'Jack' The Digger

M, #4592, d. Oct 1893
Death*Oct 1893 Little Sisters of the Poor, Northcote Convent, VIC, Australia. 
Note*Oct 1893 Possible deaths at Northcote Convent:
John BRUAULT #D15549 (Age 75) [par Michel BRUAULT & Veronique AVOINE]
John DEVEREUX #15574 (Age 75) [par John DEVEREUX & Hanorah FITZGERALD]
Jean PEPIT #7268 (Age 79) [par Jean PEPIT & Marie LEFEVRE].1 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 8 Mar 1893, Poor old Jack the digger, of whom I told you something in a former letter, has paid his long-looked-forward-to and not a-little-dreaded visit to town. By previous arrangement a French gentleman who was recently a visitor here met him at the railway station in town, and conducted him to the doctor's. The verdict was against him, and it now remains to be seen what his friends are capable of in the way of assistance, for if this poor old rudderless wreck is left to compass the entrance to any of the much-vaunted charitable institutions of Victoria without a pilot, and lacking provisions for a pro longed beating about outside the desired haven; it will go hard indeed with him. Notwithstanding the gloomy outlook for the poor old man, one cannot but be amused at the quaint way in which he describes some little incidents of his trip. His compatriot (Mr. Jack also is French, and hence perhaps some of the kindly interest shewn to him by the comparative stranger) "ran me about the streets like a kangaroo, complains the, digger, "in here, out there," round the corner, taking what he called the short cuts. "Thus his guide, it appears, was too particular for Jack as regards the use of buttons, etc., such attention to details being beneath the notice of the old bushman—"We never take any notice of that sort of thing in the bush, you know, sir." Al though, I must say, in justice to the ancient mariner, that he had got his mate to give him a clean shave, which, with a soft black felt hat, a fairly good coat and trousers and clean Crimean'shirt, made a not unpresentable appearance. In the doctor's waiting room, cooped up with a lot of other patients (?), including, "two babbies squalling so you could hear 'em a mile away, and me that hot, and dying for a drink of water," no wonder he wished himself back in the bush.2
  • 3 May 1893, Berwick Shire Council Correspondence: From T. C. Mackley, Upper Beaconsfield, thanking the council for their kindness in helping the case of the old man mentioned by him and enclosing voucher duly signed; the amount had been spent on clothing and necessaries. The old man had the offer of the first vacancy in the home for Little Sisters of the Poor.—The letter was received.
    From same, stating that the new turning near Mrs. Crouche's corner and Messrs. Noble's and a'Beckett's, renders the approach to his place very dangerous, and asking that necessary alterarions be made; the cost would only be trifling.—To be done when the council is in funds.3
  • 24 May 1893, Poor old Jack the Digger is leaving us, and in him we lose one of our old identities. I suppose he knows as much about our gullies and the probabilities of gold getting therein as any other of our "oldest inhabitants." His experience of the district has not been altogether a rosy one, and I sincerely trust that he may find with the Little Sisters of the Poor at Northcote that rest and comfort in his old age, which during his hitherto adventurous life has been denied him. Of the friends that he leaves behind him I am safe in saying the one the old man will regret most, and by whom he will be missed most keenly, will be the little dog who has been his most faithful companion through good and evil days for years past. Let us hope he will find a kind master in the fellow miner to whom he will be entrusted.4
  • 31 May 1893, Jack the Digger has deserted us in more ways than one. On Monday the 22nd inst., he left Beaconsfield for the Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor by the mid-day train. It had been previously arranged with a French gentleman who had taken a kindly interest in the old man, and indeed had been the means of his obtaining admission to the Home, to meet him at the Princes' Bridge railway station. It appears however, through unavoidable circumstances, that the appointment was not kept, and a fellow passenger kindly accompanied the aged pilgrim to the Northcote tram. From what I can learn, Jack undoubtedly arrived at the haven of rest provided by the good nuns ; but after a short interview with one of them in which he stated that he had left his "swag" at the cloak room of the station, informed the lady that he must fetch the same and would probably return next day as he intended spending the night with some friends in the city. The sister's offer to have the baggage fetched for him was of no avail, and the old man departed. He has not since returned so far as I can learn, and his friends and would-be benefactors are in some anxiety as to his possible fate; it is not unlikely that information will have been given to the police, so that the mystery may, if possible, be elucidated. Of course if the erstwhile digger turns out to be still in the land of the living, no compulsion can be used (nor indeed is such likely for a moment to be at tempted), in order to get him into what would be a comfortable home for the rest of his days. The aged miner, as those who have had to deal with him must know too well, is full of cranks and crotchets-its a way old people have-and the sight of the bustling and confusing city is more than likely to have had a bewildering effect upon his brain. Above all the horrible idea, to such a veteran bushman, of being compelled to spend the major part of his remaining days between four walls may well have shocked the Arab instinct and caused him to suddenly turn tail and strike for the country. I do not think that the patriarch will come near his old haunts, neither will he remain in town either to live or--to die. No ! be it soon or be it late, in the bush will he be buried, midst the gum 'trees, find his grave.- The efforts of his friends have been well meant, but you cannot get a wild bird to appreciate the kindness of cageing him, broken winged though he be ; and you may tear an old forest tree up by the roots, but transplant it-impossible !5
  • 31 May 1893, From T. C. Mackley, Upper Beaconsfield, referring to the case of "Jack the Digger," stating that a place has become vacant in the Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor, at Northcote, and " Jack" had been sent there, but he had since left on the plea of getting his swag at the railway station, and had not yet returned; he (Mr Mackley) would not therefore ask the council for any further assistance on his behalf.6
  • 21 Jun 1893, UPPER BEACONSFIELD.: Our old friend Jack the Digger is still in the land of the living, it ap pears. For this relief much thanks, as the air of mystery which hung about his disappearance was decidedly a cause of disquiet to those who had fondly hoped that the old man was at last provided with a comfortable home for the rest of his life. His old acquaintances will be pleased to learn that he is no worse than when he left here, having been well cared for in the meanwhile, although not, in the institution that was intended.7
  • 28 Jun 1893, Jack the Digger has returned to Beaconsfield. Needless to say his friends are deeply disappointed that he did not see fit; after all the trouble that had been taken, to take advantage of the comfortable home which had been made available. However, seeing that the associations connected with his beloved gullies and the old log cabin have proved so powerful as by their magnetic force to draw him back again, it is to be hoped that the forest fairies may prove kind to the old man of the woods.8
  • 30 Aug 1893, T. C. Mackley wrote asking that medical attendance be sent to 'Jack the Digger," who was in a dying state.-This matter was referred to the police to take whatever steps were necessary.9
  • 6 Sep 1893, It has gone very hard with our old friend Jack the Digger during the past week. When last writing no hope could be entertained of his recovery, and until the end of last week his life was, humanly speaking, not worth an hour's purchase. Mrs. Tyson, of Wood Grange, who had kindly given him shelter, has been indefatigable in her attention to the sick man's wants, and the neighbors have watched by his bedside day and night. In fact, nothing that careful nursing and nourishing food could do has been left undone. Notwithstanding this, had not the ancient miner been blessed with an iron constitiution, it would have been impossible for him to last out the week. On Friday morning, however, a decided change for the better was noticeable, and as the day promised to be mild and warm it was decided to remove him to the Melbourne Hospital. All arrangements have been previously made in the hope that this might prove feasible, he was despatched in a covered waggonette to Berwick, and thence, accompanied by Constable Roberts, to his destination. News has since been received of his safe arrival, with the cheering additional information that the doctor thinks his recovery quite possible. Something more than a word of praise is due to the constable for the kind and humane manner in which he carried out the arragements connected with the transport of the patient from Beaconsfield to Melbourne.10
  • 18 Oct 1893, And he too-poor old Jack the Digger has shuffled off this mortal coil. Twas not so many weeks ago that he lay sick within those very walls, which, like his soul, have vanished into æther. Since leaving here some weeks ago he lingered on twixt life and death in the Melbourne Hospital The Little Sisters of the Poor -whom let us honor- visited him almost daily there, and not many days ago, took him, a dying man, to the kindly shelter of their home, the better there to tend him. And so, his pillow smoothed by the tender hand of woman and, let us hope, his soul benefitted by the prayers of the saintly sisters, the last few days on earth of this rugged old pioneer were passed. Better by far thus than to have perished as he was, like to have done in his lonely life, falling down some digger's hole, or dying like a dog in his hut.11
  • 15 Nov 1893, It may be of interest to those who took a kindly interest in poor old Jack the Digger to learn, as I have, on good authority, that the few worldly belongings which the old hermit left, have been disposed of, and the proceeds, together with a few shillings he had entrusted to the care of Mr. Mackley; handed over to the Little Sisters of the Poor. It will be remembered that these devoted women visited the aged pilgrim in the Melbourne Hospital, and out of pure love of God and pity for the poor old Frenchman, took him in a dying state to their home, where for the few days of life remaining, body and soul were tenderly cared for. The arrange ment above-mentioned had the entire ap proval of the authorities, and it is gratifying to learn through a letter from the Sisters that the amount received by them (£1 13s.) will gladden the hearts of some of their aged children with much-needed comforts.12

