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A. 29-6-1877 page 8. Willam Bumstead was the manager of the Franklinford Gold mining Company which was to have a meeting at GOURLEY'S HOTEL, Franklinford and was making a call on shareholders.
A. 1-11-1877 page 5. William Robinson, agent for The Argus for Yandoit and Franklinford districts,was thrown from his horse when it bucked outside Webb's hotel in Guildford.
A. 18-1-1879 page 5. Government Gazette. William Bumstead was appointed electoral registrar for the Franklin and Strangways divisions of the electoral districts of Creswick and the North Western Province in the place of W.H.Draper, resigned.
A. 19-2-1892 page 3. A notice about intestate estates included William Marsh of Franklinford who had died on 2-10-1891.
17-3-1894 page 3 (Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser.) Roberts and Barry and Bull of Franklinford did well at the West Bourke Agricultural Society Show at Lancefield. They came 1st and 2nd in Two bags wheat and two bags oats while Bull won in malting barley.
8-6-1894, Alexandra and Yea Standard, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express, page 2. James, son of Neale Collins, County Derry, Ireland married Jenny, third daughter of Richard Molloy, Kangar Park, Franklinford on 15 May at St Francis', Franklinford.
A. 6-8-1899 page 8. The estate of the late Michael Sharry of Franklinford, farmer, deceased, left unadministered by Ellen Sharry,his executrix, may be granted in 14 days to Michael Collinan Gough of Daylesford, R.C. clergyman, during the minority of the infant children Michael, 16, and John, 14.
16-9-1899 page 16.(Australian Town and Country Journal.) Roberts and Parry of Franklin won 2nd prize at the Royal Melbourne Show for salt butter from a private dairy.
A. 9-11-1901 page 9. Mrs E.S.Cooper, Mr and Mrs Bumstead and Mr and Mrs R.Higgins thanked those who sent letters, telegrams and floral tributes.
2-5-1902 (Euroa Advertiser.) Richard Molloy, aged upward of 82, drowned at his property, Kangor Park, Franklinford. Arriving home, he had taken his horse to a dam so it could drink but was somehow thrown in. Until recently he had taken a lively interest in municipal affairs. (This information came from the Argus. Another account said that he was leading the horse which dragged him into the water. He probably had the reins twisted around his wrist because the horse was frisky upon seeing the long-awaited water.)
A. 19-8-1902 page 6. A hefty probate duty was paid on the estate of the late Richard Molloy, which was of a sworn value of 40 964 pounds 10 shillings and elevenpence.
A. 25-9-1902 page 1. Charlotte, the beloved wife of William Bumstead died at Franklinford on the 23rd. Their children were Mrs W.Little (Northcote), Mrs E.S.Cooper(Franklinford), Mrs G.E.Chapman (Golden Square) and Mrs W.P.Nichol (Warracknabeal.)
A. 2-11-1904 page 9. Patrick Molloy, a native of Ballinsloe, County Galway, Ireland, died at his residence, "Limestone", Yandoit on 2 November, aged 76.
A.8-11-1904 page 10. Probate of the will of Patrick Molloy of Yandoit was to be granted, after 14 days to John James Slattery, formerly a bank manager at Castlemaine but now a butter factory proprietor at Daylesford who was the sole executor appointed in the will. A later notice,(Argus 21-12-1904 page 5), stated the amount left to his widow and his sons. Unfortunately the widow's name was not given.* Francis Haven at Yandoit was donated to the Franciscan Friars by Dick and Laura Molloy. The friars moved into the homestead, apparently on 4-6-1981. The details of the donation are given in Franciscan News (vol.8 No.2) Was the homestead that of "Limestone" or "Kangar Park"?
(*I had not been able to find Bridget's death notice but tonight I finally found it in the 70th item in trove when I entered Bridget Molloy.The notice from page 13 of the Argus of 13-10-1928 is reproduced verbatim in the chronology and states that Bridget had died on the 11th October.Because her death notice had eluded me, and Bridget was not mentioned by name here or in Patrick Joseph's marriage notice of 25-4-1908, I had assumed that she had died and Patrick had remarried.)
A. 21-9-1907 page 3. SALE OF LAND AT MT FRANKLINFORD . (Ha, ha!) In the estate of the late Richard Molloy.
(See Horseman/ Molloy genealogy, after the chronology, and comment 6 about the Molloys at Yandoit.)
Lot 1, Kangar Park. Acreage, allotments indecipherable, section 5, allotments 7, 9-12 of section 9, and 6a, 9a, 9b and 10 of section 10, parish of Yandoit. The homestead had 10 rooms.
Lot 2, about 437 acres, parishes of Glenlyon and Holcome, occupied by BOLTON Bros.
Lot 3, 10 acres, parish of Glenlyon, occupied by Mrs Sheehy.
Lot 4, about 20 acres, parish of Franklin, occupied by Mr J.Thomas.
Lots 5-7, parish of Yandoit, 277? acres, parish of Yandoit, occupied by Mr R. CARTY.
Lot8, 10 acres, parish of Yandoit, occupied by Mr C.Higgins.
Lot 9, 38 acres, parish of Wombat, occupied by Mr D.COLLINS.
Lot 10, 45 acres, parish of Holcombe.
Lots 11-17 were in Franklinford township, totalling 24 acres of which 20 acres were occupied by Thomas Manning.
(Crown allotments and section numbers were given for each lot but the time necessary to record them was not justified without all parish and township maps being available. However the following property location in the advertisement helps a bit.)
The main road from Newstead to Dayleford runs through the great portion of the property, the (Franklinford) state school and general store being within a mile of the homestead.
A. 25-4-1908 page 13.At St Ambrose R.C.Church, Brunswick on 17 March, Patrick Joseph, the eldest son of the late Patrick Molloy Esq., "Limestone", Yandoit, married Fay, the eldest daughter of Thomas Bennett, ex sergeant of police of Killarney of Donald St Nth, Brunswick. Note that his mother's name is not given as was usual when the father had died.PERHAPS BRIDGET WAS INFIRM OR SUFFERING FROM DEMENTIA AND PATRICK JOSEPH WAS ASHAMED OF HER. Another mystery is John Molloy of "Limestone", Guildford. Neither Patrick nor Richard Molloy had a son called John. Was he Richard and Patrick's brother or cousin? Henry Guildford Molloy was most likely John Molloy's son.
A. 22-3-1909 page 8. Thomas Alfred Edgar Morrison, a clerk in the Railways office in Spencer St, who had been talking to David Henderson of Shepherd's Flat and was seen riding quickly by Annie Dempsey 100 yards from where he died was discovered at 8 o'clock the next morning by David Dimsey, state school teacher.As the accident happened about 7:45 , it was probably getting dark and Thomas had skidded on a stone and fallen onto a rock, breaking his neck. Mr Dimsey who had been the teacher at Franklinford for 17 years when he was promoted to Trentham at the start of the following year(A. 27-1-1910 page 5),identified the body.
A.19-9-1911 page 9. Percival Phillip of Franklinford State School, presumably the teacher, wrote about the continuous blasting sounds at Franklinford and fears of an eruptions in the community. (Mt Franklin, like Mt Macedon, is a long-dormant volcano.)
A.16-8-1913 page 13. Llewellen, the third son of Mr and Mrs William Roberts of Brynhfryd, Franklinford, married Hannah Vernon, the fourth daughter of Mrs Jessie Wright and the late Reuben Wright of Loddon Valley, Guildford, at the Methodist Church in Daylesford on 19 July.
A. 22-1-1914 page 10. Frank Dougall had leased his Mt Franklin Estate and was moving to Melbourne.
10-5-1918 page 5 (Ballarat Courier.) An 18 year old Franklinford girl was assaulted while returning home from lectures.F.Semmons from the local area had been arrested. (One would assume that the lectures were not at Franklinford so the public transport must have been better than one would expect. The offender was from the Daylesford area so she may have been assaulted there while waiting for a coach -or a T model.)
18-11-1918 page 4 (Ballarat Courier.) Private N.Pavish, invalided, was welcomed back to Yandoit. (The correct spelling is Pavich as shown in a death notice.
A. 1-11-1921 page 1. Julia, wife of Daniel Dempsey of Franklinford, mother of Annie Scheggia of Franklinford, David, James, Daniel (deceased), Jack, Nicholas, Carli and Joseph, and sister of Mrs Gervasoni of Newstead and Mrs N.Pavich of Yandoit, died on 30 October aged 53 years.
A. 19-8-1923 page 16. The Strawhorn's had purchased the homestead block of Dougall's Mt Franklin Estate and ROBERTSON of Shepherds Flat had bought the adjoining lot of over 300 acres, the location that I recall.
A. 13-10-1928 page 13. DEATHS. MOLLOY. On the 11th October at Ballara Private Hospital, Castlemaine, Bridget, relict of the late Patrick Molloy and loving mother of Mary Ann (deceased), Elizabeth, Jane, Margaret, Joseph, Katherine, and Richard, aged 90 years.
13-7-1930, Sunday Times (Perth), page 2. During the week Mrs T.M.Dunkley returned by the trans train to her home Palsey, South Yarra.-----. Old Victorians will remember Mrs Dunkley as one of the wealthy and beautiful Molloy sisters of Kangar Park, Franklinford, near Daylesford.The objects of her trip were to visit her only son who is farming at Noongar and to attend the wedding of Miss Edna West from Mt Lawley and Clive Elston (who werealso at Noongar. Noticing the similar ending of Kangar and Noongar prompts me to wonder if the Kanga Track near Franklinford (as seen in maps on the internet) should actually be the Kangar Track. It may actually be that; the road near the cemetery is labelled Satori instead of Sartori.
A. 20-10-1930 page 1. The funeral of William Strawhorn's beloved wife, Grace, was to leave her residence, Mt Stuart, Franklinford, for the Franklinford Cemetery.
A. 12-4-1939 page 7. A combined school picnic was held at the Yandoit Park. (This involved athletics etc.) The cup was won by Franklinford again and it was presented to its captain, Miss A.Phillips.At the dance later, the novelty dance winners were Mr Roy Sartori and Miss M. Powell. (The Sartori family seems to be the only family from the 1960's still living at Franklinford!)
