Claude Stanley Aitken

M, #3601, b. 1886, d. 15 Jun 1935
Birth*1886 
Marriage*1927 Spouse: Beatrice Isabel Renfree. VIC, Australia, #M12011.1,2
 
Death*15 Jun 1935 36 Hobart Road, Murrumbeena, VIC, Australia.3 

Citations

  1. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 16 May 1955, p13.
  2. [S6] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Marriage Index Victoria 1921-1942.
  3. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Conolly Tree.
Last Edited2 Apr 2019

John Mitchell Bellair

M, #3602, b. 22 May 1909, d. 27 May 2001
Probate (Will)* 1194757. Author. Upper Beaconsfield.
15 St Georges Road valued at $450,000.1 
Birth*22 May 1909 Hawthorn, VIC, Australia, #B19819.2 
Marriage*10 Dec 1935 Spouse: Alison Joan 'Joan' Macrae. Toorak Presbyterian Church, Toorak, VIC, Australia, #M14311.3,4
Marriage-Notice*11 Dec 1935WEDDINGS Bellair-Macrae
Soft moon-white French chenille ninon fashioned the charming gown worn by Alison Joan, daughter of Mrs. J. P. Macrae and the late Rev. J. F. Macrae, of Tintern avenue, Toorak, for her marriage with John Mitchell Bellair, which was celebrated yesterday evening at the Toorak Presbyterian Church. A narrow band of orange blossom caught the veil of filmy white tulle, and the bride's sheaf of pastel pink water-lilies was in delightful contrast to her ivory gown. The bride was given away by her eldest brother, Mr. Ian Macrae, and her three bridesmaids were Misses Elspeth Elder, Lil Winter-Irving, and Barbara Bellair. Their pretty frocks of delicate water-lily pink corded silk were given an attractive butterfly-wing effect by clever drapery across the shoulders, which was continued down the back of the skirt into stiff little trains. Wreaths of tiny pink rosebuds in their hair matched their posies of Cecil Brunner roses. The bridegroom, who is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Bellair, Harcourt street, Auburn, was attended by Mr. Finlay Macrae as best man, and Messrs. David Hope, of Cranbourne, and R. Molesworth, of Ballan, as groomsmen. After the ceremony, which was performed by the Rev. Dr. John Mac Kenzie, a reception was held at 9 Darling street, South Yarra.3 
Military*11 Dec 1939Enlisted for military service: South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Australian Army VX9702 - Discharge 3 Oct 1945 - Captain 2/3 MACHINE GUN BATTALION.5 
Anecdote*1962John BELLAIR writes: We saw an advertisement on Saturday morning in “The Age” of a house that we thought might suit us at Upper Beaconsfield and we rang up the agent who was George Thomson. We went to see this house which was owned by people called Stapledon, further along St Georges Road. It wasn’t quite what we wanted and coming back we saw “Applecross” through the trees. Joan said to old George Thomson, “There you are Mr Thomson, that’s the kind of house we want.” So we drove in the driveway because Thomson said, “That’s extraordinary because the owner died yesterday.” Now what had happened was that Mr Fankhauser had lived there for only a fortnight and he contracted pneumonia. He was sent down to St Andrew’s Hospital and after about three days there he thought that he was very much better so when no one on the nursing staff was looking he got his clothes out of the wardrobe and walked out of the Hospital. It was raining and without a raincoat he got wet through and in a couple of days time he found himself back in the hospital, where he died. That was very sad because he was evidently a very nice man and he planned his retirement at “Applecross” and had all sorts of ideas of what he was going to do with the garden and the house.
So anyway, I said to George Thomson after we had looked in the windows as there was nobody there and just got an idea of the house, “Look, George, ring up the son, (whom I met afterwards, Eric Fankhauser) and offer him what he paid Kilvington plus his legal expenses and stamp duty and that sort of thing.” So George did that and we became the owners of the house that evening. Eric Fankhauser was very glad to have the whole thing over and done with without losing any money and without having any bother or any worry.6 
Land-UBeac*20 Mar 1964 PAK-66 l/p 1265 (Lots 5.6.pt7). Transfer from Victor Leslie Fankhauser to John Mitchell Bellair. 10a 2r 12p + 5a 2r 0p
£10,500 (honoured the price Fankhauser had paid to Kilvington.)7 
Marriage*Feb 1972 Spouse: Margaret McCullagh 'Peg' Mitchell. Berwick, VIC, Australia.8,9
 
