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ALF DOWNWARD, HIS SON-IN-LAW, WILFRED PITT, AND THOSE HISTORIC REDWOOD GUMS AT THE END OF DOWNWARD ST, MORNINGTON.
Wilfred Pitt probably grew up on Tuerong Park, as I’ve just discovered. When Joan Downward told me in 2010 about the bloke that Ivy Downward had married, I had probably not known about the Pitt tenure on Tuerong Park. Excellent articles by Joan about the Downward genealogy and land near Tubbarubba can be found in BALNARRING BYWAYS AND MEMORIES. The following results from Wilfred Pitt’s association with the Mornington Bowling Club which celebrates its centenary in 2017.
Mr. Walker moved a vote of
thanks to Messrs Pitt*, Scott,
Ward and Mills for the work
they had done as committeemen
during their term of office.
(P.14, Standard, 23-9-1948.)
*On the south side of Wilson Rd was a property named Redwood which adjoined a property, granted to A.B.Balcombe, and fronting Strachans Rd named Redgum Flat. Both properties were named because of the ancient river red gums at the end of Downward St. Redwood, granted to T.W.Birmingham and F.Prickman (did I hear somebody laugh?) was bought by Alf Downward. Pitt St was named after Alf Downward's daughter, Ivy. (Source: Joan Downward.)
PITT (nee Ivy Downward).—On the 18th May at Santa Rosa private hospital, to Mr. and Mrs. W. Pitt, Redwood, Mornington—a son (Alfred Downward Leonard—prematurely). (P.1, Argus, 25-5-1947.)
WILFRED PITT WAS FROM DEVON IN ENGLAND. His best man, Arthur Pitt, was probably his brother.
Alf Downward had much property near Tubbarubba, (near the junction of the parishes of Moorooduc,Balnarring and Kangerong) and Ivy possibly met Wilfred during a trip to visit her brother, Herbert, at that locality as there was a Pitt property, Tuerong Park, on Three Chain (Moorooduc) road, by 1906. H.G.Pitt was probably Wilfred's father and would have been Alf's colleague on Mornington council.
Pitt St on the homestead block of "Redwood" was named after Ivy and Downward St was named after her unmarried sister, Elsie May*, who lived in the homestead with Ivy following Wilfred's death.
After the sisters had died, developers wanted to remove the Redwood Gums but a storm of protest saved them. (Cutting provided by Joan Downward and included in my THE FEMALE DROVER: A HISTORY OF MOOROODUC, 2010, provided to the Mornington Historical Society.)
GERALD HOUGHTON RICHARDSON, FIRST MANAGER OF ROSEBUD'S NATIONAL BANK IN 1946.
Did he stay long enough for anyone to remember him and Mona?
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 22 October 1955 p 8 Family Notices
... -GRAY. - The engagement ls announced of Mary Yvonne, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Richardson, National ... Bank, Healesville, to Maurice Peter, youngest son of Mr. andi Mrs. A. .Gray, Donnellys Weir road .
The opening of the 1947-8 season revealed for the first time the name of the SMART greenkeeper and links with other clubs that were soon to form the peninsula association. Was a former Mornington treasurer involved in the formation of the Rosebud club?
CLUB'S OFFICIAL OPENING.
Before a record number of play
ers and spectators, the Morning
ton bowling green was oflicially
opened by Cr. B. I. Watson (Mornl
ington Shire president) last Satur
The greens looked a picture, and
the attractive appearance was
most favorably commented upon
by the large assemblage: The new
pavilion is an added attraction,
and a delightful afternoon tea was
The president of the Club (Cr.
A. J. Kirton) welcomed the visi
tors, among .whom were bowlers
and their wives from Frankston,
Sorrento, and Rosebud. Mr Ger
ald Richardson*, who was treasurer
of the Mornington Club prior to
removing to Rosebud, took part
in the day's enjoyment.(etc.)
(P.6, Standard, 16-10-1947.)
* NATIONAL BANK AT ROSEBUD.
The National Bank of Australasia
Ltd; will open a new branch at
Rosebud on Monday, June 3. This
establishment represents a conver
sion of the receiving office services
which the Mornington Branch has
conducted at Rosebud since 1927.
The new branch will be under the
management of Mr. G. H. Richard
son, formerly accountant, Morning
ton Branch, with Mr. A. B. Evans,teller.
(P.6, Standard, 30-5-1946.)
Unfortunately the Rosebud Bowls club history on the internet
does not mention the original committee but it's a fair bet that Gerald was involved. Gerald was working for the National Bank at Yarrawonga in 1934 when his wife (nee Mona Severin) gave birth to a daughter on 12 March. The birth was announced in a South Australian newspaper because Mona Mary Severin had been born at Eudunda, S.A. on 8-10-1899 and married Gerald Houghton Richardson in 1925, also in South Australia. Mona's parents were most likely descendants of early German pioneers.
RICHARDSON, Gerald Houghton & SEVERIN, Mona Mary
BOTTLE MESSAGE FROM THE SEA How Pirie Housewife Received It After 22½ Years
Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 - 1954) Thursday 26 May 1938 p 2 Article
In 1938 Gerald and Mona were in Swan Hill, according to the above article, so they obviously moved from one branch of the bank to another fairly regularly. This is a fascinating story about the husband of Mona's sister, Gladys.
RED HILL REUNION LATE FEBRUARY 2017.
The last reunion in March 2015 was well-attended despite many people having prior commitments, the Prossor clan being rather reunioned-out and the Rosebud High School and Hilli reunions being on the same weekend.
Another Red Hill reunion is planned for late February or early March 2017. Could anybody planning another event which would clash with it ring or text me on 0490 253 134 so it can be arranged that those interested aren't forced to choose which one to support.
Readers will be able to alert distant relatives and friends about the "back to" and tell them about the wonderful histories that have recently been written, with details about pioneers such as Hill Hillis, the Daveys of Forest Lodge, the McKeowns, McIlroys, Blooming Bob White, the Blakeleys and Edward Barker, H.B.Simon, Watson Eaton, Thomas Chapman, the scalped Arkwell lad, George Cussons, the postmaster and his wonderful paintings of James Wiseman's homestead and the original Red Hill school, Barry Wright's family of Wildwood- with a huge collection of photos,and informative maps etc. Helen Blakeley's marvellous book will be launched at the reunion.
As soon as the possibility of a clash of local events has been prevented, I will provide updates (IN COMMENTS) regarding date and venue, If readers and the former residents with whom they're in contact know of a planned wedding etc it would help if they can let me know the date so a clash can be prevented if possible.
P.S. I don't know how many of the longtime residents have computers, so can readers who live near any of them please let them know if they don't read HILL 'N' RIDGE.
FATHER HORACE TUCKER, VICAR OF CHRIST CHURCH, SOUTH YARRA. It's a bit of a stretch to say that Father Tucker was a pioneer of the Mornington Peninsula but he was the reason that the Boyington lad plays footy for Rosebud. My former neighbour at Rosebud, Gordon, spent much of his childhood at the Tucker Village Settlement at Carrum during the 1930's depression, and then Frankston, where he lived until his wife died. As a teenager, Gordon Boyington roamed the the area near Frankston, including Mt. Eliza.
When I was researching the Red Hill Village Settlement, I was puzzled by an article about a Government party inspecting the Village Settlement at Red Hill and then being driven a few miles to the railway station. It turned out that this was not the settlement to which Prossors Lane provided access but was near Longwarry.
