Sarah Maria 'Marie' Priston

F, #400, b. 1839, d. 5 Aug 1923
Father*Thomas Priston
Mother*Sarah Hill
Married NameElms. 
Residence "Casely", Salisbury Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia. 
Birth*1839 Torquay, Devon, England. 
Note According to online records, Sarah Marie's grandfather, Abraham HILL was of Casely (Farm), Lustleigh, Devon - Sarah must have named the Upper Beaconsfield home after that farm.1 
Note1850 Her brother George Wills Priston b. Torquay, England, UK was a professional photographer and chemist, whose business Priston and Small manufactured photographic chemicals and dealt in photographic goods between c. 1864 and 5 October 1867, when he and his partner, Thomas Stephen Small formally dissolved their company. From 1864 to 1866 he and Jabez William Small published Photographic News of the Month, considered to be Australia's first photographic magazine.
His immigration is shown as PRISTON G W, age 30, in DEC 1866 on the LINCOLNSHIRE B 263 002.2,3 
Note*1853 Sarah Maria was a well educated lady and migrated to Australia in 1853 as a housekeeper for her brother. She was interested in women's rights and was a personal friend of Dr. Clisby, the first lady doctor to practice in Australia. Dr. Clisby had to go to the United States for her education and training.4 
Marriage*22 Mar 1862 Spouse: William Elms. St Peter's Church, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #M232.5,6
Marriage-Notice*25 Mar 1862ELMS—PRISTON.—On the 22nd instant, at St. Peter's Church, Melbourne, by the Rev. James Gilbertson, Mr. William Elms, formerly of Cork, now of Melbourne, to Miss S. M. Priston, late of Torquay.7 
Land-UBeac*15 Oct 1881 PAK-83. Transfer from Dr Thomas Elmes to Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms. 20a 0r 14p.8 
Land-UBeac*19 Feb 1884 PAK-83. Transfer from Sarah Maria 'Marie' Priston to John Thomas Cosgrave. 20a 0r 14p.9 
Widow25 Feb 1903Sarah Maria 'Marie' Priston became a widow upon the death of her husband William Elms.10 
Land-UBeac29 May 1903 PAK-63.65.61 (part). Transfer from William Elms to Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms Arthur William Elms. 78a 1r 9p.11 
Land-UBeac29 May 1903 GEM-C-3.9.10. Transfer from William Elms to Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms Arthur William Elms.12 
Land-UBeac*29 May 1903 PAK-221. Transfer from William Elms to Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms Arthur William Elms. 19a 0r 28p.13 
Land-UBeac*17 Feb 1915 PAK-221 (part). Transfer from Sarah Maria 'Marie' Priston Arthur William Elms to Shire of Berwick. For road.14 
Land-UBeac29 Apr 1918 PAK-221 (part). Transfer from Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms Arthur William Elms to Henry Hensman Gibbs. 18a 2r 27p.15 
Death*5 Aug 1923 Casely, 8 Westgarth Street, Malvern East, VIC, Australia, #D11200 age 84 [par Thomas PRISTON & Sarah HILL].16 
Death-Notice*7 Aug 1923ELMS.—On the 5th August passed peacefully away at her residence "Casely" 8 Westgarth street East Malvern, Sarah M, widow of the late William Elms, J P. Dearly loved
ELMS.—The Funeral of the late Mrs SARAH MARIA ELMS will leave the Korumburra railway station Tomorrow (Wednesday the 8th August), on arrival of the train from Melbourne at 10.27 am for the Korumburra Cemetery.17 
Burial*8 Aug 1923 Korumburra, VIC, Australia.16 
Probate (Will)*4 Oct 1923 191/125.18 
Land-UBeac*20 Dec 1923 GEM-C-3.9.10. Transfer from Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms to Arthur William Elms. Arthur William Elms the survivor of the proprietors named herein is now registered as the sole proprietor.19 
Land-UBeac20 Dec 1923 PAK-63.65.61 (part). Transfer from Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms to Arthur William Elms. Arthur William Elms the survivor of the proprietors named herein is now registered as the sole proprietor.20 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
6 Jun 1841Thomas PRISTON (butcher), Market Street, Tormoham, Devon, EnglandAge 321
30 Mar 1851Emily YALLICOM (teacher of French, English, German), Piefsmalls Paradise, Totnes, Devon, EnglandAge 13 - Pupil (born Torquay)22
19198 Westgarth Street, Malvern East, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Sarah Bamford Elmes, Carrie Elms, Mary Hester Elms.23

Grave

  • Korumburra Cemetery, Korumburra, VIC, Australia

Family

William Elms b. 1825, d. 25 Feb 1903
Children 1.Arthur William Elms+ b. 27 Oct 1863, d. 18 Sep 1946
 2.Carrie Elms b. 20 Mar 1865, d. 1958
 3.Annie Easter Elms+ b. 21 Apr 1867, d. 20 Nov 1917
 4.Frank Priston Elms+ b. 20 Dec 1869, d. 10 Sep 1945
 5.Hubert Richmond Elms b. 27 Jan 1872, d. 17 Sep 1896
 6.Mary Hester Elms b. 7 Oct 1876, d. 1968

Citations

  1. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://gramstedt.com/getperson.php
  2. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://www.daao.org.au/bio/george-w-priston/
  3. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria).
  4. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Bradshaw & McCutcheon Family Tree - Owner: Stephen Daniel Bradshaw
    Stephen Daniel Bradshaw added this on 12 Jan 2011
    (gives her birthplace as Casely, Lustleigh, Devon).
  5. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#M232."
  6. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Victoria, Australia, St. Peter's Eastern Hill, Marriages, 1848-1955
    Description: Series 02, Register 1861-1863; Reference Number: M2/7.
  7. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 25 Mar 1862, p4.
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1162-361 - Maria Elms of Richmond Gentlewoman - C/T 1296-067.
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1296-067 - John Thomas Cosgrave of Williamstown Shipping Clerk - C/T 1535-951.
  10. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  11. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1069-756; C/T 1340-906; C/T 2550-898 - William Elms died the 25th day of February 1903. On the 29th day of May 1903 probate of the will of the said William Elms was granted to Marie Elms of Moyarra, Widow and Arthur William Elms of Beaver Street Malvern Estate Agent as executrix and executor. Dated the 4th day of June 1914.
  12. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1098-551; C/T 1098-552; C/T 1100-860 - William Elms died the 25th day of February 1903. On the 29th day of May 1903 probate of the will of the said William Elms was granted to Marie Elms of Moyarra, Widow and Arthur William Elms of Beaver Street Malvern Estate Agent as executrix and executor. Dated the 4th day of June 1914.
  13. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1164-607 - William Elms died the 25th day of February 1903. On the 29th day of May 1903 probate of the will of the said William Elms was granted to Marie Elms of Moyarra, Widow and Arthur William Elms of Beaver Street Malvern Estate Agent as executrix and executor. Dated the 4th day of June 1914.
  14. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1164-607 - C/T 3882-330 - Shire of Berwick.
  15. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1164-607 - Henry Gibbs (Henry Hensman Gibbs) of 39 Harp Road East Kew Bricklayer - C/T 4116-086.
  16. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D11200 age 84 [par Thomas PRISTON & Sarah HILL]."
  17. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 7 Aug 1923 p1.
  18. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), http://prov.vic.gov.au/search_details
    http://prov.vic.gov.au/search_details
  19. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1098-551; C/T 1098-552; C/T 1100-860 - Arthur William Elms the survivor of the proprietors named herein is now registered as the sole proprietor.
  20. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1069-756; C/T 1340-906; C/T 2550-898 - Arthur William Elms the survivor of the proprietors named herein is now registered as the sole proprietor.
  21. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Class: HO107; Piece: 229; Book: 11; Civil Parish: Tor Moham; County: Devon; Enumeration District: 5; Folio: 13; Page: 21; Line: 5; GSU roll: 241314."
  22. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Class: HO107; Piece: 1874; Folio: 121; Page: 37; GSU roll: 221022."
  23. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
Last Edited19 Jan 2019

