Author: lauriewilson

‘Elma’s Rose’ – the Story of Elma Adeline Wilson

In the previous page under our Stories heading mention was made in the Agnes Eliza’s Diary poem about the sad loss of a young six year old lass of the family through Diphtheria* – Elma Adeline Wilson. At that time Diphtheria was one of the several main killers of young folks. Elma was the third child of William McDonald Wilson and Emily (Horton) – thus she was a grand-daughter of John W Bowman Wilson and Agnes Eliza McDonald. This story is a very short one, as was Elma’s life – she was born October 1884 and she died at 6 years of age in November 1890 during one of the numerous Diphtheria epidemics that so ravished the ranks of young children in that period. Her parents could not afford a headstone to mark her grave in the Hastings cemetery, but they planted a simple white bush rose there in 1890 – a cutting from this rose was later taken and planted at the premises of the Hastings Historical Society in Hastings. It continues to flourish there today over 125 years after Elma’s passing. A photograph of the rosebush in the the Society’s cottage garden at Hastings is shown here, and it allows us to remember little Elma.   *[Diphtheria is a toxin secreted by a pathogenic bacterium that causes diphtheria. The toxin gene within diptheria is encoded by a virus called bacteriophage that infects...

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Teworing (Tuerong) on the Checkinkurk Creek

Next time you take a drive down to the Mornington Peninsula, just as you enter the freeway proper section of the road beyond Frankston, cast your eye over the gently rolling properties to the left and right – note the rows of vines under the names Dromana Estate, Redhill Estate, Tuerong Estate and others; and beyond the vineyards observe the stud cattle and sheep grazing properties further up the slopes. All that you see, on either side of the freeway for some 13 kilometers, when originally granted to one William Thomas in 1840 was known as Tuerong Station, a...

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Tuerong – the Heartbreak Property

Local historian Peter Ward (seen here) has researched and produced an outstanding account of the history of the Tuerong property which might, had circumstances been very different, have been ‘ours’ to enjoy today. Peter’s work may be seen via this link to his Dropbox site – scroll to the bottom of the link page to open and read the Tuerong story. Peter’s own families, the Nutchey and Wards had tenure on the property and he lived on adjoining land in his youth. An outline of our earlier and subsequently revised understanding of the 640 Tuerong Pre-emptive Right (TPR)  and our Wilson...

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Flo Bubb’s Travelling Trunk

For many years when the late Florence Bubb (nee Wilson) was living in the Mornington area she was very active in local affairs; she also had a keen interest in both the history of Snapper Point (Mornington) area, and in that of her Wilson family. Her father was Charles Bowman Wilson a noted Mornington resident and journalist who was also active in civic affairs having served for many years on the Mornington Council including terms as President of the Shire. Flo’s grandmother was Ellen Wilson daughter of John Bowman Wilson. Many years back Flo, was bequeathed a trunk filled with family memorabilia – many photographs of the old Wilson family and connections, newspaper clippings, postcards, letters from family members, and so on. The trunk was passed on to Flo by her aunt Amy McDonald Wilson, another lifelong Mornington resident and sister of C B Wilson. Images of Flo and Amy are shown here. Like Flo, Amy seems to have been an active collector and recorder of matters of family history during her lifetime. Flo also added many items of her own family’s memorabilia. Later she relocated with daughters Dianne and Robyn to Queensland, living in and out from Brisbane. After Flo’s passing the trunk of treasured memorabilia was retained by Robyn – but its existence was well known to many members of the broader Wilson family, and particularly to...

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A Wedding in the Clan in the Tartan of the Clan

Many people ask about our Wilson origins in the ancient history of Scotland and whether we have a tartan of our own – is there a Wilson Clan per se, and is there a Wilson Heraldic Crest or Shield. In fact, the Wilsons were never a Clan in their own right rather they are a Sept of the ancient Gunn Clan and this Clan has its own ancient tartan which is that on the right above. But there is also, what is believed to be the first tartan (the Ancient Wilson tartan) created about 1780 for the Wilson Sept, shown...

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