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BALCOMBE, MISS AGNES ELIZABETH
23rd February 1927 The Argus
The death occurred yesterday after a short illness of Miss Agnes Elizabeth Balcomb of Stockholm, Beach avenue, Elwood. Miss Balcombe, who was aged 75 years, had been suffering from pneumonia. She was a daughter of Mr Alexander Beat- son Balcombe, of The Briars Mornington, who was one of the pioneer landowners in the Mornington Peninsula, and a sister of Mrs Harry Emmerton, of Domain road, South Yarra. The funeral will take place tomorrow at the Melbourne General Cemetery, and will he conducted by A. A. Sleight Pty. Ltd.
27th October 1917, Mornington Standard
A very old resident of Frankston passed away on Sunday morning last after a long illness, in the person of Mrs Barnett. The deceased has been a resident of Frankston for upwards of 40 years and was born at Brighton 66 years ago. An operation was performed on her about 6 months ago for an internal cancer and since then she has been gradually sinking. The deceased lady was highly respected and will be sincerely mourned. Her husband and grown up family of three sons and five daughters survive her. The remains were interred in the Frankston cemetery on Tuesday last, the Rev. A. P. McFarlane officiating at the grave.
BAXTER, MRS BENJAMIN BAXTER
5th February 1906, The Border Morning Mail and Riverina Times
MELBOURNE'S FIRST POST MISTRESS.
The death of Mrs Benjamin Baxter, who passed away at her residence, Baxter's Flat, Frankston, on the 31st. ult, removes one of the very oldest pioneers of this State. Mrs Baxter was born at Bolton, Lancashire, in 1813— two years before the battle of Waterloo— and was therefore ninety three years of age at her demise. She leaves behind seven children, twenty two grand-children, and twenty great- grand-children living in Victoria, where the deceased resided during a period extending over sixty-nine years. Mrs Baxter was the widow of the late Captain Baxter, late of the 50th Regiment (Queen's Own), and the first salaried postmaster in Melbourne, where he arrived with Mrs Baxter in 1837. Captain Baxter was appointed to fill the combined offices of clerk of Petty Sessions and Postmaster, but as all the work of sorting and delivering letters devolved on Mrs Baxter, she is practically to be regarded as the first official connected with the original post office. This building stood on the site now occupied by the Royal Highland Hotel, Flinders-street. It was a small wooden structure, composed of two small rooms, a loft, and a skillion. Part of the living room was partitioned off with sheets, and in a corner of the front section was a small table, where the entire mail of the infant city were sorted and despatched. In 1838, 7424 letters and 2705 papers were despatched. The revenue amounting to €-232/2/2. Nowadays over a hundred million letters, newspapers, and packets pass through the General Post- Office, and the annual revenue amounts to about half a million- — "Herald".
17th October 1908, Mornington & Dromana Standard
The death occurred at Frankston on Friday last of a very old colonist, and one of the earliest of Frankston residents, in the person of Mrs. H. Bentick. The deceased lady, who was 83 years of age, had been in a weak state of health for a long time, and latterly resided with her son-in-law, Mr Thos. McComb. She was very well known in and around Frankston, having resided in the town for over 40 years, where she was universally respected by a large circle of friends. Mrs Bentick was born in Gloustershire, England, and arrived in this State in 1840, so that she was amongst the earliest of Victorian colonists. The deceased lady leaves a family of six, all well up in years, three of whom reside in Frankston. The funeral took place on Sunday, when the body was interred in the Frankston cemetery, a large number attending to pay their last respect to an old and esteemed pioneer. The burial service was read by the Rev. A. P. McFarlane, and the mortuary arrangements carried out by Mr Gamble.
*Note: Death Certificate #13651. Marriage (1) Thomas Bentick (2) Joseph Sarah. Parents John Colman & Sarah Hood
BOX, ELIZA COLEMAN
27th August 1891, Mornington Standard
Death, at all times casts a gloom upon a community, but there was more than usual gloom and sorrow among the residents of Frankston when it became known that the wife of Cr J. D. Box, had breathed her last. For some length of time it had been known that the deceased lady had been ailing, but no one thought that her end was so near, and when the sad news was circulated it came with a shock upon the neighbourhood. Deceased at the time of her death was 46 years of age, and had been a resident of the township for about 30 years, and it can therefore be said that the principal part of her life was spent in the neighbourhood. Five months ago her first illness took place, when she was attended by Dr Sturdee, who was also in attendance during her last moments. Her illness, however, proving more serious than was at first anticipated, she was re- moved to the city and placed under the care of Dr Ruddall of Collins street, who shortly afterwards per- formed an operation which was thought would prove successful. Shortly after her removal to her home it was soon found, however, that such was not the case, and after several weeks of intense suffering, which was born with the greatest of epitude and patience, she gradually sank and died. On Tuesday her remains were followed by the largest - number of residents of the township and the district that has ever assembled on a similar occasion to the Frankston cemetery, and the respect in which the deceased was held and the bereaved family, was evinced by the number of wreaths and floral tributes, there being enough flowers to completely cover the grave. The funeral service was con- ducted by the Rev J. A. Osborne, of the Wesleyan Church. The greatest of sympathy is felt for Mr Box and his family in their sad bereavement. Mr Box desires us to thank on his behalf, his numerous friends from all parts who have sympathised with him in his trouble. Letters of condolence have reached him from all quarters, and as he does not feel capable at present of replying to them, he takes this opportunity of thanking his many friends.
BURTON, SARAH ANN
8th August 1941 Frankston Standard
MRS. SARAH ANN BURTON One of the oldest residents of the Peninsula, Mrs. S. A. Burton died at Frankston on Friday last. Born in Collingwood 83 years ago, Mrs. Burton came to Frankston with her parents when she was three years old, and had resided here ever since. There are eleven children in the family, ten of whom are living, a son, Fred, being killed in the last war. Another son, Sid, is overseas with the second A.I.F. Mrs. Burton's husband predeceased her five years ago, and the children living are Albert (Son), Edward, Roger, Richard and Sid, Lil (Mrs. Pummeroy), Bess (Mrs. Keeble), Beatrice (Mrs. Turner), Grace (Mrs. Brain), and Edie (Mrs. Johnson). Burial took place at the Frankston Cemetery on Monday, Mr. Giles reading the service.
4th August 1941 The Argus
HASTINGS-Mrs Sarah Ann Burton aged 83, a pioneer of Mornington Peninsula has died. She was the widow of the late Mr William Burton a pioneer of the fishing industry in Port Phillip Bay
CARRIGG, MRS L.
4th January 1945, Frankston Standard
OBITUARY. MRS. L. CARRIGG. It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Mrs. L. Carrigg, who has conducted the Dromana Hotel since the death of her husband several years ago. The late Mrs. Carrigg was widely known to Peninsula folk and holidaymakers who visited the resort.
19th February 1916, Mornington Standard
A very old resident of Frankston, in the person of Mrs Cattanach, passed away last Monday, the 14th inst. Mrs Cattanach was the widow of the late Thomas Cattanach J.P., who had been associated with Frankston and the Peninsula since a very early date, having had charge of the construction of the Fankston pier, as well as those at Schnapper Point (Mornington) Dromana, Portsea, and Philip Island, Mr Cattanach built at Frankston in 1880, and lived here until his death, Mrs Cattanach continuing her residence in the same house until the close of her life last Monday. The funeral was in accordance with the deceased ??y's wish- of an entirely private character- the chief mourner being her son Mr William Cattanach J. P., Chairman of the State Rivers and Water Supply Com- mission, the service being conducted by Rev. A. P. McFarlan, late of Frankston, a very old friend of Mrs Cattanach. The deceased lady, who was in her 93rd year, was born in Scotland, and arrived in Victoria in 1853, coming out in the "Elizabeth", a ship owned and sailed by Mrs Cattanach's brother, Captain David Masterton. Mrs Cattanach was devotedly attended to by her nieces, while Dr Maxwell was unremitting in his care. Mrs Cattanach was interred in the family grave, in the Melbourne General Cemetery.
18th June 1943, Frankston Standard
MISS ISABELLA CHURCH
A very old resident of the district, Miss Isabella Church, passed away last Saturday at her home in Boundary Road, Langwarrin. The late Miss Church was born at Frankston 83 years ago, and was well known and highly respected throughout the Shire. She had four sisters and two brothers, all of whom predeceased her. The funeral took place last Monday, Rev. W. Lloyd officiating at the Frankston cemetery. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Messrs. Hector Gamble & Son
COOMBS, MRS INEZ
12th September 1941 Frankston Standard
MRS. INEZ COOMBS.
The death occurred at her residence, Bayview road, Frankston, on Sunday, of Mrs Inez Coombs. She leaves a husband, one son and three married daughters. Burial took place on Tuesday, the remains being interred in Dandenong Cemetery.
30th March 1918, Mornington Standard
The death occurred at Frankston on Friday evening last of Mrs Cousins, wife of Mr Benjamin Cousins, who for the past seven years has been employed as caretaker at Colonel Grimwade's, "Marathon", Morning- ton road. Death which was of a sudden nature was due to a heart affection, from which the deceased lady had been suffering for some time. The late Mrs Cousins, who was 46 years of age, was a daughter of Mr Henry Brown, of Brunswick, and for very many years had been a resident of this district. Great sympathy is felt for Mr Cousins and family in their very sad bereavement. The internment took place at the Frankston cemetery on Sunday, a large crowd following the body to its last resting place. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Mr H. Gamble Frankston.
DARLEY, MRS ANNIE
16th January 1909, Mornington & Dromana Standard
Mrs Annie Darley, relict of the late Mr. Jonathon Darley (who died in the year 1873) passed away at Flinders (TEXT MISSING) December last. The deceased, who was in her 91styear at the time of her death, had led a wonderfully active life right up to the last. The late Mrs Darley migrated to Tasmania with her husband and children in the ship Sir Charles Napier, in the year 1843. Conditions of life, both on board ship and in the island colony, were at that time very rough and ready, and involved a considerable amount of hardship on the part of the early colonisers. Upon arrival in Tasmania, Mr Darley took up land at New Norfolk, where he engaged in farming and fruit growing pursuits, and had the distinction of being the first hop grower in that district, which has now gained such notoriety for its extensive hop gardens. Being such early settlers and pioneer’s , Mr and Mrs Darley came into contact with many of the best known people connected with the colonisation of the island. The famous Sir John Franklin, then Governor of Tasmania, was in their house previous to his leaving the colony to embark on the ill-fated Arctic exploration, in which he lost his life. Mrs Darley often had visits from Messrs O'Brien, McManus and O'Mara, the famous Irish patriots. As her husband was local representative of the company owning the bridge across the Derwent at New Norfolk, and the house was situated only a short, distance from the toll gates, she was in touch with the traffic along one of the principal thoroughfares of Tasmania. In 1853, when such glowing accounts were heard of the progress of Victoria, the Darley’s disposed of their interests in the island colony, and crossed the straits to the new land of promise. Soon after Mr Darley went to Dromana with his wife and family, as a lessee from the late Mr W. J. T. Clarke (grandfather of Sir Rupert Clarke), of a portion of Jamieson's Special Survey. This was before the Peninsula was properly surveyed and laid out for settlement. Many persons interested in the early history of Victoria will well member that Jamieson's Special Survey, which afterwards passed into the hands of Mr Clarke, was one of the areas originally surveyed and granted under special conditions before the lands of the colony were cut up and alienated from the Crown subsequent to the undisputed reign of the old time squatter. Mr Darley went in for extensive farming operations on his section of "The Sur vey," as Jamieson's old grant is still locally known. Dromana was then in its infancy, and Schnapper Point was the post town. In addition to farming Mr Darley also had several crafts plying between Dromana and Melbourne with timber. After seven strenuous yeas at Dromana, Mrs Darley Was (TEXT MISSING) Flinders as a tenant of the late Mr John Barker. The vicinity of the township of Flinders was then a dense forest. The Darley’s farm, which was then known as "The Round Hill Farm," included "The Pinnacles " and a good bit of adjacent and around the present Cape Shank road, the house being situated at Double Creek. Mrs Darley also resided for a time at "The Cups,'" near Boneo, where her husband leased some land from Mr Barker for dairying purposes. For a great many years before her death Mrs Darley had been living in the Flinders Township, and had therefore the distinction of being a very early settler and resident of the Peninsula of 55 years standing. She could also claim to have been an Australian colonist of 65 years. Of her family, some of whom were born in Tasmania and others in Victoria, three are now surviving. These are Messrs Thos. and Wm. Darley, and Mrs Beecher, all of Flinders, with whom much sympathy is felt in their sad bereavement. The body was interred in the Flinders general cemetery on the 23rd ultimo, a large number of residents following deceased to her last resting place.
DARLEY, MRS S. E.
22nd February 1908, Mornington Standard
Very much regret will be felt by her numerous friends in all parts of the Peninsula at the death of Mrs. S. E. Darley, relict of the late Mr. John Darley, which occurred at her late residence, "The Rest,"' Flinders, last Tuesday morning, after a long and painful illness. The deceased lady, who had attained an advanced age, was extremely active, and took a keen interest in anything pertaining to the good of the district until shortly before her death. She was of a very charitable and kindly disposition, and will be much missed by the residents of Flinders. Any charitable or other useful local movement had her financial assistance and earnest help in other ways if she were not also the actual originator. She took a special interest in the children, who had many picnics and other enjoyments through her kindness and generosity. When the news of her death was received, the flag at the state school was hoisted half-mast, and general expressions of regret were heard on all sides. After the death of her husband some years ago, Mrs. Darley built the villa near the Flinders township known as "The Rest," where she has since resided with her daughter (Mrs. Falkingham) and granddaughter (Miss Martin). Mrs. T. Holland, wife of Mr. T. Holland, of "Mitford," Flinders, is also a grand- daughter of the deceased lady. In all her good services to Flinders of late years, she has been assisted by Mrs. Falkingham and Mr. and Mrs. Hol- land. The remains were interred in the North Brighton cemetery last Thursday and a large number of residents assembled at "The Rest" at 8 o'clock, when the body was removed, to pay their last respects to one who had won the esteem of all who knew her.
8th January 1910, Mornington & Dromana Standard
DAVEY--On 3rd January, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs R. Williams, 12 Bank-street, Ascot Vale. Fanny, the dearly beloved wife of William Davey, of Melbourne-road, Frankston, sister of Mrs Manks, of Dandenong, and loved mother of Mrs Putz, Mrs Walker, Mrs Williams, Winnie, Wilfred, Harold, Horace and Walter Davey, aged 61 years. "Peace, Perfect Peace."
22nd July 1905, Mornington Standard
OBITUARY. — Another of the old colonists joined the great majority on Wednesday last, in the person of Mrs Susan Davey, relict of the late Mr William Davey, who passed away at the residence of her daughter Mrs P. Wells, Cranbourne road, Frankston. The deceased, who had attained the age of 90 years, had only been ailing for the past four months, the cause of death being senile decay. She had resided in, Frankston for about 50 years. The funeral took place at the Frankston Cemetery on 'Thursday afternoon. The Rev. J. T. Kearns read the Methodist burial service, whilst the mortuary arrangements were carried out by Mr H. Gamble.
20th June 1923 Frankston & Somerville Standard
The death of Mrs. Flood, senr., of Frankston, where she has lived for many years, occurred last week at the age of 63. The remains were interred on Sunday last.
GAMBLE, HARRIET LOUISA
24th July 1936, Frankston & Somervile Standard
OBITUARY: MRS. P. M. GAMBLE. Mrs Harriet Louisa Gamble, wife of Mr Peter Martin Gamble, died at her residence, Red Hill, on July 14. She had lived in the district for 20 years. Burial took place on July 16, in the Dromana cemetery. The casket was carried by Messrs. K. Cleine, J. Erskine, E: Russell, R. Thustain, E. Bowring and R. Edwards, senr. The Rev. W. Adams read the burial service. The funeral was conducted by Mr. Hector Gamble, of Frankston.
GILLARD, MRS LOUISA
4th March 1925 Frankston & Somerville Standard
We regret to record the demise of Mrs. Gillard, of Frankston, which sad event occurred on Friday last, at her late residence, Mornington road. The deceased lady,who was over 70 years of age, had resided in the district for upwards of 40 years. To her bereaved relatives we join in extending our sincere sympathy.
*parents James & Ann Cook
2nd August 1919, Mornington Standard
In the death of Mrs Gregory, which sad event we briefly recorded last week, Frankston has sustained a severe loss. A resident of the district for many years the deceased lady took a keen interest in all matters affecting the welfare of the| community. She possessed marked organising ability, and held decided views on all matters of moment. Her sound common sense and good keen judgment; caused her counsel to be sought frequently in matters relating to the public weal. Of extremely charitable disposition the late Mrs Gregory did much good by stealth as many a needy family throughout the Peninsula could testify. She was a liberal supporter of the Melbourne Children’s Hospital, and many of the charitable organisations of the State will miss her ready and cheerful assistance. In her home life, Mrs Gregory was an ideal wife and mother, being one to whom the ties of home and family strongly appealed. Her death has been a sad blow to the bereaved husband, Mr A. H. Gregory, and family and general sympathy is extended to them in their dark hour. The private interment of the remains of the deceased lady took place in the Frankston cemetery on Saturday last.
31st July 1936, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MRS. SARAH GRIFFITH.
Mrs Sarah Ann Griffith died at her residence, Dromana, on July 22, aged 86 years. She was a citizen of Dromana for 58years. She leaves two sons and three daughters. The funeral; took place on Friday, the re- mains being interred in the Dromana cemetery. The coffin-bearers were Messrs. H. Griffith J. Griffith, T. Roberts and I. Cairns. The Rev. F. G. Hughes officiated at the grave. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr Hector Gamble.
HADDON, MRS MARION
28th September 1934, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MRS. MARION HADDON
PIONEER OF THE PENINSULA.
The death of Mrs. Marion Haddon, aged 96 years, At the residence of her son-in-law, Mr G. McBride, at Main Ridge, on September 19 marked the passing of one of the Peninsula's earliest pioneers. Burial took place last Friday in the Flinders cemetery, the remains being Interred in the same grave as those of her husband who died about 20 years ago. Many beautiful floral tributes were received and the funeral was attended by a large number of persons representative of all parts of the district. The casket was carried by Messrs. J. Berkley, D. Campbell, C. White and J. Haddon. The pall-bearers were Councillors Higgens and Rudduck, Messrs. W. Gibson, R. White, J. Matthews, T. Derby and G. White. The Rev. W. Adams of Dromana, conducted a service at the house and read the burial service at the grave. Mr.Hector Gamble of Frankston, and Mornington, had charge of the funeral arrangements.
The late Mrs. Haddon was ill for only a few days before her death. Despite her great age, she recorded her vote at the polling booth on September 15. Married when aged 18 years, she came from Scotland with her husband 76 years ago. After their arrival in Australia they settled at Dromana. The late Mr. Haddon was employed by Mr Anderson on his station at Cape Schank where they lived until about 20 years ago. Mrs. Haddon lived in the districts of Dromana and Flinders for 76 years. She said that the first white woman she met in Dromana was the late Mrs. Holden who died only a few weeks ago. Mrs. Haddon had a family of nine children of whom two sons and five daughters survive her. There are 32 grandchildren, 49 great -grand- children and 18 great-great-grand children. The late Mrs: Haddon was held in high esteem and had a large circle of friends.
15thJune 1912, Mornington Standard
It is with regret we record the death of another old identity of Mornington, in the person of Mrs. Jane Holcomb, relict of the late Mr. James Holcomb, which occurred at her late residence, Queen Street, Mornington, on Monday last, in her 80th year. The deceased lady was a native of Arbroath, Scotland, and a resident of Mornington for over 40 years. She was well known and highly respected, and her good, kind, and charitable disposition had won for her many friends. For many years after the death of her husband, Mrs. Holcomb carried on the boarding house business known at present as 'Holcomb House,' which was originally built by Mr. Holcomb, but latterly she has been living privately. On Wednesday afternoon, a memorial service was held at St. Peter's Church, after which the funeral took place, and was largely attended. The Rev. Mr. Sandiford officiated at the grave, and Mr. Summerland carried out the funeral arrangements.
HOLDEN, MRS FRANCES
25th August 1934, Frankston & Somerville Standard
The death of Mrs Frances Holden, probably the Peninsula's only centenarian, occurred at her residence at Dromana on Monday. Had she lived until October, Mrs Holden would have reached the age of 102 years. With her husband, she settled in Dromana 82 years ago and had lived there ever since. She came from Sussex, England, when a young girl. In her younger days she took an active part in movements for the advancement of the district. A good horsewoman, she used to join parties that went out hunting kangaroos. Burial took place in the Dromana cemetery where the remains were interred beside those of her husband who died about 60 years ago. The burial service was read by the Rev. A.F. Falconer. Mr Hector Gamble, of Frankston had charge of the funeral arrangements.
HURLEY, MISS CATHERINE
3rd August 1944, Frankston Standard
Miss C Hurley An old resident, of the Balnarring district, Miss Catherine Hurley, passed away during the month. Her parents were Balnarring pioneers, having settled in that area 80 years ago. Prior to the funeral a service was conducted at the local Catholic Church by Rev. Father Stapleton, who also officiated at the graveside in Hastings Cemetery.
26th August 1911, Mornington Standard
It is with regret we record the death of an old and highly respected resident of Mornington in the person of Mrs Hutchins (sen), which occurred at her late residence, Main Street, Mornington, on Tuesday morning last, at the age of 72 years. The deceased lady had been ailing for some considerable time from cancer, and bore her sufferings patiently. She was born at Maitland, N.S. W. and arrived on the peninsula over 64 years ago, living at Osborne and afterwards at Mornington. The remains were interred in the Mornington cemetery on Thursday afternoon, the funeral being well attended. The Rev Mr Nye officiated at the graveside, and Mr Summerland carried out the mortuary arrangements
26th July 1945 Frankston Standard
Mrs. Hall, who died at Mornington, was a very old identity of that town and was highly respected. One of her sons, Pte. Joe Collis, is a member of the A.I.F.
6th December 1933 The Argus
Mrs T Jenkins died at her home Mornington yesterday in her 92nd year. She was one of the pioneers of the Peninsula. Mrs Jenkins came from the Orkney Islands in 1841 with her brothers the late William James and John Frith who were pioneer farmers of the Peninsula. She married the late Mr John Jenkins of Mornington. Mrs Jenkins is survived by two sons, Mr A Jenkins and Mr John Jenkins and one daughter Miss Mary Jenkins
JONES, MRS SARAH
23rd September 1921 Frankston & Somerville Standard
Another Pioneer of the Peninsula Passes The district of Moorooduc has lost, by death, one of its oldest and most respected residents in the person of Mrs Sarah Jones, wife of Mr Edward Jones, of "Spring Farm," Moorooduc, at the age of 75 years. The deceased lady passed away in a private hospital in Melbourne on Sept 19, but the remains were conveyed to Moorooduc, and thence to Mornington for interment. She had resided on the Peninsula for 53 years. The late Mrs Jones left four sons-Messrs John E. Jones (Shire Secretary), George, Francis and Charles Jones-and three daughters, Mesdames Woodhouse, Morris and Shepherd, all of whom reside on the Peninsula.
KELLY, MARY LOUISA (POLLY)
30th April 1926 Frankston & Somerville Standard
DEATH. KELLY.-On 29th April, at the residence of her daughter, "Fern bank," Dandenong road, Frankston, Mary Louisa, dearly beloved wife of David Kelly, and loving mother of Jack, Bob (deceased), Hannah (deceased), Dave, Herb (deceased), Amy, Ethel and Sydney. Aged 84 years and 11 months. Sweet Rest.
7th May 1926 Frankston & Somerville Standard
The death took place on 29th inst. of Mrs. Kelly, wife of Mr. David Kelly, of Frankston. Deceased, who was in her 85th year, had not enjoyed good health for a considerable period, and the end was not altogether unexpected. She was a very old resident of the district, being a sister of Messrs. Chas. Wells and F. Wells, senr. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon at the Frankston cemetery. Rev. H. C. Trebilco con ducted the service at the graveside, and the funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. H. Gamble
23rd April 1914, South Bourke & Mornington Journal
The death of Mrs Charlotte Keys, of Chesterville road, Cheltenham, relict of the late Mr Robert Keys, took place last week. Deceased, who was 94 years of age at the time of her death, was probably the oldest resident of the Brighton electorate. She was born in Dublin, Ireland, and arrived in Melbourne 72 years ago. She was married in St. James Church, Melbourne, in 1847, to Mr Robert Keys, a resident of Brighton from 1845. Mr and Mrs Keys built and lived at the Brighton Club Hotel, Nepean road, then a well-known coaching house, and subsequently the Elsternwick Hotel, which they afterwards sold to Mr Young, (of Young and Jackson). Mr Keys was one of the first councillors at the inception of local government at Brighton in 1859, and was subsequently mayor of the borough. They removed to Keys road, Moorabbin, in 1870, and subsequently to Cheltenham, where Mrs Keys resided continuously up to her demise, Mr Keys being a councillor and ex-president of the Moorabbin shire. Deceased's family consisted of nine sons and one daughter, of whom three sons survive. The funeral took place at the Cheltenham cemetery, the Revs. A. Caflin and Crotty officiating at the graveside.
1st August 1918, Dandenong Advertiser
Obituary. The death is announced of a very old and esteemed colonist in Mrs. Lewis, who died at her daughter's (Mrs R. Davis, Hastings), residence, on Monday last, at the honoured old age of 97 years. The deceased lady was born at Barking, England, in 1821, and with her late husband, who predeceased her quarter of a century ago, came to Victoria 60 years ago in the sailing vessel Roxburg Castle, after a protracted voyage, and almost immediately after landing took up their abode on the Mornington Peninsula. Mr Lewis was for many years connected with the old carrying firm of Croskell, Ritchie & Co., carriers, between Hastings and Melbourne, in the good old days of long ago, before the railway line was put through, and the firm carted hundreds of thousands of baskets of fish to the Melbourne fish market, at the corner of Swanston and Flinders streets, where the stately Flinders street railway station now stands.
MACLEAN, MRS S. H.
23rd July 1943 Frankston Standard
OBITUARY An old Frankston resident, Mrs. S. H. Maclean, passed away last Saturday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Barrett, Kars Street. The funeral, which was of a private nature, took place on Monday. Rev. Father Fitzpatrick officiated at the graveside in Frankston cemetery. The deceased, who was the widow of Mr. Malcolm McPhee Maclean, is survived by two daughters, Mesdames A. A. Olley and T. D. Barrett, and four grandchildren. The funeral arrangements were conducted by Hector Gamble & Son.
MAIR, MRS E. P.
11th November 1927, Frankston & Somerville Standard
We regret to record the death of Mrs E. P. Mair which took place at her residence, "Balconomo," Tyabb, on Saturday morning last at the age of 63 years. Mrs Mair had been a most active worker for the Red Cross and the Church of England for many years. Her remains were interred in the Frankston cemetery last Monday afternoon. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the relatives.
MALE, MRS ANNIE
5th January 1947, Frankston Standard
DEATH OF MRS. ANNIE MALE, OF MORNINGTON.
The death occurred at the Mornington Bush Nursing Hospital on Tuesday afternoon of Mrs. Annie Male, a well-known Mornington resident. The deceased had recently had an operation, but up to Sunday last was making a recovery. Then a setback occurred in her progress, and all day Monday little hope was held out for her recovery. She became worse, and on Tuesday morning apprehension was greatly intensified. Mrs. Male was one of the best lady supporters of the Football Club has ever possessed. Al- though crippled for years, she never missed a match, whether at Mornington or any other part of the Peninsula. Her work on the Club's Social Committee was also most outstanding. She was very well known and highly respected, and her death is much regretted. The late Mrs. Male was the eldest child of the late Mr. William Stanley and Mrs. Stanley, who is still hale and hearty despite her advanced age. The deceased lady was born in Balnarring district. Her husband died many years ago. There are three daughters.
MARSH, MRS ANNIE
24th February 1928, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MRS. J. NOTT MARSH
The death on Friday last of Mrs. Annie Marsh of Langwarrin, marked the passing of an old and respected resident of the Peninsula. Mrs Marsh with her husband, Mr J. Nott Marsh, lived at Langwarrln for the past 40 years and was known throughout the Peninsula. The deceased lady had been ailing for a long time and last year underwent an operation in Melbourne. After her discharge from hospital she seemed to improve but for some months past her health failed steadily. The remains were interred in Frankston cemetery last Saturday, when a large number of mourners attended the funeral. Rev. C. L Moyes officiated at the grave. The funeral was conducted by Mr H. Gamble of Frankston. The sympathy of his many friends is extended to her sorrowing husband.
29th April 1915 Dandenong Advertiser
We regret to hear of the demise of one of the pillars of the Methodist church at Frankston in the person of Mrs. Grace McComb, widow of the late Thomas McComb, which took place at her residence, William street, on Monday, April 26, after a brief illness, at the ripe old age of 88 years. The deceased lady, with her husband and sons and daughters, were prominent Wesleyans (now Methodists) in the olden days, and one of her sons (Thomas) has gained several medals for life-saving off the coast of Frankston. The deceased lady was a relation of the Cadle's, the Radduck's, and other fine families, who have left their "imprint on the Sands of-Time," and whose genera tions will succeed them in the good work of uplifting and enobliong of Christianity. As our obituary notice in another column has it, " Her children rise to call her blessed," but they had put on the "eloak of Righteousness" long before the good old desciple of John Westley had passed away to await "the coming of the bride."
