Districts of Warrnambool 1888 – Biographical sketches of the Prominent Residents n the Immediate Neighbourhood of Warrnambool

Aberline, Adam, Wangoom, is a native of this colony, born in Warrnambool, where he has since resided on the estate bought by his father many years ago, near Wangoom. As showing the scarcity of the ordinary requirements of civilisation in the early days, it is a humourous tradition in the family that Mr. Aberline’s mother (who is still alive) owned the first chair in the district. 

Adams, John, Purnim, is a native of the county Antrim, Ireland, who came out to Melbourne byt he ship Frankfield on 11th June, 1841. In 1851 he went to the goldfields at Bendigo, and remained there two years. After that he purchased at the land sale, Warrnambool, his present estate, Bushyfield, of 316 acres, near Wangoom, occupied it in 1853, and has been engaged in farming and dairying there since.

Adams, John W., Wangoom, is a native of that township, who took up his present place about three years since, and is now engaged on it in general and dairy farming, going largely into and making a special feature of the manufacture of cheese. 

Barber, George Page, Wangoom, born in Norfolk, England, landed at Melbourne in August, 1860, from the ship Suffolk. He first went to the Wimmera, and managed a station belonging to the Wilson Bros. (now Sir Samuel Wilson) for seven years. He then purchased a station in Queensland, on which he remained two years, and in 1872 took up his present place, Staywood Park, on which he has since been engaged in farming and grazing. He has visited England twice since he first came out to Australia, namely, in 1867, and again with his wife and family in 1881.

Baxter, William, Garvoc, was born in Victoria, near Geelong. In 1863 he started as a carrier, and in 1865 selected 118 acres of land in the parish of Terang, and has since selected about 1000 acres in this district, on which he carries on grazing. He was married in 1863, and has a family of four sons and two daughters.

Beattie, John Wilson, Panmure, is a native of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, who came out to Melbourne in 1853, and, after a few months, went to the Castlemaine and Sandhurst diggings, remaining there through the winter of 1854. He then went to Simpson’s rush, and back to Forest Creek, where he stayed three years, and then went to teh Ovens district gold-mining. He commenced school teaching in 1864 at Sandy Creek, where he was also postmaster and mining registrar; and in 1867 took charge of the State-school at Osborne’s Flat. In 1870 he went to Gippsland as head teacher of the State-school, Rosedale, and in 1884 was transferred to the Panmure State-school, No. 1079, fourth-class, having an average attendance of ninety pupils.

Bentley, James, Wangoom, a native of Yorkshire, England, came out to this colony in 1852, and landing in Geelong, proceeded to Melbourne. Afterwards he went to Warrnambool, and purchased his present place, to which he has given the name of Stonefield, at Wangoom, and settled down thereon. Mr. Samuel Bently is son of the above-named gentleman.

Best, Frederick, Winslow, a native of London, came out to Portland, Victoria, in 1852, and remained there a short time. He then went to Warrnambool, where he served his apprenticeship of five years to the tanning trade, after which he travelled through the Australian colonies and New Zealand, working at his trade. He established his present business at the Winslow tannery in September, 1872, then doing about ten hides, and now about 130 hides, weekly. Mr. Best tans and dresses all kinds of leather, and does his tan grinding and pumping by steam.

Bromfield, James Astley, fourth son of John Davenport Bromfield, born at Pershore, Worcestershire, England, 1823, arrived in Victoria 1852; occupation, that of a chemist until 1853. Held a seat in the shire council of Warrnambool for nine years, six of which as its president, and a seat in the borough council for a similar period, during which time, as its chairman, he turned the first sod in the Merri River deviation cutting—an extensive Government work. Held the office of justice of the peace, trustee of the Savings Bank, chairman of Western Steam Navigation Company, director of the gasworks, a member of the harbour committee, railway committee, and other public appointments. Mr. Bromfield is also occupied as a grazier and breeder of horses, having bred the celebrated steeple chasers Lone Hand and Lady Ashton, and other winners on the turf.

