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JAMES SANDLE FORD.
For photo and article paste this link into your search bar: https://nepeanhistoricalsociety.asn.au/james-sandle-ford/
There is plenty of information about the Sullivans, Fords and John Farnworth in C.N.Hollinshed's LIME LAND LEISURE so I will not repeat it here. However, some of the genealogy the author compiled from descendants of the pioneering families is wrong so I thought the following information would be useful.
Although I cannot tie references circa 1843 that I've seen in two books (Early Melbourne and Bearbrass?) to Dennis and Honora Sullivan, Melbourne was astounded by a giant cucumber grown by a Sullivan family living near Darebin and an Honora Sullivan was convicted under the Masters and Servants Act just after the authorities had decided not to send any more females to the prison because it had become a brothel. James Ford made a lot of money by supplying vegetables to the Quarantine Station, and as he was more acquainted with machines (including the breaking thereof for which England gave him a free holiday to Tassie), his wife and elderly in laws, might have deserved the credit for growing them.
BIRTH RECORDS OF THE CHILDREN OF JAMES FORD AND HANNAH, NEE SULLIVAN, OF PORTSEA.
James Sandle Ford and Hannah, daughter of Denis and Honora Sullivan were married in 1841, reg. nos.67 and 35231. Possibly Hannah also had a second given name of Honora as this is recorded as the mother's name in some of the birth records.
1842. James reg. nos. 177 and 36370 and Robert reg. no. 181. BORN IN MELBOURNE.
1843. John Sandle, reg. no.36871 and Julia reg. no.36872, (obviously twins. Julia married John Cain if I recall correctly.*) BORN AT DAREBIN.
1846. William reg. no.1742 and 39423.(Was a shire councillor while living on Wannaeue Station. FORD William B. 1875-83. )
1848. Ann, reg. nos.378 and 42101.
1853. Mary, reg. no.45737
1855. Margaret reg. no.8037.
1859. Elizabeth Hannah, reg. no.14128 (father-Jannet! Became Mrs Hammond.**)
CAIN-FORD.-On the 9th inst., at St. Finbar\'s
Church, Brighton, by the Rev. Michael Carey, John,
son of Owen Cain, of Rye, to Julia, daughter of
James Ford, of Portsea. (P.1, Argus, 10-8-1877.)
**HAMMOND —FORD. —On the 3rd inst., at St. Stephen\'s
Church, Richmond, by the Rev. C. T. Perks, George
Frederick Hammond, of York, England, to Eliza-
beth Hannah (Lizzie) Ford, of Portsea, Victoria.
(P.1, Argus, 31-7-1889.)
Hannah's death record. Obviously born in County Kerry.
EventDeath Event registration number12276 Registration year1878
Family nameFORD Given namesHannah SexUnknown Father's nameSullivan Denis Mother's nameHugh (Luney) Place of birthKERR Place of death Age61 Spouse's family nameFORD Spouse's given namesJames
THE DEATH RECORD OF WILLIAM FORD. The age is obviously a typo. It should be about 59.
EventDeath Event registration number10312 Registration year1905
Family nameFORD Given namesWm Benedict SexUnknown Father's nameSandle Jas Mother's nameHannah (Sullivan) Place of birth Place of death Age38
William obviously married a daughter of George Assender, owner of the Arthurs Seat Hotel (formerly Scurfield's) at Dromana.
EventMarriage Event registration number3578 Registration year1878
Family nameFORD Given namesWilliam Benedict SexMale Spouse's family nameASSENDER Spouse's given namesJane
Jane would have been born somewhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek, not necessarily in the present suburb.
EventBirth Event registration number11008 Registration year1859
Family nameASSENDER Given namesJane SexUnknown Father's nameGeorge Mother's nameGrace (Menzies) Place of birthMOONEE PND
A bit about George Assender from my HERITAGE WALK, DROMANA journal. Notice that Janie Ford is mentioned in George's death notice. I would never have twigged a relationship to the pioneering Ford family of Portsea .
