Sharp, 3rd son of John and Ann (née Dean) Brearley was born on 22 September 1859 at Wangaratta. He was a talented musician and singer, who often sang in public to help raise funds for various organisations. Like his brother Charles, he played football for Breakwater and was also involved in the Geelong Voluntary Artillery Corp.
In 1881 he married Elizabeth Ann Hammond. They had the following children:
Ethel Kate — born 9 April 1882, married Richard Edward Hourigan
Ruby — born 2 June 1883, married Henry Thomas Fletcher, died in 1961 in Malvern
Louisa Fanny — born 11 March 1885, married Harvey Hamilton McNicol, died 1 January 1956 at Surrey Hills
Gertrude Violet — born 1887, died 10 September aged 18 years and 4 months at Barton Holme Yarra Street Geelong, buried at Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Montague Sharp — born 5 September 1888, married Pauline Barbara Herschell in July 1917
Stanley Hammond — born 1890, married Eunice Mottram on 17 March 1916 at Hooper Street, West Perth, died 1947 at Albert Park
Norman Kenneth — born 1892, died 1947 at Albert Park
Keith Glover — born 1896, died 11 August 1906 aged 10 years and 6 months at Barton Holme Yarra Street Geelong
Eric Sharp — born 14 February 1898, died 14 February 1899
Ronald Charles — born 14 February 1898
Dorothy Proctor — born 15 September 1899, died December 1899, buried at Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Sharp — born 1900, died 190l
A watch won by Sharp Brearley in artillary competitions — contributed by Andi Puls
A secondary education for everyone
This article was first published in volume 50 of the "Investigator", magazine of the Geelong Historical Society Inc.
During 1954 I had applied to attend Geelong High School the following year. Geelong High School was being swamped by the rapidly increasing population following World War II. We knew that not all hopefuls were going to be lucky and if unsuccessful we would probably be going on to seventh grade at Geelong West or Swanston Street State Schools. These schools were the only ones left in the Geelong area that still had seventh and eighth grades.
On 10th August 1954, the Public Works Minister Mr Merrifield let a contract for £35,652 for the erection of the first section of Belmont High School, Geelong. The school was to contain four general classrooms, rooms for science, art, woodwork, needlework, stores and an administrative section.
Towards the end of 1954 we were told that we would be going to the new Belmont High School which would be finished by the beginning of 1955. We were very disappointed not only as it was further away, but also because the hills made bike riding much more of a grind.
On 28 January 1955 The Argus made the following announcement:
RESHUFFLE FOR HIGH SCHOOLS
First official signs of the 1955 school “classroom squeeze” came last night when the Education Department announced that alternative accommodation had been arranged for pupils enrolled at a number of new high schools. The new high schools are not yet completed so pupils will be accommodated at either existing schools or in public buildings…
Our instructions were to meet at Swanston Street State School at 9 am on Wednesday 1st February. About 200 students and nine staff assembled that morning. All but ten of these students had left the school by the time the final year’s study had commenced. It was impressed upon us that we were the “Foundation Students” of the new school. At our first Speech Day later that year, we were issued with “Foundation Certificates” with our names neatly handwritten and signed by the first President of the Advisory Council, the first president of the Ladies’ Auxiliary and the first headmaster.
I often wondered if the staff had any idea of what to do next or whether they made it up as they went along. They had three classrooms and a staff room at Swanston Street and two portable classrooms at Geelong High available to them. They decided to divide us up into five groups. Form 2 was made up of students who had completed seventh grade the previous year and the form 1 students were divided into four groups. Two form 1 groups were marched over to Geelong High. We would meet during sports times at Eastern Park or during summer at Eastern Beach for swimming. We had no uniform, no facilities and few rules. One of the first rules was that we were not permitted to eat in the street. In winter, we conducted crude science experiments on an open fire in the absence of a Bunsen burner.
On 26 September, which was the first day of third term, we took possession of our new domain at Belmont. The one thing that no student forgot about the first months was the MUD. It stretched around the building area and all the way up Hill Street. The residents living in surrounding streets complained that it was so bad that even the milkman refused to deliver. Anyone who had rubber boots could fill a bottle with tadpoles to take home. We would enter the school by cutting through the gate at Roslyn State School and could dodge most of it.
