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FRANKLINFORD NOTES:VIC, AUST.

Journal by itellya

Any new information found about Franklinford will be placed into this journal. It will mainly be concerned with locations and family connections.

A member of the Gervasoni family is running a website concerning the industrial heritage of the Ballarat region, which includes Franklinford.

Some genealogical websites have been mentioned previously. Any others that I discover will be listed in the brackets.
(MINOGUE, SARTORI, )

FAMILY CONNECTIONS will be listed in these brackets. Connections in the second set of brackets come only from the headstones list.
(PRICE-MINOGUE,ROBERTS-SWANSON, ROBERTSON-STRAWHORN, ROBERTS-WRIGHT(2), WRIGHT-DELMENBICO (Guildford),DOULE-DOOLAN, )
( HEADSTONES CORBEN-BARKER, CORBEN-GROVE, DOWNES-WHITLOCK, EBERY-SARTOTI, ELPHICK-PARKER, HARDING-NICHOLLS, HEFFORD-HARRIS, HENDERSON-SHRIVES, HIGGS-McKINNON, LECKIE-ROBERTSON, MARTIN-SCHAEFFER, McKINNON-WATERTON, McKINNON-GILLIES, PARRY-ROWLANDS, PHILLIPS, ROBERTS?, PHILIP-OSBORNE, PULLEN-SARTORI, SARTORI-JOHNSON, WOODWARD-WHIDBURN)

Thomas Price lived in Whybrow St; his house was called Auburn and was used as his mining company headquarters. Thomas married Julia E.Minogue and died at Auburn on 6-1-1904.Their only child was May. (Argus 16-1-1904 page 9 and other articles found on trove by googling Thomas Price.)

A goldfields heritage project in the area around Daylesford lists as site 45 the Minotti flour mill near the Jim Crow Creek on the Hepburn road. Guiseppi Pozzi was a partner in the mill.

ARGUS. 13-12-1918 PAGE 1. David Swanson's death notice shows that his sister was Mrs H.Roberts of Franklinford. They and other siblings named had probably grown up in Campbelltown (due west of Yandoit and just under 20 km from Franklinford) which was the residence of several, and their late parents, Mr and Mrs William Swanson.

ARGUS 8-4-1940 page 6. On 9-3-1940, Isobel Watson, youngest daughter of the late Mr and W.J.Strawhorn married James Wilkie, elder son of Mrs and the late J.W.Robertson of "The Mount" , Mt Franklin, at the Presbyterian church at Castlemaine. (The Strawhorns of "Mt Stuart" had bought Frank Dougall's homestead block at the same time as the Robertsons from Shepherd's Flat had bought an adjoining block of over 300 acres.This was yet another case, so common in farming communities, where neighbours married.)

ARGUS 20-5-1930 page 1. Hannah Vernon Roberts, who died in Geelong on 19-5-1930 was the wife of Llewellyn Roberts, formerly of Franklinford, , mother of Jessie and the fourth daughter of Reuben and Jessie Wright of Guildford.(See her brother, George Harvey Wright's death notice of 1936.)

ARGUS 15-9-1934 page 15. John Osborne of Sebastopol, obviously living with his daughter, and formerly of Franklinford, was the husband of the late Ruth Ann and father of Mrs William Dunn and Mrs P.M.Philips.

ARGUS 1-11-1865 page 7. THE GAZETTE.Samuel Woolmer Parker had been appointed to the school committee at Franklinford. As in many cases above, the second given name seems to be a pedigree clue.

ARGUS 4-12-1943 page 10. Peter Cope of Tallimba,N.S.W. dear little friend of the Doolans, had died in an accident at Franklinford.

ARGUS 5-3-1921 PAGE13. MISSING FRIENDS, MESSAGES. William Powell, Pentwyn Estate , Franklinford, had some good news for John Jones of England.

ARGUS24-3-1951 PAGE 23. There was to be a clearing sale on account of W.H.Phillip at Franklinford on 28 March.

ARGUS 31-3-1936 PAGE 1. The notice of George Harvey Wright's death at Cowra, N.S.W. shows that the other offspring of Reuben and Jessie Wright of Guildford were Annie, Margie?, Will, Lily (Mrs David Roberts), Dege? (deceased), Hannah Vernon (Mrs Llewellyn Roberts-deceased), Janie (Mrs Jack Powell) and Bena? (Mrs Charles Delmenico.) (Some names were hard to be sure of. I presume Charles Delmenico lived in Guildford. I believe the Delmenicos were running the Guildford pub in the mid 1960's. Kevin Delmenico, a Castlemaine star, moved to the big smoke to play with Footscray the year before Robbie Thompson went to the Bombers.

Just two asides, totally unrelated to Franklinford, but you might be interested.
Basketball is well established in Castlemaine but I bet nobody is aware of the contribution made by Geoff Bryce. He worked for the S.E.C. and was a dynamo who established basketball as a sport in Castlemaine. At that time there were probably a handful who had played the game, including Geoff, Jim Berry (a policeman who was tragically killed in a road accident) and myself. The first season, probably in 1966, was played on outside courts at St Mary's and wet weather found out who had exceptional ball-control. The next season we moved to the drill hall but the coat hooks on the wall had to be removed after my mid air flick to Robbie Ross resulted in me following through into the wall, inches from the hook. Those game enough to try refereeing had a steep learning curve.
Robbie Ross and David Broad were two of Castlemaine's young football champs while Derek Cowan was coaching the Maine. Robbie was a sensational, athletic full back but could not cope with Kyneton's Tarz Plowman; Tarz was so wide (in every direction) that even though Robbie flew about a metre higher, he could not reach the ball to spoil.
I coached High School in basketball and after a game one night David Broad invited me to a meeting of the Develop Castlemaine committee. I couldn't believe a youngster being so involved in community affairs. It did not surprise me to learn later that he became a Shire Secretary.

THE MERCURY (TAS.) 30-4-1910 page 8. Mrs Seamons of Franklinford won 2/6 by collecting Robur Tea coupons.

DOUGALL AND THE MOUNT FRANKLIN ESTATE.
It is likely then when Edward Stone Parker decided that Franklinford was the place for his aboriginal station, he was given a lease of a run, just as William Thomas was given the Tuerong Run on the Mornington Peninsula. It is likely that when the protectorate was abolished in 1848, or when the remaining aborigines were shuffled off to the Healesville Sanctuary site in 1864, the land was sold off by the Government. Edward Stone Parker would have been entitled to a pre-emptive right (640 acres or thereabouts per parish circa 1848 but probably less in 1864 because of land acts.) It seems that the alienation of the area near Franklinford occurred soon after 1848. G.Browne had established a property called Kildare and offered it for sale on page 1 of the Argus of 4-9-1862, because he was leaving the colony.
In 1913, 607 acres of the estate was offered for sale by W.F.Dougall, and the remaining 576 acres was to be offered for lease later on. This means that the Mt Franklin Estate then consisted of 1183 acres.(Argus 19-7-1913 page 2.) In 1923, it was incorrectly stated in one advertisement that the Dougalls had been on the Mt Franklin Estate for 60 years (Argus 19-11-1923 page 16, where acreages also appear to be wrong.) The Parkers were still on the estate in 1865. The advertisement on page 3 of the Argus of 16-6-1923 seems to be more precise regarding their tenure (50 years) and the acreages of the various lots.

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on 2012-03-02 23:15:36

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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