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MORE ABOUT MELBA was the title of another fascinating article in the Balnarring and District Historical Society newsletter of August 2011. It is about a concert that Melba gave at the Flinders Naval Depot. It was broadcast by 3LO but a crying baby and interference caused by the telegraph to Tasmania affected the quality.The stamp to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Melba's birth was designed by the great-great -granddaughter of Septimus Planck, Balnarring's first school master. Other details of the concert had obviously been given in a previous issue.

S.Planck,possibly the Balnarring teacher, Septimus, was granted crown allotment 104A of the parish of Bitten on 25-3-1876. The acreage is not recorded on the parish map but it had to be 95 acres 1 rood and 20 perches.It had a frontage of 706 metres to the south side of Myers Rd and today would be occupied by the Bluestone Lane Vineyard and,at the middle of the frontage, No 265 Myers Rd, (roughly Melway 163 B8.)

FLINDERS. Last Saturday morning, a very severe accident befell Eric, the 14 year old son of Mr Chas. Planck of the Telegraph Company.(P.2, Mornington Standard, 15-7-1905.)

A pleasant social gathering took place at Balnarring, on Tuesday evening last, the occasion being a complimentary farewell dinner to Mr S M Planck, head teacher of the Shoreham State School, he having been a teacher in the district for upwards of 11 y ears, and is, it is understood, about to be transferred to a school in a more populous locality, at Avenel. The chair was occupied by Mr Robert Wighton.
(P.9, Argus, 26-6-1883.)

RECOLLECTIONS. " To the Editor of "The Standard." Sir,-The football match, Frankston v Balnarring was a very pleasant game from the start to the finish. I am glad to see such good feeling between these teams, as it reminds me of old times, about 30 years ago, when we used to meet the Frankston cricketers, with either Ben Baxter or Johnny Box as captain of the F.C.C., and S. M. Planck skipper of the Balnarring team. We always had very pleasant meetings for years. Those were the good old days; and I hope the good feeling of last Satur-. day will always remain between those two football teams. I was glad to see our old friend,Mr B.Baxter, sen;, present but we miss a few of the old faces. I will say nothing about the young barrackers this time.
Yours etc.,. - - ROVER. Balnarring, 20 /7 /1910.(P.3,Mornington and Dromana Standard, 23-7-1910.)

Septimus may have left the district but the family remained for some time, with C.Planck acting as treasurer for the Flinders Mechanics' Institute and library.

Mornington and Dromana Standard (Vic. : 1908 - 1911) Saturday 12 June 1909 Edition: MORNING p 2 Article
... Valedictory. MESDAMES PLANCK AND SAVAGE, FLINDERS. Owing to the closing down of the Eastern Extension Cable Co's local branch at Flinders, Messrs Planck and Savage (who were on the cable staff) together with their wives and families, are leaving Flinders for the metropolis, where they intend mak ... 318 words


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Another thing, Dame Nellie Melba Queen of Song, gave her first concert in this the queen of watering places. The Continental Hotel had just been erected* (Hughes being mine host ) and Melba was here with her father. Walking one day they came across the grave of a member of the crew of a recent wreck and being told it was a cemetery which they were going through, the girl exclaimed, "And without a fence!" It was explained that it was probably owing to lack of funds that the cemetery was not closed in. She decided to give a concert, and wrote the placards herself being wise enough not to mention her own name for "singing in public makes a young girl bold" was the father's opinion who was then in ignorance of his daughter possessing "a singing voice." The concert was held, and a sum made that erected the fence that is still there, whilst today if Dame Melba repeated the performance, two people would have to occupy one chair, so great would be the enthusiasm to rehear her-
Sorrento, Sept. 26.
(P.10,Argus, 28-9-1921.) My apologies for not correcting the text in the first paragraph but you can see how much fun I had doing the relevant bit!

*The Continental Hotel was built in 1875 by Ocean Amphitheatre Co Ltd of which George Coppin was the Managing Director.( Continental Hotel - About‎).

Melba, Dame Nellie (18611931)
by Jim Davidson
Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931), prima donna, was born Helen Porter Mitchell on 19 May 1861 at Richmond, Melbourne, eldest surviving of ten children of David Mitchell, building contractor, and his wife Isabella Ann, née Dow. (Australian Dictionary of Biography.)

Mitchell, David (18291916)

by Joan Campbell

David Mitchell (1829-1916), builder, contractor and businessman, was born on 16 February 1829 in Forfarshire, Scotland, son of William Mitchell, tenant farmer, and his wife Anne. In 1846 he was apprenticed to a master mason and on completing his indenture sailed from Liverpool on 6 April 1852 in the Anna, arriving at Melbourne on 24 July.

Mitchell worked as a mason and saved money to build a shanty on a lot in Burnley Street, Richmond. Next year he visited Bendigo and near-by goldfields but returned to set up as a building contractor at his Richmond site, which became the centre of his business operations. In 1856 he married Isabella (b.1833), daughter of James Dow, an engineer at Langlands Iron Foundry, and built a new home, Doonside, to replace his shanty.

The next forty-five years saw his active and successful participation in a variety of business ventures. Work had been started in 1850 on rebuilding St Patrick's Cathedral, Eastern Hill, and in April 1856 Mitchell won the tender for the masonry work for £7760. By mid-1858 he had completed this work on the first stage of the building but it was then decided to demolish the existing structure and to start again with W. W. Wardell as architect.

By 1859 Mitchell had a factory for steam-made and pressed bricks at Burnley Street. In 1874 he became a shareholder in the Melbourne Builders' Lime and Cement Co., formed to break the monopoly of the Geelong limeburners. By 1878 he had bought Cave Hill farm at Lilydale and began working its limestone deposits, later also handling the distribution. In 1888 his extensive workshops at Richmond were destroyed by fire. He rebuilt the works and added two new ventures, the production of 'Adamant' plaster and in 1890, with R. D. Langley as a partner, a Portland cement factory at Burnley using materials from Lilydale.

In 1890 Mitchell formed a company to mine a channel and tunnel on the Yarra River at Pound Bend, Warrandyte, and employed gangs of Chinese to work three miles (4.8 km) of riverbed for gold. By 1894 he had cheese, butter, bacon, ham and soap factories at Cave Hill, housing them in a complex of well-designed brick buildings. In 1888 his dairy had operated the colony's first mechanical milking device. By 1900 he owned vineyards and wineries at Yeringberg, Coldstream and St Hubert's. He acquired several large stations in various districts, including the Bethanga estate on the upper Murray, Jancourt in the Western District, Gooramadda, Dueran, Barjarg and Colbinabbin, most of which were subdivided and sold.

Among his many large structures Mitchell built the Menzies Hotel in William Street (1857), the Paterson, Laing & Bruce warehouse, Flinders Lane (1871), Scots Church, Collins Street (1873-74), the Presbyterian Ladies' College, East Melbourne (1874), Prell's Buildings (1887), the Masonic Hall, Collins Street (1888), the Equitable Insurance Building (1893), the National Bank and the New Zealand Loan Co.'s wool and grain warehouses at Kensington. His grandest venture was the Exhibition Building, which employed 400 men and was opened in 1880. He retired from building in 1899 and concentrated on his other business interests.

Mitchell had given support to the eight-hour movement in 1856 but was not very active in public affairs. He was a member of the Council of the (Royal) Agricultural Society and of the Builders' and Contractors' Association. As a Presbyterian he was a long-time member of Scots Church choir. His musical interests included playing the violin at home and encouraging the talents of his daughter Helen, later Dame Nellie Melba, but even when she became world famous his natural reticence prevented him from openly praising her singing. Predeceased by his wife in 1881, he died on 25 March 1916. Of his ten children, he was survived by Frank, Charles and Ernest, Dame Nellie who travelled extensively after 1886, and three married daughters living in Melbourne.

A portrait is held by the David Mitchell Estate Ltd., and another by Hugh Ramsay is in the Castlemaine Art Gallery. (Australian Dictionary of Biography.)

P.226, MEMOIRS OF A STOCKMEN, Harry Peck (available online on trove, digitised newspapers and more.)
David Mitchells name so far has only cropped up incidentally
as the holder at different times of Yering, St. Huberts, Dairy, Killara
and Pendleside, but in reality David Mitchell for fully half a century
was the colossus of the Upper Yarra, standing head and shoulders
over all of the district in his multifarious transactions. He was also
widely known as the father of the world-famous Dame Nellie Melba,
herself born at Lilydale. F o r many years David Mitchell was a
member of the Council of the Royal Agricultural Society and, as a
member of the works committee, was a host in himself, for be it
remembered that as the contractor he built both the Melbourne
Exhibition Building and the Equitable (now the Colonial Mutual
Assurance building) at the corner of Elizabeth and Collins streets.
Like his famous daughter he had a voice of silver, and sang for years
in the choir of Scots Church in Collins street. His speaking voice
was equally mellow and soft and his whole personality pleasant.
W earing the full beard of his day, slightly titian and early tinged
with silver, of medium height and weight, David Mitchell was ever
a man of easy approach, even for the most humble. He held a number
of stations, owning Jancourt near Camperdown, Dueran near
Mansfield, Bethanga Park and Gooramadda in the north-east, and
Colbinabbin near Rochester.

No doubt the great Cave Hill lime quarry on the boundary of
Lilydale township and still going strong after 80 years working, was
the foundation of his fortune and it is still worked by his trustees.
In connection with the lime quarry and works there are about 1000
acres of well-grassed lands and 50 to 60 years ago Mr. Mitchell sent
drafts of fat sheep and lambs fattened thereon regularly to
Newmarket by hoof, before the Lilydale railway was built. As is
generally known Dame Nellie Melba bought a property of about 1000
acres just beyond Coldstream some 10 years before her death, and
built thereon a fine home (Coombe Cottage), where her son Mr.
George Armstrong now resides. He has improved the property
considerably by top-dressing and has been a regular supplier of fat
bullocks to Newmarket.

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Balnarring and District Historical Society Inc
Postal: PO Box 183,Balnarring VIC 3926
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The above society has done some wonderful work in preserving the area's history. Today I was given a loan of its August 2011 newsletter to further my research on the Connells and I couldn't stop reading. Every article was fascinating. I had heard of Saltbush Bill and seen Eric Jolliffe's comic strips but little did I know that Banjo Paterson had created the character or that he was based on a Balnarring (and Heatherton) pioneer.

