairlem stayed at Scurfield's hotel in Dromana and became the object of Father Niall's attentions. Niall's efforts to restore his reputation took the matter into 1873.
George was Chief Officer of the Hurricane when it sank in Capel Sound (offshore from Tootgarook to the Rosebud Fishing Village on 22-4-1891, and was involved in the case of John and Elizabeth Jones (of c/a 6 of that village which had not yet been alienated, with the result that they were described as living "in Dromana".
FERN VALLEY (Head, Musk Creek)
FERN VILLA (Back Road Bob, not Tornvilla.)


GESSEL Thomas, fisherman, Dromana.
Thomas Gessel, a fisherman at Dromana, was drowned on the 13th July, whilst attempting to swim ashore from a boat accidentally upset off the Rosebud. ' It appeared from the evidence at the inquest that the deceased and another fisherman named M'Kay started from the Rosebud on the 13th July, for
the purpose of fishing, although there was at the time a strong wind and a heavy sea running. They succeeded in getting over the bar, but almost immediately afterwardsthe sail parted in two. They then determined to return, and with that intention hoisted the jib, but just as they reached the edge of the bank, two heavy seas struck the boat and she capsized. M'Kay clung to the boat, but Gessel succeeded in divesting himself of his boots and other portions of his
clothing, and at once started to swim ashore, which he nearly succeeded in accomplishing,as, when last seen by M'Kay, he was no great distance from the beach. M'Kay, who continued clinging to the boat, was rescued from his perilous position by a fisherman named Irvine*, who had seen the accident,
and immediately pulled out to their assistance ; he, however, saw nothing of. Gessel, nor was he aware of his having left the boat until reaching her. M'Kay was in a very exhausted state, and became insensible when brought ashore. The deceased was twenty six years of age, and had only been four or five months in the colony.(Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers (Melbourne, Vic. : 1867 - 1875) Saturday 12 August 1871 p 150 Article)
"GRACEFIELD" (Dromana)
GOMM Henry (Rosebud)
GOMM Henry (Somerville)
GOTLIEBSON (Check spelling. bath, Frisch?)
HOLMES (1900's plus)
A ship wrecked in Capel Sound (deep water west of the Rosebud Fishing Village accessed from the Rye Channel) on 22-4-1891;. Jack and Elizabeth Jones who were granted lot 6 of the said fishing village in 1872, and were confusingly described as living in DROMANA, were accused of misappropriating items from the doomed vessel. (See George Fairlem entry.)
JAMIESON (Cape Schanck, Survey)
JAMIESON W. (Rosebud)
JARMAN (Devonia)
JOHNNY, D. 1851 AGED 19.
Dr. John Blair was not the first to show affection for an aborigine. George McCrae was Johnny's mate when they were lads and they used to go hunting together. Edward Hobson and his (sort of) stepfather, George Smith were great friends and probably became acquainted with Johnny much earlier when assistant protector William Thomas arrived in the area; Thomas was much impressed by the attitude of both men to the Boon wurrung who alternated between a few camping spots, one on the Dromana drive in site and another near Hobson's Kangerong homestead. Both men were keen students of the language and customs of their dusky friends.
Hobson moved to Capel Sound before Jamieson's special survey swallowed 5120 acres of his Kangerong run but by about 1843 had moved again to the Tarwin River and then the RIVER OF LITTLE FISH (Traralgon); George Smith took over Hobson's second run, renaming it as Tootgarook and its homestead as Wooloowoolooboolook (George McCrae's spelling) and soon after, his so-called wife nursed Sarah Ann Cain back to health after the lost infant was found near-dead. Smith stayed at Tootgarook until about 1850 but must have maintained contact with Johnny, because he took him to California in America.
Johnny was dressed as a whitey and if I remember correctly demonstrated his capacity to handle sailing craft, but, when he returned, resumed his former lifestyle for which he was no longer adapted, and succumbed to pulmonary tuberculosis on 1-10-1851, just before the McCraes transferred the Arthurs Seat run to the Burrells. George McCrae dug a grave for Johnny on the foreshore near the Eastern Light (in today's McCrae), the burial described in detail by Marie Hansen Fels.
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JOHNSTONE (20C Wannaeue)