William Elms

M, #401, b. 1825, d. 25 Feb 1903

Upper Beaconsfield

William Elms built "Casely" in Salisbury Road, and owned land in the valley below it. He was on of the five trustees instrumental in building the assembly hall. His daughter Annie married one of Dr Halford's sons. The family later owned properties in Moyarra, Gippsland.
Father*James Elms b. 1797
Mother*Mary Cook b. 1792, d. 22 Dec 1857
Note William had to leave school early to support his mother, brothers and sisters. He went to London and worked with Keane's military tailors. He had access to an uncle's library and was able to improve his education..In 1853 he was sent by Mr Keane to start a business in Melbourne with Keane's son, so he sailed on the Bloomer with his mother Mary and sister Ann departing Liverpool 19 March arriving Melbourne July 4 1853.
He was farewelled and presented with a book by the Cork Wesleyan Merciful Society on 11 March 1853 when he left to begin his journey to Australia.1 
Residence* "Casely", Salisbury Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia. 
Birth*1825 Cork, Ireland. 
Note*1853 Of Cork, Ireland. Came to Australia in 1853. He was a tailor and in 1853 was appointed official tailor to the 60th Regiment of Foot and charted a 60 ton vessel to take himself, his mother, sister, and brother to Melbourne, Australia. The regiment was the one that fought the miners at the Eureka Stockade. William became a gentleman farmer in the 1880s at Moyarra. He was a leading light in the Victorian Masonic Lodge. His 4th great-grandfather fought for William of Orange at the Battle of Boynein 1690 and was paid off by a grant of land near Cork. William Elms was a member of the Wesleyan Friends Merciful Society of Cork, and on his departure the society presented him with a book on the 11 March 1853. (This book is owned by Ron Elms, who attended the church in Cork on the 11 March 1973.)2 
Marriage*22 Mar 1862 Spouse: Sarah Maria 'Marie' Priston. St Peter's Church, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #M232.3,4
Marriage-Notice*25 Mar 1862ELMS—PRISTON.—On the 22nd instant, at St. Peter's Church, Melbourne, by the Rev. James Gilbertson, Mr. William Elms, formerly of Cork, now of Melbourne, to Miss S. M. Priston, late of Torquay.5 
Land-UBeac*8 Sep 1876William Elms selected land from the Crown. PAK-65. 45a 1r 30p - Crown Grant to W ELMS.6,7 
Land-Note23 Oct 1877 PAK-65: 5 Collins St East, 23 October 1877
Sir, With reference to a communication received respecting a selection held by me in the parish of Pakenham, and withdrawing the license on account of non-compliance with the terms required.
I beg to say that owing to the impassable state of the roads, it has been impossible to get material for the erection of a suitable dwelling for myself and family on to the ground, during the past winter months, but it is my intention to preceed with the work forthwith, and under these circumstances I hope you will see fit to withdrawing your decision and continue my license.
I may add that I have already done a great deal of work to the place, in the way of fencing, clearing, and planting, and also erecting huts and outoffices.
I remain yours obediently, William Elms.8 
Land-UBeac*6 Nov 1879He selected land from the Crown. PAK-63. 19a 1r 30p - Land File 392/49. Selected and abandoned by Rachel Delany Sarah Ann Hubbard. - Crown Grant to William Elms on 4 Dec 1888.9,10 
Land-Note6 Nov 1879 PAK-63: Tailor and Draper, 5 Collins St East. Already owns 46 acres under 19th Section of the Land Act. 
Land-UBeac*27 Mar 1882 PAK-61 (part). Transfer from Charles Lilburn Commins to William Elms. 13a 1r 29p.11 
(Transfer to) Land-UBeac7 Dec 1883 PAK-66 (pt Lot 1). Transfer from Arthur Knight to George Britton Halford, William Elms, George Frederick Brind, Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett, William Henry Goff. 1a 0r 0.8/10p - transfer to new owners as Trustees.12 
(Transfer to) Land-UBeac6 May 1884 GEM-D-1 l/p 2461 (Assembly Hall). Transfer from Thomas Jacques Martin to George Britton Halford, William Elms, George Frederick Brind, Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett, William Henry Goff. 1a 0r 20p - transfer to new owners as Trustees. This was a gift from T J Martin to the trustees.13,14 
(Mortgagor) Land-Note6 May 1884 GEM-D-1 l/p 2461 (Assembly Hall): Mortgagee: John Wood Fleming and Gilbert Burn Macintyire - discharged 13 Apr 1891. Mortgagor was George Britton Halford, William Elms, George Frederick Brind, Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett, William Henry Goff.15 
Land-UBeac*8 May 1888 PAK-221. Transfer from Horatio Kelson to William Elms. 19a 0r 28p.16 
Land-UBeac8 May 1888 GEM-C-3.9.10. Transfer from Horatio Kelson to William Elms.17 
Land-Note3 May 1889 PAK-63: Application to purchase: Elms gives address as Jumbunna East, Gippsland. Quality of the land: Soil poor and stony. About 4 acres of flat fit for cultivation. The part heavily timbered is clean, the remainder lightly timbered. Stony, in part swampy, rangy. Purpose: for grazing. Resided continuously for 10 years. Elms fenced the land, made a dam about 12 feet square, and a well about 30 feet deep.18 
Death*25 Feb 1903 Moyarra, VIC, Australia, #D3089 (Age 78) [par James ELMS & Mary COOK].19 
Death-Notice*26 Feb 1903ELMS.—On the 25th February, passed away peacefully , after a short illness, at Moyarra, South Gippsland, William Elms, J.P., the beloved husband of Marie Elms, aged 78.
ELMS.—The Friends of the late Mr WILLIAM ELMS J. P. are respectfully informed that his remains will be intereed in the Korumburra Cemetery.20 
Land-Note*29 May 1903 William Elms died the 25th day of February 1903. On the 29th day of May 1903 probate of the will of the said William Elms was granted to Marie Elms of Moyarra, Widow and Arthur William Elms of Beaver Street Malvern Estate Agent as executrix and executor. Dated the 4th day of June 1914.21 
Land-UBeac*29 May 1903 PAK-221. Transfer from William Elms to Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms Arthur William Elms. 19a 0r 28p.22 
Land-UBeac29 May 1903 PAK-63.65.61 (part). Transfer from William Elms to Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms Arthur William Elms. 78a 1r 9p.23 
Land-UBeac29 May 1903 GEM-C-3.9.10. Transfer from William Elms to Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms Arthur William Elms.21 
Probate (Will)*11 Jun 1903 86/983. Grazier. Moyarra.24 

Grave

  • Korumburra Cemetery, Korumburra, VIC, Australia

Family

Sarah Maria 'Marie' Priston b. 1839, d. 5 Aug 1923
Children 1.Arthur William Elms+ b. 27 Oct 1863, d. 18 Sep 1946
 2.Carrie Elms b. 20 Mar 1865, d. 1958
 3.Annie Easter Elms+ b. 21 Apr 1867, d. 20 Nov 1917
 4.Frank Priston Elms+ b. 20 Dec 1869, d. 10 Sep 1945
 5.Hubert Richmond Elms b. 27 Jan 1872, d. 17 Sep 1896
 6.Mary Hester Elms b. 7 Oct 1876, d. 1968

Newspaper-Articles

  • 20 Jul 1881, From William Elmes and Robert T. Crofts, calling attention to bad state of the Telegraph road, leading from the Gembrook road.-On the motion of Councillor Bourke, engineer to inspect and report to next meeting, with the view of making road passable.25
  • 10 Aug 1881, Shire Meetings 6 Aug 1881 Berwick Shire
    THE ENGINEER'S REPORT Stated that he had made an inspection of telegraph road to Croft's and Elmes', and a culvert was required above Barnes's; several trees and stumps should be cleared as far as Crofts'; the remainder was impassable for vehicles owing to its steepness.26
  • 5 Apr 1882, BEACONSFIELD -Three furnished ROOMS, situation elevated, prospect extensive, fern gullies, terms moderate W. Elms, 10 Elizabeth-street.27
  • 9 Nov 1883, BUILDING SOCIETIES.
    The annual meeting of the shareholders in the Universal Permanent Building and Investment Society was held on Wednesday afternoon. The chair was occupied by Captain M'Callum, the president ot the society. The chairman, in moving the adoption of the report and balance sheet congratulated the shareholders on the progress which the society had made during the past year. It would be seen from the balance sheet that the profits on the society's business during the year had amounted to 10 per cent. A dividend of 8 per cent had been declared ; £250 had been added to the reserve fund, making a total of £1,250 ; and £1,357 2s. 8d. was carried forward, to be distributed as a bonus in two years time. The motion for the adoption of the report was carried. The president, vice-president, auditors, one steward (Mr F. G. Hooke) and three members of committee (Messrs William Elms, Emanuel King, and Francis M. White), were re-elected without opposition. A vote of thanks to the chairman concluded the meeting.28
  • 17 Jan 1885, BEACONSFIELD.— Noble Block of Land ; creek frontages; splendid view; cheap. William Elms, estate agent, Temple-court.29
  • 4 Dec 1888, UNIVERSAL PERMANENT BUILDING AND INVESTMENT SOCIETY.
    Incorporated under the Building Societies Act 1874. PRESIDENT,
    George Shaw, Esq., Flinders-street west.
    VICE-PRESIDENT,
    Horace Perkins, Esq., importer, Bourke-street east
    DIRECTORS,
    James Burston.Esq., maltster, Flinders-street east
    William Dean, Esq., merchant, Flinders-lane east
    William Elms, Esq., Temple-court
    James Holden, Esq., contractor, Fitzroy
    Emanuel King, Esq., auctioneer, Collins-street east
    Charles Pleasance, Esq. chemist, Collins-street,
    AUDITORS,
    William S. Paterson, Esq, R. Manfield Taylor, Esq.
    SOLICITORS,
    Messrs. R. S. Anderson and Son.
    BANKERS,
    Commercial Bank of Australia.
    NEW OFFICES: No. 16 COLLINS-STREET WEST.
    EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT
    To be presented to the shareholders on Wednesday, 5th December, 1888, at the annual meeting to be held at No. 16 Collins-street west, at 8 o'clock in the evening.
    To the Shareholders of the UNIVERSAL PERMANENT BUILDING AND INVESTMENT SOCIETY.
    Ladies and Gentlemen,—Your directors have again tho pleasure to congratulate you upon the satisfactory progress made by your society, and herewith they beg to hand you the annual report and balance sheet made up to 2nd October, 1888, and completing the eighteenth year of the society's operations.
    The amount standing to the credit of Profit and Loss account is £13,775 12s. 9d., which has been apportioned as under : — (continued)30
  • 18 Jan 1908, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20. UPPER BEACONSFIELD. To Be SOLD at the Room, Broken Hill-chambers, 31 Queen-street, Melbourne. At Half-past Two O'clock.
    MOUNTAIN HOMES.
    Seven BLOCKS OF LAND, Having Respective Areas of 13 to 70 ACRES,
    In the Estate of the late Mr. W. Elms.
    On One Block, with Frontage to Main Road, There is a GOOD WEATHERBOARD VILLA RESIDENCE, with Stabling, and all Conveniences.
    The Other Blocks are Vacant, and Command FINE VIEWS OF THE COUNTRY.
    Plans can be inspecteed at and all particulars obtained from the Auctioneer's Office.
    W. H. ALLARD and Co., 31 Queen-street, City.31

