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James Peter, son of Peter and Margaret (née McLoughlin) Buckley was born in 1851 at Barrabool. He married Mary Ann, daughter of Charles and Margaret (née Darcy) Doherty in 1879. They had the following children:
Charles — born in 1880 at Terrick Terrick (Pyramid Hill), died at Mologa (Pyramid Hill) the same year
Elizabeth Margaret (Bessie) — born in 1881 at Pyramid Hill (#18703), married Thomas Joseph Ervin in 1904, died in 1972 at Newtown in Geelong aged 90 (3769), buried at Mount Moriac Cemetery with her husband
Agnes — born in 1883 at Pyramid Hill and died there the same year
Ernest William — born in 1886 at Pyramid Hill and registered at Ball (Ballarat/Ballan?), both being on the possible route taken by his parents on their way back to the Mount Moriac area around that time, died in 1972 at Rosebud aged 86
Charles John Patrick — born in 1889 at Mount Moriac, died in 1964 at Parkville aged 75
Peter James — born in 1891 at Mount Moriac or Ceres, died in 1973 at Sandringham aged 82 where he lived with his brother John
Mary Helena — born in 1893 at Ceres (birth registered at Gell), married George Helms in 1953, died in 1982 at Geelong aged 88
John Francis — born at Mount Moriac, died at Sandringham in 1964 aged 69
In 1864 a James Buckley received £45 for maintaining the Barrabool Road from Annersley's to Carey's cottage (near Gnarwarre), as well a the Mill Road south to Auchetto's Vineyard.
from 'Barrabool Land of the Magpie' by Ian Wynd
In 1898 James was employed as the caretaker of the Barrabool Shire hall at Mount Moriac.
from "Barrabool Land of the Magpie" by Ian Wynd
In 1905 the council ranger "seized 16 cattle belonging to James Buckley who refused to pay the fine and 'rescued' his beasts. Council successfully demanded he both pay up and apologize". from Barrabool Land of the Magpie by Ian Wynd
On 28 September 1911 James died at Modewarre aged 59 (#10322) and was buried on 1 October 1911 in the Roman Catholic section of the Mount Moriac Cemetery near the grave of his father Peter and sister Ann. Mary died aged 90, possibly at Moriac, but her death was registered at Queenscliff (#21544). She was buried on 22 July 1946 with husband James at the Mount Moriac Cemetery.
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
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