John, son of John and Jane (née Adams) Clinnick, was born in Cornwall, England in 1816. He married Eleanor Lobb who was born in 1817, also in Cornwall. They travelled to Australia in 1848. Their son, Henry, was born at sea near Africa.
Their children were:
Thomas Lobb — born 1838 at St Pinnocks Cornwall England, married Elizabeth Wedmore on 18 March 1872 at Mount Moriac, died 1913 at Curlewis
John Lobb — born 1840 at Truro Cornwall England, married Margaret Henderson in 1857 at Thomastown, died 24 January 1902 at East Melbourne, buried in an unknown location in the Church of England section of the Highton Cemetery
William Henry — born 1845 at Cornwall, died 1866 at Ceres aged of 21 years
Henry — born 1848 at sea, married Isabella Caruthers Rea on 20 February 1871 at St Andrew's Manse, Geelong, died 3 September 1929 at Grovedale aged 81 years
Richard James — born 1850 at Thomastown, died 16 May 1871 at Melbourne aged 21 years
Eleanor — born 1854 at Thomastown, died 29 January 1866 at Ceres aged 12 years
Moses — born 1858 at Barrabool Hills, died 17 April 1860 at Barrabool Hills aged 18 months
Miriam — born 1860 at Barrabool, married John William Rollins on 26 January 1882 at Woodly Park Highton, died 1941 at Curlewis aged 82 years
John owned "Bassetts Farm" in Devon Road from about 1861 leased 726 acres of "Aitkenside" from the estate of P Aitken until the lease was taken over by John Cochrane in 1876. In 1873 he purchased Donald McLean's "Glendarroch" and in 1877 Lawrence Trewin's "Clifford". He continued farming with his son, John, until his death in 1894. John junior left the district in 1901.
He was successful in many ploughing competitions and caber tossing events.
John was a Barrabool Shire councillor from 1875-1878. He became unpopular with the councillors in September 1878 after writing to the Geelong Advertiser to ask that they not appoint a "PV" as president. PV was assumed to mean Pentonvillian and the ex-councillor would not elaborate. All steps were taken to refute the slur.
John died on 23 August 1894 and was buried in an unknown location in the Methodist section of the Highton Cemetery. Eleanor died the following year on 24 July and was also buried in an unknown location at the Highton Cemetery.
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