JOHN C. COCHRANE, PIONEER FROM 31-3-1850, SCIENTIFIC FARMER NORTH OF MELBOURNE AND NEAR GEELONG, VIC., AUST.
POSTSCRIPT, 14-5-2018.A "COCHRANE, FAIRVIEW" search revealed that John C.Cochrane had died by the time of Matilda's wedding and that his second given name was COWAN. Also revealed was an engagement notice* and that JOHN COWAN COCHRANE HAD DIED BETWEEN 4-4-1903 AND 15-10-1904. Then, (Eureka!), his death notice was found.
COCHRANE.—On the 10th May, at his residence, "Fairview," Keilor-road, Essendon,John Cowan Cochrane, land valuer, formerly of "Aitkenside," Ceres, aged 77 years." Interred Melbourne: Cemetery 12th. May.
(P.1, Geelong Advertiser, 23-3-1903.)
BARBER—COCHRANE.—On October 4th,at "Barrabool House," Highton, by the Rev. James Jackson, of St. George's Pres-
byterian Church, Geelong, G. P. Barber, of Staywood Park, Warrnambool, to Matilda Jane, second daughter of the late John Cowan Cochrane, of "Fairview," Keilor Road. Essendon.(P.1, Geelong Advertiser, 15-10-1904.)
* Joseph Alexander, Aikenside, Ceres, son of Mr.John Cowan Cochrane, Fairview, Essendon, and May Isabel, third daughter of Mrs. J. Ritchie, Coulter Haugh, Geelong,Victoria, and the late Mr. John Ritchie,Blackwood Station, Penshurst. The marriage will take place on April 25, at the residence of the bride's mother.
(P.43, The Australasian,4-4-1903.)
POSTSCRIPT 2. A google search for John Cowan Cochrane revealed that he was Essendon's first teacher as noted in comments. That would explain why he was farming at Glenroy by 1853, whether he was at the Catholic school (forerunner of St Monica's) or the Pascoe Vale National School; it was the latter. The National School was at Melway 28 J2 at the end of Government Road in the angle where Five Mile Creek meets the Moonee Ponds Creek. From there it is only 190 chains (3.8 km)to Rhodes Pde, the southern boundary of "Glenroy Farm".
The Newsletter (Essendon Historical Society Inc Established 1970 Moonee Ponds Courthouse Museum)
Issue No 238 Nov—Dec 2016
"Bob Chalmers then introduced our Guest Speaker, Bob Mackay, who gave an illustrated talk on the Pascoe Vale
National School which opened in July 1850 and was the fore-runner of the Essendon State School No. 483 in
Bob, who is researching the Pascoe Vale area, has been trying to compile a list of the students who attended the
school in its formative years and where they came from.
The first teachers were Irish couple, John Cowan Cochrane and his wife, Jane. Bob used Andrew Jones’ history of the Essendon Primary School, “Follow the Gleam” as a basis of information, and a letter, written by Cochrane in August 1850 to his friend, Tom Mackey in New Zealand, gave a good description of the school and how it operated.
The school closed in the early 1860s and was moved to the Raleigh Street site, opening in 1863 as the Essendon
Common School under the charge of Head Teacher,Robert Grandison Taylor. "
Extract from my journal, A CHRONOLOGY OF OCCUPANTS OF DUNHELEN.
This pure and justly popular Clydesdale Stallion will stand during the season at his owner's farm, Dunhelen, by Broadmeadows; and travel the surrounding districts.etc. (Bell's Life in Victoria and Sporting Chronicle (Melbourne, Vic. : 1857 - 1868) Saturday 24 September 1859 p 4 )
SCIENTIFIC JOHN COCHRANE P.6, Argus, 8-11-1860.
COCHRANE.—On the 28th inst., at Dunhelen, from the effects of teething, Samuel, the beloved son of John C. and Jane Cochrane, aged thirteen months and twelve days. (P.4, Argus, 30-8-1861.)
THE Friends of Mr. J. C. COCHRANE are respectfully informed that the remains of his infant son Samuel will be removed from his residence, Dunhelen, this morning, at 10 a.m., and pass the Moonee Ponds* about 1 p.m., for interment in the Melbourne General Cemetery.(P.8, Argus, 30-8-1861.)
