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EARLY DAYS OF THE POST OFFICE (AND AUSTRALASIA'S FIRST SAWMAKER) AT RED HILL NEAR DROMANA, VIC., AUST.
Many tales in family folklore never made it into newspapers or documents. They could be true, just like I distinctly remembered reading an article a year or so ago about a letter sent from the Red Hill post office
by the postmistress. The descendant of Australasia's first sawmaker, who is writing a family history, wanted to document an aspect of this folklore regarding the Red Hill post office and sent me a private message through FAMILY TREE CIRCLES. At the time I knew exactly where his land at Red Hill was, when he was first assessed and that he was a saw maker,all from rate records. I had already read about his connection with the post office at Red Hill. But I didn't know he was Australasia's first saw maker!
Unfortunately I can't find the webpage re "Australasia" and it's nearly 1 a.m. so I'll go with one from the museum about his waistcoat.
Waistcoat - W.H. Blakeley, circa 1850-1900 - Museum Victoria
Off-white waistcoat that once belonged to William Henry Blakeley. His name is stamped inside the neckline. It is likely to date to the mid to late 19th century, although men's clothing of this period can be hard to date precisely and was often worn for many years.
Part of a collection of (word left out) and other material relating to the life of William Henry Blakeley and the Blakeley family donated to Museum Victoria. William Blakeley was the first saw manufacturer in Australia. He was born in England in 1839 and was indentured as a saw maker. In 1867 he set up his own saw shop in Little Bourke Street - soon to become a successful manufacturing business, W.H. Blakeley and Co (which became W.H. and Company Proprietary Limited in 1922), with several locations in inner Melbourne. The Blakeley business has continued into the 21st century. The donor and her sisters are the daughters of William and Annie's son William Gillott Blakeley and his wife Ada Henrietta.
The firm that the Red Hill pioneer started is still going strong. I left the next sentence out because the lady writing the family history ran the firm for some time afterwards before retiring.
WH BLAKELEY INDUSTRIAL KNIVES
William Henry Blakeley established his saw and knife manufacturing company in Melbourne in 1867. Born in Sheffield, England, in 1839 he was indentured as a saw maker and 1865 was commissioned to journey to New Zealand to install the then world's longest continuous bandsaw in a mill in in Tairu on Comomandel Peninsula. This installation completed he travelled to Melbourne and worked as a sub-contractor at a large mill on the bank Yarra River where the Arts Centre is now located.
In 1967, he set up his own saw shop in Lt Bourke Street.
In THE RED HILL, Sheila Skidmore wrote that William Henry Blakely had come from Sheffield in England,had made the world's largest bandsaw and taken it to New Zealand where he had stayed for two years to maintain it. This accords with the Industrial Knives website, which brings me to the Dromana Pioneer Pathway. It has a plaque stating WILLIAM HENRY AND MARTHA BLAKELEY 1865. The trouble with family folklore is that facts are there but get tangled up. William Henry Blakeley certainly arrived in 1865- in New Zealand!
When I read the saw maker's death notice and saw that his wife's name was Annie, I thought the plaque had a second error. When I mentioned this to the aforesaid author, she pointed out that Martha had died after bearing four living children and William had remarried in 1886 to Annie who also gave birth to four children who survived. Later I came across Tonkin's F.T.C. journal about the SHACKLOCK family and discovered Annie's maiden name, which tickled my sense of stupidity. Remembering the log cabin (probably built by Edward Barker, who was completely unrelated to the Barkers of Cape Scanck and Boneo and certainly related to William Henry Blakeley) that was moved from the Outlook Paddock to Blakeley's 140 acre block, I penned this product of too many late nights.
While grieving still for Martha
On the seat reserved for Arthur
His hut door slammed-what a shock!
He got himself a shack lock.
CONTINUE-SHEILA'S P.O. DETAILS (INCL. MISSES BAKER) AND RATE INFORMATION (MARSHALL TO WHEELER.)
On page 23 of THE RED HILL, Sheila Skidmore discusses the early days of the settlement's post office. It opened in August 1871 with Alexander Marshall appointed postmaster at 10 pounds per annum. He was succeeded by Charles Davies in 1873. Emma Maloney (see below)was appointed as postmistress in 1876 at 15 pounds per annum. About this time the property was purchased by W.H.Blakeley for his son-in-law George Cousins*. Blakeley extended the buildings to build the present post office and a small store. He also added an oven and bakery which was probably never used.
P.24. Elizabeth Wheeler took over in 1878 and continued until Ethel M.Wheeler took over on 11-11-1925, continuing until 1936.Next to fun the post office was Miss A.Liversidge, followed by F.Molloy in 1954, L.H.Dawson in 1955 and R.Kinder in 1966.
* Rate records lack detail. The two Dromana Hotels, post offices, stores and dwellings at this time were described as "buildings" and in most cases the OWNER column was blank so it could not be determined whether the occupier owned the property or was leasing (and from whom.) William Henry Blakeley was assessed on 173 acres (no buildings)which I believe was Robert Caldwell's grant, crown allotment 10B Kangerong, across Arthurs Seat Rd from the eastern part of Blakeley's 72A Balnarring. This land fronted Sheehans Rd (the original south end of White Hill Rd until Wiseman's Deviation was made)with its northern boundary being Tumbywood Rd,near the post office. There is no proof that the sawmaker had not bought the post office and also no proof that he had.
However, George Cussons was certainly not William's son-in-law in 1876 and for a long time afterwards.
CUSSONS, BLAKELEY -[Silver wedding ] - On the 15th June, 1892, at Methodist Church, Kew, by Rev.J.J.Brown, George F.Cussons, only son of George Cussons, Stockport, England, to Martha, third daughter of W.H.Blakeley,(Redesall", Elphin grove, Glenferrie Melbourne. Present address, Commercial Bank of Aust. Ltd., Wycheproof.
(P.11, Argus, 23-6-1917.)
WILLIAM HENRY BLAKELEY'S LAND.
Any old residents of Red Hill would know exactly where "Blakeley's" was. It was crown allotment 72A in the parish of Balnarring,consisting of exactly 140 acres, and on the eastern corner of Mornington-Flinders and Arthurs Seat Roads,with frontages, respectively, of 921 and 807 metres. This land was granted to R.H.Holding on 20-2-1865. The south west corner is indicated by the F in Melway 190 D5 and the north east corner was just east of the Sheehans Rd corner.
