THE COMPASSIONATE FATHER HORACE TUCKER OF CHRIST CHURCH, SOUTH YARRA, VIC., AUST.
FATHER HORACE TUCKER, VICAR OF CHRIST CHURCH, SOUTH YARRA. It's a bit of a stretch to say that Father Tucker was a pioneer of the Mornington Peninsula but he was the reason that the Boyington lad plays footy for Rosebud. My former neighbour at Rosebud, Gordon, spent much of his childhood at the Tucker Village Settlement at Carrum during the 1930's depression, and then Frankston, where he lived until his wife died. As a teenager, Gordon Boyington roamed the the area near Frankston, including Mt. Eliza.
When I was researching the Red Hill Village Settlement, I was puzzled by an article about a Government party inspecting the Village Settlement at Red Hill and then being driven a few miles to the railway station. It turned out that this was not the settlement to which Prossors Lane provided access but was near Longwarry.
Helen Blakeley's family history supplies much information about OUR Red Hill but also adds greatly to Michael Cannon's description of the misery caused by the 1890's depression. The Government set up Village Settlements so the starving families could grow their own food but Father Tucker probably did this first.
THE TUCKER VILLAGE SETTLEMENTS. FIRST ANNIVERSARY AT WONWONDAH.
The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954) Friday 26 May 1893 p 4 Article
I'd never heard of Father Tucker until Gordon Boyington told me his life story which I have retold in my journal:
If I had not been asked for information about Ne Mourna at the Sisters near Sorrento, I would never have fluked discovering Father Tucker's details or the fact that his compassion dated from the earlier depression.
Biography - Horace Finn Tucker - Australian Dictionary of Biography
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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.