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I couldn't find William Richard Taylor's birth record in Victorian BDM but it would be too much to believe that he was NOT related to Christina Edwards who married Robert Rowley and Frances Taylor who married Carmello (Peter) Pidoto.

Arthur Henry Taylor (1894-1971) was probably the brother who moved to Tasmania with William Richard Taylor and he was definitely a son of William Taylor (1849-1895) and Mary Christina Taylor (nee Rowley, 1866-1958), although Arthur's birth record could not be found either.

Robert Rowley probably grew up at Longford Tasmania and was appointed a constable* there before he moved to Dromana where he was working for Peter Pidoto when he married Christina Edwards*. Little else is known of Robert's early life apart from his lime burning with Henry Cadby Wells in the early 1840's and crayfishing with Wells in approximately 1849-50.
* STRATFORD, Tuesday -An old colonist in this district is Mr. Rowley of Rye, father of Mr. Frank Rowley, Munro. He landed in Tasmania in 1824, being then 4 years old. He there resided until 1844** when he came to Victoria, where he has since lived. In Tasmania he held an appointment under Government and received from the Crown a grant of land.(P.8, Argus, 8-1-1908.)

** N.B.It is more likely that 1844 was when Robert returned to Tassie (or took to the sea or moved to Gippsland) for about 5 years, because the 1843 depression had severely reduced the demand for lime, ending his first venture with H.C.Wells. However the mention of the Government appointment confirms that the constable named Robert Rowley was indeed the later Dromana and Rye pioneer.

* ROWLEY—EDWARDS—By the Rev. J Smithies, at the house of Mr Joseph Tongs, Illawarra**, Christina Edwards, the only daughter of Mr William Edwards, of Newborough.Fife. Scotland, to Mr Robert Rowley, of Dromana, Victoria.
Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899) Tuesday 22 January 1861 p 5 Family Notices

*ILLAWARRA is 4 km from Longford.
4 min (4.0 km) via Illawarra Rd/B52 and B51

Nothing could be found about the Taylor family's property "Spring Hill" at Dromana except that it was later occupied by John Dyson.

You don't have to BELIEVE that William Richard Taylor was the son of William Taylor. I was actually starting to doubt that he could have been, if he was born in 1897 as stated in the article, and William had died in 1895. William Richard was actually born in 1887, a decade earlier than the article stated.

Mary Jane Taylor (1884-1973)
Frank Taylor (1886-1985)
William Richard Taylor (1887-)
Christina Taylor (1889-)
Frances Elizabeth Taylor (1892-1984)*
Arthur Henry Taylor (1894-1971)

EventDeath Event registration number13443 Registration year1931
Personal information
Family namePIDOTO Given namesFrances Elizabeth SexFemale Father's nameTAYLOR William Mother's nameMary (Harrison*) Place of birth Place of deathCLIFTON HILL Age85
* The website above listing the children explains the Harrison connection.

How did I know the name of the Taylor property at Dromana?
It was mentioned in William Taylor's death notice in 1895. It contains an error which could seriously mislead family historians, stating that he was a son-in-law of W.Rowley. I presume that what was meant was that William Taylor was the BROTHER- in-law of WILLIAM Rowley (born 1864, reg. no.21465.)
TAYLOR— On tho 29th May, at his residence, Spring
Hill, Dromana, of pneumonia, after six days illness,
William Taylor, the beloved husband of Mary Christina
Taylor, and brother of Mrs. Pidoto, Rowe-street, North
Fitzroy, and son-in-law of W Rowley, Rye, aged 46.
Deeply regretted.(P.1, The Age, 4-6-1895.)

EventBirth Event registration number14380 Registration year1866
Personal information
Family nameROWLEY Given namesMary Christina SexUnknown Father's nameRobert Mother's nameChristina (Edwards) Place of birthDROMANA

The difficulties for family historians are complicated further by the year of death on William's gravestone at Dromana being clearly inscribed as 1896 rather than 1895.
The date of the issue containing the death notice has been checked and found to be correct.

Luckily, I did not have to amend my 397 page manuscript, PIONEER BURIALS AT DROMANA, which contains William's obituary.
"31-5-1895. WILLIAM TAYLOR.
EventDeath, Event registration number5230, Registration year1895
Personal information
Family nameTAYLOR, Given namesWm, SexMale
Father's nameWm, Mother's nameMary (Harrison)
Place of birth, Place of deathDromana, Age46

An old resident of Dromana, Mr William Taylor, died on the 29th May, at the age of forty-seven years, the interment taking place in the local cemetery on Friday, the 31st May, the Rev. A. Taylor conducting the funeral service. The deceased, who leaves a widow and a young family of six children, was a resident of the district for forty years, and was much respected.(P.2,Mornington Standard, 13-6-1895.)

William Taylor’s burial at Dromana is recorded on the ozgen list. The age at death is given as 46 but the date of death inscribed on the gravestone is wrong; i.e. 29-5-1896. I believe that Mrs Frances Pidoto has had the gravestone erected quite some time after the burial."

No burial of Mary Christine Taylor was found at the Dromana or Rye Cemeteries and I could find no record of her death on Victorian BDM. I tried a google search for MARY CHRISTINA ROWLEY MARRIED WILLIAM TAYLOR IN 1883 and discovered why, as well as TOWNSEND and MCNAB links.

Mary Christina Rowley
F, b. 1866, d. 1958
Father: Robert Rowley b. c 1840 (sic, 1822)
Mother: Christena Edwards b. c 1840
Birth*: Mary Christina Rowley was born in 1866 at Dromana, Rye, Vic, AustraliaG.
She was the daughter of Robert Rowley and Christena Edwards.
Marriage*: Mary Christina Rowley married William Taylor in 1883 at Vic, AustraliaG.
Marriage*: Mary Christina Rowley married Nathaniel James Townsend, son of John Townsend and Alison Mitchell, in 1896 at Vic, AustraliaG.
Marriage*: Mary Christina Rowley married Robert McNab in 1906 at Vic, AustraliaG.
Death*: Mary Christina Rowley died in 1958 at Rye, Vic, AustraliaG; Age 91 years.
Married Name: As of 1883,her married name was Taylor.
Married Name: As of 1896,her married name was Townsend.
Married Name: As of 1906,her married name was McNab.
Last Edited: 4 Feb 2008
Family 1: William Taylor b. c 1860
Marriage*: She married William Taylor in 1883 at Vic, AustraliaG.
Family 2: Nathaniel James Townsend b. 1867, d. 23 May 1904
Marriage*: Mary Christina Rowley married Nathaniel James Townsend, son of John Townsend and Alison Mitchell*, in 1896 at Vic, AustraliaG.
Florence Mabel Townsend+ b. 1901, d. 1971
Frederick Stanley Townsend b. 1903, d. 1967
Family 3: Robert McNab b. c 1870
Marriage*: Mary Christina Rowley married Robert McNab in 1906 at Vic, AustraliaG.

Robert Rowley
M, b. circa 1840 (sic., 1822)
Birth*: Robert Rowley was born circa 1840.*
Marriage*: He married Christena Edwards circa 1860.
Last Edited: 3 Feb 2008
Family: Christena Edwards b. c 1840
Mary Christina Rowley+ b. 1866, d. 1958

* Robert was born in about 1820 according to the article about Frank Rowley of Munro. His death record almost agrees with this. His gravestone at Rye apparently states that he was "born London,(1822) arrived Sydney 8/7/1826" which accords with his death record.

EventDeath Event registration number14401 Registration year1911
Personal information
Family nameROWLEY Given namesRobt SexUnknown Father's nameRowley Jas Mother's nameElizth (King) Place of birth Place of deathPt Nepean Age89

It will be a mammoth, perhaps impossible, task to find any reference to Mrs McNab (or McNabb) at Rye on trove but I am fairly sure that Nell Arnold's history of Rye not only mentions this lady but reasonably specifically gives the location of her house.

* The mention of Allison Mitchell reignited my curiosity about the mysterious Mitchell family mentioned only once in relation to early Dromana on trove(in connection with John Mitchell, who, neglected by his family, died in 1862) and in A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA (in connection to John Bryan, whose real name was Peter Watson, having married a Miss Mitchell.) I wondered whether Allison Townsend and Margaret Watson were daughters of the unfortunate John Mitchell and have managed to prove to my satisfaction that they were in my journal:

The only surname mentioned above that does not seem to be connected with Dromana is McNAB. Robert Rowley, associated with the Nepean Peninsula in the early 1840's and again in about 1850 was living in Dromana near today's Carrigg St in 1860, and for some years after his marriage, before Rye claimed him as a pioneer. After the death of Nathaniel James Townsend, Robert's daughter may have moved to Rye and met her third husband, Robert McNab, there. It is of interest that Robert Rowley retained an interest in the Dromana area, purchasing land on the summit of Arthurs Seat in 1904.


I thought that John was described simply as an old man in the article that I found about a year ago and have spent hours looking for, vainly trying a MITCHELL, GRIFFITH,DROMANA search on trove in the knowledge that Rebecca Griffith had been a key witness. However, all reports of the inquest record that his name was John Mitchell. Was he the father of Allison Mitchell who married John Townsend?

To ensure that I don't have to search again when I resume, here's the link to the par on page 4 of The Argus on 1-8-1862..
John Mitchell aged about 62

This is almost certainly his death record.