4th July 1923 Frankston & Somerville Standard
BALNARRING A PIONEER PASSES.
Mrs. A. B..Mulready, of Rossnoyne Park, 3alnarring, who died recently, was one of the fast diminishing band of Peninsula pioneers.
MURPHY, MRS JANE EMMA (nee BALCOMBE)
26th September 1924 Frankston & Somerville Standard
The Passing of a Pioneer
A member of one of the pioneer families, Mrs. Jane Emma Murphy, died recently at her home, "The Briars," Mornington, at the age of 79 years. Mrs. Murphy was the wife of Mr. Jas. Murphy, of Calga Station, N.S.W., and her father was born at "The Briars," St. Helena, and was the first station holder on the Mornington Peninsula. Mrs. Murphy's charitable interests were continuous during her long life. She was at her death, and had been for many years, a member of the committee of management of Queen Victoria Hospital, and had formerly been a prominent member of the Children's Hospital committee. Mrs Murphy leaves one son, Mr. Alexander Balcombe Murphy, who fought at Gallipoli as an English soldier, where he was wounded. He is now a pastoralist, his home being on Kooyong road, Toorak.
30th August 1945, Frankston Standard
MRS. EMMA OLDFIELD
Mrs. Emma Oldfield, of Benton's Road, Mornington, has died at the age of 76 years. Deceased was born in the district. Her father was amongst the earliest settlers. Her remains were interred in the Mornington Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were in the hands of Mr. Neil S. Muir, of Mornington.
OATES, MRS CAROLINE FRANCES
29 July 1948, Frankston Standard
MRS. W. J.OATES.
A popular and noted pioneer of Frankston passed away on July 25 at her home, 538Bay Street, Frankston, in the person of Mrs. Caroline Frances Oates, wife of Ex-Cr. W. J. Oates, who was for several terms Shire president. The funeral on Monday was attended by a large and representative gathering of Frankston and Peninsula residents. The late Mrs. Oates, who was 71 years of age, was a member of the pioneer family of Corlett. In his address at a memorial service held in the Methodist Church, Rev. J. T. Freeman said they would always remember the passing of one who had meant so much to those who knew her. All present would mourn with Mr.Oates, the sons and daughters in their sad bereavement. Mrs. Oates had been a devoted wife and mother, and had been a great help to Mr. Oates in his public life.. The late Mrs Oates had always had profound faith in God; she had come to "the- End of the Road," changed but not destroyed said Rev. Freeman. At Mr. Freeman's request those present, sang Mrs. Oates favorite hymn; "Forever with the Lord." More than 50 cars formed the cortege to Frankston Cemetery, and floral tributes were numerous. Rev. Freeman conducted the service at the graveside. Pall- bearers were; Ex-Cr. Armstrong, Crs. Wells and Miles, Messrs E. McComb, B. Shannon and V. McComb.
Casket-bearers were Messrs Noel and Norman Oates (sons), Frank Pickup (son-in law) and Les Towers . Daughters of deceased are Vera (Mrs. Frank Pickup) and Irene (Mrs. McKenzie). Funeral arrangements were in charge of Messrs Rose and Son (Cheltenham) . "The Standard" adds its sympathy to the sorrowing husband and family. Next Sunday night at the Methodist Church, Rev. J. T. Freeman will make further reference to the late Sister C. Oates, who was a member of the church.
PARKER, MRS LAVINIA
27th September 1940, Frankston Standard
Mrs. Lavinla Parker The day following her ninety-seventh birthday, Mrs. Lavinia Parker passed away at her residence, High street, Frankston. The funeral, which was private, took place in the Frankston Cemetery. Mrs. Parker, who was born in Melbourne, was, with her husband, one of the pioneers of Frankston and district and her life was closely wrapped up in Frankston's early history. One of her reminiscences was a clear recollection of the departure from Melbourne of the ill-fated Bourke and Wills expedition.
15th October 1891, Mornington Standard
It was with great regret that residents of Frankston learned that Mrs Patterson had died early yesterday morning at her residence, in High street. The deceased lady had been ailing for the last twelve months with an internal complaint and asthma, and was a great sufferer during her last illness. Mrs Patterson was one of the oldest residents in Frankston, having arrived in the district in company with her husband, in the year 1851, and therefore a resident of the township for 37 years. The deceased lady was a cousin of the celebrated General Wolfe, who won renown at the siege of Quebec. Deceased's remains will be buried today in the Frankston cemetery, the funeral is appointed to leave her late residence at three o'clock.
PERRETT, A. M.
2nd May 1923 Frankston & Somerville Standard
Mrs. A. M. Perrett, who died at Warburton recently, resided at Mornington for 55 years. The remains were brought to Mornington for interment.
DEATH OF MRS. RITCHIE.
We have to record the death of Mrs. Ritchie, relict of the late Mr. Thomas Ritchie, of Frankston. After the death of her husband a few weeks back, Mrs Ritchie never seemed to rally, the separation from her life-long partner being severely felt. On Wednesday morning last she was found dead in her bed, having passed peace- fully away from heart failure. The deceased lady was 75 years of age and was the daughter of Mr. William Kennedy, farmer, of "The Grange" near Clogheen county Tipperary, Ireland. She came to the colony in the very early days landing in Adelaide from the ship "Lady Elegant" in 1848. She came to Frankston where she resided prior to her marriage to Mr. Ritchie who then lived at Malvern, then known as Gardners creek. Subsequently Mr. Ritchie started business at Frankston. Mrs. Ritchie was one of the first to buy land at Frankston. She also owned property at Balaclava, Malvern, Somerville and at Mount Eliza. She owned propetry near Sir John Mad- dens along the Mornington road, and it was here four of her children were burned in a lamentable fire. Through the bursting of the land boom, she, like others suffered great losses, but at the time of her death she still owned the corner stores known as "Rtchies "extending to the creek and also the property occupied as a police station. The present generation scarcely know Mrs. Ritchie, but in the early days she was one of the leading ladies of the place, always helping generously is forwarding any good work. She was forward in helping to build the Mechanics Institute and forward in getting the first Wesleyan minister for Frankston. She was of a bright and happy nature and very touch loved, but of course getting up in years her daughters have gradually taken her place. She still has a brother living in Gippsland, and leaves a son, (Mr. T Ritchie of Frankston,) and four daughters, all married. The funeral was held Friday, and was largely attended, there being over thirty vehicles, not including mourning carriages. Many beautiful wreaths were forwarded by absent friends. The mortuary arrangements were carried out by Mr. Gamble and the Rev. A. P. McFarlane read the burial service. The pall bearers were Messrs B. Patterson, J. Bonner, E. Stokes, E. J. Murray, H, Peddle, P. Renouf, W. H. O'Grady and W. Scarborough.
SHEEHEY, MRS DANIEL
4th June 1932, Frankston & Somerville Standard
DEATH OF PIONEER.
The death of Mrs. Daniel Sheehey, aged 85 years, occurred at Hastings on May 27.Burial took place in the Hastings cemetery on May 28. The Rev. E. Coltman officiated at the grave. The funeral was conducted by Mr.H. J. Gamble, of Frankston. The death of Mrs. Sheehey marked the passing of one of the oldest residents of the Peninsula. At the age of 8 years she accompanied her parents when they journeyed with their entire belongings in a bullock dray from the Burra Burra copper mines in South Australia to Kilcunda. Mrs. Sheehey's father, the late Mr. Richard Davis, prospected, the country to Cape Patterson and to the site of the present State coal mine at Wonthaggi. The late Daniel Sheehey was at the windlass when Mr. Davis discovered the first payable seam of coal found in Victoria. Davis was a coal miner in Wales before he came to Australia. The late Mrs Sheehey was his fourth daughter. She resided at Hastings from the time of her marriage until her death. She leaves three sons' (George, William and Archie)" and two daughters (Mrs J. Ward and Mrs. W. Unthank)
SINGLETON, MISS MARTHA
2nd April 1937 Frankston & Somerville Standard
MISS M. SINGLETON.
The death occurred on March 25 at her residence, Ries street, Dromana, of Miss Martha Singleton, aged 71 years. Born at Dromana, she lived the whole of her life in the district, with the exception of a few years spent at Flinders. Burial took place in the Flinders Cemetery, on Good Friday. The Rev. F.G. Hughes ,officiated at the grave. Mr. Hector Gamble had charge of the funeral arrangements.
STEPHENSON, MISS DAISY
10th August 1912 Mornington Standard
We regret to record the death of Daisy, only daughter of Constable and Mrs Stephenson, of Frankston, which took place at her parents' residence early on Monday morning last. Deceased young lady, who was 19 years of age, had been in a very low state of health for several months, and her long illness left her so weak that a collapse at any time was expected. Amongst her companions Daisy was very popular, and possessed a quiet unassuming disposition, bright and cheerful, and ever ready to do a kindly act. The remains were conveyed to the Cheltenham cemetery on Tuesday, where a circle of friends surrounded the grave, while the Rev. G. H. Kitchen impressively read the burial service. The mortuary arrangements were in the hands of Mr Rose, of Cheltenham. Amongst the many floral tributes conspicuous was a beautiful glass encased wreath of everlasting flowers. from the Frankston young lady friends of deceased, and a wreath from the scholars and teachers of the Frankston State school, who also in- tend planting a tree on the grave.Fix this text
2nd December 1927, Frankston & Somerville Standard
The death of Mrs. Elizabeth Thornell, relict of the late Mark Thornell, of Somerville, on Friday last, at the age of 79 years, marked the passing of one of the pioneers of the Peninsula. Mrs Thornell and her husband, who predeceased her by three years, were activley connected with the early historv of the Somerville district. Mrs Thornell leaves an adult family of two sons and three daughters to mourn their loss. The remains were interred in the Frankston cemetery on Saturday, the funeral being an exceptionally large one. Rev. Father O'Hagan officiated at the graveside. The funeral was conducted by Mr H. Gamble of Frankston.
TUCK, MRS ELIZABETH
23rd April 1937 Frankston & Somerville Standard
MRS. E. TUCK. Mrs. Elizabeth Tuck, one of the well known pioneer residents of Flinders, who died on April 10, aged 79 years came to the Peninsula from ?umfries, Scotland, when a child with her mother and father, the late Mr and Mrs. William Haddow, of Cape Schanck, and had been a resi- dent of Finders since 1880. She was the widow of the late Mr. Thomas Tuck. One of their sons served in the Great War, but died in London just after the Armistice was signed. Always interested in district affairs, the Tuck families are among the best known in Flinders district, and the funeral on April 12 was largely attended, this and the number of floral tributes showing the respect in which the deceased lady was held. The casket was borne by Messrs. E. Kennedy, W. Cleave, C. and L. Tuck, W. Colban and G. Sandford. The service in Flinders cemetery was conducted by Father O'Sullivan. Mr. James Wilson, funeral director, Mornington, had charge of the arrangements.
26th March 1910, Mornington & Dromana Standard
The death of an old and highly respected resident, Mrs Margaret Walker, occurred at Mt. Eliza, Frankston, on Saturday morning last, at the age of 79 years. Mrs Walker a week or so ago had the misfortune to fall heavily in her house, through slipping, with the result that her thigh was fractured. Notwithstanding careful trained nursing and skilled medical attention, the shock to her system was so great that Mrs Walker gradually sank lower, and expired as stated above. The deceased lady, whose husband pre-deceased her about two years ago, was born in Scotland, and was a colonist of 50 years' standing, the greater part of which had been spent in the district in which she died. She was one of the sturdy pioneers of the district, and had seen many hardships of the early days. Mrs Walker leaves a family of three sons and two daughters to mourn their loss, two of the sons being highly-respected and well-known residents, who have lived with their mother at Mt. Eliza, the other being engaged in business in the city. On Sunday the remains of Mrs Walker were interred in the Frankston cemetery, when a large number attended to pay their last respects. The burial service was conducted by the Rev. M. Sandiford, of Mornington, and the mortuary arrangements were in the hands of Mr H. Gamble.
WELD, MRS E. A. T.
24th September 1947, The Argus
MRS E. A. T. WELD
With the death at Dromana last week of Mrs E. A. T. Weld, Morning- ton Peninsula lost one of its oldest identities. Mrs Weld, whose maiden name was Williams, was born at Ararat 87 years ago, and after marrying the late Dr James C. Weld she lived at Hopetoun for many years.
In 1908 she moved to Dromana, where she survived her husband, and was active in the Country Women's Association, Red Cross, and St Mark's Church of England, Dromana.
WELLS, CRISTINA (nee HENDERSON)
17th June 1905 Mornington Standard
WELLS.-On the 18th June, at Dr. Plowman's private hospital, Frankston, the dearly beloved wife of C. R. Wells, jun., and the dearly beloved daughter of Mrs E. Henderson, of Cranbourne road, Frankston, aged 23 years. Deeply regretted.
WELLS ELIZABETH (HENDERSON)
MRS. F. H. WELLS. The death of Mrs F. H. Wells, wife of Cr. Wells, of Cranbourne road, Frankston, occurred suddenly on Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Wells was a spectator at the final football match played by Frankston and Sorrento at Mornington. During an exciting period of play, Mrs Wells collapsed. She was removed immediately to Frankston and died the same evening with- out having regained consciousness. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon. The cortege was formed by one of the largest gatherings of mourners ever seen in the Frankston cemetery where burial took place in the Methodist section. The hearse was preceded by trustees and members of the Frankston Methodist Church, members of the Frankston branch of the Independent Order of Rechabites, councillors and officers of the Frankston and Hastings Council, Justices of the Peace and members of the Frankston Football Club. A service was conducted at the home by the Rev. W. T. Johns, who also officiated at the grave. The funeral was conducted by Mr. Hector Gamble. The casket was carried by Messrs. M. Peters, W. McComb, T. Alderson, A. Marks and J. Morris. (members: of the Frankston Football Club). The pall-bearers were Crs. A. J. Kirton, M.L.A., J. L. Pratt, A. J. Alden, J. Unthank, W. J. Oates, G. May, W. Armstrong ,and; Mr J. A. P. Ham. Many beautiful floral tributes were sent by relatives and friends. Mrs. Wells lived all her life in the Langwarrin, Somerville and Frankston district. She leaves a husband, two sons and two daughters to mourn their loss.
9th September 1935 The Argus
Collapse at Match
FRANKSTON Sunday, -During an ex- citing period of the final football match between Frankston and Sorrento played at Mornington yesterday, Mrs F. H Wells of Cranbourne road Frankston collapsed She was taken to Frankston where she died in a private hospital a few hours
29th October 1896 Mornington Standard
Mrs Hannah Wells, of Bay-street, one 0f the pioneers of Frankston, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs D. Kelly, on Tuesday morning about half-past 12 o'clock, after a long and painful illness. Mrs Wells arrived in the colony along with her husband, Mr Henry Wells, in the year 1840, in the ship Andromache, and took up their residence in Point Nepean in the same year, where their eldest child, Mary Louise (Mrs Kelly) was born in the year 1841, being the first white child born at Point Nepean. Along with her husband, she took up her residence in Frankston in the year 1860, where they have resided ever since, rearing a family of eight children, seven sons and one daughter, all of whom are alive at the present time and are well known identities in that place. The deceased lady, who retained all her mental facalties to the last, celebrated her seventy seventh birthday last March, and her golden wedding in the year 1889. The funeral will leave her daughter's (Mrs Kelly's) residence at 3 o'clock today. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved husband.
WELLS, MRS MARGARET
12th October 1934, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MRS.-.R. WELLS. The sudden death of Mrs Richard Wells, of Wells street, Frankston, at her home on October 4, marked the passing of one of Frankston's most respected citizens. Although in her 71st year she was as bright and energetic as many persons of half that age. A few hours before her death she was working about her home as usual. . That morning she sent for her doctor because she was suffering from an acute attack of neuritis but later in the day she said that she was quite free from pain. She slept in the afternoon and the first intimation her daughter (Mrs Devanney) had that something was amiss was when she failed to answer when she went to her mother's room late in the after- noon. . Burial took place on Friday after- noon in the Frankston cemetery. The Rev. P. B.. Hayman conducted a ser- vice at the home before the funeral and officiated at the grave. The fune- ral arrangements were caried out by Mr. Hector Gamble. The coffin was carried by Messrs. Frank, Robert, Arthur and James Wells, nephews of the deceased. The pall-bearers were Messrs. M. Jacobs, C. Gray, Cr W. J. Oates, Messrs. A. Nicholson, W. Berry', D. H. Petrie, C. F. Jewell and W. Morriss. To mark the esteem in which she was held by the members of Frank- ston Fire Brigade, the brigade's fire engine, preceded the hearse to the cemetery. A number of firemen were on the engine. The late Mrs Wells was an ardent supporter of the bri- gade and until a few years ago, worked hard to raise funds for the brtigade's equipment. The brigade sent a beautiful wreath as a token of esteem and sorrow. Among the many floral tributes was one from the Frankston Agicultural Associa- tion for which body Mrs Wells acted as stewardess in the fancy work sec- tion for very many years. Last year she became a member of the newly formed ladies committee of the same body and her work for the advance- ment of rthe committee's interests was characterised by the same en- thusiasm as that which marked all her activities.
WELLS, MRS RICHARD
12th October 1934 Frankston & Somerville Standard
MRS. R. WELLS. The sudden death of Mrs Richard Wells, of Wells street, Frankston, at her home on October 4, marked the passing of one of Frankston's most respected citizens. Although in her 71st year she was as bright and energetic as many persons of half that age. A few hours before her death she was working about her home as usual. . That morning she sent for her doctor because she was suffering from an acute attack of neuritis but later in the day she said that she was quite free from pain. She slept in the afternoon and the first intimation her daughter (Mrs Devanney) had that something was amiss was when she failed to answer when she went to her mother's room late in the afternoon. Burial took place on Friday after- noon in the Frankston cemetery. The Rev. P. B. Hayman conducted a service at the home before the funeral and officiated at the grave. The funeral arrangements were caried out by Mr. Hector Gamble. The coffin was carried by Messrs. Frank, Robert, Arthur and James Wells, nephews of the deceased. The pall-bearers were Messrs. M. Jacobs, C. Gray, Cr W. J. Oates, Messrs. A. Nicholson, W. Berry, D. H. Petrie, C. F. Jewell and W. Morriss. To mark the esteem in which she was held by the members of Frankston Fire Brigade, the brigade's fire engine, preceded the hearse to the cemetery. A number of firemen were on the engine. The late Mrs Wells was an ardent supporter of the brigade and until a few years ago, worked hard to raise funds for the brigade's equipment. The brigade sent a beautiful wreath as a token of esteem and sorrow. Among the many floral tributes was one from the Frankston Agricultural Association for which body Mrs Wells acted as stewardess in the fancy work section for very many years. Last year she became a member of the newly formed ladies committee of the same body and her work for the advancement of the committee's interests was characterised by the same enthusiasm as that which marked all her activities.
WELLS, SARAH (nee KELLY)
2nd January 1942 Frankston Standard
MRS. SARAH WELLS One of the oldest residents of Frankston, Mrs Sarah Wells, 90 years, died on Thursday, 18th December. Born in Fitzroy, Mrs .Wells came to Frankston at the age of six years, and during her 67 years of married life lived 'on the Cranbourne road. In her early years there was* no free education and Mrs Wells attended night school on the present site of St. Paul's Church of England, paying a fee for tuition. The late Mr. Savage was the teacher. In those days bread and meat was transported from Melbourne by the fish wagons and residents waited in the township for their supplies. The fish wagons were the only means of transport and the fare was 7/6. Mrs. Wells was a hard-working energetic woman and was always ready to assist her neighbours’. She reared a family of three daughter and two sons. Her husband and two daughters predeceased her. The remaining members of the family live on the Peninsula and she leaves -11 grandchildren and 36 great grand children. The funeral took place on Friday December 19, the remains being interred in the Frankston cemetery. A service was conducted at the Methodist church by Rev. P. H. Smith who also officiated at the graveside The ritual of the Rechabite Lodge, o: which the late Mrs Wells was a mem ber, was recited by Bro. L. Hayter : The pallbearers were Cr J. L. Pratt Messrs R. Picking, C. Gray, J.P., J. A. P. Ham and H. C. Barclay. The coffin was carried by Messrs C. Croskell, A. Nicholson, Ray Wells and C. Procter. Mr. Hector Gamble arranged the funeral.
20th April 1907, Mornington Standard
(From Our Sorrento Correspondent.)
Mrs White, senr., one of the oldest, most respected, and beloved residents of the Rye and Sorrento districts, passed away at her daughter's residence in South Yarra, last Saturday. Her body was brought down on the Hygeia on Saturday, and the funeral took place in the local cemetery on Monday afternoon, Mr Anderson officiating at the grave. The funeral cortege was the longest seen here for many years; the principal inhabitants of Sorrento attending. The stores were closed during the time the mourners were away, and flags were flying half mast. Quite a gloom was cast over the township, when the telegram arrived on Saturday, announcing her death. Mrs White was born in England, and came to Rye when she was seventeen, and has resided in this district ever since; Every good and benevolent object has had her sympathy and help, and the Presbyterian Church people will miss her for many a day.
YOUNG, MRS ELIZABETH
17th August 1929, Frankston & Somerville Standard
OBITUARY MRS. THOS. YOUNG.
The death of Mrs. Elizabeth Young occurred at her late residence, Boundary road, Somerville, on Sunday. Burial took place in Frankston cemetery on Monday afternoon. The burial service was read by Rev. D. A. White, of Somerville. The funeral was con- ducted by Mr. H. Gamble, of Frankston. The late Mrs. Young, who was 75 years of age, ranked among the oldest residents of the Peninsula, having resided at Somerville for 40 years. Her illness was very short, as she visited Frankston four days prior to her death. She leaves a husband and adult family of five sons and two daughters. Two of her sons predeceased her.
Mornington Standard, 14th November 1895.
Fatal Accident Whilst Riding
DEATH OF COUNCILLOR J. S. ADAMS.
It is with the deepest regret that we record the death of Councillor J.S . Adams, who was thrown from his horse on Saturday evening last whilst returning from Cranbourne and succumbed to his injuries a few hours later. The sad event has cast a gloom over the whole of the township of Mornington. The deceased, who was widely known throughout the district, had, by his strict integrity and generous disposition, won the respect and goodwill of all who knew him, and his demise will leave a void that will be hard to fill. The deceased gentleman, who had attended the cattle sale held at Cranbourne on Saturday, was proceeding to his home at Mornington on horseback, and when about two miles out of Cranbourne, he struck the mare he was riding with the whip, and the animal, making a sudden bound, threw her rider heavily on to the road. The only eye wit- ness to the sad accident was little Eileen Nunne who immediately gave the alarm. In the meantime a butcher named W. Brown discovered Mr. Adams lying on his face in the road, blood flowing freely from his ears and the back of his head. Without delay the sufferer was conveyed back to Cranbourne, where the services of Dr. Hughston, of Dandenong, were promptly secured, but the deceased was past medical aid, and died at half-past 10 p.m. without having regained consciousness. The news of the sad accident had been telegraphed to his family at Morning ton, and two of the sons arrived at Cranbourne just before the deceased breathed his last. A magisterial enquiry was held at Cranbourne on Sun day before Robert Gibb, J.P., when a verdict was returned according to the medical testimony, The remains were afterwards conveyed to Mornington.
Frankston & Somerville Standard 21st October 1921
Another Pioneer Dies.
Mr Frederick Addicott. The death of Mr Frederick Addicott, aged 75 years, an old resident of the Peninsula, took place at the Melbourne Hospital on Tuesday last. He leaves a widow and 11 children-seven sons, Messrs Frank. Percy, Herbert, Edward, Reginald, Raymond and Vern Addicott, and four daughters, Mesdames Gallus and Brew, and Misses Lily and Christina Addicott. The remains were interred at Frankston on Wednesday last.
Mornington & Dromana Standard 14 August 1909
THE late Mr A. Albress, whose death was mentioned in last week's issue, was one of the oldest residents on the "Heads." For many years past he had been a well-known figure in Portsea, Sorrento, and Dromana, where his cheery, smile and genial disposition endeared him to many. He was one of the pioneers of the district, his extended residence of over 49 years earning for him the distinction of one of the "Daddies" of "the Heads," the future of which he regarded as of great promise. He was a native of "Bona Vista," one of the Portugese Islands, in the Cape de Verde group, and was in his 68th year. He leaves a wife, 4 daughters and 6 sons, to mourn his loss.
30 September 1933, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. J. ARCHIBALD.
The death of Mr. John Archibald of Langwarrin occurred on Mondayat the Alfred Hospital. Although he had been ill for some weeks, his death was quite unexpected as he had made fairly steady progress toward re- covery and was expected to return to his home in a week or two. Burial took place in the Presbyterian section of the Frankston cemetery on Wednesday morning. The burial service was read by the Rev. F. Butchers. Mr. H. J. Gamble conducted the funeral. The coffin was carried by Cr. H. Lloyd, Messrs. W. Cain, G. J. Wickes and F. Proudfoot. The late Mr. Archibald was one of the oldest and best known residents of' Langwarrin, having resided there for about 40 years. Before coming to Langwarrin he managed a Station in New South Wales. Many years ago he was the manager of Rupertston, the name of which was changed in later years to Home Farm, and is now Cruden Farm. After leaving the employ of Capt. Dennis, the then owner of Rupertston, Mr. Archibald became the caretaker, of the Langwarrin military reserve and occupied that position until after the end of the war. In the Langwarrin district he associated himself with every movement that had for its object the progress of the district. Although he looked, and was, a son of the soil, he had spent long hours of lonely Station life to advantage, and had acquired a remarkably extensive vocabulary and the ability to express himself fluently and forcibly, particularly with a pen. His acquaintance with the classics was much more intimate than a nod- ding one, and apt quotations from classic prose and verse were often used in his writings. A keen student of politics, he was a formidable opponent in any controversy of a political character, and in such bouts his retentive memory stood him in good stead when dates and figures entered into an argument. To many who never knew him personally nor heard his name he was well" known as the writer of the column headed "Where Two Shires Meet" in the "Standard." His ability to write interesting paragraphs from the most flimsy scraps of news made him a valued contributor to this journal. He was a fear- less critic, and often had to withstand the counterblasts of those who were aggrieved by his writings, but he also did much to assist the cause of this or that movement, and aimed al- ways at the furtherance of the district and those movements within the district that had for their object the uplifting of the community..
Mornington Standard, 17th September 1891
DEATH OF AN OLD RESIDENT MORNINGTON. On Thursday morning last Mr William Armstrong, an old and respected resident for upwards of 40 years in the neighborhood, died from dropsy and heart disease, after a long and protracted illness. Shortly after the deceased arrived in Mornington, he opened a private school, and during a long period was in charge of the Mornington post office, and was also clerk- of courts, from which position he retired three years ago, on a pension, after 29 years service. Up to the time of his death he also held the position of' Electoral Register for the Mornington, Frankston and Tyabb divisions, of the Mornington Electoral District, and was Deputy Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths. De- ceased was a prominent member of the local tent of Rechabites, and was one of the wardens of the Church of England. During the last three years he had been under medical treatment and for eight months prior to his death, was unable to leave his house. The funeral took place on Sunday last,and a large gathering followed his remains.
funeral service being conducted by the Reverend B. N. White, and the service for the Rechabite order, was read by Mr Nelson Rudduck, D.D.R, of Dromana.
Mornington & Dromana Standard 11th July 1908
Mr John Baldry Killed. We regret to announce this morning the death of Mr John Baldry, of "Wildwood," Flinders, the result of an accident through a fall from his horse. On Sunday morning last, the deceased gentleman rode out to one of his paddocks. He did not return at the time promised, and a search was made for him. On Monday the body of deceased was found, and not far distant the saddle was picked up, with the girth broken. A magisterial enquiry was held before Mr Rudduck, J.P., on Tuesday and after hearing the evidence, a verdict of accidental death was recorded. By this regretable accident the district loses a very old resident and pioneer. The deceased gentleman, who was 73 years of age, was a native of Suffolk, England. He secured the Crown grant of the land, which he held until his death, as far back as 1860, and immediately set himself the hard task of making a home in the bush, which entailed a considerable amount of hardship and hard work. He certainly experienced and overcame a very full share of the vicissitudes which fall to the lot of the sturdy settler, who undertakes the task of converting a portion of rough, heavily timbered country into a snug property. The remoteness of the holding and its hardness of access at that time to any settlement often placed Mr and Mrs Baldry and a family of young children in difficulty as to securing provisions, and on three occasions the bush fires swept away the homestead. Mr Baldry always took a great interest in the progress of the district, and well deserves the gratitude of the residents for the conscientious hard work which he ungrudgingly undertook for very many years. He did a large share in pro- curing schools for the children and the organisation of many improvements and advantages which are now being enjoyed. For a good many years he held a seat for the Centre Riding of the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong, from which he retired a few years ago. He fulfilled a term of office as President with credit. In disposition he was genial and kindly, and gained the good-will of all with whom he came into contact, whilst any work he took in hand was done in a whole-hearted unostentatious way Very deep sympathy is felt for Mrs Baldry and family, all of whom are married.
