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I couldn't remember the name of the timber business that operated on lot 1 of the Hindhope Estate on the west corner of Pt Nepean Rd and First Avenue at Rosebud. But I knew exactly where I could find out. The answer is on page 24 of the souvenir and although not painted green in 1954, the building looks much the same now as when H.and J.Hancock were running their timber and hardware store.
An Argus Souvenir of THE PENINSULA ARGUS FREE PHOTOS
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 7 January 1954 p 17 Article Illustrated
As I scrolled through the pages, I realised that a summary of the contents, including advertisements, might be of value to family historians and local historians, who might not be directed to the souvenir on trove when they enter the surname being researched. The digitisation of "bronzed Peter Logan" which I pasted below,illustrates why trove will produce NO RESULTS when there could actually be many.Photos will not be mentioned unless they include named people or buildings.
ADV. Colortone Brick Ltd., Cranbourne Rd, Frankston. Peninsula Bus Lines Ltd.
ART. Happy memories of the bay with photos of camper surname signs at Rosebud, Diane Mahoney and Judith
Murray at Rosebud, and Maureen O'Sullivan and bronted Pater Logan at Mt Martha. (Maureen's companion was "bronzed Peter Logan"!)
ADV. Warner & Robertson, 66 Main St, Mornington (Real Estate). Rowley Bros, Rye and Flinders (Butchers.)
Penders Newsagency, Main St Mornington. F.Woodcock, watchmaker and jeweller, Nepean Hwy, Rye.
Patersons(electrical), 563-7 Bay St, Frankston, with pictures of fridge and washing machine models.
The Rye Pharmacy, S.S.Goble, between pier and post office, with Southern Peninsula Bookshop in the Pharmacy.
(Pauline Powell of the Rye Historical Society has written a detailed history of this shop and its proprietors.)
George E.Davies &Co. Real Estate, Nepean Hwy (next P.O.) Rosebud.
Rye Fruit Supply, S.& E.Gillies, Nepean Hwy, Rye. Wine at Ritchie's of Frankston.
ART. YACHTING. Need for safe anchorages-Frankston (Kananook)Creek the best but mouth silts up-clubs at Frankston (Fletcher, Steele, McConville), Mornington (Hall, Willey, Berry, Moorhead, Burriss), and Sorrento (Mrs E.Brabin).
ADV. E.H.Goss, builder, Sorrento and pictures of some of his buildings including Delgany and a Frankston church.
ART. Photos of Fletcher's yacht and scenes at Mornington pier with captions re fishing etc.
ADV. Sorrento Building Supply, Bowen Rd (no proprietors named.) Point Hardware and Joinery, 51 Main St, Mornington with picture of store (Prop. names possibly on sign.)
Powell motor body repairs, Phone Frankston 1709.
Hanton's Pharmacy of Frankston.
Bill Freeman's Saturday dances at The Phillip Ballroom, Pt Nepean Highway, Rosebud West.* ( This was on the site of the new service station on the west corner of Truemans Rd. It was later used as a roller skating rink. An excellent article about the ballroom and its proprietors appeared in the Rye Historical Society newsletter. It might have been the only ballroom on the peninsula at the time but Reg? Henderson operated a ballroom at some time in the Henderson Real Estate building on the west corner of Murray Anderson Rd at Rosebud.)
Norm Wood, shoe retailer, 104 Main St, Mornington. Mornington Ice and Cordial Works, 12 Garden St.
Harmsworth Stores (McCrae P.O., newsagency, drapery, hardware).
NU Peninsula Dry Cleaners, 111 Main St, Mornington.
Frankston Blind Co (manufacturers and retailers), 580 Bay St.
Come fishing (photo of Cynthia Bliss)with details and secrets about fishing. Old Ted McComb (photo), veteran fisherman who had rescued over 30 people on the bay, told of his rescues which involved Constable Stephenson, Gregory, Burton, Middleton, Grice.)
* RE "THE PHILLIP". The ballroom was not right on the Truemans Rd corner. The following, written by Dick Rowley who moved into 1839 Pt Nepean Rd, west of the ballroom,in 1955, was published in the July-September 2011 issue of the Rye Historical Society newsletter.
