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The Brokil Estate was the northern 1000 or so acres of Jamieson's Special Survey with its north east corner being the corner of Bulldog Creek and Foxeys Rds in Melway 151K11. LIME LAND LEISURE gives much detail about the purchase of the Survey in three parts by William John Turner "Big" Clarke and his sale of the northern part to John Vans Agnew Bruce. The following court case shows that Bruce owned the Brokil Estate by 1861 and that he had leased it by 1861 to tenants named Atkins and Ekins. In A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, Colin McLear stated that Edwin Louis Tassell had settled on the Survey in 1861, which is now obviously incorrect. Tassell was not the first lessee of Bruce's estate but was the first to pay rates on it. Tassells Creek, originally called Bruce's Creek in a lease advertisement following Tassell's death (see my journal SAFETY BEACH AND THE SURVEY) was the Port Phillip Bay end of Brokil Creek. It is not clear when Atkins and Ekins commenced their lease but the purpose of this journal is to make clear that they were leasing the property from Bruce before Tassell.

Leslie Moorhead stated in OSBORNE STATE SCHOOL that Henry Dunn had leased the Mount Martha Sheep Station, which had consisted of James Hearn's extensive grants (between Ellerina Rd and Watsons Drive)and the survey. Colin McLear stated that Dunn had leased the survey from 1846 to 1851. Bruce calls his estate the Mt Martha Sheep Station in his testimony.

A motion on behalf of tho plaintiff, a lessor, to restrain the defendants, lessees, from cutting timber trees on land leased to them for five yoars on tbe Mount Martha Station, at Dromana. Mr, J. W. Stephen for the plaintiff, Mr.Abraham for Atkins, Mr, Billing for Ekins.

The case mado for the motion was substantially that the plaintiff had purchased about 1,100 acres of land, much covered with timber and scrub ; that he had improved the land by clearing about fifty acres, and putting up a hut and buildings, by fencing in 800 acres, and by cutting down somo portions of the timber, and preserving other portions of it, in such a way as at once to increaso the capability of the land for pasturage, to leave sufficient shade for cattle, and to increaso the beauty and ornamental value of the property ; that ho had let to Atkins, for five years, at £100, for pastoral purposes, and that Atkins and Ekins had, in partnership, begun to waste the estate by stripping it of its timber, in such a manner as to diminish its value for pastoral purposes, and as an ornamental estate.

The case for the defendants was, that they had leased the property as a farm, and for cultivation purposes ; that it was no waste of a farm to cut down the wood which they bad cut down ; that no wood properly called timber trees had been cut down, but only such wood as sheoak, swamp oak, cherry, honeysuckle, snd underwood-no
stringybark, or other wood fit for building purposes. The authorities cited were-Brooks v. Bedford, Viet. Law T., 101 ; Turner v. Jackson, Viet. Law T., 127; Duke of St. Albans v. -, 8 Beav.,354 ; Micklethwaite v. same, 1 De G. and J., 504 ; and Woodfall's L. and T.

His HONOUR.-In this case Mr. Bruce seems to have purchased about 1,000 acres of land in a situation and of a sort which in most countries would be called forest land. Ho improved it by fencing in the greater part of it, and-as he himself describes it-by clearing fifty acres of it of timber, and preparing it for crops.
He then leased it to one of the defendants, and the lease contains stipulations as to the " improvements" at the end of tho term. Having thus described what he meant by improving the land, he now seeks to restrain the tenant from doing the very thing which he has called an improvement-namely, the clearing of the land of
timber and preparing it for cultivation and crops.

He says that in cutting down the timber he saved certain trees, which he then, in his own mind,regarded as ornamental timber. Neither he nor they agreed in any way as to what should be preserved, but he alone was anxious in his own mind to preserve certain trees which he regarded as ornamental. He does not say that he communicated to his tenants that ornamental timber was to bo preserved, or what he regarded as ornamental; and we must now go, not by what he thinks or then thought, but by what he communicated to them as ornamental, and as to be preserved, because such. The case, therefore, so far as founded on any possiblo rights arising out of the ornamental timber, seems to be not sustained,and to rest very much on matter of fancy. But then, as between landlord and tenant, in the absence of anything communicated to ihe tenant the case must be considered on the terms of the written agreement itself.

No doubt there is a great difference in the position of the mother country and Victoria in this respect, that in the mother country it is the removal of timber from land which it is most often desired to guard against, whilst here the removal of timber was more often the object to be secured. But that makes it only the more necessary that the real intentions and interests of the landlord should be plainly stated, and guarded by
express stipulations, and not left to mere legal intendment from loose and vague provisions such as were used here. On the whole it will generally bo better here, notwithstanding the difference in this respect between the two countries, that in the construction of such agreements concerning land the same words shall be held to bear the same meaning in instruments in Victoria that those words bear in the mother country, and that parties be left to interpret themselves differently by express provisions where tbey use suoh words with different meanings.

In the mother country, under a lease for five years a tenant would have a right to cut down and romove all wood which does not come under tho denomination of timber, and no right to cut down anything that does. But there
remains the difficult question of what are timber trees here. This question is also left in a very vague condition on the particular facts of this case. I think I am generally to understand by timber trees all trees used for building purposes in the place where the timber is growing.

Some trees are timber in England everywhere; some are timber nowhere there; others are of a mixed nature, and are, according to the custom of the locality, timber in some parts and not timber in other parts of the country. There also the circumstance which determines whether the wood is timber is its use for building purposes only ; not, I believe, its use for fencing purposes, as has been argued here. Now I cannot take
judicial notice of what sorts of wood are timber trees here, either generally or in particular localities. It must be left for the parties to show that by evidence in each case.

The plaintiff has here sought to restrain the defendants from cutting all trees : he has so for certainly asked more than he is entitled to : and it was for him to give evidence in support of his application ; to define
his right, and the extent to which it has suffered, and the remedy which he seeks to enforce. He has not defined what classes of trees are timber,or what timber trees have been cut down. The defendants, on the other hand, do give some information as to one class of trees whioh they seem to admit are timber trees, by saying that only stringybark trees are such in this locality, and none others. That evidence comes, however, from the defendants themselves, and I do not think I ought to take it so as to preclude either party hereafter from better proof.

There are enough materials before me to justify me in granting an injunction confined in its terms to the stringybark trees only. Let an injunction go as to those. Costs of motion to be costs in the cause. By consent, the defendants to have liberty to remove what is already cut ; and [as we understood] to keep an account of all trees cut in future, because it may turn out at the hearing that other than stringybark trees are to be deemed timber-trees there.


PETER.—On the 23rd inst., at her residence, Chandos, Broadmeadows, Mary, relict of the late John Peter,
formerly of Tubbo Station, New South Wales, aged 73 years. R.I.P. (p.1, Argus,25-9-1884.)

Funeral Notices.
The Friends of the late Mrs. MARY PETER are invited to follow her remains to the Spencer-street railway station (en route to Wanga Wagga Cemetery).
The funeral will leave her late residence Chandos,Broadmeadows, THIS DAY (Friday, the 20th inst),at half-past 11 o'clock.(P.1,Argus, 26-9-1884.)

Chandos was one of the street names that I suggested for the Alanbrae Estate,the subdivision of "Willowbank" north of Kenny St and the old Broadmeadows Township, now known as Westmeadows.

John Peter bought "Chandos" from the grantee of sections 6 and 15, parish of Tullamarine, John Carre Riddell, the transaction recorded in the memorial volume 170 folio 2. It was part of Riddell and Hamilton's Camieston Estate. It fronted the west side of today's Mickleham Rd from the midline of Londrew Ct. and Freight Rd.(where it adjoined the Junction Estate) north to the Moonee Ponds Creek. Its western boundaries were Derby St (where it adjoined the one acre blocks in Hamilton Terrace)and Wright St (west of which were blocks of about 6 acres that were consolidated into farms such as Wallis Wright's Sunnyside and Charles Nash's Fairview.)

I had always assumed that Bent St in Broadmeadows Township was named after Tommy Bent, politician, but perhaps it was named after Ann Peter's brother.

BENT - On the 10th inst, at the residence of his sister, Mrs. J. Peters, Broadmeadows, John Bent,aged 68 years, NSW papers please copy. (P.1, Argus, 21-2-1880.)

THE Friends of the late Mr. JOHN BENT, are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, Keilor Cemetery. The funeral will move from the residence of Mrs.J Peters, Broadmeadows, THIS DAY, 21st inst., at 3 o'clock. (P.5, Argus, 21-2-1880.)

The children of Broadmeadows Township had a favourite swimming hole on Chandos that they called Peterson's Hole. Rate records revealed that nobody named Peterson occupied Chandos so the hole most likely got its name because Mary Peter's son swam there.

Consisting of 467 acres, Chandos was mainly in section 6. John Cock who was leasing Gladstone (formerly Stewarton and now the northern 777 acres of Gladstone Park) bought Chandos from the Peter Estate and divided it into three farms which became known as Wright's "Strathconan", Bill Lockhart's "Springburn" and Percy Judd's "Chandos Park" of 142, about 188 and 123 acres respectively, Judd's being in section 15.


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This journal,like many,arose from a private message. It was originally entitled A CONVERSATION ABOUT JAMES AND LAURENCE WHITE OF THE BALNARRING DISTRICT but as I have found just found much information about the so-called Mr Berriman from the so-called Euroa (who bought 160 acres from James White's estate in 1906) such as Eric Rundle purchasing Warrawee from his estate in 1950 (Balnarring Byways) and the lead he took in introducing agriculture to the district (P.2, Mornington and Dromana Standard, 3-7-1909), Louis is no longer a bit player in the story.

Hi We own Ealing Park which is 13 Turners Road Balnarring and was part of the original 90 acres of James White.
Do you know when it was selected and then freeholded?

Having checked in Melway,it would seem to me that No 13 is just south of the bend in Turners Rd halfway between Myers and Hunts Rds and on the east side of Turners Rd. Your property would probably be the northernmost portion of crown allotment 60A, parish of Bittern, located on the east corner of Myers and Turners Rds and extending north to the aforementioned bend, as does crown allotment 59B on the west corner. The latter was granted to L.White (probably Lawrence) on 27-9-1878. Crown allotment 60A was granted to John White, administrator (executor)of J.White (probably James) on 21-2-1900.

James White had obviously settled in the area by 1874 as the following shows but there is no proof that he was on either of the two crown allotments mentioned.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 14 September 1874 p 6 Article
I asked the prisoner when he had left "The Plains," meaning Moriarty's place, he said, " Yesterday " (Sunday). I said, "Where were you all night?" He replied, "I stopped with an old man, I got off the track." I asked the old man's name, and he said he could not tell me. I mentioned two men, James White and John McConnell, the only two single men that I knew on the track, and he said it was neither of them.

There is much detail about James and Lawrence White in one of the volumes of Balnarring Byways, available at the Rosebud Library and possibly at your local branch. I can't recall whether it specifies crown allotments or year of settlement but it may. I don't think the books are available for loan and if you will find it hard to access the books, give me a yell.
Regards, me.

Yes, we are on the northern boundary of 60A and are occupants of a very old single storey weatherboard farmhouse, which presumably was built by the Whites, as it is quite a substantial building even now.

The building was probably built of timber milled on site, as it is quarter-sawn and the marks of the big saw are visible both on the structural timbers and the weatherboards. We are currently adding on to the house in the same style, with its ten foot ceilings. There are also two extant chimneys from the old house with hand-made bricks, which are also quite a feature.
Unfortunately the old buttery and cheesery are long gone, but looking for photos


I just found why John White, obviously not a son of James White, was administering the will of James in 1900. The hay might have been grown on 60A or another farm, of 160 acres, near Bittern station.

James White a well known resident of Balnarring, on Monday afternoon fell of a load of hay whilst loading a dray. He fell on his head and was instantaneously killed through the dislocation of his neck. Deceased was a single man. A post-mortem examination was conducted on Tuesday when a verdict of accidental death was returned. (P.3,Mornington Standard, 7-12-1899.)

While hunting for an obituary to find when 60A was settled or a legal notice to find John White's relationship to the deceased James,I found a bit of dirt on Lawrence White and his son,James - a sheep stealing charge.

MORNINGTON. Police Court. Before Mr Smallman P. M. and Messers G. S. Hepburn, W. M. Irvine and W. C. Walker J's P.
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 15 November 1900 p 3 Article Illustrated
... . Hepburn, W. M. Irvine and W. C Walker J's P. Laurence White of Balnarring and James White his son a lad of ..

James White had another farm, of 160 acres.*.(60A is 95 acres, CORRECTION 90 ACRES!) The article is being digitised apparently.
The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Tuesday 8 May 1906 p 6 Article
... closer settlement. In addition, the executors of the late James White's estate have sold 160 acres* at ... Balnarring at £5 5/ per acre to Mr. Berriman, of Beaufort.

* and has also just disposed of 160 acres in the estate of the late Mr James White, situated close to Bittern railway station, (P.2, Mornington Standard, 5-5-1906.)

John White was spending more than just the purchase price of 60A unless his tour was at the expense of the government.
Mr John White, of Balnarring, who has been away on an extended tour through England, South Africa, and several other countries, returned home last Tuesday.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 8-3-1902.)

Mr John White, of Balnarring, who only recently returned from the war,has re-enlisted with the Contingent at present in camp.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 3-5-1902.)

John White,executor of the single James White and grantee of 60A, was the eldest son of Lawrence White. He seemed to have owned a horse called INVESTMENT which stood at 60A.

Family Notices
Kilmore Free Press (Kilmore, Vic. : 1870 - 1954) Thursday 30 May 1912 p 3 Family Notices
... celebrated of Mr b John White, eldest son of the late Mr ti Laurence White, of Balnarring, and Miss

I'll try to have a look at the Flinders Road District rates (1869-1874) tomorrow to find if James White was assessed on 95 (correction,90) acres and if not there, the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong rates from 1875. Net Annual Values usually give an indication of when a homestead was built and extended.

Thanks xxx, very interesting, regards John.

I'm afraid that it's going to be near-impossible to determine the age of any buildings on crown allotment 60A Bittern. Titles information might help but I doubt it because they mainly concern the location and dimensions/ area of the land. I've researched the White land in each year from 1869 to 1907 and then, knowing about Cr Terry's demand for properties to be described properly, in 1911 and 1913.

James White seems to have built a house in between the assessments of 1884 and 1885 when the nett annual value of his property rose from 20 pounds to 25 pounds. There was a further rise in N.A.V. to 28 pounds in the 1888 assessment which could have been caused by an addition to the house or a general increase in the value of farmland as this was the height of the land boom. The value of his land then remained unchanged until 1905 (after 60A Bittern had simply disappeared from the face of the earth.)

In the Flinders Road Board's first assessment of 1869, neither James nor Laurence White was mentioned in the Bittern division (parish.) In 1870, Laurence was leasing 95 acres (N.A.V. 5 pounds 5 shillings) from the Crown. In 1874,the N.A.V. rose to 6 pounds 6 shillings.

The first Flinders and Kangerong Shire assessment in 1875 does not record either of the Whites but the 1876 rates showed that Lawrence was still leasing the 95 acres at Bittern from the Crown,the N.A.V. rising to 9 pounds.As stated previously he received the grant for 59B at the end of 1878 and the rate collector acknowledged his ownership in 1880. The following year "buildings" raised the 10 pounds. In 1905 the value of his property doubled, obviously because of a more substantial BUILDING. His assessment remained the same for the next two years. The disappearance of James White's 60A necessitated a jump to 1911 and I forgot to record Laurence's assessment in that year. In 1913, there was no assessment of Laurence but James White, the former 14 year old student charged with sheep stealing, was rated on 96 acres, c/a 59 B,Bittern, N.A.V. 24 pounds. It would be extremely likely that Laurence had been on 59B by the 1870 assessment.

In 1876, James White was rated on 160 acres, Balnarring, N.A.V. 12 pounds and he was recorded as the owner in 1877. The N.A.V. rose to 15 pounds in 1879 and 17 pounds in 1881 when he was rated on 250 acres,Bittern and Balnarring and buildings. Amazing! The addition of 60B Bittern, which James must have settled in late 1880 or early to mid 1881, had only lifted the NAV by 2 pounds. The rise to 20 pounds in 1882 would seem to have been well warranted. In 1885,it rose to 25 pounds and in 1888 to 28 pounds, possibly because of additions to buildings or rising values caused by the 1880's boom. The value of the 160 acres in the parish of Balnarring (near the station as mentioned previously) increased by 2 pounds in 1905.

In 1899, some effort had been made to identify the 160 acres in Balnarring,with 74A,74B being noted. This is nonsense as crown allotment 74 Balnarring is nowhere near the Bittern railway station, and in fact became the Red Hill Village Settlement. This is a problem to be solved at another time,60A Bittern being our focus. By 1901 John White was recorded as the owner of the 250 acres,now specified as 160 acres Balnarring (NAV 18 pounds),and 90 acres Bittern (NAV 10 pounds),still a total of 28 pounds.

In 1902 the executors of James White were assessed on 160 acres Balnarring and "William Myers owner" was written in the assessment for 90 acres, Bittern. I must be blind because I could find no Myers' assessment in 1903! However Mrs Myers was rated on 90 acres Bittern in 1905 and 1906. I wanted proof that Mrs Myers had 60A, so remembering Cr Terry's campaign for proper descriptions of properties, I jumped to 1911. Mrs Myers was assessed on 90 acres,c/a 60A Bittern! The NAV was 10 pounds so James White's supposed house of 1885 must have been on the 160 acres near the Bittern station, or, if it was on 60A, in a fairly dilapidated condition. It would seem that the extant buildings on your property were built by the Myers family.

My next message speculated that the 160 acres might have actually been in the parish of Bittern, one of two blocks of roughly that size to the north / north west of 60A Bittern and granted to William Myers. Further rate research has proved that not to be the case.

THERE WAS NO HOUSE ON 60a BITTERN EVEN IN THE LAST RATE RECORD AVAILABLE ON MICROFICHE, 1919. The Myer family had occupied 60a since 1902 and in every assessment up to 1919,no house was mentioned, as had always been the case. Strangely no house was mentioned in the 1905 advertisement for the 160 acres that Mr Berryman bought many months later in mid 1906.

It as if everyone had conspired to make it impossible to identify the 160 acres, Balnarring (parish)on which James White was rated in the first Flinders Road Board assessment of 1869. If it was not for Westley's 1905 advertisement and the two 1906 sales reports,the location could never have been identified. Berryman was assessed on 206 acres 18b Sub Crown allotment 26 Balnarring from 1906 to 1911 so he had to have owned James White's 160 acres (actually 154 acres, 3 roods 0 perches; 26AB, fronting the west side of Warrawee Rd)and 46 acres of 18B,immediately north, of 54 acres 3 roods and 6 perches.

What doesn't make sense is J.G.Benton was granted 26A, 26 B and 18B,the last on 15-10-1880 and issue dates for the others not stated, while James White was assessed on his 160 acres from 1869,combined with the 90 acre 60A Bittern as 250 acres from 1881. It was not until 1901, with James White's executor,Lawrence White's eldest son, John,listed as the owner of both that the composition of the 250 acres was revealed. It would then appear that James leased the 160 acres from the Crown until 1880 and then leased or bought it from Benton in 1881. A complication is that James Benton was assessed on 151 acres Balnarring NEAR PAUL VANSUYLEN until at least 1870 at the same time as James White was assessed on 160 acres.

From 1912,Louis Joshua Berryman was assessed on 26AB, now described as 155 acres (only 20 metres x 50 metres more than the exact area)and Mrs Annie Jane Berryman on 17AB and 18AB of 177 acres,north to 192 J-K1 fronting Balnarring Rd. In 1919 this remained the same (A.N. 2909 and 2910) but Louis (2911) was alsorted on lots 38-42,46, 47,part crown allotment 27,about 60 acres and buildings,Balnarring. One of the BUILDINGS was the WARRAWEE HOMESTEAD, 27AB being the triangle whose west side is indicated by Warrawee Rd.

Descriptions in 1905 advertisement and 1906 sales reports.
6th OCTOBER, 1905,
At Two O'clock,
MT. ELIZA, FRANKSTON, 1 mile Moorooduc Station; coach from Frankston, nearly EIGHT ACRES. Dairying, Orchard (prize fruits), Grazing, W.B.DWELLING, 6 Rooms, newly renovated, Stabling, Cow-shed, Barn, Tanks. A charming country residence.

BITTERN, Dromana road, *4.5 miles Station, 160 ACRES, 25 Acres cleared and grubbed, balance rung and partly picked up, Chocolate Soil, securely fenced and well watered.

BALNARRING. 308 ACRES. 1 ROOD, 34 PERCHES, " GROUVILLE," about 4 miles Bittern Station, Allotment 15,Parish of Balnarring, known as *JOURNEAUX'S.
H.B. WESTLEY, ? AUCTIONEER and sworn valuer of 63 Queen street, Melbourne; will sell as above. (P.5, Mornington Standard, 23-9-1905.)

The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Tuesday 8 May 1906 p 6 Article
... closer settlement. In addition, the executors of the late James White's estate have sold 160 acres* at ... Balnarring at £5 5/ per acre to Mr. Berriman, of Beaufort.

PROPERTY SALES. - Mr H.D.Westley, auctioneer, Melbourne,informs us that he has sold the remaining allotment in the estate of the late Mr Charles Wright, and has also just disposed of 160 acres in the estate of the late Mr James White, situated close to Bittern railway station, and also 308 acres known as "Journeaux." Balnarring.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 5-5-1906.)

*The Balnarring Station, now Civic Court,did not exist until the Red Hill line was opened in 1921 so the station referred to in 1905 was the Bittern station. Measurement on Melway shows that the south east corner of
26AB (Stanley/Warrawee Rd corner)is four and a half miles from the Bittern Station EXACTLY.

Rate records.


Mornington and Dromana Standard (Vic. : 1908 - 1911) Saturday 3 July 1909 p 2 Article

The Balnarring district, situated on the Southern end of the Mornington peninsula, affords proof that even
rich lands, when held in large areas,may fail to be a beneficial investment. Notwithstanding that the district is within a mile or two of the Bittern railway station, that it is not more than forty miles distant from Melbourne, that the rainfall is ample and well distributed, and that being near the sea ensures an equable and mild climate,yet it is notable that the holders of large estates in Balnarring and neighborhood have not prospered. As compared with smaller holdings of from 100 to 300 acres in area, these large properties do not make a favorable showing. Generally the fences are in disrepair, the ground is covered with fern and scrub, rabbits abound,and there is a general air of down at the heels.

The explanation of this state of affairs is easily stated. Some twenty years ago Balnarring was regarded as
good grazing country. Sheep and cattle flourished on the natural grasses, and those who had large holdings
were able to put them to profitable use. In those days there were no rabbits. About fifteen years ago this
pest made its appearance in the district, and finding the country to its liking rapidly increased in numbers.
Soon the rabbits practically took possession of the whole countryside.

They ate down and destroyed the more succulent grasses, and. with their disappearance went the utility of the
country from a grazing point of view. Then, as the rabbits kept down the more nutritious herbage, coarser
growths began to assert themselves. Bracken and shrubs continued to make headway, until to-day some thousands
of acres of fertile land in Balnarring are thus rendered temporarily valueless to either the individual or the community. Many of the large estate owners have apparently abandoned the fight, and it is the reverse of a
pleasing experience in driving along the main road from Bittern to Flinders to pass mile after mile of beautiful rich land capable of sustaining a large population, but now overgrown with fern and rubbish, practically given over to the rabbits.

Within the past five years some northern farmers have come into the district, and by bringing the plough
into use have demonstrated what the soils of the district will yield under proper treatment. Previous, however, to undertaking any tillage work they have completely wire-netted their holdings in order to keep the rabbits
out. With this immunity secured they have then cleaned up the harbor on their own land, and by ferreting and poisoning have effectually put an end to the rabbit trouble. These newer agriculturists have confined their purchases to areas of from 160 to 300 acres, the conclusions of the more experienced men being that the former
acreage is ample for one man to adequately work. The new settlers hail from the Western plains and the mallee, and all express themselves as well satisfied with the results already obtained.

A typical representative of the new settlers is found in Mr L. J. Berryman, formerly of the Western plains,
his previous home being about eight miles south of Buangor. This settler's holding is within about four miles of the Bittern railway station, and consists of less than 300 acres of average quality land. When he took
possession his first work was to wire net, and then dig out the rabbits. Next he commenced to plough up what has been previously regarded as only fit for grass. This evoked the ridicule of other settlers, and he was
warned that by turning up the sod he would destroy the grass. It was also maintained that his experiences with
cropping would be unsatisfactory, because, as it was asserted, the land was not fit for cultivation. Mr Berryman preferred to find out by actual experience, and he worked the soil on the thorough lines which his previous experience had proved successful. The results turned out exceptionally good, and having now been repeated for four years fully justify the verdict that the Balnarring soils, when properly tilled, will yield regular and remunerative crops.

Mr Berryman's experience has demonstrated that mixed farming easily pays best. Rape thrives especially well in the Balnarring district, and this year there are several hundred acres thus seeded. In every case the plants are vigorous and forward, ranging, on the occasion of the writer's visit (the first week of June), from a
foot to eighteen inches in height. In every case they were easily carrying from 10 to 12 large crossbred sheep
to the acre. The association of sheep raising with grain growing is, in Mr Berryman's experience, the most profitable use to which the land can be put.Last year on 28 acres he obtained a heavy yield of Algerian oats and wheat mixed,thick,well headed and weighty. The average was 4 tons to the acre. The same field was ploughedup again in March, after the sheep had been given a good chance at the stubble.It was again reseeded with 3 lb. of rape to the acre in April, and the resulting growth was so substantial that by the middle of May he was carrying over eight large framed crossbred sheep to the acre. At the same time another 28 acres of new,roughly cleared land was put in with rape, and, although the growth here is not so good as on the stubble, 410 large sheep were being easily carried on this 50 acres.(etc.)

In the 1890's James WHYTE and Laurence WHYTE and their famil(ies?) lived on a property at the top of a hill in Balnarring Rd south of Hunts Rd. It was called the Blue lookout and there were TWO houses on the property. On the 4th December 1899, Jim fell off a load of hay and was killed. He was helping his neighbour,MrTullis, to get in his hay. Dick Oswin,another neighbour helping had to then ride to Schnapper Point for the doctor and then on to Dromana for a policeman,only to find that the policeman had gone to Hastings.He went to Hastings the next day only to find the policeman had gone to Schnapper Point. (Jean mentioned that we take modern communication for granted!)

Larry Whyte and his wife Mary Anne (nee Bourke)had three sons,John (Jack),Patrick, James, and a daughter, Mary Ann. John and Pat,being old enough,went to the Boer War.Jim ran the property consisting of the usual sheep,cows and orchards but mostly the interest lay in horses. Jim bred horses and had a big stud stallion.He was a great horseman and went to Swan Hill and other places showing thoroughbreds for which he had many prizes.He married Elsie (Hinze CHECK, CAN'T READ MY SCRIBBLE)and had a daughter, Joan,and three younger boys. They used to delight in sitting on the corral fence rail and watch their father break in the horses. When Jim took the sheep to the market the family would follow in the jinker. The children went to Bittern West School in Hunt's Rd by pony.

In 1927,Jim was breaking in a circus pony which used to go under low branches to try and dislodge the rider. One night he did not return home and when his wife looked for him next morning she found him already dead. He was only 44 years old. (PHOTO OF ELSIE AND JIM ON THEIR HORSES.) Mrs Whyte had been expecting a baby and he was born on the day of the burial. Michael only lived for 18 months. Because Jim's two brothers were now settled in the city,the property was sold and Elsie took her family to the city too. Joan was eight years old at the time of the tragedy. In later years,she returned to nearby Hastings and with her husband Dick Bryant raised five children.

See comment 1 re Lawrence White's death notice and spelling of the surname.

middle creek, george at Tatura,warrawee, eric rundle


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AN OBSERVATION. It is amazing how many of the original wave of pioneers died at about the time of W.W.1 and their children at about the time of W.W.2, both in Tullamarine and miles around and on the Mornington Peninsula.

I remember how disappointed I was when I found how few headstones of the early pioneers survive and how recent were the burials actually recorded for the Dromana Cemetery. According to Gemma Wiseman's photo*, the cemetery dates from circa 1854.
(* Challenge of Dromana Cemetery - Gemma's ~~~ "Greyscale ...

Most burials on the ozgen website ( will not be on trove, thus not in my chronology. This website gives date of birth and death for each burial, such as:
BLAKELEY Eileen Alice� photo 7/27/1908 9/10/1998 Nee Watsford
BLAKELEY Ada Henrietta� photo 6/20/1913 5/17/2000
BLAKELEY William Gillott� photo 12/7/1905 2/8/1995

There is no Wikipedia entry for the cemetery and a trove search, confined to the 1850's, for DROMANA CEMETERY produced not one result. The purpose of this journal is to search trove for the burial of early pioneers such as Lawrence (Waddeson?), Watson Eaton and Abraham Griffith, Watson dying as a result of a fall from a horse and Lawrence and Abraham's carts overturning. In years to come, some detail might be recorded about those listed by ngairedith.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 18 May 1863 p 6 Article
Joseph Brooks Burrell, Robert Caldwell, and James Ford, to be the trustees of the cemetery at Dromana ;

The Farmer's Journal and Gardener's Chronicle Friday 27 November 1863 p 5 Article
William Grace* and Edward La Trobe Bateman, to be trustees of the cemetery at Dromana,the former in the room of James Ford, resigned.

*Just found an 1867 advertisement for the sale of Gracefield and the large slab of section 1 fronting the Esplanade granted to William Grace. (P. 8, Argus, 5-12-1867.)

John Mitchell 1862, Robert Quinan 1865, James McKechnie 1866, Thomas Bullock 1870, Thomas Jessell 1871, Abraham Griffith 1874, Edward Gray 1874, Lawrence Wadeson 1876, Donald James 1948.

The following was being written on the PIONEERS OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA Facebook page but had already had to be split into two posts (pre 1920 and 1920+) because of limited capacity. It was also taking me ages to locate the appropriate post so I could add a new burial. By combining both posts into this journal and completing my task here I will save years.

(FSS=Frankston and Somerville Standard.)
I do not undertake to include undertakers in funeral notices!
*Known members of pioneer families will be included despite the cut off point of 1940.

1.Kerryn McLear's post.
I found another letter from my grandfather, George McLear, written during the First World War. This time, he's writing to his father, George Snr, asking him to look after his young wife, should something happen to him.
"High Seas, 20th July '15:
Dear Father,
A few lines to let you know that all is well with me and also to mention a few topics that I hadn't time to do when I was home on leave. Firstly, I want you to take special care of that young lady now in your household. Try and make things comfortable for her till I get back, and should the fortunes of war be against me and I fail to return, well then, see that she doesn't suffer in any way.
All I ask you to do, Dad, is 'your best' and I can rest assured that for my sake, you'll do that.
I can't give you any information of any sort, as all our letters are censored - At any rate I'll send my address to you as soon as I possibly can.
How did you like the photo? I sent one to you and addressed it to Mr & Mrs. so that you could share it with mother.
Well, Dad dear, I will close now - Best love & many good wishes for your future happiness & health.
George. "
You feel his worry for Salena, his young wife, who had just lost a baby girl. He's moved her in with his parents for safe-keeping. Salena had run away from home, which was near the Hawkesbury River, NSW in her mid-teens, and had met George Jun at Queenscliff, where he was stationed in the Army. They married hastily, when she was just 17, and because she didn't want to be found by her family, she falsified her age, so she didn't have to ask permission from them. George returned from the War, but never had good health again.

2. Kerryn McLear's post.
My poor Nana, Salena Mary Josephine McLear nee Redding misses out again! She is buried beside George McLear (George Basil and Keith's father). She died in 1966. Even the Cemetery Trust has forgotten her! Never recognised in life for her sacrifices, now in death she's passed over again. She received a white feather in the mail during WWII because someone in dromana didn't realise her entire family was away at the war. Her husband and elder son were in the army, and her baby, Keith, had sneaked away at 17 to join the Navy. No one was left. Her daughter had died. After the war, she was invited to the party that honoured the war wives at the RSL to wash the dishes...

3. Judy Haysom's post- See 1956. JACK RUDDUCK.


20-1-1875 JAMES HENDERSON. See mid January 1905.

On Monday week, Mr. John Crichton of Boneo, father of Messrs Alexander and
David Crichton, of Gembrook, died at the good old age of eighty. The funeral
took place on Wednesday last.
(P.2, South Bourke and Mornington Journal, 28-1-1885.)
CRIGHTON. (sic) —On the 19th inst., at Glenlee, Dromana,
John Crighton, aged 80 years.(P.1, Argus, 27-1-1885.)
No mention of the Dromana cemetery above, so how did I know he was buried there? Not wanting to have to finish my edit, I googled CRICHTON, DROMANA CEMETERY and found this:
Australian Cemeteries - Victoria - Dromana Cemetery
No indication that John would be there but it was worth trying. Wow!
CRICHTON John photo 19-1-1885 80
CRICHTON Jane Wyllie photo 7-5-1885 76
CRICHTON Ethel May photo 2/17/1942 46
CRICHTON David Maynard photo 9/1/1967 72
CRICHTON Catherine� photo 1/12/1926 64
CRICHTON Gertrud� photo 7/28/1962
CRICHTON Frederick photo 8/2/1964
Glen Lee or Glenlee was on the west side of Boneo Rd between Browns Rd and Limestone Rd.It was renowned for its cheese. There was a Glenlee Dairy at Rosebud which is shown in some of the photos posted on the HISTORY OF DROMANA TO PORTSEA Facebook page.The homestead is still standing. Maynard Crichton was one of about three men instrumental in the establishment of the Rosebud Country Club according to the club's original history, BOGIES AND BIRDIES.Alexander Crichton owned for decades John Lovie's grants south of Eastbourne (and what became Woyna, with frontages to Truemans and Browns Rd.

THE Friends of OBADIAH BRADY, Esq., are most respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late beloved only daughter, Susan Ada, to their last resting-place, the Dromana Cemetery.
The funeral is appointed to move from his residence, Mount Evergreen, Dromana, to-morrow (Tuesday 11th, at 2 o'clock punctually.
WILLIAM GEORGE APPS, undertaker, Fitzroy and Moor streets, Fitzroy, and High and Robe streets, St. Kilda.
(P.1, Argus, 10-10-1887.) SARAH ADA WAS BORN AT BROADMEADOWS IN 1868.

MOUNT EVERGREEN WAS C.A. 6 AND 6a WANNAEUE AT MELWAY 254 C1. Obadiah, born c. 1829 in Galway, married Elizabeth GGarty, born Westmeath, Ireland 1829?, in 1861. (Details supplied by a descendant living in Rosebud. More available.)

THE Friends of OBADIAH BRADY, Esq., are most respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Dromana General Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to move from his late residence, Mount Evergreen, Dromana, To-morrow(Friday, January 13), at 2 o'clock, punctually.
WILLIAM GEORGE APPS, undertaker, Fitzroy and Moor streets, Fitzroy; High and Robe streets, St. Kilda; and 180 St. George's-road, North Fitzroy. Telephone No. 1045. (P.1, Argus, 12-1-1888.)


See my post of 5-12-2015 for details about his place of birth, his wife, his Prairie Estate near Toowoomba, a Sorrento connection and probably, his son, Jack, as well as a photo of his gravestone in the Dromana Cemetery (where no other members of the family appear to have been buried.)

1891. MRS OBADIAH BRADY (See 1887/8)nee Elizabeth Garty, died at the age of 62 (10121.)

24-5-1892. J.J.Burrell.
BURRELL - on the 22nd inst., at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Twycross, Glen Huntly road,Elsternwick, Joseph John Burrell, of Arthur's Seat, Dromana, in his 61st. year. (His sister, the widow of a Mr Clutterbuck, married John Twycross whose terrific paintings and pioneering photography can be seen at the McCrae homestead.)

BURRELL. -The friends of Mr. JOSEPH JOHN BURRELL are informed that his remains will be interred in the Dromana Cemetery on Tuesday,24th.
The funeral is appointed to move from the residence of his sister, Mrs. Twycross, Glen Huntly road, Elsternwick, To-morrow (Tuesday), at quarter to 8 a.m.,and proceed to Glen Huntly railway station, thence by the 8.35 train to Mornington. APPS Undertaker, Fitzroy and Elsternwick. (P.1, Argus, 23-5-1892.)

23-8-1892.DR. SINCLAIR.
The remains of Dr. Sinclair were interred in the Dromana Cemetery on Tuesday, 23rd inst.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 1-9-1892.)
Dr. Sinclair, who has been practising here for about four months, was last evening found dead in his room. At an inquest held by Mr. Nelson Rudduck, J.P., this afternoon, Dr. Theed, who made the post mortem examination, deposed to finding traces of prussic acid in deceased's stomach. The jury returned a verdict that death was caused by an overdose ot prussic acid,self administered, but there was no evidence to show the state of deceased's mind at the time.
The deceased, who was but 34 years of age, arrived in the colony about nine months ago.He has no relatives in the colony, He was addicted to intemperance, and on Saturday last was fined for drunkenness. This degradation he appears to have felt very keenly. (P.6, The Age, 23-8-1892.)


Last Saturday week Mr. Hillis, a very old resident of Red Hill, passed from time into eternity, and his body was interred in the Dromana Cemetery.A large number of people attended the funeral.
Mr. C. Roberts, of Main Creek,another old resident, joined the great majority last Tuesday week. Deceased had been ailing for months,and about a week ago got an attack of infiuenza, which terminated in death.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 19-9-1895.)
I knew the Roberts grant was in the parish of Flinders and would be in the Centre Riding. The first microfiche reader had a blown globe but luckily the other was okay.
Assessment 389 in the 21-7-1895 record was Christopher Roberts, bootmaker, Flinders 46 acres and building, Flinders. My "Vibe" had been correct. The details were the same in the 25-7-1896 rates except that Mrs Roberts was assessed and I think you can guess why. Details were unchanged till 1899-1900, so to save time, I jumped to 30-11-1912.
703. Mrs Harriet Roberts, 47 acres and buildings, c/a 1c, section A, Flinders.
704. William George Clarke Roberts, 173 acres, c/a 20A Wannaeue.
The second property was on the north side of Shands Rd, fronting the east side of Main Creek Rd with its south east corner only a drop punt from the Roberts Rd intersection so it's easy to see why "the track made by wagons carting timber from Alexander Shand's steam saw mill to Red Hill" was called Roberts Rd. (Keith Holmes.) The original property of 46 acres 3 roods and 8 perches, granted to Christopher Roberts on 21-7-1890, was at Melway 255 A-B1 bounded by Main Creek, Shands Rd and Roberts Rd on the east and south.

Hill Hillis (1817-1895) married Sarah McKeown (1822-1900) and their children were: Mary Ann (1846-1920) who married James Davey (1845-1911) in 1871; Margaret (1851-1888) who married Blooming Bob White (1849-1930) in 1877; William Hillis (1854-1924) who married Annie Ault (1858-1919) in 1878; Sarah Hillis (1857-1898) who married Joseph McIlroy (1852-1935) in 1877; Elizabeth Hillis (1859-1921) who married William McIlroy (1859-1937) in 1878; and Hadassah Hillis (1864-1927) who married Blooming Bob White in 1899, having helped Robert to care for his motherless children for the previous 11 years.
Children of each marriage and their dates of birth can be supplied if requested.
(PIONEERS OF THE PENINSULA by Stephen Lynch,toolaroo on F.T.C.)
The Hillis family came from the same area of Northern Ireland as the McKeowns and were linked by marriage before they emigrated. There is much detail about the Hillis and McKeown families in A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.
Sarah was the sister of James McKeown, grantee of 73AB Balnarring (Melway 190, roughly G-H 5-6, fronting Arthurs Seat Rd) and from the mid 1880's, owner of Gracefield (east of Caldwell Rd, Melway H9 to the Seahaze Estate near the summit) later building the Aringa Guest House in 1892. They first settled at Belfast (Port Fairy) where Sarah Jane Hillis was born two years after her parents disembarked from the Oithona at Portland on 30-1-1855. In 1859 Elizabeth was born but three years later the firm that virtually owned Port Fairy went bust. James McKeown had settled at Red Hill in 1862 and settled on 215 acres as described above but returned to marry Catherine Townsend Hill. Hill and Sarah may have gone back to Red Hill with them.
They would have had to pay an annual rental to the Crown but they didn't have to pay rates. The Kangerong Road Board first levied rates in 1864 but it only covered the area north and west of Arthurs Seat/Red Hill Rd and west of Higgens Corner in the parishes of Kangerong, Wannaeue, Fingal and Nepean. The roads were so crook that the residents in the parishes of Bittern, Balnarring and Flinders formed the Flinders Road board whose first assessment was recorded in 1869. Ratepayers were listed geographically so the locations of those rated could easily be determined by consulting the Balnarring parish map.
"Hill Hillis was rated on 50 acres and a 2 roomed house and James McKeown on the remaining 165 acres of the land he was eventually granted, (215 acres, 73AB, Balnarring.) Later landholdings of Hill Hillis would require further rate research but I don't think I'll find anything. In fact I once thought that Hill Hillis was William Hillis with Hill being his nickname because he lived on a hill (like Hill Harry Cairns who married Mary Agnes Cain.) It is possible that Hill first settled land eventually granted to William Hillis but William is the one whose name I'm used to seeing in ratebooks.

The Kangerong parish map can be accessed online by googling KANGERONG, COUNTY OF BOURKE. Crown allotment 18B, consisting of 59 acres 3 roods 15 acres, was granted to B.Ringrose but the date of issue is not given on the map. The block was south of Four Winds(18A,granted to Henry Dunn, at the corner of White Hill and McIlroys Rds) of almost the same size and to the east a much later grant (possibly closer or soldier settlement)of 22 acres obtained by S.P.Calder, who was possibly the architect who designed the 1928 Shire hall in Dromana and son of the first C.R.B. Chairman, William Calder, who was President of the Red Hill Show committee until his death; a show report stated that William's "Four Winds" could be seen from the showgrounds.
Crown allotment 18B had a 2243 link (451.219824 metre) frontage to the east side of the road from Moat's corner between a point opposite the Tumbywood Rd corner and 1879 links (377.994672 metres)south of McIlroys Rd and a point opposite the present Sheehans Rd corner. My practically illegible paper map shows that about half of the property later became two adjoining closer or soldier settlement blocks, one fronting White Hill Rd and neither adjoining Four Winds.
Today, I traced the Ringrose grant year by year and these are my findings.
All entries relate to 60 acres of land in Kangerong.
2-9-1865. 1-9-1866. 1-9-1867. Ringrose (surname only) was assessed on 60 acres, Kangerong, a house being first mentioned in 1867 but probably there all the time.
5-9-1868. The given name, Brian, is recorded for the first time . The house had one room.
4-9-1869. The given name was altered with a stroke (/) to turn i into y. The house is not mentioned.
3-9-1870. There are no assessment numbers but the person to be rated is recorded as Bryan Ringrose.
2-9-1871. No Ass. No. After Bryan Ringrose's name that of William Hillas (sic) is written in inverted commas, probably indicating that William Hillis was leasing the 60 acres. William Hillis was not assessed on any other land (P.S.IN THE PARISH OF KANGERONG.)
7-9-1872. No Ringrose. No assessment numbers. William Hillis was assessed on the 60 acres under H. One would assume that he had bought the land but with these rate collectors it is dangerous to assume anything.
6-9-1873. No Ass.No. Under H, William J.Hillis is crossed out and Francis Hirst is written above it. The owner's name, Ringrose, is not forgotten as it was in 1872.
5-9-1874, 2-10-1875, 15-9-1876. Under H, Francis Hirst was assessed each time with the owner being, respectively: Ringrose, Bryan Ringrose and Blank! Had it been sold this time?
14-9-1877. No listing under H (Hirst) or R (Ringrove). Look at every assessment in Centre Riding for 60 acres Kangerong or Ringrose in "Owner" column. Job Sherwood was leasing the 60 acres from B.Ringrose.
Where had William gone in 1873? Most likely he had selected the 153 acres that he was leasing from the Crown in 1879, on which he'd erected a "building", 23B, section B (part of the old Arthurs Seat run), Wannaeue of 153 acres and 36 perches, granted on 10-12-1885 and directly across Main Creek Rd from 28A, of 158a..2r..7p. granted on 5-9-1878 to his brother in law, James Davey, that was later subdivided into three 58 acre farm by Bullocky Bob White, nephew of another brother in law, Blooming Bob White.William was also granted 23A of practically 60 acres (6 perches short thereof), accessed at its south west corner from Purves Rd via Wilson Rd, adjoining 23B and extending north halfway to Whites Rd.

23-9-1900. THOMAS GIBSON.
The many friends of Mr Thomas Gibson will regret to hear of his death,which occurred at his brother's residence. " Glenholm " on Thursday morning last, at the age of 62. Mr Gibson had been ailing in health for some time past, and attended the Royal Agricultural Show, where he contracted a severe cold, which turned to pneumonia and resulted in his death. Mr Gibson was born in Biggar, Scotland, in 1838, and migrated to Masterton, New Zealand, from whence he arrived here 16 years ago. Since his residence in Dromana he won the respect of all that knew him, and it can be truthfully said that he never made a single enemy.His loss to the district will be severely felt, as, being a thorough mechanic, any work requiring skill was always taken to him, and he was ever willing and ready to impart his knowledge to others.
His remains were interred in the Dromana cemetery on Sunday afternoon, a
large number from all parts of the district attending the funeral. Mr Buchan
officiated at the grave. In the evening the Presbyterian Church, of which he
was a member, was draped with mourning. Mr Buchan preached an impressive sermon, and made touching reference to the deceased.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 27-9-1900.)
Thomas was not the only brother of Walter Gibson to live in New Zealand. John Gibson, an early resident on the Survey was another. See my journal: THE GIBSON OF DROMANA WHO BECAME A KIWI. :: ...…-...

[b(8+)-3-1904.JOHN MOAT, buried at Dromana. DIED ON THE 8TH (OZGEN.) He must have been one of the Peninsula lads who went to W.A. during the 1890's, most likely to try his hand at the diggings with the knowledge he'd picked up from Bernard J. Eaton.See his mother's burial in 1908.
Family Notices
The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950) Friday 25 March 1904 p 5 Family Notices
... , Vic. Neil McMillan, in his 71st year. MOAT.— March 8. at Dromana. Vic. John Moat, aged 50. ' MEAD. ... 770 words

Mid January, 1905. (P.S. JULIA ELIZABETH HENDERSON, WIFE OF JAMES) The death occurred here on Tuesday of Mrs Henderson, a very old lady. Deceased had been ailing for a very long time, and was 82 years of age. She leaves behind a grown-up family, one of her sons living at present near Rosebud. The funeral took place at the Dromana cemetery, Mr Welling, the local Presbyterian minister, conducting the burial service.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 21-1-1905.)
From My journal THE SHIRE OF FLINDERS in the Cr George Henderson (1875-9) entry.
Was this George's father?
HENDERSON -On the 1st inst at Dromana, Victoria,
James Henderson formerly of Kirkcaldy, Scotland, aged 78 years. Home papers please copy.
(P.1, Argus, 20-1-1875.)
George's mother?
.Obituary as above (P.2, Mornington Standard, 21-1-1905.)
The son was probably Lawrence Henderson who had 105 acres, 31CD, Wannaeue in 1900.This was granted to Dromana pioneer, John Townsend, and bounded by Hove Rd, Rosebud Pde, Waterfall Gully Rd and Bayview/Old Cape Schanck Rd.
DEATH. HENDERSON. - On 17th inst., at Dromana, Juliana Elizabeth Henderson, in her 83rd year. Relict of the late James Henderson, C.E., Glasgow. (P.2, Bairnsdale Advertiser and Tambo and Omeo Chronicle, 19-1-1905.)
I wonder if Gemma Wiseman is a descendant of James Wiseman, the Red Hill pioneer. She certainly has an interest in the Dromana Cemetery.
Challenge of Dromana Cemetery - Gemma's ~~~ "Greyscale ...…/challenge-of-dromana-ceme…
This crumbling grave is right at the entrance gate of the cemetery.(PHOTO.)
William Henderson was a civil engineer from Glasgow, specialising in designing waterworks.
It was in that capacity he emigrated and became well known in Victoria for his skills.
Excerpt from ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers)
Mr. Henderson’s connection with the Colony of Victoria commenced in the year 1886, when he was engaged in making
reports and estimates for irrigation projects under the instructions
of the Royal Commission on Water-Supply. He was then
appointed executive engineer to the Victorian Water-Supply
Department, in which capacity he designed and superintended the
construction of national irrigation works in the district of
Goulburn. He was also engaged in preparing a report and
estimates for a supply of water for domestic and stock purposes
over about 17,000 square miles in the Mallee District. He retired
from the service of the Victorian Water-Supply Department in
1895, and started to practise on his own account as a hydraulic
Shortly afterwards, he was struck down with paralysis and died at the age of 44 in his brother's home near Dromana.
What I wonder is, where was his private practice? Dromana?
The Mallee district, where James mainly worked, is in the far north of Victoria.
Dromana is in the far south.
Was James Henderson's brother the only connection with Dromana?
Strange to find such a large memorial to a public figure who may not have lived in the area.
NOTE #1: The M.I.C.E. on the grave = Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers
#2 I believe that there is another "secret" entrance to the lower end of the cemetery from the now defunct Arthurs Seat chairlift.
More exploring to be done!

6-9-1905. (P.S. MRS. BENJAMIN SHAW, nee Elizabeth Vine.)
The death occurred on Monday evening, at the Kangerong boarding house, of Mrs Shaw, sen, after a brief illness, at the age of 69 years.The deceased lady had resided at Dromana for a very long time, where she carried on business as a boarding house keeper. Being of a kind and assuming disposition, she was very highly respected by all whom she came in contact with. Extreme sympathy
is felt here for the members of her family in their sad bereavement. Deceased was interred in the Dromana cemetery on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Welling conducting the burial service. Among the floral tributes in condolence was noticed a very pretty wreath from the president, secretary,and councillors of the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong, her son (Mr A. V. Shaw) being one of the councillors of the above-mentioned shire.(P.5, Mornington Standard, 9-9-1905.)
Thanks to Tonkin for telling me that Benjamin Douglas Shaw married Elizabeth Vine in Victoria in 1862. That enabled me to find this marriage notice which also involved Elizabeth's sister as a bride.
SHAW-VINE.On the 16th inst., by licence at St. Paul's Church, by the Rev. S. L. Chase, Benjamin Douglas, youngest son of the late Robert Elgie Shaw, of the Grove, Hackney, London, to Elizabeth, sixth daughter of Mr. T. W. Vine, of Fitzroy, formerly of the City-road, London.
WARTON-VINE. On the 16th inst., by licence, at St Paul's Church, Melbourne, by the Rev. S. L. Chase, Henry Richard, eldest son of Mr. Demetrius Henry Warton, of London, to Isabella, youngest daughter of Mr. Thomas Walter Vine, of Fitzroy, and formerly of the City-road, London. (P.4, Argus,21-1-1862.)
MID FEBRUARY 1905. The death occurred here on Friday last of Mrs Coates, a very old and respected colonist, at the advanced age of 85 years. Had the deceased lived two days longer she would have completed her 86th year. The deceased was one of Victoria's early colonists,having resided in this State for .more than half a century. Being of a kind and unassuming disposition, she was
loved and respected by all who knew her, and she leaves behind to mourn
her loss a large and respected family,besides a number of great-grandchildren. The deceased was interred in the Dromana cemetery, Mr J. Anthony, Methodist minister,conducting the burial service.(P.5, Mornington Standard, 25-2-1905.)

(17+)-1-1905. COATES (formerly Chapman, nee Berry).—On the 17th inst., at, the residence of her daughter. Mrs Nelson Rudduck, "Pianola," Dromana, Sarah Sophia
Coates, aged 86.A good Wife, Mother, Friend (P. 2, Mornington Standard, 25-2-1905.)
I couldn't resist not correcting the name of the house. It is and was PIAWOLA.

COATES Sarah Sophia� photo 19-1-1819 1/17/1905 See J J RUDDUCK

See CHAPMAN AND RUDDUCK LINKS from page 58 in A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. Sarah was the mother of Nelson Rudduck's wife Jane Sophia (nee Chapman)whose father was Fred Chapman. After Fred's death, his widow married again, becoming Mrs Coates.

23-10-1905. MRS JESSIE JOYES.
The demise of Mrs Joyes occurred at the Dromana police station on
Saturday night, after a brief illness, at the age of 87 years. Very deep sympathy is felt here for Constable Joyes and the two children in their sad bereavement. Deceased was interred in the Dromana cemetery on Monday evening, Mr Rodda conducting the burial service. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 28-10-1905.)
The deceased, JESSIE, was obviously the wife of the constable (Charles.) Constable Joyes stayed at Dromana until at least 1913 and his daughter, Muriel, who was obviously a pupil-teacher at Dromana State School left in November, 1911 to take up a temporary position at Cowes State School.

JOYES Jessie photo 22/10/1905 37
JOYES Charles� photo 17/08/1951 86

The death occurred here recently of Mrs Cromwell, at the advanced age of 73 years. The deceased lady had been in indifferent health for some time, and was residing with her married daughter-Mrs Welling-when her demise took place. Deceased was interred in the Dromana cemetery on Sunday week, and leaves a family of two sons and one daughter to mourn their loss. (P. , Mornington Standard, Sat., 12-5-19O6.)

