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Our Heidelberg correspondent writes : —
General regret was expressed here on Sun
day forenoon when a messenger arrived from
Dromana with the sad intelligence that Mr.
Lawrence Wadeson had been accidentally
killed on the road near that place on the
previous evening. Reliable particulars of
the accident have not yet come to hand, but
it is reported that tbe horse Mr. Wadeson
was driving bolted, that the spring cart was
upset, and Mr. Wadeson thrown out with
such violence that he only survived for a
very short time. The deceased was senior
partner in the firm of Wadeson and Holmes,
nurserymen and vignerons. He had re-
sided in Heidelberg for nearly thirty years,
and was highly respected by every one who
knew him. He leaves a widow and one
daughter to mourn his loss.(P.2, The Age, 9-5-1876.)

Mr. Candler held an inquest on the 8th
inst, at Dromana, on the body of Lawrence
Wadeson, aged 62 years, a gardener at Kan-
gerong, on Mount McMahon. On the even-
ing of Saturday, the 6th inst, at 7 o'clock,
John Thomas Gibson, splitter and fencer at
Balnarring, found the deceased's horse, with
the shafts of a cart attached, in the road,
and going along the road, found the deceased
lying insensible on his belly, with the wheels
and part of the body of the cart near him.
The near wheel of the cart, it was found,
had struck a tree alongside the track, and
the vehicle had apparently been capsized.
There was no track of any other vehicle.
The deceased was conveyed to his house,
about two miles off, and died in about
three hours, without having recovered con-
sciousness. The deceased was accustomed
to the track, and the moon was up. He was
a temperate man, but was said to be in the
habit of falling asleep when driving. There
were bruises about the head and body of the
deceased. A verdict of death from injuries
accidentally received was found.(P.7, Argus, 12-5-1876.)

One of the first things I learnt about Red Hill, courtesy of Keith Holmes, years ago, was that J. Holmes, the grantee of crown allotment 15A, Kangerong was not related in any way to Keith's family. John Holmes and Lawrence Wadeson were market gardening partners, apparently near Heidelberg. Lawrence was accidentally killed in 1876, probably on Red Hill Road and his body was discovered by John Thomas Gibson who lived practically across Red Hill Rd on the northern corner of Stanleys Rd at what became known as Tar Barrel Corner.(Ethel Bailey is a descendant of this Gibson family.)
Crown allotment 15A Kangerong was at Melway 191 E4,its Red Hill Rd frontage extending north to the bend near present number 247 and 15 B, to the north, adjoined the Kangerong Nature Conservation Reserve. The latter was granted to J. Holmes and Co.
Apparently John Huntley Senior had selected both 15A and 15B. When Bill Huntley took me on a road tour, he showed me where the original homestead had been on the northern portion.The selection was probably forfeited because too much time was spent at Brighton to effect the required improvements, with the scribble on the parish map seeming to indicate that Holmes and Wadeson obtained the grants in 1872. John Huntley Junior acquired 15A later on and it became known as "Hillside Orchard" by 1902 when it was described in "AROUND RED HILL." John Huntley had died and his widow Mary, nee Hope, had married John Shand. Mary's girls remained on Hillside Orchard while she and John Shand rented Kent Orchard (Melway 191 H1), later moving to Rosslyn and Kentucky (both on John Oswin's grant, 14 A, Balnarring) at Melway 161 K11.
My current big project is a CHRONOLOGY OF BURIALS AT DROMANA. One of my tasks is to discover whether early pioneers such as Lawrence who died in the Dromana district were actually buried at Dromana. Lawrence Wadeson had resided at Heidelberg for nearly 30 years and a wadeson, heidelberg search on Google showed that he wasn't. The really interesting thing is that Mary Wadeson's maiden name was OSWIN! THERE IS EVERY CHANCE THAT LAWRENCE WADESON'S WIFE WAS JOHN OSWIN'S SISTER. The death records of both name their parents as William Oswin and Mary (maiden name given as Joyce in Mary's and unknown in John's.) I wonder if Mary Karney, author of so many books about the Oswins and "Newstead", was named after Mary Wadeson.
Heidelberg Old Cemetery - Steve's Headstone Photos
Wadeson Laurence 6 May 1876 62
Wadeson Mary 3 Aug 1883 73 nee. Oswin
Wadeson Mary Sybella 1853 1
Wadeson Richard William 1852 1

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on 2017-02-09 06:49:51

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.