EventDeath Event registration number7534 Registration year1862
Personal information
Family nameMITCHELL Given namesJohn SexUnknown Father's nameGeorge Mother's nameEllen (Oliver) Place of birthSCOT Place of death Age62

John Townsend married Allison Mitchell and her death record states that John Mitchell was her father.
EventDeath Event registration number11498 Registration year1932
Personal information
Family nameTOWNSEND Given namesAllison SexFemale Father's nameMITCHELL John Mother's nameHelen (Scott) Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age90

Mary Christina Rowley married William Taylor in 1883 but no death or burial record was found for Mary Christina Taylor. That was because she'd married "Nathaniel James Townsend, son of John Townsend and Alison Mitchell, in 1896 at Vic, AustraliaG and Robert McNab in 1906 at Vic, AustraliaG."
" Family 2: Nathaniel James Townsend b. 1867, d. 23 May 1904
Marriage*: Mary Christina Rowley married Nathaniel James Townsend, son of John Townsend and Alison Mitchell, in 1896 at Vic, AustraliaG.
Florence Mabel Townsend+ b. 1901, d. 1971
Frederick Stanley Townsend b. 1903, d. 1967"
townsend genealogy

The Mount Alexander Mail was rather sloppy in its reporting of the inquest, firstly calling the deceased Joseph Mitchell and then John Mitchell in the finding. Page 3, Mount Alexander Mail,4-8-1862

This would be the death record of John Mitchell's widow, whose christian name was given as Helen in Allison Townsend's death record.
EventDeath Event registration number1277 Registration year1888
Personal information
Family nameMITCHELL Given namesEllen SexUnknown Father's nameScott John Mother's nameHelen (Oliver) Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age88 Spouse's family nameMITCHELL Spouse's given namesJohn

As a midwife, Susan Peatey delivered several babies on Jamieson's Special Survey where John Mitchell had probably been farming. Abraham and Rebecca Griffith were living at about Melway 160 H 3,4.) The Survey had the same boundaries as Safety Beach, extending east to Bulldog Creek Rd. In A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA Colin McLear stated that John Bryan married a Miss Mitchell, but as shown in an 1869 insolvency case, his name was actually Peter Watson,(not Bryan Watson as Colin had been told.)
On 3-2-1867, Margaret, and on 27-10-1869 George*, were born to Margaret and Peter Watson.(PINE TREES AND BOX THORNS, Rosalind Peatey.)
Bryan- On the 23rd January at Warragul,George, eldest son of late J and M Bryan,Dromana, loved brother Margaret (W.A. ) Dunlop (Dromana) Maitland (Apollo Bay) aged 66 years. (Born as George Watson on 27-10-1869.)
(P.1, Argus, 28-1-1936.)

EventBirth Event registration number1829 Registration year1867
Personal information
Family nameWATSON Given namesMargaret SexUnknown Father's namePeter Mother's nameMargaret (Mitchell) Place of birthDROMANA

EventBirth Event registration number21893 Registration year1869
Personal information
Family nameWATSON Given namesGeorge SexUnknown Father's namePeter Mother's nameMargaret (Mitchell) Place of birthDROMANE (Typical careless Victorian BDM typo!)

Unfortunately no death record has been found for Margaret Watson or Margaret Bryan to tie the mother of these two children to John Mitchell and Helen, nee Scott.

Interestingly, the later children, Maitland and Dunlop, were born with WATSON as their surname.

EventBirth Event registration number2028 Registration year1872
Personal information
Family nameWATSON Given namesMaitland SexUnknown Father's namePeter Mother's nameMargaret (Mitchell) Place of birthDROM

EventBirth Event registration number2079 Registration year1877
Personal information
Family nameWATSON Given namesBryan Dunlop SexUnknown Father's namePeter Mother's nameMargaret (Mitchell) Place of birthDROMANA

EventDeath Event registration number20343 Registration year1945
Personal information
Family nameBRYAN Given namesDunlop SexMale Father's nameUNKNOWN Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthDROMANA Place of deathDROMANA Age68

EventDeath Event registration number21172 Registration year1941
Personal information
Family nameBRYAN Given namesMaitland SexMale Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthDROMANA Place of deathCOLAC Age67

On page 74 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, Colin McLear stated that John Bryan succeeded Mary Ann McLear (about 1861) at The Willow on the Survey and later (probably 1869) moved to the top of Arthurs Seat opposite the Head of the Town Common*, accessed by Bryan's Cutting**. He married a Miss Mitchell, member of a family early in the district! That's about the only evidence I'm likely to find that Margaret Watson/Bryan was a daughter of John Mitchell who died in 1862. Colin also mentioned that Dunlop was a bachelor. Maitland's wife died at Colac in 1908 as revealed in a death notice discovered earlier.

EventMarriage Event registration number4597 Registration year1902
Personal information
Family nameBRYAN Given namesMaitland SexUnknown Spouse's family nameCOSTIN Spouse's given namesBertha

EventDeath Event registration number5470 Registration year1908
Personal information
Family nameBRYAN Given namesBertha SexUnknown Father's nameCosten Hy Lazenby Mother's nameElizth (Ward) Place of birth Place of deathColac Age25

Crown allotment 25B, section B Wannaeue,of 82 acres 3 roods 30 perches, purchased from the Crown on 30-10-1895 and fronting the south side of Arthurs Seat Rd from Melway 171J 1 to Heath Lane (the original north end of Main Creek Rd)with its eastern boundary being the northern 70 metres of Heath Lane. Incidentally, to the west of this block was 25A, granted to 84 year old Robert Rowley whose daughter Mary Christina became Mrs William Taylor/ Nathaniel James Townsend/ Robert McNab and because of her second husband reignited my interest in Allison Mitchell.

The wedge-shaped Town Common was in the parish of Kangerong, with its HEAD shaded green in Melway 158 H 12 across Arthurs Seat Rd from the north west corner of Peter Watson's c/a 25B.

Crown allotment 24C of 89 acres 1 rood 7 perches and granted on 21-10-1895, south of 25AB but not fronting Purves or Main Creek Rds, with the second Whites Rd bend near the bottom of Melway 171 G4 forming its south west corner and a 537 metre frontage eastward along Whites Rd.

** BRYAN'S CUTTING. Bryan's cutting, wrongly called O'Brien's Cutting in Sheila Skidmore's THE RED HILL, started as the current Hillview Quarry Rd off Boundary Rd and wound its way up the town common (later called the gravel reserve)between William Grace's "Gracefield" to the west and Robert Caldwell's "Dromana Hill" to the east, MAINLY QUARRY NOW BUT DR WELD'S HERITAGE-LISTED HOUSE IS SHOWN AT THE WEST END OF THE FUTURE DEVON RD.on Melbourne (Ewart) Brindle's sensational map of Dromana pre 1918 which shows part of the cutting with a notation at its uphill extent: TO BRYAN'S HUT.

Finding the death record of their father was not so easy. A trove search for "john bryan, dromana" revealed that he was still alive in 1883, therefore eliminating the need to inspect some of the 44 death records for John Bryan.
IN the Supreme Court of tho Colony of Victoria—In Insolvency.— In the matter of the Insolvency of PETER WATSON, commonly known as John Bryan, of Dromana, in the Colony of Victoria, laborer— Notice is hereby given that the above-named insolvent intends to APPLY to the Chief Commissioner of Insolvent Estates for the Colony of Victoria, at the Insolvent Court House, Queen street, Melbourne, on Friday the 24th day of August next, at the
hour of ten o'clock in the forenoon, that a CERTIFICATE of DISCHARGE under the Insolvency Statute, 1865, may be GRANTED to him.
Dated this 17th day of July,CHARLES FAUSSET, 78 Elizabeth street, Melbourne, Attorney for Insolvent.
(P.4, The Herald, 18-7-1883.)

Ewart Brindle lived on Sunnyside, part of the subdivision of Gracefield and as he was born in 1905, his earliest long term memories (required several decades later when the map was drawn in America) probably dated from about 1910. Therefore John Bryan (or Peter Watson) was possibly still alive at that time.

In the 1900 Shire of Flinders and Kangerong rates, M.G.D (possibly Margaret)Watson was assessed on 147 acres Wannaeue and Peter Watson on 173 acres Wannaeue, both in the central riding which included Dromana, Flinders and the land between them.

There was no mention of either in the 1910 rates, and given their son George Bryan's death at Warragul, the Peter Watson of Drouin in 1906 could have been his father.
Decoration, by St. Laurence, Mr. Peter Watson, Drouin 65 (P.9, The Australasian, 4-8-1906.)

The same man might have been at Iona, (8.8km via Bunyip River Rd south west of Bunyip) by 1909.
THIS DAY. At Half-past Two AT KRAFT'S HOTEL, BUNYIP. W.S. KEAST and Co. and BERNARD MICHAEL (In conjunction) have received Instructions from Mr. Peter Watson, to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION,
That very rich little farm, containing 75 acres O roods 1 perch, situated about three miles from the Bunyip R.S., and one mile from the Iona P.O. and township; together with the improvements, which consist of a 3 roomed house, kitchen, stabling, sheds &c.(P.2, Argus, 23-1-1909.)

Whether this man was the husband of Margaret nee Mitchell is not proved but it seems that the farm might have been sold because of ill-health, causing retirement; Peter Watson died in Dromana the same year.

EventDeath Event registration number12197 Registration year1909
Personal information
Family nameWATSON Given namesPeter SexUnknown Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathDromana Age80

Peter Watson's wife was a sister of John Townsend's wife, Allison, nee Mitchell!
EventDeath Event registration number9360 Registration year1914
Personal information
Family nameWATSON Given namesMargt SexUnknown Father's nameMitchell Jno Mother's nameHellen (Scott) Place of birth Place of deathDromana Age80

EventBirth Event registration number14790 Registration year1864
Personal information
Family nameWATSON Given namesWilliam Thomas SexUnknown Father's namePeter Mother's nameMargaret (Mitchell) Place of birthDROM

Three men named Wm. Thos.Watson were married between 1884 and 1900 but marriage records do not give enough information to confirm if any of them were the above.

There is no death record (with the right parents) for the above with a surname of Watson or Bryan. There is also no death record (under either surname)for George Bryan who died at Warragul in 1936 according to his death notice above.

Mary Ann McLear purchased crown allotment 3 (wrongly stated on page 99 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA as c/a 13)of section 2 Kangerong from her business partner, Charles Graves,for 200 pounds on 31-1-1860. Soon after she moved onto the property and was replaced on The Willows (approximately Melway 160 D4 according to the page 27 map)by John Bryan, whom we all know by now was Peter Watson. Within a year he had married Margaret Mitchell.

EventMarriage Event registration number611 Registration year1861
Personal information
Family nameWATSON Given namesPeter SexMale Spouse's family nameMITCHELL Spouse's given namesMargaret

It is likely that the Mitchells lived in between The Willows and the Griffith homestead. Peter probably did a bit of farming but without a jetty it was hard to get produce to market in Melbourne so he was probably working on the timber from dawn to dusk with Margaret carrying out the farming chores and caring for the children. This might explain why she had little time to help her ailing father but the reason was more likely a huge argument, with Margaret's mother leaving her husband. The reason will probably never been known; likewise the reason that Peter was known as John Bryan. Perhaps he was a deserter, absconding from MAITLAND!

