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on 2011-07-24 07:14:46

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 2011-07-24 07:39:14

19TH Lord Somerville (continued.) He was aged 32 and unmarried. His name was Aubrey John Somerville and he is recorded as having bought 40 acres from the grantee near the Myall Lakes in N.S.W. in August 1866. He was the son of the Reverend Honourable William Somerville and Charlotte (Bagot). I propose a third theory about the naming of the forementioned Mornington Peninsula town of Somerville. It could have been named after Aubrey John Somerville. His mother was a Bagot and it is possible that Robert Cooper Bagot (in 1864, first head of the Victorian Racing Club, which runs the Melbourne Cup) was a relative. Bagot lived in Ascot Vale and just a few miles north were Townshend Somerville, clerk of the Court of Petty Sessions and his neighbour, J.T.Smith,M.P. and a pioneer of that area and Mt Eliza. They probably met at a race meeting where racing enthusiast, the Canadian, Alfred Jones, said a name was needed for his area at the junction of three parishes. Alf owned horses named Lady Somerville and Lord Somerville!

by itellya on 2011-07-24 08:02:04

There are wonderful genealogies on the web about the SOMERVILLES and most of the preceding information came from them.The information about Bagot came from the Australian Dictionary of Biography, early maps etc. The information about Townshend Somerville and John Thomas Smith having adjoining property at North Essendon comes from Broadmeadows Shire rates and the Doutta Galla parish map.Most of the information about Alfred Jones, owner of the Almond Bush Stud, came from Trove (The Argus), Mr Mann's "The Early History Of Mt Eliza" (1926)and the Tyabb parish map; fellow Canadian, J.Hodgins' details came from Mr Mann and the Bittern parish map.

by itellya on 2011-07-24 08:25:13

Townshend Somerville, who died in Essendon in 1991, was said to have lived on his property "Summerhill" for 40 years but his last two years may have been spent at (old) 26 Ardmillan Rd, Moonee Ponds, on which he was assessed.(Annals of Essendon?, Essendon rates.) Townshend was the son of Thomas Somerville and Mary Townshend both born in 1785. He was born in 1812 and was the brother of Admiral Phillip H.T.Somerville who died on 12-5-1881 (Argus 14-7-1881.)Another Somerville was the best known Admiral of W.W.2 and an Irish Somerville, a noted author, was assassinated by Free Staters in 1936. Amen!

by itellya on 2012-07-30 10:08:50

by itellya on 2013-05-09 06:22:32

Gee,I didn't realise how little I had written about the town's history. I might spend a little time adding some detail about some of the district's pioneers in the journal. While you're waiting, you might like to read my MURRAY GOMM,LOCAL FOOTY HERO journal to find the connection between Somerville and Albany, Western Australia.
Don't forget to read Leila Shaw's THE WAY WE WERE and to visit the historical society's museum in the Mechanics' Institute.

by itellya on 2013-05-09 11:18:35

DOCWRA.
BAXTER After residing for 45 years at 'Heath Vale," her pretty little home, Grant Road, Somerville, Mrs. Docwra has sold out and is going to reside with her son, Sydney J., and his wife. She will be greatly missed by her circle of friends, but all wish her good health and happiness. (P.2,Standard, 27-2-1947.)

OBITUARY MR J. DOCWRA Mr Joseph Docwra, 78 years, died at his residence,. "Heathvale," Grant's Road, Somerville, on Saturday last. He was a resident of Somerville for over 50 years, and took a great interest in bird life. His wive and one son survive him. Although notice of the funeral was short, there was a representative attendance at the Frankston Cemetery on Sunday. Pall bearers were: Messrs. E. Barrett , W.Bond, J. Coxens, R. Docwra, A.Dicker, W. Scott, H. Hosking and W. Hicks, The coffin was carried by Messrs. S. J. Doowra, G. Docwra, M. De Bernardi and L. Parry. A. Harris-read the burial se l' the funeral was conducted by Hector Gamble.(P.4, Standard, 28-11-1941.)

A YACHT suddenly capsized off Hastings on October 12 and three gentlemen named Rodwell, Lindsey, and Docwra, and a boatman named Swaine, were drowned. Only one man was saved out of all on board.
(P.6, Argus,8-12-1880.) Had the Docwras left Rushworth for the Peninsula?

Last name: Docwra
This very interesting surname is English, but arguably of Norse-Viking origin. Recorded in a wide variety of spellings including: Docwra, Dockray, Dockerey, Dockwray, Dockeray, and Dockwra, it is a locational name from the village of Dockray in the county of Cumberland. The derivation is from the Norse-Viking word of the pre 7th century "dokk" meaning a hollow or valley, and "vra", meaning a corner. The area was under Norse control for several centuries, and they have left their mark with many place names such as this one. It is first recorded as Dochora in the registers known as "The Feet of Fines" for the year 1195, and later as Dokwra in the rolls called the "Placita de quo Warranto" of 1292. The surname is later, being early 14th Century, (see below). Early examples of church recordings include: Eliza Dockerey, who married John Lewis on January 28th 1606 at St Margarets church, Westminster, and Margaret Dockwra, who married Thomas Arrys on March 23rd 1646 at the church of St. Bartholomew the Less in the city of London. William Dockwray who died in 1716, was a London merchant. He established a postal system in the metropolis in 1680, and was comptroller of the penny post from 1697 to 1700. The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of John de Dokwra. This was dated 1332, in the "Subsidy Rolls" of Cumberland, during the reign of King Edward 111,1327 - 1377. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling. (Surname Database.)

While researching THE MYSTERIOUS HENRY GOMM, I discovered that the Docwras, Gomms, Ricketts and several other pioneering families in the area near Somerville had come from the Moorabbin area. The following is just one result from a "Docwra, Moorabbin" search. Joseph was the son of Alfred Docwra and Mary (nee Scott.) Ann Scott, the first white (child/girl?) born at Somerville, who married William Firth may have been related to Alfred's wife.
Joseph Docwra b. 1864 Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia d. 23 Oct ...
www.loiswillis.com/getperson.php?personID=I91&tree=1&#8206;
Joseph Docwra b. 1864 Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia d. 23 Oct 1941 Somerville, Victoria, Australia.