Citations

  1. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, https://www.geni.com/people/Leslie-Elms/6000000019362994514
  2. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Bradshaw & McCutcheon Family Tree - Owner: Stephen Daniel Bradshaw
    Stephen Daniel Bradshaw added this on 12 Jan 2011.
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#M232."
  4. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Victoria, Australia, St. Peter's Eastern Hill, Marriages, 1848-1955
    Description: Series 02, Register 1861-1863; Reference Number: M2/7.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 25 Mar 1862, p4.
  6. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Land File 2562/19.20.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1069-756 - William Elms of Melbourne.
  8. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 2562/19 (VPRS626/P0/1580).
  9. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3904     - 1561/49 WILLIAM ELMS PAKENHAM 63 19--1--30. 1877 - 1888.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2550-898 - William Elms of Jumbunna East.
  11. [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.
  12. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1297-366 - Arthur Knight to George Britton Halford, Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett, George Frederick Brind, William Elms, William Henry Goff - see C/T 1524-764 (this land is reserved for the church or another community building).
  13. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1154-605 - Thomas Jacques Martin to George Britton Halford, Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett, George Frederick Brind, William Elms, William Henry Goff all of Melbourne Gentlemen - C/T 1565-907.
  14. [S199] Series: VPRS13718 PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 2998 School Building File. Letter from W H Goff to the Education Department, 15 May 1889.
  15. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1565-907 - Mortgage No 59635 - discharged 13 Apr 1891.
  16. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1164-607 - Horatio Kelson to William Elms of Temple Court, Melbourne, Accountant.
  17. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1098-551; C/T 1098-552; C/T 1100-860 - Horatio Kelson to William Elms of Temple Court, Melbourne, Accountant.
  18. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3904 - 1561/49 WILLIAM ELMS PAKENHAM 63 19--1--30. 1877 - 1888.
  19. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  20. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 26 Feb 1903 p1.
  21. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1098-551; C/T 1098-552; C/T 1100-860 - William Elms died the 25th day of February 1903. On the 29th day of May 1903 probate of the will of the said William Elms was granted to Marie Elms of Moyarra, Widow and Arthur William Elms of Beaver Street Malvern Estate Agent as executrix and executor. Dated the 4th day of June 1914.
  22. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1164-607 - William Elms died the 25th day of February 1903. On the 29th day of May 1903 probate of the will of the said William Elms was granted to Marie Elms of Moyarra, Widow and Arthur William Elms of Beaver Street Malvern Estate Agent as executrix and executor. Dated the 4th day of June 1914.
  23. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1069-756; C/T 1340-906; C/T 2550-898 - William Elms died the 25th day of February 1903. On the 29th day of May 1903 probate of the will of the said William Elms was granted to Marie Elms of Moyarra, Widow and Arthur William Elms of Beaver Street Malvern Estate Agent as executrix and executor. Dated the 4th day of June 1914.
  24. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), http://prov.vic.gov.au/search_details
  25. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 20 Jul 1881, p3.
  26. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 10 Aug 1881, p3.
  27. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 5 Apr 1882, p12.
  28. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Fri 9 Nov 1883, p5
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11834368
  29. [S16] Newspaper - The Age 17 Jan 1885, p11.
  30. [S16] Newspaper - The Age The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), Tue 4 Dec 1888, p4
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article193401669
  31. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 18 Jan 1908, p3.
Last Edited4 Aug 2019

Arthur William Elms

M, #402, b. 27 Oct 1863, d. 18 Sep 1946
Father*William Elms b. 1825, d. 25 Feb 1903
Mother*Sarah Maria 'Marie' Priston b. 1839, d. 5 Aug 1923
Note* Arthur Elms wrote in Land of The Lyrebird and described in detail the hard life of the pioneer. See pdf copy.1 
Birth*27 Oct 1863 Richmond, VIC, Australia, #B22037.2 
Birth-Notice*31 Oct 1863ELMS.--On the 27th instant, at Barkly-square, Richmond Mrs. William Elms of a son.3 
Marriage*20 Sep 1893 Spouse: Ada Bonwick. VIC, Australia, #M3984.4
 
Marriage-Notice*5 Oct 1893ELMS-BONWICK.—On the 20th ult, at the residence of the bride's mother by the Rev Herbert Potter, Arthur William eldest son of William Elms, Esq, J P of Moyarra to Ada third daughter of the late Walter Bonwick, of Hawthorn.5 
(Transfer to) Land-UBeac29 May 1903 PAK-221. Transfer from William Elms to Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms Arthur William Elms. 19a 0r 28p.6 
(Transfer to) Land-UBeac29 May 1903 GEM-C-3.9.10. Transfer from William Elms to Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms Arthur William Elms.7 
(Transfer to) Land-UBeac29 May 1903 PAK-63.65.61 (part). Transfer from William Elms to Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms Arthur William Elms. 78a 1r 9p.8 
(Transfer from) Land-UBeac17 Feb 1915 PAK-221 (part). Transfer from Sarah Maria 'Marie' Priston Arthur William Elms to Shire of Berwick. For road.9 
(Transfer from) Land-UBeac29 Apr 1918 PAK-221 (part). Transfer from Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms Arthur William Elms to Henry Hensman Gibbs. 18a 2r 27p.10 
Land-UBeac20 Dec 1923 PAK-63.65.61 (part). Transfer from Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms to Arthur William Elms. Arthur William Elms the survivor of the proprietors named herein is now registered as the sole proprietor.11 
Land-UBeac*20 Dec 1923 GEM-C-3.9.10. Transfer from Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms to Arthur William Elms. Arthur William Elms the survivor of the proprietors named herein is now registered as the sole proprietor.12 
Land-UBeac20 Dec 1923 PAK-63.65.61 (part). Transfer from Arthur William Elms to Carrie Elms Mary Hester Elms. 78a 1r 9p.13 
Land-UBeac*20 Dec 1923 GEM-C-3.9.10. Transfer from Arthur William Elms to Carrie Elms Mary Hester Elms. 52a 2r 14p.14 
Death*18 Sep 1946 Murumbeena, VIC, Australia, #D9960 (Age 82.)15 
Death-Notice*19 Sep 1946ELMS.-On September 18, at his home, 4 Hobart road. Murrumbeena, Arthur William, dearly loved husband of Ada Elms, and devoted father of Alfred, George, Edith, and Harry, aged 82 years. (By request, no flowers).
ELMS - The Funeral of the late Mr ARTHUR WILLIAM ELMS will leave his home 4 Hobart road Murrumbeena THIS DAY at 2 p m for the Springvale Crematorium.16 

Citations

  1. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://www.leongathahistory.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2007/…
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#B22037."
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 31 Oct 1863, p4.
  4. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#M3984."
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 5 Oct 1893, p1.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1164-607 - William Elms died the 25th day of February 1903. On the 29th day of May 1903 probate of the will of the said William Elms was granted to Marie Elms of Moyarra, Widow and Arthur William Elms of Beaver Street Malvern Estate Agent as executrix and executor. Dated the 4th day of June 1914.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1098-551; C/T 1098-552; C/T 1100-860 - William Elms died the 25th day of February 1903. On the 29th day of May 1903 probate of the will of the said William Elms was granted to Marie Elms of Moyarra, Widow and Arthur William Elms of Beaver Street Malvern Estate Agent as executrix and executor. Dated the 4th day of June 1914.
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1069-756; C/T 1340-906; C/T 2550-898 - William Elms died the 25th day of February 1903. On the 29th day of May 1903 probate of the will of the said William Elms was granted to Marie Elms of Moyarra, Widow and Arthur William Elms of Beaver Street Malvern Estate Agent as executrix and executor. Dated the 4th day of June 1914.
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1164-607 - C/T 3882-330 - Shire of Berwick.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1164-607 - Henry Gibbs (Henry Hensman Gibbs) of 39 Harp Road East Kew Bricklayer - C/T 4116-086.
  11. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1069-756; C/T 1340-906; C/T 2550-898 - Arthur William Elms the survivor of the proprietors named herein is now registered as the sole proprietor.
  12. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1098-551; C/T 1098-552; C/T 1100-860 - Arthur William Elms the survivor of the proprietors named herein is now registered as the sole proprietor.
  13. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1069-756; C/T 1340-906; C/T 2550-898 - Arthur William Elms to Carrie Elms and Mary Hester Elms both of 8 Westgarth Street East Malvern Spinsters - proprietors as tenants in common in equal shares - C/T 4879-738.
  14. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1098-551; C/T 1098-552; C/T 1100-860 - Arthur William Elms to Carrie Elms and Mary Hester Elms both of 8 Westgarth Street East Malvern Spinsters - proprietors as tenants in common in equal shares - C/T 4879-739.
  15. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  16. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 19 Sep 1946 p2.
Last Edited26 Mar 2016

Carrie Elms

F, #403, b. 20 Mar 1865, d. 1958
Father*William Elms b. 1825, d. 25 Feb 1903
Mother*Sarah Maria 'Marie' Priston b. 1839, d. 5 Aug 1923
Birth*20 Mar 1865 Richmond, VIC, Australia, #B11032.1 
Birth-Notice*23 Mar 1865Elms.-On the 20th inst., Mrs. William Elms of a daughter.2 
Land-UBeac20 Dec 1923 PAK-63.65.61 (part). Transfer from Arthur William Elms to Carrie Elms Mary Hester Elms. 78a 1r 9p.3 
Land-UBeac*20 Dec 1923 GEM-C-3.9.10. Transfer from Arthur William Elms to Carrie Elms Mary Hester Elms. 52a 2r 14p.4 
Land-UBeac*19 Dec 1928 GEM-C-3.9.10. Transfer from Carrie Elms Mary Hester Elms to W. R. Hume Proprietary Limited. 52a 2r 14p.5 
Land-UBeac*16 Jul 1934 PAK-65.61 (part). Transfer from Carrie Elms Mary Hester Elms to Reginald Hawkins Hughes. 58a 3r 19p.6 
Land-UBeac25 Jun 1943 PAK-63. Transfer from Carrie Elms Mary Hester Elms to Herbert Stanley Guy. 19a 1r 30p.7 
Death*1958 Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #D3140 age 92 - as ELMS.1 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
19198 Westgarth Street, Malvern East, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms and Sarah Bamford Elmes Mary Hester Elms.8

