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on 2012-02-02 07:53:43

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 pepgus on 2012-02-17 06:48:11

John Watt was my great great great grandfather. It was two of his daughters that married the Peachey brothers. John Watt's son William John had a son William John, who's son Kenneth William Watt was my grandfather. My grandfather's brother Robert William is still alive in his 90's and I am collect info for the family tree. What a small world as I live in Mornington - do you live locally too?

by itellya on 2012-02-17 08:35:26

I live in Rosebud.
Why does it not surprise me that Andrew Lemon did not mention John Watt even once in "Broadmeadows: A forgotten History"; that's why I started writing about the pioneers in 1988. Somebody did though; perhaps it was Annette Davis in "Greenvale: Links With the Past" who mentioned John ringing the bell at Scots Church for 50 years.
What was the maiden name of John's wife Matilda? Was "Oakfield" the name of John's farm?
I'm working from memory here but I think I first saw "Oakfield" in the Broady rate books and that it was the name of his farm. I am 99.9% sure that his farm was on the east corner of Pascoe Vale and Somerton Rds and became a reservoir. It was 15B of the parish of Will Will Rook (which Lemon has labelled as 15A on his map)which consisted of 305 acres 2 roods and 22 perches, having a frontage of 1620 metres to Somerton Rd and 800 metres to Pascoe Vale Rd.

I have a feeling that baker, John Daly, owned the farm at some stage but I don't know whether that was before or after John Watt.

I bet Florence and Mary thought married life was just peachey! I don't know whether you've seen these:
Argus 12-11-1942 page 3, Matilda's obituary;
Argus 9-6-1941 page 5, Scots Church 99th Anniverary Service re John's bell-ringing and Matilda/ Peachey.
I haven't told anybody else about my big win in a quiz despite a heavy cold. I half heard the last question which was about a Campbellfield pioneer whose favourite dance tune was Waltzing Matilda. I know it was bad manners but I nasally asked, "What?" and I won.

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