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PAGE 25-6. 1939. The (Tullamarine Progress Association) meeting was held at Mrs Green's Junction Corner instead of the school where meetings had been held since the inception of the T.P.A. (in 1924) because the acting headteacher, Mr Dalton, had refused permission.-----A letter from Sam Merrifield asked the T.P.A. to support an application to Broadmeadows Council for construction of a tennis court on the recreation reserve (today's Melrose Drive Reserve) and its use on Sundays, but it was pointed out that the council would not allow Sunday play.

When he was married (1950's) Harry Heaps of "Sunnyside" (west side of Wright St near the Moonee Ponds Creek)built a new house which now (1998) stands at the south corner of Strathconnan Square. A century old house in which Mary Reddan's father-in-law, Mr Wordsworth, had been born, and which had been owned by Sam Merrifield was demolished but there was a barn which was used regularly as a boxing venue. etc.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 30 June 1941 p 4 Article
... Merrifield surveyor of Tulla-marine won Essendon ballot. He is sec-retary of Essendon ALP. Other

Sam was probably not able to attend the 1939 T.P.A. meeting because of his absence in connection with his employment with the tramways board, perhaps surveying a new line. Harry Heaps' family had been pig farmers but had changed to poultry farming by the time of Harry's marriage. He probably didn't need to build poultry sheds when he built his matrimonial home. Excerpts related to Sam's desire for a tennis court and his livelihood while at Tullamarine have been put in bold type in the biography.

A motion to permit the playing of tennis at Tullamarine on Sundays was lost at the meeting of the Broadmeadows Council yesterday.(P. 15, Argus, 1-9-1939.)

Unfortunately, although the Johnsons were still on Glendewar, the tennis club which operated on their farm, not that far north of Sam's place,must have folded before Sam's arrival in Tullamarine.

Merrifield, Samuel (1904–1982)

by Peter Love

This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 18, (MUP), 2012

Samuel Merrifield (1904-1982), surveyor and politician, was born on 6 February 1904 at Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, third child of Victorian-born parents William Merrifield, carpenter, and his wife Sarah, née Semmens. Sam’s education at Moonee Ponds West Primary and Essendon High schools was impeded by hearing difficulties, for which he compensated with voracious, attentive reading. His self-discipline helped him through a surveying apprenticeship as well as evening classes at Taylor’s College and the Working Men’s College, Melbourne. Having secured a surveyor’s licence in 1925, he worked as a draftsman and surveyor for the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board, the Victorian Forests Commission and the Country Roads Board until his retrenchment in 1931, a casualty of the Depression.

Political radicalism had featured in Merrifield’s family since his grandfather’s involvement in agitation on the Victorian goldfields in 1854. Sam attended Australian Labor and Socialist party functions in his youth, and at 18 he had joined the Moonee Ponds branch of the ALP. His bout of unemployment hardened his political resolve, deepening his sympathy for people fallen on hard times. Always an enthusiastic sportsman, he immersed himself more widely in the sporting and civic affairs of his local community.

After living off his wits, including a period raising poultry, Merrifield returned to paid employment for the Tramways Board (1935-39), the State Electricity Commission (1940), and from 1940 the Commonwealth Department of the Interior, where he applied his drafting, surveying and broad engineering skills with customary precision and diligence. On 7 March 1936 at the Ascot Vale Congregational Church he married Margaret Lillian (Lil) Smith, a typist. They had no children.

In June 1943 Merrifield won the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Essendon for the ALP and, after an electoral redistribution, successfully contested that of Moonee Ponds in 1945-52. He gave assiduous attention to his electorate and served on numerous parliamentary committees. He was vice-president (1947-49) of the State Schools Committees’ Association of Victoria. Appointed minister for public works in 1952, he tackled increasing demands for the renewal and expansion of public infrastructure. Facing overcrowding in state schools, for instance, he oversaw the introduction of portable classrooms.

Sparsely-built and quietly-spoken, Merrifield nonetheless was drawn into controversy in 1949 when he was named during the Lowe royal commission into communism in Victoria as a Communist Party of Australia contact in the ALP. He vigorously denied these allegations, which were never proved, but remained a figure of suspicion for anti-communist campaigners in the ALP. The flow of preferences to the Australian Labor Party (Anti-Communist) saw him defeated in the election that followed the split in the Cain government in April 1955.

Infuriated but outwardly calm, Merrifield was then employed as a surveyor by the Keilor City Council: he had retained close ties with his profession as president (1946) and fellow (1947-64) of the Victorian Institute of Surveyors. He also set about rebuilding his political career. In June 1958 he was elected to the Victorian Legislative Council as the member for Doutta Galla. As deputy-leader of the Opposition in the council from 1960 until his retirement in 1970, he won respect for his courteous demeanour and punctilious attention to parliamentary duties. His favourite appointment was to the Parliamentary Library committee, which allowed him to indulge a long-standing passion for reading, particularly history.

Always committed to representing 'the underdog', in the early 1960s Merrifield joined Brian Fitzpatrick and others in establishing the Melbourne branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History. Building on his substantial and constantly growing collection of historical material on the Australian labour movement, in 1964 he launched the Recorder—a newsletter that became the starting point for many researchers who found their way to his increasingly cluttered house and garage at Moonee Ponds. After his retirement it became his principal interest, along with his founding membership of the Essendon Historical Society and service to the local library. In 1971 the ASSLH conferred on him its second life membership (Fitzpatrick was the first) and in 1973 Monash University awarded him an honorary doctorate of letters, recognising his contribution to the field.

Lil Merrifield, who had devotedly supported her husband, died in 1978; Sam soon commenced donating his library and papers to the La Trobe Library. His dedication to his community, including fifteen years as president of the Essendon District Football League and twenty-six years on the Essendon Hospital committee, was widely recognised. He died on 24 August 1982 at Parkville, Melbourne, and was cremated. In 1983 the Essendon Public Library was named after him.


Lil Merrifield may have begun her married life at Tullamarine. See photo and article.


Charles Graves and his partner, Brownlee leased the southern 4000+ acres of Jamieson's Special Survey in 1851 at 10 shillings per acre while the Connells leased the northern 1000+ acres between the mouth of Tassells Creek and Ellerina Rd. (Leonard Wilding's History of the Mornington Peninsula, 1905.)

Charles hawked goods such as drapery throughout the Peninsula and was often helped by George McLear,son of his business partner in this venture, the widow, Mary Ann McLear. George would take a change of horses to Frankston when Charles was returning from Melbourne with new stock and sometimes accompanied Charles on his rounds to places such as the Cairns families' "Little Scotland" at Boneo.

On May 10 1859, Charles bought allotment 13 section 2 Kangerong for 166 pounds 12 shillings and 2 pence. Consisting of 166 acres 2 roods 17 perches and having the second 2000 link (400 m) frontage east of Collins Rd, it was granted to Thomas Monahan on 19-11-1856, probably for the same price (or more) because a pound per acre was the usual upset(reserve) price. Charles was astute to buy at this time because a pier had been approved at Schnapper Point at the expense of Dromana (which argued that its population was larger.)If he'd waited a couple of years, the purchase price would have been bigger because the Dromana pier had been built.

Charles had the block fenced by Thomas and Charles Rymer and carried out other improvements with the help of young George McLear before selling the block to his business partner, George's mother, on January 31 1860 for 200 pounds. (A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.)

Soon after, Charles established the first store at Shoreham and on 7-2-1868 purchased crown allotment 15 section A, north of Punty Lane and west of Tucks Rd from the Crown. He named his farm Woodlands".

Plenty of information but unanswered questions. It would seem that Charles went out of his way to help widow McLear. Was Charles a Bachelor at the time? He certainly married but when?

GRAVES.-On the 17th August (suddenly), at "Woodlands," Shoreham, Jane, beloved wife of Charles Graves, aged 74 years, (P.60, The Australasian, 26-8-1905.)

EventDeath Event registration number8978 Registration year1905
Personal information
Family nameGRAVES Given namesJane SexUnknown Father's nameWhite Geo Mother's nameMaud (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathFlinders Age74

GRAVES.—On the 29th June, at "Woodlands,"Shoreham, Charles Graves, aged 81. A colonist of 57 years. A patient sufferer at rest. (P.1, Argus, 3-7-1906.)

EventDeath Event registration number9095 Registration year1906
Personal information
Family nameGRAVES Given namesChas SexUnknown Father's nameGraves Thos Mother's nameUnknown (Butt) Place of birth Place of deathFlinders Age81

Mr. Charles Graves, one of the Mornington peninsula pioneers, died on Friday night, aged 81 years. Mr. Graves settled on what was then known as "The Survey" —now Dromana — in 1850, and resided there during the intervening 56 years. He was probably one of the best known men in the district.(ABOUT PEOPLE, P.6, The Age, 2-7-1906.)

AHA! Charles was single when he was being so helpful to Widow McLear..He married Jane in 1863.
EventMarriage Event registration number2815 Registration year1863
Personal information
Family nameGRAVES Given namesCharles SexMale Spouse's family nameWHITE Spouse's given namesJane

NAME.....................YEAR OF BIRTH.......REGISTER NUMBER.
THOMAS JOSHUA..............1864........................14788
WILLIAM JOHN...................1871........................23261

Photo No.; Name;----------- Born; Died; ---------------Age; Spouse; Extra; Section.
544 GRAVES Charles --blank 29/06/1906 81 Jane Church of England
542/543 GRAVES Charles,blank 19/09/1929 blank blank par Charles & Jane Church of England
544 GRAVES Henry blank 09/03/1873 4 blank par Charles & Jane Church of England
544 GRAVES Jane blank 17/08/1905 74 Charles with Jeremiah White Church of England
544 GRAVES,William John, blank,11/03/1873 11 par Charles & Jane Church of England

SIR, - Re "New Chum's" inquiry in your last issue as to the oldest resident of the Peninsula, I think I am one of the few that are left. I left the Isle of Man in August, 1849, and arrived in Melbourne December the same year. After spending 12 months near Melbourne, I came to Dromana (then called Jamieson's Survey) on January 15th, 1851. I rented 4000 acres of land from the Bank of Australia for nine years, and in 1860* bought the property I am now living on. You will therefore see that I am one of the old pioneers. C. GRAVES. "Woodlands," Shoreham. (P.3, Mornington Standard, 22-3-1902.)

(*The parish map gives 7-2-1868 as the date of purchase of his grant described below but a lands department copyist may have misread a badly printed 0 as 8 or Charles might have bought a grant of about 150 acres from the grantee, such as James Byrne's c/a 22 of 151 a. 2 r. 18 p. just north of the Stony Creek crossing, east into the parish of Balnarring.)

Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 20 September 1902 p 2 Article
On the road from Dromana to Flinders, Mr C. Dowling has about 250 acres of good land, 140 of which is cleared and makes an ideal little dairying block. The property is beautifully situated on a slope facing the north and a clear running creek forms the boundary of the farm, which has been appropriately named "The Glen." Dairying at present occupies Mr Dowling's attention and he grows the usual fodder crops necessary for that industry.
(Thomas Dowling was granted crown allotment 3 section A Flinders on 6-2-1884, Bounded by a straight eastern continuation of Shands Rd (N), Tucks Rd (W) and Stony Creek, its Tucks Rd frontage went south to about the location of 339 Tucks Rd in Melway 255 H3. As this consisted of 109.75 acres, "The Glen" probably included c/a 12 of 140 acres granted to Daniel Nowlan and south east of c/a 3 or Edmund Riley's grant, c/a 4 of 139 acres, across Tucks Rd from the southern half of c/a 3. This entry was included to indicate that the special correspondent was travelling down Tucks Rd.)

A little further along the road toward the coast we come to "Woodlands," a property of nearly 400 acres, belonging to Mr Graves, a very old resident of the district. Besides having a large orchard and garden, the owner of "Woodlands" goes in largely for poultry farming. Mr Graves also conducts one of the oldest storekeeping businesses in the southern part of the Mornington Peninsula. The property is in good order and crops of any sort should grow well in the rich chocolate soil.

(Bounded by Tucks Rd (NE) Punty Lane (SE) and the western arm of Mantons Creek in Melway 255 H7 and to the middle of G6 (SW), this was Charles Graves' grant of 190 acres 3 roods and 30 perches. On 11-3-1896 Charles Graves and Thomas Dowling had purchased c/a 11 of almost 64 acres which was probably part of the 400 acres in 1902 but it's anyone's guess where the other, roughly, 150 acres were.
POSTSCRIPT. See ROSE VIOLETat end of journal. Thomas Dowling must have bought Charles' share of the 64 acres and his roughly 400 acres consisted of c/a 15, 190.3.30 + c/a 21, 192.3.20, a total of 383.3.10, nearly 384 acres. It is unclear whether his store was on 15, 21 or the small allotments in the township of Balnarring where the Frankston-Flinders road crosses Stony Creek and the creamery was located.

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.

(There is no grant of about 80 acres on Tucks Rd but as it was across the road from Higgins' 149 acres (c/a 24 south of Higgins Lane, Melway 256 C-E 9 roughly), adjoined the Shoreham Creamery, and was followed by the Higgins and Riley farms, it was obviously c/a 28 of almost 85 acres south of Beach St, the correspondent having travelled to the south end of Tucks Rd and turned sharp left into Frankston-Flinders Rd with Seaview on the right (near the sea) and then Higgins and Riley on the left (south and north of Higgins Lane) just before the creamery and the Stony Creek crossing.)

*Smith falsely accused Charles of stealing his heifer. See:

If this couple arrived on Henry Tuck's former run before Charles Graves it would have only been by few months because Charles also claimed to have arrived there in 1860.

Catherine's obituary in 1911.


SIR,-I beg to acknowledge receipt of £4 14s from Mr D. Buckley, hon.secretary of the Balnarring testimonial
fund, being a surplus which that committee had after purchasing the gold locket which they presented me with on
the 18th ultimo. I wish to thank my many friends and sympathisers who took such an active part in the matter.
-I am yours sincerely,CHARLES GRAVES,JUN. Shoreham, 20th November, 1896.(P.3, Mornington Standard, 26-11-1896.)