The article in that newsletter, headed SALTBUSH BILL:THE WHIP CRACKER, with information from the internet and Mary Karney, states that Roderick William Mills, the subject of several Banjo Paterson poems was a nephew of Georgina Mills who married Balnarring pioneer, John Oswin.Roderick, or Dod as he was known to the family, was born in Balnarring in 1869. The Mills family had land at Balnarring*. As a teenager, he went to outback Queensland......Dod married Hannah Porter in 1888. His last concert was in Boomerang Hall in Dandenong in 1926.During his life he ran a market garden in Old Dandenong Rd, Heatherton.

(*W.Mills was granted crown allotment 34B (section 12), parish of Balnarring,consisting of 131 acres 3 roods and 8 perches. This land fronted the south side of Stanleys Rd from No 41 to the Merricks/Balnarring locality boundary, with Merricks Creek just inside the eastern boundary, and went south halfway to Frankston-Flinders Rd, adjoining John Oswin's 35B.)Oswin's "Newstead" was 2km away, bounded by Bittern-Dromana Rd, Merricks Rd and (the future)Kentucky Rd.)

Graham Whitehead's City of Kingston heritage website has saved me a heck of a lot of typing. The article was written by Sylvia Roberts (grand-daughter of Saltbush Bill.) Google SALTBUSH BILL, STOCKMAN and this story will be right on top. There are some great photos but not the one at Government House,Brisbane, included in the newsletter article. Saltbush was a plant common in outback Queensland where Bill began working at the age of 14. Dod performed for the Duke of York during a royal visit in 1901 and soon after began touring the world, demonstrating his unbelievable skills with whips nearly as long as a cricket pitch. In about 1912 came his command performance at Buckingham Palace.

Eric Jolliffe gave Saltbush Bill a visual dimension, so it's only right to give him a mention.

Eric Jolliffe
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Eric Ernest Jolliffe (31 January 1907 � 16 November 2001) was an Australian cartoonist and illustrator.

Born in Portsmouth, England, he was the youngest boy in a family of 12 children. The family migrated to Perth in 1911. The family then moved to Sydney after six months, where they settled in Balmain. Eric left school at the age of fifteen, where he spent the next six years in the country New South Wales and Queensland, working as a boundary rider, rabbit trapper and in shearing sheds. A visit to Angus & Robertson bookstore, whilst visiting his family in Sydney, led to the discovery of a book on drawing. He afterwards reflected: 'I learned to my surprise that art wasn't necessarily a gift divine but a craft that could be studied and worked at'.

Jolliffe enrolled in an introductory course at East Sydney Technical College (now the National Art School), where his teachers commented on his lack of talent. During the depression he worked as a window cleaner, during which time he inundated The Bulletin with cartoons, which they subsequently rejected. Eventually they began to buy his cartoons and by the beginning of World War II he became a regular contributor, taking over Andy from Arthur Horner. During the war he served as a camouflage officer with the RAAF and spent time in Arnhem Land.

After the war he joined Smith's Weekly but resigned and began freelancing selling his cartoon strips, Saltbush Bill and Witchetty's Tribe to Pix Magazine.[1] Another cartoon strip by him, Sandy Blight, appeared in Sydney's Sun-Herald. In 1973 Jolliffe began publishing his own magazine, Joliffe's Outback. He was particularly fond of "bush" subjects.

Jolliffe died at the age of 94 in the Central Coast, New South Wales on 16 November 2001.

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The place of birth means the place where the birth was registered. Often, as in the case of Dromana Pioneers, the Clydesdales, the place of birth of children can be used to track a family's movement before they finally settle for good. However there were many children whose place of birth was listed as Schnapper Point when it is certain that their parents were not living there.

A registrar or deputy registrar was only appointed in declared towns (which were also entitled to a school and a post office) and the schoolteacher or postmaster often doubled as the registrar. When Susan Peatey delivered a child on Jamieson's Special Survey or at Rosebud in the 1850's, the place of birth was probably recorded as Point Nepean (the Quarantine Station), Kangerong or Wannaeue, because there was no Dromana, Rye or Mornington (1861) or Rosebud (1873) declared settlement.

James Connell's birth in 1854 was recorded as being at Moorooduc. It would be great to know how, and by whom, it was registered because that was where he was born,in the PARISH OF MOOROODUC,near Old Moorooduc Rd. I wonder if the Justice of the Peace acted as a registrar before towns were declared.All of his children were recorded as being born at Schnapper Point but it is likely that many of them were born in the same place as their father was, with the assistance of the local midwife.

When I interviewed the late Ray Cairns, he told me that he and his brother Charlie were both born at South Melbourne. I asked him if his dad (Hill Harry) was working in town.He explained that his dad was busy on their farm Maroolaba near Pattersons Rd in Fingal and his mother, Michael Cain's daughter, would stay with her maternal grandmother (Mrs Neville*) until 10 days after the birth. I wonder if South Melbourne was given as the place of birth for Ray and Charles. If it was, Cairns diggers might be tempted to think,as I had, that the family had moved. I have seen many cases where the first child was born at either grandma's place.

(*Neville and Murray Streets on Owen Cain's "Tyrone", between Rye and Canterbury Jetty Rd get their names from girls that married into the Cain family.)

Sometimes, when a difficult birth was expected, the missus would go to a private hospital in Schnapper Point. I was puzzled when a child from a Catholic family on the Peninsula was born in the late 1800's in Fitzroy, a place with which the family seemed to have no links. That was until I found out that St Vincent's Hospital had recently opened in a row of terrace houses.

A different place of birth from the last child or known residence could simply be a matter of the factors outlined above but if it happened during the 1890's or early 1900's, it was probably due to Government cost-cutting. The 1890's depression caused much unemployment leading to a reduction in income from taxes and the Government was broke. The Shire of Flinders and Kangerong was in the same boat because many farmers, unable to pay rates and meet mortgage repayments, simply walked off their farms. The Government liked Father Tucker's ideas and set up many Village Settlements such as the Red Hill Village Settlements(at our Red Hill and also between Bunyip and Longwarry!)Many fathers hit the road as swaggies in the hope of earning enough money to pay the rent and keep a roof over the heads of the Missus and kids.In Port Melbourne another tactic was to blow through when the rent was due and find another house, and I'm sure that was not the only suburb!

In 1905, the Government was still adopting stringency measures and planned to make the Rye children walk to the Rosebud school.I have not researched it but it is possible that the same plan was tried with Registrars. If this was so, families would again appear to be on the move.



AT RED HILL. After lunch on Monday the party set out for Red Hill, and after a run of 9 miles through country of con siderable promise arrived at the State school about half-past 3. The large gathering of settlers indicated a lively interest in railway matters. At the outset, the Chairman referred to the potentialities of richly productive areas skirting the main road during the greater part of the journey that afternoon, and desired to hear the residents' idea of the proposal of a railway, and also an expression of feeling as to the loading of the land, a policy which the Government had determined on in connection with railway construction for the future. Mr Downward assured the committee that some valuable information would be tendered regarding the fruitgrowing industry.

John Shand (president of the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong) stated he had been orcharding for the past 5 years, and had been sawmilling on the Peninsula for 20 years. He owned 236 acres, and leased 245 acres. Had been sending out 100 tons of fruit per year. The trees in the orchard were young, and in due time he expected to send from 200 to 300 tons of fruit annually. During the past 3 years the area under strawberries in the district had increased considerably. Some of the fruit was carted to Mornington and Bittern-mostly to the former station, but the fruit was knocked about a good deal by being carted long distances to the railway stations. He considered the land in the district was very suitable for closer settlement, as the generality of the country was fairly good, and well-watered. There were also good roads. In that district there were fully 1000 acres of timber suitable for milling purposes, and a very large supply of timber, comprising oak, gum, and mess mate. His property was from 13 to 14 miles from the Mornington station,and about 8 miles from Bittern. He was quite agreeable to have his land loaded to the amount of 1s per acre per year, if that were necessary,towards making up any deficiency in the revenue of the proposed railway. Hay and potatoes were successfully grown at Red Hill, but, so far, not a great deal of that produce had been forwarded by rail. The reason why so much of the fruit was sent via Mornington was on account of the importance of catching the earlier train. If railway facilities were extended to that district, he was sure the line would be largely patronised by the fruitgrowers, as soft fruits especially were liable to damage in carting.

Joseph M'Ilroy occupied 153 acres, 50 acres of which were in orchard, and more of his land was being prepared for cultivation. He was agreeable that his land should be loaded for railway purposes. The orchards in the district paid very well, and there would be a better return when the young trees grew up. His land was worth £6 per acre. Most of the land holders in the district were the original selectors of the land. If they could get firewood from their land conveyed to Melbourne by train, the return would pay for the clearing of the land, and more settlement and increased cultivation must follow.

Alfred Head had 20 acres in orchard and 20 acres under other cultivation, but the greater part of his land was in its natural state. He had been living on his land for 40 years. They had been agitating for a railway,on and off, for the past 30 years, and he was quite willing to bear his share of the proposed loading. He had always lived on the receipts from his land, growing principally vegetables and fruit. He considered 50 acres were sufficient of the class of land at Red Hill for anyone to make a very comfortable living from.

Henry Percy Prosser(sic) had made a living the past 10 years. There were eight in his household. Having such long distances to cart the fruit, a good deal of time was thus occupied which should be put to better use on the land . He would not object to paying any reasonable loading. He had grown 8 tons of potatoes to the acre at Red Hill, and he believed that crop would be extensively grown if proper facilities for marketing were afforded.

William J. M'Ilroy was the holder of 815 acres, but the greater part of it was not utilised at present. He had a great deal too much land. He valued it at £3 per acre. About 45 acres were cultivated. He grew principally apples and pears, and also some strawberries. The fruit paid very well at present, but the return would be very much better if the proposed railway were constructed. He would not object to the loading of his land, but was not inclined to part with any portion if his holding, on account of having a large family, and it would all come in useful for them.