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by itellya on 2017-02-09 15:49:47

Norman Edward Wadeson of Frankston married Phyllis Annie McLear, a member of Dromana's pioneering McLear family and Keryn McLear wondered if Norman was related to the Heidelberg Wadesons. This prompted further research and the discovery of an early Wadeson/Oswin connection.

Lawrence and Mary married in 1850 when Mary was about 40 and they only seem to have had the two children above but Lawrence must have had brothers at Heidelberg so Norman could have been one of their descendants.

William Oswin and a Mr Wadeson were two of the four men who bought the ground on which the old Heidelberg Cemetery stands. William was at that time at Kew.* John Oswin was at Kew from 1845 until he bought land at Balnarring according to his obituary** so Kew is no doubt where Lawrence and Mary met. If I remember correctly (from trove), John Oswin saved someone from drowning in the Yarra while quite young.

by itellya on 2017-02-11 02:26:12

KERYN McLEAR WROTE: I had a good look at the Wadesons. Norman (my father's cousin by marriage) was the son of Reginald Thomas Wadeson and Violet Helen Gunn. Reginald was the son of Edward Downson Wadeson and Mary Ann Reeves. These Wadesons seem to mainly come from Diamond Creek before settling in Frankston.

MY RESPONSE.(John McLear had been renting land at the Plenty from Mr Green, probably near Greensborough, when he was brutally killed after a race meeting near the Plough Inn on Boxing Day 1949. There's plenty on trove!)

There's a fair chance that the McLears and Wadesons had been acquainted since before Boxing Day, 1849. The road to Heidelberg was one of the earliest ones made to Melbourne's outskirts and those going to Greensborough probably used it. Edward Downson Wadeson was born at Greensborough in 1867.
EventBirth Event registration number15261 Registration year1867
Personal information
Family nameWADESON Given namesEdward Downson SexUnknown Father's nameThomas Mother's nameAnn (Jackson) Place of birthG'BOROUGH

Edward's parents Thomas Wadeson and Ann (nee Jackson) seem to have moved from Heidelberg to Greensborough some time after the birth of Thomas Jackson Wadeson in 1863, perhaps before the birth of Elizabeth Wadeson at Greensborough in 1865 (although Ann's maiden name is given as Wharton in the birth record.)

Ann died at Diamond Creek in 1888. Unfortunately her parents' names are not recorded.
EventDeath Event registration number1249 Registration year1888
Personal information
Family nameWADESON Given namesAnn SexUnknown Father's nameU Mother's name Place of birth Place of deathDIAMOND CREEK Age57 Spouse's family nameWADESON Spouse's given namesThomas

Although the name of his spouse is not given, this would seem to be Ann's husband and Edward Downson Wadeson's father.
EventDeath Event registration number14828 Registration year1891
Personal information
Family nameWADESON Given namesThos SexMale Father's nameUnknown Mother's name Place of birth Place of deathDiamond Age63

As can be seen Thomas Wadeson and Ann (nee Jackson) were first settled at Heidleberg, moved to Greensborough some time between 1863 and 1865 and were at Diamond Creek by the time of Ann's death in 1888. Thomas died at Diamond Creek in 1891, the same year that their daughter, Elizabeth, died aged 26 and their son, Thomas Jackson Wadeson married Miss Lean of Diamond Creek.