I don't like mysteries and the solution showed that it was Charles Graves Junior who'd been accused of stealing J.T.T.Smith's heifer.

Great sympathy is felt for Mr. C.Graves in this district in the trouble and expense to which he has been put in proving his innocence of the charge of cattle stealing recently brought against him. A public meeting was held in the schoolroom on Thursday last to discuss the subject and it was decided to hold a dance in honour of Mr. Graves, and present him with a gold locket suitably inscribed, as a mark of the esteem in which he is held in this locality. A committee was appointed to make all necessary arrangements for the dance and to canvas the district for subscriptions.(P.3, Mornington Standard, 20-8-1896.)

Charles Graves Junior's birth record does not seem to be on Victorian BDM. He came close to being killed in 1906, the year of his father's death. It is not clear whether his visit had been to John Calvin Griffith, son in law of Thomas and Catherine Dowling, or Jonah (Dohn) Griffith, his brother.

Mr Charles Graves, jun, of Shoreham, had the misfortune to meet with a very painful accident whilst driving in his jinker on Sunday evening. Mr Graves had just left the residence of Mr J. Griffith, when one of the wheels of the jinker suddenly collided with the post of a culvert, the result being that Mr Graves was thrown heavily on to the ground, one of the wheels striking him a nasty blow on the side. Despite his severe shaking he retained possession of the reins, preventing the pony from running away.

Fortunately, assistance was close at hand, and Mr Graves was promptly conveyed to Mr Griffith's house, where he complained of a severe pain in the side. An examination of the part disclosed the necessity of obtaining medical advice, as it was apparent some bone was fractured. Dr Somers, on arrival, found that Mr Grace had sustained a fracture of two of his lower ribs, and these were quickly attended to, Mr Graves experiencing much relief after the bandaging operation. Mr Graves is now able to be up,and will probably return to his home at the end of the week. (P.5, Mornington Standard, 31-3-1906.)

Charles Junior died in 1929 according to the Flinders cemetery records but my hope of finding his approximate year of birth from his death record was dashed by the discovery that this wasn't on Victorian BDM either. He did die in 1929.

Application has been made by the Trustees,Executors and Agency Company Limited and Miss Ruby Elizabeth Cole for probate of the will and two codicils of Charles Graves, formerly of Mornington. but late of Corowa, N.S.W., who died on 19th September. The estate is valued for probate at £8463. consisting of personalty only, and, subject to a legacy of £100 to the Corowa Public Hospital, is held in trust for relatives and friends. There are also assets in New South Wales. (P.10, The Age, 7-11-1929.)

His death notice was found but doesn't supply his age.It indicates that the birth records of some of his siblings are also missing.
GRAVES. — On the l9th September, at Corowa, New South Wales, Charles, son of the late Charles and Jane Graves, brother of T. J.Graves. Mrs. J, Symonds. Flinders, and Mrs. G. M. Wilson. Red Hill, formerly of Flinders and Mornington.(P.13, The Age, 21-9-1929.)

Charles Junior would have moved to Mornington in early 1908, having sold Woodlands.
Mr. Graves of Shoreham, has disposed of his farm there, at a satisfactory figure to a farmer from Healesville. (P.3, Mornington Standard, 11-1-1908.)

No wonder his age and year of birth are not given on the gravestone in the Flinders cemetery!
The death occurred suddenly yesterday morning of. Mr. Charles Graves, who for the past five or six years had been a resident of Corowa, having come from Mornington (Vic.), where he conducted an agency business. The late Mr. Graves came to Corowa for health reasons about 26 years ago, spending the winters here, then returning to his business in Mornington. He was very well known and highly esteemed by all who knew him. Upon taking up residence in Corowa a few years ago, Mr. Graves purchased "Twilight" and resided there until his death. His remains were taken to Flinders (Vic.) and the funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon. The Rev. Canon Ross-Edwards will perform the burial service.(P.2, The Corowa Free Press, 20-9-1929.)
MRS. G.M.WILSON.(nee Jane Graves.)
5. G.M.Wilson who fought in the Boer War, married Jane, the daughter of Charles Graves Snr,(pioneer on Jamieson's Special Survey, Shoreham storekeeper and owner of "Woodlands" in the parish of Flinders.)

Re 5. Former councillor David Jarman started it all off when he suggested that I contact Peter Hemphill about the BACK TO RED HILL, adding that Peter was a "(grandson of Jerve Wilson) orchardist who served in the Boer war." Peter didn't know of any relationship to Sarah Wilson's descendants and Jean Rotherham told me to check with Bev Laurissen who was quite sure there wasn't one. I thought that Boer War records might give details about the soldier's parents but I couldn't find his service record.

That was when janilye came to the rescue.
And this is what I wrote to Peter.
Your grandfather may not have been a descendant of Sarah Wilson, pioneer on Jamieson's Special Survey, but your grandmother was the daughter of Charles Graves, who with a partner named Brown-Lee (according to a heritage study) leased the whole survey in 1851 when Henry Dunn's lease expired.

Charles was a hawker who travelled to Melbourne to buy goods that he would sell all over the peninsula,including the Cairns family's "Little Scotland" on the north east corner of Browns and Boneo Rds. His partner in the hawking business was Mary McLear whose husband had been killed near the Plenty River at the end of 1849; she arrived on the survey shortly after Charles Graves. Young George McLear helped by taking a change of horse to Frankston when Charles was coming back from Melbourne and accompanied Charles on one amusing visit to Little Scotland.(Pages 98-9,.34-5 A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.)

Charles bought and fenced the property at Dromana which became the McLear family's "Maryfield" before becoming a storekeeper at Shoreham and a landholder in the parish of Flinders. As soon as I saw janilye's statement that your grandfather married Jane Graves, I knew who would be her father. Two death notices for Jane's brother prove that it was Charles Graves senior, the former hawker.

by janilye on 2015-01-25 16:18:36
Good heavens all this chasing your tails when you should have asked me!!
His name was Gervaise Maison Wilson and his service number was 508.
You'll find him on the Nominal Roll page 248.
All information is held at the Australian War Memorial which is now all online or a phone-call away.
Happy Australia Day.

by janilye on 2015-01-25 16:28:37
NAME: Gervaise Mason Wilson
BIRTH YEAR: abt 1880
AGE: 85
DEATH PLACE: Dromana, Victoria
SPOUSE: Christian Jane Graves married 1908

by janilye on 2015-01-25 16:50:32
I see he was listed in the electoral rolls as Gervase Mason, however on his enlistment into the 3rd. Contingent the spelling of his name was Gervaise Maison.
Private Wilson was invalided back to Australia om 2 May 1901
Off to War.

by itellya on 2015-01-25 17:46:46
Thanks janilye, you're a marvel!

GRAVES.- On the 19th September, 1929, at Corowa (N.S.W ), Charles, son of the late Charles and Jane Graves, brother of T.J. Graves, Mrs J Symonds (Flinders), and Mrs G M Wilson (Red Hill), formerly of Flinders and Mornington.
GRAVES.-On the 19th September at Barina, Corowa, Charles, beloved brother of Isabella (Mrs Symonds), Thomas, and Jane (Mrs Wilson), aged 58 years, late of Flinders, Victoria.
(P.1, Argus, 20-9-1929.)

He would have been born in about 1871.
EventDeath Event registration number20765 Registration year1944
Personal information
Family nameSYMONDS Given namesIsabella SexFemale Father's nameGRAVES Charles Mother's nameJane (Murdock???) Place of birth RYE Place of deathHASTINGS Age84
As her mother's maiden name was wrong*, it is possible that her age is too unless she was born before Charles and Jane married in 1863.
*There are only four marriage records for Charles Graves, with the brides' maiden names being White (1863), Costello (1881), Manderson (1913), and Carson (1887). However there is an explanation for Charles Grave's wife's name being given as Jane Murdock. See ROSE VIOLETat the very end of the journal.

The birth at Rye indicates that Charles Graves' wife Jane was the daughter of George White, an early limeburner near Sorrento and Rye, one of whose kilns was on the Rye Footy Ground. (Details of this Irish White family can be found in LIME LAND LEISURE. George White bought Edward Williams's old butchers shop near GEORGE STREET in Sorrento. He may have had three brothers.) Perhaps one of them was Jeremiah with whom Jane was buried at Flinders. He was!
Extract from ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD re the 1859 petition against a fence being built across the peninsula from White Cliff.
Many of the limeburners would have been illiterate. Their names would have been printed (by Peter Purves or James Sandle Ford) and followed by "their mark", usually a cross (X). The names on the petition opposing construction of the fence were: James Ford, Peter Purves, Robert Rainey, James Patterson, George Mitchell, Robert Quinan, George White, Robert White, Richard White, Jeremiah White , James Swan, Arthur Robinson MATCD (presumably the other Melbourne resident), Alfred Evans, Nathan Page, John Dillon, Edward Russell, Patrick Sullivan, Edward M.Williams, Richard White, George White!, Isaac Prout, Owen Cain, Mrs John Devine, Ben Stennigan (Stenniken), Timothy Sullivan, Thomas Clancy, George Baker, Charles Dean, Mrs Edward Skelton, Samuel Clark, Samuel Williams, Richard Kenna (Melbourne resident!)

Snr Constable O'Shannassy was asked to ascertain why the settlers and limeburners had signed the petition. He found that Clark, Williams, Nathan Page, Mrs Skelton and Jeremiah White had not signed and weren't even asked to sign. George White senior and Robert Quinan, both limeburners, had signed, not wanting to offend their old neighbours,even though they actually wanted the fence. Thomas White and 15 other limeburners wanted the fence to prevent Ford and Purves overgrazing the area with their combined 800 head of cattle. They complained that their own bullocks (obviously used for ploughing and hauling lime)were dying from starvation. Robert, George and Richard White, Ford, Purves, Cain, Stennigan (sic), and Patrick and Timothy Sullivan feared that their cattle would be turned out of the area.

EventDeath Event registration number19267 Registration year1951
Personal information
Family nameWILSON Given namesJane Christian SexFemale Father's nameGRAVES Charles Mother's nameJane (White) Place of birthSHOREHAM Place of deathMORNINGTON Age76
The year of death and age indicate that she was the daughter born in 1875. See birth records above.

EventDeath Event registration number10671 Registration year1934
Personal information
Family nameGRAVES Given namesThomas Joshua SexMale Father's nameGRAVES Charles Mother's nameJane (White) Place of birth Place of deathCHELTENHAM Age70

Among my early journals was one about the White family of Rye, Sorrento, Rosebud and Red Hill. Robert White was connected with all four areas in rate records and local histories so I assumed that the same family had pioneered all four areas. Then I received private messages from yenram and toolaroo.
White Family Pt Nepean yenram 2012-04-11 20:02:50
Blooming Bob White toolaroo 2012-10-28 05:47:01

Our conversations continued for some time and I finally came to understand that there were two different families, Yenram's family at Rye and Sorrento being from Ireland and toolaroo's family at Rosebud and Red Hill being from Clackmannan in Scotland. Each family had a Robert White and I deemed it wise to abandon the journal until I could positively decide to which family the Robert White, renting a hut at Boneo from the Cairns family, belonged. As he was probably engaged in limeburning at Boneo, I though it was best for yenram and toolaroo to confer.

Long story short, this journal was started as a post on the PIONEERS OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA Facebook Group page and Yemran joined the group quite some time ago as Rose Violet. Jane Graves' death notice gives her father's name as George White but Rose Violet, who has conducted extensive research, disagrees. Here are her comments under the post.

Rose Violet I can help you with some of your Qstns:)

Charles Graves married Jane White daughter of limeburner Robert White not George 🤗. George married Elizabeth Gilbertson****

Rose Violet Jane was previously married to George Petrie Murdoch & had 2 children to the marriage Geo. Petrie Jnr born 1850** & Isabella in 1860***

Rose Violet Charles Jnr was born in 1866* at Flinders

(*In this case, Charles Jnr. was about five years older than 58 as stated in one of the two death notices. No birth notice was found for Charles Jnr in 1866 and indeed any year from 1863 to 1872.)

** EventBirth Event registration number22560 Registration year1850
Personal information
Family nameMURDOCH Given namesGeorge Peter SexMale Father's nameMURDOCH George Mother's nameJane (Unknown) Place of birthGEELONG

*** No birth record for Isabella Murdoch found.

**** As George White married Elizabeth Gilbertson in 1862, the year before Jane White married Charles Graves, he could have been Jane's brother or cousin. Who was George's father, George or Robert.
EventMarriage Event registration number133 Registration year1862
Personal information
Family nameGILBERTSON Given namesElizabeth SexFemale Spouse's family nameWHITE Spouse's given namesGeorge

Yenram wrote in her first F.T.C. private message:
My line is George White and Mary Wall. Their son Robert married Mary Ann Condron in 1846. George was listed as a Lime Burner on the marriage certificate and Robert a Lime Salesman.

I believe that Jane's mother (Maud Unknown in her death certificate) was actually Mary Wall. Jane Graves was buried in the same grave at Flinders as JEREMIAH WHITE. WHO WERE JEREMIAH'S PARENTS?

EventDeath Event registration number1405 Registration year1881
Personal information
Family nameWHITE Given namesJeremiah SexUnknown Father's nameGeo Mother's nameUnknown (Wall) Place of birth Place of deathFLINDERS Age56

Death records indicate that Jeremiah was born in about 1825 and Jane in about 1831 so they could have been siblings or cousins but most people would object to their family plot being occupied by distant cousins, so my money's on Jeremiah being Jane's older BROTHER, making George White and Mary (Wall)Jane's parents.