As Townsend family notices were rare, while there is much information in A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA about John Townsend's occupations there is little genealogical information and even that is confusing, such as the claim on page 84 that Mrs John Townsend was a daughter of Charlie Dyson. I presume that if this was true, she had married a son of John and Allison. See TOWNSEND-DYSON below. John's biography is on page 74 and the only genealogical information is that he was born in 1840 and died in 1918. No marriage record was found for Allison Mitchell.

EventDeath Event registration number8538 Registration year1918
Personal information
Family nameTOWNSEND Given namesJno SexUnknown Father's nameTownsend Jas Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathDromana Age78

John does not seem to have been born in Victoria.

Although there is no death record for Allison Mitchell, there is one for John.
EventMarriage Event registration number3297 Registration year1864
Personal information
Family nameTOWNSEND Given namesJohn SexMale Spouse's family nameMITCHELL Spouse's given namesAlison

1865 Reg. no14930 JOHN*
1867 Reg. no7790 NATHANIEL JAMES
1873 Reg. no13263 WILLIAM, TOOTGAROOK**
1875 Reg. no19972 HELLEN, TOOTGAROOK
1877 Reg. no25531 ERNEST, TOOTGAROOK
1880 Reg. no12218 ARTHUR, TOOTGAROOK
1886 Reg. no25611 JESSIE
1888 Reg. no10763 SAMUELWATSON***
Unless I'm blind there was no birth record for the third son, Thomas, who died in South Africa aged 62 in 1932 and would have been born in 1869 or 1870. There seems to be a big gap between 1880 and 1886 so there might have been other children.

* It would have been this John Townsend who married Charlie Dyson's daughter (if the claim is true.)No record of a Townsend-Dyson marriage was found.

** William Townsend died at Rye in 1936 and an obituary was written.
It stated that he was born at Rosebud (c/a's 31DC Wannaeue, bounded by the freeway, Hove Rd, Rosebud Avenue and Waterfall Gully Rd, and c/a 30B to the south containing Bayview and Mount Arthur Avenues.) Tootgarook (Rye)was a bit farther away from John's grants but there was no mountain to climb in order to register the birth.

George might have been named after the father of Allison's father (see below#), as probably was George Watson, the son of Allison's sister Margaret,(born 27-10-1869 on Jamieson's Special Survey, died 23-1-1936 at Warragul.)

EventDeath Event registration number7534 Registration year1862
Personal information
Family nameMITCHELL Given namesJohn SexUnknown Father's nameGeorge# Mother's nameEllen (Oliver) Place of birthSCOT Place of death Age62

*** Allison Townsend's sister, Margaret had married Peter Watson (also known as John Bryan.)

EventDeath Event registration number11498 Registration year1932
Personal information
Family nameTOWNSEND Given namesAllison SexFemale Father's nameMITCHELL John Mother's nameHelen (Scott) Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age90

There does not seem to have been a death notice for Allison but it can be assumed that her death occurred after 16 July 1932.

TOWNSEND.— On the 27th May, at Johannesburg, South Africa, Thomas, third son of Alison and the late John Townsend, of Dromana, aged 62.(P.5, The Age, 16-7-1932.)

TOWNSEND.—On the 23rd May, at Dromana, James N , dearly beloved husband of M. C.Townsend, age 36. At rest.
(P.1, Argus, 26-5-1904.)
M.C.Townsend is often mentioned on trove in regard to Dromana and now that we know who she is, it may be possible to find if she was still there or at Rye when she married Robert McNab in 1906.

Another loose end was the supposed marriage of John Townsend and Charlie Dyson's daughter. Not having found a marriage record to support the claim, I decided to check Townsend births from 1890 to 1910.

EventBirth Event registration number3089 Registration year1893
Personal information
Family nameTOWNSEND Given namesMarian Allison SexFemale Father's nameThomas Mother's nameChristina I (Dyson) Place of birthDROM

EventBirth Event registration number4309 Registration year1897
Personal information
Family nameTOWNSEND Given namesMartha Emma Thomasin SexUnknown Father's nameThos Mother's nameCtina Isabel (Dyson) Place of birthKEW

There is no death record for Christina Isabelle Townsend from 1897 and only two for Christina Townsend, nee Bird, and another with the mother's name given as Teresa Jane Fillin, it is likely that the mother of the above two children died in South Africa and her husband was Thomas, third son of John Townsend who died aged 62 in 1932 in South Africa as in the death notice in bold type not too far above.

This could be the birth record of Thomas Townsend's future wife. It did not come up in a Christina Isabelle Dyson search so I searched all Dyson birth from 1860 to 1870.
EventBirth Event registration number8258 Registration year1864
Personal information
Family nameDYSON Given namesChristine Isabella SexUnknown Father's nameJohn Mother's nameMary Ann (Singleton) Place of birthDROM

This birth record is included because of a discovery I made when researching my PIONEER BURIALS AT DROMANA. The head of the Dyson family, whom Colin referred to as Charlie, and his son, (CALLED JACK BY COLIN McLEAR) were BOTH named John Charles Dyson.
DYSON Given namesJohn Charles EventBirth Father's name / Spouse's family nameJohn Mother's maiden name / Spouse's given nameMary An (Singleton) Reg. year1863 Reg. no1710

I extended my search up to 1880 and there was no other birth of a Christine/a Isabelle/a Dyson.

The TOWNSEND SURNAME IN AUSTRALIA website provides the following information.
Christina Isabella Dyson
F, b. circa 1870
Birth*: Christina Isabella Dyson was born circa 1870.
Marriage*: She married Thomas Townsend in 1892 at Vic, AustraliaG.
Married Name: As of 1892,her married name was Townsend.
Last Edited: 31 Jan 2008
Family: Thomas Townsend b. c 1870
Marian Allison Townsend b. 1893
Helen Edith May Townsend b. 1894
Martha Emma Thomasina Townsend b. 1897

And by clicking on Thomas Townsend, the same information with the fact that he was born (registered) at Rye (Tootgarook)which comes as no surprise because all children of John and Allison Townsend born between 1871 and 1880 were registered at Tootgarook. This tells us that John was living on his Wannaeue selections by 1870 (or maybe even 1869) when Thomas was born.

Unfortunately Marriage records do not specify the place of marriage OR OTHER INFORMATION SHOWN ON THE CERTIFICATE. John Townsend junior was born in 1864 and only six men of that name married between 1884 when he would have been 20 and 1910 when he would have been 46.
The only Townsend man with the right given name whose spouse had a surname known in the area is shown below. There is no proof that he was the son of John and Allison Townsend born in 1864 and if he was, he certainly didn't marry Charlie Dyson's daughter.

EventMarriage Event registration number3191 Registration year1899
Personal information
Family nameTOWNSEND Given namesJno SexUnknown Spouse's family nameHENDERSON Spouse's given namesMargt Turner


Mr E. B. Luttrell, Mordialloc. writes in regard to his two cousins. He says:—
One is Mr Edward Hobson, of Swan Hill grazier, who was born at Parramatta,New South Wales, 1814; came to Port
Phillip 1837; one of the oldest pioneers of the Gippsland district. The other is Mr Daniel Main, living at Woodend, who was here with his father- Mr.J.P. Main, in 1837. Mr J. P. Main had a station, the homestead of which was on the creek at Flemington, in the present Royal Park, and ran from there to Keilor. He was also a contractor and builder. He built the first Customs House, the first Gaol,the first Union Bank, the first powder
magazine on Batman's Hill; also the old Prince's Bridge across the Yarra. Although I have many times seen Mr
Lenix's (Lennox's?)name mentioned as the builder. but all old colonists know Mr J. P.Main to be the contractor.

As to myself, I think I can claim to belong to one of the oldest and largest families in Australia,my mother being a native of New South Wales, born 1802, and died at Launceston 1896, being in her 94th year, leaving behind her something like 300 children,grand, and great-grand children to the fourth generation, now living in the colonies. My father, born in England 1801, came to Sydney 1803, with his father. Dr.Edward Luttrell, M.D., colonial surgeon-general. who brought his wife and family out with him at that time, and lived at Parramatta till 1814, when he went to Hobart to take charge of hospital, and died at Hobart 1824. I have a brother
living. born Hobart 1824, and a brother and sister, born In the twenties, still living. I have seen William Buckley, the wild white man. spoken of by Mr L. M.Daniel, scores of times, and his wife also.
(Extract from reader contributions,P.3,The Herald, 17-12-1900.)

As other contributions may be of value, here's the link:

When I started researching Tullamarine's history in August 1988, I was lucky that due to the help of Gordon Henwood and John Fenton, I had a list of 10 descendants of the pioneers and was able to collect fabulous anecdotes and other information subsequently confirmed on trove. One of the pioneers I discovered in previously published local histories was J.P.Main, a photo of the area near Main's bridge at Flemington even gracing the cover of THE STOPOVER THAT STAYED by Grant Aldous.

I don't know whether I'll ever be able to verify the claim made in the above article that his run extended from Royal Park to Keilor but it is likely that the stone for his building was obtained from Main's Station, section 12 of the parish of Doutta Galla, bounded by today's Buckley St, Rachelle Rd, an eastern extension of Clarks Rd and Hoffmans Rd. My extensive titles research, including the wording (unfortunately not a scan) of J.P.Main's grant, can be provided to descendants of J.P.Main if they private message me on family tree circles providing an email address and name. The link for the parish map is:

I had no such list of pioneers, but had read every local history of the Mornington Peninsula's west coast, when I decided to fill some of the gaps in mid 2010. One of the first pioneers I'd seen mentioned was Edward William Hobson. The impression that I'd gained was that he was firstly at Kangerong and before Hugh Jamieson bought his special survey had moved to Tootgarook and that he occupied the run until he transferred it to James Purves (pronounced Purvis) in 1850. I've found no proof that his original run was both north and south of Arthurs Seat but there's certainly some dodgy information on trove such as that Kangerong was also called Tootgarook and White Cliff and that Robert Jamieson of Cape Schanck bought Jamieson's Special Survey.

Kidding I wasn't excited when I read THE RIVER OF LITTLE FISH, which proved that somebody else had to have been on Tootgarook for much of the 1840's, and that proved to have been George Smith. It was while trying to find out more about George that I discovered Marie Hansen Fels' I SUCCEEDED ONCE. Marie came to the following conclusions: that the so called Mrs Smith who nursed Sarah Ann Cain (little girl lost)back to health was the mother of Edward and Edmund Hobson who never married George, with her surname being given as Luttrell when she died; and that Wooloowoolooboolook (George McCrae's spelling),where the child was taken,was not a run but the name that George had bestowed on the Tootgarook homestead.

