EDWIN LOUIS TASSELL, EARLY TENANT OF THE NORTHERN PART OF JAMIESON'S SPECIAL SURVEY NEAR MT. MARTHA, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
Hugh Jamieson obtained the 5120 acre special survey, between Mt Martha and Dromana,extending east to Bulldog Creek Rd, in 1841 but sold it soon after to a speculator (Hughes) who became insolvent so the property reverted to the ownership of Jamieson who also became insolvent (PAGE 144,Impressions of Australia Felix, During Four Years Residence in that ...
Archibald, Thomas Bushby and Hugh Jamieson managed the Yerre Yerre run on the Murray for William Stawell in 1848 and later took up the run. In 1853, they renamed it MILDURA.P.6-7 in MILDURA
The SPECIAL SURVEY was split into three portions,(LIME LAND LEISURE, C.N.Hollinshed) probably by Jamieson's assignee. All three parts were eventually bought by Big Clarke who sold the northern part to John Vans Agnew Bruce. Bruce owned this portion by the first Kangerong Road Board assessment in 1864 and it was being leased by Edwin Louis Tassell; it was referred to as 1000 acres for decades. J.V.A. Bruce Snr. died in 1863 and ownership of the estate passed to his namesake son. It was referred to as the Bruce or Brokil Estate. In 1907 the southern 4000 or so acres, the Clarke Estate, was sold. I transposed the subdivision lots onto Melway and found that the MARTHA COVE WATERWAY (Tassells Creek)indicated the northern boundary. The northern boundary of the survey was Ellerina Rd.
In 1853 the northern portion was advertised as being available for lease. Leonard Wilding stated in his history of the Mornington Peninsula (serialised in the Mornington Standard of 1905*)that in the middle of January, 1851, Charles Graves and his partner Brownlee had leased the southern 4000 plus acres and that the Connells had the northern portion. It might have been the Connells who leased it in 1853 because Tassell arrived in 1859 according to Colin McLear.
Leonard Wilding wrote:
The survey was occupied for some time by Jamieson Bros, and later on passed into the hands of the Bank of Australasia.
The advertisement does not state which portion of the survey was to let but helpfully confirms my transposition of the Clarke Estate because the foreshore between Ellerina Rd and Tassells Creek is close enough to 32 mm, each millimetre on Melway representing a chain (20 metres.)
TO LET. 1024 acres of Land, a portion of Jamieson's Special Survey, having a frontage of 32 chains to the Bay of Port Phillip. Apply to Allison and Knight. (P.3., Argus, 1-3-1853.)
Edwin Louis Tassell did not leave the survey by choice. He died very young but was remembered by locals, just as was Henry Dunn, by two of the creeks on the survey being named after them. The third recalls Walter Gibson's sheep washing activities.
It is several years since I requested that recognition of the former name of the MARTHA COVE WATERWAY be indicated by signs, with no result. I will now push for a history board near the lifts.
Let's honour EDWIN LOUIS TASSELL!
EventDeath Event registration number1337 Registration year1871
Family nameTASSELL Given namesEdwin Louis SexUnknown Father's nameJames Mother's nameJane Place of birthKENT Place of death Age37
MOUNT MARTHA- tenders Invited and received up to 12th Nov, 1874 (answered on 15th), for a three years LEASE of BROKIL ESTATE (lately occupied by R. B. Riddler, Esq. , butcher,,previously late E. L. Tassell Esq.) containing 1024 acres good pastoral land, well watered and subdivided, a large portion sheepproof.
J. VANS AGNEW BRUCE, Fletcher street, Essendon. (P.3, Argus, 29-4-1874.)
Edwin's sister appears to have died in 1856.
EventDeath Event registration number2810 Registration year1856
Family nameTASSELL Given namesEllen Anne SexUnknown Father's nameJames Mother's nameJane Place of birthKEN Place of death Age16
IT IS CERTAIN THAT THESE ARE THE DEATH RECORDS OF EDWIN'S MOTHER AND FATHER.
EventDeath Event registration number5939 Registration year1872
Family nameTASSELL Given namesJane SexUnknown Father's nameAshbee John Mother's namePhillis Place of birthKENT Place of death Age73 Spouse's family nameTASSELL Spouse's given namesJames
EventDeath Event registration number8666 Registration year1873
Family nameTASSELL Given namesJames SexUnknown Father's name Mother's name Place of birthKENT Place of death Age73 Spouse's family nameASHBEE Spouse's given namesJane
An inspection of all 72 TASSELL death records seem to show that Edwin and Ellen Anne were the only children of James and Jane Tassell to die in Victoria but they may have had daughters who married and thus would be listed under other surnames. James may have come out with brothers or cousins. Edwin did not seem to have married and is not named as the father in any Tassell death records. No family notices have been found on trove.
