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On 14-6-1878, M.Fox was granted crown allotment 7 of section 12 in the village. This could have been Michael and Bridget's mother Margaret who died in 1881.
Section 12 was bounded by Kennedy, Church, Eagling and Macedon Sts, the last being the main road. Consisting of 2 roods, half an acre, as most township blocks did, c/a 7 would have been 2 chains (40 metres) from Church St with a Kennedy St and Eagling St.frontage of 20 metres and a depth of 100 metres.

Messrs. Pearson, Rowe, Smith and Co. report
having sold, on account of the mortgagee, a pro-
perly containing about 1105 acres of land near
Bridgewater 0n Loddon. Also, having let for three
years, under instructions from Mr. W. Crawford,
solicitor, Melbourne, allotments C and D of section
18, parish of Doutta Galla, containing 342 acre 2
roods, with improvements, situated 8 miles on the
Keilor-road, to Mr. Michael Fox, of Keilor.
(P.6, The Age, 9-5-1896.)
[Parish maps of Victoria]. Doutta Galla, County of Bourke [cartographic ...…/compleximages/…/2442850.html (Map 1.)

Milleara Rd, so labelled on the map, was the boundary between 18D Doutta Galla on the west and 18C on the east. Milleara Rd was known as North Pole Road well into the 20th century as it led to Solomon's Ford, as did Braybrook Rd (Buckley St west, Essendon.) This ford was originally south of Rhonda St (Melway 27 C9, the nearest place to Melbourne where the Saltwater River could be crossed, and later at the end of North Rd (27 C6.) All local heritage studies wrongly state that the ford was at 27B8. (Township of Braybrook and parish of Cut Cut Paw maps clearly show that this ford, which I call Clancy's ford, did not exist till the mid 1860's.) The historic North Pole Hotel was on c/a 18D and having been delicensed apparently became the residence of Michael Fox until his death in 1918.

Messrs. A. E. Gibson and Co. report having sold
the farm at Tullamarine known as Barbiston, con-
taining 163 a. 2 r. 14 p., to Mr. Michael Fox,
of Keilor. (P.12, Leader, 16-3-1901.)
Parish of Tullamarine, County of Bourke [cartographic material ...…/simpleimages/…/1258115.html

Barbiston was at the western end of crown allotment 9B Tullamarine which consisted of exactly 200 acres. John Grant had purchased a part of the grant which was called the Seafield river frontage and described (wrongly) as 40 acres in Keilor rate records.

I was amazed that Michael's son, John, succeeded his father as a Doutta Galla riding* councillor because I presumed he was living on Bendene (formerly Geraghty's Paddock), crown allotment 9 of the Arundel Closer Settlement in the parish of Tullamarine. It's unclear whether John was living at Bendene or North Pole Rd in 1935 but the Fox and Geraghty families were more than mere acquaintances.
GERAGHTY.--on the 11th July, at the residence of his friend, Mr. J. Fox, Keilor, a brother of Peter Geraghty, of Palmerston North, New ZeaIand, aged 77 years. R.I.P. (P.11, The Age, 13-7-1935.)

(*John apparently served as a Doutta Galla riding councillor from 1918 until at least 1949 when his term expired. There were no reports of whether he was re-elected in 1949. In 1952, he was obviously living on Bendene and was elected as a Tullamarine riding councillor.

Keilor Shire Election Held
The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Friday 18 July 1952 p 3 Article
... Keilor Shire Election Held Mr. John Fox yesterday was elected to Tullamarine riding in Keilor shire ... . The vacancy was caused by the death of Cr. E. J. Hassed.

These were south of Barbiston and granted to John Fox's brothers, Patrick and Thomas.
The death notices of Michael Fox and Mrs Thomas Brown who both died in 1918 do not show that they were siblings but their death records do.

FOX.--On the 3rd September, at his residence. North Pole road, Keilor, Michael,
the beloved husband of the late Rose Fox, and loving father of Patrick, John,
Thomas, Martha, Phillip and Christopher, aged 79 years. Requiescat in pace.
(P.2, Flemington Spectator, 12-9-1918.)

BROWN.—On the 31st October at Keilor, Bridget, beloved wife of the late Thomas Brown, and loving mother of John, Charlie, Maggie, Mrs. Cass, Robert, Alice, William, Katie and Joseph,aged 85 years. A colonist of 67 years. R.I.P.(P.13, Argus, 2-11-1918.)

Same parents, hence brother and sister.
EventDeath Event registration number9315 Registration year1918
Personal information
Family nameFOX Given namesMichl SexUnknown Father's nameFox Chriser Mother's nameMargt* (Burns) Place of birth Place of deathKeilor Age79

EventDeath Event registration number13308 Registration year1918
Personal information
Family nameBROWN Given namesBridget SexUnknown Father's nameFox Chriser Mother's nameMargt* (Burns) Place of birth Place of deathKeilor Age85

EventMarriage Event registration number2928 Registration year1873
Personal information
Family nameFOX Given namesMichael SexMale Spouse's family nameREILLY Spouse's given namesRose

EventMarriage Event registration number2965 Registration year1858
Personal information
Family nameFOX Given namesBridget SexFemale Spouse's family nameBROWN Spouse's given namesThomas
*See Margaret Fox, nee Burns, mother of Michael, Brigit and another son.

Sincere regret has been expressed at
the death of Mr. Michael Fox. which oc-
curred at his residence, Keilor, on
Tuesday evening, September 3rd. The
deceased gentleman, who was 79 years
of age, had enjoyed excellent health
until the last few years, during which
time he suffered considerably, from
heart disease, which eventually caused
his death. Mr. Fox came to Australia
in his youth, and, after spending a
short time in Queensland, settled at
Keilor. where he resided continuously
for the past 52 years. For several
years he occupied the position of shire
councillor, and at the time of his death
was president of the shire. Mr. Fox's
wife, the late Mrs. Rose Fox, prede-
ceased her husband by sixteen years*, as
also did six children — one boy and five
girls Five son's and one daughter
Messrs. Patrick, John, Thomas, Philip,
and Christopher, and Miss Martha Fox
—are now left to mourn, the loss of
good father. The remains of the late
Mr. Fox were interred in the Keilor
Cemetery on Thursday, September 5th,
in the presence of a large number of
friends who were present to pay their
last tribute of respect to one whom
they held in high esteem. Rev. T. W.
O'Collins , officiated at the graveside. R.I.P.
(P.25, Advocate, 14-9-1918.)