I remember students who came from Norlane, North Geelong, Lara, Gheringhap, Lethbridge, Lorne, Anglesea, Torquay, Winchelsea, Grovedale, Marshall, Newtown and Geelong West. Buses needed to be arranged, one going over Princes Bridge to Church Street, and another up Vines Road. A uniform was in bottle green was chosen for the girls. The trammies were tickled pink that we were wearing the same colour as them. Tunics were given a miss and the latest style of pinafore dresses was chosen. It was a very poor choice for girls who were growing in all directions. The bottle green soon faded to olive green. A crest was designed using an eagle on a hill and the motto “Strive for the Highest” was very modern as it was not in Latin. This crest is still in use today.
Competitive sport was regularly arranged with Ballarat East, a school which began at the same time as us.
One year later history repeated itself with over a hundred more students moving in to Swanston Street for the first two terms while waiting for the extra classrooms to be finished at Belmont. Once a week each form travelled by chartered bus to Belmont for a full day, so that woodwork, needlework, art and science classes had proper facilities for teaching these subjects, and so that the Belmont students at Swanston Street would feel that they were an important part of Belmont High School. Exactly twelve months later we all came under the one roof for the start of third term when the second section of the building was completed.
At the end of 1956 the first issue of “Summit”, the school magazine was distributed. It was a 32 page booklet containing photos of school teams, student contributions and lists of students and teachers.
The school continued to grow with cookery rooms and music rooms added in 1957.
James Francis Tribolet
Mount Duneed Post Office
The old post office and phone booth were both situated near the crest of the hill on Torquay Road. The Landale family managed this business until 1871 when Charles Lamond obtained a slaughter licence and conducted a butchers shop, as well as the post office. His daughter Bella was a Registrar of Births and Deaths for over 50 years at the post office. In December 1915 Mrs Lamond, the postmistress, asked the South Barwon Council if there was any objection to closing the post office on Saturdays from 1pm. Eventually the butcher's shop closed and after many owners Mr Lampard took over and opened a saddler store. His wife, Florence carried on the post office and general store until she retired. The post office was then controlled by two brothers, firstly E & A Jackson and then A & J Jackson. In 1956 the Howard family began managing the post office. Eventually the district was able to phone Geelong Telephone Exchange automatically and local calls direct. With the introduction of Roadside Delivery the post office became obsolete. The telephone box was removed because of vandalism.
The post office was not damaged in the 1944 fires although most of the buildings surrounding it were lost.
Opened as Connewarre 15 February 1860
Renamed Puebla 9 September 1860
Renamed Mount Duneed 1 April 1864
Closed 30 November 1959
William, son of Richard and Elizabeth (née Bates) Wisley, was born on 17 January 1840 at Killygordon in County Donegal Ireland. He married Mary Jane, daughter of Samuel and Catherine (née Temple) Bates on 16 December 1864 at the Strandar Presbyterian Church in Donegal. The couple emigrated on the Duke of Newcastle, arriving at Hobsons Bay in October 1865. They brought very little with them. They came to Geelong by hitching rides on any horse drawn wagon that came their way. Three weeks later their first child was born. Their children were:
John — born on 8 November 1865 at Barrabool, married Catherine Evangeline Thompson on 23 September 1896 at Shepparton, died on 8 May 1925 aged 59 years at Malvern, buried in the Methodist section of the Shepparton Cemetery
Richard — born on 8 January 1867 at Batesford, married Martha Ann Dick on 16 July 1902, died on 13 August 1942 aged 75 years at Geelong, buried in the Presbyterian section of the Geelong Western Public Cemetery
Joseph — born on 1 September 1868 at Batesford, died on 8 October 1868 aged 37 days at Geelong
William James — born in 1868, died of asphixiation on 25 October 1868 at his parents house in O'Connell Street in Ashby (Geelong West) aged 1 month
