Remembrance Day — Waurn Ponds
Sunday 11 November 2018
10:40 am — Waurn Ponds Memorial Reserve
Corner of Cochranes Road and Waurn Ponds Drive
Everyone is welcome to attend the service
2018 marks 100 years of the ending of the First World War. A memorial service will be held at the Waurn Ponds Memorial Reserve to commemorate this significant event. Wreaths will be laid followed by a minute silence to remember all those who served our nation.
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In 1872 Peter and Margaret's eldest son, Michael, sold his house and 100 acres of land and travelled with his family of ten north to Pyramil Hill (where land was available for selection) "in a bullock-drawn wagon, which took 14 days, bringing with them a chaise cart, 40 cattle, pigs etc". from 'The Major's Vision — A History of Pyramid Hill' by J A Kent 1974
Between 1873 and 1875 Peter and Margaret's other 3 sons (Thomas, John and James) and 2 daughters (Maria and Margaret, both married to Herrick boys) also moved north to Pyramid Hill. The Buckley matriarch, Margaret (aged 61) most likely travelled north to Pyramid Hill with them at that time (if not earlier with son Michael and family).
"Michael Buckley and his brothers built their first kitchen and bedroom with quarry stone from the (Pyramid) Hill and plastered them together with wet soil made into mud, the floors having been made of very hard mud. In the kitchen they made a chimney with the sandstone — made brick hobs on each side of the inner fireplace and placed an iron bar across where Elizabeth hung her cooking pots".
from "The Major's Vision — A History of Pyramid Hill" by J A Kent 1974 — Appendix II "The Pioneer', is the life story of Michael Buckley's wife, Elizabeth, recalled by her when elderly, and includes descriptions of her time at Modewarre and Pyramid Hill.
In 1873 Peter and Margaret's son John married Isabella Elizabeth Todd (#2907) whose family was also from the Modewarre area.
Margaret died on 26 August 1889 at the age of 77 at Pyramid Hill and was buried in the Buckley family grave at Pyramid Hill Cemetery.
George and Annis Bills, who had no children and loved animals, ran a successful spring manufacturing business. They met and married in Brisbane. Annis died in 1910 on a trip to England. George died in 1927, and left an estate of over £70,000. A trust was set up to place horse troughs where needed "for the relief of horses and other dumb animals". The first troughs were individually designed but by the 1930s they were made of precast concrete with a curved pediment which carried the inscription "Donated by Annis and George Bills Australia". The cost of the troughs was £13, plus transport and installation.
Not many of the troughs have survived considering about 700 were installed. Some in or near Geelong are:
Geelong — near the corner of Fitzroy and Ryrie Streets — this trough is missing its pediment
Breakwater — Geelong Showgrounds — this trough is filled with plants
Lara — near the RSL
Winchelsea — near the Barwon Hotel
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