Patrick Kennedy

M, #4684, b. 1848, d. 14 Oct 1914
Probate (Will)* 159/792. Patrick KENNEDY. Date of grant: 24 Oct 1918; Date of death: 14 Oct 1914; Occupation: Contractor; Residence: Pakenham.1 
Birth*1848 Tipperary, Ireland. 
Marriage*12 Feb 1872Spouse: Catherine Johnston. St Francis, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #M552.2
 
(Witness) Land-Note20 Feb 1878 Packenham, Febr 20th 1878
To A J Skene Esq., Surveyor General of Victoria, Melbourne
Sir, We the selectors and residents of Gembrook and Packenham County of Mornington humbly request that you will please order that a new road may be surveyed through the selection of Mr Arthur Knight in the Parish of Packenham. This road we request will be to start from the north east corner of Mr Knight's selection, thence south west distant at about five chains more or less and being west from the two chain road and thence ending at the south east corner of the said selection. This new line of road will be on the side of a very high hill and with little expense can be made into a very good road. The present one chain road is too steep that it is almost impossible for us to get either up or down it and ought never to have been surveyed in that place. Trusting that you will give this a favourable consideration.
We have the honor to be,
Sir, your most obedient servants.
George B Halford
David Crichton
David Smyth
William D Nash
John Milne
Patrick Kennedy
Henry Lawes
George Taylor
Charles Alexander
John Sharples
Alfred G Shorthouse
Robert Booth
Anne Stredder
David Glenn
William McCraw
John Modral
Iden Henham jun
Jno H Hinds
Thos. C Hyde
William Modral
Robert Muir
George Miller
S Paternoster.3 
Land-UBeac*b 17 Mar 1884Patrick Kennedy selected land from the Crown. PAK-59B. 64a 0r 37p.4,5 
Land-UBeac*28 Mar 1885 PAK-59B, Quamby Road. Transfer from Patrick Kennedy to Frederick Sheard. 64a 0r 37p.6 
Death*14 Oct 1914 Pakenham, VIC, Australia, #D15555 (Age 66) [par Michael KENNEDY & Johanna MAHER].2 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 7 Nov 1914, MR PATRICK KENNEDY, PAKENHAM.
    After a long and lingering illness, borne with the most Christian fortitude, Mr Patrick Kennedy, Pakenham, passed quietly away on Wednesday, 14th inst. He was in all probability the most respected man that ever lived in this district, and his funeral, as a natural result, was one of the largest attended by all classes and creeds of the community, and at the same time was one of a most painful nature, inasmuch as only an hour before his decease, one of his daughters was married. He had lived here for a lifetime almost, and by his unassuming life, endeared himself to everyone who knew him. As he had lived, so he died, a man, as far as possible, without blemish or reproach, and I may truthfully say, beloved and respected by all who knew him, and the sympathy of everyone is with his widow and family. During the last crisis of his illness, Dr White was most zealous in his attendance, and helped greatly to make his last moments peaceful, whilst Father Gleeson was continuous and comforting in his spiritual attendance. He has left behind him a large and respected family of daughters and sons, all respected and worthy examples of their good father. A very large number of telegrams, letters and cards of sympathy were received by the widow and family.7

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 7591/P2 unit 589, item 159/792
    VPRS 28/P3 unit 855, item 159/792.
  2. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  3. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 2926/19 Arthur Knight's Land File.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1572-250 - Patrick Kennedy of Berwick.
  5. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Land File 936/19.20.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1572-250 - Fred Sheard of Beaconsfield Farmer - C/T 1675-886.
  7. [S14] Newspaper - Tribune (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), Sat 7 Nov 1914, p7.
Last Edited7 Nov 2017

Peter O'Neill

M, #4686, b. 1819, d. 17 Aug 1898
Birth*1819 Wexford, Ireland.1 
Marriage*1842Spouse: Catherine Nolan. Ireland.2
 
(Migrant) Migration/TravelJul 1857 Sailing with Catherine O'Neill, Elizabeth Mary O'Neill, John O'Neill, Michael O'Neill to Port Phillip, VIC, Australia. Ship Lady Milton
Age 39 (listed as Ellen.)3 
Widower29 May 1874Peter O'Neill became a widower upon the death of his wife Catherine Nolan.2
Marriage*28 Nov 1877Spouse: Margaret Phillips. Residence of the Bride, Berwick, VIC, Australia, #M4235. Margaret STEVENS had 2 children, both deceased, Peter O'NEILL had 3 children, 1 deceased.2
Widower28 May 1896Peter O'Neill became a widower upon the death of his wife Margaret Phillips.2 
Death*17 Aug 1898 Alfred Hospital, Prahran, VIC, Australia, #D13628 (Age 79) [par Maurice O'NEILL & Elizabeth O'BRIEN]. Cause of Death: senile debility.1
Death-Notice*18 Aug 1898O'NEILL. —On the 17th August, Peter, beloved father of Mrs. Edward Savage, The Anchorage, Berwick, aged 79 years.
O'NEILL.-The Friends of Mrs EDWARD SAVAGE are respectfully requested to follow the remains of her late beloved father, Peter O'Neill, to the place of interment, the Berwick Cemetery.
The funeral is to leave St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church on Friday, August 19, at 3 o'clock.4 
Probate (Will)*4 Feb 1899 70/374. Farmer. Berwick. Leaves all to his daughter Elizabeth SAVAGE, and appoints his son-in-law Edward SAVAGE as executor.5 

Grave

  • 3-379 & 3-380, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia6

Family

Catherine Nolan b. 1824, d. 29 May 1874
Children 1.Elizabeth Mary O'Neill+ b. 1844, d. 15 Jul 1916
 2.John O'Neill b. 1845, d. 6 May 1882
 3.Michael O'Neill b. 1849, d. 7 May 1874

Newspaper-Articles

  • 17 Aug 1903, O'NEILL - In sad and loving remembrance of my dearly beloved father, Peter O'Neill, who died 17th August, 1898. Requiescat in pace (Inserted by his fond and loving daughter, Elizabeth Savage, Berwick.)7

Citations

  1. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  3. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 11/418 ; 11/421 ; 11/425.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 18 Aug 1898, p1.
  5. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), http://prov.vic.gov.au/search_details
  6. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    3-379-B     O'Neill     Peter     M     79     19/08/1898     324
    3-380     O'Neill     Michael     M     25     10/05/1874     37
    3-380-A     O'Neill     John     M     37     08/05/1882     138
    3-380-B     O'Neill     Catherine F     50     31/05/1874     39
    3-379     Savage     E.     F     72     17/07/1916     570
    3-379-A     Savage     Edward     M     74     16/12/1920     654.
  7. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 17 Aug 1903, p1.
Last Edited8 Jan 2016

Catherine Nolan

F, #4687, b. 1824, d. 29 May 1874
Married NameO'Neill.1 
Birth*1824 Ballanchrystal, Wexford, Ireland.1 
Marriage*1842Spouse: Peter O'Neill. Ireland.1
 
(Migrant) Migration/TravelJul 1857 Sailing with Peter O'Neill, Elizabeth Mary O'Neill, John O'Neill, Michael O'Neill to Port Phillip, VIC, Australia. Ship Lady Milton
Age 33.2 
Death*29 May 1874 Pakenham, VIC, Australia, #D4067 (Age 50) [par Martin NOLAN & Honora DOYLE]
She died of bronchitis and tumour of the liver. Had been 15 years in Victoria.1

Grave

  • 3-379 & 3-380, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia3

Family

Peter O'Neill b. 1819, d. 17 Aug 1898
Children 1.Elizabeth Mary O'Neill+ b. 1844, d. 15 Jul 1916
 2.John O'Neill b. 1845, d. 6 May 1882
 3.Michael O'Neill b. 1849, d. 7 May 1874

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 11/418 ; 11/421 ; 11/425.
  3. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    3-379-B     O'Neill     Peter     M     79     19/08/1898     324
    3-380     O'Neill     Michael     M     25     10/05/1874     37
    3-380-A     O'Neill     John     M     37     08/05/1882     138
    3-380-B     O'Neill     Catherine F     50     31/05/1874     39
    3-379     Savage     E.     F     72     17/07/1916     570
    3-379-A     Savage     Edward     M     74     16/12/1920     654.
Last Edited8 Jan 2016

John O'Neill

M, #4688, b. 1845, d. 6 May 1882
Father*Peter O'Neill b. 1819, d. 17 Aug 1898
Mother*Catherine Nolan b. 1824, d. 29 May 1874
Birth*1845 Wexford, Ireland.1 
(Migrant) Migration/TravelJul 1857 Sailing with Peter O'Neill, Catherine O'Neill, Elizabeth Mary O'Neill, Michael O'Neill to Port Phillip, VIC, Australia. Ship Lady Milton
Age 13.2 
Land-UBeac*b Feb 1874John O'Neill selected land from the Crown. PAK-54. 178a 1r 12p - No Land File
Selected by Jno O'NEIL
Left this property to his sister Elizabeth SAVAGE (described as 191a 23p - wattle and daub cottage valued at £10). 
(Heir & Executor) Probate (Will)12 Sep 1874Named executor and an heir in the will of Michael O'Neill. The will was written in February 1874.3 
Land-UBeac*10 Nov 1880 PAK-34. Transfer from Michael O'Neill to John O'Neill. 172ac 1r 38p - 786/19.20
Selected by M. O'NEIL crown grant to J. O'NEIL on 10 Nov 1880 - left to his brother upon his death.4 
Death*6 May 1882 Berwick, VIC, Australia, #D4416 (Age 37) Cause of Death: Phthisis & Exhaustion. John was born in Dublin, spent 2 years in Queensland and 23 years in Victoria.1
Death-Notice*8 May 1882O'NEIL.—On the 6th inst., at his residence, Berwick, John O'Neil, aged 37 years.5 
Note*8 May 1882 William O'Neill William O'NEILL was a witness at the burial of John O'NEILL (source: Death Certificate of John O'NEILL.) 
Probate (Will)*22 Jun 1882 23/979. Farmer & Butcher. Pakenham.6 
Land-UBeaca 22 Jun 1882 PAK-34. Transfer from John O'Neill to Elizabeth Mary Savage. John O'Neill left this property to his sister Elizabeth SAVAGE. (described as 172a 1r 38p - no house).7 
Land-UBeac*a 22 Jun 1882 PAK-54. Transfer from John O'Neill to Elizabeth Mary Savage. John O'Neill left this property to his sister Elizabeth SAVAGE (described as 191a 23p - wattle and daub cottage valued at £10).
By 1888 (172 acres) owned by F E STEWART, Financiers, but Elizabeth SAVAGE appeared to have retained a portion until her death. In 1910/11 rated to Catherine WHITE.8,9 

