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Journal by itellya

This is another journal based on William Vale's letter of 1855.

As it is fairly long,in order to help family historians to quickly locate the surname they seek, I have produced an index. Names mentioned within an entry are shown in brackets after the subject of the entry.
1.SETTLERS (with approximate locations.) 2. RUNS. 3. EARLY ROADS AND CANADIANS. 4. EARLY GRANTEES (with specific locations-Davey, Wooley, Isaacs, Vale, Craig and O'Grady, Stenniken, Smith, Lintott, Fulton,Robertson, Yewers, Cobb, George Main,Sykes, Yuille.) 5. McMAHON,CARR AND LIARDET. 6. BAXTER.
7. WEDGE. 8. DAVEY. 9. HUNTER (BUTCHART.) 10.YUILLE. 11. BALCOMBE (Lintott,Cobb,Hann,Downward.)
12.HEARN (Clarke, Boadle, Salmon,Evans, Hann.) 13. RUDDELL (Wilson and many other occupiers of Tuerong.)
14 (and comment 13.)DOREY. 15. JOSEPH HARRIS. 16.J.T.SMITH (Slaney,Mrs Firth's death at the Moorooduc Railway Crossing,reported all over Australia.) 17. Victorian Freehold Land Society. 18. LINTOTT. 19. YEWERS (Grover.) 20. COBB. 21. DAVID KELLY'S MEMORIES OF FRANKSTON.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 27 December 1855 p 7 Article
... a Bri- tish colony,-that is, according to Chateau- briand, a public house, has made its u|)i>ear ... Mcmahon, Liardet and Carr . The Bay frontage of Mount Eliza forms the pre-emptive right ... 1098 words

I am only going to include the portions of the letter that discuss early landholders;the purpose being to give the locations of their properties and any other details that happen to pop up.

But the other day, and the whole of the distict was divided into squatters runs of which tho owners were Messrs. McMahon, Baxter, Wedge, Davy, Hunter, Yuille, Bal- combe, Hearn, Riddle, and others........

I think Mr Dory in the following is a mistake. The pre-emptive right along the coast of Davey Bay would have to be that of James Davey, as shown on the Frankston parish map. This is the passage from the letter.
The Bay frontage of Mount Eliza forms the pre-emptive right of Mr. Dory. Despite this, the information about the Doery family will be retained.

(After viewing Baxter's pre-emptive right from the top of the mountain.) Returning to the Bay and passing Mr Dory's homestead we come to an allotment belonging to Mr. J. T. Smith who owns another large allotment at the back. Soon we come to Mr. Lintots place who is determined to have a comfortable place, and being an old bushman from the Edward's River, he is likely to succeed. Close by are several small farmers, on allotments of the judicious selection of the Victorian Free- hold Land Society. Further on are the establishments of Mr. Ewers, and of the enterprising Mr Cobb, both of whom seem capable and determined to go ahead. Next we note Hunter's pre-emptive. We come on to a pretty hill, having some fine views on which the proprietor has expended a considerable sum in fencing and building a cottage.

The boundaries of each landholder's property will be given in detail later. I will repeat the above, inserting a melway reference for each property.

(After viewing Baxter's pre-emptive right from the top of the mountain 102 A10?.) Returning to the Bay and passing Mr Dory's homestead101 G8 we come to an allotment belonging to Mr. J. T. Smith 101 D11who owns another large allotment at the back 105 F6. Soon we come to Mr. Lintot's place 105 D1 who is determined to have a comfortable place, and being an old bushman from the Edward's River, he is likely to succeed. Close by are several small farmers, on allotments of the judicious selection of the Victorian Freehold Land Society?. Further on are the establishments of Mr. Ewers 105 A 8, and of the enterprising Mr Cobb 104J8, both of whom seem capable and determined to go ahead. Next we note Hunter's pre-emptive 104 H8. We come on to a pretty hill, having some fine views on which the proprietor has expended a considerable sum in fencing and building a cottage.(The gatehouse at Beleura? Butchardt?)


From north (Canadian Bay-Eramosa Rds)to south (Ellerina-Foxeys Rds)the Tuerong run was almost in the middle of
the parish of Moorooduc. It ran south to Merricks Beach between the Coolart Run and Henry Tuck's Manton's Creek Run. To the west were the Mt Martha Run (Hearn last occupant),Balcombe's Run established by Captain Reid and Davey's Kannanuke Run (in the parish of Frankston near Daveys Bay. The Wedge Run was the Frankston area. Steve 74 points out that the McMahons' run was about1000 acres called the Long Beach Run,perhaps near Carrum
and they later had land near Skye. East of Tuerong was the Run occupied by the Kings and adjoinig Tuerong to the north was Yuille's ill-defined Run. To the east of Yuille was Captain Ben Baxter's Carrup Carrup.



The northern boundary of the parish of Moorooduc at Mt Eliza was originally called Boundary Rd but it was renamed Canadian Bay Rd because of three Canadians who supplied firewood to the Liverpool which anchored a mile offshore at the end of the road.

Alfred Jones and J.Hodgins were two of the Canadians after whom Canadian Bay was named. The third was McCurley, who was also said to have settled in the area afterwards.
I have not come across the name of McCurley yet. I wonder if he was actually Edward McGurk, grantee of 203 acres in crown allotments 61 and 62 Moorooduc, on the west side of Jones Rd south of Bungower Rd.

The Frankston parish map which showed a road north of Daveys Bay Rd which zig-zagged to the coast from Pt Nepean Rd (Old Mornington Rd.) It was closed and replaced by the present road (gazetted 1886/781.) The present Nepean Highway through Mt Eliza was not gazetted until 1922. The route to Sorrento is shown on the Frankston parish map as being (from the south end of Old Mornington Rd)along Mt Eliza Way and Wooralla Drive. This would have led to Three Chain Road,the original name for Moorooduc Rd.


This has been inserted almost at the end of my work on this journal, with only the Yuille entry to complete. Much earlier, I had unsuccessfully tried to establish when William Robertson established his Tanti Sheep Station on the area south of Bungower Rd through which Robertson Drive runs. The following casts doubts on the statement that A.B.Yuille's Ballanrong lease was not cancelled until 1857; I presume his purchases were part of the Ballanrong Run.It could be that Yuille leased the pre-emptive until 1857. It might have been in 1857, (supposedly 1856 according to the female drover) that the Catholic (and later Presbyterian) Quinns started leasing their block on the north west corner of Moorooduc and Mornington-Tyabb Rds where the electricity substation now stands. The Quinns and the Roberts of Roberts Rd (who might have helped Joseph Porta make the colony's first bellows) were related by marriage.

For purchasers not already mentioned*, I will supply crown allotment numbers and locations.

County of Mornington.Frankston, near Mount Eliza, about thirty three miles from Melbourne.
Upset price, ?1 per acre.

14. Three hundred and ninety-three acres, three roods, one perch, Wooley and Davey. ?511 I8s, 9d. the lot.
This confirms my theory that Wooley and Davey were in some sort of partnership.

15. Three hundred and ninety acres, one rood, twenty-five perches. S. G. Isaacs. ?400 I8s. 7d. the lot.*
Crown allotment 2, section 5,parish of Frankston.Fronts north side of Canadian Bay Rd from the highway to the eastern boundary of St Thomas Moore church and school. Humphrey Rd frontage roughly between Fulton and Mather Rd corners.

I6. Three hundred and ninety acres, one rood, twenty-five perches, W. M. K. Vale. ?390 8s 2d. tho lot.
Between the grants of Isaacs and Craig & O'Grady. Frontages of 800 metres to the two roads.

17. Three hundred and ninety acres, one rood, twenty-five perches, Craig and O'Grady. ?SMSa. 3d. the lot.*
Walter Craig and J.O'Grady.Crown allotment 4, section 5, parish of Frankston. Fronted Moorooduc Highway (1952 metres),with frontages to Canadian Bay Rd and Humphreys Rd of 800 metres. The Frankston and Hastings Shire (18 ac., 1926.), Rye's Ben Stenniken (10 ac. 1894) and the Quarry Picnic Area (23ac. 1933.)later occupied the Moorooduc Rd frontage.

Moorooduc, South of Frankston, from thirty four to forty miles from Melbourne.
Upset price, ?1 per acre.

18. Two hundred and eighty-two acres fifteen perches, J. T. Smith. ?400 0s. 11d. the lot.

19. Two hundred and ninety acres one rood two perches, E. Lintott, L580 10s. 6d. the lot.

20. Two hundred and fifty-one acres three perches , Fulton and Others. ?753 1s. 3d. the lot.*
Thomas Fulton and others. Crown allotment 3, no section,parish of Moorooduc.Between Kunyung Rd and Gunyong Creek. (Melway 101 D5 to B2.)

21. Two hundred and seventy-nine acres one rood thirty three perches, A. Robertson. ?14115 5s.9d. the lot.*
Crown allotment 4, no section,parish of Moorooduc. Between Gunyong Creek and Sunnyside Rd. The parish map has the grantee as William Robertson.

22. One hundred and fifty-nine acres three roods , nine perches, Jno. Yewers. ?808 0s. 3d. tho lot.

23. One hundred and ninety-two acres three roods two perches, A, B. Cobb. ?1010 18s 5d. the lot.

24. Three hundred and seventy acres two roods thirty-five perches, George Main. ?689 4s. 0d. the lot.*
Crown Allotment 14, no section, parish of Moorooduc. Bounded by the Nepean Highway, Oakbank Rd, and Bungower Rd east to number 105.East boundary about 100 metres from Balcombe Creek. Main might have been a dummy bidder for the Yuilles,who were selling it a few years later.

25. Four hundred and ninety-six acres one rood sixteen perches, Peter Davis, ?615 5s. 2d. the lot.*
C/A,15, no section, Moorooduc. North of Main's grant,between Oakbank and Cobb Rds and the north east corner at the bend in Wooralla Drive. This block was being sold soon after. The advertisement appears in this journal.

26. Two hundred and ten acres three roods,Fulton and others. ?410 19s. 3d. the lot.*
Crown allotment 17, no section, parish of Moorooduc. Bounded by the Nepean Highway, Wooralla Drive and Tower Rd.

27. One hundred and twenty-two acres two roods sixteen perches, A. Sykes. ?208 8s. 5d. the lot.*
That's got me tossed! John Sykes was granted crown allotment 21, section 24. This 60 acre block fronted Racecourse Rd between, roughly, the Clarica Close and Mondana Way corners, extending west to Harraps Creek (near Layton Crescent.)

28. Four hundred and thirty-seven acres one rood thirteen perches, J.T. Smith. ?437 7s. 9d. the lot.

29. Three hundred and ten acres two roods twenty-five perches, A. B. Yuille ?347 19s. 7d. the lot.*
The above must be crown allotment (20?) of 316 acres 1 rood and 15 perches, bounded by Wooralla Drive (Moorooduc), Tower Rd, a line indicated by Wynnstay Rd, Moon St and the south west boundary of Mount Eliza Regional Park and Moorooduc Rd to the commencing point.

30. Two hundred and ninety-four acres three roods fourteen perches, A. B. Yuille. ?433 14s. 6d. the lot.
The above must be crown allotment 22 of 289 acres and 24 perches which was south of the previous grant and bounded by Balcombe Creek, Wooralla Drive, Moorooduc Rd and Bungower Rd (east to the creek.)

31. Two hundred and fifty-five acres, A.B. Yuille. ?522 15s. the lot.
We finally agree on one! This was bounded by Nepean Highway,Tanti Creek/Watt Rd, Racecourse Rd and Mornington-Tyabb Rd. Some of this had already been subdivided and more was advertised by the end of 1858. Yuilles Rd is on this allotment and runs to Pentecost Rd which is named after another pioneering family.

32. Four hundred and seventy-five acres, W. Robertson. ?712 10s. the lot.*
This was lot 13 of 475 acres, north of Watt Rd to Bungower Rd and stretching from the highway to Racecourse Rd.This was the Tanti Sheep Farm, which might have included c/a 4 on the north side of Sunnyside Rd. Some old farm buildings have been incorporated into the Currawong St Community Centre.

(P.5, Argus, 27-9-1854. Government Land Sales on the 26th.)

McMAHON.Parish of Frankston.
(Comment after my journal about the MT MCMAHON AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT.)
by steve74 on 2013-04-01 01:15:17
James McMahon
Born 1806, Tyrone Ireland
Married Maria Kelly C1835 Ireland
Arrived Port Phillip 1841 "Strathfieldsaye"
1847 listed as "Herdsmen" at Collingwood, Victoria
Died New Zealand, 1872 (visiting a son on the New Zealand Goldfields"
C.1850 is said to have a "Run" that stretched from Mordialloc Creek to Kananook Creek.
Also said to have operated the Half Way House (Carrum Hotel)

It was no co-incidence that these three were mentioned in the same breath by William Vale because their grants (and possibly their Runs) adjoined at Melway 103 A2 in the parish of Frankston.
The land bounded by McMahon Rd,Skye Rd, McLelland Drive and Beach Rd-Cranbourne Rd was divided into four grants, all of 320 acres except for speculator, Byrne's crown allotment 2 at the corner of McMahon Rd and Beach Rd, which contained 258 acres. James McMahon's crown allotment 1 was at the northwest corner, his Skye Rd frontage being the first mile east from McMahon's Rd with John Carr's c/a 4 the next mile to McLelland Drive.Frederick Evelyn Liardet's c/a 3 "Ballam Park" was at the corner of Cranbourne Rd and McLelland Drive and the homestead still stands in 103 B4-5. The eastern boundary of each grant was 4000 links (half mile or 800 metres)but Byrne's western boundary was only 490 metres instead of 800 metres.

The surveyor seems to have given James McMahon's western boundary as 3900 links, and then, realising that the area would be only 312 acres, made the 3 look vaguely like a 4 and the 9 like a 0. Little did he think that I'd discover his cover-up!