(* FOX.—On the 1st inst., at Keilor, Rose, dearly beloved wife of Michael Fox. Aged 53 years. R.I.P. A native of Co. Cavan, Ireland, and a resident of Keilor for over 30 years. P.19, ADVOCATE, 12-4-1902.)

Another of the few remaining pioneers
of the Keilor district in Mrs. Bridget
Brown, widow of the late T. Brown, passed
away on Thursday last. The deceased
lady, who leaves a large family of sons and
daughters, was 85 years of age. The fun-
eral, which took place on Saturday at the
Keilor Cemetery, was very largely attended.
(The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 7 November 1918 p 3 Article)

Mrs. Fox, an old resident of Keilor, died last Thursday, at the residence of her son, Mr. Michael Fox, after having reached the ripe age of 75 years.The funeral took place on Monday, when the remains were interred in the Keilor general cemetery. (P.3, Bacchus Marsh Express, 22-10-1881.)

This article was prompted by a request for information about Samuel Fleming, a resident at Springs near Keilor 1840- c.1851 who had married a Margaret Brown. In an effort to find if Margaret, nee Brown, was related to early Keilor pioneers named Brown, as it turned out, Thomas Brown, I discovered that the wife of Thomas Brown was the sister of Michael Fox. The Mrs Fox above (who died in 1881) could not be Rose, nee Reilly whose son Michael died at the age of 11; Rose died in about 1902 according to Michael's obituary.

EventDeath Event registration number6016 Registration year1902
Personal information
Family nameFOX Given namesRose SexUnknown Father's nameRielly Pat Mother's nameMary (Hearnes) Place of birth Place of deathKeilor Age54

Therefore, there is no doubt that the Mrs Fox who died in 1881 was Mrs Margaret Fox, nee Burns, mother of Michael, Bridget and another son, "the widow who came from Kings County, Ireland*", and presumably, according to Michael's obituary, spent a short time in Queensland before moving to Keilor.
(*Information from Eileen Reddan in about 1989.)

EventDeath Event registration number9027 Registration year1885
Personal information
Family nameFOX Given namesMichael SexUnknown Father's nameMichl. Mother's nameRose (Rielly) Place of birth Place of deathKEILOR Age11

An accident of a fatal nature occurred at Keilor last Thursday. Two lads, named Patrick and Michael Fox, were wrestling in their father's garden, when Patrick threw his brother down, quite by accident, on a spade. The lad Michael became faint, and Dr. Fishbourne was sent for. The boy, however, died at 8 o'clock the same night from internal injuries. A magisterial inquiry was held before Mr. W. Taylor, J.P., and a verdict of accidental death was returned.(P.6, Argus, 21-7-1885.)

In 1989, Michael Frewen of Tullamarine told me about a Fox descendant, Rose Reddan of Sunbury and a story about Chris Fox who used to take the milk from Barbiston to Hogan's dairy in Queen St near the east end of Keilor Rd. Chris lived on Barbiston with his sister, Matty (Martha) and obviously disliked using a whip. Michael Frewen used to hitch a ride with Chris on the Saturdays when Essendon was playing at Windy Hill. Chris often started these trips wearing mud caked gum boots but by the time they reached the dairy the mud had been used, rolled into little balls that Chris used to urge on his pair of horses.

Phil Fox, who was a bachelor, looked after a farm near the Dodd farm "Brimbank" and his married brother Bill, who married Mary Hogan, helped him. Dry cows from Barbiston were spelled on this farm which was called The Oaks.

(The boundary between John Dodd's Brimbank and The Oaks is indicated by the transmission line from the river at Melway 14 G10 (top right corner) to15B10. The southern boundary of The Oaks went from the river at 14 J12 to the entrance to Brimbank Park. South of The Oaks was the Graco closer settlement farm.

The Graco family had originally lived in Broadmeadows Township but had moved away after their youngster had accidentally shot the son of Bob Cargill, that town's butcher. The late Jack Hoctor told me about this tragedy, mentioning that Essendon footballer, Alan Graco, was a descendant of this family whose surname is wrongly given in the first article as Grace but is correct in the second article.

Brodmeadows Shire's ratebook for 1899-1900 showed that Michael Fox had land on Essendon Hill. This block, net annual value 2 pounds, which had to be east of Bulla Rd and north of Woodland St to be in Broadmeadows Shire, was probably a depot where he could leave his drays and horses, used for carting sand (gravel) from the Moonee Ponds Creek instead of taking them back to Keilor.

In 1889, Michael had 2.5 acres in the Doutta Galla riding of Keilor Shire, location not specified.

In 1930, Mrs M.A.Fox was assessed on lot 9 of the Arundel Closer Settlement, having just replaced Martin Geraghty* as occupant of the 120 acre block known as Geraghty's Paddock, but named Bendene by Mary Ann's husband, John Fox.

(*Martin may have gone to live with John and Mary Ann at North Pole Road-
GERAGHTY.--on the 11th July, at the residence of his friend, Mr. J. Fox, Keilor, a brother of Peter Geraghty, of Palmerston North, New ZeaIand, aged 77 years. R.I.P. P.11, The Age, 13-7-1935.)

Michael Frewen told me that Jack (John) used Bendene to grow wheat and spell dry cows.

Bendine was purchased c. 1960 from John Fox, probably shortly before his death. (No. 15 on the airport acquisitions map.)

Ray Taylor, who had lived in Keilor Park since 1955, told me that T.M.Bourke had bought land from John in 1928 for a railway station.* He also said that Ansair had bought land from John.
(*This was almost certainly the Milleara Station (on the Albion-Jacana line which was being built in 1928. By the greatest of good luck, my brother-in-law rescued a plan of the Milleara Station Estate which was being thrown out and which I presented to the Essendon Historical Society.

