MARY DOWLING OF FLINDERS MARRIED JOHN CALVIN GRIFFITH OF DROMANA, VIC. AUST.
JOHN CALVIN GRIFFITH'S WIFE, MARY.
A photo of Christie Johnstone on the History of Flinders-Crib Point page reminded me that I had discovered Mary's ancestry by chance.
In A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, Colin McLear gave details of all the children of Cr. John Calvin Griffith of Dromana and Mary. Mary Who?
Having all the details of Christie Johnstone's descent from Oliver and Sarah Wilson, I entered "Henry Tuck, obituary" and got what seemed at first hand to be a useless response. But it wasn't, despite the journalist's usual error of rendering Griffith as Griffiths. Mary must have been Mary Dowling!
OBITUARY. DEATH OF MRS. C. DOWLING, By the death of Mrs Catherine Dowling, as mentioned in our last issue, another very old resident of the Mornington Peninsula has been removed from our midst. Mrs Dowling had reached the ripe old age of 86 years at the time of death. Although she was not suffering from any painful illness, she had been gradually failing under the pressure of her advanced years for some considerable time, and her death was not unexpected. She was possessed of an exceedingly kindly, warm hearted disposition, and very many old residents of the district, as well as the younger generation, will remember her as a true friend who had always a kindly word, and was ready to do a kindly action for anyone with whom she came into contact. The deceased lady was born in County Wicklow, Ireland, and reached Melbourne with her husband-who predeceased her by some nineteen years-in the ship " Marco Pauls " on Christmas Day, 1852. She was thus a colonist of nearly 59 years. After spending eight years, in other parts of Victoria, the Dowlings came to Stony Creek, now known as Shoreham, in the year 1860, and they were the first settlers to actually reside on their own holding in this locality, which was a portion of Tuck's Old Manton's Creek run. The country was, at the time of their acquiring the land, in a very rough state, and Mrs Dowling had many interesting incidents of hardships to relate. Her quaint sense of quiet humor always made these reminiscences pleasant to listen to. Their first homestead, a slab erection on the banks of the Creek, was totally destroyed by the collapse of a giant gum tree one very stormy night. In this instance Mr and Mrs Dowling had a very narrow escape from death. A large fork of the tree came down on each side of the bed upon which they were sleeping. Upon another occasion Mr Dowling, when some little distance away from the homestead, was forced by the ferocity of the dingoes to take refuge and spend the night up in the branches of a tree. Of Mrs Dowling's family three daughters and one son, all of whom are well known throughout the Peninsula, are surviving. These are Mrs J. C. Griffiths (sic) of Dromana; Mrs.Joseph Stanley of Balnarring; Mrs West, and Mr Christy Dowling, who was living at "The Glen" with his mother at the time of her death. The recent demise of one daughter, Mrs Henry Tuck, of Flinders, is sadly re- membered by her friends, as is also that of another daughter, Mrs J. West. A son, Mr Thomas Dowling, died some years ago, and another son expired in infancy. The remains of the deceased lady were interred in the Flinders general cemetery, when a very large number of people attended the funeral to show their last respects.
(P.3, Mornington Standard, 5-8-1911.)
Since I wrote my journal (type SARAH WILSON, HENRY TUCK in your search bar because the link doesn't work), I have discovered VICTORIAN BDM which helped me to realise that, according to page 70 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA, John Calvin Griffith married Mary and sired 11 children AFTER HIS DEATH IN 1872!
EventMarriage Event registration number1672 Registration year1873
Family nameGRIFFITH Given namesJohn C SexMale Spouse's family nameDOWLING Spouse's given namesMary
JOHN CALVIN GRIFFITH DIED IN 1927!
EventDeath Event registration number14132 Registration year1927
Family nameGRIFFITH Given namesJohn Calvin SexMale Father's nameGRIFFITH Abraham Mother's nameRebecca (Hurley) Place of birth Place of deathDROMANA Age80
i COULDN'T FIND MARY GRIFFITH'S DEATH RECORD BUT THEN I REMEMBERED THE USUAL INCORRECT SPELLING OF THE SURNAME.
EventDeath Event registration number15605 Registration year1940
Family nameGRIFFITHS Given namesMary SexUnknown Father's nameDowling Thomas Mother's nameMary* (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathDromana Age87
(*Mary's mother's full maiden name may have been Mary Christine DAVIS.)
This was Mary's brother, not her father.
EventDeath Event registration number7427 Registration year1889
Family nameDOWLING Given namesThos SexMale Father's nameThos Mother's nameCath (David*) Place of birth Place of deathFlinders-balnarri Age28
(*Obviously a typo for Davis, the D and S keys being adjacent on keyboards.)
Mary's father, Thomas, died on 11/04/1892, aged 77 and is buried in the Flinders cemetery with many other family members.
John and Mary Griffith were buried at Dromana but as the gravestone has no details there are none on the ozgen list.
There are photos of John and Mary on page 71 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA.
DEATH RECORDS OF MARY'S PARENTS.
EventDeath Event registration number6312 Registration year1892
Family nameDOWLING Given namesThos SexMale Father's nameThos Mother's nameMary (Bolger) Place of birth Place of deathFlinders Age77
EventDeath Event registration number8956 Registration year1911
Family nameDOWLING Given namesCath SexUnknown Father's nameDavis Thos Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birth Place of deathFlinders Age86
On 6-2-1884, Thomas Dowling was granted crown allotment 3, section A, parish of Flinders, consisting of 109 acres 2 roods 39 perches bounded by the top of Melway 255 G1, Main Creek, a closed road running south west from the creek in the middle of J2 to the middle of H3, and Tucks Rd. He'd selected this land in about 1860.
on 2017-04-01 03:45:06
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.