Mr Welling was the Presbyterian Minister according to the mid January 1905 burial.

Mr James George,a very old resident of Rosebud, was found dead in his bed
on Tuesday by Mr E. Cairns. Deceased was 83 years of age, and has been residing in the district for upwards of 40 years. Prior to coming to Australia, he served for a number of years in the British navy. He was the recipient of an old age pension, and has been living alone in his little hut at Rosebud for a very long time. He was held in the highest esteem by those who knew him. as an honest and upright man. The remains were interred in the Dromana cemetery on Wednesday.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 7-7-1906.)
This is the subject of my journal ROSEBUD TED FINDS JAMES GEORGE DEAD. James George was described as being a Greek by Isabel Moresby on page 15 of ROSEBUD FLOWER OF THE PENINSULA." Old George the Greek, massive and curly headed, sat on a bench outside his doorway." The book, available for download, also has a picture of James George doing just that.
I thought that James George's hut may have been outside the boundaries of the Rosebud Fishing Village but a recent find proved that was not the case.

The death occurred at Mornington on Wednesday week last of Mr. Charles
James, a very old and respected resident of this district at the advanced age of 84 years. Deceased has been in indifferent health for some time past. and was living with his wife at Rosebud, prior to his demise.
Deceased, who hailed from England, has been a colonist for upwards of 60 years. After leaving his native land, he engaged in the merchant service,and visited different ports on the American continent. After his arrival in Victoria, he worked on a trading vessel plying between Melbourne and Geelong. and subsequently came to reside on the Peninsula, where he was esteemed as an honorable man.
The body was interred in the Dromana cemetery on Thursday last. He leaves
behind to morn their loss a respected wife, and a family of four sons and
two daughters. Mr. Welling, Presbyterian minister conducted the burial service,... (P.2, Mornington Standard, 2-2-1907.)

In 1910, Charles James was assessed on 1 lot and building, Rosebud, (which was probably between the highway and Rosemore Rd) and lots 8 and 9 and building, Rosebud, previously occupied by Robert L. (James?), editor, Geelong, and rented by William Fleming (which had a frontage of 40 metres west from 858 Pt Nepean Rd, SEVEN, the hero's house.) In 1878, D. James was granted crown allotment 19A, section B Wannaeue of 105 acres 2 roods 13 perches. In 1900, Charles James was assessed on 105 acres,probably the same land, bounded by Old Main Creek Rd on the north and Barkers Rd on the west and south.(Melway 254J2.) It was most likely that the family supplied a husband for Janet White (born 1839), the mother of Robert James or Bullocky Bob White and a wife for William Hobley.
From my journal FREDERICK HOBLEY WAS etc-
Frederick's father was William Henry Hobley, who was born at Schnapper Point (Mornington) on the Mornington Peninsula,Victoria,Australia in 1857. William married Elizabeth James at Main Creek on the Peninsula on 11-6-1884.
Granny James, probably the widow of Charles, had her first ride on a train at the age of 80. (P. 15, ROSEBUD FLOWER OF THE PENINSULA.)

Much abbreviated summary of what was lost.
The death of Mr. W. Connell took place at his residence, near Red Hill,on Saturday morning last, after a brief
illness from chronic bronchitis. Deceased, who was 59 years of age, was a brother of Mr. James Connell, of
"Tuerong," and was both well and favourably known throughout the Peninsula. He leaves behind to mourn their loss a wife and family of one son and six daughters; two of whom are married. Deep sympathy is expressed for them in their sad bereavement. Deceased was interred in the Dromana cemetery on Monday last. Mr. Stone, Methodist Minister,conducted the burial service.

Quite a gloom was cast over the town on Tuesday last, when the sad news of the death of Mr. T. Bryan reached here. Deceased, prior to his demise, was employed on Mr. Vale's Mount Marths Estate. and on Thursday week visited Dromana and seemed in his usual health and spirits on the following Friday, and Saturday he
complained of feeling unwell, and Mr.Vale thinking he would be laid up for some time, advised his removal on
Sunday last to the hospital. The poor fellow, however, only lingered a short time after admittance, death being due to diabetes. Deceased, who was 42 years of age, and highly respected, was interred in the local cemetery on Wednesday. Mr. Bobertson, Presbyterian Minister, officiated at the grave.(P.3, Mornington Standard, 20-7-1907.)

After extensive Red Hill research for many years, I am confident that W.Connell was William Connell who could not work in 1896 because of problems with his eyes and a leg, leaving his family destitute. A.E. Bennett of Kent Orchard south of Kentucky Rd (Seven Oaks, immediately north of the former, after his marriage) wrote a letter seeking support. H.P.Davey of Forest Lodge opposite the Craig Avon Lane corner started an appeal, enthusiastically supported by the young Davey girls of Marysville near Davey Bay at Mt Eliza.

The residents of Red Hill are taking steps to relieve the wants of the family of William Connell, on whose behalf Mr A. E. Bennett made his appeal. The unfortunate man is now under treatment in Melbourne, while his
family are left almost destitute. A subscription has been opened on their behalf by Mr H. Davey, of Red Hill,
and, it is also intended to bring the matter under the notice of the shire council, and request that body to make a grant out of the public funds towards their maintenance.(P.3, Mornington Standard, 10-12-1896.)

Tom Bryan was the son of John Bryan, (thought to be a deserter from the British Army named Bryan Watson) who appeared in George McLear's account book in 1863, probably for his supply of timber to George who delivered it to Peter Pidoto for loading at the mouth of Sheepwash Creek. Melbourne Brindle's map of Dromana identifies Hillcrest Quarry Rd as the start of Bryans Cutting with the notation "To Bryan's hut"
When Mary McLear moved onto Maryfield opposite the Drive-In site, John Bryan took over the lease of The Willow on the Survey just west of the said site. Tom Bryan would have died much earlier except for a stroke of luck.He and other boys hitched a ride home from school on George McLear's bullock dray, headed to Sheepwash Creek. A pothole caused Tom to be jolted off and the wide wheel of the dray ran right over his head, which was luckily out of harm's way in yet another pothole. Tom later cleared scrub from Walter Gibson's grass paddock on the Survey.(A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.)

25-1-1908. MRS MOAT.(Esther.)
The death of Mrs Moat which sad event took place on Thursday last, removes from our midst a very old and and highly respected resident. Deceased, who was 83 years of age, has been a colonist of over half a century,
and was well known by all who came in contact with her as a kind and homely old lady. The recent heat wave, which prostrated so many elderly people, was the chief cause of her demise. Deceased leaves behind to
mourn their loss two sons and one daughter. The remains were interred in the Dromana cemetery on Saturday last. The Rev. Mr Rodda, of Sorrento, conducted the burial service.(P.3, Mornington Standard, 1-2-1908.)

William Moat's name appeared in George McLear's account books in 1864. Before buying his land at Moats Corner, 59 acres on 13-5-1875 and 20 acres more on December 22, he worked for Professor Hearn at Heronswood erecting fences and planting pine trees*. He also engaged in roadworks and grew crops. His children were Bill, Charley, John (who died unmarried in 1904- trove), Frank and Esther. Bill, Charlie and John worked for (Bernard J.) Eaton on his gold mining enterprises.
*The wikipedia entry for Heronswood has more detail about William's work there.
The Gardens
Hearn employed William Moat to develop spacious lawns and gardens. Rare oriental and occidental trees were planted, many of which survive to this day. A cape chestnut is one of the most impressive trees today that survived from these early plantings. Moat also developed an orchard and fenced Hearn's property. He planted many pine trees, some of which are still standing.[4] The magnificent garden is listed in the Oxford Companion to Gardens as one of only four entries for the state of Victoria, along with the Melbourne Botanical Gardens, Mawallock and Ripponlea. This book, which is world wide in scope, is an encyclopedia of the art of garden design from the earliest known gardens to the present.[5]
Leonard Wilding's history of the Mornington Peninsula in 1905 tells us something else about William Moat. "The first private school - and also the first school of any kind - at Flinders was held in a wattle and daub hut close to what is now the Cemetery Reserve, and the first store-keeping business in the bounds of the present township was conducted in a hut put up by Mr.William Moat."

Whilst digging for gold at Tubba Rubba, a man named Moat found, at a depth of three feet, a silver open faced hunting lever watch and a set of gold scales and weights, which he handed over to the police. The articles are supposed to have belonged to a man named Moriarty, who was murdered in the vicinity about twenty two years ago. A man named Shannon was tried for the crime, but was acquitted.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 18-7-1895.)

Genealogical websites seem to have little information about William Moat of 1864 and I was resigned to guessing that the deceased of 1908 was named Esther because her only daughter was given this name.There's no need to guess now. Esther's maiden name seems to have been Peck.
Pioneer Pathway - Vicnet
Old Shire Office Dromana. Home; About ... The Pioneer Pathway is an initiative of the Dromana and District Historical Society. ... Moat William and Esther, 1864.

The death occurred here on Monday week last of Miss Mary Dyson (aged
about 17 years), eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs J. Dyson, after a very brief
illness, from paralysis of the brain.Deceased who was of a kind and gentle
disposition, was highly respected by all who knew her, and her untimely end
came as a great shock to her many friends. The body was interred in the
Dromana cemetery, the Rev, M. Rodda conducting the burial service. Deep
and heartfelt sympathy is expressed here by both old and young for Mr and Mrs Dyson in sad and sudden bereavement.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 28-3-1908.)

Mary seems to have been a child of John Charles Dyson and Mary Margaret Henderson.
Husband: Dyson John Charles Dyson
Children with Dyson: Mary Elizabeth Dyson
John, the father of the deceased might have been the son of the above union, named as John but known as Bunny. His siblings were Mary or Martha, Mrs Thornell of Somerville and Bill (Squeaker). However Bunny's children were listed as Myra, Beth and David on page 84 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA so it is more likely that the deceased Mary was Bunny's sister.
Tonkins' journal on Dyson marriages contains the following:
John Charles married: 1890 Mary Margaret HENDERSON.
As Mary was aged about 17 according to the obituary,and Mary or Martha, the first child of Jack would have been about 17 in 1908, it is extremely likely that Jack was John Charles Dyson and his wife was a daughter of Cr.George Henderson. The Dysons who assisted Colin McLear with Dyson genealogy may have been unsure of Mary's given name because she had died so young.

GIBSON the friends of Mr WALTER GIBSON,"Glenholm," Dromana are invited to follow the remains, of his beloved wife to the Dromana cemetery. The funeral will leave his residence at 2 p.m., Wednesday, 11th. inst.

We regret to have to record the demise of Miss Elizabeth Shaw, of 'Kangerong,' Dromana, sister of ex-Cr A. V. Shaw, which sad event occurred early on Sunday morning last. The deceased, who had been ailing for some time, was present and obtained several prizes at the Dromana show, held but 10 days before. By her courteous and unassuming manner; the deceased had gained many friends, and her popularity was evinced by the large number who followed her remains to their last resting place in the local cemetery on Monday last.
The burial service was performed by Mr Bennett, missionary in charge of
the Presbyterian Church, of which deceased was a member, and the funeral arrangements were in the hands of Mr J. R. Summerland, of Mornington. A memorial service is to be held in Dromana Presbyterian church on Sunday evening next.(P.3, Mornington Standard, 30-3-1912.)

A very old and respected resident (Mr James Purves, senr.) passed away at his residence (Green Hills) on Friday last. His remains were interred in the Dromana cemetery on Saturday. The funeral was attended by a large number of friends. Much sympathy is expressed for his family in their bereavement.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 15-11-1913.)

James was born on 29-9-1835 to Peter Purves (the real pioneer of Tootgarook) and Barbara (nee Scott) in Pilgrim St, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. When Barbara died a month later, Peter, a mason, left the baby with an aunt and headed off to Van Dieman's Land to join his architect brother James, and use their combined skill in bridge building. When young James reached the age of eighteen ,wanting to meet his father, he sailed out on the Thomas Lowry, arriving in 1852. It was unlikely that his Uncle James was at Tootgarook when he arrived there, but being in Melbourne most of the time, the architect/ businessman might have met his nephew at the dock.
When Peter applied for a licence for the Tootgarook Hotel in 1857, young James probably helped him to run the tap room on the pre-emptive right (near the present Leonard St WHICH WAS RECENTLY DEMOLISHED) and accompanied Peter in 1859, when he and James Ford were getting signatures for their dodgy petition against a fence being built from White Cliff to the back beach (to stop the Purves and Ford bullocks from munching grass reserved for police horses.) In 1860, Peter died and James Purves took over the management of Tootgarook; Peter's son, not his uncle who is the only member of the Purves family ever mentioned in regard to Tootgarook! On 16-6-1862 he married Emily Quinan, daughter of Robert Quinan (the Dromana schoolteacher who committed suicide) and the couple settled in the humble homestead, Broomielaw, at Tootgarook, which had probably been built by George Smith in the 1840's and was then called Wooloowoolooboolook. (I SUCCEEDED ONCE.)
When Professor Hearn of Heronswood died, his estate was put up for sale. James may have already been leasing Greenhills on Purves Rd, and he bought this farm. Hec Hanson's mother, Frances, was born at Tootgarook in 1883 and the last child was born at Dromana in 1885 so James and Emily were on Greenhills by then. Emily died on 4-8-1910. (MEMOIRS OF A LARRIKIN.)

17-7-1915. ALEXANDER ROSS.
ROSS.-The Friends of the late Mr. ALEXANDER ROSS are respectfully informed that his remains will be interred in the Dromana Cemetery on Saturday, 17th, at 2.30 p.m.

ROSS.-On the 15th July, at his residence, "Kinross," Rosebud, Alexander John, the beloved husband of E. E. (Nellie) Ross, loving father of Alick, Norman, and Hector, youngest son of the late David and Sarah Ross, French Island,and brother of David, Rowland, and Wallace. Late of Brunswick and Richmond. Late M. T.and 0 Company. Aged 46 years. (Both P.1, Argus,16-7-1915.)

In 1919, Mrs A.J.Ross was assessed on lot 66 of section B of the Clacton Estate, this estate being from the east side of First Avenue to the houses on the east side of Ninth Avenue. "Kinross" fronted Pt. Nepean Rd.The early Rosebud map,which I believe was done by one of the Fountain girls, shows that Mrs Ross and 2 (sons?) had a guest house, apparently on the east side of Fourth Avenue.

MRS. A. J. ROSS and Family desire to return sincere THANKS to their relatives and numerous friends for visits, cards, floral tributes, and expressions of sympathy during their sad bereavement in the loss of a dear husband and a loving father; especially thanking Messrs. Twyford, Greenfield, Sinclair, H. Ross, Miss Hunt, Doctors Agnew and McKeddie, Revs. Baird, Jennings, Messrs. Weber and Rankin; also the employees of the M. T.and O. Co., and Rechabite lodges of Brunswick and Dromana, for their unfailing kindness during the long illness of our dear one, also the Wilson Bros., of Dromana, for the manner in which they conducted the funeral. "Kinross," Point Nepean road,Rosebud. (P.11, Argus, 31-7-1915.)

Alexander'S wife was a Sidebottom.
SIDEBOTTOM.—On the 20th September, at her residence, 220 Lygon street, East Brunswick,Sarah Ellen, the dearly loved wife of John,loving mother of Nellie (Mrs. Ross, Rosebud),William (Western Australia), and George (Bruns-
wick), late A.I.F., only daughter of the late George and Sarah Dimmick, and sister of W.Dimmick (Northcote), aged 72 years. (P.1, Argus, 22-9-1919.)

FIELD.-On the 8th November at Melbourne,Olive Eliza, the beloved wife of F. P.Field, of Rose Vale, Condobolin, New South Wales, and the loved daughter of Mr and Mrs. W. A. Holmes,"Glen Bower," Red Hill, Dromana, aged 29 years.
Private interment on the 11th, -Dromana Cemetery.(P.55, Leader (Melb.), 17-11-1917.)

WILSON.- The Friends of the late Mr. GODFREY BURDETT WILSON are respectfully
invited to follow his remains to their last resting place, Dromana Cemetery.
The funeral is appointed to leave his residence,Heales street, Dromana, To-morrow (Friday, the 24th inst.), at 3 o'clock p.m. R. McKENZIE, Undertaker, South and Port Melbourne.

Wilson.- On the 22nd day of January, at private hospital, St. Kilda road, Godfrey Burdett, dearly loved husband of Maria Wilson, and loved father of Henry, Ben, and Sam, of Dromana,aged 65 years. Sadly missed.
(P.1, Argus, 23-1-1919.)
Godfrey died not far from the site where his father, Henry William, established an abbotoir at Sandridge soon after his arrival.
Godfrey's second given name was the maiden name of his mother Thamer(nee Burdett.)
Godfrey married Maria Stenniken and Burdett St on the Stenniken grant at Tootgarook honours Godfrey (who died a few years before the grant was offered for sale) or his mother. Streets with the names of members of the Wilson family can be found in many parts of the southern peninsula such as the former Wilson abbatoir at Blairgowrie and the Rosebud Industrial Estate. Coutts (as in Henry William Burdett Coutts Wilson, Godfrey's eldest son) seems to hint at an aristocratic connection (Burdett-Coutts.) As Godfrey's Sam and Ben were said to have been involved in the subdivision of Safety Beach, they may have given Coutts St its name.
Godfrey's widow, Maria, lived out her days at Burdett Cottage in Heales St until her death in 1927. It then served as a private hospital until the Bush Nursing Hospital was built on the north west corner of Nelson Rudduck's Karadoc.

JAMIESON.-On the 17th September, at his residence, Rosebud, William, beloved husband of the late Adelaide Jamieson, and loving father of Robert, Margaret, James, Gertrude (deceased),Adelaide, and George, loved father-in-law of Evelyn, and dear grandfather of little Willie,aged 83 years.Mourned by all. (P.17, Argus,20-9-1919.)

No funeral notice was found but I have seen the gravestone, which I'm sure was standing erect in 2010.
JAMIESON William photo ?-12-1919 80
JAMIESON Adelaide photo 21-3-1893 40
JAMIESON Gertrude Emma photo 28-6-1888 7

William Jamieson bought lot 14 of the Rosebud Fishing Village on 16-8-1872 which is a fair indication that he already had a crown lease of the block under the terms of a Fisherman'a Right. Crown allotment 14 is between Jetty's Cafe (c/a 13 granted to William Gomm) and the second Mechanics' Institute (c/a 15.)

William, a bearded fisherman, enrolled William, Margaret and James when Rosebud State School opened in September, 1884 in the original Mechanics' Institute next door. William Jnr. was probably Robert. (He was!)Adelaide died two years after her father and George (who married Evelyn Couper) four years later.

JAMIESON. On the 4th July, at his residence,26 Osborne street, Williamstown, George Edward, dearly loved husband of Evelyn Jamieson,loving father of William and baby Madge, beloved son of the late William and Adelaide Jamieson, of Rosebud, loved brother of Margaret (Williamstown), Robert (N.S.W.), and James (South Africa), aged 37 years. (P.1,Argus,6-7-1923.)

COUPER.-On the 1st January, 1925, at her residence, 64 Station street. Box Hill, Nora,the dearly beloved wife of Ramsay Couper, and fondly loved mother of Sybil, Evelyn(Mrs.Jamieson*), and Guy late of Rosebud, Dromana.
(P.1, Argus,2-1-1925.) (*Wife of George Edward Jamieson of Williamstown.)

Ramsay and Nora Couper bought "The Thicket",the southern half of crown allotment 14, Wannaeue as detailed in my journal about the Hindhope Estate at Rosebud. Crown allotment 14 of 114 acres (between First Avenue and Boneo Rd from the beach road to Eastbourne Rd) was granted to Hugh Glass,a huge landholder who became insolvent. The land was subdivided into portions of 29, 29, 20,20 and 16 acres, the first two becoming Hindhope (Randall,then Rigg) and the rest Ramsay and Nora's "The Thicket" now indicated by the curving streets,such as Warranilla Avenue,between Hope St houses and Eastbourne Rd.

JAMIESON-On the 10th January, at Melbourne, Adelaide dearly loved youngest daughter of the late William and Adelaide Jamieson of Rosebud,and loved sister of Robert, Margaret, James, and George.
(P.1, Argus, 31-1-1921.)

JAMIESON.-On February 19 (suddenly),at Sydney, William Robert Jamieson (late of Rosebud), loved brother of Margaret L.(Ringwood), and loved uncle of William R. and Madge (Box Hill). (P.2,Argus,24-2-1945.)

N.B. FSS = Frankston and Somerville Standard

JAMES-The friends of the late Mrs JANET JAMES of Freda street, Oakleigh are informed that her funeral will leave the Methodist Church Dromana To-morrow (Tuesday 8th November) at 1:30 p.m., for interment in the Dromana Cemetery. Motors. (P.1, Argus, 7-11-1921.)

In ROSEBUD FLOWER OF THE PENINSULA, Isabel Moresby stated that Granny James had her first ride in a train at the age of eighty. I wonder if this took place after the death of her husband. I was not aware that she had moved away from Rosebud but this would be why her first child, Robert White, died at Rosebud in 1941, probably in her house there. In 1919, Bullocky Bob White was assessed jointly with his sons Robert George and Albert C. on two 53 acre portions of c/a 28 and 160 acres 27A* across Main Creek Rd from Whites Rd. In 1910, Mrs James had been assessed on 3 acres and buildings Rosebud and the rate collector had crossed out Charles James' name, perhaps belatedly realising that he was dead.(*Granted to Bullocky Bob White under the name of Robert James.)
JAMES Charles� photo 23/01/1907 84
JAMES Janet photo 5/11/1921 90
Janet was the fourth child of Robert White and Elizabeth Russell who married on 2-5-1829. They had seven children, born in the years stated: Jean 1830, Margaret 1832, Henry 1834, Janet 1839, Ann 1842, Booming Bob White 1849 and Elizabeth 1850. Janet would have been 82 or 83 when she died so it is likely that her first train ride had been to Oakleigh and her friends accompanied her to the Mornington station to see her off, thus passing the event into folklore.
Charles and Janet's first child born after their marriage was Elizabeth who married William Hobley.

27-7-1922. BACK ROAD BOB CAIRNS' WIFE (nee Annie Symonds) OF FERN VILLA.
CAIRNS.- On the 26th July, Annie Eliza, beloved wife of Robert Cairns, Fern Villa,Rosebud, and mother of David,James, George (deceased), and Godfrey, aged 74.
CAIRNS.—Friends of Mr. ROBERT CAIRNS, of Dromana, are informed that the remains of his dearly beloved wife, Annie Eliza, will be interred in the Dromana Cemetery. The funeral will leave the English Church,Dromana. THIS DAY (Thursday, July 27), at 2 o'clock. (P.1, Argus, 27-7-1922.)
Back Road Bob Cairns was so-named because he owned 188 acres (crown allotments 32, 32A, 32B, 32C and part c/a 2 section B Wannaeue) near the old Cape Schanck road (now Bayview Rd.) This land is roughly indicated by the streets named after cars between Talbot St and Austin St westward to Melway 171 A2. His house was called Fern Villa but Peter Wilson misread the name in an old newspaper as Tornvilla and the error has been repeated several times in heritage studies. Much altered, the house remains in Marina Drive which is a subdivision of the remaining homestead block. The funeral notice described the family's location as Dromana because it was in today's McCrae which was called Dromana West till about 1941.
The stupidly named Cairn Rd was obviously the access to Fern Villa and makes as much sense as Edward Williams' Eastbourne homestead being in William Crescent. Back Road Bob and Godfrey were obviously in the habit of following Adams Creek (now The Avenue) to where it met Cairn Rd at the back road. This short cut and Bob's flooding of Robert Henry Adams' orchard and vineyard over the back road (called the Hobsons Flat road), between the Talbot and Austin St corners, sparked a feud which I called SHOVEL TROUBLE AT ROSEBUD.*
(*You will find plenty of articles about the flooding on trove if you enter HOBSONS FLAT DRAINAGE, CAIRNS, ADAMS and an article about the short cut by entering CAIRNS, ADAMS, ASSAULT, SHOVEL. (Trove isn't working at the moment.)
Extracts from my journal about Cairns land in Wannaeue and Fingal.
Robert Cairns(1848-1937), fifth child of the original David Cairns, was called Back Road Bob because of Anthony's Nose, known to old timers as "The Rocks". Arthurs Seat used to jut into the bay and travellers with drays had the choice of waiting for low tide to travel around the obstacle on the hard-packed beach sand or heading up the hill from the bottom of Foote St in Dromana and following the road to Cape Schanck, which is now the freeway....
(In 1876) Robert married Annie Eliza Symonds, member of a pioneering Flinders family (of Westward Ho.) At a cost of two hundred pounds, he built a four roomed wattle and daub house with thick walls,eleven foot ceilings and fireplaces in the parlour and main bedroom.
After Robert's death in 1937 at the age of 90, relatives occupied the house until after W.W.2. The property was subdivided and later the homestead block became the Marina Heights Estate.

25-1-1924. FREDA CLARKE OF RED HILL, aged 11.
CLARKE. - The friends of Mr GEORGE EDMUND CLARKE of Red Hill are respectfully informed that the remains of his dearly beloved and only daughter Freda will be interred in the Dromana Cemetery THIS DAY (Friday January 25) at 2 p.m.

CLARKE. –On the 23rd January, at Children's Hospital, Freda Frances Estella, dearly loved only daughter of George and Caroline Clarke,of Rondebosch, Red Hill, sister of Carl, George,Edgar, and James, aged 11 years.
(Both P.1, Argus,25-1-1924.)

I have a sneaking suspicion that I have come across the surname in my Red Hill research, but in no significant way. I have only accessed rate records up till 1919-20 and my only other sources of knowledge are parish maps, AROUND RED HILL in the Mornington Standard in 1902 and what I've been told by descendants of pioneering families. If I had to guess the location of Rondebosch, I'd go for 24A or 24B Kangerong (Melway 161, top half G9 and 161 G-H 8 and G9) granted to Charles and Andrew Fritsch. George Edmund Clarke might have married a Fritsch or Gottliebson descendant. George was still in Red Hill in 1941.

The above conjecture, based on the presumed German connection (rare in early days, except perhaps for Thiele and Cleine) seems unfounded as C.Clarke in 1942 was probably Carl, who was in RED HILL SOUTH, IN THE PARISH OF BALNARRING. Carl and Edgar were both fruitgrowers.
Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1939 - 1949) Friday 18 September 1942 p 2 Article
... (Tyabb); executive, Messrs W. G. Clarke (Tyabb),, C. Clarke (Red Hill South), A. Ratcliffe (Red Hill ..

Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1939 - 1949) Friday 24 September 1943 p 3 Article
... (Hastings), C. Clarke (Red Hill), S. Jeremiah (Hastings), A. Ratcliffe (Red Hill), J. Campbell (Hastings), C ... abb), J. Moug (Bembridge), K. Barn'ard (Bembridge), G. Shepherd (Somerville), E. Clarke (Red Hill),

MARGARET MAY, only child of Mr G. Turner, Carrum Downs,and the late Mrs Turner, to Edgar Murray, third son of Mr G. Clarke, Red Hill, and the late Mrs Clarke.(P.3, The Dandenong Journal, 24-12-1941.)

Carl was engaged to, and probably married, a LIZARD! His mother died in 1937. Was she buried at Dromana? (NOT ON NGAIRETH'S LIST- * CLARKE, Freda - 1924 CLARKE, George Edmund - 1966 * CLARKE, Edgar Murray - 1989
Edith, younger daughter of the late Mrs.Lizard, and of Mr. Frank Lizard, of 8 Moorabbin road, formerly of Werribee, to Carl, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E.Clarke, of Red Hill.(P.15, Argus, 5-9-1934.)

National Trustees Company Is applying for probate of the will of Caroline Elizabeth Louise Clarke, of Red Hill South, married, who died on October 19, 1937, leaving estate sworn for probate at £2.109, consisting of realty £1,800 and personalty £309. to her husband.(P.2, Argus, 10-2-1938.)


Mrs. Martha Ellen Clydesdale, wife of Mr. James Clydesdale, of Narre Warren North, died after a lengthy
illness in a private hospital in Dandenong on Thursday. Deceased was 59 years of age, and leaves three sons
and one daughter.. One of her sons,William, was killed in action in Gallipoli. The funeral, which was by
motor, took place at the Dromana cemetery on Saturday afternoon, the arrangements being carried out by Mr.
W. J. Garnar. (P.4, The Dandenong Journal, 6-10-1927.)

James Clydesdale moved onto the Survey in about 1860 according to Colin McLear and if the map of early settlers on page 27 is accurate his home was on the north bank of Dunns Creek in the top left corner of Melway 160 G4. George and Sarah Peatey arrived on the Survey at the same time as James Clydesdale and wife Julia and lived between Dunns Creek and today's Lakeside Court. On 17-4-1864 when Julia was about to give birth to their tenth* child, Emma, James (then described as a mariner)might have been at work, but there was no need for Julia to panic; all she had to do in order to summon the midwife was open her door, face west and yell out, "Sarah."
(*Sarah Peatey's records mentioned that the five eldest children had all died.)

After many years working for George McLear(timber getting), Jonah Griffith (possibly the mariner era) and Walter Gibson(taking mail to Cape Schanck), James settled on 45 acres on the south side of Dunns Creek Rd between today's Dromana/Red Hill boundary and a line indicated by the north-south section of Gibb Rd (near Melway 161 B8.) He received the title (grant) on 7-5-1884.

This was close to the Tubbarubba diggings where two sons,James Jnr and Harry worked for gold miner, Bernard F.Eaton (brother of Watson Eaton) who found 7 ounces of gold in seven years. (P.45, THE RED HILL.) James Jnr married Charlie Dyson's daughter and lived in Pier St,Alec married Miss Cleine of Red Hill and lived on the corner of Heales and Hogkinson Sts but had no children, and it may have been Emma who became Mrs Davis of Red Hill.

A descendant indicated that the Clydesdales arrived on the Survey earlier than Colin McLear thought they had.

William James CLYDESDALE
Born 1 Nov 1817 Tradestown, Gorbals, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
Gender Male
Died 15 Aug 1902 Parish Of Kangerong, Victoria , Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
Buried 18 Aug 1902 Dromana Cemetery, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
The following information on James ,Julia and their family was kindly provided by their Great Great Grandson Geoffrey Robert Doherty. Geoff has volumes of notes on most of this branch of the family, with only some of those notes added into these records.

«u»James Clydesdale is an enigma. «/u»

"James" Clydesdale came to Australia in 1849, first settling in Melbourne, then moving to Dromana, on the Mornington Peninsula a few years later. His wife's name was Julia Cahill, and possibly one of the hundreds of Irish Orphan girls brought to Australia as a result of the Irish famine. In 1902 James completed his pension application at the local Court House.In this pension application James listed his parents names, the name of the ship in which he came to Australia, the date he married Julia. James explicitly stated that his parents were William Clydesdale and Janet Muir, of Glasgow.The same is recorded in Julia's application although James actually filled out the forms.
Other documents(e.g his childrens Death Certificates etc) record his name as William James Clydesdale.

It is interesting that James Clydesdale and John Gibson both came from Lanarkshire and were both mariners. I wonder if they knew each other before they settled on the Survey. Sarah Peatey and Julia Clydesdale both did cleaning at William Dixon Scurfield hotel and tried to restore Father Nyall's reputation. (See Eaton entry.)

GRIFFITH -The Friends of the late Mr JOHN CALVIN GRIFFITH are respectfully informed that his remains will be interred In the Dromana Cemetery. The funeral will leave his residence, Dromana. THIS DAY (Tuesday, October 11, 1927), at 2 o'clock. Motor service.
GRIFFITH-On the 9th October, at his residence,Dromana, John Calvin Griffith, dearly beloved husband of Mary Griffith, and father of John,Evelyn (Mrs Shand), Florrie (Mrs Heffernan),Albert, Mary, Katie (Mrs Briggs), George, Lily,Wilfred, Charles, aged 80 years (P.1, Argus, 11-10-1927.)

See pages 9-72 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA re John's parents, siblings and descendants.His wife's maiden name was not given.
John Calvin Griffith was a Shire of Flinders and Kangerong councillor 1887-1902.
In an attempt to find the maiden name of J.C.'s wife Mary, I stumbled upon his mother, Rebecca's maiden name, Hurley.
"Hi, I am still searching for any siblings to my abraham who came to Australia in 1855, born in Lancaster Co. PA. married Rebecca Hurley in Blair Co. PA. His father's name was Jonah Griffith and his mother Elizabeth Harris. They came to Australia with three children,Arthamecey, John Calvin, and Jonah. Two children did not come with them, we asumed they died, but maybe they were apprenticed out,etc."
Griffith - Public Record Office Victoria - PROV Wiki

John Calvin Griffith's children are named on P.70 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA but his wife's name was given only as Mary.Her maiden name was Mary Dowling.
The many friends of Mrs C.Tuck will regret to, learn of her death, which sad event took place at her residence, 'Mantonville,' Flinders, on Sunday morning last, after a brief illness. Deceased was the second eldest daughter of the late Mr Thos. Dowling, of Shoreham, and has three sisters living-Mrs J. Stanley (Balnarring),.Mrs J. West (Notting Hill),Mrs. J. C.Griffith (Dromana), and one brother (Mr C. Dowling.) ETC.
(P.3, Mornington and Dromana Standard, 20-8-1910.)

Mrs J C Griffith of Dromana
This person used this address when signing the Women's Suffrage petition in 1891.

The wife of John Calvin Griffith was Mary Dowling from Shoreham. She had a busy life as mother of 11 children and a prominent husband in the community. He was a local councillor and a farmer. He came from the USA with his parents. (See R GrIffith her mother in law)
Mrs R Griffith of Dromana
This person used this address when signing the Women's Suffrage petition in 1891.
Rebecca arrived in Dromana in 1855 with her husband, Abraham and their three children- Arthamecy, Jonah and John Calvin from Philadelphia, USA. They were tenants on Jamieson's Survey. She was born Rebecca Hurley and died in 1898. (See also JC Griffith her daughter in law)

The funeral of the late Mr. Justice Higgins at Dromana cemetery today was largely attended. The Federal and State Governments were represented, and there was also a large number of mourners from the Victorian Bench and Bar.(P.9, Northern Star, 16-1-1929.)
Judge Higgins owned Heronswood, where he probably wrote the Harvester Judgement that led to the basic wage. The last thing he probably did was to climb Arthurs Seat. (See P.137-8, A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.)
The memorial for his son, killed in W.W.1,, is much grander than H.B.'s.

There are numerous biographies with or without s to end his second given name. His greatest contribution to the working was his Harvester Judgement, probably written at "Heronswood", which led to the Basic Wage.

4?-7-1930. MRS HENRY BUCHER (nee ANN WHITE.)
BUCHER.-—-On the 3rd July, 1930, at Rosebud, Ann, relict of Henry Bucher, loved mother of Harry, Rose (Mrs. Nichols), Elizabeth (Mrs. E.Cairns), Dan, Annie, Louis, Arthur, and Sam,leaving 25 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild, in her 88th year. (Interred at Dromana.) (P.13, Argus, 5-7-1930.)

A huge thanks (once again) to my family tree circles colleague tonkin for the following. I just about had a heart attack when I saw that Ann was born in Stirtlingshire (instead of Clackmannanshire) until I saw her parents' names. Another big thanks to Stephen Lynch of N.S.W. (toolaroo of family tree circles) for his PENINSULA PIONEERS.
I'd actually found Arthur's wife's death in 1943 first and I was trying to find her maiden name when I found his mother's death notice. Peter Wilson wrote that, like the Cairns family, Ann was from "Clackmannon".I'll reproduce all of tonkin's journal about the Buchers here.

BUCHER Arthur married Ann WHITE 1866
Journal by tonkin
Groom: Arthur Henry BUCHER.
Birth place given as USA.
Bride: Ann WHITE.
Birth place given as Stirlingshire.
Year married: 1866.
Place: Victoria, Australia.
Arthur died 1889 in Dromana, Victoria.
Death recorded as Henry Arthur BUCHER.
Age: 50 years.
Parents named as Arthur BUCHER and Ann HOOPER.
Ann died 1930 in Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 90 years.
Parents named as Robert WHITE and Elizabeth RUSSELL.
Nine children located Victorian records for Arthur and Ann.
Arthur was always recorded as Henry and never by his first name of Arthur.
Born: circa 1865 Dromana, Victoria. (Birth not located)
Died: 1942 Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 77 years.
Married: Jean HAMILTON.
Year: 1895.
Place: Victoria.
Jean's birth place given as Scotland.
Jean died 1920 in Prahran, Victoria.
Age: 60 years.
Parents named as John HAMILTON and Mary MOFFATT.
Rose Ann BUCHER.
Born: 1867 Dromana, Victoria.
Died: 1944 Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 76 years.
Married: James NICHOLS.
Year: 1884.
Place: Victoria.
James birth place given as Jersey.
Elizabeth BUCHER.
Born: 1870 Dromana, Victoria.
Died: 1965 Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 95 years.
Married: Edward CAIRNS.
Year: 1893.
Place: Victoria.
Edward's birth place given as Boneo.
See Post: CAIRNS Edward married Elizabeth BUCHER 1893.
Daniel Robert BUCHER.
Born: 1872 Dromana, Victoria.
Died: 1956 Yarraville, Victoria.
Age: 83 years.
Death recorded under BEECHER.
Married: Eva May OCKENDEN.
Year: 1902.
Place: Victoria.
Eva died 1957 in Parkdale, Victoria.
Age: 78 years.
Parents named as Palmer OCKENDEN and Mary Ann SWINY.
Birth note.
Eva was born 1878 in Brighton, Victoria.
Parents named as Palmer OCKENDEN and Mary Ann C SWINEY.
Born: 1875 Dromana, Victoria.
Died: -
Louis Thomas William BUCHER.
Born: 1878 Dromana, Victoria.
Died: 1948 Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 71 years.
Married: Una Malvina SMITH.
Year: -
Place: -
Una died 1957 in Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 78 years.
Parents named as William SMITH and Margaret ROBERTSON.
Arthur Ernest BUCHER.
Born: 1880 Dromana, Victoria.
Died: 1941 Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 60 years.
Married: Sarah PATTERSON.
Year: 1903.
Place: Victoria.
Sarah died 1943 in Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 67 years.
Parents: William PATTERSON and Christina CAIRNS.
Birth note.
Sarah was born 1875 in Tootgarook, Victoria.
Parents named as William PETTERSON and Christina CAIRNS.
Samuel BUCHER.
Born: 1883 Dromana, Victoria.
Died: 1884 Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 01 year.
Samuel James BUCHER.
Born: 1885 Dromana, Victoria.
Died: 1935 Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 50 years.
Ann White who married Henry Bucher in 1866 was born in Stirlingshire? Perhaps Peter Wilson was wrong in ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD!
But then I saw this:
Ann died 1930 in Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 90 years.
Parents named as Robert WHITE and Elizabeth RUSSELL.

Page 46 PENINSULA PIONEERS by Stephen Lynch (toolaroo.) Henry White, born in 1779, free from the bonds of servitude that enslaved previous generations, he moved from CLACKMANNAN to nearby MENSTRIE where he married Margaret CAIRNS on 10-12-1803. Their only child, Robert was born on 31-8-1804 in Menstrie.

On 2-5-1829, Robert married ELIZABETH RUSSELL. Together they had seven children, but Elizabeth* died shortly after the last, Elizabeth* (1850-1850) was born. In 1859, Robert and his three youngest surviving children, Janet (b.1839), ANN (b.1842), and Robert (Blooming Bob White, b.1849) sailed out on the John Linn, arriving in Melbourne on 25-6-1859.
Therefore Henry Bucher married ANN WHITE, sister of Blooming Bob and Janet (mother of Robert James a.k.a. Bullocky Bob White) when she was about 27.
*In 1850, Janet would have been about 11 and Ann about 8. How the death of their mother and baby sister must have become etched in their memories! Janet's son, Robert, was born before she married Charles James but their first legitimate child was named Elizabeth and married William Hobley. I wouldn't mind betting that Ann had the tragic event of 1850 in mind when she named her third child.
In view of the mother of Robert White (b.1804) being Margaret (nee CAIRNS) it is likely that he went straight to Little Scotland on the north east corner of Browns and Boneo Rds or MENSTRIE MAINS on the north west corner. There would be no record to confirm this because the first assessment of the Kangerong Road Board (recording the Robert White was renting a hut from Cairns Bros.) did not take place until 1864.

After ensuring that Janet was well looked after, her marriage taking place in that year, he may have tired of lime burning and decided to try his hand at fishing*, settling on a foreshore block 20 metres west of the present access road and car park near the Rosebud jetty, crown allotment 11, Rosebud Fishing Village. He purchased his block, which had a frontage of only 18 metres (most of the blocks being a chain or 20 metres wide) on 30-6-1873. (* It is possible that the block was held on a fisherman's licence by somebody else such as Patrick Tolmut Wee Wee, who drowned in 1869. Most fishermen obtained their grants in August 1872.)

Peter Wilson stated that Henry Bucher had settled on the foreshore in 1863. Janet was probably at the James selection by then and Ann was probably with her father in the hut rented from the Cairns brothers and helping to look after the bairns such as the one who complained to hawker Charles Graves and his young companion, George McLear, "Ae cunnae crruck a whee whup yet." So how could Henry and Ann have met? Two possibilities spring to mind. Henry may have been fishing; if so Ann may have accompanied her father to the foreshore to load limestone onto a limecraft near Boneo Rd. Or perhaps Henry earned a bit of cash by working for the Crichtons on Glenlee or the Barkers on their Boniyong pre-emptive right, both just over Browns Rd from Menstrie Mains and Little Scotland respectively.

By 1873 or earlier, Robert White (b. 1804) was living on the foreshore only 6.75 chains (135 metres) from his daughter, Ann and his son in law, Henry. Crown allotment 18 Wannaeue, over the beach road from Robert's foreshore block, between today's Adams Avenue and Jetty Rd was sold by the grantee Warren to speculator Blakley not long before 7-9-1872 and the following two years Blakely seems to have leased it to John Twycross, grantee of the fishing village block between Robert White's and the Jetty access, who married widow Clutterbuck, a Burrell girl.
Blakley died and his trustees put c/a 18 up for sale. Robert White was well aware that the 2 acre block, lot 86 on the FJ's corner had been sold previously and bought the remaining 150 acres. The assessment of 27-7-1878 shows that Robert White Junior (Blooming Bob White) was now the owner and occupant of c/a 18 but also that the net annual value had increased from 10 pounds to 15 pounds. His father still owned c/a 11 of the fishing village and there had been no need for a homestead on the farm because they only needed to walk across the road to reach it.
However on 26-7-1877, Blooming Bob had married Margaret Hillis and they needed their own home and it is almost certain that the core of Wahgunyah at 19 Mitchell St was built at this time. It sits on a very steep rise, a knoll, and that is the only possible explanation for the name of the place where the father of Mrs Janet James, Mrs Henry Bucher and Blooming Bob White died on 25-4-1881, "Menstry Hill, Rosebud."

One more thing. Ann White was born in Stirling. How far is that from Clackmannan?
Stirling, Stance 10 Bus Station on Goosecroft Road Depart: T 17:35
Manor Powis, opp Manor Cottages on Alloa Road T 17:44
Tullibody, at Stirling Road Turning Circle on Stirling Road T 17:47
Tullibody, after Knowefaulds Road on Stirling Road T 17:47
Tullibody, at Abercromby Arms Hotel on Stirling Road T 17:48
Alloa, at Police Station on Mar Place T 17:54
Alloa, Stance 1 Shillinghill T 17:56
Clackmannan, at The Horseshoe Bar on Main Street Arrive: T 18:04

DUNHAM. The Friends of Mr. and Mrs.HENRY WILL1AM DUNHAM, of Red Hill, are informed that the remains of their
beloved son. Ronald Valentine, will be Interred In the Dromana Cemetery THIS DAY (Monday), l9th Inst., at 2 o'clock.(P.1, The Age, 19-1-1931.)

7 or 8 APRIL 1931. F. BENSON, DROMANA.
Mr. F. Benson, who had just completed the erection of a new home In Dromana, died suddenly on Monday morning. The burial took place at Dromana Cemetery.(P.10, The Age, Thursday 9-4-1931.)

BENSON - On the 6th April (suddenly), at James street, Dromana, Fairleigh, beloved husband of Florence, and fond father of George (late AIF). (Interred privately, Dromana Cemetery.) Sweet rest.(P.13, Argus, 11-4-1931.)

Thorden Richard Benson who died aged 72 and was buried at Dromana would seem to have been George's son.
BENSON, Fairleigh - 1931 ... BENSON, Thorden Richard - 1993 72

Rachel Marks Benson was born into the Marks family and married into the Benson family. She married Bernstein Jacob Benson and they gave birth to Fairleigh Benson.

Archie married Maud McKeown, the connection between the families now perpetuated by the Shaw-McKeown Reserve near Tower Rd. Their children were Maurice, Ernest, Archibald, Betty (Mrs Weir) and Jack.)
Mr. A. V. Shaw, who was widely known throughout the Mornington Peninsula,died yesterday at his residence, "Kangerong," Dromana at the age of 53 years. He was a justice of the peace, and was for many years a member of Flinders and Kangerong shire council. The funeral will take place at Dromana Cemetery this afternoon.
(P.9, The Age, 26-10-1932.)

The death of Mrs Frances Holden,probably the Peninsula's only centenarian, occurred at her residence at Dromana on Monday. Had she lived until October, Mrs Holden would have reached the age of 102 years. With her husband, she settled in Dromana 82 years ago and had lived there ever since. She came from Sussex, England, when a young girl. In her younger days she took an active part in movements for the advancement of the district. A good
horsewoman, she used to join parties that went out hunting kangaroos.
Burial took place in the Dromana cemetery where the remains were interred beside those of her husband (James) who died about 60 years ago. The burial service was read by the Rev. A. F. Falconer. (P.1, FSS, 25-8-1934.)


10-1-1935. NELSON RUDDUCK.
RUDDUCK.—The Friends of the late Mr.
NELSON RUDDUCK are respectfully Invited
to follow his remains to the place of Interment,
the Dromana Cemetery.
The funeral is appointed to leave the Methodist
Church, Dromana, To-morrow (Thursday, January 10), at 3 p.m.

RUDDUCK.—On the 8th January, at Dro-
mana, Nelson, husband of the late Jane
Sophia, father of Jane (Mrs. W. Cadle),
Samuel, Fred, Henry, Edith (Mrs. Lemmon),
Ernest, Bridget (Mrs. Allen), Jack (late
King's Own), Ruby (Mrs. S. Wilson), aged 85 years.
(Both P.1, Argus, 9-1-1935.)

15-1-1935. JOSEPH McILROY.
McILROY.-The Friends of the late Mr. JOSEPH McILROY are respectfully Invited to follow his remains to the place of Interment, tho Dromana Cemetery. The funeral Is appointed to leave the residence
of his son (Mr. Herbert Mcllroy). Red Hill. THIS DAY (Tuesday, January 15), at half-past 2 o'clock.
(P.1, Argus, 15-1-1935.)

The death occurred at the Bush Nursing Hospital,- Dromana, of Mr. Joseph McIlroy, aged 83 years, on Monday, after a brief illness. Mr. McIlroy was a resident of Red Hill for 70 years. With his parents he came to Victoria from County Antrim, Ireland. Shortly after their arrival the family settled at Red Hill.

Mr. McIlroy, who was an orchardist, was held in high esteem by a large circle of friends. His wife and four sons predeceased him. He leaves three sons and one daughter. The funeral, which was largely attended,
took place on Tuesday. The remains were interred in the Dromana cemetery. The casket was carried by his six nephews, Messrs. H. McIlroy, A..McIlroy, K. Cleine, T. Simpson, F.Simpson and 'R. McIlroy. The burial service was read by the Rev. W:.Adams, assisted by the Rev. J. McIlroy, a nephew of the deceased.(P.4, FSS, 18-1-1935.)

In 1877, Joseph (1852-1935) married Sarah Hillis (1857-1898), fourth child of Hill Hillis and Sarah (sister of James McKeown), and their children, with birth years, were: Henry 1878, William 1879, James 1881, Thomas 1884, Mary Ann 1885, Herbert 1887, Frederick 1889 and Arthur 1891 who served in W.W.1. (Peninsula pioneers by Stephen Lynch.) His brother, William (1859-1937) married Sarah's sister, Elizabeth Hillis (1859-1921) in 1878.
Many pages of Sheila Skidmore's THE RED HILL were based on Joseph's diary.

2-8-1935. REV. J.D. HENNESSY.
(Not on Australia Cemeteries website for Dromana.)
The Rev. J. D. Hennessy died at the Dromana Bush Nursing Hospital on August 1, aged 88 years. He resided at Rosebud for about 20. years. He was the proprietor and editor of The Christian World when it was first established. He was at one time the incumbent of the Congregational Church, Burnley street, Richmond; also of the Congregational Church, Pitt street, Sydney. Of a philanthropic disposition, he was renowned for his 'work in relieving the poor and needy. He retired from the ministry about 20 years ago. He leaves one son, Mr. G. Hennessy. Another. son was killed in the Great War. His wife died about five years ago. The funeral, which was private, took place on Friday, the remains being interred in the Dromana cemetery. The burial
service was read by the. Rev. W.Adams.(P.1, FSS, 9-8-1935.)

3-7-1935. Mr. R. B. SPENCER
The death occurrred on Monday at the Dromana \Bush Nursing Hospital of Mr. Robert Beauchamp Spencer,aged 61 years. Mr. Spencer, who resided at Main Ridge, served in the Great War in which three of his sons, Robert, Arthur and . Reginald also served. All returned safely to Australia. Mr. Spencer leaves a widow, five sons and two daughters. Burial took place in the Dromana Cemetery on Tuesday. The Rev. W. Adams held a service at the home and also read the burial service. The arrangements for the funeral were carried out by Mr. Hector Gamble, of Frankston. The casket was carried by Messrs. Walter, Arthur and Theodore Spencer (sons), A. and W. Spencer (brothers), Thomas and Edwin (stepsons) and A. Lane (brother-in-law).The pall-bearers were Messrs. Walter Noble, Arthur Hosking, Frank Lane,Arthur Knight, Roy Knight, J. Brown and R. Spencer. (P.4, FSS, 26-7-1935.)

3642 SPENCER, Robert Beauchamp Bundoora, Victoria 3rd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 8
Robert Beauchamp SPENCER
Regimental number 3642
Religion Church of England
Occupation Driver
Address Bundoora, Victoria
Marital status Married
Age at embarkation 43
Next of kin Wife, Mrs Alice Spencer, Bundoora, Victoria
Enlistment date 15 August 1917
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 3rd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 8
AWM Embarkation Roll number 14/15/3
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 21 November 1917
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Ormonde on 2 March 1918
Rank from Nominal Roll Private
Unit from Nominal Roll 3rd Pioneer Battalion
Fate Returned to Australia 24 December 1918.

2-8-1935. REV. J.D. HENNESSY.
(Not on Australia Cemeteries website for Dromana.)
The Rev. J. D. Hennessy died at the Dromana Bush Nursing Hospital on August 1, aged 88 years. He resided at Rosebud for about 20. years. He was the proprietor and editor of The Christian World when it was first established. He was at one time the incumbent of the Congregational Church, Burnley street, Richmond; also of the Congregational Church, Pitt street, Sydney. Of a philanthropic disposition, he was renowned for his 'work in relieving the poor and needy. He retired from the ministry about 20 years ago. He leaves one son, Mr. G. Hennessy. Another. son was killed in the Great War. His wife died about five years ago. The funeral, which was private, took place on Friday, the remains being interred in the Dromana cemetery. The burial
service was read by the. Rev. W.Adams.(P.1, FSS, 9-8-1935.)

N.B. I have been told by descendants that the above spelling of the surname is the correct one.
The death occurred on Friday of Mr. Joseph William Hazeldine, aged 82 years, at his residence, Dromana. Mr. Hazeldine settled in the Dromana district 48 years ago and was a State school teacher at Rosebud for nine years. He was a teacher in the service of the Education Department for 28 years. Until his death he was registrar of births and deaths at Dromana. The funeral took place on Saturday. Requiem mass was celebrated by the Rev. Father O'Sullivan, who also read the burial service. Burial took place in the Dromana cemetery. The casket was carried by his six sons. The pall-bearers were Cr Wilson, Messrs. A. W. Farrell, L.Carrigg, J. Matthews, A. Cooper, B.Wilson, J. Moraes, and G. Brown. The funeral was conducted by Mr Hector Gamble, of Frankston. Mr. Hazeldine leaves six sons and four daughters. (P.1, FSS, 30-8-1935.)

A son of the deceased, who had the same name, married Lizzie, daughter of Michael Cain. Their grandson, John Hazledine tells the story in:
'White Cliffs' - Rye Historical Society - Weebly…/july-august-september_201…...
JOSEPH'S WIFE DIED IN 1916. No funeral notice found.
HAZELDINE (sic). On the 13th November, at her residence,"'Corio," Dromana, Mary M., the dearly beloved wife of Joseph W. Hazledine, and loving mother of Mrs. Hurrey (New Zealand), Joe, Mrs. Fleming, Bert,Norman, Reg, Queenie, Lewis, Mary and Jack: aged 58 years. R.I. P.
Immaculate heart of Mary,
Your prayers for her extol.
Oh, Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Have mercy on her soul.
(P.5,Tribune, Melbourne, 23-11-1916.)
See pages 55-66 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA for extensive Rudduck information.