It might just be that a family tree circles member has found that a relative bought land in this estate in the late 1920's and is wondering if there is any connection with Milleara Rd in East Keilor. There is!
I must firstly thank Peter Warren of Express Bin Hire in Colchester Rd, Rosebud West. Knowing of my interest in local history, he has seen the 84 year old framed green, black and white plan of the Milleara Railway Station Estate in one of his bins and instead of dumping it at the tip, he asked me to have a look at it.
This plan will be given tomorrow to Bob Chalmers of the Essendon Historical Society and will be available for inspection at the society's Old Court House Museum between Queens Park and Moonee Ponds Junction.
The Milleara Railway Station Estate can be found at Melway 15 D9. It was bounded by Keilor Rd and the Albion railway line (under construction), containing Slater and Webber Pde blocks to their junction. This was the north west (almost) half of 18C, Doutta Galla. Street names remain the same but Tunnecliffe Ave has been closed, replaced by freeway interchanges; this avenue was obviously extended west when the freeway was being built and the extension remains as Tunnecliffe Crt. The north end of Webber Pde is now the end of Ely Crt. In my historic Melway, Prendergast Ave is written as Pendergass; I hope they've fixed it by now.

If a railway station had been built, it is likely that this estate would be proudly residential rather than industrial. Luckily the Albion-Jacana line, with its two massive bridges over the Maribyrnong and the Moonee Ponds Creek, was finished before the Wall Street crash hastened the depression which was the first of many excuses for not catering for passengers.

Newspaper articles below are about John Quinn after whom Quinn Grove on John Beale's "Shelton" is named. He probably came up with the name "Milleara", part of the name of his company which was formed at about the time this plan was drawn. Despite the depression, 1933 was a busy time for the Scotts; the Quinns were having trouble paying their rates. This plan had most likely hung in the Quinn Group boardroom or foyer for many decades until a facelift was considered necessary and this treasure was placed in storage. )

ROSE REDDAN (as we now know, the daughter of John and Mary Anne Fox) told me the following.
Michael Fox came from King's County, Ireland with a widowed mother (who, as illustrated above, died in 1881) and a brother (yet unknown) and sister (Bridget who married Thomas Brown.) On 20-7-1873, he married Rose Reilly, also from Ireland. FOR QUITE A WHILE HE WAS A CONTRACTOR WORKING ON ROADS. Michael and Rose had eleven children but five of these died and only one (obviously John) married. Those who died young are indicated by asterisks.
They were Michael*, Patrick, Margaret*, Mary*, Rose Anne*, Catherine*, John and Thomas who were twins, Martha (Matty), Phillip (1883-1948) and Christopher.

John Fox, known to many as Jack, married Mary Anne Comersord (I couldn't read my scribbled notes properly!)in 1912. She was a country girl who had moved to Hawthorn from a town near Myrtleford when her aunt died to help her uncle raise his family.

John and Mary Anne also had 11 children: Rose,( my informant), William (who married Mary Hogan of Kensington), Mary Bridget, John, Margaret, Patrick and Ursula (who were twins but Ursula died young), Sheila, Philomena and Alice.

Two of John's daughters married sons of Michael Reddan who moved from the Bulla area and farmed Brightview (west of Dalkeith to the west end of Sharps Rd), James Sharp's Hillside while the Albion-Jacana line was being built and John Grant's Seafield, whose river frontage adjoined Barbiston and the Fox grants, lots 1 and 2 of the Arundel Closer Settlement.(Eileen Reddan, sister of Tom and Michael Reddan Jnr.)

Rose married Tom Reddan and they had a farm in Riddell Rd, Sunbury. Mary married Michael Reddan Jnr.

It was Matty, armed with a box brownie who took one of the most shared photographs in Keilor's early days. Showing the congregation of St. Augustine's outside the historic bluestone church, it appears in the collections of the Borrell, Crotty, Brown and other families.

Rose believed that John was still a councillor when he died in 1960.
Bernie McSweeney recalled that one of the Fox girls used to ride her horse to mass at St Theresa's in Lincoln Rd, Essendon.

In my transcriptions of Keilor rate records I was mainly concerned with the Tullamarine riding and thus was not aware of most ratepayers in the parish of Maribyrnong, except for crown grantees and those mentioned in the three Keilor historical souvenirs (1950, 1961 and 1963.) My paper map could only be read laboriously with a magnifying glass regarding smaller grants, such as at Sydenham and Green Gully but luckily the Maribynong map can be viewed online and zoomed.
The third sale in 1879* was the old Keilor Town Common land from Green Gully between the Sunshine Avenue and the Saltwater River[3] down to Boundary Road east, which attracted buyers such as Charles Stenson, Michael Fox and Patrick McShane. This was a smaller sale than the previous one in 1868 but it finalised the neighbourhood boundaries.

Not only did I find Michael Fox's grant but also the neighbouring one of his brother-in-law, Thomas Brown.
See the area of the map which corresponds with the area bisected by Driscolls Rd on map 14 in Melway. Thomas Brown was granted c/a 11 and Michael Fox c/a 8. Practically every grantee in section A was a fair dinkum pioneer worthy of inclusion in any history of Keilor.

(*These fair dinkum pioneers owed their ability to obtain a block to Donald Cameron M.L.A. The opening of the rest of the common was opposed by the Keilor correspondent of the Bacchus Marsh Express who was probably one of those whose flocks would mysteriously appear on the common and denude it of all feed. Read the letters from Cameron and the correspondent. )

I've written a bit about the Brown family of Browns Rd, resulting from an interview, SOMEWHERE- but it's going to be easier to find information that was not available to me at that time.

The children of Thomas Brown and Bridget, nee Fox, listed in Bridget's obituary are listed below with place of birth (Keilor unless otherwise stated), year and registration number.
John (1860, 17758), Charlie (1862, 2875), Maggie (1863, 21007), Mrs Cass (see below), Robert* (No birth record with the right parents found between 1858 and 1880), Alice (1873, 10074), William (No 1876, 3461), Katie (Kate, 1879, 3589), Joseph (Martin Joseph, 1881, 3675.)