by itellya on 2013-05-10 05:42:46

CALDWELL.
PROGRESSIVE SOMER VILLE. THE NURSERIES AND ORCHARDS: No. II, MESSRS. J. M. CALDWELL AND SONS, The orchard owned and occupied by Messrs.J. Caldwell and Sons is situated about two and a half miles from the railway station, and stands on the summit of a steep hill, comprising in all about 146 acres. The area however used for cultivation purposes is only 30 acres, the remainder being used for grazing stock, etc. Unlike the majority of orchardists in the district the Messrs Caldwell are not adepts in horticultural. Prior to their removal to Somerville five years ago, they had no knowledge whatever of this particular industry, having being compelled to resort to it as a means of livelihood owing to a reversal of fortune, and they owe what knowledge they at present possesses to the kindness of their neighbours. Since their residence in the district they have been very active in matters connected with the welfare of the place, and were amongst the promoters of the shows recently held at Somerville, the eldest son being secretary of the Somerville Fruitgrowers' Association. The orchard is rather overstocked, owing to the trees being originally planted too close which has had a prejudicial effect upon them, and caused them to be rather stunted in their growth, but the Messrs. Caldwell are gradually thinning them out. Notwithstanding this, the fruit grown is of a superior quality, some splendid specimens being shown at the local shows, at which they were large prize- takers. As an instance of the quantity of fruit grown, during the first year 4,200 cases of fruit were sent away, exclusive of which about 90 cases of Early Margarets were given to the pigs. This year, however, the yield was not nearly so large, the most noticeable falling off being in the Five Crown apple, trees usually bearing from 10 cases downwards only bearing an average a little over half a case. Out of a whole row of this particular kind of fruit only one and a half cases were obtained. Prices have also been correspondingly low this season. Two seasons ago as high a price as 15s per case was obtained for the Rome Beauty apple, but at present the price ranges from about 4s 6d up to 6s per case. The former was the highest price obtained during the season. The yield of some varieties of apples have, however, been just as good as ever, notably the Italian Red, 11 cases being got off one tree. It is the custom of the Messrs. Caldwell to put burnt ashes around the foot of the trees in the place of manure, which they find has the effect of giving the fruit a rich bright color. The ashes are not specially burnt for the purpose, but are taken from the logs which have been burnt in the paddock, as well as those from household use. This does not apply to all of the trees, only a few being treated in this manner. The fruit held over when packed is placed in racks specially built for the purpose in the fruit room, then covered over with cloths, the fruit being picked over from time to time in order to allow of any that may have become bruised being sorted out. At present the firm have 100 cases of Stone Pippin in stock, besides which they have between 200 and 900 cases of apples of other varieties, including the Shep- herd's Perfection, Light Aromatic, Rome Beauty, Italian Red, Cleopatra, Nicker Jack and others, all of which are in splendid condition and of good quality, the Shepherd's Perfection being of a beautiful colour, more so than usual, owing, as the Messrs. Caldwell aver, to the use of the ashes above described. A small plot of ground is planted out with young shoots, which when ready will he transplanted into the orchard. Mr. Caldwell, senior, and his two sons, do all the work connected with the orchard. By the courtesy of Mr. J. M. Caldwell our representative was accorded a peep at the collection of preserves shows by Mrs. J. M. Caldwell at the local show, for which she gained the first prize two years in succession. At present the collection numbers nearly 100 varieties, all of which are ranged on shelves in the pantry two and three deep. Our representative was informed that it was the intention of Mrs.J.M.Caldwell not to compete at the next show, but possibly before the time arrives that lady may be prevailed upon to once more enter the lists. [so Inm.a couNisUets.] (P.3, Mornington Standard, 2-7-1896.)

by itellya on 2013-05-10 05:51:28

Fruit Trees for China
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 9 October 1936 p 5 Article
... Fruit Trees for China SOMERVILLE, Thursday. shipment A shipment of fruit trees has been sent to China by Messrs. Caldwell Bros., St Johns Nurseries, Somerville. This is claimed to be the first shipment of its kind to be sent from Victoria to China. The buyer, a Chinese, was formerly in business ...

by itellya on 2013-05-10 07:36:42

WARREN.
Mr A.Warren was the subject of the third article in the PROGRESSIVE SOMERVILLE series (P.3,Mornington Standard, 9-7-1896.) He seems to have been renting his orchard from J.Brunning from 1891 until about 1905, at which time he may have moved to the Apple Isle. An advocate of heavy pruning, he must have been highly regarded and was the judge for fruit at the Kangerong Ag. and Hort. Soc. Show.

Mr. H. H.Hawken has acquired a lease of the orchard property belonging to Mr. J. Brunning and lately occupied by Mr. A. Warren. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 25-8-1906.)

Alfred Warren was actually a Somerville resident for about 20 years and was involved in many community groups. The following article includes a testimonial to his contributions but unfortunately did not mention where his new home would be.

FARWELL TO MR ALFRED WARREN.
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 9 June 1906 Edition: MORNING. p 2 Article
... FARWELL TO MR ALFRED WARREN. This took the outward and visible sign of a "smoke smoke night" at the Hotel Somerville on the evening of Thursday day week. Between 50 and 60 gentlemen were present to ... presented to Mr Warren before leaving, and a "smoke night" was chosen as the most convenient form for the ... 886 words

by itellya on 2013-05-10 21:15:43

My guess that Alfred Warren might have moved to Tasmania was due to a Mr A.Warren suggesting a way to deal with birds that were devastating orchards there at about the time that I thought the Somerville resident had left. However, that Warren family had arrived in Tasmania circa 1880. It is far more likely that Alfred had moved to Heyfield, the gateway to the High Country, near the Thompson River in Gippsland. He had bought land there in 1899. (The article actually made it into my journal.) When I saw the par in the Mornington Standard, I thought it might have been somewhere near that paper's circulation area. This made it seem even more likely:

Mornington Standard. PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY MORNING. NEWS OF THE WEEK.
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 19 October 1899 Edition: MORNING. p 2 Article
... a sire. The day on which the sale of furniture, stock and effects of the Heyfield estate was ..

However, later mentions of Tyson and the late Jimmy, dispelled this theory. In 1841, the original settler, James McFarlane had called the area Hayfield, but by 1866 when James Tyson acquired the property, it was Heyfield.

by itellya on 2013-05-12 09:44:54

by itellya on 2013-05-26 11:14:00

by BarbiMcGrath on 2014-08-31 10:32:45

Hello there, I just found an interesting newspaper clip from 1910 referencing Somerville House, Capt. Frances Griffin, Caherfinick,Doonbeg. My cousin and I can't seem to locate a Somerville House near Clare, so we think it might be referencing two residences. I'd love to email you the clip in a word file from the Limerick Leader Oct 23 1910 "AEROPLANE FLIGHT IN CLARE, REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT BY CAPTAIN GRIFFIN. etc. Thanks for taking a look.
~Barbie McGrath
Griffin,McGrath,Breen,McDonnell,McDonagh,O'Brien,Hallisey,Shea,Connor,Foley,Sugrue

by itellya on 2014-10-24 18:57:09

WEBB.
Unable to confirm the location of Mr S.Webb's farm in Tucks Rd near Red Hill, I thought I'd see if he and Mr C.Webb, also of Red Hill were related to the Somerville Webbs.

That is how I found that the Webbs at Somerville were orchardists as well as manufacturers of bricks. The following article has photos of methods at Mr Webb's orchard.
THE CIDER-MAKING INDUSTRY: METHODS AT MR. WEBB'S ORCHARD, SOMERVILLE.
The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 20 May 1916 p 56 Article Illustrated
... PLACED ON THE PULP. THE CIDER-MAKING INDUSTRY: METHODS AT MR. WEBB'S ORCHARD, SOMERVILLE.

I presume the orchard and brickworks were both near Webb's Lane on crown allotment 63A (part of Joseph Porta's original grant) or 61(into which Pottery Lane runs) in the parish of Moorooduc.

SOMERVILLE.
(From Our Own Correspondent)
We regret to have to record a serious accident which happened to George Webb, son of Mr G. Webb, of Malvern. Mr Webb sen. is one of the Government shorthand writers, and though residing at E. Malvern, has an orchard at Somerville. Mr Webb jr. was trying
a young horse on Thursday last, but in attempting a jump over a fence the horse struck heavily, and, together with its rider, fell badly. The result was that Mr Webb was rendered unconscious, and found himself long afterwards walking towards home.

He was taken late in the night to Dr Plowman, of Frankston, who ascertained that the right fore-arm was badly shattered, the fracture being compound, and one of the bones projecting an inch or two beyond the skin. The face was also badly abraded and bruised. It was thought at one time that some of the projecting bones would have to be removed or the external wound enlarged to reduce the injury, but with consider-able effort Dr. Plowman succeeded in reducing the fracture under chloroform.
We are glad to say the patient is now doing remarkably well.
(P.3, Mornington Standard, 23-11-1899.)

SOMERVILLE.
A rather nasty accident happened to Mr. G. O. Webb last Saturday evening. Since the last time Mr. Webb was in the township, alterations have been made at the railway platform.When leaving the station, Mr. Webb walked in his accustomed direction, but
in the darkness, did not notice the alterations, and suddenly fell off the extended platform into a new rampway, sustaining a nasty injury to one knee and general shock.(P.2,Mornington Standard,12-10-1907.)

