Charles Lilburn Commins

M, #1501, b. 12 Nov 1832, d. 30 May 1926

Upper Beaconsfield Relevance

On 16th May 1873 Charles Lilburn Commins, a clerk working in the office of the Legislative Council, used “the Track to the Acclimatisation Society’s Grounds” in Gembrook, to gain access to the difficult hill area.
On the high ridge of the southern escarpment, then called the Berwick Hills, he pegged 47 acres of land. Salisbury House now stands on part of his selection. Commins selected this land because of the extensive views from the ridge, and possibly hoping to profit from subdivision of this land in the future. His selection was bounded on the west by present day McBride Road and on the north by Salisbury Road.
Writing to the Lands Board, Commins stated “The land being worthless and too steep to plough, I have cut down trees - ringed other trees, cleared the ground of scrub, and raked in grass seed.” He built a small slab hut on the site, which he valued at £25.1
Birth*12 Nov 1832 North Shoebury, Essex, England.2 
Marriage*31 Mar 1855Spouse: Annie Jane Bashford Hunter. VIC, Australia, #M85 - as COMYNS.3
 
Land-UBeac*16 May 1873Charles Lilburn Commins selected land from the Crown. PAK-61. 47a 0r 28p - Land File 24318/19.20
Crown Grant to C L COMMINS on 6 Apr 1877.4,5 
Land-Note*20 Oct 1876 PAK-61: Hawthorn, 20th October 1876.
Sir, I have the honor to return my application for a lease of 48 acres of land near Berwick with the improvements properly filled in, as requested in your letter of the 13th inst.
With reference to the question in the second paragraph of your letter as to how I could follow my occupation as a clerk and reside on the land, I have the honor to state, that my clerical duties (although at times onerous) do not keep me in town throughout the year, and that, as a matter of fact I have resided a considerable portion of almost every week during the last 3 years on the land. My wife and a portion of my family have also for a considerable portion of time been living there and during my necessary absences I have had a man living in my house on the land, so that I venture to think, if not literally, I have at least substantially complied with the residential requirement of the Act.
I have the honor to be Sir, your most obedient servant. Charles L Commins.
P.S. I may be allowed to add that the land is of so worthless a nature besides being very steep, as to make it impossible to do more in the way of improvements than I have done, and I do not think anyone would be found to give £1 an acre for it. CLC.6 
Land-UBeac*27 Mar 1882 PAK-61 (part). Transfer from Charles Lilburn Commins to William Elms. 13a 1r 29p.7 
Land-UBeac*13 Aug 1885 PAK-61 (part). Transfer from Charles Lilburn Commins to Emma Annie Maria Craik. 33a 3r 4p.8 
Death*30 May 1926 Clonald, Alma Road, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #D7690 age 94 [par Joseph Edyvean COMMINS & Deborah LILBURN].9 
Death-Notice*2 Jun 1926COMMINS.—On the 30th May, at Clonald, Alma road, St. Kilda, Charles Lilburn Commins, formerly for many years clerk assistant of the Legislative Council of Victoria, in his 94th year. (Privately interred.)10 
Probate (Will)*19 Jul 1926 208/637 - files not online.11 

Grave

  • C/E C 1284, Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, VIC, Australia, In memory of Henry b 5 Jul 1864, d 18 Apr 1867, Penrose b 25 Jan 1870, d 8 Mar 1870, Mary Lilburn b 12 Aug 1880, d 26 Dec 1880. Children of Charles L. & Annie J. B. COMMINS.12,13

Family

Annie Jane Bashford Hunter b. 1835, d. 12 Jan 1931
Child 1.Claud Lilburn Commins+ b. 25 Dec 1868, d. 21 Dec 1935

Newspaper-Articles

  • 9 Sep 1890, Death of mother: COMMINS.-On July 23, at 8 Maison Dieu road, Dover, Deborah, widow of the late Rev Joseph Edward Commins M.A. Vicar of North Shoebury and Little Wakering, and younger daughter of the late William Lilburn, Esq, of Dover, in her 81st year.14
  • 19 Mar 1921, A NOTABLE PIONEER. TO TO EDITOR OF THE ARGUS.
    Sir,-As to the membership in Parliament of Mr. Horatio Spencer Wills. In 1854 I was appointed clerk of the papers to the Legislative Council, which then sat in St Patrick's Hall, and I well remember Mr. Wills as a member of that body.
    In 1854 and 1855 I see by Mr T G Watson's "Fifty Years of Responsible Government in Victoria" that Mr Wills was also a member of the first Legislative Assembly in 1850
    -Yours, &c. CHARLES L. COMMINS.
    Late clerk assistant of the Legislative Council.
    St Kilda, March 1815
  • 11 Sep 1926, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22. At Half past Two O'Clock. At the Rooms, 47 Queen Street.
    Trustees' Auction Sale. TWO STORIED BRICK RESIDENCE, ALMA ROAD, EAST ST. KILDA (Corner of Raven's Grove).
    Just East of Westbury Street, Adjacent to Chapel - Street or Dandenong Road Trams, and Close to Alma Reserve.
    In the Estate of Late C. L. Commins.
    WF. VALE and Co, in conjunction with H.E. BASTINGS and Co., have received instructions from The Trustees, Executors, and Agency Co. Ltd., of 412 Collins street, to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION (through their auctioneer, W. F. Vale) on Wednesday, 22nd September, at the rooms, 47 Queen street, at half-past two o'clock
    That well-positioned two storied brick and cement residence, known as Clonard, 133 Alma road, corner of Raven's grove, containing 10 rooms, kitchen, pantry, scullery, and bathroom, part of W B. outhouses, front tiled verandah, and balcony.
    An exceptional opportunity is being offered to builders, speculators, and investors, of acquiring a property before renovation, and with a magnificent side frontage of 200ft. splendidly adapted for the erection of an extensive block of residential flats in an ideal situation.
    LAND 50ft x 200ft. Terms.-Quarter cash, balance 12 months at 6½ per cent.
    Title, certificate. Apply Messrs. Willan and Colles, solicitors, 100 Queen street. Cards to view from H. E. Bastings and Co., 7 Chapel street, Windsor; and W.F. Vale and Co, 47 Queen street, Melbourne.16

Citations

  1. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive ,"www.upperbeaconsfield.org.au/history by Charles WILSON."
  2. [S83] Online index to the UK census "parents and sister
    Class: RG 9; Piece: 1086; Folio: 49; Page: 14; GSU roll: 542750."
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "as COMYNS."
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 965-857 - Charles Lilburn Commins of Hawthorn Clerk.
  5. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 60 acres. Land File 24318/19.20
    VPRS625/P0/350.
  6. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Land File 24318/19 (VPRS 625/P0/350).
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 965-857 - Charles Lilburn Commins to William Elms of Elizabeth Street Melbourne Gentleman - C/T 1340-906.
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 965-857 - Charles Lilburn Commins to Emma Annie Maria Craik the wife of George Craik of Beaconsfield Grazier - C/T 1727-400.
  9. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D7690 age 94 [par Joseph Edyvean COMMINS & Deborah LILBURN]."
  10. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 2 Jun 1926, p1.
  11. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 208/637.
  12. [S46] Index of burials in the cemetery of Boroondara, Kew,
    C/E C 1284.
  13. [S20] Various indexed records of GSV - Genealogical Society Victoria "Boroondara Memorial Inscriptions compiled by Port Philip Pioneers Group Inc 1993."
  14. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 9 Sep 1890, p1.
  15. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 19 Mar 1921 p4.
  16. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 11 Sep 1926, p3.
Last Edited18 Nov 2017

Annie Jane Bashford Hunter

F, #1502, b. 1835, d. 12 Jan 1931
Married NameCommins. 
Birth*1835 Antrim, Ireland. [par Robert & Jane]1 
Marriage*31 Mar 1855Spouse: Charles Lilburn Commins. VIC, Australia, #M85 - as COMYNS.2
 
Widow30 May 1926Annie Jane Bashford Hunter became a widow upon the death of her husband Charles Lilburn Commins.3 
Death*12 Jan 1931 Gwydir Court, Balmoral, Mosman, NSW, Australia, #D2200 (Age 96.)4 
Death-Notice*17 Jan 1931COMMINS.—January 12, 1931, at the residence of her daughter in law, Gwydir Court, Balmoral, Mosman Annie J B Commins mother of the late T B Commins, aged 96 years. Privately interred.5 

Family

Charles Lilburn Commins b. 12 Nov 1832, d. 30 May 1926
Child 1.Claud Lilburn Commins+ b. 25 Dec 1868, d. 21 Dec 1935

Citations

  1. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Ancestry.com. County Antrim, Ireland 1851 Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
    [par Robert & Ann Jane]"
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "as COMYNS."
  3. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D7690 age 94 [par Joseph Edyvean COMMINS & Deborah LILBURN]."
  4. [S7] Registry of NSW Births Deaths and Marriages "#D2200 (Age 96)."
  5. [S14] Newspaper - Sydney Morning Herald, 17 Jan 1931, p12.
Last Edited23 Mar 2017

Claud Lilburn Commins

M, #1506, b. 25 Dec 1868, d. 21 Dec 1935
Father*Charles Lilburn Commins b. 12 Nov 1832, d. 30 May 1926
Mother*Annie Jane Bashford Hunter b. 1835, d. 12 Jan 1931
Probate (Will)* 276/859. Traveller. Elsternwick.1 
Birth*25 Dec 1868 Hawthorn, VIC, Australia, #B9039/1869.2 
Birth-Notice*28 Dec 1868COMMINS.-On Christmas-day, at Hawthorn, Mrs. Charles L. Commins of a son.3 
Christening14 Apr 1869 Christ Church, Hawthorn, VIC, Australia.4 
Marriage*1894Spouse: Charlotte Elizabeth Eades. Petersham, NSW, Australia, #M6053.5
 
Widower19 Jul 1903Claud Lilburn Commins became a widower upon the death of his wife Charlotte Elizabeth Eades.6 
Marriage*1908Spouse: Maude Amelia Harper. VIC, Australia, #M9623.7
 
Widower9 May 1933Claud Lilburn Commins became a widower upon the death of his wife Maude Amelia Harper.8 
Death*21 Dec 1935 Elsternwick, VIC, Australia, #D14/1936 (Age 66.)8 
Death-Notice*24 Dec 1935COMMINS,-on the 21st December at his residence, 31 Shoobra road, Elsternwick, Claud L., beloved father of Merell, Caro (Mrs T. H. Newson), and Claud.9 

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P3, unit 2785; VPRS 7591/P2, unit 971.
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#B9039."
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 28 Dec 1868, p4.
  4. [S31] IGI "C003413 as COMYNS."
  5. [S7] Registry of NSW Births Deaths and Marriages "#M6053."
  6. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  7. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913 "#M9623."
  8. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  9. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 24 Dec 1935, p1.
Last Edited23 Mar 2017

William Brisbane

M, #1520, b. 27 Sep 1803, d. 15 Oct 1875
Father*John Brisbane b. 18 Oct 1765, d. 15 Jun 1805
Mother*Elizabeth Leckie d. 11 Jan 1837
Probate (Will)* 16/220. William BRISBANE. Date of grant: 23 Jul 1877; Date of death: 15 Oct 1875; Occupation: Gentleman; Residence: Berwick. See: Eliza Ann Brisbane.1 
Note Perth and Kinross Council Archive; Perth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland; Perth Town Council, Perth Commissions - Administrative Records Register of Municipal Voters; Year: 1854-1855
1854-1855 (Vol 9) William Brisbane, Pawnbroker, Owner House St John's Place
1846 (registered 30 Aug 1844) William Brisbane Pawnbroker Owner House St John's Place
20 Aug 1843 pawnbroker tenant and occupant High Street … of a dwelling house and garrets Northside High Street 30 Aug 1844 owner House St John's Place
1832 Corkcutter Tenant and Occupier Shop No 61 High Street Perth. 
Birth*27 Sep 1803 Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland. [par John BRISBANE & Elizabeth BLACKIE]2,3 
Marriage*22 Aug 1825Spouse: Ann Burns. Kinnoul, Perthshire, Scotland.
 
Note*bt 1827 - 1840 Extra children (probably did not survive infancy)
Elizabeth 17 Sep 1827 - chr 30 Sep 1827
William 16 Jan 1829 - chr 8 Feb 1829
Caroline 9 Nov 1835 - chr 29 Nov 1835
Alfred 12 Oct 1837 - chr 12 Nov 1837
David Dandie 1 Jan 1840 - chr 8 Jan 1840
James 1 Jan 1840 - chr 8 Jan 1840.4 
(Migrant) Migration/Travel10 Mar 1854 Sailing with William Brisbane to Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Ship Henry Ellis
Age 45.
Death*15 Oct 1875 Berwick, VIC, Australia, #D12501 age 70 [par unknown].2 
Death-Notice*19 Oct 1875BRISBANE- On the 15th inst., at Berwick, William Brisbane, Esq., late of Perth, Scotland, aged 70 years.5 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
6 Jun 1841High Street, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandHead of Household: William Brisbane. Age 35 - Cork Manufacturer
Member(s) of Household: Ann Brisbane, Matthew Brisbane, John Brisbane, John Brisbane.6
30 Mar 1851Buchanan's Ld A Bell Mt House, Bridgend, Perthshire, ScotlandHead of Household: William Brisbane. Age 44 - Pawnbroker employing one man
Member(s) of Household: Eliza Ann Brisbane, John Brisbane, William Brisbane.7

Grave

  • Plot 5-144-B, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia8

Family

Ann Burns b. 1807, d. 22 Nov 1877
Children 1.Matthew Brisbane+ b. 18 Nov 1830, d. 14 Feb 1890
 2.John Brisbane b. 25 Jul 1832, d. 24 May 1865
 3.Eliza Ann Brisbane+ b. 27 Jan 1834
 4.William Brisbane b. 16 Mar 1842, d. 1 Nov 1910
 5.Elizabeth Brisbane+ b. 27 Apr 1844, d. 24 Sep 1884

Newspaper-Articles

  • 28 Oct 1852, WILLIAM BRISBANE. Perth Loan Office, li’. St. John’s Place, 27th October, 1852. X.B. Til. Ill's i for SALE, an.l PREMISES LET—Possession ...
    Published: Thursday 28 October 1852
    Newspaper: Perthshire Advertiser
    County: Perthshire, Scotland
    Type: Article | Words: 1224 | Page: 3 | Tags: none

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P0 unit 189, item 16/220.
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#D12501 age 70 [par unknown]."
  3. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
  4. [S187] Familysearch "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950."
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 19 Oct 1875 p1.
  6. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: Perth; ED: 3B; Page: 7; Line: 1260; Year: 1841."
  7. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: Kinnoull; ED: 4; Page: 24; Line: 3; Roll: CSSCT1851_80; Year: 1851.
    listed as Brisbain."
  8. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    5-144-B     Brisbane     William     M     71     17/10/1875     52.
Last Edited21 Apr 2018

Ann Burns

F, #1521, b. 1807, d. 22 Nov 1877
Father*John Burns b. 1771
Mother*Ann E Burns b. 1784
Married NameBrisbane. 
Birth*1807 St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. [par John E BURNS & Anne E BURNS] 
Marriage*22 Aug 1825Spouse: William Brisbane. Kinnoul, Perthshire, Scotland.
 