16th July 1932, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. J. BARTON. Death removed one of the oldest residents of the Peninsula, Mr. Joseph Barton, 84 years of age, who died at his home at Pearcedale on Monday. Burial took place in the Church of England section of the Frankston Cemetery on Tuesday. The pall was borne by Messrs. C. Thornell, A. Watt, C. Neal, J. Newman and G. Shepherd. The coffin-bearers were Messrs. T. White, F. Goodson, .J. Foster and W. S. Foster. The Rev. D. A. White read the burial service. The funeral was conducted by Mr. H. J. Gamble of Frankston. The late Mr. Barton came to Pearcedale about 44 years ago and carried on a fairly extensive orchard. He leaves a son and three daughters. His wife predeceased him about a year ago.
BAXTER, CAPTAIN BENJAMIN
Mornington Standard 19th May 1892
DEATH OF CAPTAIN BAXTER AN OLD COLONIST AND PIONEER
It was with great regret that the residents of the Mornington peninsula learned that Captain Baxter had on Sunday evening last at his residence at Currup Currup, better known in the locality as Baxter's Flat The deceased Captain Benjamin Baxter, was born in the small village of Formay, near Cork, Ireland, on the 28th of October, 1805, and was there- fore in his 87th year. His father was a military man and was a leading officer in H.M 50th regiment of the line. The subject of sketch subsequently joined the service in the same regiment with his father, and in due course reached the position of captain, a similar post being afterwards held by a younger brother. In 1836 the 50th regiment having been ordered for foreign service in India the late Captain's company was elected, to escort a number of convicts on board the transport ship Royal George, to Botany Bay. This port was safely reached, and in May 1837 Captain Baxter landed in Sydney. After a residence of a few months the Captain, with his company, was ordered to join his regiment in Indian, but by this time he had decided to make Australia his future home, and with this object sold out of the service-twelve months leave of absence having been granted him to allow of the necessary transfer in the Horse Guards. About this time the late J.P Fawkner, John Batman and others had successfully established a settlement at Port Phillip which naturally attracted considerable attention, after due consideration. Captain Baxter decided to throw in his lot with the new settlement, and leaving Sydney arrived at Port Phillip in the latter part of 1838. The Sydney Government in order to encourage settlement were at this time granting large tracts of country, as sheep and cattle runs and Captain Baxter having secured one of these, the territory extending from where Prince's Bridge was after afterwards built to the Yellow Bluff below Brighton, taking in also Oakleigh and Dandenong, was allotted to him. On the spot afterwards known as Emerald Hill his first stock yards were built and his cattle grazed where St. Kilda now stands. The late Captain was the first post master appointed in Melbourne and his wife Martha Baxter dispatched the first direct mail from Hobson's Bay. For a period of about twelve months deceased was a commissioner on the goldlfelds of Forest and Fryer's creeks. In 1840 Captain Baxter took up the Currup Currup station and was the first white man to settle in the Mornington Peninsula, at that time the entire district being over-run with aborigines. In 1842 he took up his abode permanently on his pre-emptive right, where he resided up to the time of his death. Deceased was greatly respected throughout the district, was a member of the first road Board, for some time a Shire councillor and Shire president. Until the last few months he was seen regularly at the monthly sittings of the Frankston police court, where he sat as a justice of the peace. The last time he was seen in public was on polling day, when he entered the Frankston booth leaning on the arm of his son to record his vote, and afterwards received the hearty congratulations of a large circle 'of friends. From the above short sketch it will be seen that the late Captain at one time played an important part in the history of the colony and is therefore justly entitled to be called an old colonist and pioneer.
BAXTER, BENJAMIN BOX
3rd February 1934, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. B. B. BAXTER
The death of Mr. Benjamin Box Baxter occurred on Tuesday at St. Pancras private hospital after a brief illness. The late Mr. Baxter, who was aged 57 years, had not been in robust health for some time, but his death was not expected. Burial took place in the Frankston cemetery on Wednesday afternoon, when an exceptionally long line of cars formed the funeral. Those pre- sent at the grave included representatives of football and cricket clubs in all parts of the Peninsula. The coffin was carried by old footballers who had played with or against him many years ago. The pall was borne by representatives of the several football clubs. Those who carried the casket were Messrs. E. K. McComb, B. Shannon, J. B. Jolly, C. Willox, T. Deane and V. Croskell. The pall-bearers were Messrs. W. S. Stringer, G. Mar- tin, T. Hutchins, H. Knox, D. McFarlane, W. C. Gilbert, A. Davey and. W E. Russell. The burial service was read by the Rev. P. B. Hayman. Mr. H J. Gamble had charge of the mortuary arrangements. A great number of wreaths from sporting bodies, business houses and friends were placed on the grave. At the conclusion of the funeral service the Rev. P. B. Hayman spoke of the late Mr. Baxter's fine record as a footballer and cricketer. He had played the game as it should be played, and by his fine sportsmanship taught others to play the game in the field , and by so doing, taught them something of the game of life. Reference is made to the late Mr. Baxter's career in the athletic world in another column of this issue.
BAXTER, WILLIAM GEORGE
3rd June 1938, Frankston & Somerville Standard
Another link with the pioneers of the district was severed on Wednesday of last week when the death of Mr. William George Baxter occurred at his residence in Melbourne road, Frankston. The late Mr. Baxter was born in the Mt.Eliza district 77 years ago, and he resided all his life on the Mornington Peninsula. A keen sport and breeder of sporting dogs, Mr. Baxter was an excellent shot, and in his early days was considered one of the best trap-shooters in the State. For many years he was a prominent member of the Frankston Gun Club and was caretaker and trap releaser until that body disbanded a few years ago. When a young man Mr. Baxter was a first rate footballer and cricketer, and among district billiard players he was above the average. He leaves a widow, six daughters, and one son. A son predeceased him
BENTON, BENJAMIN JOHN
5th March 1914, Dandenong Advertiser and Cranbourne, Berwick and Oakleigh Advocate
Death of Mr B. J. Benton, Sen.
A very old pioneer of the Morning- ton Peninsula, in Mr Ben J. Benton sen., died at his residence Windsor, last Friday, at the ripe old age of 94 years. He came to Victoria 61 years ago, and lived on the Peninsula for 56 years, during a portion of which time he was a member of the old
Mornington Road Board, and was succeeded by his son, Mr Ben Benton (now of Carlsruhe), who was councillor and president of the Mornington shire council, and an active public man. Mr Benton sen. was married three times, and has over 120 descendants living. The remains were interred in the Mooroduc cemetery, Mornington, on Sunday, and the funeral cortege was a lengthy one. For 40 years without a break the Bentons (father and son) have been subscribers to the Dandenong Advertiser and Mr Ben Benton, jnr., of Carlsruhe, still has the paper mailed to him regularly. He has reached the "allotted span," but still looks hale and hearty, and bids well to live to be as old as his honoured father.
Death of an old Pioneer.
Our readers will regret to learn of the death of Mr Benjamin John Benton, which occurred on Friday of last week at the residence of his daughter, Mrs T. Etheridge of Windsor. The deceased who was in his 95th year was born at Essex, England, and came to Victoria 60 years ago. He was well known throughout the Peninsula having resided here for 50 years. In the early days Mr Benton carried on a butchering business at Hastings, and afterwards came to Mornington and opened business as a land and estate agent. He resided in Mornington until a few years ago, when he went to the Metropolis. He was married three times and his descendants including children, grandchildren, great grand children, and great, great grandchildren numbered 120, 'The remains were interred in the Mornington cemetery on Sunday afternoon. The Rev. Mr Sandiford officiated at the grave.
3rd March 1914 The Argus
MORNINGTON, Monday.-A verv old pioneer, Benjamin John Benton, died at Windsor on Friday, aged 94 years, having been 61 years in the State, of which 50 were spent on the Peninsula He was married three times, and has 120 descendants living.The remains were interred at Mornington yesterday.
BLAKE, EDWARD HUDSON
The Argus, 20th November 1869
BLAKE.—On the 12th inst, at his son's residence, Seaview, Tyabb, Mornington, Edward Hudson Blake, Esq., aged 59 years, formerly of Triermore, county Meath, Ireland
BOX, JOHN DIXON
18th November 1921,The Argus
BOX.On the 17th November, at 58 Elgin street,Hawthorn. John Dixon Box, J.P., beloved husband of Ann Box, loving father of Annie(Mrs.Kelso),Edie(Mrs. Moffat),Blanche(Mrs. Eckberg), Olive(Mrs.Tatnall), Bertha, and Ruby, Tom, Charley, Arthur,Ben and Albert,and loving stepfather of Ciss(Mrs.Hill)and Tom Clark,aged 77 years.
Safe in the arms of Jesus
25th November 1921, Frankston & Somerville Standard
John Dixon Box, J.P., who has just crossed the bourne, was an old Frankston sportsman, whose memory all race lovers and athletes should treat kindly. Not only was he a fair cricketer himself in his day, but he was the father of one of best footballers the League ever had-Ben Baxter-Box, who,with his brother, A. D. Box, has earned a niche in the records of Peninsula sport. As a tribute to his memory and as a mark of respect to their club mates, the Frankston cricketers wore black crepe arm-bands in the match against McKinnon.
The death of Mr. John Broderick, of Carrum Downs, occurred on Sun- day last. The news of his sudden decease came as a severe shock to his relatives and many friends throughout the district. The late Mr. Broderick had attended church at Frankston on Sunday morning with his family and was on his way home. Stopping his buggy in Young street he alighted with the intention of purchasing some fruit. He had scarcely stepped to the street when he sank to the ground. He was carried at once to a shop and restorative measures were resorted to until medical aid arrived. Drs. Johnson and Plowman were soon in attendance, but death had been instantaneous. Death was due to heart trouble. Requiem mass was celebrated at St. Francis Xavier's church on Tues- day morning. The remains were interred in the Frankston cemetery. The funeral was conducted by Mr. H. Gamble. The Rev. Father Daley officiated at the church and graveside. Deceased leaves a widow, two sons and two daughters to mourn their loss.
Frankston & Somerville Standard 25th September 1936
PIONEER PASSES DEATH OF MR. WILLIAM BURTON. The death occurred on Sunday of Mr. William Baxter Burton, of Dandenong road, Frankston, aged 85 years. His death marked the passing of one of Frankston's pioneers. Born in Nottingham (England) he was brought to Australia by his parents when only 3 years old. They settled near Richmond and, when the late Mr. Burton was about 8 years of age, they came to Frankston, where his father entered the employ of Mr. Frank Stephens, father-in-law-of the late Sir John Madden. When he grew up Mr. Burton became a fisherman, and followed that calling practically all his life. He combined with that occupation the trade of boat-building, and not only constructed his own boats, but those used by many other fishermen in and near Frankston. He was a member of the first cricket team formed at Frankston, and enjoyed a good deal of local fame as a fast bowler. Assisted by other cricket enthusiasts, he cleared portion of the Cranbourne road-reserve, and pre- pared a playing field. The pitch was just bare ground, but the players were just as keen as they are today. He was a foundation member of the Frankston Loyal Orange Lodge, and took an active interest in its affairs. He leaves a widow, five sons, five daughters, 17. grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. 'The funeral took place on Tuesday in the Frankston cemetery. The casket, was carried by members, of the Loyal Orange Lodge, and the special burial service of that order was read by Mr. William Banting. The burial service of the Church of Christ was read by Mr. S. Giles. Messrs. Armstrong and Whittle, of. Malvern, had charge of the mortuary arrangements.
Mornington Standard 16th February 1899
OBITUARY. THE LATE MR. J. CAMERON. The funeral of the late John Cameron took place at the Frankston Cemetery on Thursday afternoon, the attendance being large and representative. The brothers of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows marched in front of the hearse and acted as pall bearers at the grave. The funeral ceremony was impressively conducted by the Rev. J. Caliwell (Presbyterian Church), who also delivered a short and touching address. The funeral ceremony of the lodge above mentioned was also read by Mr. M. Brody. The mortuary arrangements were in the hands of Mr. H. Gamble. At the concert on Friday evening Sir John Madden, in proposing a vote of thanks to His Excellency Lord Brassey for attending, referred to the loss the town had sustained by the death of two old residents. He'referred to the great interest which the late Mr. Cameron had always evinced in connection with the affairs of the Institute, and that if alive he would have been amongst them that evening. He was a keen Politician, a man of sterling, upright qualities, ready at all times to advance the interests of the town and district. His Excellency the Governor, in responding, also desired to associate himself-with the loss the Institute and town had been caused by the demise of the late Mr. Cameron
CAMERON, JOHN ALEXANDER
21st March 1941, Frankston Standard
JOHN ("JOKER") CAMERON
A member of a well known pioneer family of Frankston, the passing of John Alexander "Joker" Cameron, was heard of' with deep, regret in this district. He died in Melbourne on Monday at the age of 59 years, after an illness that lasted five months. The burial service took place at the Springvale Crematorium on Tuesday. Deceased was born at Frankston in a house which stood on the present site of Austin's Market in Bay street. After spending his boyhood in Frankston, he celebrated his 18th birthday in South Africa as a member of the Australian contingent in the Boer War. On his return he was a prominent figure in League foot- ball circles, playing for about ten years with South Melbourne. He was well known as a blacksmith in Frankston for many years. He played several games of football with the local team and was a vice-president, committeeman and delegate to the Frankston football club. About ten years ago he left Frankston and took up farming in the Mallee, but always kept closely in touch with local affairs Deceased is survived by his wife and two sons, Ewan and Angus.
Mornington Standard 21st March 1891
THE LATE MR JOHN CARR. The subject of this short sketch was in all probability one of the best known men in the district, and it has been thought that these few items in reference to him will be of interest to our readers. Mr Carr was born at Newton Heath, near Manchester, England on March 16th 1850, and was therefore at the time of his death, 41 years of age. In 1854 his parents emigrated to Australia, and after staying a few weeks in Melbourne came to Frankston, which consisted at that time of only one or two houses. From that period, to the time of his death he was resident in the township or the immediate vicinity, and might therefore be almost called a Frankston native. At the early age of 12 he became a member of the Wesleyan Church, and at 21 was made a local preacher which office he filled accept- ably until within a few months of his death. In the office of local preacher he was wonderfully faithful to his appointments, and nothing but sickness prevented him from fulfilling his duties. A few months previous to his death he severed his connection with the Church to join the Salvation Army, thinking by so doing he could increase his usefulness, and it was through his instrumentality that the army established themselves in Franks- ton, Mr Carr was also a strong advocate of temperance, and was frequently heard on the platform in opposition to the drink traffic. His last illness was exceedingly short, only lasting a few days, and his remains were followed to the Frankston Cemetery by a very large number from all parts of the district, the funeral being headed by the Frankston Town Band who played the "Dead March" very creditable. The burial service was conducted by officers of the Salvation Army, the Rev R. O. Cook of the Wesleyan Church, and Mr J. Thompson also addressing those assembled.
22nd May 1915, Mornington Standard
LANGWARRIN h - DEATH OF MR FRANK CHURCH. Mr Frank Church, one of the best known and respected residents of this district, passed away peacefully, at the Alfred Hospital, on Saturday evening last, May 15th. Deceased, who was 47 years of age, had resided in this district for the last 30 years, and by his thorough integrity and fine genuine character, had earned the respect of the whole com- munity, and much regret is felt by all who knew him at his death, at so early an age. He had in his youth, been noted for great bodily strength, and was a strenuous worker, so much so that he over-taxed his strength and became some- what deformed in body, such increasing with age. Still, his energy in this crippled condition led him to work on industriously, patiently and cheerfully, up to the time of his accident six months ago. Since which he was confined to his bed, and gradually grew weaker until the ad. A life well done, a race well run, then comes rest. Deceased had never married, and had always lived in the home of his youth, with his two sisters, who with another sister, and two nieces residing in town, will feel keenly the loss of such a kind and faithful brother, and affectionate uncle. Mr Church came to this district, with the other members of the family, a few years later they started brick and tile making. On the death of his father, he stopped the brickmaking part, and turned his attention to producing fruit and vegetables to supply Frankston householders, and continued doing so until he met with the accident. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, the body, on arrival by train being taken to St Paul's Church of England, where a special service was con- ducted by the Rev Kitchen. The Rev A. P. McFarlan, a former vicar of St Paul's, had come specially, from Melbourne to pay his last respects to such an old and esteemed member of the Church, and also assisted at the graveside. A memorium service, to deceased, will be he'd at St Paul's, Frankston, on Sunday evening, May 23rd. The late Mr Church, with the other members of the family were stanch adherents of St Paul's, and also regular attendants. Although living four miles away they drove in almost every Sunday, regardless of weather conditions.
1st May 1915, Mornington Standard
Death at Langwarrin.
It is with much regret we have to announce the death at the Melbourne Hospital on April 23rd of Mr Alfred Clark, so well known throughout this district where he had resided for the last forty years. Deceased had only recently become an inmate of the hospital and up to within an hour of his death seemed to be progressing favorably. The funeral which started from Frankston on the arrival of the 3 o'clock train was attended by a large number of mourners. The Rev R. Jackson read the burial service and Sister Fitzgerald of the Salvation Army spoke very feelingly of the Christian life led by deceased, a life full of example to others. The late Mr Clark was 47 years of age and leaves a widow, young daughter and an adopted son to mourn their great
loss, which will also be felt in many ways in this district as deceased was actively connected with all good work being a prominent member 0f the Methodist Church and Salvation Army, a member of the school com- mittee and one of the oldest members of the Progress Association and as such had always attended the working bees held to carry out urgent works giving his time ungrudging and cheerfully.
11th October 1890, Mornington Standard
DEATH OF AN OLD RESIDENT.
On Saturday morning the 4th inst., Mr Thomas Clark one of the oldest resident's in the neighbourhood breathed his last after a short illness. Mr Clark was a native of Staffordshire England. A few years of his life was spent in Scotland. About the year 1858 he left Glasgow for these colonies, and arrived in Melbourne the same year where he spent six months. After this brief residence in what is now the metropolis of the Southern Hemisphere, he was induced to come to Frankston, where he has resided continuously until the time of his decease. Consequently he was in the district for a period of 32years. About ten days prior to his death he took to his bed suffering, from heart disease and congestion of the lungs to which he succumbed at the good old age of 76 years and 9 months. On Sunday afternoon his remains were followed to the Frankston Cemetery by a very large number, and we believe it was one of the largest funerals there has been in Frankston. The funeral obsequies were carried out by Mr M. Kretchmar, of Mordialloc. The burial service being read by the Rev. R. O. Cook of the Wesleyan Church.
COLE, G. W
Mornington Standard 17th May 1902
The sudden death of Mr G. W.F Cole at his residence; "Minto," Balnarring, on Monday last, came as a great shock to his many friends and acquaintances throughout the district. The deceased gentleman, who led an active outdoor life, had attended to his duties as usual on the Monday morning, and on coming into the house about 1 p.m. had- complained slightly of being troubled with an attack of flatulence, a complaint from which he had at times suffered. He went to sit on the verandah until the attack wore off, but had only been seated a few moments when he suddenly expired. The testimony of Dr Plowman, who had been previously attending him, showed that death had been caused by failure of the heart's action. The funeral took place on Wednesday last, and was very numerously attended, the place of interment being the Flinders cemetery. The Rev W. F. Buchan officiated at the grave, and read the burial service in a most impressive and affecting manner. The most sin-cere sympathy is felt for the sorrowing family in their great bereavement. Deceased, who was 53 years of age, lived in the Balnarring district for 29 years, and was highly respected by all for his many sterling qualities, and leaves many personal friends to mourn his unexpected death. A short sketch of the deceased gentleman's career will a be given in next issue. We further a regret to say that on Thursday last a son of the deceased, Leslie, accidently cut his left leg rather severely with an ????? for treatment and four stitches were put in. He is now doing well.
Mornington Standard, 9th May 1895
Mr. Anthony Connell, a 50 years' resident of the district, died on Satur day last, at the mature age of 93, at his son James' residence, Moorooduc. The deceased had not been suffering from any specific ailment, and on Saturday morning, whilst Mrs. Connell was engaged preparing the breakfast he laid down on the bed and when Mrs. Connell went into the room to call him she found he had quietly passed away. As no doctor was in attendance,a magisterial inquiry was held on Monday by A. Downward, M.L.A. The cause of death being general decay. The funeral took place last Monday, and was largely attended by relatives and friends
5th August 1948, Frankston Standard
MR. ALBERT CONNELL.
On Thursday morning last the death occurred suddenly of Mr. Albert Connell, of Dunn's Road, Mornington. The late Mr. Connell was employed at the Mornington Post Office, and after reporting for work on Thursday morning col- lapsed and died. He is survived by his wife and two sons, John and James. Mr. Connell was a native of Mornington and was 63 years of age. The funeral, after a service by Rev. W. Peart, left for the Mornington Cemetery. The funeral arrangements were conducted by N. S. Muir, of Mornington.
Frankston & Somerville Standard 25th June 1926
DEATH OF PENINSULA PIONEER.
THE LATE MR JAMES CONNELL.
MEMORIES OF BAXTER'S FLAT RACECOURSE.
The passing away of the late Mr. James Connell on June 10 has left a blank in the Tuerong district, and he will be greatly missed by all neighbours around that part. His death came as a surprise, as only the day before he was engaged in doing some fencing. Awakening at daylight he spoke to Mrs. Connell but shortly afterward he drew a long breath and passed away. The esteem in which he was held was shown by the very large attendance at the funeral on Saturday after noon. The members of the Foresters' lodge (of which deceased was a member) joined the funeral at the Point Nepean road, and marched to the graveside in advance of the hearse. Archdeacon Aickin, of the Church of England, read the burial service, and Bro. F. Berglund the last rites of the Foresters' lodge. The pall bearers were members of the lodge -Bros. J. and E. Turner, H. Down ward, P. Olsen, C. Parsons and W. Cavell. The deceased was a native of the Peninsula, having been born at Kangerong 73 years ago. He was associated in the early days with the first racing club of the Peninsula at Baxter's Flat, and acted as starter there for many years. He was also starter at Mornington until 1919, when the V.R.C. officials filled all the important positions at that course; he acted as starter at Emu Plains and Moat's Corner right up till the last meeting held this year, also at Flinders ever since the race club was reformed there in 1906. He was, with the Hon. A. Downward and Mr. J. C. Griffeth, senr., of Dromana, one of the last three surviving members of the first Baxter's Flat Racing Club. Being of magnificent physique, he was an athlete of no mean repute, and took part in the first historic football match-played on the Peninsula. This was when two teams, captained by the Barker brothers, of Barker's station, Flinders, just home from college - from the Flinders and Balnarring districts met at Balnarring. Football was played for ten minutes and then the two teams fought each other until dark, some players even , being chased to their homes. He then took up land at "Tuerong" and by energy and; perseverance had at one time 1000 acres of land and a large number of stock. In recent years he sold 408 acres at Kangerong to Mr. Matthewson and 200 acres near Hastings to Mr. Heggan and lived a quieter life. As a shearer in the "nineties" he used to shear along the Darling and the Murrumbidgee Rivers. In later years he and Mr. Albert Wilson, formerly of Moorooduc, put up a record at John Cleeland's, Phillip Island, which his not since been beaten on the Peninsula. They shore 292 come- back wethers in one day--Mr. Wilson 150, and "Jim" (as he was known all over the Peninsula) Connell 142. He was one of the leading stone con- tractors of the Peninsula-all the first metal roads were made by Messrs. J. Connell, T. Male and J. Turner. His declining years were cheered by an affectionate wife and a united family, consisting of Messrs. James and John G. Connell, of Brunswick; William, of W.A.; Albert and Louis, of Green Island, Mornington; Mrs. M. Mooney, Brunswick; Mrs. A..Simpson, Bruns wick; and Mrs. J. McNulty, Echuca.
CORLETT, J. J.
7th January 1921, Frankston & Somerville Standard
The Late Mr Corlett
Mr J. J. Corlett, one of the oldest residents of the district, passed away peacefully early on Monday last at the mature age of 81 years. Deceased, who was a native of the Isle of Man, arrived in Victoria in 1864, and soon after held' the position of manager of Ballam Park Estate, near Frankston, and eventually purchased the large holding he occupied up to the time of his decease. On this land he effected a lot of improvements mostly by his industry and persevering habits. Being a good type of agriculturist, he was successful with his farming operations. He was also a staunch supporter of the Methodist Church. the first services of which in the district were held at his house. His wife predeceased him some years ago, but three sons and four daughters are left to mourn the loss of an affectionate father. These are Messrs John, Allen and Steve Corlett, and Mesdames .W. J. Oates, H. Oates, D. Cowley and Miss Mary Curlett. The funeral cortage, which left his late residence on Wednesday afternoon, was largely- attended. The Rev C. Angwin officiated at the graveside, and freinds from many parts attended to pay their last respects to the memory of one who was respected by all for his cheerful disposition and for a fine character, which was beyond reproach. So can we repeat the well known lines - A life well done; a race well run; a crown well won; then comes rest.
CORLETT, ROBERT ALLEN
Frankston Standard 21st June 1940
MR. R. A. CORLETT. Mr Robert Allen Corlett died at Frankston on Friday, June 14, at the age of 68 years. The late Mr Corlett had not been in good health for some time, but was still actively following his trade till within a short time of his death. He was born at Frank- ston and married Miss Louisa Belle Renouf, daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Renouf, who were old residents of Frankston. Mr Corlett lived in the district for practically his whole life time. His parents had been early settlers in the district. His wife predeceased him and one daughter survives him. The late Mr Corlett had been a Methodist lay preacher for many years and a staunch member of the Rechabite Lodge, and was held in High esteem by large circle of friends. The funeral took place on Saturday, June 15, the remains being interred in the Frankston cemetery. A large number of relatives and friends formed the cortege and beautiful floral tributes were sent. The pall-bearers were: Messrs. H. Oates, J. Oates, W. Oates, R. Cowley, F. Pickup, A. Upton; H. C. Barclay and F. Jenkin. The coffin was borne by Mr Steve Corlett, Cr. W. J. Oates, Cr. F. H. Wells and Mr C. Cooper. A service was conducted at the Methodist Church by the Rev. P. H. Smith, who also read the burial service. Br. L. Hayter, Chief Ruler of the Frankston I.O.R., read the Rechabite service. Mr. Hector Gamble conducted the funeral arrangements.
COX, REVEREND GEORGE
9th January 1947, Frankston Standard
DEATH OF REV. GEORGE COX.
Noted Naturalist. Rev. George Cox, the well-known field naturalist, member of the Historical Society, and a resident of Mornington, died after a lengthy ill- ness. Mornington has suffered a very serious loss. No man was held in more esteem than the deceased reverend gentleman, who, during the whole of his career had rendered outstanding service. He was loved by young and old. Since 1919 he had resided at Mornington, where he continued to carry on his great work. He became deacon to the Church of England in 1899, and was raised to the priesthood by the Bishop of Melbourne in 1900. In 1899 he was appointed minister of Mirboo, where he remained until 1906. From 1906 to 1908 he was curate of St Mary's, Caulfield. From there he went to Nerrim South, where he spent two years, then he went to Yarram for five years. He joined the A.I.F. in 1915, and served for three years as a padre. In 1919 he was locum tenems at Holy Trinity, Coburg. That year he went into retirement, although he preached at St. Peter's, Mornington on numerous occasions. His main hobby was field naturalist work. In addition he was a great historian, and was a leading member of the Field Naturalists Society. He took wonderful, interest in the young generation, and established a Children's Naturalist Club in Mornington. His collection of curios, etc., at his home, "Gunyah," Hampden Street, was a great eye-opener. In addition to the great church work rendered, other - movements were also helped by deceased. When World War 2 arrived he was there to do his bit on the home front. In the air raids precautions he took a leading part as senior zone warden, and saw to it that things were well organised. During the Japanese threat of invasion regular meetings of instruction of personnel was held at his Hampden Street residence: His health was not the best then, but he continued carrying out his regular duties as far as possible until the successful completion of the great struggle. His, health became steadily worse later. This fine man will be greatly lost to the community. After a service in St. Peter's, Mornington, at 9 a.m., on. Wednesday, his remains were conveyed to Springvale for cremation: Rev. F. A. Ray,vicar of St. Peter's, officiated at the services. Rev. Cox leaves a widow, two sons, Messrs. Wilmot and Rowland Cox, and one daughter, Mrs. D. Sharpe. During the great bush fires in Gippsland in 1899 Rev. Cox carried out meritorious work
Frankston Standard 14th July 1949
MR. ATHOL P. CROSKELL The death occurred suddenly on Monday night of Mr. Athol P. Croskell, of 18 High Street, Frankston. The late Mr. Croskell served with great distinction in the First World War as a ser- geant in the 5th Battalion, 1st A.I.F., being decorated for great bravery with the M.M. and Bar. He was born in Frankston, and was for many years a leading citizen and worked for the pro- gress of the town. He was for 20 years secretary of the Franks- ton Tennis Club, also a life-mem- ber and past-president of the Frankston Mechanics Institute. Mr. Croskell was an unmarried member of a prominent Franks- ton family. The funeral on Wednesday left the home of his sister, Sister Matthews of Yuille Street, Frankston, for the Springvale Crematorium, where. Cr. Fowler read the R.S.L. service. Many old diggers and friends attended.
