DR. WELD OF DROMANA, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
I have written about Dr Weld before but I have no idea where and nobody would be able to find the information with a google search so I have decided to write a journal especially about him and his family. One of his descendants visited the Dromana museum today and I was able to show her the location of Dr Weld's house on Melbourne Brindle's map of Dromana as it was when the 14 year old left with his mother and siblings to join his father in America and become a famous commercial artist and illustrator. Melbourne mentioned young Jones being killed in W.W.1 and she remembered a Jones friendship but did not know that he was an adopted son. I suggested a weld, itellya search might find my information but it didn't when I tried it, apart from one journal whose title was not revealed and only gave the information that I have written above. Hopefully this journal will catch her eye when she tries the weld, itellya search.
IN A FEW SECONDS I HAVE ALREADY UNCOVERED INFORMATION THAT I HAD NOT SEEN PREVIOUSLY. BUT I NEED TO DISCOVER THE GIVEN NAMES OF DR.J.C.WELLS. There's a good chance that J stands for Joseph.
WELD.-On the 13th October, at London, Matthew Richard, late Indian Judge of Madras Civil Service, eldest son of the late Joseph Weld, of Dublin and Bagnaslstown, Co. Carlow, and brother of Dr. Weld, of Dromana, aged 69.
(P. 48, Leader, 19-12-1914.)
HIS SECOND WIFE'S NAME WAS ELIZABETH.
WELD. —On September 17, at Dromana,Elizabeth A. T. Weld, widow of the late Dr. J. C. Weld, of Dromana, aged 86 years. (P.9, Argus, 19-9-1947.)
WELD-WILLIAMS. - At Holy Trinity Church, Ararat, on 20th April, 1892, by late Canon S. M'George, Dr. J. C.Weld, son of late Joseph Weld, of Dublin, to Elizabeth A. T., daughter of late Edward Edwin Tepon Williams, of Ararat. Present address, Wyn-Yenk, Dromana. (P.2, The Ararat Advertiser, 21-4-1917.)
LOOK FOR MARRIAGE RECORD 1892. (Victorian BDM)
Event:marriages; Registration number 1856 / 1892
Family name: WELD; Given name(s)Jas Chas
Spouse's family name:WILLIAMS; Spouse's given name(s) Elizth Angelina Tyson
NOW WE'RE COOKING WITH GAS. The last time I wrote about Dr Weld, I didn't know that Victorian BDM was available online. Armed with all the given names, there's a fair chance of not confusing our two pioneers with another Weld or Williams. Because of the family notices, my earlier assumption (because of the name of their Dromana residence) that Dr. Weld was Welsh, is disproved: maybe Elizabeth had Welsh ancestry and coined the name.
WYN YEUK or WYN YENK.
IT IS NOT CLEAR WHICH IS THE RIGHT SPELLING. No meaning could be found for YENK.
The only use of this name found in Google and Trove searches concerned Charles and Elizabeth Weld's residence/ private hospital in Dromana. I could not find a meaning for the whole term but I had been correct assuming a Welsh connection.
WYN. Meaning & History Derived from Welsh gwyn meaning "blessed, white, fair".
yeuk[ yook ]Scot.verb (used without object)to itch. noun an itching sensation.
I have not clicked on Elizabeth's name to get her death record because her place of birth would not appear, I simply copied the table showing all people named Elizabeth Weld who died in 1947; she was the only one. Because the digitisation resulted in all the questions appearing first and then the answers, I have provided key letters so you can match them up.
A.Family name; B.Given name(s); C.Event; D.Mother's name / Spouse's name E.Mother's family name at birth
F.Father's name; G.Place of birth; H.Place of death; I.Spouse at Death; J.Age at Death; K.Reg. year; L.Reg. number
A.WELD; B.Elizabeth A T; C.Death; D.<Unknown Family Name Elizabeth; E. BREWIS
F.<Unknown Family Name>, WILLIAMS Edward E T; G.ARARAT; H.DROMANA; I.<Unknown Family Name>; J.86; K.1947
VICTORIAN BDM had unknown as the answer to many questions and in a recent upgrade when the missing information was added., for some reason they didn't remove unknown. It seems ridiculous that they didn't write Weld as the surname of Elizabeth's spouse at death but they're not allowed to guess even if the answer seems obvious.
This is the result if you click on Elizabeth's entry in the table that I copied. The place of birth is missing.
Event:deaths; Registration number 20371 / 1947; Family name:WELD; Given name(s) Elizabeth A T
Place of event:DROMANA, Australia
Mother's name <Unknown Family Name>, Elizabeth; Mother's family name at birth BREWIS
Father's Name:<Unknown Family Name>, WILLIAMS Edward E T
As there was no place of birth given on Dr Weld's entry, I just clicked on his name in the table. The informant didn't know much about his ancestry.
