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Information about this Dromana-bred artist can be found readily on the internet but for those without computers, the first paragraph of his biography is included here.
Ewart Melbourne Brindle was born in 1904 in the city in Australia from which he took his name. His father was a well-known painter and his son soon showed the family talent. When he was a boy, his family emigrated to the West Coast of the United States where young Brindle continued his education. He began his career as an illustrator for a local department store and later with an advertising agency. His work on the Hawaiian tourism account brought him attention and two New York Art Directors Gold Medals.ETC.
In his memoirs below, Ewart mentions his natural total visual recall. As well as commercial art, Melbourne produced a map of sunken treasure on the American coast. Another map that perfectly illustrates his total visual recall was done in his studio in Connecticut, U.S.A. in 1947, 29 years after leaving Dromana. This shows such details as the house of Miss Noble,a good golfer,the house of Bob Dyson who married Elizabeth Talent (Rankine's assistant),the house on the Dromana Hub site of Mrs Jute, whose husband was a prisoner in Germany (W.W.1) and who extracted a promise from Ewart, that he would continue his art career,just before the family left for America.The Brindle house was near the present Sayvon Court. Unlaminated, this fascinating map is available from the Dromana Historical Society for a trifle. Ewart's dad made some signs painted on
skins to be placed at The Rocks (Anthony's Nose) where the danger of fast-moving oncoming traffic on the narrow road was often brought to council's attention.(Trove.) The signs said:DANGER GO DEAD SLOW.
The 1910 rates describe Arthur Brindle as a decorator and he was assessed on "land and buildings,part allotment 5,section 3, 30 acres." This land was on Gracefield of 249 acres, established by William Grace, whose grant was bounded on the west by Caldwell Rd and extended east to the gravel reserve, now part of Arthurs Seat Park. Gracefield Ave recalls the name of the original 249 acre farm. Scott St is on the eastern part of Gracefield and the southern third became a sanctuary for native "game" and, strangely,later, the Seahaze estate of Sir Thomas Travers,a renowned Melbourne surgeon who bought the Chapman family's Seawinds and installed the Ricketts carvings. Rankine and pupils would have done their birdwatching in the short-lived sanctuary.
Vera mentions Grammar School. I believe this refers to grades 7 and 8 at Dromana State School. Most children aimed to obtain their merit certificate at the end of grade 8 and only a handful went to Frankston High. Eventually, not all schools had grades 7 and 8, but Central Schools were set up at places like Princes Hill, Moonee Ponds and Kensington and grades 7 and 8 were renamed forms 1 and 2.
I believe jacks involved a jack placed on the back of the hand being propelled into the air, twisting the wrist so that the palm faced up, and catching it, with the aim being to do it with multiple jacks.
These memories were written on five sheets of unlined paper and it seems that Ewart and Vera were frightened of running out of paper. The liberty has been taken of leaving spaces between paragraphs to make the following easier to read. The building described, of which two pictures appear in A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, served from 1-5-1877 until it burnt down on 25-2-1950. A.L.Brindle was the correspondent of the first school committee which obtained a cloakroom in 1912.The schoolday ended at 3:30,not 4:30. Brindle might have been confused because of his own children's hours in America. Other indications that most of his life had been spent in America are the use of "through" in paragraph 3 and the spelling of centre in paragraph 5.He also calls the
Mechanics' Institute the Town Hall. But he still had a lot of Aussie in him!
NOVEMBER 1981, DROMANA STATE SCHOOL No.184-AS WE KNEW IT, 1910-1919
EWART MELBOURNE BRINDLE -VERA GRACE VICTORIA BRINDLE.
Ewart Brindle was born in Melbourne in 1904.Vera Brindle was born in Melbourne in 1909. Our father, Arthur Llewellyn and our mother, Grace Ellen, came to Australia in the 1870's, father from Wales, mother from England. The Brindle family came to Dromana in 1904,the year I was born. Seven children were born between 1899 and 1914.
Our home "Sunnyside" was in the centre of a large parcel of land fronting on Boundary Road. The present Scott Street is on our driveway. We children all went barefoot all year round.We walked to school about a mile away across several paddocks. Wewalked home again for lunch as no provision for lunches was possible at the school at that time.I think that school hours were from 9 to 4:30. 184 was a one room schoolhouse made of large blocks of granite.It was covered with ivy. It had diamond mullioned windows leaded in a diamond pattern.
The grades were kindergarten through the 8th grade. W.M.Rankine was our headmaster who had a girl assistant, Elizabeth Talent, who taught the two lower grades. Strict discipline had to be observed in those days. Rankine insisted on complete silence whilst studying. Of course other grades may be discussing something, in which case we had to mentally screen out the noise. That was the way it was in those days.Any whispering or talking, however quietly, was rewarded with two knuckled fingers applied generously, with vigour to the victim's temple. Any further offences were punished with the cane whizzed down with lightning speed on the pupil's outstretched hand.
The fourth paragraph of Melbourne's memoirs will replace the first shortly.
Melbourne's map, copies of the handwritten memoirs and my typed copy of Ewart and and Vera's memoirs(with background and explanatory notes) can be purchased at a trifling price from the Dromana Historical Society.
Note: Handwritten copies are also available for purchase. Spelling errors have not been corrected.
MELBOURNE BRINDLE'S MAP.
The aim here is not to show you the map but to let you know what is on it, itemise the pioneers mentioned,the location of whose properties is indicated precisely on the map in most cases, to give you background information about some of the items mentioned and for those who need specs, to reproduce Brindle's exact text to help you in case you can't make out some of the words.
The map is drawn as if Brindle is standing on the end of the pier so the top of the map is south east, not north. Palmerston Avenue, Pier St and Jetty Rd meet almost in the middle of the map. (The Freeway follows the course of Palmerston Ave, just as it follows Cape Schanck Road through Rosebud.) Brindle shows a bend in Palmerston Ave west from the Jetty Rd corner to Boundary Rd and as these three roads were probably un-named tracks and there was a large waterhole in the Palmerston Ave/Boundary Rd/McCulloch St angle, the dogleg shown may be evidence of Brindle's incredible total visual recall, rather than the mistake I first thought it was.
Because Brindle has only shown Boundary Rd to about Mary St (which did not exist when Brindle left), this left most of the top left quarter of the map blank, and he has used this to write the following in a box.
THIS MAP PRESENTED TO "ERNIE" RUDDOCK.. MY ONE TIME "EMPLOYER"...(FILLING BOTTLES WITH WATER GLASS...HELPING MR GILL IN BAKERY...AND SWIPING SULTANAS ON THE SLY!) TO BE SHARED WITH THE PEOPLE OF DROMANA...PARTICULARLY THOSE WITH WHOM I WENT TO SCHOOL WHEREVER THEY MAY BE.
TO NAME A FEW...HARRY "CROOK" PARRELL, SAM McLEAR, TED WHITE, TOM "SINGLEY" SINGLETON (SQUEAKER), BOB "SPOOP" DYSON, BUNNEY DYSON, "CRAP" HAZIE, ALEC CLYDIE, STAN EVANS, ALLAN CHAPMAN,ERNIE SHAW, MAURIE SHAW, (BARNIE O'CONNOR, LEO O'CONNOR- SUMMER ONLY, OLD TOWN HALL), ROGER JONES, HECTOR KENT, ROYAL RICKETTS, CLARENON RICKETTS, ROODY RICKETTS, WALLACE RANKINE, ALEC PATTERSON (AT MS WARRENS), BILL DYSON, ARCHIE SHAW, BILL CLYDESDALE ETC. (See notes on these later.)
I FEEL THIS MAP IS PRETTY WELL PROPORTIONED AS FAR WEST AS HEALE (HEEL) STREET. FROM THERE ON WEST I HAD TO COMPRESS IT (IN ORDER TO GET MY UNCLE INTO THE PICTURE!) IF I WERE DOING IT OVER I'D MAKE THE THREE BLOCKS
FROM SCHEEANS TO KIDGELLS ALL THE SAME WIDTH WHICH I'M SURE THEY ARE. MEMORY GETS A BIT "FUZZY"ON CERTAIN POINTS AFTER 40 YEARS.
BUT THIS I DO REMEMBER...H6 WAS A GOOD DRIVE PROBABLY 225 YARDS. AS SHOWN HERE IT LOOKS THE SHORTEST OF ALL HOLES...ACTUALLY H's 3 & 7 WERE THE SHORTEST.
MELBOURNE'S SCHOOLMATES AND THEIR FAMILIES.
(Many details come from Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.
Ewart had total visual recall but that only works when you see something. He had probably never seen the name Rudduck in writing. Rudduck, Ruddock and Karadoc (the 103 acre farm now containing Karadoc St and extending to Ponderosa Pl.) all come from the same stem meaning "red breast". The same (re spelling) applies to the surname, Sheehan.
Ernie was the son of 1871 pioneer, Nelson Rudduck, and became a shopkeeper like his father, also building a shop at Rosebud which was run by others. Father and son were very prominent Methodists and Rechabites.
PARRELL should be Farrell. Harry was probably the son of A.W.Farrell, Shire Secretary of the Shire of Flinders, and brother of Eddie Farrell, a member of Dromana premiership footy team of 1931.
The McLears were Survey residents from about 1851 and Mary Ann, a widow bought Maryfield in about 1860. Her 49 year old son,George, married 25 year old Emmaline Newstead in 1890 and Sam, their seventh child,was born on 25-10-1904; he died on 22-12-1980.
Tom Singleton was probably the grandson of John Singleton, a Dromana resident by 1864 and the sixth child of James and June Singleton who lived in Verdon St, as did Tom who worked in Wilson's Rosebud butcher shop (which is why he played in early Rosebud footy teams.)
Charlie Dyson was also a Dromana resident by 1864. His son George(the founder of Dyson's Buslines) seems to have been the father of Bob, (who drove for him), and Jack,another of Charlie's sons who worked for Wilsons, was the father of "Bunny" (John), and "Squeaker" (Bill.) It seems that Ewart has called the wrong person Squeaker; it did seem strange that Tom had two nicknames.Bob Dyson and "Crap" Hazeldine probably had accidents early in their scholastic careers because they were too scared to ask permission to go to the toilet; Bob's nickname was probably the answer to: "What's in ya pants, Bob?"
Crap Hazey was probably the son of the man whose obituary follows.
OBITUARY MR. J. W. HAZELDINE. The death occurred on Friday of Mr. Joseph William Hazeldine, aged 82 years, at his residence, Dromana. Mr. Hazeldine settled in the Dromana district 48 years ago and was a State school teacher at Rosebud for nine years. He was a teacher in the service of the Education Department for 28 years. Until his death he was registrar of births and deaths at Dromana. The funeral took place on Saturday. Requiem mass was celebrated by the Rev. Father O'Sullivan, who also read the burial service. Burial took place in the Dromana cemetery. The casket was carried by his six sons. The pall-bearers were Cr Wilson, Messrs. A. W. Farrell, L. Carrigg, J. Matthews, A. Cooper, B. Wilson, J. Moraes, and G. Brown. The funeral was conducted by Mr Hector Gamble, of Frankston. Mr. Hazeldine leaves six sons and four daughters.
(P.1, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 30-8-1935.) Hazeldine probably knew John Lima Moraes from Rosebud as Moraes occupied William Hobley's land there.
Alec Clydie and Bill Clydesdale were grandsons of James Clydesdale, a Survey tenant by 1860. Bill, son of James Jnr and Charlie Dyson's daughter,was killed at Gallipoli. As Colin McLear did not list Alec among the children of James Jnr and Alec (b.1874)who married a Cleine girl had no children, Alec (born about 1904 I assume)must have been a son of Harry Clydesdale.
MORE ABOUT HIS MATES.
STAN EVANS. On page 46 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA Colin tells of an occasion when Henry McLear and Stan Evans were making sausages at Wilson's butcher shop in McCulloch St ( on the west side 3/4 of the way between the Esplanade and Hodgkinson St where Melbourne shows a house labelled Ben Wilson, which is Beauvoir,with the shop adjoining it on the inland side.)On page45, Colin said that Godfrey Wilson built the house and shopin the late 1800's and on page 46, where there is a photo of the shop,that Ben and Sam Wilson relocated the shop to the Esplanade in 1934. Young Ralph Wilson and Bill Evans Jnr tired of supervising the horse that was driving the mincer and an amusing incident occurred. This incident happened prior to 1934 so the following shows that Stan worked for the Wilsons for some time.
DROMANA Mr. Stan Evans, an employee of B. and S Wilson, had a nasty accident during the past week. In course of his duties as a butcher his skinning knife slipped, and he received a nasty laceration in his forearm. Twenty-three stitches were inserted in the wound.(P.4,Standard,21-8-1947.)Stan would not have been able to continue his fine record of service with the Dromana (fire) brigade (recognised at the Brigade's smoke night) for a while.(P.4, Standard, 17-7-1947.)
HERE'S A SCOOP! This happened shortly after Melbourne Brindle's family settled in Dromana. Stan Evans must have been one or two years older than Melbourne, who was born in 1904.H.W.Wilson would have been Henry William Burdett Coutts Wilson, grandson of the original bullocky-turned-butcher Henry William Wilson and Thamer (nee Burdett), and son of Godfrey and Maria (nee Stenniken.) The slaughteryard referred to would have to be the one Melbourne drew on his map. Henry Wilson swapped occupation with George McLear prior to 1867; Henry became a butcher, slaughtering on the McLears' Maryfield and George became a bullocky, supplying timber to Peter Pidot(a/o)near Sheepwash Creek.Henry later established a slaughteryard and holding paddock on the 45 acres
bounded by Pier St, the freeway (Palmerston Ave), Arthur St and Gibson St. The Wilsons later had slaughter yards on the area including the Blairgowrie shops, where several streets bear names written earlier in this paragraph, and on the north west of the highway at Melway 160 H5. Thus the new slaghteryard was the third of 5 and under construction at the time of Melbourne's arrival and would be the one shown on Melbourne's map.
