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THE THREE FEMALE "SEEKERS" ASSOCIATED WITH ROSEBUD, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.

ROSEBUD'S THREE "SEEKERS". (From my post on the HISTORY OF DROMANA TO PORTSEA Facebook page.)
1.Judith Mavis Cock, born in 1943, spent her first six summers on Fort Lacco's grant, c/a 20 Rosebud Fishing Village on the west side of Durham Place, before her D.F.C. winning father moved the family to Tasmania. Her great grandmother, Emily Durham and her grandfather Tony Durham both died in 1950 and the timber house in the middle of the block that Judith remembers was probably demolished shortly afterwards. When she started singing with Frank Trainor's jazz band, Judith took the maiden name of her mother Hazel (Tony's daughter) as her stage name.

2.This page sometimes produces gems and I would never have discovered this one if I had not opened all the comments and replies under a post about the Rosebud Pool. She was first referred to as Louisa Whistling but a closer version of the spelling came in a reply as well as the fact that Louisa's mum used to do cleaning.
The Seekers(Louisa Wisseling) Sparrow Song 1975 - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXg8nBNC7no
Jun 6, 2010 - The Seekers(Louisa Wisseling) Sparrow Song 1975.

Louisa, who was Dutch-born according to an article about her joining The Seekers in 1975, used to teach swimming at the old foreshore pool at Rosebud in the latish 1960's. The family lived in Murray Anderson Rd.


3. JULIE ANTHONY
Julie Anthony (singer)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Julie Anthony
Birth name Julie Moncrief Lush
Born 24 August 1949 (age 64)
Lameroo, South Australia
Genres Jazz
Occupations Singer, entertainer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1960s?2000s
Associated acts The Seekers
Julie Moncrief Lush AM OBE (born 24 August 1949 in Lameroo*, South Australia), better known as Julie Anthony, is an Australian soprano and entertainer. She sang the Australian National Anthem at the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics with Human Nature.
She has also sung with The Seekers, first taking the place of Judith Durham as the lead vocalist in the song "The Carnival Is Over" for the Closing Ceremony of Expo '88. Later, Anthony became a member of the group with Bruce Woodley, Athol Guy and Keith Potger.
Anthony starred in both the Australian and West End productions of Irene in the mid-1970s.
At midnight between 31 December 1987 and 1 January 1988, in celebration of the start of Australia's Bicentennial year, Anthony sang the Australian National Anthem "Advance Australia Fair" on the national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which continued to show the recording of her performance at the close of broadcasting for many years afterwards, until the broadcaster introduced 24 hour broadcasting.
Anthony is among the most awarded of Australian entertainers. She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) (1980)[1] and a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) (1989)[2] and has been voted by her peers as "Entertainer of the Year" three times and "Best Female vocalist" 11 times. She also appeared in commercials for St.George Bank from 1974 until 1999.
]Artist Biography
b. Julie Moncrieff Anthony, 23 August 1951, Galga*, South Australia. Anthony was born in Galga (population 15) and raised on the family farm. In her teens she began singing with a local band and in 1970 won an amateur television talent quest. Her victory and the first prize ($600 and a trip to Tasmania) led to regular appearances on the Adelaide Tonight Show. She moved to Sydney, making television appearances and performing on the club and cabaret circuit, and eventually embarking on international tours. An engagement at the Hong Kong Hilton in 1973 was followed by the lead role in the Australian production of Irene. Three years later she starred in the UK version at the Adelphi Theatre. The Play and Players of London honoured her with the Best Newcomer (Actress) award for 1976. She returned to Australian television and appeared in three national specials, and in the same year she married her manager Eddie Natt. In 1977 she won the Sammy and Penquin awards for Best Television Variety Performer. Tours of America followed and Anthony worked with Bill Cosby, Roy Clarke and Merv Griffin. In 1980 she was awarded an OBE for services to the entertainment industry. Three years later she accepted the role of Maria in The Sound Of Music; following a season in Sydney, the show successfully toured major and regional centres.
For the 1988 World Expo held in Brisbane, Anthony was invited to sing with the re-formed Seekers, joining the group as lead singer from 1988-89. In 1988 she sang the national anthem at the official opening of Australia?s new Parliament House. The same year she returned to the stage in I Do!, I Do! In 1990, she was awarded AM in the Order of Australia for services to the entertainment industry. In 1994, Anthony further demonstrated her versatility by teaming with jazz musician Don Burrows (reeds/flute) for tours, including a successful appearance at the Jazz and Blues Festival at the Gold Coast International Hotel in 1995. A year later she returned to cabaret with a season at the Tilbury Hotel in Sydney. In her extensive repertoire she demonstrated great conviction, whether singing ?Amazing Grace? or material ranging from Stephen Sondheim to the Beatles. In June 1996 she accepted a cameo role as a band singer in the Bruce Beresford film Paradise Road, starring Glenn Close and Jean Simmons. Julie Anthony is one of the best and most durable theatre and variety performers in the post-war Australian entertainment industry. She has won the prestigious Mo Award for Entertainer Of The Year three times, and Best Female Variety Performer nine times. An admirable singer and engaging personality, she has successfully blended her career and family duties.
*DID YOU SPOT THE DIFFERENCE?
Galga is a tiny farming settlement (that might or might not have a pub) which is 145.1 km from Lameroo,just under three hours away by car. Lameroo is obviously the regional centre so the birth may have been at its hospital or the birth may have been registered there. So the place of birth is not a problem. But the date of birth certainly is!
How did I know about George Jarry and the fishing trips at Rosebud? That was certainly not in any Julie Anthony biography.
EXTRACT FROM MY JOURNAL "ROSEBUD ROLL OF HONOUR,1914-1918."
It cost George (Jarry) ten bob a year to join the RSL at The Old Green Mill in Melbourne. He then took a soldier settlement farm at Willaura for 3 or 4 years before selling up and coming to Melbourne where he purchased an international truck and carted bricks for approximately 15 years. [Moving to Rosebud in 1939 George spent the years of the Second World War cutting and carting wood for those in need and essential services. Later buying a 24 foot fishing boat the Georgie (named by a friend after the manageress of the local hotel at the time) George carried passengers on fishing trips up until his retirement in 1963 and it was during this time that he met Ed Natt who was to become the husband of Julie Anthony and when Julie was honoured on This Is Your Life in July 1978 George appeared as a guest.
This website has a photo of Julie with George on his 90th birthday.
(Peter (George Henry) Jarry 605
www.tunnellers.net/profiles___photos/jarry_peter_605.doc
For reasons unknown, when George Henry Jarry enlisted in the A.I.F. he used his ..... In 1939 he moved the family to Rosebud to a small holiday house he had built ... One of his fishing companions was Eddie Natt who married Julie Anthony.)
IT LOOKS AS IF JULIE WAS BORN AT THE LAMEROO HOSPITAL LIKE HER OLDER SISTER BETTY.
BIRTHS
LUSH. ? On August 24, at Lameroo Hospital, to Betty and Les? a daughter (Betty Moncrieff). Thanks to Dr.Cock and hospital staff. (Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Thursday 1 September 1949 p 44 Family Notices.)