Event deaths; Registration number 15408 / 1923; Family name:WELD; Given name(s)James Charles
Place of event: KEW, Australia
Mother's name <Unknown Family Name>, Unknown; Mother's family name at birth UNKNOWN
Father's Name: <Unknown Family Name>, UNKNOWN
I wonder if there was a death notice.
WELD -On the 10th December, Dr. J. C. Weld of Dromana beloved husband of Elizabeth and loving father of Alice (Mrs. A. G. Lester),Eileen, and Florence (deceased). (P.17, Argus, 15-12-1923.)
NO PLACE OF DEATH WAS GIVEN IN THE DEATH NOTICE. WAS THIS A COVER-UP? SURELY NOT. HERE'S MY WRONG? ASSUMPTION.
(POSTSCRIPT-A LESTER obituary below indicates that a daughter indeed lived in Kew.)
I wonder if Dr Weld was ill and staying with Alice or another daughter at Kew in order to be near a hospital and that daughter inserted the death notice and was the informant. This made me realise that Victorian BDM has omitted age of death from his death record. It's on the table for deaths of people named Jas Chas Weld who died between 1917 and 1947, the doc's being the only result. Age at Death 73 That means he was born in about 1850 and was about 11 years older than Elizabeth who would have been born in about 1861. She would have been about 31 at the time of their marriage and James would have been about 42*, fairly old to start a family and they may have given up trying for a son after the third daughter was born. Perhaps that was why they adopted and held such affection for young Jonesey.
(* POSTSCRIPT- His marriage at such an advanced age is explained by his first wife's death about two years earlier.)
To find Roger Jones' death notice, I had to refine my search to 1910-1919 but before I did so, I found a death notice for one of Elizabeth's sisters which reveals that Elizabeth had two addresses.
WILLIAMS. — On August 26. at Burreel Hospital, Kooyong-road, Elsternwick, Lily Beatrice, of 347 Glen Huntly-road. Caulfield. loved sister of Florence (deceased) and Elizabeth (Mrs. Weld,Dromana, and 13 Hoddle-street. Elsternwick).
At rest. (P.1, The Age, 27-8-1940.)
JONES -Killed in action at Dardanelles 7th August, Private Roger M. Jones, 6th Reinf., 8th Batt., beloved son of Mr. T. N. Jones, and adopted son of Dr. and Mrs. Weld, Dromana, aged 18 years and 8 months. Loved by all.
(P.1, Argus, 13-9-1915.)
ROGER'S SERVICE RECORD.
Regimental number 2272
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria
School State School
Other training Post Office
Religion Church of England
Address Dromana, Victoria
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 18
Next of kin Mrs E Weld, Dromana, Victoria
Previous military service Navy on John Marrary
Enlistment date 29 January 1915
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 8th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/25/2
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 17 June 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll Private
Unit from Nominal Roll 8th Battalion
Fate Killed in Action 17 October 1915
Place of death or wounding Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of death 7 August 1915
Age at death 18
Age at death from cemetery records 18
Place of burial Shrapnel Valley Cemetery (Plot II, Row A, Grave No. 62), Gallipoli, Turkey
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
Australian War Memorial 53
ROGER'S BIRTH RECORD CIRCA 1897.
Long story short, my oh so smart new computer closed the edit page after I'd pasted what had to be Roger's birth record (when I opened trove to try to confirm which age of birth was correct: 1897 or 1891.) When I found the real* reason that Dr Weld died at Kew, which I had thought of earlier but discarded as improbable, the edit page had disappeared. I believe that the A.I.F. project is correct re age. The actual handwritten details on the birth certificate are transcribed by typists to produce the online records and some handwriting was far from copperplate. If the horizontal stroke on 7 was a bit short, it could easily be misread as 1.
*POSTSCRIPT-following the discovery of an obituary (Lester), which appears below, Dr Weld's death at Kew might have been because he was staying with his daughter, Mrs Lester.
LESTER—WELD.--On the 26th December, at St.John's Church, Ballarat, by the Rev. Canon Carmichael, Albert George, eldest son of Rev.E. A. Lester, Bishopsympton Vicarage, N.Devon, to Alice, eldest daughter of James Charles Weld, L.R.C.S., Hopetoun.(P.1, Argus, 5-1-1904.)
DROMANA ROLL OF HONOUR. After W.W.1, a montage with photos of servicemen from the Dromana District was made. Roger's photo is sixth from the left on the bottom row of the montage. The photo, much enlarged, is in Peter Holloway's book which devotes a full page to each photo on the montage. The photo can also be purchased from the Dromana Historical Society.
