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Mornington Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1911 - 1920) Saturday 2 November 1912 p 2 Advertising

GOLD MINING (Column 4, item 4.)
BLAIR'S (Column 3, item 2.)

Sometimes when I'm looking for something on trove,I happen to notice another item on the same page. I read it out of curiosity but not wanting to be sidetracked, especially when a massive amount of time will be required to correct digitisation, I get back onto the original search. Unfortunately,my memory is so good that I will remember this chanced-upon item years later, and wishing to post it in reference to the subject currently under discussion, spend countless hours trying to find it again.

One such item, LAKE V JONES, that I have been looking for during the past two years, was found by chance again last night and posted as a comment regarding 858 Pt Nepean Rd, Rosebud in my FERRIER, HUTCHINS journal. In that comment I mentioned another case, JAMIESON V LAKE/LEAK/LEAKE, that I had discovered by chance and had never been able to find again. My latest attempt involved a JAMIESON,WANNAEUE search on trove.

I have included such chance finds in "Notes" journals re the Tullamarine,Blackwood,Mornington Peninsula etc. areas but I thought it best to make this morning's finds the subject of a new journal. The digitisation is not corrected but the print on the actual newspaper is easy enough to read.

Much has been written about the Tubbarubba diggings in LIME LAND LEISURE, THE GOLDEN PLAINS OF TUBBARUBBEREL and so on. They were in James Hearn's easternmost grant in the parish of Moorooduc and to the south at the eastern end of Jamieson's Special Survey in the parish of Kangerong. There were rushes circa 1860 and again during the 1890's depression when the mysterious Mr Eaton (BERNARD Eaton) was a major operator and the Moat boys found a watch that had been a missing clue in the Schnapper Point murder case about two decades earlier. Not much success had been found at these diggings although Mr Barnes was apparently an exception.

Jamieson's Special Survey's western end is indicated exactly by the north and south boundaries of Safety Beach and it extended east to the line of Bulldog Creek Rd. The northern 1000 acres,north of the line of the Martha Cove Waterway (formerly Tassell's Creek) was by 1864 owned by John Vans Agnew Bruce (after whom Bruce Rd was named)and leased by Edwin Louis Tassell until his death and then others. Bruce, who with Cornish built the Murray River and Mt Alexander railway to Sunbury and beyond, and lived in Essendon, spent the summer "season" there and employed Maria Stenniken,who married Godfrey Wilson,as a servant.

The southern and major part of the 5280 acre survey was owned by William John Turner (Big)Clarke and was leased by many pioneers of the Dromana area, as detailed in Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. Luckily the workers in the Titles Office caught my infection of enthusiasm and provided me with free copies of the subdivision of Clarke's Estate, and all the lot boundaries are transposed on my Superpages. Lot 14 has the eastern end of Wallaces Rd as its northern boundary and the eastern boundary is the line of Bulldog Creek Rd south to the northern end of Junction Rd. The western boundary runs north from the top left corner of Melway 161 G7 to meet Wallaces Rd about 40 metres east of the barrier in 161 G3. As you will notice, Bulldog Creek runs diagonally through lot 14 and the 40 acres that O'Connor applied for would have been along this approximately 70 chains (1400 metres) portion of Bulldog Creek.

As mentioned before,much has been written about the Tubbarabba diggings circa 1860 and in the 1890's (although names of the diggers are not much mentioned) but little has been seen about later mining there.

William Allison Blair bought most of his Mornington Peninsula land because of what was under it. It is wrongly stated by Charles Hollinshed in LIME LAND LEISURE that Blair settled at Ngarveno near the (future) Moonee Valley but it was actually (Netherly?-See Blairs of Essendon journal.) This was the site of the former Essendon Technical School at Melway 28 D4.

The Mornington Peninsula west of Boneo Rd was in the early days the preserve of lime burners.William Allison Blair,a lime merchant bought as much land as he could at West Rosebud and mainly south of Rye Township to displace these pioneers, getting their kilns and creating a near monopoly. Irish tenants' rights hero, Charles Gavan Duffy,bought much land west of Owen Cain's Tyrone to subdivide. It was inevitable that the two would clash as Blair sought land further west. There was a huge court case with each accusing the other of employing dummies. One parcel of land in dispute between the two could not be decided so Sidney Smith Crispo suggested that it be proclaimed a village and it was. It was named after Sorrento in Italy which had so impressed Duffy during his voyage to Australia.

Blair, whose son married a daughter of John Murray Peck of Lebanon and lived at "Wannaeue" (now Red Rooster, Melway 16 J9), later moved to a farm at Braybrook. When the Lilydale quarries opened,peninsula lime lost its value and this probably convinced Blair that buying land for subdivision rather than what was under it was a better prospect.However with so much land on his hands that had lost much value because of the 1890's depression, it was noted in the 1900 rates as "In lig." which I presume meant insolvency. The lime burners had loosened the topsoil providing a suitable habitat for ti-tree and rabbits. The former Blair "Lime" land along Browns Rd was bought from the banks for a song by James Little Brown who transformed the devastated area into the beautiful pasture we see today.

Blair's as mentioned in the advertisement was certainly not bought for its lime deposits.


TALK ON CHANGE. "I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you." SHAKSPEARE. "Quamquam ridentem dicere verum, Quid vetat?"HORACE.
The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Saturday 5 January 1884 p 17 Article

And the talk is of Dusky Joe, who owns the pleasure boat from Rosebud, and who plays seven musical instruments.


I recently wrote about Cr William Ford's nautical cook on Wannaeue Station. This was bounded by Eastbourne Rd (still known as Ford's Lane in about 1903),Jetty/Old Cape Schanck Rds, Hiscock Rd and Boneo Rd. When I mentioned the old house that was demolished in the last decade on the east side of the entry to Rosebud's footy ground from Eastbourne Rd, that Bill Dryden remembered being the only house on Eastbourne Rd, the late Ray Cairns said, "That's right,Jack Roper's place." Jim Dryden had told me that Eastbourne Rd was nothing but a track,named as Roper's Lane. Was it Raper or Roper?

Rosebud Patriotic Fund Concert.
Mornington Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1911 - 1920) Saturday 10 April 1915 p 2 Article
The following donations were inadvertently omitted from list published last week :-Mr G. Z. Woinarski*, 2
bags of potatoes; Mr J. Roper, 2 bags of potatoes and 1 bag of onions. (*"Woyna" in Rusebud West.)

J. W. Raper, hon.. sec. Rosebud Progress Association, re water supply at Rosebud and request providing of pump and piping for well.-On the motion of Cr Marsden the sum of 25s was donated towards cost.
(P.3, Mornington Standard,2-8-1913.)

Under Instructions from William Roper to
rp li n MORTON and SON, per J. L. Parkes,
-f-. one of tltetr auctioneers, will SELL, ai
.bote. Hie well-known ,
on Cape Schanck road, 3/4 mile from the Beach road,
at ROSEBUD, being Crown Allotments 8, 9, 10,
and 11, parish of Wannaeue.(etc.) (P.3, Argus,8-9-1917.)

