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By copying and pasting this link into your search bar, detailed historical detail about a tiny portion of Castlemaine near the old Gasworks site can be accessed.

I came across this heritage study in a google search for HOWARTH, CASTLEMAINE. It mentions my wife's late mother, Lorna Lillian Howarth, daughter of Owen Oswald Hughes and Florence Lillian, nee Smith. Lorna had married Jim Howarth and they had two daughters, Valerie and Roslyn. I married Val and Peter Warren, descendant of an early Harcourt orchardist,
married Ros. We all now live on the Mornington Peninsula.

Finding that the Howarth brothers, Thomas and James Henry had owned 30 acres south of Dromana by 1917 and until 1925, I had assumed that they were related to Val on her paternal side but maybe they weren't. I'd forgotten Lanky Howarth who was one of the leading basketballers when the game was started in Castlemaine circa 1965 by Geoff Bryce, with policeman, Jim Berry, and myself being among a small band of experienced players at the time. Two members of the Howarth family married Broad girls, who were probably in the family tree of David Broad, who, with Robbie Ross, was a member of my High School basketball team as well as a young star in the Maggies' senior football team.

Tragically Lanky, whose name I just remembered was Ken, and Jim Berry were both killed in car accidents after Val and I had moved to Melbourne. There was no known relationship between Val and Lanky but there may have been a connection back in the 1860's during the gold rush.

In an attempt to find whether Lanky and Val were somehow related or completely unrelated, I will be starting another journal called THE HOWARTH FAMILY OR FAMILIES OF CASTLEMAINE, CHEWTON,AND FARADAY/ SUTTON GRANGE, VIC., AUST.

My wife, Val, was the daughter of Jim Howarth and Lorna Lillian (nee Hughes). She was born in 1949 in New South Wales where Jim was stationed with the R.A.A,F. as a radio technician. They later returned to Castlemaine and lived at 19 Landseer St. until Jim's early death from a heart attack.
EventDeath Event registration number27327 Registration year1970
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesJames Frederick SexMale Father's nameHOWARTH Leslie James Mother's nameViolet Louise (Talbot) Place of birthCastlemaine Place of deathCastlemaine Age44

Val and her younger sister, Ros, attended the South School, not needing a packed lunch because their mother's parents, Owen and Florence Hughes, lived just over the road next to the gasworks. Jim Howarth, due to his technical expertise, worked for the S.E.C. and was responsible for bringing television to Castlemaine. After his death, Lorna worked at the Castlemaine Hospital and Mt. Alexander near the sunken oval. She moved in with her elderly parents to care for them and inherited their property after their deaths. She finally moved to the Peninsula to be near Val and Ros and died there.

Jim Howarth had two brothers, Lester (Joe) and Rex. Joe remained unmarried but Rex married Iris and built a house just north of his parents' homestead at Faraday. Like Jim, Rex had daughters who were involved in one of the most sensational incidents in Victorian history, the Faraday kidnapping.

$1m demand for teacher, six pupils
The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Saturday 7 October 1972 p 1 Article
... , Faraday; Robyn Elizabeth Howarth, 11, and her sisters Jillian Michelle, 8, and Denise Kaye, 5. Four other ... is wait and hope". Mr Rex Howarth, 40. said, "Only an animal would do this to six innocent little

Teacher 'not going back'
The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Thursday 2 November 1972 p 11 Article
... Harcourt School, five miles away. Mrs Iris Howarth, whose children, Robyn, 11,. Jillian, 8, and Denise, 5 ...

As Rex was 40 at the time, it is likely that any Castlemaine residents today (such as a North Castlemaine Cricket Club player) with the Howarth surname are not descendants of Val's paternal grandparents and therefore could be related to Lanky. They may also be related to Thomas and James Henry Howarth of Bowden Street, Castlemaine, whose ownership of 30 acres near Dromana (as detailed below)led to this post.

Jim, Joe and Rex Howarth and their sisters Lorraine, June and Ailsa were the children of the following marriage.
EventMarriage Event registration number9710 Registration year1922
Personal information
Family nameTALBOT Given namesViolet Louisa SexUnknown Spouse's family nameHOWARTH Spouse's given namesLeslie Jas

None of their births has been entered in Victorian BDM (

Lorraine married Roy Portwine, a builder, who built a house and lived in it for a while before selling it and repeating the procedure over and over again, near the Harcourt Station, three at Wesley Hill, in Gingell St at Winters Flat etc. Roy and I once played golf at Maldon when he got a hole in one on a par 5. He'd hit a magnificent drive right up the middle of the fairway and despite a lengthy search for the ball we couldn't find it so we had to conclude it had dropped into the hole (an unauthorised one placed on the fairway by Mr Bunny!)

Roy and Lorraine had two daughters, Jenny and Linda. Jenny (matron of Honour at our wedding)had married Ray Turner and they lived in the Gisborne area (Kerry and Gisborne South) with Ray being a contractor who carried out slashing on roadsides. They had a son and two daughters,Paul, Michelle and Elisha. Paul was a very good footballer while the two girls were horse mad; Michelle is now in charge of the Police mounted division.
Linda Portwine married Graeme Bassett, Muckleford's wicketkeeper who had the courage to stop the firebrand deliveries of his brother, John, and George Skinner. They had (children-add)

June Howarth married Dave Hoare, a motor mechanic,and they had two daughters, Wendy and Annette. Dave died in his 50's and June's long widowhood ended in a dam on the old farm at Faraday.

Ailsa Howarth married Russell McLure whose family ran a big transport company.They lived in Bendigo.

Ray Talbot, brother of Val's paternal grandmother, Violet, lived up the hill from Camp Reserve. Cliff Talbot, who was Ray and Ivy's son, was a bank officer and married a Castlemaine girl named Barbara (add). They moved to Warren Crescent,East Keilor (Melway 15 E12)when the Pavilions Estate (to the north with streets named after cricketers)was just army land and the fire station nearby was one of only a few buildings. They had a son and a daughter.

Leslie James Howarth, Val's grandfather,who was born in 1901, died when she was only about three years old. As there was no registrar at Faraday, his birth was registered at still-busy Chewton, connected to Faraday by the Golden Point road, along which is the heritage-listed Chinese cemetery. Val had only vague memories of her grandfather but often visited the Faraday farm to visit her grandmother, Violet, who lived long enough to see our two oldest children, Sharon and Stephen.

