HENRY DUNN (MORNINGTON) AND EDMOND DUNN (TULLAMARINE) WERE BROTHERS; VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
YET ANOTHER CONNECTION BETWEEN TULLAMARINE AND THE PENINSULA. When I was writing my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND (pages D 86-7) in about 1990, I had no idea where Jamieson's Survey was and I'd never heard of Henry Dunn.
Henry leased Jamieson's Special Survey (Safety Beach area, east to Bulldog Creek Rd) from 1846 to 1851 according to Colin McLear.Henry later received the grants in Moorooduc which led to the naming of Dunns Rd and "Four Winds" in Kangerong on the south corner of White Hill and McIlroys Rds at Red Hill. Edmund Dunn of Viewpoint at Tullamarine might have been Henry's brother.
As the 3000 plus pages of DHOTAMA are handwritten, I can't copy and paste but I'll transcribe the start of his biography on page 424 of VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS: PAST AND PRESENT. According to Edmond, he leased land on Jamieson's Survey for FIVE years before buying Viewpoint in 1849. The year of purchase could be right because the two grants comprising the farm were issued in 1843 and 1846 (one of the grantees being Andrew Baxter who was related to Ben Baxter of Carrup Carrup/ Mornington Junction/ Baxter according to a Baxter descendant.) The details of Edmund's native place, voyage and arrival might apply to Henry.
DUNN, Edmond, Broadmeadows, is a native of Devonshire, England who arrived on the WESTMINSTER in 1841 after a voyage of 100 days. He resided in the metropolis for a few years, working for other and doing a little farming on his own account, growing oats on a small patch of land on which Coburg now stands. After leasing some land on Jamieson's Survey for five years, in 1849 he purchased Viewpoint Farm at Brodmeadows and commenced growing wheat. The area of his farm is 325 acres and he also owns 3000 acres and leases 5000 acres on the Loddon. He was married in 1847 to Miss George, a native of Somersetshire, who came out on the same ship with him etc.
As expected, Valerie Wilson O.A.M., has written about Henry Dunn on her excellent Mornington Cemetery pioneers website.
The Dunn Family
Henry Dunn was born in 1808, the son of Charles and Thomasina (Hooper) Dunn.
He was a farmer and grazier, and a very early pioneer of the Mornington area.
From 1846 until 1851 he leased the land known as Jamieson’s Special Survey at Safety Beach, south of Mt Martha.
William Dunn was born to Henry and his wife Catherine in Moorooduc, in 1865.
Henry Dunn died in 1891 and he and Catherine are buried in the Mornington cemetery.
Oak Hill, Mornington – Tyabb Rd.
It is believed they are in the same grave as their son and his wife, but the headstone only acknowledges the presence of William Henry and wife, Betsy.
William Dunn purchased the property known as Park Hill in 1890, to run as a pastoral lease.
The property stretched from Mornington-Tyabb Road along Dunns Rd, to Bentons Rd, to Moorooduc Highway, and passed through three generations before being subdivided.
The homestead built on the property by William in 1892, is now the Oak Hill Gallery.
This is on part of the property which became the Mornington Peninsula Shire Civic Reserve in 1999.
William Dunn married Betsy Harrap in 1894, and together with his son Howard, later ran a dairy and a milk run from the property. The Dairy run was sold to James Sawyer in 1920.
William was also the local Pound Keeper.
William died in 1934 and Betsy in 1943.
Henry Dunn's biography was not in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS. It is significant that the Harraps had lived a few miles north of Tullamarine before moving to Mornington. The source for this is Neil Hamilton Mansfield's 700+ page THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY. As Harrap is not in the index, it will take many hours to find the reference. Henry Harrap's wife (nee Bennett, I believe) was born at Kilmore and buried at the Keilor Cemetery. In a roundabout way, she was related to me.
Edmond Dunn died in 1891, the same year as Henry.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 22 May 1891 p 1)
In 1868 the Melbourne Hunt whose master was Samuel Waldock caused much destruction as they rode through Viewpoint and Edmond's testimony at the trial in which he sued Waldock for damages shows that he retained links with the peninsula.