Widow15 Oct 1875Ann Burns became a widow upon the death of her husband William Brisbane.1 
Death*22 Nov 1877 Market Street, St Andrews and St Leonards, Fife, Scotland, 453/ 119 (Age 73) [par John BURNS & Ann LAMB] - died supposed of old age and general decay. Confined to bed for 2 days - no medical attendance - widow of William Brisbane store keeper.2

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
6 Jun 1841High Street, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland(Head of Household) William Brisbane;
Age 30
Member(s) of Household: Matthew Brisbane, John Brisbane, John Brisbane3
30 Mar 1851Argyle Street, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland(Head of Household) Ann E Burns;
Age 45 - Annuitant (Daughter)
Member(s) of Household: Elizabeth Brisbane4
7 Apr 1861Argyle 14, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland(Head of Household) Ann E Burns;
Age 54 - Dressmaker (as Ann BURNS)
Member(s) of Household: Elizabeth Brisbane5
2 Apr 187114 Argyle Street, St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandHead of Household: Ann Brisbane. Age 63 - Seamstress.6

Family

William Brisbane b. 27 Sep 1803, d. 15 Oct 1875
Children 1.Matthew Brisbane+ b. 18 Nov 1830, d. 14 Feb 1890
 2.John Brisbane b. 25 Jul 1832, d. 24 May 1865
 3.Eliza Ann Brisbane+ b. 27 Jan 1834
 4.William Brisbane b. 16 Mar 1842, d. 1 Nov 1910
 5.Elizabeth Brisbane+ b. 27 Apr 1844, d. 24 Sep 1884

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#D12501 age 70 [par unknown]."
  2. [S250] General Register Office for Scotland Indexes "unknown cd."
  3. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: Perth; ED: 3B; Page: 7; Line: 1260; Year: 1841."
  4. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: St Leonards; ED: 1; Page: 16; Line: 20; Roll: CSSCT1851_93; Year: 1851."
  5. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: St Andrews; ED: 2; Page: 9; Line: 10; Roll: CSSCT1861_60."
  6. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: St Andrews; ED: 2; Page: 19; Line: 7; Roll: CSSCT1871_78."
Last Edited22 Oct 2017

William Brisbane

M, #1522, b. 16 Mar 1842, d. 1 Nov 1910
William BRISBANE
(1842-1910)

Upper Beaconsfield Relevance

Bought 320 acres on top of ridge from Snell, and subdivided into 49 blocks, retaining the highest block, where he built "Beaconsfield House".
Brisbane Street is named after him.
Father*William Brisbane b. 27 Sep 1803, d. 15 Oct 1875
Mother*Ann Burns b. 1807, d. 22 Nov 1877
Birth*16 Mar 1842 Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, chr 11 Apr 1842.1,2,3 
(Migrant) Migration/Travel10 Mar 1854 Sailing with William Brisbane to Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Ship Henry Ellis
Age 12.
Govt Gazette*8 Mar 1872The article reads: Vic Govt Gazette 8 Mar 1872 p508
Contract for the supply of forage 1 Mar 1872 to 30 June 1873.
Particulars of tender and Amount recommended for acceptance
Bourke district
Berwick: (per cental)
Valentine G Densten 10 0 Oats
Wm Brisbane jun 6 8 Bran
Wm Brisbane jun 3 6 Hay
John Ginty Straw 2 6 Straw (new)
Brighton
Wm Brisbane jun 4 6 Hay
Cranbourne
Valentine G Densten 10 0 Oats
Denster 7 6 Bran
Dandenong
Wm Brisbane jun 10 0 Oats
Wm Brisbane jun 6 8 Bran
Wm Brisbane jun 3 9 Hay
Ginty 2 9 (new.) 
Land-UBeac7 Jul 1876William Brisbane selected land from the Crown. PAK-64. 20a more or less - Selected by W. BRISBANE. Crown grant 26 Feb 1878.4,5 
Land-UBeac24 Jul 1876He selected land from the Crown. PAK-78. 77a 2r 4p - Land File 2130/19.20
Selected by W. BRISBANE. Crown grant 18 Aug 1888.6,7 
Land-UBeac26 Jul 1876He selected land from the Crown. PAK-77. 39a 1r 31p - Land File 2129/19.20
Selected by W. BRISBANE. Crown grant 16 Aug 1888.8,9 
Land-UBeac*5 Sep 1876 GEM-D-1A / PAK-60. Transfer from Henry Snell to William Brisbane. 318a 0r 32p - Crown Land sale advertised 19 Apr 1876 (valued at £241 9s) & 5 Sep 1876 (valued at £268). Crown grant to W BRISBANE on 5 Sep 1876.10 
Land-Note*1 Nov 1876 GEM-D-1A / PAK-60: Mortgagee: John Campbell McNaughton, William McNaughton Love, Duncan Love. Discharged 16 Oct 1877. Mortgagor was William Brisbane.11 
Land-Note*16 Oct 1877 GEM-D-1A / PAK-60: Mortgagee: Rev George William Torrance. Mortgage No 21053 - not discharged. Mortgagor was William Brisbane.12 
Land-Note*1878 He acted as agent in land dealings for Francis Edward Stewart.13 
Land-Note*13 Mar 1878 GEM-D-1A / PAK-60: Mortgagee: William Peterson, John Scott Peterson and John Whiting - discharged 2 Aug 1878. Mortgagor was William Brisbane.14 
Land-Note*2 Aug 1878 GEM-D-1A / PAK-60: Mortgagee: Samuel Bradford Vaughan. This mortgage was to the value of £200 - not discharged. Mortgagor was William Brisbane.15 
Land-Note*7 Sep 1878 GEM-D-1A / PAK-60: Mortgagee: William McNaughton Love, Duncan Love, Donald Campbell Love. Mortgage No 26244 - not discharged. Mortgagor was William Brisbane.16 
Land-Note*Dec 1878 He acted as agent in land dealings for William Black.17,13 
Land-UBeacb 1879William Brisbane selected land from the Crown. GEM-C-46. 19a 2r 0p.18 
Land-UBeac*b 1879He selected land from the Crown. GEM-C-8. 115a 2r 5p - Land File 6085/19.20. Crown Grant to T. KITCHEN on 12 Oct 1880 - Land SALE 5333 (18/5/1880), upset £1 4s/ac + survey £5 16s, value £300 (original selector in land sale advertisment Wm BRISBANE).19,20 
Land-UBeacb 1879He selected land from the Crown. GEM-C-47A. 11a 3r 30p.21 
Land-UBeac*7 Jan 1879 PAK-121. Transfer from Robert Beattie to William Brisbane. 19a 2r 33p - Land File 65/49 (1880 map). Govt Land Sale 4983 7 Jan 1879. Upset price £1/ac, valued £50. Selected by R. BEATTIE. Crown Grant to Brisbane.22,23 
Land-Note*30 Mar 1879 GEM-D-1A / PAK-60: Memo No 788. On the 30th day of March 1879 Joseph Hartley French of No 67 Flinders Street West Melbourne Merchant and Henry Butler of No 31 Flinders Street East Melbourne Warehouseman were appointed Trustees of the Estate of William Brisbane of Beaconsfield Contractor. Dated the 7th day of December 1880.24 
Land-UBeac*a 30 Mar 1879 GEM-D-1A / PAK-60. Transfer from William Brisbane to Henry Butler Joseph Hartley French. Owners as trustees of the insolvent estate.25 
Land-Noteb Apr 1879 William Brisbane acted as agent in land dealings for William Taylor Improvements referred to: Fencing 40 chains @ 22/- £44 ; Clearing £10 ; Sowing Seed £2
Brisbane is his agent.26 
(Witness) Probate (Will)5 Jun 1879Witnessed the will of Samuel Bradford Vaughan: S B Vaughan provided finance (£200) to Wm Brisbane re land GEM-D-1a & PAK-60.27 
Land-UBeac*b 17 Jun 1879 PAK-82. Transfer from James Grimmond Brisbane to William Brisbane. 13a 0r 10p - Selected by J. G. BRISBANE. Land sale 5062 16 Apr 1879 (needs valuation before sale), then land sale 5113 17 Jun 1879. Valuation £60. Crown Grant to W BRISBANE 17 Jun 1879.28,29 
Land-UBeac*9 Sep 1879 PAK-80. Transfer from John Clarke Evans to William Brisbane. 19a 3r 22p - Land File 285/49 - Selected by J. C. EVANS (no date). Land Sale 5074 30 Apr 1879. Upset price £1/ac + Land Sale 5161 10 Sep 1879. Land valued at £59. Crown grant to BRISBANE 10 Sep 1879.30,31 
Land-UBeac*b 5 Nov 1879 PAK-231. Transfer from Jean Lindsay Craik to William Brisbane. 19a 2r 25p - No Land File. Originally selected by W LAWTON (1877 map), Govt Land Sale 5201 5 Nov 1879 (in the name of Jean CRAIK). Upset price £1/ac, valued £85. Crown grant to W. BRISBANE on 5 Nov 1879. 
Land-UBeac*b 5 Nov 1879 PAK-231. Transfer from William Lawton to William Brisbane. 19a 2r 25p - No Land File. Originally selected by W LAWTON (1877 map), Govt Land Sale 5201 5 Nov 1879 (in the name of Jean CRAIK). Upset price £1/ac, valued £85. Crown grant to W. BRISBANE on 5 Nov 1879.32 
Land-UBeac18 Feb 1880 PAK-231. Transfer from William Brisbane to Theophilus Kitchen. 19a 2r 25p - No Land File. Originally selected by W LAWTON (1877 map), Govt Land Sale 5201 5 Nov 1879 (in the name of Jean CRAIK). Upset price £1/ac, valued £85. Crown grant to W. BRISBANE on 5 Nov 1879.33 
Land-UBeac18 Feb 1880 PAK-231. Transfer from William Brisbane to Theophilus Kitchen. 19a 2r 25p.34 
Land-UBeac5 Apr 1880 PAK-1A (Pre-emptive Section). Transfer from Charles Souter to William Brisbane. 4a 3r 24p - Application 25243 - location of sawmill - brought under torrence title system on 22 May 1889.35 
Land-UBeac*b 18 May 1880 GEM-C-8. Transfer from William Brisbane to Theophilus Kitchen. 115a 2r 5p - No Land File. Crown Grant to T. KITCHEN on 12 Oct 1880 - Land SALE 5333 (18/5/1880), upset £1 4s/ac + survey £5 16s, value £300 (original selector in land sale advertisment Wm BRISBANE).36 
Land-UBeacc 4 Oct 1880 GEM-C-8. Transfer from William Brisbane to Theophilus Kitchen. 115a 2r 5p - Land File 6085/19.20. Crown Grant to T. KITCHEN on 12 Oct 1880 - Land SALE 5333 (18/5/1880), upset £1 4s/ac + survey £5 16s, value £300 (original selector in land sale advertisment Wm BRISBANE).19 
Note1882 Edward Waterson transfers 998 shares to Brisbane, Day and others, also one share from A C MacKay and another - the company had 2000 shares fully paid. 
Land-UBeac*13 Jan 1882 PAK-80. Transfer from William Brisbane to Isaac Roff. 19a 3r 22p.37 
Land-UBeac*3 Oct 1882 PAK-64. Transfer from William Brisbane to Joseph Hartley French Henry Butler. Memo No 984. On the 15th day of March 1879 Joseph Hartley French of Melbourne Merchant and Henry Butler of the same place warehouseman were appointed trustees of the estate of William Brisbane of Beaconsfield Contractor. Dated the 3rd day of October 1882.38 
Land-UBeac*12 Jan 1888 PAK-121. Transfer from William Brisbane to Alice Barbara Renfree. 19a 2r 33p.39 
Land-UBeacb 16 Aug 1888William Brisbane selected land from the Crown. GEM-C-48. 23a 0r 4p Land File 6090/19.20. Crown Grant to Brisbane on 16 Aug 1888.40,41 
Land-UBeac*18 Feb 1889 PAK-78 (part). Transfer from William Brisbane to Joseph Goldsworth Hollow. 5a 1r 31 5/10p.42 
(Transfer to) Land-UBeacSep 1889 PAK-1A (part) (application 26433). Transfer from Charles Souter to Alfred David Hart, William Brisbane, Louis Lawrence "L.L." Smith. 63a 0r 11p - Application 26433 Title issued 11 Mar 1891 - Land was bought for £1,575 in Sep 1889 -.43 
Land-Note*22 Oct 1889 PAK-1A l/p2788: 22a 1r 17 6/10p Encumbrances referred to: A contract dated the sixteenth day of November one thousand eight hundred and eighty seven (entered as number 61995 in the Record Book of the Office of titles in Melbourne) between the abovenamed Charles Souter (the Vendor) and William Brisbane of Nar Nar Goon Station Beaconsfield in the County of Mornington Gentleman (the Purchaser) for the sale and purchase respectively of the said land.44 
Land-UBeac*18 Dec 1889 PAK-94. Transfer from Frank Suetonius Officer William Robert Looker to William Brisbane. 314a 1r 13p (per 14.1.1891 changed to 313a ?r 3p.)45 
Land-Note18 Dec 1889 PAK-94: Mortgagee: Samuel Thomas Staughton. Mortgage was £2,500. Only partially discharged as to land sale to Rees, then foreclosed in probate of Simon Thomas Staughton - ie land in ownership of Mrs Eliza Mary Ann Staughton and Arthur John Staughton.. Mortgagor was William Brisbane.46,47 
Land-UBeac30 Jan 1890 PAK-1A l/p 2593. Transfer from Charles Souter to William Brisbane. 5a - Transfer No 272102 - C/T 2232-232.48 
Land-UBeac*21 Feb 1890 PAK-1A (Pre-emptive Section) l/p 2804 Lot 37. Transfer from William Brisbane to Marion Jane Smith.49 
Land-UBeac*21 Feb 1890 PAK-1A (Pre-emptive Section) l/p 2804 Lots 25.38.39.40. Transfer from William Brisbane to Francis Edward Stewart. 2241-165 Transfer 273773.50 
Land-UBeac*22 Feb 1890 PAK-1A (25243) l/p 2804 Lot 2. Transfer from William Brisbane to William Grieve.51 
Land-UBeac*10 Mar 1890 PAK-1A l/p 2804 Lots 7.8.26-31.34-36. Transfer from William Brisbane to Louis Lawrence "L.L." Smith. 1a 2r 34.5p - Transfer 274976.52 
Land-UBeac*4 Jun 1890 PAK-1A l/p2788 (281147). Transfer from Charles Souter to William Brisbane. 20a 2r 31p.53 
Land-UBeac*22 Jan 1891 PAK-1A l/p2788 (281147). Transfer from William Brisbane to George Frederick Handel South. C/T 2330-909.54 
Land-UBeac7 Feb 1891 PAK-1A l/p2788 (297173). Transfer from William Brisbane to Louis Lawrence "L.L." Smith. 5a 0r 13p - C/T 2334-714.55 
Land-Note*1892 PAK-145: William Brisbane indebted to Henry Renfree of Dandenong Wood Merchant £600 for balance of purchase money on my interest in 314 acres lot 145 Parish of Pakenham (Vendor's lien on said property which I value at the sum of one shilling.)56 
Land-Note1892 William Brisbane indebted to Joseph Hollow of Richmond £75 for land at Beaconsfield.56 
Land-Note*22 Apr 1892 GEM-C-46.47A.48: Mortgagee: The National Bank of Australasia Ltd. Foreclosed. Mortgagor was William Brisbane.57 
Land-Note22 Apr 1892 PAK-82: Mortgagee: The National Bank of Australasia Ltd. Mortgage not discharged. Mortgagor was William Brisbane.58 
Land-Note22 Apr 1892 PAK-78 (part): Mortgagee: The National Bank of Australasia Ltd. Foreclosed. Mortgagor was William Brisbane.59 
Land-Note22 Apr 1892 PAK-1A l/p2788: Mortgagee: The National Bank of Australasia Ltd. Mortgage 134193 - not discharged. Mortgagor was William Brisbane.60 
Land-Note22 Apr 1892 PAK-77: Mortgagee: The National Bank of Australasia Ltd. Not discharged. Mortgagor was William Brisbane.61 
Land-Note*6 May 1892 PAK-1A (Pre-emptive Section) l/p 2804: Mortgagee: The Mercantile Finance Trustees and Agency Company of Australia Ltd. Mortgage 135203 - not discharged. Mortgagor was William Brisbane.62 
Land-UBeac*27 Jul 1892 PAK-1A l/p2788 (324556). Transfer from William Brisbane to James Keating, John Vail Cougle, William Grieve, William Fuller. C/T 2436-134.63 
Land-UBeac10 Sep 1892 PAK-82. Transfer from William Brisbane to The National Bank of Australasia Ltd. 13a 0r 10p.64 
Land-UBeac10 Sep 1892 PAK-78 (part). Transfer from William Brisbane to The National Bank of Australasia Ltd. 66a 0r 28p - foreclosed.65,66 
Land-UBeac10 Sep 1892 PAK-77. Transfer from William Brisbane to The National Bank of Australasia Ltd. 40a 2r 31p.67 
Land-UBeac*10 Sep 1892 GEM-C-46.47A.48. Transfer from William Brisbane to The National Bank of Australasia Ltd.68,69 
Land-UBeac10 Sep 1892 PAK-1A l/p2788. Transfer from William Brisbane to The National Bank of Australasia Ltd. Balance.70 
Land-UBeacb 19 Jun 1894 PAK-1A (Pre-emptive Section) l/p 2804. Transfer from William Brisbane to The Mercantile Finance Trustees and Agency Company of Australia Ltd. Foreclosed.71 
(Mentioned) S Bourke Morn Journ2 Sep 1896The article reads: The Municipal Elections. BERWICK. Cr. Ure, representing the Beaconsfield Riding, was opposed by ex-Cr. Brisbane, who some time ago retired from the Berwick Council. The result of this contest was, to say the least of it, surprising to most people, the last-named's chance of ousting the sitting member being thought to be very good. The result was :-- Cr. Ure, 106; ex-Cr. Brisbane, 50 ; giving the former a majority of 56 votes. An election cry in regard to the action of the Council in writing off certain rates most probably had something to do with the defeat of ex-Cr. Brisbane. In connection with this matter ex-Cr. Brisbane says : — "I am referred to as having moved that a sum of £5 be written off Cr. Goff's rates, and this iniquitous conduct on my part has filled Cr. Crichton's pious soul with horror. Being on the eve of an election at which my candidature is sup ported by Cr. Goff, whilst my opponent is supported by Cr. Crichton, may afford some explanation of the circumstance being brought forward at the present opportune moment ; but the facts of the case are as follows :-Mr. Goff sold 40 acres of unimproved land about 8 years ago, which ultimately fell back into his hands with something like £15 arrears in rates, due for six years. Had the then rate collector performed his duties no such preposterous accumulation could have occurred, but the council, on con sideration of this and other matters in connection therewith which I am unable to recall at the present moment, decided unanimously to write off £5 of the amount named. No member of the coun cil offered opposition to the resolution. But the fact is, some time ago Cr. Crich ton sent in a claim against the council for a sum of about £200 due to him for work and labor done, principally in con structing roads in the direction of his own property. The council pointed out that the claim was, so far as it was concerned, quite illegal, and refused to pay. I may mention that Mr. Crichton had allowed this to remain in abeyance for about 7 years, and when asked why such an extraordinary claim had not been sent in at the proper time, he said it had escaped his memory—an example which the coun cil received with the same confidence that it did his account. Cr. Goff was a most determined opponent to payment being made. Cr. Crichton then proposed to me as a member of the council that £100 of the ratepayers money be expended in the purchase of cats for the purpose of killing rabbits. This was just a little too much for my gravity, and Cr. Crichton never forgave me for this. About 2 months ago President Goff threatened to suspend him for conduct unbecoming a councillor, which necessitated an apology from Mr. Crichton, and now the latter is avenged in a way which has probably filled his soul with joy."
A contest for the office of local auditor, between Messrs. R. R. Bain, of Berwick and R. Clements, of Pakenham, resulted in the former being re-elected by a majority of 16 votes, the numbers being Bain, 200; Clements, 184. Cr. D. Bourke was returned without opposition for Pakenham riding, and Cr. J. B. Wilson for Berwick riding.72 
Note*9 Feb 1898 VPARL1898Vol2ARSCNo1 REPORT FROM THE PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON RAILWAYS ON THE PROPOSED RAILWAY FROM FERN TREE GULLY TO GEMBROOK;
9 Feb 1898, pp 43-44
William Brisbane, sworn and examined.
529. By the Chairman.—What are you?—Auctioneer and estate agent.
530. Do you know the Gembrook district from Fern Tree Gully on ? —Yes, I have known it for twenty years.
531. Yon have been in the timber trade?—Yes. I had two saw-mills, one with a 40 horse-power engine and a 12 horse-power portable. The latter I used to cut firewood with, and afterwards building and other timber.
532. Have you inspected the country between Fern Tree Gully and Gembrook from Dr. Bromby's corner with a view of starting milling ?—Yes. That was at the time I had the saw-mills.
533. Is the timber good ?—Yes, it is.
534. Is there plenty of it?—Abundance.
535. Still, notwithstanding the quantity that has been cleared off ?—Yes, an abundance.
536. Can you tell us what an ordinary saw-mill in country like that would turn out in a year for building ?—One mill will turn out about four trucks a day.
537. That would not be anything extraordinary ?—No; some would turn out far more. Four trucks is a very fair thing to turn out for a mill.
538. How many horse-power would a mill have that would do that?—About 14 or 16 horse portable engine.
539. Is there anything particular about this forest that yon wis to speak of ?—No, excepting that it is of unlimited extent, and the timber is very good. None goes away from there now. It would not pay to cart sawn timber to any station.
540. Did you yourself construct a tram to carry the timber from the saw-mill to the main road?— Yes. about 20 miles of tramway altogether from my two mills, various tramwavs info the bush to bring the timber in.
541. It paid you to construct those trams ?—Yes. I could not do without them.
542. Did you exhaust the timber ?—No, I did not get that length. The grey ironbark is splendid timber.
543. What the Committee want to know is, from an expert like yourself, whether the timber trade would be a big item in feeding a railway ?—Very large. The present mills are being cut out, and I have frequent inquiries for belts of timber where mills could be put. It is becoming too expensive to work the other places. Here you begin on the edge of a belt, and you could depend on two or three mills being started. Five trucks a day is about 3,000,000 foot yearly. Mr. Hoffman is a timber agent in town now.
544. Have the Hoffmans saw-mills in the country?—They had; they have not now ; they are only agents. They had them at Mount Macedon. I think there ought to be a traffic of £2,000 or £3,000 a year from sawn timber. A truck costs about 22s. to send to Melbourne, 40 miles. Say there are two or three mills, it gives an idea at once. It would be about £3,000 a year.
545. Have you any knowledge that Mr. Hoffman, or any one else, would start there ?—Yes ; there are two or three ready to start at once—not Hoffman.
546. By Mr. A. Harris.—Are you certain that a market could be found for that timber?—Yes ; there is a very good demand for sawn timber. It is only a short distance from Melbourne. Stringybark, grey ironbark, messmate, and mountain ash. As to firewood, I had a firewood mill, and now firewood is difficult to get within any reasonable distance of any existing railway, and no doubt there would be a lot of firewood come from there.
547. Still firewood is very cheap ?—But this place is very near Melbourne, and they must be carting great distances now ; and look at the quantity of posts and rails that would come from there.
548. By Mr. Styles.—Is there a great quantity of timber there ?—An immense quantity. I had a mill at Bunyip River and I used to walk through a belt of this timber for a long distance. The mills would be there by the time the railway was there.
549. By the Hon. D. Melville.—You know Gembrook proper and its soil?—Yes.
550. Do you know Lancefield and Romsey ?—I have only been there in visits.
551. You know the character of the red soil in both places?-—Yes.
552. Would it be a fair estimate to make that within five or six years the traffic would develop as it has there ?—-Undoubtedly it would. You have the ground there, and the rainfall cannot be beaten.
553. If the Committee take an estimate of similar country at almost a similar distance, you think we would be safe to apply that average to the Gembrook district ?—Yes, any progressive district.
554. By the Hon. J. Buchanan.—And that has less frost then Lancefield ?—I have seen little or no frost in this part.
555. By the Hon. D. Melville.—This is one of the districts you would apply the average to ?—Yes, one of the first districts in Victoria when developed. I have stopped there for years, find I know every creek about it and every corner of it.
556. You estimate it as top soil about Gembrook ?—Yes.
557. What is known as Bromby's is in its virgin state?—Yes ; it has scarcely been touched.
558. Do you know Turnbull's ?—Yes ; that is first-class land,
559. What might be the quantity of that class of land about Bromby's ?—From Bromby's to the Cockatoo Creek I should say there ought to be 9,000 or 10,000 acres of first-class land that would grow anything. I was authorized by a number of gentlemen to state officially that they are prepared to give guarantees according to the areas they possess for any deficiency that occurred for three years.
560. By Mr. Styles.—That is, to make up any deficit there might be in the interest and working expenses ?—Yes, to make up any loss.
561. By Mr. A. Harris.—You have travelled through that district frequently ?—Yes.
562. You noticed that the estimated receipts from passenger traffic are set down at £315 ; do you think that is reasonable?—No. Three or four excursion trains would bring it all in in a neighbourhood like that. It seems to me ridiculously small, £1 a day. I should say two or three times that at least. It is a short distance and people will frequently travel on a short distance like that. They would frequently come to town for supplies and so forth. I have looked at the Railway Department estimates and they seem to me to be wonderful ; but those mills would be ready there for the railway : that I am sure of.
563. By the Hon. D. Melville.—What average does a mill turn out a day ?—About four trucks, 800 feet. A truck is 6 tons. You are obliged to put it on or pay for it.
564. What is the value?—Seven shillings a hundred feet, £7 or £8 a truck, and four trucks a day.
565. Are we not wasting this timber largely by postponing the making of the railway?—Yes. We are knocking it down and ringing it and burning it. It is a dead waste, considering its proximity to the city.
The witness withdrew.
Adjourned.73 
Land-UBeac*26 Apr 1899 PAK-87. Transfer from Mary Ann Key to William Brisbane. 19a 3r 23p.74 
Land-UBeac*6 Feb 1900 GEM-C-38. Transfer from The Mercantile Finance Trustees and Agency Company of Australia Ltd to William Brisbane. 19a 3r 13p.75 
Land-UBeac*a 29 Aug 1901 PAK-94 (part). Transfer from William Brisbane to Eliza Mary Ann Staughton Arthur John Staughton. Foreclosed on land as mortgage not repaid.76 
Land-UBeac*6 Jul 1903 GEM-C-38. Transfer from William Brisbane to Anne Elizabeth Bunt. 19a 3r 13p.77 
Civil Case*1906 1906/89 William Brisbane v Cecil Stewart Charles Wood.78 
Marriage*10 Dec 1906Spouse: Annie Grace Simmons. Manse, Power street, Hawthorn, VIC, Australia, #M8000.79
 