A. 11-8-1939 page 10. On 9 August Isabella, the dearly beloved wife of of the late Robert L. Phillip of Franklinford had died. She was the mother of Lucy (deceased), Robert L. (Kilmore), James F. (late A.I.F.), Percy N.(Carnegie), William A. (Franklinford), and Ernest R. (Bendigo.) The family seemed accident prone. Lucy almost certainly died from burns received when her clothes ignited while she was whitewashing a fireplace (Argus 28-7-1914 page 12), her brother Robert was kicked in the head by a draught horse (A. 4-11-1914 page 11) and the same unfortunate or his father sustained a broken leg when a bolting horse slammed him against a pole at the agricultural show.
A. 3-11-1943 page 2. Catherine, relict of the late James Stewart of Franklinford, died at Sandon on Nov.2 at 74. (Should Stuart St, Franklinford, be Stewart St? It may have been named after "Mt Stuart", the property established by Strawhorn senior in about 1898.)
A. 27-4-1955 page 14. Alice Gray Morrison, youngest daughter of the late James and Margaret Morrison of Spring Vale, Yandoit, had died at the age of 77.
FRANKLINFORD 5, VIC., AUST. (CEMETERY HEADSTONES, HALLINAN &DYETT GENEALOGY, YANDOIT SCHOOL, SNIPPETS.)
FRANKLINFORD CEMETERY HEADSTONES.
I stumbled upon this website while investigating the origin of the name of Clarkes Rd. It is not a complete index of burials. Photos of the headstones listed are available upon request to <[email protected]>.
COMMENTS IN BRACKETS ARE MINE, OBTAINED FROM TROVE. FF=Franklinford.
ALLISON Alison, David, Alexander, Eugenie Constance, James, Donald (No results were produced from an ALLISON, FRANKLINFORD search, so I suspect that there is a connection similar to that of WRIGHT.)
ARCHBOLD Florence (No connection found.)
ARMSTRONG Henry (No connection found.)
BALDOCK Keith William (No connection found.)
BARRETT S J - died 1989
BAUERS Albert Paul
BEAR James, Harriet
BERRY (Morgan) Christine
BIRD William Albert
BOWLES Justus, Mary Agnes
BULL Elizabeth Georgina, Leonard Franklin
BUMSTEAD W, Charlotte W
CAMPBELL Colin Clyde
CARRE Sarah Elizabeth
CHAPMAN Edward Joseph, Amy Priscilla
CHAPMAN Joseph Martin, Ellen Maud, Margaret Jane
CLARKE James Thomas, Ettie Winifred
COAD Dora Susan
COLLIHOLE John W, Miriam Ada
COLQUHOUN Mary, Grace, Henry, Isabella, Grace (Henry Colquhoun may have moved from Shepherd's Flat to Franklinford in 1878. He had been the electoral registrar for Shepherd's Flat but was relieved of the position and replaced by James Sandells. Henry was appointed the electoral registrar at Franklinford in the same gazette. Argus 16-11-1878 page 8.)
COOK Mary Arding
COOPER Edward S, Ashley W (Edw.S. was Mary Ann's husband. A.14-2-1920 p.13, MARRIAGE, COOPER-FOLETTA.)
COOPER George, Georgina
COOPER Mary Ann (Funeral of Mary Ann from Heidelberg to FF on 2-5-1944.)
CORBEN Arthur, Dorothy (Barker), Ruth (Grove)
CORMACK Alexander, Georgina
COUTTS Rachael Jane, Toby Jack
CRERAR Robert, Ethel May
DAVIES David, Ann
DIXON George, Anna E
DOOLAN Edgar John, Mary (Doule-Doolan engagement A. 6-10-1939 page 4.)
DOUGALL Caroline, William (These are possibly the parents of William Franklin Dougall of the Mt Franklin Estate, whose wife was Minnie. Minnie was a daughter of Hans Peter Jensen of Campbells Creek and was buried there after dying on 31-3-1923. Minnie's death was the spur for her husband to subdivide and sell the estate to such as the Strawhorns and Robertsons. The Dougalls had been on the estate for over 50 years- See the FRANKLINFORD NOTES journal.)
DOWNES (Whitlock) Elizabeth Ann, Robert
DUFF Alison Ellen, Sandells, James
DUFF James, Alison and family
DUFF James, Alison
EBERY Walter Hamilton, Ellen Elizabeth (Sartori)
ELPHICK (Parker) Rebecca
FLEISCHER Alan John
FLEISCHER George, Margaret
FLEISCHER Matilda, Phillip Heinrich
FLEISCHER Norman George, Evelyn Maude
FLEMING Johanna, Thomas A
FLEMING Thomas, Christina, Mary Lydia, John William
GARLICK John James, Jane, Elizabeth
GARSED Walter Thomas, Ellen
GERVASONI Antonio Giuseppi, Margaret Elizabeth
GERVASONI Ferdinand N, Margaret Mary McNab
NO HEADSTONE-GILLIES Colin(A.16-4-1940 page 4. Funeral leaving his daughter's residence, Oakleigh for FF, 17th)
GIBB William (William Dougall, grazier of Mt Franklin, was the only executor appointed in the will of William Gibb, gentleman, deceased, of Mt Franklinford and was to be granted probate in 14 days. Argus 1-4-1893 p.10. I can find no death notice for William Gibb in the 1890's. Incidentally, Gentleman meant one who does not need to work and was often used by retired businessmen. I wonder if William Gibb was the father or brother of William Franklin Dougall's mother.)
HARDING (Nicholls) Ellinor Gwendoline
HARDING Gerald D
HEDGES Edwin (Chas.Hedges, late of Yandoit was to be buried at Brighton, leaving the residence of Wm.D.Nicholls in Malvern.Argus 19-8-1892, page 1.)
HEFFERNAN Lloyd William, Marie Louise
HEFFORD (Harris) Martha Mary Ann
HENDERSON - SHRIVES family plot
HENDERSON Allan Herbert
HENDERSON Charles David, Juanita, Diamond V
HENDERSON John, Elizabeth A
HENDERSON Marian, David, Francis David (Funeral of Frank of Shepherds Flat 31-12-1926.)
HENDERSON Thomas Gabriel, Emily Jane (Diver)
HENDERSON Thomas, Edith Myrtle Eliza
HENDERSON Thomas, Mary
HERMANN Henry, Susan (Susan, late of Basalt, buried 11-6-1855.)
HIGGINS (Morgan) Anne
HIGGS (McKinnon) Marion
HIGGS Ann, William H
HIGGS Robert J
HILLS - wooden marker
HIRD Catherine, Henry, Hannah, Henry Franklin, John, George Donald, Victoria Alice
HIRD Christina Dorothea, Arthur Simpson (Henry Hird J.P. died on 6 Aug. at Clydesdale, aged 93 and was buried (at FF on the 9th. His son, Frank, was at Yandoit.)
HOCKING Andrew, James, Ellen, Horace
HOWE William Weston
HOWELL John W, Vera Robbins
HOWELLS G, Ellen
HOWELLS John, Alice E, Sarah (R.D.Howells of Yandoit fought in W.W.1.)
HUGGETT Annie (A big find in German Gully was made by Mr Huggett in about 1858 and he was still living in the gully in 1888.)
JAYES Thomas, Jane, Thomas Harris, Jane Alice
KASEK Franchick Sygmund Boleshaw
LAYFIELD Betty Elsie
LAYFIELD Kenneth Ronald
LECKIE (Robertson) (Jessie, widow of James A.Leckie and sister of Francis Robertson died at Hampton)
LECKIE Elizabeth (aged 80 on the 25th so the funeral was obviously on the 26th when the notice stated )
LECKIE William, Janet ("interred at Franklinford".)
LEE Hazel Jean, Allan Henry
LEE Henry Mathew, Francis Ellen
LEIPOLD Jane, Elizabeth, Nicholas, Henry
LLEWELLYN Dulcie Edna (Was she an aunt of Llewellyn Roberts?)
MANNING Alice, William (Thomas Manning was leasing much of Franklinford Township from the Molloys circa 1907.)
MARTIN William, William Henry (Agnes,daughter of late J.Martin, FF, married Edw.Schaffer: A.12-12-1903 page 9.)
McKINNON (Waterton) Florence Edna
McKINNON B D, Jane Johanna
McKINNON Flora, Hepburn C
McKINNON Marion Agnes (Gillies), Duncan
McKINNON R H - died 1949
McKINNON Vera Olive, Duncan Edward
MEAD Eric Alan
MILLS Thomas, Agness
MINOGUE Martin, Ellen
MINOTTI Andrew Vincent, Thelma
MINOTTI Daniel, Jessie
MINOTTI John, Ellen
MOLLOY Richard Antonio, Laura Mabel
MONICO Carolina, Battista
MORGAN - HALLETT
MORGAN David T
MORGAN Florence, Rachel G
MORGAN Henry Herbert, Emilie Bertha, Eric Mitchell, Ronald Samuel Herbert
MORGAN Irene E
MORGAN Lewis, Lucy Eliza, Lewis Llewellyn
MORGAN William, Thomas, David Rees, Gweneth, Elizabeth
MORRIS Tudor Thomas
MORRISON Edgar, Dorothy Jean, Judith Ann
MORRISON J Katrina, George G
MORRISON James, Margaret, Georgina Gray, T Alfred E
MORRISON Lesley June
MULLER Alex C, Ellen Madeline
MUSCHIALLI F - died 1926, A V - died 1963
MUSCHIALLI Reginald W
MUSGRAVE George Anthony, Jessie Elizabeth
NASH K F - died 1991
NICHOLLS William, Eleanor (See Hedges.)
NICOL Peter, Dinah, William P, Rosetta Soady, William Peter, Thomas, Samuel (Rosetta Soady, wife of the late (William Peter Nicol,formerly of Franklinford, and mother of Ella (Mrs Thomas) ,died 28-3-1956 at a (hospital in Malvern, aged 93.)
O'CONNOR Elizabeth Lily, Kathleen Daphne
OLIVER Thomas, Elizabeth Catherine (Thomas Oliver, 60, late of Yandoit, husband of the late Elizabeth Catherine (nee Pavilach), died in Castlemaine. Children named; Frank and Wm. at Yandoit. Argus, 1-12-1928 page 13.)