Citations

  1. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  2. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 8 Mar 1893, p2.
  3. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 3 May 1893, p3.
  4. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 24 May 1893, p3.
  5. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 31 May 1893, p2.
  6. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 31 May 1893, p3.
  7. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 21 Jun 1893, p3.
  8. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 28 Jun 1893, p2.
  9. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 30 Aug 1893, p3.
  10. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 6 Sep 1893, p3 ; by Todea Africana.
  11. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 18 Oct 1893, p3.
  12. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 15 Nov 1893, p3.
Last Edited30 Dec 2014

Ernst Ferdinand Finger

M, #4597, b. 20 Oct 1870, d. 18 Apr 1956
Ernst Ferdinand FINGER
(1870-1956)
Birth*20 Oct 1870 Doncaster, VIC, Australia, #B22691 [par Heinrich FINGER & Caroline AUMANN].1 
Marriage*21 Sep 1892 Spouse: Louisa Auguste Fankhauser. Lutheran Church, Doncaster, VIC, Australia, #M5446.2
 
Land-UBeac23 Sep 1913 GEM-D-30.31.32.32A.33.33A.34.59 (part). Transfer from Robert Selman Whiting to Ernst Ferdinand Finger. 237a 3r 22p.3 
Land-UBeac*26 Mar 1930 GEM-D-33.34 (part). Transfer from Ernst Ferdinand Finger to Colin Wright. 10a 0r 34p.4 
Land-UBeac*3 Mar 1936 GEM-D-59 (part). Transfer from Ernst Ferdinand Finger to Myrtle Kathleen Fackler. 10a.5 
Land-UBeac*12 Oct 1943 GEM-D-48 (part). Transfer from Robert Albrecht Finger to Ernst Ferdinand Finger. 65a 1r 5p (part of land on the western side [southern section] and land on the eastern side of Albers Road.)6 
Widower1 Jul 1946He became a widower upon the death of his wife Louisa Auguste Fankhauser.7 
Marriage*2 Sep 1950 Spouse: Adeline Mathilda Wallent. VIC, Australia.8
 
Land-UBeac*15 Mar 1951 GEM-D-33.33A.34 (part). Transfer from Ernst Ferdinand Finger to Walter Henry Brown. 5a.9 
Land-Note*16 Apr 1956 GEM-D-32.32A: 62a 0r 32p - issued new title.10 
Death*18 Apr 1956 Kew, VIC, Australia, #D4166 (Age 85.)7 
Death-Notice21 Apr 1956FINGER.—On April 18, Ferdinand Ernst, loved husband of Addeline M. Finger (nee Wallent).
FINGER.—On April 18, at a private hospital, Kew, Ferdinand Ernst, of 9 McShane street, North Balwyn, loved husband of the late Louise, loving father of Franz, Angy (Mrs. Jones), Gustave, Myrtle (Mrs. Fackler), Louise (Mrs. Ring), Gladys (deceased), Robert (deceased), and Elsa (Mrs. Drews).
FINGER.—On April 18, at St. George's Hospital, Ernst Ferdinand, loved father of Lulu, father-in- law of Hans, grosspapa of Gretchen and Claus, ur-grosspapa of Peter and Max.11 
Death-Notice*23 Apr 1956FINGER.—On April 18, at private hospital, Kew, Ferdinand Ernst, of 9 Mcshane street, North Balwyn, loved husband of the late Louise, loving father of Franz, Angy (Mrs. Jones), Gustave, Myrtle (Mrs. Fackler), Louise (Mrs. Renz), Gladys (deceased), Robert (deceased), and Elsa (Mrs. Drews). (Privately interred April 20.)12 
Land-Note14 May 1957 Ernst Ferdinand Finger (herein called Ferdinand Finger) died on 18th April 1956. Probate of his will has been granted to Wilhelm Paul Friedrich Drews of 39 Mountain View Parade Heidelberg Engineer and Rene Percival Yuncken of 443 Little Collins Street Melbourne Solicitor.13 
Land-UBeac*7 Aug 1958 GEM-D-48 (part). Transfer from Ernst Ferdinand Finger to Richard Brisbane Taubert. 65a 1r 5p (part of land on the western side [southern section] and land on the eastern side of Albers Road.)14 
Land-UBeac7 Aug 1958 GEM-D-32 (part).32A l/p 45608 (Lot 1). Transfer from Ernst Ferdinand Finger to Richard Brisbane Taubert. 50a 2r 10 6/10p.15 
Land-UBeac11 Dec 1958 GEM-D-32 (part) l/p 45608 (Lot 2). Transfer from Ernst Ferdinand Finger to The Boy Scouts Association Victorian Branch. 11a 2r 21 6/10p.16 
Land-UBeac*11 Dec 1958 GEM-D-30.31.33 (part).33A (part).59 (part). Transfer from Ernst Ferdinand Finger to The Boy Scouts Association Victorian Branch. 150a 1r 36p.17 

Family

Louisa Auguste Fankhauser b. 1871, d. 1 Jul 1946
Children 1.Myrtle Kathleen Finger b. 12 Sep 1899, d. 29 Mar 1973
 2.Robert Albrecht Finger b. 20 Mar 1901, d. 16 Feb 1942

Newspaper-Articles

  • 22 Sep 1917, FINGER—FANKHAUSER.—[Silver Wedding.]-On the 21st September, 1892, at the Lutheran Church, Doncaster, by the late Rev. Max von Schramm, Ernst Ferdinand, youngest son of the late Henry and Mrs. Caroline Finger, Doncaster, to Luise Auguste, second daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. G. Fankhauser, of Belmore road, Balwyn. Present address, Doncaster road, Balwyn.18

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1196-071; 1168-516; 1176-173; 1315-859; 1166-115; 1213-509; 1168-517; C/T 2719-682 - Ferdinand Finger of Tannenwald Doncaster Road Balwyn Orchardist - C/T 3727-336 (consolidated).
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3727-336 - Colin Wright of Upper Beaconsfield Gentleman - C/T 5646-172.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3727-336 - Myrtle Kathleen Fackler of 20 Dominic Street East Camberwell Married Woman - C/T 6026-085.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 5713-478 - Ernest Ferdinand Finger of Doncaster Road Balwyn Orchardist - C/T 6674-630.
  7. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  8. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Aumann Thiele Family Tree - Owner: BillieRHughes (Wedding Photograph).
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3727-336 - Walter Henry Brown of Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist - C/T 8092-549.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3727-336 - Ferdinand Finger of McShane Street North Balwyn Orchardist - C/T 8108-321.
  11. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 21 Apr 1956, p23.
  12. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 23 Apr 1956, p12.
  13. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3727-336 + C/T 8108-321 - Ernst Ferdinand Finger (herein called Ferdinand Finger) died on 18th April 1956. Probate of his will has been granted to Wilhelm Paul Friedrich Drews of 39 Mountain View Parade Heidelberg Engineer and Rene Percival Yuncken of 443 Little Collins Street Melbourne Solicitor.
  14. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 6674-630 - Richard Brisbane Taubert of Landfall Upper Beaconsfield Farmer and Lewis Russell George Wharington of 32 Barina Road Glen Iris Mechanic - proprietors as tenants in common.
  15. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8108-321 - Richard Brisbane Taubert of Landfall Upper Beaconsfield Farmer and Lewis Russell George Wharington of 32 Barina Road Glen Iris Mechanic - proprietors as tenants in common - C/T 8224-037.
  16. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8108-321 - The Boy Scouts Association (Victorian Branch) of 384 Elizabeth Street Melbourne - C/T 8224-038.
  17. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3727-336 - The Boy Scouts Association (Victorian Branch) of 384 Elizabeth Street Melbourne - C/T 8224-039.
  18. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 22 Sep 1917, p13.
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Louisa Auguste Fankhauser

