Ocean Grove land titles

Old Ocean Grove Section ASome things are worth waiting for!  Just over 10 years ago – 10 May 2004 – I purchased and downloaded a digital copy of a Certificate of Title Vol 1946 Fol 389059.  This was the largest of several early Titles for Ocean Grove and contained 82 pages.  It, together with the other titles, was an absolute gold-mine for anyone researching early land owners in Ocean Grove.

Ocean Grove began as a private subdivision containing more than 2,263 allotments – by the time land-owner details were given to the local council for rates & valuations, unravelling the puzzle of who owned which allotment was just too hard to contemplate.

Way back in 2004 I knew these Titles were the answer to this puzzle but it just seemed too daunting.  A recent week’s holiday when it was cold and wet was the perfect environment – turning those ideas into a workable database.  And it worked!  10 years might seem a long time but when you see the end result, the wait was definitely worth it!

The names of the Sellers and Purchasers have now all been added to the Geelong & District database but the detail is what will help people with their research.   These links will take you to the Plans showing allotments from the original subdivision for Sections A, B, C, D, E & F.  Reports from the Ocean Grove land database are also available in text searchable PDF format for these six sections.  These reports will be updated periodically when more Certificates of Title have been added to the database.

Plans and allotments:

Details of address and transactions from database:

We now have 1,519,503 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 18 May 2014:

  • Old Ocean Grove land titles: sellers and purchasers – 1,180 entries
  • Names mentioned in the Geelong Advertiser – 57 entries
  • Geelong District: Nurses from the Victoria Government Gazette 1951 – 119 entries
  • Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum: Annual Report 1889 – 1,797 entries
  • Geelong and Portland Bay Immigration Society [1845-1846]: Inward migrants ex Tasmania – 769 entries

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District Potpourri pages.

And don’t forget to search again for your ancestors in the Geelong & District Database – they could have been in the last load of additions!

Shelford School No. 379 and lots more!

Shelford State School No.379The school register for Shelford State School No. 379 features in the latest group of updates to the Geelong & District database.

From Vision and Realisation, published by the Education Department of Victoria in 1973:

Probably a Presbyterian School operated at Shelford before the 1850s.  Certainly a Denominational School was established from 1st of July 1853 on the present site, in a wooden building that survived more than thirty years.  Shelford then was called Leigh.  The HT in 1853, Patrick Collins, stayed until the end of 1854.  The longest serving HT, George Hunt, stayed from 1861 until 1885.  In his time, the present bluestone building was erected in 1866.  When the school was taken over by the Department, Hunt remained in charge.  The Church sold the site (originally given by Russell and Bell) to the Department at the end of 1873.  Hunt’s successor, John H Betheras had a notable career in the Department retiring as Assistant Chief Inspector of Schools in the 1920s.  Betheras had charge until 1891.  He was the last teacher to use the original wooden building which was demolished in 1887, after serving as an infants room.  Although the township was by this time known as Shelford the school’s name was not changed to Shelford until 1908, when Thomas Spowart was HT.  The close association of the school with the Presbyterian Church is indicated by the names of the Committee Chairman after 1911: the first Chairman was the Rev. J Higginbotham who served twice, to 1918; then the Rev D Jones to 1921; and the Rev R Parry three terms to 1942.  After the second World War closer settlement caused such a rise in population as to warrant a second classroom.  This was built in 1966; but population fell from 47 pupils to an enrolment in the 20s.  This gave rise to concern for the future of the bluestone building which, because of its obvious beginnings as a church structure, is of no little interest, and steps are being taken to preserve it.  John Coffey took charge in 1967.

We now have 1,514,097 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 24 February 2014:

  • Geelong District: Nurses from the Victoria Government Gazette 1940-1950 – 1,272 entries
  • Geelong District: Surnames of Interest – 14 entries
  • Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum: Annual Report 1885 & 1915 – 4,693 entries
  • Geelong: Index to Deaths Books for Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum 1852-1925 – 5,996 entries
  • Shelford: School register for State School No. 379: 1901-1954 – 275 entries

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District Potpourri pages and the Geelong & District List of Books.

And don’t forget to search again for your ancestors in the Geelong & District Database – they could have been in the last load of additions!

Clergy, Hospital, Street names, Nurses and more!

Rev Thomas QUINTONThe Reverend Thomas QUINTON is one of our local Church of England ministers extracted from the Cable Clergy Index.  This terrific index has on average about half a page of biographical details for each entry – definitely worth checking and going back to the details in the original index.

The Bye-Laws of the Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum contain some interesting items!

1879: Bye-Law number 61: PERSONS NOT ADMISSABLE

No pregnant female for the purpose of confinement; no insane person, except on remand for medical examination in the Lunatic Ward; no one having a contagious or infectious disease; no one subject to epilepsy; nor any one who, in the opinion of the Surgeon, might receive equal benefit as an out-patient, shall be admitted; and no child under five years of age shall be admitted, except in case of accident or for a surgical operation; nor, except under special circumstances shall patients be admitted from other districts where hospitals exist.  Provided that the House Committee or Officers of the Institution, shall have discretionary power to admit such prohibited cases, and shall report upon the exercise of such power to the next general meeting of the Committee of Management.