ROGER'S BIRTH RECORD, TAKE TWO. (The only result for Roger Jones 1890-1900.)
Event:births; Registration number 9352 / 1891 (SHOULD BE 1897!*)
Family name:JONES; Given name(s)Roger; Place of event:BENDIGO, Australia
Mother's name <Unknown Family Name>, Jane
Mother's family name at birth JONES
Father's Name:<Unknown Family Name>, Unknown
* The death notice for Roger Jones confirms the age given in the service record(and therefore the year of birth being 1897 rather than 1891.)
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of 14 days from the publication hereof, application will be made to the Supreme Court of Victoria, in its Probate jurisdiction, that PROBATE of the will of ROGER M. JONES, late of Dardanelles, formerly of Dromana, in the said State deceased, be granted to James Charles Weld,of Dromana aforesaid, medical practioner, sole executor appointed by the said will.
Dated this 12th day of November, 1915.
(P.23, Argus, 13-11-1915.)
THE REAL? REASON THAT DR WELD WOULD HAVE DIED AT KEW.
A CHARGE OF LUNACY.
James Charles Weld. -a well-known doctor in practice in an up country town, appeared at the city court to-day, charged with lunacy. Drs. Jordan and Mitchell gave evidence that the unfortunate man, who is of middle age, and who recently created a sensation in a Sturt-street hotel, had been in gaol under observation, a formal charge of insulting behavior having been entered against him. He was found to be suffering from delusional insanity. Dr.
Jordan also informed the magistrates that the patient had already been confined in an asylum in Great Britain and in Victoria. "He was very erratic, especially in matters appertaining to Freemasonry. Mr.Rickett, J.P. one of the presiding justices, thought the man was quite sane, and ascribed his condition to over-indulgence in drink. Sergeant Ryan said that accused had "endeavored to make a Freemason of him." Accused had also flung a bottle at a girl a few days before. The patient was committed to the Ararat Lunatic Asylum. (P.7, The Age, 17-12-1903.)
That's come as quite a shock and inspired my lttle ditty. Lets see if the fourth line is true.
BY THE TIME THAT DR WELD CAME TO VIC.
HE'D BEEN IN A PLACE FOR THE MENTALLY SICK.
IN '03 A BALLARAT J.P. HAPPENED TO THINK
THAT IT WAS REALLY OVER-INDULGENCE IN DRINK.
UNFORTUNATELY IT SEEMS TO BE TRUE
THAT WAS THE REASON HE DIED AT KEW.
(HE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN AT THE LUNATIC PALACE
BUT LIVING WITH MRS LESTER, HIS DAUGHTER ALICE)
JAMES CHARLES WELD WAS ADMIRED AT DROMANA
WHOSE RESIDENTS KNEW NOT OF HIS MENTAL HEALTH DRAMA.
Dromana did without a qualified doctor for about two decades. Watson Eaton and Abraham Griffith hailed from the good ol' U.S.of A and farmed together. Watson's brother, Benjamin Franklin, father of Maude Australia Eaton, headed off to Creswick where he constructed a race (a channel that carried water to mines so that sluicing could be carried out.) Watson farmed with Abraham on the Survey but eventually settled on 150 acres at the south end of Eaton's Cutting. It is likely that Watson was one of the first users of this track as he headed to Flinders to attend to the sick. When Abraham was killed in an accident an inquest was held and Watson revealed in his testimony that he had never received any medical training. That was no great loss because one of the treatments favoured was arsenic (the reason why there were MAD HATTERS!) Watson died after a fall in 1877 in the course of treating a patient at Finders.A beautiful marble memorial testified to the esteem in which Watson was held, To fill the void, the shire advertised for a doctor to replace him.
Much later in 1914, not much had changed for Dromana's doctor, James Charles Weld still had to cover a large area and face the same travail (difficulty, danger.)
Journeying from Flinders last week, Dr Weld had rather an unpleasant experience, caused through his horse shying at a little girl who was riding past wearing a bright blue dress. The Doctor was thrown out of the back of the gig,and was severely bruised and shaken. He was driven home by the child's father and has not yet recovered from the effects of his accident. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 25-4-1914.)
THE WELDS AT DROMANA.
Jean Rotherham, President of the Dromana Historical Society had been practising at Rye and Sorrento in 1908 before he came to Dromana. As he was not born in Australia, it is worthwhile to find the earliest mention of him on trove,and his movements before arriving on the peninsula using his initials to avoid confusion with another Dr Wells who was practising in 1863 when James Charles Weld was only aged about 13.
