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Fred's biography was in Alexander Sutherland's VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS: PAST AND PRESENT in 1888.

In 1917, Fred was selling his blacksmith and wheelwright business as well as some other properties nearby according to an advertisement I found in a Tullamarine school search on trove.

I WONDERED IF HE WAS RETIRING and this made me realise that in my Tullamarine histories of 1989, 1998 and DHOTAMA, the only genealogy of pioneers that I'd written had come during oral history interviews. I think that Fred and his brother Edgar (Ted) the wheelwright on the downhill corner of Black St (now Coopers Hill Drive) and Fawkner St in Broadmeadows Township (now Westmeadows), were sons of Wallis Wright of Sunnyside near the creek end of Wright St (west side adjoining Nash's "Fairview.") Edgar was apprenticed to Fred.

WRIGHT.—On the 5th January, at Govendale, Wilson-street, Moonee Ponds, the wife of Fred Wright, Tullamarine—a son. (P. 59, The Australsian, 28-1-1905.)

The baby's birth record tells us that Fred had married Wilhelmina Gardner, whose given name makes me think of Bulla cemetery.

EventBirth Event registration number2769 Registration year1905
Personal information
Family nameWRIGHT Given namesFredk Jas Menzies SexMale Father's nameFredk Mother's nameWilatlmina Johan (Gardner) Place of birthESSENDON

Fred had married in 1886.
EventMarriage Event registration number3225 Registration year1886
Personal information
Family nameWRIGHT Given namesFred SexMale Spouse's family nameGARDNER Spouse's given namesWilhelmina Johanna

WRIGHT - GARDNER. -[Silver Wedding] -On the 5th May 1886, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Milawa, by Rev. Alexander McDonald, Frederick, third son of late Wallis Wright,Tullamarine, to Wilhelmina, second daughter of Colin Gardner, of Milawa.(P.1, Argus, 5-5-1911.)

Despite not having found Fred's birth certificate, it has been confirmed that Fred was a son of Wallis Wright. Is there a birth record for Edgar? NO!
However he was Broadmeadows Township's oldest resident in 1950, and you'll enjoy this article.

Edgar was definitely Fred's brother, being a son of Wallis and Mary Wright.
EventDeath Event registration number8498 Registration year1956
Personal information
Family nameWRIGHT Given namesEdgar Allan SexMale Father's nameWRIGHT Wallis Mother's nameMary (Bateson) Place of birthTULLAMARINE Place of deathDEEPDENE Age89

Thanks to Neil Mansfield, Fred's details,and why Wilatlmina (Wilhelmina!) made me think of my 1989 Bulla cemetery visits to copy inscriptions.

2323 WRIGHT Frederick 82Y 00/00/1860 00/05/1943 28/05/1943 Meth. Row 3 plot 20 Son of Wallis Wright & Mary Bateson. Died in Essendon, Victoria, Australia.

2329 WRIGHT Wallis 38Y 00/00/1887 00/01/1925 21/01/1925 Meth. 3 20 Son of Frederick Wright & Wilhelmina Gardner. Died in Frankston, Victoria, Australia.
There's a heck of a story behind the death of Fred and WILHELMINA'S son. The incorrect spelling of the handsome cripple's given name can be understood and the photo of Wallis is a bonus.

Fred was born in 1860 so he would have been 57 in 1917 when he advertised his Tullamarine business and land. Edgar was born in about 1867 and probably started with Fred to learn the trade in the early 1880's.

Same text as in the silver wedding notice in 1911, except for the addition of "and Mary Gray" (between COLIN and GARDNER) and the current address, "(Present address 14 Mackay street,Essendon)", so I haven't bothered to correct the digitisation.

EventDeath Event registration number4941 Registration year1943
Personal information
Family nameWRIGHT Given namesFrederick SexMale Father's nameWRIGHT Wallis Mother's nameMary (Bateson) Place of birthTULLAMARINE Place of deathESSENDON Age82

Wilhelmina died in 1945.
EventDeath Event registration number4166 Registration year1945
Personal information
Family nameWRIGHT Given namesWilhelmina SexFemale Father's nameGARDINER Colin Mother's nameMary (Gray) Place of birthMILAWA Place of deathKEW EAST Age82

WRIGHT.-On May 6. at private hospital, Kew, Wilhelmina, loving wife of the late Frederick Wright, late of Essendon, aged 81 years. (Privately Interred.)

The regard in which Fred was held at Tullamarine is illustrated by his appointment as Electoral Registrar. This position of registrar was usually held by the postmaster such as James Cousins of Tullamarine in the 1860's, William Bethell of Bulla, George Couser of Broadmeadows Township and Robert George Ely of Keilor. I trust that Fred kept his copy of the Roll in his house rather than near his forge. From memory, Fred held the position for many years.

Electoral district of BOURKE EAST,,
Broadmeadows and Mickleham Divisions.
The RATEPAYERS' LISTS for the above divisions
are now printed, and copies may be INSPECTED, free
of charge, until the day appointed for revision at my
office, and at every post office within the divisions.
Registrar at Broadmeadows.
12th January, 1895.

above division are now printed, and may be INSPECTED
at my office and the office of my deputy, as under
Mr. R. H. Eley, Keilor Post Office.
FREDK. WRIGHT, Electoral Registrar.
Tullamarine, 14th January, 1895.
(P.8, The Age, 15-1-1895.)

It seemed strange that Fred and Wilhelmina's 50th wedding notice in 1936 added the name of Wilhelmina's mother to the text of their silver wedding notice in 1911. There's quite a story behind the addition of "Punk's" mother's name!

From page 8 of my TULLAMARINE BEFORE THE JETPORT (1998).
William Munsie had made enough at the diggings to establish a smithy 400 metres up Bulla Rd from Conders Lane. After being his apprentice, Fred Wright took it over when he (Munsie) rEtired in 1883.

Volume 2, page 439.
Wright, Frederick, Tullamarine, is a Victorian native, born at Broadmeadows of English parents. He served his apprenticeshipto the trade of blacksmith to Mr Munsie, the owner of the premiseshe now leases, Mr. Munsie having retired in 1883, when Mr Wright purchased the goodwill of the business, and has carried it on ever since, employing three workmen. He was married in 1886, to Miss Gardner, a native* of the colony, by whom he has one son.

EventBirth Event registration number11255 Registration year1863
Personal information
Family nameGARDNER Given namesWilhelmina Joann SexUnknown Father's nameColin Mother's nameMary (Gray) Place of birthOXLE**

** Oxley is due west of Milawa, the latter on the Oxley Flats Rd, the distance between the two places being (8.9 km) via Snow Rd/C522.

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If by chance I do not detail some of the information in the next paragraph,most of these details,such as Ben's land on the Survey and the Wilson/Stenniken connection, can be found in Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. The Anglican Church in Rye has an excellent history board which mentions the use of Stenniken lime for the original school/church.

If, by some sort of authoritarian edict (such as Richard Wynne's, allowing three story dwellings on the Peninsula without the need for permits), any mention of Ben Stenniken and the pioneers and areas with which he was associated was banned, an enormous black hole would be created in the history of the Mornington Peninsula. The family was mainly identified with Rye and Port Melbourne but there was the land that Ben owned at Mt.Eliza; the land that he leased on the Survey near Henry William Wilson's hut which his Patterson descendants later owned, Maria Wilson working for John Vans Agnew Bruce at his summer residence on the northern fifth of the Survey before her marriage; and her home in Dromana, which was used for a hospital; the Stenniken land in the parish of Fingal which probably led to the Kennedy-Patterson marriage. At Rye the first school/C.of E.was built with Stenniken lime most likely quarried on Kenyon's former (RUN?) near the east end of Melbourne Rd or the north west corner of Truemans Rd;; and a timber supply industry which ensured continued employment for those previously engaged in the supply of lime for which demand slackened when Dame Nellie Melba's father and others opened the Lilydale quarries.

There is no death notice or record* for one of the Peninsula's most prominent pioneers and it was only because of his widow's death notice in 1922 that his death in 1897 was discovered. There seems to be no marriage notice or record either but this is explained in Sam Sherlock's obituary.
* Comment on the PIONEERS OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA Facebook page.
Sandra Beckett There actually IS a death record, however it is under SLINNIKEN. Father - Ben, mother Maria Newton. 1897.


These grants adjoined or were near Melbourne Road which, as shown on the map, was the only through road west of Dundas St for many years. There is no date showing when the grants were issued but the low crown allotment numbers would indicate they were among the first to be alienated (as in the case of Andrew McLellan's c/a 1, Moorooduc.)

West corner of the beach road and Truemans Rd, consisting of 108 acres 1 rood and 23 perches, granted to S.Sherlock (obviously Ben and Mary Ann's son, Samuel) on 16-8-1865. This extended west to adjoin the Tootgarook pre-emptive right at the Morris/Keith St midline and south to adjoin James Trueman's grants at the Bona/Ronald St midline. The grant was placed on sale in about 1920 with Truemans Rd confusingly called the Government road between Rosebud and Rye. Wilkinson St. was named after a developer but Burdett St was named after Godfrey Burdett Wilson (who married Maria Stenniken) or his mother, Thamer, nee Burdett.

w. F. VALE and Co. have received instructions
Blreet, to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION (through
their, auctioneer, W. F. Vale), at the rooms, 235
Collins street, on Wednesday, February 4. at half
past two o'clock.
In the Estate of the Late B. Stenniken.
Lot 1.-Comprising Crown Allotment 6, parish
of Nepean, containing 129 acres 0 roods 13
perches, adjacent to the properties of Messrs.
Norquay, Wigmore, and Brown, and in the
centre of the celebrated Mellelotus country;
this land having a similar soil ovcrlaying a
limestone foundation.
Lot 2, adjoining.-128 acres 3 roods 37 perch«,
being Crown Allotment 5 of said parish.
Lot 3.-On main road to Sorrento, corner of
Government road, between Rosebud and Rye,
Crown Allotment 48, parish of Wannaeue,
containing 108 acres 1 rood 23 perches, ad-
joining part of "Tootgarook Estate" and J.
Trueman's property ; a suitable block for sub*
division into seaside allotments, having over
half-mile frontage to main road, with only
the narrow Government reserve dividing it
from the beach.(P.3, Argus, 17-1-1920.)


The closest thing to an obituary for Ben is contained in Sam Sherlock's obituary. See below.
Because there was so little about Ben on trove, I tried a Google search and discovered that an icon of the Peninsula's history was owned by Ben's namesake son whose details will follow.

The Eivion was probably Rosebud's major lifeline. Jack Jones whose store on today's 854-6 Pt Nepean Rd (lot 6 of the Rosebud Fishing Village) was burnt down, built a new store on lot 86 of section 18 Wannaeue (the FJ's corner) in about 1884 and would be on the beach anxiously scanning the horizon if the Eivion, carrying his supplies, was behind schedule. After George Fountain had bought Jack's foreshore allotment (with pines planted on the frontage by Jack), two dismantled North Melbourne houses were brought down on the Eivion according to Graham Bickford (who believes he has a photo of the Eivion) and used to erect "The Pines".
Rye Pier, Port Phillip Bay
VHR Number
Date lost
Statement of Significance
The wreck of the Eivion is historically significant as a Port Phillip Bay lime trader and for its association with its owner Benjamin Stenniken, the 'mayor' of Rye. It is archaeologically significant as the remains of the hull and cargo exhibit aspects of stowing of bagged lime, including the use of bulkheads and possibly limewashed holds to minimise water ingress to the vessel. As part of a maritime and terrestrial landscape it is in proximity to White Cliffs at Rye which produced lime and has remains of historic lime kilns. It is recreationally and educationally significant as the coherent remains of a wooden vessel within swimming distance from Rye Pier and lies in snorkelling depth.
Physical Description
Construction Material Wood
Rig Ketch
Propulsion Sail
Engine Builder No auxillery engine
Length / Breadth / Depth 0.0 / 0.0 / 0.0
Former Details of Registration Former owner John Olsen (Chronicle, 17/01/1914)
Coming down Bay, encountered SW weather. Sheltered at Swan Bay, Queenscliff. Towed out by Gertrude (later Cicada). Hoisted sail, arrived Rye about 10 am with weather worsening.Only two trolley loads of wood to complete loading at Rye pier when wind came in from west at gale force, pinning Eivion , with no auxiliary power, to pier. Huge seas battered vessel for hours, carried it up and crashed hull down on leeside of wharf. Eivion's cargo burst out. The next morning, after storm had abated, it was awash, half filled with sand, with its rigging tangled. The vessel was later dynamited to clear wreckage away from pier [If the report is correct that the Gertrude (later Cicada) towed out the Eivion, then the latter must have been wrecked before 10 Aug. 1922 (the date the Gertrude/Cicada was wrecked) and probably before 1918 when the name Gertrude was changed to Cicada (see file). Reports of wrecking based on eye-witness recollection - may not be accurate. Reports differ on date of wrecking - early 1920s(and late 1920s]
Voyage Details
Date Lost 1918
Voyage from Melbourne to Rye
70 tons wood, lime (observed on site)
Owner Benjamin Stenniken Jnr
Master of Vessel Vic Kallic
Weather conditions
Gale force winds from west
Cause of Loss
Strong westerly winds and wave action whilst vessel was alongside pier Vessel was pounded onto pier. After storm, Eivion was awash with rigging tangled. Later dynamited to clear wreckage from pier
Further Details
Number of Passengers 0
Number of Crew Members 0


During the rough weather at the weekend the ketch Eivion
was sunk at the Rye pier.(P.9, Argus, Monday, 5-12-1921.)

STENNIKEN/SHERLOCK information is available on:
Mary Ann Sherlock / Stenniken 1826-1922 - Ancestry

Numbers don't indicate order of birth. Just checking that I have all ten from the Ancestry page.
EventBirth Event registration number19841 Registration year1857???* (1850-1923 ON ANCESTRY!)
Personal information
Family nameSTENNIKEN Given namesRachel SexFemale Father's nameSTENNIKEN Benjamin Mother's nameMary Ann (Unknown) Place of birthWHITE CLIFF PORT PHILIP HEADS

EventMarriage Event registration number1352 Registration year1874
Personal information
Family nameSTENNIKEN Given namesRachel SexFemale Spouse's family namePATTERSON Spouse's given namesRalph

EventDeath Event registration number5402 Registration year1923
Personal information
Family namePATTERSON Given namesRachel SexFemale Father's nameSTENNIKEN Benjamin Mother's nameMary Ann (Sherlock) Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age73*

PATTERSON. —On the 26th May, 1923, at her residence, McCulloch street, Dromana, Rachel,the beloved wife of Ralph Patterson, loving mother of Sarah (Mrs. Kennedy, deceased), Jim(South Africa), Godfrey, Margaret (Mrs.Edwards), Sam (Sydney), and Jessie (Mrs. Dean), and loving sister of Annie (Mrs. West), Sarah(Mrs. Kenyon), Maria (Mrs. Wilson), Samuel, Benjamin, Mary, and Elizabeth Stenniken, and Jessie (Mrs. Dalton), aged 73 years.
A patient sufferer at rest.
PATTERSON (nee Stenniken). —On the 26th May,at her daughter's residence, Dromana, Rachel,the dearly beloved wife of Ralph Patterson of Cape Schanck, loved mother of Sarah (deceased),James, Godfrey, Margaret, Samuel, and Jessie,73 years 7 months.(P.1, Argus, 30-5-1923.)