I reckon that the owner of the above estate was a former Essendon footballer and that Rosebud people could not bring themselves to speak such a rude surname.

The funeral of the late Mr William Raper left his home Elizabeth street,Elsternwick yesterday afternoon after a
Service conducted by the Rev. A.Penry Evans for the Melbourne Cemetery, Carlton. Among those present were
members of the committee and former players of the Essendon Football Club of which the late Mr Raper was formerly a player and president up till 1924. The chief mourners were his sons - Messrs.J.R.* W.R. and E.A.Raper - and grandsons - Dr Ian Cuming, and Mr Derek Cuming (etc.) (P.12,Argus, 10-6-1939.)

*In 1919, John R.Raper was assessed on the 660 acre estate. It was later sold to a paper manufacturing firm which planted the pine plantation through which the freeway extension runs to Boneo Rd. It is now the Rosebud Country Club and associated housing subdivisions. BIRDIES AND BOGIES,the history of the country club,available in the local history room at Rosebud library, describes how the land had been the dairy farm of Mr John Rapir. Was this another socially-correct way of avoiding embarrassment?

The Purves name has long been associated with the area, possibly managing Tootgarook from the mid 1840's when Edward Hobson went to the river of little fish (Traralgon);it was Peter Purves who coined the name, Tootgarook.And so it was written in ratebooks. Why then was the name of the original Peter's grandson written as Peter Purvis in the 1919 assessment of his 283 acres of land on Purves Rd,on the southern slope of Arthurs Seat? Before this time,there is no doubt that young men were seen,in the words of the song STANDING ON THE CORNER,WATCHING ALL THE GIRLS GO BY, but there was probably not a name for those indulging in this activity.It is possible that the name had always been pronounced as Purvis but I had not seen it written in this way before the 1919 assessment. Purvis is an English adaptation of Purves.

An introduction to Purves Family History / Genealogy
The name has an occupational, or role, origin stemming from the the collection or requisition of provisions for a sovereign Purveyance (purvea(u)nce, purvya(u)nce in middle English and purveance in old French).


Hi XXX I am still working on this (WILL WILL ROOK) cemetery list. The family Howse, have the name of the hotel as Travellers Home Hotel Deep Creek Road Tullamarine. It is listed family circles from that Gordon Conner book as Travellers Rest Hotel ..
Trust you are keeping warm at Rosebud
regards Beryl.

I was hoping to copy a page or two of my EARLY LANDOWNERS: PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA which has rate and title information but my son changed my word 97 to the 2010 version which is not activated and I could lose my whole file. I'll do my best however.

Firstly, using the description of the property from title documents, I plotted the Travellers' Rest paddock,on which the hotel sat, onto my 1999 Melway. Volume 29 folio 783 shows that it consisted of 9 acres and was bounded by Dromana Pde, Matthews Avenue, and Louis St and that the southern boundary was that of building blocks on the south side of Rood St. (Melway 16, A5.) The name in the document could be J.B.Howse (if I interpret my scribble correctly.) Volume 29 probably equates to mid to late 1850's so I presume the document would record transfer of that portion of 22C from the grantee, John Pascoe Fawkner to Howse.

Gordon Connor told me that the hotel was on the site of a garage (which was and probably still is on a corner on the east side of Louis St). He wouldn't have seen the hotel as he was driven to Grandma Nash's "Fairview" but his father, a Moonee Ponds bootmaker, probably pointed out the charred remains as they drove past on Bulla Rd.

John Hall was granted 22D of Doutta Galla of 42 acres 3 roods 24 perches on 17-7-1866 and as he was rated on 100 acres,he probably bought most of J.Purnell's grant, 22D, north to the parish boundary and consisting of 65 acres 3 roods 15 perches. The boundaries of the combined crown allotments were extensions of the line of Wirraway Rd to Melrose Drive (the old Bulla Rd), and Nomad Rd (the old Treadwell Rd) to the east end of Caravelle Crescent (Melway 16 B 4-5.)
Google -
Doutta Galla, County of Bourke - Slv (1st map.)

John Hall most likely leased 22D from the crown for a couple of years at least before buying it in 1866 and would have been required to live on the property and make improvements such as a dwelling,fencing and cultivation. My great grandfather, John Cock,recently married, came to Australia in 1864 as a labourer indentured to John Hall of Deep Creek. (In his biography in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS, G.G.F. sought to hide his documented humble beginnings by claiming that he arrived in 1867 and soon after rented "Broombank".)

Location descriptions were fairly loose in the early days, and as Deep Creek possibly referred to Deep Creek Rd,G.G.F. was probably working on John Hall's 100 acre farm. This would account for one of John Cock's later marriages.

Family Group Sheet for John Cock/Elizabeth Alice Howse ...

Father | Male
John Cock

Born 30 Jan 1843 Spalding, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location
Died 29 Dec 1911 Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
Buried Dec 1911 Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
Married 8 Nov 1877 [1,2] Victoria, Australia [1, 2] Find all individuals with events at this location

Mother | Female
Elizabeth Alice Howse

Born 1857 Flemington, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
Died 1881 Keilor, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
Father Thomas Berridge Howse | F17849 Group Sheet
Mother Catherine Forsythe | F17849 Group Sheet

Child 1 | Male
> William Henry Cock

Born 28 Aug 1878 Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
Died 1962 Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
Spouse Alice Sarah Drain | F17846
Married 1910 Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location

Child 2 | Male
Edwin Cock

Born 1 Mar 1880 Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
Died 2 Mar 1880 Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location

Child 3 | Female
> Catherine Eliza Cock

Born 2 Apr 1881 Keilor, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
Died 1950 Strathmore, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
Spouse Thomas Henry Wright | F17832
Married 1913 Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location

Notes Married:
Victoria 3838 1877

[S9] tree.

[S961] Australia Marriage Index,

The earliest mention of John Hall on trove was in 1874, and his farm was known as"Southwaite".The farm was across Bulla Rd from the Travellers' Rest and the Howse family later owned or leased the farm. Jack Howse had a slaughteryard on Southwaite according to Gordon Connor but I never thought to ask him when, assuming it was circa 1920. The slaughteryard in 1866 could have been on Southwaite but there's no way to be sure. If across the road, it would have made a drink quite a smelly experience.

The Oaklands Hunt often started their meets at the Travellers' Rest but on this occasion, it would have been about a mile to the south near the intersection of Wirraway and Perimeter Roads within Essendon Aerodrome. East of Southwaite was St John's (not St John's Hill which was the Brannigan farm west of Harpsdale, north of Warlaby and north west of Oaklands) and to the north was Camp Hill, Viewpoint and John Cock's Gladstone (formerly Stewarton). Chandos was west of today's Gladstone Park. I'll give Melway references so you can follow the hunters.