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#B11032."
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 23 Mar 1865, p4.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1069-756; C/T 1340-906; C/T 2550-898 - Arthur William Elms to Carrie Elms and Mary Hester Elms both of 8 Westgarth Street East Malvern Spinsters - proprietors as tenants in common in equal shares - C/T 4879-738.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1098-551; C/T 1098-552; C/T 1100-860 - Arthur William Elms to Carrie Elms and Mary Hester Elms both of 8 Westgarth Street East Malvern Spinsters - proprietors as tenants in common in equal shares - C/T 4879-739.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4879-739 - W.R.Hume Proprietary Limited of 114 King Street Melbourne.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4879-738 - Reginald Hawkins Hughes of Upper Beaconsfield Bank Inspector- C/T 5911-034 (Caveat lodged 20 Jul 1927).
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4879-738 - Herbert Stanley Guy of Beaconsfield Driver - C/T 6630-850.
  8. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
Last Edited27 Mar 2016

Frank Priston Elms

M, #404, b. 20 Dec 1869, d. 10 Sep 1945
Father*William Elms b. 1825, d. 25 Feb 1903
Mother*Sarah Maria 'Marie' Priston b. 1839, d. 5 Aug 1923
Probate (Will)* Frank P Elms. Farmer. Carnegie. 10 Sep 1945. 369/208.1 
Birth*20 Dec 1869 Richmond, VIC, Australia, #B4648/1870.2 
Birth-Notice*23 Dec 1869ELMS.-On the 20th inst, at Richmond, Mrs. William Elms, of a son.3 
Marriage*14 Aug 1901 Spouse: Florence Annie Crouch. VIC, Australia, #M4907.4
 
Marriage-Notice*14 Sep 1901ELMS-CROUCH.-On the 14th August, 1901, at the residence of the bride's mother, "Euston," Dickens-street, St. Kilda, by the Rev. W. A. Quick, assisted by the Rev. O. Dowsing, Frank Priston, second son of William Elms, J.P., of Moyarra, South Gippsland, to Florence Annie, sixth daughter of the late T. J. Crouch, J.P., of St. Kilda.5 
Death*10 Sep 1945 Carnegie, VIC, Australia, #D9227 (Age 75.)6 
Death-Notice*11 Sep 1945ELMS. —On September 10, at his residence, 13 Poplar grove, Carnegie, Frank P., devoted husband of Florence Elms, and loving father of Ruth, Frances, Hubert, and Leslie, in his 76th year. (No flowers, by request.)7 

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P3, unit 4206; VPRS 7591/P2, unit 1295.
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#B4648."
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 23 Dec 1869, p4.
  4. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#M4907."
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 14 Sep 1901, p9.
  6. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  7. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 11 Sep 1945, p2.
Last Edited10 Jun 2016

Hubert Richmond Elms

M, #405, b. 27 Jan 1872, d. 17 Sep 1896
Father*William Elms b. 1825, d. 25 Feb 1903
Mother*Sarah Maria 'Marie' Priston b. 1839, d. 5 Aug 1923
Birth*27 Jan 1872 Richmond, VIC, Australia, #B11403.1 
Birth-Notice*2 Feb 1872ELMS-On the 27th ult., at Richmond, Mrs. William Elms of a son.2 
Death*17 Sep 1896 Birchip, VIC, Australia, #D11818 (Age 24) - as Herbert Richmond.3 
Death-Notice*19 Sep 1896ELMS.—On the 17th September, at Birchip, Victoria, Hubert Richmond Elms, solicitor, youngest beloved son of Maria and William Elms, J. P., of Moyarra, South Gippsland, aged 24 years.4 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 26 Sep 1896, At Birchip, a young solicitor, named Hubert R. Elms, broke a blood-vessel on Wednesday night, and died within an hour.5

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#B11403."
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 2 Feb 1872, p4.
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "Reg W chip."
  4. [S16] Newspaper - The Age 19 Sep 1896, p3.
  5. [S14] Newspaper - Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic), 26 Sep 1896, p3.
Last Edited10 Jun 2016

Mary Hester Elms

F, #406, b. 7 Oct 1876, d. 1968
Father*William Elms b. 1825, d. 25 Feb 1903
Mother*Sarah Maria 'Marie' Priston b. 1839, d. 5 Aug 1923
Birth*7 Oct 1876 Richmond, VIC, Australia, #B25380.1 
Birth-Notice*14 Oct 1876ELMS. - On the 7th inst, at Richmond, the wife of William Elms of a daughter.2 
(Transfer to) Land-UBeac20 Dec 1923 PAK-63.65.61 (part). Transfer from Arthur William Elms to Carrie Elms Mary Hester Elms. 78a 1r 9p.3 
(Transfer to) Land-UBeac20 Dec 1923 GEM-C-3.9.10. Transfer from Arthur William Elms to Carrie Elms Mary Hester Elms. 52a 2r 14p.4 
(Transfer from) Land-UBeac19 Dec 1928 GEM-C-3.9.10. Transfer from Carrie Elms Mary Hester Elms to W. R. Hume Proprietary Limited. 52a 2r 14p.5 
(Transfer from) Land-UBeac16 Jul 1934 PAK-65.61 (part). Transfer from Carrie Elms Mary Hester Elms to Reginald Hawkins Hughes. 58a 3r 19p.6 
(Transfer from) Land-UBeac25 Jun 1943 PAK-63. Transfer from Carrie Elms Mary Hester Elms to Herbert Stanley Guy. 19a 1r 30p.7 
Death*1968 East, VIC, Australia, #D19551 age 91 - as ELMS.1 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
19198 Westgarth Street, Malvern East, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Sarah Maria 'Marie' Elms and Sarah Bamford Elmes Carrie Elms.8

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#B25380."
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 14 Oct 1876, p1.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1069-756; C/T 1340-906; C/T 2550-898 - Arthur William Elms to Carrie Elms and Mary Hester Elms both of 8 Westgarth Street East Malvern Spinsters - proprietors as tenants in common in equal shares - C/T 4879-738.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1098-551; C/T 1098-552; C/T 1100-860 - Arthur William Elms to Carrie Elms and Mary Hester Elms both of 8 Westgarth Street East Malvern Spinsters - proprietors as tenants in common in equal shares - C/T 4879-739.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4879-739 - W.R.Hume Proprietary Limited of 114 King Street Melbourne.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4879-738 - Reginald Hawkins Hughes of Upper Beaconsfield Bank Inspector- C/T 5911-034 (Caveat lodged 20 Jul 1927).
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4879-738 - Herbert Stanley Guy of Beaconsfield Driver - C/T 6630-850.
  8. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
Last Edited27 Sep 2014

Florence Annie Crouch

F, #407, b. 27 Apr 1869, d. 27 Nov 1955
Father*Thomas James Crouch b. 20 Dec 1832, d. 4 Dec 1889
Mother*Mary Emma Bloor Turner b. 20 Jul 1835, d. 12 Oct 1904
Probate (Will)* Florence A Elms. Widow. Carnegie. 27 Nov 1955. 500/659.1 
Married NameElms. 
Birth*27 Apr 1869 St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #B11984.2 
Birth-Notice*28 Apr 1869CROUCH.-On the 27th inst., at St. Kilda, Mrs. T. J. Crouch of a daughter.3 
Marriage*14 Aug 1901 Spouse: Frank Priston Elms. VIC, Australia, #M4907.4
 
Marriage-Notice*14 Sep 1901ELMS-CROUCH.-On the 14th August, 1901, at the residence of the bride's mother, "Euston," Dickens-street, St. Kilda, by the Rev. W. A. Quick, assisted by the Rev. O. Dowsing, Frank Priston, second son of William Elms, J.P., of Moyarra, South Gippsland, to Florence Annie, sixth daughter of the late T. J. Crouch, J.P., of St. Kilda.5 
Widow10 Sep 1945Florence Annie Crouch became a widow upon the death of her husband Frank Priston Elms.6 
Death*27 Nov 1955 13 Poplar Grove, Carnegie, VIC, Australia, #D13721 age 86 [par Thomas CROUCH & Emma TURNER].7 
Death-Notice*28 Nov 1955ELMS. - On November 27, at her residence, 13 Poplar grove, Carnegie, Florence Annie, beloved wife of the late Frank P. Elms, loving mother of Ruth, Frances, Hubert, and Leslie, loved gran of Robert, Brian, John, Marie, Graham, Judith, and Roger, aged 86 years.
ELMS. - The Funeral of the late Mrs. FLORENCE ANNIE ELMS will leave the chapel of R. McKenzie, 170 Koornang road, Carnegie. TOMORROW (Tuesday), after a service commencing at 11.15 a.m., for the Spring Vale Crematorium.8 

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P4, unit 1131; VPRS 7591/P3, unit 120.
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#B11984."
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 28 Apr 1869, p4.
  4. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#M4907."
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 14 Sep 1901, p9.
  6. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  7. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D13721 age 86 [par Thomas CROUCH & Emma TURNER] [reg. Murrumbeena]."
  8. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 28 Nov 1955, p11.
Last Edited10 Jun 2016

Ada Bonwick

F, #408, b. 1868, d. 1958
Married NameElms. 
Related* Walter Smythe Bayston Walter Smythe BAYSTON and Ada ELMS (nee BONWICK) were 1st cousins. Walter's mother Mary Ann Bonwick was the sister of Ada's father Walter Bonwick.1,2,3 
Birth*1868 Boroondara, VIC, Australia, #B9651.4 
Marriage*20 Sep 1893 Spouse: Arthur William Elms. VIC, Australia, #M3984.5
 
Marriage-Notice*5 Oct 1893ELMS-BONWICK.—On the 20th ult, at the residence of the bride's mother by the Rev Herbert Potter, Arthur William eldest son of William Elms, Esq, J P of Moyarra to Ada third daughter of the late Walter Bonwick, of Hawthorn.6 
Widow18 Sep 1946Ada Bonwick became a widow upon the death of her husband Arthur William Elms.7 
Death*1958 Dandenong, VIC, Australia, #D22291 age 90 [par Walter BONWICK & Mary BRITTON].8 