THE ARTHURS SEAT HOTEL.
George Assender had taken over the Scurfield Hotel by September 1874 and ran it for over a decade but little mention was made of him in Dromana's current written history, except in connection with the Union Church.
George Assender was born on 17-10-1834 in Southwark,Surrey, England to James Joseph Assender (born at the same place in 1804) and Ruth (nee Everett) who died in 1841 aged 37.
(George Assender b. 17 Oct 1834 Southwark, Surrey ...
George Assender\'s death notices tally with a birth in 1834 and also supplies a link to the articles below. There is no mention of George's daughter Isabella whose piano was mentioned in George's insolvency meeting in 1885.
ASSENDER.—On the 15th inst., at his daughter's residence, Blairmore, Gertrude-street, Windsor, George, the beloved husband of Grace Assender,late of Dromana, aged 60 years.
ASSENDER.—On the 15th inst., at his daughters residence, Mrs Jones, Windsor, the loving father of Janie Ford, Lucy Hall, and Annie Assender, of Albert-park, at the age of 60, after a short illness. (P.1, Argus,16-3-1895.)
MESSAGES TO THE DIGGINGS, &c.
MR. J. ASSENDER, of Hindmarsh.
Your Wife is very anxious concerning you, only having had two letters from you, the last being dated the 4th September. All well at home. (P.4,Adelaide Observer, 10-12-1854.)
N.B. J.Assender had left Adelaide for Melbourne aboard the Asia on 24-1-1852. (P.2, South Australian Register,26-1-1852.)
A Second Charge.—The same prisoner was then charged with stealing a prayer-book, value one shilling,the property of Joseph Assender, now at Melbourne.
(Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Saturday 25 November 1854 p 7 Article)
WILLIAM SMITH, of Adelaide, lately engaged on the Argus newspaper, will oblige by writing to Mr. G. Assender, care of Lewis and Nickrison*(sic), Rushworth, as his mother and sister are anxious to hear of his whereabouts.
N.B. There was still an Assender presence in Rushworth in 1952,the birth being reported in a South Australian newspaper.
The correct spelling would seem to be Nickinson; James Nickinson and George Assender may have been cousins. NICKINSON.—On the 19th November, 1892, at the residence of her son-in-law, Fernbank-villa, South Wimbledon, Surrey, England, Jane Assender, the dearly-beloved mother of James M. Nickinson, of Shepparton, Victoria, aged 80 years. A conscientious Christian woman, whose constant care was that her children should be brought up to fear the Lord. (P.1, Argus, 2-1-1893.)
On the 23rd September, at Whroo*, Victoria, by the Rev. Theodore Budd, George Assender, late of Adelaide, to Grace Menzies, of Perth, Scotland.(P.6,South Australian Register, 11-10-1858.)
(*Another notice,in The Argus, stated that George and Grace were both residents of Whroo,near Goulburn.)
Appointments to committees of Common Schools:......Kingstown : Frank Baker, Thomas Young, Emile Huide, Joseph
Emmott, James M. Nickenson, George Assender. (P.5, The Age, 27-5-1865.)
WANTED, a TEACHER, for Common School,Kingstown. Apply Geo. Assender, P.O., Kangaroo Ground.
(P.1, Argus, 18-2-1870.)
FANTASTIC INFORMATION FROM LANCE HODGINS, SECRETARY OF THE HASTINGS AND WESTERNPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Plenty of sources state that Canadian Bay was named after three Canadian wood-getters but only John G.Mann's 1926 history of Mt. Eliza names them, as Messrs Jones, Hodgins and McCurley. I strongly believed that James Hodgins was one of those named. In an email to the society, I asked for confirmation of this. I explained how my research into Rosebud's history rapidly expanded to include Somerville and Hastings.