The mention that Edward William Hobson's wife was of French extraction aroused my curiosity and I found gold. As soon as I saw her maiden name, I remembered Marie having mentioned it.

EventMarriage Event registration number3831 Registration year1846
Personal information
Family nameHOBSON Given namesEdward William SexMale Spouse's family nameNAPPER Spouse's given namesMarie Anne Martha Celine Helena

The genealogical information (years and places of birth and death) given by Edward William Hobson's cousin should save considerable time being wasted looking vainly in the wrong records.

My poem, written this morning and sourced almost entirely from trove fills a gap in Edward William Hobson's biography from 1855 by which time he'd sold the "Rosebud" to James Purves, and perhaps explains why he left his wife at Brighton and went so far away (Queensland) from those who knew and respected him.






WHITE CLIFFS-Pastoral Runs.
Peter Wilson's ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD. (etc.)


This map shows early selectors on portion of the former Tootgarook run which was generally called section A of the parish of Wannaeue but the part of the run on the McCrae foreshore which George Smith ceded to Andrew McCrae’s Arthurs Seat run was later referred to as “No Section “.

Smith must have ceded the area to McCrae (as stated by Marie Hansen Fels in I SUCCEEDED ONCE) before mid 1850 when he transferred Tootgarook to Edward William Hobson. The description of McCrae's run in December 1850 and December 1848 has the following addendum (in bold type) which was the area ceded:
No. 208.
Andrew Murison M'Crae.
Name of run, Arthur's Seat.
Estimated area 21,300 acres.
Estimated grazing capability, 300 head of cattle.
On the north by Jamieson's special survey four miles, on the west by the coast line of the Bay to the nose of the mountain called St. Anthony's Nose,from thence along the Cape Schanck road to the Drumdrumallock Creek,
being a boundary line with Mr Purves,ETC.;also that piece of land between the Cape Schanck road and the sea, commencing near the rocks on the point known as St. Anthony's Nose, and ending at the creek* at the junction of the Point Nepean and Cape Schanck roads, nearly opposite the end of the paddock fence.
*Adams Creek, which virtually followed the course of The Avenue, the boundary between the Arthurs Seat Run and Portion 20 Wannaeue.

Part of the Parish of Wannaeue near the Village Reserve of Dromana ...

The parish of Wannaeue extended east to Mornington-Flinders Rd, where it adjoined the parish of Balnarring, west to Government Rd/Weeroona St, Rye where it adjoined the parish of Nepean and south to Limestone Rd where it adjoined the parish of Fingal. This map was drawn on 1-7-1855 shortly after JAMES PURVES' "Rosebud", insured for 700 pounds, was stranded on the foreshore.

Although no section boundaries are shown on any Wannaeue parish maps, it is clear that section A comprised the Tootgarook run and section B the Arthurs Seat run. The latter was originally south of the road to Cape Schanck but George Smith ceded the McCrae foreshore, originally part of the Tootgarook run, to Andrew Murchison McCrae before his visit to California with his young aboriginal friend, Johnny, (who died soon after their return and was buried near the lighthouse by young George McCrae,) Dr Tweedale's grant may not have not been part of Tootgarook but was called Crown portion 1 of section A. Dr Tweedale was the head of the Quarantine Station at the Heads.

Georgiana McCrae had good reason to fear that her homestead block would be swallowed by the planned township of Dromana but crown portion 20 Wannaeue (the WANNAEUE VILLAGE RESERVE) was not alienated until the mid 1870's. As coastal access around Anthony's Nose was only on the beach until 1866 when Ned Williams was said to have carved a road, this land was probably leased to Captain Henry Everest Adams. By sheer coincidence portion 19 was selected by Isaac White of whom nothing is known except that he had the greatest affection for the wife of Henry Everest Adams (expressed in an indenture between Isaac and the Captain re a property near South Melbourne found in Harvey Marshall's scrapbook.)

Portion 20 was between The Avenue and the line of Parkmore Rd. Isaac White's portion 19 extended west to Adams Avenue, and by the first Kangerong Road Board assessment of 1864 was occupied and probably owned by Captain Adams.

Two tracks join in portion 20, both indicating how much of a barrier the Rocks presented to coastal travel, The early Dromana Township maps show tracks whose general course was like Latrobe Parade, heading uphill just before the tea tree swamp (below the present bowls club) to access the back road (Palmerston Avenue/ today's freeway.
The track between this THREE CHAIN ROAD and portion 20 may have been made by travellers calling in for a chat, to have a horse shoed or perhaps to sample the Vivyan Vineyard produce if such was available by 1855.

The track from the beach (actually the point where Adams Creek met the coastal track) may have been made by Captain Adams when he reputedly beached his vessel (named) and used its timbers to construct his cottage at Adams Corner in circa 1842 (as claimed in an undocumented submission to council in the early 2000's to have a park in McCrae named after Captain Adams.)The captain may have beached the vessel IN Adams Creek at high tide which would have made it far easier to salvage its timbers to construct the cottage.

The captain may have used the upper track later to access his 36 acres near the Arthurs Seat summit (c/a's 5 and 6, section D, Township of Dromana, heading up Towerhill Rd from Melway 159 F8.)

Parkmore Rd indicates the boundary between portions 20 and 19 and this boundary would have met the back road at the end of Surrey St in Melway 170 H1. On the map at this point is shown a strange double creek crossing the two branches rejoining on the coastal side of the road to feed a waterhole. Today, that waterhole has become the un-named reserve between Woodvale Grove and Surrey St.

The double crossing of what was called the Hobson's Flat road caused a huge dispute between Back Road Bob Cairns who was on the uphill side of the road and Robert Henry Adams, on the coastal side, in the first decade of the 1900's. Poor William Hobley was caught in the middle of this dispute and may have moved to Leongatha to escape the unpleasantness and false accusations*. Surely crossings 1 and 2 would be those shown on the map.

The subdivision of portion 19 (Albert Holloway's PARKMORE etc) will be discussed in a separate mini history.

Portion 18 was purchased from the grantee by Charles Blakey, poundkeeper and grantee in section 6 Yuroke at Somerton. He subdivided the land and Jack Jones whose store on his foreshore block (later George Fountain's THE PINES) had been burnt down seems to have been the only buyer, his two acres on the FJ's corner being described as lot 86 and shown in a sketch of title on a memorial in Harvey Marshall's scrapbook recording a loan obtained from Captain Adams by William Edwards.

In 1874, Blakey's executors put the remaining 150 acres up for sale and portion 18 was sold to Robert White junior. He sold it to the Lake brothers in 1888 after the death of his first wife and moved to John Moore's 27 acre "Glenferrie" on the north corner of White Hill and McIlroy Rds at Red Hill, (where he was called Blooming Bob White to distinguish him from his nephew, Bullocky Bob White A.K.A. Robert James.) Here his children who had been among Rosebud State School's first pupils were cared for by his late wife's sister, Hadassah Hillis, who in 1999 became his second wife
Jack Jones had built a store on lot 86 in about 1884 and the Lake Brothers tried unsuccessfully to have him evicted in 1889. The rest of the story of the 150 acre farm is told in the chapter HENRY POTTON'S FARM in Peter Wilson's ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD including the two suicides of De Garis, the developer of the HEART OF ROSEBUD ESTATE. The historic sites and street names on portion 20 will be discussed in another mini history.

On the map a very prominent waterhole is shown just west of the line of Adams Avenue, the eastern boundary of portion 18. The site of the waterhole is today's Lawson Park,(170 F1) accessed from Mark St by the appropriately-named Adams Lane (which I have never noticed before!)

Crown portion 17, extending from Jetty Rd to the line of Norm Clark Walk was the true heart of Rosebud. Robert Glover seems to have bought his co-grantee out, possibly after it was advertised for sale in 1857; it seemed to be a working farm with a homestead.*
Parish of Wannaeue, Arthurs Seat. 129 Acres.
Four roomed Cottage, Men's Huts,etc."

On 3-9-1864, the property had a net annual value of 6 pounds 10 shillings. By 2-9-1865 it was owned by Woolcott, the value of the 129 acres unchanged. On 31-7-1892, he was assessed on 120 acres and 84 acres on 25-7-1896. The unsold portion of the estate still consisted of 84 acres when W.F.Vale, agent, Melbourne was assessed on it in 1910.

William Gomm, grantee of c/a 13 Rosebud Fishing Village and son of a convict had apparently leased part of the 129 acres in 1876 but it had obviously been subdivided by R.R.Woolcott by 1878, when, with the aid of a loan from Nelson Rudduck of Dromana, George and Susan Peatey bought lot 76 on the south corner of Jetty Rd and McDowell St, today surrounded by Netherby and consisting of 2 acres, occupying the block in about 1888 when the loan had been repaid.

Daniel Coyle (a grantee in the fishing village) and his wife, known to oldtimers as Granny Coyle were early shopkeepers at Rosebud before moving to Mordialloc BUT THE SHOP MAY HAVE BEEN ON THEIR ROSEBUD FISHING VILLAGE BLOCK, crown allotment 10, immediately east of today's Banksia Point apartment/cafe development, RATHER THAN ON PORTION 17
The school started in the Mechanics' Institute which proved unsatisfactory and land in Woolcott's subdivision was purchased to erect a school and teacher's residence as detailed in Peter Wilson's book. It was at the school that the post office started in 1889 and it remained on portion 17 until about 1996.

In summary, this is where Rosebud people posted and picked up their mail.
1. PRE-1889. Loose bag at lighthouse (with keepers' mail.)
2. School. Slot cut in residence wall.(1889.)
3. Louis Anderson's store on lot 42, c/a 17,Wannaeue,near Peebles site 1890-1897)
4. School hole in wall 1897-1901.
5. John Roberts family's P.O. 1901-1919 on lot 42 as above, last postmaster being Percy Ditchburn.
6. Rudduck's store 75 metres to the west with William C. Twyford as first postmaster there in 1920, a Rudduck son in law and Roy Cairns probably before the store was destroyed by fire.
6A. Rudduck store rebuilt quickly on larger scale and bought by Edwin James Wheeler in 1923. Site occupied present numbers 1039,1040, 1043 and 1045, the post office being in No.1045. Wheeler sold to Stephens in 1929 but retained the post office and possibly 1043.
7. Mr Wheeler transferred the post office to a new building at 1047 in February 1937. He retired in March 1946 and his son,Geoff, was appointed postmaster.
8. On July 4,1951, it was reported that the new site for the post office, at 1003 Pt. Nepean Rd,with a frontage of 83 feet,had been completed.
9. Rosebud Plaza (formerly Port Phillip Plaza) P.O. 1996? (This is the approximate date given for the closure of the Rosebud West P.O.)
The above information was provided by Peter Wilson in a local paper accessed in Mick Dark's collection.
Information about Robert McDowell and some street names will be included in another mini history.