The Seekers(Louisa Wisseling) Sparrow Song 1975
The Seekers(Louisa Wisseling) Sparrow Song 1975
YOUTUBE.COM

LACCO AND DURHAM OF ROSEBUD, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA AND JUDITH DURHAM OF THE SEEKERS.

Judith Mavis Cock, daughter of William Alexander Cock and Hazel, nee Durham,was born in Essendon in 1943 while her father was overseas performing the war service for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. She is better known as Judith Durham of The Seekers. She adopted the maiden name of her mother as her stage name when she started singing with Frank Trainor's band. Judith spent her first six summers in the timber house (long-demolished)in the middle of crown allotment 20, Rosebud Fishing Village, on the west side of Durham Place, Rosebud. Judith was unsure of the spelling of the surname of her Greek great grandfather who married Emily,nee King and the following Lacco records supplied by Family Tree Circles' tonkin will explain why details are so hard to find.

I have known for ages about the Lacco,Durham connection. Vin Burnham hinted at the relationship in his memoirs of early days at Rosebud but made the mistake of assuming that Mr Durham was Judith's father. Fort Lacco's wife, Elizabeth, nee King, was the sister of Emily, known as Mrs Emily Durham by 1900 re assessments on c/a 20 Rosebud Fishing Village. The use of her given name was a sure sign that she had (again) become a widow. Tony Durham was the son of her first marriage and Judith Durham's grandfather. Due to huge variations in spelling it is almost impossible to find any records of Tony's Greek father. However, after years of wondering about the identity of Tony's stepfather, including incorrect information in one of Tony's death notices that he was the son of Emily and Demetra Durham, which led me to suppose that both of Emily's husbands were Greeks, the identity of Emily's second husband has been established. He was FRANCIS WILLIAM DURHAM who married Emily in 1887 and died in 1893.

It was while I was researching the entry for Mrs Elizabeth Lacco for my chronology of burials at Dromana Cemetery that I determined to find the identity of Emily's second husband, which Judith Durham's biography did not mention, she being a descendant of Tony, not the offspring of the second marriage.

ELIZABETH LACCO'S BURIAL ENTRY.
7-8-1934. MRS ELIZABETH LACCO (nee King*.)
LACCO. — The Friends of the late Mrs. ELIZABETH LACCO arc respectfully informed that her remains will be interred ln the Dromana Cemetery. The funeral Is appolnted to leave her residence, Rosebud, THIS DAY (Tuesday), 7th August, at 2 o'clock.
LACCO. On the 6th August, at Rosebud, passed peacefully away, Elizabeth, wlfe of the late Fort Lacco, beloved mother of Mary, John (dec.), Christi (decd.), Annie,Emily, Mitchell, Margaret, grandmother of Poppy, Lucy, Edna, Kenneth, Harold, Alick,George and Gwen, great gramdmother of Douglas, aged 80 years, a colonist of 77 years. At rest.
LACCO- On the 6th August, passed peacefully at Rosebud, Elizabeth Lacco, dearly beloved sister Emily, Ellen, Clara and the late William King. (All P.1, The Age, 7-8-1934)

I happened to already know that Elizabeth’s surname was King and that she was a sister of Emily Durham, the great grandmother of Judith Mavis Cock (better known to the world as Judith Durham of The Seekers.)
Elizabeth’s death record.
Event-Death Event registration number-16170 Registration year-1934
Personal information
Family name-LACCO Given names-Elizth Sex-Unknown
Father's name-King Jno Mother's name-Unknown (Unknown) Place of birth
Place of death-Dromana Age-79

Emily Durham’s death notice.
Emily’s death record appears to be more reliable about their father’s name, given that their mother’s name is given as well. Emily married a Greek fisherman, the father of Tony (grandfather of Judith Mavis Cock) and later Mr Durham whose given name** indicates that he was also Greek. HOWEVER, IT IS LIKELY THAT ONE OF TONY’S DAUGHTERS HAD MADE A MISTAKE WITH THE SURNAME OF TONY’S FATHER IN THE THIRD DEATH NOTICE IN ITALICS BELOW. DEMETRA WAS EMILY’S FIRST HUSBAND, NOT MR DURHAM. SEE THE BIRTH RECORD IN BOLD TYPE BELOW WHICH GIVES HER SECOND HUSBAND’S NAME AS FRANCIS WILLIAM DURHAM.
DURHAM-On June 15 at Melbourne,Emily (late of Rosebud) mother of Tony Paniocta* loved mother of Richard (deceased) and Joseph Durham. (P.12, Argus, 17-6-1950.)
*Tony had adopted Durham as his surname. Judith Mavis Cock used her mother, Hazel’s, maiden name as her stage name. As can be found from Judith Durham’s biography, Beverley was her sister. Judith’s father William Alexander Cock was a winner of the D.F.C.
DURHAM.—On March 11 (suddenly), Tony, loving husband of Jessie, son of Emily Durham, late of Rosebud.—Sadly missed.
DURHAM. — Tony, loving father of Hazel, father-in-law of Bill, loving grandfather of Beverley and Judith. —Sadly missed. ( P.10, Argus, 14-3-1950.)

** DURHAM. — On March 11 (suddenly). Anthony (Tony), beloved husband of Jessie Durham, loved father of Mavis (Mrs Riddle), and Hazel (Mrs. Cock),and fond son of Emily (late of Rosebud), and the late Demetra Durham.(P.2, The Age, 14-3-1950.)

EMILY DURHAM’S DEATH RECORD.
Event- Death Event registration number-6672 Registration year-1950
Personal information
Family name-DURHAM Given names-Emily Trin Sex-Female
Father's name -KING William Elijah Mother's name-Elizabeth (Lane)
Place of birth-PORT MELBOURNE Place of death-PARKVILLE Age-88

THE NAME OF EMILY’S SECOND HUSBAND WAS NOT DEMETRA BUT FRANCIS WILLIAM DURHAM. INTERESTINGLY EMILY’S MAIDEN, NOT MARRIED, NAME IS GIVEN AS THE CHILD’S MOTHER.
Event-Birth Event registration number-25146 Registration year-1890
Personal information
Family name-DURHAM Given names-Francis Richd Sex-Male Father's name-Francis Wm
Mother's name-Emily (King) Place of birth-SOUTH MELBOURNE

NOW ARMED WITH MR DURHSAM’S GIVEN NAME, I WAS ABLE TO FIND THE RECORD OF HIS MARRIAGE TO EMILY WHOSE MARRIED NAME IS GIVEN, ALTHOUGH ALMOST CERTAINLY WITH THE WRONG SPELLING.

