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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Party: Conservative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Castlemaine Football Club - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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

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

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

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

In 1925, Castlemaine joined the Bendigo Football League.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Retiring hurt, but not bitter - Sydney Morning Herald

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

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


Senior Football Premiership Coach
Club Coach

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maldon, Victoria
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modern times

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Henry Handel Richardson in Maldon Book Sales

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

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

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

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

Maldon - Victoria - Australia - Travel -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1 Cnr Camp & Church Street Maldon

“Welsh Congregational Church” 1863/1901

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

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11 Church Street Maldon
Penny School 1856/1862

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

Maldon - Anglican Diocese of Bendigo


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BEDELL, John,Shoreham. teacher.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Janice McCarthy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

O - Z - Australian Cemeteries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great care is exercised in picking and sorting the fruit for market, the main object being to produce as good a sample of fruit as possible, as well as to avoid the fruit being bruised. The apples which are held over for disposal later on in the season are all stored in cases in the fruit room, instead of the practice usually adopted of placing the fruit on shelves or trays, which the Messrs. Shepherd do not approve of, as they
find that by heaping up the apples very often results in many being bruised, and in a very short time they
become unfit for market. In order to allow of the free circulation of air, the cases are placed about 2 inches apart, and are stacked one on top of other.

Vegetables are also grown, but only for home consumption. When Mr.Shepherd, senior, first came to the colony he brought with him some lettuce seed (Paris Cross), which he has kept ever since. A splendid specimen of rhubarb (Topp's Winter),about 2.5 feet in length, was shown our representative, the rhubarb being of a beautiful rich red colour. At the last show the firm obtained first prize for the best brace of cucumbers. Not withstanding the immense amount of labour involved in the working of the nursery and orchard, sufficient time is found for the cultivation of flowers and ornamental plants, a large plot of ground, close to the homestead and in front of the nursery, being specially reserved for that purpose.

Mr. George Shepherd is the fortunate possessor of a splendid collection of stuffed water and land birds, most of which have been shot in the neighbourhood, many being of very rare species. Each class of birds are enclosed in a separate case, each bird being appropriately mounted, the whole collection being valued at £150. Included in the variety is a little Tabuan water crake, which is a very rare species indeed, but the two birds of which Mr. George Shepherd is most proud of are the tiny Little Bittern and a beautiful Australian White Egret, the Little Bittern standing out in marked contrast to the tall and noble-looking White Egret with its snowy white plumes. These two birds are enclosed in a separate glass globe. The crafty Renard is also to be found occupying the place usually allotted to him.

A visit to the homestead would not be complete without a visit being made to the pantry of Mrs. George Shepherd, where, stored away on shelves, are to be found the collection of preserves so successfully shown at the town-hall, Melbourne, and at 8omerville and Cranbourne. The preserves are in just as good a state as when they were first preserved, and form a collection which any housewife might well be proud of.
(P.3, Mornington Standard, 25-6-1896.)

Trove search for george shepherd, suicide,somerville.
SOMERVILLE, Monday - Alarmed by the report of a gun on Sunday afternoonMrs. George Shepherd, sen., ran to a shed near her home, where she found her husband, who was aged 73 years, lying dead with a gunshot wound in the head. Mr.Shepherd had been in ill health for some time.

Mr. Shepherd was well known as an ornithologist. Born at Somerville, he was from boyhood devoted to the study of birds, and his knowledge of insectivorous birds was of great value to himself and other orchardists. In later life he retired from from fruitgrowing and devoted most of his spare time to his hobby. He was a member of the Field Naturalists' Club, a founder of the Somerville Fruitgrowers' Association, and a competent judge of
fruit. He was a judge at many agricultural shows. (P.9, Argus, 28-6-1932.)

Mrs George Shepherd was Minnie Ann (b.12-8-1866,d.30-8-1955), the fourth child of Henry and Margaret(nee Monk) Gomm of Glenhoya near the Somerville Station. Tommy Bent,Henry's longtime friend, ensured that the line passed through the area at that point rather than near Lower Somerville Rd, which Leila Shaw states was the centre of population.(P.31, THE MYSTERIOUS HENRY GOMM- not a journal.)

Commencing 11 a.m. On the Property, "MALURUS," Hastings-Flinders Road, 10 minutes from Railway Station.
W. P. MASON Under instructions from Executrix of the late GEO. E. SHEPHERD, will sell as above:-
SPLENDID FREEHOLD PROPERTY, 10 ACRES (half acre good orchard, garden, etc.), land all cleared and well fenced, with Excellent and Desirable Villa, 6 rooms, vestibule, pantry, scullery and all conveniences,good garage, and substantial outbuildings, poultry accommodation to 1000 birds, etc. Phone installed. (ETC.)
(P.5, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 13-8-1932.)

The late Mr. George Shepherd, of Somerville, bequeathed his collection of mounted specimens of Australian birds to the National Museum. A part of the collection will be exhibited in the children's room to-day.
(P.8, Argus, 21-11-1932.)

In a heritage study, it has been stated that the Shepherds relocated their nursery to from Somerville to former Two Bays Nursery at Moorooduc. David Shepherd is annoyed at such an error. His father married a daughter of Edward Jones of Spring Farm, Moorooduc. A heritage study,perhaps the same one, made another error regarding Spring Farm, confusing it with Edward Jones' "Penbank" also on the south side of Mornington-Tyabb Rd but farther west between Jones Corner and Moorooduc Rd. David and his brother were the ones who relocated the nursery onto the Moorooduc Rd frontage of Penbank. When a small private school in Mornington bought a portion of Penbank they asked David what name they should give to their new school. No prizes for guessing David's suggestion!

SHOTTON, Richard, J.P., Mornington.
A native of London who arrived in Victoria in 1856 and in 1860 joined (Greig?) and Murray,auctioneers until 1878.In 1875 he purchased property at Mornington, built a house and settled in 1879.Grounds of 25 acres are attached to his house and beautifully laid out.

ONE OF MORNINGTON'S OLD PIONEERS.-A most delightful afternoon was spent at the residence of Mr.Richard Shotton, " Ramslade," Mornington, last Saturday, when the many friends of Mr. Shotton-one of the oldest and most highly respected residents of Mornington-gathered to congratulate him on attaining his 90th. year. Mr. Shotton has always taken a most kindly interest in both young and old, and, no doubt, that accounts for the fact that now so many of his old friends are to be numbered no more among the living. He can still be surrounded by those
who love him, and wish him health and happiness in his declining years. Among those who gathered at "Ramslade" on Saturday were many who had known him from earliest childhood, including his stepchildren,Mr. Bancroft and Mrs. Broughton from the Western district. A sumptuous tea was laid out in the big diningroom, the table making a charming picture, with beautiful spring flowers filling the vases and delicious victuals in the dishes. Mesdames Moat and Broughton vied with each other in tempting the guests into eating an unlimited quantity of good things, while Mr. Shotton, in his courteous manner, made each individual guest feel that he or she were
especially welcome. etc. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 3-11-1906.)

Richard was a Justice of the Peace from 1885. ( NEW ROLL OF JUSTICES.The Argus (Saturday 11 July 1885 p 10; P.1, Mornington Standard, 31-3-1898.)

Last Sunday the little Anglican Church at Mt Eliza was filled with an exceptionally large congregation, the occasion being the holding of a special and appropriate service in connection with the recent improvements to the interior of the building, effected by Mr Richard Shotton, J.P., of "Ramslade." A carpeted platform with brass communion rail, prayer desk and pulpit have been added by the donor, and the building has, by these additions, been made attractive and in keeping with church usages.(P.3, Mornington Standard, 12-4-1902.)

Before settling near Mornington, Richard may have lived in Walsh St,South Yarra.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 13 September 1883 p 8 Article)

Richard died at Ramslade, Mornington on 14-6-1911 aged 94. (P.71,The Australasian, 24-6-1911.) His wife died about two decades earlier.
SHOTTON.-On the 21st ult., in the 71st year of her age, Elizabeth Ann, the beloved wife of Richard Shotton, of Ramslade, Mornington. A colonist of 44 years.(P.46,The Australasian, 1-10-1892.)

Thomas Ritchie of Frankston bought Ramslade and had it up for sale in 1923.(IMPORTANT CLEARING SALE
Frankston and Somerville Standard (Vic. : 1921 - 1939) Wednesday 1 August 1923 p 2 Article)

Due to the vague description of Ramslade's location, I turned to Valerie Wilson's fabulous website with a Mornington Cemetery, Shotton search. Ramslade is still alive and kicking,near Shotton Rd.

Richard Shotton J.P.
‘Ramslade’ 1894 (Photo)

Richard Shotton arrived in the colony in 1856, describing himself as "a native of London, and a freeman and liveryman of the City of London."
He joined auctioneers Greig & Murray four years after arriving, and continued with them until 1878.

Being a friend of Francis Gillett, of nearby ‘Sunnyside’, in 1875 he purchased 25 acres of land on Nepean Hwy, Mt Eliza and commissioned the building of ‘Ramslade’.
‘Ramslade’ 2011(Photo)
He retired to live at ‘Ramslade’ in 1879.
Shotton was active in the Mornington St Peter’s Church and Shotton Rd, on the south of the property on which ‘Ramslade’ was built, is named after him.

Shotton Rd, Mount Eliza

‘Ramslade’ can been seen in
the centre background

THOMPSON, John, J.P., Frankston.
A Welshman who arrived in Australia in 1852,he spent seven years as agent for the RMS Agenoria in Hobsons Bay before moving to Frankston in June,1861,the town then consisting of one hotel, now the Bayview,and a few huts. He is a member of the Mornington Shire Council and has served as President. Has been for some years retired from business.

Thank to my history buddy, Steve Johnson, for correcting the digitisation in this obituary,
A very old Frankston identity, in the person of Mr John Thompson,passed away at his residence, " Skirbeck," on Tuesday, at the advanced age of 74 years. The deceased, whose health had been failing for a considerable period, was able to walk about the township up to a few days ago, when he was confined to his bed, and
despite every care and attention he gradually succumbed and died as stated.

Mr. Thompson was born in Wales (England), and was brought up to a seafaring life. About 50 years ago, in the height of the gold fever, he came to the colony, and was for some time captain of a little steamer owned
by Mr Liardet, which was used to carry mails, etc. to and from the ships which entered the Bay. Port Melbourne and Williamstown were the ports of Mr Thompson's operations.

Here he was married to Miss Cadell. After a time he entered into farming pursuits, taking up land about a
mile from Frankston. This was over 40 years ago. The land not being well adapted for the purposes for which
it was put, and the means of access to market extremely poor, attention was turned to the wood trade of the metropolis, and Mr Thompson established himself in business in Frankston in that line. "Skirbeck" was the site of the place of business, and the wood was delivered by bullock teams at the Frankston pier, being conveyed to the metropolis by Mr Thompson's schooner the "Hannah Thompson." Cargo for others in the trade was taken, others
engaged in the wood traffic being Messrs C. Wells, Henderson and Kennedy.

Fishing was good in those days but the population was meagre, amongst the few dwellings remembered being those of Messrs McComb, Bay View Hotel, Patterson, Ritchie, Cameron, and Tockin's store. Mr Thompson started a general store, and afterwards moved it to the premises now occupied by the Standard office, where he carried on a thriving business. He then built the block of buildings from Sherlock's corner, and carried on business
there until succeeded by Mr Sherlock.

Since that time he has lived privately at Frankston and Melbourne. During the past two years Mr. Thompson has
resided almost continuously in Frankston. He was one of the early members of the old Mt Eliza Road Board,
which did very useful work before the Mornington shire came into existence.He was also a justice of the peace and an ardent member of the Wesleyan church, often filling the pulpit as a preacher. As a strong supporter of
temperance he laid the foundation stone of the local temperance hall. Amongst the many properties which he possessed was the Langwarrin encampment ground, which was sold to the Government for £4 per acre.

The deceased was twice married, but left no children. To his sorrowing wife and relatives sympathy is extended.
The funeral takes place today at the Frankston cemetery at 3 p.m.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 20-6-1901.)

THORNELL, Henry, Somerville.
Arrived in Victoria in 1855 and spent seven years at Kew before moving to Somerville which then consisted of one or two huts. He purchased 50 acres and took up 60 acres from the Government. Wheat would not grow well so he turned his attention to gardening,which,with his son,he continues.

The Rev. E. Taylor conducted the memorial service of the late Mrs. Henry Thornell on Sunday afternoon, 16th September. in the Wesleyan Church, at Somerville. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 20-9-1894.)