EventBirth Event registration number20934 Registration year1866
Personal information
Family nameGREAVES Given namesCharles SexUnknown Father's nameCharles Mother's nameJane (White) Place of birthFLINDERS

YENRAM has also sent me a screenshot of Charles Graves' will and has given me permission to transcribe it here. His "Woodlands" was described as consisting of 400 acres in 1902 and I presume that his wife lived on his 190 acre 3 rood 30 perches grant, c/a 15, section A, Flinders after his death.

I GIVE DEVISE and bequeath untomy son Thomas Joshua Graves allotment of land 21 in the parish of Flinders, Victoria containing 182 acres 3 roods and 20 perches more or less In consideration of which he is to give his sister Jane Christian Graves the sum of twenty five pounds.

To my son Charles Graves I bequeath allotment of land 15 in the parish of Flinders, Victoria containing 190 acres 3 roods and 20 perches in consideration of which he is to give his sister Jane Christan Graves the sum of twenty five pounds.

All stock, farming implements, ploughs, harrows &c &c to be divided equally among them, the brothers.

All household goods all outstanding debts all goods in store to be equally divided among the brothers Thomas Josha Graves and Charles Graves.

This will is not available and only comes into force after my wifes death.My wife is to be in full possion (possession) of all my property goods money &c &c until her death*.

-end of screenshot.

CROWN ALLOTMENT 21, SECTION A FLINDERS was granted to Thomas Monahan (who you will remember was the grantee of Mary Ann McLear's Maryfield opposite the site of the Dromana Drive-In)and actually consisted of 192acres 3 roods and 20 perches. Like c/a 15, it was on the west side of Tucks Rd, its north east corner being 3737 links (747 metres) south of Punty Lane (thirty seven and a third millimetres on the Melway map.) Its north west corner was precisely at the junction of the two arms of Manton's Creek in Melway 255 J8. Its south east corner was at the Horne Rd corner in 256 B8, the south boundary being parallel with the northern boundary.

* Jane's death.
GRAVES.-On the 17th August (suddenly), at "Woodlands," Shoreham, Jane, beloved wife of Charles Graves, aged 74 years, (P.60, The Australasian, 26-8-1905.)

This indicates that the will was written before 17-8-1905 and explains why Mr Graves (Charles or his brother) was able to sell his farm to the Healsville farmer in 1908. The will had come into force by the time of Charles' death on 29-6-1906. No application for administration of the will was found but the following was:
Probates and Administrations.
Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 - 1954) Saturday 8 September 1906 p 37
......; Charles Graves, £1446; etc.


Type BALNARRING, COUNTY OF MORNINGTON in your search bar, click on the first result, and look for the Bullock and Gray grants at the south west corner of the parish, separated by Tucks Rd and fronting the north side of Shands Rd.

The place of death is given for neither in their death records and neither is recorded as being buried at Flinders or Dromana Cemeteries.

F.Bullock was the grantee of 96 acres at Melway 190 E-F12, the north west corner being the bend in the Mornington-Flinders Rd and 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.)

EventDeath Event registration number6709 Registration year1870
Personal information
Family nameBULLOCK Given namesThomas SexUnknown Father's nameThomas Mother's nameCatherine (Unknown) Place of birthSOME Place of death Age51 Spouse's family nameHAYSOM Spouse's given namesSarah

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.)

EventDeath Event registration number7475 Registration year1874
Personal information
Family nameGRAY Given namesEdward SexUnknown Father's nameJames Mother's nameMartha (Unknown) Place of birthENGL Place of death Age60 Spouse's family nameBUTCHER Spouse's given namesCharlotte


Hugh Jamieson obtained the 5120 acre special survey, between Mt Martha and Dromana,extending east to Bulldog Creek Rd, in 1841 but sold it soon after to a speculator (Hughes) who became insolvent so the property reverted to the ownership of Jamieson who also became insolvent (PAGE 144,Impressions of Australia Felix, During Four Years Residence in that ... )

Archibald, Thomas Bushby and Hugh Jamieson managed the Yerre Yerre run on the Murray for William Stawell in 1848 and later took up the run. In 1853, they renamed it MILDURA.P.6-7 in MILDURA

The SPECIAL SURVEY was split into three portions,(LIME LAND LEISURE, C.N.Hollinshed) probably by Jamieson's assignee. All three parts were eventually bought by Big Clarke who sold the northern part to John Vans Agnew Bruce. Bruce owned this portion by the first Kangerong Road Board assessment in 1864 and it was being leased by Edwin Louis Tassell; it was referred to as 1000 acres for decades. J.V.A. Bruce Snr. died in 1863 and ownership of the estate passed to his namesake son. It was referred to as the Bruce or Brokil Estate. In 1907 the southern 4000 or so acres, the Clarke Estate, was sold. I transposed the subdivision lots onto Melway and found that the MARTHA COVE WATERWAY (Tassells Creek)indicated the northern boundary. The northern boundary of the survey was Ellerina Rd.

In 1853 the northern portion was advertised as being available for lease. Leonard Wilding stated in his history of the Mornington Peninsula (serialised in the Mornington Standard of 1905*)that in the middle of January, 1851, Charles Graves and his partner Brownlee had leased the southern 4000 plus acres and that the Connells had the northern portion. It might have been the Connells who leased it in 1853 because Tassell arrived in 1859 according to Colin McLear.

Leonard Wilding wrote:
The survey was occupied for some time by Jamieson Bros, and later on passed into the hands of the Bank of Australasia.

The advertisement does not state which portion of the survey was to let but helpfully confirms my transposition of the Clarke Estate because the foreshore between Ellerina Rd and Tassells Creek is close enough to 32 mm, each millimetre on Melway representing a chain (20 metres.)

TO LET. 1024 acres of Land, a portion of Jamieson's Special Survey, having a frontage of 32 chains to the Bay of Port Phillip. Apply to Allison and Knight. (P.3., Argus, 1-3-1853.)

Edwin Louis Tassell did not leave the survey by choice. He died very young but was remembered by locals, just as was Henry Dunn, by two of the creeks on the survey being named after them. The third recalls Walter Gibson's sheep washing activities.

It is several years since I requested that recognition of the former name of the MARTHA COVE WATERWAY be indicated by signs, with no result. I will now push for a history board near the lifts.


EventDeath Event registration number1337 Registration year1871
Personal information
Family nameTASSELL Given namesEdwin Louis SexUnknown Father's nameJames Mother's nameJane Place of birthKENT Place of death Age37

MOUNT MARTHA- tenders Invited and received up to 12th Nov, 1874 (answered on 15th), for a three years LEASE of BROKIL ESTATE (lately occupied by R. B. Riddler, Esq. , butcher,,previously late E. L. Tassell Esq.) containing 1024 acres good pastoral land, well watered and subdivided, a large portion sheepproof.
J. VANS AGNEW BRUCE, Fletcher street, Essendon. (P.3, Argus, 29-4-1874.)

Edwin's sister appears to have died in 1856.
EventDeath Event registration number2810 Registration year1856
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Family nameTASSELL Given namesEllen Anne SexUnknown Father's nameJames Mother's nameJane Place of birthKEN Place of death Age16

EventDeath Event registration number5939 Registration year1872
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Family nameTASSELL Given namesJane SexUnknown Father's nameAshbee John Mother's namePhillis Place of birthKENT Place of death Age73 Spouse's family nameTASSELL Spouse's given namesJames

EventDeath Event registration number8666 Registration year1873
Personal information
Family nameTASSELL Given namesJames SexUnknown Father's name Mother's name Place of birthKENT Place of death Age73 Spouse's family nameASHBEE Spouse's given namesJane

An inspection of all 72 TASSELL death records seem to show that Edwin and Ellen Anne were the only children of James and Jane Tassell to die in Victoria but they may have had daughters who married and thus would be listed under other surnames. James may have come out with brothers or cousins. Edwin did not seem to have married and is not named as the father in any Tassell death records. No family notices have been found on trove.

It is possible that Edwin's parents and sisters lived on the survey but they may have lived on a farm near Solomon's Ford. Edwin was definitely on the Survey at the end of 1869.

IF the HORSES left in my paddock by Daniel Lovelock be not removed in 14 days, they will be SOLD for expenses. E. Lewis Tassell, Dromana.(P.7, Argus, 23-11-1869.)

Clearing sale of Farm Stock. Implements, Dairy Utensils, Ac., at O'Brien's Paddock, Solomon's Ford, Saltwater River.
In the Estate of the late Mr. Lewis Tassel, MCULLOCH,CAMPBELL, and CO. are instructed to SELL by AUCTION, at twelve o'clock, at O'Brien's paddock, Solomon's Ford, Saltwater River, the whole of the dairy stock, &c., now
thereon, comprising 12 head well-bred cows in full milk, 30 head heifers and young stock,7 head working bullocks, 5 head bullocks fit for the butcher, Horses, drays, implements, dairy utensils, Household furniture and sundries. The whole to be sold without reserve, to close the estate. (P.27, The Australian, 11-2-1871.)

The Heritage Council of Victoria wrongly states that this was at the end of Canning St, Avondale Heights and in response to my protest about incorrect history and provision of evidence (Cut Cut Paw and Braybrook Township maps showing THE ORIGINAL FORD south of Rhonda St.and a meandering dotted line from it indicating the early settlers' track southwards, - and a dotted line indicating an extension of a township street to the river near the end of a ramp descending from the end of North Rd along the east side of O'BRIEN'S PADDOCK, CROWN ALLOTMENT 9A DOUTTA GALLA)would only state that they could not be responsible for information provided by municipalities.

The ford at the end of Canning St was not shown on these 1855 maps because it did not exist until it was later built by Michael Clancy!

To see O'BRIEN'S PADDOCK, type DOUTTA GALLA, COUNTY OF BOURKE in your search bar. Click on the SECOND result. The first road heading west north of the river is Buckley St. which for decades was known as Braybrook Road because it led to Braybrook Township which straddled the river south of Clarendon St and also to the west. It was the closest crossing place on the river for those early settlers heading SOUTH bound for Geelong and the western district. Milleara Rd. was known as North Pole Road until well into the 1900's and also provided access to the original ford, and by the end of the 1850's, via the east boundary of O'BRIEN'S PADDOCK to the new Solomon's Ford.

Baptisms at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, Keilor.

In all entries, the comma was misplaced, giving the impression that the mother's maiden surname was the father's second given name. It is possible that Edwin Louis Tassell had married a Margaret Daly and a daughter named Emily was born shortly before Edwin moved to the Brokil Estate. The Keilor Plains were basically the flat land formed by volcanic flows through which the Maribyrnong River and other steams created valleys and covered a huge area hyphenated as the Keilor-Werribee and Keilor-Melton Plains. O'Brien's Paddock was on this plain.

There are no Victorian BDM records of a birth, marriage, or death (of a Margaret Tassell) to confirm the above speculation. In 1858, Edwin Louis Tassell would have been about 24 years old, old enough to be a father, but Edwin, the father in the baptismal record, could also have been a younger brother or cousin of James, the father of Edwin Louis Tassell.

In journals about Jamieson's Special Survey, Heritage Walk, Dromana, and Red Hill, I have speculated that H.Tassell, the grantee of crown allotment 74A Balnarring on 7-6-(1904?) might be descended from Edwin Louis Tassell. This portion of the Red Hill Village Settlement consisted of almost 20 acres, located on the west corner of Arthurs Seat Rd and Prossors Lane Melway 190 K4) and extending 370 metres west. H.Tassell did not seem to have stayed long.

A Henry Tassell from Gisborne had bought the Continental Hotel at Woodend which was only mentioned in connection with Henry because of his purchase, it being the venue of many auctions of nearby farms and its destruction by fire. The last mentioned article is interesting given Henry's address at the time.

WOODEND, Wednesday
About half past 1 o'clock this morning a
fire broke out in the diningroom of Mrs
Keating's Commercial Hotel, which speedily
reduced to ashes the whole establishment,
a two-story weatherboard building, contain-
ing over thirty rooms. The flames spread
to the fancy goods store and adjoining
drapery establishment of Mr. C. Long, and
were only kept in check from spreading
further in High-street by the brick wall of
the Commercial Bank. Fortunately, the
night was calm, or else the stables at the
rear of Mr. Nicholson's store in Anslow
street could not have been saved. The
whole of Mrs. Keating's stock and furni-
ture was destroyed, together with a loss of
L200 in gold and notes, though this morn-
ing 34 sovereigns were recovered from the
debris. The hotel was owned by Mr. Henry
Tassell, of Sorrento
, and was insured for
L400. Mrs. Keating's stock and furniture
was insured for L300.(etc.) (P.6, Argus, 12-11-1896.)

SORRENTO, BACK BEACH PALACE, under new management. Every ACCOMMODATION for visitors; terms moderate. Henry Tassell, proprietor. (P.8, Argus, 7-3-1895.)

TASSELL.—On the 23rd inst., at Fitzroy, the wife of Henry Tassell, Sorrento, of twin* daughters.(P.1, Argus, 24-9-1895.) This is not to be taken as evidence that Henry was living at Fitzroy. It is likely that the birth took place at the recently opened St Vincent's Hospital, which being on the north side of Victoria Pde, was in Fitzroy.

In 1889, five Sisters of Charity arrived in Melbourne with the dream of establishing a hospital. The dream was realised on 6 November 1893, with the opening of a small 'cottage hospital' in converted terraces on Victoria Parade. (History of St. Vincent's Hospital.)

(*ONE OF THE TWINS.An engagement is announced of Miss Marjorie E. Tassell, twin daughter of the late Mr. H. Tassell and Mrs. Tassell,Hawksburn, and Mr. Rupert F. Bullen,youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. George Bullen, Malvern. PAGE 33, THE AUSTRALASIAN, 11-5-1918.

Record information
EventBirth Event registration number20786 Registration year1895
Personal information
Family nameTASSELL Given namesMarjorie Eileen SexFemale Father's nameHy Mother's nameSusan Sybella (Collins) Place of birthFITZROY SOUTH

EventDeath Event registration number12966 Registration year1950
Personal information
Family nameTASSELL Given namesSusan Sibella SexFemale Father's nameCOLLINS Unknown Mother's nameSophia (Unknown) Place of birthST LEONARDS Place of deathST KILDA EAST Age89)

It is possible that Henry died in 1912 at or near Point Lonsdale. The following provides a link between the Geelong area and Woodend as well as Edwin Louis Tassell's father and Rosa Tassell's father being named James.