*In view of the fact that both the death record and death notice agree on Rachel's age at death being 73, it would seem that the birth year in the birth record is wrong and that Rachel was about 24 rather than 17 when she married Ralph.
EventBirth Event registration number6668 Registration year1860 (1860-1932 on Ancestry.)
Personal information
Family nameSTENNIKEN Given namesBenjamin SexUnknown Father's nameBenjamin Mother's nameMary Ann (Sherlock) Place of birthTHEH*
(* I can only imagine that this is supposed to be an abbreviation for "The Heads". )

I presume this is Ben Junior. Did he marry a cousin?
EventMarriage Event registration number4258 Registration year1892
Personal information
Family nameSTENNIKEN Given namesBenj SexMale Spouse's family namePENLINGTON Spouse's given namesSarah Jane

EventDeath Event registration number1299 Registration year1932
Personal information
Family nameSTENNIKEN Given namesBenjamin SexMale Father's nameSTENNIKEN Benjamin Mother's nameMary Ann (Sherlock) Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age69
EventBirth Event registration number18168 Registration year1864 (1864-1938 on Ancestry.)
Personal information
Family nameSTENNIKEN Given namesElizabeth Penlington SexUnknown Father's nameBenjamin Mother's nameMary Ann (Sherlock) Place of birthSAND*
(* Liardet's Beach and Sandridge were early names for Port Melbourne.)

EventDeath Event registration number7758 Registration year1938
Personal information
Family nameSTENNIKEN Given namesElizabeth Penlington SexFemale Father's nameSTENNIKEN Benjamin Mother's nameMary Ann (Sherlock) Place of birthPORT MELBOURNE Place of deathPORT MELBOURNE Age72

STENNIKEN - The Funeral of late Miss ELIZABETH STENNIKEN will leave her residence, Drumrora, 143 Rouse street, Port Melbourne, THIS DAY (Thursday, the 25th August), at 11 a m ,and proceed to the Anglican Church, Rye where a service will be conducted by the Rev. G. Hughes,
assisted by the Rev. J. K Taylor, at 1 45 p m, at the conclusion of which the cortege will proceed to the Rye Cemetery.(P.10, Argus, 25-8-1938.)
See Elizabeth's death notice in Jessie's details.
EventBirth Event registration number11017 Registration year1867 (1867-1951 on Ancestry.)
Personal information
Family nameSTENNIKEN Given namesJessie SexUnknown Father's nameBenjamin Mother's nameMary Ann (Sherlock) Place of birthSANDRIDGE

As there is no death notice for Jessie Stenniken, this might be her marriage record.
EventMarriage Event registration number6043 Registration year1901
Personal information
Family nameSTENNIKEN Given namesJessie SexUnknown Spouse's family nameKALTON Spouse's given namesJno

No death record for Jessie Kalton to confirm her parent's names. Nor was there any record of a second marriage.

This stumbling block was caused by yet another Victorian BDM typo. Jessie had married John DALTON.
ELIZABETH'S DEATH NOTICE also reveals the Stenniken/ Kenyon connection hinted at in Sam Sherlock's obituary AND NAMES SIBLINGS NOT PREVIOUSLY LISTED.

STENNIKEN-on the 23rd August 1938 at her residence Drumrora Rouse street Port Melbourne, Elizabeth the dearly loved daughter of the late Benjamin and Mary Ann Stenniken and devoted sister of Annie (Mrs West deceased) Sarah (Mrs Kenyon) Rachel (Mrs Patterson deceased) Marla (Mrs Wilson deceased) Samuel (deceased) Benjamin (deceased) Mary (deceased) and Jessie (MrsDalton) late of Dromana -Peacefully sleeping (P. 10, Argus, 25-8-1938.)
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ANNIE (1845-1930 on Ancestry.)
No Stenniken birth record was found in 1845, no Stenniken death record in 1930 or a marriage record in any year for Annie Stenniken was found on Victorian B.D.M.
There was no result on trove for "Annie Stenniken".
However, her sister's death notice immediately above shows that Annie became Mrs West, the reason there's no death notice for Annie Stenniken.

EventDeath Event registration number6908 Registration year1930
Personal information
Family nameWEST Given namesAnn SexFemale Father's nameSTENNIKEN Benjamin Mother's nameMary Ann (Sherlock) Place of birth Place of deathPORT MELBOURNE Age83

MARIA (1855-1927 on Ancestry.)
No birth or marriage records were found for Maria Stenniken! Luckily there was a marriage record for her husband. Gee, the spelling of the surname caused problems-as on the Nepean parish map! (STENNIGAIN ETC.)

EventMarriage Event registration number1452 Registration year1878
Personal information
Family nameWILSON Given namesGodfrey Burdett SexMale Spouse's family nameSTENNEKIN (sic!) Spouse's given namesMaria
SAMUEL (1857-1937 on Ancestry.)
(Mary Ann Sherlock's father and younger brother, the Green Island pioneer, were both named Samuel.)

EventDeath Event registration number186 Registration year1937
Personal information
Family nameSTENNIKEN Given namesSamuel SexMale Father's nameSTENNIKEN Benjamin Mother's nameMary Ann (Shearlock) Place of birthRYE VICTORIA Place of deathALBERT PARK Age80

STENNIKEN. — On the 31st December, at his residence, 9 Cardigan-place, Albert Park,Samuel, dearly loved husband of Rose, loving father of Stella (Mrs. Simcocks), Emily(Mrs. Ward Mitchell), Edith (Mrs. Jack Mitchell), Jack and Ethel. Our loved one.(P.8, The Age, 1-1-1937.)
MARYJane (1862-1938 on Ancestry.)

The birth and death years on Ancestry are wrong unless the death record has serious errors.It is likely that her death year was confused with that of Elizabeth. Mary Jane had the property in the parish of Fingal.

EventDeath Event registration number18132 Registration year1934
Personal information
Family nameSTENNIKEN Given namesMary Jane SexFemale Father's nameSTENNIKEN Benjamin Mother's nameMary Ann (Sherlock) Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age70

There was no death notice for Mary Jane.
EMMA (1854-1854 ON ANCESTRY.
It is likely that Emma was 2 DAYS old. If 2 meant 2 months, there probably would have been a birth record as well.

EventDeath Event registration number1317 Registration year1854
Personal information
Family nameSTENNIKEN Given namesEmma SexUnknown Father's nameBenjamin Mother's nameMary Ann (Sherlock) Place of birthMELBOURNE Place of death Age2

Just as well I checked!
Sarah Caroline Stenniken (1846-1939 on Ancestry.)

KENYON. - On the 20th June, 1939, at her residence, Drumrora, Rouse street, Port Melbourne, Sarah Caroline, the loved daughter of the late Benjamin and Mary Stenniken, and loving sister of Annie (Mrs. West, deceased).
Rachel (Mrs. Patterson, deceased) Maria (Mrs.Wilson, deceased) Samuel (deceased). Benjamin (deceased), Mary (deceased), Elizabeth (deceased), and Jessie (Mrs. Dalton). -Peacefully sleeping. (P.8,Argus, 21-6-1939.)

EventDeath Event registration number5423 Registration year1939
Personal information
Family nameKENYON Given namesSarah Carol SexFemale Father's nameSTENNIKEN Benjamin Mother's nameMary Ann (Sherlock) Place of birthWILLIAMSTOWN VICTORIA Place of deathPORT MELBOURNE Age92

EventDeath Event registration number4921 Registration year1922
Personal information
Family nameSTENNIKEN Given namesMary Ann SexFemale Father's nameSherlock Saml Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age95
Mary Ann would have been born in about 1827.

EventDeath Event registration number10793 Registration year1900
Personal information
Family nameSHERLOCK Given namesSaml SexUnknown Father's nameSherlock Saml Mother's nameMary Ann (Wignall*) Place of birth Place of deathSnapper Pt Age64

*WIGNALL. Wignall Ford sponsored Frankston in the good old V.F.A. days and Sam Sherlock 3, (the Green Island pioneer's son born in 1861**) became a prominent citizen of Frankston after whom Samuel Sherlock Reserve (the site of Frankston's sensational new swimming pool) was named.Just a coincidence or was the car dealer related to the Sherlocks?

** EventBirth Event registration number19777 Registration year1861
Personal information
Family nameSHERLOCK Given namesSamuel SexUnknown Father's nameSamuel Mother's nameJennette (Mclellan) Place of birthSCHNAPPER

On Thursday last there passed away at his residence, Mornington, one of the oldest residents of the Peninsula
in the person of Mr Samuel Sherlock, senr. The deceased had suffered from asthma for many years past and about
a fortnight ago was confined to his bed. Dr Somers was called in, and by skilful treatment, he so far recovered as to be able to ride into Mornington and vote on polling day. However, on returning home, he again took ill, and despite all that medical aid could do, he expired about 6 p.m. on the evening abovementioned, the immediate cause of death being syncope, supervening on mitral valve disease.

The deceased was well-known and very highly respected throughout the whole of the Peninsula, and ample evidence of his popularity was given on Sunday, when 60 vehicles and over 40 horsemen followed his remains to their last resting place, the Moorooduc (Mornington) cemetery, where a most impressive burial service was read by the Rev. Jas. Caldwell, Presbyterian minister. He leaves a widow, two sons (Lieutenant Samuel Sherlock, Veterinary Surgeon with the Bushman's Contingent in South Africa, and Andrew*, who is a storekeeper at Mornington) and three daughters (Mrs W. Baxter, Sarah and Aggie) to mourn his loss, and the greatest sympathy is expressed on all sides for them.
(*Andrew would have been named after his maternal grandfather, Andrew McLellan.)

Mr Sherlock, who at the time of his death was 64 years of age, was born at Launceston, Tasmania, 1836, and came to Victoria in 1840, being then only 4 years old. His father had a small run at Yarraville, but died four years after he arrived. His sister and her husband (the late Mr Stenniken) then had charge and they stayed at Yarraville for another 4 years, when they purchased the late Mr Kenyon's property at Tootgoorook, now called
Rye, which was in those days good grazing country and not overgrown with ti-tree as it is now. They moved
their stock to this property in 1848,Mr Sherlock stopping with them as stockkeeper for a number of years.

He was afterwards with Mr Burrell, senr., of Arthur's Seat and Mr Barker,senr., of Cape Schanck (both of these
gentlemen being dead some years)stockriding, and he used to tell many amusing stories of that life in the early
days. The stockman's work at Arthur's seat in those days was to round up the wild cattle, shoot the bulls and brand the cows and calfs (sic). It was while he was at the latter station that he, along with Mr Robert Anderson (the only two there at the time) had to entertain the two notorious bushrangers, Brady and O'Connor, who had got away from Tasmania on a craft, and when off Cape Schanck tied up all hands, took two of the sailors and the boat, tried to sink the vessel, made for the shore, and landed safely through the surf with a broken boat. They then made the sailors walk in front of them up the cliff, to Mr.Barker's station, got some food, made a stock of bullets, gave Mr Sherlock a powder flask and the boat, and departed without doing any mischief. These two men were shortly afterwards captured and executed.

He was next with the late Mr A. B.Balcombe, of "The Briars" (who had a good portion of the now Shire of Mornington as his run, before there was any township) stockkeeping, horse-breeding, etc. From Mr Balcombe's
place he married a young lady named Janet McLellan* in April 1859, and settled down at Green Island. Before
the days of coaches, he used to carry the mail on horseback from Rye to Cheltenham and from King's Creek
(Hastings) to the same place. He was also a contractor for roads, bridges, etc,and carried on farming in a small way.

He was married, lived and died in the house he built for himself. Although for the last 20 years he suffered greatly from asthma, he always had a colt in hand, and, in fact, was never happy unless amongst horses, of which he was passionately fond. His last job was breaking in a pony, which he handled and rode himself, although very ill atthe time. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 6-9-1900.)

*Jeannette McLellan according to Sam 3's birth notice of 1861, immediately before the obituary, but Janet in the marriage notice.

EventMarriage Event registration number1263 Registration year1859
Personal information
Family nameSHERLOCK Given namesSamuel SexMale Spouse's family nameMCLELLAN Spouse's given namesJanet

Janet was a daughter of Andrew McLellan.
EventDeath Event registration number8929 Registration year1918
Personal information
Family nameSHERLOCK Given namesJanet SexUnknown Father's nameMclellan Andw Mother's nameMary (Stuart) Place of birth Place of deathFrankston Age84

Andrew McLellan was the grantee of crown allotments 1 and 2 in the parish of Moorooduc,bounded by Moorooduc ,Eramosa, Derril and Bungower Rds., his surname being wrongly written on the parish map as McLennan.…/simpleimages/…/1076739.html

The surveyor was not the only one to write the surname as McLennan. The journalist did so in his tribute despite starting and finishing with the correct spelling.

Ben Stenniken's land at Mt Eliza was probably across Moorooduc Rd from Andrew McLellan's grants. Stenniken's quarry has been mentioned in an article and I believe that Ben's land included at least part of today's Mt Eliza Regional Park.

The Moorooduc Quarry site was bought by the Shire of Frankston and Hastings in 1923*, so it was most likely the land Mary Ann Stenniken was referring to in 1919.

Mary Ann (STENNIKER!) was negotiating the sale of this land in 1919.
M. A. Stenniker, Dromana, asking for an early and definite reply as to whether Council intends to buy her property at Mt. Eliza, and stating that £4 per acre was never offered for the land in question.(P.3, Mornington Standard, 11-10-1919.)

In 1905, Andrew McLellan, who was leasing the Stenniken land which "contained a. mountain ridge, 1 1/2 miles long", successfully challenged an increased valuation on the property.

The main path traverses flat ground for some distance and after the graves of Cassie Williams on the left and Sidney Smith Crispo on the right commences to climb steeply. On the left, just before Cassie's grave, are the following graves.
2358/2359 STENNIKEN Benjamin 9/10/1897 82 Mary Ann buried with daughters Mary A Stenniken & Elizabeth PENLINGTON
2358/2359 STENNIKEN Mary Ann 7/6/1922 96 buried near daughter Rachel Patterson.
2358/2359 STENNIKEN Mary Jane 7/11/1934 70 buried with par Mary A & Benjamin Stenniken

2357 KENNEDY Mary Sarah 4/3/1910 35 buried with par Rachel & Ralph Patterson

Mary Ann Sarah Patterson had married in 1899. I suspect she had met her future husband in the parish of Fingal where much land was granted to MARY JANE STENNIKEN* and the Pattersons and where a James Kennedy had been assessed at one time.


EventMarriage Event registration number2423 Registration year1899
Personal information
Family namePATTERSON Given namesMary Ann Sarah SexUnknown Spouse's family nameKENNEDY Spouse's given namesJno Wm

This might be her husband's birth record.
EventBirth Event registration number17242 Registration year1874
Personal information
Family nameKENNEDY Given namesWilliam John SexUnknown Father's nameJames Mother's nameEllen (Ryan) Place of birthMELB NTH

* EventDeath Event registration number18132 Registration year1934
Personal information
Family nameSTENNIKEN Given namesMary Jane SexFemale Father's nameSTENNIKEN Benjamin Mother's nameMary Ann (Sherlock) Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age70

The heritage-listed Parkmore on the west corner of Parkmore Rd and Pt Nepean Rd, Rosebud was built by Albert "Bert" Holloway and occupied by his family for nine years before he left Rosebud in 1900. Bert also built the new Anglican church at Flinders during that time. By 1903, Parkmore was being used as a guest house and George Fountain's family spent its first Rosebud holiday there in 1904. In about 1908, the Clemengers bought the property, set on 10 acres, and introduced tented accommodation, years before camping on the foreshore was allowed at Rosebud.. The family soon became part of the community and by 1915 their son had married Ruby, the daughter of George Griffeth*, native of New York and a co-owner of the famed TWO BAYS NURSERY which was very close to Ben Stenniken's Mt Eliza land. That would account for J.(Stenniker!)being a groomsman at the wedding.
Ruby and Lily Clemenger were Ruby Griffeth's bridesmaids.