John M'Kenzie, engineer for the Shire of Flinders and Kangarong, considered the best revenue for the railway would be from Mornington, but the cost would be a good deal more than by the other routes suggested. By the Bittern route the line would run through good country at Balnarring and Red Hill. About 74,000 acres of very good land would be reserved by the proposed railway. He valued 150 acres near Flinders belonging to Mr R. Anderson at £5 per acre on the average, and Mr Anderson's Cape Schank property at £2 per acre including the homestead. On his latter property there very extensive belts of ti-tree, which commanded fair prices as firewood.

At present cargoes of the wool were frequently forwarded by craft. If the Government did not consider it as viable to make a line through to Finders at present a line constructed as far as the village settlement at Red Hill would be of a great service. He had no doubt that if the railway were constructed a good deal more of the land would be cultivated as the soil and climate would be cultivated. If the Bittern and Kangerong route were adopted there would be comparatively little cutting required in the construction of the line. He had some ex- perience regarding the cost of railway work and had gone carefully into the cost of the suggested line from Bittern. According to his estimate, the expense would not be so great as was anticipated.

Nelson Rudduck, storekeeper and farmer, said there would be no fear of craft at Dromana successfully com- peting against the railway. The fire wood trade was done, so far as water carriage was concerned. It had to be carted to the jetty, then tracked along the jetty to the boat. About 500 tons of goods were brought to Dromana yearly by boat. Two wagons were on the road between Dromana and Mornington, and he thought about 200 tons per year were taken that way. Difficulties in landing goods were experienced by vessels visiting Dromana, and then there was the unreliability as to the receipt or despatch of goods conveyed by water. It would be a distinct advantage to residents to patronise a railway. The passenger traffic to and from Dromana and the surrounding district was very considerable, even under present conditions, and the greater part of that would be trans- ferred to a railway. He was a partner in a large holding of land in the district, and would not object to the proposed loading.

William H. Blakeley had 140 acres of land in the district, 25 acres of which were in orchard. It was fine growing country, and would be greatly developed by a railway. He would not say whether the village settlement at Red Hill was a success generally, but he knew that in cases where the land was properly managed the men had succeeded.

William Oswin, farmer and fruit grower, had a small orchard at Balnarring and also another holding of 80 acres. The respective routes of the suggested railway cut through a corner of his property. He would be greatly benefit by the line, and his property would be much enhanced in value. Consequently be would be will- tag to have his land loaded up to 6d per acre, but, having an intimate knowledge of the country through which the proposed railway would pass, he would say that leading to the extent of 6d per acre would be as much as could be borne in some instances. A central railway, via Kangerong, would be far the most servicable of the respective routes suggested, as it would be the greater convenience to a considerable majority of the people of the district traversed, and be the means of developing a lot of good country. If it were decided that the railway could not be continued to Flinders at the outset, it would be advisable, for the convenience of the Flinders people, instead or terminating it at the village settlement at Red Hill, to continue the line to Hansen's, about a mile and a half further on. The examination of witnesses being concluded, the committee were driven to Mornington, and on the following morning returned by train to Melbourne.

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Talk about being sidetracked. I was looking for more detail about John Bryan when I found this. The next advertisement was also of interest, so....

The Thoroughbred Stallion, Mornington For Service this Season at the Residence of the undersigned, in the Parish of Fingal, 9 Miles from - DROMANA. HE is a rich chestnut, 6 years old, stands 16 hands high, possesses a fine temper, very powerful and fast. His stock are very promising. Mornington is by Demonstrator, from Issle, by the Premier (imported). Demonstrator's dam, Vallonia (imported), by Woolwich, out of Florence Nightingale, by Cotherstone.- Her dam, Fanny Booth, by Gladiator, &c., (see Stud Book). Grand sire, Mathematician (imported), by Emilius, out of Maria, by Whisker, &c., (see Stud Book). TERMS :-£2 10s. each mare, one in five allowed; £2 2s. for mares that visited Mornington last season. All Mares to be paid for on removal. Due notice will be given when mares are stinted. Every care taken of mares, but no responsibility. Good paddocks. 13ccd JAMES PURVES.

To STAND this Season at ALMOND -BUSH, SOMERVILLE The Thoroughbred Stallion, Moonbeam.
(P.4, South Bourke and Mornington Journal, 5-12-1877.)

There were many horse breeders on the Mornington Peninsula such as George McLear at Dromana and Edward Gomm at Somerville near Gomms Rd.The owner of Almond Bush Stud at Somerville (at the north end of Almond Bush St, Melway 107 J10-11) was Alfred Jones who was born in England but went to Canada with his parents at the age of about 10. His biography was in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS:PAST AND PRESENT (1888.) It told how he supplied firewood for a few years before farming at Baxter's Flat and then buying land at Somerville. It said that he took the wood to Frankston but it was actually Mt Eliza in the parish of Frankston. Many websites state that Canadian Bay was named after three Canadians but do not give their names.Mr Mann's history of Mt Eliza(in the local history room at the Rosebud Library)does name them:McCurley, Hodgins and Jones. The Liverpool anchored a mile offshore in Canadian Bay and the wood was rowed out to the ship. Jones Rd in Somerville was named after Alfred. Hodgins Rd was named after Charlotte and J.Hodgins, who were granted crown allotments 39B and 39A, parish of Bittern, 191 acres at the north west corner of Hodgins and Boes Rds(Melway 154 B-c 7-8.)
Boundary Road at Mr Eliza,part of the boundary between the parishes of Frankston and Moorooduc is now named Canadian Bay Rd because of Jones, Hodgins and McCurley.

Jones' Corner, the centre of the locality of Moorooduc is named after Edward Jones, a Welshman, whose family owned Spring Farm, Criccieth and Penbank (whose locations can be given if desired.) This family was not related to Alfred Jones. The Shepherds, prominent nurserymen at Somerville, were related to the Edward Jones family and later established a nursery on part of Penbank. David Shepherd suggested the site for the Penbank school.

The two men credited with having started the breeding of thoroughbreds in Victoria were James Purves and William Cross Yuille,the latter the author of the Stud Book. I was surprised to discover this as Hurtle Fisher and his brother, Charles B.Fisher (the father of the Australian Turf according to MARIBYRNONG:ACTION IN TRANQUILITY), had captured this distinction in my mind.

This James Purves died at Richmond on 12-6-1878. (P.1s, Launceston Examiner, 6-7-1878.) He owned Chinton, east of Mt Macedon and Tootgarook on the Mornington Peninsula. Neither is mentioned in this obituary but they were in other obituaries. James Purves had a brother named Peter but you'd never know it unless you read Hec Hanson's MEMOIRS OF A LARRIKIN. He was a mason and followed his architect brother to Van Diemans Land when his wife died shortly after giving birth to their first child, James. Leaving the baby in the care of a relative, the heartbroken Peter joined his brother and combining their skills they built many of Tasmania's early bridges.

James brought sheep to the Port Phillip District in 1837 but I'd bet it was Peter who looked after them; James always preferred the high life in Melbourne. They probably managed Edward Hobson's Tootgarook from the mid 1840's, while Hobson managed his brother's River of Little Fish (Traralgon) Run, and took over the lease of the Tootgarook Run in 1850. To illustrate my comment about James and the high life, he was involved in organising Melbourne first Sporting Carnival and it was Peter who with James Ford organised the dodgy petition in the late 1850's against the Government's plan to fence off the police paddock near the Heads from White Cliff to the back beach.

From 1852, James Purves lived on the Tootgarook pre-emptive right full time! A change of heart? No, this James Purves was Peter's son,born in 1835. He spent eight years with his father who died in March 1860. It must have been this James Purves who placed the advertisement and lived at Fingal. It must have been this James Purves who bought Green Hills on the west side of Purves Rd in Rosebud before the late 1880's. While the men were building the dairy etc at Green Hills, aborigines came to the Tootgarook homestead asking for water while James' daughters, Emily and Frances (aged about 11 and 5) were home alone.

Why was James still not living at Tootgarook? Possibly a disagreement with prominent lawyer, James Liddle Purves, the son of the architect and the new owner, who expected him to do all the work with little reward or appreciation, much the same reason that George Gomm left Glenhoya at Somerville because of his brother Billy's lack of contribution.

And where was James Purves' residence at Fingal? It was a 514 acre property granted to James Purves on 10-5-1860. Had James moved away from Tootgarook soon after Peter's death? It consisted of crown allotments 1,2, and 3 of section A of the parish of Fingal, bounded by Limestone, Truemans and Sandy Rds(Melway 251-2) with the south east corner of The Dunes being its north west corner.


Despite breaking my promise to concentrate on the dictionary history almost immediately (MORNINGTON DISTRICT JOTTINGS), here we go. I'm sure I'll be finished before any of these volumes are because there's always a new discovery. Just for example,I wrote everything I knew about William Lockhart of Tullamarine in 1989,last year, while researching Mornington Peninsula history, I discovered that his 198 acre property at Tullamarine was called Springburn and a few weeks ago, I was contacted by one of his descendants.

I have discovered in the past that if there are too many names in the surname list, some of them tend to disappear when I update the journal. As there are many names to be featured in this dictionary history, I will continue from where I left off in many volumes so that each will have a reasonable number of names in the surname list. If pioneers have already been discussed in the original dictionary history journal,they will be mentioned in the volumes,referring readers to the original journal (with the symbols ##.) As I list new names, they will be followed by a note for my use so I can locate the source(s) when I start on that entry. It will take a year just to list all the names, farm names, happenings etc. but I will be researching and writing about one family per night at the same time,so please be patient.
















BOWRING.##(Joseph Bowering Rhodes Pde BAFH)

The Brady family was probably more associated with Rosebud in later days but was certainly connected with the early days of Red Hill. In THE RED HILL, Sheila Skidmore stated that Mr Brady was the first preacher at Red Hill and that four Brady children were enrolled when Red Hill State School opened on 1-1-1874 on James Wiseman's block, near the end of Arkwells Lane. The preacher and father of the four students was most likely Obadiah Brady. I just happened to know that the Brady homestead farm was called Mount Evergreen but I did not know when they first settled there; it was much earlier than I had thought.

