Albert James, son of Henry and Mary Jane (née Brackstone) Batty was born on 11 September 1864 at Rokewood. He married Catherine Finlayson McKenzie, who was born in 1867 at Skipton, in 1890. They had the following children:
Adeline Jessie — born in 1891 at Netherby, died at Netherby in 1892
Isabella Violet — born in 1893 at Geelong, married Leigh Harold Archibald in 1917, died in July 1982 at Bairnsdale
Hilda Rose — born in 1896 at Netherby, married George Victor Condie in 1918, died on 28 January 1936 aged 40 years as a result of a railway accident at Marshall, buried in the Presbyterian section of the Geelong Western Public Cemetery
Albert Henry "Bert" — born in 1898 at Launching Place, married Mavis Jean Ritchie in 1933, died on 25 March 1892 aged 83 years at Geelong, remains interred in the rose garden of the Geelong Western Public Cemetery
Donald McKenzie — born in 1900 at Launching Place, died on 1 April 1924 at Camperdown Hospital from injuries sustained in a motor bike accident, buried in a unknown location at the Mount Moriac Cemetery
Maggie Eileen — born in 1902 at Launching Place, died in 1963 at Northcote
John Alexander — born on 30 August 1904 at Mount Moriac, married Sheila Gertrude Paris in 1934, died on 22 November 1986 at Geelong
Catherine Jean — born in 1906 at Mount Moriac, married Hugh Rodger Taylor in 1931, died on 10 February 1970
Noel Hector — born on 8 December 1912 at Geelong, married Mary Ellen Coombe in 1935, died on 13 July 1972 aged 60 years at Geelong, buried in the lawn section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Constable Batty spent about a decade enforcing the law in the Mount Moriac district in the early twentieth century. After he retired he had been health inspector for the municipalities of South Barwon, Barrabool and Winchelsea. He was the last secretary of the racing club at Moriac when it fell through in the early 1920s. He was a grand master and a director of the Manchester Unity IOOF.
He died, aged 72, as a result of an accident at Marshall when the Western District Flier collided with the car he was driving on 29 January 1936. His daughter, Hilda, who was a passenger also died. Only one witness was able to fully describe the accident. The engine driver and the fireman of the train which struck the car did not see the it because their view was obstructed by railway buildings. He was buried in the Presbyterian section of the Mount Moriac Cemetery.
He married Annie Malthouse in 1926.
Catherine died on 6 October 1929 aged 55 years at the Mount Moriac Police Station and was buried in an unknown location at the Mount Moriac Cemetery.
Donald, son of Hector and Euphemia (née McPhee) McLean, was born about 1797 at Morvin, Argyleshire in Scotland. He married Mary Cameron on 31 January 1833 in Scotland. The couple had two children born in Scotland, Donald born about 1835 and Jessie who was born on 7 February 1837. Another child was born at sea on their journey to Australia in 1839. They arrived on 28 February 1838 on the British King.
The couple's children born after their arrival were:
Alexander, Margaret, Mary Cameron, Robert Angus, Euphemia, Isabella and John.
Donald died of bronchitis and general debility aged 77 years on 2 January 1874 at Glenaldale* in Mount Moriac, near Waurn Ponds Creek and was buried in an unknown location at the Mount Moriac Cemetery. He left no real estate. His wife Mary, who inherited his personal estate, moved to Woolshed Lake, Boort soon after. Mary died of cardiac delatation and debility aged 86 years on 29 December 1897 at Boort and was buried at Boort Cemetery.
John Hensley, son of Robert Laidlaw and Mary Harriet (née Hensley) Fletcher was born on 25 February 1877 at Mount Moriac. He married Sarah Minnie Ragg at the Methodist church in Kew. They had the following children:
Alison Atkins — born on 21 December 1904 at Geelong, married Athol Stanley Mortimer Tymms in 1937 at Deniliquin, died on 30 July 1998 aged 93 years at South Yarra, her ashes were interred in the Tristania garden at the Springvale Botanical Cemetery
Robert Keith — born on 9 June 1908 at Geelong, married Gladys Myrtle Metcalf in 1934 at Deniliquin, died on 6 January at Sale, buried in the lawn section of the Sale Public Cemetery
Mabel Hensley — born on 1 July 1908 at Geelong, married Grantley Wendell Greenwood in 1938 at Deniliquin, died on 5 November 1996 at Stawell
In 1922 John became a Barrabool Shire councillor serving for two years.
He died on 6 May 1951 aged 74 years at Anglesea. His ashes were interred in the Dodonea garden of Springval Botanical Cemetery.
The Barrabool Road Board, the forerunner of the Shire of Barrabool, met in the evening on the last Friday of each month at the Chamber of Commerce building, 81 Moorabool Street, Geelong. In 1862 they began meeting at the new office at Mount Moriac. The secretary attended the shire hall on Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm.
Barrabool had purchased two acres in Hendy Main Road, north of Colac Road for £24. On this land they erected a hall costing £399. It was the meeting place of the Barrabool Road Board, and then the shire council from the time of its formation in 1865. " In that year council improved the building, accepting John Peter's tender of £84/10/- for the erection of stables and fences and the making of a covered drain. Later an inner porch was added and the interior was furnished with two small tables, two chairs, a hat tree for the councillors and seats for ratepayers. In 1867 John Malone was granted the right to grow vegetables on the ground at the back of the hall, but in 1868 council decided to do its own planting — with trees and shrubs supplied by Daniel Bunce, curator of the Geelong Botanic Gardens. Vandals later uprooted a dozen or more of these soon after planting — a £10 reward for apprehension of the culprits was offered. This destruction occurred despite the appointment of Edward Carroll as caretaker in November 1866 at £10 per annum. The sum paid fluctuated over the years, rising as high as £20, and the duties of messenger and bill poster were added to the post. Carroll resigned in 1885 and was replaced by Michael Gurrie. The latter refused to accept a reduction of his remuneration in the depression year of1894 and Reuben Clarke was appointed. He in turn was replaced by James Buckley in 1898" . from Barrabool Land of the Magpie by Ian Wynd
Before the council offices in Moorabool Street, South Geelong were used, council business was carried on for a time at the home of the secretary/engineer, Henry Moors in Drumcondra, later at the Geelong and Cressy building at the corner of Malop and Yarra Streets, followed by the Colonial Mutual Assurance Society building in Malop Street Geelong.
Brick offices built in front of the former Order of the Sons of Temperance building at 441-3 Moorabool Street, South Geelong became the next shire office. This was done at a cost of £13,000. Later the offices were moved to Grossmans Road, Torquay.
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