JOHN RIGG OF BANKVALE, EARLY PIONEER NORTH OF MICKLEHAM, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA. (and the pioneering WILLIAMS family.of Kalkallo Park.)
North of Mickleham Rd opposite the Old Sydney Road and Donnybrook Road corner is the impressive gated entrance to Marnong whose name, I would guess is a contraction of Maribyrnong because of its proximity to Deep Creek which with Jacksons Creek (called the Macedon River in early maps) combine as the Maribyrnong River at Melway 4 B5. Some residents referred to Deep Creek as the Maribyrnong River.
Many fine old mansions only survived because they were purchased by the Catholic Church and recently others, such as Mount Ridley and Marnong have been given a new lease of life by people who appreciate their history, the former becoming part of a school site and the latter featuring the recently completed BANK VALE RUN RESTAURANT.
Family Tree Circles member Bezza whom I've known for about three decades will be visiting the restaurant soon and emailed a request to me:
Rigg property at Rocky Water Holes
Sep 5, 2018, 6:48 PM (1 day ago)
Hi --- do you have any info on this property please. 1841 census has it called Bankvale.
I guessed that this had something to do with Mr Rigg for whom Bezza's ancestor, David Patullo, was working when he found gold.
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Hopefully, the following will be of help. Section 2 Darraweit Guim was definitely Bank Vale and section 30 Mickleham which adjoined its southern boundary was probably part of the Bank Vale Estate too. John Rigg probably sold about half of the former to discharge his insolvency and finance his gold mining operations but obviously did his dough as the Bank Vale Mining Company,and the adjoining Bolinda Company's operations, folded in 1860.
BANK VALE HURDLE RACE.1858
INSOLVENCY DISCHARGE CERTIFICATE MEETING 1859
RIGG, BANK VALE
Lost, or stolen, from. Mr Rigg's
Paddook, Bank Vale, near Donnybrook, the under
mentioned HORSES : — 1862
Usreserved Sale of Part of Portion 2 of the
Parish of Darraweitguim,
About Two Miles from the Townships of Donnybrook
and Deepdene,And well-known as the Bank Vale Estate. (middle of column 4)
JOHN RIGG'S BANK VALE ESTATE, SECTION 2 AS ABOVE.
Darraweit Guim, County of Bourke [cartographic material] / drawn and ...
JOHN RIGG'S GRANT, SECTION 30, MICKLEHAM OF 316 ACRES IMMEDIATELY EAST OF THE UNLABELLED DEEPDENE VILLAGE RESERVE adjoining his other grant, section 2 in the parish of Darraweitguim.
Mickleham, County of Bourke [cartographic material]
VILLAGE RESERVE DEEPDENE AT NORTH WEST CORNER OF PARISH OF MICKLEHAM.
Parish of Mickleham in the county of Bourke [cartographic material]
JOHN RIGG'S CHILDREN BORN IN VICTORIA.
POSTSCRIPT. THERE ARE NO BIRTH RECORDS FOR SOME OF HIS CHILDREN, SUCH AS MARY, (WHOSE DEATH RECORD AND NOTICE APPEAR BELOW) AND JOHN CARR (or Kerr) RIGG, WHO MOVED TO NEW SOUTH WALES.
EventBirthEvent registration number7095Registration year1856
Family nameRIGGGiven namesCharles David KerSexUnknownFather's nameJohnMother's nameIsabella (Mctaggart)Place of birthBANK VALE
EventBirthEvent registration number7010Registration year1859
Family nameRIGGGiven namesHenry AlfredSexUnknownFather's nameJohnMother's nameIsabella (Mctaggart)Place of birthB'MEADOWS (SHIRE OF, OR REGISTERED AT TOWNSHIP OF)
The following, James Rigg, could not be be a child of John Rigg of Bank Vale as his wife Isabella Rigg (nee McTaggart), died in 1896 aged 60 and would have been about five years old in 1841.
EventBirthEvent registration number12559Registration year1841
Family nameRIGGGiven namesJamesSexMaleFather's nameRIGG JohnMother's nameIsabella (Unknown)Place of birthMELBOURNE
EventBirthEvent registration number13067Registration year1861
Family nameRIGGGiven namesHerbert ThomasSexUnknownFather's nameJohnMother's nameIsabella (Mctaggart)Place of birthBANVALE
The following, Joseph William Rigg, could not be a child of John Rigg who died in 1863.
EventBirthEvent registration number25205Registration year1867
Family nameRIGGGiven namesJoseph WilliamSexUnknownFather's nameMother's nameIsabella (Rigg)Place of birthWALLEN (WALLAN)
JOHN RIGG'S LETTER IN 1860 ABOUT THE BOLINDA MINING COMPANY. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/5678002
DEATHS AT BANK VALE. (JOHNSTONE, 1853) At Bankvale, near Kinlochewe, the residence of John Rigg Esq., on Saturday, the 9th inst., George Lowther Johnstone, aged 19 years, son of the late Mr. Bryce Johnstone, solicitor, Kirkcudbright, and nephew of the late Alexander Johnstone,Esq., J.P.,Fiery Creek. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/4791474
RIGG.— On the 20lh June, John Rigg, Esq., of Bankvale. and late of Kirkcudbright, Scotland. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/244291159 (P.2, The Herald, 24-6-1863.)
HIS DEATH RECORD.
EventDeathEvent registration number4383Registration year1863
Family nameRIGGGiven namesJohnSexUnknownFather's nameJamesMother's nameGrace (Unknown)Place of birthSCOTPlace of deathAge54
Was he the father of John Rigg whose children are listed above? No, apparently not. There was nobody else named John Rigg who died between 1863 and the death in 1885 of Mary, daughter of the late John Rigg* of Bank Vale.
TRUSTEES.-........; Thomas Wilson, M.D., and John Menzies, to be trustees of the land at Donnybrook, reserved for Presbyterian Church purposes, vice John Rigg, deceased, and William Wilson, resigned. (P.5, Argus, 27-5-1864.)
*RIGG.— On the 21st September, at 6 Peckham-terrace,
Bay-street, Sandridge. Mary, the second daughter of
the late John Rigg, late of Bank Vale, Victoria. (P.1, The Age, 22-9-1885.)
HER DEATH RECORD. (There is no birth record.)
EventDeathEvent registration number9916Registration year1885
Family nameRIGGGiven namesMarySexUnknownFather's nameJnoMother's nameIsabella (Mctaggart)Place of birthPlace of deathP MELBAge35
This would seem to be the death record of John Rigg's widow but she must have been much younger than John. She would have only been about 37 years old when John died, aged 54 in 1863.
EventDeathEvent registration number10592Registration year1896
Family nameRIGGGiven namesIsabella CampbellSexUnknownFather's nameMctaggartMother's nameUnknown (Unknown)Place of birthPlace of deathMelb HosAge60
C.H.I.G.* might be interested in this citation for the Kalkallo Park homestead which has some good information about the Williams family, the origin of the name BANK VALE etc.
*Craigieburn Historical Interest Group, which has posted terrific articles about the area's pioneers and properties on the internet. I loved the one about the train taking troopers to Glenrowan to arrest Ned Kelly crashing through the railway gates at Craigieburn!
on 2018-09-06 13:48:11
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.