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 24 September 1891 p 1 Family Notices
BRADY On the 23rd inst., at Mount Evergreen, Dromana, Eliza, relict of the late Obadiah Brady,

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 12 January 1888 p 1 Family Notices
... move from his late residence, Mount Evergreen, Dromana, To-morrow (Friday, January 13), at 2 o ... THE Friends of OBADIAH BRADY, Esq., are most respectfully invited to follow his re ... 979 words

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Monday 10 October 1887 p 1 Family Notices
...sting-place, the Dromana Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to move from his residence, Mount Evergreen, ... Latrobe and Spring streets, Melbourne. THE Friends of OBADIAH BRADY, Esq., are most respectfully ... 845 words (funeral of his only daughter.)

Mount Evergreen was a fair way from the Red Hill School but it was further to Dromana and the Boneo school (at Blacks Camp between Boneo and Cape Schanck or possibly still on Anderson's Barragunda), and the Rosebud school opened a decade later. Mount Evergreen consisted of 121 acres 2 roods and 39 perches, being crown allotment 21C, section B, parish of Wannaeue, fronting the east side of Main Creek Rd (Melway,171 K9-10 to 190 B 9-10.) Mount Evergreen*, granted to W.J.Brady on 24-11-1893 was later, along with Randall's Hindhope in Rosebud, a venue for a sexy working holiday for a certain Rajah! (*See P.4, Mornington Standard 18-1-1902 and P. 2, 13-9-1900 re Hindhope.)
The Brady bunchprobably rode cross-country to get to school. W.J.Brady and Obadiah W.Brady were likely to have been two of the 1874 students.
Family Notices
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 11 November 1897 Edition: MORNING. p 2 Family Notices
... Marriage. BRADY--HEAD.-On Tuesday, 2nd No- vember, 1897, at Dalkeith Park, Mount Martha, by Rev. Thos. Kane, Obadiah W. Brady, second son of the late Obadiah Brady, of Mount Evergreen, Rosebud, to Mary Elizabeth Rosetta Head, eldest daughter of Alfred Head, Esq., Fern Valley, Red Hill. ... 45 words
Alf Head was leasing Dalkeith at that time. See my Red Hill in 1906 journal.

On 11-8-1899,W.J.Brady was also granted 79 acres (10D, Wannaeue) fronting McPhersons Lane and the east side of Baldrys Rd extending about three quarters of the way to Splitters Creek. He had earlier(1890 and 1891) been granted 6B and 6A, a total of 235 acres fronting Hyslops Rd, the south side of Browns Rd and west side of Greens Rd, and extending south to the Greens Bush boundary.

Travelling between those properties along Old Main Creek Rd (of which MacPherson Lane was a part)to Mount Evergreen, he probably often saw young Rose who lived on a farm bounded by the south end of Roberts Rd (the right angle bend) and Main Creek,crown allotment 1C, section A, parish of Flinders, consisting of 46 acres 3roods and 8 perches and granted to C.Roberts on 21-7-1890. Gee, I wonder if that's how Roberts Rd got its name! Bet you can't guess what Rose's surname was.

I don"t know enough about the Brady or Roberts genealogy to know whether it was W.J.Brady who married Rose, but it was certainly William Brady. Now,where are my ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD notes?

I recalled something that Isobel Morseby had said in ROSEBUD:FLOWER OF THE PENINSULA so I grabbed those notes too. P.36. "Mr Roberts, the first postmaster (at Rosebud), used to check the time on his watch by the sun on the Rosebud beach every day at noon." This was probably John Roberts who was granted 18A2 Wannaeue of 58 acres (Melway 170 F10 and fronting Grassland Rd)on 1-2-1908.

Peter Wilson wrote quite a bit about Rose Brady on page 26 of ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD.In 1908, the Roberts family built a shop on the site of Peebles which they opened as a post office. Their daughter, Rose, who married William Brady, a Main Ridge farmer, acted as the postmistress until 1913, when they moved back to the farm (and the store was sold to Elsie James P.36.)When William died young, Rose moved to a house in Spray St; she was the organist and a mainstay of the Rosebud Methodist Church (now a medical centre in the Rosebud Fishing Village, on a block donated by Dromana's Nelson Rudduck.)

Peter said that the Roberts family had come from Ballarat and was probably not aware of the Main Ridge connection. If (John?) Roberts was from Main Ridge, why had he left the farm? The answer would be twofold. As the late Ray Cairns told me (ten days after scoring his last century), most farms were subsistence farming only, with plenty of food from the vegetable patch, orchard, dairy, chooks, underground mutton etc., with mum doing a lot of preserving to ensure year-round supply and cutting the unworn parts of dad's clothes to make the kids' apparel. Finding a market for Maroolaba chaff was impossible once they lost the contact with Stringer's Store at Sorrento.

For most farmers the only way to earn cash was to find work off the farm, maintaining roads for the shire, supplying timber, working at a sawmill etc. As Ray said,nobody wanted to work for farmers because they had no money. Those nearer the Heads could earn cash in the lime burning trade,and later supplying ti tree for Melbourne bakers' ovens, Dromana had its guest houses (McKeown,Chapman etc.), Alf Head supplied fruit and veg. for the Sorrento holidaymakers, and Red hill's fruitgrowers, despite the transport difficulties, had a ready market for their produce. But they were the exceptions.

The second reason for many leaving the family farm was the depression of the 1890's. Many farmers had to mortgage their properties; in 1900, W.J.Brady was leasing Mount Evergreen from Wyndham. Others just walked away. Many of their farms were snapped up for a song from financial institutions by the man after whom Browns Rd was named. The first of the Holmes family still in Red Hill left his Mallee farm and was working on the Railways when he met Miss Sheehan, John and Thomas Chapman tried their luck in Western Australia,John taking his wife, Edith (nee Sheehan)who returned to Red Hill when he died, and Henry Falby Gomm of Somerville also went to W.A., establishing a pioneering dynasty.

Rose Roberts' father may have found job opportunities in Ballarat where gold mining was still probably in operation and supporting other enterprises, such as stores. He must have done well to build a store and buy land in 1908,a time when the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong was almost broke. John Roberts was in Rosebud by
1902, seemingly having already built the post office and Miss Roberts,probably Rose, was already playing the organ and on the way to the altar.

From J. Roberts, Rosebud, requesting council to make the approach to the Rosebud Post Office.-Engineer was instructed to have the work done. (Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 7 June 1902 Edition: MORNING. p 2 Article)

Miss Roberts, who has since coming to the district been an indefatigable worker in connection with church, (Sunday)school and Band of Hope, being about to leave for the purpose of entering the married state was presented by Mr Watsford, who acted on behalf of the members of the congregation and others, with a parcel of cutlery. Mr Rudduck, acting for the parents of the scholars, presented Miss Roberts with a clock. Miss Roberts personally thanked one and all for the gifts and said her work had been a joy and her residence amongst them would never be forgotten. Singing and prayer concluded a happy meeting.(Rosebud Sunday School Anniversary i.e. Methodist (Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 30 August 1902 Edition: MORNING. p 4 Article.)

William John Brady was the Rosebud agent from whom the Mornington Standard could be purchased, so he must have been operating from some sort of store. Mount Evergreen was a bit far away for the average reader.
AUTHORISED AGENTS: The following is a list of our authorised agents, from whom the above paper may be obtained, and who will also receive orders for advertisements :RosEBUD.-Mr. W. J. Brady etc.
(Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 19 September 1895 Edition: MORNING. p 4 Advertising.)

When asked why he described the Sunday School at Rosebud as Methodist, itellya said that it was on land donated by a Methodist, namely Nelson Rudduck, and in a building used as the Methodist church for ages before the Pressies built their church in one day not far west of the school. And what did the said Nelson Rudduck have to say about the matter?

A CORRECTION, TO THE EDITOR. SIR,-In the report of the Rosebud Sunday School Anniversary, which appeared in your last issue, it is represented as a " Methodist" school. This is incorrect, as the school is undenom - national, the Victorian Sunday school lessons and Sankey's hymns being used, but no catechism.-Yours, &c., NELSON RUDDUCK. Superintendent. Dromana, 21/7/03.
(Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 25 July 1903 Edition: MORNING. p 4 Article.)

I had a feeling that Isobel Moresby mentioned the year 1900 in connection with John Roberts even though I made no note of it. My memory seems to be correct.

ROSEBUD. The Sunday School anniversary was celebrated on Sunday and Monday the 5th and 6th inst. On Sunday Messrs Moyle and Rudduck conducted the services, and on Monday the public meeting was presided over by Mr J. Roberts, addresses being given by Messrs Moyle and Buchan, Mr Moyle sang a solo and the prizes were distributed to the children. From the report given by the superintendent (Mr Rudduck) it appears that a teacher is needed to take the place of Mr W. Chapman (the late superintendent, who has removed to Melbourne.) There are 3 teachers and 29 scholars with an average attendance of 24.3; the income has more than met the expenditure; and the utmost good will exists between all connected with the school. Votes of thanks were given to Miss Roberts for training the children for the singing; to Messrs Wickham, B. Holloway. W. Chapman and the committee of the Mechanics' for services rendered, also to the chairman, speaker, and decorators.
(Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 16 August 1900 Edition: MORNING. p 3 Article.)

W.J. Brady served as secretary of the Rosebud Mechanics' Hall and of the committee formed at a meeting called by Sidney Smith Crispo at Boneo re growing sugar beet. The whole family was involved with the Red Hill Band of Hope, as were the Head and Roberts families. If members of these families were madly in love with each other, I guess there was method(ist) in their madness.


Watson Bryan "was supposed to have been a deserter from the British army, who, to cover his tracks allegedly reversed his name from Bryan Watson." (P.147, A Dreamtime of Dromana.) Confusingly Colin gives his name on page 74 as John Bryan. He spent his time at Dromana "working on the timber." When Mary Ann McLear moved to Maryfield in 1860, John moved onto Mary's leased farm on the Survey, The Willow.This was halfway between the coast and the highway and halfway between Dunns and Sheepwash Creek, about the north end of the Dromana Holiday Village near the drive-in.The springs at The Willow were henceforth known as Bryan's Springs.