As the 1910 and 1919 rates are completely unhelpful.I must trust Melbourne's power of observation as to where the near-drowning occurred. He shows an old brick kiln almost due north of "Shaws" and about 3/4 of the way to Palmerston Ave.Wilson's slaughter yard is halfway between the Esplanade and Palmerston Ave in a sou-sou-easterly direction from Shaw's Kangerong. In 1910, Archibald Vine Shaw was assessed on 37 acres but in 1919, he only paid rates on 18 acres of crown allotment 6, section 1 Kangerong,the eastern 19 acres seemingly not having been assessed unless listed elsewhere as a subdivision. Crown allotment 7 was granted to William Grace of Gracefield and became the Seacombe Estate. I believe the third slaughteryard, drawn by Melbourne and the site of the near drowning, was on this Seacombe Estate. In 1900, H.W.Wilson was assessed on 1 lot and building, Dromana and 5 acres leased from Thompson. By 1910,W.E.Thompson of Brighton was assessed on 6 acres,probably the same land,and Henry Wilson of Sorrentohad 100 acres, Kangerong. The third slaughteryard was no longer of any use to Henry if he was at Sorrento. This was probably why the Blairgowrie slaughteryard was established.
Holding Melbourne's map with east at the top it looks like an arched window, which didn't make any sense to me until I realised that Palmerston Avenue did not extend east to Pt. Nepean Rd (as the freeway does) but, instead, fed into Ponderosa Place, the boundary between Karadoc and Glenholme. The Slaughteryard in the following tale involving little Stanley Evans would be near the corner of Seacombe and Charles St.John Townsend, a carpenter according to the rate book, was most likely building the slaughter house or associated fencing.He was certainly a pioneer of MOUTH TO MOUTH.
Harold Wilson, eldest son of Mr and Mrs H. W. Wilson. of M'Culloch street, Dromana, had a very narrow escape from drowning last Saturday week. It appears the little fellow, in company with a small lad named Stanley Evans, was playing on the banks of a waterhole close to where Mr. Wilson is erecting his new slaughter house, and in some way he slipped into the hole, which had at least 5 feet of water in it. The other boy being un- able to render his unfortunate play mate any assistance, had the presence of mind to run down to where Mr Townsend and the Messrs Wilsons were at work, and informed them what had happened. They immediately hurried to the hole. Seeing no trace of the child, the father plunged in, and succeeded in bringing to the surface what he considered was the lifeless body of his son. However, Mr Townsend,who acted with judgment,was quickly at work, vigorously blowing his warm breath into the little fellow's lungs, until he slowly began to regain consciousness. Mr.G.M'Lear, who lives close to where the accident happened, was sent for, and rendered valuable assistance, but had it not been for the artificial respiration resorted to by Mr Townsend, it is doubtful whether the boy would have recovered.(P.5, Mornington Standard,10-12-1904.)
MORE ABOUT THE MAP.
BRINDLE ON TROVE.
As Ewart said that he'd compressed his map west of Heales St to fit in his uncle, and Harold Legge was that uncle, I expected to find this.
BRINDLE—LEGGE. —On the 20th April, at the Congregational Church, Kew, by the Rev. R. A.Betts, Arthur Llewellyn, youngest son of William Brindle, Glenferrie, to Grace Ellen ("Gracie"), youngest daughter of Nathan Legge, of Kew.(P.5, Argus, 13-5-1899.)
Melbourne says the Brindles moved to Dromana in 1904, but they were spending time there by 1902, possibly staying at the house of Harold Legge, a Hawthorn dentist,who was most likely Grace's brother.
DROMANA. A most successful concert took place in the Mechanics' Institute on Saturday night last, in aid of the prize fund of the local State School. The hall was packed and several were unable to gain admission. The first item on the programme was the " Soldiers in the Park," from the " Runaway Girl," by the Federated Entertaining Company. Mrs Brindle, of Kew, sang "Never more," which was well received.
(P.3, Mornington Standard, 22-3-1902.)
Grace's sister seems to have performed in 1903.
DROMANA, - Dromana was crowded with visitors during Christmas week. All the cottages, hotel, and boarding houses were full, and a large number were unable to obtain accommodation. A very successful entertainment in aid of the Mallee Relief Fund was given in the Mechanics'Institute on Boxing night, by the " White Hat Clique." The first portion of the programme was devoted to songs, which were contributed by Mrs Brindle, Miss L. T. Legge , Messrs Morris, Lilley, Walker and Brindle. The last portion was taken up by a minstrel entertainment, in which Messrs Morris, Slack, S. Reid, L. Reid, Muimmse, Legge, Walker and Lilley took part. (P.4, Mornington Standard, 10-1-1903.)
According to the ratebook and Melbourne's map, the Brindle land was located on Gracefield, but they may have resided in Harold Legge's holiday house for a while.
FLINDERS&KANGERONG SHIRE COUNCIL.. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29. Present :-Crs Clark (President), Marsden, Nowlan, Cain, Oswin, Buck ley, Shand, Davies, and Shaw. CORRESPONDENCE.(14TH LETTER)From Arthur L. Brindle, Melbourne, requesting permission to clear half a chain along the reserve side of his block, part of the Gracefield Estate, for a distance of 25 chains. - Permission granted.(P6, Mornington Standard, 5-11-1904.)
Dromana, with its unsurpassed beach and beautiful fern gullies, is becoming more popular every year as a healthful holiday resort for visitors, a number of city doctors have spent their holidays here this season, and they commend it as being one of the healthiest watering places along the bay. A good inquiry has set in for township allotments, and some prominent city gentlemen have secured blocks. Brindle Bros., decorators, have purchased some of the Gracefield estate, and have commenced to build a residence.
(P.5, Mornington Standard, 18-2-1905.)
BRINDLE. —On the 14th May, at Mrs. Graham's private hospital, 492 Lygon-street, Carlton, to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Brindle, "Sunnyside," Dromana —a daughter.(P.13, Argus, 6-6-1908.)
James McKeown bought Gracefield when he sold his grants in Red Hill to Sheehan and moved to Dromana circa 1890.He died at Gracefield soon afer the Brindles left for America.
McKEOWN.-On the 10th March, at Gracefield, Dromana, James McKeown, aged 89 years.(P.11, Argus, 13-3-1920.)
The Brindles were heavily involved in community activities, Arthur being secretary of the school committee, making DANGER GO SLOW signs for The Rocks, and helping to build the road to Arthurs Seat and the tower (that the proceeds of the Grand Ball of 1928 and Spencer Jackson's efforts may have only improved in 1929.)
While mentioning Dromana's great promoter, it is interesting that Spencer Jackson was not Dromana's first visionary, Arthur Llwellyn Brindle was. On page 4 of the Mornington Standard of 26-8-1911, is a report of a speech given by Arthur at a meeting at the Mechanics' Hall with ideas to advance Dromana. Practically every word in the digitised version needs correction so I'll leave you to read the article. Two ideas to make Dromana more attractive to tourists arriving on steamers were conveyances on tracks along the jetty to
carry them the quarter mile to shore and an open tram to carry them along the Esplanade. Uncluttering the pier, providing playground equipment,and improving neatness, the lending library and the road to the tower were other ways to advance Dromana.
The Firth grants in Moorooduc parish can be seen on the maps I have included. The Balnarring grants are as follow, with Melway co-ordinates indicating location.
J.Firth 10A, 112.3.3, 162 D 8-9
Wm. Firth, 10B, 13B, 235.3.28, 162E 8-11
James Firth, 5, 319.1.23, 162 E-f 5-7 and fronting Balnarring Rd.
James married Ellen Benton, John married Kate Gilligan and William married Ann Scott.
(Ellen Benton was probably living on J.G.Benton’s 207 acres (193 A2-4, fronting three roads) about a mile south from James Firth’s Balnarring land. Kate Gilligan would almost certainly been the daughter of Thomas Gilligan’s widow Catherine who had 60 acres on the south west corner of Jones and Bungower Rds. Ann Scott was probably the daughter of Alexander Scott, whose allotment 62A, of 90 acres, was adjacent to that of the Gilligans, on the Webbs Lane corner.)
Leila Shaw has kindly provided me with a summary of a letter written by E.Firth following the drowning of a large proportion of the Mornington Football Club that is commemorated by the monument at the bottom of Main St. It follows in italics. Leila said that her address was given as Mornington but as I have found in googling on TROVE, most references to Tuerong and Moorooduc were usually followed by “Mornington”, so Leila’s belief that they were living in Stumpy Gully Rd could be correct. The letter was presumably written to her brother and sister in the Orkney Islands, Scotland.
A LETTER BY E.FIRTH, JUNE 9TH, 1892 by Leila Shaw.
June 9th, 1892.
In a letter to her mother and brother in the Orkney Islands, E.Firth tells of local footballers who went in a boat to play a football game at Mordialloc. On their return journey, the boat capsized and all fifteen men were drowned. She writes that her brother John’s two sons were amongst them. The second son, James, had been getting on very well for nearly three years in his trade with John Jenkins. (She doesn’t say which trade.)
The accident happened on 21 May, 1892. It was reported in many newspapers. They were a fine bunch of men.
John was out at sea every day searching for the bodies. All that he found were a coat belonging to one of the lads, at Sorrento, and not so far west he found a singlet, and a cornet that young Coles had been playing.
Further on in the letter, she writes that three bodies were found, one being John’s son and the other two were John Kenna and Mrs Batman’s son. The body of James was fully clothed but without boots. A military funeral took place the next day and “The Dead March” (sic) was played.
Miss Firth’s information is not quite accurate. Four bodies were found although my source does not specify their names. One of John’s sons must have traveled on the train. James Firth was 17 and John Kemp 18. Leila says that the handwriting was hard to understand and guessed Batman; it may have been Allchin. Victorian Historical Morn. Pen. P.4.
Mrs James Firth died in tragic circumstances in February 1923. Until sixty year later, the train used to cross Moorooduc Rd where the tourist trains are stored when not running to the Watts Rd platform. Middle aged Mrs Firth was driving across Moorooduc Crossing at a moderate speed when she saw a train coming. Moderate was probably a kind way of saying painfully slow; she probably thought the car would bolt if given too much rein! Certain that the car would be hit, she clambered into the back seat (according to a witness) and then jumped out of the car in blind terror. Ironically the car rolled out of harm’s way while Mrs Firth jumped right in front of the train.
Trove shows that the incident was reported in the Argus as well as in newspapers in Brisbane, Rockhampton, Hobart and Perth.
The Argus of 29-7-1916 reported the death of Sarah Renouf, the widow of Amise Renouf of Frankston, who died on 15-7-1916 at her daughter’s residence in Dromana. She was 95 and a colonist of 68 years. Strangely all of her children had the surname “Sawyer”, indicating an earlier marriage. Two of her sons had moved to the vicinity of Neerim but another two were pioneers of the locality known as Moorooduc and a daughter married into a prominent Dromana pioneering family. Her children were: L. and H.Sawyer (at and near Neerim), J.Sawyer(Moorooduc), F.Sawyer (Bittern), Mrs John Hopcraft and Mrs Jonah Griffith.
As my original area of research was between Safety Beach and Tootgarook, I think I can be forgiven for having a hazy recollection of information that I have noticed about places outside this area. I am sure a Renouf was a director of the Frankston Fish Company and it may have been Amise. David Renouf, who bought a block (which had seen many Floods since it was granted) from John Scott and named it Island View, might have been a son or nephew of Amise.
The same depth of knowledge exists in relation to Henry Prosser. I know that Henry was a fisherman and I think he owned farmland as well. Having deliberately ignored the Westernport area (so I wouldn’t get side-tracked), I’m not even sure whether he was at Hastings or Flinders. The fact that he stood against Alfred Jones in the East Riding of Mornington Shire in 1881 indicates that it could have been the former. He seems to have become a councilor. When some Government big-wigs came to Frankston, Cr Prosser drove them around the district.
It is possible that descendants of Henry later moved to Red Hill. Keith Holmes is adamant that the surname of the Red Hill family was Prossor but Hector Hanson recalls neighbours Norm and May Prosser near Tucks Rd. But what do the Prossers have to do with the Renoufs and Sawyers?
I googled Sawyer-Prosser on Trove in the hope of finding some details of the marriage. There I found information posted by somebody who must be researching the Hodgkinson family. It so happened that Sarah Renouf had been born Sarah Prosser and had married Isaac Sawyer. Jessie Sawyer, her son, who had a farm called “Summerlands (Annals 26-2-1921) had a daughter that married John Hodgkinson (born 1898 Daylesford). In the following, all deaths occurred in Victoria where no details appear.
Jesse was born in 1854 and died on 21-11-1925 at Mornington. (So his retirement, at 67, lasted only four years.) He married Mary Ann Coxshall at Frankton on 6-2-1878. She had been born at Moorooduc on 29-4-1858 and died at Schnapper Point in 1909. It is strange that the old name for Mornington appeared in records so long after the name change. A search of Summerlands on trove revealed that Jesse was living in View St, Mornington, at the time of his death (Argus 26-11-1925.) Mary Ann died at Summerlands on 3rd October (Argus 5-10-1909.) Their son, James William died at Mornington on 24-5-1948 (Argus 29-5-1948.)
I’ve heard of short pregnancies but this takes the cake (unless Sarah’s father was equipped for a bit of rabbiting after the wedding service!) It seems that Jesse was a frisky devil and that Mary Ann was not the type to develop a headache at bedtime. Or perhaps, she had developed a method to make all her pregnancies last only three months and nineteen days! With SP standing for Schnapper Point, here are the details of their fifteen children.
1. SARAH EMILY B. 25-5-1878.
2. ANNIE B.10-9-1879 SP
3. FREDERICK HENRY B.1-7-1881 SP D.1-4-1882 SP.
4. JAMES WILLIAM B.10-8-1882 SP D. 1948 MORNINGTON.
5. JESSIE B. 2-10-1883 Bittern D.14-8-1950 CHATHAM, VIC.
Jessie married James Alexander Johnstone (and other spouses.)