Mr. William Townsend died at his residence, Weir street, Rye, on (?)day. Born at Rosebud*, he lived (?) for about 42 years. He lived about 20 years in Western Australia**. He leaves a widow to mourn (?) Burial took place on Monday (at?) Dromana Cemetery. The casket was carried by Messrs. F. Townsend, ? Matthew (Matthews?), W. Sanderson, C. Myers, R. Myers, C. Myers Junior, and ? Hardwood. The pall-bearers were Messrs. H. Hudson, B. Wilson, (Alex?) Webster. and R. Dimmick.(Rev.?) F. G. Hughes read the burial....(P.4, FSS, 7-2-1936.)

* C/A 31D, 31C and 30B straddling the west end of Waterfall Gully Rd, granted to John Townsend. See A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA re the family and :JOHN TOWNSEND, DROMANA, VIC., AUST. : FIRST TO USE MOUTH TO MOUTH ...…...
** A large number of young men from the Peninsula went to gold-rich W.A. during the 1890's depression to find employment.

16-7-1936. MRS. P. M. GAMBLE.
Mrs Harriet Louisa Gamble, wife of Mr Peter Martin Gamble, died at her residence, Red Hill, on July 14.She had lived in the district for 20 years. Burial took place on July 16, in the Dromana cemetery. The casket was carried by Messrs. K. Cleine, J. Erskine, E.Russell, R. Thustain, E.Bowring and R. Edwards, senr. The Rev. W. Adams read the burial service.(P.4,FSS, 24-7-1936.)

GAMBLE (nee Brear);— On the 14th July, at Red Hill South, Harriet Louisa, dearly beloved wife of Peter Martin, loving sister of Hester Alice (Mrs. Holland) and William (deceased), aged 60 years.(P.1, The Age,15-7-1936.)

The Brears were residents of Trentham as was Mrs Gamble before moving to Red Hill. Her parents had died so the move could have been so she could be near her sister.

HOLLAND Samuel Mackie J.P. 1922-7
See WETTENHALL entry. Samuel, Shire President in 1926-7, was unable to attend the Wettenhall farewell, apparently due to illness.

In 1919, Samuel M.Holland of Red Hill was assessed on 20 acres and buildings, 74H Balnarring. John E.Holland was assessed on 25 acres and buildings, part 13B, Kangerong.

Peninsula Motor Ambulance Service PUBLIC APPEAL. The motor ambulance, which was presented to the Mornington Peninsula on October 9, has already done good service. There has been one case from Frankston and two from Mornington for conveyance to Melbourne hospitals. Messrs. Taylor & Ritchie, of Mornington, have offered to garage the ambulance car free of cost for the present, but later on, owing to the holiday season they will be unable to do so. The committee is thus compelled to build a garage. A generous offer has been made by Cr. P. McArthur, president of the Mornington Shire, to allow the erection of a temporary garage on his property in the main street, adjoining the residence of Mr. J. E. Birch, the motor driver. The cost for the materials would be about 20. Some kind friends have volunteered to give half a day's work, free of charge, and it is hoped others will offer similar service. The work will be undertaken on a Saturday afternoon very soon. The committee also appeals to the public of Mornington Peninsula to help financially as soon as possible, as there are only a few more weeks to find provision for the wagon. Donations will be thankfully received by the committee and acknowledged through the press. The following are authorised to receive donations:--Mr. A.C. Allingham (president), Rosebud; Cr. J. Jack, Bittern; Cr. S. M. Holland, Red Hill; Cr. G. A. May, Frankston; Mr. C. Gray, Frankston; Cr. H.E.Edwards (treasurer), Mornington; Mr.J. L. Bleri (secre tary), Mornington. (P.6, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 13-11-1925.)

At the meeting of the Executive Council yesterday new justices of the peace were appointed as follows:-Central Bailiwick- Mr. S. M. Holland, Red Hill. Midland Bailiwick.-Mr. M. R. Wilson, Campbells
Forest. (P.8, Argus, 11-1-1924.)

HOLLAND. - On January 17, at Hastings, Hester Alice, widow of the late Samuel Mackie Holland, loving mother of Elsie (Mrs. Henderson deceased), Sydney, and Jack. (P.2, Argus, 19-1-1948.) In view of the above, and the fact that John E.Holland of "Lynden" welcomed his only daughter into the world in August 1923, I presume that Sam was the father of John E.Holland. Neither Sam nor John were children of Thomas Holland.

Notice is hereby given (blah blah) PROBATE of the WILL dated the 18th day of March 1939 First Codicil thereto dated the 13th day of March 1941 and Second Codicil thereto dated the 8th day of July 1941 of SAMUEL MACKIE HOLLAND late of Red Hill In the said State retired orchardst deceased may be granted to Hester Alice Holland of Red Hill in the said State widow of the said deceased and Leonard Robert Newnham Utber of 285 Collins street Melbourne In the said State, solicitor, the executors named in and appointed by the said will.
Dated this twenty eighth dav of July 1941 H.W. HUNT & UTBER 285 Collins Street,Melbourne, proctors for the applicants. (P.4, Argus, 29-7-1941.)

Mrs Sarah Ann Griffith died at her residence, Dromana, on July 22, aged 86 years. She was a citizen of Dromana for 58 years. She leaves two sons and three daughters. The funeral took place on Friday, the remains being interred in the Dromana cemetery. The coffin-bearers were Messrs. H. Griffith J. Griffith, T.Roberts and I. Cairns. The Rev. F.G. Hughes officiated at the grave. (P.4, FSS, 31-7-1936.)

Sarah Ann was a daughter of Isaac Sawyer and Sarah* (daughter of Henry Prosser.) When Isaac died, Sarah married Amos Renouf who was a colleague of Henry Prosser, but he died too so she was living with Jonah and Sarah Ann when she died. Jonah was a builder, farmer and fisherman.
For information about Sarah's mother and siblings, see my journal:
(*The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Friday 21 July 1916 p 1 RENOUF.— On the 15th July,at her daughter's residence, Dromana. Sarah, relict of the late Amos Renouf, of . Frankston. in her 95th )

For information about Jonah and Sarah Ann's children see page 69 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.
For Location of Jonah's house and where he built and moored his boat, "Doris", buy a copy of Melbourne Brindle's map of Dromana pre 1918.

22-10-1936. MRS. G. DYSON.
Mrs. Mary Dyson, wife of Mr George Dyson, died suddenly at her residence, Pier street, Dromana,on October 20, aged 67 years She was an old resident of Dromana and was held in high esteem by a wide circle of friends. She leaves a husband and one son. The funeral took place on October 22, in the Dromana Cemetery. There was a large gathering of mourners at the grave and many beautiful floral tributes were received. The Rev. F.G. Hughes held a service at the home and also officiated at the grave. The casket was carried by Messrs. E.Farrell, H. T. Hosking, C. Young and W. Dyson. The pall-bearers. were Cr.Rudduck, Messrs. A. Farrell, J. Dyson, B. Wilson, W. Lardner, A. Gregory, J. Young and J. Matthews. (P.4, FSS, 30-10-1936.)

(Mary's death notices reveal that her only child, George Robert Dyson Jnr., was known as Bob, that she was living in Pier St (which probably included Jetty Rd until the freeway was built) and that Spencer Jackson had become a good friend of Mary.

DYSON.— On the 20th October (suddenly), at her residence, in Pier-street, Dromana, Mary,dearly beloved wife of George Robert Dyson, loving mother of Bob, fond grandmother of Mary, aged 67 years.
DYSON.— An appreciative tribute to the memory of Mrs. Mary Dyson, of Pier-street. Dromana, beloved wife of George Dyson, who died at her residence (suddenly)on the 20th October.
P.1, The Age, 22-10-1936, as for the funeral notice.

A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA has heaps of information about the Dysons but not Mary's maiden name. Could it have been Singleton? George would seem to have died in 1944.Genealogy websites give George Robert Dyson (Junior) as their only child, which seems to be confirmed by the 28-7-1944 death notice.

George (Robert) Dyson Snr. was the first child of Charlie Dyson (in the area by 1964) and a daughter of John Singleton(in the area by 1864) according to Colin McLear on P. 84 of A.D.O.D.) Then followed Jack, Martha Ellen and the future Mrs John Townsend. The Dyson/Townsend connection was reinforced when George Robert Dyson Snr. married Mary Singleton in 1892. (George Robert married: 1892 Mary SINGLETON.) It is possible** that his younger brother Jack married a relative of James and George Meldrum Henderson (John Charles married: 1890* Mary Margaret HENDERSON.)Both of these marriages were listed in tonkin's journal DYSON marriages 1889-1904 Victoria Australia.
(*18-3-1090 by Rev. Duff,at the Henderson residence, according to the marriage notice. **It is CERTAIN that this was the younger brother of George Robert Dyson Snr. -DYSON.—On December 13, Mary Margaret,wife of the late John Charles (Dromana),and loved mother of Bunny, Babe (Mrs.Thornell, Somerville), and Bill. P.2, Argus,14-14-1945.)

The claim that Charlie Dyson married a Singleton girl is not confirmed by tonkin's earlier marriage list.
(John married: 1859 Mary SINGLETON and the only Charles listed being Charles Frederick married: 1869 Emma Ellen HARNETT.) As George Robert Dyson died in 1944 aged 79 and was therefore born in about 1864, his father may have been JOHN Dyson who married Mary Singleton. It is also possible that tonkin or his source missed the marriage of Charles Dyson and a Singleton girl.

My present belief is that the the father of G.R. Snr. and J.C.was JOHN DYSON who married Mary Singleton in 1859 and that George Robert and Charles were the names of his brothers. Charles seems to have been running the Gardiner hotel in 1858 and living in Dromana in about 1900 (1897, 1902) but there are no family notices for him (unless horrible digitisation is hiding them.)

10-12-1936. ARTHUR JOHN McKEOWN.
Mr. Arthur John McKeown died at his residence, Dromana, on December 9. He was born at Red Hill. The funeral took place on December 10 in the Dromana cemetery. The Rev. L. Coulthard held a service at the home
and also officiated at the grave. .The casket was carried by Cr. E.. Rudduck, Messrs. M. Shaw (nephew), D.Bryan, J. McLear and H. Hosking. (P.4, FSS, 18-12-1936.)

The McKeowns settled on c/a 73 AB Balnarring with Hill Hillis who was leasing 50 of the 215 acres granted to James McKeown. In about 1885 they moved to Gracefield between Caldwell Rd and the wedge-shaped Town Common and in 1892 established the Aringa guest house.
Arthur's year of death is wrongly given as 1937 on page 87 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. This has also been found on genealogy pages so it is possible that the registration of his death was delayed.

23-1-1937. ADAM GIBSON. (See 22-8-1942, Jessie Purdie Gibson.)
GIBSON. - The Friends of the late ADAM GIBSON are informed that his remains will be interred in the Dromana Cemetery. The funeral will leave from the residence of his brother (Mr. Gibson), Glenholm, Dromana, THIS
DAY (Saturday, January 23, 1937), at 3 p.m.

GIBSON - On the 22nd January at his brother's residence Glenholm Dromana Adam, the loved father of May (deceased), Jessie (Mrs Grace), Walter, William, Albert (deceased), and Ethel (Mrs Cooper).
GIBSON - On the 22nd January 1937 at his brother's residence Glenholm Dromana, Adam Gibson the loved father of May (deceased), Jessie (Mrs Grace), Walter, William, Albert (deceased) and Ethel (Mrs Cooper).
(All page 7, Argus, 23-1-1937.)

Adam married Mary Ann McLear (1849-1923).

8-5-1937. WILLIAM JOHN McILROY. (See 23-1-1937.)
McILROY -On the 6th May, at Dromana Bush Nursing Hospital, William John beloved husband of Elizabeth (deceased) loving father of John, William, Robert (deceased), Albert, Margaret (Mrs. Frewin), Joseph, Ernest*, Richard*, David, Sarah (Mrs. C. Prossor), Elizabeth (Mrs W. C. Crow) and Charles, aged 92 years.
McILROY.-The Friends of the late Mr. WILLIAM JOHN McILROY are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of Interment the Dromana Cemetery .The funeral is appointed to leave the Methodist Church, Dromana, at the conclusion of a service at 3 o'clock. THIS DAY (Saturday May 8.)(P.7, Argus, 8-5-1937.)

William John (1859-1937) married Elizabeth Hillis (1859-1921) in 1878 and they had 13 children. Omitted in the death notice was Elizabeth b.1894 between Ernest and Richard. who must have died very young. Sarah Hillis (1857-1898) married William's brother, Joseph (1852-1935.) THIS INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE IN ONLY ONE PLACE AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE ACCESS TO IT, ASK AT YOUR MORNINGTON PENINSULA LIBRARY WHY ACQUISITION OFFICER, ROBIN ARCHER DIDN'T EVEN REPLY TO MY OFFER TO DONATE A COPY OF STEPHEN LYNCH'S "PIONEERS OF THE PENINSULA" IF THE LIBRARY BOUGHT A COPY.

2-7-1937. MR. A. W. TOMLINS.
The death occurred on July 1 at his residence, Main Ridge, of Mr A.W. Tomlins, aged 35 years. Mr. Tomlins and his wife came to Australia from England about 12 years ago and settled at Main Ridge. He leaves a widow and four young children to mourn their loss. The funeral took place in the Dromana Cemetery on July 2. A service was conducted at the home by the Rev.F. G. Hughes, who also officiated at the grave. The casket was carried by Messrs. A. Pond, E. Trewin, E.White, J. Maxwell. C. Waldon and J.Dewart. The pall-bearers were Messrs. J. Berkley, J. Holmes, C. White*, L. Archibald, L. Ridge, R. G. White,R. Burston and D. Campbell.(
P.4, FSS, 9-7-1937.)
*This was Chris White, not Colin White who played for the Main Ridge Cricket Club for generations and was the only cricketer to play on all three of the grounds used by the club. (Jill Phillips' History Corner in HILL 'N' RIDGE.)

4-8-1937. MRS. M. CAIRNS.
The death occurred on August 2 of Mrs. Margaret Cairns, widow of the late Mr. Harry Cairns at the residence- of-her son-in-law, Mr. C. A. White, of Main Ridge. She was aged 76 years. Burial took place in the Dromana Cemetery on August 4. The Rev. A. H.'Mitchell held a service at the home and also officiated at the grave. The casket was carried by Messrs. L. Tuck, J. Tuck, G. White, D. Campbell, C. Berkley and J. Berkley. The pall-bearers were Messrs. N.Hopcraft, S. White, W. Miller. R.Munro, H. Rudduck and A.Cairns.
(P.2, FSS, 13-8-1937.)

I can state with fair certainty that Harry was "Carrier Harry" (1861-?) who married Margaret Haddow.(CAIRNS FAMILY OF BONEO.) According to the late Ray Cairns, Carrier Harry lived across the road from Ray's dad (Hill Harry of Maroolaba) within the angle formed at the junction of Boneo and Old Cape Schanck Rds. This would put him on 9A, Fingal, the grant of E.Latrobe Bateman, the Governor's architect relative who designed the Barragunda homestead. Blow me down, who was granted crown allotment 9 directly across Old Cape Schanck Rd, on the east side, but A.Haddow. I don't know whether Margaret was Archie's daughter, but I rest my case Your Honour. Harry carried fish from the Cape Schanck area to the Mornington Railhead and, like Jimmy the Squid Williams who did the same from Rosebud West, passengers too. He probably passed through Main Ridge and Red Hill on the way to Moat's Corner, which would explain how his daughter would have met C.A.White when they were children. The Haddows and Hopcrafts were later prominent in the Flinders area. (See MEMOIRS OF A LARRIKIN by Petronella Wilson.)

25-8-1937. MR. T. B. SELF.
Mr. Thomas B. Self died at Dromana on August 24, aged 66 years.
Burial took place in the Dromana Cemetery on August 25. The Rev. L.
Coulthard read the burial service.Mr. Hector Gamble conducted the
funeral arrangements. (P. 4, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 3-9-1937.)

27-9-1937. MR. W. L. CLARK.
;Mr. William L. Clark died suddenly at his residence at Rosebud on Sunday, aged 55 years. :The funeral, which was private, took place on Monday in the Dromana :Cemetery. A service was conducted at the home by the Rev. F. G. Hughes, who also officiated at the grave.(P.4, FSS, 1-10-1937.)

Mr. James William Clysdale, one of Dromana's oldest residents, died, aged 85
years. The funeral at the Dromana Cemetery was private. (P.12, Argus, 19-12-1937.)
See 29?-7-1927 for his wife's burial and Clydesdale genealogy. Married Martha Ellen/Mary? Clydesdale.

28-2-1938. MRS. A. BUCIRDE.
Mrs. Avarina Bucirde died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Evans, of North Carlton on Sunday
February 27. She was a resident of Rosebud, and leaves a grown up family. Her husband predeceased her.
The funeral which was conducted privately took place on Monday February 28, the remains being interred in the Dromana Cemetery. Rev. A.H. Mitchell read the burial service. (P.8, FSS, 4-2-1938.)

9-11-1938. A.W.FARRELL.
Mr. A. W. Farrell, secretary of the Flinders Shire Council, collapsed and died
on the Dromana tennis courts yesterday afternoon, at the opening tournament of
the courts. Mr. Farrell was secretary of the Dromana sports ground for 12 years,
auditor of the South Peninsula Cricket Association for six years, and treasurer
of the Dromana hall committee for 20 years, and took a leading part in all
sporting and social activities In the district.
Before he was appointed shire secretary,Mr. Farrell was a successful farmer at
Balnarring*. He was aged 63 years, and leaves a wife and family. The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon in the Dromana Cemetery.
(P.2, Argus, 8-11-1938.)

FARRELL. — On November 7 (suddenly), at Dromana, Alfred William, beloved husband of Annie, and father of Henry, Esther and Edward. (P.1, The Age, 9-11-1938.)

RED HILL.— a proposal is afoot by the Flinders shire to erect a suitable memorial to the late Mr. A. W. Farrell, who was secretary to the shire for 25 years. A sub committee, consisting of Crs, E. Rudduck (president), D.Macfarlan, Mr. .Brown (shire englneer) and Mr. H. Strickland (secretary) has been appointed to go into tho matter. (P.19, The Age, 19-4-1939.)

*Extracts from my journal RED HILL NEAR DROMANA (VIC., AUST.) POST 1940 (etc.)
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 23 August 1902 p 2 Article
About a mile from Mr Bennett's, on the road to.Bittern, is a young orchard of about eight acres, belonging to Mr Morris. This gentleman, who is manager of the Hon F. S. Grimwade's estate (Coolart-itellya), is unable to give much of his attention to working the land and otherwise looking after the young trees, and has consequently to arrange with a competent man to attend to his orchard whenever it requires it. Although at present the land needs ploughing, the trees are looking healthy and are making good growth.
In order to establish the location of the Farrell property, I have included A.E.Bennett's "Seven Oaks" between Kentucky Rd and Craig Avon Lane and "Pembroke", 13A, Balnarring, granted to Edward Jones of Spring Farm, Moorooduc, the father-in-law of Robert Morris, and located at Melway 162 C-D 10-11. The second property after that of the Farrell Bros.' was Hurley's at Melway 163 A12, so the Farrell property was on Bittern-Dromana Rd between Pembroke and Balnarring Rd.

I am having trouble fitting the correspondent's description of his route with 800 acres that Alf Downward would have previously owned but I have found some information that may relate to the Farrell brothers. Even though the first article was published in W.A., H.Farrell seemed to be a Victorian.
Bunbury Herald (WA : 1892 - 1919) Wednesday 23 August 1893 p 3 Article
The Farrells would seem to have bought their property in 1895 and didn't take long to start contributing to the Balnarring community.
The annual meeting of the Balnarring Cricket Club was held at "Wanawee (sic)*" last week, when the secretary reported that there was 10s in hand from the previous year, while the proceeds of the dances held during the winter amounted to 6 10s, the club thus commencing the season with 8 in hand. The number of matches played last year were 22; 11 were won, 5 lost, and 6 drawn, The following office bearers were appointed ;-President, Mr J. Davies ; captain, Mr D. Buckley; secretary, W. Oswin ; general and match committee, Buckley, Kerr, Davies, Farrell and Oswin. (P.2,Mornington Standard,10-9-1896.) (*Warrawee, 27AB, Balnarring,Melway 193 B-C3.)
Continuing along the Bittern road we come to a property of 800 acres, owned by Messrs Farrell Bros., who combine fruit-growing with dairying. They came to the district some six years ago and purchased their present property from Mr Downward, M.L A. They have now established, on the side of a hill, 20 acres of young trees;mostly apples and apricots. The aspect and drainage of this thriving orchard appear perfect, while it is splendidly sheltered from the prevailing winds. Ploughing and pruning operations have just been completed in this orchard and it presents a most satisfactory appearance. Mr H. Farrell has already acquired a local reputation as an authority on pruning and the trees in the orchard bear ample evidence of his skill in that direction.
This year each tree received a top dressing of artificial manure. In order to profitably employ their spare time until their orchard comes into full bearing, these gentlemen engage in dairying during the spring and summer months. They have a separator, driven by steam power, and capable of dealing with 60 gallons of milk per hour. The cream is carted to Bittern, about five miles away, and sent by rail to town. The dairy is built on the most approved lines, having double walls and roof, and is ventilated in a most ingenious manner by underground pipes, which enables them to keep their cream at a low temperature on the hottest day. The building, comprising milking-shed, stable and barn, is among the most striking features on this well-ordered farm.

BAKER.-The Friends of R. J. BAKER, of Rosebud, are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his dearly beloved wife to the Dromana Cemetery.
The funeral is appointed to leave his residence,Vashti. Rosebud, at 3 p.m. THIS DAY (Wednesday, November 23).

BAKER (nee Lear) .—On November 22, Clara,dearly beloved wife of Richard J., loving sister of Ellen Savin, late of Portland, A patient sufferer at rest. (Both P.1, The Age, 23-11-1938.)

3-3-1939. OBITUARY MR. A. WYSE
Mr. Alfred Wyse died at his residence at Dromana on March 2 and was
buried, at the. Dromana Cemetery on March 3. A widow and, one son survive him.
The burial service was rendered by the Rev. F. G. Hughes:. Mr. James
Wilson, funeral director, conducted the burial. The coffin-bearers were,
Messrs. G. E. Wilson, M. R. Wyse, S.Wilson, R. Wilson. H. Hosking and
E. Rudduck.(P.7, FSS, 10-3-1939.)

WYSE - On the 2nd March at Dromana Alfred beloved husband of Mary father of
John second son of the late John Wyse, Swan Hill, aged 70 years.(P.10, Argus, 3-3-1939.)

11-6-1939. MR. F. E. MOAT.
Mr. Francis Edward: Moat died on June 7 at the Alfred Hospital; at the age of 75. Mr. Moat, who had been in ill health for some time, was born at Dromana and lived in the district all his life. His father, the late Mr William Moat, and his mother settled in the district of Dromana in 1855. Many friends attended the funeral, which took, place on Sunday, June 11, the remains being interred in the family grave at the Dromana cemetery. Rev. F. G. Hughes read the burial service.(P.4, Standard, 16-6-1939.)

24-6-1940. MISS M. E. CHAPMAN.
Miss Mary Elizabeth Chapman died at Hamilton Russell Hospital on Sunday, June 23. Miss Chapman was born at Dromana, and lived practically all of her life in the district of Dromana. Her parents, the late George and Elizabeth Chapman, were early settlers of the Dromana district. The funeral took place on Monday; June 24th the remains being interred in the Dromana Cemetery. The pall bearers were the following: Councillor Rudduck, Mr. B. Wilson, Mr. W. Gibson, ?.H. Rudduck, Mr. B.. Griffith. The coffin bearers were: Mr. E.Chapman, Mr. J. Matthews, Mr. J. E.???er. Rev. F. Butchers read the funeraI service. Mr. Hector Gamble conducted the funeral arrangements. (P.3, Standard, 28-6-1940.)

CHAPMAN.— On June 23, at Hamilton Russell Hospital, Mary Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the late George and Elisabeth Chapman, late of Arthur's Seat, Dromana.
CHAPMAN. — The Friends of the late Miss MAY (sic)ELIZABETH CHAPMAN are respectfully invited to follow her remains to the place of Interment, the Dromana Cemetery. The funeral Is appointed to leave the residence of Mr. James G. Chapman, Belmont, Main-road, Dromana, THIS DAY (Monday), June 24. at 3 o'clock.
(Both P.1, The Age,24-6-1940.)

See pages 76-77 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA re Mary Ann's parents and siblings.

CHAPMAN.- The Friends of Mr. HENRY GEORGE CHAPMAN are respectfully in- formed that his remains will be interred in the Dromana Cemetery.The funeral Is appointed to leave his late residence Glenalva Pier st Dromana THIS DAY
(Wednesday June 26) at 2 o clock.

CHAPMAN-On June 24 at his residence Pier street. Dromana Henry George loved husband of Isabella, and father of Douglas, Gladys and Allen.(Both P.4, Argus, 26-6-1940.)

Isabella (1865-1947)was the 5th child of Walter and Margaret Gibson. Henry George Chapman, is pictured on page 58 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA and his forge on page 59. Dromana's present football ground was virtually donated by "George" when the former home ground, the racecourse behind the Dromana Hotel became the Foreshore Estatein 1927 See the plaque on the south east corner of Pier and Gibson St marking the location of the Forge.In 1919 Henry George Chapman, (brother of Nelson Rudduck's wife, Jane Sophia, who died on May 22, 1930 aged 80) was assessed onon 101 acres, part 27A, Kangerong. To illustrate the problems posed to family historians by sloppy description of properties, even after Cr.Terry's campaign, the 101 acres on the eastern corner of the north end of Harrisons Rd, actually consisted of 27A, of 51 acres and 27C of 50 acres, both granted to George Peatey who moved onto lot 76 of Woolcott's subdivision (south corner Jetty Rd and McDowell St, Rosebud) in 1888.George was also assessed in 1919 on lots 19 and 20, part c/a 17, section B, Wannaeue; c/a 17 of 100 acres between Duells and Kinwendy Rds, was granted to his sister, Jane Sophia Rudduck, on 4-7-1888. He was also rated on 11.5 and 12 acres, part 4,section 1, Kangerong. Crown allotment 4, of 35 acres, was east of Pier St to the PRESENT east end of Gibson St, which at that time only went to Pier St. As his property straddled the extended street, it is not too hard to imagine that he named it after his wife's family and the name was also applied to the original western section of the street.

PERCIVAL.— The Friends of the late PETER PERCIVAL are invited to follow his remains to the Dromana Cemetery. The funeral will leave First-avenue. Rosebud TO-MORROW (Wednesday), August 21, at 11 a.m.

PERCIVAL. — On August 19, at Rosebud, ex-sergeant Peter Percival late of Fennlng-street,Brunswick, beloved husband of Amelia, and Father of Ruth (deceased), Edith, Thomas, Amelia, Samuel, John, Robert and May, aged 91
years. Rest after weariness. (Both P.1, The Age, 20-8-1940.)

Peter and Amelia may have been living out their days with son John B.Percival who was still a resident of Rosebud in 1950 according to P.1303 of the Sands and McDougall directory. The Percivals had been in Rosebud by the start of W.W.1. May had recited at the patriotic fund concert (P.2, Mornington Standard, 10-4-1915)and John won at the aquatic sports in 1916 in rowing.(P.2, Mornington Standard,8-1-1916.)

In 1919-20, John Percival of Rosebud was assessed on 14 acres, part crown allotment 13a, section A, Wannaeue. Crown allotment 13 Wannaeue was bounded by Pt Nepean Rd, Boneo Rd, Eastbourne Rd and a line just east of the Chinamans Creek channel cut by Ned Williams.One of the grantees was Marks, after whom Marks Ave. was named. In about 1906, David and William Cairns bought c/a 13 from the Marks Estate; hence the naming of Cairns and Dalgleish Avenues. I wonder where John's 14 acres were. Perhaps between Pt.Nepean Rd and Johnson St at Melway 169 J2. (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more!)

15-1-1941. LOU CARRIGG.
Mr. L. Carrigg, who was well known throughout the Peninsula, died at his residence in Dromana on Tuesday. Mr. Carrigg was the proprietor of the Hotel Dromana and for several years occupied the position of president of the Dromana football club. He also represented his club at the delegates' meetings on numerous occasions. Mr Carrigg leaves a widow and a daughter. Burial took place at the Dromana cemetery on Wednesday.(P.3, Standard, 17-1-1941.)

Lou came to Dromana about two years after his wedding*. If I remember, Mrs Carrigg laid the foundation stone for the Art Deco renovation of the hotel.
A very pretty wedding was celebrated at St.Ambrose's Church, Sydney road, Brunswick, on 17th February, the contracting parties being Mr. Louis Carrigg, youngest son of Lydia Carrigg. of "Caernarvon," Tinning-street Brunswick, and Miss Nellie Dewar. only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.Dewar. of Sydney-road, Brunswick.(P.35, Punch, 7-3-1912.)
Sheila Carrigg, mentioned on page 189 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, was their daughter.
Engagements Sheila Katherlne, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Carrigg; Dromana,to David Kitchener, second son of the late Mr. and Mrs. R.Thornton, Essendon. (P.3, The Age, 30-5-1940.)

Lou's mother-in-law, possibly a widow by this time, seems to have moved in with her daughter at the Dromana Hotel where she died on 24-10-1944. She was buried at Dromana on the 27th.

*HOTEL DROMANA. Under New Management.
Beautifully situated; bay and mountain scenery; safe bathing, boating, fishing, golf, billiards,tennis, excellent cuisine; tariff on application.
'Phone 4. L. Carrigg, proprietor. (P.12, Argus, 27-10-1914.)

Lou's mother died at the hotel in 1927 and Sheila seems to have been an only child.

Born at Borneo(sic) in the eighteen-fifties*, Mr. Robert White, of Rosebud**,died on Saturday, May 3, at the age of 86*** years. The late Mr. White, whose passing is mourned by a large circle of friends, leaves a widow, a daughter sons. The funeral took place on Monday, May 5, at Dromana Cemetery.
A service was conducted at the home of Rev. R. C. McLean, who also read the burial service. A tribute to Mr. White's useful life was paid by Cr. Greaves at the graveside. He said that the large attendance at the funeral indicated the high esteem in which deceased had been held by the people in the surrounding districts The late Mr. White had been a good churchman and a fine citizen. Many beautiful floral tributes were sent.
Six of the late Mr. White's sons bore the coffin, and the pall-bearers were:- Messrs. E. Bright, G. James,D. James, J. Hobley, Ivan White, C.White and E. White.(P.5, Standard, 9-5-1941.)

(*Before his mother arrived? **Probably a Rosebud property left to him by Charles and Janet James, his parents.***About 81 if we deduct 1860 from 1941 and if we take his age as gospel, he was born in 1855 when his mother was still in the old country.)

It is generally accepted that Bullocky Bob White was born in about 1860, his mother being Janet White (born 1839 or 1844) who travelled to Australia on the John Linn, arriving in Melbourne on 25-6-1859. His father, Charles James (Born 1831, SALISBURY WILTSHIRE ENGLAND, died 23 01 1907, MORNINGTON VIC) was buried at Dromana Cemetery on what was calculated to be 24-1-1907.

Robert White's birthplace was Boneo, not Borneo but the name was used to describe the area along today's Browns Rd between Main Ridge and Truemans Rd in early days so he could have been born on the James property at Melway 254 J1 or the Cairns brothers' Little Scotland at 170 B10, where Janet's father Robert White (1804-1881) was recorded as renting a hut from the Cairns Bros. in the Kangerong Road Board's first assessment of 1864. As the exact date of Bullocky Bob's birth is not known, Charles White may not have been his biological father; Janet may have become pregnant aboard the John Linn.

The information in Bullocky's obituary was probably the result of his desire to muddy the waters when asked any questions or perhaps on his marriage certificate when he married Hannah Roberts. (Robert Henry Adams of Rosebud did the latter re the year and place of his parents' marriage to disguise his illegitimacy.)

Charles James and JANET WHITE, (Born: 1844 (?) , MENSTRIE CLACKMANNANSHIRE SCOTLAND Married: 25 07 1864, WANNAEUE VIC (MI: 2603) Died: 1921) were not married until after Bullocky was born and their first legitimate child may have been Elizabeth (born 1865) who married William Hobley. Janet's birth year above (1844) was probably from her marriage certificate and another attempt to muddy the waters. Stephen Lynch gives her year of birth as 1839 between Henry (1834) and Ann (1842). Janet' mother, Elizabeth, died shortly after giving birth to Elizabeth (1850-1850) and this was no doubt in her mind when she named her own baby in 1865.

Robert was raised as Robert Charles but that was not what his birth certificate said.He was so incensed at being kept in the dark about the the circumstances of his birth he was said to have cut contact with his mother and changed his name to that on the birth certificate, Robert White. Janet's younger brother, Robert White (born 1849) had probably moved to the Red Hill area by this time and acquired the nickname of Blooming Bob White because he never swore at his bullocks, using this word instead. His nephew, the former Robert James (under which name he was granted 27A1, Wannaeue) was referred to as Bullocky Bob White.
(Sources:PIONEERS OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA Stephen Lynch: charles james - Great Southern Pioneers

I'd tried in vain to find Bullocky's death notice with a WHITE ROSEBUD 1941 FAMILY NOTICES search on trove. No wonder I didn't find it. I seem to recall an assessment for "James" on c/a 19 Wannaeue, between Parkmore Rd and Adams Ave and this was probably where Bullocky was living when he died, and why the funeral procession left from the lighthouse. Only a year or two later his residence would have been described as being in McCrae. Family historians should take notice that the same location was likely to be described by more than one place name until about 1950, that places of birth and death may have been where the event was recorded bby a registrar or a hospital (say in Mornington or Melbourne respectively) where the mother or deceased had been admitted prior to the event because of an expected difficult birth or a serious illness/ incapacity that required expert medical care.

WHITE. —On May 3, at Dromana West, Robert, beloved husband of Mary, fond father of George, Chris, Eden, Ern, Fred, Lily (Mrs. Bright), Jack, and Will, aged 86 years. —At rest. (P.4, Argus, 5-5-1941.)

WHITE-The Friends of ROBERT WHITE late of Main Ridge are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, Dromana Cemetery.
The funeral will leave the South Channel Lighthouse at 3 p m THIS DAY (Monday). HECTOR GAMBLE Funeral Director. (P. 4 as above.)

Miss Esther Moat, 74 years, whodied at the Dromana Bush Nursing Hospital, was a member of a highly
respected pioneer family, after whom Moat's Corner was named. There is now only one member of the original Moat family alive. The funeral was held at the Dromana Cemetery on Sunday, the remains being laid to rest in the family grave. Rev. C. Brown read the burial service and ....
(P.4, Standard, Frankston, 11-7-1941.)

4-4-1942. F.J.McILROY.
The death occurred at the Alfred Hospital on Thursday, April 2, of. Mr.Frederick Joseph McIlroy. He was born at Red Hill and, had lived in this district all his life. His wife, one daughter and one son survive him.
The funeral took place on Saturday,April 4. A service was held at Fenton Hall, conducted by Rev. A. O. Horn
who also read the burial service at Dromana Cemetery. There was a large and representative attendance at Fenton Hall and at the Cemetery. Mr. V.Holmes, Chief Ruler of the Rechabite Tent, read the service of the Rechabites, of which deceased was a member.
The pallbearers were: Cr. Rudduck, Messrs. R. Holmes, E.Garhham, K.Clarke, E. Trewin, J. Sheehan, and the
coffin was borne by Messrs. W. Crow, T.Crow, C.Clarke, E.Garnham and H. Watt. (P.4, Standard, 10-4-1942.)

McILROY.—On April 2, at Alfred Hospital,Frederick Joseph, dearly beloved husband of Elizabeth Mary, loving father of Gwen and Keith, loved brother of Herbert, May (Mrs Brisbane) and James, aged 52 years.
(P.2, Argus, 4-4-1942.)

GIBSON. The friends of the late Miss JESSIE PURDIE GIBSON are informed that her funeral will leave her late residence, Dromana, THIS DAY (Saturday August 22) at 2:30 p.m. for the Dromana Cemetery. (P.2, Argus, 22-8-1942.)

I originally thought that Jessie was the youngest child of Walter Gibson’s son, Adam (1854-1937) and Mary Ann (nee McLear born Plenty 6-2-1849, died 7-6-1923 at Dromana.) However, she was the second child of Walter and Margaret (nee Purdie), born in 1856, died in 1942. (A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, pages 82, 93.) It was Adam Gibson's death notice (P.7, Argus, 23-1-1937) which alerted me to the fact that Adam's daughter had become Mrs Grace.
Purdie was the maiden name of Jessie Purdie Gibson's mother, Margaret.
GIBSON—PURDIE.—(Golden Wedding)—On the 22nd November, 1849, at Kilbuchs-place, near Biggar, Scotland, by the Rev. Hamilton Paul, Walter Gibson, son of Adam Gibson, of Wiston, to Margaret Purdie, daughter of Alexander Purdie, of Peebles. (Present address, Glenholm, Dromana, Victoria.) Scotch papers please copy. (P.9, Argus, 9-12-1899.)

8-12-1942. MRS ELLEN COBURN.
COBURN.-The Funeral of the. late Mrs.ELLEN COBURN will leave her husband's residence, Springbank, Coburn avenue,
McCrae, THIS DAY (Tuesday), at 4 p m., for the Dromana Cemetery. (P.9, Argus, 8-12-1942.)

COBURN.–On December 7, at her home Springbank, McCrae (Dromana West), Ellen beloved wife of Charles Wheeler Coburn,loving mother of Samuel, Margaret, and Mary, grandmother of Charles Wheeler Coburn (R.A.A.F.), eldest daughter of the late Charles and Mary Charlesworth, late of Daylesford, and loving sister of Frances(Mrs. Jose), and Eda (Mrs. Thomas), in her 84th year.(P.2, Argus, 12-12-1942.)

CHADWICK.-The Funeral of the late THOMAS WILLIAM CHADWICK will leave his residence. Rosebud, TOMORROW (Thursday. January 14). at 11 a.m. for the Dromana Cemetery.

CHADWICK.-On January 12. at his residence, Rosebud. Thomas William, dearly beloved husband of Pearl, loving father of Mavis (*Mrs. H. Watt), Tom** (prisoner of war, Italy), Harry (A.I.F.), Ruby, Elaine.Mollie, and Leslie. -Loved by all.

CHADWICK.-On January 12. at his residence. Rosebud, Thomas William, beloved son of the late Emily and William Chadwick, brother of Ethel (deceased), Arthur,and Roy. -Rest in peace.

Cr. T. W. Chadwick
Cr. Thos. Wm, Chadwick,-Rosebud estate agent and Flinders shire councillor,- died suddenly at his home in Rosebud on Tuesday evening. He had been a resident of Rosebud for many years. He was a returned soldier
from the 1914-18 war, serving on Gallipoli. Two of his sons are with the A.I.F., and one of them was taken prisoner by the Germans in Greece. Mr.Chadwick was well-known amongst Victorian sportsmen as a gunshot, being connected with several clubs in the State; Mr.Chadwick was mainly responsible for the development of Rosebud
as a seaside resort, and it was due to his efforts that the Rosebud Hotel was erected, as well as other establishments, such as the *picture theatre there. As president of Rosebud Foreshore Trust, he and his committee gave every encouragement to campers, with the result that Rosebud was made the most popular camping ground in Victoria. Deceased is survived by a widow, four daughters and three sons. The funeral will take place at Dromana this morning.

*Ernie Watt who built the Broadway Theatre complex may have been H.Watt or his brother. A photo in Peter Wilson's ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD shows the the part of the complex on the Rosebud Pde. corner was in Chadwick occupancy.(Notices P.2, Argus, 13-1-1943, obituary P.3.) Tom and Pearl's son, Harry (ex. A.I.F.)continued the family's community service until his death by drowning at Coolangatta. Death notices inserted by the Police Boys' Club and foreshore trust state that he died on the 19th. (P.14, Argus, 21-9-1956.)
See more in Harry's entry: 21-9-1956 HENRY WILLIAM CHADWICK.

CHADWICK T.W photo 1/12/1943 66
CHADWICK Pearl� photo 5/27/1973
CHADWICK Henry photo 9/19/1956 Son to Pearl (from Ozgen page.)

**TOM ALDERSON, former Rosebud cricketer, and Tom Chadwick,Rosebud footballer, are in the A.I.F. Alderson was one of Rosebud's greatest cricket enthusiasts, and did a good deal for the game. Chadwick is a son of Tom Chadwick. one of the best trap shots in the State.(Sportsmen's Honor Roll, P.43, Weekly Times, 9-11-1940.)

It has been stated that Tom arrived in Rosebud in 1918. His real estate advertisements appear first on trove in 1922 and by the end of the decade until his death he was a prolific writer of very clever letters to the editor signed later as Thos.W.Chadwick, a modern-day Sidney Smith Crispo (my hero!) His letter about the Springbank Estate being the best place to view the arrival of the American fleet was not entirely in the public interest; he was probably* selling blocks in the estate.

Sir-The best vantage point to view the arrival of the American Fleet coming through the Heads and turning to go up to Melbourne is Springbank Estate Rosebud almost opposite Rosebud Lighthouse,on the Point Nepean road from where a good track leads to the heights of Arthur's Seat. The owner of the property, Mr. C. W.Coburn has decided to throw open his property to the public on July 23.Yours,&c.,THOMAS W. Chadwick,Rosebud, July 15.
(P.11, Argus, 17-7-1925.)

Drive Your Car up Coburn avenue, Rosebud finest views Southern hemisphere Owner* at house erecting. Phone U8575.
(P.27, Argus, 29-10-1927.) (Mr.A. Brown?)

*The good track had probably become Coburn Avenue in the intervening 27 months and the advertisement seems similar to the letter, but no reference to the phone number in relation to Tom (or anyone) can be found. It is unlikely that the owner, Mr Brown, would have the phone installed in a house he was building. What is certain is that Tom wasselling land adjoining Springbank or possibly the majority of the Springbank estate.

ROSEBUD, Between Lighthouse and Rocks.Beach Frontages, high lots. Apply Chadwick,Rosebud.

Rosebud- Springbank, Arthur's Seat Estate. Apply Brown, on estate.

In 1910, Mrs C,E? Coburn had "88 acres and building Wannaeue" probably the remains of 100 acre and being "Springbank", Frank Cornell having 8 acres near Brown Rd but no Coburn was rated there in 1919 (obviously another omission unless my transcription was faulty.)
In 1919, A.Brown, of Melbourne and obviously a builder, was rated on plan 3123, 3 acres and building, lot 12, part crown allotment 1 of B, Wannaeue. (The Arthurs Seat pre-emptive right was bounded by The Avenue, the freeway south west to Banks S, an extension of that street to the right side of Melway 171 C2 and the western boundary of "Seawinds"/ the 159 C/D border to the north-south section of Latrobe Pde and Anthonys Nose. Crown allotment 1 fronted the beach road and c/a 2 was south of a line heading east south east from the top of The Avenue that also formed the northern boundary of "Seawinds". It is likely that Brown's 3 acres are now occupied by Browne St (Melway 159 A-B 10.) It is also possible that this was the site of the original "Springbank" house and that the Greens (of Green's Bush)were leasing the house from Brown.

William Henry Peatey (Rosalind Peatey's father)married Sarah Ellen Coe on 23-2-1916 with Ted Green of Main Ridge as his best man. (Pine Trees and Box Thorns, R.Peatey.) It was while the Greens were living in the original Springbank house that it burnt down "one Friday night." A map of early Rosebud, which I now believe was drawn by one of George Fountain's daughters, has the following text on a large block opposite the lighthouse and east of Mr and Mrs Burrell's mulberry farm:" GREENS. Springbank. Burnt to the ground on Friday night. Harry Cairns at 10 p.m. and my father on board drove through it."

The Greens must have been on Springbank for quite a while, the head of the family requesting help in gaining the reserve that served as the cricket and football ground on the foreshore, part of which remains as the Village Green. No wonder Ted Green was Bill Peatey's best mate.

From Mr Green, asking that about five acres of an allotment be granted to the residents of Rosebud on the south-west of the township for a recreation ground, and stating that if the request be granted they were willing to fence it in and plant with trees. To be forwarded to the Department of Lands.
Moved by Councillor Anderson, seconded by Councillor Bensilum,' That a recommendation be made to the Lands Department to reserve five acres south-west of the village of Rosebud on the bay frontage for a public recreation ground. Carried.(P.3, Mornington Standard, 2-4-1896.)

George Fountain's family would stay at The Pines for months with George returning to North Melbourne and coming back on Friday nights, sometimes with David Cairns and sometimes with-guess who and guess when!

"Harry Cairns varied this trip on a Friday as he waited for the 5 p.m. train from Melbourne to bring passengers down for the weekend, arriving at Rosebud at 10 p.m." Laura Fountain.

I've been trying to work out whether the Springbank house was burnt down before or after Tom Chadwick wrote his letter about the best place to view the fleet. I should have looked at my notes from ROSEBUD FLOWER OF THE PENINSULA by Isabel Morseby.

"Springbank was the lovely Coburn home on the mountain built in 1894.It was destroyed by fire in 1912.
The present house on that site was built in 1927. Isabel also stated that Charles Burrell had married a Coburn girl and that Mr Coburn built many houses including "Killarney" in 1891.

The above suggests that Mr A.(Brown/Browne)had been "now erecting" the house on the site of the original "Springbank" homestead when he advertised it in 1927 (the same year specified by Isabel Morseby.)

If only Tom Chadwick had written a history of Rosebud!!! (or Broadmeadows Township or Benalla!)

It's a small world! William Chadwick was the licensee of the Broadmeadows Hotel in Ardlie St, Westmeadows in the 1860's after having started as a butcher at John Pascoe Fawkner's Pascoeville. He then took over the Farmers' Arms hotel on the south west corner of Buckley and Mt Alexander Rds in Essendon for about a decade before moving to Benalla and establishing a hotel with the same name at Benalla. (Victoria and its Metropolis.)Dorothy Fullarton, former Mayor of Essendon, allowed me to borrow two histories of Benalla which gave more detail such as a photo of the Chadwick family standing by their car when they visited their boy at the army camp next to the Will Will Rook Cemetery (Maygar Barracks and Northcorp Industrial Park today.)

William Thomas CHADWICK
Regimental number 1019
Religion Church of England
Occupation Traveller
Address National Bank, Benalla, Victoria
Marital status Married
Age at embarkation 38
Next of kin Father, W.J. Chadwick, National Bank, Benalla, Victoria
Enlistment date 17 March 1915
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 22nd Battalion Head-Quarters Staff
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/39/1
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll 2nd Pioneer Battalion
Fate Returned to Australia 24 June 1916
Date of death 12 January 1943
Place of burial Dromana Cemetery.

It is likely that the above, the pioneer and servant of Rosebud (despite the given names being reversed in the service history), was the grandson of the Broadmeadows Township Essendon and Benalla pioneer who had only two children, a son, William,and a daughter. As Tom's (or Will's)death notice shows, he had more than one sibling.

CHADWICK.-On January 12. at his residence. Rosebud, Thomas William, beloved son of the late Emily and William Chadwick, brother of Ethel (deceased), Arthur,and Roy. -Rest in peace.

HIS PARENTS. William John Chadwick married Emilie Curran. He was apparently born in England in 1849 and came to Australia when he was 11, according to a website, which also has photos of William John above this passage:
"William John CHADWICK,
most likely have been taken at Dromana at the property called "Clifton Villa".
Sadly the property was sold and the house torn down many years ago.
It was sold to the bloke who owned the garage next door, and, a Service Station was built on the site.
He was a Bank Manager probably the National Bank, at Richmond Victoria.
Retired to Dromana, become a Real Estate Agent .

Not being on the ozgen or Ngaireth's lists for Dromana Cemetery, W.J. might have been buried at Benalla.

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 Farmers' Arms Hotel. The sad news occasioned very deep regret, and 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 proceeded 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 Broadmeadows, but this they subsequently disposed of, and took the Royal Mail(sic, *Broadmeadows Hotel)at the same place, afterward removing to
an hotel of same name (sic) at Essendon. Here they continued for some years, and in 1877 they purchased(sic?) 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 expressed in their bereavement. The remains were interred in the Benalla Cemetery on Sunday last, and were followed to their last resting place by upwards of 30 buggies.
(P.2, Benalla Standard, 4-8-1908.)


MARTIN.—On February 16, at private hospital, Richmond, George Wilson, beloved husband of Alice Mary. (Privately interred at Dromana Cemetery on February 18.)
MARTIN.—On February 16, at a private hospital, George Wilson, beloved father of
Jean, and brother of Fredk, C. Martin.(Privately interred Dromana Cemetery on
February 18.) P.2, Argus, 19-2-1943.

BUCHER. - On June 2, at Dromana Bush Nursing Hospital, Sarah, wife of late Arthur Bucher, of Rosebud, loving mother of Florence, Myrtle, Arthur, Margaret, and Elsie.
BUCHER.---The Funeral of the late Mrs.ARTHUR BUCHER will leave the Presbyterian Church, Rosebud, THIS DAY (Friday), at 2 p.m., for the Dromana Cemetery. (P.2, Argus, 4-6-1943.)
From tonkin's information posted under the burial of Ann Bucher (nee White) in 1930.
Arthur Ernest BUCHER.
Born: 1880 Dromana, Victoria.
Died: 1941 Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 60 years.
Married: Sarah PATTERSON.
Year: 1903.
Place: Victoria.
Sarah died 1943 in Dromana, Victoria.
Age: 67 years.
Parents: William PATTERSON and Christina CAIRNS.
Birth note.
Sarah was born 1875 in Tootgarook, Victoria.
Parents named as William PETTERSON and Christina CAIRNS.
The Patterson family is a bit of a mystery because according to THE CAIRNS FAMILY OF BONEO the Pattersons just magically appeared out of nowhere in the early 1870's and settled on land in Fingal between Pattersons Rd, Fingal (Melway 253 C-H10) and the Cape Schanck turn off. However articles in Mick Dark's collection suggested that they came out with the Cairns in 1852. They tried the diggings (if I remember correctly) where the wife of the original Patterson died. They may have been the early settlers on the survey shown on the page 27 map in A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. Godfrey Ralph Patterson was on the survey in the early 1900's between Pattersons Lane (now Wallaces Rd) and McKenzies Junction (Melway 151 C12); had this been a return to the old stomping ground?
Special rate research to solve the mystery showed that in the first Kangerong Road Board assessment of 3-9-1864 James Patterson was assessed on a lime station, and on 2-9-1865 he was assessed on a two roomed house in Wannaeue. (One of the aforementioned articles mentioned that the Patterson forerunner had lived on the foreshore. My notes from THE CAIRNS FAMILY OF BONEO are very skimpy but seem to indicate that this forerunner was James Patterson as does my family connections journal compiled from every local history available in 2010.-
Jan 13, 2012 - Edward Russell had a lime station in Nepean parish in 1865. ... of Robert and Mary, married William Patterson, the son of James Patterson.
There is no mystery about the numerous Patterson connections with the Cairns and Russell families because all three families lived near to each other in the district generally called Boneo. Did Arthur Bucher meet Sarah in the Boneo area? The answer would be yes if he was Arthur Ernest Bucher, Rosebud farmer who was assessed on 56 acres 30B Wannaeue in 1910. Despite the dodgy description, this would have been near Boneo.

MATTHEWS.-The Funeral of the late Mrs.SARAH SPENCER MATTHEWS is appointed to leave her residence. Bay View. Clarendon street. Dromana, TOMORROW (Friday, December 10). at 11 a.m., for Dromana Cemetery.

MATTHEWS.-On March 8, at Bush Nursing Hospital, Mornington, Sarah Spencer,beloved wife of James Matthews, aged 80 years. (P.2, Argus, 9-12-1943.)

See the burial on 26-9-1945 of James, husband of Sarah.

Obviously Sarah was aware of the origin of her given name but she could hardly insert the death notice, could she? In the early 1800's most people were illiterate and when her grandmother was born, her surname would have been written by an official who might have misheard the ending and wrote SPENCE. But if that was the correct spelling, James must have misheard Sarah when she was telling him about her ancestry. The following details come from Petronella Wilson's GIVING DESTINY A HAND (archived at the Rosebud Library.)

In 1832, Sarah Spence (1811-1870)married Oliver Wilson (1791-1851.) Their eldest son George (1833-1905) was born in Lifford, Ireland. His sister's Jane (1834-63) and Matilda (1837-78)were born before the family emigrated but the last child, Robert (1843-94)was born in Melbourne. Upon Oliver's death, George became the man of the family and it was he who convinced his mother to lease land on Jamieson's Special Survey (Safety Beach area east to Bulldog Creek Rd.)

A double wedding took place at Sarah's house on the Survey in 1855. Jane married George Young and Matilda married William Johnson (who later changed his surname to Johnstone so he wouldn't be lumbered with another man's debts and is the ancestor of Christie Johnstone of Flinders whose mother was a Tuck girl.)

