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SHEPPARTON'S SARAH WRIGHT, NEE COUSINS, AND A CONNECTION WITH TULLAMARINE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA TO BE DISCOVERED.

Journal by itellya

I can't sip a coffee without something to read so I was checking out trove results for Tullamarine in the 1930's when I discovered Sarah's obituary. As soon as I saw Sarah's maiden name, I suspected that her father's name was James and when I found that Sarah's mother had died within two years of their arrival, I suspected that I'd found the reason that James Cousins had become the stepfather of George Hendrie (sic, Hendry):
GEORGE HENDRIE IMPALATION
Was Mrs Parr the widowed Ann Parr or the wife of James Henry Parr?

Although there were many questions to be answered, I just had to use Sarah's obituary. Although Victorian BDM was working briefly last night when I managed to find Gordon Connor's 1899 birth record, it is again offline for scheduled maintenance. Neil Mansfield's THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY (P.47) has answered at least one question. James Henry Parr did not marry Emily Mansfield until 1876 so Sarah Cousins was obviously looked after by Ann Parr (whose maiden name has not yet been discovered.) The widowed Ann (d. 1879 aged 72) and her son, James Henry, then about 5 years old, arrived in Victoria in 1853, apparently via New Zealand where Ann's husband had died. Sarah's obituary indicates that the Cousins family arrived circa 1862 and that Mrs Cousins died circa 1864. Sarah was probably the youngest daughter but it will be interesting to see if there were any Cousins children born here.
There were so many Thomas Wrights in Tullamarine's history that my head spins so Herbert Wright's death record will be of value when it becomes available again.

OBITUARY
PASSING OF OLD PIONEER
In the passing away of Mrs Sarah Wright, one of the few remaining pioneers of the district has gone to her eternal rest. The late Mrs Wright's father, Mr. Cousins, came from Leicestershire, England, aboard the “King of Algeria" some 73 years ago, bringing with him his wife and family of five daughters and one son. Only one of the family survives, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, of Essendon.

Mrs. Wright’s mother died within two years of their arrival in Melbourne and Mrs. Wright was taken by Mrs. Parr, of Tullamarine, where she lived for a few years, later residing with Dr. Dare and family at Camberwell where he was the minister. After his death she was with Rev. Usher's family until she married Mr. Herbert Wright, of Pine-Lodge, where she resided until a few years ago, when she and her husband came to take a well earned rest in Shepparton residing here until her death.

Although Mrs. Wright reared a family of 12 (one, Ralph, deceased) she found time to help wherever she could in sickness and trouble and her kindness and unselfishness in those early days of the district, when doctors and nurses were scarce and roads so bad, made her many friends by whom she was generally loved. She was an energetic church worker, and had unbounded spiritual wealth, and to the last was always trying to help the cause of Christianity. She was a lover of her church and the Home League and gave great assistance in her quiet way.

The cortege which followed the remains to the Shepparton cemetery on the 24th showed the respect and esteem in which the late Mrs Wright was held. Casket bearers were her three sons-in-law, Messrs P. Colliver, A. Laws, R. McCormack; Mr. Fred Smith (Essendon), a nephew, Mr. D.Wright, nephew, and Mr. C. J. Laws, an old friend of the family, Pall bearers were her eight sons, Walter, Edward, Arthur, Bert. Robert, Alic, Harrie and Fred.
Much sympathy is extended to Mr.Wright and family in their sad bereavement.
(P.4, Shepparton Advertiser, 2-8-1935.)

Obituary
Mr Herbert Alfred Wright
The death of Mr. Herbert Alfred Wright. 94 years, of 54 Corio Street. Shepparton, occurred on July 31, at his residence. The funeral took place from Wesley Church for the Shepparton cemetery on the following Thursday,the Rev. H. B. Freeman conducting the services.

The casket was borne by one son (Frederick) and five grandsons ( Messrs. Mervyn McCormack,Alvin, Kenneth, Ronald and Leonard Wright), while the pall bearers were Messrs, Arthur, Herbert, Harrie and Alic Wright(sons), Cliff and Leslie Hamilton (nephews). He also has two surviving sisters, Mrs. Agar and Mrs. Hamilton, of Melbourne.
The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Messrs. Kittle Bros., which was largely attended showing the widespread respect held for an old pioneer of the Goulburn Valley district.