Citations

  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "Walter Bonwick married Mary Britton 1856 Hawthorn VIC
    Mary Ann Bonwick married Henry Bayston 1851 Somerset England.
    Their parents were James Bonwick and Maria Ann Preston (Maria Ann died 25 Sep 1873 in Melbourne, buried with Walter Bonwick and some of his family; James died in 1859/#3641 VIC)."
  2. [S14] Newspaper - Married. At Hawthorne Church, on the 15th instant, by the Rev. W. Wood, Mr. Walter Bonwick, to Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. Britton, of Castlemaine.
    Mount Alexander Mail (Vic. : 1854 - 1917), Fri 25 Jul 1856, p4.
  3. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), James (63) and Mary Ann (62) Bonwick arrived in Melbourne on the Themis on 1 July 1854 with children Caroline (40), Walter (29, Schoolmaster) and Elizabeth (19).
  4. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  5. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#M3984."
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 5 Oct 1893, p1.
  7. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  8. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D22291 age 90 [par Walter BONWICK & Mary BRITTON]."
Last Edited3 Nov 2017

William Henry Goff

M, #420, b. 31 Oct 1842, d. 28 May 1906
William Henry GOFF
(1843-1906)

Upper Beaconsfield

Mr Goff was the founder of All Saints Grammar School in St Kilda, and built "Harpfields" in St George's Road in 1879. He was on of the five trustees instrumental in building the assembly hall.
Place in Upper Beac* Harpfield Road. Harpfield Road was named after the property of the Goff family 'Harpfields'. There is road in Beaconsfield called Goff Road. 
Birth*31 Oct 1842 Roscommon, Ireland.1 
Marriage*30 Dec 1867 Spouse: Helen Rosa Clayton. St Philips, Milltown, Dublin, Ireland.2
(Migrant) Migration/TravelJan 1871 Sailing with Helen Rosa Clayton Harriett Helen Sydney Goff to Port Phillip, VIC, Australia. Ship True Briton
Age 28.3 
Residence*1877 "Harpfields", St Georges Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia. 
Land-UBeac5 Jul 1877William Henry Goff selected land from the Crown. GEM-D-42. 17a 3r 1p - Land File 631/49. Crown Grant to W. H. GOFF on 16 Apr 1879. - SALE 5062, upset £1/ac, value £90.4,5 
Land-Note*1 Dec 1881 GEM-D-42: Mortgagee: The Victoria Mutual Building and Investment Society. Discharged 1 Dec 1885. Mortgagor was William Henry Goff.6 
Civil Case1882 1882/3042 William Henry Goff v Frederick Michael Griffin.7 
(Transfer to) Land-UBeac7 Dec 1883 PAK-66 (pt Lot 1). Transfer from Arthur Knight to George Britton Halford, William Elms, George Frederick Brind, Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett, William Henry Goff. 1a 0r 0.8/10p - transfer to new owners as Trustees.8 
Land-UBeac*19 Dec 1883 GEM-D-40. Transfer from Albion Theophilus Walkley to William Henry Goff. 19a 3r 30p.9 
Civil Case1884 1884/820 William Henry Goff v W H Agg.10 
(Transfer to) Land-UBeac6 May 1884 GEM-D-1 l/p 2461 (Assembly Hall). Transfer from Thomas Jacques Martin to George Britton Halford, William Elms, George Frederick Brind, Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett, William Henry Goff. 1a 0r 20p - transfer to new owners as Trustees. This was a gift from T J Martin to the trustees.11,12 
(Mortgagor) Land-Note6 May 1884 GEM-D-1 l/p 2461 (Assembly Hall): Mortgagee: John Wood Fleming and Gilbert Burn Macintyire - discharged 13 Apr 1891. Mortgagor was George Britton Halford, William Elms, George Frederick Brind, Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett, William Henry Goff.13 
Land-Note*12 May 1885 GEM-D-38: All Saints Grammar School, East St Kilda. 12 May 1885. Correspondence No 1094/49. To the Secretary of Lands, Victoria.
Sir, In reply to yours of the 7th inst. re improvements on Mr Buller's 20 acre selection in Beaconsfield, he has requested me to inform you that he duly arranged with Mr Clayton to have the dividing fence between the two blocks put up; and the contract was let to a Mr John Glismann who has a selection in the neighbourhood. Further Mr Clayton has written him to say that in consequence of Glismann having other contracts on hand for J W Rogers KC and W W Rogers &c., he has not been able to complete the fencing between Mr Buller's and Mr Clayton's blocks.
He expects however that it will be completed in a week or two when he will advise the land department of said completion. Mr Buller wishes me to say that aldready there was a log fence between the two blocks but that it was burnt down in consequence of a bushfire having caught it.
I have the honor Sir to remain your obedient servant William H Goff (for G Buller.)14 
Land-Note29 May 1885 GEM-D-38: All Saints Grammar School, East St Kilda. 29th May 1885. Corr No 1094/49. To the Secretary of Lands, Melbourne.
Sir, Referring to my letter of last week re improvements on my land in Beaconsfield. I now beg to inform you that the necessary improvements have been carried out and were completed on the 22nd inst.
I will therefore feel obliged if you will kindly grant permission to have said land purchased by me at the earliest convenience.
I have the honor to be Sir, George Buller per WHG.14 
Land-UBeac*13 Aug 1885 GEM-D-39. Transfer from George Edward Clayton to William Henry Goff. 14a 2r 36p - Land File 1306/49.4 Originally selected by G. BIGGENDEN (as 19a 3r 29p), crown grant to W. H. GOFF on 15 Aug 1885.15,16 
Land-UBeac*28 Aug 1885 GEM-D-38. Transfer from George Buller to William Henry Goff. 19a 3r 36p - Forfeited by J. DAMYON, selected by George BULLER. Crown grant to W. H. GOFF on 29 Aug 1885.17,18 
Land-Note28 Aug 1885 GEM-D-38: Melbourne, 28th August 1885
In consideration of the sum of forty eight stg (£48) received by me from Mr William Henry Goff, I hereby assign and transfer to the said William Henry Goff all my right title and interest in and to all that piece of land allotment 38 Section D Parish of Gembrook extent of said land being nineteen acres three roods and thirtysix perches (19a.3r.36p) and I request that the crown grant of said land may be issued to and in the name of William Henry Goff.
George Buller.14 
Land-Note29 Aug 1885 GEM-D-38: 82 Williams Road, Windsor, 29th August 1885 To the Secretary of Lands, Melbourne.
Sir, Having purchased from Mr Buller a block of land selected by him under the 49th Section of Land Act 1869, said land being situated in the Parish of Gembrook and known as allotment 38 Section D, extent of same 19a.3r.36p. I request that Crown Grant of same be issued to me and in my name on payment of the regular fees laid down by you.
William Henry Goff.14 
Land-Note1 Dec 1885 GEM-D-42: Mortgagee: The Victoria Mutual Building and Investment Society. Discharged 19 Nov 1897. Mortgagor was William Henry Goff.6 
Land-Note*26 Feb 1886 PAK-236: Lot 18 Melbourne sale. Purchased by Wm Hy Goff.19,20 
Land-UBeac*b 17 Jan 1888He selected land from the Crown. GEM-D-39A. 3a 0r 12p - Land File 1306/49.4
Crown Grant to W. H. GOFF on 17 Jan 1888.21,22 
Land-Note5 Nov 1891 GEM-D-42: Mortgagee: The Victoria Mutual Building and Investment Society. Discharged 19 Nov 1897. Mortgagor was William Henry Goff.6 
Land-UBeac*23 Feb 1892 GEM-D-35.36.37. Transfer from William Frederick Vale to William Henry Goff. 59a 3r 14p.23 
Directory*1895 Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, Goff, Wm. H. teacher.24 
(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.25 
Land-Note*19 Nov 1897 GEM-D-42: Mortgagee: Agar Wynne Robert Joseph Patrick Gibney. (not discharged). Mortgagor was William Henry Goff.26 
Note*1899 John Vale There is a liability in Vale's partnership owing £17,728.16.7 owing to Goff. 
Civil Case*1902 1902/413 Georg Quelch William Quelch Albert Ernest Quelch v William Henry Goff.27 
Land-Note*4 Jun 1902 Memo No 34348. Fieri Facia Action No 413 served by G W Quelch and A E Quelch carrying on business as G & A Quelch against William Henry GOFF. Amount £185.15.7 and £1.16.6 costs. Total £187.12.1
Action endorsed do nothing until further instructed. Warrant expired and returned. Nulla Bona 3 July 1903. Ex warrant 10/-.28,29 
Land-UBeac*5 Jun 1902 GEM-D-35.36.37. Transfer from William Henry Goff to Mary Vale. 59a 3r 14p.30 
Land-Note*24 Mar 1904 GEM-D-42: Mortgagee: Alexander Sanderson Robertson. Transfer of Mortgage to William Henry Goff on 26 April 1907. Mortgagor was William Henry Goff.31 
(Landholder) Land-Note5 Oct 1904 Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett, George Britton Halford, William Henry Goff engaged for his land dealings in Upper Beaconsfield By direction of the Commissioner of Titles ... George Britton Halford, Edward Fitzhayley A'Beckett and William Henry Goff are registered as sole proprietors of the within land.32 
Land-Note25 Oct 1904 PAK-236: Mortgagee: The English Scottish and Australian Chartered Bank. Mortgage No 230716. Discharge not recorded. Mortgagor was William Henry Goff.33 
Land-Note*25 Oct 1904 GEM-D-39A.40: Mortgagee: The English Scottish and Australian Chartered Bank. Mortgagor was William Henry Goff.34,35 
Land-Note25 Oct 1904 GEM-D-38.39: Mortgagee: The English Scottish and Australian Chartered Bank. Discharged 21 Nov 1906 on sale to Stubbs. Mortgagor was William Henry Goff.36 
Death*28 May 1906 "Harpfields", St Georges Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, #D4238 age 63 [par William GOFF & Ellen WRIGHT] - Cause of Death: Softening of the Brain (3 years), Apoplexy (5 months.)37
Death-Notice*29 May 1906GOFF. - On the 28th May, at "Harpfields," Upper Beaconsfield, William H. Goff, aged 63.
GOFF. - The friends of the late Mr WILLIAM H GOFF are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, St Kilda Cemetery.
The funeral will leave Caulfield railway station on arrival of Gippsland train, 1.13 p.m., THIS DAY (Tuesday 29th inst.)38 
Land-UBeacb 6 Dec 1906 PAK-236. Transfer from William Henry Goff to The English Scottish and Australian Chartered Bank.39 
Land-UBeac*b 6 Dec 1906 GEM-D-39A.40. Transfer from William Henry Goff to The English Scottish and Australian Chartered Bank.34,35 
Land-UBeac*b 26 Apr 1907 GEM-D-42. Transfer from William Henry Goff to Agar Wynne Robert Joseph Patrick Gibney. 17a 3r 1p.40 
Probate (Will)*11 Jan 1909 William H Goff. Gent. U Beaconsfield. 28 May 1906. 109/506.41 
(Transfer from) Land-UBeac28 Dec 1934 GEM-D-1 l/p 2461 (Assembly Hall). Transfer from Rawson Parke Francis, William Henry Grant, John Tyler, William Henry Goff, Edgar William Walker to The Beaconsfield Assembly Hall Trust.42 
Village Bell*2007The article reads: Local identities from the past: Goff and Harpfields Road
William Henry Goff was born in Ireland and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was a brilliant scholar, a First Prizeman in Natural Sciences, and Dublin Mathematical Scholar and Exhibitioner.
In 1870, All Saints Grammar School was being built in the grounds of All Saints Church in East St. Kilda. When it opened in 1871, Goff then aged 28 became the founding headmaster, a post he held until 1902, when both the school and his health were in decline, and he resigned.
Goff was a very early twenty acre selector in the village, his name appearing in the 1877 Rate Books.
The following year he built his country home, “Harpfields.” An attractive house, it had a glorious outlook to the Dandenong hills. Sadly, it was a victim of the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires, but was soon rebuilt on the same site by Miss Doris Goff, a grand daughter.
In 1883, Goff, was both Honorary Secretary and fund raiser for the Hall Trustees: Halford, Goff, a’Beckett, Elms, and Brind, who had personally guaranteed a loan to allow building to commence.
Goff accepted much of the responsibility for the building, organising concerts, persuading local people to become subscribers to the venture, and it seems likely he obtained some money from a Government grant.
Initially called the Assembly Hall, it was completed in 1884.
The Journal reported - “On Easter Monday a concert and afterwards a ball, which were attended by over 146 ladies and gentlemen, took place … Professor Halford was in the chair..”
Goff knew the Hon. Alfred Deakin, and was his host when he visited the village. The Journal reported, “As a member of that ministry to which we are already indebted for some benefits – notably with grants in favour of our Assembly Hall and Library..”
Another quote, “To Mr. Goff is largely due the credit for erection of this handsome edifice, which is an everlasting testimonial of what can be effected by the judicious application of “blarney.”
Goff was a Councillor for eleven years, retiring in 1897. He was twice Shire President, and honoured for his work by having a street in Beaconsfield named after him.
In 1892, a whimsical Journal reporter writes ““The meetings of the Berwick Shire Council would indeed be monotonous affairs were it not for the presence of Cr. Goff. Being an educated gentlemen, (an Irish gentleman, into the bargain), with a rare fund of humour, he throws upon the most prosaic and dreary subject an interesting aspect, which helps considerably to facilitate the progress of business”.
Goff was not prepared to remain inactive in his retirement. He opened a school for boarders, mainly boys, which he named “Upper Beaconsfield Grammar.” It did not last long, as he died in 1906. His wife lived on at Harpfields and died in 1928.43 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1903Harpfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: teacher. With Helen Rosa Goff. With Harry Board Mary Carroll.44
1905Harpfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: teacher. With Helen Rosa Goff. With Mary Carroll.45

