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on 2014-04-29 02:14:03

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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by itellya on 2014-05-02 00:17:14

Lou Ferrier's letter has arrived.

by itellya on 2014-05-05 05:59:24

Today I discovered a family tree circles post by provan when I did a FTC search for "rosebud, boneo".

William John Ferrier
Journal by provan Favorite
Hi my names is audrey and I am the great grand daughter of william john ferrier. I was wondering if the information about the goverment giving him the jobs of light house keeper of the south pile light house and the naming of the rosebud house can be verified as I have an aunty how is writting a book about the ferriers of warnambool ad she is having trouble verififing some of her information. I have not heared of the house on point nepean highway, do you have aphoto of this house I have lots of info and photos of him if you need any I also have acopy of the letter that he got from the WA goverment in regards to his medal that he got for his bravery.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Kind Regards

Audrey provan
Surnames: FERRIER

I have sent Audrey a private message in relation to her journal and given her my contact details as well as the phone number of Lew Ferrier who will without doubt be delighted to chat with her.

I did forget to mention that I had no proof that the hero of the La Bella tragedy was given a job in the lighthouse service as a reward for his heroism; I'd given evidence that the Government would have been more likely sacking present employees than taking on new ones in 1905 to support my belief that the job was a reward.

Hopefully, this will act as a warning that writers of journals do not receive notification from Scott if someone writes another journal on the same subject. If Audrey had written her information as a comment under my journal,she would have had a response within a day, rather than over 2 years (her journal having been posted on Feb 9, 2012.)

by itellya on 2014-05-05 10:54:22

Steve Johnson,a descendant of Frankston pioneer, Henry Cadby Wells, supplied me with some information about members of the Hutchins family who fought in W.W.2,which I will paste in the journal tomorrow. This got me thinking that the mysterious T.Hutchins might have been in the navy in W.W.1.

That's how I stumbled across this.

MY GUESTBOOK - John Winterbotham
I hope John Winterbotham won't mind me copying Cheryl's post from his wonderful website.

Name: Cheryl Hayes Email: [email protected]
Welcome Page:
Country: AUSTRALIA Date: 17 Nov 2013 12:42:08 GMT
Comment: I am the grand-daughter of Alan Leslie Hutchins 2nd 22nd Battalion Lark Force, died POW. Seven of the Hutchins brothers* went to war and only 3 returned home. (The greatest single family loss in Australian history)I am interested in any photo's or information anyone may have on any of the Hutchins brothers. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I am also after the book "Little Hell" THANK YOU!

*I should find out whether Cheryl's grandfather was descended from Osborne George when Steve Johnson has finished researching the 2nd 22nd Battalion Lark Force.

by itellya on 2014-05-06 03:12:41

This is Cheryl's grandfather (see previous comment) and there's a great photo.
Alan Hutchins - Sevensoldiersons.com.au

The following website also has a photo, and details of the brothers which seem to indicate there was no connection with the Osborne/Mornington/Sorrento/Williamstown family. Alan was from Woorinen, Victoria.

by itellya on 2014-05-06 03:52:23

Oops! I forgot to give the second website. There are plenty more.
P05555.004 | Australian War Memorial

by itellya on 2014-05-10 21:22:08

Google FERRIER, WARRNAMBOOL, GEELONG HERITAGE and, in the first result, see a photo of 25 year old William John Ferrier taken in 1905 shortly after performing his heroic deed.

by itellya on 2014-05-11 06:18:18

Referred to as the barefoot fisherman and the unofficial harbour master/ ambassador for Queenscliff harbour, Lew Ferrier, pictured on the following website, sounded like a really young 89 year old on the phone but he looks far younger than the normal 65 year old!

The Barefoot Fisherman - RN Breakfast - ABC Radio ...

The Barefoot Fisherman
Download audio
Thursday 26 December 2013 8:30AM
The first breath Lewis Ferrier took was sea air. He was born on the beach at Queenscliff 89 years ago, during a record salmon catch. He was one of 18 children, in a fishing family. Lew always goes barefooted and he's spent his life fishing the ocean beyond Port Phillip heads. With his boat 'Rosebud' he's had countless adventures and misadventures at sea. His stories come from a lifetime's experience navigating the dangerous waters of The Rip in a little wooden boat that he loves and trusts.

by itellya on 2014-05-13 08:15:35

I talked with Lew Ferrier for almost an hour tonight. The conversation was so rapid that note-making was out of the question. I have no idea what the mention of Thomas Maltby (after whom the Maltby Overpass was named) had to do with the price of fish,if you'll excuse my pun.However, I remember a fair bit of the conversation.

One of my first questions concerned "number seven" which he mentioned in his letter. His answer confirmed my meticulous research that established that William Ferrier's house in Rosebud was on crown allotment SEVEN of the Rosebud Fishing Village,the second block west of the Murray Anderson Rd car park on the foreshore.

I then asked Lew for the maiden name of his mother,Frances Ferrier. It was Aikin and her family had been involved with the Hudson Bay Whaling Company in North America. "Was she a Warrnambool girl?" I asked. No,she lived in Queenscliff and they were married at the Presbyterian Church there in 1900. What??????????

William,born in 1880,had moved to Queenscliff at the age of 16 in about 1896 to help his fishing family, which was probably struggling because of the depression, by sending home some of his earnings from fishing near the heads. William and Frances LIVED at Queenscliff for years and it was while VISITING his parents in 1905 that he performed his heroic deed. So when he escaped the publicity he was simply GOING HOME TO QUEENSCLIFF.

Lew said that the job in the lighthouse service was DEFINITELY a REWARD for his heroic deed. William started at the Cape Schanck lighthouse, and in what I presume was a transfer, he rode a horse across the peninsula for service at what was then called the Dromana lighthouse (McCrae.)

DROMANA.---- Among those now doing duty at our local lighthouse is no less a distinguished personage than Mr. W. Ferrier hero of the La Bella wreck whose gallant action in setting out alone in a small dinghy through mountainous seas, and rescuing 3 of the crew of the ill fated schooner, La Bella, wrecked at Warrnambool on Nov. 10th, 1905, has stamped him as one of our nation's heroes. Mr. Ferrier's heroism, endurance and skill so gallantly displayed on that memorable occasion was highly commended by press and public throughout Australia, and he was the recipient of letters, telegrams and gifts from all quarters of the Commonwealth. He was awarded a medal by the Royal Humane Society of Victoria, and other societies made similar acknowledgment. From the Governor of Western Australia came glowing tribute in the
form of an illuminated address drawn up by the President of the Life Saving Society, Perth, and signed by the leading men and women of the State. The concluding part of which reads as follows:-" When in our own or distant lands, there may be dire danger by wreck or otherwise, may God again give the guidance of a Ferrier ". Residents extend to Mr. Ferrier a healthy welcome and trust that he will have a pleasant time at the local station. (P.2,Mornington Standard,23-11-1907.)

