The author of Rosebud Flower of the Peninsula, ISABELLE MORESBY, NEE MILLY HUNT.,AUTHOR AND MUSICIAN, VIC., AUST. :: Genealogy
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The author of Rosebud Flower of the Peninsula, ISABELLE MORESBY, NEE MILLY HUNT.,AUTHOR AND MUSICIAN, VIC., AUST.

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POSTSCRIPT, 16-8-2019.

MORESBY Emily Isabelle Death
mother: Louisa, nee GRIFFITHS
father: HUNT Harry
place of birth: Williamstown
place of death:Prahran
age, year, reg. no. (80, 1967, 521/1967)

MORESBY–HUNT. –On the 7th May, at St.Columb's, Hawthorn, by the Rev. D. M. Deasey. Fairfax Robert*, younger son of the late Matthew Fortescue Moresby, R.N., to Emily Isabelle(Milly), third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Hunt, Kew. (P.1, Argus, 27-6-1924.)

This notice but with two differences, was published in Sydney too. Hawthorn was incorrectly given as Hamilton and the groom's paternal grandfather was named. The groom's given names were Fairfax Phillip according to the marriage record* and that name would have been remembered from 1917**, not in a good light!
*- 3237 / 1924 and 3313 / 1926. The latter could be a Victorian BDM error.
** (Paste into search bar.)

Does she seem to be 46 years old?
"Miss Milly Hunt , brilliant Melbourne violinist and deputy-leader of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra who has been on a visit to Sydney and was heard over the air last Tuesday." (Paste into search bar.)

Graham Bickford told my daughter, who works in aged care, that he was a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. George Fountain established The Pines in 1908 on crown allotment 6 of the Rosebud Fishing Village that he'd bought from Jack Jones who'd planted the mature pines that inspired George's choice of name for his new property. As his parents married in 1922, Graham might have been old enough in 1933 to tell me whether the photo shows the author of ROSEBUD: FLOWER OF THE PENINSULA.

BICKFORD—FOUNTAIN.—On June 28,1922, at the Gardiner Methodist Church, by the Rev. James Smith. Edric Dillon, younger son of Edric and Lucy Bickford, to Ethel Mary, elder daughter of George and Mary Fountain. At home, 7 Ellis-road, Glen Iris, this evening.— (P.17, The Age, 28-6-1947.)

HUNT-GRIFFITHS, 1882-1932 - On the 31st August, 1882, at St. Mark's Church, Wolverhampton, England, by the Rev. George Everard,Harry Hunt, to Louisa Griffiths (Present address, 9 Adeney avenue, Kew.) PAGE 1, ARGUS, 2-9-1932.

HUNT.—On May 12, Louisa, widow of Harry Hunt, and loved mother of Jessie, Isabelle*. Dorothy, Alice,Louisa, Harold. and Noel.
HUNT.—On May 12, Louisa, beloved grandmother of Ruth (Mrs. H. Liddelow), Frances (Mrs. N Hooke), and Ridley Griffiths, great-grannie of Helen Griffiths, Ken and Colin Hooke.(P.13, Argus, 13-5-1949.)
Louisa, daughter of James Hunt and Mary, nee Moore, died at Kew, aged 91, reg. no. 4520 / 1949.

*ISABELLA IN THE AGE. (14 May 1949 p 2.)

HUNT. –On June 17 at Claverley, 9 Adeney avenue, Kew, Harry, dearly beloved husband of Louisa Hunt, and devoted and loving father of Jessie (Mrs. G. S. Lloyd, Griffiths?), Constance (deceased), Milly (Mrs. F.P.Moresby), Dorothy (Mrs R. Phillipps?), Alice (Mrs W.Bensies, Heintz?), Louisa (Mrs J.V.Patten), Harold and Noel. (P.4, Argus, 22-6-1940.)

?= Jessie Mary Hunt married Robert Griffiths in 1905 and Jessie Mary Griffiths married George Samuel Lloyd in 1923, reg. no. 9285 / 1923.
Alice Moore Hunt married Alfred Hahman Heintz in 1923 and Alice Moore Heintz married Wm. Wear? Benzies in 1928. Reg. No. 12359 / 1928.
Dorothy May Hunt married Rundle Whitford Phillipps in 1923 (reg. no.10021 / 1923) so the unusual spelling of the surname seems to be correct.