Cassidy, William, Yangery, was born on the banks of the Merri River, near Warrnambool, and has been identified with the district all his life. He has been a member of the shire council, and is a member of the local agricultural society.

Clancy, Michael, Dennington, is a native of the county Clare, Ireland, who came out to Sydney, N.S.W., in July, 1854. He went to Ballarat in December of that year, and remained there until the Blackwood diggings broke out, when he proceeded there, and afterwards removed to the Warrnambool district, and rented a farm on the Farnham Estate. In 1867 he purchased land at Kangaroo Flat, and was engaged in farming pursuits for a number of years on it. He then sold out and went to Warrnambool, where he built a house and resided six months. In 1874 he selected land near Wimmera, and was on it eleven years, and, in 1885, built the Plough and Harrow Hotel, Dennington, the business of which he still conducts.

Clark, James, Panmure, is a native of Launceston, Tasmania, who came to this colony as far back as the year 1833, and first settled at Port Fairy and Portland, where he was engaged in whaling, from which avocation he retired fourteen years since. He purchased land at Panmure, and a short time since built a residence on it, which he named Whalers’ Cottage, and now resides there.

Clarke, W. H., Garvoc, was born in Essex, England, and arrived in Australia in 1853. He spent two or three years on the goldfields, and then commenced farming at Smeaton, near Creswick, remaining there about seven years. In 1865 he selected land in the parish of Keilambete, where he has since carried on the business of grazier and dairy farmer. The district is noted for cheese-making, that being one of its principal industries. The first school in the locality was established in 1868.

Davidson, John (deceased), Woodford, was born in Forfarshire, Scotland, and arrived in Australia 29th August, 1841. He built the Squatters’ Arms Hotel at Balmoral, and established the township in 1845, and kept the hotel for four years. In 1848 he purchased the Rosebank farm, near Woodford, and also purchased a store in Warrnambool, which he kept until 1851, when he went to the goldfields and in five months returned, with £500, to Warrnambool, and in 1852 went again to the diggings. He was married in 1854, and settled on the Rosebank farm. In January, 1857, he was elected a member of the Warrnambool District Council, and was a justice of the peace for the Western bailiwick up to the time of his death, which occurred 7th January, 1887. Mrs. Davidson is a native of Aberdeen, Scotland, who came to Victoria in 1845.

Doy, Mrs. Elizabeth, Garvoc, was born in Staffordshire, England, and arrived in Australia in January, 1853. Her late husband, Mr. William Doy, was born in Norfolk, England, and came to Victoria in 1848. After working some time for Mr. Thomas Bostock he rented a farm near Warrnambool from Mt. Thomas Manifold, and carried on farming pursuits there for fourteen years, when he removed to Allansford, and was farming there one year. In 1865 he selected 204 acres of land in the parish of Keilambete, where he was engaged in grazing and dairy farming until his death in 1884. Mrs. Doy, his widow, now resides on the property, and carries on the business. She has also 330 acres of land in the parish of Garvoc.

Eldridge, Henry, Garvoc, was born in England, and came from Kingston, Surrey, to Australia in 1857, landing at Warrnambool, and remaining in the district about two years. He then removed to Terang, where he resided until 1870, when he selected land in the parish of Garvoc, on which he has since conducted the joint occupations of carrier, grazier, and dairy farmer. He was married, in 1857, in the Church of England, Warrnambool, the officiating clergyman being the Rev. Archdeacon  Beamish, his being the first marriage celebrated in that edifice.

Farrer, John, Woodford, came out to Victoria at an early age, landing first at Portland, and transhipping thence to Belfast. He established himself as a blacksmith, wheelwright and undertaker thirty-two years ago, and has now two places of business — one in Raglan-parade, Warrnambool, and one in Woodford, six miles distant. For workmanship on waggons and drays he has taken first prizes at the Koroit and Warrnainbool agricultural shows.

Christmas Greeting Card 1889. State Library of Victoria.