It is possible that Edwin's parents and sisters lived on the survey but they may have lived on a farm near Solomon's Ford. Edwin was definitely on the Survey at the end of 1869.
IF the HORSES left in my paddock by Daniel Lovelock be not removed in 14 days, they will be SOLD for expenses. E. Lewis Tassell, Dromana.(P.7, Argus, 23-11-1869.)
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17.
Clearing sale of Farm Stock. Implements, Dairy Utensils, Ac., at O'Brien's Paddock, Solomon's Ford, Saltwater River.
In the Estate of the late Mr. Lewis Tassel, MCULLOCH,CAMPBELL, and CO. are instructed to SELL by AUCTION, at twelve o'clock, at O'Brien's paddock, Solomon's Ford, Saltwater River, the whole of the dairy stock, &c., now
thereon, comprising 12 head well-bred cows in full milk, 30 head heifers and young stock,7 head working bullocks, 5 head bullocks fit for the butcher, Horses, drays, implements, dairy utensils, Household furniture and sundries. The whole to be sold without reserve, to close the estate. (P.27, The Australian, 11-2-1871.)
The Heritage Council of Victoria wrongly states that this was at the end of Canning St, Avondale Heights and in response to my protest about incorrect history and provision of evidence (Cut Cut Paw and Braybrook Township maps showing THE ORIGINAL FORD south of Rhonda St.and a meandering dotted line from it indicating the early settlers' track southwards, - and a dotted line indicating an extension of a township street to the river near the end of a ramp descending from the end of North Rd along the east side of O'BRIEN'S PADDOCK, CROWN ALLOTMENT 9A DOUTTA GALLA)would only state that they could not be responsible for information provided by municipalities.
The ford at the end of Canning St was not shown on these 1855 maps because it did not exist until it was later built by Michael Clancy!
To see O'BRIEN'S PADDOCK, type DOUTTA GALLA, COUNTY OF BOURKE in your search bar. Click on the SECOND result. The first road heading west north of the river is Buckley St. which for decades was known as Braybrook Road because it led to Braybrook Township which straddled the river south of Clarendon St and also to the west. It was the closest crossing place on the river for those early settlers heading SOUTH bound for Geelong and the western district. Milleara Rd. was known as North Pole Road until well into the 1900's and also provided access to the original ford, and by the end of the 1850's, via the east boundary of O'BRIEN'S PADDOCK to the new Solomon's Ford.
Baptisms at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, Keilor.
TASSELL EMILY 25.02.1858 EDWIN DALY, MARGARET 13.03.1858 KEILOR PLAINS
In all entries, the comma was misplaced, giving the impression that the mother's maiden surname was the father's second given name. It is possible that Edwin Louis Tassell had married a Margaret Daly and a daughter named Emily was born shortly before Edwin moved to the Brokil Estate. The Keilor Plains were basically the flat land formed by volcanic flows through which the Maribyrnong River and other steams created valleys and covered a huge area hyphenated as the Keilor-Werribee and Keilor-Melton Plains. O'Brien's Paddock was on this plain.
There are no Victorian BDM records of a birth, marriage, or death (of a Margaret Tassell) to confirm the above speculation. In 1858, Edwin Louis Tassell would have been about 24 years old, old enough to be a father, but Edwin, the father in the baptismal record, could also have been a younger brother or cousin of James, the father of Edwin Louis Tassell.
In journals about Jamieson's Special Survey, Heritage Walk, Dromana, and Red Hill, I have speculated that H.Tassell, the grantee of crown allotment 74A Balnarring on 7-6-(1904?) might be descended from Edwin Louis Tassell. This portion of the Red Hill Village Settlement consisted of almost 20 acres, located on the west corner of Arthurs Seat Rd and Prossors Lane Melway 190 K4) and extending 370 metres west. H.Tassell did not seem to have stayed long.
A Henry Tassell from Gisborne had bought the Continental Hotel at Woodend which was only mentioned in connection with Henry because of his purchase, it being the venue of many auctions of nearby farms and its destruction by fire. The last mentioned article is interesting given Henry's address at the time.
About half past 1 o'clock this morning a
fire broke out in the diningroom of Mrs
Keating's Commercial Hotel, which speedily
reduced to ashes the whole establishment,
a two-story weatherboard building, contain-
ing over thirty rooms. The flames spread
to the fancy goods store and adjoining
drapery establishment of Mr. C. Long, and
were only kept in check from spreading
further in High-street by the brick wall of
the Commercial Bank. Fortunately, the
night was calm, or else the stables at the
rear of Mr. Nicholson's store in Anslow
street could not have been saved. The
whole of Mrs. Keating's stock and furni-
ture was destroyed, together with a loss of
L200 in gold and notes, though this morn-
ing 34 sovereigns were recovered from the
debris. The hotel was owned by Mr. Henry
Tassell, of Sorrento, and was insured for
L400. Mrs. Keating's stock and furniture
was insured for L300.(etc.) (P.6, Argus, 12-11-1896.)
