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Trans-Tasman Anzac Day Blog Challenge 2015

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The Trans Tasman Anzac Day Blog Challenge is now running for the fifth year. I have participated in the past four challenges and for me each post has been among my favourites to research and write.  Each year, the brief for the post is “write a blog post about a serviceman or woman and/or their family, and the impact war had on their family’s story”.

This year I have decided not to enter a post since I have started the ‘Hamilton’s WW1′ page and now the ‘Grampians Soldiers’ page.  Each of the soldier profiles I have researched and/or written so far falls into the ‘blog challenge’ criteria.  The sorrow of the families pours out of each service record or newspaper article I read. There is the example of Hamilton’s Francis Tredrea’s family.

Francis Stanley TREDREA

Francis Stanley TREDREA. Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial

 

Father Abraham Tredrea and Francis’ wife Ada, with babe in arms, held out hope for twelve months that Francis was a prisoner of war.  Ada even advertised in The Argus, hoping someone may know something of Francis’ whereabouts, after having little success getting information from the defence department.

Then there was Florence Henty, wife of Edward (Ted) Ellis Henty of Hamilton.  Florence was six months pregnant with their first child when she received the news of Ted’s death.  The lists in the Hamilton Spectator, still naming Edward as a casualty a month or so after his death distressed Florence greatly, so much so a relative wrote a “Letter to the Editor” explaining the pain of the constant reminder.  Reading Ted and Florence’s story never fails to tug at my heart-strings.

Poor Charles Lindsay’s mother received a postcard from Charles one day telling her he was fine, only to receive news of his death the next.

Charles Henry LINDSAY.  Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.  Image no, H06462 https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/H06462/

Charles Henry LINDSAY. Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial. Image no, H06462 https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/H06462/

There are also the widowed mothers who received letters from the AIF Base Records Office after the deaths of their sons:

“Dear Madam, it is noted you are registered on the records of the late Pt. Smith as next of kin, but in order that our file may be brought up to date, it is desired to learn if the above named soldier had any nearer blood relations than yourself, for instance, if his father is still alive…”.

 Double whammy. No…triple whammy.

I could go on and on.

If you would like more information about the ‘blog challenge’ or to read the many contributions from this year and earlier years, follow this link Trans Tasman Anzac Day Blog Challenge.

Each of my  Anzac Day posts are on the following links:

 

Last Ride – The WW1 story of light horseman Walter Rodney Kinghorn of Byaduk

From Six Bob Tourist to Souvenir – My great-grandfather Les Combridge of Wonthaggi and his service with the 21st Battalion.

The McClintock Brothers – Three brothers from Grassdale went to war.  Only one returned.

Arthur Leonard Holmes – The story of a Casterton cornet player gassed in Belgium, never to see his new bride again.

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4th Blogiversary

Well, that snuck up on me.  It’s Western District Families’ 4th Blogiversary.

Image courtesy of the Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria.  Image No. H98.101/329 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/202825

Image courtesy of the Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria. Image No. H98.101/329 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/202825

Western District Families’ fourth year was the quietest to date and I don’t like to promise much more in the blog’s fifth year, but I’ll try.  I’m off to a good start with a new tab at the top of the page, “Hamilton’s WW1″ and two more planned, another WW1 related and an index of the Passing of the Pioneer obituaries.  The monthly Passing of the Pioneer posts are having a short break while I get the two WW1 projects up and running, but the prospect of having the pioneers indexed is exciting.  It will certainly make my research easier and I hope it will help you too when searching for relatives among the obituaries.

There’s not too much to report on the top five posts for the year, something I’ve done in past years, except the Old Portland Cemetery – Part 1, continued to keep up its popularity. It was good to see the July Passing of the Pioneers post making it into the top five for the year and the post on the Western District enlistments of the 8th Light Horse Regiment B Squadron from January.