OLVER Robert Richard
PARKER Amelia, Joseph, Francis Ware, Mary Frances
PARKER Edward Stone, Mary Cooke, Edward Stone, Edward Leonard, George Alfred, Charles George Bright, 2 infant daughters, Hannah, Emilie Sarah
PARKHOUSE Frederick Latta, Frank
PARRY Henry P
PARRY, ROWLANDS, PHILLIPS, Roberts
PAYNE Thomas Sutton
PEDRINI Vincenzo, Giosue
PFEIFFER Barbara Anne
PHILIP (Osborne) Ruth, Percival Norman
PHILIP John Robert
PHILIP Lucy Ruth, Robert l, Isabel ((Isabella, wife of the late RobertL,Philip of FF, died on 9-8-1939 aged 72. Her son, William A.Philip, was still at FF.)
PHILLIPS David, Mary
POTTER W A - died 1963
POWELL David Lloyd, Mollie Jeanette
POWELL Franklin Gwyn
POWELL Martha Belle, Thomas
POWELL William, Richard Rees
PRICE Thomas, Julia Eleanor
PULLEN Noel William Reycraft, Doreen Ellen (Sartori)
RAWLINS Julie Elizabeth
REES Elizabeth W, William M, Elizabeth
REES Richard, John William
RICHARDS (Gervasoni) Margaret Elizabeth (The Richards family was in Yandoit by 1862.Star, 23-12-1862 p.2.)
RIGBY Francis James, Gladys Noreen
ROBERTS William, Hester
ROBERTSON Francis, John MacDonald, Isabel, James Matthew
ROBERTSON Isabella, James Wilkie
ROBERTSON James W, Mary
ROBERTSON James, Jean
ROBERTSON Mary, John
ROCHFORT G W - died 1948
RYAN Leonie Maree
SANDELLS James, Jane Burn, John, James (See COLQUHOUN.)
SARTORI Annie, George Nicol
SARTORI Carlo, Frances Victoria
SARTORI Charles, Elsie
SARTORI Charlotte, Mary Madeline
SARTORI Dennis Wayne
SARTORI Gavin Michael, Maxene
SARTORI George Bennett, Rose Eileen
SARTORI George Wm, Ellen Myra
SARTORI Georgia Rose
SARTORI Giacomo, Madalena, Mary
SARTORI Joan Patricia, Ronald Nazzaro
SARTORI Laurence Arthur
SARTORI Leslie Joseph, Patricia Phyllis (Johnson)
SARTORI Mabel, Nazzaro
SARTORI Nazzaro, Charlotte, Pietro
SARTORI Noel, Colin, Leonard Carl
SARTORI Stanley Francis, Dorothy Jean
SCHEGGIA Ada E, Prudento
SCHEGGIA Dorothy Irene, Gary Alan
SCHEGGIA Giacomo, Annie
SCHEGGIA Sylvester, Giovani, Johan, Margarita
SCHROEDER Bertha Rose
SCHROEDER C - died 1892, M - died 1917
SCHROEDER Ernest Charles, Ivy Irene (Ernest,only child of Fred and Norah, married Ivy:Argus 15-8-1949 re Fred.)
SCHROEDER Frederick, Norah (Frederick died 13-8-1949, aged 76.)
SCHROEDER Harold Ernest
SCHROEDER Henry G C
SEALEY Joyce Catherine
SEAMONS Edmund, Mary, Charles, Mary (Wedding notice, A.18-10-1913 p.11: Wm.B.Seamons 4th son of late Jas. Seamons, FF, married Annie Arkey at Wesley Church in Melbourne. Mary, daughter of Edmund Seamons of Kooroocheang died 17-9-1931 and was buried at FF on the 20th.)
SEAMONS John, Anna Maria, James, Elizabeth Anne, Albert Edward (Elizabeth Ann, relict of the late James Seamons of FF, died on the 8th at Yandoit, aged 86. Children listed. A. 9-3-1937 page 1.)
SHARP Charles Edward, Jane Galloway
SHRIVES Gabriel, Jane
SLEETH Robert J, Hermiena A (Hermiena Anna, relict of the late James Seeth of FF, will arrive at FF cemetery) (at 2p.m. after passing through Newstead at 1:30 and Yandoit at 1:45. A. 20-10-1933 page 1.)
SMITH Maurice Reginald
SMITH Robert, Janet
STEEN Harrison James, Zachary Thomas
STEWART James A
STRAWHORN Jane, Alexander (Alex., son of Wm. and Grace died at Elmore 25-3-1949. A. 26-3-1949 page 15.)
STRAWHORN John, Andrew, Robert, Grace, William (Robert, 5th son of Wm.and Grace, died 22-10-1927,31, C'maine.)
STRAWTHORN Grace, William (William, husband of the late Grace, died at "Mt Stuart" FF, 28-3-1938 aged 82.)
STRAWTHORN William Alexander (All of their children are listed Argus 30-3-1938 page 12.)
SULLIVAN John Lawrence
SULLIVAN Laurence Daniel
TAINSH Peter, Doris May Fanny May
TAIT Elizabeth, Ann
TAYLOR (Reycraft) Dorothy Helen
THOMAS - GREGAN
THOMAS Clarence Michael
THOMAS James Francis, Annie Catherine Mary (James Francis Thomas, late A.I.F., son of Catherine and the late
James Thomas of Franklinford died 17-3-1937. Probably the parents.)
THOMPSON Arbor Henderson
THOMPSON Elizabeth, James
THOMPSON Henry Ainsley, Elizabeth, James, Edith, Beatrice, May, Gordon
THOMPSON Ian Russell, Antoinette Despointes
TINETTI Aquilino, Maria, Louis, Amelia, Andrew
TINETTI Edward James, Irene Marie
TINETTI Ferdinando, Veronica Madelina
TINETTI Pater, Orsola, Madeleine
UNKNOWN Father, Mother - died 1891
URL Anne Margaretta, John
VANZETTA Louisa, Ferdinand
VANZETTA Madeline Mary, Frank
WEBB M E - died 1948
WHIDBURN Harriet Ann
WHITE Sandra Theresa
WHITLOCK Lucy Jean
WHITLOCK William, Ada
WILLIAMSON (Eyre) Edith Dorothea, Reginald Dudley
WINTER John (Committed suicide 1892,possibly after an earlier attempt. See Franklinford 6.)
WOODWARD (Whidburn) Hilda Pearl
WRIGHT Betty Doreen
WRIGHT Herbert Jackson
YOUNG Duncan James
ROOTSWEB HALLINAN-L HALLINAN ALSO IN VICTORIA.
I stumbled on this website while trying to determine if Patrick Molloy had remarried.
From: "Melanie Hallinan" <[email protected]>
Subject: Hallinan also in Victoria
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 11:37:05
Hello Malcolm and Lyn,
It was really interesting to read you letter. I will keep my eyes open for
anything that may be of use to you.
My first Hallinan ancestor was THOMAS Hallinan. He and his wife CATHERINE
Keating came to Australia from Co. Clare. On the shipping papers it says
Thomas was from Ennistimon Co. Clare and a miner. Catherine was from Inagh,
Co. Clare. They also arrived with their 2 children John aged 4 and Bridget
an infant. I don't know much of what came happened to John and Bridget. They
all arrived in 1851 on the Sarah into Sydney and had another daughter named
Catherine, she died aged 3. They then had a son named Michael Hallinan who
is my gr. gr. grandfather.
Michael was born in Victoria in 1856, at the goldfields in Bendigo. Thomas
was a miner there. His wife Catherine died aged 35. The family had a hut at
Sailors Gully, Sandhurst (the old name for Bendigo). Rates records state
that they had a hut and stables. I don't know much about what this means on
the wealth side of things.
As an adult MICHAEL married Elizabeth Molloy b. 1865. in Yandoit, Vic (near
Daylesford).They married 21st August 1889. Thanks to a wonderful lady I met
via one of these email groups I now have a copy of their wedding
Michael and Elizabeth had a farm at Kerang and there they raised 9 children.
PATRICK my gr. grandfather was the 3rd born in 1893. Most of their children
stayed in the area I think.
THE FOLLOWING COMES FROM JOHN HUTCHINSON'S POST ON THE DYETT-RANCE FAMILIES. CHARLES NORTON DYETT WAS A KEY WITNESS IN THE BRUTAL MURDER CASE OF 1862.
4. Charles Norton DYETT (Charles Norton DYETT2, John DYETT1) was born 1 AUG 1832 in Holy Trinity Kingston upon Hull, was christened 13 AUG 1834 in Holy Trinity Kingston upon Hull, and died 27 AUG 1901 in 97 Buckhurst Street South Melbourne. He married Sarah HOCTOR 10 AUG 1857 in Mt Franklin Victoria, daughter of John HOCTOR and Mary MALLOY. She was born 1838 in Tipperary Ireland, and died 8 APR 1875 in Franklinford Victoria Australia. He married Margaret RANKIN 11 AUG 1883 in West Hotham, daughter of Duncan RANKIN. She was born 1856, and died 1914.
Children of Charles Norton DYETT and Sarah HOCTOR are:
+ 6 i. Charles Norton DYETT was born 20 MAY 1858 in Mt Raglan Victoria.
+ 7 ii. John William DYETT was born 11 JUL 1860, and died in Adelaide South Australia.
+ 8 iii. Benjamin Patrick DYETT was born 1863 in Yandoit Victoria, and died 1936 in Bendigo Victoria.
9 iv. Frederick Thomas DYETT was born 1865 in Daylesford Victoria, and died 1867 in Died of Accidental Burns.
+ 10 v. Frederick Thomas DYETT was born 1868 in Shepherds Victoria, and died 1921 in Broken Hill.
11 vi. Hannah Mary DYETT was born 1871 in Franklinford Victoria, and died 3 NOV 1934 in Falkner Cemetary Victoria. She married Alfred Edward TAYLOR 1898 in Franklinford Victoria.
12 vii. Martha Josephine DYETT was born 1873 in Shepherds Victoria. She married John Skinner MELROSE 1899 in Franklinford Victoria.
It is possible that the C.N.Dyett's first wife was related to the pioneers near Broadmeadows and his second wife was related to John Rankin who lived at the corner of Macaulay and Rankins Rds at Kensington.