MRS CASS. No Cass marriage mentioned a Brown girl as the Spouse so this might have been a second marriage. Her name was Mary.
EventDeath Event registration number5599 Registration year1948
Personal information
Family nameCASS Given namesMary SexFemale Father's nameBROWN Thomas Mother's nameBridget (Fox) Place of birthKEILOR Place of deathKENSINGTON Age81

CASS. — On June 10, at her daughter's
residence, 4 Ormond-st., Kensington,
Mary Cass, of 42 Ire!and-st., West Mel
bourne. beloved wife of the late John
and loved mother of Mollie (Mrs.
Hunt) and the late Thomas. R.l.P.(P.2, The Age, 11-6-1948.)
The funeral left 4 Ormond St for a service at Holy Rosary, Kensington and burial at Footscray. (Page 4 of the same paper.)

(*Robert may have been the un-named male born to Thomas and Bridget in 1871, reg. No.3214. The baby did not die in 1871 so the lack of a name was probably because of indecision, not a stillbirth.

Keilor News
The sympathy of the residents of Keilor has been expressed to Misses and Messrs W. and J. Brown of Keilor, in the sudden death of Mr. Bob Brown, a very old resident of Keilor. (P.6, Sunshine Advocate, 26-9-1941.)

EventDeath Event registration number21625 Registration year1941
Personal information
Family nameBROWN Given namesRobert SexMale Father's nameBROWN Thomas Mother's nameBridget (Fox) Place of birthKEILOR Place of deathKEILOR Age70)


The marriage was celebrated, with
Nuptial Mass, at St. Anne's, Broadmeadows,
on May 5, of Eileen Mary,
eldest daughter of Mr. W. Walsh,
"Station View," Broadmeadows, and
the late Mrs. Walsh to Thomas, elder
son of Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Brown,*
Brown's-road, Keilor.
(Description of attire.)
The groom had his brother, Joseph
Brown, as best man. (P.20, Advocate, 7-6-1951.)

Station View was on the west side of Pascoe Vale Rd near the Broadmeadows Station, probably part of the old Glen Allan farm, and was one of several dairy farms whose milk could be conveyed quickly to metropolitan dairies by train. The Walsh family at one stage had a farm north of Kenny St, Broadmeadows Township, accessed via Elizabeth St. St. Anne's was in Ardlie St.

(*M.J.Brown would be Martin Joseph, son of Thomas and Bridget, born in 1881.)

Michael Joseph Brown would have been no stranger to the Broadmeadows area where The Oaklands Hunt often hunted. He was seriously hurt in the area in 1903 while riding with fellow members of the club.
This ended the day's hunting, for as hares
were not plentiful no more were sighted, so we
adjourned to Craigieburn station, to which place
our special had journeyed. It likewise carried our
hamper, and having boxed horses we boiled the
"billy," and partook of the cup that—It is said—
never fails to cheer. On this occasion it did not
fulfil its cheerful mission, for we, too, soon
learned that one of our followers, Mr. M. J. Fox,
had been seriously injured by a fall from his horse
Delware. Falls and misadventures were numerous
throughout the hunt, for at the first fence one lady
and two gentlemen came to grief. Mr. Fox was one
of the victims here, but he was quickly remounted,
and followed on for about another three miles,
when his horse again blundered at a fence, and
came down heavily on him. It was at once seen
that his injuries were bad, as he was unable to move, However, a couple of the field stopped with him, and having obtained aid and assistance from Mr Shankland, the sufferer was carried up to the latter gentleman's house, where all was done that could be pending the arrival of Dr. Thompson? -who had been telephoned for-from Essendon.
Examination soon showed the serious-
ness of the case, and the doctor ordered the speedy
removal of the patient to Melbourne. He was
taken by Mr. Shankland in a vehicle to Somerton
station, where the special train had been kept
waiting for him. Arriving in town Mr. Fox was
at once taken on to Dr. Moore's private hospital,
and though he sustained some injury to his pelvis
it is gratifying to learn now that he is progressing
as satisfactorily as can be wished for. When
thanks are being bestowed in this case, it is cer-
tain that Mr. W. Shankland* will come in for his
full share of them.
*William Shankland's farm "Brook Hill" was between Somerton Rd and the Shankland Wetlands near Broadmeadows Valley Park. His father Robert Shankland's farm Waltham was the east half of Greenvale Reservoir.

The Fitzroy (football) team will include several players from the country districts, amongst the best being C. Brown, from Keilor, a good all-round man, and J. Brown from the same place— a splendid follower— besides Dodd and Johnson, of the Keilor club, and Beggs, of Sunbury. (P.4, Sportsman, 7-5-1884.)
C.Brown would be Charlie, born in 1862 and J.Brown* would be John, born in 1860. Countless articles show that Charlie was a good runner. One venue where Charlie competed in 1886 was at the Melfort Track at Melway 28J1 built by the new owner of the National Hotel which he had renamed as the Melfort.

(*John, who had apparently been living with his sister Alice, died in 1933.
BROWN. —On the 25th October, at a private
hospital, John Brown, beloved son of the late
Thomas and Bridget Brown, of Keilor, and loving
brother of Charles (deceased), Margaret, Mary
(Mrs. Cass), Robert, Alice, William, Katherine,
and Joseph —Rest In peace.
BROWN -The Friends of the late JOHN BROWN
are respectfully Invited to follow his remains
to the place of interment in the Keilor Cemetery
The funeral is appointed to move from the resi
dence of his sister (Miss Alice Brown), Flora street
Keilor THIS DAY (Thursday, 26th October), at 3 p.m.
BOTH P.1, ARGUS, 26-10-1933.)

Catherine Brown died at Heidelberg in 1950. Her death and funeral notices are on page 2 and 8 of The Age of 7-12-1950. She was buried at Keilor after a service at St. Augustine's.
EventDeath Event registration number13897 Registration year1950
Personal information
Family nameBROWN Given namesCatherine SexFemale Father's nameBROWN Thomas Mother's nameBridget (Fox) Place of birthKEILOR Place of deathHEIDELBERG Age72

Margaret Brown died on 14-3-1946 at Keilor. Her funeral arrangements were as for Catherine.
BROWN.— On March 14, Margaret Brown,
of Keilor, beloved daughter of the late
Thomas and Bridget, and loved sister of
Mary (Mrs. Cass), Catherine, John,
Charles, Joseph, William and Robert. Re-
quiescat in pace.(P.11, The Age, 16-3-1946.)