6. MARY ELIZABETH B.28-11-1884 SP D.1886.
7. ERNEST THOMAS B.8-5-1882 SP.
8. JOHN RENOUF B.10-7-1887 SP.
9. ETHEL MAUDE B. 16-8-1888 SP D. 24-6-1969.
10. ALICE RUBY B. 20-1-1890.
11. HILDA MAY B. 12-5-1891MOOROODUC.
12. HENRY ISAAC B. 5-9-1892 D. 25-9-1892.
13. WINIFRED FRANCES B. 1-12-1893.
14. GRACE B. 11-2-1895 D.1973 MENTONE. M. John Hodgkinson.
15. HAROLD STEWART B.12-7-1898 MORNINGTON, D. 29-1-1963 ELSTERNWICK.
It is likely that Isaac Sawyer had died and his widow had remarried by 1887 when John Renouf Sawyer was born and named.
Mrs John Hopcraft- See the Sawyer land in Wannaeue.
Mrs Jonah Griffith.
I quote from page 69 of Colin McLear’s “A Dreamtime of Dromana”.
Jonah Griffith died on July 12, 1933, aged 83. He was married to Sarah Sawyer and had seven children.
1. Maud Alice 1871; 2. Edith Annie 15/11/1873-1953; 3.Delia Sarah 5/3/1874-1951
4. Gertrude18/8/1876; 5. Sylvester Frederick George 1872 (1882?);
6. Harry Lewis Theobald 23/1/1885-27-3-1954; 7. Grace Dora 26/10/1889-1977.
Jonah, known as Doan, was a builder and a professional fisherman working closely with Harry Copp. He lived in Seaview Parade off Jetty Rd (Melway 159 H8).
Colin has plenty of information about the Griffith family. Doan’s father came from Philadelphia with his wife Sarah and (probably) Watson and Bernard Eaton. Bernard was the gold miner and father of Maud Eaton. Hollinshed lazily called him Mr Eaton because Colin did not know his Christian name.
THE SAWYER LAND.
In 1879 Frederick Sawyer was leasing 142 acres in the parish of Wannaeue from the Crown. There were only three Crown allotments of this size and Professor Hearn already had two of them. This left only 21B of 142 acres 3 roods and 1 perch, granted to Alex. Shand Jun. on 1-6-1909. This land is fairly well indicated by Melway 190 D9 and C-D10.
And guess who had the land north of his. John Hopcraft. Guess who had 178 acres (70 A and B, Balnarring) to the north and east of the start of Tucks Rd. William Hopcraft! Directly across the road (69A Balnarring) was Robert Henry Adams, whose “gentlewoman” wife, a Hopcraft girl, refused to live at Hopetoun House with the ungentlemanly old sea salt, Captain Henry Everest Adams. Both Frederick and Robert did not extend their licences and their land was granted, respectively, to Shand and M.Byrne. The Hopcrafts moved further south later and the Hansons occupied William’s beautiful house and called it Alpine Chalet. (Sources: parish maps, rates, marriage certificate of Adams-Hopcraft, Adams family legend, “Adams Corner” Ray Gibb, “Memoirs of a Larrikin” Hec Hanson.)
In the FAMILY CONNECTIONS entry of my PENINSULA DISTRICT HISTORY, I demonstrate how the bride and groom met each other. In most cases the two families were at some stage very close neighbours. Fred Sawyer was in 1879 the neighbor of John Hopcraft, the man that his sister married.
The grants in this parish are described in the 26-2-1921 entry in the Annals of Moorooduc.
There is a chance that Summerlands was in the locality of Moorooduc rather than the parish of Moorooduc. The former included the parish of Bittern. After careful measurement in Melway, I have concluded that the location of Summerlands as given in the advertisement of 26-2-1921 is nonsense. There is no way it could have been 8 miles from Somerville and still be near Moorooduc. Perhaps the distances were written in figures and a typesetter misread a 3 as 8. The corner of Coolart and Tyabb Rds would be about 5 miles from Mornington and 3 miles from Somerville.
GOMIN Henry, Somerville. (HENRY GOMM!)
This is how the surname Gomm is rendered on the Kingston Heritage website (where his father’s surname is given as Gunn) and in Victoria and its Metropolis: Past and Present, published in 1888. In the latter, Henry stated that he had been born in
Oxford in 1839, had come to Victoria in the same year and had spent his whole life in farming pursuits. There was a Henry Gomm, born in 1835, who came to Australia in early 1838 but no mention of one who was born in 1839 and came to Australia in 1839.
My interest in Somerville Henry Gomm was aroused when I read Leila Shaw’s “The Way We Were” because the seaside block now housing Jetty’s Café near the Rosebud jetty was granted to W.Gomm in late 1872 and Harry Gomm paid the rates on it in 1900 and 1910, although the directory for Rosebud in 1895 did not list him as a resident.
I thought Henry’s 1888 biography was suspiciously brief and that the lack of detail was an attempt to hide something. When I made contact with Henry’s great grandson, Murray Gomm, he told me something that increased my suspicion that Somerville Henry was the lad born in 1835. (This Henry was the third child of Henry Gomm who married Hannah Neal and was transported to Hobart in 1836!) The snippet that caused my suspicion to increase was that the family legend had it that that Henry had come to Australia on the same ship as Tommy Bent. The future Premier of Victoria was actually born in Penrith, N.S.W. Was Henry manufacturing a new past?
Thus began an investigation of “The Mysterious Henry Gomm” that eventually proved that Henry was not related to Convict Henry and that William Gomm (who died at Hastings) and Thomas Gomm (who died at Dromana) were Convict Henry’s sons. My book, “The Mysterious Henry Gomm”, which is virtually a diary of discoveries, starts with information about Rosebud, adds information from Leila’s book and then traces the unraveling of the mystery. As it involves much information about Somerville Henry and Convict Henry’s families, and St Kilda-Cheltenham as well as Somerville, it will be made available to the Somerville-Tyabb Historical Society, Parkdale Library (Kingston City’s Historian) and the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute. It includes many photos of Henry Gomm’s “Glenhoya” provided by Murray Gomm. As my poem on the back cover relates many events relevant to the Annals of Moorooduc, I will include it here, but there is not enough room for the other 33 pages.
SNIPPETS FROM THE BOOK.
Paddy Gomm’s two sons were Somerville Football Club legends but were also enterprising in their working careers. Billy rose to a high position in the Lands Department but was also Melboune’s biggest S.P, bookmaker. He dressed like a real yobbo on the farm and once drank with Reg Ansett at the Mornington races wearing a shoe and a gumboot! George ran a prize-winning dairy farm in Queensland, gave Colin Hayes his start in racing, and saved a ghost town in N.S.W. and the Somerville Hotel.
The Gomms were related by marriage to two other pioneering families, the Shepherds and the Firths. George Gomm married a Wilson girl from Red Hill.
Convict Henry Gomm’s son, William, who died at Hastings, left his elderly, first wife and started siring children with a 20 year old.
Henry Gomm was granted land in the parishes of Tyabb and Frankston ( Gomms Rd area) but his “Glenhoya” where he settled at the north east corner of the parish of Moorooduc was not bought from the Crown.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF PADDY GOMM Argus issue
When little sis Beatrice went to Graf at Ascot Vale
Paddy gave help so their marriage wouldn’t fail;
Her rejection by Henry was a sorry tale
So he’d take her food when he went to a Newmarket sale.
Big sis Minnie Ann witnessed three deaths by suicide:
Stan Clarke and Janet Ross when their love expired, 5-11-1921.
And hubby, George Shepherd, when his pain grew too great,
Made use of a shotgun to seal his fate. 28-6-1932.
H.T.Dicker, a bookie of Highfield Estate, took his life,
Mainly due to grief over the death of his wife; 4-9-1901.
And near-blind Herb Murray chose to expire
With the aid of knife and shotgun and fire. 13-9-1946.
Tommy Bent, Paddy’s dad’s old mate
By 1906, was Premier of the State
And opening the Annual Fruitgrowers’ Show
Told why his Brighton cabbages did abundantly grow.
A field day at J.Byrne’s Binnak led to orcharding finer, 19-8-1933.
Caldwell’s St Johns sent the first fruit trees to China, 9-10-1936.
In early Fruit Shows J.Docwra’s exhibits were beaut
And in ’44, fire destroyed the hall for displaying fruit. 9-3-1944.
Of her milk production, J.Hutchins kept tabs;
Best Jersey in the Empire was Somerville Babs. 16-2-1925.
Webb had found great clay on his land;
Construction of his Pottery Works was in hand. 24-3-1902.
Mornington-Somerville played footy in 1937, a depression-caused merge.
If William Coleman had settled here, what a goalkicking splurge!
But his 33 acres were further back 22-7-1925.
And Hastings got the kid known as Deadshot Jack. (Coleman google.)
After 40 years, to replace the school came a push:
“In poor condition and now in the bush!” 3-10-1912.
Grasshoppers, thrip, black spot kept orchardists’ hands full
Did I mention J.Firth was gored by a bull? 3-2-1936.
LESLIE M. MOORHEAD wrote centenary books for several schools in the area, and while brief, they present the history of each community very well. The old church that was responsible for the Quinns becoming Presbyterians was built by public subscription but most of the money came from Richard Grice, James Butchart and Mrs Balcombe. Dick Smith berates the lack of generosity from the haves in today’s society but a walk through Mornington shows that the Balcombes did much for the community. No doubt Grice and Butchart were just as public spirited.
The church served as the first school. In 1865 an application was sent for aid, the payment of a master’s salary and for the school to be brought under the Common Schools Act. It was signed by members of the Blake, Benton, McKay, Matthie, Absolom, Norman, Wilson, Connell, White, Quinn, Andrews, Ricketts, Smith, Flood and Dunkerly families. It was pointed out that there were 64 children living within a two mile radius of the school. An inspector was sent out to assess the situation and reported that most of the inhabitants were woodcutters and labourers rather than farmers but were likely to stay in the area, ensuring a stable population.
Thirty two children attended when the school commenced, so the area had obviously been populated quickly and probably by the offspring of pioneers in areas closer to Melbourne. Rickett’s parents had obviously been early settlers near Beaumaris (fine sea). Many of Somerville’s pioneers, such as the Gomms and Docwras had come from the same area. Henry Gomm was about 26 at this time and it is likely that many of the settlers were of about the same age.
Blake was a captain, presumably a sailor. Benjamin Benton received the grant for 26A of 32 acres across Moorooduc Rd from Tuerong Rd and much land in the parishes of Bittern and Balnarring. He supplied timber for the Mornington pier.
J.H.Ricketts received the grant for 18a Bittern on 4-6-1884. He might have been leasing this land from the Crown at the time he signed the petition for a school, and being one of the many poor woodcutters on the area that the Inspector described, he probably took about 20 years to pay it off (the value of improvements deducted from the purchase price.)
S.Absolom received the grant for 11A and 11B Bittern, 100 acres, on the north east corner of Stumpy Gully and Graydens Rds. W.S.Absolom was granted 34 A Bittern, of 69 acres, on the south west corner of Coolart and Graydens Rds.
The parish of Bittern was south of Tyabb Rd and East of Derril Rd, which was parallel to Stumpy Gully Rd. Today, Derril Rd curves around the Devil Bend Reservoir whose waters cover the grants of George Dimmock, James Connell, F.P.Wagner, J.Ferguson and R.Turner in the parish of Bittern and part of Rennison’s grant in the parish of Moorooduc, where the Schnapper Point Handicap was conducted in 1868.
The following maps show the portions of the parish of Moorooduc that became, along with parts of the parish of Bittern, the locality of Moorooduc.(PAGES 18 AND 19)
Andrew McKay received the grant (title from the Crown) for allotment 5 in section A, 266 acres south of Tyabb Rd between Moorooduc and Derril Rds. Wilson was possibly J.B.Wilson of Tuerong Station or E.M.Wilson, granted 10D adjoining the east side of the Tuerong pre-emptive right. It could also have been Henry William Wilson who lived where Three Chain Road meets the highway before changing his occupation from bullocky to butcher. In view of the fact that the Wilson signature is followed by that of Connell, I believe that it was the founder of the butchering empire who signed.
James Connell received the grant for allotment 12 near the boundary with Kangerong and Bittern parishes. It was probably James whose rates on 50 acres and a hut in Dromana (probably 27C Kangerong at Melway 161 A7) were paid for him by Wilson at the deathknock on 20-1-1865. The rate collector didn’t know much. As well as not knowing the given names of Connell and Wilson, he didn’t realize that the name Dromana only applied to land west of McCulloch St.
Colin McLear tells us the following. The Connells were tenants on Jamiesons Special Survey in 1851 or shortly thereafter. (Anthony Connell’s block was probably near the one later occupied by Henry Wilson.) A descendant of Anthony’s was a silent partner of Jack Rudduck in Mornington Station in the Kimberleys in the 1950’s. Mornington Station was near Fitzroy Crossing 300 miles inland from Derby.
The Connell and White children were among the pupils of a school that operated near the Hickinbotham Winery site in the early 1850’s. This school may have closed when the teacher’s wife died or because two private schools had been opened in Dromana by Quinan and Nicholson. Its closure was probably the impetus for the establishment of a school in Moorooduc.
Anthony Connell was obviously the forerunner of the Connell family in the area. He received the grants for allotments 27 and 29, totaling 337 acres, all or part of which became the rifle range.
In 1910, James Connell, a farmer of Mornington, was leasing 238 acres (lots 3-6 of Bruce’s) and James Connell, a farmer of Tuerong, was leasing 230 acres (lots 1,2 of Bruces.) This land was just south of Ellerina Rd in the parish of Kangerong. I presume that would be James senior and James junior. Bruce’s was the northern section of the Survey fronting the Sea Lane, which is now called Bruce Rd, and is the boundary between Kangerong and Moorooduc parishes.
The White and Quinn families have already been mentioned and it was probably a descendant of the next signatory, Smith, who bought Peter White’s farm on Three Chain Rd. I wonder if Matthie should be Mathieson. Margaret Matheson (sic?) was the grantee of 57 acres right across the road from the old church. James Flood had lot 75 of 178 acres on the north west corner of Stumpy Gully and Tyabb Rds and much land south of Tyabb Rd in the parish of Bittern.
