Francis Henry Stacey was born in Geelong in 1863 to unknown parents. On 23 February 1887 he married Catherine Mary Danger at the High Church, Geelong. He lived at Rock Hill Farm at Mount Duneed. He leased the 60 acre farm on the north east corner of Torquay and Lower Duneed Roads from Mrs Jane Lamond. They had the following children while living at Mount Duneed:
Frances Ellen — born 1888
Ida Victoria — born 1890, died 13 October 1916, buried in the Presbyterian section of Mount Duneed Cemetery
Herbert William Francis (Bert) — born 1891, married Gertrude Eliza Middleton in 1927, died 20 January 1977 at Buckley, buried at the Geelong Western Cemetery
Francis Samuel Edward — born 1893, married Mary Eadey, died 14 October 1951 at Barwon Heads (pictured at right), buried at Mount Duneed Cemetery
Jesse Lily Margaret — born 1895, married
John Henry Herbert Lemaitre, died 1959 at Geelong
Malcolm Robert — born 1897, married Myrtle Thelma Gogoll, died 1952
Frederick Henry — born 1899, died 12 November 1917 at Geelong, buried at Mount Duneed Cemetery
Alice Elizabeth — born 1904, died 1906 at Mount Duneed, buried at Mount Duneed Cemetery
Donald Clarence — born 26 February 1907, married Florrie Letitia Cameron, died 1970 at East Geelong, buried in the lawn section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Clifford Ross — born 1909, married Elizabeth Helen Cameron, died 1975 at South Geelong, buried in the lawn section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Samuel James — born 1913 at Geelong, died the same year, buried at Mount Duneed Cemetery
Maxwell — born 1914 at Geelong, died 1981
Francis died on 9 September 1934 at Geelong. Catherine died on 30 May 1943 at a son's residence in South Geelong. They were buried together in the Presbyterian section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery
Family photos contributed by Bryan Clissold
Private Francis Samuel Stacey 3989 served in France and returned to Australia in 1918. He drowned while fishing from rocks at Barwon Heads on 14 October 1951. He was one of six soldiers from Mount Duneed who sailed on the same day, 8 February 1916, on the HMAT Warilda.
Charles Harold Gogoll
James Reginald Palmer (Reg) (brother of Arthur Stanley Palmer died 1917)
Leslie George Ellis
Herbert William Francis Stacey (brother)
All are remembered on the Mount Duneed State School honour board.
Also on the same ship were:
Clarence Edward James Batson
Victor Christopher Hanlon (Vic)
The hospital troopship HMAT Warilda (A69), which was taken over by the Admiralty in June 1916 and converted to a hospital ship manned by an Australian crew. Originally operating with a brightly coloured paint scheme, the ship was camouflaged early in 1917 after Germany stated all vessels operating in the English Channel would be attacked. After most of the Australian crew returned to Australia in May 1917, a German submarine sunk Warilda off Le Havre on 3 August 1918 when it was fully loaded with patients and medical personnel.
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 5 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, married Emma Isabella Taylor 1905, died 26 October 1951
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
He 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.
The Mount Duneed Post Office was on the crest of the hill in Torquay Road, Mount Duneed. The house was named Kirriemuir after Jane's birth place in Scotland — photo contributed by Russ Preston
John Doherty was born in 1825 in Van Diemens Land. In 1853 he married Bridget Mary, daughter of Pat and Cath Mcinnaray (this is the name given on Bridget's death record, although it is McNerney on her marriage record). Bridget was born in Limerick, Ireland. John and Bridget had the following children:
Frederick — born 30 August 1854, died 31 March 1862
Patrick William — born 1855, married Susan Cleverly (1859-1948), died 22 May 1932
James — born 7 May 1857, died 10 March 1861
Robert — born 1858, died 10 April 1862
John — born 1860, married Ellen O’Callaghan, died 20 June 1897
John died in August 1861 at the age of 36 and was buried on 6 August. Geelong Cemetery Trust record the burial as the first in the Mount Duneed Cemetery although the cemetery was not gazetted until 1864.
In 1864 Bridget married Swiss vigneron Louis Roulier at her brother’s home. Bridget’s name is recorded as Docherty, probably a misspelling of Doherty. Three children are recorded as being buried in the grave with John Doherty — 1 year old Louis Roulier on 1 September 1866, 1 year old Charles Roulier on 9 December 1867 and a Roulier child of unknown age.
Louis bought land in Whites Road, between Williams and Ghazeepore Roads about 1874. A family member has said that Louis worked for Andrew White of Hillside who lived in adjoining land. It is known that grapes were once grown at Hillside, so his skills may have been useful for vine dressing.
Louis died in 1880 and was buried on 17 December in the Catholic section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery. He is the only one recorded on the headstone. Bridget died on 27 May 1890 at the age of 55 and was buried with him.
When Bridget died on 27 May 1890 she owned 3 blocks in allotment B of section 21. These blocks were in Whites Road between Ghazeepore and Williams Roads.
The grave of William and Mabel Ellis next to the grave of their son George
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