Helen Blakeley's family history supplies much information about OUR Red Hill but also adds greatly to Michael Cannon's description of the misery caused by the 1890's depression. The Government set up Village Settlements so the starving families could grow their own food but Father Tucker probably did this first.
THE TUCKER VILLAGE SETTLEMENTS. FIRST ANNIVERSARY AT WONWONDAH.
The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954) Friday 26 May 1893 p 4 Article
I'd never heard of Father Tucker until Gordon Boyington told me his life story which I have retold in my journal:
If I had not been asked for information about Ne Mourna at the Sisters near Sorrento, I would never have fluked discovering Father Tucker's details or the fact that his compassion dated from the earlier depression.
Biography - Horace Finn Tucker - Australian Dictionary of Biography
YET ANOTHER CONNECTION BETWEEN TULLAMARINE AND THE PENINSULA. When I was writing my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND (pages D 86-7) in about 1990, I had no idea where Jamieson's Survey was and I'd never heard of Henry Dunn.
Henry leased Jamieson's Special Survey (Safety Beach area, east to Bulldog Creek Rd) from 1846 to 1851 according to Colin McLear.Henry later received the grants in Moorooduc which led to the naming of Dunns Rd and "Four Winds" in Kangerong on the south corner of White Hill and McIlroys Rds at Red Hill. Edmund Dunn of Viewpoint at Tullamarine might have been Henry's brother.
As the 3000 plus pages of DHOTAMA are handwritten, I can't copy and paste but I'll transcribe the start of his biography on page 424 of VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS: PAST AND PRESENT. According to Edmond, he leased land on Jamieson's Survey for FIVE years before buying Viewpoint in 1849. The year of purchase could be right because the two grants comprising the farm were issued in 1843 and 1846 (one of the grantees being Andrew Baxter who was related to Ben Baxter of Carrup Carrup/ Mornington Junction/ Baxter according to a Baxter descendant.) The details of Edmund's native place, voyage and arrival might apply to Henry.
DUNN, Edmond, Broadmeadows, is a native of Devonshire, England who arrived on the WESTMINSTER in 1841 after a voyage of 100 days. He resided in the metropolis for a few years, working for other and doing a little farming on his own account, growing oats on a small patch of land on which Coburg now stands. After leasing some land on Jamieson's Survey for five years, in 1849 he purchased Viewpoint Farm at Brodmeadows and commenced growing wheat. The area of his farm is 325 acres and he also owns 3000 acres and leases 5000 acres on the Loddon. He was married in 1847 to Miss George, a native of Somersetshire, who came out on the same ship with him etc.
As expected, Valerie Wilson O.A.M., has written about Henry Dunn on her excellent Mornington Cemetery pioneers website.
The Dunn Family
Henry Dunn was born in 1808, the son of Charles and Thomasina (Hooper) Dunn.
He was a farmer and grazier, and a very early pioneer of the Mornington area.
From 1846 until 1851 he leased the land known as Jamieson’s Special Survey at Safety Beach, south of Mt Martha.
William Dunn was born to Henry and his wife Catherine in Moorooduc, in 1865.
Henry Dunn died in 1891 and he and Catherine are buried in the Mornington cemetery.
Oak Hill, Mornington – Tyabb Rd.
It is believed they are in the same grave as their son and his wife, but the headstone only acknowledges the presence of William Henry and wife, Betsy.
William Dunn purchased the property known as Park Hill in 1890, to run as a pastoral lease.
The property stretched from Mornington-Tyabb Road along Dunns Rd, to Bentons Rd, to Moorooduc Highway, and passed through three generations before being subdivided.
The homestead built on the property by William in 1892, is now the Oak Hill Gallery.
This is on part of the property which became the Mornington Peninsula Shire Civic Reserve in 1999.
William Dunn married Betsy Harrap in 1894, and together with his son Howard, later ran a dairy and a milk run from the property. The Dairy run was sold to James Sawyer in 1920.
William was also the local Pound Keeper.
William died in 1934 and Betsy in 1943.
Henry Dunn's biography was not in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS. It is significant that the Harraps had lived a few miles north of Tullamarine before moving to Mornington. The source for this is Neil Hamilton Mansfield's 700+ page THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY. As Harrap is not in the index, it will take many hours to find the reference. Henry Harrap's wife (nee Bennett, I believe) was born at Kilmore and buried at the Keilor Cemetery. In a roundabout way, she was related to me.
Edmond Dunn died in 1891, the same year as Henry.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 22 May 1891 p 1)
In 1868 the Melbourne Hunt whose master was Samuel Waldock caused much destruction as they rode through Viewpoint and Edmond's testimony at the trial in which he sued Waldock for damages shows that he retained links with the peninsula.
"Edmund Dunn, who stated,-I am a farmer at Tullamarine, in the neighbourhood of Broadmeadows." (He described the damage.)
"Cross-examined by Mr. FELLOWS.-I paid 6s. each for the sheep.
Mr. FELLOWS.-They were scabby, were they not?
Witness.-They were not. I bought them at Cape Schanck, from Mr. Anderson. I don't know why they were so cheap. I got them at 6s., because I suppose Anderson could not get more. They never had scab, and were never treated for it." (http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/5831477…|||l-state=Victoria|||l-year=1868)
Edmund's brave stand against the prominent gentlemen of the Melbourne Hunt led to the formation of an organisation with a strange name but plenty of clout.
PAGE 3, ARGUS,4-8-1869.
The FENCE, HELD, and CHATTEL PRESERVATION LEAGUE.
A genealogical website indicates that Henry arrived on the same ship as Edmond (http://australiansurnamesgroup.yuku.com/topic/3696…)
her arrival in victoria in 1841 on ship Westminster - assisted immigrants victoria PROV
DUNN EDMUND 22 JUL 1841 WESTMINSTER 1 60
DUNN ELIZABETH 26 JUL 1841 WESTMINSTER 1 62
DUNN HENRY 28 JUL 1841 WESTMINSTER 1 56
DUNN MARY 38 JUL 1841 WESTMINSTER 1 56
Another genealogy website stated:
An Elizabeth and Edmund DUNN (brother and sister) arrive in Victoria 30 July 1841 aboard the WESTMINSTER Elizabeth aged 26 a housemaid living with her brother, Edmund aged 22 a lab. Both were protestants who could read and write. Also aboard the ship were a couple Henry 28 and Mary 38 also from Devon - can't say if they were connected as they are all listed separately. Edmund was to go to work for Dr THOMPSON. Henry was not engaged. (He was protestant who could read and write also)
It seems Henry died in Sn Point, Vic 1891 #17893 aged 83 parents Charles DUNN and Thomasina HOOPER (so born about 1808)
I checked and now I have found
Edmund DUNN baptised 17 Oct 1819 Sampford Courtney parents Charles and Thomasin (farmer) making Thomasin 48.
Henry and Edmund had the same parents, so I guess that made them brothers!
LAW REPORT. - SUPREME COURT. SITTINGS IN EQUITY. NEW COURT-HOUSE.—MONDAY, Nov. 2. (Before His Honour Mr. Justice Molesworth.) COLLINS V. ROB[?]INS. - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) - 4 Nov 1868
Having been unable to insert new information (stored in three Facebook posts in ITELLYA'S HISTORY STORAGE BOX) into the existing journal or break this journal into parts (pre 1900 etc.), I have decided to copy the existing journal into a word document. The existing journal (probably half of what has been written) occupies 125 pages (text only, 12 points.)On the word document, the surnames index will be placed at the start so that burial entries can be located quickly and the burial entries currently in the Facebook posts will be inserted.