Village Bell*Mar 1987The article reads: OUR MAN OF MANY PARTS
Readers of an earlier Village Bell may recall the departure in 1979 of John Belair for England. John, then in his early seventies, wanted to see the Mediterranean again. With his wife Peg and friends John & Mary Sadgeley, he went to Littlehampton, England, purchased a nine ton Hillyard yacht called Gander of Headley and sailed it across the Channel and via the French canals to the Med. John and Peg spent two years there before sailing the boat back to England.
This was not John's first sailing experience. In 1969, deciding he would like to learn to sail, he went to England to spend three months sailing dinghies and learning navigation. He then purchased his first Hillyard yacht called "Merrywind" in which he sailed a similar course to the above, much of it singlehanded.
The evening of Ash Wednesday John spent fire fighting in an attempt to save his lovely old home, Applecross, in St. Georges Road, Despite his efforts, the fire gained a hold on the house and he was forced to leave, saving only the manuscript of his book, "Amateur Soldier", which was published in 1984.
The success of this book on his war experiences prompted him to write another. John served with the 2/1 Machine Gun Battalion in Greece and afterwards helped to form-the 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion. This new book is the story of this latter battalion as it fought in Syria, Java and New Guinea - an exciting history which has taken him two and a half years of hard work to complete called "From Snow to Jungle", it will be published later this year by Allen & Unwin.
After the fire John & Peg built a different and lovely new Applecross on the old site. They have established a delightful semi formal garden.
Time for a rest? Not likely! From 1960-1962 John had lived in France and speaks French fluently. Be also paints in oils for a hobby. The French-speaking island of Martinique in the Caribbean sounded interesting and a place to exercise both these talents. While reading books on Martinique he discovered some written by Lafcadio Hearn who had lived in New Orleans and also Martinique and later Japan. John is now in Martinique to research this man for possibly another book. Peg is staying home to look after the garden and on John's return in May is going to Mexico, The Rockies and the Grand Canyon.10 
Village BellDec 1995The article reads: Local Author Strikes Again
Readers of John Bellair's books will be pleased to know that on the 5th December Spectrum Publications will launch "Yesterday's Man and other Verse".
John has had an exceptionally diverse and interesting life, and possesses a zest for living which can be matched by very few.
Born in Melbourne in 1909, he was educated at Scotch College and became a School Captain in 1927. His ambition was to pursue journalism, but his father had other ideas, so for the next three years John studied Agricultural Science at Mebourne University whilst at residence at Ormond College.
The following year he became a jackaroo, and 12 months later he began droving cattle in Central Australia. In 1933 John bought the property "Two Hills" at Riddell's Creek where he bred Poll Herefords, Corriedale sheep and fat lambs. Two years later he married Joan, his first wife. Having an interest in local politics, he became a Councillor of the Romsey Shire.
A month after the beginning of World War II, John had enlisted as a private in the A.I.F. He was commissioned in 1940, and commanded a Company of the 2/3rd Australian Machine Gun Battalion for the last half of the war. He served in England, North Africa, Greece, Crate, Syria and New Guinea. Some of his adventures are recounted in "Amateur Soldier".
Postwar he returned to his property and local politics; twice he was President of Romsey Shire. In 1949 he was selected as Liberal candidate for the Federal seat of Lawler, but was narrowly defeated.
In 1960 "Two Hills" was sold and the Bellairs went to France for 3 years where John commenced oil painting and attended classes in Paris. Returning to Australia in 1963, they bought "Applecross" in St. Georges Rd where Joan died of cancer a few years later after a long illness.
In 1969 John decided he would learn to sail at Littlehampton in England where he studied navigation and sailing. He then bought "Merry-winds" a 32 foot sloop rigged Hillyard motor-sailing and spent two years in the Mediterranean, sometimes sailing alone, sometimes with friends. Returning to Australia he married Peg, his present wife, and together they made a similar trip in 1979.
Since then, John has travelled widely, often to gather materials for his books. He published "Amateur Soldier" in 1984, "From Snow to Jungle" 1987, "The School That Was" 1993, "In Hearn's Footsteps" 1994 and next month "Yesterday's Man".
What about an autobiography John??11 
Village BellJun 1999The article reads: Happy Birthday John!
We would like to wish John Bellair many happy returns on the occasion of his 90th birthday. 22 May.12 
Death*27 May 2001 Berwick, VIC, Australia.13
Land-UBeac*a May 2001 PAK-66 l/p 1265 (Lot 5), 15 St Georges Road. Transfer from John Mitchell Bellair to Margaret McCullagh 'Peg' Bellair
Village BellAug 2001The article reads: John Mitchell Bellair 22.5.1909 - 27.5.2001
Endowed with natural charm, and grace, combined with a love of adventure it is not surprising that John's long and happy life had many of the elements of a "best seller."
His schooling began at Camberwell Grammar, followed by Berwick Grammar, and then Scotch College, where he was School Captain in his final year. That year he was also junior champion of the Barwon Heads Golf Club. His ambition was journalism, but, persuaded by his father, he studied Agricultural Science at Melbourne University. His first year results were brilliant, thereafter he lost his enthusiasm for the course and in his final year left the University to spend almost two years as a jackaroo, mostly droving cattle for Sir Sidney Kidman in Central Australia.
In 1933 he bought a property "Two Hills" at Riddell's Creek, where he bred poll Hereford cattle, and Corriedale sheep. Two years later he married Alison Joan McRae.
John was a Councillor of the Romney Shire for seventeen years, twice Shire President. Athletic, and an excellent golfer, he was also a consummate horseman, hunting with Oaklands Hounds. He rode as an amateur in hunt steeplechases at Moonee Valley and Flemington, and was a race official at Flemington. Whilst on holiday with Joan in 1939, he heard that war had been declared. Soon after, the Prime Minister declared that Australia was also at war; John volunteered within a few days, but was refused being a farmer - a reserved occupation.
A week later he applied again - this time his occupation was "race official". He was accepted, becoming a Private in the 2/1 Australian Machine Gun Battalion. Commissioned in the field in 1940, he became a Captain in 1942, and transferred to 2/3 Australian Machine Gun Battalion as "A" Company's Commander.
During his six years war service, he served in England, North Africa, Greece, Crete, Syria, and finally New Guinea where he commanded "C" Company, and was for a time personal assistant to Lieutenant-General Sir Leslie Moorhead, Commander 1st Australian Corps. In his latter years he sometimes said that these war years were the happiest of his life.
Returning to "Two Hills" after the war, he maintained his military contacts as a member of the Royal Melbourne Regiment, now with the rank of Major. In 1949 he decided to have a tilt at politics. Selected as the Liberal Candidate for Lalor he resigned his Commission. He was narrowly defeated in the election. In 1959 he sold "Two Hills," bought a Peugeot car, and with Joan and daughter Sarah as companions, drove through India, Iran, and Iraq, finishing in Montpellier, France, which John found very attractive. The family stayed there three years,
John spending some time in Paris, furthering his hobby of painting.
In 1965 he purchased "Applecross" in St. Georges Road, sadly, soon after, Joan developed cancer, dying in 1969. Later that year, feeling he needed some direction in his life, he decided to study navigation and learn to sail. After spending some time in this pursuit at Littlehampton in England, he had sufficient confidence to buy a 9 ton motor sailer "Merrywind", sail it to France, and then via the canals to the Mediterranean where he spent a year cruising.
In 1972, he married his cousin Peg Mitchell. They had known, respected and admired each other since childhood, and it proved to be a happy and rewarding marriage for both.
In 1979 he repeated his earlier sailing experiences on a similar yacht, this time with Peg. John was inducted into Legacy in 1974, a project very near to his heart. He became President of the West Gippsland Branch in 1983, soon after "Applecross" and all his possessions were destroyed in the Ash Wednesday fires. John had stayed with the house, fighting the fire alone, but was finally forced to abandon it.
His next adventure was writing, his early love. In 1984 he published "Amateur Soldier", followed by "From Snow to Jungle", the history of the 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion in 1987. In 1988, then aged 79 years, he had a coronary bypass operation and also a valve replacement. To celebrate his recovery he climbed Mt. Fuji, 12,000 feet, and later Mt. Pelee in Martinique, a more difficult climb. Continuing his writing he published, "In Hearn's Footsteps" in 1994, followed by "Yesterday's Man and other Verse" in 1995; this was a delightful volume, revealing his compassionate nature, his love of companionship, and his talents as poet and philosopher. His love for the young is shown in his imaginative children's book, "Pie in the Sky". John had other writings published in magazines, and also enjoyed writing the program notes for the " 1812 Theatre".
John was a consummate raconteur with a great sense of humour, a much loved and talented man who lived life to the full.14 
Anecdote*Sep 2001John M Bellair ('27). (Following is an excerpt from an obituary published in The Age on 14 July 2001 by Associate Professor Finlay Macrae ('66) who is a nephew of John Bellair).
John was captain of Scotch College, Ormond collegian, agricultural scientist, expert horseman, steeplechaser and drover, farmer and grazier, shire councillor, sailor, traveller and adventurer, historian, francophile, mountain climber, poet and writer.
His name evokes so many memories, and so much affection, admiration and acclamation. John was passionate about those things that concerned him and those whom he loved.
He had the knack to capture the romance of any situation and to bring it to life and living.
John had a deep sense of spiritual presence. His unpublished poem, Beyond, reflects on the human search for 'a glimpse of God'. But he was also immensely practical, always replete with sound advice, and because of this, highly successful. No doubt these qualities were very valuable to the Australian Imperial Forces, and were recognised as he passed through the ranks in his military career: enlisted as private, 1939; commissioned in the field; platoon commander, Greek campaign; company commander, 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion; personal assistant to Lieutenant-General Sir Leslie Morshead (commander 1st Australian Corps); commander C Company, 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion, in New Guinea.
His position as personal assistant to General Morshead was one that he particularly cherished, and one that gave him great pride and satisfaction.
His life was part of a very distinguished military record. It was also the substrate of two of his books: Amateur Soldier and From Snow to Jungle, the history of the 2/3rd Australian Machine Gun Battalion.
John was a successful sheep grazier at Riddells Creek. In 1949 he campaigned for the Federal seat of Lalor. He greatly reduced the margin of the incumbent, Chifley's agriculture minister Reg Pollard.
John and his family moved to Montpellier in France, where they lived for three years. John's essence as a francophile flourished.
He loved the culture and language and for years made the Mediterranean his home aboard the 'Merrywind'.
John was an adventurer and gathered an amazing array of experiences throughout his life. He ventured far and wide in his later life, epitomised in his search for the story of Lafcadio Hearn, published in 1994. In Hearn's Footsteps is a fascinating account of this remarkable man as he delivered to the western world previously untold impressions of Japanese life through his writings in the American presss, including Harper's Weekly. John's research took him to the Mediterranean, the West Indies, New Orleans and, of course, Japan, where he was greeted as something of a celebrity as he wrote his book about Hearn, who is known to all Japanese schoolchildren.
His poem 'Beyond' was read at his service.
Beyond
Do you know beyond the dream time
There are things you cannot know?
Do you know beyond the music
There are sounds you cannot hear?
Can you see beyond the starlight?
Can you travel with the wind?
Is there more to sun than sunshine?
Can you see beyond the sky?
Can you see beyond the questions
In a young girl's eyes?
Do you marvel at the miracle of buds in spring?
Can you hear beyond the birdsong?
Are you touched by someone's prayer?
Is there more than just a handshake
When you meet a dear old friend?
Can you feel behind the canvas
Of a painting that you love,
Enter the mind behind the hand
That holds the brush?
If you know there is a mystery
If you know there's this beyond
Perhaps, perhaps, you'll get a glimpse of God.
John Mitchell Bellair.15 