F, #4598, b. 1871, d. 1 Jul 1946
Louisa Auguste FINGER (nee FANKHAUSER)
(1871-1946)
Married NameFinger.1 
Related* Victor Leslie Fankhauser Louisa FINGER = aunt of Victor FANKHAUSER. 
Birth*1871 Hawthorn, VIC, Australia, #B2983 [par George FANKHAUSER & Louisa NEWMAN].2 
Marriage*21 Sep 1892 Spouse: Ernst Ferdinand Finger. Lutheran Church, Doncaster, VIC, Australia, #M5446.1
 
Death*1 Jul 1946 North Balwyn, VIC, Australia, #D6747 (Age 75.)3 
Death-Notice*2 Jul 1946FINGER.—On July 1, at her residence, McShane street, North Balwyn, Louisa A., dearly loved wife of Ernest Ferdinand Finger, and loved mother of Franz, Agnes, Gustav, Gladys (deceased), Myrtle, Louise, Robert (deceased), and Elsa.
FINGER.—On July 1, Louise Augusta, darling mummy of Elsa, and mother-in-law of Bill Drews, dear grandma of Ernest, Carl, Marie, and Robert. —Sleep sweetly, mother.4 

Family

Ernst Ferdinand Finger b. 20 Oct 1870, d. 18 Apr 1956
Children 1.Myrtle Kathleen Finger b. 12 Sep 1899, d. 29 Mar 1973
 2.Robert Albrecht Finger b. 20 Mar 1901, d. 16 Feb 1942

Newspaper-Articles

  • 22 Sep 1917, FINGER—FANKHAUSER.—[Silver Wedding.]-On the 21st September, 1892, at the Lutheran Church, Doncaster, by the late Rev. Max von Schramm, Ernst Ferdinand, youngest son of the late Henry and Mrs. Caroline Finger, Doncaster, to Luise Auguste, second daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. G. Fankhauser, of Belmore road, Balwyn. Present address, Doncaster road, Balwyn.5

Citations

  1. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  3. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 2 Jul 1946, p2.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 22 Sep 1917, p13.
Last Edited26 Aug 2016

Myrtle Kathleen Finger

F, #4603, b. 12 Sep 1899, d. 29 Mar 1973
Father*Ernst Ferdinand Finger b. 20 Oct 1870, d. 18 Apr 1956
Mother*Louisa Auguste Fankhauser b. 1871, d. 1 Jul 1946
Married NameFackler. 
Birth*12 Sep 1899 Doncaster, VIC, Australia, #B26082.1 
Marriage*1925 Spouse: Carl Joseph Fackler. VIC, Australia, #M2918.2
 
Land-UBeac*3 Mar 1936 GEM-D-59 (part). Transfer from Ernst Ferdinand Finger to Myrtle Kathleen Fackler. 10a.3 
Death*29 Mar 1973 Camberwell, VIC, Australia, #D11423 (Age 73) - as FACKLER.4,5 
Land-Note*5 Oct 1973 GEM-D-59 (part): Myrtle Kathleen Fackler died on 29th March 1973. Probate of her will has been granted to Carl Joseph Fackler of 20 Dominic Street Camberwell Gentleman and Ernst Wilhelm Drews of 14 Canora Street South Blackburn Service Engineer.6 
Land-UBeac*2 Nov 1978 GEM-D-59 (part). Transfer from Myrtle Kathleen Fackler to The Boy Scouts Association Victorian Branch. 10a.7 

Citations

  1. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  2. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3727-336 - Myrtle Kathleen Fackler of 20 Dominic Street East Camberwell Married Woman - C/T 6026-085.
  4. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  5. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://www.tribalpages.com/tribe/familytree
    FINGER, Myrtle Kathleen, Born Sep 12 1899 in Doncaster,Victoria,Australia, Died Mar 19 1973 in Camberwell,Victoria,Australia.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 6026-085 - Myrtle Kathleen Fackler died on 29th March 1973. Probate of her will has been granted to Carl Joseph Fackler of 20 Dominic Street Camberwell Gentleman and Ernst Wilhelm Drews of 14 Canora Street South Blackburn Service Engineer.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 6026-085 - The Boy Scouts Association (Victorian Branch) of 384 Elizabeth Street Melbourne.
Last Edited27 Aug 2016

Robert Albrecht Finger

M, #4604, b. 20 Mar 1901, d. 16 Feb 1942
Father*Ernst Ferdinand Finger b. 20 Oct 1870, d. 18 Apr 1956
Mother*Louisa Auguste Fankhauser b. 1871, d. 1 Jul 1946
Birth*20 Mar 1901 Doncaster, VIC, Australia, #B10619.1 
Land-UBeac*28 Apr 1920 GEM-D-48.48B. Transfer from Archibald Fullarton Strong to Robert Albrecht Finger. 115a 3r 12p.2 
Land-UBeac*23 May 1922 GEM-D-48.48B. Transfer from Robert Albrecht Finger to Shire of Berwick. 3a 2r 31p.3 
Land-UBeac*5 Feb 1924 GEM-D-49.53 (part). Transfer from Henry August Albers to Robert Albrecht Finger. 1a 2r 7p.4 
Land-Note3 Oct 1930 GEM-D-48.48B (part): Shire of Berwick deviated the road originally excised in 1922 - See Cit from Govt Gazette.5 
Land-Note*3 Oct 1930 GEM-D-49 (part): consolidated with GEM-D-48 - see C/T 5713-478.6 
Land-UBeac*3 Oct 1930 GEM-D-48B.48 (part).49 (part). Transfer from Robert Albrecht Finger to Samuel Begg. 50a 3r 21p (part of land on the western side [northern section] of Albers Road.)7 
Death*16 Feb 1942 Koorda, WA, Australia, #D39.8 
Death-Notice*21 Feb 1942FINGER.—On February 16 (result of accident), at Koorda, W.A., Robert Albrecht, beloved youngest son of Ferdinand and Luise Finger, of Doncaster road, Balwyn, and brother of Franz, Angy, Gus, Myrt, Lulu, and Else. —Thy will be done.
FINGER.—On February 16 (accidentally), at Koorda, W. A., Robert, beloved brother of Myrtle (Mrs. C. Fackler), beloved brother-in-law of Carl, and loved uncle of Ruth.9 
Land-Note4 Feb 1943 GEM-D-48 (part): Robert Albrecht Finger herein called Robert Finger died on 15th February 1942. Letters of Administration of his estate have been sealed with the seal of the Supreme Court of Victoria upon application of Mary Ostler of 288 Hay Street Perth Western Australia Married Woman.10 
Land-UBeac*12 Oct 1943 GEM-D-48 (part). Transfer from Robert Albrecht Finger to Ernst Ferdinand Finger. 65a 1r 5p (part of land on the western side [southern section] and land on the eastern side of Albers Road.)11 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1925 - 1928Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: orchardist.12,13,14,15