EventBirth Event registration number2130 Registration year1901
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesLeslie Jas SexMale Father's nameJas Mother's nameEmily Louisa (Broad) Place of birthCHEWTON

EventDeath Event registration number22892 Registration year1952
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesLeslie James SexMale Father's nameHOWARTH James Mother's nameEmily Louisa (Broad) Place of birthFARADAY Place of deathCASTLEMAINE

EventDeath Event registration number28845 Registration year1975
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesViolet Louise SexFemale Father's nameTALBOT Charles Frederick Mother's nameMary Jane (Hansford) Place of birthCastlemaine Place of deathCastlemaine Age75

EventMarriage Event registration number3734 Registration year1899
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesJas SexUnknown Spouse's family nameBROAD Spouse's given namesEmily Louisa

Given that James died in 1905, he did well to father two children. Leslie James had a brother named Walter.

EventBirth Event registration number24553 Registration year1903
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesWalt Jno SexMale Father's nameJas Mother's nameEmily (Broad) Place of birthCHEWTON

EventMarriage Event registration number12522 Registration year1926
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesWalter Jno SexUnknown Spouse's family nameJONES Spouse's given namesAmanda Ellen P

EventDeath Event registration number4866 Registration year1905
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesJas SexUnknown Father's nameHowarth Jas Mother's nameAlice (Pickup) Place of birth Place of deathChewton Age33

The death notice in 1905 provided no detail to link James who'd married Emily Louisa Broad to the James who'd died in 1905 but an IN MEMORIAM notice in 1907 did.His widow, Emily Louisa had obviously become Mrs S*.in the meantime. Her new surname was Salathiel. (P.S.An In Memoriam notice in 1906 was inserted by "his loving wife, E.L.Howarth".

HOWARTH - In loving remembrance of James Howarth, beloved father of Leslie and Walter Howarth, who passed away at Faraday on the 18th May, 1905, aged 33 years.
Not gone from memory,
Not gone from love,
But gone to our Father's home above.
— Inserted by E.L.S.*
CASTLEMAINE. MAY, 18, 1907.(P.2, Mount Alexander Mail, 18-5-1907.)

* Re E.L.S.
EventMarriage Event registration number4838 Registration year1907
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesEmily Louisa SexUnknown Spouse's family nameSALATHIEL Spouse's given namesThos

Thomas Salathiel had been born in Faraday. Moses Salathiel* was also a member of the family.
EventDeath Event registration number20446 Registration year1955
Personal information
Family nameSALATHIEL Given namesThomas SexMale Father's nameSALATHIEL William Mother's nameUnknown (Campbell) Place of birthFARADAY Place of deathCASTLEMAINE Age90

Our Sutton Grange correspondent writes:—
A highly-respected resident of this dis-
trict, James Howarth, junr., of Faraday,
passed away quietly on Thursday afternoon
from dropsy and pneumonia. The deceased
previously was in the prime of his life and
was engaged in farming pursuits. He leaves a
a widow and two little children to
mourn their loss. (P.5, Bendigo Advertiser, 20-5-1905.)

James Jnr. was buried at Harcourt.(P.2, Mount Alexander Mail, 22-5-1905.)

James Jnr. had a sister named Alice who in 1897 married John Henry Broad (WHOSE BEST MAN WAS JOHN HOWARTH.) As this best man was not referred to as a brother of the bride, the marriage notice has been placed below in the FOOD FOR THOUGHT section near the Bendigonian article, THE HOWARTH FAMILY. Alice did have a brother named John but that does not proved that he was the best man.

EventBirth Event registration number20777 Registration year1867
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesJohn Daniel SexUnknown Father's nameJames Mother's nameAlice (Pickup) Place of birthCHEWTON

There is much more information about John Daniel Howarth in FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

This would seem to be the death record of James Howarth who married Alice Pickup.
EventDeath Event registration number8664 Registration year1913
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesJas SexUnknown Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathCmaine Age77

James Howarth, late of Wesley Hill,Castlemaine, retired farmer, who died on August 15th,, left property valued
at £3627 to his children and relatives.(P.2, Mount Alexander Mail, 20-9-1913.)

There is no doubt that this is Alice, nee Pickup.
EventDeath Event registration number13222 Registration year1914
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesAlice SexUnknown Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathCmaine Age79

Alice's obituary.

WILL of ALICE HOWARTH, late of Wesley Hill,Castlemaine, in the State of Victoria, widow, deceased, be granted to John Daniel Howarth and John Henry Broad, both of Sutton Grange, farmers,the executors appointed by the said will. Dated this 22nd day of December, one thousand nine hundred and fourteen.(P.4, Argus, 23-12-1914.)
Thanks to Elizabeth Janson for this information!
Is this a sister to Alice?
Henry Hindle of Lancashire, came c1856 with Maryann Pickup 1829 - 1871 #9579 aged 42, daughter of Alice and Nelson Pickup. FamilySearch does not identify Nelson as parent, may be a brother
Marriages Jun 1863 - James Howarth and Martha Pendlebury at Burnley Vol 8e page 242. The district Burnley spans the boundaries of the counties of Lancashire and West Riding of Yorkshire
James Howarth and Martha Pendlebury came from Lancashire with possibly 2 children, and lived at Williamstown
1. Mary Elizabeth Howarth c1863
2. Charles Howarth 1865,"5847
3. Amy Ross Howarth 1867,"5491
4. James Howarth 1870,"12598
5. John Howarth 1873,"21064
6. William Robert Howarth 1878,"26410 Mary Elizabeth Howarth 1860 - 1941 #8650 aged 81 daughter of Martha Pendlebury and James Howarth born in Lancashire, wed 1886 #486 to John Farmer c1862, 3 Children

James Howarth c1835 - 1913 #8664 aged 77, and Alice Pickup c1835 - 1914 #13222 aged 79, came c1865 and lived at Chewton, then Castlemaine. Both died with parents unknown.