HUNT Harry Death
mother: Harriet, nee WOOLEY
father: HUNT James
place of birth:WARWICK ENGLAND
Place of death:KEW
age, year, (81, 1940, 6506/1940)

On 15-9-1914, E.J.Phillips was granted crown allotment 25 of the Rosebud Fishing Village. This is the block on the west side of the foreshore extension of Rosebud Parade. Was this where Isobel Moresby holidayed?

How did Ethel and Laura, Graham Bickford's mother and aunt, label this block on their early Rosebud map?

Even if Graham Bickford can't identify Milly Hunt (as in the 1933 photo) being the author of ROSEBUD FLOWER OF THE PENINSULA, I believe that the following common characteristics prove beyond doubt that they are one and the same.
1.Both were violinists and would have known most of the pioneers of music in Australia including the contribution of broadcasting in exposing the general public to classical music. That Isabelle wrote about makers of violins, rather than instruments generally in AUSTRALIA MAKES MUSIC increases this connection.

"Australia Makes Music" (Longmans Green and Co. Ltd.), is the story of music in Australia told by Isabelle Moresby, violinist and violist. Intimately written biographical sketches of many of Australia's famous artists, conductors and composers are included, while the field of broadcasting has not been overlooked. It is an intimate survey of Australian achievement written with a personal touch attained only by a writer fully conversant with her subject. The book is rounded off with a delightful and amusing study of life in a symphony orchestra, drawn from the author's personal experience.(P.8, Examiner, Launceston, 23-10-1948.)

2. An intense interest in gardening and botany such as Isabelle's description of the natural beauty of New Guinea and Rosebud, a gardening column by Milly Hunt and a letter to the editor about historic trees around Melbourne with details about the people who planted them.
FIND THESE! An exhaustive search has failed to find the letter.

Graham, BORN IN 1929, knew Isobel Moresby well and that she was also known as Milly Hunt. He first met Milly Hunt in 1949 when he joined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as a French Horn player after leaving Wesley College and starting a music course at Melbourne University.

John Morseby, Milly's son lived in Hinkler Rd, Glen Waverley about four blocks from Graham and his wife, Judith, nee Hardy (another famed musical family). John's wife's name was Marjorie.
Fairfax Moresby's brother, Noel, played the Bassoon in the M.S.O. He lived at Seaford and used to holiday at Rosebud on the block on the east side of the Rosebud Pde foreshore extension.

I have been unable to find any family notices or Victorian BDM records for John* or Noel BUT......
Fairfax Philip Moresby, 1897 - 1984
Fairfax Philip Moresby was born on month day 1897, at birth place, to John Garland Moresby and Edith Estelle Moresby (born Gunning).
John was born on June 14 1868, in Falmouth, Cornwall, England.
Edith was born in 1874, in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia.
Fairfax had 2 sisters: Joyce Moresby and one other sibling.
Fairfax married Emily Isabelle Moresby (born Hunt) on month day 1924, at age 26 at marriage place.
Emily was born circa 1886, in Williamstown, Victoria, Australia.
They had one son: John Fairfax Moresby.
Fairfax passed away on month day 1984, at age 86 at death place.

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by noggin on 2013-12-20 05:17:04

Rosebud flower of the Peninsula /​ by Isabelle Moresby.
Moresby, Isabelle.
Other Authors
National Library of Australia
Melbourne : [I. Moresby], 1954
[microform] :
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36 p. : ill., map ; 19 cm.
Rosebud (Vic.) -- History.
Cover title.
Microfiche. Canberra : National Library of Australia, 2004.
Terms of Use
Copyright restrictions may apply. Address enquires to: Preservation Reformatting Unit, National Library of Australia, Canberra ACT 2600.
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by itellya on 2019-08-17 00:00:54

I made a pledge in nineteen eighty eight
To honour pioneers, (to know them like a mate)
Whose story was just a mystery;
So descendants could write a family history.

I was especially grateful to the pioneers
Who wrote a lot of detail about the early years,
Such as Isabelle Moresby's history of the century
Since the Rosebud's stranding in a shallow sea.

I wrote about her in two thousand and thirteen
But my findings were lost, ne'er more to be seen.
My conscience provoked me in recent days
To remove Isabelle from history's haze.

Isabelle, author, naturalist, violinist extraordinary
Married a descendant of an Admiral of the sea;
Her "Sentinel" about the isle that Moresby first explored.
Not to tell her story an omission to be deplored.

But if Isabelle and Milly Hunt weren't one and the same
I could only detail half of Milly's deserved fame.

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