Newspaper-Articles

  • 30 Apr 1921, FRUITGROWING ORCHARDING AT BEACONSFIELD.
    By PENANG.
    ORCHARDS IN THE HILLS.
    Apple trees have the reputation that they will thrive and yield remunerative returns in almost any kind of soil in which they may be planted. This somewhat common belief is not without reasons to justify its acceptance. Yet while the apple tree can be made to yield profitable returns in nearly every part of the State, numerous southern districts provide fruit of distinctive type. When grown in rich flat land the tendency of the tree is often towards great size and enormous cropping propensities; on land of a more clayey nature, and undulating, a harder and usually better keeping type of apple is grown, whilst the main characteristic of the granite country is the remarkably high coloured fruit that commands attention wherever exposed for sale. The Upper Beaconsfield country varies a good deal, for in parts it is not unlike the shaley formation often found about the Diamond Creek. In other parts areas of an easily worked clay formation are met with, but the greater part of the fruit area of the district is of a granitic, sandy nature, which overlies a mellow clay that is fairly retentive of moisture. At the western end of the district the greater number of orchards are set out in granite land, and this certainly is ideally suited to the cultivation of the apple, whilst most other fruits grow fairly well. The altitude of the district is also a factor that must contribute largely to the success of many deciduous kinds of fruit, for the longer period of dormancy allows the trees a greater resting period in which to build up the buds for the succeeding season's crops. If the district does possess disadvantages, the main objection is that of cartage to and from the railway, for six miles of uphill country means slow travelling, and a consequent increased expenditure in cartage and labour. The average orchardist, however, does not consider this disability, provided the orchard trees will yield fruit of high quality; and in sufficient quantities to make the undertaking remunerative. In the more exposed positions orchardists have suffered loss in this season's crops, owing to damage caused by hail, but despite this visitation the season has been by no means unsatisfactory.
    SATISFACTORY YIELDS OBTAINED.
    A moderately large-orchard, containing about ten acres of old trees, and a young plantation owned by Mr. H. Albers, is probably one of the oldest orchards established at the west end of the district. This grower, apart from the careful management of his trees, has devoted a good deal of attention to the grading and packing of his fruit for market. The extra care given to the preparation of the fruit for market has been well repaid by the higher prices obtained for the produce when forwarded to market. Although there are varieties such as the Jonathan, King David, Cox's Orange Pippin, Gravenstein, Rome Beauty, and other apple varieties growing in the orchard, the Jonathan and King David find more favour with the owner of the property. The yield this year has not been an exceptionally heavy one, but it has been thoroughly remunerative. Three trees of King David yielded 39 cases of fruit, this being the only feature of note in a fairly uniform yield of average dimensions. Nevertheless there is a block of well-grown Jonathan trees that has not finished growing that is quite capable of carrying an average yield of ten cases of fruit to the tree, and probably will do so in the ensuing season. Mr. Albers, however, is inclined to prefer the King David variety to that of the Jonathan, for the reason that he finds it hangs better, and in the granitic soil, develops so rich and dark a colour that it is in particular demand. Contrary to the usual order of harvesting, the Jonathan crop is completed before the King David variety is gathered.
    When this last-mentioned variety was introduced some ten or twelve years ago, one of the claims urged in its favour was that it was ready for market about a fortnight before Jonathans were ready for picking. The variety has certainly done better in this orchard than in others where it has been seen, but its early maturity is nowhere noticeable. One other important feature of this orchard is the development shown by different kinds of cherry trees. Here, as in neighbouring orchards, the trees have furnished up particularly well. No doubt the cooler winter tempera tures have had much to do with the growth of the trees compared with those grown nearer to Melbourne. With the gradual disappearance of cherry trees from the orchards about Doncaster, it would not be surprising if the cherry ultimately becomes one of the most profitable fruits to grow in portions of the Upper Beaconsfield district. Their success will, no doubt, be most noticeable when grown on the sandy
    granitic class of country.
    UP-TO-DATE GRADING.
    This season the whole of the apple crop harvested by Mr. Albers has been passed over a grading machine before being packed into cases. The grader, as seen in operation, and reported upon by those in charge of the packing, has been a complete success. The rack over which the fruit passes is of the expanding type, the opening over the bins from which the fruit is packed gradually widens out as the different bins are reached by the fruit. As the conveyor carrying the fruit reaches these points the apples or other produce drop a few inches on to a canvas table and roll down within reach of those engaged im packing. The machine separates the fruit into five grades, including rejects or fruit that is unduly small in size. During an ordinary working day approximately 400 cases of apples can be graded with the machine, though this output is in excess of the requirements of the average orchardist. One important factor in the economy of labour that is directly due to the use of the machine, is that, in place of 80 and 40 cases of fruit that used to be packed in a day when eye grading was carried ot, packers are now able to pack from 70 to 80 cases of fruit a day without extra exertion. This difference in output would of itself amount to a saving of about 5/ a day on each packer employed, but there is the additional advantage of having the fruit far more evenly graded than is the case when ordinary eye-grading is resorted to. When fruit is graded by the machine, the packer gives no attention to the fruit other than that of keeping a watchful eye over the surface of the apples for injury caused either by codlin moth or black spot. Injury from these causes has not been appreciable this season, for although the codlin has been far more prevalent than usual throughout the State, it was found possible to reduce the losses to a minimum by the careful application of three sprayings with arsenate of lead. An advantage possessed by the grading machine in use on this orchard is that, by changing the carrier, it can be adapted to the grading of plums and other fruits.
    IT PAYS TO WRAP.
    Although the packing shed is not a particularly large one, it is well equipped for the needs of the small orchardist. On one side of the room stands the grader, the bins of which may be opened by sliding up a panel, whilst on the other side are a number of bins, each marked with the size of fruit to be placed in them, and each is well lighted by glass windows from the outer wall. Between the machine and the extra packing bins is space sufficient for packers to work either direct from the grader or from the larger fruit receptacles. Thus, during a busy, period, the grader may be fully availed of, and as the bins are filled the fruit may be transferred to the other side of the room so as to provide ample produce for packers to work from either group of graded fruits. Convenient packing stands, designed by Mr. Albers, are also in use, a sketch of which will appear in these columns on a future occasion. The cost of wrapping-paper, like all other orchardists' requirements, has increased considerably of recent years; but, despite this, it is considered highly profitable to wrap each apple in paper before packing it in the case. Mrs. Albers, who is an expert packer, and supervises the grading and casing of large quantities of fruit that leaves for the market, expressed the opinion that it not only pays to wrap fruit for export markets, but also for the requirements of the local trade. Experience gained in this packing-shed suggested that apples wrapped for the local market commanded 1/ a case more than that for warded in an unwrapped condition. Obviously this advantage is contingent on the proper grading of none other than high quality fruit of good colour, for if wrapping-paper was used to cover fruit of inferior quality the attempt at deceit would speedily recoil upon the fortunes of the orchardist. Preference is given to the numerical system of packing, for, apart from the ease with which toe contents of a case may be ascertained, the wrapped fruit, when the case is opened, presents a far more attractive appearance than when any of the square packs are adopted.
    Furthermore, by packing fruit on the interstices of the lower row, in place of directly over one another, the fruit settles down better into position without any risk of bruising the fruit when the padded lid is used to give the case a preliminary shaking before nailing on the lid.
    CITRUS PLANTINGS.
    Throughout the district are numerous young orchards; ranging in age from those just coming into bearing down-to the yearling trees. There are also a number of newcomers to the district, one of whom is Mr. R. Finger, a member of that well known family of Doncaster orchardists. So impressed was he with the possibilities of the district that he disposed of his orchard at Balwyn to purchase a property known as Heathcote, comprising 116 acres of land, 15 acres of wkich is planted with fruit trees. A number of changes are contemplated, and some are being given effect to. An area has been set out with orange seedlings, and has since been budded with lemon buds. In view of Doncaster experience, this grower believes the orange stock will result in the growth of longer-lived trees than if either the lemon or sour orange stock (Seville orange) had been used. Although lemon trees are growing fairly well in this district, further evidence of the value of the orange stock will need to be forthcoming before it can be said that the stock is more suitable than the lemon or sour orange. With liberal top dressings of soil or stable manure good results will probably be obtained. A good deal of useful work has already been done on the orchard, for limbs of Jonathan trees have been cut back and Yates's have been grafted on to provide ample cross pollination, and some grafts of Yates and Democrat, or Tasma, have been inserted into limbs of old Filbasket trees. Both the black spot and the codlin moth have caused heavy losses this season, the fungoid disease doing more damage to the States man variety of apple than to any other. The trees were sprayed twice during the season with arsenate of lead at a strength of 4lb. to 80gal. of water, but without appreciably diminishing the numbers of the moth. Mr. Finger proposes next year to use an imported brand of poison for the spraying of his trees, believing that better results will be secured than have been obtained during the season just closing. Under new management this orchard should improve considerably, and the fact that the new owner is well satisfied with results already obtained indicates his impression of the fruitgrowing possibilities of the district.16
  • 28 Jan 1926, Motor Cycle Runs Into Wall. Driver fined £5.
    At Kew court yesterday, Adam Wadell, of Parkwell, was charged with having driven a motor cycle at a dangerous speed. At a former hearing of the case the bench was unable to agree.
    Robert Finger, orchardist of Upper Beaconsfield, said he was driving a motor car along Balwyn-road on 29th November last. After turning into White Horse-road, witness heard a noise, and looking back saw defendant's motor cycle travelling at 25 miles an hour. There was a woman in a side car attached to the cycle, which suddenly swerved and crashed into a brick wall.
    Defendant said he was travelling at only 10 or 12 miles an hour. Finger's car approached the corner without warning and turned sharply on its wrong side. Defendant, in endeavoring to avoid the car, swerved into the wall.
    Several witnesses suported the evidence given by defendant.
    Mr Wade, P.M., said the members of the bench were unanimously of opinion that defendant had been travelling too fast. He would be fined £5, with 37/6 costs.17
  • 21 Feb 1942, FINGER (Robert Albrecht).—Accidentally killed at Koorda on February 16, third dearly loved son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Finger, Doncaster-road, Balwyn, Victoria, and sincere friend of the Ostle family. God knows best.
    FINGER (Rob).—Accidentally killed at Koorda, on February 16, dear friend of Mr. and Mrs. F. Lodge and family. We will remember.
    FINGER (Robt.)—A tribute to the memory of Robert, accidentally killed at Koorda, February 16. Ever remembered by Mr. and Mrs. Mighalls.18

