RUDE ROSEBUD SURNAMES (ROSEBUD, VIC., AUST.) THE RAPERS AND PURVES!
I recently wrote about Cr William Ford's nautical cook on Wannaeue Station. This was bounded by Eastbourne Rd (still known as Ford's Lane in about 1903),Jetty/Old Cape Schanck Rds, Hiscock Rd and Boneo Rd. When I mentioned the old house that was demolished in the last decade on the east side of the entry to Rosebud's footy ground from Eastbourne Rd, that Bill Dryden remembered being the only house on Eastbourne Rd, the late Ray Cairns said, "That's right,Jack Roper's place." Jim Dryden had told me that Eastbourne Rd was nothing but a track,named as Roper's Lane. Was it Raper or Roper?
Rosebud Patriotic Fund Concert.
Mornington Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1911 - 1920) Saturday 10 April 1915 p 2 Article
The following donations were inadvertently omitted from list published last week :-Mr G. Z. Woinarski*, 2
bags of potatoes; Mr J. Roper, 2 bags of potatoes and 1 bag of onions. (*"Woyna" in Rusebud West.)
J. W. Raper, hon.. sec. Rosebud Progress Association, re water supply at Rosebud and request providing of pump and piping for well.-On the motion of Cr Marsden the sum of 25s was donated towards cost.
(P.3, Mornington Standard,2-8-1913.)
660 ACRES AT ROSEBUD, MORNINGTON.
Under Instructions from William Roper to
rp li n MORTON and SON, per J. L. Parkes,
-f-. one of tltetr auctioneers, will SELL, ai
.bote. Hie well-known ,
WANNAEUE ESTATE, 660 ACRES,
on Cape Schanck road, 3/4 mile from the Beach road,
at ROSEBUD, being Crown Allotments 8, 9, 10,
and 11, parish of Wannaeue.(etc.) (P.3, Argus,8-9-1917.)
I reckon that the owner of the above estate was a former Essendon footballer and that Rosebud people could not bring themselves to speak such a rude surname.
MR. WILLIAM RAPER
The funeral of the late Mr William Raper left his home Elizabeth street,Elsternwick yesterday afternoon after a
Service conducted by the Rev. A.Penry Evans for the Melbourne Cemetery, Carlton. Among those present were
members of the committee and former players of the Essendon Football Club of which the late Mr Raper was formerly a player and president up till 1924. The chief mourners were his sons - Messrs.J.R.* W.R. and E.A.Raper - and grandsons - Dr Ian Cuming, and Mr Derek Cuming (etc.) (P.12,Argus, 10-6-1939.)
*In 1919, John R.Raper was assessed on the 660 acre estate. It was later sold to a paper manufacturing firm which planted the pine plantation through which the freeway extension runs to Boneo Rd. It is now the Rosebud Country Club and associated housing subdivisions. BIRDIES AND BOGIES,the history of the country club,available in the local history room at Rosebud library, describes how the land had been the dairy farm of Mr John Rapir. Was this another socially-correct way of avoiding embarrassment?
The Purves name has long been associated with the area, possibly managing Tootgarook from the mid 1840's when Edward Hobson went to the river of little fish (Traralgon);it was Peter Purves who coined the name, Tootgarook.And so it was written in ratebooks. Why then was the name of the original Peter's grandson written as Peter Purvis in the 1919 assessment of his 283 acres of land on Purves Rd,on the southern slope of Arthurs Seat? Before this time,there is no doubt that young men were seen,in the words of the song STANDING ON THE CORNER,WATCHING ALL THE GIRLS GO BY, but there was probably not a name for those indulging in this activity.It is possible that the name had always been pronounced as Purvis but I had not seen it written in this way before the 1919 assessment. Purvis is an English adaptation of Purves.
An introduction to Purves Family History / Genealogy
The name has an occupational, or role, origin stemming from the the collection or requisition of provisions for a sovereign Purveyance (purvea(u)nce, purvya(u)nce in middle English and purveance in old French).
Bev Laurissen was related to the Purves family and says that the family pronounced the surname as Purv-ess. See my journal: MEMORIES, POST 1940, OF RED HILL NEAR DROMANA, VIC., AUST.
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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.