173 ACRE, KANGERONG.
775 ACRES, WANNAEUE (WEST RIDING)
This is the article that I remembered from one or two years ago that I have been trying to find for two weeks. Would you believe that I found it by entering "post mistress, red hill" after wasting hours searching "Red Hill post office", "post mistress, Mahoney", "letter, postmistress", Red Hill,Mahoney" (all in The Argus 1870-1879)? I could not correct the text in trove so I've done it here apart from the postmistress's name.
A respectable-looking married woman named Annie Simpson was charged at the Emerald-hill Police Court on Saturday with unlawfully obtaining by means of false pretences a letter, the property of the Postmaster-General, and addressed to Mrs.Anna Maria Nicholson, Clarke-street, on the 10th December last. It appeared that the letter was written and posted at Red-hill, near Dromana, by Mrs. Mahony (sic), the postmistress, and addressed to " Mrs. Nicholson, Clarke,street, Emerald-hill." It contained 2s 6d worth of postage stamps. The letter-carrier at Emerald-hill called at the house of the prisoner in Clarke-street thinking that Mrs. Nicholson,to whom the letter was addressed, resided there. Mrs. Simpson, in reply to the letter-carrier, said she was Mrs. Nicholson, and took the letter, which, after the postman had left, she opened and read in the presence of a woman named M'Kendrick. She told Mrs M'Kendrick at the time that she took the letter because she knew the handwriting.
Mrs. Mahony and the prisoner were acquainted, and it appeared were not on good terms, and the latter justified her detention of the letter and stamps to Mrs. M'Kendrick by saying that Mrs, Nicholson had had many a pound that she should have had.
Prisoner afterwards returned the letter to the person from whom it had been sent, but without the stamps. The prisoner was arrested on the 23rd inst. at Fitzroy by Detective Lomax, when she admitted having taken the letter. The Bench considered that the prisoner had deliberately imposed upon the postman,and fined her 5 with
10s. costs; or, in default of payment, one month's imprisonment.(P.5, Argus, 29-1-1877.)
By some fluke, when I was researching the reason for Gomms Rd being north of Eramosa Rd, rather than on "Glenhoya", I found the Frankston parish map online. Luckily I superimposed the Gomm and Firth grants on my Melway maps in SUPERPAGES (and the nearby Baxter, Sage, Sumner etc grants) because subsequent attempts to find the map failed.
Before I detail the maps available online, I will tell you how I manage to superimpose crown allotment boundaries on Melway and warn you about the Melway maps on Superpages. Having found the Frankston parish map again last night ( because I remembered that the word PARISH did not appear on it but COUNTY OF MORNINGTON did), I was excited to find that the grants of McMahon, Carr and Liardet adjoined each other.They all had eastern boundaries of 4000 links so it was going to be easy to find out the dividing boundaries; Skye Rd and Beach St-Cranbourne Rd were exactly a mile apart.But when I put my ruler on the map in SuperPages, it told me that the roads were 1400 metres apart. So I tried it in Melway and found that they were actually 1620 metres apart. This showed that (a)the SuperPages maps are only seven eighths of the scale of Melway maps; (b) the surveyors were a chain (cricket pitch) out in their measurements or one of the roads has been re-aligned further away from the other.
A mile equals 80 chains or 8000 links. Sharps Rd, Tullamarine, west of Broadmeadows Rd, (the south boundary of Section 3 Tullamarine)was 8000 links. When I decided to transpose the parish map onto Melway, I imagined complicated calculations on a calculator being the order of the day. But when I measured this distance on my ruler,it was exactly 8 centimetres. As the scale is one millimetre to a chain (20 metres), it is fairly easy to plot boundaries and accurately describe road frontages (if measurements are given on parish maps!)
If you happen to google FRANKSTON PARISH MAPS, you will find (a)four 320 acre crown allotments east of Frankston Village with description of the land; (b) two village maps that seem to be almost identical and name many grantees; and (c), after THE WELLS STORY and ST PAUL'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, a map showing crown allotments in the parishes of Frankston and Moorooduc. The last map (1854) shows only one grantee, Yuille,who seems to have preferred his grant over the homestead block (Pre-emptive Right)of Ballanrong, which was granted to T.J.Sumner two years later. This map shows how Old Mornington Rd led to the Three Chain (Moorooduc) road via Mt Eliza Way and Wooralla Drive. It also shows fences and other features as well as how the government roads followed old tracks with a few modifications.
If you want a map, with grantees,measurements etc. that will show where your pioneering ancestor was granted land, you need to google:
FRANKSTON,COUNTY OF MORNINGTON.
The maps are there waiting for you. Go to it, Frankston "diggers".
Would you believe it? This journal was to be about ROSEBUD:FLOWER OF THE PENINSULA and now I can't find it. However, while I stumble around trying to find it again,here's something to go on with.
Early days in Rosebud, Victoria | steveburnham.net
The T-Model Ford was owned by Bert White (I think, I'll check), and the tree had grown over the road, been blown over a little more as far as it would go as a ...
Life in Rosebud in the early years | steveburnham.net
By Owen Vincent (Vin) Burnham. When I was quite young (about seven, early 1920s) the Nepean Highway was a gravel and dirt road right up to Frankston from ...
In the latter, Vin is confused regarding Judith Durham. The house was a timber one on the west side of Durham Place midway between the highway and the beach according to Judith who spent her first six summers there before her family moved to Tasmania. The Mr Durham mentioned was Tony Durham, Judith's grandfather. Tony was the child of his mother,Emily (nee King)and a Greek fisherman, whose surname is unclear. After his death, Emily married Mr Durham whose surname was adopted by Tony. His daughter married William Alexander Cock and in July 1943 Judith was born (Judith Mavis Cock) in Essendon while her father was earning his D.F.C.in the war. Her great grand-mother,Emily, was the sister of Elizabeth who married Forti Lacco,original grantee in the fishing village on the very block on which Emily's house stood,and patriarch of the famous wooden-boat building family.
I mentioned Chatfield's hut on the foreshore at Rosebud West in my journal about Rosebud Ted finding James George dead. When Chatfield turned to store-keeping, Axel Vincenttook over his foreshore hut and presumably his boat and gear.
