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I found a 1887 marriage notice last night which I was going to add to my dictionary history of Bulla but my internet was playing up, and it would not submit. I'd copied my research onto a word document but it would not save so I'd decided to forget about my loss until I googled Joseph George Richards, one of the results being:

Extracts of “My Dad” by Harold C Richards about his father Herbert Musgrove Richards.
Herbert Musgrove Richards was born at Greenvale on the 23rd of June 1888. He was a past pupil of the
Greenvale Primary School from 1893 to 1905. His dad was Joseph George Richards, born 13 April 1867,
his mother was Elizabeth Musgrove.
His mum and dad lived in “Acacia” in Greenvale Road, which is now called Somerton Road; they were
farmers. He started school around 1893 at the Greenvale State School.
He learnt to write on a slate with slate pencils. He learnt to spell and was good at arithmetic. His hand
writing was copper plate using steel nibs and blue and black ink.
He was good at school and won book prizes. He played cricket, hop scotch and marbles. His Aunts lived
up the road and he would take them a billy of milk every morning before going school. When he was 12
years old he left school and went to work.

In about 1990, Sid Lloyd of Tullamarine drove me to Essendon and introduced me to Bob Blackwell. Bob grew up on Blackwells Lane at Bulla and drove me on a history tour of Bulla and Greenvale. One stop was at the north west corner of Oaklands and Somerton Rds, at that time the Ponderosa Zoo. Bob told me that James Musgrove was a famed implements maker and a pioneering photographer, who insisted on being called James rather than Jim and had the first telephone in the district and himself installed an extension from house to implement factory on that zoo site. The next block to the east belonged to the Richards family. (It was possibly the property "Acacia" mentioned above.) Bob told me that a sister of James had married Cr. Richards of Bulla Shire. The part of Greenvale (including the Musgrove and Richards properties) west of where the Moonee Ponds Creek passes under Somerton Rd was in the parish of Bulla, thus in the shire of Bulla.

Judith Durham of "The Seekers" has attempted to compile her (Greek) ancestry on her website, but with little luck because of errors in BDM and family notices. It was when I was scrolling down to the marriage notice of her great grandmother's second marriage in the Leader that I stumbled upon the following, where the groom's given names are written in the wrong order.

Richards— Musgrove.— On the 17th November, at Fitzroy, by tho Rev. N. Kinsman, George Joseph,second youngest son of William Richards, of Kerrisdale,to Elizabeth, youngest daughter of Thomas Musgrove,of Greenvale, Oaklands Junction. (P.42, Leader, 3-12-1887.)

EventMarriage Event registration number7451 Registration year1887
Personal information
Family nameRICHARDS Given namesJoseph George SexMale Spouse's family nameMUSGROVE Spouse's given namesElizabeth

Joseph was born in 1867, his birth being registered at Bulla.
EventBirth Event registration number6847 Registration year1867
Personal information
Family nameRICHARDS Given namesJoseph George SexUnknown Father's nameWilliam Mother's nameElizabeth (Simpson) Place of birthBULLA

Elizabeth was born in 1862, apparently at Jan Juc. The bride and groom may have been cousins! However her mother's maiden name is different in her death record.
EventBirth Event registration number8376 Registration year1862
Personal information
Family nameMUSGROVE Given namesElizabeth Clara SexUnknown Father's nameThomas Mother's nameElizabe(Richards) Place of birthJANJ

EventDeath Event registration number17791 Registration year1935
Personal information
Family nameRICHARDS Given namesElizth SexUnknown Father's nameMusgrove Thos Mother's nameEliza (Scott) Place of birth Place of deathBmeadows Age72

Elizabeth's death was registered at Broadmeadows township, that is the part of today's Westmeadows south of Kenny St.

EventDeath Event registration number1668 Registration year1953
Personal information
Family nameRICHARDS Given namesJoseph George SexMale Father's nameRICHARDS William Mother's nameElizabeth (Simpson) Place of birthOAKLANDS JUNCTION Place of deathGREENVALE

Neil Mansfield's excellent Bulla Cemetery burial list
shows that Joseph and Elizabeth were both buried at Bulla and also that Elizabeth's sister, Ellen,also became Mrs Richards.There were many RICHARDS and MUSGROVE burials at this cemetery. (NEIL AND I ARE BOTH RELATED TO THE MUSGROVES.)

1785 RICHARDS Joseph George 86Y 00/00/1867 08/02/1953 09/02/1953 C of E 4 12 Son of William Richards & Elizabeth Simpson. Born in Bulla, died in Greenvale, Victoria, Australia.

1797 RICHARDS (nee MUSGROVE) Elizabeth 72Y 00/00/1863 10/12/1935 11/12/1935 C of E 4 12 Daughter of Thomas Musgrove & Eliza Scott. Born in Bulla, died in Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia.

1798 RICHARDS (nee MUSGROVE) Ellen 28Y 00/00/1861 27/03/1889 29/03/1889 C of E 4 25 Daughter of Thomas Musgrove & Eliza Scott. Died in Kerrisdale*, Reedy Creek, Victoria, Australia.



When I was talking to Ken Bucher today and mentioned that Susan Peatey was the midwife at the birth of Rose Bucher at Rosebud in 1867, he said that Nurse Durham was the midwife at the birth of another member of the Bucher family.

Emily King and her sister Elizabeth both married Greek fishermen.

EventMarriage Event registration number3393 Registration year1882
Personal information
Family nameKING Given namesEmily SexFemale Spouse's family namePANWTEO Spouse's given namesDimitri Antoni.

EventMarriage Event registration number1453 Registration year1872
Personal information
Family nameKING Given namesElizabeth SexFemale Spouse's family nameTELO Spouse's given namesFote

It was through Emily and Elizabeth that the early Rosebud map drawn by George Fountain's daughter(s) makes the following comment about the Rosebud Fishing Village block on the west side of Durham Place (c/a 20) granted to Fort Lacco on 16-10-1872, in the year of his marriage to Elizabeth:

HAS itellya GONE COMPLETELY MAD? No, the registrars were completely mad. How could they possibly write Fort (or Forti) Lacco as Fote Telo? Can I find Fort's death record?

EventDeath Event registration number4813 Registration year1915
Personal information
Family nameLACCO Given namesFort SexUnknown Father's nameLacco Jno Mother's nameMary (Comeo) Place of birth Place of deathDromana Age72

And Elizabeth's?
EventDeath Event registration number16170 Registration year1934
Personal information
Family nameLACCO Given namesElizth SexUnknown Father's nameKing Jno Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathDromana Age79

And Elizabeth Lacco's death notice inserted by her sister, Emily?
LACCO.—On the 6th August, passed peacefully
away at Rosebud, Elizabeth, wife of the
late Fort Lacco, beloved mother of Mary, John
(deceased), Christie (deceased), Annie, Emily,
Mitchell, Margaret, grandmother of Bobby,
Lucy, Edna, Kenneth, Harold, Alick, George,
and Gwen, great-grandmother of Douglas aged
[?] years, a colonist of 77 years. —At rest.

LACCO.—On the 6th August, passed peace-
Fix this textfully away, at Rosebud, Elizabeth Lacco, dearly
loved sister of Emily, Ellen, Clara and the
late William King. —Peace, perfect peace.
(P.1, Argus, 7-8-1934.)
The second notice, concentrating on the King family was probably inserted by Emily.

And Emily's death record?
EventDeath Event registration number6672 Registration year1950
Personal information
Family nameDURHAM Given namesEmily Trin SexFemale Father's nameKING William Elijah Mother's nameElizabeth (Lane) Place of birthPORT MELBOURNE Place of deathPARKVILLE Age88

There was no death notice for Emily, just a funeral notice which mentioned that the funeral would leave from an address in Mount Alexander Rd, Essendon. There is no doubt that this was the residence of Emily's grand daughter (Hazel) who had given birth to Judith Mavis Cock in 1943 while her D.F.C. winning husband was serving abroad. Emily would probably have been living with her son, Antonio if he had not died in March 1950.

DURHAM.—On March 11 (suddenly) Tony, loving husband of Jessie, son of Emily Durham, late of Rosebud.—Sadly missed.
DURHAM. — Tony, loving father of Hazel, father-in-law of Bill, loving grandfather of Beverley and Judith.—Sadly missed.(P.10, Argus, 14-3-1950.)

And now for my million dollar bet. In Tony's death record his mother's name should be Emily (King) but I bet that his father's surname will not be PANWTEO.
EventDeath Event registration number2869 Registration year1950
Personal information
Family nameDURHAM Given namesAnthony Demetria SexMale Father's nameDURHAM Demetria Panucca Mother's nameEmily (King) Place of birthROSEBUD Place of deathESSENDON Age67

It's a fair bet that Anthony (and his mother, Emily) had both been living with Hazel and William Alexander Cock in Mt. Alexander Rd, Essendon in 1950. His father's name was not DURHAM. HIS GIVEN NAME OBVIOUSLY CAME FROM EMILY'S FIRST HUSBAND, WHOM EMILY MARRIED IN 1882. Anthony would seem to have been born in about 1883.