It seems certain that the orchardist and brickmaker were one and the same.

The work in connection with the new brick works at Somerville is proceeding rapidly. On Thursday last truck loads of machinery arrived and is being carried to the site of the work. Mr G. O. Webb, the proprietor, expects to have everything in order and a kiln out in a few weeks.(P.3, Mornington Standard, 26-7-1902.)

by itellya on 2015-02-03 07:00:46

THORNELL-FEDERAL NURSERIES? NAMES OF NURSERIES AND ORCHARDS.

Wedding Bells.
A very pretty wedding was celebrated in the Methodist Church,Somerville, between Mr George Richardson, of Melbourne, and Miss Alison Thornell, daughter of Mrs E. Thornell* and the late Thomas Thornell of the Federal Nurseries. (gowns, attendants ETC.) (P.2, Mornington Standard, 6-2-1915.) * See end of comment.

This wedding report was in the history page of today's Southern Peninsula News and attracted my attention because I'd never seen or heard a mention of the Federal Nurseries. I was in the process of re-looking at AROUND SOMERVILLE (1907)when I lost my internet signal so I rang Brenda Thornell and she'd never heard of it either, but suggested that it might have been at Tyabb.

"Around Somerville" lists the owners of the orchards and nurseries near the (Somerville) station but, in regard to property names,mentions only the Shepherds "of Perfection fame".

The annual meeting of the Somerville Fruit-growers' Association was held in the
Mechanics' Institute on June 3, when the following gentlemen were elected as office
bearers for the ensuing year:-President, Mr.Thomas Unthank; vice-president, Mr. J.Brunning; hon. treasurer, Mr. Thomas Thornell ; hon. secretary, Mr. James Caldwell. The balance-sheet showed a credit balance of £14 7s. 4d. for the year. It was decided to affiliate with the Australasian Federated Fruit-growers' Association.
(P.10, The Australasian, 15-6-1895.)

A trove search for FEDERAL NURSERIES, SOMERVILLE produced nothing I was likely to find within a year and FEDERAL NURSERIES, THORNELL resulted in the above. Then I substituted TYABB for Thornell.

JOHN BRUNNING and SONS SOMERVILLE NURSERIES SOMERVlLLE.
G. L. COLE, Rosalton Nurseries, Tyabb, Vic.
(Near the start of P.30,Argus, 6-8-1938.)

I forgot to include N.Unthank,Merrivale Nurseries, Somerville in 1938 but Joseph had Merrivale in 1920 and in the same paper:
APPLES, 2/ to 4/ per case, eating or cooking;cash with order. Twyford, Mont View, Somerville.(P.14, Argus, 4-2-1920.)

I believe that the federal nurseries were set up by the federal government as a sort of a Burnley Horticultural School and Thomas Thornell was an instructor. Sorry but that's the best I can do.

I WONDER WHO PLAYED THE ORGAN AT THE WEDDING AT THE START OF THIS COMMENT BECAUSE THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE WAS MENT TI PLAY.
OBITUARY
Mrs. E. Thornell
Mrs. Elizabeth Thornell passed
away on Sunday, February 16, at St.
Andrew's Hospital. She lived in the
district all her life and was born at
Hastings, a daughter of the late Tho
mas and Margaret Mentiplay, early
residents of Hastings.
Mrs. Thornell had a large circle of
friends and was held in high esteem.
She leaves a husband and one daugh
ter.
The funeral took place on Monday,
17th February, the remains being in
terred in the Frankston Cemetery.
There was a large attendance at the
funeral. A service was held at the
Methodist Church, Frankston, con
ducted by Rev P. H. Smith, who also
read the burial service.
The pall-bearers were:--Messrs H.
C. Barclay, D. Mentiplay, H. Mc
Cracken, H. G. Overton,. C. Renouf,
G., Russ. The coflin-bearers were:
Messrs. A. Mentiplay, R; Mentiplay,
C. Barber, S. Clarke.: ,
Mr. Hector Gamble conducted the
funeral arrangements. (P.1s, Standard, 21-2-1941.)

by Morgan2409 on 2015-02-03 21:53:03

DOCWRA FAMILY

There are a lot of the Docwra Family buried in Cheltenham Cemetery.
William Docwra (Cousin of Alfred Docwra) came to Australia in 1848 aboard "Cheapside"

ALFRED DOCWRA
Born: Abt. 1826 Bassingbourne, Cambridgeshire, England.
Married: Mary Scott 5th March 1852
Died: 2nd June 1903
DOCWRA.--On the 2nd June, at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. J. Parry, 21 Thomas street,
Windsor, Alfred Docwra, of Cheltenham, aged 78 years.
Sweet rest.
The Argus 3rd June 1903
Burial: Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery 2nd June 1903 Grave 242*ECE*0 (no headstone). Occupation listed as Gardener.

JOSEPH DOCWRA
Born: 1864 Victoria reg#1379
Parents: Alfred Docwra & Mary Scott
Married: Sarah Maria Barrett
Died: 1941 Somerville, Victoria reg#22107
Buried: Frankston Cemetery

PERSONAL.
Mr. J. Docwra, of Baxter, is suffering from ptomaine poisoning and is seriously ill at his home, where he isunder the care of Dr. Bickart.
Frankston & Somerville Standard 21st September 1928

Miss Sara Barrett was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with Mr. Joseph Docwra on 10th June. The marriage took place at the residence of the bride's parents, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. A. P. Macfarlane. The relatives of the bride were the only guests present. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a very handsome costume of brown velvet, trimmed with old gold silk, she also wore a wreath and veil.
Miss Amy Barrett, the only bridesmaid wore a pretty costume of pale pink nuns vailing, which formed a pretty contrast with the dress worn by the bride.
After the wedding, tea being served, the happy pair left for their new abode. The bride was made the recipient of many presents, which were both numerous and useful.
Mornington Standard 18th June 1896

DOCWRA -On November 22 at his residence Heathvale, Grants road Somerville, Joseph, dearly beloved husband of Sarah Maria, loved father of Sydney John, aged 78 years.
The Argus 24th November 1941

OBITUARY
MR J. DOCWRA
Mr Joseph Docwra, 78 years, died at his residence, "Heathvale," Grant's Road, Somerville, on Saturday last.
He was a resident of Somerville for over 50 years, and took a great interest in bird life. His wife and one son survive him. Although notice of the funeral was short, there was a representative attendance at the Frankston Cemetery on Sunday. Pall bearers were: Messrs. E. Barrett , W.Bond, J. Coxens, R. Docwra, A.Dicker, W. Scott, H. Hosking and W.Hicks. The coffin was carried by Messrs. S. J. Doowra, G. Docwra, M. De Bernardi and L. Parry.
A. Harris-read the burial service. The funeral was conducted by Hector Gamble.
Frankston Standard 28th November 1941

After residing for 45 years at
“Heath Vale", her pretty little home, Grant Road, Somerville, Mrs. Docwra has sold out and is going to reside with her son, Sydney J., and his wife. She will be greatly missed by her circle of friends, but all wish her good health and happiness.
Frankston Standard 27th February 1947

DOCWRA.-On October 15 at Somerville Sarah Maria Docwra beloved wife of the late Joseph loved mother of Sydney and John mother-in law of Marion Rose aged 81 years.
The Argus 17th October 1950

DOUBLE WEDDING AT BAXTER
DOCWRA–BOND
The marriage of Sydney J. Docwra, only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Docwra, of "Heath Vale," Somerville, to Marion Rose, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bond, of "Mimosa,"Pearcedale, took place, at the Presbyterian Church, Baxter, on Thursday, 12th October. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. S. A. Swan, assisted by Mr. W. E. Watkins. The bride, who was given away by her brother, was dressed in ivory crepe de chene, with wreath and yell that had been worn by the bride-groom's mother on her wedding day, and carried a beautiful shower bouquet. The bouquet was the work of Mr. Norman Westaway.
The bridesmaid Miss Ollie Wisken, was tastefully dressed in pink cashmere de soi, with hat to match. The bridegroom was supported by Mr. Jack Cozens as best man. As the bride left the church a lucky horseshoe was hung on her arm by little Clarice Parsons. The Wedding March was played by Miss Rodgers. The church was tastefully decorated by Mesdames Parriss, Hawken, Parsons, and other friends of the bride. After the ceremony a wedding tea was held at the brides mother's residence. The usual toasts were proposed and responded to and the happy couple left by motor to spend their honeymoon at Upwey.
Frankston & Somerville Standard 25th October 1922

by itellya on 2015-02-04 07:19:35

Fantastic stuff, Morgan2409! On checking the journal to see what I'd written about the Docwra family,I found that I'd had trouble submitting and had eventually managed to post it in comment 6.