William Brown was a road contractor who metalled 10 chains of McNabs Rd in 1914.

This is the marriage record of Mrs Brown of Keilor mentioned in Skinner and Anderson death notices (named as Evelyn in the second one,)
EventMarriage Event registration number9920 Registration year1911
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Family nameSKINNER Given namesEvelyn SexUnknown Spouse's family nameBROWN Spouse's given namesChas

Evelyn died at Keilor in 1956.Her sister Alma Ada Anderson who died in 1934 had worked for the J.C. Williamson Opera Company. Their mother who died in 1915 was described as being late of Keilor and South Melbourne.
EventDeath Event registration number7106 Registration year1956
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Family nameBROWN Given namesEvelyn SexFemale Father's nameSKINNER William Mother's nameAda (Hutchinson) Place of birthMELBOURNE SOUTH Place of deathKEILOR Age79

Evelyn's husband, Charles, was the son of Thomas and Bridget Brown who was born in 1862. Charles would have been about 49 when he married Evelyn and died about 16 years later but they still managed to have three children. Charles died in 1927.

BROWN.- On the 22nd November, suddenly, at
Melbourne Hospital, Charles, beloved husband of
Evelyn Brown, loving father of Evelyn, Eily and
Charles Ernest, loving brother of John, Margaret
(Mrs Cass, Robert, Alice, William, Catherine
and Joseph, aged 65 years, Rest in peace.
(P.1, The Age, 24-11-1927.)

EventDeath Event registration number15364 Registration year1927
Personal information
Family nameBROWN Given namesCharles SexUnknown Father's nameBrown Thomas Mother's nameBridget (Fox) Place of birth Place of deathMelb E Age65

Thomas Brown gave a native bear to the zoological and acclimatisation society in 1892.

As mentioned previously, it's easier to find information on Victorian BDM and trove than what I've already written about the Browns of Browns Rd. As trove wasn't working, I was doing a google search for Arundel and found the following in a journal I'd written about some farms near Tullamarine.

Tenders are hereby invited by John Milburn and James Wallace, as Trustees for the purchase of Allotment 16, Section One, Parish of Tullamarine, County of Bourke, containing 7 acres and 28 perches or thereabouts, on which is erected a double-fronted four roomed weatherboard house, with front and back verandahs and outbuildings,consisting of dairy, man's room, buggy shed, stable (one-stalled) and fowl house. Amongst the improvements are an underground tank and a galvanised iron tank (300 gallons) connected with kitchen.
The property formed part of the Arundel Estate, and is situated one mile from the Keilor township, and fronts the Saltwater River. Closer Settlement requirements etc.
(P.3, Essendon Gazette and Keilor,Bulla and Broadmesadows Reporter, 12 August, 1915.)

Robert Brown,member of a very old Keilor family, took over the crown lease of lot 16, at the end of Brown's Rd*, and gained his grant in 1928. John Milburn, was not a Closer Settlement resident. He lived directly over the river near Milburn Rd. The Wallaces are longtime residents of the closer settlement and Don of Elm Grove was heavily involved with the market gardeners' state body.
(*Top left corner of Melway 14 G2.)

Thomas Brown stated that he saw Duncan
Macdonald and the prisoner together on the
morning of the 25th December.

Ironically Thomas Brown's grant was across directly across Sunshine Avenue from Joseph Ball's farm where John Fairweather had been murdered, as can be seen on the map whose link is given under FOX IN ST.ALBANS?

One of the histories that I read during my Keilor research was one published by the St Albans Historical Society and, I believe, written by Joan Carstairs. It provided much detail about the private subdivision that resulted in the establishment of St Albans as a locality. In 1930, the residents asked for the streets in this subdivision to be declared as public roads but the request was opposed by Cr. John Fox.

(POSTSCRIPT. The surname COMERFORD tinkled a bell, but very quietly. Not surprising, given that it is 28 years since I had written it.)
John was the executor of one of his brother, Phillip, in 1948, and of Mrs Mary Anne Fox in 1952.

EventDeath Event registration number19042 Registration year1952
Personal information
Family nameFOX Given namesMary Ann SexFemale Father's nameCOMERFORD William Mother's nameMary (Tracey) Place of birthMEADOW CREEK Place of deathKEILOR Age69

EventMarriage Event registration number1268 Registration year1912
Personal information
Family nameFOX Given namesJno Peter SexUnknown Spouse's family nameCOMERFORD Spouse's given namesMary Anne
EventBirth Event registration number16703 Registration year1880
Personal information
Family nameFOX Given namesJno SexUnknown Father's nameMichl Mother's nameRose (Reilly) Place of birthKEILOR

If so, John would have been aged about 32 when he married and 38 when he became a councillor.
It seems almost certain that John and Mary Anne would have met and married at St. Augustine's Keilor where the Crotty, Fitzpatrick and Fox families worshipped.
The Fitzpatrick Closer Settlement farm in today's Avondale Heights can be seen on the Doutta Galla parish map (link above.)
FITZPATRICK.— on November 3 (suddenly), James William Fitzpatrick, of Military-road, Keilor. beloved youngest son of the late James and Mary Ann Fitzpatrick, and loved brother of Margaret (Mrs.COMERFORD, deceased), Mary
(Mrs. O'Connor). Honora, Edward (deceased), John (deceased). Ellen (Mrs,Crotty (deceased), Catherine (deceased), William (deceased) and Joanna (Mother Mary Agnes, Convent of Good Shepherd, Abbotsford), aged 77 years. Requiescat In pace. (P.2, The Age, 6-11-1950.)