In ROSEBUD:FLOWER OF THE PENINSULA, Isabel Moresby said that the roster for light house keepers was one week on the water (south pile lighthouse,formerly in the middle of the south channel) and three weeks on shore (McCrae.) William and some of his children spent much time on the cramped south pile lighthouse,while the rest of the family lived on crown allotment seven, and to pass the time,painted the ship pictures shown on the Queenscliff Maritime Museum website.

When I mentioned Lew's brother, Frank's, find of the 80 tins of opium,which was handed in at the police station, Lew told me of Frank's anger at the police searching Frank's house, thinking he'd kept some of the stash.

When I told Lew of my plans to have his dad's heroic deed celebrated jointly in Warrnambool,Rosebud and Queenscliff on its 110th anniversary in November 2015,he asked if I thought he'd last that long. I reminded him of what he'd told me about his grandfather Ferrier chopping wood at Warrnambool at the age of 93 and the photo from a year or so ago in which the barefoot fishermen looked like a 60 year old.

I am to ring Lew on Sunday night (by 8 p.m. so he can be up early to fish on Monday morning) to arrange a visit on Monday or Tuesday.

by itellya on 2014-05-17 06:45:56

How long had the Aikin family lived at Queenscliff?

QUEENSCLIFF - Mrs. Emily Aikin, aged 89 years, has died. She was a native of England, and had lived at Queenscliff for 70 years. Her husband, Mr. Joseph Aikin, died many years ago. P.13, Argus, 21-8-1931,COUNTRY NEWS, QUEENSCLIFF.)

I could find no death notice for Emily's husband, Joseph. There was one for their youngest daughter.

As 20 year old Joseph Aikin was apparently born not long after Emily arrived in Queenscliff, I presume that the victim below was her son.
Two Queenscliff fishermen, named Joseph Aikin and Thomas Owens, attempted to pass through the Heads at noon to-day, when there was a heavy sea running. Their boat was hurled on the rocks. Aikin was rescued by two fishermen, named Sanders and Vantine, but their boat also got smashed. Atkin was then stunned and sank. Vantine clung to the timber and was rescued. Sanders swam to the assistance of Owens, and in the struggle they sank together, Aikin and Owens were each 20 years old, and Sanders 50. None of the bodies were recovered. (P.2,The Mercury,Hobart, 20-2-1882.)

Had a Port Fairy resident moved to Queenscliff at about the same time as William Ferrier moved from Warrnambool?

BRAZIER-AIKIN-On the 9th of February, at St George's Church, by the Rev H.J. Wilkinson, John Thomas, eldest son of the late John Brazier, of Port Fairy to
Susan Ada, third surviving daughter of the late Joseph Aikin, of Queenscliff.
(Queenscliff Sentinel, Drysdale, Portarlington and Sorrento Advertiser (Vic. : 1885 - 1894) Saturday 11 February 1893 p 1 Advertising.)

The registrar at Queenscliffe, R.Jordan, wanted the names of three Queenscliff fishermen and ratepayers removed from the roll for the Queenscliff Division of the Electoral District of Barwon because they were all dead. They were Joseph Benjamin Aikin, Daniel (Mouchemore?*) and Robert Porter.
(Queenscliff Sentinel, Drysdale, Portarlington and Sorrento Advertiser (Vic. : 1885 - 1894) Saturday 31 January 1891 p 4 Advertising.)

*I couldn't disrespect a pioneer by guessing the spelling of his surname so I googled my guess.
Vale Harry Mouchemore - Couta Boat Association of Victoria ...
May 25, 2008 - Retired Queenscliff fisherman Harry Mouchemore died from a stroke. He gave up his craft about twelve years ago and was one of the last two of ...

I have previously mentioned having sent a private message to Audrey Provan. I received no reply and asked Janet McDonald of the Warrnambool Historical Society if she could find the identity of Audrey's aunt in Warrnambool who is writing a Ferrier history. By chance I just came across Audrey's post on Mundia in which she has included several photos. It seems that I misheard Lew Ferrier's comment about the marriage of his mother and father. According to Audrey, they were married at the Presbyterian church in WARRNAMBOOL and in 1902.

Marriage: Reg No 5602
1902Warnambool, Victoria, Australia

Here's how Audrey fits into the family.

Audrey Provan
mothers name Dorothy Irene Barnes fathers name James Richard Ferrier Both parents borne in Australia.James Richard Ferrier was a Light house assistant and a Motor Machanic. Myself and 2 older sisters where placed in an orphanage for 3 months. I never grew up with my natural father so all information on the Ferrier side is new to me and very interesting. husband Murray William Provan his parents are Mary and William Provan all borne in scottland they came out in about 1966.

I was doing a google search for FERRIER-AIKIN when I found Audrey's post on:
Frances Elizabeth Aikin profile - Mundia

It would seem that the hero of the La Bella wreck married a hero of the quest for equality for women (Audrey's first photo.)

by itellya on 2014-05-20 07:00:36

Today I visited Lew Ferrier at Queenscliff. I gave him a 34 page paper copy of my journals concerning his father because he has no computer. He and I were photographed in front of "Rosebud" by Carmel Murphy of the Queenscliffe Herald. Lew gave me a personal tour of the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum. He showed me a vast collection of cuttings etc. When I grabbed my mobile to take a photo of the framed original of the letter/address from Western Australia, I discovered that my mobile had turned itself on when I put it in my bag, and despite being fully charged last night,was now too flat for the camera to work. Amidst all this, I managed to fit in some note making.

The three girls buried at Dromana Cemetery were Lew's sisters but he couldn't tell me their names because they probably didn't have any. They were all stillborn while Frances was on the South Channel Pile Lighthouse with William. As the only regular contact with shore was a schooner that brought provisions from Williamstown monthly, Frances had to put the tiny body in a bag packed with salt each time this happened until they could get to Dromana to bury the mite.