3rd February 1916, Dandenong Advertiser
Mr James Crosskell, a very old resident of Frankston, died last week at the honored age of 84 years.
Mornington Standard 4th November 1911
OBITUARY. MR. JAMES DAVEY. It is with regret we have to chronicle the death, at the age of 56, of Mr James Davey, a respected resident of long standing at Frankston, which occurred at Melbourne on Fri- day last, Mr Davey, though years ago a sufferer on account of ill-health, had recently been exceptionally well, but an attack of cerebral hemorrhage about a fortnight ago necessitated him entering a hospital, and though he railed somewhat, the attack proved fatal, as stated above. The deceased gentleman, who had been living in St. Kilda for the past couple of years, was born at Gardiner's Creek, Victoria, but lived the greater part of his life at Davey's Bay, Frankston. He was the second eldest son of Mr Jas. Davey, one of the pioneers of this district, and after whom Davey's Bay was called. For some time the deceased gentleman lived at Red Hill, but the greater part of his life was passed at "Marysville," Davey's Bay, Frankston, erected by his father, Mr Jas. Davey, in 1851. Some interesting facts surround "Marysville," which was built at a cost of £2000, on elaborate lines, the slates and timber being brought over from Tasmania. In the early days "Marysville" was the mansion if the district. The old homestead was dis- mantled a few years ago by Mr A. H. Sargood, who purchased the land and erected a magnificent residence thereon, shortly after which Mr Davey moved to St. Kilda ,after having spent about 40 years in the district. The deceased leaves a widow and family of six boys and four girls to mourn their loss. One of the sons, Mr Len Davey, is a resident of Mount Eliza, the others, as they have grown up, having removed to various parts. The funeral took place on Monday at the Kew Cemetery, the burial service being read by the Rev. Mr Rowells, of East Melbourne
Mornington Standard 12th February 1916
Another of the old identities of Frankston passed away on Tuesday last, in the person of Mr. William Davey, who died at his son-in-law's residence, Malvern, after a short illness, at the age of 73 years. He was born at Gardiner's Creek, and came to Frankston as a boy with his parents, residing at Dayey's Bay. He was formerly owner of the Bay View Hotel, Frankston, and while in business made many friends by his generous and obliging disposition. He leaves a widow and four sons and four daughters by his first wife to mourn their loss. The remains were buried in the Frankston cemetery.
10th February 1916, Dandenong Advertiser and Cranbourne, Berwick and Oakleigh Advocate
The death is announced of Mr William Davey, one of the pioneers of Frankston, and for many years owner and occupier of the Bay View Hotel. The death took place at the residence of his son-in-law, 4 Valetta St. Malvern, on Tuesday last, at the ripe old age of 73 years. In the early days he was a very active man in the Frankston district, and distributed a lot of money in commercial persuits. He leaves a widow, Eleaner, and three married daughters, Mrs Walker, Mrs Oakenfull, Mrs Caddon, and Wilfred, and Harold, Horace and Walter. He was 73 years of age, was a native of Frankston district or came there with his parents when a child. Most people on the Peninsula, and from Mordialloc to Dandenong, Cranbourne and Toora- din knew "Old Bill Davey." The remains were interred in the Frankston cemetery yesterday, (Wednesday).
DEANE, WILLIAM ALFRED
4th August 1934 Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. WILLIAM DEANE
The death of Mr. William Alfred Deane, aged 72 years, occurred at his residence, Playne street Frankston, on Sunday morning. Burial took place in the Frankston cemetery on Monday. The Rev.P. B Hayman read the burial service. The funeral was con- ducted by Mr. Hector Gamble of Frankston. The late Mr. Deane was one of Frankston's pioneers. When a young lad he was brought to Frankston by his parents and lived there all his life. He had been in ill-health for some time before his death. He leaves a widow, two brothers (Mr. Thomas Deane, of Frankston, and Mr. Joseph Deane, of Korumburra), and a sister (Mrs. Keele, of North Fitzroy).
27th July 1929, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. G. DENHAM.
Residents of all parts of the Peninsula will regret to hear of the death of Mr. George Denham, of Tyabb, who passed away in a private hospital at Somerville last Saturday. The late Mr. Denham, Who was 69 years of age, was actively associated with the building trade. During his lifetime lie erected buildings in all parts of the Peninsula and in other parts of the State. The sporting bodies of the Peninsula will miss him for he took a very active interest in cricket and football at Tyabb, and. frequently acted as umpire in cricket matches. At one time he was a member of South Yarra fire brigade. Burial took place on Monday, in the Tyabb cemetery, where a large number of mourners attended. The service was conducted by the Rev. B. E. Williams, of Frankston. Mr. H. Gamble, of Frankston, conducted the funeral. Among many floral tributes was a beautiful wreath from players and members of Hastings Football Club, of which deceased's youngest son, Frank, is a prominent player. A widow and adult family are left to mourn their loss.
Mornington & Dromana Standard 11th February 1911
Obituary. MR. HENRY DENHAM. (CONTRIBUTED) By the demise of this estimable gentleman, at the age of 83 years, an interesting and much esteemed personality has been removed, and a valued link with the past has been severed. Though Mr Denlrm had lived for some years at his shop in Hastings, he some months ago removed to his home in Denham Road,Tyabb, where he died on Thursday, 19th January last. To customers or visitors his kindly presence in his shop was at all times a pleasure. For old and young he had a kindly welcome. Mr Den- ham for many years rendered yoeman service to the Church of England in Hastings, and as superintendent of the Sunday School. When the Church of England began service in the Tyabb Hall, he supervised the Sunday School for several years, at times walking to and from Hastings to the Sunday School and often to conduct the service. Though a devoted adherent of the C. and E. he was cosmopolitan in his views, and might often be heard in the Methodist Chapel when their own speakers were not able to attend. A liberal, but unostentaious, donor to any deserving cause, the church at Hastings and Tyabb Hall were much indebted to him for kindly assistance. For his services to the Sunday School at Tyabb, Mr Denham was some 10 years ago presented with a handsome arm chair, and on the occasion of his Golden Wedding he and Mrs Denham were entertained in the Hastings Hall and presented with a silver cake dish, a marble clock, and a medallion. Mr Denham as a young man served some years in the British Navy in the days when strong masts and stout canvas were in vogue. In 1857 Mr and Mrs Denham sailed for Australia in the ship "Suffolk," commanded by Captain Martin, who was afterwards in command of the "London" on her ill fated voyage. The deceased took up 230 acres of land at Tyabb some 35 years ago, and about 17 years ago purchased the timber yard and oilmen's store formerly carried on by Messrs Potts and Carr at Hastings; the business is now conducted by Mr A. T. Denham, Messrs George and Alfred Denham, as also Mrs and Miss Denham, reside on the land at Tyabb, the only other daughter being Mrs Jones, of Elsternwick. The bereaved family's sorrow was added to by the death on the following Thursday (25th January) of Miss Emma Denham, the solo surviving sister of Mr Denham, at the age of 81. A goodly number followed the remains to the Hastings Cemetery, where deceased had so often himself counducted the burial service in a manner tendered the more impressive by his reverent age and the note of tremulous earnestness in his voice. The Rev. Jas. Lowe conducted the burial service and the mortuary arrangements were in the hands of Mr Gamble, Frankston. In extending our sincere sympathy, to the bereaved family, we need but say that there are many who will long retain and cherish the memory of a good old man, and we trust ere long to hear that some movement will be launched in the district to perpetuate the memory of one who was a living example of doing to others as he would others should do to him.
Frankston Standard 11th December 1947
PIONEER FIREMAN PASSES. The death occurred on December 1 at his home, in Young Street, Frankston, of Mr. George Farmer, senr., an old and respected citizen of Frankston, and. one of the pioneer members of the Frankston Fire Brigade. Many Frankston district friends and firemen attended the funeral and were present at the graveside in Springvale Cemetery.
FIRTH, GEORGE THOMAS
23rd May 1903, Mornington Standard
The many friends of Mr .and Mrs John Firth, of Moorooduc , will be sorry to learn that death has claimed their youngest son, George Thomas, after a very short illness. The deceased was a fine strapping young fellow, 19 years of age, and standing 6 feet high. He was first taken bad on Monday, the 11th and complained on Tuesday of not feeling well. He was taken in to Dr Somers, and it being considered a serious case, he was taken to his, aunt, Mrs H. Jenkins, of Albert Street, where he received every attention. Medical skill, however, was of no avail, and the deceased gradually sank and passed away on Sunday morning, the immediate cause of death being, blood poisoning. The deceased was buried on Monday in the Moorooduc Cemetery, a large concourse following the remains to the grave.
Mornington Standard 8th December 1892
DEATH OF AN OLD RESIDENT. On Tuesday evening, Mr John Fletcher, who for the last twenty years has been a resident of Frankston, died rather suddenly at his residence, Balmoral Street. He had been ailing considerably for the past few months, and his death was not altogether unexpected. The funeral will leave his late residence to-day at 3 o'clock
Frankston & Somerville Standard 9th November 1934
CR. G. FLOOD The death of Cr. George Flood of Mornington occurred on Wednesday afternoon. He was aged 81 years. He had been 20 years a councillor, and was six times president of the Mornington Shire, having been elected to the presidential chair in August. Besides his long municipal career he was, a prominent figure in other public and social movements. For 20 years he was a justice of the peace, was secretary of the Foresters' Lodge for 44 years,. and for 27 years was secretary of the Morning- ton Lodge of A. F. and A. Masons. An early, pioneer of the Mornington Peninsula, he became a successful orchardist in the Tyabb district. Two of his sons fought in the Great War, and one died on active service. Cr. Flood had long been identified with the Mornington Presbyterian Church of which he was a member of the board of management. He leaves a widow, three sons, and a daughter. Burial took place in the Mornington
Cemetery yesterday afternoon. The funeral preceded by a special service at the Presbyterian Church., Mr. James Wilson, of Mornington, had charge of the funeral arrangements.
FLOYD, FREDERICK HENRY
10th September 1924, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. FREDERICK HENRY FLOYD.
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of an old and respected pioneer in the person of Mr. Frederick H. Floyd, which sad event took place at his residence at Hastings, on Saturday night last, at the advanced age of 88 years. The deceased, who came to this district over 50 summers ago, took up the fishing trade, which he followed for years, and during that time met with many hardships, but being a man of indomitable will, he per- severed with his calling. He retired from the fishing trade about fourteen years ago, and during that time had enjoyed good health until quite recently, when he began to fail, and taking to his bed three weeks ago, gradually became worse, and passed away. The deceased leaves behind a widow and grown-up family: Matilda (Mrs. Miller), W. A. Thomas (Richmond), Mary (Mrs. Stanford, Kensington), Jack (Hastings), Fred (Hastings), Charles (Richmond), and Alice (Mrs. Kerr, Kensington), to mourn their sad loss, and the deepest sympathy goes out to them in their bereavement. The late Mr. Floyd was predeceased by his son, Arthur. The interment took place in .the Hastings cemetery on Monday after noon, a good number following his remains to the last resting place. The service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. Banks, of Hastings, and the funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. Gamble, of Frankston.
FOSTER, WILLIAM THOMAS
7th March 1931, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. W. T. FOSTER.
The death of Mr. William Thomas Foster on February 23 marked the passing of one of Somerville's oldest residents. The late Mr. Foster was born at Somerville, where in later years he was a well-known market gardener. For some years her resided at Dandenong, but returned to Somerville. The funeral moved from his late residence, "Maesmore", on February 25. Interment, took place in the Frankston cemetery. The late Mr. Foster was 69 years of age
Frankston & Somerville Standard 14th October 1938
OBITUARY MR. FREDERICK FRANCIS.
Memories of early Mornington Were recalled by the death on Thursday afternoon, 6th inst; of Mr. Frederick Francis at the Memorial Bush Nursing Hospital, Mornington, for he had the distinction of being the oldest pioneer resident of the town, and. had attained the age of 88. Having, it is said, spent the whole of his life in the district, Mr. Francis was well known to the older generation, and particularly the farmers, and others who regularly attended the Tanti market sales, for in his later years Mr. Francis had become a poultry dealer and a keen buyer at the yards. As a young man he had been the mailman who rode with the mailbags from Mordialloc to Sorrento, and the residents of the then small settlements of Frankston, Mornington, Dromana and Sorrento would eagerly await his arrival. In those days the roads (if there were any) would 'be nothing to enthuse over, and the fact that Mr. Francis used a saddle-horse shows there was little traffic, and a trip to the city would be an adventure in travel. Later on he became a farmer on Bungower Road, and it is to his credit that in the whole of his life he was esteemed by many friends.
Mr. James Wilson, funeral director, Mornington, had charge of the arrangements for interment. The coffin-bearers were Messrs. Cuthbert, Nutting, J. Dorling, F. Dorling, C. Dorling and R. Dorling. The Rev. Watson conducted the service
GOULD, THOMAS MARTIN
OBITUARY. The death occurred to-day (Friday) of Mr. Thomas Martin Gould, at his residence, Frankston. His remains will be interred at the Frankston cemetery to-morrow (Saturday) the funeral leaving his late residence, "Glenbernie," Stanley street, at 11 a.m.
Mornington & Dromana Standard 1st May 1909
Obituary MR JAS. GRANT, SEN. It is with regret we have to chronicle the demise, at the advanced age of 83, of one of Somerville's oldest and most respected residents, in the person of Mr Jas. Grant, sen., which occurred at his late residence at Somerville on Sunday last. By Mr Grant's death Somerville and district lose one of the very oldest and most highly respected residents. Mr Grant and Mr W. A. Shepherd (who died only a few weeks ago) were in the early days friends and neighbours in Melbourne, and came down and settled at Somerville together many years ago. Deceased for some time had charge of the post office when it was situated at the Somerville station. Mr Grant has been a successful and prosperous fruitgrower and nursery man, and has given each of his five sons a splendid start in life. By his honesty of purpose, strict integrity, hard work, and kindly nature, Mr Grant won the esteem and regard of every resident of the district The respect in which Mr Grant was held was evinced on the day of the funeral, when, in the teeth of a blind- ing storm of wind and rain, one of the largest corteges seen at Somerville wended its way to the Frankston cemetery. The burial service was conducted by the Rev. Mr Cope, of Cranbourne. Mr Grant leaves a widow and five sons, viz., Messrs Charles, James, John, George, and Harry, who have the sympathy of a widespread circle of friends.
7th July 1906 Mornington Standard
FLINDERS. One of the oldest residents of the district passed away on Friday week night, in the person of Mr Charles Greaves, senr, of Shoreham, after a long and painful illness, at the age of 87 years. Mr Greaves was one of the best known and most highly respected residents of the Peninsula. He arrived at Dromana (then known as "The Survey ") in 1850, and had been a continuous resident of the district up to the time of his death. The remains of the deceased gentleman were interred at Flinders on Sunday, and, despite the bad weather, a very large number assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to their old pioneer friend.
GREINKE, RICHARD J.
Frankston Standard 21st January 1944
OBITUARY RICHARD J. GREINKE We regret to report the death of Mr. Richard John Greinke, of Tyabb, which occurred at the Mornington Bush Nursing Hospital recently. De- ceased was one of the earliest pioneers of the Mornington Peninsula, and was an extensive property owner in the Tyabb district, where he had a very fine orchard. Prior to becoming interested in land, the late Mr. Greinke was a successful fisherman at the Gippsland Lakes. The funeral: took place at Hastings Cemetery on Thursday afternoon, January 13tlh and was attended by a wide circle of relatives and friends. His wife pre- deceased him and to a grown-up family, consisting of two daughters, Ethel (Mrs. E. Mead), Alice (Mrs. F. Gregory), Bert and Clive, our deepest sympathy is extended.
9th November 1934, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. CHARLES GRIFFITH The death occurred at Moorooduc on Monday night of Mr. Charles Griffith, managing director of Two Bays Nurseries and Orchard Co. Pty. Ltd. He was aged 81 years. More than 50 years ago Mr. Griffith and his late brother, Mr. George Griffith. who were born in the State of New York, U.S.A., came to Australia and selected land at Moorooduc. The land was heavily timbered, and almost a lifetime of unremitting toil was necessary to bring the land to its present state of cultivation. Their business of orchardists and nurserymen was gradually extended and when the present company was formed, orchards were developed in other parts of the State. The company's orchard, nursery and grazing land at Moorooduc comprises about 700 acres. There is also a large horticultural property at Nyah.
Mornington Standard 27th September 1919
OBITUARY. AN OLD HASTINGS IDENTITY. It is with deep regret that we announce the death of an old and respected pioneer, in the person of Mr. Joseph Haddock of Forest Lodge, Hastings at the age of 75 years. Deceased was a man of indomitable will, and always accomplished, however difficult, anything he undertook to carry out. He was born at Mount Prospect, in New South Wales, in 1844. Losing his parents during childhood, he had to battle for himself at an early age. After working in parts of New South Wales for a few years, he finally settled in Victoria, coming to Hastings forty-eight years ago, where he started in the building trade, amongst his efforts being the first Hastings Public Hall and the Catholic Church. He was for, many years a quartermaster-sergeant in the old 40th P.R. Battery, and also in the ,No 6 Battery, A.F.A.V., at Hastings, at the end of his service receiving the medal for long and efficient service. . During the past few years his health had not been of the best suffering a good deal with his heart. Taking a chill, he died on the 31st of August, after a short, painful illness. He leaves a widow and grown up family of five respected children--one daughter and four sons. The remains were interred in the Hastings Cemetery, the Revs M. Coates and H. W. Hughes officiating.
16th October 1936, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. J. A. HAEBICH.
The death occurred on Friday of Mr. Johann A. Haebich, of Bittern, aged 71 years. He was an old resident of the district, and was held in high esteem by a wide circle of friends. He leaves a widow and one son. The funeral took place on Saturday in the Crib Point Cemetery. There was a large gathering of mourners at the grave, and many beautiful floral tributes were received. The casket was carried by Messrs. F. Stacey, C. Berry, S.Peters, M. Vaughan, K. Carpenter, and D. MacKenzie. The pall bearers were Messrs. P. Van Suylen, W. Lamble, F. Mills, B. Pale, S. Brownfield, H. Briggs, C. Stinson, and L. Cole. The Rev. C. Cotes held a service at the home, and also officiated at the grave. Mr. Hector Gamble had charge of the funeral arrangements.
HAZELDINE, JOSEPH WILLIAM
30th August 1935, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. J. W. HAZELDINE.
The death occurred on Friday of Mr. Joseph William Hazeldine, aged 82 years, at his residence, Dromana. Mr. Hazeldine settled in the Dromana district 48 years ago and was a State school teacher at Rosebud for nine years. He was a teacher in the service of the Education Department for 28 years. Until his death he was registrar of births and deaths at Dromana. The funeral took place on Saturday. Requiem mass was celebrated by the Rev. Father O'Sullivan, who also read the burial service. Burial took place in the Dromana cemetery. The casket was carried by his six sons. The pall-bearers were Cr Wilson, Messrs. A. W. Farrell, L. Carrigg, J. Matthews, A. Cooper, B. Wilson, J. Moraes, and G. Brown. The funeral was conducted by Mr Hector Gamble, of Frankston. Mr. Hazeldine leaves six sons and four daughters.
HEBBLEWHITE, J. B.
6th January 1934, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. J. B. HEBBLEWHITE
The death occurred on Saturday last of Mr. J. B. Hebblewhite, an old resident of Pearcedale, aged 84 years. Mr.Hebblewhite, who was a brother of the late Mrs. J. Barton has lived in the district for more than 40 years, and since his retirement from the railways over 20 years ago has been a well-known citizen of the district.
Mornington Standard 22nd March 1900
DEATH. HENDERSON.-On the 17th March, at his residence, Frankston, William, beloved husband of Elizabeth Henderson, aged 61 years. (Late of Somerville).
HIGGENS, CR. GEORGE
16th May 1944, The Argus
CR GEORGE HIGGENS
Cr George Higgens, of Red Hill, who was killed in a motor accident on Pt Nepean rd, near Mt Martha, on Thursday, was well known through- out Mornington Peninsula for his interest in public affairs. Cr Higgens, who was 73, had represented the Centre Riding of Flinders Shire for some years, and had been shire president on several occasions. He was a past president of Gippsland Shires and Boroughs Development Association, and had been president of the local bush nursing hospital for the last 9 years. Cr Higgens was also closely associated with the Presbyterian Church. He leaves a widow and two daughters
20th September 1935, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. JEREMIAH HOGAN
Mr. Jeremiah Hogan, of Sanville House, Frankston, died at St. Pancras Private Hospital on Sunday, aged 75 years. He had been ill for only a brief period. Born in County Tipperary, Ireland, he came to Victoria 45 years ago. He was an old resident of the district and for many years was manager of the first sandpits at Frankston. Of a genial disposition, he was held in high esteem by a wide circle of friends. For a number of years he was a member of the committee of the Frankston Agricultural Association and often acted as judge of the vegetable sections at the association's shows. Mrs Hogan died last November. He leaves three daughters to mourn their loss. The funeral took place on Monday. Before burial in the Frankston cemetery the casket was taken to St. Francis Xavier's Church, where Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Father Fitzpatrick, who also officiated at the grave. He was assisted by the Rev. Father Toomey, until recently parish priest at Frankston. The coffin was carried by Mr Hogan's four nephews. The pall-bearers were Messrs. O. Olsen, G. Barnett, C. Parnell, W. Jardine, T. Ryan, A. Osborne, W. Barnett and J. Broderick. Mr Hector Gamble had charge of the funeral arrangements.
HOUFE, MR T. H.
19th November 1932, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR T. H. HOUFE.
We regret to announce the death of Mr T. H. Houfe, of Tyabb, aged 80 years. Deceased had been ill in the Somerville private hospital for many weeks. The late Mr. Houfe was for many years secretary to the Tyabb Cool Stores Company, and also of the Tyabb and Hastings Fruitgrowers Association. He was one of the earliest settlers in the Tyabb district. The funeral took place in the Tyabb (Hastings) cemetery last Tuesday afternoon and was attended by a wide circle of relatives and friends.
19th August 1911, Mornington Standard
OBITUARY. DEATH OF MR. R. JOHNSON. We regretfully recorded last week the death of Mr Robert Johnson, Junr., of Balnarring, which took place after a long and severe illness, which he bore patiently. The deceased was born at Williams- town, and came to Balnarring with his parents when quite a child, and remained in the district up till the time of his death. He was local post master for a term of 22 years. During that time a complaint was never known, which speaks highly for a man in a public position. His quiet, kind, obliging and gentle disposition won the respect of all who came in contact with him. At one time he was closely connected with pony racing, having bred some of the fastest ponies in Victoria, including Ada, alias Fidget, and the well-known Jackeroo. The funeral took place on Tuesday, and was the largest seen in the district for years. The remains were laid to rest in the Roman Catholic portion of the Hastings cemetery with those of his beloved father and brother, the Rev Father O'Hagan officiating at the graveside. The deceased was unmarried, and leaves an aged mother (for whom much sympathy is felt); also one brother and two sisters, to whom we offer our condolence also. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr Denham, of Hastings.
JOHNSON, MR J. J.
30th January 1932 Williamstown Chronicle
MR. J. J. Johnson, a pioneer of the Mornington Peninsula, died recently at the age of 70 years. Born at Williamstown, deceased was taken as an infant by his parents in 1861 to Balnarring, where he resided until the time of his death. His father, the late Mr. Robert Johnson, was one of the pioneers of the Balnarring district
JONES, JOHN EDWARD
5th October 1928, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. JOHN E. JONES. The death of Mr. John Edward Jones on Wednesday removed one of Frankston's most respected citizens. Some days ago Mr. Jones developed pneumonia, from which, it was thought, he was making a good recovery, but his strength failed during last week-end and he.. passed away peacefully early on Wednesday after noon. For some years thie late Mr. Jones conducted an orchard at Moorooduc. About 19 years ago he was the suc- cessful applicant for the position of secretary of the Shire of Frankston and Hastings and held that position till some four years ago. He resided at his late residence, Gweno avenue, Frankston, for the past nine years. On relinquishing the position of shire secretary he entered the employ of the State Rivers and Water Sup- ply Commission and acted as rate collector for the water supply of the Peninsula till his death. The loss of the advice and assist- ance of Mr. Jones will be felt by many bodies of the district. In the Frankston Bowling Club his genial smile and ready support will be keen- ly missed; as treasurer of the Frank- ston Agricultural Association his position will be hard to fill; in his respective lodges and in other insti- tutions with which he was actively connected his decease will leave a de- cided blank. He leaves a widow and a daughter to mourn their loss. Burial took place at Mornington cemetery yesterday, when a large cortege followed the remains to the place of interment. Councillors and municipal officers of the shires of Frankston and Hastings and Morn- ington, members of the Frankston A.N.A. Lodge and prominent citizens from all parts of the Peninsula at- tended the funeral. Deceased, who, was a prominent member of the Frankston Mark Lodge of the Masonic Order, was accorded a Masonic funeral. The. Masonic burial service was conducted by Rev. F. W. Taylor, of Mornington. Cr. Flood, Messrs., A. D. Kerr, W. G. Saunders, G. Keast, N W. Cle- ments and J. R. Sawyer acted as pall- bearers. Rev. E. I. Gason, of Morn- ington, officiated at the grave. The funeral was conducted by Mr. H. Gamble, of Frankston.
31st December 1937, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. EDWARD KEARNS. After having resided at Hastings for the whole 58 years of his life, Mr. Edward Kearns died at his home on Sunday. He was a well-known business man and sporting, figure in the district. He was also a member of what was known as the Hastings "Bullock Battery," which was reported to have held a world's record in marksmanship for 40 pounder guns. The late Mr. Kearns left no family, his wife having predeceased him, but his relatives received many messages of sympathy and floral tributes. A large number of residents attended the funeral. The coffin-bearers were Messrs: J. Mirabella, E. Mirabella, G. Mirabella, F. Smith, R. Kuchel, R. Mentiplay. The Rev. Father Fitzpatrick con- ducted the service and Mr James Wilson had charge of the arrangements for burial.
3rd February 1906, Mornington Standard
The death of Mr Alfred Jones occurred at Somerville on Saturday. The deceased gentleman, who was in his eighty-fourth year, took up his residence in the district in the fifties. Until lately he took a prominent part in public affairs, was for many years a councillor, and also filled many other important offices. Deceased was universally respected. The funeral took place on Monday, the Rev. A. P. Macfarlane officiating at the grave.
KEAST, CR. GEORGE
14th February 1941
CR. KEAST WIDELY MOURNED Fix this text BY WHOLE COMMUNITY In spite of the fact that he had experienced a severe illness some weeks ago, Councillor George. Keast's death early on Saturday, came as a great surprise to the community. After his illness, Cr. Keast had ob- tained extended leave from the Shire of Frankston and Hastings Council, but he had continued to appear in public life. He attended a public meeting and the Frankston Show only a few days ago. Just prior to his death he had driven his car to Belgrave for a vacation, accompanied by his wife, but his sudden death there indicated that he had not truely recovered from his earlier illness. Cr. Keast had represented the rate payers of the Mt. Eliza Riding on the Shire for many years, and had held the office of president of the Shire. For the greater part of his life he lived on the Peninsula and was an extensive owner of property in the Hastings, Somerville and Frankston districts. He took a notable part in the cricket world of the district, hav- ing been President of the Northern Peninsula Cricket Association for 32 years and played a leading part in the establishment of turf wickets at Hastings and Frankston. Outside the Peninsula, Cr. Keast was well known as one of the foundation members of the Victorian Country Cricket Asso- ciation. He had taken keen interest in the Frankston Agricultural Asso- ciation, and at the time of his death was a vice-president. He was also a member of the Frankston Mech- ancs Institute Committee and a greatly-respected member of the con- gregation of the Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge. Cr. Keast was connected with the Two-Bays. Nursery and Wholesalers Ltd., Melbourne. As a token of re- spect to his memory, the flag at the Municipal Offices was flown at half- mast. One of the largest corteges in the history of the district attended the funeral on Sunday. A tribute to Cr. Keast's life was paid by the Rev. P. H. Smith at a service in the Metho- dist Church. The Rev. Smith also conducted the service at the graveside, which was attended by representatives of all sec- tions of the community. The Masonlc service was read by the Worshipful Master, Brother E. Kerr. The pall-bearers were.--The Presi- dent of the Shire (Cr. F. H. Wells), Cr. W. Armstrong, Cr. J. L. Pratt, Cr. A. M. Heath, Cr. W. J. Oates, Messrs. E. Kerr, W. H. Hanton, P. Wheeler, L. M. Watt. The. coflin-bearers were:-Messrs. F. W. H. Hay, J. Watson, L. Morriss W. Banting, R. Sherlock. The funeral arrangements were con- ducted by Mr. Hector Gamble
Frankston & Somerville Standard 22nd May 1936
DEATH OF PIONEER
MR. D. KELLY PASSES.
