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on 2012-01-13 04:24:20

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 janilye on 2012-01-20 05:16:42

I'm looking for information on Marlborough FAWCETT b:1896 Newmarket near Essendon and died 1969 at Mt Martha. On the electoral roll for 1968 he was living at 'Fenstanton' Augusta St., Mornington and had been living there since at least 1931.
When he joined the AIF at 19 in February 1915, he cited his mother Frances as next of kin and the home address was Sherbrook Lodge, Sherbrook. He declared his occupation at that time as 'clerk'. He spent the whole war with either diarrhea or neurasthenia.
I have the bones of his ancestry but no flesh. I'm interested to know what other occupations he had, if any.
I read that he helped Herbert Dyce Murphy 1879-1971 (The Spy who Loved Children)build his house at Mt.Martha however I think it was a love job and I don't know if Fawcett had any building qualifications. On every electoral roll he just has 'nil' for occupation beside his name.
Two things I would like to know - Murphy gave Fawcett some land on his own 16 hectares to build his own house. - I know Murphy's house is still there, Is the house Fawcett built there too?
Ultimately I just want to know where he got his money from.

by itellya on 2012-01-20 16:45:45

I knew nothing about FAWCETT so I decided to TAP into trove.(Pardon the sick humour!) The Standard (Frankston) informed me that Montgomery and his family were community-spirited. Monty was the joint sec. of the Mornington Patriotic Gymkhana, telephone Mt Martha 250 (5-2-1943 page 3), his wife made the grounds of Fenstanton available for Red Cross fundraising fetes (3-8-1944 page 2) and H.Fawcett (their son?) was sec. of the Mornington Rural Fire Brigade (6-11-1947 page 4.)Monty must have been a cultured , well-educated man; he was re-appointed to the Mornington Shire Art Advisory Committee in 1944 (14-9-1944 page 2.)
Fenstanton is still standing and there is a photo of it on
In view of a strong Marriott presence near Mornington ("Shandon" on Three Chain (Moorooduc) Rd and "Bungower") a Fawcett- Marriott marriage might be connected to Montgomery. As Monty was born in Newmarket, James Joseph Fawcett (1895-1965) who married Eileen May Ellis (b.1898 Hotham, i.e.North Melbourne, d. 1952 Parkville) might have been his older brother.
There is a township north of Alexandra, near Eildon, named Fawcett but I think this would have been named after a Pommie big wig. There was a Montgomery- Fawcett marriage well back in Ireland, which I thought might have explained the name but those Fawcetts went to Canada.
In regard to Monty's occupation, he was possibly a Gentleman (independent income) if he did not state one. I would look up directories for the Newmarket area circa 1900 to see what his father's occupation was. If he was an auctioneer at the saleyards,like Hudson of "Ardmillan" in Moonee Ponds, I would consult "Memoirs of a Stockman" to see if Harry Peck gave him a mention. He and his family may have become wealthy as guest house proprietors. The proprietor of the guest house at the corner of Dromana Pde and Seaview Ave in Safety Beach (that had been the clubhouse of the Dromana Country Golf Club from about 1938) also had a guest house in the mountains (Healesville?); summer holidays in the cool ranges were almost as popular as beach holidays in those days.

by janilye on 2012-01-20 19:36:16

Thanks itellya. It's 'Marlborough' I need not Montgomery.
Marlborough did marry in 1933 to the actress/singer Marie Magan, So it is the Fawcett - Magan marriage.
Marie died in one of the Montefiore homes for the aged, I think around 1997 and unfortunately her memory had gone.
They built a house on Dyce Murphy's land. But I don't know if this house is Fenstanton or not. I suppose it does look as if it is made of homemade bricks (which is what they did with the mud and the straw the same as with Dyce Murphy's house).
When Marlborough was born they were living at 'Corio'in Wellington St., Newmarket and he had two sisters.
Marlborough's mother was Frances Elizabeth FAWCETT 1861-1949 she was living at Denham Place Toorak when she died. Her husband was also named Marlborough and he died at 47 in April 1903.
The grandfather was Frank FAWCETT 1824-1904 he came out from Cambridge in the 1850s, married in Melbourne and dropped dead in the St.Georges Church in North Melbourne at 82.
Maybe young Marlborough's money was inheritance, I don't know! Being on the Art Advisory Committee for the Mornington Shire would not give him the income he need to live his lifestyle. When Marlborough joined up his mother was living at Sherbrooke Lodge Sherbrooke and that is no humpy. Marlborough's father is a blur, he must have had a quid.
Thanks for your help I'll keep looking.

by pdd2012 on 2012-02-26 01:09:37


Marlborough Fawcett was my great-uncle, the brother of my grandmother. As far as I know there were only 2 children to Frances and Marlborough snr, but I could be wrong

After my father died, we lost contact with Marie, so I had no idea of the circumstances of the last years of her life. Thank you for that information

We used to visit Fenstaton often as children. Yes it still exists today, and from the outside, looks little changed from how it was 50 years ago. Marlborough's mother was Frances Elizabeth Fawcett and her father was Edward Francis Fischer, (1828-1911) a goldsmith who moved from Austria to Geelong in the 1850s.There he set up a goldsmith studio, and became one of Australia's foremost gold and silversmiths. His work is collected in most Australian galleries. Later his sons continued the business which traded in Collins Street under the name Edward Fischer and Sons, up till 1916

Marie was slightly eccentric and seemed to have (or had aspirations of having) a privileged background. She claimed to have some connection to Winston Churchill! Whether that is true I don't know, but my memory of them is slightly bohemian , (I remember Marlborouh used to paint). They certainly were not well off

I hope this helps

by highview on 2012-02-26 17:49:35

Crichton-Shand notes-

I read with interest the comments on Hugh Crichton who married a Shand and their daughter Catherine having a fatal accident. You question whether she is the Catherine Crichton of Glen Lee buried at Dromana. My research shows Alexander Crichton born c1773 married Catherine Miller (Millar). From the Wigtownshire BMD archives -
CRICHTON Alex. - 7/10/1843 - At Quilkieston, parish of Stair on the 7th inst., Alex. Crichton aged 70 years. Mr Crichton has filled the office of 'factor' to Lord Glenlee for upwards of 40 years to the entire satisfaction of his worthy master, who, along with a large circle of friends, now deeply deplore his loss.

Sir William Miller was Lord Glenlee 2nd Bart. and his estate I believe to be 'Barskimming' Mauchline Ayrshire. Lord Glenlee was a judge, much can be found of this family on google.

Alex and Catherine Crichton's son Robert emigrated to Australia and farmed in Leongatha. I think the above explains where the name 'Glen Lee' (Glenlee) comes from as well as the name Catherine.

I will add this information to the Crighton & Parker journal.

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