The desire to be with William led to Frances finding ways to stay with him briefly but often the visits finished up longer than intended because rough weather caused a delay in getting back to NUMBER SEVEN at Rosebud.

The correct term for those who worked in the lighthouse service was light keepers not lighthouse keepers.

Although Lew was born on 1-12-1924, about eight years after William and Frances moved (back!) to Queenscliff,he was named after Lou Bucher of Rosebud, William's great mate,(whose sister,Rose,was the first white child born in Rosebud,delivered on 8-9-1867 to Ann and Henry Bucher by midwife,Susan Peatey-PINE TREES AND BOX THORNS, Rosalind Peatey.)

William John Ferrier was known in Rosebud as Sammy the schnapper king. Lew said that a tree on the other side of the road from the site of the future Rosebud Hotel soon after "Sammy" arrived in Rosebud. This was probably in 1906 when William worked at a light keeper at Cape Schanck,probably getting a week off a month during which he would ride across the peninsula to NUMBER SEVEN at Rosebud, and spend some time with his beloved but long-suffering Frances. As the same amount of husbandless time continued when William transferred to the South Channel Pile Lighthouse,it would not surprise me if Frances coped with her loneliness by seeking intelligent female company such as Evelyn Gough. ( Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 23 November 1907 p 2 Article DROMANA.. Among those now doing duty at our local lighthouse is no less a distinguished personage than Mr. W. Ferrier hero of the La Bella ..)

Evelyn Gough, (maternal grandmother of the great artist,Arthur Boyd),who spent time on two different fishing village crown allotments near Judith Durham's great grandmother,Emily Durham (sister of Fort Lacco's wife) was a leader of the fight for equality for women as indicated below.

OBITUARY MRS. EVELYN GOUGH. A Philanthropic Worker.
Tho death of Mrs. Evelyn Gough,which occurred after a short illness at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Merric Boyd, at Murrumbeena (V.), recalls(says the "Argus") many reforms which she helped to establish in the interests of women and children. Mrs.Gough played an important part in having established the office of police matron in prisons. She was actively involved in the work of the Epileptic Colony and the Talbot Milk Institute, as well as in the inspection of boarded-out children. She was formerly international secretary of the National Council of Women of Victoria, and in 1909 represented the council of the conference held in Canada. Though living in
retirement for some years, Mrs. Gough took a lively interest in public affairs,and was a regular correspondent to overseas publications. A woman of charming personality, she will be missed by a large circle of friends.
(P.8,The Mercury,Hobart, 14-1-1932.)

Frances Elizabeth Ferrier (nee Aiken) seems to have been one of the Queenscliff women who followed Evelyn Gough's lead judging by a MENU for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY,2002, posted on the following website by her (great, great?) grand daughter,Audrey Provan

by itellya on 2014-05-20 09:03:54

...on the following website:
Frances Elizabeth Aikin profile - Mundia

Oops,I made the same mistake as the printer of the menu made,as you will notice.

Getting back to the tree planted in honour of Sammy the Schnapper King,if you take a look at the Meeting Tree History Board, you'll get an idea of how wide the "road" was in circa 1906. The Village Green was the home ground of the Rosebud Football Club from 1929 until about 1963 when the road was widened.It had probably been widened to some extent by the time the aerial photo of the foreshore footy ground was taken. This photo should be on Steve Burnham's new website.(www.burnham.net.au)
(By the way,here's a little conversation that Steve and I had today.
As mentioned, this is my new email, xxx. Website is back too.(www.burnham.net.au)
Thanks Steve. Ever heard of William John Ferrier?
Were they the family on the south channel pile?

William was appointed to the Cape Schanck lighthouse in 1906 at a salary of five pounds per month. William John Ferrier Junior,when about 18 months old,fell off this lighthouse but was spared serious injury because he landed in a boxthorn bush. (He might have resembled an echidna for a while!)

I can't work out why, but Lew is sure that the oldest boy,Valentine,William John and Alice attended the Red Hill State School for some time. Perhaps this was at the time the three girls were stillborn and a friend of Frances offered to help her overcome her grief by taking some of her children in for a time.

Frank,who performed the rescue of the yachtsmen near Queenscliff,was born at Rosebud. Frank sculled his boat,which three mates were bailing to combat the rough seas,standing at the stern just as his dad had done in his heroic rescue in 1905. Lew explained how this was done. The paddle or oar was placed through a cut-out slot in the back of the boat (transom)which provided a fulcrum. The oar was then moved in a figure 8 pattern,just as hands are used by swimmers in survival sculling.

If you see a photo of William John Ferrier sitting on a log,it is actually a photo of a charcoal drawing executed brilliantly by an aboriginal woman for whom the hero posed. The framed original hangs on Lew's wall next to the original address/letter from Western Australia.

Lew has a pamphlet about the Queenscliff Maritime Weekend 2014 which has ship paintings at the top and bottom. Unfortunately I can't find this on the internet. These were done by William John Ferrier on the wall of his bedroom in "Rosebud" in Beach St. Lew said that some of the children complained of not being able to get to sleep so our artistic ship lover gave them something to look at until they dozed off. There is no danger of the present owner of "Rosebud" not showing the greatest care for these treasures which she feels so privileged to own.

There is another cutting showing William and a much shorter man walking through an avenue of clapping men. There in no text accompanying the photo which appeared in the Argus but Lew said that the smaller man was the Mayor of Melbourne who had just granted the freedom of the city to William. The clapping men seem to be wearing Lodge regalia.

I couldn't find this photo on trove but-

Whilst Captain Nicol, the local pilot and harbourmaster was using an axe on a piece
of spar, the head flew off and struck a fisherman named John Ferrier on the ankle,
inflicting a deep gash, necessitating medical aid.(P.8, Argus,29-11-1906.)

by itellya on 2014-05-21 09:22:34

by itellya on 2014-05-21 21:02:29

by itellya on 2014-05-22 00:14:17

I have tried twice, without success, to attach an image of the poster mentioned previously which shows two paintings done by William Ferrier on the bedroom wall at "Rosebud" in Beach St,Queenscliff so his children would have something to look at when they couldn't get to sleep. Hopefully this problem will be resolved but thank to Lew and Meryl for their help. I have downloaded the poster so private message me your email address if you can't wait to see the paintings.