A meeting oF the Medical Board of Victoria was held yesterday at the Government offices. Present Dr. Fetheraton (in the chair), Dr.Rowan and Dr. Shields. The following busi ness was dealt with Registrations :
....; James Charles Weld,. St. Kilda, No. 1080, L.R.C.S. Irel, 1872, L. et L. Mid,K.Q.C.P.. Irel, 1872.
(P.5, The Age, 5-5-1883.)
Dr. J. C. Weld, a medical practitioner, visiting the town in the interests of an insurance company, attempted to commit suicide yesterday morning by cutting his throat with a pocket-knife. His injuries were attended to by Dr. T. F. Fleetwood, and subsequently, as the patient was suffering from delusions, he was placed under restraint.
Dr. J. C. Weld was brought up at the police-court this morning, charged with attempted suicide. On Dr. Fleetwood assuring the Court that the defendant had now quite recovered from his malady, the police magistrate set him at liberty on his own recognisance of £100 for his good behaviour for three months. (P. 11, Weekly Times, 12-6-1883.)
Dr. J. C. Weld, who has been practising in Ararat for the last four years, is about to remove to Maitland,N.S.W. Dr. Weld, who was very popular in Ararat, will be succeeded by Dr. Smeal, an old resident of the district.
(P.4, Table Talk, 1-7-1883.)
Was Maitland a misdirection? He and Elizabeth Williams were not married until 1892.
WELD— On the 20th October, at her residence, Scott-street, Warracknabeal,, the wife of Dr. J. C. Weld, late of Ararat, of a daughter.(P.1, The Age, 28-10-1887.)
POSTSCRIPT. This daughter was born to Dr Weld's first wife, Annie Kathleen who died in 1890 at Warracknabeal.
In January and March, respectively, James was appointed public vaccinator at Warracknabeal and health officer of the Warracknabeal division of the St Arnaud shire. (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/72881803 and
WARRACKNABEAL. On Saturday evening the Rev. W. Kildahl, delivered one of his popular lectures on "Ireland's capital;
her famous men and her needs," which brought another large number in from the country, and there was a good attendance. Dr. J. C. Weld occupied the chair, ETC. (P.3, The Horsham Times, 29-5-1888.)
A general meeting of the Warracknabeal Athletic Club was held at the Warracknabeal Hotel, on Monday last. There was a good attendance, and Mr. H. F. Doogan occupied the chair. It was decided that the next sports meeting be held on Wednesday, 17th April, 1889, and that the sum of £100 be given away in prizes. The election of officers resulted as follows :-President, Mr. H.F.Doogan ; vice-presidents, Dr. J. C. Weld,and Messrs. F. H. Atkinson and F. Wood;etc.
(P2, The Horsham Times, 11-12-1888.)
1889.STILL AT WARRACKNABEAL, CHARLES TESTIFIES IN A CHILD MURDER CASE AT HORSHAM
WELD.—On the 17th inst., at Warracknabeal, Annie Kathleen, beloved wife of Dr. J. C. Weld, in her 27th year.
In Memoriam.(P.1, Argus, 20-6-1890.)
Event: deaths Registration number10070 / 1890
Family name:WELD Given name(s) Annie Kathleen
Place of event:Wbeal, Australia
Mother's name<Unknown Family Name>, Eileen
Mother's family name at birth FITZGERALD
Father's Name:<Unknown Family Name>, Milsop Thos
Dr. J. C. Weld, of Warracknabeal, whose condition of mind some months ago necessitated his being confined in the Ararat Asylum for the insane, after a short interval, has had to be re-admitted to that institution.
(P. 2, The Horsham Times, 24-3-1891.)
AVENEL MEMS. It is rumored that a petition will be presented to the Shire council asking to have Dr. J. C. Weld appointed health officer for Avenel. The recent appointment does not appear to give satisfaction to the residents.
Seymour Express and Goulburn Valley, Avenel, Graytown, Nagambie, Tallarook and Yea Advertiser (Vic. : 1882 - 1891; 1914 - 1918) Tuesday 29 September 1891 p 2
In our "Avenel Mems" on Tuesday it was announced that a petition would be presented to the shire council asking to have Dr Weld appointed Health Officer for that district. Since then we have learned that Dr Weld has never been consulted on the matter, and under the circumstances, if the appointment was offered to him, he could not accept it without committing a breach of professional etiquette. ALSO,
Dr J. Charles Weld, Licentiate of College of Surgeons, Ireland, has commenced to practise at Avenel, where he may be consulted daily from eight to ten in the morning, and six to eight in the evening. For some time past, the people of Avenel have been complaining of the absence of a second medical man in the district, so that the news of Dr Weld settling in the place should be received with general satisfaction.