The current SURNAMES INDEX will also be copied into this journal and regularly updated from the word document.
As burial entries, except for those already in the journal, will not be available on family tree circles, send me (itellya)a private message detailing the surname for which you'd like the burial entries) and you'll have these within days. When I have completed the journal, or done as much as I'm humanly able to do, I will provide the file to the Dromana and District Historical Society and any computer literate member should be able to supply the burial entries. As most burial entries contain death and funeral notices, you should be able to work out which ones concern your family. Some entries contain information supplied by members of the HISTORY OF DROMANA TO PORTSEA Facebook group and by joining this group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/251032988414470/) you will be able to send a private message to members who possess extensive information not given by me.
Many of those for whom entries are written are not listed in www.ozgenonline.com/~vic_cem/dromana/dromanaaf_data.htm
and I have not written entries for many of those who are in the ozgen list because my focus was on writing about pioneers, their descendants (when known or discovered), long-time early residents and slightly later residents whose contribution to the district could be demonstrated.
CURRENT (at 23-9-2016) ALPHABETICAL SURNAME INDEX.
ADAMS 1-11-1946; AUST 1970, 1979; BAKER 23-11-1938; BARKER 17-1-1948; BARNETT Late April, 1884; BARTHOLOMEW 25-7-1956, 1966; BENSON 7/8-4-1931; BRADY 11-10-1887; 13-1-1888, 1891; BLACKER 6-2-1952; BREAR 16-7-1936, 19-1-1948; BROWN 23-6-1956; BRYAN Mid July 1907; BUCHER 4?-7-1930, 4-6-1943; 3-7-1944; BUCIRDE 28-2-1938; BURCHETT Late March 1945; BURNHAM 4-4-1919, 11-4-1951, 12-6-1951; BURRELL 24-5-1892; CAIRNS 27-7-1922, 4-8-1937, 29-12-1943; CARRIGG 15-1-1941, 27-10-1944; CHADWICK 14-1-1943, 21-9-1956; CHAPMAN 24-6-1940, 26-6-1940, 4-4-1947, 7-3-1953; CLARK 27-9-1937; CLAPHAM 28-2-1952; CLARKE 25-1-1924; CLYDESDALE 27?-7-1927, Mid Dec. 1937; COATES (17+)-1-1905; COBURN 8-12-1942; CONNELL Mid July, 1907; CONNELLY 10-6-1948; COOPER 23-1-1937; CORNISH 31-3-1947; COUNSEL 24-10-1947; CRICHTON 21-1-1885, 26-4-1934, 18-2-1942; CROMWELL 30-4-1906; DAVIDSON 1948 first entry for year, 28?-7-1956, 1958; DEWAR 27-10-1944; DITTERICH 21-3-1947, 31-12-1956: DOWLING 11-10-1927; DUNHAM 19-1-1931; DYSON 16?-3-1908, 27?-9-1927, 22-10-1936, Mid Dec. 1937, 28-7-1944; EDWARDS 28?-7-1956; EVANS 31-3-1947; FARRELL 9-11-1938; FIELD 11-11-1917; FOX (6+)-9-1939; GADDES 24-9-1934; GADSBY 10-11-1945; GAMBLE 16-7-1936; GEORGE 4-7-1906; GIBSON 23-9-1900, 11-10-1911, 23-1-1937, 26-6-1940, 22-8-1942, 23-2-1944, 4-4-1947, 27-5-1949; GRACE 23-1-1937; GRAY 12-11-1946; GRIFFITH 11-10-1927, 24-7-1936; HADDOW 4-8-1937; HALDAN 16-11-1876; HAZLEDINE 24-8-1935; HENDERSON 16-11-1876; 20-1-1875, mid Jan., 1905, 28-7-1944; HENNESSY Rev. 2-8-1935; HIGGENS 13-5-1944; HIGGINS 15-1-1929; HILLIS mid Sept., 1895, 15-1-1935; HIPWELL (RONNIE'S ASHES (11+)-11-1956); HITCHINER 1970; HOLDEN 21?-8-1934; HOLLAND 16-7-1936; 19-1-1948 ; HOLMES 11-11-1917; INGLEFINGER 23-5-1940; JAMES (24?)-1-1907, 8-11-1921, 5-5-1941; JAMIESON 29/30-6-1888, 19-9-1919; (21+)-3-1893; JINNETTE 3-5-1944; JOHNSON 23-11-1929; JORDAN 12-4-1956; JOYES 23-10-1905; KEMP 6-3-1956; LAWRENCE 24-5-1892 (Mornington Disaster); LINDSAY 29-7-1950; McILROY 15-1-1935, 8-5-1937, 4-4-1942; McKEOWN 26-10-1932, 10-12-1936, 16-9-1945, 17-1-1950; McLEAR 23-1-1937, 28-3-1950, 24-7-1950,(Salena (7+)-6-1966); 1970; MARTIN 18-2-1943; MATTHEWS 10-12-1943, 26-91945; MOAT (8+)-3-1904, 25-1-1908, 11-6-1939, 6-7-1941; MORLET end Jan 1890; MYRING 12-4-1956; NASH May/June 1908,husband Frederick on 17-9-1940 (not 1910), daughter Frances Elizabeth on 28?-7-1956; NICHOLS 3-7-1944; O'MALLEY 26-4-1949; PATTERSON 4-6-1943,(31-3-1947?); PAYNE 3-3-1950; PEATEY 16-1-1946; 24-10-1950, 22-8-1952, 19-6-1881; PEEBLES 23-11-1929; PERCIVAL 21-8-1940; PICKING 3-3-1950; PROSSER 24-7-1936; PURDIE 11-10-1911; PURVES 7-11-1913; RENOUF 24-7-1936; ROBERTS mid Sept., 1895, 5-5-1941; ROSS 17-7-1915; RUDDUCK (17+)1-1905, 10-1-1935, (memorial only 1956); SAWYER 24-7-1936; SAXTON 13-8-1948; SELF 25-8-1937; SHAW 6-9-1905, 24-3-1912, 26-10-1932, 16-9-1945; SHEEHAN 16-4-1956; SINCLAIR 23-8-1892;SINGLETON 22-10-1936, 28-7-1944; SMITH 20-5-1930; SPENCER 3-7-1935; STANLEY 11-10-1927; SUMBLER 9-1-1948; SYMONDS 27-7-1922; TAYLOR (21+)-4-1935, 13-2-1950; TOMLINS 2-7-1937; TOWNSEND 3-2-1936; TUCK 11-10-1927; TWISS 11-6-1948, 13-1-1951; TWYCROSS 14-12-1936, 26-11-1954; VINE 26-10-1932; WAPLES May/June 1908; WARREN 26-4-1948; WELLING 30-4-1906; WHEELER 30-7-1948; WHITAKER 3-11-1947, 11-2-1948; WHITE 8-11-1921, 4?-7-1930, 20-12-1937, 5-5-1941, 28-1-1947, 3-5-1955; WILSHER 25-7-1956; WILSON 24-1-1919, Late Sept. 1945; WILSON (James, descendant of Sarah Wilson) 28-7-1954; WISE 3-3-1939, 26-9-1945; WOOD (mother of Cr.F.E.Wood 24-12-1947); WRIGHT Late March 1945; YOUNG 10-12-1943, 26-9-1945;
The group's Facebook page features old maps, newspaper articles, aerial photos, and photos of places such as the R.A.N.depot at Somerton, the water tower at the Greenvale Sanitorium etc.
