Alexander Edward, eldest child of Alexander Bishop and Charlotte Selina (née Mortimer) Butler was born on 12 July 1828 in London. He arrived in Tasmania with his family in 1837. He arrived in Victoria in the early 1850s. He married Eliza, daughter of Elias Helyar on 8 April in1852 in Melbourne. They had the following children:
Selina Mortimer — born on 6 January 1854, died aged 8 months
Eliza Selina — born in 1854
Charles Edward — born in 1857, died the same year at Boroondara
Annie Mortimer — born on 27 June 1862 at Glenlee farm at Jan Juc (Bellbrae)
Edward William Alfred — born on 14 February 1864 at Glenlee farm, married Jessie Hilda Burke in 1886 in Melbourne, married Lilian Blanche McLean on 29 December 1897 at 65 Fitzroy Street, Surrey Hills, died in 1928
Charles Spilsbury — born on 18 August 1865 at Glenlee farm, died in 1876
Hubert Philip — born on 17 December 1866 at Glenlee farm
Frederick Alexander — born on 9 February 1870 at Belgrove Cottage in Hull street in Richmond
Charlotte — born on 20 April 1873 at Belgrove Cottage, died the same year
Percy Cedric — born on 27 September 1874 at Belgrove Cottage
By 1858 he had taken up a selection at Jan Juc (now Bellbrae). His brother-in-law, George Helyer, had acquired 152 acres to the east the previous year. George married Charlotte Ann Hockey. Both Alex and George played cricket for Jan Juc. Both were appointed trustees of the Jan Juc Cemetery in 1864, together with Joseph Gundry, Andrew Edwards and John Woods. In 1866 Alex stood as a contestant against David Hill Dow to became a Barrabool Shire councillor. He served from 1866 until 1867. He had contested the election the previous year against Dr Richard Heath of Mount Duneed, William Bell of Jan Juc and John McKenzie of Freshwater Creek but was unsuccessful.
In 1868 Alexander started working for the City of Richmond. In 1892 he resigned as treasurer of the city.
He moved to Sydney in 1893 and established the firm of Butler & Sons which he carried on until his death.
Alex died aged 71 of liver cancer on 18 December 1899 at his home, 9 Glenmore Road, Paddington, He was buried at Waverley cemetery the following day. He was survived by his widow, four sons and two daughters.
Lewis Charles, son of James and Penelope (née Baynes) Conran was born in 1821. He was a Lieutenant-Colonel who served in the 56th and 11th regiments in Canada and Jamaica. In the 1840s he went to Norfolk Island in charge of convicts. When he came to Victoria in 1851, just before the gold rush, he was appointed Sergeant-at-Arms to the Legislative Assemble and aide-de-camp to Governor Latrobe. He returned to England in 1852.
He married Catherine Spencer, daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann (née Barry) Wills in 1850. They had the following children:
Thomas — born 1850, married Evelyn Ford in 1878, died 1915
Henry — born 1851, married Mary Molle in 1886, died 1924
Charles — born 1854, married Helen Brock in 1897, died 1939
Marcell — born 1855, married married Charlotte McLacklan in 1881, died 1935
Kate — born 1863, died 1964
Catherine died on 27 August 1884 aged 52 years.
Lewis returned to Geelong in 1874, taking up farming at Highton, living on the west side of Thornhill Road (south of Bonsey Road) at Barrabool House, a seven roomed dwelling with kitchen, pantry and stabling. The address of the house now is 13 Pepperdine Way. He grazed sheep and cattle on his land. In 1878 he applied for and was granted a slaughtering license.
In 1888 he married Catherine Sarah, daughter of Hugh Lawrence McLeod from Claremont, Waurn Ponds. They had the following children:
Hugh — born 1889, married Edith Cooke in 1918, died 1957
Noel — born 1891, died 1916
Enid — born 1892, died 1960
Catherine died on 21 August 1941 at Kandy in Ceylon.
Lewis was a South Barwon Shire councillor serving from 1876 until 1886 and was president from 1879 until 1880. He was also a Barrabool Shire councillor from 1878 until 1881 including a term as president in 1880. He was a member of St John's Church of England in Highton and for some time sat in the Church Assembly. He died on 10 January 1892, aged 72 years and was buried in the Church of England section of the Highton Cemetery with his first wife Catherine. He left an estate valued at £6642.
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.
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