In 1946 John Ditchburn built a shop and residence for H.G.D.Maxwell at 1807 Point Nepean Road on the corner of Truemans Road, Tootgarook. The Maxwell family Gwynn and Blanche and children, Jeff, Merlin and Janice lived behind in the residence. The shop proved to be a success from the start with the locals, passing trade and campers. The shop was extended three times over the years. In 1951 the family moved and started a caravan park in Woyna Avenue. (Just across Truemans Rd.)
From 1951 to 1955 the Speakman family were the proprietors. Their daughter Jan worked in the shop and later married Chris Cairns. (No mention is made of who ran the store between 1955 and 1960.) The store was later run by Maurice and Shirley Joseph (1960-5)who had three children, and Merv and Shirley Drew (1865-73), whose children were Jeff, Janice, Annette, Jillian and Robyn. Later proprietors are detailed.
In 1960,a small shop was built between Max's Corner Store and the Phillip ballroom, and for two years it was operated as a cake shop by Mrs Garner and Mrs Foster.Keith and Gwen Found then ran it from 1963-5 as a fruit and vegetable shop, from there they moved to Rosebud where they opened Found's Furniture Shop.
Operating as a take-away food shop for the last ten years by Mark and Nina,it was demolished in 2010 revealing the Swallow's Biscuits and Medallion (lemonade)signs on the west wall of the original store.
I'm breaking this journal into parts to limit the number of surnames and prevent them disappearing from the surnames list. These are the surnames entered in the surname list:
MAHONEY,O'SULLIVAN,MURRAY,LOGAN,WARNER, ROBERTSON, ROWLEY,PENDER, WOODCOCK, PATERSON, GOBLE, POWELL, DAVIES, GILLIES, RITCHIE, FLETCHER, STEELE, McCONVILLE, HALL, WILLEY, BERRY, MOORHEAD, BURRISS, BRABIN, GOSS, HANTON,FREEMAN, HENDERSON,WOOD,HARMSWORTH, BLISS, McCOMB, STEPHENSON, GREGORY, BURTON,MIDDLETON,GRICE,
An Argus Souvenir of THE PENINSULA ARGUS FREE PHOTOS
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 7 January 1954 p 17 Article Illustrated
This continues on from the first journal that summarised details on pages 17-20.
ADV= Advertisements, ART= Article. Businesses will not be mentioned unless they include an address or name, except where extra detail can be supplied.
Sorrento Hotel, W.B.Roseman. J.G.Taylor, canvas worker, 1 Main St, Mornington.
Rye Ice and Fuel Supply, Napier St, Rye. ( This was on the site of the R.S.L. car park. See Patricia Appleford's RYE PRIMARY SCHOOL 1667 which includes anecdotes from former pupils including a descendant of the supplies' owner.)
Rye Cake Kitchen, Nepean Hwy, next to jeweller.
Model Beach House at Mt Eliza(not involving locals.)
The Campers-Even the Kitchen sink.(Bert Deacon, Carlton F.C.great and his colony of 21 people from Preston; Mr.G.Armstrong, sec. of the Rosebud foreshore trust; Maslen, Riddell, Evans, Purcell,Spencer, Watkins, Stokes, Cairns, Walker, Charles, Sutherland.)
ADV. Johnston's Menswear of Mornington. Bayside Electrical Service, Nepean Hwy, Rosebud West.
Hilltop Estate, Hughes Rd, near Koonya Beach, Archer Real Estate.
F.E.Wood, Real Estate, opposite lighthouse, Nepean Hwy. ( Wood St, between Eighth and Ninth Avenue, Is named after Forrest Edmond (Joe) Wood, a Flinders Shire councillor, who was very active regarding the foreshore and the new hall at Rosebud,lived in the McCrae Homestead. He probably operated his business, which also involved a store, from one of the shops near the pedestrian lights.)
Max Searle, furniture maker, 9 Gordon St, Mornington.
Littleton Bros., General Store and Newsagent, Nepean Hwy, Dromana.
N.M.Bartley, chemist, Sorrento.
Lynwood Dairy, A.J.Parker and Son, 15 Vancouver St, Mornington. Possibly members of the pioneering Parker family of Parkdale. If I remember correctly, there was a big dairy in Lyndhurst that replaced many small dairies when pasteurisation became a requirement and Lynwood implies a connection.