Mr Durham, Emily's second husband and Tony's STEPFATHER, did not have Greek given names at all! Tony was only about 4 when his father (died?*) and Emily married again.

EventMarriage Event registration number5814 Registration year1887
Personal information
Family nameDURHAM Given namesFrancis William SexMale Spouse's family namePUNWETO Spouse's given namesEmily

DURHAM—PUNWETO - On the 23rd November, by licence. at St. Mark's Church, Fitzroy, by the Rev. J.,F.Stretch, LL.B., Francis William Durham, to Emily Punweto, both of Clarendon-street, South Melbourne.(P.1, The Age, 28-11-1887.)
I found no death record in Victoria for Punweto in any year or a birth record for Anthony Punweto.

EventMarriage Event registration number5222 Registration year1908
Personal information
Family nameDURHAM Given namesAnty Demetra SexUnknown Spouse's family nameSMITH Spouse's given namesJessie.

EventMarriage Event registration number15797 Registration year1938
Personal information
Family nameDURHAM Given namesJessie Hazel SexUnknown Spouse's family nameCOCK Spouse's given namesWilliam Alexander.

When Judith started singing with Frank Trainor's band, she adopted the maiden name of her mother Hazel, nee Durham, as her stage name. There is much more precise detail on her website regarding her career, but not regarding her ancestry because of all the inconsistency in birth, death and marriage records.

Rosebud is proud to be associated with THREE female vocalists who enabled The Seekers to perform great music over the years but it was Judith who shot the group to fame in the 1960's.

1882. Her great grandmother, Emily, nee King, marries Dimitri Antoni Panwteo (Panweto or Punweto).
C.1883. Their son Tony is born. No documentation found of the father's death or a divorce.
1887. Emily Panweto or Punweto, nee King, remarries to Francis William Durham who becomes Tony's stepfather.
1908. Judith's grandfather marries Jessie Smith.
1913. Judith's mother, Hazel, is born.
EventBirth Event registration number21375 Registration year1913
Personal information
Family nameDURHAM Given namesJessie Hazel SexFemale Father's nameAnthony Demetra Mother's nameJessie Amelia (Smith) Place of birthELSTERNWICK
1938. Judith's mother, Hazel marries William Alexander Cock.
1943. Judith is born.


Mr Eddie Bowring. of Red Hill,"biked" it to Melbourne on Tuesday and put up a record, doing the return trip in a little over three hours." (P.2, Mornington Standard, 26-4-1902.)

This article was discovered by chance several years ago and recent exhaustive attempts to locate it again on trove failed dismally, so I've decided to include it in a new journal. Last night while looking for information about the Littlejohn family provided by the late Thelma Littlejohn, I turned to my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF RED HILL journal and there it was, in the BOWRING entry. Eddie's daughter, Florrie, was Thelma's mother.

Eddie had been on his Red Hill Village Settlement block for about a year and his ride to Melbourne had almost certainly been to Mt. Alexander Rd, Essendon, where his father, Edward lived. Eddie could have been excused for neglecting to visit his parents because his work clearing the huge eucalypts from his Prossors Lane block would have been exhausting and he'd found the love of his life on the settlement. Mr Harvey, who became his father in law in 1903, was building a house on his block.

Imagine what his time would have been if he'd had good roads with a surface such as today's peninsula link. To put his feat into context, I'll provide some information about Point Nepean Road in 1902 from trove. Firstly though, I must point out that from the top of Olivers Hill at Frankston, Old Mornington Rd, Mt Eliza Way and Wooralla Drive was originally part of the road and remained so until the 1970's.

"The pleasure of the run was enhanced by the cycle paths, which enabled the wheelmen to escape some
of the worst parts of the road." This was a motor cycle tour from Brighton to Frankston with a STOP at Mordialloc. (P.18, Leader, 13-9-1902.)

The Mornington peninsular (sic) has furnished many
interestlng trips to the Wheelmen of the metropolis,
and the following one, submitted by an enthusiastic
rider, is a fair sample of the kind of outing to be
obtained in that locality. He adopted the train,
to Frankston, and chose the coast road over the
plateau of Mt. Eliza, but found the road in many
places rather heavy from dust and sand, due to
the prolonged drought. The eight miles to Mor
nington occupied him an hour
, but passing by the
township, he kept along the Nepean-road towards
Dromana. He pedalled up the long climb over Mt.
Martha, most of which has an excellent surface,
except on towards the,top, but as the descent be-
gins, the road improves over the steepest portion,
while further below the unmetalled part proved
tiresome and treacherous, owing to dust and ruts.

At a point* 2 1/2 miles before Dromana is reached |
there is an intersection, the Dromana and Sor-
rento road turning off "to the right, but the track
leading straight on runs up to Red Hill, and then
over to the Arthur Seat range of mountains.
There is a very long rise to be negotiated ere Red
Hill is gained, but except for the first half mile,
there is a good roadway. At the end of two miles
a turn was made to the right, and passing the
local post-office the tourist wheeled over hilly
ground, until,"
(at the south end of Sheehans Rd he turned right to Higgens Corner near the Red Hill Consolidated School site, whereas Eddie would have turned left.) P.24, The Australian, 29-3-1902.

*Moats Corner.


The death took place on Friday evening
last of Mrs. Amelia Chadwick, relict of
the late Mr. Wm. Chadwick, for many
years the owner and licensee of the Far-
mers' Arms Hotel. The sad news occa-
sioned very deep regret, an the late Mrs
Chadwick was one of the most respected
and beloved residents of this town. During
the past six months she had been
suffering from paralysis, and owing to her
advanced age, 76 years, her recovery was
not expected, and, as stated, the sad
event occurred on Friday night at the
residence of her niece, Mrs Murray, in
Benalla-street. Mrs. Chadwick was a
native of Suffolkshire, England, and she
came out to this colony in 1852, and pro-
ceeded to the Broadmeadows district and
the following year she was married to Mr.
Wm. Chadwick, who predeceased her in
November 1902. For some time they carried
on a butchering business at Broad
meadows, but this they subsequently dis-
posed of, and took the Royal Mail(sic) hotel.
at the same place, afterward removing to
an hotel of same name at Essendon. Here
they continued for some years, and in 1877
they purchased the Farmers' Arms Hotel,
at Benalla, which, in those days was doing
a thriving business. Mr. Chadwick sold out
out of this hotel in August, 1901, to Mr
Pearcey. Mrs. Chadwick leaves two sons
Messrs, Martin and William Chadwick
for whom much sympathy has been ex-
pressed in their bereavement. The re-
mains were interred in the Benalla Ceme-
tery on Sunday last, and were followed to
their last resting place by upwards of 30
buggies.(P.2, Benalla Standard, 4-8-1908.)

Mrs Amelia, relict of the late William Chad-
wick, who for many years owned and con-
ducted the Farmers' Arms Hotel, has just
made her exit from the stage of life, her
death taking place on Friday evening last.
The cause of death was paralysis, from which
the deceased, who resided with her niece
(Mrs Murray), had suffered for some time
past. The late Mrs Chadwick, who had at-
tained the age of 76 years, was a native of
Suffolkshire, England. She arrived in Vic-
toria in 1852 and in the following year be-
came the wife of her late husband, who died
about 6 years ago, at Broadmeadows (sic*). After
a short career in the butchering business,
the newly married couple went into hotel
keeping in the same locality and then re-
moved to Essendon, where they conducted
the Royal Mail Hotel till 1877. In that
year they bought the Farmers' Arms Hotel,
Benalla, which they ran during the greater
part of their life afterwards, winning the
goodwill and esteem of all who had occasion
to have business, or social intercourse with
them. Six years ago they retired from busi-
ness altogether. The late Mrs Chadwick
was the mother of a family of three, two of
whom survive her - viz., Messrs Martin
Chadwick, one of the most prosperous and
largest hearted landholders of Lake Rowan,
and W. Chadwick, another esteemed and
well-to-do man, who resides at St. James.
The deceased lady herself was one of the
most generous and popular women who ever
resided in our midst - a most magnificent
type of that open - hearted Englishwoman
we used to meet in the days of boyhood
- one of those woman, indeed, whose hu-
manity and humility shone lustrously
throughout her life, who knew no such
thing as sect or creed where the cause of
Charity was concerned, and whose prac-
tical sympathy was the admiration of all
who were acquainted with it. Without
exaggeration it might he said that a more
estimable or a more esteemed, woman has
never, perhaps, resided in our midst, a fact
which was simply borne out by the large
number of people, old inhabitants, in par-
ticular, who followed her remains to the
grave. The obsequies at the interment
were presided over by the Rev. A. C.
M'Connan, of the Presbyterian Church, Mr
T. Hanlon carrying out the funeral arrange-
ments. (P.3, the North Eastern Ensign, 7-8-1908.)