Almost all of my posts over the past four years would not be possible without the resource we all love, Trove.  Now there is an opportunity to give something back to Trove with the Inside History/NLA  Pozible campaign to raise funds for the digitisation of the Hamilton Spectator (1860-1913).  My pledge was a win-win  Not only will it boost the Spec’s chances of digitisation which, as a Western District researcher, is huge, but I also get to support Trove, a free resource that maybe we sometimes take for granted. For for me, a visit to an overseas newspaper archive site always reminds me how lucky we are to have Trove.  The Pozible campaign runs until 25 April and with pledges only just reaching the halfway mark, now’s a perfect time to give a bit back to Trove.  Plus it would my make my blogiversary month so much better knowing that at least ten years of the Hamilton Spectator at Trove was just around the corner.  This is the link if you would like to pledge – www.pozible.com/project/191002


Launching Hamilton’s WW1

It was time I considered how Western District Families could commemorate the centenary of WW1. A project was selected and work began, however another idea presented itself. A list of names in two editions of the Hamilton Spectator from 1917 and 1918 and some potted histories of Hamilton soldiers I wrote for the I’ve Lived in Hamilton Facebook group saw “Hamilton’s WW1″ come to fruition.  The first installment of “Hamilton’s WW1″  is now available, the story of Hamilton’s Anzac Avenue and the men commemorated at a now all but forgotten landmark in Hamilton.

Each of the faces in the photo below have a story to tell. They are some of the early Hamilton enlistments and immediately I recognise twenty-two year-old Hamilton College and Geelong College educated John “Paddy” Fenton (back row, 3rd from right) and George McQueen (centre, 2nd row from front) a thirty-five year-old widower, both killed in France. Others among them were also killed, some wounded and others suffered psychologically but as they gathered at Broadmeadows in 1915, none could imagine the path ahead. What was in store for them or the man beside them. But they were “Hamilton Boys” and they would give it their all and they did.

LEST WE FORGET  

'HAMILTON BOYS' c 30 April 1915.  Photo Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.  Image no.DAOD1060   https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/DAOD1060/

‘HAMILTON BOYS’ c 30 April 1915. Photo Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial. Image no. DAOD1060 https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/DAOD1060/


Make a Pledge for the ‘Spec’

You may remember the National Library of Australia and Inside History Magazine running a poll last year to select a newspaper for digitization for the Trove website.  After vigorous voting, thanks greatly to the people of Hamilton past and present, the Hamilton Spectator (1860-1913) came out the winner.  Now it’s fundraising time.

With a target of $10,000, Inside History Magazine are conducting a Pozible campaign to raise funds for the digitisation of the ‘Spec’.  A pledge of just $25 will enable about a week of the ‘Spec’ to be digitised.  One hundred dollars digitises around a month of ‘Specs’.

If you are a self-confessed “Trovite”, this is a great chance to give a bit back to the wonderful free resource that is Trove.  For those of you with an interest in Western District history, the digitisation of the Hamilton Spectator is an important addition to Trove, complimenting the likes of the already digitised Portland Guardian and Horsham Times. The Spectator was (and still is) an important and respected voice of the Western District.

To pledge – Go to  Pozible – Inside History Supports Trove.  There are just twenty-four days left to make your pledge.


Passing of the Pioneers

Writing Passing of the Pioneers is becoming a longer process each month as I get drawn into the stories.  I think it all began when I started searching for photos to compliment the obituaries, making the posts more visually appealing.  That sometimes takes some extra searching and other information arises that is just too good to let pass.

For the January Passing Pioneers, there is Sarah McDonald one of those pioneering women I read about and think “Wow.”  Also another member of the Laidlaw family, a Hamilton publican and a man who had the unenviable task of being called as a witness in a Casterton murder case.

David Wemyss GALLIE – Died January 12, 1868 at Portland.  From the first reading of his obituary, David Gallie was simply the long-time bank manager of The Bank of Australasia in Portland. But digging up a bit more about him  unearthed some interesting family links.

From the Australian Death Index at Ancestry I discovered David was the son of Hugh and Robina Gallie and was born around 1813.  The earliest record I could find of him in Australia was again at Ancestry and the  New South Wales, Australia, Returns of the Colony, 1822-1857.  David was working as a clerk in the Surveyor General’s office.

In 1840, David’s sister, Anna Maria married Edward Henty of Portland at St James Church in Melbourne.

"Family Notices." The Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston, Tas. : 1835 - 1880) 14 Nov 1840: 2. Web. 27 Jan 2015 .

“Family Notices.” The Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston, Tas. : 1835 – 1880) 14 Nov 1840: 2. Web. 27 Jan 2015 .

David Wemyss Gallie himself married in 1842 to Elizabeth Francis Gordon in Launceston.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Captain Donald McArthur.

