John Cowan Cochrane took over "Aitkenside" from John Clinnick in 1876 when it was offered for lease for five years. The property, originally purchased by William Robertson in 1840, was bought by John Aitken in 1847 for £1850, almost twice the original cost. It remained in the Aitken family, but was leased until 1922 when it was purchased by John Alexander, son of John Cowan Cochrane, who died in 1903, for his sons, John D and Joseph A. When the latter went to Western Australia, another son, Gavin McA, shared the running of "Aitkenside". He served as a councillor from 1949 until the his death in 1970, including one term as president. The farm became famous for its Border Leicester flocks, two of which were registered in the Flock Book for British Breeds of Sheep in Australia". — from Barrabool Land of the Magpie, map hangs on the wall at Belmont library
When Frederick Ulysses Breguet died on 23 June 1913 at the age of 81 years, he had been in the colony for 62 years. He was born in Switzerland in 1833, to Justin Felicien and Justine (née L'Eplattenier) Breguet. He was not tall. His passport stated that he was 5 feet 5 inches and had chestnut hair and beard.
In 1861 his farmhouse coach house and stables, now known as Neuchatel, were built on the corner of Barrabool and Merrawarp Roads. He married Hannah (née Arnold) in 1860. Hannah was born in Kent England in 1834 and died in October 1863. She was buried in the Church of England section of the Highton Cemetery. They had two children:
Justine Laura — born and died aged 4 months in 1861
Gustave Adolphe — born on 22 October 1862, married Eleanor Anne Florence Charlton in October 1891 in Durham England, died on 24 July 1918 at Glasgow Scotland
In 1864 he married Catherine née Baglin. She was born about 1844. The had the following children:
Frederick William Baglin — born on 23 May 1864 in Geelong, died on 14 April 1884 at Caulfield Grammar School aged 19 years of heart disease, buried at the St Kilda Cemetery
Abram Louis — born on 5 March 1866 at Ceres, died on 21 January 1867 aged 11 months at Ceres
Fanny Elizabeth — born in 1867, married Samuel Whitehead in 1897, died on 17 June 1954 at the Alfred Hospital in Prahran
Justin Auguste — born on 23 March 1869 at Ceres, married Rose Hannah Neilson in 1892, died on 23 April 1951 at Geelong West aged 82 years
Mary Helen — born on 1 October 1870 at Ceres, married William James Haylock on 16 December 1902 in Western Australia, died on 11 April 1930 at Wooroloo in Western Australia
Laura Alice — born on 21 August 1872 at Ceres, married Joseph Mattinson, died on 17 April 1961 at Williamstown
Albert Augustin — born on 23 November 1874 at Ceres, married Marion Saddlier in 1899, died on 10 March 1917 at Ascot Vale
Cecile Lucie — born on 1 August 1875 at Ceres, died on 1 June 1936 at Ballarat
Charles Benjamin — born in 1878, died in 1959 at Werribee aged 82 years
Josephine — born in 1878 at Ceres, died on 28 April 1896 aged 17 years, buried at St Kilda Cemetery
David Ulysses — born in 1881 at Ceres, died in 1962 aged 81 at Geelong
Hannah Jane — born in 1883 at Ceres, died on 10 November 1968 at Hawthorn aged 86 years, buried in the lawn section of the Highton Cemetery
Frederick William — born in 1884 at Ceres, married Ida Phipps in 1929, died on 30 March 1976 aged 91 years at Geelong
Esther — born on 28 August 1885 at Ceres, died in October 1885 at Ceres
Frederick Ulysses' uncle, Frederick, was one of the first Swiss vignerons to settle in the Geelong district. He planted a vineyard in Partnership with David Pettavel at Pollocksford. This was taken over by Frederick in partnership with Louis Aeschlimann and Henry Louis Pernet, a firm which was dissolved on 22 Novmeber 1862, and also ran Suguar Loaf Vineyard. Frederick later moved to the "Suisse" vineyard on the corner of Barrabool and Merrawarp Roads. A house with the name "Newchatel" was built on the property.
