PERCY HURREN OF "DALKEITH", TULLAMARINE AND PERCY HURREN, TEACHER AT GREENVALE, WERE TWO DIFFERENT PEOPLE. (VIC., AUST.)
I THOUGHT THEY WERE ONE AND THE SAME. The original Greenvale State School was at Melway 178G4 near the east corner of Somerton and Section Rd. The modern suburb of Greenvale started on Hughie Williamson's "Dunvegan" on the south east corner of Somerton and Mickleham Rd and the modern school there retains the original school's number. Percy Hurren is recorded in the school's history as the teacher there from 1936-38.
Dalkeith was a 200 acre farm,(Melway 5F-J12 and south to Sharps Rd) now the residential area fronting the western side of Broadmeadows Road Tullamarine from Sharps Rd, extending north to the midline between Janus St and Catherine Avenue. Percy Hurren was the last owner of the farm, now consisting of 160 acres, as Loft's subdivision extending west to include Gordon St house blocks consisted of 40 acres.
When I had moved from Tullamarine to Rosebud, I was writing a history of Moorooduc and by the greatest stroke of good luck somebody suggested that I should speak to David Shepherd. David and his wife both knew Percy Hurren well as Percy was the postmaster at Jones Corner, Moorooduc (Melway 146 K 12.) Mrs Shepherd had known Percy since she was a youngster in a small town near Swan Hill and recalled Percy snoring at services in church. Although it was a long shot I asked if he knew where Percy had moved to. David told me that Percy had bought a farm up near where they built the airport.
As it's only about 10km from Tullamarine to Greenvale I thought that Percy was returning to his old stamping ground in c.1950. That's what I thought! The teacher was a completely different person. I'm writing this journal to prevent HURREN researchers from making the same mistake.
From the WE REMEMBER TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND IN THE EARLY DAYS Facebook page.
PERCY HURREN. CORRECTION.
I stated in a recent post that Percy Hurren who used to snore in church near Swan Hill, and was the postmaster at Moorooduc in (1950?????see end of journal) before shortly afterwards moving to Tullamarine to become the last one to own and farm "Dalkeith", was the teacher at Greenvale State School 1936-8. There were only two deaths of a Percy Hurren on Victorian BDM, both in 1950, so neither of them was Percy Hurren of the Swan Hill area, Moorooduc and Tullamarine. One of them was Percy Vincent Hurren, the schoolteacher.
AFTER the expiration of fourteen clear days application will be made to the Supreme Court of Victoria In its Probate jurisdiction that PROBATE of the LAST WILL dated the eighteenth day of July 1942 of PERCY VINCENT HURREN late of 26 Eva street Malvern, school teacher, deceased, be granted to Edward Richard Hurren, of 4 Austin street, Hawthorn, clerk, a brother of deceased and the sole executor appointed by the said will.(P.19, Argus, 7-12-1950.)
THE TEACHER'S BIRTH AND DEATH RECORD.
Event:births Registration number6703 / 1901 Family name:HURREN Given name(s)Percy Vincent
Place of event:SOUTH YARRA, Australia Mother's name, Annie Julia nee BANNON Father's Name:Richd
HURREN Percy Vincent Death mother: Julia Ann nee BANNON father:HURREN Richard Michael
Places of birth and death:SOUTH YARRA, MALVERN age, year, reg. no. (49, 1950, 13274/1950)
Extract from: greenvale primary school 1868-2010
SM means sewing mistress/assistant. CSD probably means ceased. THT may mean temporary head teacher.
SCHOOL NO 890 LIST OF HEAD TEACHERS / PRINCIPALS
George H Hancock 1868 – 1878 Left to return overseas
Robert W Watts 1878 – 1889
Clara H Sargeant (Mrs Nielsen) 1889 – 1890
Alfred A Lewis 1891 – 1895
E. Waters 1895 – 1896 1st May until George Watkins took over 1896
George H Watkins 1896 – 1901
John E Hanigan 1901 – 1912 Retired to Wonthaggi - Died June 1914 William Ruth 1913 – 1914 Retired 1950
Alice A Worboise 1915 – 1921 Csd 1922
Alexander C Mills 1922 Retired 1927
Ernest R Malcolm 1923 – 1925 Csd 1951
Ellen J Boyes 1926 – 1929 Retired 1960
Kevin J Borrack & (Caroline Hocking S M) 1929 – 1934 Died 1958
Mary C Fahey (T.H.T) S M 1934 Resigned 1948
Rose J Barnett (T.H.T.) S M 1935 Retired 1974
Percy Hurren 1936 – 1938
Maxwell R Sprake 1939 – 1942 No further record available
In October 1938 P.V.Hurren received a promotion, obviously to another school.