Marriage-Notice*18 Dec 1906BRISBANE—HENHAM (nee Simmons).—On the 10th December, at the Manse, Power-street, Hawthorn, by the Rev. W. H. Cooper, William Brisbane to Annie Henham, of Hawthorn.80 
Death*1 Nov 1910 Longwarry South, VIC, Australia, #D12425 (Age 68). He died of stomach cancer and exhaustion.81
Death-Notice*2 Nov 1910THE FAMILY CIRCLE. DEATHS.
BRISBANE.— On the 1st November, at his residence, "Blair Athol," Drouin (late of Melbourne), William, the dearly beloved husband of Annie Brisbane, aged 68 years.
FUNERAL NOTICES.
BRISBANE.— The Friends of the late Mr WILLIAM BRISBANE are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the Drouin Cemetery.
The funeral will leave his late residence, "Blair Athol," Drouin, at 11 a.m. on THURSDAY, the 3rd inst., and will be at Drouin railway station at 1 p.m.82 
Probate (Will)*21 Mar 1911 119/103. Ex Land Agent. Nr Drouin.
Value of Estate £3276. See: Alexander Clark MacKay William Henry MacKay.83 
Village Bell*The article reads: William Brisbane “The pioneer of the district”
In 1876 Snell sold his lease on the top of the ridge to William Brisbane, who subdivided the 320 acres of land into 49 lots. On the highest 40 acres, which he kept for himself, he built a large guesthouse, naming it “Beaconsfield House” to honour the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, who became Lord Beaconsfield.
Beaconsfield House, known to the locals as the “Big House” was a large weatherboard building with a brick and concrete façade, and a dining room big enough to seat more than 100 people.
Realising the embryo settlement needed a post office, Brisbane, opened the “Beaconsfield” Post Office at his guesthouse, on the 1st October 1878.
He became the first postmaster, with an annual allowance of £6 for his duties.84 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
30 Mar 1851Buchanan's Ld A Bell Mt House, Bridgend, Perthshire, Scotland(Head of Household) William Brisbane;
Age 9
Member(s) of Household: Eliza Ann Brisbane John Brisbane85
1903232 Dank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: estate agent.86
1903232 Dank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: estate agent.86
1909159 Grey Street, East Melbourne, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: auctioneer. With Annie Grace Brisbane.87
1909159 Grey Street, East Melbourne, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: auctioneer. With Annie Grace Brisbane. With James William Henham Annie Grace Henham.88

