POST OFFICE HISTORY AT ROSEBUD, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA (A SUMMARY.)
ROSEBUD POST OFFICE LOCATIONS- CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG!
Trying to make sense of information from so many different sources is like trying to umpire a footy match while trying to consider the opinions of spectators being offered from across the fence.
In summary, this is where Rosebud people posted and picked up their mail.
1. PRE-1889. Loose bag at lighthouse (with keepers' mail.)
2. School. Slot cut in residence wall.(1889.)
3. Louis Anderson's store on lot 42, c/a 17,Wannaeue,near Peebles site 1890-1897)
4. School hole in wall 1897-1901.
5. John Roberts family's P.O. 1901-1919 on lot 42 as above, last postmaster being Percy Ditchburn.
6. Rudduck's store 75 metres to the west with William C. Twyford as first postmaster there in 1920, a Rudduck son in law and Roy Cairns probably before the store was destroyed by fire.
6A. Rudduck store rebuilt quickly on larger scale and bought by Edwin James Wheeler in 1923. Site occupied present numbers 1039,1040, 1043 and 1045, the post office being in No.1045. Wheeler sold to Stephens in 1929 but retained the post office and possibly 1043.
7. Mr Wheeler transferred the post office to a new building at 1047 in February 1937. He retired in March 1946 and his son,Geoff, was appointed postmaster.
8. On July 4,1951, it was reported that the new site for the post office, at 1003 Pt. Nepean Rd,with a frontage of 83 feet,had been completed.
9. Rosebud Plaza (formerly Port Phillip Plaza) P.O. 1996? (This is the approximate date given for the closure of the Rosebud West P.O.)
Here's my reward for looking up early Dromana stores. There are two mentions of the Rudduck store at Rosebud being burnt down in 1923, the second referring to Mr Rudduck wasting no time in rebuilding, and I have been unable to re-find either of them. Mr Twycross had transferred the P.O.licence to the Rudduck store in 1920.
The store and post office at Rosebud has been totally destroyed by fire. The cause is wrapped in mystery. (P.4,Frankston and Somerville Standard, 4-7-1923.)
The above information, particularly the precise addresses of post office locations come from articles written by Peter Wilson, (presumably all in the Southern Peninsula Gazette although some cuttings had no detail of the paper or date of issue) in Mal Cairns' collection.
INFORMATION ABOUT SOME OF THE SURNAMES IN THE LIST HAD TO BE DELETED SO THE JOURNAL WOULD SUBMIT.
on 2018-01-31 22:48:33
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.