Event-Marriage Event registration number-5814 Registration year-1887
Personal information
Family name-DURHAM Given names-Francis William Sex-Male
Spouse's family namePUNWETO Spouse's given names-Emily

BY 1900 MRS EMILY DURHAM WAS BEING ASSESSED ON CROWN ALLOTMENT 20, ROSEBUD FISHING VILLAGE (ON THE WEST SIDE OF DURHAM PLACE, A SURE SIGN SHE WAS A WIDOW. THIS IS ALMOST CERTAINLY THE DEATH RECORD OF HER SECOND HUSBAND.
Event-Death Event registration number-7854 Registration year1893
Personal information
Family name-DURHAM Given names Frank Wm Sex Male
Father's name-Frank Mother's name-Fanny Elizabeth (Unknown) Place of birth
Place of death-St Kilda Age-50
(All birth, death and marriage records are from:
https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/bdm/indexsearch.doj)


Emily Durham’s residence was on the west side of Durham Place, Rosebud on crown allotment 20, Rosebud Fishing Village, granted to Fort Lacco on 16-10-1872.
Old Mrs Lacco (Elizabeth) lived on crown allotments 11 and 12 of the Fishing Village on which the Banksia Point apartment / café complex is (in 2016) being constructed. The house was called Pier Cottage and was destroyed by fire after Elizabeth’s death while owned by one-time Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Edward Campbell, who replaced it with the double-storey house demolished for the said complex. Cr Campbell was probably leasing the cottage in 1925 because Elizabeth was at Queenscliff while her son, Mitch, was honing the boat-building skill that brought him nation-wide fame.
Mrs. Eddie Campbell is with her small family spending the holiday vacation at "Pier Cottage," Rosebud Cr.E. Campbell will join the party for the week-end.
(P.37, Table Talk, 10-9-1925.)

HOUSE BURNT OUT IN 10 MINUTES Footballers Act As Firefighters MELBOURNE, Thursday. Fanned by a strong wind, fire destroyed Pier Cottage, the seaside home of Cr. E. Campbell, of the Melbourne City Council, at Rosebud early today. Damage was estimated at £lOOO.
The cause of the fire is unknown. The building was razed to the ground within ten minutes. Only the chimney was left standing. Nobody was in the house at the time.Members of the Rosebud Football Club, returning from a party, saved neighboring houses by forming a bucket-chain and throwing water on the flames. (P.5, Shepparton Advertiser, 25-9-1936.)

LACCO GENEALOGY SUPPLIED BY TONKIN OF FAMILY TREE CIRCLES.
LOCCO Fort married Elizabeth KING 1872
Journal by tonkin

Groom: Fort LACCO.
Birth place: Given as Greece.

Bride: Elizabeth KING.
Birth place: Given as London.

Year married: 1872.
Place: Victoria, Australia.

Marriage note.
LACCO recorded VMI under TELO.
I have used the correct spelling for this family record.

Fort died 1915 in Dromona, Victoria.
Age: 72 years.
Parents named as John LACCO and Mary COMEO.

Elizabeth died 1934 in Dromona, Victoria.
Age: 79 years.
Father named as John KING. Mother unknown.

Seven children located Victorian records for Fort and Elizabeth.
Fort also recorded as Forte.

[1]

Mary Helen LACCO.
Born: 1874 Dromana, Victoria.
Birth recorded under LAVCO.
Died: 1952 Williamstown, Victoria.
Death recorded as Mary Ellen LACCO.
Age: 79 years.

[2]

John William LACCO.
Born: 1875 Sandringham, Victoria.
Birth recorded under LAOCO.
Died: 1875 Sandringham, Victoria.
Death recorded as John William LAOCO.
Age: 10 weeks.

[3]

Christi LACCO
Born: 1876 Dromana, Victoria.
Birth recorded under LAOCO.
Died: 1880 not recored, Victoria.
Death recorded as Christa LAOCO.
Age: 03 years.

[4]

Annie Athena LACCO.
Born: 1879 Queenscliff, Victoria.
Died: 1967 Mentone, Victoria.
Age: 88 years.

Married: James George ELLIS.
Year: 1901.
Place: Victoria.

James died 1961, Williamstown, Victoria.
Age: 83 years.
Parents named as James ELLIS and unknown HOOPER.

Birth note.
James was born 18 November 1877 in Adelaide, South Australia.
Parents named as James ELLIS and Emma HOOPER.

Two children located for James and Annie.

1.
Clara Emma ELLIS.
Born: 1902 Carlton, Victoria.
Died: -

Married: Ronald Charles ELLIS.
Year: 1925.
Place: Victoria.

2.
Grace Evelyn ELLIS.
Born: 1904 Dromona, Victoria.
Died: 1911 Clifton Hill, Victoria.
Age: 08 years.

[5]

Emily Christina LACCO.
Born: 1880 Dromona, Victoria.
Died: 1947 Mont Albert, Victoria.
Age: 64 years.

Married: Henry Ernest ELLIS.
Year: 1909.
Place: Victoria.

Birth note.
Henry was born 28 December 1879 in Goodwood, South Australia.
Parents named as James ELLIS and Emma COOPER.

[6]

Patrick Mitchell LACCO.
Born: 1883 Carlton, Victoria.
Died: 1974 Dromona, Victoria.
Age: 74 years.

Married: Lucy Marie WICKHAM.
Year: 1907.
Place: Victoria.

Lucy died 1947, Dromona, Victoria.
Age: 63 years.
Parents named as John WICKHAM and Mary Ann KING.

Birth note.
Lucy was born 12 April 1884 in Queensland.
Parents named as John WICKHAM and Mary Ann KING.

Six children located for Patrick and Lucy.

1.
Lucy Marie LACCO.
Born: 1909 Sandringham, Victoria.
Died: -

Married: William Alfred HURST.
Year: 1939.
Place: Victoria.

2.
Edna May LACCO.
Born: 1910 Dromona, Victoria.
Died: 1971 Rosebud, Victoria.
Age: 61 years.

Married: Adam Edward DUNK.
Year: 1934.
Place: Victoria.

3.
Kenneth Mitchell LACCO.
Born: 1914 Dromona, Victoria.
Died: -

Married: Betty McMaster HARDY.
Year: 1936.
Place: Victoria.

4.
Harold LACCO.
Born: 1917 Queenscliff, Victoria.
Died: -

Married: Eileen May Miller DEAN.
Year: 1942.
Place: Victoria.

5.
Alexander LACCO.
Born: 1919 Queenscliff, Victoria.
Died: 1978 Mornington, Victoria.
Age: 59 years.

6.
George LACCO.
Born: circa 1922.
Died: 1983 Mornington, Victoria.
Age: 61 years.

Married: Mary Jean ELLIOTT.
Year: 1942.
Place: Victoria.

[7]

Margaret Elizabeth LACCO.
Born: 1886 Carlton, Victoria.
Died: 1968 East Melbourne, Victoria.
Age: 83 years.

Married: Walter STOREY.
Year: 1910.
Place: Victoria.

Walter died 1957 in Dromona, Victoria.
Age: 68 years.
Parents named as Henry STOREY and Ellen KING.

Birth note.
Walter was born 1889 in Collingwood, Victoria.
Parents named as Henry STOREY and Ellen KING.

One child located for Walter and Margaret.

1.
Gwendoline Betsworth STOREY.
Born: 1915 Dromona, Victoria.
Died: -

Sources:
Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria.
Registry of Births, Queensland.
Registry of Births, South Australia.

Updated 09 August 2014.
With my thanks to itellya for the information appearing in the comments section below.

