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ADAMS James Smith Adams, Mornington butcher and councillor, who had much land on the east side of the peninsula, was killed in an accident.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 14-11-1895.)

McKAY James McKay, a fisherman at Rosebud near Dromana and popularly known as "Dingy Jemmy", set off in his boat (described in great detail)for Sorrento on the 7th, was seen at Rye with others in the boat, and was believed to have had a watery grave by the 20th. (P.5, column 4, Argus, 20-2-1874.)

All of these names are connected by my efforts to find if Joseph Story, assessed as a hotelkeeper at Dromana in 1875, but not owning one, actually had been granted a licence.

Richard Watkin built the beautiful Dromana Hotel in about 1857 (WRONG; SEE THE DROMANA HOTEL JOURNAL) and its photo appeared in Spencer Jackson's huge advertisement 70 years later; the photo was probably used because a snap of the pub at that time would not have attracted tourists or land purchasers for Spencer's Foreshore and Panoramic Estates; the transition to what we now see would not have been attractive. The present owner, Ray Stella, showed me internal brickwork that survived Lou Carrigg's modernisation.
WATKIN?BANNER.?On the 20th inst., at Mornington, by the Rev. Mr. Abrahams, Henry Watkin, only son of Richard Watkin, of the Dromana Hotel, to Sarah Anne Banner, the adopted daughter of Charles Barnett, Esq. Home papers please copy. (P.4, Argus, 24-6-1872.)

Charles Barnett was granted crown allotment 13 of section 1, Kangerong, a triangular block bounded by Palmerston Ave,Jetty Rd and Boundary Rd. It consisted of about thirty six and a half acres but when Charles was first assessed on it in 1865, it was described as being 34 acres with a 6 roomed house on it.

By 1879, Charles Barnett, gentleman, was assessed only on three town lots, having apparently sold the 34 acres; George Robert Dawes, mariner, who was assessed on 34 acres, Kangerong having possibly bought it.As the town lots were not granted to Charles, it is not possible to specify their locations.

BARNETT.?On the 23rd inst., at his residence, Dromana, Charles Barnett, of Tottenham, Middlesex,England, aged 72, after long and painful illness.
Home papers please copy. (P.1, Argus, 28-4-1884.)

William Dixon Scurfield* bought five crown allotments between Permien and Foote Streets, each half acre having a frontage to both streets, starting forty metres from the esplanade, and I believe the Scurfield hotel was on one or both of the half acre blocks fronting the Esplanade (beach road.) The original post office in Dromana, on the west corner of Foote St, was run by Mr Dawes, and later was a home called "Carnarvon". This corner block was purchased by Scurfield and A.Walker on 10-5-1858 and I had a suspicion that Dawes had built Carnarvon there after the hotel, now called the Arthurs Seat Hotel,burnt down in the 1997-8 summer. However, as the last entry in HISTORY NOTES (1)shows, Dawes was alive and kicking(just) at Dromana at least two decades previously.
(*Scurfield was an original purchaser of land in Broadmeadows Township,which is now called Westmeadows. The Scurfield Hotel was the first pub in Dromana and was operated by Richard Watkin before he established the Dromana Hotel in 1862.)

Watkin owned the Dromana Hotel for ages. It was far more substantial than Scurfield's and was the venue for council meetings. The most sensational event at Scurfield's involved a young man being immensely touched by a priest from Mornington, if you get my Derryn Hinch type drift.The last assessment I've seen of Scurfield re the hotel was on 2-9-1871, the 1872 and 1873 assessments having been left off the microfiche. By 1874, George Assender was the publican and he remained for some time. Joseph Story was described as a hotelkeeper in 1875 so he was probably leasing one of the hotels without paying the rates; he paid rates on 30 acres and six town lots.

The Wainwrights took over Scurfield's Hotel in the mid to late 1880's but Catherine's husband died and she married blacksmith, William Allison, who became the licensee briefly before returning to his trade.

