AUSTRALIA-WIDE HERO IN 1905: William John Ferrier of Warrnambool, Queenscliff and Rosebud. :: Genealogy
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AUSTRALIA-WIDE HERO IN 1905: William John Ferrier of Warrnambool, Queenscliff and Rosebud.

Journal by itellya

William John Ferrier was a hero. Apparently suffering with an injured arm and conditions so bad that he had to lash himself to his mast, he performed a heroic rescue when the La Bella was wrecked near Warrnambool in 1905. He was a fisherman at this stage and was awarded the Humane Society's gold medal for his bravery. Between 1905 and 1915, he was the lighthouse keeper of the South Pile Lighthouse in Port Phillip Bay. During his time there, he owned the historic house at 858 Pt Nepean Rd on crown allotment 7 of the Rosebud Fishing Village, which had been granted to Thomas Coppard, a member of the Queenscliff Fishing Co. It is probable that the Government had given him this job as a reward for his heroism. While at the lighthouse, he painted ships on the timber interior which are shown on the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum website. Both Warrnambool and Queenscliff have a continuing Ferrier presence. William and his wife seem to have retained an affection for Rosebud as they gave this name to their house in Beach St, Queenscliff. Lew Ferrier's fishing boat was also given this name and played a prominent role in the opening of the renewed harbour in recent years.
When William (having gone back to fishing) died in 1937, all the flags in Queenscliff flew at half-mast.
Ferrier, a great name in Victoria's maritime history!

Surnames: FERRIER
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on 2011-08-20 09:26:32

Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.

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by itellya on 2014-05-10 21:19:38

Google FERRIER, WARRNAMBOOL, GEELONG HERITAGE and, in the first result, see a photo of 25 year old William John Ferrier taken in 1905 shortly after performing his heroic deed.

by itellya on 2014-05-11 21:41:03

I googled WILLIAM JOHN FERRIER, HERO and discovered some great photos as well as a possible motive for the hero's move away from Warrnambool, his modesty which was mentioned in the interview and Lew Ferrier's letter (in the FERRIER, HUTCHINS journal.) Although the article has some new information,it wrongly states that William moved straight to Queenscliff and neither mentions his lighthouse service nor Rosebud (where he took the lead in preserving fish stocks in Port Phillip Bay by opposing fine mesh net fishing.

Travels through water | 10 November 1905: a hero and a ...

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 28 April 1915 p 11 Article
William was supporting the letter of J.Induni, grantee of crown allotment 9 in the Rosebud Fishing Village, just 20 metres east of crown allotment 7 on which William was probably now living full time, having left the lifesaving service and describing himself as a licenced fisherman. The depletion of fish stocks caused by fine mesh nets may have led to William's move to Queenscliff where the barracoutta grounds outside the heads were more accessible.

by itellya on 2014-05-12 08:15:04

by itellya on 2014-06-19 01:58:36

Much more information about the Ferriers,including extensive genealogy provided by Laurie Ferrier of Warrnambool, the meaning of NUMBER SEVEN and information about preserving stillborn babies on the South Channel Pile Lighthouse from the hero's son (Queenscliff's barefoot fisherman)and some Ferrier family nicknames from Peter Ferrier of 4pete's sake in Queenscliff can be found in my journal:

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