6 Children 1. Phoebe Jane Howarth 1866 #1281 - 1867 #7887 lived 1 year
2. John Daniel Howarth 1867 #20777 wed 1897 #7041
3. James Howarth 1872 - 1905 #4866 aged 33
4. Alice Elizabeth Howarth 1873 #22687
5. Ada Jane Howarth 1876 #8122 - 1892 #13269 aged 16
6. Eva Flora Ann Howarth 1878 #14544
Each surviving child wed a son or daughter of Catherine Mably Kellow and John Broad
2. John Daniel Howarth 1867 #20777 - 1926 #13184 aged 59, wed 1897 #7041 to Mary Elizabeth Broad 1871 #22006 - 1909 #987 aged 37 died at Chewton

4 children
1. Ada Jane Howarth 1898 #25285 wed 1918 #1975 to John Wm Joseph Farrar
2. Alice Cath Howarth 1901 #25817
3. Mary Elizth Howarth 1903 #29052
4. Hilda Olive Howarth 1906 #30248
3. James Howarth 1872 - 1905 #4866 aged 33 wed 1899 #3734 to Emily Louisa Broad 1878 #5600 - 1934 #17926 aged 56.
2 children
1. Leslie James Howarth 1901 #2130 - 1952 #22892 aged 51
2. Walter John Howarth 1903 #24553 - 1956 #9627 aged 52

4. Alice Elizabeth Howarth 1873 #22687 - 1946 #16416 aged 72, wed 1897 #3685 to John Henry Broad 1865 - 1937 #14923 aged 71, 9 children
6. Eva Flora Ann Howarth 1878 #14544 - 1949 #18188 aged 70, wed 1902 #5072 to Richard Alfred Broad 1874 - 1929 #13617 aged 55, 8 children

Paternal ancestors of my wife, Valerie, and her sister, Roslyn, are:
FATHER, James Frederick Howarth who married Lorna Lillian Hughes;
GRANDFATHER,Leslie James Howarth who married Violet Tudor;
GREAT GRANDFATHER,James Howarth Jnr. who married Emily Louisa Broad;
GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER, James Howarth Snr. who married Alice Pickup.

1919-20 rates, Central Riding, assessment number 2421.
Thomas and James Henry Howarth, Bowden St., Castlemaine, 30 acres, part c/a 8 Kangerong.

Mr. R. Steele, of St. Kilda, has purchased 30 acres of land, lately owned by Howarth Bros., of Castlemaine, and intends building in the autumn.
(P.1, Frankston and Somerville Standard, 21-1-1925.)

Crown allotment 8 (section 3) Kangerong, consisting of 116 acres 2 roods and 35 perches, was granted to George McLear. It was bounded on the west by a road reserve continuing today's Collins Rd from Boundary Rd to Arthurs Seat Rd and a now-closed road which is now the eastern boundary of that part of Arthurs Seat State Park in Melway 160 C-D 11-12.

By 1919 this had become two farms, the Howarth brothers' 30 acres and George Higgens' 75 acres and buildings.

In 1917, the Howarth brothers had recently moved from Brady St., Richmond to Bowden St., Castlemaine.(Ass. No. 1651.)

No John Howarth has so far* been encountered in relation to the Howarth family of Faraday and it is significant that the present day North Castlemaine cricketer has the given name of JOHN.
(*He has now. John Howarth was John Henry Broad's best man when he married Alice, daughter of James Howarth Snr.and Alice, nee Pickup, of Faraday. As the best man was not described as the brother of the bride, he could have been a member of the Howarth family immediately below, so the marriage report will be placed under this Bendigonian article in the FOOD FOR THOUGHT section. Were the Bendigo (ex-Sydney) and Faraday families related? Was the best man a brother of Alice?

Alice did have a brother named John but that does not proved that he was the best man.
EventBirth Event registration number20777 Registration year1867
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesJohn Daniel SexUnknown Father's nameJames Mother's nameAlice (Pickup) Place of birthCHEWTON

Mr. John Howarth, head of the now well
known Howarth family, which has such a
splendid record in the doings of the pre-
sent war, was born a soldier in the Vic-
toria Barracks, Sydney, his father being
one of the llth Regiment (now known as
the Devons), who were stationed there at
the time. He worked himself up in the
militia forces until he became quarter-mas-
ter-sergeant. When the Boer war broke
out he was one of the first Australians to
volunteer, and served in South Africa for
14 months. Three of his sons followed him
to the South African war, and at the close
returned to Australia. At the outbreak of
the present war, when the Expeditionary
Forces were called for, Quartermaster-Ser-
geant Howarth, who is now an officer of the
Commonwealth Electoral department, again
offered his services, but being over the age,
had to stand aside. His four sons; however,
all married men with families, went to
Egypt with various contingents, and all
took part in the landing at the Dardanelles,
the eldest, Sergeant J. S. Howarth, being
killed in action by machine gun fire. The
second son, Trooper Horace Howarth, was
one of the Light Horse that fought as foot
soldiers at Gallipoli. After being in the
trenches for nine weeks, he had the mis-
fortune to lose his left arm and the sight
of his left eye; which occurred as follows:-
One day in the trenches a Turkish shell (an
18-pounder) fell near him and his mates
without exploding. He rushed forward to
cast it away out of danger, but just as he
was in the act of picking it up it burst,
shattering his left arm. He was taken to
Malta, where the arm had to be amputat-
ed just below the elbow. A bullet also.en-
tered his head and lodged behind the left
eye, where it remained for five weeks, un-
til the eye had to be removed, and the
bullet extracted. Trooper Howarth now
wears the extracted bullet on his watch
chain. He went to Sydney on his return
to have an artificial arm fitted. The third
son, Private Harold Howarth, was wound-
ed in the right hand by a bomb at the
Lone Pine action, and has returned home.
'The fourth son, Private Cyril Howarth, who
also took part in the memorable landing,
has been invalided home through a bad at-
tack of fever. He having recuperated at
Castlemaine, is about to return to the front
Mrs. James Scott, of Castlemaine, is a
sister of the Howarth brothers, and her
son, James, 18 years old, who was employ-
ed in the engineering department at Thomp-
son's foundry, is now on his way to the
front. Mrs. Scott has also five nephews in
the firing line, while the deceased Sergeant
J. S. Howarth's eldest son is now with the
Australian fleet in the North Sea. The
above is a first-class record for one family.(P.25, Bendigonian, 31-8-1916.)

On Wednesday last, at the residence of Mr
Howarth, Faraday, a wedding was celebrated
by the Rev Mr M'Cay between Miss Alice
Howarth and Mr John Henry Broad, son of
the late Mr John Broad, of Sutton Grange.
Miss E. Howarth and Miss M. Broad were the
bridesmaids ; Mr John Howarth was best man.
The bride was dressed in cream liberty silk,
trimmed with chiffon, and the bride-maids in
cream, trimmed with chiffon. The bride was
given away by her father, who is an old resident
of Faraday. About 50 persons sat down to the
wedding breakfast, and in the evening about 30
couples were present to celebrate the nuptials.
The bridegroom's present to the bride was a
handsome gold brooch set with opals, and to
each bridesmaid a gold brooch set with amethyst.
The bride received a large number of handsome
presents. (P.2, Mount Alexander Mail, 26-4-1897.)

