William Bickers, son of Francis and Mary (née Peddan) Bickers, was born at Thirsk Yorkshire England in 1815. Information on the internet suggests he came to Australia on 28 April 1832 as a convict transported on the Lord William Bentinck.
He married Mary Ann, daughter of Thomas and Jane (née Pickett) Beechey. Jane was reputed to be the daughter of Samuel Pickett who came with the First Fleet on the Charlotte and Mary Ann Thompson who was transported on the First Fleet ship Lady Juliana.
William and Mary Ann came to the Mount Duneed area in the late 1850s. They had 11 children:
William — born 1845 in Hobart, died 1875 in Victoria
Jane — born 1846 in Hobart, married John Teodore Brown on 16 April 1870 in Fitzroy, died in 1884 in Melbourne
Alfred — born 1848 in Hobart, married Isabella Bryan, died in 1917 at Warracknabeal
Ellen — born 13 May 1850 in Hobart, married Thomas Ellis on 12 January 1870, died 19 August 1945 at Mount Duneed
George — born 1853 in Germantown, married Annie Garvie Tawse in 1882. Annie died on 21 July 1889 and is buried in an unknown location at Mount Duneed Cemetery
Maria — born 1865 in Geelong, married James Woodhead in 1876
Francis — born 1858 in Connewarre, married Eliza O'Hare in 1885
Rebecca — born 1861 in Connewarre, married John Teodore Brown in 1885 in Victoria
Elizabeth — born 1863 in Connewarre, married Samuel Henry Johnson in 1882
Martha — born 1866 in Connewrre, married Andrew Condie in 1884, died on 28 May 1958
Harriet — born 1869 in Mount Duneed, married Henry Frederick Neville in 1891
William died on 19 June 1869 at Mount Duneed aged 54 and was buried in the Church of England section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery. Mary Ann died on 9 April 1914 at Rupanyup.
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.
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
In an exceptionally short will John Ford left his estate to his wife Hester when he died on 7 June 1892. When Hester died she left the farm to her son John and other assets to Ann. The land on the corner of McCanns and Horshoebend Road was described as a grass paddock. The farm in the block bounded by Burvilles, Barwarre, Horshoebend and Boundary Roads was owned by Benjamin Blyth at the time of his death on 24 November 1918, but was later farmed by a fourth generation of the Ford family. It is currently being developed as Ashbury.
John Calvert Bell lived with his family at Calder Park, Mount Duneed from 1891–1901. Chris Barr will tell the story of this remarkable family before, after and during their life at Mount Duneed.
She was buried in the Catholic section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery.
Patrick Feehan, son of Margaret Feehan, was a labourer from Mount Duneed when he enlisted for World War 1 service on 1 March 1916 at the age of 36 years. He was wounded in action twice.
He was awarded the Military Medal "for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during the attack on Vauvillers, east of Villers-Bretonneux on 9th August 1918. The whole of the Lewis gun team to which this man belonged became casualties, including himself. Although badly wounded he carried his gun forward with the company and when the left flank of the company was in the air and seriously threatened by the enemy, he at once made his way to a position on that flank in the face of heavy enemy machine gun fire where he engaged the enemy inflicting very heavy casualties, thus enabling the comp[any to continue their advance. By his splendid courage and devotion to duty he materially assisted in the attack and successful capture of the village, which was, in no small part, due to the initiative of Private Feehan".
Patrick was a member of the Mount Duneed Mutual Improvement Association, a member of the Committee of Management of the Mount Duneed Recreation Reserve for many years from 1909-1951, a secretary of the Grovedale Athletic Club and the Mount Duneed Rifle Club, often winning trophies. He died on 1 December 1956 aged 75 and was buried at the Geelong Eastern Cemetery with his sister Mary Ann who died on 2 May 1973 aged 94.
Feehans Road was named after the Feehan family who were associated with Mount Duneed for 97 years.
Joseph Rainford died intestate. When Elizabeth died she left assets she had inherited from her husband to sons, John and James and daughter Margaret. Her land in Whites Road, between Torquay and Williams Roads is shown in the map above.
Gottlieb Gogoll died on 29 August 1876 aged 49 years and is buried in the Grovedale Cemetery. His estate was valued at £370/8/5. Louisa (née Bieske) died aged 52 years on 21 December 1890 and is also buried at the Grovedale Cemetery.
Andrew Thomson Abercrombie, born in Midlothian, Scotland in 1845, was the son of Andrew Thomas and Mary (née Thomson) Abercrombie. He came to Australia with his parents, brother Robert (born 1843) and sister Elizabeth Waddell (born 1849), in 1853 at the age of 8 years. Two more siblings were born in Australia, Ralph in 1855 and Jessie Brown in 1863.