Grave

  • Other Denominations A, St Kilda Cemetery, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, William Henry GOFF 28.5.1906 age 63
    also his wife Helen Rosa 9.4.1928 age 82
    Maurice W, died at Dublin 1870 age 14 days
    Lillie 18.11.1873 age 26 months
    Walter Leslie 23.6.1881 age 14 months
    Harriett H S 17.3.1892 age 23
    Children of W.H. & H.R. GOFF.46

Family

Helen Rosa Clayton b. 21 Nov 1845, d. 9 Apr 1928
Children 1.Harriett Helen Sydney Goff b. 22 Nov 1868, d. 17 Mar 1892
 2.Maurice William Goff b. 11 Aug 1870, d. 25 Aug 1870
 3.Lillie Goff b. 1871, d. 18 Nov 1873
 4.William Henry Goff+ b. 27 Nov 1873, d. 22 May 1958
 5.Florence Goff+ b. 27 Mar 1876, d. 26 Mar 1926
 6.Herbert Clayton Goff+ b. 1877, d. 17 Feb 1928
 7.Charles Edward Goff b. 11 Jan 1878, d. 13 Mar 1915
 8.Walter Leslie Goff b. 28 May 1880, d. 23 Jun 1881

Newspaper-Articles

  • 9 Apr 1873, Educational. ALL SAINTS' GRAMMAR SCHOOL, East St Kilda.—There are at present VACANCIES for BOARDERS, who would be under the constant super vision of the head master, and be treated as members of his family) Terms moderate. Address W. H. Goff, Head Master.47
  • 6 Jan 1880, ALL SAINTS' GRAMMAR SCHOOL, St Kilda Terms-Boarders, 15 guineas per quarter, day boys, 1½ to 3 guineas do. do. BUSINESS will be RESUMED Monday, 26th January Prospectus on application William H Goff, Head Master.48
  • 8 Aug 1888, BERWICK SHIRE. TO THE RATEPAYERS OF BEACONSFIELD RIDING. LADIES and GENTLEMEN
    As my term of office as your representative is about to expire, I again offer myself for re-election. Should you be satisfied with the manner in which I performed my duties, will you be good enogh to give me your support at the forthcoming election. Thanking you for past favors, Believe me, Faithfully yours, WILLIAM H. GOFF. Harpfield, Beaconsfield, 28th July, 1888.
    ---
    SHIRE OF BERWICK. ELECTION OF COUNCILLOR.-BEACONSFIELD RIDING. I HEREBY give notice that WILLIAM H. GOFF and HENRY H. HATFIELD Have been nominated for the Office of Councillor for Beaconsfield Riding, and as the num ber exceeds the number required a Poll will be held at the Assembly Hall, at Booth near Beaconsfield station, and at Wade's Store, Gembrook, on Thursday, August 9th, commencing at Eight o'clock in the forenoon and closing at Four o'clock in the afternoon. WILLIAM BRISRIANE. Returning Officer. July 31, 188849
  • 15 Aug 1888, Last Thursday being election day every thing was in a more or less state of excitement. Who is going to be returned ? was the question asked on every side, and many were the answers. Some said Goff, others Hatfield. Both candidates worked hard to avert defeat, but Mr. Goff's friends and supporters rolled up, and when the result of the poll was declared he was returned by a large majority; and I think the ratepayers were wise, for in Mr. Goff they have a man who will look after their interests and see that they get a fair share of rates expended in their Riding. Not that Mr. Hatfield would not have done the same, but Mr. Goff has had two years experience as a Councillor in the Shire of Berwick which Mr. Hatfield had not and I think a great number took this into consideration and voted accordingly.50
  • 12 Oct 1889, A CORRECTION.
    Sir,—My attention has been called to a notice in your Wednesday's issue of the success of Mr. Arthur Halford, at the Melbourne University. You mention him as a former pupil of Wesley College. Kindly correct this. He was, I am pleased to say, a pupil of All Saints' Grammar School and not Wesley College.
    Yours, etc., WILLIAM H. GOFF51
  • 25 Feb 1891, See Government Gazette, 20th February 1891, p909. Magistrates. THE Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, has been pleased to appoint the gentlemen named in the schedule hereunder to keep the peace in the bailiwicks mentioned in conjunction with their respective names :- Central Bailiwick.
    William Henry Goff, Esq. ... Beaconsfield
    John Alfred Kitchen, Esq. ... Pakenham
    Cyrus Mason, Esq. ... ... Pakenham52
  • 7 Dec 1892, After hammering away for over 12 months, and being roundly abused during the whole of that period Cr. Goff, of Berwick shire, has at last carried a motion for the construction of a road through Mrs Lawes' land, Upper Beaconsfield.
    The road in question will connect Narree Warren with Beaconsfield, and will also prove advantageous in the matter of opening up one of the best portions of the Benconsfield district. Hitherto, visitors to that place have complained that they could only drive for about a mile in any one direction, owing to the roads not being opened up, but Cr. Goff's action will result in doing away with this disadvantage.53
  • 14 Dec 1892, A VISIT TO UPPER BEACONSFIELD. A few years ago a friend and I were discussing the relative merits of several holiday resorts, with a view to spending a fortnight holiday at the most suitable. The Beaconsfield district was at that time becoming popular in this respect, so I suggested that we should sojourn there. "Beaconsfield," exclaimed my friend, disgustedly ; "why, I would'nt go there if you offered to pay all ex's. I've been there before, and, 'once bitten, twice shy.' There are only about three houses there, and a similar crowd of inhabitants. "I remember," my friend continued, "that after our party had been in Upper Beaconsfield for three weeks without seeing other human being, we decided to lay wait for a stray tramp, or whoever passed. A few days after the watch was set we nabbed a 'sky-pilot' riding to a neighbouring parish. We caged him for a few days, to look at ; he threatened us with illegal detention, but as soon as we let him go we got out of the district, and I, for one, never want to visit it again." I listened patiently to my friend's outburst, and, being a new-chum at the time, ergo, gullible I conceived a holy horror of the Beaconsfield country, which did not abate as the years rolled on.
    However, my time was to come, and, when I received and invitation a fortnight ago from a gentleman residing at Upper Beaconsfield, to visit that locality, the traditions of my new-chumship came to my mind. Finally, I came to the con- clusion that "'twas better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all," so I decided to chance the horrors of the expedition, and to take a long and searching look at every human being I saw during the week previous to my visit, in case I should see no others in that Ultima thule of civilisation.
    My invitation came from Mr. W. H. Goff, principal of All Saints' Gramnmar School, St. Kilda, who is a leading member of the Berwick Shire Council, and has a country residence in Upper Beaconsfield. During the school term Mr. Goff makes frequent visits to Beaconsfield, and it was on one of these visits that I accompanied him.
    A great many people are not aware that there are two distinct Beaconsfield townships-Upper and Lower, but such is the case, and the first thing that strikes the visitor on an acquaintance with the Upper township after sojourning for a while in the Lower, is the vast difference in the class of people, and the methods of existence.
    With this explanations I will proceed. Meeting my host at the 4.30 train, we journeyed to Lower Beaconsfield station (there is not a station at Upper Beaconsfield yet, but the energetic inhabitants hope to have one ere long), where a strong, serviceable waggonette was waiting for us. The road to our destination lay in a north-easterley direction, and for about two miles was about as level and smooth as Bourke street. As we proceeded, the road began to ascend, and wound round steep hills innumerable. Splendid views can be obtained from various portions of this mountain road, the high, rugged hills, towering above, and the dim, solemn glens and gullies below, making a beautiful picture in the soft, warm glow of the setting sun. Jim, our driver, was not impressed with the beautiful scenery, familiarity evidently breeding contempt, so he urged his horses to greater effort, and, after about 40 minutes drive, we arrived at our destination. After dinner my host showed me round his orchard, which, for uniformity in laying out, size and excellence of all kinds of fruit—in short, a multum in parvo—cannot be equalled by many orchards of much greatet pretensions. Mr. Goff has a most invaluable manager in James Woolff, whose strawberries, gooseherries and raspberries are the finest in the district, whilst the vitality and superb appearance of the crops of oats, etc., grown under his care are the envy of the adjoining growers. Altogether, Mr. Goff has one of the finest country residences that a man could wish for, with every appliance of civilization as handy as in a town residence.
    As time was an object with me, I had to make a tour of the district on Sunday, and must confess that my pessimistic views received a severe shock at the sight of the numerous prosperous-looking residences to be seen scattered in all kinds of picturesque localities. There was no sign of the prevailing depression here, and every person we met had a cheerful, well-to-do appearance about him or her, as the case might be. Some really pretty and flourishing orchards, such as those of Messrs. Mackly, Noble, Glissmann and othere, give promise of return- ing fourfold the capital and energy bestowed on them by their proprietors.
    Another place of interest is the "Big House," an amalgamation of a private boarding house and a genteel hotel. The "Big House" has lately changed hands, and is now under the capable manage- ment of Mr. J. R. Wakeham, a gentleman who has evidently had a deal of experience in that line, and who is rapidly bringing back the good name enjoyed by the establishment years ago.
    The principal attractions for pleasure seekers in this locality are the wonderfully beautiful fern gullies that exist within half-a-mile of the township. The much-raved-about splendors of Ferntree Gully pale into utter worthlessness beside the glorious abundance and beauty of the ferns to be found in those gullies. One of the ravines goes by the name of "Bain's Gully," owing to the late Mr. Bain, of the Border Hotel, having at one time been the owner of the land. Mr. Bain was passionately fond of' the beautiful spot, and went to a':deal of expense in making a pathway from the top of the hill to the depths of the gully. The land has since been sold, but the proprietor has allowed the place to go to decay, and a neighbor, who evidently objects to picnic parties going down the gully, has maliciously caused a number of'trees to be felled across the path, thus partially obstructing access to the ferns. If a good old English curse could do that neighbor any good, my maledictions on his confounded impertinence ought to make an angel of him.
    Visitors to Upper Beaconsfield are never allowed to depart without being shown "our Assembly Hall," and well might they be proud of such a cosy, compact and convenient building. To Mr. Goff is largely due the credit of the erection of this handsome edifice, which is an everlasting testimonial of what can be effected by the judicious application of "blarney." The building consists of a large hall (which is used on Sundays for church purposes), a circulating library, with nearly 700 volumes, a commodious supper room, and ladies dressing room, all fitted up with the most modern appliances. In fact, it struck me as being something marvellous that such a small township should possess such a handsome edifice, and when I asked Mr. Goff how it was, he simply "winked the other eye." A courteous and obliging librarian is Mr McLean, who showed me over the building, and supplied me with all necessary information.