The rate collector assessed Lawrence Murphy on both Hotels in 1897-8. The nett annual value of the Arthurs Seat Hotel was 70 pounds in 1897 but only 20 (amended to 10) pounds in 1898. I think you can guess why! I couldn't understand why a publican would want to compete with himself. A former coach proprietor, Lawrence was a model citizen, the prime mover in getting a Catholic Church for Dromana, before moving to Rennison's (The Royal) on the Esplanade at Mornington where he died. I felt guilty about suspecting Lawrence of Arson around.

Then, when I finally found the article about the fire (which started internally, not sweeping down the hill as Spencer Jackson put it in 1927), I found that the licensee was Charles Brown. The rate collector obviously did not read the Mornington Standard.

The licence for the Arthurs Seat Hotel was transferred from Lawrence Murphy to Charles Brown and the licence for the Dromana Hotel was transferred from T.Gibson to L.Murphy. (P.3, Mornington Standard, 3-12-1896.) T.Gibson was probably Tom Gibson, the brother of Walter Gibson of Glenholm; Tom died on 20-9-1900 at the age of 64. (P. 82 A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.)

The foundation stone at the front of the Dromana Hotel is visible to any passer-by on the footpath. The inscription gives the date and states that it was laid by Mrs Lou Carrigg. Funny how a married woman had to use her husband's given name as well as changing her surname! Her name was probably Ellen.

The Dromana Hotel Licence was transferred from Ellen C.Carrigg (executrix of L.Carrigg) to Ellen C.Carrigg. (P.2, Argus, 30-9-1941.)

DARLEY of Flinders.
At this stage I have no explanation why Mrs J.Darley (Sarah Elizabeth) would be the mother of children with the name of Martin. Were they children of Thomas Ormiston Martin? John Saville Darley and Sarah Elizabeth (nee Bear)apparently called their property "The Rest" and this passed to Thomas Holland from Clifton Hill, who seems to have moved to Flinders in 1908. William Edwin and Jane Darley called their property "Hiawatha".

MARRIED.On the 19th March, at Brighton, by the Rev. E. Greenwood, Congregational Minister, George, eldest son of Mr. George Falkingham, of Sandhurst, to Miss Mary Ann Martin, eldest daughter of Mrs. J.Darley, of Flinders, and grand-daughter of Mrs. J. Bear, of Bay-street, Brighton.

On the 19th March, at Brighton, by the Rev. E. Greenwood, Congregational Minister, Thomas, second son of Mr. G. Falkingham, of Sandhurst, to Miss Ruth Martin, youngest daughter of Mrs. J. Darley, of Flinders, and grand-daughter of Mrs. J. Bear, of Bay-street, Brighton.(P.2, Bendigo Advertiser, 23-3-1872.)

DARLEY. -On the 24th March, at Flinders, John Saville Darley, the beloved husband of Sarah Elizabeth Darley, aged 62 years. (P.1, Argus, 26-3-1901.)

FALKINGHAM.--On the 11th July, at Woolton, South-terrace, Clifton Hill, Florence Eleanor Falkingham, beloved second eldest daughter of Ruth and the late Thomas Falkingham, sister of Mrs. T. Holland, Clifton Hill, and Mrs, J.H.Squires, Sydney,granddaughter of Mrs. S.E.Darley, Flinders. (P. 9, Argus, 12-7-1902.)

FALKINGHAM. On the 11th inst., at 3 Marlton-crescent, St. Kilda, suddenly, Mary Ann, the dearly beloved wife of Rev. George Falkingham, granddaughter of the late Mrs. Mary Ann Bear, of Brighton, daughter of Mrs. John S. Darley, of Flinders, sister of Mrs. Thomas Falkingham, of North Fitzroy, Mr. Robert B. Martin, of Parkville, and Mr. Henry A. Martin, of Flinders, aged 43 years. "The memory of the just is blessed."
(P.1, Argus, 18-8-1894.)