On the 28th inst., at St. Paul's Church, Geelong, by the Very Rev. Archdeacon Stretch, Mr. Harry K.Keen, of Woodend, to Rosa, only daughter of Mr. James Tassell, formerly of Underdown, Herne, Kent, England.
(P.4, Argus, 29-11-1859.)

Mt. Duneed is a suburb of Geelong. It is divided between the City of Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Shire local government areas. Was Rosa a sister of Edwin Louis or of Henry? No death record found for Rosa Keen.

EventDeath Event registration number11404 Registration year1912
Personal information
Family nameTASSELL Given namesHy SexUnknown Father's nameTassell Jas Mother's nameCharl Ann (Shepherd) Place of birth Place of deathMt Duneed Age61

TASSELL.—On the 9th September, 1912, at his residence, Torquay, Henry, the beloved husband of Susie* Tassell, and second son of the late James Tassell, solicitor, Faversham, Kent, England.(P.1, Argus, 10-9-1912.)

(*TASSELL—COLLINS.—On the 15th inst., at Christ Church, St. Kilda, by the Rev. T. Stanley Low, Henry, second son of Jas. Tassell, Esq., solicitor, Faversham, Kent, England, to Susie Sybil, second daughter of Mrs S. Collins-
Fitzroy-street, St. Kilda. The Telegraph, St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian (Vic. : 1866 - 1888) Saturday 25 September 1886 p 4 Family Notices

TASSELL.—On the 21st inst., at her mother's residence, Gisborne, the wife of Henry Tassell, Belmont, Carrum , of a son. P.1, Argus, 26-8-1887.)

Toolern Vale is not mentioned in the article but that's where the pre-emptive right of the Greenhills run was, as detailed at great length in my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA journal. This was south of and connected by a road to Gisborne where Henry Tassell lived when he bought the hotel in Woodend. The mistreated boundary rider COULD NOT have been Henry's son or Henry himself, as the court report shows that the victim was married with several children at the time, (1872), while Henry did not marry until 1886.

This was unlikely to be Susie's husband, unless he'd suffered financial ruin but more likely H.Tassell of the Victorian Railways whose wife bore several babies during the 1890's. The railways were probably forced to retrench many employees because of the 1890's depression and massive unemployment was the reason village settlements were established by both Father Tucker and the government.

Unfortunately I have been unable to prove a connection between Edwin Louis Tassell and other Tassell families in Victoria but at least I have shed some light on the families in my two major areas of concern, the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne's north west.


Many sources state that Henry Dunn leased Jamieson's Special Survey between 1846 and 1851. He wasn't on his own and possibly followed his brother there. Edmund may have been there from 1844 till 1849.

Edmund was a witness in the case, Young v Smith, and had gone to Tootgarook to collect some cattle which had been agisted on George Smith's run. See:

Edmund was still involved in the Peninsula in 1868, having purchased some sheep from Robert Anderson of Barragunda at Cape Schanck.

In 1868 the Melbourne Hunt whose master was Samuel Waldock caused much destruction as they rode through Viewpoint and Edmond's testimony at the trial in which he sued Waldock for damages shows that he retained links with the peninsula.
"Edmund Dunn, who stated,-I am a farmer at Tullamarine, in the neighbourhood of Broadmeadows." (He described the damage.)
"Cross-examined by Mr. FELLOWS.-I paid 6s. each for the sheep.
Mr. FELLOWS.-They were scabby, were they not?
Witness.-They were not. I bought them at Cape Schanck, from Mr. Anderson. I don't know why they were so cheap. I got them at 6s., because I suppose Anderson could not get more. They never had scab, and were never treated for it."

Edmund Dunn 22 (17 single man) Labourer Prot both* Devonshire, came 29 July 1841 on the Westminster
Edmund Dunn, letter at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 2 Jan 1844
Edmond Dunn, List 5, 31 May 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 4 June 1844
Edmund Dunn wed Maria George in 1847 at Methodist / Wesleyan Melbourne

*BOTH refers to Edmund and his sister Elizabeth.Another genealogy website stated:
An Elizabeth and Edmund DUNN (brother and sister) arrive in Victoria 30 July 1841 aboard the WESTMINSTER Elizabeth aged 26 a housemaid living with her brother, Edmund aged 22 a lab. Both were protestants who could read and write. This could be Elizabeth's MARRIAGE record given Henry Dunn's wife's parents' names*. The parents of Elizabeth Bennett who died in 1858 seem to have been George Dunn and Elizabeth UNKNOWN, not the parents of Henry and Edmund. She may have been Edmund's cousin. See ????ELIZABETH BENNETT????at end of journal.

EventMarriage Event registration number4463 Registration year1841
Personal information
Family nameDUNN Given namesElizabeth SexFemale Spouse's family nameBENNETT Spouse's given namesWilliam

(*EventDeath Event registration number20439 Registration year1943
Personal information
Family nameDUNN Given namesBetsy Maria SexFemale Father's nameHARRAP Henry James Mother's nameSarah (Bennett) Place of birthMORNINGTON Place of deathMORNINGTON Age75)

Why did Edmund have to be notified in 1844 that there were letters for him at Melbourne's post office. If he was still in the parish of Jika Jika, surely he would have visited Melbourne occasionally and checked if any letters had arrived for him. Was he already on JAMIESON'S SPECIAL SURVEY between today's Dromana and Mt. Martha?

DUNN, Edmond, Broadmeadows, is a native of Devonshire, who arrived on the WESTMINSTER in 1841 after a voyage of 100 days. He resided in the metropolis for a few years working for others and doing a little farming on his own account, growing oats on a small patch of land on which Coburg now stands. After leasing some land on JAMIESON'S SPECIAL SURVEY for FIVE YEARS,he purchased Viewpoint Farm at Broadmeadows in 1849 and commenced growing wheat. The area of his farm is 325 acres and he also owns 3000 acres and leases 5000 acres on the Loddon, all grazing land. He was married in 1847 to Miss George, a native of Somersetshire, who came out on the same ship with him, and has a family of five sons and two daughters, the youngest being twenty one years of age. He also has three grandchildren.

parish of Tullamarine
THE LINK DOESN'T SEEM TO BE WORKING. If it doesn't work for you, type TULLAMARINE, COUNTY OF BOURKE into your search bar.

Viewpoint consisted of crown allotments 1 and 2 of section 4 so it was actually 3 acres and 28 perches short of the 325 acres stated in the above biography. The south west corner adjoined the north boundary of Camp Hill Park. There was a toll gate at the junction of today's Melrose Drive and Micklekam Rd so, according to the Tullamarine Methodist Church Centenary souvenir of 1970, Edmund would exit his property via section 5 (Stewarton) or c/a's 3 and 4 of section 4 (Camp Hill)to avoid paying repeated tolls.
William George Edmund Dunn was buried at the Will Will Rook Cemetery on 23-7-1876.
Esme Bell, a parent of one of my pupils at Gladstone Park Primary School in late 1989 when I was writing the D volume of my Dictionary History of Tullamarine, and a descendant of Edmund Dunn, told me that he used to stay overnight at the site of Queens Park in Moonee Ponds when driving his sheep to Newmarket and built a ti tree bench there.
Edmund was one of the original committee members of Broadmeadows (Common?)School 982 at the end of 1869 when C. of E. school 45 and National school 27 were amalgamated. (Centenary of Westmeadows State School 7-11-1970.)
He was also an original trustee of the Tullamarine Wesleyan Church. (Tullamarine Methodist Church Centenary 1970.)

In 1989 I had no idea that Edmund had a brother named Henry and Jamiesons Special Survey meant absolutely nothing to me.

Edmund's biography in Victoria and Its Metropolis: Past and Present (above) stated that Edmund had married Miss George. Her given name was Maria.

Edmund and Maria were married in 1847.
EventMarriage Event registration number17B Registration year1847
Personal information
Family nameDUNN Given namesEdmund SexMale Spouse's family nameGEORGE Spouse's given namesMaria

EDMUND'S DEATH RECORD. (Edmund died in the same year as Henry.)
EventDeath Event registration number6010 Registration year1891
Personal information
Family nameDUNN Given namesEdmund SexMale Father's nameUnknown Mother's name Place of birth Place of deathEsdon Age66


EventBirth Event registration number6124 Registration year1855
Personal information
Family nameDUNN Given namesEmma SexUnknown Father's nameEdmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthM.PONDS
(Moonee Ponds meant anywhere the Moonee Ponds Creek and as Henry had purchased Viewpoint in 1849, that was probably the birthplace.)

EventBirth Event registration number8887 Registration year1857
Personal information
Family nameDUNN Given namesHenry Edmund SexUnknown Father's nameEdmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthM.PONDS

EventBirth Event registration number18596 Registration year1859
Personal information
Family nameDUNN Given namesMaria* SexUnknown Father's nameEdmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthM PONDS (*See below.)

EventBirth Event registration number3777 Registration year1862
Personal information
Family nameDUNN Given namesSamuel SexUnknown Father's nameEdmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthTULL

EventBirth Event registration number16477 Registration year1864
Personal information
Family nameDUNN Given namesAlfred Alexander SexUnknown Father's nameEdmond Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthTULL

EventBirth Event registration number6808 Registration year1867
Personal information
Family nameDUNN Given namesCharles Edwin Hooper SexUnknown Father's nameEdmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthBROADMEADO (SEE SILVER WEDDING NOTICE BELOW.)
The above four sons and two daughters were the only births found on Victorian BDM. Was William George Edmund Dunn their child?
EventDeath Event registration number4497 Registration year1876
Personal information
Family nameDUNN Given namesWilliam Geo Edmund SexUnknown Father's nameWilliam Mother's nameClara (Lane) Place of birthMTGA Place of death Age18

The place of birth may have been Mt. Gambier. THE STORY AND BURIAL LISTING OF THE WILL WILL ROOK PIONEER CEMETERY indicates that the deceased was one year and six months old (18 MONTHSold.)The details re the parents were as above. It is possible that the father was a brother of Edmund and Henry and the reason that Henry's death notice requested Devonshire and South Australian* papers to copy.

*DUNN-on the 16th October, at his residence, Park Hill, Mornington, after a short illness, Henry Dunn, aged
83. Deeply regretted. A colonist of 50 years South Australian and Devonshire (England) papers please copy.
(P.1, The Age, 19-10-1891.)

In 1888, Edmund was said to have five sons. There are only four above. It seemed strange that Edmund and Maria married in 1847 but their first child was not born until 1855. None of the 51 Dunn births between 1847 and 1854 had Edmund and Maria as parents. The 21 year old mentioned in 1888 would be Charles Edward Hooper, born in 1867.

Maria and Mary Ann were two different children. Edmund and Maria (nee George) must have been visiting James Dunn (son of Adam born Inverness who died 1873 aged 38)in Gippsland when little Maria died. She was buried in the Sale cemetery. Mary Ann Goman's death record (after the marriage notice) indicates that she was born in about 1850.

2547 DUNN Maria Age17M b.00/00/1859 bur.06/02/1861 d.01/02/1861 4 A 21 Daughter of Edmund Dunn & Maria George. Born in Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia.

GOMAN — DUNN. — On the 29th March, at St- Luke's Church, Emerald Hill, by the Rev. Canon Dickinson, Abel Worth Goman, of Mornington, to Mary Ann, eldest daughter of Edmund Dunn, of Tullamarine.
(P.15, Weekly Times, 14-4-1883.)

EventDeath Event registration number15791 Registration year1927
Personal information
Family nameGOMAN Given namesMary Ann SexFemale Father's nameDUNN Edmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birth Place of deathMORNINGTON Age77

The death notice of Edmund's widow, Maria, lists her children and confirms that she did come to Australia on the same ship as Edmund.
DUNN.—On the 1st November, at her residence, 21 Robb street, Essendon, Maria, widow of the late Edmund Dunn, and beloved mother of William G., Henry E., Samuel, Alfred A., Charles E. H., Emma, and Mrs. Gorman, in her 88th
year. Arrived in Port Phillip Bay per sailing vessel Westminster in 1841.(P.1, Argus, 3-11-1913.)

It appeared that, in the marriage notice, Mary Ann should have been described as the second eldest daughter but Mary Ann Gorman's death record shows that she was about five years older than Emma whose death notice** confirms that she was the child born in 1855.

EventDeath Event registration number5060 Registration year1926
Personal information
Family nameDUNN Given namesWilliam George SexMale Father's nameDUNN Edmond Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birth Place of deathDANDENONG Age74

EventDeath Event registration number9941 Registration year1928
Personal information
Family nameDUNN Given namesEmma SexFemale Father's nameDUNN Edmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birth Place of deathELSTERNWICK Age73

DUNN-ANDERSON.-[Silver Wedding] - On the 9th May, 1893, at Presbyterian Church, Borung, by Rev. John Kirkwood, assisted by Rev. W.Attwood, Charles Edwin, youngest son of late Edmund Dunn, J. P. Tullamarine, to Annie Louise, eldest daughter of late J. C. Anderson,J.P., Borung and Lage Boga. Present address, Swan Hill.
(P.11, Argus, 25-5-1918.)

??????????? ELIZABETH BENNETT??????????
Even though the Elizabeth Bennett (parents George Dunn and Elizabeth UNKNOWN)who died in 1858 could not have been Edmund and Henry's sister, a search of 334 Bennett births revealed many births to William and Elizabeth UNKNOWN, most in Melbourne, Sydney Rd and Pentridge. One of these births in 1845 was that of William Henry Bennett in Melbourne. Could this be that child's death notice? You will recall that Edmund Dunn spent some time on the site of Coburg (Pentridge) before moving to Jamieson's Special Survey.