A feature of Rosebud in the old days that can be seen on the map, mainly in portion 17 but extending slightly into portion 16 was the Rosebud Lagoon. It was drained so that Spray St could be constructed.

Crown portions 16 (west to Fifth Avenue) and 15(west to First Avenue) became the Clacton on Sea Estate in 1909. In 1864, Hugh Glass, grantee of crown portion 14 owned crown portion 16 as well. Glass became insolvent and it is impossible to ascertain from rate records who occupied portions 15 and 16 until 1909 when it was bought by a reputedly American company.

Peter Wilson's ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD devotes a chapter to the estate but most of the information relates to gimmicks to promote sales and land that owners forfeited due to unpaid rates which the shire developed quite recently with Clacton Divide connecting its east and west ends. Most of the land that did sell was naturally near the beach. In the last assessment available on microfiche, that of 1919-20 W.H.Ritchie of Box Hill and Peter Percival, Mrs A.J.Ross, Arthur Smith, Mrs K. Tute, W.L.Twyford and Walter G.Uridge, all of Rosebud, were assessed on land containing buildings, with net annual values above 10 pounds.
Arthur Smith may have been A.J.Smith, president of the Mechanics' Institute who illegally detained the Methodist Church's organ in 1903.
Mrs Katherine Tute and her husband owned much land between Waterfall and Duells Rds and Mrs Tute, whose husband was a P.O.W. in W.W.1, made Ewart Brindle of Dromana promise to continue his art in America.

The second 1909 article illustrates what a fib was told in the first about the Clacton on Sea estate.
600 blocks sold in 2 weeks?
History of Clacton on Sea land

The second article also shows that W.F.Vale had owned crown portion 15 of 101 acres 1 rood and 8 perches and the Freehold Investment Company portion 16 of 115 acres exactly (as on the 1855 map and my much later parish map!), not 116 a.2 r. 2 p. and 102 acres as stated in the article. The investment company had also owned 19 acres that became part of Eleanor Rigg's Hindhope at about the same time. See Portion 14.

Everyone loves winning a prize but the Limerick winner thought his was a dud.
scrubby black sand about a mile from the beach

Crown portion 14 between First Avenue and Boneo Rd was sold off in portions of 19,19, 20, 20 and 16 acres when the Grantee, Hugh Glass, became insolvent.
The first two bits were eventually combined by Greg and Eleanor Rigg and went south to include 50 First Avenue and all Hope St house blocks.They retained the name bestowed on half of the property prior to 1900 by Oswald Randall. Hindhope Villa at 50 First Avenue was probably 117 years old when it was demolished in 2017! Subdivision of the property commenced after John McComb of Carrum (Seaford) had leased it for a year. McCombe St was supposed to be named after him but the surveyor engaged by developer, Arthur Alfred THOMAS who bought Hindhope on 23-1-1914, got the spelling wrong. Hindhope Villa was bought by Alexander Mackie Younger whose first wife stupidly shot herself just after she'd bought him a huge portion of the estate, whose second wife left him during their honeymoon because he'd installed a maid who, surprise, surprise, became his third wife.
The 16 acre portion was owned by (John?) Freeman and was combined with the two 20 acre blocks by Ramsay and Nora Couper to form a property that became known as The Thicket. It was later owned by Alf Rawlings and today is easily recognised by Warranella Avenue and the streets such as The Drive which connect it with the Government roads.

It was subdivided as the Rosebud Park Estate about two years* after Nora Couper died at Box Hill.

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


Nora's daughter Evelyn had married George Edward Jamieson in 1915. He was a son of William Jamieson, grantee of the Rosebud Fishing Village block between the Jetty's Cafe and Mechanics' Institute sites.
EventBirth Event registration number17123 Registration year1885
Personal information
Family nameJAMIESON Given namesGeorge Edward SexUnknown Father's nameWilliam Mother's nameAdelaide (Phair) Place of birthDR OM


John Coleman barracked for Collingwood as a child and his brother Albert barracked for South Melbourne.
John played his first competitive game of football for Ascot Vale West State School at the age of 12.
If John's career had been at Richmond it would have been Essendon's own fault. If John had sat out the 1949 season, playing one more year at Hastings with Albert, there would have been a very good chance that both brothers would have played for the Tigers. Richmond certainly wanted Albert (and John of course!) John stated that Albert was a better footballer than he was.

It is almost certain that those who have read the recent biography of John Coleman will find much other information, not included in that splendid work, in this 1949 article.

See also:

Although John and Albert's mother only arrived in the Hastings district in 1943, the Colemans were linked by Albert's future wife, Joy, with much of the area's long history.

MORE ABOUT JOHN COLEMAN from an email to Lance Hodgins (secretary of the Hastings Historical Society) who had sent me a photo of the Hastings team, premiers in the Mornington Peninsula Social Football League in 1945.

Many state that John Coleman was the best full forward ever born but according to VICTORIAN BDM, like Albert, he wasn't born at all! At least there's a death record.
EventDeathEvent registration number8697Registration year1973
Personal information
Family nameCOLEMANGiven namesJohn DouglasSexMaleFather's nameCOLEMAN Albert ErnestMother's nameElla Elizabeth (Matthews)Place of birthPort FairyPlace of deathDromanaAge44

Essendon supporters waited and waited for the next John Coleman and several, such as John Towner, Terry Rodgers, Ted Fordham and Geoff Blethyn offered some sort of hope. Chris Goullet, son of John's daughter, Jenny, seemed to offer hope but as he admitted himself, he lacked his grandfather's spring. However the legends of the Essendon Football Club still flocked to him at club functions because he was the grandson of the great John Coleman!

John Coleman's last game was actually on the tiny University High School oval in Parkville when he played for the Old Boys in the annual match against the school team*. I was among the huge crowd of students,old boys and gals, staff, parents and blow ins, which was disappointed in the hope of seeing at least one more spectacular mark.

Club History | UHS VU Football Club
"Wal Johnson: Patron

Wal must go down as the staunchest Clubman/supporter the Old Boys has had. From his own words he is “the ancient you see posting up wrong scores at home games”. This particular “job” he acquired a half a century ago, from Howard Toyne who was absent at a bike meet! Wal calculates he has played in or witnessed about 1500 games, following the fortunes of 3000 or so players. Wal, an Old Boy of the School, first played in 1937 with the juniors. After being a member of the services in WWII, Wal returned home and to his beloved UHSOB in 1948.

His last game of football was in the School versus Old Boys game, coincidentally, the last game of the great John Coleman."

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Edward Latrobe Bateman was a cousin of Governor Latrobe, the grantee of crown allotment 9A Fingal and painted a picture (available online*) of the original Barker homestead near Cape Schanck. He is acknowledged as the architect of Professor Hearn's "Heronswood" at Dromana but doubt has been expressed that he designed "Barragunda" at Cape Schanck- with a concession made that he might have designed the interior. The following statement obviously resulted from a conversation with Robert Stirling Anderson of Barragunda soon after the house was built and leaves no doubt about who designed it.
As pointed out in 1902, the second Barker homestead near Flinders, became Clondrisse.

Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers Saturday 20 May 1871 p 103 Article
Others visit Mr. Anderson in his beautiful Gothic home at Burraguntha, (Barragunda) where they are hospitably entertained by the worthy host and his lady, and after dinner shown through the grounds and garden. The house is truly a pretty place, fashioned from the limestone of the district — a gem of E.L. Bateman's own creation.

The Fingal Parish map
shows that much of the land near Cape Schanck was granted to Godfrey Howitt by mid 1866, the year in which Robert Anderson married his daughter, just five years before the above hunt took place.

EventMarriage Event registration number2825 Registration year1866
Personal information
Family nameANDERSON Given namesRobert SexUnknown Spouse's family nameHOWITT Spouse's given namesEdith Mary

ANDERSON—HOWITT.-On the 11th inst., at the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. Mr. Hetherington, Robert Anderson, Cape Schanck, son of Thomas Anderson, Esq., Knowhead, Ayrshire, to Edith Mary, only daughter of Godfrey Howitt, Esq., M.D., Melbourne. No cards. (P.4, Argus,13-8-1866.)

Barragunda was first mentioned in 1867.
ANDERSON.—On the 17th inst., at Barragunda, Cape Schanck, the wife of Robert Anderson, Esq., of a daughter.
The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 22 June 1867 p 28 Family Notices

Although the following is chiefly concerned with Bateman's art and his relationships with the Howitts and Georgiana McCrae, it also seems to agree that Barragunda was "a gem of E.L. Bateman's own creation."

To William Howitt, arriving in treeless, dusty Melbourne, his brother Godfrey’s house and garden seemed a tranquil and fragrant oasis. So too was his Cape Schanck house Barragunda, designed and completed by Edward La Trobe Bateman before his departure from the colony in 1869.
(P.4, Argus, 27-6-1867.)

Georgiana McCrae is the source of the claim that Bateman only decorated Barragunda.
Victorian Heritage Register VHR H0615

In attempting to discover what Georgiana had actually written about Bateman's involvement, I stumbled upon this fantastic thesis, which although it doesn't focus on the mansion's design, has far more detail about the Howitts, Bateman etc. than appears in biographies and a huge number of illustrations of the art produced at Cape Schanck and Godfrey Howitt's house and garden in Melbourne. Bateman's return home was due to his injured hand.

It was fortunate that the Howitts discarded the Quaker distaste for "Papish" Art and Robert Anderson continued their fostering of it.