JONES A., Somerville.
Alf''s biography in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS of 1888* and John G.Mann's 1926 history of Mt Eliza make it obvious that he was one of the three Canadians who gave Canadian Bay its name. He established the Almond Bush Stud at Somerville and may have named the district as Valda Cole said the name, Somerville, had Canadian origins. Alf had two horses that raced as far afield as W.S.Cox's racecourse at Kensington pre 1882, their names-Lord Somerville and Lady Somerville- providing some evidence that Alf may have coined the name for the settlement straddling the parishes of Frankston, Moorooduc and Tyabb.

*SUMMARISED FROM MY NOTES, NOT VERBATIM. Born in London,Alf went to Canada with his parents at the age of 12 in 1832. Arriving in Victoria in March 1853 he went to Bendigo with a party of 5 and found 15 ounces of gold in 5 weeks. He had no luck at McIvor's Diggings (Heathcote)and moving to FRANKSTON (Parish of!), supplied the town of Melbourne and the troop(er)s with firewood at three pounds ten shillings per load. After two years, competition had lowered profits so he rented Baxter's Flat for 5 years and in 1860 purchased 500 acres at Somerville, then called Tyabb (Parish of!).

JONES E.,Moorooduc.
Moorooduc was a parish but also became the name of a locality centred on Jones Corner at Melway 146 K6. Edward was from Wales, as was his son-in-law, Robert Morris. Edward's "Spring Farm", about a mile east of Jones Corner where he lived, sounds Aussie enough but three other farms reveal his origins, Criccieth to the south, Pembroke at Bittern North, occupied by Robert Morris who was a manager at Coolart, and Penbank west of Jones Corner.
A skilled carpenter who carved figureheads for ships in Wales, Edward worked in Adelaide at his trade for a while and made enough money to buy land on the south side of Mornington-Tyabb Rd from Jones Corner to Three Chain (Moorooduc) Rd which he named Penbank. David Shepherd, a descendant of Edward's daughter, moved the Shepherd's nursery from Somerville to the Moorooduc Rd frontage (not former Two Bays land as wrongly claimed in a heritage study) and suggested the name for the Penbank School when it purchased part of the property. Penbank was called the Derril Rd property in a heritage citation for Spring Farm which confused the two properties. The consultants should have spoken to David; I managed to track him down! The Shire and author of the Citation now have the correct information.

JONES, John and Elizabeth, Rosebud.
Jack Jones was said to be the first storekeeper at Rosebud, in an upturned boat, on his foreshore block, later apparently followed by a store there which burnt down. He was then said to have erected a store on the east corner of Jetty Rd (FJ's site) in about 1900 but he built that one in about 1884, making him the first storekeeper on the inland side of the beach road.. Daniel Coyle and Granny Coyle of saintly character beat him to the honour as rate research indicates, probably conducting their store on crown allotment 10 of the Rosebud Fishing Village. See my journal EARLY SHOPKEEPERS AT ROSEBUD.

Jack was almost certainly on his foreshore block in 1869 when the Hurricane sank in Capel Sound near Rosebud. See: PLUNDERING THE HURRICANE.
Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918) Saturday 26 June 1869 p 13 Article

Before buying his foreshore block from the Crown on 16-8-1872, Jack had bought lot 86 of crown allotment 18 Wannaeue, which comprised the FJ's corner extending south to about the Morgan St. corner, from Charles Blakely in 1871. An attempt was made by the Lake brothers to kick him off this block in 1889.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 18 September 1889 p 11 Article

In about 1904, Jack made a verbal agreement to sell his foreshore block (crown allotment 6 of the Rosebud Fishing Village) to George Fountain and the transfer of ownership seems to have taken place some time after September 1909. George bought and dismantled two North Melbourne houses which were carried down on the Eivion and reassembled. As the pine trees Jack had planted along the frontage were fully grown, there is no prize for guessing why George called his property "The Pines".