In 1929, their daughter, Cecilia became engaged to Geoff, only son of Edwin Wheeler,Rosebud's postmaster since 1923 and they later married.

In between,1922, Lily Clemenger married a Stenniken lad but it may have been a low-key affair because Ben Stenniken's widow also died in 1922. There was no wedding notice.

EventMarriage Event registration number10344 Registration year1922
Personal information
Family nameCLEMENGER Given namesLillian Alice SexUnknown Spouse's family nameSTENNIKEN Spouse's given namesJohn Benj Saml

Lily's husband was the son of Benjamin (born 1860), son of Benjamin Stenniken and Mary Ann, nee Sherlock.
EventBirth Event registration number15898 Registration year1893
Personal information
Family nameSTENNIKEN Given namesJohn Benjamin Sa SexMale Father's nameBenjamin Mother's nameSarah (Penlington) Place of birthMELB


Dalkeith fronted Broadmeadows and Sharps Rds including Fisher Grove house blocks and extending north as far as the Janus St/Catherine Avenue midline but with a strange dogleg in the northern boundary near Cherie St which had been the site of the Tullamarine Wesleyan School, donated by J.F.L.Foster in 1855.
The first mention of Tommy Loft on Dalkeith was in 1924, the year he convened the meeting to establish the Tullamarine Progress Association, as stated in Sam Merrifield's Annals of Essendon. For decades I have had a plan of Loft's Subdivision, which may have been given to me by Tommy's daughter in law, Maggie nee Millar at the Back To Tullamarine in 1989. She married Tommy's son, Ray. The plan shows the Dalkeith homestead (on the north corner of Dalkeith Avenue), and Eumarella St.

A photo taken from the top of the drive-in screen and supplied by Ruth Kelly's son shows that the street labelled Dalkeith Avenue was most likely today's Dawson St, named after Leslie King Dawson, who owned Dalkeith (now 160 acres) by 1943 according to Shire of Keilor rate records. Eumarella St should really be Eumeralla St, having been named, according to Maggie Loft, after a place where Tommy Loft grew up. (Tom was born at Macarthur NEAR THE EUMERALLA RIVER!)

Gordon St, named after Ray and Maggie's son, born in 1929, is not shown on the plan. Unfortunately, no date is shown.

The advertisement of Tommy's sale of Dalkeith in 1941 states that Dalkeith was 200 acres but 10 one acre blocks on the (Broadmeadows Rd.) frontage would be offered first, then the farm of about 180 acres, which sounds like poor arithmetic but some of the other frontage blocks had become the extensive saleyards etc. on the future school site, and were not counted as part of the farm.

Sid Lloyd told me that the weighbridge from Dalkeith was later for many years at the roundabout in Mt Alexander Rd near Essendon Station.

Under Instructions from Mr. T. B. Loft,William Macleod & co. will offer for sale by auction his splendid property, known as
Dalkeith. The frontage, comprising 10 lots,will first be offered In lots of 1 acre, and thereafter the farm, of approximately 180 acres. The Improvements consist of a 7 roomed dwelling, stables, barn, cowshed, and extensive sheep and cattle yards. Should lot 1 not bo sold at the auction, the iron shed
and weighbridge will be put up for sale for removal.
This Is a unique chance of obtaining lots which must rapldly Improve In value, and the farm Itself Is admirably suited for either grazing or agriculture, being situated so close
to the markets. The land. too, is well adapted for factory sites, being within a mile of a proposed station on the loop line from Glenroy to Williamstown*. Mr. T.B. Loft lives on the property and will be pleased to show prospective buyers over it.
Further particulars and orders may be had from the agents. WILLIAM MACLEOD & Co., auctioneer and land salesman, 515 Collins street, Melbourne.(P.7, Argus, 22-10-1941.)

* The Albion-Jacana line built in 1928. The proposed station could not have been the one that gave the Quinn MILLEARA STATION ESTATE** its name, as this was two or more miles from Dalkeith but might have been a siding in today's Gowanbrae near Malvern Avenue which Bruce Small requested (unsuccessfully) to allow full scale expansion of a factory producing his Malvern Star bicycles.

** The plan of this estate, rescued by Peter Warren of Express Bin Hire at Rosebud and presented to Bob Chalmers of the Essendon Historical Society shows that this proposed station was near Webber Parade.
Lee claimed £40 for each of 10 blocks in the Milleara Railway Station Estate,fronting Keilor rd., on the Calder Highway, which have been compulsorily acquired by the board for widening the main road. (P.12, Argus, 7-9-1940.)



In an idle moment, I stumbled upon a mention on Trove of the Arthurs Seat Racing Club. This club seems to have operated from 1868 to 1889 but is not mentioned on pages 161-3 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. Links only have been given to most articles about race meetings. The names of the officials of the racing/ sports clubs are of interest.

The first race meeting in the district, according to page 109 of Colin McLear's history, was held on 3-2-1868 at Rennison's, which may have been crown allotment 11B, section A, parish of Moorooduc, consisting of almost 240 acres and granted to Thomas Rennison on 21-5-1880. Rennison's grant is roughly indicated by Melway 152 C-G 7 stretching from Balnarring Rd to the once straight Derril Rd. See the parish map:
Moorooduc, County of Mornington [cartographic material] / drawn and ...…/simpleimages/…/1076739.html

Practically the same people involved in Colin's report of the first meeting (P.109) are named as officials of the Arthurs Seat Racing Club's DROMANA ANNUAL RACE MEETING to be held on March 26, 27, 1868, perhaps on the same course.

Colin McLear had obtained his details about the 1868 race meeting at Rennison's from George McLear's journal and not having seen reports of any earlier meetings, presumed that it was the first in the district. It wasn't. Unfortunately only the dates of the local meetings in 1864 were given with no mention of the bodies and people involved.

2— Dromana Races
6,7, Smeaton Races . -
7,8 Benalla Races
7, 8— Hcathcote Races
7, 8— Schnapper Polnt and Frankston Races; etc.
(Bell's Life in Victoria and Sporting Chronicle (Melbourne, Vic. : 1857 - 1868) Saturday 2 April 1864 p 3 )

It included both the present Recreation Reserve at Melway 160 HJ 7,8 and the Dromana Secondary College site, originally of 117 acres but reduced by about 2.75 acres gazetted in 1916 , for the construction of Old White Hill Rd.
Kangerong, County of Mornington [cartographic material] / photo ...…/simpleimages/…/1151366.html

Extract. (I have given some details of probable residence in brackets for the officials.)

Under the Management of the Arthur's Seat Racing Club.
Messrs. Robt. Anderson,(Barragunda, Cape Schanck);
G.McLear, (Dromana, "Maryfield", opposite the drive-in site);
John C.(Calvin) Griffiths (GRIFFITH!,Dromana, probably c/a 28B, section B, Wannaeue at Melway 190CD 5,6, for which he received the grant on 4-8-1885. In 1873, he'd married Mary Dowling of Flinders , Reg.No.1672),
James Purves,(Probably James Liddle Purves, the Melbourne lawyer and son of the grantee of the Tootgarook pre-emptive right),
James Kennedy (possibly Shoreham near Stony Creek, or Fingal),
A. Downward (Redwood near Pitt and Downward Sts, off Wilson Rd, Mornington or Balnarring near Tubbarubba)
R.. Watkin (Dromana Hotel)
,J. S.Adams, (Mornington butcher with grazing land near Cranbourne;…/Adam…/Adams-family.shtml)
W. Brown (BROWN William Jnr., Shoreham, a central riding councillor in the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong from 1889 to 1891.)
,Edward Williams (Browns Rd near Truemans Rd, later "Eastbourne" owner),
W. Allison.(formerly a coach driver from Mornington, then blacksmith, who married the widow Catherine Wainwright a year or two earlier and ran the Arthurs Seat Hotel at Dromana)
C. Graves, Junr.(son of Mary Anne McLear's partner in a hawking business who leased most of the Survey with Brownlee in 1851, bought what became the McLear farm, and sold it to her after he'd had it fenced, then establishing a store at Shoreham and his property Woodlands on the north side of Punty Lane between Manton Creek and Tuck's Rd.)
John Tuck (old Manton's Creek run near Flinders)
,John Brear, (Brierly of Mornington? See the last link.)
John Townsend (apparently in Dromana by 1888 when his son Samuel Watson Townsend was born)
John Oswin ("Newstead", c/a's 55AB Balnarring, Melway 192 AB, 1,2 and fronting Dromaba Bittern Rd as far west as No. 207)
M. Unthanks (Unthank, probably Tyabb)
Alfred Jones.(Almond Bush Stud, Somerville. One of the Canadians after whom Canadian Bay was named. His Lord Somerville and Lady Somerville raced as far afield as W.S.Cox's KENSINGTON PARK RACECOURSE at Melway 42 JK 3,4 prior to 1882.)

DROMANA RACING CLUB held a meeting on the Dromana course on 20-3-1890. No details of club officials were given but J.O'Neill, after whom O'Neills Rd (at Melway 148 J7 to 149 D8) was named, had many horses entered and Sam Sherlock of Green Island came second in the best contest. W. Brown and Alf Downward were still involved.

The first meeting of the newly-formed turf club was held on Tuesday, 27th. inst. at Dromana. The attendance was
much larger than usual, and a most enjoyable day was spent. Only the names of placed horses in each race were given. No other details.

By 1895, there was a meeting on NEW YEAR'S DAY.
The following licenses granted are of interest as I had not come across J.Burke as licensee of the Dromana Hotel. Lionel Murphy took over from him in 1896 to be replaced at the Arthurs Seat Hotel by Charles Brown, during whose tenure the 40 year old hotel on the Permien St. corner was destroyed by fire at the end of the 1898 "season". The DROMANA RACING CLUB'S decision to hold the New Year's Day meeting was made only about a month before the event.

Dromana.-.T. Burke, Dromana Hotel; L.Murphy, Arthur's Seat
Hotel, and temporary licenses for Dromana races, New Year's Day.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 12-12-1895.)

The aerial photo on page 172 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA had given me the impression that the 34 acre course on crown allotment 5 section 1 Kangerong, behind the Dromana Hotel (Peter Pidoto's half on the east side and the 17 acres associated with the hotel on the west side) had been open paddocks because there's not a tree on the FORESHORE ESTATE. Edwards, (a prime mover of the DROMANA SPORTS CLUB,as Lou Carrigg later was**), who purchased Pidoto's half of the course*, certainly got his money's worth from the luncheon he provided for the members of the working bee in early 1910.

** The paddocks were also used as Showgrounds and for footy. Lou Carrigg was a prime mover in the Sports Club and the footy club. It seems that the Dromana footballers went home in their footy gear or changed behind the pine trees but one wet day in 1925, Lou let the drenched Mornington footballers change in the billiard room of the Dromana Hotel after the game.


While sipping my morning coffee, I was reading the story and burial listings of Will Will Rook Cemetery when I saw mention of burial 142 in 1865, Mrs Dutton's leg. Unsurprisingly* the leg was an adherent of the Church of England, as was presumably the rest of Mrs Dutton's body. (* The Keilor Church of England, Christ Church, was built on land donated by Thomas Dutton and the first wedding** conducted in that church was of Thomas Dutton's son, Thomas, and the daughter of John Beale of "Shelton" (most of J.P.Fawkner's grant bounded by today's Milleara Rd, Clarks Rd, Rachelle Rd and Buckley St.)
DUTTON—BEALE.—On the 11 th. July, at Christ's Church, Keilor, by the Rev. R. H. Rodda, Thomas Henry, oldest son of Thomas Dutton, Glenroy, to Sara, only daughter of John Beale, Shelton. (P.2, The Age, 17-7-1877.)

Unfortunately the marriage was short-lived.
DUTTON.— On the 9th July, at her residence, Pine Vale, Carop, the beloved wife of Mr. Thomas Dutton of a daughter.
DUTTON.— On the 24th July, at her residence, Pine Vale, Carop, Sarah, the beloved wife of Mr. Thomas Dutton, and only daughter of Mr, John Beale, of Shelton, Keilor, aged thirty years. (P.2, The Age, 26-7-1878.)

THE Friends of Mr. THOMAS DUTTON, of Pine Vale, Carop, are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late beloved wife (only daughter* of Mr. John Beale, of Shelton, Keilor) to the place of interment, Keilor Cemetery. The funeral will move from the Keilor-road railway station on SATURDAY,the 27th inst., at half-past three o'clock. (P.4, The Age, 26-7-1878.)

One of the most painful bereavements that has come under my notice for a considerable time past I regret this week having to notice. About twelve months back I informed you readers of the marriage in the Anglican Church, Keilor, of Miss Sarah Beale, only daughter of Mr. John Beale, of Shelton, to Mr. Thomas Dutton, of Corop. and
now it is my painful duty to report her death, which took place at Corop a short while back. The remains were brought down by train from Corop, on Saturday week last, and the funeral from Keilor Road to the cemetery was one of the largest I have seen in the district. This calamity is the more to be regretted as it is only three
month's since her mother, the wife of Mr. Beale*,was buried here.(P.3, The Bacchus Marsh Express, 10-8-1878.)
I had written in my "Early Landowners: Parish of Doutta Galla" that Rachel and Rebecca, twin daughters of John Beale had died on a specified date in 1859. This must have come from KEILOR PIONEERS:DEAD MEN DO TELL TALES by Angela Evans and Co. However, I could find no death notices or records.

This would be the death notice for "the wife of Mr Beale" and mother of Mrs Sarah Dutton.
BEALE.— On the 27th April, at her residence,Shelton, Keilor, Mrs. John Beale, sen., aged seventy years.
(P.2 The Age, 1-5-1878.)

Could this be her death record? NO! SHE WAS A WIDOW.*
EventDeath Event registration number6548 Registration year1878
Personal information
Family nameBEALE Given namesMargaret SexUnknown Father's nameDavis Francis Mother's name Place of birthWEXF Place of death Age69 Spouse's family nameBEALE Spouse's given namesUnknown
(*P.7, Argus, 22-5-1878, Octavius Charles Beale executor.)

Mrs Sarah Dutton's death record gives her mother's name as Margaret, nee Kerr , so my REBECCA BEALE, KEILOR Google search has borne fruit

EventDeath Event registration number8225 Registration year1878
Personal information
Family nameDUTTON Given namesSarah SexUnknown Father's nameBeale John Mother's nameMargaret (Kerr) Place of birthDUBL Place of death Age30 Spouse's family nameDUTTON Spouse's given namesThomas

Margaret had been married twice so the children with the surname of Rogers were NOT children of John Beale.
Margaret Beale formerly Kerr
Born about 1808 in Wexford, Irelandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of James George Rogers — married 13 Aug 1828 in Wexford, Ireland
Wife of John Beale Snr — married 1844 in Dublin, Irelandmap
Mother of Mary (Rogers) Parker, George Rogers, John Beale, Sarah Ann (Beale) Dutton, Rachael* Beale and Rebecca* Beale

*Despite the lack of birth or death records for Rachel and Rebecca, it is obvious that Sarah was not John Beale's only daughter and the precise date of their deaths must have been obtained from John Beale's monument at Keilor Cemetery.