Lance does not directly respond about James Hodgins being a Canadian but the statement that his cousin RETURNED TO CANADA does the job. Alfred Jones (and his brother) probably did take their wood to Frankston (as stated in Alfred's biog in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS) when they were getting it from James Davey's pre-emptive right (between Old Mornington road and the bay), but when they obtained the wood from John Thomas Smith's "Nyora" on the south side of Boundary (Canadian Bay) Rd, now the famed Ranelagh Estate, they would have taken it down the government road (Canadian Bay Rd) which was the boundary between the parishes of Frankston and Moorooduc. When the Jones boys got near the south end of Davey's land, they probably took their wood directly to Canadian Bay.
I only found the marriage record for James Hodgings (sic) by searching for that of Charlotte Dobson.
EventMarriage Event registration number3458 Registration year1860
Family nameDOBSON Given namesCharlotte SexFemale Spouse's family nameHODGINGS Spouse's given namesJames
LANCE'S INFORMATION ABOUT THE CANADIANS.
In response to your email concerning James Hodgins:
The James you refer to is my great grandfather, who came out to Australia with a cousin William. After a quick and fairly nonproductive visit to the goldfields, they teamed up with two sets of brothers - the Jones and McKerlie boys - to cut she-oak at Mt Eliza for shipment to Melbourne. Jones had been cutting on Davey's land, and by the time they joined forces they were cutting on JT Smith's property further around the coast - which subsequently was called "Canadian Bay".
The two Jones boys were British-born but had migrated to (Upper) Canada, from whence they came to Australia on the Scargo in 1853, along with the McKerlies. Also on the Scargo were the Dobsons, who became significant pioneer settlers (and timber-men) of the Fern Tree Gully district. Amongst other things, they supplied timber for the first Mornington pier - thus re-establishing contact with their former fellow passengers.
One of the Dobson daughters married James Hodgins in 1860 and they lived at Schnapper Point (Mornington)/Moorooduc on the north-west corner of Telegraph (Bungower) Road and Three Chain Road (Moorooduc Highway) before selecting land and moving to Hastings.
James' cousin William returned to Canada and settled down to family life on a farm near London, Ontario.
The Jones boys stayed on in the Mornington/Somerville area - Alfred for much longer than his brother Walter (another story). From his property Alfred became a butcher and led a significant public life - witness Jones Road in Somerville. Walter became a grazier in the Dargo area.
After Canadian Bay, William McKerlie went to the Mooraboool diggings and was also married in 1860, but died leaving 7 young children. His brother Miles was closer to my great grandfather James, with whom he shared some local road contracts for the Mt Eliza Roads Board, the first local council. Miles eventually moved to the Crossover diggings north of Warragul, and is buried there.
I hope this fills in some gaps for you ---.
I can also be contacted by private email: (deleted)
Secretary, Hastings-Western Port Historical Society.
DID FERDINAND LUBECKE (oops!), EARLY VIGNERON OF VINEYARD RD., SUNBURY, DIE AT GREENVALE IN 1902? (VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.)
THE SHORT ANSWER IS NO. The vigneron at Sunbury was not Ferdinand Lubecke at all; he was FELIX FREDERICK BUBECK. Too many late nights researching and writing my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND from late 1989 had played a terrible trick on my mind and the mistake had become etched into my memory. The vineyard had operated much later than I expected. F.F.Bubeck, yes Bubeck, was a Melton Shire councillor and this is his death record.I knew that I.W.Symonds had given the German name of his vineyard but I couldn't remember it. I leave the original journal, below the dotted line, and the title, unaltered as a warning to check your notes instead of relying on memory so you don't make the same sort of mistake that I did.
EventDeath Event registration number6820 Registration year1918
Family nameBUBECK Given namesFelix Fredk SexUnknown Father's nameBubeck Emanuel Mother's nameAnna Maria (Kurrle) Place of birth Place of deathSunbury Age71
. . . VIGNERON.