Family Notices. (1842, June 9). Launceston Advertiser (Tas. : 1829 - 1846), p. 3. Retrieved January 27, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84771074

Family Notices. (1842, June 9). Launceston Advertiser (Tas. : 1829 – 1846), p. 3. Retrieved January 27, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84771074

Just for interests sake, I Googled the said Captain and found a great site called the Telford Family of Ellinbank.  The site includes the McArthur family and from there I discovered Elizabeth’s mother. Elizabeth Wemyss.   That name was familiar.  Of course, Wemyss was David Gallie’s middle name.  What?  Yes, David was related to his new bride.  In fact, David and Elizabeth were cousins with their mothers Elizabeth and Robina sisters.

At some point, David began working for the Bank of Australasia and in 1846, he and Elizabeth travelled to Portland on the Minverva accompanied by David’s brother-in-law Edward Henty.  This was possibly the time David took up his position as the manager of Portland’s Bank of Australasia.

 

"Shipping Intelligence." Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas. : 1828 - 1857) 2 Jun 1846: 2. Web. 27 Jan 2015 .

“Shipping Intelligence.” Colonial Times (Hobart, Tas. : 1828 – 1857) 2 Jun 1846: 2. Web. 27 Jan 2015 .

The Minerva was owned by the Henty Brothers and Captain Fawthrop her master.  The Henty’s used the schooner to transport goods and sheep between the two colonies.

"Advertising." Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser (Vic. : 1842 - 1876) 24 Sep 1842: 1. Web. 5 Feb 2015 .

“Advertising.” Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser (Vic. : 1842 – 1876) 24 Sep 1842: 1. Web. 5 Feb 2015 .

The funeral of David Gallie was well attended with “most of the principal gentlemen of the town and district” there to pay their respects.  They included brother-in-law Edward Henty and his brother Stephen Henty.

"Family Notices." Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser (Vic. : 1842 - 1876) 30 Jan 1868: 6 Edition: EVENINGS. Web. 24 Jan 2015 .

“Family Notices.” Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser (Vic. : 1842 – 1876) 30 Jan 1868: 6 Edition: EVENINGS. Web. 24 Jan 2015 .

 

William FOSTER – Died January 12, 1896 at Branxholme.  William Foster was not as old as the usual pioneers listed here, but his sudden death at 33 years of age made headlines around the country.  On Sunday January 12, 1896 William, a carpenter by trade, attended his local Church of England along with his wife and elderly parents.  During a hymn, William appeared to have fainted, but upon removing him from the church he died.

George BAXTER – Died January 8, 1900 at Hamilton.  George Baxter has links to two different branches of my family tree.  The first was his role as a witness in the murder of the Hunts of Casterton in 1860.  My ggg grandmother Mrs Margaret Diwell was also a witness in the trial.  George’s second link was via the Holmes family.  His daughter, Elizabeth Jane married William Tyers  Holmes a brother of George Holmes, husband of my ggg aunt Julia Harman.  Julia and Elizabeth both signed the Victorian Women’s Suffrage Petition at Casterton in 1891.   For more information on George’s and his family, see the SW Pioneers site.

Adam TURNBULL – Died January 1905 at Coleraine.  Adam Turnbull’s parents, Dr Adam Turnbull and Margaret Young travelled to Tasmania from Scotland in 1825 and Adam junior was born around 1827.   In 1845, Adam’s father sent him to Victoria to oversee the purchase of the Mt Koroite and Dundas runs.  Who accompanied him on that trip varies between the article below and Adam’s obituary but it was either William Young, Adam’s uncle or another member of the Young family, George.

"PASTORAL PIONEERS." The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) 17 Aug 1935: 4. Web. 25 Jan 2015 .

“PASTORAL PIONEERS.” The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 – 1946) 17 Aug 1935: 4. Web. 25 Jan 2015 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article141761090&gt;.

The company of Turnbull and Son’s also purchased the Winninburn run where Adam died in 1905.  During his time in the district, Adam Turnbull jnr. was the first president of the Shire of Wannon and was on the first committee of the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at Coleraine.  His grandson, Sir Winton George Turnbull of the Country Party, was a member of the House of Representatives as the Federal member for the Wimmera.

Edward WHITE – Died January 20, 1910 at Coleraine.  Edward was born around 1837 and arrived in South Australia from Ireland around 1851.  In the early 1860s, he moved to Victoria when the family took up the Den Hills run near Coleraine.  Edward served on the roads board and was a worthy athlete during his younger years.  His wife predeceased him and they had one son.  There is more information about the White family on the SW Pioneers site.

