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 Bryon 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.
The Mount Duneed History Group and the Mount Duneed Progress Association hold their meetings at the Mount Duneed Hall, 40 Mount Duneed Road, Mount Duneed. The land for this hall was given to the community in the late 1940s by a local resident and held by trustees. A hall was erected by Eric J Lyons (later EJ Lyons & Sons) as a meeting place for the Mount Duneed Progress Asssociation and for the use of the residents in the Barrabool Shire. The land and building were handed over to the shire in about 1975 with the thought of building tennis courts and swimming pool in the future.
The first known meeting of the present progress association was on 17 February 1998. It had been in recess for a number of years and the hall needed a lot of renovation. Power needed to be connected, bees removed, cleaning and painting carried out and pest strips laid. The grounds were gradually developed by the association over time. A barbeque area and shelter were established and a playground built by volunteers. Daffodils, jonquils, trees and shrubs were planted.
In 1995 when amalgamation and restructure of the councils took place the City of Greater Geelong became the new owners of the hall. The council was keen to sell the hall in 1997. A number of residents challenged this decision and after a panel hearing it was decided to keep the hall.
William Walker was born in 1846 in Grantham, England. In 1849 he migrated with his parents, maternal grandparents and sister. On 2 September 1874 he married Jane (née Clydesdale) Kishere. William and Jane had six children:
Minnie May — born 1875
Elizabeth Jane — born 1878
Eleanor — born 1880
Lily Lillian — born 1882
Walter William — born 1884
Lydia — born 1886
Walker owned "Bay View" stables in Corio Terrace next to the Geelong Coffee Palace. He had stabling for 80 horses. Wedding carriages, four in hand wagons, single and double buggies and dog carts could be hired with a competent steady driver. He also had a bus line to North Geelong.
In 1895, he built substantial bluestone stables at 327 Shannon Avenue Newtown providing accommodation for eleven horses. He was reputed to have used stone from Foster Fyans old house "Balyang" near Princes Bridge. This building is currently for sale:
He acquired a bus from Cardiff which he called the Sunbeam. On the first day that the Sunbeam was in service it was drawn by four grey horses. St Augustine's Orphanage Band was taken to town and back, playing music as it went. He continued to run his bus service until November 1901.
William and Jane lived at Calder Park, Mount Duneed from 1902 to 1908. Jane died on 1 Jun 1919 aged 75 years and was buried at the Geelong Eastern Cemetery. William who died in September 1922 aged 76 was buried with her.
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
I had a message today asking if I knew the origin of the name Blackgate Road. The Black Gate was a landmark on the Torquay Road from 1875 onwards. Black Gate Road (later named Blackgate Road), a road dividing Mount Duneed and Torquay, was named to perpetuate the memory of it. The last reference to the Black Gate appeared in the Geelong Advertiser in January 1906. Was the gate rebuilt after being destroyed in 1901?
Part of the will of the Reverend William Corbett Wilson who died on 25 May 1853. He left treasured items to his son — a four volume bible, a silver tea pot, a snuff box, a gold hunting watch, a four volume Johnson's dictionary and a double barrelled gun lathe and tools.
A trust was formed at a public meeting at the state school to manage the Mount Duneed Recreation Reserve in 1909. As soon as this was gazetted £10 was received from the Lands Department for fencing and improvements. This was conditional that the sum of £5 be contributed by locals.
The members of the Committee of Management elected were:
David McLaren Whitelaw
Alfred Gilbert White
The regulations for the reserve were decided on and were printed on cloth.
The recreation reserve in Russells Road originally stretched to Williams Road. The rifle range was situated in the south west area, shooting towards the east. Preliminary meetings were held during 1900 to establish a rifle club. The range was opened on 5 January 1901. A block was fenced off for the Wesleyan church. The remains of the church, which was destroyed in the 1944 fire, are still visible to the east of the entrance gate. The cemetery is situated on this reserve in Williams Road. To the south of the cemetery land was reserved for a Presbyterian church and manse. This church was never built and the land was later sold. The Mount Duneed Pony Club, which was founded in 1985, uses the reserve. Cricket is played on Saturdays on the oval.
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.
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