*WILLIAM CHADWICK'S OBITUARY. YOU CAN'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ IN THE PAPERS! AT LEAST THE PLACE OF DEATH WAS RIGHT, UNLIKE AMELIA'S SECOND OBITUARY. His brother was Thomas Chadwick who ran the Broady for a while and later the Laurel Hotel at Ascot Vale. If I remember correctly, he was buried at Bulla Cemetery.
Death of Mr. Wm. Chadwick.
Another old identity has passed away.
We refer to the death of Mr. Wm. Chad
wick, which occurred on Sunday night
last at the residence of his niece, Mrs. R.
Murray, Benalla-street.
Although he has
been ailing off and on for upwards of two
years, death came rather unexpectedly at
the last. About two years ago Mr. Chad
wick began to suffer with liver complaint,
and the whole of last summer he spent
away from this district, returning to Be
nalla a little over two months ago, His
death removes one of the oldest colonists,
and the news as it spread on Sunday
night occasioned very deep regret, for as
a townsman and a business man the late
Mr. Chadwick was always held in the
highest esteem, his word being his bond,
while there were many others who had
occasion to look back on many kindly and
friendly actions. He was a native of
Leeds, Yorkshire, where he was born in
1824, and.when 26 years of age he de
cided to emigrate to Victoria, landing in
Melbourne in 1851 with his brother and
several of his schoolmates. The first
work that he and his brother did was har
vesting for the late John Fawkner at
Ascot Vale (Pascoe Vale), and after that they started as
butchers at Ascot Vale (Pascoe Vale), on the Deep
Creek road. In 1853 (1854) Mr. Chadwick was
married to Miss Amelia Rogers, who had
come out from Suffolkshire the year be
fore (in 1852), and the butchering business was
then entered into at Broadmeadows. After
a short time the brothers started in a
hotel business there, where they worked
together for a little time and then sepa
rated. Mr. Chadwick afterwards took
the Farmers' Arms hotel, Essendon, and
he remained in business there for a great
number of years. In 1877 Mr.Chadwick
purchased the Farmers' Arms hotel at
Benalla, and he carried on business there
until about 18 months ago, when he sold
out to Mr. Pearcey, For Mrs. Chadwick
great sympathy is felt in her bereave
ment. There were eight children of the
marriage — six boys and two girls— but
only Messrs. Wm. and Martin Chadwick
are now alive. The eldest girl was
drowned in a creek at Lake Rowan when
13 years of age. The remains will be in
terred in the Benalla Cemetery to-day,
the cortege moving from Mr. Murray's
residence at 2. 30.(P.2, Benalla Standard, 18-11-1902.

EventDeath Event registration number12553 Registration year1902
Personal information
Family nameCHADWICK Given namesWm Goldsbrough SexUnknown Father's nameChadwick Wm Mother's nameCath (Unknown) Place of birth Place of death Benalla Age79

Amelia was possibly the daughter of George Rogers,who was, by 1857, one of the town's four or five butchers (P.1, BROADMEADOWS A FORGOTTEN HISTORY). However her death record does not name her parents, including the mother's maiden name. George was probably related to coach proprietor, Charles Rogers of Broadmeadows who was in financial difficulty by 1863.

Broadmeadows Township was that part of today's Westmeadows bounded by Foreman St, Hackett St (now part of Mickleham Rd), Kenny St and Lyons St (Melway 5 K6-7 to 6 D7.) It was a very busy town on one of the main routes to Sydney and the McIvor diggings near Heathcote. Pascoe Vale Rd was originally called the Sydney road with the Young Queen Inn just north of the Pascoeville bridge being a prominent landmark and until this road was extended to link with the new Sydney road via Clifford Rd, travellers would descend through the township and climb Ardlie St to Mickleham Rd (whose continuation to Wallan is still called Old Sydney Rd.) Those heading north through Tullamarine had to ford the Moonee Moonee Chain of Ponds until in 1854 a wooden bridge was built linking the two sections of Ardlie St. (It was not on the same site as the historic 1869 bluestone bridge as claimed on a metal plaque attached to it. An early Township of Broadmeadows map shows its location.)

All the public buildings were thus built on Ardlie St north, used by both lots of travellers. The Broadmeadows Hotel (Tavern), usually called Chadwick's Hotel in notices or reports of early meetings)is still on its original site but the first two buildings were destroyed by fire*. Uphill from this was a tiny store and then Jane Bryan's Victoria Hotel, with the police station across the road, and later the historic shire hall too. The history plaque on the Broadmeadows Tavern mentions that its (upper) car park was the site of the Victoria Hotel.

(*"By the bridge is the Westmeadows Tavern, the latest occupant of the site of the first Broadmeadows Hotel, where 125 years ago(in 1857)on Boxing Night,Mrs William Chadwick danced a polka with Constable King. The Tavern was created in 1982 by recreating the 1927 Broadmeadows Hotel, which in turn had replaced the original structure that had burned to the ground two years before." A reference to the story on pages 1-9. P.226 B.A.F.H.)

Noah Rogers, son of a Broadmeadows coach proprietor*, died at the age of 14 in 1863 and would not seem to be Amelia's brother. Elizabeth, probably George's wife, died in 1880 at the age of 67 and was recorded as a hotel keeper at Campbellfield.(The story and Burial Listing of The Will Will Rook Pioneer Cemetery, by Bezza and other friends of the cemetery.)


EventMarriage Event registration number3651 Registration year1854
Personal information
Family nameCHADWICK Given namesWilliam Gouldsbr SexMale Spouse's family nameROGERS Spouse's given namesAmelia

Unfortunately the names of Amelia's parents are not recorded as George and Elizabeth and since she was not born in Victoria there will be no birth record on
EventDeath Event registration number8548 Registration year1908
Personal information
Family nameCHADWICK Given namesAmelia SexUnknown Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathBenalla Age76

CHADWICK.—On the 31st July, at her niece's residence, Benalla-street, Benalla, Amelia, widow of the late William Chadwick, and beloved mother of William and Martin Chadwick, of Lake Rowan,aged 76.
(P. 39, Leader, 8-8-1908.)

However this death record, despite no detail re the place of death could be that of Amelia's mother.
EventDeath Event registration number4239 Registration year1880
Personal information
Family nameROGERS Given namesElizabeth SexUnknown Father's nameSavage John Mother's nameElizabeth (Stirling) Place of birthU Place of death Age67 Spouse's family nameROGERS Spouse's given namesGeorge

(Another Elizabeth Rogers died in 1880 aged 67 too.)

If Noah was Amelia's brother, her parents may have been Charles Rogers and Jane. Perhaps there were two or three Rogers brothers at Broadmeadows.
EventDeath Event registration number5964 Registration year1863
Personal information
Family nameROGERS Given namesNoah SexUnknown Father's nameCharles Mother's nameJane (Unknown) Place of birthBROA Place of death Age6

MORE TO COME. (W.G. CHADWICK'S BIOG. AND BOOKS ABOUT THE CHADWICKS IN BENALLA FROM D.H.O.T.A.M.A., THE FARMERS ARMS AT ESSENDON.) Find George Rogers' death notice or Elizabeth's in 1880 re children?

From page 60+ of the C volume of DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND (1989+ and footnotes 2016.)
An early pioneer of Pascoeville,Broadmeadows and Essendon, William Chadwick ... took the name of his Essendon hotel to Benalla.We shall first examine his biography written in 1888.

CHADWICK, William, Benalla, is a native of Yorkshire, England, who arrived in this colony in 1852 and commenced work with Mr. J.P.Fawkner on the Pascoe Vale Estate on which he remained for six months after it came into the possession of Mr. James.(1) He then started a butcher's business on the estate# and after being there two years removed a mile away towards Deep Creek.(2)Thence he went to Broadmeadows and with the same business connected a hotel, remaining there for six years. He next proceeded to Essendon* where he carried on the same line of business (3) in conjunction with cattle dealing and after twelve years removed to Benalla where he still carries on hotel keeping being proprietor and licensee of the Farmers Arms. He has also 640 acres of land and carries on farming having 100 acres under wheat, oats and barley. He is married and has a family of four sons. (P.326, VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS: PAST AND PRESENT, Alexander Sutherland.)