(P. 2, same paper, 2-10-1891.)
WHAT ALL THE INITIALS STOOD FOR.
DR. J. CHARLES WELD.
Licentiate Royal College of Surgeons,Ireland. Licentiate in Midwifery, King's and Queen's College of Physicians, Ireland. Address— QUEEN STREET, AVENEL. Consultation Hours : 8 to 10 a.m. ; 6 to 8 p.m.
(Seymour Express and Goulburn Valley, Avenel, Graytown, Nagambie, Tallarook and Yea Advertiser (Vic. : 1882 - 1891; 1914 - 1918) Tuesday 29 September 1891 p 2)
WELD— WILLIAMS.— On 20th April, at Holy Trinity Church, Ararat, by the Rev. H. M'George, James Charles
Weld, L.R.C.I.S., L.K. and Q.C.P.I, physician and surgeon, of Avenel, to Lizzie, second daughter of the late E.T. Williams, of Ararat. (P.3, The Age, 14-5-1892.)
WELD.--On the 6th ult., at her residence, Lascelles-street, Hopetoun, the wife of Dr. J. C. Weld of a daughter.(P.1, Argus, 7-5-1895.)
HOPETOUN.-Dr. J. C. Weld has been appointed medical officer to the A.N.A.,vice Dr. Eadon (deceased).
(P.7, Argus, 10-9-1902.)
NARRACAN SHIRE COUNCIL. From Dr J. C. Weld, reporting a case of diphtheria at Yarragon. Received.
(P.7, West Gippsland Gazette, 4-4-1905.)
HEALTH OFFICER. Dr. J. C. Weld was appointed health officer for the Rosedale Riding at £50 per annum.
(P. 3, Traralgon Record, 10-8-1906.)
From J. C. Weld, resigning position of health-officer.-Received.(P.3, Gippsland Times, 18-11-1907.)
DR. WELD HAS ARRIVED AT DROMANA.
Having used the doctor's initials to eliminate confusion, the earliest mention of him was late in 1909, but by eliminating the initials, I found earlier results.
The first mention of Dr Weld at Dromana was on 1-2-1908, just over a month after his resignation from Rosedale Shire..
A lad named John Dyson, aged 14 years, son of Mr John Dyson, of Dromana was, whilst rounding up cattle,thrown from his horse, and sustained a fracture of right wrist. The limb was set by Dr Weld,of Dromana.
(P. 3, Mornington Standard, 1-2-1908.
RYE. Dr. Charles Weld, L.R.C.S.I., attends every Wednesday at this township for consultation, from 10:30 to 11:30. This will be of real convenience to the inhabitants of the district, especially to those who are in need of medical advice.(Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 30 May 1908 p 2 Article)
We regret to have to report the death of Mr Charles Myers, of this township, a late officer of the police, after a residence here of over twenty years. His death was caused by a very bad attack of influenza, and although skilfully treated by Dr. Weld, of Dromana, the disease had got too firm a hold before the doctor was consulted.
(P. 3, Mornington and Dromana Standard, 25-7-1908.)
Mr J. W. Hazledine, hon. sec. of the Dromana football club, desires to acknowledge 10/6 from Dr Weld.
(P.3, Mornington Standard, 13-6-1908.)
Mr Godfrey Patterson, of Pine Grove, Cape Schanck, who had an operation performed a fortnight ago, is progressing favorably. At the time of the operation the doctors present were Dr. Syme of Melbourne, Dr. Weld, Dromana, and Dr.Somers, Mornington. Of all three gentlemen the patient speaks in most laudable
terms. Mr Patterson is at present an inmate of Dr. Weld's private hospital, Dromana, and the patient states nothing could exceed the kindness and skilful treatment he is receiving. We trust Mr Patterson will
soon be convalescent. (P.3, Mornington and Dromana Standard, 10-10-1908.)
MR. J. CHARLES WELD, L.R C S.I., L.K.V.Q.C P,I. late of Rosedale and Hopetown has commenced the practise
of his profession at Dromana. Visits Rye on Wednesdays from 11 to 12 a.m. Hours 8 to 10 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m., 7 to 9 p.m. (P.3, Mornington and Dromana Standard,21-8-1909.)
THE PEA RIFLE AGAIN.
A MYSTERIOUS OCCURRENCE.
MAN SHOT WHILE ASLEEP.