SOMERVILLE WAS AT THE INTERSECTION OF THREE PARISHES.
This was probably the reason that the name of Somerville was coined for the locality. As well, some residents living to the east,past Boundary Rd were very close to a fourth parish, Langwarrin. The Tyabb Bushland Reserve (Melway 140 B8-9), was a 25 acre water reserve on 3B Tyabb and only 5634 links (1133 metres and 38 centimetres) along the southern boundary of W.A.Shepherd's crown allotment 3A from the parish of Langwarrin.

LANGWARRIN TOWNSHIP.
While on the subject of Langwarrin,it might interest Somerville people to find out what happened to the original Langwarrin township and why. The committee of the Pearcedale Hall published a wonderful little book on the history of Pearcedale which is available in Mornington Peninsula Shire libraries. Langwarrin was originally a run,and if, I remember correctly, after the survey was completed, a Township of Langwarrin was declared on it. Townships always had suburban blocks and many orchardists settled on these making the township a bustling place.

Railways often did not follow a straight line, for various reasons. The railway to Castlemaine deviated crazily from Diggers Rest,through Sunbury and Clarkefield before completing the loop at New Gisborne. Big Clarke certainly had influence!
Early lines to the Peninsula had more to do with defence strategies than the needs of residents. The first deviation from a direct route from Frankston was to the Langwarrin Army camp. The second was the bypassing of Lower Somerville Rd, where, as Leila Shaw stated in THE WAY WE WERE, the centre of population lay. This was almost certainly the decision of Tommy Bent so that the Somerville Station would be right next to the "Glenhoya" property of his childhood mate in the Moorabbin Road District, Henry Gomm. Tommy did another favourite for Henry later,having young Graf transferred to Ascot Vale Station to prevent (unsuccessfully) an infatuation becoming a marriage.

The railway reached Somerville in 1889,just in time! Soon after,a bust followed the boom (to use Michael Cannon's terms,which are pretty easily understood.) The effects of the depression lasted for a decade,even longer in the Shire of Flinders. Many farmers,unable to repay mortgages, were forced to walk off their farms. Many peninsula lads,such as Henry Falby Gomm of Somerville, headed to W.A. where the gold rush prevented the depression which affected much of the world.

For Langwarrin Township, being bypassed was bad enough,but the depression ensured that it quickly became a ghost town. In about 1896, Nathaniel Pearce bought many properties dirt cheap and revived the town. The only trouble now was misdirected mail because there were two Langwarrin Townships. Residents of the original one met to decide a new name and you can guess which of the three options they preferred.

BILL CRAIG.
"What's "Tractor Park" got to do with Somerville?" you might ask. Master Bill Craig was in Pearcedale by 1916 according to the report of a concert. Leila Shaw's map of the parish of Tyabb (P.6,THE WAY WE WERE)was not only the reason that my interest in Somerville and the Gomm family was aroused but also shows Will Craig's name on crown allotment 27, Tyabb (on which the Bembridge Hall was built.) Here's a link!

Has played in 200 Games for Same Club.
SOMERVILLE Sunday -W.S.Craig played his 200th game for Somerville Football Club when that team opposed Frankston yesterday. This is the 14th consecutive season that Craig has played for Somerville. Each Saturday he drives seven miles in a jinker from his home at Pearcedale to join his team at Somerville. Officials of the club claim that he has never been late for a match and that he has had to retire from the field only once as a result of injury.(P.15,Argus,27-7-1936.)
This is only one article about the players involved in a 1938 footy final contested by Somerville and Rosebud, in a booklet called BETTER DAYS sold (for the benefit of R.F.N.C.) at the launch of Rosebud's new netball courts at a fixture between the same two clubs, both of which have my file (Somerville via Murray Gomm) if you want a copy. The irony of the title is that Rosebud and Somerville had been playing like dogs when BETTER DAYS was written but the Buds finished up making the finals.

AND NOW FOR THE REASON THAT I STARTED THIS COMMENT.
DOWCRA.
As soon as I saw the previous comment,I realised that unlike in the southern peninsula,I had not given farm locations for the Somerville pioneers. This is hard to do with certainty unless rate records can be matched with parish maps. However descendants of pioneers could substitute family folklore for the former.

I came across Leila's book while I was in the midst of furious but tedious note- making from every history concerning the area between Safety Beach and Portsea. Aha,I thought,here's one I can read just for enjoyment! Oh yeah? Half a year was spent finding out that Henry Gomm of Somerville was not related to William Gomm (Rosebud,Hastings), Henry Gomm (Rosebud) and Thomas Gomm (Dromana), sons of Convict Henry and neighbours of Somerville Henry for over half a century.

See:
Two Gomm Families - City of Kingston Historical Website
localhistory.kingston.vic.gov.au/htm/article/521.htm
Mar 4, 2012 - Henry Gomm, a Cheltenham pioneer. ... In the 1850s there were two distinct Gomm families residing in Cheltenham. ..... Graham J Whitehead.

I had an image of exactly where the Dowcras lived even though it was years since I read Leila's book. DOWCRA is the sort of name that imprints itself into your memory. Imagine my surprise when I found that the word was of English origin.

Those three parishes that intersect at the railway gates are Moorooduc (south of Eramosa,west of Jones), Frankston (north of Eramosa, west of Grants)and Tyabb (east of Grants and Jones.) Pardon my reluctance to type "Rd" six times; my left index finger is down to the stump already!

To access the parish maps,enter the parish name and COUNTY OF MORNINGTON e.g.
MOOROODUC,COUNTY OF MORNINGTON
FRANKSTON, COUNTYOF MORNINGTON
TYABB,COUNTY OF MORNINGTON.

I opened the Tyabb map and scrolled to the top (north of INGHAMS) and- there was no DOWCRA on crown allotment 6. The name was Thomas Barber. I rifled through my paper maps and found the photocopy of Leila's page 6 map. My mental image had been spot on.

Evelyn Sage's family had lived on Alfred Jones' old Almond Bush Stud (near c/a 6) so I rang her to sort out if Barber was the grantee or bought it as a soldier settlement farm circa 1947. Evelyn wasn't at home and it's a bit late to ring her at 11:13 p.m. so we'll have to leave that one hanging in the air.

by itellya on 2015-02-04 10:56:31

Somerville was a district or locality. I'm not sure what they expected to gain, and from which authorities, by having a township declared. In early days it resulted in the provision of a post office.

A NIGHTMARE!
After I had corrected the digitisation in this article, I clicked save and exit but was told my corrections couldn't be saved. Rather than lose the lot,I had to copy one line (5-7 words)at a time into a word document. Hopefully the Historical Society has a copy of the map showing the boundaries or a group of people could print the three parish maps (all the same scale)and with the assistance of any local knowledge remaining about unspecified properties,trace the boundary lines.

