John Bogan was born in Wexford in Ireland in 1831. He migrated from Ireland, probably about 1856. At first he was superintendent of the mounted police.
In 1859 he married Mary Murnane. They had the following children:
Richard Patrick Bogan — born in 1860 in Geelong, married Catherine Mary Eadey in 1903, died on 4 August 1936 aged 75 at Connewarre, buried in the Roman Catholic section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Honoria — born about 1863, married John Joseph Stafford in 1903, died on 2 September 1932 aged 69 at her home at Marshall. She was buried in the Roman Catholic section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Michael — born in 1863 in Geelong, died one month later on 25 April, buried at the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Michael — born in 1864 at Connewarre, died on 25 June aged 5 months, buried at the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
John — born in 1865 at Connewarre, died in 1947 aged 81 at Geelong, buried in the Roman Catholic section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Michael James — born in 1867 at Geelong, married Hannah Margaret, died on 7 September 1917 aged 49
Mary died on 29 April 1868 aged 27 at Connewarre and was buried in the Roman Catholic section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery.
In April 1862 he was granted the license for the Breakwater Hotel in Marshall. Before and after this short period his father-in-law, Michael Murnane held the license.
John had bought up a good amount of real estate in Connewarre, Marshall and Mount Duneed on which he grew oats and had milk cows, pigs and poultry. With three his sons, the cows were milked by hand. They had a milk run, delivering this milk around Geelong. This land was rich in marl (calcium carbonate) which he dug up and spread over his land and ploughed in to improve it.
When he died he owned the following land:
67 acres of fenced land in the parish of Connewarre being allotment B of section 7, used partly for cultivation and partly for grazing.
83 acres being allotments N and M on which is erected a 5 roomed weatherboard house. This land was used for cultivation and grazing purposes.
40 acres being allotment P section ? This land was fenced and used for grazing purposes only.
Part of section 7 on which was erected a six roomed weatherboard house which was very old and delipidated which was occupied by the deceased up until the date of his death.
8 acres fenced land being part of allotment 6 section 6
The total value of this real estate was £2080. The land was divided between his sons as set out in his will. Daughter, Honoria, was to receive a regular allowance until she married.
John died on 16 September 1895 at Connewarre and was buried with Mary in the Roman Catholic section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery.
The family plot is marked with a monument by Charles Wilcox, together with railing costing £70. Six members of the Bogan family were buried there:
John and Mary Bogan
Richard and Catherine Bogan
Honoria and John Joseph Stafford
When Ewing Blyth was 21 in 1853, he left Norwich England to come to Australia on the Earl of Charlemont. His name on the passenger list was Ewing Bligh. He had been accused of shooting the squire's bullock and was in fear of being deported as a convict. He had allowed his name to be incorrectly used so his whereabouts could not be easily traced. After the ship was wrecked, he repeated this event by shooting a bullock to feed the survivors off the ship. This beast belonged to James Tait who had settled at Tait's Point on Lake Connewarre and who later became his father-in-law.
Ewing Blyth gained work in the district and two years later married Agnes, the 16 year old daughter of James Tait at Connewarre. They spent all their lives living in Lake Road on the banks of the Barwon River. Their family of five boys and 5 girls were:
James Tait Blyth — born 20 September 1860 in Connewarre, died 26 Jun 1943 in Preston aged 83, buried in the Presbyterian section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery
Frances Blyth — born 31 July 1862, married William Spencer 1888, died 19 March 1940 Geelong
Ellen Blyth — born 29 October 1864 in Connewarre, married John Elijah Kempton 1888, died 19 May 1953 Geelong
Benjamin Blyth — born 1 April 1867, married Ann Ford 1895, died 24 November 1918
Ewing John Blyth — born 1869, married Emma Isabella Taylor 1905, died 26 October 1951
Robert Ewing Blyth — born 1872, married Elisabeth Ann Martin Cameron 1896, died 1949
Mary Ann Blyth — born on 5 November 1874, married John Ford 1897, died 1945 in Geelong
Elizabeth Blyth (Bessie) — born 1877 at Mount Duneed, died 1898
Agnes Blyth — born 1879 at Mount Duneed, married Charles Marriott Burt, died 24 November 1952
Annie Blyth — born 1882 at Mount Duneed, died 22 May 1914 at Geelong
Alexander Tait Blyth — born 1884 in Mount Duneed, married Esther Hannah Challis in 1910, died 1970 in Connewarre
He was a South Barwon Shire councillor serving from 1874 until 1875.
Agnes died on 25 February 1920 and is buried in the Church of England section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery. Ewing died on 1 June 1925 and is buried with her. Their daughter Annie who died on 22 May 1914 is buried with them. Ewing Blyth Drive, a road which runs south from the Barwon Heads Hotel, is named after him. Many of their descendants still live in the district.
James Noble, eldest son of William and Jane (née Gray) Noble, was born in 1821 in County Tyrone, Ireland. He was the first of his family to arrive in the colony in 1840 at the age of 19 on the ship Ferguson. He initially set up business as a grocer. He was followed to the colony by his brothers John and William and sister Mary Jane in 1848. Two other brothers, George and Charles, and his father William came later. His mother died in County Tyrone, Ireland on 29 April 1855. Two sisters did not emigrate. He invested in vast amounts of real estate in the Geelong district and other areas as they were opened up for farming. He also had many business interests.
The VFL consisted of six teams (Geelong, Richmond, South Melbourne, Carlton, Collingwood and Fitzroy) each playing the other three times. Teams had 18 players and no reserves. Collingwood were premiers and the leading goalkicker was Dick Lee of Collingwood. Richmond took the "wooden spoon". Players were amateurs with players paying their own expenses. Geelong donated profits to war funds.
The grave of William and Mabel Ellis next to the grave of their son George
Six of these blocks purchased by William Batten have a frontage to Boundary Road, four have a frontage to Batten Road and two have Barwon Heads Road running through them. When he died he owned four farms in the Parish of Connewarre which were mentioned in his will by the names Robert's Farm (leased to M Muller), Hill's Farm (leased to Thomas Cadwallader), Munro's Farm (leased to John Bogan) and Mount Batten (leased to M O'Dea). He owned other blocks in Marnock Vale, Newtown and Geelong.
Four blocks in section I on the corner of Brearleys Lane, Sparrovale and Tannery Roads, Marshall were purchased from the crown on 23 July, 1855 by William Roberts Batten
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