Newspaper-Articles

  • DIVISION OF BERWICK SHIRE.
    The following appears in the Government Gazette as to the proposed severance of the Shire of Berwick:—
    In pursannce of the provisions of the Local Government Act, 1874 (No. 506, sec. 46), the substance and prayer of a petition, in accordance with the 44th section of the said Act, which has been presented to his Excellency the Governor, are published, viz. :-The petitioners purport to constitute a majority of the rate payers in the portion of the Shire of Berwick which is described in their petition, and they desire that the area so described may be severed from the Shire of Berwick and constituted a new Shire, under the name or title of "The Shire of Pakienham." Area described in the petition :-The Pakenham Riding.
    Petitioners state that the area sought to be severed is of very large dimensions, extending over 500 square miles, and conterminous is a large extent of country not yet occupied or included in the boundaries of any Shire. They therefore pray "That the area above described may be constituted a separate municipality, and that the numberof the Councillors be nine (9), and that it be subdivided into (3) three ridings, to be called ' Pakenham, Beaconsfield and Gembrook.'"
    Notices for the petitioners may be served upon Mr. William Brisbane, Beaconsfield Railway station.
    A. L. TUCKER.
    For the Commissioner of Public Works.
    Department of Public Works (Roads and Bridges Branch), Melbourne, 14th April, 1883.
    The matter was brought before the Council meeting on Saturday and discussed, as will be seen by our report.89
  • 15 Oct 1877, A MEETING of those interested in the 20-acre Blocks near Berwick, parish of Pakenham, will be held at Scott's Hotel, Collins-street west, on This Day, at 4.30 p.m. W. Brisbane.90
  • 20 Feb 1878, BERWICK POLICE COURT. Friday, 15th February. Before Messrs Robert Officer, James Wilson, and Dr Elmes, J.P.
    Brisbane v. Hayes ; goods sold, £40 10s.—Order for the amount with 5s. costs.91
  • 8 Nov 1878, PURE MOUNTAIN AIR, With Splendid Sea Breezes No more consumption
    BERWICK SANITARIUM, Beaconsfield
    Finest views in the colony, magnificent fern tree gullies, 1200ft above the sea level
    Three hours journey from Melbourne
    Extensive accommodation, under first class management
    Letters delivered daily
    W BRISBANE Proprietor92
  • 2 Dec 1878, EXCURSION TO BEACONSFIELD.
    On Saturday last a party of excursionists numbering about 120 ladies and gentlemen took a trip to Beaconsfield, about four miles and a half from Berwick station on the Gipps Land line. The excursionists, among whom were the Commissioner of Railways and the two representatives of Richmond (Messrs. Bosisto and L. L. Smith), with a number of well known citizens of Melbourne, were conveyed to Oakleigh in omnibuses provided by the Melbourne Omnibus Company, and thence by a special train which left Oakleigh at half past 10. At Berwick station about 30 vehicles were in readiness to convey [our?] party to Beaconsfield, where arrangements [had?] been made for holding a picnic on a large scale. Beaconsfield is a settlement which has been formed within the last two years by selectors of 20-acre blocks under the 49th section of the Land Act. Three hundred blocks have been taken up, chiefly by residents in Melbourne. Very few of them have as yet been built upon, but there are substantial evidences of settlement. The allotments are all fenced, and a very large amount of money has been expended in clearing. The excursion was organised for the purpose of drawing the attention of the Commissioner to the requirements of the selectors in the matter of railway accommodation. Some months ago a company was formed for the purpose of constructing a tramway to take the timber, stone, and firewood from the hills to the railway line. The shares in the proposed undertaking were readily taken up, but the operations of the company were stopped by a hitherto unforeseen difficulty. They could not take the line across a road without the sanction of an act of Parliament. The Government have promised to introduce a bill dealing with the tramway question generally, but till this is done the company can proceed no further, and in the meantime the selectors are desirous of having a station erected near the Kardinia Creek. The settlement is at no great distance from Berwick station, but the nature of the country is such as to render it very difficult of access. At present the selectors have to travel by a very circuitous route, and even then they cannot avoid a steep hill, over which it would be almost an impossibility to convey a heavy load of produce. The spot at which the selectors desire to have a station was pointed out by Mr. Brisbane to the Commissioner of Railways who admitted that a good case had been made out, and promised that it should receive early attention. The party then proceeded to the residence of Mr. Brisbane, which is situated on the top of a hill about 1,200ft. above the level of the sea. Driving up the steep ranges was a work of some difficulty, and many of the travellers found themselves compelled to alight and make the rest of the journey on foot. They were, however, amply rewarded for their toil. The weather was pleasantly cool, and the top of the hill on which Mr. Brisbane's handsome residence is perched commands a view of an extensive sweep of country, comprising the Baw Baw ranges, Mount Macedon, Western Port, Phillip Island, and Port Phillip Bay.
    Luncheon was laid in the diningroom, at which Professor Halford presided. "The Queen" having been honoured in the customary manner, the health of "The Commissioner of Railways" was proposed by Mr. Brind. Mr. Woods, in responding, said if there was one thing he valued more than another it was the good opinion of his neighhours. Allusion had been made to the administration of his department, but when he reminded them that there were no less than 4,000 persons employed in the departmet, and £2,000 had to be found every day to pay them, they would bo able to form some idea of the difficulties he had to contend with. He had departed somewhat from the beaten track, and in doing so had risked fame and reputation ; but the day would come when the public would be fully satisfied with the results. With regard to the particular object which had brought them together that day, he remarked that railways were constructed for the convenience of the public, and if they could not accommodate the public they did not fulfil one of the primary purposes for which they were constructed. He saw no reason why these grand hills should not in the course of a very few months be made accessible even to the young and feeble, who wanted to escape from the impure air of Melbourne. When the station was open on the spot he had been shown that morning, he would put on a morning train if the traffic was sufficient to justify it —(cheers)—and when the connexion with Melbourne was finished it would be quite possible for a resident of these hills to leave home at 8 o'clock in the morning, reach Melbourne in an hour, and after his day's business return again to his residence in the hills by 6 o'clock. (Applause.) He concluded by proposing the health of Mr. Brisbane, who responded. "The prosperity of Beaconsfield" was proposed by Mr L. L. Smith, and responded to by Mr. Bosisto. "The Chairman" was then proposed by Mr. McKean, and responded to by Professor Halford. The party then broke up and dispersed themselves among the many beautiful hills and gullies in the neighbourhood till half past 5 o'clock, when a start was made for Berwick station, which was reachcd without accident, and the excursionists got to town a little before 10 o'clock.93
  • 4 Dec 1878, EXCURSION TO BEACONSFIELD. A large party of excursionists, numbering about 120 ladies and gentlemen, among whom were the Commissioner of Railways, and Dr. L. L. Smith and Mr. Bosisto, M's. L. A., took a trip, on Saturday last, to Beaconsfield, a place about four miles and a-half from Berwick on the Gippsland line. The Argus, which gives a very correct account of the outing, states that the excursionists were conveyed to Oakleigh in omnibuses provided by the Melbourne Omnibus Company and thence by a special train which left Oakleigh at half-past 10. At Berwick station about 30 vehicles were in readiness to convey the party to Beacons- field, where arrangements had been made for holding a picnic on a large scale. Beaconsfield is a settlement which has been formed within the last two years by se lectors of 20-acre blocks under the 49th section of the Land Act. Three hundred blocks have been taken up, chiefly by residents in Melbourne. Very few of them have as yet been built upon, but there are substantial evidences of settlement. The allotments are all fenced, and a very large amount of money bas been expended in clearing. The excursion was organised for the purpose of drawing the attention of the Commissioner to the requirements of the selectors in the matter of railway accommodation. Some months ago, a company was formed for the purpose of constructing a tramway to take the timber, stone, and firewood from the hills to the railway line. The shares in the proposed undertaking were readily taken up; but the operations of the company were stopped by a hitherto unforeseen difficulty. They could not take the line across a road without the sanction of an act of Parliament. The Government have promised to introduce a bill dealing with the tramway question generally, but till this is done the company can proceed no further, and in the meantime the selectors are desirous of having a station erected near the Kardinia Creek. The settlement is at no great distance from Berwick station, but the nature of the country is such as to render it very difficult of access. At present the selectors have to travel by a very circuitous route, and even then they cannot avoid a steep hill, over which it would be almost an impossibility to convey a heavy load of produce. The spot at which the selectors desire to have a station was pointed out by Mr. Brisbane to the Commissioner of Railways, who admitted that a good case had been made out, and promised that it should receive early attention.
    The party then proceeded to the residence of Mr. Brisbane, which is situate on the top of a hill about 1,200ft. above the level of the sea. Driving up the steep ranges was a work of some difficulty, and many of the travellers found themselves compelled to alight, and make the rest of the journey on foot. They were, however, amply rewarded for their toil. The weather was pleasantly cool, and the top of the hill on which Mr. Brisbane's handsome residence is perched commands a view of an extensive sweep of country, comprising the Baw Baw ranges, Mount Macedon, Western Port, Phillip Island, and Port Phillip Bay. Luncheon was laid in the dining room, at which Professor Halford presided: "The Queen" having been honoured in the customary manner, the health, of "The Commissioner of Railways", was proposed by Mr. Brind. Mr Woods, in responding, said if there was one thing he valued more than another it was the good opinion of his neighbours. Allusion had been made to the administra tion of his department, but when he reminded them that there were no less than 4,000 persons employed in his department, and £2,000 had to be found every day to pay them, they would be able to form some idea of the difficulties he had to contend with. He had departed somewhat from the beaten track, and in doing so had risked fame and reputation; but the day would made when the public would be fully satisfied with the results. With regard to the particular object which had brought them together that day, he remarked that railways were constructed for the conve nience of the public, and if they could not accommodate the public, they did not fulfil one of the primary purposes for which they were constructed. He saw no reason why these grand hills should not in the course of a very few months be made accessible onto the young and feeble, who wanted to escape from the impure air of Melbourne. When the station was open on the spot he had been shown that morning, he would put on a morning train if the traffic was sufficient to justify it—(cheers)—and when the connexion with Melbourne was finished, it would be quite possible for a resident of these hills to leave home at 8 o'clock in the morning, reach Melbourne in an hour and after his day's business return again to his residence in the hills by six o'clock. (Applause). He concluded by proposing the health of Mr. Brisbane, who responded. "The prosperity of Beaconsfield" was pro posed by Mr. L. L. Smith, and responded to by Mr. Bosisto. "The Chairman" was then proposed by Mr. McKean, and res- ponded by Professor Halford.
    The party then broke up, and dipersed themselves among the many beautiful hills and gullies in the neighbourhood till half-past five o'clock, when a start was made for Berwick station, which was reached without accident, and the excursionists got to town a little before 10 o'clock.94
  • 4 Dec 1878, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM. (BY CODGES.)
    The people of this country are becoming habituated to their rulers' idiosyncracies. Like the Ashantee priests, they know how to propitiate their fetishes. Last Saturday, at Berwick, they picnicked Iron John, who came so far by special train into the howling wilderness to select a site for a railway siding and platform in the vicinity of Beaconsfield. The inventor of the continuous brake actually smiled as he saw the sumptuous luncheon provided in Brisbane's hotel, winked with courtly urbanity at the ladies, many of whom had never seen a live Minister before, and graciously promised Beaconsfield a station—which means another vexatious delay on the through journey. I venture to prophesy that two or three of these roadside places will, ere long, be abolished. The experience of the department is against stoppages at shorter intervals than, eight miles. Chewton, on the Mount Alexander line, three miles from Castlemaine, had a station given to it recently, but then it was Chewton that gave Commissioner Patterson political life. The station is a dead loss to the State, and no advantage to the inhabitants, save that it gratifies their self-importance. It is this very system of subordinating the railways to caprice, political exigences (and the grosser system of free passes), that keeps them from paying.95
  • 12 Mar 1879, A meeting of the creditors of Mr. William Brisbane, of Beaconsfield, Contractor (and described in the summons as lately also carrying on business as a storekeeper, in co-partnership with James Bowman, at Dandenong, under the style of J. Bowman and Co.), was held to-day at the offices of Messrs. Ecroyd and Danby. The meeting was called under the Insolvency Statute for liquidation by arrangement. A balance-sheet submitted showed : — Liabilities, secured, £5077 13s. 6d; unsecured, £6579 16s. 11d; assets, £11,795 17s. 10d; leaving an assumed surplus of £138 7s. 5d. A resolution was adopted to liquidate the estate by arrangement, Messrs. French and Butler being appointed trustees.96
  • 12 Mar 1879, A meeting of creditors in the estate of Mr. William Brisbane, contractor, Beaconsfield, was held to-day An approximate balance sheet was presented, showing due to secured creditors an amount of £5,077 13s. 6d., and to unsecured creditors an amount of £6,579 16s. 11d., the assets comprising lands held by secured creditors, £6,285 ; sawmill plant, timber, rolling stock, &c, furniture and acceptances, and book debts, in all estimated to show a surplus of £138 7s. 5d. It was resolved to wind up the estate in liquidation under the act, and a trustee was appointed, which concluded the business.97
  • 21 Mar 1879, THE INSOLVENCY STATUTE, 1871-In the Court of Insolvency -In the matter of Proceedings for Liquidation by Arrangement or Composition of Creditors instituted by WILLIAM BRISBANE, of Beaconsfield, in the Colony of Victoria, Contractor, and lately also carrying on business as a Storekeeper, in copartnership with James Bowman, at Dandenong, in the said Colony, under the style of "J Bowman and Co." - notice is hereby given, that the general meeting of creditors in this matter, held on the eleventh day of March instant, by an extraordinary resolution, declared that the affairs of the said William Brisbane should be liquidated by arrangement, and not in insolvency, appointed Messieurs JOSEPH HARTLEY FRENCH, of Melbourne, merchant, and HENRY BUTLER, of the same place, warehouseman, TRUSTEES, and such resolution has been duly registered ; and by a certificate of the chief clerk of the Court of Insolvency at Melbourne, dated the thirteenth day of March instant, the said Joseph Hartley French and Henry Butler have been declared to be such trustees as aforesaid. All persons having in their possession any of the effects of the debtor must deliver them to the said trustees, and all debts due to the debtor must be paid to the trustees. Creditors who have not proved their debts must forward their proofs of debt to us.
    Dated the nineteenth day of March, one thousand eight hundred and seventy nine
    FARMER and OLDHAM, 38 Elizabeth street, Melbourne, solicitors to the estate.98
  • 31 May 1879, DURING the Winter Months, begining 29th inst., BEACONSFIELD daily CONVEYANCE will CEASE RUNNING, but will meet train at Berwick, when advised by letter or telegram. Fare, 2s. 6d. Wm. Brisbane. May 2699
  • 22 Oct 1879, There are over one hundred and twenty cases set down for hearing at the County Court at Dandenong, which will be held on Thursday next. A large number of the cases are claims in the estate of W. Brisbane of Berwick.100
  • 29 Oct 1879, DANDENONG COUNTY COURT. Thursday, 23rd October. (Before His Honor Judge Nolan.)
    French and Another (the Estate of W. Brisbane) v. John Pitcher; goods. Dr. Dobson, instructed by Mr. H. J. Farmer, appeared in all the claims sued for in this Estate, of which there were a large number. The hearing of this case was postponed for proof of service.
    Same v. John Cameron ; goods, 18s. 2d. Verdict for amount, and 18s. costs.
    Same v. Charles Rosevire; goods, £3 1s, 8d. An acceptance was paid through Bowman and Co., of Dandenong, accepted by defendant. James Bowman proved the signature of defendant to to the document, and a verdict. was given for the amount, with 2s. 6d. costs.
    Same v. Charles Dobson; a claim for £1, value of a cheque, endorsed by defendant, and paid to W. Brisbane, through Bowman and Co. - The cheque had been received by defendant from a third party, and had been dishonored. Defendant had offered to pay the amount, and complained that the first he heard of it was a summons. Verdict for the amount.
    Same v George Lewis; goods, £2 8s. --Verdict for amount and 19s costs. Same v. Donohue. The debt was admitted, and a verdict was given for amount, £3, with 19s. costs. To be paid in monthly instalments of £1.
    Same v. Thomas Webb; goods, £2 4s. The amount had been paid without costs. Verdict for 11s. costs.
    ...
    very long article - see TROVE
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70012464101
  • 26 Nov 1879, The Botanic Gardens
    Mr W Brisbane, of Beaconsfield, Berwick, has contributed a case of native ferns, consisting of lomarias, todeas, Dicksonias (the mountain tree fern), and Gleichenias, or net ferns.102
  • 3 Dec 1879, PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT. MONDAY, 8th DECEMBER, At 12 o'clock, At 6 Collins street East,
    Important SALE of FREEHOLD ESTATE, Brisbane's Beaconsfield Property,
    Five Miles from Berwick.
    PATTERSON and RICHARDSON have received instructions from the Mortgagee, to Sell by Auction, at their rooms, 6 Collins street east, at 12 o'clock,
    BEACONSFIELD ESTATE. 318 Acres of Land; splendid buildings for hotel ; superior boarding house and store; beautiful summer retreat; magnificent view, embracing the grandest scenery and widest range of landscape.
    Terms at Sale. Title at Messrs. Vaughan and Derham's, 66 Chancery lane.
    Patterson and Richardson, Auctioneers, Farm Exchange, 6 Collins street.103
  • 10 Dec 1879, POSTPONEMENT OF SALE, BEACONSFIELD. PATTERSON & RICHARDSON beg to notify that the Sale of BRISBANE'S BEACONSFIELD PROPERTY, Advertised to take place on MONDAY, 8th DECEMBER, Has been POSTPONED until MONDAY, 22nd DECEMBER.104
  • 27 Dec 1879, A picnic to celebrate the opening of this Beaconsfield railway station took place on Saturday. A party of ladies and gentlemen numbering over 100 left the Prince's-bridge station early in the morning, arriving at Beaconsfield after a short and pleasant run. Conveyances were in readiness to convey the company to Beaconsfield-house, where a champagne luncheon was provided. The afternoon was passed very pleasantly, and the party returned to town at 6 o'clock in the evening, after passing a very enjoyable day.105
  • 28 Jan 1880, Berwick Shire Council Correspondence: From the Lands Office, in reply, stating that the license was granted to Mr. Brisbane on the strength of a statement that he sould erect machinery on the ground, and desired the control of all the timber, which had been granted to him.—Received.106
  • 4 Mar 1880, THE INSOLVENCY STATUTE 1871 In the Court of Insolvency. -In the Matter of the Liquidation by Arrangement of the Affairs of WILLIAM BRISBANE, of Beaconsfield. -We hereby give notice that after the expiration of seven days from the publication hereof we intend to declare a first dividend in this matter, and we hereby require all creditors who have not already proved their debts to SEND to us, or our solicitor, on or before the thirteenth day of March instant, their names and addresses, and PARTICULARS of their DEBTS or claims, or in default thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of the dividend proposed to be declared.
    Dated this second day of March, 1880.
    J. H. FRENCH H. BUTLER - Trustees.
    H. J. FARMER, 38 Elizabeth-street, Melbourne, trustees solicitor.107
  • 6 Mar 1880, TO LET BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, With 40 Acres of Land
    Short distance from the Beaconsfield Railway Station on the Gipps Land line.
    House containing 29 well appointed rooms, all well furnished, in thorough good order.
    Well adapted for Boarding Families, for a Hotel, or a Sanatorium. Rent moderate.
    Furniture at valuation.
    The property is delightfully situated, highest mountain prospect, fern tree gullies in all directions, beautiful retreat.
    Apply to PATTERSON and RICHARDSON, 6 Collins-street east, or to J H FRENCH, 67 Flinders street west.108
  • 13 Mar 1880, Politics. No sooner has Mr. Gillies assumed his former position as Commissioner of Railways than we have a repetition of the old complaints the public were so familiar with when he was last in office. A correspondent informs us that Messrs. Brisbane and Waterson, sawmill owners, Beaconsfield; on the Gippsland line, had to discharge fifty men on Tuesday last, because of their inability to obtain trucks to carry their timber to market; and this step, it appears, was not taken before every attempt to obtain the necessary supply failed, and the de partment had been warned as to what would be the consequences in case of the trucks not coming forward. The department has only supplied three trucks in three weeks, while the demand is equal to fifty tons daily, and no satisfaction can be obtained, the department not even condescending to acknowledge the applications of the firm.109
