EDWIN JARED ALEXANDER OF CRESWICK, ST ARNAUD AND ROSEBUD, VIC., AUST.
E. J. ALEXANDER OF ROSEBUD.
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Extract from Vin Burnham's story.
When in our teens, we would frequently climb Arthurs Seat, using back tracks through Clacton to reach it (then known as the Clacton-on-sea estate, today known as the “avenues”). In Clacton, near the corner of Ropers Lane and Jetty Rd, there was an old hut called Rats Castle, and when young we were scared of the place. A Mr Alexander used to grow fine apples on a nearby property.
It is likely that the Rat's Castle was on lot 55 of Block L of Vale's 1909 subdivision of Woolcott's unsold portion of crown allotment 17, Wannaeue. See the advertisement and plan-
The blocks were of about 3420 square feet (0.0785 acres) and E. J.'s 2 acres (as revealed near the end of the post) would have consisted of about 25 blocks, almost half of block L, north to a point over Jetty Rd from today's Woonton Crescent.
Mr E. J. Alexander, who has occupied the position of mining manager of the South Langi Logan Company, and who recently resigned, will be leaving Ararat tomorrow to take up his residence at Rosebud, where he has some land. For some time past Mr Alexander has taken an interest in the working up of the Sunday school at the South Langi Logan, and a large section of the people thought, that he should not be allowed to take his departure without some slight recognition being made of the valuable services he had rendered. Accordingly, at the concert and coffee supper held at the South Methodist Church-last night, Mr Alexander was presented 'with a purse of sovereigns, when eulogistic speeches were, made concerning his good work in connection with the Methodist denomination.
(P.4, The Evening Echo, Ballarat, 5-3-1914.)
E.J. APPOINTED AS J.P. (2-5-1914.)
Arbor day at Rosebud. (18-6-1914.)
A well attended public meeting was held in the Rosebud Hall on Saturday, 22nd August, to initiate a patriotic Fund in aid of our troops. Mr Alexander took the chair, and explained the objects of the meeting. (29-8-1914.)
ROSEBUD LAND AND WATER SPORTS CLUB. (21-11-1914.)
E.J.'S HOUSE AT ST. ARNAUD, OCCUPIED BY HIS SON, DESTROYED BY FIRE. (5-1-1915.)
E. J. PREVENTS A BARNEY. (27-3-1915.)
EMPIRE DAY AT ROSEBUD (29-5-1915.)
ARBOR DAY AT ROSEBUD (17-7-1915)
CHRIST CHURCH, ST. ARNAUD. (4-8-1915)
Although E. J. was an Anglican, he had been a great supporter of Methodist* missionary efforts in both areas. He was still active at Christ Church and as Secretary of the Traders Association at St Arnaud**, so he must have been commuting fairly regularly between Rosebud and St Arnaud, probably by train from Mornington.
AUSTRALIA DAY CONCERT. (14-8-1915.)
PATRIOTIC CONCERT (9-10-1915.)
ANZAC DAY AT ROSEBUD. (29-4-1916)
AND THAT IS THE LAST PUBLIC MENTION OF E. J. AT ROSEBUD.
His wife died early in 1917 and he had probably gone home to comfort her as she declined. Whether she had been at Rosebud with him is unknown.
But that was not the end of his involvement at Rosebud, far from it.
LETTERS FROM THE GRAVE?
His birth record shows that he died in 1920, aged 62. Mr Jedd must have been referring to letters sent before his death.
E. J. was certainly not acting his age, perhaps because he didn't know what it was. Did the informant get E.J.'s age wrong, thinking that a bloke of about 80 just didn't go tearing round on a bike?
A STURDY VETERAN.
Mr E.J. Alexander, J.P., writing to Mr C. W. Jebb concerning the "Back to Creswick" event, says: - "Seeing that a 'Back to Creswick’ affair is proposed, 1 thought I would write and ask about it. I am a pretty old Creswickite, for I first took up my residence there more than 59 years ago.
Creswick will always be a pleasant recollection to me, and that owing to the constant, unremitting kindness shown me by your father and mother.
I am now settled at Rosebud —a little spot on the Point Nepean road, at the foot of Mount Arthur. I bought two acres of bracken ferns, ti-tree scrub and fern. You would be surprised at what I grow on it. This year I have had about a ton of potatoes, besides the usual vegetables. I have had 30 or 40 cases of apples, several cases of peaches, and about 150 of strawberries, about the same quantity of black loganberries (a fine fruit), and I am now gathering winter-keeping pears, so you can see 1 have not been idle. I am now in my 80th* year, and am thankful that I have vigorous good health. I can do my 50 or 60 miles a day on my bicycle, and when I want to go to Melbourne (48 miles), I cycle there.
You must not be surprised, therefore, if I do visit Creswick in November, to see me flying down the hill on my bike. "
Mr Alexander is well-known and esteemed throughout the Ballarat, Creswick, Allendale and Ararat districts.
(P.6, The Ballarat Star, 30-3-1921.)
* not a digitisation mistake.
FRESHWATER SPONGES. (26-3-1921.)
ALEXANDER Edwin Jared Death
mother: Mary nee FELTHAM father: Alexander Mark
place of death: St Arnaud, 62, 1920, 7856/1920
OLD RESIDENT’S DEATH.
Mr E. J. Alexander, retired grocer,
who came to St. Arnaud in 1873, died
on Monday, after a lingering illness.
He was 62 years of age. His wife
died a few years ago, leaving a grown
up family. The deceased was an
earnest worker for the Church of
England, and amongst other positions,
he was secretary for over 25 years.
He was a foundation member of the
(P.6, The Ballarat Star, 22-4-1920.)
ALEXANDER Hannah Death
mother: Unknown UNKNOWN father: Robertson Wm
place of death: St Arnaud, 51, 1917, 3012/1917
MRS E. J. ALEXANDER.
A large circle of friends will regret
to hear of the death of Mrs Alexander,
wife of Mr E. J. Alexander, of St. Ar-
naud, which took place at her home,
Queen's Avenue, on Thursday evening,
after along and distressing illness, which
was borne with very great patience.
The end came as a happy release from
suffering. Deceased was the second
daughter of the late Mr W. Robertson,
and was born at Cathcart 51 years ago.
She went to St. Arnaud about 30 years
ago and lived with her aunt, Mrs Gray,
who was then owner of the Royal Ho-
tel, and is still resident in St. Arnaud.
The late Mrs Alexander was married, in
St. Arnaud in 1890, and had resided
there ever since. She was of a very
kind and lovable disposition. Serious
illness overtook her about three years
ago, and since then she has been an in-
valid. Previous to her indisposition
she was an active worker for the
Church of England, of which her hus-
band is secretary. Deep regret at their
loss is expressed for the husband and
family. The latter are:- Mr E. W.
Alexander, St. Arnaud; Lance-corporal
Charles M. Alexander, on active ser-
vice; Miss Annie M. Alexander, Mr H.
N. Alexander, Miss Lily V. Alexander,
and, Master S. P. Alexander, all of St.
Arnaud. Two sisters and five brothers
are also left, viz., Mrs Gilchrist and
Miss M. Robertson, Ararat; Private
J. Robertson, on active service; Mr A.
Robertson, Cressy; Messrs W. and G.
Robertson, Cathcart; and Mr C. Ro-
bertson, Maroona. The funeral took
place on Saturday afternoon at St. Ar-
(P.2, The Ararat Advertiser, 16-1-1917.)
It now seems certain that Edwin Jared (or Jarred) actually was 62 years old when he died. That would make him about 8 years older than Hannah when they married in 1890.
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