The late Mr. Wright, who celebrated his 94th birthday on July 17 last, was born at Mickleham, old Sydney road, 20 miles from Melbourne, his parents being the late Thomas and Mary Ann Wright. Possessed of a powerfulphysique, his good health and mental alertness continued throughout his long life, the last 27 years of which were spent in retirement in Shepparton. His wife, who was formerly Miss Sarah Cousins, predeceased him in 1935.

He was the father of Alice(Mrs. R. McCormack), Walter, Mary (Mrs. Colliver), Arthur,Edward (dec.), Herbert, Lillian(Mrs. Albert Laws), Ralph (dec.), Robert, Harry, Alex and Frederick. He leaves also 2? grandchildren and 14 great grand children. Mr. Wright was a member of the Pine Lodge Methodist church and also a trustee and treasurer until he retired from his farm to live in Shepparton. He was a man of many ideal qualities and always ready to serve the interests of others. He is translated into a greater life and a wider sphere of service. If our eyes could only see what eternal life means we would rejoice with great joy.
(P.9, Shepparton Advertiser, 17-8-1951.)

A WRIGHT, MICKLEHAM search on trove found a report of Herbert's 90th birthday that gives additional details,such as the year of his marriage, and confirms my suspicion that his parents had selected land at Pine Lodge.

90th Birthday
Mr. Herbert Wright Celebrates
To celebrate the 90th birthday of Mr. Herbert Wright of Corio street, Shepparton, 35 members of his family and relatives met at his home on Thursday afternoon last, for the occasion. Mrs. Ager(sic) and Mrs. Hamilton, his two sisters, travelled from Melbourne to be present. Many telegrams and letters conveying birthday greetings and good wishes were read by his eldest nephew, Mr. J. Albert Wright, which had been sent from New South Wales,
Western Australia and other parts of the State.

Mr. Wright was born at Mickleham in 1857 and came with his parents to Pine Lodge in 1873, where he
afterwards bought land and followed farming pursuits. In 1880 he married Miss Sarah Cousin (sic), of Melbourne. Relinquishing his land twenty-five years ago, he came to reside at Corio Street, Shepparton. His wife, after a short illness, passed away twelve years ago.

His niece, Mrs. W. Hillier, baked the birthday cake and decorated it and his sister, Mrs. Agar, lit the candles while his other sister, Mrs.Hamilton, extinguished them. (P.9 Shepparton Advertiser, 22-7-1947.)

HERBERT WRIGHT'S PARENTS.
Euroke or Yuroke was the parish between Will Will Rook and Mickleham extending north from the line of Swain St (just south of the Providence Rd/ Mickleham Rd corner) to about a mile north of Craigieburn Rd and generally east to Merri Creek. The Machell grant, between Mickleham Rd and Section Rd,subdivided in the early 1850's and largely occupied by Methodists who built the heritage-listed Primitive Methodist Church and called the area Providence Plains, was probably their abode in "Euroke".

A METHODIST NONAGENARIAN

THE NONAGENERIAN'S DEATH NOTICE.
WRIGHT. –On the 3rd November, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. T. Agar, Coburg, Mary Ann, relict of the late Thomas Wright, of Pine Lodge, loved mother of James, Herbert, Mrs. Hounslow (Sarah)*, Mrs. Agar (Rose), Mrs. Hamilton (Jennie), the surviving sons and daughters, aged 96 years. A colonist of 71 years.
A beautiful life, a peaceful end; She lived as she died, with God her friend. (P.1, Argus, 4-11-1919.)

See THE HOUNSLOWS.

HERBERT'S MUCH OLDER SISTER, ANN?
STRANKS— WRIGHT.— On the 10th inst.,at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Campbellfield, by the Rev. M.Clarke, George Stranks, of Pascoe Vale, to Ann Wright, of Mickleham.(P.4, The Age, 13-3-1868.)



I was unclear whether Pine Lodge was the name of the Wright farm or a locality; it was the latter! As in Tullamarine, and the earliest subdivision in Greenvale, many residents were Methodists.

From http://www.victorianplaces.com.au/pine-lodge
Pine Lodge is a rural district in north central Victoria, 12 km east of Shepparton.

In 1839 the Arcadia pastoral run, enclosing all of the Shepparton district, was occupied, and in 1858 it was divided into two. The second part was named Pine Lodge, possibly because of the prevalence of the Callitris tree, known as Murray Pine. The timber is resistant to white ant infestation and was found in the original homestead when it was replaced in 1913.

