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The place of birth means the place where the birth was registered. Often, as in the case of Dromana Pioneers, the Clydesdales, the place of birth of children can be used to track a family's movement before they finally settle for good. However there were many children whose place of birth was listed as Schnapper Point when it is certain that their parents were not living there.
A registrar or deputy registrar was only appointed in declared towns (which were also entitled to a school and a post office) and the schoolteacher or postmaster often doubled as the registrar. When Susan Peatey delivered a child on Jamieson's Special Survey or at Rosebud in the 1850's, the place of birth was probably recorded as Point Nepean (the Quarantine Station), Kangerong or Wannaeue, because there was no Dromana, Rye or Mornington (1861) or Rosebud (1873) declared settlement.
James Connell's birth in 1854 was recorded as being at Moorooduc. It would be great to know how, and by whom, it was registered because that was where he was born,in the PARISH OF MOOROODUC,near Old Moorooduc Rd. I wonder if the Justice of the Peace acted as a registrar before towns were declared.All of his children were recorded as being born at Schnapper Point but it is likely that many of them were born in the same place as their father was, with the assistance of the local midwife.
When I interviewed the late Ray Cairns, he told me that he and his brother Charlie were both born at South Melbourne. I asked him if his dad (Hill Harry) was working in town.He explained that his dad was busy on their farm Maroolaba near Pattersons Rd in Fingal and his mother, Michael Cain's daughter, would stay with her maternal grandmother (Mrs Neville*) until 10 days after the birth. I wonder if South Melbourne was given as the place of birth for Ray and Charles. If it was, Cairns diggers might be tempted to think,as I had, that the family had moved. I have seen many cases where the first child was born at either grandma's place.
(*Neville and Murray Streets on Owen Cain's "Tyrone", between Rye and Canterbury Jetty Rd get their names from girls that married into the Cain family.)
Sometimes, when a difficult birth was expected, the missus would go to a private hospital in Schnapper Point. I was puzzled when a child from a Catholic family on the Peninsula was born in the late 1800's in Fitzroy, a place with which the family seemed to have no links. That was until I found out that St Vincent's Hospital had recently opened in a row of terrace houses.
A different place of birth from the last child or known residence could simply be a matter of the factors outlined above but if it happened during the 1890's or early 1900's, it was probably due to Government cost-cutting. The 1890's depression caused much unemployment leading to a reduction in income from taxes and the Government was broke. The Shire of Flinders and Kangerong was in the same boat because many farmers, unable to pay rates and meet mortgage repayments, simply walked off their farms. The Government liked Father Tucker's ideas and set up many Village Settlements such as the Red Hill Village Settlements(at our Red Hill and also between Bunyip and Longwarry!)Many fathers hit the road as swaggies in the hope of earning enough money to pay the rent and keep a roof over the heads of the Missus and kids.In Port Melbourne another tactic was to blow through when the rent was due and find another house, and I'm sure that was not the only suburb!
In 1905, the Government was still adopting stringency measures and planned to make the Rye children walk to the Rosebud school.I have not researched it but it is possible that the same plan was tried with Registrars. If this was so, families would again appear to be on the move.
P.2, MORNINGTON STANDARD, 17-2-1906.
AT RED HILL. After lunch on Monday the party set out for Red Hill, and after a run of 9 miles through country of con siderable promise arrived at the State school about half-past 3. The large gathering of settlers indicated a lively interest in railway matters. At the outset, the Chairman referred to the potentialities of richly productive areas skirting the main road during the greater part of the journey that afternoon, and desired to hear the residents' idea of the proposal of a railway, and also an expression of feeling as to the loading of the land, a policy which the Government had determined on in connection with railway construction for the future. Mr Downward assured the committee that some valuable information would be tendered regarding the fruitgrowing industry.
John Shand (president of the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong) stated he had been orcharding for the past 5 years, and had been sawmilling on the Peninsula for 20 years. He owned 236 acres, and leased 245 acres. Had been sending out 100 tons of fruit per year. The trees in the orchard were young, and in due time he expected to send from 200 to 300 tons of fruit annually. During the past 3 years the area under strawberries in the district had increased considerably. Some of the fruit was carted to Mornington and Bittern-mostly to the former station, but the fruit was knocked about a good deal by being carted long distances to the railway stations. He considered the land in the district was very suitable for closer settlement, as the generality of the country was fairly good, and well-watered. There were also good roads. In that district there were fully 1000 acres of timber suitable for milling purposes, and a very large supply of timber, comprising oak, gum, and mess mate. His property was from 13 to 14 miles from the Mornington station,and about 8 miles from Bittern. He was quite agreeable to have his land loaded to the amount of 1s per acre per year, if that were necessary,towards making up any deficiency in the revenue of the proposed railway. Hay and potatoes were successfully grown at Red Hill, but, so far, not a great deal of that produce had been forwarded by rail. The reason why so much of the fruit was sent via Mornington was on account of the importance of catching the earlier train. If railway facilities were extended to that district, he was sure the line would be largely patronised by the fruitgrowers, as soft fruits especially were liable to damage in carting.
Joseph M'Ilroy occupied 153 acres, 50 acres of which were in orchard, and more of his land was being prepared for cultivation. He was agreeable that his land should be loaded for railway purposes. The orchards in the district paid very well, and there would be a better return when the young trees grew up. His land was worth £6 per acre. Most of the land holders in the district were the original selectors of the land. If they could get firewood from their land conveyed to Melbourne by train, the return would pay for the clearing of the land, and more settlement and increased cultivation must follow.
Alfred Head had 20 acres in orchard and 20 acres under other cultivation, but the greater part of his land was in its natural state. He had been living on his land for 40 years. They had been agitating for a railway,on and off, for the past 30 years, and he was quite willing to bear his share of the proposed loading. He had always lived on the receipts from his land, growing principally vegetables and fruit. He considered 50 acres were sufficient of the class of land at Red Hill for anyone to make a very comfortable living from.
Henry Percy Prosser(sic) had made a living the past 10 years. There were eight in his household. Having such long distances to cart the fruit, a good deal of time was thus occupied which should be put to better use on the land . He would not object to paying any reasonable loading. He had grown 8 tons of potatoes to the acre at Red Hill, and he believed that crop would be extensively grown if proper facilities for marketing were afforded.
William J. M'Ilroy was the holder of 815 acres, but the greater part of it was not utilised at present. He had a great deal too much land. He valued it at £3 per acre. About 45 acres were cultivated. He grew principally apples and pears, and also some strawberries. The fruit paid very well at present, but the return would be very much better if the proposed railway were constructed. He would not object to the loading of his land, but was not inclined to part with any portion if his holding, on account of having a large family, and it would all come in useful for them.
John M'Kenzie, engineer for the Shire of Flinders and Kangarong, considered the best revenue for the railway would be from Mornington, but the cost would be a good deal more than by the other routes suggested. By the Bittern route the line would run through good country at Balnarring and Red Hill. About 74,000 acres of very good land would be reserved by the proposed railway. He valued 150 acres near Flinders belonging to Mr R. Anderson at £5 per acre on the average, and Mr Anderson's Cape Schank property at £2 per acre including the homestead. On his latter property there very extensive belts of ti-tree, which commanded fair prices as firewood.
At present cargoes of the wool were frequently forwarded by craft. If the Government did not consider it as viable to make a line through to Finders at present a line constructed as far as the village settlement at Red Hill would be of a great service. He had no doubt that if the railway were constructed a good deal more of the land would be cultivated as the soil and climate would be cultivated. If the Bittern and Kangerong route were adopted there would be comparatively little cutting required in the construction of the line. He had some ex- perience regarding the cost of railway work and had gone carefully into the cost of the suggested line from Bittern. According to his estimate, the expense would not be so great as was anticipated.
Nelson Rudduck, storekeeper and farmer, said there would be no fear of craft at Dromana successfully com- peting against the railway. The fire wood trade was done, so far as water carriage was concerned. It had to be carted to the jetty, then tracked along the jetty to the boat. About 500 tons of goods were brought to Dromana yearly by boat. Two wagons were on the road between Dromana and Mornington, and he thought about 200 tons per year were taken that way. Difficulties in landing goods were experienced by vessels visiting Dromana, and then there was the unreliability as to the receipt or despatch of goods conveyed by water. It would be a distinct advantage to residents to patronise a railway. The passenger traffic to and from Dromana and the surrounding district was very considerable, even under present conditions, and the greater part of that would be trans- ferred to a railway. He was a partner in a large holding of land in the district, and would not object to the proposed loading.
William H. Blakeley had 140 acres of land in the district, 25 acres of which were in orchard. It was fine growing country, and would be greatly developed by a railway. He would not say whether the village settlement at Red Hill was a success generally, but he knew that in cases where the land was properly managed the men had succeeded.
William Oswin, farmer and fruit grower, had a small orchard at Balnarring and also another holding of 80 acres. The respective routes of the suggested railway cut through a corner of his property. He would be greatly benefit by the line, and his property would be much enhanced in value. Consequently be would be will- tag to have his land loaded up to 6d per acre, but, having an intimate knowledge of the country through which the proposed railway would pass, he would say that leading to the extent of 6d per acre would be as much as could be borne in some instances. A central railway, via Kangerong, would be far the most servicable of the respective routes suggested, as it would be the greater convenience to a considerable majority of the people of the district traversed, and be the means of developing a lot of good country. If it were decided that the railway could not be continued to Flinders at the outset, it would be advisable, for the convenience of the Flinders people, instead or terminating it at the village settlement at Red Hill, to continue the line to Hansen's, about a mile and a half further on. The examination of witnesses being concluded, the committee were driven to Mornington, and on the following morning returned by train to Melbourne.
Talk about being sidetracked. I was looking for more detail about John Bryan when I found this. The next advertisement was also of interest, so....
The Thoroughbred Stallion, Mornington For Service this Season at the Residence of the undersigned, in the Parish of Fingal, 9 Miles from - DROMANA. HE is a rich chestnut, 6 years old, stands 16 hands high, possesses a fine temper, very powerful and fast. His stock are very promising. Mornington is by Demonstrator, from Issle, by the Premier (imported). Demonstrator's dam, Vallonia (imported), by Woolwich, out of Florence Nightingale, by Cotherstone.- Her dam, Fanny Booth, by Gladiator, &c., (see Stud Book). Grand sire, Mathematician (imported), by Emilius, out of Maria, by Whisker, &c., (see Stud Book). TERMS :-£2 10s. each mare, one in five allowed; £2 2s. for mares that visited Mornington last season. All Mares to be paid for on removal. Due notice will be given when mares are stinted. Every care taken of mares, but no responsibility. Good paddocks. 13ccd JAMES PURVES.
To STAND this Season at ALMOND -BUSH, SOMERVILLE The Thoroughbred Stallion, Moonbeam.
(P.4, South Bourke and Mornington Journal, 5-12-1877.)
There were many horse breeders on the Mornington Peninsula such as George McLear at Dromana and Edward Gomm at Somerville near Gomms Rd.The owner of Almond Bush Stud at Somerville (at the north end of Almond Bush St, Melway 107 J10-11) was Alfred Jones who was born in England but went to Canada with his parents at the age of about 10. His biography was in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS:PAST AND PRESENT (1888.) It told how he supplied firewood for a few years before farming at Baxter's Flat and then buying land at Somerville. It said that he took the wood to Frankston but it was actually Mt Eliza in the parish of Frankston. Many websites state that Canadian Bay was named after three Canadians but do not give their names.Mr Mann's history of Mt Eliza(in the local history room at the Rosebud Library)does name them:McCurley, Hodgins and Jones. The Liverpool anchored a mile offshore in Canadian Bay and the wood was rowed out to the ship. Jones Rd in Somerville was named after Alfred. Hodgins Rd was named after Charlotte and J.Hodgins, who were granted crown allotments 39B and 39A, parish of Bittern, 191 acres at the north west corner of Hodgins and Boes Rds(Melway 154 B-c 7-8.)
Boundary Road at Mr Eliza,part of the boundary between the parishes of Frankston and Moorooduc is now named Canadian Bay Rd because of Jones, Hodgins and McCurley.
Jones' Corner, the centre of the locality of Moorooduc is named after Edward Jones, a Welshman, whose family owned Spring Farm, Criccieth and Penbank (whose locations can be given if desired.) This family was not related to Alfred Jones. The Shepherds, prominent nurserymen at Somerville, were related to the Edward Jones family and later established a nursery on part of Penbank. David Shepherd suggested the site for the Penbank school.
WHICH JAMES PURVES?
The two men credited with having started the breeding of thoroughbreds in Victoria were James Purves and William Cross Yuille,the latter the author of the Stud Book. I was surprised to discover this as Hurtle Fisher and his brother, Charles B.Fisher (the father of the Australian Turf according to MARIBYRNONG:ACTION IN TRANQUILITY), had captured this distinction in my mind.
This James Purves died at Richmond on 12-6-1878. (P.1s, Launceston Examiner, 6-7-1878.) He owned Chinton, east of Mt Macedon and Tootgarook on the Mornington Peninsula. Neither is mentioned in this obituary but they were in other obituaries. James Purves had a brother named Peter but you'd never know it unless you read Hec Hanson's MEMOIRS OF A LARRIKIN. He was a mason and followed his architect brother to Van Diemans Land when his wife died shortly after giving birth to their first child, James. Leaving the baby in the care of a relative, the heartbroken Peter joined his brother and combining their skills they built many of Tasmania's early bridges.
James brought sheep to the Port Phillip District in 1837 but I'd bet it was Peter who looked after them; James always preferred the high life in Melbourne. They probably managed Edward Hobson's Tootgarook from the mid 1840's, while Hobson managed his brother's River of Little Fish (Traralgon) Run, and took over the lease of the Tootgarook Run in 1850. To illustrate my comment about James and the high life, he was involved in organising Melbourne first Sporting Carnival and it was Peter who with James Ford organised the dodgy petition in the late 1850's against the Government's plan to fence off the police paddock near the Heads from White Cliff to the back beach.
From 1852, James Purves lived on the Tootgarook pre-emptive right full time! A change of heart? No, this James Purves was Peter's son,born in 1835. He spent eight years with his father who died in March 1860. It must have been this James Purves who placed the advertisement and lived at Fingal. It must have been this James Purves who bought Green Hills on the west side of Purves Rd in Rosebud before the late 1880's. While the men were building the dairy etc at Green Hills, aborigines came to the Tootgarook homestead asking for water while James' daughters, Emily and Frances (aged about 11 and 5) were home alone.
Why was James still not living at Tootgarook? Possibly a disagreement with prominent lawyer, James Liddle Purves, the son of the architect and the new owner, who expected him to do all the work with little reward or appreciation, much the same reason that George Gomm left Glenhoya at Somerville because of his brother Billy's lack of contribution.
And where was James Purves' residence at Fingal? It was a 514 acre property granted to James Purves on 10-5-1860. Had James moved away from Tootgarook soon after Peter's death? It consisted of crown allotments 1,2, and 3 of section A of the parish of Fingal, bounded by Limestone, Truemans and Sandy Rds(Melway 251-2) with the south east corner of The Dunes being its north west corner.
Despite breaking my promise to concentrate on the dictionary history almost immediately (MORNINGTON DISTRICT JOTTINGS), here we go. I'm sure I'll be finished before any of these volumes are because there's always a new discovery. Just for example,I wrote everything I knew about William Lockhart of Tullamarine in 1989,last year, while researching Mornington Peninsula history, I discovered that his 198 acre property at Tullamarine was called Springburn and a few weeks ago, I was contacted by one of his descendants.
I have discovered in the past that if there are too many names in the surname list, some of them tend to disappear when I update the journal. As there are many names to be featured in this dictionary history, I will continue from where I left off in many volumes so that each will have a reasonable number of names in the surname list. If pioneers have already been discussed in the original dictionary history journal,they will be mentioned in the volumes,referring readers to the original journal (with the symbols ##.) As I list new names, they will be followed by a note for my use so I can locate the source(s) when I start on that entry. It will take a year just to list all the names, farm names, happenings etc. but I will be researching and writing about one family per night at the same time,so please be patient.
BOWRING.##(Joseph Bowering Rhodes Pde BAFH)
The Brady family was probably more associated with Rosebud in later days but was certainly connected with the early days of Red Hill. In THE RED HILL, Sheila Skidmore stated that Mr Brady was the first preacher at Red Hill and that four Brady children were enrolled when Red Hill State School opened on 1-1-1874 on James Wiseman's block, near the end of Arkwells Lane. The preacher and father of the four students was most likely Obadiah Brady. I just happened to know that the Brady homestead farm was called Mount Evergreen but I did not know when they first settled there; it was much earlier than I had thought.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 24 September 1891 p 1 Family Notices
BRADY On the 23rd inst., at Mount Evergreen, Dromana, Eliza, relict of the late Obadiah Brady,
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 12 January 1888 p 1 Family Notices
... move from his late residence, Mount Evergreen, Dromana, To-morrow (Friday, January 13), at 2 o ... THE Friends of OBADIAH BRADY, Esq., are most respectfully invited to follow his re ... 979 words
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Monday 10 October 1887 p 1 Family Notices
...sting-place, the Dromana Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to move from his residence, Mount Evergreen, ... Latrobe and Spring streets, Melbourne. THE Friends of OBADIAH BRADY, Esq., are most respectfully ... 845 words (funeral of his only daughter.)
Mount Evergreen was a fair way from the Red Hill School but it was further to Dromana and the Boneo school (at Blacks Camp between Boneo and Cape Schanck or possibly still on Anderson's Barragunda), and the Rosebud school opened a decade later. Mount Evergreen consisted of 121 acres 2 roods and 39 perches, being crown allotment 21C, section B, parish of Wannaeue, fronting the east side of Main Creek Rd (Melway,171 K9-10 to 190 B 9-10.) Mount Evergreen*, granted to W.J.Brady on 24-11-1893 was later, along with Randall's Hindhope in Rosebud, a venue for a sexy working holiday for a certain Rajah! (*See P.4, Mornington Standard 18-1-1902 and P. 2, 13-9-1900 re Hindhope.)
The Brady bunchprobably rode cross-country to get to school. W.J.Brady and Obadiah W.Brady were likely to have been two of the 1874 students.
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 11 November 1897 Edition: MORNING. p 2 Family Notices
... Marriage. BRADY--HEAD.-On Tuesday, 2nd No- vember, 1897, at Dalkeith Park, Mount Martha, by Rev. Thos. Kane, Obadiah W. Brady, second son of the late Obadiah Brady, of Mount Evergreen, Rosebud, to Mary Elizabeth Rosetta Head, eldest daughter of Alfred Head, Esq., Fern Valley, Red Hill. ... 45 words
Alf Head was leasing Dalkeith at that time. See my Red Hill in 1906 journal.
On 11-8-1899,W.J.Brady was also granted 79 acres (10D, Wannaeue) fronting McPhersons Lane and the east side of Baldrys Rd extending about three quarters of the way to Splitters Creek. He had earlier(1890 and 1891) been granted 6B and 6A, a total of 235 acres fronting Hyslops Rd, the south side of Browns Rd and west side of Greens Rd, and extending south to the Greens Bush boundary.