If your family is known to have been involved in the area along Sydney and Mickleham Rds between Somerton Rd and Wallan, it's a fair bet that you'll find something about them in the body's publications on the internet. Say, for example, you've seen mention of your family member being at Kinlochewe, the only detail of this place in BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY being that there was a toll gate there. In the group's articles you'll find that the origin of the name was that Mt. Ridley, a landmark for those travelling west across the Merri Creek, was originally called Kinloch Hill. You'll read of the tragedy of Captain Pearson's first marriage, his second marriage to a Godfrey girl (Frederick Race Godfrey's cousin) and his renaming of Kinloch Hill as Mount Ridley because of a topographical feature near the Godfrey estate in the old country.
Here are the families mentioned on the Facebook page.
1900'S: BOYD, CASSON, WARBURTON, SORRAGHAM, EDWARDS, MAHONEY,KERNAN, SIMMIE, WILLIAMS,HARVEY, COLLINS, FERGUSON,
HOWAT, McCALLUM, ANDERSON, POOLE, WALLBRIDGE, WILSON,BROOKER, GRAY, REVELL,
1800'S: PEARSON, GODFREY, McKENZIE, CROWE, JOHNSTON, CRINNION, BRODIE, DYSON-HOLLAND,KELLY (Ned), PARNELL,
The many articles are extensively researched, contain fantastic genealogical information and photos and are very easy to read. The list of articles can be found with a http://www.chig.asn.au/Photogallery.htm search.
Some of the pioneers are not the subject of an article but can be found by searching for a surname/ place,and the name of the group: e.g.1. SINCLAIR, CRAIGIEBURN HISTORICAL INTEREST GROUP.
RESULT: Mother Teresa School - Mt Ridley - Olrig Homestead
Olrig is of local historical significance for its association with James Malcolm, ... Malcolm was an associate of John Sinclair, of the Port Phillip Association ... the Craigieburn Historical Interest Group's website http://www.chig.asn.au/Olrig.htm ...
e.g.2. donnybrook, craigieburn historical interest group
RESULT: Fellows of Oakland Mickleham - WikiNorthia
Jul 27, 2014 - The Fellows' family grave is at the Donnybrook Cemetery. ...  Craigieburn Historical Interest Group, 'A list of Mickleham land owners in 1863”, ...
Sometimes the group's articles are published under its abbreviation: CHIG,such as the following one. I'd never seen any mention of the train being delayed by crashing through the gates at Craigieburn. If it hadn't the Kelly gang would not have been defeated. http://www.chig.asn.au/ned_kelly's_page.htm
FROM AN EMAIL TO VALERIE WILSON O.A.M.
Just in case a Yewers descendant asks what you know about John Yewers at (the original) Donnybrook, renamed as Kalkallo Township after a new Donnybrook sprang up near the north eastern railway in about 1872. Donnybrook Rd was the southern boundary of Kalkallo Township (a 1954 map of which is available online.)
EXTRACT FROM MY JOURNAL:
John Yewers was granted crown allotment 5 Moorooduc, consisting of 159 acres 3 roods and 9 perches. It was between Sunnyside Rd and Manmangur Creek (the eastern boundary of the Mornington Golf Club.) This property became known as "Sunnyside".
It is uncertain at the moment whether John had much to do with crown allotment 5. His purchase may have been for speculative purposes like the house blocks he bought at Donnybrook in 1855. His hotel would have kept him busy.
December 25th, on board the Yarra Yarra steamer, on her passage to Launceston, Emily Hayson Yewers, youngest daughter of Mr. John Yewers, late of the Albion Hotel, Bourke street.(P.4, Argus, 5-1-1853.)
Was Henry's presence at Somerville in 1859 linked with John's application for a licence for the Yewers' Family Hotel being refused? (P.6, Argus, 2-3-1859.)
Not deterred, John was running the bridge Hotel at Echuca in 1865 when he became insolvent.
(P.6, Argus, 6-2-1865.)
John was not the father of Henry, so they might have been brothers.
On page 17 of THE BUTCHER THE BAKER THE, Bruce Bennett provides the following information about the Yewers family.
Henry Yewers was among the first subscribers to the Somerville school in 1859. Henry had a butcher's shop in Main St, Mornington by 1869.In about 1873, Robert Lawson Yewers was a butcher at Mornington while Henry at Somerville and Alf at Yarraville carried on the same trade. Robert also owned the Somerville shop and had slaughteryards and land at** Moorooduc.
* Probably on c/a 5. Bruce several times failed to distinguish between the parish of Moorooduc and the locality of Moorooduc (based on Jones Corner.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Wednesday 13 March 1878 p 1 Family Notices
... YEWERS-GROVER.-On the 7th inst, at the residence of the bride's parents, by the Rev Jas Caldwell, Robert Lawson Yewers, of Footscray, to Mary Ann, second daughter of Mr W Grover, of Mornington ...
(William Grover was a builder and built Beleura for James Butchart.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 23 March 1878 p 1 Family Notices
... months. YEWERS.-On the 22nd inst, at his son's residence, Nicholson-street, Footscray, Henry Hayson Yewers, late of Mornington, in the 69th year of his age. ... 422 words
MORNINGTON. - Councillors Jones* and Yewers were proposed, and the voting being equal, the decision by lot fell to Councillor Henry Yewers. (P.10,Argus, 19-11-1874.) Henry became the Shire President.
*Cr Jones was probably Alfred Jones of the Almond Bush Stud at Somerville,English-born but resident in Canada from the age of about 10, and one of the three Canadians who gave Canadian Bay its name.
WHICH JOHN YEWERS?
Publican, confectioner, government geologist? The geologist best shows a connection with Mornington and Donnybrook, having found gold near the Plenty in 1851 and coal near Schnapper Point in 1856, (the year after OUR John was granted his land nearby. Were they all the same man? The one who married Emily and whose daughter, Ada, married Fred Thiele was John Haysom Yewers.
John Haysom Yewers
Born in Hampshire, England on 24 Mar 1816 to Henry Haysom and Elizabeth Emm. John Haysom married Emily Moss and had 9 children. He passed away on 26 Jul 1879 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Parents: Henry Haysom 1781-1827 Elizabeth Emm 1789-1867
Spouse(s) Emily Moss 1822-1895
Henry Edward Yewers 1851-1886 Mary Elizabeth Yewers 1845-1917 Amelia Yewers 1848-1885 Alfred Haysom Yewers 1849-1934
Makalia Haysom Yewers 1849-1951 Emily Haydon Yewers 1852-1853 John Haysom Yewers 1854-1916* Ada Haysom Yewers 1857-1942 Harriet Yewers 1859-1892
Another connection between John Yewers' family and the peninsula was his daughter, Ada's marriage to a member of one of Doncaster's earliest pioneers. Doncaster isn't on the peninsula but Charles Thiele, one of the pioneers of the Red Hill Village Settlement, was killed on the Eaton's Cutting road between Red Hill and Dromana in the early 1900's and about 50 years later one of the family still living at Doncaster tempted fate by falling off a ladder at his holiday home at (Rosebud?)