  • 16 Mar 1880, THE GIPPS LAND TIMBER TRAFFIC. TO THE EDITOR OF THE ARGUS. Sir,-We notice your paragraph in to-day's issue reflecting on the attack made on Mr Gillies in the columns of Friday's Age. We cannot of course say who is to blame in the matter, but it was certainly the traffic manager who made the promise (in writing) to supply us with trucks at the rate of 24 weekly, but which in no case has been done.
    On Friday, the 5th inst, the men in our employment sent in to the department a representation of facts, and these were to the effect that unless trucks were forwarded to us at once they (the men) would probably be discharged on the following day, as there was really no further space left at the station on which to stack wood. The document referred to was signed by 54 men, who, together with their wives and families, numbered 137 persons. There were also employed 35 bullocks and horses, and 12 drays and waggons.
    We continued operations until Tuesday, the 9th, but finding no reply was forthcoming, work was stopped, and 50 men were thrown out of employment. The paper to which the signatures were attached was forwarded to a gentleman in Melbourne for presentation, who assures me he gave it to the traffic manager. Up to this date no answer has arrived, the men continue out of work, and a great many of them are leaving the neighbourhood.
    Referring to the statement of three trucks having been supplied to us in three weeks, we must plead guilty to having unintentionally made a misstatement. What we meant to say was that instead of getting 24 trucks weekly, we had, for the last three weeks, only received three, meaning that number each week. Since the 29th of January to the 9th inst, 21 trucks have been loaded by us at Beaconsfield, which is, as near as possible the average stated.
    As appears in to-day's issue, we are quite of opinion that any existing fault must be laid to the charge of the traffic superintendent, not to the Minister of Railways, possibly the present discussion may be the means of reducing Mr Anderson to a proper sense of his duties, for some of his notions seem to be of the most extraordinary description, for instance, we have a wood siding at Hawksburn, at which place we stack firewood, this we cut into various lengths. Occasionally, when a good solid piece of timber is found we convert it into pickets and shingles. All this was done by the same machinery as that em ployed in cutting firewood. In the trade circulars which we distributed we innocently stated that sawn shingles and pickets could be obtained at our wood allotment at the Hawksburn station, but Mr Anderson was equal to the occasion, he would not tolerate wood so converted being landed there—pickets and shingles were interdicted. We next wanted to forward some scaffolding poles to the said place, but that also was vetoed. We then wished to land trucks of firewood at some of the suburban stations on the Gipps Land line where sidings had been constructed, presumably for goods traffic ; room exists for about four trucks at each. A train stopping to shunt into the said sidings can as easily push four trucks in as one, but Mr. Anderson again gave us a sample of his judgment to the effect that we could put one truck in, but not more.
    What we require is certain facilities we can depend on, so that orders can be taken with some certainty of being able to execute them. Unless the Ministerial head of the Railway department interferes on our behalf we are afraid our venture will fall through, as all our experiences of Mr. Anderson leads to the belief that his best efforts at management are not as succcesful as they should be. -Yours,
    &c., BRISBANE and WATERSON.
    Beaconsfield, March 13.110
  • 20 Mar 1880, THE INSOLVENCY STATUTE 1871 In the Court of Insolvency. - In the Matter of the Liquidation by Arrangement of the Affairs of WILLIAM BRISBANE, of Beaconsfield - A First DIVIDEND will be PAYABLE in this estate or matter to creditors who have proved their debts at the offices of Messrs Gilmour and Allen, No 22 Collins street east, on and after Monday next. Bills must be produced.
    Dated the seventeenth day of March, 1880
    J H FRENCH, H BUTLER, Trustees111
  • 11 Aug 1880, NOTICE is hereby given, that under and by virtue of certain process issued out of the Supreme Court of the Colony of Victoria, and directed to the sheriff of the Eastern Bailiwick, requiring him to levy certain moneys of the real and personal estate which were of William Brisbane, deceased; at the time of his death, in the hands of William Brisbane, James Grimmond Brisbane, and John Brisbane, the executors of the last will and testament of the said William Brisbane, deceased, to be administered, the said sheriff will, on Wednesday, the 15th day of September, 1880, at the hour of two o'clock in the afternoon, cause to be sold at the Supreme Court Hotel, Latrobe-street east, Melbourne (unless the said process shall have been previously satisfied, or the said sheriff be otherwise stayed), All the right, title, and interest (if any) of the said William Brisbane, James Grimmond Brisbane, and John Brisbane, as such executors as aforesaid, in and to the following allotments of land :-Allotments 10A and 10B, parish of Jindivick, county of Buln Buln; Allotment 1, parish and county unnamed, situate on the Tarwin River.
    N.B.- Terms-cash on the fall of the hammer.
    ANTHONY BRADY, Sheriff's Officer
    Dated this 9th day of August, 1880.112
  • 11 Sep 1880, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20. At the Rooms, 32 Collins street West. BEACONSFIELD. A Few Miles from the Beaconsfield Railway Station.
    Sale by Public Auction of that Charming Mountain Property known as BEACONSFIELD-HOUSE, And 40 Acres of Freehold Land. By Order of the Mortgagees.
    For Positive and Absolute Disposal.
    To Wind Up Various Interests.
    ALFRED BLISS has been favoured with instruction from the mortgagees to SUBMIT to PUBLIC COMPETITION, at the rooms, 32 Collins street west, on Monday, September 20, at twelve o'clock,
    Freehold land, consisting of 40 acres, on which is erected that well and newly built weather-board property known as
    BEACONSFIELD-HOUSE, Containing Drawingroom, diningroom (20x30), three sitting rooms, wide passage, nine large double bed-rooms, five single bedrooms, small pantry, large pantry (15 x 13), four large rooms, kitchen fitted with large range and oven, storeroom, and five stall stable ; verandah in front laid down with coloured tiles, balcony at back.
    A post and telegraph office is attached to the premises. There is also a flagstaff in front about 60ft. in height. Two and a half acres of the land is well planted as a flower garden and shrubbery.
    The BUILDING is most complete, in excellent repair, and has extensive accommodation for hotel purposes, to which a licence could be obtained without any difficulty.
    The VIEW from the premises is truly grand—Port Phillip Heads, Westernport Bay, the Bau Bau Ranges, Mount Macedon, State Forest, Black Spur, Mount Juliet, and other beautiful distant ranges, and intervening country.
    The ATMOSPHERE is proclaimed by the faculty to be of the most invigorating and salubrious character ; indeed, it is declared by all who have visited this mountainous country that it eclipses any other district for pure air and beautiful distant and surrounding scenery.
    Mr. Brisbane, the late proprietor, expended a large sum of money to erect and perfect this property, and the auctioneer strongly urges anyone with a moderate capital that has a taste for a private mountain hotel and boarding establishment, to inspect and embark in a business that must eventually produce a certain competency.
    Invalids and inland visitors would certainly extensively patronise to recruit when the establishment is open for reception.
    Title perfect and guaranteed. For particulars of which apply to Messrs. Vaughan and Derham, solicitors, Chancery-lane.
    Terms-One-fifth cash, balance 6, 12, 18, 21, 30, and 36 months, bearing 7 per cent. Interest, or cash, if preferred.
    N.B.-The premises are at present furnished with every requisite to carry on an hotel or boardinghouse business, and the purchaser of the property can take the whole at a valuation.113
  • 22 Sep 1880, We understand that the Beaconsfield Sawmills, which have been stopped for a few weeks on account of the bad state of the roads, will commence work again to-day.114
  • 29 Sep 1880, BERWICK POLICE COURT. Friday, 24th September. (Before Messrs Officer, Elves, Palmer, and James Wilson.) George Brown and David Crichton v. William Brisbane and Edmund Waterson; claim for carriage of timber, £6 7s. 5d. Order for amount and £2 costs against Edward Waterson, William Brisbane, the other defendant, not having been summoned.115
  • 28 Oct 1880, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, BEACONSFIELD, GIPPS LAND RANGES
    This establishment having been purchased from the trustees of Mr William Brisbane's Estate, has been RE-OPENED under the care and supervision of those well known managers, Mr and Mrs Campbell, and any communications to them by wire or letter will have immediate attention.
    Conveyances will meet each morning train, and Saturday afternoon train as well.116
  • 11 Jan 1882, THIS DAY. At Twelve O'clock. At the Tea Salesroom, 32 Collins-street West,
    Important Sale of the BEACONSFIELD ESTATE,
    Subdivided Into 48 Mountain RESIDENCE SITES,
    In Allotments From Four to Ten Acres Each.
    Within Three MILES of the Beaconsfield Railway Station.
    By Order of the Mortgagee.
    JB. PATTERSON has been favoured with instructions from the mortgagee to SELL by AUCTION, on Wednesday, 11th January, at twelve o'clock, at the Tea Salesroom, 32 Collins-street west,
    Beaconsfield Estate,
    Consisting of 280 acres, subdivided into 48 choice
    Summer Residence Areas,
    In allotments 4 to 10 acres each, and each possessing some special feature of grandour.
    The surrounding country is of a mountainous character, with picturesque gullies intersecting, and
    The Views
    are beautiful, Queenscliff, Sorrento, the You Yangs, and Port Phillip Bay being discernible in the west and north-west, Mount Macedon to the north, the Lilydale and Gembrook Ranges to the north and N.E., Bau Bau and other Gipps Land ranges to the east, and the Bass ranges, Westernport Bay, French and Phillip Islands, and Arthur's-seat to the south-east, south, and south west respectively.
    THE ATMOSPHERE
    is proclaimed by the faculty to be of the most invigorating and salubrious character, and is recommended as the best district for invalids to recruit their health.
    The soil is admirably adapted for fruit gardens, or for cereal or root crops.
    This district is the only one near Melbourne which has commanded anything like support from our influental citizens. As many as 300 have already settled upon the surrounding lands in this picturesque locality.
    Title, perfect, can be inspected and all particulars obtained from Messrs. Vaughan and Derham, solicitors, Chancery-lane.
    Terms liberal.
    Plans in course of preparation.
    J. B. Patterson, auctioneer, 6 Collins-street east.117
  • 18 Oct 1882, Mr William Brisbane has successfully floated a large sawmill company, with a capital of 25,000 shares of £1 each, the first issue being 10,000. It is intended to construct a tramway from Nar Nar Goon railway station to Gembrook, and the company has secured 3000 acres of timber country. This result speaks well for Mr Brisbane's enterprise. The shareholders are Melbourne investors with two exceptions.118
  • 7 Dec 1882, A meeting of the residents of Beaconsfield was held yesterday in Messrs. Byrne, Vale, and Co.'s auction-room, Collins-street east, to arrange for witnesses to give evidence before the Legislative Council in favour of the proposed branch line to their township. Professor Halford occupied the chair, and about 25 gentlemen were present. The proceedings were of a conversational character, and no formal resolutions were passed. It was stated that between 14,000 and 15,000 persons travelled to and from the Berwick station in a year. Berwick is the station at which the proposed Beaconsfield line of 4½ miles in length is to branch off. It was arranged that the following gentlemen should give evidence in favour of the line—Mr. D'Ebro, engineer, who has made a survey of the line for the residents, Captain Rowan, the agent for engines adapted for sharp curves, Professor Halford, Mr. Wm. Brisbane, and Mr. Robinson, the engineer of the Berwick Shire.119
  • 7 Dec 1882, THE RAILWAY BILL.
    Tiie Railway Construction Bill was further considered in committee. On the proposed Beaconsfield railway, evidence was taken as under : —
    Mr. W. William Brisbane, sawmill proprietor, of Beaconsfield, stated that there would be no difficulty in carrying a line from Beaconsfield station to Beaconsfield. During the year ending October, 1882, about 14,000 persons travelled between Beaconsfield station and Melbourne. A line could be continued from the station to Gembrook.
    He knew of one house built in the locality that cost £6000, and he believed there was some talk of the Government renting it as a country seat for the Governor. Special rolling-stock of a light cheap character would be required for the line. The projected line went into the centre of population, and would pay. It was publicly alleged that the allotments in the district were owned by members of Parliament, but he only know of two cases in which that assertion was true. The company, of which he (Mr. Brisbane) was the manager, was now constructing a wooden tramway, 6 miles in length, which he estimated would not cost more than £700 altogether. He would not, however, recommend the State to have anything to do with wooden tramways.
    Mr. CAMPBELL, at this stage, mentioned that he had drawn up a resolutiun in favor of appointing a committee to inquire as to the relative wants of tramways and railways, for the special requirements of Beaconsfield, Drouin, Poowong, Warragul, Neerim, Moe and Narracan. The CHAIRMAN, however, ruled that the motion could only be made in the House.
    Mr. Geo. B. Halford, professor at the Melbourne University, said that he was the oldest resident at Beaconsfield. If there were railway communication to that place it would soon be transformed into a second Richmond, near London : and instead of 14,000 passengers a year there would be 40,000. It was also a most health- giving neighborhood.
    Mr. Char. D'Ebro, civil engineer, said that he had gone over the route of the proposed railway. The only way to get there was by some system of sharp curves, but not as the Government proposed, for they might just as well to try to run up the side of a house. The steepest gradient on the line could be brought down to was 1 in 50.
    This concluded the evidence on the line.120
  • 5 May 1883, WANTED, a quantity of Tramway WHEELS and Axles, Particulars to W Brisbane, Nar Nar Goon.121
  • 1 Jun 1887, The Vegetable Products Commission: SAWMILL OWNERS AND THE TIMBER QUESTION.
    A meeting of the Vegetable Products Commission was held yesterday in the board room of the Lands department. There were present — Messrs. Walter Madden (chairman), B Buchanan. M.L.C., and Dr. Plummer.
    The following evidence was taken ..... William Brisbane, sawmill proprietor at Cannibal Creek, Gippsland, said he had 30 years' experience of saw milling. He objected to the Agricultural department as possessing no one who knew anything about forestry. There should be at the head of the Forest department a man who had practical experience of the bush and the forests. The system of issuing licences for people to cut scaffolding and telegraph poles, he said, was ruinous to the forests, and so far as the Victorian timber trade was concerned he advocated the imposition of a duty to protect it.122
  • 18 Jul 1888, DANDENONG COUNTY COURT, TUESDAY, JULY 17, 1888. Before His Honor Judge Chomley and a jury of four.
    William Brisbane v. John Robert Wilson; debt, £32 9s. 9d., for commission on the sale of 88½ acres of land at Beaconsfield, belonging to defendant.—Mr. Johnston appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Leon instructed by Mr. Cleverdon, appeared for the defendant.—In this case the plaintiff (Brisbane) sought to recover the sum of £32 9s. 9d. as comission on 88½ acres of land, which he alleges he was authorised to sell for the defendant, J. R. Wilson.—The plaintiff said he was authorised by a conversation ot the 7th April, in this year, by defendant, at the Beaconsfield railway station, to sell the land in question at £15 per acre. The terms were to be half cash, and the balance in two years bearing 6% interest. Under this authority Brisbane sold the land to Dr. L L. Smith. The defendant denied having given plaintiff any authority to sell the land, and tried to prove that Brisbane was acting in the best interests of Dr. L. L. Smith, who was employing him at a salary of £400 a year and dinner given in.—Mr John Ryan, who was then a stationmaster at Beaconsfield, but now removed to Pakenham, was called to corroberate plaintiff as to part of the conversation as to the terms. Mr. Glascock, Brighton, gave evidence as to subsequent conversation in reference to defendant asking plaintiff when he would require possession of the property.—For the defence it was urged that Wilson had given Brisbane no authority to sell, but that he had taken upon himself to do so on the strength of a casual conversation, between Wilson and himself.—The jury, after half an hour's deliberation, returned a verdict for the plaintiff with £12 6s. 6d. costs.123
  • 29 Oct 1888, BEACONSFIELD HEIGHTS ESTATE COMPANY.
    To be Registered under the Companies Statute. Formed for the Purchase of 300 Acres in the heart of Beaconsfield Township, with all improvements, for the sum of £33,000, payable as follows : —13,200 shares paid up to 12s. 6d. per Share ; cash, £8250 ; and the balance in promissory notes at 3, 6, 12 and 18 months.
    Capital, £60,000 in 60,000 shares of £1 each, of which 13,200 shares paid up to 12s. 6d. are taken by the vendors in part payment, and the remaining 46,800 are offered to the public on the following terms:—2s. 6d. per share on application, 2s. 6d. on allotment, 2s. 6d. in three months, 2s. 6d. in six months, and 2s. 6d. in nine months. Balance, if required, which is unlikely, at intervals of three months.
    When 40,000 shares have been subscribed, the allotment will be proceeded with.
    The capital of the company to be disposed as follows:—Purchase money, £33,000; balance, after deducting cost of flotation, to be placed to the credit of the company for their working of the estate.
    The subdivision of the heights is now being proceeded with, and the residence areas will be placed on the market on an early date.
    PROVISIONAL DIRECTORS :
    W. Brisbane, Esq., Beaconsfield
    J. Paterson, Esq., Elizabeth-street
    A. Asher, Esq., Swan-street, Richmond
    R. Besant, Esq., Lisson-grove, Hawthorn
    Jas. Holden, Esq., J. P., North Fitzroy
    J. T. Ellison, Esq., J.P., Mentone
    J. Wardrop, Esq., Collingwood
    W. H. Smith, Esq., Swan-street, Richmond
    W. Glance. Esq., Swan-street, Richmond.
    Thos. Mackie, 315 Bourke-street east, Melbourne,
    Wm. Smith, Langridge-street, Collingwood.
    SOLICITOR:
    Conrad S. Scheele, Esq., Queen-street Melbourne.
    SURVEYORS:
    Fowler & Gatward, Modern-chambers, Collins-street west, Melbourne.
    BANKERS :
    Commercial Bank of Australia, Collins-street, Melbourne.
    BROKERS:
    Johnson & Duncan, 4 Queen's-walk, Victoria-buildings, Swanston-street, Melbourne.
    SECRETARY pro tem.:
    A. Asher.
    Temporary Offices: 4 Queen's-walk, Melbourne.
    This grand estate is situated on the main Beaconsfield-road, within 15 minutes' walk of the Beaconsfield railway station, and is intersected by the surveyed line to Gembrook from end to end, portion of the ground being pegged out for station purposes.
    Land in Beaconsfield has recently realised as much as £400 per acre, and for the adjoining property to this £200 per acre is being asked.
    The property embraces some splendid sites for mountain residences, the highest in the district, the views from which cannot be excelled in any other part of Beaconsfield, extending over a wide area of hill and dale, with Port Phillip Bay outlined in the distance on one hand, and the placid waters of Western Port Bay on the other. It has a frontage of 3000 feet to the main Beaconsfield-road, over which all the traffic must pass, and, on the other side, direct across to a new road now being formed from the station and leading directly to the highest part of the estate.
    On the property is erected the Kardinia Park Hotel, a commodious and handsome brick establishment contiguous to Kardinia Creek, recently built; and commanding a flourishing business, for which a large sum has already been offered and refused.
    The salubrity and altitude of Beaconsfield, with its pure buoyant air, need hardly be referred to, and its inclusion in the suburban radius, with additional express trains running as promised, will enhance the popularity of this favorite resort immensely, and a ready sale may be relied on for the prettily situated residence blocks that will be offered for sale shortly by the company.
    Apart from its advantages for residential purposes, the property contains an apparently inexhaustible supply of the best building sand, being used in preference to any other by the leading builders of Melbourne, certificates from several of whom are appended. The sand is now being used in the construction of the Hawthorn Town Hall, Hawthorn Coffee Palace and other public buildings.
    In addition, there is a large area of splendid clay land, and it is proposed—in view of the total inability of the brick companies of the Metropolis to cope with the demand—to proceed forthwith with the manufacture of bricks. The quality of the clay for brick making purposes can be judged from a kiln of bricks on the ground, which demonstrates its capabilities, or samples of the sand and bricks can be inspected at the offices of the company. For this industry the company stands in an exceptional position, as no fuel would have to be purchased, the immense stores of firewood on the ground materially reducing the expenses of brick manufacture. Nor would the Company be at any expense for sand for brick-making purposes.
    For the economical conveyance of bricks, sand and firewood to the railway siding, a light line of tramway can be constructed at a very small cost for the short distance necessary.
    Briefly summarised, the sources of revenue of this Company will be—Sale of Sand Manufacture of Bricks, Sale of Firewood, Revenue from Hotel and Disposal of Residential Sites.