Finally found it. Google: <vp1414.pdf>. Then click on "View a 9.6 MB pdf file of the pamphlet."
My aim in this journal, covering the area north of Eastbourne Rd,is four-fold.
1. To outline the squatting era,the parish and grantees and explain why the population was so small.
2. To deal page by page with any errors in ROSEBUD: FLOWER OF THE PENINSULA and provide extra detail.
3. To deal page by page with any errors in Vin Burnham's history and provide extra detail.
4. To describe detail in a map drawn by an unknown pioneer of residents in the fishing village and across the road.
Wannaeue is the name of the parish bounded by Burrell Rd in Dromana (*which you won't find on Melway), Mornington-Flinders Rd and part of Main Creek, Limestone Rd and Weeroona St/Government Rd in Rye and the Port Phillip Bay coast. Fingal was to the south, Nepean to the west, and to the east Kangerong and Balnarring separated by Arthurs Seat/Red Hill Rds.
*Burrell Rd is shown on the Dromana Township map as its western boundary between the Esplanade (as the beach road was named in Dromana,Rosebud and Rye) and the north-south section of Latrobe Pde.
As the Sullivan's Bay settlement near Sorrento was in the parish of Nepean, and Matthew Flinders and his nephew (later Sir John Franklin) were in Kangerong when they used Arthurs Seat to survey the bay, it is probable that the first white men to set foot in Wannaeue were sealers. Hollinshead mentions that an early explorer (Captain Murray in 1803?) found huts near the mouth of Chinaman's Creek (which at that time and until Ned Williams dug the channel was opposite the Rosebud Hospital site.) William Buckley's trek around the bay probably came after the sealers had killed off the seals and abducted many Boon-wurrung women whom they took to Tassie;this is why most Boon-wurrung descendants come from Tassie.
After John Batman had made his one-sided treaty to obtain a huge area north and west of the bay for the Port Phillip Association, he boasted in John Pascoe Fawkner's Cornwall Hotel in Launceston that he was the greatest landowner in the world. (THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN PASCOE FAWKNER by C.P.Billot.) Fawkner may have already hatched plans for his own invasion but you could imagine how this spurred him into action. He immediately chartered a vessel but unfortunately it had to finish a previous charter. Eventually Fawkner and his party boarded the Enterprize but the Master refused to take Fawkner,who was put ashore in Queens Town to settle his financial affairs. Fawkner later gave sea-sickness as the reason he went ashore!
Captain Lancey was put in charge of the party which included Evans who established Emu Bottom near Sunbury. He was given instructions to try Westernport first but was unimpressed and entered the bay. A 1935 article,based on Lancey's diary gives exact dates for this and other incidents as they sailed up the bay and can be retrieved from my DROMANA ROSEBUD AND MILES AROUND ON TROVE if requested. The party landed near Rosebud but was also unimpressed by their walkabout.
Wannaeue included three squatting runs and possibly five. The Boniyong Run included part of the parish of Fingal,Tootgarook was in the area now carrying the name, Arthurs Seat probably included the parish of Kangerong (except for Jamieson's Special Survey), Wooloowoolooboolook was probably between Old Cape Schanck Rd and Boneo Rd and Captain Henry Everest Adams may have had a 750 acres Run adjoining the Arthurs Seat Run at Adams Creek (The Avenue) and extending south to Hove Rd. (Postscript 2017. This claim in the family folklore is probably wrong.He may have had a licence from the N.S.W. Government to occupy the proposed site of Wannaeue Village, crown allotment 20 Wannaeue between The Avenue and the line of Parkmore Rd until demand would result in good prices from its alienation.)
In 1843, Owen Cain established Tyrone west of Rye, and soon after, his four and a half year old daughter, Sarah, went missing for four days and nights.She heard searchers calling but didn't answer because she feared that the sounds came from aborigines. Near dead she was taken to George Smith's Wooloowoolooboolook Station where Mrs Smith (related to Captain Hobson of the Rattlesnake,according to Spencer Jackson in BEAUTIFUL DROMANA)nursed her back to health. (Postscript 2017. In I SUCCEEDED ONCE, Marie Hansen Fels insists that Wooloowooolooboolook (young McCrae's spelling)was not a run.Smith took over Hobson's run in about 1843 and called it Tootgarook and it was the humble homestead of this run that was referred to as Wooloowoolooboolook. The homestead was called Broomielaw by James Purves (son of Peter and nephew of the ABSENT leaseholder, James, who bought the pre-emptive right.)
The date of Captain Henry Everest Adams' arrival at Adams'Corner (Wattle Place) is shrouded in mystery. The amazing thing is that Adams' folklore mentions a 750 acre property (which is wrongly called a grant.) It was supposed to have been given to him as a reward for carrying convicts. Victoria prides itself on not having been a convict colony and turned away the Pentonvillians but I know when convicts were imported. It's all on trove! In about 1841 there was a severe labour shortage and the authorities imported ticket of leave men from Van Dieman's Land until the Bounty passengers from England ( such as Oliver and Sarah Wilson, subjects of one of my journals)started to arrive.
The Dromana Pioneer Pathway plaque states that the Captain arrived in 1845 but later the Dromana Historical Society decided he had beached his ship in the area about five years earlier. The home he built with the ship's timbers was on the site of the McCrae Car wash. This was on crown allotment 20 Wannaeue, between The Avenue and Parkmore Rd and South to Cape Schanck Rd (the freeway)which was not available for selection in the 1850's and was sold as the Village of Wannaeue in about 1877.
Next paragraph in comment 1.(Purves,Barker, Burrell.)
When the land in Wannaeue was made available for selection, crown allotment 19, between Parkmore Rd and Adams Avenue, was selected by Isaac White. It is not clear which Isaac White this was but it could have been the following:
On the 33rd inst., suddenly, at Prahran, of apoplexy, Mr. Isaac White, aged 58 years. Friends please to ac-
cept this notice. (P.4, Argus, 25-7-1854.)
In the first Kangerong Road Board assessment of 3-9-1864,Henry Everest Adams was rated on a seven roomed house and 91 acres (N.A.V. 30 pounds) but the NAV was unchanged on 5-9-1865 when the assessment included 191 acres (Isaac White's grant.)