Travelling between those properties along Old Main Creek Rd (of which MacPherson Lane was a part)to Mount Evergreen, he probably often saw young Rose who lived on a farm bounded by the south end of Roberts Rd (the right angle bend) and Main Creek,crown allotment 1C, section A, parish of Flinders, consisting of 46 acres 3roods and 8 perches and granted to C.Roberts on 21-7-1890. Gee, I wonder if that's how Roberts Rd got its name! Bet you can't guess what Rose's surname was.
I don"t know enough about the Brady or Roberts genealogy to know whether it was W.J.Brady who married Rose, but it was certainly William Brady. Now,where are my ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD notes?
I recalled something that Isobel Morseby had said in ROSEBUD:FLOWER OF THE PENINSULA so I grabbed those notes too. P.36. "Mr Roberts, the first postmaster (at Rosebud), used to check the time on his watch by the sun on the Rosebud beach every day at noon." This was probably John Roberts who was granted 18A2 Wannaeue of 58 acres (Melway 170 F10 and fronting Grassland Rd)on 1-2-1908.
Peter Wilson wrote quite a bit about Rose Brady on page 26 of ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD.In 1908, the Roberts family built a shop on the site of Peebles which they opened as a post office. Their daughter, Rose, who married William Brady, a Main Ridge farmer, acted as the postmistress until 1913, when they moved back to the farm (and the store was sold to Elsie James P.36.)When William died young, Rose moved to a house in Spray St; she was the organist and a mainstay of the Rosebud Methodist Church (now a medical centre in the Rosebud Fishing Village, on a block donated by Dromana's Nelson Rudduck.)
Peter said that the Roberts family had come from Ballarat and was probably not aware of the Main Ridge connection. If (John?) Roberts was from Main Ridge, why had he left the farm? The answer would be twofold. As the late Ray Cairns told me (ten days after scoring his last century), most farms were subsistence farming only, with plenty of food from the vegetable patch, orchard, dairy, chooks, underground mutton etc., with mum doing a lot of preserving to ensure year-round supply and cutting the unworn parts of dad's clothes to make the kids' apparel. Finding a market for Maroolaba chaff was impossible once they lost the contact with Stringer's Store at Sorrento.
For most farmers the only way to earn cash was to find work off the farm, maintaining roads for the shire, supplying timber, working at a sawmill etc. As Ray said,nobody wanted to work for farmers because they had no money. Those nearer the Heads could earn cash in the lime burning trade,and later supplying ti tree for Melbourne bakers' ovens, Dromana had its guest houses (McKeown,Chapman etc.), Alf Head supplied fruit and veg. for the Sorrento holidaymakers, and Red hill's fruitgrowers, despite the transport difficulties, had a ready market for their produce. But they were the exceptions.
The second reason for many leaving the family farm was the depression of the 1890's. Many farmers had to mortgage their properties; in 1900, W.J.Brady was leasing Mount Evergreen from Wyndham. Others just walked away. Many of their farms were snapped up for a song from financial institutions by the man after whom Browns Rd was named. The first of the Holmes family still in Red Hill left his Mallee farm and was working on the Railways when he met Miss Sheehan, John and Thomas Chapman tried their luck in Western Australia,John taking his wife, Edith (nee Sheehan)who returned to Red Hill when he died, and Henry Falby Gomm of Somerville also went to W.A., establishing a pioneering dynasty.
Rose Roberts' father may have found job opportunities in Ballarat where gold mining was still probably in operation and supporting other enterprises, such as stores. He must have done well to build a store and buy land in 1908,a time when the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong was almost broke. John Roberts was in Rosebud by
1902, seemingly having already built the post office and Miss Roberts,probably Rose, was already playing the organ and on the way to the altar.
From J. Roberts, Rosebud, requesting council to make the approach to the Rosebud Post Office.-Engineer was instructed to have the work done. (Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 7 June 1902 Edition: MORNING. p 2 Article)
Miss Roberts, who has since coming to the district been an indefatigable worker in connection with church, (Sunday)school and Band of Hope, being about to leave for the purpose of entering the married state was presented by Mr Watsford, who acted on behalf of the members of the congregation and others, with a parcel of cutlery. Mr Rudduck, acting for the parents of the scholars, presented Miss Roberts with a clock. Miss Roberts personally thanked one and all for the gifts and said her work had been a joy and her residence amongst them would never be forgotten. Singing and prayer concluded a happy meeting.(Rosebud Sunday School Anniversary i.e. Methodist (Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 30 August 1902 Edition: MORNING. p 4 Article.)
William John Brady was the Rosebud agent from whom the Mornington Standard could be purchased, so he must have been operating from some sort of store. Mount Evergreen was a bit far away for the average reader.
AUTHORISED AGENTS: The following is a list of our authorised agents, from whom the above paper may be obtained, and who will also receive orders for advertisements :RosEBUD.-Mr. W. J. Brady etc.
(Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 19 September 1895 Edition: MORNING. p 4 Advertising.)
NEWSFLASH, NEWSFLASH:RUDDUCK LASHES ITELLYA!
When asked why he described the Sunday School at Rosebud as Methodist, itellya said that it was on land donated by a Methodist, namely Nelson Rudduck, and in a building used as the Methodist church for ages before the Pressies built their church in one day not far west of the school. And what did the said Nelson Rudduck have to say about the matter?
A CORRECTION, TO THE EDITOR. SIR,-In the report of the Rosebud Sunday School Anniversary, which appeared in your last issue, it is represented as a " Methodist" school. This is incorrect, as the school is undenom - national, the Victorian Sunday school lessons and Sankey's hymns being used, but no catechism.-Yours, &c., NELSON RUDDUCK. Superintendent. Dromana, 21/7/03.
(Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 25 July 1903 Edition: MORNING. p 4 Article.)
I had a feeling that Isobel Moresby mentioned the year 1900 in connection with John Roberts even though I made no note of it. My memory seems to be correct.
ROSEBUD. The Sunday School anniversary was celebrated on Sunday and Monday the 5th and 6th inst. On Sunday Messrs Moyle and Rudduck conducted the services, and on Monday the public meeting was presided over by Mr J. Roberts, addresses being given by Messrs Moyle and Buchan, Mr Moyle sang a solo and the prizes were distributed to the children. From the report given by the superintendent (Mr Rudduck) it appears that a teacher is needed to take the place of Mr W. Chapman (the late superintendent, who has removed to Melbourne.) There are 3 teachers and 29 scholars with an average attendance of 24.3; the income has more than met the expenditure; and the utmost good will exists between all connected with the school. Votes of thanks were given to Miss Roberts for training the children for the singing; to Messrs Wickham, B. Holloway. W. Chapman and the committee of the Mechanics' for services rendered, also to the chairman, speaker, and decorators.
(Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 16 August 1900 Edition: MORNING. p 3 Article.)
W.J. Brady served as secretary of the Rosebud Mechanics' Hall and of the committee formed at a meeting called by Sidney Smith Crispo at Boneo re growing sugar beet. The whole family was involved with the Red Hill Band of Hope, as were the Head and Roberts families. If members of these families were madly in love with each other, I guess there was method(ist) in their madness.
THAT'S ENOUGH ITELLYA; NO MORE CORNY JOKES!
Watson Bryan "was supposed to have been a deserter from the British army, who, to cover his tracks allegedly reversed his name from Bryan Watson." (P.147, A Dreamtime of Dromana.) Confusingly Colin gives his name on page 74 as John Bryan. He spent his time at Dromana "working on the timber." When Mary Ann McLear moved to Maryfield in 1860, John moved onto Mary's leased farm on the Survey, The Willow.This was halfway between the coast and the highway and halfway between Dunns and Sheepwash Creek, about the north end of the Dromana Holiday Village near the drive-in.The springs at The Willow were henceforth known as Bryan's Springs.
The track through the Common was known as Bryan's Cutting. John Bryan cut piles,slabs, sleepers, beams and firewood, much of his work done in a saw-pit. He married a Miss Mitchell, whose family were early settlers in the district and (among?) their children were Tom, Matthew, Dunlop and George. Dunlop died in Dromana aged in his 80's in the 1950's. Some of his brothers moved to the Otways.
Melbourne Brindle's fabulous map of Dromana shows Bryan's Cutting (Holmes' motor buggy used to chug up here) and it is clearly the Hillcrest Quarry Rd(Melway 159 J8-9.) The map,available for purchase at the Dromana Museum, also shows the "path to Arthurs Seat & tower(past Bryans.)" This walking path followed the western boundary of Gracefield due south from where Bryan's cutting approaches the boundary near Sayvon Court (the site of the Brindles' "Sunnyside" homestead.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Tuesday 28 January 1936 p 1 Family Notices
Bryan- On the 23rd January at Warragul, George, eldest son of late J and M Bryan, Dromana, loved brother Margaret (W.A. ) Dun Í ... 2363 words
Matthew was a handy billiards player and captained Dromana's footy team in the match against Mornington in 1893.(P.4, Mornington Standard, 8-6-1893.) Tom narrowly won a Dromana Chess Club tournament in 1897. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 28-10-1897.) George and Matthew represented Dromana in cricket and one of them was a handy bowler.(P.3,Mornington Standard, 13-12-1894.) Matthew once top-scored with 7 runs!
Getting back to Red Hill, in 1879, John Moore, an inspector of works was assessed on 33 acres in the parish of Kangerong. This was part of the Red Hill Township and on the north east side of White Hill Rd fronting 149 metres of Harrisons Rd and 209 metres of McIlroy Rd. George Sherwood was granted 172 acres, east of Eatons Cutting Rd and south of the eastern third of Tumbywood Rd, on 9-2-1876. The Holmes family later bought this property and called it the Lookout Paddock;today it contains the Lookout Hill Circuit Walk and Holmes Road Reserve. In 1877, Moore got John Bryan to put up a fence but it was not according to specification so Sherwood took over. Bryan sued Moore for money owed and Sherwood sued Bryan.
(P.3, South Bourke and Mornington Journal, 12-12-1877.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 10 March 1864 p 4 Family Notices
... BIRTHS. CALDWELL.-On the 4th inst., at Dromana-hill, Dromana, the wife of Robert Caldwell, Esq., of a daughter. ...
CALDWELL Rev. James.
Joseph McIlroy was married in the Dromana Mechanics' Institute on Wednesday 20-9-1877 by the Rev. James Caldwell. (P.17,The Red Hill.) The venue was necessary because Dromana's first church, the Union Church shared by several denominations, was built by Henry William Ault in 1879. (P.116, A Dreamtime of Dromana.)
Rev.James Caldwell was from Mornington and may have visited Dromana many times to conduct services and probably received a cordial welcome each time, unlike a certain Catholic priest who had come from Mornington and did a certain thing to a young man at Scurfield's Hotel. The minister lost three sons in the drowning tragedy that occurred after a football match at Mordialloc only 18 months after the death of his wife.
THE VICTORIAN BOATING DISASTER. The Search for the Bodies. Melbourne, May 23.
The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Tuesday 24 May 1892 p 5 Article
... immediately after the acci dent in order to gain greater freedom of motion. The three Messrs. Caldwell were the sons of the Rev. James Caldwell, Presbyterian minister of Mornington, who lost fais wife about .
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Monday 16 December 1901 p 1 Family Notices
.... MAHRIAGE». MARRIAGES. MORTON-SINGLETON.-On the 3rd December, at "Glenholm," Dromana, by the Rev. James Caldwell of Mornington, assisted by Mr W. Buchan, of Dromana, William Morton, of Boogardie, W ... nbsp; granddaughter of Walter Gibson, of "Glenholm," Dromana.
In Memoriam. THE REV JAMES CALDWELL.
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 16 November 1907 Edition: MORNING. p 2 Article
... In Memoriam. THE REV JAMES CALDWELL. The death of the Rev. James Caldwell, of "Glenbank", Mornington, ... a short service, conducted by the Rev. D. A, MacDougall, assisted by the Rev. James Murray, the ... greatly to the regret, of all who knew him. The Rev. gentleman was broad-minded, and generous
CHAMBERS AND STEANE.##
Extract from MORNINGTON HISTORY WALK, SELF GUIDED.
Turn right into Albert Street
18. St Andrews Church - 51 Barkly Street
Church - Barkly Street
This building had significant heritage to the area but unfortunately in the 1980's was been turned into a retail precinct. The church was built in 1867 by William Grover using bricks supplied by Thomas Allchin from his local brickworks. The church trustees were John Barrett, Alex Morrison, John Connell and James Butchart owner of Beleura. Reverend Caldwell came to Mornington in 1874 and commenced a long tenure with the church and town, being one of the more influential citizens. In 1979 the Mornington Historic Society applied to the National trust to preserve the church. The National Trust failed to find the building significnat on a Statewide basis. In 1984 the church was convereted to a restaurant.
It might seem strange to start an entry in a Red Hill history with a piece of Mornington History. But members of the Connell family lived in Red Hill and at least one still does. The following has been pasted from the original Red Hill Dictionary History journal so that I can ensure that I'm not repeating myself without constantly swapping between two journals.
Extract from my THE FEMALE DROVER: A HISTORY OF MOOROODUC.
James Connell received the grant for allotment 12 near the boundary with Kangerong and Bittern parishes. It was possibly Anthony or James whose rates on 50 acres and a hut in Dromana were paid for him by Wilson at the deathknock on 20-1-1865. The rate collector didn’t know much. As well as not knowing the given names of Connell and Wilson, he didn’t realize that the name Dromana only applied to land west of McCulloch St.
Colin McLear tells us the following. The Connells were tenants on Jamiesons Special Survey in 1851 or shortly thereafter. (Anthony Connell’s block was probably near the one later occupied by Henry Wilson.) A descendant of Anthony’s was a silent partner of Jack Rudduck in Mornington Station in the Kimberleys in the 1950’s. Mornington Station was near Fitzroy Crossing 300 miles inland from Derby.
The Connell and White children were among the pupils of a school that operated near the Hickinbotham Winery site in the early 1850’s. This school may have closed when the teacher’s wife died or because two private schools had been opened in Dromana by Quinan and Nicholson. Its closure was probably the impetus for the establishment of a school in Moorooduc.
Anthony Connell was obviously the forerunner of the Connell family in the area. He received the grants for allotments 27 and 29, totaling 337 acres, all or part of which became the rifle range.
In 1910, James Connell, a farmer of Mornington, was leasing 238 acres (lots 3-6 of Bruce’s) and James Connell, a farmer of Tuerong, was leasing 230 acres (lots 1,2 of Bruces.) This land was just south of Ellerina Rd in the parish of Kangerong. I presume that would be James senior and James junior. Bruce’s was the northern section of the Survey fronting the Sea Lane, which is now called Bruce Rd, and is the boundary between Kangerong and Moorooduc parishes.
Anthony Connell's grants in the parish of Moorooduc, crown allotments 29 and 27, with a frontage of 1680 metres on the east side of Three Chain Road (Old Moorooduc Rd) from opposite No. 235 to opposite the Vineyard Lane corner (the south boundary of the Tuerong pre-emptive right)consisted of nearly 338 acres and had a Balnarring Rd frontage of 310 metres at the north east corner.(Melway 151 J8 to 152 A-B 6.) In 1873 Anthony was granted C.A. 11A bounded by Gillett Rd on the north, which is now the Tuerong Reserve.(152 C6.) When the property was sold, Connells were the auctioneers.
JAMES CONNELL'S GRANT.
On 17-7-1886,James Connell was granted crown allotment 12,section A, parish of Balnarring, consisting of 177 acres 2roods and 25 perches. This had frontages to Balnarring and Derril Rd. It is very difficult to be exact about its location on Melway because the creeks shown on the parish map do not appear on Melway map 152. Derril Rd is the boundary between the parishes of Moorooduc and Bittern and the road meeting the midpoint of the eastern boundary of c/a 12,being in Bittern, is not named on the Moorooduc map. It is, however, certainly Hodgins Rd. The eastern boundary was 2926 links (585 metres), so using my Melway (not superpages) map, I can state with certainty that the north east corner was latitudinally in the middle of 152 G8,just north-east of where Derril Rd(northbound) curves to deviate around the reservoir.The south east corner is at the top right corner of 152 F 10. The north and south boundaries have to be parallel with Foxey's Rd and the driveway to Donistoun Park (152 D9) could be just within its south west corner.
A Connell family living in Red Hill in the 1890's must have lost their rabbit's foot. Firstly their little girl was badly burnt as a result of her brother playing with matches (Mornington Standard 18-4-1895 page 2) and then Mr Connell was in hospital receiving treatment for his eyes by the end of 1896(M.S. 24-12-1896, P.3.)
Two young Davey girls of Marysville, Frankston (Davey's Bay)had collected donations as a Christmas present for the distressed family and the donations were to be forwarded on to Mr (H.P.)Davey of Forest Lodge, Red Hill.
The family was referred to in the first article as living near Red Hill so perhaps they were near Merricks North and Forest Lodge. As Henry Pearce Davies was involved as secretary of the Balnarring sports committee (My DISCOVERING DAVEY journal)it is possible that this family was in the parish of Bittern where J.(John?) Connell had a grant across Balnarring Rd from Anthony's. My journal also reveals that the hospitalised father was William Connell.(Mornington Standard 12-11-1896 P.3 and 10-12-1896 P.3.)
POSTSCRIPT, 22-4-2013. Mrs Trevor Connell, a descendant of Red hill pioneers, Joseph and Mary Ann Simpson, told me today that Connells lived on Eatons Cutting Rd. Most of the land along this road (7 and 7A, Kangerong) was not alienated until the 1900's so perhaps William Connell was leasing 8 acres from the Crown.
Cr Davies asked the council to provide some relief for the family and H.P.Davey pointed out that the father had previously been unable to work for six months before his eyesight problems emerged and the large family, with the oldest child only 15, was living on bread and water. (Mornington Standard 17-12-1896 P.3, F&K SHIRE.)
Evelyn Connell, daughter of Mrs Connell of Red Hill, died on 24 April, 1910 from pneumonia at the age of 19 and was buried at Mornington Cemetery. She was one of a set of triplets. (Mornington and Dromana Standard 30-4-1910 P.2.) Miss R.Connell was a member of the Red Hill Literary ans Social Club, rendering items along with Charles and Mrs Thiele, Tom Sandilants' wife, H.McIlroy, W.Simpson and Mr Prosser (sic).(Mornington Standard 29-8-1903 p.3.)
In 1900, William Connell was assessed on 8 acres Kangerong. The man who first appealed for help for William's family, A.E.Bennett, was living on Kent Orchard at the time. Kent Orchard, later occupied by the Huntleys was on Kentucky Rd (Melway 191 H 1.)
Although no details were given, Evelyn Mary (Evie) Connell who died on 11-12-1900 might have been the mother of Evelyn (above) and thus Mrs Connell of Red Hill and William's wife.
POSTSCRIPT 23-4-2013. Dot Watt's information shows that the parents of the unfortunate triplet, Evelyn,who died in 1910 were William and Rebecca (nee Bidgood.)