YANDOIT STATE SCHOOL.
It seems to me that the histories of Franklinford and Yandoit cannot be considered in isolation so in closing I'll include a bit about Yandoit State School which probably gave John and Cameron Morrison a clearance just to keep Franklinford's Boys' College going for a few more years.
Star, Ballarat, 3-12-1861 page 1s. Subscription lists had been issued to raise 50 pounds to build a National School schoolhouse. This building was ready for replacement 27 years later (A. 26-10-1888 page 7.)
Wodonga and Towong Sentinel, 1-2-1889 page 3. CORRYONG. G.E.S.Robinson was leaving on promotion to Yandoit.
A. 20-5-1899 page 5. G.E.Seaborne Robinson's son was stillborn.
A. 22-1-1914 page 10. Mr Francis was leaving Yandoit for Wail. (What a crying shame!)
A. 7-3-1933. Kenneth Charles Stevens had died on the 5th at the Ballara Private Hospital at Castlemaine, aged 4. His parents were Vernon and Emmie Stevens of Yandoit S.S. Vernon's parents James and Elizabeth lived in Guildford and Emmie's parents were Frances Cave of Werona and the late Charles Cave.Vernon and Emmie's other children were Verna and Lindsay.
A. 18-9-1936 page 6. Yandoit S.S. won many awards for fodder crops.
ORIGINS OF STREET NAMES.
MILL ST possibly got its name because of Pozzi's, or an earlier miller's, flour mill.
MORRISON, FLEMING, STRAWHORN, SARTORI and probably CLARKE are streets named after pioneers.
WHYBROW and LIGAR Streets are both named after the Surveyor General, Charles Whybrow Ligar.
STUART could come from the Strawhorn property Mt Stuart or be a mistaken spelling of James Stewart's name.
THAT'S ALL FOLKS! Well, not quite. I thought I'd add a few more snippets because this cat doesn't believe that old saying. All articles and notices following are from the Argus.
The accident-prone Phillips family lived on Kangar Farm which would have been all or part of Richard Molloy's Kangar Park. Lucy, Robert Phillips' eldest daughter, was 20 when she sustained the burns from which she died, about six weeks later, in the Castlemaine Hospital. (21-7-1914 page 12.)
There is a photo of Gavan, 2, and Kelvin, 4. sons of Mr and Mrs Will Doolan of "Waverly", Franklinford, on page 6s of the Argus of 7-5-1947.Will was a good singer and received an honorable mention in the Bendigo competition in 1938.
Charles Menzies' widow, Ellen applied for probate of his will (A. 3-3-1877 page 8.)
A fire broke out in the Scheggia Bros. paddock near the Franklinford Cemetery. (A. 26-1-1933 page 11.)
Prudent Scheggia was killed when he was thrown from his horse, leaving a widow and eight daughters. (A. 22-9-1936 page 14.)
Martin Minogue, a farmer and storekeeper of Franklinford, was insolvent. (A. 23-8-1870 page 5.)
Gregory J. and Reginald A. Thomas of Franklinford had displeased the tax man.(A. 2-5-1921 page 9.)
Major T.Templeton, 4th Battalion, Victorian Mounted Rifles, was thrown from his horse when it stumbled near Guildford as he rode from Franklinford to attend a parade in Castlemaine. He was the teacher at Franklinford and President of the Fifth Class Teachers' Castlemaine Branch. 30-7 and 18-11-1889.
No doubt Franklinford residents took more care where they were walking after this snippet appeared in the paper! Robert Morris, a threshing machine operative, fell down a mine shaft when fighting a fire in a paddock of thistles. (24-1-1905.) Hopefully the thistles were not the legacy of William Campbell!
Mrs Marsh of Franklinford had provided the only fresh information about the Yandoit outrage. 7-10-1886 page 6. William Marsh died intestate on 2-10-1891. 19-2-1892 page 3.
Ann Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Ambrose Draper, and Frederick Langton Simmons of Dunolly were married at the Draper residence at Franklinford by a Wesleyan minister. 6-4-1866 page 4. I wonder if Simmons was a member of the family after which Simmons Reef at Blackwood was named.
William Strawhorn, born in Coburg, who came to Franklinford in about 1998. had died. He had been a member of the Daylesford Agricultural Society and Presbyterian Church. 30-3-1938 page 6.
An apology was tendered to Mr Fleming , ex sergeant of police, who had been blamed for a fatal incident in Daylesford when it was a policeman in that town with the same surname. Mr Fleming had been for a considerable time settled at Franklinford as a farmer. 3-10-1862 page 7. Mr Fleming was President of Mt Franklin Shire in the boom year of 1888, when a spider's web of railways was developing. He took the chair at the meeting where it was moved by JAMES MORRISON and seconded by CR. RICHETTO* that a line be built from Daylesford to pass through Yandoit and join the Castlemaine-Maryborough line at Strangways. Some wanted the line to go farther west through Dry Diggings but the motion was passed. 4-5-1988 page 11.
* I SPENT HOURS TRYING TO FIND ANY OTHER MENTION OF THIS PERSON, TO NO AVAIL. A DR ROSETTA WAS ELECTED TO COUNCIL SO IT WAS PROBABLY CR ROSETTA.
John Winter, a Franklinford farmer, hanged himself. 26-4-1892 page 6. There is a complete lack of mentions of the Franklinford Winter family on trove apart from the following, on page 2 of the Kyabram Union of 1892. James Winter of Franklinford, , an old resident, had made three attempts at suicide,by hanging, cutting his throat and choking himself. This may have been John, given that Franklinford was described as being near Dalesford. Otherwise the family's favourite sport seems to have been self-destruction. The only references to Winter (apart from millions of entries concerning the coldest season)concerned a Castlemaine butcher and a teacher at Sandon. By 1857, Williams and Winter were butchers at Castlemaine, a horse belonging to them having been stolen from the paddock known as Winters Flat. Considering that Castlemaine has such a great history, its wiki is pathetic regarding history, not even mentioning the origins of Winters Flat and Wesley Hill. George Winter, headteacher at Sandon, who was burnt by an exploding stove (Argus, 5-2-1937 page 4), may have also been related to Winter of Franklinford.
Franklinford resident, Edgar Doolan, aged about 40 and a married man with children, was killed at Yandoit. A blacksmith he was helping three men to remove a hopper they had purchased from the Steele's Pioneer Reef Mine when the fatal accident occurred. 22-6-1912 page 25. (Because of his given name, I wonder if the Doolans and Morrisons were related by marriage.) Francis Doolan had become engaged. 7-10-1939 page 8.
Charles Judkins, who had been at the aboriginal station for many years, had died just like his boss after a long and painful illness borne with Christian fortitude . It would be a fair bet that this wording came from Joseph Parker! 16-9-1864 page 4.
Mr and Mrs Quine were farewelled at the Mt Prospect hall. They were moving to Franklinford where they had leased Mr Frank Dougall's Mt Franklin Estate. 26-2-1914 page 11. (Mt Prospect must have been reasonably close to Franklinford because Father Slattery who built the R.C. church at the latter in 1863, while he was at Daylesford, started building a church at Mt Prospect before leaving for Geelong in 1870. (I had to check. It is about halfway between Daylesford and Creswick near the Midlands Highway.)
Mr Hugget, still a resident of German's Gully, south of Yandoit, made a significant discovery there in about 1858. 26-10-1888 page 11. This article also described the difficulty Mr T.Price, an old Franklinford resident, had in raising funds for his mining venture. His name was Tom, as I found later, and my heart skipped a beat as I thought of Mt Tom Price. Unfortunately this mine was named after the Vice President of an American steel company, not our Franklinford pioneer.
Miss Alice Mary Sartori was entertained at Franklinford on the eve of her wedding to Mr A.MacLaren. 7-4-1938 page 12.
William Strawhorn, farmer of Franklinford left real estate valued at 4045 pounds and personal property worth 873 pounds. 3-5-1938 page 2.
DANGEROUS JIM CROW CREEK. You may have scoffed at the reference, in the chronology, to the coach being unable to cross this creek and the passengers having to spend the night at Yandoit. Two men were crossing the creek in a buggy when the horse lost its footing. One of the men made it to the bank but the other, and the buggy, were swept rapidly downstream. Some miners came to the rescue. 17-12-1860 page 6.
T.Manning of Franklinford won a prize for his 3 year old draught horse at the Daylesford Show. 21-11-1908 page 18.
Grasshoppers were threatening potato crops. 10-1-1935 page 5.
Mary and Tom Powell of Franklinford S.S. won every event in their sections at the Daylesford and District Sports. 9-1-1937 page 13.
Mr Parry of Parry-Roberts the well-known prize butter makers of Franklinford has been appointed manager of the Daylesford Butter Factory. Tenders have been let for the building of the factory and creameries at Glenlyon and Franklinford. 17-8-1892 page 6. (A lengthy letter from W.Roberts of Franklinford, possibly Miss W.Roberts, entitled HOW TO MAKE GOOD BUTTER appeared on page 4 of The Capricornian of 24-10-1896. Miss W. Roberts of Franklinford had won the champion prize at the Melbourne Agricultural Show for fresh butter in 1886. South Australian Advertiser 26-8-1886 page 5.)
NEWSPAPERS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY COPIED STORIES FROM OTHER NEWSPAPERS, SO NEWS ABOUT FRANKLINFORD CAN OFTEN BE FOUND IN INTERSTATE PAPERS.
EMPIRE (SYD.)16-9-1874 page 3.Willy, 11, son of James K.Gilmore,was killed on the road between the lime kilns and Franklinford. Gilmore who lived near the lime kilns was returning home with a cart load of potatoes that he had obtained in Yandoit. After having to unload them when he became bogged and get a second, frisky, horse to extract the cart, he started to reload his cargo but the frisky horse caused the cart to overturn crushing the boy's skull. Willy was taken to Castlemaine in Mr Menzies' buggy but died minutes after admission. (The lime kilns were obviously not near the one on the west side of Limestone Creek mentioned previously in regard to the naming of Patrick Molloy's "Limestone" at Yandoit if the accident happened on the road to Franklinford.)