Hello xxx

I have just been speaking with Lewis Ferrier and he mentioned sending this poster. Please let me know if you prefer a paper copy.

Hope your visit yesterday was fruitful.


Meryl Hodgson
Administration Officer
Queenscliffe Maritime Museum Inc

by itellya on 2014-05-22 04:00:42

It was late. I was tired. I was lazy! I knew that comments could not be edited if I made a mistake but I took the chance. Luckily I was right! Lew Ferrier had told me that he had been named after Lou Bucher of Rosebud. He told me that Lou Bucher had drowned and asked me where I thought that had happened. I already knew that Lou had drowned and had decided that Chinaman's Creek was a more likely location than Peatey's Creek, Eeling Creek and Adam's Creek which enter the bay at Murray Anderson Rd, Tom Salt Park and The Avenue respectively. My guess was correct.

But it worried me that I could be wrong about Lou being the son of Henry and Ann Bucher. So I asked Trove.

BUCHER.-On June 21, at Rosebud, Louis Thomas William, beloved son of Ann and Henry (deceased), dear brother of Henry (deceased), Rose(Mrs. Nichols, deceased), Lea (Mrs.Cairns), Arthur (deceased), Dan, Annie, and Samuel (deceased). -In
God's keeping. (P.2,Argus,24-6-1948.)

Rose was reputed to be the first white child born in Rosebud,in 1867,about five years before Rosebud officially existed. Her father had built a humble house on the foreshore on what became crown allotment 17 of the Rosebud Fishing Village,on the west side of Bucher Place,and called it Modesty Cottage.

I discovered the report of Lou's drowning over a year ago by chance while I was chasing other information, so I knew it was there. Why then couldn't I get a result for "Bucher, Rosebud,1948" on trove. The pronunciation of his surname, which is perfectly represented by the only word I did not correct in the article!

At about 12.30 p.m. last Tuesday, a Mornington traveller was sitting in his car at Rosebud eating his lunch, when he heard a woman calling frantically for help. On investigating, he found the woman trying to pull an elderly man out of the creek. With the traveller's assistance, the man was dragged out, but was found to be dead.
The police and a doctor came quickly to the scene, on being notified.

From marks on the bank, it would appear that the man (Mr.Lou Busher, of Rosebud) must have fallen into the creek in the dark, and, being unable to get
a grip on the bank, had drowned. His wife had made the tragic discovery at 12:30 p.m. and had called for help. (P.6,Standard,Frankston, 24-6-1948.)

Was my clue about the only uncorrected word bold enough to help you find it? Just for a giggle,this is how the article originally appeared.
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by itellya on 2014-05-22 10:16:08

by itellya on 2014-05-22 23:05:50

The detail regarding the rescues in the previous comment mentions Coe, the harbour master in relation to assembling a life boat crew, but not Constable Trainor who is praised for his efforts in many newspaper articles of the time. He was the one who rode to William John Ferrier's house to enlist his help.

William John Ferrier's son,Lew, told me that his father was at that time at Mailor's Flat,about 8 miles from Warrnambool, but Lew was not sure in which direction. I don't like missing jigsaw puzzle pieces, so I searched for a Mailor's Flat map.

Trainor would have headed west nor' west along Raglan Pde (Princes Highway) to Caramut Rd and then roughly 8 miles north to Mailor's Flat.

It was while I was moving around the map in Warrnambool itself that I discovered Aitkins Rd on the north side of the Victoria Park Reserve! The Aitkins family was in residence by 1863, living on a property called Ellerslie. When William John Ferrier moved from Warrnambool to Queenscliff at the age of 16 in about 1896,he may have been aiming to catch more than fish. Had Frances Aitkin originally lived at Warrnambool or had she been visiting relatives when the lad,later known to Rosebud residents as "Sammy the schnapper king",first saw his angel?

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 9 January 1863 p 4 Family Notices
... BIRTHS. AITKIN.-On the 1st inst., at Ellerslie, Warrnambool, the wife of J. W. M. Aitkin, Esq, of a daughter.

by itellya on 2014-05-24 12:37:10

by itellya on 2014-05-25 08:03:45

The Official Newsletter of The Warrnambool Branch ... - Vicnet
aged 7, drowned at South Warrnambool. rescue attempt by Wm FERRIER,.

Page 6.
MAY, 1894.
George STEVENSON, aged 7, drowned at South Warrnambool. rescue attempt by Wm FERRIER, Thos FISHER, A EVANS, Roger and Peter EDWARDS.

Melbourne, May 10.
George Stevenson, aged 7, was drowned in the Merri River at Warrnambool today by the upsetting of a boat. The deceased fell into the river yesterday, and was almost drowned. (DROWNING CASES. Melbourne, May 10.
The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Friday 11 May 1894 p 5 Article)

Newspapers often copies articles from other papers. That's how William Ferrier's heroics of 10-11 November,1905 were made known all over Australia. But surely you'd makes sure that what you were copying made sense!

George Stevenson, aged 7, was drowned in the Merri River, Warrnambool, on Thursday.
He was in a flat-bottomed boat, which began to fill, and he jumped out.
Riverine Herald (Echuca, Vic. : Moama, NSW : 1869 - 1954) Saturday 12 May 1894 p 3 Article)

I have found no evidence to prove whether George drowned or was saved by the 14 year old fisherboy Ferrier and his four mates. William Ferrier was born in 1880 and according to the extract of his 1905 interview (below)he started fishing in about 1891. Lew Ferrier said that his grandfather (John Robert Ferrier) lived in Stanley St (possibly No.11, known to be occupied by a Ferrier family) which is very near the Merri River.

"I am a native of Warrnambool, and am 25 years of age. I have a wife and two young children. I have been connected with fishing for the last 14 years."

by itellya on 2014-05-25 08:16:31

This was the family living at 11 Stanley St, as mentioned above.

FERRIER- On the 19th May at Panmure(result of accident), Allan Douglas, beloved
son of Steve and Frances Ferrier (of 11 Stanley street, South Warrnambool) and loved brother of Bill (AIF abroad), Win (Mrs Les Johnson), Jack, Beryl, and Syd., aged 24 years. (P.4, Argus,25-5-1940.)

by itellya on 2014-05-25 10:51:36

jessie - Heritage Victoria - Victorian Heritage Database

In 1924, the year that Lewis Ferrier was born, three young fishermen took a wooden boat with one mast and a motor from Queenscliff to Pt.Nepean to gather periwinkles. Unattended, it broke away and was wrecked. All the local fishermen clubbed together to buy a second boat (Ferrier, pers. com.) Built in 1890 at Queenscliff,it had RFB 1714 painted on each side of hull (registered fishing boat), and was owned by William John Ferrier. It was 22 feet long and 8 ft wide.