Grave

  • 3-379 & 3-380, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia10

Newspaper-Articles

  • 22 Nov 1880, MONDAY, DECEMBER 8 At Twelve O'Clock At the Rooms, 6 Collins street East
    FARM, 178 Acres 1 Rood 12 Perches, BEACONSFIELD Adjoining the Residence of Geo Ramsden, Esq.
    J H PATTERSON has received Instructions from the owner, Mr J. O'Neill, who is about to leave for Queensland, to SELL by AUCTION, on the above date, at twelve o clock,
    All that valuable allotment of land, Containing 178 acres 1 rood 12 perches subdivided into five paddocks, all well fenced, 50 acres cleared and under cultivation, a good substantial seven roomed house is erected on the property, and also all the necessary outbuildings for carrying on the farm, which is in first class working order, being Crown portion 54 parish of Pakenham.
    This property possesses special advantages for persons wishing to obtain an excellent site for a country residence, as it is within half a mile of Beaconsfield railway station and one mile from the Berwick Station (adjoining Souter's Hotel), commanding a splendid view of the surrounding country, Including Western Port and Port Phillip Bays, and a grand panoramic view of the ranges.
    For absolute sale. No reserve. Title-Crown grant.
    J B Patterson, auctioneer, 6 Collins street east.11

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 11/418 ; 11/421 ; 11/425.
  3. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), http://prov.vic.gov.au/search_details
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1256-157 - John O'Neil of Berwick as Executor of the Will of Michael O'Neil late of Pakenham deceased.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 8 May 1882, p1.
  6. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), http://prov.vic.gov.au/search_details
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1256-157 - Memo 8081 - Elizabeth Savage of Wilmot Farm Beaconsfield wife of Edward Savage of the same place Farmer is registered as propririetor of the within described land as executrix to whom probate of the will of John O'Neil, who died 6th May 1882, was granted 22nd June 1882.
  8. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria).
  9. [S66] Berwick Shire Rates, 1870-1965.
  10. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    3-379-B     O'Neill     Peter     M     79     19/08/1898     324
    3-380     O'Neill     Michael     M     25     10/05/1874     37
    3-380-A     O'Neill     John     M     37     08/05/1882     138
    3-380-B     O'Neill     Catherine F     50     31/05/1874     39
    3-379     Savage     E.     F     72     17/07/1916     570
    3-379-A     Savage     Edward     M     74     16/12/1920     654.
  11. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 22 Nov 1880, p2.
Last Edited28 Apr 2017

Michael O'Neill

M, #4689, b. 1849, d. 7 May 1874
Father*Peter O'Neill b. 1819, d. 17 Aug 1898
Mother*Catherine Nolan b. 1824, d. 29 May 1874
Birth*1849 Wexford, Ireland.1 
(Migrant) Migration/TravelJul 1857 Sailing with Peter O'Neill, Catherine O'Neill, Elizabeth Mary O'Neill, John O'Neill to Port Phillip, VIC, Australia. Ship Lady Milton
Age 9.2 
Note*c 1870 After David Bowman, using his preemptive right, bought 200 acres of land, part of the Panty Gurn Gurn Pastoral Lease of 1920 acres on 12 January 1855, the remaining 1720 acres was leased as a cattle run until forfeited in 1873, at which time all the land would be open for selection.

The O'Neill family took advantage of this opportunity, with the three children each selecting a Crown Allotment: Elizabeth (CA53), John (CA54) & Michael (CA34).

Michael O'Neill, farmer, selected the land, CA 34 Parish of Pakenham, (under the 1869 Land Act), around the present site of "Villa Mar", O'Neill Road, Beaconsfield, where he grew oats and built a lathe and plaster, wood and thatch cottage.3 
Death*7 May 1874 Pakenham, VIC, Australia, #D4066 (Age 25.)1
Inquest22 May 1874Inquest held 1874/421. ONeill, Michael, Abscess in the groin, Berwick.4 
Probate (Will)*12 Sep 1874 12/198, Farmer, Pakenham, committed to John O'Neill. Leaves his lease to his two brothers John O'Neill and William O'Neill.
Personal Estate: Lease from the Crown under "The Land Act 1869" for seven years of one hundred and seventy four acres at Pakenham, together with improvements thereon consisting of a wattle and daub Hut of two rooms, fence, and about nine acres cultivated. Valued at £200.0.0 See: William O'Neill John O'Neill.5 
Land-UBeac*b 1880Michael O'Neill selected land from the Crown. PAK-34. 172ac 1r 38p - 786/19.20
Selected by M. O'NEIL crown grant to J. O'NEIL
left to his brother upon his death.6,7 
Land-UBeac*10 Nov 1880 PAK-34. Transfer from Michael O'Neill to John O'Neill. 172ac 1r 38p - 786/19.20
Selected by M. O'NEIL crown grant to J. O'NEIL on 10 Nov 1880 - left to his brother upon his death.8 

Grave

  • 3-379 & 3-380, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia9

Newspaper-Articles

  • 4 Apr 1870, Land Selections: Michael O'Neill, 174a. 1r. 5p., parish of Pakenham. Recommended, unless the president should rule upon J. F. Henry's application, that he was entitled to an exemption.10
  • 25 May 1874, EXHUMATION OF A BODY.
    A curious case formed the subject of an inquiry by Mr Candler, district coroner, on Friday last, at Berwick. A young man named Michael O Neill had received a kick from another man in a public house, in November last and had been ill since, and died on the 7th inst and his medical attendant had re fused to give a certificate as to the cause of death. Constable Gleeson, stationed at Berwick, reported to the coroner that on the 9th inst, he informed the father of the deceased that an inquest would be held on his son's body on Monday, the 11th inst, at noon ; that the father said he would bury his son in defiance of the coroner and the police, and that at about 8 o'clock on the same (Saturday) evening he (the constable) was informed that Mr Grant, undertaker, had a certificate to bury the deceased. The constable further reported that he found that this was the case, and taking the certificate to Mr Brisbane, deputy registrar, asked him if he had given it. Mr Brisbane said he had. The constable told him there was to be an inquest on Monday, and asked if the certificate could be cancelled by him. Mr Brisbane said he would not cancel it, that he was perfectly justified in giving it. The constable re turned the certificate to Mr Grant and the de ceased was buried at 3 o'clock on Sunday.
    The coroner was communicated with, and on the facts being submitted to the Attorney General, the exhumation of the body was ordered, and the police, having received the licence, caused the body to be exhumed. The inquest was to have been held on the 15th inst, but in consequence of Constable Glee son being engaged at the Supreme Court, it did not take place till the 22nd inst, Friday last. At the inquiry,
    Wm Sanderson, groom at the Gipps Land Hotel, Berwick, stated, —I knew the deceased, Michael O Neill, and I know Robert Clarke, now present. Some time in November they were in the kitchen of the hotel, and there was a little bit of a scuffle between Clarke, a person named Webb, and myself. Deceased was sitting on a stool. I fell in some way. I cannot say how. I put Clarke outside and he went away, and deceased went. There was a fire, but no candle in the place. Clarke was scuffling first with Webb, and got knocked down. He said his ribs were broken. I did not see the deceased interfere in any way. He was the last to leave the kitchen. He bade me good night, and did not complain at all, and said nothing about having been kicked. I could not tell the cause of quarrel between Clarke and Webb. They were not quarrelling in reality, but only wrestling. While I was on the ground, I re- ceived a blow on the head, but I cannot say whether from a fist or foot, from Clarke. I called out not to kick a man down. I did not see the deceased struck or hurt. He did not complain. There was no ill will between Clarke and me. Clarke had the doctor, and was laid up.
    Constable Gleeson deposed to arresting Robert Clarke on a charge of unlawfully as saulting the deceased. He made no resist ance, and, after he had been cautioned, he said he did not remember kicking the de ceased. He was very sorry for what had taken place, and if it did so happen that he did kick him he did not do it intentionally, as he was not sober at the time. He also said that he and deceased were good friends previously and afterwards; that Webb and he (Clarke) and Bill, the groom, had a quarrel, that Bill had put him out of the kitchen and that he went in again ; that he remembered Bill being on the ground, but whether he knocked him down or not he could not say.
    Peter O'Neill, farmer at Pakenham, said: - the deceased was my son aged 25 years. He was in good health. I heard nothing about his having received any injury until January last, when he went to the Alfred Hospital. He lived in my house but he said nothing to me about having been injured. Three weeks or a month before this he was unable to go to his work He returned home from the Alfred Hospital nearly nine weeks before he died. He remained in bed from that time except two hours or so occasionally, until he died on the 7th inst. Dr Elmes attended to him. He came to see him occa sionally. I know Robert Clarke now present. I do not know that there was any ill will between deceased and Clarke. I was present when my son made the dying declaration, now produced before Mr Wilson, justice of the peace. Robert Clarke was not present.
    The declaration produced was as follows - "March 11, 1871 I, Michael O'Neill believing that I am in danger of death, make the following statement -I was at Mr Souter's Gipps Land Hotel on Saturday night, about the middle of November last past. Tom Webb, Bill, the groom and Clarke were there also. Tom Webb and Clarke commenced to fight. They had all been drinking, but were not drunk. After a time Bill the groom put Clarke out. Clarke rushed in, saying, "You — , you kicked me outside," and he knocked Bill down. He was then proceeding to kick Bill, when I in terfered to protect him, and received the kick intended for Bill in my left groin. I do not think Clarke had any bad feeling against me. About four days after I began to get ill, and I make this declaration fearing that I am about to die. - MICHAEL O'NEILL."
    Thomas Elmes, surgeon, said that on the 9th March last, he saw deceased, and found in his left groin a diffused internal abscess, which had been opened and closed over apparently some time before. There was no external appearance of a bruise. Deceased got worse, and was occasionally delirious and there was a continual discharge from the abscess till the 7th inst, when the man died. In witness's opinion he died from the effects of the abscess in the groin. There were bedsores but he did not think they were the cause of death. It was not likely an abscess should occur in the position this was in from natural causes. It might be caused by a kick, or direct blow, or by a strain, and deceased might have been able to go about for a short time after receiving the injury. In witness's opinion if the abscess had been attended to by a medical man when it first formed, and had been opened, the subsequent mischief might have been prevented. The matter escaped into the peritoneum, whereas had it been allowed to make its exit externally, there would have been no further mischief probably. Recollected attending Robert Clarke for two broken ribs about the latter end of November last.
    Dr Neild who had made a post mortem elimination of the body stated that on the left side extending from the upper part of the psoas muscle to the lower third of the thigh was the cavilty of a large abscess. It took in the hip joint the bones of which were black and bare of cartilage. The cause of death was exhaustion from the huge abscess. All the organs were structurally healthy. Such an abscess might be the result of a kick. It might have done well if opened shortly after forming.
    The jury found that the deceased died of exhaustion from an abscess in the groin and that his death was the result of his own neglect in not procuring timely medical aid.
  • 26 May 1874, In connexion with the inquest held last Friday at Berwick, on the body of Michael O'Neill, which was exhumed for that purpose, there are some points of interest as regards the duties of local registrars in sanctioning an interment without sufficient authority. The ordinary practice is for those officials to register the death on the production by the friends of the deceased of the medical certificate stating the cause of death. In the case of O Neill, Dr Elmes very properly refused to give a certificate, inasmuch as the death had been indirectly occasioned by violence, and therefore an inquiry was requisite. Notwith standing the absence of the certificate, and although the police informed the registrar that proper notice had been given to the coroner, whose decision was awaited, the death was registered and the body buried. Such a proceeding was no doubt highly improper, under the circumstances, and it is probable that the conduct of the registrar will furnish the subject for an investigation in the proper quarter. At the same time, it may be well to bear in mind that, notwithstanding the prevalent impression that it is obligatory upon registrars to demand a medical certificate before registering a death, there is really no obligation of the kind, and that they may take an assurance from a non medical person that death has come about in the ordinary course of nature. So far, therefore, as being legally in the light is concerned, the Berwick registrar may be easy in his mind. It was bad judgement on his part to disregard the protest of the police against the burial, but as to the imperativeness or otherwise of medical testimony as a warrant for his conduct, he had obviously informed himself. The case, however, is exactly of the kind to show that what is now only a general practice, should be made to have the force of law. It is not that medical certificates are always sure to be correct, but they are more likely to be correct than most other testimony as to how a death has come about. Besides, if medical certificates of the causes of death may be disregarded at the option of survivors, it is easy to see how greatly the facilities will be increased for crime. We pointed out some weeks ago how, even supposing the indispensability of the medical certificate, it is not always possible to make sure that foul play has not been had recourse to, and on this part of the subject something more may require to be said at another time. Our present object, however, is to advocate the desirability of all deputy-registrars being obliged to demand the certificate before registration. If this duty can be made imperative by a general order from the registrar-general, it had best be done at once. If, however, it requires an act of Parliament to enforce it, the importance of such an enactment should be sufficient reason for not delaying its accomplishment longer than can be avoided.11