#Victoria and Its Metropolis biographies rarely mentioned siblings and partnerships but William's 1902 obituary does. The slaughtering licence at Pascoe Vale was obviously applied for by Thomas Chadwick.
SLAUGHTERING LICENSES.—Yesterday the following persons made application to the District Bench for slaughtering licenses. Matthew Price, Esq.,P.M., and William Thomas, Esq., J.P., were the sitting magistrates. The applications were all granted, viz., Mr. Henry Cousins, Brunswick ;Emanuel Grummett, Plenty-road ; John Hill, Sydney-road ; Alfred Norman Harris, Simpson's-road ; John Hawkins, Prahran ; John Kyte, Brunswick ; John Lock, Oakleigh ; John Perry, Gardiner's Creek ; George Petty, Flemington ; Thomas West, Brighton ; John Wilson, Flemington ; Arthur Harman, Bulla Bulla ; Thomas Chadwick,Pascoevale ; William Cain, Broadmeadows.
(P.5, Argus, 4-1-1855.)

*No daughters are mentioned. Full details of William and Amelia's children from two books about the Benalla area will be revealed later. This had been transcribed last night but I lost the edit page and countless hours of work. William moved to Essendon in 1864 and took over John Pitches' Farmers' Hotel and it was there that Amelia, who drowned at Lake Rowan 10 years before William's 1888 biography was written, was born.I recall an earlier daughter as well.
EventBirth Event registration number22034 Registration year1865
Personal information
Family nameCHADWICK Given namesAmelia SexUnknown Father's nameWilliam Mother's nameAmelia (Rogers) Place of birthESSE

By 1878, William and Amelia seem to have forgotten whether Amelia had been born before or after the move to Essendon. Perhaps that was why William's timeline in his 1888 biography was so vague or perhaps they were too distressed to think straight and nominate Lake Rowan as the place of death. There was a report of her drowning and that of a 45 year old man included in one of the Benalla area books that Mrs Ivison let me borrow.

EventDeath Event registration number8969 Registration year1878
Personal information
Family nameCHADWICK Given namesAmelia SexUnknown Father's nameWilliam Mother's nameAmelia (Rogers) Place of birthBROA Place of death Age13

(1)J.P.Fawkner was forced to sell off large parts of his estate circa 1843 when his run near Mt Macedon (whose name has been corrupted to Monageeta) was lost and his sheep became worthless due to the depression. He had shrewdly transferred the title of the land north of the village blocks (including the Young Queen site) to Victoria St to his wife Eliza, nee Cobb, but the land on the east side of Pascoe Vale Rd to Northumberland Rd was sold as small farms such as H.G.Ashurst's "Merai Farm", the biggest of them, later owned for many decades by John Kernan. Mr James must have bought one of the smaller ones, not the whole estate as implied.

(2)Eyre Evans Kenny's "Camp Hill", c/a's 3 and 4, section 4, Tullamarine, stretched from Broadmeadows Rd to the Monee Ponds Creek. In 1847, Macedon road (today's Melrose Drive) was surveyed through the property and within a hsandful of years became the great road to the diggings (via Bulla and Sunbury) until Samuel Brees' elevated timber bridge at Keilor was built in 1854. Kenny tried to establish the village of Gretna Green on what became Manfield's triangle between Broadmeadows Rd and Melrose Drive. It fizzled and the triangle became three portions of 26 acres (roughly between Sharps Rd and Carol Grove) a middle section of 52 acres north to about Sycamore Ave and a northern portion containing the shops, of 11 acres.

On 20-2-1865 Frances Ann Kenny sold the southern 26 acres to Thomas Washbourn and William Goldsborough Chadwick. This was probably the property "a mile away towards Deep Creek" to which William had moved and probably leased for some years before buying it. He would now be much closer to the township and the land was close enough to Essendon to be useful when he moved to Essendon but David Mansfield owned it by 1868. In 1858, being a Wesleyan,William was appointed to the Board of Broadmeadows National School 27 to lessen the predominance of Presbyterians on that body.He and Amelia, whom he married in 1854, probably had a 3 year old by this stage.It is possible that Amelia's father and William became acquainted when the latter started butchering.(P.40, B.A.F.H.)

(3) Same line of business meant hotel keeping etc. and as trove demonstrates, most of the years at Essendon were spent at hotels called the Farmers Arms, the 1874 version built by William still standing on the south west corner of Buckley St (Braybrook Rd because it led to Solomons ford since 1835) and Mt. Alexander Rds. The one whose licence was transferred from John Pitches to William Chadwick in 1864 was probably a stone's throw south of the corner near Pitches St.

NOTICE.-Transfer of Publican's Licence.-I,JOHN PITCHES, the holder of a publican's licence for the house and premises known as the Farmers' Hotel, Essendon, do hereby give notice that it is my intention to APPLY to the Court of Petty Sessions holden at Flemington on the 24th October, 1864. to TRANSFER the said LICENCE to William
Given under my hand this 6th October, 1864, at Essendon. JOHN PITCHES.(P.3, Argus, 20-10-1864.)

...;permission was granted to Wm. Chadwick to remove his present licence from the Farmers' Arms Hotel, Essendon,
to a new house at the corner of the Braybrook and Mount Alexander-road, Essendon, to be known as the Farmers' Arms Hotel.(P.3, The Age, 24-6-1874.)

During the afternoon several showers fell, which materially interfered with the condition of the running ground, as well as the comfort of the spectators, who however, found partial shelter in a large refreshment tent erected by Mr W.Chadwick, of the Farmers' Arms, Essendon. (Athletic Sports on "Windy Hill", P.6, Argus, 5-10-1874.)

HOTEL.-Farmer' s Hotel, Essendon -This well known house is to LET. For particulars apply on premises, to William Chadwick, or R M'Cracken and Co , brewers.(P.8, Argus, 5-10-1876.)

William was certainly on the ball about the twelve years spent at Essendon, 12 years and 4 months.

Take 2 of my transcription will be much reduced from my first (lost) effort and deal mainly with William and Amelia's children. If Benalla residents can't borrow the two books, send me your email address in a Family Tree Circles private message and I'll attach the C file in an email reply.

Mrs Ivison, widow of Rex, who built the Ardmillan Reception Centre in Ardmillan Rd, Moonee Ponds (where my wife worked),grew up in Benalla and recalled Chadwick's paddock. She generously let me borrow her two books:
BENALLA SKETCHED, by Judy Bassett and A JOURNEY THROUGH THE THE PARISH OF KARRABUMET,by Joyce Charnstrom and Jacye Syme.

William and Amelia's children (eight in number as stated in William's 1902 obituary with BDM details in bold type) were:
JOHN EDWARD, b.1855. Died single at Benalla in 1888. Selected 36A (Karrabumet?) in 1877.
ELIZABETH, b.1857.EventDeath Event registration number446 Registration year1858
Personal information
Family nameCHADWICK Given namesElizabeth SexUnknown Father's nameWilliam Mother's nameAmelia (Unknown) Place of birthVICT Place of death Age1

CHARLES WILLIAM, b.1859. EventDeath Event registration number5153 Registration year1860
Personal information
Family nameCHADWICK Given namesCharles William SexUnknown Father's nameWilliam Mother's nameElizabeth Place of birthBRO Place of death Age2. I presume his grandmother's name was accidentally taken to be his mother's name BY THE REGISTRAR.Bezza &Co.'s Will Will Rook list give the age as one year two months.He is described as a butcher's child, so he was obviously William and Amelia's boy.

WILLIAM, b.1861
MARTIN GOLDSBOROUGH, b.1863. Married Susan Riley in 1885.Commenced farming 36 ABD etc. Retired to Melbourne 1923.
AMELIA, b.1865. Drowned at Lake Rowan 18-8-1878.
THOMAS, b.1869. EventDeath Event registration number3833 Registration year1871
Personal information
Family nameCHADWICK Given namesThomas SexUnknown Father's nameThomas Mother's nameAmelia (Rogers) Place of birthESSE Place of death Age2. The Will Will Rook book gives the date of death as 14-5-1871 and the age as 2 years 5 months.

JOHN, b.1872. Died 1898 at Benalla.


Henry William Wilson who married Thamer Burdett was the subject of one of my earliest journals as itellya on family tree circles. I speculated that he may have been related to Sarah Wilson, who was a fellow tenant on the survey in the early 1860's. Petronella Wilson's GIVING DESTINY A HAND, discovered years later, showed that there was absolutely no relationship, but my attempt just now to point out my wrong assumption would have taken years to submit in this journal (HENRY WILLIAM WILSON, BULLOCKY TO BUTCHER) and THE SHIRE OF FLINDERS, MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VIC., AUST. journal into which I had copied an excerpt.

A later journal was written, pointing out the danger of assuming a relationship between these and other Wilson families in Mornington, Tuerong and Main Ridge.


1.Judith Mavis Cock, born in 1943, spent her first six summers on Fort Lacco's grant, c/a 20 Rosebud Fishing Village on the west side of Durham Place, before her D.F.C. winning father moved the family to Tasmania. Her great grandmother, Emily Durham and her grandfather Tony Durham both died in 1950 and the timber house in the middle of the block that Judith remembers was probably demolished shortly afterwards. When she started singing with Frank Trainor's jazz band, Judith took the maiden name of her mother Hazel (Tony's daughter) as her stage name.