The track through the Common was known as Bryan's Cutting. John Bryan cut piles,slabs, sleepers, beams and firewood, much of his work done in a saw-pit. He married a Miss Mitchell, whose family were early settlers in the district and (among?) their children were Tom, Matthew, Dunlop and George. Dunlop died in Dromana aged in his 80's in the 1950's. Some of his brothers moved to the Otways.

Melbourne Brindle's fabulous map of Dromana shows Bryan's Cutting (Holmes' motor buggy used to chug up here) and it is clearly the Hillcrest Quarry Rd(Melway 159 J8-9.) The map,available for purchase at the Dromana Museum, also shows the "path to Arthurs Seat & tower(past Bryans.)" This walking path followed the western boundary of Gracefield due south from where Bryan's cutting approaches the boundary near Sayvon Court (the site of the Brindles' "Sunnyside" homestead.)

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Tuesday 28 January 1936 p 1 Family Notices
Bryan- On the 23rd January at Warragul, George, eldest son of late J and M Bryan, Dromana, loved brother Margaret (W.A. ) Dun Í ... 2363 words

Matthew was a handy billiards player and captained Dromana's footy team in the match against Mornington in 1893.(P.4, Mornington Standard, 8-6-1893.) Tom narrowly won a Dromana Chess Club tournament in 1897. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 28-10-1897.) George and Matthew represented Dromana in cricket and one of them was a handy bowler.(P.3,Mornington Standard, 13-12-1894.) Matthew once top-scored with 7 runs!

Getting back to Red Hill, in 1879, John Moore, an inspector of works was assessed on 33 acres in the parish of Kangerong. This was part of the Red Hill Township and on the north east side of White Hill Rd fronting 149 metres of Harrisons Rd and 209 metres of McIlroy Rd. George Sherwood was granted 172 acres, east of Eatons Cutting Rd and south of the eastern third of Tumbywood Rd, on 9-2-1876. The Holmes family later bought this property and called it the Lookout Paddock;today it contains the Lookout Hill Circuit Walk and Holmes Road Reserve. In 1877, Moore got John Bryan to put up a fence but it was not according to specification so Sherwood took over. Bryan sued Moore for money owed and Sherwood sued Bryan.
(P.3, South Bourke and Mornington Journal, 12-12-1877.)





CALDWELL. (Grantees.)##
Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 10 March 1864 p 4 Family Notices
... BIRTHS. CALDWELL.-On the 4th inst., at Dromana-hill, Dromana, the wife of Robert Caldwell, Esq., of a daughter. ...

CALDWELL Rev. James.
Joseph McIlroy was married in the Dromana Mechanics' Institute on Wednesday 20-9-1877 by the Rev. James Caldwell. (P.17,The Red Hill.) The venue was necessary because Dromana's first church, the Union Church shared by several denominations, was built by Henry William Ault in 1879. (P.116, A Dreamtime of Dromana.)

Rev.James Caldwell was from Mornington and may have visited Dromana many times to conduct services and probably received a cordial welcome each time, unlike a certain Catholic priest who had come from Mornington and did a certain thing to a young man at Scurfield's Hotel. The minister lost three sons in the drowning tragedy that occurred after a football match at Mordialloc only 18 months after the death of his wife.

THE VICTORIAN BOATING DISASTER. The Search for the Bodies. Melbourne, May 23.
The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Tuesday 24 May 1892 p 5 Article
... immediately after the acci dent in order to gain greater freedom of motion. The three Messrs. Caldwell were the sons of the Rev. James Caldwell, Presbyterian minister of Mornington, who lost fais wife about .

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Monday 16 December 1901 p 1 Family Notices
.... MAHRIAGE». MARRIAGES. MORTON-SINGLETON.-On the 3rd December, at "Glenholm," Dromana, by the Rev. James Caldwell of Mornington, assisted by Mr W. Buchan, of Dromana, William Morton, of Boogardie, W ... nbsp; granddaughter of Walter Gibson, of "Glenholm," Dromana.

Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 16 November 1907 Edition: MORNING. p 2 Article
... In Memoriam. THE REV JAMES CALDWELL. The death of the Rev. James Caldwell, of "Glenbank", Mornington, ... a short service, conducted by the Rev. D. A, MacDougall, assisted by the Rev. James Murray, the ... greatly to the regret, of all who knew him. The Rev. gentleman was broad-minded, and generous







Turn right into Albert Street
18. St Andrews Church - 51 Barkly Street
Church - Barkly Street

This building had significant heritage to the area but unfortunately in the 1980's was been turned into a retail precinct. The church was built in 1867 by William Grover using bricks supplied by Thomas Allchin from his local brickworks. The church trustees were John Barrett, Alex Morrison, John Connell and James Butchart owner of Beleura. Reverend Caldwell came to Mornington in 1874 and commenced a long tenure with the church and town, being one of the more influential citizens. In 1979 the Mornington Historic Society applied to the National trust to preserve the church. The National Trust failed to find the building significnat on a Statewide basis. In 1984 the church was convereted to a restaurant.

It might seem strange to start an entry in a Red Hill history with a piece of Mornington History. But members of the Connell family lived in Red Hill and at least one still does. The following has been pasted from the original Red Hill Dictionary History journal so that I can ensure that I'm not repeating myself without constantly swapping between two journals.


James Connell received the grant for allotment 12 near the boundary with Kangerong and Bittern parishes. It was possibly Anthony or James whose rates on 50 acres and a hut in Dromana were paid for him by Wilson at the deathknock on 20-1-1865. The rate collector didnt know much. As well as not knowing the given names of Connell and Wilson, he didnt realize that the name Dromana only applied to land west of McCulloch St.
Colin McLear tells us the following. The Connells were tenants on Jamiesons Special Survey in 1851 or shortly thereafter. (Anthony Connells block was probably near the one later occupied by Henry Wilson.) A descendant of Anthonys was a silent partner of Jack Rudduck in Mornington Station in the Kimberleys in the 1950s. Mornington Station was near Fitzroy Crossing 300 miles inland from Derby.
The Connell and White children were among the pupils of a school that operated near the Hickinbotham Winery site in the early 1850s. This school may have closed when the teachers wife died or because two private schools had been opened in Dromana by Quinan and Nicholson. Its closure was probably the impetus for the establishment of a school in Moorooduc.
Anthony Connell was obviously the forerunner of the Connell family in the area. He received the grants for allotments 27 and 29, totaling 337 acres, all or part of which became the rifle range.
In 1910, James Connell, a farmer of Mornington, was leasing 238 acres (lots 3-6 of Bruces) and James Connell, a farmer of Tuerong, was leasing 230 acres (lots 1,2 of Bruces.) This land was just south of Ellerina Rd in the parish of Kangerong. I presume that would be James senior and James junior. Bruces was the northern section of the Survey fronting the Sea Lane, which is now called Bruce Rd, and is the boundary between Kangerong and Moorooduc parishes.

Anthony Connell's grants in the parish of Moorooduc, crown allotments 29 and 27, with a frontage of 1680 metres on the east side of Three Chain Road (Old Moorooduc Rd) from opposite No. 235 to opposite the Vineyard Lane corner (the south boundary of the Tuerong pre-emptive right)consisted of nearly 338 acres and had a Balnarring Rd frontage of 310 metres at the north east corner.(Melway 151 J8 to 152 A-B 6.) In 1873 Anthony was granted C.A. 11A bounded by Gillett Rd on the north, which is now the Tuerong Reserve.(152 C6.) When the property was sold, Connells were the auctioneers.

On 17-7-1886,James Connell was granted crown allotment 12,section A, parish of Balnarring, consisting of 177 acres 2roods and 25 perches. This had frontages to Balnarring and Derril Rd. It is very difficult to be exact about its location on Melway because the creeks shown on the parish map do not appear on Melway map 152. Derril Rd is the boundary between the parishes of Moorooduc and Bittern and the road meeting the midpoint of the eastern boundary of c/a 12,being in Bittern, is not named on the Moorooduc map. It is, however, certainly Hodgins Rd. The eastern boundary was 2926 links (585 metres), so using my Melway (not superpages) map, I can state with certainty that the north east corner was latitudinally in the middle of 152 G8,just north-east of where Derril Rd(northbound) curves to deviate around the reservoir.The south east corner is at the top right corner of 152 F 10. The north and south boundaries have to be parallel with Foxey's Rd and the driveway to Donistoun Park (152 D9) could be just within its south west corner.

A Connell family living in Red Hill in the 1890's must have lost their rabbit's foot. Firstly their little girl was badly burnt as a result of her brother playing with matches (Mornington Standard 18-4-1895 page 2) and then Mr Connell was in hospital receiving treatment for his eyes by the end of 1896(M.S. 24-12-1896, P.3.)
Two young Davey girls of Marysville, Frankston (Davey's Bay)had collected donations as a Christmas present for the distressed family and the donations were to be forwarded on to Mr (H.P.)Davey of Forest Lodge, Red Hill.
The family was referred to in the first article as living near Red Hill so perhaps they were near Merricks North and Forest Lodge. As Henry Pearce Davies was involved as secretary of the Balnarring sports committee (My DISCOVERING DAVEY journal)it is possible that this family was in the parish of Bittern where J.(John?) Connell had a grant across Balnarring Rd from Anthony's. My journal also reveals that the hospitalised father was William Connell.(Mornington Standard 12-11-1896 P.3 and 10-12-1896 P.3.)

POSTSCRIPT, 22-4-2013. Mrs Trevor Connell, a descendant of Red hill pioneers, Joseph and Mary Ann Simpson, told me today that Connells lived on Eatons Cutting Rd. Most of the land along this road (7 and 7A, Kangerong) was not alienated until the 1900's so perhaps William Connell was leasing 8 acres from the Crown.

Cr Davies asked the council to provide some relief for the family and H.P.Davey pointed out that the father had previously been unable to work for six months before his eyesight problems emerged and the large family, with the oldest child only 15, was living on bread and water. (Mornington Standard 17-12-1896 P.3, F&K SHIRE.)