Grave

  • Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Springvale, VIC, Australia, AGONIS, INDIVIDUAL ROSE, BED 3 ROSE 1316

Newspaper-Articles

  • 10 Jun 1905, Engagements. An engagement is announced between Mr John B. Bellair, youngest son of the late Mr T. S. Bellair, of Wagga, N.S.W., and Miss Lily Mitchell, eldest daughter of Captain J. A. Mitchell, of "Tulliallan" Williamstown.17
  • 26 Jan 1931, YOUNG MEN MISSING - Walk Overland to Lake St. Clair - No News as to Whereabouts
    Inspector Tomkinson, of New Norfolk, received a communication from Mr. John Bellair last evening from Ouse to the effect that he was becoming anxious as to the whereabouts of his son, John Mitchell Bellair, and Finley McRae, each aged 21 years, who, it was understood, left Cradle Mountain on January 16 to walk overland to Lake St. Clair.
    Mr. Bellair, sen., indicated that he had received a message from his son and companion to the effect that they intended leaving Cradle Mountain on January 16, but since he had not heard of their whereabouts. Both young men, it is understood, have had considerable experience, and it is thought probable that they have been held up by the particularly rough weather that has prevailed recently.18
  • 27 Jan 1931, YOUNG MEN SAFE Two young men, John Mitchell Bellair and Finley McRae, left Cradle Mountain on January 16 to walk over land to Lake St. Clair, and as nothing had been heard of them at the week end. Mr. John Bellair, father of the first-named, informed the police. The Superintendent of Police (Mr. W. G. Oakes) communicated with the police at Sheffield and at Victoria Valley, and yesterday the young men, who had been detained by stress of weather, were located at D Bridge, on the West Coast-road.19
  • 16 Nov 1940, The death occurred during the week of Mr J. B. Bellair, principal of the firm of brokers of that name in Mel bourne. Mrs Bellair, who survives her husband, is a sister of Mr Angus, Mitchell and a daughter of the late Capt. Pilot Mitchell. Mr Bellair was a prominent racing man and owner of the promising 3-year-old Mei Ling.20
  • 28 Apr 1949, Lalor L.C.P. Candidate
    Cr. John: Mitchell Bellair, of "Two Hills," - Riddell's Creek, grazier, has been endorsed by the electorate committee as the Liberal-Country Party candid ate for the new Lalor elector ate in the Federal election. A member of the Romsey Shire Council for three years, Cr. Bellair was personal assist ant to Lieut.-General Sir Leslie Morshead during the war. He enlisted as a private in the A.I.F., serving, in the United Kingdom, Egypt, Greece, Crete, Syria and New Guinea. Cr. Bel lair, who is 39 and married, is a major in the Citizens' Military Forces. He is chairman of the Riddell's Creek Co-operative Society.21

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P31, unit 394.
  2. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 11 Dec 1935, p16.
  4. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  5. [S30] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWII, http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/, Name      BELLAIR, JOHN MITCHELL
    Service      Australian Army
    Service Number      VX9702
    Date of Birth      22 May 1909
    Place of Birth      HAWTHORN, VIC
    Date of Enlistment      11 Dec 1939
    Locality on Enlistment      RIDDELLS CREEK, VIC
    Place of Enlistment      SOUTH MELBOURNE, VIC
    Next of Kin      BELLAIR, ALISON
    Date of Discharge      3 Oct 1945
    Rank      Captain
    Posting at Discharge      2/3 MACHINE GUN BATTALION
    WW2 Honours and Gallantry      None for display
    Prisoner of War      No.
  6. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8357-712+713 Estate of Victor Leslie Fankhauser to John Mitchell Bellair of "Applecross" St Georges Road Upper Beaconsfield Gentleman.
  8. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "Death certificate states that he was 62 years old when they married."
  9. [S70] John Bellair, The Story of Applecross.
  10. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell "055-1987, p15 by Charles Wilson."
  11. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell "Issue 106 - Dec 1995, p12+14 by Charles Wilson."
  12. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell "Jun 1999, Issue 128,p3."
  13. [S13] Newspaper - Herald Sun "1 Jun 2001 (not online)
    BELLAIR     J M (John) 27MAY2001 Death late of Upper Beaconsfield Herald Sun (Melbourne) 01JUN2001."
  14. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell "Issue 141, Aug 2001, p3, 5, 10 by Charles Wilson."
  15. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://www.scotch.vic.edu.au/gscot/GSSep01/p26obit.htm
    Obituaries September 2001 - John M Bellair.
  16. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,
    AGONIS, INDIVIDUAL ROSE, BED 3 ROSE 13
    BELLAIR      JOHN MITCHELL      CREMATED      31/05/2001      
    BELLAIR      MARGARET      CREMATED      1/08/2007      
    BELLAIR      ALISON JOAN      CREMATED      2/06/1969      
    BELLAIR      LIZZIE AGNES      CREMATED      4/09/1967      
    BELLAIR      JOHN BERRY      CREMATED      13/11/1940.
  17. [S14] Newspaper - Williamstown Chronicle, 10 Jun 1905, p2.
  18. [S14] Newspaper - The Mercury (Hobart), 26 Jan 1931, p7.
  19. [S14] Newspaper - Examiner (Launceston), 27 Jan 1931, p5.
  20. [S14] Newspaper - Williamstown Chronicle, 16 Nov 1940, p4.
  21. [S14] Newspaper - Kilmore Free Press, 28 Apr 1949, p5.
Last Edited20 Sep 2017

Margaret McCullagh 'Peg' Mitchell

F, #3604, b. 30 Oct 1919, d. 26 Jul 2007
Probate (Will)* 1290371. RETIRED. UPPER BEACONSFIELD.1 
Married NameBellair. 
Birth*30 Oct 1919 [par George & Mary MITCHELL]. 
Marriage*Feb 1972 Spouse: John Mitchell Bellair. Berwick, VIC, Australia.2,3
 
Widow27 May 2001Margaret McCullagh 'Peg' Mitchell became a widow upon the death of her husband John Mitchell Bellair.4
Land-UBeac*a May 2001 PAK-66 l/p 1265 (Lot 5), 15 St Georges Road. Transfer from John Mitchell Bellair to Margaret McCullagh 'Peg' Bellair. 
Death*26 Jul 2007 Applecross, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia. 
Death-Notice*28 Jul 2007BELLAIR (nee Mitchell). - Margaret McCullagh (Peg) Passed away peacefully at "Applecross" Upper Beaconsfield 31.10.1919 - 26.07.2007 Loved wife of John M Bellair (dec.) Loved daughter of George and Mary Mitchell (both dec.), sister of Jim (dec.), loved aunt of Robert and his family. In God's Care.5,6 
Land-Note*Dec 2007 Sold "Applecross" 15 St Georges Road for $835,000. 

Grave

  • Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Springvale, VIC, Australia, AGONIS, INDIVIDUAL ROSE, BED 3 ROSE 137

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P38, unit 384.
  2. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "Death certificate states that he was 62 years old when they married."
  3. [S70] John Bellair, The Story of Applecross.
  4. [S13] Newspaper - Herald Sun "1 Jun 2001 (not online)
    BELLAIR     J M (John) 27MAY2001 Death late of Upper Beaconsfield Herald Sun (Melbourne) 01JUN2001."
  5. [S13] Newspaper - Herald Sun "28 Jul + 30 Jul 2007 - viewed online
    one notice gives birthdate as 30 Oct, the other as 31 Oct 1919."
  6. [S14] Newspaper - Death and Funeral Notices in:
    Herald Sun 28 Jul 2007 + 30 Jul 2007
    Pakenham Gazette 1 Aug + 8 Aug 2007
    The Age 28 Jul + 30 Jul + 1 Aug 2007 and Probate Notice 10 Aug + 15 Nov 2007.
  7. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,
    AGONIS, INDIVIDUAL ROSE, BED 3 ROSE 13
    BELLAIR      JOHN MITCHELL      CREMATED      31/05/2001      
    BELLAIR      MARGARET      CREMATED      1/08/2007      
    BELLAIR      ALISON JOAN      CREMATED      2/06/1969      
    BELLAIR      LIZZIE AGNES      CREMATED      4/09/1967      
    BELLAIR      JOHN BERRY      CREMATED      13/11/1940.
Last Edited20 Sep 2017

