Sarah Fivash, who was buried in the centre grave in a triple plot in the back row of the Methodist section, died 11 July 1865 aged 61 years. She was many years older than her husband, John. She came from Shirehampton, England, a town at the north-western edge of the city of Bristol, which was the lowest safe river crossing on the river Avon before it enters the Severn. The ferry service was replaced by a bridge in 1974. Sarah's husband John was buried with her when he died on 14 February 1906 at the age of 85 years. They had no children.
After Sarah died in 1865, her husband John asked his sister Charlotte to come to Australia to be his housekeeper. Soon after arriving she married John Southwood Melhuish and lived at Mount Duneed for many years.
John Southwood, second son of John Southwood and Elizabeth Fry (née Mitchell) Melhuish, arrived in the colony in February 1854 on the Agincourt with his parents and siblings. He married Charlotte in 1874. Charlotte was the daughter of William and Elizabeth (née Harvey). They had no children.
In February 1907, John sold 152 acres on the Duneed Creek (Ghazeepore) Road and also 76 acres on the corner of Ghazeepore and Russells Roads (known as Radford's) to McIntyre brothers. In April the same year he sold 504 acres at £8/12/6 per acre. When John retired from farming he shifted with Charlotte to South Geelong. When Charlotte died on 1 December 1921 at the age of 77 years at her residence, Balmoral, 351 Moorabool Street, South Geelong, she was buried at one side of her brother, John Fivash. John Melhuish died on 1 April 1928 and was buried with Charlotte.
During the few years after Charlotte's death John married his housekeeper Betsy Bone (née Kenyon). Betsy's daughter, Linda May Bone married her cousin Cyril Kenyon and died on 6 Jan 1925 aged 31. She is buried with her baby on the left side of the plot.
Betsy remarried Walter Ward who died on 14 October 1942 while still living in the same house in South Geelong. Betsy Ward died on 1 January 1951 aged 84 and was buried with her daughter, Linda. Linda's husband Cyril Kenyon died 12 July 1958 aged 63 and is buried with his first wife and mother-in-law/aunt.
A sale was held on 15 December, 1928 to sell the following properties to wind up the estate:
2 Foster Street — 7 roomed weatherboard house
240 Yarra Street — 6 roomed weatherboard house on brick foundations
11 Verner Street — 5 roomed weatherboard house
John left an estate of £1,923.
This triple plot in the back row of the Mount Duneed Cemetery contains the following:
Left: Linda May Kenyon (née Bone) and babe, Cyril Gordon Kenyon, Betsy Ward (Melhuish, Bone, née Kenyon)
Centre: Sarah Fivash, John Fivash
Right: Charlotte Melhuish (née Fivash), John Southwood Melhuish
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
This year's event Saturday 21 July, 2018
ENQUIRIES: Phone enquiries may be made to Michael Menzies on 0419 546 251, between 7.00pm and 9.30pm weeknights or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking from the east, this photo has Kardinia Farm, on the corner of Larcombe Street and Roslyn Road, highlighted and corresponds with the map below. It shows Kardinia Creek running through the allotment, then crossing Roslyn Road and running to the east of where the Highton shopping village is now — photo Charles Pratt
Francis and Mary must have been really inspired by the beautiful rolling hills and the creek where they lived as they used this name when they christened their second daughter Kardinia Park. The name Park was Mary's maiden name. She was the first of a number of girls who bore this name. Two of Kardinia's brothers, George and Francis, used the name for their daughters. George's daughter Kardinia also used this name for her daughter, born in 1901. George's first daughter Lydia Ellen Bennett married Frederick William Hart and included the name when naming their daughter in 1898. Kardinia's sister, Eliza and her husband Thomas Yates, also used the name. The name certainly did not come from Geelong Football Club's home ground as the park was known as Chilwell Flat until 1872 and Geelong used other grounds before World War 2.
7:30pm 5 April, 2018 at Mount Duneed Hall, 40 Mount Duneed Road, Mount Duneed
Introduced by Michael Menzies
These photos will give you a detailed look at Geelong and district from the sky in the interwar years and you will see how Geelong, Belmont and Torquay have changed.
We would like to extend an invitation to anyone interested, to attend and stay for refreshments afterwards.
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
George Gardiner (see article in next volume of "History Matters" — available at the Torquay Newsagency)
Charles Frederick Palmer
Joseph and Sharp Brearley
Lewis Charles, son of James and Penelope (née Baynes) Conran was born in 1821. He was a Lieutenant-Colonel who served in the 56th and 11th regiments in Canada and Jamaica. In the 1840s he went to Norfolk Island in charge of convicts. When he came to Victoria in 1851, just before the gold rush, he was appointed Sergeant-at-Arms to the Legislative Assemble and aide-de-camp to Governor Latrobe. He returned to England in 1852.