Thomas LAIDLAW – Died January 12, 1915 at  Macarthur.  Thomas Laidlaw was born in Scotland in 1833 and arrived with his brother Robert to Victoria around 1851.  He headed to Newlands Station near Harrow to work with his brother Walter Laidlaw,  a Passing of the Pioneers subject last month.  A description of Thomas’ arrival was in his obituary and that of this son Thomas Haliburton Laidlaw, a Passing Pioneer in September 2011.

"THE LATE MR. T. H. LAIDLAW." Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953) 25 Sep 1941: 2 Edition: EVENING. Web. 5 Feb 2015 .

“THE LATE MR. T. H. LAIDLAW.” Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953) 25 Sep 1941: 2 Edition: EVENING. Web. 5 Feb 2015 .

In 1857, Thomas married Grace McLeod of Wallan however Grace passed away in 1864 but not before five sons were born, including Thomas Haliburton.  In 1868, Thomas married Christina Linton and they had a son and a daughter.   Thomas moved to South Australia to farm with his brother Robert before moving to Dunkeld and then Glenburnie at Macarthur. He then purchased South Wonwondah south of Horsham, living there for eighteen years before moving closer to Hamilton, residing at Glencairn.

Daniel Michael SCULLION – Died January 27, 1915 at Hamilton. Daniel Scullion was born at Garvoc in 1868 to John Scullion and Janet McKeller.  He appears to have ventured into the hotel business in his hometown as licensee of the Yallock Inn which he still owned at the time of his death.  By then, Daniel had been in Hamilton around ten years, first operating the Hamilton Inn and then the Caledonian Hotel that still exists today.  In 1909, Daniel moved to Horsham and took on the license of the Wimmera Hotel.  Within a couple of years, he had returned to Hamilton, resuming as licensee at the Caledonian Hotel.

In 1914, Daniel’s sister, Lilias Scullion, a nursing sister, purchased one of Hamilton’s most well-known buildings, St. Ronans,  just up the hill from the Caledonian Hotel and previously owned by former Mayor David Laidlaw.  Interestingly, the Victorian Heritage Database entry on St Ronans, a report prepared by the Southern Grampians Shire, does not list Sr. Scullion as a former owner.  There is an interesting article about the opening of the Sr. Scullion’s hospital, and the work that was to make that possible, on the following link –  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119870490

"HAMILTON." The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) 2 May 1903: 27. Web. 25 Jan 2015 .

“HAMILTON.” The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 – 1946) 2 May 1903: 27. Web. 25 Jan 2015 .

Daniel was a keen supporter of sport in Hamilton particularly the North Hamilton Football Club and donated many trophies to the club.

Mrs Margaret PRIOR – Died January 1918 at Port Fairy. A colonist of 58 years, Margaret Prior arrived in Melbourne with her husband James Prior in 1859 aboard the Sarah Dixon.  Originally from Tipperary, Ireland, the Priors moved to Port Fairy the following year and remained there until their deaths.  James died around 1911 and when she died, Margaret had two sons and three daughters remaining.  Margaret was buried at the Port Fairy cemetery.

John COGHLAN – Died January 8, 1918 at Garvoc.  John Coghlan was an early native of the Colony of Victoria, born at Eastern Hill, Melbourne around 1841.   His father, William Coghlan was a landholder in Melbourne but sold his properties and moved to the Western District, taking up land at Port Fairy.  The family next moved to Warrnambool, living at a property on the Merri River, and John’s father continued to farm.  After his marriage to Miss Patton, John and his wife moved to Cooramook near Grassmere and then later on to Garvoc around 1878, purchasing the property Pine Hills  where he engaged in dairy farming,   According to the obituary, John did not live as long as his parents.  His father William lived to 97 while his mother apparently lived to 107.  John was buried at the Terang Cemetery.

"BREVITIES." Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 - 1915) 5 Nov 1907: 4. Web. 15 Feb 2015 .

“BREVITIES.” Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889 – 1915) 5 Nov 1907: .

 

John PETTINGILL – Died January 23, 1923 at Yambuk.  John Pettingill was born in Suffolk, England around 1843.  When he was nine, he travelled with his parents to Portland aboard the Eliza.  John’s father first worked at Castlemaddie Station at Narrawong owned by Andrew Suter.  Mr Suter moved to Yambuk Station and the Pettingill family went along.   When nearby St. Helens was surveyed around 1863, John and his father purchased 200 acres.  John remained on that farm for the rest of  his life.  Around 1870, John married a Port Fairy girl, Miss Bowyer who was still living at the time of John’s death along with five sons and four daughters.

