SAMUEL SHERLOCK, MORNINGTON PENINSULA PIONEER.
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.
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.