Quinn, Norman, Smith and Dunkerly were not grantees, They probably bought part of a pre-emptive right or a Crown Allotment that had been granted to a speculator. Quinn’s farm was part of Sumner’s P.R.
FROM THE PARISH MAP.
Francis A.Gillett received the grant for 11C of 320 acres on 14-4-1874. Gillett Rd and the Woods Bushland Reserve are now on the allotment. Like James Purves, pioneer of Tootgarook Run, Francis Gillett must have been an architect. He designed Manyung at Mt Eliza and then built Sunnyside nearby. (Shire of Mornington Heritage Study P.16.)
He or his son must have married a Van Suylen girl from near Hastings. He was appointed a magistrate of the central bailiwick in 1885, his residence given as Sunnyside..
South of Gillett’s grant was 11B of just under 240 acres where a race meeting was probably held in 1868.It was granted to Thomas Rennison, owner of the Schnapper Point Hotel in Mornington, which is now the Royal. When advertised for sale in the Argus of 9-12-1950, it was called Tuerong Valley and the quarry was bringing in four pounds a week.
It has been nearly 20 years since I read Richard Broome’s “Between Two Creeks” but I believe that he mentioned Robert Mailer as a pioneer of Coburg.
I believe that the forerunner of the Sherwood and Counsel families were master nurserymen who obtained their expertise on the estates of the rich and aristocratic in England. The Counsels tended the vineyard of William Grace on Gracefield (Melway 159 H11) and later owned the property. As well as the 520 acres shown here in Moorooduc, the family had a grant of 121 acres in Kangerong and grants in Balnarring and Bittern parishes.
ISAACS AND WHITAKER.
I believe that Isaacs and Benjamin were two money lenders who signed on as joint grantees and were then bought out (with interest) by their co-grantees. Isaacs and Bensilum were granted a block in Fingal and Benjamin and Marks were granted a block on the west corner of Boneo and Pt Nepean Rd at Rosebud. Whitaker’s descendants may have owned a bus company that did tourist runs to the Peninsula from Melbourne, dropping off and picking up from Dromana, Rosebud, Birkdale* and Rye.(*Tootgarook.)
John Campbell left Dromana with William Cottier (who established the Rye Hotel in Dromana in 1859) soon after they had signed a letter supporting an application for Quinan’s school to be made a Common School in 1861. They built a hotel east of Lyons St in Tootgarook and gave it the same name, which led to Tootgarook being renamed Rye. Whether this grantee was the Rye pioneer is unclear because he was still involved in this area in about 1889.
It is possible that some of the Bulla family had moved south. Bulla had a high concentration of Irish pioneers, as did Keilor. The Bulla Catholics, such as the Crottys who worked for Brannigan at St Johns (at the end of St Johns Lane), attended St Augustines in Keilor where Hannah O’Neil (who married John Sullivan) may have been in the congregation if she was the daughter of William O’Neil of Horseshoe Bend. How strange that the names of GILLIGAN, O’NEIL and SULLIVAN are among those of Somerville pioneers!
See details under Dalkeith.
Visit The Briars and find out all about this public spirited man who was always ready to support the little man’s interests, as the Mornington Shire Heritage Study shows. The monument just off Main St shows the community’s love of this benefactor. His farm’s name comes from the family’s estate in the Channel Isles.
McLENNAN, McKAY, FIRTH, TAIT, JONES, ALLAN, SCOTT.
See the annals of Moorooduc.
THE FEMALE DROVER :A HISTORY OF MOOROODUC. PAGE 1.
(THE PHOTO CAN BE SEEN IN LESLIE MOORHEAD'S BOOK.)
PHOTO FROM MOOROODUC PRIMARY SCHOOL 1880-1980 BY L.MOORHEAD.
Shirley Bourne was my heroine;
I wished I could ride that way.
She’d still win the flag and barrel race
With a baby on the way.
Thus went Leila Shaw's remembered ode
About the girl from Three Chain Road
And our story will begin
With pioneers named White and Quinn.
The Argus 20-12-1938 page 14. Notice is given that in 14 days probate of the will of Mary Ann Roberts, late of Moorooduc, widow, may be granted to William John Bourne, farmer, of Moorooduc.
In August 2011, having read just about every local history book about the peninsula, it struck me that I had not seen one about Rosebud. On looking up the library catalogue, I discovered that there were a few, but most were labeled “not for loan”.
This inspired me to make local history more readily available and I started to research the Rosebud-Dromana area. Having read Leila Shaw’s wonderful “The Way We Were”, I discovered a link between Rosebud and Somerville, so Moorooduc is now within my field of interest, especially since a descendant of two of Moorooduc’s oldest families responded to my Desperately Seeking request for information.
Moorooduc was the name of a parish, which contained the townships of Osborne and Schnapper Point, as well as Mt Martha and Mt Eliza. Canadian Bay Rd was originally called Boundary Rd. The parish extended east to Derril Rd and (north of Tyabb Rd) to Jones Rd in Somerville and north to Canadian Bay Rd. It is not my intention here to cover the whole parish or to repeat Leila Shaw’s information. To start, I will deal with pioneers near Three Chain Road (Old Moorooduc Rd) and expand eastward as new information comes to hand. This history will not be redrafted because my PENINSULA DICTIONARY HISTORY, now about 140 pages long in its infancy, will never be finished if I spend too much time on side projects such as this. Historical societies may make whatever use of it they wish but I ask that it be made available to the public at the lowest possible price.
Lately local historians have begun to acknowledge the contribution made in harsh conditions by our pioneering women and “Those Courageous Hardy Women” does this superbly. These women could not afford to be genteel and would have gone to bed exhausted every night. Many of them ran the farm while hubby lopped trees, made roads, and otherwise worked off the farm to make ends meet.
It was the female drover who inspired me to write this history but the choice of title was also made to remind readers that our pioneering women were super heroes!
THREE CHAIN ROAD.
This is now known as Old Moorooduc Rd but when Shirley Walter was a female drover, her address was Three Chain Rd. Shirley was the daughter of William Bourne, who came from England in 1912 and later bought 130 acres on the aforementioned road. It would be an exaggeration to say that Shirley could ride before she could walk but there probably wasn’t much in it.
The front gate of the farm was just across the freeway from the end of Range Rd, which was known as Whites Road in those days- and what a pity that the name was
changed. Strangely, or so it would seem, Shirley went to the Osborne School rather than Moorooduc. The former was slightly closer but another advantage was that Shirley’s aunt lived near the Craigie Rd school and Shirley could leave her pony there. Shirley’s mother had attended the Moorooduc school, at the corner of Derril and Tyabb Rds, in the first decade of the 1900’s.
Shirley’s mother was Leila. Her parents were Peter White and Ethel (nee Roberts). Ethel, known to all as May, was apparently a teacher and not related to the Roberts family of Main Ridge. Peter’s parents were William White and Margaret (Stevens). William’s father was also called William. It was this original William who must have received the freehold of allotments 28 and 30 from a brother named Andrew, the grantee. (See Annals 17-1-1865.) Peter White, perhaps another brother of the original William, bought allotment 30A of 19 acres near the creek on 21-8-1884. With three generations having lived there, it is no wonder that the road leading from Pt Nepean Rd to their front gate was called White’s Road. Why was Whites Rd renamed Range Rd? The reason will be given later.
As can be seen, the Whites were very early settlers on Three Chain Rd. Peter White had no sons and was living on the old Quinn farm on the corner of Moorooduc and Tyabb Rd, closer to his work as a slaughterman in Mornington. Their farm south of Tuerong Park was sold to a Mr Smith, a local farmer, from whom William Bourne bought it in 1922 after returning from the war. There is no known connection between the Moorooduc Whites and the families of Bullocky Bob White (after which Whites Rd off Purves Rd was named) and Blooming Bob White, also of Red Hill.
Without access to a parish map, it is amazing how closely Shirley Walters was able to describe boundaries. Allotment 28 became the property of Mr Free with a small portion fronting Vineyard Lane belonging to Mr Clarke. In our first phone conversation, Shiley told me that the Bournes had 130 acres; allotments 30 and 30A total 128 acres 3 roods and 37 perches.
TIm and Elizabeth Quinn were another pioneering family. They arrived in 1856 and bought a property of about 20 acres at the north west corner of Mornington-Tyabb and Moorooduc Rds where the electricity sub-station is now located. Tim was a contractor who built the Mornington-Tyabb Road. The steep hill from their property heading toward Mornington, and Balcombes Ck at the bottom, were known as Quinns Hill and Quinns Creek by old timers. Their daughter Mary married a Mr Roberts (who probably had land near Roberts Rd and helped Joseph Porta make Victoria’s first bellows) and their daughter married Shirley’s grandfather, Peter White. Timothy Quinn was, of course, a good Irish Catholic but his chance of participating in a Mass was almost nil. The Catholics at Rye could bring a priest across the bay but Moorooduc was probably too far from any established parish. I guess Timothy was less bigoted than was usual at the time, and with the early church diagonally across the intersection (146 E6) the family became Presbyterians.
MILK FOR DROMANA.
In the early 1930’s much of Dromana’s milk was delivered by a Mr Jagger, who had a few acres in Safety Beach, probably near Link Drive. Jagger milked a few cows
himself but the bulk of his milk came from the Bournes. He would pick up their milk churns from their front gate and commence his round from there.
Between about 1935 and 1940, Mr Fenton took over the round. He had about 50 acres thought to be in the vicinity of Callas St. This was most likely James Boag’s old dairy “by Palmerstone Ave opposite the head of Seacombe St” which became the Turner Estate. (A Dreamtime of Dromana.) Once again the Bournes were his only supplier. The Fentons called their house “Melrose”.
Roy and Pearl Drew took over the 50 acres and the milk round in about 1940, relying on milk from the Bourne farm until the end of the war. Roy and Pearl must have had some energy left at bedtime because they had 17 children! It is likely that the Turner Estate was subdivided soon afterwards to accommodate the many young men returning from the war and making up for lost time by starting families.
Bill and Emily Bourne switched to cream production in 1945. They sold it to Mr Roberts who collected the cream cans from the front gate and took it to Moorooduc Station to be transported to Melbourne.
I can remember stock being driven across Racecourse Rd in Newmarket in the early 1950’s but it was not long before an overpass was built to prevent frightened steers from terrifying motorists and pedestrians. That was in the days when Clock traffic lights were still in use. Traffic was lighter on the peninsula, especially before the war, and when Emily Trueman was thrown from her jinker on the highway at Rye in 1935, it was some time before she was found unconscious.
It is hard to appreciate how Mornington has grown since the 1980’s. And how lacking in vision it was to close the railway in 1983 just when patronage was about to explode! At the time that Shirley Bourne and her brother, Clarrie, were droving cattle to and from the Tanti Market, Mornington was a country town, not suburbia. The Tanti Hotel was much smaller in those days and the market had a frontage of about 200 metres to the highway between the hotel and a garage, just north of the railway line, run by Mr Campbell. The western boundary was Government Rd. If people wanted stock driven to the market, they would ring the Bournes who had one of the first phones in the district.
After the market Shirley and Clarrie would drive stock to the buyers’ properties, such as steers to the Wilsons at Safety Beach, sheep to Bella Bella east of Pearcedale and to Lou Abraham’s racehorse stud “Tongala Park” at Red Hill. One of Lou’s well known horses was Gay Lad.
When trucks became more powerful and roads more dangerous, Shirley had turned her attention to motherhood and Clarrie bought a stock transport truck, operating from Mornington. Others engaged in this business were Dave Allen of Mornington and Bill Crowe in the Balnarring/Bittern area.
Most people driving though Mornington probably do not even notice the sign pointing to the street named after one of the area’s most influential people. He opposed a proposed site for the town’s school because it was a swampy wasteland; today it is
Alexandra Park! He was a member of Parliament and a prominent auctioneer. W.F.Vale and Co. auctioned the Stenniken grant on the west corner of Truemans Rd at Tootgarook at their rooms (412 Collins St) on 4-2-1920.
A member of this wealthy family bought much land north of the Sea Lane (Bruce Rd.) It was his daughter Phyllis and her husband, Herbert A. Jackson who lived on the property, thus giving the name of Jacksons Hill to the steep climb starting near the homestead. The northern boundary of their land was Range Rd. The south boundary was Ellerina Rd (Bruce Rd), the boundary between Moorooduc and Kangerong parishes, which was known in those days as the sea lane.
Phyllis and Shirley had a common love of horses and competed all over in horse shows, travelling as far afield as Lilydale. As well as show horses, Phyllis owned racehorses, one of which was Helion, 2nd in the 1954 Melbourne Cup; no shame in being beaten by the great Rising Fast! One of her workers, Sue Knight, was placed in the Garryowen in 1950 on one of Phylis’s horses.
In the Garryowen during the Royal Melbourne Show in 1941, Mrs Herbert Jackson was mounted on Devon. Another to be involved with the Moorooduc area, Mrs Ken Moore of Clover Cottage, Berwick, won several events; Ken, involved in the Two Bays Nursery, owned Tuerong Park for a time. (Argus 6-9-1941.)
On March 2nd 1950, at St Andrews Hospital, East Melbourne, William Frederick Vale of “Ardoyne”, 54 Sutherland Rd, Armadale passed away. He was the devoted husband of the late Eliza Margaret and loved father of Fred (deceased 1st A.I.F.) and Phyllis (Mrs Herbert A.Jackson of Dalkeith, Mt Martha.) (Argus 3-3-1950.)
The Argus of 23-9-1954 had a long article, with photos, about Phyllis introducing the European system of training horses and riders at Dalkeith. This involved tutelage by a Hungarian expert and a narrow lane leading to jumps to prevent the horses from baulking. Bill Bull, who trained and rode for Phyllis, could not believe the improvements although he was a leading show rider. (On 28-1-1948, the engagement of Bill Bull, son of George, to Kath Rollason of Eaglemont was announced in the Argus.)