JN 54192
Surnames: 54192 COMEO DEAN DUNK ELLIOTT ELLIS HARDY HOOPER HURST KING LACCO LAOCO LAVCO STOREY TELO WICKHAM
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by tonkin
on 2013-03-18 03:33:39
TONKIN lives in Victoria, Australia.
Please note.
Journals are intended to assist new researchers locate family lines in Australia and should only be used as a guide for follow up research and record searches as intended.
Due to spelling and informant errors appearing in the records, typo errors and my misreading of the records mistakes must be expected. Errors will be corrected when detected.


Comments
by itellya on 2014-08-08 00:01:48
While trying unsuccessfully to find the correct spelling of the surname of the first husband of Emily Durham (nee King), I came across this website which gives details of the marriage of Emily's sister Elizabeth. See bold type below.Given the varied spelling of Lacco below, it is not surprising to see such wildly different versions of Tony Durham's original surname. (Tony's surname was given as Paniocta in Emily's death notice while her other two sons were recorded as Durhams.)

RootsWeb: GENANZ-L Re: A lookup please on the Vic Cd's
archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com GENANZ 1999-10

Children
Annie LACCO to Fort LACCO and Elizabeth KING at Quee Vic Yr 1879 / 4775
Emily Christina to Fort LACCO and Eliz H KING at Dromana Vic yr 1880 /
15122
Margaret Elizabeth to Fort LACCO and Elizabeth KING Carlton Vic Yr 1886 /
24538
Patrick Mitchell to Fort LACCOand Elizabeth KING Carlton Vic yr 1883 /
7534
Christi LAOCO to Fort LAOCO and Elizabeth KING at Dromana yr 1876 / 22460
John William LAOCO to Forte LAOCO & Elizabeth KING at Sand. Vic yr 1875 /
19331

Marriage
Fort LACCO to Elizabeth KING Victoria 1872 / 1453R

Death
Christa LAOCO age 8 birthplace unknown year1880 / 3983
John William LAOCO Sandringham Vic Year 1875 / 15109

Hope this helps. Info. from AVR
by tonkin on 2014-08-09 02:50:38
Thank you itellya, I appreciate you taking the time to pass on the above details. Did a few searches today and located the marriage for Fort and Elizabeth. Fort was recorded under TELO which explains why I did not locate the marriage. Also located the missing children recorded under different spellings. The family record has now been updated. Hope it helps other LACCO researchers. Cheers.

WHERE THE HECK IS THAT? (FORMER PLACE NAMES IN VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.)

Tubbarubba, a gold mining area between Dromana and Bittern was called Tubbarubbarel by the Boon-wurrung. It was in trying to find a trove result about the Birch family where a third spelling of the name was used that I stumbled upon this fantastic information. I remember being confused when I had concluded that the Ault family of Red Hill had moved to Lakes Entrance and then discovered that they had actually moved to Cunningham. I eventually discovered that Lakes Entrance was originally called Cunningham. Way back in 1989, I found that an early shoemaker in Keilor Village had moved there from Warringal and spent ages finding out that this was the former name for Heidleberg; the very first paragraph of this article would have provided the solution in seconds.

Family historians will often come across names of places of birth which no longer exist. The following article could prove invaluable in such cases. The column is entitled MEMORIES AND MUSINGS BY "M" and this particular article about place names is on page 12 of the 23-3-1950 issue of the Advocate. Janilye sent me instructions on how to paste a link on family tree circles, which have gone missing over the years, but if you copy and paste the following into your search bar, you'll get one result only, the article.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/172510360?searchTerm=tubberubbera&searchLimits=l-state=Victoria

FRED MELLOR, PERFORMER EXTRAORDINAIRE AND THE LUCKY KIDS AT DROMANA, VIC., AUST.

LUCKY DROMANA KIDS IN THE 1890'S.
In my research for burials at Dromana cemetery, I am often tempted to open results that do not mention the cemetery. I'm glad I opened this one because Fred Mellor was a household name throughout Victoria and reports of his shows were so glowing that I had to don my sunnies. The Dromana kids in the 1890's would have learned more than the 3 R's taught to the tune of a hickory stick.
MELLOR.— On the 20th inst., at Women's Hospital (from shock following an operation), Lizzie, the dearly loved wife of Fred. Mellor, school teacher,Dromana, only daughter of John Forster, Bendigo,
and niece of Mrs. Gaff and G. Crawford, South Melbourne.
(P.1, Argus, 27-6-1895.)
This is why I needed my sunnies!
MORNINCTON.
(From Our Own Correspondent.)
MR FRED MELLOR'S .DEPARTURE.
Lovers of music and drama will
learn with.regret that Mr Fed Mellor
is about to leave the district after a res
idence of 8 1/2 years. He has been ap
pointed by the Education Department
to the Mitcham S. School, where no
doubt his versatile talents will speedily
bring him before the public and ngra
tiate him with the musical and dramatic
members of that community. Those of
us who knew him intimately fully ap.
preciate his exacting and painstaking
manner of conducting a performance
and to this sterling quality may be as.
cribed the splendid reception all his per
formances undoubtedly received. Mr
Mellor's leading principle is to set a
high standard demanding excellent ren
dition. It is pleasing on the eve of his
departure to review his work in this dis
trict and note how thoroughly he iden
tified himself with worthy local objects
such as improvements to Recreation
Grounds, Mechanics' Institutes, Athletic
etc. He first came here in 1891 and
as director of both the Mornington and
Dromana Comedy Coy. staged such
comedies and drama as "Not such a
fool as he looks", "Blow for Blow'"
"Our Boys", "Our Regiment" at Mor
nington, Frankston, Dromana, Rye, Sor
rento and Flinders, to which must be
added numbers of one act comedies and
operettas.
Mr Mellor makes a specialty of children's
concerts, and has staged some really de-.
lightful performances.
Owing to his departure the performance
of Pinafore, which he intended staging
this year, must be abandoned, which is a
matter for sincere regret, when we remem
ber the success of Trial by Jury. The or
chestra, under Mr Mellor's baton, has de
lighted many audiences with its splendid
rendering of high class overtures, and the
manner in which it has supplied the inci
dental music and accompaniments has cal-
led forth high encomiums of praise from
competent judges. It is hoped that Mr
Mellor's removal will prove as advanta
geous to him as expected, and that his
surroundings will be congenial to his
many talents. (P.3, Mornington Standard, 29-3-1900.)
There's plenty more on trove, about Box Hill etc, concerning this wonderful man. How his pupils would have loved him! I wonder if Hector Crawford inherited Mellor genes.

LOCAL HISTORIES CAN'T MENTION EVERYBODY: KIDGELL, DROMANA, VIC., AUST.

There was not one mention of the Kidgells in Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA so why were William and Henrietta buried at Dromana? I wouldn't bother to ask this question on the HISTORY OF DROMANA TO PORTSEA Facebook page because the only reply from the so-called true locals would be "because they were dead."

For a local or family history to be published at a price that potential buyers can afford, it must be kept fairly short, so not every early resident is going to be mentioned. Another reason some pioneers are not mentioned is that oral history sources could not be expected to make reference to everyone they knew. Imagine how many families you could recall if you were asked for anecdotes about relatives and neighbours from your childhood days.