    In conclusion, I cannot well help thinking that a grand future is before this little colony of energetic people. True, most of them are only weekly visitors to the place, but during their short visits a deal of work is planned for their employees, and, not only that, they are mostly men of considerable wealth; who do not begrudge spending a few hundred pounds in improvements. A government fruit expert who recently visited the district gave his opinion that there was not a better place in the colon for growing all kinds of berries, and also several of the larger fruits. In view of this, a number of the leading residents have taken the subject up heartily, and it will not be their fault if, before long, Upper Beaconsfield is not a large exporter of dried fruits of all descriptions. The soil is there, and also the men and capital, so it may be looked upon as one of the '"certainties."
    I must confess that my ideas regarding the fertility of the soil, etc., at Upper Beaconsfield have undergone a great change, and I am fully determined that at the first opportunity, I will take a couple of week's leave, and spend them in this Victorian Eden.54
  • 4 Jan 1893, A petition was received from a number of ratepavers in Upper Beaconsfield protesting against the futher expenditure of money on St Georges road, as proposed by the council.-Cr. Goff argued that the proposed work was necessary, and should be carried out. With regard to the work asked for on the main road from Short house's to Lennie's, it would not benefit Lennie, and was not as important as that on St. Ceorge's road.-The president said that the people had been misled with regard to the proposed deviation of St. George's road through the late Mrs. Lowe's [Lawes'?] property, as it was provided for in the loan and would have to be carried out.-Several letters from ratepayers were read, asking the council to proceed with the work, and Cr. Goff remarked that the writers of these letters represented about £20 per annum rates.-Cr. Gibb said the road was wanted, and those people who would benefit by it were fully entitled to it. The object of the opponents was to keep the traffic their way, no matter what inconvenience they caused others.-Cr. Goff : Yes, they are acting with a dog in the manager spirit. He (Cr. Goff) moved a that the engineer prepare plans and that the Beaconsfield members be empowered to accept tenders for the work that day fortnight ; also for work on road leading to Bittingham's.-Seconded by the president and carried.
    From John Beattie, protesting against proposed road through Mrs. Lowe's land, and asking for improvements to main road from Stony Creek.--Cr. Goff moved and the president seeonded that the Beaconsfield members and the engineer inspect main road to ascertain what work was really necessary.-Carried.55
  • 11 Aug 1894, MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS. THE NOMINATIONS. BERWICK (Shire) -Beaconsfield Riding-William H Goff. Berwick Riding-Francis Barr. Pakenham Riding-James W D Robinson. All reelected unopposed. Auditor-Robert R Bain and George Watson.56
  • 25 Aug 1897, Cr. W. H. Goff, who has retired from the Berwick Shire Council, wherein he represented the Beaconsfield riding for a number of years, served a very useful term as a shire councillor, and the Beaconsfield people are indebted to him (as well as to his one-time confrere, Cr. Brisbane) for most of the improvements made in the riding, more especially to that portion known as Upper Beaconsfield. The public hall, &c. at this place is the result of his almost single-handed effort. Among the councillors Mr. Goff was universally respected and liked, and his good-humored jollity many times served as a pleasant break to the often dull monotony of the council meetings.57
  • 7 Jan 1903, After thirty one and a half years' service, Mr W H Goff has resigned the position of head master at All Saints' Grammar School, East St Kilda. Mr Goff will shortly open the Beaconsfield Grammar School, "Harpfields," Upper Beaconsfield.58
  • 3 Feb 1903, BEACONSFIELD GRAMMAR SCHOOL, Harpfields, Beaconsfield Upper.—A limited number of young gentlemen received as boarders. Thorough business education given. Pupils will have the advantage of a healthy and happy home. Prospectuses forwarded on application to William H. Goff, Principal. 1st TERM 3rd February.59
  • 29 Jul 1903, Beaconsfield.
    Mr. W. H. Goff, late of All Saint's Grammar School, St. Kilda, was taken seriously ill last week, but we are glad to say he is now progressing favorably under the care of Dr. Bennie and a trained nurse.
    Mrs. Unwin, who is also very ill, is in a very serious condition.
    There is a greet deal of sickness in the district, and the death of Mr. Little is reported.
    That "the way of the transgressor is hard," was verified locally last week. A young fellow who has been working here for some weeks past tried to get away without paying his debts. One creditor was seen (much to the amusement of a football team in the railway train who cheered him on), chasing at break-neck speed, whip in hand. He soon overtook the culprit, who was crouching in a hollow tree. Enforcing his remarks with sundry cuts with the whip, the Beaconsfielder made him empty his pockets leaving him a sadder though, it is to be hoped, a wiser man. Soon after this another creditor was noticed galloping furiously on horse back in the same direction overtaking the offender on the Narre Warren hill. After punching him, he saw the futility of trying to get blood out of a stone, and turned disconsolately homewards.
    The Eumemmerring Hotel has been robbed of some valuables by two swagmen and a woman. Their descriptions are well known to the public, and it is thought they will soon be captured. Dozens of suspicious looking characters are camped along the creek.
    There are some interesting cases to be heard at the Berwick Police Court this week.60
  • 2 Sep 1903, Two new houses have been built here recently, one a handsome brick house for Dr. Bevan, one what is known as the Big House Hill; and the other a neat wooden villa for Mr. Bunt, near the Tower. It is rumored that a well known local resident has purchased a block of land close to the Post Office, where he purposes erecting a villa in the near future. The alteration of the time of running our early morning train is meeting with a good deal of opposition here, as it is con sidered if the alteration is made that our district as a summer resort will suffer. At present the train allows the business man to reach town in time for business, but if it is altered from 7.15 to 8.15 it will mean that be will just reach town an hour too late. I believe that a petition has already been forwarded to the traffic manager asking him to allow the time to remain as at present. I am pleased to record that Mr. W. H. Goff head teacher at the local Grammar School has completely recovered from his recent indisposition, and is now able to take charge of his school again. The proposed euchre tournament which is to take place on Friday, 4th September, promises to be great success. We have had a great quantity of rain lately, and fine weather is needed now, as our orchardists are beginning to talk about spraying, and that is a job that cannot be done in wet weather.61
  • 16 Jan 1904, BEACONSFIELD GRAMMAR SCHOOL, Harpfields, Beaconsfield Upper.-A limited number of young GENTLEMEN received as BOARDERS. Thorough business education given. Pupils will have the advantage of a healthy and happy home. Prospectus forwarded on application to William H. Goff, principal. 1st TERM, Feb. 3.62
  • 14 Jul 1904, BEACONSFIELD GRAMMAR SCHOOL. - VACANCIES for BOARDERS; terms moderate. William H. Goff, principal. Studies resumed 26th inst.63
  • 21 Jul 1904, BEACONSFIELD GRAMMAR SCHOOL.-Mountain air, home comforts. Terms moderate. Third TERM 26th inst. William H. Goff, principal.64
  • 30 May 1906, It is with deep regret that I have to chronicle the death of Mr W. H. Goff, which took place at his residence on Monday. The deceased gentleman had been indentified with the district for the past twenty years, and had always taken a great interest in its progress. He was one of the first councillors elected when this district obtained a separate riding, and he retained his seat for a number of years, and was elected president of the Shire of Berwick during his term of office. The district also owes to him its fine Assembly Hall, as he was the original mover to have it erected, and he held the office of trustee until his death and also that of secretary. The deceased gentle man who was sixty-one years of age, leaves a wife and family consisting of one daughter and three sons to mourn his loss.65
  • 11 Dec 1909, G. & A. QUELCH, FAMILY BUTCHERS,
    Corner of Hanover and Frederick Streets, WINDSOR.
    Guaranteed Farm-fed Bacon and Ham. Genuine Pork Sausages. Corned Beef and Ox Tongues. Small Goods of every description made on the premises.
    Special Notice. — All our SMALL GOODS are guaranteed
    FREE FROM PRESERVATIVES of any kind.
    Telephone No. 363, Windsor Ex.66
  • 10 Jul 1964, 'Goff' suggested as name for Upper Beaconsfield Road
    At last meeting of Berwick Shire Council a letter was received from an Upper Beaconsfield resident asking that a road which runs off St. George's Road should be called King Arthur.
    Council did not favor the suggestion and following its policy
    of naming roads, as far as possible after pioneer settlers, referred the matter to the Historical Society of Berwick Shire for a recommendation.
    The letter came before last Friday's meeting of the Society.
    Mr. J. Glismann, who had obviously done some research on the subject, said the road in question led to a property of 128
    acres which was part of the original survey back in 1878.
    The property, owned by a man named Lawes, had only a one-chain frontage, over an impossible route which had obviously been mapped out on a table in Melbourne without any knowledge of the local conditions.
    That meant that the property was left without any practical inlet. To overcome this a strip of land was purchased through
    Goff's property. It is a dogleg shape, running first north then west then north again.
    In the early days it was known as Lawes Lane — after Mr. Lawes, who was the only person to use it.
    Originally there was a house on the 128 acre block. The Lawes family left the district and some time later the house was
    destroyed in a bush fire. Although the Lawes family still retained the property for some years after that, they lost their association with the district and the road was known as Goff's. It was known by that name until recent years.
    Descendants of Mr. Goff still had land there. "In my opinion we would be doing the right thing if we recommended to the council that this be called Goff Road," said Mr. Glismann.
    "The late W. H. Goff was actively associated with Beaconsfield Upper. I am not sure whether he was a shire councillor in the early days, but I know he stood for election to the council. He was one of the first trustees of the Assembly Hall. He ran a boys' school in the early days.
    "We as a Historical Society favor honoring the memory of the pioneers and I don't think the council could do better than
    call this road either Goff or Harpfield's (after Goff's property)," concluded Mr. Glismann.
    Members endorsed the suggestion for naming this Goff Road and a recommendation will go to the Shire Council.
    Mr. Glismann was thanked by the President of the Society for his research into the subject.67
  • 31 Jul 1964, One "Goff" already in Shire
    Historical Society of the Berwick Shire suggested the name "Goff Road" for the road running off St Georges road, Upper beaconsfield.
    Cr. Hocking said it had since been discovered there was a "Goff" Road at Beaconsfield. He moved that the matter be sent back to the Historical Society.68