Mrs Howarth, who was accidentally shot last Friday with a pea rifle by her husband,James (sic, see below) Howarth, dairyman, of Sutton Grange, died this afternoon from her injuries. Up to Wednesday the doctors had hopes of her recovery, but on Wednesday night she had a relapse and succumbed on Thursday. An inquiry will be held. Deceased, who was 37 years of age, leaves four young daughters.(P.5, The Age, 15-1-1909.)

EventDeath Event registration number987 Registration year1909
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesMary Elizth SexUnknown Father's nameBroad Jno Mother's nameCath (Kellow) Place of birth Place of deathChewton Age37

It would seem that there were two different men named James Howarth, one at Faraday and another at Sutton Grange. The following death record is probably* that of Alice, nee Pickup, wife of James Howarth Snr. of Faraday.

EventDeath Event registration number13222 Registration year1914
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesAlice SexUnknown Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathCmaine Age79

*Change that to certainly. Her executors were the bridegroom and best man in the 1897 wedding!
WILL of ALICE HOWARTH, late of Wesley Hill,Castlemaine, in the State of Victoria, widow, deceased, be granted to John Daniel Howarth and John Henry Broad, both of Sutton Grange, farmers,the executors appointed by the said will. Dated this 22nd day of December, one thousand nine hundred and fourteen.(P.4, Argus, 23-12-1914.)

AHA, THE MYSTERY IS SOLVED. THE FARMER WHO SHOT HIS WIFE INSTEAD OF THE BIRDS WAS JOHN DANIEL HOWARTH, NOT HIS FATHER, JAMES HOWARTH SENIOR. John had married Mary Elizabeth Broad in 1897, the same year that his sister, Alice had married John Henry Broad.

EventMarriage Event registration number7041 Registration year1897
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesJno Danl SexUnknown Spouse's family nameBROAD Spouse's given namesMary Elizth

John Daniel Howarth's obituary and death notice.
Mr. John D. Howarth, aged 59 years, a retired
grazier from the Sutton Grange district, died on
Wednesday evening. He was a native of Sutton
Grange, and took up his residence in Castlemaine
about five years ago.(P.21, Argus, 13-11-1926.)

HOWARTH.-On the 11th November, 1926, at his
residence, Clifton, Tenfoot Hill, Castlemaine,
John Daniel, beloved husband of the late Mary
Elizabeth, loved father of Ada (Mrs. J. Farrar),
Alice Mary (Mrs. T. Farrar), and Hilda, aged
59 years.(P.1, Argus, 12-11-1926.)


This would seem to be the death record of James Henry Howarth who owned 30 acres near Dromana with a brother named Thomas by 1917 and until 1925, and with him lived in Richmond until 1917 when they moved to Bowden St., Castlemaine.

EventDeath Event registration number23106 Registration year1951
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesJames Henry SexMale Father's nameHOWARTH Robert Mother's nameAnn (Longworth) Place of birthLANCASHIRE ENGLAND Place of deathCASTLEMAINE Age82

And given that Thomas was his brother, this is probably his death record.
EventDeath Event registration number16443 Registration year1947
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesThomas SexMale Father's nameHOWARTH Robert Mother's nameUnknown (Longworth) Place of birthBOLTON ENGLAND Place of deathCASTLEMAINE Age73

Bolton is in Lancashire.
Bolton - Wikipedia
Bolton is a town in Greater Manchester in North West England. A former mill town, Bolton has ... Historically part of Lancashire, Bolton originated as a small settlement in the moorland known as Bolton le Moors

Thomas served in W.W.1.
Bendigonian (Bendigo, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 21 November 1918 p 4 Detailed Lists, Results, Guides
... .M., Diggora. INJURED. Pte. T. HOWARTH, Castlemaine.

Regimental number 3297
Place of birth Bolton England
Religion Church of England
Occupation Spinner
Address 16 Bennett Street, North Richmond, Victoria
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 42
Next of kin Brother, James Henry Howarth, Bowden Street, Castlemaine, Victoria
Enlistment date 12 May 1917
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 3rd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number 14/15/3
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 4 August 1917
Rank from Nominal Roll Private
Unit from Nominal Roll 3rd Pioneer Battalion
Fate Returned to Australia 6 September 1919

Given that his father's name was Robert, but his brother's second given name was Henry, Henry Howarth, a miner at Castlemaine in 1868 might have been an uncle.
Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918) Saturday 25 April 1868 p 7 Detailed Lists, Results, Guides
... ; assets, V^ £5; deficiency, £21. ../..,;?.; , Ps Henry Howarth, Castlemaine, Miner. [L-Liabilities, £45 5s

Based on what I've been told, and Lanky's age when we started basketball in the Maine,this could be his death record.He may have died at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
EventDeath Event registration number26166 Registration year1969
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesKenneth Graham SexMale Father's nameHOWARTH Stanley Mother's nameElsie May (Jackson) Place of birthUnknown Place of deathParkville.

Marriage records unfortunately don't indicate where the marriage took place and there was no wedding notice in 1933.
EventMarriage Event registration number11862 Registration year1933
Personal information
Family nameHOWARTH Given namesStanley SexUnknown Spouse's family nameJACKSON Spouse's given namesElsie May

This Ken Howarth's maternal grandmother had lived in Castlemaine!
JACKSON. — On September 26, at her daughter's home, Meaney-street, Elsternwick, Emily, dearly beloved wife of
the late James Brighton Jackson (late of Castlemaine), and loving mother of James,Percy, Lillian (Mrs. Gymer), Edward, Walter, Leslie, Edith (Mrs. Williamson),Elsie (Mrs. Howarth) and Alfred, aged 73 years. Mother and father reunited.(P.8, The Age, 27-9-1945.)

Extract from THE HOWARTH FAMILY. The Howarth sons mentioned in the article seem to have enlisted in New South Wales but their sister, Mrs James Scott, was living in Castlemaine. The age and employment details in the extract and service record indicate that her son wasn't keen about his first given name.

Mrs. James Scott, of Castlemaine, is a sister of the Howarth brothers, and her son, James, 18 years old, who was employed in the engineering department at Thompson's foundry, is now on his way to the front. (P.25, Bendigonian, 31-8-1916.)