Today (22-4-2013) Mrs Trevor Connell provided me with Connell genealogical information compiled by Dot Watt nee Connell without the aid of a computer. I will later speak with Dot. A member of the Balnarring Historical Society has written a book about Lou Connell who was the other competitor in the formation of the legend of Foxey's Hangout. There are two or so books,including Mary Karney's THE GOLDEN PLAINS OF TUBBARUBBAREL,that give much detail about the contest and the unfortunate Jackson.
Henry Connell married Isabella (Topham?)in 1803.(Marriage licence bonds book for the diocese of Cork and Ross in Dublin Public Records Office.)
Parents of Anthony and Simon Connell arrived as bounty passengers on 30-9-1840 on the ship "Himalaya". Anthony was engaged by E.E.Manuel Esq. for 3 years. He was listed as a labourer in one section but in the list of all unmarried men he was listed as a baker. Anthony bought land on 3-10-1855,lots 46 and 48,Parish of Moorooduc,for one pound per acre.Lots 46 and 48 were shown in reports of land sale (P.R.O.code V.P.R.S.80, UNIT 4)but lot 46 was section 27. Lot 48 was section 29.
Simon Connell appears in the Port Phillip directory of 1847 as a farmer, Strathallan,Darebin Creek.
(Simon may have been leasing from Malcolm McLean, who later advertised three 220 acre farms to let on Strathallan. McLean later offered a paddock on the Strathallan Estate near the Darebin Creek, on the Upper Plenty road to the Victorian Agricultural Society at a reasonable price.(P.6, Argus, 1-5-1871.) It's a fair bet that Strathallan Rd (Melway 20 C7)and Latrobe University are on the Strathallan Estate. If Simon was there long enough he would have been a neighbour of John Brock,an early Bulla squatter whose run was absorbed into Big Clarke's Special Survey and moved to the Bundoora area by 1851 when his wife, Jane, died; Brock called his estate (north of Strathallan)Janefield.
It's a fair chance that Simon saw John McLear killed outside the Plough Inn, Bundoora's first hotel, on Boxing Day,1849. John's widow, Mary Ann,possibly his groom,William Marshall, and Anthony Connell were to become tenants on Jamieson's Special Survey not much longer than a year later. John had been leasing land from a Mr Green since 1846, possibly near Greensborough Rd,east of Strathallan.)
The Electoral Roll Victoria 1856-57 Mornington Division.
Name and Surname of Voter No.515-Connell, Anthony.
Place of Abode and description. Mt Martha, farmer.
Nature of Qualification. Freehold.
Description or Qualification. Land, Mt Martha.
Simon Connell, No.516, Mt Martha, Farmer, Freehold,Mt Martha.
Anthony Connell, born 1802, County Cork,Ireland; died 4-5-1895, Moorooduc, Reg. No. 7767.
Buried 6-5-1895, Mornington Cemetery, Pres.16. Lived Tuerong at time of death with son, James Connell.
Farmer, General Debility.
Married 21-3-1869, Reg. No. 1179.
Mary Ann Phair,born 23-7-1827, Hobart, Tasmania.
Died 31-3-1910 aged 82 years. Buried 2-4-1910, Booroondara Cemetery, Kew, Pres.B 3909 with daughter, Elizabeth Jackson.
Simon Connell,buried 28-5-1878, aged 66 years. Typhoid Pneumonia, Farmer,lived Bittern.
(Information from George Connell) Plot No. C/E 125.
Also buried in Pres. 16 (with Anthony):
James, 1 day old March 1901;
Evelyn 19 years, 26-4-1910, father-William,mother Rebecca, nee Bidgood.(Info.from James Connell.)-One of the triplets!
James Connell, b.15-8-1854, Moorooduc,d.10-6-1926, buried 12-6-1926 C/E 324, Mornington Cemetery; his parents were Anthony and Mary Ann Connell.
Jane Ann Young, b.14-2-1856, Moorooduc, d.20-8-1938 aged 82 years, Mornington,buried 22-8-1938 with James; her parents were George Young and his first wife Jane (nee Wilson.)
James Connell and Jane Ann Young married in 1880 (Reg. No. 865.
Their children were:
1.Anthony Edward Young Connell b. 2-9-1876, Schnapper Point (Mornington), d. 12-1-1891 aged 14 years, buried 14-1-1891, Mornington Cemetery Pres. 15 with uncle and uncle John and Ellen. Killed by rock fall at quarry. (Possibly near Gillett Rd, now a park.)
2. James Thomas Young Connell b.8-6-1878 Schnapper Point.
3. John George Connell b.13-8-1880 (Reg. No. 25262)Schnapper Point, married 20-8-1908 (Bella Hooper?)
4. William Charles Connell b.25-8-1882,Schnapper point (Reg. No.25815), d. Western Australia, married 10-5-1911 at Onslow near Ashburton, W.A. to Ellen Mary Taylor. Which one died in 1947?
5. Albert Ernest Connell b. 16-3-1884 Schnapper Point (Reg. No. 12875), d. ?-7;1948 aged 64 years at the old post office at Mornington from a heart attack after riding a push bike to work from Dunns Rd. Buried 29-7-1948 at Mornington Cemetery, Meth.113. He married May Elizabeth Thorne b.1891/2 Schnapper Point (Reg. No. B.C.7003?)and died in May 1942 from a heart attack aged 52 while she was knitting at her home, Condale Cottage in Dunns Rd. She was buried on 25-5-1942 C/E 350.
Albert remarried to Gladys someone and they had no issue.
6.Mary Ann Eleanor Connell b.3-7-1888 Schnapper Point (Reg. No. 22073 1837-1888 pioneers' Index), d.22-2 1971 aged 85 years, buried Fawkner Cemetery. Married Mathew Mooney in 1910.
7. David Louis Connell b.16-1-1891 Schnapper Point, d.9-4-1968 at Mornington aged 78* from lung cancer, buried 10-4 1968 at Mornington Cemetery C/E 361, (aged 77 in cemetery records.)Married 16-6-1915 at St Peter's Church of England, Mornington (Marriage Certificate No. 782)to Ida Ellis (Ellice)Turner b.23-2-1899 Bittern, d.16-7-1930 aged 31 years,buried 18-7-1930, C/E (339/361?)
8.Charlotte Jessie Connell b.1894 Schnapper Point, d.17-2-1984 aged 89, cremated at Fawkner Cemetery. Married Alex. Simpson.
9.Elsie Florence Connell b.1895 Schnapper Point. Married James (McNaulty?
N.B. See my new journal WARNING:PLACE OF BIRTH. None of the children might have actually been born in Mornington.
Ida Ellis (Ellice) Turner, who married David Louis Connell, the seventh child of James Connell, was probably the child of R.Turner, a Justice of the Peace at Bittern by 1881 and Ellen, who was complaining about drainage in 1885. R.Turner received the grants for crown allotments 29, 28A and 28B, parish of Bittern,the last-named on 17-8-1876. Comprising almost 348 acres, these fronted the east side of Loders Rd, Graydens Rd and Hodgins Rd.J.Turner,possibly Ida's brother, was granted crown allotment 51 and 48 directly across Hodgins Rd and also fronting Turners Rd and Stumpy Gully Rd. The parts of Loders and Turners Rds (the same roadway with a name change at Hodgins Rd)and all the Turner grants are now part of the Devilbend and Bittern Reservoirs. No wonder Ellen had a problem with drainage! I wonder if there was a family connection between the Turners and the family of Smith Ellis in the parish of Flinders.
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 31 August 1907 Edition: MORNING. p 2 Article
... belonging., to Mr. A. Downward' t. Prd' last week and four other head belonging to Mr. Messrs J. Connell, Turner, and Vale of Mornington, a Government In spector, Mr, Curlewts visited tho district. The,
Vale's Dalkeith was near the Nepean and Moorooduc Highway Junction(Melway 151 C8). The Connell grants south of the Tuerong pre-emptive right,(29 and 27 Moorooduc), fronted the east side of Old Moorooduc Rd from a point opposite No.235 to the Vineyard Lane corner. Anthony was also granted 11A, across Balnarring Rd, now the Tuerong Reserve and fronting Gillett Rd(151 K7 and 152 B6.)The Turner land was at Melway 153 B4-10, about a mile and a half east across the Devilbend Creek valley(no reservoir then!)It's easy to track the killer dogs and also to see how the Connell and Turners would have been well acquainted.
David Louis Connell was known as Lou and once commented that the site of the Devil Bend Reservoir was Connell Country, not because they owned it but because they,Lou in particular, spent so much time there shooting foxes and trapping rabbits. Lou is a third of the legend of Foxey's Hangout, the part aboriginal Tasmanian, Phillip Jackson, being his fellow competitor and Gary Downward the scorekeeper. American servicemen were fascinated by the site during W.W.2.
The following comes from the DISCOVER MORNINGTON PENINSULA website (which has several photos.)
Fascinating Historical Facts - Mornington Peninsula
Corner Balnarring & Tubbarubba Roads Merricks North
The old gum tree known as Foxey's Hangout
Foxey's Hangout is located at the corner of Balnarring and Tubbarubba Roads. The corner has been known as Foxey's Hangout since the late 1930's. The name was coined by neighbouring property owners when two trappers, Phillip (Jack) Johnson and Lou Connell used a conspicuous gum tree at this junction to separately display their catches. Johnson, a Tasmanian, came to live in the area in 1936. He made a living working for a local landowner, Herb Downward trapping foxes, for which a bounty was paid. Friendly rivalry sprang up between him and Connell as to who caught the most foxes. Garry Downward, another local, checked the tree each day to adjudicate. The winner was announced at the end of each year.
Foxey's Hangout in the late 1930's
Foxey's Hangout in the late 1930's
This site became a local curiosity and landmark. Jack continued to hang foxes from this tree until his untimely murder in 1946. Friends and neighbours later revived the custom and maintained the site. The hanging practice gradually died out over the years.
Today both Jack Johnson and the old gum tree have passed on but the stories refuse to die. The tree branches are adorned with sheet metal fox profiles as symbols of the real fox carcasses, which hung there in the 1930's. 'Foxey's Hangout' is now recognised as an historic site on the Mornington Peninsula.
FOXEY'S HANGOUT and THE GOLDEN PLAINS OF TUBBARUBBAREL give much detail about Jackson but the August 2011 issue of the Balnarring and District Historical Society newsletter (which prompted my MELBA and SALTBUSH BILL journals) does the same regarding Lou. This is a summary only.
The article states that Lou's parents were James Connell and Jane Ann Wilson but his father had married Jane Ann Young (whose parents were George Young and his first wife, Jane Wilson.)SEE DOT WATT'S INFORMATION.
The location of Anthony Connell's grants c/a 27 and 29 is described very accurately, correctly calling Old Moorooduc Rd "Three Chain Road", its official name for almost a century. The other grants are not mentioned.
N.B.THE PREVIOUS SENTENCE REMINDED ME THAT WHEN I WROTE "THE FEMALE DROVER" I HAD NOT MENTIONED JAMES CONNELL'S GRANT. I HAVE INSERTED IT IN THE EXTRACT FROM THE FEMALE DROVER BUT SO YOU CAN FIND IT EASILY IT IS UNDER THE HEADING JAMES CONNELL'S GRANT and in normal font,not italics.
Lou was born in 1891,just days after "Anthony Connell, 14, eldest son of Mr James Connell of 3 chain road, was crushed to death in Bittern Quarry." Lou was shearing for the Oswins when he was about 16; later he and his older brother, John, were quarry workers and were involved in an accident at Turner's Quarry near Tuerong."
(FOUND IT!!! A serious accident occurred at Turner's Quarry, near Teurong, on Wednesday. Messrs. John and Louis Connell were engaged in blowing out stone,a hole had been drilled, and three pounds of blasting powder put in, when an accident happened with the fuse. The fuse ignited the powder while they were standing over the hole. Both had a narrow escape from being blown to pieces, and they received injuries to face, arms, and body. Dr. Hornabrok attended to the sufferers.-P.2, Mornington Standard, 2-2-1907.)
AS YOU CAN SEE, ONLY THE FIRST LETTER OF THE LAST NAME IN THE SURNAME LIST HAS SURVIVED. THEREFORE THE RED HILL DICTIONARY HISTORY WILL HAVE TO BE BROKEN UP INTO EVEN SMALLER PARTS. TO SEE THE ENTIRE CONNELL ENTRY, LOOK AT THE CONNELL JOURNAL,WHICH WILL CONTINUE FROM THIS POINT.
COUNCILLORS. ##. Also see my THE SHIRE OF FLINDERS journal.
Joseph McIlroy's diary (P.18, The Red Hill) states that on 21-5-1878 he went to see Mrs Counsel through the ranges. This could have been Mrs Richard Counsel on the 250 acre "Gracefield" or Mrs Charles B. Counsel on 454 acres Kangerong owned by Richard (1979 Kangerong rates.) Gracefield (Melway 159 H9 to Pindara Rd)probably would have been reached via Bryan's Cutting which was just east of Gracefield (See BRYAN entry.) Part of Charles Counsel's 454 acres would have been crown allotment 21A of 121 acres,granted to C.Counsel on 27-6-1876. It was on the north side of McIlroys Rd (Melway 161D10-12.) The rest of his land probably consisted of Robert Coxon Young's 21B to the east and 20 A and B to the west giving him a McIlroys Rd frontage from Bowring Rd to (nearly)80 McIlroys Rd, the east corner of 21B being that of the northern section of the park.
The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Thursday 10 May 1883 p 1 Family Notices
... Montana " COUNSEL-MORRIS -April 9, 1883, at Hawthorn, Victoria, by the Rev. E. Nolan, S.J., Charles B. Counsel, Dromana, youngest son of Richard Counsel, Emerald Hill (late chief draughtsman Crown Lands), to Kate Louise, youngest daughter of the late Captain James Morris, of Hobart, ... 163 words
The Counsels were involved in Dromana more than Red Hill but Joseph's visit in 1878 shows that Red Hill residents had much social contact outside their mountainous abode, despite the often dangerous roads.
CRAIG AVON LANE.##
By the Mornington district, I mean any places likely to be mentioned in the Mornington News. Obviously more interested in the area's history than the other two Peninsula papers, the News has for some months been running an excellent series of extracts from old newspapers. Apart from history, what makes this paper (and the Southern Peninsula News) such good reads are the humorous articles and the critical eye kept on Mornington Peninsula Shire. Good as the historical articles are,I have two criticisms:
1. the same extracts are used in the Southern Peninsula News, when they should involve Dromana, Red Hill, Rosebud, Boneo, Rye, Sorrento and Portsea;
2. many of the articles are meaningless to someone who lacks a fair background understanding of the area's history.
DAD DID IT!
That's what the Mornington News editor, Mike Hast, said in the 16th April, 2013 edition. Now dobbing in your parents is hardly the done thing but Mike wasn't really dobbing. I just wanted to use a sensationalist headline! Mike's headline was Don't forget history:market is 34 this year. The Leader and the Weekly have both published articles this week about the market celebrating its 30th. Knowledge of its true age has been lost because of "many changes in the personnel at the chamber" according to Alan Caton, former boss of the Mornington Chamber of Commerce.
Mike's father, Cr Tom Hast, started the market on 26-9-1979. It was a very different Mornington in those days. Only two years later the railway was closed, obviously because of poor patronage. This was partly due to the small population but another factor would have been the extra travelling time caused because Mt Eliza residents opposed a direct route and the line having to go through Mornington Junction (Baxter.)
Tom ran the market from the arcade near the Grand Hotel and overcame resistance from some traders by suggesting that they display slow-moving goods on the footpath. This brought life to Main St on its slowest trading day, Wednesday. Shops had traditionally been closed on Wednesday, as well as weekends. Tom's idea had been backed by Mornington Shire but by only a few members of the Chamber. The market's success ensured that the other members came on board and the Chamber took over responsibility in the 1980's, with Maree Abbott in charge.
Mike's article includes an Age article of 24-10-1979 by Sarah Chester which states that Tom had got his idea from seeing successful markets in English and European towns the previous year and that (within a month)the shopkeepers' turnover had increased by 20% on market days.
JAMES GRACE OF MOONDAH.
Moondah, built in 1888 for James Grice was an opulent 42 room Victorian Mansion with beautiful gardens and a vineyard. The gatehouse is very similar in design to the gatehouse in Parramatta Park in Sydney. It is believed this was used as a basis to building Moondah's gatehouse.When built, Moondah had a golf course, tennis court, croquet green and polo field for the entertainment of visitors.Sir Reginald Ansett purchased Moondah in 1947 and restored the building into a 5 star luxury hotel. This he called Manyung Hotel. It was the most luxurious hotel on the Mornington Peninsula. Ansett sold Manyung Hotel to the Australian Administrative Staff College in 1957. It is now run as the executive training centre for the college.
The balance of the Moondah was bequeathed to charity on the passing of Lady Ansett in 2003.
The Mornington Standard article of 19-4-1913 gave the Moondah owner's name as Grice and trove's digitisation as Grlce. The News must take full responsibility for the error.
The following were also mentioned in the 19-4-1913 extract.
MR EDGAR OF THREE CHAIN ROAD.
The article stated that Messrs Edgar and son had suffered a heavy loss when a haystack on their Three-chain road farm, containing over 20 tons of hay, was destroyed by fire after being wet by heavy rain.
Thee Chain Road was Moorooduc Road and the Moorooduc Station now houses the trains which make regular trips between Watt Rd in Mornington and Moorooduc, the peninsula's version of Puffing Billy.
Messrs Alex Scott and Co will hold a large clearing sale on account of Mr J. P. Edgar, on the property, one mile from Moorooduc Railway Station on...etc. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 20-11-1915.)
If Alex Scott meant one mile south,the farm might have been near the Wooralla Drive corner. The Tullys might know where it was, perhaps the Dandridge farm just south of the Tully produce store.
Jack Edgar might have been J.P.'s son or grandson. He had Tuerong in the 1950's.
NEARLY 200 carloads, mainly family groups, attended the polo carnival in aid of the Orthopaedic Hospital at Tuerong Park, Mornington, on Saturday.....Mr and Mrs Jack Edgar, owners of Tuerong Park, with their son Jonathan lunched with Mr Aubrey Gibson honorary secretary of the Melbourne Hunt Polo Club and Mrs Gibson.
(P.8, Argus, 3-3-1952.)
Tuerong Park was basically the Tuerong pre-emptive right. Its homestead is now the office of the Dromana Estate of Tuerong Winery(Melway 152 B2.) The east half of the northern boundary was Tuerong Rd east to about the creek. Its south west corner was at the bend in Vineyard Lane and the south east corner was the end of Gillett Rd. Three Chain Road runs through the pre-emptive right.(Google "moorooduc, county of mornington" to see it on the parish map.)
BLACKS CAMP, SOMERVILLE.
The article mentions that the Shire of Frankston and Hasting's application to use an acre of a reserve known locally as Black's Camp was to be considered by the local land board at Somerville on 29-4-1913.
