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on 2013-04-25 09:29:19

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 2013-05-16 11:22:29

by itellya on 2013-05-16 11:54:54

The wool clip this season is regarded as satisfactory, and a district record has been established by a flock of 180 sheep owned by Mr J. Connell, Tuerong. These sheep (hoggets), bred in New South Wales, clipped 84 lb of wool, which realised in the market 9d and 9.5 d per Ib, and after paying all expenses, they averaged 6d clear, a feat which is not likely to be beaten on the Peninsula for many years to come.
(P.2,Mornington Standard, 11-11-1905.)

DROMANA. The death of Mr. W. Connell took place at his residence, near Red Hill, on Saturday morning last, after a brief illness from chronic bronchitis. Deceased, who was 59 years of age, was a brother of Mr. James Connell, of " Tuerong," and was both well and favourably known throughout the Peninsula. He leaves behind to mourn their loss a wife and family of one son and six daughters; two of whom are married. Deep sympathy is expressed for them in their sad bereavement. Deceased was interred in the Dromana cemetery on Monday last. Mr. Stone, Methodist Minister, conducted the burial service.(P.3, Mornington Standard, 20-7-1907.)

This would have been William, the father of the destitute family (of Eatons Cutting Rd, according to Margaret Connell)who had been unable to work for some time and then developed problems with his eyesight.

by itellya on 2013-05-16 13:38:14

The danger of boys handling gun powder was painfully experienced last week by a lad named William Connell, 15 years of age, son of Mr James Connell of Tuerong. The lad, who was staying at a neighbour's place, was left to his own resources for a short time on Tuesday. and when loading a gun according to the lad's statement, the weapon suddenly exploded, the lad receiving the full charge of powder in the face. The features were greatly burnt and disfigured by the explosion and fears are entertained that the sight will be affected. The sufferer was quickly conveyed to Dr. Somers who did everything to alleviate the painful injuries.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 29-7-1897.)

CHALLENGE. TO bring matters to a climax, as a result of several unsatisfactory contests, I now hereby challenge GEORGE JONES, to box him to a finish, 4.5oz gloves, This challenge is open for one month. WILLIAM CONNELL Tuerong, (" Tooronga Billy.") March 27th, 1901. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 28-3-1901.)

A Tour Through Tuerong and Moorooduc, SOME PROPERTIES DESCRIBED [By Our Representative.] The Three-Chain road was traversed the other day by a STANDARD representative. A visit of inspection was paid to the Tuerong Quarry. There is an unlimited quantity of first-class metal there, specially valuable, on account of its wearing qualities, for road making.
Mr. W. Crooks. Mr Crooks first settled in Tuerong about eight years ago when he purchased 500 acres from the late Mr John Wilson and since then has bought 120 acres, adjoining, from Mr Allchin. The house, which is surrounded by various beautiful shrubs and hedges, is prettily situated upon a hill, which overlooks the creek and road. Mr. Crooks engages chiefly in sheep breeding; and amongst his flock are some valuable strains of Shropshire. He has several pedigreed Shropshires, which cost up to ten guineas each. Several years ago, Mr Crooks tried dairying, but it was not very successful; the cattle getting the cripples, a disease which is very prevalent throughout the Peninsula. About twenty acres are under oats, and the early grown crop is looking splendid. A few acres of orchard are splendidly sheltered by pines.

Mr. Cornford's On the hill opposite is Mr Cornford's property of 150 acres, upon which he grazes cattle and sheep. A curving drive from the road to the house is now being planted with ornamental trees. This is one of the prettiest spots on the road.

Mr W. WHITE Mr White has a neat little property of 120 acres, of very good grass land, and has stock of all descriptions, including a number a number of fat stock, which belong to Mr Clark of Sorrento.

Mr. J. CONNELL'S. Mr Connell's property consists of about 300 acres of grazing land, besides which he leases 800 more. He pastures thereon horses, cattle and sheep. He has a stallion, King Alfred, from whom have descended many racing ponies, amongst them Topsy. King Billy, Teresa, Flashlight, and Creeper, all of whom have shown them selves to be possessed of great pace, and been a success on the unregistered tracks in Melbourne, as well as on the Peninula.
Mr. A. Downward etc. (P.4, Mornington Standard, 13-9-1902.)

The following details come from memory (of what I wrote in THE FEMALE DROVER: A HISTORY OF MOOROODUC) as it is now 2:45 a.m.

CROOKS had the Tuerong pre-emptive right, by then known as Tuerong Park. The eastern half of the northern boundary is Tuerong Rd to Devilbend Creek, the end of Gillett Rd is the south east corner and the bend in Vineyard Lane is the south west corner. PITT took over the farm soon afterwards so it seems as if the Young farm was on Tuerong Rd (the road between Pitt's and Young's.)

CORNFORD, who was a shire of Mornington councillor had 163 acres between Tuerong Park and The Briars. He later sold this to Cheshire who called his farm "Moorellen".(Melway 151J1, H4.)

William White was one of the executors of the grantee,Andrew White. Vineyard Lane, Old Moorooduc Rd south to No.235 at the bend and the freeway were the boundaries of the White farm. Range Rd, originally known as White's Lane (until it became the route from the Balcombe barracks to the rifle range), ended at the farm's gate. George Young's second wife, Janet White would have grown up here. The female drover's grandfather, Peter White, who added 19 acres at the south, sold the property but it was later bought by Shirley Bourne's father,who provided Dromana's milk for many years.

James Connell's roughly 300 acres was probably meant to describe the 337 acres, directly across Old Moorooduc Rd from the White farm, granted to his father, Anthony.

by itellya on 2013-08-07 07:29:35

While shearing some sheep for Mr. James Townsend, of Dromana, James Connell met with a very peculiar accident last week, which might have been much more serious than it was. Whilst shearing a restless sheep it caught its feet in the bow of the shears, and, giving a sudden plunge, drove the shears clean out of Connell's hands, the force of the impact driving them into his throat and inflicting a nasty wound. The shears fortunately missed the vital arteries. Under the care of Dr.Somers he is progressing favourably. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 2-12-1897.)

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