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THE CAIRNS FAMILY OF BONEO, FINGAL, ROSEBUD AND RYE, VIC., AUST.

Journal by itellya

When it comes to being side-tracked, I reckon I must be the world champ.Not long ago,I promised to stick to my Red Hill Dictionary History. And I did until I started the CONNELL entry. CONNELL>WILSON>YOUNG>TURNER>GOMM>PURVES>SOMERVILLE>PURVES>WILLIAM JOHNSON/JOHNSTONE>UNRELATED GEORGE JOHNSTONE>GREEN HILLS is a summary of my mental wanderings. Hopefully I will purge myself of the urge and get back to my Red Hill research after this final fling.

What caused my desire to write this journal was laughter in the courtroom at Dromana. One of the Cairns family, Carrier Harry I think, was suing Alf Head for the cost of repairs to his trap after Alf had caused a prang during a race at the Kangerong/Dromana Show. William Patterson was giving evidence when he was asked if he was related to Cairns. After the affirmative answer, a smart Alec lawyer (Hall?) commented,"Everyone's related down here." Some wag asked,"Are you?" and the courtroom erupted into laughter.

Basically, I will reproduce my notes from Peter Wilson's THE CAIRNS FAMILY OF BONEO. It took many hours to assign nicknames in the genealogy from clues offered throughout the book. As I was writing notes from many local history books and transcribing rates,my notes are very brief and concern mainly genealogy, and only to the marriage of Robert, David and Alexander's children. The GEORGE AND OLLIE JOHNSTONE journal contains much information about Alex,his son Walter and Walter's daughter Olive. I also plan to give the locations of the grants obtained by members of the family and other farms detailed in rate books. I will also paste text from TALKING HISTORY WITH RAY CAIRNS. Dick Parker had told me I should interview Ray, but I wasn't sure where Ray was until he scored his last century, when an article about the Boneo Bradman led to an interview ten days after his hundredth birthday.

ROBERT CAIRNS (1820-1884) was married in Scotland to MARY DRYSDALE (1828-1901.) Robert was buried at the cemetery on Alexander's grant at Boneo and Mary was buried at Rye. Mary's parents, who came out with them, settled on the other side of the bay and gave Drysdale its name. Mary Campbell, who came out with them in 1852, with Robert as her guardian and probably helping Mary with the children, later became a relative via the Edmonds family, her daughter and Walter's daughter both marrying into this family. Robert most likely bought his grant at Boneo at auction because this was before the days of selection as far as I know; selection was enabled by the Land Acts of the 1860's. Robert had intended farming but got into lime burning which proved so lucrative that he was able to help his brothers,David and Alexander to come out in 1854.


(Something I had intended to put into the GEORGE AND OLLIE JOHNSTONE journal. Robert obviously came with some money. Alex Johnstone stated that the limestone houses erected by Cairns family members were indicative of money. However the fact is that pioneers used the material that was most readily available, and limestone was common ABANDONED DUE TO MULTIPLE FAILED ATTEMPTS TO SUBMIT EDITS.

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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 2013-05-29 09:41:56

I'm getting very angry about this Russian Roulette where almost every time I click submit I get the oh noes page. After two tries to submit the next word, "from", that's it for the night. If this keeps up, I'll have to abandon the journal.

by itellya on 2013-07-29 07:02:34

THE KANGERONG ROAD DISTRICT.-
A requisition in writing, signed by six landholders and six householders, in the district proclaimed as the Kangerong Road District, in the Government Gazette of the 14th October instant, having been presented to me, requesting me to convene a meeting of the landholders and householders in such district, for the purpose of forming a Road Board to superintend, provide for, and complete the construction, repair, and maintenance of the roads within the said district, andor carrying out therein tho provisions of tho Acts ofCouncil 16 Vict., No. 40, and 17 Vict, No. 20, I hereby, in compliance with such request, and for the objects and purposes mentioned above, CONVENE a MEETING of tho LANDHOLDERS and HOUSE HOLDERS in the said Kangerong Road District, to be holden at the house of Mr. Cairns, at Wannaeue,in the said district, at noon on Monday, the 1st day of December next.
JOHN BARKER, J.P.
Cape Schanck, October 28, 1862.
(P.8, Argus, 10-11-1862.)