The Vell-known Wines of Schlossberg Vineyard Sold at Lowest Prices and of the Purest Quality.
(P.1, Sunbury News, 4-7-1903.) A few identical advertisements appeared till 1916.
I.W.Symonds had much detail in his BULLA BULLA, a history of the shire of Bulla, about Ferdinand and other vignerons who gave Vinegar (sic, VINEYARD) Road its name. Unfortunately, when I wrote my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND, I had forgotten this and the LUBECKE entry included only information from GREENVALE: LINKS WITH THE PAST about Ferdinand and his wife, Susan, living in a tiny house in Section Rd., Greenvale and the years of their deaths.
I couldn't find Ferdinand's death record until, remembering the spelling of Susan's surname in her death notice, and other variations (one being Lubcke), I played a hunch.
EventDeath Event registration number12793 Registration year1902
Family nameLUBCKE Given namesFerdinand SexUnknown Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathBmdows Age57
Unfortunately, I had to discard my local history notes when I moved to Rosebud and I have no idea when Ferdinand settled at Vinegar Rd and how long he stayed there but there is no death record for Ferdinand Lubecke and only the one above for Ferdinand Lubcke.
This post was prompted by the chance discovery of Susan's death notice last night.
LUBEKE. –On the 5th November, 1924, at her daughter's residence, 93 Graham street, Albert Park, Susan, widow of the late Ferdinand Lubeke (late of Greenvale) and loving mother of Percy(Morwell), Cecilia (Mrs. Gilham, Albert Park), Julius (Queensland), Otto (Balwyn), and Lititia(Essendon); aged 78 years. A patient sufferer at rest. (P.1, Argus, 6-11-1924.)
Unfortunately Cecilia's death record is fairly vague about her place of birth but her maiden name has the spelling used by I.W. Symonds. Her birth record cannot be found but, in her marriage record, her maiden name is given as in her death notice
EventDeath Event registration number1663 Registration year1971
Family nameGILHAM Given namesCecilia Sophia SexFemale Father's nameLUBECKE Unknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthMelbourne Place of deathWerribee Age89
EventMarriage Event registration number6887 Registration year1905
Family nameLUBEKE Given namesCecilia Sophia SexUnknown Spouse's family nameGILHAM Spouse's given namesGeo Hy
Again, unfortunately, Susan's death record has no information about her parents. Her married surname is given as Lubcke.
EventDeath Event registration number15303 Registration year1924
Family nameLUBCKE Given namesSusan SexFemale Father's nameUNKNOWN Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathMELBOURNE SOUTH Age78
Good luck to anyone writing the family history. I hope this helps a bit.
I've had two goes at scanning through the below (very long) journal to find the reference to Ferdinand Lubecke of Vinegar (SIC) Rd last night without success but it's got to be there. It is almost certainly a reference to a clearing sale, his property having been sold. The disease that wiped out many vineyards in Victoria and all the ones near Sunbury, had probably forced the sale of the property.
DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA, VIC., AUST. -also the Diggers Rest ...
Nov 5, 2013 - Sunbury was similarly affected but although the railway's arrival in 1859 tempered ..... Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. ...... such as Sunbury straddling two shires, Ferdinand Lubecke (SIC) of Vinegar (SIC) Rd having ...
POSTSCRIPT. Having realised my mistake about the name of the VINEYARD Rd vigneron, I was able to find his entry on page B.158 of DHOTAMA in seconds.
BUBECK, Frederick (Sunbury).
Page numbers refer to BULLA BULLA by I.W.Symonds. Bubeck is also mentioned in SALTWATER RIVER TRAILS by Hugh Anderson.
P.100. The Royal Hotel in Sunbury was built by F.F.Bubeck, the vigneron from The Gap.