If three men named Wadeson had sons born at Heidleberg in the 1850's, all named Richard, it would be a fair bet that the men were brothers.
WADESON Given namesFrederick Richard EventBirth Father's name Richard Mother's maiden name Elizabeth Louisa (Baker) Reg. year1858 Reg. no11117

WADESON Given namesRichard EventBirth Father's name Thomas Mother's maiden name Anne (Jackson) Reg. year1855 Reg. no1370

WADESON Given namesRichard William EventBirth Father's name Laurence Mother's maiden name Mary Reg. year1851 Reg. no25326

The father's named above probably had a brother named Edward. Thomas Wadeson and Ann (Jackson) had an earlier son named Edward who died, aged 10, at Heidleberg in 1865 (reg. no.6676), possibly before they moved to Greensborough where Elizabeth was born in the same year.

Edward Wadeson had married Emma Mitchell in 1849. (reg. no. 5414.) Unfortunately there is no location given in marriage records. It is likely that Edward became involved in agriculture after being at Heidelberg in 1853 when he sold a quarter acre block to Patrick Foley ( In 1864 he was summoned for non-payment of rates by the Heidelberg Road Board.* In 1867 he won a ploughing contest but by 1870 an Edward Wadeson was summoned for failing to pay maintenance (to Emma, nee Mitchell?), in the Fitzroy Court. (

(*In 1847, Edward was one of the first to buy township lots at Heidelberg. He and FRANCES Emma Mitchell had several children at Heidelberg but financial difficulties may have caused their separation. It was apparently not only the road board to which he owed money.

At Three O'clock.
Freehold Property at Heldelberg,
Five Minutes' Walk from Post-office.
E. B. TAYLOR, of Taylor and Turner, has received
instructions from the mortgagee to SELL by
PUBLIC AUCTION, as above, on the premises
Brick house of four rooms, and half an acre
ground, filled with magnificent fruit trees, late
in tho occupation of Mr. Edward Wadeson. P.2, Argus, 6-5-1865.)

There seems to be no death record on for this Edward Wadeson. There is also no marriage record for Thomas Wadeson and Ann Jackson.

As Keryn McLear's comment about the WADESON-McLEAR marriage prompted the widening of my research from Lawrence Wadeson to his relatives, the following may be of interest re the Frankston connection. My apology for not inserting all the missing commas.

of 90 Dandenong Road Frankston
Victoiia Public Servant Deceased -
After 14 clear days application will be
made to the Supreme Court of Vlctoria.
that PROBATE of the WILL of the above
named deceased dated the 5th day of
March 1949 may be granted to Nor
man Edward Wadeson of 90 Dande-
nong road Frankston public servant the
exeuitor appointed by the said will
leave being reserved to Violet Helen
Wadeson of 90 Dandenong road Franks-
ton widow the executrix appointed by
the said will to come in and prove the
same at any time. (P.11, Argus, 12-1-1951.)

Reginald Thomas Wadeson was born at Diamond Creek in about 1897. (It was 1897, reg. no. 18594.)
EventDeath Event registration number244 Registration year1951
Personal information
Family nameWADESON Given namesReginald Thomas SexMale Father's nameWADESON Edward Mother's nameMary Ann (Reeves) Place of birthDIAMOND CREEK Place of deathMELBOURNE Age54

AFTER the expiration of fourteen, days
from the publication hereof APPLICA
TION will be made to the Supreme Court
of Victoria that PROBATE of theWILL,
dated 30th September. 1032, of EDWARD
DOWNSON WADESON. also known as Ed
ward Danson Wadeson. late of Collins-street.
Diamond Creek. In Victoria, Retired Or-
chardIst, deceased, may be GRANTED to
Mary Ann Wadeson, widow, of the same
address, being the executrix appointed by
the said will. (P.7, The Age, 31-7-1943.)

by itellya on 2017-02-11 02:40:44

I BLAME FATIGUE! The application for probate at the end of the previous comment was made by the mother of REGINALD THOMAS Wadeson, not SPENCER. I have no idea where that came from!

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