Evelyn Connell, daughter of Mrs Connell of Red Hill, died on 24 April, 1910 from pneumonia at the age of 19 and was buried at Mornington Cemetery. She was one of a set of triplets. (Mornington and Dromana Standard 30-4-1910 P.2.) Miss R.Connell was a member of the Red Hill Literary ans Social Club, rendering items along with Charles and Mrs Thiele, Tom Sandilants' wife, H.McIlroy, W.Simpson and Mr Prosser (sic).(Mornington Standard 29-8-1903 p.3.)

In 1900, William Connell was assessed on 8 acres Kangerong. The man who first appealed for help for William's family, A.E.Bennett, was living on Kent Orchard at the time. Kent Orchard, later occupied by the Huntleys was on Kentucky Rd (Melway 191 H 1.)

Although no details were given, Evelyn Mary (Evie) Connell who died on 11-12-1900 might have been the mother of Evelyn (above) and thus Mrs Connell of Red Hill and William's wife.

POSTSCRIPT 23-4-2013. Dot Watt's information shows that the parents of the unfortunate triplet, Evelyn,who died in 1910 were William and Rebecca (nee Bidgood.)

Today (22-4-2013) Mrs Trevor Connell provided me with Connell genealogical information compiled by Dot Watt nee Connell without the aid of a computer. I will later speak with Dot. A member of the Balnarring Historical Society has written a book about Lou Connell who was the other competitor in the formation of the legend of Foxey's Hangout. There are two or so books,including Mary Karney's THE GOLDEN PLAINS OF TUBBARUBBAREL,that give much detail about the contest and the unfortunate Jackson.

Henry Connell married Isabella (Topham?)in 1803.(Marriage licence bonds book for the diocese of Cork and Ross in Dublin Public Records Office.)

Parents of Anthony and Simon Connell arrived as bounty passengers on 30-9-1840 on the ship "Himalaya". Anthony was engaged by E.E.Manuel Esq. for 3 years. He was listed as a labourer in one section but in the list of all unmarried men he was listed as a baker. Anthony bought land on 3-10-1855,lots 46 and 48,Parish of Moorooduc,for one pound per acre.Lots 46 and 48 were shown in reports of land sale (P.R.O.code V.P.R.S.80, UNIT 4)but lot 46 was section 27. Lot 48 was section 29.

Simon Connell appears in the Port Phillip directory of 1847 as a farmer, Strathallan,Darebin Creek.

(Simon may have been leasing from Malcolm McLean, who later advertised three 220 acre farms to let on Strathallan. McLean later offered a paddock on the Strathallan Estate near the Darebin Creek, on the Upper Plenty road to the Victorian Agricultural Society at a reasonable price.(P.6, Argus, 1-5-1871.) It's a fair bet that Strathallan Rd (Melway 20 C7)and Latrobe University are on the Strathallan Estate. If Simon was there long enough he would have been a neighbour of John Brock,an early Bulla squatter whose run was absorbed into Big Clarke's Special Survey and moved to the Bundoora area by 1851 when his wife, Jane, died; Brock called his estate (north of Strathallan)Janefield.

It's a fair chance that Simon saw John McLear killed outside the Plough Inn, Bundoora's first hotel, on Boxing Day,1849. John's widow, Mary Ann,possibly his groom,William Marshall, and Anthony Connell were to become tenants on Jamieson's Special Survey not much longer than a year later. John had been leasing land from a Mr Green since 1846, possibly near Greensborough Rd,east of Strathallan.)

The Electoral Roll Victoria 1856-57 Mornington Division.
Name and Surname of Voter No.515-Connell, Anthony.
Place of Abode and description. Mt Martha, farmer.
Nature of Qualification. Freehold.
Description or Qualification. Land, Mt Martha.

Simon Connell, No.516, Mt Martha, Farmer, Freehold,Mt Martha.

Anthony Connell, born 1802, County Cork,Ireland; died 4-5-1895, Moorooduc, Reg. No. 7767.
Buried 6-5-1895, Mornington Cemetery, Pres.16. Lived Tuerong at time of death with son, James Connell.
Farmer, General Debility.

Married 21-3-1869, Reg. No. 1179.
Mary Ann Phair,born 23-7-1827, Hobart, Tasmania.
Died 31-3-1910 aged 82 years. Buried 2-4-1910, Booroondara Cemetery, Kew, Pres.B 3909 with daughter, Elizabeth Jackson.

Simon Connell,buried 28-5-1878, aged 66 years. Typhoid Pneumonia, Farmer,lived Bittern.
(Information from George Connell) Plot No. C/E 125.
Also buried in Pres. 16 (with Anthony):
James, 1 day old March 1901;
Evelyn 19 years, 26-4-1910, father-William,mother Rebecca, nee Bidgood.(Info.from James Connell.)-One of the triplets!

James Connell, b.15-8-1854, Moorooduc,d.10-6-1926, buried 12-6-1926 C/E 324, Mornington Cemetery; his parents were Anthony and Mary Ann Connell.
Jane Ann Young, b.14-2-1856, Moorooduc, d.20-8-1938 aged 82 years, Mornington,buried 22-8-1938 with James; her parents were George Young and his first wife Jane (nee Wilson.)
James Connell and Jane Ann Young married in 1880 (Reg. No. 865.
Their children were:
1.Anthony Edward Young Connell b. 2-9-1876, Schnapper Point (Mornington), d. 12-1-1891 aged 14 years, buried 14-1-1891, Mornington Cemetery Pres. 15 with uncle and uncle John and Ellen. Killed by rock fall at quarry.
(Possibly near Gillett Rd, now a park.)
2. James Thomas Young Connell b.8-6-1878 Schnapper Point.
3. John George Connell b.13-8-1880 (Reg. No. 25262)Schnapper Point, married 20-8-1908 (Bella Hooper?)
4. William Charles Connell b.25-8-1882,Schnapper point (Reg. No.25815), d. Western Australia, married 10-5-1911 at Onslow near Ashburton, W.A. to Ellen Mary Taylor. Which one died in 1947?
5. Albert Ernest Connell b. 16-3-1884 Schnapper Point (Reg. No. 12875), d. ?-7;1948 aged 64 years at the old post office at Mornington from a heart attack after riding a push bike to work from Dunns Rd. Buried 29-7-1948 at Mornington Cemetery, Meth.113. He married May Elizabeth Thorne b.1891/2 Schnapper Point (Reg. No. B.C.7003?)and died in May 1942 from a heart attack aged 52 while she was knitting at her home, Condale Cottage in Dunns Rd. She was buried on 25-5-1942 C/E 350.
Albert remarried to Gladys someone and they had no issue.
6.Mary Ann Eleanor Connell b.3-7-1888 Schnapper Point (Reg. No. 22073 1837-1888 pioneers' Index), d.22-2 1971 aged 85 years, buried Fawkner Cemetery. Married Mathew Mooney in 1910.
7. David Louis Connell b.16-1-1891 Schnapper Point, d.9-4-1968 at Mornington aged 78* from lung cancer, buried 10-4 1968 at Mornington Cemetery C/E 361, (aged 77 in cemetery records.)Married 16-6-1915 at St Peter's Church of England, Mornington (Marriage Certificate No. 782)to Ida Ellis (Ellice)Turner b.23-2-1899 Bittern, d.16-7-1930 aged 31 years,buried 18-7-1930, C/E (339/361?)
8.Charlotte Jessie Connell b.1894 Schnapper Point, d.17-2-1984 aged 89, cremated at Fawkner Cemetery. Married Alex. Simpson.
9.Elsie Florence Connell b.1895 Schnapper Point. Married James (McNaulty?

N.B. See my new journal WARNING:PLACE OF BIRTH. None of the children might have actually been born in Mornington.

Ida Ellis (Ellice) Turner, who married David Louis Connell, the seventh child of James Connell, was probably the child of R.Turner, a Justice of the Peace at Bittern by 1881 and Ellen, who was complaining about drainage in 1885. R.Turner received the grants for crown allotments 29, 28A and 28B, parish of Bittern,the last-named on 17-8-1876. Comprising almost 348 acres, these fronted the east side of Loders Rd, Graydens Rd and Hodgins Rd.J.Turner,possibly Ida's brother, was granted crown allotment 51 and 48 directly across Hodgins Rd and also fronting Turners Rd and Stumpy Gully Rd. The parts of Loders and Turners Rds (the same roadway with a name change at Hodgins Rd)and all the Turner grants are now part of the Devilbend and Bittern Reservoirs. No wonder Ellen had a problem with drainage! I wonder if there was a family connection between the Turners and the family of Smith Ellis in the parish of Flinders.

Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Saturday 31 August 1907 Edition: MORNING. p 2 Article
... belonging., to Mr. A. Downward' t. Prd' last week and four other head belonging to Mr. Messrs J. Connell, Turner, and Vale of Mornington, a Government In spector, Mr, Curlewts visited tho district. The,

Vale's Dalkeith was near the Nepean and Moorooduc Highway Junction(Melway 151 C8). The Connell grants south of the Tuerong pre-emptive right,(29 and 27 Moorooduc), fronted the east side of Old Moorooduc Rd from a point opposite No.235 to the Vineyard Lane corner. Anthony was also granted 11A, across Balnarring Rd, now the Tuerong Reserve and fronting Gillett Rd(151 K7 and 152 B6.)The Turner land was at Melway 153 B4-10, about a mile and a half east across the Devilbend Creek valley(no reservoir then!)It's easy to track the killer dogs and also to see how the Connell and Turners would have been well acquainted.

David Louis Connell was known as Lou and once commented that the site of the Devil Bend Reservoir was Connell Country, not because they owned it but because they,Lou in particular, spent so much time there shooting foxes and trapping rabbits. Lou is a third of the legend of Foxey's Hangout, the part aboriginal Tasmanian, Phillip Jackson, being his fellow competitor and Gary Downward the scorekeeper. American servicemen were fascinated by the site during W.W.2.

The following comes from the DISCOVER MORNINGTON PENINSULA website (which has several photos.)
Fascinating Historical Facts - Mornington Peninsula
Foxey's Hangout
Corner Balnarring & Tubbarubba Roads Merricks North

Foxey's Hangout
The old gum tree known as Foxey's Hangout

Foxey's Hangout is located at the corner of Balnarring and Tubbarubba Roads. The corner has been known as Foxey's Hangout since the late 1930's. The name was coined by neighbouring property owners when two trappers, Phillip (Jack) Johnson and Lou Connell used a conspicuous gum tree at this junction to separately display their catches. Johnson, a Tasmanian, came to live in the area in 1936. He made a living working for a local landowner, Herb Downward trapping foxes, for which a bounty was paid. Friendly rivalry sprang up between him and Connell as to who caught the most foxes. Garry Downward, another local, checked the tree each day to adjudicate. The winner was announced at the end of each year.