P.128. Between Bald Hill and the Calder Highway was the Schlossberg Vineyard of Felix Frederick Bubeck who was sent out from Rotenburg, near Stottgart,by his father at the age of 19 to select land suitable for wine growing. He chose 60 acres on Bald Hill in 1866.He was a Melton Shire Councillor for 38 years and died two years after the last vines were rooted out in 1916.
Wills was not originally Robert O'Hara Burke's deputy as explained in countless accounts of the expedition but his name is the one most often associated with Burke in references to the tragic endeavour.
Progress was going to be slow because of all the provisions that had to be carried but when, after numerous speeches, they finally left the spot marked by a cairn in Royal Park near the present Melbourne zoo (Melway map 2B, A2), they only made it about as far as Queens Park at Moonee Ponds.
On pages 9-10 of Andrew Lemon's THE STOPOVER THAT STAYED (A history of Essendon)is the following detail of the first camp. "...the ill-fated Burke and Wills overland expedition spent its first night at Moonee Ponds. Some early residents say the camp was somewhere between where St. Monica's Roman Catholic Presbytery stands and Queen's Park Lake, but a stone monument set in Mt. Alexander Road plantation opposite the park claims that is the spot. The 27 imported camels were tied at the water hole (Queen's Park lake) and the horses, terrified of the camels, were tethered at the corner of Napier Street and Fletcher Street."
In I.W.Symonds' BULLA BULLA, it is stated that the second night's encampment was near the Inverness Hotel (at Melway 177 J11.) Burke showed great will power in passing David William O'Nial's Lady of the Lake Hotel at 5 H12 without wetting his whistle and the publican's two daughters watched in awe through the Cape Broom hedge as the lengthy processION passed by. (As they told the late Colin Williams over half a century later when he was living on "Broombank".)
The reason for this post was the following, found in my Dictionary History of Bulla journal while I was looking for a reference to Ferdinand Lubecke, early vigneron of Vinegar Rd, Sunbury discussed in Symonds' BULLA BULLA, who may have been the man of that name who died at Greenvale in 1902. I have previously seen no reference to the third camp. The Constitution Hotel* was at Melway 383 A9.
William Fanning, his name wrongly recorded as W.Fannan on my paper copy of the parish map, was granted crown allotment 19B, Bulla Bulla (Sunnyside) on 29-1-1852. This was south of the Bulla-Diggers Rest road where it adjoins Loemans Rd on Tullamarine Island. See more on Kathleen Fanning's website:
SUNBURY. The death has occurred of Mrs. Michael Fanning, Powlett street, in the house in which her father and mother (Mr. and Mrs.J. Hogan) had lived and died before her. Mrs.Fanning had resided here for 63 years, having
come to Sunbury when 11 years of age. She was born in Flinders street, Melbourne, in 1842. She saw Burke and Wills, the famous explorers, when they camped near Bell's Constitution Hotel, on the Bulla road, and she used to relate how she saw Burke mounted in imposing style on his white charger. She also saw King, the only survivor of the Burke and Wills expedition, passing through Sunbury by rail on his return journey. (P.4, Argus, 6-2-1917.)
* 675 Sunbury Road, Sunbury_ 160614 - Amazon Web Services
Former Constitution Hotel. 675 Sunbury Road. SUNBURY.
WHICH ANONYMOUS TULLAMARINE CHARITY WORKERS HELD THE DINNER DANCE TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE KEW COTTAGES IN 1956?
A society page praised the organisation of the event and the fact that these people didn't seek publicity of their good work. I thought it might be the Thomas family of Carinya on the south side of Sharps Rd, who, with Walter V. (Major) Murphy, were at the forefront of community spirit, holding picture nights in their barn to raise money for facilities and allowing the pony club the use of their property for decades. Tullamarine's kindergarten may have been obtained much later without their supply of donated baling twine which enable bundling of paper collected in the paper drives that I organised (and of course the use of Noel Grist's truck to convey the paper to buyers.)
