Samuel, son of Wilson and Sarah (née Walton) Seward was born in 1860. In 1884 he married Ann Pearson (1867-1945). They had the following children:
Stanley Wilson — born 1885, died 4 October 1960, buried in the Independent section of the Geelong Western Cemetery
Euphemia Jane (Effie) — born 1886 at Wooroonooke, married Wilfred James Vincent, died 1961 at Geelong
Harold — born 1888 at Wooroonooke, married Elizabeth Ellen O'Connor in 1927, died 3 May 1988
Annie Florence — born 1890 at Wycheproof, died 12 November 1908 at Mount Duneed from TB, buried in the Methodist section of the Geelong Western Cemetery with her parents
Ruby Helen — born 1891 at Wooroonooke, married Victor Charles Williams, died 1956 at Essendon
Mildred Alexia (Millie) — born 1893 at Wooroonooke, married Ernest Vivian Twitt, died 1981 at Shepparton
Henrietta Grace (Hettie) — born 1896 at Wycheproof, died 21 February 1968 at Geelong, buried in the Independent section of the Geelong Western Cemetery
John Walton — born 1898 at Corack, married Sarah May Saunders in 1928, died 29 March 1962, buried in the Independent section of the Geelong Western Cemetery
Basil James — born 1900, died 25 February 1901, buried in the Baptist section of the Geelong Western Cemetery
Samuel arrived at Freshwater Creek after a disastrous fire on 28 April 1906 at Birchip which totally destroyed his home and its uninsured contents.
He purchased 500 acres at Freshwater Creek, and later, in 1906, acquired "Merrijig" from George Cornelius Noble (son of James Noble), who had owned it for twenty five years, and renamed it "Grassdale". It adjoined "Ravenswood" on the south and was approximately the same size of 3300 acres. After the purchase he sub divided this land into 6 "handy" sized farms. He sold four of these. George Meredith from Inverleigh bought 470 acres which he sold the following year to William C Cutts. Mr N O Petschel from the Dimboola purchased 720 acres which he renamed Fairview. The other two were sold to local buyers. Previously the land had been used for sheep grazing but most of the newcomers were keen to improve the land by clearing and grubbing and using it for general farming. Contractors were brought in and the Bunyip Forest Devil was used. Soon after arrival Samuel put down a bore and windmill with a view of irrigating for lucerne, and he also put up five miles of new wire-netted fencing, in order to cope with the rabbits. It was a time of unprecedented growth in the area.
He was a Barrabool Shire councillor, serving from 1909 until 1910. He was a member of the paraparap and Pettavel Progress Association. In 1909 he was appointed a trustee for the new school in Paraparap.
Samuel died on 3 June 1920 at the age of 60 at Mount Moriac and was buried in the Methodist section of the Geelong Western Cemetery. Annie died at her home at Freshwater Creek on the 8 October 1945 and was buried with him and daughter Annie Florence who died in 1908.
Thursday 11 October, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Mount Duneed Hall, 40 Mount Duneed Road, Mount Duneed. John Stewart, a descendent of Alexander Webb will give a talk about this talented pioneer artist whose work is included in the Geelong Gallery collection. The park in front of the Belmont library has
been named after him.
You might ask what are these occupations.
A fellmonger is a dealer in fells or sheepskins, who separates the wool from the pelts. He is the person who prepares the skin prior to leather making. The wool was then scoured. A wool scouring factory might have bought fleeces and then scoured the wool.
A tanner is the person who processes the skins to produce leather.
A currier applies the dressing, and colouring to the tanned hide to make it strong, flexible and waterproof.
Boiling down is the process of rendering fat from animal carcasses to produce tallow. Tallow was used for making soap and candles. It brought the price of old animals up considerably and was a boost to the farmer when animal prices were low.
Glue is produced by the boiling of animal connective tissue.
Bone mills produce fertiliser and glue by processing animal bones.
These industries were an important part of Geelong's economy. Hundreds of men were employed at these factories. At first the river was used to wash the skins. Later they were washed in vats. The area probably smelled like the abattoirs and sale yards at Newmarket in Melbourne which I remember well from my childhood. Maybe it was worse.
