Charles Hoffman, son of John and Elizabeth (née Murray) Milner was born at Matterdale in Yorkshire in 1838. He named his farm at Freshwater Creek after his native village.
He was a Barrabool Shire councillor, serving for 25 years from 1874. During this time he missed only three meetings.
He married Harriet Wilkin In 1858. They had the following children:
Emily Alice — born 1859 at Duneed
Charles Henry — born about 1861 at Geelong, died 12 August 1940 aged 79, buried at Brighton General Cemetery
Ada Harriet — born in 1864 at Duneed, married Thomas William Whitehead in 1896, died in 1937 at Corryong
Albert — born 1866 at Geelong, died 1935 aged 70 at Surrey Hills
Zillah Gertrude — born 1868 at Freshwater Creek, died 8 August 1953 aged 84 at Sandringham, buried at the Brighton General Cemetery
Henrietta — born 1871 at Anglesea, married Percy Henry Blagdon on 28 April 1897 at St Paul's Church in Geelong, died 1958 aged 86 at Black Rock
Charles died on 10 February 1914 aged 76 at Banyule, Tennyson Street in Brighton Beach. He was buried with Harriet who passed away on 27 November 1908, Zillah Gertrude who died on 8 August 1953 and Charles Henry. He left real estate valued at £5270, and personal estate £992, to his children.
Milner Avenue in Anglesea is named after him.
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