(POSTSCRIPT. The following were born between 1912 and 1920. They had 11 children altogether, including a son named Phil, who are listed on page F76 of my dictionary history of Tullamarine and miles around. See these under the heading MICHAEL FOX, ESSENDON HILL, CONTRACTOR AND OTHER DETAILS FROM ROSE REDDAN etc. IN DHOTAMA.)
AHA! I was wondering about Bill Fox, whom Rose Reddan mentioned in about 1990. Phil* and Rose might have been his siblings.
EventBirth Event registration number4879 Registration year1914
Personal information
Family nameFOX Given namesWm SexUnknown Father's nameJno Mother's nameMary Ann (Comerford) Place of birthKEILOR

EventBirth Event registration number22624 Registration year1915
Personal information
Family nameFOX Given namesMary SexUnknown Father's nameJno Mother's nameMary Ann (Conoford) Place of birthKEILOR
EventBirth Event registration number31221 Registration year1912
Personal information
Family nameFOX Given namesRose SexFemale Father's nameJno Mother's nameMary Ann (Comford) Place of birthKEILOR


Came across your interesting articles re the Springs Tullamarine/Keilor. My Wife's GG Grandfather was Samuel Fleming who arrived at Port Phillip in 1839 on the ship "Hope" from Sydney,they quickly settled (by family contacts) at the Springs I assume on a ten year lease. They moved to Mia Mia in 1850 becoming one of that area's earliest settlers. The Fleming's family still thrive today.

Springs could either describe the location of James Laverty south of Keilor Road or David William O'Niall of the Lady of the Lake Hotel at Tullamarine which was rather confusing so residents near Keilor were soon afterwards referred to as living at Springfield. As the earliest ratebooks available in 1863 (Broadmeadows) and 1868 (Keilor), I'll have to rely on trove.
Ross Bird of Australia:Information about Samuel Fleming
Samuel Fleming (b. 1799, d. 26 Mar 1870)
Samuel Fleming (son of Joseah Fleming and Eliza) was born 1799 in Derryloran, Tyrone, Ireland, and died 26 Mar 1870 in "Rockdale Farm", Kyneton, Vic206. He married Margaret Brown on 1817 in Tyrone, Ireland, daughter of Robert Brown and Angela.
More About Samuel Fleming:
Immigration 1: 03 Oct 1838, "Parland" arrives Sydney, NSW from Londonderry, Ireland.207
Immigration 2: 28 Jan 1840, Samuel Fleming from Tasmania destination "The Springs" Keilor, Vic.208
Residence 1: 13 Sep 1846, "The Springs", Keilor, Victoria.209
Residence 2: 24 Nov 1853, "Rockdale Farm", Kyneton, Victoria.210
More About Samuel Fleming and Margaret Brown:
Marriage: 1817, Tyrone, Ireland.
Children of Samuel Fleming and Margaret Brown are:
Jane Fleming, b. 1820, Derryloran, Tyrone, Ireland, d. date unknown, Canada211.
William Fleming, b. 1821, Derryloran, Tyrone, Ireland, d. date unknown.
David H Fleming, b. 1824, Derryloran, Tyrone, Ireland, d. date unknown.
Robert Fleming, b. 1825, Derryloran, Tyrone, Ireland, d. date unknown.
Thomas Fleming, b. 1828, Derryloran, Tyrone, Ireland, d. 18 May 1856.
+Eliza Fleming, b. 1829, Derryloran, Tyrone, Ireland, d. 30 Aug 1865, Melbourne, Vic212.
+Sarah Fleming, b. Jan 1830, Tyrone, Ireland213, d. 03 Mar 1890, Shepparton, Vic214.
+Samuel Fleming, b. 1831, Derryloran, Tyrone, Ireland, d. date unknown.
Margaret Fleming, b. 1836, Derryloran, Tyrone, Ireland, d. date unknown.

The Brown connection leads me to believe that "The Springs", Samuel's destination, was near Keilor (as stated above) rather than Tullamarine. The Brown family after whom Browns Rd on the Arundel Closer Settlement was named had been living near Keilor Road for about half a century before the closer settlement was established. I was contacted many years ago through family tree circles by a descendant of the Brown family.

Could this have been Samuel and Margaret's grandson? (Paste link into search bar.)

Jane would seem to have been the daughter of Samuel Jnr. (1831-unknown,i.e. 1897*.)


EventDeath Event registration number13345 Registration year1897
Personal information
Family nameFLEMING Given namesSaml SexUnknown Father's nameFleming Saml Mother's nameMargt (Brown) Place of birth Place of deathKton Age62

SAMUEL SNR.'S DEATH NOTICE.(N.B. His mother's name could be a mistake.)
EventDeath Event registration number1529 Registration year1870
Personal information
Family nameFLEMING Given namesSamuel SexUnknown Father's nameJosiah Mother's nameMargaret (Brown) Place of birthTYRO Place of death Age82 Spouse's family nameBROWN Spouse's given namesMargeret

At her residence, Kyneton, on the 29th March,Margaret, the wife of Samuel Fleming, late of Tyrone,Ireland, aged 61 years. (P.4, Argus, 5-4-1853.)
There is no death record for Margaret on Victorian BDM.

Also along with Samuel Fleming there was another Irish settler Henry Wilkinson, who arrived in Pt Phillip in 1841 and married Sarah Fleming in Melbourne in 1846, I also believe that Henry may have farmed at the Springs, After 1851 Henry and Sarah also moved north to Kyneton then shortly after to Kialla near Shepparton. The Fleming and Wilkinson families continued to inter marry over the years.

Another Inquest was held yesterday at Keilor, on the body of a man supposed to be Emanuel Chasey, who was found dead about three miles beyond Keilor.
Jury:—Messrs George Bayley, Samuel Flemming, Patrick Ruskin, Robert Hill, John Orr,Elias Smith, Edward Winters, William Fleming, Tnomas Faithful, M. Burke, M. Brown and H.Wilkinson.(P.2, Argus, 19-1-1850.)

Samuel Fleming and Henry Wilkinson each donated 2 guineas towards the proposed hospital at Kyneton.
(P.7, Argus, 15-8-1853.)

No articles about Springs or Springfield prior to 1851 mention Samuel Fleming and there was no obituary for Sam Snr. in 1870 which might have given some indication what he was doing at Springs in the 1840's. He may have been an indentured labourer or leasing land. There is evidence of small farms being available at Springs such as one of 30 acres mentioned in 1845.