P.S. If you see ADVENTURES IN ENGLISH on T.V., you will find how the German suffix EN to form the past tense was generally discarded in English but it still exists in some words such as sharpen.

by itellya on 2014-05-03 13:58:29

HERE'S ONE FOR CAMERON CAIRNS AND STEVE BURNHAM. DEDICATED TO PETER WILSON WHO DIED DURING THE PREVIOUS YEAR,AS ANNOUNCED AT THE DROMANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING ON 15-4-2014.
It's a wonder that Thomas W.Chadwick , a prolific writer of letters to the editor, had time to make babies. He was Rosebud's equivalent of Dromana's Nelson Rudduck with a store on the Rosebud Pde. corner in the Broadway theatre building (as shown in Peter Wilson's ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD.) His letters related to such subjects as the Bus Ban(circa 1928), looking after prisoners of war and (his great stroke of genius, shades of Dromana's Spencer Jackson)the Springbank Estate at McCrae (which he was about to sell)being the perfect spot to watch the American fleet sail up the bay. He was also heavily involved in the Rosebud Foreshore Committee.
('BUS BAN. TO THE EDITOR OF THE ARGUS.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 31 October 1928 p 10 Article

LETTERS PRISONERS OF WAR
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 11 July 1942 p 6 Article

VIEW FROM ARTHUR'S SEAT. TO THE EDITOR OF THE ARGUS.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 17 July 1925 p 11 Article

OBITUARY
CR T. W. CHADWICK
The death occurred at his home at Rosebud on Tuesday evening of Cr T. W. Chadwick, estate agent, who had been a member of Rosebud Shire Council for some years. He was
actively interested in the development of Rosebud as a seaside resort,and as president of Rosebud Foreshore Trust he did everything possible to encourage campers to the district. He was well known as a gunshot, and was associated with several clubs in Victoria. Mr Chadwick served in the last war, and was on Gallipoli. His sons, Tom and Harry, are members of the AIF, and Tom was taken prisoner when serv-ing in Greece. Mr Chadwick is survived by a widow, 4 daughters, and 3 sons. The funeral at Dromana yesterday was well attended.(P.3,Argus,15-1-1943.)


A thought that had never occurred to me before is that Thomas could be descended from Thomas and William Chadwick who were early licencees of the Broadmeadows Hotel in Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows). William later ran the Farmers' Arms Hotel on the south west corner of Buckley St and Mt Alexander Rd in Essendon for about a decade before moving to Benalla where he established a hotel of the same name.(See end.)

CHADWICK-On the 25th November, 1918, at Rosebud, the wife of Thomas W. Chadwick (nee
Pearl Cairns)-a daughter.((P.11, Argus, 30-11-1918.)

I hope that Tom did marry Pearl because I have not found a wedding notice on trove! However,while trying to find information about the mysterious T.Hutchins (whom I believe to be Thomas William Hutchins) recorded on the Mornington Roll of Honour as serving in W.W.1, I chanced upon the above birth notice. I will write about Walter Burnham and Flo Wimpney, who were married in Tom and Pearl's house, (and Arthur Boyd) at the end of this comment.


BURNHAM-WIMPNEY.-On the 21st February,at the residence of Mr. T. Chadwick, Rosebud,
by the Rev. T. Mayo, Congregational minister, Collingwood, Walter, third son of the late Mr.and Mrs. George Burnham, of Sorrento and South Melbourne, to Florence Harriet, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. Brown, "Boston," Victoria street, East Brunswick.(P.17,Argus,24-3-1923.)

I wouldn't bet my last dollar on it but I believe that Pearl Cairns was the daughter of "Rosebud Ted" Cairns. In an amazing coincidence the death notice of Pearl's son Harry (who drowned at Coolangatta) followed immediately after that of the widow of "Hill Harry" Cairns (and daughter of Michael Cain.) Ruby Cairns,daughter of Rosebud Ted Cairns and Elizabeth Bucher,married William Patterson. Her sister Mavis Pearl married Harry Watts (see wedding notice) who had built the Broadway Theatre in 1928 and lived across McDowell St from Rosebud Ted on part of the Safeway site.

CAIRNS. - On September 18, at her residence*, Fingal, Mary Agnes,beloved wife of the late Henry, dearly loved mother of Charlie,Ray** and Harry, fond mother-in-law of Jessie and Doris, and devoted grandma of Betty and Lois, aged 80 years.
(*"Maroolaba". ** The Boneo Bradman.)