The death of Mr Archibald Haddow,
which took place in Melbourne on Sun
day last after a long illness, will be
very much regretted by his numerous
friends in this district. The deceased,
who was 35 years of age, was a son of
Mr Haddow, of Cape Schanck, and
spent most of his life in the Morning
ton Peninsula. For some years he
was in business as a coach proprietor
in this township, and for a term held
the Flinders and Bittern mail contract.
His good-natured disposition gained
him the best wishes of all he came in
contact with, and very much sympathy
is felt for his widow (a daughter of the
late Mrs Slattery, of Flinders) and his
were interred in the Flinders cemetery
on Wednesday afternoon last, and the
funeral was attended by a very large
number of local residents.
(P.3, Mornington Standard, 6-6-1908.)

Archibald is not included in the burial records for Flinders Cemetery.

Archibald's age was digitised as 85, exactly as in the article, which led me astray regarding his place in the family until the implication of the three words above sank in. He was 35!(Or maybe 31.)
The two young children:
1. EventBirth Event registration number3169 Registration year1903
Personal information
Family nameHADDOW Given namesAgnes Marion SexFemale Father's nameArchd Mother's nameMary Cath (Crinigan) Place of birthFLINDERS

2. EventBirth Event registration number9588 Registration year1907
Personal information
Family nameHADDOW Given namesArchd Wm SexMale Father's nameArchd Mother's nameMary Cath (Crinigan) Place of birthCLIFTON HILL (Married Irene Mary Wighton* in 1935? and died aged 72 at Fitzroy in 1979.)
* See the Wighton grants near the intersection of Shoreham and Mornington-Flinders Rds, c/a's 84, 50, 49, 47, 45 PARISH OF BALNARRING

This must be Archibald's death record. There is no birth record for him. He married Mary Catherine in 1902 (THE YEAR IN WHICH WILLIAM JUNIOR MARRIED CHRISTINA PATTERSON!).
EventDeath Event registration number6410 Registration year1908
Personal information
Family nameHADDOW Given namesArchd SexUnknown Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathKew Age31

EventMarriage Event registration number984 Registration year1902
Personal information
Family nameHADDOW Given namesArchd SexUnknown Spouse's family nameCRINIGAN Spouse's given namesMary Cath

From the Flinders correspondent.
The wedding of Mr A. Haddo (Haddow) with Miss Crinnigan, daughter of Mrs Slattery, of Flinders, took place at Mornington on Monday last the day before the brother* of the bride sailed for South Africa with the First Commonwealth Contingent. Mr Haddo (Haddow) has secured the mail contract between Bittern and Flinders for the next triennial period, so should be envied by his friends as a " doubly lucky man."
(P.3, Mornington Standard, 15-5-1902.)
[* J.J. SLATTERY. Farrier Carey, of Hastings, has not " had enough " and is off back with the Commonwealth Contingent, as also are Steve Corlett, of Frankston, and J. J. Slattery, a son of Mrs Slattery,of Flinders.
P.3, Mornington Standard, 25-1-1902.]

His wife's mother* must have married again to a Mr Slattery after Mary Catherine's birth.

* SLATTERY.— In sad but loving memory of our dear mother. Mary Slattery. late of Flinders, who departed this life at South Yarra on the 15th October, 1902. May her soul rest in peace.(P.1, The Age, 15-10-1903.)

EventDeath Event registration number15695 Registration year1902
Personal information
Family nameSLATTERY Given namesMary SexUnknown Father's nameDolan Jas Mother's nameMarcella (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathS Y Age62

Archie's widow died in 1955 and she obviously had three young children when Archie died. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE AUTHOR OF THE 1908 OBITUARY WAS NOT ACQUAINTED WITH THE FAMILY AND HAD COMPOSED IT FROM HASTILY SCRIBBLED NOTES.

HADDOW.-On October 16, at a private hospital, Mary Catherine (Maria), widow of the late Archibald Haddow, dearly loved mother of Agnes (Mrs. S. Wedekind),Lillian (Mrs. Dan Liddy), and Archie, fond mother-in-law of Mollie, and loved grandmother of Robert, aged 76 years. -Requiescat In pace. (Privately interred October 18).
(P.17, Argus, 20-10-1955.)

EventDeath Event registration number11966 Registration year1955
Personal information
Family nameHADDOW Given namesMary Catherine SexFemale Father's nameCRINIGAN Martin Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthFLINDERS Place of deathMURRUMBEENA Age78

EventBirth Event registration number3024 Registration year1905
Personal information
Family nameHADDOW Given namesLillian Mary SexFemale Father's nameArchd Mother's nameMary Cath (Crinnigan) Place of birthFLINDERS

I have just spent five fruitless hours trying to find a reference in Graeme Butler's MORNINGTON PENINSULA SHIRE THEMATIC STUDY of 2008 to Haddow being the chief shepherd on "Barragunda" (in reference, if I remember correctly, to a shepherd's hut.)
Mornington Peninsula Shire thematic history 2008 part 1 of 2 by ...
Aug 17, 2017 - Part of Barker's run is now known as the property, Barragunda ...Land Selection Acts. Haddow was the chief shepherd employed ...

The shepherd might have been William Haddow (died 1914) who would have been about 21 years old when he arrived at Cape Schanck in 1859.

I believe that A.Haddow*, grantee of crown allotment 9, parish of Fingal (Melway 253 D 8,9 fronting Old Cape Schanck, Patterson and Grasslands Roads; see link to the parish map below) was the above Archibald Haddow who must have been a brother of Mrs Thomas Tuck and Carrier Harry Cairns' wife, Margaret.
The usual monthly meeting of this board took place yesterday. Piesent-Messrs. E.P. S. Sturt (chairman), Arness, Cameron, and Callanan. The following applications were recommended :-David Friar, fiO acres, Burgoyne ; George Hume, 12acres, Bullengarook:S.E. Kirby, 100 acics, Bylands ; Archibald Haddow.147 acres,Fingal;etc.
(P.1, Argus, 6-11-1873.)

William Haddow, who resided at Cape Schanck since 1859, died on Monday, aged 80 years.(Bunyip Free Press and Berwick Shire Guardian (Vic. : 1914 - 1915) Thursday 29 October 1914 p 3 Article)

HADDOW.—On the 23rd October, at Cape Schanck, William, the dearly beloved husband of Marion, father of Mrs. T. Tuck, Mrs. H. Cairns, Mrs. J. Tuck, Mrs. G. McBride*, Janet, Willie, Jack,and the late (T. and A. Haddow**), aged 80 years. A colonist of 55 years.(P.1, The Age, 27-10-1914.)
[* McBRIDE—HADDOW - On the 9th August, at Scots' Church, by the Rev. Alex. Marshall, M.A., George, eldest son of the late Wm. M'Bride, Dundrennan Abbey, Scotland, to Marion, fourth daughter of Wm. Haddow, Cape Schanck. Scotch papers please copy.(P.44, Leader, 17-12-1892.) ** Tom and Archie.]

EventDeath Event registration number13657 Registration year1914
Personal information
Family nameHADDOW Given namesWm SexUnknown Father's nameHaddow Wm Mother's nameMarion (Sharp) Place of birth Place of deathDromana Age80

Carrier Harry Cairns lived on c/a 9A Fingal, granted to Edward Latrobe Bateman which was immediately west of the Haddow grant.

TUCK—HADDOW.—On the 27th ult., at the bridegroom's
residence, by the Rev. M. Carey, Thomas, third son
of Henry Tuck, of Flinders, to Elizabeth, eldest
daughter of William Haddow, of Cape Schanck.
(P.1, Argus, 9-6-1880.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Tuck, one of the
well known pioneer residents of Flin-
drs, who died on April 10, aged 79
years came to the Peninsula from
Dumfries, Scotland, when a child
with her mother and father, the late
Mr and Mrs. William Haddow, of
Cape Schanck, and had been a resi-
dent of Finders since 1880. She was
the widow of the late Mr. Thomas
One of their sons served in the
Great War, but died in London just
after the Armistice was signed.
Always interested in district af-
fairs, the Tuck families are among
the best known in Flinders district,
and the funeral on April 12 was
largely attended, this and the num-
ber of floral tributes showing the re-
spect in which the deceased lady was
The casket was borne by Messrs.
E. Kennedy, W. Cleave, C. and L.
Tuck, W. Colban and G. Sandford.
The service in Flinders cemetery was
conducted by Father O'Sullivan.
Mr. James Wilson, funeral director,
Mornington, had charge of the ar-
(P.5, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 23-4-1937.)

EventDeath Event registration number16132 Registration year1937
Personal information
Family nameCAIRNS Given namesMargaret SexFemale Father's nameHADDOW William Mother's nameMarian (Sharpe) Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age76

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

EventDeath Event registration number16132 Registration year1937
Personal information
Family nameCAIRNS Given namesMargaret SexFemale Father's nameHADDOW William Mother's nameMarian (Sharpe) Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age76

TUCK—HADDOW.—On the 29th November, at St. Peter's Chapel, Flinders, by the Rev. W Quilton, John, fourth son of Henry Tuck, Flinders, to Mary, third daughter of Wm. Haddow, of Cape Schanck.(P.11,Advocate, 6-12-1884.)

HADDOW.—On the 9th January, at York Hospital, West Australia, of malarial fever, Thomas, the dearly beloved eldest son of William and Marion Haddow, Cape Schanck, aged 34 years. Deeply regretted.
(P.42, Leader, 4-2-1899.)

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North of Mickleham Rd opposite the Old Sydney Road and Donnybrook Road corner is the impressive gated entrance to Marnong whose name, I would guess is a contraction of Maribyrnong because of its proximity to Deep Creek which with Jacksons Creek (called the Macedon River in early maps) combine as the Maribyrnong River at Melway 4 B5. Some residents referred to Deep Creek as the Maribyrnong River.

Many fine old mansions only survived because they were purchased by the Catholic Church and recently others, such as Mount Ridley and Marnong have been given a new lease of life by people who appreciate their history, the former becoming part of a school site and the latter featuring the recently completed BANK VALE RUN RESTAURANT.

Family Tree Circles member Bezza whom I've known for about three decades will be visiting the restaurant soon and emailed a request to me:
Rigg property at Rocky Water Holes

Sep 5, 2018, 6:48 PM (1 day ago)
Hi --- do you have any info on this property please. 1841 census has it called Bankvale.

I guessed that this had something to do with Mr Rigg for whom Bezza's ancestor, David Patullo, was working when he found gold.