THIELE—YEWERS - On the 20th June, ot St. Jude's Church, Carlton, by the Rev. Julius Lewis, Ambrose Frederick, third son of John Gottlieb Thiele, of Doncaster, to Ada, third daughter of the late John Yewers, late or Carlton. No. cards. (P.42, Leader, 3-8-1889.)
This marriage notice helped me to fill the gaps in the death notice of Ada's mother.
(YEWE)RS.-0n the 11th October, at the residence of her (daughte)r, (Ada*), Mrs F. Thiele, Doncaster, Emily Yewers (relict of) the late John Yewers, in her 73rd year. Interred (1)3 th. inst..(*Marriage notice , Leader, 19-10-1895.) Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918) Saturday 19 October 1895 p 35 Family Notices
The notice of 15-10-1895 on P. 1 of the Argus is almost identical .
YEWERS.—On the 11th inst., at the residence of her son-in-law (Mr. Fred. Thiele), at Doncaster, Emily, relict of the late John Yewers, in her 73rd year. A colonist of 48 years' duration. Interment on 13th
The following shows that John Haysom Yewers was the peninsula pioneer. Henry Haysom Yewers was obviously his brother. Robert Lawson Yewers' death at Footscray in 1914 meshes with Bruce Bennett's statement that the family later moved to Footscray.
Henry Haysom Yewers
Born in Hampshire, England on 1814 to Henry Haysom and Elizabeth Emm. Henry Haysom married Mary Lawson and had 8 children. He passed away on 1878.
Parents: Henry Haysom 1781-1827 Elizabeth Emm 1789-1867
Spouse(s) Mary Lawson 1818-1883
Children: Robert Lawson Yewers 1839-1914 John Henry Yewers
1842-1898 Walter Alfred Yewers 1844-1934 Hannah Amelia Yewers 1845-1914 Kate Ellen Yewers 1850-1934 Mary Jane Yewers 1852-1914 Otto William Yewers 1854-1854 George Thomas Yewers 1855-1921
YEWERS.— On tho 26th July, at Melbourne, John Haysom Yewers, a colonist of thirty-six years' duration, in .the sixty-fourth year of his age. (P.142, Illustrated Australian News, 30-8-1879.)
*The above was one of only two results on trove for John Haysom Yewers. Both were family notices although I did not impose this limit. Let's try J.H.Yewers. All results concerned the butcher in the second (and later) death notice, who was the son of the colonist of 36 years. The son was on the staff of the Lands Department in 1912 and is pictured with his colleagues. Perhaps the father was a government employee too!
OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY.
Punch (Melbourne, Vic. : 1900 - 1918; 1925) Thursday 27 June 1912 p 21 Detailed Lists, Results, Guides Illustrated
WAS JOHN HAYSOM YEWERS THE GOVERNMENT GEOLOGIST WHO DISCOVERED COAL NEAR SCHNAPPER POINT IN 1856 AND DID HE FIND IT ON C/A 5, MOOROODUC, THE FUTURE SUNNYSIDE?
I measured the distance along the highway from Main Street to Sunnyside Rd. It was exactly 16 cm. On Melway maps 3+, each mm. represents one chain (and 160 chains is exactly TWO MILES.)
The discovery of coal at Snapper Point,
which we lately noticed, has now been
confirmed. Last week Mr. Norton, from
•Melbourne, visited "the place, in one of his
small steamers, accompanied by a party
of gentlemen from Melbourne, and about
TWO MILES north of the point, they found
Mr. Yewers and half a dozen men busy
excavating a soft clay shale that " cropped
out" behind the granite so common in that
part. The coal was in thin irregular laminae
from a film to an inch in thickness.
The seams were irregular in thickness, and
not in one continuous bed; but the coal
looked pure, and was said to burn well.
(P.1, Gippsland Guardian, 22-8-1856.)
WHAT A STORY THIS HAS TURNED OUT TO BE, ALL BECAUSE OF A HOUSE IN KALKALLO TOWNSHIP.
The following confirms that John Haysom Yewers (or should we say John Haysom?) was the pioneer of Donnybrook (renamed Kalkallo). His namesake son was born there in 1854. He didn't keep c/a 5 Moorooduc for long.
FOR SALE, at Schnapper Point, that splendid FARM belonging to Mr. John Yewers, fronting the Bay, containing 100 acres fenced in, and 50 acres under cultivation, adjoining Mr. Cobb's farm, bounded by two Government roads 3 chains wide. Apply to Mr. John Yewers, Tennyson-street, St. Kilda. (P.8, Argus, 1-11-1858.)
Name: John HAYSOM
Given Name: John
Name: John YEWERS
Given Name: John
Birth: 24 Mar 1816 in Hampshire, England
Death: 26 Jul 1879 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1
Change Date: 16 Jan 2013 at 09:13
John was convicted of house breaking and burglary in July 1834 and sentenced at Southampton to 14 years in Tasmania. It is not known why he added the name YEWERS but a genealogist on an online discussion re convicts said that it was not uncommon for convicts to do that especially before birth certificates came in - and not only convicts but others too.
John arrived on the "Waterloo" on 2nd March 1835 and was assigned to the wharves to work. His convict history makes very interesting reading including being on bread and water, in solitary and also at one stage hard labour in chains. So he was a very cheeky boy. Anyway he settled down and was given a ticket of leave in 1843. Shortly before this he had applied to be married which was granted and he married Emily Moss daughter of a convict, but herself free.
He left Tasmania and moved to Victoria and became a publican and obviously made money in the gold rush era as he went back to see the family in England and probably encouraged them all to emigrate. The "Mississippi" was mainly filled with Haysoms of one sort or another. He was also on the "Mississippi" passenger list with his son. (Source: D. McDonald & V. Maine)
Father: Henry HAYSOME c: 22 Jul 1781 in Burghclere, Hampshire, England
Mother: Elizabeth EMM b: Abt 1789 in Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England
Marriage 1 Emily MOSS b: Abt 1822
Married: 13 Mar 1843 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 2
Change Date: 12 Jan 2011
Has Children Henry Edward YEWERS b: 22 Dec 1843 in Hobartown, Tasmania, Australia
Has Children Mary Elizabeth Haysom YEWERS b: 29 Sep 1845 in Hobartown, Tasmania, Australia
Has Children Amelia Haysom YEWERS b: 1848 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Has Children Alfred Haysom YEWERS b: 1849 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Has No Children Makalia Haysom YEWERS b: 1849 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Has No Children Emily Haysom YEWERS b: 25 Dec 1852 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Has Children John Haysom YEWERS b: 1854 in Merri Creek, Victoria, Australia !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Has Children Ada Haysom YEWERS b: 1857 in Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
Has No Children Harriet YEWERS b: 1859 in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Has No Children YEWERS b: 1859 in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Abbrev: BDM Victoria, Australia
Title: BDM Victoria
Page: 1879/ 8433
Abbrev: BDM Tasmania, Australia
Title: BDM Tasmania, Australia
Page: 383/ 1843 RGD 37
A trove search for KALKALLO in the 1840's, revealed that almost every mention of Kalkallo was about the pound and COMPLAINTS, dismissals, allegations of corruption. It is almost certain that Donnybrook was named after a place in the old country but it would be easy to mount a case that it was so-named because of the goings-on about the pound. The first pound had been abolished within two years of land in the parish of Kalkallo being alienated.