KEYS (railway promoter, road)
LAKONIS (Rosebud)
McKAY James, fisherman, Rosebud, 1874.
The police report that James M'Kay,known as Dingy Jemmy, and following the avocation of a fisherman, left the village of Rosebud, near Dromana, on or about the 7th January last in a boat, to go to Sorrento,and has not since been heard of. The boat was painted on the sides a coffee color, and the bottom was black. Nothing has been seen of him by the police at Point Nepean, He was seen leaving Rye in a boat in company with two men about the 7th January, and as this is the only trace found of him after he left Rosebud, it is thought he has
met with an accident. (P.2, The Age, 20-2-1874.)
See the Thomas Gessel entry.

McKIRDY, James.
In John G.Mann's 1926 history of Mt Eliza, he stated that the three Canadians, whose delivery of firewood to the "Liverpool" gave Canadian Bay its name, all settled in the area. One of the three I could not identify was McCurley. He might actually have been James McKirdy who was granted crown allotments 58 (224 acres) and 56A (40 acres), parish of Tyabb, roughly indicated by Melway 149 F-G12 with the south west and north east corners indicated by the south ends of McKirdys and Whitneys* Rds. (*i.e. fire track.)
He would have been between two of the Canadians, Alf Jones (Somerville) and Hodgins (Hastings). James seems to have been born in Dunolly in 1863, so he wouldn't have been the partner of Jones and Hodgins in the firewood business but his father, Alexander Stewart McKirdy, may have been.

See further detail in the "CUMBRAE", Tyabb entry.

MAIRS (Bittern)
Google "David Mairs of the parishes of Blackwood and Bittern."
MAIR (Tyabb)
MELROSE (Dromana)
MORNINGTON (Val's cemetery website, original name of Craigie Rd,sn and schn.)
MORNINGTON STANDARD (Criticism of name. Subsequent names.Peninsula Post a competitor- recent youth club building.)
NORQUAY (Lyndhurst and Rye.)
PENTECOST (Mornington.)
REDWOOD (Downward, Pitt)
This was the name of Alfred Downward's property on the south west side of Wilsons Rd, extending halfway to Strachans Rd. A.B.Balcombe was granted land between it and Stachans Rd, which was called RED GUM FLATS in an old advertisement.Both properties derived their names from the river red gums which grew along the now underground creek. My THE FEMALE DROVER contains much information supplied by Joan Downward including a newspaper article about the trees, which are hopefully still heritage listed. Downward and Pitt Sts are named after two of Alf daughters who were the last occupants of Redwood, one a spinster and the other Mrs Pitt.
RINGROSE (Red Hill.)
Google "Noseless Bryan Ringrose".
ROSSLYN (Merricks North)
SANITARY STATION (See Quarantine Station)

Richard Watkin may have built the Scurfield hotel and was operating it in 1858 and 1859 as well as supplying timber from Arthurs Seat to Melbourne builders. Richard claimed in 1880 that he established the Dromana Hotel in 1862 but the building was not completed in August 1863 when architect George R.Cox called for tenders for slating the roof. Where then was William Dixon Scurfield in 1859 and what was he doing to earn a crust? The same as described in the insolvency meeting of 1864.

OBTAINING MONEY UNDER FALSE PRETENCES. - George Jamieson, a sawyer, was placed in the dock on the above charge. William Dixon Scurfield, a tentmaker, said the prisoner came to his house on the previous day, about 4 o'clock, and said he wanted to purchase a new cart-cover. He said he lived at Mr. Bryant's, and that his waggon was there. He made an appointment with witness to go over to Mr. Bryant's in about an hour, to take the measure of the cart. He then asked witness to lend him a couple of pounds to pay a deposit on a horse he had purchased. Witness accordingly wrote him out a cheque for £3. In about an hour witness went over to Mr. Bryant's stable, and then found that the prisoner had no cart there at all. Witness subsequently meeting the prisoner, requested him to return the cheque, and took him to Mr. Bryant's, where, as soon as his back was turned, prisoner made off. Witness did not see him again until that morning, in custody. David Marks, a storekeeper in Elizabeth street, said the prisoner came to his shop on the previous day, between 3 and 4 o'clock, and purchased a silver watch and chain for £2 15s. He left the shop for a few minutes, and when he returned gave him the cheque now produced (for £3), and witness gave him back 5s, change. The prisoner was committed for trial.
(P.6,Argus, 5-11-1859.)