The meet at tho seventh mile-post on the
Bulla-road (16 C7) on Saturday was graced by an average attendance of straight-goers. Hounds found in St. John's Hill (sic) (16 C6) and raced north through Mr.Howse's (Southwaite, 16 B4) and Camp Hill farm (16 A1.). Following a headland, Mr. Wright's growing crop was skirted (Viewpoint, 6 B11), and the field got to Gladstone-park farm, (6 B9) where a short halt was allowed. Moving away, Mr. J.Cock's homestead (6 A8) was passed, and the field turned across the Broadmeadows common and main road,after which "Chandos" Estate (5 H8) was hunted over. Wheeling over a creek the hunt passed on to Mr. F. Wright's (top of 5 D-E 7), and swinging lefthanded, "Cumberland" (5 C1) was entered, where hounds killed their prey. Moving through the timber, a search for another hare ensued, and on reaching Woodlands (177 K9), one was put up, which ran west, and was lost, after a couple of miles had been traversed, in the grounds of the Scotch Church (177 G9.)

Honour Board Unveiled
Organised by the Tullamarine Progress
Association, a "Back to Tullamarine" and
reunion of old scholars and teachers of
the three schools which have existed in
the district was held at Tullamarine on
Saturday afternoon. Two of these schools
-Seafield and the old Tullamarine school
-were closed 51 years ago. Three hun-
dred people were present, some coming
from other States. The oldest of those
returning for the celebrations were Messrs.
C. W. Howse, aged 84 years, and C. Evans,
aged 82 years. (P.6,Argus,1-4-1935.)

VICTORIA: Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. - In the Will of THOMAS BERRIDGE HOWSE, late
of Doutta Galla, Deep Creek-road, near Melbourne, in the Colony of Victoria, Gentleman, Deceased.
Notice is hereby given, that, after the expiration offourteen days from the publication of this notice, an application will be made to the Supreme Court of the colony of Victoria, in Its Ecclesiastical jurisdiction, that PROBATE of the WILL of the above named Thomas Berridge Howse may be granted to
Catherine Howse, of Doutta Galla, aforesaid, widow of the said Thomas Berridge Howse, and William Berridge Howse, of the Ovens, in the said colony, the executrix and executor named and appointed by the last will and testament of the said Thomas BerridgeHowse, deceased.
Dated this seventh day of August, 1860.
CHARLES SHAW, proctor for the said Catherine
Howse and William Berridge Howse, 118
Stephan-street. Melbourne. (P.3, Argus, 8-8-1860.)

Keilor. - At the police court on Tues-
day Toohey and Harlen, contractors, were
ordered to pay Owen Calligy 6 15s., and
Samuel Bell, 1 12s. 6d., together with costs,
for work and labour done. Slaughtering
licences were granted to the following persons,
viz.:- Mr. W. .O'Neil, of Keilor; Mr. Howse,
Doutta Galla; and Mr. Love, of Broadmea-
dows. (P.7, Argus, 17-5-1866.)

THE Friends of the late Mrs CATHERINE HOWSE.
are informed that her remains will be interred
in the Will-Will-Rook Cemetery.
The funeral is appointed to move from her late re
sidence, Travellers' Rest, Deep Creek Road, THIS
DAY (Thursday, the 30th inst.) at 2 o'clock
ALF. AUG. SLEIGHT, undertaker, 182 Collins
street. (P. 1,Argus,30-1-1890.)

HOWSE.--On the 16th inst., at his residence, Travellers' Rest Hotel, Tullamarine, James beloved son of the late Thomas Berridge and Catherine Howse, aged 45 years.
(P.1, Argus, 18-8-1890.)

HOWSE.In loving memory of our dear mother
Ellen Howse who died on the 18th November,
1909 at " Southwaite " Tullamarine.
Thou art not forgotten mother dear.
Nor ever wilt thou be
As long as life and memory last
We will remember thee
-(Inserted bv her loving sons and daughters )
HOWSE.In loving memory of my dear aunt Ellen,
who died at '"Southwaite" Tullamarine on No-
vember 18 1909. (Inserted by her loving niece,
Katie Cock. )

HOWSE.-On November 9. at Sister
Williamson's nursing home, Glenroy,
Ellen Elizabeth, o 29 Spencer street,
Essendon, dearly loved daughter of
the late Thomas and Ellen Howse
(late of Tullamarine), loving sister
o Thomas (deceased). James (de-
ceased), John (deceased). Catherine
(deceased), and William (deceased),
loving cousin of Mrs. C. E. Wright,
of Tullamarine, aged 78 vears. (Pri-
vately interred Will Will Rook Cemetery on November 11.)

A fire broke out at 23 minutes past 3
a.m. on Sunday at the Travellers' Rest
Hotel Bulla road, Tullamarine of which
Mr E.J. Wilson is the licensee. The
building was a wood and iron structure,
one- storey, and contained nine rooms. A
firm hold was obtained by the flames, and
the efforts of four hose carts and 14 men
with hand pumps failed to save it from
total destruction. There was no insurance
on the building, which was the property of
Mr J Howse. The contents, however,
were insured for (100?).
(P.6, Argus,4-12-1899.)

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It can take hours to find something on trove that I know perfectly well is there. Rosebud now has a great little community paper called ROSEBUD RIPPLE and I was about to write an article about Thomas Salmon. Despite entering the right key words,I couldn't find the article. This has happened several times before andI decided that the easiest way to find it in future was to make it the subject of a journal.

At this time (circa 1880) William owned and resided on the Wannaeue Estate between Rosebud and Boneo, consisting of 661 acres 1 rood and 22 perches, being crown allotments 8-11, section A, Wannaeue. As a returning officer for the West Riding he was to be contacted there (advertisements.) The estate was bounded by Eastbourne Rd, Jetty Rd (and 400 metres of Old Cape Schanck Rd), an unmade government road which ran between the south end of the Rosebud Country Club's frontages to Boneo and Old Cape Schanck Rds(jokingly called Hiscock Rd west of Boneo Rd), and Boneo Rd on the west. The 167 acres (nearly) between Eastbourne Rd and Besgrove St was granted to Henry Reynolds and the rest to James Ford. (See Melway map 171.)

While a councillor and living on Wannaeue Station, William Ford had a famous cook! I was reminded of this while watching "High Tide", a history of the British navy.

It is not generally known says the Argus, Melbourne, of the 19th, that one of those who took part in the celebrated naval duel in 1813 between the English frigate Shannon, 36 guns, and the American frigate Chesapeake, 50 guns, is living in the colony in hale and hearty health. His name is Thomas Salmon, and he will be 8O years of age next month. He is employed as cook on the station of Mr. Ford, at Wannaeue, between Rye and Dromana. He appears to be likely to do a good day's work for several years to come, and is only too willing to relate the particulars of the naval confliction in which he was concerned. He narrates with great gusto the fact that it only took them in the Shannon 30 minutes to polish off the Chesapeake ; and speaks with some pride of the circumstance that Captain Broke, of the Shannon, and his first lieutenant, were the first to cut their way through the boarding nettings on to the Chesapeake's deck, when the boatswain piped "boarders away." The old man has a most thorough contempt for the present style of ironclad men-of-war, which he refers to as
"iron pots." The old salt is a "character," and is always ready to spin a yarn relative to his adventures afloat or in the bush. (P.11, The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser,24-2-1877.)