Sage's Cottage has been in the news lately with the Menzies Foundation ending its connection as an economy measure. In 1954, the cottage, "Eurutta" was still occupied by Thomas Holden Sage 83, and his sister, Miss Ellen Amynta Sage 87, who had lived in the cottage for almost 80 years.Their uncle was surveyor, Robert Hoddle, and Benjamin Baxter, whose Carrup Carrup homestead was demolished in about 1951, was their grandfather. The article discusses the involvement in the infant settlement of Melbourne of Ben Baxter and his wife, and momentoes such as John Batman's rocking chair and Hoddle's survey chain. The photo of the pair is of poor quality.
Harry McComb,the 91 year old son of Frankston's founder, Thomas McComb, told how Thomas had been the mate on a windjammer that sailed to Tasmania in 1833 but deserted his ship and married Grace in 1844 before later being attracted to Victoria by the goldrush and settling at Frankston to work as a fisherman. Grace was the area's midwife and walked miles with her babe in arms to gather support for a government school.
John McComb of Carrum/Seaford, who was almost certainly a descendant of Thomas, was the last to farm Hindhope at Rosebud circa 1913 and it is a pity that McCombe St near Rosebud Plaza was given the wrong spelling in the subdivision plan.
Arthurs Seat-Superb View has an unclear photo of Dromana and surrounds and discusses the naming and history of the mountain and the panorama it provides.
Redman's Timber and Hardware, Sorrento. The Oriental Hotel, Main St, Sorrento, R.J.&G.Popple.
Mornington Sports and Electrical, 110 Main St, Mornington.
Molyneux, frocks and hats by Arlene, Nepean Hwy, Rosebud,just near the hotel.
Arthur Moore, builder,78 Dandenong Rd, Frankston, established 1933.
Smith's Hardware, J.& V.Nettleton, Nepean Hwy, Rosebud.
G.S.Frean &Ride, timber and hardware, Barkly St, Mornington.
Mornington Peninsula Agricultural Society Annual Show 9-1-1954.
Sorrento's 1803 settlement. Mr.H.J.Leggett of "The Oaks", a fine old home near the settlement site, had spent 25 years since buying his property preserving the graves and collecting relics such as a 1793 cognac bottle and portions of the wooden casks that collected fresh water beneath the beach sand.The first birth,divine service, marriage, business, and burials in the (future)state involved the THORN,KNOPWOOD,HARVEY,GARRETT BLINKWORTH and SKILLMORE surnames.
William Buckley,the wild white man. Photo of Mrs Dennis (Leggett's grand daughter) of "The Oaks" holding spears that had come from Buckley's tribe. Contains a claim that Buckley was sleeping when discovered by the aborigines near Queenscliff. Without realising it, he was sleeping on the grave of an honoured chief, which in combination with his white skin, made the aborigines revere him.
To be continued in 1954 MORNINGTON PENINSULA SOUVENIR (3.)
ROSEMAN, TAYLOR, DEACON, ARMSTRONG, MASLEN, RIDDELL, EVANS, PURCELL, SPENCER, WATKINS,STOKES, CAIRNS, WALKER,CHARLES, SUTHERLAND, JOHNSTON, ARCHER, WOOD, SEARLE, LITTLETON, BARTLEY, PARKER, SAGE, HODDLE, BAXTER, McCOMB,REDMAN,POPPLE,MOORE, NETTLETON, FREAN, RIDE, LEGGETT,THORN,KNOPWOOD, HARVEY, GARRETT, BLINKWORTH, SKILLMORE, BUCKLEY,
An Argus Souvenir of THE PENINSULA ARGUS FREE PHOTOS
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 7 January 1954 p 17 Article Illustrated
Motor Spares, 128 Young St, Frankston. McDonald's Rosebud Newsagency.
Jacobs& Lowe, Real Estate, 35 Main St, Mornington.
H&J Hancock timber and hardware, Rosebud. (West corner Nepean Hwy and First Avenue.)
G.C.Campbell,wrought iron, Truemans Rd, Rosebud West opp.bus stop 58,rear Campbell Town Flats also at Nepean Hwy, Rosebud next to Shell garage.
H.R.Woodward and Sons, butchers and graziers, established 50 years, Edithvale, Chelsea, Carrum, Frankston. Watch for opening of new shop at Rosebud shortly.
Rye Lands Estate Sale (Formerly Rye Golf Links, W.E.Prentice, Melb. As shown by the map the golf course/Estate was south of the township/cemetery and bounded by Dundas St and Golf Pde. Young Bill Prentice would drive down every weekend and park his car at the end of Lyons St to use it as a sales office. He came to like Rye so much he opened his own office there.The McDonalds called their course the St George Links. (Rye Historical Society newsletter articles.)