In the 1870s the Pine Lodge property was subdivided for farm selections. Between 1878 and 1882 four schools were opened in the Pine Lodge district, indicating the extent of the place name, particularly eastwards to what is now Cosgrove. Pine Lodge’s school (1878) was opened in a Methodist Free Church, and the Methodist denomination continued to be the main one, building a new and substantial brick building in 1924. The original Pine Lodge village was westwards, near today’s Orrvale.

THE HOUNSLOWS.
Why I am mentioning the Hounslows?
THE NONAGENERIAN'S DEATH NOTICE.
WRIGHT. –On the 3rd November, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. T. Agar, Coburg, Mary Ann, relict of the late Thomas Wright, of Pine Lodge, loved mother of James, Herbert, Mrs. Hounslow (Sarah)*, Mrs. Agar (Rose), Mrs. Hamilton (Jennie), the surviving sons and daughters, aged 96 years. A colonist of 71 years.
A beautiful life, a peaceful end; She lived as she died, with God her friend. (P.1, Argus, 4-11-1919.)

Thomas Wright's daughter, Sarah, married Albert Hounslow but there is no mention of Moorabool Flat in the article about her nonagenerian mother Mary Anne. The article states that Thomas went to Ballarat between their tenures at Mickleham and in the Golburn Valley but Albert and Sarah's wedding notice states that the wedding took place at Moorabool Flat. Their son, Alfred, later settled on 41 acres AT TULLAMARINE immediately south of the Parr property, The Elms, (where Sarah Cousins had probably lived for some years following the death of her mother circa 1864.)

HOUNSLOW-WRIGHT.
HOUNSLOW—WRIGHT.—On the 12th May, at the residence of the bride's father, Albert Hounslow, of Campbellfield, to Sarah, third daughter of Mr. Thomas Wright, Moorabool Flat.
(P. 95, ILLUSTRATED AUSTRALIAN NEWS FOR HOME READERS, 14-6-1875.)

DEATH
HOUNSLOW.—At his son's residence,Mooroopna, Albert Hounslow., dearly beloved husband of the late Sarah Hounslow and father of Clara (Mrs. George Knight, Mooroopna), Alfred(Tullamarine), Ada (Mrs. J. Killerberrin,. W.A.);
Frank (Shepparton); Mary (Mr.B. Smith, Shepparton); Fred (Mooroopna). At rest.
Funeral will leave Methodist Church for Shepparton cemetery at 2.30 o’clock tomorrow.
(P.4, Shepparton Advertiser, 18-9-1932.)

FROM THE HOUNSLOW ENTRY ON PAGE H 139 OF MY DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND.
HOUNSLOW.


FROM "The Story and Burial Listing of the Will Will Rook Pioneers Cemetery (October 2014.)

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by itellya on 2017-12-21 03:44:04

It looks as if this journal is doomed to the OH NOES page appearing every time I try to submit new information. Hopefully it will submit in comments.

THE SUSPECTED FATHER OF SARAH WRIGHT, NEE COUSINS.
At this point in time, I will not compile any further information about James Cousins until Victorian BDM becomes available again. He arrived circa 1862 if he was Sarah's father and would have been about 37 when he arrived, old enough to have five daughters and a son. The post office would have been near Post Office Lane and Ann Parr would have lived close by, either on a block of 15 acres on the south side of this lane (top right hand quarter of Melway 5 E11) or The Elms about 260 metres due north of Post Office Lane. Charles Nash's family, along with the Parrs and Wrights, were stalwarts of the Tullamarine Wesleyan Church for a century. Nash's Bayview of 109 acres and another block between the 1870 church (site donated by Charles) and Post Office Lane were also near the post office. James Cousins was a close neighbour of the Parr and Nash families and judging by Sarah's devotion to the Methodist Church, it is probable that James Cousins was a fellow member of the Wesleyan congregation in the 1855 schoolhouse at the Cherie St bend and, from 1870, the church on the north corner of Trade Park Drive. If James Cousins was the father of Sarah, she was not the youngest daughter; Edith was!

COUSINS.— On the 6th December, at Tullamarine,James Cousins, postmaster, drowned at his residence,aged 56 years.
(P.1, The Age, 9-12-1881.)

NASH—COUSINS.—On the 8th of January, at the residence of the bride's sister, Essendon*, by the Rev.J. Fison, Thomas, eldest son of the late Charles Nash,to Edith, fifth daughter of the late James Cousins, both of Tullamarine. (P.42, Leader, 4-7-1885.)
*Could her sister be the only one to outlive Sarah, "Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, of Essendon", as mentioned in Sarah's obituary?

