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Mrs A Martin of 96 Barkly Street Brunswick

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A Martin of Yea

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A Martin of Lava Street Warrnambool

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A J Martin of Burns Street

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B Martin of Raglan Street Daylesford

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B T Martin of Liebig Street Warrnambool

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C Martin of Mercer Street Geelong

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C Martin of Canterbury

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C T Martin of Barton Street Hawthorn

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C Y Martin of Bond Street Ballarat

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Mrs W Martin, 92 Bond Street, Ballarat -   should read   Mrs D Martin
and C Y Martin, 92 Bond Street, Ballarat - should read  C T Martin

I believe that these names should be shown as Mrs D Martin and C T Martin of Bond Street. I have compared the writing of these people on the petition with that which I have in the Martin family bible and am convinced that they are the same people. Mrs Martin always made her “D” with an extra squiggle at the base of the D and Catherine’s “T” was always as shown in her signature on the petition, so I am sure that the “W” shown by the transcribers was in fact a “D” and that the “Y” was in fact a “T”. I can send a scan of the bible entries if you need further proof. I do not know how much information you would like on these petitioners so here is a brief account of their story, there is more if it is required.

Catherine, daughter to Barbara Martin (Mrs D D Martin) who also signed the petition, never married and her occupation was listed as “Home Duties”. Catherine Thaw Martin was born in 1857 in Glasgow, Scotland to David Douglas Martin a Carpenter/Joiner and Barbara Thaw Gray.  Her parents were married in Kirknewton Scotland in 1855.  Her mother Barbara's parents were Catherine Thaw and  William Gray an Inn Keeper and her father's parents were Elizabeth Douglas and William Martin a Spirit Dealer. Catherine arrived in Australia on the Great Britain in Sept 1860 with her father, mother and younger brother William. The family first stayed at Creswick but moved to Ballarat about 1863. Seven more children were born in Australia, they were David Douglas, Thomas Thaw Gray and Elizabeth Jane (twins), John, Matthew Gray, Elizabeth Jane and Ellen Janet. Catherine's mother died in 1892 and her father in 1907. Catherine lived the rest of her life at 92 Bond Street (this was later changed to no 17).  She died in 1927 at Ballarat.


(Information courtesy of Julie Walsh, great grand-daughter of Barbara Martin)


E Martin of Western Street Geelong

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E Martin of Warrion

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Esther Martin. Esther signed with her mother Mrs W Martin and her sister in law Mrs M A Martin ( see other entries for these people)

  • Esther was born 3rd May 1870
  • Was youngest child of Wilson Martin and Susannah Leonard. Wilson and Susannah married on January 1 1858 at Colac.
  • Esther had two older brothers, John Thomas Martin b 1860 and Robert Wilson Martin b 1868
  • Esther married someone Brown outside the State of Victoria. Moved to Western Australia
  • She died in Ryde, Sydney, NSW on January 9th 1926.


The following record the words of a certifcate made out to her in 1883 (still possession of her older brother John descendants)


Victoria
No 70017
Education Department

CERTIFICATE OF A CHILD BEING SUFFICIENTLY EDUCATED

I hereby certify that Esther Martin has been educated up to the standard of education required by ‘The Education Act 1872’

Dated at Warrion this 5th day of September AD 1883

Alexander Stewart
Inspector.

E Martin of Carlyle Street

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E Martin of Albert Parade

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E Martin of Bairnsdale

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E M Martin of Bairnsdale

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E V Martin of Cobden Street Ballarat East

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Mrs F Martin of Lilydale

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H Martin of California Gully

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I Martin of Maryborough

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Mrs J H Martin of Charles Street Northcote

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L Martin of Aberfeldy Kerr Street Fitzroy

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L Martin of 2 Hardwick St North Melbourne

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L Martin of Brunswick

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L Martin of Canterbury

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M Martin of Pleasant Street Geelong

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M Martin of Rankins Road Kensington

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M Martin of Lava Street Warrnambool

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M Martin of Mount Korong Road

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Mrs M A Martin of Warrion

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Mary Ann Martin (nee Thulborn) was born in 1859 at Mortlake the second child of Thomas Thulborn and Margaret Neal.

Margaret Neal born in County Armagh Ireland was a domestic servant at Woodford near Warrnambool at the time she married Thomas Thulborn, a labourer. Margaret was 21. Thomas 25.

Thomas came from Cambridgeshire in England. Neither Margaret of Thomas could read or write as they signed their marriage certificate with the mark X. (as did their witnesses to the marriage)

The Pioneer Index (Victorian births, deaths, marriages1851 - 1888) records the following children from the Thulborn/Neal marriage.
1. John born 1857 died 3/3/1890
2. William born 1860 died 11/11 1939 at Mortlake
3. Thomas b 1862
4. Fanny b 1864
5. David b 1866 died 13/10/ 1936
6. Morris b 1868
7. Lydia b 1869
8. Joseph b 1871
9. Jane b 1872
10. Elizabeth b1875
11. Margaret b 1877 died 25/2/1905 at Mortlake
12. Samuel died 1877
13. James b 1879
14. Naomi b1883

Mary Ann is missing from this list - it seems that her birth was not recorded for some reason. Her marriage and death certificates both record Thomas and Margaret as her parents. Her mother’s death certificate (1908) has her listed as the second child of 14 children. (nb Margaret had 15 births, Samuel born and died 1877)

Mary Ann was married at the Thulborn home in Mortlake on the same day as her sister Fanny. The Minister was Wesleyan, Reverend John W Rouse.