Parish maps, post office directories and rate records help greatly in finding some of the early pioneers and once an early family is identified in a particular area, trove can help to follow members of that family as they move away from the nest. Rarely is such migration mentioned in localised histories because few readers (apart from the person's family) would be greatly interested. But apart from many Victorian lads trying their luck in Western Australia during the 1890's depression, finding future wives during both world wars near training camps, and chasing employment opportunities such as Michael Cain of Rye and Edward Jones of Moorooduc at Adelaide,there were teachers such as Richard Gilsenan of Bulla and J.W.Hazledine of Picola and bank employees such as Gerald Richardson, (treasurer of the Mornington Bowling Club who helped to found the Rosebud club) who transferred from one place to another quite frequently.

With the assistance of Scott Jangro and family tree circles, itellya is able to follow these pioneers as they seek opportunities, without the limitations imposed by the need to publish an affordable book. THANKS, SCOTT!

I need to find my full Kidgell biography, which goes back to William Kidgell's father, a minister. However, my failure to find it so far has led to several new discoveries. As I know nothing personally about 99.99% of the pioneers I research, imagine my delight in finding the connection between these pioneers and my old mate,Mawler!

Extracts from my CHRONOLOGY OF BURIALS (WITH BIOGS) AT DROMANA, VIC., AUST.
29-8-1939. MR. WILLIAM KIDGELL.
MR. WILLIAM KIDGELL
Mr William Kidgell, of Dromana, died yesterday at a private hospital in Burwood. Mr Kidgell, who was aged 89 years, came to Australia in 1852, and first lived in Emerald Hill and Brighton. He carried on the business of Morley and Co., contractors, from 1877 to 1930. Mr Kidgell was one of the founders of the Melbourne Savage Club, of which he was honorary treasurer for 36 years, a vice-president, and later a life member. He was a member of the Employers Federation executive for many years, and also a president of the Master Carriers' Association, of which he was one of the founders.

Mr Kidgell has left a widow, four daughters, two sons, eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Thefuneral will leave the chapel of W. G.Apps and Sons Pty. Ltd., High street, St.
Kilda, for the Dromana Cemetery at 10 a.m. to-day. (P.4, Argus, 29-8-1939.)

N.B. THE FAMILY DETAILS IN THE OBITUARY SEEM TO HAVE BEEN COMPILED FROM THE FIRST DEATH NOTICE BELOW. HETTIE’S DEATH NOTICE (SEE 29-2-1940) MENTIONS ONLY ONE SON (HENRY) MORLEY KIDGELL, THE DROMANA AND SOUTH MELBOURNE FOOTBALLER, AND THE DECEASED MRS DOUGLAS IS NAMED AS LENORA PHYLLIS.

KIDGELL - On the 28th August at private hospital, Burwood, William of Coolamai, Dromana, beloved husband of Hettle M and loving father of Marlon, Ruby (deceased), Morley, Ethel (Mrs A C Smith) Leonard?, Phyllis (Mrs Douglas deceased), Marjorie (Mrs G Rust) and Dorothy (Mrs R,Mcllroy) In his 90th year, a colonist of 86 years. (Private Interment at Dromana )
KIDGELL - On the 28th August William loving grandfather of Alleen (Mrs R J Clarke), Robert, Jack and Joan Kldgell, Harold Douglas, June Smith, William Kldgell, Gwen and Geoff Kldgell, Phyllis Mcllroy and John Rust, and great grandfather of Geoff and Janet Clarke and Robin Douglas. (Both P.8, Argus, 29-8-1939.)

William’s wife Henrietta Maria (nee Morley) was known as Hettie. Their diamond wedding notice has been posted in Hettie’s entry (29-2-1940.)
In 1919, William Kidgell was assessed on 1.5 acres and buildings , crown allotments 3-5, section 12 (Dromana Township.) These allotments fronted both Codrington and Verdon Sts 40 metres from Hodkinson St and extending 60 metres inland. Melbourne Brindle’s pre 1919 map of Dromana shows the Kidgell house (Coolamai) fronting the east side of Codrington St 40 metres from Hodgkinson St. The house was therefore on lot 3, granted to W.Withers. William had probably purchased lots 4 and 5 from descendants of R.D.Quinan, first teacher at Dromana Common School who committed suicide because of the shame of a book keeping error he’d made in his part time job for the Kangerong Road Board.

William and Hettie retired to Dromana but would have been visitors every summer and most likely every weekend during the footy season to see the lad play before and after his stint with South Melbourne. Morley might have been still playing for Dromana when his sister Dorothy married Richard McIlroy a descendant of an early pioneer at Red Hill who may also have been playing for Dromana like one of his Cleine relatives had in 1902; Red Hill didn’t have its own team until 1929.
KIDGELL….Given names-Dorothy….Event-Marriage
Spouse's family name- MCILROY…. Spouse's given name-Richd
Reg. year-1924……Reg. no-70
Dorothy McIlroy died in 1985 (reg. no.13963.)
https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/bdm/indexsearch.doj

A lad named Kidgell shows promise of becoming a footballer. (Morley –surname-was another Dromana footballer mentioned in this 1902 match.) P.4, Mornington Standard, 6-9-1902.
Henry Morley Kidgell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Morley_Kidgell
Henry Morley Kidgell (27 March 1881 – 30 January 1948) was a former Australian rule

Henry married Doris Mackenzie of Caulfield in 1908.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/162597184?searchTerm=morley%20kidgell&searchLimits=


A biography giving details of William’s father and containing many other articles such as the above footballer suggesting a bridge between Spencer and Clarendon Sts* has been written. It just has to be found!
* NEW BRIDGE OVER YARRA. Petition by Carriers.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 2 July 1921 p 16 Article
... ' Association of' Victoria, held on Thursday evening, the president (Mr. H. Morley Kidgell) said that the new ..

29-2-1940. MRS HENRIETTA MARIA (HETTIE) KIDGELL (nee Morley*.)
KIDGELL.— On February 28, at Dromana,Maria,widow of the late William Kidgell, loving
mother of Marion (Mrs. O. J. Kidgell), Ruby(deceased), Morley, Ethel (Mrs. A. C. Smith),
Lenora Phyllis (Mrs. H. G. Douglas, deceased), Marjorie (Mrs. G. Rush), and Dorothy (Mrs.
R. McIlroy), in her 85th year. Private interment at Dromana.

KIDGELL. — On February 28, Henrietta Maria, loving grandmother of Aileen (Mrs. R. J.
Clark), Robert, Jack and Jonn Kidgell, Marjorie (deceased) and Harold Douglas, June Smith,
William Kidgell, Gwen and Jeoff Kidgell, John Rush and Phyllis McIlroy, and great grandmother
of Geoff and Janet Clarke, Robin Douglas and Bruce Kidgell. (Both P.1, The Age, 29-2- 1940.)