Robert Allan

M, #3619, b. 1853, d. 14 Aug 1942
Probate (Will)* Robert Allan. Ex Farmer. Dandenong. 14 Aug 1942. 335/914.1 
Related* Frederick William Werrett Robert Allan's daughter married Frederick William Werrett's son. 
Birth*1853 Scotland. 
Land-UBeac*b 1879Robert Allan selected land from the Crown. GEM-C-70E. 69a 2r 13p - Land File 14004/19
Selected by R. ALLAN, crown grant to M J SMITH on 19 Sep 1919 (Land File 0298/50.51).2 
Land-UBeac*a 1882 GEM-C-70E. Transfer from Robert Allan to Marion Jane Smith. 69a 2r 13p - Land File 14004/19
Selected by R. ALLAN, crown grant to M J SMITH on 19 Sep 1919 (Land File 0298/50.51).2,3 
Marriage*1885 Spouse: Sarah Foster. VIC, Australia, #M4223.4
 
Land-Note6 Sep 1922 GEM-D-1 l/p 2461 (Lot 24): Mortgagee: Robert Allan. Discharged 1 August 1925. Mortgagor was Isabella Burton.5 
Land-Note*17 Aug 1923 GEM-D-1 l/p 2461 (Lot 24): Mortgagee: Robert Allan. Discharged 1 August 1925. Mortgagor was Isabella Burton.6 
Land-UBeac*31 Jul 1924 GEM-D-6. Transfer from George Wilson Martin to Robert Allan Frederick William Werrett. Transfer by mortgagee.7 
Land-UBeac*1 Aug 1925 GEM-D-1 l/p 2461 (Lot 24), Cormore Tea Rooms. Transfer from Isabella Burton to Robert Allan.8 
Land-UBeac*5 Mar 1928 GEM-D-6. Transfer from Robert Allan Frederick William Werrett to Edward William Harris. 18a 3r 23p.9 
Occupation*c 1930 Real Estate Agents at Keysborough, were hard headed business men who subdivided in Upper Beaconsfield because they thought it would develop, but it didn’t and the depression came, and many foreclosures occurred.10 
Widower1933Robert Allan became a widower upon the death of his wife Sarah Foster.11 
Land-UBeac*5 May 1941 GEM-D-1 l/p 2461 (Lot 24), Cormore. Transfer from Robert Allan to Amy Funnell Henry Edward Frederick Funnell. Probably bought in 1928.12 
Death*14 Aug 1942 Dandenong, VIC, Australia, #D27253 (Age 89) [par Robert ALLAN & Janet WHITLAW].11 
Death-Notice*15 Aug 1942ALLAN.—On August 14, at Dandenong, Robert, the dearly beloved husband of the late Sarah Allan of Chandlers road Keysborough, and loving father of Janet (Mrs McClure), Archie, Violet (Mrs Rich Werrett), Gladys (Mrs D Dodge) Walter and Rowland, in his 90th year. - In God's care.
ALLAN.-On August 14, at Dandenong, Robert Allan, the dearly loved grandfather of Allan and Ron Anderson, Beryl, Elvie, Robert, Jack and Graham Allan, Jean Wallace, and Donald Werrett, Robert Dodge, Heather, Kenneth and Lavina Allan, Keith
and Marion Allan and loved great-grandfather of Robert Barber, in his 90th year.
- Peace, perfect peace.13 

Family

Sarah Foster b. 1863, d. 1933
Child 1.Evelyn Violet Allan b. 1892, d. 1968

Newspaper-Articles

  • 5 Jan 1928, PROPERTY SALE SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 1928 BEACONSFIELD UPPER W. H. A. Rodd and Sons Have received instructions from Messrs. ALLAN & WERRETT, to sell on the property, Upper Beaconsfield, at 3 o’clock: CLOVELLY ORCHARD AREA, approximately 19 acres, being part of Cr. Allotment 6, Parish of Gembrook, County of Mornington, subdivided into 3 Paddocks, Fenced by Post, Wire and Netting on three sides. SITUATED AT BEACONSFIELD UPPER, 4½ miles from railway station, on main Gippsland line, 28 miles from city; good motor road within the township area and in the vicinity of Churches, School Store and Recreation Ground. Telephone service available. The position commanding a panoramic view of the district and surrounding country, situated on a tableland, possessing a gentle fall, surrounded by a good class of residence—country homes and orchards— bounded by metal roads on three sides. SOIL.—A nice friable loam, with subsoil of clay, easy to work and naturally well drained. ORCHARD. Particularly good; about 10 acres—100 trees to the acre —comprising the best export and interstate varieties—Grannysmith, Yates, Jonathan and Rokewood; also pears—Josephine and and Packham's—recognised as the best for export. Ten to 12 years of age these trees are a well chosen lot, planted by Mr Grant a leading orchardist. The estimated carrying capacity of of the orchard at the present time is 1,000 cases, an average of about case to the tree. This will be considerably augmented as the trees develop. With ordinary care and management £200 to £250 per annum net should be obtained for the fruit in a normal year. REMARKS—This property presents an opportunity for anyone desiring either a profitable commercial orchard, with a big future, or for any gentleman desiring a home site, picturesque and convenient, at the same time providing an avenue for pleasant and profitable employment. In this respect it is somewhat unique and needs to be inspected to appreciate the advantages it possesses as a Country Home Site and Orchard combined.
    ALSO CORMORE TEA ROOMS. Situated in the town of Upper Beaconsfield, adjoining Post Office Hall and Store; land 100 feet by ap prox. 250 feet depth, facing main metalled road, upon which is erected a substantial shop and dwelling known as “Cormore Tea and Billiard Rooms,” comprising 8 substantial rooms, including tea and billiard room, bath room and sleep out, de tached wash-house woodshed, stable, etc. The remainder of the ground laid out in fruit garden; splendid lot of apple trees, very best varieties. The position of the property is pro bably the best in the district, certainly one of the best. It is particularly suited for a boarding house, store, or for the purpose that it is being used, namely tea and billiard room, lollies, tobacco, etc.
    Terms Easy at Sale. Certificate of Title. The Owners are Determined to Sell. Further particulars apply: W. H. A. RODD & SONS, Auctioneers, Dandenong.14
  • 19 Aug 1942, Keysborough Mourns The Passing Of The Late Robert Allan Was Part Of The District For 71 Years
    ONE of the longest funerals ever seen in the district spoke eloquently of the esteem and friendship which the late Robert Allan, Chandler’s road, Keysborough, who died on August 14th, earned over the 71 years in which he was part and parcel of Keysborough’s community. A fine character, he earned the goodwill of hosts of friends scattered right throughout the Dandenong district, and one and all regret the passing of yet another revered member of a fine old pioneering family. His death occurred at a private hospital in Dandenong on August 14th after several months of ill-health, when he was in his 90th year.
    Born at Lanark (Scotland) the late Mr. Allan came to Australia on a sailing boat when he was only 18 years old. He came alone, and straightaway found employment at Keysborough, then still in its pioneering stages. After working for the late Thomas and Robert Keys for many years he established himself as a contractor and market gardener. In both pursuits his honesty and thoroughness earned him a splendid name, and as he achieved success he later took up farming on his own account.
    He has remained in the district ever since, and his name was a by-word for all that was straight and sincere. Fifty-six years ago he married Miss Sarah Foster, daughter of the late Joseph and Martha Foster, an old and highly respected Keysborough pioneering family, and a sister of the late Cr. Walter Foster. The ceremony was performed at the Presbyterian Church, Dandenong, and Mr. and Mrs. Allan raised a family of six, all of whom survive to mourn the passing of a wonderful father.
    Mrs. Allan pre-deceased her husband on March 10th, 1933. Members of the family all of whom have the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends in their grievous loss are: Janet (Mrs. McClure), Archie, Violet (Mrs. Rich Werrett). Gladys (Mrs. D. Dodge), Walter and Rowland.
    The funeral, which was very largely attended, left the residence of Mr. Walter Allan on Monday, for the Spring Vale cemetery, where the remains were interred in the family grave. Rev. V. F. Hadley officiated at the home and the graveside and the pall-bearers were the Hon. C. P. Gartside, M.L.C., Messrs. T. L. Keys, Leam Corrigan, W. Trebilco, F. Werrett, A. McLeod, K. McLennan, and W. J. Dalzell.
    Among the mourners were many members of the Court Dandenong A.O.F. of which deceased was a very early member, and others present included Crs. A. Bowman. J, New, J. C. Mills, Messrs. W. C. and D. Corrigan, A. Blackmore, Alf Potter, W. Dwyer, T. P. Carroll, R. Lee (rep. Alex Scott and Co.), W. M; Payne, C. H. P. Kelley and many others W. J. Garnar and Son were the funeral directors.15

