FRANKLINFORD 2, VIC., AUST. (FRANKLINFORD CHRONOLOGY : YEAR DOT TO 1869.)
A FRANKLINFORD CHRONOLOGY.
As it is unlikely that there were any directories for Franklinford, this information may help family historians.(A=The Argus, S= The Star, Ballarat.)
DOT. The Franklinford area was inhabited by the Gunangara Gundidj clan of the Dja Dja Wurrung. They remained during the tenure of the Protectorate and when this was ended by the Government in 1848, six settled at Franklinford.
TOMMY FARMER was the only one of these to survive until 1864 when he and all other aborigines were forcibly removed to the site of the Healesville Sanctuary.
(26-5-2004. Susan Rankin, an elder of the clan reclaimed traditional land.)
JUNE 1841. Edward Stone Parker establishes the protectorate. The Government, probably cash-strapped because of the depression of the 1840's, closes it on 31-12-1848 for purely economic reasons, but the Parkers and six of the clan remain.
A.10-1-1855 PAGE 4. JIM CROW RANGES. Refuting a claim that there weren't enough stores in the area, the correspondent said there were plenty of stores. He was probably referring to Yandoit when he said that there were two hotels in the township and a large cordial manufactory had just commenced near the Clarence Hotel.(I'm not sure whether Franklinford had one or two stores in 1862. The inquest was held in Bumstead's store but Dyett was the only storekeeper mentioned,so he was probably leasing Bumstead's store. There was obviously no pub at Franklinford in 1862 as grog was obtained from Dyett.There was a hotel in Franklinford by 1877.)
A. 16-2-1859 page 4. A notice from the G.P.O. stated that closing times for mail to Franklinford was 4:30 p.m. and that mail from Franklinford was due in Melbourne at 8 a.m.
S. 25-6-1861 page 1s. YANDOIT. Messrs Morrison, Heyneman and Forster had been nominated as Justices of the Peace at a meeting but as Forster declined Mr Brown of Franklinford was nominated in his stead.
The coach from Ballarat to Castlemaine could not cross the Jim Crow Creek and the passengers had to spend the night at Yandoit.
S. 7-8-1861 page 1s.Messrs Fraser and MacDonald were elected in the Franklinford and Strangways division of the Creswick District.
20-11-1861 page 1s. Dominico Formoso had been killed in a tunnel collapse near Franklinford. He must have made known his intention to remove some timber because he was warned not to do so.
S. 25-12-1861 page 1s. A respected townsman of Yandoit, Guillaume Rachinger, had died.
The fence of the old cemetery at Franklinford, chosen by the first settlers and containing the remains of some, was so dilapidated that stock were grazing on it. Residents of Franklinford and Yandoit were asked to bestir themselves themselves to do something as, not being gazetted, the cemetery could not receive funds to remedy the situation.
1862. Carlo Sartori applied for land in the parish of Yandoit under the Act designed to encourage novel industrial enterprises. (Victorian Government Gazette 1862, volume 2.) This meant that when Mr Eric Sartori volUnteered to water the garden of S.S.257, Franklinford in the summer of 1966-7, his family had been in the area for at least 104 years and their tenure now is at least 150 years!
S. 17-10-1862 page 4. BRUTAL MURDER AT FRANKLINFORD.
I'll let you enjoy reading about the drama in numerous accounts from which details of the cast have been assembled. PHILLIP TURNER,the accused,a wooden fencer, who,while drunk, hit Mary for losing a ring and bashed her for "making connection" with Dyett;
MARY SIDDONS,called Poll, the intemperate victim, who had lived with Turner for some time;
CHARLES NORTON DYETT,storekeeper who sold grog and whose father-in-law also lived at Franklinford;
PHILLIP JOHNSON, a labourer who had a hut a quarter of a mile from Dyett's store, with a small field of oats behind it, and had known the deceased for 7 years;
JAMES BRACE,a labourer who lived with Johnson;
CONSTABLE H.BURROWS,stationed at Yandoit;
JOSEPH PARKER,farmer residing between Dyett's store and Johnson's hut;
HENRY ARMSTRONG,a storekeeper at Yandoit who happened to be at Franklinford the next day;
OTTO (KOLBAN/KOLBAU),a medical man residing at Yandoit who treated the dying Poll in vain;
DRS J.McKAY and DOW, the former a legally qualified medical practitioner at Castlemaine, who conducted the post mortem.