I don't think any of Sarah's siblings were born in Victoria. And there is now more than a suspicion that James Cousins was the father of Mrs Sarah Wright of Tullamarine, Pine Lodge and Shepparton.

by itellya on 2017-12-22 08:34:56

THE HOUNSLOWS.
Why I am mentioning the Hounslows?
THE NONAGENERIAN'S DEATH NOTICE.
WRIGHT. –On the 3rd November, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. T. Agar, Coburg, Mary Ann, relict of the late Thomas Wright, of Pine Lodge, loved mother of James, Herbert, Mrs. Hounslow (Sarah)*, Mrs. Agar (Rose), Mrs. Hamilton (Jeanie), the surviving sons and daughters, aged 96 years. A colonist of 71 years.
A beautiful life, a peaceful end; She lived as she died, with God her friend. (P.1, Argus, 4-11-1919.)

Thomas Wright's daughter, Sarah, married Albert Hounslow but there is no mention of Moorabool Flat in the article about her nonagenerian mother Mary Anne. The article states that Thomas went to Ballarat between their tenures at Mickleham and in the Golburn Valley but Albert and Sarah's wedding notice states that the wedding took place at Moorabool Flat. Their son, Alfred, later settled on 41 acres AT TULLAMARINE immediately south of the Parr property, The Elms, (where Sarah Cousins had probably lived for some years following the death of her mother circa 1864.)

HOUNSLOW-WRIGHT.
HOUNSLOW—WRIGHT.—On the 12th May, at the residence of the bride's father, Albert Hounslow, of Campbellfield, to Sarah, third daughter of Mr. Thomas Wright, Moorabool Flat.
(P. 95, ILLUSTRATED AUSTRALIAN NEWS FOR HOME READERS, 14-6-1875.)

DEATH
HOUNSLOW.—At his son's residence,Mooroopna, Albert Hounslow., dearly beloved husband of the late Sarah Hounslow and father of Clara (Mrs. George Knight, Mooroopna), Alfred(Tullamarine), Ada (Mrs. J. Killerberrin,. W.A.);
Frank (Shepparton); Mary (Mr.B. Smith, Shepparton); Fred (Mooroopna). At rest.
Funeral will leave Methodist Church for Shepparton cemetery at 2.30 o’clock tomorrow.
(P.4, Shepparton Advertiser, 18-9-1932.)

FROM THE HOUNSLOW ENTRY ON PAGE H 139 OF MY DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND.
HOUNSLOW.
The Errington Reserve gates at St. Albans (near Keilor)were erected as a memorial to Alice Errington, born in 1864, daughter of a pioneer, Joseph Hounslow. Alice married William Errington, son of Keilor Pioneer, George Errington. She died in 1931 aged 67. (Keilor Historical Society Scrapbook.)

Broadmeadows' ratebook of 1863 showed that James Hounslow had a farm, net annual value 36 pounds. As the next ratepayer assessed was Garratt Barry, and ratepayers were listed geographically, I would assume the farm was near Barry Rd and "Glenbarry" in Campbellfield (Melway 7 G3.)

James Hounslow was also leasing a farm, net annual value 45 pounds from John Pascoe Fawkner in 1863 and this may have been between Rhodes Pde and Devon Rd.

James Hounston who was listed as "farmer, Merri Creek" under Campbellfield in Bailliere's directory of 1869 was almost certainly James Hounslow (POSTSCRIPT 2017: especially in view of similar incorrect spelling in Will Will Rook burial records.)

In 1879-80, Alfred Hounslow had 75 acres at Campbellfield and wise's directory of 1884-5 lists Alfred Hounslow and Mrs Hannah Hounslow as farmers of Campbellfield.

In 1899-1900 Joseph Hounslow was leasing 75 acres at Campbellfield from the Savings Bank.

Broadmeadows' rates of 1920-1 showed that Alfred (T?)Hounslow was assessed on 40 acres fronting Nash's Lane and the back lane (part of Derby St now closed)and indicated by Melway 5F-G8 (top)to 5 G 9 (top right corner.) This consisted of lots 12, 13 and 26 of Riddell and Hamilton's Camieston Estate purchased by John Anderson, lots 14, 27 and 28 purchased by Thomas Purvis (who also bought land near Post Office Lane), and lots 29-31 purchased by James Anderson.