The death occurred on Tuesday night of Mr. David Kelly, of Young street, Frankston, aged 86 years. He was one of the pioneers of the district, having lived in Frankston for 78 years. Born in Collingwood, he was brought to Frankston by his parents when he was about 8 years old. While still a lad he became a driver of bullock teams engaged in carting firewood to the Frankston jetty from where it was conveyed by craft to Melbourne. He also carted bricks from the brick works then in the township. When grown to manhood, he selected 80 acres of land on Cranbourne road opposite what is now Ballan Park. There he engaged in farming, but for a time also continued his work with his bullock team. With others he took part in a search for coal, which some residents contended was to be found in the district. A shaft about 80 feet deep was sunk near Mornington road, probably on the property now owned by Mr. L. R. U. Utber. That proving unsuccessful, a bore was put down near the beach not far from the Frankston tennis courts. Failing there, the searchers next put down a bore on Cricklewood Estate, where, instead of coal, they discovered a spring of beautiful water. This was semi-artesian, and continued to flow for many, years. Still later he established a dairy in the township. He lived in Young street for 50 years before his death. When he first resided there he owned all the land from where Sherlock and Hay's timber yards now are to Playne. street. When the township grew he subdivided the land and disposed of most of it. Until his death he believed that gold could be obtained in the district. When aged nearly 80 years he took part, with others who held a similar belief, in the sinking of a shaft at Langwarrin. Mrs. Kelly, who died about, two years ago, was the first white female child born on the Mornington Penin- sula. Burial took place yesterday after- noon in the Frankston cemetery. The Rev. F. Butchers conducted a service at the home and also officiated at the grave. The funeral was attended by many of Frankston's oldest citi- zens, and many beautiful floral tri- butes were received. The casket was carried by Messrs. G. W. Wells. F. H. Wells, N. Goldberg (nephews), and W. B. Cunningham. The pall-bearers were Messrs. D. Kelly (son), H. Polglase (grandson), G. Farmer. junior, W. Banting, J. Devaney, C. Gray, M. Jacobs and T. Clark. Mr. Hector Gamble conducted the funeral. Mr. Kelly leaves three sons (David, Herbert and Sidney) and two daughters (Mrs. H. Polglase and Mrs. C. Martin).
24th July 1913, South Bourke & Mornington Journal
We have to record the death of Mr. Charles Keys, who passed away after a brief illness, caused by an affection of the throat. The deceased was a highly respected citizen of the Cheltenham district for many years; he was noted for his quiet, unassuming manner and as a man of sterling principles. He was the fifth son of the late Robert Keys, who, as old residents will remember, was at one time a member of the Brighton council and later of the Moorabbin council. The genealogical tree of this family would make complex reading, as so many residents of the district would be included in such a statement. There are only three sons left out of eight, viz., George, Thomas and John, Mr. and Mrs. T. Keys are well known as the proprietors of the Exchange Hotel. Another brother, Arthur, died about fourteen months ago. Mr. Charles Keys followed a commercial career and was unmarried. The funeral took place on Thursday, the ninety third birthday of his mother, who is still in good health and is bearing her losses with considerable fortitude. The remains were interred in the Cheltenham Cemetery, the service at the graveside being conducted by Rev. C. Crotty. Many friends took part in the obsequies.
1st October 1887, The Elsternwick Leader and District Record
Ww regret having to record the demise of Mr. Robert Keys, which event took place at his residence, "Fairview," on Tusday last, the 27th ult. He had been ailing for over two months, and his medical adviser stated from the very first that there was little hope of his recovery, and it was only through care and attention, on the part of his friends, that he rallied so long. De- ceased had been a resident in the Brighton and Moorabbin district for about 40 years and represented the ratepayers of these districts at their respective councils for a period of about 23 years, for 17 of which he sat at the Brighton council table and 20 at Moorabbin. It will thus be seen that he sat concurrently at both council tables. About 10 years ago he resigned his seat at Brighton, as one of the representatives for the East Ward,in consequence of his having removed from the Point Nepean road, where he was for some years landlord of the Club Hotel, to his late residence. Last August he again stood for the representation of the East riding at the Moorabbin council table, but was defeated, Mr. I. Mills being the successful candidate. His funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, the mournful cortege leaving his late residence, at three o'clock, and wended its way to St.Matthew's Church, Cheltenham, followed by a very large circle of mourners. The coffin was carried into the sacred edifice where the Rev. A. Caffyn conducted a service, as also gave a short and impressive address. The service at the grave in the Cheltenham cemetery was conducted by the Rev. J. B. Sharpe, and all that was mortal of their late friend and councillor was consigned to its last resting place by a host of sorrowing relatives.
7th January 1944, Frankston Standard
CR. LLOYD'S SON DIES OF WOUNDS
It is with deep regret that we announce the death from wounds received in action in New Guinea of Driver Frank Lloyd, of the A.I.F. A very fine type of young chap, Frank was well- known throughout the district, and was highly respected. The deepest sympathy of Peninsula residents is extended to Cr. and Mrs. Lloyd and their family in their loss.
12th October 1928, Frankston & Somerville Standard
LANGWARRIN By the death of Mr John Lloyd, J.P., the district has lost its foremost citizen and one who was not only the leader of its industrial life, but was also identified with all the public and social activities for many years and a staunch supporter and one of the founders of St. Thomas' Church of England here. Born at Andover, Hampshire, England, in 1851, he arrived in Melbourne by the ship "Colonial Empire," in 1877. Working at his trade as a carpenter and builder, he built up a good trading connection. However, the bursting of the land boom in Melbourne in 1892 left him with so many others, no alternative but to go back to the land and try and wrest a living from it. Coming to live on a block of bush land at Langwarrin, he showed his initiative and resource by adopting a new calling, that of ham and bacon curing, which had been his father's calling in England. In those days, roads were non-existant or almost impassable, watercourses unbridged and habitations few and far apart, but Mr Lloyd showed his grit by traversing these bad roads, which often meant a lot of night travelling. After years of sturdy endurance and laborious effort, the roads were made pas- sable, population increased, and the business he built up became firmly established. Eventually the principles he adopted of purchasing the choicest stock found favor with the consuming public and so as business increased he was enabled to install extensive plant to deal with the increasing demand for the products of his factory, which find consumers throughout the Peninsula, East and South Gippsland and also at Melbourne. To deal with this demand a fleet of motor trucks and cars are kept. - As a Councillor he represented this, district for 13 years in Cranbourne Shire and occupied the Presidential chair at the opening of the town hall. A foundation member of Langwarrin Progress Association, a member of the school committee in the early days, a generous donor to all public and social appeals, and the largest employer of labor here, his passing is regretted by all and much sympathy is felt for Mrs Lloyd, the three boys and one girl, who are left to mourn the loss of a husband and fathers who cared his life's career into such a prominent position among the names of pioneers who had established large industrial concerns. She three sons who have spent their lives in the business, are cap- able men with a good commercial training, and so this business built up from such small beginnings, will survive the loss of the master's guiding hand and still progress on the sound foundation of its early
MARTIN, T. O.
11th January 1890,Mornington Standard
DEATH OF. T.O. MARTIN, ESQ., PRESIDENT OF THE FLINDERS AND KANGERONG SHIRE.
It is with great regret that we record the death of the above-named gentleman who died on Tuesday last during a visit to the metropolis. We were unable to learn the nature of the complaint to which he succumbed but we believe it was of short duration and unexpected, although he had attained the ripe age of 70 years. Mr. Martin had been a resident of the district for upwards of 30 years and was greatly respected throughout the entire com- munity, and general regret is expressed at his demise. The body was brought by the S.S. Coogee to Dromana on Wednesday and was conveyed to his late residence at Flinders. The funeral took place on Thursday and was attended by the councillors for the shire and a large number of friends. The Rev McBride performed the funeral obsequies.
4th October 1945, Frankston Standard
JAMES MATTHEWS Mr. James Matthews passed away at Bush Nursing Hospital, Morning ton, on Monday, September 24 at the age of 85 years. He was born at Dromana, and lived there all his life. His parents were early settlers of Dromana. His wife predeceased him. The funeral was to the Dromana Cemetery. The coffin bearers were: Cr. Rudduck, Mr. J. F. Cross and Mr. A. H. Cross (nephews), Mr. J. Debney. Rev. E. Shackell read the burial service. Messrs. Hector Gamble and Son conducted the funeral arrangements
McCOMB, JOSEPH R.
23rd September 1933, Frankston & Somerville Standard
Frankston & Somerville Standard 17th October 1931
MR. THOMAS McCOMB.
The death of Mr. Thomas McComb occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M. T. McGreal of Alphington,on Tuesday. Burial took place in the Presbyterian section of the Frank- ston cemetery on Wednesday after- noon. The funeral moved from the residence of his son, Mr. E. K. McComb. A service was conducted in the house by the Rev. W. G. Finch, who also officiated at the grave. The coffin was carried by his three grand- sons, Messrs. William, Albert and Harold McComb and his son-in-law, Mr. M. T. McGreal. The funeral was conducted by Mr. H. J. Gamble, of Frankston. The death of Mr. McComb marked the passing of Frankston's oldest re- sident. His age was 83 years. He was brought to Frankston when only one year old in 1849 and, with the exception of the last year of his life in which he lived with his daughter at Alphington he resided continuously in the township. During his long life he saw Frankston grow from a way- side country village of a few scattered houses to the premier town of the bayside. He was wont to relate how, when he was a young man, it was possible to row a boat from the spot where Wheeler's Pharmacy now stands, to Mordialloc. Boating was then a popular form of travel as the roads were little more than bush tracks, which provided little comfort for travellers. When any function at Frankston attracted visitors from places between it and Mordialloc it was a common sight to see several boats moored at a convenient landing stage near the spot now occupied by the State Savings Bank. Mr. McComb leaves a son and six daughters. His wife predeceased him seven years ago.
Mornington Standard 8th March 1902
RED HILL (From Our- Own Correspondent.) Mr Wm. M'Ilroy, of Little Bridge Farm, died last Saturday morning, after a long illness, having been confined to his room for the past fifteen months. Deceased was 84 years of age and well-known throughout the Peninsula, being a very old resident. He arrived in the colony in 1854 and for 11 years carried on business in Melbourne. He came to reside here in 1865, and turned his attention to fruit growing, being one of the pioneer orchardists of the district. He had to face many difficulties in the old days, with bad roads, etc. He regularly carted his fruit through to Melbourne till about three years ago. He leaves a family of six, thirty-nine grand-children and nine great-grand-children. The funeral, which took place on Monday, was largely attended, Mr P. S. Watsford conducting.
Mornington Standard 25th May 1912
Obituary. MR ALEX. McLELLAN. Intense sorrow was expressed throughout the peninsula when it became known that Mr. Alex. McLellan, a very old and highly respected resident, had passed away at his late residence, York Street, Mornington, on Sunday last, at the age of 75 years. The deceased gentleman was born in Sterling, Scotland, and arrived in Australia over 6o years ago. In the early days Mr McLellan followed up the diggings around Castlemaine, and afterwards took up a selection at Moorooduc, where he resided for about 50 years. While there, Mr. McLellan was very successful as a contractor, several important bridges being erected by him, including the big railway bridge near the Long Beach Hotel, over the Kananook Creek. This occupation Mr. McLellan followed up for about 25 years, and afterwards went in for sheep and farming, until two years ago, when he sold his property and came to Mornington. The deceased was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church for many years, and also a councillor in the Shire of Mornington, and had occupied the Presidential chair. He resigned after 9 years' term of office. When the sad news became known, at the direction of Cr J. G. Barrett, President of the shire, the flag in the park was flying at half mast in respect to the high esteem in which he was held. The funeral, which took place on Tuesday last, was one of the largest ever witnessed in Mornington, the remains being interred in the local cemetery. The Rev. Mr McDougal, who officiated, spoke very feelingly at the grave.
Mornington Standard, 28th June 1890
Mr James McLellan a very old member of the Rechabite Tent at Mornington, and a resident for many years upon the Three Chain Road died on the 12th inst. after a long and trying illness, it being two years ago since he was first taken ill and from which he never rallied. A large number paid the last tribute of respect by following his remains to the Moorooduc Cemetery.
Frankston & Somerville Standard 17th May 1929
MR. JAMES MILLARD. The death of Mr. James Millard occurred at St. Pancras private hospital, Frankston, on 10th inst. at the age of 86 years, The late Mr. Millard was one of the oldest residents of the Peninsula, having come to Frankston well over 60 years ago. For many years he was well known as a successful contractor for road work. He leaves a family of two sons and four daughters. Mrs. Fletcher, of Playne street, Frankston, is the only daughter now residing here. Burial took place in Frankston cemetery on Sunday, 12th inst. Rev. B. E. Williams officiated at the grave. The funeral was conducted by Mr. H. G. Gamble, of Frankston.
MILLS, JOHN (JACK)
23rd January 1924, Frankston & Somerville Standard
DEATH OF MR. J. MILLS.
The passing of Mr. John Mills, removes an old Frankston identity, who was also widely known throughout the Peninsula. His death took Place at the Alfred Hospital on Monday last, following an operation for cancer. The funeral takes place to-day In his youthful days Jack Mills was a prominent footballer and cricketer, and Messrs. Hugh Cameron, Bert Shannon, and others have many tales to unfold relating to Jack's prowess in the field of sport. Even in later years Mr. Mills maintained a keen interest in all forms of manly sport, and rarely missed a football match. During the last few months Mr. Mills was in the employ of Mrs. Hunt, of the Tanti Hotel, by whom he was held in high esteem. Deceased leaves widow and two children to mourn their loss. The son, Mr. Jack Mills, is a resident of Frankston.
MORRIS, ROBERT HOWELL
25th November 1938, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. R. H. MORRIS.
Mr Robert Howell Morris, who was in his 80th year, died at his residence, Cliff road, Frankston, on November 19. Mr Morris was a resident of the Peninsula for about 50 years. He was manager for Mr Grimwade at Coolart for many years. Since he retired he had resided in Frankston. He leaves a widow to mourn his loss. He was held in high esteem by a large circle of friends. The funeral took place on Sunday, the remains being interred in the Mornington Cemetery. There was a large attendance of relatives and friends at the funeral. The pall-bearers were Messrs E. Shepherd, N. Lund, H. Unthank, G. Austin, C. Wad- dell and H. Waddell. The coffin-bearers were Messrs G. Jones, N. Houfe, J. Turner and E. Turner. Rev. A. J. Whyte held a service at the home, and also read the burial service. Mr Hector Gamble conducted the funeral arrangements
Frankston & Somerville Standard 12th May 1922
A Pioneer Passes One of Frankston's oldest Pioneers died recently in the Alfred Hospital in the person of Mr W. Mouldey. He was 90 years of age and in years past had taken an active interest in public affairs connected with the district. He was the father of Mrs W. Jones, of Sassasfras House, Sassafras, and his son Mr W. Moulday was at one time a prominent Frankston footballer.
Mornington Standard 3rd June 1911
OBITUARY. MORNINGTON'S GREAT LOSS. SUDDEN DEATH OF MR L. MURPHY. It is with profound regret we record the death of one of Mornington's most popular citizens, in the person of Mr Larry Murphy. The sad event took place at his late residence, Kirkpatrick's Hotel, Mornington, on Friday night, May 26th, after one day's illness, the cause of death being heart failure. His demise came as a great shock to the whole community, as Mr Murphy was about as usual the day before. As the sad news spread, great sorrow was expressed everywhere, as his kind and genial manner had made him many friends, and he died as peacefully as he lived, at the age of 62 years. The late Mr Murphy was born at Ballinatona, County of Wicklow, Ire- land, and arrived in Australia 35 years ago. He took up farming at Benalla, and afterwards ran Cobb and Co's. coaches at Kilmore, and was then transferred to Mornington. In. 1886 he went into partnership with Mr. Rooke, and ran vehicles from Mornington to Frankston and Dromana. In 1892 he took over the Arthurs Seat Hotel at Dromana, and four and a half years later assumed possession of the Dromana Hotel, where he remained until 18 months ago, when he came to Kirkpatrick's Hotel, Mornington. While at Dromana the late gentleman always took a lively interest in sport and the advancement of the place generally. He was the chief one in the erection of the Catholic Church, and gave half an acre of land, upon which it is built. He was also a great supporter of the church at Mornington, and his loss there will be deeply felt. On Sunday the body, which was encased in a massive oak coffin, was conveyed to the Dromana Church, where service was held previous to the funeral which took place at 2.30, the remains being interred in the Dromana cemetery. The cortege was a lengthy one, and representative of the whole of the district. Several drag loads came from Mornington, including representatives from the Mornington Football and Athletic Sports Clubs, of which the deceased was vice-president, the Mornington Racing Club, of which he was a patron, and a large number of citizens. The coffin-bearers were Mr Hazledine (Dromana), Messrs Austin, Cooper, and W. Hurley (Sorrento), and Merses J. Conroy, M. Daley, E. Burne (Mornington). The Rev. Father O'Hagan officiated at the grave, and the mortuary arrangements were carried out most satisfactorily by Mr Summerland, of Mornington. Amongst the floral tributes was a magnificent wreath, sent by the Mornington Football Club.
O’GRADY, WILLIAM HENRY
6th July 1944, Frankston Standard
MR. W. H. O'GRADY.
The news of the death of Mr. William Henry O'Grady cast a gloom over Frankston during the week-end, for the deceased was one of the most popular and most highly respected identities in the shire. Probably no resident in Frankston took a greater interest in the progress of the district during the past 50 years than did Mr. O'Grady, for he loved Frankston, and when he took up his residence in Mornington Road more than half a century ago, he quickly associated himself with practically every worth- while movement in the district. In those days Mr. and Mrs. O'Grady's home, "Dulce Domum," was almost a country residence, for the houses on Mornington Road were few and far between. Mr. O'Grady was born in Melbourne 84 years ago. His father was a one time Mayor of Melbourne, who had the distinction of introducing to Victoria the idea of Hospital Sunday. Practically all of Mr. W. O'Grady's business life was spent as adjuster for several leading insurance firms, and he was one of the most popular figures in Victorian insurance circles for the best part of 50 years. During his long residence in Frankston Mr. O'Grady founded the first band in the town; he took a keen and practical interest in the Frankston Fire Brigade; liberally supported cricket and football, and in the early days played with the local clubs; de- voted a good deal of time to local government, and was a councillor for a number of years. Mrs. O'Grady, who passed away more than a quarter of a century ago, took an equally prominent part in the district to far as women's organisations and interests were concerned and the beautiful memorial windows in St. Paul's Church were the gifts of Mrs. O'Grady's many friends , in Frankston and the Langwarrin Camp. Mr. O'Grady about a fortnight ago contracted a chill, which developed into bronchitis. He became a patient at the Community Hospital, but his condition did not improve, and he passed away peacefully there last Friday. The funeral was of a private nature, and the service at the graveside in Brighton Cemetery was conducted by Rev. A. J, Whyte. Mr. O'Grady is survived by one daughter, Miss Ethel Eileen O'Grady, of Malvern.
Mornington Standard 21st October 1897
Mr. James Oliver, senior, one of the very oldest residents of Frankston, died at the residence on the Cranbourne road on Tuesday morning about 6 o'clock. For some time past he has been suffering, and was under the care of Dr. Malcomson. He came to Frankston in the early fifties, and has resided there ever since, rearing a family of grown up sons and daughters. He was a man very much liked, and had a large circle of friends. He was in his 72nd year. His remains are to be interred in the Frankston cemetery this afternoon at 3 o'clock.
29th August 1908, Mornington & Dromana Standard
We regret to have to record the death of Cr L. Nowlan, which occurred at his residence, "The Bungalow" Flinders, on Sunday night. Deceased had been in ill health for some time, and gradually becoming worse, a surgical operation was deemed necessary. Dr. Stawell and Russell, of Melbourne, operated on Satur- day evening, but the patient had sunk too low, and succumbed as stated. Cr Nowlan was widely known and respected in the district where he resided, and for over 10 years represented the Centre riding in the Flinders and Kangerong shire. He took a keen interest in the district and was always to the front in any movement for its advancement. The deceased was 61 years of age.
PARKER, ALEXANDER McLEOD
Mornington Standard, 13th September 1900
A sudden death occurred at Frankston early on Monday morning, when Mr Alexander McLeod Parker passed away at his residence, Bay-street. Mr Parker was a colonist of 40 years, the greater part of which time he had spent in Frankston. On Sunday after- noon he went for a walk, returning home at 6 p.m., when he complained of feeling unwell. His wife put him to bed and attended to him, but about 4.30 a.m., he said he felt very bad, and his wife then roused Mr J. Thompson, J.P., who went for the doctor, but he expired at 5 a.m., before the doctor arrived. The Coroner instructed that a magisterial inquiry should be held, and this was conducted on Tuesday morning by Mr Alfred Jones, J.P., who after hearing the evidence of Dr Plowman (who stated that Mr Parker was dead when he arrived, and gave his opinion that death was due to syncope supereauing on senile decay, associated with chronic constipation) and others, re- turned a verdict in accordance with the medical opinion. Deceased's re- mains were interned in the Melbourne cemetery on Wednesday. He was 74 years of age, and much sympathy is expressed for his widow.
PARRY, ROBERT ELIAS
10th May 1940, Frankston Standard
MR. R. E. PARRY.
Mr. Robert Elias Parry, aged 81 years, died on Monday, 6th May, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. J. Sawyer, Mornington. Mr. Parry was an old and well respected resident of Mornington, his wife having predeceased him. Five daughters and two sons survive him. The funeral took place on Tuesday, May 7, the remains being interred in the Mornington Cemetery. . The pall-bearers were as follows: Messrs. R. Parry, J. Ricketts, R. Sawyer and P. Johnson. The coffin-bearers were:-Messrs. H. Parry, B. Sawyer, P. Olson, and A. Johnson. Rev. A. O. Horn read the burial service. Mr. Hector Gamble conducted the funeral arrangements.
PARSONS, JACK W.
2nd July 1932, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. J. W. PARSONS.
The late proprietor of the Tanti Hotel, Mornington, Mr. Jack. Parsons, who died in a Melbourne hospital on Wednesday, aged 56 years, had been a resident of the town for several years and was very well known to sporting men and tourists. In the obituary column of the "Argus" the following reference was made: The death occurred at the Melbourne Hospital of Jack Parsons, the former well-known racing cyclist, whose many successes are now but memories, who was Australia's best sprinter in the '90's. Probably Parsons most notable victory was his de- feat of Zimmerman, the visiting world's champion from America, in a five miles match in June, 1895. At the age of 19 years Parsons visited America, where he established a world's motor-paced record, which stood for many years. After retiring from cycling in 1900, Mr.Parsons conducted the Tanti Hotel at Mornington.
Mornington Standard 28th February 1914
Obituary. MR ROBERT PATTERSON. One of Frankston's earliest pioneers, Mr Robert Patterson, was removed by the hand of the grim reaper, Death, at an early hour on Friday morning, after a short ill- ness, the cause of death being bronchial pneumonia and heart failure. The late Mr Patterson, who attained the ripe old age of 88 years, was born in Scotland, and arrived in Australia in 1852. In 1854 he came to Frankston, and built the first wooden house here, the timber for which was landed at the old pier in a whale boat, and, except for an absence of a few years, he has resided here ever since. He was a well-known identity all over the Peninsula, and up as far as Melbourne. Although passing his allotted span, the late Mr Patterson enjoyed fairly good health, and up to the last was in full possession of the senses of sight, hearing and memory. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the sorrowing relations in their trouble.
PATTERSON, W. L.
15th March 1890, Mornington Standar
DEATH OF AN OLD RESIDENT AT HASTINGS.
By the death of Mr W. L Patterson Hastings has lost one of its early pioneers. The deceased gentleman at the time of his death was 82 years of age, 37 of which he spent in Victoria. In the year 1860 he took up his residence at Hastings, and remained there until the time of his death, or a period of 30 years. During a greater portion of this time he held several official appointments, such as Deputy-Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Vaccination, Deputy Electoral Registrar, and for 15 or 16 years he kept the rain gauge for the Government Astronomer, and at one time was also rate collector for the Shire of Mornington. Until lately he was a very active member of the Wesleyan Church and was a most acceptable local preacher, being well. known throughout the Berwick circuit as remarkable for his faithfulness to the cause he represented, and he was never known to miss a single meeting or fail in an appointment except through extreme inclemancy of the weather or through sickness. He was eight years secretary of the Berwick circuit, and upon leaving to join Frankston circuit at its inception, he was presented with a handsome testimonial by his brethren as a token of the esteem in which he was held. In the latter circuit he held all the offices the church could confer upon him, and resigned because his failing health would not allow him to attend to the duties as he thought he ought to do. His health began to fail him about two and a half years ago, and he gradually became weaker until he finally succumbed after a paralitic stroke on the 3rd inst. He was followed to his last resting place, the Tyabb cemetery, by some of the oldest residents by whom he was held in the highest esteem. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev R. O. Cook, minister for the circuit.
Mornington Standard, 16th May 1895
Mornington Standard 27th May 1911
DEATH OF OLD COLONISTS It is with regret we record the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Perrott, two old and highly-respected residents of Bungower road, Moorooduc, they have resided on the Peninsula of over 50 years. Mrs. Perrott died on the 1st of May and Mr. Perrott on the 19th. They were married 64 years and were among the early pioneers of this colony. Mr. Perrott was born in the year 1821 in the county of Dorset, England, and married Miss Hannah Payne at Allingford in 1847. He came to this colony in '51, made money and afterwards returned to England and brought out his wife and three sons, the only one surviving being Cr. Perrott, J.P, of Hastings.
1st September 1922 Frankston & Somerville Standard
An old and highly respected pioneer if this portion of the Mornington Peninsula, Mr. Peter Peterson, passed peacefully away on Saturday last at his late residence, Stony Point Road. The deceased gentleman was for many years the agent for the fishing industry at Stony Point pier, and with his wife had resided at Crib Point for over thirty years, the Petersons next to Woolley's being the oldest residents of Crib Point locality. He was 77 years of age and leaves a widow and two sons and a daughter- Mr. O. Peterson, station- master at Stony Point, and Mr. Reg. Peterson who succeeded his father as the agent for the Fisherman's Association at Stony Point and Miss Peterson, equally well-known as post- mistress at Crib Point During the late Mr. Peterson's illness, he was regularly visited by the Church of England minister at Hastings, the Rev. A Craig, and by Mr. J. Stranger,of Crib Point, the later reading the burial service at the graveside in Crib Point cemetery. The funeral was held on Monday and the great respect felt for the departed and his family was shown by the large number of district people who attended. Mr.H. Gamble, of Frankston carried out the funeral arrangements. Numerous wreaths were sent by sympathising friends
PETRIE, D. H.
Frankston & Somerville Standard 21st May 1932
OBITUARY MR. D. H. PETRIE, SENR. The death of Mr.D. H. Petrie, senr. occurred at his home, Davey street, Frankston, on March 12. Death was the result of a heart 'strain which was so severe that he lived only a few days after its occurrence. Burial took place last Saturday in the Frankston cemetery. The service at the grave was conducted by the Rev. P. B. Hay man. The coffin was carried by rela- tives of the deceased and the pall was borne by members of Frankston Fire Bigade, a large number of whom at- ended the funeral. The funeral was conducted by Mr. H. J. Gamble. The late Mr. Petrie. was 71 years of age. He was an old and respected resident of the town. He was born on the Peninsula and spent his youth in Frankston. Later he resided in Hastings, where he conducted a store for some years. About 35 years ago he opened a store in Young street, Frankston, and took an active interest in the business until the week of his death.He leaves a widow and one son.
PIKE, J. M.
Frankston & Somerville Standard 1st July 1933
OBITUARY Mr. J. M. PIKE. The death of Mr. J. M. Pike took place at the Alfred Hospital (Prah- ran) on June 21, and brought to a close the life of one of the pioneer settlers of the Mornington Peninsula. Coming from England many years ago the late Mr. Pike took up land at Tyabb abut 50 years ago and had resided there ever since. He had been closely identified with the social and public life of the district having been associated with the district pro- gress association, fruitgrowers' asso- ciation, athletic club, and other dis- trict organisations.. The beloved old English gentleman was a staunch sup- porter of the Australian Labor Party, and very frequently assisted the cam- paign of their candidates at the var- ious Peninsula elections. He leaves a wife and grown-up family to mourn their sad loss. The funeral was held at the Frank- ston Cemetery last Friday morning (June 23). Quite a large gathering of relatives and friends attended and many beautiful floral tributes were sent. The Rev. D. Banks. read the burial service, Messrs. W. G. Apps and Sons conducted the mortuary ar- rangements.