BEALE.—The Funeral of the late Mr. JOHN BEALE will leave his son's residence, "Shelton," Ardmillan road, Moonee Ponds, THIS DAY (Friday,:5 October),. at 2 o'clock, for the Keilor Cemetery.(P.1, Argus, 5-10-1906.)

A teacher at the Bethal Primary School in Meadow Park told me that the school was named after Thomas Dutton's wife. Was that true? Was she the one who attended her leg's funeral?
The book gave her name as Fanny but this could have been a pet name. The births of her seven children in Broadmeadows before 1866 mentioned in the book may answer these questions. Thomas and Fanny arrived here in 1849 aboard the Nelson, with their daughter Elizabeth, having married in Kent, England in 1847. The book also mentioned this advertisement, calling for tenders to complete the walls of the historic 10 Broad St Westmeadows in which the late Jack Hoctor was born.

TENDERS WANTED, for FINISHING rubble WALLS of stone house. Apply Thomas Dutton, Broadmeadows.
(P.3, Argus, 23-2-1865.)

CITATION FOR 10 BROAD ST.…/01…/10_Broad_St_Westmeadows.pdf

In every birth record except the second record for James in 1853, the mother's name was given as Fanny, nee Moore. As there was no death record for a Dutton child in 1853, I presume register number 18170 in which the mother's name was just given as Fanny was a duplication and there had only been SIX births.
1853 James (107 and 18170)
1855 Edward (5729)
1858 Mary Ann (6207)
1860 Harriet Maria (13137)
1863 Arthur Albert (912)
1866 Fanny Emily (19907)

Fanny died in 1913 and was buried in the Milawa Cemetery, according to the book. Fanny was a pet name, a variation of Frances, so perhaps Bethal WAS another given name.

EventDeath Event registration number11665 Registration year1913
Personal information
Family nameDUTTON Given namesFrances SexUnknown Father's nameMoore Wm Mother's nameUnknown (Frances) Place of birth Place of deathWatta Age89

DUTTON.—On the 6th September, at Wangaratta,Frances, widow of the late Thomas Dutton, in her 90th year. A native of Kent, England. A colonist of 64 years.(P.60, The Australasian, 13-9-1913.)

The book mentions Pelican Lagoon and the death of Thomas in 1887.
Dutton.— On the 3rd January, at his late residence, Pelican Lagoon, Wangaratta, late of Broadmeadows, Thomas Dutton, aged 66 years.(P.1, The Age, 4-1-1887.)

EventDeath Event registration number4615 Registration year1887
Personal information
Family nameDUTTON Given namesThos SexUnknown Father's nameThos Mother's nameMary (Wilks) Place of birth Place of deathW'ATTA Age67 Spouse's family nameMOORE Spouse's given namesFrances

Thomas Dutton really hit the headlines in 1873 when seven of his cattle were poisoned by what they ate, growing luxuriantly near a creek on his property. I wondered whether this was near the future site of the Bethal Primary School (Melway 6G-H2), which is fairly close to Dutton Court (179 H 11-12).However it must have been on Duncan Kennedy's share of the Glenroy Estate, between Pascoe Vale Rd and the Moonee Ponds Creek which Duncan sold to James Chapman in July 1887. (P. 81 BROADMEADOWS A FORGOTTEN HISTORY, Andrew Lemon.)

It was while I was doing a trove search for THOMAS DUTTON, GLENROY, that I found the second marital connection between the Dutton and Beale families.
BEALE — DUTTON.–On the 17th ult., at St Paul's Church, Broadmeadows, by the Rev. W. W.Mantell, assisted by the Rev. R. H. Rodda, John, only son of John Beale, of Shelton, Keilor, to Annie, second daughter of Thomas Dutton, of Glenroy,Broadmeadows. (P.26, The Australasian, 10-2-1877.)

The Beales moved to Ardmillan Rd, Moonee Ponds in the 1890's and called their house Shelton after the farm in today's East Keilor. It was old number 24 which became number 18 later on.
OLD 24 NEW. 18 Dominey 1886-8?, Beale 1890-1913, Moran* 1917-1927+ (From my Early Landowners: Parish of Doutta Galla.)
EventDeath Event registration number14140 Registration year1916
Personal information
Family nameBEALE Given namesJno SexUnknown Father's nameBeale Jno Mother's nameMargaret (Kerr) Place of birth Place of deathEssdon Age71

BEALE.—On the 29th September, 1913, at her residence, "Shelton," Ardmillan road, Moonee Ponds, Annie, beloved wife of John Beale, and beloved mother of Mrs. L. H. Moran, Fannie,Arthur, Frank, and John D*. Beale, Darwin, aged 55 years. (Interred privately, Keilor Cemetery.) P.1, ARGUS, 1-10-1913.
(* D.= DUTTON. Engagements:
* MORAN—BEALE. —On the 16th February, 1904, at St. Thomas' Church, Essendon, by the Rev. W. Percival, Loftus Henry, youngest son of the late A. T. Moran, of Winchelsea, to Sarah Margaret,eldest daughter of Mr. John Beale, (JNR.) Ardmillan-road,Moonee Ponds.(P.9, Argus, 26-3-1904.)

MORAN-On the 9th of March, at "Shelton," corner of Ardmillan road and Mantell street, Moonee Ponds,
Sarah Margaret, the dearly beloved wife of Loftus H. Moran, and loving mother of Nancy and Dorothy. The loved sister of Mrs. Oswald Brown, Arthur, Frank and the late John (DUTTON) Beale, aged 48 years. At rest.
(P.2, Gippsland Times, 12-3-1928.)

No relation to the stars of UNDERBELLY I hope!


Dalkeith was the name that Tommy gave to the 200 acres fronting the west side of Broadmeadows Road with a half mile (800 metre) frontage to Sharps Rd which included today's Fisher Grove house blocks. A stalwart of the Tullamarine Methodist Church he acted as its Sunday School Superintendent for many years and his daughter, Doris Scoones, ran very popular Sunday School concerts at the hall in Westmeadows. His son, Ray, married Maggie Millar, rented and then bought "Broombank" which included the North Edge apartment site, Tadstan Drive and Millar Rd, which he subdivided in 1952.

Tommy, whose full name was Thomas Benjamin Loft convened the meeting in 1924 at which the Tullamarine Progress Association was formed and in 1929, he had the Junction Hotel closed down; soon afterwards Cec and Lily Green bought the closed hotel and used it as a lolly shop and garage with the result that Tullamarine Junction became known as Greens' Corner.

By the time of Tommy's death, Dalkeith, now only 160 acres, was owned by Leslie King Dawson and in about 1951, Percy Hurren, formerly the postmaster at Jones' Corner at Moorooduc, became the last man to farm Dalkeith.

Tommy had attempted an early subdivision but there was little demand. Eumarella St was named after Eumeralla, a place where Tommy had grown up and Gordon St was named after Tommy's grandson, Ray and Maggie's son. When Percy Hurren's farm was subdivided as the Broadwood Park Estate in the 1960's the main through street was called Dawson St but it was not until about 1974 that a bridge over Spring Creek allowed the Broadmeadows and Sharps Rd ends to be connected.

Tommy certainly got around. In 1914, while living on the west side of Ascot Vale Rd, he was running a dairy farm at Melton, becoming insolvent in 1918. In 1920, apparently while living at 265 Ascot Vale Rd, he was leasing land on the north west corner of Mickleham and Somerton Rds at Greenvale (immediately east of John McKerchar's "Greenvale" which Robert Millar had renamed as "The Elms", possibly explaining how his son Ray had first met Maggie Millar.) Also in 1919-20, Tommy was leasing crown allotments 28 and 29 Wannaeue, a total of 323 acres*, the residential portion of Moonah Links at Melway 252 D-E, 1-3.) The late Ray Cairns, ten days after his 100th birthday, who was then a 10 year old boy, remembered him with affection as a wonderful man.

*The Shire of Flnders rate records lacked much detail and I assumed that John and James Orr of "Kia ora" (Melway 5 J 5 which they were leasing from the Donald Kennedy Estate until 1929 when they bought it) were also leasing the land at the back of Rye in 1917 and 1918 and that in 1919 Thomas Loft had taken over the lease. However the Orrs had owned the land and sold it to Tommy in March 1920.

320 acres situate at Rye, on account Mr John Orr, Broadmeadows. to Mr T B Loft, of Ascot Vale.
(P.3, Yea Chronicle, 25-3-1920.)

A stock report indicated that T.B.Loft was at Greenvale and every time he was moving between Greenvale and Melbourne he would have passed Kiaora.

Mr T. B. Loft
Mr Thomas B. Loft, who died on Sunday at the age of 79, was a well known personality at Newmarket saleyards. For about 35 years he was a member of the country staff of Macarthur and Macleod Pty Ltd. In his young days he was engaged in farming in the Melton district, where he owned several large areas: In recent years, because of failinghealth, he had been living in semi retirement. He has left a widow, two sons; and two daughters. (P.4, Argus, 5-7-1947.)

EventDeath Event registration number5305 Registration year1947
Personal information
Family nameLOFT Given namesThomas Benjamin SexMale Father's nameLOFT Henry Mother's nameEmma (Shandeven) Place of birthVICTORIA Place of deathCHELTENHAM Age78

It was Tommy's daughter-in -law, Maggie, nee Millar, who stated at the 1989 Back to Tullamarine that Eumarella St was named after the place where Tommy grew up. Unfortunately Tommy's place of birth is not given in his death record but Charles Loft who died in 1941* and was born at Macarthur seems to have had the same parents despite the mother's maiden name differing.. Macarthur is near the start of the Eumeralla River!

Charles' death record wrongly gives his place of birth as Windsor.
EventBirth Event registration number3719 Registration year1878
Personal information
Family nameLOFT Given namesCharles SexUnknown Father's nameHenry Mother's nameEmma (Bradley) Place of birthMA CA

Charles and Thomas were definitely brothers!
EventBirth Event registration number9600 Registration year1869
Personal information
Family nameLOFT Given namesThomas Benjamin SexUnknown Father's nameHenry Mother's nameEmma (Bradley) Place of birthMACARTHUR

LOFT. - On August 2, Clara, widow of the late Thomas Benjamin Loft, 49 Aberfeldie street, Essendon,dearly loved mother of Hazel, Doris, Ray, and Harold, aged 82 years.
-At rest. (Private interment.)
LOFT. - On August 2, Clara, the dearly loved mother of Doris (Mrs.J. Scoones, Millpark, South Morang).
-Sweet peace. (P.13, Argus, 3-8-1949.)

It seems that Tommy may have married a cousin.
EventMarriage Event registration number1249 Registration year1894
Personal information
Family nameLOFT Given namesThos Benjn SexMale Spouse's family nameBRADLEY Spouse's given namesClara

Tommy's daughter Hazel was the mother of Stan Excell.
EventMarriage Event registration number2636 Registration year1923
Personal information
Family nameLOFT Given namesHazel Phyllis SexUnknown Spouse's family nameEXCELL Spouse's given namesJos Danl Pryse

HAZEL born in 1896 at Malvern (reg. no.13098)

DORIS CORALIE, born at Malvern 1898 (reg. no.4694) Doris married Jim (James Henry) Scoones in 1926 (reg. no.2781)

RAY. Born at Malvern in about 1900 as indicated by his death record*. The year of birth given is obviously that of his son, Raymond Gordon, after whom Gordon St was named.
EventBirth Event registration number30022 Registration year1930
Personal information
Family nameLOFT Given namesRay Thos Bradley SexMale Father's nameThos Benj Mother's nameClara (Bradley) Place of birthMVERN

* EventDeath Event registration number19554 Registration year1979
Personal information
Family nameLOFT Given namesRaymond Thomas Bradley SexMale Father's nameLOFT Thomas Mother's nameClara (Bradley) Place of birthMalvern Place of deathMelbourne South Age79

ARTHUR HAROLD born at Malvern in 1906 (reg. no.12039.)

EventMarriage Event registration number1710 Registration year1924
Personal information
Family nameLOFT Given namesRaymond Thos Bradley SexUnknown Spouse's family nameMILLAR Spouse's given namesIsabel Maggie

LOFT—MILLAR.—On the 13th February, 1924,at Maribyrnong road Presbyterian Church,Ascotvale, by the Rev. D. S. McKenzie,assisted by the Rev. W. Goyen, Raymond T. B., son of Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Loft, of Dalkeith, Tullamarine, to Isobel Maggie,youngest daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. Robert Millar, of Ballater Park, Greenvale.
(P.13, Argus, 8-3-1924.)

EventMarriage Event registration number8753 Registration year1928
Personal information
Family nameLOFT Given namesArth Harold SexUnknown Spouse's family nameHOSSACK Spouse's given namesElizth Irvine

The Hossacks must have been at Greenvale at some stage. The Souters were related to the Gambles whose 180 acre "Brocklands", formerly known as "Springfield North" was purchased to establish Aitken College.

HOSSACK .—On May 17 at her residence, 558 Bell street Pascoevale South, Rachel beloved wife of George Hossack loving mother of Rachel (Mrs Souter, Portland) Mary (Mrs Prankerd, Buchan), Elizabeth (Mrs Loft, Foster), and George (Mansfield) aged 91 years.(P.14, Argus, 18-5-1951.)

EventDeath Event registration number28440 Registration year1977
Personal information
Family nameLOFT Given namesElizabeth Irvine SexFemale Father's nameHOSSACK George Mother's nameRachael (Irvine) Place of birthShepparton Place of deathLeongatha Age74

EventDeath Event registration number30526 Registration year1987
Personal information
Family nameLOFT Given namesArthur Harold SexMale Father's nameLOFT Thomas Benjamin Mother's nameClare (Bradley) Place of birthMelton* Place of deathHeidelberg Age81 (*Malvern on birth record)

As there was no marriage notice for Arthur and Elizabeth and Arthur may have died at the Heidelberg Repat.,( having fought in W.W,2?) leaving no common place of death for the above two deceased, I tried the formula that worked fairly well before I discovered Victorian BDM, namely:
birth surname, given name, married surname, in Elizabeth's case- HOSSACK ELIZABETH, LOFT.

--.--+ George Hossack (1860-1951) married Rachel Irvine (c1860-1951)
--.--.--+ Rachel Hossack (1892-?) married Frederick Stewart Souter
--.--.--+ Isabella Hossack (1893-1915)
--.--.--+ Helen Hossack (1895-1901)
--.--.--+ Mary Hossack (1897-?) married UNKNOWN Prankerd
--.--.--+ Penuel Hossack (1900.-1910)
--.--.--+ Elizabeth Irvine Hossack (1903-?) married Arthur Harold Loft
--.--.--+ George Cumming Hossack (1905-1974) married Mona Mary Russell

Which Loft child was born in 1930?
George and Rachel Hossack's house was probably the place of birth.
LOFT. –On the 8th March, at Bell street Pascoe vale to Mr. and Mrs.A.H. Loft of Tullamarine–a son (John David).
(P.1, Argus, 11-3-1930.)

It wasn't Gordon as I had suspected.
LOFT (nee Maggie Millar).-On the 1st February, at Sister Davies's private hospltal, Scott street,Essendon, to Mr.and Mrs. Ray Loft, Wahroonga,Tullamarine-a son (Gordon Raymond).P.56, THE AUSTRALASIAN, 16-2-1929.