It is indeed a fact that there were two DONNYBROOKS, the one on the highway and the one near the station after the north eastern railway was built. I couldn't resist the temptation to include this in the title of my journal.
TROUBLE FROM THE START.
NEW POUNDS. ----- Mr. Henry Douglass was also appointed poundkeeper for the Kalkallo pound, which is about to be re-established in the township of Kalkallo, near the station of Dr. Patterson*.We trust that the abuses which caused the abolition of the former Kalkallo pound**, will not attend the conduct of the one now contemplated.
(Port Phillip Patriot and Melbourne Advertiser (Vic. : 1839 - 1845) Thursday 11 November 1841 p 3 Article)
*Patterson received the grants for about two thirds of the entire parish in 1840.)
**Felix complained on 30-9-1841 that the pound was "hidden" (although its site was agreed on by Kalkallo residents), that most of the impounded stock was bought by the poundkeeper and that the keeper was absent at the advertised time for a big sale. (http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/226510817?searchTerm=kalkallo%20POUND&searchLimits=l-decade=184|||l-year=1841)
Felix (Happy) was a strange pen name for such a letter but his complaints were found to be correct.
The Kalkallo Pound. — In consequence of the recent exposure of the extraordinary doings at the Kalkallo Pound, the magistrates in.Petty Sessions have determined upon its abolition. Rand, the pound keeper,had previously been compelled to resign. There is more about the poundkeeper's pranks.
(Port Phillip Patriot and Melbourne Advertiser (Vic. : 1839 - 1845) Thursday 14 October 1841 p 2 )
The same paper (Thursday 7 October 1841 p 2) gave his name as Robert Rand.
IN THE RED CORNER, ROBERT REEVES!
To the Editor of the Melbourne' Times.
Kalkallo, 1st Nov , 1843,
Sir,— Being averse to indulge in the spirit of retaliation, nothing but a regard to the feelings of my friends would induce me to publish the following communication which may serve to exhibit the equivocal means resorted to, in order to avoid the just and legal expenses upon certain cattle impounded, belonging as I understand to James Manning Esq. J, P. and Dr. Martin, J. P. in the charge of Mr E.Sturt on thirds, who alleged certain complaints against me before the Police Bench on the 25th September, which terminated in my being removed from the Pound, an office which I consider at the best a most ungracious and invidious one; and in which a man's best motives may be exposed to the worst construction,
I am Sir, Your obedient servant,ROBERT REEVES.
To James Malcome (sic), Esq.
Dear Sir, — It having been stated in evidence at the Police Bench by Mr E. Sturt, "that you had previous to your departure for Sydney, made him a promise not to impound any of his cattle trespassing upon the lands to which you are agent.— that your brother having done so was contrary to your instructions and must have been in
collision with me,"; Now that you are returned from Sydney may I beg to enquire of you, whether there is any foundation in this statement as far as you are concerned as the conclusion deduced therefrom is highly prejudicial to the character of your brother as well as myself.
I'm dear sir, Yours respectfully,ROBERT REEVES. Kalkallo, 15th Oct., 1843.
Mr. Robt. Reeves.
Dear Sir, — In reply to your letter of yesterday I beg to state, that so far from having made any promise to Mr Sturt respecting the impounding of cattle, I have never had any communication with that gentleman, nor have I any knowledge of his personal appearance, neither did I communicate with him through any other person on this or any other subject.
I am dear sir, Your obdt. servant.J. MALCOLM*.
Mercer's Vale, 16th Oct., 1843.
P. S. I consider the liberty of his using my name in this manner very unjustifiable on his part, at which I am extremely surprised. J. M.
(All letters on P.3, Melbourne Times, 7-11-1843.)
(*The following article has fantastic information about James Malcolm's rags to riches story in just under two decades, his farm on the southern slopes of Mount Ridley and his family.
James Malcolm and Olrig Homestead - Craigieburn Historical Interest ...
NOTICE is hereby given that at a Court of Special Petty Sessions, holden at Melbourne, for the County of
Bourke, on Saturday, the second day of January, instant, MR. WILLIAM THANE, was appointed Poundkeeper, at the above pound, in room of Mr. Thomas Johnston, dismissed.
W. R. BELCHER, Clerk Petty Sessions. Melbourne, Police Office, 6th January, 1847.
(P.2, The Melbourne Argus, 8-1-1847.)
A POUNDKEEPER WHO ACHIEVED GREAT FAME.
I'm sure Kalkallo will be willing to share with Dromana the honour of an association with the pioneering vets.
Harry Rudduck, son of the Rev. Joseph Rudduck, and nephew of Nelson Rudduck of Dromana, used a red duck as his trademark, red duck being the origin of his surname. Harry farmed at Boneo and retired to Williams St, Dromana. His only child was Tommy.(A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, Colin McLear.)
There were very few veterinarians in Australia in the late 19th century and the
start of the 20th century either in government service or private practice. In
1880 there were fewer than 50 qualified veterinarians in practice in Australia1
Treatment of diseases in animals was largely dependent upon practitioners
compounding their own medicines for the animals of their clients, with
emphasis on dogs, cats, horses and poultry.
The following veterinarians are two who made significant contributions as
pioneers in the development of this industry.
A standout amongst these early practitioners was Graham Mitchell in
Melbourne. He was a graduate of the Edinburgh University in 1854, moving to
Australia in late 1855. It took some time for him to establish a successful
veterinary practice in Melbourne in Kirk’s Bazaar. He also spent some time
working for the Victorian Government. He was responsible for identifying
Cumberland Disease as Anthrax. He made many significant contributions to
the veterinary profession and livestock industries but perhaps his most
significant contribution to the early days of a veterinary pharmaceutical
industry was the production of ‘Pleuropneumonia Inoculating Lymph’ to
protect cattle, with reasonable success, against this major cattle disease. He
started his work on this product in 1861 and continued to market it for many
Harold Rudduck3, 4
Harold Rudduck was born in England in 1873, migrating with his family to
Victoria. After attending Melbourne Church of England Grammar School, he
completed a Diploma of Agriculture at Longeronong Agricultural College,
where he won a scholarship to the Melbourne Veterinary College, from which
he graduated with honours in 1894 and worked as an assistant to W. T. Kendall.
In 1895 he established a veterinary practice at 47 Queen Street, Melbourne. He
held positions with a number of organisations, including the Williamstown
Racing Club and the Brighton Town Council where he held the position of
meat inspector. It was during this time that he developed the ‘Stock Medicine
Chest’, the production and sale of which was to form a basic part of his future
Ruddocks’s Stock Medicine Chest
He served in the Boer War, following which he returned to the UK for an
extended period, during which time he was a reserve officer recalled to active
service in Egypt in 1915.
In 1923 he set up a dispensary in Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, manufacturing
products to improve pet and animal health, with emphasis on products to
control fleas and ticks, nutritional supplements and basic grooming needs. He
also manufactured veterinary surgical instruments. He developed a network of
sales representatives in south eastern Australia. It was at this dispensary that he
produced the first vaccine for pulpy kidney (enterotoxaemia) and contagious
In 1929 he established Rudduck and Co. Pty. Ltd. The bacteriological testing
and the manufacture of veterinary products was taken over by Rudduck Serum
Laboratories Pty Ltd in 1939. He later moved the business to larger premises at Moorabbin.