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 11/418 ; 11/421 ; 11/425.
  3. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive ,"research by Charles Wilson, information obtained by viewing the land file 786/19.20. See file UB History/People/O'Neill-001."
  4. [S24] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 24/P0000 unit 307, item 1874/421
    Male, ONeill, Michael, Abscess in the groin, Berwick, 1874/421 Male, 22 May 1874,.
  5. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), http://prov.vic.gov.au/search_details
  6. [S76] Cardinia Shire, Book: Cardinia Heritage Study, Cardinia Shire (North) Heritage Study Heritage Places, p312
    'Villa Maria' HISTORY
    This farm complex which includes a 1915 residence built as St Vincent's Convalescence Home contains buildings from its earliest ownership by the O'Neill family, district pioneer settlers. (1)
    A search of land files showed that the site was once on the Panty Gurn Gurn pastoral run. In 1870, C.F. Henry, lessee of that run requested that Crown Allotments 34 (the site of Villa Maria] and 35 should be excluded from selection because, with the homestead, were all that remained of the run. However, he later withdrew his demand, feeling it might hold up development of the area. (2)
    Michael O'Neill, a Berwick farmer, who leased the Villa Maria site from 1870, built a lathe and plaster, wood and thatch cottage there valued at £12 and grew oats. He transferred the property to his brother, John O'Neill, in 1874. The Crown Grant was issued to John O'Neill exec. Michael O'Neill died in November 1880 (3) [sic] - he died in May 1874. Reputedly, after their death, the O'Neills bequeathed the property to the Sisters of Charity. [sic] it was their sister Elizabeth Savage who willed the remainder of CA 34 to the church.
    It was announced in the Catholic press in February 1915 that a Beaconsfield site had been purchased by St Vincent's Hospital for a 'home for the poor who, after leaving St Vincent's Hospital, require some rest to enable them to regain strength to work for themselves and those dependent on them; 'It was to be run by the Sisters of Charity at Beaconsfield, and would be ready for patients on March 1, 1915. The site contained '100 acres of good land.' (4)
    The name, Villa Maria, was given to the property, although it was also advertised as St. Vincent's Rest Home. A photograph of the house was included in an advertisement of 20 February. The house was described as 'A veritable bush retreat, without the drawbacks of bush life, recently erected' and offered 'fresh air, fresh farm produce, and delightful surroundings.' Indeed, 'Open-Air-Treatment (was) a Speciality.' (5)
    It was reported in August 1915, that 86 patients had received treatment at the home, which was especially intended for women and children. (6) However, in October 1916, it was decided to close the house as a convalescent home as it was 'too far removed from the city.' Instead it was to be opened by Miss Ethel Roper as 'Villa Maria', a 'paying guest' house. (7)
    In the 1960s, Villa Maria was sold to Alexander Sydney Thomas and Rose Gladys Irvine and run as a rest home. Cardinia Shire Valuer's records confirm that by this time the four-acre property contained a large Rest Home and a smaller house. After a legal battle, the property was re-named Villa Mar, its present name for use as a Pensioner Rest Home.

    DESCRIPTION
    This is a Federation Bungalow styled farm house sited at the top of a hill and concealed by a mature garden and trees reached by a long drive from a picketed entrance (round-head).

    1     The Advocate 13 Feb. 1915     
    2     Land File 786/19.20     
    3     Land File 786/19.20     
    4     The Advocate 13 Feb. 1915          
    5     Ibid 20 Feb. 1915
    6     Ibid. 7 August 1915
    7     Ibid. 14 Oct. 1916.
  7. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive.
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1256-157 - John O'Neil of Berwick as Executor of the Will of Michael O'Neil late of Pakenham deceased.
  9. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    3-379-B     O'Neill     Peter     M     79     19/08/1898     324
    3-380     O'Neill     Michael     M     25     10/05/1874     37
    3-380-A     O'Neill     John     M     37     08/05/1882     138
    3-380-B     O'Neill     Catherine F     50     31/05/1874     39
    3-379     Savage     E.     F     72     17/07/1916     570
    3-379-A     Savage     Edward     M     74     16/12/1920     654.
  10. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 4 Apr 1870, p6.
  11. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 26 May 1874, p4.
Last Edited28 Dec 2016