DARLEY.--On the 10th August, at Flinders, Jane,dearly beloved wife of William Darley, loved mother of Florence, Annie, Katie, William, Fadille?, and Lionel, aged 57 years.(P.1, Argus,16-8-1929.)

MRS. R. FALKINGHAM and FAMILY desire to return their sincere THANKS to the Residents of Flinders and District Members of Agricultural Society, Cable Staff, and Mechanics' Institute, for Letters of Condolences, Telegrams, Floral Offerings and Proffered Services, to assist them during illness of the late Mrs S. E. Darley.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 21-3-1908.)

DARLEY.-On the 18th February, at the Rest,Flinders, Mrs. S. E. Darley, relict of the late J. S. Darley, and daughter of the late Mrs. H. A. Bear, Brighton, loved mother of Mrs. Ruth Falkingham, aged 70 years.
(P.1, Argus, 20-2-1908.)

DARLEY -On the 31st March (passed peacefully away) at his residence, Hiawatha, Flinders, William Edwin husband of the late Jane and dearly loved father of Florence, Annie (Mrs Kay), Kattie, William, Saville and Lionel, aged 76 years. (P.8, Argus, 2-4-1938.)

HOLLAND.-Presumed lost at sea. July. 1942. Harry Darley, civilian internee, Rabaul, beloved husband of Winnie, loving father of Fred and Betty, 18 Simpson st.. East Melbourne.

HOLLAND.-Presumed lost at sea. Julv, 1942 Harry Darley, civilian Internee, Rabaul, much loved eldest son of Mrs. T. and the late Thomas Holland. The Rest. Flinders, grandson of Mrs. Ruth Falkingham.

HOLLAND.-Presumed lost at sea. July, 1942 Harry Darley, civilian internee, Rabaul, the beloved brother of Tas. Trav. Bert. Cliff, and Tan, Rena (Mrs. George Smith Flinders), Flo (Mrs. B. G. Feely. Glen Iris). Clarice (Mrs. T. W. Hosking. Shoreham), and Alma.
(P.16, Argus, 5-11-1945.)

O'DONNELL-DARLEY.- Marie Patricia, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. O'Donnell, Clifton, Willaura, to Saville Darley, Currie, King Island, second son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Darley, Hiawatha, Flinders.

(Email to toolaroo.)
Wiseman's Deviation is the name given to the south end of White Hill Rd, the former south end being Sheehans Rd. I believe that White Hill Rd was actually called WHITE'S HILL RD by those who used it regularly; in A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, Colin McLear called it the Red Hill road.

I had always thought it strange that a place near Red Hill was called WHITE HILL, and thought it was absolutely stupid that the original centre (school, post office, township blocks) of RED HILL was on a WHITE hill.

You can read the full article on page 5 of the Mornington Standard of 29-7-1905 but here's the mention of White's Rd , which was most likely named after Robert White (formerly of crown allotment 18 Wannaeue and later of Crib Point.)

