George Naylor was born in North Wheatley, Nottinghamshire, England. He was the son of George and Martha (née Cotton) Nailor. He married Mary Baynes (née Glew) in Messingham, Lincolnshire, England on 1 June 1842. She was the daughter of Robert and Ann (née Watson)Glew. They had 4 children:
Robert — born England, died 7 March 1843
George — born Barrabool Hills, 1846
Mary Jane — born 30 October 1847
Martha Elizabeth — born and died 1852
Mary had previously been married to William Baynes and they had 3 children:
Hannah — born about 1829
William — born 1831
Ethalinda — born about 1838
George Naylor died on 5 February 1854. An inquest was held by Dr Foster Shaw at the home of Charles Foster, brother-in-law of the deceased on 7 February. Depositions were given by several witnesses:
Mary Naylor — wife of the deceased
Thomas Rea — a neighbour
Robert Glew — Mary Naylor's father
Isabella Scott — servant of the deceased
William Naylor Foster — George Naylor's nephew
In evidence it appeared George had lived unhappily with Mary for some time and they had separated because of his ill treatment of her. He wrote a letter to Mary which was delivered to her by their servant Isabella Scott, requesting that she return home. Mary was afraid to go back to him and asked him to call upon her at the home of her sister, Rebecca Foster, where she was staying. He did this on Sunday 5 February and an argument ensued. He then took a knife out of his pocket and slashed his throat while still on horseback. He galloped off and after about 60 yards fell from the horse dead. The verdict was suicide while being of unsound mind. He was buried at the Mount Moriac Cemetery.
His son George met with an unfortunate accident on 15 April, 1904 when an axe he was using gashed an artery near his ankle. He was buried at the Mount Moriac Cemetery with his mother who died on 28 June 1894 at the age of 81.
The Bible Christian Ebenezer Chapel, Sandlands Road (now Hendy Main Road), Mount Moriac was opened with a service on Christmas Day 1856. This was followed by a tea provided by the ladies at 5pm. The cost of the 24 x 18 feet building was £190 of which £120 had already been raised. The tea raised an extra £30. It was built on the west side of Hendy Main Road, north of Colac Road.
In 1869 church services were disrupted by six lads between the age of twelve and fifteen years who threw rotten eggs and stones at worshippers and into the church.
In 1952 working bees were held to clear away the stone from the original church that had been erected in 1860. As the old church was unsafe after the recent storm damage it was decided to rebuild the new church on the foundations of the old church. Built of Mount Gambier limestone, the cost was £5000. The old steeple was incorporated into the new design. It was hoped to find records of the laying of the foundation-stone (31 October 1858) in a bottle inserted into one of the stones, but this did not happen.
The new church was not as large as the old one which had beautifully carved doors and windows. When it was erected in the early 1860s there was also a presbytery and school. It had been built to serve a much larger population. The Mount Moriac country was once thickly populated. Evidence of this could be seen from the number of deserted and decaying houses fifty years ago. The blocks were relatively small and as families grew the settlers found they could not make ends meet. These farmers often shifted to remote areas where blocks were larger such as in the Wimmera.
A large proportion of the earliest settlers in Mount Moriac were Catholic and as this was the only Catholic church between Geelong and Colac parishoners flocked to it. It was reported that the stone used in the construction of the first church was faulty, and on many occasions the church had to be repaired. In 1869 the walls, erected at a cost of £4,500, were cracking and needed a large amount of money to make them secure. This damage was caused by the loose manner in which the foundation was put in. Alterations were again carried out in 1887. Damage to the church in that year included broken slates, and the destruction of the large stained glass western window which was shattered by a furious hailstorm. In 1929 leadlight windows were broken by someone throwing stones.
In February 2017 more than 200 people watched at the auction when the property was sold for $605,000 to a local buyer.
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