"Edmund Dunn, who stated,-I am a farmer at Tullamarine, in the neighbourhood of Broadmeadows." (He described the damage.)
"Cross-examined by Mr. FELLOWS.-I paid 6s. each for the sheep.
Mr. FELLOWS.-They were scabby, were they not?
Witness.-They were not. I bought them at Cape Schanck, from Mr. Anderson. I don't know why they were so cheap. I got them at 6s., because I suppose Anderson could not get more. They never had scab, and were never treated for it." (http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/5831477…|||l-state=Victoria|||l-year=1868)
Edmund's brave stand against the prominent gentlemen of the Melbourne Hunt led to the formation of an organisation with a strange name but plenty of clout.
PAGE 3, ARGUS,4-8-1869.
The FENCE, HELD, and CHATTEL PRESERVATION LEAGUE.
A genealogical website indicates that Henry arrived on the same ship as Edmond (http://australiansurnamesgroup.yuku.com/topic/3696…)
her arrival in victoria in 1841 on ship Westminster - assisted immigrants victoria PROV
DUNN EDMUND 22 JUL 1841 WESTMINSTER 1 60
DUNN ELIZABETH 26 JUL 1841 WESTMINSTER 1 62
DUNN HENRY 28 JUL 1841 WESTMINSTER 1 56
DUNN MARY 38 JUL 1841 WESTMINSTER 1 56
Another genealogy website stated:
An Elizabeth and Edmund DUNN (brother and sister) arrive in Victoria 30 July 1841 aboard the WESTMINSTER Elizabeth aged 26 a housemaid living with her brother, Edmund aged 22 a lab. Both were protestants who could read and write. Also aboard the ship were a couple Henry 28 and Mary 38 also from Devon - can't say if they were connected as they are all listed separately. Edmund was to go to work for Dr THOMPSON. Henry was not engaged. (He was protestant who could read and write also)
It seems Henry died in Sn Point, Vic 1891 #17893 aged 83 parents Charles DUNN and Thomasina HOOPER (so born about 1808)
I checked and now I have found
Edmund DUNN baptised 17 Oct 1819 Sampford Courtney parents Charles and Thomasin (farmer) making Thomasin 48.
Henry and Edmund had the same parents, so I guess that made them brothers!
LAW REPORT. - SUPREME COURT. SITTINGS IN EQUITY. NEW COURT-HOUSE.—MONDAY, Nov. 2. (Before His Honour Mr. Justice Molesworth.) COLLINS V. ROB[?]INS. - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) - 4 Nov 1868
I often go exploring on trove while sipping a coffee if I'm not in the middle of a particular line of research. Entering Dunn, Mornington, I stumbled on the death of Henry Dunn's wife* and realised that I'd provided very little detail about Henry and Edmund's wives and children.
HENRY DUNN'S FAMILY.
*Death has again suddenly visited this locality, the deceased on this sad occasion being Mrs. Dunn, wife of Mr. Henry Dunn, of Park Hill, who was found dead in bed on Thursday morning last, having expired during sleep. She retired to rest the previous night. in her apparently usual health, and with several lady friends drove into the Point and made several calls only the previous afternoon. The cause of death is attributed to heart disease. Deceased, who was highly respected, was interred in the local cemetery on Saturday last, the cortege being a very large one. (P.2, South Bourke and Mornington Journal, 24-10-1888.)
Val Wilson stated (above) that William Dunn was born to Henry and Catherine in 1865 and that Henry died in 1891.
It appears from William's birth record that Catherine had been married previously and that her maiden name was Peters BUT her maiden name was Peters and Hallett was her MOTHER'S maiden name, according to Catherine's death record. Henry and Catherine were married in 1864.
EventMarriage Event registration number981 Registration year1864
Family nameDUNN Given namesHenry SexMale Spouse's family namePETERS Spouse's given namesCatherine Hollett (sic)
CATHERINE'S DEATH RECORD.