Gazzard, F. W., Allansford, was born at Bath, England, and arrived in Melbourne from America in March, 1852, going first to the goldfields. After a long sojourn at Sandhurst and Avoca, engaged in goldmining, he went to Ararat and started the Mount Ararat meat preserving works; thence to Warrnambool in 1875, and established his present business of bacon-curing for which he has gained a reputation, at Tooram, Allansford, and has received special appointment as “ham and bacon curer” to His Excellency Sir H. B. Loch, K.C.B.

Glasgow, John, Purnim, is a native of the county Antrim, Ireland. His father, Mr. Robert Glasgow, and family came to Melbourne by the ship Bride in 1853, and at the beginning of 1854 went to the Warrnambool district. Two years afterwards he settled on the present property, Blackwood Hill, near Wangoom, where he is engaged in grazing and general and dairy farming. In cheese-making he has been very successful, taking the first prize at the Grand National Exhibition at Melbourne, and the diploma of merit at the Indian and Colonial Exhibition in London, 1886. Mr. John Glasgow was a member of the Warrnambool Shire Council, south riding, for six years, from 1880 to 1886, and, during the last year, was president.

Glowrey, James, Garvoc, was born in Dublin, Ireland, and arrived in Sydney, N.S.W., in 1850 after which he came to Victoria, and followed the avocation of gold-digger at Bendigo for two years. He next went to Melbourne, and thence to Warrnambool, where he assisted in the erection of the first sawmill in that district, and engaged in digging at Pettingil for four years. In 1858 he removed to Mortlake, purchased land, and remained seven years, after which he selected, and also purchased laud in the township of Garvoc, where he now resides. Mr. Glowrey erected a store, hotel, butcher’s shop, and a Roman Catholic chapel and school in the township. The latter was built in 1858, having been for two years previous conducted in his private dwelling; divine service also being held there by the Rev. Father Slattery. In 1868 a blacksmith, carpenter, and shoemaker started in Garvoc. Mr. Glowrey is intimately identified with the rise and progress of the township, and owns the principal buildings in it. He was postmaster for several years.

Good, John, Grasmere, is a native of the county Cork, Ireland, who came to Melbourne by the ship William Metcalfe, in 1841, and, after staying there a few months, went to Grasmere in 1842, first taking up his present place, Injemira, in 1843, and afterwards purchasing it. During the gold fever he went to Ballarat diggings for a few months. In 1857 he was a member of the local shire council, and in 1859 paid a visit to Great Britain, returning in 1861, and has been connected with the district ever since.

Grimshaw Bros., Bushfield. The business of this firm is carried on by the sons of John Grimshaw, who came out to Melbourne in 1834, and who travelled all over the Western District, to which he came in 1836, being one of the pioneers of the locality. The butchering business which is now extensively carried on by the Grimshaw Brothers at Bushfield, in the Warrnambool district, was only established about three years ago.

Harris, Samuel, Framlingham, was born in Devonshire, England, and arrived in South Australia about 1846, coming to Victoria in March, 1852. He first engaged in carrying to the different goldfields, and continued at that occupation thirteen years. In 1865 he selected land in the parish of Keilambete, near Framlingham, where he has ever since resided, and where he conducts his business of grazier.

Hill, William, Framlingham, was born in the county Armagh, Ireland, and arrived in Australia in 1856, going to Caramut, residing there for twenty-eight years, and buying land in that parish. He carried on grazing there for twelve years, then sold the property, and removed to Woodford, where he was farming two years. In 1885 he purchased property in the parish of Keilambete, where he now resides. He was married in 1862, and has a family of six sons and a daughter.

Hamilton, James, Dennington, is a native of Kirkstall, in the Western District of Victoria, who went at an early age on the Rutledge Survey. He has been on the Farnharn Estate, Dennington, the property of Mr. W. R. Rutledge, for the last nine years, and was recently appointed manager of the property.