Golf (Margaret Masters, Lach Stanes), facitities (Frankston Hospital, Mornington Pre-school), Reg Ansett's Manyung Hotel, formerly Sir John Grice's mansion, at Mt Eliza, the next Lithgow Flash (Lois Jackman of Frankston High.)
N.H.MacPherson,real estate agent, Nepean Hwy, Dromana opposite pier, after hours phone Main Ridge 20. N.B. Part of the former course of Main Creek Rd in Melway 254 F-G1 is called MacPherson Lane.
McDonald's of Dromana, hardware and camping supplies, Nepean Hwy, Dromana. (It was Hinves and McDonald in the S&McD 1950 directory.)
George Austin, real estate, Frankston (photo of building.)Austin Rd in Melway 148 D3 was named after George according to Murray Gomm.
Rechter's Friendly Stores, Rosebud (a)Self Service near Murray Anderson Rd (b)Full Service Melbourne side of Boneo Rd.
June Frock Salon, Mrs June Wright prop., Nepean Hwy Rye opp. pier.
Dava Lodge golf course at Mt Martha, Busy Bay St at Frankston, two-time winner of the Mornington Cup trained by Noel McDonnell at Montana Stud next to the racecourse, Sorrento-Portsea surf lifesaving club members, Alby Morrison, star of Sorrento's premiership team at 45, and vice president Bill Roseman, with details about the M.P.F.L. and other V.F.L. and V.F.A. players (OLLE,WILSON,STAFFORD,KENNEDY)playing for Sorrento.
Wilson's butcheries est.1853 (in Port Melbourne), photos of three shops, the third probably the one that stood at 10 McCulloch St, Dromana next to Beauvoir, and photos of Henry, Ben and Sam.Sam lived in 4 McCulloch St.
Rosebud Real Estate Agency and Holiday Bureau with photo looking very much like Henderson's building on the west corner of Murray Anderson Rd. (It is. See page 27.)
Reg Ansett's house (Norman Lodge?), crowd scene at Mornington races, Mrs Henty's round house on Olivers Hill.
ART.The show -Mr R.E.F.Woodward, President.Mr Gadsden of Four Winds (Melway 160 K12) had entered his prize ram.
Austin sales and service -13 Young St Frankston & cnr Main and Barkly St, Mornington.
Gregory's pharmacy Rosebud right opposite the carnival. (Fred?) Gregory was a great member of the Rosebud community and the Rosebud Chamber of Commerce has erected his statue, trowel in hand, on a corner in the shopping strip.
Radios, Desmond Boyd, next newsagency, Rosebud.
Erlandson and Co.,Pier Store, Rye. (Pretty sure it should be Erlandsen, a descendant of Erland Erlandsen of Sorrento. The store, now a cafe,has been rebuilt.)
R.W.Riley, drapery and menswear, Back Beach Rd, Sorrento.
T.Electrics, Bay St, Frankston,right next to Snow's.
Peninsula Radio, 80 Main St, Mornington and Hotel building, Rosebud.
Cora Lynn Cafe, Nepean Hwy, Rye, M.&M.C.Milton.
Another Rosebud timber and hardware store (pictured.)
Building booms (Wakeham,Goss), the H.W.Wilson story*, Eric M.Hall and Peninsula Bus Lines, manufacturing process for colortone bricks, R.A.Leslie and Frankston Electric Service.
(*H.W.Wilson Jnr was actually Henry William Burdett Coutts Wilson, a longtime shire councillor who took over the Sorrento branch of the business, In about 1905 he was building a new slaughteryard at Dromana with Mr (probably John)Townsend when his little son slipped into a seven foot deep waterhole. Henry waded into the murky water and brought out his son's lifeless body. See my John Townsend journal.
ESTATE PLUS TOURIST GUIDE. "Coupled with the growth of Rosebud, the Rosebud Estate Agency, under the guidance of Reg Henderson,commenced business about three years ago, and has been responsible for much of Rosebud's expansion. Apart from ordinary estate agency business, it also operates a tourist bureau."
Peninsula Plate, Swann and Hudson,Ross Smith Avenue, Frankston.
Frankston Electric Service, 531 Bay St (See R.A.Leslie above.)
Portsea surf beach, Teddy Weeks and Marilyn King in boat with a huge schnapper they caught out of Mornington, the back beach pool at Sorrento, Mr and Mrs F.W.Cummings of East St Kilda out for a ramble at Sorrento.