SOMERVILLE. (From Our Own Correspondent.) Prior to the public meeting of ratepayers to decide the boundaries of the proposed township, the committee met and sketched out the boundaries on a small map furnished by Mr Moors. At the public meeting Cr T. Unthank took the chair and explained the object of the meeting, attributing the action to the energy of Mr J. P Whitfield. As the outcome of the meeting a Progress Association was to be formally initiated. An opportunity would be given later on for all those willing to join.

In laying out the township the object was to condense the area as much as possible and the local Government Act specified the limit at 3 square miles. While not going to the extent allowed it was necessary to embrace 1515 acres in order to obtain the necessary 25 votes. Mr Unthank then called on Mr McGurk to define the boundaries which are as follows: Commencing at the N W corner of lot 22 (Mr Gomm's old property) E. to Hastings Road to S E corner of Mr J. Grant jr's lot thence N to boundary of lot 28B (between Grant's and Collins) thence E to Grant's Road, thence S to N.W corner of lot7 (between Dicker's and Thompson's, then E to NE corner of lot 9?, thence S to ?? corner of lot 16, then W to Abbot's S W corner, thence W to Eramosa Road, then W to S W corner of lot 22 (between Gomm's and Kelly's) then N to starting point. and Kelly's) then N to starting point.

This will include the following ratepayers:--Messrs Ritchie, Mason, H. Gomm, M.Gomm,
G. Gomm, Tonks, E. Gomm, P. Holmes, C. Murray, J. Grant jr, Mr Thompson, H. Thomas,
J. Holmes, Miss Holmes, Bygrave, Martin, Thornell, Mrs Thorne , Monk (2), Westaway,
Barber, Jones, Collins, Douglass, Grant, Mr and Mrs T. Thornell, and A. Nunn. Mr McGurk dilated on the benefits that would accrue through the forming of the township and an easy method of raising funds for beautifying same. The chairman said he had received a letter from Mr Moors enclosing the map showing a mile radius from the Railway station. Those interested could inspect the map and see the pencilled lines, which indicated the boundaries. He moved that the necessary steps be
taken to have the township gazetted in accordance with the local government Act.
Carried unanimously.

Mr McGurk and T. Thornell proposed that the township be called Somerville. Carried
unanimously. Mr J. Grant and C.Barber moved that the present committee draw up the
necessary petition. Carried. The committee consists of Cr Unthink, Messrs M'Gurk,
T. Thornell and J. P. Whitfield. The chairman then advised that a Progress Association be formed and explained that the title indicated its nature. He said the endeavor would be to enrol as many members as possible. The suggestion was made a motion and carried unanimously . Messrs T. Thornell and Mason moved that an entrance fee of 2s 6d per member be made to cover initial expenses, this was modified by an amendment that the amount be fixed at 2s, this was carried by a 10 to 6 vote.

The officers elected were as follows: President and treasurer, Cr Unthank; vice-president, Mr McGurk; secretary, Mr J .P. Whitfield.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 20-6-1901.)

Mr Moors was the engineer of both Mornington and Flinders and Kangerong Shires concurrently while living in the former which led to calls from Balnarring and other residents for the latter shire to appoint a resident officer.

by itellya on 2015-02-04 11:10:47

P.S. THIS IS HOW THE DIGITISATION ORIGINALLY LOOKED AND STILL DOES.
IF YOU WANT TO COPY THE ARTICLE,DO IT FROM THE PREVIOUS COMMENT.

SOMERVILLE.
(I'rom Our Own Correspbrodnt.)'
,,;Prior to,the public meeting of ratte
payers to decidq,the, boundaries of the
proposed township,'the cominit'ee mel
and sketched out the bonodaries ohn. i

by itellya on 2015-02-04 11:39:47

O.M.G. The brain does some strange things when the body wants to go to bed. My spelling of DOCWRA was almost as bad as trove digitisation. Just noticed!

Steve Johnson of Kananook,a most valued member of Team Itellya,has just (about 4 ours ago at 11:40 p.m.yesterday) sent the following in an email about the family I insulted by spelling the surname wrongly.

DOCWRA FAMILY
ALFRED DOCWRA
Born: Abt. 1826 Bassingbourne, Cambridgeshire, England.
Married: Mary Scott 5th March 1852, Victoria reg#5880
Died: 2nd June 1903
DOCWRA.--On the 2nd June, at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. J. Parry, 21 Thomas street,
Windsor, Alfred Docwra, of Cheltenham, aged 78 years.
Sweet rest.
The Argus 3rd June 1903
Burial: Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery 2nd June 1903 Grave 242*ECE*0 (no headstone). Occupation listed as Gardener.

MARY DOCWRA (nee SCOTT)
Born:
Died: 1885, Cheltenham, Victoria reg#11472. Father Joseph Scott

CHILDREN

STEPHEN DOCWRA
Born: 1857 Brighton, Victoria
Died; 1923 Somerville, Victoria
DOCWRA- On the 25th July, at his residence,Somerville, Stephen, eldest son of the late Alfred and May Docwra, of Cheltenham, brother of Lizzie, James, May, Joseph, Harry, Dave, and Edie.
The Argus 27th July 1923


HARRY DOCWRA
Born: 1866 Keysborough, Victoria reg#7231
Died:
DOCWRA.-On the 21st August at his residence Baxter, Harry beloved husband of the late Emily Alice Docwra and loved father of Edith, George, Annie and Ronald aged 68
years. (Private Interment ) -Sleeping peacefully.
The Argus 22nd August 1934

BAXTER
OBITUARY.
Mr. Henry Docwra, aged 68 years, died last Tuesday after a long illness. Mr Docwra had resided in this district for more than 40 years. He leaves two sons and two daughters to mourn their loss.
Frankston & Somerville Standard 25th August 1934

JOSEPH DOCWRA
Born: 1864 Victoria reg#1379
Parents: Alfred Docwra & Mary Scott
Married: Sarah Maria Barrett
Died: 1941 Somerville, Victoria reg#22107
Buried: Frankston Cemetery



PERSONAL.
Mr. J. Docwra, of Baxter, is suffering from ptomaine poisoning and is seriously ill at his home, where he isunder the care of Dr. Bickart.
Frankston & Somerville Standard 21st September 1928

Miss Sara Barrett was united in the bonds of holy matrimony with Mr. Joseph Docwra on 10th June. The marriage took place at the residence of the bride's parents, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. A. P. Macfarlane. The relatives of the bride were the only guests present. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a very handsome costume of brown velvet, trimmed with old gold silk, she also wore a wreath and veil.
Miss Amy Barrett, the only bridesmaid wore a pretty costume of pale pink nuns vailing, which formed a pretty contrast with the dress worn by the bride.
After the wedding, tea being served, the happy pair left for their new abode. The bride was made the recipient of many presents, which were both numerous and useful.
Mornington Standard 18th June 1896

DOCWRA -On November 22 at his residence Heathvale, Grants road Somerville, Joseph, dearly beloved husband of Sarah Maria, loved father of Sydney John, aged 78 years.
The Argus 24th November 1941

OBITUARY
MR J. DOCWRA
Mr Joseph Docwra, 78 years, died at his residence, "Heathvale," Grant's Road, Somerville, on Saturday last.
He was a resident of Somerville for over 50 years, and took a great interest in bird life. His wife and one son survive him. Although notice of the funeral was short, there was a representative attendance at the Frankston Cemetery on Sunday. Pall bearers were: Messrs. E. Barrett , W.Bond, J. Coxens, R. Docwra, A.Dicker, W. Scott, H. Hosking and W.Hicks. The coffin was carried by Messrs. S. J. Doowra, G. Docwra, M. De Bernardi and L. Parry.
A. Harris-read the burial service. The funeral was conducted by Hector Gamble.
Frankston Standard 28th November 1941

After residing for 45 years at
“Heath Vale", her pretty little home, Grant Road, Somerville, Mrs. Docwra has sold out and is going to reside with her son, Sydney J., and his wife. She will be greatly missed by her circle of friends, but all wish her good health and happiness.
Frankston Standard 27th February 1947