CORNWALL CHRONICLE (Launceston, started by J.P.Fawkner.)5-7-1869 page 3. Richard Horseman did not die for a while after his suicide attempt and made the following statement. I, Richard Horseman, state that I have contemplated self-destruction for some time past and that I was tired of my life. I had the gun loaded for three weeks previous, and on this morning I sent my wife on a message to Patrick Mahony, in order to get an opportunity to shoot myself in her absence. I placed a strap on the trigger and fastened it to a piece of wood in the partition. I caught hold of the barrel, placed its muzzle against my breast and discharged it, thereby causing the wounds from which I now suffer.
THE AUSTRALIAN NEWS FOR HOME READERS.25-6-1864 page 16. The prospectus for the formation of a tramway from Taradale via Fryer's, Kangaroo, Franklinford etc to Creswick, with a branch line from Franklinford to Daylesford is being prepared.
LAUNCESTON EXAMINER. 2-12-1869 page 3. Mr Joseph Parker of Franklinford is the fortunate competitor for the Town Clerkship of the Borough of Guildford. He is contracted to perform the duties of clerk, assessor, collector of dog tax and rates, inspector of thistles and nuisances, revenue officer and surveyor for 70 pounds per annum.
SOUTH BOURKE AND MORNINGTON JOURNAL. 27-5-1885 page 2. Mrs Dempsey of Franklinford won a prize in the art union (big raffle) to raise funds for a presbytery at the Roman Catholic Church at Dandenong. (Every parish was probably given tickets to sell.Father Patrick Joseph Slattery had built the Roman Catholic Church at Franklinford in 1863 according to his biography.)
LAUNCESTON EXAMINER 6-9-1897 page 3. Tom Price, an old Franklinford resident, did manage to start a company circa 1860, and its head office was going to stay at Franklinford no matter what the far-flung shareholders thought. I will not even try to summarise the comical events that occurred during this meeting, which resulted in a take-over by the Maldon push. You've got to read the article!
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN REGISTER. 26-1-1894 page 7. The Franklinford mines must have attracted very capable managers. Mr W.G.Williams, who had been manager of the Golgonda Quartz mine (in German Gully, resulting from the discovery of Mr Hugget, who had found the Golgonda line in about 1858 and still lived in the gully 30 years later) and other mines, had been appointed manager of the New Charlotte mine in Coolgardie, W.A.
STAR (BALLARAT)27-5-1862 page 1s. YANDOIT. Mr Pozzi, owner of a billiards room, had been fined 50 pounds for selling sly grog, No initial was supplied so we don't know whether it was the miller of Franklinford or one of his two brothers who became wine sellers at Daylesford.
Any new information found about Franklinford will be placed into this journal. It will mainly be concerned with locations and family connections.
A member of the Gervasoni family is running a website concerning the industrial heritage of the Ballarat region, which includes Franklinford.
Some genealogical websites have been mentioned previously. Any others that I discover will be listed in the brackets.
(MINOGUE, SARTORI, )
FAMILY CONNECTIONS will be listed in these brackets. Connections in the second set of brackets come only from the headstones list.
(PRICE-MINOGUE,ROBERTS-SWANSON, ROBERTSON-STRAWHORN, ROBERTS-WRIGHT(2), WRIGHT-DELMENBICO (Guildford),DOULE-DOOLAN, )
( HEADSTONES CORBEN-BARKER, CORBEN-GROVE, DOWNES-WHITLOCK, EBERY-SARTOTI, ELPHICK-PARKER, HARDING-NICHOLLS, HEFFORD-HARRIS, HENDERSON-SHRIVES, HIGGS-McKINNON, LECKIE-ROBERTSON, MARTIN-SCHAEFFER, McKINNON-WATERTON, McKINNON-GILLIES, PARRY-ROWLANDS, PHILLIPS, ROBERTS?, PHILIP-OSBORNE, PULLEN-SARTORI, SARTORI-JOHNSON, WOODWARD-WHIDBURN)
Thomas Price lived in Whybrow St; his house was called Auburn and was used as his mining company headquarters. Thomas married Julia E.Minogue and died at Auburn on 6-1-1904.Their only child was May. (Argus 16-1-1904 page 9 and other articles found on trove by googling Thomas Price.)
A goldfields heritage project in the area around Daylesford lists as site 45 the Minotti flour mill near the Jim Crow Creek on the Hepburn road. Guiseppi Pozzi was a partner in the mill.
ARGUS. 13-12-1918 PAGE 1. David Swanson's death notice shows that his sister was Mrs H.Roberts of Franklinford. They and other siblings named had probably grown up in Campbelltown (due west of Yandoit and just under 20 km from Franklinford) which was the residence of several, and their late parents, Mr and Mrs William Swanson.
ARGUS 8-4-1940 page 6. On 9-3-1940, Isobel Watson, youngest daughter of the late Mr and W.J.Strawhorn married James Wilkie, elder son of Mrs and the late J.W.Robertson of "The Mount" , Mt Franklin, at the Presbyterian church at Castlemaine. (The Strawhorns of "Mt Stuart" had bought Frank Dougall's homestead block at the same time as the Robertsons from Shepherd's Flat had bought an adjoining block of over 300 acres.This was yet another case, so common in farming communities, where neighbours married.)
ARGUS 20-5-1930 page 1. Hannah Vernon Roberts, who died in Geelong on 19-5-1930 was the wife of Llewellyn Roberts, formerly of Franklinford, , mother of Jessie and the fourth daughter of Reuben and Jessie Wright of Guildford.(See her brother, George Harvey Wright's death notice of 1936.)
ARGUS 15-9-1934 page 15. John Osborne of Sebastopol, obviously living with his daughter, and formerly of Franklinford, was the husband of the late Ruth Ann and father of Mrs William Dunn and Mrs P.M.Philips.
ARGUS 1-11-1865 page 7. THE GAZETTE.Samuel Woolmer Parker had been appointed to the school committee at Franklinford. As in many cases above, the second given name seems to be a pedigree clue.
ARGUS 4-12-1943 page 10. Peter Cope of Tallimba,N.S.W. dear little friend of the Doolans, had died in an accident at Franklinford.
ARGUS 5-3-1921 PAGE13. MISSING FRIENDS, MESSAGES. William Powell, Pentwyn Estate , Franklinford, had some good news for John Jones of England.
ARGUS24-3-1951 PAGE 23. There was to be a clearing sale on account of W.H.Phillip at Franklinford on 28 March.
ARGUS 31-3-1936 PAGE 1. The notice of George Harvey Wright's death at Cowra, N.S.W. shows that the other offspring of Reuben and Jessie Wright of Guildford were Annie, Margie?, Will, Lily (Mrs David Roberts), Dege? (deceased), Hannah Vernon (Mrs Llewellyn Roberts-deceased), Janie (Mrs Jack Powell) and Bena? (Mrs Charles Delmenico.) (Some names were hard to be sure of. I presume Charles Delmenico lived in Guildford. I believe the Delmenicos were running the Guildford pub in the mid 1960's. Kevin Delmenico, a Castlemaine star, moved to the big smoke to play with Footscray the year before Robbie Thompson went to the Bombers.
Just two asides, totally unrelated to Franklinford, but you might be interested.
Basketball is well established in Castlemaine but I bet nobody is aware of the contribution made by Geoff Bryce. He worked for the S.E.C. and was a dynamo who established basketball as a sport in Castlemaine. At that time there were probably a handful who had played the game, including Geoff, Jim Berry (a policeman who was tragically killed in a road accident) and myself. The first season, probably in 1966, was played on outside courts at St Mary's and wet weather found out who had exceptional ball-control. The next season we moved to the drill hall but the coat hooks on the wall had to be removed after my mid air flick to Robbie Ross resulted in me following through into the wall, inches from the hook. Those game enough to try refereeing had a steep learning curve.
Robbie Ross and David Broad were two of Castlemaine's young football champs while Derek Cowan was coaching the Maine. Robbie was a sensational, athletic full back but could not cope with Kyneton's Tarz Plowman; Tarz was so wide (in every direction) that even though Robbie flew about a metre higher, he could not reach the ball to spoil.
I coached High School in basketball and after a game one night David Broad invited me to a meeting of the Develop Castlemaine committee. I couldn't believe a youngster being so involved in community affairs. It did not surprise me to learn later that he became a Shire Secretary.
THE MERCURY (TAS.) 30-4-1910 page 8. Mrs Seamons of Franklinford won 2/6 by collecting Robur Tea coupons.
DOUGALL AND THE MOUNT FRANKLIN ESTATE.
It is likely then when Edward Stone Parker decided that Franklinford was the place for his aboriginal station, he was given a lease of a run, just as William Thomas was given the Tuerong Run on the Mornington Peninsula. It is likely that when the protectorate was abolished in 1848, or when the remaining aborigines were shuffled off to the Healesville Sanctuary site in 1864, the land was sold off by the Government. Edward Stone Parker would have been entitled to a pre-emptive right (640 acres or thereabouts per parish circa 1848 but probably less in 1864 because of land acts.) It seems that the alienation of the area near Franklinford occurred soon after 1848. G.Browne had established a property called Kildare and offered it for sale on page 1 of the Argus of 4-9-1862, because he was leaving the colony.
In 1913, 607 acres of the estate was offered for sale by W.F.Dougall, and the remaining 576 acres was to be offered for lease later on. This means that the Mt Franklin Estate then consisted of 1183 acres.(Argus 19-7-1913 page 2.) In 1923, it was incorrectly stated in one advertisement that the Dougalls had been on the Mt Franklin Estate for 60 years (Argus 19-11-1923 page 16, where acreages also appear to be wrong.) The Parkers were still on the estate in 1865. The advertisement on page 3 of the Argus of 16-6-1923 seems to be more precise regarding their tenure (50 years) and the acreages of the various lots.
FRANKLINFORD, VIC., AUST. EDWARD STONE PARKER, PIONEERS , STATE SCHOOL 257 & YANDOIT. (Molloy/ Horseman.)
LUCKY DROMANA KIDS IN THE 1890'S.
In my research for burials at Dromana cemetery, I am often tempted to open results that do not mention the cemetery. I'm glad I opened this one because Fred Mellor was a household name throughout Victoria and reports of his shows were so glowing that I had to don my sunnies. The Dromana kids in the 1890's would have learned more than the 3 R's taught to the tune of a hickory stick.
