About this blog

This blog is about the history of the Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp and neighbouring areas, such as Pakenham, Cranbourne and Garfield, and any other historical subjects I feel like writing about. It's my own original research and writing and if you live in the area you may have read some of the stories before in the Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp Historical Society newsletter or the Koo-Wee-Rup township newsletter, The Blackfish, or the Garfield township newsletter, The Spectator.
Heather Arnold.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

George Glover - the father of Annie Rouse

This is an obituary of George Glover, my great, great grandfather who died January 8, 1887. His daughter Annie (born July 24 1865)  married James Joseph Rouse (born June 26 1862)  on February 2, 1892. They had five children Joseph Albert (my grandfather November 9 1892 - September 3, 1954), Emily (found drowned in the Yarra in August 1919 aged 25)  Lucy ( September 2 , 1895 - October 27, 1981) Ruth (died aged 6 months on February 22, 1896) and Annie (born and died 1898). Annie had previously had another child, a daughter called Lily, who was born in 1885. Annie died February 7, 1899 at the age of 33.  Her mother and George's wife, was Ellen Dugan.  George and Ellen had come from Lisburn, near Belfast, County Antrim, Belfast. The obituary of George Glover  is from the Bairnsdale Advertiser of January 13, 1887.

Bairnsdale Advertiser of January 13, 1887.

We extract the following from Monday's Times:-An old and respected resident of Clydebank, Mr.George Glover, died somewhat suddenly on Saturday evening at his residence. The deceased, so we are informed, was very ill after retiring to bed, and Dr. Reid was sent for from Sale immediately, but on his arrival he found Mr  Glover dead. The matter was reported to Mr. John Little, J.P., of Sale, who yesterday instructed Dr Macdonald to make a post mortem examination of the body, which wasaccordingly done, with the result that the cause of death was discovered to be enlargement of the heart. Mr. Glover, who was about 58 years of age, leaves a widow and grown up family, for whom much sympathy is felt in their bereavement.

This is George and Ellen (nee Dugan) Glovers grave in the Sale Cemetery. Also buried in the grave are their grand daughters Ruth, who is listed on the stone and Annie, who is not listed.

George and Ellen's grave

This is Annie Rouse's grave, she had no head stone for decades until her grand children erected one about 20 years ago.

Annie's grave at the front, at the Sale Cemetery

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Ellen Agnes Weatherhead obituary

This is an obituary of  Ellen Agnes Weatherhead, daughter of Ellen (nee Ramsdale) and Henry Fortescue Weatherhead, thus my great, great Aunt. Henry is incorrectly called Horatio in this article. Ellen died July 28 1941 aged 77. You can read the full obituary here http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article214604529

Dandenong Journal August 6 1941

Miss E.A Weatherhead

The death occurred at the residence of her old friend, Miss Lewis, of 37 Carlisle Crescent, Oakleigh, on Tuesday, 29th July, after a short illness, of Miss Ellen Agnes Weatherhead, in her 78th year. Deceased, who was well-known and highly respected by all who knew her, was a native of the Western District, her birthplace being near Gavoc. She was predeceased by her mother, Mrs Ellen Weatherhead (nee Ramsdale), and father, Horatio F. Weatherhead, of Yorkshire, England, whose name, Horatio, was a link with the Horatio of Trafalgar fame, her uncle being an Admiral of the Fleet of the “wooden walls” period

The late Miss Weatherhead was  the last surviving member of a grand old English family, her brother John having by great foresight, established a butter and cheese industry. Other relatives included her brother, Mr Horatio William Weatherhead, late of Tynong, an engineer and saw-miller, Mr Harry Weatherhead, of Western Australia, and her sister Mary, late of Naringal, with whom deceased at one time carried on a fertile farm near Warrnambool. Their painstaking and advanced methods achieved for them a reputation for excellence of produce and prize-stock that was the envy of many masculine district farmers. In addition, like many of her period, the late Miss Weatherhead was an accomplished needlewoman and equestriene. Her nephew, Mr Arthur Weatherhead, of Tynong, who is well-known in the Dandenong district, arranged the funeral, which took place at the Spring Vale Cemetery. Deepest sympathy is extended to her sorrowing relatives in the loss they have sustained. The remains were privately interred in the Presbyterian section, the Rev. T. C. L. Goble conducting the service at the graveside.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Ellen Weatherhead (nee Ramsdale) 1822 - 1903

This is an announcement of the death of my great great grandmother, Ellen Weathernead (nee Ramsdale) who died October 23, 1903. Her husband was Henry Fortescue Weatherhead, who died December 5, 1866