2.This page sometimes produces gems and I would never have discovered this one if I had not opened all the comments and replies under a post about the Rosebud Pool. She was first referred to as Louisa Whistling but a closer version of the spelling came in a reply as well as the fact that Louisa's mum used to do cleaning.
The Seekers(Louisa Wisseling) Sparrow Song 1975 - YouTube
Jun 6, 2010 - The Seekers(Louisa Wisseling) Sparrow Song 1975.

Louisa, who was Dutch-born according to an article about her joining The Seekers in 1975, used to teach swimming at the old foreshore pool at Rosebud in the latish 1960's. The family lived in Murray Anderson Rd.

Julie Anthony (singer)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Julie Anthony
Birth name Julie Moncrief Lush
Born 24 August 1949 (age 64)
Lameroo, South Australia
Genres Jazz
Occupations Singer, entertainer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1960s?2000s
Associated acts The Seekers
Julie Moncrief Lush AM OBE (born 24 August 1949 in Lameroo*, South Australia), better known as Julie Anthony, is an Australian soprano and entertainer. She sang the Australian National Anthem at the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics with Human Nature.
She has also sung with The Seekers, first taking the place of Judith Durham as the lead vocalist in the song "The Carnival Is Over" for the Closing Ceremony of Expo '88. Later, Anthony became a member of the group with Bruce Woodley, Athol Guy and Keith Potger.
Anthony starred in both the Australian and West End productions of Irene in the mid-1970s.
At midnight between 31 December 1987 and 1 January 1988, in celebration of the start of Australia's Bicentennial year, Anthony sang the Australian National Anthem "Advance Australia Fair" on the national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which continued to show the recording of her performance at the close of broadcasting for many years afterwards, until the broadcaster introduced 24 hour broadcasting.
Anthony is among the most awarded of Australian entertainers. She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) (1980)[1] and a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) (1989)[2] and has been voted by her peers as "Entertainer of the Year" three times and "Best Female vocalist" 11 times. She also appeared in commercials for St.George Bank from 1974 until 1999.
]Artist Biography
b. Julie Moncrieff Anthony, 23 August 1951, Galga*, South Australia. Anthony was born in Galga (population 15) and raised on the family farm. In her teens she began singing with a local band and in 1970 won an amateur television talent quest. Her victory and the first prize ($600 and a trip to Tasmania) led to regular appearances on the Adelaide Tonight Show. She moved to Sydney, making television appearances and performing on the club and cabaret circuit, and eventually embarking on international tours. An engagement at the Hong Kong Hilton in 1973 was followed by the lead role in the Australian production of Irene. Three years later she starred in the UK version at the Adelphi Theatre. The Play and Players of London honoured her with the Best Newcomer (Actress) award for 1976. She returned to Australian television and appeared in three national specials, and in the same year she married her manager Eddie Natt. In 1977 she won the Sammy and Penquin awards for Best Television Variety Performer. Tours of America followed and Anthony worked with Bill Cosby, Roy Clarke and Merv Griffin. In 1980 she was awarded an OBE for services to the entertainment industry. Three years later she accepted the role of Maria in The Sound Of Music; following a season in Sydney, the show successfully toured major and regional centres.
For the 1988 World Expo held in Brisbane, Anthony was invited to sing with the re-formed Seekers, joining the group as lead singer from 1988-89. In 1988 she sang the national anthem at the official opening of Australia?s new Parliament House. The same year she returned to the stage in I Do!, I Do! In 1990, she was awarded AM in the Order of Australia for services to the entertainment industry. In 1994, Anthony further demonstrated her versatility by teaming with jazz musician Don Burrows (reeds/flute) for tours, including a successful appearance at the Jazz and Blues Festival at the Gold Coast International Hotel in 1995. A year later she returned to cabaret with a season at the Tilbury Hotel in Sydney. In her extensive repertoire she demonstrated great conviction, whether singing ?Amazing Grace? or material ranging from Stephen Sondheim to the Beatles. In June 1996 she accepted a cameo role as a band singer in the Bruce Beresford film Paradise Road, starring Glenn Close and Jean Simmons. Julie Anthony is one of the best and most durable theatre and variety performers in the post-war Australian entertainment industry. She has won the prestigious Mo Award for Entertainer Of The Year three times, and Best Female Variety Performer nine times. An admirable singer and engaging personality, she has successfully blended her career and family duties.
Galga is a tiny farming settlement (that might or might not have a pub) which is 145.1 km from Lameroo,just under three hours away by car. Lameroo is obviously the regional centre so the birth may have been at its hospital or the birth may have been registered there. So the place of birth is not a problem. But the date of birth certainly is!
How did I know about George Jarry and the fishing trips at Rosebud? That was certainly not in any Julie Anthony biography.
It cost George (Jarry) ten bob a year to join the RSL at The Old Green Mill in Melbourne. He then took a soldier settlement farm at Willaura for 3 or 4 years before selling up and coming to Melbourne where he purchased an international truck and carted bricks for approximately 15 years. [Moving to Rosebud in 1939 George spent the years of the Second World War cutting and carting wood for those in need and essential services. Later buying a 24 foot fishing boat the Georgie (named by a friend after the manageress of the local hotel at the time) George carried passengers on fishing trips up until his retirement in 1963 and it was during this time that he met Ed Natt who was to become the husband of Julie Anthony and when Julie was honoured on This Is Your Life in July 1978 George appeared as a guest.
This website has a photo of Julie with George on his 90th birthday.
(Peter (George Henry) Jarry 605
For reasons unknown, when George Henry Jarry enlisted in the A.I.F. he used his ..... In 1939 he moved the family to Rosebud to a small holiday house he had built ... One of his fishing companions was Eddie Natt who married Julie Anthony.)
LUSH. ? On August 24, at Lameroo Hospital, to Betty and Les? a daughter (Betty Moncrieff). Thanks to Dr.Cock and hospital staff. (Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Thursday 1 September 1949 p 44 Family Notices.)

The Seekers(Louisa Wisseling) Sparrow Song 1975
The Seekers(Louisa Wisseling) Sparrow Song 1975


Judith Mavis Cock, daughter of William Alexander Cock and Hazel, nee Durham,was born in Essendon in 1943 while her father was overseas performing the war service for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. She is better known as Judith Durham of The Seekers. She adopted the maiden name of her mother as her stage name when she started singing with Frank Trainor's band. Judith spent her first six summers in the timber house (long-demolished)in the middle of crown allotment 20, Rosebud Fishing Village, on the west side of Durham Place, Rosebud. Judith was unsure of the spelling of the surname of her Greek great grandfather who married Emily,nee King and the following Lacco records supplied by Family Tree Circles' tonkin will explain why details are so hard to find.

I have known for ages about the Lacco,Durham connection. Vin Burnham hinted at the relationship in his memoirs of early days at Rosebud but made the mistake of assuming that Mr Durham was Judith's father. Fort Lacco's wife, Elizabeth, nee King, was the sister of Emily, known as Mrs Emily Durham by 1900 re assessments on c/a 20 Rosebud Fishing Village. The use of her given name was a sure sign that she had (again) become a widow. Tony Durham was the son of her first marriage and Judith Durham's grandfather. Due to huge variations in spelling it is almost impossible to find any records of Tony's Greek father. However, after years of wondering about the identity of Tony's stepfather, including incorrect information in one of Tony's death notices that he was the son of Emily and Demetra Durham, which led me to suppose that both of Emily's husbands were Greeks, the identity of Emily's second husband has been established. He was FRANCIS WILLIAM DURHAM who married Emily in 1887 and died in 1893.

It was while I was researching the entry for Mrs Elizabeth Lacco for my chronology of burials at Dromana Cemetery that I determined to find the identity of Emily's second husband, which Judith Durham's biography did not mention, she being a descendant of Tony, not the offspring of the second marriage.