Elizabeth Mary O'Neill

F, #4690, b. 1844, d. 15 Jul 1916
Father*Peter O'Neill b. 1819, d. 17 Aug 1898
Mother*Catherine Nolan b. 1824, d. 29 May 1874
Married NameSavage. 
Birth*1844 Wexford, Ireland. 
(Migrant) Migration/TravelJul 1857 Sailing with Peter O'Neill, Catherine O'Neill, John O'Neill, Michael O'Neill to Port Phillip, VIC, Australia. Ship Lady Milton
Age 15 (as Eliza.)1 
Land-UBeac*b 1868Elizabeth Mary O'Neill selected land from the Crown. PAK-53. 58a 0r 13p - Selected by E O'NEIL. Crown Grant issued 18 Jun 1868.2 
(Witness) Marriage12 Oct 1874Witness to marriage of: James Poole O'Dowde and Eliza O'Neill; St Mary's, St Kilda, VIC, Australia.3
Marriage*26 Aug 1877Spouse: Edward Savage. St Ignatius Church, Richmond, VIC, Australia, #M3176
Witnesses: William O'Neill.3
Land-UBeac*a 22 Jun 1882 PAK-54. Transfer from John O'Neill to Elizabeth Mary Savage. John O'Neill left this property to his sister Elizabeth SAVAGE (described as 191a 23p - wattle and daub cottage valued at £10).
By 1888 (172 acres) owned by F E STEWART, Financiers, but Elizabeth SAVAGE appeared to have retained a portion until her death. In 1910/11 rated to Catherine WHITE.4,5 
Land-UBeaca 22 Jun 1882 PAK-34. Transfer from John O'Neill to Elizabeth Mary Savage. John O'Neill left this property to his sister Elizabeth SAVAGE. (described as 172a 1r 38p - no house).6 
Land-UBeac*c 1888 PAK-54. Transfer from Elizabeth Mary O'Neill to Francis Edward Stewart. By 1888 (172 acres) owned by F E STEWART, Financiers, but Elizabeth SAVAGE appeared to have retained a portion until her death. In 1910/11 rated to Catherine WHITE.5 
Land-UBeac*6 Aug 1888 PAK-34. Transfer from Elizabeth Mary Savage to George Anderson. 173a 0r 16p.7 
Land-Note*6 Aug 1888 PAK-34: Mortgagee: Elizabeth Mary Savage. George Anderson obtained a mortgage from Elizabeth Savage. Mortgagor was George Anderson.8 
Land-Berwick*10 Mar 1891 BER-25 (part). Transfer from Mary King Vaile to Elizabeth Mary Savage. This property contains "The Anchorage."9 
Land-UBeac15 Aug 1893 PAK-34 (part). Transfer from George Anderson to Elizabeth Mary Savage. Returned to Elizabeth Savage.10 
Land-UBeac15 Aug 1893 PAK-34 (part). Transfer from George Anderson to Elizabeth Mary Savage. 4a 3r 34p.11 
Land-UBeac*23 Dec 1907 PAK-53. Transfer from Elizabeth Mary Savage to Catherine White. 58a 0r 13p.12 
Death*15 Jul 1916 "The Anchorage", Berwick, VIC, Australia, #D8821 (Age 72) [par Peter O'NEILL & Catherine NOLAN] Cause of Death: Cerebral Haemorrhage and Exhaustion.13
Death-Notice*19 Jul 1916SAVAGE.-On the 15th July, 1916, at her residence "The Anchorage," Berwick, Elizabeth T., beloved wife of Edward Savage, aged 72 years; colonist of 56 years. R.I.P.14 
Probate (Will)*20 Oct 1916 147/900. Married Woman. Berwick.
Owned various properties, including part of CA34 & part of Govt Rd, 76 ac 3r 28p. (was originally Michael's selection). In her will she leaves various legacies to religious institutions, and also to her adopted children.15 
Note* Her death certificate shows no issue - in her will she calls her children adopted children. The two children must have been relatives of her.4 
Land-Note*5 Apr 1917 PAK-34 (part): Elizabeth Savage died on the 15 July 1916. Probate of her will granted to National Trustees Executors and Agency Company of Australasia Ltd, Edward Savage of the Anchorage Berwick Grazier and Peter James McQuade of Dandenong Hotelkeeper.16 
Land-Berwick*16 Sep 1921 BER-25 (part). Transfer from Elizabeth Mary Savage to Isabel Maud Willis. Estate of Elizabeth Savage (National Trustees Executors and Agency Company of Australasia Ltd, Edward Savage of the Anchorage Berwick Grazier and Peter James McQuade of Dandenong Hotelkeeper) sold property.17 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1903 - 1915Berwick, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Savage.18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25

Grave

  • 3-379 & 3-380, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia26

Newspaper-Articles

  • 13 Feb 1884, From Mrs. Savage, directing attention to nuisance outside her paddock caused by Mrs Keys, of the Gippsland hotel, depositing broken bottles and other rubbish there.-Referred to inspector of Nuisances to inspect and report, on motion of Councillor Souter.27
  • 14 May 1884, Berwick Shire Council 10 May 1884: From Elizabeth Savage, Beaconsfield, wishing to purchase from the Government the piece of land about half an acre in extent, fronting her property at the end of Bowman's lane.- Resolved that Mrs. Savage's request be complied with, as the Council have no objection to the Government disposing of this piece of land.28
  • 13 Apr 1887, From Elizabeth Savage, applying to the Council for permission to purchase a small piece of land adjoining her Pakenham property.-A letter was recieved from the Lands Department on the same subject stating that the land applied for formed part of a road which could only be legally reduced in width under section 367 of the Local Governmunt Act, and pointing out that it devolved on the Berwick Shire Council to submit a scheme and agreement as required by the Act.-Consideration postponed till next meeting.29
  • 29 Feb 1888, From Mrs. E Savage, Beaconsfield, in reply, agreeing to give a chain road through her property, at Beaconsfield, on conditions that the road be fenced with a substantial two rail fence, and that the Council gave her in exchange a piece of waste land between her boundary and the Gippsland road. Councillor Goff moved and Councillor Brisbane seconded that the offer be accepted. Carried.--Councillor Brisbane was authorised to interview one or two ratepayers interested to ascertain on what terms other land could be got for completion of the road.30
  • 8 Jan 1890, From L. T. Piccard, stating that some twelve months ago he called attention to the fact that no roads were made either leading to or from the properties near the "Anchorage," and that the Council replied stating that a committee would he appointed to inspect with a view of calling tenders for any necessary work that might be required, but it had not been done.-Referred to Berwick public works committee with power to act.31
  • 16 Apr 1890, SATURDAY, 19th APRIL: ON THE PREMISES, COMMENCING AT 12 O'CLOCK. "THE ANCHORAGE," BERWICK. VALUABLE BLOCK OF LAND 16A. 39P., Adjacent to Berwick and Beaconsfield Railway Stations, right in the Township of Berwick, large creek frontage, extensive views, planted with Pines, &c.
    FOUR-ROOMED WB COTTAGE Also HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE & EFFECTS. Comprising : Piano, Sideboard (mirrowed back), Carpets, Drawing-room Suite, Tables, Bedsteads, Bedding, Lamps, &c. Also: Ralli Car, Phateon and Slide-seat Buggy, Harness (two sets),
    also PRIZE COWS And the FAST PONY, "BOB," So well-known in the district.
    STILLMAN AND CO., Auctioneers, 68 Swanston street, have received instructions from L. T. Piccard Esq., of the "Anchorage," Berwick, to sell as above, through having decided to leave the district and reside in Melbourne. Saturday, April 19th, at "The Anchorage," Berwick.32
  • 11 Oct 1890, BERWICK. COUNTRY RESIDENCE. Eight Acres Land. Beautiful orchard, W R LOOKER and SONS have received instructions to OFFER for definite SALE that choice property, The Anchorage, situated on the hills overlooking Berwick, and 1 1/2 miles from the railway station, and having frontage to the Cardinia Creek, a permanent mountain stream.
    It adjoins the properties of M. A'Beckett, Esq., and Biccard, Esq.
    The house, which is well-built, contains 8 rooms, also kitchen and bathroom, &c., stabling and other outbuildings, very choice garden and orchard.
    Title, certificate. Terms-One-third cash, balance 6 and 12 months, or 2 discount for each within a month.
    W. R. Looker and Sons, 102 Collins-street, Melbourne, Oakleigh, and Ascotvate.33
  • 13 Jan 1892, ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, DANDENONG. The necessity of a more commodious church has been a recognised fact among the members of the Roman Catholic faith in this district for sometime past, the old stone building being neither an ornamental or convenient edifice. Almost from the time of its erection it showed signs of faulty workmanship, a glaring error in construction being the subsidence of the foundations, which necessitated an additional expenditure, over first cost of about £300 To extend a building with defective foundations was not to be thought of, and it was decided, and wisely so, to raze the building and erect a church more in accordance with the requirements of the congregation. For some time the services of the denomination have been held in the Agricultural Hall, during the building of the new church, a handsome structure, which occupies one of the best positions in the town, and of which our Roman Catholic friends may be justly proud. The total cost of the church (St. Mary's) is said to be about £2200, but thanks to the liberality of the congregation and friends, the debt has been reduced to £1200, which is a very creditable result. The build ing is of brick, and Gothic in style, the main entrance being from Langhorne street. A roomy porch first claims one's attention, and three fold ing doors provide means of ingress to the nave, the dimensions of which are 60ft x 34ft, with walls 20ft high, and roof another 20ft. On the walls are hung 14 pictures illustrative of scenes during the Crucifixion, and the nave is estimated to seat 350 persons. The chancel is 14ft x 20ft., and the stained-glass window in this portion of the building is a beautiful delineation of the Annunciation-the angel's salu tation of the Virgin Mary. This window is said to have cost £150, and was presented to the church authorities by Mrs. Edward Savage, of Berwick. Miss O'Connor, of Berwick, has furnished the church with an altar, valued at £70, whilst Mrs. Reardon, also of Berwick, has generously provided sufficient Brussels carpet for the altar steps aid sacristy. The chancel also contains statues of the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph. From here we move to the sacristy, 20ft. x 15ft., where the church vestments are kept. Returning to the nave the gallery at once attracts attention; it is capable of seating 100 persons, and is occupied by the choir. The stairs leading up to the galleiry are temporary ones of wood, but these will be replaced with an iron staircase which is to be sent out from England. The inside of the church presents an attractive appearance, and we have the assurance that the struc ture has been well and faithfully built. As a preventive against damp the walls, 20in. thick, have been built hollow, and the ventilation of the church, a most important feature, has received careful consideration.34
  • 10 Jul 1895, Berwick Shire Council: From Mrs. E. Savage, asking for the sanction of the council to the alteration in name of Hughenden road to O'Neil road as far as it goes through her late brother's land.-Postponed.35
  • 21 Dec 1904, Berwick Shire Council: From Mrs. E. Savage, complaining of nuisance caused by rubbish being deposited on O'Neill's road, adjoining her property. -Referred to clerk of works.36
  • 21 Aug 1913, The many friends of Mrs Savage will regret to learn that at present she is in Nurse Dumphy's private hospital suffering from a paralytic stroke.37
  • 20 Jul 1916, Mrs E. Savage, an old resident of Berwick, died on Saturday last, and was buried in the local cemetery on Monday. The old lady had been ailing for some time and the end was not unexpected..38
  • 13 Oct 1916, BEACONSFIELD. - REST HOME, vacancies, sewered, hot baths, milk, eggs. Apply Sister in Charge.
    BEACONSFIELD, "VILLA MARIA." - Vacancies guests, H.B., farm products, mountain air. Apply E. Roper39
  • 6 Feb 1919, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, at 3 o'clock. On The Property, At Berwick Trustees' Sale of Freehold Property, in the estate of the late E. Savage, situated at Berwick and Beaconsfield. Eight acres, with good homestead, and 76 acres of Fine Subdivisional Block. W. S. KEAST, Stock & Station Agent, has received instructions from The National Trustees, Executors and Agency Co. of Australia Limited, and Messrs E. Savage and R J. McQuade, trustees in the will of the late E. Savage, to sell by public auction, the property situated at Berwick and Beaconsfield, in the above estate, comprising
    Lot 1-Containing 8 ac. 18p., situated on the Aubepine road, about half way between Berwick and Beaconsfield, just off the main Sale road, and within a few minutes' walk of either Berwick or Beaconsfield. It is situated on a nice hill, overlooking beautiful views, and on which is erected a good w b. house, of 8 rooms, commodious stabling, and all necessary outbuildings. This is a very nice little property, and very suitable for a week-end home or country residence.
    Lot 2-Containing 76a. 3r. 28p., being only a few minutes' walk from the Beaconsfield railway station, and has a frontage to the main Sale road, and also a long frontage to O'Neill road on the one side and May road on the other side. It is mostly undulating country and well situated. Most of the heavy timber has been removed from same, and it is watered by a large waterhole, and the main channel in connection with the Naval Base water scheme runs through the property. It is well fenced. The attention of speculators is drawn to this property, which is easily subdivided, and not an inch of ground would have to be given away for roads. The situation of these two properties is hard to improve on. Ihe locality is favored as a week-end and holiday resort, and is noted for its fine climate, and is within 30 miles of Melbourne, and has a splendid train service.
    Terms-One-fifth cash, one-fifth in two years and the balance in five years. Title, Certificate. Vendors' solicitors are Messrs Pavey, Wilson and Cohen, Collins House, Collins st, Melbourne. For further particulars apply W. S. Keast, Stock and Station Agent, 140-6 Queen street, Melbourne.40
  • 31 Jul 1919, From National Trustees and Agency Coy Ltd., re Elizabeth Savage's Estate, notice re sale of land.-Received.41