Frederick was a Barrabool Shire councillor serving from 1867 until 1873 including a term as president in 1872-73. He died on 23 June 1914 aged 81 years and was buried in the Church of England section of the Highton Cemetery with Catherine who died on 1 August 1904 aged 62 years, Hannah who died on 13 October 1863 aged 29 years at the Swiss Vineyard and their daughter Justine who died at the age of 4 months.
Ambrose Willcox Walter was born in Devonshire, England on 22 April 1833. He came to the colony on the Marchioness of Londonderry in 1853 with his uncle. His parents followed a few years later. At first he worked in the Barrabool Hills near Geelong. At the time of the gold rush he tried his luck, but not being successful he returned to Geelong. He started a butchering business with his youngest brother in the Barrabool Hills. This was very successful and in 1862 he sold his interest in the business to his brother and started farming, a farm he worked for eleven years. He married Mary Ann, daughter of Thomas Smale of the Barrabool Hills. They had the following children:
Albert William — born 2 January 1864 at Barrabool Hills, married Sarah Janet Lawson on 18 September 1888 at Noradjuha, married Marian Anna Neale on 22 April 1903 at Bullumwaal, died on 23 July 1940 aged 76 years at the Mercy Hospital in East Melbourne
Thomas Ernest — born on 18 February 1866 at Barrabool Hill, married Elizabeth Cook in 1887, died on 5 December 1940 at Church Street, Camperdown
Ellis Vincent — born on 13 May 1868 at Barrabool Hills, married Janet Hayes in 1896 at Ballarat, married Annie Ada Middleton in 1906 at Stawell, died on 14 January 1930 aged 61 at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne
Ambrose Edward — born on 15 June 1870 at Barrabool Hills, married Sarah Janet Lawson on 18 September 1888 at Noradjuha, died on 29 February 1948 near Goroke aged 77 years
Frederick Joseph — born on 1 August 1872 at Barrabool Hills, died on 26 February 1925 at Casterton Memorial Hospital aged 52
Bertha Alinda — born on 26 August 1874 at Noradjuha, married Rev Henry Michael Clarke Fowler in 1911 at Noradjuha, died on 17 August 1949 aged 74 at Geelong
Henrietta Evalina — born on 31 December 1876 at Noradjuha, died on 2 November 1944 aged 67 years at Noradjuha
Lily Gertrude — born on 15 December 1878 at Noradjuha, died on 7 February 1879 at Noradjuha
Sidney Arthur — born on 1 March 1881 at Noradjuha, died on 11 October 1949 aged 68 years at Wimmera Base Hospital at Horsham
Phenie Gertrude — born on 3 February 1883 at Natimuk, died on 23 February 1936 aged 53 years at Sturt Street in Ballarat
Norman Edgar — born on 26 May 1885 at Noradjuha, died on 25 August 1973 aged 88 years at Noradjuha
During the time he was farming in the Barrabool Hills he became a Barrabool Shire councillor. When the land in the Wimmera came up for selection he was keen to secure more land for his growing family. He selected land and shifted his wife and five sons to the Wimmera at the beginning of 1874. Not long after arriving he was elected to the Wimmera Shire as a councillor and later an Arapiles Shire as a councillor and president. He took an active part in community life. He was the president of the Natimuk Agricultural and Pastoral Society, and also a trustee of the Western Wimmera Irrigation and Water Supply Trust. He lived in the Casterton district, where he had purchased a property, for about four years, returning to the Wimmera. About seven years before he died he decided to retire from active life, and came back to Geelong. He had leased his property to two of his sons, but regularly visited Noradjuha.
He was an ardent supporter of the Methodist Church, and held the position of trustee of the Bible Christian Church at Horsham before the union of the churches took place. He was a trustee of the church at Noradjuha and at the annual conference often represented the Noradjuha circuit. Church services were held in his house until later when the school was used.
Ambrose died at his property "Oakleigh Park" at Noradjuha on 14 July 1915 and was buried at the Noradjuha Cemetery. Mary Ann died on 29 October 1918 at 44 Buckland Avenue, Newtown when she contracted pneumonia while visiting Geelong. She was buried with Ambrose of the Noradjuha Cemetery.
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