The History of Dalkeith appears on page 275 of the Shire of Mornington’s Heritage Study. The Moumt Martha Run was occupied by Dallymore and then Aitken before James Hearn took it up. Hearn acquired the pre-emptive right as well as over 1100 acres between Hearn and Bay Rds and 850 acres to the west, north and east of the P.R. The last of these allotments, 29A, encompassed the Tubbarubba diggings.
Robert Watson purchased 3000 acres in 1876 (stated elsewhere in the study as 1871) and set up a homestead block near Lempriere Ave, building a house called Melrose. (I think this is a mistake; it was probably Melville.) He sold 1300 acres in 1888 but retained Melrose and pastoral holdings around Dalkeith, which he leased to such as Thomas Appleyard and Alfred Head. (Both men were grantees in the parish of Balnarring and Appleyard in Kangerong too.) William Vale, a Mornington farmer and Real Estate Agent bought Dalkeith in about 1901. (Heritage Study, Balnarring and Kangerong maps.)
Watson, after whom Watson Rd in Mt Martha was named, probably did not do much farming, as the study said that his main reason for settling in the area concerned his health. The Argus of 28-4-1881 carried the following advertisement:
GRAZING MT MARTHA ESTATE, NEAR MORNINGTON.
Tenders are called for the grazing on the following parts of the Mt Martha Estate, either together or separately and for one or a term of years:
Clarendon Park (321 acres; St James and Waverly Parks (510 acres with station and stockyards); Dalkeith Park (about 760 acres).
For conditions or to view, apply to the proprietor, Robert Watson, Melville House, Mornington.
As Moorooduc was consistently referred to as being in Mornington, it is unclear whether Watson was actually living in the township of Mornington. If he was living on his estate at Mt Martha, Graeme Butler may have been wrong calling his house there Melrose, unless the Argus got it wrong.
Alfred Head was on Dalkeith Park at about the time that Vale bought it, as reports of fat sheep sales in the Argus of 21-3-1900 and 5-8-1903 show. Alfred was the returning officer for elections in the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong. A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA P. 111.
The Aitken who leased the Mt Martha run was probably John Aitken after whom Mt Aitken on the Calder Highway west of Sunbury was named. He was the first to have sheep on the Mornington Peninsula; when the Chile ran aground off Arthurs Seat in March, 1836 with 1600 of his sheep aboard. After such a traumatic experience for his sheep, he probably rested them nearby, perhaps on Dalkeith, before undertaking the long trip to Melbourne. It is highly likely that Mr Aitken of Kenyer Park, Moorooduc, who had married Miss Dyer, was a descendant of John Aitken; they celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary on 19-4-1945. A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA P.12,24. BULLA BULLA I.W. Symonds.
As mentioned earlier, this was known by pioneers as Whites Rd. Shirley told me that the land across Three Chain Rd from the Bourne farm (Melway 151 G9) was a rifle range and the most direct route there from the Balcombe army camp (151 C1) was along this road. The soldiers used to take a short cut through the Bourne farm to the rifle range.
So far, the White and Quinn families have been mentioned. Alexander Sutherland probably started Victoria and its Metropolis a year or so before he bought Heronswood in Dromana, built by his old Professor at Melbourne University. He made sure that all the pioneers of Victoria got a mention- as long as they subscribed to his publication! Luckily, two of our pioneers did so.
JONES Alfred, J.P., Somerville, was born in London and went to Canada, British America, at the age of 10 years in 1832. He arrived in Victoria in March 1853 and going with a party of five to Bendigo, he obtained 15 ounces of gold in five weeks. He then went to the McIvor diggings, but not being successful there, proceeded to Frankston, whence he supplied the town of Melbourne and the troops with firewood at three pounds ten shillings per load. Finding at the end of two years that competition was materially bringing down the prices, he went inland and rented Baxter’s Flat for five years. In 1860, he purchased 500 acres of land at Somerville, then called Tyabb, and settled there. He
still resides on his land, breeding horses and growing fruit. Mr Jones is a Justice of the Peace for the central Bailiwick.
Colin McLear mentions on page 109 of “A Dreamtime of Dromana” that Alfred Jones was a butcher at Somerville who was involved in a horse race, the Frankston and Schnapper Point Handicap, at Mr Rennison’s on 3-2-1868. Rennison was a publican in Mornington. Other Moorooduc residents involved in this pursuit at various times were B.Benton, Mr Webster and presumably George Byrne. It is likely that the race meeting occurred on allotment 11B of the parish of Moorooduc between Balnarring and Derril Rds, the western end of which is now the Rockleigh Stone Quarry.
Leslie Moorhead mentions that E.J.Jones, J.Turner and S.Absolom, three Moorooduc pioneers, met at the saw mill in Graydens Rd (on the site of the cricket grounds) in 1861. The story goes that they felled a tree to get honey from a hive that was on it. (Probably a less hazardous method than that used by Bob Wilson and Alf Hanson at Red Hill 40 years later that nearly cost Bob his life! - Memoirs of a Larrikin.)
TWO JONES FAMILIES?
Just as there were two different Gomm families in the vicinity of Brighton and then the vicinity of Somerville, the latter area seems to have had two different Jones families. Alfred, who ran the Almond Bush Stud at Somerville, was buried at Frankston Cemetery after dying on 2?-1-1906 at the age of 84. Grave inscriptions from that cemetery give details about people who were members of one of these families or the other. Charles A.Jones, who died on 8-12-1939 at the age of 68, married Hannah Elizabeth, the daughter of William and Mary E. Unthank. Hannah died on 22-3-1959 at the age of 83. Charlotte Emily, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Hodgins, who died on 10-5-1941, married another Jones lad whose name is not recorded on the gravestone.
One would assume that these and other members of the Jones family buried at Frankston were related to Alfred, but it is interesting that one of the descendants of Edward Jones of Spring Farm at Moorooduc was named Charles. Alfred moved to Canada from London as a boy but Edward came from Wales. Two of the farms owned by Edward’s family were Criccieth and Penbank, both named after places in the area where Edward was involved in the more intricate aspects of ship- building carpentry. His expertise in this trade and a sojourn in South Australia led to an increase in his wealth and the given name of Wakefield for one of his boys .(Spring Farm Heritage Assessment 2009,Lorraine Huddle.) Edward Jones married Sarah Howes. (Death notice for William Howes in the Argus of 17-6-1930.)
Edward and Sarah Jones of Spring Park had the following children, John E (presumably the first son, who died before George, George (who died at the age of 75 at Criccieth on 14-12-1947), Emma (Mrs Woodhouse who died at the age of 82 on 30-7-1951), Mary (who married Robert H.Morris from South Wales in 1900; they were living at Penbank, probably on the present school block, in 1925), Frank, Alice (Mrs A.W.Shepherd, David’s mother) and Charlie. George married Mabel Fleming and they had one child, Gwen, who married Fred Unthank of Balnarring. (Sources George’s death notices in the Argus of 15-12-1947, Morris 25th Anniversary notice.)
The Argus of 19-12-1928 records the sale of 175 acres in Moorooduc to H.K.Field on account of the executor of Edward Jones. This was definitely Spring Farm, 15 A and B Bittern, a total of 175 acres 2 roods and 21 perches. Whether the sale fell through or the family leased and repurchased the property, the Jones occupancy continued until 1941.
As Graeme Butler confused Spring Farm and Penbank in the 1980’s and Lorraine Huddle’s Spring Farm Heritage Assessment of 2009 did not remove the confusion, I have asked that it should be made crystal clear that Spring Farm was not at Jones Corner.
Part of a letter sent to council’s planning department.
Not much has to be done to ensure the accuracy of the assessment so that historians using it in the future do not perpetuate mistakes (as Bruce Bennett did in The Butcher, the Baker, The because C.N.Hollinshed wrote about Edward Williams as if he was Edward White in Lime Land Leisure.)
The pages which contain inaccuracies are pages 7 and 28, mainly because of quotes from Butler’s study and Lorraine’s statements that appear to support his misconceptions. I suggest that page 7, from “The location formed a local hub… (and the quote) be replaced with:
Spring Farm was at the south west of Mornington-Tyabb and Stumpy Gully Roads. Edward Jones’ family also owned two nearby farms, “Criccieth” and “Penbank”, both named after places in the area of Wales where Edward Jones had lived. It was “Penbank” on which the Jones’ store was built at Jones Corner. This farm is also referred to as the Derril Road Property. Although Spring Park was the home of Edward and Sarah Jones and not the community hub established at Jones Corner, it was certainly a focus of community life because of the entertainments held in the Spring Farm barn. It can be argued that if Edward had not lived at Spring Farm, and bought Penbank, the community facilities would never have been built at Jones Corner.
In his Shire of Mornington Heritage Study, Graeme Butler drew an incorrect conclusion that the Jones property at Jones Corner was Spring Farm. The following map shows Spring Farm, Criccieth and Penbank (the property at Jones Corner that Butler thought was Spring Farm.) Criccieth consisted of crown allotments 12A and 9A in the parish of Bittern (126 acres.) Penbank was Allotment 5, Moorooduc, of 266 acres and granted to A.McKay. By 1925, the name was applied to a 40 acre block occupied by Robert H. Morris, Edward Jones’ son in law. This block was later owned by David Shepherd and now houses the Penbank School.
George Edward could not have been the G.E.R.Jones on Oak Hill in 1924; his wife’s name was Mabel, not Ivy. Nor could the occupant of Oak Hill have been George’s son; he did not have a son.
THE MAP OF THE THREE JONES FARMS (SPRING FARM, PENBANK AND CRICCIETH) COLD NOT BE TRANSFERRED.
A notice of an application to seek probate of the will of John Edward Jones, in the Argus of 16-10-1928, shows that John was a retired Shire Secretary. His residence was in Gweno Avenue, Frankston. This indicates that he had subdivided a property there and named the street after his niece, George and Mabel’s Gwen. His executors were Francis Wakefield Jones, a Moorooduc farmer, and Charles William Jones a carrier of Moorooduc. John was at Moorooduc in 1909 when his wife won a Robur Tea reward (Argus 26-6-1909.) His property at Frankston was called “The Heights”. He had only one child, Alice Warland (Allie), who married Frederick Augustus, the son of Cr C.Murray and the late Elizabeth Murray. Their wedding was at St Andrews, Somerville and they settled on Little Farm, Moorooduc, still their residence when daughter, Joan, arrived. (Argus 12-6-1920 marriage, 19-1-1921 birth.)
Edward may have bought property in South Australia during his working visit, as his will was cleared for probate by that state’s Supreme Court (Argus 10-9-1925.)
Charles William was still a carrier in 1930 and had the misfortune to lose a bag of wood between Melbourne and Frankston (Argus 11-10-1930.)
The occupant of Oak Hill was George Edward Redvers Jones, the son of Mr and Mrs J.H.Jones of “Gladwyne” Moorooduc, late of Tallarook. Ivy Stella Brunt had lived at Jolimont but her paternal grandmother had lived at Officer. (Jones-Brunt marriage notice, Argus 30-12-1922.) Was this a third Jones family?
W.Jones who bought 80 acres at the corner of Queens Rd and South Boundary East (Melway 140 F 10) might have been Alfred Jones’ father. The Argus of 14-8-1857 described this land as lot 21 and J. Watson’s purchase as lot 22 (of 23 lots all over the place). Jones’ 80 acre triangle and Watson’s 320 acres were actually crown allotments 1 and 2 in the parish of Tyabb. Watson’s land was south of W.Jones’ land and was obviously the origin of the name of Watsons Inlet.
Alfred Jones’ Almond Bush Stud must have been on crown allotment 5 of the parish of Tyabb. This triangular block was bounded by Baxter- Tooradin Rd, Ingersoll Rd and Lower Somerville Rd. Alfred also had another triangular block across Lower Somerville Rd, east of Ingham’s land. (107 J8). Almond Bush St heads straight toward the western boundary of this smaller triangle.
Alfred Jones had represented the area as a councilor for 20 years by 1887, and continued to do so.
SHEPHERD William H., Somerville is a native of this colony, born in South Yarra. He went to Tyabb in 1860. When 21 years of age he selected 160 acres of land and commenced business as a market gardener. The land on which he is located now is his freehold property and he finds the land suitable for all kinds of nursery plants and of fruit with the exception of oranges and lemons. Mr Shepherd is married and has a family of two sons.
David Shepherd’s father, William Shepherd, possibly the grandson of the original William, married Alice Jones in the second wedding service conducted in the Tyabb Church of England. The Shepherd family had established a successful nursery at Somerville and, in 1947,William and Alice transferred its operation to land that they had bought at the corner of Moorooduc and Tyabb Rds.
Leslie Moorhead’s centenary book for Moorooduc Primary School gives the following detail. James Firth selected land in 1857 and was joined by his brothers, John and William. The brothers engaged in timber getting. Descendants are still (1980) on Stumpy Gully Rd. The Firths used their bullocks to plough Bungower Rd in preparation for its construction. In “Lime Land Leisure”, C.N.Hollinshed adds the following. John, the great grandfather of the three Firth lads had married Margaret Harvey. (It is possible that the Harveys of Red Hill were related to the Firths.)
The Firths were native of Kirkwall, Orkney Islands. James (born 1830) and John selected land at the corner of Eramosa and Stumpy Gully Rds while William was further east near Coolart Rd. While remaining in Moorooduc, the brothers bought land in the parish of Balnarring on Myers Rd: John 110 acres in 1876, William 235 acres in 1878 and James 319 acres in 1880. John became a Mornington Councillor. William bred Clydesdales. The brothers eventually sold their Balnarring land but in 1937, James Firth’s son, Andrew, and his son, Lindsey, bought 223 acres across Myers Rd from the land James had bought in 1880. (The parish map does not show grants to John Firth or William Firth. It is likely, due to the location of Firth Rd that William bought crown allotment 66 and possibly 69 from Loughlin Counsel.)
PAGE 11-21 are in THE FEMALE DROVER Part 2.
INDEX (THIS WAS IN COLUMNS BUT DID NOT COPY AND PASTE IN THAT FASHION. i WILL TIDY IT UP.)