Keilor's rates of 1930 showed that Alf Hounslow had 41 acres, about 10 acres of which was on the north corner of Bulla Rd and Anderson's Lane,purchased from J.P.Fawkner by George Bendry (volume 2 folio 972)on the Keilor side of today's Melrose Drive and being in parts of 5 F 9-10 opposite Springbank St. The 41 acres had been previously occupied by Robert Anderson and by 1943 was occupied by John and Bertram Anderson; to the west and north it adjoined James Henry and Sam Parr's The Elms, where Sarah Wright, nee Cousins, had spent some years of her childhood with Mrs Parr. Harry Heaps said that the Anderson homestead was directly opposite Springbank St.and that the rest of the 41 acres fronted Conders Lane (which would have been lots 52, 53 and 54 of Fawkner's subdivision purchased by John Gibbs, volume 32 folio 433.)



FROM "The Story and Burial Listing of the Will Will Rook Pioneers Cemetery (October 2014.)
Reg. No.207 Hounslow James, buried 25-1-1868 d. 24-1-1868 aged 56 Methodist, parents William Hounslow and Edith/Ada Archer, born Buckinghamshire, husband of Hannah.

618 Hounslow Hannah bur. 6-5-1895 d. 3-5-1895 aged 79, primitive methodist, Campbellfield, wife of James, parents-Nathaniel Strauks (Stracks?)and Eliz. Emerton.

1396 Hounslow Sarah Jane bur. 19-10-1897 age 24 primitive methodist parents- John Dow and Martha Rye-NOT HOUSTON.

by itellya on 2017-12-22 08:45:37

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Work in progress
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by itellya on 2017-12-22 09:01:10

The reason why I assumed that Nathaniel Strauk in the Will Will Rook burial records at the end of comment 2 was a spelling error. My recollection of the correct spelling was a bit out.

STRANKS— WRIGHT.— On the 10th inst.,at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Campbellfield, by the Rev. M.Clarke, George Stranks, of Pascoe Vale, to Ann
Wright, of Mickleham. (P.4, The Age, 13-3-1868.)

by itellya on 2017-12-22 18:33:15

Another journal has been updated to describe the locations of now-closed lanes at Tullamarine mentioned regarding the proximity of the Parrs to James Cousins' post office and location of land occupied by Alf Hounslow. See:
AIRPORT ACQUISITIONS MAP

by itellya on 2017-12-23 05:07:34

As Victorian BDM is still offline (and likely to be so well into 2018) I thought I'd try to sneak some free information from one of those companies that get free information from family historians and then charge for their relatives to access it.

https://www.myheritage.com/names/herbert_wright
Herbert Wright, 1891 - 1964 (Photo, playing at a billiards table.)
Herbert Wright was born on month day 1891, at birth place, to Herbert Alfred Wright and Sarah Wright (born Cousins).
Herbert was born on July 17 1857, in Mickleham Victoria Australia.
Sarah was born on December 23 1859, in Barrow Upon Soar, Leicestershire, England.
Herbert had 11 siblings: Fred Wright, Alic Wright and 9 other siblings.
Herbert married Amelia Alice (Millie) Wright (born MENSFORTH).
Amelia was born on February 4 1905, in Alexandra Victoria Australia.
They had 4 children: Amelia Mary (Nellie) Ann Baldwin (born Wright) and 3 other children.
Herbert passed away on month day 1964, at age 73 at death place.
He was buried at burial place.

This confirms the claim in Sarah's obituary that she, her parents and her four sisters and brother had come from Leicestershire. Sarah would have been about two years old when they arrived and about four years old when her mother died and she was taken in by Mrs Parr. Sarah would have seen plenty of her father but he would not have had to perform motherly tasks daily.

Presumably James Cousins was her father and had been at Tullamarine for some years before he was appointed as electoral register in place of James Tenniel of the Beech Tree Hotel in mid 1867. Tenniel was probably ill as he died on 23-1-1874 at the Beech Tree aged only 50. His widow married drover, Noah Holland, whose six one acre blocks almost directly across Bulla Rd became the current Melrose Drive Reserve in 1929.

James Cousins, Tullamarine, to be electoral
registrar for the Tullamarine division of the
electoral district of West Bourke, and of the
South Province, in the room of J. Tenniel,
relieved; (P.7, Argus, 6-6-1867.)

TENNIEL.—On the 23rd January, at the Beech Tree,
Tullamarine, James Tenniel, aged fifty.(P.4, The Age, 24-1-1874.)

by itellya on 2017-12-23 05:28:31

THIS SEEMS SUFFICIENT PROOF THAT JAMES COUSINS WAS SARAH'S FATHER BUT CONFIRMATION WILL STILL BE SOUGHT IN SARAH WRIGHT'S DEATH RECORD WHEN IT COMES BACK ONLINE.There's even a photo of James Cousins. Her mother's name remains to be discovered. As a former police constable, James would have been well prepared for the paperwork required of an electoral registrar.

