William, son of Charles Todd, was born in Norfolk in England in 1816. He was transported for seven years for stealing wheat on 27 October 1835 on board the Moffatt to New South Wales. He was given his "Ticket of Leave" in Melbourne in August 1840. He married Jane Murphy of County Clare on 1 December 1842 at Geelong. The couple had the following children:
Isabella Elizabeth —born in 1845 at Geelong, married John Buckley in 1873, died in 1907 at Pyramid Hill aged 60 years
Marianne — twin sister of Isabella born in 1845 at Geelong
Mary Ann Todd — born in 1847, married John Murray on 27 December 1870 at Geelong, died on 22 May 1886 aged 39 years of an internal hemorrhage during confinement at Pyramid Hill, buried at Pyramid Hill
Charles — born in 1847 at Waterloo Plains
Susan — born in 1848 at Hillsborough
William James — born in 1849 at Mount Moriac, married Bridget Omeally in 1889, died on 12 August 1902 at Freemantle WA
Susan Bridget — born about 1850, died on 5 May 1900 at her mother's home at Mount Moriac aged 50 years, buried in the Roman Catholic section of the Mount Moriac Cemetery.
John Henry — born in 1851, married Mary Gertrude Sweeney in 1875, died on 17 July 1887 aged 37 years at St Huberts Post Office
Teresa — born in 1852 at Mount Moriac
Francis Simeon — married Mary Ann Leach in 1884, a butcher at Pyramid Hill mentioned in Susan's probate document together with William James Todd and Isabella Elizabeth Buckley
William Todd senior sold his farm in 1890 and shifted to Modewarre. He died on 13 August 1896 at the age of 86 years at Mount Moriac and was buried in the Roman Catholic section of the Mount Moriac Cemetery. Susan Bridget and Jane who died 4 July 1900 were buried with him.
George, son of James and Helen (née Easton) Tait, was born in 1844. In 1872 he married Jane Gill (1845-1885) at Connewarre. George, Jane and George's brother Robert selected land in the Omeo Plains, south of Lake Omeo on 4 June 1875. George and Jane's children were:
Minnie Margaret — born 1873, married Robert Henry Blair, died 7 November 1935 at 51 Spring Street at Geelong West
Helen May — born 1876, died 27 August 1945 aged 68, buried at Mount Duneed Cemetery
Alexander Stuart — born 1877, died 17 November 1896 aged 19 at Perth WA
James Easton — born 1879 at Omeo, died 9 January 1900 aged 21, buried in the Presbyterian section of Mount Duneed Cemetery
George Lewis — born 1885, died 14 June 1885 at Omeo, buried at Omeo Cemetery
Jane died on 5 July 1885 at Omeo. After Jane's death, George returned to the Geelong district.
In 1887 he married Mary Jane Blair. Their children were:
Emily Ann — born 28 February 1888, married William Palmer on 18 December 1915 at St George's Presbyterian Church, died 7 November 1950 at Geelong
William George — born 1890, married Ruth Lloyd, died 1954
Lilian Jane — born 1893, married Albert William Cole in 1923, died 6 October 1944
Alice Kate Victoria — born 1895, married John Horace Stephens in 1919, died 25 May 1954 at Barwon Heads
Robert Joshua — born 1898, married Florence May Bailey, died 1978 at Geelong
Alick John — born 1901, married Janet Margaret Campbell in 1927, died 1950 at Creswick
Ronald James — born 1906, married Edith McGillivray Campbell in 1930, died 7 August 1967
Isabella — married John Campbell in 1930
He was a South Barwon Shire councillor serving from 1895 until 1898.
George died on 3 June 1923 aged 79 and was buried in the Presbyterian section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery. Mary Jane died in 1946 aged 80 and was buried with him.
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 six 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 at Connewarre, married Emma Isabella Taylor 1905, died 26 October 1951 at Flinders
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
Ewing 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
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