The reserve is at Melway 148 D2. Blacks Camp Rd leads to it from Jones Rd. But Austin Rd,named after George Austin, a Frankston Real Estate Agent who subdivided the area, was also referred to as Blacks Camp Rd in 1901.Crown allotment 54 Moorooduc consisted of 101 acres 3 roods and 36 perches. It was bounded on the east by Blacks Camp (Austin) Road for 618 metres north to the 6 acre 2 rood water reserve. Its Bungower Rd frontage was 524 metres and the South East Water storages are just inside its north west corner.It is likely that the Finlayson farm was bought by Murray Gomm's grandfather,William Henry (Paddy) Gomm and later passed to Billy Gomm (Somerville F.C. Legend, along with Murray's father, George.)
ALEX SCOTT & CO. (in conjunction with J.E. WORRELL) under instructions from the Union Trustee Co. of Australia Ltd., 339 Collins Street, Melbourne, in the estate of the late James Finlayson, will sell by public auction, a valuable Block of Land, Containing 70 acres or thereabouts, being portion of Crown Allotment 54, parish of Moorooduc, county of Mornington. This property is situated at the corner of Bungower and Blacks Camp roads, only three quarters of a mile from the Somerville Railway Station, and adjoining Mr J. Murray's orchard and opposite Mr J. Scott's. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 26-9-1901.)
Blacks Camp was a lagoon, thus its reservation as a water reserve. Crown allotments 55-58 also adjoined the reserve and of course nearby farmers had access via the two Blacks Camp lanes (which is all they were until George Austin became involved, with trees growing on them!) The bank teller was required to test his pistols at regular intervals and on one occasion one of the Gomm lads went with him and they fired the bullets into the banks of the lagoon.
Incidentally, Graf Rd, the boundary between crown allotments 55 and 56 (and 54 and the water reserve), is named after cricketer, Sean Graf,the name being suggested by a member of the Somerville Cricket Club (not a Gomm.) His ancestor was the station master at Somerville and when Henry Gomm's daughter fell in love with him, Henry had him tranferred (courtesy of his mate, Tommy Bent) to Ascot Vale but the girl fled to him and was cut off from her family. It was years later that Paddy Gomm brought the Grafs back into the fold after Henry's death.
The purpose of this is to reach the attention of anyone who happens to see my claims that Sumner bought the Ballanrong P.R. in 1858 or 1856 and alert them that the date of the grant was actually 18-5-1880. The reason for my mistake is included in the apology in the T.J.SUMNER OF BRUNSWICK, COOLART etc journal.
The apology first. When I look now at the Ballanrong pre-emptive right on the copy of the Moorooduc parish map that I obtained at the Public Records Office, I see:
The full stops in P.R. are very faint and the ones between 18 and 5 and 8 are almost invisible. There is no space between the numerals except between the 8 and the 5. The final 8 is only evident through a powerful magnifying glass.
I have stated on several occasions that Sumner was granted the pre-emptive right in 1858 for reasons that may now seem obvious. When I was researching for the Yuille entry in my EARLY LANDOWNERS IN THE PARISHES OF MOOROODUC, FRANKSTON etc journal, I discovered that Archibald Yuille held the Ballanrong Run from 1852 until the lease was cancelled in 1857. Looking at the P.R. on my map (without the magnifying glass), I read the date as 1856 and decided to see if there was a date on the online map (MOOROODUC,COUNTY OF MORNINGTON.)
There was: 18.5.80! Good old T.J. was instantly deleted from the early landowners journal, making this journal necessary to retain the information and to correct a serious error.
This pioneer in the parishes of Moorooduc and Frankston was not mentioned by Vale in late 1855 because he did not acquire Yuille's Ballanrong pre-emptive right until 1880. His land in the parish of Frankston was probably part of Ben Baxter's Carrup Carrup Run.
EXTRACT FROM MY "THE FEMALE DROVER: A HISTORY OF MOOROODUC" (not a journal.)
The Victorian Government website on members of Parliament gives the following details about Theodotus John Sumner. He was born at Liskeard, Cornwall in 1920 and died on 20-4-1884 at Brunswick. His father was the Rev, John Sumner, a Methodist minister.
T.J.Sumner married Sarah Jones Peers. He was a merchant and his religion was listed as Methodist. Sumner emigrated to Van Diemans Land in 1841 and arrived in Melbourne in April 1842. He engaged in pastoral and agricultural pursuits and became a partner of Richard Grice in 1855 when Grice’s former partner had died. Grice, Sumner and Co. were wholesale merchants who gave advances on pastoral properties. Theodotus was an early president of the National Agricultural Society and established a model farm* on his Schnapper Point Estate. He became a member of the Board of Education in 1862 and was a member of the Legislative Council from May 1873 until February 1883.
Engaged in extensive charity work, T.J. endowed the Sumner ward at Melbourne’s Children’s Hospital. His widow administered his estate, a large part of which was in trust for charity, especially the Old Colonists’ Home and the Melbourne Hospital.
A quick search on google revealed the following. Grice and Sumner had two ships built at Newcasle-on-Tyne in 1863: the Penola and S.S.Blackbird. The former was built especially for the Adelaide-Melbourne run but collided with, and sank, the City of Launceston in Port Phillip Bay on 19-11-1865. The damaged Penola was briefly replaced on the Adelaide run by the Blackbird which then worked the Brisbane mail run until 1873, undercutting passenger fares charged by the established lines. The Penola was sold to J.J.Grice and Partners and S.S.Blackbird was sold to Captain A.Campbell and Partners in 1876. (Flotilla-Australia website.)
The primary Sumner residence was “Stony Park” by the Merri Creek near the boundary of North Fitzroy and East Brunswick. A picture of the house is on the net but be warned that the one on the Architecture of Melbourne site is wrong. The southern part of Lowan St (Melway 30 B9) is an approximation of the driveway from Glenlyon St to the Stony Park mansion. Just to the west are Sumner St and Peers St, the latter honouring Sarah’s maiden name.
Stony Park was in the parish of Jika Jika. The land in the parish of Jika Jika was among the first outside Melbourne itself to be alienated. Many of the allotments were bought by speculators in Sydney and Sumner probably bought his estate for a song when the depression of the 1840’s hit. Dawson probably bought his land at the same time. One grantee who did settle was Dr Farquhar McCrae, brother of Arthurs Seat’s Andrew, who leased his grant “Moreland” to Michael Loeman and moved to La Rose in Pascoe Vale South. He fled to Sydney when the future acting Governor, J.F.L.Foster, challenged him to a duel.
One of Sumner’s near neighbours was Michael Dawson, after whom Dawson St was named. Another (in present-day Fenton St in Ascot Vale) was John Thomas Smith who became Sumner’s near neighbour at Moorooduc as well.
At Christ Church on 12-1-1874, James, eldest son of Richard Grice of Melbourne, married Annie Ruth, eldest daughter of Theodotus John Sumner of Stony Park. (Argus 15-1-1874.)
On 19-9-1888, Gemmell, Tuckett & Co advertised three lots for sale on the instructions of the executors of the late T.J.Sumner Esq. The first lot consisted of land in Frankston. The second comprised the 1470 acres on the east side of Derril Rd and 786 acres in Frankston (parish?) and Moorooduc. The third was the Ellerslie Estate of 636 acres, entirely surrounded by Government Roads and known as the Ballanrong Park. This was the pre-emptive right, granted to T.J.Sumner, west of the Three Chain Road between Bungower and Mornington-Tyabb Roads. (Argus 19-9-1888.)
An advertisement of Allotment 1 Moorooduc of 285.2.34 (the Ranelagh Estate at Mt Eliza) “on which is erected Nyora” (built by J.T.Smith and later Ranelagh Guest House) mentions that Mrs Sumner owned the adjoining Earimil. (Argus 7-11-1903.)
An obituary for Mrs Sarah Jones Sumner appeared in the 12-3-1929 issue of the Argus. She died at her home “Stony Park” in Glenlyon St, North Fitzroy (now East Brunswick). She had lived in Victoria for 93 years. (Argus 12-3-1929.) On 9-12-1929, Sumner’s Stony Park Estate at East Brunswick was advertised for sale. (Argus)
T.J.Sumner was obviously interested in dog breeding and rowing. Sarah established a crèche in Brunswick and was generous to Christ Church Brunswick.
Sumner’s estate in Moorooduc was possibly named Annesleigh (Annesley in some advertisements) after his mother, sister or his daughter, Annie Ruth. In view of the spelling of Ellerslie, the correct spelling may have been Anneslie.
The Hastings Heritage Study indicates that with his partner, Benn, T.J.Sumner held Coolart until 1875. He was also granted several blocks south of the present Riviera Hotel on the part of Long Island in the parish of Frankston.(Google FRANKSTON,COUNTY OF MORNINGTON to see these blocks as well as the huge area, near Sumner Rd,south and west of Ben Baxter's Carrup Carrup P.R. Google MOOROODUC, COUNTY OF MORNINGTON to see the Ballanrong P.R. and the land east of Derril Rd between Eramosa Rd and Mornington-Tyabb Rd.)
By some fluke, when I was researching the reason for Gomms Rd being north of Eramosa Rd, rather than on "Glenhoya", I found the Frankston parish map online. Luckily I superimposed the Gomm and Firth grants on my Melway maps in SUPERPAGES (and the nearby Baxter, Sage, Sumner etc grants) because subsequent attempts to find the map failed.
Before I detail the maps available online, I will tell you how I manage to superimpose crown allotment boundaries on Melway and warn you about the Melway maps on Superpages. Having found the Frankston parish map again last night ( because I remembered that the word PARISH did not appear on it but COUNTY OF MORNINGTON did), I was excited to find that the grants of McMahon, Carr and Liardet adjoined each other.They all had eastern boundaries of 4000 links so it was going to be easy to find out the dividing boundaries; Skye Rd and Beach St-Cranbourne Rd were exactly a mile apart.But when I put my ruler on the map in SuperPages, it told me that the roads were 1400 metres apart. So I tried it in Melway and found that they were actually 1620 metres apart. This showed that (a)the SuperPages maps are only seven eighths of the scale of Melway maps; (b) the surveyors were a chain (cricket pitch) out in their measurements or one of the roads has been re-aligned further away from the other.
A mile equals 80 chains or 8000 links. Sharps Rd, Tullamarine, west of Broadmeadows Rd, (the south boundary of Section 3 Tullamarine)was 8000 links. When I decided to transpose the parish map onto Melway, I imagined complicated calculations on a calculator being the order of the day. But when I measured this distance on my ruler,it was exactly 8 centimetres. As the scale is one millimetre to a chain (20 metres), it is fairly easy to plot boundaries and accurately describe road frontages (if measurements are given on parish maps!)
If you happen to google FRANKSTON PARISH MAPS, you will find (a)four 320 acre crown allotments east of Frankston Village with description of the land; (b) two village maps that seem to be almost identical and name many grantees; and (c), after THE WELLS STORY and ST PAUL'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, a map showing crown allotments in the parishes of Frankston and Moorooduc. The last map (1854) shows only one grantee, Yuille,who seems to have preferred his grant over the homestead block (Pre-emptive Right)of Ballanrong, which was granted to T.J.Sumner two years later. This map shows how Old Mornington Rd led to the Three Chain (Moorooduc) road via Mt Eliza Way and Wooralla Drive. It also shows fences and other features as well as how the government roads followed old tracks with a few modifications.
If you want a map, with grantees,measurements etc. that will show where your pioneering ancestor was granted land, you need to google:
FRANKSTON,COUNTY OF MORNINGTON.
The maps are there waiting for you. Go to it, Frankston "diggers".
This is another journal based on William Vale's letter of 1855.
As it is fairly long,in order to help family historians to quickly locate the surname they seek, I have produced an index. Names mentioned within an entry are shown in brackets after the subject of the entry.
1.SETTLERS (with approximate locations.) 2. RUNS. 3. EARLY ROADS AND CANADIANS. 4. EARLY GRANTEES (with specific locations-Davey, Wooley, Isaacs, Vale, Craig and O'Grady, Stenniken, Smith, Lintott, Fulton,Robertson, Yewers, Cobb, George Main,Sykes, Yuille.) 5. McMAHON,CARR AND LIARDET. 6. BAXTER.
7. WEDGE. 8. DAVEY. 9. HUNTER (BUTCHART.) 10.YUILLE. 11. BALCOMBE (Lintott,Cobb,Hann,Downward.)
12.HEARN (Clarke, Boadle, Salmon,Evans, Hann.) 13. RUDDELL (Wilson and many other occupiers of Tuerong.)
14 (and comment 13.)DOREY. 15. JOSEPH HARRIS. 16.J.T.SMITH (Slaney,Mrs Firth's death at the Moorooduc Railway Crossing,reported all over Australia.) 17. Victorian Freehold Land Society. 18. LINTOTT. 19. YEWERS (Grover.) 20. COBB. 21. DAVID KELLY'S MEMORIES OF FRANKSTON.
ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE. MOUNT ELIZA AND SNAPPER'S POINT. To the Editor of the Argus.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 27 December 1855 p 7 Article
... a Bri- tish colony,-that is, according to Chateau- briand, a public house, has made its u|)i>ear ... Mcmahon, Liardet and Carr . The Bay frontage of Mount Eliza forms the pre-emptive right ... 1098 words
I am only going to include the portions of the letter that discuss early landholders;the purpose being to give the locations of their properties and any other details that happen to pop up.
But the other day, and the whole of the distict was divided into squatters runs of which tho owners were Messrs. McMahon, Baxter, Wedge, Davy, Hunter, Yuille, Bal- combe, Hearn, Riddle, and others........
I think Mr Dory in the following is a mistake. The pre-emptive right along the coast of Davey Bay would have to be that of James Davey, as shown on the Frankston parish map. This is the passage from the letter.
The Bay frontage of Mount Eliza forms the pre-emptive right of Mr. Dory. Despite this, the information about the Doery family will be retained.
(After viewing Baxter's pre-emptive right from the top of the mountain.) Returning to the Bay and passing Mr Dory's homestead we come to an allotment belonging to Mr. J. T. Smith who owns another large allotment at the back. Soon we come to Mr. Lintots place who is determined to have a comfortable place, and being an old bushman from the Edward's River, he is likely to succeed. Close by are several small farmers, on allotments of the judicious selection of the Victorian Free- hold Land Society. Further on are the establishments of Mr. Ewers, and of the enterprising Mr Cobb, both of whom seem capable and determined to go ahead. Next we note Hunter's pre-emptive. We come on to a pretty hill, having some fine views on which the proprietor has expended a considerable sum in fencing and building a cottage.
LET'S TRACE WILLIAM VALE'S ROUTE ON MELWAY.
The boundaries of each landholder's property will be given in detail later. I will repeat the above, inserting a melway reference for each property.
(After viewing Baxter's pre-emptive right from the top of the mountain 102 A10?.) Returning to the Bay and passing Mr Dory's homestead101 G8 we come to an allotment belonging to Mr. J. T. Smith 101 D11who owns another large allotment at the back 105 F6. Soon we come to Mr. Lintot's place 105 D1 who is determined to have a comfortable place, and being an old bushman from the Edward's River, he is likely to succeed. Close by are several small farmers, on allotments of the judicious selection of the Victorian Freehold Land Society?. Further on are the establishments of Mr. Ewers 105 A 8, and of the enterprising Mr Cobb 104J8, both of whom seem capable and determined to go ahead. Next we note Hunter's pre-emptive 104 H8. We come on to a pretty hill, having some fine views on which the proprietor has expended a considerable sum in fencing and building a cottage.(The gatehouse at Beleura? Butchardt?)
From north (Canadian Bay-Eramosa Rds)to south (Ellerina-Foxeys Rds)the Tuerong run was almost in the middle of
the parish of Moorooduc. It ran south to Merricks Beach between the Coolart Run and Henry Tuck's Manton's Creek Run. To the west were the Mt Martha Run (Hearn last occupant),Balcombe's Run established by Captain Reid and Davey's Kannanuke Run (in the parish of Frankston near Daveys Bay. The Wedge Run was the Frankston area. Steve 74 points out that the McMahons' run was about1000 acres called the Long Beach Run,perhaps near Carrum
and they later had land near Skye. East of Tuerong was the Run occupied by the Kings and adjoinig Tuerong to the north was Yuille's ill-defined Run. To the east of Yuille was Captain Ben Baxter's Carrup Carrup.
3. EARLY ROADS AND CANADIANS.
The northern boundary of the parish of Moorooduc at Mt Eliza was originally called Boundary Rd but it was renamed Canadian Bay Rd because of three Canadians who supplied firewood to the Liverpool which anchored a mile offshore at the end of the road.
THE THREE CANADIANS.
Alfred Jones and J.Hodgins were two of the Canadians after whom Canadian Bay was named. The third was McCurley, who was also said to have settled in the area afterwards.
I have not come across the name of McCurley yet. I wonder if he was actually Edward McGurk, grantee of 203 acres in crown allotments 61 and 62 Moorooduc, on the west side of Jones Rd south of Bungower Rd.
The Frankston parish map which showed a road north of Daveys Bay Rd which zig-zagged to the coast from Pt Nepean Rd (Old Mornington Rd.) It was closed and replaced by the present road (gazetted 1886/781.) The present Nepean Highway through Mt Eliza was not gazetted until 1922. The route to Sorrento is shown on the Frankston parish map as being (from the south end of Old Mornington Rd)along Mt Eliza Way and Wooralla Drive. This would have led to Three Chain Road,the original name for Moorooduc Rd.
This has been inserted almost at the end of my work on this journal, with only the Yuille entry to complete. Much earlier, I had unsuccessfully tried to establish when William Robertson established his Tanti Sheep Station on the area south of Bungower Rd through which Robertson Drive runs. The following casts doubts on the statement that A.B.Yuille's Ballanrong lease was not cancelled until 1857; I presume his purchases were part of the Ballanrong Run.It could be that Yuille leased the pre-emptive until 1857. It might have been in 1857, (supposedly 1856 according to the female drover) that the Catholic (and later Presbyterian) Quinns started leasing their block on the north west corner of Moorooduc and Mornington-Tyabb Rds where the electricity substation now stands. The Quinns and the Roberts of Roberts Rd (who might have helped Joseph Porta make the colony's first bellows) were related by marriage.
For purchasers not already mentioned*, I will supply crown allotment numbers and locations.
County of Mornington.Frankston, near Mount Eliza, about thirty three miles from Melbourne.
Upset price, £1 per acre.
14. Three hundred and ninety-three acres, three roods, one perch, Wooley and Davey. £511 I8s, 9d. the lot.
This confirms my theory that Wooley and Davey were in some sort of partnership.
15. Three hundred and ninety acres, one rood, twenty-five perches. S. G. Isaacs. £400 I8s. 7d. the lot.*
Crown allotment 2, section 5,parish of Frankston.Fronts north side of Canadian Bay Rd from the highway to the eastern boundary of St Thomas Moore church and school. Humphrey Rd frontage roughly between Fulton and Mather Rd corners.
I6. Three hundred and ninety acres, one rood, twenty-five perches, W. M. K. Vale. £390 8s 2d. tho lot.
Between the grants of Isaacs and Craig & O'Grady. Frontages of 800 metres to the two roads.