BENNETT— On the 14th October, at St. Vincent's Hospital, William Henry Bennett, of Mornington, dearly loved brother of Mrs. Harrap,* Mornington; Mrs. Thomas Wright**, Tullamarine, and James D.Bennett***, St.Kilda.
(P.1, The Age, 18-10-1904.)

EventDeath Event registration number12385 Registration year1904
Personal information
Family nameBENNETT Given namesWm Hy SexUnknown Father's nameBennett Wm Mother's nameElizth (Dunn) Place of birth Place of deathFitz S Age59

*Sarah Bennett.
EventBirth Event registration number1265 Registration year1843
Personal information
Family nameBENNETT Given namesSarah SexFemale Father's nameBENNETT William Mother's nameElizabeth (Unknown) Place of birthSYDNEY ROAD

EventMarriage Event registration number1955 Registration year1860
Personal information
Family nameBENNETT Given namesSarah SexFemale Spouse's family nameHARRAP Spouse's given namesHenry James

**Elizabeth Bennett.
EventMarriage Event registration number3240 Registration year1874
Personal information
Family nameWRIGHT Given namesThomas SexMale Spouse's family nameBENNETT Spouse's given namesElizabeth

EventBirth Event registration number16316 Registration year1849
Personal information
Family nameBENNETT Given namesElizabeth SexFemale Father's nameBENNETT William Mother's nameElizabeth (Unknown) Place of birthMELBOURNE this child would seem to have died young.
EventBirth Event registration number10947 Registration year1851
Personal information
Family nameBENNETT Given namesElizabeth SexFemale Father's nameBENNETT William Mother's nameElizabeth (Unknown) Place of birthPENTRIDGE

***Hours have been spent trying to find a birth, marriage or death record or notice for James D.Bennett of St. Kilda or for his daughters. Luckily, while searching for a notice of the death of Thomas Wright's wife, Elizabeth, I discovered that James D.Bennett had moved to Western Australia. He died in 1933 aged 80 so he was born in about 1853.
BENNETT.—James Dunn Bennett (Jim), killed in action at the Dardanelles, the second youngest son of James Dunn Bennett, of Western Australia,nephew of Mrs. Wright*, Tullamarine, Victoria, and the late W.* Bennett and Mrs. Harrop*, of Mornington, and loved brother of Mrs. Lindsay Campbell,Perth, and W. J. Bennett, Willis-street, Prahran,aged 21 years and 9 months. (P.1, The Age, 22-6-1915.)
(*, Elizabeth Wright; William Henry Bennett died 1904; Sarah Harrap died 1912.)

BENNETT. —On August 8, James Dunn Bennett,of Lake Pinjar, Wanneroo, loving father of William (Prahran), Herbert* (killed in action),Horrie* (Wool Exchange, Melbourne), Lilian(Mrs. McCarroll, North Perth), Ethel (Mrs.
McGuinness St. Kilda), Daisy (Sister,A.T.N.A., Richmond), Albert (died of war gas); aged 80 years
(P.1, The West Australian, 4-8-1933.) (*Herbert was obviously James Dunn Bennett Jnr; Horace of St. Kilda.)

Only three children of William Bennett and Elizabeth UNKNOWN were alive in 1904. What happened to the others?
(As mentioned later,there may have been two families involved, the other one pioneers near Geelong.)

SARAH.1843. See above. Married James Henry Harrap. Her death record:
EventDeath Event registration number5476 Registration year1912
Personal information
Family nameHARRAP Given namesSarah SexUnknown Father's nameBennett Wm Mother's nameElizth (Dunn) Place of birth Place of deathEsdon Age68
The age and year of death roughly confirm Sarah's birth in 1843. She was probably born in July 1843.

It is with profound regret we have to record the death of Mrs Sarah Harrap, relict of the late Mr Henry James Harrap (who predeceased his wife 28 years ago), which occurred at the residence of her daughter, Mrs G. Beattie, of Essendon, on Sunday morning last, at the age of 68 years and 11 months. The deceased lady retired on Saturday
night in good health and spirits, but a little before 5 o'clock on Sunday morning she complained of not feeling well, and expired within ten minutes, the cause of death being heart failure. Mrs Harrap was born at Kilmore, Victoria, and resided in Mornington for many years. She was well known and highly respected. She was the beloved mother of Mrs A. Wright, Mrs A. Hickson, Mrs W. H. Dunn, Mrs G. Beattie, Mrs E. Wright, Jim, Edmund, Frank, and Tom, grandmother of 28 children, and great-grandmother of 6. The remains were interred in the Keilor Cemetery, Melbourne, on Tuesday last. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 1-6-1912.)

EventBirth Event registration number14271 Registration year1845
Personal information
Family nameBENNETT Given namesJane Maria SexFemale Father's nameBENNETT William Mother's nameElizabeth (Unknown) Place of birthMELBOURNE (Perhaps a different family)

EventDeath Event registration number4157 Registration year1846
Personal information
Family nameBENNETT Given namesJane Maria SexFemale Father's nameBENNETT W Mother's nameJ (Unknown) Place of birthUNKNOWN Place of deathMELBOURNE Age10

EventBirth Event registration number10388 Registration year1847
Personal information
Family nameBENNETT Given namesMary SexFemale Father's nameBENNETT William Mother's nameElizabeth (Unknown) Place of birthPENTRIDGE

No death record under maiden name and each of the 60 marriage results would have to be checked for a marriage notice.

EventBirth Event registration number16560 Registration year1849
Personal information
Family nameBENNETT Given namesAnne SexFemale Father's nameBENNETT William Mother's nameElizabeth (Unknown) Place of birthMELBOURNE (Perhaps a different family)

No death record under maiden name. Check for marriage notices.

ELIZABETH BENNETT,(See above) born to William Bennett and Elizabeth UNKNOWN in 1849 and 1851 but no death of the first in 1849 to 1851 was found. One of them married Thomas Wright.

WRIGHT-BENNETT [Golden Wedding].-On the 5th August, 1874, at the Presbyterian Manse,Essendon, by the Rev. W. Fraser, Thomas,eldest son of late John and Ann Wright, Tullamarine, to Elizabeth, second daughter of late
William and Elizabeth Bennett, of Euroke(colonists). (Present address, North Pole road, Keilor.)
P.11, ARGUS, 9-8-1924.
N.B. The parish of Yuroke extended north and east from Melway 178C11 (top left corner) to the bend in Mickleham Rd at the bottom left of 385 H2. The northern boundary went from the right centre of 385 E2 east to the Merri Creek at about 387 F5. The southern boundary was a line roughly 18 chains (1760 metres) south of Somerton Rd from 178 C11 to the Merri Creek at the bottom of 387 K6. North Pole Road was Milleara Rd, East Keilor from Keilor Rd to Buckley St.

I will repeat the birth notice of Sarah, the first daughter of William and Elizabeth Bennett, with a warning of what SYDNEY ROAD meant in 1843. It meant Mickleham Rd, which past the "Marnong" gates and Donnybrook Lane is still known today as OLD SYDNEY ROAD.

Sarah Bennett.
EventBirth Event registration number1265 Registration year1843
Personal information
Family nameBENNETT Given namesSarah SexFemale Father's nameBENNETT William Mother's nameElizabeth (Unknown) Place of birthSYDNEY ROAD

EventBirth Event registration number17583 Registration year1852
Personal information
Family nameBENNETT Given namesIsaac William SexMale Father's nameBENNETT William Mother's nameElizabeth (Unknown) Place of birthRIVER EXE*
(* The A-Z story of Melbourne's suburbs | Herald Sun
Jan 6, 2014 - This suburb by the Maribyrnong River became one of Melbourne's .... Competitors slogged it out at last year's Victorian All Schools Cross ..... The Exe was also a name used by some early white settlers for the Werribee River.)

My extensive searches on Victorian BDM and in family notices have alerted me to a William Bennett in the Geelong area. This birth may concern him and therefore the other children not listed in William Henry Bennett's death notice (above and now in bold type)may have been members of the Geelong family.

2 comment(s), latest 5 months, 1 week ago


Hello ---, I'm the Joan who rang you about the re-union at Red Hill later this month. I hope I have your email correct.

As I am 83 and not keeping the best of health I thought I would send this to read if you wish, if I can't make the journey from Mansfield.

One thing I forgot to add was Millie won several awards for her cooking at the Red Hill show and I won four ribbons with my horse riding.

One horse I rode was owned by Judge Federico who owned property there and I helped his daughters with their riding.

Thanks for your efforts, regards Joan Peasnell

p.s. when I married Jim Bell in Mildura we were married for 22 years, then Jim was killed in a construction accident, then 10 years later I married Bill Peasnell and he has put up with me for 29 years.!!!!!

Red Hill Memories ------Joan Blatchford/Bell/Peasnell
My father William (Bill) Blatchford purchased 105 acres of timbered country
at Red Hill South in 1943. The land had a large road frontage, on the main
Red Hill to Merricks Nth road. It was next door to Edgar and Margaret
Clarke’s large orchard of apples and cherries. It was opposite an orchard
owned by Mr George Clarke father of Edgar. Another location was the CRB
area opposite where barrels of tar were stockpiled. This was known as Tar
Barrel Corner.
Adjoining this was a small cottage owned by Mr Harold Ratcliffe, commonly
known as Ratty, and he delivered the mail. He had a small Bedford van and
he was renowned for revving and clunking as he stopped and started at the
mail boxes. He amazed everyone by always wearing an old grey overcoat
and white silk scarf, he said whatever kept the cold out could keep the heat
out too!!!
Dad was not free to move from his employment until after the war had
ended, his job was controlled by “Man Power” a government agency.
We, my father, mother Millie, brother Lee and I moved to Red Hill Sth in 1945
and I finished my state school time at the Red Hill Sth State school about two
and a half miles from home. I rode my push-bike and it was a hilly ride.
Dad rented a house on an orchard owned by Jim Clarke and his wife Betty.
For a cash crop Dad and Lee started clearing trees and cutting firewood for
sale. Dad purchased two light draught horses, both Greys and we called
them Gracie and Fella. He purchased them from Hicks Stables in Mentone
and rode one and led the other all the way home, not a bad feat for
someone who did not have a lot of horse experience since boyhood days.
A goods train came to Red Hill every Friday and Dad would use Gracie to
pull a sleigh/sled the more than 2 miles to collect his barb-wire and posts etc.
She was wonderful to watch,
Mum settled in to life in a house with no electricity, no running water, just
tanks to the sink and bath. Cooking was on a wood fired stove, so different
to the lovely new gas cooker she left in Melb. It was my job to fill the lamps
with kero. Large containers of water were heated on the stove and Dad or
Lee had to carry them to the bath to get warm water.
In 1946 I started two years at Frankston High School. A Dyson semi-trailer
school bus left Flinders at 7am and travelled through Main Ridge, Red Hill,
Merricks North, Balnaring, Bittern, Hastings, Somerville, Tyab and Frankston.
Students were picked up from their drive-ways and I had to be ready at 7.45.
and got home close to 5.30, I left school the day I turned 14.
As soon as Dad had some cleared land he grew strawberries and carrier
Gordon Chambers would take them to Vic Market in Melb. and agents would
handle the sales.
It was fun (for me) when planting was on as Dad would dig the holes, I would
place a runner there, Mum would move up and plant and Lee came along
and watered each plant.
At different stages Dad developed his acres and sold off 3 pieces of
approximately 30 acres each and my grandfather built a small cottage at the
far end of the land on the rest.
Also part of the cash crop days saw 6 cows milked twice a day by hand and
milk sold, separated and cream made in to butter, which sold quickly to the
local cooks. Added to this, they had many hens to look after and I was kept
busy collecting eggs and helping when young cockerels were prepared for
A big change came when my parents bought George Clarke’s orchard and I
spent a couple of years packing for Dad and Blue Moon packing shed. If we
were having a good harvest of either apples or cherries Dad would load our
Bedford truck and leave about 10pm to go to Vic Market and sell direct then
come home and get some sleep. Lee and I worked with some local pickers
and have another load ready for him. Again, if we didn’t have enough he
would get Gordon to pick them up and deliver.
People may well recall Dad doing contract ploughing, discing and hay
pressing when automated pressing first arrived, He often followed Albert
Storer and his sons Wally and Cob who used 2 Caterpillar Bulldozers a D7
and a D5 who cleared the land then Lee and Dad ploughed etc. We had an
International TD6 and I loved a chance to drive this track vehicle.
When I was packing at Bluemoon the manager was Rueben Edwards and his
wife Mavis and son Ken packed as well. There was a time we had to pack
pears, trucked from Shepparton, not as good to pack as apples! Then they
decided to take us up there to Shep, and I stayed with Mavis & family for six
weeks, I was 16 at the time and worked at Geoffrey Thomson’s shed.
Some folk may well remember when Millie played piano at the local dances,
Bill Saunders played the sax and sometimes the violin and Ron Farrant
played the drums or the banjo.
They were very popular and played regularly at Red Hill Hall, Main Ridge,
Flinders, Dromana, Mornington.
It was great for me as I got to go to Saturday night dances at age 13!
Another great night for the teenagers in the area was when the Milburn
family would decide to go to Dromana for a meal at our favourite cafe and
then go to the pictures. They drove a large truck with a canvas canopy all
over the back and we sat on fruit cases and enjoyed every minute of the trip.
They would pick us up from our homes.
I was lucky to have Dad buy me my first pony and I loved riding anywhere
and everywhere, but always by myself! The only other horse rider in the
district was Keith McIlroy, we managed to get a few rides together, but Keith
was working hard supporting his widowed mother. He milked a large herd of
cows for the Shannon family who worked or owned “Kingston Park” at
Merricks North. I often helped for the fun of it and I managed to learn about
cows etc.
Working horses were used on many properties and I was often asked if I
could take one to Balnarring to the nearest Blacksmith. I would ride one of
my horses and lead the other and I got paid to have so much fun!!!
The boys who lived in the area graduated to motor bikes and us girls
seemed to pair off and become pillion passengers. Don Andrews and Lois
Dennis from Shands Road, Main Ridge rode a bike, where as Marie, Lois’s
sister rode with Ian Hoskin in his MG car. Kevin (known as Pud) Holmes and
another Joan got together and I think I’m correct in saying the 3 couples got
Other friends were Lea Ventura who married Ray Wooley, June Griffiths who
married Kevin Wooley. I was lucky to ride many safe, happy miles with
Gordon May on his BSA Twin 500..
I must mention that I was also fortunate to have Len Clarke living next door
to Mum and Dad’s. Len taught me to shoot and how to look after guns, he
was Captain of the Red Hill Fire Brigade and I was sorry to learn, only
recently, of his passing.
If you are lucky enough to live in the Red Hill area I hope you will gather
many wonderful memories as I have. I now live in Mansfield, another lovely
part of the world. Sincerely, Joan Blatchford

This could only be crown allotment 15A or 15B, parish of Kangerong, each of 104 acres 3 roods 34 perches (104.9625 acres.)I will get Joan to confirm which from the Kangerong parish map*. The former was bounded by Red Hill Rd on the south east and east as far north as the bend in the road in Melway 191 at the border of F3 and G3, and c/a 15B went north from there to adjoin the Kangerong Nature Conservation Reserve. The western boundary of 15AB is a line joining the south west corner of the nature reserve and the end of Station Rd. See the south west corner of the parish of Kangerong. If I recall correctly, Harold Ratcliffe and the Clarkes were on crown allotment 78A Balnarring across the Red Hill (to Bittern North)road on the north corner of Stanleys Rd with the said bend being at the middle of its road frontage.


