Charles Nuttall, son of Thomas and Maria (née Nutall) Thorne, was born in Bristol in 1819. He arrived in Geelong on the Prince of Wales via Sydney in 1847. He resided at Thornehill, a property with a lodge and vineyard in Highton. Thornhill Road takes its name from him. He had married Frederica Susanna Bayly who was born in Newfoundland in Canada. They had the following children:
Thomas Walter — born about 1845 in Newfoundland, married Agnes McKellar on 18 August 1872 at St Paul's church, London, died 2 June 1924 aged 79 at Kurryala in Muston Street in Mosman NSW. Thomas rode his pony into Geelong each to attend the Church of England grammar school.
Frederica Bayly — born on 25 October 1846 in London, married George Frederick Belcher on 28 August 1875, died in 1881 at Leopold
Emily Elizabeth — born in 1848, died 1927 in Geelong
Albert Charles — born on 31 May 1850 at Newtown, married Alice Odell on 10 September 1872 at the Congregational Church in Prahran
unnamed female — born on 20 April 1852 at Barrabool Hills
Isabella Sophia — born in 1853 at Barrabool Hills, died 18 January 1908 at Meek Street, Brighton
Florence Augusta — born on 21 March 1855 at Barrabool Hills, married George Frederick Belcher on 12 April 1887 at Christ Church in Hawthorn, died in 1921 aged 66, buried in the Church of England section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
unnamed female — born 1856 at Geelong
Thekla Julia — born in 1857, died on January 1940 aged 82 at Noble Street in Newtown
Henry Heber — born in 1861 in Melbourne, died 7 April 1883 aged 21 in Gunning in NSW
George Augustus — born 1859 at Barrabool Hills, married Alice Maude Llewelyn on 17 February 1892 at St John's Church in Toorak
Ella Tryphena — married Henry Bruce Morton on 11 November at Christ Church, South Yarra
unnamed female — born 1863 at Melbourne
Charles was described as a merchant and a banker. He was appointed a justice of peace in 1850. In 1853 he tendered his resignation as a member of the Town Council for the Kardinia ward. He was chairman of the Geelong and Melbourne Railway Company which constructed and owned the railway between Geelong and Melbourne. The line was officially opened on 25 June, 1857. He was a director of the Geelong branch of the Bank of New South Wales and a member of the Geelong board of the Professional Life Assurance Company. He was a South Barwon councillor from 1850-1860.
He was on a building committee with John Highett and Edward Sandford to supervise the building of the St John's Anglican school which cost a total of £1000. The school opened on 24 April, 1854 with 33 boys and 32 girls in attendance. This building was used for the first Anglican services in Highton and was on the corner of Scenic (originally named Boundary) and Barrabool Roads.
He moved away from Geelong to Newcastle where he became a partner in the shipping firm of Dibbs, Thorne and Co, the manager of the Newcastle Joint Stock Bank, involved in the coal industry and chairman of the Newcastle Minmi Colliery Company. He then to South Yarra where he died on 26 June, 1864 at the age of 44 years after a long and painful illness. He was buried in the Church of England section of the St Kilda Cemetery. Frederica, who died on 7 December 1892 aged 70 was buried with him.
Looking from the east, this photo has Kardinia Farm, on the corner of Larcombe Street and Roslyn Road, highlighted and corresponds with the map below. It shows Kardinia Creek running through the allotment, then crossing Roslyn Road and running to the east of where the Highton shopping village is now — photo Charles Pratt
Francis and Mary must have been really inspired by the beautiful rolling hills and the creek where they lived as they used this name when they christened their second daughter Kardinia Park. The name Park was Mary's maiden name. She was the first of a number of girls who bore this name. Two of Kardinia's brothers, George and Francis, used the name for their daughters. George's daughter Kardinia also used this name for her daughter, born in 1901. George's first daughter Lydia Ellen Bennett married Frederick William Hart and included the name when naming their daughter in 1898. Kardinia's sister, Eliza and her husband Thomas Yates, also used the name. The name certainly did not come from Geelong Football Club's home ground as the park was known as Chilwell Flat until 1872 and Geelong used other grounds before World War 2.
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.
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