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A newsletter article on the Port Phillip Pioneers Group's website (Samuel Sherlock and William Higgins) gives much background about the Mornington Peninsula pioneer's parents. Samuel senior, a sailor, first saw Australia upon Gov. Bligh's arrival in 1808, and, after continuing as a sailor for a time, settled at Port Dalrymple, where he married a neighbour, Mary Ann French. Later moving to George Town, he farmed and ran a hotel and a House of Corrections but when Mary Ann died in 1840, he took most of his family across Bass Strait in 1841, taking up land in Yarraville. The article notes that young Sarah and Sam returned to Van Dieman's Land upon their father's death, to stay with Henry Sherlock.

Lime Land Leisure, the history of the Shire of Flinders, gives much detail of young Sam and his elder sister, Mary Ann, who married Benjamin Stenniken. The Stennikens were granted land near Rye Township and crown allotment 48 Wannaeue at the west corner of Truemans and Pt Nepean Rds. They supplied lime for Rye's first C of E/school and when the demand for lime declined the Stenniken turned their attention to supplying firewood. The Stennikens had their own craft and eventually moved to Port Melbourne, placing their Truemans Rd land on the market in 1924. The Stennikens were related to several peninsula families such as the Wilsons of Peninsula-wide butchering fame and the Clemengers of Parkmore in Rosebud.

Samuel Sherlock obviously moved back to Victoria to live with Mary Ann as he entered his teens and it was probably soon after that he worked at other properties and did a mail run on horseback between Rye and Cheltenham. Later he settled at Green Island between Schnapper Point and Osborne, and it was probably at that time that he was stripping wattle bark in Mt Martha Park for Byrne, one of the park trustees. Later, his son, Samuel, ran a store in Frankston where Samuel Sherlock Reserve recalls his pioneering contributions.

courtesy of steve74.

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on 2011-11-21 07:56:35

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 janilye on 2011-11-21 20:34:56

by itellya on 2011-11-21 20:43:42

Fantastic janilye! I hope you don't mind me quoting you re this information in my DROMANA, ROSEBUD AND MILES AROUND ON TROVE.

by janilye on 2011-11-21 20:52:22

Not at all itellya. But be wary of Christopher Sherlock I need to look further into that.

by itellya on 2011-11-22 00:08:48

Janilye, I'll point out that the information is not yet documented and give its source. I might have a snoop and see if any children were born before John Henry.
I am delighted that you added information. You might notice that I am the first FTC researcher for most of my journal subjects. There are two reasons I post the journals. The first is to acknowledge pioneers, many of whom have not previously rated a mention, such as- "a Mr Gomm near the (Rosebud) jetty of whom little is known" (Lime Land Leisure; plenty is now known! The second reason is to attract family members who are interested in their family history, some of whom have been using other genealogy forums, so that their information can be added to mine and mine to theirs.
Without this exchange, I would never have found out that Albert Wilson (whose family followed Ruddell on Tuerong) escaped the Mornington Football Club drowning tragedy following the game at Mordialloc because he had to work, delivering meat on that day.

by janilye on 2011-11-22 01:32:15

I didn't know about Albert Wilson's good fortune on that dark day either.
here is Leo Gamble's story of Mornington Football Club drowning for those who don't know what we are talking about.

by itellya on 2011-11-22 05:51:33

Graham Whitehead certainly runs a good website. It's a pity the reporter who wrote the nonsense about the skipper of the boat returning by train didn't read Leo's story first.
Back to our friends, the Sherlocks. An apology first. It appears that the Sam Sherlock Reserve would have been named after Sam Sherlock 3, who was a Frankston & Hastings Shire councillor and a regular member of the bench at Frankston Court as well as an athletics enthusiast. He had stables in Frankston so I guess he was the one that ran the store too.
I was told about trove by a family historian and I hope all genealogy researchers are aware of it. Here's some Sherlock "news".