17. Three hundred and ninety acres, one rood, twenty-five perches, Craig and O'Grady. £SMSa. 3d. the lot.*
Walter Craig and J.O'Grady.Crown allotment 4, section 5, parish of Frankston. Fronted Moorooduc Highway (1952 metres),with frontages to Canadian Bay Rd and Humphreys Rd of 800 metres. The Frankston and Hastings Shire (18 ac., 1926.), Rye's Ben Stenniken (10 ac. 1894) and the Quarry Picnic Area (23ac. 1933.)later occupied the Moorooduc Rd frontage.
Moorooduc, South of Frankston, from thirty four to forty miles from Melbourne.
Upset price, £1 per acre.
18. Two hundred and eighty-two acres fifteen perches, J. T. Smith. £400 0s. 11d. the lot.
19. Two hundred and ninety acres one rood two perches, E. Lintott, L580 10s. 6d. the lot.
20. Two hundred and fifty-one acres three perches , Fulton and Others. £753 1s. 3d. the lot.*
Thomas Fulton and others. Crown allotment 3, no section,parish of Moorooduc.Between Kunyung Rd and Gunyong Creek. (Melway 101 D5 to B2.)
21. Two hundred and seventy-nine acres one rood thirty three perches, A. Robertson. £14115 5s.9d. the lot.*
Crown allotment 4, no section,parish of Moorooduc. Between Gunyong Creek and Sunnyside Rd. The parish map has the grantee as William Robertson.
22. One hundred and fifty-nine acres three roods , nine perches, Jno. Yewers. £808 0s. 3d. tho lot.
23. One hundred and ninety-two acres three roods two perches, A, B. Cobb. £1010 18s 5d. the lot.
24. Three hundred and seventy acres two roods thirty-five perches, George Main. £689 4s. 0d. the lot.*
Crown Allotment 14, no section, parish of Moorooduc. Bounded by the Nepean Highway, Oakbank Rd, and Bungower Rd east to number 105.East boundary about 100 metres from Balcombe Creek. Main might have been a dummy bidder for the Yuilles,who were selling it a few years later.
25. Four hundred and ninety-six acres one rood sixteen perches, Peter Davis, £615 5s. 2d. the lot.*
C/A,15, no section, Moorooduc. North of Main's grant,between Oakbank and Cobb Rds and the north east corner at the bend in Wooralla Drive. This block was being sold soon after. The advertisement appears in this journal.
26. Two hundred and ten acres three roods,Fulton and others. £410 19s. 3d. the lot.*
Crown allotment 17, no section, parish of Moorooduc. Bounded by the Nepean Highway, Wooralla Drive and Tower Rd.
27. One hundred and twenty-two acres two roods sixteen perches, A. Sykes. £208 8s. 5d. the lot.*
That's got me tossed! John Sykes was granted crown allotment 21, section 24. This 60 acre block fronted Racecourse Rd between, roughly, the Clarica Close and Mondana Way corners, extending west to Harraps Creek (near Layton Crescent.)
28. Four hundred and thirty-seven acres one rood thirteen perches, J.T. Smith. £437 7s. 9d. the lot.
29. Three hundred and ten acres two roods twenty-five perches, A. B. Yuille £347 19s. 7d. the lot.*
The above must be crown allotment (20?) of 316 acres 1 rood and 15 perches, bounded by Wooralla Drive (Moorooduc), Tower Rd, a line indicated by Wynnstay Rd, Moon St and the south west boundary of Mount Eliza Regional Park and Moorooduc Rd to the commencing point.
30. Two hundred and ninety-four acres three roods fourteen perches, A. B. Yuille. £433 14s. 6d. the lot.
The above must be crown allotment 22 of 289 acres and 24 perches which was south of the previous grant and bounded by Balcombe Creek, Wooralla Drive, Moorooduc Rd and Bungower Rd (east to the creek.)
31. Two hundred and fifty-five acres, A.B. Yuille. £522 15s. the lot.
We finally agree on one! This was bounded by Nepean Highway,Tanti Creek/Watt Rd, Racecourse Rd and Mornington-Tyabb Rd. Some of this had already been subdivided and more was advertised by the end of 1858. Yuilles Rd is on this allotment and runs to Pentecost Rd which is named after another pioneering family.
32. Four hundred and seventy-five acres, W. Robertson. £712 10s. the lot.*
This was lot 13 of 475 acres, north of Watt Rd to Bungower Rd and stretching from the highway to Racecourse Rd.This was the Tanti Sheep Farm, which might have included c/a 4 on the north side of Sunnyside Rd. Some old farm buildings have been incorporated into the Currawong St Community Centre.
(P.5, Argus, 27-9-1854. Government Land Sales on the 26th.)
McMAHON.Parish of Frankston.
(Comment after my journal about the MT MCMAHON AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT.)
by steve74 on 2013-04-01 01:15:17
Born 1806, Tyrone Ireland
Married Maria Kelly C1835 Ireland
Arrived Port Phillip 1841 "Strathfieldsaye"
1847 listed as "Herdsmen" at Collingwood, Victoria
Died New Zealand, 1872 (visiting a son on the New Zealand Goldfields"
C.1850 is said to have a "Run" that stretched from Mordialloc Creek to Kananook Creek.
Also said to have operated the Half Way House (Carrum Hotel)
5.McMAHON,CARR AND LIARDET.
It was no co-incidence that these three were mentioned in the same breath by William Vale because their grants (and possibly their Runs) adjoined at Melway 103 A2 in the parish of Frankston.
The land bounded by McMahon Rd,Skye Rd, McLelland Drive and Beach Rd-Cranbourne Rd was divided into four grants, all of 320 acres except for speculator, Byrne's crown allotment 2 at the corner of McMahon Rd and Beach Rd, which contained 258 acres. James McMahon's crown allotment 1 was at the northwest corner, his Skye Rd frontage being the first mile east from McMahon's Rd with John Carr's c/a 4 the next mile to McLelland Drive.Frederick Evelyn Liardet's c/a 3 "Ballam Park" was at the corner of Cranbourne Rd and McLelland Drive and the homestead still stands in 103 B4-5. The eastern boundary of each grant was 4000 links (half mile or 800 metres)but Byrne's western boundary was only 490 metres instead of 800 metres.
The surveyor seems to have given James McMahon's western boundary as 3900 links, and then, realising that the area would be only 312 acres, made the 3 look vaguely like a 4 and the 9 like a 0. Little did he think that I'd discover his cover-up!
This little trick was probably necessary because the three 320 acre grants were pre-emptive rights and needed to be 320 acres. If they were, Carr's and Liardet's Runs may have included land across McLelland Drive in the parish of Langwarrin. McMahon's would have been as described by Steve 74.
steve74, a descendant of Henry Cadby Wells has sent me some great material about the naming of Frankston and the Wells family. As I do not write history if it already exists (and is accessible), I will not repeat all of Steve's information; I await a journal from Steve about the extended Wells family.
C.Evelyn Liardet wrote a letter to the editor of The Argus refuting a claim in the Victorian Historical Magazine (March 1916, vol.5, No.1) by A.W.Greig that Frankston was named after Frank Liardet, and stating that his grandfather and uncle had told him that the town was named after Charles Franks. He enclosed a reply from the Lands and Survey Department regarding Frankston's name. Frankston was so-named almost a year before a Liardet application for land was made on 20-1-1855.Charles Wedge had a run adjoining Franks' near "Mt Cotteril"
but later had a run which included the site of Frankston and may have suggested that the village be named after his unfortunate neighbour of circa 1836.
An interesting feature of the parish of Frankston is that while the northern boundary seems to be Seaford Rd, with Lyndhurst to the north, the parish continues north on Long Island* to the point where Railway Pde meets the railway near Coonibar Ave (Melway 97 D11.) The northern boundary there could be the walking track from the highway to the creek just north of the Riviera Hotel. James McMahon was granted crown allotment 1 of 10 acres which ran south from the aforementioned point for 401 metres. There is no date but volume E folio 550 indicates very early 1850's. (*Between the beach and Kananook Creek.)
BAXTER,Ben, Parish of Frankston. Pre-emptive right,Carrup Carrup of 320 acres, bounded by Sages Rd (from the bend in Melway 106 G5 to the Frankston-Flinders Rd and in the south by the Baxter -Moorooduc locality boundary. The south east corner is just west of the proposed Coolart Rd Re-alignment in 107 A7. B.Baxter was granted crown allotment 25 bounded by Coolart and Frankston-Flinders Rd(107 B8),and M.Baxter crown allotment 19, south of the P.R. and across Coolart Rd from c/a 26 with the south east corner at the bottom of 107 A9. The Baxter family was related by marriage to the Sages, who worked for Ben initially and to surveyor, Robert Hoddle. Edward Sage was granted land west of Carrup Carrup and Hoddle to the east.
See Donald Charlwood's history in comment 5.
by steve74 on 2012-02-02 03:59:57
In the year 1850, John Wedge of Werribee came across to this side of the Bay and established a sheep station, his western boundary being Sweetwater Creek extending out beyond Carrum Downs. He built a sheep wash in the Kananook Creek, where he dipped sheep for tick and other vermin.
This dip was about five chains above Fiocchi Avenue which was known in the old days as the “Sheep Wash.”
(The above provides confirmation that the Wedge Run indeed included the Frankston village site as stated to me by the Frankston Historical Society. Sweetwater Creek (Naringalling Creek on the parish map) at Melway A 5-8 must have been the boundary between the Davey and Wedge Runs. Fiocchi Avenue, at Melway 99 C-D12, was the northern boundary of the Township according to the margin map.)
TRAGEDY OF MAY, 1852
DISASTER OVERTOOK THE WEDGE FAMILY
EXTENSIVE PIONEERING WORK
by R.V.B. of "The Australasian" and A. S. Kenyon
Misfortune often befell the early pioneers, and many lives were ended tragically. But it is difficult to find a disaster more terrible than that which overtook the Wedge family on May 21, 1852. Edward Davey Wedge arrived in Port Phillip from Van Diemen's Land in 1835 with four of his sons - Charles,Richard, Henry,and John. He had been attracted by, the reports from his youngest brother, John Helder Wedge, who came over earlier, and who became manager of the Port Phillip Association. After camping with his flocks, in which James Simpson held an interest, and living in tents at Williamstown,they moved to the Werribee. Here Edward remained with some of his family until 1852, when the great flood occurred on May 21. Edward, his wife, and his daughter Lucy were torn from the roofs of the house and outbuildings on which they were huddled, and they were drowned. Richard, who was saved by clinging to a limb of a tree; a married daughter, Mrs. King, with Misses Friend and Law and the cook, survived. The Synnots, the Chirnsides, and Mr. Langhorne's shepherds were the rescuers.
The boys, Charles, Richard, and Henry, with their uncle, John Helder Wedge, were the pioneers of the Hamilton district, for by this name their run, The Grange, which they took up and stocked in 1838, is now called. However, they soon sold out, and their property came into the possession of Captain Lonsdale, with John Moffat as manager. Uncle and nephews went to Gippsland, and they occupied the Banyan waterholes, on the Carrum swamp, as well as Bald Hall, and also Balnarring, which they purchased from the Meyricks.
At various periods in the forties they held Raen and Banyenong, on the Richardson; Trio, near Kyneton; and Glenlyon, Mount Macedon. Richard by himself had St. Agnes, near Malmsbury. After the death of Edward, John Helder Wedge sold out and returned to Tasmania, where he died in 1872. The boys dispersed over Australia. Richard died at Sale in 1870. John went to Queensland. Henry's descendants still live in Melbourne. David Charteris McArthur, the first Victorian banker and the father of Heidelberg, was a relative. (P.3, Argus, 21-9-1934.)
John Helder Wedge had definitely returned to Tasmania by 1856, as shown by details of his political career there included in his obituary (below.) I wonder if Bald Hall was meant to be Bald Hill, a name that Andrew McCrae gave to the Red Hill area near Dromana. The information supplied by steve74 is confirmed by the mention above of the Banyan waterholes. Streets are named after Wedge near the Kananook Creek and Skye.
THE LATE JOHN HELDER WEDGE, J.P.
Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899) Tuesday 3 December 1872 p 2 Article
... THE LATE JOHN HELDER WEDGE, J.P. We regret to have to announce the death of another old colonist, in the person of Mr John Helder Wedge, who for many years took an active part in the political aff ... Mrs Wedge and several other relations. The service was conducted by the Rev S.B. Fookes. D ... 706 words
See Donald Charlwood's history in comment 5.
See comment 5 and my journal DISCOVERING DAVEY etc for more information about the family.
Olivers Hill was originally known as Old Man Davey's Hill.It was part of the Kannanuke Run,held by James Davey, which probably stretched from Canadian Bay Rd to the mouth of Kananook Creek. The reason the hill was named after the father of James Davey Senior, William Davey, is most likely that crown allotment 14, parish of Frankston, which contained Oliver's Hill and consisted of 85 acres 1 rood and 10 perches, was granted to William Davey. It was on the east side of the highway with Maringallang (Sweetwater) Creek being the eastern boundary and the Bembridge Ave/Fleetwood Cres. midline the southern boundary.
James Davey was granted crown allotment 13, section 5, on the coast side of the highway. Consisting of 29 acres 3 roods and 10 perches, its southern boundary was a western extension of his father's, just north of Clyde Court. James also received the grant for the 640 acre pre-emptive right whose north east boundary was Kackeraboite Creek to the point where the future highway crossed the creek (in 101 J9)and then a line parallel to Humphreys Rd and 344 metres south east of it (which probably accounts for the bends in Mann and Amesbury Rds and the length of Darvell Lane.) The south east boundary ran from just south of the Amesbury Rd bend directly towards the junction of Old Mornington Rd and Mt Eliza Way (north). The south west boundary was Canadian Bay Rd.
South east of the pre-emptive right with an 800 metre frontage to Humphreys Rd and 815 metres to Canadian Bay Rd was an un-numbered crown allotment of 393 acres 3 roods and 1 perch granted to James Daley and William Wooley. It was probably c/a 1 of section 5. Its north east corner was between the Bareena Dr and Fulton Rd corners. Its southern boundary was Canadian Bay Rd from Mt Eliza Way to the Nepean Highway.Wooley was granted a further 235 acres adjoining the Davey grants, which leads me to believe that he may have shared the lease on the Run with James Davey.
OBITUARY. MR. JAMES DAVEY. It is with regret we have to chronicle the death, at the age of 56, of Mr James Davey, a respected resident of long standing at Frankston, which occurred at Melbourne on Friday last, Mr Davey, though years ago a sufferer on account of ill-health, had recently been exceptionally well, but an attack of cerebral hemorrhage about a fortnight ago necessitated him entering a hospital, and though he rallied somewhat, the attack proved fatal, as stated above. The deceased gentleman, who had been living in St. Kilda for the past couple of years, was born at Gardiner's Creek, Victoria, but lived the greater part of his life at Davey's Bay, Frankston. He was the second eldest son of Mr Jas. Davey, one of the pioneers of this district, and after whom Davey's Bay was called. For some time the deceased gentleman lived at Red Hill, but the greater part of his life was passed at "Marysville," Davey's Bay, Frankston, erected by his father, Mr Jas. Davey, in 1851. Some interesting facts surround "Marysville," which was built at a cost of £2000, on elaborate lines, the slates and timber being brought over from Tasmania. In the early days "Marysville" was the mansion of the district. The old homestead was dismantled a few years ago by Mr A. H. Sargood, who purchased the land and erected a magnificent residence thereon, shortly after which Mr Davey moved to St. Kilda, after having spent about 40 years in the district. The deceased leaves a widow and family of six boys and four girls to mourn their loss. One of the sons, Mr Len Davey, is a resident of Mount Eliza, the others, as they have grown up, having removed to various parts. The funeral took place on Monday at the Kew Cemetery, the burial service being read by the Rev. Mr Rowells, of East Melbourne.
(P.3, Mornington Standard, 4-11-1911.)
N.B. The reason James Jnr had moved to St Kilda is that he and John A.Davey had been ejected from Marysville.
Mark Brody, as agent, applied for an ejectment order against John A. and James Davey, occupiers of premises known as "Marysville," Davey's Bay. Mr Wolaston appeared for ap- plicant, and a warrant of ejectment was issued, to lie in abeyance for 14 days.(P.2, Mornington and Dromana Standard, 4-12-1909.)
See Donald Charlwood's history in comment 5.
A.M.Hunter's Run probably ran along the coast from Beleura Rd to Canadian Bay Rd, adjoining Balcombe's run in the south and James Davey's Kannanuke Run in the parish of Frankston. His pre-emptive right, consisting of 180 acres, is between Beleura Rd and Carar Creek. Attempts to find when James Butchart bought the P.R.have so far been unsuccessful but did turn up something not seen elsewhere. James built Beleura in 1863 with a fortune made by selling mutton to miners according to one Beleura website. No mention was made of the very successful stock and station firm he formed in partnership with William Kaye,which no doubt added considerably to his initial fortune.
MONEY WON'T BUY HAPPINESS is a saying that certainly applied in the case of James. James Hawkins Butchart married Margaret Sarah Lupton in late 1864 and no doubt carried her proudly over the thresh-hold at Beleura.
(P.4,Argus,21-12-1864.) A little over two months later,oh dear!
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Monday 6 March 1865 p 4 Family Notices
... DEATHS. BUTCHART.-On the 4th inst., at Somerset-place, Richmond, from injuries sustained by fire, Margaret Sarah, aged twenty-eight years, the beloved wife of James Hawkins Butchart
BUTCHART. -On the 27th inst., at Grey-street, East Melbourne, the infant son of Mr. James Butchart.
Three years later the clouds revealed their silver lining.
BUTCHART—AINSLIE. —On the 28th inst., at Chalmers' Church, Melbourne, by the Rev. Dr. Cairns, James Butchart, Esq., of Beleura, to Anne Brodie, eldest daughter of James Ainslie, Esq., of Waihaka, New Zealand.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Friday 12 November 1869 p 4 Family Notices
... DEATHS. BUTCHART-On the 11th inst., at his residence, Beleura, Mornington, James Butchart, Esq., late of the firm of Kaye and Butchart, Melbourne, aged 47 years.
Talk about steak knives!There seems to have been another marriage and tragedy between the two already mentioned.
BUTCHART.-At sea, on board the True Briton, on her passage to England, Jessie, the beloved wife of Mr. James Butchart, of Melbourne, deeply regretted by a large circle of friends. (P.4, Argus,15-5-1866.)
And,if each was the same James Butchart, there must have been another wife before Margaret who bore three children in 1854, 1858 and 1859.
There is excellent biographical information on Archibald Buchanan Yuille and his younger cousin,William Cross Yuille on the internet. William named Ballarat and Lake Wendoree was originally known as Yuille's Swamp. William (and James Purves) imported many of the first thoroughbreds to the colony and William wrote The Stud Book.
The following comes from Graeme Butler's Hastings Heritage Study. The detail previous to it dealt with the King Run in the Tyabb area and the Meyricks' Coolart which was later run by Hann* and then by Benn and T.J.Sumner until 1875. (*See the Balcombe entry.)