PROPERTY NAMES ARE IN ITALICS.
ABSOLOM 7 17 41 44 48 49 57 60-1 ABRAHAM 4 ACCIDENTS 17 33 40 42 43 44 57 ADAMS 14 ADAMS J.S. 34 ADDISON 59 AITKEN 5 6 33 47 55 ALLAN/ALLEN 4 19 22 ALLCHIN 11 63 ALLENDALE 50 ALLISON 28 63 ALMOND BUSH STUD 7-10,32 52 55 75 ALSTON 62 ANDERSON 40 ANDREWS 17 69 ANGELICO 39 51 ANNESLEY 24 36 78-9 ANSETT 15 APPLEYARD 5 ARMSTRONG 27 ARMY 6 44 46 48 50 ATKINSON 62 AUSTIN 67
BAILLIE BAKER BALCOMBE 17 18 22 30 75-6 BALFOUR 28 BANIE 18 19 BARAK 65 BARKER 56 57
BARNES 28 51 BARRENGER 60
BARROW’S GREEN 36 BATES 36 BAXTER78-9 BEGGS 48-50 BELEURA 35
BELLA BELLA 4 BELLOWS 3, 34, 59, 71-4 BENNETT 19 26 34 36 63 71 BENT 15 16 33 53 66
BENTON 7 11 17 28 30 63 BLACKS CAMP 25 65 BLAKE 17 BLAMEY 43 BLOOMFIELD 32 45
BOAG 4 58 BOE 51 74 BOLITHO 59 BOURNE 1-4 45 60 BRIERLEY 48 60 61 BRUCE 68 BRUNNING 46, 80 BRUNT 9 38 BUCHER 25 BULL 5 BULLA 62 BULLEN 30 39 51 BURDETT 48 60 61 BURLEY 78 BULSTRODE 50 BUNGOWER PARK 50
BUTCHART 17 BUTLER 45 BUTTER FACTORY 1 35 58
BYRNE 7 14 16 18 19 28 56 76
CAMPBELL 4 19 21 26 28 57
CANADIAN 2 54 63-4 74-5 78 CARNFORD 36 67
CARTER 40 CARTWRIGHT 60 61 CHAPMAN 41
CHESHIRE 29 36 44
CLARK (E) 3 16 44 45 69 CLAY 60 61
CLYDESDALE 29 COBB 56 63
COLES 11 19 26 60 62 COLES Sir George 62
CONNELL 17 18 20 32 35 40 55
COOK 28 29
COUNSEL 10 19 21 29 30 31 32 65
COURTNEY 31 COX 44 COX PLATE 55
COXSHALL 12 13
CRICCIETH 7-9 48 51 CROPS (VEGETABLE) 42
CROWE 4 CUMMINS 46 CUNNINGHAM 44
DAIRYING 3-4 43 47 58 59 60
DALKEITH 4 5 22 40 55
DALLYMORE 5 55 DANDRIDGE 44 60 61 DARLING 42 DEALY 60
DICKER 16 DICKSON 59 60
DIMMOCK 17 DOBIE 69
DOCWRA 16 17 61 DOHERTY 58 DONNE 18
DOWNWARD 32 40 46 49 75 DOWSETT 49
DROMANA 3-4 20 21 25 36 47 58 DUNKERLY 17 20 DUNN 18 40 63
EATON 14 25 28 29 EDGAR 69 ELLISTON 60 ELM GROVE 38
ENGLAND Alf 19 30 31 EVANS 44 60
FIELD 8 41
FIRE 16 42 45 46 50
FIRTH 9-12 16 19 22 24-5 27 29 31 35-8 44- 5 49 62-4 66 69 78-9 FISHERMEN 49
FLOOD 17 19 20 24 26 29 41 43 51 68 FOGARTY 43
FOOTBALL 11 16 42 43 72 74 FORBES 18 FORD 57 FORD MOTOR Co. 39 FORRESTER 47 FOSTER 19 59 FRAME Bros. 38 FRANKSTON 10 56 79 FRASER 41
GALLUS 40 44 GENAT 46 48 49 60 GIBSON 41 GILL 41 GILLETT 18 21 35 58 68 75
GILLIGAN 11 19 22
GLENHOYA 15 31 53 66 75 GLEN MAVIS 36 GODING 42-3 47-8 60 65
GOMM 14-17 26 31 33 39 51 53 55 61 63 66 75 78-9 GOODMAN 60 61
GRAF 16 65 66 GRANT 47 63 64 78-9
GRANTEES 18-19 GREEN ACRES 48-50
GREEN ISLAND 34 56 GREGORY 51 GRICE 17 22-3 GRIERSON 40 44 60 GRIFFIETH 43 55
GRIFFITH 12-14 25 45 GRINDAL 36
GROVER 28-9 GRUCHY 19
HADLOW 61 HAMMERLY 42 HANSON 12 14 HARRAP 63
HASTINGS 15 21 HAWKINS53
HEAD 5 6
HEARN 5 8 18 22 55 HEGGEN 42 HILL 41
HODDLE 24 78
HODGINS 7 64 78
HOLMES 12 53
HOPCRAFT 12-14 57 HORNBUCKLE 46
HORSE RACING 15 17 21 32 52 54-5 56 61
HOSPITAL SUNDAY 29 HOWARD 60 61 HUNT 74 HURREN 55 60 61
HUTCHINS 16 HUTCHINSON 41
ISLAND VIEW 13 51 75
ISAACS 19 21 27 75
JACKSON 5 41 68
JENKINS 11 36 62 JENNINGS 42
JONES 19 7 9 10 22 25 37-41 47-8 50 51 55 57-60 78 82
JONES Alf 6 7 9 10 52 54-56 64 75 78 80
KEILOR 54 KELLY ESTATE 40 KEMP 11
KENNA 11 KENSINGTON RACECOURSE 55 KEWARRA 44
LAKIN 60 61 LANE 60 LA PAIX 49 LEGG 51
LE MESURIER 19 LEMPRIERE 27 LE ROUX 47 50 60 61 LIGHTWOOD VALE 58 LILLYWHITE 40 41
LITTLE FARM 9 LLOYD 50 LODER 74 LORD SOMERVILLE 54
LOVE 18 LUCAS 38
McCONNELL 40 50 McCRAE 23 McROBERTS 60 61 McCURLEY 64
McCUSKER 18 29 31-2 69
McGURK 19 29 51
McKAY 8 17 19 20 22 51
McLAURIN 19 27 31
McLEAR 20 41
McLENNAN 19 22 36 37 MacPHERSON 19
MAILER 18 21 MALE 58 65
MALLENSON 41 MANYUNG 21 MAPS 9 18 19 79 MARQUIS 63
MARRIOTT 25 42 44 46 48 50 60 62 63 MARTIN 37 MARTLAND 78 MASKELL 49 MATHESON 19 20 26
MATHIE 17 MATTHEWS 69 70
MELROSE/MELVILLE HOUSE 55 MILLS 19 MITCHELL 60
MOAT 29 MOATS CORNER 41 59 MONK 56 60 61 66
MOORE 5 69
MOORELLEN 29 44 69
Church/school 3 31 33-4 43 48 62
Station 4 34-5 39 44-5 58 MORGAN 78
MORIARTY 29 69 MORNINGTON PIONEERS 63
MORNINGTON F.C. 11
MORRIS 7 39 48 51 MORRIS James 18 MORTON 43 MOYSEY 19
MURRAY 9 16 38 43-4 47 58 65
NEAL 15 NEUMANN 60
NICHOLSON 20 47
NOLAN 31 32
NORMAN 17 20
OAK HILL 9 OAKHURST 51
OLIN 34 OLIVER 36 67
O’NEILL 22 53 OPPY 37
ORKNEY 11 31 36 38-9 66 81
OSBORNE 2 3
PAGONONI 41 80 PALMER 26 PARISH MAPS 18 19 PARNELL 48 60 61 PATON 69 PATTERSON 35 PAULL 44 PEARCEDALE 53 68
PECK 27 30 40 PEMBROKE 39 48
PENBANK 7-9 39 51 68 78 PENTECOST 63
PERMIEN 24 55 PERROTT 58 PESTS 46 49
PHOTOGRAPHS 1 35 67 70 72 77 82 PINDER 58 PITT 41 69 POEMS 1 16 69 74 75
PORTA 3 19 34 59 71-4
PRESTON GRANGE 35
PROSSER 12 PURVES 57
QUARANTINE STATION 56 QUARRY 21 25 42-4 51 60 78
QUINAN 20 21
QUINN 1 3 17 20 62
RANELAGH 23 63
RANGE RD 2 6
RANSOM 19 28 RAU 49 60 61
RED GUM FLAT 30 32 75-6
RED HILL 3 4 7 12 15
REDWOOD 32 75-6
RENNISON 7 17 18 21 56
RENOUF 12 36 51 75 RICARDO 50 RICHARDSON 48 60 61 62 RICKARDS 45 50 62
RICKETTS 17 ROADS 43 48
ROBERTS 3 4 38 45 50 59 60 62 ROBERTSON 63 ROBINSON 54
ROSEBUD 15 25 46 48 49
ROYAL HOTEL 21 ROYAL MAIL COACH 54
RUDDELL 18 27 31 56 69
RUDDUCK 20 32 RUSSELL 60
SAGE 24 55 78-9
ST JOHNS NURSERY 16
SAWMILLS 7 54
SAWYER 12-14 37 57 58 SAYERS 18 SCOTT 11 22 32 36 38-9 44 46 48 51 64 80 SEATON CAREW 51 SEWELL 45 60 SHALIMAR 48
SHANDON 25 44 48 50 62 63
SHANNON 29 69
SHAW 1 2 11 15 46 65
SHEPHERD 7 9 10 15 16 25 39 48 49 51 -4 63 65 80 SHEPHERD’S BUSH 44 56
SHERLOCK 28 SHERWIN 46
SHERWOOD 21 SHOTTON 63
SLANEY 25 38-9 40-43 46 62-3 SLATER 36 SLOCOMBE 60 62
SMITH 3 17 20 37 60
SMITH J.T. 2 3 19 27 53 63 80SOMERVILLE 46 52-5
SOMERVILLE BABS 16
SOMERVILLE name 52-3
SOMERVILLE school 16 52
SOMERVILLE station 34 53 SOMERVILLE Lord 54 (25-1-1870) SOMERVILLE Townshend 53 80 SONNENBERG 18
SPRING FARM 7-9 39 41 51 55 78 STEER 41 58 STENNIKEN 56
STEPHEN 34 STEWAR(T/D) 18 42 61 STILLMAN 47 60 61
STONE 35 63 STRANAGHAN 60 61 STREET NAME ORIGINS 6 63-8 74-5
SULLIVAN 22 54
SUMMERLANDS 13 14 37 57
SUMMERS Dr. 41 81
SUMNER 19 20 22-4 78
SUNNYSIDE 21 35 56 75
SUTTON 27 31
SURVEYORS 24 SWEET 60 SWIFT 40 59 SYNOTT 19
TAIT 19 22 26 TALLIS 38
Hotel 4 30 TAYLOR 60 61 TELEPHONE 41
THE HEIGHTS (JONES) 9
THE RANCH 25 39-41 62-3 THE SPRINGS 40 45-6 50
THOMPSON 28 36 46 52 58 60 THORNELL 49 55 80
THREE CHAIN RD 1 2 TIMEWELL 43 TOEBELMANN 60 61 TONKINS 78 TOMPKINS 50 TUCK42 TUDDENHAM 60
TUERONG 18 20 25 29 31 35 36 41 44 55 61 68-70
TUERONG VALLEY 21
TUBBARUBBA 29 TULLY 44 61
TURNBULL 34 60
TURNER 4 7 17 41 44 60
TWO BAYS Co. 40 43-4 51 55 64 TWYFORD 48 60 62
UNTHANK 7 36 39 41 48 51 53 63 80
VALE 5 40 47 55
VAN SUYLEN 21 58
WAGNER 17 19 41 59
WANNAEUE 14 WARD 60 61
WATSON 5 6 9 10 25 55 60 78
WEBB 16 19 51 67 75
WEBSTER 7 47 WELLS 46 WESTAWAY 46 WHEAT 41 WHEELER 47-8 60 62 78
WHITAKER 19 21 27 30
WHITE 1-3 17 18 19 20 27-8 40 41 55 58 59 60 62 WIADROWSKI 45-6 60 62 WILSON 4 17 18 20 28-31 57 69 WILSON H.W. 59 WISE 50
WOOD 19 26 WOODHOUSE 48 WOYNA 46 WRIGHT 50 60 62
YEWERS 34-5 56 63
YOUNG 32 YUILLE 19 63
The website of the PORT PHILLIP PIONEERS GROUP includes articles from its newsletter. One of these articles is entitled "Port Phillip Pioneers Register" and consists of extracts from the register.
Thomas Napier was an early resident of Melbourne, and his son, Theodore, whose biography can be found in Alexander Sutherland's "Victoria and its Metropolis: Past and Present" was born there. Thomas bought land at Strathmore and much detail about the Napiers is given in Bruce Barber's website about Strathmore's history.The Rosebank mansion was built close to the site of the original house by Thomas's son-in-law, Barbour. Theodore's Magdala was burnt down in 1927. Magdala was so named in relation to a family member famed for his military exploits in India. Theodore left Napier Park to be preserved in its natural woodland state and Strathmore was named after a valley near Thomas Napier's birthplace.
David Duncan and his wife, Alexina, came out on the "David Clark" in 1839 (as did, if my memory is correct, the McNabs of Oakbank and possibly John Grant of Seafield, who first settled at Campbellfield).The article describes David Duncan's role in the formation of what became the Royal Agricultural Society.The first show took place on La Rose in 1848. This farm, occupied briefly by Dr Farquhar McCrae, who had leased "Moreland" to Michael Loeman, became the property of Coiler Robertson, who built the grand bluestone mansion in Le Cateau St, Pascoe Vale South. Coiler was the father-in-law of Peter McCracken of Ardmillan and the father of James, who built Trinifour in Park St. THESE ROBERTSONS WERE NOT RELATED TO JAMES ROBERTSON OF ANOTHER GOWRIE PARK AT CAMPBELLFIELD AND JAMES ROBERTSON (FATHER AND SON) OF UPPER KEILOR AND ABERFELDIE.