    BUILDERS' OPINIONS.
    Lisson-grove, Hawthorn,
    20th September, 1888.
    I, the undersigned, have inspected the clay and sand upon tho Beaconsfield Property, and have no hesitation in testifying to their most excellent quality. I am using the sand obtained from this ridge in the erection of the Hawthorn Coffee Palace, and would prefer it in all cases provided it could possibly be obtained. The supply appears almost inexhaustible.
    RALPH BESANT.

    Flinders-lane east, Melbourne.
    27th September, 1888.
    I am using the Beaconsfield sand from this property. It is clean and free from salt, and the best I have ever used, making the strongest mortar, consequently commanding a higher price. I prefer it to any other.
    ROBERT GAMLIN.

    27th September, 1888.
    I am using the Beaconsfield sand in the erection of the Hawthorn Town Hall. It is the best sand obtainable at the present time, being clean and sharp, and particularly well adapted for building purposes.
    JAMES ANDERSON.124
  • 22 Jun 1889, HAIR AND ANOTHER V. JOHNSON AND ANOTHER.
    This action was brought by Messrs. Hair and Gill, estate agents, against Messrs. Johnson and Duncan, who are also estate agents, to recover a sum of £94 19s., for money paid for advertising the sale of some land at Beaconsfield. The defendants denied that they were responsible for the amount claimed by the plaintiffs.
    Mr. Leon appeared for the plaintiffs, Mr. Hood and Mr Cussen for the defendants.
    Mr. Justice KERFERD that the parties were both estate agents. The plaintiff, Mr. Hair, in his evidence, stated that the defendant, Johnson, called on him and asked if his firm would conduct a sale for him at Beaconsfield on the 1st December, 1888. Mr. Hair agreed to do so. The plaintiffs were to take charge of the advertising. Nothing was said about commission, and the plaintiff knew nobody in the transaction but Johnson and Duncan. He knew that the defendants were agents, and that he was to share the commission with them. So far as he knew he was selling the defendants' land, and the name of Mr Brisbane was not mentioned Mr. Hair was corroborated by Mr. Gill. Mr Johnson, one of the defendants, stated that he saw Hair and Gill about a piece of land, and told them he had an estate to sell, and wished to sell it in conjunction with them, that Mr. Brisbane, one of the vendors, wanted Munro and Baillieu to sell, but that he took the trouble of going to the plaintiffs, Duncan having been in their office, and he wanted to show that there was no ill-will between them. There was no agreement in writing. The plaintiffs now came to Johnson and Duncan, and claimed for the expenses incurred in advertising in the newspapers, on hoardings, and otherwise giving publicity to the sale. Mr. Hair missed the coach from Gippsland, and did not personally conduct the sale. In the advertisement published by the plaintiffs it was stated that Hair and Gill (in conjunction with Johnson and Duncan) had received instructions from the vendors to sell the land by public auction. In the absence of any express agreement between the defendants and the plaintiffs he did not think that the defendants were liable for the costs of advertising. He gave judgment for the defendants, with costs.
    Judgment for the defendants, with costs.125
  • 28 Apr 1890, PROPOSED RAILWAY FROM DANDENONG TO GEMBROOK AND BEENAK. The adjourned meetting of the Emerald Railway League was held at the Victoria hotel, Bourke street, on Thursday last. There was a very large attendance, representatives from Dandenong, Lysterfield, Narree Warren, Beaconsfield, Gembrook, &c., being present. In the absence of Colonel Hutton Mr. S. Strettle was appointed chairman. Mr. Bradshaw was called on to explain the object of the meeting, and said the cause of their being assembled was owing to the fact that a number of new lines of railway in the Narree Warren and Gembrook districts were being advocated by interested persons, and were being prominiently brought under the notice of the Minister of Railways. They would be asked that day to express a decided opinion in favor of any one line. After a good deal of discussion Mr. J. Winter moved and Mr. W. Moysey seconded a resolution to the effect that the meeting support the line of railway as surveyed from Dandenong via Narree Warren to Emerald and Gembrook, as being the cheapest to construct and accommodating the greatest number of people. This was carried by a very large majority, although an amendment was moved by Messrs. Nixon and Schlipalius in favor of the Glen Iris extension, and a further amendment by Messrs. Brisbane and Ladd, advocating the old survey from Beaconsfield railway station, both of which were lost. Messrs. Strettle and Bradshaw undertook to lay the views of the league before the Minister at an early date. The meeting then closed.126
  • 4 Mar 1891, Mr. Wm. Brisbane, a resident of Beaconsfield; and well known as a member of the Berwick Shire Council, advertises that his offices at Prell's Buildings, 60 Queen street, Melbourne, where he may be consulted with regard to investments in houses and land. He will also carry on an insurance and general financial agency. Clients entrusting business to his care can rely on receiving every attentioin to their wants.127
  • 18 Nov 1891, From the liquidator of the Beaconsfield Sawmill and Firewood Co., stating there was no objection to that portion of the tramway mentioned by the council being removed.—Received.128
  • 5 Jul 1893, Elsewhere in our columns, Mr. W. Brisbane announces an important salvage sale at the site of the Beaconsfield House, Upper Beaconsfield, when he will offer furniture and effects, horses, cattle, waggonette, buggys and harness, tanks also numerous useful, implements and sundries, on Thursday 13th July.129
  • 28 Aug 1895, MINES ACT 1890. Appendix A.—(Rule 4) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR MINING LEASE. I, the undersigned, hereby give notice that, within seven days from the date hereof, * I will leave with the Warden of the Mining Division of St Andrews Division of the Castlemaine Mining District of Heidelberg, an application for a Lease for Mining on Private Land, the particulars whereof are hereunder set forth:— Name in full of each Applicant, with the full address of each, and style under which it is intended that the business shall be carried on — John Thomas Cosgrave of Willurah, Lisson Grove, Hawthorn ; The Willurah Gold Mining Syndicate. Extent and situation of land applied for, and whether on or below the surface, or both, or a lode—About 30 acres; part of portion 80, 81, 83, 84, parish of Pakenham, County of Mornington; on or below surface; a quartz reef. Name od each Person who owns the land or any part thereof—W. Brisbane, portion 80 ; A. Lambert, portion 81 ; J. T. Cosgrave, portion 83 ; L. L. Smith, portion 84. Name of each person (if any) who is in occupation of the land—W. Brisbane, (Melbourne); A. Lambert, Collins St., Melbourne; J. T. Cosgrave, Hawthorn; L. L. Smith, Collins St., Melbourne. Minimum number of men to be employed—For the first 6 months, 2 men ; subsequently when in full work, 6 men. Precise locality of the land—Starting at a post on south boundary of portion 84 and running about N 15 E for about 50 chains to a post, thence E 15 S 6 chains to a post, thence S 15 W 50 chains, thence W 15 N 6 chains along south boundary of portion 84 to commencing post. Term required—Fourteen (14) years. Time of commencing operations—September 16th, 1895.
    Amount of money proposed to be invested and in what manner the land is to be worked—£500; sinking and prospecting for a gold bearing quartz lode. Whether the boundaries of the land applied for will include any river, creek, deposit of permanent water, spring, artificial reservoir, public roads, or subject to any public rights—None; except 6 chains of a public road on northern boundary of portion 83. General remarks—Nil.
    Date and place—August 16th, 1895; Melbourne. Dated this 16th day of August, 1895. JOHN THOMAS COSGRAVE, Applicant aforesaid.
    Note:-Warning to applicants.—If at any time after the execution of the Mining Lease granted on this aplication a less number of of men be employed, or if the ground be not worked to the best advantage, then and in either case the Mining Lease will be liable to be forfeited or declared void.130
  • 17 Mar 1897, By reference to our advertising columns it will be seen that Messrs. Brisbane and Hansen, Elizabeth street, Melbourne, invite tenders for 70,000 bricks, more or less, at Upper Beaconsfield.131
  • 14 Feb 1902, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26. At Eleven O'clock. AUCTION SALE. At the Rooms, 27 Swanston-street. In Conjunction with Mrssrs. CAMPBELL and SONS, of Kirk's Bazaar.
    W BRISBANE will OFFER for SALE by AUCTION, the residue of a trust estate, comprising
    178 acres land, half a mile from Beaconsfield railway station, well fenced, about 40 acres suitable for cultivation, and the balance good grazing.
    Also, several desirable building allotments, in very good petitions, with frontages to the Kardinia Creek, and about 100 yards from the railway station at Beaconsfield.
    Also, Allotment 181, parish of Pakenham, containing about 80 acres, und Allot. 194, containing 20 acres.
    W. Brisbane will offer at the same time, about 40 acres of land, 2 miles from the Beaconsfield railway station, eminently suited for a gentleman's residence, well fenced, partly cleared, splendid avenue of pine trees, just ready for the erection of a house; first-class road.
    Also, 20 acres, well fenced, small house, 11 acres planted with fruit trees, best export varieties, and 1000 small fruits, all coming into bearing, at Upper Beaconsfield.
    300 acres at Bunyip, good house, well fenced, creek frontage.
    62 acres at Bunyip, frontage to Cannibal Creek, nearly all river flat, partly fenced, has been all cleared of timber; suitable for growing root crops.
    20 acres on the Gembrook line, partly fenced, creek frontage, near Emerald station.
    50 acres on the North-Eastern line, well irrigated, 1000 fruit trees, various descriptions, cleared and fenced.
    About 200 acres near Dromana, splendid house outbuildings, 100 acres fit for the plough, will be sold a real sacrifice.
    About 200 acres on the Warburton line, good creek, first-class timeber for saw-milling, partly laid down in grass.
    Further particulars from W. Brisbane, 27 Swanston-street.132
  • 30 Jul 1902, A COMMISSION CASE. An estate agent named Wm. Brisbane sought to obtain judgment for £30 for commission alleged to be due him by Chaston Cox, of Woodleigh,Gippsland, at the District Court this morning. Complainant's case was that he had been instructed by defendant to sell his farm at Woodleigh, and he had sold it to a Mrs. Talbot for £980, the £30 being his commission. After hearing evidence, the bench declined to adjudicate, holding that the case should have been taken to another court.133
  • 15 Jun 1903, Absconder arrested in England. TO BE BROUGHT BACK TO MELBOURNE.
    A cablegram from Scotland Yard has been received at the Criminal Investigation Office stating that John Scott, for whose arrest a warrant was issued on 19th February, has been apprehended at Plymouth, England.
    Scott was a produce merchant, and for seventeen years, up to January last, was in business in Exhibition-street, Melbourne. In that month he called upon Mr. W. Brisbane, estate agent, of Collins-street, and asked him to find a purchaser for his business. Mr. Brisbane communicated with Mr. W. H. Thompson, who was in search of an investment; and arrangements to sell the business to the latter were completed. The price agreed upon was, it is said, £1000, and for this sum Scott was to give the stock in trade, goodwill, book debts and everything else appertaining to the business as a going concern. On the 2nd February the sale was completed. Mr. Thompson gave an open cheque in payment, and accompanied Scott to the Union Bank, where the latter cashed it. Upon securing the money Scott disappeared, and Mr. Thompson, after taking possession of the business, began to overhaul the books. Certain portions of the business records were missing, and he could find no trace of the book debts, the most valuable portion of the deal, and eventually was forced to the unpleasant conclusion that a heap of ashes in the back yard was all that remained of security in respect of them. Investigation into Scott's affairs then disclosed the fact that prior to disposing of his business to Mr. Thompson, he had given a number of his creditors post dated cheques for money due to them, and these, when presented at the bank, were dishonored, as Scott had left under £3 to his credit. Criminal proceedings were set going, and it was discovered that the absconder had left his wife and family behind him. He was traced to Tasmania, thence to New Zealand, and there it was learned that he had shipped to England after arranging for the payment of certain money to him at Plymouth. The fact that he would probably call there was communicated to Scotland Yard, with the result that the arrest was made. Scott's total deficiencies are supposed to be about £1200. While here he was alleged to be addicted to reckless speculation, and a few days before he took flight told a tale to the detectives about his place of business having been burglariously entered and a sum of £9 deposited in a secret place stolen.
    Detectives Burvett and Carey inquired into the tale, but were unable to confirm it. As soon as extradition papers have been prepared a detective will be sent to England to bring Scott back.134
  • 27 Apr 1904, FRIDAY, 29th APRIL TO WIND UP A TRUST ESTATE. PROPERTIES at SOUTH YARRA, WINDSOR, BRIGHTON, HEIDELBERG and PAKENHAM. W. F. VALE and Co. (in conjunction with W. H. ALLARD) have received instructions to sell by public auction, at the rooms. Citizens'-chambers, 235 Collins-street, at half-past 2 o'clock. UPPER BEACONSFIELD.— Crown allotment 80, parish of Pakenham. containing 19 a. 3 r. 29 p., at the corner of two Government roads. A capital site for a country home or orchard. For particulars of title, certificate, apply Messrs. Lynch and M'Donald, solicitors, 181 Bourke-street, and other information from the auctioneers. W. H. Allard. 31 Queen-street, and W. F. Vale and Co., 285 Collins-street.135
  • 16 Jan 1906, A —LAND SELLERS and BUYERS.— We beg to notify Clients that we have SEVERED our Long Connection with Mr. W. BRISBANE, and have taken COMMODIOUS OFFICES in ALEXANDRA-CHAMBERS, 46 ELIZABETH-STREET (3 doors from Flinders-lane), where we have Commenced Business as FARM SALESMEN, ESTATE and BUSINESS AGENTS. Extensive Lists of PROPERTIES FOR SALE, in every part of the State. Owners desiring to Sell can have particulars placed in our New Catalogue now being prepared.
    STEWART and WOOD, Alexandra-chambers, 45 Elisabeth-street (opposite Australian-buildings).136
  • 8 Mar 1906, A case of considerable interest to auctioneers and estate agents came before the Supreme Court on Tuesday last, when William Brisbane, of Swanston-street, auctioneer, applied for an injunction against Cecil Stewart and Charles Wood, two former clerks who had been in his employ up to December last, but who had since set up in business on their own account.
    Mr. Bryant (instructed by Messrs. Blake and Riggall), who appeared for plaintiff, applied for an order restraining defendants from improperly soliciting the business of plaintiff's clients, and from making use of certain of his property, catalogues and other records, which he alleged in an affidavit that defendants had taken from his office. Defendants, by their counsel, Mr. Kilpatrick (instructed by Messrs. Farmer, Turner and Thompson), though admitting that they had issued circulars to a number of persons, including many whose names appeared in plaintiff's books, denied that they were the exclusive clients of plaintiff, and alleged that the properties of these persons were also on the books of many other agents. They also denied the removal of any catalogues or records from plaintiff's office. They claimed that in everything they had done they had acted in good faith, and had only used the ordinary modes of fair competition. After cross-examination of both defendants, Mr. Justice Hood said he thought defendants had acted neither improperly nor illegally in what they had done, and refused the injunction.137
  • 16 Aug 1906, A FARMER'S DIVORCE. WIFE GUILTY OF MISCONDUCT. Melbourne. August 15.
    In the First Civil Court to-day, before Acting Justice Chomley, William Iden Henham, 52 years of age, a farmer, sued for a divorce from Annie Henham (42), on the ground of her misconduct with William Brisbane, of Hawthorn Grove, Hawthorn, who was joined as co-respondent. Originally a claim for £3,000 damages was made against the co-respondent, but counsel for the petitioner abandoned that, leaving the case to his honor.
    The petitioner, who was a native of Kent, England, was married to the respondent, who was born at Aldinga, South Australia, on June 4, 1883 at the Church of England, Berwick, by the Rev. J. M. Easterling. There were five children as a result of the marriage, whose ages ranged from 2 to 21 years.
    A number of witnesses having described the conduct of the respondent and co-respondent on various occasions, his Honor said he found, sitting as a jury, that there was evidence of misconduct between them, and granted a decree nisi, with costs.138
  • 30 Apr 1909, A— WM Brisbane. Estate Agent. Sworn Valuer, 6A Elizabeth-st.—Catalogues free, money lent on mortgage. See advertisements Saturday's papers.139
  • 2 Nov 1910, BRISBANE. On the 1st November, at his residence "Blairothal," Drouin (late of Melbourne), William, the dearly beloved husband of Annie Brisbane, aged 68 years.
    BRISBANE.-The Friends of the late Mr. WILLIAM BRISBANE are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the Drouin Cemetery.
    The funeral will leave his late residence, "Blairothal," Drouin, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, the 3rd inst., and will be at Drouin railway station at 1 p.m.140
  • 2 Nov 1910, Mr William Brisbane, who was well known in the city as an estate agent, died yesterday at his home, Blair Athol near Drouin. Mr Brisbane came to Victoria from Perth Scotland, when a lad 55 years ago, and after spending some time at the diggings engaged in business with his father as a storekeeper at Berwick. Subsequently he went into the estate agency business. Mr Brisbane who was 68 years of age, leaves a widow. The funeral takes place tomorrow at the Drouin Cemetery.141
  • 4 Nov 1910, THE LATE WM. BRISBANE. The news of the death of Mr William Brisbane, which sad event took place at his residence, "Blair Athol," Drouin, on Tuesday morning, came as a surprise to his numerous friends throughout the Upper Yarra Valley. The deceased, who was known as one of the best business men in Melbourne, carried on an auctioneering and estate agency business in the city for some years in partnership with Mr Hansen, but latterly on his own account. He was for some years a councillor of the Berwick shire, and subsequently occupied a similar position in the Upper Yarra shire. During the latter period he was elected as chairman of the Lilydale and Warbur ton Railway Trust, and during his connection with this body he fought most strenuously for the abolition of the "local rate," and assisted in every way possible to obtain relief for the overtaxed ratepayers in other directions. Being a man of great comprehensive ability, and having a wide commercial experience, he very soon discovered the flaws in the administration of the Railway Land Acquisition and Compensation Acts created by the trust prior to his becoming a member of it. It was not long after taking his seat on the trust that he referred in very forcible terms to the maladministration of the trust's business, and in this pronouncement he was strongly supported by the late Robert Kilpatrick. The removal of the latter, however, by death deprived Mr Brisbane of a powerful helpmate, and he was left almost single-handed to grapple with the problem of how to convince the Government that the innocent ratepayers should not be made to suffer for the stupid acts of a body of inexperienced, though no doubt sincere, men. Mr Brisbane, who owned considerable property in the Upper Yarra shire, subsequently disposed of his houses and lands and retired from the council, and we have seen very little of him since. Mr Brisbane, who was a native of Perth, Scotland, was 68 years of age at the time of his death. He leaves a widow.142
  • 5 Nov 1910, Mr. William Brisbane, who died on Tuesday, was for many years one of the best known business men in Melbourne. For many years he carried on the business of estate agent in Melbourne, part of the time in association with Mr. Hansen. He was a councillor of Berwick shire for a number of years, also of the Upper Yarrashire, and chairman or the Warburton Railway Trust. Mr. Brisbane, who was a native of Perth, Scotland, was 68 years of age at the time of his death. He leaves a widow.143
  • 8 Nov 1910, DEATH. - Mr William Brisbane who for many years was one of the best known business men in Melbourne, expired at his residence, " Blair Athol," situated near the Lang Lang Park, on the Drouin-Poowong road, on Tuesday morning, the cause of death being carcinoma of the stomach. For many years he carried on the business of estate agent in Melbourne, part of the time in association with Mr Hansen. He was a councillor of Berwick shire for a number of years, also of the Upper Yarra Shire, and chairman of the Warburton Railway Trust. Mr Brisbane, who was a native of Perth, Scotland, was 68 years of age at the time of his death. He leaves a widow and family of five. The funeral took place on Thursday, the remains being interred in the Drouin cemetery. Rev. E. Macdonald read the service at the grave, and the mortuary arrangements were in the hands of Mr P. Faragher.144
  • 10 Nov 1910, One of the most prominent business men in Melbourne for many years, in the person of Mr. William Brisbane, passed away on Tuesday morning at "Blair Athol," Drouin. The deceased was a well-known auctioneer and estate agent, and for some years was a member of the Berwick shire council, the Upper Yarra council, and was chairman of the Warburton Railway Trust. He was also for some years private secretary to the late Dr. L. L. Smith. He was born at Perth, Scotland, and had reached the age of 68 years. Deceased leaves a widow.145