Crown allotment 18, between Adams Avenue and Jetty Rd, and consisting of 152 acres 2 roods and 16 perches, was granted to G.H.Warren. Between Jetty Rd and the line of Norm Clark Walk was c/a 17 of 129 acres 2 roods and 28 perches, granted to R.Glover and J.Wallace on 16-5-1856. Between there and about Fifth Avenue was c/a 16 of 115 acres, granted to H.Stratford and J.Ridgway on 13-6-1856. Crown allotment 15, of 101 acres 1 rood and 8 perches extending west to First Avenue,was granted to R.M.Owens on 13-6-1856. Crown allotment 14 of 116 acres 3 roods and 38 perches was granted to Hugh Glass.
All of the allotments mentioned (17-14) extended south to the government road (Eastbourne Rd.) Hugh Glass probably bought c/a 14, between First Avenue and Boneo Rd, as a holding paddock for stock being driven to Melbourne COMMENT 2.
If you happen to find an early photo of post office, Rosebud, it will probably show the Roberts/Brady/McConchie post office at front left (near the present Peebles store site) with the Rudduck store, then a general store about 75 yards away (according to Peter Wilson.) This photo would have been taken before 1920 when William C. Twyford transferred the post office to the Rudduck store. In 1923 the new post office was burnt down and rebuilt with a longer frontage,which was purchased in the same year by Edwin James Wheeler, the new postmaster. Wheeler conducted the post office in number 1045, selling the other shops, numbers 1039-1043 to Stephens in 1929 and in 1937 transferred the post office to a new building at 1047, now the Ninth Avenue Cafe.
While the Roberts and Rudduck stores were very early stores, they were far from the first.
The "Rosebud" was beached in May 1855 according to a report of the Purves v Smyth insurance case in 1855 and the wreck may have been driven farther to the location of the cairn by June 2, the date on the cairn. The first land offered for subdivisional blocks, on crown allotment 20 Wannaeue between Adams Creek (The Avenue) and the line of Parkmore Rd was described as being at Rosebud.
County of Mornington, parish of Wannaeue, at Rosebud, adjoining Burrell's pre emptive section, on Port Phillip Bay. Upset price. £8 per acre. Allotments 1 to 23. 2 roods to la. Sr. 30p. (P.3, Argus, 14-4-1870.)
The land didn't sell well and was described as being in the Village of Wannaeue later in the 1870's. Locals didn't call the area Rosebud, but "The Rosebud" and continued doing so until about 1920 according to the late Ray Cairns who as a boy looked forward to the excursions to Martin's Corner and the beach near "The Rosebud" (despite all visible signs of the wreck having been removed by the locals in the 1890's according to an account in an article in Mick Dark's collection if I remember correctly.)
The majority of Rosebud residents were fishermen and paid no rates to the Kangerong Road Board. In 1873-4 they did so for the first time. Those who previously held a crown lease on their blocks under the terms of their fisherman's licences seem to have been given the opportunity to buy these blocks in the Rosebud Fishing Village in August 1872 without competition (like a pre-emptive right.) But before then a poundkeeper near Cliffords Rd at Somerton had bought crown allotment 18 Wannaeue,152 acres between Adams Avenue and Jetty Rd and tried to sell it in lots of about 2 acres. He only sold lot 86, 2 acres on the FJ's corner, in 1871 (1), to Jack Jones one of the fishermen on the foreshore.
(1) Lake v Jones; sketch of title on memorial in Harvey Marshall's scrapbook documenting a loan of 128 pounds given to William Edwards by Captain Henry Everest Adams in 1878 showing that lot 86 was on the east corner of Jetty and Pt Nepean Rds extending south to about Morgan St.
Jack Jones bought c/a 6 of the fishing village (now 854 and 856 Pt Nepean Rd)on 11-8-1872 and Daniel Coyle bought c/a 10 (immediately west of the Banksia Point complex now being built) on 16-8-1872, most other fisherman buying their blocks at about that time.
THE FIRST STOREKEEPER.
Daniel Coyle has never been mentioned in Rosebud histories except for the above details in ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD with a quote from Isabel Moresby's ROSEBUD FLOWER OF THE PENINSULA about Granny Coyle of saintly character running a lolly shop. Jack Jones is said to have run a store in an upturned boat on c/a 6 and Ethel Fountain's memoirs and her sister's EARLY ROSEBUD map both mention his store on c/a 6 being burnt down. You'd put your money on Jack being the first storekeeper wouldn't you? I did!
Rate records were pathetic in regard to their legibility on the microfiche, the lack of detail about occupiers, owners and description of properties and even the year of assessment and names of ridings. I learnt to identify the ridings by the names of ratepayers and their number of acres! However, year by year research on certain ratepayers, on top of transcriptions of all Kangerong and Wannaeue assessments in 1864, 1879, 1900, 1910 and 1919 has allowed me to answer many questions. The jigsaw pieces fit very neatly together!
In 1873-4, DANIEL COYLE was assessed on 1 allotment and 3 roomed house, Rosebud, N.A.V. 6 pounds, as he was in 1874-5. In 1875-6he was assessed on the same property but he was described as a storekeeper and the net annual value increased to 7 pounds. The same details continued until 1882-3 when his name was recorded but the rates were paid in December 1882 by ? White who turned out later to be Thomas White, cutler. Daniel and Granny Coyle had moved to Mordialloc where they seem to have lived out their days. Was it at that time that Jack Jones decided to commence a store in an upturned boat?
From 14-9-1877 to 30-7-1881, Jack Jones, fisherman was assessed on one allotment, Rosebud, N.A.V. 5 pounds. By 29-7-1882, Jack was described as a storekeeperand was assessed on TWO allotments and buildings, N.A.V.8 pounds. Have you realised something? The judge in Lake v Jones (or the reporter) got it wrong or the rate collector took a decade to wake up that Jack Jones had bought lot 86 crown allotment 18 Wannaeue in 1871. The block had definitely been sold by Charles Blakley before 1878 as shown by the aforementioned loan memorial.