* Mr. and Mrs, Kidgell. Mr. and Mrs. William Kidgell, who celebrated their diamond wedding at Dromana last week, were married in St.James' Cathedral sixty years ago by Rev. Canon Beecher. Mr. Kidgell is a son of the late Rev. and Mrs. H.Kidgell, and Mrs. Kidgell is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. Morley, who were among the earliest settlers in Sandridge. Mrs. Kidgell proudly boasts that she attended the ball at Government House, Melbourne, in 1868, in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh. Her father was one of the first mayors of Sandridge. A brother of Mr, Kidgell lived In St- Vincent's' Place, Albert Park, for many years. (P.7, Record, Emerald Hill, 25-4-1936.)
MY MATE MORLEY; WE CALLED HIM MAWLER!
I WAS BORN IN 1943 AND MORLEY WAS ABOUT TWO YEARS YOUNGER SO THIS IS DEFINITELY HIM. John William Kidgell and Myrtle Gladys Meadows had married in 1942. Morley’s dad, son of the South Melbourne footballer and Doris Emma (McKenzie), died in 1975.
Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 23 August 1945 p 2 Family Notices
... ). KIDGELL.-On July 20, at Queen Victoria, to Myrtle and John-a son (John Morley)
I know nothing about any other people discussed in this chronology except what I have read but this one is personal. When I moved from Ascot Vale to Kensington circa 1950, one of my first friends in the new place was Morley Kidgell. When we had a game of end to end on the South Ken Flat south of Derby St and not far from his place in Tennyson St, he always wore his South Melbourne jumper and now I know why he was so proud of it. Morley and I opened the bowling for the Holy Trinity (C. of E.) Sunday School cricket team. Morley’s family had a T.V. and my brother and I spent many hours watching mainly Westerns. When they finished, Morley’s stepbrother, Normie Meadows, used to make us laugh by pretending to empty the drip tray to get rid of the blood. Morley’s dad was just about paralysed and if I remember correctly, an auntie Vi was helping his mum look after him. When I bought my first car, Normie, who soon after married Florence Hamilton of Market St Kensington, used to keep it running for me. Norm was a very popular leader of the church youth group (Y.A.F.) until he and Florence moved away to establish their own home. Morley was going out with Barbara Goatley of the Oak Park area whom he’d met at a Y.A.F. camp and as I was going out with a girl from Glenroy, I used to drive him home to his new home near the Syndal Station on Friday nights, play cards till 3 a.m. and then be woken by Morley’s mum at 7 a.m. with a hearty breakfast. After almost waking up, I’d drive him to work in the city, maybe first to Myer, his first place of employment, and Dunklings where he forged a successful career, eventually, after studying hard, becoming a valuer of jewellery, and consultant to Dunklings after establishing his own business, with his wife, Barbara. My wife and I enjoyed holidays in Morley’s caravan at Peninsula Gardens and later his holiday home at Rye.

His children displayed similar drive achieving the same sort of success in their careers as their father had. Morley also had success as a basketball coach and referee. The children lived for this sport and no doubt inherited the Henry Morley Kidgell genes regarding sporting ability and height, Melinda, the only daughter, was quite tall when I last saw the family when staying at their holiday home near Thompson St, Rye. Unfortunately, I have lost contact with my old friend as he seems to have left his home by the Yarra where I last visited after the freeway had led to his East Doncaster home being compulsorily acquired.

Morley’s given name came from the maiden name of William Kidgell’s widow. The South Melbourne footballer was named Henry Morley Kidgell, the first given name being the masculine version of his mother’s first given name and the second his mother’s maiden name. William Kidgell spent his working life working for Morley Brothers prior to retiring to Dromana and like his son,(Henry) Morley Kidgell, was president of the Carriers’ Association. H.M.Kidgell was responsible for suggesting that a bridge be built to link Spencer St., Melbourne and Clarendon St., South Melbourne and you’ll be surprised how recently the bridge was built. Details such as above, their location in Dromana etc. will be found in my extensive KIDGELL/MORLEY BIOGRAPHY; once I locate it, I will paste it here or provide a link. The biography came about when I stumbled on an obituary for William Kidgell before I started this chronology.

A "Kidgell, Dromana" search on trove illustrated just how limiting the quotation marks are, but also showed that apart from William retiring to Dromana, his descendants became permanent residents of Dromana.

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LAURENCE MURPHY, of Benalla, Kilmore and COMMUNITY STALWART OF MORNINGTON AND DROMANA, VIC., AUST.

Larry's given name was often given as Lawrence but I have decided to accept, as the correct version, the spelling inscribed on the two adjacent gravestones at Dromana Cemetery.

I have stated countless times that Laurence was a coach proprietor before running the Arthurs Seat Hotel (formerly Scurfield's) at Dromana and then the Dromana Hotel. I couldn't remember where this information came from, and when I discovered that it hadn't been mentioned in Victoria and Its Metropolis, I suspected that it must have been in an obituary. I was looking for confirmation that his first wife, Annie, was actually buried at Dromana, and although I haven't found it, it seems that she was. The memorial stones actually indicate the graves of Lawrence in 1911 and Annie in 1899. A memorial does not always indicate that a person was buried there as in the case of 7 year old Ronnie Hipwell and, probably, the son of Judge Henry Bournes Higgins who was killed in W.W.1; his memorial being far more grand than that of his famous father. It has taken me hours to find the obituary, during which time I have discovered that he had married again, his second wife's name being Ann. The death of Lawrence in 1911 does not appear in the Victora death index; perhaps his name was recorded as Larry! His second wife died in 1918 and I have been unable to confirm the maiden name of Larry's first or second wives. Perhaps LARRY might be the golden search term, as KIRKPATRICK'S was in finding the obituary.

The obituary was included in one of my journals years ago, but goodness knows which one. Larry deserves a journal of his own!

OBITUARY.
MORNINGTON'S GREAT LOSS.
SUDDEN DEATH OF MR L.MURPHY.
It is with profound regret we record the death of one of Mornington's most popular citizens, in the person of
Mr Larry Murphy. The sad event took place at his late residence, Kirkpatrick's Hotel, Mornington, on Friday
night, May 26th, after one day's illness,the cause of death being heart failure.His demise came as a great shock to the whole community, as Mr Murphy was about as usual the day before. As the sad news spread, great sorrow was
expressed everywhere, as his kind and genial manner had made him many friends,and he died as peacefully as he lived, at the age of 62 years.

The late Mr Murphy was born at Ballinatona, County of Wicklow, Ireland, and arrived in Australia 35 years ago. He took up farming at Benalla, and afterwards ran Cobb and Co's.coaches at Kilmore, and was then transferred to Mornington. In 1886 he went into partnership with Mr.Rooke, and ran vehicles from Mornington to Frankston and Dromana.

In 1892 he took over the Arthurs Seat Hotel at Dromana, and four and a half years later assumed possession of the Dromana Hotel, where he remained until 18 months ago, when he came to Kirkpatrick's Hotel, Mornington.
While at Dromana the late gentleman always took a lively interest in sport and the advancement of the
place generally. He was the chief one in the erection of the Catholic Church, and gave half an acre of land,
upon which it is built. He was also a great supporter of the church at Mornington, and his loss there will be
deeply felt.