The Meyricks also took up the Ballanrong license in 1840, before passing it on to Thomas Gorringe in 1841. Jasper Davey took over Ballanrong in 1845, but sold it to William Yuille in 1851. From 1852 to 1857, when the lease was cancelled, Archibald Yuille held the run.
See EARLY GRANTEES (near the start of this journal) for details of Archibald Buchanan Yuille's grants in the parish of Moorooduc, purchased in 1854. Why was it that William Cross Yuille was selling these grants, and George Main's, four years later? William was about to leave for England. Where was Archibald?
Archibald had returned to the Old Country with marriage in mind.This information comes from:
Helen Mary Yuille was born on 11 Apr 1863 in ... - Freepages
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Archibald Buchanan Yuille
2nd son of George Murdoch Yuille and Matilda Buchanan,was born 2/1/1812 in Blythswood District, Glasgow and died 30 December 1881, South Kensington, London. He married Janet Ritchie Buchanan in 1857 the daughter of Hubert Buchanan and Frances Cooper. Archibald was the 7th successor to Darleith House as the first Yuille to arrive in Australia. He sailed from Liverpool aboard the 345 Ton bark Statesman, Captain Rowett on 23rd
August 1836 and arrived in Hobart on the 9th December (Victorian Men of the Time 1882 and the Hobart Town Courier). He later met with his younger cousin William Cross Yuille. Whilst in Australia he held many properties by himself or with his cousin. Archibald held 25 acres in Geelong West, Victoria. There today
Yuille Street off Pakington Street is named after him.
Another Yuille genealogy site (Yule Newsletter-Issue 6)states that Archibald and his younger cousin, William Cross Yuille, came out together and confusingly gives the year of Archibald's marriage, 1857, as the year of his birth.
THIS DAY. Schnapper Point .
Important and Unreserved Sale of 720 Acres of Land at Schnapper Point. Farms. Farms.
Eligible Building Sites, Commanding Beautiful Views of the Bay.
To Gentlemen and Merchants Requiring Sites for the Erection of Marine Villas, Capitalists Seeking Profitable Investments, or Farmers Requiring Moderate-sized Farms of Rich Agricultural Land.
EASEY and Co. have been favored with Instructions from W. C. Yuille, Esq , to SUBMIT to PUBLIC COMPETITION, at their rooms, 88 Collins street west, on Thursday, Novem ber l8, at 12 o'clock,
The following valuable Government section; agricultural land :
Being portion of Government section 14, parish of Moorrooduc, at Schnapper Point, containing 320 acres 2 roods 35 perches, situate adjoining Mr.Hunter's pre- emptive right, is half a mile from the sea and the Tanti Hotel, and only 1 mile from Schnapper Point jetty. Tho position of this section is most elevated, and commands de- lightful views of the Bay and surrounding country. The soil is of a rich agricultural desoription, beautifully studded with park-like timber,and in every respect a very valuable section for the erection of villas or as an investment for subdividing into allotments.
Being Government section 22, parish of Moorrooduc, at Schnapper Point, containing 289 acres 24 perches, and adjoining the north side of Mr. Yuille's pre-emptive right. This section is of a particularly rich soil, and for tho purpose of an agricultural or dairy farm far excels any land around this part of the country, and for such would be invaluable, being within one mile of Schnapper Point.
Being portion of Government section 12, parish of Moorrooduc, at Schnapper Point. This lot is particularly eligible for subdivision into allotments, being within 1 mile from Schnapper Point jetty, close to the Tanti. Is very rich soil, lightly timbered, a very elevated position, and is the remaining portion of the section of which the previous subdivisions were sold by Mr. Yuille, at from 10L to 28L. per acre, and which have since changed bands at very high rates.
The auctioneers particularly beg to call the attention of gentlemen, capitalists, and farmers to the aboye important sale. The quality of the land is of a good agricultural description, elevated, and lightly timbered, and commands some beautiful sites and views of the Bay ; and their Instructions are to dispose of the whole without the slightest reserve, in consequence of Mr. Yuille's immediate departure for England.
Dromana, Mornington and Rye were declared townships in 1861. They celebrated their 150th anniversaries in 2011 but the settlements were probably much older than that. Fred Vine was supposed to have been the first resident of Rosebud Fishing Village in 1855, having been a crewman on the stranded Rosebud, but the village was not declared until 1873! Most inland townships sites near Melbourne were declared in 1850, usually straddling streams on well-used routes, and it is likely that there were grog shops and stores there before they were declared, such as Tulip Wright's pub at Bulla.
The bayside sites were not on well-used routes but there were probably collections of huts at the three places mentioned. All three would have had fishermen's huts,probably on the foreshore or the beach itself. Some of the lime burners near Rye were near the bay, two erecting a hut between the cemetery and Napier St.Robert Rowley's first hut at Rye was on the foreshore. Dromana (see my journal about neighbours near Carrigg St)had a store whose patrons would have been tenants on the Survey, but also the many getting timber from Arthurs Seat and loading it into boats for piers, railway sleepers and so on. Mornington got its pier in 1857 and no doubt there would have been many men unloading the timber Ben Benton had brought from the Moorooduc Plains and using it to build the pier. They would have erected dwellings within the tiny Town of Mornington.
At part of the southern boundary of the tiny Town (the Empire St Mall) there is a water fountain erected to the memory of Alexander Beatson Balcombe, the plaque stating that the area was part of his Run. Alexander was the man to whom the community turned when there was a problem. Mt Martha Park was first reserved for the site of the Governor's summer residence but this never came about, although the Esplanade had been made to provide access. Robert Byrne was one of the three trustees of the park and the community was hopping mad when it found that Byrne had given Sam Sherlock of Green Island permission to strip wattle bark in the Park (probably as Byrne's employee!) No prizes for guessing who chaired the meeting! (Shire of Mornington Heritage Study,trove.)
A common accusation about our legal system is that there's one rule for the rich and another for the poor. This champion of the downtrodden was determined that this should not be so. One tactic used by the rich to stop any attempt by the poor to bring them to justice was to delay proceedings and blowout legal costs. In one particular case, Hann of Coolart would have found out on the 1st about an imminent trial on the 5th, so he immediately left for Melbourne with cattle so the trial would be delayed. The Sheriff did not deliver the notice until the 4th and of course Hann had not returned.
Despite Hann's absence on the 5th, Alexander, Yewers and Cobb heard the case and ruled for the plaintiffs. Hann appealed, knowing that those who heard the case would not share Alexander's concern for the downtrodden.
RE BALCOMBE EX PARTE HANN.
TO THE EDITOR. 0F THE ARGUS.
Sir -On my return today, after a short absence from home, I first saw a report of the case Re Balcombe and others ex parte Hann, in your paper of Saturday, November 23, in which an affidavit was made, stating that the Court was requested to adjourn the case, and had refused to do so. Allow me to assure you that, had any person made such a request on behalf of Mr. Hann, it would, of course, have been complied with. And was there no justice due to the plaintiffs - a young couple just arrived in the colony, hired from the Depot, unable to procure work in the district, and living on charity till the case was decided? On hearing the case, it was proved to the satisfaction of the Bench that the plaintiffs had been forced to leave the station,and threat- ened with violence, with out receiving any remuneration for their services, instead of "absconding, " as The Chief Justice in your report is made today.
In your " Town Talk' of the same day, you remark, " that the magistrates of Schnapper Point have received the distinction of discriminate, but severe, censure by each of the three judges, and of pecuniary burden in costs by the Case. It may be a distinction, but I think, a poor reward to gentlemen who, at considerable cost, give up their time in endeavouring, to do justice to their fellow men.
As a lover of fair play, you cannot refuse to insert this statement.
I am Sir., Your obedient servant,
EDWARD LINTOTT, J.P.
Balcombe, Alexander Beatson (1811–1877)
by Kathleen Thomson
Alexander Beatson Balcombe (1811-1877), pastoralist, was born on St Helena, the youngest of five children of William Balcombe (1779-1829) and his wife Jane, née Cranston. William senior had settled at St Helena in 1804 as a merchant and was also superintendent of public sales for the East India Co. When Napoleon was exiled to the island Balcombe became purveyor to his establishment. Before Napoleon moved to Longwood in November 1815 he lived in a pavilion on Balcombe's estate, The Briars, and became attached to the family, especially the younger daughter Lucia Elizabeth (Betsy) who later wrote Recollections of the Emperor Napoleon (London, 1844). The friendly association ended abruptly in March 1818 when Balcombe was dismissed from the island on suspicion of acting as an intermediary in clandestine French correspondence with Paris and of negotiating bills drawn by Napoleon. Although never charged with any offence, Balcombe was regarded by Lord Bathurst and the governor, Sir Hudson Lowe, as at least a dupe of the French, and was not allowed to return to St Helena. He remained in England with a dwindling income, acute gout and continual fear of positive punishment until in 1823 Lowe relented under strong pressure from Jane Balcombe and her parliamentary friends. Balcombe was then appointed colonial treasurer of New South Wales. With his family he arrived in the Hibernia at Sydney in April 1824. His elder daughter died on the voyage and Betsy, who had married Edward Abell in London on 28 May 1822 and had been deserted by her husband, soon returned with her child to England.
Balcombe died at Sydney on 19 March 1829, leaving his affairs in disorder. Creditors took most of his livestock, and his widow, left only with his land grants, petitioned for a pension without success. Unabashed she went to London to renew her plea; the Colonial Office gave her £250 to return to Sydney with her daughter and granddaughter and promised land and government posts for her children. Betsy and her eldest brother, William, were given land adjoining their father's 6000-acre (2428 ha) grant, Molonglo, near Bungonia, County Argyle, where they lived for some years. Long before William died at the Turon goldfields aged 44 on 29 January 1852, Betsy had gone to France where she was favourably noticed by Napoleon III who granted her land in Algiers; she died aged 69 on 29 June 1871 in London.
The second son, Thomas Tyrwhitt (b.1810), had attended the Sydney Grammar School and, while working for the Australian Agricultural Co. at Port Stephens, injured his head in a fall from a horse. In September 1830 he was appointed a draftsman in the Surveyor-General's Department with a salary of £150. By 1833 his work was unsatisfactory but he was saved from dismissal by the promise to his mother and put on field work. By 1837 he had won repute as a spirited painter of animals; some of his work is at the Mitchell Library. He was praised for his pictures in the Aboriginal Exhibition in 1848, did a portrait of Edward Hargraves in 1851 and illustrated (G.F.P.), Gold Pen and Pencil Sketches: Adventures of Mr. John Slasher at the Turon Diggings (Sydney, 1852). On 27 June 1840 he married Lydia Stuckey; they had three children. In 1858 the death of his eldest daughter intensified the fits of mental aberration from which he had long suffered. He continued as a government surveyor, but after many threats to end his life deliberately shot himself in the head on 13 October 1861 at his home, Napoleon Cottage, Paddington.
Alexander, named Beatson after a governor of St Helena, attended Sydney Grammar School and became a clerk in the Commissariat Department. He was dismissed 'for negligence' in April 1831 and, after his mother returned from England in 1833, joined the family at Molonglo. In 1839 he went to Port Phillip with William Rutledge and party, and liking the country returned to Molonglo to make preparations for permanent settlement. On 30 August 1841 at Bungonia, County Argyle, he married Emma Juana, second daughter of Dr David Reid, of Inverary Park. Alexander bought livestock and took his wife to Port Phillip in 1842; they stayed for some time at Merri Creek and in 1843 settled at Schnapper Point, which Balcombe named. In 1846 he took over the run Chen Chen Gurruck, or Tichingorourke, changing the name to The Briars. The property extended from the present Mornington to Mount Martha and was held under pastoral licence until 1854 when he bought 1000 acres (405 ha).
In the 1850s Balcombe joined the search for gold. In his absence, Emma Balcombe, who was a friend of Georgiana McCrae, displayed great courage when raided by bushrangers. On his return from the diggings, somewhat disillusioned, Alexander settled down to pastoral pursuits and the life of a country squire. He was appointed a magistrate in 1855 and was first chairman of the Mount Eliza Road Board formed in 1860. He also experimented unsuccessfully with wine production. He died aged 66 on 21 September 1877 at his home, Eastcourt, East Melbourne; his widow died on 3 June 1907. They had two sons and five daughters and Dame Mabel Balcombe Brookes is a granddaughter. (AUSTRALIAN DICTIONARY OF BIOGRAPHY.)
BALCOMBE'S 1000 ACRES.
Chechingurk (as on the parish map)was due west of the Tuerong pre-emptive right,with a 163 acre property, crown allotment 26B, which became Cheshire's "Ellen-----" in between. This property was granted to S.H.Cohen on 14-7-1879. Bounded on the east by a line from the top of 151 K1 through the Red Hill Estates Vineyard in Melway 151 J3 to the bend in Vineyard Lane, and on the south by that lane to the creek that flows along the east side of the freeway, this would have been part of the Wilson family's Tuerong, but when they were declared insolvent, it came under the control of Cohen,an official assignee.
The Chechingurk P.R. was in three parts:
A of 332 acres,granted on 24-8-1854,whose western boundary was a line due magnetic south from where the Nepean Highway crosses Balcombe Creek to the left edge of 151 D3 at the highway's most easterly approach. The southern boundary of parts A and C was a road 1760 metres long to the creek at the top left corner of 151 J4.
C of 272 acres, granted on 9-1-1856. The boundary between A and C ran due south (not magnetic)from the Chechingurk Hide (145 F12)to the middle of 151 F3 where the creek and the closed road intersected exactly. The north and east boundaries were creeks.
Well might you ask,"Where is part B?"
South of the pre-emptive right was crown allotment 32 of 291 acres, bounded by the closed road described above, the creek near the freeway in 151 H4 and G5, Range Rd and the highway in 151 C3-4.
(Range Rd acquired this name in world war 2 as it was a short cut from the Balcombe barracks to the rifle range to the east of Andrew and Peter White's grants. It was originally called White's Lane, just as Balcombe's Creek was known as Quinn's Creek. The White's and Quinns were the FEMALE DROVER'S ancestors.)
The eastern boundary of part A was not the highway. According to the parish map, Bay Rd was supposed to continue east to the highway. (It was easy enough for Surveyors to draw a road up a cliff,such as Burrell Rd at Dromana,but a bit harder to build one!) Between part A and the highway was part B of 36 acres, granted on the same date as part C.
That's 931 acres, all adjoining. But wait, there's more.
North of the pre-emptive right Alexander was granted three allotments between what I presume was Harrap's Creek
and Balcombe Creek in 145 H12 and J11. They went roughly halfway to Craigie Rd and contain the Kur Bur Rer and Woodland Walks. West of Racecourse Rd were crown allotments 1 and 24 of section 24 consisting of 33.1.0 and 47.3.16, which is close enough to 48 acres. On the other side of Racecourse Rd (of 2 acres 2 roods and 11 perches,closed, and granted to J.E.Murphy on 17-9-1914)was crown allotment 1 of section 23, granted to Alexander and consisting of 62 acres and 2 roods.
That takes the total to 1074 acres. But wait,there's more, much more.
Andrew was granted crown allotment 48 of section 22 (the Township of Mornington) consisting of 48 acres 2 roods and 12 perches. It was bounded by Strachans Rd, the highway , the line of Wills St and the north-west boundary of Neptune Reserve. The second time this property was put up for sale it was referred to as Redgum Flat. The neighbouring property, fronting Wilsons Rd was Alf Downward's "Redwood"!
Alex was also granted crown allotment 17 of section 24, consisting of almost 101 acres. This fronted the north side of Bentons Rd from Dunns Rd to Racecourse Rd extending about a quarter of the way north to Tyabb Rd. The northern boundary is a line joining the end of Cootamundra Court and the southern boundary of Benton Junior College.
That's 1223 acres and our final total will be over 1385 acres. Crown Allotments 8 and 9 of the Township of Mornington were between Tanti Creek and Beleura Hill Rd. The first, fronting the highway, consisted of 92 acres, and the latter, of nearly 71 acres, was between Barkly St and the Esplanade. Andrew was also granted 17 acres between Tanti Creek and Tanti Rd now occupied by the retirement village (c/a 4 of 10.3.38),Strattons Lane (the boundary) and the motor inn (c/a 5 of 6.0.3.)
James Hearn was a nephew of Big Clarke. Lazily relying on 20 year old memories, I may have wrongly written that James was his son-in-law. Leslie Moorhead wrote in one of the school histories, (possibly Osborne State School)that Big Clarke's Jamieson's Special Survey (Safety Beach and east to Bulldog Creek Rd)and James Hearn's Mt Martha Run were combined for a while under the title of the Mount Martha Sheep Station and that Henry Dunn had leased the Mt Martha Run (possibly from 1851 when his lease of the Survey had expired and it was leased in parts to Brown-Lee (or whatever), widow McLear etc.)
Another connection between Big Clarke and James was "Roseneath", a house on a large block next to the water reserve (Woodlands Park, Melway 28 F1)at Hawstead, which today is occupied by Salmon Ave, named after William Salmon,a later owner who donated Salmon Reserve to Essendon Council. If my memory is correct, the block was granted to E.Clarke. W.J.T.Clarke's brother, Lewis, died there in 1858 and W.J.T. moved into the house in 1870. Whether this was due to his health is unclear. George Evans of Emu Bottom would have been able to suggest another reason why Big Clarke and his wife lived separately. (THE SHIRE THAT TOOK OFF,unpublished history of the Shire of Bulla by Grant Aldous,probably still in the local history room of the Sam Merrifield Library. The anecdote about Annie Holden and the pistol on the table every time Big Clarke visited was probably the reason I.W.Symonds' BULLA BULLA was chosen.)
DEATH OF MR W. J. T. CLARKE.
Mr W. J. T. Clarke, whose name has been almost a household word with Victorian colonists for many years past as the richest man in Australia [he was generally known as "Big Clarke"], died at his residence, Roseneath, Essendon, yesterday afternoon, at 20 minutes to 2 o'clock, in the 73rd year of his age. For tho last four years Mr Clarke's health has been in a very critical condition. Slowly but surely he lost the use of his limbs, till at last he was unable to move in the slightest degree without assistance, and it was found neces- sary to keep relays of attendants to wait upon him day and night. (P.6,The Brisbane Courier, 24-1-1874.)
29 Apr 1886 - Family Notices
HEARN—BOADLE.—On 26th ult., at North-park, Essendon, by the Rev. J. Burchett, James Hearn of Roseneath, Essendon, to Mary Helen, second youngest ... (North Park was Alexander McCracken's home,now the Columbans Mission in Woodland St, Melway 28 J1.)
HEARN.—On the 30th ult., at Roseneath, Essendon, the wife of James Hearn—a son. (P.1, Argus, 14-4-1887.)
Biography - William John Clarke - Australian Dictionary of Biography
Apart from visiting his mainland stations for shearing, Clarke lived in Tasmania until 1850 and in 1870 he made his home in Melbourne at Roseneath, Essendon.
I had always assumed that the grantee of the following property in the parish of Yuroke was Big Clarke's nephew. However this James Hearn died in 1857.