7-8-1934. MRS ELIZABETH LACCO (nee King*.)
LACCO. — The Friends of the late Mrs. ELIZABETH LACCO arc respectfully informed that her remains will be interred ln the Dromana Cemetery. The funeral Is appolnted to leave her residence, Rosebud, THIS DAY (Tuesday), 7th August, at 2 o'clock.
LACCO. On the 6th August, at Rosebud, passed peacefully away, Elizabeth, wlfe of the late Fort Lacco, beloved mother of Mary, John (dec.), Christi (decd.), Annie,Emily, Mitchell, Margaret, grandmother of Poppy, Lucy, Edna, Kenneth, Harold, Alick,George and Gwen, great gramdmother of Douglas, aged 80 years, a colonist of 77 years. At rest.
LACCO- On the 6th August, passed peacefully at Rosebud, Elizabeth Lacco, dearly beloved sister Emily, Ellen, Clara and the late William King. (All P.1, The Age, 7-8-1934)

I happened to already know that Elizabeth’s surname was King and that she was a sister of Emily Durham, the great grandmother of Judith Mavis Cock (better known to the world as Judith Durham of The Seekers.)
Elizabeth’s death record.
Event-Death Event registration number-16170 Registration year-1934
Personal information
Family name-LACCO Given names-Elizth Sex-Unknown
Father's name-King Jno Mother's name-Unknown (Unknown) Place of birth
Place of death-Dromana Age-79

Emily Durham’s death notice.
Emily’s death record appears to be more reliable about their father’s name, given that their mother’s name is given as well. Emily married a Greek fisherman, the father of Tony (grandfather of Judith Mavis Cock) and later Mr Durham whose given name** indicates that he was also Greek. HOWEVER, IT IS LIKELY THAT ONE OF TONY’S DAUGHTERS HAD MADE A MISTAKE WITH THE SURNAME OF TONY’S FATHER IN THE THIRD DEATH NOTICE IN ITALICS BELOW. DEMETRA WAS EMILY’S FIRST HUSBAND, NOT MR DURHAM. SEE THE BIRTH RECORD IN BOLD TYPE BELOW WHICH GIVES HER SECOND HUSBAND’S NAME AS FRANCIS WILLIAM DURHAM.
DURHAM-On June 15 at Melbourne,Emily (late of Rosebud) mother of Tony Paniocta* loved mother of Richard (deceased) and Joseph Durham. (P.12, Argus, 17-6-1950.)
*Tony had adopted Durham as his surname. Judith Mavis Cock used her mother, Hazel’s, maiden name as her stage name. As can be found from Judith Durham’s biography, Beverley was her sister. Judith’s father William Alexander Cock was a winner of the D.F.C.
DURHAM.—On March 11 (suddenly), Tony, loving husband of Jessie, son of Emily Durham, late of Rosebud.—Sadly missed.
DURHAM. — Tony, loving father of Hazel, father-in-law of Bill, loving grandfather of Beverley and Judith. —Sadly missed. ( P.10, Argus, 14-3-1950.)

** DURHAM. — On March 11 (suddenly). Anthony (Tony), beloved husband of Jessie Durham, loved father of Mavis (Mrs Riddle), and Hazel (Mrs. Cock),and fond son of Emily (late of Rosebud), and the late Demetra Durham.(P.2, The Age, 14-3-1950.)

Event- Death Event registration number-6672 Registration year-1950
Personal information
Family name-DURHAM Given names-Emily Trin Sex-Female
Father's name -KING William Elijah Mother's name-Elizabeth (Lane)
Place of birth-PORT MELBOURNE Place of death-PARKVILLE Age-88

Event-Birth Event registration number-25146 Registration year-1890
Personal information
Family name-DURHAM Given names-Francis Richd Sex-Male Father's name-Francis Wm
Mother's name-Emily (King) Place of birth-SOUTH MELBOURNE


Event-Marriage Event registration number-5814 Registration year-1887
Personal information
Family name-DURHAM Given names-Francis William Sex-Male
Spouse's family namePUNWETO Spouse's given names-Emily

Event-Death Event registration number-7854 Registration year1893
Personal information
Family name-DURHAM Given names Frank Wm Sex Male
Father's name-Frank Mother's name-Fanny Elizabeth (Unknown) Place of birth
Place of death-St Kilda Age-50
(All birth, death and marriage records are from:

Emily Durham’s residence was on the west side of Durham Place, Rosebud on crown allotment 20, Rosebud Fishing Village, granted to Fort Lacco on 16-10-1872.
Old Mrs Lacco (Elizabeth) lived on crown allotments 11 and 12 of the Fishing Village on which the Banksia Point apartment / café complex is (in 2016) being constructed. The house was called Pier Cottage and was destroyed by fire after Elizabeth’s death while owned by one-time Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Edward Campbell, who replaced it with the double-storey house demolished for the said complex. Cr Campbell was probably leasing the cottage in 1925 because Elizabeth was at Queenscliff while her son, Mitch, was honing the boat-building skill that brought him nation-wide fame.
Mrs. Eddie Campbell is with her small family spending the holiday vacation at "Pier Cottage," Rosebud Cr.E. Campbell will join the party for the week-end.
(P.37, Table Talk, 10-9-1925.)

HOUSE BURNT OUT IN 10 MINUTES Footballers Act As Firefighters MELBOURNE, Thursday. Fanned by a strong wind, fire destroyed Pier Cottage, the seaside home of Cr. E. Campbell, of the Melbourne City Council, at Rosebud early today. Damage was estimated at £lOOO.
The cause of the fire is unknown. The building was razed to the ground within ten minutes. Only the chimney was left standing. Nobody was in the house at the time.Members of the Rosebud Football Club, returning from a party, saved neighboring houses by forming a bucket-chain and throwing water on the flames. (P.5, Shepparton Advertiser, 25-9-1936.)

LOCCO Fort married Elizabeth KING 1872
Journal by tonkin

Groom: Fort LACCO.
Birth place: Given as Greece.

Bride: Elizabeth KING.
Birth place: Given as London.

Year married: 1872.
Place: Victoria, Australia.

Marriage note.
LACCO recorded VMI under TELO.
I have used the correct spelling for this family record.

Fort died 1915 in Dromona, Victoria.
Age: 72 years.
Parents named as John LACCO and Mary COMEO.

Elizabeth died 1934 in Dromona, Victoria.
Age: 79 years.
Father named as John KING. Mother unknown.

Seven children located Victorian records for Fort and Elizabeth.
Fort also recorded as Forte.


Mary Helen LACCO.
Born: 1874 Dromana, Victoria.
Birth recorded under LAVCO.
Died: 1952 Williamstown, Victoria.
Death recorded as Mary Ellen LACCO.
Age: 79 years.


John William LACCO.
Born: 1875 Sandringham, Victoria.
Birth recorded under LAOCO.
Died: 1875 Sandringham, Victoria.
Death recorded as John William LAOCO.
Age: 10 weeks.


Christi LACCO
Born: 1876 Dromana, Victoria.
Birth recorded under LAOCO.
Died: 1880 not recored, Victoria.
Death recorded as Christa LAOCO.
Age: 03 years.


Annie Athena LACCO.
Born: 1879 Queenscliff, Victoria.
Died: 1967 Mentone, Victoria.
Age: 88 years.

Married: James George ELLIS.
Year: 1901.
Place: Victoria.

James died 1961, Williamstown, Victoria.
Age: 83 years.
Parents named as James ELLIS and unknown HOOPER.

Birth note.
James was born 18 November 1877 in Adelaide, South Australia.
Parents named as James ELLIS and Emma HOOPER.

Two children located for James and Annie.

Clara Emma ELLIS.
Born: 1902 Carlton, Victoria.
Died: -

Married: Ronald Charles ELLIS.
Year: 1925.
Place: Victoria.

Grace Evelyn ELLIS.
Born: 1904 Dromona, Victoria.
Died: 1911 Clifton Hill, Victoria.
Age: 08 years.


Emily Christina LACCO.
Born: 1880 Dromona, Victoria.
Died: 1947 Mont Albert, Victoria.
Age: 64 years.

Married: Henry Ernest ELLIS.
Year: 1909.
Place: Victoria.

Birth note.
Henry was born 28 December 1879 in Goodwood, South Australia.
Parents named as James ELLIS and Emma COOPER.


Patrick Mitchell LACCO.
Born: 1883 Carlton, Victoria.
Died: 1974 Dromona, Victoria.
Age: 74 years.

Married: Lucy Marie WICKHAM.
Year: 1907.
Place: Victoria.

Lucy died 1947, Dromona, Victoria.
Age: 63 years.
Parents named as John WICKHAM and Mary Ann KING.

Birth note.
Lucy was born 12 April 1884 in Queensland.
Parents named as John WICKHAM and Mary Ann KING.

Six children located for Patrick and Lucy.

Lucy Marie LACCO.
Born: 1909 Sandringham, Victoria.
Died: -

Married: William Alfred HURST.
Year: 1939.
Place: Victoria.

Edna May LACCO.
Born: 1910 Dromona, Victoria.
Died: 1971 Rosebud, Victoria.
Age: 61 years.

Married: Adam Edward DUNK.
Year: 1934.
Place: Victoria.

Kenneth Mitchell LACCO.
Born: 1914 Dromona, Victoria.
Died: -

Married: Betty McMaster HARDY.
Year: 1936.
Place: Victoria.

Harold LACCO.
Born: 1917 Queenscliff, Victoria.
Died: -

Married: Eileen May Miller DEAN.
Year: 1942.
Place: Victoria.

