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Can you help me, we are at the moment cataloguing photos given to us by the Wells Family of Derril Road, where the Butter factory used to be.

Leslie Moorhead says in her book that the house there when Keith Wells lived there was Penbank but we have photos showing that the name of the property was Bungower Park.

The property was originally owned by Keiths grandfather Bob Marriott and in the Electoral Rolls the property is sometimes called Shandon

XXX, would appreciate your help if you do know anything about the property or any extra on the Butter factory.

The Marriotts owned two properties or used two names for the same property. Shirley Walter (nee Bourne, grand daughter of Peter White, who lived at the east end of White's Lane-renamed Range Rd during W.W.2) gave the location of Shandon as the south east corner of Three Chain (Moorooduc) Rd and Bungower Rd. It is possible that Shandon also fronted Derril Rd; Shirley was focussing on Three Chain Rd as we discussed the residents and farms she recalled. Robert Marriott's son and executor, Robert, (of Bungower Park) was described in the legal notice re application for probate of the will of Robert Marriott (of Shandon.)

As far as I know there was only one Penbank in the parish of Moorooduc. This was crown allotment 5 of section A, consisting of 266 acres, granted to A.McKay and later purchased with money that Edward Jones of Spring Farm earned with his carpentry skills during a short stay in Adelaide. Penbank was at the south east corner of Moorooduc and Mornington-Tyabb, extending south about 586 metres and west to Derril Rd where the store was built at Jones' Corner.

The Spring Farm Heritage Study done for Mornington Peninsula Shire confused Penbank with Spring Farm, which was Edward Jones' residence and was in the parish of Bittern, as was Criccieth, a third Jones property. I alerted Simon Lloyd of the facts during the time I was writing THE FEMALE DROVER: A HISTORY OF MOOROODUC ( a copy of which your group should have. It has an index.)

Shirley Walters (the female drover) and David Shepherd (descendant of Edward Jones and a fountain of Moorooduc history, who with his brother relocated the historic Shepherd "Perfection Nursery" from Somerville to the Moorooduc Rd frontage of Penbank, and gave the Penbank School its name) should be able to help you.

Hope you don't mind me using our conversation as an itellya journal, minus our personal details, of course.

Mornington Butter Factory Picnic.
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 8 March 1900 Edition: MORNING. p 3 Article
... Mornington `Butter - Factory Picnic. This annual event came off most successfully on Wednesday last at the property of Mr E. Jones "Penbank" opposite the Moorooduc State School. The day gave promise of extreme warmth which kept some who would otherwise have been there from being present, ...

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 8 May 1953 p 10 Advertising
... ROBERT HILL MARRIOTT, Late of Shandon, Moorooduc In the State of Victoria Farmer Deceased - After fourteen clear days Robert John Marrott of Bungower Park Moorooduc

Leslie Moorhead's mistake was probably caused by Penbank being the habitual venue for the butter factory sports. Almost every trove result for Penbank involves the sports.

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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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