An old resident of the district in the person of Mr Henry Thornell passed away early on Monday. The deceased
had been failing far some time past. The burial service took place at Hastings cemetery on Tuesday afternoon,
most of the residents of the district being represented around the grave. The service was conducted by Rev. W.
Wykes. We extend our sympathy to the sorrowing relatives. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 8-8-1901.)

There is plenty of information about the Thornell family in Leila Shaw's THE WAY WE WERE. See the Henry Gomm entry re Mark Thornell and George Thornell serving as a councillor.

The 1890's depression, whose effects lasted into the new century, saw many lads seek opportunities elsewhere, many such as Henry Falby Gomm and Cr. Thornell* moving to W.A., but another of the Thornells went in the opposite direction.

*We regret to hear that Councillor Thornell, of Somerville, is about to remove to Perth,West Australia.Good men are not so plentiful that we can afford to lose any. Councillor Thornell intends to take his family with him, but will not dispose of his property, which, it is to be hoped, means that he purposes returning to the
district.(P.2, Mornington Standard,1-11-1894.)

Sincere regret was expressed throughout the district when news was received here that Mr. Mark Thornell had died in a private hospital at Kiataia, New Zealand, on June 27, aged 53 years.Mr. Mark Thornell was born at
"Sunny Cottage,". Somerville, his parents' farm. He was the third son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Mark Thornell, of "Frampton," Somerville. etc. (P.7, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 3-7-1936.)

THORNELL, John Jnr., Somerville.
Born at Kew and coming to Somerville in 1860,he was in partnership with his brother until 1882 but now owns 50 acres and rents 111 acres. He has a flourishing garden with all fruits growing well but oranges.

This would probably be the marriage of John Thornell Jnr., explaining why he ended the partnership with his brother in 1882.
Looking for Mary Eaves koala8tourist Posted: 15 Jan 2007 9:36AM GMT
Classification: Query Surnames: Eaves, Thornell
all I know is that she married in Victoria 1882* and her spouse was John Thornell, I believe they lived in the Tyabb/Somerville area.
John Thornell 1857-1931 died in Somerville and was buried at Frankston.
(Looking for Mary Eaves - General - Family History & Genealogy ... › ... › Oceania › Australia › Victoria › General)

This would also be John Thornell Jnr.
John Thornell - Records -
10 Records - Born in Belford, Victoria, Australia on 1857 to John Thornell and Sarah Wiltshire ... He passed away on 24 Jun 1931 in Somerville, Victoria, Australia.

And this would appear to be the arrival of John and his parents (John and Sarah)except that their son, John, was already 8 years old.
John Thornell Life Summary
· 27 January 2015 · 0 Comments
John`s occupation in England was a coal-miner. Family embarked on the ship "Birmingham" from Plymouth on 27 Sep 1854, and arrived at Portland, Australia on 6 Jan 1855. Passenger list showing John Thornell age 36, wife Sarah Thornell age 31, John Thornell age 8, and Thomas Thornell age 6, on film 6341634, # 12 of 134. Same record shows daughter Lucy Thornell died on 18 Oct 1854 at age 2, during the voyage. his religion was Wesleyan, and his occupation in Australia was orchardist.
(John Thornell Life Summary - FamilySearch

* I did a trove search for THORNELL,EAVES (FAMILY NOTICES, 1882)and there was not one result, so I deleted THORNELL. It was there. See why it hadn't come up before?
Thornbll—Eaves.—On the 5th ult, at the residence of the bride's parents, Kew, by the Rev. Richard
Connebee, John, youngest son of J.Thorn ell, Somerville, to Mary, eldest daughter of J. Eaves.
(P. 9s, The Australasian,7-10-1882.)

PRESCRIPT.I'm not sure that John Jnr. was a son of John Snr. but logic would decree that he was. If so, he would have been a brother of Thomas (below.)
POSTSCRIPT. The John Thornell who arrived in the same year as Henry Thornell (1855) at Portland with an 8 year old son named John was not the father of Thomas Thornell (1896 Progressive Somerville)nor John Jnr (whose biography was in Victoria and its Metropolis),who married Mary Eaves. Mary's husband was correctly called John Thornell Jnr., his father being named John.

No. IV,
One of the oldest, if not the very oldest, orchards in Somerville is that at present owned and occupied by Mr. T.Thornell, on the Eramosa road, within easy distance of the railway station. This orchard was established some 20 years ago by the present owner, whose father, Mr. John Thornell, senior, settled in the district with his family as far back as the year 1860, when the surrounding country was in a very wild state, it being by no means an uncommon occurrence in those days for wild kangaroos to be shot at their door. Mr. John Thornell, senior, who is at present 79 years of age, and hale, hearty, and strong, originally bought the site from the Crown and commenced operations in the cultivation of fruit trees almost immediately after his purchase, but did not turn his attention to the nursery business until some two years later, since when the nursery has been gradually extended, as many as 20,000 of nursery stuff being sent away in one year.

Mr. T. Thornell, the present owner, has therefore had great experience in fruitgrowing and the raising of young trees, more especially so when it is taken into consideration that he was thrown into immediate contact with the business at the early age of 12 years, although it cannot be said that he took an active part until he arrived at the more mature age of 20 years, at which time he entered into partnership with his father, the partnership existing for 10 years, when Mr. J. Thornell, senior, retired from the business, which has since been carried on solely by Mr. T.Thornell. The orchard, which is situated at the rear and side of the homestead, Camillia Cottage, covers an area of from 15 to 20 acres, and is well stocked with trees of all kinds,which are in an excellent condition and bearing splendidly, as many as 2,000 cases of fruit being gathered during the present season. Peaches are grown extensively, the principal variety gone in for being the Royal George,which always commands a good market. Of this class of fruit 850 cases of fruit were forwarded to Melbourne during the present season, all of which were of first-class quality. Apricots are also gone in for extensively, but not on such a large scale as the peach. The quantity forwarded to the fruit salesmen this season was 180 cases.

The principal class of fruit grown is however the apple, which is grown on a very large scale indeed, and for which there is always a good demand. The other varieties of fruit grown include pears, plums, cherries,quinces, almonds, and walnuts. All the fruit, when gathered, is packed in cases and forwarded by rail to agents in Melbourne, who in their turn dispose of it all over the colony. Prior to consigning the fruit to agents, it was the custom to convey it by road to the markets in Melbourne, which were visited as often as twice a week, and at times they were thus visited for a period of not less than three months without a spell, as many as 80 cases
being taken at one time. The marketing was done by the present proprietor, who, it will thus be seen, has also
had considerable experience in this direction. The price obtained for the fruit in the early days was, of course, much better than at the present time, and very often the takings at one market alone would amount to as much as £30 or £40. But Mr. T. Thornell has only attended Melbourne markets twice during the last ten years, his previous experience of fifteen years' marketing being quite enough for him, and at present he transacts most of his business through agents, although he does not debar himself from dealing with private individuals whenever the opportunity arises.

This year the yield has been much better than for the previous two or three years, and in many instances it has more than doubled itself, the prices realised also being very satisfactory. The trees are all of good size and condition, and are planted about 20 feet apart each way. They range in age from 25 years down to 7 years, all
bearing well. As much as £20 a year is spent in manuring the orchard, stable manure, bone-dust, and dessicated night-soil being the kinds employed. The manuring generally takes place once a year, in the early spring, the plan adopted being to throw the manure on the ground and then plough it in. Mr. Thornell finds it most beneficial to change the manure every year.

The nursery covers an area of 8 acres,and is situate almost immediately opposite the dwelling-house. At the
present time it is estimated that it contains between 60,000 and 70,000 young nursery stock of all varieties. As previously stated, the cultivation of nursery stock is gone in for on a more extensive scale than formerly, the young stuff being sent all over Victoria, a leading firm of nurserymen in Melbourne being supplied at one time with lines totalling 10,000. It is only to be supposed that a great amount of labour is required in the working of the orchard and nursery, at the present time Mr. Thornell employing two men, one of whom resides with his family all the year round, in a four-roomed cottage erected on the nursery, exclusive of his own and his son's labour.

Great care has also to be exercised, the apples all being worked on blight-proof stocks, being first grafted in order to make them blight-proof and then budded to the varieties required. The birds have not been found to be so troublesome as of late. I might here state that Mr. Thornell has invented a simple and ingenious contrivance for the destruction of birds, which has beenfound to be very efficacious, as well as economical, and within the reach of all, as many as 250 minahs being caught in six weeks. It consists of a frame about 8 feet square, covered with ordinary netting wire, to which a line is attached. It is slightly raised up from the ground and a quantity of rotten fruit placed underneath, which attracts the minahs, who go underneath the netting in order to get at the fruit. The line is then pulled, with the result that the frame falls upon the birds, who are
then removed and killed ad libitum. As many as 12 birds have been caught in this way at one time. It has the
advantage also of saving powder and shot. Of course this is only of use when the fruit is gathered.

The plan adopted for the preservation of the fruit held over is to place it upon layers of dry grass or ferns, which is first laid upon dry sandy soil, and then covered over with thatch grass. By adopting this plan it is found that the fruit is kept in good condition for a much longer time than by any other process. At the present time there are about 100 cases of apples being treated in this way. The orchard is ploughed over sometimes once a year, sometimes twice, but generally the latter-during the spring and autumn.

Mr. Thornell is also a very large landowner in the district, having in all about 400 acres, as much as £14 an acre being given in some cases, besides which he possesses a great deal of property in the city, as well as in South Yarra and Prahran, all of which brings him in a fair rental. At one time he represented the district in the shire council, and, until a few weeks ago, he occupied the position of treasurer of the Somerville Fruitgrowers' Association,of which he is a prominent member.

When Mr. Thornell, senr., first came into the district he had nothing beyond the land which he bought from the
Crown. Mr. T. Thornell is one of few men who can say that he never paid one penny in rental during his lifetime. At one time he dabbled in speculation in buying and selling properties previous to the land boom and was very successful, the land boom* not affecting him beyond decreasing the value of his properties. Mrs. T. Thornell, who was a very large prizetaker at the late shows, has a splendid collection of preserves of between 100 and 200 bottles of all varieties. The son was also successful in carrying off the first prize for the best pony at the show, out of 22 entries. (P.3, Mornington Standard, 16-7-1896.)

* *Michael Cannon's book about the boom (1880's) and bust (1892 on)would have helped the journalist. The land boom increased land values remarkably and many speculators forfeited deposits and part payments to farmers when the bust started. It was the bust which devalued properties, not the boom.

TOWNSEND, John,Dromana.
Born in Devonshire,he came to Victoria in 1854 and was on the Maryborough and Sandhurst* diggings for one and four years respectively and then fished at Sandridge**. He next went to Mornington and thence Dromana where he was largely engaged in building. In 1876,he opened a store which he still runs***. His selection**** of 300 acres has been sold at 2 pounds 10 shillings per acre. He owns two allotments and three houses in the township.

* Bendigo. **Port Melbourne. *** This was in one of the earliest buildings at Dromana in which George McLear and his brothers conducted the first butcher shop in town,(P. 39, A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.) **** John Townsend was granted,in the first half of the 1880's, CROWN ALLOTMENTS 31D. (37 a. 1 r. 28 p.), 31C (100 a. 2 p.) and 30B (50 acres),section B, Wannaeue, All shown on Melway map 170 as follows: 31D, bounded by Old Cape Schanck Rd, Hove Rd, the Leisure Way/Anne St midline and Waterfall Gully Rd west 340 metres to Cape Schanck Rd; 31C. east of 31D to Rosebud Avenue; 30B. Frontage of 500 metres to the south side of Waterfall Gully Rd commencing 366 metre east of Cape Schanck Rd with a depth of 400 metres bounded by, exclusively,Hill Court house blocks and house blocks on the north-south part of Mt Arthur Avenue (but including house blocks on the east-west portion of the latter.)

As these grants total 187 acres 1 rood 30 perches, John must have bought (not selected) another 113 acres roughly and my guess is that he had bought W.Cripps' grants (south of Amberlee Caravan Park to Melway 170F9)and sold them by 1888.

CJ. And T. HAM are instructed by Mr. W.Cripps to SELL, as above,
Land, comprising 101 acres 1 rood 4 perches,being Sections 18.A1 and 30C, parish of Wannaeue, having a frontage to the Cape Schanck-road, at Wannaeue, Mornington*, within four miles of Dromana. The extension of the railway to Schnapper Point must tend to benefit of this land. Title Crown grant.
(* Mornington means county of Mornington, a huge area including the peninsula, part of Gippsland and north at least as far as Mordialloc.)