Alec Rasmussen, Major Murphy and Leo Dineen's civic contributions have been well documented in my journals so I just had to find out the identity of these charity workers so they could be recognised for their efforts too. Another article mentioned an eye-catching invitation to the wool shed dinner dance that had been sent from the Glendemar sheep station at Tullamarine. I knew there was no such property so I did a trove search for GLENDEWAR, TULLAMARINE, REFINED TO FAMILY NOTICES. I didn't bother to specify a decade because there were only about 30 results. Of course there were the death notices for William Dewar and his wife Mary in the first decade of the 1900's and the Johnsons who replaced them before their deaths, and occupied Glendewar for about four decades.
They were succeeded by the Chambers family and it was most likely this family that was doing such sterling work in 1956. There has been much discussion in a Tullamarine Primary School Facebook group, of pupils who attended the old Tullamarine State School 2613 (Melway 5 F9, top left corner)and one of these was named Bumstead. Most of those listing the names would have attended the school in the 1950's. Paul Ellis was Greek according to the late Olive Nash and Harry Heaps, and owned the wedge-shaped block (as shown on the Airport Acquisitions map) which had a small frontage to Bulla Rd and a long frontage to the Moonee Pond Creek, between Victoria St/ Nash's Lane (Later Greenhill St and now closed) and Glendewar.
The Dandenong Journal (Vic. : 1927 - 1954) Wednesday 1 February 1950 p 9 Family Notices
... ., Dandenong. Chambers-Ellis. Patricia Alice, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Chambers, Glendewar ... , Tullamarine, to Paul, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Ellis, :Bulla Rd., Tullamarine.
Chambers—Bump stead. The marriage of Irene Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Chambers, of “Glendewar”, Tullamarine, (formerly of Berwick), to Owen Henry Bumpstead, is to take place at Christ Church, Keilor,
Saturday, October 22nd, at 5.45 p.m. The reception will be held at the Keilor Shire Hall.
(The Dandenong Journal (Vic. : 1927 - 1954) Wednesday 1 February 1950 p 9)
THE "BACK TO RED HILL" WILL BE HELD
AT THE RED HILL CRICKET CLUB PAVILION AT THE RED HILL RECREATION RESERVE (MELWAY 190 J3)
ON SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER,2017
FROM 1:30 TO 4:30 P.M.
A reunion was held in March 2015 with about 90 people attending despite clashing with a Hilli family reunion, which I didn't find out about until it was too late to change the date, and a Rosebud High School anniversary, as well as many people finding out about the event after it had taken place. This will be the last BACK TO I will be organising because it has occupied time needed to complete my chronology of burials at Dromana. If this reunion is enjoyed as much as the previous one, some people might form a committee to organise the next one.
Don't miss this opportunity to meet your old friends while you still can.
Since the last reunion three family histories have been written, two of them by Barry Wright and Helen Blakeley who contacted me through family tree circles. They add significantly to the information in Sheila Skidmore's THE RED HILL and PENINSULA PIONEERS, written by Stephen Lynch, our fellow member, toolaroo.
Marie Hansen Fels would have loved to include this in her I SUCCEEDED ONCE (about William Thomas and our first pioneers.)
COPY THE LINK AND PASTE IT INTO YOUR SEARCH BAR.
2+-7-1921. HELEN JANE ANDERSON (nee McCANN.)
Grave photo on ozgen list.
EventDeath Event registration number9538 Registration year1921
Family nameANDERSON Given namesHelena Jane
Father's nameMccann Robert Edward Mother's nameHelen Jane Esdale (Holloway)
Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age41
EventBirth Event registration number17869 Registration year1880
Personal information Family nameMCCANN Given namesHelen Jane
Father's nameRob Edw Mother's nameHelen Jane (Holloway) Place of birthPLEASANT C
EventMarriage Event registration number8632 Registration year1907
Personal information Family nameMCCANN Given namesHelen Jane
Spouse's family nameANDERSON Spouse's given namesRobt Jno
Engagement of Helen Jane’s daughter.