In 1866 he married Mary Anna, daughter of Samuel and Anna (née Heath) Kenshole. Their children were:
Jessie Elizabeth — born 23 June 1867 Chilwell, Geelong, married Creighton Wilson Rankine 24 May 1898 (Queen's birthday) at Christian Chapel, Swanston Street, Melbourne, died 1912 Hawthorn
Mary Anna — born 1869 Mount Duneed, married Thomas Stafford
Agnes — born 29 July 1870 Mount Duneed, married Sidney John Grace 20 January 1892 at her father's house Albert Park, died 1895 Cue WA
Blanch — born 15 June 1872 Mount Duneed, Mount Duneed. On 18 December 1887 Blanch, aged 5 years, died from a fractured skull caused by a kick from a horse on 14th December. This happened after school when her father had unharnessed the horse. She was buried at Mount Duneed Cemetery.
Mary Beatrice Heath — born 1874 Mount Duneed, married Walter Thistlethwaite 16 November 1898 at her father's residence, died 1952 Malvern
Constance Lucretia — born 1876 Mount Duneed, died 9 March 1906 Murchison
Andrew — born 17 Jun 1878 Mount Duneed, died 1970 Camberwell
Maud Thomson — born 1880 Mount Duneed, married Dickson Russell Johnston
Ralph — born 19 Jun 1881 Mount Duneed, died 3 May 1957 Hawthorn. He was appointed Auditor-General as from 1 September 1938. He continued in this role until 1946.
Eva Mabel — born 1883 Tower Hill, died 1969 Balwyn
James McGregor — born 1885 Tower Hill, died 1960 Camberwell, died 1960 Camberwell
He took an active interest in public life and held many honorary positions including treasurer of the Victorian Male Teachers Association and president of the State Schools Teachers' Union.
In March 1910, while head teacher of Victoria Park State School, he retired after 45 years' service. The staff and scholars presented him with a dressing case, travelling rug, silver serviette ring, gold medal and other tokens of appreciation. He had commenced his career in the beginning of 1865 as a trainee in the old Queen Street Church of England Training College. He then served in Geelong at the Saffron Street Wesleyan Day School (a common school), Mount Duneed, Koroit, Melbourne, Saint Kilda, South Melbourne, Bendigo and Victoria Park.
He died at the age of 81 at his home "Woodlands" in Yarra Street, Hawthorn, Victoria on 2 March 1926. Mary Anna died in 1885.
The flood water has gone down and a barbeque table is waiting at the Horseshoe Bend on Thompsons Creek. I wonder how far it has travelled.
John Parkes, son of George and Lucy (née Hill) Hope, was born in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, England on 11 January 1807.
His first wife was Ann Wilis who was born in 1810 in England. They had three children:
Ann Hope — born 1833
John Parkes Hope — born 1834
Eliza Hope — born 1837
Ann died in Warwickshire, England on 13 June 1840
His second wife was Hannah Sims, daughter of William Broadbent and Mary Avins, who was born on 22 March 1813 in Manchester, England. She had previously been married to Nicholas Sims and had two children, Nicholas Sims (born 1833) and Ann Sims (born 1836) before she married John. They had three children:
Hannah Maria Hope — born 1844
Amelia Hope — born 1845
Thomas Edward Hope — born 1850
Hannah died on 7 February 1850 in Surrey, England
His third wife, whom he married in Melbourne on 22 December 1855, was Elizabeth Savage, called Eliza by the family. She was the daughter of Thomas Savage and Sarah née Clinton, born in Ireland on 4 March 1833. He lived with his family on a forty acre farm on the corner of Williams and Mount Duneed Roads. A number of professions have been attributed to him, namely surveyor, architect, builder, carpenter, stonemason, glazier and plumber. They had nine children:
William George Hope — born 2 May 1856, married Florence Nicholson, died 6 June 1902 in North Melbourne
Sarah Hope — born 28 September 1957, died 11 May 1865 at Mount Duneed
Henry Clinton Hope — born 18 November 1860, died 27 April 1863 at Mount Duneed
Frances Elizabeth — born about 1860, died 1863 Ashby
Emily Ellen Hope — born 1862, married William Gunn on 23 July 1885, died 7 July 1938
Thomas Savage Hope — born 1864, died 24 August 1884 at Hotham West
Roberta Jane Hope — born 1866, married Johnathon Goode Tanner on 6 October 1888, died 23 June 1941 at Gomandale
Elizabeth Hope — born 16 November 1867, married James Freeman 24 November 1885, died 1888 at South Melbourne
Lucy Hope — born 3 Jun 1869, married Alexander Clinton Hitchcock, died 29 July 1938 at Melbourne
Joseph Hope — born 16 May 1872, died 2 September 1941 at South Melbourne
John was appointed one of four trustees for land set apart of 8 April 1856 for Wesleyan Church purposes at Mount Duneed.