Alexander LACCO.
Born: 1919 Queenscliff, Victoria.
Died: 1978 Mornington, Victoria.
Age: 59 years.

George LACCO.
Born: circa 1922.
Died: 1983 Mornington, Victoria.
Age: 61 years.

Married: Mary Jean ELLIOTT.
Year: 1942.
Place: Victoria.


Margaret Elizabeth LACCO.
Born: 1886 Carlton, Victoria.
Died: 1968 East Melbourne, Victoria.
Age: 83 years.

Married: Walter STOREY.
Year: 1910.
Place: Victoria.

Walter died 1957 in Dromona, Victoria.
Age: 68 years.
Parents named as Henry STOREY and Ellen KING.

Birth note.
Walter was born 1889 in Collingwood, Victoria.
Parents named as Henry STOREY and Ellen KING.

One child located for Walter and Margaret.

Gwendoline Betsworth STOREY.
Born: 1915 Dromona, Victoria.
Died: -

Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria.
Registry of Births, Queensland.
Registry of Births, South Australia.

Updated 09 August 2014.
With my thanks to itellya for the information appearing in the comments section below.

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by tonkin
on 2013-03-18 03:33:39
TONKIN lives in Victoria, Australia.
Please note.
Journals are intended to assist new researchers locate family lines in Australia and should only be used as a guide for follow up research and record searches as intended.
Due to spelling and informant errors appearing in the records, typo errors and my misreading of the records mistakes must be expected. Errors will be corrected when detected.

by itellya on 2014-08-08 00:01:48
While trying unsuccessfully to find the correct spelling of the surname of the first husband of Emily Durham (nee King), I came across this website which gives details of the marriage of Emily's sister Elizabeth. See bold type below.Given the varied spelling of Lacco below, it is not surprising to see such wildly different versions of Tony Durham's original surname. (Tony's surname was given as Paniocta in Emily's death notice while her other two sons were recorded as Durhams.)

RootsWeb: GENANZ-L Re: A lookup please on the Vic Cd's GENANZ 1999-10

Annie LACCO to Fort LACCO and Elizabeth KING at Quee Vic Yr 1879 / 4775
Emily Christina to Fort LACCO and Eliz H KING at Dromana Vic yr 1880 /
Margaret Elizabeth to Fort LACCO and Elizabeth KING Carlton Vic Yr 1886 /
Patrick Mitchell to Fort LACCOand Elizabeth KING Carlton Vic yr 1883 /
Christi LAOCO to Fort LAOCO and Elizabeth KING at Dromana yr 1876 / 22460
John William LAOCO to Forte LAOCO & Elizabeth KING at Sand. Vic yr 1875 /

Fort LACCO to Elizabeth KING Victoria 1872 / 1453R

Christa LAOCO age 8 birthplace unknown year1880 / 3983
John William LAOCO Sandringham Vic Year 1875 / 15109

Hope this helps. Info. from AVR
by tonkin on 2014-08-09 02:50:38
Thank you itellya, I appreciate you taking the time to pass on the above details. Did a few searches today and located the marriage for Fort and Elizabeth. Fort was recorded under TELO which explains why I did not locate the marriage. Also located the missing children recorded under different spellings. The family record has now been updated. Hope it helps other LACCO researchers. Cheers.

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Tubbarubba, a gold mining area between Dromana and Bittern was called Tubbarubbarel by the Boon-wurrung. It was in trying to find a trove result about the Birch family where a third spelling of the name was used that I stumbled upon this fantastic information. I remember being confused when I had concluded that the Ault family of Red Hill had moved to Lakes Entrance and then discovered that they had actually moved to Cunningham. I eventually discovered that Lakes Entrance was originally called Cunningham. Way back in 1989, I found that an early shoemaker in Keilor Village had moved there from Warringal and spent ages finding out that this was the former name for Heidleberg; the very first paragraph of this article would have provided the solution in seconds.

Family historians will often come across names of places of birth which no longer exist. The following article could prove invaluable in such cases. The column is entitled MEMORIES AND MUSINGS BY "M" and this particular article about place names is on page 12 of the 23-3-1950 issue of the Advocate. Janilye sent me instructions on how to paste a link on family tree circles, which have gone missing over the years, but if you copy and paste the following into your search bar, you'll get one result only, the article.


In my research for burials at Dromana cemetery, I am often tempted to open results that do not mention the cemetery. I'm glad I opened this one because Fred Mellor was a household name throughout Victoria and reports of his shows were so glowing that I had to don my sunnies. The Dromana kids in the 1890's would have learned more than the 3 R's taught to the tune of a hickory stick.
MELLOR.— On the 20th inst., at Women's Hospital (from shock following an operation), Lizzie, the dearly loved wife of Fred. Mellor, school teacher,Dromana, only daughter of John Forster, Bendigo,
and niece of Mrs. Gaff and G. Crawford, South Melbourne.
(P.1, Argus, 27-6-1895.)
This is why I needed my sunnies!
(From Our Own Correspondent.)
Lovers of music and drama will
learn with.regret that Mr Fed Mellor
is about to leave the district after a res
idence of 8 1/2 years. He has been ap
pointed by the Education Department
to the Mitcham S. School, where no
doubt his versatile talents will speedily
bring him before the public and ngra
tiate him with the musical and dramatic
members of that community. Those of
us who knew him intimately fully ap.
preciate his exacting and painstaking
manner of conducting a performance
and to this sterling quality may be as.
cribed the splendid reception all his per
formances undoubtedly received. Mr
Mellor's leading principle is to set a
high standard demanding excellent ren
dition. It is pleasing on the eve of his
departure to review his work in this dis
trict and note how thoroughly he iden
tified himself with worthy local objects
such as improvements to Recreation
Grounds, Mechanics' Institutes, Athletic
etc. He first came here in 1891 and
as director of both the Mornington and
Dromana Comedy Coy. staged such
comedies and drama as "Not such a
fool as he looks", "Blow for Blow'"
"Our Boys", "Our Regiment" at Mor
nington, Frankston, Dromana, Rye, Sor
rento and Flinders, to which must be
added numbers of one act comedies and
Mr Mellor makes a specialty of children's
concerts, and has staged some really de-.
lightful performances.
Owing to his departure the performance
of Pinafore, which he intended staging
this year, must be abandoned, which is a
matter for sincere regret, when we remem
ber the success of Trial by Jury. The or
chestra, under Mr Mellor's baton, has de
lighted many audiences with its splendid
rendering of high class overtures, and the
manner in which it has supplied the inci
dental music and accompaniments has cal-
led forth high encomiums of praise from
competent judges. It is hoped that Mr
Mellor's removal will prove as advanta
geous to him as expected, and that his
surroundings will be congenial to his
many talents. (P.3, Mornington Standard, 29-3-1900.)
There's plenty more on trove, about Box Hill etc, concerning this wonderful man. How his pupils would have loved him! I wonder if Hector Crawford inherited Mellor genes.


There was not one mention of the Kidgells in Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA so why were William and Henrietta buried at Dromana? I wouldn't bother to ask this question on the HISTORY OF DROMANA TO PORTSEA Facebook page because the only reply from the so-called true locals would be "because they were dead."

For a local or family history to be published at a price that potential buyers can afford, it must be kept fairly short, so not every early resident is going to be mentioned. Another reason some pioneers are not mentioned is that oral history sources could not be expected to make reference to everyone they knew. Imagine how many families you could recall if you were asked for anecdotes about relatives and neighbours from your childhood days.

Parish maps, post office directories and rate records help greatly in finding some of the early pioneers and once an early family is identified in a particular area, trove can help to follow members of that family as they move away from the nest. Rarely is such migration mentioned in localised histories because few readers (apart from the person's family) would be greatly interested. But apart from many Victorian lads trying their luck in Western Australia during the 1890's depression, finding future wives during both world wars near training camps, and chasing employment opportunities such as Michael Cain of Rye and Edward Jones of Moorooduc at Adelaide,there were teachers such as Richard Gilsenan of Bulla and J.W.Hazledine of Picola and bank employees such as Gerald Richardson, (treasurer of the Mornington Bowling Club who helped to found the Rosebud club) who transferred from one place to another quite frequently.

With the assistance of Scott Jangro and family tree circles, itellya is able to follow these pioneers as they seek opportunities, without the limitations imposed by the need to publish an affordable book. THANKS, SCOTT!

I need to find my full Kidgell biography, which goes back to William Kidgell's father, a minister. However, my failure to find it so far has led to several new discoveries. As I know nothing personally about 99.99% of the pioneers I research, imagine my delight in finding the connection between these pioneers and my old mate,Mawler!