MEETING AT BALNARRING. : A meeting of the East Riding rate payers of the shire of Flinders and Kangerong, convened by Crs Davies and Buckley, was held on Wednesday evening to consider the advisability of buying land and constructing a deviation at White's hill.- A majority of the ratepayers put in an appearance. Cr Shand moved that Cr Davies take the chair.-Cr Davies objected and moved that Mr Buckley take the chair, which was carried unanimously. The Chairman, in opening the meeting, said the ratepayers had been called together to consider the proposed deviation. As the proposed work was at the extreme end of the riding, many of them might not at first be in favor of spending so much money, but when they considered the state of the existing road, and the amount it would cost to effectively repair it, and also the distance those using the road were from the station, and that they would be content with buying the land and fencing it, and not doing much more for 12 months, he thought it was an expedient thing, and that they should strain a point and construct the devia tion. (Applause.) He then called on CrDavies to give his views. Cr Davies said that, in conjunction with Cr Buckley, he had called the meeting. When the new engineer (Mr M'Kenzie) was appointed he was instructed to take the levels. He did so, and reported favorably. Then the councillors of the east and centre ridings, accompanied by the engineer,visited the place and inspected it, and as far as the proposed deviation was concerned, from what he could see, it would be a good road. He considered it would cost at least ?100,and he did not think they were justified in spending it. The old road had cost them more than ?100 already. The best way would be to repair it, doing a little every year, according to what money they had. .Mr Buckley said that the old road would cost so much to effectively repair that they would not save much. He would like to have the deviation, but thought it should be subsidised by the centre riding. Cr Shand said there was a lot of talk about the centre riding using the road, but, as a matter of fact, only the two M'lroys and Smith used the road; Cr Davies said there were other roads that required deviations, and if they did that one they would have to do others. Mr Gibson (to Cr Davies) : Which do you think would be the best road- the old one or the deviation ? Cr Davies: If the old road was not repaired the deviation would be the best. Mr M'Kenzie said it seemed rather strange for him to be addressing a meeting like the present, but he thought that the ratepayers should know how the matter stood. He had taken the levels, and found the gradient of the old road was 1 in 9. That was far too steep and consequently caused the maintenance of the road to be a difficult matter. He might tell them that, under his certificate, he was not allowed by Government to pass a road with the grade steeper than 1 in 11, and,if they metalled the old road, if he stuck strictly to the law, he could not pass it. The grade in the deviation would be about 1 in 20, and there could be no comparison between the roads. He could assure them that the work would not cost more than ?100. and, seeing that the metalling of the old road would cost nearly as much, and provide a much inferior road, he would strongly advise the deviation. Mr Gunn:-What would you do with the storm waters? Mr M'Kenzie: Allow them to take their natural course. Mr Gunn : -Into Mr Jones' land? Mr M'Kenzie : Yes, if that is the natural course. Mr Hurley: You say that the land and forming will cost ?90. "' Mr M'Kenzie : The whole cost will be less than ?100. Cr Shand : As there is so much talk of money, I will guarantee that the users will clear the road, and, if required, form it. - Mr Stanley said he had been against the deviation, as he thought it would cost too much, but he had had a look at the road, and it was in a fearful condition, and as the engineer stated the cost would not be more than ?100, and as those who used the road were offering to help, he thought that they should do like, Mr Bent and help those who helped themselves, and make the deviation. Mr M'Kenzie could assure them the cost would not be more than he had stated, and there was ?25 in hand which was placed on the estimates for that hill, and which any ratepayer could compel them to spend there, and adding that to the ?15 placed on the estimates last year and not spent, made a total of ?40 available for the work. and would not leave a great deal to be provided. Cr Buckley. was concerned in the convening of the meeting. He thought that as the money was to be spent at one end of the riding, and largely for the benefit of the next riding,that they had a right to be consulted and would like to see them give a straight out vote on the subject. According to the survey. the deviation when formed would make a real good road and he was in favor of it if the centre riding would provide half the cost of the land and fencing. The east riding was in a rather bad position, as it had to spend three quarters of its rates in making roads for other ridings. There was Cr Nowlan always agitating for a little more metal on the coach road, and Cr Shaw and Shand agitating for the road in question. He thought that perhaps at the next council meeting these gentlemen would place ?25 or so for the deviation and if so he considered they should make it as they might never have the chance of obtaining the land again. When the road to Dromana was made through the centre riding, this riding had to subsidise it. (My text corrections end here.) Theni there was ? 