MELLOR.— On the 20th inst., at Women's Hospital (from shock following an operation), Lizzie, the dearly loved wife of Fred. Mellor, school teacher,Dromana, only daughter of John Forster, Bendigo,
and niece of Mrs. Gaff and G. Crawford, South Melbourne.
(P.1, Argus, 27-6-1895.)
This is why I needed my sunnies!
(From Our Own Correspondent.)
MR FRED MELLOR'S .DEPARTURE.
Lovers of music and drama will
learn with.regret that Mr Fed Mellor
is about to leave the district after a res
idence of 8 1/2 years. He has been ap
pointed by the Education Department
to the Mitcham S. School, where no
doubt his versatile talents will speedily
bring him before the public and ngra
tiate him with the musical and dramatic
members of that community. Those of
us who knew him intimately fully ap.
preciate his exacting and painstaking
manner of conducting a performance
and to this sterling quality may be as.
cribed the splendid reception all his per
formances undoubtedly received. Mr
Mellor's leading principle is to set a
high standard demanding excellent ren
dition. It is pleasing on the eve of his
departure to review his work in this dis
trict and note how thoroughly he iden
tified himself with worthy local objects
such as improvements to Recreation
Grounds, Mechanics' Institutes, Athletic
etc. He first came here in 1891 and
as director of both the Mornington and
Dromana Comedy Coy. staged such
comedies and drama as "Not such a
fool as he looks", "Blow for Blow'"
"Our Boys", "Our Regiment" at Mor
nington, Frankston, Dromana, Rye, Sor
rento and Flinders, to which must be
added numbers of one act comedies and
Mr Mellor makes a specialty of children's
concerts, and has staged some really de-.
Owing to his departure the performance
of Pinafore, which he intended staging
this year, must be abandoned, which is a
matter for sincere regret, when we remem
ber the success of Trial by Jury. The or
chestra, under Mr Mellor's baton, has de
lighted many audiences with its splendid
rendering of high class overtures, and the
manner in which it has supplied the inci
dental music and accompaniments has cal-
led forth high encomiums of praise from
competent judges. It is hoped that Mr
Mellor's removal will prove as advanta
geous to him as expected, and that his
surroundings will be congenial to his
many talents. (P.3, Mornington Standard, 29-3-1900.)
There's plenty more on trove, about Box Hill etc, concerning this wonderful man. How his pupils would have loved him! I wonder if Hector Crawford inherited Mellor genes.
Frederick Hobley was a prominent member of the Victorian Police Force. The Chief Commissioner,who had come from Scotland Yard where forensic science was well developed,reorganised the Criminal Investigation Branch in 1938.Detective training courses, run by Frederick Hobley, were organised at the headquarters in Russell St, Melbourne. Frederick was an expert in photography and ballistics. He spent much of his time in investigating baffling cases and giving expert testimony in courts.(Trove.)
Frederick's father was William Henry Hobley, who was born at Schnapper Point(Mornington)on the Mornington Peninsula,Victoria,Australia in 1857. William married Elizabeth James at Main Creek (possibly Red Hill) on the Peninsula on 11-6-1884.By 1885 William and Elizabeth were settled at Rosebud on land for which William received the grant in 1890. The International Genealogical Index-Southwest Pacific shows that their first child, William Henry Hobley, was born there on 31-8-1885. Then followed George (2-2-1887),Ethel May (2-5-1889), Joseph (1-5-1894), Charles (9-8-1896), Frederick (4-10-1898), Elizabeth Violet (26-1-1901),Harold (20-6-1904)and Samuel (17-5-1906), all born at Rosebud. Their next child, Ernest, was born at Leongatha in Gippsland on 24-8-1908.A BIT MORE PEACEFUL THERE PERHAPS!
Dromana's beach was less shallow than Rosebud's and as a result the bay steamers could berth there and would carry a few passengers as well as cargo throughout the year, but in summer there would be a flood of tourists who filled the many guest houses in Dromana. Robert Henry Adams had a guest house at Adams Corner(Wattle Place on the car wash site) named after the Governor, Lord Hopetoun,who often stayed there on his way to the fort at Point Nepean. Other traps that transported tourists to Rosebud etc were driven by "Back Road Bob" Cairns and his sons, and William Hobley.
William had been transporting passengers since at least 1895 when he gained licences for three passenger and nine passenger stage coaches in the Dromana Court.In 1902 he won the contract to transport the mail between Rosebud and Mornington and his advertisements regarding parcels, passenger fares and departure times continued until 1904.
In that year William was unjustly accused of causing the flooding of the Hobson's Flat Road (otherwise known as the Back Road or Cape Schanck Rd, and now called Bayview Rd.) The area affected was west of the present Armstrong Rd where the properties of Back Road Bob (between Hobley's land and the present freeway) and Robert Henry Adams (across the Hobson's Flat road between The Avenue and Adams Ave) adjoined. Ex Councillor Robert Anderson said that the problem was caused by Hobley. This claim was denied by William and refuted by the Shire Engineer, William naming Cairns as the culprit and Moors hinting the same thing fairly strongly. (See Hobson Bay Drainage on trove, 1904.)
The Cairns/ Adams animosity came to a head in 1905 when Adams was charged with assaulting Cairns and his son, Godfrey.From the body of the court, Wiiliam Hobley offered evidence and stated that Adams had signs forbidding tresspass on his land but changed his mind when cross examined.(Trove.)
Frederick Hobley, a famous ex student of Rosebud State School, died on 5-6-1996.
POSTSCRIPT, 21-1-2016. I have referred below to the Brady property Mount Evergreen being 21C Wannaeue (Melway 171 K10) but a sale advertisement makes it clear that Mount Evergreen was 6A and 6B Wannaeue south of Browns Rd and Melway 171 B-E12.
This journal arises from my journal HOW DID SARAH WILSON LEAD ME TO HENRY TUCK? Two years ago when I read Hec Hanson's MEMOIRS OF A LARRIKIN and saw the mention of George and Ollie,I assumed that George was related to William Johnstone, the grantee of 20C Wannaeue. Armed with genealogical information from Petronella Wilson's GIVING DESTINY A HAND, I realised that George Johnstone could not be a descendant of Sarah Wilson. Just to be sure, I contacted Christie Johnstone, son of the grantee's brother, Robert Henry Johnstone and Catherine, daughter of Henry Tuck Jnr. Christie confirmed that George Johnstone was not related and thought that George had lived near Red Hill.
Peter Wilson's THE CAIRNS FAMILY OF BONEO shows that Alex Cairns and Janet Dalgleish were married in Scotland. Their tenth and last child was Walter who married Florence Laughton. Their children were Edna,Jean and Olive.
Trove shows that Walter was involved with the Boneo cricket and tennis club and after the opening of the latter's court (1911,if I remember correctly), the members were entertained at Walter's property "Eureka". It also shows that he was later at Main Ridge. In 1910, Walter was assessed on 87 acres of Barker's and 103 acres, which should have been 143 acres being crown allotment 2, Wannaeue, granted to Alexander who called it (Menstries?) Main. In 1919, Mrs Helen Cairns had this property which was correctly described as 143 acres.
One genealogy page stated that Olive Millicent Cairns,born in 1908, married George Johnstone. The My Heritage page showing all Cairns-Sabine results has a photo of Ollie and shows that she died in 1990.
Diane Johnstone has a page which shows that George's father, George Johnston was born at Yering in 1866, married Sophia Harrison and died at Dromana in 1949. Now,there was a George Johnston at Sunbury in the early 1860's, who was granted land in the Buttlejork (west of Jacksons Creek) part of the town,wrote letters to the Melton Road Board and was appointed in 1865 as one of the trustees of land reserved for the Church of England at Sunbury. Then he seems to have disappeared. The fact that land on De Castella's estate at Yering, Victoria's first vineyard (as wikipedia puts it)was advertised in 1864 might have had something to do with his disappearance!
I have forgotten most of the information that I learned from I.W.Symonds BULLA BULLA, but I do remember that there were some prominent early vineyards at Sunbury: (Bubeck's?)on Vineyard Lane near The Gap, Eadie's Ben Eadie,and two run by politicians, Francis (Goonawarra) and James Stewart Johnston (Craiglee.)
MY MESSAGE TO DIANE JOHNSTONE.
I am more interested in George Johnston's son, George Johnstone. He could be the George Johnstone who married Olive Millicent Cairns (born to Walter Cairns and Florence, nee Laughton,in 1908) and had three children: Alexander, Heather and Ian. I write local history for family historians as itellya on family tree circles. My journal HOW SARAH WILSON LED ME TO HENRY TUCK concerns another Johnstone family which lived near Main Ridge on Shoreham Rd and Roberts Rd.
In MEMOIRS OF A LARRIKIN, Hec Hanson told an amusing tale about George and Ollie Johnston. " A lady from over on Purves Rd, Ollie Johnson (nee Cairns), used to come to the dances (at the Main Ridge hall) on her own.Her husband,George, didn't dance and would stay home with the kids.One night I got her up for a dance,and as we waltzed around the hall Cocko (Harold Wilson) flicked grass burrs in her direction. These would cling to her dress. We often wondered what George thought about this when she arrived home."
I will be mentioning in the above-mentioned journal that George was not descended from Sarah Wilson, whose daughter Matilda married William Johnson. (Their son, William changed the family name to Johnstone by deed poll.) However I will write a separate journal: GEORGE AND OLLIE JOHNSTONE OF PURVES ROAD NEAR ROSEBUD, VICTORIA to provide background information about the Cairns, Haughton etc families. I wonder if George Johnston's wife was related to the family of Alf Harrison after which Harrisons Rd near Dromana was named.
That would be him. A few of the Johnston(e) clan moved to Main Ridge area from Gruyere, Colstream, Lilydale area. My grandfather was George's brother and Aunty Ol' a lovely lady. I will pass the anecdote above to Alec, I'm sure he'll love it. I will see what I can find out about Harrison. I've never found anything connecting her to Alf Harrison though. Thank you for the invitation to your information, it is hugely appreciated.
AN EMAIL FROM GEORGE AND OLLIE'S SON, ALEX.