Foxey's Hangout in the late 1930's
Foxey's Hangout in the late 1930's

This site became a local curiosity and landmark. Jack continued to hang foxes from this tree until his untimely murder in 1946. Friends and neighbours later revived the custom and maintained the site. The hanging practice gradually died out over the years.

Today both Jack Johnson and the old gum tree have passed on but the stories refuse to die. The tree branches are adorned with sheet metal fox profiles as symbols of the real fox carcasses, which hung there in the 1930's. 'Foxey's Hangout' is now recognised as an historic site on the Mornington Peninsula.

FOXEY'S HANGOUT and THE GOLDEN PLAINS OF TUBBARUBBAREL give much detail about Jackson but the August 2011 issue of the Balnarring and District Historical Society newsletter (which prompted my MELBA and SALTBUSH BILL journals) does the same regarding Lou. This is a summary only.

The article states that Lou's parents were James Connell and Jane Ann Wilson but his father had married Jane Ann Young (whose parents were George Young and his first wife, Jane Wilson.)SEE DOT WATT'S INFORMATION.

The location of Anthony Connell's grants c/a 27 and 29 is described very accurately, correctly calling Old Moorooduc Rd "Three Chain Road", its official name for almost a century. The other grants are not mentioned.

Lou was born in 1891,just days after "Anthony Connell, 14, eldest son of Mr James Connell of 3 chain road, was crushed to death in Bittern Quarry." Lou was shearing for the Oswins when he was about 16; later he and his older brother, John, were quarry workers and were involved in an accident at Turner's Quarry near Tuerong."

(FOUND IT!!! A serious accident occurred at Turner's Quarry, near Teurong, on Wednesday. Messrs. John and Louis Connell were engaged in blowing out stone,a hole had been drilled, and three pounds of blasting powder put in, when an accident happened with the fuse. The fuse ignited the powder while they were standing over the hole. Both had a narrow escape from being blown to pieces, and they received injuries to face, arms, and body. Dr. Hornabrok attended to the sufferers.-P.2, Mornington Standard, 2-2-1907.)



Joseph McIlroy's diary (P.18, The Red Hill) states that on 21-5-1878 he went to see Mrs Counsel through the ranges. This could have been Mrs Richard Counsel on the 250 acre "Gracefield" or Mrs Charles B. Counsel on 454 acres Kangerong owned by Richard (1979 Kangerong rates.) Gracefield (Melway 159 H9 to Pindara Rd)probably would have been reached via Bryan's Cutting which was just east of Gracefield (See BRYAN entry.) Part of Charles Counsel's 454 acres would have been crown allotment 21A of 121 acres,granted to C.Counsel on 27-6-1876. It was on the north side of McIlroys Rd (Melway 161D10-12.) The rest of his land probably consisted of Robert Coxon Young's 21B to the east and 20 A and B to the west giving him a McIlroys Rd frontage from Bowring Rd to (nearly)80 McIlroys Rd, the east corner of 21B being that of the northern section of the park.

Family Notices
The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Thursday 10 May 1883 p 1 Family Notices
... Montana " COUNSEL-MORRIS -April 9, 1883, at Hawthorn, Victoria, by the Rev. E. Nolan, S.J., Charles B. Counsel, Dromana, youngest son of Richard Counsel, Emerald Hill (late chief draughtsman Crown Lands), to Kate Louise, youngest daughter of the late Captain James Morris, of Hobart, ... 163 words

The Counsels were involved in Dromana more than Red Hill but Joseph's visit in 1878 shows that Red Hill residents had much social contact outside their mountainous abode, despite the often dangerous roads.


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By the Mornington district, I mean any places likely to be mentioned in the Mornington News. Obviously more interested in the area's history than the other two Peninsula papers, the News has for some months been running an excellent series of extracts from old newspapers. Apart from history, what makes this paper (and the Southern Peninsula News) such good reads are the humorous articles and the critical eye kept on Mornington Peninsula Shire. Good as the historical articles are,I have two criticisms:
1. the same extracts are used in the Southern Peninsula News, when they should involve Dromana, Red Hill, Rosebud, Boneo, Rye, Sorrento and Portsea;
2. many of the articles are meaningless to someone who lacks a fair background understanding of the area's history.

That's what the Mornington News editor, Mike Hast, said in the 16th April, 2013 edition. Now dobbing in your parents is hardly the done thing but Mike wasn't really dobbing. I just wanted to use a sensationalist headline! Mike's headline was Don't forget history:market is 34 this year. The Leader and the Weekly have both published articles this week about the market celebrating its 30th. Knowledge of its true age has been lost because of "many changes in the personnel at the chamber" according to Alan Caton, former boss of the Mornington Chamber of Commerce.

Mike's father, Cr Tom Hast, started the market on 26-9-1979. It was a very different Mornington in those days. Only two years later the railway was closed, obviously because of poor patronage. This was partly due to the small population but another factor would have been the extra travelling time caused because Mt Eliza residents opposed a direct route and the line having to go through Mornington Junction (Baxter.)

Tom ran the market from the arcade near the Grand Hotel and overcame resistance from some traders by suggesting that they display slow-moving goods on the footpath. This brought life to Main St on its slowest trading day, Wednesday. Shops had traditionally been closed on Wednesday, as well as weekends. Tom's idea had been backed by Mornington Shire but by only a few members of the Chamber. The market's success ensured that the other members came on board and the Chamber took over responsibility in the 1980's, with Maree Abbott in charge.

Mike's article includes an Age article of 24-10-1979 by Sarah Chester which states that Tom had got his idea from seeing successful markets in English and European towns the previous year and that (within a month)the shopkeepers' turnover had increased by 20% on market days.

Moondah, built in 1888 for James Grice was an opulent 42 room Victorian Mansion with beautiful gardens and a vineyard. The gatehouse is very similar in design to the gatehouse in Parramatta Park in Sydney. It is believed this was used as a basis to building Moondah's gatehouse.When built, Moondah had a golf course, tennis court, croquet green and polo field for the entertainment of visitors.Sir Reginald Ansett purchased Moondah in 1947 and restored the building into a 5 star luxury hotel. This he called Manyung Hotel. It was the most luxurious hotel on the Mornington Peninsula. Ansett sold Manyung Hotel to the Australian Administrative Staff College in 1957. It is now run as the executive training centre for the college.
The balance of the Moondah was bequeathed to charity on the passing of Lady Ansett in 2003.

The Mornington Standard article of 19-4-1913 gave the Moondah owner's name as Grice and trove's digitisation as Grlce. The News must take full responsibility for the error.

The following were also mentioned in the 19-4-1913 extract.

The article stated that Messrs Edgar and son had suffered a heavy loss when a haystack on their Three-chain road farm, containing over 20 tons of hay, was destroyed by fire after being wet by heavy rain.

Thee Chain Road was Moorooduc Road and the Moorooduc Station now houses the trains which make regular trips between Watt Rd in Mornington and Moorooduc, the peninsula's version of Puffing Billy.

Messrs Alex Scott and Co will hold a large clearing sale on account of Mr J. P. Edgar, on the property, one mile from Moorooduc Railway Station on...etc. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 20-11-1915.)
If Alex Scott meant one mile south,the farm might have been near the Wooralla Drive corner. The Tullys might know where it was, perhaps the Dandridge farm just south of the Tully produce store.

Jack Edgar might have been J.P.'s son or grandson. He had Tuerong in the 1950's.

NEARLY 200 carloads, mainly family groups, attended the polo carnival in aid of the Orthopaedic Hospital at Tuerong Park, Mornington, on Saturday.....Mr and Mrs Jack Edgar, owners of Tuerong Park, with their son Jonathan lunched with Mr Aubrey Gibson honorary secretary of the Melbourne Hunt Polo Club and Mrs Gibson.
(P.8, Argus, 3-3-1952.)

Tuerong Park was basically the Tuerong pre-emptive right. Its homestead is now the office of the Dromana Estate of Tuerong Winery(Melway 152 B2.) The east half of the northern boundary was Tuerong Rd east to about the creek. Its south west corner was at the bend in Vineyard Lane and the south east corner was the end of Gillett Rd. Three Chain Road runs through the pre-emptive right.(Google "moorooduc, county of mornington" to see it on the parish map.)

The article mentions that the Shire of Frankston and Hasting's application to use an acre of a reserve known locally as Black's Camp was to be considered by the local land board at Somerville on 29-4-1913.

The reserve is at Melway 148 D2. Blacks Camp Rd leads to it from Jones Rd. But Austin Rd,named after George Austin, a Frankston Real Estate Agent who subdivided the area, was also referred to as Blacks Camp Rd in 1901.Crown allotment 54 Moorooduc consisted of 101 acres 3 roods and 36 perches. It was bounded on the east by Blacks Camp (Austin) Road for 618 metres north to the 6 acre 2 rood water reserve. Its Bungower Rd frontage was 524 metres and the South East Water storages are just inside its north west corner.It is likely that the Finlayson farm was bought by Murray Gomm's grandfather,William Henry (Paddy) Gomm and later passed to Billy Gomm (Somerville F.C. Legend, along with Murray's father, George.)

ALEX SCOTT & CO. (in conjunction with J.E. WORRELL) under instructions from the Union Trustee Co. of Australia Ltd., 339 Collins Street, Melbourne, in the estate of the late James Finlayson, will sell by public auction, a valuable Block of Land, Containing 70 acres or thereabouts, being portion of Crown Allotment 54, parish of Moorooduc, county of Mornington. This property is situated at the corner of Bungower and Blacks Camp roads, only three quarters of a mile from the Somerville Railway Station, and adjoining Mr J. Murray's orchard and opposite Mr J. Scott's. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 26-9-1901.)