To Hotelkeepers and Others.
For SALE, by tender, subject to a mortgage of £300, the premises known as SCURFIELD'S HOTEL, Dromana, 47 miles from Melbourne. This property is most pleasantly situated, commanding a line view of the harbour, and consists of about two and a half acres of land, a portion of which is laid out as a garden, and buildings erected
thereon, consisting of an hotel, substantially built of pine, containing the following rooms : bar, 20 ft.
by 13 ft.; two parlors, each 16 ft. by 15 ft.; four bedrooms, each 16 ft. by 15 ft.; two do., each 10 ft.by 10 ft. ; kitchen, fowl-house, stables, &c, ; also an attached three-roomed cottage, suitable for private families.
The whole of the furniture and stock is in good condition and is to be taken at a valuation.

Tenders, addressed to James Moore, Esq., official assignee, Eldon-chambers, endorsed 'Tender for the Purchase of Scurfield Hotel,' will be received until twelve o'clock on Monday, the 30th inst. Further particulars, including a plan of the ground and buildings, together with an inventory of all stock and furniture, may be obtained at the office of the undersigned. J. AARONS, Trade Assignee, 6, Collins street,east.
N.B Intending purchasers are respectfully informed that the mortgagee will allow £200 of the present mortgage to remain at current rates. 38 302 (P.7,The Age, 28-11-1863.)

In re W. D. Scurfield. The insolvent, a tent maker, of Melbourne, did not appear, and, in the absences of any creditors, the meeting closed. The assignee, Mr Moore, filed his report, from which it appeared that the stock-in-trade of the insolvent had been sold by public auction, the net proceeds being £590 13s 10d. The Scurfield Hotel and freehold property at Dromana had been sold by tender for £347 4s 6d. The stock, furniture, &c., of the Scurfield Hotel realised £130, and was sold on the understanding that, should the insolvent be voted any part of his furniture, the value should be paid to him. £46 18s 4d had been collected on account of book debts, and £11 8s 9d had been received in cash from the insolvent. The mortgage on the Dromana property was paid off before the sale. Five small allotments of land at Broadmeadows* and Footscray remain unsold, no offer having been made for them. A dividend of about 6s in the £1 would probably be paid to concurrent creditors. P.7, The Age,11-2-1864.)

(* William's grants in Broadmeadows Township (now Westmeadows) can be found by googling BROADMEADOWS TOWNSHIP, COUNTY OF BOURKE.)

The hotel was sold by the assignee but to whom? As the purchaser might never have been reported,I thought that the rate collectors might surprise me, but they didn't.

The first Kangerong Road Board assessment of 3-9-1864 rated William Dixon Scurfield on "house 9 rooms hotel,N.A.V. 60 pounds. The owner column was blank. On 2-9-1865, W.D.S.was assessed on three properties with assessment numbers recorded:66. 2 town lots; 67.9 room hotel,L.60.; 68. 43 acres of building land as agent for Ligar Elliot. This was crown allotment 1,section 1, Kangerong, bounded by McCulloch St, Arthur St and Palmerston Avenue.It had a frontage to The Esplanade that could be long jumped. It had been granted to William Dixon Scurfield according to the parish map but he may have bought it on Ligar's behalf. Somewhere in my special purpose rate transcriptions,Catherine Scurfield was recorded as leasing this land from Ligar Elliot, teamster.