Victor James SCOTT
Regimental number 14321
Place of birth Castlemaine Victoria
Religion Methodist
Occupation Engineer's apprentice
Address McGrath Street, Wesley Hill, Castlemaine, Victoria
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 18
Next of kin Father, J Scott, McGrath Street, Wesley Hill, Castlemaine, Victoria
Previous military service 66th Infantry
Enlistment date 14 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll 17 July 1915
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name May 1916 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number 26/99/2
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 3 July 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll Lance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll 12th Field Ambulance
Fate Returned to Australia 10 June 1919
Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in carrying wounded under heavy machine gun and shell fire for the period 12th September 1918 to 14th September 1918 South of LE VERGUIER and East of PERONNE. He was attached to RAP 50th A.I. Battalion which was situated in a Railway Cutting. For the first 6 hours casualties were heavy, and the enemy were able to enfilade the Railway Cutting from the Right Flank and heavily shell the cutting and valley approaching it, getting many direct hits in the vicinity of the RAP. He with others repeatedly carried cases under the heaviest fire, for a distance of 2000 yards. On the night of 13th September 1918 the enemy drove in our Out-posts and it appeared likely that he would capture the RAP, which was distant only about 500 yards from the front line. All bearers were ordered by C.O. 50th Battalion to report back to the next Ambulance Post at once. Private Scott with three others voluntarily remained to carry out a Stretcher case and further assisted a walking case. Later he returned with the remainder of his squad and carried out further cases. Having been ordered to go back, he would have been quite justified in going at once, but instead showed a fine spirit of self sacrifice in remaining.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Unfortunately there is no record on Victorian BDM of the birth of anyone who could be Victor James Scott between 1897 and 1900. Thinking he might have falsified his age when enlisting, I tried 1901 and may have found the name of Victor's mother in the birth record of another child.

EventBirth Event registration number23114 Registration year1901
Personal information
Family nameSCOTT Given namesRobt Jno SexMale Father's nameJas Mother's nameFlor Mary (Howarth) Place of birthVAUGHAN

EventDeath Event registration number980 Registration year1920
Personal information
Family nameSCOTT Given namesFlor Mary SexUnknown Father's nameHowarth Jno Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathCmaine Age45

No birth of a Florence or Flor Mary Howarth in Victoria in the 1870's was found. Perhaps she was born in N.S.W.


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There is plenty of information about the Sullivans, Fords and John Farnworth in C.N.Hollinshed's LIME LAND LEISURE so I will not repeat it here. However, some of the genealogy the author compiled from descendants of the pioneering families is wrong so I thought the following information would be useful.

Although I cannot tie references circa 1843 that I've seen in two books (Early Melbourne and Bearbrass?) to Dennis and Honora Sullivan, Melbourne was astounded by a giant cucumber grown by a Sullivan family living near Darebin and an Honora Sullivan was convicted under the Masters and Servants Act just after the authorities had decided not to send any more females to the prison because it had become a brothel. James Ford made a lot of money by supplying vegetables to the Quarantine Station, and as he was more acquainted with machines (including the breaking thereof for which England gave him a free holiday to Tassie), his wife and elderly in laws, might have deserved the credit for growing them.

James Sandle Ford and Hannah, daughter of Denis and Honora Sullivan were married in 1841, reg. nos.67 and 35231. Possibly Hannah also had a second given name of Honora as this is recorded as the mother's name in some of the birth records.
1842. James reg. nos. 177 and 36370 and Robert reg. no. 181. BORN IN MELBOURNE.

1843. John Sandle, reg. no.36871 and Julia reg. no.36872, (obviously twins. Julia married John Cain if I recall correctly.*) BORN AT DAREBIN.

1846. William reg. no.1742 and 39423.(Was a shire councillor while living on Wannaeue Station. FORD William B. 1875-83. )

1848. Ann, reg. nos.378 and 42101.

1853. Mary, reg. no.45737

1855. Margaret reg. no.8037.

1859. Elizabeth Hannah, reg. no.14128 (father-Jannet! Became Mrs Hammond.**)

*Marriage notice.
CAIN-FORD.-On the 9th inst., at St. Finbar\'s
Church, Brighton, by the Rev. Michael Carey, John,
son of Owen Cain, of Rye, to Julia, daughter of
James Ford, of Portsea. (P.1, Argus, 10-8-1877.)

**HAMMOND —FORD. —On the 3rd inst., at St. Stephen\'s
Church, Richmond, by the Rev. C. T. Perks, George
Frederick Hammond, of York, England, to Eliza-
beth Hannah (Lizzie) Ford, of Portsea, Victoria.
(P.1, Argus, 31-7-1889.)

Hannah's death record. Obviously born in County Kerry.
EventDeath Event registration number12276 Registration year1878
Personal information
Family nameFORD Given namesHannah SexUnknown Father's nameSullivan Denis Mother's nameHugh (Luney) Place of birthKERR Place of death Age61 Spouse's family nameFORD Spouse's given namesJames

The reason that the age doesn't make sense is that William Benedict Ford did not die in 1905. He committed suicide in 1884.
The age is obviously a typo. It should be about 59.
EventDeath Event registration number10312 Registration year1905
Personal information
Family nameFORD Given namesWm Benedict SexUnknown Father's nameSandle Jas Mother's nameHannah (Sullivan) Place of birth Place of death Age38

FORD. — On the 20th August, at his residence,William B., second son of James Ford, of Portsea,aged thirty-eight years. (P.3, Weekly Times, 30-8-1884.)

William obviously married a daughter of George Assender, owner of the Arthurs Seat Hotel (formerly Scurfield's) at Dromana.
EventMarriage Event registration number3578 Registration year1878
Personal information
Family nameFORD Given namesWilliam Benedict SexMale Spouse's family nameASSENDER Spouse's given namesJane

Jane would have been born somewhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek, not necessarily in the present suburb.
EventBirth Event registration number11008 Registration year1859
Personal information
Family nameASSENDER Given namesJane SexUnknown Father's nameGeorge Mother's nameGrace (Menzies) Place of birthMOONEE PND

A bit about George Assender from my HERITAGE WALK, DROMANA journal. Notice that Janie Ford is mentioned in George's death notice. I would never have twigged a relationship to the pioneering Ford family of Portsea .

George Assender had taken over the Scurfield Hotel by September 1874 and ran it for over a decade but little mention was made of him in Dromana's current written history, except in connection with the Union Church.
George Assender was born on 17-10-1834 in Southwark,Surrey, England to James Joseph Assender (born at the same place in 1804) and Ruth (nee Everett) who died in 1841 aged 37.
(George Assender b. 17 Oct 1834 Southwark, Surrey ...

