Joseph and Elizabeth (née Bate) Rainford sailed from Liverpool in the ship Araminta in 1852. Their son Thomas was born on this voyage. Joseph's 21 year old brother, James, came with them. They landed at Point Henry and Joseph worked as a wool presser before heading to the Ballarat diggings, where he had little success and returned to the Geelong district. Joseph became a market gardener at Marnock Vale. He could also cut freestone and bluestone blocks.
In 1857 he purchased land at Mount Duneed and built a bluestone home "Oakgrove" which was completed by 1863. He was actively involved in many activities in this area. He was a trustee for the Mount Duneed Cemetery and a committeeman of the local state school and also the Church of England. Joseph died on 19 February 1893 aged 67 years. Elizabeth died on 18 July 1904 aged 81 years. They were buried in the Church of England section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery.
Their children were:
Thomas Rainford was born in 1852. He was appointed a teacher at the state school in 1868 when about 100 children attended the school. He married Alice Mary Barker. He died on 17 September 1950.
Alice Rainford was born in 1855. She married George Tilley in 1877. She died on 30 August 1936 aged 80, and is buried in the Geelong Eastern Cemetery.
John Rainford born in 1859. He died on 12 March 1926 aged 66 years.
Joseph Rainford was born and died in 1861
Margaret Rainford was born in 1863. She did not marry. She taught at the state school and the Sunday school for many years. She died on 18 December 1936 aged 74 years.
James Rainford was born in 1868. She was an active member of the Church of England. He won the Geelong Rifle shot championship 2 years in succession. He died on 23 October 1960 aged 93 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.
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