This little trick was probably necessary because the three 320 acre grants were pre-emptive rights and needed to be 320 acres. If they were, Carr's and Liardet's Runs may have included land across McLelland Drive in the parish of Langwarrin. McMahon's would have been as described by Steve 74.

steve74, a descendant of Henry Cadby Wells has sent me some great material about the naming of Frankston and the Wells family. As I do not write history if it already exists (and is accessible), I will not repeat all of Steve's information; I await a journal from Steve about the extended Wells family.
C.Evelyn Liardet wrote a letter to the editor of The Argus refuting a claim in the Victorian Historical Magazine (March 1916, vol.5, No.1) by A.W.Greig that Frankston was named after Frank Liardet, and stating that his grandfather and uncle had told him that the town was named after Charles Franks. He enclosed a reply from the Lands and Survey Department regarding Frankston's name. Frankston was so-named almost a year before a Liardet application for land was made on 20-1-1855.Charles Wedge had a run adjoining Franks' near "Mt Cotteril"
but later had a run which included the site of Frankston and may have suggested that the village be named after his unfortunate neighbour of circa 1836.

An interesting feature of the parish of Frankston is that while the northern boundary seems to be Seaford Rd, with Lyndhurst to the north, the parish continues north on Long Island* to the point where Railway Pde meets the railway near Coonibar Ave (Melway 97 D11.) The northern boundary there could be the walking track from the highway to the creek just north of the Riviera Hotel. James McMahon was granted crown allotment 1 of 10 acres which ran south from the aforementioned point for 401 metres. There is no date but volume E folio 550 indicates very early 1850's. (*Between the beach and Kananook Creek.)

BAXTER,Ben, Parish of Frankston. Pre-emptive right,Carrup Carrup of 320 acres, bounded by Sages Rd (from the bend in Melway 106 G5 to the Frankston-Flinders Rd and in the south by the Baxter -Moorooduc locality boundary. The south east corner is just west of the proposed Coolart Rd Re-alignment in 107 A7. B.Baxter was granted crown allotment 25 bounded by Coolart and Frankston-Flinders Rd(107 B8),and M.Baxter crown allotment 19, south of the P.R. and across Coolart Rd from c/a 26 with the south east corner at the bottom of 107 A9. The Baxter family was related by marriage to the Sages, who worked for Ben initially and to surveyor, Robert Hoddle. Edward Sage was granted land west of Carrup Carrup and Hoddle to the east.

See Donald Charlwood's history in comment 5.


by steve74 on 2012-02-02 03:59:57

In the year 1850, John Wedge of Werribee came across to this side of the Bay and established a sheep station, his western boundary being Sweetwater Creek extending out beyond Carrum Downs. He built a sheep wash in the Kananook Creek, where he dipped sheep for tick and other vermin.
This dip was about five chains above Fiocchi Avenue which was known in the old days as the ?Sheep Wash.?

(The above provides confirmation that the Wedge Run indeed included the Frankston village site as stated to me by the Frankston Historical Society. Sweetwater Creek (Naringalling Creek on the parish map) at Melway A 5-8 must have been the boundary between the Davey and Wedge Runs. Fiocchi Avenue, at Melway 99 C-D12, was the northern boundary of the Township according to the margin map.)

by R.V.B. of "The Australasian" and A. S. Kenyon
Misfortune often befell the early pioneers, and many lives were ended tragically. But it is difficult to find a disaster more terrible than that which overtook the Wedge family on May 21, 1852. Edward Davey Wedge arrived in Port Phillip from Van Diemen's Land in 1835 with four of his sons - Charles,Richard, Henry,and John. He had been attracted by, the reports from his youngest brother, John Helder Wedge, who came over earlier, and who became manager of the Port Phillip Association. After camping with his flocks, in which James Simpson held an interest, and living in tents at Williamstown,they moved to the Werribee. Here Edward remained with some of his family until 1852, when the great flood occurred on May 21. Edward, his wife, and his daughter Lucy were torn from the roofs of the house and outbuildings on which they were huddled, and they were drowned. Richard, who was saved by clinging to a limb of a tree; a married daughter, Mrs. King, with Misses Friend and Law and the cook, survived. The Synnots, the Chirnsides, and Mr. Langhorne's shepherds were the rescuers.

The boys, Charles, Richard, and Henry, with their uncle, John Helder Wedge, were the pioneers of the Hamilton district, for by this name their run, The Grange, which they took up and stocked in 1838, is now called. However, they soon sold out, and their property came into the possession of Captain Lonsdale, with John Moffat as manager. Uncle and nephews went to Gippsland, and they occupied the Banyan waterholes, on the Carrum swamp, as well as Bald Hall, and also Balnarring, which they purchased from the Meyricks.

At various periods in the forties they held Raen and Banyenong, on the Richardson; Trio, near Kyneton; and Glenlyon, Mount Macedon. Richard by himself had St. Agnes, near Malmsbury. After the death of Edward, John Helder Wedge sold out and returned to Tasmania, where he died in 1872. The boys dispersed over Australia. Richard died at Sale in 1870. John went to Queensland. Henry's descendants still live in Melbourne. David Charteris McArthur, the first Victorian banker and the father of Heidelberg, was a relative. (P.3, Argus, 21-9-1934.)

John Helder Wedge had definitely returned to Tasmania by 1856, as shown by details of his political career there included in his obituary (below.) I wonder if Bald Hall was meant to be Bald Hill, a name that Andrew McCrae gave to the Red Hill area near Dromana. The information supplied by steve74 is confirmed by the mention above of the Banyan waterholes. Streets are named after Wedge near the Kananook Creek and Skye.

Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899) Tuesday 3 December 1872 p 2 Article
... THE LATE JOHN HELDER WEDGE, J.P. We regret to have to announce the death of another old colonist, in the person of Mr John Helder Wedge, who for many years took an active part in the political aff ... Mrs Wedge and several other relations. The service was conducted by the Rev S.B. Fookes. D ... 706 words

See Donald Charlwood's history in comment 5.


See comment 5 and my journal DISCOVERING DAVEY etc for more information about the family.

Olivers Hill was originally known as Old Man Davey's Hill.It was part of the Kannanuke Run,held by James Davey, which probably stretched from Canadian Bay Rd to the mouth of Kananook Creek. The reason the hill was named after the father of James Davey Senior, William Davey, is most likely that crown allotment 14, parish of Frankston, which contained Oliver's Hill and consisted of 85 acres 1 rood and 10 perches, was granted to William Davey. It was on the east side of the highway with Maringallang (Sweetwater) Creek being the eastern boundary and the Bembridge Ave/Fleetwood Cres. midline the southern boundary.

James Davey was granted crown allotment 13, section 5, on the coast side of the highway. Consisting of 29 acres 3 roods and 10 perches, its southern boundary was a western extension of his father's, just north of Clyde Court. James also received the grant for the 640 acre pre-emptive right whose north east boundary was Kackeraboite Creek to the point where the future highway crossed the creek (in 101 J9)and then a line parallel to Humphreys Rd and 344 metres south east of it (which probably accounts for the bends in Mann and Amesbury Rds and the length of Darvell Lane.) The south east boundary ran from just south of the Amesbury Rd bend directly towards the junction of Old Mornington Rd and Mt Eliza Way (north). The south west boundary was Canadian Bay Rd.

South east of the pre-emptive right with an 800 metre frontage to Humphreys Rd and 815 metres to Canadian Bay Rd was an un-numbered crown allotment of 393 acres 3 roods and 1 perch granted to James Daley and William Wooley. It was probably c/a 1 of section 5. Its north east corner was between the Bareena Dr and Fulton Rd corners. Its southern boundary was Canadian Bay Rd from Mt Eliza Way to the Nepean Highway.Wooley was granted a further 235 acres adjoining the Davey grants, which leads me to believe that he may have shared the lease on the Run with 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 rallied 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 of 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 place on Monday at the Kew Cemetery, the burial service being read by the Rev. Mr Rowells, of East Melbourne.
(P.3, Mornington Standard, 4-11-1911.)

N.B. The reason James Jnr had moved to St Kilda is that he and John A.Davey had been ejected from Marysville.
Mark Brody, as agent, applied for an ejectment order against John A. and James Davey, occupiers of premises known as "Marysville," Davey's Bay. Mr Wolaston appeared for ap- plicant, and a warrant of ejectment was issued, to lie in abeyance for 14 days.(P.2, Mornington and Dromana Standard, 4-12-1909.)

See Donald Charlwood's history in comment 5.

A.M.Hunter's Run probably ran along the coast from Beleura Rd to Canadian Bay Rd, adjoining Balcombe's run in the south and James Davey's Kannanuke Run in the parish of Frankston. His pre-emptive right, consisting of 180 acres, is between Beleura Rd and Carar Creek. Attempts to find when James Butchart bought the P.R.have so far been unsuccessful but did turn up something not seen elsewhere. James built Beleura in 1863 with a fortune made by selling mutton to miners according to one Beleura website. No mention was made of the very successful stock and station firm he formed in partnership with William Kaye,which no doubt added considerably to his initial fortune.

MONEY WON'T BUY HAPPINESS is a saying that certainly applied in the case of James. James Hawkins Butchart married Margaret Sarah Lupton in late 1864 and no doubt carried her proudly over the thresh-hold at Beleura.
(P.4,Argus,21-12-1864.) A little over two months later,oh dear!

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Monday 6 March 1865 p 4 Family Notices
... DEATHS. BUTCHART.-On the 4th inst., at Somerset-place, Richmond, from injuries sustained by fire, Margaret Sarah, aged twenty-eight years, the beloved wife of James Hawkins Butchart


BUTCHART. -On the 27th inst., at Grey-street, East Melbourne, the infant son of Mr. James Butchart.
(P.4,Argus, 28-3-1865.)

Three years later the clouds revealed their silver lining.

BUTCHART?AINSLIE. ?On the 28th inst., at Chalmers' Church, Melbourne, by the Rev. Dr. Cairns, James Butchart, Esq., of Beleura, to Anne Brodie, eldest daughter of James Ainslie, Esq., of Waihaka, New Zealand.


Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Friday 12 November 1869 p 4 Family Notices
... DEATHS. BUTCHART-On the 11th inst., at his residence, Beleura, Mornington, James Butchart, Esq., late of the firm of Kaye and Butchart, Melbourne, aged 47 years.

Talk about steak knives!There seems to have been another marriage and tragedy between the two already mentioned.

BUTCHART.-At sea, on board the True Briton, on her passage to England, Jessie, the beloved wife of Mr. James Butchart, of Melbourne, deeply regretted by a large circle of friends. (P.4, Argus,15-5-1866.)

And,if each was the same James Butchart, there must have been another wife before Margaret who bore three children in 1854, 1858 and 1859.


There is excellent biographical information on Archibald Buchanan Yuille and his younger cousin,William Cross Yuille on the internet. William named Ballarat and Lake Wendoree was originally known as Yuille's Swamp. William (and James Purves) imported many of the first thoroughbreds to the colony and William wrote The Stud Book.

The following comes from Graeme Butler's Hastings Heritage Study. The detail previous to it dealt with the King Run in the Tyabb area and the Meyricks' Coolart which was later run by Hann* and then by Benn and T.J.Sumner until 1875. (*See the Balcombe entry.)
The Meyricks also took up the Ballanrong license in 1840, before passing it on to Thomas Gorringe in 1841. Jasper Davey took over Ballanrong in 1845, but sold it to William Yuille in 1851. From 1852 to 1857, when the lease was cancelled, Archibald Yuille held the run.

See EARLY GRANTEES (near the start of this journal) for details of Archibald Buchanan Yuille's grants in the parish of Moorooduc, purchased in 1854. Why was it that William Cross Yuille was selling these grants, and George Main's, four years later? William was about to leave for England. Where was Archibald?

Archibald had returned to the Old Country with marriage in mind.This information comes from:
Helen Mary Yuille was born on 11 Apr 1863 in ... - Freepages
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Archibald Buchanan Yuille
2nd son of George Murdoch Yuille and Matilda Buchanan,was born 2/1/1812 in Blythswood District, Glasgow and died 30 December 1881, South Kensington, London. He married Janet Ritchie Buchanan in 1857 the daughter of Hubert Buchanan and Frances Cooper. Archibald was the 7th successor to Darleith House as the first Yuille to arrive in Australia. He sailed from Liverpool aboard the 345 Ton bark Statesman, Captain Rowett on 23rd
August 1836 and arrived in Hobart on the 9th December (Victorian Men of the Time 1882 and the Hobart Town Courier). He later met with his younger cousin William Cross Yuille. Whilst in Australia he held many properties by himself or with his cousin. Archibald held 25 acres in Geelong West, Victoria. There today
Yuille Street off Pakington Street is named after him.

Another Yuille genealogy site (Yule Newsletter-Issue 6)states that Archibald and his younger cousin, William Cross Yuille, came out together and confusingly gives the year of Archibald's marriage, 1857, as the year of his birth.

THIS DAY. Schnapper Point .
Important and Unreserved Sale of 720 Acres of Land at Schnapper Point. Farms. Farms.
Eligible Building Sites, Commanding Beautiful Views of the Bay.
To Gentlemen and Merchants Requiring Sites for the Erection of Marine Villas, Capitalists Seeking Profitable Investments, or Farmers Requiring Moderate-sized Farms of Rich Agricultural Land.
EASEY and Co. have been favored with Instructions from W. C. Yuille, Esq , to SUBMIT to PUBLIC COMPETITION, at their rooms, 88 Collins street west, on Thursday, Novem ber l8, at 12 o'clock,
The following valuable Government section; agricultural land :

Lot 1.
Being portion of Government section 14, parish of Moorrooduc, at Schnapper Point, containing 320 acres 2 roods 35 perches, situate adjoining Mr.Hunter's pre- emptive right, is half a mile from the sea and the Tanti Hotel, and only 1 mile from Schnapper Point jetty. Tho position of this section is most elevated, and commands de- lightful views of the Bay and surrounding country. The soil is of a rich agricultural desoription, beautifully studded with park-like timber,and in every respect a very valuable section for the erection of villas or as an investment for subdividing into allotments.

Lot 2.
Being Government section 22, parish of Moorrooduc, at Schnapper Point, containing 289 acres 24 perches, and adjoining the north side of Mr. Yuille's pre-emptive right. This section is of a particularly rich soil, and for tho purpose of an agricultural or dairy farm far excels any land around this part of the country, and for such would be invaluable, being within one mile of Schnapper Point.