George Assender\'s death notices tally with a birth in 1834 and also supplies a link to the articles below. There is no mention of George's daughter Isabella whose piano was mentioned in George's insolvency meeting in 1885.
ASSENDER.—On the 15th inst., at his daughter's residence, Blairmore, Gertrude-street, Windsor, George, the beloved husband of Grace Assender,late of Dromana, aged 60 years.
ASSENDER.—On the 15th inst., at his daughters residence, Mrs Jones, Windsor, the loving father of Janie Ford, Lucy Hall, and Annie Assender, of Albert-park, at the age of 60, after a short illness. (P.1, Argus,16-3-1895.)

MR. J. ASSENDER, of Hindmarsh.
Your Wife is very anxious concerning you, only having had two letters from you, the last being dated the 4th September. All well at home. (P.4,Adelaide Observer, 10-12-1854.)
N.B. J.Assender had left Adelaide for Melbourne aboard the Asia on 24-1-1852. (P.2, South Australian Register,26-1-1852.)

A Second Charge.—The same prisoner was then charged with stealing a prayer-book, value one shilling,the property of Joseph Assender, now at Melbourne.
(Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Saturday 25 November 1854 p 7 Article)

WILLIAM SMITH, of Adelaide, lately engaged on the Argus newspaper, will oblige by writing to Mr. G. Assender, care of Lewis and Nickrison*(sic), Rushworth, as his mother and sister are anxious to hear of his whereabouts.
N.B. There was still an Assender presence in Rushworth in 1952,the birth being reported in a South Australian newspaper.
The correct spelling would seem to be Nickinson; James Nickinson and George Assender may have been cousins. NICKINSON.—On the 19th November, 1892, at the residence of her son-in-law, Fernbank-villa, South Wimbledon, Surrey, England, Jane Assender, the dearly-beloved mother of James M. Nickinson, of Shepparton, Victoria, aged 80 years. A conscientious Christian woman, whose constant care was that her children should be brought up to fear the Lord. (P.1, Argus, 2-1-1893.)

On the 23rd September, at Whroo*, Victoria, by the Rev. Theodore Budd, George Assender, late of Adelaide, to Grace Menzies, of Perth, Scotland.(P.6,South Australian Register, 11-10-1858.)
(*Another notice,in The Argus, stated that George and Grace were both residents of Whroo,near Goulburn.)

Appointments to committees of Common Schools:......Kingstown : Frank Baker, Thomas Young, Emile Huide, Joseph
Emmott, James M. Nickenson, George Assender. (P.5, The Age, 27-5-1865.)
WANTED, a TEACHER, for Common School,Kingstown. Apply Geo. Assender, P.O., Kangaroo Ground.
(P.1, Argus, 18-2-1870.)


Plenty of sources state that Canadian Bay was named after three Canadian wood-getters but only John G.Mann's 1926 history of Mt. Eliza names them, as Messrs Jones, Hodgins and McCurley. I strongly believed that James Hodgins was one of those named. In an email to the society, I asked for confirmation of this. I explained how my research into Rosebud's history rapidly expanded to include Somerville and Hastings.

Lance does not directly respond about James Hodgins being a Canadian but the statement that his cousin RETURNED TO CANADA does the job. Alfred Jones (and his brother) probably did take their wood to Frankston (as stated in Alfred's biog in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS) when they were getting it from James Davey's pre-emptive right (between Old Mornington road and the bay), but when they obtained the wood from John Thomas Smith's "Nyora" on the south side of Boundary (Canadian Bay) Rd, now the famed Ranelagh Estate, they would have taken it down the government road (Canadian Bay Rd) which was the boundary between the parishes of Frankston and Moorooduc. When the Jones boys got near the south end of Davey's land, they probably took their wood directly to Canadian Bay.
I only found the marriage record for James Hodgings (sic) by searching for that of Charlotte Dobson.

EventMarriage Event registration number3458 Registration year1860
Personal information
Family nameDOBSON Given namesCharlotte SexFemale Spouse's family nameHODGINGS Spouse's given namesJames

Hello ---,
In response to your email concerning James Hodgins:
The James you refer to is my great grandfather, who came out to Australia with a cousin William. After a quick and fairly nonproductive visit to the goldfields, they teamed up with two sets of brothers - the Jones and McKerlie boys - to cut she-oak at Mt Eliza for shipment to Melbourne. Jones had been cutting on Davey's land, and by the time they joined forces they were cutting on JT Smith's property further around the coast - which subsequently was called "Canadian Bay".
The two Jones boys were British-born but had migrated to (Upper) Canada, from whence they came to Australia on the Scargo in 1853, along with the McKerlies. Also on the Scargo were the Dobsons, who became significant pioneer settlers (and timber-men) of the Fern Tree Gully district. Amongst other things, they supplied timber for the first Mornington pier - thus re-establishing contact with their former fellow passengers.
One of the Dobson daughters married James Hodgins in 1860 and they lived at Schnapper Point (Mornington)/Moorooduc on the north-west corner of Telegraph (Bungower) Road and Three Chain Road (Moorooduc Highway) before selecting land and moving to Hastings.
James' cousin William returned to Canada and settled down to family life on a farm near London, Ontario.
The Jones boys stayed on in the Mornington/Somerville area - Alfred for much longer than his brother Walter (another story). From his property Alfred became a butcher and led a significant public life - witness Jones Road in Somerville. Walter became a grazier in the Dargo area.
After Canadian Bay, William McKerlie went to the Mooraboool diggings and was also married in 1860, but died leaving 7 young children. His brother Miles was closer to my great grandfather James, with whom he shared some local road contracts for the Mt Eliza Roads Board, the first local council. Miles eventually moved to the Crossover diggings north of Warragul, and is buried there.
I hope this fills in some gaps for you ---.
I can also be contacted by private email: (deleted)
best wishes
Lance Hodgins
Secretary, Hastings-Western Port Historical Society.


THE SHORT ANSWER IS NO. The vigneron at Sunbury was not Ferdinand Lubecke at all; he was FELIX FREDERICK BUBECK. Too many late nights researching and writing my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND from late 1989 had played a terrible trick on my mind and the mistake had become etched into my memory. The vineyard had operated much later than I expected. F.F.Bubeck, yes Bubeck, was a Melton Shire councillor and this is his death record.I knew that I.W.Symonds had given the German name of his vineyard but I couldn't remember it. I leave the original journal, below the dotted line, and the title, unaltered as a warning to check your notes instead of relying on memory so you don't make the same sort of mistake that I did.

EventDeath Event registration number6820 Registration year1918
Personal information
Family nameBUBECK Given namesFelix Fredk SexUnknown Father's nameBubeck Emanuel Mother's nameAnna Maria (Kurrle) Place of birth Place of deathSunbury Age71

F.F. Bubeck,
The Vell-known Wines of Schlossberg Vineyard Sold at Lowest Prices and of the Purest Quality.
(P.1, Sunbury News, 4-7-1903.) A few identical advertisements appeared till 1916.