Land being portion of Crown Allotment 8, parish of Moorooduc, having a frontage of 180ft. to Tanti-road by a depth of 133ft.(P.2, Argus, 5-6-1886.)

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Harold Wilson, eldest son of Mr and Mrs H. W. Wilson. of M'Culloch street, Dromana, had a very narrow escape from drowning last Saturday week. It appears the little fellow, in company with a small lad named Stanley Evans, was playing on the banks of a waterhole close to where Mr.Wilson is erecting his new slaughterhouse, and in some way he slipped into the hole, which had at least 5 feet of water in it. The other boy being unable to render his unfortunate playmate any assistance, had the presence of mind to run down to where Mr Townsend and the Messrs Wilsons were at work, and informed them what had happened. They immediately hurried to the hole. Seeing no trace of the child, the father plunged in, and succeeded in bringing to the surface what he considered was the lifeless body of his son. However, Mr Townsend, who acted with judgment, was quickly
at work, vigorously blowing his warm breath into the little fellow's lungs, until he slowly began to regain
consciousness. Mr . G. M'Lear, who lives close to where the accident happened, was sent for, and rendered vaulable assistance, but had it not been for the artificial respiration resorted to by Mr Townsend, it is
doubtful whether the boy would have recovered.(P.5, Mornington Standard,10-12-1904.)

Mr J. Townsend has secured the contract for building Mr C. Marloff's new business premises, and will commence operations shortly.(P.3, Mornington Standard, 20-6-1908.) This would not have been James Townsend. (TOWNSEND.—On the 23rd May, at Dromana,James N, dearly beloved husband of M. C.Townsend, age 36. At rest.-P.1, Argus,26-5-1904.) I believe that James, and his wife had taken over the store and John had resumed his trade as a builder. It seems that John Townsend was a pioneer of the use of mouth to mouth in Australia.

WALKER, James Eccleston, Mornington.
The son of a well- known musician,Henry Walker, whose family went to Ireland with William 111, he was born at Kells, County Meath, Ireland and educated in Dublin. On his arrival in Victoria in 1867, he went to his uncle, Percy Walker,the associate training master at Hotham and becoming a teacher,has been a master in the state school at Mornington for four years. (Many details about his relatives.)

WATKIN, Richard, Dromana.
English born,he came in 1851 from New York in the Melbourne where he settled as a saddler in Elizabeth Street.In 1857,he went to Dromana and BUILT THE FIRST HOUSE IN THE TOWNSHIP AS WELL AS A STORE AND THE ARTHURS SEAT HOTEL*. He now owns the Dromana Hotel and 16 acres of land.A member of the shire council for many years.

One great myth poses as fact in Dromana's history. Due to trove,there is no excuse for this any more. The myth is that the Dromana Hotel was built in 1857. The fact, as shown by trove articles included in my HERITAGE WALK, DROMANA journal, is that Watkins was operating the Scurfield Hotel in 1858 as well as supplying timber to Melbourne's builders,that Watkins established the Dromana Hotel in 1862 (probably in a temporary building because tenders were called by the architect in 1863 for a slate roof) and that George Assender renamed Scurfield's Hotel as the Arthurs Seat Hotel. The house and store probably became Alex Haldan's Dromana Villa and the first Post Office at the Foote St/Latrobe Parade corner run by Alex from 1858.

WILSON, Henry William. See A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA and LIME LAND LEISURE for extensive detail which would include the V&IM biography. The name of "Beauvoir" at 8 McCulloch St recalls the Beauvoir Arms hotel near London which Henry operated before emigrating. Countless peninsula streets (WILSON,THAMER, BURDETT, GODFREY etc) are named after members of the family. Henry acquired the nickname of Wingy because of a crushed hand.

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WORRELL,Joseph Edward, Mornington.
A native of the town born in 1862, he succeeded his father as secretary of the Mornington Shire Council and has held the position ever since. He is also an agent for insurance companies.

Assuming that the above did not start his municipal career at the age of 7, his father was also Joseph Edward Worrell.

MOUNT ELIZA DISTRICT ROAD BOARD.-Notice Is hereby given, that a MEETING of the board will be held at tho Road Board office, Esplanade, Mornington. at 8 O'clock p.m. on Saturday, the 6th November, 1869, for the purpose of making a rate for the ensuing year upon the rateable property in the above district, and that a statement of the said rate can be seen at the office of the board by all parties interested therein.
By order of the board, JOSEPH E. WORRELL, Olerk. Road Board Offlce, Mornington, October 25,1869.
(P.8, Argus, 30-10-1869.)

J.E.Snr. had been an auditor for the Road Board and most likely resigned as such to take over the position of clerk to the board.

In consequence of the resignation of Mr. Joseph E.Worrell as one of the auditors of the Mount Eliza Road Board, I hereby appoint Saturday, tho 26th day of September instant, at the Board-room, Mornington, at 1 o'clock in tho afternoon, for the purpose of ELECTING a person qualified to be an AUDITOR of the Mount Eliza Road District, in the place of the said Joseph E. Worrell. Dated this 15th day of Sept. 1868.
FRANCIS J. 8 STEPHEN, Chairman of the said Board, and Returning Officer. (P.8, Argus, 16-9-1868.)

COLES-WORRELL.-On tho 10th inst, at St. Peter's,Mornington, by tho Rev. James Glover, James John Coles, second son of Mr. James Coles, to Emma Austin, second daughter of J. E. Worrell, Esq. (P.4, Argus, 17-10-1867.)

I've just lost four hours of work despite a good internet signal and I think my computer is about to die. However it appears that Joseph Edward Worrell (born 1862) and Emma Austin Worrell (born 1842, married 1867 in Mornington) were half siblings, and both children of Joseph Edward Worrell (Road Board clerk by 1869), Emma from his first marriage to Emma Maria Chandley and Joseph Edward Jnr. from his second marriage in 1861.

N.B.The letter c.after the names of his two wives refers to the date on which they were christened not (circa)the date of the marriage.

John Edward Worrell - WorldConnect Project

ID: I95323553
Name: Joseph Edward Worrell
Given Name: Joseph Edward
Surname: Worrell
Sex: M
Birth: 23rd July 1817 in St Pancras?, London, England
Christening: 24th Oct 1817 St Pancras
Death: 1877 age 59 in Mornington, Victoria, Australia
_UID: 5A512FFA45BB4CD8A651486E33C4A166A375
Change Date: 27 Feb 2011 at 02:29
arrived Port Adelaide 22nd Oct 1849 on the 'Abberton'

details supplied by L Leonhardt -

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Father: John Edward Worrell b: 19th April 1788 in North Barsham, Norfolk, England
Mother: Henrietta Ann Austin b: Abt 1790 in Chester, Cheshire, England c: 1st Aug 1790 in St John The Baptist's

Marriage 1 Emma Maria Chandley b: 14th Jan 1817 in St Pancras, London?, England c: 31st March 1820 in St Pancras
Married: in London
Change Date: 26 Jan 2009
Has Children Henrietta Maria Cecelia or Cecilia Austin Worrell b: 1841 in St Pancras, London or Middlesex, England
Has No Children Emma Austin Worrell b: 1842 in Canada
Has Children Frances Fanny Austin Worrell b: 1843 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Has No Children Annie Austin Worrell b: 1845 in Canada

Marriage 2 Margaret Hutton Downward b: Abt 1824 in Sorell or Launceston, Tasmania, Australia c: 10th June 1824 in Sorell
Married: 1861 in Victoria, Australia
Change Date: 26 Jan 2009
Has No Children Joseph Edward Austin Downward Worrell b: 1862 in Snapper Point (now Mornington), Victoria, Australia
Has No Children Henry Austin Campbell Worrell b: 1864 in Hutt (? Mornington?), Victoria, Australia
Has No Children John Bell Austin Worrell b: 1866 in Mornington, Victoria, Australia
Has No Children Caroline Mary Austin Worrell b: 1868 in Snapper Point (now Mornington), Victoria, Australia

Joseph Worrell - Pioneer Graves in the Mornington Cemetery

Joseph Worrell

Joseph Edward Austin Downward Worrell was born in Mornington in September 1862, the child of Joseph and Margaret (Downward) Worrell.

His father, Joseph Worrell Snr., was the Shire Secretary, and when Joseph was 12 years of age he would help his father posting up the Shire’s books etc.

At the age of 14, Joseph was left an orphan, and the Mornington Shire Council appointed him secretary, and a year or two later, also clerk of works, under Mr. Muntz, the Shire Engineer. Joseph Worrell was therefore distinguished in having been the youngest shire secretary in the Commonwealth.

Joseph Worrell married Jessie Westbrook Downward in 1886* and resigned as Shire Secretary in 1888, to begin a career in Real Estate. He was also nominated, and was elected to council, becoming Shire President in 1901.

He was Secretary of the Mornington Butter factory, and for 20 years, was a member of the Mornington Cricket Club - for half of that time, he was captain.

Joseph died at the young age of 40 and the funeral, which took place in October 1902, was one of the largest seen in the district.
(Scan of WILLS AND BEQUESTS article) from The Argus 22 November 1902, p.16

Quote, from one of his many friends.

"He is gone, but his memory
With us will be ever green
A good man and a straighter one
Mornington has never seen"

*WORRELL—DOWNWARD.—On 4th May, at Carlton, Melbourne, by the Rev. T. W. McGregor, Joseph Edward, eldest son of the late J. E. Worrell, Mornington, Victoria, to Jessie Westbrook, youngest daughter of Joseph Downward, late of Hobart. ( Tasmanian News (Hobart, Tas. : 1883 - 1911) Saturday 15 May 1886 p 2 Family Notices)

The Downward family spent much time in Tasmania before coming to the Mornington Peninsula. Joan Downward showed me much information about the family's involvement on the Apple Isle. Hence the notice appearing in a Tasmanian paper.

YOUNG, Mark, Frankston.
A native of Ireland who came to Victoria in 1857,he kept hotels in Ballarat,Otago, N.Z. and Melbourne until1872 after which he built a house at Carrum which he sold on removing to Emerald Hill. In 1875,he purchased the Pier Hotel. He spent 3 700 pounds enlarging the hotel and building baths and a suspension bridge. A founder of the Hibernian Society,he has been President of the Dandenong Shire.

Thank goodness that's the last lot of scribbled notes to decipher and paraphrase.

Google LYNDHURST,COUNTY OF MORNINGTON to find Mark Young's grant on the Carrum Swamp.

I was sure I'd find an obituary if I searched trove for Mark Young, Frankston, obituary but I didn't. However my history buddy wrote plenty about him.

People: Mark Young: Publican, Councillor, and Farmer

Mark Young: Publican, Councillor, and Farmer

When the Victorian government opened the Carrum Swamp to settlement in 1871, Mark Young was one of the men who made a successful application for a licence. Prior to his residency on the swamp he lived at Ballarat and Melbourne, but later moved to Frankston and Tortoise Island in Westernport Bay.

An Irishman, Young came to the colony of Victoria on the ‘David G Fleming’ and arrived at Sandridge on November 27, 1857 when he journeyed to Ballarat. There he was involved in various occupations including keeping a store with his brother. This he did until 1861 when he joined a rush to Otago in New Zealand. There he kept stores at various locations for a short period of time before returning to Ballarat in 1862. He married Julia Baker on February 17, 1863 at St Alipius Roman Catholic Church, and together they had six children, five of whom were born in Ballarat. When the last child was born in Prahran in 1873 the family was living on the swamp. [1]

In Ballarat Young conducted the White Hart Hotel in Sturt Street and became very active in local affairs, serving on the boards of both the hospital and the benevolent institute, and for many years as hose officer in the Ballarat West volunteer fire brigade. He assisted other Irishmen in the foundation of the Ballarat Hibernian Benefit Society and later worked to achieve the amalgamation of that society with the Australian Catholic Benefit Society to form the Hibernian Australian Catholic Benefit Society of which he was elected first president. Selling the White Hart Hotel he purchased the Unicorn Hotel also in Sturt Street Ballarat before moving to Melbourne where he bought the business of the old Hummum’s Hotel in Bourke Street East. This hotel he renamed The Unicorn. Although a successful operation, Mark Young sold this business because of his wife’s ill health and moved with his family on September 19, 1872 to the Carrum Swamp where he had built a substantial house. [2]

Young had pegged out 187 acres of land which like numerous other allotments on the swamp had a serious water problem. To reach the back boundary of his property he was forced to make use of a rowing boat. Nevertheless, despite its physical condition Young persevered, building a substantial home and making other capital improvements to the property to the value of £1000. He joined with other men who had made selections on the swamp in pressing the government to make improvements to its drainage, and chaired a meeting of selectors at Mordialloc on March 11, 1872 where they decided to tax themselves one shilling for every acre of land they held and to do this for three years provided the government agreed to several conditions including making any new selectors liable to pay the tax. During this period Young was elected to the Dandenong Shire Council where he served as president in 1873.