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    Letter from solicitor. Re S. T. Staughton Senior deceased ... With respect to the Mortgages set out in the undertaking mentioned I beg to inform you that ... Brisbane's mortgage is in the same position as at death of deceased except that fifteen acres of the land mortgaged have been sold for £28 5/-.
    A mortgage for £2,500 from William Brisbane over Crown Allotment 94 Parish of Pakenham. Personal covenant of no value - Mortgagor having made composition with his creditors some years ago. Land rated at £900, Mortgagee is in possession and land is unlet, valued at £900.
  48. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2142-239 - William Brisbane - C/T 2232-232.
  49. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2142-291 - Marion Jane Smith the wife of Louis Lawrence Smith of Collins Street Melbourne Medical Practitioner - C/T 2237-303 Transfer 273772.
  50. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2142-291 - Francis Edward Stewart of Brighton Beach Brighton Gentleman - C/T 2241-165 Transfer 273773.
  51. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2142-291 - William Grieve of Beaconsfield Blacksmith - C/T 2237-304 Transfer 273840.
  52. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2142-291 - Louis Lawrence Smith of Collins Street Melbourne Medical Practitioner - C/T 2246-085 Transfer 274976.
  53. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2189-772 - William Brisbane of Beaconsfield Gentleman - C/T 2273-430.
  54. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2273-430 - George Frederick South - C/T 2330-909.
  55. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2273-430 - Louis Lawrence Smith - C/T 2334-714.
  56. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Debtor's statement William Brisbane 1892.
  57. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1160-944 + 1154-666 + 2079-606 - Mortgage to The National Bank of Australasia - not discharged - land transferred to National Bank.
  58. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1127-400 - Mortgage No 134138 - The National Bank of Australasia. Mortgage not discharged.
  59. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2101-034 - Mortgage No 134138 - foreclosed.
  60. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2273-430 - Mortgage 134193 - not discharged.
  61. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2079-723 - Mortgage 134138 to The National Bank of Australasia, of Collins Street Melbourne - not discharged.
  62. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2142-291 - Mortgage 135203 - not discharged.
  63. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2273-430 - James John Keating John Vail Cougle James Good William Grieve and William Fuller - C/T 2436-134.
  64. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1127-400 - The National Bank of Australasia, of Collins Street Melbourne. A subsequent memo No 37 states "In pursuance of The Act of the Parliament of Victoria No 1356 The National Bank of Australasia Limited is registered as Proprietor of the within land."
  65. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2101-034 - foreclosed - The National Bank of Australasia, Collins Street Melbourne - C/T 2445-872.
  66. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2445-872 - Memo No 50 dated 16 Jan 1894 - The National Bank of Australasia Limited is registered as Proprietor.
  67. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2079-723 - The National Bank of Australasia, of Collins Street Melbourne.
  68. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1160-944 + 1154-666 + 2079-606 - The National Bank of Australasia of Collins Street Melbourne is now the proprietor, by transfer from William Brisbane, registered 10th September 1892.
  69. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1160-944 + 1154-666 + 2079-606 - Memo No 37 In pursuance of The Act of the Parliament of Victoria No 1356 The National Bank of Australasia Limited is registered as Proprietor of the within Land. Dated 5th January 1894.
  70. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2273-430 - The National Bank of Australasia - C/T 2445-871.
  71. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2142-291 - The Mercantile Finance Trustees and Agency Company Australia Limited - Mortgage 135203 - not discharged transferred to mortgagee.
  72. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 2 Sep 1896, p3.
  73. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/vufind/Record/61332
  74. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1717-373 - William Brisbane of 263 Collins Street Melbourne Auctioneer.
  75. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 1114-607 - William Brisbane of 263 Collins Street Melbourne Estate Agent.
  76. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1466-018 - Eliza Mary Ann Staughton & Arthur John Staughton now owners.
  77. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 1114-607 - Anne Elizabeth Bunt of Springfield Upper Beaconsfield Married Woman.
  78. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Civil Case VPRS 267/ P7 unit 1384, item 1906/89.
  79. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913 "#M8000."
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    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article241976992
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  84. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://www.upperbeaconsfield.org.au/history.html by Charles WILSON.
  85. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: Kinnoull; ED: 4; Page: 24; Line: 3; Roll: CSSCT1851_80; Year: 1851.
    listed as Brisbain."
  86. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
  87. [S109] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1909 "James William BRISBANE & Annie Grace BRISBANE (children of Annie Grace SIMMONS) are listed on 159 Gipps Street, East Melbourne. There is a possibility that this is the same as 159 Grey Street, as the two roads run parallel to each other, though on current maps 159 Grey Street is on the southern side and Gipps Street is a block further north.
    At 159 Grey Street there is also Annie BRISBANE, home duties."
  88. [S109] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1909.
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    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article62025886
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    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199360956
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    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article143018674
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  117. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 11 Jan 1882, p2.
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Last Edited8 Dec 2018

Matthew Brisbane

M, #1523, b. 18 Nov 1830, d. 14 Feb 1890
Father*William Brisbane b. 27 Sep 1803, d. 15 Oct 1875
Mother*Ann Burns b. 1807, d. 22 Nov 1877
Birth*18 Nov 1830 Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, chr 5 Dec 1830.1,2 
Marriage*8 Feb 1870Spouse: Lucinda Whittle Barker Lyon. St Arnaud, VIC, Australia, #M1929.3
 
Marriage-Notice*17 Feb 1870BRISBANE—LYON.-On the 8th inst, at St Arnaud, by the Rev. Hugh M'Kail, M, Brisbane, Esq., J.P., surgeon, to Lucinda Whittle Barker, youngest daughter of Mr. Peter Lyon, farmer, Laanacoorie, Loddon.4 
Death*14 Feb 1890 St Arnaud, VIC, Australia, #D4795 (Age 59.)1 
Death-Notice*1 Mar 1890Brisbane.—On the 13th February, as his residence, Napier-street, St Arnaud, Matthew Brisbane, M.D., aged 58 years. Home papers please copy.5 
Probate (Will)*28 Aug 1890 43/870 & 48/349 & 375/082. Medical Practitioner.6 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
6 Jun 1841High Street, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland(Head of Household) William Brisbane;
Age 9
Member(s) of Household: Ann Brisbane, John Brisbane, John Brisbane7
30 Mar 1851James LYALL, 18 Roxburgh Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, ScotlandAge 20 - Student of Medicine8

Grave

  • St Arnaud Cemetery, St Arnaud, VIC, Australia, In Memory of Dr Matthew Brisbane F.R.C.S Passed away 16-2-1890 Aged 58
    Lucinda W. B. Brisbane
    Passed away 23-2-1932 Aged 84
    Alfred John Brisbane
    Passed Away 20-1-1892 Aged 17
    William James Brisbane
    Passed Away 10-6-1912 Aged 419

Family

Lucinda Whittle Barker Lyon b. 1848, d. 23 Feb 1932
Children 1.William James Brisbane b. 1871, d. 8 Jun 1912
 2.Alfred John Brisbane b. 1875, d. 18 Jan 1892

Citations

  1. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#D4795 age 59."
  2. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, "shepline22" viewed 25 Nov 2010.
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#M1929."
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 17 Feb 1870, p4.
  5. [S14] Newspaper - Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918), Sat 1 Mar 1890, p43.
  6. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 43/870 (28 Aug 1890) & 48/349 (27 Apr 1892) & 375/082 (1946).
  7. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: Perth; ED: 3B; Page: 7; Line: 1260; Year: 1841."
  8. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: Edinburgh St Cuthberts; ED: 21; Page: 5; Line: 12; Roll: CSSCT1851_182; Year: 1851."
  9. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree.
Last Edited22 Oct 2017

Elizabeth Brisbane

F, #1524, b. 27 Apr 1844, d. 24 Sep 1884
Elizabeth BRISBANE
(1844-1884)
Father*William Brisbane b. 27 Sep 1803, d. 15 Oct 1875
Mother*Ann Burns b. 1807, d. 22 Nov 1877
(On Photograph) PhotographElizabeth Brisbane is on a photograph taken.
Birth*27 Apr 1844 Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, chr 19 May 1844.1,2,3 
(Migrant) Migration/Travel24 Aug 1862 To Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Ship on ship Accrington.4
 
Marriage*16 Nov 1863Spouse: James Grimmond Brisbane. Berwick, VIC, Australia, #M3887.5
 