PLOWMAN, DR. SIDNEY
Frankston & Somerville Standard 7th May 1932
OBITUARY ] -0-- DR. S. PLOWMAN, SENR. The death of Dr. Sidney Plowman, senior, 81 years, at his residence, "The Tofts," Frankston, on Apiril 28, marked the passing of one of the old- est and best-known residents of the Peninsula. Burial took place in the Frankston cemetery on April 29. The funeral was attended by several prominent medical men. The chief mourners were Dr. Sidney Plowman, jun., and Mrs. A. Taylor, son and daughter of the deceased. The burial service Was conducted by the Rev. P. B. Hayman. The casket was carried by Cr. W. .J. Oates, Mr. P. Wheeler, Mr. Ian Mackeddie and Mr. A. T. S. Sissons. The pall-bearers were, Dr. J. F. Mackeddie, Dr. Stanton, Mr. W. Richardson and Mr. J. Lambie. There was a great number of floral offerings from associations with which the late Dr. Plowman had been con- nected and from individuals. The late Dr. Plowman came to Mel- bourne from London when still a young man to lecture at Melbourne University. He came to Frankston about 40 years ago and established a practice. Until recent years he was a lecturer in Materia Medica at the College of Pharmacy. During the many years he resided in Frankston he took a keen interest in all move- ments which had for their object the advancement of the community. As late as last-year he re-organised the Frankston branch of the National Federation and, until his death, was treasurer of Frankston Agricultural Association. At the conclusion of the burial ser- vice the Rev. P.B. Hayman referred to Dr. Plowman's life of service. He said that many eminent professional men of to-day had to thank Dr. Plow- man for the ground work laid by him. The late Dr. Plowman was a great Imperialist. He (Rev. Hayman) ex- horted all present to follow his ex- ample of loyalty.
Frankston Standard 9th January 1947
MR. HARRY PROSSER. The death occurred recently of Mr. Harry Prosser, a former pioneer and popular citizen of Frankston. An accomplished musician, Mr. Prosser was bandmaster of Frankston Brass Band for many years, and was closely connected with local bands for about 40 years. He also conducted the Frankston Methodist Church choir and anniversary services over a long period. Mr. Prosser was a carpenter and builder, who erected numerous buildings in Frankston, where he lived in Cranbourne Road, near the cemetery. His wife predeceased him some years ago. Several sons and daughters are still living.
RENOUF, FRANCIS FREDERICK
5th May 1939, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR F. F. RENOUF.
Mr Francis Frederick Renouf, in his 88th year, died on Monday last at his residence, Ross Smith avenue, Frankston. Mr Renouf came to Frankston about 65 years ago, but went to live in Gippsland a few years ago. Later he returned, and had lived here ever since-about 55 years. He was a member of the Methodist Church, and took a great interest in church work, having been in almost all the offices. Five daughters and one son survive him. His wife, two daughters and one son predeceased him. The funeral took place on Tuesday, the remains being interred in the Frankston cemetery. There was a large and representative attendance at the funeral. Rev. A. L. Sherlock held a service at the home, and also read the burial service, assisted by Rev. C. Angwin and Mr B. Moffit. The Rev. Sherlock, in an address on the life of Mr Renouf, stated that when he was a boy attending Sunday school Mr. Renouf was his teacher, and he considered that Mr Renouf did much in moulding the life of boys attend- ing his class. Mr J. Wastell, C.R., read the Rechabite service. The following were the pall-bearers: Cr Keast, Messrs H. McComb, H. C. Barclay, A. Nicholson, J. Miller, J. Wastell, H., and J. Renouf (nephews). The coffin-bearers were Cr Wells, Messrs A. Corlett (son-in-law), S. Madden (son-in-law), R. Borley, and Alex and Neal Renouf (grandsons). Mr Hector Gamble conducted the funeral arrangements.
Mornington & Dromana Standard 1st August 1908
Obituary. We regret to announce the death of a very old resident of Mornington, in the person of Mr John Ricketts, who dropped dead on Tuesday night last, about 11.30 p.m. Mr Ricketts was proceeding homewards along the main street, accompanied by Mr Berglund, when he suddenly collapsed. Mr Berglund hurriedly summoned Dr. Somers, and although only about twenty minutes elapsed from the time of being called until the doctor examined deceased, he pronounced life ex- tinct. Mr Ricketts leaves a wife and grown up family. Mr Ricketts' death came as a great shock, as he had been in his usual health. He had spent the evening with his daughter, and had reached within a few yards of his house when he fell. Deceased was an old age pensioner, and was a resident of Victoria for 55 years. He was born in Kent, England, and was 78 years of age. His remains were interred in the Moorooduc cemetery. Constable Stephen reported the matter to the coroner, Dr Cole, who gave an order for burial, as he did not consider an inquest necessary.
Mornington & Dromana Standard 18th September 1909
Obituary. MR S. RICKETTS. Great sympathy was expressed in the district when it became known that a very old and highly respected citizen, in the person of Mr Stephen Ricketts, 87 years of age, had passed away at the residence of his niece, Mrs James Patterson, of Hampdon Street Mornington. Although the deceased gentleman had been confined to his bed for the last five months, suffering from senile decay, his death was unexpected. He became seriously ill on Monday night and died on Tuesday morning last. Mr Ricketts was one of the early pioneers, arriving in Victoria in the year 1842, and afterwards coming to Morning- ton in 1859, where he resided until the time of his death. He was one of the founders of the Mornington I.O.R. in 1873, and a great advocate in temperance move ments. The deceased was born in Deal, Kent, England, and was the youngest-of a family of 12 children, all of whom lived to very old ages. Two of his brothers who died in England, at the time of their death were 94 and 96 years re- spectively, whilst another brother (Mr John Ricketts, who also resided in Mornington) lived to the age of 93.
Mornington Standard 21st September 1907
Death of Mr. Thomas Ritchie We regret having to record the death, at the age of 73 years, of Mr. Thomas Ritchie, senr., one of the old landmarks of Frankston. The de- ceased gentlemen caught a chill while working in his garden some short time ago, and never recovered, finally passing away last Sunday. His funeral took place last Tuesday, and his body was followed to the grave by a very largo number of mourners, the pall-bearers being Messrs. Croskell, Renouf, Box, Parer, Bonnor, and Sherlock. The mortuary arrangements were carried out by Mr. Hector Gamble, of this town. The body was enclosed in a leaden coffin, encased in oak. The hearse was followed by a floral carriage, containing some 50 wreaths, sent by absent friends and old resi- dents of the district. Many were sent from the city, and amongst them was one from the fish salesmen of Mel- bourne, with whom deceased had been closely associated in the early days of Frankston. Three mourning coaches, lowed, and then came some fifty vehlicles, which number was increased at the cemetery. The service was read in an impressive manner by the Rev A. P. McFarlane. The bereaved family were the recipients of a number of letters and telegrams of condolence, among them being one from the Lieutenant-Governor, Sir John Madden. IN the passing away of Mr. Thomas Ritchie a notable figure is removed from Frankston life. In late years he had not, perhaps, been so much in the public eye, but it is safe to say that in the early days he had more to do with the making of Frankston than any other man now living. He always took the deepest interest in the ad- vacement of the town, and spared neither time nor money in furthering its progress. Thomas Ritchie was the youngest son of Capt. Colin Ritchie, of the 10th. West India regiment (George III.), who, in consequence of wounds received in action, retired on half pay. He settled in the Isle of Man, where Mr. T. Ritchie was born in 1834. After finishing his educa- tion in Scotland, he decided to try his fortune in Australia, then becoming famous for its gold, and left for Vic- toria in the Isabella Watson, in 1852, bringing with him a stock of boots, etc., intending to start business on the diggings. Unfortunately, the ill-fated vessel was wrecked on the 21st. March, on the Corsair Reef, at the Heads, and everything he had was lost, he being washed ashore on a mast with another passenger named Verdon, nephew of Sir George Verdon, of Melbourne. 'Upon his arrival, he left for the goldfields at Bendigo, but after some time his brother James arrived from Scotland. and together they opened the first grocer's store at Gardiner's Creek (now called Mal vern). Afterwards he married, and in 1854 settled in Frankston, where he has since lived. There he built up his fortunes, and became very pros- perous. He was a man of great enterprise and pushing energy, and in addition to his large interests at Frankston, he speculated largely in mining ventures, among his properties being the Bunninyong gold mine at Ballarat. He held a controlling interest in the Frankston brick works, at one time a very prosperous con- cern, and prior to the opening of the railway to Frankston his firm em- ployed some 40 horses in transporting fish from Hastings to Melbourne. He was also for a number of years a member of the firm of Croskell, Ritchie and Co., general auctioneers, of Melbourne and Frankston. The firm consisted of the late Mr. H. Prosser, and Messrs. T. Ritchie, James Croskell, Phillip Renouf, and J. D. Box. Prospering, he built in 1886 what is now known as Frankston House, but then known as Balla Crane, and later on built what is now known as Balla Crane, as a private residence. At this time Mr. Ritchie was a wealthy man, but like many others he became mixed up in the land boom, and also in the land collapse, and his properties and other interests had to be sacrificed, so that in his latter days he was not nearly so prosperous as he had been. By a curious coincidence two of the passengers saved with Mr. Ritchie from the wreck of the Isabella Watson, died quite recently. One, Mr. Elijah Derrick, of South Yarra, died on the 23rd August, and Mr, Joseph Allen, of Cobden, died on the 13th of the ,same month. Mr. Ritchie, who had a family of 11 had the misfortune to have his res- dence destroyed by fire at Frankston, and four of his children perished in the flames. Two others died, leaving five surviving, viz., Mr. T. Ritchie Mrs. W. Deans, Mrs. Pownahll, Mrs, Ward and Mrs. Minogue. Mr. Ritchie leaves a widow to whom all his real and personal estate is devised as sole legatee and exssetrix
ROSSITER, THOMAS J.
30th April 1914, Dandenong Advertiser and Cranbourne, Berwick and Oakleigh Advocate
We regret having to report the death of Mr Thomas J. Rossiter, of "The Oaks", New South Wales, (where he had been carrying on a business as stock and station agent) which sad event took place on Saturday last, April 25. After attending a sale at Camden on the 14th, and was preparing to return to his home, he stepped on a stone, which caused him to sprain his ankle, and, in trying to save himself from falling, he broke the ankle joint, He was conveyed to the Camden Hospital, and was carefully attended to, but died rather unexpectedly on the 25th. Deceased was the eldest son of the late T. J. Rossiter, of "Ballymarang" (now Carrum Downs) Frankston, and more recently of Molong, N.S.W. The late Mr Rossiter, Junr. was born at "Ballymarang," and was one of the famous Southern Troop, P.W.V.V. Light Horse, which had its headquarters at Dandenong, and won competitions all over the State, the late Lieut.-Colonel A. W. Rodd being commander.
Mornington & Dromana Standard 1st October 1910
Obituary.MR ANDREW ROWAN, A PROMINENT FIGURE IN COM -. ERCIAL LIFE. Refering to the death of Mr An- drew Rowan, of "Marathon," Frank- ston, which occurred at Oban, Scotland on Thursday of last week, the "Age" says :- Mr Andrew Rowan for many years was a prominent figure among commercial men in Melbourne, and had a wide circle of friends throughout Australia. Since the death of Mr William McCulloch, with whom he was closely associated, Mr Rowan had been failing in health, and early this year he left with his wife for a holiday visit to Great Britain and Ireland. Decided improvement in his condition took place, and in his letters Mr Rowan spoke of the enjoyment of his visit and the delight with which he regarded an early return to Australia. Unhappily the hopes of renewed health have not been justified. Mr Rowan was born in County Down, Ireland, in 1840, and came to Australia in 1862. After visiting the diggings, at which he had some success, he began business as a merchant, dealing largely with supplies for pastoral industries. He established a branch business in Sydney, and as prosperity came he invested largely in pastoral properties. On the e he introduced many improved methods, and they occupied so much of his attention that he gradually withdrew from business as a merchant. He was for long associated with the directorate of Goldsbrough, Mort and Co. Limited, and established several pastoral enterprises, including the Rockhampton Freezing Works in Queensland. For many years he possessed the St. Hubert's vineyards, and at the time of his death he was in business as a wine merchant. Mr. Rowan's chief Melbourne interest, however, was the Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Com- pany, of which he was one of the pioneers. With the late Mr M'Culloch Mr F. B. Capp, Mr W. G. Sprigg and Mr W. Cain, he helped to form the company, and when he died he still held a position on the directorate of the Squatting Invesment Company. These by no means exhaust the list of his ex- tensive Australian interests. Mr Rowan was keenly interested and active in politics, taking part in numerous campaigns, but never enter ing Parliament. He leaves a widow, three daughters, one of whom left week for Egland to join her father, and six sons. Of these Mr Stephen Rowan is manager of the Talleyrand Station, at Longreach, Queensland; Mr Percy Rowan is manager of the firm of Andrew Rowan and Co., wine merchants; and Messrs Norman, Archibald, Cecil and Nesbit Rowan are engaged in business in Victoria.
10th September 1943, Frankston Standard
Mr. James Rowley died recently at Alfred Hospital. He was born at Rye of which district his parents were early settlers. The funeral, which was private, took place on Thursday, August 20. Rev. P. H. Smith read the burial service. Messrs. Hector Gamble & Son conducted the funeral arrangements.
18th January 1935, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. N. RUDDUCK. The death occurred at Dromana on January 8, of Mr. Nelson Rudduck, aged 85 years. The late Mr Rudduck was a"pioneer general store keeper” of Dromana where he lived for more than 60 years. He retired from the business many years ago. He was a staunch supporter of church work and an ardent Rechabite with which order he was connected for the greater part of his life. He was known in Rechabite circles through- out the State and was a tower of strength to the institution. Burial took place on January 10. The funeral was largely attended by friends, many of whom travelled long distances to pay their last tokens of respect. Before the funeral a service was held in the Dromana Methodist Church, where the following clergy- men took part in the service: Rev. C. Gallacher, Rev. Colonel A. T. Holden, Rev. W. H. Taylor and Rev. J. McIlroy. The Rev. Colonel Holden delivered an inspiring and impressive address on the life of Mr. Rudduck. He said that Mr. Rudduck had installed him (Colonel Holden) in the office of Chief Ruler of the Rechabite Order 44 years ago.
The clergymen who took, part in the service at the grave were the Revs. C. Gallacher, D. J.Flockart, A. W. Amos and T. C. Rentoul. The Rev. Flockart said that he had known Mr. Rudduck 53 years ago when he (Rev. Flockart) was stationed at Dromana. He spoke highly of the many fine qualities of Mr Rudduck. The Rechabite service was read at the grave- side. The casket was carried by Messrs. E. Rudduck, H. Rudduck (sons), J. Rudduck, G. Rudduck (grandsons), S. Wilson (son-in-law), and E. Johns. The pallbearers were Crs. Higgins, Holland, Messrs. W. Gibson, J. Matthews, B. Wilson and H. G. Chapman. Mr. Hector Gamble, of Frankston, had charge of the funeral arrangements. Mr Rudduck leaves, four sons and four daughters. One son made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War.
SAGE, JOHN EDWARD
13th June 1946, Frankston Standard
JOHN EDWARD SAGE
MR. JOHN EDWARD SAGE. away at his home on Saturday, June 8. He had not been enjoying good health for some time. The late Mr. Sage was a former representative of Centre Riding, Frankston and Hastings Shire Council, and was president for a term. He was a member of the Somerville Show Committee, and enjoyed the friendship of a large circle of friends, as well as being generally held in high esteem throughout the district. He leaves a widow, four daughters and two sons to mourn their loss. The funeral took place on Monday, June 10, the remains being interred in the Frankston Cemetery. There was a large and representative attendance. A service was held at the home, conducted by Rev. C. H. Ball, who also read the burial service at the graveside. Mr. Wilkinson, Deputy District Grand Master, read the service of M.U.I.O.O.F. The pall-bearers were Messrs. A. J. Kirton, M.L.A., John ?arrett, A. Fulton, K. Scott, W. Hutchinson, G. Murray, C. Thornell, R. Holmes, Coffin-bearers were Messrs. A. and E. Sage, sons of the deceased, and Messrs. J. Wotherspoon, A. Shepherd, S. Lord, G. Smith. Messrs. Hector Gamble and Son conducted the funeral arrangements.
Frankston Standard 29th August 1946
DEATH OF BITTERN IDENTITY ,Mr. Frederick Sawyer, one of the best-known residents of Bittern, died last week at the advanced age of 88 years. He was born at Frankston, and was' engaged in fruitgrowing all his life. His funeral took. pace at Mornington cemetery. Rev. F. A. Ray officiated at the graveside. Mr. N. S. Muir, of Mornington, had charge of funeral arrangements.
2nd July 1932, Frankston & Somerville Standard
DEATH OF ORNITHOLOGIST
TRAGIC END OF SOMERVILLE PIONEER.
Mrs. George Shepherd, senior, of Somerville, was startled by the report of a gun on Sunday afternoon and going to a shed near the house, found her husband dead with a gun nearby. Although he had been in ill in health for some time his tragic death was quite unexpected. A few minutes prior to his death he was chatting with his wife and appeared to be quite normal. Burial took place in the Church of England section of the Frankston Cemetery on Monday afternoon. The funeral cortege was one of the longest seen in this district in recent years. The funeral service was read by the Rev. D. A. White. Mr. H. J. Gamble of Frankston, conducted the funeral. The death of Mr. George E. Shepherd removed one of the most out- standing residents of the Peninsula. Coming to the district at an early age his parents who were amongst the earliest settlers, he lived practically the whole of his life of 73 years in Somerville, only leaving it on the excursions he took to various parts of this and other states in pursuit of his hobby, the study of -bird life. A member of the Field Naturalists' Club he became one of the foremost authorities of the State on ornithology.
(see Frankston & Somerville Standard, 2nd July 1932, Page 1)
SHEPHERD, William A.
Mornington & Dromana Standard 30th January 1909
Obituary: MR. W. A. SHEPHERD. We regret to record the death of an old and highly-respected resident of the district, in the person of Mr Wm. A Shepherd, of Somerville, which took place at his residence, "Pioneer-villa," on Tues- day last. Mr Shepherd was one of the oldest residents of the Peninsula, and had been a well-known figure in the district for over 50 years. As the name of his late residence indicates, Mr Shepherd was a Somerville pioneer of considerable standing. At the patriarchal age of 82 years at his death, Mr Shepherd had spent over 50 of that number at Somerville. The deceased was of English parentage, and used his early training in horticulture and agriculture to advantage, and established nurseries at Somerville, which are now widely known throughout the colonies. He was an authority on all matters pertaining to fruitgrowing, and many of the present-day nursery proprietors around Somerville can bear testimony to the many valuable hints and always ready assistance given by the deceased gentleman. In the fruit world Mr Shepherd is perhaps best known as the originator of the famous "Shepherd's Perfection" apple, which has gained a wide reputation. The deceased had been in ill-health for a good while, and for five weeks his condition varied between a serious and critical state. Mr. Shepherd leaves sons in the nursery and fruit-growing business, all well-known and highly respected, and numerous relatives around Somerville. The funeral took place at the Frankston cemetery on Thursday afternoon, and was largely attended. The burial service was impressively conducted by the Rev. A. P. McFarlane (Church of England, Frankston), assisted by the Rev Hy. Wallace (Methodist, Frankston)
SHERIDAN, JOHN THOMAS
Frankston Standard 10th November 1939
OBITUARY MR. J. T. SHERIDAN. Mr. John Thomas Sheridan died suddenly at his home in Melbourne road, Frankston, on Sunday, November 5th. The late Mr. Sheridan, who was one of Frankston's pioneer residents,'was aged 82 years
Mornington Standard 6th September 1900
OBITUARY. DEATH OF MR. SAMUEL SHERLOCK, SENR.
On Thursday last there passed away at his residence, Mornington, one of the oldest residents of the Peninsula in the person of Mr Samuel Sherlock, senr. The deceased had suffered from asthma for many years past and about a fortnight ago was conflned to his bed. Dr Somers was called in, and by skil- ful treatment, he so far recovered as to be able to ride into Mornington and vote on polling day. However, on return- ing home, he again took ill, and des- pite all that medical aid could do, he expired about 6 p.m. on the evening abovementioned, the immediate cause of death being syncope, supervening on mitral valve disease. The deceased was well-known and very highly respected throughout the whole of the Peninsula, and ample evidence of his popularity was given on Sunday, when 60 vehicles and over 40 horsemen followed his remains to their last resting place, the Moorooduc cemetery, where a most impressive burial service was read by the Rev Jas Caldwell, Presbyterian minister. He leaves a widow, two sons (Lieutenant Samuel Sherlock, Veterinary Surgeon with the Bushman's Contingent in South Africa, and Andrew, who is a storekeeper at Mornington) and three daughters (Mrs W. Baxter, Sarah and Aggie) to mourn his loss, and the greatest sympathy is expressed on all sides for them. [Mr Sherlock, who at the time of his death was 64 years of age, was born at Launceston, Tasmania, 1836, and came to Victoria in 1840, being then only 4 years old. His father had a small run at Yarraville, but died four years after he arrived. His sister and her husband (the late Mr Stenniken) then had charge and they stayed at Yarraville for another 4 years, when they purchased the late Mr Kenyon's property at Tootgoorook, now called Rye, which was in those days good grazing country and not overgrown with ti-tree as it is now. They moved their stock to this property in 1848, Mr Sherlock stopping with them as stockkeeper for a number of years. He was afterwards with Mr Burrell, senr., of Arthur's Seat and Mr Barker, senr., of Cape Schanck (both of these gentlemen being dead some years) stockriding, and he used to tell many amusing stories of that life in the early days. The stockman's work at Arthur's seat in those days was to round up the wild cattle, shoot the bulls and brand the cows and calfs. It was while he was at the latter station that he, along with Mr Robert Anderson (the only two there at the time) had to entertain the two notorious bushrangers, Brady and O'Connor, who had got away from Tasmania on a craft, and when off Cape Schanck tied up all hands, took two of the sailors and the boat, tried to sink the vessel, made for the shore, and landed safely through the surf with a broken boat. They then made the sailors walk in front of them up the cliff, to Mr.Barker's station, got some food, made a stock of bullets, gave Mr Sherlock a powder flask and the boat, and departed without doing any mis- chief. These two men were shortly afterwards captured and executed. He was next with the late Mr A. B. Balcombe, of "The Briars" (who had a good portion of the now Shire of Mornington as his run, before there was any township) stockkeeping, horse- breeding, etc. From Mr Balcombe's place he married a young lady named Janet McLellan in April 1859, and settled down at Green Island. Before the days of coaches, he used to carry the mail on horseback from Rye to Cheltenham and from King's Creek (Hastings) to the same place. He was also a contractor for roads, bridges, etc, and carried on farming in a small way. He was married, lived and died in the house he built for himself. Although for the last 20 years he suffered greatly from asthma, he always had a colt its hand, and, in fact, was never happy unless amongst horses, of which he was passionately fond. His last job was breaking in a pony, which he handled and rode himself, although very ill at the time.
Frankston Standard 7th March 1941
OLD RESIDENT PASSES Mr. J. Sinclair The death of Mr. Joseph Sinclair occurred at his residence, Melbourne road, Frankston, on Tuesday March 4. The late Mr. Sinclair who was 90 years of age was one of the oldest residents of Frankston. His wife predeceased him several years ago. The funeral took place yesterday at the Frankston Cemtery
SOMERS, DR. J. L. E
The Argus 18th February 1938
Dr. J. L. E. Somers, J.P., a resident of Mornington for nearly 50 years, was found dead in his bed at his home, Tarfayah, Albert Street, Mornington, yesterday. He had apparently died in his sleep. He was
aged 75 years.
Dr. Somers was widely known on the Peninsula. On Wednesday he presided over the Mornington Police Court. He was a pioneer medical man in the district. Flags were flown at half-mast at Mornington yesterday.
Dr. Somers is survived by one son (Mr. Neville Somers) and two daughters.
Frankston & Somerville Standard 4th March 1938
DR. J. L. SOMERS. Wide spread regret has been expressed throughout the whole of the Mornington Peninsula at the death of Dr. J. L. Edgeworth Somers, the pioneer doctor, at the age of 74, at his late home, "Tarfayah," Albert street, Mornington, from a sudden failure of the heart. Expressions of regret and floral tributes came from many Peninsula residents and organisations, and a special conveyance had to be provided for the wreaths. Returned soldiers and representatives of the Fathers' Association took a leading part in the funeral, which was composed, of up wards of 50 cars, and but for the in tense heat and lack of knowledge of the time of the funeral, scores more would have been present. The funeral at the Mornington Cemetery on Friday afternoon last was exceptionally well: attended by residents from all parts of the Pen insula (including shire councillors and officers of the Mornington and Flinders Shires) and officials of all the town organisations, as well as numerous Melbourne people. Rev. Father Fitzpatrick officiated at the graveside. A special car was adorned with some hundreds of beau tiful floral tributes. The coffin-bearers were Messrs. S. L. Butler, W. W. Leggatt, Fred Mur ray, D. G. Fyffe, A. Sexton, R Ritchie, all of the R.S.S.ILL.A. The pall-bearers were Messrs J.G. Barrett, W. S Cook (two very old friends); H. J. Hodgson (represent ing the Bench), T. Ritchie (Racing Club), Capt. Bowtell-Harris ( Mech anics' Institute), E. G. Bradford (Pre sident of the Mornington Shire). Mr. James Wilson, Funeral Director
STRINGER, WALTER HENRY SPUNNER
11th January 1935, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. W. H. S. STRINGER
A gloom fell over Sorrento yester- day, and, to a lesser extent, affected every centre in the Peninsula, when the death of Mr. Walter Henry Spunner Stringer occurred. Although he had been in ill-health since Christ- mas, his death was quite unexpected. Yesterday he was to have left his bed, but had an unexpected heart seizure and died suddenly. He was aged 51 years. Burial took place in the Sorrento cemetery this afternoon. He leaves a wife and three daughters. He was one of the best known and highly respected residents of the Mornington Peninsula, being one of the most active workers for the pro- motion of football and other manly sports. He spent his whole life on the Peninsula. When a young man he became an employee of McFarlan's Stores at Sorrento. Eventually he was taken into partnership, and the firm became McFarlan and Stringer. About 10 years ago he became sole proprietor of the business, which was carried on at Sorrento and Portsea as Stringer's Stores. He was a past president of the Mornington Peninsula Football League, of which he was a life member; a life vice- president of the Sorrento Tennis Club; president of Sorrento Football Club; secretary of Sorrento Ocean Park Trust; and a Past Master of Sorrento Lodge of A.F. and A. Masons. The Masonic burial service was read at the grave.
27th May 1938, The Argus
The death occurred at Mornington yes terday of Mr. George Stone, one of the oldest residents of the district. He had lived at Mornington continuously for 71 years. Mr. Stone had not missed a church service at the Church of England, Mornington, for 40 years. For 30 years he was a churchwarden.
STUART, GEORGE L. H.
1st October 1891, Mornington Standard
Quite a gloom was cast over the township of Frankston yesterday morning when it became known, that Mr George L. H. Stuart, had died at his residence early in the morning, for although it was known that Mr Stuart was ailing, it was not generally thought that his illness was serious. On Tues- day, Dr Sturdee, his medical attendant, considered him much improved in health, but during the evening he evidently suffered a relapse and succumbed from enlarged liver an failure of the heart's action, at half-past seven a.m. Mr Stuart, at the time of his death was 36 years of age, and was the son of the late Captain Stuart, master mariner, who arrived in the colony in 1851, with the well-known ship Success. Sometime afterwards, Captain Stuart bought the Seagrove Estate near Hastings, now well known as Stuart's Flat, at which place he died in 1875, leaving the property to his son George. For a period of 14 years the estate was successfully managed by the deceased who sold out during the land boom time and retired to Frankston. Deceased leaves a widow and child, his aged mother, and sister, Mrs G. Cole of Balnarring, to mourn his loss, and very general sympathy is being expressed by the residents of the district for them at their bereavement. Today Mr Stuart's remains will be interred in the Tyabb cemetery, the funeral being appointed to leave his residence at 12 o'clock.
ANOTHER PENINSULA PIONEER CROSSES THE BOURNE.
On Friday last another of the Mornington Peninsula's early colonist, Mr. George Taylor, of "Grand View" Mount Martha, crossed the bourne. He arrived in Port Phillip Bay in 1842 with his parents on the "W'estminster." His wife, who survives him, was a daughter of Captain E. L. Kenney, one of Mornington's earliest residents, who, in 1852, sailed his own vessel, the "Yarmouth", from England to Melbourne. Six years later, during rough weather, Captain Kenny was drowned in Port Phillip Bay. The late Mr. Taylor and Mrs. Taylor celebrated their diamond wedding in 1920.
THOMAS, HENRY GEORGE
5th August 1933, Frankston & Somerville Standard
OBITUARY MR. H. G. THOMAS
The death of Mr. Henry George Thomas, aged: 75 years, occurred at the home of his son, Mr. W. G. Thomas, James Street, Frankston, on Tuesday. Burial took place in the Church of England section of the Frankston Cemetery on Thursday afternoon. The Rev. P. B. Hayman read the burial service. The funeral was conducted by Mr. H. J. Gamble of Frankston. The late Mr. Thomas was one of the pioneers of the Peninsula. Born in England, he arrived in Australia, when 10 years old, and when 18 years of age came to Somerville, where, with the exception of a brief period in Frankston, he lived for 57 years. He leaves two sons and a daughter.
THOMPSON, JOHN JP.