I.W.Symonds had much detail in his BULLA BULLA, a history of the shire of Bulla, about Ferdinand and other vignerons who gave Vinegar (sic, VINEYARD) Road its name. Unfortunately, when I wrote my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND, I had forgotten this and the LUBECKE entry included only information from GREENVALE: LINKS WITH THE PAST about Ferdinand and his wife, Susan, living in a tiny house in Section Rd., Greenvale and the years of their deaths.

I couldn't find Ferdinand's death record until, remembering the spelling of Susan's surname in her death notice, and other variations (one being Lubcke), I played a hunch.

EventDeath Event registration number12793 Registration year1902
Personal information
Family nameLUBCKE Given namesFerdinand SexUnknown Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathBmdows Age57

Unfortunately, I had to discard my local history notes when I moved to Rosebud and I have no idea when Ferdinand settled at Vinegar Rd and how long he stayed there but there is no death record for Ferdinand Lubecke and only the one above for Ferdinand Lubcke.

This post was prompted by the chance discovery of Susan's death notice last night.

LUBEKE. –On the 5th November, 1924, at her daughter's residence, 93 Graham street, Albert Park, Susan, widow of the late Ferdinand Lubeke (late of Greenvale) and loving mother of Percy(Morwell), Cecilia (Mrs. Gilham, Albert Park), Julius (Queensland), Otto (Balwyn), and Lititia(Essendon); aged 78 years. A patient sufferer at rest. (P.1, Argus, 6-11-1924.)

Unfortunately Cecilia's death record is fairly vague about her place of birth but her maiden name has the spelling used by I.W. Symonds. Her birth record cannot be found but, in her marriage record, her maiden name is given as in her death notice
EventDeath Event registration number1663 Registration year1971
Personal information
Family nameGILHAM Given namesCecilia Sophia SexFemale Father's nameLUBECKE Unknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthMelbourne Place of deathWerribee Age89

EventMarriage Event registration number6887 Registration year1905
Personal information
Family nameLUBEKE Given namesCecilia Sophia SexUnknown Spouse's family nameGILHAM Spouse's given namesGeo Hy

Again, unfortunately, Susan's death record has no information about her parents. Her married surname is given as Lubcke.
EventDeath Event registration number15303 Registration year1924
Personal information
Family nameLUBCKE Given namesSusan SexFemale Father's nameUNKNOWN Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathMELBOURNE SOUTH Age78

Good luck to anyone writing the family history. I hope this helps a bit.

I've had two goes at scanning through the below (very long) journal to find the reference to Ferdinand Lubecke of Vinegar (SIC) Rd last night without success but it's got to be there. It is almost certainly a reference to a clearing sale, his property having been sold. The disease that wiped out many vineyards in Victoria and all the ones near Sunbury, had probably forced the sale of the property.

DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA, VIC., AUST. -also the Diggers Rest ...
Nov 5, 2013 - Sunbury was similarly affected but although the railway's arrival in 1859 tempered ..... Sunbury News and Bulla and Melton Advertiser (Vic. ...... such as Sunbury straddling two shires, Ferdinand Lubecke (SIC) of Vinegar (SIC) Rd having ...

POSTSCRIPT. Having realised my mistake about the name of the VINEYARD Rd vigneron, I was able to find his entry on page B.158 of DHOTAMA in seconds.

BUBECK, Frederick (Sunbury).
Page numbers refer to BULLA BULLA by I.W.Symonds. Bubeck is also mentioned in SALTWATER RIVER TRAILS by Hugh Anderson.
P.100. The Royal Hotel in Sunbury was built by F.F.Bubeck, the vigneron from The Gap.
P.128. Between Bald Hill and the Calder Highway was the Schlossberg Vineyard of Felix Frederick Bubeck who was sent out from Rotenburg, near Stottgart,by his father at the age of 19 to select land suitable for wine growing. He chose 60 acres on Bald Hill in 1866.He was a Melton Shire Councillor for 38 years and died two years after the last vines were rooted out in 1916.

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Wills was not originally Robert O'Hara Burke's deputy as explained in countless accounts of the expedition but his name is the one most often associated with Burke in references to the tragic endeavour.

Progress was going to be slow because of all the provisions that had to be carried but when, after numerous speeches, they finally left the spot marked by a cairn in Royal Park near the present Melbourne zoo (Melway map 2B, A2), they only made it about as far as Queens Park at Moonee Ponds.

On pages 9-10 of Andrew Lemon's THE STOPOVER THAT STAYED (A history of Essendon)is the following detail of the first camp. "...the ill-fated Burke and Wills overland expedition spent its first night at Moonee Ponds. Some early residents say the camp was somewhere between where St. Monica's Roman Catholic Presbytery stands and Queen's Park Lake, but a stone monument set in Mt. Alexander Road plantation opposite the park claims that is the spot. The 27 imported camels were tied at the water hole (Queen's Park lake) and the horses, terrified of the camels, were tethered at the corner of Napier Street and Fletcher Street."

In I.W.Symonds' BULLA BULLA, it is stated that the second night's encampment was near the Inverness Hotel (at Melway 177 J11.) Burke showed great will power in passing David William O'Nial's Lady of the Lake Hotel at 5 H12 without wetting his whistle and the publican's two daughters watched in awe through the Cape Broom hedge as the lengthy processION passed by. (As they told the late Colin Williams over half a century later when he was living on "Broombank".)

The reason for this post was the following, found in my Dictionary History of Bulla journal while I was looking for a reference to Ferdinand Lubecke, early vigneron of Vinegar Rd, Sunbury discussed in Symonds' BULLA BULLA, who may have been the man of that name who died at Greenvale in 1902. I have previously seen no reference to the third camp. The Constitution Hotel* was at Melway 383 A9.

William Fanning, his name wrongly recorded as W.Fannan on my paper copy of the parish map, was granted crown allotment 19B, Bulla Bulla (Sunnyside) on 29-1-1852. This was south of the Bulla-Diggers Rest road where it adjoins Loemans Rd on Tullamarine Island. See more on Kathleen Fanning's website:

SUNBURY. The death has occurred of Mrs. Michael Fanning, Powlett street, in the house in which her father and mother (Mr. and Mrs.J. Hogan) had lived and died before her. Mrs.Fanning had resided here for 63 years, having
come to Sunbury when 11 years of age. She was born in Flinders street, Melbourne, in 1842. She saw Burke and Wills, the famous explorers, when they camped near Bell's Constitution Hotel, on the Bulla road, and she used to relate how she saw Burke mounted in imposing style on his white charger. She also saw King, the only survivor of the Burke and Wills expedition, passing through Sunbury by rail on his return journey. (P.4, Argus, 6-2-1917.)