25 in band that year and ?15 from last. Cr Davies said this ?25 was not put on for White's hill but for the whole road. 't Cr.Buckley:iThnioa money.wa " on the estiiaiites speciatly for lj Mr Parrell said two cou rr ie flatly, contradicting e:iih bt. F.e: ? haps Mr M'Kenz'e could idifori"'hep ? which was righti. '! Mr M'Ksnzte' said the nmoney ? jib put on for Whites'. Hill. Mr Oswin, send;' said when he? was in the` council "he moved that th, Dunn's Creek. bridge hbe raised, arid obtained ?14 " from the east riding towards it. That was all the isubsidis= ing that the east riding had doiie:' :Mr Morris said 'the Cyclonie -feding could be: erected, posts and all, for ?36 a mile; so that the 40? chains riquired could not cost ?25. Cr Ose in said that, owing to so many, s.eake a and interjectors; Itt was difficult to know what. to aay" and what" to leave out.:: :He'would like to poltit out that Cr Davies'couild iot 'logieilly be against the' deviation, :?as hi i: iily reason seemed to ?be that those w'ho used :it: aiere :mostly: ri'eidentis -:- f. another' riding. ' It' :seemed r'ath"er absurd on Cr Davies' part to advance this reason, seeing ,hat, largely 'thro'gh OCi Davies' agency, ?120 per''annumr for the' last 8 years hli'd 'ben eperit on the coach road, notwithstanding that the maijority of the people using it were Fliiders'" residents. He (the speaker) admitted that the coach road should be properly maintained, but thougbht that. 'sometimes.it got a little more than its share. ' On' entering the council, he 'made a pledge- that: he " would' con scientiouisly carry out his dutiei to the best of his ability, and, 'as a straight main he intended to do so. He thought his colleagues were in rather' a curioui fix; as they bad been appointed :a' a committee to inspect the deviationp and, instead of reporting to' the council, they had called a meeting of ratepayers to n'struct them in their duties; but, still, he thought they were sincere in their action. Last year they allotted ?15 for metal for -the- hill, but as the contract price was high, they thought there might be a ring amongst' the contractors, and .declined to let the work. That year there was ?25 ayaii able, but they agreed"'not to spend the money until they had settled about the deviation, and in the coming estimates ?20 would hbe a fair thing, making a total of ?60, so .the ratepayers could see for themselves that the deviation would not cost so much, afterall. They all knew that when he gave a pledge he stuck to it. He pledged. has word that if the deviation was constructed it would be done : without robbing any other, portion of the riding of any money it was jus'lv entitled to. He considered that Crs Davies', and Brick ley, instead of asking the. ratepayers to advise them, should have 'formed a, ,opinion: otheir own> anna iven. the Cr.Buckley had been in favor of -t every time it was brought. up, if 'the centre riding would sub'idise it. SCr Oswin: Yes,' you are in favor of it with a condition. . Mr. Van Suylen was the only tenderer for t.,e metal on -Whites' Hill and his price was'4s 61-a v ry' fair one-and t:here was no nrng. Cr.Oswin did not say 'that there was, buint that therm might have been.' Cr Shand : Here is Cr.Davies with' 300 acres, of land; and paying 30s rates, and he (the speaker) -was paying ?12. :He had a metal road 'from his place.to the station, and he obj-eted to them having a li tie metal.. ' " The Chairman : Please do. not make any personal 'remarks.:: 'Mr"Farrell said they had ,heard:: the' views of councillors and thni engineer, and all those for and again-t it, and he thoughththe best th;ings. would be to leave itin Ihe.hands of .he conncil' as tIhey could be sure= hey ` would consider Ie ,,ist er judicially and give all fair r,.iment. He w,'uld move to that Sffrct. Or Davies:. Oh..I.; on't think. that' is rieht at all. I am against it and think that this meeting is.. ... Mr Farrell :I bee to point out to Mr Davies that he, is one. o` the oenncillors into whose hands we leave SMr James seconded the motion., Mr Oswin sen, supported the motion. Ee thotuht the.' councillors "should manage the business of thd'.- council; and accept the resoonsiblity. If they.did wrone I:ey cohld find them out at election tite ?"The nio ion wa carrited bi. 2i otes