Hello Ray, have just had a serious look at Melways Map 191 and can see exactly where we lived.
From H30 travel down to McIlroys Rd and keep going towards Red Hill Sth. Looking right

I believe that the boundary of Darling Park Wines would be the end of one boundary. You need to continue on that road till you get to Vines of Red Hill. That would have been the other boundary of the 105 acres. Tar Barrel Corner was there, opposite.

Hillside, also on the opposite side of the road was the property owned by George Clarke and purchased by William & Millicent Blatchford a few years after they arrived there. I know of at least one house along from there, up to Tar BC and Ratcliffe's.

George Clarke had 3 sons who all owned adjoining land planted to apples and cherries. They were Edgar/Margaret, James/Betty and Heini, father of Len Clarke who kept operating the orchard after serving in the Aust.Army and was Red Hill Fire brigade Captain, who I was told passed away recently, he was married to Tess. Len has a sister, Aileen.

I haven't located any parish maps. regards, Joan

ME.The road frontage (very long as you stated earlier) from DARLING to VINES (BOTH INCLUSIVE) confirms that your first property was c/a 15A Kangerong, known in 1902 as "Hillside Orchard"*. George Clarke seems to have used the same name for his property on c/a 78A Balnarring across the road.

This orchard, which belongs to the
Misses Huntley, is somewhere about
12 acres in extent, and is noted for its
large yields of fruit, especially of
cherries and plums. It is situated in
a well-sheltered valley and is perhaps
the most thoroughly-drained garden
in the locality. Of cherries, Black
Margaret do exceptionally well; and
of plums, the most successful seem to
be the Pond's Seedling. Apples and
pears grow to perfection, and the same
may be said of the strawberries and
raspberries, for which the Red Hill
soil and climate seem eminently
adapted. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 30-8-1902.)


--- ---- 9:43am Oct 3
Mary Nemarich, WELCOME TO THE GROUP.. The Back to Red Hill (District) reunion you were hoping for will take place in nineteen days. It will be at the cricket club pavilion at the Red Hill showgrounds from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER.

Thankyou --- ..... oh yes, we go way back. I was an Iapozzuto. We were on Flinders Road just before Shands. My dad (John) and Uncle Sam had two adjoining apple orchards. Uncle Sams's is now T'Gallant winery. Along with the Delgrosso's, Tedesco's, Pilla's, Valente's, the Gallace's (Strawberry Farm) and many more, they all moved across from Italy, when there was a move to get the area developed into farming. They were all given incentives to come out post war to start up very prosperous farms. Of course it was bloody hard work. Everything was cleared by hand as you can imagine. Sadly, most moved away from the area. Hard work took its toll unfortunately. We moved back to Tucks Road many years ago. The pull of Main Ridge was strong and still is. We relocated to Tasmania 15 years ago and do love it, even though my heart will always have a place on the Peninsula. In some ways the Huon Valley reminded John and I so much of what it was like growing up on the Peninsula. I think that was the attraction. I do visit often as all our family are buried in the Flinders Cemetery. Thankyou again for adding me. I don't know if I will make this coming reunion. Such a pity I hadn't realised this group was around and joined earlier, but I will keep active and hopefully re-connect with families that we know. Mary

--- ---- 8:56am Oct 4
Mary Nemarich. Here's a sad tale about the early settlers on c/a 65B Balnarring of nearly 97 acres on which T'Gallant is now situated and on which your uncle, and possibly your father, had their orchards.

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

Mary Nemarich 9:07am Oct 4
Oh my goodness, that is sad :(

Dear Mr ----

I wish you well for your back to Red Hill

I'd like to be there if I can, although its a bit far to come on my own

My family on both sides came from Red Hill and I was born there.

My father was Geoff Skidmore, son of Henry and Esther who lived up past the school at "Fairview"

My mother was Sheila Sheehan, daughter of Annie Douglas Sheehan of Sheehan's Rd.

It is still a beautiful place and will always remain so in my memory

Thank you for sharing the past and the future of Red Hill


Libby Skidmore

It's a pity that Libby can't attend because her terrific mother contributed so much to my knowledge of Red Hill's history with her THE RED HILL, which apart from a short Holmes family history was the only source available. How things have changed since then, with histories being written recently by Stephen Lynch, Helen Blakeley, Barry Wright and Ray Holmes.

A very pretty wedding took place at the Presbyterian Church, Gardenvale, when Miss Sheila Sheehan was married to Mr. Geoffrey Skidmore(late A.I.F.), both of Red Hill.
The bride was dressed in cream satin with-a lovely old lace wedding veil; she carried a bouquet of frangipanni and water lilies. Her attendants were her sisters, Nancy (in dusty pink) and Patricia (in mistyblue). Both carried bouquets of pink and blue hydrangeas and delphiniums. The best man was Mr.Ken Skidmore (A.I.F.,
Queensland) and the groomsman was Mr. F. McGregor.
The church was beautifully decorated in shades of pink and blue, and Rev. R. T. White, B.A., of Red Hill,
After the ceremony the guests were received at the residence of the bride's aunt (Mrs. Lewis).The young couple are spending a short time at Sorrento before taking up residence at Red Hill. (P.2, Standard, 11-1-1945.)

The recent histories, although they are family histories, add details not found in Sheila's history. Sheila, on the other hand, wrote about other families and gave very little detail about her own family, apart from the Sheehan arrival in South Australia and the move to Victoria. This is probably why Libby described her mother as being the daughter of Annie Douglas Sheehan. It is rare for a local history not to contain more extensive information about the author's own family; rather too self sacrificing by Sheila, so I will try to provide some detail.

Here is Annie's marriage record.
EventMarriage Event registration number9550 Registration year1920
Personal information
Family nameSHAW Given namesAnnie Douglas SexUnknown Spouse's family nameSHEEHAN Spouse's given namesRegd Arth

Annie's maiden name seemed familiar. Aha, MEMOIRS OF A LARRIKIN, Hec Hanson's biography, written by Petronella Wilson.
P.11. "I (Hec) spent my early school years at the Red Hill State School that was at the lower end of Arkwell's Lane on the corner of Wiseman's property. Miss Shaw, who married a local gentleman by the name of Reg Sheehan, was my teacher when I started. (Hec was born on 14-2-1913 so he probably started school in 1918 or 1919.)

P.25. During World War 2, my cousin Peter Purves was away with a few of the boys from Red Hill, including Stan White and Reg Sheehan They were in the 6th Division.

Now that we have Sheila's father's name, we might find which member of the Sheehan family was her grandfather Sheehan. Sheila's grandfather Sheehan was JOHN SHEEHAN*.


EventDeath Event registration number19644 Registration year1975
Personal information
Family nameSHEEHAN Given namesReginald Arthur SexMale Father's nameSHEEHAN John Mother's nameEsther (Rees) Place of birthDandenong Place of deathGlen Iris Age79

Reg. had been prominent in the Red Hill R.S.L. Had his love of poetry been inspired by his teacher wife, Annie? (By the way, Annie was probably the Mrs R.Sheehan who taught temporarily at Red Hill circa 1944.)

DIED APRIL 29, 1929.
(Late 29th Battery A.I.F.)
Silently marching up Flinders Hill
Escorting a comrade to rest;
Diggers observing the last sad rites
For one of their own, gone west.

Thoughts winging back to other days
Memories that never grow dim—-
That night when death in the shape
of a shell
Took his brother—- but crippled him.

Dugouts and gunpits in far-off
When he shared all he had with a
And his whimsical smile when things
looked black
In those days of slaughter and

The ranks open out and inward turn
As the cortege passes through
The beautiful masses of wreaths are
With Artillery's red and blue.

A Dinkum Digger—- a real good sport
Too soon he has gone to his rest,
May he sleep in peace, for he truly
This epitaph—"One of the Best"
Red Hill. (P.8, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 10-5-1929.)

Annie Douglas Sheehan, daughter of Frederick Davenport Shaw and Elizabeth, nee Neale,died aged 84 in 1978, her death certificate giving her place of birth as Terang. She was born in 1894 with the birth record giving her place of birth as BLLANGEICH. The correct spelling is BALLANGEICH. From Ballangeich to Terang in the Western District is as follows:
36 min (40.4 km) via Terang-Framlingham Rd
37 min (39.1 km) via Ellerslie-Sisters Rd
41 min (48.5 km) via Princes Hwy/A1

Having established that Sheila's grandfather was John Sheehan and with the knowledge that the original end of White Hill Rd (before Wiseman's Deviation was constructed), Sheehans Rd, was so-named because of John and ROBERT Sheehan, I wondered if Robert was John's son or brother. My curiosity was increased when I found a par about Mrs G.Scholefield of Geelong visiting her mother, Mrs R.Sheehan of Red Hill with her baby daughter, Susan, in the mid 1940's. Even (as I thought) correcting the surname to Scholfield, I could not find a marriage record or marriage notice to find Mrs Scholfield's given name(s). Was she the daughter of Reg Sheehan or Robert Sheehan?

A "Mrs R.Sheehan, Red Hill" search explained why the marriage notice had not been found.It is very probable that Aileen was the daughter of REGINALD ARTHUR SHEEHAN and Annie Douglas (nee Shaw)and thus Sheila Skidmore's eldest sister.

At the John Knox Presbyterian Church, Gardenvale, the marriage was celebrated on Saturday by Rev.J. McLean, of Lieut Aileen Dorothy Sheehan, AANS, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs R. A. Sheehan, Red Hill, and Lieut. George Schofield, AIF,eldest son of Mr and Mrs A. Schofield, Geelong. The bride wore uniform, and both bride and bridegroom were unattended. Rev J. Alexander officiated.(P.6, Argus, 22-5-1944.)

In 1900-1, Robert Sheehan's assessment on 48 acres and house was crossed out.In 1910-11, Mrs Robert Sheehan was assessed on 28 acres, 6 of 10B, Kangerong. Crown allotment 10B was on the west side of Sheehans Rd and c/a's 11AB east of Sheehans Rd to Arkwells Lane were granted to James Wiseman, hence the name of the deviation.

By 1900, Robert Sheehan was about 69 years old and there will be no death record on Victorian BDM. You will see shortly why I am certain that Mr. R. Sheehan is Robert, not Reg.

Mr R. Sheehan, of Red Hill, has gone for a trip to W.A., accompanying his daughter Mrs C. Lapman who has been in (Red Hill?) on a visit. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 19-2-1902.)

SHEEHAN.— On the 4th May, in private hospital,Adelaide, of pneumonia. Robert Sheehan, of Red Hill, son of the late William Sheehan, of Youhall,Ireland*, in his 72nd year.(P.48, Leader, 24-5-1902.)

Sheila Skidmore stated that her GREAT grandfather came from County Cork. Was YOUHALL in that county?
Youghal - Wikipedia
Youghal is a seaside resort town in County Cork, Ireland.

p.12-13. "The McKeowns had sold the property (73AB Balnarring)to Sheila's great grandfather.He had come from County Cork to Adelaide where he worked as a brickmaker. He married Mr Ewer's daughter, Eliza, and they set off looking for land in their bullock cart, a wedding present, selecting land at Lake Marma (Murtoa) and staying 15 years before coming to Red Hill in 1885."

Fancy not checking this before I looked at Reginald Arthur Sheehan's death record. Sheila's grandparents were John Sheehan and Esther (nee Rees)but it was Sheila's GREAT GRANDFATHER who had married Eliza Ewers. Her G.G.F. was ROBERT SHEEHAN.

EventBirth Event registration number15929 Registration year1861
Personal information
Family nameSHEEHAN Given namesOlive Emily SexUnknown Father's nameRobert Mother's nameEliza (Ewers) Place of birthAMHE (Amherst?Amherst, Victoria - Wikipedia,_Victoria)

EventBirth Event registration number11749 Registration year1863
Personal information
Family nameSHEEHAN Given namesEliza Priscilla SexUnknown Father's nameRobert Mother's nameEliza (Ewers) Place of birthMAJO (Majorca? Majorca, Victoria - Wikipedia,_Victoria)

EventBirth Event registration number17192 Registration year1873
Personal information
Family nameSHEEHAN Given namesEdith Sarah Ann SexUnknown Father's nameRobt Mother's nameEliza (Ewers) Place of birthHORSHAM

If Sheila was correct about Eliza being her great grandmother, her grandfather John must have been born in South Australia before they left as only a trio of daughters seem to have been born in Victoria.