Citations

  1. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  2. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3946-141 - Robert Finger of Balwyn Orchardist.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3946-141 - Shire of Berwick - C/T 4625-887 - now C/T 5713-477.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3447-303 - Robert Finger of Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist - C/T 4810-805.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3946-141 - Shire of Berwick deviated the road originally excised in 1922 - C/T 5713-477
    Victoria Gazette No 104 17 Sep 1930 pages 2502-2503
    SHIRE OF BERWICK. Road Deviation. Order Confirmed.
    IN pursuance of the powers conferred by sections 521 and 525 of the Local Government Act 1928, the Council of the Shire of Berwick doth hereby order that the lands hereinafter described, and which have been taken, purchased, or acquired by it shall be a public highway from and after the publication of this Order in the Government Gazette, namely:—
    All that piece or parcel of land commencing at a point on the northern boundary of Crown allotment 48. section D, Parish of Gemhrook, County of Mornington, which point is distant 1,471.7 links bearing north 81 deg. 4 mm. west from the northeast comer of the said Crown allotment 48; thence by a line bearing south 46 deg. 44 min. east 538.9 links; thence by a line bearing south 32 deg. 48 min. east 530.5 links; thence by a line bearing south 14 deg. 4 min. east 789.7 links; thence by a line bearing south 6 deg 24 min. west 459.5 links; thence by a line bearing south 17 deg. 37 min. west 231.8 links; thence by a line bearing south 20 deg. 53 min, west 153.1 links; thence by a line hearing south 10 deg. 46 min. west 176.9 links; thence by a line bearing south 2 deg. 6 min. east 133.6 links; thence by a line bearing south 19 deg. 45 min east 137.9 links; thence by a line bearing south 54 deg. 36 min east 371.7 links to a point on the eastern boundary of the said Crown allotment 48 which point is distant 2,858 links from the north-east corner of the said Crown allotment 48; thence by a line along the eastern boundary of the said Crown allotment 48 bearing south 8 deg. 47 min. west 112 links; thence by a line bearing north 54 deg. 36 min. west 453.5 links; thence by a line bearing north 19 dec. 45 min. west 184.8 links; thence by a line bearing north 2 deg 6 min. west 160.4 links; thence by a line bearing north 10 deg. 46 min. east 197 links; thence by a line bearing north 20 deg. 53 min. east 159.1 links; thence by a line baring north 17 deg. 37 min. east 219.1 links; thence by a line bearing north 6 deg. 24 min. east 431.6 links; thence by a line bearing north 14 deg. 4 min. west 755 links; thence by a line bearing north 32 deg. 48 min. west 501.8 links; thence by a line bearing north 46 deg. 44 min. west 616.1 links; thence by a line bearing north 19 deg. 20 min. east links to a point on the northern boundary of Crown allotment 48; thence by a line along the northern boundary bearing south 81 deg. 4 min cast 124.2 links to the commencing point.

    And the said Council doth hereby further declare that the land above described shall from the date of the said publication in the Government Gazette be a public highway in lieu of the land hereinafter described, that is to say:—

    All that piece or parcel of land commencing at a point on the northern boundary of Crown allotment 48, section D, Parish of Gcmbrook, County of Mornington, which point is distant 1,471.7 links north 81 deg. 4 min. west from the north-east corner of the said Crown allotment 48; thence by a line bearing south 46 deg. 40 min. east 539.5 links; thence by a line bearing south 34 deg. 32 min. east 527.8 links; thence by a line bearing south 15 deg. 5 min. east 683.6 links ; thence by a line bearing south 5 deg. 46 min. west 459.4 links; thence by a line bearing south 21 deg. 24 min. east 201 links; thence by a line bearing south 50 deg. 13 min. west 154 links; thence by a line bearing south 38 deg. 29 min. west 130.3 links; thence by a line bearing south 9 deg. 10 min. west 163.2 links; thence by a line bearing south 2 deg. 55 min. east 133.8 links: thence by a line bearing south 20 deg. 40 min. east 140.4 links; thence by a line bearing south 53 deg. 1 min. east 379 links to a point on the eastern boundary of the said Crown allotment 48, which point is distant 2,767.5 links from the north-east corner of the said Crown allotment 48; thence by a line bearing south 8 deg. 47 min. west 113.5 links along the eastern boundary of the said Crown allotment 48; thence by a line bearing north 53 deg, 1 min. west 462.5 links; thence by a line bearing north 20 deg. 40 min. west 185 links; thence by a line bearing north 2 deg. 55 min. west
    160 links; thence by a line bearing north 9 deg. 10 min. east 200 links; thence by a line bearing north 38 deg. 29 min. east 156.5 links; thence by a line bearing north 5 deg. 46 min. east 675 links; thence by a line bearing north 15 deg. 5 min. west 648 links; thence by a line bearing north 34 deg. 32 min. west 500 links; thence by a line bearing north 46 deg. 40 min. west 616 links; thence by a line bearing north 8 deg. 38 min. east 33 links to a point on the northern boundary of Crown allotment, 48; thence by a line along the northern boundary bearing south 81 deg. 4 min. east 123.3 links to the commencing point.

    In witness whereof the common seal of the Shire of Berwick was affixed this 22nd day of August, 1930, in the presence of—
    DAVID J. D. BEVAN, President. M. J. BOURKE, Councillor. JAMES J. AHERN Shire Secretary.
    Confirmed by the Governor in Council, the 11th day of September, 1930.
    C. W. Kinsman, Acting Clerk of the Executive Council.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4810-805 - Robert Finger of Koorda Western Australia Farmer - consolidated with GEM-D-48 - C/T 5713-478.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 5713-478 - Samuel Begg of Wellington Road Mulgrave Farmer - C/T 5713-479.
  8. [S62] Western Australian Government. BDM Index Western Australia "reg. Northam."
  9. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 21 Feb 1942, p2.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 5713-478 - Robert Albrecht Finger herein called Robert Finger died on 15th February 1942. Letters of Administration of his estate have been sealed with the seal of the Supreme Court of Victoria upon application of Mary Ostler of 288 Hay Street Perth Western Australia Married Woman.
  11. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 5713-478 - Ernest Ferdinand Finger of Doncaster Road Balwyn Orchardist - C/T 6674-630.
  12. [S125] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1925.
  13. [S126] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1926.
  14. [S127] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1927.
  15. [S128] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1928.
  16. [S14] Newspaper - "FRUITGROWING" The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) 30 April 1921: 7. Web. 25 Feb 2016 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article140258293>.
  17. [S16] Newspaper - The Age 28 Jan 1926, p6.
  18. [S14] Newspaper - The West Australian, 21 Feb 1942, p1.
Last Edited27 Aug 2016

Alfred Louis Smith

M, #4610, b. 18 Feb 1831, d. 19 Sep 1907
Birth*18 Feb 1831 Marylebone, London, England, C-02191-4 [par Henry George SMITH and Elizabeth SMITH].1,2 
Marriage*31 Dec 1856 Spouse: Caroline Emma Knaggs. VIC, Australia, #M3314.3
 