DOCWRA.-On October 15 at Somerville Sarah Maria Docwra beloved wife of the late Joseph loved mother of Sydney and John mother-in law of Marion Rose aged 81 years.
The Argus 17th October 1950

DOUBLE WEDDING AT BAXTER
DOCWRA–BOND
The marriage of Sydney J. Docwra, only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Docwra, of "Heath Vale," Somerville, to Marion Rose, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bond, of "Mimosa,"Pearcedale, took place, at the Presbyterian Church, Baxter, on Thursday, 12th October. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. S. A. Swan, assisted by Mr. W. E. Watkins. The bride, who was given away by her brother, was dressed in ivory crepe de chene, with wreath and yell that had been worn by the bride-groom's mother on her wedding day, and carried a beautiful shower bouquet. The bouquet was the work of Mr. Norman Westaway.
The bridesmaid Miss Ollie Wisken, was tastefully dressed in pink cashmere de soi, with hat to match. The bridegroom was supported by Mr. Jack Cozens as best man. As the bride left the church a lucky horseshoe was hung on her arm by little Clarice Parsons. The Wedding March was played by Miss Rodgers. The church was tastefully decorated by Mesdames Parriss, Hawken, Parsons, and other friends of the bride. After the ceremony a wedding tea was held at the brides mother's residence. The usual toasts were proposed and responded to and the happy couple leftby motor to spend their honeymoon at Upwey.
Frankston & Somerville Standard 25th October 1922

Sydney John Docwra died 1969 Baxter, Victoria, aged 71 years reg#15055. Parents Joseph Docwra & Sarah Maria Barrett



DAVID DOCWRA
Born:

EDITH DOCWRA
Born:
Married: James Parry 1893 Victoria reg#6782
Died: 1960 Prahran, Victoria, aged 90 years reg#30039

GOLDEN WEDDING
PARRY - DOCWRA -Mr. and Mrs. J. Parry, of 49 Donald street, Prahran, have pleasure in announcing the 50th anniversary of their wedding celebrated at Fitzroy, October 12, 1893.
The Argus 12th October 1943



EMMA DOCWRA
Born: 1873, Cheltenham Victoria reg#8169
Died: 1873, Victoria, aged 2 months reg#3524
Burial: Cheltenham Pioneer, Public Burial Ground ,61*GCE*O, aged 10 weeks


DOCWRA RELATIONS

JOSEPH DOCWRA
Born: Abt. 1851
Married: Rebecca Elizabeth Tilley 1876, Victoria reg#2524
Died: 1889 Brighton, Victoria, aged 38 years reg#6249 Parents William Docwra and Sarah Kimpton Harradence.

DOCWRA.—On the 5th September, at her residence, 636 Hampton street, Brighton, Rebecca Elizabeth, relict of the late Joseph, loving mother Florence and Amy (Mrs. Dunlop), aged 82 years.
The Argus 6th September 1934.
Rebecca died 1934 reg#7727, Parents Thomas Tilley & Mary Woodham

DOCWRA. — On the 22nd November, 1936, at
154 Ketford road, Albert Park, Evelyn Amelia
the dearly loved wife of Stephen John Docwra
and loved daughter of Mr. and Mrs J. F.
O'Donnell, and loving sister of William, Louisa
(Mrs. Secombe), Angelina (Mrs. Graham)
Charles, Mary (Mrs Frey), Violet (Mrs. Clark)
Rosetta (deceased), Marjorie, George (de-
ceased), Herbert and lenin. aged 31 years.
— A patient sufferer at rest
DOCWRA (nee Evelyn O'Donnell). — On the
22nd November, at 154 Kerferd road, Albert
Park, Evelyn Amelia, dearly loved sister of
Mary and William Frey, and loved aunti of
John, Harold, and Raymond.
DOCWRA (nee Evelyn O'Donnell). — On the
22nd November, at 154 Kerferd road, Albert
Park, Evelyn Amelia, dearly loved sister of
Louisa and Redvers Secombe, and loved auntie
of Marjorie.
The Argus 23rd November 1936

Mr Jack Docwra, also of Somerville, a lad about 14 years old, was cutting
firewood When the axe slipped, and cut a
nasty gash in his foot. Both sufferers
were attended to by Dr Griffith, and are
progressing well.
Mornington Standard 12th August 1911

DOCWRA. - On September 2,
James of 50 Rose street West
Bunswick, loved father of Alf, Joe,
Edie, Steve, Pete and Vera aged
94 years. Peacefully sleeping
The Argus 3rd September 1951

DOCWRA.-On November 27, at her resi-
dence, 50 Rose street, West Brunswick,
Clementina, dearly loved wife of James, and
loving mother of Alf, Joe, Eddie, Steve, Pete,
and Vera (Mrs. Knighton), aged 76 years.
-Peacefully sleeping
The Argus 28th November 1942

On Wednesday morning, 26th ult., an old
resident of Cheltenham, Mrs. Docwra, of
Point Nepean-road, whilst dressing, was
seized with an attack of dizziness, which
caused her to fall and resulted iu her breaking
her left leg. Dr Scantlebury was called in
but, on account of her advanced age (75 yeara)
advised her removal to the Hospital.
Brighton Southern Cross 12th August 1899

Miss Sara Barrett was united in the
bonds of holy matrimony with Mr.
Joseph Docwra on 10th June. The
a marriage took place at the residence of
the bride's parents, the ceremony being
performed by the Rev. A. P. Mac-
farlane. The relatives of the bride
were the only guests present. The
bride, who was given away by her
father, wore a very handsome costume
of brown velvet, trimmed with old gold
silk, she also wore a wreath and veil.
Miss Amy Barrett, the only bridesmaid.
wore a pretty costume of pale pink nuns
vailing, which formed a pretty con-
trast with the dress worn by the bride.
After the wedding, tea being served,
the happy pair left for their new
abode. The bride was made the
be recipient of many presents, which were
both numerous and useful.
Mornington Standard 18th June 1896


BOND-On the 11th December at Baxter,
William, dearly beloved husband of Emily Bond
loving father of Alfred (Antwerp) Will (de
ceased late A.I F ) Ethel (Mrs Bodsworth of
Hampton) Charles (Pearcedale) Marion (Mrs
Docwra of Somerville) and Harry (deceased)
aged 79 years -At rest
The Argus 12th December 1939

by itellya on 2015-06-10 07:47:23

Hopefully,I have mentioned more Somerville pioneers than did "Victoria and its Metropolis: Past and Present". However the book did give detail about several and it's a good bet that their descendants have a copy of it,because such a purchase was apparently required in order to be included. In my journal,my main purpose was to indicate whose biographies were included, with a brief summary. I have added information from various sources.

VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS : PIONEERS OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.

by itellya on 2015-10-08 10:00:11

NEVER DARKEN MY DOORSTEP AGAIN! A LOVE STORY.

If the entry for Henry Gomm in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS in 1888 had not wrongly stated that he was born in 1839 and had come to Victoria in the same year, I would not have discovered the love story. There was a Henry Gomm at Rosebud in 1900 but not in 1915 and I wondered if they were one and the same. No Henry Gomm arrived in Victoria in 1839 and I wondered if Henry was a child of Henry Gomm who had been transported to Tassie in about 1836 and was trying to hide something. It turned out that Henry of Rosebud (and his brothers, William and Thomas) were sons of the convict and that these three were neighbours of Somerville Henry in the parish of Moorabbin and, later, on the peninsula. (As told in Graham Whitehead in TWO GOMM FAMILIES.)