A remarkable shooting accident occurred
on Boxing day at Dromana, when a young
man named Albert Brown, 21 years, was
shot on the right thigh as he lay asleep in
his tent. Brown, who lives at Newmarket,
was, with a number of friends, camped at
Dromana. At. 6.30 a.m. he felt a stinging
pain in his thigh, which awakened him. He
then found that he had been shot, and
picked up a pea rifle bullet, which had
passed through the fleshy part of the thigh.
There was no one in sight, and he could
not ascertain where the bullet came from.
The wound was dressed by Dr. J. C. Weld,
of Dromana, and in the evening Brown
went to the Alfred Hospital, where he was
treated. -The injured man is of opinion
that someone was shooting at rabbits, and
carelessly allowed the tent to get in the
line of fire. (P. 5, The Age, 29-12-1909.)
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AT DROMANA.
Dr Weld re-elected as President of the Dromana Golf Club. The golf course is shown on Melbourne Brindle's map of Dromana which is available for purchase at the Dromana Museum.
Vice President Dromana Sports Club 1914-15
EDITH CAVELL SPECIAL APPEAL.
The Edith Cavell Special Appeal for Sick, Incapacitated and Necessitous Military Nurses continues to make headway. The hon, treasurer, the Lord Mayor, acknowledges receipt of the following donations : — ........;
collected by J.Charles Weld, £5 10/. (P.7, The Age, 4-4-1919.)
THE RED CROSS. THE VICTORIAN APPEAL FOR AUSTRALIAN SICK AND WOUNDED. ....; J. Charles Weld, Dromana. 1 1 0
(P.9, Argus, 1-10-1915.)
THE DROMANA AND RED HILL SHOW WAS A GREAT SUCCESS IN 1913 WITH CHARLES AS PRESIDENT OF THE COMMITTEE.
THE ladies of St. Marks, Dromana met on Tuesday evening at a social at Mrs Welds' residence, " Wyn Yenk," to bid farewell to Miss Henderson, who is leaving the district, and present her with a gold pendant and chain, as a slight mark of their esteem and appreciation of her work in connection with the church. The
pendant was inscribed, "To Miss Henderson -from the ladies of St. Mark's congregation, Dromana, 11/5/'10." Dr Weld, on behalf of the ladies of the congregation, made the presentation, and wished Miss Henderson "bon voyage," and every success and happiness for the future. Miss Henderson suitably responded. Music and songs helped to make a very pleasant evening, which was terminated by singing "Auld Lang Syne."
(P.2 Mornington and Dromana Standard, 14-5-1910.)
WHEN DID DR. WELD LEAVE DROMANA FOR KEW?
After February, 1919.
MRS ELIZABETH WILLIAMS.
A very old and esteemed resident of
the district passed away on Thursday
morning in the person of Mrs Eliza-
beth Williams, relict of the late Ro-
bert Williams. Mrs Williams, who
had reached the great age of 94 years,
was born in Essex, England, and she
ranked as an old colonist, and one of
Ararat's earliest residents. Coming
out from England in the Earl of El-
gin, she landed in Sydney in 1852,
and was married there to her first hus-
band, J. Green. After twelve months'
residence in New South Wales, she
came to Victoria, and was on Bendigo
and other rushes, coming to Ararat just
before the Canton Lead was opened
out. She settled at the north end of
the lead, and resided there till her
death. She was married to her se-
cond husband in Ararat, and she
leaves a family of three daughters -
Mrs Weld, the wife of Dr. Weld, of
Dromana, and Miss (*FLORENCE) and Miss Lily
Williams, of Ararat, to mourn the loss
of a devoted mother. Though of re-
cent years the infirmities of age ne-
cessariy circumscribed the good work
of the deceased, in the early days of
the goldfield she was a great source
of help and comfort to those in sick-
ness and distress in her neighborhood,
and she won the respect and esteem
of all around her. The funeral took
place yesterday afternoon, the remains
being interred alongside those of her
son in the Ararat Cemetery. There
were a large number of wreaths on
the coffin. The service of the Church
of England was conducted at, the
graveside by the Rev. H. E. Noltenius,
B.A., and the coffin bearers were the
Mayor (Cr T. J. Gossip), and Messrs
P. M'Arthur, R. Hargreaves, jun., and
Jas. Start. Mr J. Dunn was the un-
dertaker. (P.3, The Ararat Advertiser, 12-10-1918.)
*See the death notice for her sister Lily Beatrice in 1940 earlier in the journal.
PERHAPS MY PREFERRED THEORY TO EXPLAIN DR.WELD'S DEATH AT KEW, THAT HE WAS BEING CARED FOR BY A DAUGHTER LIVING THERE, WAS RIGHT.