EventDeath Event registration number1213 Registration year1917
Personal information
Family nameSHEEHAN Given namesEliza SexUnknown Father's nameEwers Wm Mother's nameSarah (Boltwood) Place of birth Place of deathDromana Age82

Eliza was born in about 1835 and if her husband, Robert, was the one who died in Adelaide in 1902, he was born in about 1830. Did one of these daughters marry Mr Lapman?

There was no marriage of a Sheehan girl to a Mr Lapman but result 122 of 130 for Sheehan marriages (1880-1900) wiped the snarl from my lips.

EventMarriage Event registration number3447 Registration year1898
Personal information
Family nameSHEEHAN Given namesEdith Sarah Ann SexUnknown Spouse's family nameCHAPMAN Spouse's given namesJno

See pages 75-78 of Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.
John Chapman (1866-1901)was the first child of George Chapman (who established Seawinds near the summit of Arthurs Seat) and Elizabeth, nee Bain. John and his brother Thomas (see Helen Blakeley's book for details of his occupancy of "Ecclesall")went to Western Australia during the gold rush in the 1890's. (Thomas returned to become a much respected central riding councillor.) John Chapman remained in Western Australia and died in Bunbury during a typhoid fever epidemic. His wife, Edith, (nee Sheehan) returned with her little daughter to her family at Red Hill.

EventMarriage Event registration number1831 Registration year1891
Personal information
Family nameSHEEHAN Given namesJno SexMale Spouse's family nameREES Spouse's given namesEsther Maria

EventDeath Event registration number18351 Registration year1945
Personal information
Family nameSHEEHAN Given namesEsther Maria SexFemale Father's nameREES Henry Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthAVOCA Place of deathDROMANA Age76

Sheehans Road was originally part of White Hill Road until the deviation was built, which was more direct to the Arthurs Seat Road. The intersection to the west became Sheehans Corner.
The Sheehan family moved to Red Hill in 1885. The first services of the Church of Christ were held at‘Gunbower’, the home of Robert and Eliza Sheehan. There is scope for an article on the Sheehans as the children married into other respected Red Hill families. Annie Sheehan was much loved. Daughter of Annie Sheehan, Sheila Skidmore, wrote ‘The RED HILL’*.
The preface to her book reads:
‘The story of a farming community is lovingly dedicated to my mother Annie Douglas Sheehan at whose insistence and for whose enjoyment it has been compiled’.

McGREGOR (nee Lorraine Skidmore).-On February 7, at Mornington, to Bdr. F. A. McGregor (A.I.F. Darwin) and Mrs.
McGregor, Red Hill-a son (Ian Francis).P.2, ARGUS, 10-2-1942.

EventBirth Event registration number4797 Registration year1916
Personal information
Family nameSKIDMORE Given namesDorothy Lorraine SexUnknown Father's nameHy Jack Jas Mother's nameEsther (Baldwin) Place of birthKYNETON

Although Libby Skidmore's contribution was short, her grandmother Sheehan's given names and the following information about her father's parents have proven to be very valuable.
"My father was Geoff Skidmore, son of Henry and Esther who lived up past the school at "Fairview."

Mrs F.A.McGregor and Sheila's husband, Geoff, had the same parents so they were siblings.
My attempt to find Geoffrey Skidmore's birth record to confirm Libby's information met with no success, but luckily his death record was found and confirms his parents' names.

EventDeath Event registration number14662 Registration year1984
Personal information
Family nameSKIDMORE Given namesGeoffrey Baldwin SexMale Father's nameSKIDMORE Henry Jack James Mother's nameEsther (Baldwin) Place of birthKyneton Place of deathDandenong Age65

Henry and Esther must have moved to Red Hill after Geoffrey's birth. The first mention of the SKIDMORE name in connection with Red Hill was in 1934, in a report of the Red Hill and District Show written by the Mornington correspondent: "Gladioli: J. Skidmore." Kenneth John Skidmore was definitely living at Red Hill by 1935, a decade before his marriage, and was playing footy for Red Hill by 1938.*.

My word, the Sheehan and Skidmore families can be proud of their war service! It looks as if such service was a key element in almost every marriage.

EWINGTON - SKIDMORE, - Shirley Eva, eldest daughter of Captain and Mrs.James Ewington, Lorn, West Maitland,
N.S.W., to Sgt. Kenneth John (A.I.F.),younger son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Skidmore, Fairview. Red Hill, Victoria.(P.14, Argus, 28-7-1945.)

BALDWIN.-On January 15, at Mornington, Arthur Begg, son of late Mr.and Mrs. E. Baldwin. Kyneton, loved brother of Menzies (Stanhope),Jeanie (Mrs. A. M. Perkin), Margaret, Esther (Mrs. H. J. Skidmore,Red Hill).
(P.2, Argus, 19-1-1948.)

When I received Libby's contribution, I tried to find her birth record,but I didn't know that her given names were ELIZABETH ANNE, which I just discovered in her birth notice.She was born about one and a half months after the Ewington-Skidmore marriage.


Pardon my use of Rosebud West to name the suburb which is now, due to historical stupidity, called Capel Sound. Before the real Capel Sound existed, when Port Phillip was called Nerm by the Boon Wurrung, a stream did flow where the real Capel Sound is now situated, the Yarra River. It joined the Tamar River in what is now Bass Strait and the Tasmanian aborigines probably followed it on their walk to Tassie.

Anybody aware of the deep water anchorage but unaware of the stupid suburb name change would think I was stupid if I referred to a creek running through a deep water anchorage!

"William Wong-Shing was born not far from Kowloon in 1880. As a very young man he became a crewman of a ship which sailed to Sydney and heard about the possibilities offered by this foreign land so he returned to China, married his arranged bride, Ah Yip Chinn, also born in 1880, who lived in a neighbouring village.He returned to Sydney with his bride and worked there for about two years before they travelled overland to settle in Carlton, where William worked at the Victoria Market.

William enjoyed travelling to Sorrento on the steamers and became friendly with Charles Morgan, a businessman there who encouraged William to take a lease on land in a hollow near the Sorrento Football Ground (detailed on a history board just inside the entrance of the David MacFarlan Reserve), which he did in about 1910.

In late 1912, William leased 38 acres, bounded by today's Johnson Avenue, Brendel Street, Eastbourne Road and the creek, from David Cairns (of Eleanora in the hospital grounds)at a rental of five pounds one shilling and eightpence."

So begins the story of how the Boneo Swamp Drain became known as Chinaman's Creek.

The rest of the story can be seen in Bettyanne Foster's STORIES OF ROSEBUD WEST. If you are quick you may still manage to purchase a copy of this excellent book from the Seawinds Community Hub:
Visit us: 11a Allambi Avenue, Capel Sound, 3940.
Phone us: (03)5982 2204

The Wong-Shing name became Wong and many seemingly unrelated members of the family are buried in the Rye Cemetery, if I remember correctly, near the north west corner of the hill.

This journal was prompted by a question on the PIONEERS OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA Facebook page which I shared on the HISTORY OF DROMANA TO PORTSEA Facebook page, and supplements the very detailed information in Bettyanne's book.

SUE LEGGETT.-Hi. What is the history of the naming of Chinaman's Creek. Is it to do with the King family from Limestone rd.

Joy Booth, a Cairns descendant, told me that some Wong descendants bought land in Limestone Rd.
Luckily I found my notes from the interview.Freddy King married Nellie Wong. He had a dairy farm in limestone Rd. half a mile west of the Boneo school. Their son Barry* walked behind a horse and was kicked in the head. He died despite two operations having been performed. Dennis Wong married Grace Armstrong** and had a property in Limestone Rd near Fred and Nellie. Teddie Wong married Minnie*** and George Wong married Hazel****.

Fred King's marriage record is below.

* EventDeath Event registration number9768 Registration year1948
Personal information
Family nameKING Given namesBarry George SexMale Father's nameKING Frederick George Mother's nameHelen Leslie (Wong) Place of birthMORNINGTON Place of deathCARLTON Age2

** No marriage record found for Dennis Wong or Grace Armstrong. That was because of my rushed note making. Dennis was actually Dennis King as Sue Leggett, who'd asked the original comment pointed out, having read that I hadn't found the marriage record.
Sue Leggett Dennis is Dennis King who married Grace and yes lived on the hill on Limestone rd. Dennis sister is Bev Blakely. I know Bev was born in the little Daub hut still on the property on cnr sandy and limestone rd. Unfortunately a marriage record was still not found.

***EventMarriage Event registration number14466 Registration year1935
Personal information
Family nameWONG Given namesEdwd SexUnknown Spouse's family nameELLIOTT Spouse's given namesMinnie

****EventMarriage Event registration number7820 Registration year1936
Personal information
Family nameWONG Given namesGeo SexUnknown Spouse's family nameMAYBREE Spouse's given namesHazel

Bettyanne Foster's STORIES OF ROSEBUD WEST, although it doesn't mention the Kings, has some terrific information about the Wong-Shings such as William leasing the portion of c/a 13 Wannaeue bounded by Brendel St, Johnson Ave, Eastbourne Rd and the creek from 1912, eventually purchasing this land and much later selling this land to MR. JOHNSON who subdivided it as the Beach Gardens Estate.

Bob Parr's Memoirs on page 37 mention that the Wongs (later) owned today's Village Glen and that all Bob's brothers worked for them. On pages 79-80 is information about William Wong Shing regarding his birth in 1880, his arrival as crewman on a ship in Sydney, returning to marry, returning to Sydney for two years, settling in Carlton and working at the Vic. market, travelling to Sorrento on steamers and being persuaded by Charles Morgan to take a lease on land in a hollow near the Sorrento Sports Ground in about 1910. A HISTORY BOARD JUST INSIDE THE ENTRANCE OF DAVID McFARLAN RESERVE, EXPLAINS THE NAMING OF THE RESERVE AND ALSO GIVES DETAIL ABOUT THE MARKET GARDEN.

In late 1912 David Cairns and William agreed on the aforementioned lease of 38 acres at a rental of five pounds one shilling and eightpence a month. David Cairns was an excellent landlord and erected a three bedroom house and stabling. In 1940 Ted and George purchased (the now) 45 acres and in 1944 Ted bought 68 acres on the eastern side of Chinamans Creek BUT ON THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF EASTBOURNE RD from the Williams family.

In 1967, Ted sold his 68 acres to Charles Coleman but Ted's son, Darren leased part of it until he bought five acres in Fingal, built a home and operated the business from there (at the west end of Limestone Rd as specified by Joy Booth.)

I have only posted a tiny fragment of the information in Bettyanne's book about the family after which Chinamans Creek was named but hopefully I have given an idea of the fantastic detail that is available. There may be some copies still available at the Seawinds Community Hub, next to Eastbourne Primary School.
11a Allambi Avenue, Capel Sound, 3940.
(03)5982 2204

Jeanette Ross Elliott Teddy Wongs sister married Fred King of Limestone rd. Decendants are still living here

Thanks Jeanette Ross Elliott. Marriage record below.
EventMarriage Event registration number9693 Registration year1942
Personal information
Family nameKING Given namesFredk Geo SexUnknown Spouse's family nameWONG Spouse's given namesHelen Lesley

Faye Burnham I remember Ted Wong. But I also remember Charlie Wong (I don't know if Charlie was his real name) who delivered fruit and veges with a horse and cart in the 1950s Then he sold fresh produce from Cairns Avenue. He was a lovely man.

Jeanette Ross Elliott I think George Wong was Teds father

Faye Burnham. On page 78 of STORIES OF ROSEBUD WEST, it is stated that William Wong had three brothers, (George, Toy) and Sammy Wong but this could be wrong as no detail is given about Toy. George was said to be known as Uncle George to distinguish him from William's son, George, and was well known, making deliveries of fruit and vegetables to local customers from before the second world was until about the mid fifties. Ted was said to have moved into his Cairns Avenue home in 1967 but I believe that this home had been built by a man (who may have had reason to be known by a nickname, such as Uncle George or CHARLIE to prevent confusion) and is the one shown on page 195 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, and in ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD if I remember correctly.

As Ted was only 52 when he retired to the Cairns Avenue home, there was no way his son, Darren, could have been the one that Faye knew as Charlie who was doing deliveries in the 1950's. I believe that William only had two brothers and have bracketed the first two brothers above, the two names possibly describing one man, UNCLE GEORGE, and possibly CHARLIE, who would have been 82 years old when he gave up his deliveries in the mid 50's and sold fresh produce from Cairns Avenue, as stated by Faye.

This could be Charlie's death record, his given names being GEORGE TOY. He would have been born in about 1873, about seven years before William.

EventDeath Event registration number5573 Registration year1961
Personal information
Family nameWONG Given namesGeorge Toy SexMale Father's nameTOY Unknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthCANTON CHINA Place of deathROSEBUD Age88

His nephew, William's son, George had died in 1947 so from that time there was no need for the bloke doing deliveries for the next eight or so years to have a nickname but customers who had been referring to him as Uncle George (more likely to have been in use among family members) or Charlie, were not going to suddenly start calling him by another name.

WONG SHING.— On May 18 (suddenly),
.at Rosebud, George, beloved husband
of Margaret, son of the late William and
Yip Wong, aged -47 years. At rest. (P.7, The Age, 20-5-1947.)

EventDeath Event registration number18355 Registration year1947
Personal information
Family nameWONG SHING Given namesGeorge SexMale Father's nameWONG SHING William Mother's nameYip (Ah) Place of birthMELBOURNE NORTH Place of deathROSEBUD Age47

EventDeath Event registration number18465 Registration year1946
Personal information
Family nameWONG SHING Given namesWilliam SexMale Father's nameUNKNOWN Unknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthCANTON CHINA Place of deathROSEBUD Age74*

If this age is correct, William may have been born in 1881 or 1882, not 1880. Therefore his brother, Sam, may have been slightly older than William.