Lot 3.
Being portion of Government section 12, parish of Moorrooduc, at Schnapper Point. This lot is particularly eligible for subdivision into allotments, being within 1 mile from Schnapper Point jetty, close to the Tanti. Is very rich soil, lightly timbered, a very elevated position, and is the remaining portion of the section of which the previous subdivisions were sold by Mr. Yuille, at from 10L to 28L. per acre, and which have since changed bands at very high rates.

The auctioneers particularly beg to call the attention of gentlemen, capitalists, and farmers to the aboye important sale. The quality of the land is of a good agricultural description, elevated, and lightly timbered, and commands some beautiful sites and views of the Bay ; and their Instructions are to dispose of the whole without the slightest reserve, in consequence of Mr. Yuille's immediate departure for England.
(P.2, Argus,18-11-1858.)


Dromana, Mornington and Rye were declared townships in 1861. They celebrated their 150th anniversaries in 2011 but the settlements were probably much older than that. Fred Vine was supposed to have been the first resident of Rosebud Fishing Village in 1855, having been a crewman on the stranded Rosebud, but the village was not declared until 1873! Most inland townships sites near Melbourne were declared in 1850, usually straddling streams on well-used routes, and it is likely that there were grog shops and stores there before they were declared, such as Tulip Wright's pub at Bulla.

The bayside sites were not on well-used routes but there were probably collections of huts at the three places mentioned. All three would have had fishermen's huts,probably on the foreshore or the beach itself. Some of the lime burners near Rye were near the bay, two erecting a hut between the cemetery and Napier St.Robert Rowley's first hut at Rye was on the foreshore. Dromana (see my journal about neighbours near Carrigg St)had a store whose patrons would have been tenants on the Survey, but also the many getting timber from Arthurs Seat and loading it into boats for piers, railway sleepers and so on. Mornington got its pier in 1857 and no doubt there would have been many men unloading the timber Ben Benton had brought from the Moorooduc Plains and using it to build the pier. They would have erected dwellings within the tiny Town of Mornington.

At part of the southern boundary of the tiny Town (the Empire St Mall) there is a water fountain erected to the memory of Alexander Beatson Balcombe, the plaque stating that the area was part of his Run. Alexander was the man to whom the community turned when there was a problem. Mt Martha Park was first reserved for the site of the Governor's summer residence but this never came about, although the Esplanade had been made to provide access. Robert Byrne was one of the three trustees of the park and the community was hopping mad when it found that Byrne had given Sam Sherlock of Green Island permission to strip wattle bark in the Park (probably as Byrne's employee!) No prizes for guessing who chaired the meeting! (Shire of Mornington Heritage Study,trove.)

A common accusation about our legal system is that there's one rule for the rich and another for the poor. This champion of the downtrodden was determined that this should not be so. One tactic used by the rich to stop any attempt by the poor to bring them to justice was to delay proceedings and blowout legal costs. In one particular case, Hann of Coolart would have found out on the 1st about an imminent trial on the 5th, so he immediately left for Melbourne with cattle so the trial would be delayed. The Sheriff did not deliver the notice until the 4th and of course Hann had not returned.

Despite Hann's absence on the 5th, Alexander, Yewers and Cobb heard the case and ruled for the plaintiffs. Hann appealed, knowing that those who heard the case would not share Alexander's concern for the downtrodden.

Sir -On my return today, after a short absence from home, I first saw a report of the case Re Balcombe and others ex parte Hann, in your paper of Saturday, November 23, in which an affidavit was made, stating that the Court was requested to adjourn the case, and had refused to do so. Allow me to assure you that, had any person made such a request on behalf of Mr. Hann, it would, of course, have been complied with. And was there no justice due to the plaintiffs - a young couple just arrived in the colony, hired from the Depot, unable to procure work in the district, and living on charity till the case was decided? On hearing the case, it was proved to the satisfaction of the Bench that the plaintiffs had been forced to leave the station,and threat- ened with violence, with out receiving any remuneration for their services, instead of "absconding, " as The Chief Justice in your report is made today.

In your " Town Talk' of the same day, you remark, " that the magistrates of Schnapper Point have received the distinction of discriminate, but severe, censure by each of the three judges, and of pecuniary burden in costs by the Case. It may be a distinction, but I think, a poor reward to gentlemen who, at considerable cost, give up their time in endeavouring, to do justice to their fellow men.

As a lover of fair play, you cannot refuse to insert this statement.
I am Sir., Your obedient servant,
Nov. 30.

Balcombe, Alexander Beatson (1811?1877)

by Kathleen Thomson

Alexander Beatson Balcombe (1811-1877), pastoralist, was born on St Helena, the youngest of five children of William Balcombe (1779-1829) and his wife Jane, n?e Cranston. William senior had settled at St Helena in 1804 as a merchant and was also superintendent of public sales for the East India Co. When Napoleon was exiled to the island Balcombe became purveyor to his establishment. Before Napoleon moved to Longwood in November 1815 he lived in a pavilion on Balcombe's estate, The Briars, and became attached to the family, especially the younger daughter Lucia Elizabeth (Betsy) who later wrote Recollections of the Emperor Napoleon (London, 1844). The friendly association ended abruptly in March 1818 when Balcombe was dismissed from the island on suspicion of acting as an intermediary in clandestine French correspondence with Paris and of negotiating bills drawn by Napoleon. Although never charged with any offence, Balcombe was regarded by Lord Bathurst and the governor, Sir Hudson Lowe, as at least a dupe of the French, and was not allowed to return to St Helena. He remained in England with a dwindling income, acute gout and continual fear of positive punishment until in 1823 Lowe relented under strong pressure from Jane Balcombe and her parliamentary friends. Balcombe was then appointed colonial treasurer of New South Wales. With his family he arrived in the Hibernia at Sydney in April 1824. His elder daughter died on the voyage and Betsy, who had married Edward Abell in London on 28 May 1822 and had been deserted by her husband, soon returned with her child to England.

Balcombe died at Sydney on 19 March 1829, leaving his affairs in disorder. Creditors took most of his livestock, and his widow, left only with his land grants, petitioned for a pension without success. Unabashed she went to London to renew her plea; the Colonial Office gave her ?250 to return to Sydney with her daughter and granddaughter and promised land and government posts for her children. Betsy and her eldest brother, William, were given land adjoining their father's 6000-acre (2428 ha) grant, Molonglo, near Bungonia, County Argyle, where they lived for some years. Long before William died at the Turon goldfields aged 44 on 29 January 1852, Betsy had gone to France where she was favourably noticed by Napoleon III who granted her land in Algiers; she died aged 69 on 29 June 1871 in London.

The second son, Thomas Tyrwhitt (b.1810), had attended the Sydney Grammar School and, while working for the Australian Agricultural Co. at Port Stephens, injured his head in a fall from a horse. In September 1830 he was appointed a draftsman in the Surveyor-General's Department with a salary of ?150. By 1833 his work was unsatisfactory but he was saved from dismissal by the promise to his mother and put on field work. By 1837 he had won repute as a spirited painter of animals; some of his work is at the Mitchell Library. He was praised for his pictures in the Aboriginal Exhibition in 1848, did a portrait of Edward Hargraves in 1851 and illustrated (G.F.P.), Gold Pen and Pencil Sketches: Adventures of Mr. John Slasher at the Turon Diggings (Sydney, 1852). On 27 June 1840 he married Lydia Stuckey; they had three children. In 1858 the death of his eldest daughter intensified the fits of mental aberration from which he had long suffered. He continued as a government surveyor, but after many threats to end his life deliberately shot himself in the head on 13 October 1861 at his home, Napoleon Cottage, Paddington.

Alexander, named Beatson after a governor of St Helena, attended Sydney Grammar School and became a clerk in the Commissariat Department. He was dismissed 'for negligence' in April 1831 and, after his mother returned from England in 1833, joined the family at Molonglo. In 1839 he went to Port Phillip with William Rutledge and party, and liking the country returned to Molonglo to make preparations for permanent settlement. On 30 August 1841 at Bungonia, County Argyle, he married Emma Juana, second daughter of Dr David Reid, of Inverary Park. Alexander bought livestock and took his wife to Port Phillip in 1842; they stayed for some time at Merri Creek and in 1843 settled at Schnapper Point, which Balcombe named. In 1846 he took over the run Chen Chen Gurruck, or Tichingorourke, changing the name to The Briars. The property extended from the present Mornington to Mount Martha and was held under pastoral licence until 1854 when he bought 1000 acres (405 ha).

In the 1850s Balcombe joined the search for gold. In his absence, Emma Balcombe, who was a friend of Georgiana McCrae, displayed great courage when raided by bushrangers. On his return from the diggings, somewhat disillusioned, Alexander settled down to pastoral pursuits and the life of a country squire. He was appointed a magistrate in 1855 and was first chairman of the Mount Eliza Road Board formed in 1860. He also experimented unsuccessfully with wine production. He died aged 66 on 21 September 1877 at his home, Eastcourt, East Melbourne; his widow died on 3 June 1907. They had two sons and five daughters and Dame Mabel Balcombe Brookes is a granddaughter. (AUSTRALIAN DICTIONARY OF BIOGRAPHY.)

Chechingurk (as on the parish map)was due west of the Tuerong pre-emptive right,with a 163 acre property, crown allotment 26B, which became Cheshire's "Ellen-----" in between. This property was granted to S.H.Cohen on 14-7-1879. Bounded on the east by a line from the top of 151 K1 through the Red Hill Estates Vineyard in Melway 151 J3 to the bend in Vineyard Lane, and on the south by that lane to the creek that flows along the east side of the freeway, this would have been part of the Wilson family's Tuerong, but when they were declared insolvent, it came under the control of Cohen,an official assignee.

The Chechingurk P.R. was in three parts:
A of 332 acres,granted on 24-8-1854,whose western boundary was a line due magnetic south from where the Nepean Highway crosses Balcombe Creek to the left edge of 151 D3 at the highway's most easterly approach. The southern boundary of parts A and C was a road 1760 metres long to the creek at the top left corner of 151 J4.
C of 272 acres, granted on 9-1-1856. The boundary between A and C ran due south (not magnetic)from the Chechingurk Hide (145 F12)to the middle of 151 F3 where the creek and the closed road intersected exactly. The north and east boundaries were creeks.

Well might you ask,"Where is part B?"

South of the pre-emptive right was crown allotment 32 of 291 acres, bounded by the closed road described above, the creek near the freeway in 151 H4 and G5, Range Rd and the highway in 151 C3-4.

(Range Rd acquired this name in world war 2 as it was a short cut from the Balcombe barracks to the rifle range to the east of Andrew and Peter White's grants. It was originally called White's Lane, just as Balcombe's Creek was known as Quinn's Creek. The White's and Quinns were the FEMALE DROVER'S ancestors.)

The eastern boundary of part A was not the highway. According to the parish map, Bay Rd was supposed to continue east to the highway. (It was easy enough for Surveyors to draw a road up a cliff,such as Burrell Rd at Dromana,but a bit harder to build one!) Between part A and the highway was part B of 36 acres, granted on the same date as part C.

That's 931 acres, all adjoining. But wait, there's more.

North of the pre-emptive right Alexander was granted three allotments between what I presume was Harrap's Creek
and Balcombe Creek in 145 H12 and J11. They went roughly halfway to Craigie Rd and contain the Kur Bur Rer and Woodland Walks. West of Racecourse Rd were crown allotments 1 and 24 of section 24 consisting of 33.1.0 and 47.3.16, which is close enough to 48 acres. On the other side of Racecourse Rd (of 2 acres 2 roods and 11 perches,closed, and granted to J.E.Murphy on 17-9-1914)was crown allotment 1 of section 23, granted to Alexander and consisting of 62 acres and 2 roods.

That takes the total to 1074 acres. But wait,there's more, much more.
Andrew was granted crown allotment 48 of section 22 (the Township of Mornington) consisting of 48 acres 2 roods and 12 perches. It was bounded by Strachans Rd, the highway , the line of Wills St and the north-west boundary of Neptune Reserve. The second time this property was put up for sale it was referred to as Redgum Flat. The neighbouring property, fronting Wilsons Rd was Alf Downward's "Redwood"!

Alex was also granted crown allotment 17 of section 24, consisting of almost 101 acres. This fronted the north side of Bentons Rd from Dunns Rd to Racecourse Rd extending about a quarter of the way north to Tyabb Rd. The northern boundary is a line joining the end of Cootamundra Court and the southern boundary of Benton Junior College.

That's 1223 acres and our final total will be over 1385 acres. Crown Allotments 8 and 9 of the Township of Mornington were between Tanti Creek and Beleura Hill Rd. The first, fronting the highway, consisted of 92 acres, and the latter, of nearly 71 acres, was between Barkly St and the Esplanade. Andrew was also granted 17 acres between Tanti Creek and Tanti Rd now occupied by the retirement village (c/a 4 of 10.3.38),Strattons Lane (the boundary) and the motor inn (c/a 5 of 6.0.3.)


James Hearn was a nephew of Big Clarke. Lazily relying on 20 year old memories, I may have wrongly written that James was his son-in-law. Leslie Moorhead wrote in one of the school histories, (possibly Osborne State School)that Big Clarke's Jamieson's Special Survey (Safety Beach and east to Bulldog Creek Rd)and James Hearn's Mt Martha Run were combined for a while under the title of the Mount Martha Sheep Station and that Henry Dunn had leased the Mt Martha Run (possibly from 1851 when his lease of the Survey had expired and it was leased in parts to Brown-Lee (or whatever), widow McLear etc.)

Another connection between Big Clarke and James was "Roseneath", a house on a large block next to the water reserve (Woodlands Park, Melway 28 F1)at Hawstead, which today is occupied by Salmon Ave, named after William Salmon,a later owner who donated Salmon Reserve to Essendon Council. If my memory is correct, the block was granted to E.Clarke. W.J.T.Clarke's brother, Lewis, died there in 1858 and W.J.T. moved into the house in 1870. Whether this was due to his health is unclear. George Evans of Emu Bottom would have been able to suggest another reason why Big Clarke and his wife lived separately. (THE SHIRE THAT TOOK OFF,unpublished history of the Shire of Bulla by Grant Aldous,probably still in the local history room of the Sam Merrifield Library. The anecdote about Annie Holden and the pistol on the table every time Big Clarke visited was probably the reason I.W.Symonds' BULLA BULLA was chosen.)