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P3, unit 3697; VPRS 7591/P2, unit 1184.
  2. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Land File 14004/19 / Land File 0298/50.51.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4262-201 - Marion Jane Smith of 71 Collins Street Melbourne.
  4. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4702-300 - Mortgage No 467202 - discharged 1 Aug 1925.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4702-300 - Mortgage No 471366 - discharged 1 Aug 1925.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1123-401 - Balance by mortgagee to Frederick William Werrett of "Colac" McDonald Street Mordialloc and Robert Allen of Lowland Farm Chandler Road Dandenong Farmers - C/T 4905-804.
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4702-300 - Robert Allan of Springvale Gentleman.
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4905-804 - Edward William Harris of "Halwill" Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist.
  10. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive ,"from Harry Burton Interview Sep 1989."
  11. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  12. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4702-300 - Amy Funnell Widow and Henry Edward Frederick Funnell Manufacturer both of 19 Walstab Street Brighton - joint proprietors.
  13. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Sat 15 Aug 1942, p2.
  14. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 5 Jan 1928, p4.
  15. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (1927-1954) "The Dandenong Journal (Vic. : 1927 - 1954), Wed 19 Aug 1942, p4."
Last Edited27 Dec 2018

Evelyn Violet Allan

F, #3620, b. 1892, d. 1968
Father*Robert Allan b. 1853, d. 14 Aug 1942
Mother*Sarah Foster b. 1863, d. 1933
Married NameWerrett.1 
Birth*1892 Dandenong, VIC, Australia, #B3170.2 
Marriage*14 Sep 1914 Spouse: Richard Frederick Werrett. Presbyterian Church, Dandenong, VIC, Australia.1
 
Death*1968 Dandenong, VIC, Australia, #D10497 (Age 76) [par Robert ALLAN & Sarah FOSTER].3 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 22 Oct 1914, Wedding. WERRETT-ALLAN.
    A very pretty evening wedding was that of Mr Richard Frederick Werrett, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Werrett, Edithvale road, Keysborough, to Miss Evelyn Violet Allan, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Robert Allan "Lowlands," Chandler's road, Dandenong. The ceremony was preformed by the Rev. Hugh A. Buntine at the Presbyterian Church, Dandenong, on September 14. The church was decorated in a charming way with roses and greenery, with a touch of pink in the two arches at the door, by the friends of the bride. An appropriate hymn was sung by the choir, and at the signing of the register. Mr A. Tress sang the solo Beloved it is Morn. Miss Kirkaldie played the wedding march. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a draped gown of creme crepe de chine, over silk, trimmed with lace; embroidered with beads, the court train lined, with shell, pink ninon, was ornamented with true lover's knot and range blossom and an effective finish was a fine lace veil, gracefully ar arranged over a wreath of orange blos som; she carried a shower bouquet of choice white flowers. The bridesmaids were Miss Hilda Wadsworth (cousin of the bride), who wore a frock of creme crepe de chine, lace trimming, swathed belt of white tulle butterfly bow ; Miss .... Allan, (sister of the bride) and frocks, lace trimmed bodices, swathed belt of pink tulle butterfly bows. Their becoming caps were of pink tulle, wreathed with small pink daisies, and they carried bouquets of palk pink carnations, maiden hair fern, streamers of pink ribbon. They wore gold brooches, which were gifts from the bridegroom. Mr Rowland Werrett (cousin of the bridegroom) was best man, Mr Alex. Werrett (brother of the bride- groom) and Mr Walter Allan (brother of the bride) groomsmen. As the bride was leaving the church she was the recipient of a presentation, by Miss Shaw (aunt of the bridegroom). A reception was held at the Dandenoug town hall, where the wedding tea was served by Holden and and Co., Glenferrie. The usual toasts were proposed and honored by the 180 guests present; the rest of the evening was spent in dancing, music, songs and recitations. The music was supplied by Harris' and Leyshon's string band: The hall was most tastefully decorated with green bushes and red, white and blue roses. The gifts were on view at the hall. Mrs Allan (mother of the bride) was gowned in black Marquesette relieved with oriental beaded embroidery, hat being black with floral trimming; she carried a posy of red, geraniums, and red satin streamers. Mrs Werrett (mother of the bridegroom) wore a frock of black silk relieved with lace trimming, black and white chiffone blue hat with large, white bow; she carried a posy of white and pink stocks. and blue satin streamers. The bride's father and mother and the bride groom's father and mother received the guests at the entrance to the hall. The bride and bridegroom received the co gratulations of the friends, under an arch, with wedding bell. Early in the evening Mr and Mrs Werrett left for city of Ballarat, where the honeymoon was spent. The bride travelled in a navey tailored costume, white hat, white ribbon, large-pink rose, and blue fox furs the gift of the bridegroom. The bride's present to the bridegroom con sisted of a leather travelling case and rug. The gift of the bride's father was a cheque; mother, household linen ; father of bridegroom, cheque; mother, cheque. Many beautiful and costly presents were received also numerous reside at Governor road, Keysborough.1

Citations

  1. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 22 Oct 1914, p3.
  2. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  3. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
Last Edited7 Feb 2016

Richard Frederick Werrett

M, #3621, b. 1889, d. 1986
Father*Frederick William Werrett b. 1862, d. 1948
Mother*Mary McKenzie Shaw b. 1868, d. 1958
Birth*1889 Richmond, VIC, Australia, #B25691.1 
Marriage*14 Sep 1914 Spouse: Evelyn Violet Allan. Presbyterian Church, Dandenong, VIC, Australia.2
 