Will the Duke go to the polo in Melbourne where some members of the Mornington Peninsula Polo Club will be in action? "Polo is one of the main sports on the Peninsula going ahead like wildfire. Since the old Mt. Eliza
Polo Club was re-formed about two years ago, great interest has been shown in the sport by people from not
only the Peninsula, but also from Melbourne. THE MEMBERSHIP of the new club has leapt to 100 and is still rising. The club conducts its matches in a lovely setting at Tuerong Park, Mornington.
It is the property of the club's secretary, Mr. J.V.Edgar. Mr, Edgar is one of the club's most experienced
players. Mr. A.H.L.Gibson is president of the club."
Tuerong Park was the majority of the pre-emptive right of the Tuerong Run with its historic homestead located at Melway 151 K3 being used as an office by Dromana Estate Vineyards which has produced a history of the property. The bend in Vineyard Lane is its south west corner and the end of Gillett Rd its south east corner.
McDONALD, JACOBS,LOWE,HANCOCK, CAMPBELL, WOODWARD,PRENTICE,MASTERS, STANES, ANSETT, GRICE, JACKMAN, MACPHERSON, McDONALD, HINVES, AUSTIN,RECHTER, WRIGHT,McDONNELL,MORRISON, OLLE, WILSON, STAFFORD, KENNEDY, ANSETT, HENTY, GADSDEN,GREGORY, BOYD, ERLANDSEN, SWANN, HUDSON, WEEKS, KING, CUMMINGS,EDGAR, GIBSON.
My memory is fairly good but it's telling me now that at some stage, I might have called William Calder's son,who designed the Shire of Flinders offices at Dromana, Sam. If this is true,it was due to confusion with Sam Loxton who lived across McIlroys Rd from Four Winds and sought the refuge of his Red Hill farm following Trevor Chappell's infamous underarm final ball in a one day match against the Kiwis.
In 1919 William Calder of Armadale was assessed on 591 acres (crown allotments 18A,part 17A, Kangerong)which doesn't make sense so my transcription probably resulted from a guess at what the scribble meant and he was probably rated on 91 acres, which must have included 31 acres of the 77 acre 17A, Four Winds at the south corner of White Hill and McIlroys Rds consisting of 59 acres 3 roods 25 perches but always described as 60 acres. S.P.Calder was assessed on 12 acres which would have been part of 18C for which he obtained the grant, apparently in 1928 and would have provided access from Four Winds to 17A.
(Google KANGERONG,PARISH OF MORNINGTON, to see the Kangerong parish map.)
William Calder may have spent much of his leisure time developing the garden at Four Winds but a fair slab of his time was devoted to his role as an indispensable Chairman of the Red Hill Show committee. The report of a committee meeting before the show and shortly after William's death gives much more detail about how great his contribution had been and that (in my words) all hands to the wheel would be required to fill the void.
RED HILL, Wednesday. In spite of the showery weather,there was a good attendance at the seventh annual show. Mr R.H.Holmes,vice-president, referred to the very serious loss which the society had suffered by the death of the president,Mr W.Calder. Mr Downward M.L.A. said that Mr Calder's death was a loss not only to Red
Hill, but to the state. (P.10,Argus,22-3-1928.)
RED HILL PROPERTY SOLD.
Late Mr. W. Calder's Home.
The country homo known as The Four Winds at Red Hill, which was the property of the late Mr. William Calder, chairman of the Country Roads Board, has been purchased by Mr.E.E.Thompson, of Flete avenue Malvern. The house
is modern in design and construction, and has fine grounds, to the improvement of which Mr.Calder devoted much of his leisure time. The sale was made through the agency of Mr George Higgens, of Red Hill.
(P.14, Argus, 25-10-1929.)
William Calder (engineer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
William Calder, (31 July 1860 – 18 February 1928), engineer, was born at Lovell's Flat, Milton near Dunedin, New Zealand, only son of Arthur Calder and his wife Margaret Milne, née Strachan. Calder was educated in New Zealand (Milton local school and the Otago Boys' High School in Dunedin 1876-77), and then attended Otago University. He become a cadet in the Government Survey Department in October 1883 and after five years of practical training, he passed the authorized surveyors' examination with credit in July 1888, and was responsible for much road construction and exploration in the North and South islands of the Dominion.