A number of streets have names that reflect the activities carried on in the area:
Tanner Street, Leather Street, Currier Street and Fellmongers Road in Breakwater
Woolscour Lane and Tannery Road in Marshall
Some of the owners of factories on the south and west side of the Barwon were (from North):
Charles John Dennys, sold to Samuel Bradley Corrigan
Patrick McDonald and Lawrence Webster, later leased by George Kingsbury and George Connor, later became Corrigans
Charles Frederick Palmer
Joseph and Sharp Brearley
William Walker was born in 1846 in Grantham, England. In 1849 he migrated with his parents, maternal grandparents and sister. On 2 September 1874 he married Jane (née Clydesdale) Kishere. William and Jane had six children:
Minnie May — born 1875
Elizabeth Jane — born 1878
Eleanor — born 1880
Lily Lillian — born 1882
Walter William — born 1884
Lydia — born 1886
Walker owned "Bay View" stables in Corio Terrace next to the Geelong Coffee Palace. He had stabling for 80 horses. Wedding carriages, four in hand wagons, single and double buggies and dog carts could be hired with a competent steady driver. He also had a bus line to North Geelong.
In 1895, he built substantial bluestone stables at 327 Shannon Avenue Newtown providing accommodation for eleven horses. He was reputed to have used stone from Foster Fyans old house "Balyang" near Princes Bridge. This building is currently for sale:
He acquired a bus from Cardiff which he called the Sunbeam. On the first day that the Sunbeam was in service it was drawn by four grey horses. St Augustine's Orphanage Band was taken to town and back, playing music as it went. He continued to run his bus service until November 1901.
William and Jane lived at Calder Park, Mount Duneed from 1902 to 1908. Jane died on 1 Jun 1919 aged 75 years and was buried at the Geelong Eastern Cemetery. William who died in September 1922 aged 76 was buried with her.
The Waurn Ponds Memorial Reserve Committee of Management invites everyone to the 99th anniversary of the planting of the Waurn Ponds Memorial Reserve. The annual memorial service will be held on Sunday 1st July 2018 10:30am at Waurn Ponds Memorial Reserve corner of Waurn Ponds Drive and Cochranes Road.
There will be a march before the service with the Army, Navy, Airforce Cadets and Veterans marching together. The Geelong Military Re-enactment Group will fire from the 25pounder gun.
After the service there will be a BBQ and Light Refreshments in the Waurn Ponds Hall. Ladies are asked to bring a "Plate".
If anyone has any history of the Waurn Ponds Servicemen and women we would love to hear from you?
Wreath Laying Welcome . Everyone Invited.
On Saturday 14 December 1918 the Geelong Advertiser published a list completed for the Railway Commissioners and the Historical Society of Victoria. Backblock towns are not on this list.
Bacchus Marsh — named after Captain WH Bacchus, who settled in the Melbourne end of the valley early in 1838
Ballan — received its title from a pastoral station close by owned by Robert von Steiglitz, and named after an estate in Ireland
Bannockburn — copied from Stirlingshire, Scotland where Robert Bruce defeated Edward II
Banool — is an abbreviation of "Moorbanool." Bannool means "hill."
Barwon — is a native word, meaning "magpie," and was applied to the river by JH Wedge in 1835 and written "Barwourne" meaning "Great wide."
Beeac — native "Saltwater," a chief of the local tribe of aborigines
Beech Forest — after a forest in the locality containing numbers of so-called beech trees (really myrtle).
Berringa — native name for the rainbow bird, "Bee eater."
Berrybank — after Mack's "Berrybank" station, near Cressy. Acquired in the early fifties by the late JG Mack, and named by him after the home of his family in Berwickshire, Scotland. The railway station is in or about the centre of the original estate.
Birregurra — is the native name for the springs on the Birregurra Creek, near Bleak House station; "Burrai Gurray," a kangaroo camp.
Buckley — from Buckley's Falls, after William Buckley, the "wild white man."
Colac — native "Kolak," sand. There is a high bank of sand along the Colac Lake.
Corio — takes its name from Corio Bay. In the native language Corio means a small marsupial.
Cressy — is out of compliment to Jean Duverney and his wife "Rosine," after Cressy in France. The place was once known as the "Frenchman's"; the inn opened by the Duverneys is still so called.
Crowes — after Mr Con Crowe, a local land owner.
Curlewis — is after an early squatter, who settled in the locality in 1838.
Dean's Marsh — after the owner of the pastoral station. The railway authorities altered the name from Dean's Marsh to its present form.
Derrinallum — native "Dherinallum,"white sea bird, tern, or sea swallow. Flocks of these birds frequent the salt marshes in the neighbourhood. "Tirrinchillum,"or "Tarrinallum," a hill of fire.
Drysdale — after Miss Drysdale who with her partner Miss Newcomb, settled in that locality in 1840.
Duverney — followed an early French settler named Jean Duverney, who came to Australia with Messrs McArthur and Nicolas Cole about 1837.
Elaine — by a reader of Tennyson, after "Elaine the fair, Elaine the loveable, Elaine the lily maid of Astolat."
Forrest — after Charles Lamond Forrest MLA for Polwarth for many years.