While doing a google search in order to find the location of the Kalkello pound, I stumbled across a google book that claimed that Graham Mitchell became the poundkeeper at Kalkallo in 1858 while operating a veterinary business in Melbourne.
(Clearing a Continent: The Eradication of Bovine Pleuropneumonia from ...
L. G. Newton, Ronald Norris - 2000 - Technology & Engineering
But apparently it was Graham Mitchell to whom that honour was due. ... In 1858 he was appointed pound keeper at Kalkallo, some 35 km north of Melbourne.)
While no evidence has been found on trove of him operating the pound in 1858, he was definitely appointed in that year.
PDF, 4.0MB - Victoria Government Gazette
1858. -. Appointments, &c.—continued. Clow, James Maxwell, warden of the gold fields, 10; Chinese ..... Mitchell, Graham, poundkeeper, Kalkallo,
However, evidence from trove indicates that he was probably already at Kalkallo when he was appointed as poundkeeper. I wonder if the infirmary was for animals only.
DONNYBROOK, |Kalkallo Rocky Water-Holes,Sydney-road.-G. MITCHELL, Druggist and Veterinary Surgeon. N.B.-Infirmary, stables, and paddock rear of Fountain Inn. 286 may 8 (P.8, Argus,17-2-1858.)
The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Wednesday 9 November 1859 p 2 Advertising
... November, 1859. GRAHAM MITCHELL, Poundkeeper.
The Victorian Farmers Journal and Gardeners Chronicle Saturday 17 August 1861 p 29 Article
... . If not claimed and expenses paid, to be sold on 4th September, 1861, Graham Mitchell, poundkeeper.
The Farmer's Journal and Gardener's Chronicle (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1864) Saturday 17 May 1862 p 14 Article
... exponeed paid, to be sold on 4th June, 1862. Guaiiam Mitchell, poundkeeper. Kalkallo.
At Kalkallo, by W. Kyle, Esq.-Trespass 6d each. 678 Light bay filly, star and snip, no visib o brands 674 Chesnnt filly, draught, large blaze, no brand. 675 Bay colt, draught, like GO near shoulder, star. If not claimed and expenses paid, to ho sold on 2nd September, 1863. Graham Mitchell,
The Farmer's Journal and Gardener's Chronicle Saturday 15 August 1863 p 14 Article
ADJOURNED CERTIFICATE MEETINGS.
IN RE GRAHAM MITCHELL..
The Insolvent, once a poundkeeper in the country, and lately a veterinary surgeon in Melbourne. was examined at some length by Mr Macgregor, who appeared for the creditors respecting his accounts with the pound in question some two years since, and those as to the other avocations he pursued while he was in that capacity.
Mr Macgregor then addressed the Court shortly, in opposition to the issue of the certificate*. The Commissioner reserved judgement for a week. (P.6, The Australasian,22-10-1864.)
*CERTIFICATE OF DISCHARGE FROM INSOLVENCY.
QUEENSLAND HORSE-SHOES IN MELBOURNE.
SIR: Will you permit me to state that the horse-shoe exhibited by me was made by Messrs. Mc'Lean, Elizabeth-street, Brisbane, to whose superior workmanship may mainly be attributed any merit the exhibit has received.
Yours truly, GRAHAM MITCHELL.(The Queenslander Saturday 9 March 1867 p 12 Article)
MR. GRAHAM MITCHELL AND
The Central Board ol Health have refused
to recognise vaccination certificates given by
Mr Graham Mitchell, veterinary surgeon,
Kirk's Bazaar, and have threatened to prose
cute Dr Reid lor issuing certificates with re
spect to Mr Mitchells vaccinations. The
board are advise by the law officers of the
Crown that the act requires the operation to
be performed, as well as certified to, by
medical men, and that the law is not com
plied with when a layman has vaccinated a
child and a medical prictitioner certified
that the operation has been successfully
performed. Mr Graham Mitchell pro
teste against this decision, and a
deputation introduced by Mr. L. L.
Smith M.L.A., waited upon the Chief Secre
tary yesterday on the subject. Thye asked
that no further prosecutions should be in
stituted against parents whose children have
been vaccinated by Mr. Mitchell until the
law as to the certificates had been more clearly
interpreted and they argued that the act was
complied with if a medical man certified that
vaccination had been successfully performed.
It was mentioned that Mr Mitchell had
vaccinated more than 14,000 children during
the past five years. Mr. Akehurst said that
the members of the Central Board of Health
considered it their duty to administer the act
as interpreted to them by their legal advisers.
Mr. Pearson thought the intention of the
act was as laid down by the law
oflicers of the Crown that only medical
practitioners could certify, and that the
vaccination must be performed by the
person certifying. The act set forth
that if a child was not in a fit state for suc
cessful vaccination a certificate to that
fact should be given and a veterinary
surgeon could not claim to be competent to
do that. However, it was entirely a question
of law, and he would consult the legal
advisers of the Government. (P.3, Argus, 13-5-1887.)
DEATH OF MR. GRAHAM
It will be learned with regret that yester-
day morning Mr Graham Mitchell, the well
known veterinary surgeon, was found dead
in bed at his rooms, Kirk's Bazaar. Mr.
Mitchell had not been seen since the 4th inst.,
and his office remained closed, but no appre-
hension was at first awakened by the fact, as
it was concluded he was out of town. When,
however, his absence became prolonged
some anxiety was felt. On Wcdnesday
evening one of his friends climbed up to the
office window, and saw some portions
of his clothing lying on a chair.
This aroused some anxiety, but still there
was a reluctance to break into the place.
Yesterday morning the facts were com-
municated to the police, and the door was
broken open. Mr. Mitchell was then found
lying dead in a very peaceful attitude,
indicating that he had expired in his sleep.
The body was in an advanced state of decom-
position. Some letters were found unopened
on the floor which had been pushed under
the door. Some of them bore the postmark
of the 4th inst., and had probably
been delivered on the morning of the
5th. It is therefore concluded that
he died on the night of the 4th inst.
The body was remove to the morgue, where
Dr. Moore made a post mortem examination.
He found, as had been anticipated, that death
resulted from natural causes. An inquest
will be held at 11 o'clock this morning. The
deceased, who was unmarried, was between
50 and 60 years of age. He was a fellow of
the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons,
and was honorary veterinary surgeon to the
National Agricultural Association of Victoria.
He was, however, more widely known in con-
nection with the vaccination of children with
lymph obtained directly from the calf, in which
he took a great interest. The funeral of the
deceased gentleman will take place this after-
noon, leaving from Kirk's Bazaar at 2 o'clock. (P.8, Argus, 15-6-1888.)
This journal was prompted by my post on the CRAIGIEBURN HISTORICAL INTEREST GROUP'S Facebook page. Mount Fraser is indeed a spectacular monument to the Fraser family.
MOUNT FRASER, BEVERIDGE. Mount Fraser near Beveridge is heritage-listed, probably because Hume and Hovell are claimed to have first seen Port Phillip Bay in 1824. Many sources state that Mount Fraser was originally known as Big Hill and there are countless websites that describe its volcanic origin and it being the source of most of the scouria supplied to Melbourne. Was Mount Fraser named after a pioneer or just some big-wig? No website has stated why and when Big Hill was renamed.
