Prefabricated house

Prefabricated iron school house - St Paul's SchoolMessage posted by Jo Mitchell …

Hi Everyone,
I’m wondering if anyone has any thoughts on how to trace the arrival of a prefabricated house from Germany which was delivered to Geelong c.1854 for George Williamson. Nothing on TROVE that I can find connected to George’s name.
With thanks,

Did your ancestors work at Coriyule or Boronggoop?

Coriyule EstatePosted by Pam Jennings

The Bellarine Historical Society is preparing a display of the ‘Lady Squatters’ – Anne Drysdale and Caroline Newcomb.  If you had any ancestors who worked on their properties ‘Boronggoop’ (present day St Albans, East Geelong) or ‘Coriyule’ (Drysdale), we would be delighted to add your family’s details to our information.
many thanks, Pam Jennings (BHS)

MULLANE Family Point Henry / Geelong

Hi Folks – if there is anyone connected with the MULLANE family who were in this area c.1849 – a couple of old photos in oval frames were spotted today at a Garage Sale in Leopold.

If you’re connected to this family and interested in the photos, leave a comment on this message and I will be in touch.

Regards … Susie Z

Bushfires and new books

Message posted by Pam Jennings

Hi everyone –I  may be able to help with fire information:

FIRES: Over the past 7 or 8 years I have been collecting anything about bush fires, shop/house fires, gunpowder fires/fire brigades etc (up to 1900), and have amassed over 300 pages of information mainly from the Geelong Times ( until the Geelong Advertiser was put on Trove). I realised last year that this was way too much for one publication so have split them into Otways, Bellarine Peninsula , Geelong & outer districts. I am compiling books for Otway & Bellarine fires  at this stage, and  will ‘do something’ with all the rest in due course!

PROV Fire Inquest Index : Wonderful searchable index on PROV website!  Happy to call up & copy with my camera any in your district each time I go to PROV. Let me know ones you would like. Most seem to be Geelong, not a lot of country ones.

NEW PUBLICATIONS: My husband and I have completed a book on Wymbooliel/Benwerrin Early Settlers and have just about finished a similar one for Barramunga .We have used the fabulous Land Files at PROV for the Leases that these settlers took out.

ARBOR DAYS: I am also working on publications celebrating Arbor Days in the Otways and Bellarine Peninsula, with a small history of each school mentioned.

Regards, Pam

A Geelong Mystery – I suspect it can only be solved in Geelong

Message posted by Marg O’Leary

Need help re a Geelong family around WW1.
The soldier is James Ingersoll HIGGINS
b 1891 Geelong. Died Fromelles 19 July 1916.
In looking up his birth he was born KIDDLE, mother Agnes Hicks KIDDLE and father James Williams.

So we are sorting out this relationship, because to identify the soldier, we ultimately need a rellie who can match DNA.
Agnes has a sister Mary Jane who marries Frederick James Guy Williams 1889 and we think hmmm.

So we need to find out about Mr FJG Williams. Most grateful for any help

kind regards

Marg O’Leary