Friday, 7 March 2008

Casey Cardinia and the Melbourne Grammar connection

I have a collection of second hand books at home, amongst which is Liber Melburniensis 1858-1914. This is a record of all the boys who attended Melbourne Grammar in those years. The school started in 1858 and the first Head Master was the Reverend John Bromby, whom we have met before in this blog. The town of Gembrook is situated on land that was owned by the Reverend John Bromby. The first pupil at Melbourne Grammar was Edward A'Beckett, the son of Thomas Turner A'Beckett. Edward A'Beckett was the first cousin of W.A.C A'Beckett, the owner of The Grange, built 1866, at Harkaway (pictured immediately below)

Edward was an artist and his portrait of John Bromby is at the top. Bromby's five sons Christopher, Ernest, Edward Hippius, Frederick Jeremie and Robert Henry also attended the School. Other boys who attended the School and have a Casey Cardinia connection (according to their address after leaving the School) are Edward Francis Burke (b.1857) of Tynong ; William Gilbert A'Beckett (b. 1864), son of W.A.C A'Beckett of The Grange ; William Robinson (b.1865) of Beaconsfield ; Arthur Heywood A'Beckett (b.1868) of Bunyip ; James Herbert Fairchild (b.1871) of Lang Lang ; John Mickle Harewood Lyall (b.1869) of Koo-Wee-Rup ; Everard Stone (b.1870) of Monomeith ; John McGregor (b.1872) of "Dalmore", Koo-Wee-Rup ; Pultenay Warford Mein (b.1876) and Douglas Warford Mein (b.1878) of I.Y.U Station, Pakenham (pictured below) ; Michael Forristall Drew (b.1873) of Harkaway ; Gilbert Arthur Cecil A'Beckett (b.1872) of Beaconsfield ; William Wilson Courtney (b.1876) of Narre Warren ; Robert Anthony Kent (b.1887) of Narre Warren ; George Alva Wilkins (b.1887) of Emerald ; Eric Cecil Browne (b.1890) of Beaconsfield ; Clive Wellington Were (b.1890) of Officer and Alexander Raynes Martin (b.1892) of Tynong.

This is the IYU  Homestead. It was built in 1859 and destroyed by fire around 1929.
Photograph from: In the wake of the pack tracks, published by the Berwick Pakenham Historical Society.

The photograph of The Grange is from the J.T. Collins Collection, La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria.

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