The assessment remained the same until that of 4-9-1869 when under assessment 74, Mrs Dixon (sic)Scurfield was listed as the person to be rated on,and also as the OWNER of: "hotel, outbuildings and 5 town lots." The auditor had obviously criticised the absence of the owner's name for practically every property and few properties lacked this detail in 1869. By the assessment of 3-9-1870,owners' names no longer seemed important and William Dixon Scurfield was again rated on the property described in 1869 as well as the 43 acres that had apparently been completely missed in '69. The same assessment was recorded on 2-9-1871 but this time the rate collector had forgotten to list assessment numbers.

On 7-9-1872, Willie Scurfield, who had been back home in the pub from about 1867 (during which time Father Nyall had tried to interfere with Willie)was assessed on "town lot",while W.D.S. had the same assessment again.On 6-9-1873, W.D.S.was assessed on the pub and 5 town lots (A.No. 89)and the 43 acres (A.N.90)while Willie was rated again on town lot. In A.N.89 there was faint scribble above William Dixon Scurfield's surname and although it didn't look much like it should have,I knew exactly where to look when W.D.S. was not rated on the hotel and 5 town lots in the first Shire of Flinders and Kangerong assessment; he was only rated on the 43 acres and Willie's town lot was described as Young's land.

The scribble seemed to start with I and end with don,but sure enough, there was the 5-9-1874 assessment for Scurfield's hotel: Ass.No.4.Assender, George, hotel and 5 town lots, N.A.V. 60 Pounds.

William Dixon Scurfield was in financial trouble again although his assets were greater than his liabilities.

NEW INSOLVENTS......Wm. Dixon Scurfield, Dromana, licensed victualler. Liabilities, £479; assets, £650.
(P.14, Advocate,Melbourne, 25-4-1874.)

It was George Assender who renamed the pub as the Arthurs Seat Hotel. I wonder where George had been before he took over the Scurfield Hotel. Find out under the hotel's new name, THE ARTHURS SEAT HOTEL.

A gloom fell over Sorrento yesterday, and, to a lesser extent, affected every centre in the Peninsula, when the death of Mr. Walter Henry Spunner Stringer occurred. Although he had been in ill-health since Christmas, his death was quite unexpected.Yesterday he was to have left his bed, but had an unexpected heart seizure and died suddenly. He was aged 51 years. Burial took place in the Sorrento cemetery this afternoon.He leaves a wife and three daughters.
He was one of the best known and highly respected residents of the Mornington Peninsula, being one of the most active workers for the promotion of football and other manly sports. He spent his whole life on the Peninsula.
When a young man he became an employee of McFarlan's Stores at Sorrento. Eventually he was taken into partnership, and the firm became McFarlan and Stringer. About 10 years ago he became sole proprietor of the business, which
was carried on at Sorrento and Portsea as Stringer's Stores. He was a past president of the Mornington Peninsula Football League, of which he was a life member; a life vice-president of the Sorrento Tennis Club; president of Sorrento Football Club; secretary of Sorrento Ocean Park Trust; and a Past Master of
Sorrento Lodge of A.F. and A. Masons. The Masonic burial service was read at the grave. (P.4, FSS, 11-1-1935.)
TAYLOR Rev. (Bean, Shand?)
TAYLOR Wm (Pidoto)