This is the first time I've written about something that never existed (as far as I know.)I have suggested that coastal town historical societies and like bodies compile a roll of honour of maritime heroes who performed rescues at their towns and that an annual MARINE HEROES DAY could be held on November 10-11 when William John Ferrier performed his heroic rescues at Warrnambool in 1905.

City of Kingston historian,Graham Whitehead,thinks it is a good idea and suggested that the late Jack Pompei of Mordialloc would be a good nomination. It should be fairly simple to compile a roll of honour for each town. A trove search "rescue, name of town" should produce plenty of results. This is the case for my Mordialloc search but there is a snag. Whether it was lazy reporting or modesty on the part of the rescuers, the saviours in some cases were identified only as lifesavers.

POSTSCRIPT.3-6-2014.My aim was to show the sterling role of fishermen such as William John Ferrier in saving crews of wrecked vessels. However there were few examples of this in regard to Mordialloc because "watering places",as they were called,past Rosebud from where the shipping channel headed straight to Melbourne, were well away from the route of most vessels. In fact, James Purves had great trouble getting his insurance paid on the "Rosebud" following its stranding in 1855,because insurers claimed that the area was on the east coast of the bay (not covered by the policy) rather than the south. See: " The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 29 November 1855 p 6 Article... the wreck was lying most decidedly on the southern coast, and not on the eastern. The captain of the ... considered the spot where the vessel was wrecked to be the eastern coast. The south coast, if tiny part could "

What the results for Mordialloc do show is social change. The sea was only thought of in regard to transport. Then the affluent citizens of Marvellous Smellbourne escaped the heat, dust, smell,smoke and rat-race lifestyle to relax by the seaside for the lengthy SEASON. Due to prudish regulations,this mainly meant rolling up the trousers enough to paddle in shallow water. The sea views and cool breezes were the main attraction.

Those not so well off could later enjoy a day visit by steamer to Sorrento and other far flung watering places thanks to such as Richmond's George Coppin (whose son was one of our heroes.)They too would enjoy a paddle,the cooler weather,sea views and the fresh air.

As regulations were relaxed regarding bathing costumes, swimming became possible and of course many non-swimmers or weaker swimmers, as well as boat owners, were getting into trouble. Lifesaving Clubs were formed to deal with this problem, some quite early but most when increasing ownership of cars made seaside visits easier. Where there was no lifesaving club, onlookers had the choice of tut-tutting when they saw someone in trouble or following the tradition of William John Ferrier.

I thought I'd get the ball rolling. Here we go! l/s=Lifesaver; *=previously mentioned.
The Royal Humane Society used to consider the degree of risk in determining awards but I'm sure that if I was being rescued my gratitude would be just as great no matter the circumstances. Agree?

Sir: During the sudden squall in the Bay on Sunday last, which capsized a large number of yachts along the eastern shores, many rescues were made. This rescue work among watermen is an unwritten law.A unique case to the contrary happened off the Aspendale beach on Sunday. I would like to hear from persons who witnessed this incident of a motorboat passing a capsized crew without making any attempt at rescue, or even a word of encouragement.
-W. TEMPLETON, Hon Sec, Mord 12 Sq Metre Sailing Club (26 William st, Mordialloc).P.3,Argus,28-1-1947.

HARRY NEAL(Mordialloc),MR H.MYERS (Melbourne). News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Tuesday 17 March 1936 p 6; The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954) Tuesday 17 March 1936 p 13 Article.
Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1885 - 1954) Wednesday 18 March 1936 p 6 Article

ROBERT JOHNSON, aged 28, fisherman, who rescued a father and child from drowning at the Brighton pier on December 26a bronze clasp to a medal previously awarded. P.6, Argus,5-7-1887.

PATRICIA RILEY,13, SGT.D.PLAISTER(l/s). P.3,Argus,28-12-1943.

Alice Mallard, aged 19, who saved a girl from drowning at Geelong on March 1a bronze medal.P.6, Argus,5-7-1887.

MR.G.T.GARDNER (Mordialloc), GEORGE ROBBINS (North Fitzroy), JAMES WATSON (Lakes?) Daily Herald (Adelaide, SA : 1910 - 1924) Wednesday 15 January 1919 p 7 Article.

SYLVESTER JACK POMPEI, Mordialloc. Vic, for service to marine search and rescue activities in Port Phillip Bay.
Australia Day Honours,P.6,The Canberra Times, 26-1-1987. Order of Australia Medal.

PATRICK O'DEA, 14, Malvern. Bairnsdale Advertiser and Tambo and Omeo Chronicle, Saturday 7 January 1888 p 3.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 20 April 1888 p 5 Article (Bronze Medallion,Aspendale.)
MISS JEAN McLAREN. The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Monday 31 January 1949 p 1 Article.
GORDON GRIEVES l/s. P.6,Argus,2-1-1945.
CLAUDE QUIST. l/s. P.6,Argus, 2-1-1945.
Claude Quist, of the Mordialloc Lifesaving Club, ran more than half a mile toward Parkdale at lunchtime
yesterday and then swam 150 yards to the rescue of three girls.etc. P.3,Argus,22-3-1948.
The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) Monday 27 February 1950 p 1 Article.
MESSRS. E.ALICA, A.SINGLETON, J.MILLAR, T.BALL l/s. P.16,Argus,7-12-1944.
JAMES THOMAS MURRAY (Newport Workshops).P.10,Argus,4-1-1926.
WILLIAM HALKERSON,71, East Brunswick. P.8, Barrier Miner,4-1-1945; The Argus, Friday 5 January 1945 p 5.
HARRY NEAL (at Apollo Bay). News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Tuesday 17 March 1936 p 6 Article
ERNEST MITCHELL (Fitzroy), LEMS HENN. P.6,Argus, 14-2-1916.
MISS MARIE AGNES CONROY (Mordialloc). Barrier Daily Truth (Broken Hill, Tuesday 7 January 1941 p 4 Article.
G.T.GARDNER (Mordialloc). See Lakes Entrance.
TEDDY SWORDS,14, Dandenong. Daily Herald (Adelaide, SA : 1910 - 1924) Saturday 8 December 1923 p 7 Article.
P.11,Argus, 4-12-1923.
ALFRED DIXON (Carlton). Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 - 1954) Monday 13 April 1936 p 7 Article (Alfred's name.)
Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Thursday 16 April 1936 p 3 Article. (Mordialloc pier.)
FREDERICK HILSDEN COPPIN (Richmond, George's second son.) P.6,Argus,4-8-1881; P.11,Argus,17-9-1881 (certificate from Victorian Humane Society.)
ALBERT ALEX. STEPHENS, aged 12, who saved a boy from drowning in Mordialloc Creek on March 6, a bronze medal. P.6, Argus,5-7-1887.
GEORGE COOTE. -One of Victoria's most outstanding life savers, George Coote, of Mordialloc, 25 miles from Melbourne, carried an unconscious man on his back in a mile swim to shore at Mordialloc today.etc.
Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954) Monday 27 February 1950 p 4 Article.
The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Tuesday 28 February 1950 p 1 Article.
ALEX.FERGUSSON (at Mentone.) The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954) Saturday 17 April 1943 p 3 Article.
P.3, Army News,Darwin,21-4-1943.
MR.F.WALKER (Korumburra). P.6,Argus,27-2-1900.
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MISS MARY HOWARD.P.4, Argus,15-12-1908.
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LOUISA RIPKEY, aged 15, who rescued a boy from drowning at Point Nepean on January 19a silver medal and
JAMES MOORE, aged 28, mounted constable, for assisting Miss Ripkey in the previous casea bronze medal.
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Charles Dingle, aged 25, mate of the steamer Investigator, who saved a man from drowning at Warr- nambool on March 1a bronze medal. P.6, Argus,5-7-1887.