Another neighbour of young Somerville Henry was Tommy Bent and they developed a life-long friendship that enabled Henry to ask three favours. 1. For the Somerville station to be across Jones Rd from "Glenhoya" when it should have been near Lower Somerville Rd (THE WAY WE WERE, Leila Shaw.) 2. To get the young station master, Graf, transferred to Ascot Vale Station to end his daughter's infatuation with him. 3. As Premier, to open the Somerville Fruitgrowers' Show.

By 1860 Henry and his father, George Gomm, had land at the north west corner of Balcombe and Charman Rds at Cheltenham, not far east of Church Rd, now Church St, where the Monks owned land. Henry spent several years getting "Glenhoya" ready for Margaret to occupy in 1866 and he would have made countless trips, living on roo meat for his first two years at Somerville. (Henry? Thornell at a smoke night in Henry's honour.)

One of Henry's sons was William Henry, known as Paddy, who married the daughter of William Firth and Ann (nee Scott, the first white child born at Somerville.)They had two sons, George and Billy. It was Murray Gomm, one of George's sons, who told me the story of Tommy Bent's second favour. Murray told me that Graf had been Somerville's first station master, and as he was regarded as the "old favourite" in 1907, this may well have been true. Henry's request backfired and his daughter threatened to join Graf at Ascot Vale. Here I must confess that I didn't overhear Henry's reply but I think the words in the title just might have escaped his lips.

Paddy and his brothers often had cause to go to the Newmarket Saleyards and they would have used those occasions to visit and assist the newlyweds. One article (most likely in a paper circulating in the Moorabbin area)that I have been unable to find but have used elsewhere, mentioned that the parents of the bride did not attend the Graf-Gomm wedding. Poor Margaret! No doubt Margaret slipped some of her housekeeping money to them to take. The reception after Paddy's wedding at Ascot Vale would have been organised during one of these occasions.


After Henry died, it was Paddy who extended the olive branch to the Grafs. Perhaps if Somerville had another Graf (like Syd Graf) about a month ago, they would have beaten Rosebud in the 2015 footy grand final as they did in 1949. Graf Rd is a reminder of this love story, as was the Somerville Cricket Club's function featuring Shaun Graf and Rodney Hogg.

FOOTBALL SOMERVILLE "B" GRADE PREMIERS
Frankston Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1949) Thursday 15 September 1949 p 9 Article
Somerville's big men, Graf and Biggs, finally won the game for their team.

News & Events

Business Lunch - Hoggy & Graffy Nov 6th
07/09/2015


Rodney Hogg & Shaun Graf at the Somerville Cricket Club.

When - Friday November 6th (from 12:00 noon)

Where - Somerville Cricket Club, Jones Road Somerville

Cost - $60 per head

5 Star meal, introductory wine, entertainment from Hoggy & Graffy, plenty of laughs & great conversation with the whole community.

To book tickets or for more information contact:

Peter Alp - 0412 683 245. (BE THERE OR BE SQUARE-itellya.)



People: Two Gomm Families
localhistory.kingston.vic.gov.au/htm/article/521.htm

Somerville Fruitgrowers' Association. ANNUAL SHOW.
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 19 March 1904 p 5 Article
The ceremony of declaring the show open was performed by the Premier,the Hon. Thos. Bent, who was the recipient of a most cordial welcome.

GRAF - GOMM- On the 11th August, at St. Mary's Star of the Sea, West Melbourne, by the Rev. Father Rennan, David John Graf, of Ascotvale (Victorian Railways), to Beatrice Ethel, youngest daughter of Mr. H. Gomm, "Glenhoya," Somerville.
(P.1, Argus, 20-9-1909.)

Wedding.
GRAF-GOMM.
A wedding of local importance was celebrated quietly at St. Mary's Star of the Sea, West Melbourne, on Wednesday last, the contracting parties being Mr David J. Graf, of Ascot Vale and Miss Beatrice Ethel Gomm, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs H. Gomm, "Glenhoya" Somerville. The bride, who wore a handsome dress ofcream crepe de cheyne, over glace silk, was given away by her brother, Mr C. E. Gomm, Mr W. H. Gomm acting
as groomsman. The bridegroom's gifts to the bride were a handsome pearl pendant and beautifully bound prayer book. The happy couple left by the Sydney express for the Blue Mountains where they will spend their honeymoon. The bride's travelling dress was a tailor made costume of Navy blue with wedgewood blue hat. The presents were numerous, many being received from the Victorian railway staff.
(P.2, Mornington and Dromana Standard, 14-8-1909.)

Mr. G. Cummins, S.M,(station master) is at present on holiday, his place being taken up by an old favorite, Mr. Graf. The barrier at the station after a long lapse is again being proceeded with. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 7-12-1907.)

The wedding of Mr William Herbert (Paddy) Gomm, '"Glenhoya" Somerville, to Jean, eldest daughter of the late William Firth and Mrs Firth, "Orkney Farm", Somerville,
was quietly celebrated at St Auselm's Church of England, Middle Park, on
November 20th, the Rev A. P.McFarlane being the officiating clergyman. After the ceremony the party motored to the residence of Mrs J.D.Graf's "Arundel", Bloomfield road,Ascot Vale (sister of the bridegroom)where the wedding breakfast was partaken of, and a very enjoyable time was spent, the happy couple left later for a short honeymoon. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 4-12-1915.)


The Late Mr Henry Gomm.
By the death of Mr Henry Gomm, Somerville has lost one of its oldest identities and one of its oldest benefactors. As the late gentleman was a colonist of 74 years, the story of his life is very interesting, especially to residents of this district.

Leaving England with his parents in the ship "'Wallace" he arrived in Victoria in November 1843, being then five years of age. His parents settled in Melbourne and the boy received his early education at St James' School, West Melbourne.When he was 11 years old, his parents removed to Cope Cope where his father was employed as a builder on Sutherland's sheep station. Gold having been discovered at Bendigo
the family resolved to try their fortunes on the goldfields. They remained there about one year and then proceeded to Collingwood,where Mr Gomm Senr. bought land
and erected houses.

Some time later the family shifted to Cheltenham and Mr Gomm who was then 15 years of age, became engaged in fishing pursuits at what was then called Schnapper Point. Subsequently he and his father in conjunction purchased a craft and visited Mud Island in search of guanas. After several successful trips the vessel was wrecked at Davey's Bay, near Frankston and all the belongings of the crew were lost, as was also the craft.

After the loss of the boat he entered into market gardening but on the outbreak of the Port Curtis diggings in Queensland, he journeyed there to try his luck. The venture proved a disastrous failure and Mr Gomm returned to Cheltenham. The following year, 1859, he married Margaret Monk and settled down.

Mr Gomm afterwards built a home in this district and 51 years ago last November he brought his wife and family to live at what is now Somerville where all but two of the family were born.

The late gentleman was very enthusiastic in all matters relating to the welfare of the district, his time, money and assistance being always proffered with the greatest willingness and alacrity. His liberality is too well known to require much comment as he donated the ground where stand both the local Mechanics' Institute and the Church of England.

He leaves a widow, four sons and five daughters also 27 surviving grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr Gomm was an only son, he and his three sisters being the total family of his parents.

He was of a very bright and cheerful disposition and was keenly appreciative of a good joke. In boyhood he spent much time amongst the blacks and could speak the language of the aborigines; also he could throw the boomerang and other native weapons.

Of his sons one is now fighting in France, whilst a grandson took part in "the landing" and fought for five months in Gallipoli and is still on active service. A second grandson only 18 years of age, is now in camp preparing to do his bit for the Empire.So far as Somerville is concerned, it may be truly said that the late Mr
Gomm has left his "footprints on the sands of time."
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 28-4-1917.)