I am the Alex Johnstone you referred to in the email to Diane Howden . I am the son of George and Olive (nee Cairns) . With reference to your �How Wilson led me to Tuck� I have a great deal of curiosity as to how Walter Cairns my grandfather. The only one to marry of a large family living in what was at the time a backwater of Boneo met and married Florrie Laughton a member of a well off family ( Laughtons Foundry creswick st. Footscray) I believe the main connection to Melb at the time would be by steamer up the bay.
There in must lay a story the truth of which I guess I will never learn.
I have read the book by Hec Hansen (I have vague memories of him) that was the first I heard of the burr incident when i read the book.
There has been considerable research done on the Cairns family by Ray Cairns also a Google search of the Cairns family of Boneo will reveal that nearly everyone on the southern peninsular was related at some early stage.
As for the Wilson�s were they from what I have been led to believe Wilson, Cairns. Purvis, Rowley and a number of old families that are all related in some form or other
I will try to send this email and if you receive it and if you feel I may be able to help in your search just ask the question and I will endeavor to answer.
MY SECOND REPLY.
I now believe that the connection between Walter Cairns and Flo Laughton took place at Flinders. William Brent married Flo's sister, Elizabeth (Bessie.) W.C.Brent was on the Flinders Park committee of management by 1896 and was in the area until about 1910. After David Cairns* fell from a wagon while intoxicated and was partly paralysed, his missus ran a boarding house in Flinders for a long time, so Walter probably met Flo during a visit to Flinders.
*While I was looking in my THE CAIRNS FAMILY OF BONEO notes for details of David's accident and the tenure in the boarding house, I found something that confirms my theory about Walter and Flo meeting at Flinders.
It was Blacks Camp Davey (1842-1923) who was involved in the accident. He was the second child and son of David Cairns and Janet Thompson who had married in Scotland,and married Elizabeth Russell. During his teens he had driven the cart for Benjie Shaw (who later established the Kangerong guest house in Dromana.) Then his early connection with Flinders started, with David working for Sam Tuck, stock riding for the Barkers (Boneo and Flinders), and breaking horses for Robert Anderson (Barragunda at Cape Schanck and much land in the parish of Flinders.) He also worked on the Cape Schanck lighthouse, South Channel Fort, and for T.B.Muntz on Main Creek Rd.
After David's accident in 1897,the Blacks' Camp property (probably crown allotment 29, parish of Fingal, of 52 acres 2 roods and 25 perches opposite the Cape Schanck turn off, granted to D.Cairns on 19-1-1888) was sold and he and Elizabeth started the Oaklands guest house in Flinders which was finally sold in 1919.
Walter (1870-1956) was, as stated earlier, the son of Alexander Cairns and Janet (nee Dalgleish.) Not surprisingly,he had a sister named Janet (1859-1909) who married William Brent and was buried at Flinders. Just in case you thought that William Brent was a bigamist, I'd better point out that Janet married William C.Brent the Flinders Park trustee, not the bloke that married Bessie Laughton.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 20 August 1909 p 1 Family Notices
DEATHS.. BRENT. - On the 16th August, Janet, the dearly beloved wife of W. C. Brent, and mother of J. R. and A. C. Brent, of Flinders, aged 49 years and 5 ... 1115 words
ALEX JOHNSTONE'S REPLY TO MY FIRST REPLY.
My first reply outlined the many Wilson families including those of Sarah Wilson and the unrelated Henry William Wilson, who both started on the Survey, Ray Cairns' birth at his great grandma Neville's at South Melbourne (her daughter had married Michael Cain; hence Neville St on the Cains' Tyrone) etc. Then I asked:
1.Where was George and Ollie's property in Purves Rd in relation to the Purves' Green Hills and the Brady property Mount Evergreen?
2.Also, how big was it and what kind of farming was done?
3.I know that Walter Cairns' property at Boneo was called "Eureka".
(a) Was this crown allotment 2 Wannaeue, including the cemetery?
(b) Was his later property at Main Ridge the one where George and Ollie lived and if not, where was it?
THE REPLY(with my comments in italics.)
Thanks XXX for the info re Wattie & Flo It seems like the probable turn of events.
I have formed a few conclusions, maybe quite likely wrong over the years that I will run past you. Firstly I feel that the Cairns family bought some wealth with them from Scotland,(1) Elizabeth’s limestone house at Rosebud Hospital. (2)Edna ( Watties eldest Daughter) & Ned Edmonds limestone house with substantial annex near the Boneo hall.(3) Ray and Charlie’s substantial houses at the Schanck (4) Watties 2 room limestone house at Purves Rd , with substantial annex , furnished with high value cedar and marble topped furniture , even fitted out for gas lighting. Not the picture of pioneer families usually presented, (ie) Slab huts and bullock drays hard work and deprivation. The exception to this seems to be the now non existent Eureka. I believe to have been on the left of Boneo Rd 5 or so Km past the Boneo school. Somewhere opposite a property once owned by Lou Gaffer. The Edmonds place extended from Browns Rd up to and included the cemetery. I believe it would have been inherited from the original settler family , I think it also included the large bald hill , now a vineyard, at the end of Duels rd ,later sold to Bert Herman by Ned and Edna.
MONEY. It is likely that Robert Cairns brought some money from Clackmannan when he came out in 1852, as his wife's parents,the Drysdales (pioneers on the other side of the bay)would seem to have done as well. (The mention of Jean White,later in the reply is interesting because Robert White Senior, father of Blooming Bob White and grandfather of Bullocky Bob White, i.e.Robert James>Robert White, came from Clackmannan too and if I remember correctly, his wife's maiden name was Cairns.All the details of this are in my HILL HILLIS journal and Family Tree Circle's toolaroo is about to publish a book about the family.) Robert was intending to farm on Little Scotland (crown allotment 2 section A Wannaeue on the north east corner of Boneo and Browns Rds)but soon turned to lime burning which was so profitable that he was able to assist his brothers, Alex and David to come out in 1854. I believe that their initial capital was greatly increased by this trade , and that the dispersal from Little Scotland and increased emphasis on farming in the 1870's, was due to increased competition from limestone quarries closer to Melbourne, such as at Lilydale. While all the descendants managed to buy land, they were comfortable rather than rich and poor, with David's James of Alva Hill becoming rabbit inspector for the shire and his brother Harry was known as Carrier Harry, and the farming being mainly of the subsistence variety apart from when a contract could be won, such as supplying chaff for cabmen's horses to Stringer's store at Sorrento.
HOUSES. 1.The house at the Rosebud hospital, where Elizabeth died was Eleanora and has heritage protection. See Mornington Peninsula Shire Heritage Study which contains a photo and historical information but not the name. This is on 13AB section A Wannaeue, bounded by the highway, Boneo Rd, Eastbourne Rd and almost Chinaman's Creek,which was purchased by Eleanora Davey and William in the early 1900's, Davey building Eleanora and William in 1919 being assessed on 64 acres of 13AB*.
(*13B of section A Wannaeue, now housing the shops, bottleshop and possibly the medical superclinic at the west corner of Boneo Rd, consisted of 5 acres and from about 1920 was known as Martin's Corner because of Martin's shop which probably still serves as the Blue Mini cafe.)
2.EDNA AND NED EDMONDS'. This was crown allotment 3, section A, parish of Wannaeue, of 143 acres 2 roods and 16 perches at the north west corner of Boneo and Browns Rds with frontages of 718 and 800 metres respectively. This was granted to Walter's father, Alex (and R.Amos, who according to the late Ray Cairns never came to Australia.)
In the last available rate record of 1919, Miss Helen Cairns ((1869-1946) of Boneo, daughter of Alex and sister of Walter, was assessed on 144 acres (c/a 3, A, Wannaeue, this property) and 135 acres(part 13A, section B,Wannaeue.) The 135 acre property would have been the land, mentioned later by Alex, at the end of Duell's Rd. Crown allotment 13A is between the end of Duells Rd (the midpoint of the western boundary) and Purves Rd,indicated roughly by Melway B-F 8 (bottom half) and 9 (top half.)It is likely that this land adjoined Quamby but as the parish map has no acreage for 13A, I can' be sure.
In 1921, Helen and Walter's brother, William, had 64 acres at Martin's Corner but was probably living on "121 acres part 20A, section B, Wannaeue "(probably the whole of 21C, the Brady family's Mount Evergreen, sold when William Brady died and his wife, Rosa nee Roberts, moved back to Rosebud near her beloved Methodist Church.) Mount Evergreen was at Melway 171 K 10,172 A 10.
3. Maroolaba, near Pattersons Rd. I think there's a photo of this in LIME LAND LEISURE. When the grant was obtained the cost of the house (and other improvements) came off the purchase price according to the late Ray Cairns. Details in my transcript TALKING HISTORY WITH RAY CAIRNS.
4.WATTIE'S ON PURVES RD. This was QUAMBY and was south of Davos St (not Davies Lane), according to later information in Alex's email. It was probably west of the bend in Purves Rd (Melway 171 F 9-10.)
5. EUREKA.At about 5km south of the Boneo school, Eureka would be at approximately Melway 259 part C, D1 or 2, on land granted to William or James Patterson or nearer the Cape Schanck turn off,"Blacks Camp" David Cairn's grant, crown allotment 29 Fingal of 52 acres 2 roods and 25 perches. Walter might have bought David's grant after the latter's accident in 1897.(See near end for details about Walter's time on Eureka.
The transition from Eureka to Purves Rd (Quamby) I suspect again was the result of an inheritance of some sort around the 1910 -1920 period .approx 80 acres Here lived Florrie, Wattie and Daughter Olive . The properties Green hills and Mt Evergreen ring no bells with me.
This 80 acre property, Quamby, may have adjoined, or been part of, the 135 acre property on which Walter's sister, Helen was assessed in 1919. As Helen did not die until 1946, it is more likely that the 80 acre Quamby adjoined the 135 acre property at the end of (and obviously accessed by) Duells Rd.
Enter George Johnstone. He purchased around 180 acres next door to Quamby (Arthurs Seat side)including what is now called Davies Lane around the 1930,s from Jimmy Purves. Nature took its course and a marriage looked like happening between George and Ollie. George lived in a shed so decided a house was required so got a brick mould and built a wheel barrow , found a sandy bank at the headwaters of the Drum Drumolock? creek and made the bricks to build a 4 room house opposite the Pig and Whistle cafe on Purves Rd.