Mr W. J. T. Clarke, whose name has been almost a household word with Victorian colonists for many years past as the richest man in Australia [he was generally known as "Big Clarke"], died at his residence, Roseneath, Essendon, yesterday afternoon, at 20 minutes to 2 o'clock, in the 73rd year of his age. For tho last four years Mr Clarke's health has been in a very critical condition. Slowly but surely he lost the use of his limbs, till at last he was unable to move in the slightest degree without assistance, and it was found neces- sary to keep relays of attendants to wait upon him day and night. (P.6,The Brisbane Courier, 24-1-1874.)

29 Apr 1886 - Family Notices
HEARN?BOADLE.?On 26th ult., at North-park, Essendon, by the Rev. J. Burchett, James Hearn of Roseneath, Essendon, to Mary Helen, second youngest ... (North Park was Alexander McCracken's home,now the Columbans Mission in Woodland St, Melway 28 J1.)

HEARN.?On the 30th ult., at Roseneath, Essendon, the wife of James Hearn?a son. (P.1, Argus, 14-4-1887.)

Biography - William John Clarke - Australian Dictionary of Biography
Apart from visiting his mainland stations for shearing, Clarke lived in Tasmania until 1850 and in 1870 he made his home in Melbourne at Roseneath, Essendon.

I had always assumed that the grantee of the following property in the parish of Yuroke was Big Clarke's nephew. However this James Hearn died in 1857.

There is definitely some sort of connection regarding a large property at Rochester and the Riverina with James P.Hearn (son of James Hearn and the former Miss Boadle (who has different given names on a genealogical website)and a link with the Mornington Peninsula as Thorngrove and Coolart were hardly near each other! Perhaps the lessee of the Mount Martha Run was James Hearn (d.1857) of Thorngrove and the grantee of most of the Run was James Hearn (born 1842,married 1886)of Roseneath.

To avoid doing my head in, I'll leave the Hearn descendants to examine the evidence below and just supply details of Thorngrove, if I can find the Yuroke parish map.Bob Chalmers of the Essendon Historical Society will, I'm sure,supply details of Uardry at Essendon.

Messrs. Campbell and Sons, Kirk's Bazaar, report having sold, on account of Messrs. W. C. Hearn and Thomas Wragge, trustees in the estate of the late James Hearn, their farm, situate at Somerton, and known as the Thorngrove Farm, and containing 338 acres. Mr. John Hearn was the purchaser, at a satisfactory price.
(P.4,Argus, 18-2-1892.)

THE FRIENDS of the late JAMES HEARN, Esq.,are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the New Cemetery, Mel- bourne. The funeral to move from his late residence, Thorngrove, Sydney-road, on Thursday, (this day) at Ten o'clock a.m., and past the Campbellfield toll-gate about Twelve noon, 3rd September, 1857. ((P.8,Argus, 3-9-1857.)

The friends of Mr. James Hearn, of "Uardry", Essendon, will regret to hear of his death, which occurred yesterday, as a result of an attack of pneumonia contracted a few days ago. Mr. Hearn was an Australian native, having been born in Melbourne in 1842. He was well known in pastoral circles. Some 40 years ago he took up,in conjunction with his brother, Mr.John Hearn, and the late Mr. William Wragge, the "Uardry" Station on the Murrumbidgee and stocked it with sheep,and the threeafterwards owned "Cultowa", a cattle station on the Darling, "Tom's Lake" in Riverina, and "Restdown," and "Wharparilla," near Rochester in Victoria. The late Mr.Hearn eventually became the sole owner of Restdown, which he held at the time of his death. He was an enthusiastic follower of the hounds 20 or 30 years ago and was for many years a leading spirit in the Oaklands Hunt Club. He always took a lively interest in the Old Colonists Association and was for some time a member of the council of that body. Mr. Hearn has left a widow, and family.

On the 3rd inst., at Thorngrove, by the Rev. M. Clarke, of Castlemaine, William Hann, eldest son of Joseph Hann, Esq., of Coolort Station, Western Port, to Mary Burge, eldest daughter of the late James Hearn, Esq., of Thorngrove, Yuroke.(P.4,Argus, 4-9-1859.)

Surprise, surprise! James Hearn was not the grantee of Thorngrove, W.J.T.Clarke had been granted crown allotment J of section 4 on 14-2-1848. I must have got the Hearn-Thorngrove connection from my Broadmeadows rate transcriptions (which I no longer have.) Thorngrove was bounded by Somerton Rd, the original line of Pacoe Vale Rd (indicated by the line of the north-south part of Mitchell Crescent West in Melway 179 K11), a southern boundary joining the ends of Burgan Place and Dakara Close extended east to Tarcoola Ave and the transmission line in 179 F9-10. Thorngrove (part of Meadow heights) was directly across Somerton Rd (which did not then exist) from D.Cameron's "Stoney Fields" (later renamed Ruthven by the Camerons and Roxburgh Park by Thomas Brunton), also granted on 14-2-1848.

The Hearn grants in the parish of Moorooduc were along the Mt Martha coast from Bay Rd to Hearn Rd, extending east to the highway, and south east of Forest Rd/Drive to Moorooduc Rd (north of Ellerina Rd.)Crown Allotment 29A of 330 acres 3 roods,east of Moorooduc Rd to Melway 151 H 8-10, included the Tubbarubba diggings. The Hearn grants passed into the ownership of Robert Watson in the 1870's; I won't be more exact because the heritage study gives two different years. The VALE journal gives more detail.


The location of the Tuerong Run is described under RUNS near the start of the journal.The centre of the pre-emptive right was at Melway 152 B3, with Tuerong) Rd (to the Barrymore Estate Vineyard) being the eastern half of the north boundary, Gillett Rd running to the south east corner and the bend in Vineyard Rd being the south west corner. The homestead now houses the office of Dromana Estate Vineyards which has produced a history of the property.

TUERONG.xxxxxxxxxx (Me.) 22-3-2011
Tuerong was the name of a squatting run
Established before the gold rush had begun.
The pastures grew bountifully; no need for fallow,
But the cattle had to be boiled down for tallow.

Ralph Ruddell bought the station when demand had returned,
But Murphy's Law still applied, as he learned;
Insolvency, within a decade was his fate
But T.J. kept the farm's name (near his Auburn house gate).

John Wilson turned from cattle grazing to sheep
And soon Tuerong was gripped by mystery deep;
Wilson helped search for John Moriarty
And Patrick Shannon became the suspected party.

With plenty of water and pastures rich
Later owners seemed to find a regular hitch
And Tuerong Park changed hands every few years
Despite its regard among grazier peers.

Pitt, Matthews, Andrews, Dobie, names pass in a haze,
Clark and then Ken Moore of ?Two Bays?,
Paton, whose horse, Tuerong, was fine
And raced many times in 1949.

And then Jack Edgar (Edgar's Special Survey?)
Who made it a venue for Society Day,
Where the men played polo and the women paraded
And partied long after, no matter how jaded.


The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Tuesday 16 April 1861 p 3 Advertising
... tho First Mortgagee. RUDDELL'S PRE-EMPTIVE RIGHT, Of 640 Acres, and Improvements, , Near Schnapper ... on Thursday, April 25, at twelve o'clock, That most desirable and valuable estate known as RUDDELL'S PRE-EMPTIVE BIGHT, On the main three-chaln road to tho Heads, Containing 640 acres with ... 10299 words

The Wilsons purchased Tuerong in 1869. A terrific history about this family BONNIE WILLIAM FROM DUNDEE is available online. Charlie Wilson, after whom the C.B.Wilson Reserve in Mornington was named, was born to a member of this family and a member of another old Mornington Wilson family. The Wilsons were key witnesses in the (first) SCHNAPPER POINT MURDER in 1874.

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I believe that the Mr Dory mentioned in William Vale's letter was actually Charles Dorey who must have purchased James Davey's pre-emptive right (crown grant 54?)soon after Davey gained title. See the inquest report in comment 13.
MORNINGTON SHIRE COUNCIL. Monday, 26th June, 1882. Present: Councillors Lancashire (President), Box, Young, Spargo, Prosser, and Turner.
South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic. : 1872 - 1920) Wednesday 5 July 1882 Edition: WEEKLY. p 3 Article
encroached upon, also pointing out there was a Shire road running through the property of Mr Dory, ... 1792 words

This is the pertinent passage from the above,and as there is no crown allotment 54,it mean must the 54th grant issued, and I found no information about that.
From Registrar o! Titles Office, in re encroachment upon land part of Government road at Frankston, stating the original plan showed a road at the pre alluded to I chain in width, and it was for the Council to take action, should that be encroached upon, also pointing out there was a Shire road running through the property of Mr Dory, from the Point Nepean Main road to the sea as per Crown Grant 54.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Tuesday 3 April 1855 p 9 Advertising
... - 44G Beaumont Edward 447 Beaven Mr Slelaoy l18 Beek John 449 Becker C & V 450 Becker Mrs Eliza 451 ... Donnison Wm 315 Boogan Jamos 310 Doran Alexr Mooro 317 Dory Charles

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 31 July 1852 p 4 Article
... cabin-Mrs Cleveland and family, Messrs Ar- nold, Nane, Hennah, Dory,

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Monday 7 March 1853 p 10 Article
...p; Messrs. Dory, (FROM TASSIE)

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Friday 28 December 1855 p 3 Advertising
... of ; Melbourne, Diggings, &c, that we have I ulinqiiisbed business in favor of Messrs. ! JOHN DORY" ..
(AT END OF trade addresses. dory/dorg?)

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Friday 24 November 1854 p 8 Advertising
... oxpense?, and applying to Cliarlcs Dory, Brighton Beaoh. 81 FOUND, running upon my land, n'black Mare, ... 9652 words(Charles found a black boat.)
Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Wednesday 23 June 1948 p 7 Family Notices
... Do^ry, of South road. Brighton Beach. IS IT DOERY?
Edward Doery, of Doery and Tilley, Flinders Lane, asking council to pass a by-law prohibiting use of firearms between Brewery road (Mr Harris' property*) and the bay shore. While in his residence, - 'Miramee," Esplanade, he had some nasty experiences. Twice shots have ploughed up the footpath and a number of pellets
em bedded in the w.c. door. He advised laying poison for the rabbits, which would stop the shooting. Letter to be handed to the police,with a view to necessary action.

(P.2, Mornington Standard,18-10-1913.) *See MR HARRIS below.

DOERY-A tribute to the memory of Mr Edward Doery of Canterbury who passed away on the 19th July -A much respected friend Mr and Mrs Norman Spencer of Brighton Beach. (P.1, Argus, 22-7-1935.)
This,one of several death notices re Edward in the same issue, links Edward to Brighton, and as a result,Charles Dory (sic) of 1854.

Now where was Miramee? And where was Coronation Park?

INSPECTOR OF NUISANCE'S REPORT. The Inspector of Nuisances (J.W. Stephens) reported :-I have made enquiries into the complaint by E. Dorey re shooting near his premises at Coronation Park, and I find that it is correct. I warned the persons who were shooting, and would have prosecuted, but on inquiry from Mr Crosbie, shire secretary, we were unable to prove the town boundary, which is necessary before obtaining conviction. I would like to have boundary defined, and suggest it should extend along foreshore from Joseph Harris's to Beleura, thence to Nepean road, and along that road to road leading to Harris'corner.-Report received, steps to be taken to have boundary defined. (P.3, Mornington Standard, 22-11-1913.)


It is likely that Edward Doery's Miramee was near Mornington and near "Marina" the residence of Joseph Harris.
Joseph,after whom the Joseph Harris Scout Camp at Mt Martha is named, was heavily involved with Mt Martha Park and was a J.P. He appeared to live at Mornington, rather than just holiday there, as his address was given as Mornington in reports of elections described below.

MORNINGTON, Tuesday-The seaside home of Mr Joseph Harris, chairman of directors of the Victoria Coffee Palace, and formerly a member of the Legislative Assembly, was destroyed by fire early this morning. In half on hour only the chimneys were standing. A buggy shed and its contents were saved. Mrs. Harris and Miss Lawrence, who, with a maid, were the only occupants of the house, escaped with a few clothes. The house was insured but the furniture was not covered. The loss is estimated at ?3,000.(P.12, Argus,4-3-1915.)

And where was this house? Passing these (pavilions etc in Mornington Park) you walk along the Esplanade till you come to Fisherman's beach, the favourite spot of the bathers. Resuming your walk, you pass Mr Harris' residence, with its lovely shrubs and hedges. A little further on are the picturesque ruins of the ancient cement works, where fossils can he found in greater profusion than anywhere else in Victoria.
(Part of prize-winning essay by 15 year old Hector Kirkpatrick; P.2, Mornington Standard, 18-10-1902.)

Noted Horticulturist.
News of the death of Mr Joseph Harris which occurred at his residence, Marina, Mornington yesterday morning will be received with widespread regret though it was not altogether unexpected. Mr. Harris who throughout his long life (he was in his 93rd year) had enjoyed almost perfect health had a slight paralytic stroke on Christmas Day and though he rallied and was able to leave his bed it had left him extremely weak. The end came painlessly.
Mr Harris was born near Bristol, England in 1833 and he was educated at Henbury College. His father had a large nursery garden so young Harris had been able


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to get a thorough training in practical horticulture before he came to Australia. He left England in 1856 by the ship Morning star. On reaching Victoria he tried his fortune as a prospector on the Korong diggings. Meeting with no success he returned to Melbourne where he took a position in the seed shop of Messrs. Smith and Adamson, Collins street. In 1862 he went into business on his own account by purchasing the nurseries of Handasyde, McMillan. This proved to be a profitable venture for, after 23 years Mr. Harris had made enough money to enable him to retire.

