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Cr. Walter Thomas, J.P.

Cr. Walter Thomas, J.P. Walter Thomas was born at Collingwood in 1844 and moved to Morang at age 7. He attended the state school there, under the tuition of Mr. Noble and Higgs, afterwards completing his education at Scotch College. Walter took up farming in the Morang District, where he remained until his death. He represented the Morang Riding of...

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Peter Le Page

Peter Le Page Peter, born in the Island of Guernsey, resided in at South Morang from around 1868 having first purchased Hawkestowe, Mr. J. H . Walker’s farm. He married Emily, daughter of the George Hawthorn. Peter spent many years dairying at Hawkestowe and other properties. He was noted as being a quiet, straightforward man, a good neighbour, a kind...

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Moses Thomas

Moses Thomas Moses Thomas was born in 1825 in Perthshire, Scotland. He arrived in Australia in 1842, and a year later married Janet Grierson. Moses purchased the ‘Bridge Inn’ hotel and 400 acres of land in Morang, naming his farm ‘Mayfield’. He donated land and built the first school in the district, the Mernda State School, and it is believed...

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Dr. William Ronald

Dr. William Ronald Among the earliest settlers at Yan Yean was Dr. William Ronald who was born in Scotland in 1808 and came to Launceston in 1841.  He and his wife settled on the banks of the Plenty between Yan Yean and Whittlesea on 1st March, 1842.  They may have been in a group who overlanded from Sydney, taking three...

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John Daniel

John Daniel John Daniel was born in 1836 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He was a man who took a keen interest in horses.  He had such horses as Royal Charlie, Lord Lyon, and others that have left a name for themselves. For many years he was on the committee of the Victoria Agricultural Society, Heidelberg, also of the Royal Melbourne, and...

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William Lockwood

William Lockwood William Henry Lockwood was born in Glossop, Derbyshire in 1832. He migrated to Victoria on the first voyage of the Marco Polo in 1853 and married Naomi Bullock in St. Peter’s Church of England Melbourne on 27th December 1856. They had nine children, four of whom died in infancy and were buried in Yan Yean Cemetery. The family lived...

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