SORRENTO, BACK BEACH PALACE, under new management. Every ACCOMMODATION for visitors; terms moderate. Henry Tassell, proprietor. (P.8, Argus, 7-3-1895.)
TASSELL.—On the 23rd inst., at Fitzroy, the wife of Henry Tassell, Sorrento, of twin* daughters.(P.1, Argus, 24-9-1895.) This is not to be taken as evidence that Henry was living at Fitzroy. It is likely that the birth took place at the recently opened St Vincent's Hospital, which being on the north side of Victoria Pde, was in Fitzroy.
In 1889, five Sisters of Charity arrived in Melbourne with the dream of establishing a hospital. The dream was realised on 6 November 1893, with the opening of a small 'cottage hospital' in converted terraces on Victoria Parade. (History of St. Vincent's Hospital.)
(*ONE OF THE TWINS.An engagement is announced of Miss Marjorie E. Tassell, twin daughter of the late Mr. H. Tassell and Mrs. Tassell,Hawksburn, and Mr. Rupert F. Bullen,youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. George Bullen, Malvern. PAGE 33, THE AUSTRALASIAN, 11-5-1918.
EventBirth Event registration number20786 Registration year1895
Family nameTASSELL Given namesMarjorie Eileen SexFemale Father's nameHy Mother's nameSusan Sybella (Collins) Place of birthFITZROY SOUTH
SUSIE'S DEATH RECORD.
EventDeath Event registration number12966 Registration year1950
Family nameTASSELL Given namesSusan Sibella SexFemale Father's nameCOLLINS Unknown Mother's nameSophia (Unknown) Place of birthST LEONARDS Place of deathST KILDA EAST Age89)
It is possible that Henry died in 1912 at or near Point Lonsdale. The following provides a link between the Geelong area and Woodend as well as Edwin Louis Tassell's father and Rosa Tassell's father being named James.
On the 28th inst., at St. Paul's Church, Geelong, by the Very Rev. Archdeacon Stretch, Mr. Harry K.Keen, of Woodend, to Rosa, only daughter of Mr. James Tassell, formerly of Underdown, Herne, Kent, England.
(P.4, Argus, 29-11-1859.)
Mt. Duneed is a suburb of Geelong. It is divided between the City of Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Shire local government areas. Was Rosa a sister of Edwin Louis or of Henry? No death record found for Rosa Keen.
EventDeath Event registration number11404 Registration year1912
Family nameTASSELL Given namesHy SexUnknown Father's nameTassell Jas Mother's nameCharl Ann (Shepherd) Place of birth Place of deathMt Duneed Age61
TASSELL.—On the 9th September, 1912, at his residence, Torquay, Henry, the beloved husband of Susie* Tassell, and second son of the late James Tassell, solicitor, Faversham, Kent, England.(P.1, Argus, 10-9-1912.)
(*TASSELL—COLLINS.—On the 15th inst., at Christ Church, St. Kilda, by the Rev. T. Stanley Low, Henry, second son of Jas. Tassell, Esq., solicitor, Faversham, Kent, England, to Susie Sybil, second daughter of Mrs S. Collins-
Fitzroy-street, St. Kilda. The Telegraph, St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian (Vic. : 1866 - 1888) Saturday 25 September 1886 p 4 Family Notices
TASSELL.—On the 21st inst., at her mother's residence, Gisborne, the wife of Henry Tassell, Belmont, Carrum , of a son. P.1, Argus, 26-8-1887.)
MIGHT AGAINST RIGHT.
TASSELL AT TOOLERN VALE
Toolern Vale is not mentioned in the article but that's where the pre-emptive right of the Greenhills run was, as detailed at great length in my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA journal. This was south of and connected by a road to Gisborne where Henry Tassell lived when he bought the hotel in Woodend. The mistreated boundary rider COULD NOT have been Henry's son or Henry himself, as the court report shows that the victim was married with several children at the time, (1872), while Henry did not marry until 1886.
H.TASSELL OF THE RED HILL VILLAGE SETTLEMENT (1904?)
This was unlikely to be Susie's husband, unless he'd suffered financial ruin but more likely H.Tassell of the Victorian Railways whose wife bore several babies during the 1890's. The railways were probably forced to retrench many employees because of the 1890's depression and massive unemployment was the reason village settlements were established by both Father Tucker and the government.
Unfortunately I have been unable to prove a connection between Edwin Louis Tassell and other Tassell families in Victoria but at least I have shed some light on the families in my two major areas of concern, the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne's north west.
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Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.