The Argus October 28, 1903 p. 8

The death of a very old colonist is reported this morning in the person of Mrs H. Fortescue Weatherhead of the Warrnambool district. This lady first arrived in Melbourne in 1839 landing at Liardet's Beach and crossing the Yarra at the ford of stepping stones near the Queen's bridge of the present day. She returned to Tasmania about 1844 and, having married Mr Weatherhead, again came to Victoria, settling in Portland with her husband and removing about 1859 to Warrnambool. Mrs Weatherhead during all her long stay in Victoria took great interest in dairying pursuits and claimed to have made the first cheese in the state. Amongst her surviving children are Mr John Weatherhead, manager of the Camperdown Butter Factory and Mr. H. W. Weatherhead, who is sawmilling at Lyonville.

According Ellen's  Death Certificate, her occupation was Dairywoman, she was born in Yorkshire. Her father was John Ramsdale. She spent  5 years in England, 11 in Tasmania and 64 in Victoria. She was married at the age of 24 in Launceston to Henry, she was buried at the Warrnambool Cemetery and her children on the death certificate are listed as - Elizabeth Sarah (deceased), John Stroyan 53 years old, Thomas deceased, Horatio William 50 years old, Henry Graham 48 years old, Alice Jane deceased, Mary Emma 44 years old, Eliza Esdaile deceased, Ellen Agnes 40 years old and Albert Esdaile deceased.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Lyonville by Eva Weatherhead

Horatio and Eleanor Weatherhead lived at Lyonville, before most of the family moved  to North Tynong in 1909. Eleanor and her youngest child, Eva stayed at Lyonville until Eva finished school around 1914. This letter was written by Eva to Aunt Connie of the Weekly Times and published December 7, 1912.

Weekly Times December 7 1912


Eva Weatherhead, living at Lyonville writes:
Dear Aunt Connie,  I will take for my subject Lyonville. Lyonville is situated on the side of the Dividing Range. The Loddon and Coliban Rivers flow past Lyonville. Not far away there are several mineral springs and the Bullarto reservoir. It supplies Daylesford with water. The reservoir is a nice picnic resort. In Lyonville there are two hotels, two shops, the English and Roman Catholic churches, a hall, two boarding-houses and a school. A great many visitors come here every year to enjoy the mineral water. One of the mineral springs is situated at the bottom of Babington's Hill. It is nice to walk up to the top of the hill. I go to school, and am in the sixth grade. Please may I write again? Age, 11 years. 
(Yes, Eva; write again next month. -  Aunt Connie)

Two Soldier Brothers by Eva Weatherhead

This letter to Aunt Connie of the Weekly Times was written by my Grandma, Eva Rouse (nee Weatherhead) It was published in the Weekly Times on November 6, 1915.  It has an interesting description of the town of Tynong.

Weekly Times November 6, 1915

Two Soldier Brothers

Eva Weatherhead, who lives at Tynong, writes:
Dear Aunt Connie, It is a very long time since I wrote to you. Since then we have shifted from Lyonville, where we formerly lived. Tynong is a small country township situated on the main Gippsland line. In it are two stores, a boarding-house, post office, station, school and some very nice private residences. We live over five miles from Tynong. There are some pretty fern gullies. They are made beautiful by different sorts of ferns and shrubs, with creepers climbing everywhere. Some of the ferns grow to a great height - 30 feet and 35 feet. A very good view can be obtained from the mountains, and on clear days one can easily see the sea. Tynong is on the edge of Kooweerup Swamp. The people around here make a living by farming, dairying, and fruit growing principally. There are many wild flowers out now. Some are very pretty. Kangaroos, wallabies, rabbits, foxes, wild dogs, and wombats frequent the bush. We have a pony which I ride and drive. I have two soldier brothers. One is at Seymour and the other at the front. I have three cousins at the front. One was killed, and another wounded. My age is 14 years and 1 month. Please may I write again?
[Yes, Eva. I hope your brothers will come safely home to you all. Aunt Connie.]

The two brothers Eva writes about are Frank and Alf - you can read about them here.

The use of a Sawmill by Eva Weatherhead

This was published in the Weekly Times on January 1, 1916. It was written by my grandma, Eva Rouse (nee Weatherhead) She was the youngest child of Horatio and Eleanor (nee Hunt) Weatherhead.