There is definitely some sort of connection regarding a large property at Rochester and the Riverina with James P.Hearn (son of James Hearn and the former Miss Boadle (who has different given names on a genealogical website)and a link with the Mornington Peninsula as Thorngrove and Coolart were hardly near each other! Perhaps the lessee of the Mount Martha Run was James Hearn (d.1857) of Thorngrove and the grantee of most of the Run was James Hearn (born 1842,married 1886)of Roseneath.
To avoid doing my head in, I'll leave the Hearn descendants to examine the evidence below and just supply details of Thorngrove, if I can find the Yuroke parish map.Bob Chalmers of the Essendon Historical Society will, I'm sure,supply details of Uardry at Essendon.
SALE OF PROPERTY.
Messrs. Campbell and Sons, Kirk's Bazaar, report having sold, on account of Messrs. W. C. Hearn and Thomas Wragge, trustees in the estate of the late James Hearn, their farm, situate at Somerton, and known as the Thorngrove Farm, and containing 338 acres. Mr. John Hearn was the purchaser, at a satisfactory price.
THE FRIENDS of the late JAMES HEARN, Esq.,are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the New Cemetery, Mel- bourne. The funeral to move from his late residence, Thorngrove, Sydney-road, on Thursday, (this day) at Ten o'clock a.m., and past the Campbellfield toll-gate about Twelve noon, 3rd September, 1857. ((P.8,Argus, 3-9-1857.)
The friends of Mr. James Hearn, of "Uardry", Essendon, will regret to hear of his death, which occurred yesterday, as a result of an attack of pneumonia contracted a few days ago. Mr. Hearn was an Australian native, having been born in Melbourne in 1842. He was well known in pastoral circles. Some 40 years ago he took up,in conjunction with his brother, Mr.John Hearn, and the late Mr. William Wragge, the "Uardry" Station on the Murrumbidgee and stocked it with sheep,and the threeafterwards owned "Cultowa", a cattle station on the Darling, "Tom's Lake" in Riverina, and "Restdown," and "Wharparilla," near Rochester in Victoria. The late Mr.Hearn eventually became the sole owner of Restdown, which he held at the time of his death. He was an enthusiastic follower of the hounds 20 or 30 years ago and was for many years a leading spirit in the Oaklands Hunt Club. He always took a lively interest in the Old Colonists Association and was for some time a member of the council of that body. Mr. Hearn has left a widow, and family.
On the 3rd inst., at Thorngrove, by the Rev. M. Clarke, of Castlemaine, William Hann, eldest son of Joseph Hann, Esq., of Coolort Station, Western Port, to Mary Burge, eldest daughter of the late James Hearn, Esq., of Thorngrove, Yuroke.(P.4,Argus, 4-9-1859.)
Surprise, surprise! James Hearn was not the grantee of Thorngrove, W.J.T.Clarke had been granted crown allotment J of section 4 on 14-2-1848. I must have got the Hearn-Thorngrove connection from my Broadmeadows rate transcriptions (which I no longer have.) Thorngrove was bounded by Somerton Rd, the original line of Pacoe Vale Rd (indicated by the line of the north-south part of Mitchell Crescent West in Melway 179 K11), a southern boundary joining the ends of Burgan Place and Dakara Close extended east to Tarcoola Ave and the transmission line in 179 F9-10. Thorngrove (part of Meadow heights) was directly across Somerton Rd (which did not then exist) from D.Cameron's "Stoney Fields" (later renamed Ruthven by the Camerons and Roxburgh Park by Thomas Brunton), also granted on 14-2-1848.
The Hearn grants in the parish of Moorooduc were along the Mt Martha coast from Bay Rd to Hearn Rd, extending east to the highway, and south east of Forest Rd/Drive to Moorooduc Rd (north of Ellerina Rd.)Crown Allotment 29A of 330 acres 3 roods,east of Moorooduc Rd to Melway 151 H 8-10, included the Tubbarubba diggings. The Hearn grants passed into the ownership of Robert Watson in the 1870's; I won't be more exact because the heritage study gives two different years. The VALE journal gives more detail.
The location of the Tuerong Run is described under RUNS near the start of the journal.The centre of the pre-emptive right was at Melway 152 B3, with Tuerong) Rd (to the Barrymore Estate Vineyard) being the eastern half of the north boundary, Gillett Rd running to the south east corner and the bend in Vineyard Rd being the south west corner. The homestead now houses the office of Dromana Estate Vineyards which has produced a history of the property.
TUERONG.xxxxxxxxxx (Me.) 22-3-2011
Tuerong was the name of a squatting run
Established before the gold rush had begun.
The pastures grew bountifully; no need for fallow,
But the cattle had to be boiled down for tallow.
Ralph Ruddell bought the station when demand had returned,
But Murphy's Law still applied, as he learned;
Insolvency, within a decade was his fate
But T.J. kept the farm's name (near his Auburn house gate).
John Wilson turned from cattle grazing to sheep
And soon Tuerong was gripped by mystery deep;
Wilson helped search for John Moriarty
And Patrick Shannon became the suspected party.
With plenty of water and pastures rich
Later owners seemed to find a regular hitch
And Tuerong Park changed hands every few years
Despite its regard among grazier peers.
Pitt, Matthews, Andrews, Dobie, names pass in a haze,
Clark and then Ken Moore of “Two Bays”,
Paton, whose horse, Tuerong, was fine
And raced many times in 1949.
And then Jack Edgar (Edgar's Special Survey?)
Who made it a venue for Society Day,
Where the men played polo and the women paraded
And partied long after, no matter how jaded.
(From THE FEMALE DROVER:A HISTORY OF MOOROODUC.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Tuesday 16 April 1861 p 3 Advertising
... tho First Mortgagee. RUDDELL'S PRE-EMPTIVE RIGHT, Of 640 Acres, and Improvements, , Near Schnapper ... on Thursday, April 25, at twelve o'clock, That most desirable and valuable estate known as RUDDELL'S PRE-EMPTIVE BIGHT, On the main three-chaln road to tho Heads, Containing 640 acres with ... 10299 words
The Wilsons purchased Tuerong in 1869. A terrific history about this family BONNIE WILLIAM FROM DUNDEE is available online. Charlie Wilson, after whom the C.B.Wilson Reserve in Mornington was named, was born to a member of this family and a member of another old Mornington Wilson family. The Wilsons were key witnesses in the (first) SCHNAPPER POINT MURDER in 1874.
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I believe that the Mr Dory mentioned in William Vale's letter was actually Charles Dorey who must have purchased James Davey's pre-emptive right (crown grant 54?)soon after Davey gained title. See the inquest report in comment 13.
MORNINGTON SHIRE COUNCIL. Monday, 26th June, 1882. Present: Councillors Lancashire (President), Box, Young, Spargo, Prosser, and Turner.
South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic. : 1872 - 1920) Wednesday 5 July 1882 Edition: WEEKLY. p 3 Article
encroached upon, also pointing out there was a Shire road running through the property of Mr Dory, ... 1792 words
This is the pertinent passage from the above,and as there is no crown allotment 54,it mean must the 54th grant issued, and I found no information about that.
From Registrar o! Titles Office, in re encroachment upon land part of Government road at Frankston, stating the original plan showed a road at the pre alluded to I chain in width, and it was for the Council to take action, should that be encroached upon, also pointing out there was a Shire road running through the property of Mr Dory, from the Point Nepean Main road to the sea as per Crown Grant 54.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Tuesday 3 April 1855 p 9 Advertising
... - 44G Beaumont Edward 447 Beaven Mr Slelaoy l18 Beek John 449 Becker C & V 450 Becker Mrs Eliza 451 ... Donnison Wm 315 Boogan Jamos 310 Doran Alexr Mooro 317 Dory Charles
SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE. ARRIVED.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 31 July 1852 p 4 Article
... cabin-Mrs Cleveland and family, Messrs Ar- nold, Nane, Hennah, Dory,
S[?]ING INTELLIGENCE. ARRIVED.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Monday 7 March 1853 p 10 Article
...p; Messrs. Dory, (FROM TASSIE)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Friday 28 December 1855 p 3 Advertising
... of ; Melbourne, Diggings, &c, that we have I ulinqiiisbed business in favor of Messrs. ! JOHN DORY" ..
(AT END OF trade addresses. dory/dorg?)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Friday 24 November 1854 p 8 Advertising
... oxpense«, and applying to Cliarlcs Dory, Brighton Beaoh. 81 FOUND, running upon my land, n'black Mare, ... 9652 words(Charles found a black boat.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Wednesday 23 June 1948 p 7 Family Notices
... Do^ry, of South road. Brighton Beach. IS IT DOERY?
Edward Doery, of Doery and Tilley, Flinders Lane, asking council to pass a by-law prohibiting use of firearms between Brewery road (Mr Harris' property*) and the bay shore. While in his residence, - 'Miramee," Esplanade, he had some nasty experiences. Twice shots have ploughed up the footpath and a number of pellets
em bedded in the w.c. door. He advised laying poison for the rabbits, which would stop the shooting. Letter to be handed to the police,with a view to necessary action.
(P.2, Mornington Standard,18-10-1913.) *See MR HARRIS below.
DOERY-A tribute to the memory of Mr Edward Doery of Canterbury who passed away on the 19th July -A much respected friend Mr and Mrs Norman Spencer of Brighton Beach. (P.1, Argus, 22-7-1935.)
This,one of several death notices re Edward in the same issue, links Edward to Brighton, and as a result,Charles Dory (sic) of 1854.
Now where was Miramee? And where was Coronation Park?
INSPECTOR OF NUISANCE'S REPORT. The Inspector of Nuisances (J.W. Stephens) reported :-I have made enquiries into the complaint by E. Dorey re shooting near his premises at Coronation Park, and I find that it is correct. I warned the persons who were shooting, and would have prosecuted, but on inquiry from Mr Crosbie, shire secretary, we were unable to prove the town boundary, which is necessary before obtaining conviction. I would like to have boundary defined, and suggest it should extend along foreshore from Joseph Harris's to Beleura, thence to Nepean road, and along that road to road leading to Harris'corner.-Report received, steps to be taken to have boundary defined. (P.3, Mornington Standard, 22-11-1913.)
15. MR HARRIS.
It is likely that Edward Doery's Miramee was near Mornington and near "Marina" the residence of Joseph Harris.
Joseph,after whom the Joseph Harris Scout Camp at Mt Martha is named, was heavily involved with Mt Martha Park and was a J.P. He appeared to live at Mornington, rather than just holiday there, as his address was given as Mornington in reports of elections described below.
SEASIDE HOME DESTROYED.
MORNINGTON, Tuesday-The seaside home of Mr Joseph Harris, chairman of directors of the Victoria Coffee Palace, and formerly a member of the Legislative Assembly, was destroyed by fire early this morning. In half on hour only the chimneys were standing. A buggy shed and its contents were saved. Mrs. Harris and Miss Lawrence, who, with a maid, were the only occupants of the house, escaped with a few clothes. The house was insured but the furniture was not covered. The loss is estimated at £3,000.(P.12, Argus,4-3-1915.)
And where was this house? Passing these (pavilions etc in Mornington Park) you walk along the Esplanade till you come to Fisherman's beach, the favourite spot of the bathers. Resuming your walk, you pass Mr Harris' residence, with its lovely shrubs and hedges. A little further on are the picturesque ruins of the ancient cement works, where fossils can he found in greater profusion than anywhere else in Victoria.
(Part of prize-winning essay by 15 year old Hector Kirkpatrick; P.2, Mornington Standard, 18-10-1902.)
DEATH OF MR. JOSEPH HARRIS.
News of the death of Mr Joseph Harris which occurred at his residence, Marina, Mornington yesterday morning will be received with widespread regret though it was not altogether unexpected. Mr. Harris who throughout his long life (he was in his 93rd year) had enjoyed almost perfect health had a slight paralytic stroke on Christmas Day and though he rallied and was able to leave his bed it had left him extremely weak. The end came painlessly.
Mr Harris was born near Bristol, England in 1833 and he was educated at Henbury College. His father had a large nursery garden so young Harris had been able
THE LATE MR. JOSEPH HARRIS.
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to get a thorough training in practical horticulture before he came to Australia. He left England in 1856 by the ship Morning star. On reaching Victoria he tried his fortune as a prospector on the Korong diggings. Meeting with no success he returned to Melbourne where he took a position in the seed shop of Messrs. Smith and Adamson, Collins street. In 1862 he went into business on his own account by purchasing the nurseries of Handasyde, McMillan. This proved to be a profitable venture for, after 23 years Mr. Harris had made enough money to enable him to retire.
It was in 1873 that Mr Harris made his first entry into public life through his election as a member of the Prahran Council, and during two following years he was mayor. In 1880 when St Kilda, Prahran, South Yarra, Toorak and Armadale formed a single electorate of the Legislative Assembly, he was elected by a large majority to the seat. There were two representatives of this electorate and his colleague was Mr. G. D. Carter. When the electorate was subdivided into four - that was in 1889- Mr Harris stood for South Yarra, and again he was returned by a large majority. Altogether between 1880 and 1900 he contested eight elections and only on one occasion (in 1894) was he defeated. However, in 1897 he won the seat again, and held it until 1904, when South Yarra and Prahran were formed into one constituency. In politics he was a Liberal. It should be added that during his long Parliamentary career the exceptional ability of Mr. Harris was always recognised, as well as his sterling character. Though he had opportunities of accepting a portfolio he always declined to assume office.
Although a member of the Church of England, Mr Harris was for 20 years on the board of management of the South Yarra Presbyterian Church. He sat, indeed, on numerous boards, and on all those that were appointed by the Ministry of the day to report on horticultural and agricultural subjects. In these he took the greatest interest and he was a recognised authority far beyond the bounds of the Commonwealth. He was also Government nominee of the Council of Agricultural Education. His specialty was tropic vegetation, and to study this he travelled much in the north of Australia, and he also made several voyages to the Pacific Islands.
About 30 years ago Mr Harris accepted the position of horticultural editor of "The Australasian" a position that he occupied until February 1920. Although at that time well past his 80th year his faculties were absolutely unimpaired-they were, indeed to the day of his death - and the proprietors of "The Argus" and of "The Australasian" were desirous that he should remain in harness. Mr Harris who had a number of business interests, said, however, that at his age he deserved some relaxation; he adhered, therefore, to his determination to retire from a position which, for more than 25 years, he had filled with distinguished abilty and success.
Mr Harris married Miss Eliza Nicholson. His wife died nine years ago. Two daughters -Mrs Rosa Pitt and Mrs T.P.Long, survive him and one son - Mr F. Harris. The third daughter, the late Mrs F. Vanderkelen was the wife of Mr. Vanderkelen who for several years was the Belgian consul in Melbourne.(P.21,Argus,11-3-1925.)
N.B. One of Alfred Downward's daughters (Ivy?) also married a Pitt lad and Pitt St, near Downward St off Wilson Rd (on the "Redwood" 10 acre homestead block) is named after her. The redwood Gums at the end of Downward St, the only ones known to have grown south of Frankston, are heritage-listed.
A lot of unanswered questions about Mr Doery/Dorey! (See comment 13!)
John Thomas Smith was granted crown allotment 1, no section, on 12-1-1855. Today known as the Ranelagh Estate, this consisted of 282 acres and 15 perches. It was bounded by the south side of Boundary Rd (Canadian Bay Rd), Mt Eliza Way south, 70 metres south along the present Nepean Highway to the northern tributary of Erimil Creek and west along the tributary and creek to the coast.Smith called his homestead "Nyora" and this name described the estate at the time of Henry Slaney's death, soon after which the Ranelagh Estate was developed.
The "back lot"referred to in the letter was crown allotment 19 of 437 acres 1 rood and 13perches.It was bounded by Canadian Bay Rd (N/E),Three Chain Road (Moorooduc Rd)(East), a line commencing 374 metres south of the railway crossing (where Mrs Firth was killed*) to the top of Tower Rd (S/W),and Wooralla Drive (West.)
If you click on the self guided tour of the Ranelagh Estate (on the website below)and then on the map link, you will find precisely where J.T.Smith's bayside grant was.
Walter Burley Griffin Society - Self guided tours
Ranelagh Estate is at Mount Eliza which is adjacent to Port Philip Bay on Melbourne's southern fringe and provides the gateway to the western part of the ...
WOMAN MOTORIST KILLED. RUN OVER BY TRAIN. MELBOURNE, February 9.
The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Saturday 10 February 1923 p 8 Article.
MOTOR AND TRAIN. Lady Driver Killed. Melbourne, Feb. 9.
The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) Saturday 10 February 1923 p 8 Article
WOMAN KILLED. LEVEL CROSSING ACCIDENT. MELBOURNE, February 9.
The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Saturday 10 February 1923 p 4 Article
EXTRACT FROM MY JOURNAL "JOHN THOMAS SMITH AND HIS ELECTORS".
J.T.Smith, seven times Mayor of Melbourne,arrived from Sydney to teach at George Langhorne's mission for the aborigines on the Botanical Gardens site. He soon became a businessman and received grants for land at Green Gully near Keilor in the parish of Maribyrnong; North Essendon,and Kensington (including the State School site) in the parish of Doutta Galla and what became the Ranelagh Estate, Mt Eliza, at the north west corner of the parish of Moorooduc.
At the time of this meeting, he was probably living in Melbourne,possibly in the oldest surviving house in Melbourne, photographed by the wonderful MUZZA OF McCRAE. He later built Ascot House in Fenton St Ascot Vale. In the early 1860's, he was a foundation member of the Borough of Essendon and Flemington and became one of the three M.L.C.'s for West Bourke. He was accused of bribing voters with inducements such as oranges that he grew; his orchard was probably near Cranwell St, North Essendon not far east from the Irish Dr Harbinson's orange grove (Melway 16 E12.)The Fitzroy Historical Society website states that he was also an alderman in that area.His portrait can be seen on the internet. Edward Wilson, editor of the Argus, constantly criticised J.T.Smith.(Sources: The Stopover That Stayed" Grant Aldous;parish maps; Keilor Centenary Souvenir 1950? eMelbourne past and present website under Mayoralty etc.)
17. VICTORIA FREEHOLD LAND SOCIETY.
A Land Distribution will take place at the Society's Office, 38 Collins-street east, on Saturday, Dec, 9th, at three o'clock p.m., when the following members will be entitled to participate in the land undermentioned :-
Moorooduc near Mount Eliza,
- Class A. Mr H.S.Shaw ... 1 Mr. G. C. Young ... 1 John Holland... 1 F. Barnard ... 1
John Grinrod ... 1 W. Green ... 1 John Mason ... 1 P. Jones... 1 J. T. Pender ... 1 G.E.White ... 1 Miss M.M. Anderson... 2
(I have deleted members entitled to land at Caulfield and Emerald Hill i.e. South Melbourne. I have also deleted quite a bit that follows this paragraph and shows how wide-spread the Society's purchases were.)
The Society has recently purchased 60 acres of land suited for market gardens in the parish of Prahran, adjoining Caulfield, which with farms at Kororoit, at Doutta Galla near Essendon, and township lots at Northcote, will be distributed on an early day. (P.8, Argus,8-12-1854.)