No mention of the above has been found on trove.

by itellya on 2014-05-26 03:41:19

Today, I received, from Lew Ferrier, a copy of the poster,with the ship paintings on the bedroom wall of "Rosebud" in Queenscliff,and another sheet. This had details of three convict ships whose master was James Ferrier. Lew said this ship master was his great grandfather but alarm bells were ringing (just as Audrey Provan's had been about a decade ago.) I'd gained the impression that the father of Lew's grandfather was named John.

I'd tried to contact Audrey, without success. She'd mentioned on a website that the person at Warrnambool writing a Ferrier history was not her aunt but Laurence Ferrier.Lew gave me the address he had for Laurence but it didn't match any of the Ferriers on white pages.com. I took a stab. First go!

Lew's father was William John Ferrier,the overnight national hero in 1905. His father,who chopped firewood at 93, was John Robert Ferrier (Lew's grandfather.) His father and Lew's great grandfather was John Ferrier who died at Warrnambool in 1900. His father and Lew's great great grandfather was Robert Ferrier.

More detail to come when I ring Laurence after tea.

by itellya on 2014-05-26 10:10:56

I rang Laurence at 7 p.m. thinking we'd be finished by 7:30 so I could watch Talking Footy. We finished at 9:15. As I was struggling to keep up,some detail given was not recorded.

Alex b. 1630 Scotland
begat John b.8-9-1661 Brechin, Barry, Angus, Scotland
who begat John b.19-3-1891 Dundee,Angus
who begat Andrew b. 19-5-1723 Barry, Angus
who begat John b. 16-8-1749 Barry, Angus
who begat James b.10-9-1775 Barry, Angus
who begat Robert born 24-2-1798,married Ellen Milne, had 9 children and died 13-7-1855 Forfar, Scotland,
who begat John b. 21-4-1832 Arbroath, Scotland,married Catherine Mary Dowling,had 13 children and died 18-6-1900 at Warrnambool,
who begat John Robert b.4-8-1858 at 1 Edina St,Warnambool.

Having been told by Lew Ferrier that his grandfather (John Robert 4-8-1858)lived in Stanley St on a corner not far from Ferrier Drive,and having toured the street on google maps, 1 Edina St has to be that house.It was Stephen Alfred, John Robert's 6th child who lived in 11 Stanley St. His son, John Robert who married Gisele Albertine Eugine Duvert from Orleans in France lived in McDonald St (No.23?) on the Stephen St Corner.

John Robert (b. 4-8-1858) begat William John Ferrier of La Bella fame (1881-1937)
who begat the barefoot fisherman, Lew Ferrier of Queenscliff. Laurence Ferrier is also a grandson of John Robert but as he is the youngest son of Allan Vidmore, the youngest child of John Robert,he is 9 years younger than Lew.

Peter Ferrier b.2-7-1843,who owns a book store in Queenscliff is the son of Stephen Alfred Ferrier (born at Rosebud on 24-6-1912 to William John, 1881-1937, and Frances,nee Aitkin) who married Freda Willoughby.

John Ferrier b.21-4-1832 and Catherine Mary (nee Dowling) had 13 children:
1.Ann Jane 1855, 2. George born and died 1856, 3.George 1857 whose obituary in W.A. can be seen in earlier comments, 4.John Robert 1858, 5.William Alexander 1860-1888, 6.David Patrick 1861, 7.Mary Elizabeth 1863-married Wm Alex Swanston, 8.Alice Catherine -married Bolden, 9.Annie May 1866-married Hogan, 10.Stephen Hugh 10-8-1867 Warrnambool-married Carter and was by 1907 at Queenscliff where they resided for quite a while and lost several children as mentioned earlier; he was not the S.A.Ferrier who played for the Warrnambool Woolen Mill Cricket Team circa 1920, 11. Alfred Edward b.21-4-1869-married Julia Frances Kennedy and was buried in the Melb.General Cemetery, 12. James Peter b.18-6-1871-married Sophia Mitchell (possibly of the family involved in two rescues with members of the Ferrier family as mentioned previously)-no children, died 5-3-1936 and buried in the R.C. section,
13. Winifred Ellen, born 10-10-1872 and died 11-11-1872.

and when Laurie's letter arrives, the children of the La Bella hero and Frances, nee Aitkin.

by itellya on 2014-05-26 23:06:34

John Robert Ferrier, grandfather of both Lew and Laurence, was born on 4-8-1858 in Warrnambool, possibly at 1 Edina St. I had not recorded his wife's name last night but she seems to have been Eleanor Conn (born Mt. Taurut,Victoria 1858,died Warrnambool, 1920.) Strangely there are no results for Mt. Taurat on google or trove. Hopefully Laurie will be able to help me with this mystery.

John Robert Ferrier's children were:
1. William John 1881-1937 if La Bella fame.
2. Ellen Catherine b.1881-married Thomas Martin Dunn.
3. Winifred Annie-married name Guinea, born at Tower Hill (Mt Taurat?) Died in child birth in 1912.
4. Albert Stanley Gordon b.4-6-1885 d.1887,both at Warrnambool.
5. Alice Meta May b.1887-married Byrne,buried Fawkner Cemetery.
6. Stephen Alfred b.1891-married Frances Frisch,died 1970. This would be the one who played for the Warrnambool Woollen Mill cricket team in 1920 (as in the photo)and lived at 11 Stanley St.
7. David born and died 6-4-1892. Buried in the same grave at Warrnambool as John Robert (his father.)
8. Harold James b.2-3-1893- married Jessie (Blanc?)and died at Stawell in February 1957. Their son Harold George b.21-7-1914 will turn 100 in July.
9. Madge Evelyn 1895-1967 married Sid Ellis and they lived in Brunswick but both are buried at Warrnambool. They had no children.
10.Joseph Edward b.1897 buried 11-2-1898.
11.Allan Vidmore b.4-12-1898 d.18-2-1963. (Laurie's father.)