There is no death record for the victim in this case (who is not named as a child of Samuel and Margaret Fleming on Ross Bird's page)but the fact that the accident happened on the road to Keilor ON THE WAY HOME FROM MELBOURNE would seem to rule out a Fleming family usually described as resident at Moonee Ponds. This other Fleming family lived in Brunswick; Moonee Ponds meaning ANYWHERE near the Moonee Moonee Chain of Ponds in such early days. However the accident happened only two miles from Melbourne so they could have been heading north west to Ormond Rd, a western extension of Brunswick Road. The Bulla road had been surveyed in 1847 but as the gold rush had not begun it was not yet the great road to the diggings so Mt Alexander road north of Flemington bridge would have been referred to as Keilor road. This is included to indicate that it is probably a red herring.

Fatal Accident.-On Monday evening a melancholy occurrence took place on the Keilor Road, about two miles from Melbourne. Mr. Fleming, junior, was driving a gig, in which were his mother and his two sisters, being on the way from town to his father's residence on the Moonee Ponds; when at the turn of the road, the wheel of the vehicle came in contact with a stump and threw out Miss Elizabeth Fleming,who was standing at the time in front of the gig, with violence to tho ground, alighting on her head. She was immediately raised, seemingly not much hurt, and conveyed to the next house, where she expired in an hour afterwards during the absence of her brother for Mr. Fleming. Concussion of the brain was the cause of death. The body was brought into town and deposited at tho St. John's Tavern, An inquest was held next day before Dr. Wilmot, and a jury of householders, when a verdict of "Accidental Death," was returned. (P., Argus, 2-8-1849.)

Mr Fleming Jnr. who was driving the gig was probably John Wood Fleming, aged about 13, or maybe an older brother who had died by 1912.
John's claim that Flemington was named after his family is wrong. It was named by the grantee of the Flemington Estate, James Watson*, after an estate of that name in Scotland managed by his father.Hugh Glass retained the name. (People, cows, and cars : the changing face of Flemington / Marcus Breen)
*Watson was also responsible for the names of Keilor, Watsonia and Rosanna.

I could find no marriage record for Samuel Fleming Jnr. (1831-1897) but the following death record indicates that he might have married Emily Carl(e)ton. The death was (registered?) at Malmsbury.
EventDeath Event registration number10058 Registration year1873
Personal information
Family nameFLEMING Given namesEmily Carlton SexUnknown Father's nameSamuel Mother's nameEmily (Carleton) Place of birthMALM Place of death Age5

This is almost certainly the death record of Samuel Jnr.'s widow.
EventDeath Event registration number13505 Registration year1918
Personal information
Family nameFLEMING Given namesEmily SexUnknown Father's nameCarleton Goodwin Mother's nameMary Ann (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathMalmsbury Age81

Sarah Fleming (b. Jan 1830, d. 03 Mar 1890)
Sarah Fleming (daughter of Samuel Fleming and Margaret Brown) was born Jan 1830 in Tyrone, Ireland216, and died 03 Mar 1890 in Shepparton, Vic217.She married Henry Wilkinson on 13 Sep 1846 in Melbourne, Vic, son of Henry Wilkinson.
More About Sarah Fleming:
Immigration 1: 03 Oct 1838, "Parland" arrives Sydney, NSW from Londonderry, Ireland.218
Immigration 2: 28 Jan 1840, Samuel Fleming from Tasmania, destination "The Springs" Keilor, Vic.219
Residence 1: 13 Sep 1846, "The Springs", Keilor, Victoria.220
Residence 2: 23 Dec 1863, "Fair View" Kyneton, Victoria.221
Residence 3: Abt. 1870, "Almond Vale", Arcadia, Shepparton, Victoria.222
More About Sarah Fleming and Henry Wilkinson:
Marriage: 13 Sep 1846, Melbourne, Vic.
Children of Sarah Fleming and Henry Wilkinson are:
+Henrietta Wilkinson, b. 02 Jul 1847, Keilor, Victoria223, d. 15 Jul 1916, Shepparton, Victoria224.
Eliza Jane Wilkinson, b. 05 Aug 1848, d. 04 Apr 1894, Kyneton, Victoria225.
Samuel Wilkinson, b. 18 Dec 1849, d. 17 Nov 1904, Kialla, Victoria225.
Henry Wilkinson, b. 10 Nov 1852, d. 25 Jan 1854, Kyneton, Victoria225.
Margaret Wilkinson, b. 05 Sep 1854, Kyneton, Victoria, d. 01 Sep 1935, Lilydale, Victoria225.
Henry Wilkinson, b. 11 Jun 1856, Kyneton, Victoria, d. 27 Aug 1913, Euroa, Victoria225.
William John Wilkinson, b. 30 Jan 1858, Kyneton, Victoria, d. 24 Mar 1858, Kyneton, Victoria225.
Sarah Wilkinson, b. 17 May 1859, Kyneton, Victoria, d. 09 Mar 1939, Kialla, Victoria225.
William John Wilkinson, b. 01 Jul 1861, Kyneton, Victoria, d. 19 Jan 1937, Kialla, Victoria225.
Thomas James Wilkinson, b. 01 Mar 1863, Kyneton, Victoria, d. 31 Jul 1926, Shepparton, Victoria225.
Elizabeth Gordon Wilkinson, b. 20 Feb 1865, Kyneton, Victoria, d. 25 Jan 1878, Murchison, Victoria225.
+Robert Alexander Wilkinson, b. 20 Jan 1867, Kyneton, Victoria, d. 1909, Violet Town, Victoria225.
Moses Wilkinson, b. 14 Aug 1869, Kyneton, Victoria, d. 10 Nov 1945, Euroa, Victoria225.
David Hamilton Wilkinson, b. 26 Mar 1872, Arcadia, Shepparton, Victoria, d. date unknown.

Sarah FLEMING was born November 1830 and baptised at Saint Luran's Parish Church, Derryloran (Cookstown, Co Tyrone, Ireland) on 3 Feb 1831. At the time her parents Samuel FLEMING and Margaret BROWN were living in nearby Knockaconny (St. Luran's Parish Church records).

Her Victorian death certificate (1890 #4704) states 32 years in Victoria) with her parents and siblings .

She and her parents arrived in Sydney on 3 Oct 1838 per "Parland" from Londonderry (Derry) in Northern Ireland, sailing to Melbourne a month later on the "Hope" arriving 3 Jan 1839 with their children.