Geelong — was given its title by Governor Bourke in 1837 from the native name of the hill upon which the town was built. "Geelong" means the place of the cliff. Sutherland gives the meaning as "White sea bird of curlew" and Mitchell as "swampy plains, resort of native companions."
Gerangamete — is after a run or pastoral station in the locality.
Gellibrand — from the Gellibrand River, so called after Joseph Tice Gellibrand, a member of Batman's Association engaged in the settlement of Port Phillip in 1835. He was lost in the bush with a companion named Hesse and probably killed by blacks.
Gheringhap — native, the yellow blossom of the black wattle, a species of white gum, the haunt or habitat of the opossum.
Grovedale — the name given to his house by one of the early English residents, and selected by the Shire Council as the name of the station when it was deemed advisable to change it from Germantown soon after the outbreak of the war.
Inverleigh — signifies "mouth of the River Leigh" and describes its situation.
Irrewarra — native "Nawailah," the name of Calvert's home station nearby. The railway station was formerly called "Ondit Road."
Lara — was originally known as "Duck Ponds." It was here that Hume and Hovell terminated their journey in 1824, and rested a few days before returning. The stream appeared on an early map as "Hovell's" Creek, but some of the early settlers called it "Duck Ponds." in the middle seventies the name was changed to "Hovell's Creek," but public protest caused it to be re-christened Lara, which in the language of the natives, means "hut on stony ground." The word is akin to "Lah," which means stone.
Lavers Hill — after Mr Laver, the first settler in the neighbourhood from Gippsland.
Leopold — in honor of Prince Leopold, a son of Queen Victoria.
Lethbridge — first known as the "Muddy Waterholes." It was a camping place for travellers on their way to the goldfields. On the completion of the Ballarat railway line the place was called Lethbridge, after one of the leading officials engaged in the construction.
Little River — The name was applied to, rather than bestowed upon, the stream by way of contrasting it with the larger rivers, such as the Werribee, seen by the pioneers in 1835-6. No other name has been applied to the stream, and the station was appropriately named after it though the name Bulban was given to the township a few years ago.
Lismore — was known in the early days as Brown's Waterholes. Situated on the Gala estate originally owned by John Brown, from Galashiels, Scotland. In the fifties it was named Lismore probably by Mr Skene, Surveyor-General after Lismore, in county Waterford, Ireland.
Marcus — after Marcus Hill, a remarkable local feature.
Maroona — took its name from an old pastoral station or run in that locality.
Marshall — was known as the Breakwater until the men engaged in the tanning industry in that locality established a settlement, which was called Marshall's Town, after Mr Foster Marshall, a prominent resident. The Railway authorities abbreviated the name to Marshall.
Mannerim — after the Mannerim estate, Drysdale.
Meredith — is named after Mr Charles Meredith, of Tasmania.
Moolap — native means a gathering place of the blacks when about to procure saltwater shell fish. Moolap was one of the early landing places of the pioneers.
Moorabool — the curlew, according to Geelong natives. A corruption of Marrarbool. "Moorroobull" ghost.
Moriac — formerly Mt Moriac, native, "Morack Hill."
Murroon — is a native name, "The forehead."
North Shore — is descriptive of the position of the station in relation to Corio Bay.
Ondit — after Lake Ondit, which is near the station.
Pennyroyal — is after Pennyroyal Creek near by, where the plant known by that name grew plentifully.
Pettavel — formerly Pettavel Road, is named after a Swiss vigneron, who came from Neuchâtel about the middle forties, and settled in the Barrabool Hills.
Pura Pura — is the aboriginal name for the "blow hole," as it is now known. This unique and curious volcanic freak, which is situated on the south-east slope of Mount Hamilton consists of a square opening in the rocky ground, about 15 feet deep, with absolutely unscaleable walls, and with a solid natural bridge spanning it from side to side (about 12 feet across). The cavity is always about half full of clear spring water of the best quality, which was, no doubt, the principal attraction to the blacks for camping operations.
Queenscliff — is named in honor of Queen Victoria. Was formerly called Shortland's Bluff, after Mr Shortland, of HMS Rattlesnake, who with other officers of the ship, was engaged in the survey of Port Phillip Bay.
Rokewood — is said to have been named by English miners after the Rokewood family of Coldham Hall, Suffolk, England.
Weeaproinah — is taken from the language of a tribe of Tasmanian aborigines, and means "large timber."
Weerite — ("Weright"), a marsh.
Werneth — after the Werneth estate, a grazing property in the neighbourhood.
Werribee — Native, backbone, spine. The name was first applied to the river. In 1824, Hume and Hovell called it the Arndell, after Dr Arndell, of Sydney. It was variously described by Wedge, the surveyor as the Peel and the Weiribee.