Laurie Ferrier is a genius. He'd had the same problem. Did Mt Taurut exist? Yes but only for one year. It certainly wasn't a mountain,more like a mole hill says Laurie. In an original land plan,it was wrongly written with t on the end but this was amended to Mt Taurus on the next land plan. Mt Taurus near Winslow is about 17.5 km north west of Warrnambool. That's where Eleanor Conn,who married John Robert Ferrier, was born!

Now for the family of the La Bella hero. Were William Ferrier and Frances Aitkin (b.1885)married at Queenscliff or Warrnambool? Audrey Provan appears to have documentation of the latter.Why did the first-born of William and Frances,George William born in 1903,come to be called Val? When were the three stillborn girls born at Dromana? The birth years of the living children should give an indication. However it is possible that one of the girls was born in 1904/1905 and survived until the move to Rosebud rather than being stillborn. I quote William's words of 1905:
""I am a native of Warrnambool, and am 25 years of age. I have a wife and two young children."
The second child in Laurie's records was Ellen Isobel,born in 1906.

by itellya on 2014-05-27 07:49:23

Peter Ferrier of Queenscliff is the son of Stephen Alfred Ferrier who was born in Rosebud in 1912 as stated earlier.He is thus a grandson of the La Bella hero.

Peter has a good memory of nicknames and knows the origin of his grandfather's nickname "Sammy". The youngest son of William John Ferrier (called baby Geoff in a death notice included previously,1927?) married Joy (daughter of a sergeant-major at the Queenscliff fort) who is living in Pt. Lonsdale.

Three of the Ferrier boys were enlisted in the army for W.W.2 but got into trouble for insubordination, but just as Joy's dad was about to throw the book at them they received their acceptance into the Navy and off they went. They were among a small number of servicemen with military and naval service records. Commander McRoe mentioned at the Anzac Day ceremony at Rosebud that one of them was born in Rosebud.

I'd noticed Ferrier graves in the Apollo Bay cemetery. Peter explained that William John Ferrier, his father's brother (who fell off the Cape Schanck lighthouse circa 1906 as an 18 month old), had moved to Apollo Bay.

Peter's dad's brothers George (Val.),Colin and Geoff were light keepers at the Pt. Lonsdale lighthouse.

William John Jnr was known as Putty, Peter's dad was Toppy (Peter became Little Toppy),and Colin was known as Darkie because of middle-east strains on his maternal side. George was called Val because he was born on St Valentine Day.

by itellya on 2014-05-30 00:33:56

A very detailed 95 page genealogy of the Ferrier family, compiled by Laurence Ferrier of Warrnambool, has been received in the post today. A summary will be posted in the journal. It has been wrongly assumed that William John Ferrier was descended from James Ferrier, master of three different vessels that brought convicts to Sydney and Hobart on 27-2-1823, 23-1-1824 and 25-4-1836,but the earliest confirmed ancestor was Robert Ferrier whose last occupation was given as "weaver."

by itellya on 2014-06-01 09:49:12

I think I've finally made contact with Audrey Provan. She had mentioned an aunt in Queensland, and I'd consulted Queensland newspapers on trove with a "Ferrier, Warrnambool" search in an attempt to find which member of the family had made the exodus to warmer climes.As a result I found another rescue at Warrnambool, in 1890,again involving a Ferrier, (and a Mitchell!)

It has refined my proposal for a joint 110th anniversary celebration of W.J.Ferrier's 1905 heroics. I am now thinking of an annual celebration at every seaside town to remember its maritime heroes. I am now thinking of a ROLL OF HONOUR for each of these towns,listing the heroes who performed rescues at sea, with November 10-11 and the most celebrated marine hero,W.J.Ferrier, being the symbol for all those men who were NOT accorded their MEED.

Victoria's development very much depended on the sea, because the roads were fairly poor and early railways were mainly built to link goldfields and the Murray River trade with Melbourne. Melbourne's early non-timber buildings depended on lime (for mortar) from both sides of Port Phillip and squatters could obtain provisions brought by Bass Strait traders rather than having to undertake arduous trips by bullock dray. If the limecraft or coastal traders were wrecked,the crews and passengers were doomed unless the locals (usually fishermen) were prepared to show the same bravery for which our ANZACS were renowned. The pioneers who organised rockets to enable rescues could also be counted as heroes. I reckon the Nepean Historical Society would have plenty of marine heroes to put on their roll.

No doubt Lifesaving Clubs and Coast Guard Squadrons would like the idea of a MARINE HEROES DAY to let the public know of the sterling work they do today. Here's my headline for the article.

During the gale which prevailed along the Warrnambool coast on the 31st November, an
exceptionally heavy sea was rolling into the bay. To venture on the sea while such a
storm prevailed would be courting great danger, but the task was undertaken by a
fisherman named Robert Rentoul, of South Warrnambool. At about noon be launched a
small dingy for the purpose of proceeding to his fishing boat, anchored in the Bay above 100 yards from the jetty, which he succeeded in reaching. After completing his work on board, shortly after one o'clock, he commenced the return journey in his dingy.

He had only got a few yards away when a squall caught the little craft and carried it seaward. On getting away beyond the shelter of the breakwater it became exposed to the full force of the wind, and was tossed about by the huge seas, which threatened the boat with speedy destruction. Pilot Cloke had one of the Government whaleboats launched to go to the rescue, and called for volunteers.

The four men chosen were John Ferrier, senr.,stevedore ; Roger Edwards, a fisherman;
John Lennis, a stevedore ; and Robert Johnson, a seaman employed by the Government.

By this time Rentoul's boat had been blown about a mile from the jetty, and it was being carried toward the spot where the ship Edinburgh Castle had been wrecked some two years ago, and where the surf was extremely dangerous. Pilot Cloke and his men
knew that it had become a race for life. Every stroke of the oars lessened the gap between the rescue party and the dingy, and the latter was overhauled when it was within a few yards of the breakers.

Rentoul quickly sprang out of his boat into that of his rescuers, and immediately he did so the craft he had just left was carried into the breakers, and in a few moments was broken up. It required all the efforts of the whaleboat crew and the skill of the helmsman to avoid the breakers, they having now to pull against the wind.