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Jenkins, Allan, Grasmere, is a native of Dunoon, Argyleshire, Scotland, who came out to this colony 28th June, 1838, by the ship Registhan, from London. He landed in South Australia, and came to Melbourne 9th March of the following year. He first went to the Upper Werribee with Campbell, of Otter, and Dr. Wilson. In March, 1840, he purchased a whaleboat with Donald Mackellar, and an allotment of land at Williams-town, whereon he built a house of two rooms with a brick chimney. In 1842 he was engaged in lime-burning at the Heads, but, not being successful at that, he started stock-riding at £25 a-year at Drysdale, and continued at it until 1847. Started spaying cattle with success till September, 1851, when he went to Fryers Creek, and, after remaining there thirteen weeks, took to farming at Woodford. Eventually he went to Grasmere in 1854, and settled down on his present homestead of Roseneath, where he carries on grazing and farming.

Jenkins, Jenkin, Grasmere, is a native of Swansea, South Wales, who came out to Australia in the ship Gratitude in 1849, landing in Adelaide, S.A. Three weeks later, however, he came on to Melbourne, where he remained working for some months. In January, 1850, he went to his present place, Vrowen, where he has since then been engaged in farming and grazing.

Jones, John, Grasmere, was born in Armagh, Ireland, and landed at Melbourne in the early part of 1842. He resided in various places between Emerald Hill and Dandenong for eight years, and then went to Spring Creek in the Western District. In 1852 he proceeded to the gold diggings at Forest Creek and the Loddon, staying a few months on each. He was on the Avoca for two seasons, and after that at Beaufort in its early days. Mr. Jones has been connected with the Western District since 1851, and took an active part in the formation of the Villiers and Heytesbury Agricultural Association, serving also on its committee. He now resides on his farm at Grasmere.

Kavanagh, John, Purnim, a native of Queen’s County, Ireland, landed in Sydney, N.S.W., in 1840, from the ship Sir Charles Napier, and in August of that year came to Port Phillip with his wife and family. He was first engaged farming with his brother at Moonee Ponds for three years, and then removed to Port Fairy, and took to dairy-farming, which he conducted successfully for three years. In 1851 he went to the Ballarat diggings, and afterwards to Mount Alexander (Castlemaine), and did well, returning to Port Fairy the same year, and again taking to farming. In April, 1852, he visited Eaglehawk for a time, but again resumed dairying. In 1857 he removed to Dairy Hill, six miles front Belfast, and, in 1861, took up land at Purnim, where he built the Bush Inn, and has conducted it ever since.

Lee, John, Wangoom, was born in Tipperary, Ireland, and landed at Portland front the Runnymeade in 1852, and proceeded to Port Fairy (Belfast), where he remained a year. In 1853 he went to Warrnambool, and commenced farming near Russell’s Creek, residing there four years, and then going to St. Mary’s, Wangoom, where he took up his present property of 1000 acres, on which he is engaged dairy-farming. He milks about 140 cows. Mr. Lee has been a member of the Warrnambool Council for over twelve years, and holds Her Majesty’s commission of the peace for the Western District.

Lindsay, William, Woolsthorpe, is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, who landed at Queen’s Wharf, Melbourne, in 1842, where he remained two years, and, after being located on the Murray River a little while, proceeded to Woolsthorpe in 1844, where, at the Quamby station, he engaged in grazing, which he still carries on.

Mahood, James, Purniin, born in the North of Ireland, came out to this colony in 1863, landing at Melbourne. He first went to Warrnambool, and worked at his trade of saddler there for three years, when he removed to Jerilderie, N.S.W., where he followed his trade for nearly eighteen years.  In 1884 he purchased his present place, Blackwood Park, near Wangoom, settled down, and has been ever since engaged in farming and grazing on it.

M’Donald, John R., Framlingham, was born in Inverness, Scotland, and arrived in Australia, landing with his parents in Sydney, N.S.W., in 1839. His father, the late Ewen M’Donald, was an early pioneer of Victoria, and followed various pursuits until the outbreak of the diggings in 1851, when he went to Forest Creek (Chewton), and died there in 1853. In 1867 Mr. John R. M’Donald selected land in the parish of Keilambete, near Framlingham, where he has since resided, carrying on the avocation of grazier.

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