MR , JOHN THOMPSON, J.P. A very old Frankston identity, in the person of Mr John Thompson, passed away at his residence, " Skir- beck," on Tuesday, at the advanced age of 74 years. The deceased, whose health had been failing for a consider- able period, was able to walk about the township up to a few days ago, when he was confined to his bed, and despite every care and attention he gradually succumbed and died as sta- ted. Mr. Thompson was born in Wales (England), and was brought up to a seafaring life. About 50 years ago, in the height of the gold fever, he came to the colony, and was for some time captain of a little steamer owned by Mr Liardet, which was used to carry mails, etc. to and from the ships which entered the Bay. Port Mel- bourne and Williamstown were the ports of Mr Thompson's operations. Here he was married to Miss Cadell After a time he entered into farm- ing pursuits, taking up land about a mile from Frankston. This was over 40 years ago. The land not being well adapted for the purposes for which it was put, and the means of access to market extremely poor, attention was turned to the wood trade of the me- tropolis, and Mr Thompson establish- ed himself in business in Frankston in that line. "Skirbeck" was the site of the place of business, and the wood was delivered by bullock teams at the Frankston pier, being conveyed to the metropolis by Mr Thompson's schooner the "Hannah Thomnpson." Cargo for others in the trade was taken, others engaged in the wood traffic being Messrs C. Wells, Henderson and Ken- nedy. Fishing was good in those days but the population was meagre, amongst the few dwellings remembered being those of Messrs McComb, Bay View Hotel, Patterson, Ritchie, Cam- eron, and Tockin's store. Mr Thomp- son started a general store, and after- wards moved it to the premises now occupied by the Standard office, where he carried on a thriving business. He then built the block of buildings from Sherlock's corner, and carried on business there until succeeded by Mr Sherlock. Since that time he has lived privately at Frankston and Melbourne. During the past two years Mr. Thompson has resided almost continuously in Franks- ton. He was one of the early mem- bers of the old Mt Eliza Road Board, which did very useful work before the Mornington shire came into existence. He was also a justice of the peace and an ardent member of the Wesleyan church, often filling the puipit as a preacher. As a strong supporter of temperance he laid the foundation stone of the local temperance hall. Amongst the, many properties which he possessed was the Langwarrin en- campment ground, which was sold to the Government for £4 per acre. The deceased was twice married, but left no children. To his sorrowing wife and relatives sympathy is' extended. The funeral takes place today at the Frankston cemetery at 3 p.m.
18th May 1944, Frankston Standard
MR. A. THORNELL
Mr. Alfred Thornell, one of the oldest and most esteemed residents of Somerville, passed away suddenly last Saturday at his home. The late Mr. Thornell, who was 81 years old, had lived in the district all his life, and enjoyed the friendhhip of practically the whole population. He is survived by his daughter (Mrs. Shelton), his only son having lost his life in serving with the first AIF in the Great War. Prior to the funeral, which took place last Monday, a service was conducted in the Somerville Methodist Church, by the Rev. P. H. Smith, who also read the Burial Service at the Cemetery. In a brief address, the clergyman spoke of the fine qualities of the late Mr. Thornell, who had lived his life as a true Christian. There was a large and representative attendance at both the Church Service and the cemetery. The pall- bearers were: - Messrs. T. W. White, B. Moffat, H. G. Overton, W. Brunning, E. Clark, H. C. Barclay, R. Menltiplay, and G. Ruse. The coffln-bearers were: - Messrs. A. Mentiplay, . P. Twyford, G. E. Shepherd and. W. Robinson. Messrs. Hector Gamble and Son conducted the funeral arrangements.
31st May 1913, Mornington Standard
Another of the old residents of the Somerville district passed away on the 23rd inst., in the person of Mr Geo. Thornell. The deceased has suffered a painful illness for a long time past. Mr Thornell belonged to a well known family in the district. He leaves 3 sons, and his brothers are Mark, John and Alfred, who still live in the neighborhood, and his sisters are Mrs J. Mils and Mrs W. A. Shepherd. Mrs Geo Thornell predeceased her husband by five or six months. The funeral took place at Frankston on Saturday, and was attended by a large number of local residents. Rev R. Jackson performed the burial services, and Mr Gamble was the undertaker. Great sympathy is expressed for the members of the family of the deceased.
Frankston & Somerville Standard 30th January 1925
Death at Somerville Mr. Mark Thornell, one of the oldest pioneers of the Somerville district, died at his residence after a brief illness. Mr. Thornell had re sided at Somerville for 65 years and was.highly respected through out the district. He leaves a widow and five children.
THORNELL, J. H
7th October 1915, South Bourke & Mornington Journal
It is with extreme regret we chronicle the death of Mr J. H. Thornell, who died at "Taudarra" private hospital, East Melbourne, on Wednesday, 29th inst. "Tandarra" is owned by Sister Murphy, and is attended by Drs McKeddie and Wilkinson. Deceased was the eldest surviving son of the late Mr and Mrs Thornell, of Somer- ville, but lived at Clyde since infancy. He engaged in farming and dairying, and was a landowner at Clyde and Kooweerup. He was one who will be remembered for his honest and straight forward dealings, and was consequently highly respected by a large circle of friends. Always ready to take an active interest in public affairs, as will be gleaned from the honorary appoint- ments enumnerated, which he held. He was a trustee of the Cranbourne ceme- tery; treasurer and clerk of scales, Cranbourne turf club ; hon. secretary Clyde cricket club; hon. secretary Clyde progress association ; a member of the Clyde hall committee; acolyte at Cranbourne R.O. Church for 17 years; hen. secretary Clyde branch Catholic Federation; hon, secretary Cranbourne R.C. Church committee; and a trustee of the Cranbourne re- creation reserve. He was also, at one time, local agent for Messrs J. Bartram and Son, of Melbourne. The funeral, which took place on the 30th ult. was attended by a large number of friends and relatives. The remains were interred in the Roman Catholic portion at Cranbourne ceme- tery; the Rev. Father Gleeson officiat- ing at the graveside, Messrs Espie Bros. attending to the mortuary ar- rangements. The coffin-bearers were Messrs Rodie Greegan, Ted Nurse, F. Callanan, J. Mahoney, Glasheen, and M. Conroy; and the pall-bearers Messrs W. Hardy, W. Brunt, T. A. Twyford, A. Duff, Murphy, Mahoney, H. White, and W. G. Thornell. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved relatives. This obituary would be incomplete without reference to the able manner in which deceased, for some years past, aided in keeping matters pertaining to Clyde before readers of "The Journal," and we therefore acknowledge our indebted- ness in that respect.
THORNELL, ROWLAND JOSEPH
6th June 1946, Frankston Standard
OBITUARY MR. ROWLAND JOSEPH THORNELL The death occurred at Caulfield Military Hospital, on May 25, of Mr. Rowland Joseph Thornell, after a long illness. He served in the 1914 War, in the 58th Battalion, and leaves a wife and four sons to mourn his loss. The funeral took place on Mon- day, May 27, the remains being interred in the Frankston Cemetery. There was a large attendance, including many returned soldiers, showing the esteem in which the late Mr. Thornell was held. Rev. J. T. Freeman read the burial service, while Mr. R. H. Travers, secretary of the Returned Soldiers League, read the service for soldiers. Mr. A. M. Eadie, Chief Ruler of Rechabites, Frankston, read the service for Rechabites. There were many .floral tributes. Pall bearers were Messrs. Cliff. Thornell, J. Thornell, Chas Thor nell, Norm. Westaway, H. Johnson, G. Brunning, H. Ridout, J. Ridout. Coffin bearers were Messrs. Wesley Thornell, W. Smartt, A. Thornell, S. Unthank. Messrs. Hector Gamble and Son conducted the funeral, arrangements.
Mornington Standard 27th September 1913
MR THOS. THORNELL. We regret to learn of the death of Mr Thos. Thornell, which occurred at his residence, "Camellia," Somerville, on Monday last at midday. Mr Thornell was one of the very early settlers of this district, and by hard work and prudence had managed to amass a comfortable competence. He was a very successful fruit grower and nurseryman. He owned a considerable amount of property locally and in the suburbs of Melbourne. The deceased was a member of the local Methodist Church, and was at the time of his death treasurer to the trustees. He was also a member of the Fruitgrowers' Associotion from the commencement of the society, and for a number of years acted as treasurer to that body. Mr Thornell was at one time a councillor in the Frank- ston and Hastings Shire. The funeral took place or Tues- day, and was very largely attended by residents of this district. Rev. R. Jackson performed the burial ceremony at the graveside in the Frankston cemetery, Rev. Mr But- ehers offering the last prayer. Mr Thornell was a Freemason and Bro. Hanton performed the Masonic burial service. There was a very large number of sympathisers around the grave. The deceased's favorite hymn, "Nearer My God to Thee," was sung by those present. The mortuary arrangements were in the hands of Mr Gamble.
Mornington Standard 27th October 1898
It is with regret that I have to re- cord the death of Mr John Threader, local auditor for the shire of Morning- ton, a position which he had held for the past 14 years. Deceased was a very old resident, having been in the district for upwards of 37 years, and was formerly one of the pioneers of the Tubba Bubba diggings, where he was often successful in getting good gold. Deceased was at one time an officer of the shire of Mornington, and was widely known over the district. For some time past he had been in very poor health, and it was generally no- ticed that he was failing. On one of his neighbors calling to see him on Sunday morning he was surprised to find him dead in bed. Deceased was 77 years of age and lived by himself. The fune- ral took place on Monday in the Moo- rooduc cemetery.
Mornington Standard 29th March 1890
DEATH OF MR. HENRY TUCK, OF FLINDERS. [Communicated] By the demise of Mr. H. Tuck, which occurred on St. Patricks's Day, we lose one of the oldest settlers in the colony, the deceased having been a resident of the Flinders district for more than half a century; since the time indeed when Victoria was an in- tegral part of New South Wales. Mr Tuck's license (now in the possession of the eldest son, Mr. Samuel Tuck), was signed by Charles La Trobe, Lieut. Governor, bearing date 1846. Mr Tuck at that period had a run of over 6000 acres along the shores of Wes- ternport Bay, this large block being described in the license as land ad- jacant to Manton's creek. The abori- ginals who then peopled the country in considerable numbers were not of hostile or warlike disposition, and it was not found necessary to deal harshly with them; indeed as a mat- ter of fact they were so humanely treated that they made periodical visits to Mr Tuck's dwelling house for food and "'baccy." 'It will therefore be seen that Mr Tuck was one of the earliest pioneers, and he and his family being so well known and re- spected throughout the peninsula we will give a few particulars respecting the life of one whose name is as suredly perpetuated, and will ever be associated with the past and present history of Flinders. Deceased hailed from Scotland, he having been born in the Isle of Skye, in the county of Inverness, in the year 1810. At an early age he went to London and afterwards worked in the Yarmouth fisheries. He left England in 1830 and came out to Tasmania (or Van Diemens Land as it was then called), where he worked as a sawyer on the Huon River and at Esperance and Oyster Bays. Whilst at work to- gether at a saw pit a mate of his was speared by the blacks, and he very narrowly escaped a similar fate. About this time so troublesome and dangerous did the blacks become that the Government, in self defence, de- termined to exterminate them, and Mr Tuck was one of the line of volun- teers formed for that purpose. We are told that the line extended from one side of the Island to the other, each man composing it being placed a certain distance apart. Thus they traversed, the Island only, however, to capture a Lubra ! all the other blacks having skilfully passed between the watches at night. Mr Tuck was married in 1837 and came over to Melbourne in the same year in the employment of Mr John Sutherland, working with a mate, also a Scotchman named George Petrie. They were en- gaged sawing red gum in what is now the streets of Melbourne. There he purchased some land, which, if re- tained, would have made his fortune. In 1844 he entered the services of Captain Reid, who had a station near Mount Martha, and he was subse- quently engaged by Mr McCrae (the father of George Gordon McCrae, author of the "Man with the Iron Mask" and other popular poetical works) who had taken up a run at Arthur's Seat, on the Shores of Port Phillip Bay. He was afterwards em- ployed by Mr John Barker (now clerk of the Legislative Council) of Cape Schanck station for many years. In 1846 he took up the run at Flinders already referred to, and his wife joined him there in 1847. Mrs Tuck residing at Manton's Creek, seeing no one but her husband, an occasional stockman from Mr. Barker's station, and the wandering tribes of blacks, who used to speak of her as the "white lubra with a lot of picanninnies." On that memorable day, Black Thursday, February 6th, 1851, Mr Tuck and a companion named Isaac Stubbs were digging a waterhole for Mr Barker, when they were surrounded by the fire, and suffered severe straits from thirst. In 1852 Mr. Tuck tried his luck on the Bendigo diggings, and being fairly successful, bought a pre-emptive right on his old run at Flinders, and when the run was cut up he secured what he could of it, the whole amounting to 1000 acres. He was a member of the first Road Board that was formed in the Flinders district, and was thus a colleague of the late Mr T. O. Martin, President of the Shire of Flinders and Kangerong, who preceded him to the grave by a few months, and up to the time of his death Mr Tuck was a trustee of the Flinders Cemetery. About three years ago his health fail- ing he sold a portion of his land and the land boom tempted him to part with more, but he retained 40 acres around the old homestead where he resided up to the last. He leaves four sons and three daughters and a great many grandchildren.
28th May 1931 The Argus
Mr Samuel Tuck, the oldest pioneer of the Mornington Peninsulahas died. The family settled in Finders in 1842. There is one surviving brother, Mr John Tuck.
14th April 1939, Frankston Standard
MR E. TURNER
A large number of people gathered at the Mornington cemetery on Satur- day last to pay their last respects to Mr Edward Turner, of Moorooduc, who died at the Mornington Bush Nursing Hospital. The late Mr Turner had lived all his life on the Peninsula, and was formerly a councillor in the Shire of Frankston, and Hastings. He was aged 70 years. The coffin-bearers were Messrs E. Turner, G. Turner, P. Mawson, N. Hodgins, L. Connell and H. Young. The pall-bearers were Cr Bradford, Messrs J. Mawson, G. Barclay, F. Unthank and W. Pike
14th September 1944, Frankston Standard
DEATH OF OLD HASTINGS RESIDENT.
Mr. Joseph Turner, aged 85 years, one of the oldest residents of the Mornington Peninsula, died in the Hastings and District Bush Nursing Hospital. Many years ago he man- aged a cream factory at Shoreham when the Moorooduc Butter Fac- tory was in existence. The deceased was widely known on the Peninsula. He was an uncle to Cr. E. G. Brad- ford, of Mornington Shire Council.
Mornington Standard 9th February 1907
Obituary, THE LATE MR. THOMAS UNTHANK. . The above named gentlemanman passed quietly away after some months of illness, on Thursday evening, 31st January. Mr. Unthank was the third eldest of a family of eleven children, of these three sisters and four brothers still survive. Mr. Unthank was born in Yorkshire, England, and landed in the State with his parents some 50 years ago. After 12 years service on The Age printing staff the deceased settled down in this district, and has been one of our most successful orchardists. Many years ago Mr. Unthank for a time conducted a night school, which was a great boon to many of the young men of that day, and was much appreciated by them, the facilities for education being very much fewer then they are at the pre- sent day (for the information as to this night school, we are indebted to one of Mr. Unthank's old pupils, who is now a prominent Councillor of the Shire). Mrs. Unthank predeceased her hus- band by some 17 years. Mr. Untbank is survived by a family of six daughters and one son, and there are twenty-one grandchildren and one great grand child. The only unmarried children are Miss Rosie and Mr. Arthur, who are such popular favorites at the social Club. The burial took place at the Hastings cemetery on Saturday, February 2nd., the cortege being one the largest seen here for some time. The mortuary arrangements were, con- ducted by Mr. A. Denham, of Hast- ings. The Rev. J. T. Kearns, of Frankston, officiated at the grave. Mr. Unthank was a Trustee of the local Methodist Church, and a con- sistant follower and supporter of that denomination. Among the numerous wro tbs was a handsome one from the Social Club, and also from the Church Trustees and the Tennis Club. During a residence of 36 years in Somerville, the late Mr. Unthank has been one of the most prominent of those who interest themselves in the public affairs of the district. As a Councillor fpr a period of 11 years, he was held in the highest esteem by his brother councillors, and by the rate payers as a careful custodian of their interests. Mr. Unthank was an ex- president of the Fruitgrowers' Associa- tion, and at the monthly meeting of that body on Monday evening, Cr. Grifeth, in moving a vote of con- dolence to the family, expressed im- pressively and with much feeling the esteem in which the deceased was held by the members. Mr. Unthank was one of the pro- moters of the agitation which resulted in the acquisition of the Somerville Park, and at the time of his death was President of the Tennis Club, and also of the Social Club, being also Treasurer of the Mechanics' Institute. As a public speaker the deceased gentle- man always commanded a ready hear- ing, his phraseology was very correct, his matter concise, and he was seldom at a loss for repartee. Mr. Unthank will long be missed in social and other meetings. He kind and indulgent, and his religion was not of the ?O tere kind that would prevent young people from enjoying themselves in a wholesome and rational manner. A enicble bookworm, his reading was of diffuse character, and ltaving a re- entive memory, he was always able to discuss inteligently on any subject he had read. We join with a very large circle of friends and acquaintances in extending our sincere sympathy to the ??? wing relatives in their bereavement.
WALKER, GEORGE W.
8th February 1945, Frankston Standard
MR. GEORGE W. WALKER.
Mr. George William Walker, who died recently, was an old resident of Frankston, and was held in high esteem by a large circle of friends. His wife and four sons survive him. Three sons are in the services, Laurence (RAAF), Frank (A.I.F.), and Leslie (RAAF). The remains were interred in the Frankston Cemetery. Many floral tributes were sent. There was a large and, representative attendance at the funeral. Pall- bearers were Cr. Pratt, Messrs. D. Symonds, S. Corlett, G. Farmer, N. Eunson, J. Cameron, Ray Wells. The coffin-bearers were Messrs. A. Nicholson, Stan Ball, G. Kindoll, R. Sampson, J. Draper, Les Kindall. Rev. P. H. Smith read the burial service. Messrs. Hector Gamble and Son conducted the funeral arrangements.
WATT, ALFRED J.
25th August, 1949 Frankston Standard
MR. ALFRED J. WATT Mr. Alfred James Watt died on August 19 at his residence, George Street, Frankston, at the age of 87. Mr. Watt was an old resident of Pearcedale, where he was en- gaged in farming. Some years ago he disposed of his property and came to live in Frankston. His wife, two daughters, and one son survive him. One daughter and one son predeceased him. The funeral took place on Monday, August 22 to the Frankston Cemetery, where there was a large attendance of relatives and friends. Rev. J. T. Freeman read the burial service. Messrs Hector Gamble and Son conducted the funeral arrangements.
5th August 1938, Frankston & Somerville Standard
SUDDEN DEATH OF BALNAR- RING RESIDENT SYMPATHY FOR RELATIVES OF LATE MR. WATT Widespread regret was felt when it was known that Mr. Robert Watt, of Balnarring, had passed away suddenly on Thursday afternoon of last week. Mr. Watt leaves a wife, a daughter and two sons, the sons being away in Queensland. Deep and widespread sympathy is felt for Mrs. Watt and her daughter. Mr. Watt, who was 61, had formerly resided at Flinders, where he had managed a farm for Mr. D. Smyth, of Merricks, by whom he was very highly esteemed, also by many resi- dents of Flinders. Numerous expressions of sympathy and floral tributes were received. Interment was at the Crib Point Cemetery where the Rev. A. O. Horn conducted the service. Mr. James Wilson, Funeral Director, Mornington, had charge of the arrangements.
WEDGE, JOHN HELDER
Illustrated News For Home Readers 31st December 1872
A PORT PHILLIP PIONEER. The death of the hon. John Helder Wedge is announced as having taken place at the River Forth, Tasmania, on the 22nd Nov. He was eighty years of age at the time of his death. He arrived in Tasmania in 1824, under an engagement with the home Go- vernment to fill a position in the Survey de- partment. During the period he occupied that position he explored various parts of the colony, and especially in the north-west of the island. In 1836 Mr. Wedge left the Survey department, and proceeded to Victoria, then known as Port Phillip, as agent for the company which had been formed by Bat- man, J. T. Gellibrand and others, for the purpose of taking up a quantity of land there. The company negotiated with the natives for a large tract of country, but the agreement was not recognised by the home Government at the time, though afterwards the promoters received a grant of land as a sort of compensation, and Mr. Wedge, who was also one of the promoters, sold his portion in 1854 for the sum of £18,000. Soon after the failure of the company to secure the land, Mr. Wedge went to England, and remained there till 1843, when he returned to Tasmania. In 1855 he was elected a member of the Legislative Council. In the Gregson Ministry Mr. Wedge was a member without office. He also represented the districts of Hobart and Huon in the Legis lative Council and ceased to be a member of Parliament in 1868. The cause of death was paralysis.
18th January 1945, Frankston Standard
Mr. Benjamin Wells died at Frankston Community Hospital- on January 10 at the age of 86. The late-Mr. Wells sold his property at Frankston a few years ago and went to live at Noble Park. His wife died about two years ago and Mr. Wells returned to live at Frankston. He was the last member of the family of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cadby Wells, early pioneers of Frankston. The funeral took place on January 11, the remains being interred in the Frankston Cemetery. Many friends attended the funeral to pay their last respects. Rev. P. H. Smith read the Burial Service. Messrs Hector Gamble and Sons
20th July 1928, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. CHARLES WELLS. At the age of 82 years Mr. Chas. Wells, one of Frankston's pioneers, died suddenly at his residence, Cran bourne-road, Frankston, on Monday. Burial took place on Wednesday in Frankston cemetery. He leaves a widow, four sons and two daughters. One son predeceased him. During his long life the late Mr. Wells saw the Peninsula and other portions of the State grow from virgin forest to closely populated districts. Born in Richmond he, in early life, removed to Plenty Ranges with his parents, and while in that district went through the .horrors of Black Thursday. Later he lived at Sand ridge (now Port Melbourne) and later was in the butchering trade in St. Kilda. From there he went to Arthur's Seat, where he took on a con- tract for cutting sleepers for the Williamstown railway line. About 67 years' ago he took up his residence in Frankston when there was but one hotel and one store and all merchandise was conveyed to Frankston by craft. He assisted in carting 'the timber for the construction of Frankston pier over 60 years ago and carted the first pile for the Hastings jetty. About the year 1880 Mr. Wells erected the fence around the Frankston Park, and some of that fence remains to the present day. He also secured the contract for clearing and forming the oval, the ploughing being done by bullocks. Right to the sudden termination of his life he was never idle, and even the years which passed beyond the limits of the allotted span were part of a life of good and active citizenship
4th September 1936, Frankston & Somerville Standard
MR. D. WELLS.
The death occurred last Friday of Mr. Decimus Wells, aged 75 years, one of Frankston's oldest residents. He was born at Frankston and lived there all his life. His father, the late Henry Cadby Wells, came from Devizes, Wiltshire (Eng.), and, after living for some years at Point Nepean, settled on Nyora, near Mount Eliza, in 1859. He often recalled that his father, known as Dick Wells drove a four-horse coach across Salisbury Plain in the days when encounters with highway men were common. The late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wells reared a family of 13 children, of whom Decimus, as his name implied was the tenth. The funeral which was private, took place on Saturday, the remains being interred in the Frankston cemetery. The Rev. G. A. Osmond read the burial service. Mr. Hector Gamble had charge of the funeral arrangements.
WELLS, FRANK RICHARD
The Argus 11th July 1938
Mr. F. R. Wells
Mr. Frank Richard Wells, aged 88 years, a pioneer of the Mornington Peninsula, died at the home of his son, Councillor F. H. Wells, Cranbourne road, Frankston, on Saturday. Mr. Wells went to live in Frankston with his parents at the age of six years. At the age of 21 years he selected a property in Cranbourne road, Frankston, and established one of the first orchards planted in the Frankston district, of which he was proprietor up to the time of his death. Wells street, Frankston, was named after his father, the late Mr. Henry Cadby Wells, who came to Australia from Devizes, England, in 1840. Mr. Wells is survived by a widow (who is in her 87th year), four children, 13 grandchildren, and 30 great-grand
WELLS, HENRY CADBY
Mornington & Dromana Standard 12th December 1908
Obituary. MR. H. C. WELLS. At Frankston on Wednesday last there passed away one of the earliest of Peninsula residents, in the person of Mr Henry Cabdy Wells. at the advanced age of 89 years. Mr Wells was widely known and respected in the district, in which he had lived for close on 50 years. He leaves a family of seven-six sons and one daughter. There are three remaining generations of the Wells family, most of whom live in and around Frankston, in which place the deceased gentleman had resided continuously since his arrival when a young man nearly 50 years ago. Mr Wells followed his occupation of a boot maker for many years at Frankston, and the leather used in his business he for a long time tanned himself. His eldest daughter (Mrs Kelly, of Frankston.) was the first white child born in the Peninsula. Born in Wiltshire, England, Mr Wells in 1839, shortly after being married by special license at Bath, came to Australia in the ship " Adromica,'' under command of' Captain New. Port Phillip was reached after a voyage of 114 days, which though a slow trip, was fast in compari- son to the ships "Theresa" and "Coromandel," which, although leaving many days before the vessel in which Mr Wells sailed, did not arrive in Port Phil- lip Bay till some weeks after the "Adromica." In 1889 Mr and Mrs Wells (who predeceased her husband 13 years ago) celebrated their golden wedding at Frankston, and in an account of the proceedings we read that the Rev. 0. Cook performed the ceremony, and the wedding breakfast was given at Mr Wells' residence in Main street. The Hon. L. L. Smith occupied the chair, and amongst those present were Crs Box; Souter and Fox, and ex-Cr Renouf. The remains of deceased were interred in the Frankston cemetery on Friday, a large number attending the funeral. The Rev. H. Wallace conducted the burial service
Frankston & Somerville Standard 12th July 1935
OBITUARY MR. O. WELLS Another link with Frankston's early history was snapped on Monday by the sudden death of Mr Octavius Wells, of Kars street. On Monday Mr. Wells was engaged in his usual work as caretaker of Frankston Park when he suddenly became ill. Follow ing a partial collapse, he was taken to his home, where he died a few minutes later. Mr. Wells had been an employee of the Frankston and Hastings Council for more' years than the majority of Frankston's citizens can lay claim to. his association with municipal affairs goes back more than 50 years, for he was employed by the Mornington Council before the Shire of Frankston and Hastings obtained severance from Mornington. Born at St. Kilda, he was brought to this district by his parents when but an infant, and lived on the Peninsula for the remainder of his life. He was aged 78. When the Frankston Fire Brigade was first formed he joined its ranks, and even- tually rose to the position of captain. Until his death he took a keen inter- est in the brigade's work. Mr. Wells' father, Mr. Henry Cadby Wells, came. to Mount Eliza in 1859, when he was a tenant of the late Mr. J.T Smith, and lived in a cottage on the estate known since as Nyora. This early settler came from the town of Devizes, in Wiltshire, where his father drove a four-horse coach across Salisbury Plain in the days when en- counters with highwaymen were not uncommon. Mr Henry Cadby Wells had a family of thirteen children, of whom Messrs. Frank, Benjamin, Deci- mus and Richard are still alive and live in the district. Buirial took place in the Frankston cemetery on Tuesday. The casket was carried by Cr. F. H. Wells; Messrs. Arthur Wells, J. Devaney (nephews), and G. Oakley (son-in law). The pall-bearers wer Messrs. C. Gray, T. Marshall, E. Cunningham, M. Jacobs, C.R. Wells, D. Henderson, G. Shimmers and M. Peters. The burial service was read by the Rev. P. B Hayman. Mr. Hector Gamble car- ried out the funeral arrangements; He leaves a widow, two sons and a daughter.
9th January 1942, Frankston Standard
MR. R. WELLS
Another link in the chain of district pioneers was broken on Wednesday when Mr. Richard Wells died at his residence in Wells Street, Frankston. Mr. Wells parents came from England on their honeymoon trip in 1840 in the sailing vessel, "Andromica," and settled in Sorrento, where Mr. Wells sister, the late Mrs. Dave Kelly, the only daughter in a family of twelve, was born. She was the first white girl born on the Peninsula. With the demise of Mr. Wells only one son of the family, Mr. Ben Wells, survives. Seventy-eight years ago the late Mr. Wells was born in Frankston on the present site of the Minton Boys' Home, Oliver's Hill. When two weeks old his parents removed to the corner of Bay and Wells Streets, where they owned a property of five acres. Mr. Wells has resided in Wells Street all his life. As a young man he was employed as night stoker and lamplighter by the Gas Company. Later he was appointed garbage contractor by the Frankston Shire, a position which he held for over 20 years. It was only about four years ago that ill-health, prevented him from carrying on with the contract. His wife predeceased him seven years ago and there is only one daughter, Blanche (Mrs, J. Devaney). Burial took place at the Frankston Cemetery this morning. The service was conducted by Rev. A. J. Whyte, and the funeral was conducted by Armstrong & Whittle.
15th March 1929, Frankston & Somerville Standard
Death of Mr. ,Tom Wills. Our small community was shocked and grieved to hear of the sudden demise of our old resident, Mr Tom Wills, and all condole with the bereaved widow and members of the family. Mr Wills geniality and helpfulness as a townsman will be greatly missed.