James Cousins - fridd Web Site - MyHeritage
https://www.myheritage.com/person-24002380_22256241.../james-cousins?show...
1857, Age 32, Birth of daughter: Eliza Carter Smith (born Cousins) Barrow, Leicestershire, England Oct 15 1857. 1859, Age 34, Birth of daughter: Sarah Wright (born Cousins) Barrow Upon Soar, Leicestershire, England Dec 23 1859. 1861, Age ~36 , Residence Police Constable., South St, Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire ...

by itellya on 2017-12-23 10:03:15

THE MAIDEN NAME OF SARAH COUSINS' MOTHER WAS ELIZA CARTER.
Now that my suspicion that Sarah Cousins' father was James Cousins is virtually confirmed, I turned my attention to the possibility that her husband's father, Thomas Wright of Yuroke, Mickleham, etc., Pine Lodge and Shepparton was a brother of Wallis Wright of Sunnyside on the east side of Wright St and adjoining Charles Nash's Fairview.

Wallis Wright died on 31-12-1886 aged 58. See P.42, Leader,8-1-1887 for the death notice and his obituary detailing the accident and funeral on page 3 of the North Melbourne Advertiser of 25-2-1887. He was buried at Bulla so I consulted Neil Mansfield burial records for that cemetery. To save time I searched by date of burial but found nothing so with fingers crossed scrolled through the surnames index, but came to a screeching halt when I saw this entry.
1534 NASH (nee COUSINS) Edith 66Y 00/00/1863 15/12/1928 17/12/1928 Meth. 3 17 Daughter of James Cousins & Eliza Carter. Born in Tullamarine, died in Essendon, Victoria, Australia.

Edith's marriage notice from an earlier comment.
NASH—COUSINS.—On the 8th of January, at the residence of the bride's sister, Essendon*, by the Rev.J. Fison, Thomas, eldest son of the late Charles Nash,to Edith, fifth daughter of the late James Cousins, both of Tullamarine. (P.42, Leader, 4-7-1885.)
*Could her sister be the only one to outlive Sarah, "Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, of Essendon", as mentioned in Sarah's obituary?

My suspicions are usually correct. This marriage is what made me suspect that Sarah's father in law was related to Wallis Wright, Charles Nash's neighbour.

If James and Eliza Cousins arrived (as Sarah's obituary near the start of the journal states) " from Leicestershire, England, aboard the “King of Algeria" some 73 years ago, (with a) family of five daughters and one son", one of the girls who so arrived must have died before the time of Edith's marriage, unless the writer of the obituary had just assumed that all five daughters were born before arrival.

Edith's burial record indicates that James and Eliza had settled at Tullamarine by 1862 which was almost certainly the year of Edith's birth there.

Edith's death notice confirms that her husband Thomas Nash was indeed the one who owned land between Fosters Rd (now Keilor Park Drive) and the river later bought by Butlers for their Moonya dairy and south of Steeles Creek near Randwick Drive, Keilor Park.

Ratebooks weren't the only sources found in the strongroom at the City of Keilor office courtesy of Adrian Dodoro. The pupils of Keilor State School had written a roll of honour with biographies of all that school's students who had served in W.W.1. One was Thomas and Edith's son, Frederick Bernard Nash who'd been taken to the Caulfield Military Hospital when repatriated.

FROM THE A.I.F. PROJECT.
Frederick Bernard NASH
Regimental number 303
Place of birth Ellerslie, Victoria
School Ellerslie State School
Religion Methodist
Occupation Farmer
Address 25 Kielor Road, Essendon
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 19
Next of kin Thomas Nash, 25 Kielor Road, Essendon
Enlistment date 13 July 1915
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 29th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/46/1
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll 29th Battalion
Fate Returned to Australia 23 March 1919
Place of death or wounding France
Age at death 21

Here's Wallis Wright's burial entry. It will be interesting to see if Thomas Wright of Pine Lodge/ Shepparton had the same parents.
2328 WRIGHT Wallis 58Y 00/00/1829 31/12/1885 02/01/1886 Meth. 2 21 Son of Thomas Wright & Elizabeth Allen. Died in West Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

by itellya on 2017-12-23 22:42:18

i didn't have a clue about what PINE LODGE was when I saw this wedding report for the first time.

