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Well, for a start, Lanty was a nickname. Here's somebody else with the nickname, thoughtfully provided free by ancestry.com when I Googled LANTY CHENEY.

Lanty Armstrong (Word)
Description: DAR description
LANCELOT "Lanty" THOMAS Armstrong (born 1740)
Both CHENEY and LANCELOT were names of French origin taken to England at the time of the Norman Conquest. Two meanings of the origin of Lanty are given, one concerned with early Irish Christian tradition, and not likely to be adopted by conquerors. The other one started near the Lakes District in England's north west, Lanty being short for Lancelot.
Two Lake District residents named Lancelot but known as Lanty were Lanty Dobson after whom Lanty's Tarn was named, and Lanty Slee, moonshiner and smuggler. Countless other examples emerged on genealogical forums of Lancelots called Lanty.

DEATH.-Cheney, George Cheney, beloved son of Lancelot Cheney of Williamstown, died at Woollong, New South Wales on the 17th of June, 1889, after a long and painful illness. Age 41 years. (P.2, Williamstown Chronicle, 22-6-1889.)

Here's George's birth record (Victorian BDM).
CHENEY George, Birth
mother: Jane nee UNKNOWN father: CHENEY Launcelot
place of birth: WILLIAMSTOWN, 1848, 15839/1848

Here's his parents' marriage record.
CHENEY Lancelot Marriage NARROWAY, Jane 1846 3829/1846

And the birth record of Lanty and Jane's only other child. The mother's family name at birth was required.
CHENEY Emma Jane Birth
mother: Jane nee SHEPHERD father:Lancelote Chris
place of birth: WILLIAMSTOWN, 1857, 5501/1857

People get information from Family tree Circles for free, so I get the greatest pleasure from getting free snippets from ancestry.com. That was how I already knew the year of Emma Jane's birth but there were also details about her parents.

Lancelot Christopher Cheney 1813-1890 was born in Irvinestown, county Fermanagh, Ireland and Jane Shepherd (1817-1873) was born in Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire, England. In 1846 Lanty would have been about 33 and Jane about 29.

Jane Shepherd must have been married to a Mr Narroway before her marriage to Lanty. Narroway was a name associated with Williamstown, especially James Narroway. This might be his birth record and Jane nee Shepherd might have been his mother.

NARROWAY James Birth
mother: Jane UNKNOWN father: NARROWAY James
place of birth: MELBOURNE, 1844, 11660/1844

mother: Jane nee SHEPHERD father: Narroway Jas
place of death: Wmstn, 58, 1902, 16074/1902

I wonder why Jane's death notice doesn't mention her daughter Emma Jane.
CHENEY - On the 22nd December, at her residence,Twyford street, Williamstown, Jane, the beloved wife of Lancelot Christopher Cheney, and mother of G.Cheney, draper, Prahran, aged fifty-five years. Home papers please copy.
(P.8, Weekly Times, 27-12-1873.)

CHENEY Emma Jane Death
mother: Jane SHEPHERD father: Launcelot Ch
place of death: WILL, 17, 1874, 9445/1874

Lanty's obituary.
We regret to record the death of one of
the oldest pioneers of Victoria
, and one of
the oldest residents of Williamstown. The
deceased, Mr. L. C. Cheney, came to Port
Phillip in 1841, and worked amongst the
earliest settlers
; subsequently he settled in
Williamstown in 1847, since which date he
has hardly ever left the town. At the age
of 83 he passed peacefully away, and at his
request Capt. Luke and his happy band (the
Salvation Army), performed the last rites
and ceremonies of their practical religion,
the funeral being largely attended.
(P.3, Williamstown Chronicle, 19-4-1890.)

POSTSCRIPT, 8-6-2022.
I had not added LANTY'S death record to the journal at the time of writing, possibly because of Victorian BDM becoming unavailable due to maintenance or I had not found it due to the spelling of Lancelot.

CHENEY Launcellotte Christr Death
mother: father:, Wm
place of death:Wmstown
83, 1890 10160/1890

Lanty's Timeline.
1841. Arrives, as in the obituary.

1845. In the winter of 1845 Georgiana McCrae sent one of the men working for the McCraes to Mrs Smith to borrow some beef because the McCraes had run out, and the contract with their workers Henry Tuck and Lanty Cheney specified a ration of ten lbs of beef per week; Mrs Smith sent back not only the requested beef but a ham and greens as well.59
(P.13, I SUCCEEDED ONCE, Marie Hansen Fels.)

1846. Marries Jane nee Shepherd, widow of James Narroway.

1847. Settles in Williamstown.

1890. Dies having spent 43 years at Williamstown.

If somebody can prove that Lancelot Christopher Cheney was not Lanty Cheney, I will applaud such an achievement!

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