WILSON, JOHN BOWMAN
21st November 1946, Frankston Standard
MR. JOHN B. W. WILSON
Mr. John Bowman W. Wilson passed away on November 3 at the residence of his cousin, at Langwarrin. He was a bachelor aged. 67 years. His parents were early settlers of Moorooduc, where Mr. Wilson was born. The funeral took place on Monday, November 4, the remains being interred in the Mornington Cemetery. Rev. A. J. Whyte read the burial service. Messrs. Hector Gamble and Son conducted the funeral arrangements.
25th June 1937, Frankston & Somerville Standard
DEATH OF MR. A. WOOLLEY.
Mr. Ashton Woolley died at his residence, Crib Point, on Sunday, aged 91 years. He was one of the pioneers of the district, having lived there for 70 years. He was an extremely active man until a short time before his death. He leaves four sons and two daughters. The funeral took place in the Crib Point Cemetery on Tuesday. Mr. E. H. Davies, assisted by Messrs. C. W. Butterworth and H. McGurk, Seventh Day Adventists, held a service at the home and officiated at the grave. There was a large attendance of mourners at the funeral. The casket vas carried by his four sons. The pallbearers were Messrs. F. Hatton, L Jack, O.Peterson, F. Washbourne, C. Balcke, C. Malolf, E. H. Smith and G. L.. Melville. Mr. Hector Gamble had charge of the funeral arrangements.
YOUNG, THOMAS LEIGHTON
14th June 1940, Frankston Standard
MR. T. L. YOUNG.
Mr. Thomas Leighton Young, aged 85 years, passed away on Monday, 3rd June. The late Mr Young had enjoyed good health all his life and he had been a resident of Somerville for 48 years. He enjoyed the high esteem` of a large circle of friends. His wife and two sons predeceased him. Two daughters and five sons survive him. The funeral took place on Wednesday, June 5, the remains being interred in the family grave at the Frankston Cemetery. The pall-bearers were Messrs. G. Young, F. Brown, G. Brown, A. McCarthy, A. Unthank and S. Un- thank. The coffin-bearers were his four sons. The Rev. A. J. Whyte read the burial service. Mr. Hector Gamble conducted the funeral arrangements.
Edward Daniel Crowe was born Leiston, Abt 1827. Married Maria Hill 9th December 1851 Theberton Church, County Suffolk. Died Stratford 1910. Occupation Blacksmith.
Trying to find information on his parents Daniel Crowe and Mother?. Also his siblings. One son is named Thomas Henry Crowe. Maria Hill's father is Hammond Hill.
I would appreciate any information regarding The Frankston Fishermen
Long before the Settlement of Frankston, Fishermen were visting the Frankston area and setting up temporary Camps near Kananook Creek.
Besides Grazing and the Timber Industry, Fishing would become the Primary industry.
THE FRANKSTON FISH COMPANY
John Dixon Box
James Crosskell died Frankston 1916
OTHER FRANKSTON FISHERMEN
William, Edward, Roger & Alfred Burton
George Laudher died 1867 (Heart Attack while Fishing)
By A. L. EARL
One can travel the round of Port
Phillip Bay without finding an older and more experienced team of fisherman than the seaoned, sun-tanned professionals of Frankston. Numbering eight all told, they follow their calling with varying fortune. They declare that they have known, and still know, very lean times in the netting business, when "two shots" gave them not even a scale, let alone a "fish", but against this theyhave their "rosy days,"
as they term them, and many are the truths, not mere fish yarns, told of the
"hefty bunts", of pike, salmon,schnapper, yellow tail, mullet, and garfish which the sea gives up to them. These men are wonderful "beach-combers ", by which is meant inshore fisherman, using a seine net, which is hauled from the beaches. They rarely make a false "shot" in the day time, for the simple reason that they do not "shoot" the net unless they discover a shoal of fish. To the fishermen of Frankston this is easy, for they are able to stand on Oliver"s Hill, or on the pier and owing to the clearness of the water, "spot" a shoal fully half a mile away.
Each man of the present team will declare that he has had a "longer experi- ence at the "game"than the rest. The Burton boys will go back as far as the time when the "Kannanook Creek had a depth of 16ft at the mouth. That was 40 years ago". "Frank" as he is known,
"remembers the time when Frankston had a fish-curing industry run by Chinese". If one should ask him how many years ago that wa,s he will say, "Before the Burtons".
Until about a year ago there was old "Mac", who daily sold fresh fish outside one of the leading hotels of the town. He was a canny old Scot and "butter fish" was invariably the variety of fish he had to offer. Whether it happened to be parrotfish, gummy shark or skate, it was all one to "Mac", who used to tell me that the "public will swaller anything".
"Ted" McComb,the "colt" of the band is the conspicuous figure. He is something more than a fisherman, for he has on very many occasions saved lives from being lost by drowning. Many thrilling rescues are of times recalled, but not by the man him- self. "Ted" has his own ideas about fish, but I never could believe in his theory that schnapper kept longer when cleansed in sea water than when cleansed in fresh, or that whiting became blind in winter, and therefore were not hooked in that season. But whaterever differences of opinion these fisherman have about fish and fishing, they are a fine lot of men, and every way a credit to the district wherein they resign.
11 July 1892, The Argus
RECOVERY OF A MISSING
To day whilst one of the Rosebud fishermen named Patrick Victor was pursuing his avocation in the south channel he observed a large boat floating bottom up. He sailed alongside and made fast to it, and at- tempted to tow it to the shore. Owing to the wind being off the land and his boat being a small one he, after beating about for some time, was obliged to cast off the wreck, which then floated away in the tide. Subsequently an employe of the dredge John Nimmo named Peter was sailing towards the shore when he observed the floating boat. He made fast to it and took it in tow, but after vainly beating about for three hours he was constrained to let it go, but before doing so he took the anchor from his own boat, and fastening it to the other boat anchored it and came to the shore. The local police were communicated with, and will tow the boat ashore. The name "Swanson"is painted on it, and consequently it is supposed to be the lost one which was capsized on Wednesday last with two Frankston fishermen, Swanson and Nilson, on board.
MARY JONES nee Solden
Died 2nd May 1871 aged 46. Cause of death Phthisis? Buried 3rd May 1871
I cant find this burial. Hopefully buried with husband William
Any information on this Family would be appreciated
GRACE ELLA PERRY
Born: 1908 Balwyn, Victoria, Australia
Parents: Edmund Henry Perry & Ellen Mahony
Married: Norman McCarthy or McCarthur or McArthur
Hammond Hill was a Gardener from Theberton, Suffolk.
I only know of one daughter Maria Hill married Edward Daniel Crowe, 9th December 1851, Theberton Church, Suffolk. Maria is aged 24 years.
Looking for information on the wife of Hammond Hill and any other children
William Henderson was born in Ireland C.1839. His parents were John and Nancey Henderson (both Farmers)
William (Bill) Henderson was a pioneering bullock teamster in Victoria in the 1800’s. In 1884 William purchased 206 acres of Land in Langwarrin (part of this property is the site of Cruden Farm) William Henderson married Elizabeth Ann Singleton on the 5th August 1861, at Lyndhurst Victoria(reg2961). William was 22 years of age, Elizabeth was 16 years. Elizabeth's father gave permission to this marriage (Robert Singleton). The family lived in the Cranbourne Frankston area.
William Henderson died 17th March 1900, aged 61 years. Buried Frankston Cemetery
Elizabeth Ann Henderson (nee Singleton) died 2nd March 1919, aged 73 years
We regret to record the death at the age of 61 years. of Mr William Henderson, of Frankston, which sad event took place on Saturday morning last at an early hour. Mr Henderson resided with his family in the Somerville district for a good many years, and it will be remembered disposed of his property there some time ago, owing to failing health. He came to reside in Frankston and seemed to improve for sometime. About three months ago, however, he began to sink rapidly, and died as stated on Saturday last. The deceased leaves a wife and several children to mourn their sad loss. The remains were interred in the Frankston cemetery on Monday last, the ceremony being conducted by the Rev W. H.Holtham, whilst the mortuary arrangements were in the hands of MrGamble.
Bill and Elizabeth had the following Children
James born Lyndhurst 1862 (reg13899)
Robert born Lyndhurst 1864 (reg21201) Died 19th December 1943
Mary Margaret born Lyndhurst 1866 (reg7690)married John Charles Dyson in 1890
Martha born Cranbourne 1868 (reg2030)married James Raymond Hartley in 1892
HARTLEY. - On the 29th October, at St.Ives private hospital, East Melbourne, the husband of Martha Hartley (nee Henderson), of Frankston), and brother of Henry J. Hartley of East St. Kilda, and William A. Hartley, of North Fitzroy, aged 65 years.
William born Cranbourne 1869 (reg1774) Died 1945
John born Cranbourne 1870 (reg22485)Died 1885
Elizabeth Ann born Cranbourne 1873 (reg1820) Married Frank Henry Wells. Elizabeth died Frankston 7th September 1935, aged 62 years
George Alexander born Cranbourne 1875 (reg15157) died 18th August 1936, aged 61 years
Annie Julia born Cranbourne 1878 (reg22021)married Charles Edward Gomm in 1899
Cristina Elizabeth born Cranbourne 1882 (reg22235) Died 13th June 1905, aged 22 years
A painfully sudden death occurred at the Frankston private hospital on Tuesday last, Mrs Christina E. Wells wife of Mr Charles R. Wells, passing away after an illness of only nine hours duration, at the early age of 22 years. The deceased was a daughter of Mrs and the late Mr William Henderson, of Cranbourne road; Frankston, and some eight months ago she was married to Mr Wells, for whom the greatest sympathy is felt in his particularly sad bereavement. The remains were interred in the Frankston cemetery on Thursday afternoon, and the large cortege testified to the sympathy existing for the sorrowing relatives. The Rev. J. T. Kearns conducted the burial service of the Methodist Church.
David Hugh born Cranbourne 1885 (reg1991)
David Henderson was a Nurseryman residing in Moorooduc, Victoria when he enlisted in World War One on the 17th August 1914. He was a Private in the 5th Battalion AIF, registration number 938. David was killed in Action on the 20th September 1917 in Belgium at the Battle of Menin road (Third Battle of Ypres, being buried Memorial Register 29, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Lest we Forget.
David never married. David Henderson’s name is on the wall of the Frankston Wall of Honour.
Kate born Cranbourne 1887 (reg27610) married Francis Roger Burton. Kate died 1949
The Singleton Family
Born: C. 1792 Ireland
Spouse: Ann born C.1796
Married: Ann, Ireland C.1796
Born: C.1818 Newry, Armagh, Ireland
Married: Martha Jane Little Newry C.1839
Died: Lyndhurst Australia 8th September 1875
Buried: Cranbourne Australia 11th September 1875
Spouse Death: Jetty Road, Dromana 13th November 1895
Spouse Burial: Dromana, Australia 1895, aged 73 years (reg12963)
Robert and Martha arrived in Melbourne, aboard “Wallace, 16th February 1844
Born: 1842, England
Died: 12th December 1843 at Sea
Born: 1855 Victoria, Australia (reg3136)
Died: Victoria 1875
Born: 1863, Lyndhurst (reg7370)
Died: 1939, Castlemaine, Victoria
Born: 1843, England
Died: 25th October 1923, Dromana, Victoria
Buried: 27th October 1923, Dromana
Born: 1846, Melbourne (reg14961)
Married: William Henderson, Victoria 1861 (reg2961)
Died: Frankston, 2nd March 1919, aged 73 years
Born: 3rd April 1858, Lyndhurst, Victoria (reg6235)
Died: 28th November 1912, Dromana
Buried: 29th November 1912, Dromana
Born: 1840, Wigah lane, Lancashire, England
Died: 16th April 1908, Kew, Victoria
Born: 25th July 1847, Melbourne (reg15574)
Died: 6th December 1922, Perth, Western Australia
Buried: 7th December, 1922, Perth
Born: C. 1807, Milverton
Death: 26th August 1879, Melbourne
Spouse (1) Ann Morby, New Norfolk, Tasmania 19th February 1844
Spouse (2) Mary Kelly, Tasmania 1852
Spouse (3) Sarah Jane Hilliard
Convict Indenture: Con 31 Image 86 + Con 18 Image 138
Death: Melbourne 26th August 1879
Arrival Australia: Convict Ship “Sir Charles Forbes’. Departed London 5th March 1830, arrived Hobart Australia 27th July 1830
Jailed: Admitted to IIchester Jail 12th August 1829
Sentence: 22nd August 1829, Life, Somerset, England
1832: Tasmania, in the service of Peter Rush, Hobart. 29th February, Disobedience of order
1836: Applied for “Permission to Marry” Mary Marshall (Lady of the Lake), 8th January 1836.
1837: Tasmania, August 22nd, Pilfering one Goose, 3 years hard labour, 2 of which in Chains
1841: Tasmania 20th July, Ticket of Leave Granted
Applied for “Permission to Marry” Ann Morby (Arab) December 1841
1844: Tasmania, Loss of Ticket of Leave for misconduct
Applied for “Permission to Marry” Ann Morby (Arab), February 1844.
Henry Owen married Ann Corby, 19th February at New Norfolk, Tasmania
1852: Received Conditional Pardon
1853: Sailed on the Steamer “Yarra Yarra” from Launceston to Melbourne on the 10th of April.
1861: Melbourne, Saturday, 26th October, Henry Owens and wife Jane Owens are sentenced to 3 months imprisonment for operating a Brothel in Latrobe Street.
1867: 25th November, Sarah Jane Hilliard gives birth to Edmund Henry Owens at their residence in Warburton Lane Melbourne. Henry is 61 years of age and Sarah is 27 years.
1869: Melbourne, Tuesday July 20th, City Court, before Mr Panton; Discharges- Henry Owens, a blind old man, and Sarah Hilliard, charged with insulting behaivour, were cautioned and discharged.
Saturday October 26th, 1861
Before Mr. Sturt, M.P
His worship took the Bench at 10 o’clock
Henry Owens and Jane Owens were charged with being tho keepers of a common brothel, and Anne Connelly and Mary Anne Brooks, two quite young girls, were charged with vagrancy. _ Constable Summerhayes arrested the prisoners in a house situated in Little la Trobe street, near Elizabeth-street. The place bore an infamous character. The constable stated that Brooks, the youngest girl, had not been in the house above two days, having been abducted from her home by a man named Nelson. The girl's mother said her daughter bad borne an excellent character at several situations, until Nelson obtained possession of her. The old woman Owens, Summerhayes stated, would have turned the girl naked into the street unless she had been prevented, because she would not pay her 6s. for a bed. The girl Connelly then paid her for the bed. Constable Eager deposed that he accompanied Summerhayes to the house, and heard the female prisoner make the demand for money for an immoral purpose. It was tendered, but not given. On their way to the watch house, the woman Owens wanted witness to compromise the matter. The male prisoner, who was blind, endeavoured to make his escape, but was prevented. It appeared that the girl Brooks had been recently brought under the notice of the police magistrate, who then advised her to go home to her mother. Her demeanour in court was characterised by great levity, and Mr. Sturt said he was much inclined to send her to prison. She stated that the women had sent a man named Washington to tell her she had a room to let to herself and Connelly. Mr. Sturt administered a severe rebuke to the prisoner Owens and her husband, and sentenced them to three months imprisonment each. Connelly, who, it was stated, led the other girl into crime, was discharged with a caution. The girl Brooks was sent home with her mother
29th October 1861
At the City Court yesterday Harriott Connolly and Maryanne Brooks, two young girls, who had been discharged on Saturday last on a charge of vagrancy, were again brought up, and sentenced to fourteen and Seven days' imprisonment respectively. The prisoners were found in the house of a man named Owens and his wife, a brothel of the worst description, and had abused the leniency of the Bench in the first instance extended to them.
Tuesday July 20th 1869
(Before Mr Panton, M.P)
Henry Owens, a blind old man, and Sarah Hilliard, charged with insulting behaviour, were cautioned and discharged.
Tuesday July 20 1869
(Before Mr Panton, M.P)
Henry Owens, a blind old man, and Sarah Hilliard, charged with insulting behaviour, were cautioned and discharged.
Wednesday 27th August 1879
Dr. Youl held an inquest upon the body of Henry Owens, aged 70 years, a blind beggar, who lived in a house of Little Bourke Street. Yesterday morning he was found dead in his bed. Dr Neild made a post mortem examination of the body, and desposed that death had resulted from acute peritonitis. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony.
Children of Henry Owens and Sarah Hilliard
Edmund Henry Owens
SHARK GETS FISHERMAN
On Christmas Eve 1881, two brothers named Brown left Melbourne in a fishing boat en-route for Frankston, to spend Christmas there, but failed to arrive. The sea and beach were searched without finding a trace of the missing men. An evening or two later a shark was noticed swimming in the vicinity of the pier.
Two men set to capture it. They were Jack Connal (father of Bill Connals garage) and a man universally known as “Jack the Russian” or “Russian Jack”. They used an ordinary shark hook and managed to hook him twice, but the hook failed to hold him. This made it obviously significant that they were dealing with no weakling so they decided to get a special hook made. It was a bright moonlight night, and they decided to keep on the job, so they went to the blacksmith’s and got Mr. John Cameron out of his bed and got him to make a hook to their specifications.21st January 1885, Illustrated Australian News
CAPTURE OF A MONSTER SHARK.
DISCOVERY OF HUMAN REMAINS IN ITS INSIDIE.
On Saturday, Dec. 27, two young men named Coxall were fishing off the Frankston pier, when one of them hooked a shark about 14 feet in length and 9 feet in girth. Owing to
the size of the shark they were unable to land it at once, the result being that it broke away. The shark, however, continued hovering about the pier, and was fed with fish until another hook was obtained, and on a second trial the Coxalls managed to again secure the monster, and drag it into shallow water, where it was shot. On opening it, portions of a coat, vest and trousers were found in its stomach, and in one of the vest pockets were found a gold watch and silver chain, and in the trousers pocket - the sum of 10s. 6d. in silver, two keys and n pipe. Further search being made, a human arm and a portion of a skull were found in the stomach. The articles found were handed over to Constable Moore, and the clothing and watch were identified by Mr. Brown as belonging to his brother, who was drowned in tlie yacht Iolanthe. A magisterial inquiry was held at St. Kilda when the watch was identified by Mr. Brown as that belonging to his son Henry, the elder of two unfortunate brothers who were lost on the 13th ins, whilst on a fishing expedition. The body of the younger son William, when found on the beach, was without the left arm, which had evidently been torn off by a shark. The arm contained in the stomach of the fish in question was, however, a right arm, which fact, taken in conjunction with the recognition of the watch, renders it an abso- lute certainty that it is the arm of the elder brother.
Frankston OVAL AND STATE SCHOOL
The main part of the Frankston Park was at one time (about 1880) fenced with post and rails and a year later cleared and the oval laid out.
The State School was built in 1877 consisting of one room and a lean* dwelling (that dwelling is still being used) the only alteration being the dividing wall. This is the school in which I graduated. The man who built this School was William Staples.
THE FIRST TEACHER
The first teacher was a Mr Dawson followed by Mr Potts, Mr Kneen and Mr Bourke in that order. Mr Bourke came from “The Emerald Isles” and was a fine old man. Those teachers were the only ones to live in the school. A Mr Phillips an engine driver, occupied the residential portion for a long time. The school was fenced in by Ex. Cr. Jim Hodgins, and his brother of Hastings, in 1888, and they made a good job of it. We had Arbor day and planted a double row of pine trees along the fence.
SCHOOL TREES 62 YEARS OLD
If it is of any educational value to the school children of today, the surviving trees in their yard are approximately 62 years old.ate School
Robert Cadby Wells has a very good recollection of History, as compared with the newspaper articles. His memoirs are very interesting. I think that his memoirs are to be considered reliable.
FRANK STONE - “FRANKSTON”
Now we come to the man who is credited with having Frankston named after him. He was Frank Stone. In the year somewhere about 1855 Mr. Stone built a way side inn between the Grand Hotel and Mechanics Institute about where the telephone exchange now is. It was used as a half-way house for people travelling from Melbourne and Sorrento. My Grandfather H. C. Wells was one of those travellers. He had an interest in lime kilns down the Peninsula in 1858. On occasions he used to bring along my father who was a boy about 12 years old at the time, which would be 92 years ago. About this time the locality was known as “Frankstone” and suggests that this brought about the idea of the name Frankston
THE WELLS/POLGALSE CONNECTION- By Burt Polglase
This family history was written many years ago. This was a time where people relied on the stories told by each family. There was no internet or technology. At the time I think Bert done a great job of recording history (the best according to his memory). It pays to verify all information.
In early 1830 a young couple came across from Northern Ireland to england, the husband having been appointed to the position of footman to an English Earl.
The couple had a young son named David and the Earl and his wife a young Daughter about the same age. The two children, as children will talked to each otherand later played together, and as they grew older would, whenever possible go for walks.
The Earl did not encourage this friendship and endeavoured to stop it. As the couple reached teenage the friendship became more serious and eventually turned to love. The Earl in the end forbade his daughter to see young Kelly, but love has a way and the couple used to meet in secret. The couple wanted to marry and in the end decided to ask the Earl and his Wife for permission to marry, but of course this wa refused outright, as it was unthinkable for the daughter of an Earl to marry a commoner. As love knows no bounds the couple decided they woul elope and get married and go out to Australia.
THE FACTS ARE;
The above couple is Robert Kelly and Mary Ann Beattie.
Mary Ann was a Widower, first married to Isaac Rooney, Ireland who had two children;
Mary Jane Rooney and Isaac Rooney.
Robert Kelly was born in County Tyrone, Ireland on the 9th January 1825, son of Robert Kelly and Ann Greer. On the 3rd March 1847, Robert married Mary Ann Rooney at Donaghmore, Ireland, the daughter of David Beattie and Mary Jardan. Mary Ann was a widow, with a young son named Isaac Rooney. Isaac’s father was also named Isaac, a Church Warden at Castlecaulfield. Isaac senior died in 1842, whilst Mary Ann was pregnant with Isaac. Robert and Mary Ann had their first child, Ann born in Ireland in 1848.
Ireland was experiencing “The Potato Famine”, a time where between 1 and 2 million people emigrated for a better life in other Countries. This when the Kelly family departed for Australia for a better life.
On the 5th September 1849, the family left Plymouth aboard the “Andromache” arriving at Point Henry, Geelong, Victoria on Christmas Eve 1849.
The Family first settled in Melbourne (near Flinders Street). Robert tried his luck at the Goldfields for a while, before settling in Collingwood. Whilst at Collingwood, David Beatty Kelly was born in 1850, followed by Sarah in 1852, Maria in 1854, Catherine in 1856 and Robert Alexander in 1857.
David spent the first 10 years of his life residing in Collingwood, before the family moved to Harkaway in the Dandenong Ranges. After a few years here, the family moved to Frankston in about 1860.
As a young lad David become a driver of Bullock teams. He carted firewood to Frankston Pier from where it was sent to Melbourne. He also carted bricks throughout the township.
David was next heard of in Gippsland doing general cartage work, and is credited with the distinction of being the first man to drive a spring cart from Frankston to Rosedale. In the Rosedale district he secured a bullock team, and ran the team between Bairnsdale and the Crooked River, and carted the first machinery for Mr Flintoff to the gold mines in that area.
David Kelly returned to Frankston where he married a widow named Mary Louisa Wells on the 7th December 1869. David purchased a property of 80 acres on Cranbourne Road where he established a farm and Orchard. He also continued his cartage work. With others he took part in a search for coal, which some residents contended was to be found in the district. A shaft about 80 feet deep was sunk near Mornington road, probably on the property now owned by Mr. L. R. U. Utber. That proving unsuccessful, a bore was put down near the beach not far from the Frankston tennis courts. Failing there, the searchers next put down a bore on Cricklewood Estate, where, instead of coal, they discovered a spring of beautiful water. This was semi-artesian, and continued to flow for many, years. Still later he established a dairy in the township. He lived in Young street for 50 years before his death. When he first resided there he owned all the land from where Sherlock and Hay's timber yards now are to Playne street. When the township grew he subdivided the land and disposed of most of it. Until his death he believed that gold could be obtained in the district. When aged nearly 80 years he took part, with others who held a similar belief, in the sinking of a shaft at Langwarrin.
David Kelly died on the 19th May 1936, aged 86 years.
Ann Kelly, born Ireland Marriage (1) John Clarke (2) John Dixon Box
Sarah Kelly born Collingwood 1852 married Frank Richard Wells
Maria Kelly born Collingwood 1854 died Frankston 11th July 1933
MISS M. KELLY Miss .Maria Kelly," aged. 80, years, who died on July 11, was one of the pioneers of Frankston, where she, re' sided with her- parents, for- many years. About 60 years ago she left the district, but often returned to Frankston to visit her brother, Mr. David Kelly, and her sister, Mrs. F.R. Wells, senior. Burial, took place in the Booroondara cemetery on July 12.
Catherine Kelly born Collingwood 1856 died Collingwood 1857
Robert Alexander Kelly born Collingwood 1857
DEATH OF ROBERT & MARY ANN KELLY
KELLY. -On the 1st May, at the residence of her
son-in-law, 58 Elgin street, Hawthorn, Mary Ann, relict of the late Robert Kelly, late of Trinian street, Prahran, also loving mother of the Rev.Fix this text I. Rooney, of South Australia; Mrs. A. Box, Hawthorn; Mrs. D. B. Kelly, and Mrs. F. Wells, Frankston; Miss M. Kelly, 68 Powell street, South Yarra; also late Mr. R. A. Kelly, Korumburra; aged 100 years and 5 months.
KELLY. —On the 15th January, at his residence,
30 Trinian-street, East Prahran, Robert, the dearly beloved husband of Mary Ann Kelly andFix this text loving father of Miss M. Kelly, Mrs. J. D. Box (Hawthorn), Mr. D. Kelly, and Mrs. F. Wells (Frankston), and Mr. R. A. Kelly (Korum- burra), also the Rev. I. Rooney (South Australia),
Early Pioneers Frankston
DAVEY, Mr James Davey is thought to have had the Cananuke Run in Frankston in 1836, where he operated the cannanuke Inn. In 1845 James davey purchased the 8000 acre run "Ballanrong" from Thomas Gorringe. It ran south-east from the top of Mt Eliza to within about four miles from Hastings. He also jointly acquired the "Junction Run" in the Murray River area in partnership with Mr Hamilton (Further Frankston Portraits)
James Davey arrived in South Australia on the ship “Argyle” from Cornwall, England, in 1838.
It seems that he had lived at Gardener’s Creek, Victoria before coming to Frankston, as his eldest son William was born at that place. This son in his mature years owned and conducted the Bayview Hotel- now “The Grand”- which he purchased from his father in 1874.
Davey came around 1850 and built his first house on the Mornington Road where old “Marathon” stands. Here he resided while building a larger house overlooking the Bay that bears his name and he called it “Marysville” after his wife.
In 1851, he obtained pre-emptive right of land at Mt Eliza, with Sweetwater Creek as his north eastern boundary and extending towards Mornington and Moorooduc. On this run he built his third house, situated on the flat country at the extreme end of the Mount, not far from where Mornington Railway line now runs. This house was on his farm land which he called “Bell Ring Farm”.
In a nearby creek he made a dam and this locality eventually became known as the “Old Dam” or “The Old Pound” there being a pound built on a reserve close by. This yard of detention was erected during the old “Road’s Board” regime. It was mostly horses that were impounded, as there many roaming the country in those days.
I have proof that this Pound was in use seventy eight years ago. How long before that date I do not know.
Son of Mr James Davey
OBITUARY. MR. JAMES DAVEY. It is with regret we have to chronicle the death, at the age of 56, of Mr James Davey, a respected resident of long standing at Frankston, which occurred at Melbourne on Friday last, Mr Davey, though years ago a sufferer on account of ill-health, had recently been exceptionally well, but an attack of cerebral hemorrhage about a fortnight ago necessitated him entering a hospital, and though he railed somewhat, the attack proved fatal, as stated above. The deceased gentleman, who had been living in St. Kilda for the past couple of years, was born at Gardiner's Creek, Victoria, but lived the greater part of his life at Davey's Bay, Frankston. He was the second eldest son of Mr Jas. Davey, one of the pioneers of this district, and after whom Davey's Bay was called. For some time the deceased gentleman lived at Red Hill, but the greater part of his life was passed at "Marysville," Davey's Bay, Frankston, erected by his father, Mr Jas. Davey, in 1851. Some interesting facts surround "Marysville," which was built at a cost of £2000, on elaborate lines, the slates and timber being brought over from Tasmania. In the early days "Marysville" was the mansion if the district. The old homestead was dismantled a few years ago by Mr A. H. Sargood, who purchased the land and erected a magnificent residence thereon, shortly after which Mr Davey moved to St. Kilda,after having spent about 40 years in the district. The deceased leaves a widow and family of six boys and four girls to mourn their loss. One of the sons, Mr Len Davey, is a resident of Mount Eliza, the others, as they have grown up, having removed to various parts. The funeral took placece on Monday at the Kew Cemetery, the burial service being read by the Rev. Mr Rowells, of East Melbourne.
*James Davey Junior purchased two blocks at Red Hill totalling 250 acres. on one of these blocks he built his home "Forest Lodge". (Further Frankston Portraits.)