John James, son of Scottish parents John and Elizabeth Munro (née Gunn) Cameron, was born on 13 April 1878. His father came from Scotland and arrived in Australia in 1853 at the age of 20. His parents married in Geelong on 16 August 1867. They were early settlers in Connewarre. In 1912 John married Helen Sarah Jane Fuller. He took an active part in district activities.
His death occurred suddenly on the morning of 6 August 1946 at the age of 67. He had risen early to do his usual farm work. He returned to the house for refreshments about 10 o'clock leaving after a short time to continue his work. He died soon after.
John and Helen had four sons and four daughters — Jack, Keith, Donald, Alexander, Betty (married Clifford Stacey), Daphne, Mary and Susie (married John Zula).
His property "Green Hills" in Barwon Heads Road was auctioned on 11 September 1947 and sold to Arthur Ernest Graham. It was described as 270 acres and 17 perches, extensively subdivided and watered by a well with a windmill, elevated tank and concrete troughing. A comfortable weatherboard house of 6 rooms, scullery and bathroom, washhouse, garage, dairy, cowshed and feed room, with separator and wash-up room, and a machinery shed attached. It had a 3 stall stable and loose box, chaff house, engine-room, waggonette shed and storeroom, fowl accommodation and yard.
The country comprises good agricultural grazing and fattening land, and runs from a dark loam to heavier grey and black soil, with some of the land suitable for onion growing.
He was buried on 8 Aug 1946 in the Presbyterian section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery beside Helen who died on 5 March 1950 at the age of 63.
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 six 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 at Connewarre, married Emma Isabella Taylor 1905, died 26 October 1951 at Flinders
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
Ewing 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
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