By this time the townspeople had assembled in numbers on the heights overlooking the bay, and they watched the struggle with breathless interest. Pilot Cloke and the men had a hard battle to fight, as at the outset they were far beyond the shelter of the breakwater, so that they had to withstand the full force of the waves rolling in
from the ocean. For a time they made good progress, and had got to within a mile of the jetty, but their strength was failing and soon afterwards the boat appeared to be almost stationary. One moment they went ahead, the next they went astern, then ahead, and again astern.

The men had now been pulling incessantly for an hour and a half, and to the onlookers it seemed only a matter of time when they would have to give up the struggle and drift to destruction. At length, a sailing boat, the Ethel May, manned by John Fisher and Walter Mitchell, under very little canvas,proceeded toward the party in distress, towed them some little distance, but in attempting to wear round missed stays, and got near the breakers, narrowly escaping capsize. The whale boat was cast adrift again, but the men, after a short respite were able to pull safely to the pier. They were thoroughly exhausted after being two hours at sea, and the blood was streaming from their hands.
(Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954) Thursday 18 December 1890 p 5.)

by itellya on 2014-06-14 01:48:44

NUMBER SEVEN AT ROSEBUD. 858 Pt Nepean Rd, Rosebud.
Lew Ferrier wrote in the letter that prompted, and is included in, this journal:
"Mum so often spoke of number seven in the house where Dad and family lived."

When I was transcribing the letter into the journal, NUMBER SEVEN made no sense, so I asked Lew what it meant and he replied that number seven was where his parents lived at Rosebud. That was when the penny dropped. There were no official street names so there certainly would have been no house numbers. It could only mean CROWN ALLOTMENT 7, ROSEBUD FISHING VILLAGE.

It was this allotment and the house upon it that had ignited my interest in
"Ferrier, Fisherman,later sold to Fountains then later to Archers", as a map of early Rosebud puts it. At that time,crown allotment 7 had pine trees in front of it, as c/a 6 on the Murray Anderson Rd foreshore car park corner still does. This made sense because George Fountain called his place "The Pines" and it was on crown allotment 6 and, according to the early map,included crown allotment 7 for a time.

Crown allotment 6 has a frontage of 184 links (36.8 metres)and crown allotment 7, like most of the fishing village blocks including c/a 8 (now occupied by the BEACHSIDE APARTMENTS), had a frontage of 100 links (1 chain or 20 metres.)

One day I had driven my daughter to a medical clinic at 19 Mitchell St, a beautiful old building which turned out to be the homestead of HENRY POTTON'S FARM, which De Garis (who committed suicide twice) called Wahgunyah. Wow,there was a piece of Rosebud's heritage that had not yet been demolished! Were there any more? A long investigation uncovered the Boyd Cottage (62 Rosebud Pde), Hindhope Villa (50 First Avenue) and the house on NUMBER SEVEN. The high fence on Crown allotment 6 prevented me from seeing 856 Pt Nepean Rd (the address for "The Pines" given in the heritage study),which I took to be the second "The Pines" house built by George Fountain while he occupied Ferrier's old house.

If you google "858 Point Nepean Road, ROSEBUD VIC 3939
www.onthehouse.com.au/.../858_Point_Nepean_Road_ROSEBUD_VIC_...", you will get a street view showing the weatherboard house in the middle of crown allotment 7. Click on the street view to enlarge it, go left to Beachside Apartments,whose address is given as No. 262 and then right, almost to Murray Anderson Rd, where, near the gate, No.254 can be clearly seen on the high crown allotment 6 fence. Referring to the aerial view,you will see that c/a 6 contains Nos. 254, and 256 on the west side, crown allotment 7 is Nos 258 and 260 and crown allotment 8 is called No. 262.

At about that time,I found an advertisement for No 858 in which Henderson's Real Estate proclaimed that it was ideal for restoration or DEVELOPMENT! Not sure whether No.856,in the heritage study meant 854 or 858,I launched into rate research to provide evidence to support a heritage overlay for No. 858, mainly based on the prominence of George Fountain,the last Mayor of the Borough of Hotham (North Melbourne) and his probable occupancy of the house for a time. AT THAT TIME I KNEW NOTHING OF WILLIAM FERRIER,THE HERO OF THE LA BELLA WRECK IN 1905! Soon after I had sent an email to Simon Lloyd,the Shire's Heritage Planner (which I later apparently accidentally deleted), I found a report of the sale of No. 858 and, seeing the pine trees being sawn down,just about had a heart attack. I wrote my journal:
HISTORY DISAPPEARS TODAY IN ROSEBUD, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA. The workmen informed me that the new owner had no intention of demolishing the house!

In my rate research for No.858 Pt Nepean Rd, I had started from 1912 when there was some chance of properties being properly described,(see Cr Terry in my SHIRE OF FLINDERS journal)and worked my way to 1919 re George Fountain,Archer etc. Recently,I found to my amazement,that there was no mention of FERRIER in my 1910-11 rates transcription. Eh?

Time to hit the books (microfiche) again! To summarise, I will paste from an email to ROSEBUD RIPPLE,the community weekly newsletter produced by the Seawinds Community Hub, re my first article, A HERO COMES TO ROSEBUD: THEY CALLED HIM SAMMY.

Ratebook research today indicates that William Ferrier's house was built before 1894 by Antonio Bosina,who had earlier obtained a loan from Captain Henry Everest Adams.Antonio (nearly blind) was followed as occupant by Mrs Lennie Edwards in 1902-3 and Frances Elizabeth Ferrier followed her in 1910-11. This would mean that the Ferrier family was at Cape Schanck in 1906 living in lightkeeper houses and that from 1907-1910 their accommodation was on the south channel pile and lightkeepers' cottages by the shore (McCrae) lighthouse.
*The monthly trips to Rosebud that Lew Ferrier mentioned were probably to seek companionship minus shop (i.e lighthouse) talk.

The rate book details regarding crown allotment 7 are as follow. The assessment numbers are given in brackets. Connections with other assessments are confirmed by the number in next rate and number in previous rate columns re Edwards to Ferrier but not re Bosina to Edwards.
1914-15 (1395) Frances E.Ferrier, Rosebud, crown allotment 7 and buildings,N.A.V. 7 POUNDS. DITTO FOR 1914-15 (1275), 1913-14 (1178), 1912-13 (1103), 1911-12 (921)1 LOT AND BUILDINGS,n.a.v. 6 pounds.
1910-11 (880)Mrs Lennie Edwards, Dromana,1 lot and buildings, n.a.v. 6 pounds. Frances Eliz. Ferrier written faintly in property description column.