Jean Beryl, younger daughter of Mr. R. J. Anderson, of Ardmona, and of the late Mrs. Anderson, of Dromana, to Alan Robert, younger son of Mrs. R. Starritt, of Rosedale, North-west Mooroopna, and of the late Mr. Starritt. (P.10, Argus, 21-3-1939.)
MARRIAGE OF JEAN’S ELDER SISTER, HELEN BOYD ANDERSON, ON 9-9-1939.(P.2, Shepparton Advertiser, 11-9-1939.)
WILLIAM LINKSTONE AND CHRISTINA (nee McMurray) ADAMS, BOTH BORN IN SCOTLAND, WERE BURIED AT DROMANA, VIC., AUST. IN 1967 AND 1974.
Because my chronology of burials at Dromana wouldn't save under the original title, I've renamed the word document PIONEER GRAVES AT DROMANA. I'm now going through the ozgen list and have discovered some ADAMS burials not connected with Adams Corner; they are listed as "ADAMS (Other)" in the surnames index. I don't intend to write a biography for every burial on the ozgen list but if they have the same surname as any of our pioneers, I will look for their death records to see if there is a relationship to our pioneers. This couple probably married before leaving Scotland.
2+-1-1967. WILLIAM LINKSTONE ADAMS.
See wife Christina 23+-6-1974. Gravestone photo on ozgen list.
EventDeath Event registration number1053 Registration year1967
Personal information Family nameADAMS Given namesWilliam Linkstone
Father's nameADAMS Thomas Grant Mother's nameMargaret (Linkstone)
Place of birthScotland Place of deathDromana Age76
23+-6-1974. CHRISTINA ADAMSON ADAMS (nee McMurray.)
Gravestone photo on ozgen list. Wife of William Linkstone Adams, see 2+-1-1967. The death year and age in the death record are as on the gravestone.
EventDeath Event registration number14783 Registration year1974
Personal information Family nameADAMS Given namesChristina Adamson
Father's nameMCMURRAY Alexander Mother's nameChristina Furgie (Adamson)
Place of birthScotland Place of deathMount Eliza Age81
MEHRAN SERAPH PEZEKIAN, PIONEERING ARMENIAN IMMIGRANT AND PIONEER OF RED HILL, NEAR DROMANA, VIC., AUST.
PEZEKIAN, RED HILL SOUTH.
William Hopcraft's grants near the north end of Tucks Rd were crown allotments 70A and 70B, parish of Balnarring. As my rate transcriptions in 2010 were only for properties in the parishes of Kangerong and Wannaeue, when I read MEMOIRS OF A LARRIKIN, I did a special search and discovered that Hec Hanson's paternal grandfather, Hans Christian Hanson had first occupied 70B in 1887. This land fronted Tucks Rd and Stony Creek with its northern boundary just north of the junction of Musk Creek and Stony Creek to roughly 57 Tucks Rd.
North of c/a 70B, with with its north west corner indicated by the PRESENT north end of Tucks Rd (164 metres north of the original corner) was crown allotment 70A which also extended east to Stony Creek. Its northern boundary is indicated by the dotted blue line in Melway 190 E-H 8.
In 1894-5, John Hopcraft was occupying 70A. John was still there in 1902 when AROUND RED HILL was published. It was obviously a well-kept property.
A splendid flower garden surrounds Mr Hopcraft's house. He has a nice little orchard and a vegetable garden; also a number of walnut trees. These yield splendidly, and Mr Hopcraft finds no difficulty in disposing of the nuts.
When I started researching Red Hill, I transcribed some 1919 assessments in the parish of Balnarring. James Rattray of Red Hill had been listed as the occupier of c/a 70A but his name had been crossed out and replaced with "Pezekian, Carlton". This man had obviously occupied the property in mid 1919.
Crown allotment 70A can be seen on the left hand side of the bottom portion of the Balnarring parish map.