* 675 Sunbury Road, Sunbury_ 160614 - Amazon Web Services
Former Constitution Hotel. 675 Sunbury Road. SUNBURY.

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A society page praised the organisation of the event and the fact that these people didn't seek publicity of their good work. I thought it might be the Thomas family of Carinya on the south side of Sharps Rd, who, with Walter V. (Major) Murphy, were at the forefront of community spirit, holding picture nights in their barn to raise money for facilities and allowing the pony club the use of their property for decades. Tullamarine's kindergarten may have been obtained much later without their supply of donated baling twine which enable bundling of paper collected in the paper drives that I organised (and of course the use of Noel Grist's truck to convey the paper to buyers.)

Alec Rasmussen, Major Murphy and Leo Dineen's civic contributions have been well documented in my journals so I just had to find out the identity of these charity workers so they could be recognised for their efforts too. Another article mentioned an eye-catching invitation to the wool shed dinner dance that had been sent from the Glendemar sheep station at Tullamarine. I knew there was no such property so I did a trove search for GLENDEWAR, TULLAMARINE, REFINED TO FAMILY NOTICES. I didn't bother to specify a decade because there were only about 30 results. Of course there were the death notices for William Dewar and his wife Mary in the first decade of the 1900's and the Johnsons who replaced them before their deaths, and occupied Glendewar for about four decades.

They were succeeded by the Chambers family and it was most likely this family that was doing such sterling work in 1956. There has been much discussion in a Tullamarine Primary School Facebook group, of pupils who attended the old Tullamarine State School 2613 (Melway 5 F9, top left corner)and one of these was named Bumstead. Most of those listing the names would have attended the school in the 1950's. Paul Ellis was Greek according to the late Olive Nash and Harry Heaps, and owned the wedge-shaped block (as shown on the Airport Acquisitions map) which had a small frontage to Bulla Rd and a long frontage to the Moonee Pond Creek, between Victoria St/ Nash's Lane (Later Greenhill St and now closed) and Glendewar.

Family Notices
The Dandenong Journal (Vic. : 1927 - 1954) Wednesday 1 February 1950 p 9 Family Notices
... ., Dandenong. Chambers-Ellis. Patricia Alice, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Chambers, Glendewar ... , Tullamarine, to Paul, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Ellis, :Bulla Rd., Tullamarine.

Forthcoming Marriages
Chambers—Bump stead. The marriage of Irene Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Chambers, of “Glendewar”, Tullamarine, (formerly of Berwick), to Owen Henry Bumpstead, is to take place at Christ Church, Keilor,
Saturday, October 22nd, at 5.45 p.m. The reception will be held at the Keilor Shire Hall.
(The Dandenong Journal (Vic. : 1927 - 1954) Wednesday 1 February 1950 p 9)


FROM 1:30 TO 4:30 P.M.

A reunion was held in March 2015 with about 90 people attending despite clashing with a Hilli family reunion, which I didn't find out about until it was too late to change the date, and a Rosebud High School anniversary, as well as many people finding out about the event after it had taken place. This will be the last BACK TO I will be organising because it has occupied time needed to complete my chronology of burials at Dromana. If this reunion is enjoyed as much as the previous one, some people might form a committee to organise the next one.
Don't miss this opportunity to meet your old friends while you still can.

Since the last reunion three family histories have been written, two of them by Barry Wright and Helen Blakeley who contacted me through family tree circles. They add significantly to the information in Sheila Skidmore's THE RED HILL and PENINSULA PIONEERS, written by Stephen Lynch, our fellow member, toolaroo.


Marie Hansen Fels would have loved to include this in her I SUCCEEDED ONCE (about William Thomas and our first pioneers.)



2+-7-1921. HELEN JANE ANDERSON (nee McCANN.)
Grave photo on ozgen list.
EventDeath Event registration number9538 Registration year1921
Personal information
Family nameANDERSON Given namesHelena Jane
Father's nameMccann Robert Edward Mother's nameHelen Jane Esdale (Holloway)
Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age41

EventBirth Event registration number17869 Registration year1880
Personal information Family nameMCCANN Given namesHelen Jane
Father's nameRob Edw Mother's nameHelen Jane (Holloway) Place of birthPLEASANT C

EventMarriage Event registration number8632 Registration year1907
Personal information Family nameMCCANN Given namesHelen Jane
Spouse's family nameANDERSON Spouse's given namesRobt Jno

Engagement of Helen Jane’s daughter.
Jean Beryl, younger daughter of Mr. R. J. Anderson, of Ardmona, and of the late Mrs. Anderson, of Dromana, to Alan Robert, younger son of Mrs. R. Starritt, of Rosedale, North-west Mooroopna, and of the late Mr. Starritt. (P.10, Argus, 21-3-1939.)

MARRIAGE OF JEAN’S ELDER SISTER, HELEN BOYD ANDERSON, ON 9-9-1939.(P.2, Shepparton Advertiser, 11-9-1939.)


Because my chronology of burials at Dromana wouldn't save under the original title, I've renamed the word document PIONEER GRAVES AT DROMANA. I'm now going through the ozgen list and have discovered some ADAMS burials not connected with Adams Corner; they are listed as "ADAMS (Other)" in the surnames index. I don't intend to write a biography for every burial on the ozgen list but if they have the same surname as any of our pioneers, I will look for their death records to see if there is a relationship to our pioneers. This couple probably married before leaving Scotland.

See wife Christina 23+-6-1974. Gravestone photo on ozgen list.
EventDeath Event registration number1053 Registration year1967
Personal information Family nameADAMS Given namesWilliam Linkstone
Father's nameADAMS Thomas Grant Mother's nameMargaret (Linkstone)
Place of birthScotland Place of deathDromana Age76

23+-6-1974. CHRISTINA ADAMSON ADAMS (nee McMurray.)
Gravestone photo on ozgen list. Wife of William Linkstone Adams, see 2+-1-1967. The death year and age in the death record are as on the gravestone.
EventDeath Event registration number14783 Registration year1974
Personal information Family nameADAMS Given namesChristina Adamson
Father's nameMCMURRAY Alexander Mother's nameChristina Furgie (Adamson)
Place of birthScotland Place of deathMount Eliza Age81