WILLIAM DUNN,12. [ re-find source!!!!!!!]

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Having discovered that descendants of Mornington (Osborne) pioneer,George Hutchins, had moved to the Williamstown area, I recalled that descendants of Ben Stenniken (Rye,Tootgarook)and William Jamieson (Rosebud) had done the same.

William Jamieson was the grantee on 16-8-1872 of crown allotment 14 of the Rosebud Fishing Village, between the Jetty's Cafe site and the Mechanics' Institute (formerly the Rosebud library.) It is probable that William held his 20 metre wide block on lease from the crown because of a fishing licence and that he and the other purchasers on that date, all known to be fishermen, were given the opportunity to buy the blocks on which their huts stood before they were included in auction lists. Some other fishermen, such as Fred Vine (Vean) probably retained their blocks on lease from the crown as a type of pre-emptive right; Vine's title (grant) being issued on 30-8-1873 and that of Joe Peters (the black fiddler from BALTIMORE) on 5-3-1873.

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

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

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

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

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

I found William Jamieson's grave in the Dromana Cemetery soon after I started my Mornington Peninsula research in 2010.I didn't expect to find any record of it,but I did thanks to Family Tree Circles champ,ngairedith.
* JAMIESON, William - 1919
* JAMIESON, Adelaide - 1893 ( burials at DROMONA, Mornington Journal by ngairedith ).


The ceremony was again wonderfully attended and the guest speaker,Chief Petty Officer Natasha McRoe R.A.N., HMAS Cerberus mentioned three lads born in Rosebud who served in W.W.2. Two of them were from the Allen and Waddleton families but it was Frank Ferrier whose name caught my attention. His father William John Ferrier was probably Australia's best known hero in 1905 and after leaving the lighthouse service (this job probably a reward for his heroism at Warrnambool), he moved from Rosebud to Queenscliff and gave the name "Rosebud" to his house in Beach St. Later,his son,Lew, named his fishing boat "Rosebud". See:
AUSTRALIA-WIDE HERO IN 1905: William John Ferrier of Warrnambool, Queenscliff and Rosebud.

At the ceremony there was one thing missing, whose existence most people who attended would not know about. It was the Rosebud Roll of Honour which is proudly displayed outside the office at Rosebud Primary School. It had been hoped that the school captains would carry the honour board at today's ceremony but the task of getting it off the wall was too difficult. However, the school was presented with 30 pages of text about those named on the roll and an explanation of why they constituted a considerable proportion of Rosebud's population at the time of the first world war.

Next year is the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing and much money is being granted to research those who served in that bloodbath. The Dromana Historical Society and R.S.L. have received a grant to commemorate the Dromana lads (photographs of all of whom can be seen in the Dromana Museum.) Unfortunately,those from Rosebud will not be included so I decided to research those named on the Rosebud Roll of Honour.

I am hoping to obtain family lore information (such as Billy Adams'lost foot) and photographs of those named on the Roll (see below) so that a book can be sold next Anzac Day to raise money for Legacy and the school. Please private message me if you can help.

Those who want a sneak peek at the history can google



George Page Barber, one of Melbourne's early lawyers, married the daughter of Thomas Napier, (one of Melbourne's early residents) and spent many years practising law in Warrnambool before Eleanor inherited the eastern part of Napier's land at Strathmore and George built the Rosebank mansion, near Rosebank Avenue (Melway 16 J12.)

Eleanor's brother,Theodore, built Magdala near Magdala Ave (Melway 16 F12) on land that Thomas gave him and in about 1915 donated Napier Park (16G 12) to Essendon Council. Magdala was a place in Ethiopia that was recaptured by Lord Napier.

John Martin Ardlie was the grantee, on 31-7-1843, of crown allotment 2,section 4 of 225 acres near the south east corner of the parish of Tullamarine. It fronted the east side of today's Mickleham Rd from the roundabout (Melway 5 J12) to just north of the Scampton Court corner and extended east to the Moonee Ponds Creek. South of his farm was E.E.Kenny's Camp Hill which was renamed as Gowanbrae in about 1940.

Westmeadows (Broadmeadows Township) was on an early route to Sydney and Ardlie St led northwards up the hill out of the township whose northern boundary was Kenny St. (The author of the article about Eleanor Barber is probably a member of E.E.Kenny's family by birth or marriage.)

Henry Mawbey, a butcher mentioned by Harry Peck, was involved from 1862 on St Johns (section 23, parish of Doutta Galla), bounded by a northerly extension of Nomad Rd and an eastern extension of English St (in Essendon Aerodrome) to the Moonee Ponds Creek. The detail below comes from my EARLY LANDOWNERS: PARISH OF TULLAMARINE.