MR A. G. LESTER
Mr Albert George Lester, late of
Kew, who died last Friday, at the
age of 81, came to Australia from
England as a young man and settled
at Hopetoun. He then joined the
staff of Dennys, Lascelles Ltd, and
became its first Melbourne manager,
a position he held until his retire-
ment some years ago. His wife, a
daughter of the late Dr Weld, of
Dromana, died some years ago. He
is survived by three daughters and
two sons. (P.4, Argus, 14-5-1946.)
WELD.—On the 12th February, at her resi-
dence, 347 Glen Huntly-road, Caulfield,
Eileen Isabel, dearly beloved daughter of
Dr. J. C. Weld (deceased) and Elizabeth
of Dromana, beloved sister of Alice (Mrs.
Lester, deceased), and loving niece of Miss
Lily Williams (florist, Glen Huntly-road,
Caulfield). Peace, perfect peace.
(P.13, The Age, 13-2-1937.)
THE DROMANA TOWN COMMON.
Town commons were reserved to allow villagers who occupied half acre blocks the opportunity to keep a horse and cow which would otherwise graze their house block to the ground or annoy neighbours by wandering the township. Town commons were often alienated after a few decades near Melbourne, the Essendon Aerodrome and land south of Keilor Village being two examples, but Dromana's wedge shaped common whose narrow frontage to Boundary Rd is indicated by Hillcrest Quarry Drive, remained as the GRAVEL RESERVE. The wider southern end of the wedge fronting Arthurs Seat Rd at Melway 159 H-J 12 is now part of Arthurs Seat State Park. Peter Watson, an early tenant on the Survey (near Safety Beach)was also known as John Bryan and the track through the common indicated by Hillcrest Quarry Rd and the dotted line labelled fire access track was known as Bryan's Cutting. On the west side of the common was William Grace's Gracefield which James McKeown subdivided circa 1900 with the Brindle family's property being across the common from Newberry's farm. Newberry had purchased part of Robert Caldwell's grant, Dromana Hill, which was possibly where Caldwell's homestead , orchard and vineyard had been located. Elliot and Stevenson, later owners of Caldwell's grant, renamed it Fairy Vineyard. As mentioned in the citation below, Elizabeth Weld bought Newberry's property in 1919. The Welds had probably leased it from 1908 when they arrived in Dromana. The reserve that Dr Weld referred to in 1914 was the old town common, probably called the gravel reserve by then.
TO UNDERSTAND DR WELD'S LETTER, THE ABOVE DISCUSSION OF THE COMMON AND THE BELOW CITATION, CLICK ON THE
KANGERONG PARISH MAP.
DR WELD'S LETTER.
J. C. Weld, Dromana, calling attention to accumulation of debris on the reserve west of his residence,and requesting attention—Received. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 4-4-1914.)
THE CITATION FOR ERNIE RUDDUCK'S MOUNTS BAY IN CONTEXT'S AREA 2 VOLUME 2 REPORT. (Page 56.)
Thank you to Ana Borovic, heritage planning officer at Mornington Peninsua Shire, for her rapid response to my request for a link to this report.
51 Devon Street was originally part of Crown Allotment 4, Section 3 in the Parish of Kangerong. In 1894, James C
Newberry Esquire purchased land south of Boundary Road (totalling almost 20 acres). Upon his death, the land was sold
to Elizabeth A. T. Weld of Dromana, in March 1919 (LV:V2531/F034). In 1920, Charles Weld was rated for 73 acres
'and buildings' located in part of Section 3 (Parish of Kangerong), Dromana, with a Net Annual Value (approx. 10% of
the total value) of 25 pounds. It is not known where these buildings were located in relation to 51 Devon Street. Charles and Elizabeth were also rated for land in other parts of Dromana at this date (RB).
Elizabeth was the wife of Dr Charles Weld. Weld began practicing in Rye and Sorrento in 1908 (Mornington Standard,
30 May 1908:2; 5 Dec 1908:3). "Dr James Charles Weld" was one of the first doctors in the District, before his death in 1923. A window in the north wall of St Mark's Church in Dromana is a memorial to the doctor (St Mark's Dromana).
In May 1928, the 20-acre property was sold to Ernest Rudduck, retired storekeeper of Dromana (LV:V2531/F034). For
his retirement, Ernie Rudduck purchased the home of Dr Weld 'at the top of Jetty Road' and built the existing house in 1930, which the Rudduck family named 'Mount's Bay' (DDHS). In 1930, Ernest Rudduck was rated for 20 acres and
buildings (on part of CA 4, Section 3, Parish of Kangerong). By this date, the property had a substantial Net Annual
Value of 80 pounds (RB).