In view of the fact that a rate collector took a decade to realise that Cr James Little Brown was not "John Brown", and the lack of thoroughness mentioned above (which caused Cr Terry's resignation as detailed in my Shire of Flinders journal), my money is on the rate collector being a decade behind reality. Besides, if Jack had bought lot 86 in 1881, he would have bought it from Blooming Bob White, completely at odds with the report of the trial. Read the court report re Jack buying his 2 acres on c/a 18 Wannaeue and building his new store in 1883-4, at which time the store (no longer an upturned boat)on c/a 6 must have been a pile of ashes.
" During the negotiations for purchase of land, Mr Jones who by this time was old and trembling, told my father that his original store was built on "The Pines" site, but was burnt down and he transferred his business to Jetty Rd corner, as he considered it more central opposite the jetty." Ethel Fountain.
LAW REPORT. SUPREME COURT. EQUITY COURT. FRIDAY, SEPT. 13. (Before His Honour Mr. Justice A'Beckett.) LAKE V. JONES.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 18 September 1889 p 11 Article
So far we have (1)Daniel Coyle 1875-1882. (2) Jack Jones 1882-1910+ but there was another storekeeper before 1900 whom the rate collector called Loui.
Louis Anderson was Rosebud's post master 1890-1897 during which time he was assessed on 1 lot and buildings, Wannaeue. In 1897-8 his name was crossed out and replaced by that of John Roberts, occupant of lots 41 and 42 crown allotment 17 Wannaeue, owned now by Mrs Roberts of Napier St, Ballarat, who was probably still packing belongings and farewelling friends. C/a 17 was between Jetty Rd and Norm Clark Walk/Ninth Avenue house blocks south to Eastbourne Rd. Lots 41-2 and the Roberts/Brady/ McConchie post office have been established as being near the present Peeble store, thus indicating the rough location of Louis Anderson's store. Hence we are back to the start of the journal. Louis Anderson did the first recorded fish run to the Mornington railhead, obviously before Jimmy the Squid Williams of Eastbourne.
I wrote the following as a post on the HISTORY OF DROMANA TO PORTSEA Facebook group page. Send me a F.T.C. private message if you need information referred to as being in other posts.
EARLY ROSEBUD SUBDIVIDERS NEAR JETTY ROAD.
The subdivision bounded by Pt Nepean Rd, Parkmore Rd, South Rd and Adams Ave. has been mentioned before in relation to the Adams family and will not be dealt with here. This post arises from two chance discoveries. The first is testimony given by Mrs De Garis after her husband faked his first suicide and the second is W.F.Vale's sale of the unsold portions of Woolcott's estate, which I have been trying to find for ages.
Charles Blakey had bought crown allotment 18 between the line of Adams Avenue and Jetty Rd prior to 1875 and tried to subdivide the 152 acres but only sold the 2 acre lot 86 on the FJ's corner. Bullocky Bob White knew about this when he bought his 150 acres but the purchase of the corner block was not registered in the titles office. This led to the Lake brothers trying to eject Jack Jones circa 1890, which has been mentioned before. The Bamfords and the Pottons later owned the farm about which Peter Wilson wrote a chapter called Henry Potton's Farm in ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD. He included much detail about De Garis but the chance discovery provides information given by his distraught wife (nee Austin) not found in Peter's book or other articles.
SEARCH FOR MR DE GARIS Wile's Statement MEETING OF COMMITTEEMEN MELBOURNE, Jan. 6.
Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1926) Wednesday 7 January 1925 p 5 Article
Woolcott apparently subdivided crown allotment 17, the land between Jetty Rd. and the line of Norm Clark Walk, in about 1877. George and Susan Peatey bought lot 76 of just over 2 acres in 1878 with a loan from Nelson Rudduck and occupied it 10 years later when they paid off the loan.
By 1900 the Commercial Bank had 84 of the 129 acres and in 1910, Henry Bucher 4 lots, Annie Eliza Cairns lots 29-32, Rosebud Ted Cairns lots 49-54 which he'd just sold to Alf Hansen (*sic) and lot 74, Henry George Chapman 2 lots, the Coburns lots 57-60, Alf Hansen (sic) lots 23, 24, 75, 77, 79, John McConchie lots 37-40, Robert Cairns lots 5 and 6, Mrs Susan Peatey lot 76, Mary B.Stone (a.k.a. Polly Vine) lots 25-28 and Vale** 84 acres. John Fallow had lot 80, and Mrs J.Spensley 4 lots.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 9 January 1909 p 21 Advertising
(*The early Rosebud map notes that Alf Hansen (sic) built the first shop on the Clacton-on-Sea Estate as a land sales office. Alf (1884-1960) was the fifth child of Hans Christian Hanson and Ellen (nee Olson) from Norway who owned "Alpine Chalet" at the north end of Tucks Rd from about 1887. Alf married Frances Ada Elizabeth Purves, a descendant of the real Tootgarook pioneering Purves. MEMORIES OF A LARRIKIN is the biography of his son Hec,, written by Petronella Wilson.)
(**The Vale family had been involved in Peninsula affairs since the 1850's when a letter was written about the splendid opportunities offered in the parish of Moorooduc near Schnapper Point.
ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE. MT ELIZA AND SNAPPER'S POINT.
P. 7, Argus, 27-12-1855.
Vale bought much land in Mornington, hence Vale St, and later owned Dalkeith near the Mornington turn off. This passed to his daughter Phyllis, Mrs Jackson, who also owned the Boniyong Stud south of the junction of Jetty and Browns Rd, the subject of another post.)
EDMUND DUNN, ONE OF THE EARLIEST PIONEERS ON THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA & TULLAMARINE PIONEER OF 1849.
Many sources state that Henry Dunn leased Jamieson's Special Survey between 1846 and 1851. He wasn't on his own and possibly followed his brother there. Edmund may have been there from 1844 till 1849.
Edmund was a witness in the case, Young v Smith, and had gone to Tootgarook to collect some cattle which had been agisted on George Smith's run. See:
YOUNG v SMITH
Edmund was still involved in the Peninsula in 1868, having purchased some sheep from Robert Anderson of Barragunda at Cape Schanck.
In 1868 the Melbourne Hunt whose master was Samuel Waldock caused much destruction as they rode through Viewpoint and Edmond's testimony at the trial in which he sued Waldock for damages shows that he retained links with the peninsula.
"Edmund Dunn, who stated,-I am a farmer at Tullamarine, in the neighbourhood of Broadmeadows." (He described the damage.)