Edward Lintot was granted crown allotment 2 between Smith's "Nyora" and Kunyung Rd, the Erimil Creek (and its northern tributary)dividing the two grants. Lintot's "Earimil" consisted of 290 acres 1 rood and 2 perches. St James the Less church stands in its north east corner.
DEATH OF A GIPPSLAND PIONEER. CAPTAIN LINTOTT OF BRANDY CREEK. Shortly after midnight on Sunday there passed away at the advanced age of 82, in the person of Captain Lintott, of Brandy Creek, one of the oldest pioneers of the Gippsland district. The deceased gentleman, who was widely respected, had been suffering from weakness of the heart's action, and for some days previous to his death had been in a very low condition. He leaves a widow and a daughter, the only child, who is married to Captain Gabbett, of the Mounted Rifles. Captain Lintott was formerly in the East Indian Service, but relinquishing seafaring life some 42 years ago he settled in the Twofold Bay district of New South Wales. where he owned the Double Creek Station which adjoined that of Brogo, belonging to Mr. S. W. Pollock, now of Warragul. Some years later he left this locality and settled in Riverina, on the Edwards River, joining partnership with his brother Stephen on a sheep station. After this, we understand, he lived at Schnapper Point, and subsequently moved to Brandy Creek, where he has for many years been regarded as the father of the district. He was an old identity, in fact the name of Brandy Creek could not be disassociated from that of Captain Lintott. He was a man of fearless conduct and remarkable integrity, and as straightforward a gentleman as the district possessed. For many years, in fact until quite recently, he carried out the duties of lay reader at the local Anglican Church. Some 17 years ago he was appointed a territorial magistrate for the whole of the colony of Victoria, but later, when the bailiwicks were determined upon, he received his commission as a justice of the peace for the Eastern Bailiwick, and, notwithstanding his advanced age, even until quite recently he was remarkable for his punctuality and attendance both at Brandy Creek and Drouin courts, to say nothing of other duties appertaining to his office. For many years, together with Messrs. Jas. Copeland and C. Sargeant, he adjudicated at Brandy Creek long before the railway passed through Gippsland, and when the now decayed township on the main Sale road was in the height of its prosperity, being the principal stopping place between Dandenong and Sale, he was one of the first members of the Buln Buln Shire Council prior to the severance of the Warragul territory therefrom. He was also an active member of the Buln Buln Agricultural Society, and his venerable figure was conspicuous at each of the society's shows. In fact, in every instance, he displayed remarkable vigor in connection with all movements concerning the progress of the district. The members of the legal profession, the public officers, police, etc.,have always entertained the very highest respect for his opinions, whilst his decision on the bench were characteristic for their attention to the equities of the case, rather than to points of law and legal technicalities. Some three years ago Captain Lintott was entertained at a banquet by a large number of friends, when he was the recipient of an illuminated address and a purse of 120 sovereigns, in recognition of his public services to the district. The funeral takes place to-day, but will be of a private character.((P.3,Warragul Guardian and Buln Buln and Narracan Shire Advocate, 12-5-1891.)
The captain's given name was Edward.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Wednesday 9 December 1863 p 5 Article
... Lintott, William Preston Cobb, and James Butchardt, to be a committee of management of the site at Schnapper Point, (Mornington) reserved as a park for public recreation.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 2 January 1862 p 2 Advertising
... January S. EARIMIL HOUSE, near Schnapper Point, will BO- BE-OPENED, as a LADIES' SCHOOL, after the Christmas holidays. For terms and particulars address Mrs. Lintott, Schnapper Point.
Mount Eliza Sightseeing, Canadian Bay, Daveys Bay, Sunnyside ...
Continue down Kunyung Road to Earimil Drive. At number 8 you will find a delightful cottage built in 1854 by a Welsh sea captain, Edward Lintott. At the north ...
RE BALCOMBE AND OTHERS EX PARTE HANN.
A rule nisi to prohibit E. B. Balcombe, Edward Lintot, and W. P. Cobb, justices of the peace, from executing a conviction made by them in petty sessions at Schnapper Point, against the complainant, in his absence, on an information by servants claiming wages.Mr. Chapman for the rule nisi, and against the conviction; Mr. Fellows in support of the conviction, and against prohibition.
An information was laid against Mr. Hann by two persons whom he had engaged as labourers on a hiring for a term. A summons to attend was issued to Mr. Hann on Saturday, the 28th September. Mr. Hann started from his place* at Western Port with cattle to Melbourne on Tues- day, the 1st October. The summons issued to him on Saturday, the 28th September, was not served by the constable until Friday, the-4th October. It was served on Mr. Hann s daughter, at his house at Western Port, sixteen miles from Schnapper Point, and Miss Hann informed the constable that her father had left with cattle for Melbourne, on the 1st, and would be back on the
7th. On the 5th, the case came on for hearing at Schnapper Point. The constable,who served the summons, informed the Bench that he had served the daughter of the defendant, and been informed by her of his having left for Melbourne with cattle on the 1st, and of her expectation that he would be back on the 7th. The Court was asked to adjourn. Adjournment was refused the case was gone into in the absence of the defendant; and an order was made for such a sum , and costs that he could not appeal. After Hann's return, he applied for a rehearing, and was refused. It was sworn by Mr. Armstrong, clerk of the bench, that no depositions were taken in writing ; and that this step was taken in this case by the express directions of Mr. Balcombe, J. P.
(Part of report; P.6, Argus, 23-11-1861.)
John Yewers was granted crown allotment 5 Moorooduc, consisting of 159 acres 3 roods and 9 perches. It was between Sunnyside Rd and Manmangur Creek (the eastern boundary of the Mornington Golf Club.) This property became known as "Sunnyside".
It is uncertain at the moment whether John had much to do with crown allotment 5. His purchase may have been for speculative purposes like the house blocks he bought at Donnybrook in 1855. His hotel would have kept him busy.
December 25th, on board the Yarra Yarra steamer, on her passage to Launceston, Emily Hayson Yewers, youngest daughter of Mr. John Yewers, late of the Albion Hotel, Bourke street.(P.4, Argus, 5-1-1853.)
Was Henry's presence at Somerville in 1859 linked with John's application for a licence for the Yewers' Family Hotel being refused? (P.6, Argus, 2-3-1859.)
Not deterred, John was running the bridge Hotel at Echuca in 1865 when he became insolvent.
(P.6, Argus, 6-2-1865.)
John was not the father of Henry, so they might have been brothers.
On page 17 of THE BUTCHER THE BAKER THE, Bruce Bennett provides the following information about the Yewers family.
Henry Yewers was among the first subscribers to the Somerville school in 1859. Henry had a butcher's shop in Main St, Mornington by 1869.In about 1873, Robert Lawson Yewers was a butcher at Mornington while Henry at Somerville and Alf at Yarraville carried on the same trade. Robert also owned the Somerville shop and had slaughteryards and land at** Moorooduc.
* Probably on c/a 5. Bruce several times failed to distinguish between the parish of Moorooduc and the locality of Moorooduc (based on Jones Corner.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Wednesday 13 March 1878 p 1 Family Notices
... YEWERS-GROVER.-On the 7th inst, at the residence of the bride's parents, by the Rev Jas Caldwell, Robert Lawson Yewers, of Footscray, to Mary Ann, second daughter of Mr W Grover, of Mornington ...
(William Grover was a builder and built Beleura for James Butchart.)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 23 March 1878 p 1 Family Notices
... months. YEWERS.-On the 22nd inst, at his son's residence, Nicholson-street, Footscray, Henry Hayson Yewers, late of Mornington, in the 69th year of his age. ... 422 words
MORNINGTON. - Councillors Jones* and Yewers were proposed, and the voting being equal, the decision by lot fell to Councillor Henry Yewers. (P.10,Argus, 19-11-1874.) Henry became the Shire President.
*Cr Jones was probably Alfred Jones of the Almond Bush Stud at Somerville,English-born but resident in Canada from the age of about 10, and one of the three Canadians who gave Canadian Bay its name.
William Preston Cobb was a Justice of the Peace and sat on the bench with Alex Balcombe and Edward Lintot. (See article above under LINTOT.)
William was granted crown allotment 6, between Yewers' grant and Hunter's pre-emptive right. Bounded by Manmangur and Caraar Creeks, it consisted of 192 acres 3 roods and 2 perches. He named it Preston Grange. Today it houses the Mornington Golf Club , Mornington Secondary College and a small residential area with Jacaranda Crescent the main street.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Wednesday 8 August 1860 p 4 Family Notices
...nbsp; Evangelist, Emerald Hill, by the Rev. R. B. Dickin- son, William Preston Cobb, Esq., of Preston Grange, Schnapper Point, to Emma Mansfield, daughter of the late Venerable Henry Jeffreys, ..
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 8 June 1861 p 4 Family Notices
... BIRTHS.COBB.-On the 5th inst., at St. Kilda, Mrs. W. Preston Cobb, of Preston Grange, of a daughter.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Wednesday 25 February 1863 p 4 Family Notices
COBB.-On the 22nd inst., at Preston Grange, Schnapper Point, Mrs. W. Preston Cobb of a son.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 15 September 1860 p 5 Article
... William Preston Cobb, Esq., Preston Grange, Schnapper Point; William Henry Robertson, Esq., Moorab- bee, ..(The Argus listed the new Justices of the Peace whose appointments were in the Government Gazette.)
COBB.-In February, at Acomb, near York, Emma Mansfield, tbe beloved wife of William Preston Cobb, Esq., late of Preston Grange, Mornington. (P.4, Argus, 24-5-1870.)
21. DAVID KELLY'S MEMORIES OF FRANKSTON.
11th November 1921 Frankston & Somerville Standard
D Kelly, Playne" St, Frankston, writes:-I notice in your last Langwarrin Budget that Mr John Clark is claimed as a very old resident of the district. I also read with interest and amusement his memoirs of the early days. He says there was a native camp on the site of Keast Bros' store. I have resided in Frankston for the past 60 years and I never saw a blacks' camp on the site mentioned. Two blacks (Jimmie and Liza) camped on the site of the Temperance Hall-that's all I ever saw. And about those corroberies at Carrum. My aunt owned the Long Beach Hotel (now known as the Riviera) over 65 years ago and she never witnessed any corroberies there, Mr Clark claims to have planted the wonderful pear tree on Miss Latto's property. When I came to Frankston some 63 years ago, the tree was then about five years' old; having been planted by an American negro, Adam Orange (or Black Adam), employed by the Lyarid family. So, Mr Clark is either older than he looks, or he has lived since the days of our venerable friend, Noah.
T.J.SUMNER HAS BEEN DELETED FROM THIS JOURNAL. SEE THE T.J.SUMNER JOURNAL.
MORNINGTON. (From Our Own Correspondent.) Mr Vale had his Mt. Martha paddocks burnt off last week. About 1000 acres of grass and undergrowth were burnt. Mr T. Male had the contract.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 22-3-1902.)
Mr Vale's property was "Dalkeith" on the north side of Bruce Rd at Mt Martha. He had leased it out to such as Alf Head of Fern Valley (straddling Stony Creek Rd at Red Hill)but it later became the property of his daughter and her husband.
Dalkeith adjoined The Briars at Range Rd at the top of Jacksons Hill.
The executors of the late Robert Watson have sold the two farms, Dalkeith Park, and St. James Park, Mt. Martha of 1280 acres to Mr W. Vale, Auctioneer, Melbourne. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 1-8-1901.)
(Watson Rd in Mt Marthaisnamed after Robert Watson.)
Extract from my THE FEMALE DROVER.
Most people driving though Mornington probably do not even notice the sign pointing to the street named after one of the area’s most influential people. He opposed a proposed site for the town’s school because it was a swampy wasteland; today it is Alexandra Park! He was a member of Parliament and a prominent auctioneer. W.F.Vale and Co. auctioned the Stenniken grant on the west corner of Truemans Rd at Tootgarook at their rooms (412 Collins St) on 4-2-1920.
A member of this wealthy family bought much land north of the Sea Lane (Bruce Rd.) It was his daughter Phyllis and her husband, Herbert A. Jackson who lived on the property, thus giving the name of Jacksons Hill to the steep climb starting near the homestead. The northern boundary of their land was Range Rd. The south boundary was Ellerina Rd (Bruce Rd), the boundary between Moorooduc and Kangerong parishes, which was known in those days as the sea lane.
Phyllis and Shirley had a common love of horses and competed all over in horse shows, travelling as far afield as Lilydale. As well as show horses, Phyllis owned racehorses, one of which was Helion, 2nd in the 1954 Melbourne Cup; no shame in being beaten by the great Rising Fast! One of her workers, Sue Knight, was placed in the Garryowen in 1950 on one of Phylis’s horses.
In the Garryowen during the Royal Melbourne Show in 1941, Mrs Herbert Jackson was mounted on Devon. Another to be involved with the Moorooduc area, Mrs Ken Moore of Clover Cottage, Berwick, won several events; Ken, involved in the Two Bays Nursery, owned Tuerong Park for a time. (Argus 6-9-1941.)
On March 2nd 1950, at St Andrews Hospital, East Melbourne, William Frederick Vale of “Ardoyne”, 54 Sutherland Rd, Armadale passed away. He was the devoted husband of the late Eliza Margaret and loved father of Fred (deceased 1st A.I.F.) and Phyllis (Mrs Herbert A.Jackson of Dalkeith, Mt Martha.) (Argus 3-3-1950.)
The Argus of 23-9-1954 had a long article, with photos, about Phyllis introducing the European system of training horses and riders at Dalkeith. This involved tutelage by a Hungarian expert and a narrow lane leading to jumps to prevent the horses from baulking. Bill Bull, who trained and rode for Phyllis, could not believe the improvements although he was a leading show rider. (On 28-1-1948, the engagement of Bill Bull, son of George, to Kath Rollason of Eaglemont was announced in the Argus.)
The History of Dalkeith appears on page 275 of the Shire of Mornington’s Heritage Study. The Moumt Martha Run was occupied by Dallymore and then Aitken before James Hearn took it up. Hearn acquired the pre-emptive right as well as over 1100 acres between Hearn and Bay Rds and 850 acres to the west, north and east of the P.R. The last of these allotments, 29A, encompassed the Tubbarubba diggings.
Robert Watson purchased 3000 acres in 1876 (stated elsewhere in the study as 1871) and set up a homestead block near Lempriere Ave, building a house called Melrose. (I think this is a mistake; it was probably Melville.) He sold 1300 acres in 1888 but retained Melrose and pastoral holdings around Dalkeith, which he leased to such as Thomas Appleyard and Alfred Head. (Both men were grantees in the parish of Balnarring and Appleyard in Kangerong too.) William Vale, a Mornington farmer and Real Estate Agent bought Dalkeith in about 1901. (Heritage Study, Balnarring and Kangerong maps.)
Watson, after whom Watson Rd in Mt Martha was named, probably did not do much farming, as the study said that his main reason for settling in the area concerned his health. The Argus of 28-4-1881 carried the following advertisement:
GRAZING MT MARTHA ESTATE, NEAR MORNINGTON.
Tenders are called for the grazing on the following parts of the Mt Martha Estate, either together or separately and for one or a term of years:
Clarendon Park (321 acres; St James and Waverly Parks (510 acres with station and stockyards); Dalkeith Park (about 760 acres).
For conditions or to view, apply to the proprietor, Robert Watson, Melville House, Mornington.
As Moorooduc was consistently referred to as being in Mornington, it is unclear whether Watson was actually living in the township of Mornington. If he was living on his estate at Mt Martha, Graeme Butler may have been wrong calling his house there Melrose, unless the Argus got it wrong.
Alfred Head was on Dalkeith Park at about the time that Vale bought it, as reports of fat sheep sales in the Argus of 21-3-1900 and 5-8-1903 show. Alfred was the returning officer for elections in the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong. A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA P. 111.
The Aitken who leased the Mt Martha run was probably John Aitken after whom Mt Aitken on the Calder Highway west of Sunbury was named. He was the first to have sheep on the Mornington Peninsula; when the Chile ran aground off Arthurs Seat in March, 1836 with 1600 of his sheep aboard. After such a traumatic experience for his sheep, he probably rested them nearby, perhaps on Dalkeith, before undertaking the long trip to Melbourne. It is highly likely that Mr Aitken of Kenyer Park, Moorooduc, who had married Miss Dyer, was a descendant of John Aitken; they celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary on 19-4-1945. A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA P.12,24. BULLA BULLA I.W. Symonds.
As mentioned earlier, this was known by pioneers as Whites Rd. Shirley told me that the land across Three Chain Rd from the Bourne farm (Melway 151 G9) was a rifle range and the most direct route there from the Balcombe army camp (151 C1) was along this road. The soldiers used to take a short cut through the Bourne farm to the rifle range.
Was William F.Vale the chap who wrote the letter in 1855 extolling the virtues of the parish of Moorooduc,that led to my journal about the TANTI HOTEL? This is debatable. It was more likely to have been:
Vale, William Mountford Kinsey (1833–1895). (See Australian Dictionary of Biography.)
W.M.K.Vale settled in Castlemaine with his brother,Richard,and their parents. William moved to Ballarat, as Richard also did later and they were both prominent in public life. Richard remained in Ballarat but William moved to Melbourne in 1872 and might have been the father of William F.Vale.
This is the letter.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 27 December 1855 p 7 Article
... of coming progress in a Bri- tish colony-that is, according to Chateau- briand, a public house, has ... c Mahen, Liardet and Carr. The Bay frontage of Mount Eliza forms the pr ... 1098 words
W.M.K.Vale was a bookseller which makes his knowledge of statements made by the French author, Chateaubriand, easy to understand. W.M.K.Vale was also the grantee of land in the Township of Mornington. Allotment 7 of 32 acres 3 roods and 8 perches was bounded by Vale St, Tanti Rd, Elizabeth St and Main St. Allotment 31 of 21 acres 3 roods and 37 perches was directly across Main St to the line of Bull St.
Lot 11 consisted of 10 acres 2roods and 24 perches and was in the present heart of Mornington. The boundaries of lot 11 were Main St, the line of Franklin St (not including the Ross St frontage), the Gordon/Murray St midline, and a mirror image of Empire St on the south.
The boundaries of the TOWN OF MORNINGTONseem to have been Canterbury St, Queen St-Ross St-Franklin St,and Cook St. The Town may have been originally called GRAVESEND.
THIS DAY.land, Land, Land, In the new township of Gravesend, Snapper Point,near Mount Eliza.
R BYRNE will sell by public auction, at his rooms, Bay street, Sandridge, on Friday, 24th inst, at twelve o'clock,203 quarter acre allotments in the new township of Gravesend.(P.3, Argus, 24-11-1854.)
W.M.K.Vale might also have bought land in the TOWN of Mornington at about the time he wrote the letter.The Moorooduc parish map does not give details of purchasers in the TOWN of Mornington or dates re grants in the larger TOWNSHIP.
P.S. Shirley Walter(nee Bourne) of Frankston was a female drover and inspired my THE FEMALE DROVER:A HISTORY OF MOOROODUC which started with her oral history and was completed courtesy of trove,David Shepherd, Murray Gomm, Leila Shaw,the Mornington Heritage Study, Joan Downward, THE BUTCHER, THE BAKER THE etc.