Blacks Camp was a lagoon, thus its reservation as a water reserve. Crown allotments 55-58 also adjoined the reserve and of course nearby farmers had access via the two Blacks Camp lanes (which is all they were until George Austin became involved, with trees growing on them!) The bank teller was required to test his pistols at regular intervals and on one occasion one of the Gomm lads went with him and they fired the bullets into the banks of the lagoon.

Incidentally, Graf Rd, the boundary between crown allotments 55 and 56 (and 54 and the water reserve), is named after cricketer, Sean Graf,the name being suggested by a member of the Somerville Cricket Club (not a Gomm.) His ancestor was the station master at Somerville and when Henry Gomm's daughter fell in love with him, Henry had him tranferred (courtesy of his mate, Tommy Bent) to Ascot Vale but the girl fled to him and was cut off from her family. It was years later that Paddy Gomm brought the Grafs back into the fold after Henry's death.

T.J.SUMNER, BALLANRONG, 18-5-1880 (NOT 1858), VIC., AUST.

The purpose of this is to reach the attention of anyone who happens to see my claims that Sumner bought the Ballanrong P.R. in 1858 or 1856 and alert them that the date of the grant was actually 18-5-1880. The reason for my mistake is included in the apology in the T.J.SUMNER OF BRUNSWICK, COOLART etc journal.


The apology first. When I look now at the Ballanrong pre-emptive right on the copy of the Moorooduc parish map that I obtained at the Public Records Office, I see:

The full stops in P.R. are very faint and the ones between 18 and 5 and 8 are almost invisible. There is no space between the numerals except between the 8 and the 5. The final 8 is only evident through a powerful magnifying glass.

I have stated on several occasions that Sumner was granted the pre-emptive right in 1858 for reasons that may now seem obvious. When I was researching for the Yuille entry in my EARLY LANDOWNERS IN THE PARISHES OF MOOROODUC, FRANKSTON etc journal, I discovered that Archibald Yuille held the Ballanrong Run from 1852 until the lease was cancelled in 1857. Looking at the P.R. on my map (without the magnifying glass), I read the date as 1856 and decided to see if there was a date on the online map (MOOROODUC,COUNTY OF MORNINGTON.)

There was: 18.5.80! Good old T.J. was instantly deleted from the early landowners journal, making this journal necessary to retain the information and to correct a serious error.

This pioneer in the parishes of Moorooduc and Frankston was not mentioned by Vale in late 1855 because he did not acquire Yuille's Ballanrong pre-emptive right until 1880. His land in the parish of Frankston was probably part of Ben Baxter's Carrup Carrup Run.


The Victorian Government website on members of Parliament gives the following details about Theodotus John Sumner. He was born at Liskeard, Cornwall in 1920 and died on 20-4-1884 at Brunswick. His father was the Rev, John Sumner, a Methodist minister.
T.J.Sumner married Sarah Jones Peers. He was a merchant and his religion was listed as Methodist. Sumner emigrated to Van Diemans Land in 1841 and arrived in Melbourne in April 1842. He engaged in pastoral and agricultural pursuits and became a partner of Richard Grice in 1855 when Grices former partner had died. Grice, Sumner and Co. were wholesale merchants who gave advances on pastoral properties. Theodotus was an early president of the National Agricultural Society and established a model farm* on his Schnapper Point Estate. He became a member of the Board of Education in 1862 and was a member of the Legislative Council from May 1873 until February 1883.
Engaged in extensive charity work, T.J. endowed the Sumner ward at Melbournes Childrens Hospital. His widow administered his estate, a large part of which was in trust for charity, especially the Old Colonists Home and the Melbourne Hospital.

A quick search on google revealed the following. Grice and Sumner had two ships built at Newcasle-on-Tyne in 1863: the Penola and S.S.Blackbird. The former was built especially for the Adelaide-Melbourne run but collided with, and sank, the City of Launceston in Port Phillip Bay on 19-11-1865. The damaged Penola was briefly replaced on the Adelaide run by the Blackbird which then worked the Brisbane mail run until 1873, undercutting passenger fares charged by the established lines. The Penola was sold to J.J.Grice and Partners and S.S.Blackbird was sold to Captain A.Campbell and Partners in 1876. (Flotilla-Australia website.)
The primary Sumner residence was Stony Park by the Merri Creek near the boundary of North Fitzroy and East Brunswick. A picture of the house is on the net but be warned that the one on the Architecture of Melbourne site is wrong. The southern part of Lowan St (Melway 30 B9) is an approximation of the driveway from Glenlyon St to the Stony Park mansion. Just to the west are Sumner St and Peers St, the latter honouring Sarahs maiden name.
Stony Park was in the parish of Jika Jika. The land in the parish of Jika Jika was among the first outside Melbourne itself to be alienated. Many of the allotments were bought by speculators in Sydney and Sumner probably bought his estate for a song when the depression of the 1840s hit. Dawson probably bought his land at the same time. One grantee who did settle was Dr Farquhar McCrae, brother of Arthurs Seats Andrew, who leased his grant Moreland to Michael Loeman and moved to La Rose in Pascoe Vale South. He fled to Sydney when the future acting Governor, J.F.L.Foster, challenged him to a duel.
One of Sumners near neighbours was Michael Dawson, after whom Dawson St was named. Another (in present-day Fenton St in Ascot Vale) was John Thomas Smith who became Sumners near neighbour at Moorooduc as well.
At Christ Church on 12-1-1874, James, eldest son of Richard Grice of Melbourne, married Annie Ruth, eldest daughter of Theodotus John Sumner of Stony Park. (Argus 15-1-1874.)
On 19-9-1888, Gemmell, Tuckett & Co advertised three lots for sale on the instructions of the executors of the late T.J.Sumner Esq. The first lot consisted of land in Frankston. The second comprised the 1470 acres on the east side of Derril Rd and 786 acres in Frankston (parish?) and Moorooduc. The third was the Ellerslie Estate of 636 acres, entirely surrounded by Government Roads and known as the Ballanrong Park. This was the pre-emptive right, granted to T.J.Sumner, west of the Three Chain Road between Bungower and Mornington-Tyabb Roads. (Argus 19-9-1888.)
An advertisement of Allotment 1 Moorooduc of 285.2.34 (the Ranelagh Estate at Mt Eliza) on which is erected Nyora (built by J.T.Smith and later Ranelagh Guest House) mentions that Mrs Sumner owned the adjoining Earimil. (Argus 7-11-1903.)
An obituary for Mrs Sarah Jones Sumner appeared in the 12-3-1929 issue of the Argus. She died at her home Stony Park in Glenlyon St, North Fitzroy (now East Brunswick). She had lived in Victoria for 93 years. (Argus 12-3-1929.) On 9-12-1929, Sumners Stony Park Estate at East Brunswick was advertised for sale. (Argus)
T.J.Sumner was obviously interested in dog breeding and rowing. Sarah established a crèche in Brunswick and was generous to Christ Church Brunswick.
Sumners estate in Moorooduc was possibly named Annesleigh (Annesley in some advertisements) after his mother, sister or his daughter, Annie Ruth. In view of the spelling of Ellerslie, the correct spelling may have been Anneslie.

The Hastings Heritage Study indicates that with his partner, Benn, T.J.Sumner held Coolart until 1875. He was also granted several blocks south of the present Riviera Hotel on the part of Long Island in the parish of Frankston.(Google FRANKSTON,COUNTY OF MORNINGTON to see these blocks as well as the huge area, near Sumner Rd,south and west of Ben Baxter's Carrup Carrup P.R. Google MOOROODUC, COUNTY OF MORNINGTON to see the Ballanrong P.R. and the land east of Derril Rd between Eramosa Rd and Mornington-Tyabb Rd.)


By some fluke, when I was researching the reason for Gomms Rd being north of Eramosa Rd, rather than on "Glenhoya", I found the Frankston parish map online. Luckily I superimposed the Gomm and Firth grants on my Melway maps in SUPERPAGES (and the nearby Baxter, Sage, Sumner etc grants) because subsequent attempts to find the map failed.

Before I detail the maps available online, I will tell you how I manage to superimpose crown allotment boundaries on Melway and warn you about the Melway maps on Superpages. Having found the Frankston parish map again last night ( because I remembered that the word PARISH did not appear on it but COUNTY OF MORNINGTON did), I was excited to find that the grants of McMahon, Carr and Liardet adjoined each other.They all had eastern boundaries of 4000 links so it was going to be easy to find out the dividing boundaries; Skye Rd and Beach St-Cranbourne Rd were exactly a mile apart.But when I put my ruler on the map in SuperPages, it told me that the roads were 1400 metres apart. So I tried it in Melway and found that they were actually 1620 metres apart. This showed that (a)the SuperPages maps are only seven eighths of the scale of Melway maps; (b) the surveyors were a chain (cricket pitch) out in their measurements or one of the roads has been re-aligned further away from the other.

A mile equals 80 chains or 8000 links. Sharps Rd, Tullamarine, west of Broadmeadows Rd, (the south boundary of Section 3 Tullamarine)was 8000 links. When I decided to transpose the parish map onto Melway, I imagined complicated calculations on a calculator being the order of the day. But when I measured this distance on my ruler,it was exactly 8 centimetres. As the scale is one millimetre to a chain (20 metres), it is fairly easy to plot boundaries and accurately describe road frontages (if measurements are given on parish maps!)

If you happen to google FRANKSTON PARISH MAPS, you will find (a)four 320 acre crown allotments east of Frankston Village with description of the land; (b) two village maps that seem to be almost identical and name many grantees; and (c), after THE WELLS STORY and ST PAUL'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, a map showing crown allotments in the parishes of Frankston and Moorooduc. The last map (1854) shows only one grantee, Yuille,who seems to have preferred his grant over the homestead block (Pre-emptive Right)of Ballanrong, which was granted to T.J.Sumner two years later. This map shows how Old Mornington Rd led to the Three Chain (Moorooduc) road via Mt Eliza Way and Wooralla Drive. It also shows fences and other features as well as how the government roads followed old tracks with a few modifications.

If you want a map, with grantees,measurements etc. that will show where your pioneering ancestor was granted land, you need to google:

The maps are there waiting for you. Go to it, Frankston "diggers".