(Also see BUS BAN,the.)
THOMAS Assistant Protector.
Fred Vine was a fisherman granted crown allotment 29 of the Rosebud Fishing Village. the fourth most western block,on 30-8-1873. In ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD, Peter Wilson stated that Fred was born in Milos, Greece in 1834, arrived in Australia in 1860 and was naturalised in 1901. He built a stone (almost certainly limestone) cottage on c/a 29 which is now 933 Pt.Nepean Rd, Rosebud. He had a white-haired Irish wife who smoked a pipe and loved sunsets. Fred's stepdaughter was Polly Vine. In the early 20th century, Fred moved to live in Dromana
In A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, Colin McLear wrote that Fred Vine (or Fred the Greek, as he was known), John McLear, Doan Griffith and Harry Copp were early fishermen at Dromana. There is a photo of Fred on page 103. Fred's step-daughter, Mary. B.Stone (also known as Polly Vine) was one of the first pupils to occupy Dromana's new granite school in 1873.
Melbourne Brindle's map of Dromana pre 1918 indicates that Fred had a hut on the foreshore, roughly opposite Seacombe St. Mary or Polly was still living in Rosebud under the name of Mary B.Stone. Fred's wife died in 1920.
VINE. - On the 23rd April, 1920 (suddenly, in Mornington train. Mrs. Julia Josephine Vine, of Rosebud, beloved mother of Mary B. Stone (Rosebud) and George Robert Stone (Templemore, Ireland), faithful wife of Fred Vine (Rosebud), relict of late Timothy Robert Cormic Stone, of Loughmore, Tipperary; youngest daughter of Patrick and Mary Concannon. Mylelough,Galway, aged 84 years. A colonist of 57 year.American, Irish, Indian, and Scotch papers please
copy. Buried Dromana Cemetery, 25th April. (P.1, Argus, 20-4-1920.)
Mary B.Stone died in 1926, the only notices being inserted by the Rosebud postmaster and one of her cousins.
STONE.— In loving memory of dear Miss Stone, loved daughter of the late Mrs. Vine, of Rosebud. Gone. but not forgotten, Inserted, by Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Wheeler and family, of Rosebud.(P.1, The Age, 5-8-1926.)
STONE.— In loving memory or our cousin, Mary,loving daughter of late Mrs. Vine, Rosebud, died 4th August, 1926. Sadly missed.Gone, but not forgotten.
Inserted by M. Becker; and family. Port Melbourne. (P.6, The Age, 7-8-1926.)
Fred's surname was given, more often than not, as Vean in ratebooks. In this case it was written as Vian, so you'll see why I did not use his name as a search term. Peter Wilson devotes a whole chapter to Mary (Polly Vine.) There is a photo of Polly whose skin is very dark, most likely because she spent most of her life outdoors, like her stepfather, who was thought to be from Ceylon. I don't think Mary would have had much affection for Fred, who was definitely living on c/a 29 before he bought it from the Crown.
(P.3, Argus, 19-6-1871.)

See separate post of 23-1-2016, PATRICK TOMUT WEE WEE (Is this name fair dinkum?)
WHITE Laurence & Jas.
WHITE (Moorooduc)
WHITE (Rosebud and Red Hill)
WHITE (Sorrento)
WIILIAMS Edw. & Mary
WILSON H.W. etc.
WILSON Sarah. (Petronella's book)
Names are coming from memory alone. I've still got rates, parish maps, my journals, my pre 2011 and abandoned Peninsula Dictionary History and my journals to consult in case I forget anything.

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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 itellya on 2016-01-28 22:52:34

In case the word EVENTS in the title is misconstrued as meaning social occasions, it means something affecting, for better or worse, a large number of Peninsula residents, such as the BUS BAN of 1928 and the visit of the Roman Catholic Archbishop to Shoreham where many of that religious persuasion lived. While individual fires will not be recorded, the devastation of Dromana in 1939 will be included as an event. These will be included in the EVENTS entry.

by itellya on 2016-02-03 17:27:41

Entries for the following pioneers in the parish of Wannaeue have already been written in my journal PIONEERS OF THE PARISH OF WANNAEUE, MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VIC., AUST. and will not be repeated here. This earlier journal has a link for the parish map provided by janilye in comment 1 so that boundaries of properties, for which only a Melway reference is given here, can be more accurately determined. I have listed the pioneers about whom I've already written in the other journal here so that I don't have to remember to refer you to the Wannaeue journal in each individual entry. (WEST TO EAST) PURVES, SULLIVAN, BLAIR W.A., PAGE, WHITE G., STENNIKEN, TRUEMAN, ROWLEY,RUSSELL, WILLIAMS, CRISPO, LOVIE, FORD, CRIPPS (Back Road Bob Cairns and Robert Henry Adams re trespass), ROBERTS.

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