As there are no later rate records available on microfiche, I wondered how long he'd stayed there and if I could find out more about this New Aussie.
(Richard Broome told those attending the Dromana Historical Society 30th recently that historical societies should place more emphasis on non Anglo-Irish migrants to become more relevant to a large proportion of the population.)
COLLAPSED WHEEL CAUSES ACCIDENT.
When Mr. Mehran Pezekian, of Red Hill, was returning from Victoria Market in a motor truck on Tuesday morning a front wheel of the truck collapsed as he was passing the Elks Cafe, at Seaford. The mishap caused the truck to collide with a stationary motor car, owned by Dr. V. B. Brenton, of Station street, Port Melbourne, in which Mrs. Brenton was seated. After its impact with the car the truck swerved into the large window in the front of the cafe. The large window frame was wrenched from its foundation, but only two panes of glass were broken. Mrs Brenton suffered from shock.(P.1, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 24-2-1934.)
Mehran had stuck at it despite some bad luck with a fire in 1927* and mongrel cabbage seeds in 1928**.
*Two fires broke out in the Red Hill district. The first outbreak was near the Flinders-road. The homesteads of Messrs. Hansen,(Hanson), Pezekian. Lesslng, and Jarman were endangered.(P. 9, The Age, 15-2-1927.)
Alf Hanson had sold the original "Alpine Chalet" and the southern 69 acres of 70B to the Lessings just after the 1919-20 assessment. While Littlelejohn the builder was erecting a new Alpine Chalet on the northern 20 acres of 70B, the Hansons lived on the Blakeley property, "Ecclesall", now partly occupied by the Consolidated School. (P.10, MEMOIRS OF A LARRIKIN.) The Jarmans were on "Devonia" near Stony Creek Rd.
Mehran had operated a fruit shop in Johnston St Abbotsford at about the time he moved onto 70A, probably with a swollen head.
More bad luck struck Mehran (known as Jack) in 1935 when his wife Mabel Irene, nee Burgin, died. She was buried at Coburg. (P.1, The Age, 26-11-1935.)
Probably due to the aforementioned fire and crook cabbage seed of 1927 and 1928, Mehran (written as Miran) was in financial difficulty and faced having his farm sold by the sheriff because of unpaid taxes or rates. It consisted of only 63 acres of 70A so Neilson, mentioned regarding the fire, might have owned the other roughly 16 acres. http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/3945521
Mehran's desire to sell his farm in 1933 was possibly prompted by Mabel Irene's failing health but the odds of a successful sale during the depression would not have been great.
NEXT WEDNESDAY. 11th JANUARY. .
At Half-past 2 o'clock.
At 31 Queen-Street. MELBOURNE.
Mr. M. PEZEKIAN'S FARM
At RED HILL,
Containing 66 Acres, 50 A. Cleared. 7 A. Under Subt. Clover. Splendid Chocolate soil,
Grows Heavy Crops of Potatoes, Onions, &c., and Suitable for Grazing.
OWNER IS A DEFINITE SELLER.(P.2, The Age, 7-1-1933.)
MEHRAN'S MARRIAGE RECORD.(Typos at no extra cost!)
EventMarriage Event registration number3842 Registration year1905
Family namePEZEKIAN Given namesMehran Seraph SexUnknown Spouse's family nameBURGEN Spouse's given namesMabel Irenie
A number of other Armenians arrived after the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78 and the Turkish massacres of 1894-97. In 1897 a Turkish Armenian from the province .of Sivas, Haroutian Balakian, arrived in Melbourne, via Constantinople and London, where he established himself as an importer. Other Armenians from Sivas followed him to Melbourne after World War I.
In 1900, Mehran Pezekian, an Armenian from Kayseri, Turkey, migrated to Australia via Egypt. After living for a time in Melbourne and Tasmania he eventually settled on a farm at Red Hill, Victoria.
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