He built the chapel and was a lay preacher at the time of its opening in 1857. He composed the following for the opening service. As it was the same year that "Claremont", the Baum family farmhouse, was built it appeared on the back of the invitation to the 130th celebrations held on 3 and 4 October, 1987 at Ghazeepore Road, Waurn Ponds. The chapel was directly behind the property where Gottfried Baum was born.
A voice from the mountain is crying, come up to the house of the Lord
The heralds of mercy are flying with light of salvation abroad
The banners of Christ are unfurling, arise now for Jesus our King
The powers of evil o’er-turning Good news to the captives we bring
The wilderness budding and blooming, the arm of the Lord is made bare,
His message of mercy is coming and melody rings through the air
The fields of the trees clap their hands and the valleys are shouting for joy
Then come ‘tis the Saviour’s command, of hell to destroy
Come up, ‘tis the moment of need, a temple we’ve built for our King
Near the summit of lovely Duneed, that the servants of Jesus may bring
The words that so gladden the heart on the morning of each Sabbath day
To be blessed as we meet and we part … to worship, to praise, and to pray.
He also built a Wesleyan Church in 1863 at Drysdale.
He died on 25 October 1878 at Mount Duneed and was buried in an unmarked grave in the Methodist section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery. He left £120 real estate and £5 personal property for the benefit of his wife and after her death to be divided among his children. Elizabeth died at the home of her daughter Roberta at Blackwarry on 9 August 1918.
Henry and Deborah (née Brown) Brien left County Tyrone, Ireland and sailed for Australia on the Chandernagore arriving in July 1854. Shipping records give their age as 49. They brought with them:
Mary (24 years)
Henry (22 years, died 1907 Macorna)
Mary (21 years)
Honora (21 years)
William (20 years)
Mary (19 years)
Catherine (17 years, married Thomas Spowart in 1874, died 1904 Pyramid Hill)
Lucinda (17 years)
Margaret (16 years)
Ann (13 years, died Mount Duneed 1892)
Sproul (11 years, died Birregurra aged 67).
Henry farmed land in Mount Duneed Road, Freshwater Creek. The farm was known as "Ballanware Park".
The following are interred in the triple plot in the Methodist section at Mount Duneed Cemetery:
Henry Brien — died 23 October 1864 aged 65
Deborah Brien, wife of Henry — died September 1883 aged 87
Mary Ann Brien, daughter of Sproul and Sarah — died 3 October 1876 aged 3½ of Scarlet Fever
Mary Ann Brien (née Ardill), wife of Henry Brien — died 12 September 1870 aged 36
William Brien, son of Henry and Sarah — died 14 June 1865, 7 months
Jane Ardill — died 5 May 1870 aged 32
Jane was the daughter of Benjamin Ardill and Ann (née Gunson) of Nenagh, Ireland. Her sister, Sarah, married Sproul Brien on 19 September 1867. She died of Colonial Fever; a disease we now know as Typhoid.
Sproul and Sarah had the following children:
Alfred — born Duneed 1868, died 1924 Birregurra aged 56
William Henry — born Duneed 1871, died Colac 1949 aged 78
Mary Ann — born 1873, died Freshwater Creek 3 Oct 1876
Sproul — born Mount Duneed 1875, died Birregurra 1941 aged 65
Ardill James — born Mount Duneed 1877, died Colac 1955 aged 77
Sarah Ann — born Mount Duneed 1882
John — born Mount Duneed, died Colac 1956 aged 76
Sproul died on 5 March 1913 and was buried at the Birregurra Cemetery. Sarah died in June 1924 and is buried with him.
Henry married Sarah's sister Mary Ann Ardill in 1855. Their children were:
Mary Ann — born Duneed 1860, died Cohuna 1925
Benjamin — born 1857, died Geelong 1857
Henry — born 1858 Duneed
Ann Margaret — born 1860 Duneed
Ardill — born 1862 Duneed
William Jonathan — born 1865 Geelong, died 1865 Jan Juc (Bellbrae)
Sarah Jane — born 1866 Geelong
Henry died in 1907 at Macorna, near Kerang at the age of 56. Mary Ann died on 12 September 1870 at the age of 36 and is buried in this family plot at the Mount Duneed Cemetery.
When Henry Brien died he owned the western portion of section 23 allotment F (40 acres), which is in Mount Duneed Road. This land was described as average grass land with post and rail fence (and a bad one) and the only buildings were two slab huts. George Hillard lived to the east. Section 23 is bound by Anglesea, Mount Duneed, Reservoir Roads and Bogans Lane.
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