Thomas Wills, fourth son of Major Henry Colden and Elizabeth (née Wills) Antill was born on 24 November 1829 at "Jarvisfield" near Picton in New South Wales.
He played cricket for Victoria in the Tasmania v Victoria match at Launceston on 11-12 February in 1851. His cousin Thomas Wills was an outstanding cricketer.
He was manager of the Union Bank of Australia Ltd. He became a South Barwon councillor serving from 1861 until 1862. The family moved to New Zealand early in 1862 where he continued his work for the Union Bank. A bank was built at Nelson and branches were opened at Havelock and Picton in 1864. He became a trustee of the Nelson Savings Bank in New Zealand in 1863. During his time in New Zealand he was active in church affairs. He was a churchwarden at Christ Church in Nelson. He was a director of the Permanent Building Society at Nelson. He was the chairman of the committee which organised a full day of celebrations followed by a ball to commemorate the marriage of the Prince of Wales to Princess Alexandra of Denmark on Tuesday 16 June 1863.
He married Sarah Maria, daughter of Samuel McKee on 7 May 1852 at St James' Church in Sydney. On 20 February 1853 they had a daughter, Maria Elizabeth, who married Murray Bennett McPherson in 1876. She died in Geelong in 1937.
Sarah died on 3 March in 1853 at Geelong and was buried the following day in the Church of England section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery.
The following year Thomas married Isabella Fisher on 15 June. They had the following children:
Henry Wills — born on 23 May 1855 at Willoughby in NSW, married Jane Gertrude McRae on 2 May 1885 , died on 4 January 1914 in New Zealand
Fanny Jessie — born in 1857 in New South Wales, died in 1910
Charlotte Maud — born in 1860 at Barrabool, died in May 1865 in Nelson in New Zealand
Mary Emily — born on 10 June 1863 in New Zealand, married Herbert Arthur Melhuish in 1891 in Queensland, died in 1947 aged 83 at St Kilda in Victoria
Thomas died on 11 May in 1865 aged 34 of scarlet fever at Nelson in New Zealand and was buried in the Church of England section of the Wakapuaka Cemetery. Isabella died on 28 October in 1875 aged 39.
Andrew Thomas Moran was born in Wexford, Ireland about 1826. On 30 December 1858 he married Elizabeth Clarke (née Yates). Their children were:
Annie — born 1859 at Modewarre, married Edmond Joseph Brown in 1889, died 1900 at Essendon aged 41, children Malcolm, Roy and Veronica
Margaret — born 1861 at Modewarre, married Albert William Craven in 1886, died 1935 at Moonee Ponds
William — born 1863 at Modewarre, died 1 October 1890 aged 27 years
George — born 1863 at Modewarre, died 1948 at St Kilda East
Elizabeth — born 1866 at Modewarre, married Frederick John Boddy in 1885, died 1957 at Moonee Ponds
Mina — born 1868 at Mount Moriac, married Herbert Henry Washington in 1898, died 1934 at Newtown and Chilwell aged 66
Mary — born 1870 at Mount Moriac, married Cadwallader, died 1935 at Essendon aged 65 years
Jack Andrew Thomas — born 1872 at Mount Moriac, married Maud Amelia Lake in June 1898, died 1868 at Toorak aged 68 years
Peter — born 1872 at Mount Moriac, died 1872 at Modewarre aged 1 month
Mabel Mildred — born 1875 at Winchelsea, died 7 December 1915 at Shelton, Ardmillan Street, Moonee Ponds
Henry Loftus — born 13 September 1878 at Prospect Villa, Winchelsea, married Sarah Margaret Dutton Beale on 16 February, 1904 at Moonee Ponds, died 26 May 1944 aged 65 years
He became a member of the Barrabool Road Board in 1863 and became one of the first councillors of the Shire of Barrabool serving from 1865 until 1872. In 1865 he was appointed a trustee of the Mount Moriac Cemetery. In 1882 he shifted to Winchelsea becoming the engineer at Winchelsea Shire.
In 1882-83, important additions were made to Ingleby station, owned by George Armytage. A large woolshed and further buildings designed by A T Moran were added.
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
Thursday 11 October, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Mount Duneed Hall, 40 Mount Duneed Road, Mount Duneed. John Stewart, a descendent of Alexander Webb will give a talk about this talented pioneer artist whose work is included in the Geelong Gallery collection. The park in front of the Belmont library has
been named after him.
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