Section 14 in the parish of Tullamarine was granted to William Thompson and David Duncan. The southern boundary of the 640 acres is indicated by a westernly extension of the line of the east-west part of Melrose Drive, which was Grants Rd, and the western boundary by McNabs Rd. The location of the airport terminal is on 80 acres of section 15 which was the Payne's pig farm "Scone" (with a long o)when purchased for the airport.
As the editor of Victorian Historical has mot yet returned my material, I have to rely on memory again in stating that David Duncan and the McNabs were original trustees of the Bulla Presbyterian Church on the corner of Uniting Lane (Melway 177 G9.) Also, because I do not have my DHOTAMA, that William Thompson was related to the wife of James Robertson of Upper Keilor, according to Deidre Farfor, a descendant of the Robertsons.
The following comes from "Early Landowners: Parish of Tullamarine" by Ray Gibb.
On 17-6-1854, David Duncan paid George Annand, David Duncan and James Robertson (obviously William Thompson's executors) 1500 pounds for the late William Thompson's half share of the 640 acres. On 18-9-1854, David mortgaged the 640 acres to George Annand for 1000 pounds and on 6-9-1855, he sold 80 acres (separated by Bulla Rd in 1847) at the north east corner of section 14 (Melway 5 A4)to Thomas Rogerson for 1200 pounds.
It was probably David Duncan who called the farm "Gowrie Park." A proposal to rename streets in Melbourne Airport in honour of aborigines, early settlers and aviation pioneers in 1989 was killed by
the powers that be after new names had been decided, but Anthony Rowhead, F.A.C. inspector, named the new street near the Liquor Locker as Gowrie Park Drive.
The property existed as one farm, and sometimes two. On 15-12-1857, Charles Duncan commenced a lease on 96 acres (block A, section 14)at a rent of 120 pounds per annum. This land which became known as "Gowrie Side" was acquired from the Donovans for the airport, with the remainder of Gowrie Park bought from Bill Ellis.Its frontage on the east side of McNabs Rd went south for 20 chains (400 metres) from the Mansfields Rd corner.
On 22-8-1859, David Duncan and his wife Alexina mortgaged 553 acres 2 roods and 35 perches to Peter Sharp for 2000 pounds.On 28-2-1863, they sold "Gowrie Side" to Francis Merson for 585 pounds one shilling.On the same day, they mortgaged the southern portion, "Gowrie Park Farm" to Francis Merson for
1200 pounds. On 26-8-1874, Merson reconveyed Gowrie Park Farm to John James and Malcolm Ritchie. They may have been David's heirs or executors, perhaps they married David and Alexina's daughters. The Ritchies of "Aucholzie", west across McNabs Rd, owned Gowrie Park for some time.Circa 1920 it was used as a landing field, and was one of the sites proposed for the state's major airport, during James Lane's tenure.
The three Firth brothers, James, William and John were pioneers in three parishes near Somerville, Victoria, namely Tyabb, Moorooduc and Bittern. As Balnarring parish was part of the Shire of Flinders, much detail was given about the family in "Lime Land Leisure", a history of the shire.
The family legend states that William Firth first saw young Ann Scott while he was looking for water and was so captivated by her beauty that he vowed to marry her one day. The wedding took place on 7-6-1882, when William was 45 and Ann was 22. Ann had been the first white child born at Somerville.
William established "Orkney Farm" at the east corner of Coolart and Eramosa Rds, just west of Henry Gomm's Glenhoya and north of Alexander Scott's grant on the east corner of Webb's Lane. One of William's daughters, Jean, married William Herbert (Paddy) Gomm and the property eventually passed into the hands of the Gomm family.
In 1923, newspapers around Australia reported the tragic death of Mrs James Firth, who at that time was living with her son, Andrew, a farmer of Somerville. On her way home, possibly from the races at Mornington, she was driving "at a moderate pace" and about to cross the railway crossing on Moorooduc Road before turning right into Eramosa Rd, when she saw a special race train. Panicking, she crawled into the back of the car and then jumped out- right into the path of the train. The car escaped practically unscathed apart from frontal bruises from a fence which stopped its progress.
John Firth and John Ricketts were the Executors of Andrew McLellan, another pioneer in the Moorooduc area.(Argus 26-4-1878.)Four years earlier, James Firth and his brother, as well as neighbours near Tuerong Station, such as John and Agnes Wilson, and John McCusker, were called as witnesses in the case of the "Schnapper Point Murder".
When Henry Gomm was trespassing on Lord Moreton's estate, Samuel Monk was one of his companions. Henry was transported to Hobart in 1836 and Hannah (Neal) and her three children joined him in early 1838. Henry gained his ticket of leave in 1841 and owned a 16 ton schooner Venus by 1849.
By 1853 Henry was requesting a post office in Moorabbin parish and by 1862, Henry had 14 acres in Balcombe Rd, probably between the property of Jesse Monk in Church Rd (now St) and George Gomm's 6 acres; George had a house in Balcombe Rd and another in Charman Rd.
At about that time young Henry Gomm, who married Margaret Monk, moved onto his own land at Somerville. Death notices confirm that Margaret came from Cheltenham and that Jesse Monk's wife and James Monk died in Somerville. A Gomm and Monk presence remained near Moorabbin for some time.
The Gomm and Monk families still live in Somerville.
(Sources: Tasmanian Genealogy, City of Kingston website, Trove (Argus)Murray Gomm.)
Trove lists articles and ads re GOMM in most of these places. The City of Kingston Heritage site provides more information as does the Gomm genealogical website.I have much information about the GOMMS of Glenhoya at Somerville and some about Rosebud.Henry and Margaret Gomm (Monk)of Somerville definitely came from Cheltenham.
Somerville Henry's biography in Victoria and Its Metropolis is skimpy and possibly untrue; his surname is wrongly given as GOMIN. He told his family that he came out on the same ship as Tommy Bent, but the bent politician was born in Penrith, N.S.W.
I believe the lack of background and the Bent error were part of a cover-up. Henry Gomm, possibly his father, was convicted in 1835 and transported to Hobart in 1836. In 1838, the mother of his three children, Hannah Neal,brought them out to join him.He gained his ticket of leave in 1841 and by 1849 had done well enough to enter his 16 ton schooner "Venus" in Hobart's annual regatta. Was this the Henry Gomm who was asking for a post office nearer Moorabbin by 1853 and owned 14 acres near the corner of Charman and Balcombe Rd by 1864? Three of Henry and Hannah's children were Thomas, Henry and William. Is it just co-incidence that a Thomas drowned at Dromana, a Henry died at Somerville and a William at Hastings? Or that William and Henry were assessed on lot 13 at Rosebud Village? SEE COMMENTS FOR UPDATES!
The Gomm family of Somerville is related by marriage to at least the following families :SHEPHERD,COATE, DEVLIN, GRAF, CURSON, MARSHALL, NASH, UNTHANK, FIRTH, BIGGS, SCOTT, DUFFIELD.
Mornington really comes to life on Wednesdays when the famous Main St market is held weekly. Although the car parking provision is far better than what exists at most shopping strips, you need to get there early on a pleasant Wednesday. Like Sorrento, Mornington has many historic buildings, but Wednesday is not the day to see them. The thing I like best about the market is listening to Chris sing at the Empire St mall and watching the portrait artist from near Westernport at work on her masterpieces.
I love music and several buskers spread out along Main Street.It's nice to hear good singers without the endless chatter and voting off that goes on in T.V. talent shows. A new group,www.horizon.duo.com was performing near the Grand Hotel today and I had to stop for a listen. They were so good I had to buy a C.D. The girl could match any female vocalist I have ever heard and I am very fussy. While I was listening, I was looking at the Grand...and, you know what I'm like.
Mornington was originally known as Schnapper Point in the early days, and like Rosebud was mainly inhabited by fishermen. The fish population in the bay was declining by 1877 and the use of small mesh nets in the first decade of the 1900's brought protests from local fishermen such as William Ferrier (subject of a journal.) However the Hutchins family of Mornington managed to make a living for decades after most professional fishermen had turned to other occupations or areas.
It was gazetted as a township in 1861, as was the township of Osborne* which straddled the mouth of Balcombe Creek.Osborne was expected to be the main settlement, so like William's Town (shortly after Batman and Fawkner's feud started) it was royally named. Osborne was Queen Victoria's seaside residence on the Isle of Wight and the streets were named after her children, Helena, Augusta, Maude etc. Osborne was not a great success but little Schnapper Point received a gift that aided its development, the jetty. (*That is according to the Moorooduc parish map. The following seems to indicate this is wrong.)
TUESDAY, 10th FEBRUARY.
To Follow tho Government Land Sale. Important Sale by Auction of Shelburne House,
The Residence of Robert Byrne, Esq. Schnapper Point, Fronting the Bay.To Precede the Sale of 70 One-Acre Allotments, in the same Township.
WM. TENNENT and Co. are instructed by the proprietor, Robert Byrne, Esq., to SELL by public AUCTION, at their rooms, on Tuesday, 10th inst.,Immediately after tho Government Land Sale of Property at Osborne,
The substantially-built house, in the fast-rising township of Schnapper Point, known as Shelburne House,
delightfully situated fronting tho Esplanade and Bay,and within one mile of the pier.
The property comprises two acres of ground, on which is erected a very commodious house of five rooms, detached kitchen, with very largo verandah ; also an outhouse, nearly finished, capable of being made into four rooms, together with coach-house, stabling, fowl-house, piggeries, &c, with tank holding over 10 000 gallons of rain-water, and tho whole is most substantially fenced in.
The township of Schnapper Point is rapidly advancing. A substantial stone pier, of some 300 feet, has been built; a steamer runs regularly near this very property, and, in the course of a year or so, there is no doubt that this township will become the most favorite resort near Melbourne.
On New Year's Day, 1857, two steamers took excursion parties to Schnapper Point (P.1, Argus 30-12-1856, Steam-ship Advertisements.)One must presume that the passengers were rowed ashore.
SCHNAPPER POINT.-A large and influential meeting of tho shareholders and inhabitants of Schnapper Point and neighbourhood was held at the Tanti Hotel on Saturday, the 28th of March last, to take steps to expedite the formation of tho jetty at Schnapper Point. A. B, Balcombe, Esq., J. P., in the chair. After a few introductory remarks from the Chairman, stating tho object of the meeting, and the report of the Chief Engineer laid before the Legislative Assembly this session on the projected harbour and jetty at Schnapper Point having been read, and the necessity of obtaining an answer from Government respecting their intentions with regard to the proposed works considered, the following resolutions were proposed to the meeting, and carried unanimously ; First: Proposed by Mr. Henry Howard, and seconded by Mr. John Barrett
" That it is the opinion of this meeting that, | steam communication being now established between this place and Melbourne, a jetty becomes absolutely necessary, to prevent the place from retrograding from the want of
proper landing accommodation."
Second. Proposed by R. Byrne, Esq.,and seconded by Mr.John Carruthers :-" That the following gentlemen do form a deputation to wait upon the Honourable the Commissioner of Public Works, to explain to him the urgent necessity of carrying out the jetty at Schnapper Point, and for which the sum of £4,600 has been placed upon the estimates for 1857, and to request Government support for the above object; and that the following gentlemen be asked by the chairman to form such deputation for that purpose:-W. J. T. Clarke, Esq., M.L.C. ; Captain Anderson, M.L.A.; J. T Smith, Esq, M.L.A. ; the Mayor of Melbourne,F. J. Sargood, Esq.. M.L.A.; A.B. Balcombe , Esq., J.P.; Captain Cole; S. Cowderoy, Esq.; j J. Armstrong, .Esq.; E. Lintott, Esq.; S. Toynbec, Esq. ; and the mover." (P.6, Argus, 2-4-1857.)
THE MOVERS AND SHAKERS.
Robert Byrne, an auctioneer, was later a trustee of Mt Martha Park and a meeting chaired by Balcombe expressed its disgust that he had Sam Sherlock stripping wattle bark in the park, which was originally reserved as a site for the Governor's seaside mansion. See the advertisement re Shelburne above (in italics.) Balcombe (to whom the water fountain in the Empire St Mall is dedicated)had a Run earlier which included the township site and called his pre-emptive right "The Briars" after the family estate where the family had befriended Napolean Boneparte. Big Clarke may have had part of Jamieson's Special Survey by this time or he may have been looking after the interests of his son-in-law, James Hearn. Amazingly I could find no notice regarding the Hearn-Clarke wedding on trove and found Big Clarke's obituary via google.
DEATH OF MR W. J. T. CLARKE.
Mr W. J. T. Clarke, whose name has been almost a household word with Victorian colonists for many years past as the richest man in Australia [he was generally known as "Big Clarke"], died at his residence, Roseneath, Essendon, yesterday afternoon, at 20 minutes to 2 o'clock, in the 73rd year of his age. etc.(P.6, The Brisbane Courier, 24-1-1874.) The obituary makes no mention of James Hearn but Lenore Frost's HISTORIC HOUSES OF ESSENDON did. Lenore stated that Big Clarke had died at Roseneath, the residence of his son-in-law, James Hearn. Roseneath was later the home of William Salmon who donated Salmon Reserve to the council and after whom Salmon St (Melway 28 G1)was named. James Hearn bought about 2800 acres from the Crown on 26-2-1856 (Mt Martha between Bay St and Hearn Rd and 1404 acres as far east as Tubbarubba, adjoining Jamieson's Special Survey.)
Excerpt from my DROMANA PIONEER PATHWAY JOURNAL.
