William Landale, a native of Scotland, came to Australia at the age of 24 aboard the Queen of the Seas, arriving in September 1854. In 1857 at Cairns Memorial Church in East Melbourne, he married Maria Rosevair née Rouse, a native of St Austell, Cornwall, who was the same age as him and came to Australia on the Joshua, arriving in the same year and month. She had lived for many years in Jersey and probably married while there as her name was Fontaine when she married William.
William and Maria had the following children:
Jean — born 1858 at Geelong, married Stewart McIntyre in 1882
Maria — born 1860, died at 5 months, buried on 15 Jun 1860 in the Methodist section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Henry — born 1862 at Duneed
Elizabeth Rosevair — born 1864, married John Blyth in 1886 at Fitzroy, died 22 February, 1925 at Sandringham, buried in the Presbyterian section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery.
William — born 21 May 1867, died 1944 at Yarraville
Isabella Elizabeth Craig — born 1869 at Geelong, died April 1870, buried in an unknown location at Mount Duneed Cemetery
Barbara Florence — born 1872 at Geelong, married Archibald McIntyre in 1886
On 13 August 1862 the following men were elected to a committee under the Common Schools Act: W Landale, C Rowand, T Palmer, G Williams, A Armstrong, J Rennick, L Swain, J Ellis and J Smart.
In 1864 William was named as a trustee of the land reserved as a site for a cemetery at Mount Duneed.
In 1866 he was appointed deputy registrar of births and deaths for the district of Mount Duneed.
He was elected a councillor of the Shire of Barrabool, serving from 1867 until 1869.
He ran the first post office at Mount Duneed, together with a store and butchery. In 1871 the post office land and business was sold to Charles Lamond.
The next meeting of the Mount Duneed History Group is at 7:30 on Thursday 7 December. This will be the Christmas breakup. Participants are asked to bring something old to talk about or a plate of supper.
A trust was formed at a public meeting at the state school to manage the Mount Duneed Recreation Reserve in 1909. As soon as this was gazetted £10 was received from the Lands Department for fencing and improvements. This was conditional that the sum of £5 be contributed by locals.
The members of the Committee of Management elected were:
David McLaren Whitelaw
Alfred Gilbert White
The regulations for the reserve were decided on and were printed on cloth.
The recreation reserve in Russells Road originally stretched to Williams Road. The rifle range was situated in the south west area, shooting towards the east. Preliminary meetings were held during 1900 to establish a rifle club. The range was opened on 5 January 1901. A block was fenced off for the Wesleyan church. The remains of the church, which was destroyed in the 1944 fire, are still visible to the east of the entrance gate. The cemetery is situated on this reserve in Williams Road. To the south of the cemetery land was reserved for a Presbyterian church and manse. This church was never built and the land was later sold. The Mount Duneed Pony Club, which was founded in 1985, uses the reserve. Cricket is played on Saturdays on the oval.
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