"Cross-examined by Mr. FELLOWS.-I paid 6s. each for the sheep.
Mr. FELLOWS.-They were scabby, were they not?
Witness.-They were not. I bought them at Cape Schanck, from Mr. Anderson. I don't know why they were so cheap. I got them at 6s., because I suppose Anderson could not get more. They never had scab, and were never treated for it." DUNN V WALDOCK
Edmund Dunn 22 (17 single man) Labourer Prot both* Devonshire, came 29 July 1841 on the Westminster
Edmund Dunn, letter at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 2 Jan 1844
Edmond Dunn, List 5, 31 May 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 4 June 1844
Edmund Dunn wed Maria George in 1847 at Methodist / Wesleyan Melbourne
*BOTH refers to Edmund and his sister Elizabeth.Another genealogy website stated:
An Elizabeth and Edmund DUNN (brother and sister) arrive in Victoria 30 July 1841 aboard the WESTMINSTER Elizabeth aged 26 a housemaid living with her brother, Edmund aged 22 a lab. Both were protestants who could read and write. This could be Elizabeth's MARRIAGE record given Henry Dunn's wife's parents' names*. The parents of Elizabeth Bennett who died in 1858 seem to have been George Dunn and Elizabeth UNKNOWN, not the parents of Henry and Edmund. She may have been Edmund's cousin. See ????ELIZABETH BENNETT????at end of journal.
EventMarriage Event registration number4463 Registration year1841
Family nameDUNN Given namesElizabeth SexFemale Spouse's family nameBENNETT Spouse's given namesWilliam
(*EventDeath Event registration number20439 Registration year1943
Family nameDUNN Given namesBetsy Maria SexFemale Father's nameHARRAP Henry James Mother's nameSarah (Bennett) Place of birthMORNINGTON Place of deathMORNINGTON Age75)
Why did Edmund have to be notified in 1844 that there were letters for him at Melbourne's post office. If he was still in the parish of Jika Jika, surely he would have visited Melbourne occasionally and checked if any letters had arrived for him. Was he already on JAMIESON'S SPECIAL SURVEY between today's Dromana and Mt. Martha?
PAGE 424, VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS:PAST AND PRESENT (1888), ALEXANDER SUTHERLAND. (Paraphrased.)
DUNN, Edmond, Broadmeadows, is a native of Devonshire, who arrived on the WESTMINSTER in 1841 after a voyage of 100 days. He resided in the metropolis for a few years working for others and doing a little farming on his own account, growing oats on a small patch of land on which Coburg now stands. After leasing some land on JAMIESON'S SPECIAL SURVEY for FIVE YEARS,he purchased Viewpoint Farm at Broadmeadows in 1849 and commenced growing wheat. The area of his farm is 325 acres and he also owns 3000 acres and leases 5000 acres on the Loddon, all grazing land. He was married in 1847 to Miss George, a native of Somersetshire, who came out on the same ship with him, and has a family of five sons and two daughters, the youngest being twenty one years of age. He also has three grandchildren.
parish of Tullamarine
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Viewpoint consisted of crown allotments 1 and 2 of section 4 so it was actually 3 acres and 28 perches short of the 325 acres stated in the above biography. The south west corner adjoined the north boundary of Camp Hill Park. There was a toll gate at the junction of today's Melrose Drive and Micklekam Rd so, according to the Tullamarine Methodist Church Centenary souvenir of 1970, Edmund would exit his property via section 5 (Stewarton) or c/a's 3 and 4 of section 4 (Camp Hill)to avoid paying repeated tolls.
William George Edmund Dunn was buried at the Will Will Rook Cemetery on 23-7-1876.
Esme Bell, a parent of one of my pupils at Gladstone Park Primary School in late 1989 when I was writing the D volume of my Dictionary History of Tullamarine, and a descendant of Edmund Dunn, told me that he used to stay overnight at the site of Queens Park in Moonee Ponds when driving his sheep to Newmarket and built a ti tree bench there.
Edmund was one of the original committee members of Broadmeadows (Common?)School 982 at the end of 1869 when C. of E. school 45 and National school 27 were amalgamated. (Centenary of Westmeadows State School 7-11-1970.)
He was also an original trustee of the Tullamarine Wesleyan Church. (Tullamarine Methodist Church Centenary 1970.)
In 1989 I had no idea that Edmund had a brother named Henry and Jamiesons Special Survey meant absolutely nothing to me.
FROM EDMUND AND HENRY DUNN
EDMUND DUNN'S FAMILY.
Edmund's biography in Victoria and Its Metropolis: Past and Present (above) stated that Edmund had married Miss George. Her given name was Maria.
Edmund and Maria were married in 1847.
EventMarriage Event registration number17B Registration year1847
Family nameDUNN Given namesEdmund SexMale Spouse's family nameGEORGE Spouse's given namesMaria
EDMUND'S DEATH RECORD. (Edmund died in the same year as Henry.)
EventDeath Event registration number6010 Registration year1891
Family nameDUNN Given namesEdmund SexMale Father's nameUnknown Mother's name Place of birth Place of deathEsdon Age66
THE MISSING SON, WILLIAM GEORGE, BORN CIRCA 1852. (SEE BELOW.)
EventBirth Event registration number6124 Registration year1855
Family nameDUNN Given namesEmma SexUnknown Father's nameEdmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthM.PONDS
(Moonee Ponds meant anywhere the Moonee Ponds Creek and as Henry had purchased Viewpoint in 1849, that was probably the birthplace.)
EventBirth Event registration number8887 Registration year1857
Family nameDUNN Given namesHenry Edmund SexUnknown Father's nameEdmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthM.PONDS
EventBirth Event registration number18596 Registration year1859
Family nameDUNN Given namesMaria* SexUnknown Father's nameEdmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthM PONDS (*See below.)
EventBirth Event registration number3777 Registration year1862
Family nameDUNN Given namesSamuel SexUnknown Father's nameEdmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthTULL
EventBirth Event registration number16477 Registration year1864
Family nameDUNN Given namesAlfred Alexander SexUnknown Father's nameEdmond Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthTULL
EventBirth Event registration number6808 Registration year1867
Family nameDUNN Given namesCharles Edwin Hooper SexUnknown Father's nameEdmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthBROADMEADO (SEE SILVER WEDDING NOTICE BELOW.)