The life of Eric Henry would never have begun
But for Isaac Dark's death caused by a gun
Soon after he'd married Ann Rogers in 1851
And she gave birth to his namesake son.

Ann's father had the christian name of Henry,
Not Matthew, whose vault's in the Blackwood cemetery,
So high that it casts a very long shadow.
Edwin Dark married his brother, Isaac's widow.

That was in November 1853, and no news there'd be
Until 1862 and Edwin's insolvency
Caused by a fire on their farm near Ballan,
Enough to disrupt the best thought-out plan.

In 1855 Elizabeth Esther was born in Will Will Rook*
But she died very young and things were looking crook
Until 1859 when bad luck turned to good
And Elizabeth Esther 2 was born at Mount Blackwood.
In 1861 before things again became stark
There was the birth of Walter Augustus Dark.

In 1862, there was never any doubt
That Henry Rogers would help Edwin and Ann Alice out
And in a very short time we see
Edwin's certificate of discharge of insolvency.

So they farmed in the area till early 1867 and the clearing sale
Charles Marsh** and Mary Ann born on the farm near the town of Greendale
Before the family moved to Richmond in Melbourne
Where Anne, Frances and Ethel were born.

Charles Marsh, born in 1863, continues Eric Henry's chance for life,
In 1890, making Grace Sophia Hudson his wife
And siring Charles Alfred, Arthur William, Ernest Edward, Percy, and Walter Henry;
He was buried at Sorrento after his death on 23-8-1933.

The father of Eric Henry, Percy, shared his 1927 honeymoon,
With Dot, daughter of Bentleigh's Frank and Lydia Ying Goon.

* Will Will Rook is a parish near Broadmeadows bounded by the Moonee Ponds Creek, a line from Melway 178A11 to 7 K2, the Merri Creek and a line from to 7 K6 to 16D4, including Boundary Rd.

To be more specific, Edwin and Ann Alice were living at Box Forest, John Pascoe Fawkner's name for the present suburb of Hadfield between the Fawkner Cemetery and the Northern Golf Club at Glenroy.

On the 30th ult., at the Box Forest,Sydney-road, on the body of a child one and a-half years of age, named Elizabeth Esther Dark, who was accidentally drowned in a waterhole near the residence of her parents.. Verdict, ' Accidentally drowned.' (P.3, The Age, 5-7-1856.)

The waterhole would have been part of the Merlynston Creek which often flooded, probably on the cemetery site.

On the 5th inst., at Box Forest, Mrs. Edwin Dark, of a son.
(P.4, Argus, 9-10-1856.)

No records of the death or birth appear on Victorian BDM.

Pentridge was the original name for Coburg, just south of Box Forest.
STRAYED into my paddock, One Red and White COW with young Calf, branded C ^near ribs, JQ off ribs, cockhorns. The owner can have her by paying expenses. Edwin Dark, Box Forest, Pentridge.(P.8, Argus, 18-3-1856.)

Section 2 Will Will Rook was granted to John Pascoe Fawkner in 1850. He organised a land co-operative company so his beloved yoeman farmers could purchase small farms. Edwin may have been a member and an original purchaser of one or more ten acre blocks because he was on Box Forest very early in 1851.

ASSAULT.- At the Police Office on Saturday.a
man named John Deslands was charged with
having committed an assault on Edwin Dark, re-
siding in the Box Forest. Dark was quietly pro-
ceeding home in a cart, when defendant came
up and seized him by his shirt, which was torn;
the complainant then descended from the cart,
and defendant struck him with his fist. Com-
plainant admitted having had disagreements
with the defendant previously, When called
upon for his defence, defendant stated that there
were two other persons present at the time the
assault was committed, which he admitted, but
endeavoured to show provocation. Fined 2 pounds
and costs. (P.2, Argus, 25-2-1851.)

I had entertained the possibility that the second given name of Eric Henry's paternal grandfather, Charles Marsh Dark was related to the settlement of Bacchus Marsh being fairly close to the Dark farm. Some genealogy websites contain ridiculous mistakes such as the claim that Henry Edwin Rogers was born in 1806 at Cranbourne, Victoria Australia. Such an error would tend to drastically reduce any credibility the website might have, except for this email from Clive Smith of the Nepean Historical Society.

"---- confused me because apparently his real name is Eric Henry. The rest I've got.
Ann Rogers married Isaac Dark in 1851 they had a son Isaac Henry Edwin. (Lots of Henrys and Edwins in both the Dark and Rogers families!!)
After Isaac was killed Ann married Edwin in Nov 1853."

Henry Edwin Rogers was SUPPOSEDLY married twice before his death, aged 77 at Geelong in 1883. You'll never guess what his first wife's maiden name was! (Oh, you did!)

Elizabeth Rogers (Marsh)
Birthdate: 1806 (62)
Birthplace: Bathford, Bath and North East Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 28, 1868 (62)
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Immediate Family:
Daughter of John Marsh and Alice Marsh
Wife of Henry Edwin Rogers
Mother of William Henry Rogers

Cheryl Bell, a DARK descendant made the following comments.
Elizabeth Rogers nee Marsh died at her home in Rogers St. Richmond and is buried in Melbourne General Cemetery.
Clive Smith wondering who is Henry's 2nd wife?

Cheryl Bell, from the same website:
Kezia Rogers (Benham)
Birthdate: March 11, 1848 (75)
Birthplace: Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: July 13, 1923 (75)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Immediate Family:
Daughter of William James Benham and Jane Benham
Wife of Henry Edwin Rogers

I found her death notice under ROGERS-BELL and she had a daughter, Mrs Jane Douglas.
ROGERS—BELL.—On the 13th July, 1923, Kezia Rogers, beloved mother of Janie (Mrs. J. S.Douglas), aged 76 years ; also on the 10th July, 1923, my loving brother, William Webb Bell, beloved youngest son of the above, aged 38 years. Sweet rest. (P.17, Argus, 21-7-1923.)

I found her daughter's death notice:
EventDeath Event registration number25097 Registration year1958
Personal information
Family nameDOUGLAS Given namesJane Minerva SexFemale Father's nameBELL William Mother's nameCasiah (Benham) Place of birthBALLARAT Place of deathMOUNT EVELYN Age85

Jane was obviously born in about 1873 and this might explain why I didn't find a marriage record for Kezia Benham.

With the assumption that HALL instead of BELL is yet another Victorian BDM typo, this is possibly the record of Henry Edwin Rogers' second marriage.

EventMarriage Event registration number3991 Registration year1878
Personal information
Family nameROGERS Given namesHenry SexMale Spouse's family nameHALL Spouse's given namesKeziah

HoweveverCheryl Bell has provided proof that Henry Edwin Rogers only married once, to Elizabeth Marsh and that the name of the bride in this 1878 marriage could not have been Kezia Bell.

Cheryl Bell. Henry's death certificate names his marriage to Elizabeth only and he is buried with her. On checking, what I have found so far Kezia married William Bell in 1866, had her 1st child in 1867 and had her 8th and last child to William in 1884.

Cheryl Bell. In checking further as I didn't think it was my Henry. The only way to prove it to myself was to buy the marriage cert. Different Henry Rogers, yes a widower but his wife died in 1876 [not 1866 as Elizabeth] also an engine driver from Dunolly. My Henry was a stonemason. Clive Smith you may be interested to know this as well.

No wonder there were no details re the dates of Henry Edwin Rogers' supposed two marriages. The claim that Henry Edwin Rogers was born in 1806 at Cranbourne, Victoria, Australia will not require the rewriting of Victoria's history!

Eric Henry married a BOWMAN gal in 1952. He'd probably met her ten years earlier. She might have been a descendant of one of Dandenong's early pioneers, Mr James Bowman*.

TOORADIN. MR. PERCY DARK and family are to leave us after two or three years’ sojourn here in the dairying industry. We understand Mr. Dark will settle at Rosebud. (P.1, The Dandenong Journal, 1-1-1942.)

TOORADIN. AFTER a successful clearing sale of their dairy herd and plant, Mr. and Mrs. Percy Dark and family have departed for Rosebud, where they intend to settle. For the last two years or. so, Perc leased the Brunt Bros.’ property on the main highway.(P. 13, The Dandenong Journal, 22-4-1942.)

Percy had been a resident of Lyndhurst in 1937 when he was involved in a collision with another car in Dandenong.


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I've been aware of Neil Campbell since 1988 but didn't really know much about him until last night when in an idle moment I did a WILL WILL ROOK search on Trove. I thought he was just an absentee land owner. I was left wondering where he'd come from if he indeed did settle at Campbellfield, if he was related to Robert Campbell Jnr and J.D.Lyon Campbell, and from which of these three the name of Campbellfield was derived. As I was focussed on the area within a handful of miles of Tullamarine and had no way of finding answers, they were put into the too-hard file. But I was not the only one wondering. I googled ROBERT CAMPBELL JUNIOR, WILL WILL ROOK, KEELBUNDORA and found this journal by BEZZA, my history buddy almost since 1988, whom I'd never actually met until the launch of the most valuable book about the Will Will Rook Cemetery a few years ago. I have taken the liberty of putting the name of J.D.Lyons Campbell's 50 acre property at Abbotford, to which Georgiana McCrae walked, into bold type with inverted commas to prevent any assumptions that her destination was the present suburb.

Campbellfield Victoria - Naming of
Journal by Bezza Favorite
There has been much confusion about the naming of Campbellfield. Robert Campbell Jnr had land near Mahoneys Rd, (lived in Sydney a Shipping Merchant), Neil Campbell had land in Will Will Rook as well as Keelbundora. 1841 Census of NSW Neil Campbell was the only one living on his land. Part of which he gave for the Scots Church in Sydney Road and another in Camp Road for the Will Will Rook Pioneer Cemetery.
James David Lyon Campbell, has been given credit for the naming of this suburb, but he never lived there, his land was closer to Coburg, this was only one of his property's South of Boundary Rd. the main property was in the now suburb of Abbotsford, on the Yarra, named Campbellfield. 50 Acres, on which he built a large Homestead, Georgiana Macrea, mentions in her Journal, that she often walked to "Campbellfield" for morning tea. JD Lyon Campbell, was mixing with the elite so to speak, and when he died his death was registered at St James Church and the place of death is Campbellfield, his property on the Yarra. a more well known person, so was given the credit. He died in 1844 only 34yrs old, his wife and children, left Melbourne in 1848 and returned to England. selling the property to John Dight, his brother Charles was advertising the property for rent, and people to contact him at the adjoining property Yarra Ford.

This is the article that I found last night during my WILL WILL ROOK search which told me about Neil and his brothers and most importantly, that Neil had died at Geelong in 1882, the big breakthrough.


From my post in the WE REMEMBER TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND Facebook group written last night.
I've never seen mention of his wife.

EventDeath Event registration number8818 Registration year1882
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesNeil SexUnknown Father's nameNeil Mother's name* Place of birth Place of deathG'LONG Age83 Spouse's family nameDRUMMOND Spouse's given namesJennie

* The death record of Alexander "Port Fairy Campbell" whose 1890 obituary proves that he was the one mentioned in the 1935 article about the CAMPBELL BROTHERS, hence a brother of Neil, gives his mother's name as Ann {Mclean).

The Campbellfield Wikipedia entry does not even mention Neil and there does not seem to be an AUSTRALIAN DICTIONARY OF BIOGRAPHY entry.
Campbellfield was a recognised place name when his daughter, Flora, was born in 1843.

Record information
EventBirth Event registration number946 Registration year1843
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesFlora SexFemale Father's nameCAMPBELL Neil Mother's nameJessie (Unknown) Place of birthCAMPBELLFIELD

The locality near the Broadmeadows Railway station was originally known as Campbellfield until the station was given that name in circa 1872, the reason that Broadmeadows Township acquired the name of WEST BROADMEADOWS, now WESTMEADOWS. Campbellfield was IN Will Will Rook; the article implied that they were distinct areas.

The Campbell Brothers article, like most histories ignored the womenfolk who did as much pioneering as the men. It is likely that one of Neil's sisters came out with him and his brothers. Her name was Flora and she married three years after Neil's daughter, Flora, was born in 1843.

"In 1841 Captain Campbell built a house in Port Fairy for his sisters, and it is still standing in Gipps-street, opposite the site of Jonathan Griffith's first house."

At Glengyll, on Tuesday 14th instant, by the Rev. James Forbes, Donald Maclean, Esq.,Geelong, to Flora, fourth daughter of Neil Campbell, Esq.,Freshnish*, Argyleshire, Scotland.(P.2, The Melbourne Argus, 24-7-1846.)
* At the closest point the Treshnish Isles are 3km west of the Isle of Mull. Treshnish may have been a small community at Treshnish Point on the Isle of Mull facing this chain of isles or indeed the name of a house which still stands.

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Unfortunately I could find no death record for the above Flora MacLean (just one for a 17 year old),but as her father was Neil Campbell (as was Neil's), there is a good chance that she was Neil's sister.

Just as the article about the Campbell brothers could lead researchers astray by stating that Neil lived at Campbellfield and bought land in Will Will Rook (as if they were two distinct places)the following article describes his estate as being on the Moonee Ponds rather than the Merri Creek.

Mr. Neil Campbell's station,on the Moonee Ponds

In 1843 there was no Deep Creek or Bulla Rd. This was not surveyed until 1847 which explains why the road now known as Melrose Drive cuts through sections 4, 6, 7 etc. of the parish of Tullamarine, which had been divided into crown portions by 1842. This road, Pascoe Vale Rd and Keilor Rd were all referred to in early days as Macedon Rd but "the Mount Macedon road" in the article was Pascoe Vale Rd and William Smith's "Young Queen" was near Bass or Marks St just north of the Pascoe Vale bridge, Pascoeville. Pascoe Vale road was part of the most recommended early route to Sydney, past the Young Queen and via Ardlie St in Broadmeadows Township to Mickleham Rd, the northern extension of which is still called Old Sydney Rd.

The nearest point of Neil Campbell's station to the Moonee Ponds Creek would be the south west corner of the Willi Will cemetery which is 147 mm east of the Moonee Ponds Creek on Melway which equates to 147 chains or 2.94 km. Not too far away from the Moonee Ponds for that to be used as a locality descriptor but a glance at the
Will Will Rook map will show that his grant, section 13, fronted Merri Creek.

I had no luck trying to find another mention of Glengyll where the 1846 wedding took place. There were plenty of references to Glengyle just north of the historic 1906 Arundel bridge at Keilor in the 1840's. I wonder if Neil was a mate of the Guthries, later pioneers of Sunbury and ancestors of the present Geelong footballers.

Nor could I find any children born to Donald or Flora Maclean. While on Victorian BDM, I thought I'd see if J.D.Lyons Campbell's death record was there. It was:
EventDeath Event registration number3962 Registration year1844
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesJames David Lyon SexMale Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthUNKNOWN Place of deathCAMPBELLFIELD* Age34
* OMG, could Bezza have been wrong?

BEZZA MUST HAVE BEEN FUMING WHEN SHE SAW THE OBITUARY! I hope trove doesn't smack her for her comment!
DIED. — At his residence, at Campbellfield, on the 31st instant,at nine o'clock a.m., J. D. Lyon Campbell, Esq., of a short but severe illness--. CAMPBELLFIELD IS THE NAME OF HIS PROPERTY ON THE YARRA RIVER
(P.3, Port Phillip Gazette, 1-6-1844.)