WEDDING.
WRIGHT-PARR.
A very pretty wedding, which created a deal of local interest, was celebrated on Wednesday, 20th July, at the Methodist Church,Tullamarine, the contracting parties being Mr. Joseph Wright, third eldest son of Mrs. and the late Joseph Wright, of Pine Lodge, and Annie Ethel, younger daughter of Cr. J. H. Parr, the Elms; Tullamarine.etc. (P.3, Sunbury News, 13-8-1910.)

I'm not sure where Joseph Wright Snr. fits into the picture but he may have been a son of Thomas and Mary Ann of Yuroke, Mickleham, Pine Lodge or related to Thomas in some way. It may have been the bride and Groom who lived on John Grant's Seafield before the farm was sold to a Mr English (according to either Keith McNab or Eileen Reddan; can't remember which.)

Many relatives lost contact with each other as they spread out but the links between those in the Tullamarine and Shepparton area seemed to remain strong. This may have been because Sarah Cousins had spent part of her childhood as the sort of little sister of James Henry Parr, the father of the bride. Alf Hounslow move to Tullamarine, between Anderson's Lane and James Henry Parr's The Elms seems to have been linked to this connection. Robert Foster Anderson, whose 1888 biography is in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS; PAST AND PRESENT and had moved to "Glenarthur" at Greenvale (the western half of the Greenvale Reservoir)was a guest at the wedding and was probably the owner of the farm that Alf Hounslow occupied. Of course the Nash and Mansfield families were among the guests.

I'd been told that Joseph Wright of Seafield was unrelated to the Wrights of Viewpoint and Strathconan in Old Broadmeadows Rd (now renamed Mickleham Rd) but perhaps my informant was unaware of the Cousins connection.

Thomas Wright of Yuroke, Mickleham, Pine Lodge etc., father of Herbert who married Sarah Cousins, was NOT a brother of Wallis Wright the first of Sunnyside, Tullamarine. Wallis (see end of previous comment) did have a brother named Thomas who was also buried at Bulla. He was a resident of Broadmeadows but this could have meant Sunnyside (in the Shire of Broadmeadows) rather than the Township.

This may not seem to be connected to the above wedding but by the greatest coincidence the burial entry for Thomas, who was a Dis. (Disbeliever?) seems to follow that of the bridegroom in the Wright-Parr wedding of 1910 WHOSE MOTHER WAS PROBABLY SARAH COUSINS' SISTER. Joseph was born in Shepparton and died in Keilor, which could mean "Seafield" fronting the south side of Grants Road and thus in the Shire of Keilor. Thomas Wright had the same parents as Wallis and seems to have been his older brother. Wallis died much younger as the result of an accident described in his obituary (source given in previous comment.)

The rest of the family was at the beach when Wallis had his accident. I wouldn't mind betting that they were at Altona Beach mixing business with pleasure. Olive Nash, widow of Harry Nash, told me that haystacks were thatched with woven reeds collected at Altona Beach.

The 1910 bridegroom and Wallis's brother.
2324 WRIGHT Joseph 36Y 00/00/1884 08/01/1921 11/01/1921 Meth. 4 3 Son of Joseph Wright & Ann Carter Cousins. Born in Shepparton, died in Keilor, Victoria, Australia.
2325 WRIGHT Thomas 84Y 00/00/1828 30/03/1913 02/04/1913 Dis. 2 24 Son of Thomas Wright & Elizabeth Allen. Died in Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia.

by itellya on 2017-12-25 07:23:28

The burial entries at the end of the previous comment were for "The 1910 bridegroom and Wallis's son."

THE BONE MILL.

Apparently Thomas Nash's initials were T.J. and he ran a dairy to which other local dairy farmers supplied milk*. His father, Charles Nash Senior had a brother named John Nash** who was mentioned in the 1863 rates but not in Charles' 1888 biography in Victoria and its Metropolis:Past and Present. (Apparently Alexander Sutherland instructed those submitting biographies not to mention siblings because none of the biographies that I transcribed mentioned the subject's siblings.)It is possible that the full name of Thomas was Thomas John Nash. His son Arthur was a Keilor shire councillor, once serving as Mayor.

* T.J.NASH

** Colin Williams told me an amusing story about every student at Tullamarine State School having disappeared at lunchtime one hot day. This happened between the resignation of Miss Jessie Thompson Rowe (to marry Frank Wright) and the arrival of Alec Rasmussen in 1909. They'd sneaked off to the bone mill, a popular swimming hole for the Tullamarine children. Jack Hoctor told me that the popular spot for Broadmeadows Township children was "Peterson's" hole father east on the Chandos creek frontage; as no farmer by the name of Peterson farmed Chandos, the correct name of the hole would have been Peter's son's hole- John Peter having established the farm.)