Marriage-Notice*1 Jan 1857MARRIED. On 31st ult., at St James's Church, by the Very Rev. the Dean of Melbourne, Alfred Louis Smith, Esq., architect, of this city, to Caroline Emma, youngest daughter of Robert Knaggs, Esq., M.R.C.S.L., of this city also.4 
Widower30 Mar 1857Alfred Louis Smith became a widower upon the death of his wife Caroline Emma Knaggs.3 
Marriage*22 Mar 1866 Spouse: Catherine Argent Saunders. All Saints' Gordon Square Church, St Pancras, London, England.5
Land-UBeac*29 Jul 1879 PAK-174. Transfer from Adolph Herman Enes to Alfred Louis Smith. 19a 3r 29p - Land File 289/49 (1880 map). Govt Land Sale 5142 29 Jul 1879. Upset price £1/ac, valued £73 12s. Selected by A. H. ENES.6 
(Executor) Probate (Will)8 Jul 1886Was an executor in the will of Henry Biers.7 
Land-UBeac*b 1890Alfred Louis Smith selected land from the Crown. PAK-185. 20a 2r 11p - Land File 865/49.18
Selected by A. L. SMITH on 27 May 1890.8,9 
Land-UBeac8 Apr 1891 PAK-174. Transfer from Alfred Louis Smith to Arthur Ebden Johnson. 19a 3r 29p - now in joint ownership.10 
Land-UBeac*8 Apr 1891 PAK-175. Transfer from Arthur Ebden Johnson to Alfred Louis Smith. 18a 1r 27p - now in joint ownership as tenants in common.11 
Directory*1895 Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, Smith, A. L. architect.12 
Land-Note*3 Jan 1896 PAK-173: Memo No 17276. Alfred Louis Smith of Melbourne Architect and Sydney Adams formerly Smart of 113 Albert Park Terrace Albert Road South Melbourne Widow are registered as proprietors of the within described land as executor and executrix to whom probate of the will of John Kaigaly Smart who died on the 8th August 1887 was granted on the 25th August 1887.13 
Land-UBeac*3 Jan 1896 PAK-173. Transfer from John Kajely Smart to Alfred Louis Smith. 19a 3r 7p.14 
Land-UBeac12 Feb 1897 PAK-174. Transfer from Arthur Ebden Johnson to Alfred Louis Smith. Memo 2421. Pursuant to the direction of the Commissionor of Titles in this behalf given under the 229th Section of the Transfer of Land Act 1890,the within named Alfred Louis Smith is registered sole proprietor of the within land.15 
Land-UBeac12 Feb 1897 PAK-175. Transfer from Arthur Ebden Johnson to Alfred Louis Smith. 18a 1r 27p.16 
Land-Note*3 Jun 1897 PAK-173.174.175: Mortgagee: Alfred Hugh Smith. Discharged 9 Dec 1898. Mortgagor was Alfred Louis Smith.17 
Land-UBeac*9 Dec 1898 PAK-173.174.175. Transfer from Alfred Louis Smith to John Garrett Marsh.18 
Land-Note*28 Jun 1899 PAK-185: Mortgagee: Colonial Bank of Australasia Ltd. Not discharged. Mortgagor was Alfred Louis Smith.19 
Land-Note*21 Jul 1902 PAK-184: Memo No 29433. Alfred Louis Smith of 5 Woodside Crescent Toorak Architect is registered as proprietor of the within described land as Executor to whom probate of the will and two codicils of Henry Biers who died on the 14th June 1886 was granted on the 8th July 1886.20 
Land-UBeac*b 1907 PAK-185. Transfer from Alfred Louis Smith to Colonial Bank of Australasia Ltd. Not discharged.21 
Death*19 Sep 1907 Prahran, VIC, Australia, #D9946 (Age 77) [parents unknown].1 
Probate (Will)*28 Dec 1907 105/898. Architect, Windsor. No land in UB at time of death.22 
Note* Thomas James Crouch Their commitment to the establishment of architecture in Victoria was further exemplified when, in 1856, with T. J. Crouch they were founders of the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects (Royal Society of Victoria) (RVIA), and became members of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria in 1958/59.23 
Anecdote*Alfred Louis Smith and Arthur Ebden Johnson were architects who designed many instrumental public buildings of Melbourne in the classical style.
Both architects emigrated from London to Melbourne where they had been trained by leading British architects and designers in the execution of the classical style. After meeting each other in the Colonial Architect's Department they opened a private practice connected with the Public Works Department (PWD). Despite the popularity of other architectural styles of the time such as Gothic, Smith and Johnson practiced in a time when the dignity of classical architecture was still considered the right and proper style for town halls, museums, art galleries and post offices. This perception of public buildings coupled with Smith and Johnson's background gave them great opportunities to execute instrumental buildings in a burgeoning new city flooded with the prosperity of the 1851 Victorian Gold Rush.
Works completed by Smith and Johnson included the Bank of Victoria, Imperial Insurance office, and Baring Chambers in Market Street, the Athenaeum, Union Bank and Ebden's house in Collins Street, the Fire Brigade Station in Eastern Hill, Esplanade Hotel in St. Kilda and adjoining residence, the old Fish Market, Presbyterian Church in William Street, numerous banks and large residences, the Melbourne Law Courts, and the Colonial Bank.
Their commitment to the establishment of architecture in Victoria was further exemplified when, in 1856, with T.J. Crouch they were founders of the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects (Royal Society of Victoria) (RVIA), and became members of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria in 1958/59.
Contents
1 Arthur Ebden Johnson, 1821-1895
2 Alfred Louis Smith, 1830-1907
3 Completed Works
4 References
5 External links
Arthur Ebden Johnson, 1821-1895
Born in the south of England Johnson studied at the Royal Academy and Royal Institute of British Architects, and was a pupil of Philip Hardwick in London. At the age of 17 Johnson committed to a 5-year apprenticeship with the firm of Wigg & Pownall in London. In 1840-1 he was awarded a prize from the Architectural Association for a great number of approved sketches. In 1843 in recognition of his abilities in neoclassical architecture, was awarded the Soane medal. In 1846 at the age of 25 Johnson became partner of late Sir Horace Jones, city Architect of London; who in conjunction with Mr. Pearson erected Weighbridge Church in Surrey. In 1845 he received the Gold Medal from the Royal Academy. Johnson left the U.K. and emigrated to Melbourne in 1851 and was appointed architect for the Colonial Treasurer. It was here that he met Albert Smith, and in April 1852 resigned to begin the private practice "Smith & Johnson". In 1889 Johnson was awarded the silver medal for Architectural Designs and Drawings in connection with the Melbourne Centennial Exhibition. Johnson became the Australian Institute of Architects's Victoria President from 1893 to 1895. Johnson died on 29 May 1895, aged 74.

Alfred Louis Smith, 1830-1907
Born in London, Smith trained under the Master Builder Thomas Cubitt, who was from a family of well-respected architects working in the classical style, this experience exposed Smith to an architectural practice building major landmark structures in London. After emigrating to Melbourne, Smith was employed by the Colonial Architects office in 1851; it was here that he met Arthur Johnson, and in April 1852 Smith resigned from his position at the Colonel Office to establish a private practice with him. In 1892 he was Elected Fellow at the RVIA. Smith died at Bedford Lodge, St.Kilda, in 1907, aged 77.

Completed Works
Royal Australian College of Surgeons (1854–1856) Arthur E. Johnson.
250-290 Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria.
Renaissance Revival style.
It was demolished in 1933 to make way for the new college new structure built 1934 by J.C. Taylor. Originally built as an educational institution, as is the current building.
Melbourne General Post Office

General Post Office (1859) Arthur E. Johnson
Corner of Elizabeth and Bourke Streets, Melbourne, Victoria.
Renaissance Revival style.
Classically inspired and relies on the super-imposition of the classical order in a series of layers over an arcuated base. After a devastating fire in September 2001 the Australia Post leased the complex to developers who remodelled the building as a shopping mall in 2004.

Bank of Victoria commissions (1861–1876) Smith & Johnson
Various locations.
Renaissance Revival Style.
The appointment of Smith & Johnson as the bank's architects, allowed them to explore a varied approach to the application of classical architecture. Working in combination with various partners, including Watts, Smith and Johnson completed many financial institutions within Victoria. One surviving example is the Bank of Victoria at 81 Beechworth, Wangaratta Road, Beechworth, Victoria.
Steam Packet Inn, Williamstown

Steam Packet Hotel (1862–1863) Albert L. Smith
13 Cole Street, Williamstown, Victoria.
Renaissance Revival
A cornice and string mould divides the storeys and symmetrical, architrave fenestration and corniced chimneys provide the Italian Renaissance derived ornament.
The Old Customs House (now the Immigration Museum)

Old Customs House refurbishment (1873) Arthur E. Johnson
400-424 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria.
Renaissance Revival in the Victorian Period.
In his role in the Public Works Department Johnson remodelled the 1841 building with other Public Works Department (P.W.D) architects John James Clarke and Peter Kerr. The Long Room on the first floor is one of the most elegantly proportioned and grandest classical interiors in Melbourne. Currently the Modern Immigration Museum, Melbourne.

