THE OLDEST COLONIST IN 1900? EDWARD WILLIAM HOBSON? SON OF J.P.MAIN? LUTTRELL. (VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.)
Mr E. B. Luttrell, Mordialloc. writes in regard to his two cousins. He says:—
One is Mr Edward Hobson, of Swan Hill grazier, who was born at Parramatta,New South Wales, 1814; came to Port
Phillip 1837; one of the oldest pioneers of the Gippsland district. The other is Mr Daniel Main, living at Woodend, who was here with his father- Mr.J.P. Main, in 1837. Mr J. P. Main had a station, the homestead of which was on the creek at Flemington, in the present Royal Park, and ran from there to Keilor. He was also a contractor and builder. He built the first Customs House, the first Gaol,the first Union Bank, the first powder
magazine on Batman's Hill; also the old Prince's Bridge across the Yarra. Although I have many times seen Mr
Lenix's (Lennox's?)name mentioned as the builder. but all old colonists know Mr J. P.Main to be the contractor.
As to myself, I think I can claim to belong to one of the oldest and largest families in Australia,my mother being a native of New South Wales, born 1802, and died at Launceston 1896, being in her 94th year, leaving behind her something like 300 children,grand, and great-grand children to the fourth generation, now living in the colonies. My father, born in England 1801, came to Sydney 1803, with his father. Dr.Edward Luttrell, M.D., colonial surgeon-general. who brought his wife and family out with him at that time, and lived at Parramatta till 1814, when he went to Hobart to take charge of hospital, and died at Hobart 1824. I have a brother
living. born Hobart 1824, and a brother and sister, born In the twenties, still living. I have seen William Buckley, the wild white man. spoken of by Mr L. M.Daniel, scores of times, and his wife also.
(Extract from reader contributions,P.3,The Herald, 17-12-1900.)
As other contributions may be of value, here's the link:
THE OLDEST COLONIST
When I started researching Tullamarine's history in August 1988, I was lucky that due to the help of Gordon Henwood and John Fenton, I had a list of 10 descendants of the pioneers and was able to collect fabulous anecdotes and other information subsequently confirmed on trove. One of the pioneers I discovered in previously published local histories was J.P.Main, a photo of the area near Main's bridge at Flemington even gracing the cover of THE STOPOVER THAT STAYED by Grant Aldous.
I don't know whether I'll ever be able to verify the claim made in the above article that his run extended from Royal Park to Keilor but it is likely that the stone for his building was obtained from Main's Station, section 12 of the parish of Doutta Galla, bounded by today's Buckley St, Rachelle Rd, an eastern extension of Clarks Rd and Hoffmans Rd. My extensive titles research, including the wording (unfortunately not a scan) of J.P.Main's grant, can be provided to descendants of J.P.Main if they private message me on family tree circles providing an email address and name. The link for the parish map is:
I had no such list of pioneers, but had read every local history of the Mornington Peninsula's west coast, when I decided to fill some of the gaps in mid 2010. One of the first pioneers I'd seen mentioned was Edward William Hobson. The impression that I'd gained was that he was firstly at Kangerong and before Hugh Jamieson bought his special survey had moved to Tootgarook and that he occupied the run until he transferred it to James Purves (pronounced Purvis) in 1850. I've found no proof that his original run was both north and south of Arthurs Seat but there's certainly some dodgy information on trove such as that Kangerong was also called Tootgarook and White Cliff and that Robert Jamieson of Cape Schanck bought Jamieson's Special Survey.
Kidding I wasn't excited when I read THE RIVER OF LITTLE FISH, which proved that somebody else had to have been on Tootgarook for much of the 1840's, and that proved to have been George Smith. It was while trying to find out more about George that I discovered Marie Hansen Fels' I SUCCEEDED ONCE. Marie came to the following conclusions: that the so called Mrs Smith who nursed Sarah Ann Cain (little girl lost)back to health was the mother of Edward and Edmund Hobson who never married George, with her surname being given as Luttrell when she died; and that Wooloowoolooboolook (George McCrae's spelling),where the child was taken,was not a run but the name that George had bestowed on the Tootgarook homestead.
The mention that Edward William Hobson's wife was of French extraction aroused my curiosity and I found gold. As soon as I saw her maiden name, I remembered Marie having mentioned it.
THE MARRIAGE RECORD.(VICTORIAN BDM)
EventMarriage Event registration number3831 Registration year1846
Family nameHOBSON Given namesEdward William SexMale Spouse's family nameNAPPER Spouse's given namesMarie Anne Martha Celine Helena
The genealogical information (years and places of birth and death) given by Edward William Hobson's cousin should save considerable time being wasted looking vainly in the wrong records.
My poem, written this morning and sourced almost entirely from trove fills a gap in Edward William Hobson's biography from 1855 by which time he'd sold the "Rosebud" to James Purves, and perhaps explains why he left his wife at Brighton and went so far away (Queensland) from those who knew and respected him.
THE FIRST LESSEE OF TOOTGAROOK
AFTER FIVE YEARS, OFF TO GIPPSLAND TOOK
AND NAMED HIS BROTHER EDMUND'S RUN
AT THE RIVER OF LITTLE FISH "TRA-RAL-GON"
IN APRIL 1850 GEORGE SMITH TRANSFERRED TOOT BACK TO HIM
BY DECEMBER HE'D TRANSFERRED IT TO THE GRANTEE, JIM.
BY '54 HE'D BECOME THE ROSEBUD'S SOLE OWNER
BUT HE SOLD WITHIN A YEAR TO JIM AND BECAME A LONER.
FEW MENTIONS OF HIM IN PAPERS COULD BE FOUND
AND PURVES COLLECTED THE INSURANCE , 700 POUND.
EDWARD'S BIOGS MENTIONED DROVING IN THE NORTHERN STRAND
AND THEN HE GOT HIMSELF SOME SWAN HILL LAND.
BUT WAS THAT BEFORE OR AFTER HAWTHORN (OR KEW)
WHICH WERE PART OF HIS STORY- TRUE!
HE WAS MADE A MAGISTRATE;
A COW AND A PURVIS CHEQUE SEALED HIS FATE.
IN 1862 CAME THE TRAGEDY
AND HE SPENT THREE YEARS AS A GUEST OF HER MAJESTY.
WHITE CLIFFS-Pastoral Runs.
Peter Wilson's ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD.
on 2018-10-03 23:47:55
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.