Citations

  1. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 11/418 ; 11/421 ; 11/425.
  2. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 290-947 - Elizabeth O'Neill.
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  4. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria).
  5. [S66] Berwick Shire Rates, 1870-1965.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1256-157 - Memo 8081 - Elizabeth Savage of Wilmot Farm Beaconsfield wife of Edward Savage of the same place Farmer is registered as propririetor of the within described land as executrix to whom probate of the will of John O'Neil, who died 6th May 1882, was granted 22nd June 1882.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1256-157 - Elizabeth Savage to George Anderson of William Street Melbourne Deputy Master of the Royal Mint.
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1256-157 - George Anderson to Elizabeth Savage - Mortgage discharged in parts - land sold off to Council (5a) and Benjamin Jones (4a).
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1492-230 - Elizabeth Savage - see C/T 2342-240 8a 18p or thereabouts
    C/T 2342-240 Elizabeth Savage the wife of Edward Savage of Willmont Farm Beaconsfield, Farmer.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1256-157 - George Anderson to Elizabeth Savage the wife of Edward Savage of the "Anchorage" Berwick Farmer - C/T 2498-425.
  11. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2496-101 - Elizabeth Savage the wife of Edward Savage of the "Anchorage" Berwick Farmer - C/T 2498-425.
  12. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 290-947 - Catherine White of Beaconsfield Widow.
  13. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920.
  14. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 19 Jul 1916, p1.
  15. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Transcript of will:
    This is the last Will of me Elizabeth Savage of "The Anchorage" Berwick Married Woman. I appoint the National Trustees Executors and Agency Company of Australasia Limited my husband Edward Savage and Peter James McQuade of Dandenong Hotelkeeper executors and trustees of this my Will.
    I bequeath to the respective Parish Priests in charge of St John's ?Boulmans RC Church Camberwell, the Roman Catholic Church Berwick, the Church of Immaculate Conception Glenferrie and the Church of our Lady of Mount Carmel Middle Park the sum of ten pounds each for masses to be offered up for the repose of my soul and the soul of my husband, my deceased father, mother and brothers. I direct my trustees to set apart the sum of one hundred pounds and expend the same as so much as may be needed in keeping my grave in order and repair. I bequeath my watch and chain to my adopted daughter Elizabeth Campbell wife of W H Campbell of Mildura to be by her given to her daughter Mary.
    I direct my trustees to pay the net rents income and profits from all the rest and residue from my estate to my husband Edward Savage during his life to be paid to him by monthly payments, but all rates and taxes cost of insurance and repairs shall first be deducted therefrom.
    After the death of my husband I devise my property known as No 14 and 16 Invermay Grove Auburn upon trust that my trustees shall pay or apply the net rents thereof after payment of all rates taxes costs of insurance and repairs thereof to and towards the maintenance and education of all the children or any the child of the said Elizabeth Campbell whether born in my lifetime or not until he she or they shall respectively attain the age of twentyone years with power to my trustees to apply the same themselves or to pay it to the guardian of such children or child without seeing to the application thereof and after the youngest of such children shall have attained the aforesaid age. I direct that such property shall be sold and the net proceeds of such sale shall be paid to such of the children of the said Elizabeth Campbell as shall then be living and if more than one then in equal shares.
    After the death of my husband I bequeath my shares in the Metropolitan Gas Company and in the Commercial Bank of Australia Ltd to such of the children of the said Elizabeth Savage as shall then be living and shall have or shall attain the age of 21 years. But in the meantime until the youngest of them is 21 years of age the dividends and bonuses if any on such shares shall be paid to the said Elizabeth Campbell. I direct that my husband's funeral expenses shall be paid out of my estate.
    After the death of my husband I direct my trustees to realise the rest and residue of my estate and out of the proceeds to pay the following legacies viz
    To the Rev Father Conlan of Clifton Hill five pounds and
    to the Star of the Sea Convent Elsternwick five pounds and
    to St Francis Xaviers College at Kew six pounds and
    to pay and divide the balance equally to and between
    the Roman Catholic Church at Berwick,
    the Little Sisters of the Poor at Northcote,
    the Convent of the Good Shepherd at Abbotsford,
    and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne for the time being to be used by him for the proposed College at the Melbourne University but without obligation on my trustees to see to the application thereof notwithstanding the trusts hereinbefore contained
    I devise (after the death of my husband) my land in the township of Korumburra to my adopted son John James O'Dowd Savage
    I give my trustees full power to lease repair improve and insure and to realise all or any part of my residuary estate during the lifetime of my husband but only with his consent in writing first obtained
    As witness my hand this twentyfirst day of December 1915.
    Elizabeth Savage

    No 14 Invermay Grove Auburn double fronted WB Villa £350
    No 16 Invermay Grove Auburn double fronted WB villa £400
    Lot 1, 3, 5 section of town and Parish of Berwick 1ac 2r subdivided into 2 paddocks and cleared for cultivation £30
    Lot 25 Parish of Berwick 8 ac 18 p subdivided into 3 paddocks practically the whole cleared for cultivation and a 10 roomed WB house and sheds and known as the Anchorage, the building is very old and out of repair valued £550
    Lot 34 and part of Govt road Parish of Pakenham 76 acres 3r 28p, about 3 acres cleared the rest scrub £456
    CA 21 sec 4 Township and Parish of Korumburra (Land Mine Road) vacant land valued £10
    total £1796

    with personal estate and money total £1997.10.2.
  16. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2498-425 - Elizabeth Savage died on the 15 July 1916. Probate of her will granted to National Trustees Executors and Agency Company of Australasia Ltd, Edward Savage of the Anchorage Berwick Grazier and Peter James McQuade of Dandenong Hotelkeeper.
  17. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2342-240 Probate of her will granted to National Trustees Executors and Agency Company of Australasia Ltd, Edward Savage of the Anchorage Berwick Grazier and Peter James McQuade of Dandenong Hotelkeeper.
    After Edward Savage's death the survivors sold to Isabel Maud Willis of Aubepine Road Berwick Spinster per 16 Sep 1921.
  18. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
  19. [S105] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1905.
  20. [S106] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1906.
  21. [S109] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1909.
  22. [S112] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1912.
  23. [S113] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1913.
  24. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914.
  25. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915.
  26. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    3-379-B     O'Neill     Peter     M     79     19/08/1898     324
    3-380     O'Neill     Michael     M     25     10/05/1874     37
    3-380-A     O'Neill     John     M     37     08/05/1882     138
    3-380-B     O'Neill     Catherine F     50     31/05/1874     39
    3-379     Savage     E.     F     72     17/07/1916     570
    3-379-A     Savage     Edward     M     74     16/12/1920     654.
  27. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 13 Feb 1884, p2.
  28. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 14 May 1884, p3.
  29. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 13 Apr 1887, p3.
  30. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 29 Feb 1888, p3.
  31. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 8 Jan 1890, p3 (L.T. Piccard appears to be the previous owner).
  32. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 16 Apr 1890, p2 - Mrs Savage might have bought the Anchorage, or part of it, at this sale.
  33. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 11 Oct 1890, p2.
  34. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 13 Jan 1892, p2.
  35. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 10 Jul 1895, p3.
  36. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 21 Dec 1904, p3.
  37. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 21 Aug 1913, p3.
  38. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 20 Jul 1916, p2.
  39. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 13 Oct 1916, p16.
  40. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 6 Feb 1919, p2.
  41. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 31 Jul 1919, p3.
Last Edited31 Jul 2017