The above four sons and two daughters were the only births found on Victorian BDM. Was William George Edmund Dunn their child?
EventDeath Event registration number4497 Registration year1876
Family nameDUNN Given namesWilliam Geo Edmund SexUnknown Father's nameWilliam Mother's nameClara (Lane) Place of birthMTGA Place of death Age18
The place of birth may have been Mt. Gambier. THE STORY AND BURIAL LISTING OF THE WILL WILL ROOK PIONEER CEMETERY indicates that the deceased was one year and six months old (18 MONTHSold.)The details re the parents were as above. It is possible that the father was a brother of Edmund and Henry and the reason that Henry's death notice requested Devonshire and South Australian* papers to copy.
*DUNN-on the 16th October, at his residence, Park Hill, Mornington, after a short illness, Henry Dunn, aged
83. Deeply regretted. A colonist of 50 years South Australian and Devonshire (England) papers please copy.
(P.1, The Age, 19-10-1891.)
In 1888, Edmund was said to have five sons. There are only four above. It seemed strange that Edmund and Maria married in 1847 but their first child was not born until 1855. None of the 51 Dunn births between 1847 and 1854 had Edmund and Maria as parents. The 21 year old mentioned in 1888 would be Charles Edward Hooper, born in 1867.
MARIA, BORN 1859 and MARY ANN, BORN CIRCA 1850.
Maria and Mary Ann were two different children. Edmund and Maria (nee George) must have been visiting James Dunn (son of Adam born Inverness who died 1873 aged 38)in Gippsland when little Maria died. She was buried in the Sale cemetery. Mary Ann Goman's death record (after the marriage notice) indicates that she was born in about 1850.
2547 DUNN Maria Age17M b.00/00/1859 bur.06/02/1861 d.01/02/1861 4 A 21 Daughter of Edmund Dunn & Maria George. Born in Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia.
GOMAN — DUNN. — On the 29th March, at St- Luke's Church, Emerald Hill, by the Rev. Canon Dickinson, Abel Worth Goman, of Mornington, to Mary Ann, eldest daughter of Edmund Dunn, of Tullamarine.
(P.15, Weekly Times, 14-4-1883.)
MARY ANN GOMAN'S DEATH RECORD.
EventDeath Event registration number15791 Registration year1927
Family nameGOMAN Given namesMary Ann SexFemale Father's nameDUNN Edmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birth Place of deathMORNINGTON Age77
The death notice of Edmund's widow, Maria, lists her children and confirms that she did come to Australia on the same ship as Edmund.
DUNN.—On the 1st November, at her residence, 21 Robb street, Essendon, Maria, widow of the late Edmund Dunn, and beloved mother of William G., Henry E., Samuel, Alfred A., Charles E. H., Emma, and Mrs. Gorman, in her 88th
year. Arrived in Port Phillip Bay per sailing vessel Westminster in 1841.(P.1, Argus, 3-11-1913.)
It appeared that, in the marriage notice, Mary Ann should have been described as the second eldest daughter but Mary Ann Gorman's death record shows that she was about five years older than Emma whose death notice** confirms that she was the child born in 1855.
EDMUND AND MARIA'S MISSING SON.
EventDeath Event registration number5060 Registration year1926
Family nameDUNN Given namesWilliam George SexMale Father's nameDUNN Edmond Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birth Place of deathDANDENONG Age74
**EMMA'S DEATH RECORD.
EventDeath Event registration number9941 Registration year1928
Family nameDUNN Given namesEmma SexFemale Father's nameDUNN Edmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birth Place of deathELSTERNWICK Age73
DUNN-ANDERSON.-[Silver Wedding] - On the 9th May, 1893, at Presbyterian Church, Borung, by Rev. John Kirkwood, assisted by Rev. W.Attwood, Charles Edwin, youngest son of late Edmund Dunn, J. P. Tullamarine, to Annie Louise, eldest daughter of late J. C. Anderson,J.P., Borung and Lage Boga. Present address, Swan Hill.
(P.11, Argus, 25-5-1918.)
??????????? ELIZABETH BENNETT??????????
Even though the Elizabeth Bennett (parents George Dunn and Elizabeth UNKNOWN)who died in 1858 could not have been Edmund and Henry's sister, a search of 334 Bennett births revealed many births to William and Elizabeth UNKNOWN, most in Melbourne, Sydney Rd and Pentridge. One of these births in 1845 was that of William Henry Bennett in Melbourne. Could this be that child's death notice? You will recall that Edmund Dunn spent some time on the site of Coburg (Pentridge) before moving to Jamieson's Special Survey.
BENNETT— On the 14th October, at St. Vincent's Hospital, William Henry Bennett, of Mornington, dearly loved brother of Mrs. Harrap,* Mornington; Mrs. Thomas Wright**, Tullamarine, and James D.Bennett***, St.Kilda.
(P.1, The Age, 18-10-1904.)
EUREKA! ELIZABETH UNKNOWN DID HAVE A MAIDEN NAME! ST. VINCENTS WAS JUST ON THE FITZROY SIDE OF THE ROAD.
EventDeath Event registration number12385 Registration year1904
Family nameBENNETT Given namesWm Hy SexUnknown Father's nameBennett Wm Mother's nameElizth (Dunn) Place of birth Place of deathFitz S Age59
EventBirth Event registration number1265 Registration year1843
Family nameBENNETT Given namesSarah SexFemale Father's nameBENNETT William Mother's nameElizabeth (Unknown) Place of birthSYDNEY ROAD
EventMarriage Event registration number1955 Registration year1860
Family nameBENNETT Given namesSarah SexFemale Spouse's family nameHARRAP Spouse's given namesHenry James
EventMarriage Event registration number3240 Registration year1874
Family nameWRIGHT Given namesThomas SexMale Spouse's family nameBENNETT Spouse's given namesElizabeth
EventBirth Event registration number16316 Registration year1849
Family nameBENNETT Given namesElizabeth SexFemale Father's nameBENNETT William Mother's nameElizabeth (Unknown) Place of birthMELBOURNE this child would seem to have died young.