The occupant was also certainly J.C. (John) Cochrane who was farming on "Glenroy Farm" in 1874 when it and farms to the north in the late Donald Kennedy's Glenroy estate were sold. (P. 78, BROADMEADOWS A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)
*As Moonee Ponds meant anywhere along the creek, "the Moonee Ponds" probably meant the timber bridge linking the two sections of Ardlie St in Broadmeadows Township (that part of today's Westmeadows south of Kenny St.)The shire of Broadmeadows went south only to Woodlands St, so the following allocation was probably for the historic extant bluestone Fawkner St bridge which replaced the timber bridge about eight years after Samuel Cochrane's funeral.
" to Broadmeadows, for a bridge at Moonee Ponds, £500" (P.14, Leader, 14-8-1869. THE ROADS AND BRIDGES VOTES.)
SALE OF MR.COCHRANE'S SHORTHORNS
The Farmer's Journal and Gardener's Chronicle (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1864) Saturday 29 March 1862 p 121
JOHN C. COCHRANE.
G.S.Brodie advised at about this time that John C.Cochrane was no longer his agent. It may be at about this time that John moved to Glenroy Farm; he was certainly there in 1870. In 1874 Glenroy Farm was sold by the Donald Kennedy executors and bought by William McCulloch. John had arrived from Ireland on 31-3-1850 and was on "Glenroy" by 1853*, as was Robert McDougall, famed Shorthorn breeder with whom John had arguments later about the breed.**
At the end of 1875, John advertised his services as an agent.(P.2, Leader, 18-12-1875.SHORTHORN CATTLE, column 2.) By October 1876, however he won prizes at the spring show at Geelong, his address given as Newtown (obviously near Geelong, not Collingwood.)
John's new area had probably been beautified by Scots with purple flowers in the garden beds, which like rabbits had got out of control and John and another farmer were charged under the Thistle Act. In October, his address was more specifically given as Highton House when he clarified the pedigree of a shorthorn bull he had sold for 1000 guineas.John continued the farming reports he'd written about his former abodes and in 1883 his address was Barwon House.
By 1884, he was at Aitkenside, Ceres, via Geelong. BARRABOOL-HILLS and was still there in 1889 when he was sued by a bank. While retaining Aitkenside, he seems to have returned to his old haunts, at Oaklands Junction during the 1890's and by 1899 was on "Fairview"*** on the south side of Keilor Rd straddling Spring Gully. John had died at Fairview by 1915 and his widow was living at Nantes street, Newtown, Geelong when their youngest son, John R. was engaged. John C.Cochrane of Victorian Railways who married a daughter of James Swan was possibly John's nephew as it's unlikely that he'd given two sons the same given name.
* P.10, THE STOPOVER THAT STAYED, Grant Aldous.)
** P. 7, Argus,16-11-1858 and P.25, The Australasian, 25-9-1880.
*** P.41, The Australasian, 24-6-1899,2nd lst column near bottom.
Powers, Rutherford, and Co. report having sold by auction, at the Newmarket yards, on Tuesday last, 417 pure Border Leicester sheep, on behalf of John C. Cochrane, of Fairview, North Essendon. These comprised the surplus sheep from the vendor's well-known stud.
BARBER.-On the 18th March, at Barrabool street, Highton, Geelong, Matilda J., second daughter of the late J. C. and Jane Cochrane,dearly beloved sister of J. A., J. R., and M.E. Cochrane.(P.17, Argus, 21-3-1936.)
NOW, WHY DID MATILDA'S GIVEN NAME RING A COW BELL? OH, YES.
MATILDA'S 2ND BARON. TO THE EDITOR.
Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 - 1926) Tuesday 23 October 1877 p 3 Article
... MATILDA'S 2ND BARON. TO THE EDITOR. I am, etc., JOHN C. COCHRANE. Highton House, October 22nd, 1877 ..
MORE TO COME WHEN VICTORIAN BDM COMES BACK ONLINE (if I remember.) BIRTH RECORDS OF THEIR CHILDREN (ABOVE EXCEPT FOR SAMUEL AND PERHAPS OTHERS) WILL HOPEFULLY REVEAL JANE'S MAIDEN NAME AND THEIR ABODES AT THOSE TIMES AND JOHN C. AND JANE'S DEATH RECORDS WILL MAKE UP FOR THE LACK OF FAMILY NOTICES EXCEPT FOR SAMUEL'S.(The engagement notice for John R.Cochrane and Enid Turner in 1915 was the only one of six family notice results for "John C.Cochrane", the other 5 being the marriage notice for the Victorian Railways bloke of Melbourne. Samuel's death and funeral notices in 1861 were not found in the search so it's lucky that the magic word DUNHELEN found them. Matilda Barber's death notice was found in a "JANE COCHRANE" search.)
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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.