Migration to Australia
In 1888 he came to Victoria and worked in private engineering and surveying firms. In October 1889 he became assistant town surveyor for the City of Footscray, and in July 1890 town engineer. At night he studied to gain certificates as municipal engineer (1890) and engineer of Water supply (1892). From December 1897 to March 1913, Calder was city engineer and building surveyor to the City of Prahran. Among the works he is credited with are the first asphalted carpet-road surface, the first refuse destructor in Australia, and the completion of a major drainage project. By March 1903 he was an associate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, and a member of the Institution of Municipal and County Engineers of Great Britain.
Country Roads Board
Calder made the greatest impact as the first Chairman for the Country Roads Board (CRB) from 1913 to 1928. Among his first tasks was to undertake an exhaustive inspection of the road system, which had been neglected by the responsible municipalities and state government since the building of the railways. Calder was known as a meticulous note-taker and enthusiastic photographer, and his notes recording the board's progress were transcribed and used as a basic reference for many years. Despite, shortages of money and manpower for road-building as a consequence of the Great War, Calder campaigned successfully for more funds, especially for arterial roads, both publicly and privately.
He toured Europe and North America in 1924 examining road-construction practice and road-administration and reported extensively on matters such as the controversy on the American concrete pavement techniques versus British asphalt. His report, published that year, is widely regarded as a classic of road-construction practice and road-administration.
Many of Calder's recommendations were included in the important Highways and Vehicles Act of 1924, which provided for the declaration of State highways, two-thirds financed by the State government through the C.R.B. This network of highways is perhaps Calder's main achievement: the Calder Highway, the road to Bendigo and Mildura was named after him. The Country roads Board's system of organization was copied in other States, New Zealand and Fiji. Calder was a strong advocated for Federal assistance in highway construction, and attended the first meeting of the Federal Aid Roads Board set up under the Act of 1926.
Calder had married Elizabeth Bagley Palmer of Dunedin on 4 November 1889 at Brunswick, Victoria. He was a devout Presbyterian and member of his church boards of management of Footscray and Armadale. He had close links with Professor Henry Payne of the University of Melbourne. Calder was known as a 'champion shot', and assisted with military training in the Moorooduc area during World War I. He hoped to retire to his small property at Red Hill, Victoria but died of cancer at East Malvern on 18 February 1928. He was still Chairman and chief engineer of the CRB when he died, and was replaced as chief engineer by Donald Victor Darwin.
Calder was survived by his wife, a son (Architect Stuart Palmer Calder) and a daughter, and was buried in Cheltenham cemetery after a ceremony at Gardiner Presbyterian Church. Calder's wife was awarded a special State pension by the Victorian Government, which saved her from financial difficulty. Memorials to William Calder include an avenue of trees on the road to Geelong beginning one mile past Werribee, cairns at Warragul and elsewhere in Gippsland, an obelisk on the Princes Highway, at Drouin, a plaque at Frankston  and a bridge at Moe. A portrait of him by Tom Roberts, hung in the C.R.B. board room, in Kew until recently.
I have a suspicion that prominent historian,Winty Calder,born in 1927 (possibly at Mornington) was a daughter of Stuart Palmer Calder.
It was only when I started transcribing my handwritten KILTS AND COW DUNG FLATS that I realised that I might have reversed two surnames which sound identical. I had tried googling the name of the author of the STRATHMORE COMMUNITY WEBSITE on several occasions,without success. I remembered his name of course. It was one of the hundreds of names in my little black book of history contacts that I circular-filed when moving to Rosebud.
The reason for my lack of success was RIGHT SOUND-WRONG SPELLING. In my mind, Bruce's surname had become Barber and Thomas Napier's son-in-law had become George Page Barbour; you'll never find an entry in Alexander Sutherland's VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS, PAST AND PRESENT (1888) for George Page Barbour but you will find one for George Page BARBER (still at Warrnambool after being a partner in one of Melbourne's earliest law firms). It was when I started transcribing the index for KILTS AND COW DUNG FLATS that I suspected my memory had,in the words of Maxwell Smart,"Missed by that much!"
Bruce and I had several lengthy phone conversations but I never realised how far-ranging his interests lay as shown by his OVERSITE below. It would be interesting to know if he was a descendant of Robert the Bruce or the author of the tale. I feel privileged to have been of assistance to such a clever man.
It could be said that Bruce's OVERSITE corrected my OVERSIGHT!
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