Plenty of sources state that Barnes was about the only gold miner to make much money at the Tubbarubba diggings. The following gives his initials and the duration of his mining lease.

APPLICATION FOR A MINING LEASE OF PRIVATE PROPERTY. In pursance of the Act of Parliament 54 Victoria, No. 1120, it is hereby notified that after the expiration of one month from the date hereof it is intended to grant the lease undermentioned, subject to such excisions, modifications, and reservations as may be necessary. CASTLEMAINE DISTRICT. 81, ST. ANDREW'S DIVISION. No. 3067. To expire on 3rd October,1910, W. W. Barnes, 25a. Or. 31p., Bull Dog Creek, parish of Kangerong. H. FOSTER, Minister of Mines. Office of Mines. Melbourne, 20th June, 1896.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 25-6-1896.)

See the end of the RINGROSE entry in my journal DICTIONARY HISTORY OF RED HILL(rates information and comments.)

Extract from Dromana, Rosebud and Miles Around on Trove.
GOODBYE OLD FRIENDS. (Mornington Standard 19-9-1895 page 2.) A large crowd attended the funeral of Mr Hillis, an old resident of Red Hill. Mr C.Roberts of Main Creek, another old resident, also died recently.
William Hillis whose surname was often written as Hillas, had ?Summer Hill? at Main Creek north of Wilsons Rd and land adjacent to Henry Dunn?s ?Four Winds? on the top of White Hill near the McIlroys Rd corner. (The Butcher, the Baker, The.) Roberts Rd follows the track used by the Shands to transport timber from their saw mill to Red Hill. (Keith Holmes.)

I had thought that Hill was the nickname of William Hillis, in whose name grants in the parish of Wannaeue were issued but the following genealogical information shows that William James Hillis was the first child of Hill Hillis. Hill was the brother-in-law of James McKeown and was probably the reason that McKeown moved from Warrnambool to Red Hill. Hill seems to have selected 50 or 54 acres of land that was granted to James McKeown (see rate information below.

Hillis, Hill b. 1817 d. 1895 Dromana Victoria Gender: Male
(Parents: Father: Hillis, Frank Mother: Collins, Margaret)
Spouse: McKeown, Sarah b. 1822 d. 1900 Dromana Victoria Gender: Female
(Parents:Father: McKeown, William Mother: Collings, Mary Ann )
Children: Hillis, William James; Hillis, Mary Ann; Hillis, Sarah Jane; Hillis, Odessa (b. 1864 Victoria
Gender: Female); Hillis, Hadassah

Hillis, Frank Spouse: Collins, Margaret Children:Hillis, Hill

McIlroy, Joseph Marriage: 1877
Spouse: Hillis, Sarah Jane b. 1857 Belfast d. 1898 Dromana Victoria
Parents:Father: Hillis, Hill Mother: McKeown, Sarah

Spouse: Hillis, Mary Ann b. 1846 d. 1920 Malvern Melbourne
Parents: Father: Hillis, Hill Mother: McKeown, Sarah

White, Robert
Marriage: 1899
Spouse: Hillis, Hadassah b. 1864 d. 1927 Prahran Melbourne
Parents:Father: Hillis, Hill Mother: McKeown, Sarah


Colin McLear throws more light on the Hillis-McKeown connection
but the name of Hill Hillis's wife will need to be checked.On page 86 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA,
Colin stated:
James McKeown migrated to New Zealand in 1853 and then to Warrnambool in 1856. His sister, Mary,had married
Hill Hillis in Ireland in 1846 and migrated to Red Hill in 1855 and taken up farming.

The following were found in a search for the death notice of Hill Hillis's wife/widow.
HILLIS- WISEMAN.---On the 1st November, at tho Presbyterian Church, Dandenong, by the Rev. H. A. Buntine,
George P. third son of W. J. Hillis, Trafalgar, to Ethel D., only daughter of the late James Wiseman, Ascot Vale,
and sister of T.B . Wiseman, Bass.(P.59, Leader, Melbourne, 8-12-1917.)

HILLIS?WISEMAN. ?Mr. and Mrs. G. P. Hillis announce with pleasure the 25th anniversary of their marriage,
celebrated on November 1, 1917. (Present address, 3 Hastings street, Burwood.)
(Although there seems to be no connection to the Red Hill area, I am extremely confident that there is!)

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