The bone mill was at the north end of Wright St (Melway 5 G5.) I no longer have my rates transcriptions but I seem to recall the bone mill being mentioned in 1863 in connection with John Nash.

I don't know how long the bone mill operated and can't find any mention of it on trove. Perhaps the idea of producing fertiliser himself occurred to Charles Nash soon after he'd written an endorsement for bone dust in 1862.
BONE DUST

The memorial for one of Charles Nash's early purchases on Riddell and Hamilton's Camieston Estate was volume T folio 997. Volumes named with letters were from the 1850's. Charles had probably earlier purchased lot 1-6 and 15-20, the northern boundary of this block being at the ends of Nash's and Wright' Lanes-at the bottom of 5 G-H 5 and 200 metres from the bone mill waterhole. Charles later bought land between there and within a chain (20 metres) of the Moonee Ponds Creek, the memorials being V.80 F. 902 and V.89 F. 203. A memorial concerning a transfer of Barbiston on 10-2-1859 is V.75 F.194 which indicates that Charles Nash's purchase of the land between the original subdivision and the creek (which had been reserved to give all the purchasers of the original 31 blocks between the two lanes access to water)may have been circa 1863, soon after writing the endorsement, which starts:
BONE-BUST FOR AN OAT CROP.
—Yours most respectfully,
CHARLES NASH.
Tullamarine, Deep Creek Road,
30th July, 1862.
Sir,— As a matter of general interest, I beg to inform your readers of the great benefit I have received by the use of Messrs Macmeikan*'s bone-dust; and if the farmers in this colony, as in South Australia, would from time to time give your Journal reports of their experiences of manures, &c,, we would be benefiting each other, and laying down the seeds of a more healthy state of things.
*The McMeikans were pioneers of Kensington and probably had a bone mill near the present Macaulay Station. I wonder if the firm had already, or agreed to, set up a mill so Charles could boost production.

THOMAS AND EDITH'S CHILDREN.
A reminder first of Edith's ancestry.
NASH—COUSINS.—On the 8th of January, at the residence of the bride's sister, Essendon, by the Rev.J. Fison, Thomas, eldest son of the late Charles Nash,to Edith, fifth daughter of the late James Cousins, both of Tullamarine. (P.42, Leader, 4-7-1885.)

NASH.-On February 11, Thomas, the dearly beloved husband of the late Edith
Nash, late of Keilor, and loving father of Arthur, Charles, Thomas, George, Gladys(Mrs. H Martyn), Bernard, and Lillian(deceased) aged 88 years. -At rest.(P.19, Argus, 12-2-1947.)

The eldest child and son, Arthur, became the Keilor councillor. The C.B.Nash of Keilor Road, may have been the second child and son and named his only child Mavis Lillian (pictured in link)after his youngest sibling:
PHOTO
(C.B.Nash might also have been the brother of Thomas.)

Thomas Nash and Edith farmed many properties. When James Sharp regained ownership of Hillside (near today's Barrie Road)from speculator G.W.Taylor in 1893, Thomas leased the 294 acres until at least 1900. By 1913, Thomas and his son Arthur were assessed on half of the 330 acres of section 2 Tullamarine south of Annandale Rd east of Steeles Creek and Bill Parr had the other 165 acres north of Annandale Rd. The part of "Annandale" west of Steeles Creek was included in the Arundel Closer Settlement.

Arthur married a Ward girl. Her father, J. Ward had a farm where Keilor Park teams now play footy and Tennis. (Source: Noel Butler whose parents later bought the Nash property and established the Moonya dairy. It's satisfying to document oral history!)

NASH (nee Ward).—On the 15th November, at Annandale, Keilor, to Mr. and Mrs. Nash — a daughter.(P.13, Argus, 19-11-1910)

Have to get ready for a party so must close. However, while reading my TULLAMARINE: BEFORE THE JETPORT, where I'd found out about Arthur Nash marrying Miss Ward, I noticed this snippet about ALF HOUNSLOW.

1938. Alf Hounslow, whose wife was was severely ill in September 1937, resigned as Vice President of the Tullamarine Progress Association.

by itellya on 2017-12-25 07:43:48

Disregard the first sentence of the previous comment. This Thomas Wright had the same parents as Wallis Wright and was therefore his BROTHER as stated earlier.

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