He married Catherine Spencer, daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann (née Barry) Wills in 1850. They had the following children:
Thomas — born 1850, married Evelyn Ford in 1878, died 1915
Henry — born 1851, married Mary Molle in 1886, died 1924
Charles — born 1854, married Helen Brock in 1897, died 1939
Marcell — born 1855, married married Charlotte McLacklan in 1881, died 1935
Kate — born 1863, died 1964
Catherine died on 27 August 1884 aged 52 years.
Lewis returned to Geelong in 1874, taking up farming at Highton, living on the west side of Thornhill Road (south of Bonsey Road) at Barrabool House, a seven roomed dwelling with kitchen, pantry and stabling. The address of the house now is 13 Pepperdine Way. He grazed sheep and cattle on his land. In 1878 he applied for and was granted a slaughtering license.
In 1888 he married Catherine Sarah, daughter of Hugh Lawrence McLeod from Claremont, Waurn Ponds. They had the following children:
Hugh — born 1889, married Edith Cooke in 1918, died 1957
Noel — born 1891, died 1916
Enid — born 1892, died 1960
Catherine died on 21 August 1941 at Kandy in Ceylon.
Lewis was a South Barwon Shire councillor serving from 1876 until 1886 and was president from 1879 until 1880. He was also a Barrabool Shire councillor from 1878 until 1881 including a term as president in 1880. He was a member of St John's Church of England in Highton and for some time sat in the Church Assembly. He died on 10 January 1892, aged 72 years and was buried in the Church of England section of the Highton Cemetery with his first wife Catherine. He left an estate valued at £6642.
In 1875 the families moved to the Shepparton area. John took up a selection at Tallygaroopna and Matilda took up the allotment next to it. John and Mary retired from farming in 1890 and moved into a small cottage in Shepparton where John died on 8 May 1998. Mary died on 29 August 1904 at the home of her daughter at Tallygaroopna. They were both buried in a family grave at Shepparton Cemetery.
A book written by Bob Argus traces the Argus family back to villages in Devon and Cornwall, where the family name was Hargest. The difficulties of his ancestors are described in interesting detail. They were very early settlers of this district where three of John Argus' children married three of Lawrence Trewin's. In the mid 1870s the families shifted to the Shepparton area to gain more land and a better future. Although the book is written as a story it includes maps, documents and family trees.
Charles Brearley, eldest son of John Brearley and Ann née Dean was born in Hartshead, Yorkshire in 1852. He arrived in Australia in September 1854 with his parents and sister Helen. In 1874 he married Hannah Mary, daughter of Henry and Hannah (née Stott) Chaster. Hannah was born in 1853 in Halifax, Yorkshire. She came to Australia with her parents and brothers arriving in Melbourne on the Gypsy Bride on 10 March 1857. Charles and Hannah had the following children:
Agnes Jane — born 1874, married James E Cranstoun, died 1920
Florence — born 23 July 1876, married John Charles Briggs on 7 September 1899 at Christ Church Geelong, died 1960
John Henry — born 1878, Hilda Priscilla Churches in 1904, died 1965
Charles William — born 1880, died 1904 of scarlet fever in Perth WA
Mabel — born 12 November in Chilwell,1883, died in February 1910 at her mother's house, Kiora, 52 Kilgour Street, Geelong, buried on 21 February 1910 in the Church of England section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Haidee — born 7 November 1885, married William H Fegan, died 28 October 1956, buried at Colac Cemetery
Hilda May — born 1887, married George William Harris in 1919, died 1961
Percy Chaster — born 1889 at Maude Street Geelong, died 1957 at Charlton
Charles worked for most of his life as a currier and tanner, except for a couple of years when he was farming and living in Breakwater.
He was a keen sportsman playing cricket for Breakwater and serving in various positions in the club. Later he played for St Albans. He also played football for Breakwater, but was not as successful as his brother Sharp.
He was a member of the Geelong Voluntary Artillery unit. While taking part in practice he had a terrible accident and died on 28 March 1891 aged 38 at Fort Queenscliff. His remains were interred at the Church of England section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery.
(it's rather gory, but you can read it if you want)
Hannah died on 7 July 1929 and was buried with him.
NB Charles Brearley who married Mary Sarah Attridge in 1869 is not the same person.
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