A little over four years after the meeting at Mordialloc, Young, with several other selectors, appeared before the parliamentary select committee appointed to enquire into the promises made to the selectors regarding modifications made to the requirement that they should reside on their selection. [3] This condition was set out in the Land Act of 1869 under which the land was made available. By this time Young had left the swamp property to become the licensee of the Frankston Pier Hotel which he purchased for £380. However, he still had an interest in the swamp because in 1877 he bought from George Whitehead three hundred acres for £750. [4]

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Mark Young’s Pier Hotel, Frankston c1888.

At Frankston Young engaged in various community and business ventures. He spent about £3700 during the 1880s boom enlarging his hotel, building baths and a suspension bridge across the Kannanook Creek. Consequently, he was a strong advocate of measures to encourage visitors to Frankston for they would patronise his establishment. He was elected to the Hastings Frankston Council and while a member sold his baths to the shire. Originally built at a cost of £950, he sold them for £500 but at the time they were operating at a loss of £100 per year. Young argued that despite the operational loss the baths were worthwhile maintaining because they attracted respectable people to the town, people who would not bathe on the beach because they considered such action as immodest. By 1900 they had received considerable damage by storms and wild seas and were described as ‘romantic ruins’ by visitors. [5]

Mark Young stood as an ‘independent liberal’ candidate in the 1880 elections for the Victorian Legislative Assembly. His platform was expounded in a letter published in the South Bourke and Mornington Journal, and during presentations at local meetings of voters. [6] He argued that the prevailing tensions and lamentable differences existing between political parties had to be ended harmoniously and that he could provide the solution by providing a medium course of action, supporting no particular party. By this means he hoped to restore public confidence and improve the circulation of capital.

He advocated reforms to the constitution to allow an increase in the number of provinces, a reduction in the qualifications required for membership of the Legislative Council, and a shortening of the term of office. The civil service, he also argued, was due for reform. Some members needed to be retrenched but those remaining given more security and stability in tenure.

Young believed that all restrictions on bona fide agriculturists settling on the available Crown lands should be removed and at the termination of the squatters’ licences the pastoral holdings should be subdivided so that the farmer could combine grazing with agriculture. This policy was no doubt influenced by his experience on the Carrum Swamp where the difficulties selectors had in meeting the conditions of residency and capital improvements were well known to him. Other proposals included legislating to allow mining on private property, the removal of vexatious taxation, subsidising large ocean steamship companies, and introducing an eligible class of migrants to provide an additional supply of labour in country regions. He expressed strong opposition to what he saw as to the tendency to centralise power encouraged by both past and current administrations. This he believed was most injurious to the permanent welfare of the colony.

Young’s bid for election to the Legislative Assembly failed but he continued to maintain his interest in local affairs. Other activities of Young included forming a company to explore a gold find on the Hastings Road but the vein proved to be insignificant. He was acknowledged as the person responsible for the establishment of the Langwarrin Encampment Ground, the site for the training of Victorian troops before their embarkation to the African or Boer War. He also purchased six hectares of prime land fronting Beach Street Frankston in late 1885 as a speculative venture before leaving the district in 1906 for Westernport. On Tortoise Island he became a farmer where he was badly injured and had to be transported to a hospital in Melbourne.

He died at Malvern on July 27, 1921 when he was ninety one years of age and was buried in the Kew Cemetery. His wife and two of his six children died before him. [7]


Graham J Whitehead (Mark Young bought land from a member of Graham's family in 1877 as you might have noticed. Another article written by Graham pertaining to an entry in this journal is entitled TWO GOMM FAMILIES.)


Victoria and its metropolis: Past and Present, Volume 2, 188, page 401.
Leavitt, T W., History of Victoria and Melbourne. Page 21.
Report from the Select Committee on the Carrum Carrum Swamp Selectors, 1876.
Office of Titles, Melbourne. George Whitehead was the original selector of this land.
Jones, M., Frankston Resort City, 1989.
South Bourke and Mornington Journal, February 4, 1880.
Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Death Certificate, No 10691, 1921.

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SMITH.— On the 18th May, at private hospital, Somerville, Annie Catherine, dearly loved wife of the late Carl C. Juby Smith loving mother of Fred (deceased), Edgar (deceased), Charles (deceased), Caroline (Mrs. George Clarke, Red Hill), Frances (Mrs. Geo. Gibson, Red Hill), aged 76 years. (P.1,Argus, 20-5-1930.)

In 1919,Carl Jaby Smith of Red Hill was assessed on 105 acres and buildings, 15 B, Kangerong,as he had been in 1910 when he was described as an orchardist. This property was south of the Kangerong Nature Conservation Reserve, extending south to the bend in Red Hill Rd near number 227 where it adjoined the Huntleys' Hillside Orchard. The Gibsons were over Red Hill Rd on crown allotment 78A, Balnarring.

EventDeath Event registration number1762 Registration year1929
Personal information
Family nameSMITH Given namesCarl Christian Juby SexUnknown Father's nameSmith Mother's nameCaroline (Juby) Place of birth Place of deathHoth E Age73


Who's Doug Bachli?
Sport Australia Hall of Fame - Athlete Members
Bachli MBE, Mr Douglas, Golf, 1987. Baker, Mr Reginald 'Snowy', Boxing, Rugby Union, Diving, Swimming, Polo, 1985. Bannerman, Mr Charles, Cricket, 1986.

The rough location of the Patron Park Stud was discovered during my research for the HERITAGE WALK, ROSEBUD journal. As the stud was actually in Dromana but my HERITAGE WALK,DROMANA journal deals with sites on or near the Esplanade, I thought a new journal was the best idea.

The Rosebud journal gives much information about the Bachli family under the ROSEBUD HOTEL entry. Both Rosebud and Dromana had their share of famous people and we Rosebud residents are willing to share Doug with Dromana.

The Bachli family seems to have been involved in the hospitality industry for some time before Doug's father, John Phillip (Phil)took on Rosebud's long- awaited hotel in 1941. Frank (probably Doug's great uncle) ran a hotel at Ararat pre 1916, Doug's father had a hotel at Shepparton before moving to Canberra in the mid 1930's,probably to look after his father, William, and run Brassey House for him. After leaving Rosebud,Doug, three years after his marriage to Dorothy and living in Surrey Hills, took on a hotel in Melbourne in 1956.

Phil and Doug were passionate about the Sport of Kings but I have found no evidence of their involvement in this pursuit before their arrival in Rosebud. Their horses certainly competed after this time at Canberra and no doubt the opportunity was taken to meet old friends still living there.

While the Patron Park Stud was being established, Doug was probably running the hotel and helping Phil to erect stables, fencing etc. on the 48 acre stud whenever he could so the footy ground across the road from the Rosebud Hotel was probably instrumental in honing the skills that won him the 1954 British Amateur Championship. Along with this and his service in W.W.2 (see comment under the ROSEBUD journal), Doug spent precious little time on golf courses in the first half of the 1940's.

Trove searches for the location of the stud involved many fruitless hours and the following was discovered in a google search for PATRON PARK STUD,DROMANA. Of course Harbison Rd had to be Harrisons Rd. The stud was probably being sold by the Doody family which had bought it from Doug; they had another stud at Diggers Rest.

"patron Park" .Harbison .Road Dromana Stud .Farm, Freehold.

PAGE 14, THE AGE, JUNE 10, 1964.
THURSDAY, JUNE 18,at 2:30 p.m., on the Property
Firstly to be offered in one lot of approx.48 acres but if not sold to be offered in two lots.
COMPRISING: (1)36 acres 3 roods 33 perches approx.; (2) 12 acres approx.
LOT 1 (a) Delightful 6 roomed weatherboard dwelling with 3 roomed S.C. flat. Together with all floor coverings,light fittings, and shades, blinds and drapes.
(b) Complete stud farm consisting of 10 divided agistment paddocks,loose boxes,State Rivers water connected to each paddock,Saddling yards, stables, feed sheds &c.
LOT 2 is a vacant lot of land divided into approx.four paddocks with State Rivers water connected to each paddock.
Terms 10%deposit,balance 60 days.
For inspection and prior offers,please contact:
Phone 24 6681 or 28 Chester St,Oakleigh. 569 0661.

The actual location of the 48 acres is yet to be pinpointed. A possible Doody descendant at Sunbury or Doug's son,Paul, might be able to help me. What is of interest is that no training track was mentioned. My guess is that the stud was close to Melway 160 H-J 7-8 where 117 acres,DROMANA RACECOURSE was gazetted in 1872.

*pdf 525kB - Golf Society of Australia
Mar 10, 2000 - Vale - Douglas William Bachli - (1922 - 2000). The Golf Society of Australia lost ... of his son Paul, “I have lost my hero” - we have all lost a hero.

There was only one Bachli in White Pages for the whole of Melbourne. He was Doug's son but he had never seen Patron Park Stud. However,he gave me the mobile number of Doug's youngest son,Paul. I rang Paul but there was no answer and I left a message. Paul rang back first thing this morning. He knew where it was and spoke of black gates and the new name of Palimino Stud. He said the stud was near the Tech.School. As I drove north past the school, there was no sign of black gates. When I reached the north end of the recreation reserve with the subdivision of the Moat family's grants on my left,I knew it was time to turn around. That was when I saw the sign: PALiMINO STUD. It was 59 Harrisons Rd. Then I saw a Californian Bungalow with a four wheel drive in front of it but no driveway. This had to be the delightful weatherboard house of 1964 but I had to drive past it to the black gates with Palimino Stud wrought upon them.

As I walked up the driveway two pairs of eyes watched me warily. I introduced myself and explained my purpose to the older pair of eyes which filled with enthusiasm. Their owner showed me the stables (feed room,tack room,stalls with sliding doors which still slide beautifully and the concrete pad outside the feed room on which stood a silo which fed the feedboxes. Then he escorted me through the self contained three roomed flat attached to the north east corner of the house,and told me that the foundations of the six roomed weatherboard house had been compressed when somebody had substituted heavy terra cotta tiles for corrugated iron. The house, flat and stabling were all on five acres with grapevines on a paddock behind them. There is a lane on the north side of the house along which feed could probably be carried to each of the specified 10 agistment paddocks but Patron Park probably also extended to the south as well as east.

As we walked toward the black gates, I asked the owner his name and how to spell the surname. It was Frank Hilli* and I knew immediately why he hadn't been to the BACK TO RED HILL reunion on March 22, 2015. He mentioned the old passion fruit factory in Harrisons Rd and I told him about Barry Wright's photo of it in my MEMORIES OF RED HILL,POST 1940 journal. He told me it was now the Whispering Vines Cafe,done up beautifully with brick cladding and it certainly does look great,up the long drive from the impressive brick entrance (TOLLEO ESTATE?)

*There was a four day Hilli/ Cleine reunion on the same weekend that I only found out about after the hall had been booked and the date of the BACK TO RED HILL was publicised.

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This bloke was a genius!

Dead or Alive
Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1939 - 1949) Thursday 5 December 1946 p 12 Article.

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Alex. Haldan's name appears just once,on page 132, in Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, as one of the signatories in 1861 supporting Robert Quinan's bid for his private school to be chosen ahead of Daniel Nicholson's to become the Dromana Common School.

Silly me! I thought that Alex was the husband of Frances Holden whose store was near the Carrigg St corner. However, later investigation showed that the husband of Frances (who almost reached her 102nd birthday) was James Holden,a completely different person.

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

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HALDAN, Alexander b: CA 1818 in Ayr, Scotland d: 14 NOV 1876 in Dromana, Victoria

Sourced from above website.
HALDAN.-On the 14th inst., at his residence, Dromana, Alexander Haldan, late of Ayrshire, Scotland, aged 58.
(P.1, Argus,15-11-1876.)

Alexander Haldan was born into the Haldan family. He married Henderson Margaret (Balman?) Haldan and had (1???) child together: Andrew Haldan.
(Alexander Haldan - Dromana - › History › Haldan Family)

POSTSCRIPT. NO WONDER I HADN'T FOUND A MARRIAGE NOTICE. TRYING TO FIND WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO MARGARET'S SUPPOSED PARENTS,I TRIED "HENDERSON,DROMANA". Still no evidence re Margaret's parents. At least we can see where the given name of Andrew (born 1869) came from. Another postscript follows the HENDERSON information below.