1909-10 (796),1908-9 (745), 1907-8 (740)address now Flinders, 1906-7 (720) address now Mooroopna. 1905-6 (681), 1904-5 (700), n.a.v. only 4 pounds, 1903-4 (700),
1902-3 (553)Antonio Bosina crossed out and Mrs Lennie Edwards written above.n.a.v. 4 pounds.

1901-2 (517), 1900-1 (518), 1899-1900 (517), 1898-9 (519)and 1894-5 (473) are all the same (Antonio Bosina,1 lot or allot. and building, Wannaeue or Rosebud, n.av. 4 pounds.)

The only problem is that Antonio Bosina was granted crown allotment 22 of the fishing village and I can find no mention on trove of c/a 22 being sold. Although Antonio seems to have had a house on c/a 7 by 1894,the only way to prove this, apart from a title search, would be to trace Bosina entries from 1873 in the hope of finding his name replaced re c/a 22 and his name replacing that of Thomas Coppard, the grantee of crown allotment 7.

by itellya on 2014-06-14 07:54:30

by itellya on 2014-06-14 10:23:26

(continued) have been added as comments under my EARLY ROSEBUD journal. Not only that,I've also found another court case which I have trying to re-find for two years. It involves another piece of land including the present FJ's site,2 acres on the Jetty Rd corner,known as lot 86 of crown allotment 18 Wannaeue. The fact that this 2 acre site had been sold is mentioned on a document of August 1878, recording a loan of 128 pounds 9 shillings from Captain Adams to William Edwards that is also in Harvey Marshall's scrapbook. Edwards mortgaged lot 86 of crown allotment 18.

Jack Jones was the grantee of crown allotment 6 of the fishing village and had operated Rosebud's first store on the block using an upturned boat at first. Isabel Moresby gives fair detail about this in ROSEBUD; FLOWER OF THE PENINSULA. Jones probably built a house/store later and the early rosebud map mentions (on c/a 6)that the store burnt down. By 1900,Jack Jones was assessed on "2 acres and building, lot 18,Rosebud". Of course the "building" was the new store on the FJ's site and lot 18 should be lot 86 of crown allotment 18. According to the Early Rosebud map, George Fountain established The Pines on crown allotment 6 of the fishing village in 1907.

It is likely that this court case would have led to Jack Jones staying on c/a 6, George Fountain not becoming a Rosebud identity and a neighbour of the Ferriers, and no store being built on the FJ's site by 1900. It is far too long for me to correct the digitisation.

William Jamieson apparently bought lot 86, crown allotment 18 and subdivided the 2 acre block.In 1919 he was assessed on 1 lot s/w corner of c/a 18 and 2 lots Esplanade to the east. Mrs P.J.Potton, owner of the remaining 150 acre Potton's farm owned another three blocks.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 18 September 1889 p 11 Article

The first court case about crown allotment 18 Wannaeue revolves around Blakey or Blackey (not Blakeley)selling the 2 acre lot 86 to Jack Jones in 1871 before he sold c/a 18 to "Blooming Bob" White. White sold the whole of c/a 18 to the Lake* brothers who wanted to evict Jones from lot 86 in 1889. The uncertainty about ownership of c/a 18 led to The *LEAK BROTHERS being recorded as owners of the unspecified 150 acres for a couple of years circa 1889 and then Robert White for one year before the Pottons bought the farm.

There was later another case,either Leak/Lake v Jamieson or visa versa which involved the south west corner of crown allotment 18.

The court case re lot 86 of crown allotment 18 might seem to have little relevance to the presentation of a case for a heritage overlay being placed on the hero's house,858 Pt Nepean Rd,Rosebud. But it does have great relevance. It illustrates that ROSEBUD was a fishing village on the FORESHORE and that any of the few houses on the other side of Point Nepean Rd should have been described as lot- of crown allotment-,Wannaeue, for example, the Peatey house on the south corner of the track behind the school (later called McDowell St) was lot 76, crown allotment 17, Wannaeue.

This makes a mockery of the claim in the Rosebud Foreshore Management Plan of a historical connection between Rosebud and the foreshore across the road. Rosebud was ON the foreshore,not ACROSS THE ROAD! As the fishing village is the very essence of Rosebud's heritage, it is critical that the heritage study of the village promised by Simon Lloyd identifies any remaining heritage before it is destroyed.

858 Pt Nepean Rd seems to have stood since 1894 or earlier,which would probably make it the oldest intact house in Rosebud ; build date of John Cain's limestone house just south of Bunnings is unclear, as is that of 19 Mitchell St. It is pretty much like the timber house in the middle of the block on the west side of Durham Place in which Judith Durham spent her first six summers (demolished!) It was the home from 1910 to 1915-16 of William John Ferrier, the OVERNIGHT NATIONAL HERO of the La Bella wreck at Warrnambool and a symbol of the heroism of fishermen (such as his grandfather John and his son,Frank) who performed rescues at sea before the days of volunteer coast guards and the like.

One of the themes in thematic heritage studies is CONNECTING VICTORIANS BY SEA and as the Ferrier family was involved in rescues at Warrnambool, Rosebud and Queenscliff, I think there is a reasonable case for the status of STATEWIDE SIGNIFICANCE to be given to 1 Edina St, Warrnambool,20 Beach St,Queenscliff ("Rosebud") and 858 Pt Nepean Rd,Rosebud. I don't know if the hero's son,William John Jnr,performed similar heroics at Apollo Bay but the family was certainly as symbolic of Victoria's maritime heritage as any others.

by itellya on 2014-06-15 10:07:40

by itellya on 2014-09-21 06:41:00

Shire of Flinders Heritage Study - Part 2.pdf - Mornington ...

Newberry Hill,3039 Pt. Nepean Rd, Sorrento.
Ratebooks suggest building activity c.1909 and c.1912 when the site was owned by E.E.Onge and Richard Onge. However Newberry Hill seems to date from the 1920's based on a visual inspection of the building. William Hutchins owned the property with Robert Onge from 1915 to 1919 and then continued in ownership until 1968. William was the first son of George Hutchins who took up a fishing licence at Cameron's Bight in the 1890's. Three generations of Hutchins fished at Cameron's Bight,and as late as the 1970's were selling fish there.

More detail re the dwelling and setting in the study. As I did with the above,you'll have to transcribe, because you can't copy and paste.

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