Weekly Times  January 1, 1916

The use of a  sawmill

Eva E. Weatherhead who lives in Tynong writes:
Dear Aunt Connie - I will take for my subject ' the use of a sawmill'  A sawmill is used for converting logs into  into timber, to be used for building purposes. The trees are cut down in the bush by men, who saw them into the various required lengths. The logs are hauled, by means of a jinker and team of bullocks or horses, or sometimes a traction
engine, to the mill, where they are barked, and made ready to put the saws through. The first saw used is the 'breaking down' saw, which splits the logs into pieces that can be conveniently handled by the sawyer. These pieces are put on to the skids and turned over to the 'running out' saw. This saw, which is usually smaller than the 'breaking down' saw, cuts the pieces into boards, or the timber required. The boards with defective ends have the defects cut off by the docking saw. The timber is then put on a truck, wheeled out, and loaded on to a waggon, or another truck, and taken to its destination by bullocks or horses. The machinery in a sawmill is driven by a steam engine, which burns up all the waste timber. The sawdust is all wheeled away and put in a heap, while the bark off the logs is burnt. My brother, who was in the Seymour camp, was shifted into the 4th F.A. He sailed on November 18. We had a letter from my brother who is at the front. He had narrow escape. A shell landed about nine feet from him, and alongside his mate. The mate was killed, and my brother knocked down and dazed, but not hurt. Thank you, Aunt Connie, for your kind wishes regarding my brothers. T wish 'The Weekly Times" every success. Please may I write again?
[Thank you, dear, for your good wishes. Yes, write again. Aunt Connie.]

This is Eva, aged 14 - taken 1915. 
She was born on August 30, 1901 and she died on February 8, 1982.

Who lived in Koo-Wee-Rup in 1903?

In the last post we looked how lived in Garfield in 1903, now we'll look at who lived in Koo-Wee-Rup. Once again this information is taken from the Commonwealth Rolls, which in 1903 are listed by Polling Place and the Koo-Wee-Rup Roll covers Koo-Wee-Rup and Yallock, the settlement which was based around Finck Road, School Road, Hall Road etc in what is now called Bayles. The rolls tell you the name of the person enrolled; they had to be 21 to enroll, and their occupation. From the roll we can tell who lived in Koo-Wee-Rup and Yallock in 1903.

In 1903 there were 284 people listed on the Roll – 212 from Koo-Wee-Rup and 72 from Yallock, there were 138 women and 146 men.  As you would expect the major occupation was farming – there were 109 farmers, including three women, Elizabeth Fraser of Koo-Wee-Rup and Annie Yeaman and Helen Reitchel both of Yallock. Many farms were only 20 acres, with over half being 40 acres or under. There were also five graziers listed - Charles and William Moody of Koo-Wee-Rup, Henry and John Lyall of Yallock and Henry Beattie also of Yallock. I don’t know what qualified a person to call themselves a grazier – if it was based on acres, then according to the Cranbourne Shire Rate Books, Beattie had 1,193 acres and Charles Moody had 647 acres, however Charles’ brother Christopher had over 1,800 acres and he called himself a farmer, so maybe one branch of the family thought they were more gentrified than the other.

Rossiter Road, 1923

The other occupations give us some insight into the commercial activities in the town at the time – Koo-Wee-Rup had Robert Laidlaw the blacksmith; Patrick Bergin the boot maker; Henry Woodman, the butcher; Michael O’Shea, a carrier; Abraham Choury, the draper; William Kilgour, a gardener; Alfred Wilkson, a saddler; George Dempster, the Station Master and Charles Barbour, a railway employee. There were 20 men who had Labourer listed as an occupation. We also had two teachers - Grace McKenzie and John Minahan. Mrs McKenzie started at the Koo-Wee-Rup State School No. 2629 (then called the Yallock school, out on Bethune’s Road) in 1888 and was there until 1911. Her husband George is listed on the roll as an Engineer. Koo-Wee-Rup had three grocers – Elizabeth O’Riordan, James Rundle and John Sykes.

Of the 138 women listed, 132 had their occupation listed as the all purpose “Home Duties” – including both Helen and Florence Lyall, the daughters of William and Annabella Lyall of Harewood, this is in spite of the fact that they both held land in their own names, Helen had at least 250 acres. The Cranbourne Rate Books has “Lady” as their occupation – which I presume means that they were of independent means and didn’t need to work. The other six women were the three farmers, the grocer Elizabeth O’Riordan, Mrs McKenzie and finally Clara May Allardyce, of Yallock, who was listed as a Governess.

The Electoral Rolls give us an interesting insight into our region and many of the names from 1903 are still remembered in the area by road names or some of their descendents are still around - Bethune, Burhop, Gilchrist, Johnston, Lineham, Lyall, Mickle, Moody, Rossiter, Ware, Woodman etc.