It was in 1873 that Mr Harris made his first entry into public life through his election as a member of the Prahran Council, and during two following years he was mayor. In 1880 when St Kilda, Prahran, South Yarra, Toorak and Armadale formed a single electorate of the Legislative Assembly, he was elected by a large majority to the seat. There were two representatives of this electorate and his colleague was Mr. G. D. Carter. When the electorate was subdivided into four - that was in 1889- Mr Harris stood for South Yarra, and again he was returned by a large majority. Altogether between 1880 and 1900 he contested eight elections and only on one occasion (in 1894) was he defeated. However, in 1897 he won the seat again, and held it until 1904, when South Yarra and Prahran were formed into one constituency. In politics he was a Liberal. It should be added that during his long Parliamentary career the exceptional ability of Mr. Harris was always recognised, as well as his sterling character. Though he had opportunities of accepting a portfolio he always declined to assume office.

Although a member of the Church of England, Mr Harris was for 20 years on the board of management of the South Yarra Presbyterian Church. He sat, indeed, on numerous boards, and on all those that were appointed by the Ministry of the day to report on horticultural and agricultural subjects. In these he took the greatest interest and he was a recognised authority far beyond the bounds of the Commonwealth. He was also Government nominee of the Council of Agricultural Education. His specialty was tropic vegetation, and to study this he travelled much in the north of Australia, and he also made several voyages to the Pacific Islands.

About 30 years ago Mr Harris accepted the position of horticultural editor of "The Australasian" a position that he occupied until February 1920. Although at that time well past his 80th year his faculties were absolutely unimpaired-they were, indeed to the day of his death - and the proprietors of "The Argus" and of "The Australasian" were desirous that he should remain in harness. Mr Harris who had a number of business interests, said, however, that at his age he deserved some relaxation; he adhered, therefore, to his determination to retire from a position which, for more than 25 years, he had filled with distinguished abilty and success.

Mr Harris married Miss Eliza Nicholson. His wife died nine years ago. Two daughters -Mrs Rosa Pitt and Mrs T.P.Long, survive him and one son - Mr F. Harris. The third daughter, the late Mrs F. Vanderkelen was the wife of Mr. Vanderkelen who for several years was the Belgian consul in Melbourne.(P.21,Argus,11-3-1925.)

N.B. One of Alfred Downward's daughters (Ivy?) also married a Pitt lad and Pitt St, near Downward St off Wilson Rd (on the "Redwood" 10 acre homestead block) is named after her. The redwood Gums at the end of Downward St, the only ones known to have grown south of Frankston, are heritage-listed.

A lot of unanswered questions about Mr Doery/Dorey! (See comment 13!)


16. SMITH.
John Thomas Smith was granted crown allotment 1, no section, on 12-1-1855. Today known as the Ranelagh Estate, this consisted of 282 acres and 15 perches. It was bounded by the south side of Boundary Rd (Canadian Bay Rd), Mt Eliza Way south, 70 metres south along the present Nepean Highway to the northern tributary of Erimil Creek and west along the tributary and creek to the coast.Smith called his homestead "Nyora" and this name described the estate at the time of Henry Slaney's death, soon after which the Ranelagh Estate was developed.

The "back lot"referred to in the letter was crown allotment 19 of 437 acres 1 rood and 13perches.It was bounded by Canadian Bay Rd (N/E),Three Chain Road (Moorooduc Rd)(East), a line commencing 374 metres south of the railway crossing (where Mrs Firth was killed*) to the top of Tower Rd (S/W),and Wooralla Drive (West.)

If you click on the self guided tour of the Ranelagh Estate (on the website below)and then on the map link, you will find precisely where J.T.Smith's bayside grant was.
Walter Burley Griffin Society - Self guided tours
Ranelagh Estate is at Mount Eliza which is adjacent to Port Philip Bay on Melbourne's southern fringe and provides the gateway to the western part of the ...

The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Saturday 10 February 1923 p 8 Article.

MOTOR AND TRAIN. Lady Driver Killed. Melbourne, Feb. 9.
The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) Saturday 10 February 1923 p 8 Article

The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Saturday 10 February 1923 p 4 Article

J.T.Smith, seven times Mayor of Melbourne,arrived from Sydney to teach at George Langhorne's mission for the aborigines on the Botanical Gardens site. He soon became a businessman and received grants for land at Green Gully near Keilor in the parish of Maribyrnong; North Essendon,and Kensington (including the State School site) in the parish of Doutta Galla and what became the Ranelagh Estate, Mt Eliza, at the north west corner of the parish of Moorooduc.
At the time of this meeting, he was probably living in Melbourne,possibly in the oldest surviving house in Melbourne, photographed by the wonderful MUZZA OF McCRAE. He later built Ascot House in Fenton St Ascot Vale. In the early 1860's, he was a foundation member of the Borough of Essendon and Flemington and became one of the three M.L.C.'s for West Bourke. He was accused of bribing voters with inducements such as oranges that he grew; his orchard was probably near Cranwell St, North Essendon not far east from the Irish Dr Harbinson's orange grove (Melway 16 E12.)The Fitzroy Historical Society website states that he was also an alderman in that area.His portrait can be seen on the internet. Edward Wilson, editor of the Argus, constantly criticised J.T.Smith.(Sources: The Stopover That Stayed" Grant Aldous;parish maps; Keilor Centenary Souvenir 1950? eMelbourne past and present website under Mayoralty etc.)



A Land Distribution will take place at the Society's Office, 38 Collins-street east, on Saturday, Dec, 9th, at three o'clock p.m., when the following members will be entitled to participate in the land undermentioned :-

Moorooduc near Mount Eliza,

- Class A. Mr H.S.Shaw ... 1 Mr. G. C. Young ... 1 John Holland... 1 F. Barnard ... 1
John Grinrod ... 1 W. Green ... 1 John Mason ... 1 P. Jones... 1 J. T. Pender ... 1 G.E.White ... 1 Miss M.M. Anderson... 2
(I have deleted members entitled to land at Caulfield and Emerald Hill i.e. South Melbourne. I have also deleted quite a bit that follows this paragraph and shows how wide-spread the Society's purchases were.)

The Society has recently purchased 60 acres of land suited for market gardens in the parish of Prahran, adjoining Caulfield, which with farms at Kororoit, at Doutta Galla near Essendon, and township lots at Northcote, will be distributed on an early day. (P.8, Argus,8-12-1854.)


Edward Lintot was granted crown allotment 2 between Smith's "Nyora" and Kunyung Rd, the Erimil Creek (and its northern tributary)dividing the two grants. Lintot's "Earimil" consisted of 290 acres 1 rood and 2 perches. St James the Less church stands in its north east corner.

DEATH OF A GIPPSLAND PIONEER. CAPTAIN LINTOTT OF BRANDY CREEK. Shortly after midnight on Sunday there passed away at the advanced age of 82, in the person of Captain Lintott, of Brandy Creek, one of the oldest pioneers of the Gippsland district. The deceased gentleman, who was widely respected, had been suffering from weakness of the heart's action, and for some days previous to his death had been in a very low condition. He leaves a widow and a daughter, the only child, who is married to Captain Gabbett, of the Mounted Rifles. Captain Lintott was formerly in the East Indian Service, but relinquishing seafaring life some 42 years ago he settled in the Twofold Bay district of New South Wales. where he owned the Double Creek Station which adjoined that of Brogo, belonging to Mr. S. W. Pollock, now of Warragul. Some years later he left this locality and settled in Riverina, on the Edwards River, joining partnership with his brother Stephen on a sheep station. After this, we understand, he lived at Schnapper Point, and subsequently moved to Brandy Creek, where he has for many years been regarded as the father of the district. He was an old identity, in fact the name of Brandy Creek could not be disassociated from that of Captain Lintott. He was a man of fearless conduct and remarkable integrity, and as straightforward a gentleman as the district possessed. For many years, in fact until quite recently, he carried out the duties of lay reader at the local Anglican Church. Some 17 years ago he was appointed a territorial magistrate for the whole of the colony of Victoria, but later, when the bailiwicks were determined upon, he received his commission as a justice of the peace for the Eastern Bailiwick, and, notwithstanding his advanced age, even until quite recently he was remarkable for his punctuality and attendance both at Brandy Creek and Drouin courts, to say nothing of other duties appertaining to his office. For many years, together with Messrs. Jas. Copeland and C. Sargeant, he adjudicated at Brandy Creek long before the railway passed through Gippsland, and when the now decayed township on the main Sale road was in the height of its prosperity, being the principal stopping place between Dandenong and Sale, he was one of the first members of the Buln Buln Shire Council prior to the severance of the Warragul territory therefrom. He was also an active member of the Buln Buln Agricultural Society, and his venerable figure was conspicuous at each of the society's shows. In fact, in every instance, he displayed remarkable vigor in connection with all movements concerning the progress of the district. The members of the legal profession, the public officers, police, etc.,have always entertained the very highest respect for his opinions, whilst his decision on the bench were characteristic for their attention to the equities of the case, rather than to points of law and legal technicalities. Some three years ago Captain Lintott was entertained at a banquet by a large number of friends, when he was the recipient of an illuminated address and a purse of 120 sovereigns, in recognition of his public services to the district. The funeral takes place to-day, but will be of a private character.((P.3,Warragul Guardian and Buln Buln and Narracan Shire Advocate, 12-5-1891.)

The captain's given name was Edward.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Wednesday 9 December 1863 p 5 Article
... Lintott, William Preston Cobb, and James Butchardt, to be a committee of management of the site at Schnapper Point, (Mornington) reserved as a park for public recreation.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Thursday 2 January 1862 p 2 Advertising
... January S. EARIMIL HOUSE, near Schnapper Point, will BO- BE-OPENED, as a LADIES' SCHOOL, after the Christmas holidays. For terms and particulars address Mrs. Lintott, Schnapper Point.

Mount Eliza Sightseeing, Canadian Bay, Daveys Bay, Sunnyside ...
Continue down Kunyung Road to Earimil Drive. At number 8 you will find a delightful cottage built in 1854 by a Welsh sea captain, Edward Lintott. At the north ...

A rule nisi to prohibit E. B. Balcombe, Edward Lintot, and W. P. Cobb, justices of the peace, from executing a conviction made by them in petty sessions at Schnapper Point, against the complainant, in his absence, on an information by servants claiming wages.Mr. Chapman for the rule nisi, and against the conviction; Mr. Fellows in support of the conviction, and against prohibition.

An information was laid against Mr. Hann by two persons whom he had engaged as labourers on a hiring for a term. A summons to attend was issued to Mr. Hann on Saturday, the 28th September. Mr. Hann started from his place* at Western Port with cattle to Melbourne on Tues- day, the 1st October. The summons issued to him on Saturday, the 28th September, was not served by the constable until Friday, the-4th October. It was served on Mr. Hann s daughter, at his house at Western Port, sixteen miles from Schnapper Point, and Miss Hann informed the constable that her father had left with cattle for Melbourne, on the 1st, and would be back on the

7th. On the 5th, the case came on for hearing at Schnapper Point. The constable,who served the summons, informed the Bench that he had served the daughter of the defendant, and been informed by her of his having left for Melbourne with cattle on the 1st, and of her expectation that he would be back on the 7th. The Court was asked to adjourn. Adjournment was refused the case was gone into in the absence of the defendant; and an order was made for such a sum , and costs that he could not appeal. After Hann's return, he applied for a rehearing, and was refused. It was sworn by Mr. Armstrong, clerk of the bench, that no depositions were taken in writing ; and that this step was taken in this case by the express directions of Mr. Balcombe, J. P.
(Part of report; P.6, Argus, 23-11-1861.)


John Yewers was granted crown allotment 5 Moorooduc, consisting of 159 acres 3 roods and 9 perches. It was between Sunnyside Rd and Manmangur Creek (the eastern boundary of the Mornington Golf Club.) This property became known as "Sunnyside".

It is uncertain at the moment whether John had much to do with crown allotment 5. His purchase may have been for speculative purposes like the house blocks he bought at Donnybrook in 1855. His hotel would have kept him busy.

December 25th, on board the Yarra Yarra steamer, on her passage to Launceston, Emily Hayson Yewers, youngest daughter of Mr. John Yewers, late of the Albion Hotel, Bourke street.(P.4, Argus, 5-1-1853.)

Was Henry's presence at Somerville in 1859 linked with John's application for a licence for the Yewers' Family Hotel being refused? (P.6, Argus, 2-3-1859.)

Not deterred, John was running the bridge Hotel at Echuca in 1865 when he became insolvent.
(P.6, Argus, 6-2-1865.)

John was not the father of Henry, so they might have been brothers.

On page 17 of THE BUTCHER THE BAKER THE, Bruce Bennett provides the following information about the Yewers family.
Henry Yewers was among the first subscribers to the Somerville school in 1859. Henry had a butcher's shop in Main St, Mornington by 1869.In about 1873, Robert Lawson Yewers was a butcher at Mornington while Henry at Somerville and Alf at Yarraville carried on the same trade. Robert also owned the Somerville shop and had slaughteryards and land at** Moorooduc.
* Probably on c/a 5. Bruce several times failed to distinguish between the parish of Moorooduc and the locality of Moorooduc (based on Jones Corner.)

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Wednesday 13 March 1878 p 1 Family Notices
... YEWERS-GROVER.-On the 7th inst, at the residence of the bride's parents, by the Rev Jas Caldwell, Robert Lawson Yewers, of Footscray, to Mary Ann, second daughter of Mr W Grover, of Mornington ...
(William Grover was a builder and built Beleura for James Butchart.)

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 23 March 1878 p 1 Family Notices
... months. YEWERS.-On the 22nd inst, at his son's residence, Nicholson-street, Footscray, Henry Hayson Yewers, late of Mornington, in the 69th year of his age. ... 422 words

MORNINGTON. - Councillors Jones* and Yewers were proposed, and the voting being equal, the decision by lot fell to Councillor Henry Yewers. (P.10,Argus, 19-11-1874.) Henry became the Shire President.
*Cr Jones was probably Alfred Jones of the Almond Bush Stud at Somerville,English-born but resident in Canada from the age of about 10, and one of the three Canadians who gave Canadian Bay its name.


William Preston Cobb was a Justice of the Peace and sat on the bench with Alex Balcombe and Edward Lintot. (See article above under LINTOT.)