HALLADAN(sic)—HENDERSON.—On the 13th inst., by the Rev. I. Hetherington, at the residence of Captain Ruffle, Williamstown, uncle of the bride, Alexander Halladan (sic), Dromana , third son of the Rev. Andrew
Halladan, Ayrshire, Scotland, to Margaret Balmonne Henderson. No cards.(P.4, Argus,15-1-1863.)

HALDAN.—On the 29th ult., at Dromana, the wife of Alexander Haldan of a daughter.(P.4,Argus,1-4-1864.)

David Moffett On Birth Certificate - Historical records and ...
David married Margaret (Balmanne?) WILSON (born HALDAN) on month day 1886, at age 26 at ... Margaret was born on March 29 1864, in Dromana, Melbourne.(Not much more on page.)

WILSON-HALDAN.-On the 16th ult., at the residence of the bride's mother, Belmont-house, Drummond- street, Carlton, by the Rev. John Strang, David Moffat, second son of Thomas Wilson (of Wilson, Corben, and Co.) to Maggie Barbara, eldest daughter of the late Alexander Haldan, of Dromana, and niece of the late Drs. John Campbell and Bernard Haldan, Ayr, Scotland.(P.1, Argus,13-4-1886.)

[HALDAN.-- On the 18th February, at 770 Drummond street, Carlton, Margaret Balmanno,widow of the late Alexander Haldan (formerly of Ayr), aged 65 years. Scotch papers please copy. (P.1,Argus, 23-2-1903.)

POSTSCRIPT, 24-10-2017. It was not until about six months ago that I discovered that Victorian BDM could be accessed online. Here is Margaret's death record.
EventDeath Event registration number1008 Registration year1903
Personal information
Family nameHALDAN Given namesMargt Balmanns SexUnknown Father's nameHenderson Jas Mother's nameJane (Beveridge) Place of birth Place of deathCarl N Age65 Spouse's family name Spouse's given names

Jane Jessie Haldan,Dromana, Australia,In 1866 Father-Alexander Haldan Mother-Henderson Margaret (Balman?) Haldan
(Jane Haldan Birth Records

Name/Birth place/Date/ Father/Mother
Andrew Haldan,Dromana Australia in 1869, Alexander Haldan, Henderson Margaret (Balman?) Haldan
(Andrew Haldan Birth Records

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 27 May 1869 p 4 Family Notices
... ; daughter. HALDAN.—On the 22nd inst, at Dromana, the wife of Alexander Haldan of a son.

The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Wednesday 28 August 1867 p 7 Article
... - Tucker; Dandenong East, W. Brisbane, Borwick ; Kangoronsr. A. Haldan, postmastor, Dromana ; Snapper Point ...

The Postmaster-General was waited upon on Friday by Mrs.(Alex.)Haldan, accompanied by Mr. Fergusson, M.L.A., the object being to draw his attention to the inconvenience caused to the residents of Dromana by the removal of the post and telegraph office from that place to some distance outside Dromana. Mrs. Haldan represented that her husband had held the office of postmaster in Dromana for many years till the office was removed,and if it were now re-transferred to Dromana she was willing to supply a building for the purpose free of cost to the department. Mr. Cuthbert replied that if it was the wish of the residents generally that the office should be re-transferred,he would take the matter into consideration.

Mr.Gibson, the lessor of the post-office building, afterwards waited upon the Postmaster-General, and represented that he was one of the guarantors to the department in regard to the post-office at Dromana, and he desired that they might not be called upon to pay the deficiency of L.105 in the revenue. In support of his request he quoted several precedents, and Mr. Cuthbert promised to take the matter into consideration. Telegraph.
(South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic. : 1872 - 1920) Wednesday 5 June 1878 p 2 Article)

ROBERT CALDWELL, Esq., J.P. - Sir.- His Excellency the Governor having proclaimed by notice in the Government Gazette the Road District of Kangerong, we, the undersigned landholders and householders, have to request you to convene a meeting of the landholders and householders of the above district to form a Road Board, in
conformity with the 10th Vict., No. 40.
We are, Sir, (only corrected names here)
Alexander Haldan, do.
Peter Pedato, do. , (Pidoto)
Thomas Milne, do.
Richard Watkin, householder.
Thomas Ginley, do.
Abraham Griffith, do.
15th July, 1863.

In conformity with the above requisition, I hereby.....HOUSEHOLDERS, to be held at the Scurfleld Hotel,
Dromana, on 3rd August, at 2 p.m., for the purpose of (etc.)

In LIME LAND LEISURE,C.N.Hollished stated that Alex. was a landholder,which came from the notice to Robert Caldwell. This might give the impression that he had a farm but he probably owned three township blocks,about an acre and a half, on which he would have built the original Carnarvon,the original post office. See my journal,HERITAGE WALK,DROMANA. He had built this by the 1865 assessment when he was rated on one acre and a six roomed house with outbuildings. In fact it would have been constructed before the 3-9-1864 assessment; either the rate collector forgot to assess him or my transcription was faulty. He was an electoral registrar for the general election.

The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Thursday 14 April 1864 p 6 Article
... . Tucker, Cranbourne ; Dandenong East, W. Brisbane, Berwick ; Kangerong, Alexr. Haldan, postmaster, Dromana

By 1866,he had become a trustee for the Mechanics' Institute

Charles Barnett, Daniel Nicholson, James M'Lean, Alexander Haldan and Robert Caldwell to be trustees of the land set apart on tho 8th of August, 1864, for Mechanics' Institute purposes at Dromana.
(P.6,The Age,20-6-1866.)

HENDERSON George M. 1875-9
Excerpt from John Cain's memories (included at the start of this journal.)
The Flinders and Kangerong Road Boards amalgamated and constituted the shire of Flinders and Kangerong. In the following August in '75 all the members were disbanded; four candidates were nominated for three in the west riding and he (John Cain) was successful and has never been opposed since. His colleagues were Messrs W. B. Ford and Robert Anderson, the latter held the seat till three years ago (John Barker jun, S. Tuck, and Geo. Henderson centre riding), (David Mairs, Caldwell and Robert Wighton east riding).

FLINDERS AND KANGERONG SHIRE Present:the President (John Barker junr.) Councillors McLear, Cain Anderson, Ford and Henderson. As had been anticipated considerable discussion ensued on the resumption of the question touching the action of councillor Henderson in interfering with the drains whereby his and the adjoining lands were completely submerged. A letter was read from Mr. Peddle, complaining of the damage done to his property through the water being diverted from its proper channel, and the outlet stopped up. Pointing out that the fact of Mr. Henderson being a Councillor rendered him more culpable in violating the law and, that if the Council did not take cognizance of his having done so it could not consistently prosecute for similar offences in future. Mr. Watkin also stated that he had and was still sustaining great injury from the same cause. The President thought that a reprimand would meet the case. Councillor, Anderson however. thought that Mr Henderson being a Councillor his infringement of the Act was more censurable; and, as great injury had been done to a great number of ratepayers, some stronger action should be taken in the matter. It was ultimately decided to reprimand Councillor Henderson, and a resolution to that effect was passed. The Secretary was in- structed to serve the notice requiring the re-opening of the drains in question.
(P.3, South Bourke and Mornington Journal, 31-7-1878.)

Nelson Ruddick (sic, Rudduck) v. G. M. Henderson ; 10, for money paid at defendant's request. Mr F. Stephen for plaintiff ; Mr Walsh for defendant. This case arose out of a drain being cut through the land of both plaintiff and defendant as recommended by Mr Muntz, the Engineer to the Shire, and to which the respective owners were to contribute, Mr Henderson's share being the amount claimed and which the plaintiff proved Mr Henderson had entrusted the plaintiff to pay for him, but which the defendant afterwards repudiated, as not being correct. After a brief hearing, in which the parties to the suit were examined, his Honor gave a verdict for the amount claimed and 5 10s. costs.(P.3, South Bourke and Mornington Journal, 16-2-1881.)

In order to make sense of the proximity of Henderson, Peddle, Watkins and Rudduck, the last three suffering from Henderson's drainage issues in the above two articles, some more rate research was needed. My first suspicion was that the incidents involved the Westernport area. However, the first shire rate record of 1875 showed that George Meldrum Henderson, butcher was assessed on 30 acres and a 3 roomed house in Dromana and 60 acres in Dromana . I suspect that the 60 acre property was crown allotment 12, section 1, Kangerong. Consisting of 60 acres 3 roods and 24 perches, this land, granted to Captain Ross,and bounded by Jetty Rd, Palmerston Ave, Mary St and Boundary Rd,became Spencer Jackson's Panoramic Estate. It is hilly and would have a tremendous run-off after heavy rain. It is across Palmerston Avenue from crown allotment 5 of section 1 of section 1. (More about crown allotment 5 later!)

There is no need to guess the location of the 30 acres, which being west of McCulloch St, actually was part of Dromana (Township); section 1 Kangerong was not and the post office was actually in the west corner of Foote St with much protest about it being moved closer to the pier later on.

These three suburban allotments in section E of the township were granted to G.M.Henderson on the dates shown below. C/A 5, 7 acres 3 roods 31 perches, granted 16-5-1876.
C/A 6, 8 acres 2 roods, granted 16-5-1876. The three roomed house was probably on one of these blocks.
C/A 7, 15 acres 2 roods 37 perches, granted 20-2-1883.
This gives a total of 31 acres and 28 perches but if the roods and perches were ignored, the total would be 30 acres. This land was bounded at the south end by Seawind Lane, Pindara Rd and McLear Rd (Melway 159 F12)and extended north to the present Arthurs Seat State Park.

By 1877, George was assessed on 114 acres Kangerong, a description used until 1884 when George was assessed on 137 acres Kangerong and 80 acres and buildings Wannaeue. The same property was assessed in 1885 but in 1886 George was only assessed on the 80 acres, this time described as being in Kangerong. I believe this land was in Wannaeue (across Pindara Rd from the 30 acres) but with such lack of certainty in the rate records, it would be a five week job to determine its location.

George Henderson was not the first or last to get rid of his flood by donating it to a neighbour. Back Road Bob Cairns did the same thing to Robert Henry Adams near the corner of Hove Rd and Bayview Rd (Hobson's Flat Rd)in about 1906, with William Hobley being wrongly blamed, Robert Anderson of Barragunda taking the side of Cairns and being ridiculed about his attempts to get back on council, and Robert Adams threatening Robert Cairns and his son with a shovel when they took a short cut. (Google "Hobson's Flat Road".)

As mentioned before, the future Panoramic Estate was across Palmerston Ave from Crown allotment 5, section 1, Kangerong. Consisting of 36 acres and 25 perches, it was granted to a speculator who obviously subdivided it. James Holden and John McLear had one acre blocks east and west of Carrigg St and Peter Pidota and Richard Watkins had 17 acres each. Watkins had built a 12 roomed house (yes, that's what the helpful rate collector called the Dromana Hotel!) by about 1862. Crown allotment 5 was bounded by the Esplanade (beach road), the Carrigg St/Kangerong Ave midline, Palmerston Ave and the Solander/Marna St midline. Lou Carrigg bought the Pidota 17 acre portion and the 34 acres became Spencer Jackson's Foreshore Estate in 1927.

Henry Pedder was a hotel keeper, so referring to the letter read to council, I had to assume he was running the Dromana Hotel for Watkins. But that's not what the rate records show. Newspaper articles refer to the Peddles at the Bay View and then the Royal Hotel at Hastings. Henry was assessed on 139 acres, Bittern in 1875 but by 1880, this had become 115 acres. Henry was granted 115 acres, being crown allotment 83A, Bittern on 24-3-1882. This had a 1268 metre frontage to Frankston-Flinders Rd and its queer eastern boundary can be seen faintly traced in Melway 164 H 2 and 3; the left half of Melway 164 H4 was part of 83A.

This was the most northerly part of the parish of Bittern east of Hendersons Rd and was in the Flinders and Kangerong Shire. Just across the Warringine Creek was Hastings (in the parish of Tyabb and Shire of Mornington of which Councillor Peddle was elected President in August 1879.)

Henry Peddle was only ever assessed in the east riding of the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong, never in the Centre Riding of which Dromana was a part. Therefore, I presume the letter read to council was written by Mr Pidota, a man much discussed in local histories but seemingly never in newspapers (perhaps because they never got his name right!) This would explain why Mr Watkin (sic) was also affected.

George Meldrum Henderson's last assessment was in 1886.