One mile from Melbourne .
CAMPBELLFIELD on the Yarra, formerly the residence at the late J. D.Lyon Campbell, Esq., it comprises an elegant and commodious dwelling house with most convenient out buildings, and a grass paddock of fifty acres.
Apply to the undersigned adjoining the property.
CHARLES H. DIGHT (P.3 The Melbourne Daily News and Port Phillip Patriot,31-10-1848)

In 1844, there was also a record of a girl born in 1843 who died aged 10 in 1844. How hard would it be to add y, m or d to the age? Poor Flora only lived 10 MONTHS.

EventDeath Event registration number1894 Registration year1844
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesFlora SexFemale Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthUNKNOWN Place of deathCAMPBELLFIELD Age10

Donald Campbell, brother of Mr Neil Campbell, of Campbellfield, was brought into the Melbourne Hospital, suffer-
ing from a compound fracture of the skull. It appeared that he was riding out of town upon the Flemington road, mounted upon a young and spirited horse which became unmanageable, and he was thrown violently upon the ground and received the injury just mentioned. He was promptly attended by Mr Gillbee, the surgeon for the week. It was found upon examination that the frontal bone was broken to a considerable extent, and some portion of this part of the skull had to be removed. He lies in a most precarious state, and grave fears are entertained for his recovery.(P.4, The Age, 24-1-1857.)

On the 26th inst., at Melbourne, Donald McLean Campbell, sixth son of the late Neil Campbell, Esq., Sunipol, Isle of Mull, Scotland.(P.4, The Argus, 27-1-1857.)

The wedding notice of Flora Campbell who married Donald MacLean in 1846 stated that her father, Neil, lived in Argyleshire whereas Donald's death notice stated that his father Neil had been a resident of the Isle of Mull. Does that rule out the possibility of them being siblings? Not necessarily. Notice the spelling of Argyle!

Argyll & Isle of Mull - Scotland
Argyll in western Scotland is home to 23 small inhabited islands — the largest being the Isle of Mull.

FRIENDS of the late DONALD CAMPBELL, Esq., are respectfully informed that the Funeral Procession is appointed to move from Mr. Disher's, Tattersall's Hotel, Lonsdale-street east, this day, at four o'clock precisely, to the place of interment in the New Cemetery.(P.8, The Argus, 27-1-1857.)

INQUESTS,-We regret to state that the serious accident which happened to Mr. Donald Campbell, of Keilor*, on Tuesday last, at North Melbourne, terminated fatally yesterday morning in the Melbourne Hospital. Dr.Gillbee, soon after the patient's admission to the hospital, elevated the bone which was compressing the brain, and the deceased became sensible for a few hours, but afterwards relapsed again into his former state; An inquest was held on the body, before Dr. Wilmot, and the jury returned as their verdict that the deceased had been "accidentally killed by his horse running, away, and bringing his head in violent contact with a telegraphic
post, whereby his brain was so injured that he died in a day or two afterwards," The deceased was in the 40th year of his age. (P.6, The Argus, 27-1-1857.)

EventDeath Event registration number489 Registration year1857
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesDonald SexUnknown Father's nameUnknown Mother's name Place of birth Place of death Age40

*Perhaps Flora Campbell did marry Donald MacLean at the Guthries' "Glengyle" near Keilor with Donald obtaining the venue, which would be handy to Geelong via the second Solomon's Ford at the end of North Road, North Pole Rd (Milleara Rd), Keilor Rd and today's Borrell Rd (Arundel Rd), and Bertrams Ford.

The Melville Park estate, in the municipality of Brunswick, consisting of 170 acres, the property of Mr Neil Campbell, of Campbellfield, sold to Mr Whitty of Sydney, for £8500 ;(P.4, The Age, 2-8-1858.)

The JIKA JIKA PARISH MAP shows that the only crown portion within the Brunsick area consisting of 170 acres was 127 east of the southern half of Dr Farquhar McCrae's Moreland Estate; fronting the south side of Moreland Rd between Sydney Rd and Merri Creek. He'd probably bought this land from (Captain Melville after whom Melville Rd was named.*)

*MELVILLE. This statement was based on my MEMORIES of a reading of Richard Broome's COBURG:BETWEEN TWO CREEKS twenty years ago, and my efforts to verify it on trove only brought up the bushranger. It is doubtful that Donald Melville M.L.C., born in 1929, after whom Melville Rd was probably named, had even arrived in Victoria by 1858 as no detail of his arrival is given in his biography. My best guess is that the owner of the Melville Estate before Neil Campbell was WILLIAM MELVILLE, who, by 1848 was a resident of Geelong,and in 1858, now a Melbourne resident married Ann McDonald at Barwon Heads. Victorian BDM includes Ann's death record (see below) but not the birth (or 1859 death) record of the son.
In 1859, his wife gave birth to a son at her residence, Drummond St, Carlton on 19th August but died on 26 August.
The only other person named Melville (except as an alias)mentioned on trove before 1860 was Henry Melville of Castlemaine.

EventDeath Event registration number5557 Registration year1859
Personal information
Family nameMELVILLE Given namesAnnie SexUnknown Father's nameMacdonald John Mother's nameCharlotte (Fleming) Place of birthSUT Place of death Age24 Spouse's family nameMELVILLE Spouse's given namesWilliam

WANTED, A SITUATION As superintendent on a respectable sheep farming establishment,by a person who has been brought up to the business from his infancy in his native country, and who has had considerable experience both in Van Diemen's Land, and in Australia Felix. Reference to be made to Mr. Neil Campbell, of Campbellfield, Merri Creek, who will give such further reference as may be required with regard to competency.
(P.3, Port Phillip Gazette, 1-6-1844.)

Stolen or Strayed from Madman's Gully, Ovens Diggings,
A DARK IRON GREY HORSE, black mane and tail, hind legs white, branded JM over T on the near shoulder. If stolen a reward of twenty pounds will be paid on recovery of the horse and the conviction of the thief. If strayed five pounds will be given to any person delivering him at Mr. Bourke's Store, opposite the Commissioner's, Spring Creek, or at Mr. Neil Campbell's, Campbellfield.
ALEXANDER DRUMMOND, Ovens Diggings.(P.8, Argus, 11-2-1853.)

EventDeath Event registration number3444 Registration year1855
Personal information
Family nameDRUMMOND Given namesAlexander SexUnknown Father's nameAlexander Mother's nameEliza (Banks) Place of birthGEEL Place of death Age5*

* 5 meant 5 months as the son was born in 1855!

January 18.
Notice is hereby given, that the following claims for grants will be ready for examination by the Commissioners appointed for that purpose, upon, or immediately after the 18th day of March next, on or before which day any caveat or counter claim must be entered :....; ........; etc;
Neile Campbell and William Milne, trustees for Alexander Drummond, 319a. Cornwall; etc.
(P.1, The Hobart Town Courier, 25-1-1839.)

I have not been in contact with Elayne Whatman nearly as long as I have with Bezza but certainly before the start of 2014 when she sent me this email.
I am in the throes of trying to devise a small booklet which would assist many in this area to understand the Broadmeadows area as it was up until 1996. I have several pieces of your information on the area and would appreciate your permission to revamp the writing style and include it in my project. I do not intend to alter any words or pictures other than to change the print style to Calibri and enhance the pictures. We have only a few copies of 'Broadmeadows - a forgotten history' left and gaining permission from Andrew Lemon to reprint this has been an ongoing saga for more than 4 years. We need another book / booklet to publicise this area before it is totally forgotten.
Thanking you in anticipation
Yours faithfully,

Elayne was the secretary of the Broadmeadows Historical Society. I did not know at the time how long she had been involved in preserving the area's history or the problems she was having with mobility and vandals. But she battled on until recently when she had to go into care. I did my best to inspire Broadmeadows residents to take an interest in the area's history with my journals, WAKE UP AUSTRALIA and BROADMADOWS HISTORICAL SOCIETY, the latter sent to the Hume Messenger, prompting this from Elayne on 3-3-2015:

Firstly, you have no idea whatsoever as to how much the Members, Member Volunteers, Volunteers appreciated your comments in the local paper this week. There was an enormous shout of joy when each read it.

Elayne would have no idea of my joy last night when I found the information she'd posted on a message board:

ElayneWhatman68 (View posts)
Posted: 01 Nov 2008 01:01PM
Classification: Query
Surnames: CAMPBELL
Am hoping someone has or can find information on NEIL CAMPBELL, born at Sunipol, Island of Mull on January 11, 1800. Campbell sailed from Leith Harbour on November 15, 1823 and arrived in Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania, Australia) on 15th April, 1824. Campbell held a lot of land in an area named after him - Campbellfield (Victoria) and if information on his family can be found it can be added to what is already known on Neil Campbell through his time here.
TIA Elayne

Sunipol is north of Treshnish with Calgary Bay making a drive (18 min (4.8 mi) via B8073) a bit longer than the "as the crow flies" distance. Google DISTANCE BETWEEN SUNIPOL AND TRESHNISH ON THE ISLE OF MULL to see both places on the map.

A descendant of one of Neils brothers replied.
Phil Slocombe (View posts)
Posted: 31 Dec 2013 12:30AM
Classification: Query
Hello Elayne

Neil Campbell of Sunipol and later Campbellfield was my great great grandfather's brother

EventDeath Event registration number17313 Registration year1939
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesNeil SexMale Father's nameCAMPBELL Archibald McArthur Mother's nameMary (Grieve) Place of birthGEELONG Place of deathNEWTOWN and CHILWELL Age79

The death occurred at Geelong yesterday of Mr. Neil Campbell, aged 79 years,retired estate agent. Mr. Campbell, who was born in the Geelong district, was educated at Geelong College, and he then went on to his father's station property at Inverleigh, and later to Barunah. He made a close study of merino sheep breeding, and for many years led a party of wool students from the Gordon Institute of Technology to the Victorian Sheepbreeders' show. When a youth, Mr.Campbell joined the firm of George Synott and Co., and later entered into business as an estate agent. He was president of the agricultural society for several years, and for 10 years was secretary of the Geelong Racing Club. Mr.Campbell was a member of the Geelong City Council for 10 years, and Mayor for two years. He was greatly interested in the agitation for the Geelong Harbour Trust and the present Geelong race-
course. At sport he was a keen polo player and golfer.(P.2, Argus, 4-8-1939.)

There is no shadow of a doubt that CAMPBELL Archibald McArthur was the brother of Neil Campbell,and a pioneer near the Murray, mentioned in the 1935 article about the CAMPBELL BROTHERS!

I didn't want to get side tracked when I saw mention of Robert McDougall in the CAMPBELL BROTHERS article of 1935.
"(in 1845, when he'd stocked up)" Archibald Campbell was one of the pioneers of Northern Victoria. A companion of his was Robert McDougall, a stockman acting for George Curlewis. McDougall went on and occupied Reedy
Lake, Lake Boga, and Quambatook."

"McDOUGALL, Robert, Keilor,was born in Perthshire, Scotland on 16-4-1813. He went to the Western Isles at 17 and for 6 months engaged in otter hunting. In 1836 he went to Canada and spent 3 years on the shores of Lake Huron. He went from Quebec to Scotland in 1839 and 2 or 3 years later left for Port Phillip, arriving in 1842. He worked as a station manager in various parts of the colony until 1848 when he rented part of the Glenroy Estate." ("Cona")
Neil Campbell would have passed Cona every time he travelled between Campbellfield and Melbourne and no doubt Neil had read all about Robert in letters from his brother, Archibald McArthur Campbell in the three years prior to Robert settling on Cona. It's not hard to imagine Neil calling in for a cuppa (or whisky)and to discuss the latest news from Archie.

To save more transcription from my handwritten DHOTAMA: Robert spent 14 years on Cona and 10 years on Aitken's Estate (including the Maribyrnong River's closest approach to Buckley St and parts of West Essendon and Avondale Heights (east of "Norwood" where his future son in law, Sandy Smith grew up), and in 1872 moved into his mansion on Arundel, built after he'd bought the property in 1868.

"Arundel",, part of the Glengyle Estate (where Flora Campbell was probably married in 1846), as was Bertram's "Ellengowan", was named by Edward Wilson, Argus owner and editor a year or so after retiring there because of approaching blindness.

Robert was on Cona when he married Margaret Rankin in 1853 at Roseneath Cottage, the residence of Kensington pioneer, John Rankin after whom Rankins Rd was named. By the time Peter Eadie of Sunbury married Margaret's sister in 1864 (thus becoming Robert's brother in law), a railway line from North Melbourne to Essendon had been built with Kensington Station now across Rankins Rd (probably still known as Princes St) from Roseneath Cottage, but the line was soon to close.


WHAT A SURPRISE THIS WAS. I knew a lot about the Brodie's since 1988 but never wondered where they'd been before their arrival in Melbourne in 1836. I did, however, wonder about Mrs Brodie running a store in Broadmeadows Township and some Brodie lads working as ploughmen for farmers in that area. I thought that the only thing they shared with George and Richard Brodie was a surname. However in a search caused by this find, I discovered that George Sinclair Brodie had divorced his wife in 1859 and she was probably the seller of drapery etc. I wonder if Brodie had suggested which land would produce the best yield of wheat (as detailed in a glowing article about Neil's land at Campbellfield which I haven't copied yet!)

The nearest Brodie property to Neil's Will Will Rook grants was Dunhelen, just north of today's Greenvale Reservoir, whose south east corner was the Merri Creek at the right side of Melway 180 F5, a distance of 270 chains (5.4 km) along the Hume Highway from the northern boundary of Neil's grant (and the 5 acres he donated for Scots Church.)

Launceston Publican's Races.
IT has been preposed (sic) that in addition to the RACES already advertised, the sports be continued on Thursday and Friday the 8th and 9th of March, 1832,—and that for those days—, Messrs. EDWARD BAILEY,GEORGE SINCLAIR BRODIE and NEIL CAMPBELL, be Stewards. And that Messrs. GEORGE BURGESS, and ALEXANDER WADDLE, be Clerks of the Course,etc. (P.1, The Independent (Launceston), 18-2-1832.)

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EventDeath Event registration number9745 Registration year1890
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesAlexr Mclean SexMale Father's nameNeil Mother's nameAnn (Mclean)* Place of birth Place of deathSouth Yarra Age85

*As Alexander was indisputably the brother of Neil, it can be assumed that the mother of Neil (not detailed in Neil's death record near the start of the journal)was also Ann, nee McLean.
N.B. BEFORE I FORGET, I'D BETTER LOOK FOR THE DEATH RECORDS OF others ofNEIL CAMPBELL'S SIBLINGS and post them at the end of the journal under this heading.

Wondering if Port Campbell was named after Alexander, I tried Wikipedia which was useless but found two other sources claiming that it was.

Port Campbell | Victorian Places
Port Campbell, a resort and cray fishing port facing Bass Strait in western Victoria, is on the Great Ocean Road about midway between Cape Otway and Warrnambool. It was named after Alexander Campbell, a farmer, whaler and trader.

Port Campbell, Vic - Aussie Towns
Origin of Name
Port Campbell was named after a Captain Alexander Campbell who was known as 'the last of the buccaneers*'. He traded between Victoria and Van Diemen's Land and, being in charge of the whaling station at Port Fairy, began taking shelter in the bay, the only shelter along the coast, in the early 1840s when he was sailing between King Island and Port Fairy.

*The closest Alexander would have come to being a buccaneer might relate to the French origin of the word, boucanier, using a frame over a fire to preserve meat he'd obtained by hunting, or the word used for businessmen who disregard extreme danger. He was no pirate.