Eleanor Barber of Warrnambool

Eleanor Barber of Rosebank, Essendon
Eleanor was born in 1847 at Rosebank, Essendon, the fifth child to pioneers Thomas and Jessie Napier. Of the couples ten children four survived childhood but the deaths, aged 19, of two Napier sons, left only Eleanor and Theodore to live to adulthood.
In 1859 Eleanor journeyed with her family to Europe. She travelled with her parents and received schooling at an Edinburgh Girls College returning in 1861. As a young woman Eleanor was quiet and domesticated, relieving her mother of housekeeping and caring nothing for fashion. Several suitors sought the young heiress but Eleanor was firm - "He must be a Christian and win my confidence and love." Her future husband George Page Barber [1838-1914] arrived in Melbourne in August 1860 and worked as a pastoralist. Both the Napier and Barber families were firm adherents of the Baptist Church. George and Eleanor married at the old Rosebank in Feb 1869.
The newly married pair left at once, with Georges brother, by steamer for Rockhampton. Difficulties had developed with the Napiers Queensland properties and George was to resolve these. Their goal was Oakey Station, normally a five day trip. Arriving in March they travelled by bullock wagons over unmade roads, bridgeless rivers and a country infested with bushrangers. The wet season arrived early which made travel more difficult. All the rivers were in flood and with their rations gone they decided to swim the horses across one river and use a bark canoe for Eleanor and their goods. In the crossing they were overturned but eventually found refuge in a tree twelve feet above the waterline. They kept themselves awake that night by singing hymns. In the morning Eleanor elected to be strapped to her husband whilst he swam for shore against the surging river. Eleanor was pulled under the water several times but retained her presence of mind.
They came ashore in dense shrub and pushed their way through this for several miles till Eleanor was overcome. George located a campsite and they lived with the stockmen for nine days eating parrot stew and horse feed till they could get across the river to be reunited with Samuel. There after a feed of salt beef and pumpkin they rode the thirty miles to their new home. They had taken 34 days for the journey of 165 miles.
Eleanor was pregnant and gave birth to the first of her eight children in the small slab hut in November 1869. They returned to Victoria in 1871 to live at Staywood Park, a grazing property of 5,000 acres, near Warrnambool. Journeys to Melbourne were made by a coastal steamer. After the death of her father in 1881 the family travelled to Europe. In 1888 her last child was born and in 1890 the couple inherited Rosebank [which was re built in its present form in 1892 after the fire] and divided their time between their two homes.
The Womens Christian Temperance Union, formed in the USA in 1874, came to Victoria in the early 1880s with the formation of local unions. Eleanor was described as one of the backbones of the Union from its inception. She attended the first convention in 1887 and made the first donation {₤5}.She went on to Superintend three WCTU Departments, Heredity and Health, Mother's Meetings and Narcotics and presented papers relevant to this work at conferences. She was on the editorial board of the WCTU journal White Ribbon Signal and for a time was Editor.
The WCTU was committed to the cause of female suffrage, organising the 1891 30,000 strong Monster petition. Eleanor Barbers signature is present on Page 735, her address being Warrnambool. Her co founder of the WCTU, Margaret McLean was the first signatory as WCTU President. George was supportive of Eleanors work and in 1894 he became the first President of the Victorian Womens Franchise League.
In 1900 Eleanor went with her family to Europe and the USA attending the International WCTU Convention in London. She died aged in 1902 from complications arising from an internal ulcer. On her deathbed she spoke of the ideal happiness of her married life. In 1908 Eleanors son, the Rev Lorraine Barber made a WCTU marriage with a daughter of Margaret, Dr Alice McLean.
Taken from the extensive genealogy work of Helen Carnegie and Laurie J Vaux, friends of Eleanor's grand daughter, Margaret Eleanor Barber. Material from their researches prepared and submitted with permission by Marilyn Kenny Essendon Historical Society.
This person used this address when signing the Women's Suffrage petition in 1891.
Barber, Eleanor - Public Record Office Victoria - PROV Wiki,_Eleanor

(N.B. In my FERRIER/HUTCHINS journal, I speculated that Frances Aikin who married William John Ferrier, might have been influenced by Evelyn Gough but she may have been influenced by Eleanor Barber too.)

The following is a typewritten family history with incredible detail.
The Barber Family Chronicle - Page 99 - Google Books Result

The biography of John Martin Ardlie's son is in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS, PAST AND PRESENT by Alexander Sutherland (1888.)
22b, Doutta Galla (Melway 16 B4), is roughly bounded by the Albion-Jacana railway, a northern extension of Nomad Rd,Tasman Avenue and Tullamarine Freeway.
Ardlie mortgaged his 225 acres at Tullamarine on 14-6-1844 (L291/14/5 owing), 14-10-1847 (300 pounds) and then conveyed it to Daniel Newman on 3-10-1848 for 560 pounds. On the next day he bought the 65 acre allotment B of section 22, Doutta Galla from the Grantee, John Purnell, for 160 pounds. By 1-11-1848 hed had to deposit the deeds as security for L157/10/- he owed C.H.Dight for flour.(F 647) Then on 5-3-1849, Ardlie sold the 65 acres to Joseph Hall for 200 pounds and moved away, soon becoming a pioneer of Warrnambool.

When Capt. Ardlie signed the Loyal Address to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1867 he gave his date of arrival in the colony as August 1841. However he may not have reached Melbourne until early the following month as it was on 7 September 1841 that the "Port Phillip Herald" announced his arrival overland from Sydney. He had brought livestock with him which included Burmese ponies and at least two camels. The newspaper reported that the camels could be viewed at the yard surrounding the Survey Office. There were two young female camels, fifteen months old and about sixteen hands high but expected to grow much larger. Two male camels were said to have died on the voyage to Sydney.

Capt. Ardlie had tried to interest the Government in contracting him to import more camels into Australia. A communication had been made to Lord John Russell who wrote from England on 28 March 1841 to Sir George Gipps about the matter. The Governor even laid Lord Russell's letter before the Legislative Council in Sydney in order to publicise the suggestion. Public opinion was divided about the matter but some were prepared to give the camels a trial.

Capt. Ardlie initially settled on the Merri Creek 8 miles north of Melbourne. His wife, Mary Ann (nee Leighton), and their children are thought to have arrived at Melbourne on 22 October 1841 per "Lysander" direct from England. Unfortunately, like many others at the time, he got into financial difficulties and in April 1845 became insolvent. Described as a farmer of Moonee Ponds, he was found to have debts of 4,094 8s 10d. Landed property, none. Personal property 37 8s. Outstanding debts, &c. all bad, 405. Balance deficiency 3652 0s 10d.

A report in "The Melbourne Argus" on 24 July 1846 differed slightly from the earlier one in the "Port Phillip Herald". It said that one male and two female camels had been brought to Melbourne. The male had died and the two females had been purchased by the Government with the view of raising a breed in the colony. They were then being kept in the Government domain in Sydney. It said another male camel imported at a later date had also died.

The article in "The Melbourne Argus" also reported that in 1845 camels had been successfully introduced into the Isle of France (Mauritius). Their food there cost only half that of mules, they could easily carry seven to eight hundred pounds in weight, and they did not have to be shod. They were broken in in their tenth year and were likely to outlive several generations of mules. Also, the price paid for them was only half that for mules and was likely to diminish as the demand for them in quantity increased.

When two further children were taken to be baptised at St. James Church in Melbourne in 1847 the family abode was given as "Camelswold". The children were named William Ardlie and Maria Lucretia Ardlie.

In 1849 he was again declared insolvent. This was apparently the result of a failed attempt to set himself up as a provisions dealer in premises on the north-west corner of Lonsdale and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne (opposite St. Francis Church). On this occasion it was anticipated he could pay his creditors about 6s. 8d. in the pound.

His fortunes appear to have later improved for in March 1850 Capt. Ardlie was appointed Clerk of Petty Sessions at Kilmore. He was also Postmaster there. In 1852 he was appointed Clerk of Petty Sessions, Clerk of the Peace, and Registrar at Warrnambool. He also acted as Harbour Master in Lady Bay for a time. When he retired from the Public Service in 1868 he was well respected and was presented with a complimentary address signed by the Police Magistrate and local justices.