NOTICE is hereby given, that after the expiration of 34 days from the publication hereof, application will be made to the Supreme Court of the State of Victoria, In Its Probate jurisdiction, that PROBATE of the WILL dated the 23rd day of July, 1915 with the codicil thereto (dated 17th day of June, 1918) of MARGARET GOMM, late of Somerville, in the said State, deceased, be granted to John David Graf,of Bloomfield road, Ascotvale, in the said State, civil servant; Angelina May Gomm, of Somerville
aforesaid, spinster, and William Herbert Gomm,of Somerville aforesaid, orchardist, the executors named in and appointed by the said will.
Dated the 11th day of March, 1927.
WILLIAM CRAWFORD. Chancery House, 440 Little Collins street, Melbourne, solicitor for the applicants. (P.19, Argus, 11-3-1927.)

INTERNED BY NAZIS
SOMERVILLE WOMAN
Interned while on a visit to Germany with her niece, Miss Graf, at the outbreak of war in September, the welfare of Miss A. M. Gomm, a well known resident of Somerville, is causing grave concern, particularly among relatives and her many friends. Miss Gomm, who is about 70 years of age, is the daughter of a pioneer of the Peninsula, her father having been one of the first landholders in the Somerville district. Her home is just outside the main shopping area at the Somerville township, where she is said to own the greater part of the property. Miss Gomm is now one of the oldest members of the very well known Gomm family living in Somerville and district. In company with Miss Graf, she left Australia early last year on a tour of Europe. They were unfortunate enough to be in Germany on a visit
to a relation, it is believed, at the outbreak of war. Both Miss Gomm and Miss Graf were immediately interned by the Nazi Government, together with many other Allied subjects. Since November the only news that has been received of them has come
from British subjects who have been released from German internment. It was stated through this source that on one occasion Miss Gomm, presumably on account of her age, had been permitted to leave the concentrationcamp and go to an hotel. She, how-
ever, refused to leave her niece, and returned to the camp. Absence of further news is causing considerable anxiety. Australian authorities have been in touch with the British Foreign Office, so far without result. The outbreak of active hostilities
during the past two days has given more cause for concern for the safety of the two women. (P.1, Standard, Frankston, 12-4-1940.)

GOMM, Angelina May, - On December 17, at 19 Bloomfield road,Ascotvale, dearly loved daughter of the late Henry and Margaret Gomm,of Glenhoya, Somerville, and loved
sister of George (deceased), Harry (W.A.,) Min (Mrs Shepherd), Fan(Mrs Coate, deceased) Jess (Mrs Devlin), Ted, Bert, and Beatrice (Mrs Graf, deceased), aged 83
years - R. I. P. (P.15, Argus, 18-12-1952.)

Shaun Graf
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Shaun Graf
Personal information
Full name Shaun Francis Graf
Born 30 December 1959 (age 55)
Melbourne, Australia
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Fast bowler
International information
National side
Australia
ODI debut (cap 62) 23 November 1980 v New Zealand
Last ODI 24 November 1981 v West Indies
Domestic team information
Years Team
1979–1983, 1985 Victoria
1980 Hampshire
1983–1984 Western Australia
Career statistics
Competition ODI FC LA
Matches 11 55 41
Runs scored 24 1559 300
Batting average 4.00 25.14 15.00
100s/50s 0/0 1/8 –/–
Top score 8 100* 37*
Balls bowled 522 9220 2033
Wickets 8 124 51
Bowling average 43.12 33.91 25.58
5 wickets in innings 0 1 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/23 5/95 4/15
Catches/stumpings 1/– 30/– 7/–
Source: Cricinfo, 26 February 2013
Shaun Francis Graf (born 19 May 1957 in Somerville, Victoria, Australia) is a former Australian cricketer who played 11 One Day Internationals (ODIs) for Australia in the early 1980s as an all-rounder. He represented Western Australia as well as his native Victoria in the Sheffield Shield and also played county cricket for Hampshire.

Life Members - Somerville Cricket Club
www.somervillecc.com.au/life-members.aspx?pid=48
Ian Dennett, Shane O'Connell. William McMahon, Ashley White. Andrew Doherty, Lorraine Burt. Shaun Graf, Gary Spencer. Geoff Burt.

by itellya on 2015-10-08 10:10:04

Paddy Gomm was William HERBERT, not William Henry.

by itellya on 2016-06-29 09:18:01

Today, I read the Mornington News 28-6-2016 issue and in "100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK on page 52 read this. The young student, Sidney (sic?*)J.Doewra (sic!), of "Heath Vale" Somerville, has been very successful in his examinations and has gained his certificate for electrical engineering, from "Scotts College" Melbourne. (From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 1 July, 1916.)

I was going to add the property name but found that I already had it in the journal so I let my curiosity run wild. I found this.

A BARGAIN.-FARM, 152 acres, l8 miles from Melbourne, near Dandenong, fenced and other improvements. Title Crown grant -Suitable for dairy. Apply Mr. Alfred Docwra, near Mr. Corrigan's, Old Dandenong-road.
(P.8, Argus, 31-12-1869.)

Alfred had married Mary Scott in 1852 at St James Old Cathedral, Melbourne. Charles, apparently their first child, was born at Moorabbin (parish of, north of the parish of Mordialloc)and Alfred would probably pick up his mail at the Brighton post office.
(Events in the Past: Pioneer Settlers - City of Kingston Historical Website
localhistory.kingston.vic.gov.au/htm/article/107.htm)

By the time Harry was "Born in Dandenong Road Keysborough, Victoria, Australia on 1867 to Alfred Docwra and Mary Scott", the family would have been on the land Alfred was selling in 1869.

I knew the Keys family was prominent at the junction of the parishes of Lyndhurst and Mordialloc (in which Alfred Docwra was not a grantee.) The present Old Dandenong Rd runs between Melway 78 D4 and 8 H8. I googled DANDENONG, COUNTY OF BOURKE to get the Dandenong parish map. Once again, Alfred Docwra was not shown as a grantee, but crown allotment 25C consisted of 152 acres and adjoined T.Corrigan's c/a 24D, being across Corrigans Rd (a government road reserved in the subdivision of the parish by the crown)
extending east 800 metres to the east side of Finisterre Drive and north 760 metres to a line indicated by the Turramurra Drive/Wingala Avenue corner. (Roughly Melway 89 C-E8)

The start of Old Dandenong road has been obliterated by grid-type subdivisions north of 78 D5 but it's fairly obvious that from 8 H8 it headed due east along the present Cheltenham-Dandenong Rd. Just when I was about to state with certainty that the only 152 acre lot "near Mr. Corrigan's, Old Dandenong road" was M.O'Sullivan's c/a 25, described above, I checked whether there were any other crown allotments of 152 acres that could be described as being on old Dandenong Rd. There was one, also adjoining T.Corrigan's c/a 24 D, but on the west side. It was c/a 24C granted to W.Hardy. It went north from the Cheltenham/Springvale Rd corner to a point opposite the Westall Rd extension on-ramp and east to the west border of Melway map 89, the north east corner being at the north end of Colchester Court.

To show in the DOCWRA FAMILY HISTORY where Alfred Docwra was living before he went to the Somerville district, researchers would need to ask the titles office staff to check both crown allotments,W.Hardy's 24C and M.O'Sullivan's 25C to see which one Alfred Docwra had bought in its entirety. If they would like to have a copy of Melway maps with Alfred's land at Keyborough and near Somerville (and Baxter) transposed, text DOCWRA and your landline number and name to 0490 253 134.

Nobody seems to know the names of Alfred's parents. I wonder if he was related to Thomas Docwra, the world's greatest authority at the time of boring wells to obtain artesian water. A member of the Docwra family showed proficiency at the same business at Horsham and RED HILL*.
(*MY RED HILL RESEARCH SHOWED THAT THERE WERE PLACES CALLED RED HILL EVERYWHERE, ESPECIALLY IN GOLD MINING AREAS. It would be good to find that it was Red Hill near Dromana. It might show why young Sydney J.Docwra had such practical intelligence.

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