Application for grant on behalf of a lad.
Neile Campbell and William Milne, trustees for Alexander Drummond, 319a. Cornwall*; etc.
(P.1, The Hobart Town Courier, 25-1-1839.)
*Cornwall was obviously the parish containing Launceston, hence the name of the newspaper and hotel established by John Fawkner Junior (son of Hannah, nee Pascoe after whom a street in Gowanbrae, near Tullamarine was named at my suggestion.)

This lad could have been the one whose horse could be delivered to Neil at Campbellfield to claim the reward in 1853 but would be less likely to be the Geelong resident whose 5 year old son died in 1855 (unless 5 meant months as in the case of Neil's daughter b.1843, d.1844 WHICH WAS THE CASE BECAUSE THE SON WAS BORN IN 1855!) No Victorian BDM death record could be found for an Alexander Drummond born before 1840.

EXECUTOR FOR JOHN WADDELL. William Field and Neil were executors for the deceased Launceston farmer but claims against the estate were to be sent to William. Does this indicate that Neil was about to leave for Port Phillip?
(P.3, Launceston Advertiser, 8-2-1838.)

The Independent (Launceston, Tas. : 1831 - 1835) Saturday 31 August 1833 p 2
BIRTH.— On Monday morning last, Mrs. NEIL CAMPBELL, of a daughter.

After publican Gavin Ralston was involved in a blue with a patron, both had to post a bond to keep the peace with a bondsman for each to do likewise. Neil was bondsman for Gavin.
Launceston Advertiser (Tas. : 1829 - 1846) Monday 9 May 1831 p 149 Article


The link to see the Will Will Rook grant has been provided above.
See section 10 KEELBUNDORA which obviously included the Bundoora Park public golf course,children's farm and fauna park, and, across Plenty Rd, Larundel Psychiatric Hospital shown on map 19 in my 1999 Melway.

If the link to the Keelbundora map doesn't work, copy paste it into your search bar.


EventDeath Event registration number9745 Registration year1890
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesAlexr Mclean SexMale Father's nameNeil Mother's nameAnn (Mclean)* Place of birth Place of deathSouth Yarra Age85

In the hope of finding the death notice of one of Alexander's sisters for whom he built a house at Port Fairy in 1841, I did a family notices search using his name and stumbled upon Alexander's death notice instead. His obituary will explain why it was in a Gippsland paper.
CAMPBELL.—On the 25th inst., at his residence, Caroline-street, South Yarra, Capt.Alexander Campbell, aged eighty-five. Arrived at Hobart Town, 1825; settled in Victoria, 1836.(P.3, Gippsland Times, 28-5-1890.)

EventDeath Event registration number1607 Registration year1897
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesArchd Mcarthur SexUnknown Father's nameCampbell Neil Mother's nameAnne (Mclean) Place of birth Place of deathGlong Age80

EventDeath Event registration number489 Registration year1857
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesDonald SexUnknown Father's nameUnknown* Mother's name Place of birth Place of death Age40
* Donald Campbell, brother of Mr Neil Campbell, of Campbellfield, was brought into the Melbourne Hospital, suffering from a compound fracture of the skull. It appeared that he was riding out of town upon the Flemington road, mounted upon a young and spirited horse which became unmanageable, and he was thrown violently upon the ground and received the injury just mentioned. He was promptly attended by Mr Gillbee, the surgeon for the week. It was found upon examination that the frontal bone was broken to a considerable extent, and some portion of this part of the skull had to be removed. He lies in a most precarious state, and grave fears are entertained for his recovery.(P.4, The Age, 24-1-1857.)

On the 26th inst., at Melbourne, Donald McLean Campbell, sixth son of the late Neil Campbell, Esq., Sunipol, Isle of Mull, Scotland.(P.4, The Argus, 27-1-1857.)

MORE TO COME.(Early involvement at Geelong, etc.)

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I couldn't find William Richard Taylor's birth record in Victorian BDM but it would be too much to believe that he was NOT related to Christina Edwards who married Robert Rowley and Frances Taylor who married Carmello (Peter) Pidoto.

Arthur Henry Taylor (1894-1971) was probably the brother who moved to Tasmania with William Richard Taylor and he was definitely a son of William Taylor (1849-1895) and Mary Christina Taylor (nee Rowley, 1866-1958), although Arthur's birth record could not be found either.

Robert Rowley probably grew up at Longford Tasmania and was appointed a constable* there before he moved to Dromana where he was working for Peter Pidoto when he married Christina Edwards*. Little else is known of Robert's early life apart from his lime burning with Henry Cadby Wells in the early 1840's and crayfishing with Wells in approximately 1849-50.
* STRATFORD, Tuesday -An old colonist in this district is Mr. Rowley of Rye, father of Mr. Frank Rowley, Munro. He landed in Tasmania in 1824, being then 4 years old. He there resided until 1844** when he came to Victoria, where he has since lived. In Tasmania he held an appointment under Government and received from the Crown a grant of land.(P.8, Argus, 8-1-1908.)

** N.B.It is more likely that 1844 was when Robert returned to Tassie (or took to the sea or moved to Gippsland) for about 5 years, because the 1843 depression had severely reduced the demand for lime, ending his first venture with H.C.Wells. However the mention of the Government appointment confirms that the constable named Robert Rowley was indeed the later Dromana and Rye pioneer.

* ROWLEY—EDWARDS—By the Rev. J Smithies, at the house of Mr Joseph Tongs, Illawarra**, Christina Edwards, the only daughter of Mr William Edwards, of Newborough.Fife. Scotland, to Mr Robert Rowley, of Dromana, Victoria.
Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899) Tuesday 22 January 1861 p 5 Family Notices

*ILLAWARRA is 4 km from Longford.
4 min (4.0 km) via Illawarra Rd/B52 and B51

Nothing could be found about the Taylor family's property "Spring Hill" at Dromana except that it was later occupied by John Dyson.

You don't have to BELIEVE that William Richard Taylor was the son of William Taylor. I was actually starting to doubt that he could have been, if he was born in 1897 as stated in the article, and William had died in 1895. William Richard was actually born in 1887, a decade earlier than the article stated.

Mary Jane Taylor (1884-1973)
Frank Taylor (1886-1985)
William Richard Taylor (1887-)
Christina Taylor (1889-)
Frances Elizabeth Taylor (1892-1984)*
Arthur Henry Taylor (1894-1971)

EventDeath Event registration number13443 Registration year1931
Personal information
Family namePIDOTO Given namesFrances Elizabeth SexFemale Father's nameTAYLOR William Mother's nameMary (Harrison*) Place of birth Place of deathCLIFTON HILL Age85
* The website above listing the children explains the Harrison connection.

How did I know the name of the Taylor property at Dromana?
It was mentioned in William Taylor's death notice in 1895. It contains an error which could seriously mislead family historians, stating that he was a son-in-law of W.Rowley. I presume that what was meant was that William Taylor was the BROTHER- in-law of WILLIAM Rowley (born 1864, reg. no.21465.)
TAYLOR— On tho 29th May, at his residence, Spring
Hill, Dromana, of pneumonia, after six days illness,
William Taylor, the beloved husband of Mary Christina
Taylor, and brother of Mrs. Pidoto, Rowe-street, North
Fitzroy, and son-in-law of W Rowley, Rye, aged 46.
Deeply regretted.(P.1, The Age, 4-6-1895.)

EventBirth Event registration number14380 Registration year1866
Personal information
Family nameROWLEY Given namesMary Christina SexUnknown Father's nameRobert Mother's nameChristina (Edwards) Place of birthDROMANA

The difficulties for family historians are complicated further by the year of death on William's gravestone at Dromana being clearly inscribed as 1896 rather than 1895.
The date of the issue containing the death notice has been checked and found to be correct.

Luckily, I did not have to amend my 397 page manuscript, PIONEER BURIALS AT DROMANA, which contains William's obituary.
"31-5-1895. WILLIAM TAYLOR.
EventDeath, Event registration number5230, Registration year1895
Personal information
Family nameTAYLOR, Given namesWm, SexMale
Father's nameWm, Mother's nameMary (Harrison)
Place of birth, Place of deathDromana, Age46

An old resident of Dromana, Mr William Taylor, died on the 29th May, at the age of forty-seven years, the interment taking place in the local cemetery on Friday, the 31st May, the Rev. A. Taylor conducting the funeral service. The deceased, who leaves a widow and a young family of six children, was a resident of the district for forty years, and was much respected.(P.2,Mornington Standard, 13-6-1895.)

William Taylor’s burial at Dromana is recorded on the ozgen list. The age at death is given as 46 but the date of death inscribed on the gravestone is wrong; i.e. 29-5-1896. I believe that Mrs Frances Pidoto has had the gravestone erected quite some time after the burial."

No burial of Mary Christine Taylor was found at the Dromana or Rye Cemeteries and I could find no record of her death on Victorian BDM. I tried a google search for MARY CHRISTINA ROWLEY MARRIED WILLIAM TAYLOR IN 1883 and discovered why, as well as TOWNSEND and MCNAB links.

Mary Christina Rowley
F, b. 1866, d. 1958
Father: Robert Rowley b. c 1840 (sic, 1822)
Mother: Christena Edwards b. c 1840
Birth*: Mary Christina Rowley was born in 1866 at Dromana, Rye, Vic, AustraliaG.
She was the daughter of Robert Rowley and Christena Edwards.
Marriage*: Mary Christina Rowley married William Taylor in 1883 at Vic, AustraliaG.
Marriage*: Mary Christina Rowley married Nathaniel James Townsend, son of John Townsend and Alison Mitchell, in 1896 at Vic, AustraliaG.
Marriage*: Mary Christina Rowley married Robert McNab in 1906 at Vic, AustraliaG.
Death*: Mary Christina Rowley died in 1958 at Rye, Vic, AustraliaG; Age 91 years.
Married Name: As of 1883,her married name was Taylor.
Married Name: As of 1896,her married name was Townsend.
Married Name: As of 1906,her married name was McNab.
Last Edited: 4 Feb 2008
Family 1: William Taylor b. c 1860
Marriage*: She married William Taylor in 1883 at Vic, AustraliaG.
Family 2: Nathaniel James Townsend b. 1867, d. 23 May 1904
Marriage*: Mary Christina Rowley married Nathaniel James Townsend, son of John Townsend and Alison Mitchell*, in 1896 at Vic, AustraliaG.
Florence Mabel Townsend+ b. 1901, d. 1971
Frederick Stanley Townsend b. 1903, d. 1967
Family 3: Robert McNab b. c 1870
Marriage*: Mary Christina Rowley married Robert McNab in 1906 at Vic, AustraliaG.

Robert Rowley
M, b. circa 1840 (sic., 1822)
Birth*: Robert Rowley was born circa 1840.*
Marriage*: He married Christena Edwards circa 1860.
Last Edited: 3 Feb 2008
Family: Christena Edwards b. c 1840
Mary Christina Rowley+ b. 1866, d. 1958

* Robert was born in about 1820 according to the article about Frank Rowley of Munro. His death record almost agrees with this. His gravestone at Rye apparently states that he was "born London,(1822) arrived Sydney 8/7/1826" which accords with his death record.

EventDeath Event registration number14401 Registration year1911
Personal information
Family nameROWLEY Given namesRobt SexUnknown Father's nameRowley Jas Mother's nameElizth (King) Place of birth Place of deathPt Nepean Age89

It will be a mammoth, perhaps impossible, task to find any reference to Mrs McNab (or McNabb) at Rye on trove but I am fairly sure that Nell Arnold's history of Rye not only mentions this lady but reasonably specifically gives the location of her house.

* The mention of Allison Mitchell reignited my curiosity about the mysterious Mitchell family mentioned only once in relation to early Dromana on trove(in connection with John Mitchell, who, neglected by his family, died in 1862) and in A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA (in connection to John Bryan, whose real name was Peter Watson, having married a Miss Mitchell.) I wondered whether Allison Townsend and Margaret Watson were daughters of the unfortunate John Mitchell and have managed to prove to my satisfaction that they were in my journal:

The only surname mentioned above that does not seem to be connected with Dromana is McNAB. Robert Rowley, associated with the Nepean Peninsula in the early 1840's and again in about 1850 was living in Dromana near today's Carrigg St in 1860, and for some years after his marriage, before Rye claimed him as a pioneer. After the death of Nathaniel James Townsend, Robert's daughter may have moved to Rye and met her third husband, Robert McNab, there. It is of interest that Robert Rowley retained an interest in the Dromana area, purchasing land on the summit of Arthurs Seat in 1904.


I thought that John was described simply as an old man in the article that I found about a year ago and have spent hours looking for, vainly trying a MITCHELL, GRIFFITH,DROMANA search on trove in the knowledge that Rebecca Griffith had been a key witness. However, all reports of the inquest record that his name was John Mitchell. Was he the father of Allison Mitchell who married John Townsend?

To ensure that I don't have to search again when I resume, here's the link to the par on page 4 of The Argus on 1-8-1862..
John Mitchell aged about 62

This is almost certainly his death record.

EventDeath Event registration number7534 Registration year1862
Personal information
Family nameMITCHELL Given namesJohn SexUnknown Father's nameGeorge Mother's nameEllen (Oliver) Place of birthSCOT Place of death Age62

John Townsend married Allison Mitchell and her death record states that John Mitchell was her father.
EventDeath Event registration number11498 Registration year1932
Personal information
Family nameTOWNSEND Given namesAllison SexFemale Father's nameMITCHELL John Mother's nameHelen (Scott) Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age90

Mary Christina Rowley married William Taylor in 1883 but no death or burial record was found for Mary Christina Taylor. That was because she'd married "Nathaniel James Townsend, son of John Townsend and Alison Mitchell, in 1896 at Vic, AustraliaG and Robert McNab in 1906 at Vic, AustraliaG."
" Family 2: Nathaniel James Townsend b. 1867, d. 23 May 1904
Marriage*: Mary Christina Rowley married Nathaniel James Townsend, son of John Townsend and Alison Mitchell, in 1896 at Vic, AustraliaG.
Florence Mabel Townsend+ b. 1901, d. 1971
Frederick Stanley Townsend b. 1903, d. 1967"
townsend genealogy

The Mount Alexander Mail was rather sloppy in its reporting of the inquest, firstly calling the deceased Joseph Mitchell and then John Mitchell in the finding. Page 3, Mount Alexander Mail,4-8-1862

This would be the death record of John Mitchell's widow, whose christian name was given as Helen in Allison Townsend's death record.
EventDeath Event registration number1277 Registration year1888
Personal information
Family nameMITCHELL Given namesEllen SexUnknown Father's nameScott John Mother's nameHelen (Oliver) Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age88 Spouse's family nameMITCHELL Spouse's given namesJohn

As a midwife, Susan Peatey delivered several babies on Jamieson's Special Survey where John Mitchell had probably been farming. Abraham and Rebecca Griffith were living at about Melway 160 H 3,4.) The Survey had the same boundaries as Safety Beach, extending east to Bulldog Creek Rd. In A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA Colin McLear stated that John Bryan married a Miss Mitchell, but as shown in an 1869 insolvency case, his name was actually Peter Watson,(not Bryan Watson as Colin had been told.)
On 3-2-1867, Margaret, and on 27-10-1869 George*, were born to Margaret and Peter Watson.(PINE TREES AND BOX THORNS, Rosalind Peatey.)
Bryan- On the 23rd January at Warragul,George, eldest son of late J and M Bryan,Dromana, loved brother Margaret (W.A. ) Dunlop (Dromana) Maitland (Apollo Bay) aged 66 years. (Born as George Watson on 27-10-1869.)
(P.1, Argus, 28-1-1936.)