The last child of Jane and George Young was Sarah (1863-1943, who was brought up by William and Matilda Johnson > Johnstone, andmarried James Matthews in 1882.) They had no children.
Petronella's book had much more than genealogy and some of the extensive information can be found in my journals:
Apr 30, 2013 - Henry William Wilson started off on the Survey, as did Sarah, and it was ... Jane (1834-63), born Lifford, who married George Young (1855,see ...
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Sarah Spence was born in County Tyrone,Ireland and at the age of 21, she married Oliver Wilson, a staunch Presbyterian and a shoemaker. Oliver, son of George and Martha,was born on County Donegal in 1791.His mother died in 1831 aged 80 and probably because he no longer had the responsibility of her care,he married in 1832 at the age of 40. Three children were to share the voyage to Australia: George b.1833,Jane b.1834 and Matilda b.1837.
Since 1835, there had been a bounty of 38 pounds paid for married couples under the age of 40 who went to the colony so Oliver,now 49, declared that he was 38 and that Sarah (actually 29) was 34. Having crossed the Irish Sea,they sailed from Liverpool on the Argyle,leaving on 7-11-1840 and landing at William's Town on 12-4-1841, glad to step ashore after the confined space in steerage.
Oliver continued his trade as a shoemaker and the family had a house in Flinders Lane where their fourth child,Robert, was born on 11-7-1843. Melbourne had been declared a Town in 1842 and by the birth was probably in the grip of a severe depression,but Oliver persevered and by 1847 was making a good living from his craft, with help from 14 year-old George. Oliver died on 12-1-1851 and soon rents became astronomical because of the gold rush, so 18 year-old George,now the head of the family suggested a move to cheaper housing on Jamieson's Special Survey near Arthur's Seat (the present Safety Beach, east to Bulldog Creek Rd.) This makes it likely that Sarah's family arrived on the Survey in 1851 or soon after,rather than 1855 as stated by Colin McLear and the pioneer pathway plaque. How could Jane and Matilda have married fellow Survey residents on 18-4-1855 if they had not spent some time getting to know each other?
I'm not sure in which journal I wrote about the fire in James Matthews' premises. I'll try to find the article. I am sure that I didn't supply the name and location of his residence. Melbourne Brindle's map of Dromana (from memory decades after leaving in 1918) shows that the house of "Matthews, carpenter", almost certainly "Bay View" as in the death notice, was on the south west corner of Clarendon St and probably McArthur St, which turned south west where Palmerston Ave (the freeway) split in two, the other track (Towerhill Rd, because the tourist road was not built till 1929) turning south west to "Arthurs Seat & tower."

CAIRNS. - The Funeral of the late Mr.DAVID CAIRNS will leave the Presbyterian Church, Rosebud, TOMORROW (Wednes-
day, December 29), at 11 a.m., for Dromana Cemetery.

CAIRNS.-On December 27. at Melbourne,David, the dearly beloved husband of Ivy,and loved daddy of Ronald, aged 67 years.-Peace, perfect peace. (Both P.2, Argus, 28-12-1943.)

The following shows that David married Ivy M.Henderson. Ronald was only about 3 when David died, hence David was described above as his daddy, not his father. David must have been about 84 when Ronald was born unless I've made a false assumption*. Not bad for an old bloke, eh? (*It would be a great coincidence for a man named David Cairns to marry a woman named Ivy and for them to have a son named David who married a woman called Ivy.)

CAIRNS (nee lvy M Henderson) - On the 9?th March, at St. Benedict's Hospital Dromana to Mr and Mrs David Cairns Rosebud - Son (Ronald Henderson) (Both well.) (P.17, Argus, 16-3-1935.)

As David was 67 when he died in 1943, it could be assumed that he was born in 1876.
It seemed simple enough to find David's parents from my CAIRNS FAMILY OF BONEO. but Robert and Mary (Drysdale) had two Davids (1856-1857 and 1863-1930), Alex and Janet (Dalgleish)had one (1861-1935) and David and Janet (Thompson) had one (1842-1923.)As the first son of these marriages was born, respectively, in 1848, 1850 and 1840, many of the sons would be old enough to sire a child named David in 1876.

Comments under my post about a Russell lad's accidental death at Blacks Camp Davey Cairns' property near Cape Schanck on the PIONEERS OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA Facebook page.

Steve Cairns I think Robert and Mary's David owned the hospital.

ME. No, Eleanora Davey was the 6th child (1861-1935) of Alex and Janet (Dalgleish) who with his brother William (1864-1938) bought c/a 13 Wannaeue from the Marks Estate in about 1906. (I've transcribed a note stuck in the ratebook in which a solicitor informed the shire of the change of ownership, date of purchase etc. in one of my journals.) Unfortunately Eleanora is not mentioned in his death notice. CAIRNS.— David, at Rosebud, son of the late Alexander and Janet Calrns, of Boneo, aged 74. (P.11, The Age, 26-10-1935.) But the naming of Dalgleish Ave on c/a 13 is sufficient proof that he was the son of Janet, nee Dalgleish. It is obvious from the death notice that this David hadn't married. EUREKA!

ME. EUREKA, thanks Steve Cairns! If not for your previous comment, I would never have discovered the ancestry of the David Cairns who married Ivy M.(possibly Meldrum) Henderson and Ivy's parents. I was doing a Rosebud Cairns, Victoria, family notices search because I was sure that one of the sisters of Eleanora Davey had died at Eleanora. See the burial of James Henderson (Jan.1875) under his wife's (mid Jan. 1905) in the chronology.

MARRIAGE. Ivy M., second daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Henderson, formerly of Rupanyup (V.), to David, eldest son of Mr. Robert Cairns and the late Mrs. Cairns,of Fern Villa, Rosebud (V.). (P.11, The Australasian, 11-3-1933.)


23-2-1944MARGARET GIBSON (1860-1944) 5th child of Walter Gibson and Margaret (nee Purdie.)
GIBSON. – The Funeral of the late MARGARET GIBSON will leave Glenholm, Dromana, THIS DAY (Wednesday, February 23), at 2.30 p.m., for Dromana Cemetery.
J. WILSON, Undertaker, Mornington.

GIBSON. –On February 22, at Melbourne,Margaret Gibson, of Glenholm, Dromana,loved sister of Isobel, William, Thomas, and loved aunt of Lillian O'Shanassy, Walter and William Gibson. (Both P.2, Argus, 23-2-1944.)
Siblings not mentioned were Adam (1854-1937), Jessie (1856-1942),Teenie, Eliza and John*.(P. 82, A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.)
The two nephews were probably children of Adam Gibson and Mary Ann (nee McLear), and Lilian's mother must have been Teenie or Eliza.
*In an attempt to find which of Margaret's sisters became Mrs O'Shanassy, I discovered John's marriage notice. John would have been named after his mariner uncle, THE GIBSON OF DROMANA WHO BECAME A KIWI.
(GIBSON. —On the 23rd November, at Haimiro, New Plymouth, New Zealand, Captain John Gibson,brother to Walter Gibson, Dromana, Victoria, aged 85 years. P.1,Argus, 24-11-1908.)

GIBSON—CLYNE.—On the 23rd inst, at the residence of the bride's parents, Fairy Bower, Lake Rowan, by the Rev. C. Thomson, John, second son of Walter Gibson, Glenholm, Dromana, to Ellie, eldest daughter of George Clyne, Fairy Bower, Lake Rowan.(P.1, Argus, 31-5-1882.)

13-5-1944. CR GEORGE HIGGENS, COUNCILLOR 1928-1944.
George was a latter equivalent of Dromana's dynamo, Spencer Jackson, but was one of a group of pioneers whose surname was rarely written properly, such as in the following funeral notice which makes me suspect that Higgins St at Safety Beach was named after George rather than Judge Higgins of Heronwood.
George lived across Arthurs Seat Rd from the Blakeleys' Ecclesfield (Consolidated School site) and the Mornington-Flinders Rd corner was known as Higgens Corner and was a pick up point for Shaw's hinterland bus run.

HIGGINS (sic). –Dromana Lodge 511. –Members of the above Lodge and the Craft in general are reminded that the Funeral of our late esteemed Bro. GEO. HIGGINS will arrive at Dromana Cemetery, at li. a.m., THIS DAY (Saturday). W. E. CRAIG. W.M. W.JAMES LARDNER, Secretary. (P.12, Argus, 13-5-1944.)

George's death notice on the same page indicates that the reason George spent so much time at Red Hill was because his daughters lived there. Mrs Wilson may have married Harold James Wilson, daughter of James Wilson and Barbara Scott (nee Purves) although she is called Mrs J.H.Wilson. The Bowrings were Red Hill residents from the time of the Village Settlement and Bowring Rd is named after them.

Cr. George Higgens
Great regret is felt throughout the peninsula at the death of Cr.George Higgens, J.P., of Red Hill, which occurred on Thursday night as the result of a motor accident on Point Nepean-road,near Mount Martha, The late
Cr. Higgens had represented the East riding of the Shire of Flinders for some years, and had been shire president on several occasions. He was a past president of Gippslnnd Shires and Boroughs Association, and at his
death was president of the Dromana and District Bush Nursing Hospital committee. He was closely connected with Presbyterian Church affairs.(P.3, The Age, 15-5-1944.)

The Standard obituary has much more detail and can be found in the HIGGENS George 1928-1944 entry in my journal THE SHIRE OF FLINDERS.

JINNETTE. –On May 2, at Alfred Hospital, Samuel, dearly loved husband of
Florrie, loved father of George, Evelynn, Len (A.I.F.), and Frank, fond father-in-law of Rex McKindley, treasured grandpa of Russell.
JINNETTE. – The Funeral of the late SAMUEL JINNETTE will move from the
Church of England, Dromana, THIS DAY, after a short service commencing at 2.30 p.m., for the Dromana Cemetery. HERBERT KING & SONS. J3462.
(P.2, Argus, 3-5-1944.)

DYSON. –The Funeral of the late Mr.GEORGE R. DYSON will leave his late residence, Pier street, Dromana, THIS DAY (Friday), at 3 p.m., for the Dromana Cemetery. CHAS. MORGAN, Funeral Director,Sorrento. Phone Sorrento 150. (P. 14, Argus, 28-7-1944.)
DYSON. –On July 27, at Dromana Bush Nursing Hospital, George Robert Dyson, of Pier street, Dromana, dearly loved husband of the late Mary Dyson, loving father of Bob, dearly loved grandfather of Mary (Mrs.Jenkins), aged 79 years.
DYSON. –On July 27, at Dromana, George Robert Dyson, a truly noble character,much-esteemed friend of Spencer Jackson.(P.2, Argus, 28-7-1944.)
George planted two orchards, one of which was subdivided as the Panoramic Estate by Spencer Jackson, and bought Sid Napper's bus line, establishing DYSON'S BUS LINE.

The death took place on October 26 of Mrs. S. Dewar, mother of Mrs. Carrigg, of Dromana Hotel. The funeral, which was private, took place on October 27, the remains being interred in the Dromana Cemetery. Rev.Father A. J. Stapleton read the burial service. (P.3, Standard, 2-11-1944.)

More in my HERITAGE WALK, DROMANA journal under DROMANA HOTEL re her maiden name, husband, Lou's marriage notice, and pubs in Melbourne.

(Barry Wright of Balnarring has written a splendid history of the property and family crammed with photos.)
It is with deepest regret we report the death of Mrs. W. Wright at her home, "Wildwood." Mrs.Wright had just returned from hospital after an operation, and it was hoped she was on the way to recovery. Her passing will be felt by her many friends, and sincerest sympathy is expressed to her husband and family.
Mrs. Walter Wright, of "Wildwood",Red Hill, who died recently,had been resident of the district for 17 years. Deceased, who was born at Poowong, South Gippsland, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Burchett,well-known in the Poowong district. The late Mrs. Wright is survived by a husband, son and two daughters. Her remains were interred in the Dromana Cemetery.
The service at the graveside was conducted by Mr. N. Kingston. Pallbearers were Messrs. F. H. and E.C. Burchett
and W. M. Wright (son and brothers), Mr. N. S. Muir, funeral undertaker of Mornington, had charge of the funeral arrangements. (P.3, Standard, 28-3-1945.)

Mrs. M. M. Shaw passed away suddenly recently at her sister's residence. She was a well-known and loved personality, and we mourn her passing. Her funeral took place Sunday afternoon at the Dromana
Cemetery. Rev. R. T. White officiated.(P.2, Standard, 27-9-1945.)

Just as well I looked for the death notice to find what her initials stood for because the above implies a burial on the 23rd.
SHAW.—On September 15, at Dromana, Maud Mary, loved wife of the late Archibald Vine, and loving mother of Maurice, Ernest,Arch, Betty, and Jack, aged 69 years. (Interred at Dromana Cemetery, September 16.)
Martha was the eighth child of James and Catherine McKeown, born in 1876.

It was the union of Archie and Maude that led to the naming of the Shaw-McKeown Reserve at Dromana.
view report - Mornington Peninsula Shire…/7d160486-17cb.…/112507ca_rep_27.pdf
Jul 25, 2011 - SUBJECT. Proposed Naming of Reserve at 26 Atunga Terrace, Dromana –. 'Shaw McKeown Reserve': Approval to Name the Reserve and.

26-9-1945. JAMES MATTHEWS.
Mr. James Matthews passed away at Bush Nursing Hospital, Mornington, on Monday, September 24 at the age of 85 years. He was born at Dromana, and lived there all his life.His parents were early settlers of Dromana. His wife * predeceased him. The funeral was to the Dromana Cemetery. The coffin bearers were:Cr. Rudduck, Mr. J. F. Cross and Mr.A. H. Cross (nephews), Mr.J.Debney. Rev. E. 'Shackell read the burial service. (P.3, Standard, 4-10-1945.)
James might have been a son of Thomas Matthews, an early resident of Dromana and worked as a carpenter, suffering a calamity at one time.
(Ahh, the George Young journal!
The local undertaker Mr. J. Matthews who is aged 79 years was almost trapped in his workshop. His home and workshop were destroyed and tools worth £300 and six coffins were lost.(P.2, Argus, 10-1-1939.)

Information from Petronella Wilson's GIVING DESTINY A HAND published in my journal: THE MYSTERIOUS SARAH WILSON, PIONEER NEAR ARTHURS SEAT, VIC., AUST.
George and Jane YOUNG'S children were:
1. Jane Ann (1856-1938) who in 1880 married James Connell. Their children were Anthony Edward, James Thomas, John George, William Charles, Albert Ernest, Mary Ann Eleanor, David Lewis, Charlotte Jessie and Elsie Florence.
2.George (1857-?) who married James Clout and had a son named George.
3.Mary Jane (1859-?)
4. John (1861-1947) who in 1888 married Martha Ellen Andrews.
5.* Sarah (1863-1943)who in 1882 married James Matthews.
After Jane's death, George Young married Janet White and had ten more children. (See the GEORGE YOUNG journal.)

Sarah (1863-1943), raised by Aunt Matilda, who married Dromana carpenter, James Matthews, in 1882; no issue.

26-9-1945. MATTHEWS.-The Funeral of the late Mr. JAMES MATTHEWS is appointed to leave his residence. Bayview, Dromana. TOMORROW (Wednesday, September 26). at 11 a.m., for Dromana Cemetery.
MATTHEWS. -On September 24, at hospital, Mornington, James, beloved husband of the late Sarah Matthews. (Both P.2, Argus, 25-9-1945.)
See the burial on 10-12-1843 of Sarah, wife of James.

Mr. James Matthews passed away at Bush Nursing Hospital, Mornington, on Monday, September 24 at the age of 85 years. He was born at Dromana, and lived there all his life. His parents were early settlers of Dromana. His wife predeceased him.
The funeral was to the Dromana Cemetery. The coffin bearers were:
Cr. Rudduck, Mr. J. F. Cross and Mr.A. H. Cross (nephews), Mr. F. Debney.
Rev. E. Shackell read the burial service. Messrs. Hector Gamble and Son conducted the funeral arrangements. (P.3, Standard, Frankston, 4-10-1945.)

F. Debney would have lived at "Washington" on section 7 Dromana Township just across the showgrounds (now the Bowling Club) from McArthur St so he would have been a close neighbour of the "Bay View" household.
Colin McLear mentioned a Thomas Matthews supplying wattle bark to George McLear in 1880 and that he was in the area by 1864 (P.85, A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.) He was possibly the father of James. As well as being a carpenter James was also supplying wattle bark and posts from Dromana Park in the early 1900's.
The fire at his workshop may have been in 1939, when his house was partly burnt.
CLARENDON STREET -Nurses rest home and homes of Messrs. Mewton, McLelsh, Jennings, G. Vaughan, Hart, Henty, Thornton,Ingram, Mrs Hinds and Sister Rogerson and stables and outbuildings of Mr Hazeldine, J.Matthews's house was partly burned.(P.2, Argus, 9-1-1939.)
AHA! If itellya says there's an article on trove and it can't be found, it's there all right.
The local undertaker Mr. J. Matthews who is aged 79 years was almost trapped
in his workshop. His home and workshop were destroyed and tools worth £300, and six coffins were lost. (P.2, Argus, 10-1-1939.)
Trove reveals that James was prominent in the Sports club which ran race meetings.

1-11-1946. MRS SARAH ANN ADAMS (nee Morgan.)
The Funeral of the late Mrs. SARAH ANN ADAMS will leave her residence. Merlvn Lodge. Dromana West. THIS DAY (Friday), at 2.30 p.m.. for the Dromana Cemetery.
ADAMS.-On October 30 (suddenly), at her residence. Merlyn Lodge, Dromana West, Sarah Ann, beloved wife of Henry Vivian,loved mother of Robert, Myrtle (Mrs. Marshall), Henry, Everest, Joyce (Mrs. Neck), sister of John, Henry (deceased), and Fredrick Morgan, late of Maryborough, Victoria,aged 71 years. —Resting peacefully. (Both P.2, Argus, 1-11-1946.)
The exact year of Captain Henry Everest Adams' arrival in Rosebud is uncertain but he was certainly its first permanent resident, perhaps in 1845. He may have had a crown lease of crown allotment 20 between Adams' Creek (The Avenue) and Parkmore Rd, and by 1864 owned c/a 19, from there to Adams Ave., which was granted to his friend, Isaac White of whom little is known except for this fact gleaned from a document in Harvey Marshall's scrapbook.
Other information from the scrapbook and Harvey was used by me to write ADAMS' CORNER, which I presented to the family. It contains maps showing the 36 acres near the old chairlift station site on the Arthurs Seat summit and near Mission St, Sorrento granted to the captain and the crown lease held by his son, Robert Henry, between his father in law's Balnarring grants near the top of Tucks Rd and his brother in law's Wannaeue grant across Mornington-Flinders Rd. Robert's wife, Mary Jane (nee Hopcraft), whom he married in 1873, was described as a Gentlewoman on the marriage certificate and could not tolerate her father in law's sea-dog ways, including offering his grandchildren a sip of the wine from the Vivyan* Vineyard (on c/a 19) which one of the Rowleys said was so strong that two glasses would have you climbing telegraph poles. Robert and Mary Jane moved into the Captain's cottage circa 1880 when the captain moved to South Melbourne to live with friends shortly before his death. The cottage was extended to establish a guest house called Hopetoun House, named after the Governor who often stayed there. it was on the site of the McCrae carwash and was renamed Merlyn Lodge by the womenfolk who regarded the guest house as a place of shame; perhaps they were asked to provide more than the usual hospitality.
"Henry Vivian Adams, the first child of Robert Henry and Mary Jane, was born (registered) at Dromana in 1874, and married Sarah Ann Heaton Morgan at Mornington in 1897. Their first child, Myrtle Vivian Annie, was the mother of Harvey Marshall for whom I am writing this."
*The family folklore had it that Captain Adams was the illegitimate son of Lord Vivian but this has been disproved and the current belief is that the association was through Adams ships delivering supplies to the aristocrat during military campaigns in Canada.

DITTERICH. - The Funeral of the late ALAN LESLIE DITTERICH will leave the Main Ridge Methodist Church THIS DAY.
after a service commencing at 2.30 p.m.. for the Dromana Cemetery.

DITTERICH.-On March 19. at Dromana Bush Nursing Hospital (result of accident), Alan Leslie, beloved son of Margaret and Ray.
DITTERICH. - Alan Leslie (result of accident), beloved grandson of Mrs. Stewart,Pt. Nepean road, Mt. Eliza loved nephew of David, Jim, Belle, Mary, Jessie, and Bob, aged 17 years. (All P.2, Argus, 21-3-1947.)

The following notice may not seem to have much to do with Main Ridge, but Christiana was the daughter of Alexander Shand. They were married in 1892.(WEDDING AT MAIN CREEK.
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 14 April 1892 p 3 Article)
DITTERICH.-On September 9, 1928, at his residence, St. John street, Launceston, Rev. Richard Ditterich, beloved
husband of Christiana Ditterich, Superintendent Minister Patterson Street Methodist Church, and Chairman of
the Tasmanian Methodist Assembly, Aged 63 years.(P.2, Advocate (Burnie), 10-9-1928.)

It is likely that Christiana returned to Main Ridge after Richard's death. No member of the family was assessed in the 1919 rates but F.and Ralph had by 1927 commenced their famed involvement with the cricket team. The Main Ridge cricket ground (Melway 171 J 12) is on the A.F. &.R.Ditterich Reserve.

EVANS.-On March 30, at Dromana. Hannah Maria, widow of the late William Michael, and loving mother of Stanley, Gladys (Mrs. Powell), Madge (Mrs. Patterson), Minnie (Mrs. Todd), Doris, William, Aimee, Connie (Mrs. Cornish), aged 74 years.—At rest. (Interred at Dromana Cemetery.) (P.2, Argus, 1-4-1947.)
No funeral notice has been found.

A photo of Bill Evans and Hannah on their wedding day is on page 160 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. Their first child, Stan was about 4 in (1905?), (when Mr Townsend saved the life of Henry (probably H.W.B.C) Wilson's 4 year old son using mouth to mouth after little Stan had run for help*) so the wedding would have been in about 1900. A photo of Bill Jnr. in the 1931 D.F.C. premiership team is on P.164 and the memoirs of Connie (Mrs Cornish) re Dromana State School, where she started in 1924, are on P.134.

4-4-1947. MRS ISABELLA CHAPMAN(nee Gibson)
CHAPMAN.-The Funeral of the late Mrs.ISABELLA CHAPMAN will leave her late residence. Pier street. Dromana. TOMORROW (Friday), at 2 p.m.. for the Dromana Cemetery.
CHAPMAN. —On April 2, at Pier street, Dromana, Isabella, widow of the late Henry George, and loving mother of Douglas,Gladys, and Allan, aged 82 years. —At rest.(Both P.2, Argus, 3-4-1947.)

Isabella (1865-1947) was the daughter of Walter Gibson and Margaret (nee Purdie.) See P. 82 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.

Isabella (Gibson) Chapman was born into the Gibson family and married into the Chapman family. She married Henry George Chapman. She died in 1888.
I couldn't find Isabella's wedding notice.

3-11-1947. MRS WILLIAM JOHN WHITAKER.(See 11-2-1948.)
WHITAKER, - The Friends and Relatives of the late Mrs. WILHELMINA SPALDING WHITAKER are respectfully requested to follow her remains to the place of interment, the Dromana Cemetery.
The Funeral is appointed to leave the Bathurst memorial chapel, corner Glenhuntly and Kooyong roads, Elsternwick, THIS DAY (Monday), at 2.15 p.m. Service at 2 p.m.

WHITAKER. - On November 2, at her daughter's home, 53 Clonaig street, Brighton, Wilhelmina Spalding, dearly loved wife of William Whitaker, of Point Nepean road, Dromana, loving mother of Bertha(Mrs. Ingles), Lance (Mount Eliza), Fred(Hawthorn), Frank (Rosebud), and Nellie(Mrs. Brown), aged 77 years. -Dearly loved.
(Both P.9, Argus, 3-11-1947.

DAVIDSON, Grace 1948, James 1958. NOT IN NGAIRETH'S LIST or Australian Cemeteries - Victoria - Dromana Cemetery
A wedding photo of the couple is just before this excerpt about two thirds of the way through the Campbell history.
"Their last child, James White Davidson, attended school at Hornsdale and at 23 went droving and shearing around NSW. He was married on 28 April 1909 by Rev R. Campbell to Grace Maxwell Wilson. Grace was born on 5 April 1886 at Lilydale, Tasmania, second daughter of James and Grace Wilson. After their wedding they lived at Mount Russell, New South Wales, where they had three children, Grace Isabella Maxwell, Helen Margaret Heather and Jessie Jemima Janet. At Bowra Station near Cunnamulla Queensland they had two more children, James Hugh McKenzie and Jean Elizabeth Wilson. James senior spent 23 years in South Australia, 19 in New South Wales, 12 in Queensland and 28 years in Victoria.
James managed the 30,000 acre Bowra property and then moved to Shoreham Victoria in 1929. Bowra Station is now famous for its birdlife and draws many national and international visitors. Grace died 25 September 1948 at her daughter’s house in NSW and James on 7 June 1958 at Melbourne. They are buried in a double grave in the Presbyterian section of the Dromana Cemetery, Victoria."
SOURCE: The Campbells of South Australia - Flinders Ranges Research

19-1-1948.MRS HESTER ALICE HOLLAND(nee Brear.)
HOLLAND-The Funeral of the late Mrs. HESTER ALICE HOLLAND will leave her son's residence, Red Hill South. THIS DAY, at 2 p.m.. for Dromana Cemetery.
HOLLAND.On January 17 at Hastings, Hester Alice, widow of Samuel Mackie Holland,loving mother of Elsie (Mrs Henderson, deceased), Sydney and Jack.
HOLLAND. On January 17 at Hastings,Hester Alice, loving mother of Jack, mother in law of Rene,grandmother of Gwen, Roy and Rex.
(All P.2, Argus, 19-1-1948.)

ME.Does anybody know the maiden name of Hester Alice Holland, widow of Samuel Mackie Holland of "The Rest", Flinders? She died in 1948 and was buried at Dromana. I need it for my CHRONOLOGY OF BURIALS AT DROMANA journal.

Rene White Janie Varkulevicius. (Janie might be a descendant.)

Toni Munday Dad James Braer and mum Harriet Louisa née Robillard

Toni Munday And Hester is down as Esther married 1893 and was born Trentham.

ME. Many thanks. Do you know where and when she was born and married?

Toni Munday 1893 they have their first child in Armadale -died at 78 so born 1870

ME. Perhaps this is why Hester was buried at Dromana. Could the correct spelling of her maiden name be Brear rather than Braer? Perhaps they changed the spelling during W.W,1 , as many with German ancestry did.
16-7-1936. MRS. P. M. GAMBLE.
Mrs Harriet Louisa Gamble, wife of Mr Peter Martin Gamble, died at her residence, Red Hill, on July 14.She had lived in the district for 20 years. Burial took place on July 16, in the Dromana cemetery. The casket was carried by Messrs. K. Cleine, J. Erskine, E.Russell, R. Thustain, E.Bowring and R. Edwards, senr. The Rev. W. Adams read the burial service.(P.4,FSS, 24-7-1936.)

GAMBLE (nee Brear);— On the 14th July, at Red Hill South, Harriet Louisa, dearly beloved wife of Peter Martin, loving sister of Hester Alice (Mrs. Holland) and William (deceased), aged 60 years.(P.1, The Age,15-7-1936.)

Extract from my journal, THE SHIRE OF FLINDERS.
HOLLAND Samuel Mackie J.P. 1922-7
See WETTENHALL entry. Samuel, Shire President in 1926-7, was unable to attend the Wettenhall farewell, apparently due to illness.

In 1919, Samuel M.Holland of Red Hill was assessed on 20 acres and buildings, 74H Balnarring. John E.Holland was assessed on 25 acres and buildings, part 13B, Kangerong.

Peninsula Motor Ambulance Service PUBLIC APPEAL. The motor ambulance, which was presented to the Mornington Peninsula on October 9, has already done good service. There has been one case from Frankston and two from Mornington for conveyance to Melbourne hospitals. Messrs. Taylor & Ritchie, of Mornington, have offered to garage the ambulance car free of cost for the present, but later on, owing to the holiday season they will be unable to do so. The committee is thus compelled to build a garage. A generous offer has been made by Cr. P. McArthur, president of the Mornington Shire, to allow the erection of a temporary garage on his property in the main street, adjoining the residence of Mr. J. E. Birch, the motor driver. The cost for the materials would be about 20. Some kind friends have volunteered to give half a day's work, free of charge, and it is hoped others will offer similar service. The work will be undertaken on a Saturday afternoon very soon. The committee also appeals to the public of Mornington Peninsula to help financially as soon as possible, as there are only a few more weeks to find provision for the wagon. Donations will be thankfully received by the committee and acknowledged through the press. The following are authorised to receive donations:--Mr. A.C. Allingham (president), Rosebud; Cr. J. Jack, Bittern; Cr. S. M. Holland, Red Hill; Cr. G. A. May, Frankston; Mr. C. Gray, Frankston; Cr. H.E.Edwards (treasurer), Mornington; Mr.J. L. Bleri (secretary), Mornington. (P.6, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 13-11-1925.)

At the meeting of the Executive Council yesterday new justices of the peace were appointed as follows:-Central Bailiwick- Mr. S. M. Holland, Red Hill. Midland Bailiwick.-Mr. M. R. Wilson, Campbells
Forest. (P.8, Argus, 11-1-1924.)

HOLLAND. - On January 17, at Hastings, Hester Alice, widow of the late Samuel Mackie Holland, loving mother of Elsie (Mrs. Henderson deceased), Sydney, and Jack. (P.2, Argus, 19-1-1948.) In view of the above, and the fact that John E.Holland of "Lynden" welcomed his only daughter into the world in August 1923, I presume that Sam was the father of John E.Holland. Neither Sam nor John were children of Thomas Holland.

Notice is hereby given (blah blah) PROBATE of the WILL dated the 18th day of March 1939 First Codicil thereto dated the 13th day of March 1941 and Second Codicil thereto dated the 8th day of July 1941 of SAMUEL MACKIE HOLLAND late of Red Hill In the said State retired orchardst deceased may be granted to Hester Alice Holland of Red Hill in the said State widow of the said deceased and Leonard Robert Newnham Utber of 285 Collins street Melbourne In the said State, solicitor, the executors named in and appointed by the said will.
Dated this twenty eighth dav of July 1941 H.W. HUNT & UTBER 285 Collins Street,Melbourne, proctors for the applicants. (P.4, Argus, 29-7-1941.)

11-2-1948. WILLIAM JOHN WHITAKER.(See 3-11-1947.)
WHITAKER - The Funeral of the late Mr WILLIAM JOHN WHITAKER will leave St Mark s Church of England Dromana THIS DAY (February 11) at 3 p m for the Dromana Cemetery. CHAS MORGAN Sorrento Phone 15.

WHITTAKER - On February 10. at Dromana William John husband of the late Wilhelmina Spalding and loving father of Bertha (Mrs Engels), Lance, Frederick and Frank, aged 77 years -At rest. (Both P.2, Argus, 11-2-1948.)

WILLIAM JOHN WHITAKER. Late of Point Nepean Road, Dromana, in Victoria, Garage Proprietor, Deceased.-After the expiration of 14 clear days Lance Whitaker*, of "Ranelagh," Mount Eliza, in Victoria, Gentleman, the executor appointed by the deceased's will, dated the 30th day of March,1947, will APPLY to the Supreme Court of Victoria for a grant of PROBATE of the said WILL. MCINERNEY. WILLIAMS, & CURTAIN, of 90 Queen street, Melbourne, proctors for the applicant. (P.9, Argus, 22-4-1948.)

(*WILLIAM JOHN WHITAKER'S GRANDSON MARRIES.- PHOTO. Cutting the cake at the reception following their marriage at St. Mary's Church of England, Caulfield,yesterday are Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Whitaker. The bride, who wore a gown of ice-blue brocade, was formerly Miss Margaret Partan, only daughter of Cr. and Mrs.Eric Partan, of Caulfield. The bridegroom is second son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Whitaker, of Ranelagh, Mt. Eliza.
(P.8, Argus, 23-2-1954.)

The Whitaker family was involved with motorised passenger service since early days and the Dromana drive-in for 50 years.

Dromana Drive-In turns 50 with a bang | Herald Sun
Feb 27, 2013 - Paul Whitaker from Dromana Drive-in with an old film projector which will be retired as the Dromana Drive-in moves to digital projection.

A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.P.53. Fred Whitaker Senior (possibly William John) established his garage in Dromana in the early 1920's and ran a bus from Rosebud.Later his sons amalgamated with Johnson and Metcher to form Portsea Passenger Service.P. 164. In the 'tween wars era drags were supplanted by buses. Whitakers ran an eight seater bus to away matches.

WHITAKER'S PENINSULA MOTORS PTY. LTD., to take over from William John Whitaker his interest in motor garage and motor transport service at Dromana. Capital £3000.Subscribers--William John Whitaker, Frank Whitaker.
(P.6, Argus, 13-7-1936.)

Passengers boarded Whitaker's buses for the peninsula in Batman Avenue in 1928.(The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Monday 23 January 1928 p 16 Advertising) Later the buses left from outside Wight's in Melbourne. Stops were at Dromana, Rosebud, Birkdale etc.( The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 10 March 1939 p 15 Advertising... DROMANA Rosebud Birkdale Rye Whitaker's Whight's dep 116)
Tootgarook was called Birkdale by the Whitakers because of Birkdale House on the east corner of Carmichael St.

P.79, Heritage Study. Dyson’s Peninsula Motors bus lines (1922-) had the school bus run from Sorrento and Flinders to Frankston in 1930 and Phillips ran buses to Pearcedale in the 1950s.322 Dyson’s and Lance Whittaker’s Portsea Passenger Service have become dominant in the area. Peninsula Bus Lines was purchased by the Grenada Group in 1976 and continues to operate from its Seaford depot.323

When Wheeler’s shop and post office combined was burnt out, he built a new shop and separate PO, just east of where the National Bank stands today. Webster’s shop was where Peebles is now. As the years passed, more shops were built. A garage just west of Wheeler’s was run by a Mr Anderson, followed by another in Ninth Avenue run by a Mr Whittaker, brother to Frank (who later owned the Dromana Drive-In).

(Frank?) Whitaker's statue is on the west corner of Rosebud Pde., outside the former Broadway Theatre.
Festival Director Steve Bastoni had the brilliant idea for a short film festival after starting his acting school on the peninsula, and wanting a medium for his students to be able to experience film making. Sitting at a cafe in Rosebud one day, he looked over and saw the wooden statue of Frank Whitaker, the original projectionist and operator of Rosebud Cinemas, and the idea for the short film festival was born.

TWISS. — The Funeral of the late Mrs. JESSIE J. TWISS will leave her residence, Sixth-av., Rosebud, TOMORROW, at 2 p.m., for the Dromana Cemetery.(P.4, The Age, 10-12-1948.)

TWISS.— On June 9. at her residence,Sixth-av., Rosebud, Jessie, beloved wife of Christopher and loving sister
of Jean (Mrs. McKenzie) and Ebb Kennedy. aged 71 years. At rest.(P.2, The Age, 10-6-1948.)

CHRISTOPHER TWISS Late of Wonga 6th Avenue Rosebud Retired Glazier Deceased - After 14 clear days Leslie Jotham Gomm of 2 Tennyson street Kew minister of religion, the executor appointed by deceased's will dated 21st June. 1948 will APPLY to the Supreme Court for a grant or PROBATE of the said WILL.(P.15, Argus, 1-2-1951.)

TWISS - On January 11 at private hospital Kew, Christopher beloved husband of the late Jessie (and -sic) Jack
Twiss, late Sixth avenue Rosebud.
TWISS - On January 11 at private hospital Kew Christopher, loved uncle of Mary, Neil, Bill and Edna.

TWISS.—The Funeral of the late Mr CHRISTOPHER TWISS will leave Padbury's Chapel 11 Cotham road Kew,TOMORROW (Saturday) at 8 a m for the Dromana Cemetery. The cortege will arrive at Dromana Cemetery at 10 a.m.
(All P.12, Argus, 12-1-1951.)

I decided to include Jessie and Chris because I wrongly assumed from a result summary that they were related to the Peateys, but when I read of their sterling efforts for the Rosebud Red Cross branch in the 1945 report I didn't have the heart to give them the flick. And I had a good laugh at bigamist Chris marrying a bloke called Jack as well as Jessie!

Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1939 - 1949) Thursday 2 August 1945 p 2 Article

O'MALLEY.-The Funeral of the late Mr. MYLES F. O'MALLEY will leave the residence of Mr. R. J. Constable,
Heals(SIC) st., Dromana, THIS DAY(Tuesday), at 3.15 p.m., for the Dromana Cemetery.

O'MALLEY.—On Anzac Day, at Dromana, Myles F., beloved husband of Janet, and loving father of Frank,Fred, Gladys, Alf, Andrew, Kath,Jean (deceased), Bert, Bob. -A soldier at rest.(Both P.7, Argus, 26-4-1949.)

P.54.The late Fred O'Malley Snr (probably Myles F.)worked the creeks above Gracefield, where he and his family then lived (fossicking for gold during the 1930's depression.) His son Fred Jnr. again prospected the area in the days following the war.
P.138? P.141. Fred O'Malley was a Tasmanian.
P.142. From ti-tree swamp to pasture necessitated attention to drainage. Fred O'Malley dug the course of Dunn's Creek through what had been Downward's* and Thompson's, for there had been a vast, shallow swamp.

*In 1919, the Downwards were assessed on lots 12, 16 and 17 of the special survey (Clarke subdivision would be a more accurate description.) Mrs Caroline Downward had 120 acres of c/a 24 Kangerong. These are indicated respectively by the following co-ordinates on Melway map 161. L.12 (B.4-5), L. 16 and 17 (C-F 1,2), c/a 24C Kangerong of 118 a. 1 r. 12 p., granted to Caroline, (F-J7 and fronting Dunns the top right corner of F9.)
Thompson's was probably lot 13 of Clarke's subdivision through which the creek flows from E6 to C3 where it entered lot 12. Fred's drain would be the present creek course from at least E 6 to A 4. It looks as if the drain in 160K 4-5 was later built to drain lots 10 and 11 of Clarke's subdivision fronting the east side of the Nepean Highway between Moat's Corner and Wallaces Rd.

27-5-1949. "BIG WILL." GIBSON.
GIBSON. - The Funeral of the late WILLIAM ALEXANDER GIBSON Willleave his residence, Glenholm. Dro-mana, after a service commencing at 2.15 p.m. THIS DAY (Friday), for the Dromana Cemetery.

GIBSON - On May 25 at his residence Glenholm Dromana William Alexander, third son* of the late Walter and Margaret Gibson.
GIBSON - On May 25 at his residence Glenholm Dromana, William Alexander loved uncle of Lillian
O'Shannassy Walter G and William T Gibson.
(All P.12, Argus, 27-5-1949.) William 1868-1949 was the eighth child and known as Big Will. (P.82, A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. *Adam and John were older than him. Tom was the ninth child.

McKEOWN.—The Funeral of the late WILLIAM CAMPBELL MCKEOWN will arrive at the Dromana Cemetery at 11 a.m. THIS DAY (Tuesday,January 17).

McKEOWN. —On January 16, at Sorrento, William Campbell, son of the late J. and C. McKeown, of Aringa,Dromana, aged 80 years. (Both P.11, Argus, 17-1-1950.)

The background of the McKeown FAMILY is detailed in PIONEERS OF THE PENINSULA by Stephen Lynch, a descendant of Blooming Bob White known as toolaroo on family tree circles. The White and McKeown families were related due to James McKeown's sister, Sarah, marrying Hill Hillis and Blooming Bob marrying one of their daughters, and after her death, another one. Sarah died at Glenferrie, Blooming Bob's 27 acre property (named by John Moore) on the north corner of McIlroys and White Hill Rds. The reasonably priced and excellent book is available line.

James McKeown first lived in Warnambool upon arrival and travelled to Red Hill to select 73AB Balnarring in 1862. On his return to Red Hill in 1863,he was accompanied by his bride, Catherine Townsend Hill, and probably Hill Hillis and Sarah, who were occupying 50 acres of his 215 acre selection in the first Flinders Road Board assessment of 1869. In about 1885, he left his 73AB grant, ownership of which passed to the Sheehans and then to a Sheehan son in law, W.A.Holmes. James and Catherine moved to Gracefield (between the wedge shaped Dromana Common and Caldwell Rd), part of which they retained after subdivision as well as building the Aringa guest house on the north west corner of Foote and Clarendon Sts. in 1892. Two of their daughters married Archie Shaw and Bill Dyson and the Shaw-McKeown Reserve is on a former McKeown orchard near Tower Rd.

"Four of the sons took employment in the Victorian Railways or P.M.G. away from Dromana, one son William maintaining the orchards and made a name as a beekeeper..." (P.86, A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.)
In the 1919-20 assessment, Bill was rated on 10 acres, part 9A1, section. Eva was rated on 9.5 acres of 9A. (9A of 21 acres was bounded by Atunga Terrace and Towerhill, Arthurs Seat and Caldwell Rds.) Annie, Elsie? and Ethel were rated on 9, 9A* and 10 of section 2, Dromana Township (Aringa and presumably the missing 1.5 acres of c/a 9A, section E.)

Here are the birth and death years of William Campbell McKeown and his siblings.
Family: Catherine Townsend Hill b. 1842, d. 1928
Annie Maria McKeown b. 1864, d. 1950
James Hutchison McKeown b. 1867, d. 1930
William Campbell McKeown b. 1869, d. 1950
Isabella Hervey McKeown b. 1871, d. 1932
Arthur John McKeown b. 1873, d. 1937
Eva Catherine McKeown b. 1874, d. 1953
Maud Mary McKeown b. 1876, d. 1945
Ethel May McKeown b. 1879, d. 1964
Ernest Edward McKeown b. 1881, d. 1941
Ida Florence Lil McKeown b. 1883
(Much more detail about each is available in:
William Campbell McKeown - Townsend Surname in Australia ...

The Funeral of the late Miss FLORENCE FRANCES PAYNE will arrive at the Dromana Cemetery at 11 30 a.m THIS DAY (Friday, March 3).

PAYNE. - On March 2, Florence Frances, passed peacefully away at Fauna Park, Dromana, loved life-long friend of Beatrice. Doug, and family, of Fauna Park, Dromana,aged 82 years. -Our Mina.
PAYNE. - On March 2, at Fauna Park, Dromana, Mina, loved friend of Rae Jolly. Avondale, Melbourne road,
Frankston. -God be with you till we meet again. (All P.10, Argus, 3-3-1950.)

Ancient Faces is just one of the many shopfronts of I have innocently contributed information to these mercenaries, so I feel no guilt in accessing, without payment details of Miss Payne's parents.
Florence Frances Payne (1868 - 1950)
Florence Frances Payne was born in 1868. She was born to Charles and Rose Bingham Payne, and was an only child. She died in 1950 in Dromana, Australia at age 82.

Her friends, the Pickings, were originally from Frankston (Long Island in Doug's wedding notice.) The Pickings must have intended being buried at Dromana too but they were buried at Mornington Cemetery, Beatrice (nee Phillips) only about six years after the death of Florence,and only aged 56. Florence must have been like a kindly aunt to the Pickings. Rae Jolly's Avondale might have also been on Long Island, between the beach and the Kananook Creek, (south of Mile Bridge where the highway crosses the creek and the spot where aboriginal protector, William Thomas waded neck-deep across the FORD near the SEA, the reason Beachdale was renamed as Seaford when the railway station was built.)

The Pickings seem to have been on the Survey from about 1923 until at least the 1950's. The Pickings boys must have had artistic talent to rival that of another Dromana lad,Melbourne Brindle. They obviously got their talent from their father, Doug.

Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1939 - 1949) Thursday 30 March 1944 p 2 Article
... DROMANA YOUTHFUL ARTIST Bruce Picking, young son and Mrs. Douglas Picking, Dromana, has commenced study National Art Gallery. A future is predicted for this sma lad. ... 27 words

Douglas Picking must have used at least part of his property for normal farming practices, one of which was breeding sheep.

HIGH PRICE FOR RAM. Cr. David Boyd, of Berwick, who has one of the leading flocks of Rye- land sheep in the State, has, for the purpose of improving his flock, purchased from Mr. Douglas Picking, of Dromana, the stud Ryeland ram, Picking's R1880. The price paid was 30 guineas which, at the present time, is an exceptionally high price for a ram.

EXPORT OF NATIVE GAME. COUNCILLOR ADVOCATES AMENDMENT OF LAW. ENTERPRISE TIED UP WITH RED TAPE. Cr. J. Unthank told last meeting of the. Shire Council that he had been much impressed when he paid a visit to Mr. D. Picking's fauna park at Dromana. Cr. Unthank said Mr. Picking told him that the law forbidding the export of native game prevented him from disposing of a lot of stock. If he was not so tied down with red tape he could have one of the finest zoological gardens in Australia. Cr. Unthank said he saw about 200 pheasants on Mr. Picking's farm coming to the homestead to be fed. There were peacocks, emus, kangaroos, wallabies and other game moving about the farm. He (Cr. Unthank) advocated an amendment of the game laws to permit the export of a limited number of specimens of native game. (P.1,Frankston and Somerville Standard, 14-4-1934.)


[Bb]28-3-1950. GEORGE McLEAR.
McLEAR. -On March 26, at Repatriation Hospital, Bundoora, George, of
Red. Hill, Dromana, beloved husband of Lena, and loved father or George
and Keith.
McLEAR.-On March 26, at Repatriation Hospital. Bundoora, George, beloved son of Emily and the late George McLear, of Dromana, loved brother of Henry, Jack, Sam, Mary (Mrs. Aust). Kathleen (Mrs.Pettigrew), and Evelyn (Mrs. Guy).
McLEAR.-The Funeral of the late Mr.GEORGE McLEAR will leave his residence, Red Hill rd., Dromana, after a service commencing at 2.45 p.m.,
THIS DAY (Tuesday), for the Dromana Cemetery.(P.15, Argus, 28-3-1950.)
This was George (b.1891) whose father George, born near Camden, N.S.W. in.1840, the son of John and Mary Ann, was about 9 when his father was killed near the Plenty and 11 upon arrival on the Survey. He survived W.W.1 as did some of the letters sent home to his father. Keryn McLear has posted a sample on this page.
The deceased , whose siblings are detailed on page 111 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, had earlier been suffering with influenza and had apparently recovered. His sons were Keith and (apparently) George Basil.
George Basil McLear, of Red Hill-road, Dromana, suffered head injuries yesterday when a motorcycle he was riding got out of control and skidded on Point Nepean-road, Mornington.A passer-by discovered McLear lying on the road, and notified the police, McLear was taken to Mornington Hospital. . His
condition is not thought to be serious.(P.3, The Age, 21-2-1947.)
George McLear 2 was the captain of the Bush Fire Brigade before W.W.2. On 5-10-1923, George McLear 2 was elected Chairman of the Sports Club and it was mooted that the straight be moved to the Red Hill Road side of the racecourse but this decision was reversed at the next meeting. The Club's last race meeting was held on 11-3-1927 with George McLear 2 the Secretary.

4 X cLEAR . — The Funeral of the late Mrs. EMMELINB LOUISE McLEAR
will leave her residence, "Maryfleld." Nepean Highway, Dromana. THIS DAY,
alter a service commencing at 2.4o p.m. for the Dromana Cemetery.
(P.7, The Age, 24-7-1950.)
The death notice. These started with Q on page 7. The digitisation stated "continued from page 8" but after an hour of searching that and p.6-9, I found that it was actually continued from page 2 and corrected this in the digitisation.
McCLEAR. — On July 23. at Dromana and District Community Hospital
Emmellne. widow of the late Georg® McLenr, devoted mother of George (deceased), Mary (Mrs. Aust), Jack. Emmellne (deceased), Henry, Kathleen
(Mrs. Pcttlgrew), Samuel and Evelyn (Mrs. Guy). In her 88th year. A
wonderful mother at rest. (P.2, The Age, 24-7-1950.)
Photo of the beautiful Emmeline, "The English-born Emmeline Louise NEWSTEAD, daughter of a ship's captain, came to Melbourne via the S.S.Rome in the late 1880's as Governess to the daughters of the newly appointed Governor of the Melbourne Mint."
While staying with this ANDERSON family at James Boag's "Melrose" (now indicated by Melway 160 A 7-8), Emmeline and the girls were seen by George collecting maiden-hair fern on his property. "On September 24 1890, George, then 49, wed Emmeline Louise 25- he 6 foot 6 inches to her dainty 5 foot 2 inches."
Birth and death details are given for all their children on page 111. The book, written by the late Colin McLear, can be purchased from the Dromana Historical Society and has extraordinary detail about Dromana's pioneering families.

LINDSAY, — The Funeral of the late Mrs. JESSIE LINDSAY will arrive at the Dromana Cemetery TOMORROW. at 11 a.m.(P.7, The Age, 28-7-1950.)
LINDSAY. — On September 27. at 17 Clive-street, Brighton. Jessie, loved
wife of the late E. E. Lindsay, of Red Hill, and loving mother of Ernest* (late
R.A.N., deceased), Barbara (Mrs. Gibson) and Donald.
(P.2, The Age, 28-7-1950.)

I have decided to include Jessie's burial because there are many mentions of the surname, Lindsay, in the area, although I have found no connection to Jessie.
Rev.O.S.Lindsay was appointed an original trustee of the Dromana Methodist Church in 1878 (P.124 A.D.O.D.) "Lindsay" (no initial or given name) was playing footy and/or cricket with Dromana, Balnarring and Flinders in the latter 1890's which ties in well with a Red Hill residency, as does the Gibson connection, perhaps the family of the grantee of 78A Balnarring on the north corner of Red Hill and Stanleys Rd, Red Hill. C.Lindsay had the 2nd highest batting average for Balnarring in 1899.

*Searches related to Ernest George Lindsay Service Number: 13764 Rank: Ordinary Artificer 1st Class Unit: HMAS Yarra Service: Royal Australian Navy Conflict / Operation: Second World War, 1939-1945 Conflict eligibility date: Second World War, 1939-1947 Date of death: 9 March 1942 Place of death: Indian Ocean Cause of death: Died at sea Cemetery or memorial details: Plymouth Naval Memorial, Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom Source: AWM146 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Royal Australian Navy

An Ernest George Lindsay in the navy was born in England in 1901 but even if he was Jessie's son, that does not rule out a relationship with C.Lindsay etc.

PEATEY. — The Funeral of the late Mr. JOHN HENRY PEATEY will leave his residence, Rosebud, THIS DAY, after prayers, commencing at 2.30 p.m., for the Dromana Cemetery. (P.8, The Age, 24-10-1950.)

PEATEY.— On October 23. at his residence, Rosebud. John Henry,dearly beloved husband of the late Mary Anne Peatey, loving father of John (deceased). William (deceased!. Susan*. George, Annie. Mary, and grandfather of Arthur, beloved brother of Charlotte and Alfred. Sadly missed.
(P.2,The Age, 24-10-1950, two more notices listing grandkids.)

John Henry was the son of George and Susan Peatey, pioneers of the Survey by 1858, 27 AC Kangerong at the north end of Harrisons Rd, Dromana and then lot 76 of Woolcott's, subdivision of c/a 17 Wannaeue, 2 acres at the south corner of Jetty Rd and McDowell St, Rosebud from 1888.
He was born in Melbourne in 1857, probably in Canvas Town at Emerald Hill. Jack married Mary on 4-11-1884. My notes do not reveal Mary’s maiden name but it is likely that Jack met her in Gippsland after his move to that area in 1879. Their children were Edward (20-11-1886), William Henry (22-11-1888), Susan (1890) and, George (1892), all born in Gippsland. Susan was the last president of the Rosebud and District Historical Society which folded about 2002 after she’d taken time off to write a book (probably PINE TREES AND BOX THORNS, the source of this information.)
Jack and Mary returned to Rosebud in 1894 and bought C.A. 5 OF THE Rosebud Fishing Village on the east side of a 40 metre wide beach access through which flowed a creek which became known as Peatey’s Creek; this access is now the Murray Anderson Rd foreshore car park. They supplied produce such as milk eggs, and poultry.
The beach road was only 20 metres wide, the remaining 20 metres of the road reserve nearer the foreshore blocks being grazed by the Peatey cows, and the Fountain girls who lived on the west side of the creek called this area the village green (grass and low shrubs.) A feature of the Rosebud aquatic sports involved swimmers chasing a Peatey duck which nobody ever caught. The Peatey hens slept in the trees according to a map of early Rosebud probably drawn by the Fountain girls. (Memoirs written by two of the Fountain girls.)
The produce business was largely carried on by Mary Ann because Jack was almost an invalid. Fred Vine carved a walking stick for him. His health improved and he used to take out fishing parties with one of his regular patrons being Edward Campbell (Melbourne councillor who served as Lord Mayor and holidayed on lot 12 and 11 of the fishing village, now the 38 metre frontage Banksia Point complex.)
Jack (concertina), Rosie Bucher (piano) and a fiddler supplied music for Rosebud’s dances. Jack’s eyes turned and Mr Wong made a mask with slits which miraculously straightened his eyes. Ha, ha. It was a hoax according to Jim Dryden, whose dad Bill married a Peatey girl. Obviously the womenfolk were kept in the dark!


BURNHAM.— The Funeral of the late Mr WALTER JAMES BURNHAM will leave Church of England, Rosebud,THIS DAY. after a service commencing at 2 p.m., for thc Dromana Cemetery. (P.8, The Age, 11-4-1951. Notice also in The Argus on the same day.)