Their eldest daughter Jane did not accompany them, having married a Mr Kimpston and going to America. After leasing at Keilor, the family purchased land at Kyneton which they named "Rockdale". Sarah's mother Margaret died there shortly afterwards in 1853 aged 50 years (source: First Families website, State Library of Victoria, no longer available) and Samuel died 26 Mar 1870 aged 82 years (Victorian death certificate #1529).

Sarah FLEMING married Henry WILKINSON on 30 Sep 1846 at St. James Church of England, Melbourne (Victorian marriage certificate).

Sarah FLEMING is also the sister of Samuel FLEMING who married Hannah GOLLAN*, the daughter of Roderick GOLLAN and Jane LITTLE (see her father James LITTLE).

Sarah died 3 Mar 1890 Shepparton, Victoria 60yo, and was buried 5 Mar 1890 at Kialla cemetery.

*Hannah Gollan certainly married a Samuel Fleming but Sarah's brother Samuel would have been 44 when this marriage took place.
EventMarriage Event registration number390 Registration year1875
Personal information
Family nameGOLLAN Given namesHannah SexFemale Spouse's family nameFLEMING Spouse's given namesSamuel

From the same website.

Henry WILKINSON arrived in Melbourne per "Neptune" 30 Mar 1841 at 21 years of age. He was born 1819 in Co Armagh, Ireland (source: Early Families of Shepparton Wilkinson pages by Don Reid) on 5 March (source: Henry's g-grand-daughter Thelma from Henry's grand-daughter Margaret Scott nee Wilkinson). He spent 63 years in Victoria until his death 16 May 1903 (Victorian death certificate). Before coming to Victoria, Henry was a farmer. A native of Co Down, he was known to be living with his father and mother and siblings at the village of Donaghcloney, Co Down, between 1823 and 1828 (source: First Families website). I found no trace of the family in the Donaghcloney parish records and a search of Down and Armagh (both cited as his birthplace) is not feasible without further information.

Henry's father Henry Wilkinson, Lieutenant in the 40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot, was in Captain Semporius Stretton's Company at the Battle of Waterloo, serving for some time in the army of occupation in France, being a faithful and trusted member of the staff of the Iron Duke (sources: First Families website, Early Families of Shepparton Wilkinson pages by Don Reid, Henry Wilkinson's obituary). Henry Wilkinson (snr) signed on as an Ensign on 8 May 1810 and was later promoted to Lieutenant on 12 May 1812 before going on half pay from 14 May 1818 for which he was listed up until 1861 (Army Lists, Society of Genealogists, London). Given his age, it is possible that he died in 1861/2.

After a couple of stints at labouring and market gardening at Richmond for a year, Henry rented a farm at Sunbury for seven years (source: First Families website, State Library of Victoria, no longer available).

On 30 Sep 1846, Henry WILKINSON married Sarah FLEMING, daughter of Samuel FLEMING at St. James Church of England in Melbourne (Victorian marriage certificate).

Henry left farming for a short while to look for gold. He had no luck at Ballarat but found enough at Castlemaine and Bendigo to purchase a team of six horses. He then spent at least 3 years transporting essentials like flour from Melbourne and various parts of the country to Mt Alexander and Bendigo. In 1854 he puchased 33 acres near Kyneton (near the present Lauriston Reservoir). In 1870 he sold Kyneton and purchased "Almond Vale", 500 acres at Arcadia in the Goulburn Valley (source: First Families website, State Library of Victoria, no longer available).

Henry and Sarah had 14 children (1847-1873).

Their daughter Sarah WILKINSON married George GOLLAN, the son of Roderick GOLLAN and Jane LITTLE.

Lenore Frost's index for Christine Laskowski's STEELE CREEK AND THE LADY OF THE LAKE makes no mention of Samuel Fleming or any of his family, only James and John Fleming but page 132 (no Christian names) could be of interest.

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When W.J.T.(Big) Clarke was in his last days and his son was building Rupertswood, he was asked about his son's spending and replied that as long as the son had as much fun spending the money as he, himself, had enjoyed making it, he'd be happy.
The following tale won't be found in Sir William's biography. It illustrates that he was a benefactor in ways other than the well-publicised ones, even to lowly former servants.
The Creswiok Advertiser tells the following
pleasant little story : — "Mr W. J. Clarke, who
is sowing liberality broadcast; is not unmindful
of his father's old servants, as the following
will show.

There lives on Creswick an old man
named William Pemberton, and his wife, who
left Dowling Forest (after living with 'Big
Clarke' as stockrider for fourteen years) at the
outbreak of the diggings, and here they have
been ever since (about twenty-four years) with
variable success. Latterly, however, things
have not prospered so well as they might wish,
the. shallow ground being mostly worked out,
and the deep sinking too hard work for the old
man, so he thought he would go and see the son
of his old employer, which he did on the occa-
sion of the recent dinner to the tenants at
Dowling Forest.

After Pemberton had spoken
a few words to Mr. Clarke, the latter said, 'Why
I know your voice ; oh, yes, I recollect you.
How are you getting on? ' On being told he
was in poor circumstances, Mr Clarke remarked;
'Well you must have been a good servant, or
my father would not have kept you fourteen
years in his employ.' What shall I do for you ?

etc. (P.2, Mount Alexander Mail, 19-5-1876.)

This discovery reminds me of three connections between the golden triangle and Dromana.
Big Clarke's run at Dowling Forest was near Creswick and he bought Jamieson's Special Survey between Dromana and Mount Martha which remained in the family's ownership for nearly five decades. Many Mornington Peninsula pioneers started as tenants on the Survey.
The article was found in a search for information about Thomas and James Henry Howarth of Castlemaine who owned 30 acres near Dromana.
American,Benjamin Franklin Eaton, who built the heritage-listed Eaton's Dam at Creswick, and was the father of Maude Australia Eaton who lived at Dromana for many decades before she died in 1956, from the late 1880's employed many former Survey tenants at his mine at the Tubbarubba Diggings near Dromana, where he is recalled by the name of Eaton's Cutting, until his death in 1894 at Dromana.


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.
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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.