Edward Savage

M, #4691, b. 1845, d. 14 Dec 1920
Birth*1845 Down, Ireland. 
Marriage*26 Aug 1877Spouse: Elizabeth Mary O'Neill. St Ignatius Church, Richmond, VIC, Australia, #M3176
Witnesses: William O'Neill.1
Widower15 Jul 1916Edward Savage became a widower upon the death of his wife Elizabeth Mary Savage.2
Death*14 Dec 1920 Mildura, VIC, Australia, #D15744 (Age 75) [par unknown].2 
Death-Notice*15 Dec 1920SAVAGE -On the 14th December, at Mildura Hospital, Edward, relict of the late Elisabeth Savage, of Beaconsfield. (Interred Berwick.)3 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1903 - 1915Berwick, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Elizabeth Mary Savage.4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11

Grave

  • 3-379 & 3-380, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia12

Newspaper-Articles

  • 11 Mar 1914, A fire broke out in the scrub in Cardinia Park on Sunday morning last and burned fiercely all day. Fortunately the spread of the fire was checked by a willing band of fire-fighters and no serious damage was done although the flames got dangerously close to the residences of Miss Willis and Mr Savage. Mr Cottell's haystacks also had a narrow escape. Part of the fencing between Mr Cottell's and Mr Robinson's and also a few pannels of the park fence were destroyed and some firewood owned by Messrs Pateman, Robinson and Aurisch was burned. The bridge over the creek near the Cardinia Hotel was slightly charred.13

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920.
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 15 Dec 1920, p1.
  4. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
  5. [S105] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1905.
  6. [S106] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1906.
  7. [S109] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1909.
  8. [S112] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1912.
  9. [S113] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1913.
  10. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914.
  11. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915.
  12. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    3-379-B     O'Neill     Peter     M     79     19/08/1898     324
    3-380     O'Neill     Michael     M     25     10/05/1874     37
    3-380-A     O'Neill     John     M     37     08/05/1882     138
    3-380-B     O'Neill     Catherine F     50     31/05/1874     39
    3-379     Savage     E.     F     72     17/07/1916     570
    3-379-A     Savage     Edward     M     74     16/12/1920     654.
  13. [S19] Newspaper - Berwick Shire News and Pakenham and Cranbourne Gazette "11 Mar 1914, p2."
Last Edited28 Apr 2017

Margaret Phillips

F, #4692, b. 1824, d. 28 May 1896
Married NameO'Neill.1 
Birth*1824 Wexford, Ireland.1 
Marriage*1853Spouse: William Stevens. VIC, Australia, #M599.1
 
WidowFeb 1875Margaret Phillips became a widow upon the death of her husband William Stevens.1 
Marriage*28 Nov 1877Spouse: Peter O'Neill. Residence of the Bride, Berwick, VIC, Australia, #M4235. Margaret STEVENS had 2 children, both deceased, Peter O'NEILL had 3 children, 1 deceased.1
Death*28 May 1896 Berwick, VIC, Australia, #D5003 (Age 72) [par PHILLIPS].1 
Probate (Will)*7 Feb 1899 Margaret ONeill. Widow. Berwick. 28 May 1896. 70/375. Letters of Administration.2 

Grave

  • 4-404-B, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia3

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P0, unit 896; VPRS 28/P2, unit 504.
  3. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    4-404-B     O'Neill     Peter [should be Margaret] M 72     29/05/1896     295
    4-404-B     Stevens     William     M     59     26/02/1875     42.
Last Edited8 Jan 2016

George Anderson

M, #4696, b. 19 Nov 1819, d. 4 Nov 1896
George ANDERSON
(1819-1896)
Anecdote*Anderson, George, Deputy-Master Melbourne Mint, is the son of the late George Anderson, of Luscar, Fifeshire, Scotland. He was born in 1819, and educated at Edinburgh and St. Andrew's Universities. He was formerly Major 4th Lanark Rifle Volunteers. He represented the City of Glasgow in the House of Commons from 1868 to 1885. On March 13th of the latter year he was appointed Deputy-Master of the Mint at Melbourne, in succession to Mr. V. D. Broughton (q.v.), a position he still holds.1 
Note* Mary Clavering Anderson Thistle Anderson arrived in Australia as a young girl, when her father, George Anderson, who came from Glasgow to Melbourne in 1885 to be Deputy Master of the Mint. She 'entered the ballet' (Bulletin, 11 Aug. 1900), joining Nance O'Neil's touring company which J. C. Williamson brought to Adelaide in 1900 and appeared as the baroness in Fedora. Anderson travelled with the company through Australia and to New Zealand and London. In December 1901 she married (in London) Herbert Fisher, an Adelaide stockbroker.….2 
Birth*19 Nov 1819 Liverpool, Lancashire, England. [par George ANDERSON & Rachel INGLIS]3 
Marriage*22 Aug 1877Spouse: Mary Brown Clavering. Culterallers House, Coulter, Lanarkshire, Scotland.4
 