For the Burnham family anecdotes of Early Rosebud (from about 1913) see:
Life in Rosebud in the early years: by Vin Burnham |

In short, Walter and his brother, Charles moved to Rosebud in about 1913 from Sorrento(or Blairgowire-sic). Charles bought a Hindhope subdivision block on the north corner of McCombe St and Boneo Rd, which was much later occupied by Red Rooster and is now taken up by the left turn slip lane from Boneo Rd. Here Charles house and the brothers' fish shop (the latter shown on the website) were built. Walter built a house, on the foreshore opposite Boneo Rd, which was bought after his death and became the Sunday School at St Kathryn's McCrae. The brothers built a ti tree jetty, near Walter's house, which was painted from east and west by the great Arthur Boyd. Walter's grand daughter married Peter Wilson, author of ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD (in which one of the said paintings is shown, as well as a photo of Peter's wife, as a toddler, sitting on the jetty.)

BLACKER -The Funeral of the late MERVYN JAMES BLACKER will leave his residence Jetty road,Rosebud, TOMORROW (Wednesday, February 6) at 10:30 a.m. for the Dromana Cemetery.
BLACKER-On February 4 (result of accident), at Heyfield,Melvyn J., only child of Mr. and Mrs. J. Blacker, Second avenue,Rosebud. -Deeply mourned.(Both P.12, Argus, 5-2-1952.)

The deceased, Mervyn James Blacker, aged 30 years, of Rosebud, was driving a timber jinker loaded with logs. He
arrived at the point above the checking station about 10 a.m. on Monday.After the accident, those from the checking station and other drivers were quickly on the scene but nothing could be done to aid the injured
man. His body was taken to Heyfield.ETC. (P.1, Gippsland Times, 7-2-1952.)

MERVYN JAMES BLACKER Late of Jetty Road Rosebud Formerly Poultry Farmer, lately Cartage Contractor, Deceased
Intestate - After fourteen clear days Kathleen Josephine Blacker of Jetty road Rosebud the widow and one of the next of kin of the said deceased will APPLY to the Supreme Court for a grant of LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION of the estate of the said deceased. (P.10. Argus, 21-1-1953.)

The criteria for inclusion here is membership of a pioneering family or longtime residency, to which I have added community service and involvement, as in the case of the TWISS family. Although I can find no mention of the Blackers in Rosebud before 1949, a member of the family, possibly Mervyn's son, is still living in Rosebud 67 years later.

Another reason for inclusion is the historical theme of employment (including a strong link with Gippsland.) As farmland became suburbia or more mechanised, and during depressions, many lads sought employment opportunities away from home and members of pioneering families moved to Melbourne to find jobs; their married daughters buried at Dromana perhaps likely to miss being included here unless mentioned in local histories or death notices. During early days, Edward Hobson in 1843, Henry William Wilson, and members of the Rowley, Peatey and Hobley families, for example, lived in Gippsland. Henry Falby Gomm of Somerville and two Chapman brothers of Seawinds were some who joined the exodus to W.A. during the 1890's depression. After W.W.2 when females had joined the workforce to keep the country going, many girls secured office jobs, typists etc. and as a result married Melbourne men who may have later come to the peninsula as jobs in the P.M.G., S.E.C. etc. due to increased employment opportunities there. The female drover's brother and other farm lads mentioned by her, started stock transport businesses and others, such as Murray Moser made a living carting bricks and D.W.Beanland, Henry A.Bucher, L.A.Coates,T.H.Ellis, W.D.Grant, H.G.Hancock, R.H.Hewitt, W.D.Marsh, Jon.W.Miller, C.E.Peters, Warwick A Potton, J.T.Potts,(at Rosebud in 1950) building houses. Four of the 25 Rosebud West residents listed were associated with the building industry. Bart Rogers, a great Rosebud stalwart, managed the pine plantation now occupied by the Rosebud Country Club.

As the late Ray Cairns said when I mentioned the changing occupations held by early ratepayers, he replied that you took any work on offer. Reports of council meetings contain numerous request from farmers for permission to cut firewood or strip wattle bark so they could earn a crust. Road maintenance was a good earner for many farmers.

The era near 1950 was great for builders on the peninsula, but local employment opportunities were limited for others such as Mervyn James Blacker.The poultry farm was not bringing in enough income. And I presume the Buds lost a footballer, a good one too.
The standard of play was high in the inter-league game. Just before the final bell Federal League led by two points.Blacker, of Rosebud, secured the ball and, taking no chances,kicked the winning goal to give Peninsula victory by four points.(P.52, Weekly Times, 6-7-1949.)

PEATEY. — The Funeral of the late Mr. JOHN HENRY PEATEY will leave his residence, Rosebud, THIS DAY, after prayers, commencing at 2.30 p.m., for the Dromana Cemetery. (P.8, The Age, 24-10-1950.)
John Henry was the son of George and Susan Peatey, pioneers of the Survey by 1858, 27 AC Kangerong at the north end of Harrisons Rd, Dromana and then lot 76 of Woolcott's, subdivision of c/a 17 Wannaeue, 2 acres at the south corner of Jetty Rd and McDowell St, Rosebud from 1888.
He was born in Melbourne in 1857, probably in Canvas Town at Emerald Hill. Jack married Mary on 4-11-1884. My notes do not reveal Mary’s maiden name but it is likely that Jack met her in Gippsland after his move to that area in 1879. Their children were Edward (20-11-1886), William Henry (22-11-1888), Susan (1890) and, George (1892), all born in Gippsland. Susan was the last president of the Rosebud and District Historical Society which folded about 2002 after she’d taken time off to write a book (probably PINE TREES AND BOX THORNS, the source of this information.)
Jack and Mary returned to Rosebud in 1894 and bought C.A. 5 OF THE Rosebud Fishing Village on the east side of a 40 metre wide beach access through which flowed a creek which became known as Peatey’s Creek; this access is now the Murray Anderson Rd foreshore car park. They supplied produce such as milk eggs, and poultry.
The beach road was only 20 metres wide, the remaining 20 metres of the road reserve nearer the foreshore blocks being grazed by the Peatey cows, and the Fountain girls who lived on the west side of the creek called this area the village green (grass and low shrubs.) A feature of the Rosebud aquatic sports involved swimmers chasing a Peatey duck which nobody ever caught. The Peatey hens slept in the trees according to a map of early Rosebud probably drawn by the Fountain girls. (Memoirs written by two of the Fountain girls.)
The produce business was largely carried on by Mary Ann because Jack was almost an invalid. Fred Vine carved a walking stick for him. His health improved and he used to take out fishing parties with one of his regular patrons being Edward Campbell (Melbourne councillor who served as Lord Mayor and holidayed on lot 12 and 11 of the fishing village, now the 38 metre frontage Banksia Point complex.)
Jack (concertina), Rosie Bucher (piano) and a fiddler supplied music for Rosebud’s dances. Jack’s eyes turned and Mr Wong made a mask with slits which miraculously straightened his eyes. Ha, ha. It was a hoax according to Jim Dryden, whose dad Bill married a Peatey girl. Obviously the womenfolk were kept in the dark!

3-5-1955. EDEN WHITE.
Eden White was a son of Blooming Bob White and Mary Hannah (nee Roberts, daughter of Christopher Roberts grantee of land at the south end of Roberts Rd, Main Ridge.) Blooming Bob died in 1941.
WHITE.-On November 2, at his residence, Arthur's Seat road,Main Ridge, Eden Edward, dearly beloved husband of Ethel, loved father of Colin, father-in-law of Margaret, grandpa of Maxine,Eleanor, and Robert.
WHITE.-On November 2, at his residence, Arthur's Seat road, Main Ridge, Eden Edward, loved son of Mary and the late Robert White, loving brother of George(deceased). Chris, Ern (deceased), Fred, Lilian (Mrs. Bright), Jack,
and Syd.

WHITE.-The Funeral of the late EDEN EDWARD WHITE will leave the Red Hill Church of Christ,THIS DAY, after service commencing at 2.30 p.m., for the Dromana Cemetery.
NEIL S. MUIR. Mornington 2132.
WHITE.-Dromana Lodge. No.511. A., F. and A. M., of Victoria.-The Officers and Brethren of the above Lodge and Craft in general are invited to attend the Funeral of their late respected brother. EDEN E. WHITE, which
will take place at Dromana Cemetery, at approx. 3.30 p.m., THIS DAY (Thursday), following a service commencing at Church of Christ, Redhill, at 2 30 p.m.(All notices, P.12, Argus,3-11-1955.)

N.B. The listing by Ngaireth, which supplied no date, could relate to Nelson and Jane Rudduck's son Jack who was killed in W.W. 1, about whom a death notice will probably eventually be found.
See pages 63 and 66 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA about the grandson of Nelson and Jane Sophia Rudduck's grandson Jack.
Jack was probably buried at the wreck site (if his body was actually found) and an inscription added to his family'd grave at Dromana (probably the same sort of situation as the memorial for Judge Higgins' son killed in W.W.1.) Jack's sister, may have been aboard the plane in which the burial service was read.
DARWIN, Sunday: As Northern Territory policemen buried three victims from the
wrecked Flying Doctor plane in the Kimberleys yesterday, the Rev.Stuart Lang, recited a burial service in a plane circling overhead. The police party reached the wreck late on Friday.
'There were originally five people in the plane. It is not known yet whose bodies were buried, nor what has become of the other two occupants.The only communication between the police and the plane flying overhead was by
means of hand signals.
The five people originally in the wrecked plane were: Jack Rudduck and his
12-month-old child, Helen. Frances Day, 20, and 'Margaret Newman, 19,
Derby Hospital nursing assistants. Peter von Emmerik, the pilot.
(P.6, Argus, 27-2-1956.)
Post by Judi Haysom.
RUDDUCK, Jack 1956; he and daughter Helen were killed in an RFDS plane crash in the Kimberleys, WA. Baby Helen was ill and needed transporting to hospital; sadly they had to fly through an electrical storm. Due to the severity of the storm it was 3 weeks before the wreckage was located as torrential rain covered the wreckage. I remember, as a child, accompanying my mother (Jack's sister) and moving from Cattle Station to Cattle Station in the area as the search for the wreckage took place. Jack was Manager of Tablelands Station at the time.

12-4-1956. MRS ELIZA JORDAN.
If I do not recognise a surname (e.g. Lovell, Jordan), I do a trove search for the surname and Dromana as well as scanning the index of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. The Jordans were longtime residents, although not mentioned in the book.

JORDAN.-The Funeral of the late Mrs. ELIZA JORDAN will
leave the Methodist Church, Nepean Highwav, Dromana, TOMORROW (Thursday), after a service commencing at 10.45 a.m., for the Dromana Cemetery.
JORDAN-On April 10, at Murrumbeena, Eliza Jordan, of Dromana, .beloved wife of the late William, loved mother of Sylvia (deceased), Leslie, and Norm,mother-in-law of Lil and Del,
grandmother of Keith, Bert, Donald; Bruce, and Ray. -Peace,
perfect peace.(Both P.15, Argus, 11-4-1956.)

Eliza was the daughter of John and Jane Myring.
MYRING. –On the 21st August at St. Aidan's private hospital, Moonee Ponds (result of an accident), John Myring, of 169 Wellington street,Flemington, loved husband of Jane, and beloved
father of William, Joseph (Flemington), Eliza (Mrs. Jordan, Dromana), John (Moonee Ponds), and Lilian (Mrs. White, Emu), aged 81 years. A colonist of 60 years.(P.11, Argus, 23-8-1924.)

Eliza and William Jordan were assessed in 1919 on lot 11 and buildings Washington Heights Estate, west half section 7 and buildings. Section 7 of the Dromana township was surrounded by Latrobe Pde, Stawell, Layard and Grant Sts, so the Jordans had lot 2 fronting Layard St.
It is likely that Eliza's father was a pioneer of Castlemaine. I thought I recalled a Myring St in Flemington but there is none; it must be in Castlemaine. (It's in North Castlemaine over the railway line from the north end of the Botanical gardens.)
Forest Street to Forest Creek Heritage Assessment Report…/Separate_Attachment…...
May 12, 2015 - In 1862 McCarthy's workshop was purchased by John Myring, who had

I've scanned through the report but haven't found the reference yet to discover what John did in the workshop; the following indicates that he was a smith and that he was in Flemington by 1887.
FLEMINGTON AND KENSINGTON COUNCIL. Wednesday, April 13th. ... 6d. per pillar, and John Myring's, for supply of 40 lamp lanterns, at 14s. 9d. each.
It is likely that John Myring and George Washington Debney were mates at Flemington, which would account for the Jordans living just west of the heritage-listed "Washington" in 1919, a sad year for the family.
JORDAN. — On the 27th April, at Dromana,
Sylvia, the dearly loved daughter of Mr. and Mrs
W. Jordan, of Dromana and 497 Brunswick-road
West Brunswick, and much loved sister of Rose,
Agnes, Adelaide, Fiorrie. Oswald, Les (on active
service) and Norman, aged 21 years.(P.5, The Age, 3-5-1919.)

The earliest mention of the Jordans in Dromana was in 1917 when Les joined up. I checked pages 6 and 7 to find Sylvia's funeral notice and see if she was buried at Dromana but couldn't find any funeral notices. Ngaireth's list shows that Silvia was buried at Dromana, along with several other family members.

CHADWICK. —The Funeral of the late Mr. HENRY WILLIAM CHADWICK is appointed to leave the Rosebud Church of England, THIS DAY, after a service commencing at 3 p.m., for the Dromana Cemetery.
T. BATHURST & CO. (late A.I.F.), LF6337, LF4568.
CHADWICK. —Members of the Rosebud R.S.S. & A.I.L.A. are advised that the Funeral of their late Comrade HENRY WILLIAM CHADWICK will leave the Church of England, Rosebud, THIS DAY,after a service commencing at 3 p. m. for the Dromana Cemetery. REG. KILBORN, President.

Death notices in the same issue show that Harry,much involved with the Rosebud youth club and foreshore trust, drowned at Coolangatta. (P.14, Argus, 21-9-1956.)

The Chadwicks were in Rosebud by 1918 when the daughter of Thomas William Chadwick and Pearl (nee Cairns) were born there.(P.11, Argus, 30-11-1918.) See more in Peter Wilson's ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD. Tom Chadwick lived in Peter Pidoto's old house in Dromana and was involved in community activities there.(P.89. 180, 189 A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.) He cunningly invited people to view the arrival of the American fleet from the Springbank estate which he just happened to be selling.(LETTER TO THE EDITOR ON TROVE.)

See the entry for Grace for a terrific biography.
DAVIDSON, Grace 1948, James 1958.

1970. MARY AUST (nee McLear.) See 1979 HERBERT DANIEL AUST.
AUST Mary photo 11/2/1970
AUST Herbert Daniel� photo 4/6/1979

I can't help wondering. Is the surname AUST similar in origin to North, South , East and West, Austria and Australia (i.e. meaning south)?
See pages 112, 124, 135, 149, 160, 163-7 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA for references to the Aust family.

Keryn McLear. Herbert Daniel Aust (1903-1979) married Mary Ann McLear (1893-1970) in 1926. She was known as 'Mary' and was the daughter of George McLear and Emmeline nee Newstead. Herbert was known as 'Bert' .Their first child, Herbert George was born in 1926 and died in 1927. I don't know where he was buried, as some of the children were buried at Maryfield, the family property. Their second child, Elaine Louise Hitchiner*, nee Aust, was born in 1930 (?) and died in 2012. Auntie Elaine and Uncle Reg are buried at Dromana, a few rows above her parents. George Naylor (memorial wall) was married to Ruth McLear, daughter of Henry and Emma Ruth Hill, and Ruth's younger brothers were Colin (dec) and Malcolm.

*I presume these are the parents of the husband of Elaine Louise, nee Aust.
HITCHINER Mary� photo 13/03/1957 64
HITCHINER Alfred photo 25/01/1962 76

19-6-1981. PEATEY, Sarah Ellen (Nellie)
Death Certificate: d 13 June 1981; b 19 June 1981, undertaker G. Crawley; minister E. Smith, Anglican.
The information that Sarah's pet name was Nellie and the death/ burial dates etc. obviously did not come from trove but from a Peatey descendant from whom I'm seeking further details about the "witch's house" (as the kids* used to call it, any woman with grey hair qualifying for such a description and Sarah was 91 at the time of her death.)
* A comment from one of those kids (now a tad older!)
I remember the witch's house! I remember standing in the school ground looking over and being totally spooked, haha. It didn't last long, I think Mum told me not to be silly - it's alright for her, she didn't have to walk past it home every day, haha!

Sarah Ellen (nee Coe) married William Henry Peatey (born 22-11-1888) on 23-2-1916 with Ted Green of Main Ridge (i.e. Green's Bush)as their best man. The Greens and Peateys had probably met at Rosebud where the Greens lived at "Springbank" opposite the McCrae lighthouse, which burnt down at about the time of the marriage if my memory serves me correctly. William and Sarah's had a three year working honeymoon, visiting stations as far afield as
Queensland where Sarah, an expert dressmaker, whipped up stylish creations that were much appreciated by isolated women. In 1919, they returned to Rosebud and lived at Elizabeth Lacco's Pier Cottage (on the site of the current Banksia Point apartment/ cafe development diagonally opposite the Primary School.) Bill bought a fishing boat from Mr C.Watson of Queensliff. Bill, born in Gippsland in 1888, was the son of Jack and Mary Peatey who returned to Rosebud in 1894, settling on crown allotment 5 of the Rosebud Fishing Village which they called "Beachside." INFORMATION FROM "PINE TREES AND BOX THORNS" WRITTEN BY BILL AND ELLEN'S DAUGHTER, ROSALIND PEATEY.


*MITCHELL John. (Possibly buried at Mornington.)Farmer, Kangerong.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 1 August 1862 p 4 Article

*QUINAN Robert. VICTORIA. Father in law of James Purves,son of Peter Purves of Tootgarook.
Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899) Thursday 2 February 1865 p 2 Article
... held on Tuesday at Dro-mana, by the City Coroner, on the body of Robert Deny Denison Quinan ... , schoolmaster at Dromana, who was found dead on Sunday in a scrub near his house. He was aged 49 years, and has

*M'KECKNIE James. (Possibly buried at Quarantine Station). Quarryman near the Heads.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 19 April 1866 p 4 Article

*BULLOCK Thomas. F.Bullock was the grantee of 96 acres at Melway 190 F12,the north west corner being the bend in the Mornington-Flinders Rd and Stony Tucks Rd the eastern boundary.

Mr. Candler, the district coroner, on Tuesday held an inquest at Dromana on the body of Thomas Bullock, aged 51 years. Deceased had been burning logs for clearing purposes in a paddock near his house at Balnarring,and on the 10th instant, at about a quarter-past 1 o'clock in the morning, his son, when out shooting, smelt flesh burning, and searching amongst the fired logs, found the deceased lying on some hot ashes on his back in the paddock about 100 yards from the house. He was last seen alive at about 10 o'clock the previous evening, when he was poking up a fire in the paddock, and said he would be in shortly. His daughter, to whom he said this, then went in to bed, as did also her brother; and the other brother, who found the deceased, on going into the house found them in bed. Deceased was not subject to fits, but he dragged one foot, scraping the ground with it, and when he got on his back he could not get up or change his position. Deceased was dead, and a post-mortem examination by Dr. Rodd showed that the body was charred throughout externally, some portions being completely baked even in the internal organs. The back was especially burnt. The cause of death appeared to have been burning. The jury found that deceased was found dead, having been accidentally burnt to death.
(P.7, Argus, 14-7-1870.)

*JESSEL Thomas. Rosebud fisherman.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 19 July 1871 p 6 Article

*GRIFFITH Abraham. Farmer on the Survey.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 27 March 1874 p 6 Article
... boundary of tho Morning-ton Shire. Watson Eaton, a partner of the deceased, said that the latter was able

*GRAY Edward. Grantee of 106 acres at Melway 190 J 11-12 between Stony Creek and Shoreham Rd.

Mr Candler held an inquest on the 25th inst, at Dromana on the body of Edward Gray, aged 60 years, a farmer at Balnarring. On the 24th inst. the deceased and his son were burning trees, to clear a paddock, and the son hearing a tree fall near the deceased went up and found the deceased lying dead,with a log across his feet. The deceased was digging at a sapling, when the burning tree fell on him. His skull was fractured. A verdict of "accidentally killed" was returned.(P.7, Argus,29-9-1874.)

*WADESON Lawrence. Gardener with John Holmes (no relation to the present Holmes families of Red Hill)on land at Melway 191E3,across Red Hill Rd from the Gibson grant.
Mr. Candler held an inquest on the 8th inst, at Dromana, on the body of Lawrence Wadeson, aged 62 years, a gardener at Kangerong, on Mount McMahon. On the evening of Saturday, the 6th inst, at 7 o'clock, John Thomas Gibson, splitter and fencer at Balnarring, found the deceased's horse, with the shafts of a cart attached, in the road, and going along the road, found the deceased lying insensible on his belly, with the wheels and part of the body of the cart near him. The near wheel of the cart, it was found, had struck a tree alongside the track, and the vehicle had apparently been capsized. There was no track of any other vehicle.The deceased was conveyed to his house, about two miles off, and died in about three hours, without having recovered consciousness. The deceased was accustomed to the track, and the moon was up. He was a temperate man, but was said to be in the habit of falling asleep when driving. There were bruises about the head and body of the
deceased. A verdict of death from injuries accidentally received was found. (P.7, Argus, 12-5-1876.)

1877/death may have been early 1878. I've got it somewhere.Rebecca Griffith was granted probate*.
EATON Watson. Farmer on the Survey and west of the south end of Eaton's Cutting. Amateur doctor.
The Telegraph, St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian (Vic. : 1866 - 1888) Saturday 17 November 1877 p 3 Article ... Watson Eaton, a farmer, living at Dromana, was .

*The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 16 March 1878 p 5 Article
... ; Watson Eaton, £157

UNKNOWN MAN. Burial 23-7-1891.
DROMANA, Thursday.
The dead body of a man was found here by Constable Fowler's little boys early this morning, having been washed up on the beach below Allison's Arthur's Seat Hotel. It had evidently been in the water for some days, the hands and face being disfigured beyond recognition. The deceased wore a diagonal cloth coat and vest, and dark-
striped trousers ; and in the pockets were found three sovereigns, a half sovereign, a shilling and two threepenny pieces, a small knife with a pearl handle, and a small calendar. The deceased was a man of stout
build, about 5ft. 7in. high, and apparently of middle age. Mr. N. Rudduck, J. P., held a magisterial inquiry to-day, when a verdict of found drowned was returned. The deceased was interred in the Dromana Cemetery this afternoon. The clothing and other articles remain in the possession of the police awaiting identification.
(P.6, Argus, Friday, 24-7-1891.)

N.B. More bodies were being found during the 1890's depression than gold.
Constable Jones is of opinion that the body is that of George Pierce James Hume, a mining man well known in Melbourne, who was reported as missing on 5th April last. (P.3,Mornington Standard, 22-7-1897.)
Constable Jones was obviously right and Hume's funeral left from his residence in Oakleigh. He was not buried at Dromana.

Family tree circle's ngairedith has conveniently put all recorded burials into one journal. Most of the information probably resulted from the dedication displayed by Thelma Littlejohn and Bev Laurissen in transcribing inscriptions on surviving headstones.

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Castlemaine Historical Society
The Castlemaine Historical Society was formed in 1965 to study, record and promote the historical heritage of Castlemaine and District. It operated for many years from temporary premises in various locations. In 1996 the Society was granted a lease to its present home in the historic Former Court House.
Meetings (with interesting guest speakers), exhibitions, a monthly newsletter, guided tours, the development, cataloguing and maintenance of an historic archive collection, indexing of records and the provision of a research service are the major activities of the members.
Archives held by the Society include early directories, voters lists, local newspaper index and some records and indexes concerning mining leases, rates, schools, churches and cemeteries.

The Society's records cover many localities including
Mt. Alexander, Forest Creek, Fryerstown, Vaughan, Campbells Creek, Barkers Creek, Chewton, Moonlight Flat, Harcourt, Muckleford, Walmer, Yapeen, Guildford

This journal and the Maldon journal were prompted by a nostalgic visit to both places a few days ago. I was involved at Castlemaine from 1965 till the end of 1967,living at the Thompson's Foundry Boarding house for the first two years while I taught at Franklinford and continuing my involvement in 1967 when I transferred to Maldon and lived three houses away from that school.

Moving back to Melbourne,I discovered that I was a different person from the teacher who had left the Big Smoke. People looked at me aghast when I said hello. It had been the norm in Castlemaine; in the process of walking one block there,it was not unusual to take half an hour and engage in three or four conversations.

Walking from the boarding house to St Mary's and later the Drill Hall to play or referee basketball was a most joyful activity but I had to allow at least half an hour to reach my destination because of the friendliness of Castlemaine residents. The beauty of the trees and wonderful historic buildings had me floating rather than walking until I reached the conversation zone. I hadn't realised until now that it was Castlemaine that gave me my love of local history. The Castlemaine residents would seem to be as lovely as ever, judging by the following incident. I can imagine what would have happened in Melbourne if I'd asked a stranger there about an old building.

Just for example, I wonder how many people in Castlemaine are aware of the history of THE HUB. A fellow called Neil (Heather's husband) has written the history of this building which was originally the single storeyed Council Club Hotel,with the second storey added shortly after 1900.

This information resulted from a casual question about the history of the building posed to a total stranger, the response to which showed why I have loved Castlemaine since I first met her in 1965. It is not only the historic buildings but also the friendliness and helpfulness of her people that make Castlemaine so special!

This stranger, a Castlemaine resident for 30 years and, while now living in Bendigo for more affordable accommodation, is adamant that the Maine is still the centre of her life, gave me what she knew, rang her husband, took me down Barker St a bit to an old friend, and at her suggestion took me to see Heather at the nursery next to The Hub (who told me what she knew and then rang her husband Neil to confirm this).

In researching the Maldon journal, I noticed that Dr.Preshaw was the coroner in early inquests at Maldon. His name more than any other has lingered in my memory from my reading of Castlemaine's history. His contemporaries had obviously formed the same opinion of him as I had.

Yesterday forenoon, Dr. Pounds, the district coroner, received a telegram from Mr. Colles, the sheriff of Castlemaine, announcing the sudden death of Dr. Preshaw, the coroner for the Castlemaine district, and requesting him (Dr Pounds) to attend at Castlemaine to hold an inquest on Long Poy, the Chinaman who is to be executed to-day. The news of the death of Dr Preshaw, on being circulated in Sandhurst, was received
with feelings of deep regret by many here to whom the deceased was personally known.

We extract the following notice of his death from the Castlemaine Daily News of yesterday:—
"The announcement of the very sudden death this morning of one of the oldest and most respected inhabitants of Castlemaine, namely, William Fisher Preshaw, Esq., Coroner, will be received with deep and wide-spread regret. It was only last night the deceased gentleman addressed a large audience in the Mechanics' Institution building, proposing in the most cheerful terms a vote of thanks to the ladies for the tea provided by them at the Presbyterian soiree, and appeared at the time to be in the enjoyment of full health and spirits. This morning, at half-past eight o'clock, just before entering upon the duties of the day, suddenly, and without a moment's warning, he dropped from his seat in his own house, and expired almost instantaneously. The cause
of death is stated to be disease of the heart.

The deceased was a Scotchman. He was always remarkable for his activity and earnestness in any movement for the general weal. He frequently lectured at Edinburgh and other places on behalf of charitable objects. Here, amongst us he was ever most conspicuous as a man of benevolence, and famous for his general usefulness as a prominent and leading citizen.

He came to this colony in the year 1851, and arrived on the old Forest Creek diggings in company with the Rev. Mr Lowe, who is now acting as Presbyterian pastor at Guildford. For some considerable time he held the honorary post of returning officer for the North-western Province, and it was only when he found his duties too numerous for his failing strength that he resigned it and was succeeded by Dr Mackay. On the death of Dr Howlett, some years ago, Dr Preshaw was appointed to fill his office, as coroner, which post he has held ever since. It is understood that the deceased had a life policy for some L1,000, but whether his family will derive any
substantial assistance from it is not known." (P.2,Bendigo Advertiser, 8-3-1866.)

Just as Castlemaine residents would be grateful that my late father in law, Jim Howarth,brought television to Castlemaine there would be many dribbling youngsters in Castlemaine who would be grateful to another S.E.C. employee for bringing basketball to the Maine, IF THEY KNEW THE STORY! The Mail had an article about a special milestone of the basketball association and I wrote to the association to tell the story. Not having received a reply, I stumbled across the Castlemaine Mail facebook page and wrote this post.

Having spent three wonderful years in Castlemaine from 1965 to 1967, I was involved in the formation of the Castlemaine Basketball Association, being one of the few who had played the game before. I sent an email to the Association a year or two ago giving some of its early history, particularly in regard to recognition of the bloke who got it all going, but I did not receive a reply.
I was doing a nostalgic google search regarding some of my mates from that era when I discovered that the founder, Geoff Bryce, was life member No. 57 of the Castlemaine Football Club. If he was made a life member of the footy club, he has to be a legend of the basketball association; I hope that is the case!
Geoff worked at the S.E.C. and despite having lost a couple of fingers, his skills were a model for all players to emulate. But above all, his drive and enthusiasm enabled the association to grow from nothing. We played our first seasons on an outdoor court at St Mary's school and later gained the use of the drill hall, a far cry from the facilities that players enjoy today.
Two of the original teams were High School and, believe it or not, Foster's United. I coached High School, which included David Broad, Robbie Ross and his brother Peter (Poss.), and also later had a female team. The experienced players carried a heavy load, having to also referee all the games.
Sadly, Jim Berry, a policeman, who was virtually Geoff's right hand man in those early days, was killed in an accident, as was Ken (Lanky) Howarth.
If it has not already been done, I hope that due recognition will be given to Geoff Bryce for the fantastic job that he did starting basketball in Castlemaine.

Castlemaine's "Premier".
Although I didn't notice it on my recent visit, this is another piece of Castlemaine's history etched in my memory. I can't remember whether the monument includes a statue but I do remember the pride that Castlemaine felt in one its citizens becoming Premier.

Patterson, Sir James Brown - Parliament of Victoria - Re ... › About Parliament › People in Parliament

Patterson, Sir James Brown
Born 18 November 1833 (Alnwick, Northumberland)
Died 30 October 1895. (Murrumbeena. Buried Melbourne General Cemetery.)
Parents: James, contractor, and Agnes, nee Brown.
Marriage: 1857 Glenlyon, Anna Merrick Walton; 2s. 1d.?
Occupation: Butcher and auctioneer
Religion: Church of England
Education: At local school Alnwick

Career: Arrived Melbourne 1852; went to the goldfields at Forest Creek, but had little success; briefly farming at Glenlyon, then established cattle slaughtering business at Chewton; commenced business as estate agent Melbourne; with Robert Richardson, firm of Patterson & Richardson c1876; later Patterson & Son. KCMG 1894. Mayor four years in succession at Chewton

Party: Conservative

House Electorate Start * End *
MLA Castlemaine December 1870 (b/e) October 1895

Other seats contested: Castlemaine 1866, 1868
Appointments: Commissioner Public Works 7 Aug 1875-20 Oct 1875; vice-president Board Land & Works 23 Aug 1875-20 Oct 1875; commissioner Public Works 21 May 1877-5 Mar 1880; vice-president Board Land & Works 28 May 1877-5 Mar 1880; postmaster-general 29 July 1878-5 Mar 1880; commissioner Railways 3 Aug 1880-9 July 1881; vice-president Board Land & Works 12 Aug 1880-9 July 1881; commissioner Trade & Customs 16 Apr 1889-5 Nov 1890; commissioner Public Works and vice-president Board Land & Works 17 June 1890-2 Sept 1890; postmaster-general 2 Sept 1890-5 Nov 1890; premier and chief secretary 23 Jan 1893-27 Sept 1894; minister Railways 23 Jan 1893-14 Aug 1893; royal commission local government legislation 1873, constitutional reform 1894
References: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 5
Initial data source: Thomson, K & Serle, G, 'A Biographical Register of the Victorian Legislature 1851-1900', ANU Press, 1972
Last update: 1972 (last date the record was checked and updated)
*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.

A less "rose coloured glasses", and more-detailed, view is presented in:
James Brown Patterson - Australian Dictionary of Biography

John Roth,a most dependable full back was one of my favourite Castlemaine players.He was a teacher (a trade teacher at Castlemaine Tech if I remember correctly.) Mal Stevens was retired but he was a legend in the mind of those who knew. Mal was a premiership coach in the Maryborough-Castlemaine Football League, as, to my surprise,was Rex Beach, my cricket captain at Maldon in 1967.

Bendigo Football League
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Bendigo Football League is an Australian rules football competition based in the Bendigo region of Victoria, Australia.

A full grandstand at the Queen Elizabeth Oval for the 2007 Grand Final of the Bendigo Football League.
Formed in 1880, it is one of the oldest football leagues in Australia, and among its members are some of the oldest football clubs in Australia, including the Castlemaine Football Club, acknowledged as the second oldest football club in Australia and one of the oldest football clubs in the world.

I'd boundary umpired on the V.F.L.Reserve Grade list while at Teachers' College but when temporarily posted to the Ballan area, joined the Essendon District F.L. umpires under the legendary Puffer Sawyer as a field umpire and in one year boundary umpired the A Grade and B Grade Grand Finals on successive days. I was not the only new recruit from the bush,being joined by many Ballarat umpires who had gone on strike. In 1965, I was posted to Franklinford and joined the Bendigo umpires as a boundary umpire under a strange system. Each club supplied two boundaries who ran in only home games; this was probably to save travelling expenses because the league stretched north from Kyneton to Rochester and Echuca.

I did most of my training at Camp Reserve and soon got to know most of the players. Killer Kaine,ex-Hawthorn hard man was the coach in 1965. Kevin Delmenico dominated and was soon off to Footscray. It is most likely that
Kevin had a connection to his Maine team mate, Ian Sartori, Ronald Dale Barrassi,Jack Gervasoni (Fitzroy) and Tony Polinelli (Geelong.) The Swiss Italian pioneers had a strong representation at Hepburn, spreading to Yandoit and Guildford later. See:
Swiss Italians of Australia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tony Polinelli and Jack Gervasoni played for Ballarat League clubs before being recruited to the V.F.L. but certainly had a connection to Castlemaine. The late Charlie Polinelli, a well-regarded Castlemaine resident for many decades, stalwart of the Anglers Club and war historian, was descended,if I remember correctly, from both families- residents of Yandoit- and his sister married Bruce Warren, from the Harcourt orchardist family; they also lived in Castlemaine,in Myring St and then near the STEEP Mt Alexander Golf Course,for years before moving to the peninsula after Bruce retired from a senior position at the Harris Bacon Factory. Their son,Peter,is my brother in law, having married Val's sister,Roslyn Howarth.

In 1966,Derek Cowen took over as coach and Robbie Thompson was a young star. Derek's son is the principal at Warrnambool Primary School.
Derek Cowen (born 20 April 1939) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with North Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

A ruckman, Cowen was recruited to North Melbourne from West Coburg. He played 17 of a possible 18 games in 1960 but struggled with injuries over the next few seasons.[2]

In 1963 he joined Irymple for a two year stint as playing coach. Cowen then coached Castlemaine to the 1966 Bendigo Football League premiership.[3] He also won back to back Michelsen Medals while at Castlemaine, which are awarded to the league's Best and Fairest player, in 1966 and 1967.

Both David Broad and Robbie Ross were young stars. Both were defenders but both had their work cut out for them when opposing Kyneton's Tarz Plowman. Although built like a brick OUThouse, he could lead like Tony Lockett despite looking like North Melbourne's Galloping Gasometer,Mick Nolan. He'd pick up a too-short pass and dish it off by hand to either side like lightning. And when the ball came high to a contest,poor Robbie Ross leapt so high he needed oxygen but because Tarz was so large from bow to stern, Robbie's fist had no hope of reaching the footy to spoil.

The Castlemaine players were my mates and I didn't want to report them. To be fair that meant I didn't want to report their opponents either. Thus I learnt to read the warning signs and warn players that they were being watched when I observed those signs. My motto was "Nip it in the bud." Steve Parsons, an enthusiastic participant in the Windy Hill BLOODBATH while playing for Richmond, was trundling the ball near the left half back boundary in the V.F.A. second division grand final when it finally went out. Instructed to throw it in, I instead placed my body in front of Steve and told him to cool down; he had a murderous look in his eye. The replay showed a round-arm whack to his guts that I had not seen because my focus was on the ball and the line.My friendship with the Castlemaine players had prevented Steven from being reported!

Castlemaine Football Club - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Castlemaine Football Club was formed on June 15, 1859 at the Supreme Court Hotel and chaired by T Butterworth.[1] Castlemaine played its first match on June 22, 1859 on the Cricket Ground Barkers Creek.[2]

The club was formed in an era before codified rules organised competition, but according to some sources, including Graeme Atkinson, "football" was popular in the goldfields region. Records for the foundation date was discovered in 2007 which rewrote history as many had previously believed the Geelong Football Club to be formed earlier.[3]

Without a league to participate in, the club was an irregular competitor during its first decade.

The original uniform was a white cap with royal-blue Maltese cross.

In 1925, Castlemaine joined the Bendigo Football League.

Castlemaine Players in the VFL/AFL
Player VFL/AFL Clubs VFL/AFL Career Notes/References
Percy Bentley Richmond 1925–40
Jack Showell St Kilda 1936–38
Jack Titus Richmond 1926–43
Ron Barassi, Sr. Melbourne 1936–1940
Graeme Miniham St Kilda 1953–59
Bud Annand St Kilda 1956–62
Brian McMillan Richmond 1962–64
Kevin Delmenico Footscray 1966–70
Robert Thompson Essendon 1968–71
Peter Hall Carlton 1971*
Peter Fyffe Carlton 1970–73
Mark Cross Footscray 1974
Warren Jones Carlton, St Kilda 1978–85 **
Lazar Vidovic St Kilda 1989–97
Steven Oliver Carlton 1992–94
Paul Starbuck Sydney, Carlton 1990
Rod Keogh Melbourne, St Kilda 1990–98
Tom Kavanagh Melbourne, Fitzroy 1993–94
Heath Culpitt Carlton 1999–2001***
Dustin Martin Richmond 2010–

*Peter's sister, Judy, was a good friend of my wife Val (nee Howarth.)
** Wow Jones was an inmate of Castlemaine Gaol, which by the time he played for the Maine had become a lower security prison according to the present owner, and he was allowed out to play.
***Wally?-Rings a bell!
2006 - Wally Culpitt, a legend at Hawthorn and Castlemaine
AS a small boy in the Melbourne inner suburb of Richmond, Wally Culpitt was always getting into trouble from his mother for forgetting to run errands after school.
The reason he used to forget the messages – he could not pass cricket or football practice sessions until they finished.
His interest paid dividends. When he got beyond the running messages stage he qualified for the leading teams in both cricket and football with Hawthorn.
Culpitt became affectionately known as “Sandgroper” because he had been born in WA, but at the age of three moved to Victoria with his parents.
He was born at Mt. Hawthorn a few miles north of Perth, so it seemed a natural progression Wally would star with Hawthorn in his later years in Melbourne.
He first came into his own at school when he captained the Richmond State School football and cricket teams at the age of 10.

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NO one asked him to play with Hawthorn …. he just attached himself to the club.
He played football with the East Hawthorn Collegians in Melbourne’s Eastern Suburban League, but cartilage problems even at this early career stage curtailed his enthusiasm for the bigger matches.
But it was when Carlton began to show interest in Culpitt that Hawthorn officials decided it was time to act.
That led to Culpitt’s nine years of VFL football for the Hawks for a total of 125 games, interrupted by two years of duty with a RAAF Catalina squadron in Darwin.
The RAAF duty fell during the years of World War 2.
Culpitt was one of those most sought after footballers who can play in a number of positions on the field. He starred at full-back, but was equally at home at full-forward.
Even though he stood at just 178 cm (5 ft 10 ins) Culpitt was a fine key position player.
In his debut game as a full-forward against Melbourne the “Sandgroper” booted 9.8 and was chaired off the ground as if he had captained a premiership side.
That was the year (1943) Hawthorn almost made the final four. They had only to beat North Melbourne in the concluding home-and–away game, but lost by a point to finish fifth: 7.16 (58) to North’s 8.11 (59).
The Hawks had gone into the match without Culpitt who had been posted to West Australia with his squadron the night before the key match.
After the war he returned to Hawthorn and made the Victorian side seven times after becoming widely acclaimed as a class full-back. He was in the 1947 VFL side which won the national carnival in Hobart.
Culpitt played alongside such Australian Rules legends as Lou Richards, Alan Ruthven, Phonse Kyne, Bert Deacon, Fred Flanagan, Les Foote and Max Oppy.
Kevin Curran, later an opposition coach for Culpitt in the Bendigo Football League, was also a member of the famous 1947 VFL side.
Minor injuries towards the end of the 1947 season probably cost Culpitt that season’s Brownlow Medal. He had to leave the ground on numerous occasions and finished equal third to Carlton’s Bert Deacon in the final Brownlow count.
He always said that he was more than satisfied, however, when he took out Hawthorn’s best and fairest award and finished in the top six on the VFL goalkicking table.
One of Culpitt’s greatest sporting moments was representing Hawthorn-East Melbourne against South Melbourne. The Aussie Test team had just returned from its 1948 all-conquering tour of England and he was pitted against Australian spinner Ian Johnson.
Wally sent four of Johnson’s deliveries into the nearby bowling greens for four sixes. After the first six landed in the middle of the green the bowlers knocked off to watch.
One of them caught the third Johnson delivery to disappear over the fence. It was quoted in the Melbourne press Johnson didn’t feel so bad when in the very next match Culpitt showed the same disrespect for Richmond and Australian leg spinner Doug Ring.
Culpitt dispatched Ring for five sixes in Hawthorn-East Melbourne’s next outing.
In 1948 Culpitt became the highest ever paid football coach to accept a post in the country when he went to Wimmera League club Minyip for £20 a week, a fortune in post World War 2 Victoria.
It was a sound investment by Minyip. The club made the finals during the two seasons he coached them and broke two Wimmera League records.
Minyip beat Stawell at Stawell for the first time in 28 years and also beat every other club in the competition at least once – a feat previously unheard of at Minyip.
In 1950 aged 31, Culpitt arrived in the Bendigo Football League as coach of Kyneton. The move from Minyip, where he was accorded a civic farewell, was made because of the higher educational facilities available to Culpitt’s family.
His time at the Kyneton Tigers was not a happy one and in 1952 he moved on to Castlemaine. This was a master stroke by Culpitt as he captain-coached the BFL’s Magpies to their first flag in 26 years.
Castlemaine defeated Sandhurst, led by his old Hawthorn teammate Kevin Curran, in a great grand final by 29 points: 15.9 (99) to 9.16 (70).
A highlight of the premiership celebrations was the team parade through Castlemaine’s main streets on the Saturday night. A circus was in town so players travelled down the streets atop elephants.
Culpitt was retained as captain-coach in 1953, but before the start of the season fell eight metres from a telegraph pole in a workplace accident.
His injuries meant he played only a handful of matches in 1953.

John Harris, John and Graeme Bassett and George Skinner*, Charlie Oliver (North Castlemaine), Campbells Creek afternoon teas,Rex Beach (Maldon),David Broad (Barkers Creek), Max Glen(Guildford.)

* POSTSCRIPT.23-1-2016. John Bassett and George Skinner comprised the most feared pair of opening bowlers in A grade during my inglorious two years under Max Glenn at Guildford and the next under Rex Beach at Maldon during the late mid 1960's. Keeper, Graeme Bassett must have had bruised hands stopping balls that the batsmen never saw. I found this article when I googled George Skinner, Muckleford.

If you said the name George Skinner to those playing today
probably 95% would say George who! You can be assured that a
huge number of retired players are glad that they are not playing
against him. He, playing for Muckleford, was the fastest bowler
to play in the local competition. With a slinging type action he
swung the ball and had a vicious off cutter. Many batsmen carried
bruises for a long period of time. I am sure one Kyneton/Malmsbury
stalwart would agree with me. George was picked in country
Victoria sides and played against all touring countries. He played
a game against the Victorian State side. Bill Lawry was the opening
batsman. He stated that George was the fastest ‘white’ bowler
he had ever faced. When asked what was the greatest memory
he had playing against international sides he said, dismissing the
great Indian all rounder Kapel Dev. If asked, he added quietly if
the catch had not been taken it would have been a six.
I grew up with George tagging along with the Muckleford side
each week where we played junior and senior cricket together
with Winters Flat. I kept to a lot of bowlers around the State and
I can say that I stood back eight metres further than to any other
bowler when George was bowling. His fame started at Technical
School when we played a game at Echuca. He opened the bowling
claimed four wickets in the first over. The teacher who was
umpiring requested he not bowl any more so that there would be
a chance that some form of game could be played. He said this
kid will play test cricket .
George ensured Muckleford won several premierships. During
one game he delivered a ball which reared up and struck the
batsman in the middle of his forehead (no helmets then). It
stunned the batsman but did not cause any serious injury.
However the impression of the seam and stitching of the ball was
clearly indented on his forehead. Employment took him to Carisbrook,
where he performed as expected. He was invited to play
with Fitzroy where he did play some games and achieved a deal
of success. He did not continue as he could not comply with the
rule that he had to attend their practice. He was a very capable
batsman also. He still holds the record opening partnership at
Muckleford it being over two hundred runs.
What has this got to do with Mia Mia ? In a game played at their
ground he claimed a triple hat trick, clean bowling 5 batsmen in
succession. (Bridge Connection May 2015

Charlie Oliver was my hero. I couldn't wait to see the Sport reports in the Mail to see what miracles he had performed for Newstead in footy and North Castlemaine in cricket.The sad thing is that I never saw him play either sport and I was devastated to read that he had lost an arm.It was no surprise at all that Carlton Football Club fought tooth and nail to keep his son Stephen in the Big Smoke but I'd never heard of Stephen's young brother Ben. (See below.)

Retiring hurt, but not bitter - Sydney Morning Herald

REX BEACH and DAVID BROAD. I wonder if Rex was like the mature, serious David Broad at the age of 17. David was one of the High School basketball team that competed bravely against teams composed mainly of grown men. One night I had been rostered to umpire an early game and having played our game,David and I were walking past the town hall when he asked me to attend a meeting with him,the Castlemaine Development Committee. I did but it was another six or so years before I reached David's level of commitment to the community (at Tullamarine.)

Rex was a rather dour shire secretary based at Maldon,probably of the same vintage as Guildford's Max Glen,and a very good captain of the Maldon Cricket Club. I'd never known of his involvement with footy until I googled Rex Beach,Maldon.


Senior Football Premiership Coach
Club Coach

1952 Maldon Pat Baxter, Rex Beach
1953 C/Creek Perc Perry
1954 Carisbrook Bill Ebery*
1955 Maldon Rex Beach
1956 Maldon Arthur Cox
1957 Maldon Bob Lillie
1958 Dunolly Arthur Lacey**
1959 Dunolly Arthur Lacey
1966 Newstead Mal Stevens***
* The name is connected with Castlemaine Football Club in my memory.
** Perhaps related to Graeme Lacey whom I think I taught at Maldon.
*** Highly regarded Castlemaine Football Club player.


Mr Thomas Odgers, J.P., and Deputy Coroner for Castlemaine, was found dead hanging from a rafter in the hay
loft over the stable near his residence. At an inquest medical evidence showed that Mr.Odgers had been suffering for three months from chronic insomnia.(P.24, Weekly Times, 1-5-1915.)

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Maldon Museum and Archives Association | Caring for the ...

Maldon Museum and Archives holds a wonderful collection of artefacts and historical information from the Maldon District
The Maldon ‘collection’, comprising old objects and records from the local area, was initially brought together by the Maldon Progress Association in 1966. The collection is now under the custodianship of Maldon Museum & Archives Association Inc., a member-based volunteer-run organisation established in 1992 to bring together the previously separate museum and family history groups.

The collection continues to grow, and our members and volunteers work hard to research, document, preserve and present it in a way which helps visitors to understand the past, reflect on the present and look to the future. Our Association is very grateful for the commitment and huge contribution of time and expertise given by our many volunteers and supporters, and for the financial assistance received for special projects from various funding bodies over the years.

The district settlements covered by the collection include Baringhup, Bradford, Eaglehawk, Gowar, Maldon, Muckleford, Neereman, Nuggetty, Pollard, Ravenswood South, Sandy Creek, Shelbourne, Tarrangower, Walmer, Woodbrook (Chinaman’s Creek), and parts of Eddington and Welshman’s Reef. Also from 1947 to 1956, the construction settlement for Cairn Curran Reservoir was located at Baringhup.

MALDON was most likely named after Maldon in Essex,the name having been in existence since Saxon times. The town was declared and named in early 1854.

A new Township is declared at Mount Tarrangower, situate 11 miles N. W. of Castlemaine,to be called Maldon, which will be a place for holding Courts of Petty Sessions.
Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer (Vic. : 1851 - 1856) Monday 13 February 1854 p 4 Article

A sales notice in mid 1854 alerted me to the fact that land in the parish of Maldon was to be offered for sale and in order to find out about land divisions rather than church parishes, I knew I needed to use County in the trove search term. Also aware that Maldon would be well beyond the county of Bourke, I tried PARISH OF MALDON,COUNTY and it worked. There is a township and a parish map. Have a look!

Township of Maldon, Parish of Maldon, County of Talbot ...

This township site was ignored and settlement sprang up at the junction of tracks leading elsewhere. See the Sydney Morning Herald article in italics under HISTORIC BUILDINGS,

Maldon, Victoria
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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View of Maldon from the south west, 2009
Maldon is located in Shire of Mount Alexander MaldonMaldon
Coordinates 36°59′30″S 144°4′0″ECoordinates: 36°59′30″S 144°4′0″E
Population 1,601 (2006 census)[citation needed]
Established 1853
Postcode(s) 3463
Elevation 320.0 m (1,050 ft)
136 km (85 mi) from Melbourne
38 km (24 mi) from Bendigo
20 km (12 mi) from Castlemaine
LGA(s) Shire of Mount Alexander
State electorate(s) Bendigo West
Federal Division(s) Bendigo
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
19.6 °C
67 °F 7.5 °C
46 °F 598.9 mm
23.6 in
Maldon is a town in Victoria, Australia, in the Shire of Mount Alexander local government area. It has been designated "Australia's first notable town" and is notable for its 19th-century appearance, maintained since gold-rush days. At the 2006 census, Maldon had a population of 1,601.[1]

The district where Maldon now stands was first discovered by white Europeans in 1836, during Major Thomas Mitchell's famous Victorian expedition. It was settled soon afterwards by pastoralists, and two sheep runs were established in the area, at the foot of Mount Tarrangower. In December 1853, gold was discovered at Cairn Curran (the name given to one of the sheep runs), and Maldon became a part of the Victorian Gold Rush.

The goldfield, which was named "Tarrangower Fields" after Mount Tarrangower, immediately attracted an immense number of men eager to make their fortunes at the diggings. Just one month after gold was first discovered, the Chief Commissioner for Goldfields reported 3000 miners had arrived at the diggings. A month after that, a journalist for The Argus reported that the road from Castlemaine to Maldon was lined with the shops of people hoping to make a living of their own from the miners:

The road follows up the course of Long Gully, where the diggings were first opened, for a couple of miles, and is lined on either side by an almost continuous row of stores, refreshment tents, eating houses, doctors' tents, apothecaries' shops, and, in fact, shops of every description.[2]

The same report noted that the goldfield's population had already grown to 18,000, though only about 1000 had taken out mining licences.

Maldon in 1904, seen from the south-west
In 1856 the Victorian government arranged for the settlement to become a town, which was named Maldon. The post office had opened on 14 March 1854.[3]

In 1861, a government census declared the town's population to be 3341, servicing an additional 5,000-6,000 miners at the diggings. At that time it was the eighth-largest town in Victoria, and remained so for the next decade. However, as miners were forced to dig deeper to obtain usable specimens, or as mines ran dry completely, the population began to decline. By 1891, Maldon was reduced to 1,600 inhabitants. Mining of small claims continued through the 20th century, together with sluicing of gullies and tailings. In the 1980s, several new ventures commenced, including an open cut at Union Hill.

Maldon proved to be one of Victoria's richest quartz-mining centres, though with poorer alluvial results than others such as Castlemaine or Ballarat. Quartz mining extended southward through Sandy Creek to Newstead, along to Mia Mia and Muckleford, eastward to Fentimen’s and Smith’s Reefs, and even to the apex of Mount Tarrangower. In all, over seventy reefs were proven to contain gold deposits. Maldon was undoubtedly a poor man’s diggings, with many excellent yields from very small claims.

The Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum houses stationary engines, farming implements, mining exhibits, fire pumps, and objects with links to Thompsons Foundry, Castlemaine.[4]

Modern times

Historic streetscape at Maldon
Today, Maldon's population is more or less stable at around 1,000 people. The town has changed very little since mining operations ceased, though a former bank at the junction of High and Main Streets has been supplanted by a service station. The town was declared a "notable town" in 1966 by the National Trust of Victoria, who explained that:

The township displays overall historical and architectural importance, particularly in its gold town buildings. The significance lies in the variety of building styles, and the area of mining is of interest with one mine still open to the public. Maldon boasts that it is largely unchanged since the 1850s, and has attracted considerable interest from tourists for its 19th-century atmosphere.

Maldon is now sustained by its appeal as a retreat and retirement venue for artists and writers, as well as tourist trade. The town holds several annual fairs, including a Winter Fair, Easter Fair, Art Show, and Folk Festival. Notable landmarks include Beehive Chimney, Mount Tarrangower and fire tower, Lake Cairn Curran, and the railway station. Maldon has its own newspaper, the Tarrangower Times, which was first published in 1858 and is the oldest continuously published newspaper in Victoria. The Maldon Museum and Archives Association operates a district museum and family-history centre in the former Maldon Shire Hall, and a vintage machinery museum.