William was granted crown allotment 6, between Yewers' grant and Hunter's pre-emptive right. Bounded by Manmangur and Caraar Creeks, it consisted of 192 acres 3 roods and 2 perches. He named it Preston Grange. Today it houses the Mornington Golf Club , Mornington Secondary College and a small residential area with Jacaranda Crescent the main street.

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Wednesday 8 August 1860 p 4 Family Notices
...nbsp; Evangelist, Emerald Hill, by the Rev. R. B. Dickin- son, William Preston Cobb, Esq., of Preston Grange, Schnapper Point, to Emma Mansfield, daughter of the late Venerable Henry Jeffreys, ..

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 8 June 1861 p 4 Family Notices
... BIRTHS.COBB.-On the 5th inst., at St. Kilda, Mrs. W. Preston Cobb, of Preston Grange, of a daughter.

Family Notices
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Wednesday 25 February 1863 p 4 Family Notices
COBB.-On the 22nd inst., at Preston Grange, Schnapper Point, Mrs. W. Preston Cobb of a son.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Saturday 15 September 1860 p 5 Article
... William Preston Cobb, Esq., Preston Grange, Schnapper Point; William Henry Robertson, Esq., Moorab- bee, ..(The Argus listed the new Justices of the Peace whose appointments were in the Government Gazette.)

COBB.-In February, at Acomb, near York, Emma Mansfield, tbe beloved wife of William Preston Cobb, Esq., late of Preston Grange, Mornington. (P.4, Argus, 24-5-1870.)

11th November 1921 Frankston & Somerville Standard
D Kelly, Playne" St, Frankston, writes:-I notice in your last Langwarrin Budget that Mr John Clark is claimed as a very old resident of the district. I also read with interest and amusement his memoirs of the early days. He says there was a native camp on the site of Keast Bros' store. I have resided in Frankston for the past 60 years and I never saw a blacks' camp on the site mentioned. Two blacks (Jimmie and Liza) camped on the site of the Temperance Hall-that's all I ever saw. And about those corroberies at Carrum. My aunt owned the Long Beach Hotel (now known as the Riviera) over 65 years ago and she never witnessed any corroberies there, Mr Clark claims to have planted the wonderful pear tree on Miss Latto's property. When I came to Frankston some 63 years ago, the tree was then about five years' old; having been planted by an American negro, Adam Orange (or Black Adam), employed by the Lyarid family. So, Mr Clark is either older than he looks, or he has lived since the days of our venerable friend, Noah.


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by janilye on 2013-04-02 08:51:20

I corrected it earlier

by janilye on 2013-04-02 08:58:48
by itellya on 2013-04-05 01:43:10

Crown allotments 13-18 of the parish of Frankson were separated from the grants of John Edward Sage by the future (and past!)Mornington-Baxter railway and from the southern half of Baxter's Carrup Carrup pre-emptive right by the n.w. to s.e. Baxter-Moorooduc boundary in Melway 106 H7 and J8.Sumner Rd was also a boundary between Sage's 324 acres and Sumner's c/a 13. It had a road frontage to Three Chain (Moorooduc) Rd of 1674 metres and frontage to the north side of Eramosa Rd(to number 214) of 2078 metres.

The grants in the parish of Moorooduc were the Ballanrong pre-emptive right of 640 acres (bounded by Bungower, Moorooduc and Mornington Tyabb Rds with a Bungower Rd frontage of 1993 metres to the west) and the land east of Derril Rd from Eramosa Rd to Mornington-Tyabb Rd, frontages being 1410 metres and 1470 metres, respectively, to the east.

by itellya on 2013-04-05 21:17:56

Having failed to find a parish of Moorooduc map online, I used the technique that located the Frankston parish map and googled MOOROODUC,COUNTY OF MORNINGTON, and there it was.

Moorooduc, County of Mornington [cartographic material] / photo ...
Moorooduc, County of Mornington [cartographic material] / photo-lithographed at the Department of Lands and Survey, Melbourne, by J. Noone. Victoria. Dept. of ...

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Moorooduc, County of Mornington [cartographic material] / drawn ...
Moorooduc, County of Mornington [cartographic material] / drawn and reproduced at the Dept. of Lands and Survey, Melbourne, Victoria. Victoria. Dept. of Crown ...
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by itellya on 2013-04-08 03:56:17

This was meant for the journal but I got the dreaded OH NOES page again. In correcting the text I have substituted Amis for Amos as Mr Renouf's given name. (See my journal about the Renoufs on the Mornington Peninsula.) A Sage descendant told me that the family farmed Alfred Jones'"Almond Bush Stud" at Somerville.

EXTRACTS FROM DONALD CHARLWOOD'S HISTORY OF FRANKSTON.(P.6,Frankston and Somerville Standard, 8-2-1930.)

MR. DAVEY'S ARRIVAL. In the year 1838, Mr. William Davey arrived in South Australia on the ship "Argyle,". with his son, James, then aged 21 years. He stayed in South Australia for a short period and then settled at Mt. Eliza. The New South Wales Government then had a scheme of granting early settlers what was called a pre-emptive right to a square mile of land any where they wished. For a small fee they had right to occupy such land for a number of years and then to buy it at 12/6 an acre, which was later raised to ?1. By this system Mr. Davey obtained a pre-emptive right to the land previously mentioned. In 1851, Mr. Davey erected a small residence on this piece of land at the spot where, later, the "Marathon" homestead used to be. This was Frankston's first house and he resided there while building another larger residence overlooking the bay, which bears his name. This place was situated by the present site of "Deniston," Mr. Sargood's house, and trees which Mr. Davey planted in his garden, including a couple of large mulberry trees, still thrive there. Mr Davey moved into his new house in 1851 and named it "Marysville." He then built a jetty for the convenience of craft bringing provisions from Melbourne.(etc.)

Captain Benjamin Baxter was born in Ireland in 1805 and arrived at Sydney in 1837. His regiment was ordered to India, but he remained in Australia for the sake of his wife's and daughters' health. Governor Bourke appointed him Clerk of Petty Sessions at Port Phillip and first post master, with a salary of ?200 per year, and also Chief Commissioner of Goldfields in Port Phillip district. The first mail from England was sorted by his wife. He held these positions until he took up land for himself. Captain Baxter and Mr.Davey became partners on a cattle run along the banks of the creek in the vicinity of Mr. Sage's present residence. This part was, later, called "Chinamens' Flat," because Chinamen used to dry fish there for market. Baxter and Davey were later joined by Mr Sage, Captain Baxter's son-in-law, whose descendants still reside in the district of Frankston and Somerville. Captain Baxter's old homestead was called Currup Currup, which is at Baxter's Flat, Baxter, and still retains its name. Both "Baxter" and "Baxter's Flat" were named after the family, and Miss Baxter, Captain Baxter's daughter, still resides there. Captain Baxter's son was later well known in Frankston cricket.

EARLY PIONEERS. At about this time Mr. John Helder Wedge came from Mt. Cotteril, near Werribee, and settled in Frankston, where he kept sheep. Mr James Davey's first cottage, previously mentioned, he sold to Mr Frank Stevens, a well-known Melbourne solicitor, who came to Frankston in the 'fifties. It is the belief of some that Frankston was named after him, but it probably was named before his time. Mr. Stephens built "Jamalo," which he sold to his son-in-law, Dr. (afterwards Sir) John Madden. Others believe it to be named after Mr. Frank Liardet, but his descendants say it was named after Mr. Charles Franks, who kept an adjacent run to Mr. John Wedge at Mt. Cotteril and was killed by the blacks and buried in the old cemetery, where the Flagstaff gardens now stand. The name may have been suggested by John Wedge in memory of him. But what seems the right theory to the naming of Frankston is that it was named after Frank Stone. One of the very earliest buildings in Frankston was a small public house-some say it was owned by a man named Ewart who sold it to another man named Standring and that he sold it to a Mr. Stone. At this hotel Mr Stone's son was born and named Frank. The hotel then went by the name of Kananook, now changed its name to "Frank Stone's" after Stone's son and gradually the township grew up around it and took the name it now holds from the hotel in about 1851. Later the hotel was enlarged with two rooms from a Jersey Island guest house, which was brought out in two shipments in about 1862. Mr Amis Renouf, Mr. Frederick Renouf's father, travelled to Australia from Jersey Island on the boat which carried the second shipment of the old "Bay View." and he was greatly astonished on coming to Frankston to see the old Jersey Island guest house standing in the main street.

by itellya on 2013-04-11 23:03:08

Wrong spelling of surnames can throw you off the trail. Two examples were Mr McMann of Carrum and Antonio Albas of Rye. The correct surname of the latter was Albres and a historian thought that he was Tony Salvas, but they were two different Cape Verde Islanders. Fellow pioneers had no need to write the name and when called upon to do so during a oral history interview, they or the journalist would give it as it was pronounced. Albres was later anglicised to Albress.
Mr McMann is mentioned in an article on Graham Whitehead's Kingston Heritage website about Hugh Brown.
Mr McMann was actually James McMahon. The block described in the McMahon entry in the journal was James' pre-emptive right and was, as I had thought,the site of the Half-Way Hotel.

Mr Brown was next questioned as to existing houses. He stated that the first house he resided at was on the Balcombe road, near the beach, and between his house and Mordialloc was only one other residence. At Mordialloc was the hotel and two huts, named ?Grannies?s? and ?Macdonald?s? McDonald had the pre-emptive rights of what is now the State settlement, and also the pre-emptive rights of the hotel. Between Mordialloc and Frankston was the half-way house, now the Riverina hotel, at Carrum. The pre-emptive rights of which was owned by a Mr McMann, who resided at the hotel.

Whether the journalist wrote the pub's name wrongly or it was later changed to the Riviera, it was definitely on James McMahon's grant whose northern boundary was the pedestrian track on the north side of the Riv's car park.

The article states that James McMahon's Run was along the coast from the Kananook Creek to the Mordialloc Creek so he might have been granted a P.R., north of his 12 acre grant, in the parish of (Lyndhurst?)

The Carrum Swamp was originally a farmers' common and Mr McMann (sic) was the first manager.
It is noteworthy that before the Government survey, the Carrum swamp was used as a farmers? common, the managers of the common being Mr John Potts, of Moorabbin, Mr John Keys, of Keysborough and Mr Howard, of Frankston.

Mr McMann was the first person appointed as caretaker, his duties being to take charge of cattle brought to him by the farmers; look after them, and deliver them to the owners when they required them. The charge was 3/- per head of cattle per year.

The article came from the Carrum Borough Gazette of August 10,1923. It also can be found on trove but if you wish to copy and paste the digitised text you will need to do a lot of correcting.Copying from Graham's website would be easier.

Thanks once again to steve74 for supplying the Mornington Standard garbled text and the legible version on Graham's website.

This article is hard to read.

I am still looking for the reply to this Article by Messr Kelly (David Kelly). He questions all that is said. David states that his Aunty owned the Half Way House at Carrum (actually it is his great Aunt).

Have been following your journals and find them very interesting.

Regards Steve

Mornington Frankston Standard 8th August 1923


A 'most interesting interview, and one of some inportaaicd toithe' di-:. tricts from .Frnnkstbn to Meditone,, occurred on Wednesday last, "when our representative, met Mr.. Hugh. Brown at 'Pine Vale," Mordialloc. KIr. Brown,: who; looked: exceptionally. well and .alert for his great

by itellya on 2013-04-11 23:39:10

Two words that often escape my lips are: I wonder.... In relation to the previous comment this occurred thrice. Was the parish of Lyndhurst north of the Halfway Hotel P.R.? How on earth did I miss "a oral" when I proof-read the comment? Could I find the Lyndhurst parish map to see if James McMahon had grants there?

Using the same trick that helped me find the Frankston, Moorooduc and Blackwood parish maps, I googled LYNDHURST, COUNTY OF MORNINGTON. (Blackwood is in the county of Bourke.)

James McMahon didn't have grants along the coast north of the Halfway Hotel, whose northern boundary was the Frankston/Lyndhurst parish boundary (on Long Island.)

by itellya on 2013-04-12 04:53:34

The answer to the second question in the previous comment is that I'm a dill. The fact that I clicked SUBMIT before I finished the comment confirms it!

Hugh and R.Brown, A.Rawlings, Frankston pioneer Mark Young, James McMahon and C.Wedge were among the grantees in the parish of Lyndhurst, the first three just south of Mordialloc Creek. A Rawlings was possibly Alf Rawlings who later owned The Thicket at Rosebud (now Warranilla Ave and the other curving streets between Boneo Rd and First Avenue south of Hope St.) Browns Reserve (Melway 192 J2) was probably excised from Hugh Brown's grant when the secondary drain was built.

J.Keys and R.McMahen (sic), executors of James McMahen (sic), were granted crown allotment 119 of 175 acres on 25-2-1879. It was slap-bang in the middle of the swamp. With roads un-named and no longer extant roads and drains, it is hard to determine the property's location. It was on the north east side of Wells Rd about 66 chains south east of Edithvale Rd,its frontage probably being that of Ashley Business Park and its north east (back) boundary being a continuation of Soden Rd. It is not surprising that J.Keys was an executor and the McMahons and Wells were related because this property was between the grants of T.Keys and H.Wells.

The incorrect spelling on the parish map has been perpetuated in the name of McMahens Rd (Melway 94 C12) alongside the Patterson River Water Sport Area. Crown allotment 110 of almost 194 acres was granted to M.McMahen (sic) on 8-5-1882. Between it and Pillars Rd was crown allotment 112 of 194 acres, granted to J.Keys. M.McMahon's grant fronted the Eumemmering Channel (which flowed into the Carrum Creek,renamed the Patterson River for reasons outlined in the article about Hugh Brown)with its south west boundary (at a right angle to McMahens Rd) to the bend in the Springs Drain (Melway 94 A11.) As Rossiter Rd no longer exists,it is hard to be positive, but the grant probably includes Greenpatch and Homestead Drives.

Wedge's Banyan Waterholes Run has been mentioned previously and his pre-emptive right of 640 acres was south of the Boundary Rd frontage of the Eastern treatment plant (western 700 metres), extending a similar distance west of the Rossiter Rd corner. Many other grants to the Wedge brothers are shown.

by itellya on 2013-04-12 05:52:43

This journal was intended to be about the 1850's but a chat with my next door neighbour,Gordon Boyington (who has just returned home from a spell in hospital ) changed that. As you might realise,previous chats with Gordon resulted in my journal about his experiences in Moonee Ponds,Father Tucker's Settlement at Carrum Downs, Frankston etc.

