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. 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
Ann Elizabeth — born 1859 in Connewarre
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 in 1935
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.
photos contributed by Martin Klabbers
5 April, 2018 at Mount Duneed Hall 7:30 at 40 Mount Duneed Road, Mount Duneed
Keith Grossman, a former Surf Coast Shire councillor and Mayor of the shire for the 2004-2005 year and a long time resident of Torquay, will talk about Torquay history and his memories of Torquay in earlier days. He is a life member of Torquay Football Club and is well known to many in the Torquay community. His family have lived in the district for many generations.
We would like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in meeting him to attend and stay for refreshments afterwards.
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?
June is a descendant of two of the early families settling in Grovedale — the Hartwichs and the Winters. She is also a descendant of the Burvilles and Radfords that settled in Mount Duneed. She has a great story to tell about the evolution of the community and the effects of World War 1 on a settlement once called Germantown. Through marriage her family tree extends to a wide number of names that are well known to history buffs in the area. Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting and stay for a cuppa afterwards.
James Noble, eldest son of William and Jane (née Gray) Noble, was born in 1821 in County Tyrone, Ireland. He was the first of his family to arrive in the colony in 1840 at the age of 19 on the ship Ferguson. He initially set up business as a grocer. He was followed to the colony by his brothers John and William and sister Mary Jane in 1848. Two other brothers, George and Charles, and his father William came later. His mother died in County Tyrone, Ireland on 29 April 1855. Two sisters did not emigrate. He invested in vast amounts of real estate in the Geelong district and other areas as they were opened up for farming. He also had many business interests.
James Palmer was born about 1856. He married Eva, daughter of Frederick and Evangaline Withers, and had the following children:
Henry Wallace — born about 1884 at Port Augusta SA, died 1972 at North Geelong
Elsie May — born 1885 at Richmond
Minnie — born 1887, died 1888 at Newtown
Albert Roy — born 1889
Arthur Stanley (Stan) — born 1890 at Geelong, husband of Dorothy Irene (Dot) née Twitt, killed in action in France on 25 January 1917 (one daughter Dorothy (Bonnie) Jean born 1915 at Geelong)
James Reginald (Reg) — born 1893 at Geelong West, died 1977 at Coburg
Horace Leslie — born 1895 at Geelong, died 1978 at Ferntree Gully
Ivy Myrtle (Myrtle) — born 1898 at Geelong
Norman Clifford — born 1901 in Geelong
James died on 1 February 1922 at the age of 66 at his residence at Grovedale and was buried in the Church of England section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery. Eva died in September 1929 at St Kilda at the age of 72 and was buried with him.
Part of the will of the Reverend William Corbett Wilson who died on 25 May 1853. He left treasured items to his son — a four volume bible, a silver tea pot, a snuff box, a gold hunting watch, a four volume Johnson's dictionary and a double barrelled gun lathe and tools.
I came across this article in an 1864 Geelong Advertiser which gives an idea of the difference between then and now. Many lived like this all over the Geelong district. Chilwell, which is now the southern part of Newtown, housed many of Geelong's poor. Chilwell Wesleyan school began in Saffron Street, in a slab hut in 1849 with an attendance of 47 children. By 1865 the number on the books was 368 which is close to the number of pupils enrolled today. It was at the back of the Noble Street Uniting Church and became the Chilwell State School in the 1870s, the Education department renting the Wesleyan building until the new school was built in Pakington Street in 1878.
Together They Served
Torquay Museum Without Walls
Births, Deaths & Marriages Victoria
Geelong and District Database
Geelong Cemetery Index
Australian War Memorial
Surf Coast Early Schools
Barwon Heads History