The minimum-security female prison HM Prison Tarrengower is located to the near north of the township in the locality of Nuggety.


The memorial park at Maldon
The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League.

Golfers play at the course of the Maldon Golf Club on Golf Links Road.[5]

The town has an annual Easter Fair which includes events such as billy-cart racing, dancing in the street, the Great Aussie Scone Bake, a cemetery walk and the lighting of the Mount Tarrangower tower.[6] The Maldon Folk Festival has been held annually since 1974. (31 October to 3 November in 2008).[7]

In popular culture
Much of the 2007 film Romulus, My Father, set in the 1950s and starring Eric Bana, was shot on location in Maldon.[8] Romulus, My Father went on to win the Australian Film Institute award for Best Film.

Notable residents
Bill Woodfull, former Australian cricket team captain, born in Maldon on 27 August 1897
Joseph Jenkins, the Welsh Swagman, maintained Maldon's gutters and drains for one pound per week from 1885–1894
Henry Handel Richardson, the Australian author, spent some of her childhood in Maldon when her mother was postmistress there, and wrote about the town in her memoir, Myself When Young
Frank Arthur Nankivell, artist.

Plenty of town can boast famous residents but how many of these were named after the town?
William Maldon Woodfull - Australian Dictionary of Biography

Henry Handel Richardson in Maldon Book Sales

Henry Handel Richardson in Maldon. Henry Handel Richardson in Maldon is an illustrated booklet that details the young Richardson's life in the Victorian gold mining town. She arrived in Maldon as Ethel Richardson in 1880 at the age of 10 with her mother and sister, after the traumatic decline and death of their husband and father, Walter Lindesay Richardson. HHR later wrote that Maldon nourished the imagination of the future writer.

The booklet was winner of the 'Best Walk/Tour' prize in the Victorian Community History Awards 2011, sponsored by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and the Public Records Office of Victoria.

The authors, Peter Cuffley, Helen McBurney, Janey Runci and Geoff Palmer, assisted by the Maldon community, have produced a well-illustrated and carefully researched booklet that contains three walks; the first, which has a clear map, describes 16 buildings that would have been familiar to the Richardsons; the second, focuses on significant cemetery graves from the 1880's period; and the last, records places fictionalised in Richardson's The Getting of Wisdom.
(Henry Handel Richardson in Maldon Book Sales - The ...

This amazing article supplies terrific information that I may never have found through trove. The most staggering fact is that the township of Maldon is not built on the township of Maldon site declared in 1854 which explains the absence of the grid layout so typical of declared townships. It also directs readers on a guided walk around the historic town. Some information (such as Maldon's version of Sovereign Hill and the hill climb)may be out of date.

Maldon - Victoria - Australia - Travel -

Extraordinary historic town which looks as though time has stood still.
In 1966 Maldon became the first Victorian town to be classified by the National Trust. This honour reflects an appreciation of its remarkably well-preserved historic streetscape with its European trees, wide verandahs, flagstone paving, old-fashioned shop fronts, quaint cottages with attractive gardens, and its many stone buildings erected in the heyday of the goldmining era.

The town's genuinely historic feel is quite overwhelming, arising out of its architectural harmony, an extensive restoration program that has avoided tackiness and frippery, strict and divisive controls on building alterations, an absence of grandiosity and the tendency of the shops to reinforce the antiquity of their exteriors with interiors that also bespeak a lost time.

For these reasons Maldon has become a very popular tourist destination, particularly during the Easter Fair. Hence, many of the buildings have been converted into specialist stores designed to appeal to the visitor. Some locals scornfully regard the tourist orientation as the 'commodification of heritage'. At any rate, Maldon is located 138 km north-west of Melbourne via A HREF="VICCastlemaine.shtml">Castlemaine, which is 19 km to the south-east, and 359 metres above sea-level.

Prior to the arrival of the first squatters in 1840 the area was occupied by the Wemba-Wemba people and an Aboriginal station operated near Mt Tarrangower from 1841-1849. However, the town really began when John Mechosk, a German prospector who had already struck gold at A HREF="VICDunolly.shtml">Dunolly, A HREF="VICMaryborough.shtml">Maryborough and Kingower, discovered gold at the foot of Mt Tarrangower in 1853, thereby initiating a rush of some 20 000 diggers who initially devoted themselves to alluvial mining. By the end of 1854 the tide had receded to some 2000 prospectors and a township of sorts had developed around a narrow road.

The settlement was initially known as Tarrangower. A townsite was surveyed in 1854 but the location was rejected and ignored by locals. Consequently the de facto township established by the diggers was surveyed in 1856 (which explains the irregular street patterns which evolved organically as routes between the diggings). It was renamed after Maldon in Essex, England.

In 1856 Nuggetty Reef was uncovered to the north of town and companies entered the picture, supplying the capital to unearth the gold-bearing quartz reefs which proved to be among the richest in the country. In the 1860s Maldon rivalled Bendigo for returns but, by 1870, the gold had begun to dwindle. In the subsequent years mines began to close and the population declined. The last operating mine was the North British which closed up shop in 1926, although the Union Mine was reopened in 1987 to reprocess the tailings.

It is this absence of growth after the late 19th century which has facilitated the preservation of the town's historic features.

Noted novelist Henry Handel Richardson (nee Ethel Richardson) spent a portion of her childhood at Maldon.

The Maldon Camp Draft is held in February and the Maldon Easter Fair in April. In late October and early November, a folk festival is held at Butts Reserve (along the road to Mt Tarrangower) and the Mt Tarrangower Hillclimb (a motor sport event) is held in late October. The Spring Festival occurs in August.

Things to see:
Tourist Information
The Maldon Visitor Centre is located adjacent the shire offices in High St. It is open weekdays from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m daily. Be sure to pick up the brochures which outline walks of the town, tel: (03) 5475 2569.

Historic Buildings - High St (South)
The information centre has two free pamphlets identifying the town's historic buildings. One covers the main commercial district (Main and High Sts) and the other roams more widely.

Start at the southern end of town where the Castlemaine Rd meets up with High St. Head north along High St. The second house on the left is Lauriston House which was built in 1866 for local mining magnate R.D. Oswald. With its Malmsbury bluestone and elaborate timber verandah fretwork it was regarded as the town's finest building at the time of its construction.

At High and Fountain is the Kangaroo Hotel (1866) which, with its timber lattice and iron lacework, was once a staging post for Cobb & Co coaches. Head south along High St passing, on the right-hand side of the road, the former Commercial Hotel (1867), Argyle House (1866), the former Carriers Arms Hotel (1857), the former Bank of NSW (1858), the enormous Robert Cox Motors (built c.1858 as a four-shop complex), the motorcyclists' (formerly the Freemasons' Hall built c.1863 with a 1908 facade) and a former flour mill (1873).

Cross the road and return northwards to the former Royal Hotel which was built as a concert hall in 1857 and extended in 1862 when it became the hotel. In 1975 it was used as a setting in the film 'Break of Day'. All that was required was to cover the streets in dirt and Maldon furnished a plausible 19th-century setting. It is now a restaurant.

Historic Buildings - Main St
The Grand Hotel (1888) marks the start of Main St. It features some elaborate arches, pilasters and balusters. To the right, as you head north-east, are the former McFarlane's Drapery, built c.1867 (the face of McFarlane's brother, the Secretary to the Treasury, once graced the Australian pound note), Cookies Collections (built c.1870 as a hairdressing salon), Goldsmith's Building (1897), Berryman's Bootshop (1895) on the site of an 1857 bowling alley, the former Albion Hotel (1866), Dabb's Produce Store (c.1870), a former butcher's (c.1858), Swann's Buildings (1866) and the grand two-storey facade of the Maldon Hotel (1909) with its delicate verandah lacework and slender cast-iron posts. The hotel extension was originally the stables. Cornflowers was built c.1860 and was later used as the Bank of Victoria. Wearne's Building (c.1895) is currently a residence (note the old kerosene sign on the wall) and Franklin's Building (c.1870), at Main and Phoenix, started as a shoe warehouse.

Diagonally opposite, at Main and Templeton, is a fruit shop which dates from 1866 (note the fence and the sign). Just along Templeton St is Maldon Old Grain Store Antique Market (1864).

Return to Main St and head south, passing, on the right, the quaint old bakery (c.1895) with an 1854 wood-fired Scotch oven, Calder's (1866), originally an ironmongery, Maldon Pharmacy (c.1860), Wade's Building (c.1880), the former Dabb & Co. Store with its ornate door (built in 1859 and now the Maldon Supermarket), and the service station, which is housed in an old ironmongery and a former smithy (both 1858).

Historic Buildings - High St (Middle)
Turn the corner, heading north back along High St. On the right-hand side are Wade's House (c.1865), now a residence, and, at the Francis St corner, Calder House (c.1885), a distinguished residence which is now a restaurant and bed-and-breakfast.

On the other side of High St is the old post office (1870) which, from 1880-86, was the childhood home of noted Australian novelist Henry Handel Richardson. Her mother was the postmistress. Richardson's autobiography Myself When Young (1950) recounts her time in Maldon with great affection.

Walk along Francis St. To the left are the croquet club (1890) and the museum.

Museum and Courthouse
The Maldon Historical Museum, at the corner of High St and Fountain St, has mining photographs and equipment, domestic memorabilia, and archives. It is located in a mellow-toned brick building erected in 1858 as a Market Place. However, this venture was unsuccessful and it became the shire offices in 1865. The hammerbeam arches were added to correct the buckling walls in 1871. It is open weekdays from 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. and from 1.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m on public holidays and weekends.

Behind the museum is the old fire station (1870) and on the other side of the adjacent football oval is the former courthouse (1861).

Historical Buildings - High St (North)
Return to the post office and head north-west along High St. To the left is Robinson's House, a Gothic Revival structure dating from 1866. Over the road, at 50 High St, is the unusual brickwork of Thomas Vivian's House (1862). It sits in the shadow of Holy Trinity Anglican Church (1862-89), a Gothic Revival ragstone structure with exceptional stained-glass windows and an intricately trussed roof. At 54 High St is Tressider's Cottage, a miner's cottage dating back to 1859 which is now a bed-and-breakfast. A little further along is Dr Lisle's House (1857) and over the road is the primary school (1874).

At Hospital and High is Dr Hardy's House (1857) and adjacent is School Cottage (1860) originally a school. Further along High St and on the other side of the road is the arched entranceway of one of the town's grander homes, 'Glendonald', built in 1870 as 'Ethandune'. Continue north past a range of late 19th-century residences to the Adair St corner where there is an Italianate villa with impressive plasterwork.

Historical Buildings - Adair St
At Adair and Chapel is the hospital, built as a one-storey Classical Revival structure in 1860. Patients were allegedly given subterranean water from Eaglehawk Mine as it was believed to have medicinal properties. Just along Chapel St is St Brigid's Catholic Church (1891).

Return to the High and Adair St intersection. On the north-eastern corner is Rule's House (1897). The brick-and-timber house adjacent dates from 1875. At the south-western corner of Adair and Templeton is a corner store and residence (1880s).

Historical Buildings - Templeton St
Heading south on Templeton, to the right, are Brook's residence (1890) with its fine iron lacework, and a typical timber house from the 1880s. Over the road is Chapman's House which was started at some point prior to 1863. The large house on its southern side dates from 1870.

At the south-eastern corner of Templeton and Camp Sts is the former Holy Trinity Parsonage (1863). The original church was to the rear. Just to the south is Lovell's Cottage, a timber house dating from 1860.

Historical Buildings - Church St
Walk along Camp St to the Church St corner where you will find one of the town's highlights - the former Anglican Penny School where the children once paid a penny a day for their schooling. It was largely rebuilt in 1862 after a storm destroyed part of the original 1856 structure, although the tower and entrance porches remain from that earlier day. The architecture is unusual and eclectic. Over the road is the Welsh Congregational Church (1863 with a transept added in 1901).

Walk south along Church St past the Presbyterian manse (1859) to the Presbyterian Church (1905) at the Edward St corner.

Historical Buildings Concluded
At the north-eastern corner of Edwards and Templeton is the Baptist Church (1896). On the south-eastern corner is Brook's Store (1864).

Across Templeton St, at the Francis St corner, is the former Welsh Baptist Church (1865). On its western side is the former temperance hall (1873) and behind that is one of the town's oldest surviving structures, the former Edwards crushing plant.

Maldon Historic Reserve
The Maldon Historic Reserve constitutes about 2500 ha of public land and forest around Maldon. It was created to preserve the area's goldmining relics, including old shafts, abandoned equipment, mullock and tailing heaps, tunnels, dams, tracks, kilns, cyanide vats, stone walls and the goldmining dredge beside the road to Bendigo, 3 km from the town centre. Some are outlined below.

The box and ironbark forests are regrowth projects as the original woodlands were destroyed by goldmining and farming activities. Bushwalking, forest drives, wildflowers and fossicking can all be enjoyed at Smith's Reef which is signposted to the left off the Castlemaine Rd about 4 km from town.

Beehive Chimney
The 30-metre Beehive Chimney (1862) is located just off the road, near the intersection of Main St and Church St. The Beehive reef was discovered by Cornish miners who named it after a swarm of bees which were, at that moment, settled on a nearby post. There is a picnic area adjacent.

North British Mine
Turn off High St into Parkins Reef Rd which heads south-west. 2 km from town, to the left, is the site where the North British Mine operated until 1926. A walking track leads past numerous ruins including two large stamper batteries and some kilns. There is much to see but some remnants may go unnoticed or unappreciated by the untrained eye so be sure to obtain a guiding pamphlet from the information centre. The forest just to the south contains some old puddling machines and mining holes from the gold days.

Carman's Tunnel
Just past the North British, to the right, is the access point to Carman's Tunnel, a 570-metre goldmining tunnel which was excavated, largely with pneumatic drills, between 1882 and 1884. Despite the extraordinary effort, returns were minimal. For a small fee you can go on an informative, candle-lit, half-hour walk through the dry, clean, spacious, level and easily accessible tunnel from 1.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. on weekends, public and school holidays, tel: (03) 5475 2667.

Steam Railway
The town's handsome railway station in Hornsby St was built in 1884 . Two steam trains serve as a static display while another two operational steam trains are used for 45-minute return trips into the Muckleford Forest (a diesel locomotive is used on days of total fire ban). Trips are made on Sundays and public holidays at 11.30 a..m, 1.00 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. and on Wednesdays and Saturdays in school holidays (same departure times). Trains also run every day from December 27 to mid-Januray and from Good Friday to Easter Monday. Ring (03) 5475 2966 for recorded information concerning train times, or call the general office on (03) 54751451.

Nuggetty Ranges Winery
4 km north-west of Maldon, on the Maldon-Sherbourne Road (also known as Bradford Road), is Nuggetty Ranges Winery. Established in 1994, it is a small family-owned winery which produces cabernet sauvignon, semillon and an award-winning shiraz. The cellar door is open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., tel: (03) 5475 1347.

Yabby Farm
Next to the Nuggetty Ranges Winery, in the Maldon-Sherbourne Road, is the Maldon Yabby and Fish Farm which offers a personalised farm tour, yabbie catching, barbecue and picnic facilities and sales. It is only open to the public in the Christmas school holidays, tel: (03) 5475 1086.

Anzac Hill
One of the best vantage points in town is from atop Anzac Hill which furnishes views of the Grampians, Mount Franklin and Mount Macedon in the distance. You can walk or drive to the summit along Fountain St although it is unsealed, difficult and much further (2.4 km up a steep hill) than most guides will admit. At the top there is a picnic area and a walking track which heads west along a 4WD track to the summit of Mt Tarrangower. If you're looking for an easier option there is an excellent view of the town from the Turkish cannon which is less than a third of the way up the hill.

Mt Tarrangower and Butts Reserve
Mount Tarrangower (570m) is located 2 km west of town via Franklin St. This was the centre of the gold diggings in the 1850s and it was here that the richest quartz reefs were located. Today there is a very good lookout tower (which is illuminated at Eastertime), fine picnic areas and walking tracks to Anzac Hill and Fountain St.

Just off Franklin St, at the base of the hill, is Butts Reserve where there are picnic and barbecue facilities and where a folk festival is held each year in early November. In late October it is also the starting point for a motor race to the top of the hill.

Cairn Curran Reservoir, 12 km south-west via Newstead Rd, is a large and scenic lake which offers good opportunities for water sports, swimming, picnicking and relaxing. There is a sailing club near the spillway.

Porcupine Township
Porcupine Township is an award-winning recreation of an early 1850s gold town located in rugged bushland on the site of the original Porcupine diggings where the first gold discovery between Castlemaine and Bendigo was made. The buildings associated with the original settlement have entirely disappeared but slab, shingle and mud-brick buildings have been relocated from other goldfields and derelict townsites. These include a two-storey barn, an hotel, an undertaker's, miner's huts, a blacksmith's, a general store, a carriage repository, a doctor's surgery and a bowling alley.

You can go for a ride in a Gold Escort, pan for gold, feed the emus or take a trip on the Little Toot train which does a circuit through the original diggings. There are actors in period costume, a resident artisan working in pioneer style, a licensed restaurant, a motel and self-contained cottages. The 'village' is located 2.5 km from the post office at the corner of the Maldon-Bendigo Rd and Allans Rd, tel: (03) 5475 1000.

Maldon's pioneer cemetery (1857) contains the graves of over 200 Chinese goldminers from the early days of the town. There is a Chinese oven where incense was burned for ceremonial purposes, Chinese headstones, a caretaker's cottage (1866) and a rotunda (1900). Jonquils grow in profusion in springtime. To get there follow the Maryborough Rd for 3.8 km then turn right at the women's prison.

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“Welsh Congregational Church” 1863/1901

This charming church, where services were conducted in Welsh until 1893, has been servicing the community for over 120 years.
In continuous community use since 1863, this historic church forms part of the rich history of Maldon. A delightful building constructed of locally sourced materials including rich red brick and wonderful old timbers, it is in good condition and sited on approximately 1011sqm.
Superbly positioned on an elevated corner block and overlooking the historical township, this is a wonderful opportunity offering the astute buyer many lifestyle options.
- Classified by the National Trust at Local Level Significance (B4034)
- Included in the Mount Alexander Heritage Study (stage 2)

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Penny School 1856/1862

The Maldon former Church of England Denominational School No.413, today known as the Penny School, is of historical importance for its association with the early provision of education to the burgeoning population in the Central Victorian Goldfields.
The building is one of a small number of early substantial buildings which are integral to the history of the Maldon Township. This charming building is in good condition and constructed of locally sourced materials including stone, brick and timber.
Since the Penny School's custodianship by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) in 1983, it has been used by the community in a multitude of ways.
For the last 12 years the Penny School has operated as a commercial venue hosting functions including weddings, art exhibitions, community events and projects.
It has kitchen and bathroom facilities, heating and cooling.
Located on approximately 4349m2, on an elevated corner site overlooking the township, this is a rare opportunity to secure something very special for a commercial venture, Bed & Breakfast, weekend retreat or permanent living.
- Classified by the National Trust at State Level Significance (B2035)
- Classified by Heritage Victoria on the Victorian Heritage Register (H1382)
- Included on the Mount Alexander Heritage Overlay (H071)(PHOTO)

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THE BOILER EXPLOSION AT MALDON. ... (1843-1914), Joseph Thomas Bawden; Text last corrected on 17 December 2013 by janilye ... MALDON. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 23 June 1897 p 9 Article: Abstract: ..

In 1967, I ran from Landseer St, Castlemaine to Maldon to attend the Easter Show while my future wife's family drove and discovered on a very hot day that the shade provided by roadside trees was not as great as I had imagined. At the Show a little girl's eye was pecked out by a magpie.

Before teaching at Maldon in 1967, I had taught at Franklinford,Phillip Whitlock being one of my pupils. His dad moved the family from Mt Franklin to Maldon during that time and I taught Phillip again at Maldon.

Steven Burchell was a great kid and I believe he became a talented stilt walker. The Burchell family had been in the area for a considerable time,apparently coming from near Talbot by 1900.
Private W. Burchell who has been home on final leave prior to going to the front, was entertained by the residents of Baringhup, and Tarrangower and presented with a pocket wallet and wristlet watch, for which
he suitably returned thanks. (Mount. Alexander Mail (Vic. : 1914 - 1917) Monday 1 November 1915 p 4 Article)

Steven's father seems to have been Reg and his mother Joyce,a Castlemaine girl.
(Annual Report 2007 - Maldon Hospital

Many references are to mines, gold escorts etc.which will not be included here. My emphasis here is on early residents (whose family folklore makes vague reference to "the diggings"*) and noteworthy events.
*As the surnames list has limited capacity,priority will be given to surnames of those pioneers whose descendants are unlikely to know of a connection with Maldon. Those descendants who know of a connection are likely to read the journal anyway.

GENERAL POST OFFICE -The following notice was issued at the Post office yesterday -Maldon (Tarrengower) -On and after the 6th inst., and till further notice a weekly mail for Maldon will be closed at this office every Thursday at 5 :30 p.m. , and the return mail will arrive every Saturday, at 12 noon -Fryers Creek etc.
(P.5,Argus, 8-4-1854.)
N.B. Any reference to Maldon before 1854 will be to Maldon in Essex, Maldon's Punt (apparently on the Murray near Albury, hence Tarrengower in brackets in the notice to prevent confusion) or the Maldon Plate in horse racing. Fryers Creek was sometimes rendered as Friars Creek in early days by those not aware of Mr Fryer.

DEPUTY REGISTRARS. - The Government Gazette announces the appointment of the following gentlemen to the office of Deputy-Registrar:-Mr George L. Hutchinson, at Hepburn; .....Henry Nathaniel L. S. Kentish, at Maldon ; etc.
(Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer (Vic. : 1851 - 1856) Saturday 22 April 1854 p 4 Article)

If Mr Thomas Waters, of Harton, Bedfordshire, will forward the whereabouts of William Howard Birt, (whom he promises to take care of), to Mr. John Howard, Maldon Post Office, Tarrengower Diggings,he will oblige.
(P.2, Argus,31-5-1854.)
There must have been some desperation because the advertisement was inserted numerous times in different forms. This must have been another of Mrs John Howard's brothers.
PETER HOWARD BIRT, who came out on the ship Calabar, Captain Moodie, will oblige his sister by writing to her, at Maldon Post Office, Tarrengower. (P.2, Argus,29-5-1854.)

DIED. On the 13th instant, at Maldon, Tarrengower diggings, from the accidental discharge of a fowling-piece,
Mr. Humphrey Jones Evans, late of Llambdr, North Wales.(P.4, Argus, 19-6-1854.)

INSOLVENTS.William Henry Ritchie, storekeeper, of Maldon, near Castlemaine. The causes of insolvency are stated as depreciation in value of goods and pressure of creditors. Amount of debts, £2099/6/1 ; assets £932/9/8.
(P.5,The Age,5-12-1854.)

Two peninsula pioneers held the office of postmaster at Melbourne,Ben Baxter before he established Carrup Carrup (at Baxter) and Alexander McCrae after an unsuccessful short tenure on the Arthurs Seat Run. It was the latter who received a letter signed by numerous residents of Maryborough griping about their poor service. The present Maryborough residents could hardly complain about their absolutely beautiful railway station.

......4. That the inhabitants of Maldon and of Avoca (at neither of which places does the population, during the summer season, approximate within about one-fifth of that of Maryborough)enjoy the advantage of postal communication with Melbourne and Castlemaine twice a week.etc. (P.5.Argus, 21-12-1854.)

I only played at Maldon once, with my wife's uncle Roy Portwine of Castlemaine. Roy hit a beautiful drive right down the middle of a fairway and despite a lengthy search, we never found the ball. Maldon,like Castlemaine,had its fair share of magpies* and its likely that one rescued its "baby" or the ball went down a burrow.
*At Castlemaine's course some very clever maggies had set up home in some gums overlooking about three fairways and would swoop you just as you commenced your downswing. And they knew when you were foxing! When running around Maldon's footy ground I did plenty of backwards running although I was playing footy,not umpiring, at the time. It was essential to keep an eye on the maggies nesting in the south west forward pocket. The little girl who had her eye pecked at the Easter Show at the ground was indelibly etched into my memory.

30603 Maldon Golf Club Bendigo District 6 holes in virgin bush club called Tarrengower Golf Club
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30603 Maldon Golf Club Bendigo District Original 1913 Relocated to site owned by Dabb and Co in North
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30603 Maldon Golf Club Bendigo District 1st change. Extended to 9 holes and land purchased in 1924 and
1935. In 1939 additional land purchased and course extended to 18 holes. Club records.
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Legend: Maldon is also the birthplace of Walter Travis, "the most successful amateur golfer in the U.S. during the early 1900s, a noted golf journalist and publisher, an innovator in all aspects of golf, a teacher, and a respected golf course architect." - See Wikipedia - Walter Travis.
( Maldon Golf Club - 1 - Golfer

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The full title of Alexander Sutherland's 1888 publication is VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS: PAST AND PRESENT. It is volume 2 that has the biographical details of many pioneers. I've been told that in order to be included, one had to subscribe , which I presume meant pre-paying for the book (perhaps only volume 2.)

C.N.Hollinshed has much information in his LIME LAND LEISURE about Alexander Sutherland, including his scholastic connection to Professor Hearn and Judge Higgins who owned Heronswood before and after Alexander, a stint at teaching, which explains the tutelage mentioned in the biography of W.C.Martin of Mornington,and financial difficulties.

It was the fact that so many pioneers were not mentioned in municipal histories ,and Vic and its Metro, that led me to embark on a bicentennial project in August 1988 in order to remedy this deficiency. Amazingly a Mr C.Bright* has been mentioned twice in the biographies of others but there is no entry for him under the Mornington District, (the area surrounding Westernport, probably the County of Mornington.)

*My policy is to describe the location of properties properly and I'm not about to allow Alexander Sutherland to get away with not doing so. One of his subjects had managed Bright's property and another was leasing it.

From C. E.Bright, drawing attention to the drainage on the Point Nepean road at Beleura road, also as to cattle (including three bulls wandering on the Esplanade).--Plans to be prepared for draining, and Mr. Bright informed that he has had remedy in regard to the bulls.(MORNINGTON SHIRE COUNCIL. Saturday, December 7th.
South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic. : 1872 - 1920) Wednesday 11 December 1878 p 2 Article)

Charles certainly let the council know when roadworks or drainage was required, between theshire hall and Webb's on this occasion. (Same paper, P.3, 19-6-1978.)
He was living at Mornington by 1873 (actually 1872.) (Letter re Rev. Potter, P.1 Argus,19-2-1873.)

This gives a decent clue as to where Bright's property was.
From Mr. C.E.Bright, requesting the council to form a road along tho esplanade from Belleura Gate,
to bridge over Tanti Creek
, and stating he held in hand £40, which, with additional sums to be collected, he was prepared to subscribe towards the object. The clerk of works was ordered to prepare plans and specifications for the work, and an estimate of its cost.(P.6,Argus, 10-12-1872.)

The original name for the area on the west side of Canterbury Jetty Rd (west of Owen Cain's Tyrone)was Manners-Sutton. Sydney Smith Crispo had given it this name in honour of the Governor and his wife. Later,he renamed it Canterbury in honour of the same Governor;Sir John Manners-Sutton had become Viscount Canterbury during his tenure as Governor. ANNA MARIA GEORGIANA BRIGHT of Beleura, Mornington, was the Governors daughter!
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 23 March 1878 p 8 Article

We stated some time since that Mr C.E. Bright, the son-in-law of Viscount Canterbury, was likely to be appointed Agent-in-General in England for this colony. It is probable that the appointment of this gentleman will shortly be announced.(P.2, Geelong Advertiser, 24-4-1873.)

Did Charles and Anna actually own Beleura, and how big was the property?
TO LET -Beleura HOUSE Schnapper Point,the property of C E Bright, Esq , to be Let furnished for a period of one two, or three years. The grounds comprise pleasure garden and about 22 acres of land. Immediate possession. Apply Fraser and Co., 33 Collins- street west. (P.8,Argus,25-12-1873.)

Not much of a summary is needed for pioneers such as John Buckley and John Oswin because the authors of books about the Balnarring district would have consulted Andrew's book, one of the most quoted books in local histories. It looks as if their neighbour, John Davies, did not subscribe. Perhaps the greatest value of this journal will be to family historians whose ancestors were teachers, bank employees etc who may have been in various areas for shorter periods than farmers and so on. The peninsula connection may not have made it in the family folklore. These movements, such as those of Richard Gilsenan of Bulla, Trentham and Eltham can sometimes be traced through trove but it can be a laborious process. Enough detail about each pioneer is given to enable researchers to ascertain whether he is one of their mob.

P. 390.
ALLISON, William. Born 1861 Mornington. Spent 2 years running a small vessel between Mornington and Melbourne, eight and a half years as a blacksmith, then drove the Mornington-Dromana coach until some time ago when he married and took to conducting the Arthurs Seat Hotel, the property of his wife.

Comment. After her husband's death, Catherine Wainwright applied to have the hotel licence transferred to her but as she was the executrix, there was no need to do so. The next year the same woman was running the hotel but now her name was Catherine Allison. There was also a Boag-Wainwright marriage and the two grandmothers of a young Wainwright lad who died circa 1910 were Mrs Allison and Mrs Boag. See the SCURFIELD/ARTHURS SEAT HOTEL entry in my HERITAGE WALK, DROMANA journal.

BALCOMBE, Alexander Beatson. Visit The Briars or just google his name!

BAXTER, Ben, Frankston. Son of Captain Baxter born June 1840 on Batman's Hill, Melbourne.

BAXTER, Captain Ben, Frankston. Google his name. Google Frankston, county of Mornington to see the Carrup Carrup pre-emptive right and grants (Baxter, Sage, Hoddle.) See the SAGE, John Edward entry.

Excerpt from Australian Dictionary of Biography entry for Robert Hoddle.
In Surrey in November 1818 Hoddle married Mary Staton, by whom he had one daughter. After Mary's death in 1862 he married, in July 1863, Fanny Agnes, the 18-year-old daughter of Captain Benjamin Baxter; they had three daughters and one son. After Hoddle's death on 24 October 1881, his widow married Richard Buckhurst Buxton.

BEDELL, John,Shoreham. teacher.

My aim is to acknowledge and honour our pioneers but faced with a huge task of transcription, I took the easy way out as you see above. With a sense of guilt, I tried a trove search and with my mother's adage of SELF- PRAISE IS NO RECOMMENDATION in mind,I believe that John's descendants are going to love this.
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Friday 27 March 1891 p 3 Article
... lMr Bedel has beon a resident of the enu>:sil J is.specalabiities. as- a a teacher-a,an ud ... . '3fIrBedells suiccess as an instructor. las been phenomninal.: The miany girls and boys who have

A large section of the community will learn with regret, that Mr John Bedell has severed his connection with the Education Department, and has left Shoreham to assume a position in the Treasury. During the ten years
Mr Bedell has been a resident of the Peninsula, his special abilities as a teacher, and sterling qualities as a man, have secured for him the respect and esteem of all with whom he came into contact. Mr Bedell's success as
an instructor has been phenomenal. The many girls and boys who have secured exhibitions and scholarships under his tuition, form a striking evidence of his exceptional qualifications; the percentage of honours obtained by candidates from Shoreham is unparalleled in the history of our Educational system. It is one of the most glaring defects of the present Act, that it offers no encouragement for men of special aptitude and ability to remain in the service. Did the law allow, and its administrators recognise the necessity for rewarding special excellence we would not see as at present our best men anxiously awaiting an opportunity to secure other employments. The education of youth should be regarded as the most useful and noble of the learned professions. In the existing state of society it is of the highest importance that we should secure thoroughly efficient teachers, possessing cultivated intellect, strong personality, and irreproachable character. Special inducement should be offered to those possessing the requisite qualifications to enter and remain in the service. .The public who provide the funds for the maintainance (sic) of our educational system have a right to demand that the best talent available should be at at their disposal. Unless a reaction sets in, and a more healthy tone is engendered throughout the service, the Department will lose many more of its best men and the staff will all dwindle down to mediocrity.

BOX, John Dixon, Frankston. Born 1840, N.S.W. Came to Victoria 1846. Is President of Mornington Shire Council.
Comment. Director of Frankston Fish Company and heavily involved in church life. See my Frankston history journal.

BRIDGE, Richard Baines, Mornington. Born Essex 1830. Arrived Adelaide May 1852. Chemist at Mornington.
Still there in 1901 but not very happy.
Sir,-To my great surprise and annoyance, I notice that my name appears as one of the vice -presidents of the junior football club here: I have never been consulted in the matter, nor did I authorise my name to be
made use of, and have no desire for any connection therewith. Yours very faithfully, R. B. BRIDGE. Mornington.
(P.2, Mornington Standard, 25-4-1901.)

BROWN, William, Shoreham. Born Dundee 1815. First came as boatswain on the City of Edinburgh in about 1837;it was wrecked on Flinders Island.He was later a gunner for the East India Company for 11 years before returning to England and coming to Victoria in 1852 to take up an appointment in the pilot service. After returning home again in 1856, he came back in 1863 and bought his 160 acre farm.

Comment. The geographically list first assessment of the Flinders Road Board on 8-6-1869 indicates that William Brown's 160 acre property was in the parish of Flinders near Henry Tuck's 970 acres.In the road board's last assessment of 13-6-1874 William was also rated on 169 acres leased from John Duff in the parish of Balnarring.

BROWN William Jnr. 1889-91
Flinders and Kangerong Shire- In this shire there is a contest in one riding only, viz., the Central ; Mr Tas. Wilding nominating in opposition to the retiring member Cr Brown.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 25-8-1892.)

SHIRE OF FLINDERS AND KANGERONG. The only contest was in the Centre Riding, where Joseph Wilding defeated the retiring Cr W. Brown by 21 votes. This result was almost anticipated, as a good many ratepayers desired a change. In the East Riding as usual, that popular representative Robert Stanlry had a walk over, and the same be said of Cr John Cain who was again re turned unopposed, a well-deserved recognition of an able councillor. this occasion George McLear has been re-elected auditor without opposition. A good man in the right place.
((P.2, Mornington Standard, 1-9-1892.)

William Brown Snr was one of the ratepayers in the Flinders Road Board's first assessment of 1869, He had a house and 160 acres of land in the parish of Flinders. By 13-6-1874, he was also paying rates to the road board on 169 acres in the parish of Balnarring that he was leasing from Duff. This was probably just west of Balnarring Rd which separated Balnarring from Bittern, but as no crown allotment of this size can be found and Duff does not seem to have been a grantee, its location cannot be specified. It was possibly on Joseph Hann's land, granted in 1861, south of Warrawee. (Melway 193 C6.)

William Brown might have been related to Jonas Brown who was also an original ratepayer of the Flinders Road Board. He had a house and 594 acres of land in the parish of Bittern. Actually consisting of 595 acres 1 rood and 27 perches and being crown allotments 140, 141 and 145 of the parish of Bittern, this land was granted to him on 8-11-1873. It was between Sandy Point Rd and Westernport, with crown allotment 140 between Kennedy Rd and South Beach Rd, 141 and 145 extending east to the boundary of H.M.A.S Cerberus. (Melway 194 E9 to J 11.)

Mr W. Brown is staying at Mr Cavanagh's "Warrawee," Balnarring.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 26-4-1902.)

Mr W. Brown, of Shoreham, has sold to Mr McLeod, of Balnarring, a house and 75 acres of land. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 4-3-1905.)

Death of an Old Colonist. With the death of the late Mrs Janet Brown, which took place at Shoreham on Wednesday, the 14th inst., of heart failure and paralysis, after a short illness, an old identity of the district, and a colonist of 50 years, is removed from our midst. The deceased lady, who was the widow of the late Captain Brown, of Shoreham, who died in 1890, was born in Dundee, Scotland, 79 years ago. She arrived in this country by the ship "Emigrant" in 1853, having as one of her fellow passengers Mr M'Coll, M.P., who was then a child. It will be of interest to many to learn that Mrs Brown was for some time the only white woman in Queencliff, and the first to reside there. Her husband at that time held a position in the lifeboat service, in which the piloting work of Port Phillip Bay was then included. Being in touch, owing to her husband's connection with pilot work, with the news of both incoming and outgoing vessels, when the tedium of a long voyage, with such fare as salt junk and hard sea biscuit, and experiences of lying becalmed for weeks, in addition to getting driven miles out the course by gales in the broad Atlantic, also the possibility of a mutiny of the crew and other startling contingencies was the order of the day, instead of the few weeks' trip and good cuisine of the modern steam liner, Mrs Brown had a stock of very interesting ancedotes. Many victims of shipwreck on the treacherous coast in the vicinity of the Heads have had reason to remember her kind ministrations, resulting in no few instances in the preservation of life. Of the persons quartered at Qurenscliff in those days, Captain M'Intyre, of Melbourne, and Mr M'Donald, retired lighthouse keeper, who was afterwards for some time stationed at Cape Schanck, are now the only survivors. About 36 years ago the deceased lady removed to Shoreham with her husband, who had a purchased property there. She leaves no children. but Mr Wm. Brown, a nephew. and Miss Brown, a niece, have been living with her from infancy. The remains were interred in the Flinders Cemetery on Friday, the 16th inst. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 24-10-1903.)

SHOREHAM (near FLINDERS). CLEARING SALE. THURSDAY, MARCH 28. ROBERT GUNN & CO. THROUGH their W. N. Wauchope, have received instructions from Mr W. BROWN, Shoreham, owing to his having sold his property, to SELL on the above date at 12.30 The Whole of his CATTLE, SHEEP, HORSES, IMPLEMENTS, HOUSE HOLD FURNITURE, and LAND. WITHOUT RESERVE. Fall particulars next issue.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 11-3-1905.)

It seems that William Brown Junior or his son spent some of his time being what was referred to until quite recently as a WHITE MAGGOT. A report of a football game between Hastings and Shoreham concludes:
Mr. Brown was very satisfactory as central umpire. (P.3, Mornington Standard, 15-8-1895.)

The same chap, whether the councillor or his son had to contend with hoodlums! The writer had trouble spelling Cleine at first. The players are a good representation of pioneering families of Red Hill and eastwards.

HOODLUMS V. SHOREHAM. A second club has been formed at Balnarring. It has been called the Hoodlums. This match was played on the Balnarring ground. Brown captained the visitors, and Vann the locals. Brown won the toss, and elected to bat. Shoreham won by 24 runs. The scores are as follows : SHOREHAM. Forty, b J. Davis, jun. ... S J. Byrne, b Stanley ... 4 J. Clyne, b J. Davis, jun. ... . S W. Brown, not out . 19 IM. Byrne, stp Johnstone, b Stanley ... .. 0 R. Nolan, b Stanley ... o Joe Clyne, b J. Davis jun. ... 0 D. Nolan, b Davis, jun. . T. Clyne, stp Johnston, b Stanley .. M. Byrne, b J. Davis, sen. ... 0 G. Byrne, b J. Davis, sen. ... 1 Sundries ... .. 4 Total ... ...4 Second Innings. P. Nolan, b J. Davis, jun. 0 M. Byrne. b J. Davis. jun. ... o Forty, b Buckley ... ... 1 J. Clyne, run out ... 9 J. Byrne, b Buckloy 5 W. Brown, b Oswin 0 Mick Byrne, b Stanley, .. 10 Joe Clyne, c, b Stanley 5 D. Nolan, b J. Davis, jun. 3 T, Clyne, not out 0 G. Byrne, b Davis, jun. ... 0 Sundries .. ... 1 Total ... *.. 4. Bowling Analysis. - First Innings : J. Davis, Jun., four for 9 : R. Stanley, four for 28: J. Davis, sen., two for 1. Second innings: J. Davis, jun., four for 9 ; R. Stanley. two for 7: Buckley, two for 7 ; E. Oswin, one for 6.. HOODLUMS. First Innings. R.Stanley' b Nolan. 4 J:Davis; jun, c Cliene, b Forty 1 Johnson, c Brown, b Forty ... 0 E.-Oswin, c Byrne, b Nolan ... 7 P. Vann, b P. Nolan ... 2 Jack Davis, c G. Byrne, b Forty 2 M. Buckley, c Forty, b P. Nolan . ... ... 2 J. Buckley, b Forty... ..3 J. Davis, sen., c and b Forty... 0 J. Meehan b Nolan... ... 0 W. Mairs not out ... ... 0 Sundries ... ... 1 Total .. ... 22 Second Innings. Johnston, c Byrne. b Forty 0 Davis, sen., run out... ... 1 Davis, jun.,c Cleine, b Forty 16 Stanley, c Cliene, b Forty ... 1 Oswin, c Byrne, b Forty ... 4 Vann,-b Forty ... 9 P. Buckley, run out ... 2 Jack Davis, b Forty ... 9 M. Buckley, run out ... 9 Mairs, c Forty, b Nolan ... 0 Sundries ... ... 2 Total ... ... 4t Bowling Analysis. - First Innings : Nolan, five for 6; Forty, five for 15. Second Innings: ,Nolan, one for 21; Forty, six for 18. (P.3, Mornington Standard, 14-2-1895.)

In this event, the Shoreham residents were portrayed as HOODLUMS! It was common for meetings of railway leagues to get nowhere because agreement on a route that suited everyone was impossible. See the Flinders objection to OBJECTOR on page 2 of the Mornington Standard of 12-7-1890. I apologise for not correcting all the text.

TO THE EDITOR SIR.-Certain of the good people of Flinders and Shoreham are ever of an enthusiastic and demonstrative disposition so much so, that many years ago they obtained for themselves the unenviable character of being barbarians. That this characteristic, had died out, as civilation and the attendant elements of refining influence has blended with them, was a " consutnm:ttion devoutly to be wished," but, so far as the incursion of a hand ulitd on the ever peaceful neighborhood of Red Hill on the second instant shows : the most sanguine hoper must admit, that as the d--1 having entered the herd of swine, "there remains," as the Qu.tker sitld, " still some taint in.the Iacon.". 'The occlssaion was ; meeting held at R',d Hill. wheat sonie gentlemen, members of the Central Rttil way League met to transtot some il'ttle business relating to the affairs of the League, and to express thi ir satisf trtion at the proposals of the Government re railway extension to these parts ; when. a large number of Flinders a:ail Shorehami residents put in an unexpe:ted app�narance; for what purpose-other than to upnst the meeting-I am at a loss to com?prelhed, this was done, however, atnd most e!Ye:t nally. A stormy and desultory scene followed, nothing relevant to the purpose of the meeting could be transacted. Finally the local residents withdrew and the meeting broke up. The visitors then betook themselves to the road where several speakers prominent amongst whom were Messrs Callanan, Brown and Darley, delivered orations from the top of a stump, to the evident delight of their companions who cheered their efforts lustily. Their wind bags being emptied, with long and continued cheering for themselves, and groans of horrible intensity for the Hill, they dispersed, leaving the locality to enjoy its wonted quiet. It is hoped that in the interest of peace, no more such disgraceful scenes will occur, and that our friends of Flinders and Shoreham, will become wiser; from a retrospect of Wednesday night's outing. By giving publicity to the foregoing through the columns of your widely circulating journal you will oblige. I am etc., OBJECTOR. Red Hill, July 3rd, 1890.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 5-7-1890.)

The 84 acres known as Brown's Farm, at Shoreham, sold by Messrs Rupert Nicolson and Co. on Wednesday. It brought �590, Dr Roderik Sutherland, of Collins-street, being the purchaser. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 22-2-1902.)

SUTHERLAND'S. The farm known as "Seaview," recently part of the estate of the late J.T. T. Smith, has now been purchased by Mr Sutherland. 'The property contains about 80 acres and, like most of the Shoreham land, is an ideal dairying block, for which purpose Mr Sutherland intends to utilise it, and has a good strip of land under cultivation to provide green feed for his cattle. The homestead, which was built by the late Captain Brown, is in a good position, and the Shoreham creamery adjoins the property*.
(AROUND FLINDERS. P.2, Mornington Standard, 20-9-1902.)

*Last night I was tempted to hazard a guess that the 160 acre farm consisted of crown allotments 28 (84.3.15) and 29 (74.3.34), a total of 159 acres 3 roods 9 perches(about 159.8 acres.) Having spent considerable time establishing the location of the creamery for Val Wilson, I believe that Beach Rd (Melway 256 F 9) separated the Shoreham Creamery and Captain Brown's farm(Beach road to bottom of map 256.)

BUCKLEY, John,Balnarring. A native of Ireland who came to Victoria in 1857, spent time at Kew* and lime burning near Port Phillip Heads before he became the first Balnarring resident in 1861.
*Probably the hero that prevented a drowning tragedy in the Yarra.-TROVE.

CALLANAN, Edmund James, Shoreham. Born at Balla Balla near Cranbourne and educated at St Patrick's College, Melbourne, he followed pastoral pursuits until 1883 and in 1884 explored the interior of Western Australia, then married Mary Sarah, only daughter of Captain James Glynn (army) and went to Shoreham to manage the Annandale Estate of his father who had been in the Land Department for many years.

Comment. The first mention of the Callanans in the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong rates seems to have been in the 19-7-1884 assessment when Edmund Callanan was rated on 696 acres and buildings, Balnarring owned by M. Callanan. On 17-7-1886, Edmund J. Callanan, grazier, and Michael Callanan, surveyor, were assessed on 1860 acres and buildings, Balnarring. In 1899, E.J.Callanan's land was specified as c/a 56, 57, 58, 97 (fronting south west side of Pt Leo Rd near Frankston-Flinders Rd),and Michael's 1164 acres probably consisted of c/a 81, part 82, 85, 86, 87, 92 and 85A2 (mainly ex Buchanan on the south side of Callanans Rd.) By 1909, Michael was living at 2 Lorraine St, Essendon.

CLAYTON, Archibald,Flinders. Born Adelaide 1857. Joined Education Department 1872 and after 8 years at Castlemaine and 4 years on the Murray, had been at Flinders for the previous 3 years. He is secretary of the Mechanics' Institute and cricket club and the organist.

COLE G.W., Minto. Much detail in LIME LAND LEISURE, probably supplied by Valda Cole, a notable historian.

DAVEY, Charles Edward, Frankston. Born 1850. Educated at Frankston.

DAVEY, William. Born at Gardiners Creek, his father James having arrived from Cornwall in 1838 and built the first house in Frankston in 1851. Landlord of the Bay View Hotel which he bought in 1874 and also a timber merchant and builder.

Comment. James Davey had the Ballanrong Run near Mornington Racecourse and the Kannanuke Run whose pre-emptive right was between Old Mornington Rd and the coast (Davey Bay etc)as far south as Boundary Rd (Canadian Bay Rd.) Members of the Davey family were granted Forest Lodge, Seven Oaks and Kent Orchard/ Rosslyn near Craig Avon Rd as well as Wannaeue land on Arthurs Seat. Olivers Hill was originally known as "Old Man Davey's Hill" after James Davey's father William who used its elevation to spot fish, as did a member of the Oliver family later on.

DIMOND, James, Dromana. Native of Bristol who came to Western Australia in 1852 and then Victoria in 1854, working for the Harbour Trust at Portland until 1860 when he joined the Lighthouse Department, spending two years in charge of the Gabo Island light. He is now lighthouse superintendent at the Arthurs Seat*

DOLPHIN, Oliver, Frankston. Born Leicester 1851. Arrived Vic. 1869.

Comment. The Dolphin name still appears in local papers during the cricket season, Henry (I think) Dolphin being a star for (I think) Crib Point. I often read the cricket results purely to see how many pioneering surnames are mentioned. When I first saw DOLPHIN,my first thought was of a West Indies origin of the name. If Henry is indeed a descendant of Oliver,the pioneer of 1869 might have been the son of an emancipated slave. See the photo of Henry in the following, which indicates that my suspicion might be right.
Henry Dolphin of Crib Point bats without a helmet during a ...

Frankston and Somerville Standard (Vic. : 1921 - 1939) Saturday 15 February 1930 p 6 Article
In 1869,Oliver Dolphin, an Englishman from Leicester,came to Victoria and lived in various parts. He later bought the Pier Hotel from Mr. J. Petrie, its previous owner and builder. Mr. Dolphin improved it greatly, making it one of the best in the colony.

EDWARDS, William, Dromana. A native of London who arrived N.S.W. in 1849 and made a living by droving and cattle dealing then ran a hotel in Ballarat. In 1866 he went to Dunedin in N.Z. and built a hotel. In 1874 he spent 12 months in South Australia then built a hotel in Hotham (North Melbourne.) SOME TIME AFTERWARDS he settled at DROMANA on the MORNINGTON road where he keeps the well and favorably known Schnapper Point Hotel, also owning 300 pounds worth of land in the locality.

Comment. Biography notes were supplied by the person described, so all Alexander Sutherland had to do was put the information into his flowery prose. I don't know which of them was responsible for such a confusing piece. I searched for land circa 1888 owned by William Edwards in the parish of Kangerong and found none*. The well known hotel was called the Schnapper Point only by William Edwards and was actually the Tanti Hotel at MORNINGTON on the DROMANA road. See my journal about the Tanti Hotel, first mentioned in about 1854 but supposedly established in 1852 according to the historical sites information near the entrance of the Mornington Museum.

*In light of the following, William Edwards being described as a "farmer of Dromana in 1878", and the possibility that he indeed had land which was being leased during the years I inspected (and the owner column being blank in almost every assessment), I am prepared to research this again if requested by Edwards descendants. William's confusing biography prompted my extensive research on the Dromana and Scurfield/ Arthurs Seat hotels in order to establish that his hotel was neither of these. Until I discovered his link with the Tanti Hotel, I had a wild theory that his hotel might have been at Rosebud.

PAGE 13, of my ADAMS' CORNER.(Completed in November 2010, about 5 months after I started my Peninsula research and was still scratching in the dark.)
The following information about loans comes from documents in Harvey Marshall's scrapbook.

In August, 1878, Henry Everest Adams gave William Edwards, farmer of Dromana, a loan of 128 pounds and 9 shillings, which was to be repaid with interest on 30-6-1880. Edwards mortgaged crown allotment 86 of section 18A, Wannaeue.

Lawyers weren't historians; this should have been lot 86 of crown allotment 18, section A, Wannaeue. Crown allotment 18 was bounded by Adams Ave, Eastbourne Rd, Jetty Rd and the beach road. Lot 86 was the only block sold in a failed subdivision. Consisting of two acres on the FJ's corner, it had been sold before Robert White (Blooming Bob White) bought the remaining 150 acres in 1875 and came into the ownership of Jack Jones who built Rosebud's first store there circa 1900. The fact that the prior sale of lot 86 was not pointed out led to the sale of c/a 18 to the (Leak/Lake?) brothers being cancelled after an unsuccessful attempt had been made to kick Jack Jones off the 2 acre block.

Land was dirt cheap in 1878, so why would Captain Adams regard this 2 acre block as sufficient security? My now- discarded theory was that William was spending the money to build a hotel upon it, which would dramatically increase its value. The captain had accepted Antonio Bosina's fishing boat Lily as security on a 20 pounds loan. There would be no doubt that Antonio would repay the loan because his livelihood depended on it.

It is possible therefore that William was a friend of the captain who owned 36 acres on Towerhill Rd near the Arthurs Seat summit. Somewhere in my notes I have a later reference to a married woman (nee Edwards) and lot 86, crown allotment 18 Wannaeue.

FLEMYNG, John Bettesworth, J.P., Hastings.
Born in Ireland and obtained a B.A. in Dublin. Came to (Victoria?CHECK) in 1854. Was tutor to the family of the Attourney General in Sydney and after two years became an inspector of schools. In 1872, opened the state school at Hastings. Retired in 1882 and lives on a pension.

Detail about establishment,partners (directors) etc, which can probably be found with a trove search and is somewhere in my Frankston journals. Let's try. I gave up a FFC,BOX search for obvious reasons and substituted Renouf.
Frankston and Somerville Standard (Vic. : 1921 - 1939) Saturday 15 February 1930 p 6 Article
.....Many of the fishermen reached Rosebud, Sandringham, Port Arlington and Queenscliff in quest of fish and
it was no uncommon feat to sail from Frankston up the Yarra to Melbourne with fish, and come back with supplies, which consisted mainly of flour.

These excursions to the Yarra stopped when Thomas and James Wren commenced running a cart to Melbourne with fish. They sold out to the Frankston Fish Company in 1867.This company consisted of (1) Messrs Henry Prosser, who arrived in Victoria in 1844, and carried fish from Hastings to Frankston, before joining the company;
(2) James Croskell an American from Rhodes, who came to Frankston in 1859; he was also an
extensive land owner; (3) John Dixon Box, born in Tasmania, 1840, and worked with Wren Bros., fish dealers,
Melbourne. Later he bought Frankston's first bakery from Croskell and Ritchie; (4) Phillip Renouf, born at
Jersey Island, arrived in Adelaide in 1863. He carried fish from Frankston to Hastings before joining the company; (5) Thomas Ritchie (senior), born at the Isle of Man. He came to Frankston in 1852, owned Frankston's
first bakery, which was under Frankston House. He built Frankston and Osborne houses. Osborne house was
originally called "Ballacrane." This fish company was begun in 1867 to supply Melbourne with fish.

GILLETT, Francis A.Gillett,Mornington.Born in London, he arrived in Victoria in 1853 aboard the Essex.