Widower1968Richard Frederick Werrett became a widower upon the death of his wife Evelyn Violet Allan.3 
Death*1986 Noble Park, VIC, Australia, #D19041 (Age 97.)3 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 22 Oct 1914, Wedding. WERRETT-ALLAN.
    A very pretty evening wedding was that of Mr Richard Frederick Werrett, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Werrett, Edithvale road, Keysborough, to Miss Evelyn Violet Allan, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Robert Allan "Lowlands," Chandler's road, Dandenong. The ceremony was preformed by the Rev. Hugh A. Buntine at the Presbyterian Church, Dandenong, on September 14. The church was decorated in a charming way with roses and greenery, with a touch of pink in the two arches at the door, by the friends of the bride. An appropriate hymn was sung by the choir, and at the signing of the register. Mr A. Tress sang the solo Beloved it is Morn. Miss Kirkaldie played the wedding march. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a draped gown of creme crepe de chine, over silk, trimmed with lace; embroidered with beads, the court train lined, with shell, pink ninon, was ornamented with true lover's knot and range blossom and an effective finish was a fine lace veil, gracefully ar arranged over a wreath of orange blos som; she carried a shower bouquet of choice white flowers. The bridesmaids were Miss Hilda Wadsworth (cousin of the bride), who wore a frock of creme crepe de chine, lace trimming, swathed belt of white tulle butterfly bow ; Miss .... Allan, (sister of the bride) and frocks, lace trimmed bodices, swathed belt of pink tulle butterfly bows. Their becoming caps were of pink tulle, wreathed with small pink daisies, and they carried bouquets of palk pink carnations, maiden hair fern, streamers of pink ribbon. They wore gold brooches, which were gifts from the bridegroom. Mr Rowland Werrett (cousin of the bridegroom) was best man, Mr Alex. Werrett (brother of the bride- groom) and Mr Walter Allan (brother of the bride) groomsmen. As the bride was leaving the church she was the recipient of a presentation, by Miss Shaw (aunt of the bridegroom). A reception was held at the Dandenoug town hall, where the wedding tea was served by Holden and and Co., Glenferrie. The usual toasts were proposed and honored by the 180 guests present; the rest of the evening was spent in dancing, music, songs and recitations. The music was supplied by Harris' and Leyshon's string band: The hall was most tastefully decorated with green bushes and red, white and blue roses. The gifts were on view at the hall. Mrs Allan (mother of the bride) was gowned in black Marquesette relieved with oriental beaded embroidery, hat being black with floral trimming; she carried a posy of red, geraniums, and red satin streamers. Mrs Werrett (mother of the bridegroom) wore a frock of black silk relieved with lace trimming, black and white chiffone blue hat with large, white bow; she carried a posy of white and pink stocks. and blue satin streamers. The bride's father and mother and the bride groom's father and mother received the guests at the entrance to the hall. The bride and bridegroom received the co gratulations of the friends, under an arch, with wedding bell. Early in the evening Mr and Mrs Werrett left for city of Ballarat, where the honeymoon was spent. The bride travelled in a navey tailored costume, white hat, white ribbon, large-pink rose, and blue fox furs the gift of the bridegroom. The bride's present to the bridegroom con sisted of a leather travelling case and rug. The gift of the bride's father was a cheque; mother, household linen ; father of bridegroom, cheque; mother, cheque. Many beautiful and costly presents were received also numerous reside at Governor road, Keysborough.2

Citations

  1. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  2. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 22 Oct 1914, p3.
  3. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
Last Edited7 Feb 2016

Frederick William Werrett

M, #3622, b. 1862, d. 1948
Related* Robert Allan Robert Allan's daughter married Frederick William Werrett's son. 
Birth*1862 Boro, VIC, Australia, #B12915 [par Richard WERRETT & Mary Jane WILLIAMS].1 
Marriage*1885 Spouse: Mary McKenzie Shaw. VIC, Australia, #M4223.
 
(Transfer to) Land-UBeac31 Jul 1924 GEM-D-6. Transfer from George Wilson Martin to Robert Allan Frederick William Werrett. Transfer by mortgagee.2 
(Transfer from) Land-UBeac5 Mar 1928 GEM-D-6. Transfer from Robert Allan Frederick William Werrett to Edward William Harris. 18a 3r 23p.3 
Occupation*c 1930 Real Estate Agents at Keysborough, were hard headed business men who subdivided in Upper Beaconsfield because they thought it would develop, but it didn’t and the depression came, and many foreclosures occurred.4 
Death*1948 Mordialloc, VIC, Australia, #D10159 (Age 86) [par Richard WERRETT & Mary Jane WILLIAMS].5 

Family

Mary McKenzie Shaw b. 1868, d. 1958
Child 1.Richard Frederick Werrett b. 1889, d. 1986

Newspaper-Articles

  • 5 Jan 1928, PROPERTY SALE SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 1928 BEACONSFIELD UPPER W. H. A. Rodd and Sons Have received instructions from Messrs. ALLAN & WERRETT, to sell on the property, Upper Beaconsfield, at 3 o’clock: CLOVELLY ORCHARD AREA, approximately 19 acres, being part of Cr. Allotment 6, Parish of Gembrook, County of Mornington, subdivided into 3 Paddocks, Fenced by Post, Wire and Netting on three sides. SITUATED AT BEACONSFIELD UPPER, 4½ miles from railway station, on main Gippsland line, 28 miles from city; good motor road within the township area and in the vicinity of Churches, School Store and Recreation Ground. Telephone service available. The position commanding a panoramic view of the district and surrounding country, situated on a tableland, possessing a gentle fall, surrounded by a good class of residence—country homes and orchards— bounded by metal roads on three sides. SOIL.—A nice friable loam, with subsoil of clay, easy to work and naturally well drained. ORCHARD. Particularly good; about 10 acres—100 trees to the acre —comprising the best export and interstate varieties—Grannysmith, Yates, Jonathan and Rokewood; also pears—Josephine and and Packham's—recognised as the best for export. Ten to 12 years of age these trees are a well chosen lot, planted by Mr Grant a leading orchardist. The estimated carrying capacity of of the orchard at the present time is 1,000 cases, an average of about case to the tree. This will be considerably augmented as the trees develop. With ordinary care and management £200 to £250 per annum net should be obtained for the fruit in a normal year. REMARKS—This property presents an opportunity for anyone desiring either a profitable commercial orchard, with a big future, or for any gentleman desiring a home site, picturesque and convenient, at the same time providing an avenue for pleasant and profitable employment. In this respect it is somewhat unique and needs to be inspected to appreciate the advantages it possesses as a Country Home Site and Orchard combined.
    ALSO CORMORE TEA ROOMS. Situated in the town of Upper Beaconsfield, adjoining Post Office Hall and Store; land 100 feet by ap prox. 250 feet depth, facing main metalled road, upon which is erected a substantial shop and dwelling known as “Cormore Tea and Billiard Rooms,” comprising 8 substantial rooms, including tea and billiard room, bath room and sleep out, de tached wash-house woodshed, stable, etc. The remainder of the ground laid out in fruit garden; splendid lot of apple trees, very best varieties. The position of the property is pro bably the best in the district, certainly one of the best. It is particularly suited for a boarding house, store, or for the purpose that it is being used, namely tea and billiard room, lollies, tobacco, etc.
    Terms Easy at Sale. Certificate of Title. The Owners are Determined to Sell. Further particulars apply: W. H. A. RODD & SONS, Auctioneers, Dandenong.6

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1123-401 - Balance by mortgagee to Frederick William Werrett of "Colac" McDonald Street Mordialloc and Robert Allen of Lowland Farm Chandler Road Dandenong Farmers - C/T 4905-804.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4905-804 - Edward William Harris of "Halwill" Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist.
  4. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive ,"from Harry Burton Interview Sep 1989."
  5. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "#D10159 - born Balwyn."
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 5 Jan 1928, p4.
Last Edited21 Jan 2017

Mary McKenzie Shaw

F, #3623, b. 1868, d. 1958
Married NameWerrett. 
Birth*1868 Edinburgh, Scotland. 
Marriage*1885 Spouse: Frederick William Werrett. VIC, Australia, #M4223.
 
Widow1948Mary McKenzie Shaw became a widow upon the death of her husband Frederick William Werrett.1 
Death*1958 Mordialloc, VIC, Australia, #D13497 (Age 90) [par Alexander SHAW & Flora McBEAN].2 

Family

Frederick William Werrett b. 1862, d. 1948
Child 1.Richard Frederick Werrett b. 1889, d. 1986

Citations

  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "#D10159 - born Balwyn."
  2. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
Last Edited7 Feb 2016

Sarah Foster

F, #3624, b. 1863, d. 1933
Married NameAllan. 
Birth*1863 
Marriage*1885 Spouse: Robert Allan. VIC, Australia, #M4223.1
 
Death*1933 Dandenong, VIC, Australia, #D12503 (Age 70) [par Joseph FOSTER & Martha Jane McCONNELL].2 

Family

Robert Allan b. 1853, d. 14 Aug 1942
Child 1.Evelyn Violet Allan b. 1892, d. 1968

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
Last Edited7 Feb 2016

John Mitchell

M, #3626
Marriage*14 Jun 1859 Spouse: Margaret Armstrong. Independent Chapel, Richmond, VIC, Australia, #M2140.1
 