The Pig and Whistle (which the owner told me used to be a dairy farm) is at Melway 171G8,directly across Purves Rd from Davos St, which is virtually the southern boundary of 29AB Wannaeue, whose northern boundary is 84 metres south of the Wilsons Rd corner.
lot7- Green Hills being Allotments 29A and 29B, parish of Wannaeue, county of Mornington, containing 301 acres 1 rood 20 perches agricultural and grazing land fenced and subdivided, timber rung and partly cleared, well adapted for orchards, prettily situated in the Arthurs Seat Range from which is obtained extensive views of the bay and Southern Ocean.
(P.2, Argus, 25-3-1891. Sale of the estate of Prof. Hearn of Heronswood, Column 6.)
The Purves would have been leasing Green Hills before the sale because it was while they were building the dairy there in about 1888 that some aborigines scared the living daylights out of two young girls at Tootgarook, as detailed in MEMOIRS OF A LARRIKIN. Thus it was the southern 180 acres of Green Hills that became George Johnstone's farm. George would have got the material for his bricks at Melway 171 D8, the headwatersof the Drum Drum Alloc Creek.
Along came Alex , Heather and Ian. Wattie and Florrie became older and George and Ollie purchased Quamby. Wattie and Florrie then moved over to middle daughter Jean Whites place on Main Creek RD The substancial house on Quamby fell into disrepair and is now unfortunately non existent.
Couple of other things , I can remember Hec Hansen and I think Alf Hansen shooting kangaroos off horse back with high powered rifles in the Waterfall gully area.I also have a cup, legend has it,that was won by a horse Wattie owned at the Boneo racecourse situated opposite Ken Spunner's (Bunnings)
I'm looking for references to the racecourse and Eureka, but none of the reports or advertisements mention the farm's name except the tennis court opening.
TO STAND THIS SEASON AT Walter Cairns' Farm, Boneo, THE ROADSTER STALLION TIT WILLOW.
(P.3, Mornington Standard, 21-9-1907.) In the summer of 1904-5, Rajah the 20 race winner from India stood at Eureka in between stints at Brady's Mount Evergreen and Randall's Hindhope (the Rosebud Plaza site east to First Avenue and including Hope St.)Walter won prizes at the Dromana and Flinders shows for tomatoes, vegetables and fat lambs.
Tennis. OPENING OF BONEO COURT. After being unavoidably postponed for some time, the opening of the Boneo tennis court was held on Saturday, April 8th. There was a good attendance, and the weather was all that could be desired. The opening set was played by the secretary (Miss Cairns) and Mrs W. Cairns again Miss A. Baker and Miss E. Cairns, the latter coming off victorious after some exciting play. Several sets were played, and the vice-president (Mr E. Cairns) in a short speech declared the court open. Afternoon tea was then served. The President (Mr Richard Baker) was not able to attend, as he is convalescent after a severe illness, but all expressed the hope that he would soon be about again. A very enjoyable evening was spent at 'Eureka,' the residence of Mr Walter Cairns. (P.3,Mornington Standard, 22-7-1911.)
Eureka was opposite a property owned by Lou Gaffer.
Mr. J. Gafer, of Boneo Rd., advised council that he has leased a portion of property, and desires to use a portion of swamp for the purpose of in tense culture. The council will ascertain the legal position re the right to drain.(P.10,Standard, Frankston,11-4-1946.)
All what I have entered here as facts come with the proviso that you are able to cross reference them with info from another source
I hope it all makes sense and fills in some spaces for you, If I can be of further assistance just ask
JOHNSTONE BROTHERS OF DARUM AND THEIR LAND NEAR BONEO????
CAN PARISH MAPS BE WRONG? OH YES THEY CAN.
Anyone can make a mistake and copyists in the Lands Department could be excused for accidentally writing 297 instead of 279 when there is so much,often microscopic, detail to copy. That's what seems to have happened to crown allotment 4,section 3, parish of Kangerong, Robert Caldwell's "Dromana Hill",later known as Fairy Vineyard.
POSTSCRIPT. Boundary dimensions were given in links(hundredths of a chain or 20.1168 centimetres) and were written in almost microscopic numerals.These would have been clear enough on original paper maps unless a copyist had slightly smudged them, but in a photocopy of a photocopy the number of links seems to be different every time you look at it or change the angle of the magnifying glass. I have stated below that the southern boundary of crown allotment 4, section 3, Kangerong was 2258 links,but the online map showed that it was 3500 links. As a result the area of this allotment is probably correct.
The following was originally written in an email about Tar Barrel Corner but is deemed to warrant a journal.
I called in on Keith Holmes while I was at Bentons Square and in the short time available before he headed off to get laser treatment on his eyes, I showed him the comments under my post 1940 and Back To journal re the date and venue because he had not yet been contacted about it. Seems very keen and was looking forward to reading the three Cleine comments with his newly lasered eyes after his appointment.
I thought I had read that Keith's wife, Shirley,was a McIlroy*,so I checked and found that she was a Burston. Keith answered in the affirmative when I asked if she was related to George Burston and added that George had a house in Dromana.
*I had read it, not in a dream or Hill 'n' Ridge as I had thought but in an email about the location of some former hill and ridge residents and I quote:
Back again xxx,
Just a few thoughts that I hope may be helpful. I think that Keith Holmes wife Shirley may have been a McIlroy, but not sure.
I am sure that Hec Hanson mentioned the Burstons in MEMOIRS OF A LARRIKIN. (There's an index at the end.)
In the Shire of Flinders rate record of 1919- 1920, George Burston of Fitzroy was assessed on land in the central riding as follows:
189 acres part c/a 4, s(section) 3K (Kangerong); 80 acres c/a 25 c W (Wannaeue); 440 acres c/a 28A and 28B.
In the West Riding, George was assessed on:
268 acres part c/a 1, 2, section B,W. and 100 acres part c/a 2, section B, W.
Description of George Burston's land.
In 1919-20,George had apparently not yet bought his house in Dromana. In 1875, the rate record of the newly formed shire of Flinders and Kangerong consisted of about 10 pages at the most but by 1919 many farms had been subdivided and Dromana (town) residents were listed on pages 102 to 112 with the Kangerong Estate on page 113 and central riding farms from page 114 to 134 where the Dromana Estate started.
CROWN ALLOTMENT 4, SECTION 3, KANGERONG (Melway 159 J-K 9-12.189 acres part c/a 4, s(section)3 K.)
Consisting of 297 acres 2 roods and 29 perches, this was granted to Robert Caldwell (after whom Caldwell Rd was named) who also received the grant to crown allotment 10B.
Crown allotment 4 was bounded on the west by the wedge shaped town common, cum gravel reserve, (which ran from a spot over Boundary Rd from Jetty Rd to Arthurs Seat Rd. The remaining vestige of the wedge shape of this reserved land, now part of Arthurs Seat State Park, can be seen in Melway 159 H-J 11-12 . The width and southern extent of c/a 4 was exactly that of the quarry property shaded grey. The c/a 6 grants of "Simon the Belgian" as Colin McLear put it,(H.B.Simon, after whom Simon's Cutting was named) fronted the road reserve south of the quarry land.
Crown allotment 4 also contained the streets east of Hillview Quarry Rd to about 205 Boundary Rd. This estate was possibly subdivided by Dromana's whirlwind Progress Association president, Spencer Jackson, ,judging by the name of Jacksons Way, after his sales of the Foreshore Estate (on Lou Carrigg's former Racecourse and footy ground land behind the Dromana Hotel) and the Panorama Estate (where streets names indicated a view of Mt Macedon and the You Yangs) in 1927.
Which portion of c/a 4 did George own or occupy. Its Boundary Rd frontage was 4000 links(half a mile or 800 metres but because of the wedge shape of the gravel reserve,the southern boundary was 2258 links*.The depth of c/a 4 was 8100 links. The depth of the estate is 35 chains (3500 links) and the boundary between the estate and the grey quarry land is 39 chains. The depth of the estate (3500 links) multiplied by its mean width (3950 links) gives a result of 136.5 acres.
(*As stated in the POSTSCRIPT above, the southern boundary was 3500 links, not 2258 so the surveyor's very complicated calculation of crown allotment 3 is probably very close to the mark. Alterationsin thecalculation are in bold type.
The quarry land has a mean depth of 4650 links (half of the sum of 4500 links and 4800 links) and a mean width of 3700 links (half of the sum of 3900+ 3500). Length by width gives a result of 172 acres. If we add these two calculated areas, there is a total of 308 acres, about 10 acres MORE than stated on the parish map..*
However it is clear that George had land in both present portions of crown allotment 4. Were the streets named after counties and Anne named because of George Burston, Spencer Jackson or some later owner?
* It is possible that the surveyor wrongly calculated the area of crown allotment 4 (called Dromana Hill by Robert Caldwell and Fairy Vineyard by coachbuilders Elliot and Stevenson). The town common and c/a 4 form a rectangle adjoining the east boundary of "Gracefield" (Bryan's Cutting.) The northern boundary was 6 chains (the common) plus 40 chains ("Dromana Hill") making a total of 46 chains. The depth was fairly constant at 81 chains. This gives an area of 372.6 acres.
As stated, the combined calculated area of the town common and Dromana Hill was 372.6 acres. The online map describes the town common as crown allotment 4A but does not give its acreage. Relying on my paper map is risky but it does seem to describe the gravel reserve as consisting of 91 acres and two roods. If we deduct this from the combined 372.6 acres, the acreage of Dromana Hill would seem to be 281.1 acres, fairly close to the total of the housing estate and Hillview Quarry land (279.7 acres) and far short of the 297 acres on the parish map.
CROWN ALLOTMENT 25c WANNAEUE.(80 acres c/a 25 c W .)
This (sort of)triangular allotment, consisting of 79a. 2r. 16p, was granted to the Freehold, Investment and Banking Company of Aust. on 25-6-1905. Across Purves Rd from Seawinds and fronting Arthurs Seat Rd.,it is indicated by Melway 171 F-G1 and some of F2.
CROWN ALLOTMENTS 28a AND 28b, WANNAEUE. (440 acres c/a 28A and 28B.)
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