Comment.Francis was granted crown allotment 11C in the parish of Moorooduc on 14-4-1874. This was east of the southern half of the Tuerong pre-emptive right with its south west corner being that of the Woods Reserve with Gillett Rd (Melway 152C5) providing access from Buckley's (Balnarring) Road.Its north east corner is now a bit soggy,being at the bottom left corner of 152H4, the eastern boundary being a line joining the two straight sections of Derril Rd.

From Mt Eliza Wikipedia page.
Adjacent to Sunnyside beach sits a historical property Morning Star Estate. Morning Star Estate is a distinctive example of a Victorian era mansion built as a rural or holiday retreat on the Mornington Peninsula, it incorporates a variety of picturesque styles including Tudor and Gothic revival.
Sunnyside estate (now Morning Star Estate) was originally purchased by Londoner Francis Alfred Gillett in 1865 a short time after he arrived in the colony in 1853. Gillett designed the Sunnyside mansion sometime around 1867-1870.

I loved that bit about 1865 being SHORTLY AFTER 1853!!! What did Francis do during that short time? He seems to have been living across Cecil St from the South Melbourne Market site (Melway 1C F12.)
A PARCEL from England for Mr. F. A Gillett,Waterloo-place, lies with J, T. -Hazard, Lonsdale-street west.(P.1, Argus, 3-7-1855.)

I wonder if U.Cory A.Gillett, who also arrived in 1853,was related to Francis.
IF Mr. Neele of this city were to apply at the General Post Office, he would hear of U.Cory A. Gillett,Just arrived from England. 17254 |(P.1, Argus,13-8-1853.)

TOWN LOTS,SANDRIDGE, PARISH OF SOUTH MELBOURNE. Lot 8. Eighteen perches and one-tenth, 118/. the lot, Francis Alfred Gillett.(P.6,Argus, 3-5-1859.)

Sunnyside,crown allotment 5,no section,Moorooduc,between Sunnyside Rd and Manmangur Creek and consisting of 159 acres 3 roods and 9 perches,was granted to John Yewers whose family is discussed at length in Bruce Bennett's THE BUTCHER THE BAKER THE.

Manyung, Norman Lodge, Mount Eliza, Mornington ...
Francis Gillett is believed to have designed Manyung. He owned the property Sunshine* to the south of Manyung. Richard Grices son James built Moondah in 1888 to the north of Manyung.

*I thought I'd better check what Francis actually did call his estate!
The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 5 February 1881 p 26 Article

P.122. Jessie May Gillett (nee Vansuylen) worked in her grandfather, Arthur Pinder's, bakery in Flinders.

Florence Marion Gillett - Pioneer Graves in the Mornington ...
Part of Val Wilson's brilliant history of the pioneers buried in the Mornington Cemetery, this page gives much detail about the Gillett family and includes pictures of Sunnyside and Manyung.

GOMIN (sic)GOMM Henry,Somerville. Born Oxford 1839 and (came to Victoria in the same yearX.) Has lived at Somerville for 21 years and owns 400 acres.

Comments.Henry Gomm and Leila Shaw (and Henry Gomm of Rosebud) cost me 6 months of my life, causing the termination of my PENINSULA DICTIONARY HISTORY and DROMANA AND MILES AROUND ON TROVE,but they did lead to my discovery of FAMILY TREE CIRCLES. After months and months of transcribing rate records and tedious note-making from many local histories, I borrowed Leila Shaw's THE WAY WE WERE believing that I could read it for pleasure only.

That was until I saw a map on about page 4 showing land in the parish of Tyabb owned by Henry Gomm. I wondered if this was the Henry Gomm assessed on the Jetty's Cafe site near the Rosebud jetty. A lengthy search revealed that no Henry Gomm, born in Oxfordshire in 1839 came to Australia in 1839. However, I did discover Convict Henry Gomm,transported to Van Diemans Land not long before 1839 and suspected that Somerville Henry might have been Convict Henry's son. After spending that six months researching and writing THE MYSTERIOUS HENRY GOMM, which,like an Agatha Christie novel reveals all at the end (being a journal of discoveries),it was discovered that Aussie 47 had provided the details of Somerville Henry's arrival,recorded on page 16 (of 34) in my book.
George (29), Ann (28),and Henry (4)Gomm arrived in Port Phillip from Liverpool, aboard the Wallace, on 3-11-1844.

The Rosebud Fishing Village block near the jetty was granted to William Gomm on 16-8-1872. He later moved to Hastings and married the daughter of a Hastings pioneer with his brother Henry taking over the block near the future (first and present)Rosebud jetty site. A third brother, Thomas,seemingly living at Dromana, drowned shortly after testifying at the inquiry into Alfred Downward's disputed election to Parliament.All three were sons of Convict Henry and had lived in the parish of Moorabbin and on the peninsula as neighbours of Somerville Henry's family from the 1850's till about 1915; Somerville Henry and his future wife, Margaret Monk, had earlier lived in Balcombe Rd between Charman Rd and Church Rd (now St) Mentone. William left his wife for a 20 year old whom he married after his wife's death. It was wife 2 who sold the fishing village block to one of the Peatey family.

This is the basis of Graham Whitehead's story on the City of Kingston's Heritage website.
People: Two Gomm Families
Mar 4, 2012 - Henry Gomm, a Cheltenham pioneer. ... In the 1850s there were two distinct Gomm families residing in Cheltenham. ..... Graham J Whitehead.

The MYSTERIOUS HENRY GOMM would not have been needed if his 1888 biography had been as well written as his obituary.
The Late Mr Henry Gomm.
By the death of Mr Henry Gomm, Somerville has lost one of its oldest identities and one of its oldest benefactors. As the late gentleman was a colonist of 74 years, the story of his life is very interesting, especially to residents of this district.

Leaving England with his parents in the ship "'Wallace" he arrived in Victoria in November 1843, being then five years of age. His parents settled in Melbourne and the boy received his early education at St James' School, West Melbourne. When he was 11 years old, his parents removed to Cope Cope where his father was employed as a bunder on Sutherland's sheep station. Gold having been discovered at Bendigo the family resolved to try their fortunes on the goldfields. They remained there about one year and then proceeded to Collingwood
where Mr Gomm Senr. bought land and erected houses.

Some time later the family shifted to Cheltenham and Mr Gomm who was then 15 years of age, became engaged in
fishing pursuits at what was then called Schnapper Point. Subquently he and his father in conjunction purchased a craft and visited Mud Island in search of guana. After several successful trips the vessel was wrecked at Davey's Bay, near Frankston and all the belongings of the crew were lost, as was also the craft.

After the loss of the boat he entered into market gardening but on the outbreak of the Port Curtis digings in Queensland, he journeyed there to try his luck. The venture proved a disastrous failure and Mr Gomm returned to Cheltenham. The following year, 1859, he married Margaret Monk and settled down. Mr Gomm afterwards built a home in this district and 51 years ago last November he brought his wife and family to live at what is now Somerville where all but two of the family were born.

The late gentleman was very enthusiastic in all matters relating to the welfare of the district, his time
money and assistance being always proffered with the greatest willingness and alacrity. - His liberality is too
well known to require much comment as he donated the ground where stand both the local Mechanics' Institute and the Church of England.He leaves a widow, four sons and five daughters also 27 surviving grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr Gomm was an only son, he and his three sisters being the total family of his parents.

He was of a very bright and cheerful disposition and was keenly appreciative of a good joke. In boyhood he spent much time amongst the blacks and could speak the language of the aborigines; also he could throw the boomerang and other native weapons.

Of his sons one is now fighting in France, whilst a grandson took part in "the landing" and fought for 6
months in Gallipoli and is still on active service. A second grandson, only 18 years of age, is now in camp
preparing to do his bit for the Empire. So far as Somerville is concerned,it may be truly said that the late Mr
Gomm has left his "footprints on the sands of time."
(The Late Mr Henry Gomm.
Mornington Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1911 - 1920) Saturday 28 April 1917 p 2 Article)

The "White Pages Lottery" is one that I have often won,having led me to Ray Guest,hence Ron Doig (who explained the origins of streets names on James Trueman's grants fronting the west side of Truemans Rd,Tootgarook. Another win was finding Murray Gomm and his tea chest of treasures! Henry Gomm grew up in the Moorabbin parish with Tommy Bent whose later political influence saw the Somerville Station located right next to Henry's Glenhoya (instead of near Lower Somerville Rd, which Leila Shaw said was the centre of population),and young station master,Graf,transferred to Ascot Vale Station. Who else but Henry Gomm would have been able to get the premier, Thomas Bent, to open the Somerville Fruitgrowers' Show? Even Tommy's relatives, the Huntleys of Brighton and Hillside Orchard at Red hill, would not have dared to even propose such "Three Wishes"!

Incidentally Billy and George Gomm, Henry's grandsons (sons of Paddy) are Legends of the Somerville Football Club and Murray Gomm,son of George who married a Wilson girl from Red Hill) is a local footy show LOCAL FOOTY HERO.

A Somerville Townsman Honoured. -
The smoke-night supper tendered to Mr H. Gomm, sen., of Somerville, on Saturday last proved a most successful
function, and, being the first of this kind of entertainment held there, has decidedly " caught on," as many consider this style of amusement tends to create a bond of good fellowship, and sociability. The scene of the night's gaiety was the " Hotel Somerville," recently erected by the guest of the evening, and the spacious dining hall was christened with as merry a lot as ever graced the boards, at any convivial gathering........ This toast was responded to by Messrs W. A. Shepherd,M. Thornell, W. Noble, and the chairman, all of whom gave some interesting reminiscences of the early days; Mr Mark Thornell stating he had been there 43 years, and for the first twelve months had no meat but kangaroo flesh......etc.
(P.2, Mornington Standard,9-1-1904.)

GRIFFITH Jonah,Dromana. Came to Victoria in 1854. See Jonah (Dohn) Griffith on pages 27,35,42,68, 69,141 and 149 of Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA and much more about other members of the family. An "itellya, Griffith" google search will reveal much other information, such as the boundaries of the Griffith homestead block on Jamieson's Special Survey. Melbourne Brindle's map of Dromana,which can be purchased from the Dromana museum,shows the location of Jonah's house in Seaview Pde, in which his mother-in-law Sarah Renouf(nee Prosser and widow of Isaac Sawyer) died. It also shows where Jonah built his fishing boat Doris and habitually anchored it to the east of the Dromana pier. N.B. THERE ARE TWO VERSIONS OF THIS MAP SO CHECK ON THE WEST SIDE OF JETTY RD RE THE HOUSE AND BOAT BUILDING, AND EAST OF THE JETTY RE THE NAME OF THE BOAT.

N.B. In the biographical/genealogical section towards the end of LIME LAND LEISURE, C.N.Hollinshed has assumed that Jonah Griffith was the head of the family when it arrived on the Survey. He was the son of Abraham and Rebecca Griffith and brother of Cr John Calvin Griffith who all settled at the same time. Bruce Bennett took Hollinshed's assumption as gospel in THE BUTCHER,THE BAKER,THE...; thus fiction gradually become history unless such errors are pointed out.

INGAMELLS, Josiah,Hastings. Born Lincolnshire. Came to Victoriain 1862. Commencing as a state school teacher at Geelong in 1869,he went afterwards to Hastings in sole charge of the state school and is still teaching.

IRVINE, William Miller, Mornington. Native of Scotland who arrived in 1855, moving to Victoria after three months.Unsuccessful at the diggings and in New Zealand,he then took charge of Mr Bright's grounds at Mornington for 16 years. Suffering ill health he became proprietor of the Baths and librarian at the Athenaeum. He is a member for the west riding of (Mornington) council.

William was a Justice of the Peace.(Mornington Standard, Thursday 31 March 1898 p 1 Article)

JENNER, Hon. Caleb Joshua, Mornington.Born at Alfriston,Sussex in 1830,he arrived in Victoria aboard the "Clifton" in February 1850 and commenced pursuits at Geelong. He was the M.L.C.for South Province from 1963 until he retired in 1886. He is now renting Mr.C.Bright's estate which has magnificent grounds.

JONES,Alfred, Somerville. N.B.CONFIRMED BY JOHN G.MANN, WHO WROTE THE EARLY HISTORY OF MT ELIZA IN 1926,AS ONE OF THE THREE CANADIANS (JONES, HODGINS, McCURLEY)WHO SUPPLIED TIMBER TO THE "LIVERPOOL" WHICH ANCHORED HALF A MILE OFFSHORE IN CANADIAN BAY, OBVIOUSLY TO THE NORTH OF BOUNDARY (CANADIAN BAY) ROAD IN THE PARISHOF FRANKSTON. Alf's homestead area of the 500 acres was called the Almond Bush Stud. Peggy Gage's father occupied the stud after Alf's death. Valda Cole believes the name of Somerville had Canadian origins and Alf, who owned two horses (one a pacer) called Lord Somerville and Lady Somerville which raced at W.S.Cox's Kensington Park Racecourse, may have suggested the name for the Somerville district at the intersection of the parishes of Frankston,Moorooduc and Tyabb. Almond Bush Stud was east of Grants Rd and thus in the parish of Tyabb.

Born in London,Alf went to Canada with his parents at the age of 12 in 1832. Arriving in Victoria in March 1853 he went to Bendigo with a party of 5 and found 15 ounces of gold in 5 weeks. He had no luck at McIvor's Diggings (Heathcote)and moving to FRANKSTON (Parish of!), supplied the town of Melbourne and the troop(er)s with firewood at three pounds ten shillings per load. After two years, competition had lowered profits so he rented Baxter's Flat for 5 years and in 1860 purchased 500 acres at Somerville, then called Tyabb (Parish of!).

KENNEDY, James, Flinders.
A native of Ireland who came to Victoria in 1859. Next year settled at Flinders, now owning 60 acres and having a selection of 160 acres more. He is a road contractor and builder and was recently engaged in the erection of a new Mechanics' Institute in the district.

COMMENT. The Kennedys were one of several Irish Catholic families that settled in the Shoreham district as described in BALNARRING BYWAYS AND MEMORIES in an article about the sensation caused by the visit by the R.C. Archbishop. They received grants along Stony Creek (64, 63, 63A Balnarring and 12A,13 and 14A, Flinders. ) James Kennedy also ventured west of Main Creek into the parish of Fingal,leasing 151 acres according to the rate collector, probably the selected 160 acres, (most likely near Melway 254 A 10) where the Pattersons and Mary Jane Stenniken were grantees. This explains the (Rachel) KENNEDY,PATTERSON and STENNIKEN graves standing next to each other on the south side of the main pathway in the Rye cemetery.

MARTIN, W.C., Mornington.Born at Benalla and coming to Melbourne was under the tutelage of Mr Alexander Sutherland for 3 years. (*AT SCOTCH COLLEGE.)Joined the staff of the Colonial Bank in 1878 and is now the manager of the Mornington branch. He was previously at North Fitzroy and Brunswick. (*Upon arriving in Melbourne, Alexander Sutherland became a teacher at the Hawthorn Grammar School while studying in the evenings for his Arts Course. He graduated from Melbourne University with honours in mathematics, classics and English.
Throughout his undergraduate studies, he gained several exhibitions including the Shakespeare scholarship which he shared with Mr Justice Higgins in 1874. The following year, he accepted the appointment as mathematics master at the Scotch College but he resigned in 1877 to found his own Carlton College which lasted until 1892.
Alexander Sutherland - National Library of Australia

MULLER, William, Frankston.
Came to Victoria in 1858.Spent a number of yearsat the diggings in Victoria and New Zealand and is now established as a builder at Frankston.

NOWLAN,Peter, Shoreham.
Born in Kildare,he came to Victoria in 1856 and has been farming at Shoreham since 1860.Owns 570 acres used mainly for grazing. In 1868 was appointed Shire Secretary.

The appointment in 1868 was to the position of the Flinders Road Board which combined with the Kangerong Road Board (1863)to form the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong at the end of 1874.Peter's handwriting in the rate records is beautiful.

TENDERS will be received by the Flinders District Board until 12 o'clock noon on Tuesday,the 14th of December, 1869, for tho following WORKS, viz. :
1. Bridge over Warrengate Creek, near Hastings.
2. Do over Manton's Creek, near Mr. Tuck's,Flinders.
3. Do over Double Creek No. 1, near Flinders township.
4. Do over Double Creek No. 2, do do.
5. Culverting and corduroying creek near Buckley's, Balnarring.
6. Culverting and corduroying creek near John Mills', Balnarring.
Tenders to be addressed, under cover, to tho Chairman of the District Board, and endorsed "Tender for-."
Each tender must be accompanied with a cash deposit of 5 per cent, on amount of tender.
Plans and specifications to be seen at tho office of the board, and at Hugh A. Hunt's, Esq., South Brighton.
The board will not necessarily accept the lowest nor any tender.
PETER NOWLAN, Clerk, Flinders District Office Nov. 20,1869.(P.3,Argus, 25-11-1869.)

Peter became the shire secretary in 1875. His brother became a councillor but didn't get into Sutherland's book,revealing its limitations.

From my Shire of Flinders journal.
NOWLAN Lawrence. 1898-1907.
The late Cr. Nowlan. The funeral of the late Cr. Lawrence Nowlan, whose death was reported in our last issue, took place at the Flinders general cemetery last Wednesday week, the funeral service being read by the Rev. Father Hagan, of Mornington. A very large number of residents from all parts of the Peninsula attended, and all the councillors of the shire of Flinders and Kangerong, and the secretary (Mr Fulton) followed the remains of their late colleague to the last resting place. The deceased gentleman, who would have been 62 yeare of age had he lived two days longer, was born at Mullaglimast, County Kildare, Ireland, and was the youngest of a family of four sons and three daughters, several of whom were also old colonists of Victoria, having landed previously to the recently deceased councillor, who arrived in Melbourne 48 years ago, a few months before the visit of the late Duke of Edinburgh. Mr Nowlan came straight to the Mornington Peninsula, where he resided until his death. At first he lived with his brother, the late Mr Peter Nowlan, who was so very well known as secretary of the shire of Flinders and Kangerong from its inception until his death about 14 years ago. Soon after his arrival in the Shoreham district, Mr Lawrence Nowlan took up land at Shoreham, which he subsequently sold after holding for several years. After being employed by the late Mr John Barker, clerk of Parliaments, at the well-known Cape Schanck station, Mr Nowlan purchased land in one of the best sites in the Flinders township, and founded the business which has now been so well known to visitors to Flinders for many years past. His boarding establishment, "The Bungalow," grew to very large proportions, and with the help of Mrs Nowlan's capable management, became a very favourite resort of a large number of Melbourne's best known citizens. It was at this well known house that their Excellencies Lord and Lady Northcote and Sir Reginald and Lady Talbot, with their respective staffs, were quartered on the occasion of their visits to Flinders. His Flinders venture was also a very profitable one to Mr Nowlan from a land speculative point of view. He originally owned the block of land which now includes in addition to the Bungalow grounds, the Flinders Hotel, Flinders battery, and Mr Planck's residence. Most of this property Mr Nowlan sold at the land boom time at a very high figure. Some of it he again bought back at a small price later on. Mr Nowlan has always taken a very great interest in the welfare of Flinders, and has worked very hard in many movements for the good of the place. His subscriptions to local affairs have been very liberal, and he can be ill spared in the small community. For eleven years he has represented the Centre riding rate- payers in the shire council and has done very good work. He leaves no family. Very much sympathy is felt for Mrs Nowlan in her sad bereavement.(P.3, Mornington and Dromana Standard, 5-9-1908.)

OSWIN,John, Balnarring.
A native of Leicester,came with his parents in 1845 and was present at the laying of the foundation stone of the (original)Princes Bridge with Mr J.P.Fawkner in 1846.(MUCH MORE.)

A descendant, Mary Karney, has written books based on the journal of Georgina Oswin and the pioneers near the Tubbarubba area. The family settled on Newstead (Melway 162 A-B 12 and 192 A-B 1 adjoining Seven Oaks and Kent Orchard on the west.)

‎Journal‎ - marelibri
‎Karney, Mary‎ · ‎No Rugged Landscape‎. ‎198 pages, family tree of the Oswins of Newstead, Australia, map of ... A fascinating record of colonial social history, based on the diaries of Georgina Oswin, mother of seven, who recorde the simple ..

PATTERSON, William Lawson, Hastings.
Born in Scotlsand,he came to Victoria in 1854 and was a pioneer settler in the area, builing hisabode in 1860. A nurserymn andseedsman by profession,he holds the offices of deputy registrar of births and deaths and electoral and rain gauge registrar.

PROSSER, Henry, Hastings.
born in London,he came out in 1844.Engaged in the bakery and Fish trade.MUCH MORE. See FRANKSTON FISH COMPANY.

Here's the obituary of one of his daughters. Also a journal about another daughter, Sarah, who married Isaac Sawyer and, after hisdeath married Amis Renouf of the Frankston Fish Company.

Mrs. Tysoe passed away on Sunday, November. 1, at her residence, Davey Street, Frankston. Her health has not been good for some time. She was an old resident of Frankston.Deceased was born at Hastings, andwas daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Prosser. Her father was a storekeeper at Hastings and was a member of thefirm of Crosskell Richie and Company in the early days, when they carted fish from Hastings and Frankston by road with horses, as well as carrying passengers.(P.4, Standard,Frankston, 6-11-1942.)


QUINTON, James, Dromana.
A native of Dublin,he went to Tasmania with his father,arriving in 1860 and following his trade as a builder. On the death of hisfather in 1872,he went to Queensland, returning in 1876 and working as a contractor.In 1881,he moved to Dromana, bought land and sold houses he had built.

RENOUF, Phillip, Frankston.
An old sailor,he left his ship in Adelaide in 1863 and went to Frankston the following year.

RILEY, Edmund,Shoreham.
A native of Tipperary he came to Victoria in 1855. After seven years at the Maryborough and Ovens diggings,he purchased 1000 acres at Shoreham. Was a member of the (Flinders) Road Board and shire for three years. He is married and has ten children.

Edmund was granted crown allotments 23 and 27 in the parish of Flinders,159 acres bounded by Tucks Rd and Stony Creek north of Higgins Lane Melway 256 B-E8, and a triangular 111 acres whose north west corner was across Tucks Rd from number 700. crown allotment 4,granted to E.Riley on 22-3-1899 and consisting of nearly 140 acres, adjoined the south east half of the Main Ridge Nature Conservation Reserve,is indicated by Melway 255 G3 and may be present 276-340 Tucks Rd.W.Riley was granted 313 acres on 15-8-1881,including portions under closer settlement act,indicated by 255 J4 to the creek in G5 and probably C.S. blocks in 255 E-F 1-2. That's about 823 acres.I can't find any Riley grants across Stony Creek in the parish of Balnarring. It is more likely that Edmund SETTLED on 1000 acres (leased it from the Crown)when he arrived.

RILEY'S. (Edmond Riley was granted the triangular, 111 acre, c/a 27 at the junction of Tucks and Frankston-Flinders Rd, south of Higgins' and the 159 acre c/a 23 north of Higgins' across Higgins Lane. Melway 256 C11 and B-E8.)

Another compact well-grassed little dairy farm in this locality, where an abundant rainfall always ensures a
permanent supply of water in the numerous creeks and the rich quality of the soil grows almost all kinds of
crop to perfection, is the property of Mr Riley, at Stony Creek. This gentleman is a very old resident of the
district and has about 200 acres of land in this locality and other property a short distance away. (Or as trove put it: "perty aeshoriaeifseano -away"' -- -)
(P.2, Mornington Standard,20-9-1902.)

RITCHIE, Thomas Frankston.
Born on the Isle of Man and arrived in Victoria in 1852,going to Frankston in 1854. After roaming the colony for some years, he returned to Frankston, married and (with Prosser) began running fish from Hastings to Melbourne, afterwards becoming a member of the Frankston Fish Company.

The original entry to THE SECOND I.G.A. at Dromana Hub must have been at the Pier St end of the building. The story of the founder of the Ritchie supermarket chain would today sadly be seen by few of its customers. There is a photo of Thomas as a young man and a picture of a wrecked ship but probably too close to a beach to be on Corsair Rock.

Early in 1852,the Isabella Watson,a small ship sailing from London to Melbourne was caught in a fierce gale and was wrecked on Corsair Rock near Port Phillip Heads. Several passengers drowned in the treacherous waters of the rip but one survivor was an 18 year old youth, Thomas Ritchie. Eighteen years later,in 1870, he went into business on (what is now) Nepean Highway, Frankston, establishing the first Ritchies store.

I did a trove search for the Ritchie tragedy and scored the bonus of two extensive obituaries.

Death of Mr. Thomas Ritchie
We regret having to record the death, at the age of 73 years, of Mr.Thomas Ritchie, senr., one of the old
landmarks of Frankston. The deceased gentlemen caught a chill while working in his garden some short time ago, and never recovered, finally passing away last Sunday.

His funeral took place last Tuesday, and his body was followed to the grave by a very large number of mourners, the pall-bearers being Messrs. Croskell, Renouf, Box, Parer,Bonnor, and Sherlock. The mortuary arrangements were carried out by Mr.Hector Gamble, of this town. The body was enclosed in a leaden coffin, encased in oak. The hearse was followed by a floral carriage, containing some 50 wreaths, sent by absent friends and old residents of the district. Many were sent from the city, and amongst them was one from the fish salesmen of Melbourne, with whom deceased had been closely associated in the early days of Frankston. Three mourning coaches,followed, and then came some fifty vehicles, which number was increased at the cemetery. The service was read in an impressive manner by the Rev A. P. McFarlane. The bereaved family were the recipients of
a number of letters and telegrams of condolence, among them being one from the Lieutenant-Governor, Sir
John Madden.

IN the passing away of Mr. Thomas Ritchie a notable figure is removed from Frankston life. In late years he
had not, perhaps, been so much in the public eye, but it is safe to say that in the early days he had more to do with the making of Frankston than any other man now living. He always took the deepest interest in the advacement of the town, and spared neither time nor money in furthering its progress.

Thomas Ritchie was the youngest son of Capt. Colin Ritchie, of the 10th. West India regiment (GeorgeIII.), who, in consequence of wounds received in action, retired on half pay. He settled in the Isle of Man, where Mr. T. Ritchie was born in 1834. After finishing his education in Scotland, he decided to try his fortune in Australia, then becoming famous for its gold, and left for Victoria in the Isabella Watson, in 1852,
bringing with him a stock of boots,etc., intending to start business on the diggings. Unfortunately, the ill-fated vessel was wrecked on the 21st.March, on the Corsair Reef, at the Heads, and everything he had was
lost, he being washed ashore on a mast with another passenger named Verdon, nephew of Sir George Verdon,
of Melbourne.

Upon his arrival, he left for the goldfields at Bendigo, but after some time his brother James arrived from Scotland. and together they opened the first grocer's store at Gardiner's Creek (now called Malvern).Afterwards he married, and in 1854 settled in Frankston, where he has since lived. There he built up his fortunes, and became very prosperous. He was a man of great enterprise and pushing energy, and in addition to his large interests at Frankston, he speculated largely in mining ventures, among his properties being the Bunninyong gold mine at Ballarat. He held a controlling interest in the Frankston brick works, at one time a very prosperous concern, and prior to the opening of the railway to Frankston his firm employed some 40 horses in transporting fish from Hastings to Melbourne. He was also for a number of years a member of the firm of Croskell, Ritchie and Co., general auctioneers,of Melbourne and Frankston. The firm consisted of the late Mr. H.Prosser, and Messrs. T. Ritchie, James Croskell, Phillip Renouf, and J. D.Box. Prospering, he built in 1886
what is now known as Frankston House, but then known as Balla Crane, and later on built what is now known as Balla Crane, as a private residence. At this time Mr. Ritchie was a wealthy man, but like many others he became mixed up in the land boom, and also in the land collapse, and his properties and other interests had to be sacrificed, so that in his latter days he was not nearly so prosperous as he had been. By a curious coincidence two of the passengers saved with Mr.Ritchie from the wreck of the Isabella Watson, died quite recently. One,
Mr. Elijah Derrick, of South Yarra, died on the 23rd August, and Mr.Joseph Allen, of Cobden, died on the
13th of the same month.

Mr. Ritchie, who had a family of 11 had the misfortune to have his residence destroyed by fire at Frankston,
and four of his children perished in the flames. Two others died, leaving five surviving, viz., Mr. T. Ritchie
Mrs. W. Deans, Mrs. Pownahll, Mrs.Ward and Mrs. Minogue.Mr. Ritchie leaves a widow to whom all his real and personal estate is devised as sole legatee and executrix. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 21-9-1907.)

We have to record the death of Mrs. Ritchie, relict of the late Mr.Thomas Ritchie, of Frankston. After the death of her husband a few weeks back, Mrs Ritchie never seemed to rally, the separation from her life-long
partner being severely felt. On Wednesday morning last she was found dead in her bed, having passed peacefully away from heart failure. The deceased lady was 75 years of age and was the daughter of Mr. William Kennedy, farmer, of "The Grange" near Clogheen county Tipperary, Ireland.

She came to the colony in the very early days landing in Adelaide from the ship "Lady Elegant" in 1848. She came to Frankston where she resided prior to her marriage to Mr. Ritchie who then lived at Malvern, then known as Gardiners creek. Subsequently Mr. Ritchie started business at Frankston. Mrs. Ritchie was one of the first to buy land at Frankston. She also owned property at Balaclava, Malvern, Somerville and at Mount Eliza. She
owned propetry near Sir John Maddens along the Mornington road, and it was here four of her children were
burned in a lamentable fire.

Through the bursting of the land boom, she, like others suffered great losses, but at the time of her death she still owned the corner stores known as "Ritchies extending to the creek and also the property occupied as a police station.The present generation scarcely know Mrs. Ritchie, but in the early days she was one of the leading ladies of the place, always helping generously in forwarding any good work. She was forward in helping to build the Mechanics Institute and forward in getting the first Wesleyan minister for Frankston. She was of a bright and happy nature and very much loved, but of course getting up in years her daughters have gradually
taken her place. She still has a brother living in Gippsland, and leaves a son, (Mr. T.Ritchie of Frankston,) and four daughters, all married.

The funeral was held Friday, and was largely attended, there being over thirty vehicles, not including mourning carriages. Many beautiful wreaths were forwarded by absent friends. The mortuary arrangements were carried out by Mr. Gamble and the Rev.A. P. McFarlane read the burial service. The pall bearers were Messrs B. Patterson, J. Bonner, E. Stokes, E. J. Murray, H, Peddle, I. Renouf, W. H. O'Grady and W. Scarborough.
(P.3, Mornington Standard, 19-10-1907.)

My thanks to (skj74) Steve Johnson of Kananook, a descendant of Henry Cadby Wells and the Kelly family, for correcting the digitisation in both obituaries.

SAGE, John Edward, Frankston.
Born in Devonshire on 25-12-1821,he arrived in Sydney in 1835, working in a merchant's office there until 1840 when he came overland to Victoria employed with them until 1870* excepting one year at the Bendigo diggings. In 1870, he settled at Frankston near his father in law, Captain Baxter,and he owns 400 acres of valuable land there. Mr Sage was at the opening of the first stone bridge,the Lansdowne, built in New South Wales in 1836.

*I would presume that the merchant firm in Sydney was connected in some way with Captain Baxter.

In a search for an article about Robert Hoddle's surveying chain,I stumbled upon the story of a lady who must be the wife of the above.


Calm and peaceful as her life, and as full of human and historic interest, were the memories recalled in an interview which Mrs. J. E. Sage, of Euratta, Baxter, granted to a representative of "The Argus," in view of the interest attaching to the 78th anniversary of her arrival in the district. Born in Crim, County Meath, Ireland, in 1832, the passing years have dealt very kindly indeed with Mrs. Sage, who will celebrate her ninetieth birthday on February 2 of next year. Today, in the home her husband built for her, and little more than a mile from the home to which her father took her on October 25, 1843, this charming, silver-haired old lady finds her
greatest interest and happiness in memories of the 84 years of her life in Victoria.Her memory is extra-ordinarily accurate,and her interest in anything relating to the early history of the colony particularly keen. One could spend many hours with her and not exhaust her fund of valuable knowledge.

When Captain Benjamin Baxter of the 50th Regiment, was ordered in 1836 to proceed to Australia with a company of soldiers in charge of a convict ship, he brought his wife and two baby girls with him. The only incident of that voyage which Mrs. Sage, the eldest of these girls, was ever able to recall was the loss of her straw bonnet. It is easy to imagine the bitter sobs of the little one as she watched her bonnet sailing away on the
waste of waters.

When his regiment was ordered to India a year after his arrival in Sydney, Captain Baxter sold out of the array, and in 1837 was sent by Governor Bourke (to Victoria, to take charge of the first post-office, and also to fulfil the duties of clerk of Petty Sessions, The first post office was in a little wooden building in
Flinders street, belonging to John Pascoe Fawkner. Most of the business of the office was managed by Mrs. Baxter, who, on her own intitiative, despatched the first mail direct from Port Phillip to England in the Thomas Laurie, early in 1839. Captain Baxter soon found the routine of his new posts irksome, and in 1839 sent in his resignation.

Soon afterwards he took up a squatting license for the Currup Currup run, which covered many miles of the
country between Westernport and Port Phillip Bay, and part of which is now the district known as Baxter. He did not take his family there to live, however, until in 1843. From the post-office-which was taken over by Mr. Skene Craig the Baxters removed to Batman's old house on Batman's Hill, but in 1840 Captain Baxter built a two-storey brick house on the corner of Lonsdale and Spencer streets, which was then the fashionable part of the town. Mr. Robert Hoddle and Captain Sturt lived close by.

The first school which Mrs. Sage attended, and which was also the first school for girls opened in Melbourne, was kept by Mrs. Cook, whose maiden name was Nicola Ann Sergeant. Mrs. Cook, who was a widow, dressed always in black silk, wore black silk stockings, and dainty sandal shoes. She wore her hair in curls about five or six inches long on either side of her face, and used a gold-rimmed eye-glass. The school was in a wooden house
on the corner now familiar as Young and Jackson's, which belonged to John Batman. Mrs. Cook became a close personal friend of thc Baxters, and was godmother to one of the daughters.

Interesting events that occurred during Mrs. Sage's first years in Melbourne included the first race meeting, which was held in the hollow below Batman's Hill,and the first cricket match, which took place on the south bank of the Yarra near the present site of the Falls Bridge. She also saw the first iron steamer launched on
the Yarra. This was the Vesta,- which afterwards travelled between Williamstown and Melbourne, Mrs, Sage, was present, too, at the laying of the foundation stone of St. James's Old Cathedral in 1840. The Rev. Compton Thompson was the clergyman in charge, and Mrs. Sage afterward learnt music from his wife.Mrs. Sage remembers many happy visits to the races at Flemington, the first so early as 1841. In those days the stands were on the river side of the course, and the place now occupied by the stands was a beautiful hill with sheoaks and gums,
where the "quality" used to picnic. The poorer people walked to the course from Melbourne. Others travelled on a steamer which came up the Saltwater River and landed them just behind the stands. Mrs.Sage's earliest recollection of the dressing at the races suggests in some degree fashions that prevail at the moment in
London and Paris, and threaten to become popular here. Very low necks and very short sleeves were worn, with skirts just above the ankles. Stockings were always of silk, and "kiss-me-quick"' bonnets, very shady of brim and fitting fairly closely at the back of the head, completed fashionable toilets. As to-day private entertain-
ing was an important part of the racing carnival season.

As well as thc Currup Currup run, Captain Baxter also had a castle station at Port Fairy, called Yambuk, which he took up in 1841, and the cattle travelled backwards and forwards between the two places. The homestead on Currup Currup, in which one of Mrs. Sage's sisters still lives, on the Hastings road-and the home which John Edward Sage-who managed her father's properties, and in later years purchased land adjoining the Currup Currup Estate-built for his bride in 1853, are built of huge sawn logs, obtained from a forest of stringybark on the property.

Mrs Baxter, who lived to be 92 years of age, must have been a wonderful woman. An old portrait shows her to
have been in appearance anything but robust, but her nerve and grit were remarkable. She not only brought up her family of nine- eight girls and one boy without any medical aid or advice, but in the frequent absences of her husband and his manager she was practically in charge of the station. Life at Currup Currup in those early days was, on the whole, very quiet, but very busy. They killed their own meat, made their own butter, bread,
and candles, and grew their own vegetables. And the sewing for a family of eight girls, in days when every stitch had to be done by hand, was no small task.

The bullock waggons would go to Melbourne for stores every two or three months, taking several days over the journey. Mrs. Baxter paid frequent visits to the town, sometimes riding, sometimes driving, when shopping, Government House functions, the races, or other events of social importance called for her presence.
Of friends who were frequent visitors,Mrs. Sage has very kindly recollections of Mr. Edward Wilson, the original proprietor of "The Argus." Mr. Wilson used to visit the McHaffie brothers on Phillip Island for wild boar hunting, walking from Melbourne to Hastings or Stony Point, and always spending some time with the Baxters on his way. Governor Latrobe and Mr. Powlett, commissioner of Crown lands, were other welcome visitors, kangaroo hunting being one means of entertaining a house party.

Mrs. Sage was married at Currup Currup by special license from Dean Macartney, the first Dean of Melbourne, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. Samuel Taylor, of St. Andrew's. Young wives and mothers who are able to take that advantage of the many opportunities that offer today for obtaining advice and medical treatment will be interested to learn that when Mrs. Sage's first baby was born the doctor had to be brought from Brighton, and for one visit of a few hours a fee of £25 was charged. One of Mrs. Sage's most valued possessions is a print of Melbourne during the early period of Sir Henry Barkly's Governorship. There is only one other similar print in existence, which is in the possession of the authorities of the Public Library.
(P.4, Argus, 29-10-1921.)

The Carrup Carrup pre-emptive right and Baxter, Hoddle and Sage grants can be seen near the bottom right hand corner of the Frankston parish map.Google FRANKSTON,COUNTY OF MORNINGTON. Robert Hoddle, surveyor,was also related by marriage to the Baxters,and Uncle Robert's surveying chain was a treasured keepsake of Sage (if I remember correctly) descendants many years later.

This would be the son of the above and probably the father of Peggy Gage who told me that her father farmed Alf Jones' old Almond Bush Stud at Somerville.

MR. JOHN EDWARD SAGE passed away at his home on Saturday,June 8. He had not been enjoying good health for some
time.The late Mr. Sage was a former representative of Centre Riding, Frankston and Hastings Shire Council, and was president for a term.He was a member of the Somerville Show Committee, and enjoyed the friendship of a large circle of friends, as well as being generally held in high esteem throughout the district. He leaves a widow, four daughters and two sons to mourn their loss.

The funeral took place on Monday, June 10, the remains being interred in the Frankston Cemetery.There was a large and representative attendance. A service was held at the home, conducted by Rev. C. H. Ball, who
also read the burial service at the graveside. Mr. Wilkinson, Deputy District Grand Master, read the service of M.U.I.O.O.F.The pall-bearers were Messrs. A.J. Kirton, M.L.A., John ?arrett, A.Fulton, K. Scott, W. Hutchinson, G.Murray, C. Thornell, R. Holmes,
Coffin-bearers were Messrs. A. and E. Sage, sons of the deceased, and Messrs. J. Wotherspoon, A. Shepherd, S.Lord, G. Smith.Messrs. Hector Gamble and Son conducted the funeral arrangements.
(P.6, Standard, Frankston, 13-6-1946.)

Usually local histories are dominated by men,but Nurse Sage is an exception.
Sage, Annie Moriah (1895–1969)

by Janice McCarthy

This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 16, (MUP), 2002

Annie Moriah Sage (1895-1969), army matron-in-chief, was born on 17 August 1895 at Somerville, Victoria, fifth child of Edward Arthur Sage, butcher, and his wife Mary Anne, née Murray, both Victorian born. Educated at Somerville State School, Annie worked as an assistant in a grocer's shop before training at the Melbourne Hospital and studying midwifery at the Women's Hospital, Carlton. She was registered as a midwife in September 1924 and granted her nursing certificate in November 1926. After gaining a qualification in infant welfare from the Victorian Baby Health Centres Association, she obtained a diploma of public health from the Royal Sanitary Institute, London. Back home, she was employed (from 1933) in child health, lecturing at training colleges and technical schools, and broadcasting to mothers. In 1936 she became matron of the V.B.H.C.A.'s training school.

On 1 January 1940 Sage joined the Australian Army Nursing Service, Australian Imperial Force. In the following month she was posted as matron to the 2nd/2nd Australian General Hospital. She sailed for the Middle East in April 1940 and served at Gaza Ridge, Palestine, and at Kantara, Egypt. Made matron-in-chief, A.I.F. (Middle East), in May 1941, she was appointed (1942) a member of the Royal Red Cross for her exceptional administrative ability and 'gallant and distinguished service'. Sage returned to Australia in May 1942 and was elevated to deputy matron-in-chief at Land Headquarters, Melbourne. Appointed matron-in-chief, Australian Military Forces, on 4 February 1943, she was promoted colonel on 23 March. She organized the A.A.N.S. for duty in the South-West Pacific Area and oversaw the training scheme for the Australian Army Medical Women's Service.

Affectionately known as 'Sammie', Sage was 5 ft 5½ ins (166 cm) tall, with blue eyes, fair hair, plain features and a dignified bearing. She was a humane and gentle woman with a salty sense of humour. Following the release of twenty-four of the Australian nurses imprisoned by the Japanese, she flew to Sumatra in September 1945 to assist with their repatriation, thereby realizing an ambition she had held since their capture. For her war service she was awarded the Florence Nightingale medal (1947) by the International Red Cross. She accompanied the A.M.F. contingent to London for the Victory March in June 1946. After her army appointment terminated on 23 January 1947, she became lady superintendent (matron) at the Women's Hospital, Melbourne. She also continued, part time, as matron-in-chief, Citizen Military Forces. In 1951 she was appointed C.B.E. Ill health forced her to retire in August 1952. Later that year she unsuccessfully sought Liberal Party pre-selection for the Federal seat of Flinders.

Sage was an active member of the Royal Victorian College of Nursing, the Nurses Board of Victoria, the Florence Nightingale Memorial Committee of Australia and the Centaur War Nurses Memorial Fund. Founding president (1949-50), treasurer (1950-52) and an honorary fellow (1967) of the College of Nursing, Australia, she helped to establish its War Nurses Memorial Centre in St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

In 1956 Sage became a partner in a grocery shop at Somerville which traded as Sage & Lewis. Maintaining an interest in military nursing, she was honorary colonel of the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps in 1957-62. She died on or about 4 April 1969 at her Frankston home and was cremated with Anglican rites and full military honours. Part of her estate, sworn for probate at $73,643, was bequeathed to her six nieces and three nephews, to whom she was known as 'Aunty Fam'. In 1969 the College of Nursing established the Annie M. Sage scholarship.

Matron Sage now a farmer.
MATRON A. M. SAGE, former Lady Superintendent of the Women's Hospital, has become a farmer on a 33-acre
Somerville property,pioneered by her great grandfather, Captain Baxter, in 1840. (PHOTO) Here she is, milking
"Nanny," after a day's work stacking feed for her cattle. NURSING is never far from Matron Sage's mind, and yesterday she made the happiest prediction for 1952 - "Australia's nursing shortage will be over in 18 months."
Reason? By then dozens of nurses, who reacted against wartime controls by getting itchy feet, will return to their homeland, glad to settle down."World travel will have made them better women and better nurses- a fact hospitals should remember while they face the present problem of sketchy staffs." A nurse for over 30 years,
nursing now claims only a half-day a week from her "rustic life," when she fulfils her duties as Matron-in-chief of the Australian Army Nursing Service, the rank she gained in 1943 in the midst of a war record, which included service in the Middle East, New Guinea, Borneo, Singapore, and Japan. (P.7, Argus, 25-1-1952.)

"Sammie" to Her Friends
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 3 July 1945 p 7 Article
"Sammie" to Her Friends
She is the Matron-in-Chief of the AANS, a full colonel to boot, and few women look smarter in uniform than does she - Miss A. M. Sage. etc.

To Stand this season at Somerville At "Almond Bush" Travel if Required.
The Champion Pony Stallion MALDON BEAUTIFUL Dappled grey foaled 1910, with good, clean, flat bone and plenty of muscle, style and action and stands about 18.2 hands high. Maldon is by Roy out of Fannie. Roy is by Fauntleroy. Maldon's dam, Fannie, is by Silver Prince, grand sire Silver King (imp). Maldon gained the Society's Champion Ribbon at Frankston in 1914, and in 1919 at Royal Show, Melbourne, First in Class as Sire of Harness Ponies, and Champion for Best Pony.
TERMS—£3 3s, with guarantee £4 4s. Good grass paddocks provided for mares from a distance at 2s per week for grass. All care taken, but no responsibility. Due notice will be given when mares are stinted. All mares sold or exchanged to be paid for as if in foal. For further particulars apply to J. E. SAGE, Somerville
Also at Stud the Pure Bred Berkshire Boar bred by Dookie College ...... Fee 10s
Shorthorn Bull At Stud .... Fee 10s.
(Frankston and Somerville Standard (Vic. : 1921 - 1939) Friday 4 November 1921 p 1 Advertising)

SCOTT, Alexander, Somerville.
A native of Aberdeen, Scotland, who came to Victoria in 1852. He engaged in mining and other pursuits until 1859 when he settled in Mornington District where he has lived ever since. He now resides at Somerville where he has 160 acres laid out as a nursery and market gardens.His son,Mr John Scott is also largely interested in the garden.

Alexander's wife's name was Ann,as revealed by her daughter, Ann's, wedding certificate.

Ann was 22 when she married 45 year old William Firth, a native of the Orkney Isles (recalled by the name of his farm at the west corner of Coolart and Eramosa Rds), on 7-6-1882 at Moor St., Fitzroy. Both witnesses were Unthanks.(Wedding certificate, No. 1473 in the registry, in the possession of Murray Gomm of Somerville, reproduced on page 26 of my THE MYSTERIOUS HENRY GOMM.)

Ann's daughter, Jean,married William Herbert (Paddy) Gomm,the father of two of the legends of the Somerville Football Club, George and Billy Gomm,who organised Jean's surprise 90th birthday party at their Somerville Hotel in about 1973. (P. 28, THE MYSTERIOUS HENRY GOMM, a newspaper cutting provided by Murray,which states that Jean's mother,Annie Scott, who married William Firth,was the first white child born in Somerville "120 years ago",indicating that the article, SURPRISE DAY AT SOMERVILLE,was actually published in 1980.)

ALEXANDER SCOTT & Co. were auctioneers who conducted regular sales at the Tanti Saleyards, between (the much smaller) Tanti Hotel and the railway crossing over Nepean Highway. (Melway 145 G1 between Government Rd and the highway.)

On December 26, Mr. and Mrs.John Scott, of Somerville, celebrated their golden wedding, their marriage taking place at Somerville in 1894,the late Rev. Caldwell, of Mornington, was the officiating clergyman.Mrs. Scott is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hawker, of Grant Road, Somerville, and Mr.Scott, son of the earliest settlers in Somerville, the late Mr. and Mrs.Alexander Scott. Mr. Scott recently celebrated his
81st birthday. Congratulations and good wishes. (P.2, Standard,Frankston, 4-1-1945.)

SEGRAVE, William, Flinders.
Born in Surrey he was engaged in the old country in electrical telegraph work (much detail.) He came to Autralia with the expedition to lay a submarine cable from Tasmania to Victoria in 1869 and has been in charge of the Victorian terminus ever since.He is now local superintendent of both land and cable departments and postmaster.An associate of the Telegraph and Electrical Society, he was married in 1873 to Miss A.Foy and hasa family.

Born circa 1850 and directly descended from aristocracy from the time of the Domesday Book,William was about 19 when he left for Australia. He and Ann (nee Foy)had at least three daughters, the eldest dying aged 21 in 1900.( The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 17 November 1900 p 55 Family Notices)
Ann gave birth to a son in 1876 but no marriage notice has been found.

Married twice he died at Elsternwick in 1933 at the age of 83. He and his second wife were both Justices of the Peace; they had one son but none of William's children outlived him.(P.20, Argus,27-5-1933,obituary.)

His second wife,Julia, died in 1953. I wonder if he used Morse Code for the proposal.
SEGRAVE—LLOYD.—On the 14th April,1904, at the Presbyterian Church, Hawksburn, Victoria, by the Rev. W. S. Rolland, William Segrave, J.P., superintendent of Submarine Telegraphs, to Julia, third daughter of the late John Lloyd, J.P., of Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania.(P.9,Argus, 13-8-1904.)

SHAW, Benjamin Douglas,Dromana.
Came from his native place,London,to Victoria in 1852.For a time tried the Ballarat diggings unsuccessfully and was then occupied for some years as a draper travelling all over the Mornington Peninsula. Subsequently he started a store in Dromana, which,however, he did not retain long. He now rents a fine large house with accommodation for visitors to this favourite watering place.

I hope you will forgive me but I just lost an hour's work. There is precious little else about Benjamin in Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. Trove indicates that Ben's wife was Elizabeth,that in 1876 they were living in Collingwood and that their young daughter, Amy Florence, died while they were on a visit to Finchley house in Echuca. (The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 28 January 1876 p 1 Family Notices; Illustrated Australian News (Melbourne, Vic. : 1876 - 1889) Wednesday 23 February 1876 p 30 Family Notices)

The following makes it certain that the Benjamin Douglas and Elizabeth Shaw of 1876 were our Dromana pioneers.

SHAW.—On the 4th September, at her residence, "Kangerong," Dromana, Elizabeth Shaw, relict of the late B. D. Shaw, aged 69 years. (P.1, Argus, 7-9-1905.) Ben died in 1894.

O - Z - Australian Cemeteries

SHAW Benjamin Douglas 10-11-1894 66
SHAW Elizabeth 5/09/1905 69
SHAW Elizabeth Isabella 23/03/1912 48
SHAW Archibald Vine 25/10/1932 63
SHAW Maud Mary 16/09/1945 69
SHAW Gladys Marjorie 1914 1991
SHAW James Edward Tracey (Jim) 1920 1995
SHAW Montgomery Phillip 22/10/1982 25/10/1982
SHAW John Graham 27/10/1917 16/04/2003 Wife Norma
SHAW Norma Linda 21/08/1921 11/12/2002 Hus John
SHAW Maurice J 5/01/1991 87

We regret to have to record the demise of Miss Elizabeth Shaw, of 'Kangerong,' Dromana, sister of ex-Cr A. V. Shaw, which sad event occurred early on Sunday morning last. The deceased, who had been ailing for some time, was present and obtained several prizes at the Dromana show, held but 10 days before. By her courteous and unassuming manner, the deceased had gained many friends, and her popularity was evinced by the large number who followed her remains to their last resting place in the local cemetery on Monday last.

The burial service was performed by Mr Bennett, missionary in charge of the Presbyterian Church, of which
deceased was a member, and the funeral arrangements were in the hands of Mr J. R. Summerland, of Mornington. A memorial service is to be held in Dromana Presbyterian church on Sunday evening next.
(P.3,Mornington Standard, 30-3-1912.)

The obituary of Benji's son, Archibald,has probably less detail than Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, but does indicate that the Kangerong Guest House commenced in about 1886. Who was the person from whom Ben was leasing it in 1888? At least it is established that Ben did not build it,unless perhaps, a bank held the title until a loan was paid off.

SHAW—McKEOWN. –On the 4th July, at the Presbyterian Church, Kew, the Rev. J.Barnaby, M.A., Archibald Vine Shaw, "Kangerong." Dromana, to Maud Mary, fourth daughter of James McKeown, Dromana.(P.9, Argus,-8-1903.)

Mr. Archibald Vine Shaw, of Kangerong, Dromana, died on Tuesday, aged 63 years.Mr Shaw was one of the leading citizens of Dromana, and was a councillor of the Shire of Flinders for more than 20 years,during which he was president on two occasions. Mr. Shaw held office in almost every semi-public institution in Dromana for many years, and conducted the guest house Kangerong for nearly 46 years. (P. 6,Argus,27-10-1932.)

Could Ben's wife Elizabeth have been a daughter of Fred Vine, fisherman of Rosebud and Dromana?

Benjamin Douglas married: 1862 Elizabeth VINE. (From tonkin's journal:
SHAW marriages (males) 1857-1863 Victoria Australia ...

SHAW—VINE.—On the 16th inst., by licence at St. Paul's Church, by the Rev. S. L. Chase, Benjamin Douglas, youngest son of the late Robert Elgie Shaw, of the Grove, Hackney, London, to Elizabeth, sixth daughter of Mr. T. W. Vine, of Fitzroy, formerly of the City-road, London.
WARTON—VINE.—On the 16th inst., by licence, at St Paul's Church, Melbourne, by the Rev. S. L.Chase, Henry Richard, eldest son of Mr. Demetrius Henry Warton, of London, to Isabella, youngest daughter of Mr. Thomas Walter Vine, of Fitzroy, and formerly of the City-road, London. (P.4, Argus,21-1-1862.)

SHEPHERD, William, Somerville.
Born in South Yarra and moved to (the parish of) Tyabb in February 1860. When 21 he selected 175 acres and commenced as a market gardener.He is married and has two sons.

