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the GOMM/MONK CONNECTION in England and Victoria, Australia.

Journal by itellya

When Henry Gomm was trespassing on Lord Moreton's estate, Samuel Monk was one of his companions. Henry was transported to Hobart in 1836 and Hannah (Neal) and her three children joined him in early 1838. Henry gained his ticket of leave in 1841 and owned a 16 ton schooner Venus by 1849.
By 1853 Henry was requesting a post office in Moorabbin parish and by 1862, Henry had 14 acres in Balcombe Rd, probably between the property of Jesse Monk in Church Rd (now St) and George Gomm's 6 acres; George had a house in Balcombe Rd and another in Charman Rd.
At about that time young Henry Gomm, who married Margaret Monk, moved onto his own land at Somerville. Death notices confirm that Margaret came from Cheltenham and that Jesse Monk's wife and James Monk died in Somerville. A Gomm and Monk presence remained near Moorabbin for some time.
The Gomm and Monk families still live in Somerville.
(Sources: Tasmanian Genealogy, City of Kingston website, Trove (Argus)Murray Gomm.)

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on 2011-05-13 09:24:52

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 2011-05-18 10:51:17

The Gomm Monk link in 1835 seems to have nothing to do with the marriage of Somerville Henry Gomm and Margaret Monk. It has been established that Somerville Henry was not the child of Convict Henry Gomm. Somerville Henry's father, George, and the two previous generations had all been born in Wheatley, Oxfordshire. Convict Henry was a Sherston Magna, Wiltshire, resident. It seems that the Gomms who were assaulting Chinese fishermen and blueing with their neighbours were Convict Henry's family. It is strange that there were members of both lots of Gomms near Moorabbin and then near Somerville; Thomas at Dromana and William at Hastings (both given on websites as Convict Henry's children.)

by itellya on 2013-03-03 19:55:24

Dave Gomm, a descendant of Convict Henry Gomm, has sent me new information. The first piece of information is about Convict Henry.
I’ve also been doing some digging relating to Henry, old British news was able to supply a number of newspaper articles relating to the Sherston mass poaching incident, none unfortunately shed any more light on the incident than we already know, we can tell however that with this being right in the middle of the industrial revolution, farm workers of the time would have in many cases recently lost their jobs as a result of mechanisation and this only a few decades after enclosure robbed them of much of the historical common land.

I have unfortunately as of yet found no direct connection linking Hannah Neal to James Neale but suspect they are related, possibly siblings or cousins (there were a lot of Neals in Sherston at that time).

I have established that convict Henry and his family moved to the village of Sherston sometime between 1810-1820, they moved there from Hurst, Berkshire (about 50 miles). My belief is that Henry’s father William married a girl from Sherston by the name of Ann Golding, she is referred to elsewhere as Sarah Ann Golding but I think Ann is more likely based upon local christening records and later census records for the family.

I have also established that Henry had a previous conviction for poaching in 1832, for which he was jailed for three months, on this occasion he was also convicted alongside James Neale.

The second piece of information is about a son-in-law of Somerville Henry and illustrates that connections can be found between any two places, no matter how far apart they are. Somerville Henry's son, Harry Falby, went to W.A. during the 1890's depression as many Peninsula lads did, and became a prominent pioneer there. The place that Dave mentioned is not quite so far away.

Young Graf was station master at Somerville. Henry's daughter, Beatrice Ethel, was infatuated with him. Somerville Henry reacted in the same way as Lord Grantham did in Downton Abbey, when his daughter fell in love with the chauffeur. He got his great friend, Tommy Bent, Minister for Railways, to effect the brat's transfer to Ascot Vale station. Henry cut his daughter off when she fled to Graf, marrying him in 1909, but Paddy and other brothers took food to the couple every time they went to the Newmarket Saleyards or Victoria Market. Graf St on Henry Gomm's "Glenhoya" at Somerville is named after prominent cricket player, coach and administrator, Shaun Graf who is a descendant of that young couple. It was William Henry (Paddy) Gomm who brought the Grafs back into the fold after Somerville Henry's death.

David supplied the information that David George Graf was born at Shepherd's Flat in 1872. Shepherd's Flat is situated on what was called the Jim Crow Road between Franklinford and Hepburn Springs and David's father would have been involved in the Jim Crow (Creek) Diggings as a miner, storekeeper or food supplier.

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