Como House (1874) Arthur E. Johnson
Corner of Williams Road & Lechlale Street, South Yarra, Victoria.
The house was indicative of late Georgian Architecture and was bought by pastoralist Charles Armytage, the uncle of Johnson. Armytage required the addition of a classical ballroom onto the late Georgian white brick house. Now considered as one of the finest examples of mid-Victorian architecture in Australia.
Supreme Court dome

Supreme Court & Supreme Court Library (1874–1884) Smith & Johnson
192 Williams Street, Melbourne, Victoria.
Academic Classical style in the High Victorian Period.
The library was constructed for the Public Works Department and the building features a large dome that is supported by ionic order columns that houses the ventral part of the library.

Golf Hill (1876) Smith and Johnson
Golf Hill, Shelford, Victoria.
Commissioned by George Russell - a two-storey classical bluestone residence.

Esplanade Hotel (1878) Smith & Johnson
11 The Esplanade, St Kilda, Victoria.
Renaissance Revival in the mid-Victorian period.

Union Bank of Australia (1878) Smith & Johnson
351 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria.
Also known as the Old ANZ Bank after it was taken over. Now demolished.

Hamilton Club (1879) Smith & Johnson
Corner Grey St and Kennedy St, Hamilton, Victoria.
Italianate style
Built as a men's social club the building was a symmetrical single-storey building with rendered facade and portico. Now Hamilton History Centre.

Eilyer (1880) Smith & Johnson
Albany Rd, Toorak, Victoria.
Residential brick Home built for Albert Austin a wealthy pastoralist. Now demolished
Melbourne Athenaeum

Athenaeum Theatre (1885–1886) Smith & Johnson
184–192 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria.
Renaissance Revival in the mid-Victorian period.
Used for theatre and a library, the Athenaeum was first known as the Melbourne Mechanics' Institute. The stuccoed brick exterior is decorated by large Corinthian pilasters and has a parapet containing a statue of Minerva.

The Fish Market (1890) Smith & Johnson
Corner of Flinders and Spencer Streets, Melbourne, Victoria.
The Melbourne Corporation market also known as The Fish Market was demolished in 1959.
Eastern Hill Fire Station

Eastern Hill Fire Station (1893) Smith & Johnson
Corner of Victoria and Gisborne Streets, Melbourne.
English Baroque architectural style, with Queen Anne style design elements.
The building features a two tiered arcaded veranda with both circular and elliptical arches and is dominated by the large watchtower. Situated on one of the highest spots in the city, it was an important means of spotting fires across the metropolis. The station currently occupied by the Melbourne Fire Museum and the Brigade continues to use part of the old station as office space.24 

Family

Catherine Argent Saunders b. 1847, d. 1924
Child 1.Alfred Hugh Smith b. 1872, d. 1953

Newspaper-Articles

  • 20 Jun 1891, SMITH. —On the 8th ult., at Heathside, Sutton, Surrey, Frank Smith, the beloved brother of Lieut.-Colonel H. Montague Smith, late Royal Artillery, and A. L. Smith, architect, of this city.25
  • 21 Dec 1907, A Windsor Estate.
    Probate of the will of Alfred Louis Smith, formerly of No. 5 Woodside crescent, Toorak, but late of No. 9 Lewisham-road, Windsor, architect, who died on 19th September last, has been applied for by the Equity Trustees Company. The assets are sworn at £1985, of which £1980 is realty. Testator bequeaths the whole of his estate to his family.26

Citations

  1. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  2. [S31] IGI.
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 1 Jan 1857, p4.
  5. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, London Metropolitan Archives, All Saints, Saint Pancras, Register of marriages, P90/ALL2, Item 006.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1139-610 - Alfred Louis Smith of Melbourne.
  7. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), http://prov.vic.gov.au/search_details
  8. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3919     
    865/49.4 ALFRED LOUIS SMITH PAKENHAM 185 20--2--11. 1877 - 1891.
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2382-812 - Alfred Louis Smith of Melbourne Architect.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1139-610 - Alfred Louis Smith and Arthur Ebden Johnson both of Market Buildings Flinders Lane Melbourne Architects - C/T 2343-505.
  11. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2215-945 - Alfred Louis Smith and Arthur Ebden Johnson both of Market Buildings Flinders Lane Melbourne Architects - C/T 2343-473 - Tenants in common.
  12. [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.
  13. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2339-725 - Memo No 17276. Alfred Louis Smith of Melbourne Architect and Sydney Adams formerly Smart of 113 Albert Park Terrace Albert Road South Melbourne Widow are registered as proprietors of the within described land as executor and executrix to whom probate of the will of John Kaigaly Smart who died on the 8th August 1887 was granted on the 25th August 1887.
  14. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2339-725 - Alfred Louis Smith of Little Flinders Street Melbourne Architect.
  15. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2343-505 - Memo 2421. Pursuant to the direction of the Commissionor of Titles in this behalf given under the 229th Section of the Transfer of Land Act 1890,the within named Alfred Louis Smith is registered sole proprietor of the within land.
  16. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2343-473 - Alfred Louis Smith of Market Buildings Flinders Lane Melbourne Architect - C/T 2638-403.
  17. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2339-725 + C/T 2343-505 + C/T 2638-403 - Mortgage No 177837 - discharged 9 Dec 1898.
  18. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2339-725 + C/T 2343-505 + C/T 2638-403 - John Garrett Marsh of 138 Clarendon Street South Melbourne Chemist.
  19. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "C/T 2382-812 - Colonial Bank of Australasia Limited - not discharged."
  20. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1133-470 - Memo No 29433. Alfred Louis Smith of 5 Woodside Crescent Toorak Architect is registered as proprietor of the within described land as Executor to whom probate of the will and two codicils of Henry Biers who died on the 14th June 1886 was granted on the 8th July 1886.
  21. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "C/T 2382-812 - Colonial Bank of Australasia Limited - mortgage was not discharged."
  22. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), http://prov.vic.gov.au/search_details
  23. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_%26_Johnson
  24. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_%26_Johnson
    References
    External links

    "Esplanade Hotel". skhs.org.au.
    "Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation". soanefoundation.com.
    "Presidents of Victorian Chapter - Australian Institute of Architects". architecture.com.au.
    "Victorian Heritage Database". vhd.heritage.vic.gov.au.
    "Science and the making of Victoria, Alphabetical List of Members 1854-1872". austehc.unimelb.edu.au.
    "Australian Architectural Index". mileslewis.net.
    Google map of buildings by Smith and Johnson.
  25. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 20 Jun 1891, p1.
  26. [S14] Newspaper - The Prahran Telegraph, 21 Dec 1907, p5.
Last Edited27 Jul 2019

Caroline Emma Knaggs

F, #4611, b. 1840, d. 30 Mar 1857
Married NameSmith.1 
Birth*1840 Ireland.1 
Marriage*31 Dec 1856 Spouse: Alfred Louis Smith. VIC, Australia, #M3314.1
 
Marriage-Notice*1 Jan 1857MARRIED. On 31st ult., at St James's Church, by the Very Rev. the Dean of Melbourne, Alfred Louis Smith, Esq., architect, of this city, to Caroline Emma, youngest daughter of Robert Knaggs, Esq., M.R.C.S.L., of this city also.2 
Death*30 Mar 1857 St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #D797 (Age 17) [par Robert KNAGGS].1 
Death-Notice*1 Apr 1857On the 30th ult., at St. Kilda, Caroline Emma, the beloved wife of Alfred Louis Smith, Esq., Architect, of this city, aged 17 years.3 

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 1 Jan 1857, p4.
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 1 Apr 1857, p4.
Last Edited27 Apr 2016

Catherine Argent Saunders

F, #4612, b. 1847, d. 1924
Married NameSmith. 
Birth*1847 [par Hugh George SAUNDERS].1 
Marriage*22 Mar 1866 Spouse: Alfred Louis Smith. All Saints' Gordon Square Church, St Pancras, London, England.1
Widow19 Sep 1907Catherine Argent Saunders became a widow upon the death of her husband Alfred Louis Smith.2 
Death*1924 Brighton, VIC, Australia, #D4199 (Age 77) [par Hugh George SAUNDERS & Sarah].3 