(Migrant) Migration/Travel7 May 1885 Sailing with Mary Brown Anderson, Mary Clavering Anderson, George Anderson to Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Ship Rome travelling from London; travelling 1st class with a nurse.5
Land-Note*28 Jul 1887 Beaconsfield Station. To Secretary of Lands. Sir, I have the honor to acknowledge your favour of 25th inst. and am sorry if my inexperience has led to any irregularity.
Mr Archd D Hunter acting for me was informed at your office that the piece of land which had been selected by J R Wilson, would be open for application as soon as it was actually gazetted "forfeited".
That was done in the Gazette of the 8th July and on the 11th I sent in an application for it, but I included in the application "any other available land within half a mile of Mr Hunters Block "42" and not exceeding (along with Wilsons) 1,000 acres.
Am I to understand that your letter, saying I had applied before the land was available, refers both to Wilsons lot and to the additional or only to the latter? May I ask also what is the extent of block G which you tell me to make a new application for? Does it include Wilsons land only, or does it extend over other land in the neighbourhood of Mr Hunters lot no 42?
The favour of your reply will much oblige me. I have the honor to be your most obedient servant. George Anderson.6 
Land-UBeac1 Jan 1888 GEM--142P (aka GEM--Q). Transfer from John Robert Wilson to George Anderson. 167a - term of lease eleven years - annual rent of one pound seven shilling and ten pence (Struck off by council 10 Nov 1894.)7,8 
Land-UBeac*6 Aug 1888 PAK-34. Transfer from Elizabeth Mary Savage to George Anderson. 173a 0r 16p.9 
Land-Note*6 Aug 1888 PAK-34: Mortgagee: Elizabeth Mary Savage. George Anderson obtained a mortgage from Elizabeth Savage. Mortgagor was George Anderson.10 
Land-UBeac*b 1889 PAK-59D. Transfer from John Robert Wilson to George Anderson. Paid rates for 56 acres Lot 59D 1889/90 NAV £33.11 
Land-Note18 Jun 1891 GEM--142P: Beaconsfield Station P. O. To the Secretary of Lands. Re Block "Q" Gembrook. Sir, I have the honour to request an extension of ime for fencing the above 167 acres, on which there is still much work to be done, while my three years time expires at 30th June. I would need three months from that date before which time expired I believe I can have it completed. Your most obedient servant George Anderson.6 
Land-Note12 Oct 1891 GEM--142P: East Melbourne. I beg to report having made the following improvements on block No. Parish Gembrook under 32 Section (Geo Anderson)
Cut undergrowth on ten acres (more or less); Picked up and stacked fallen timber ready for burning on ten acres (more or less); Rung trees on five acres (more or less); Sewn grass seed following proportions - 7 1/2 bushels Bush Rye Grass - 40 bls Cocksfoot - 10 bls White Clover over an area of ten acres (more or less); All the undergrowth cut below the ground so that it is effectually killed.
I regret to inform you that owing to severe illness I had to come to town for medical advice leaving work incomplete; but I will return when recovered. Yours respectfully W R Hardie
(improvements said to be worth about £60.)12 
Land-Note12 Oct 1891 GEM--142P: Beaconsfield Station P. O. To the Secretary of Lands. Sir, In reply to your letter of 8th inst Corr No 8 4026/32. I beg to enclose you report from the contractor who entered into an agreement to carry out the improvements on my land. I trust under the circumstances the cause of the delay will be considered satisfactory - Of course, the man will return to complete the moment he has the Doctor's permission to resume work. Having entered into a contract I had to rely upon him entirely.
My agent in town will wait upon you and show you the other tenders for further improvements which are being proceeded with.
As you are aware the ground is difficult of access especially during the winter months.
I purpose making a very careful inspection of the whole block on Saturday first after which I will communicate with you further. George Anderson.12 
Land-UBeac*22 Oct 1891 PAK-34 (part). Transfer from George Anderson to Shire of Berwick. 5a 3r 13p (Road splits PAK-34 in half.)13 
Land-Note25 Oct 1891 GEM--142P: Mount Grand View. Beaconsfield, 25 Oct 1891. The Secretary of Lands. Sir, Following up the interview my agent had with you today, when he explained what had been done on the land held under 32 Sect Parish of Gembrook. I regret that the Contractor who took the improvements in hand should have taken ill before the completion of the contract. As he is still unable to resume work I am compelled to make fresh arrangements - and I am negotiating now - Meanwhile Mr James Moore of the Princes Bridge Timber Yard has undertaken to have the house which I have ordered built in Sections on the ground within one week or 10 days at latest. On this being placed in position, I will select the portion which I purpose confining my improvements to and push along with same with the least possible delay. Of course, the wet weather has hitherto greatly interfered with the work. I shall as soon as I have completed request your Bailiff to meet me on the ground and show him what has been done - the place is so out of the way that he would not easily be able to inspect and report on same without having the assistance of my representative.
One great drawback has been the first difficulty in finding accommodation for the men : but this will now be abrated.
May I ask you under all circumstances to give me a further extension of say one month?
George Anderson.12
Land-Note25 Nov 1891 GEM--142P: Mount Grand View near Beaconsfield Railway Station. Nov 25th 1891. The Secretary for Lands Melbourne. Sir, I have the honor to state in reply to your letter of 8th ultimo Corr No 4026/32 that the house built in sections in Melbourne has been forwarded per rail thence per bullock teams to the ground at Gembrook. Unfortunately the last heavy rains washed away the crossings over two of the creeks leading to the site on which I purposed erecting same. Consequently I shall have to select a site on this side. I may further mention that the road leading to the property is still unfinished, which is a great disadvantage. The Shire Council speak of continuing some improvements which have already been decided upon and commenced on the road leading to my ground, but it is very uncertain when these will be sufficiently far advanced to be of any service.
Owing to the out-of-the-way position of the block and the constant risk of bush fires, which have hitherto destroyed so much fencing in the district, the present intention is to enclose a piece of ground round the house and extend the improvement from time to time as may be deemed expedient.
Now that the house is available and the dry season has set in better progress can be made. The man who lately undertook the clearing of the undergrowth, sowing of the grass and ringing of the trees &c. had to walk several miles daily no accommodation being nearby.
My representative who was on the ground a few days ago will call and go further with detail. Meanwhile ... George Anderson.12 
Land-Note27 Nov 1891 GEM--142P: Mount Grand View Beaconsfield Railway Station. 27th Nov 1891. The Secretary for Lands Melbourne. Sir, Herewith you will find receipt from the Railway Department shewing that the house to be erected on my block of land at Gembrook held under the 32nd Section has been duly forwarded. The man I hoped to arrange with for the erection has been called away to do some work for the Shire Council, but I hope to secure the services of another contractor on an early day and will advise you when completed ... George Anderson.12
Land-UBeac*8 Apr 1892 GEM--142P (aka GEM--Q). Transfer from George Anderson to Louis John Daley Schutt. 166a 2r 10p. Anderson applies to transfer the lease of said allotment, reasons are inability to realise on freehold properties and improve this land as I intended. Effected improvements £160.14,15,16 
Govt Gazette*4 Aug 1893The article reads: SHIRE OF BERWICK.-ORDER CONFIRMED.
IN pursuance of the powers conferred by sections 390 and 391 of the Local Government Act 1890, the Council of the Shire of Berwick do hereby order that, from and after the date of publication hereof in the Government Gazette, the following piece : of land shall be a public highway, namely:— All that piece of land containing ten acres seven perches and a half or thereabouts, being part of Crown allotments 34 and 54, parish of Pakenham, county of Mornington : Commencing at a point distant one thousand and seventy-three links and six-tenths in a line bearing S. 51° 17 1/2' E. from the south-west angle of the said Crown allotment 34 ; thence N. 27° 15' E. two thousand seven hundred and ninety-three links and a half through the said Crown allotment 34; thence N. 15'E. three thousand and thirteen links and a half through the said Crown allotment 34 to the northern boundary line thereof ; thence by a continuation of the said line N. 15° E. fifty-one links and a half through the said Crown allotment 54 ; thence N. 62° 22' E. six hundred and fifty-six links and eight-tenths; thence.N. 84° 23' E. three hundred and ninety-five links; thence S. 79° 16'E. two hundred and seventy-four links and six-tenths; thence N. 87° 56'E. three hundred and thirty-eight links; thence S. 75° 17' E. four hundred and seventy-four links and three-tenths ; thence S. 89° 30' E. four hundred and seventy-seven links and one-tenth ; thence N. 84° 44' E. five hundred and fifty-five links; thence N. 35° 48' E. seven hundred and eighty-seven links and eight-tenths ; thence N. 49° 47'E. three hundred and two-links and two-tenths to the north-east angle of the said Crown allotment 54; thence S. 11° 0' W. one hundred and sixty links; thence S. 49° 47' W. one hundred and sixty-five links ; thence S. 35° 48' W. eight hundred and twenty-one links; thence S. 84° 44' W. six hundred and fivolinks and a half ; thence N. 89° 30' W. four hundred and ninety-four links and a half; thence N. 75° 17' W. four hundred and seventy-two links; thence S. 87° 56' W. three hundred and thirty-four links and a half; thence N. 79° 16' W. two hundred and seventy-one links and a half ; thence S. 84° 23' W. three hundred and sixty-one links and three-tenths; thence S. 62° 22' W. five hundred and ninety-three links and a half to the said northern boundary line of the said Crown allotment 34; thence S. 15° W. three thousand and thirty-two links ; thence S. 27° 15' W. two thousand eight hundred and twenty-four links and four-tenths; thence N. 51° 17 1/2' W. one
hundred and two links and one-tenth to the point of commencement.
And the said Council do hereby declare that such land shall, from and after the date of publication hereof in the Government Gazette, be a public highway in lieu of all that piece of land heretofore forming part of a street or road, containing three acres two roods and thirty-two perches : Commencing at the south-west angle of the said Crown allotment 34, parish of Pakenham, county of Mornington ; thence S. 51° 17 1/2' E. one thousand and seventy-three links and six-tenths; thence S. 27° 15' W. one hundred and eighty-seven links and a half ; thence N. 58° 3' W. one hundred and eighty-seven links and a half ; thence S. 85° 6' W. seven hundred and six links ; thence N. 9° 18' E. six hundred and eighty-seven links to tho commencing point. And also all that piece of land heretofore-forming part of a street or road, containing one acre one rood and two perches: Commencing at the south-east angle of the said Crown allotment 34, parish of Pakenham; thence N. 77° 17' W. nine hundred and sixty-nine links; thence N. 58' 3' W. one thousand- and sixty-five links; thence N. 27° 15' E. one hundred and seventy-five links and six-tenths ; thence S. 51° 17 1/2' E. one thousand one hundred and sixty-three links and eight-tenths ; thence S. 76° 35' E. eight hundred and eighty-four links to the commencing point.
Dated the 22nd day of July, 1893.
The seal of the Shiro of Berwick was hereto affixed in the presence of— (seal) JESSEY SYKES, President. J C HODGSON, Secretary.
Cunfirmed by the Governor in Council the 31st July, 1893. Thos. Brisbane, Acting Clerk of the Executive Council.17 
Land-UBeac12 Aug 1893 PAK-34 (ex-Government Road). Transfer from Shire of Berwick to George Anderson. 4a 3r 34p.18 
Land-UBeac15 Aug 1893 PAK-34 (part). Transfer from George Anderson to Elizabeth Mary Savage. 4a 3r 34p.19 
Land-UBeac15 Aug 1893 PAK-34 (part). Transfer from George Anderson to Elizabeth Mary Savage. Returned to Elizabeth Savage.20 
Land-UBeac15 Aug 1895 PAK-56A.56B. Transfer from Elizabeth Ann Gregory to George Anderson. 189a.21 
Land-UBeac15 Aug 1895 PAK-56A.56B. Transfer from George Anderson to Elizabeth Ann Gregory. 189a.22 
Land-UBeac*c 1896 PAK-59D. Transfer from George Anderson to William Fuller.23 
Death*4 Nov 1896 Hawthorn, VIC, Australia, #D13651 (Age 76) [par George ANDERSON & Isabella INGLIS].24 
Death-Notice*5 Nov 1896ANDERSON.-On the 4th November at 189 Riversdale-road, Auburn, George Anderson, late of the Mint, and formerly of Glasgow.
ANDERSON.-The funeral of the late Mr. GEORGE ANDERSON (late master of the Royal Mint) will leave his residence, 189 Riversdale-road, Auburn, THIS DAY (Thursday), at 3 p.m., for the Boroondara Cemetery, Kew.
A. A. SLEIGHT, Undertaker.25 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
3 Apr 188110 Sumner Place, Kensington, London, EnglandHead of Household: George Anderson. Age 61 - Member of Parliament
Member(s) of Household: Mary Brown Anderson Mary Clavering Anderson.26