James YOUNG – Died January 6, 1925 at Hamilton.  James Young was born around 1851 in Scotland and arrived in Victoria as an infant.  The Young family settled in Ballarat and James attended school there before farming at Tatyoon, west of Ballarat.   He then joined his brothers in the Wimmera to work with them in their stock and station business.  When a branch opened in Hamilton in 1888, James moved south to manage affairs.  A successful businessman, James soon built up the trade, also moving into public office as a town councillor for a several years.  In 1909, he served as Mayor and laid the foundation stone for Hamilton’s new Town Hall in Brown Street (below).  Unfortunately, the front section of the Town Hall was demolished in the 1960s and a “modern” façade added.

HAMILTON'S SECOND TOWN HALL - Image Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria.  Image no. H32492/2740 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/63929

HAMILTON’S SECOND TOWN HALL – Image Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria. Image no. H32492/2740 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/63929

 

James Young passed away at his home Ivanhoe in Chaucer Street, Hamilton.

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IVANHOE, HAMILTON. Image courtesy of Google Maps http://tinyurl.com/ot44noa

 

 

Sarah McDONALD – Died January 25, 1941 at Hamilton.  Born about 1855 in Inverness, Scotland,  Sarah McDonald was a true pioneering woman.  She travelled to Tasmania as a child in 1857 with her family aboard the Persia.  Unfortunately, her father and brother died during the voyage but after a short break in Tasmania, the family continued on to Portland.  Around 1877, while still a single woman, Sarah rode from Branxholme to Horsham, with an overnight stop, to buy 320 acres at Scotchman’s Creek (Telangatuk) at the land sales.  It was in that district Sarah met Lachlan Cameron and they  married in 1876.  Lachlan passed away in 1901 and Sarah stayed on the farm for a further twelve years before moving to Hamilton.


Western District Enlistments-8th LHR B Squadron

 

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The AIF’s 8th Light Horse Regiment (LHR) formed in September 1914, had among its ranks many Western District men.   It was for that reason I was recently contacted by Dean Noske who is currently researching the 8th LHR in particular B Squadron.  As I’m familiar with the 8th LHR,  mostly due to the involvement of Edward Ellis Henty of The Caves Hamilton, grandson of Stephen G. Henty, I was keen to help Dean reach out to family members of the Western District men.

The following photo has been a favourite of mine, found among the Australian War Memorial‘s collection.  Pictured are four Western District officers of the 8th LHR, Lieutenants Edward Ellis Henty, Eliot Gratton Wilson, Robert Ernest Baker and Major Thomas Redford.  Also joining them in the photo was Lieutenant Borthwick of Melbourne.  The relaxed nature of their poses and uniforms, the mateship and the baby face of Eliot Wilson  have intrigued me since I first saw it.

 

Image Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial  Image No.  P00265.001        http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P00265.001/

STANDING FROM LEFT: MAJOR THOMAS REDFORD (WARRNAMBOOL); LIEUTENANT (LT)EDWARD ELLIS HENTY (HAMILTON) ; AND LT ELIOT GRATTON WILSON (WARRNAMBOOL). SEATED FROM LEFT: LT ROBERT ERNEST BAKER (LARPENT) AND KEITH ALLAN BORTHWICK (ARMADALE) Image Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial Image No. P00265.001 http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P00265.001/

 

The photograph is also one of the most poignant I have found, once one considers that within months of the sitting, four of the five soldiers were dead.  They did not see service beyond Gallipoli, as they were all killed at the “charge at The Nek” on August 7, 1915.  Only Robert Baker survived.   Further reading  about The Nek and the 8th LHR’s involvement is available on the following link – http://www.anzacsite.gov.au/2visiting/walk_12nek.html

A photograph in full uniform was also taken, depicting three of the Western District officers again with Lt. Borthwick and a unidentified man.