On 6-4-1891, Fred Simpson (of Seaview at Red Hill) started work at Blakeley's, part of which 140 acres is now occupied by the Consolidated School. Henry Ault's 140 acre block (Joseph Pitcher's grant, Melway 190 E-F5) was south of Blakeley's and had been bought by George Hoskins whose nephew, George William Russ was working with him. Fred's father, Joseph, did a fruit and vegetable run, which included Ellerslie, the beachside retreat of Sargood, whose main residence was the famed Rippon Lea* at Elsternwick. On occasions, Fred would do this delivery run. And who should be a servant at Ellerslie but Emily Russ, who was highly regarded by Mrs Sargood, who supplied Fred's future wife with a glowing reference. Fred met his brother in law (as they worked on 72A and 72B) before he met his bride.) I bet Emily knew all about Fred before he arrived at Ellerslie!
(* Frederick James Sargood, Esq. of Croydon, co. Surrey, England, who was one of the members for Melbourne in the old Legislative Council, and in 1856, at the first election under the new constitution, was elected a member of the Legislative Assembly for St. Kilda; m. 30th October, 1830, Emma,daughter of Thomas Rippon, Esq. (who was for several years chief cashier in the Bank of England), the brother of Dr. John Rippon,and son of the Rev. John Rippon, Baptist minister of Up-Ottery, co. Devon, &ndd. 16th January, 1871. He had issue by her (who d.20th October, 1884)- Can you see how Rippon Lea got its name? His son Frederick Thomas would have been at Ellerslie.
Residences — Rippon Lea, East St. Kilda,Melbourne ; and Ellerslie, Mornington, Victoria, Australia.
From ebook of Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of the colonial gentry.)
J.T.Smith is the subject of one of my journals J.T.SMITH AND HIS ELECTORS. Smith,who came from Sydney to teach at George Langhorne's mission on Melbourne's botanical gardens site, soon turned to business. He built Melbourne's oldest surviving residence (google Muzza of McCrae to see the photo) and the Ascot House in Fenton St, Ascot Vale. He was also the grantee of Crown allotment 19 Moorooduc,whose north east boundary was Boundary (Canadian Bay) Rd, and built a house called Nyora.
After his death it became the residence of Henry Slaney and, soon after his death,the Ranelagh estate. A new history board near the J.T.Smith Reserve and monument, discusses the Burley Griffin- designed estate.
Henry Howard,publican of Schnapper Point, had insolvency problems in 1863 and was thanked by the acclimatisation society for sending them a native bear in 1864. The 1863 problem probably damaged his standing but it was completely destroyed when he committed a double murder at the Frankston Hotel in 1875.
To the Editor of the Argus.
Sir,-The mercantile community of Melbourne will never, surely, allow such an old and esteemed colonist as Captain Cole to set sail for England without some public demonstration of the respect and esteem he is held in by all classes of the colonists. No time is to be lost, as report says, the stern old Captain sails in the Eagle.
You will oblige by allowing this suggestion a small niche m your valuable journal.
I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
A MERCHANT. Melbourne, 10th May, 1855.
It would not surprise me to find that Big Clarke was a good friend of Benjamin Cowderoy. He probably received a good valuation for the required portions of his estates at Rockbank and Sunbury/Clarkefield.
Benjamin Cowderoy, Esq., and Robert Hepburn, Esq., to be valuators and arbitrators for the lands required for the Melbourne and Murray River, and Geelong and Ballaarat Bailways. (P.5, Argus, 21-8-1858.) Benjamin might have already bought some land at Schnapper Point for his small investors. He had a proposal for Geelong, where this meeting was held, and where the jetty had recently been lengthened.
VICTORIA FREEHOLD LAND SOCIETY The meeting, of the Victoria Freehold Land Society, held at the Masonic Hall on Friday evening, was well attended; His Worship the Mayor presided until other engagements compelled him to leave, when the Chair was taken by the Rev. A. Love. A deputation from Melbourne, consisting of S. M. South, Esq., J. Houston, Esq., and B. Cowderoy, Esq., were in attendance, the latter of whom (the managing director of the society) read the following half yearly report of proceedings which had been presented to the members at Melbourne.(P.5, Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer, 16-10-1854.)
Wednesday Evening. CENTRAL PROVINCE ELECTION.
The election of a member to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr. Hood, took place this day. There was only one candidate nominated, namely Captain Cole, who was proposed by Mr. Hull and seconded by Mr. Hammill. There being no opposition, the Returning Officer declared Captain Cole duly elected. (P.2, Bendigo Advertiser, 29-9-1859.)
ELECTION.-I hereby give notice that at the Election held by me on this day tho election fell by show of hands on Captain W. A. D. Anderson, on whom I therefore declared the election to have fallen, and a poll having been demanded I declared the polling will take place on the 21st day of the present month of October, commencing at Nine o'clock a m., and closing at Four o'clock p.m., on the same day, at the following-named places, viz. :-At Eltham, Anderson's Creek, and Yan Yean In tho Electoral Division of Evelyn, and at Eummemering near the Dandenong Bridge and at Schnapper Point, In the Division of Mornington.
A.B.BALCOMBE, Returning Officer. 10th October, I856. (P.8, Argus, 13-10-1856.)
This site was purchased by Alex Balcombe, Edward Lintott and Harry Goodall (church trustees) from John Armstrong for £70 who donated the money back to the church building fund.(St Peter's C of E church, No 7, Mornington Historic Walk.)
SCHNAPPER POINT.-LAND for SALE, fronting
the Grand Esplanade, at Schnapper Point. Apply to S. Toynbec, solicitor, 4 Collins-street west.
(P.8, Argus, 25-6-1858.)
WHAT ABOUT ME-EE?
Dromana residents were hopping mad that Schnapper Point, with a smaller population, had a jetty while busting Dromana (supplying timber from Arthurs Seat for railways, jetties and firewood, as well as wattle bark and possibly green granite from McCrae)did not. (You'll have to read the article on trove.)
JETTY AT DROMANA, NEAR SCHNAPPER POINT.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Friday 29 October 1858 p 4 Article
... JETTY AT DROMANA, NEAR SCHNAPPER POINT. Yesterday, at 12 o'clock, a deputation of severa ... had a much larger popula- tion than Schnapper Point, a store and post 1 oftic'o were already erected, ... of a jetty at the) forruor place. The deputation, whioh was In- troduced by the Hon. J. B. Bennett, ... 1340 words
However, Dromana finally got its pier too and, at the urging of Peter Pidoto, it was extended into deeper water. Trading between the two places became easier and the tourist trade helped both towns to grow.
MR S.P. Townsend has sold the Enid, which has been used this last eighteen months for trading between Mornington, Dromana, and Melbourne, to go to the South Sea Islands. The Hunnah Moore, a larger boat, has replaced the Enid. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 17-4-1909.)
Direct communication with Melbourne by water is now being arranged for. "The Enid" which was used last year between Mornington and Melbourne, has been sold by Mr. J. G. Aikman M.L.C. to Mr. S. P. Townsend. Mr. R. Parry has leased the boat again, and the first trip will be made this week. Arrangements are being made with the fruitgrowers of Red Hill to call at Dromana for cargo.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 18-5-1907.)
TOWNSEND.-On the 22nd November, Cadet Philip Mervyn Maunsell Townsend, aged 16, beloved eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Townsend, of Mornington. He was lost with his ship, the t.s.s. Aparima, torpedoed by a German sub-
marine. (P.11, Argus, 15-12-1917.)
It is possible that S.P.Townsend was descended from John Townsend (b. 1840, d.1918), a very early pioneer of Dromana and grantee in 1885 of 150 acres at Rosebud where his son James was born (31C and 30B, Wannaeue, at Melway G 4-6 roughly.) John was building a slaughteryard at Dromana for H.W.B.C. Wilson in 1904 when Wilson's young son was dragged from a nearby waterhole by his father, unfortunately too late. John Townsend brought the lad back to life using mouth to mouth,the earliest use of this resuscitation method I have come across on trove.A relationship to John, who was familiar with the Red Hill area from very early times, might explain the desire to help the Red Hill fruitgrowers who waited nearly two decades for a railway. The Townsend name seems to be first associated with Mornington in 1898.
The Grand Coffee Palace was designed and built by architect William Pitt for Mr. Cornelius Crowley in 1892. Opulent coffee palaces sprang up across Australia in the 1880's in response to the temperance movement which sought to promote alcohol free hotels. Crowley owned the Cricketers Arms Hotel next door and shortly after the opening of the Grand, he transferred the liquour license from the Cricketer's Arms to the Grand. The Grand Hotel was a two story brick building with a central tower. Originally a carriage way went through to the rear with stables to the west side and accommodation built over the stables. The hotel undertook extensive renovations in 1978. In the lounge Bar off Main Street original brickwork can be seen and throughout the rooms on the ground floor a display of photographs of early Mornington lines the walls.
(Web page-MORNINGTON HISTORIC WALK No 19.)
OLD MORNINGTON LANDMARK TO GO
A landmark in the Peninsula district for more than 60 years, the tower on the Grand Hotel, Mornington, is to be demolished. As it has been noticed swaying dangerously in high winds, it has been declared unsafe. At one time the tower served as a guide to mariners, and is still used by yachtsmen and fishermen as a land mark.
OWNERS AND LICENSEES OF THE GRAND HOTEL,MORNINGTON.
1896 L. C.CROWLEY
1899 L. CORNELIUS CROWLEY TO CECILIA POWELL
1900 L. - POWELL TO SARAH STRONGE
1902 ? MR CLAIRE STRONGE (RETURNED FROM BOER WAR.)
1904 L. OWEN CONNORS, J.O.BOWMAN
1905 L. J.O.BOWMAN
1907 L. JOHN HENRY CHANT TO MARY JOSEPHINE GOLDBERG
1909 ? MR AND MRS LOUIS HARRISON
1912 ? LOU HARRISON (RE STINKY DRAIN NOT BEING HIS FAULT.)
1914 L. AGNES HARRISON
1916 ? LOU HARRISON (SON, GEORGE KILLED IN WAR.)
1920 L. DORA GARDEN, CLARENCE D. ROBERTSON TO FLORENCE HELENA DOWNIE (DORA WAS NAUGHTY!)
1921 L F.H.DOWNIE TO ELSIE HARRIS
1922 L. MR C.D.ROBERTSON
1923. SEEMS TO BE NO REFERENCE TO THE GRAND HOTEL, MORNINGTON. A NAME CHANGE?
1927 L. GEORGE EMERY
1928 L. MR GEORGE EMERY
1932 ? MR L.NUGENT (DONATING PREMIERSHIP CUP TO M.P.F.L.
1937 O MR J.SHARP-BROWN
1940 L. J.B.NAUGHTON TO ELEANOR A.PRY
1946 L. MRS GRIEVES (CRICKET MATCH BETWEEN THE GRAND AND THE ROYAL.
1948 O. MR. MADDEN
1948 L. ALLAN DOWNES
1953 L. ALLAN DOWNES (RE SHIRLEY COLLINS CASE.) Incidentally, the George Bishop Reserve containing the playground near the Dromana Pier is named after the Dromana policeman, a recipient of the Police Valour Medal, who was involved in this case.
James Ogilvie Bowman, former proprietor of the Grand, had a two week stay in Mornington in 1907 after returning from New Zealand, but after keeping a hotel in Shepparton and then moving to the Rising Sun in Melbourne, after saying he was going out of his mind, he committed suicide in 1908.(Summary of two articles I had corrected and pasted but accidentally deleted.)
THE HALF BROTHERS OF THE CAIRNS FAMILY OF BONEO: "LYNDFIELD" IN THE PARISH OF LYNDHURST, VIC., AUST.
As mentioned at the start of my CAIRNS LAND ETC.journal, G.Cairns was granted land in the parish of Lyndhurst in 1881; its location is specified in that journal. Trove seems to indicate that his given name was George.No George Cairns was a descendant of Robert, Alexander or David Cairns of Boneo, therefore I developed a theory that George might be one of their half brothers. While researching David Cairns' eighth child,Alexander Henry Cairns, I discovered that an Alexander Henry Cairns had died at Lyndhurst. THE CAIRNS FAMILY OF BONEO had given Alexander Henry Cairns' wife's name as "Lyndhurst Lizzie".
Extract from my CAIRNS GENEALOGY journal.
Alex, son of David, probably took up a selection on the Carrum Swamp in the parish of Lyndhurst (north of Seaford Road) which would explain why the family called his wife Lyndhurst Lizzie.
WELL, THAT WAS QUICK! Lizzie was Eliza!
CLAIMS AGAINST SOLICITOR Judgments for £1,991 ADJOURNMENT SOUGHT
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 6 October 1936 p 11 Article
... Eliza Cairns, aged 70 years, of Lyndhurst, widow, who claimed £1,601. In an iilllduvlt Mrs. Cairns sold ... Frederick Cairns, of Lyndhurst, farmer, adopted son of the lirst applicant. Ile claimed £300 money had und ... 443 words
I reckon this is our Alexander. Elizabeth would be Lyndhurst Lizzie and David's 8th child, born in 1856, would have been about 65 years old in 1920.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 20 January 1920 p 1 Family Notices
... CAIRNS. -On the 19th January, at his residence, Cranbourne road Lyndhurst (late of Wonthaggi), Alexander Henry, the dearly loved husband of Elizabeth Cairns, aged 65 years.
FORGAN (Cairns). - On September 19. at Melbourne, Leslie, loving f0ster-son of the late Elizabeth and Alexander Cairns, and loved brother of Frederick Cairns. Maggie, Josephine, and Elsie Forgan, late of Lyndhurst, aged 35 years.
It now seems that Eliza was Elizabeth and the widow of Alexander unless George had one son named Frederick as well.
On 21-9-1881, G.Cairns was granted crown allotment 121 in the parish of Lyndhurst, consisting of 199 acres and 24 perches. (The map may be viewed online by googling "Lyndhurst, County of Mornington".)With so many roads closed, it is difficult to determine its position but it seems to be at Melway 94 A12 with its north east corner at the bend in Springs Drain in 94 A 11, that drain forming its north west boundary and McMahens Rd and Riverbend Rd on the south and west.
EDITS STOPPED SUBMITTING!
Going back to the death notice of 20-1-1920, AGAIN! BE BACK LATER.