George Frederick, son of Louis French and Anna (née Gutknecht) Imer was born on 15 November 1869 at Geelong. He married Catherine Winifred Mary Wheeler in 1894. The couple had the following children:
Henrietta Louisa Bertha — born in 1896, married Clarence John Pratt in 1934, died in 1991
David George — born in 1897 at Richmond, married Ethel Elizabeth Harrison in 1921, died in 1976 at West Preston
Louis James — born in 1899 at Richmond, married Violet Adelaide Bailey on 24 June 1922, died on 24 June 1969 at Edithvale, cremated at Springvale
Margaret Lillian — born in 1900 at Richmond, married Norman Charles Victor Gogoll in 1926, died in 1982 at Geelong
Winifred Maud — born in 1903 at Richmond, married Hector Bernard Hultgren in 1927, died in 1988 at Mount Eliza, married William Robert Maclelland, died in 1988 at Mount Eliza
Alice May — born in 1907 at Geelong, married John Angus Armstrong in 1937, died in 1977 at Richmond
George was elected to the Barrabool Shire council in 1911. He resigned in December 1916 after the death of his wife, Catherine, on 7 August 1916 at Carlton. He married Mary Agnes Robinson (née Warren) in 1918. George died on 26 January 1950 and was buried in the Methodist B section of the Coburg Cemetery with Catherine. Mary died in 1926 at Richmond.
John Nicholas, son of Peter and Elizabeth (née Begley) McCann was born in 1851 at Geelong. He married Emma Hill in 1875. The couple had the following children:
Herbert William — born in 1876 at Ceres, married Mary Cecilia Hayes in 1913 at Melbourne, died on 8 April 1943
Sarah Elizabeth — born in 1877 at Ceres, married Alfred Pigdon in 1904 at Bellarine, died on 12 July 1950 at Geelong West
Clarence Newham — born in 1880 at Ceres, married Grace Marendaz in 1899, died on 4 September 1957 aged 77 years at Geelong, buried in the Independent section of the Geelong Western Public Cemetery
Gertie Eva — born in 1887 at Ceres, married Harold Charlton Webster in 1925, died in 1988 aged 100 years at Newcomb
Hilda May — born in 1890 at Ceres, married William Stanley Holt in 1922, died in 1973 at Ormond
John, with his father Peter, established quarries at Waurn Ponds and in 1888 cement works at Fyansford. John served as a Barrabool Shire councillor from 1887 until 1895 and from 1902 until 1905. His brother, Sydney Herbert (1872-1948), served for thirty four years from 1914 until his death in 1948, including nine terms as president. His grandson William S McCann served from 1972 until 1981. Ernest W McCann (1905-1985) son of Sydney Herbert, a farmer served in many positions of importance — on Geelong Harbor Trust, Pipelines Commission, Farmers' Federation, Rotary Governor.
John died on 7 May 1929 aged 77 years at Newtown and was buried in the Church of England section of the Geelong Western Public Cemetery. Emma died on 7 Mar 1934 aged 78 years at Geelong and was buried with him.
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.
John Hensley, son of Robert Laidlaw and Mary Harriet (née Hensley) Fletcher was born on 25 February 1877 at Mount Moriac. He married Sarah Minnie Ragg at the Methodist church in Kew. They had the following children:
Alison Atkins — born on 21 December 1904 at Geelong, married Athol Stanley Mortimer Tymms in 1937 at Deniliquin, died on 30 July 1998 aged 93 years at South Yarra, her ashes were interred in the Tristania garden at the Springvale Botanical Cemetery
Robert Keith — born on 9 June 1908 at Geelong, married Gladys Myrtle Metcalf in 1934 at Deniliquin, died on 6 January at Sale, buried in the lawn section of the Sale Public Cemetery
Mabel Hensley — born on 1 July 1908 at Geelong, married Grantley Wendell Greenwood in 1938 at Deniliquin, died on 5 November 1996 at Stawell
In 1922 John became a Barrabool Shire councillor serving for two years.
He died on 6 May 1951 aged 74 years at Anglesea. His ashes were interred in the Dodonea garden of Springval Botanical Cemetery.
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