Jacob Fuller was born about 1826 in Newtown, Cambridgeshire, England. In 1848 he married Sarah née Barker. Soon after, in August, they sailed for Australia on the Cheapside. Shipping records gave Jacob's age as 22 and Sarah's as 21. They were assisted immigrants. Soon after arrival, on 25 August, Sarah died. She was buried in an unknown location in the old Church of England section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery.
On 8 February 1853 Jacob married Helen Gilchrist in Geelong. She was born in 1826 in Leith, Scotland. She had come to Australia on the Bourneve with her sister Jane arriving in September 1852. Helen was assigned to Mrs Armytage of the Hermitage. After marrying, Jacob and Helen settled in Ballarat for a short time then moved to the Geelong district, settling on the Barwon Heads Road on a property known later as Tara.
photos of Jacob and Helen (at left) contributed by Martin Klabbers
They had the following children:
Robert — born 1854 in Ballarat, married Susannah McLeary in 1877, died on 8 June 1936
William — born 1956 in Connewarre, died in 1942 at Meeniyan
Ann Elizabeth — born 1859 in Connewarre, married Henry Arthur Barnett, died 16 October 1946 at Geelong
Jacob — born 16 May 1861 in Geelong, married Caroline Sophia Woodfine on 24 July 1891, died on 19 September 1941
Jemima — born 1864 in Connewarre, married John Bell Edward Harkness (son of James and Rebecca Harkness) in 19 September 1887, died on 20 August 1935 at Colac
Helen — born 1866 in Connewarre, married James Harkness (also a son of James and Rebecca Harkness) in 1897, died 12 June 1963
George — born about 1872, died 1874 in Connewarre
Ellen — born 1868 in Geelong, died 1868 in Barwon Heads
Andrew John Charles — born 1872 in Geelong
Jacob died in May 1910, aged 84, and was buried in the Presbyterian section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery. Helen died aged 88 in 1914 and was buried with him. (pictured at left)
I had a message today asking if I knew the origin of the name Blackgate Road. The Black Gate was a landmark on the Torquay Road from 1875 onwards. Black Gate Road (later named Blackgate Road), a road dividing Mount Duneed and Torquay, was named to perpetuate the memory of it. The last reference to the Black Gate appeared in the Geelong Advertiser in January 1906. Was the gate rebuilt after being destroyed in 1901?
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