EventDeath Event registration number7089 Registration year1947
Personal information
Family nameWONG Given namesSamuel SexMale Father's nameWONG Unknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthHONG KONG Place of deathPARKVILLE Age67

This Sam Toy would have been born in about the same year as William but at Hong Kong rather than Canton.However Cantonese is the main dialect in Hong Kong so there could be a connection. The death was probably at a hospital.

No death records for Sam Wong-Shing!

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My HERITAGE WALK, DROMANA journal contains much biographical information about the pioneers and it was probably in the ARTHURS SEAT HOTEL entry that I'd found reasonable proof that Catherine Wainwright had become Catherine Allison based on Catherine Allison being the grandmother of a Wainwright lad and that the licensee of the Arthurs Seat hotel was Catherine Wainwright one year (1886?) and Catherine Allison the next year.

Colin McLear mentioned that William Allison had run the Arthurs Seat hotel and that a member of the Allison family had been a coach driver. It was in doing a search for Dorey's Gully that I discovered that the coach driver was David Allison*, not William as falsely impressed into my memory.

At the time of writing the HERITAGE WALK journal, I was not aware the Victorian BDM records could be accessed online so I decided to search for Catherine Wainwright's marriage AND FOUND NOTHING! Aware of frequent Victorian BDM typos, I changed the 1880's search to Allison marriages.

EventMarriage Event registration number3011 Registration year1887
Personal information
Family nameALLISON Given namesWilliam Henry SexMale Spouse's family nameWEINRIGHT Spouse's given namesCath Jane

William was a blacksmith and seems to have returned to that trade after being listed as a licensee one or two times.

Catherine was the widow of Henry Wainwright.

EventDeath Event registration number1184 Registration year1886
Personal information
Family nameWAINWRIGHT Given namesHoratio Molyneux SexUnknown Father's nameHoratio Molyne Mother's nameJane (Lewis) Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age35 Spouse's family nameMARTIN Spouse's given namesCatherine Jane

ALLISON.—On the 4th April, at Brighton, Cathe-
rine Jane, relict of the late William Harry
Allison, Footscray, loving mother of H. M. Wain-
wright, and Jennie (Mrs. J. Wellenoweth),
aged 65 years.
"With Christ, which is far better."
(Inserted by her loving daughter and son-in-
law) .
ALLISON. — On the 4th April, at St. Andrew's
private hospital, Brighton, Catherine Jane,
dearly loved sister of Rosina Tuffs (nee Mar-
tin), and dearly loved aunt of Barley and Jack
Tanner, Belmont avenue, Kew. aged 65. (85?) (The corrector did not know about BDM either!)
For ever with the Lord. (P.13, Argus, 10-4-1920.)

EventDeath Event registration number4565 Registration year1920
Personal information
Family nameALLISON Given namesCath Jane SexUnknown Father's nameMartin Wm Mother's nameJane (Roberts) Place of birth Place of deathBrton Age65

ALLISON.—The Friends of the late Mr. WIL-
LIAM HENRY ALLISON, of 3 Herbert street,
Footscray, are respectfully invited to follow
his remains to the place of interment, in the New
Melbourne General Cemetery, Fawkner.
The funeral is appointed to move from his
brother's residence, No. 61 Vine street, Moonee
Ponds, THIS MORNING (Friday, 18th inst.), at
10.30 o'clock. (P.1, Argus, 18-8-1916.)

MRS. ALLISON, Relatives, and Friends of the
late William Henry Allison, 3 Herbert
street, Footscray, desire to THANK the many
friends for visits, letters, and cards of sympathy,
especially his workmates of brassworks*, Gordon
street; also for the extreme kindness received at
the Melbourne Hospital. (P.13, Argus, 16-9-1916.)

*William's background as a blacksmith would have made him a valuable employee.

EventDeath Event registration number11272 Registration year1916
Personal information
Family nameALLISON Given namesWm Hy SexUnknown Father's nameAllison Jas Drummond Mother's nameElizth (Pentecost*) Place of birth Place of deathMelb E Age55

*N.B. The Pentecosts were very early pioneers of Mornington.

EventBirth Event registration number4205 Registration year1854
Personal information
Family nameMARTIN Given namesCatherine Jane SexUnknown Father's nameWilliam Joseph Mother's nameJane (Roberts) Place of birthWILL


My Lacco/ Durham journals mention that the relationship between the two families was due to Elizabeth Lacco and Emily Durham being sisters, as revealed by a death notice for Elizabeth that was obviously inserted by Emily in 1934. This morning I consulted Victorian BDM of which I knew nothing until recently, and after five hours research I had discovered much more than was in the said journals but all of my findings were lost when I submitted. However I will paste key documents here.

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

LACCO.—On the 6th August, passed peace-
fully away, at Rosebud, Elizabeth Lacco, dearly
loved sister of Emily, Ellen, Clara and the
late William King. —Peace, perfect peace.
(Both P.1, Argus, 7-8-1934.)

This indicates that Elizabeth was aged about 2 when the Kings arrived circa 1857. As it was about 56 years since Elizabeth's father's death, the informant can be excused for getting his given name wrong.

EventDeath Event registration number16170 Registration year1934
Personal information
Family nameLACCO Given namesElizabeth SexFemale Father's nameKING John Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age79

EventDeath Event registration number11527 Registration year1878
Personal information
Family nameKING Given namesWilliam Elijah SexUnknown Father's nameElijah Mother's nameSarah (Unknown) Place of birthLOND Place of death Age48 Spouse's family nameLANE Spouse's given namesElizabeth

Dr. Youl, the city coroner, hold an inquest
on Thursday at Heidelberg concerning the
death of William E. King, a labourer, aged
48 years, who died from injuries received
through being thrown out of a cart at Heidel-
berg on Monday last. From the evidence
it appeared that the deceased was driving a
spring-cart loaded with furniture through
Heidelberg on Monday evening, and
.whilst crossing the water channel near
the Roman Catholic Church he was
jerked out of the vehicle, and fell on to
the road upon his head. When picked up
he was bleeding from a wound at the back of
the head, but was perfectly sensible. He
was assisted to a house close at hand, where
he died the following morning from the effects
of the injuries he had sustained. The jury
returned a verdict that the deceased died
from the effects of an accidental fall.
(P.3, Argus, 27-12-1878.)

EventBirth Event registration number19395 Registration year1861
Personal information
Family nameKING Given namesEmily Trin SexUnknown Father's nameWilliam Elijah Mother's nameElizabeth Beckworth (Lane) Place of birthSANDRIDGE

There is no birth record for Elizabeth because she was about two years old when the King family arrived circa 1957. William's birth record cannot be found. Although he was the last sibling named in Elizabeth Lacco's death notice, he, like Elizabeth, might have been born before the family's arrival in Victoria.
Like Emily, Ellen and Clara King were born at Sandridge, in 1864 and 1870.

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

Thanks to TONKIN, I knew better than to search for the marriage by entering Fort Lacco. Weird spellings of his name had disappeared by the time of Annie Lacco's birth at Queenscliff in 1879 but it's going to be fun finding the death records of the first three children mentioned in Elizabeth's death record, namely Mary, John (deceased), and Christie (deceased). Emily Christina was born at Dromana in 1880, while Patrick Mitchell (1883) and Margaret Elizabeth (1886) were born at Carlton, where Elizabeth's widowed mother, Elizabeth, nee Lane, might have been living.

The great grandfather of Judith Mavis Cock (Judith Durham of The Seekers) was also a Greek fisherman like Fort Lacco and registrars had even more difficulty spelling his name.
EventMarriage Event registration number3393 Registration year1882
Personal information
Family nameKING Given namesEmily SexFemale Spouse's family namePANWTEO Spouse's given namesDimitri Antoni

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

EventDeath Event registration number7854 Registration year1893
Personal information
Family nameDURHAM Given namesFrank Wm SexMale Father's nameFrank Mother's nameFanny Elizabeth (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathSt Kilda Age50

William Francis Durham and Emily (King) had the following children:
Frank William (b. and d. 1889), Frank Richard (1890, d. 1943?), Henry Joseph* (1892, d. 1963.)

*Wondering whether Emily had raised the two surviving boys and if they were involved at Rosebud, I remembered that there was a Durham assessment at Rosebud which, because of the initials, could not be linked AT THAT TIME to Emily or her son, Anthony. Luckily this assessment was in my original transcriptions of assessments, not hidden as a side note in special investigations of particular people and properties. In 1919, J.H.Durham's assessment was listed out of alphabetical order, indicating that he had recently bought his block from somebody with the surname of Freeman, perhaps F.E.Freeman (maybe Emma Flora Freeman, born 1880 to Robert Henry and Mary Jane Adams, who married George Freeman in 1903.) F.E.Freeman was assessed on lot 29, section A and 29 section B, part crown allotment 19 Wannaeue, net annual value 4 pounds. The next assessment was:

Captain Henry Everest Adams had purchased c/a 19 Wannaeue between Parkmore Rd and Adams Avenue, from the grantee, his friend Isaac White before the first assessment in 1864. His son, Robert sold the 191 acres to William Tetley in about April 1889. Tetley subdivided the land south to South Rd, Rosebud's second private subdivision following Woolcott's subdivision of c/a 17 (between Jetty Rd and the line of Norm Clark Walk) circa 1878. Tetley numbered his half acre blocks 1 to 29 from Govt.Road (Parkmore Rd)to Adams Avenue with section A blocks fronting "Government 3 chain road" (Pt Nepean Rd)and section B blocks fronting Rosemore Road. There were seven blocks of about 4 acres south of Rosemore Road. (Land Plan 3513.)

Flora Freeman's lots 29 AB fronted Adams Avenue. The surveyor or Melway don't quite agree that there are 29 chain frontages between Parkmore Road and Adams Avenue, they being 31 chains apart on Melway. J.H.Durham's lot 24 section A was about 20 metres west of a point directly opposite the drive into Tom Salt Park, just before the divided road ends in Melway 158 F11. The net annual value in the above assessments show that these Freeman and Durham blocks were vacant. I believe that J.H.Durham used his block for his horse to graze.

My "Durham, Rosebud" search on trove produced only one result.
STRAYED, dark brown Gelding. white star on forehead, .ear marked, scars on both hind legs. H. Durham, Rosebud.
(P.1, The Age, 13-5-1920.)

A ratebook inspection will be necessary to confirm this but I suspect that the death of Emily's second husband in 1893 (which seems to be verified by the birth dates of the three children above, there being no others born to the couple), was the impetus for Emily to spend more time in the weatherboard house which Judith Durham remembers being in the middle of the block on the west side of Durham Place, crown allotment 20 of the Rosebud Fishing Village granted to Fort Lacco on 16-10-1872 (the year of his marriage.)

It was probably at about the same time (circa 1893) that Fort Lacco built Pier Cottage on crown allotment 12 (or perhaps 12 and 11 of the fishing village, the site of the farcically-named Banksia Point apartment/ cafe development near the jetty. It was probably on that site that Mitch built the SURPRISE to show his expertise before moving to Queenscliff to further hone his skills. This was at about the same time that the hero of the La Bella, William John Ferrier of Number seven (crown allotment 7 of the fishing village, 858 Pt Neapean Rd)made the same move. Elizabeth went with Mitch and known as Granny Lacco to them, baby-sat the Ferrier youngsters, such as Lew (named after Lou Bucher), Queenscliff's barefoot fisherman in "Rosebud" at 20 Beach St., Queenscliff. Did Elizabeth leave Fort to cope on his own? No, Elizabeth was now a widow.

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

When Mitch returned to Rosebud he built a house with a boat building shed behind it (fronting Mitchell St) on the east side of Murray Anderson Rd. Elizabeth* probably lived with Mitch's family and Pier Cottage was leased or bought by Cr.Edward Campbell of Melbourne City Council who spent every day he was down fishing on the bay**. Pier Cottage was destroyed by fire in 1936 despite the efforts of the Rosebud footballers on their way home from a function*** and Edward replaced it with the double storey building that stood on crown allotment 11 until it was recently demolished to make way for the three storey Banksia Point complex.
Mitch Lacco and family Back row Ken Lucy Harold My mother Edna Grandma in middle Alec George and Mitch taken on the front porch at corner of Murray Anderson Rd in front of the boat shed
Photo and caption supplied by Marie Laurier.

Mitch Lacco was born in McCrae into a lighthouse keeper family and became an apprentice to Hansen. He eventually established his own boat building business in Fisherman’s Flat in 1916 where he built boats in the backyard of 31 Beach Street and launched them, with the help of his mates, from right there – so close was the shoreline back then. Payment to the helpers was in the form of a keg of beer. Superstition prevented launching of boats on a Friday. And the fishing fleet also did not fish on that day, mainly because the Melbourne Fish Market was closed on weekends, but used the weekend for boat maintenance.

Peter Locke, a fisherman from St. Leonards, was asked by Mitch to join him. He eventually took over the business in 1926 when the Lacco family shifted back to Rosebud.

When I read this, I thought the writer was referring to Mitch being born into the famed Dunk lightkeeping family whose original head was on the vessel sent north to search for Burke and Wills and after whom Dunk Island was wrongly claimed to have been named. The Lacco/Dunk connection took place in 1934 when Mitch's daughter, Edna was married. Ironically this was the same year that Mitch's mother, Elizabeth, nee King died.

EventMarriage Event registration number13306 Registration year1934
Personal information
Family nameLACCO Given namesEdna May SexUnknown Spouse's family nameDUNK Spouse's given namesAdam Edwd

Mitch was born in 1883, the birth place being named as Dromana which could mean that his father was working at the lighthouse at McCrae, which, even in 1907 when William John Ferrier arrived to do duty there, was regarded as being part of Dromana; or it could just mean that Mitch's birth was registered in Dromana.

Another possibility is that Fort's father in law was a light keeper at Sandridge between about 1857 and the birth of his youngest daughter in 1870, perhaps longer.I'll place finding proof of Mitch's father or maternal grandfather being a light keeper on my list of things to do.