DROMANA. During the recent thunder storm a valuable cow belonging to Mr. Henderson,butcher of Dromana was killed by lightning. The animal was grazing in a small paddock on the side of Arthur's seat at the time the accident occurred. There is no doubt of death having been caused by the electric fluid ; the symptoms being unmistakeable.(P.3,South Bourke and Mornington Journal, 13-2-1878.)

Oh, Peter Pidota exists after all! The township boundary has just been mentioned in this entry.
A matter of considerable importance to a number of ratepayers of Flinders and Kangerong Shire came before the Council at the meeting on Saturday last. Mr. R. Watkins alleged that Councillor Henderson had made an opening from drain on public land so as to divert the water on to his own land thereby swamping his own land , submerging his neighbours' land, greatly to their detriment. Captain Pidoto also spoke of the serious damage done to his property by the action of Councillor Henderson. What action the Council mean to take is not yet known, but it would appear by the 400th section part 16 Local Government Act, that the Councillor's liable to make good the drain so diverted. and to a penalty not exceeding 20.... A petition was presented by Councillor McLear; praying that the boundary of the present township of Dromana might be so extended as to include the jetty and other places of business. The petition was signed by a number of owners of land in the township, and also by nearly all the owners of land sought to be incorporated. Notice of motion was given for the consideration of the matter at the next meeting of the Council.
(P.3, South Bourke and Mornington Journal, 3-7-1878.)

THIS DAY Kirk's Bazaar
To Racing Men, Shippers for India, and Others
M'CULLOCH, CAMPBELL, and Co have received instructions from Mr Geo M Henderson, Dromana, to SELL by AUCTION, on Thursday, May 29, at twelve o'clock,The thoroughbred race mare Miss Jane by L L ,
by Touchstone out of Sunbeam, by The Hermit (imp ) She is half sister to the noted horse Flinders and Lady Somerville.(P. 2, Argus, 29-5-1879.)
Lady Somerville and Lord Somerville were owned by Alf Jones of the Almond Bush Stud at Somerville. He and Hodgins were two of the three Canadians who supplied wood to the "Liverpool" anchored well offshore in Canadian Bay.

Was this George's father?
HENDERSON -On the 1st inst., at Dromana, Victoria,
James Henderson formerly of Kirkcaldy, Scotland, aged 78 years. Home papers please copy.
(P.1, Argus, 20-1-1875.)
His mother?
The death occurred here on Tuesday of Mrs Henderson, a very old lady. Deceased had been ailing for a very long time,and was 82 years of age. She leaves behind a grown-up family, one of her sons living at present near Rosebud. The funeral took place at the Dromana cemetery, Mr Welling, the local Presbyterian minister, con- ducting the burial service.((P.2, Mornington Standard, 21-1-1905.)
The son was probably Lawrence Henderson who had 105 acres, 31CD, Wannaeue in 1900.This was granted to Dromana pioneer, John Townsend, and bounded by Hove Rd, Rosebud Pde, Waterfall Gully Rd and Bayview/Old Cape Schanck Rd.

DEATH. HENDERSON. - On 17th inst., at Dromana, Juliana Elizabeth Henderson, in her 83rd year. Relict of the late James Henderson, C.E., Glasgow. (P.2, Bairnsdale Advertiser and Tambo and Omeo Chronicle, 19-1-1905.)

Finally, I wonder if George was related to William Henderson after whom Henderson Rd (southern extension of Somerville's Jones Rd and Tyabb's Boes Rd) was probably named, who later moved to Frankston-Cranborne Rd.

HENDERSON Reginald David 1961-4 ??????

POSTSCRIPT. I tried a google search for HENDERSON,DROMANA CEMETERY. Gemma would be a feminine version of James so I presume that Gemma Wiseman would be descended from blacksmith,James Wiseman, one of Red Hill's earliest pioneers. Gemma's website has a photo of William Henderson's gravestone and she has written the following comment.

Challenge of Dromana Cemetery - Gemma's ~~~ "Greyscale ...
May 1, 2012 - Dromana Cemetery is not far from my home on the Mornington ... Was James Henderson's brother the only connection with Dromana? Strange ..

So I console myself with a few zoomed views of nearby graves.
This crumbling grave is right at the entrance gate of the cemetery.
(INSCRIPTION. William Henderson M.I.C.E., born at Glasgow,Scotland,24-1-1854. Entered into rest Wannaeue Victoria 11-12-1898.)

William Henderson was a civil engineer from Glasgow, specialising in designing waterworks.
It was in that capacity he emigrated and became well known in Victoria for his skills.
Excerpt from ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers)
Mr. Henderson’s connection with the Colony of Victoria commenced in the year 1886, when he was engaged in making
reports and estimates for irrigation projects under the instructions
of the Royal Commission on Water-Supply. He was then
appointed executive engineer to the Victorian Water-Supply
Department, in which capacity he designed and superintended the
construction of national irrigation works in the district of
Goulburn. He was also engaged in preparing a report and
estimates for a supply of water for domestic and stock purposes
over about 17,000 square miles in the Mallee District. He retired
from the service of the Victorian Water-Supply Department in
1895, and started to practise on his own account as a hydraulic
Shortly afterwards, he was struck down with paralysis and died at the age of 44 in his brother's home near Dromana.
What I wonder is, where was his private practice? Dromana?
The Mallee district, where James mainly worked, is in the far north of Victoria.
Dromana is in the far south.
Was James Henderson's brother the only connection with Dromana?
Strange to find such a large memorial to a public figure who may not have lived in the area.

NOTE #1: The M.I.C.E. on the grave = Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers

HENDERSON. — On the 11th December, at his brother's residence, Bracken-lodge, Wannaeue,near Dromana, William Henderson, C.E., late of V.W.S. department, eldest son of the late James Henderson, C.E., Glasgow, aged 44 years.(P.22,The Australasian,24-12-1898.)


I was staggered when I could find no mention of Peter Pidota of Dromana on trove. He was obviously part of the area's folklore. Not only was he discussed in some detail in Colin McLear's A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, but also in Isabel Moresby's ROSEBUD FLOWER OF THE PENINSULA; Isabel only knew OF Peter and called him Antonio Pidota, confusing his name with that of Rosebud fisherman, Antonio Bosina, but she knew the name of his vessel, "Little Angelina". C.N.Hollinshed has confused family historians with the genealogy in his LIME LAND LEISURE, but to give him credit, he did get the spelling of Peter's surname right-PIDOTO. As I was only scanning his book for information not presented in other local histories, I did not notice this at the time. As soon as I changed my search to Pidoto,the results came flooding in,revealing other Pidoto mariners at Williamstown.

There is plenty of information about Peter in my journals so this journal deals only with Peter's family.

PIDOTO -On the 20th inst, at his residence, Dromana house, Rowe street, North Fitzroy, Carmello (Peter), the beloved husband of F.E. Pidoto, late of Dromana. R.I.P.(P.1, Argus, 28-9-1891.)

The friends of the late Captain P. PIDOTO, late of Dromana, are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, Melbourne Cemetery.
The funeral will leave his late residence Dromana house, Rowe street, North Fitzroy, THIS DAY (Monday, 28th inst.) at half past 3 o'clock. JOHN DALEY, Undertakcr, Latrobe and Spring streets, Melbourne Telephone 827. (P.1,Argus, 28-9-1891.)

Name--------Birth Place/Date--------Father---------Mother
Rose Pidoto-Dromana, Australia,1866-Carmelo Pidoto-Taylor Frances Pidoto

WALLACE —PIDOTO. —On the 26th December,1900, at St. John's R.C. Church, Clifton Hill,by the Rev. R. Collins, assisted by the Rev.M. Dolan, William Wallace, department of Mines, Melbourne, son of the late William Wallace, of Sale, Gippsland, to Carmela, daughter of the late Captain Carmelo Pidoto, of North Fitzroy and Dromana.

PIDOTO.—On the 5th October, at her residence, 16 Brennand-street,North Fitzroy, Frances Elizabeth, relict of
the late Captain Carmelo Pidoto, dearly loved mother of Rose (Mrs Grogan, Elmore), Mary (Mrs. Hayes,Prahran), Josephine (deceased), Annie (Mrs.Williams, Western Australia), Carmela (Mrs. Wallace, Preston) Lottie (North
Fitzroy ),Nena (Mrs Burren, North Fitzroy, Jack (South Australia)*, and Will (Drouin),aged 85 years, late of
Dromana. R I.P. Our darling mother. —Interred privately, 7th October, by Alfred Allison, Clifton Hill.
(P.21, Advocate,15-10-1931.)

* JACK IN S.A.-Cable Extensions in Pirie.
Five men under Mr. J. Pidoto (line foreman at Wallaroo) are engaged in extensions of telephone cables along The Terrace and Goode road, Pirie West. It is expected that they will be some weeks on the job.As a result of the extensions, portion of the overhead gear will be eliminated, and some of the poles in the two thoroughfares affected will be removed. Mr.Pidoto was in charge of similar work in Ellen street some time ago.
(Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 - 1954) Saturday 16 May 1936 p 1 Article.)

Frances Elizabeth Taylor (1846-1931) - Familypedia

Frances Elizabeth Taylor was born 1846 in Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom to William Taylor (c1806-1885) and Mary Harrison (c1808-1885) and died 1931 in Clifton Hill, Victoria, Australia of unspecified causes. She married Carmelo Pidoto (1836-1891) 1869 in Victoria, Australia. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.

Frances Elizabeth Taylor
Birth: 1846 Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom Ω
Death: 1931 Clifton Hill, Victoria, Australia
Father: William Taylor (c1806-1885)
Mother: Mary Harrison (c1808-1885)
Carmelo Pidoto (1836-1891)
Wedding: 1869 Victoria, Australia ₪

Offspring of Frances Elizabeth Taylor and Carmelo Pidoto (1836-1891)
Rose Pidoto (1866-1967)
Mary Jane Pidoto (1868-1951)
Guiseppa Pidoto (1870-)
Angelina Pidoto (1873-1947)
Carmela Elizabeth Pidoto (1875-1942)
Maude Charlotte Pidoto (1878-1960)
Guivania Pidoto (1880-1964)
Giovanni Pidoto (1882-1972)
William Henry Pidoto (1884-1973)

The parents of Frances Elizabeth seem to have lived near Dromana and it is possible that there was a relationship with Alf Harrison after whom Harrisons Rd was named.

POSTSCRIPT.It is ironic that the 1869 Post Office Directory was found during an idle moment when I googled Peter Pidoto. Not having seen the genealogical information below,this entry did tickle my fancy; I wondered if he was related to the Father Of Keilor,not knowing he was Peter Pidoto's father in law!

Taylor Wm., farmer, Kangerong

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This tree is by again another cousin who also descends from Anthony Taylor: . It also has a death for Anthony's father William, and there is a death registration to match this death, father's name given was John Taylor. No mother's name given. Birth about 1806 in Nottinghamshire (this place of birth is incorrect as he said born Derbyshire in 1841, and his wife Mary born outside Derbyshire.) The death registration gives date of death as 1 Sep 1885 at Kangerong, Mornington and buried at Dromana Cemetery on 3 Sep 1885. His occupation farmer (miller in 1841 census) and his father's occupation rate collector. Died of old age (but it could have been grief - see below). Wife Mary Harrison. Informant his son William. Married Nottinghamshire (this may be correct). 34 years in Victoria (arrived about 1851). Children Jane deceased, John 54, Henry 51, Anthony deceased, Thomas 46, Sarah Anne 41, Frances Elizabeth 39, William 36, Emma deceased.

Fortuitously the death of William's wife Mary is the one immediately above his on the death registration. This is why he may have died of grief. She died of hemiplegia (paralysis of one side of the body) caused by a stroke 3 weeks earlier. She died at Kangerong on 16 Aug 1885. Her parents names are unknown. Her son William was the informant. Buried at Dromana Cemetery. Born Nottinghamshire (this may be correct) about 1808.

Your ancestors John Taylor (who married Mary Ann Norton) and Thomas Taylor (who married Phoebe Isabella Camden) had a sister Frances Elizabeth Taylor born about 1846 according to the age given on their parent’s death registrations. She died in 1931 as Frances Elizabeth Pidoto, the daughter of William Taylor and Mary Harrison.

This is a family tree from a cousin by marriage. This person descends from a brother of the husband of Frances Elizabeth Taylor, the sister of John Taylor and Thomas Taylor. It has good details about Frances Elizabeth’s children.

This family tree is from a cousin, a descendant of Frances Elizabeth Taylor through her daughter Carmelo Elizabeth Pidoto. It has the wrong parents and place of birth for Frances Elizabeth Taylor, and many marriages that are not hers as well, and a child by the name of Annie Selina Taylor who also was not her child. She only married Carmelo Pidoto. It is also missing some of Frances Elizabeth Taylor’s children with Carmelo Pidoto.