Gordon was the second person to buy land on The Pines Estate in Frankston North. As a boy living on Father Tucker's Settlement, his ramblings often took him to the vicinity of the Frankston Pier.The McMahons were fishermen and would return to the Melbourne side of the Frankston Pier with their nets full of fish. Once Gordon helped them pull in their nets to get the fish out but when he asked for a fish to take home to his needy family, he was refused, so that was the last time he helped them.

Gordon and his son,Terry, were adamant that McLelland Drive, the boundary of the parishes of Frankston and Langwarrin,was known as Boundary Rd.

by itellya on 2013-04-12 06:56:59

Two other grantees in the parish of Lyndhurst attracted my attention. One,J.A.Gamble, might have been Frankston's undertaker (Mr Gamble) or his ancestor. The other was William John Turner "Big" Clarke who bought land wherever it was available. Another was J.Lord from whose descendant much of the land for Melbourne Airport, west of the present "Glenara",was probably acquired circa 1960.M.Quinlan, might have been Maurice Quinlan, subject of two of my journals, bookmaker, owner of much land in Airport West and Oaklands Rd, Bulla, and owner of "Aberfeldie" at Essendon.Another grantee that did not surprise me was Hugh Glass who owned much of Flemington/Ascot Vale and crown allotment 14 Wannaeue between Boneo Rd and First Avenue, the southern half of which became Alf Rawlings' "The Thicket". Glass and Big Clarke were probably the catalysts for the Land Acts of the early 1860's, which required buyers to live on their purchases.
Blois and Butchart's pre-emptive right and J.T.Smith's grants have a connection with Beleura at Mornington and Nyora (Ranelagh) at Mt Eliza.

by itellya on 2013-04-12 23:52:29

In an effort to confirm my assumption that McMahen (on the Lyndhurst parish map and in the name of the road on the northern bank of the Water Sports Centre) was a spelling mistake I turned to trove. I'm none the wiser as both versions,McMahon and McMahen,were mentioned in relation to Carrum. Noel McMahen, a great of the Melbourne Football Club in its multiple premiership era about half a century ago, went to the Demons from Mordialloc Football Club. Hopefully investigation into the
Mordialloc Farmers' Common, Mr McMann having been said to have been the manager, might provide clarification. The following, an extract from Jill Barnard's piece on Chelsea, comes from the eMelbourne website.

(3196, 30 km SE, Kingston City)
Before its absorption into the City of Kingston in 1995, the municipality of Chelsea covered the narrow stretch of coastal sandy ridges and former swampland between Mordialloc and Frankston. Initially both the coastal area and the swampy, flood-prone land were known as Carrum, with the name Chelsea derived from a London borough, first used in 1907 for a new railway station on the Frankston line. The Shire of Dandenong administered the district.

In the mid-19th century James McMahon's Long Beach squatting run covered the coastal district, while a lone fisherman, John Watkins, had a shack near present-day Aspendale by the mid-1860s. The road to the Mornington Peninsula, now the Nepean Highway, followed the coast inland of the dunes. When the area was first surveyed in 1865, it was the coastal strip, dubbed 'the Long Beach' and now comprising Aspendale, Edithvale, Chelsea, Bonbeach and Carrum, that was first offered for sale. Some of the first buyers established farms and market gardens. William Coleman built the Bridge Hotel near Mordialloc Bridge and James McMahon opened the Half-Way House, later known as the Carrum Pub. The Carrum Swamp was gazetted as the Mordialloc Farmers' Common in 1861, but 10 years later was offered for sale by selection. Unfortunately, few selectors could build on or improve their flood-prone properties. During the 1870s and 1880s the Dandenong Roads Board and the Lands Department carried out swamp drainage work, but homes were subject to flooding until the 1950s.

by itellya on 2013-04-13 10:49:21


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

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

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

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

by itellya on 2013-04-16 04:49:50

MR CHARLES DOREY! At last I have found why William Vale referred to Mr Dory's pre-emptive right. I almost deleted the Dory/Doery/Dorey information from the journal as it seemed irrelevant but now I'm glad I didn't.

It annoys me when there is a mystery, so today I set out to solve it. I found out that there was a Dorey St in Frankston near Playne St and contiguous to the railway. It no longer exists by that name and may have been Plaza Lane.

There was also a letter from the Public Works Department to Mornington Shire Council about the length of the road on Mr Dorey's estate; this could have meant Daveys Bay Rd or Old Mornington Rd. It cost a lady her life and the testimony of a Mornington resident and(I think) a future Rye pioneer, David Allison, to indicate that James Davey's pre-emptive right had become the property of Charles Dorey.

Here follow two extracts from a report* of an inquest into the death of Miss Selina Coates, who had apparently been a guest of the Grice family. Dorey's Gully would refer to the gully at Melway 101 H-J 8 where Old Mornington Rd crosses Kackeraboite Creek,the northern boundary of James Davey's P.R. As Mr Dorey's gate is mentioned after the gully, it is likely that Mr Dorey had also purchased one or both of William Wooley's crown allotments 11 and 17 on the Frankston side of the creek. As Mr C. Davey's gate is later mentioned it is likely that he had James Davey's 30 acre c/a13 or William (Old Man Davey)Davey's c/a 14 of 85 acres on the inland side of the highway. Davey's gate and Dorey's gate may also have been one and the same.

The route taken between Grice's and Dorey's Gully would have been the highway to Wooralla Drive, a hundred metres or so straight into Mt Eliza Way south and then turning to the right when the south east corner of the pre-emptive right was reached (start of Mt Eliza Way north.) After 935 links (186 metres) the coaches would veer left into Point Nepean Rd (Old Mornington Rd); the present highway was not reserved until 1922.

(*P.3, South Bourke and Mornington Standard, 30-4-1884.)
D. Allison. was then examined, and stated he resided at Mornington and was driving for Mr. Pope. Remembered the evening of the 16th inst., and drove from Mornington to Frankston, leaving about 6.30 and some little time in advance of Cobb and Co.'s coach. Was driving two horses and had eight passengers. Saw the coach on the road and behind. I kept ahead until arriving at Dorey's Gully, where the other coach passed me. Grogan was driving, and kept just ahead of me about 100 yards until coming to top of hill known as Oliver's Hill.

I did not notice anything on coming down the hill about C. Davey's gate.

The other driver, James Grogan's testimony included:
I then proceeded steadily on, nothing unusual occurring until descending the last hill leading to the beach at Frankston. I had the horses well in hand and the break hard on to just below Mr.Payne's gate. ..... I believe I fell off nearly op- posite Chas. Dorey's gate, but cannot be certain.

by itellya on 2013-04-17 09:03:01

STEVE74:David Kelly?s Aunt was Maria McMahon (nee Kelly) wife of James McMahon. Maria is the sister of David?s Grandfather.I have only just started researching the McMahons.I keep finding references to Ballam Park and Ballam in Maria?s death notice?s.
A daughter of Maria and James McMahon married a man named Keys (by memory he founded Keysborough as a Methodist Community).Keys also had land in the Carrum Swamp.

ME:The McMahens were surrounded by the Keys and one of the Keys was James McMahen's executors according to the Lyndhurst parish map. This makes it likely,in view of the above, that James McMahen was your James McMahon (who married Maria Kelly) and that McMahens Rd on the north side of the national Water Sports Centre is a wrong spelling.
David Kelly had two grants across Cranbourne Rd from Ballam Park. The McMahons probably didn't live on the swamp because it was flood-prone but they might have used their grants for dry cows or fattening cattle.(That's if the McMahens were actually McMahons.)

Get the two parish maps online by googling:
frankston,county of mornington
lyndhurst, county of mornington.

by itellya on 2013-04-17 09:17:02

STEVE74:23rd January 1902 The Argus
McMAHON. -On the 22nd January, at her residence, "Tyrone" Ormond-road, Elsternwick, Maria McMahon. Late of Frankston aged 91 years,dearly beloved mother of John McMahon, Trafalgar: Mrs John Keys, Keysborough: Thomas McMahon, Traralgon: James, Mary Jane and Elizabeth McMahon of Melbourne.

MCMAHON.-The Friends of the late Mrs.MARIA MCMAHON (late of "Ballam-Park," Frankston are repectfully invited to follow her remains to the place of internment, the Melbourne General Cemetery.

The funeral is appointed to leave her late residence, "Tyrone," Ormond-road, Elsternwick, Tomorrow (Friday, January 24, 1902), at 2 p.m.

by itellya on 2013-04-23 09:22:23

Well,there's one mystery solved, thanks to steve 74! McMahens Rd on the north side of the National Water Sports Centre has the correctspelling. Would you believe, the Keys family was related by marriage to the McMahons and the McMahens?

Steve's email.
You were right. The McMahon & McMahen are not the same family.

William McMahen died at Mordialloc in 1892 (son of James McMahen and Ann More). Interestingly William McMahen was married to Margaret Keys (sister of John Keys who married Selina Crawford McMahon)

by janilye on 2013-04-23 23:17:17

Just to sort out your McMahen's for you both:

William Moore McMahen Esq. born abt 1812, son of James McMahen and Ann Moore.
Married Margaret KEYS the daughter of George Keys 1792-1873 (Keysborough) and his wife Margaret Jeffrey 1795-1865 George Keys and the family came out from County Tyrone on the vessel 'Catherine Jamieson' in 1841 and settled in Mordialloc. He and Margaret died at Keysborough buried at Brighton Cemetery.

William Moore McMahen married Margaret Keys when she was only 14, at the Scots church in Melbourne in 1846. The family home and farm was "Lansdowne" at Keysborough.
These are the McMahen children:
James McMahen 1848?1878 m. Elizabeth Louden 1853-1940. James owned 87 acres Lot 119, Parish of Lyndhurst, Shire of Mornington
William George McMahen 1853?1924 m. Matilda Saunders 1856-1938
Margaret McMahen 1855?1941 m. James Louden 1850-1911
Robert McMahen 1855?1923 m. Sarah Louden 1855-1904
John McMahen 1858?1933
Thomas McMahen 1860?1931 m. Ophelia Raven 1862-1927. Thomas was Mayor of Fitzroy in 1911
Mary Jane McMahen 1861?1937 m. Benjamin Louden 1857-1941
Isaac McMahen 1865?1904 m Elsie May Winstone 1877-1962
Charles Alfred McMahen 1868 ? Charles McMahen 1871 ? 1872 (not too sure about these two)

by itellya on 2013-04-25 20:26:21

I hope readers realise how much steve74 has contributed to this journal. Here's the latest addition.

STEVE:Have just been reading ?They Built A River?, by Chelsea Historical Society.
James McMahon had a squatters run from Mordialloc Creek to Kananook Creek.
Long Beach or Nine Mile Beach Run was transferred to James McMahon in 1852.

I cannot find much on James McMahon after he left Frankston. It is said that he went to the Gippsland Swamp. I found information that the family was living at the Gippsland Lakes and son John was a J.P at Trafalgar.

ME: Very interesting. Did the book mention the McMahens?

John Keys appears to have the monopoly on the Carrum Swamp. The Argus accuses him of having Dummy Selectors and huts and controlling the votes

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by itellya on 2013-04-27 20:41:40

I don't think so unless a branch of the family changed the spelling for some reason as in the case of William Johnson of Red Hill South who changed his name to Johnstone by deed poll because he kept receiving bills meant for another Johnson in the area. (GIVING DESTINY A HAND.) The McMahen name has been associated with Mordialloc for a long time, e.g.

MCMAHAN Family Tree Matches - Family Name Search Results
Roy Edmund McMahen. 1903 - 1973. View tree ? Photo. Born: Mordialloc, Victoria, Australia. Lived in: Flinders, Victoria, Australia. Died: Melbourne, Victoria ...
Mcmahen Nominees Pty. Ltd. - GOVERNOR RD MORDIALLOC ...
Mcmahen Nominees Pty. Ltd. in GOVERNOR RD MORDIALLOC 3195 Australia Your business directory for all Australia. LocalBuzz! allows business owners to ...
Noel McMahen : Demonwiki - The history of the Melbourne Football ...
Mar 13, 2013 ? Victorian State player - 1952, 1954 (4 games). Recruited from Federal League side Mordialloc, McMahen had the choice of four league clubs.
Category:Mordialloc Football Club players - Wikipedia, the free ...
Category:Mordialloc Football Club players ... A listing of players to have played with Mordialloc in the Victorian Football ... M. Noel McMahen ? Barry Metcalfe ...
09 Dec 1916 - MORDIALLOC. - Trove
MORDIALLOC. Private G. McMahen is an nounced by the Defence depart ment to be severely wounded. The first prosecution made by In spector Davies ...
Land and Environment: Land Ownership of Braeside Park
Detail of Map of the Parish of Mordialloc. ... The second portion was sold to Margaret McMahen, the sister of John Keys, for an identical amount of money thus ...
William McMahen, Michael McManamny, Thomas Mcmaster ...
William McMahen 1811 - 1892 #14965 aged 81, son of Ann Moore and James McMahen, died at Mordialloc, wed 1846 #1939 to Margaret Keys 1831 - 1894 ...
Australian Football - Noel McMahen - Player Bio
australianfootball.com ? Players ? M
Noel McMahen joined Melbourne from Mordialloc and made his VFL debut in 1946. However, during his first five seasons he struggled to hold down a regular ...
James McMahen - WorldConnect Project
Mar 18, 2013 ? Surname: McMahen; Name: McMahon; Given Name: Surname: McMahon ... Charles Alfred McMahen b: 1868 in Mordialloc or Cheltenham, ...
Mcmahen Nominees Pty. Ltd. (Single location) - Mordialloc - Victoria ...
Company Profiles & Financials, D&B Company Profiles: Mcmahen Nominees Pty. Ltd. (Single location) - Governor Rd - Mordialloc - Victoria - Australia ...