Family

Alfred Louis Smith b. 18 Feb 1831, d. 19 Sep 1907
Child 1.Alfred Hugh Smith b. 1872, d. 1953

Citations

  1. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, London Metropolitan Archives, All Saints, Saint Pancras, Register of marriages, P90/ALL2, Item 006.
  2. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  3. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
Last Edited27 Apr 2016

Alfred Hugh Smith

M, #4616, b. 1872, d. 1953
Father*Alfred Louis Smith b. 18 Feb 1831, d. 19 Sep 1907
Mother*Catherine Argent Saunders b. 1847, d. 1924
Birth*18721 
Land-Note*3 Jun 1897 PAK-173.174.175: Mortgagee: Alfred Hugh Smith. Discharged 9 Dec 1898. Mortgagor was Alfred Louis Smith.2 
Death*1953 Middle Brighton, VIC, Australia, #D10588 (Age 81.)1 

Citations

  1. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  2. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2339-725 + C/T 2343-505 + C/T 2638-403 - Mortgage No 177837 - discharged 9 Dec 1898.
Last Edited27 Apr 2016

Archibald Fullarton Strong

M, #4618, b. 1882, d. 26 Feb 1964
Probate (Will)* Archibald Fullarton Strong. Retired. Camberwell. 26 Feb 1964. 610/802.1 
Birth*1882 Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #B3994 [par Charles STRONG & Janet Julia DENNISTON].2 
Marriage*12 Feb 1908 Spouse: Edith Justice Moroney. St Mary's Church, West Perth, WA, Australia, #M91.3
 
Marriage-Notice*25 Apr 1908STRONG-MORONEY.-On the 12th February, at St. Mary's Church, West Perth, W.A., by the Rev. E. Makeham, rector of St. Mary's, assisted by the Rev. W. Patrick, of Donnybrook, W.A., Archibald Fullarton Strong, Donnybrook, fourth son of the Rev. Charles Strong, D.D., Melbourne, Victoria, to Edith Justice, third daughter of Mrs. Moroney, Lilydale, Victoria, widow of the late P. C. Moroney, Gippsland.4 
Land-UBeac*9 Dec 1915 GEM-D-48B. Transfer from Johan Glismann to Archibald Fullarton Strong. Balance.5 
Land-UBeac9 Dec 1915 GEM-D-48. Transfer from Johan Glismann to Archibald Fullarton Strong. 115a 3r 12p.6 
Land-UBeac*28 Apr 1920 GEM-D-48.48B. Transfer from Archibald Fullarton Strong to Robert Albrecht Finger. 115a 3r 12p.7 
Widower12 Jul 1926Archibald Fullarton Strong became a widower upon the death of his wife Edith Justice Moroney.8 
Marriage*14 Sep 1934 Spouse: Lina Mary Margaret Dearsley. St Peter's Church of England, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, both parties were widowed, A F Strong had two children, L M M Kerr had three children.
Reg No 5586 (may not be BDM Index No.)9
Land-UBeac9 Sep 1946 PAK-66 l/p 1265 (part Lot 10) 'Fernacre', 55 St Georges Road. Transfer from Mary Ida Hill to Archibald Fullarton Strong. 7a 2r 11p.10 
Land-UBeac*20 Jul 1948 PAK-66 l/p 1265 (part Lot 10) 'Fernacre', 55 St Georges Road. Transfer from Archibald Fullarton Strong to Ida Constance Bennie Ada Mary Prebble. 7a 2r 11p.11 
Widower1953Archibald Fullarton Strong became a widower upon the death of his wife Lina Mary Margaret Dearsley.8 
Death*26 Feb 1964 Camberwell, VIC, Australia, #D3737 (age 82) [par Charles STRONG & Jessie DENNISTON].8 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1915"Cherrydale", Donnybrook, WA, AustraliaOccupation: orchardist. With Edith Justice Strong.12
bt 1916 - 1919Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: orchardist. With Edith Justice Strong.13,14,15,16
1922Toolamba, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farm manager. With Edith Justice Strong.17

Newspaper-Articles

  • 5 Sep 1919, WORKING BEE: Last week a very fine spirit was displayed by thirteen men of our district. They undertook to prune Mr A F Strong's orchard during his enforced absence from home owing to Mrs Strong's serious illness. In all 472 Jonathans faced the secateurs.18
  • 18 May 1920, BEACONSFIELD UPPER. — Mr. Archibald Strong, orchardist of Beaconsfield Upper, has disposed of his property "Wanderup," to Mr Finger, and is leaving the district for Toolamba where he will be manager of Dr Syme's estate. Mr and Mrs. Strong were given a farewell social by their friends.19

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P4, unit 3154; VPRS 7591/P3, unit 532.
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  3. [S62] Western Australian Government. BDM Index Western Australia.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 25 Apr 1908, p13.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1297-339 - Johan Glismann to Archibald Fullarton Strong of Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist - C/T 3946-141.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1125-000 - Archibald Fullarton Strong - C/T 3946-141.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3946-141 - Robert Finger of Balwyn Orchardist.
  8. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  9. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Marriage Certificate St Peter's Melbourne
    Description: Series 03, Certificates 1933-1934; Reference Number: M3/6/96.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 6483-576 - Archibald Fullarton Strong of 1 Orrong Road Armadale Retired Grazier.
  11. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 6483-576 - Ida Constance Bennie and Ada Mary Prebble both of Upper Beaconsfield Spinsters - proprietors as tenants-in-common in equal shares - C/T 7134-676.
  12. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915 ""Cherrydale" only on Edith's record."
  13. [S116] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1916.
  14. [S117] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1917.
  15. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  16. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  17. [S122] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1922.
  18. [S82] Newspaper - Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News (Pakenham East, Vic. : 1917 - 1918)
    "5 Sep 1919, p3."
  19. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 18 May 1920, p8.
Last Edited19 Sep 2017

Edith Justice Moroney

F, #4619, b. 1883, d. 12 Jul 1926
Note* Father born Co Mayo, Ireland, mother born Leeds. 
Married NameStrong.1 
Birth*18831 
Marriage*12 Feb 1908 Spouse: Archibald Fullarton Strong. St Mary's Church, West Perth, WA, Australia, #M91.2
 
Marriage-Notice*25 Apr 1908STRONG-MORONEY.-On the 12th February, at St. Mary's Church, West Perth, W.A., by the Rev. E. Makeham, rector of St. Mary's, assisted by the Rev. W. Patrick, of Donnybrook, W.A., Archibald Fullarton Strong, Donnybrook, fourth son of the Rev. Charles Strong, D.D., Melbourne, Victoria, to Edith Justice, third daughter of Mrs. Moroney, Lilydale, Victoria, widow of the late P. C. Moroney, Gippsland.3 
Death*12 Jul 1926 Tatura, VIC, Australia, #D12048 (age 43) [par Peter Craughan MORONEY & Margaret JAMIESON].1 
Death-Notice*14 Jul 1926STRONG -On the 12th July, at her home, Dhurringile Toolamba, Edith, loved daughter of the late P.C. Moroney and Mrs Moroney, of Lilydale.4 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1915"Cherrydale", Donnybrook, WA, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Archibald Fullarton Strong.5
bt 1916 - 1919Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Archibald Fullarton Strong.6,7,8,9
1922Toolamba, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Archibald Fullarton Strong.10

Newspaper-Articles

  • 5 Sep 1919, WORKING BEE: Last week a very fine spirit was displayed by thirteen men of our district. They undertook to prune Mr A F Strong's orchard during his enforced absence from home owing to Mrs Strong's serious illness. In all 472 Jonathans faced the secateurs.11

Citations

  1. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  2. [S62] Western Australian Government. BDM Index Western Australia.
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 25 Apr 1908, p13.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 14 Jul 1926, p1.
  5. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915 ""Cherrydale" only on Edith's record."
  6. [S116] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1916.
  7. [S117] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1917.
  8. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  9. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  10. [S122] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1922.
  11. [S82] Newspaper - Pakenham Gazette and Berwick Shire News (Pakenham East, Vic. : 1917 - 1918)
    "5 Sep 1919, p3."
Last Edited27 Aug 2016
 

NOTE

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