It was the 58th Annual Report for 1909-1910 before Bye-Law number 61 had been changed and pregnant females were no longer classed as “Persons not Admissible”.

We now have 1,501,852 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 9 February 2014:

  • Geelong District: Nurses from the Victoria Government Gazette 1935-1939 – 865 entries
  • Geelong District: Surnames of Interest – 18 entries
  • Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum: Annual Report 1879 & 1905 – 4,225 entries
  • Geelong District: Street Names [history of] – 4,654 entries
  • St Augustine’s and the Christian Brothers [book] – 1,018 entries
  • Geelong District: Anglican Clergy – 496 entries

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District Potpourri pages and the Geelong & District List of Books.

And don’t forget to search again for your ancestors in the Geelong & District Database – they could have been in the last load of additions!

Country people added to database

Geelong Infirmary Qualifying Lists for 1870The Annual Reports of the Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum are an amazing source for locating those ordinary ancestors.  Each report includes an extensive list of subscribers [an early version of Medicare for the use of the Infirmary].  They are particularly useful for country areas although there are many employees grouped by employer in Geelong.  Larger property owners in the Western Districts ensured their workers were covered for admission to the Geelong Infirmary.  They won’t always list every worker but they are certainly a good starting point.

The Larra Run, also known as Geelengla Run was held by John Lang CURRIE and Tom ANDERSON from August 1844 to March 1848, then solely by CURRIE until June 1867.  Larra was a 32,000 acre run near Camperdown on which CURRIE developed his award-winning and world-renowned Merino flock.

His workers qualifying for the Infirmary List included:

John WAUGH, George GOADES, D McRAE, J SULLIVAN, William WILLIAMS, H W DUCK, James McDUFF, John PARINGTON, D GLYNN, Cossland SKEIN, R BROWN, E REEVE, William CONNOR, John PIERCE, E RUSSELL, William ANDERSON, Benjamin TAYLOR, Alexander McCALLUM, Joseph GORRY, Robert MARSHALL and two Sheepwashers, Charles JOHNSON, and 5 others.

If any of these was an ancestor I’m sure you’d be delighted to confirm where they worked at the time.  A word of warning – as it appears many of these names were transcribed from hand-written lists, you will need to be creative with the spelling!  However, once you’ve found a person of interest, it’s a simple matter of searching reports in earlier and later years to narrow down the years they may have worked on that property or for that employer.  You may not find any mention of these people in other records so these reports and lists are a real bonus.

We now have 1,490,591 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 26 January 2014:

  • Geelong District: Nurses from the Victoria Government Gazette 1934 – 27 entries
  • Geelong District: Surnames of Interest – 10 entries
  • Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum: Annual Report 1869 & 1895 – 4,262 entries
  • Ships and Shipwrecks at Portarlington by Jack Loney [Book] – 82 entries

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District Potpourri pages and the Geelong & District List of Books.

And don’t forget to search again for your ancestors in the Geelong & District Database – they could have been in the last load of additions!

Australia Day additions to database

Citizens Bar Committee 1858-1861This update includes a mixture of items – some adding to existing ones and others new.  Because this lot includes both Assisted and Unassisted Immigrants to Geelong [actually Point Henry] it seemed appropriate to include this photo of the Geelong Citizens’ Bar Committee 1858-1861 – the group representing the citizens of Geelong to arrange the removal of the sandbar across the entrance to Corio Bay.  This sandbar stopped ships carrying immigrants from overseas from sailing into Corio Bay and the wharves of Geelong.  The end result was these ships dropping anchor east of Point Henry leaving the immigrants a long journey into Geelong.

Some members of the Bar Committee were William G McKELLAR, chairman; Frederick CHAMPION, vice-chairman; and Walter M HITCHCOCK, secretary]; Peter HUDDART; James Clark WALLACE; John MATTHEWS; George A STEPHEN; John NOBLE; and Captain F TROUTON.

We now have 1,486,217 records in the Geelong and District database.  This is what’s been added since the last major update on 30 December 2013:

  • Geelong District: Assisted Immigrants – limited PROV index – 244 entries
  • Geelong District: Unassisted Immigrants – limited PROV index – 3,611 entries
  • Geelong District: Nurses from the Victoria Government Gazette 1931-1933 – 322 entries
  • Geelong District: Surnames of Interest – 18 entries
  • Geelong District: Honour Boards – 1,404 entries
  • Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum: Annual Report 1868 – 1,814 entries

Details on these indexes can be found in the Geelong & District Potpourri pages and the Geelong & District List of Books.

And don’t forget to search again for your ancestors in the Geelong & District Database – they could have been in the last load of additions!

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