FIFTH CLASS MALES
Patrick Vincent Hurren was elevated to fourth class in 1949 but had little time to enjoy his achievement.
Tulla's Percy was actually George Percival the father of Leonard Percival Hurren who died at Red Cliffs in 1931.
Leonard Percival Death
mother, Lilian neeHALL
father, HURREN George Percival
place of death, RED CLIFFS
age, year, reg.no. (12 Days,1931, 6864/1931)
Tullamarine's Percy's wife died in 1936.
HURREN (nee Hall). —On the 11th August, at Tasma private hospital, Red Cliffs, Lily, dearly beloved wife of Perc, eldest daughter of James Hall, Bentleigh, sister of Florrie (Mrs.Harold Besant, Heatherton), Annie (Mrs. C.Rochfort, Mildura), R. Hall (Bob, Bentleigh), and Effie (Mrs. K. Power, Malvern). (Interred Red Cliffs 12th August.) — At rest. (P.7, Argus, 15-8-1936.)
HURREN Lilian Death
mother: Margt nee SWANSEA
father: HALL James
Place of death:RED CLIFFS
Age, year, Reg. No. (41, 1936, 18087/1936)
These would seem to be the birth and death records of Tulla's Percy.
Event:births Registration number6920 / 1896
Family name:HURREN Given name(s)Geo Percival
Place of event: ST ARNAUD, Australia
Mother's name Charl Ellen
Mother's family name at birthDAVIS
Father's Name, Geo
HURREN Percival George Death,
mother: Charlotte nee DAVIES
father: HURREN George
place of birth: St Arnaud
place of death:Blackburn South
age, year, reg.no. (76, 1972, 23212/1972)
I SEE IN THIS 1950 SANDS AND MCDOUGALL DIRECTORY THAT OLD PERCY'S STILL AT MOOROODUC. WHY DON'T WE DROP IN AND SEE HIM WHEN WE GO TO MORNINGTON?
Bad idea mate. He left in August 1947! He and Mrs Hurren and their juvenile daughters! Had George Percival Hurren remarried?
Event:marriages Registration number14541 / 1944
Family name:FARISH Given name(s) Doreen Mavis
Spouse's family name:HURREN
Spouse's given name(s)Percival George
IN THE SAME MONTH THE HURRENS AND TWO OTHER FAMILIES WERE FAREWELLED BY THE PROGRESS ASSOCIATION.
Mr. P. G. Hurren said he would remember Moorooduc for there he obtained a son and heir. When he took over his business he realised that certain service would be required of him by customers. In the post office and store he and his wife had striven to give that service. From the remarks of previous speakers, he believed they considered such service had been given. That realisation was a source of gratification to him.
(P.5, Standard, Frankston, 28-8-1947.)
It is likely that the following deceased was the grandfather of Percival George Hurren's second wife. You will recall that Percy was born at St Arnaud, had a son* who died, only 12 days old, at Red Cliffs and that his first wife, Lilian, died at Red Cliffs where she was buried. (*No wonder Percy, almost 50, was so delighted to have had a son and heir born at Moorooduc!) The Hurren and Farish families may have ventured from St Arnaud to Red Cliffs together. There's a great chance that Peter's son,Will of Red Cliffs, was William Peter Farish** who with Doreen Mavis Farish is listed with other pioneers, such as Lilian Hurren, buried in the Red Cliffs cemetery***.
**MILDURA. At the police court William Peter Farish, of Red Cliffs, was fined £5 for aiding and abetting William Holden to drive an unregistered truck. Holden was fined £2.(P.11, The Age, 24-8-1932.)
*** RED CLIFFS PIONEERS
FARISH.— On the 16th January, at 67 Pridham-street. East Prahran, Peter Farish, late of St. Arnaud, beloved husband of Louisa Farish, and loving father of Hellen Elizabeth (deceased) (Mrs. M. Peagam, Melbourne), Jim (Horsham), Mary(Mrs. Morton, Preston). Daisy (Mrs. J.Tarry, Green's Creek), Eva (Mrs. C. Hunt,Prahran), Violet (deceased), Ruby (Mrs. W.Spiby), Will (Red Cliffs), Pearl (Mrs, W.Amos, Sea Lake), Nell (Mrs, V. Horton,Bendigo). (P.1, THE AGE, 18-1-1937.)
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