Death*24 Sep 1884 Essendon, VIC, Australia, #D8686 (Age 40.)6,7 
Death-Notice*25 Sep 1884BRISBANE.—On the 24th September, at Pascoe Vale, Elizabeth, the wife of Janice G. Brisbane, 40 years.8 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
30 Mar 1851Argyle Street, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland(Head of Household) Ann E Burns;
Age 8 - Scholar (Grandchild)
Member(s) of Household: Ann Brisbane9
7 Apr 1861Argyle 14, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland(Head of Household) Ann E Burns;
Age 18
Member(s) of Household: Ann Burns10

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#D8686 age 40."
  2. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, "charlieboy8", Raymond Island. viewed 25 Nov 2010.
  3. [S187] Familysearch "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950."
  4. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive.
  5. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#M3887."
  6. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  7. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, "charlieboy8", Raymond Island, viewed 25 Nov 2010.
  8. [S16] Newspaper - The Age The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), Thu 25 Sep 1884, p1.
  9. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: St Leonards; ED: 1; Page: 16; Line: 20; Roll: CSSCT1851_93; Year: 1851."
  10. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: St Andrews; ED: 2; Page: 9; Line: 10; Roll: CSSCT1861_60."
Last Edited23 Oct 2017

Eliza Ann Brisbane

F, #1525, b. 27 Jan 1834
Father*William Brisbane b. 27 Sep 1803, d. 15 Oct 1875
Mother*Ann Burns b. 1807, d. 22 Nov 1877
(Heir1) Probate (Will)Eliza Ann Brisbane was named an heir in the will of William Brisbane. 16/220. William BRISBANE. Date of grant: 23 Jul 1877; Date of death: 15 Oct 1875; Occupation: Gentleman; Residence: Berwick. Eliza Ann MacKay was willed £100, but probably got nothing as there was no cash left in probate.1 
Married NameMacKay. 
Birth*27 Jan 1834 Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, chr 16 Feb 1834.2,3 
Marriage*3 Jan 1853Spouse: Alexander MacKay. Kinnoul, Perthshire, Scotland.4
 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
6 Jun 1841North Side Of Argyle, St Leonards, Fife, Scotland(Head of Household) John Burns;
Age 7 (granddaughter)
Member(s) of Household: Ann E Burns5
30 Mar 1851Buchanan's Ld A Bell Mt House, Bridgend, Perthshire, Scotland(Head of Household) William Brisbane;
Age 16 -
Member(s) of Household: John Brisbane William Brisbane6
7 Apr 1861Main Street, Muirkirk, Ayrshire, Scotland(Head of Household) Alexander MacKay;
Age 26
Member(s) of Household: Alexander Clark MacKay7
2 Apr 1871North Side of Street, Hutton Cranswick, Cranswick, Yorkshire, England(Head of Household) Alexander MacKay;
Age 36
Member(s) of Household: William James MacKay, Alexander Clark MacKay, Jane MacNeill MacKay, Matthew MacKay, Henry Beatson MacKay, John MacKay8

Family

Alexander MacKay b. 29 May 1831, d. 15 Jul 1893
Child 1.Alexander Clark MacKay+ b. 1859, d. 27 Jul 1940

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P0 unit 189, item 16/220.
  2. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, "shepline22" viewed 25 Nov 2010.
  3. [S187] Familysearch "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950."
  4. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
  5. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: St Leonards; ED: 10; Page: 1; Line: 567; Year: 1841."
  6. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: Kinnoull; ED: 4; Page: 24; Line: 3; Roll: CSSCT1851_80; Year: 1851.
    listed as Brisbain."
  7. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: Muirkirk; ED: 2; Page: 16; Line: 5; Roll: CSSCT1861_88."
  8. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Class: RG10; Piece: 4806; Folio: 16; Page: 1; GSU roll: 847356."
Last Edited6 Feb 2018

Alexander MacKay

M, #1526, b. 29 May 1831, d. 15 Jul 1893
Birth*29 May 1831 Creich, Sutherlandshire, Scotland. [par Aeneas (Angus) MACKAY & Jane URQUART]1 
Marriage*3 Jan 1853Spouse: Eliza Ann Brisbane. Kinnoul, Perthshire, Scotland.2
 
Residence*10 May 1867 Of Newtonmore, Scotland, Surgeon.3 
Death*15 Jul 1893 Brora, Scotland, drowned in the Brora River
possible death: MACKAY ALEXANDER (Age 64) 1893 / 041/ 20 Thurso.1,4 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
7 Apr 1861Main Street, Muirkirk, Ayrshire, ScotlandHead of Household: Alexander MacKay. Age 29 - Surgeon Medical Practice
Member(s) of Household: Eliza Ann MacKay Alexander Clark MacKay.5
2 Apr 1871North Side of Street, Hutton Cranswick, Cranswick, Yorkshire, EnglandHead of Household: Alexander MacKay. Age 40 - Surgeon and General Practitioner
Member(s) of Household: Eliza Ann MacKay, William James MacKay, Alexander Clark MacKay, Jane MacNeill MacKay, Matthew MacKay, Henry Beatson MacKay, John MacKay.6

Family

Eliza Ann Brisbane b. 27 Jan 1834
Child 1.Alexander Clark MacKay+ b. 1859, d. 27 Jul 1940

Citations

  1. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Todd Family Tree - Owner: Aeneas46.
  2. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
  3. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), will of William Brisbane sen.
  4. [S250] General Register Office for Scotland Indexes "possible death: MACKAY ALEXANDER (Age 64) 1893 / 041/ 20 Thurso."
  5. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: Muirkirk; ED: 2; Page: 16; Line: 5; Roll: CSSCT1861_88."
  6. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Class: RG10; Piece: 4806; Folio: 16; Page: 1; GSU roll: 847356."
Last Edited21 Apr 2018

James Grimmond Brisbane

M, #1527, b. 17 Jan 1836, d. 23 Jan 1902
James Grimmond BRISBANE
(1836-1902)
Father*James Brisbane b. 31 Oct 1795, d. 8 Nov 1852
Mother*Euphemia Brown d. 8 Apr 1840
(On Photograph) PhotographJames Grimmond Brisbane is on a photograph taken.
Birth*17 Jan 1836 Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland. 
(Migrant) Migration/Travel24 Apr 1840 Sailing with James Brisbane, Euphemia Brown, John Brisbane, Peter Brisbane, Elizabeth Brisbane, Euphemia Brisbane to Port Phillip, VIC, Australia. Ship GLENHUNTLY
Age 5 (as Jane.)1
Marriage*16 Nov 1863Spouse: Elizabeth Brisbane. Berwick, VIC, Australia, #M3887.2
 
Residence*1867 Epping Park, Wollert, VIC, Australia. 
Land-UBeac*b 17 Jun 1879 PAK-82. Transfer from James Grimmond Brisbane to William Brisbane. 13a 0r 10p - Selected by J. G. BRISBANE. Land sale 5062 16 Apr 1879 (needs valuation before sale), then land sale 5113 17 Jun 1879. Valuation £60. Crown Grant to W BRISBANE 17 Jun 1879.3,4 
Widower24 Sep 1884James Grimmond Brisbane became a widower upon the death of his wife Elizabeth Brisbane.5,6 
Death*23 Jan 1902 Warwick, QLD, Australia, #DC4822 QLD (Age 66.)7 
Death-Notice*25 Jan 1902BRISBANE.-On the 23rd January, at Warwick, Queensland, James Grimmond Brisbane, late of Colac, Victoria, aged 66 years. A colonist of 62 years.8 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 25 May 1872, FARMING IN THE BERWICK DISTRICT. No. III.
    It takes many years of careful selection and nurture to work into a good herd of shorthorns, even with ample opportunities of infusing fresh blood from the best and purest sources. In Victoria the breeding of this superior kind of stook is only in its infancy as yet, and the difficulty of the task is therefore very much intensified. The en terprise is so expensive too that farmers of limited means are debarred from entering upon it unless with the greatest caution ; and very few have the spirit or the courage to tackle it at all. The Messrs P. and J. G. Brisbane, of Warmount, are about the only small farmers that have done it. They occupy jointly only about 330 acres of lease and freehold land together, part of which lies along the saddle of the basaltic ridge, about a mile north from the township of Berwick. Little more than a third of it is really good land ; the remainder is comparatively poor, and has only been partially denuded of its covering of gum and sheoak. On this limited area then, these two canny Scotchmen are proceeding, with the proverbial caution of their nationality, to establish a herd of improved shorthorn cattle. They began their enter prise by the purchase of three cows and a bull at Messrs. Morton Bros, and Leach's sale at Mount Derrimut, in 1867. They have now eight purebred females of two tribes —the Rosa and the Jessamine—the former mainly roan or white, the latter red. Rosa, the head of the one tribe, was imported along with Royal Butterfly, and is now nearly sixteen years old. She bears her age remarkably well, and since she came to Warmount has dropped four calves, and is now carrying her fifth. Of these, two white heifers—both very superior animals— and a roan form, or are to form, part of the breeding stook. They are after Frederick's Cadet and Royal Butterfly 31st. Jessa mine 6th, the head of the other strain, is a handsome red cow of great substance, and with a remarkable development of fore quarter, in which her progeny more or less take after her. She is about 11 years old, and was bred by Messrs. Morton Bros, and Leach, after Lord Raglan, imported. This strain promises to be an excellent breeding one. The eldest daughter of it, Royal Jessamine, is carrying her third calf although only four years old. A white bull calf out of her—Royal Butterfly 42— is a remarkable beast of his age, 10 months, and has alrealy distinguished himself in the showyard, having been placed before the present sire of the herd, Duke of Butterflies, at Dandenong. He has extraordinary size for a calf, but at the same time is very equal all over, and nice to the touch. Another of the tribe, a 10 months' heifer, out of Jessa mine 6th, is also a calf of uncommon size, and the very picture of her dam in color, shape, and style. The Messrs. Brisbane con sider that one of the white heifers out of Rosa is their best breeding animal, but all the time of our visit; she was at Mount Derrimut being served, and we did not have an opportunity of seeing her. Duke of the Butterflies was bought at Mr. Richard Morton's sale in October last for 190 guineas. He is only 20 months old, but he looks a full two-year-old in size, and carries a magnificent shoulder and brisket. His color ia a beautiful dark red, not the roan of his sire, Duke of Brunswick. He took the first prize at the National Show at Melbourne, and has never been beat except when the Dandenong judges, after protracted deliberation, decided to put the white junior before him. It is very en couraging to see animals like these bred in the colony. If such stock can be produced by our colonial breeders, we ought soon to be in a great measure independent of foreign herds. The Messrs. Brisbane had their first public sale of young stook last spring, when five bull calves, the best of which went as high as 75 guineas, were disposed of. Besides their pure shorthorns, they have a good stock of strong useful dairy cows, mostly half bred, being the common bush cattle crossed with shorthorns. The average number milked is about 20, and the only produce made is butter, the refuse milk going to feed pigs. It is a treat to see the milking operation here. The process of bailing is entirely done away with. The cows are all quiet and are milked as they stand loose in the yard, tieing up never being thought of. The remaining live stock at Warmount consists of half a score of horses. The young ones are after Mr. Crichton's horse Matchless, and we noticed amongst them one bay filly of splendid proportions. With reference to the tillage of Warmount we may say that all the land worth breaking up—about 120 acres—has been under the plough for a good many years. The basalt used to yield splendid crops of wheat, but the rust has been latterly so bad that grain growing ia now all but given up. Maldon Island guano having been strongly recom monded for the soil of the district, Mr. John Brisbane last year got half a ton to experiment with, and did so very successfully. He put in about 3 acres of oats, giving 3 cwt. of tho guano to the acre, but leaving a strip in the middle without any. The result was that all the crop except what got guano was a failure. A piece of wheat was so de stroyed by rust as not to be worth threshing or even cutting, and the unmanured strip of oats was very inferior to the other. The yield of the three acres which received the guano ran about 30 bushels to the acre; but it was very much spoiled by two days of hot wind, which came just at the critical period, and scorched the ears so that the grain never filled properly. But for that Mr. Brisbane thinks the yield would probably have run as high as 50 bushels to the acre. The crop was slightly rusted, but not injuriously. For pasture, Mr. Brisbane finds a mixture of perennial rye grass and red clover the best. He has about two-and-twenty acres of such pasture, which has given rich feed all the summer, and is doing so still. For supplementary feed, maize, tares and mangles are used. The last grow excellently on the black soil, and may be put in almost at any time. Mr. Brisbane sowed a couple of acres as late as Christmas, and has now a splendid crop. Amongst the furnishings of Warmount is one of Clayton and Shuttleworth's threshing machines. It was brought out last year, and is similar to the one which took the first prize at the National Exhibition. It is a very complete machine, and is furnished with a very perfect separ ating apparatus, which not only removes all drake and sorrel seed, but separates the lighter grain from the heavier.9

Citations

  1. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), GLENHUNTLY 1 XVI / 1 XIV.
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#M3887."
  3. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3911 84/49 JAMES G BRISBANE PAKENHAM 82 13--0--10. 1877 - 1879.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1127-400 - William Brisbane of Beaconsfield.
  5. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  6. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, "charlieboy8", Raymond Island, viewed 25 Nov 2010.
  7. [S8] Queensland Government Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes "#DC4822 QLD age 66."
  8. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 25 Jan 1902 p9.
  9. [S14] Newspaper - Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918), 25 May 1872, p6.
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John Brisbane

M, #1528, b. 18 Oct 1765, d. 15 Jun 1805
Birth*18 Oct 1765 Strathblane, Stirlingshire, Scotland.1 
Marriage*15 Jun 1792Spouse: Elizabeth Leckie. Edinburgh, Scotland.2
 
Death*15 Jun 1805 Perthshire, Scotland, buried 18 Jun 1805.1 

Family

Elizabeth Leckie d. 11 Jan 1837
Children 1.James Brisbane+ b. 31 Oct 1795, d. 8 Nov 1852
 2.William Brisbane+ b. 27 Sep 1803, d. 15 Oct 1875

Citations

  1. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive ,"from Maree Gould."
  2. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Scotland marriages.
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James Brisbane

M, #1529, b. 31 Oct 1795, d. 8 Nov 1852
Father*John Brisbane b. 18 Oct 1765, d. 15 Jun 1805
Mother*Elizabeth Leckie d. 11 Jan 1837
Note* James Brisbane had prepared well for the new country. He had enough goods with him to stock a shop. He had been assigned to Mr Mann at a weekly wage of £3 without rations. He must have gone into business with Mr Mann, as they are listed as 'Brisbane & Mann', Tinsmiths, Elizabeth Street in the 1841 Melbourne Directory. A year later it;s James Brisbane, tinsmith, Little Flinders Lane, Melbourne. In 1843 he was listed as James Brisbane, coppersmith, tinplate worker and plumber, 32 Elizabeth Street Melbourne.1 
Birth*31 Oct 1795 Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland.2 
Marriage*9 May 1824Spouse: Euphemia Brown. Scotland.
 
Widower8 Apr 1840James Brisbane became a widower upon the death of his wife Euphemia Brown.2 
(Migrant) Migration/Travel24 Apr 1840 Sailing with Euphemia Brown, John Brisbane, Peter Brisbane, James Grimmond Brisbane, Elizabeth Brisbane, Euphemia Brisbane to Port Phillip, VIC, Australia. Ship GLENHUNTLY
Age 40.3
Death*8 Nov 1852 Melbourne, VIC, Australia.4 
Death-Notice*17 Nov 1852At Melbourne, on 8th inst., Mr. James Brisbane, aged 59.4,5 
Probate (Will)*10 Feb 1853 B/187. James BRISBANE. Occupation: Tinman; Residence: late of Melbourne.6 

Family

Euphemia Brown d. 8 Apr 1840
Children 1.James Grimmond Brisbane+ b. 17 Jan 1836, d. 23 Jan 1902
 2.Euphemia Brisbane+ b. 5 Sep 1838, d. 6 Sep 1920

Citations

  1. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive.
  2. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, "shepline22" viewed 25 Nov 2010.
  3. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), GLENHUNTLY 1 XVI / 1 XIV.
  4. [S14] Newspaper - The Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston, Tas. : 1835 - 1880), Wed 17 Nov 1852, p764.
  5. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive ,"buried in Old Melbourne Cemetery."
  6. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P0 unit 7, item B/187.
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