Carmelo Pidoto, died 1891
Carmelo Pidoto was born to Giovanni Pidoto and Rosa Pidoto (born Strana).
Giovanni was born in 1800, in Italy.
Rosa was born in 1806.
Carmelo had one brother: Mariano James Pidoto.
Carmelo married Frances Elizabeth Pidoto (born Taylor).
Frances was born in 1846.
They had 9 children: Rose Pidoto, Mary Jane Pidoto and 7 other children.
Carmelo passed away in month 1891, at death place.

Where did the name of Peter's ship,"little Angelina" come from? Did he name it after his fourth child? This would seem to dispel such a theory.

Mr. William Duthie reports the sale on account of the Gipps Land S N Company, of the schooner Little Angelina, 33 tons register, to Captain P. Pidoto, at a satisfactory price.
(The Argus Saturday 25 June 1881 p 6 Article)

However,Peter must have been leasing the schooner since 1875 when Angelina was only about two years old.

FOR DROMANA_The clipper schooner LITTLE ANGELINA, now RECEIVING CARGO at New Dock, will be despatched early next week, and take the place of the Saucy Jack. For rate of freight, &&, apply to P. PIDOTO, on board, New Dock. (P.1, Argus, 11-9-1875.)

In an unobtrusive way, -says-the-Argus, Williamstown now and again contributes its mild share in shipbuilding to the commercial marine of the colony, and the latest craft launched from the local stocks is the Little
Angeline, a fore-and-aft schooner, built at Mr. Legg's yard for Captain Peter Pidoto, of Dromana, and intended for trading there, or the adjacent colonies if necessary. She is a pretty model, and a well-finished vessel in
all respects, and the following are her dimensions :-Length, 67ft. 4in. ; beam, 16ft. 8 in.; and depth of hold, 5ft. 3in. She is 35 tons register, but can carry 70 tons dead weight on a draught of 4ft. 6in.; which will
prove serviceable in shallows or bar harbours.

The schooner is substantially put together, and colonial woods have been used in her construction. The framework is made of blue gum and red gum, the planking of blue gum, and the decks and spars of Kauri pine.
She is also fitted with two centre boards, and has a very pretty shield figure-head. On being launched on Saturday, hearty wishes were expressed for a successful career for the Little Angeline.
(P.2,Williamstown Chronicle,28-8-1875.)

Peter's brother Mariano, of Williamstown,was also a master mariner. There is plenty of genealogical information on trove about his family. Mariano seems to have been definitely born in 1834 but the U.K. website, where I found the details of Peter's death in 1891 (scans of death and funeral notices)states that Peter was born in 1831. Another website above states that Peter was born in 1836.

Peter seems to have had command of many vessels over the years. The ADMIRAL was probably the first.
FOR DROMANA.-The ADMIRAL, cutter, now lying at the New Dock, will sail on Monday, the 4th June.

FOR DROMANA.-Cutter ITALIA, lying in the New Dock, is ready to RECEIVE CARGO. Will sail about Thursday next.
(P.1, Argus, 11-2-1867.)

FOR DROMANA, on Tuesday next, from New Dock, the cutter G. F. VERDON. Freight, 12s. for less than three tons, and 10s. upwards, to be paid on delivery.Captain PETER PIDOTO.

FOR DROMANA.-Tho ROSA and MARY JANE will RECEIVE CARGO THIS DAY at the New Dock, and sail Tuesday.
P. PIDOTO, Master. (P.1, Argus,18-12-1871.)


The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 4 July 1883 p 5 Article

During the very-stormy weather on Friday night, the ketch "Ripple" trading between Dromana and Melbourne,and owned by Capt. Pidoto broke away from her moorings at the jetty. It appears that at about half past eleven at night the ropes by which the craft was fastened to the jetty gave way, and for a while she was held by her anchors but the gale becoming stronger than ever drove the vessel over the sand bar and landed her on the beach. The tide must have been very high at the time for it is now possible to walk along between the stranded vessel and the water. It is thought that little trouble will be experienced in getting her off again.I understand that the schooner "Little Angelina", also owned by Capt. Pidoto, will take up the running until the
Ripple is again ready for service. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 1-11-1890.)

In my special Pidoto rate research, I found that one year the address of the widowed Frances was given as Balmain N.S.W. Trying to find why, I discovered another of Peter's ships.
The vessel was found to be the Templar, a small wooden schooner of 29 tons register, 57 feet long, 16 feet beam and 6 feet 4 inches depth of hold, built at Sandridge, Victoria, in 1879, and owned by Mr. Peter Pidoto.
Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907) Saturday 16 January 1892 p 12 Article)

A message from Flinders (Vic.) says.-The wrecked ketch Little Angelina on Phillip Island shore is still holding together. She is right up on the rocks, and at low tide can be discerned from Flinders, distant across the bay
about five miles. There does not appear to be much hope of getting her afloat. It is not known here whether any
steps are likely to be taken with this object. The Little Angelina belonged formerly to the late Mr.Pidoto, of
Dromana, and was a regular trader between Dromana and Melbourne.
(The Sydney Morning Herald Saturday 17 June 1899 p 10 Article.)

The land along the Esplanade east of McCulloch St was not part of the township of Dromana and consisted of crown allotments 1 to 8 of section 1,parish of Kangerong. Crown allotment 5 consisting of 36 acres and 25 perches was between the east end of Gibson St and the Kangerong Avenue/Carrigg St midline,extending to Palmerston Ave (the freeway.) Two one acre blocks housed a store run by James Holden (and later his widow who died at over 100 years old) and a house occupied by fisherman John McLear and his son,Nip. See my journal PIONEERING NEIGHBOURS NEAR CARRIGG ST.The remaining 34 acres were sold in two equal parts,the eastern 17 acres becoming Peter's and the western half including the Dromana Hotel,built in 1862, with the north end of Carrigg St separating them.

DROMANA Esplanade - Eight-roomed HOUSE,kitchen, stable, coachhouse outbuildings, fruit flower gardens and 16 acres land under English grasses. Peter Pidoto 40 Elizabeth street N. (P.11,Argus,14-2-1885.)

South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic. : 1872 - 1920) Wednesday 11 May 1887 p 2 Advertising
... SCOTT havcbeen favored wJith instructions from P. Pidoto, Esq., in consequence of his removal from the .

Messrs. Howard and Scott report having held a very satisfactory clearing sale of cattle, household furniture &c., on account of P. Pidoto, Esq., Dromana.
(South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic. : 1872 - 1920) Wednesday 25 May 1887 p 2 Article)

Sporting Notes.
The Dromana Sports Club committee have decided to alter the date of the proposed race meeting for November 9th, to the second week in January. The change was made on account of there being very few horses in training in November, while in January it will be held when other clubs on the Peninsula will be having theirs. The
Dromana racecourse,is now the sole property of Mr G. S. Edwards, of the Dromana Hotel, he having purchased
the paddock from Mrs Pidoto

I'd often wondered whether the racecourse behind the Dromana Hotel was just on the hotel's 17 acres or Peter's half as well. Peter would have had to move his cattle during the race meetings. The Football Club used the racecourse for home games until 1927 when it became Spencer Jackson's Foreshore Estate as shown on page 172 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA* and a new recreation ground was virtually donated by the blackmith discussed on the plaque located on the south east corner of Charles and Pier Sts. There were two courses being used at Dromana,the other being on the Dromana Secondary College site but in late 1923 or early 1924,the club received notice from the Victorian Chief Secretary that he would authorise meetings at only one of the courses and this probably prompted Lou Carrigg ,who had been a stalwart of the racing and footy clubs,to sell his 34 acres.

*A close inspection of the aerial photo shows that the track is just visible,occupying the whole 34 acres.



*The Pidotos continued their involvement at Dromana after Peter's death. Pidoto, Foley and Co. was complimented about contributions. I didn't open the article but I'll bet it was in regard to fund-raising for the establishment of the Catholic Church,in which Lawrence Murphy played such a prominent part.
find article when internet signal returns

Just as well I'm not a gambler. The Pidoto family obviously followed the Roman Catholic faith but the donation was to the Presbyterians. The donation was also before Peter's death.Oh well,you can't get them all right. However I was right about the family's continued involvement at Dromana. The girls were involved in a fund-raising concert for the Catholic Church in 1905 and attended the Fleming-Hazedine wedding in 1912. John Cain had devised a nickname for Lena to introduced her at the concert. The Cains had enabled early masses for Southern Peninsula residents, priest coming across the Bay to preach at Owen Cain's Tyrone between Rye Township and Canterbury Jetty Rd.

Our Presbyterian friends are very busy preparing for a bazaar, to be held in January next. The proceeds, I believe, are to be devoted to the purchase of a second allotment of land on which to erect a manse. An adjoining allotment was presented to the denomination by Messrs.Pidoto, Foley and Co. some time ago.
(P.3,Mornington Standard,19-10-1989.)

Miss L. Pidoto.(referred to by the chairman as the " prima donna" from Croajingalong).. next sang "'The carnival," in a pleasing manner. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 19-8-1905.)

Members of R C. Church,Dromana (Mrs and Misses O'Connor, Noble and Pidoto)-tea set;
( Orange Blossom. FLEMING—HAZLEDINE.
Mornington Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1911 - 1920) Saturday 4 May 1912 p 3 Article)

** Jonah Griffith's nickname was Dohn. Famous American illustrator,Ewart (Melbourne) Brindle lived in Dromana from 1904-1918 and his fabulous map of Dromana,which he drew decades later, not only shows Dohn's house and where Young Ewart helped him to build his boat but gives a fair indication where the unsold lots on the railway estate were.

With such pitiful handwriting that led me to transcribe the first entry as the baib estate and usually inadequate descriptions of properties (the first part of Frances' assessment should have read 17 acres of east half crown allotment 5, section 1 Kangerong, 8 roomed house and outbuildings, the buildings providing most of the 50 pounds N.A.V.), it is amazing that I worked out where the railway estate was. it was crown allotment 13, section 1,Kangerong,consisting of about 37 acres granted to Charles Barnett. It was bounded by Palmerston Ave,Jetty Rd and Boundary Rd.

CARMELO PIDOTO Deceased-Pursuant to the provisions of the Trusts Act 1890 notice is hereby given that all persons having any claims against the estate of Carmelo Pidoto (usually known as Peter Pidoto) late of "Dromana", Rowe street, North Fitzroy, in the colony of Victoria, master mariner, deceased, who died on the 20th day of September 1891 and Letters of Administration of whose estate (with the will annexed) was granted by
the Supreme Court of the Colony of Victoria, in its Probate Jurisdiction on the 26th day of November 1891 to the Perpetual Executors and Trustees Association of Australia Limited the said company being duly authorised by Frances Elizabeth Pidoto the widow of the said deceased to apply for and obtain letters of Administration with the said will annexed are hereby required to SEND PARTICULARS of such CLAIMS in writing to the said Perpetual
Executors and Trustees Association of Australia Limited of 40 Queen street, Melbourne on or before the 1st day of July next after which date the said company will proceed to distribute the assets of the said Carmelo Pidoto amongst the persons entitled thereto having regard only to the claims of which it shall then have had notice and it will not be liable for the assets or any part thereof so distributed of whose claim it shall not then have had notice.
Dated the 26th day of May, 1892.
THOS. G. BOYD 450 Chancery lane, Melbourne, proctor for the said company. (P.3, Argus,1-6-1892.)

Regimental number 10781
Religion Roman Catholic
Occupation Telegraph linesman
Address Glenelg, South Australia
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 33
Next of kin Mother, Mrs F E Pidoto, 364 Queen Street, Clifton Hill, Victoria
Enlistment date 3 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll 27 August 1915
Rank on enlistment Gunner
Unit name Field Artillery Brigade 6, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number 13/34/2
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 5 January 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll Driver
Unit from Nominal Roll 6th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)
Military Medal

Consistent valuable services and gallantry under fire as linesman.
Recommendation date: 2 October 1916
Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).
Fate Returned to Australia 20 December 1917
Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

PIDOTO.-Mrs. Pidoto, Clifton Hill, has been informed that her son, Gunner J. Pidoto, who was mentioned in despatches, and was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery, has been wounded in the chest, and left arm, and is returning to Australia. Before enlisting Gunner Pidoto was a linesman in the post-office in South
Australia. He has been on active service for two and a half years. (P.6, Argus, 7-2-1918.)