EventDeath Event registration number15888 Registration year1888
Family nameDUNN Given namesCatherine Hallett SexUnknown Father's namePeters William Mother's nameBetty (Hallett) Place of birth Place of deathPARK HILL Age66 Spouse's family nameDUNN Spouse's given namesHenry
HENRY'S DEATH RECORD.
EventDeath Event registration number17893 Registration year1891
Family nameDUNN Given namesHy SexMale Father's nameChas Mother's nameThomasin (Hooper) Place of birth Place of deathSn Point Age83
Edmund's biography stated that he was a native of Devonshire and Henry's death notice seems to confirm that Henry was too. I wonder if other members of the Dunn family had settled in South Australia.
DUNNN-on the 16th October, at his residence, Park Hill, Mornington, after a short illness, Henry Dunn, aged
83. Deeply regretted. A colonist of 50 years South Australian and Devonshire (England) papers please copy.
(P.1, The Age, 19-10-1891.)
EventBirth Event registration number11666 Registration year1865
Family nameDUNN Given namesWilliam Henry SexUnknown Father's nameHenry Mother's nameCatherine Hallett (Peters) Place of birthMOOR (Parish of Moorooduc.)
No other children born to Henry and Catherine were found up to 1885.
This is the death record of William Henry's wife, Betsy, who died in 1943 according to Val Wilson.
EventDeath Event registration number20439 Registration year1943
Family nameDUNN Given namesBetsy Maria SexFemale Father's nameHARRAP Henry James Mother's nameSarah (Bennett) Place of birthMORNINGTON Place of deathMORNINGTON Age75
WILLIAM HENRY'S DEATH RECORD.
EventDeath Event registration number18772 Registration year1934
Family nameDUNN Given namesWilliam Henry SexMale Father's nameDUNN Henry Mother's nameCath Holliet (Peters) Place of birth Place of deathMORNINGTON Age69
WILLIAM HENRY'S DEATH NOTICE.
DUNN.—On the 26th November, at his residence, Park Hill, Mornington, William Henry, dearly beloved husband of Betsy Maria Dunn(nee Harrap), loving father of Howard, Dagmar (deceased), Lynette (Mrs. Brown), and Henry, loving grandfather of Joan, Kevin, and Lynette, aged 69 years.(P.1, Argus, 28-11-1934.)
EDMUND DUNN'S FAMILY.
Edmund's biography in Victoria and Its Metropolis: Past and Present (above) stated that Edmund had married Miss George.Her given name was Maria.
Edmund and Maria were married in 1847.
EventMarriage Event registration number17B Registration year1847
Family nameDUNN Given namesEdmund SexMale Spouse's family nameGEORGE Spouse's given namesMaria
EDMUND'S DEATH RECORD. (Edmund died in the same year as Henry.)
EventDeath Event registration number6010 Registration year1891
Family nameDUNN Given namesEdmund SexMale Father's nameUnknown Mother's name Place of birth Place of deathEsdon Age66
EventBirth Event registration number6124 Registration year1855
Family nameDUNN Given namesEmma SexUnknown Father's nameEdmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthM.PONDS
(Moonee Ponds meant anywhere the Moonee Ponds Creek and as Henry had purchased Viewpoint in 1849, that was probably the birthplace.)
EventBirth Event registration number8887 Registration year1857
Family nameDUNN Given namesHenry Edmund SexUnknown Father's nameEdmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthM.PONDS
EventBirth Event registration number18596 Registration year1859
Family nameDUNN Given namesMaria SexUnknown Father's nameEdmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthM PONDS
EventBirth Event registration number3777 Registration year1862
Family nameDUNN Given namesSamuel SexUnknown Father's nameEdmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthTULL
EventBirth Event registration number16477 Registration year1864
Family nameDUNN Given namesAlfred Alexander SexUnknown Father's nameEdmond Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthTULL
EventBirth Event registration number6808 Registration year1867
Family nameDUNN Given namesCharles Edwin Hooper SexUnknown Father's nameEdmund Mother's nameMaria (George) Place of birthBROADMEADO
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