 

Identified from left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) Eliot Gratton Wilson from Warrnambool, Victoria; Lt Edward Ellis Henty ; unidentified; Major (Maj) Thomas Harold Redford  and Lt Keith Allan Borthwick    http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/DAX0139/

Identified from left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) Eliot Gratton Wilson from Warrnambool, Victoria; Lt Edward Ellis Henty ; unidentified; Major (Maj) Thomas Harold Redford and Lt Keith Allan Borthwick http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/DAX0139/

 

Those four Western District officers and the soldiers listed below are those Dean is seeking help with.  If you are able to offer Dean any assistance by way of photographs, letters or stories, please contact him at dean.noske@gmail.com  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

All names were sourced from the 8th LHR B Squadron Embarkation Roll.

 

BAKER, John Henry – Nareen

BAKER, Robert Ernest – Larpent

BARKER, Robert – born Yambuk

BORBRIDGE, Robert Henry – Ararat

BOSWELL, John – Woorndoo

BOWKER, Alwynne Stanley – Princetown

BROUGHTON, John Moffatt – Hamilton

CLAYTON, Henry Norman – Casterton

 

"THOSE WHO HAVE DIED FOR FREEDOM'S CAUSE." Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918) 2 Sep 1915: 2. Web. 29 Jan 2015 .

“THOSE WHO HAVE DIED FOR FREEDOM’S CAUSE.” Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918) 2 Sep 1915: 2. Web. 29 Jan 2015 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91091398&gt;.

"ROLL OF HONOUR." The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) 17 Sep 1915: 6. Web. 29 Jan 2015 .

“ROLL OF HONOUR.” The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957) 17 Sep 1915: 6. Web. 29 Jan 2015 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1561135&gt;.

 

CORR, Reginald Clarke – Warrnambool

DODDS, Franklyn James – Warrnambool

FINN, Laurence Gerald – Port Fairy

FLOYD, Harry – Colac West

HAYBALL, Herbert – Camperdown

HENTY, Edward Ellis – “The Caves” Hamilton

 

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"ROLL OF HONOUR." The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) 27 Oct 1915: 7. Web. 29 Jan 2015 .

“ROLL OF HONOUR.” The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957) 27 Oct 1915: 7. Web. 29 Jan 2015 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1575352&gt;.

 

HINDHAUGH, Russell George – Port Fairy

HYDE, Norman John – Cavendish

JOHNSON, Donald Matthieson McGregor – Warrnambool

 

"WARRNAMBOOL HEROES." Warrnambool Standard (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 7 Sep 1915: 3 Edition: DAILY.. Web. 29 Jan 2015 .

“WARRNAMBOOL HEROES.” Warrnambool Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) 7 Sep 1915: 3 Edition: DAILY.. Web. 29 Jan 2015 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73458334&gt;.

 

JOHNSTONE, Percy – Camperdown

KERR, James Mark – Dartmoor/Portland

LEARMONTH, Keith Allan – Hamilton

McGINNESS, Paul Joseph – Framlingham

MITCHELL, William Albert – Cobden

 

"CAPTAIN A. W. MITCHELL." Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 - 1954) 8 Jul 1915: 3. Web. 29 Jan 2015 .

“CAPTAIN A. W. MITCHELL.” Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 – 1954) 8 Jul 1915: 3. Web. 29 Jan 2015 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22979740&gt;.

 

MOORE – Samuel Vincent – Ararat

PARTINGTON, Thomas James – Heywood

PATTERSON, Hector Alexander – Casterton

PETTINGALL, John Thomas – Port Fairy

REDFORD, Thomas Harold – Warrnambool  – Squadron Major

 

"MAJOR T. REDFORD." Hamilton Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 23 Aug 1915: 4. Web. 29 Jan 2015 .

“MAJOR T. REDFORD.” Hamilton Spectator (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) 23 Aug 1915: 4. Web. 29 Jan 2015 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article120398693&gt;.

 

REGAN, Thomas – Camperdown

SUTHERLAND, Charles Tyler – Tatyoon

WALLACE, William Issac – Warrnambool

WEATHERHEAD, John Fortescue Law – Camperdown

WHITEHEAD, Eric – Minhamite

WILSON, Eliot Gratton – Warrnambool

 

http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/DAX2703/

8th LHR B SQUADRON c1915. Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial. Image no. DAX0139 http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/DAX2703/


Passing of the Pioneers

The last Passing of the Pioneers for 2014 includes some characters from the early days of Portland, a wealthy grazier and a Swiss born gold-seeker who settled at Heywood.

William CHARTER – Died December 1888 at Portland. “The relentless reaper death has sought another addition to his uninterrupted harvest from amongst the ranks of our oldest residents.” And so began the obituary of William Charter, a Portland resident from the 1850s and one time Portland police sergeant .  He did have some time away from Portland when he operated the Rising Sun Hotel at Hotspur.