WILLIAM BUMSTEAD, who was not involved in the case but owned the store in which the inquest was held. He was still at Franklinford for at least 15 more years, as you will see.
S. 2-6-1864 page 3. Morrison and party had let their Christmas Reef mine on tribute to Kinlock and party. The tunnels on the Franklinford side of Jim Crow Creek were yielding well.Mackenzie and Dolan and their parties were also busy.
A. 25-7-1864 page 2. A site for a cemetery at Franklinford has been reserved from sale.
S. 29-8-1864 page 3. Residents of the area including Franklinford asked J.H.Wheeler of the Daylesford Steam Saw Mills to stand for the legislative assembly.
S. 8-10-1864 page 1s. The gold struck in Mr Parker's paddock has caused a little sensation.Calbert, Werry, Gray, Glouster, Brewer, Hopkins, Mackenzie, Thomas, Evans, Harris and Wray were all leading parties at Shicer's Gully. I had presumed that Shicer's Gully was near Franklinford but I have seen Shicers Gully Rd east of Guildford.
Goldsmith's Reef (now called Brown's Reef), in German's Gully, was sold to Mr Christopher Brown, who has produced 108 ounces of gold so far. Mr Campbell had applied for a reef but the miners got it. (William Campbell, after whom Campbells Creek was named, had returned home in 1854 but had come back and been elected to parliament by 1862.)
S. 13-10-1864 page 1. William Bumstead, Richard Molloy, Charles Menzies and Edward Stone Parker to be trustees of Franklinford cemetery.
A. 1-5-1865 page 6. A man was accused of a violent attempt to dishonout Mrs Abbios of Mt Franklin.
A. 17-5-1865 page 7. William Bumstead, Joseph Parker and Richard Molloy were to be members of the school committee at Franklinford.
A. 3-10-1866 page 5. James Morrison was to replace the late Edward Stone Parker as a trustee of the cemetery, Franklinford and Yandoit.
A. 12-10-1866 page 6. Ambrose Draper, newsagent, Franklinford, was insolvent.
A. 7-8-1867 page 5. The Government offered a reward of 25 pounds for the discovery of the body of James Warner, alias Brassey who had been missing since 16 June. He had been last seen drinking in the house of a man named Minogue at Franklinford. A good description was given of the well-known Ballarat pugilist.
A. 11-9-1867 page 4.Walter Alexander, the eldest child and only son of William and Charlotte Bumstead of Franklinford, died of heart disease, aged 10 years and 8 months. The Illustrated News For Home Readers, page 15 of the 20-9-1867 adds the information that he died at the residence of Mr Cocking, Guildford, after a painful illness of 5 months.
A. 29-9-1868 page 2s. In the estate of Alexander Pozzi, wine seller, intestate, Daylesford, letters of administration may be granted in 14 days to Stefano Pozzi, wine seller, Daylesford and Guiseppi Pozzi, Franklinford, miller, brothers of Alexander Pozzi. I wonder if Guiseppi milled his flour at the end of Mill St, Franklinford!
A. 24-9-1869 page 1.WANTED.A teacher for the Franklinford Common School; must be certified. Applications with testimonials will be received to the 30th inst. Average attendance for the last month, 44. Thomas Fleming, correspondent. It should not be assumed that Thomas Fleming lived in Franklinford, despite Flemming Rd (as given in the interactive online map) ending at Fiveways. I believe that the Government had Boards of Advice overseeing all schools in their district. A Dromana historian fell into this trap. Flemming seems to be yet another spelling mistake on the interactive map.See Fleming in headstones list. Trove soon proved that Thomas was a Franklinford resident. He was a good ploughman and his daughter died from poisoning after pricking herself with a needle.
28-6-1869 page 3, Empire, Sydney. The Daylesford Mercury reported on 22 June that Richard Horseman, a small settler living near Mr Molloy's farm, Franklinford,committed suicide. He had asked his wife to go outside and see if a neighbour had commenced fencing and tying the trigger to a slab of the house, he pulled the muzzle toward him.
A. 27-10-1869 page 4. Ambrose Draper of Franklinford had married Lydia Wright, third daughter of George Dando of Malmsbury, Somersetshire, at Emerald Hill (South Melbourne.)(Had George been an early resident of Malmsbury and responsible for its name? Is that how Ambrose met Lydia?)
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