Mary Jane — born on 11 January 1870 at Geelong West, married Thomas Alexander Proudfoot on 8 November 1894 at Tallygaroopna, died on 5 July 1958 aged 88 years at Alphington
Thomas — born in 1871 at Geelong, died the same year, buried on 18 Jun 1871 in the Old Presbyterian section of the Geelong Western Public Cemetery
Samuel — born in 1872 at Barrabool, married Mary Ann Crozier on 18 August 1902 at Shepparton, died on 2 February 1948 at Barellan in New South Wales
Elizabeth — born in 1874 at Mount Moriac, married Thomas Pinchbeck in 1896, died in 1949 aged 75 years at Geelong West, buried at Wunghnu Cemetery
Letitia — born in 1875 at Mount Moriac, married David Ashton in 1904, died in 1964 aged 88 years at Numukah
Catherine — born on 8 July 1878 at Tallygaroopna, married Thomas Henry Graham in 1910, died on 28 June 1967 aged 88 years at Geelong, buried in the Presbyterian section of the Geelong Western Public Cemetery
Robert James — born on 7 May 1880 at Tallygaroopna, married Margaret Victoria Brown in 1912, died on 13 August 1923 aged 44 years at Mooroopna
Martha — born on 22 January 1882 at Tallygaroopna, married Thomas Hunt on 25 March 1908 at the Presbyterian Church at Auburn, died on 9 July 1919 aged 37 years at Wunghnu
William Charles — born on 17 May 1883 at Tallygaroopna, died on 21 May 1953 aged 69 years at Mooroopna, buried in the Presbyterian section of the Shepparton Cemetery
Susan — born in 1885 at Tallygaroopna, married Robert James Vallance in 1907, died on 19 June 1976 at Cobram
Ellen — born on 14 September 1887 at Tallygaroopna, died on 18 February 1913 at Tallygaroopna
The Wisely family lived in the Geelong district shifting around where work for William could be found until 1876 or 77 when they moved to Tallygaroopna when the land was opened up for selection. From 1868 until 1872 the family lived at Ashby (Geelong West). In 1872 William leased 40 acres with a stone cottage from Thomas Melican at Clifford near Mount Moriac (Allotment B Section 2). The map below shows the names of many others that William would have known who also made the move to Tallygaroopna at the same time. The family probably attended the Bible Christian Chapel at Mount Moriac and got to know the Argus and Trewin families.
Mary Jane died on 8 January 1888 at Tallygaroopna and was buried in the Presbyterian section of the Sheparton Cemetery. William married Rebecca Pinkerton on 18 July 1894 at the manse in Shepparton. Their four children were:
Alexander — born in 1896 at Shepparton, married Joan Winifred Armstrong in 1952, died in 1980 at Tallygaroopna West aged 84 years, buried on 10 October 1980 in the Presbyterian section of the Shepparton Cemetery
Elsie — born in 1897 at Shepparton, died the same year aged 7 months
Albert — born in 1898 at Shepparton, married Olive Mary Young in 1938, died in 1981 aged 82 years, buried on 8 July 1981 in the Church of England section of the Shepparton Cemetery
Doris — born on 29 December 1901 at Shepparton, married Albert Frederick Larsen in 1926, died in 1999, buried on 12 October 1999 in the Presbyterian section of the Shepparton Cemetery
William died on 23 March 1904 at Tallygaroopna aged 63 years and was buried in the Presbyterian section of the Shepparton Cemetery. Rebecca died in 1951 aged 83 years and was buried with William on 24 October 1951.
The map below shows other settlers at Tallygaroopna who came from Mount Moriac:
Johan Gotlieb Seiffert
Thomas and Isabella Coldwell
The opportunity to own larger farms appealed to many farmers in the Mount Moriac district. Many selected land at Tallygaroopna in the 1870s when the land there was opened up for selection. The map below shows a group who were related or knew each other. Pine Lodge Creek provided a permanent water supply to John and Mary Argus, and their widowed daughter, Matilda Trewin. John and Elizabeth Coldwell, with their daughters Mary Ann (born 1873) and Matilda Adelaide (born 1874) also moved to the same district. William Wisely also came from Mount Moriac.
James was said to have founded the township of Tallygaroopna, a name with the meaning of "two blackfellows quarrelling". In the 1880s, as a tribute to him, there was a proposal to name the town Coldwellton. The thoughts of selecting land at Tallygaroopna came from meeting Sherbourne Sheppard, the man after whom Shepparton was named. At the time Sheppard was working in his father-in-law's firm, JB Were.