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by itellya on 2013-05-01 05:37:44

More information from steve74 about James McMahon of Frankston and the halfway house or Carrum Hotel in the site of the Riviera Hotel. David McMahon wrote a 200 page history of the family. I wonder if the Frankston Library and Historical Society have copies.

There is no info re James McMahon's birth but it is estimated to be around 1806. Maria and James were married in Co. Tyrone in 1835. Shipping records say they both came from Co. Tyrone. Their first and third children, Robert and Selina were born in Tyrone but their second child John was born in Lochgilly.

Nothing is known of James' father. James' son John recalled that his father had no brothers and he knew nothing of his fathers sisters.

James McMahon's mother accompanied them to Australia but died soon after they arrived. She was buried in the old Melbourne cemetery. His father had died in Ireland some time previously so their were few ties left when they emigrated. I don't know the name of James' mother.

They came to Australia on the 'Strathfieldsaye' in 1841.

1846-1953 .. Leased the Nine Mile Beach run at Brighton

1854 .. Purchased 320 acres at Frankston, or Ballam as it was then known.

James McMahon went gold mining in New Zealand and died Oct 1872 at Invercargill. Cause: Disease of Liver and Stomach .. occupation listed as Miner.

Estate worth 1405 pounds at death.

This information comes from a book by David McMahon called 'The Clan of the Bear' .. this was published in 2006. Limited print numbers.

by dosborn on 2013-11-05 09:11:57

I am a descendent of William Moore McMahen and Margaret Keys through their son Joseph Moore McMahen born 1863 (he is missing from janiyle's list). I have a detailed private family free on ancestry.com which contains quite a lot of information about the McMahen, McMahon and Keys families (and yes they did intermarry). If anyone has a particular interest in these families feel free to contact me and I will give you short term access for research purposes.

Alternatively if you have information about the McMahen and Keys families that you would like yo share with me (particularly about their Irish roots) I'd love to hear from you.

by itellya on 2013-11-05 13:51:25

I'm sure that Graham Whitehead,the Kingston City Council historian who runs the Kingston Historical Website (http://localhistory.kingston.vic.gov.au/home.htm) would love to hear from you and steve74. I did a mcmahon, mcmahen search on his website and obtained the following results. It is possible that in some results McMahon should be McMahen due to reporters' ignorance of the fact that a mistake with the second last letter was capable of causing confusion a century or more later. I'm not sure whether McMahon on the Lyndhurst parish map (Lyndhurst,County of Mornington) should also be McMahen. You'd probably know from the executors' names.

Contacts for Graham are:
Our History - Kingston City Council, Melbourne, Australia Home Page
Jun 3, 2013 - You'll find a wealth of information on Kingston's Historical Website, which ... To contact Graham email graham.whitehead@kingston.vic.gov.au. ... PO Box 1000, Mentone, Victoria 3194 Tel: 1300 653 356 Fax: (03) 9581 4500.

Here are Graham's articles.
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Did You Know?: Cheltenham Doctor Robbed
...Outside the post office he meet Thomas McMahon, a person who he knew casually, and in discussion mentioned that he was there to meet someone he did not know but who called himself ?Traveller?. McMahon commented that he had seen where...
Land and Environment: Land Ownership of Braeside Park
...portion was sold to Margaret McMahen, the sister of John Keys, for an identical amount of money thus keeping the ownership within the Keys family. [9] Margaret Jane Keys had married William McMahen at Scots Church on February 10,...
People: Smacka and the Fitzgibbon Dynasty: From Aspendale to the Bright Lights
...together a show for this cause at the time, calling it ?The Gay Sparks?! Melbourne?s top singer of the day, Johnny McMahon, came down to take part. Surrounded by music, Maggie and Smacka had an upbringng that inevitably pushed them...
People: Thomas Bent: Councillor and Politician
...order to save himself he had transferred land into the name of an unsophisticated market gardener named McMahon. As a result, McMahon, who had a family of six to support, became liable for an amount of over 40 thousand pounds and...
Historical Features: Mordialloc Community and Youth Centre
...Ninjas members 1972 ? Michael McMahon, Dominic Murgo, Mike Young, Larry James, Greg Matthews, Ken Eldridge, Trevor Bilney, Peter Galley, Brian McMahon and Richard McMahon. Courtesy Leader Collection. By the end of February a proposal...
Did You Know?: Local Bells
...James McMahen 2s6d Mrs McMahen 10s J McEwan 100 Henry Jenkins 11s0 Thomas & Mary Attenborough 100 J Parker 3s W Gardner 5s Wm Farthing 2s6d George Rice 2s6d A friend 2s6d T Tilleys 5s Cash 2s6d Tho Middlimys 2s6d George Barber 2s6d...
People: Robert Edward Rigg: Headmaster, Preacher and Soldier
...of the committee was held in Rigg?s home. Membership included Rev R. Brown, Messrs Jamison, Hill, Winter, Davies, McMahon, Saunders, Miller together with Rigg. In writing the history of the church in Mordialloc Rigg noted that flies...
People: Hugh Brown: A Pioneer?s Story
...were divided into ?runs?. The ?run? from the Kananook creek at Frankston to the Mordialloc creek belonging to a Mr McMahon. On the other side, next to Frankston, the run belonged to two brothers named Wedge, who afterwards left the...
People: Rita Clarke and the Southern Cross Light Opera Company
...Light Opera Company in costume in Centre Road, Bentleigh. Left: Rita Clarke, Millicent Miley, Judy Newstead, Helen McMahon and Shirley Williams 1966. Courtesy Leader Collection. A letter addressed "Mrs Rita Clarke, Bentleigh" in 1988...
Did You Know?: Fancy Dress Carnival at Mordialloc: 1909 and 1910
...them being Messrs Dyall, Ozanne, Lambert, Major Rigg, Hugh Brown, Robert Brown, Stewart, McSwain, Davies Rusk and McMahon. Then followed a group of cadets and a tableaux arranged by J P Organ titled ?Britannia?. The participants in...
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by Notrite on 2014-07-24 00:27:17

Wrong spelling of surnames can be a problem, but jumping to conclusions can also.
It is impossible to tell that Joseph Hann knew of the case that was coming up. Further,the magistrates that sat the case included Balcombe, that is why the article was titled "Balcombe vs. Ex Parte Hann". Ex Parte because Hann wasn't there. The case was appealed and Hann won the appeal such that he did not have to pay court costs. That is Balcombe and others didn't get paid for that day in court.

Hann's wealth is also open to question. He did everything with no money to spare. To that effect he was like everyone today. He bought Coolart by getting a mortgage.

Does that mean that everyone with a mortgage is rich. This surely is the lucky country.

by itellya on 2014-07-24 20:06:41

A rule nisi to prohibit E. B. Balcombe, Edward Lintot, and W. P. Cobb, justices of the peace,from executing a conviction made by them in petty sessions at Schnapper Point, against the complainant, in his absence, on an information by servants claiming wages.

Mr. Chapman for the rule nisi, and against the conviction; Mr. Fellows in support of the conviction, and against prohibition.

An information was laid against Mr. Hann by two persons whom he had engaged as labourers on a hiring for a term. A summons to attend was issued to Mr. Hann on Saturday, the 28th September. Mr. Hann started from his place at Western Port with cattle to Melbourne on Tuesday, the 1st October. The summons issued to him on Saturday, the 28th September, was not served by the constable until Friday, the 4th October.

It was served on Mr. Hann's daughter, at his house at Western Port, sixteen miles from Schnapper Point, and Miss Hann informed the constable that her father had left with cattle for Melbourne, on the 1st, and would be back on the 7th. On the 5th, the case came on for hearing at Schnapper Point. The constable, who served the summons, informed the Bench that he had served the daughter of the defendant, and been
informed by her of his having left for Melbourne,with cattle on the 1st, and of her expectation that he would be back on the 7th. The Court was asked to adjourn.

Adjournment was refused, the case was gone into in the absence of the defendant; and an order was made for such a sum and costs that he could not appeal. After Hann's
return, he applied for a rehearing, and was refused. It was sworn by Mr. Armstrong, clerk of the bench, that no depositions were taken in writing ; and that this step was taken in this case by the express directions of Mr. Balcombe, J. P.

Upon the law of the subject reference was made to Ex parte Hopwood, 15 Q.B., 121; Ex parte Williams,2 Pra. Rep., and 21 L J. (M.C.) 46;The King v. Simpson, 10 Modern; The King v.Malling, 2 Burrowes, 679; Rex v. Johnson, J. Strange; Mitchell v. Foster, 12 Ad. & Elll.,472.

The Court felt constrained by the authorities to refuse prohibition ; but under the circumstances they would not give the magistrates costs. The Chief Justice said the whole proceedings were wrapt in mystery; depositions would have been taken in writing if that had not been expressly prohibited.

The complainants had absconded from their service , and yet an order was made in their favour for a sum which was not the sum due at the rate stipulated ; and
altogether the conduct of the magistrates was most arbitrary. The Court discharged the order for prohibition, but with great regret, and certainly without costs.

Mr. Justice BARRY.-It might be very desirable to refer this matter back to the justices to compel them to do justice ; but on this application for prohibition we have no power to do so. There may have been summum jus, and perhaps summa Injuria.
Mr. Justice Williams.-The whole proceedings were very harsh ; and we mark our sense of them by discharging the order nisi for prohibition, without costs.
(P.6, Argus, 23-11-1861,Law Report.)

Important Sale of Live Stock, Household Furniture,&c., at Schnapper Point, by Order of Mr. J. C.Hann, In consequence of his giving up the Butchering Business, W.W.TREACY has received instructions to SELL by AUCTION, at Mr. Hann's butchering establishment, Schnapper Point, on Wednesday,October 10, at twelve o'clock,Without the slightest reserve,30 horses, broken and unbroken, consisting of heavy draught, light harness and hacks ; 20 milch cows, 15 steers, three to five years old; 15 pigs, 16 sides of bacon, and 16 hams, 3 spring carts,1 new do , chaff-cutters, 20 iron hurdles, 10,000 bricks, 10 tons hay butchers tools,household furniture, and a lot of sundries too numerous to mention. (P.3, Argus, 14-10-1861.)

Although no sale of Hann's cattle in October,1861 has been found, the above clearing sale (and especially the absence of cattle apart from 15 steers),provides evidence that he had taken cattle to Melbourne (where better prices could be obtained) on the date stated as part of the winding-down operation, rather than using it as a ruse to avoid the court case.

My months of research in the titles office demonstrated that the next transaction after a farm had been bought was usually the transfer of the title to a mortgagee. John Pascoe Fawkner, Hugh Glass (reputedly Australia's greatest landowner at one stage), Patrick Phelan (member of Parliament),Ralph Ruddell of Tuerong,Peter McCracken of "Ardmillan" and Joseph Porta (Victoria's first manufacturer of bellows) were just some of the people who lost property because of insolvency. I have found no mention of them being forced to use the services of labour depots. I doubt that the couple who had sued for wages and another fellow who had walked from Melbourne to Glenarthur (eastern half of Greenvale Reservoir)and sued the labour depot because the farm had been sold, would have even been able to obtain a mortgage.

by Notrite on 2014-09-15 21:32:05

Ok, you have done a lot of reading and writing but you still don't understand. Firstly, Coolart, Joseph's property, is on the opposite side of the Mornington Peninsula from Schnapper Point. The constable probably delayed the journey because he did not want to do the ride across the peninsula just to deliver the summons.
Joseph regularly sold cattle and horses at "Bears" auctions in Melbourne, not his fault it wasn't reported.
The summons was served as you say to his daughter Caroline.
The sale of the Butchering business in Schnapper Point was that of his son James Charles Hann, and is of no importance here other than to show that the family had the intent of moving to Queensland. That does, however, suggest that Joseph had reason to seek the best price he could for his cattle.
Your facts are good your analysis is not.

by JennyHart on 2016-04-30 23:10:22

James Butchart of the firm Kaye & Butchart who built Beleura in the Mornington Peninsula and James Hawkins Butchart are not the same people. According to the obituary published in the Argus on Sat 13th Nov 1869 – James Butchart of Beleura was the son of a farmer residing at Auchtermuchty in Fifeshire, Scotland whereas the marriage announcement for James Hawkins Butchart (JHB) and Margaret Sarah Lupton indicates that he is the son of Henry Butchart of Dunnichen, Angusshire, Scotland.

I have spent many hours trying to untangle the two James Butcharts in Melbourne in the 1860’s. JHB was my great, great grandfather.

Using Vic BDM information and family notices in newspapers:

James Butchart of Kaye & Butchart married Jessie Henderson in 1854 and they had four children between 1854 and 1865. Each of the births was announced in the family notices: a daughter, Annie on 30 Nov 1854 at 39 Bourke St west, a son, Robert on 8th Nov 1858 at their residence Fitzroy-square, a daughter, Helen Maria on 6 Oct 1860 at Clarendon street, Fitzroy square and a son, unnamed on 25th March 1865 at Grey-street, East Melbourne who died two days later on 27th March 1865.

His wife, Jessie died at sea, on board the True Briton on her passage to England according to death notice in the Argus on Tuesday 15 May 1866.

James Butchart remarried on 28th July 1868 at Chalmers’ Church, Melbourne to Annie Brodie Ainslie, eldest daughter of James Ainslie, Esq of Waihaka, New Zealand. Kaye & Butchart regularly advertised in New Zealand newspapers.

James Butchart died on 11 Nov 1869 at his residence, Beleura, Mornington aged, 47.

Of James Hawkins Butchart – he married in Sydney in Dec 1853 to Annie Hannah Bramah (although her ancestry is uncertain according to reports of a court case a year later that she may not have truly been Bramah). They had five children before Annie died post child birth in 1862, three of whom survived her, including my great grandfather, Marmaduke Constable Butchart. James Hawkins Butchart married Margaret Sarah Lupton on 20th December 1864 and she died from injuries sustained in a house fire on 4th March 1865 at Somerset-place, Richmond. JHB married a third time to Harriette Hill on 10th January 1871 at St James Church, Sydney and they had four daughters and a son over the next 10 years.
If you would like further information about James Hawkins Butchart, please contact me at jenniferirvinghart@gmail.com

by itellya on 2016-05-01 06:08:37

Thanks Jenny. All Buchart descendants should be truly grateful for your contribution.

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