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And I thought the digitisation on trove was bad! The links given in comment 1 don't seem to work. I WAS REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING IF SORRENTO HAD BEEN INCLUDED AS A TOWNSHIP (SEE MY JOURNAL "THERE WOULD BE NO SORRENTO..SIDNEY SMITH CRISPO") BUT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE!)I don't know why the producer(s) of this website bothered if this was the best they could do. It would have been better to refer readers to municipal libraries (probably most) which hold microfiche copies of the various post office directories including this one. I would suggest that local and family historians try their local libraries to access directories. Some, such as the Rosebud library, might even have a paper copy of some directories,such as Sands and McDougall's 1950 directory,which helped me to discover (with the help of David Shepherd and his wife and the Tullamarine Progress Association ratebook) that Percy Hurren,postmaster and store keeper at Moorooduc in 1950 was farming Dalkeith at Tullamarine by 1951.

As the source is so useless, transcription from microfiche seeming an easier task, I will not be dealing with any other districts, such as Bulla,Tullamarine, Keilor etc. Kathleen Fanning has a Bulla directory on her FANNING FAMILY HISTORY WEBSITE, and most historical societies and family history societies would probably have directories on word files. Information about people about whom I've written brief comments can be found in my journals by googling key words from the comment and itellya: e.g. SHANKLAND, DEAN'S, WALTHAM,ITELLYA ; GRAVES, MCLEAR,SURVEY, ITELLYA; GRAVES, HAWKER,SHOREHAM, FLINDERS,ITELLYA; WADDESON,RED HILL, ITELLYA.


Full text of "The Victoria Post Office Directory" - Internet Archive


Boorke ; Postal and Boad Board BOURKE
VlOage and Police Station;
Bsett Dist. of S. Bonrke. Dist EAST?
10 m.

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a.m.; leaves for Melb. IM pwm.,
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CIl -By.; Bar. Dst. Ghapmaa,
L €M.jRfJr. S^saheldaUemats
10 a.m. W. H. HUl,
All. Roberta, Begii. qf
A J>, VSensie, C. Sch. Tckr.
Sobt ShaaUfn, Ckrmn. qfJld. BcL;
B. VlTor, CSb. Fnmds Phillip,

ACBB, John, dispenser
ABdarsoD, Alexander, bootmaker ANDERSON
BxnSL H. John, labomrer
BMvn, John, hajbcber
Kown, Bobert. ooach-driTer
Batler, Bichara, batcher BUTLER?
Cajobov, Angus, crpntr^Euroke
Gaighin, David, batcher CARGILL
CStapman, Bev. Dayid, minister CHAPMAN
Chapmaii, John
Cooper, John Henry, saddler
Ooffoonm, Daniel ft Peter, farmers CORCORAN?
Ganigaiu John William, farmer CORRIGAN?
Geoser, George, grocer COUSER
Cox, WiDiam, sorveyor
Cothbert, John, Euroke CUTHBERT?
BandBon, William, mason
Banris* WiBiam, shoemaker
15 Aug 1868 - Family Notices
... 4th inst., at Annatt Farm Broad- meadows, the wife of John Hay Dollar, Esq.
Drain, Hamilton ft Jas., laboorsrs
Brain, Joseph, oontraotor. DRAIN
Bonn, Edmond, farmer DUNN
I>attoii, Thomas, farmer, GHenroy DUTTON
I>attaik, Wni«, labourer, Glenroy

Dunnody,Ja8.,l[att.ftWm^fhttn. DARMODY?
Edoijb, George, squatter, I^irohe EDOLS (DUNHELEN)
Edwards, Wm., squatter, Euroke
Elkin, James, shoemaker
Fbbouson. WiffiAm, farmer
Gaw, Bidiard, farmer
Gawley, Jenvt, laboorer
GUmore, William, blaeksmith GILMORE
Glasebrook, James, labourer
Grace, Philip
Haywood, John, fanner
Heam, John, farmer
Hickey; Timothy, fanner
Hill, Wm.'H., sen., poundkeeper
HiU, William H., jun., labourer
Hooney, John, dairyman
Judson, Isaac, Euroke
KsimDT, Alexander, labourer
Kennedy,Mrs. Jessie,DundonaldH WIDOW OF DONALD,DUNDONALD
Kingahott, John, blacksmith KINGSHOTT
Lawrance, John, farmer LAWRENCE
MAUiOWB, Thos., hawker, Euroke MALLOWS
Mason, John, gardener
M'lyor, Erander, surreror McIVOR
M'Kee, Henry, constable
M'Kerohar,Dun. ftJ. ,fmrs. ,Eun>ke McKERCHAR. MARRIED A McNAB GIRL. AYRSHIRES.
M'Kendrle,A]ex. ft John, lab oww
M'Nab, Donald, farmer, Gn. Gully
MiUer, Thomas, cattle-dealer
Mills, William, labourer
Milone, John, farmer
Monro, John, blacksmith
OifBT, Wm., labourer, Euroke
Pell, John, labourer
Phillips, Mrs. Frances, grocer
PhillitM, Peter, bookkeeper
Poynder, Ber. Bobert, minister
Proctor, Thomas, bookhindOT
Roberts, Alfred, painter
Sharp, James, farmer (HILLSIDE,1867)
Sheppard, Jessie, farmer, Euroke
Shields, Alexander, contractor
Skelton, Henry, labourer, Glonroy
Stewart, G^eorge, labourer
Stewart, John, farmer
Summers, John, farmer
Thompson, Pat, squatter, Euroke
Thompson, William, farmer
Toogood, Stephen, farmer
Triglone, Edwin, saddler
IJNWnr, Nathaniel, fturmer UNWIN.YUROKE GRANT
Vauoran, Thos. ft Wm., farmers VAUGHAN
Wjelbh, Patrick, contractor
WUe, William, hotel-keeper
Willumison, Andrew, €^eorge, and


and Police Station ; onder
KaomoDgRoedBoard ; County KANGERONG
and Elect. Dist. of Momington.
lUU Its. Hslb. 13180 p.m., axr. 8; hre. for Melb. 6 p.m., air.
11.80 p.m. D. Nicholson, Jmg. B.
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AOAMB Henry £. , f mr., Waanadne ADAMS, WANNAEUE
Allan Herbert, g^irdener
AaderaoQ Rob., gnr., C. Schanck ANDERSON,BARRAGUNDA
AikweD John, farmer. Red Hill ARKWELL
Babueb Ed., fmr., Arthur's Seat BURRELL??
Barker Jno., landowner, CScbank CLERK OF VICTORIAN PARLIAMENT
fianett Charles, farmer BARNETT. RAILWAY ESTATE?
Bsjne Wm., farmer. Stony G^eek BAYNE
Boeg James R, fanner BOAG MELROSE FINGAL
Bovne Robert^ lighthouse-keeper
Bugess Edirard, oontraotor

Buriell Joseph Brooks, landowner BURRELL
Butcher Henir, fisherman
Caldwbll Rooert, landowner CALWELL,DROMANA HILL
Chapman George, farmer SEAWINDS?
Crigbton John, fiarmer, Boneo CRICHTON GLENLEE
Dtson John, teamster DYSON. BUS LINE
Eato!7 fcGriffith,fmr8.,Kangerong WATSON EATON & ABRAHAM GRIFFITH
Elkin J ^tlgrph. officer, C.Sdianck
Fenbt Thomas, farmer FENBY?
Fish Wm., lighthouse-keeper
Ford Edw.,b!aoksmh , Wannaene BONEO
Gibson Walter, fmr., Kaiuraroiiff KANGERONG (GLENHOLM AND SURVEY)
Gibson Wm., shoemaker, Red H BALNARRING GRANT!
Grey Edward, farmer. Stony Ck CROWN ALLOTMENTS----BALNARRING
Haldan Alezander, storekeeper
Hopcraft Wm., farmer. Musk Ck BALNARRING GRANTS
Kbllt Rich. H., Ch. of Enf. reader
Marquis Jno., carpenter, Musk Ck
M'llroy Wm., farmer, Kangerong KANGERONG GRANTS
M'Lear Geo., farmer, Kangerong MARYFIELD, BULLOCKY
Patterson Walter, farmer • SURVEY
Pidoto Peter, storekeeper AND MARINER
Place Francis, contractor
Rat Chas., farmer, Kanfferong RAE OR RAY. LARGE PART OF SURVEY.
Ringrose Bryan, farmer. Red Hill 60 ACRES SOUTH OF FOUR WINDS.
RdOney Daniel, carpenter
Rymer Thomas, carpenter
Singleton John, aawyer SAWYER.
Sn^ Duke, shoemaker SNELL, DUKE SOUTHBY.
Townsend John, brickmaker WANNAEUE GRANTS.
WADESON.— At his farm, at Kangerong, from injuries received through his horse running away,Lawrence Wadeson, aged sixty-two, much respected in life and deeply regretted in death.
(P.94,Illustrated Australian News 12-6-1876.)

Wall A., lighthse-kpr., C. Schanck
Windsor Francis £., fmr., Red H KANGERONG GRANTS.

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If John Batman could read the following he'd do more than turn in his grave. I don't know whether the claims for land in New Zealand, referred to below,were actually approved,but there seems to have been a huge inconsistency in the responses to his purchase of land north and west of Port Phillip Bay and similar purchases from Maoris in New Zealand.

Only one claim is detailed below. If it was approved and Andrew Murchison McCrae was Andrew McCrae, one of the partners named, there would probably be no historic McCRAE HOMESTEAD and Dromana West might have been renamed as Wannaeue. The following was found in a fruitless** search for Major Fraser of the Kangerong Estate*, mentioned by Richard Howitt in a report of his walk to Westernport in 1842/3. I have seen no reference to the occupant of the Arthur's Seat Run before Andrew McCrae and suspected that Major Fraser was that man. (**However, another reading of that article shows that " From Brighton to Major Fraser's squatting station is eight or nine miles." My misreading of the following passage had led me to Andrew McCrae's land claim in New Zealand.)

*There were a great number of squatters' stations all around Melbourne at this period. Those lying between Melbourne and Westernport at which Howitt called or to which he made reference, included Major Fraser's, the Kangerong Estate,Willoughby's cattle station, Rutherford and Blackmore's, Manton's, Merrick's***, Allen's, Barker's, and Captain Reid's-the latter at the foot of Mount Martha. (*** Maurice Meyrick's Boniyong)
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 25 December 1909 p 6 Article)

I now suspect that the Kangerong Estate was Jamieson's Special Survey. Willoughby's Cattle Station may have been the Arthurs Seat Run.
(p.s. Willoughby and Thompson bought the Cape Schanck run from Robert Jamieson and Thompson sold it to the Barkers. P. 25 A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA. The Barkers bought Boniyong at about the same time and no indication is given by the article about which run was occupied by the Barkers during Howitt's visit. So I did a WILLOUGHBY, ARTHURS SEAT search on trove. Eureka! The following does not prove that Willougby had the Arthurs Seat Run before Andrew took up the lease circa 1843. I suspect that the following had taken place: Willoughby had become insolvent and his partnership with Thompson had been dissolved. Thompson himself may have become the shepherd at Barrabung and Andrew,busy with the construction of the homestead until Georgiana's arrival on 9-6-1845, probably allowed Willoughby to act as his manager or to graze his own cattle on the run.)

CHILD STOLEN BY THE BLACKS.-Intelligence reached town a few days since that a fine little child, son of Mr
Willoughby, of Arthur's Seat, was stolen by the blacks under the following circumstances : etc.
Geelong Advertiser and Squatters' Advocate (Vic. : 1845 - 1847) Wednesday 6 May 1846 p 2 Article

I bet Andrew McCrae and partners paid a lot less for their 1.28 million acres in New Zealand than the 5280 pounds that Jamieson paid for his special survey! They certainly did!

The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 - 1842) Saturday 17 April 1841 p 4 Article
167. H. E. Michel, of Yass, John Johnson,M.D., of Kororarika, D. P. Okeden, of Maneroo,Andrew McCrae, of Melbourne, T. Chirmside,of Coodradigbee River, John Virtue, of London, James Wynen, of New Zealand, and Captain Guard, of New Zealand. 1,280,000 acres, being all that tract of land situated at the Pelorus River, embracing about forty miles of the sea coast, by fifty miles inland, and including Admiralty Bay and Queen Charlotte's Sound.(Boundaries not stated.) Purchased in the early part of 1839, from certain native chiefs by Messrs. Guard and Wynen, acting on behalf of themselves and other claimants. Consideration, merchandise to the amount of £500.Nature of conveyance, deed to Messrs. Guard and Wynen.

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