On Sunday the body, which was encased in a massive oak coffin, was conveyed to the Dromana Church,where service was held previous to the funeral which took place at 2.30, the remains being interred in the Dromana cemetery. The cortege was a lengthy one, and representative of the whole of the district. Several drag loads came from Mornington, including representatives from the Mornington Football and Athletic Sports Clubs, of which
the deceased was vice-president, the Mornington Racing Club, of which he was a patron, and a large number of
citizens.
The coffin-bearers were Mr Hazledine (Dromana), Messrs Austin,Cooper, and W. Hurley (Sorrento),and Messrs J. Conroy, M. Daley, E.Burne (Byrne?) (Mornington). The Rev. Father O'Hagan officiated at the grave, and the mortuary arrangements were carried out most satisfactorily by Mr Summerland, of Mornington.Amongst the floral tributes was a magnificent wreath, sent by the Mornington Football Club. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 3-6-1911.)

FIRST WIFE.
MURPHY.— On the 5th March, at the Dromana Hotel, Dromana, Annie, beloved wife of Laurence Murphy. R.I.P.
(P.1, The Age, 6-3-1899.) There was no funeral notice and an obituary does not name the cemetery in which she was interred.

SECOND WIFE.
MURPHY. -On the 28th August at private hospital,South Yarra, Ann relict of the late Lawrence Murphy, late of Mornington, the loved mother of Sister Lawrence and Jack and Henry (on active service), and the beloved sister of Mrs Eliza O'Brien 8 Crown street Richmond and loved aunt of Jack O'Brien,aged 70 years. R.I P.(No flowers.)P.1, Argus, 29-8-1918.

The above makes it possible that Ann was the widow of a Mornington storekeeper (The Railway Store)whose son, one of the many Mornington footballers to drown in the 1892 was, strangely, buried in the DROMANA cemetery.
(24-5-1892. ALFRED HERBERT LAWRENCE, AGED 19.) However attempts to find a Jack/John or Henry Lawrence born at Mornington in the A.I.F. Project have been unsuccessful.

Larry would have been born in County Wicklow about 1849 and arrived about 1876 when he would have been about 27 years old. His first wife Annie was born in about 1855 and would have been about 21 in 1876 so she might have been already married to Larry or perhaps met him near Benalla. Annie's death notice,and gravestone, make no mention of children but her obituary does.

DROMANA
Quite a gloom was cast over the district when it became known that Mrs.Murphy, wife of Mr. L. Murphy, of
Dromana Hotel, had died suddenly. Some months ago she underwent a severe operation successfully, but it
apparently left her in a very weak state of health. However, it was not anticipated that her end was so near.

Last Saturday, whilst she was out mushrooming with her little daughter, she was seized with a fit. Dr. Somers was quickly called in attendance, but he gave up all hope and she passed away early on Sunday morning, never having regained consciousness.

The deceased lady was popular with everyone throughout the district, and was always ever ready to assist in any movement without any consideration for class or creed. Her many acts of kindness will long be remembered, and her demise is looked upon as an irreparable loss to the district. Great sympathy is evinced for her husband and family.

A large number of residents representing the whole of the peninsula, attended the funeral and the cortege was one of the longest ever seen in the district. The Rev. Father O'Hagan officiated at the grave, and delivered a most impressive service. (P.3, Mornington Standard,9-3-1899.)

Larry's second wife, Ann,would have been born in about 1848 and would have been about 51 years old when Larry's first wife died. It is unlikely that she and Larry would have had any children together, so Sister Lawrence, Jack and Henry must have been offspring from a previous marriage.

I had to include Larry's death notice (English version) here because it seems certain now that Jack and Henry, on active service in 1918, were sons of Larry's first wife and that the little daughter who was picking mushrooms with Larry's first wife in 1899 became a nun (not a nurse as I had first supposed) named Sister Lawrence. The second wife regarded the three children as being her children. That's why Larry's gravestone is inscribed "Erected by his loving wife and children.) Perhaps Anne had known and loved Annie's children for ages!

And here’s Larry’s death notice translated into English!
MURPHY.— On the 26th May, at Kirkpatrick's Hotel. Mornington, Lawrence, the dearly beloved
husband of Anne Murphy, and father of John, Henry and Annie, aged 63 years.
(P.13, Argus, 27-5-1911.) It would seem that Larry’s second wife had borne no children before her marriage to Larry and that Annie was the little daughter who was mushrooming with Annie, the first wife, in 1899 and became Sister Lawrence by 1918.

One of Annie's two sons (on active service by 1918) regarded as her own by his stepmother, Anne, was:
3878 MURPHY, John Lawrence National Trustees Company, 113 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria 23rd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement (details below.)

Regimental number 3878
Place of birth Mornington Victoria
Religion Roman Catholic
Occupation Barman
Address National Trustees Company, 113 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 28
Next of kin Step-Mother, Mrs A Murphy, 10* Crown Street, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date 14 July 1915
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 23rd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/49/3
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 February 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll Private
Unit from Nominal Roll 23rd Battalion
Fate Returned to Australia 6 November 1918
Place of burial Tidworth Military Cemetery (Row A, Grave No. 66), North Tidworth, Wiltshire
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
Australian War Memorial 99

*Next door to her sister, Eliza (Mrs O'Brien)of 8 Crown St.

Henry might have been married, his wife given as next of kin.

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ALF DOWNWARD M.L.A.OF MORNINGTON AND TUBBARUBBA, VIC., AUST., AND HIS SON-IN-LAW, WILFRED PITT.

ALF DOWNWARD, HIS SON-IN-LAW, WILFRED PITT, AND THOSE HISTORIC REDWOOD GUMS AT THE END OF DOWNWARD ST, MORNINGTON.
Wilfred Pitt probably grew up on Tuerong Park, as I’ve just discovered. When Joan Downward told me in 2010 about the bloke that Ivy Downward had married, I had probably not known about the Pitt tenure on Tuerong Park. Excellent articles by Joan about the Downward genealogy and land near Tubbarubba can be found in BALNARRING BYWAYS AND MEMORIES. The following results from Wilfred Pitt’s association with the Mornington Bowling Club which celebrates its centenary in 2017.

Mr. Walker moved a vote of
thanks to Messrs Pitt*, Scott,
Ward and Mills for the work
they had done as committeemen
during their term of office.
(P.14, Standard, 23-9-1948.)

*On the south side of Wilson Rd was a property named Redwood which adjoined a property, granted to A.B.Balcombe, and fronting Strachans Rd named Redgum Flat. Both properties were named because of the ancient river red gums at the end of Downward St. Redwood, granted to T.W.Birmingham and F.Prickman (did I hear somebody laugh?) was bought by Alf Downward. Pitt St was named after Alf Downward's daughter, Ivy. (Source: Joan Downward.)

PITT (nee Ivy Downward).—On the 18th May at Santa Rosa private hospital, to Mr. and Mrs. W. Pitt, Redwood, Mornington—a son (Alfred Downward Leonard—prematurely). (P.1, Argus, 25-5-1947.)