Grave

  • PRES B 0462, Booroondara Cemetery, Kew, VIC, Australia27

Newspaper-Articles

  • 13 Apr 1885, Master of Melbourne Mint.
    London, April. 11. — Mr. George Anderson, formerly M.P. for Glasgow, who has been appointed Master of the Melbourne Mint, will take his departure for Melbourne on May 7.28
  • 1 Jun 1885, Mr George Anderson, Ex M.P.
    It has fallen to the lot of few private members of the House of Commons to be so successful in promoting useful legislation, as Mr George Anderson, late Liberal Member for Glasgow, and now on his way to Melbourne to take the position of Master of the mint there. Mr Anderson's retirement from political life is caused by financial reverses. At a farewell meeting with his Glasgow Parliamentary committee he said that he had seen that day the electoral address he had put out in the summer of 1868, on the occasion of his first contest. The first item of that address advocated the assimilation of the country and burgh franchise. Now, after 17 years, they were in a position of just having achieved it. He claimed that Scotland was insufficiently represented. Now they were about to have that remedied. He condemned the three - cornered system of voting. That was a thing of the past. He advocated the ballot. That they had gained long ago. He advocated the putting down of corrupt practices at elections —canvassing and such like— so that these, now that there had been two different Acts of Parliament, have been effectually put down. He considered that in his belief national education was the greatest question of the day. They had done a good deal for national education since that time, but he admitted that more remained still to be done. But it was in a fair way of being done. He considered that to be effectual it would be necessary that primary education should be compulsory. It was so now. He condemned all monopolies, but especially the monopoly of the bank charter. That, he was sorry to say, remained still for more legislation to deal with. He, spoke of the unjust disabilities under which the working-classes labored in trades unions being illegal and otherwise. The president of the Council (Mr Grant) knew how that had been obviated. He spoke of improved land tenure. Something had been done for that. He advocated the abolition of primogeniture and entail. Entail had been somewhat modified, but it had not been abolished so completely as he hoped it would yet be, Primogeniture still remained one of the abuses of the statute book. He advocated reforms in the army and navy. They had had since purchase in the army abolished, and the country had got possession of her own army, and there had been other reforms of various kinds, but much remained to be done in that direction. He advocated retrenchment, but that, alas, had gone altogether. It remained for a happier day and for some more fortunate legislator to bring that about. He advocated the encouragement of the volunteer force as the cheapest and best system of national defence. They knew what had been done for the volunteer force, and how it had prospered since then. He advocated the disestablishment of the Irish Church; and he said, finally, that he would act with the great Liberal party, but he would follow no man slavishly. Let them look back at the principal reforms that had been gained, and ask themselves who gave them, and which party gained them for them, and which party refused and resisted them to the utmost. The answer must be, the liberal party fought for them, and gained them, and the Conservative party refused them, and resisted them and they had in force them to give in. (Cheers.) Was not that a good reason for them to look forward to what they might do in the future by adhering closely to their Liberalism.29
  • 27 Jul 1885, MR. GEORGE ANDERSON, MASTER OF THE MELBOURNE MINT. MR. GEORGE ANDERSON, the newly-appointed master of the Melbourne Mint, was born at Liverpool in 1819, and was for many years a merchant in Glasgow till his retire ment. He was elected for Glasgow in 1868, and has represented that city ever since. In politics he is an advanced Liberal, and has advocated the abolition of the laws of entail. He has published pamphlets on 'Arrestment of Wages,' 'National Education,' 'The Currency,' &c.30
  • 1 Sep 1894, MR. GEORGE ANDERSON'S POEMS.
    We have received from Messrs. Melville, Mullen, and Slade a volume entitled The Agnostic and Other Poems, by Mr. George Anderson, the deputy-master of the Mint, Melbourne, the publisher being Mr. Alexander Gardner, of Paisley and London. Some of the pieces were evidently composed in the writer's younger days, as they date back to the time of the Crimean War and even earlier, while others are the work of recent years. The longest piece, the "Agnostic," is an argumentative poem in blank verse something in the style of Wordsworth's " Excursion," of which it at times reminds us. It deals with the great doctrines of religion, especially the belief in a future life; and the writer shows a good deal of skill in putting his arguments into logical and yet poetical form. He thus states the difficulty in the way of believing in the resurrection of the body arising from the fact that the dust of the earth must in the course of ages have formed parts of many human beings:—
    " The mortal dust which died, and may have died
    In previous men ten thousand times before,
    Becomes henceforth immortal as the soul.
    But in that mighty fathering, who shall say
    To whom each particle of dust belongs ?
    Each having 'in its time played many parts';
    At one time scattered by the playful winds,
    Or at another by the ocean waves;
    Sometimes an atom in a poet's brain,
    Or in a hero's arm or lady's eye,
    At others part of bird or beast or fish,
    Then back to man again in ceaselees round ;
    Now in a bad man, therefore with him doomed
    To spend eternity in pains of hell;
    Then in a good man, and in him assured
    Of endless happiness in realms of bliss."
    The poem is in the form of a dialogue be tween the agnostic Gerald and his cousin Edith, who does her best to answer his ob jections. The shorter poems are in rhyme, and show considerable command of language and versification, while the ideas are those of a man who has both read and thought much on many subjects. The influence of other poets is now and then perceptible, but it would be a mistake to suppose that Mr. Anderson has not a distinctive note of his own. He writes in a straightforward and unaffected manner, shunning alike obscurity of expres sion, "preciosity" of language, and mere jingle, which are the prevailing faults of so many verse-writers of our time. The following stanza from "Blackford Hill, Edinburgh," may be taken as a fair specimen of Mr. Anderson's descriptive manner and versification:—
    "Fair sunny Blackford! On thy furse-clad hill
    The golden primrose may be brightly springing
    As it was wont to do, and haply still,
    The lark and linnet are their vespers singing,
    Or tuneful blackbird wakes the woods at will;
    While faintly on the ear the chimes are ringing
    From far-off city bells, when parting day
    Purples the peaceful earth, as sunlight dies away."31
  • 7 Nov 1896, MR. GEORGE ANDERSON.
    The death is announced of Mr. George Anderson, deputy master of the Melbourne Mint, which took place at his residence on November 5. Mr. Anderson, whose age was 77 years, was a son of Mr. George Anderson, of Luscar, Fifeshire, Scotland, and was educated at Edinburgh and St. Andrew's Universities. He was for some years greatly interested in the volunteer movement, and as an officer in the 4th Lanark rifles reached the rank of major. In 1838 he was elected a member of the British House of Commons for the city of Glasgow, and was returned by that constituency until 1885, when he was appointed to the position of deputy master of the Melbourne Mint, in which he succeeded the late Mr. V. Delves Broughton. During his eleven years' residence in Melbourne Mr. Anderson, whose seventeen years' experience in the Commons had apparently satisfied his keenness in public affairs, lived very quietly, the change in his tastes being indicated by the publication a few years ago of a volume of poems, which was favourably reviewed in the literary columns of "The Australasian'' and other journals.32
  • 21 Dec 1901, The society journals contain the interesting announcement that a marriage will take place on December 16, between Herbert Stanley Fisher, third son of Mr. Charles Fisher, of Parkholme, and Mary Clavering Anderson, only daughter of the late Colonel George Anderson. ex-M.P. for Glasgow, and niece of the late Sir Henry Clavering, of Axwell Park, Durham. The rendezvous for December 16 is not disclosed.33

Citations

  1. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, The Dictionary of Australasian Biography by Philip Mennell.
  2. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://www.austlit.edu.au/austlit/page/A59300
  3. [S333] Michael STEWART, viewed 22 Dec 2016, Email received 22 Dec 2016 - from St Andrew's University Register.
  4. [S333] Michael STEWART, viewed 22 Dec 2016, Email received 22 Dec 2016.
  5. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Western Australia, Australia, Crew and Passenger Lists, 1852-1930 - SRO of Western Australia; Albany: Inward and Outwards Passenger / Crew List from Overseas and Interstate 1873-1900; Accession: 108; Item: 1; Roll: 2.
  6. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3377
    11182/42.44 WILLIAM HENRY CARE. GEMBROOK 142O 142P 142Q 142R. 163-2-10. 1887 - 1906.
  7. [S66] Berwick Shire Rates, 1870-1965 1888/89 - 162 ac Gembrook - NAV 40
    1889/90 - 166 ac L 140B, 148A Gembrook N20 & 48 ac L140B Gembrook N25 - latter appears unpaid
    1890/91 - 166 ac Lots 140B & 148A Gembrook N20 paid 1 Nov 1890
    1891/92 - 166 ac Lots 140B & 148A Gembrook N20 paid 31 Oct 1891 Remark L J W SCHUTT.
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Lease 652-240 (Section 32) - George Anderson of Melbourne in the Colony of Victoria Deputy Master of Mint.
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1256-157 - Elizabeth Savage to George Anderson of William Street Melbourne Deputy Master of the Royal Mint.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1256-157 - George Anderson to Elizabeth Savage - Mortgage discharged in parts - land sold off to Council (5a) and Benjamin Jones (4a).
  11. [S66] Berwick Shire Rates, 1870-1965 1889/90 Anderson George Master of Mint 56a L59d Pakenham N33.12
    1890/91 do N33; 1891/2 do N33; 1892/3 do N30; 1893/4 do N18; 1894/5 do N18; 1895/6 do N18; 1896/7 do N18 (paid by W. Fuller);
    1897/8 Fuller William Gentleman 56a 59d N15; 1898/9 do N15; 1899/1900 do N15.
  12. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria).
  13. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1256-157 - The President Councillors and Ratepayers of the Shire of Berwick - C/T 2399-664.
  14. [S66] Berwick Shire Rates, 1870-1965 1891/92 - 166 ac Lots 140B & 148A Gembrook N20 paid 31 Oct 1891 Remark L J W SCHUTT
    1892/93 - 166 ac Lots 140B & 148A Gembrook N20 paid 25 Nov 1892
    1893/94 - 33ac [sic] Lots 140B & 148A Gembrook N20 paid 10 Nov 1893 paid by W H Care.
  15. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Schutt stated that he was a pilot, lived at "Roker" The Esplanade Williamstown. Owned two building allotments, and selected 82 acres at Brimbunga County for Grazing.
  16. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Lease 652-240 (Section 32) - Louis John Daly Schutt of "Roker" Esplanade Williamstown Pilot - transfer on lease registered 1 Jul 1892.
  17. [S194] Newspaper - Victorian Government Gazette "Issue 101 - page 3405."
  18. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2496-101 - George Anderson of Berwick Deputy Master of the Royal Mint Melbourne.
  19. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2496-101 - Elizabeth Savage the wife of Edward Savage of the "Anchorage" Berwick Farmer - C/T 2498-425.
  20. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1256-157 - George Anderson to Elizabeth Savage the wife of Edward Savage of the "Anchorage" Berwick Farmer - C/T 2498-425.
  21. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1150-976 + C/T 300-863 - Elizabeth Ann Gregory to George Anderson Deputy Master of the Royal Mint Melbourne.
  22. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1150-976 + C/T 300-863 - Elizabeth Ann Gregory to George Anderson Deputy Master of the Royal Mint Melbourne - transferred back to Elizabeth Ann Gregory of Nelson Road Albert Park Married Woman on the same day - C/T 2581-182.
  23. [S66] Berwick Shire Rates, 1870-1965 1896/7 Anderson N18 (paid by W. Fuller);
    1897/8 Fuller William Gentleman 56a 59d N15; 1898/9 do N15; 1899/1900 do N15.
  24. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  25. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 5 Nov 1896, p1.
  26. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Class: RG11; Piece: 45; Folio: 37; Page: 11; GSU roll: 1341010."
  27. [S46] Index of burials in the cemetery of Boroondara, Kew,.
  28. [S14] Newspaper - Evening News (Sydney), 13 Apr 1885, p4.
  29. [S14] Newspaper - Southland Times (New Zealand), 1 Jun 1885, p3.
  30. [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil (Melbourne), 27 Jul 1885, p115.
  31. [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian, 1 Sep 1894, p38.
  32. [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian, 7 Nov 1896, p34.
  33. [S14] Newspaper - The Advertiser (Adelaide), 21 Dec 1901, p6.
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