He died on 13 February 1872 at his residence "Wyton", Warrnambool. An obituary was published in "The Warrnambool Examiner" giving details of his life. He was born on 10 March 1793 at Kelvedon, Essex, England and was married in May 1825 at Westminster, London, England. Five years later he became commander of a vessel in the East India Company's Service in which he remained for about eight years. He subsequently purchased several vessels in England, amongst which were the "Wyton" and "Lord Amherst". He traded in the "Wyton" for several years. About 1839 he left for Australia, landing in Sydney, New South Wales.

The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. Dr. Peter Teulon Beamish at Christ Church, Warrnambool. Dr. Beamish delivered a feeling address in which he alluded to the deceased as a pattern to be followed by his fellow-men, in living an active, upright, christian life. He was buried at Warrnambool Cemetery with his wife who had died in 1870. It was said that his surviving camels were then located at Twofold Bay.

Contributed by Alexander Romanov-Hughes ( PPPG Member No. 52 )

Carnarvon Rd, Strathmore, was originally known as Mawbey's Road and the boundary between sections 16 and 23 (line of English St) as Mawbey's Lane according to early title documents.
Sketch of Title 11578 seems to indicate that St John made Charles Hotson Ebden a dower trustee on 25-2-1843 (B 304). On 17-12-1844, section 23 was conveyed to Sir John Franklin by Ebden, Frederick Armand Powlett (who was probably also a trustee) and St John (c 341).
On 31-3-1852, Sir John and Dame Jane leased 414 acres of section 23 to Thomas Lawson for 10 years at a rent of 100 pounds p.a. This land went east to Nursery Corner. On 17-3-1862, Henry Mawbey (mentioned by Harry Peck) started a 5 year lease of 123 acres commonly known as Dunns Farm and recently occupied by Eliza Guest. As mentioned before, section 23 only consisted of 525 acres, and these two farms had a total area of 537 acres. Dunns farm actually comprised 111 acres of section 23 plus the northernmost 12 acres of section 15.
Running from the present Arvon Rd to the Moonee Ponds Creek, this section 15 land ran 295 links south from the Lebanon/Amar St corner to the Lebanon/ Melissa St corner. Franklin bought it from E.J.Brewster on 15-2-1847 for 48 pounds. Because the block was always referred to as part of section 23, there is no sketch of title in J.M.Englishs application for title No.46645. When Franklin died he gave Dame Jane, who had borne him no children, only her clothes and left his estate to a daughter from a previous marriage. This 12 acre block was fenced in 1882, possibly by John Murray Peck, but was never sold by Franklin. English claimed title through long occupation.

On 16-2-1863, Thomas Henry Lawson Young agreed to lease 419 acres at 294 pounds p.a. Young obviously did not see out the lease as on 1-6-1871 Henry Mawby bought 525 acres from Dame Jane Franklin. Earlier on 28-2-1871, Mawbey had memorialised a lease in duplicate in which Thomas Kelly agreed to pay him 200 pounds p.a. for 5 years for 200 acres (poorly described but probably the land later occupied by Robert McDougall.)

On 28-6-1871, Mawbey mortgaged section 23 to Bishop Charles Perry for 2500 pounds. By 9-10-1873, Mawbey was forced to mortgage it (now 521 acres) to Tondeur and Lempriere. He was now a meat preserver at Warrnambool and Mawbey, Collins & Co. owed money to the Melbourne merchants. Mawbey conveyed the 525 acres to Lempriere for 5645 pounds on 23-7-1874 and on 23-1-1875 his mortgage was cleared. On 23-2-1875, William George Lempriere leased 310 acres 23 perches (St Johns Farm) to Thomas Kelly and mortgaged this farm and the triangular 26 acre 1 rood 20 perches (the s/w corner of section 23 on the other side of Bulla Rd) to Joseph Henry Kay for 4000 pounds. On the same day, Thomas Kelly surrendered the lease on 200 acres (from Henry Mawby) that was memorialised on 21-2-1871.

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Frances"Fanny" MAWBEY, ,of Hopkins House , Hopkins River,Warrnambool,Vic. b. 1855 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia d. 19 Oct 1945 "Craigie", Poowong,

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It will be the 110th anniversary in November, 2015, of William John Ferrier's heroic rescues of crewmen from the La Bella at Warrnambool. Ferrier became an OVERNIGHT NATIONAL HERO with tributes being sent by the Governor General and the Federal Parliament,the Governor and Premier of Victoria, several interstate organisations and even the King.There were hundreds of articles in newspapers all over Australia in 1905 and again when Ferrier died at Queenscliff in 1937. William John Ferrier was a resident of Warrnambool, Rosebud and Queenscliff and I have proposed a joint celebration of his heroic deed in those three places. Schools, councils,historical societies and newspapers in each area have been contacted and most have been keen but not one response has yet been received from a school.

This lack of response is probably because Principals are so busy and the curriculum is so crowded. History is no longer a subject. However the Dromana Primary School had its pupils very excited about the threatened Dromana Pier, so history projects can be done. Now, not all schools might share Dromana's enthusiasm, but their pupils do not have to miss out on celebrating Ferrier's heroism entirely. That's why I am producing this worksheet. Through literacy activities,the children can gain and pass on civic pride and appreciation of heritage as they learn about one of Australia's greatest peacetime heroes.


From 10:30 p.m. on 10 November, 1905 until daybreak the next morning, a young Warrnambool fisherman suffered terrible agony. He had a poisoned arm and even children know the pain caused by a splinter or rose thorn in a finger or thumb, so you could imagine how much more a poisoned arm would hurt. And yet he managed to become a national hero! Until just before your parents went to school, children only had two things to read in class,the grade reader and the monthly schoolpaper. The Education Department thought that William John Ferrier was so important that the story of his rescue was included in the Schoolpaper in 1907.