WILFRED PITT WAS FROM DEVON IN ENGLAND. His best man, Arthur Pitt, was probably his brother.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/74989621…

Alf Downward had much property near Tubbarubba, (near the junction of the parishes of Moorooduc,Balnarring and Kangerong) and Ivy possibly met Wilfred during a trip to visit her brother, Herbert, at that locality as there was a Pitt property, Tuerong Park, on Three Chain (Moorooduc) road, by 1906. H.G.Pitt was probably Wilfred's father and would have been Alf's colleague on Mornington council.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/65828082…

Pitt St on the homestead block of "Redwood" was named after Ivy and Downward St was named after her unmarried sister, Elsie May*, who lived in the homestead with Ivy following Wilfred's death.
* http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/141803592…

After the sisters had died, developers wanted to remove the Redwood Gums but a storm of protest saved them. (Cutting provided by Joan Downward and included in my THE FEMALE DROVER: A HISTORY OF MOOROODUC, 2010, provided to the Mornington Historical Society.)

GERALD HOUGHTON RICHARDSON, FIRST MANAGER OF THE NATIONAL BANK AT ROSEBUD, VIC., AUST.

GERALD HOUGHTON RICHARDSON, FIRST MANAGER OF ROSEBUD'S NATIONAL BANK IN 1946.
Did he stay long enough for anyone to remember him and Mona?

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 22 October 1955 p 8 Family Notices
... -GRAY. - The engagement ls announced of Mary Yvonne, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Richardson, National ... Bank, Healesville, to Maurice Peter, youngest son of Mr. andi Mrs. A. .Gray, Donnellys Weir road .


The opening of the 1947-8 season revealed for the first time the name of the SMART greenkeeper and links with other clubs that were soon to form the peninsula association. Was a former Mornington treasurer involved in the formation of the Rosebud club?

BOWLS
MORNINGTON BOWLING
CLUB'S OFFICIAL OPENING.
Before a record number of play
ers and spectators, the Morning
ton bowling green was oflicially
opened by Cr. B. I. Watson (Mornl
ington Shire president) last Satur
day afternoon.
The greens looked a picture, and
the attractive appearance was
most favorably commented upon
by the large assemblage: The new
pavilion is an added attraction,
and a delightful afternoon tea was
served there.
The president of the Club (Cr.
A. J. Kirton) welcomed the visi
tors, among .whom were bowlers
and their wives from Frankston,
Sorrento, and Rosebud. Mr Ger
ald Richardson*
, who was treasurer
of the Mornington Club prior to
removing to Rosebud, took part
in the day's enjoyment.(etc.)
(P.6, Standard, 16-10-1947.)

* NATIONAL BANK AT ROSEBUD.
The National Bank of Australasia
Ltd; will open a new branch at
Rosebud on Monday, June 3. This
establishment represents a conver
sion of the receiving office services
which the Mornington Branch has
conducted at Rosebud since 1927.
The new branch will be under the
management of Mr. G. H. Richard
son, formerly accountant, Morning
ton Branch, with Mr. A. B. Evans,teller.
(P.6, Standard, 30-5-1946.)

Unfortunately the Rosebud Bowls club history on the internet
http://www.rosebud.bowls.com.au/customdata/index.cfm…
does not mention the original committee but it's a fair bet that Gerald was involved. Gerald was working for the National Bank at Yarrawonga in 1934 when his wife (nee Mona Severin) gave birth to a daughter on 12 March. The birth was announced in a South Australian newspaper because Mona Mary Severin had been born at Eudunda, S.A. on 8-10-1899 and married Gerald Houghton Richardson in 1925, also in South Australia. Mona's parents were most likely descendants of early German pioneers.
RICHARDSON, Gerald Houghton & SEVERIN, Mona Mary
graememoad.com/Family/WC135/WC135_236.HTM

BOTTLE MESSAGE FROM THE SEA How Pirie Housewife Received It After 22½ Years
Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 - 1954) Thursday 26 May 1938 p 2 Article
In 1938 Gerald and Mona were in Swan Hill, according to the above article, so they obviously moved from one branch of the bank to another fairly regularly. This is a fascinating story about the husband of Mona's sister, Gladys.

PROPOSED REUNION IN LATE OCTOBER 2017 AT RED HILL NEAR DROMANA, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.

RED HILL REUNION OCTOBER 2017.
The last reunion in March 2015 was well-attended despite many people having prior commitments, the Prossor clan being rather reunioned-out and the Rosebud High School and Hilli reunions being on the same weekend.
Another Red Hill reunion is planned for OCTOBER 2017. Could anybody planning another event which would clash with it ring or text me on 0490 253 134 so it can be arranged that those interested aren't forced to choose which one to support.
Readers will be able to alert distant relatives and friends about the "back to" and tell them about the wonderful histories that have recently been written, with details about pioneers such as Hill Hillis, the Daveys of Forest Lodge, the McKeowns, McIlroys, Blooming Bob White, the Blakeleys and Edward Barker, H.B.Simon, Watson Eaton, Thomas Chapman, the scalped Arkwell lad, George Cussons, the postmaster and his wonderful paintings of James Wiseman's homestead and the original Red Hill school, Barry Wright's family of Wildwood- with a huge collection of photos,and informative maps etc. Helen Blakeley's marvellous book will be launched at the reunion.
As soon as the possibility of a clash of local events has been prevented, I will provide updates (IN COMMENTS) regarding date and venue, If readers and the former residents with whom they're in contact know of a planned wedding etc it would help if they can let me know the date so a clash can be prevented if possible.

P.S. I don't know how many of the longtime residents have computers, so can readers who live near any of them please let them know if they don't read HILL 'N' RIDGE.

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THE COMPASSIONATE FATHER HORACE TUCKER OF CHRIST CHURCH, SOUTH YARRA, VIC., AUST.

FATHER HORACE TUCKER, VICAR OF CHRIST CHURCH, SOUTH YARRA. It's a bit of a stretch to say that Father Tucker was a pioneer of the Mornington Peninsula but he was the reason that the Boyington lad plays footy for Rosebud. My former neighbour at Rosebud, Gordon, spent much of his childhood at the Tucker Village Settlement at Carrum during the 1930's depression, and then Frankston, where he lived until his wife died. As a teenager, Gordon Boyington roamed the the area near Frankston, including Mt. Eliza.

When I was researching the Red Hill Village Settlement, I was puzzled by an article about a Government party inspecting the Village Settlement at Red Hill and then being driven a few miles to the railway station. It turned out that this was not the settlement to which Prossors Lane provided access but was near Longwarry.

Helen Blakeley's family history supplies much information about OUR Red Hill but also adds greatly to Michael Cannon's description of the misery caused by the 1890's depression. The Government set up Village Settlements so the starving families could grow their own food but Father Tucker probably did this first.
THE TUCKER VILLAGE SETTLEMENTS. FIRST ANNIVERSARY AT WONWONDAH.
The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954) Friday 26 May 1893 p 4 Article

I'd never heard of Father Tucker until Gordon Boyington told me his life story which I have retold in my journal:
http://www.familytreecircles.com/gordon-boyington-s-recolle…

If I had not been asked for information about Ne Mourna at the Sisters near Sorrento, I would never have fluked discovering Father Tucker's details or the fact that his compassion dated from the earlier depression.

Biography - Horace Finn Tucker - Australian Dictionary of Biography
adb.anu.edu.au/biography/tucker-horace-finn-8868