The pioneer nursery and orchard in Somerville is without doubt that of Messrs, W. A. Shepherd and Sons,which is situated on Shepherd's road some two miles distant from the local railway station. The homestead in all covers an area of 207 acres, 2 roods,5 perches, 10 acres being reserved for the nursery and 45 acres being planted with fruit. On arriving at the homestead our representative could not help being struck by the busy scene which
burst upon his view, and everywhere it was apparent that here at least the depression experienced of late was
not felt. In a large shed four men, under the supervision of Mr. W. A.Shepherd, jun., were busily engaged
packing young trees, which were to be subsequently despatched to the Somerville railway station, and thence forwarded to their destination. So ex??????????? that it is found necessary to employ on an average four men throughout the whole of the year. The output during the present season has been something enormous, a decided improvement in business being experienced on that of last year, a fact due no doubt to the recent shows held in the place, which have been the means of bringing the district so prominently before the whole of the colonies the principal market of young trees for which the demand is greatest for apples, which goes to show that orchardists and fruit-growers generally are fully alive to the fact that the export of apples to the old country will be one of the leading industries of the country, the demand being principally for local requirements.

Great care has to be exercised when picking the young trees for transit, being first carefully tied together with New Zealand flax, which is specially grown for the purpose, after which they are protected by layers of ordinary bush grass, which is obtainable in large quantities close at hand, the whole when complete having a cone-like appearance.

The nursery is named the Perfection Nursery, and was established 30 years ago by Mr. W. A. Shepherd,senior, who is alive at the present time hearty and well, and, although 70 years of age he still takes an active interest in all matters connected with the nursery and orchard. Mr. W. A. Shepherd, senior, is the pioneer nurseryman of
the district, and no doubt feels conscious of a certain amount of pride in the fact that the opinion formed by
himself 30 years ago as to the suitability of the soil at Somerville for fruitgrowing purposes has, by the flourishing conditions of the place at the present time, been so conclusively proved to be correct, more especially so as when he first selected the site on which the nursery and orchard now stands the country all
around was heavily timbered bush land, which is in marked contrast to the well-cared for and prolific orchards now established throughout the whole of the district.

Mr. W. A. Shepherd,senior, arrived in the colony 38 years ago last December, when comparatively a young man. He will be 70 years of age next January, and, as previous stated bears his age well. He is a thoroughly trained orchardist, having served an apprenticeship of seven years when a lad under the head gardener of Middleton Park, England,then owned by the Earl of Jersey, and was there when the Earl brought his bride home. After serving his apprenticeship, Mr. Shepherd, senior, was for two years gardener at Holland Park, Kensington, England, the residence of Lord Holland, after which he filled the position of gardener at various other places. It will thus be seen that Mr.Shepherd, senior, is an authority on matters connected with horticulture.

Mrs. Shepherd, who is some three years her husband's senior, is also alive and hearty, although she does not bear her age so well as her husband, but still, like him, she takes a lively interest in the busy scene around her. The management of the business is divided between the two sons, Mr. W. A. Shepherd, junior, and Mr. George
Shepherd, who have inherited their father's good qualities regarding the culture of the soil, a fact which is
plainly evident by the splendid specimens of trees to be seen in the orchard. The bulk of the work devolves upon Mr. George Shepherd, who attends to all the correspondence (which at the present time is very extensive) and the despatching of orders, etc., while Mr. W. A. Shepherd, junior, who was recently elected to the high position of president of the Somerville Fruitgrowers' Association, attends to the more immediate work connected with the nursery and orchard, Mr. G. Shepherd, also bearing his share of the burden. Both work together with a

The nursery occupies an area of about 10 acres, and at the present time it is estimated to contain about 200,000 young trees in all stages and of all varieties, which are planted in rows, each row containing from 700 to 800 young shoots. Even to an amateur the vast amount of work necessary is apparent, each shoot being grafted onto blight proof stocks, all of which are of even growth, and the soil free from weeds, the whole presenting a perfect picture, and one which any nurseryman might well feel proud of. The orchard, comprising 45 acres, is situated behind the nursery, and is a very fine one indeed. From year to year it is extended in order to have fresh trees coming into bearing, as well as to keep up the quality of the fruit. Apricots are grown very extensively, 10 acres of this fruit being planted. The crop from these trees last season was very great, as many as eight cases of fruit being obtained from one single tree. The total crop of apricots for the season just over was estimated at about 11 tons, as many as 7 tons being sent away in one day.Numerous varieties of apples are grown, amongst the number being the world -famed Shepherd's Perfection which was first raised on this nursery thirty years ago, and from which the nursery derives its name, and not as many suppose, from the idea that the nursery is perfection in itself. The Shepherd's Perfection is an apple with which Mr. Shepherd's name will be always associated, and which is so well known for its many good qualities. The original tree, now 30 years old,was raised by Mr. W. A. Shepherd,senior, from the pip of a Blenheim Orange apple, and is still vigorous and healthy, it being one of the sights of the place, the elder Mr. Shepherd pointing it out with pride to all visitors.

Last season eight cases of fruit were got off this tree. Peaches, pears,plums, and numerous other varieties of
fruit are also grown very extensively, plums being greatly in evidence, a large demand in that class of fruit being experienced. The fruit grown is of splendid quality, the firm being large prizetakers at the late Somerville show, carrying off the Champion Challenge trophy for the best collection of fruits grown in Victoria, as well as the first prize for the best collection of twelve varieties of apples suitable for export,
and also carried off six other first prizes,two seconds, and one third. As great attention has been paid to the pruning the trees are remarkably handsome and well grown specimens and are singularly free from blight or disease of any kind whatever,a fact due no doubt to the great care that is taken of them and to the unusually dry season last year.

The trees in the orchard are planted 20ft apart each way, thus allowing them plenty of room for growth. Although most of the trees have been planted a number of years, the necessity for artificial manuring is not yet apparent. All the farm yard manure raised on the place is, however, used in the orchard, a good number of the trees receiving a good dressing every year. The system adopted of using the manure is to clear away the soil from the stem and top roots, the roots being bared for 3 feet or 4 feet from the stem, the trenches
formed being left open for some time, after which they are filled with manure, the soil being again thrown in
on top. The firm intend to go in for the use of dessicated nightsoil, which they believe will have a beneficial effect on the yields of the trees. The orchard is ploughed on an average of about twice a year, generally in August and about the end of October, ordinary single-furrow ploughs being used, while for working the soil the acme harrow and a cultivator made by Mr. D. M.Bett, the local blacksmith, is used.The land is worked very frequently during the spring and summer right up to the time when the fruit has attained such a size as to be liable to injury from the horses and cultivating implements.

Great care is exercised in picking and sorting the fruit for market, the main object being to produce as good a sample of fruit as possible, as well as to avoid the fruit being bruised. The apples which are held over for disposal later on in the season are all stored in cases in the fruit room, instead of the practice usually adopted of placing the fruit on shelves or trays, which the Messrs. Shepherd do not approve of, as they
find that by heaping up the apples very often results in many being bruised, and in a very short time they
become unfit for market. In order to allow of the free circulation of air, the cases are placed about 2 inches apart, and are stacked one on top of other.

Vegetables are also grown, but only for home consumption. When Mr.Shepherd, senior, first came to the colony he brought with him some lettuce seed (Paris Cross), which he has kept ever since. A splendid specimen of rhubarb (Topp's Winter),about 2.5 feet in length, was shown our representative, the rhubarb being of a beautiful rich red colour. At the last show the firm obtained first prize for the best brace of cucumbers. Not withstanding the immense amount of labour involved in the working of the nursery and orchard, sufficient time is found for the cultivation of flowers and ornamental plants, a large plot of ground, close to the homestead and in front of the nursery, being specially reserved for that purpose.

Mr. George Shepherd is the fortunate possessor of a splendid collection of stuffed water and land birds, most of which have been shot in the neighbourhood, many being of very rare species. Each class of birds are enclosed in a separate case, each bird being appropriately mounted, the whole collection being valued at £150. Included in the variety is a little Tabuan water crake, which is a very rare species indeed, but the two birds of which Mr. George Shepherd is most proud of are the tiny Little Bittern and a beautiful Australian White Egret, the Little Bittern standing out in marked contrast to the tall and noble-looking White Egret with its snowy white plumes. These two birds are enclosed in a separate glass globe. The crafty Renard is also to be found occupying the place usually allotted to him.

A visit to the homestead would not be complete without a visit being made to the pantry of Mrs. George Shepherd, where, stored away on shelves, are to be found the collection of preserves so successfully shown at the town-hall, Melbourne, and at 8omerville and Cranbourne. The preserves are in just as good a state as when they were first preserved, and form a collection which any housewife might well be proud of.
(P.3, Mornington Standard, 25-6-1896.)

Trove search for george shepherd, suicide,somerville.
SOMERVILLE, Monday - Alarmed by the report of a gun on Sunday afternoonMrs. George Shepherd, sen., ran to a shed near her home, where she found her husband, who was aged 73 years, lying dead with a gunshot wound in the head. Mr.Shepherd had been in ill health for some time.

Mr. Shepherd was well known as an ornithologist. Born at Somerville, he was from boyhood devoted to the study of birds, and his knowledge of insectivorous birds was of great value to himself and other orchardists. In later life he retired from from fruitgrowing and devoted most of his spare time to his hobby. He was a member of the Field Naturalists' Club, a founder of the Somerville Fruitgrowers' Association, and a competent judge of
fruit. He was a judge at many agricultural shows. (P.9, Argus, 28-6-1932.)

Mrs George Shepherd was Minnie Ann (b.12-8-1866,d.30-8-1955), the fourth child of Henry and Margaret(nee Monk) Gomm of Glenhoya near the Somerville Station. Tommy Bent,Henry's longtime friend, ensured that the line passed through the area at that point rather than near Lower Somerville Rd, which Leila Shaw states was the centre of population.(P.31, THE MYSTERIOUS HENRY GOMM- not a journal.)

Commencing 11 a.m. On the Property, "MALURUS," Hastings-Flinders Road, 10 minutes from Railway Station.
W. P. MASON Under instructions from Executrix of the late GEO. E. SHEPHERD, will sell as above:-
SPLENDID FREEHOLD PROPERTY, 10 ACRES (half acre good orchard, garden, etc.), land all cleared and well fenced, with Excellent and Desirable Villa, 6 rooms, vestibule, pantry, scullery and all conveniences,good garage, and substantial outbuildings, poultry accommodation to 1000 birds, etc. Phone installed. (ETC.)
(P.5, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 13-8-1932.)

The late Mr. George Shepherd, of Somerville, bequeathed his collection of mounted specimens of Australian birds to the National Museum. A part of the collection will be exhibited in the children's room to-day.
(P.8, Argus, 21-11-1932.)

In a heritage study, it has been stated that the Shepherds relocated their nursery to from Somerville to former Two Bays Nursery at Moorooduc. David Shepherd is annoyed at such an error. His father married a daughter of Edward Jones of Spring Farm, Moorooduc. A heritage study,perhaps the same one, made another error regarding Spring Farm, confusing it with Edward Jones' "Penbank" also on the south side of Mornington-Tyabb Rd but farther west between Jones Corner and Moorooduc Rd. David and his brother were the ones who relocated the nursery onto the Moorooduc Rd frontage of Penbank. When a small private school in Mornington bought a portion of Penbank they asked David what name they should give to their new school. No prizes for guessing David's suggestion!

SHOTTON, Richard, J.P., Mornington.
A native of London who arrived in Victoria in 1856 and in 1860 joined (Greig?) and Murray,auctioneers until 1878.In 1875 he purchased property at Mornington, built a house and settled in 1879.Grounds of 25 acres are attached to his house and beautifully laid out.

ONE OF MORNINGTON'S OLD PIONEERS.-A most delightful afternoon was spent at the residence of Mr.Richard Shotton, " Ramslade," Mornington, last Saturday, when the many friends of Mr. Shotton-one of the oldest and most highly respected residents of Mornington-gathered to congratulate him on attaining his 90th. year. Mr. Shotton has always taken a most kindly interest in both young and old, and, no doubt, that accounts for the fact that now so many of his old friends are to be numbered no more among the living. He can still be surrounded by those
who love him, and wish him health and happiness in his declining years. Among those who gathered at "Ramslade" on Saturday were many who had known him from earliest childhood, including his stepchildren,Mr. Bancroft and Mrs. Broughton from the Western district. A sumptuous tea was laid out in the big diningroom, the table making a charming picture, with beautiful spring flowers filling the vases and delicious victuals in the dishes. Mesdames Moat and Broughton vied with each other in tempting the guests into eating an unlimited quantity of good things, while Mr. Shotton, in his courteous manner, made each individual guest feel that he or she were
especially welcome. etc. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 3-11-1906.)

Richard was a Justice of the Peace from 1885. ( NEW ROLL OF JUSTICES.The Argus (Saturday 11 July 1885 p 10; P.1, Mornington Standard, 31-3-1898.)

Last Sunday the little Anglican Church at Mt Eliza was filled with an exceptionally large congregation, the occasion being the holding of a special and appropriate service in connection with the recent improvements to the interior of the building, effected by Mr Richard Shotton, J.P., of "Ramslade." A carpeted platform with brass communion rail, prayer desk and pulpit have been added by the donor, and the building has, by these additions, been made attractive and in keeping with church usages.(P.3, Mornington Standard, 12-4-1902.)

Before settling near Mornington, Richard may have lived in Walsh St,South Yarra.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 13 September 1883 p 8 Article)

Richard died at Ramslade, Mornington on 14-6-1911 aged 94. (P.71,The Australasian, 24-6-1911.) His wife died about two decades earlier.
SHOTTON.-On the 21st ult., in the 71st year of her age, Elizabeth Ann, the beloved wife of Richard Shotton, of Ramslade, Mornington. A colonist of 44 years.(P.46,The Australasian, 1-10-1892.)

Thomas Ritchie of Frankston bought Ramslade and had it up for sale in 1923.(IMPORTANT CLEARING SALE
Frankston and Somerville Standard (Vic. : 1921 - 1939) Wednesday 1 August 1923 p 2 Article)

Due to the vague description of Ramslade's location, I turned to Valerie Wilson's fabulous website with a Mornington Cemetery, Shotton search. Ramslade is still alive and kicking,near Shotton Rd.

Richard Shotton J.P.
‘Ramslade’ 1894 (Photo)

Richard Shotton arrived in the colony in 1856, describing himself as "a native of London, and a freeman and liveryman of the City of London."
He joined auctioneers Greig & Murray four years after arriving, and continued with them until 1878.

Being a friend of Francis Gillett, of nearby ‘Sunnyside’, in 1875 he purchased 25 acres of land on Nepean Hwy, Mt Eliza and commissioned the building of ‘Ramslade’.
‘Ramslade’ 2011(Photo)
He retired to live at ‘Ramslade’ in 1879.
Shotton was active in the Mornington St Peter’s Church and Shotton Rd, on the south of the property on which ‘Ramslade’ was built, is named after him.

Shotton Rd, Mount Eliza

‘Ramslade’ can been seen in
the centre background

THOMPSON, John, J.P., Frankston.
A Welshman who arrived in Australia in 1852,he spent seven years as agent for the RMS Agenoria in Hobsons Bay before moving to Frankston in June,1861,the town then consisting of one hotel, now the Bayview,and a few huts. He is a member of the Mornington Shire Council and has served as President. Has been for some years retired from business.

Thank to my history buddy, Steve Johnson, for correcting the digitisation in this obituary,
A very old Frankston identity, in the person of Mr John Thompson,passed away at his residence, " Skirbeck," on Tuesday, at the advanced age of 74 years. The deceased, whose health had been failing for a considerable period, was able to walk about the township up to a few days ago, when he was confined to his bed, and
despite every care and attention he gradually succumbed and died as stated.

Mr. Thompson was born in Wales (England), and was brought up to a seafaring life. About 50 years ago, in the height of the gold fever, he came to the colony, and was for some time captain of a little steamer owned
by Mr Liardet, which was used to carry mails, etc. to and from the ships which entered the Bay. Port Melbourne and Williamstown were the ports of Mr Thompson's operations.

Here he was married to Miss Cadell. After a time he entered into farming pursuits, taking up land about a
mile from Frankston. This was over 40 years ago. The land not being well adapted for the purposes for which
it was put, and the means of access to market extremely poor, attention was turned to the wood trade of the metropolis, and Mr Thompson established himself in business in Frankston in that line. "Skirbeck" was the site of the place of business, and the wood was delivered by bullock teams at the Frankston pier, being conveyed to the metropolis by Mr Thompson's schooner the "Hannah Thompson." Cargo for others in the trade was taken, others
engaged in the wood traffic being Messrs C. Wells, Henderson and Kennedy.

Fishing was good in those days but the population was meagre, amongst the few dwellings remembered being those of Messrs McComb, Bay View Hotel, Patterson, Ritchie, Cameron, and Tockin's store. Mr Thompson started a general store, and afterwards moved it to the premises now occupied by the Standard office, where he carried on a thriving business. He then built the block of buildings from Sherlock's corner, and carried on business
there until succeeded by Mr Sherlock.

Since that time he has lived privately at Frankston and Melbourne. During the past two years Mr. Thompson has
resided almost continuously in Frankston. He was one of the early members of the old Mt Eliza Road Board,
which did very useful work before the Mornington shire came into existence.He was also a justice of the peace and an ardent member of the Wesleyan church, often filling the pulpit as a preacher. As a strong supporter of
temperance he laid the foundation stone of the local temperance hall. Amongst the many properties which he possessed was the Langwarrin encampment ground, which was sold to the Government for £4 per acre.

The deceased was twice married, but left no children. To his sorrowing wife and relatives sympathy is extended.
The funeral takes place today at the Frankston cemetery at 3 p.m.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 20-6-1901.)

THORNELL, Henry, Somerville.
Arrived in Victoria in 1855 and spent seven years at Kew before moving to Somerville which then consisted of one or two huts. He purchased 50 acres and took up 60 acres from the Government. Wheat would not grow well so he turned his attention to gardening,which,with his son,he continues.

The Rev. E. Taylor conducted the memorial service of the late Mrs. Henry Thornell on Sunday afternoon, 16th September. in the Wesleyan Church, at Somerville. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 20-9-1894.)

An old resident of the district in the person of Mr Henry Thornell passed away early on Monday. The deceased
had been failing far some time past. The burial service took place at Hastings cemetery on Tuesday afternoon,
most of the residents of the district being represented around the grave. The service was conducted by Rev. W.
Wykes. We extend our sympathy to the sorrowing relatives. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 8-8-1901.)

There is plenty of information about the Thornell family in Leila Shaw's THE WAY WE WERE. See the Henry Gomm entry re Mark Thornell and George Thornell serving as a councillor.

The 1890's depression, whose effects lasted into the new century, saw many lads seek opportunities elsewhere, many such as Henry Falby Gomm and Cr. Thornell* moving to W.A., but another of the Thornells went in the opposite direction.

*We regret to hear that Councillor Thornell, of Somerville, is about to remove to Perth,West Australia.Good men are not so plentiful that we can afford to lose any. Councillor Thornell intends to take his family with him, but will not dispose of his property, which, it is to be hoped, means that he purposes returning to the
district.(P.2, Mornington Standard,1-11-1894.)

Sincere regret was expressed throughout the district when news was received here that Mr. Mark Thornell had died in a private hospital at Kiataia, New Zealand, on June 27, aged 53 years.Mr. Mark Thornell was born at
"Sunny Cottage,". Somerville, his parents' farm. He was the third son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Mark Thornell, of "Frampton," Somerville. etc. (P.7, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 3-7-1936.)

THORNELL, John Jnr., Somerville.
Born at Kew and coming to Somerville in 1860,he was in partnership with his brother until 1882 but now owns 50 acres and rents 111 acres. He has a flourishing garden with all fruits growing well but oranges.

This would probably be the marriage of John Thornell Jnr., explaining why he ended the partnership with his brother in 1882.
Looking for Mary Eaves koala8tourist Posted: 15 Jan 2007 9:36AM GMT
Classification: Query Surnames: Eaves, Thornell
all I know is that she married in Victoria 1882* and her spouse was John Thornell, I believe they lived in the Tyabb/Somerville area.
John Thornell 1857-1931 died in Somerville and was buried at Frankston.
(Looking for Mary Eaves - General - Family History & Genealogy ... › ... › Oceania › Australia › Victoria › General)

This would also be John Thornell Jnr.
John Thornell - Records -
10 Records - Born in Belford, Victoria, Australia on 1857 to John Thornell and Sarah Wiltshire ... He passed away on 24 Jun 1931 in Somerville, Victoria, Australia.

And this would appear to be the arrival of John and his parents (John and Sarah)except that their son, John, was already 8 years old.
John Thornell Life Summary
· 27 January 2015 · 0 Comments
John`s occupation in England was a coal-miner. Family embarked on the ship "Birmingham" from Plymouth on 27 Sep 1854, and arrived at Portland, Australia on 6 Jan 1855. Passenger list showing John Thornell age 36, wife Sarah Thornell age 31, John Thornell age 8, and Thomas Thornell age 6, on film 6341634, # 12 of 134. Same record shows daughter Lucy Thornell died on 18 Oct 1854 at age 2, during the voyage. his religion was Wesleyan, and his occupation in Australia was orchardist.
(John Thornell Life Summary - FamilySearch

* I did a trove search for THORNELL,EAVES (FAMILY NOTICES, 1882)and there was not one result, so I deleted THORNELL. It was there. See why it hadn't come up before?
Thornbll—Eaves.—On the 5th ult, at the residence of the bride's parents, Kew, by the Rev. Richard
Connebee, John, youngest son of J.Thorn ell, Somerville, to Mary, eldest daughter of J. Eaves.
(P. 9s, The Australasian,7-10-1882.)

PRESCRIPT.I'm not sure that John Jnr. was a son of John Snr. but logic would decree that he was. If so, he would have been a brother of Thomas (below.)
POSTSCRIPT. The John Thornell who arrived in the same year as Henry Thornell (1855) at Portland with an 8 year old son named John was not the father of Thomas Thornell (1896 Progressive Somerville)nor John Jnr (whose biography was in Victoria and its Metropolis),who married Mary Eaves. Mary's husband was correctly called John Thornell Jnr., his father being named John.

No. IV,
One of the oldest, if not the very oldest, orchards in Somerville is that at present owned and occupied by Mr. T.Thornell, on the Eramosa road, within easy distance of the railway station. This orchard was established some 20 years ago by the present owner, whose father, Mr. John Thornell, senior, settled in the district with his family as far back as the year 1860, when the surrounding country was in a very wild state, it being by no means an uncommon occurrence in those days for wild kangaroos to be shot at their door. Mr. John Thornell, senior, who is at present 79 years of age, and hale, hearty, and strong, originally bought the site from the Crown and commenced operations in the cultivation of fruit trees almost immediately after his purchase, but did not turn his attention to the nursery business until some two years later, since when the nursery has been gradually extended, as many as 20,000 of nursery stuff being sent away in one year.

Mr. T. Thornell, the present owner, has therefore had great experience in fruitgrowing and the raising of young trees, more especially so when it is taken into consideration that he was thrown into immediate contact with the business at the early age of 12 years, although it cannot be said that he took an active part until he arrived at the more mature age of 20 years, at which time he entered into partnership with his father, the partnership existing for 10 years, when Mr. J. Thornell, senior, retired from the business, which has since been carried on solely by Mr. T.Thornell. The orchard, which is situated at the rear and side of the homestead, Camillia Cottage, covers an area of from 15 to 20 acres, and is well stocked with trees of all kinds,which are in an excellent condition and bearing splendidly, as many as 2,000 cases of fruit being gathered during the present season. Peaches are grown extensively, the principal variety gone in for being the Royal George,which always commands a good market. Of this class of fruit 850 cases of fruit were forwarded to Melbourne during the present season, all of which were of first-class quality. Apricots are also gone in for extensively, but not on such a large scale as the peach. The quantity forwarded to the fruit salesmen this season was 180 cases.

The principal class of fruit grown is however the apple, which is grown on a very large scale indeed, and for which there is always a good demand. The other varieties of fruit grown include pears, plums, cherries,quinces, almonds, and walnuts. All the fruit, when gathered, is packed in cases and forwarded by rail to agents in Melbourne, who in their turn dispose of it all over the colony. Prior to consigning the fruit to agents, it was the custom to convey it by road to the markets in Melbourne, which were visited as often as twice a week, and at times they were thus visited for a period of not less than three months without a spell, as many as 80 cases
being taken at one time. The marketing was done by the present proprietor, who, it will thus be seen, has also
had considerable experience in this direction. The price obtained for the fruit in the early days was, of course, much better than at the present time, and very often the takings at one market alone would amount to as much as £30 or £40. But Mr. T. Thornell has only attended Melbourne markets twice during the last ten years, his previous experience of fifteen years' marketing being quite enough for him, and at present he transacts most of his business through agents, although he does not debar himself from dealing with private individuals whenever the opportunity arises.

This year the yield has been much better than for the previous two or three years, and in many instances it has more than doubled itself, the prices realised also being very satisfactory. The trees are all of good size and condition, and are planted about 20 feet apart each way. They range in age from 25 years down to 7 years, all
bearing well. As much as £20 a year is spent in manuring the orchard, stable manure, bone-dust, and dessicated night-soil being the kinds employed. The manuring generally takes place once a year, in the early spring, the plan adopted being to throw the manure on the ground and then plough it in. Mr. Thornell finds it most beneficial to change the manure every year.

The nursery covers an area of 8 acres,and is situate almost immediately opposite the dwelling-house. At the
present time it is estimated that it contains between 60,000 and 70,000 young nursery stock of all varieties. As previously stated, the cultivation of nursery stock is gone in for on a more extensive scale than formerly, the young stuff being sent all over Victoria, a leading firm of nurserymen in Melbourne being supplied at one time with lines totalling 10,000. It is only to be supposed that a great amount of labour is required in the working of the orchard and nursery, at the present time Mr. Thornell employing two men, one of whom resides with his family all the year round, in a four-roomed cottage erected on the nursery, exclusive of his own and his son's labour.

Great care has also to be exercised, the apples all being worked on blight-proof stocks, being first grafted in order to make them blight-proof and then budded to the varieties required. The birds have not been found to be so troublesome as of late. I might here state that Mr. Thornell has invented a simple and ingenious contrivance for the destruction of birds, which has beenfound to be very efficacious, as well as economical, and within the reach of all, as many as 250 minahs being caught in six weeks. It consists of a frame about 8 feet square, covered with ordinary netting wire, to which a line is attached. It is slightly raised up from the ground and a quantity of rotten fruit placed underneath, which attracts the minahs, who go underneath the netting in order to get at the fruit. The line is then pulled, with the result that the frame falls upon the birds, who are
then removed and killed ad libitum. As many as 12 birds have been caught in this way at one time. It has the
advantage also of saving powder and shot. Of course this is only of use when the fruit is gathered.

The plan adopted for the preservation of the fruit held over is to place it upon layers of dry grass or ferns, which is first laid upon dry sandy soil, and then covered over with thatch grass. By adopting this plan it is found that the fruit is kept in good condition for a much longer time than by any other process. At the present time there are about 100 cases of apples being treated in this way. The orchard is ploughed over sometimes once a year, sometimes twice, but generally the latter-during the spring and autumn.

Mr. Thornell is also a very large landowner in the district, having in all about 400 acres, as much as £14 an acre being given in some cases, besides which he possesses a great deal of property in the city, as well as in South Yarra and Prahran, all of which brings him in a fair rental. At one time he represented the district in the shire council, and, until a few weeks ago, he occupied the position of treasurer of the Somerville Fruitgrowers' Association,of which he is a prominent member.

When Mr. Thornell, senr., first came into the district he had nothing beyond the land which he bought from the
Crown. Mr. T. Thornell is one of few men who can say that he never paid one penny in rental during his lifetime. At one time he dabbled in speculation in buying and selling properties previous to the land boom and was very successful, the land boom* not affecting him beyond decreasing the value of his properties. Mrs. T. Thornell, who was a very large prizetaker at the late shows, has a splendid collection of preserves of between 100 and 200 bottles of all varieties. The son was also successful in carrying off the first prize for the best pony at the show, out of 22 entries. (P.3, Mornington Standard, 16-7-1896.)

* *Michael Cannon's book about the boom (1880's) and bust (1892 on)would have helped the journalist. The land boom increased land values remarkably and many speculators forfeited deposits and part payments to farmers when the bust started. It was the bust which devalued properties, not the boom.

TOWNSEND, John,Dromana.
Born in Devonshire,he came to Victoria in 1854 and was on the Maryborough and Sandhurst* diggings for one and four years respectively and then fished at Sandridge**. He next went to Mornington and thence Dromana where he was largely engaged in building. In 1876,he opened a store which he still runs***. His selection**** of 300 acres has been sold at 2 pounds 10 shillings per acre. He owns two allotments and three houses in the township.

* Bendigo. **Port Melbourne. *** This was in one of the earliest buildings at Dromana in which George McLear and his brothers conducted the first butcher shop in town,(P. 39, A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.) **** John Townsend was granted,in the first half of the 1880's, CROWN ALLOTMENTS 31D. (37 a. 1 r. 28 p.), 31C (100 a. 2 p.) and 30B (50 acres),section B, Wannaeue, All shown on Melway map 170 as follows: 31D, bounded by Old Cape Schanck Rd, Hove Rd, the Leisure Way/Anne St midline and Waterfall Gully Rd west 340 metres to Cape Schanck Rd; 31C. east of 31D to Rosebud Avenue; 30B. Frontage of 500 metres to the south side of Waterfall Gully Rd commencing 366 metre east of Cape Schanck Rd with a depth of 400 metres bounded by, exclusively,Hill Court house blocks and house blocks on the north-south part of Mt Arthur Avenue (but including house blocks on the east-west portion of the latter.)

As these grants total 187 acres 1 rood 30 perches, John must have bought (not selected) another 113 acres roughly and my guess is that he had bought W.Cripps' grants (south of Amberlee Caravan Park to Melway 170F9)and sold them by 1888.

CJ. And T. HAM are instructed by Mr. W.Cripps to SELL, as above,
Land, comprising 101 acres 1 rood 4 perches,being Sections 18.A1 and 30C, parish of Wannaeue, having a frontage to the Cape Schanck-road, at Wannaeue, Mornington*, within four miles of Dromana. The extension of the railway to Schnapper Point must tend to benefit of this land. Title Crown grant.
(* Mornington means county of Mornington, a huge area including the peninsula, part of Gippsland and north at least as far as Mordialloc.)

Land being portion of Crown Allotment 8, parish of Moorooduc, having a frontage of 180ft. to Tanti-road by a depth of 133ft.(P.2, Argus, 5-6-1886.)

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Harold Wilson, eldest son of Mr and Mrs H. W. Wilson. of M'Culloch street, Dromana, had a very narrow escape from drowning last Saturday week. It appears the little fellow, in company with a small lad named Stanley Evans, was playing on the banks of a waterhole close to where Mr.Wilson is erecting his new slaughterhouse, and in some way he slipped into the hole, which had at least 5 feet of water in it. The other boy being unable to render his unfortunate playmate any assistance, had the presence of mind to run down to where Mr Townsend and the Messrs Wilsons were at work, and informed them what had happened. They immediately hurried to the hole. Seeing no trace of the child, the father plunged in, and succeeded in bringing to the surface what he considered was the lifeless body of his son. However, Mr Townsend, who acted with judgment, was quickly
at work, vigorously blowing his warm breath into the little fellow's lungs, until he slowly began to regain
consciousness. Mr . G. M'Lear, who lives close to where the accident happened, was sent for, and rendered vaulable assistance, but had it not been for the artificial respiration resorted to by Mr Townsend, it is
doubtful whether the boy would have recovered.(P.5, Mornington Standard,10-12-1904.)

Mr J. Townsend has secured the contract for building Mr C. Marloff's new business premises, and will commence operations shortly.(P.3, Mornington Standard, 20-6-1908.) This would not have been James Townsend. (TOWNSEND.—On the 23rd May, at Dromana,James N, dearly beloved husband of M. C.Townsend, age 36. At rest.-P.1, Argus,26-5-1904.) I believe that James, and his wife had taken over the store and John had resumed his trade as a builder. It seems that John Townsend was a pioneer of the use of mouth to mouth in Australia.

WALKER, James Eccleston, Mornington.
The son of a well- known musician,Henry Walker, whose family went to Ireland with William 111, he was born at Kells, County Meath, Ireland and educated in Dublin. On his arrival in Victoria in 1867, he went to his uncle, Percy Walker,the associate training master at Hotham and becoming a teacher,has been a master in the state school at Mornington for four years. (Many details about his relatives.)

WATKIN, Richard, Dromana.
English born,he came in 1851 from New York in the Melbourne where he settled as a saddler in Elizabeth Street.In 1857,he went to Dromana and BUILT THE FIRST HOUSE IN THE TOWNSHIP AS WELL AS A STORE AND THE ARTHURS SEAT HOTEL*. He now owns the Dromana Hotel and 16 acres of land.A member of the shire council for many years.

One great myth poses as fact in Dromana's history. Due to trove,there is no excuse for this any more. The myth is that the Dromana Hotel was built in 1857. The fact, as shown by trove articles included in my HERITAGE WALK, DROMANA journal, is that Watkins was operating the Scurfield Hotel in 1858 as well as supplying timber to Melbourne's builders,that Watkins established the Dromana Hotel in 1862 (probably in a temporary building because tenders were called by the architect in 1863 for a slate roof) and that George Assender renamed Scurfield's Hotel as the Arthurs Seat Hotel. The house and store probably became Alex Haldan's Dromana Villa and the first Post Office at the Foote St/Latrobe Parade corner run by Alex from 1858.

WILSON, Henry William. See A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA and LIME LAND LEISURE for extensive detail which would include the V&IM biography. The name of "Beauvoir" at 8 McCulloch St recalls the Beauvoir Arms hotel near London which Henry operated before emigrating. Countless peninsula streets (WILSON,THAMER, BURDETT, GODFREY etc) are named after members of the family. Henry acquired the nickname of Wingy because of a crushed hand.

PAGE 401.
WORRELL,Joseph Edward, Mornington.
A native of the town born in 1862, he succeeded his father as secretary of the Mornington Shire Council and has held the position ever since. He is also an agent for insurance companies.

Assuming that the above did not start his municipal career at the age of 7, his father was also Joseph Edward Worrell.

MOUNT ELIZA DISTRICT ROAD BOARD.-Notice Is hereby given, that a MEETING of the board will be held at tho Road Board office, Esplanade, Mornington. at 8 O'clock p.m. on Saturday, the 6th November, 1869, for the purpose of making a rate for the ensuing year upon the rateable property in the above district, and that a statement of the said rate can be seen at the office of the board by all parties interested therein.
By order of the board, JOSEPH E. WORRELL, Olerk. Road Board Offlce, Mornington, October 25,1869.
(P.8, Argus, 30-10-1869.)

J.E.Snr. had been an auditor for the Road Board and most likely resigned as such to take over the position of clerk to the board.

In consequence of the resignation of Mr. Joseph E.Worrell as one of the auditors of the Mount Eliza Road Board, I hereby appoint Saturday, tho 26th day of September instant, at the Board-room, Mornington, at 1 o'clock in tho afternoon, for the purpose of ELECTING a person qualified to be an AUDITOR of the Mount Eliza Road District, in the place of the said Joseph E. Worrell. Dated this 15th day of Sept. 1868.
FRANCIS J. 8 STEPHEN, Chairman of the said Board, and Returning Officer. (P.8, Argus, 16-9-1868.)

COLES-WORRELL.-On tho 10th inst, at St. Peter's,Mornington, by tho Rev. James Glover, James John Coles, second son of Mr. James Coles, to Emma Austin, second daughter of J. E. Worrell, Esq. (P.4, Argus, 17-10-1867.)

I've just lost four hours of work despite a good internet signal and I think my computer is about to die. However it appears that Joseph Edward Worrell (born 1862) and Emma Austin Worrell (born 1842, married 1867 in Mornington) were half siblings, and both children of Joseph Edward Worrell (Road Board clerk by 1869), Emma from his first marriage to Emma Maria Chandley and Joseph Edward Jnr. from his second marriage in 1861.

N.B.The letter c.after the names of his two wives refers to the date on which they were christened not (circa)the date of the marriage.

John Edward Worrell - WorldConnect Project

ID: I95323553
Name: Joseph Edward Worrell
Given Name: Joseph Edward
Surname: Worrell
Sex: M
Birth: 23rd July 1817 in St Pancras?, London, England
Christening: 24th Oct 1817 St Pancras
Death: 1877 age 59 in Mornington, Victoria, Australia
_UID: 5A512FFA45BB4CD8A651486E33C4A166A375
Change Date: 27 Feb 2011 at 02:29
arrived Port Adelaide 22nd Oct 1849 on the 'Abberton'

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Father: John Edward Worrell b: 19th April 1788 in North Barsham, Norfolk, England
Mother: Henrietta Ann Austin b: Abt 1790 in Chester, Cheshire, England c: 1st Aug 1790 in St John The Baptist's

Marriage 1 Emma Maria Chandley b: 14th Jan 1817 in St Pancras, London?, England c: 31st March 1820 in St Pancras
Married: in London
Change Date: 26 Jan 2009
Has Children Henrietta Maria Cecelia or Cecilia Austin Worrell b: 1841 in St Pancras, London or Middlesex, England
Has No Children Emma Austin Worrell b: 1842 in Canada
Has Children Frances Fanny Austin Worrell b: 1843 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Has No Children Annie Austin Worrell b: 1845 in Canada

Marriage 2 Margaret Hutton Downward b: Abt 1824 in Sorell or Launceston, Tasmania, Australia c: 10th June 1824 in Sorell
Married: 1861 in Victoria, Australia
Change Date: 26 Jan 2009
Has No Children Joseph Edward Austin Downward Worrell b: 1862 in Snapper Point (now Mornington), Victoria, Australia
Has No Children Henry Austin Campbell Worrell b: 1864 in Hutt (? Mornington?), Victoria, Australia
Has No Children John Bell Austin Worrell b: 1866 in Mornington, Victoria, Australia
Has No Children Caroline Mary Austin Worrell b: 1868 in Snapper Point (now Mornington), Victoria, Australia

Joseph Worrell - Pioneer Graves in the Mornington Cemetery

Joseph Worrell

Joseph Edward Austin Downward Worrell was born in Mornington in September 1862, the child of Joseph and Margaret (Downward) Worrell.

His father, Joseph Worrell Snr., was the Shire Secretary, and when Joseph was 12 years of age he would help his father posting up the Shire’s books etc.

At the age of 14, Joseph was left an orphan, and the Mornington Shire Council appointed him secretary, and a year or two later, also clerk of works, under Mr. Muntz, the Shire Engineer. Joseph Worrell was therefore distinguished in having been the youngest shire secretary in the Commonwealth.

Joseph Worrell married Jessie Westbrook Downward in 1886* and resigned as Shire Secretary in 1888, to begin a career in Real Estate. He was also nominated, and was elected to council, becoming Shire President in 1901.

He was Secretary of the Mornington Butter factory, and for 20 years, was a member of the Mornington Cricket Club - for half of that time, he was captain.

Joseph died at the young age of 40 and the funeral, which took place in October 1902, was one of the largest seen in the district.
(Scan of WILLS AND BEQUESTS article) from The Argus 22 November 1902, p.16

Quote, from one of his many friends.

"He is gone, but his memory
With us will be ever green
A good man and a straighter one
Mornington has never seen"

*WORRELL—DOWNWARD.—On 4th May, at Carlton, Melbourne, by the Rev. T. W. McGregor, Joseph Edward, eldest son of the late J. E. Worrell, Mornington, Victoria, to Jessie Westbrook, youngest daughter of Joseph Downward, late of Hobart. ( Tasmanian News (Hobart, Tas. : 1883 - 1911) Saturday 15 May 1886 p 2 Family Notices)

The Downward family spent much time in Tasmania before coming to the Mornington Peninsula. Joan Downward showed me much information about the family's involvement on the Apple Isle. Hence the notice appearing in a Tasmanian paper.

YOUNG, Mark, Frankston.
A native of Ireland who came to Victoria in 1857,he kept hotels in Ballarat,Otago, N.Z. and Melbourne until1872 after which he built a house at Carrum which he sold on removing to Emerald Hill. In 1875,he purchased the Pier Hotel. He spent 3 700 pounds enlarging the hotel and building baths and a suspension bridge. A founder of the Hibernian Society,he has been President of the Dandenong Shire.

Thank goodness that's the last lot of scribbled notes to decipher and paraphrase.

Google LYNDHURST,COUNTY OF MORNINGTON to find Mark Young's grant on the Carrum Swamp.

I was sure I'd find an obituary if I searched trove for Mark Young, Frankston, obituary but I didn't. However my history buddy wrote plenty about him.

People: Mark Young: Publican, Councillor, and Farmer

Mark Young: Publican, Councillor, and Farmer

When the Victorian government opened the Carrum Swamp to settlement in 1871, Mark Young was one of the men who made a successful application for a licence. Prior to his residency on the swamp he lived at Ballarat and Melbourne, but later moved to Frankston and Tortoise Island in Westernport Bay.

An Irishman, Young came to the colony of Victoria on the ‘David G Fleming’ and arrived at Sandridge on November 27, 1857 when he journeyed to Ballarat. There he was involved in various occupations including keeping a store with his brother. This he did until 1861 when he joined a rush to Otago in New Zealand. There he kept stores at various locations for a short period of time before returning to Ballarat in 1862. He married Julia Baker on February 17, 1863 at St Alipius Roman Catholic Church, and together they had six children, five of whom were born in Ballarat. When the last child was born in Prahran in 1873 the family was living on the swamp. [1]

In Ballarat Young conducted the White Hart Hotel in Sturt Street and became very active in local affairs, serving on the boards of both the hospital and the benevolent institute, and for many years as hose officer in the Ballarat West volunteer fire brigade. He assisted other Irishmen in the foundation of the Ballarat Hibernian Benefit Society and later worked to achieve the amalgamation of that society with the Australian Catholic Benefit Society to form the Hibernian Australian Catholic Benefit Society of which he was elected first president. Selling the White Hart Hotel he purchased the Unicorn Hotel also in Sturt Street Ballarat before moving to Melbourne where he bought the business of the old Hummum’s Hotel in Bourke Street East. This hotel he renamed The Unicorn. Although a successful operation, Mark Young sold this business because of his wife’s ill health and moved with his family on September 19, 1872 to the Carrum Swamp where he had built a substantial house. [2]

Young had pegged out 187 acres of land which like numerous other allotments on the swamp had a serious water problem. To reach the back boundary of his property he was forced to make use of a rowing boat. Nevertheless, despite its physical condition Young persevered, building a substantial home and making other capital improvements to the property to the value of £1000. He joined with other men who had made selections on the swamp in pressing the government to make improvements to its drainage, and chaired a meeting of selectors at Mordialloc on March 11, 1872 where they decided to tax themselves one shilling for every acre of land they held and to do this for three years provided the government agreed to several conditions including making any new selectors liable to pay the tax. During this period Young was elected to the Dandenong Shire Council where he served as president in 1873.

A little over four years after the meeting at Mordialloc, Young, with several other selectors, appeared before the parliamentary select committee appointed to enquire into the promises made to the selectors regarding modifications made to the requirement that they should reside on their selection. [3] This condition was set out in the Land Act of 1869 under which the land was made available. By this time Young had left the swamp property to become the licensee of the Frankston Pier Hotel which he purchased for £380. However, he still had an interest in the swamp because in 1877 he bought from George Whitehead three hundred acres for £750. [4]

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Mark Young’s Pier Hotel, Frankston c1888.

At Frankston Young engaged in various community and business ventures. He spent about £3700 during the 1880s boom enlarging his hotel, building baths and a suspension bridge across the Kannanook Creek. Consequently, he was a strong advocate of measures to encourage visitors to Frankston for they would patronise his establishment. He was elected to the Hastings Frankston Council and while a member sold his baths to the shire. Originally built at a cost of £950, he sold them for £500 but at the time they were operating at a loss of £100 per year. Young argued that despite the operational loss the baths were worthwhile maintaining because they attracted respectable people to the town, people who would not bathe on the beach because they considered such action as immodest. By 1900 they had received considerable damage by storms and wild seas and were described as ‘romantic ruins’ by visitors. [5]

Mark Young stood as an ‘independent liberal’ candidate in the 1880 elections for the Victorian Legislative Assembly. His platform was expounded in a letter published in the South Bourke and Mornington Journal, and during presentations at local meetings of voters. [6] He argued that the prevailing tensions and lamentable differences existing between political parties had to be ended harmoniously and that he could provide the solution by providing a medium course of action, supporting no particular party. By this means he hoped to restore public confidence and improve the circulation of capital.

He advocated reforms to the constitution to allow an increase in the number of provinces, a reduction in the qualifications required for membership of the Legislative Council, and a shortening of the term of office. The civil service, he also argued, was due for reform. Some members needed to be retrenched but those remaining given more security and stability in tenure.

Young believed that all restrictions on bona fide agriculturists settling on the available Crown lands should be removed and at the termination of the squatters’ licences the pastoral holdings should be subdivided so that the farmer could combine grazing with agriculture. This policy was no doubt influenced by his experience on the Carrum Swamp where the difficulties selectors had in meeting the conditions of residency and capital improvements were well known to him. Other proposals included legislating to allow mining on private property, the removal of vexatious taxation, subsidising large ocean steamship companies, and introducing an eligible class of migrants to provide an additional supply of labour in country regions. He expressed strong opposition to what he saw as to the tendency to centralise power encouraged by both past and current administrations. This he believed was most injurious to the permanent welfare of the colony.

Young’s bid for election to the Legislative Assembly failed but he continued to maintain his interest in local affairs. Other activities of Young included forming a company to explore a gold find on the Hastings Road but the vein proved to be insignificant. He was acknowledged as the person responsible for the establishment of the Langwarrin Encampment Ground, the site for the training of Victorian troops before their embarkation to the African or Boer War. He also purchased six hectares of prime land fronting Beach Street Frankston in late 1885 as a speculative venture before leaving the district in 1906 for Westernport. On Tortoise Island he became a farmer where he was badly injured and had to be transported to a hospital in Melbourne.

He died at Malvern on July 27, 1921 when he was ninety one years of age and was buried in the Kew Cemetery. His wife and two of his six children died before him. [7]


Graham J Whitehead (Mark Young bought land from a member of Graham's family in 1877 as you might have noticed. Another article written by Graham pertaining to an entry in this journal is entitled TWO GOMM FAMILIES.)


Victoria and its metropolis: Past and Present, Volume 2, 188, page 401.
Leavitt, T W., History of Victoria and Melbourne. Page 21.
Report from the Select Committee on the Carrum Carrum Swamp Selectors, 1876.
Office of Titles, Melbourne. George Whitehead was the original selector of this land.
Jones, M., Frankston Resort City, 1989.
South Bourke and Mornington Journal, February 4, 1880.
Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Death Certificate, No 10691, 1921.

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SMITH.— On the 18th May, at private hospital, Somerville, Annie Catherine, dearly loved wife of the late Carl C. Juby Smith loving mother of Fred (deceased), Edgar (deceased), Charles (deceased), Caroline (Mrs. George Clarke, Red Hill), Frances (Mrs. Geo. Gibson, Red Hill), aged 76 years. (P.1,Argus, 20-5-1930.)

In 1919,Carl Jaby Smith of Red Hill was assessed on 105 acres and buildings, 15 B, Kangerong,as he had been in 1910 when he was described as an orchardist. This property was south of the Kangerong Nature Conservation Reserve, extending south to the bend in Red Hill Rd near number 227 where it adjoined the Huntleys' Hillside Orchard. The Gibsons were over Red Hill Rd on crown allotment 78A, Balnarring.

EventDeath Event registration number1762 Registration year1929
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Family nameSMITH Given namesCarl Christian Juby SexUnknown Father's nameSmith Mother's nameCaroline (Juby) Place of birth Place of deathHoth E Age73


Who's Doug Bachli?
Sport Australia Hall of Fame - Athlete Members
Bachli MBE, Mr Douglas, Golf, 1987. Baker, Mr Reginald 'Snowy', Boxing, Rugby Union, Diving, Swimming, Polo, 1985. Bannerman, Mr Charles, Cricket, 1986.

The rough location of the Patron Park Stud was discovered during my research for the HERITAGE WALK, ROSEBUD journal. As the stud was actually in Dromana but my HERITAGE WALK,DROMANA journal deals with sites on or near the Esplanade, I thought a new journal was the best idea.

The Rosebud journal gives much information about the Bachli family under the ROSEBUD HOTEL entry. Both Rosebud and Dromana had their share of famous people and we Rosebud residents are willing to share Doug with Dromana.

The Bachli family seems to have been involved in the hospitality industry for some time before Doug's father, John Phillip (Phil)took on Rosebud's long- awaited hotel in 1941. Frank (probably Doug's great uncle) ran a hotel at Ararat pre 1916, Doug's father had a hotel at Shepparton before moving to Canberra in the mid 1930's,probably to look after his father, William, and run Brassey House for him. After leaving Rosebud,Doug, three years after his marriage to Dorothy and living in Surrey Hills, took on a hotel in Melbourne in 1956.

Phil and Doug were passionate about the Sport of Kings but I have found no evidence of their involvement in this pursuit before their arrival in Rosebud. Their horses certainly competed after this time at Canberra and no doubt the opportunity was taken to meet old friends still living there.

While the Patron Park Stud was being established, Doug was probably running the hotel and helping Phil to erect stables, fencing etc. on the 48 acre stud whenever he could so the footy ground across the road from the Rosebud Hotel was probably instrumental in honing the skills that won him the 1954 British Amateur Championship. Along with this and his service in W.W.2 (see comment under the ROSEBUD journal), Doug spent precious little time on golf courses in the first half of the 1940's.

Trove searches for the location of the stud involved many fruitless hours and the following was discovered in a google search for PATRON PARK STUD,DROMANA. Of course Harbison Rd had to be Harrisons Rd. The stud was probably being sold by the Doody family which had bought it from Doug; they had another stud at Diggers Rest.

"patron Park" .Harbison .Road Dromana Stud .Farm, Freehold.

PAGE 14, THE AGE, JUNE 10, 1964.
THURSDAY, JUNE 18,at 2:30 p.m., on the Property
Firstly to be offered in one lot of approx.48 acres but if not sold to be offered in two lots.
COMPRISING: (1)36 acres 3 roods 33 perches approx.; (2) 12 acres approx.
LOT 1 (a) Delightful 6 roomed weatherboard dwelling with 3 roomed S.C. flat. Together with all floor coverings,light fittings, and shades, blinds and drapes.
(b) Complete stud farm consisting of 10 divided agistment paddocks,loose boxes,State Rivers water connected to each paddock,Saddling yards, stables, feed sheds &c.
LOT 2 is a vacant lot of land divided into approx.four paddocks with State Rivers water connected to each paddock.
Terms 10%deposit,balance 60 days.
For inspection and prior offers,please contact:
Phone 24 6681 or 28 Chester St,Oakleigh. 569 0661.

The actual location of the 48 acres is yet to be pinpointed. A possible Doody descendant at Sunbury or Doug's son,Paul, might be able to help me. What is of interest is that no training track was mentioned. My guess is that the stud was close to Melway 160 H-J 7-8 where 117 acres,DROMANA RACECOURSE was gazetted in 1872.

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Mar 10, 2000 - Vale - Douglas William Bachli - (1922 - 2000). The Golf Society of Australia lost ... of his son Paul, “I have lost my hero” - we have all lost a hero.

There was only one Bachli in White Pages for the whole of Melbourne. He was Doug's son but he had never seen Patron Park Stud. However,he gave me the mobile number of Doug's youngest son,Paul. I rang Paul but there was no answer and I left a message. Paul rang back first thing this morning. He knew where it was and spoke of black gates and the new name of Palimino Stud. He said the stud was near the Tech.School. As I drove north past the school, there was no sign of black gates. When I reached the north end of the recreation reserve with the subdivision of the Moat family's grants on my left,I knew it was time to turn around. That was when I saw the sign: PALiMINO STUD. It was 59 Harrisons Rd. Then I saw a Californian Bungalow with a four wheel drive in front of it but no driveway. This had to be the delightful weatherboard house of 1964 but I had to drive past it to the black gates with Palimino Stud wrought upon them.

As I walked up the driveway two pairs of eyes watched me warily. I introduced myself and explained my purpose to the older pair of eyes which filled with enthusiasm. Their owner showed me the stables (feed room,tack room,stalls with sliding doors which still slide beautifully and the concrete pad outside the feed room on which stood a silo which fed the feedboxes. Then he escorted me through the self contained three roomed flat attached to the north east corner of the house,and told me that the foundations of the six roomed weatherboard house had been compressed when somebody had substituted heavy terra cotta tiles for corrugated iron. The house, flat and stabling were all on five acres with grapevines on a paddock behind them. There is a lane on the north side of the house along which feed could probably be carried to each of the specified 10 agistment paddocks but Patron Park probably also extended to the south as well as east.

As we walked toward the black gates, I asked the owner his name and how to spell the surname. It was Frank Hilli* and I knew immediately why he hadn't been to the BACK TO RED HILL reunion on March 22, 2015. He mentioned the old passion fruit factory in Harrisons Rd and I told him about Barry Wright's photo of it in my MEMORIES OF RED HILL,POST 1940 journal. He told me it was now the Whispering Vines Cafe,done up beautifully with brick cladding and it certainly does look great,up the long drive from the impressive brick entrance (TOLLEO ESTATE?)

*There was a four day Hilli/ Cleine reunion on the same weekend that I only found out about after the hall had been booked and the date of the BACK TO RED HILL was publicised.

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This bloke was a genius!

Dead or Alive
Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1939 - 1949) Thursday 5 December 1946 p 12 Article.

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