By 1935, Rudduck had purchased a further 107 acres nearby (part of CA 5) (RB). In 1950, Ernest Rudduck's house in
Dromana was still referred to as 'Mounts [sic] Bay' (The Age, 22 Feb 1950:7). In the 1950s, Rudduck subdivided the
eastern portion of his land to create Finton Street and the eastern portions of Devon and Kent streets (approximately five
lots from Finton Street) (LV:V2531/F034). In 1963, the house 'Mounts Bay' and three acres were sold to Thomas and
Elsie Kelly (LV:V8476/F772). In 1985, the land was subdivided to create the property boundary which exists in 2015
The house is known to have had a laundry constructed at the rear of the house in 1976 (MPSC:PF). In 1985, an
outbuilding constructed, which is probably the garage (MPSC:BP). The house is currently known as 'Devonia'.
The description of Dr Weld's house being 'at the top of Jetty Rd' is accurate but could be misinterpreted. It was on the east corner of Hillcrest Quarry Drive (Bryan's Cutting)as shown on Melbourne Brindle's map so it would be clearer to state that it was 'directly across Boundary Rd from the top of Jetty Rd.'
THE FOLLOWING ADVERTISEMENT IS OF INTEREST BECAUSE DR WELD USES HIS GIVEN NAME RATHER THAN J.C., HIS PREFERRED GIVEN NAME WOULD SEEM TO HAVE BEEN CHARLES (INDICATING THAT CHARLES WELD AS A SEARCH TERM MIGHT PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION) AND POSES A QUESTION ABOUT WHICH LOCATION IS MEANT BY "CORNER OF CAPE SCHANCK ROAD."
LOST-New UMBRELLA: between Dr.Weld's residence (Wyn Yeuk), Dromana, and corner of Cape Schanck road, on Tuesday afternoon, 21st inst. Finder rewarded. CHARLES WELD, Dromana. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 1-2-1913.)
Wyn Yeuk was at Melway 159 J9 on the east side of Bryans Cutting (today's Hillview Quarry Drive. The back road, Hobsons Flat road of the early 1900's, Cape Schanck road is followed today by the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and was a declared highway (three chain road). However it is likely that the course of Palmerston Avenue was never formed until recent times. The telegraph line through Jamieson's Special Survey zig-zagged its way south to a point opposite today's Ponderosa Place so it is logical to assume that it continued along Palmerston Avenue. This back road was necessary because the Rocks (Anthony's Nose)could only be rounded on the beach at low tide. Photographs show that the telegraph lines seem to have followed the coast road after it was built and as this road was on a three chain wide road reserve, there was no need to spend money forming and maintaining Palmerston Avenue.
If Charles considered Palmerston Avenue to be Cape Schanck road, he would have been riding across Boundary Rd and down Jetty Rd to the Cape Schanck Rd corner at Melway 159 J7 near the Pier St footbridge.
Early Dromana Township maps showing the Scurfield Hotel also show tracks (dotted lines)through the township near Clarendon St to Burrell Road, where the township adjoined the Burrells' Arthurs Seat pre-emptive right. Clarendon St now ends at the east boundary of Heronswood. These tracks (and Latrobe Pde) were necessary because most travellers would have travelled through today's Dromana on the coast road.
Charles may haven been travelling west along Boundary Rd to its end at Melway 159 G8. This could have been his "corner of Cape Schanck road."
A 1955 Dromana Township map, which probably shows the roads as they were in 1913, shows Boundary Rd labelled TO FRANKSTON, the part of today's Arthurs Seat Rd alongside the freeway labelled Palmerston Avenue (which continues west as far as Latrobe Pde where it curves left and then right through the Arthurs Seat pre-emptive right with the letters HANCK visible, obviously meaning TO CAPE SCHANCK.
If the roads were as in 1913, Dr Weld's "corner of Cape Schanck road" would have been at Melway 159 C9.
However Melbourne Brindle's map of Dromana shows the area as it was before 1919. He shows Palmerston Avenue forking south at Towerhill Rd, labelled TO ARTHURS SEAT AND TOWER, and towards Clarendon St along McArthur St past carpenter James Matthews' property (c/a's 7 and 8, section 3 in 1910-11 rates.) A former shire employee was in charge of a work gang which constructed Latrobe Pde. He told me in 2010 that they found relics of an engine which oldtimers told him hauled timber from Arthurs Seat on a gantry over Pt Nepean Rd to a point over the water near the boat ramp. One Latrobe Pde. resident proudly displayed a wheel from the train as an ornament in the front garden for years. The roads as shown in 1955 were therefore probably NOT the same in 1913 so I conclude that Charles Weld's Cape Schanck road corner was at the west end of Boundary Rd (158 G8).
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