James Piper was born in 1818. He arrived in Geelong in 1846 and leased land in the Merrawarp Estate. Newlands was established after he purchased 109 acres at Ceres. He was one of the first Barrabool Shire councillors, serving from 1865 until some time after 1868.
He married Elizabeth Greenaway. Their children were John Thomas, Reuben Philip, Mary Elizabeth and Charles.
He retired to Geelong and died on 26 December 1911 at the age of 93 and was buried in the Church of England section of the Highton Cemetery beside Elizabeth who had died in October 1884 at the age of 69.
James and Elizabeth's son Reuben Philip was also a Barrabool Shire councillor, serving from 1887 until 1914. He was shire president in 1893, 1896, 1897 and 1907.
He took over running Newlands after his father retired. He was born about 1854. In 1880 he married Penelope Broderick. They had the following children:
Arthur — born 1881 at Ceres, married Sarah Ann Browne in 1908, died 1959 at Geelong
James Ernest — born 1884 at Ceres, married Honora Catherine (Nora) Connolly in 1923, died 25 May 1949 at Geelong West
Reuben Philip — born 1886 at Ceres, married Emma Hill in 1914, buried 4 January 1952 in the Church of England section of the Highton Cemetery
Eva Mary Jane — born 1891 at Ceres, died 8 Jun 1892, buried at Highton Cemetery
Gladys Nellie — born 1894 at Ceres, married Fred Howard Foster Marshman in 1926, died 3 September 1971, buried in the lawn section of the Highton Cemetery
He died on the 6 May 1935, aged 81, at Geelong West and was buried at the Highton Cemetery with Penelope who had died on 16 March 1927 aged 70 and daughter Eva Marie Jane.
Reuben and Penelope's second son, James Ernest, attended Ceres State School and Geelong College. He was a student residing at Ormond College while studying for a medical degree at Melbourne University. He graduated in 1910 and became the honorary pathologist at Geelong Hospital during World War 1. He became medical officer for the Geelong West Council, St Catherine's and St Augustine's Orphanages. He lived and ran his medical practice at a new house built on the north west corner of Villamanta Street and Latrobe Terrace and lived there for the rest of his life. He played for the Geelong Football Club during the 1905 season. He was president of the club between 1923 and 1926. He was honorary medical officer for many years. He was churchwarden and vestryman for 34 years at St Paul's Church of England.
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