THE Friends of the late JOHN FRASER, Esq , are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of Interment, Campbellfield* Cemetery. The funeral to leave his late residence, Mount Fraser, Beveridge, THIS DAY, Saturday, at 11 o'clock a m, arriving at Campbellfield, about 2 o'clock p.m. JOHN DALLY, undertaker, Latrobe and Spring streets, Melbourne. (P.8, Argus, 23-2-1867.)
(* Two cemeteries were referred to as the Campbellfield cemetery, the Will Will Rook Cemetery at Melway 7 B9 and the one at the historic Scots Church at 7 F6. John Fraser and several family members were buried at the latter. The following website shows not only the gravestone but also a map showing its location.
Scots Church Burial Ground Campbellfield - Australian Cemeteries
A trove search indicates that Mount Fraser was first mentioned in early March 1853 when two of Alexander Fraser's horses were reported as having been stolen and the first mention of John Fraser in connection with the property was in October, 1854. John Fraser seems to have been on "Mount Fraser" by 1946 when his son Lachlan died (according to the gravestone.) The burial ground at Scots Church was established in 1844 so it is entirely possible that Lachlan was buried there in 1846. Alexander Fraser (on Mount Fraser in 1853) might have been near the Darebin Creek at that time. (Fraser Alexander: farmer·: Gallic Hill: Darabin Creek: source: 1847E - RootsWeb - Ancestry.com
" Scots Church Campbellfield is found on the eastern side of the Hume Highway on the northern outskirts of Melbourne at 1702 Sydney Road, Campbellfield, Victoria. The church opened in 1842, was on 5 acres, and was a gift from Mr Neil Campbell of the Campbellfield Estate and formally from the Isle of Mull. The burial ground in the churchyard was established in 1844 during the time of the first Presbyterian minister, the Rev Thomas Mowbray." (http://www.australiancemeteries.com.au/vic/hume/scots.htm)
The trove search revealed that Mount Fraser presented a challenge to those daring young men in their flying horseless carriages in the 1920's. Also, an Australian gliding record was set there in 1942. http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/50154117?searchTerm=%22mount%20fraser%22&searchLimits=
Isn't it nice that one of Beveridge's main landmarks is named after a pioneering family's farm.
Alexander Fraser, whose horses disappeared from "Mount Fraser" in 1853 was John Fraser's eldest son.
FRASER.—On the 1st inst., Alexander, eldest son of the late John Fraser, of Mount Fraser, Beveridge.
THE Friends of the late Mr ALEXANDER FRASER, of Mount Fraser, Beveridge, are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment in the Campbellfield Cemetery.
The funeral will leave from No. 83 Collins-street east, Melbourne, THIS DAY (Thursday, the 3rd inst.), at 12 noon, arriving at Campbellfield at 2 o'clock. (Both P.1, Argus, 3-8-1882.)
Does the following provide a clue to the maiden name of John Fraser's wife?
On the 14th inst., Mr. Alexander Fletcher, eldest son of the late Angus Fletcher, Esq., Aros, Island of
Mull, Scotland, and nephew to John Fraser, Esq., of Mount Fraser, Victoria.(P.4, Argus, 19-1-1858.)
FRASER.—On the 10th inst., at her residence, Gnarwarre, Park-street east, Moonee Ponds, Annie, the beloved youngest daughter of the late John Fraser, of Mount Fraser, Beveridge.
FRASER,--The Funeral of the late Miss ANNIE FRASER, youngest daughter of the late John Fraser (of Mount Fraser, Beveridge), will leave her late residence, Gnarwarre, Park-Street east, Moonee Ponds, for the Campbellfield Cemetery, THIS DAY, Friday,11th inst. at 11 o'clock.(Both P.1, Argus, 11-10-1895.)
FRASER.—On the 20th ult., at his residence, Mount Fraser, Mr. John Fraser, late of Argyleshire,Scotland, aged 77 years.
FRASER.—On the 20th ult., at his residence, Mount Fraser, Mr. John Fraser, late of Argyleshire, Scotland, aged seventy-seven, years. Much and deeply regretted by a numerous circle of friends, being one of the oldest and most respected colonists.(P.27, The Australasian, 2-3-1867.)
FRASER.—On the 27th inst., at her residence, Mount Fraser, Beveridge, Catherine Fraser, relict of the late John Fraser, aged 74 years.(P.1, Argus, 29-12-1877.)
THE Friends of the late Mr. HECTOR FRASER, youngest son of the late John Fraser, of Mount Fraser, are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, in the Cambellfield Churchyard.
The funeral will leave his late residence, Willow-cottage, Moonee-street, Ascotvale, THIS DAY (Monday, 8th inst.) P.1, Argus, 8-12-1890.
It would appear that the family's farming came to a halt not long after Alexander's death, a clearing sale being advertised in 1882. (Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918) Saturday 19 August 1882 p 15 Advertising)
The farm seems to have originally comprised 359 acres.
SPLENDID GRAZING PROPERTY To LET at BEVERIDGE 359 ACRES FIRST-CLASS LAND.
TENDERS will be received by the undermentioned, up to 25th April. 1889, for LEASE for five years of 359 Acres of splendid LAND, at Beveridge adjoining the railway station, known as the Red Barn and Mount Fraser, all securely fenced, and well watered by never-failing springs and dam. (P.6, The Australasian, 13-4-1889.)
SATURDAY,. 30th NOVEMBER.
About Half-past 4 o'Clock (after arrival of 2.40 p.m. train from Melbourne).
"Mount Fraser," Beveridge and Growing Crop.
GEORGE HOWAT has received instructions from Mr. Stanly Lyon to sell. by auction, (through his auctioneer) on the property,Saturday, 30th November; about 4.30 p.m., after arrival of 2.40 p.m. train from. Melbourne, that excellent farm known as MOUNT FRASER, Almost adjoining the Beveridge railway,station, and .within 26 miles of Melbourne, comprising 203 acres 1 rood 27 perches of rich volcanic Chocolate soil; with splendid
growing crop of 125 acres oats and 25 acres barley. Comfortable bluestone dwellings, substantial outbuildings and fencing, part newly erected, subdivided, - permanently watered.(etc.) P.2, Leader, 23-11-1912.)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17th, 1950 At 3.30 p.m. SCOTT'S HOTEL, MELBOURNE On Account - Charles . Smith, Esq. Public Auction , Well-Known Freehold
MOUNT FRASER ESTATE
204 Acres, Beveridge
Highly Improved Farm. Situated on the Southern Slope of Mt. Fraser, 24 Miles from Melbourne, half Mile Beveridge R.S., P.O.. School and Shopping Centre, on the Hume Highway, and Part in Town Boundary. 204 Acres — Rich Volcanic Soil (No Waste Land). Subdivided Into Several Conveniently Sized Paddocks.40 Acres In Town Boundary Have Been Surveyed Into half acre Blocks. At Present This Paddock is Under Barley. In Addition There are About 70 Acres Oats. Watered by Bore and Windmill, with Troughing Attachments Providing Abundant Supply Suitable for Plant Life. The Property Would Make- An Excellent Stud Farm.
Dwelling of Bluestone with Timber Annexe, 7 Rooms In Excellent Order, and Good Outbuildings. Nice Garden and Orchard, with an Attractive Drive of Red Gum Trees from the Gate. Possession March 1. 1950 (After Harvest).
(P.8, Weekly Times, 11-1-1950.)