Marriage-Notice*17 Jun 1859MITCHELL-ARMSTRONG. —On the 14th inst., at the Independent Chapel, Richmond, by the Rev. J. P Sunderland, John Mitchell, Prahran, to Margaret, youngest daughter of the late Mr. John Armstrong, merchant, Edinburgh.2 
Land-UBeac*b 1879John Mitchell selected land from the Crown. PAK-118. 19a 3p 35r - Land File 549/49 (1880 map). Govt Land Sale 5062 16 Apr 1879. Upset price £1/ac, valued £67. Crown Grant to J. MITCHELL on 16 Apr 1879 - paid rates to 1885/6 (occupation grocer.)3 
Land-UBeac*19 Apr 1884 PAK-118. Transfer from John Mitchell to Robert Sparrow Smythe. 19a 3p 35r.4 

Family

Margaret Armstrong
Child 1.John Grey Mitchell b. 1860

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 17 Jun 1859, p4.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1127-232 - John Mitchell of Prahran.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1127-232 - Robert Sparrow Smythe of Melbourne journalist - C/T 1558-445.
Last Edited7 Jun 2016

John Grey Mitchell

M, #3628, b. 1860
Father*John Mitchell
Mother*Margaret Armstrong
Birth*1860 Prahran, VIC, Australia, #B6941.1 
Land-UBeac*b 1879John Grey Mitchell selected land from the Crown. PAK-119. 19a 3p 3r - No Land File 550/19. Govt Land Sale 5062 16 Apr 1879. Upset price £1/ac, valued £67. Selected by J. G. MITCHELL on 16 Apr 1879 - paid rates to 1885/6 (occupation coach mr / manufacturer.)2,3 
Land-UBeac*19 Apr 1884 PAK-119. Transfer from John Grey Mitchell to Robert Sparrow Smythe. 19a 3p 3r.4 

Newspaper-Articles

  • MITCHELL, J G.      Pakenham, Victoria      Gazetted      6 Dec 1878      Issue of New Licenses Approved
    6/7      MITCHELL, John G.      Pakenham      Gazetted      9/05/1879      Licenses under Land Act Cancelled or Declared Void5

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3650     
    550/49 JOHN GRAY MITCHELL PAKENHAM 119 19--3--3. 1877 - 1879.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1123-404 - John Mitchell of Prahran.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1123-404 - Robert Sparrow Smythe of Melbourne journalist - C/T 1558-445.
  5. [S20] Various indexed records of GSV - Genealogical Society Victoria "Index to Govt gazette."
Last Edited3 Apr 2016

Robert Sparrow Smythe

M, #3630, b. Mar 1833, d. 23 May 1917
Robert Sparrow SMYTHE
(1833-1917)
Birth*Mar 1833 Lambeth, London, England.1 
Land-UBeac*a Oct 1879 GEM-C-15. Transfer from Henry Young to Robert Sparrow Smythe. 19a 2r 35p - Crown grant to R. S. SMYTHE on 27 Jul 1880.2,3 
Land-UBeac*b Jan 1880 GEM-C-16. Transfer from William Weston Fentiman to Robert Sparrow Smythe. 19a 3r 33p - Crown Grant issued to R. S. SMYTHE on 18 May 1880. Govt Land Sale 5333 upset £1/ac valuation £31.4 
Marriage*18 Oct 1881 Spouse: Amelia Elizabeth Bailey. VIC, Australia, #M4802.5
 
Land-UBeac*5 Jun 1882 PAK-223.224. Transfer from John Loyd Roberts to Robert Sparrow Smythe. 39a 3r 27p.6 
Land-UBeac*19 Apr 1884 PAK-118. Transfer from John Mitchell to Robert Sparrow Smythe. 19a 3p 35r.7 
Land-UBeac*19 Apr 1884 PAK-119. Transfer from John Grey Mitchell to Robert Sparrow Smythe. 19a 3p 3r.8 
Land-UBeac*2 Jun 1886 PAK-223.224. Transfer from Robert Sparrow Smythe to Frederick McCoy. 39a 3r 27p.9 
Land-UBeac*14 Sep 1906 GEM-C-15.16. Transfer from Robert Sparrow Smythe to Thomas Clement Fisher. 19a 2r 35p + 19a 3r 33p.10 
Land-UBeac*20 Sep 1911 PAK-119. Transfer from Robert Sparrow Smythe to George Wilson Martin. 19a 3p 3r.11 
Land-UBeac*20 Sep 1911 PAK-118. Transfer from Robert Sparrow Smythe to Alexander James Griffin. 19a 3p 35r.12 
Death*23 May 1917 Balwyn, VIC, Australia, #D3676 (Age 84) [par unknown].13 
Death-Notice*25 May 1917SMYTHE.-On the 23rd May, at his residence,
"Highgate-on-the-Hill," Deepdene, Robert Sparrow Smythe, passed quietly to his rest, aged 84 years. (Private interment.)14 
Probate (Will)* Robert S Smyth. Journalist. Balwyn. 23 May 1917. 154/218
Did not own any real estate in UB at the time of his death.15 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 24 May 1917, DEATH OF MR. R. S. SMYTHE.
    One of Melbourne's best known citizens, Mr Robert Sparrow Smythe who had perhaps done more to make this city known throughout the English speaking world than any other, died yesterday at his home, Highgate, Deepdene. He had earned the title of the "much travelled" by his business wanderings all over the globe and had friends everywhere. His death at a ripe old age will he heard of with regret in remote countries, just as it will cause sorrow among a very large number of people in Australia. Mr Smythe was a native of Lambeth, London, and as few men in Australia had seen more of this planet, so there were few more devout lovers of the great city than the late Mr Smythe, who knew its history and curiosities almost as well as one who had never wandered beyond the peal of Bow Bells. He was apprenticed as a youth to a leading firm of printers-Robson, Levey, and Robson-to become a "printer's reader." The works that passed through his hands before he left the house formed almost a liberal education in themselves. Among them were Alexander Dyce's authoritative edition of Shakespeare's works. Timb's "Curiosities of London," and some of Thomas Carlyle's later books. The care and intelligence of the young reader were amply proved by the presentation copies of their works from those eminent men, including the "proof-sheets" of Carlyle's first edition of Emerson's Essays with the famous editor's corrections for the press. This was the first attempt to introduce the Sage of Concord to the British reading public. Mr Smythe's companion reader was the late Frederick Greenwood, founder of the "Pall Mall Gazette," and a contemporary apprentice in the same establishment was the late Mr George Fisher for so many years a leading figure in New Zealand public life.
    Early in the fifties Mr Smythe was recommended by his medical adviser to try the long sea voyage to Australia as a sort of last hope in an aggrevated case of pulmonary weakness. That voyage not only provided a complete cure, but was the be ginning of wanderings that made Mr Smythe familiar withe most of the inhabited portions of the earth. Upon reaching Australia he joined the ranks of the newspaper press and in the course of his jounalistic experiences in Melbourne and Adelaide witnessed and described some of the historic incidents of the early days. He became the editor of the first illustrated paper published in this continent, the "Illustrated Post," issued in the Riverina to represent the interests of the pastoralists. But Mr Smythe in the early sixties discovered that, like Ulysses, "he could not rest from travel," and he organised a small concert party, headed by two young French instrumentalists, Poussard and Douay, whom he piloted for five years through Australia, Asia and South Africa. In the course of this tour Mr Smythe was the first manager to conduct a company of foreign artists into Japan, after the opening of the treaty ports, the first to prove the possibilities for professionals of the hill stations in the Himalayas, and the first impresario to cross the Orange River and "trek" through the villages of what are now the Free State and the Transvaal.
    Upon returning to Australia with a wide experience of the world but little of its good things, Mr Smythe devoted himself to concert management until one day he discovered the Rev Charles Clark's talents as a popular platform orator, and the field that Australia offered for lectures as a form of entertainment. Mr Clark's first tour lasted over four years and, whether in Australasia, America, Canada, or South Africa, proved everywhere a quite remarkable success. Encouraged by this experience, Mr Smythe determined to make the lecture business his speciality. A chance meeting with the late Mr F W Haddon, then editor of the Argus in London led to an introduction to R A Proctor the eminent astronomer who was induced to visit Australia. Then followed in quick succession visits by Archibald Forbes (the brilliant war correspondent), G A Sala, Dr Talmage, Annie Besant, Moncure Conway, H M Stanley and later in conjunction with his son, Mr Carlyle Smythe, the tours of Max O'Rell, Mark Twain, Charles Santley, and Sir Charles and Lady Halle.
    Mr Smythe's varied experiences in the course of his wanderings had made his mind a storehouse of pointed anecdote and good story and he had often been urged to publish his reminiscences of the days when the "show business" in Australia and New Zealand was something of an adventure, and was even not without some features of romance; but he invariably replied that "it is so easy not to write a volume of reminiscences ; besides, it is almost a distinction." Still, although Mr Smythe would commit no thing to print, his fund of experiences made him a genial companion, for he was an excellent raconteur. He was also a capital letter-writer—in fact his two hobbies might be considered social intercourse and letter writing. He was a man of distinct personality, with a keen sense and relish of humour, and in a modest way he was a historical figure in early Australian life. Mr Smythe leaves a widow, who as Miss Amelia Bailey a member of the Poussard and Douay concert party, a coloratura soprano with a remarkable vocal range, was for many years a popular idol in the musical world of early Melbourne. Mr Carlyle Smythe, his son has done a good deal of journalistic writing and is also well known throughout Australiasia as conductor of tours for visiting "stars." Mr Smythe leaves also two daughters, one of whom is Mrs Edgar Bell.16
  • 22 Sep 1917, Application is being made by the Union Trustee Company of Australia Limited and Mr. Carlyle Greenwood Smythe for probate of the will of Robert Sparrow Smythe, late of Highgate-on-the-Hill, Balwyn, journalist and impresario, who died on May 23. Subject to a bequest of £500 to the Old Colonists's Association of Victoria, and to pecuniary legacies to friends, the testator by his will left estate valued at £15,465, comprising realty £10,343 and personalty £4,822, to his wife and children.17
  • 3 Mar 1925, HISTORY OF BRIGHTON. TO THE EDITOR OF THE ARGUS.
    Sir-May I ask through your columns if anyone has copies of the "St. Kilda Chronicle newspaper published in the year 1859? It was owned by Messrs Goulding and Smythe, the last named being well known in after years as the "Much Travelled" celebrities entrepreneur, Robert Sparrow Smythe. He persuaded the Brighton market gardeners to subscribe to the "Chronicle" on the promise that he would publish Johann Paul Richler's "Flower, Fruit, and Thorn Pieces." When he redeemed his promise and the market gardeners discovered that Paul was not a market gardener but a German humorist, they did not renew their subscriptions and consigned the paper to that oblivion wherein it now rests. In 1860 the Brighton Guardian was published by John Stott. Files or stray copies of it also have disappeared. Can anyone let me see any editions of these two papers?—Yours, &c.
    J. B. COOPER,
    Official Historian of Brighton. Brighton Town Hall, Feb. 28.18