Citations

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    Indexing Project (Batch) Number M70238-6 / System Origin Ireland-EASy / Source Film Number 101518 / Reference Number p 653.
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  5. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Land File 631/49.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1120-983 - William Henry Goff to The Victoria Mutual Building and Investment Society.
  7. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 267/ P7 unit 538, item 1882/3042.
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1297-366 - Arthur Knight to George Britton Halford, Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett, George Frederick Brind, William Elms, William Henry Goff - see C/T 1524-764 (this land is reserved for the church or another community building).
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1127-271 - Albion Theophilous Walkley to William Henry Goff of Williams Road Windsor Schoolmaster - C/T 1523-443.
  10. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 267/ P7 unit 569, item 1884/820.
  11. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1154-605 - Thomas Jacques Martin to George Britton Halford, Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett, George Frederick Brind, William Elms, William Henry Goff all of Melbourne Gentlemen - C/T 1565-907.
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  13. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1565-907 - Mortgage No 59635 - discharged 13 Apr 1891.
  14. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 1094/49.
  15. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Land File 1306/49.4 George Edward Clayton requests that the crown grant to GEM-D-39 be issued to William Henry Goff.
  16. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1750-966 - William Henry Goff of Windsor.
  17. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Buller requests that in consideration of £48 received by him from Mr William Henry Goff the title to GEM-D-38 be issued to William Henry Goff.
  18. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1750-965 - William Henry Goff of Windsor.
  19. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3916 - 987/49 DERBIN WILDER PAKENHAM 236 19--3--2. 1878 - 1886.
  20. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2143-417 - William Henry Goff of Windsor.
  21. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3641     
    1306/49. WILLIAM HENRY GOFF. GEMBROOK 39A D. 3--0--12. 1877 - 1888.
  22. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2002-376 - William Henry Goff of Windsor.
  23. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1496-040 - William Henry Goff of Williams Road Prahran Gentleman.
  24. [S361] G. F. Witton's Commercial Directory, Listed under Beaconsfield Upper. 33 miles S.E. from Melbourne; rail to Beaconsfield R.S., thence hire, 5 miles; post and tel. office; State school; mechanics' institute and free library; assembly hall. Population 510.
  25. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 2 Sep 1896, p3.
  26. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1120-983 - William Henry Goff to Agar Wynne and Robert Joseph Patrick Gibney.
  27. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 267/ P7 unit 643, item 1902/413.
  28. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 14524/P1/6 Bailiff's Warrant Books Action No 413.
  29. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1523-443 lists FiFa against GEM-D-40 / C/T 2002-376 against GEM-D-39A / C/T 1750-966 against GEM-D-39 - C/T 1496-040 against GEM-D-35.36.37 / C/T 2143-417 against PAK-236.
  30. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1496-040 - Mary Vale of Westbury Street St Kilda Married Woman.
  31. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1120-983 - William Henry Goff to Alexander Sanderson Robertson - Robertson transferred the mortgage back to William Henry Goff, probably because Agar Wynne and Robert Joseph Patrick Gibney took possession at some stage.
  32. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1565-907 - By direction of the Commissioner of Titles ... George Britton Halford, Edward Fitzhayley A'Beckett and William Henry Goff are registered as sole proprietors of the within land.
  33. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2143-417 - William Henry Goff to English Scottish and Australian Bank Limited.
  34. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1523-443 - Mortgage to The English Scottish and Australian Bank Limited - was not discharged, but bought back by the Goff family.
  35. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2002-376 - William Henry Goff to English Scottish + Australian Bank Limited.
  36. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1750-965 and 966 - William Henry Goff to English Scottish and Australian Bank Limited.
  37. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  38. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 29 May 1906 p1.
  39. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2143-417 - The English Scottish and Australian Bank Limited.
  40. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1120-983 - Agar Wynne and Robert Joseph Patrick Gibney took possession at some stage.
  41. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P0, unit 1416; VPRS 28/P2, unit 864; VPRS 7591/P2, unit 427.
  42. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1565-907 - Memo 884 Act No 3765 - The Land comprised herein is held by the trustees for the time being of The Beaconsfield Assembly Hall Trust which is registered in the Register of successory Trusts folium number 247.
  43. [S14] Newspaper - Village Bell: 167-2007 p8.
  44. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
  45. [S105] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1905.
  46. [S48] Index of burials in the cemetery of St Kilda,
    GSV.
  47. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 9 Apr 1873 p8.
  48. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 6 Jan 1880 p3.
  49. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 8 Aug 1888, p2.
  50. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 15 Aug 1888, p2.
  51. [S14] Newspaper - The Prahran Telegraph (Vic. : 1889 - 1930), Sat 12 Oct 1889, p3
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article117003676
  52. [S14] Newspaper - Victoria Police Gazette, 25 Feb 1891, p59.
  53. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 7 Dec 1892, p2.
  54. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 14 Feb 1892, p2.
  55. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 4 Jan 1893, p3.
  56. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 11 Aug 1894 p8.
  57. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 25 Aug 1897, p2.
  58. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 7 Jan 1903, p5.
  59. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 3 Feb 1903, p10.
  60. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 29 Jul 1903, p2.
  61. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 2 Sep 1903, p2.
  62. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 16 Jan 1904, p9.
  63. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 14 Jul 1904, p10.
  64. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 21 Jul 1904, p3.
  65. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 30 May 1906, p3.
  66. [S14] Newspaper - The Prahran Telegraph (Vic. : 1889 - 1930), Sat 11 Dec 1909, p3
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article144519794
  67. [S18] Newspaper - Pakenham Gazette "10 Jul 1964, p5."
  68. [S18] Newspaper - Pakenham Gazette "31 Jul 1964."
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NOTE

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