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FRANKLINFORD 3, VIC., AUST. (CHRONOLOGY FROM 1870.)

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A. 29-6-1877 page 8. Willam Bumstead was the manager of the Franklinford Gold mining Company which was to have a meeting at GOURLEY'S HOTEL, Franklinford and was making a call on shareholders.

A. 1-11-1877 page 5. William Robinson, agent for The Argus for Yandoit and Franklinford districts,was thrown from his horse when it bucked outside Webb's hotel in Guildford.

A. 18-1-1879 page 5. Government Gazette. William Bumstead was appointed electoral registrar for the Franklin and Strangways divisions of the electoral districts of Creswick and the North Western Province in the place of W.H.Draper, resigned.

A. 19-2-1892 page 3. A notice about intestate estates included William Marsh of Franklinford who had died on 2-10-1891.

17-3-1894 page 3 (Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser.) Roberts and Barry and Bull of Franklinford did well at the West Bourke Agricultural Society Show at Lancefield. They came 1st and 2nd in Two bags wheat and two bags oats while Bull won in malting barley.

8-6-1894, Alexandra and Yea Standard, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express, page 2. James, son of Neale Collins, County Derry, Ireland married Jenny, third daughter of Richard Molloy, Kangar Park, Franklinford on 15 May at St Francis', Franklinford.

A. 6-8-1899 page 8. The estate of the late Michael Sharry of Franklinford, farmer, deceased, left unadministered by Ellen Sharry,his executrix, may be granted in 14 days to Michael Collinan Gough of Daylesford, R.C. clergyman, during the minority of the infant children Michael, 16, and John, 14.

16-9-1899 page 16.(Australian Town and Country Journal.) Roberts and Parry of Franklin won 2nd prize at the Royal Melbourne Show for salt butter from a private dairy.

A. 9-11-1901 page 9. Mrs E.S.Cooper, Mr and Mrs Bumstead and Mr and Mrs R.Higgins thanked those who sent letters, telegrams and floral tributes.

2-5-1902 (Euroa Advertiser.) Richard Molloy, aged upward of 82, drowned at his property, Kangor Park, Franklinford. Arriving home, he had taken his horse to a dam so it could drink but was somehow thrown in. Until recently he had taken a lively interest in municipal affairs. (This information came from the Argus. Another account said that he was leading the horse which dragged him into the water. He probably had the reins twisted around his wrist because the horse was frisky upon seeing the long-awaited water.)

A. 19-8-1902 page 6. A hefty probate duty was paid on the estate of the late Richard Molloy, which was of a sworn value of 40 964 pounds 10 shillings and elevenpence.

A. 25-9-1902 page 1. Charlotte, the beloved wife of William Bumstead died at Franklinford on the 23rd. Their children were Mrs W.Little (Northcote), Mrs E.S.Cooper(Franklinford), Mrs G.E.Chapman (Golden Square) and Mrs W.P.Nichol (Warracknabeal.)

A. 2-11-1904 page 9. Patrick Molloy, a native of Ballinsloe, County Galway, Ireland, died at his residence, "Limestone", Yandoit on 2 November, aged 76.

A.8-11-1904 page 10. Probate of the will of Patrick Molloy of Yandoit was to be granted, after 14 days to John James Slattery, formerly a bank manager at Castlemaine but now a butter factory proprietor at Daylesford who was the sole executor appointed in the will. A later notice,(Argus 21-12-1904 page 5), stated the amount left to his widow and his sons. Unfortunately the widow's name was not given.* Francis Haven at Yandoit was donated to the Franciscan Friars by Dick and Laura Molloy. The friars moved into the homestead, apparently on 4-6-1981. The details of the donation are given in Franciscan News (vol.8 No.2) Was the homestead that of "Limestone" or "Kangar Park"?
(*I had not been able to find Bridget's death notice but tonight I finally found it in the 70th item in trove when I entered Bridget Molloy.The notice from page 13 of the Argus of 13-10-1928 is reproduced verbatim in the chronology and states that Bridget had died on the 11th October.Because her death notice had eluded me, and Bridget was not mentioned by name here or in Patrick Joseph's marriage notice of 25-4-1908, I had assumed that she had died and Patrick had remarried.)

A. 21-9-1907 page 3. SALE OF LAND AT MT FRANKLINFORD . (Ha, ha!) In the estate of the late Richard Molloy.
(See Horseman/ Molloy genealogy, after the chronology, and comment 6 about the Molloys at Yandoit.)
Lot 1, Kangar Park. Acreage, allotments indecipherable, section 5, allotments 7, 9-12 of section 9, and 6a, 9a, 9b and 10 of section 10, parish of Yandoit. The homestead had 10 rooms.
Lot 2, about 437 acres, parishes of Glenlyon and Holcome, occupied by BOLTON Bros.
Lot 3, 10 acres, parish of Glenlyon, occupied by Mrs Sheehy.
Lot 4, about 20 acres, parish of Franklin, occupied by Mr J.Thomas.
Lots 5-7, parish of Yandoit, 277? acres, parish of Yandoit, occupied by Mr R. CARTY.
Lot8, 10 acres, parish of Yandoit, occupied by Mr C.Higgins.
Lot 9, 38 acres, parish of Wombat, occupied by Mr D.COLLINS.
Lot 10, 45 acres, parish of Holcombe.
Lots 11-17 were in Franklinford township, totalling 24 acres of which 20 acres were occupied by Thomas Manning.
(Crown allotments and section numbers were given for each lot but the time necessary to record them was not justified without all parish and township maps being available. However the following property location in the advertisement helps a bit.)
The main road from Newstead to Dayleford runs through the great portion of the property, the (Franklinford) state school and general store being within a mile of the homestead.