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Robert Sparrow Smythe (1833-1917), journalist and entrepreneur, was born in March 1833 at Lambeth, London, son of Robert Smythe and his wife Elizabeth. He served in London as a proofreader for Robson, Levey & Robson, printers, and probably studied law reporting, for he was competent in shorthand. Migrating to Australia in 1855 in search of better health, Smythe became parliamentary reporter on the Register in Adelaide and later editor of the Illustrated Post (Illustrated Australian News), one of the first pictorial papers in Australia. Moving to Melbourne, he wrote for the Age and in 1859-80 part-owned and edited the Chronicle (St Kilda). After working as a music and drama critic for newspapers in New South Wales and South Australia, he lived for many years at Deepdene, Melbourne.
In 1862 Smythe turned to theatrical management, accompanying the tenor and soprano duo, the Bianchis. Then followed a five-year tour with French violinists Poussard and Douay in whose musical company he met English-born Amelia Elizabeth Bailey, a popular coloratura soprano, whom he eventually married in Melbourne on 18 October 1881. He also managed the French pianist Boulanger, the magician Robert Heller, the German tragedian Daniel Bandmann and others. During Smythe's 1863 tour of Asia, India and South Africa he claimed to be the first manager to conduct a company into Japan after the 1854 port treaty, and to take professionals to the Himalayas and the Transvaal.
His first Australian 'discovery' was the popular lecturer Rev. Charles Clark; Smythe piloted him around Australia annually for four years, and eventually on tours of North America and South Africa. After this success, Smythe began about 1872 to specialize in lecture management, taking Australians to Europe and America, and bringing scientists, explorers and literary personalities from there to Australasia. He accompanied English astronomer R. A. Proctor, war correspondent Archibald Forbes, journalist G. Augustus Sala, authors Annie Besant and Professor M. D. Conway, preacher Dr Talmadge and explorer Henry Stanley.
During the 1890s Smythe acted as agent for the French writer Paul Blouet ('Max O'Rell'), baritone Charles Santley, and Sir Charles and Lady Hallé, and was widely respected as one of the best managers in Australasia. In September 1895 he announced tour management as his full-time occupation. His most triumphant 'lion' was Mark Twain who, as a bankrupt in 1895, accepted Smythe's longstanding invitation to tour the world.
Smythe's varied experiences, geniality and excellence as a raconteur made him a popular companion. His short, stocky stature and bushy moustache provided the stuff of caricature for the press. Active in management until 1913, he died at Deepdene on 23 May 1917 and was buried with Anglican rites in Box Hill cemetery. His estate was sworn for probate at £14,956. His wife, two daughters and a son survived him.
The son Carlyle Greenwood Smythe (1865-1925), journalist and manager, was born on 16 September 1865 at Ambala, India, while his parents were in the Punjab. He grew up in Melbourne where he was educated at Hawthorn Grammar School and Trinity College, University of Melbourne (B.A., 1888). During a brief journalistic career, he was for three years editor of the Belgian Times in Brussels and author of a history of Belgium. From the Twain tour of 1895 he became Robert's partner in lecture management. When his father retired, Carlyle conducted Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mrs Besant, 'Max O'Rell' and Captain Amundsen, and wrote several magazine pieces about his experiences. On 11 November 1903 he married Elsa Dorette Bode at St Barnabas's Anglican Church, Balwyn. After suffering serious burns to his hands, he went to live at Deepdene; he became a music and drama critic as well as a writer on international policy for the Argus and other papers. Survived by his wife, he died on 15 December 1925 at Nice, France, where he had undergone surgery. His estate was sworn for probate at £19,825.1

Citations

  1. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, Shillingsburg, M., 'Smythe, Robert Sparrow (1833–1917)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/smythe-robert-sparrow-8568/…, accessed 6 November 2011.

    This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 12, (MUP), 1990.
  2. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3916
    994/49 HENRY YOUNG ROBERT SPARROW SMYTHE PAKENHAM 19--2--35. 1877 - 1879.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1213-426 - Robert Sparrow Smythe of Upper Hawthorn.
  4. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3904
    1622/49 WILLIAM W. FENTIMAN GEMBROOK 16 19--3--33. 1877 - 1880.
  5. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1126-057 - Robert Sparrow Smythe of Burke Road Hawthorn Theatrical Manager - C/T 1359-684.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1127-232 - Robert Sparrow Smythe of Melbourne journalist - C/T 1558-445.
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1123-404 - Robert Sparrow Smythe of Melbourne journalist - C/T 1558-445.
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1359-684 - Frederick McCoy of Maritima Brighton Beach one of the Professors of the Melbourne University - C/T 1823-398.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1213-426 + C/T 1194-689 - Robert Sparrow Smythe to Thomas Clement Fisher of "Goodrest" Upper Beaconsfield Gentleman.
  11. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1558-445 - George Wilson Martin of Cromwell Buildings Bourke Street Melbourne Agent - C/T 3535-954.
  12. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1558-445 - Alexander James Griffin of Upper Beaconsfield Farmer- C/T 3535-953.
  13. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920.
  14. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 25 May 1917, p1.
  15. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), indexed as SMYTH
    VPRS 28/P3, unit 772; VPRS 7591/P2, unit 572.
  16. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 24 May 1917, p6.
  17. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 22 Sep 1917, p18.
  18. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 3 Mar 1925, p8.
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NOTE

Many family sections show only the children who were associated with Upper Beaconsfield.