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SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT JAMES FOLLETT OF TORQUAY, DEVON AND SPRING CREEK, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.

Journal by itellya

While reading Jenny Barden's historical novel, THE LOST DUCHESS,her tremendous research about the latter 1500's aroused my curiosity. I checked all of her details and found that the fate of the early English colonists in South Carolina was unknown and she even explained that by having Queen Elizabeth 1 instructing the hero and heroine, and others who had returned to England, not to reveal any information about the failure of Raleigh's city of Raleigh. She even used the vocabulary of the time and I looked up some of the words, such as wherry and quay, online. The latter led to Torquay and my discovery that the name of the Victorian town was coined by a former resident of Torquay, Devon. I think you'll be able to put two and two together.

A James Follett, if he was the same man, seems to have been a very naughty boy as the Monty Python crew would have said, but as I said in the title, there was something special about him which will give his descendants something to brag about in a family history.

I believe this would be the death record of the man who gave Spring Creek, Victoria, its new name,Torquay.

FOLLETT Jas, Death
mother: Hannah, nee MION
father: Follett Jas
place of death:Glong
age, year, reg. no. (61, 1899,13822/1899)

Torquay, VIC., Aussie Towns
"Origin of Name
When the district was first settled in the 1880s the town was known simply as Spring Creek but by 1892 it had been renamed Torquay after the famous English holiday resort town of Devon. It is now accepted that one of the district's earliest settlers, James Follett, was responsible for the name change. He had grown up atTorquay, Devon."

FROM WIKIPEDIA.
History
Wathaurong Aborigines lived in the area before British settlement. From the 1860s, picnickers began to frequent the location, which was originally known as Spring Creek, after the watercourse along its south-western edge,[2] but it was named Puebla in the 1882 Victorian Municipal Directory. James Follett, who settled there in 1871, came from Torquay, the seaside town in Devon, England, and at his suggestion the name Torquay was officially adopted in 1892.

James Follett applied to lease or purchase land at the north-west corner of allotment 66, Puebla, near Spring Creek. Recommended for sale at £3.(P.4, Geelong Advertiser, 14 March 1877.)

This would almost certainly be him.
SELLING ALE BY THE SEASHORE AT SPRING CREEK

There is no birth record for the birth of Louisa, the eldest daughter of James who became Mrs Ashmore in 1883 (marriage notice) but the death record of his eldest son, Charles Andrew, reveals that James had married Anna Baensch.

FOLLETT, Chas Andw, Death
mother: Anna, nee BAENSCH
father: Follett Jas
place of death:Glong
age, year, reg.no. (37, 1904,8794/1904)

FOLLETT.-On 14th July, at Geelong,
Charles Andrew Follett, eldest beloved son
of Anna and the late James Follett, late of
Torquay, aged 37 years.
The funeral will leave the residence of his
mother, Colac-road, Belmont, for the Geelong
Eastern Cemetery, on Saturday, 16th inst., at
2 o'clock p.m.
Friends are respectfully invited. (P.1, Geelong Advertiser,16-7-1904.)

James Follett wasn't really that much of a naughty boy. He got a publican's licence soon after being sprung selling ale by the seashore and most visitors to Puebla stayed at his hotel. James Follett, possibly his son or grandson, was sprung selling fish without holding a fisherman's licence.

The James Follett who was a very very naughty boy was the market gardener of Boundary Rd, Heatherton/ Braeside, who horsewhipped his third wife. I'd thought he might have been the man who gave our Torquay its name. However he was the son of a Joseph Follett, born at Heatherton in about 1860 (whichever one of the two possibilities he was.)

Surnames: BAENSCH FOLLETT MION
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on 2020-01-27 05:09:49

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