CHADWICK.-On September 19(result of accident), Henry William, dearly loved son of Pearl and the late Thomas Chadwick, loving brother of Mavis*, Tom, Ruby,Elaine, Mollie, and Leslie, aged 34 years. -Father and son reunited.
Both P.14,Argus, 20-9-1956.)

*Mavis Pearl Chadwick, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Chadwick, of Rosebud, to Harold Watts, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Watts, of Fairfield.(P.13,Argus,11-1-1940.)

WALTER BURNHAM AND FLO.WIMPNEY.
I can only guess that Flo was adopted or had been married previously.In about 1913, Walter and his brother,Charles, moved from Sorrento (actually more likely near the "Blairgowrie" homestead where the Burnhams had a hut at what was called Sorrento East. Google:
Blairgowrie: Blairgowire History (Jack Ritchie)
rosevilleblairgowrie.blogspot.com/.../blairgowire-jack-ritchie-1970.html&#8206;)

The brothers bought land in the Hindhope Estate on the north corner of Boneo and McCombe St where they built a fish shop and a house for Charles.In the foreshore opposite the Boneo Rd corner,Walter built a house and nearby the brothers built a ti- tree jetty. When he arrived at 62 Rosebud Pde, Rosebud in 1936 as a 16 year old, to live with his grandfather for three years, Arthur Boyd painted this jetty from east and from west. A reproduction of one of these appears in Peter Wilson's ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD. Walter and Flo's daughter, (Flo/Lois?*), was photographed sitting on the pier as a young girl. She later became Mrs Wilson,Peter Wilson's mother.
(*See Peter's ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD.)

Walter's house was bought in 1952 to become a Sunday School in McCrae.

Our churches - The Anglican Parish of All Saints Rosebud ...
www.rosebudmccrae.melbourneanglican.org.au/our-churches.html&#8206;

In 1952 a two room fisherman's cottage was purchased for use as a Sunday School on the land donated by Mrs Gray. The cottage was relocated from the foreshore, opposite Boneo Road, and was bought from Mr Burnham for 400 pounds early in 1952. The removal of the cottage from the foreshore cost 160 pounds. A loan was given to buy this cottage and donations were received from Mr F.E. Wood (25 pounds), Miss Campbell Walker (200 pounds), Margaret and Mary Coburn (200 pounds) and the Ladies Guild (250 pounds).

CHADWICK,BROADY, ESSENDON, BENALLA.
Election Notices.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 17 June 1857 p 8 Article
... Juno 28rd, at Chadwick's, Broadmeadows.

ATHLETIC SPORTS AT ESSENDON.
The Essendon Football Club brought their season to a close by a number of footraces,
which took place at the Essendon cricket ground on Saturday. There were about 300
spectators, a good many being from Melbourne. The principal prize for competition
was the Essendon Football Club Cup (with 10 sovs. added), to be awarded to the highest scorer in three events - 100yds, 250yds,and 440yds flat races. After some excellent running, the contest narrowed to a race between E. Chadwick and A. Graham, the latter, who received a start of 12yds, winning easily by about half that distance. There were several other races, which resulted as follow:- Maiden plate 100yds, P.Brown 1, J. Dobbinson 2 ;; 150yds handicap,W. Hipe; 440yds handicap, W. Hipe 1, JRobertson 2; hurdle race, 250yds, T. Chadwick 1, A. Brown 2. During the afternoon several showers fell, which materially interfered with the condition of the running ground, as well as the comfort of the spectators, who however, found partial shelter in a large refreshment tent erected by Mr W.Chadwick, of the Farmers' Arms, Essendon.(P.6, Argus,5-10-1874.)

The North Eastern Ensign (Benalla, Vic. : 1872 - 1938) Tuesday 18 December 1883 p 2 Article
... Rooms, Benalla; Wm, Chadwick, Farmers' Arms Hotel, Benalla;

N.B. I might be wrong about the name of Peter Wilson's mother. I have a strange feeling that it was Lois. My notes from THE CAIRNS FAMILY OF BONEO are very brief and seem to indicate that Rosebud Ted was a son of David Cairns while Hill Harry was a son of Robert Cairns and yet it is claimed that Mary Agnes was the grandmother of Lois; perhaps grandmother-in -law would have been more accurate.

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