Mr William Kidgell, of Dromana, died yesterday at a private hospital in Burwood. Mr Kidgell, who was aged 89 years, came to Australia in 1852, and first lived in Emerald Hill and Brighton. He carried on the business of Morley and Co., contractors, from 1877 to 1930. Mr Kidgell was one of the founders of the Melbourne Savage Club, of which he was honorary treasurer for 36 years, a vice-president, and later a life member. He was a member of the Employers Federation executive for many years, and also a president of the Master Carriers' Association, of which he was one of the founders.

Mr Kidgell has left a widow, four daughters, two sons, eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Thefuneral will leave the chapel of W. G.Apps and Sons Pty. Ltd., High street, St.
Kilda, for the Dromana Cemetery at 10 a.m. to-day. (P.4, Argus, 29-8-1939.)


KIDGELL - On the 28th August at private hospital, Burwood, William of Coolamai, Dromana, beloved husband of Hettle M and loving father of Marlon, Ruby (deceased), Morley, Ethel (Mrs A C Smith) Leonard?, Phyllis (Mrs Douglas deceased), Marjorie (Mrs G Rust) and Dorothy (Mrs R,Mcllroy) In his 90th year, a colonist of 86 years. (Private Interment at Dromana )
KIDGELL - On the 28th August William loving grandfather of Alleen (Mrs R J Clarke), Robert, Jack and Joan Kldgell, Harold Douglas, June Smith, William Kldgell, Gwen and Geoff Kldgell, Phyllis Mcllroy and John Rust, and great grandfather of Geoff and Janet Clarke and Robin Douglas. (Both P.8, Argus, 29-8-1939.)

William’s wife Henrietta Maria (nee Morley) was known as Hettie. Their diamond wedding notice has been posted in Hettie’s entry (29-2-1940.)
In 1919, William Kidgell was assessed on 1.5 acres and buildings , crown allotments 3-5, section 12 (Dromana Township.) These allotments fronted both Codrington and Verdon Sts 40 metres from Hodkinson St and extending 60 metres inland. Melbourne Brindle’s pre 1919 map of Dromana shows the Kidgell house (Coolamai) fronting the east side of Codrington St 40 metres from Hodgkinson St. The house was therefore on lot 3, granted to W.Withers. William had probably purchased lots 4 and 5 from descendants of R.D.Quinan, first teacher at Dromana Common School who committed suicide because of the shame of a book keeping error he’d made in his part time job for the Kangerong Road Board.

William and Hettie retired to Dromana but would have been visitors every summer and most likely every weekend during the footy season to see the lad play before and after his stint with South Melbourne. Morley might have been still playing for Dromana when his sister Dorothy married Richard McIlroy a descendant of an early pioneer at Red Hill who may also have been playing for Dromana like one of his Cleine relatives had in 1902; Red Hill didn’t have its own team until 1929.
KIDGELL….Given names-Dorothy….Event-Marriage
Spouse's family name- MCILROY…. Spouse's given name-Richd
Reg. year-1924……Reg. no-70
Dorothy McIlroy died in 1985 (reg. no.13963.)

A lad named Kidgell shows promise of becoming a footballer. (Morley –surname-was another Dromana footballer mentioned in this 1902 match.) P.4, Mornington Standard, 6-9-1902.
Henry Morley Kidgell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Henry Morley Kidgell (27 March 1881 – 30 January 1948) was a former Australian rule

Henry married Doris Mackenzie of Caulfield in 1908.

A biography giving details of William’s father and containing many other articles such as the above footballer suggesting a bridge between Spencer and Clarendon Sts* has been written. It just has to be found!
* NEW BRIDGE OVER YARRA. Petition by Carriers.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 2 July 1921 p 16 Article
... ' Association of' Victoria, held on Thursday evening, the president (Mr. H. Morley Kidgell) said that the new ..

29-2-1940. MRS HENRIETTA MARIA (HETTIE) KIDGELL (nee Morley*.)
KIDGELL.— On February 28, at Dromana,Maria,widow of the late William Kidgell, loving
mother of Marion (Mrs. O. J. Kidgell), Ruby(deceased), Morley, Ethel (Mrs. A. C. Smith),
Lenora Phyllis (Mrs. H. G. Douglas, deceased), Marjorie (Mrs. G. Rush), and Dorothy (Mrs.
R. McIlroy), in her 85th year. Private interment at Dromana.

KIDGELL. — On February 28, Henrietta Maria, loving grandmother of Aileen (Mrs. R. J.
Clark), Robert, Jack and Jonn Kidgell, Marjorie (deceased) and Harold Douglas, June Smith,
William Kidgell, Gwen and Jeoff Kidgell, John Rush and Phyllis McIlroy, and great grandmother
of Geoff and Janet Clarke, Robin Douglas and Bruce Kidgell. (Both P.1, The Age, 29-2- 1940.)

* Mr. and Mrs, Kidgell. Mr. and Mrs. William Kidgell, who celebrated their diamond wedding at Dromana last week, were married in St.James' Cathedral sixty years ago by Rev. Canon Beecher. Mr. Kidgell is a son of the late Rev. and Mrs. H.Kidgell, and Mrs. Kidgell is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. Morley, who were among the earliest settlers in Sandridge. Mrs. Kidgell proudly boasts that she attended the ball at Government House, Melbourne, in 1868, in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh. Her father was one of the first mayors of Sandridge. A brother of Mr, Kidgell lived In St- Vincent's' Place, Albert Park, for many years. (P.7, Record, Emerald Hill, 25-4-1936.)
I WAS BORN IN 1943 AND MORLEY WAS ABOUT TWO YEARS YOUNGER SO THIS IS DEFINITELY HIM. John William Kidgell and Myrtle Gladys Meadows had married in 1942. Morley’s dad, son of the South Melbourne footballer and Doris Emma (McKenzie), died in 1975.
Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 23 August 1945 p 2 Family Notices
... ). KIDGELL.-On July 20, at Queen Victoria, to Myrtle and John-a son (John Morley)
I know nothing about any other people discussed in this chronology except what I have read but this one is personal. When I moved from Ascot Vale to Kensington circa 1950, one of my first friends in the new place was Morley Kidgell. When we had a game of end to end on the South Ken Flat south of Derby St and not far from his place in Tennyson St, he always wore his South Melbourne jumper and now I know why he was so proud of it. Morley and I opened the bowling for the Holy Trinity (C. of E.) Sunday School cricket team. Morley’s family had a T.V. and my brother and I spent many hours watching mainly Westerns. When they finished, Morley’s stepbrother, Normie Meadows, used to make us laugh by pretending to empty the drip tray to get rid of the blood. Morley’s dad was just about paralysed and if I remember correctly, an auntie Vi was helping his mum look after him. When I bought my first car, Normie, who soon after married Florence Hamilton of Market St Kensington, used to keep it running for me. Norm was a very popular leader of the church youth group (Y.A.F.) until he and Florence moved away to establish their own home. Morley was going out with Barbara Goatley of the Oak Park area whom he’d met at a Y.A.F. camp and as I was going out with a girl from Glenroy, I used to drive him home to his new home near the Syndal Station on Friday nights, play cards till 3 a.m. and then be woken by Morley’s mum at 7 a.m. with a hearty breakfast. After almost waking up, I’d drive him to work in the city, maybe first to Myer, his first place of employment, and Dunklings where he forged a successful career, eventually, after studying hard, becoming a valuer of jewellery, and consultant to Dunklings after establishing his own business, with his wife, Barbara. My wife and I enjoyed holidays in Morley’s caravan at Peninsula Gardens and later his holiday home at Rye.

His children displayed similar drive achieving the same sort of success in their careers as their father had. Morley also had success as a basketball coach and referee. The children lived for this sport and no doubt inherited the Henry Morley Kidgell genes regarding sporting ability and height, Melinda, the only daughter, was quite tall when I last saw the family when staying at their holiday home near Thompson St, Rye. Unfortunately, I have lost contact with my old friend as he seems to have left his home by the Yarra where I last visited after the freeway had led to his East Doncaster home being compulsorily acquired.

Morley’s given name came from the maiden name of William Kidgell’s widow. The South Melbourne footballer was named Henry Morley Kidgell, the first given name being the masculine version of his mother’s first given name and the second his mother’s maiden name. William Kidgell spent his working life working for Morley Brothers prior to retiring to Dromana and like his son,(Henry) Morley Kidgell, was president of the Carriers’ Association. H.M.Kidgell was responsible for suggesting that a bridge be built to link Spencer St., Melbourne and Clarendon St., South Melbourne and you’ll be surprised how recently the bridge was built. Details such as above, their location in Dromana etc. will be found in my extensive KIDGELL/MORLEY BIOGRAPHY; once I locate it, I will paste it here or provide a link. The biography came about when I stumbled on an obituary for William Kidgell before I started this chronology.

A "Kidgell, Dromana" search on trove illustrated just how limiting the quotation marks are, but also showed that apart from William retiring to Dromana, his descendants became permanent residents of Dromana.

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