Hopefully, the following will be of help. Section 2 Darraweit Guim was definitely Bank Vale and section 30 Mickleham which adjoined its southern boundary was probably part of the Bank Vale Estate too. John Rigg probably sold about half of the former to discharge his insolvency and finance his gold mining operations but obviously did his dough as the Bank Vale Mining Company,and the adjoining Bolinda Company's operations, folded in 1860.
Regards, Ray.




Lost, or stolen, from. Mr Rigg's
Paddook, Bank Vale, near Donnybrook, the under
mentioned HORSES : — 1862

Usreserved Sale of Part of Portion 2 of the
Parish of Darraweitguim,
About Two Miles from the Townships of Donnybrook
and Deepdene,And well-known as the Bank Vale Estate. (middle of column 4)

Darraweit Guim, County of Bourke [cartographic material] / drawn and ...

JOHN RIGG'S GRANT, SECTION 30, MICKLEHAM OF 316 ACRES IMMEDIATELY EAST OF THE UNLABELLED DEEPDENE VILLAGE RESERVE adjoining his other grant, section 2 in the parish of Darraweitguim.
Mickleham, County of Bourke [cartographic material]

Parish of Mickleham in the county of Bourke [cartographic material]


EventBirthEvent registration number7095Registration year1856
Personal information
Family nameRIGGGiven namesCharles David KerSexUnknownFather's nameJohnMother's nameIsabella (Mctaggart)Place of birthBANK VALE

EventBirthEvent registration number7010Registration year1859
Personal information
Family nameRIGGGiven namesHenry AlfredSexUnknownFather's nameJohnMother's nameIsabella (Mctaggart)Place of birthB'MEADOWS (SHIRE OF, OR REGISTERED AT TOWNSHIP OF)

The following, James Rigg, could not be be a child of John Rigg of Bank Vale as his wife Isabella Rigg (nee McTaggart), died in 1896 aged 60 and would have been about five years old in 1841.
EventBirthEvent registration number12559Registration year1841
Personal information
Family nameRIGGGiven namesJamesSexMaleFather's nameRIGG JohnMother's nameIsabella (Unknown)Place of birthMELBOURNE

EventBirthEvent registration number13067Registration year1861
Personal information
Family nameRIGGGiven namesHerbert ThomasSexUnknownFather's nameJohnMother's nameIsabella (Mctaggart)Place of birthBANVALE

The following, Joseph William Rigg, could not be a child of John Rigg who died in 1863.
EventBirthEvent registration number25205Registration year1867
Personal information
Family nameRIGGGiven namesJoseph WilliamSexUnknownFather's nameMother's nameIsabella (Rigg)Place of birthWALLEN (WALLAN)


DEATHS AT BANK VALE. (JOHNSTONE, 1853) At Bankvale, near Kinlochewe, the residence of John Rigg Esq., on Saturday, the 9th inst., George Lowther Johnstone, aged 19 years, son of the late Mr. Bryce Johnstone, solicitor, Kirkcudbright, and nephew of the late Alexander Johnstone,Esq., J.P.,Fiery Creek.

RIGG.— On the 20lh June, John Rigg, Esq., of Bankvale. and late of Kirkcudbright, Scotland. (P.2, The Herald, 24-6-1863.)

EventDeathEvent registration number4383Registration year1863
Personal information
Family nameRIGGGiven namesJohnSexUnknownFather's nameJamesMother's nameGrace (Unknown)Place of birthSCOTPlace of deathAge54

Was he the father of John Rigg whose children are listed above? No, apparently not. There was nobody else named John Rigg who died between 1863 and the death in 1885 of Mary, daughter of the late John Rigg* of Bank Vale.

TRUSTEES.-........; Thomas Wilson, M.D., and John Menzies, to be trustees of the land at Donnybrook, reserved for Presbyterian Church purposes, vice John Rigg, deceased, and William Wilson, resigned. (P.5, Argus, 27-5-1864.)

*RIGG.— On the 21st September, at 6 Peckham-terrace,
Bay-street, Sandridge. Mary, the second daughter of
the late John Rigg, late of Bank Vale, Victoria. (P.1, The Age, 22-9-1885.)

HER DEATH RECORD. (There is no birth record.)
EventDeathEvent registration number9916Registration year1885
Personal information
Family nameRIGGGiven namesMarySexUnknownFather's nameJnoMother's nameIsabella (Mctaggart)Place of birthPlace of deathP MELBAge35

This would seem to be the death record of John Rigg's widow but she must have been much younger than John. She would have only been about 37 years old when John died, aged 54 in 1863.
EventDeathEvent registration number10592Registration year1896
Personal information
Family nameRIGGGiven namesIsabella CampbellSexUnknownFather's nameMctaggartMother's nameUnknown (Unknown)Place of birthPlace of deathMelb HosAge60

C.H.I.G.* might be interested in this citation for the Kalkallo Park homestead which has some good information about the Williams family, the origin of the name BANK VALE etc.

*Craigieburn Historical Interest Group, which has posted terrific articles about the area's pioneers and properties on the internet. I loved the one about the train taking troopers to Glenrowan to arrest Ned Kelly crashing through the railway gates at Craigieburn!

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I believe I have seen a letter by members of Victoria Police to the Shire of Bulla, suggesting the name of Attwood for the area north of Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows south of Kenny St) but this may have been caused by a misreading of the following:

From 1965 to 1967, I spent three happy years in the Castlemaine district where I met my darling wife, Val (nee Howarth), with whom I have spent 50 beautiful years. My many friendships at Castlemaine were mainly forged through sport and brought back memories at the funeral of Graeme Bassett, one of my sporting heroes, on Tuesday 4-9-2018.

Some other sporting heroes were Geoff Bryce of the S.E.C. who brought basketball to Castlemaine and his trusty lieutenant Jim Berry a policeman who was killed in a road accident after I moved back to Melbourne, and Charlie Oliver, a star cricketer for North Castlemaine who tragically lost an arm after I'd moved back to Melbourne.Sadly North Castlemaine was in B Grade and I never saw Charlie play cricket but when a copy of the Castlemaine Mail arrived, I excitedly turned to the sports pages to see his latest century or big bag for Newstead in footy. I coached High School in Geoff's basketball competition with young Robbie Ross and David Broad showing as much talent in that game as they did with the Maggies at Camp Reserve. David impressed me greatly after our game in the drill hall when he invited me to join him at the DEVELOP CASTLEMAINE meeting at the Town Hall. As I told Rex. Howarth's widow (mother of three of the children kidnapped from Faraday State School) at the Wake, I was impressed by such community mindedness from a teenager and, later, completely unsurprised when I discovered that he had become a Shire Secretary. Many years later, I discovered that David is a distant relative of mine- through a Broad/Howarth Marriage.

Val's matron of honour at our wedding at Christ Church, Castlemaine in 1868 was Jenny Turner and her sister Linda Portwine was a bridesmaid. Both were daughters of Roy Portwine, a builder and Val's uncle, who was my favourite among Val's NUMEROUS relatives whom we visited before and after our marriage every time we enjoyed a holiday with Val's parents. The Talbots had moved to East Keilor near Tullamarine and Ray and Jenny Turner moved to Cherokee so we saw quite a bit of them and I actually house sat Ray and Jenny's house while they went on a holiday. My other SPORTING HERO had married Linda Portwine two years after our wedding and I only saw her occasionally when visiting Roy Portwine (with her husband Graeme Bassett otherwise engaged at the farm or, probably,cricket practice.)

At the Wake, both Linda and Jenny mentioned that Jenny's daughter, Aleisha, had found my HOWARTH journal and told the rest of the family about it. Aleisha's older sister, Michelle is a senior member of the police mounted squad and while speaking to her, I told her that the mounted squad members based on part of the old Dundonald farm in Mickleham Rd had suggested to the Shire of Bulla that that area be named ATTWOOD. Now I'm not so sure, hence this journal. It took me four hours to find any reference to VICTORIA POLICE-ATTWOOD (link at start of journal)and this might have been the letter that I thought had been written by the mounted squad. And it mightn't be! The actual letter might have been included in the many, many, many comments under my journal DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA but is not in the journal under ATTWOOD or DUNDONALD or in the DUNDONALD ESTATE journal.

As I told Linda and Jenny, the only times I ever met Graeme were on a cricket field and I was TREMBLING IN MY BOOTS. I played two seasons with Guildford, captained by Max Glenn of Franklinford and a season with Maldon under the leadership of Rex Beach, the Shire Secretary. John Bassett and George Skinner opened the bowling for Muckleford and to be frank my cowardice when walking out to bat is summarised by STAYING ALIVE,the title of the song in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. Both could get the ball up from a good length and were so fast that I didn't actually see the ball from the time it left the bowler's hand until the wicketkeeper, Graham Bassett, threw it to a fieldsman to start its relay back to the bowler. As fast bowlers are inclined to do, their bowling was aimed just outside off stump and I slashed at every ball with the hope that their aim would remain so, having seen my fondness for the square cut. Effectively, I was LEAVING the ball but Graeme had no such luxury and the sound of the ball thumping into his gloves was the only indication that the ball had safely passed me by and that we wouldn't be picking up four byes. In fact there were very few byes due to Graeme's courage, reflexes and athleticism. Strangely, his excellent batting, as illustrated by the numerous trophies that I inspected at the funeral, was not impressed as deeply in my memory; terror is an excellent aid to memory! The wonderful Eulogy delivered by Graeme's daughters made me regret that I had not actually met this wonderful man socially and been able to share such memories with him during his tragic long illness.

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HARRICK'S COTTAGE is the headquarters of the Keilor Historical Society and the society would have a wealth of information about this pioneering family, but perhaps not about the manner of Peter Harrick's death in 1898. This report was found with a SPRINGFIELD, KEILOR ROAD search on trove.

Another accident, which occurred on the 7th inst. at Keilor, terminated fatally yesterday. Two brothers, named Peter and William Harrich, were riding towards their father's residence, when on approaching Springfield Hill Peter Harrich was thrown from his horse, his head striking the roadway heavily. He was picked up and taken to his home, where he subsequently died.
Harrich was a single man, 29 years old and was thorough acquainted with horses. An inquest will be held.
(P.6, Argus, 10-8-1898.)

I'd never heard of a Harrich family at Keilor and of course the journalist (or typesetter) had got it wrong.