Sam 1 might have been in Australia before 1808. (The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, 7-9-1806, page 2.)
The death of Mary Ann Sherlock (nee French)was notified in two papers, the Colonial Times in Hobart (3-3-1840, p.7) and Launceston's Cornwall Chronicle, established by John Pascoe Fawkner (29-2-1840, p.3.)
Sam 1 probably left soon after the licence of the White Hart Inn, George Town, was transferred from him to Edward Butler. (The Courier, Hobart, 20-8-1841, p.4.)
It looks as if most of the details in Lime Land Leisure (P.148) about Sam 2 came straight from his obituary. (Mornington Standard, 6-9-1900. p.2.)
His brother, Henry, who was well-known throughout the peninsula,died soon after Sam, at Moonee Ponds; Both loved horses. (M.S.25-10-1900, p.2.)
Sam Serlock, a sand carter and probably Henry's son was fined for taking sand, without authority from the Moonee Ponds Creek near the Albion St bridge in 1904 and in 1906 Henry (aged between 12 and 16), perhaps Henry's grandson, had been a naughty lad. (The Coburg Leader.)
Price-Sherlock, Golden Wedding.As Samuel and Sarah seem to be common Sherlock given names, this might not be the Sarah, aged 13, who (with Sam 2, aged 6) was sent back to the care of Henry when Sam 1 died in 1845.
Charles S.Y.Price and Sarah Sherlock were married by Rev. Charles Price in the Independent Chapel, Launceston on 17-6-1856. (The Argus 18-6-1906, p.1 and The Examiner, Launceston, same date and page.)
The death notice of Sam 2's widow does not tell us her given or maiden names but does show that one of their daughters married G.W.Baxter, pioneers of the area originally known as Mornington Junction. (M.S. 21-9-1918, p.2)
Finally, a search in order to find the names of Sam 2's widow found nothing in marriage notices for two of their daughters but I have found the probable origin of Sam 1. The website ( apparently blocked results but the summary gives enough detail to show that it is Sam 1, when it concludes with the marriage to Sarah King on 25.... This Samuel Sherlock was born in 1788 at Greasby, Cheshire, England and christened on 1-4-1788 at West Kirby, Cheshire and married Sarah King as janilye stated in an earlier comment. Ta Ta for now, I must contact Arnie to see if he has made any progress since his 1997 rootsweb enquiry about Sam 1.

by itellya on 2013-05-12 01:57:59

2 corrections, most recently by cndyh1. THANKS cndyh1!

OBITUARY. DEATH OF MR. SAMUEL SHERLOCK, SENR. On Thursday last there passed away at his residence, Mornington, one of the oldest residents of the Peninsula in the person of Mr Samuel Sherlock, senr. The deceased had suffered from asthma for many years past and about a fortnight ago was conflned to his bed. Dr Somers was called in, and by skilful treatment, he so far recovered as to be able to ride into Mornington and vote on polling day. However, on returning home, he again took ill, and despite all that medical aid could do, he expired about 6 p.m. on the evening abovementioned, the immediate cause of death being syncope, supervening on mitral valve disease. The deceased was well-known and very highly respected throughout the whole of the Peninsula, and ample evidence of his popularity was given on Sunday, when 60 vehicles and over 40 horsemen followed his remains to their last resting place, the Moorooduc cemetery, where a most impressive burial service was read by the Rev Jas Caldwell, Presbyterian minister. He leaves a widow, two sons (Lieutenant Samuel Sherlock, Veterinary Surgeon with the Bushman's Contingent in South Africa, and Andrew, who is a storekeeper at Mornington) and three daughters (Mrs W. Baxter, Sarah and Aggie) to mourn his loss, and the greatest sympathy is expressed on all sides for them. [Mr Sherlock, who at the time of his death was 64 years of age, was born at Launceston, Tasmania, 1836, and came to Victoria in 1840, being then only 4 years old. His father had a small run at Yarraville, but died four years after he arrived. His sister and her husband (the late Mr Stenniken) then had charge and they stayed at Yarraville for another 4 years, when they purchased the late Mr Kenyon's property at Tootgoorook , now called Rye, which was in those days good grazing country and not overgrown with ti-tree as it is now. They moved their stock to this property in 1848, Mr Sherlock stopping with them as stockkeeper for a number of years. He was afterwards with Mr Burrell, senr., of Arthur's Seat and Mr Barker, senr., of Cape Schanck (both of these gentlemen being dead some years) stockriding, and he used to tell many amusing stories of that life in the early days. The stockman's work at Arthur's seat in those days was to round up the wild cattle, shoot the bulls and brand the cows and calfs (sic!). It was while he was at the latter station that he, along with Mr Robert Anderson (the only two there at the time) had to entertain the two notorious bushrangers, Brady and O'Connor, who had got away from Tasmania on a craft, and when off Cape Schanck tied up all hands, took two of the sailors and the boat, tried to sink the vessel, made for the shore, and landed safely through the surf with a broken boat. They then made the sailors walk in front of them up the cliff, to Mr.Barker's station, got some food, made a stock of bullets, gave Mr Sherlock a powder flask and the boat, and departed without doing any mischief. These two men were shortly afterwards captured and executed. He was next with the late Mr A. B.Balcombe, of "The Briars" (who had a good portion of the now Shire of Mornington as his run, before there was any township) stockkeeping, horse- breeding, etc. From Mr Balcombe's place he married a young lady named Janet McLellan in April 1859, and settled down at Green Island. Before the days of coaches, he used to carry the mail on horseback from Rye to Cheltenham and from King's Creek (Hastings) to the same place. He was also a contractor for roads, bridges, etc, and carried on farming in a small way. He was married, lived and died in the house he built for himself. Although for the last 20 years he suffered greatly from asthma, he always had a colt in hand, and, in fact, was never happy unless amongst horses, of which he was passionately fond. His last job was breaking in a pony, which he handled and rode himself, although very ill at the time.](P.2, Mornington Standard, 6-9-1900.)