EventBirth Event registration number1829 Registration year1867
Personal information
Family nameWATSON Given namesMargaret SexUnknown Father's namePeter Mother's nameMargaret (Mitchell) Place of birthDROMANA

EventBirth Event registration number21893 Registration year1869
Personal information
Family nameWATSON Given namesGeorge SexUnknown Father's namePeter Mother's nameMargaret (Mitchell) Place of birthDROMANE (Typical careless Victorian BDM typo!)

Unfortunately no death record has been found for Margaret Watson or Margaret Bryan to tie the mother of these two children to John Mitchell and Helen, nee Scott.

Interestingly, the later children, Maitland and Dunlop, were born with WATSON as their surname.

EventBirth Event registration number2028 Registration year1872
Personal information
Family nameWATSON Given namesMaitland SexUnknown Father's namePeter Mother's nameMargaret (Mitchell) Place of birthDROM

EventBirth Event registration number2079 Registration year1877
Personal information
Family nameWATSON Given namesBryan Dunlop SexUnknown Father's namePeter Mother's nameMargaret (Mitchell) Place of birthDROMANA

EventDeath Event registration number20343 Registration year1945
Personal information
Family nameBRYAN Given namesDunlop SexMale Father's nameUNKNOWN Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthDROMANA Place of deathDROMANA Age68

EventDeath Event registration number21172 Registration year1941
Personal information
Family nameBRYAN Given namesMaitland SexMale Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthDROMANA Place of deathCOLAC Age67

On page 74 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, Colin McLear stated that John Bryan succeeded Mary Ann McLear (about 1861) at The Willow on the Survey and later (probably 1869) moved to the top of Arthurs Seat opposite the Head of the Town Common*, accessed by Bryan's Cutting**. He married a Miss Mitchell, member of a family early in the district! That's about the only evidence I'm likely to find that Margaret Watson/Bryan was a daughter of John Mitchell who died in 1862. Colin also mentioned that Dunlop was a bachelor. Maitland's wife died at Colac in 1908 as revealed in a death notice discovered earlier.

EventMarriage Event registration number4597 Registration year1902
Personal information
Family nameBRYAN Given namesMaitland SexUnknown Spouse's family nameCOSTIN Spouse's given namesBertha

EventDeath Event registration number5470 Registration year1908
Personal information
Family nameBRYAN Given namesBertha SexUnknown Father's nameCosten Hy Lazenby Mother's nameElizth (Ward) Place of birth Place of deathColac Age25

Crown allotment 25B, section B Wannaeue,of 82 acres 3 roods 30 perches, purchased from the Crown on 30-10-1895 and fronting the south side of Arthurs Seat Rd from Melway 171J 1 to Heath Lane (the original north end of Main Creek Rd)with its eastern boundary being the northern 70 metres of Heath Lane. Incidentally, to the west of this block was 25A, granted to 84 year old Robert Rowley whose daughter Mary Christina became Mrs William Taylor/ Nathaniel James Townsend/ Robert McNab and because of her second husband reignited my interest in Allison Mitchell.

The wedge-shaped Town Common was in the parish of Kangerong, with its HEAD shaded green in Melway 158 H 12 across Arthurs Seat Rd from the north west corner of Peter Watson's c/a 25B.

Crown allotment 24C of 89 acres 1 rood 7 perches and granted on 21-10-1895, south of 25AB but not fronting Purves or Main Creek Rds, with the second Whites Rd bend near the bottom of Melway 171 G4 forming its south west corner and a 537 metre frontage eastward along Whites Rd.

** BRYAN'S CUTTING. Bryan's cutting, wrongly called O'Brien's Cutting in Sheila Skidmore's THE RED HILL, started as the current Hillview Quarry Rd off Boundary Rd and wound its way up the town common (later called the gravel reserve)between William Grace's "Gracefield" to the west and Robert Caldwell's "Dromana Hill" to the east, MAINLY QUARRY NOW BUT DR WELD'S HERITAGE-LISTED HOUSE IS SHOWN AT THE WEST END OF THE FUTURE DEVON RD.on Melbourne (Ewart) Brindle's sensational map of Dromana pre 1918 which shows part of the cutting with a notation at its uphill extent: TO BRYAN'S HUT.

Finding the death record of their father was not so easy. A trove search for "john bryan, dromana" revealed that he was still alive in 1883, therefore eliminating the need to inspect some of the 44 death records for John Bryan.
IN the Supreme Court of tho Colony of Victoria—In Insolvency.— In the matter of the Insolvency of PETER WATSON, commonly known as John Bryan, of Dromana, in the Colony of Victoria, laborer— Notice is hereby given that the above-named insolvent intends to APPLY to the Chief Commissioner of Insolvent Estates for the Colony of Victoria, at the Insolvent Court House, Queen street, Melbourne, on Friday the 24th day of August next, at the
hour of ten o'clock in the forenoon, that a CERTIFICATE of DISCHARGE under the Insolvency Statute, 1865, may be GRANTED to him.
Dated this 17th day of July,CHARLES FAUSSET, 78 Elizabeth street, Melbourne, Attorney for Insolvent.
(P.4, The Herald, 18-7-1883.)

Ewart Brindle lived on Sunnyside, part of the subdivision of Gracefield and as he was born in 1905, his earliest long term memories (required several decades later when the map was drawn in America) probably dated from about 1910. Therefore John Bryan (or Peter Watson) was possibly still alive at that time.

In the 1900 Shire of Flinders and Kangerong rates, M.G.D (possibly Margaret)Watson was assessed on 147 acres Wannaeue and Peter Watson on 173 acres Wannaeue, both in the central riding which included Dromana, Flinders and the land between them.

There was no mention of either in the 1910 rates, and given their son George Bryan's death at Warragul, the Peter Watson of Drouin in 1906 could have been his father.
Decoration, by St. Laurence, Mr. Peter Watson, Drouin 65 (P.9, The Australasian, 4-8-1906.)

The same man might have been at Iona, (8.8km via Bunyip River Rd south west of Bunyip) by 1909.
THIS DAY. At Half-past Two AT KRAFT'S HOTEL, BUNYIP. W.S. KEAST and Co. and BERNARD MICHAEL (In conjunction) have received Instructions from Mr. Peter Watson, to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION,
That very rich little farm, containing 75 acres O roods 1 perch, situated about three miles from the Bunyip R.S., and one mile from the Iona P.O. and township; together with the improvements, which consist of a 3 roomed house, kitchen, stabling, sheds &c.(P.2, Argus, 23-1-1909.)

Whether this man was the husband of Margaret nee Mitchell is not proved but it seems that the farm might have been sold because of ill-health, causing retirement; Peter Watson died in Dromana the same year.

EventDeath Event registration number12197 Registration year1909
Personal information
Family nameWATSON Given namesPeter SexUnknown Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathDromana Age80

Peter Watson's wife was a sister of John Townsend's wife, Allison, nee Mitchell!
EventDeath Event registration number9360 Registration year1914
Personal information
Family nameWATSON Given namesMargt SexUnknown Father's nameMitchell Jno Mother's nameHellen (Scott) Place of birth Place of deathDromana Age80

EventBirth Event registration number14790 Registration year1864
Personal information
Family nameWATSON Given namesWilliam Thomas SexUnknown Father's namePeter Mother's nameMargaret (Mitchell) Place of birthDROM

Three men named Wm. Thos.Watson were married between 1884 and 1900 but marriage records do not give enough information to confirm if any of them were the above.

There is no death record (with the right parents) for the above with a surname of Watson or Bryan. There is also no death record (under either surname)for George Bryan who died at Warragul in 1936 according to his death notice above.

Mary Ann McLear purchased crown allotment 3 (wrongly stated on page 99 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA as c/a 13)of section 2 Kangerong from her business partner, Charles Graves,for 200 pounds on 31-1-1860. Soon after she moved onto the property and was replaced on The Willows (approximately Melway 160 D4 according to the page 27 map)by John Bryan, whom we all know by now was Peter Watson. Within a year he had married Margaret Mitchell.

EventMarriage Event registration number611 Registration year1861
Personal information
Family nameWATSON Given namesPeter SexMale Spouse's family nameMITCHELL Spouse's given namesMargaret

It is likely that the Mitchells lived in between The Willows and the Griffith homestead. Peter probably did a bit of farming but without a jetty it was hard to get produce to market in Melbourne so he was probably working on the timber from dawn to dusk with Margaret carrying out the farming chores and caring for the children. This might explain why she had little time to help her ailing father but the reason was more likely a huge argument, with Margaret's mother leaving her husband. The reason will probably never been known; likewise the reason that Peter was known as John Bryan. Perhaps he was a deserter, absconding from MAITLAND!

As Townsend family notices were rare, while there is much information in A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA about John Townsend's occupations there is little genealogical information and even that is confusing, such as the claim on page 84 that Mrs John Townsend was a daughter of Charlie Dyson. I presume that if this was true, she had married a son of John and Allison. See TOWNSEND-DYSON below. John's biography is on page 74 and the only genealogical information is that he was born in 1840 and died in 1918. No marriage record was found for Allison Mitchell.

EventDeath Event registration number8538 Registration year1918
Personal information
Family nameTOWNSEND Given namesJno SexUnknown Father's nameTownsend Jas Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathDromana Age78

John does not seem to have been born in Victoria.

Although there is no death record for Allison Mitchell, there is one for John.
EventMarriage Event registration number3297 Registration year1864
Personal information
Family nameTOWNSEND Given namesJohn SexMale Spouse's family nameMITCHELL Spouse's given namesAlison

1865 Reg. no14930 JOHN*
1867 Reg. no7790 NATHANIEL JAMES
1873 Reg. no13263 WILLIAM, TOOTGAROOK**
1875 Reg. no19972 HELLEN, TOOTGAROOK
1877 Reg. no25531 ERNEST, TOOTGAROOK
1880 Reg. no12218 ARTHUR, TOOTGAROOK
1886 Reg. no25611 JESSIE
1888 Reg. no10763 SAMUELWATSON***
Unless I'm blind there was no birth record for the third son, Thomas, who died in South Africa aged 62 in 1932 and would have been born in 1869 or 1870. There seems to be a big gap between 1880 and 1886 so there might have been other children.

* It would have been this John Townsend who married Charlie Dyson's daughter (if the claim is true.)No record of a Townsend-Dyson marriage was found.

** William Townsend died at Rye in 1936 and an obituary was written.
It stated that he was born at Rosebud (c/a's 31DC Wannaeue, bounded by the freeway, Hove Rd, Rosebud Avenue and Waterfall Gully Rd, and c/a 30B to the south containing Bayview and Mount Arthur Avenues.) Tootgarook (Rye)was a bit farther away from John's grants but there was no mountain to climb in order to register the birth.

George might have been named after the father of Allison's father (see below#), as probably was George Watson, the son of Allison's sister Margaret,(born 27-10-1869 on Jamieson's Special Survey, died 23-1-1936 at Warragul.)

EventDeath Event registration number7534 Registration year1862
Personal information
Family nameMITCHELL Given namesJohn SexUnknown Father's nameGeorge# Mother's nameEllen (Oliver) Place of birthSCOT Place of death Age62

*** Allison Townsend's sister, Margaret had married Peter Watson (also known as John Bryan.)

EventDeath Event registration number11498 Registration year1932
Personal information
Family nameTOWNSEND Given namesAllison SexFemale Father's nameMITCHELL John Mother's nameHelen (Scott) Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age90

There does not seem to have been a death notice for Allison but it can be assumed that her death occurred after 16 July 1932.

TOWNSEND.— On the 27th May, at Johannesburg, South Africa, Thomas, third son of Alison and the late John Townsend, of Dromana, aged 62.(P.5, The Age, 16-7-1932.)

TOWNSEND.—On the 23rd May, at Dromana, James N , dearly beloved husband of M. C.Townsend, age 36. At rest.
(P.1, Argus, 26-5-1904.)
M.C.Townsend is often mentioned on trove in regard to Dromana and now that we know who she is, it may be possible to find if she was still there or at Rye when she married Robert McNab in 1906.

Another loose end was the supposed marriage of John Townsend and Charlie Dyson's daughter. Not having found a marriage record to support the claim, I decided to check Townsend births from 1890 to 1910.

EventBirth Event registration number3089 Registration year1893
Personal information
Family nameTOWNSEND Given namesMarian Allison SexFemale Father's nameThomas Mother's nameChristina I (Dyson) Place of birthDROM

EventBirth Event registration number4309 Registration year1897
Personal information
Family nameTOWNSEND Given namesMartha Emma Thomasin SexUnknown Father's nameThos Mother's nameCtina Isabel (Dyson) Place of birthKEW

There is no death record for Christina Isabelle Townsend from 1897 and only two for Christina Townsend, nee Bird, and another with the mother's name given as Teresa Jane Fillin, it is likely that the mother of the above two children died in South Africa and her husband was Thomas, third son of John Townsend who died aged 62 in 1932 in South Africa as in the death notice in bold type not too far above.

This could be the birth record of Thomas Townsend's future wife. It did not come up in a Christina Isabelle Dyson search so I searched all Dyson birth from 1860 to 1870.
EventBirth Event registration number8258 Registration year1864
Personal information
Family nameDYSON Given namesChristine Isabella SexUnknown Father's nameJohn Mother's nameMary Ann (Singleton) Place of birthDROM

This birth record is included because of a discovery I made when researching my PIONEER BURIALS AT DROMANA. The head of the Dyson family, whom Colin referred to as Charlie, and his son, (CALLED JACK BY COLIN McLEAR) were BOTH named John Charles Dyson.
DYSON Given namesJohn Charles EventBirth Father's name / Spouse's family nameJohn Mother's maiden name / Spouse's given nameMary An (Singleton) Reg. year1863 Reg. no1710

I extended my search up to 1880 and there was no other birth of a Christine/a Isabelle/a Dyson.

The TOWNSEND SURNAME IN AUSTRALIA website provides the following information.
Christina Isabella Dyson
F, b. circa 1870
Birth*: Christina Isabella Dyson was born circa 1870.
Marriage*: She married Thomas Townsend in 1892 at Vic, AustraliaG.
Married Name: As of 1892,her married name was Townsend.
Last Edited: 31 Jan 2008
Family: Thomas Townsend b. c 1870
Marian Allison Townsend b. 1893
Helen Edith May Townsend b. 1894
Martha Emma Thomasina Townsend b. 1897

And by clicking on Thomas Townsend, the same information with the fact that he was born (registered) at Rye (Tootgarook)which comes as no surprise because all children of John and Allison Townsend born between 1871 and 1880 were registered at Tootgarook. This tells us that John was living on his Wannaeue selections by 1870 (or maybe even 1869) when Thomas was born.

Unfortunately Marriage records do not specify the place of marriage OR OTHER INFORMATION SHOWN ON THE CERTIFICATE. John Townsend junior was born in 1864 and only six men of that name married between 1884 when he would have been 20 and 1910 when he would have been 46.
The only Townsend man with the right given name whose spouse had a surname known in the area is shown below. There is no proof that he was the son of John and Allison Townsend born in 1864 and if he was, he certainly didn't marry Charlie Dyson's daughter.

EventMarriage Event registration number3191 Registration year1899
Personal information
Family nameTOWNSEND Given namesJno SexUnknown Spouse's family nameHENDERSON Spouse's given namesMargt Turner