Off Warrnambool on the night of November the 10th, 1905, occurred a pitiful tragedy, calculated to evoke the sympathy of the whole Commonwealth. The barquentine La Bella struck the reef, half a mile from the breakwater, and soon became a total wreck. Out of a crew of eleven men and a boy, only five men were saved. Sombre as is the cloud of grief overhanging the dismal catastrophe, that cloud has its silver lining. The redeeming feature consists more particularly of the self sacrificing bravery of the young fisherman, William Ferrier, which is depicted and commented upon in the following poem from the pen of Mr. S. H. Remfry,of Heywood, retired State school teacher. It will be noticed that the poem takes up the story at that point where our hero puts off in the dinghy by himself:
Young William Ferrier, fisherman,
Into his dinghy flew,
And vig'rous sculled his little craft,
To save the hapless crew.
The pilot, deeming it unsafe
The breakers to defy,
Two hundred yards' space from the wreck
Held off, and there stood by.
One hundred yards, the distance now,
Two men leap off the deck,
And through the seething waters swim
For the lifeboat, from the wreck.
That moment William Ferrier
His efforts did renew.
Quick flies his dinghy right ahead
And saves one of those two!
By dint of dext'rous seamanship,
Presence of mind as well,
His boat around he quickly turns,
And saves it from the swell.
In recognition of his pluck
And noble self-denial,
The admiring crowd upon the shore
Give lusty cheers the while!
And hearty cheers again are heard,
When, in the waters calm,
They see his guernsey, taken off,
Put on the rescued man!
The other man the lifeboat saves,
And yet another one.
Brave Ferrier outward plies again,
His work is not yet done.
Two men are yet upon the wreck.
The billows milder heave;
The lifeboat makes a slight advance,
And waits to see them leave.
To give these men the pluck to leap,
The wreck the lifeboat nears;
And Ferrier now the captain lands
Amidst vociferous cheers!
One of the two remaining men
Has jumped into the waves,
And after swimming eighty yards,
This man the lifeboat saves.
Young Ferrier's off again.
The lifeboat, scarce advancing now,
Does near the wreck remain.
The captain safe upon the land.
The last man, is afraid to quit
His station perilous;
Though surging seas diminish now,
Delay is dangerous!
The lifeboat throws the man a line;
The rope by him is caught.
But still he fails to leave the wreck;
The line avails him naught!
In rope entangled, he is "done!"
Oh! saved, how can he be?
Lo! Ferrier's at the vessel's stern-
He cuts the prisoner free!
Into the boat the sailor drops,
Our hero sculls away;
The man's soon in the lifeboat safe,
The waves robbed of their prey!
A ringing cheer his triumph greets;
This last trip now complete,
Cheers upon cheers burst from the crowd,
Their hearts with joy replete!
The efforts of this gallant man,
For those poor sailors' sake,
The noblest feelings must excite,
His fellows nobler make!
Whilst many daily hurry men
To a dishonored grave,
All honor be to such as he,
Who mankind nobly save!
Not for applause of fellow men,
Did he this loving deed,
Though this, and e'en emolument!
Full well may be his meed!
Long life to his and heroes all,
By noblest impulse stirred;
They emulate The Christ Himself;
In Heav'n, their praise be heard;
God grant that he never wrecked may be,
But his life 's voyage o'er,
The Heav'nly Pilot may conduct
Him to the golden shore.
(P.3, Portland Guardian,11-12-1905.)

CLASS ACTIVITIES. (Memorising the poem,rhyme and rhythm.)
1.Teacher reads the whole poem to the class. 2. Children are asked to find the pair of rhyming words in every verse. 3. The teacher reads the poem again but the class reads the last word of every verse. 4. The teacher, after explaining what syllables are, claps the rhythm of the first verse but stops suddenly and asks for the next word. 5.A volunteer is asked to clap the rhythm of the second verse, stop part of the way through and ask what the next word is. 6.Children are asked to find words, in the verses indicated, meaning: even(20),over (22). The teacher explains that e'er can mean before as well as ever. 7.Children are asked to think of a short sentence including before or ever,but using e'er instead; classmates put up one hand if it means ever and two hands if it means before. 8.Children are asked to find words written with an apostrophe and explain why (regarding syllables) the normal way of writing the word would not fit the rhythm. e.g. Heaven is two syllables but heav'n is only one syllable.
9.POETIC LICENCE. The teacher asks children if they can correct "He ran quick." Then the teacher gives more examples and the class corrects them together: e.g.Pat the cat gentle; Drive careful; We ate hungry. The teacher explains that poetic licence allows normal rules of grammar to be broken for a good reason in poetry. The children are asked to find an example in verse 1, what the correct adverb would be and why the adjective was used instead.
10.A child is asked to google "meed" and read out what it means. Children are asked if there are any other words that they don't understand and these are discussed.
11. Pairs of children are allocated two lines each so that serial reading of the poem can be done. As there are 44 segments,most pairs will get two segments to read. Rehearse quietly with your partner for one minute. Serial recitation. 12. The whole class reads the poem together, but slowly in time with the teacher.

The class reads the poem together. It is read a second time but children may volunteer to read an even-numbered verse on their own or with a partner.
COMPREHENSION AND VOCABULARY. (Children are allowed to discuss these with a partner or parent. Can be done at home.)
1.Which words in verse 1 both mean boat? 2.Which word in verse 2 has this meaning? [adjective(especially of a person) unfortunate. "the xxxxxxx victims of the disaster"; synonyms:unfortunate, unlucky, luckless, out of luck, ill-starred, ill-fated, jinxed, cursed, doomed.] 3. Which word in verse 2 means "a person duly qualified to steer ships into or out of a harbor or through certain difficult waters"? 4. Which word in verse 1 is an example of poetic licence, as well as abbreviation,turning four syllables into two? 5. Which word in verse 3 means angry or (of a liquid) boil or be turbulent as if boiling? 6. Dexterous (verse 5) and Sinister come from Latin words meaning right and left. A left-handed person was thought to be clumsy (and evil!) Which word do you think means skilful? 7. Find adjectives in verses 6, 7 and 10 that could be replaced with "loud".(They are all followed by the same noun.) 8. Was the rescued man in verse 7 dead, shivering or hearty? 9. Which line in verse 9 means the waves were not as rough? 10.Which rhyming adjectives in verse 13 both mean risky?

Each child is allocated a verse to read in a serial recitation with boys and girls alternating on the remaining verses. Whole class correction of lesson 2 answers.

Partner work on the following.
1. Which three consecutive words in verse 14 mean "does not help him at all"?
2. Verse 15 explains that the line was of no use because the man was t------.
3.Which words in verse 20 mean: (a)reward (b)a person's deserved share of praise, honour, etc.?

In groups of four,children help each other find rhyming pairs of words so that each can write a two line poem.
e.g. wave, brave; reef,belief; mountainous,dangerous; new ,rescue; brave,save; heck,wreck; etc. Each child's poem is typed by its author,printed and then illustrated by the author. These pages are then bound into a class book. Children may do more than one poem and try a four line poem if they wish or they could rewrite Mr Remfry's poem as a story.

Imagine the child with literacy problems, as a 90 year old,proudly showing his great-grandchild that poem he wrote in 2015:
It was risky, but what the heck,
Ferrier bravely sculled out to the wreck.

and telling the tale of a great Australian hero.

A trove search for "Ferrier, Warrnambool, 1905" or Ferrier,Queenscliff,1937" will reveal a host of articles in newspapers all over Australia paying tribute to its hero as well as photos. One photo,showing William Ferrier and survivors the day after the rescue, is fairly rare but can be seen online at:
Postcard Victorian Collections

If you need guidance on using trove,private message me and I'll give you my phone number so I can talk you through it. I can also attach an image to an email showing ship paintings that William John Ferrier did on the bedroom wall of "Rosebud" in Beach St,Queenscliff. His paintings executed inside the South Channel Pile lighthouse can be found on:
William Ferrier Ship Paintings - Queenscliffe Maritime Museum

The children's parents may be inspired to read my journals which detail Ferrier family history but also mention many other heroic rescues performed by members of the Ferrier family near Warrnambool,Rosebud and Queenscliff.
Extensive detail about William John Ferrier is available in the following journals:
AUSTRALIA-WIDE HERO IN 1905: William John Ferrier of Warrnambool, Queenscliff and Rosebud.