John Frederick Seiffert
John, son of Charles and Sarah (née Carter) Simmons, was born on 8 December 1852 at Waurn Ponds. He married Jessie Ann, daughter of James and Eliza (née Herd) Hunter in 1873. They had the following children:
Ellen Rebecca — born on 19 June 1876, married Henry Plier in 1896, died in 1940 at Prahran aged 63 years, buried in the Church of England section of the Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery
James Thomas — born in 1877 at Mount Duneed, died in 1895 aged 18 years at Geelong Hospital, buried in the Church of England section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Charles William — born in 1879 at Mount Duneed, married Agnes Emma Hutchinson in 1902, died in 1937 aged 51 years at Colac, buried in the Monumental section of the Colac Cemetery on 27 November 1937
Rachel Ann — born on 2 March 1881 at Mount Duneed, married Alfred George Floyd in 1903, died on 24 October 1964 aged 83 years at Brighhton
Jessie Mary — born on 11 November 1882 at Mount Duneed, married William John Hunter in 1904, died on 29 November 1951 aged 69 years at East Malvern, buried at the Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery
Alberta — born on 27 June 1885 at Mount Duneed, married Thomas Leslie Newall in 1909, died on 23 March 1964 aged 78 years at Brighton
Sarah — born on 31 March 1887 at Mount Duneed, died on 24 October 1975 aged 88 years at Cheltenham
Sydney Carter — born on 8 February 1889 at Mount Duneed, died in April 1962 aged 73 years at Bundoora
Myrtle Stella — born in 1893 at Mount Duneed, died in 1979 aged 86 years at Coburg
John died in 1911 aged 59 years at Warragul.
Johann August Forster
Arthur Ernest Graham
Arthur Ernest, son of John George and Caroline Matilda (née Vagg) Graham was born in 1889.
He married Charlotte Matilda Middleton, daughter of William Henry and Louisa Harding (née Vagg) Middleton, who was born in 1885.
Arthur bought the property "Green Hills", in Barwon Heads Road, Connewarre which was auctioned on 11 September 1947 and had been previously owned by John James Cameron, which he farmed for many years.
Charlotte died on 18 August 1964 and was buried in the Methodist section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery. Arthur died on 6 October 1971 and was buried with her.
John Henry Winkler
Maxmillian Herbert Gerlach
Although Max was baptised at St John's Lutheran Church in Horsham, he actively supported the Anglican church at Anglesea, donating the land for the new church.
In 1960 Max became a Barrabool Shire councillor, serving until 1967. In 1968 he became an inaugural member of the Anglesea Sewerage Authority and served for many years. He died on 18 July 1986 at Geelong. Dorothy died in 1990 at Melbourne.
Racecourse Hotel, Marshalltown
Waurn Ponds Hotel
Born in 1814 in England, Charles was the son of Thomas and Mary (née Smith) Simmons. He married Sarah Carter on 12 January 1840 at Downham, Norfolk, England. They had the following clildren:
Charles Carter — born in 1832 at Norfolk, married Elizabeth Gaunt on 14 July 1856, died on 25 January 1921, buried at Maddingley General Cemetery
Robert Carter — born in 1833 at Titchwell in Norfolk, died on 2 July 1900 at Lubeck in Victoria
Zipporah — born about 1834 in Norfolk, died in Norfolk
Amelia — born about 1836
Zipporah — born in 1842 at Downham Market in Norfolk, married James Francis Tribolet on 12 November 1891 in Melbourne, died on 4 January 1898 at Waurn Ponds, buried in the Baptist section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Thomas — born on 10 January 1845 at Downham Market in Norfolk, married Eliza Field on 25 August 1870, married Margaret Dwyer in 1883, died on 13 March 1922 aged 77 years at the home of his son-in-law at Rowsley, buried at the Coburg Cemetery
Eliza Catherine — born in 1848, married Samuel Harbour in 1870 at Geelong, died on 19 June 1923
Emily — born on 15 February 1850, married John Faulkner, married James John Loone in 1875, married John Dalrymple Ross in 1886, died on 8 January 1894 aged 45 at Geelong, buried in the Church of England section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
John — born on 8 December 1852 at Waurn Ponds, married Jessie Ann Hunter in 1873, died in 1911 aged 59 years at Warragul
Ann — born on 9 December 1852 at Geelong, married John Fitzpatrick on 25 August 1870 at High Church in Geelong
William — born on 20 September 1855 at Mount Duneed, married Rebecca Hunter in 1877, died on 14 August 1932 aged 76 at Geelong, buried in the Church of England section of the Highton Cemetery
The cottage is now certain to be demolished because of the widening of Barwon Heads Road unless strong community involvement prevents it. Do You care?
In response to a letter drop in the Marshall area a new group, "Marshall Bluestone Cottage Community Group" has been formed, in an endeavour to save the cottage.
The Bluestone Cottage at Marshall
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