 

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"[No heading]." Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser (Vic. : 1842 - 1876) 20 Jun 1864: 3 Edition: EVENING. Web. 26 Dec 2014 .

“[No heading].” Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser (Vic. : 1842 – 1876) 20 Jun 1864: 3 Edition: EVENING. Web. 26 Dec 2014 .

William returned to Portland and operated a cordial and soda water factory.

 

"Advertising." Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953) 8 Jun 1880: 3 Edition: MORNINGS.. Web. 26 Dec 2014 .

“Advertising.” Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953) 8 Jun 1880: 3 Edition: MORNINGS.. Web. 26 Dec 2014 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63401172&gt;.

 

Walter LAIDLAW – Died December 1906 at Apsley.  Walter Laidlaw was born in Scotland around 1825.  He arrived in Victoria in 1850 and with the discovery of gold, he tried his luck on the Bendigo diggings.  He then farmed at Broadmeadows before moving to the Western District, farming on the land that became known as Skene at Strathkellar.  He was then appointed overseer of Newland Station at Apsley for James Gordon and in time, married his employer’s sister .  At the time of his death he owned Ardachy Estate and Melville Forest Estate.

 

"OBITUARY." The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954) 29 Dec 1905: 3. Web. 30 Dec 2014 .

“OBITUARY.” The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954) 29 Dec 1905: 3. Web. 30 Dec 2014 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72819119&gt;.

 

Around the time of his marriage, Walter purchased Mundarra (below) near Edenhope.

 

MUNDARRA Image courtesy of the State Library of Victoria.  Image no. H95.200/1068    http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/230342

MUNDARRA Image courtesy of the State Library of Victoria. Image no. H95.200/1068 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/230342

 

He was buried at the Newland Station Cemetery with other members of his family.

Theobald FETHERSTONHAUGH – Died December 1909 at Hamilton.  Theobald Fetherstonhaugh was the son of Cuthbert Fetherstonhaugh snr. an early police magistrate at Hamilton and brother of Cuthbert jnr., the author of “After Many Days” which I have previously posted about.   Cuthbert snr. resided at Corragh at Strathkellar and Theobald continued to live there after his father’s death.  Unlike his brother Cuthbert, Theobald seems to have lived a quiet life at Corragh.  While Cuthbert mentions “my brother” many times throughout “After Many Days”, he does not name Theobald as he does his other brother Robert.  Theobald was buried at the Old Hamilton Cemetery.

Mary RYAN – Died December 11, 1914 at Hamilton.  When Mary Ryan passed away in 1914, the names of her parents were not recorded and it’s unlikely she left anyone behind to pass that information on or even to remember her, so let us remember Mary Ryan of Hamilton.

Mary Ryan ran a registry office for servants in Hamilton for many years, first in Gray Street and later in Brown Street.

"Advertising." Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953) 17 Apr 1883: 3 Edition: MORNING. Web. 17 Dec 2014 .

“Advertising.” Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953) 17 Apr 1883: 3 Edition: MORNING. Web. 17 Dec 2014 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71585092&gt;.

 

Determined to stay independent in old age despite becoming very decrepit, she remained in her home.  Early in the year of her passing, Mary had a fire in her house, the third time she had endured a house fire, herself suffering burns on one occasion.  She wasn’t injured in the 1914 fire but it may have taken some toll as she passed away eight months later.

 

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"FIRE IN BROWN STREET." Hamilton Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 20 Feb 1914: 4. Web. 30 Dec 2014 .

“FIRE IN BROWN STREET.” Hamilton Spectator (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) 20 Feb 1914: 4. Web. 30 Dec 2014 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119823533&gt;.

 

After checking the headstones of the Old Hamilton Cemetery recorded by Cemeteries of the South-West, there was no record of Mary, so if she was buried there, her grave is without a headstone.

William Gordon JENKINS – Died December 28, 1916 at Hawkesdale.  William Jenkins was born in Scotland, a son of a Church of England clergyman.  On arrival in Victoria, he worked at flour mills around Hamilton, then went to New Zealand with a survey party.  He returned to Victoria and worked in the sawmilling industry.  In 1883 he married widow, Jane Walshe (nee Donnelly).  At the time Jane was operating the Forester Hotel at Myamyn.   After their marriage, William and Jane moved to Portland and operated the Victoria Hotel from 1884 until 1886. William had no family of his own but was living with his step-daughter at the time of his death.