A. 25-4-1908 page 13.At St Ambrose R.C.Church, Brunswick on 17 March, Patrick Joseph, the eldest son of the late Patrick Molloy Esq., "Limestone", Yandoit, married Fay, the eldest daughter of Thomas Bennett, ex sergeant of police of Killarney of Donald St Nth, Brunswick. Note that his mother's name is not given as was usual when the father had died.PERHAPS BRIDGET WAS INFIRM OR SUFFERING FROM DEMENTIA AND PATRICK JOSEPH WAS ASHAMED OF HER. Another mystery is John Molloy of "Limestone", Guildford. Neither Patrick nor Richard Molloy had a son called John. Was he Richard and Patrick's brother or cousin? Henry Guildford Molloy was most likely John Molloy's son.

A. 22-3-1909 page 8. Thomas Alfred Edgar Morrison, a clerk in the Railways office in Spencer St, who had been talking to David Henderson of Shepherd's Flat and was seen riding quickly by Annie Dempsey 100 yards from where he died was discovered at 8 o'clock the next morning by David Dimsey, state school teacher.As the accident happened about 7:45 , it was probably getting dark and Thomas had skidded on a stone and fallen onto a rock, breaking his neck. Mr Dimsey who had been the teacher at Franklinford for 17 years when he was promoted to Trentham at the start of the following year(A. 27-1-1910 page 5),identified the body.


A.19-9-1911 page 9. Percival Phillip of Franklinford State School, presumably the teacher, wrote about the continuous blasting sounds at Franklinford and fears of an eruptions in the community. (Mt Franklin, like Mt Macedon, is a long-dormant volcano.)

A.16-8-1913 page 13. Llewellen, the third son of Mr and Mrs William Roberts of Brynhfryd, Franklinford, married Hannah Vernon, the fourth daughter of Mrs Jessie Wright and the late Reuben Wright of Loddon Valley, Guildford, at the Methodist Church in Daylesford on 19 July.

A. 22-1-1914 page 10. Frank Dougall had leased his Mt Franklin Estate and was moving to Melbourne.

10-5-1918 page 5 (Ballarat Courier.) An 18 year old Franklinford girl was assaulted while returning home from lectures.F.Semmons from the local area had been arrested. (One would assume that the lectures were not at Franklinford so the public transport must have been better than one would expect. The offender was from the Daylesford area so she may have been assaulted there while waiting for a coach -or a T model.)

18-11-1918 page 4 (Ballarat Courier.) Private N.Pavish, invalided, was welcomed back to Yandoit. (The correct spelling is Pavich as shown in a death notice.

A. 1-11-1921 page 1. Julia, wife of Daniel Dempsey of Franklinford, mother of Annie Scheggia of Franklinford, David, James, Daniel (deceased), Jack, Nicholas, Carli and Joseph, and sister of Mrs Gervasoni of Newstead and Mrs N.Pavich of Yandoit, died on 30 October aged 53 years.

A. 19-8-1923 page 16. The Strawhorn's had purchased the homestead block of Dougall's Mt Franklin Estate and ROBERTSON of Shepherds Flat had bought the adjoining lot of over 300 acres, the location that I recall.

A. 13-10-1928 page 13. DEATHS. MOLLOY. On the 11th October at Ballara Private Hospital, Castlemaine, Bridget, relict of the late Patrick Molloy and loving mother of Mary Ann (deceased), Elizabeth, Jane, Margaret, Joseph, Katherine, and Richard, aged 90 years.

13-7-1930, Sunday Times (Perth), page 2. During the week Mrs T.M.Dunkley returned by the trans train to her home Palsey, South Yarra.-----. Old Victorians will remember Mrs Dunkley as one of the wealthy and beautiful Molloy sisters of Kangar Park, Franklinford, near Daylesford.The objects of her trip were to visit her only son who is farming at Noongar and to attend the wedding of Miss Edna West from Mt Lawley and Clive Elston (who werealso at Noongar. Noticing the similar ending of Kangar and Noongar prompts me to wonder if the Kanga Track near Franklinford (as seen in maps on the internet) should actually be the Kangar Track. It may actually be that; the road near the cemetery is labelled Satori instead of Sartori.

A. 20-10-1930 page 1. The funeral of William Strawhorn's beloved wife, Grace, was to leave her residence, Mt Stuart, Franklinford, for the Franklinford Cemetery.

A. 12-4-1939 page 7. A combined school picnic was held at the Yandoit Park. (This involved athletics etc.) The cup was won by Franklinford again and it was presented to its captain, Miss A.Phillips.At the dance later, the novelty dance winners were Mr Roy Sartori and Miss M. Powell. (The Sartori family seems to be the only family from the 1960's still living at Franklinford!)

A. 11-8-1939 page 10. On 9 August Isabella, the dearly beloved wife of of the late Robert L. Phillip of Franklinford had died. She was the mother of Lucy (deceased), Robert L. (Kilmore), James F. (late A.I.F.), Percy N.(Carnegie), William A. (Franklinford), and Ernest R. (Bendigo.) The family seemed accident prone. Lucy almost certainly died from burns received when her clothes ignited while she was whitewashing a fireplace (Argus 28-7-1914 page 12), her brother Robert was kicked in the head by a draught horse (A. 4-11-1914 page 11) and the same unfortunate or his father sustained a broken leg when a bolting horse slammed him against a pole at the agricultural show.

A. 3-11-1943 page 2. Catherine, relict of the late James Stewart of Franklinford, died at Sandon on Nov.2 at 74. (Should Stuart St, Franklinford, be Stewart St? It may have been named after "Mt Stuart", the property established by Strawhorn senior in about 1898.)

A. 27-4-1955 page 14. Alice Gray Morrison, youngest daughter of the late James and Margaret Morrison of Spring Vale, Yandoit, had died at the age of 77.

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