Sarah Fivash, who was buried in the centre grave in a triple plot in the back row of the Methodist section, died 11 July 1865 aged 61 years. She was many years older than her husband, John. She came from Shirehampton, England, a town at the north-western edge of the city of Bristol, which was the lowest safe river crossing on the river Avon before it enters the Severn. The ferry service was replaced by a bridge in 1974. Sarah's husband John was buried with her when he died on 14 February 1906 at the age of 85 years. They had no children.
After Sarah died in 1865, her husband John asked his sister Charlotte to come to Australia to be his housekeeper. Soon after arriving she married John Southwood Melhuish and lived at Mount Duneed for many years.
John Southwood, second son of John Southwood and Elizabeth Fry (née Mitchell) Melhuish, arrived in the colony in February 1854 on the Agincourt with his parents and siblings. He married Charlotte in 1874. Charlotte was the daughter of William and Elizabeth (née Harvey). They had no children.
In February 1907, John sold 152 acres on the Duneed Creek (Ghazeepore) Road and also 76 acres on the corner of Ghazeepore and Russells Roads (known as Radford's) to McIntyre brothers. In April the same year he sold 504 acres at £8/12/6 per acre. When John retired from farming he shifted with Charlotte to South Geelong. When Charlotte died on 1 December 1921 at the age of 77 years at her residence, Balmoral, 351 Moorabool Street, South Geelong, she was buried at one side of her brother, John Fivash. John Melhuish died on 1 April 1928 and was buried with Charlotte.
During the few years after Charlotte's death John married his housekeeper Betsy Bone (née Kenyon). Betsy's daughter, Linda May Bone married her cousin Cyril Kenyon and died on 6 Jan 1925 aged 31. She is buried with her baby on the left side of the plot.
Betsy remarried Walter Ward who died on 14 October 1942 while still living in the same house in South Geelong. Betsy Ward died on 1 January 1951 aged 84 and was buried with her daughter, Linda. Linda's husband Cyril Kenyon died 12 July 1958 aged 63 and is buried with his first wife and mother-in-law/aunt.
A sale was held on 15 December, 1928 to sell the following properties to wind up the estate:
2 Foster Street — 7 roomed weatherboard house
240 Yarra Street — 6 roomed weatherboard house on brick foundations
11 Verner Street — 5 roomed weatherboard house
John left an estate of £1,923.
This triple plot in the back row of the Mount Duneed Cemetery contains the following:
Left: Linda May Kenyon (née Bone) and babe, Cyril Gordon Kenyon, Betsy Ward (Melhuish, Bone, née Kenyon)
Centre: Sarah Fivash, John Fivash
Right: Charlotte Melhuish (née Fivash), John Southwood Melhuish
When Ewing Blyth was 21 in 1853, he left Norwich England to come to Australia on the Earl of Charlemont. His name on the passenger list was Ewing Bligh. He had been accused of shooting the squire's bullock and was in fear of being deported as a convict. He had allowed his name to be incorrectly used so his whereabouts could not be easily traced. After the ship was wrecked, he repeated this event by shooting a bullock to feed the survivors off the ship. This beast belonged to James Tait who had settled at Tait's Point on Lake Connewarre and who later became his father-in-law.
Ewing Blyth gained work in the district and two years later married Agnes, the 16 year old daughter of James Tait. They spent all their lives living in Lake Road on the banks of the Barwon River. Their family of five boys and 5 girls were:
James Tait Blyth — born 20 September 1860 in Connewarre, died 26 Jun 1943 in Preston aged 83, buried in the Presbyterian section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery
Frances Blyth — born 31 July 1862, married William Spencer 1888, died 19 March 1940 Geelong
Ellen Blyth — born 29 October 1864 in Connewarre, married John Elijah Kempton 1888, died 19 May 1953 Geelong
Benjamin Blyth — born 1 April 1867, married Ann Ford 1895, died 24 November 1918
Ewing John Blyth — born 1869, married Emma Isabella Taylor 1905, died 26 October 1951
Robert Ewing Blyth — born 1872, married Elisabeth Ann Martin Cameron 1896, died 1949
Mary Ann Blyth — born on 5 November 1874, married John Ford 1897, died 1945 in Geelong
Bessie Blyth — born 1877 at Mount Duneed, died 1898
Agnes Blyth — born 1879 at Mount Duneed, married Charles Marriott Burt, died 24 November 1952
Annie Blyth — born 1882 at Mount Duneed, died 22 May 1914 at Geelong
Alexander Tait Blyth — born 1884 in Mount Duneed, married Esther Hannah Challis in 1910, died 1970 in Connewarre
He was a South Barwon Shire councillor serving from 1874 until 1875.
Agnes died on 25 February 1920 and is buried in the Church of England section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery. Ewing died on 1 June 1925 and is buried with her. Their daughter Annie who died on 22 May 1914 is buried with them. Ewing Blyth Drive, a road which runs south from the Barwon Heads Hotel, is named after him. Many of their descendants still live in the district.
John Doherty was born in 1825 in Van Diemens Land. In 1853 he married Bridget Mary, daughter of Pat and Cath Mcinnaray (this is the name given on Bridget's death record, although it is McNerney on her marriage record). Bridget was born in Limerick, Ireland. John and Bridget had the following children:
Frederick — born 30 August 1854, died 31 March 1862
Patrick William — born 1855, married Susan Cleverly (1859-1948), died 22 May 1932
James — born 7 May 1857, died 10 March 1861
Robert — born 1858, died 10 April 1862
John — born 1860, married Ellen O’Callaghan, died 20 June 1897
John died in August 1861 at the age of 36 and was buried on 6 August. Geelong Cemetery Trust record the burial as the first in the Mount Duneed Cemetery although the cemetery was not gazetted until 1864.
In 1864 Bridget married Swiss vigneron Louis Roulier at her brother’s home. Bridget’s name is recorded as Docherty, probably a misspelling of Doherty. Three children are recorded as being buried in the grave with John Doherty — 1 year old Louis Roulier on 1 September 1866, 1 year old Charles Roulier on 9 December 1867 and a Roulier child of unknown age.
Louis bought land in Whites Road, between Williams and Ghazeepore Roads about 1874. A family member has said that Louis worked for Andrew White of Hillside who lived in adjoining land. It is known that grapes were once grown at Hillside, so his skills may have been useful for vine dressing.
Louis died in 1880 and was buried on 17 December in the Catholic section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery. He is the only one recorded on the headstone. Bridget died on 27 May 1890 at the age of 55 and was buried with him.
When Bridget died on 27 May 1890 she owned 3 blocks in allotment B of section 21. These blocks were in Whites Road between Ghazeepore and Williams Roads.
The grave of William and Mabel Ellis next to the grave of their son George
In an exceptionally short will John Ford left his estate to his wife Hester when he died on 7 June 1892. When Hester died she left the farm to her son John and other assets to Ann. The land on the corner of McCanns and Horshoebend Road was described as a grass paddock. The farm in the block bounded by Burvilles, Barwarre, Horshoebend and Boundary Roads was owned by Benjamin Blyth at the time of his death on 24 November 1918, but was later farmed by a fourth generation of the Ford family. It is currently being developed as Ashbury.
Joseph Rainford died intestate. When Elizabeth died she left assets she had inherited from her husband to sons, John and James and daughter Margaret. Her land in Whites Road, between Torquay and Williams Roads is shown in the map above.
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