Charles FARR – Died December 15, 1917 at Portland. Born in Wiltshire, England around 1833,  Charles Farr, an interesting character, was the proprietor of livery stables in Portland having arrived in the mid 1850s.

 

"Advertising." Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser (Vic. : 1842 - 1876) 1 Jan 1875: 1 Edition: EVENING., Supplement: Supplement to the "Portland Guardian". Web. 24 Dec 2014 .

“Advertising.” Portland Guardian and Normanby General Advertiser (Vic. : 1842 – 1876) 1 Jan 1875: 1 Edition: EVENING., Supplement: Supplement to the “Portland Guardian”. Web. 24 Dec 2014 .

 

Charles also ran cabs in Portland, taking parties from Mac’s Hotel to the railway station.

 

TABLE TALK. (1877, December 19). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENINGS.. Retrieved December 27, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63340211

TABLE TALK. (1877, December 19). Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953), p. 2 Edition: EVENINGS.. Retrieved December 27, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63340211

 

MAC'S HOTEL, PORTLAND

MAC’S HOTEL, PORTLAND

 

Although his obituary stated Charles Farr did not involve himself in public affairs, he was often in the public eye especially in the papers, whether advertising his stables or involved in some type of dispute.  His following “Letter to the Editor” was either damage control or cashing-in on another stable’s misfortune.  Charles’ letter was in response to an article in the Portland Guardian of June 10, 1880.

"Over - charging by a Portland Livery Stable Keeper." Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953) 12 Jun 1880: 3 Edition: MORNINGS.. Web. 27 Dec 2014 .

“Over – charging by a Portland Livery Stable Keeper.” Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953) 12 Jun 1880: 3 Edition: MORNINGS.. Web. 27 Dec 2014 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63401212&gt;.

 

Serafino RIGHETTI – Died December 21, 1917 at Heywood.  I first “met” the Righettis of Heywood when I wrote the Trove Tuesday post “Accidental Tourist”.  I didn’t realise then that the family was one of the Swiss/Italian families that settled at Hepburn near Daylesford after arriving in Victoria during the 1850s.  Serafino was born in Switzerland and arrived in Melbourne in 1854.  His brother Battista arrived the following year.  A photo of Serafino and Battista appears on the following link – http://tinyurl.com/l4o5k5n

After time operating the American Hotel at Hepburn, Serafino moved to the Heywood district in the late 1870s establishing the merchant business Righetti & Co.  He was a shire councillor for 2o years and served as Shire President several times.

 

"Groups at Swinburne College, Glenferrie." Punch (Melbourne, Vic. : 1900 - 1918) 10 Jan 1918: 17. Web. 24 Dec 2014 .

“Groups at Swinburne College, Glenferrie.” Punch (Melbourne, Vic. : 1900 – 1918) 10 Jan 1918: 17. Web. 24 Dec 2014 .

 

An interview with Serafino’s grandson Alan Righetti, with details of the family’s early days, is on the following link –  http://www.3squadron.org.au/subpages/AAWRighetti.htm

Eliza Sarah SEABORNE – Died December 9, 1932 at Portland.  Eliza Seaborne was born in Adelaide in 1838 and arrived in Portland with her parent three years later.  In 1856 aged 18, Eliza married bootmaker James Mallett in the first wedding conducted at St. Stephen’s Church at Portland.  They settled at Merino around 1866 and James ran a bootmaking business in the town.  He died in 1901 and Eliza continued to live at Merino until around 1928 when she moved back to Portland to live with her daughter Mrs Martha Sutchbery.

In May 1931, Eliza celebrated her 93rd birthday and she spent the day with family and friends.

 

"Birthday Celebration." Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 - 1953) 25 May 1931: 2 Edition: EVENING. Web. 30 Dec 2014 .

“Birthday Celebration.” Portland Guardian (Vic. : 1876 – 1953) 25 May 1931: 2 Edition: EVENING. Web. 30 Dec 2014 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64295183&gt;.

Eliza was 94 years and seven months old when she passed away in 1932.  She left three daughter and three sons with four children having predeceased her.  Eliza was buried at the Merino Cemetery.   More information about the Mallett family is available on the South-West Pioneers site – http://www.swvic.org/merino/mallett.htm

 

 

 

 

 


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