EventDeath Event registration number12513 Registration year1898
Personal information
Family nameHARRICK Given namesPeter SexMale Father's nameHARRICK James Mother's nameBridget (Kernan) Place of birthKEILOR Place of deathKEILOR Age29

I tried a "PETER HARRICK" trove search in 1898 to check whether Peter's name had been spelled properly in the report of the inquest but there was not one result, the report of the accident above being the only result in a "PETER HARRICH" search. There should have been many results in the "PETER HARRICK" search because there were eight family notices (found with a "Harrick" search*) regarding the death of James and Bridget's fifth son, none of which mentioned the cause of his death.
e.g. HARRICK.—On the 8th August, at his parents' residence, Keilor, Peter, dearly beloved fifth son of James and Bridget Harrick, aged 29 years. Rest in peace.(P.55, The Ausralasian, 13-8-1898.)

* I have been advised to use inverted commas to eliminate irrelevant results but I rarely use them because relevant results can be eliminated too. To illustrate this, when I dropped the quotation marks from my "Peter Harrick" search in 1898, the family notices appeared.

James Harrick was obviously a successful farmer. From humble beginnings* he succeeded the Delaheys as owner of crown allotment 20 Doutta Galla, between Fosters Rd, now Keilor Park Drive, and the river. Also he leased and then, possibly in 1897, purchased the Kilburns' "Fairfield" the southern 400 acres of section 3 Tullamarine which the Williamsons had leased for decades and divided it into two 200 acre farms, the easternmost one fronting Broadmeadows Rd becoming George Mansfield's "Queenleigh" in 1910**, then the Bakers' "Preston Park", Tommy Loft's "Dalkeith", later owned by Leslie King Dawson and Percy Hurren with 40 acres (Eumarella and Gordon Sts)excised as Loft's Subdivision.

*HUMBLE BEGINNINGSare well illustrated by this Keilor Historical Society article about James Harrick which details his place of origin and voyage out. The land and hut he rented from Bourke and others was possibly one, or a combination, of the blocks near St Augustine's church,and between today's Fullarton Rd and the line of Spence St, purchased in 1855 by Bishop Goold,as shown on the TOWN OF KEILOR map,(PASTE into your search bar), with Bourke and others (such as George Dodd)being the appointed trustees. The hut leased in 1864 could not have been the one which was the basis of the Harrick Cottage because this was on section 20 Doutta Galla, owned by Alphabetical Foster (by then known as the Hon. John Foster Vesey Fitzgerald) until 1867.(P.2,The Age,14-9-1867.)

James and Bridget's son,Joseph, was living near the site of the railway bridge over the Maribyrnong by 1921, having left the Harrick Cottage, and hopefully did not suffer too much inconvenience during the bridge's construction circa 1928.

NORTH ESSENDON Near Tullamarine Main Broadmeadows Road 404 ACRES Known as Kilburn's Estate, Opposite Junction Hotel and Nine mile Post
JOHN BUCHAN and Co (in conjunction with Henry Stevenson and Son) are instructed by the trustee of D. T. Kilburn, deceased, to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION at their rooms 91 Queen street, or a date to be hereafter fixed, 404 ACRE FARM, Part of Crown Section 3 parish of Tullamarine.
All enclosed, and at present occupied by Mr James Harrick. It adjoins the properties of Sharp, Crotty, Nash,
and Mansfield, Esqs, and is bounded on two sides by Government roads.(P.2, Argus, 11-9-1897.)

Messrs. A. E. Gibson and Co. report having sold by private contract, on behalf of Messrs. James
Harrick and Son, 200 acres at Tullamarine, being the eastern portion of part of Crown portion 3,to Mr. George Mansfield; (P.21 Argus, 5-3-1910.)

The 404 acre property, described as "Harrick's long paddock" in an Oaklands Hunt report was so described as it had a frontage of a mile to the north side of Sharps Rd west from the Broadmeadows Rd corner. These were the two Government roads mentioned in the 1897 advertisement.James Sharp, owner of "Hillside" was retired and living in the homestead (opposite today's Eumarella St) on 8 acres with income derived from Thomas Nash's lease on the rest of his land, which adjoined the Crotty Family's "Broomfield", both being on section 21 Doutta Galla immediately south of section 3 Tullamarine. Samuel Mansfield's farm, known as Mansfield's Triangle (and in circa 1960 as the Triangular Estate) was across Broadmeadows Rd from "Fairfield" and fronted Bulla Rd. The Junction Hotel was between today's Mickleham Rd and Melrose Drive, the roads to Broadmeadows Township and Bulla until 1929 when Tommy Loft, a staunch Methodist had the hotel closed down, to become Cec and Lilly Green's store and that corner became known as Green's Corner.The 404 acres probably included the block near Cherie St donated by John Foster for the Wesleyan School which opened in 1855, but this land was never part of Fairfield" or Dalkeith. From 1868, the land was described as 400 acres and then two 200 acre farms in rate books. The plan of Loft's Subdivision had a v shaped kink in Dalkeith's northern boundary near today's Cherie St,which as titles information proved, was the Wesleyan School site.

The Butlers who established the Moonya Dairy, on the site of the Keilor Botanical Gardens if I remember correctly, were related to the Harrick family by marriage*. Florrie Butler used to contribute paper to the Tullamarine Kindergarten's paper drive in the early 1970's and circa 1989, Noel Butler contributed many anecdotes about the area's history. The Butlers did not inherit their land but bought it from Thomas Nash.

*The Harrick-Butler relationship was twofold. Catherine Harrick became Mrs E.Butler and Claude Butler,son of John and Sarah (nee Osborne)Butler married her niece, Florence Margaret Harrick.
EventBirth Event registration number17365 Registration year1873
Personal information
Family nameHARRICK Given namesKate SexFemale Father's nameHARRICK James Mother's nameBridget (Kiernan) Place of birthKEILOR

EventMarriage Event registration number817 Registration year1900
Personal information
Family nameHARRICK Given namesCath SexUnknown Spouse's family nameBUTLER Spouse's given namesEdmd

EventDeath Event registration number1583 Registration year1941
Personal information
Family nameBUTLER Given namesCatherine SexFemale Father's nameHARRICK James Mother's nameBridget (Kiernan) Place of birthKEILOR Place of deathFITZROY Age67

BUTLER-HARRICK On the 17th March at St Monica s R C Church, Essendon by the Rev.Father O' Ryan, Claude Columbia, fourth son of Mr J and the late Mrs Butler, Essendon to Florence Margaret elder daughter of Mr and Mrs J Harrick Essendon. and niece of Mr and Mrs. E Butler.

EventMarriage Event registration number1007 Registration year1923
Personal information
Family nameBUTLER Given namesClaude SexUnknown Spouse's family nameHARRICK Spouse's given namesFlor Margt

HARRICK. – On June 30, at Sunshine, Joseph (late First A.I.F.), late of Keilor,loved uncle of Claude and Florrie Butler, of Tullamarine, grand-uncle of John (late R.A.A.F.), Richard (late Second A.I.F.),Margaret, Noel, and Joseph. –R.I.P.

HARRICK. - In loving memory of my dear mother and father, Bridget Harrick, who died November 13, 1906, and James Harrick, died October 10, 1912, at Keilor. Rest in peace.(P.13, Argus, 13-11-1915.)

EventDeath Event registration number13498 Registration year1906
Personal information
Family nameHARRICK Given namesBridget SexFemale Father's nameKIERNAN Thomas Mother's nameBridget (Unknown) Place of birthIRELAND Place of deathKEILOR Age65 Spouse's family nameHARRICK Spouse's given namesJames

EventDeath Event registration number14757 Registration year1912
Personal information
Family nameHARRICK Given namesJas SexUnknown Father's nameHarrick Jas Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathKeilor Age86

EventMarriage Event registration number1813 Registration year1861
Personal information
Family nameHARRICK Given namesJames SexMale Spouse's family nameKERNON Spouse's given namesBridget

HARRICK - On the 3rd December, at her parents' residence, Keilor, Mary Ann, the eldest and beloved daughter of Mr. James Harrick, aged 20 years and 4 months.(P.42, Leader, 13-12-1884.)

Mary Ann's death record does not appear on Victorian BDM. Nor can a marriage notice be found for James Harrick to establish the correct spelling of Bridget's maiden name. Thinking that Florence Margaret Butler was the daughter of James and Bridget, I decided to check the names of her parents on her death record but once I found these details, I remembered that I had previously discovered from a marriage notice that Flo could not have been a daughter of James and Bridget. James died in 1912 but Flo's father was still alive in 1923. It seems that Flo was the daughter of James and Bridget's son, John (born about 1867 but no birth record found),who was married in 1994 and died in 1944.

EventMarriage Event registration number4121 Registration year1894
Personal information
Family nameHARRICK Given namesJno SexMale Spouse's family nameDEZILLE Spouse's given namesFlor Isabel

EventDeath Event registration number10669 Registration year1944
Personal information
Family nameHARRICK Given namesJohn SexMale Father's nameHARRICK James Mother's nameBridget (Keirnan) Place of birthKEILOR Place of deathESSENDON NORTH Age77

EventDeath Event registration number16366 Registration year1987
Personal information
Family nameBUTLER Given namesFlorence Margaret SexFemale Father's nameHARRICK John Mother's nameFlorence Isobel (Degille) Place of birthKeilor Place of deathCoburg Age87

BUTLER-HARRICK On the 17th March at St Monica s R C Church, Essendon by the Rev.Father O' Ryan, Claude Columbia, fourth son of Mr J and the late Mrs Butler, Essendon to Florence Margaret elder daughter of Mr and Mrs J Harrick Essendon. and niece of Mr and Mrs. E Butler. (P.11, Argus, 5-5-1923.)

James Harrick junior died in 1894, not that this fact could be discovered from his death record.
Family nameHARRICK Given namesJames SexMale Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthVICTORIA Place of deathMELBOURNE EAST Age31

HARRICK.—On the 19th inst., at the Melbourne Hospital, James Harrick, Victorian Railways, beloved second son of James and Bridget Harrick, of Keilor, aged 31 years. R.I.P. (P.1, Argus, 24-12-1894.)

HARRICK.— The Friends of Mr. JAMES HARRICK (of Keilor) are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his beloved son, James, to the place of interment, Keilor Cemetery. The funeral will leave the Melbourne Hospital, THIS DAY (Friday), 21st inst, at 1 o'clock.(P.8, The Age, 21-12-1894.)

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