The statement that Ben Stenniken bought Mr Kenyon's property at Tootgarook is interesting. The only Kenyon mentioned in the early days of the peninsula was Richard Kenyon who had married Robert Rowley's widowed mother in Tasmania, and then burnt lime near the Heads,perhaps for John Pascoe Fawkner.

The Stenniken grant at Tootgarook was at the north west corner of Truemans Rd and the road to the Heads, today containing Burdett St (named after Godfrey Burdett Wilson who had married Maria Stenniken), McAlpin St etc. South of that lay James Trueman's grants (Ronald St to Guest St) with Robert Rowley's grants between Guest St blocks and the freeway reservation.

When James Purves bought the Tootgarook pre-emptive right in 1850,it is possible that Richard Kenyon and Robert Rowley's mother had leased the Stenniken, Trueman and Rowley grants from the Crown (perhaps because of the lime deposits used to build the original Rye school/church and later the heritage-listed part of the Church of England.)

Mr Kenyon's land might also have been leased from the Crown in the parish of Nepean just outside the south west corner of the future Rye Township. Crown allotment 5 is bounde,roughly,by French,Loongana,Dundas Sts and the freeway reservation. Crown Allotment 6 is bounded by Pasadena St, Melbourne Rd, French St and, roughly, Landra St.

Sam's wife, Janet,was probably the daughter of Alexander McLennan (as on the Moorooduc parish map but often written as McLellan in local papers.) On 24-7-1856, Alexander had been granted crown allotments 1 and 2 of the parish of Moorooduc containing (almost)147 and 260 acres, and bounded by Moorooduc Rd,Eramosa Rd, Derril Rd and Bungower Rd.In early days there was no Nepean Highway and Moorooduc Rd, until quite recently known as Three Chain Road,was the main road to the Heads.

Let's just check Janet's maiden name.
McLELLAN.-On the 10th September (suddenly)at Waterloo place, Mornington, Jane, relict of late James McLellan, of Moorooduc, aged 74 years.

So it looks as if the Lands Office was wrong and the newspaper reports (e.g. wild dogs killing sheep on Vale's, McLellan's etc) were right. James McLellan would have been Janet's brother.

What luck (for me,not Sam Sherlock's widow) that her death notice was in the same paper because I would not have otherwise found it in a million years because the digitisation was so bad.

SHERLOCK-On the 16th September, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs.G. W. Baxter, Melbourne road, Frankston, Janet, relict of the late Samuel Sherlock, of Mornington, dearly loved mother of Andrew and Samuel Sherlock, Mrs G. W. Baxter, Mrs Hugh Cameron and the late Mrs W. L. Frame, in her 85th year.
(Both notices, P.1, Argus,17-9-1918.

by moara1 on 2016-07-13 03:31:32

I have joined this site because Samuel Sherlock (2) of Mornington was my great-grandfather. My grandmother being Agnes Sherlock(Cameron) his daughter. I found most of your information to be correct with respect to Samuel and his family. His wife was Janet Mc Lellan who arrived on the fever ship "Ticonderoga" in 1852 accompanied by her father Andrew Mc Lellan, James and Alexander her brothers and Agnes her sister. Their mother was deceased in Scotland. Both Janet and Agnes worked at one time for the Balcombe family at the Briars.
With respect to Christopher Sherlock in the previous generation there is some doubt about his birth as far as our family historian is concerned.
Mary Lowe researched and wrote a considerable history of the family in 1990's until 2002. Copies can be found in the Mornington Historical Society Library.

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