In the early days both sides of the Barwon were called Breakwater. The first hotel in Marshall was named the Breakwater Hotel. Michael Murnane applied for and was granted a license in 1856. In March 1861 the hotel was advertised to be let together with 30 acres of land. Michael again applied for and was granted a license in April 1861. In April 1862 son-in-law John Bogan, was granted the license. In 1864-67 it was again held by Murnane.
In March 1867 the license was transferred to Nathaniel Jones who ran the hotel until about 1875 or 76.
Michael married Honora Shelley. They had the following children:
Mary — born 1840 in Sydney, married John Bogan in 1859, died on 29 April 1868 aged 27 at Connewarre, buried in the Roman Catholic section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Thomas — born in 1845, died aged 6 years, buried at Geelong Eastern Cemetery on 28 February 1852
Michael — born about 1849, died in 1887 aged 38 years in Geelong, buried on 19 September 1887 in the Roman Catholic section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Edward — born in 1850 at Geelong died on 8 February 1877 aged 25-27 years, buried in the Roman Catholic section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Thomas Patrick — born in 1853 at Breakwater died aged 60 years, buried on 2 April 1914 in the Roman Catholic section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Honora — born in 1854 at Geelong, died 10 April 1875 aged 20 years at Geelong, buried in the Roman Catholic section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Catherine Agnes — born on 20 May 1857 at Geelong, died on 3 April 1896 aged 39 years, buried in the Roman Catholic section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Michael died at his residence, the old Breakwater Hotel on 23 July 1878. Members of the St Mary's Total Abstinence Benefit Society were requested to meet at the St Mary's Schoolroom on 24 July at 1:30, in regalia, to follow the remains of their late brother member, Michael Murnane, to the Geelong Eastern Cemetery.
Charles Frederick, son of John and Elizabeth (née Marsham) Palmer, was born at Newtown, Geelong in 1862. He attended Geelong College from 1878 until 1881. During this time he received many awards in various sporting events.
He married Rosa Anna Hurring. They had the following children, most of whom were born in Geelong:
Charles Myles Jackson — born 1886, died 9 March 1887 at the age of 5 months, buried in the Church of England section of the Geelong Western Cemetery
Una Frances Rosalie — born 1887, married Paige Knight in 1922, died in 1868 in North Geelong at the age of 80
Gladys Elizabeth — born 1889 at Footscray, married Basil Noel Marcus Collins
Charles Noel Algernon — born 1891, married Lily Martha Naunton in 1938, died on 25 April, 1981 at the age of 89, buried in the Presbyterian section of the Geelong Western Cemetery
Laura Beatrice N — born 1893
Vera Grace Dorothy — born about 1895, died in 1959 in Melbourne aged 64
John Clifford Erle — born 1897
Evelyn Unita — born 1899, died 1 August 1991 aged 92, buried in the Church of England section of the Geelong Western Cemetery
John Vernon — born 1901
Sylvia — born 1905
Clive Ronald — born 1907, died on 16 December 1976, buried at Karrakatta Cemetery in WA
Charles was well known in the tannery trade. At the age of 18 years, he started work as a clerk at Brearley brothers' tannery at Marshall. When the tannery closed he took up employment in Footscray with Michaelis Hallenstein & Company where he learned about the tannery trade. He later took over management of the Australian Tannery at Marshalltown. He also managed George Gardiner's tannery which he ultimately purchased in 1912. On 22 July 1926 a tornado caused extensive damage to the establishment. Not long after he sold out to JC King.
He was a South Barwon councillor, serving from 1916 until 1925. He was president for a term in 1922-23.
He died on 17 July 1934 at the age of 74 at his home "Sylvesten", 128 Aphrasia Street, Newtown and was buried in the Church of England section of the Geelong Western Cemetery. He left an estate of £4394 to his wife and children. Rosa died on 16 Jun 1945 at the age of 74 and was buried with him.
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.
Joseph married Jane Hillard's sister, Margaret, on 25 March 1852 at St James Cathedral, Melbourne. Their children were:
Joseph Henry "Harry" — born 1853, married Mary Elizabeth Gillot on 20 September 1881, died 29 June 1918 at 5 Crimea Street, St Kilda aged 65
Hannah — married Johann Christian Richard Ohiff on 30 May 1881
Rebecca Elizabeth — born 1857, married William James Joseph Gallagher in 1883
Josephine Louisa — born 1859, married Robert Imray on 1 May 1882
Annie Maria — married Conrad Kollmann on 22 December 1889
Victoria — born 1862, married Ernest Castles on 19 May 1885
Robert George Hillard — born 30 June 1864
Margaret "Maggie"— born 1866 at Hawthorn, died 18 November 1901
John Frederick William — born 1868 at Kew
Edna — married Alan Roberts
Alfred — born 1871, died 29 July 1972 at Clifton House, Studley Park, Kew
Joseph was prominent in local sporting organisations and was elected a member of the Geelong Town Council, serving from 1864 until 1966. During the 1880s he left Geelong and moved with his family to Melbourne where he went into the leather business.
Margaret had a severe stroke on 6 June 1885 and died at her residence in Waltham Street, Richmond the next day, aged 53. She was buried in the Church of England section of the Boroondara Cemetery. Joseph died on 24 May 1911 at Balaclava, his daughter Rebecca Gallagher's home, aged 88. He was buried with his late wife.
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