Westmere — after the name of a local estate.
Winchelsea — named in honor of the Earl of Winchelsea.
Wingeel — Native, eagle.
Wyelangta — taken from the language of Tasmanian aborigines of Oyster Bay and Pittswater. It means large timber.
John, son of John and Mary (née Tennant) Preston married Hannah, daughter of Joseph and Ann (née Snow) Jones on 12 January 1829 at St Andrew's, Oddington, Oxfordshire, England. They were both born in Oxfordshire, John in Oddington and Hannah in Headington. In 1844 the emigrated to Australia, arriving as assisted immigrants on 22 September 1844 on the Abberton. Shipping records give John's age as 38 and Hannah's as 40. They brought with them their eight children — Alice (14), John (13), Thomas (11), Robert (10), Harriett (8), Ann (6), Emily (4) and Martha (1).
John and Hannah's children:
Alice — born 1829 at Woodeaton, Oxfordshire, England, married Edward Johns on 8 March 1846 at Buntingdale, Birregurra, died 30 December 1905 at North Melbourne aged 76, buried at the Springvale Necropolis
John — born 26 December 1830 at Woodeaton, married Roseanna Nestor Clark in 1854, died 17 July 1889 at Ballarat, buried at the New Ballarat Cemetery
Thomas — born 9 December 1832 at Woodeaton, married Matilda Browne in 1855, died 31 August 1902 aged 69 years at Mount Duneed, buried in the Methodist section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery
Robert — born 1832 at Weedeaton, married Jane Wilson Paterson on 10 April 1868 at her home in Maude Street, Geelong, died 11 October 1882 aged 48 at Roseworth Farm Mount Duneed, buried in the Methodist section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery
Harriett — born 1836 at Islip, Oxfordshire, England, died 1871 aged 35 at Sebastopol, buried at Mount Duneed Cemetery in an unknown location
Ann — born
Two of John and Hannah's children, Robert and Thomas, were farmers at Mount Duneed.
from New Zealand newspapers — contributed by Cushla Randle
When Ewing Blyth was 21 in 1853, he left Norwich England to come to Australia on the Earl of Charlemont. His name on the passenger list was Ewing Bligh. He had been accused of shooting the squire's bullock and was in fear of being deported as a convict. He had allowed his name to be incorrectly used so his whereabouts could not be easily traced. After the ship was wrecked, he repeated this event by shooting a bullock to feed the survivors off the ship. This beast belonged to James Tait who had settled at Tait's Point on Lake Connewarre and who later became his father-in-law.
Ewing Blyth gained work in the district and two years later married Agnes, the 16 year old daughter of James Tait at Connewarre. They spent all their lives living in Lake Road on the banks of the Barwon River. Their family of five boys and 5 girls were:
James Tait Blyth — born 20 September 1860 in Connewarre, died 26 Jun 1943 in Preston aged 83, buried in the Presbyterian section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery
Frances Blyth — born 31 July 1862, married William Spencer 1888, died 19 March 1940 Geelong
Ellen Blyth — born 29 October 1864 in Connewarre, married John Elijah Kempton 1888, died 19 May 1953 Geelong
Benjamin Blyth — born 1 April 1867, married Ann Ford 1895, died 24 November 1918
Ewing John Blyth — born 1869, married Emma Isabella Taylor 1905, died 26 October 1951
Robert Ewing Blyth — born 1872, married Elisabeth Ann Martin Cameron 1896, died 1949
Mary Ann Blyth — born on 5 November 1874, married John Ford 1897, died 1945 in Geelong
Elizabeth Blyth (Bessie) — born 1877 at Mount Duneed, died 1898
Agnes Blyth — born 1879 at Mount Duneed, married Charles Marriott Burt, died 24 November 1952
Annie Blyth — born 1882 at Mount Duneed, died 22 May 1914 at Geelong
Alexander Tait Blyth — born 1884 in Mount Duneed, married Esther Hannah Challis in 1910, died 1970 in Connewarre
He was a South Barwon Shire councillor serving from 1874 until 1875.
Agnes died on 25 February 1920 and is buried in the Church of England section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery. Ewing died on 1 June 1925 and is buried with her. Their daughter Annie who died on 22 May 1914 is buried with them. Ewing Blyth Drive, a road which runs south from the Barwon Heads Hotel, is named after him. Many of their descendants still live in the district.
Martin Klabbers will present Barwon Heads photos from the past and compare them with the same buildings now
7:30 pm 7 June 2018 at Mount Duneed Hall, 40 Mount Duneed Road, Mount Duneed
Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting and stay for a cuppa after
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