Amy Marie PYLE 1889-1963

Posted by: Sue Wood

I am seeking information on Amy Marie PYLE born at Murroon 1889.  She may be mentioned in the Forrest Voters book and there is a possibility that she was a member of the Leopold Red Cross.  She worked as a house keeper in Melbourne, Forrest, Mortlake, Camperdown and Woolahra Sydney.

Lovely Banks and GOODING and LYNCH families

United Methodist Free Chapel, Lovely BanksPosted by: Graham Chapman

I am curious about Lovely Banks as my Great GG Father James & Miriam Gooding and their family farmed there from the 1850s after arriving in Port Phillip in 1844.

I have read where his farm was on the route to the Goldfields and they sold produce to the gold miners. I wonder if this is how the daughter Elizabeth Ann Gooding met her James Knuckey from Clunes. Eventually most of the Goodings went to Gippsland. Daughter Sarah (1853-1937) stayed after marrying Daniel Lynch. (1834-1929). Sarah and Daniel are buried at Stieglitz. Two of James & Miriam children were buried at Eastern Cemetery as infants.

My query is whether much has been written about Lovely Banks from the 19th Century, and whether anyone has connections with the families.

I would be grateful for any information available that i could follow up on.

Bates’ Ford

McAdams Blacksmith Shop, BatesfordMessage posted by Jo Mitchell:

Hi Everyone,

I’m currently trying to establish the locations of the various (5) different bridges which have stood at Fyansford over the years and to pinpoint the location of the ford named after the Bates brothers. I know in general terms that it was near the present bridges, but am wondering if anyone has some local knowledge which places the ford more precisely.
I am also keen to know the location of Manifold’s Ford which was located a little further downstream. I can hazard a guess as to where this ford was, but would like some confirmation.
And finally, Bridge Street. All the historical maps I have found indicate that all the bridges have been on a similar alignment to the present bridges. Was there ever a bridge at the end of Bridge St and if so, what sort of bridge was it?
I spent several hours at the Historical Records Centre this afternoon without success and have been over TROVE as thoroughly as I can and still no answers.
Does anyone have some local knowledge which would help please?
With thanks,
Jo Mitchell

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

Friend in Hand Hotel


Posted by Jo Mitchell:

Hi Everyone,

Over the years I’ve come across various stories of a ghost associated with  the Friend in Hand Hotel located on the Fyansford-Gheringhap Rd near Friend  in Hand Rd. I’m writing a blog post on the hotel and the “ghost” and would  love to know if anyone else has a version of the story.

I know who the”ghost”who was murdered in 1855 was and have found 3 versions of the story in addition to the fictional children’s novel by John Pescott called The Ghost at Friend in Hand.

Can anyone add more?

With thanks, Jo Mitchell

Mailing List – open for business

Barrabool InnI think I’ve got most of what I need working – there’s only one way to find out!  The beautiful image of the Barrabool Inn has little to do with this Mailing List except that:

  • It’s in our region
  • It’s a beautiful photo
  • It’s a beautiful building
  • I really dislike adding posts without an attractive image
  • Just because I wanted to!

Please start following our Mailing List which incorporates the former RootsWeb Mailing Lists for Geelong and District, and for the Bellarine Peninsula.

I’ll probably add a post incorporating the information from the Welcome messages on the RootsWeb lists – things like the towns / region covered and other hopefully useful suggestions.

Welcome everyone!