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on 2013-10-25 03:23:14

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 2013-11-15 18:27:22

If you want to find personal details about pioneers near Bulla such as Tulip Wright and John Dickens (Dickins?), you could do worse than to consult Harry Peck's MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMAN regarding the latter and Isaac Batey's numerous articles in the Sunbury News and other papers regarding both. Having left Redstone Hill about nine years earlier, Isaac's letter was in response to an article about the history of Gisborne and only part of it is reproduced below.

By the way, though Dr. O'Donnell speaks of "Tulip" Wright, I think he omitted stating he was once Chief Constable of Melbourne. Mr J.A. W. Greig, of the Histrionical Society, in the "Argus" of 4/16/13, (4/6/13?) shows sketches taken by the late W.F.E.Liardet. One of these, dated 1839, displays "Tulip" garbed as a
substantial farmer during the first three or four decades of the 19th century. Nothing in his outfit is omitted, even to the ponderous oak cudgel he carried when in Melbourne.

Mr. Forde informs us that William Joseph Hocson was sent down from Sydney as Chief Constable in 1836,When, after four months' service, he was dismissed, and was succeeded by Henry, brother of Mr. John Batman. Mr. Forde states that Henry Batman died in 1839, but he does not tell us of "Tulip" being appointed ; rather a singular omission, for, according to the era in which he lived, Mr. William Wright was a
notable man. There were two versions as to how he got his alias.Firstly, his love of tulips ; secondly, when he made an arrest, he addressed his prisoner with "Come
along, my tulip." It is highly probable, when he captured his man, that he used the above expression, hence he became known far and wide as "The Tulip."

His interests were in no wise connected with those of Gisborne, further than that he would attend court there when taking out a publican's licence. True, before his retirement from the police force, about 1842, business in connection with his office may have called him up. However he appears to have been esteemed by the citizens of
Melbourne, because his second daughter, Mrs. Frances Potter, informed me personally, when her father had retired, he was presented with a silver snuff-box. At the time she assured me that this souvenir was still in her possession.
(P.2, Gisborne Gazette,30-1-1914, OLD GISBORNE.)

by itellya on 2013-11-15 18:52:13

The following has terrific biological and genealogical detail about Tulip.
Mary Ann Underwood and William Wright in Victoria | Heaven and ...
Jan 30, 2011 - On the voyage to Port Philip, in the Hetty on its last voyage, during a gale of wind, which lasted six days, Mrs. WRIGHT, wife of Mr. William Tulip ...

There is an excellent sketch of Bulla showing Tulip's crossing and probably the Deep Creek/Bridge Inn. It was done in 1849 by an art student who copied an earlier work by his teacher,Gilbert.

View of the ford at the Deep Creek (Tulip Wright's). - Version details ...
William Wright (d.1856), known as 'Tulip' Wright was a pioneer of Port Phillip settlement and a Chief Constable of the new colony. Notes. Copy by an unknown ...

by itellya on 2013-11-15 20:11:30

When Tulip went to the Lincolnshire, Gilbert was poundkeeper for a brief space; thereafter Tulip, I fancy, reoccupied the position until it passed to Smith. Before the flood of May, 1852, had subsided, a large concourse of people were often seen on both sides of the river, where Tulip's boat was busily plying. A long rope passed through a ring, with a painter attached, enabled the men to haul the craft over
easily enough. The boat would carry six passengers, and the fare was one shilling a man, a fact I can speak to, as I saw the money paid. A horseman coming along, the tackle was put aboard, a rope put around the animal's neck, then, the boat pushing off, the horse had to go whether he liked it or not. Next a dog-cart appeared.
The quadruped was handled as above described. A rope being affixed to the vehicle's axle, its opposite end was taken over, whereupon willing hands seized the rope and dragged the trap over in grand style, tail first. Possibly ten shillings was the fee for this service. How the people did for food I know not, unless Tulip was in a position to supply them, because on Melbourne side of the river there were not any
accommodation tents. I went to Melbourne in 1850, and in 1851, and at both times there was neither tent nor hut over water from Tulip's.
(P.2, Sunbury News, 17-9-1910.)

by itellya on 2013-11-18 14:57:41

By A. S. KENYON, Secretary and Past President of the Historical Society of Victoria.

BULLA-The name is derived from the parish of Bulla Bulla, which means in blackfellows' tongue "the large ant eater." In Gippsland it is the name of the lyre-bird. The first name of the town was Deep Creek, which gradually became Wright's Inn, as it was there Tulip (William) Wright, Melbourne's well-known chief constable from 1838 to 1841, opened his hostelry. Tulip, with his furry white topper, low
crowned and curly brimmed, olive green tail coat, red plush waistcoat,snuff-coloured breeches, with pearl buttons, and yellow-topped boots, was a perfect John Bull
. He died in 1856, six years before the Bulla Road District was created. The shire was constituted in 1866. (P.19S,Argus,14-5-1938.)

by itellya on 2013-11-19 05:11:18

by itellya on 2013-11-21 15:26:43

THE Friends of the late Mrs. MARY ANN WRIGHT (relict of the late Mr. William Wright)
are respectfully invited to follow her remains to the place of interment, in the Melbourne General Cemetery. The funeral procession to move from her late residence, Deep Creek Inn, Bulla, this day, Saturday, September 11, at 9, and pass the
Flemington Bridge about half-past 12 o'clock.
JOHN SLEIGHT, undertaker, 71 Collins-street east.
(P.8, Argus, 11-9-1858.)

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