EventBirth Event registration number10947 Registration year1851
Family nameBENNETT Given namesElizabeth SexFemale Father's nameBENNETT William Mother's nameElizabeth (Unknown) Place of birthPENTRIDGE
***Hours have been spent trying to find a birth, marriage or death record or notice for James D.Bennett of St. Kilda or for his daughters. Luckily, while searching for a notice of the death of Thomas Wright's wife, Elizabeth, I discovered that James D.Bennett had moved to Western Australia. He died in 1933 aged 80 so he was born in about 1853.
BENNETT.—James Dunn Bennett (Jim), killed in action at the Dardanelles, the second youngest son of James Dunn Bennett, of Western Australia,nephew of Mrs. Wright*, Tullamarine, Victoria, and the late W.* Bennett and Mrs. Harrop*, of Mornington, and loved brother of Mrs. Lindsay Campbell,Perth, and W. J. Bennett, Willis-street, Prahran,aged 21 years and 9 months. (P.1, The Age, 22-6-1915.)
(*, Elizabeth Wright; William Henry Bennett died 1904; Sarah Harrap died 1912.)
BENNETT. —On August 8, James Dunn Bennett,of Lake Pinjar, Wanneroo, loving father of William (Prahran), Herbert* (killed in action),Horrie* (Wool Exchange, Melbourne), Lilian(Mrs. McCarroll, North Perth), Ethel (Mrs.
McGuinness St. Kilda), Daisy (Sister,A.T.N.A., Richmond), Albert (died of war gas); aged 80 years
(P.1, The West Australian, 4-8-1933.) (*Herbert was obviously James Dunn Bennett Jnr; Horace of St. Kilda.)
Only three children of William Bennett and Elizabeth UNKNOWN were alive in 1904. What happened to the others?
(As mentioned later,there may have been two families involved, the other one pioneers near Geelong.)
SARAH.1843. See above. Married James Henry Harrap. Her death record:
EventDeath Event registration number5476 Registration year1912
Family nameHARRAP Given namesSarah SexUnknown Father's nameBennett Wm Mother's nameElizth (Dunn) Place of birth Place of deathEsdon Age68
The age and year of death roughly confirm Sarah's birth in 1843. She was probably born in July 1843.
It is with profound regret we have to record the death of Mrs Sarah Harrap, relict of the late Mr Henry James Harrap (who predeceased his wife 28 years ago), which occurred at the residence of her daughter, Mrs G. Beattie, of Essendon, on Sunday morning last, at the age of 68 years and 11 months. The deceased lady retired on Saturday
night in good health and spirits, but a little before 5 o'clock on Sunday morning she complained of not feeling well, and expired within ten minutes, the cause of death being heart failure. Mrs Harrap was born at Kilmore, Victoria, and resided in Mornington for many years. She was well known and highly respected. She was the beloved mother of Mrs A. Wright, Mrs A. Hickson, Mrs W. H. Dunn, Mrs G. Beattie, Mrs E. Wright, Jim, Edmund, Frank, and Tom, grandmother of 28 children, and great-grandmother of 6. The remains were interred in the Keilor Cemetery, Melbourne, on Tuesday last. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 1-6-1912.)
EventBirth Event registration number14271 Registration year1845
Family nameBENNETT Given namesJane Maria SexFemale Father's nameBENNETT William Mother's nameElizabeth (Unknown) Place of birthMELBOURNE (Perhaps a different family)
EventDeath Event registration number4157 Registration year1846
Family nameBENNETT Given namesJane Maria SexFemale Father's nameBENNETT W Mother's nameJ (Unknown) Place of birthUNKNOWN Place of deathMELBOURNE Age10
(IT'S A FAIR BET THAT 10 MEANS 10 MONTHS.)
EventBirth Event registration number10388 Registration year1847
Family nameBENNETT Given namesMary SexFemale Father's nameBENNETT William Mother's nameElizabeth (Unknown) Place of birthPENTRIDGE
No death record under maiden name and each of the 60 marriage results would have to be checked for a marriage notice.
EventBirth Event registration number16560 Registration year1849
Family nameBENNETT Given namesAnne SexFemale Father's nameBENNETT William Mother's nameElizabeth (Unknown) Place of birthMELBOURNE (Perhaps a different family)
No death record under maiden name. Check for marriage notices.
ELIZABETH BENNETT,(See above) born to William Bennett and Elizabeth UNKNOWN in 1849 and 1851 but no death of the first in 1849 to 1851 was found. One of them married Thomas Wright.
ELIZABETH'S GOLDEN WEDDING.
WRIGHT-BENNETT [Golden Wedding].-On the 5th August, 1874, at the Presbyterian Manse,Essendon, by the Rev. W. Fraser, Thomas,eldest son of late John and Ann Wright, Tullamarine, to Elizabeth, second daughter of late
William and Elizabeth Bennett, of Euroke(colonists). (Present address, North Pole road, Keilor.)
P.11, ARGUS, 9-8-1924.
N.B. The parish of Yuroke extended north and east from Melway 178C11 (top left corner) to the bend in Mickleham Rd at the bottom left of 385 H2. The northern boundary went from the right centre of 385 E2 east to the Merri Creek at about 387 F5. The southern boundary was a line roughly 18 chains (1760 metres) south of Somerton Rd from 178 C11 to the Merri Creek at the bottom of 387 K6. North Pole Road was Milleara Rd, East Keilor from Keilor Rd to Buckley St.
I will repeat the birth notice of Sarah, the first daughter of William and Elizabeth Bennett, with a warning of what SYDNEY ROAD meant in 1843. It meant Mickleham Rd, which past the "Marnong" gates and Donnybrook Lane is still known today as OLD SYDNEY ROAD.
EventBirth Event registration number1265 Registration year1843
Family nameBENNETT Given namesSarah SexFemale Father's nameBENNETT William Mother's nameElizabeth (Unknown) Place of birthSYDNEY ROAD
EventBirth Event registration number17583 Registration year1852
Family nameBENNETT Given namesIsaac William SexMale Father's nameBENNETT William Mother's nameElizabeth (Unknown) Place of birthRIVER EXE*
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My extensive searches on Victorian BDM and in family notices have alerted me to a William Bennett in the Geelong area. This birth may concern him and therefore the other children not listed in William Henry Bennett's death notice (above and now in bold type)may have been members of the Geelong family.