Charles and Jane Lamond took over the management of the Mount Duneed Post Office in 1871. The business and house were purchased from William Landale. Charles also ran a butcher's shop. He had a slaughter license and a boiling down license. His daughter Bella recorded the births and deaths at the post office.
Charles, born in Scotland in 1827, was the son of Francis Lamond and Isabella Hendry. Jane who was the daughter of Robert and Jean Anderson had come to live in Mount Duneed when she was 13. They married in 1862. Their children were:
Thomas — born 1862 at Ararat, married Ann Lane Hamilton (Annie) in 1892, died 30 December 1935 aged 72 at Belmont, buried at Mount Duneed Cemetery
James — born 1863 at Great Western, married Emma Weeks in 1896, died 23 February 1924 aged 61 at Geelong
William — born 1864 at Great Western, married Martha Pride in 1886, died 16 September 1887 aged 23 at Castlemaine as a result of Suicide, buried at Campbells Creek
Isabel Henri — born 1866 at Great Western, died 8 November 1931 aged 65 years at Geelong, buried at Mount Duneed Cemetery
George — born 1867 at Great Western, married Isabella Morgan in 1901, died 15 December 1934 aged 66 at Geelong West
Annie — born 1869 at Great Western, married William Preston in 1904, died 30 October 1955 at Geelong aged 87, buried in the Methodist section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Marion Jane — born 1873 at Mount Duneed, died 22 February 1970 aged 95, buried in the Presbyterian section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery
Emily Jessie — 1876 at Mount Mount Duneed, married Sydney Herbert McCann in 1902, died 20 February 1925 aged 47 at Geeong
Alice Ethel — born 1880 at Mount Duneed, died 19 May 1956 aged 76 at her home at 8 Wimmera Street, Belmont, buried in the Presbyterian section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery
Francis — born 1882 at Mount Duneed, married Selina Shell in 1903, died 22 January 1959 aged 77 at Mount Duneed
Jane — born 1869, died in 1926 aged 57, buried on 1 August in the Presbyterian section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery
Previously Charles had married Jessie Chambers in 1856. They had one child, Edward Charles, born in 1858 at South Geelong, married Anna Maria Dunn, died on 9 July 1925 at Ballarat East. Jessie died on 4 March 1959. There was another child, Francis, registered in 1861 at South Geelong. This was after Jessie's death.
Jane also had a previous marriage to James Foote. They had two children:
Mary Ann — born 1854
Robert Henry — born 1856
James died on 24 July 1856.
Charles who died at the age of 61 years on 10 December 1888 and was buried in the Presbyterian section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery. Jane, who died aged 89 years on 13 April 1926 is buried with him. Also buried with them are daughters Isabella who died on 8 November 1931 and Alice who died on 19 May 1956 aged 76.
After Charles died Jane carried on running the post office with the help of son Thomas.
The Mount Duneed Post Office was on the crest of the hill in Torquay Road, Mount Duneed. The house was named Kirriemuir after Jane's birth place in Scotland — photo contributed by Russ Preston
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