The date of the double marriage was 23 October 1889.

Fanny married James Henry Wray, Grazier of Colac.

Mary Ann married John Thomas Martin. (b 28/10 1860).

The Martins moved from Warrion near Colac to Aringa west of Port Fairy in the early 1900s (nb nothing now at Aringa, nearest township is Yambuk) At some point they saved or made enough money to purchase 919 acres at Aringa in January 1910.

John Thomas and Mary Ann had two sons
• Leonard Wilson born September 15, 1890
• Thomas Thulborn born August 22, 1892
• An unnamed daughter was born and died in 1899 (rego number 7841)

Leonard Wilson Martin married Doris May Fry on the 7th July 1926. Their only child Ian Leonard Martin was born on the July 6th,1928. ( nb Doris Fry mother was also a signatory to petition at Warrnambool)

Thomas Thulborn Martin married on January 31, 1934.

There were two sons born
• John Thulborn Martin 9/7/1934
• Douglas Wilson Martin 22/8/1935

Thus MaryAnn had two sons and three grand sons.

The three grandsons had six great grand children. (three boys, three daughters)

Mary Ann died in 1932 aged 73. She is buried at Port Fairy.

Her great grandson still farms the property purchased in January 1910 at Yambuk.

She has five great great granddaughters. NB there may be more as family has lost touch with the descendants of Douglas Wilson Martin.

M J Martin of Buckley Street Footscray

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Miss M J Martin of Templeton St Castlemaine

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N Martin of 13 Church St North Fitzroy

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N A Martin of Brunswick Road Brunswick

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P Martin of Wellington Street Geelong

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R Martin of Tourello

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S A Martin of Urquhart Street Ballarat

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Mrs T Martin of Bairnsdale

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Mrs T Martin of Templeton St Castlemaine

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Mrs W Martin of Warrion

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Georgina Susannah Leonard (known as Susan)  NB Susan signed with her daugther Esther and her daughter in law Mary Ann.

• Born Dublin
• Married Wilson Martin at The Manse, Colac, January 1st 1858. She was aged 21. Wilson was 25
• Died Warrion, near Colac in 1903
• Buried Colac cemetery

Her parents  were:
• Thomas Leonard, Clerk
• Anne O’Reilly

Her Children:
1. Georgina Susannah Martin born and died 1858
2. John Thomas Martin born at Ondit, 28th October 1860
3. Robert Wilson Martin, born 17 April 1868
4. Esther Martin, born May 3rd, 1870

Husband (Wilson christened Jan 5 1834) was the eighth of ten children. He emigrated from Kildale in Yorkshire with his brother William (b 5 May 1829, christened 31 May 1829) Wilson kept a diary on the boat on the way out. Written in pencil – most of it barely readable now. William settled at Birregurra near Colac and married Mary Ann Farndale.

A family story says that Wilson met Gavan Charles Duffy on the way out to Australia. Duffy said that he was going to enter politics and told Wilson to approach him if he needed help. Duffy became Premier of Victoria. Wilson bought some kind of agricultural machinery and worked along the Murray probably near Yarrawonga but it was not successful. He approached Duffy at some point and he assisted him to get small parcel of land at Warrion where he and Susan established a vineyard.

Susan was a member of the Temperance Union which seems at odds with the family owning a vineyard.

Mrs W Martin of Bond Street Ballarat

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Mrs David Martin of 92 Bond Street Ballarat (later number changed to 17)

Re:
Mrs W Martin, Bond Street, Ballarat
and C Y Martin, Bond Street, Ballarat

I believe that these names should be shown as Mrs D Martin and C T Martin of Bond Street. I have compared the writing of these people on the petition with that which I have in the Martin family bible and am convinced that they are the same people. Mrs Martin always made her “D” with an extra squiggle at the base of the D and Catherine’s “T” was always as shown in her signature on the petition, so I am sure that the “W” shown by the transcribers was in fact a “D” and that the “Y” was in fact a “T”. I can send a scan of the bible entries if you need further proof. I do not know how much information you would like on these petitioners so here is a brief account of their story, there is more if it is required.

Mrs David Douglas Martin, maiden name Barbara Thaw Gray was the daughter of William Gray an Inn Keeper (born 1795 at Canongate Edinburgh) and Catherine Thaw of Mid-Calder Scotland. She was born at Kirknewton Scotland in 1830. Barbara Thaw Gray married David Douglas Martin in Kirknewton, Scotland in 1855. David Martin was a Joiner and the son of William Martin a Spirit Dealer, born 1802 at Kirknewton and Elizabeth Douglas. 

David and Barbara Martin came to Australia in the hope that Barbara's health would improve.  They arrived in Australia on the SS Great Britain in Sept 1860 with their daughter Catherine and son William. Also on the Great Britain with them was Barbara's brother John Gray.  When they first arrived in Victoria they went to Creswick where their third child was born. By 1863 they were in Ballarat and they lived there for the rest of their lives. David Martin bought the property at 92 Bond Street in 1865 and John Gray bought the property next door at the same time.  Barbara and David had 9 children in all from 1857 - 1876 including my Grandfather John Martin who was born in 1865.  Their children were Catherine Thaw, William, David Douglas, Thomas Thaw Gray and Elizabeth Jane (twins), John, Matthew Gray, Elizabeth Jane and Ellen (Nell) Jane.

Barbara Thaw Martin died in 1892 Ballarat East and David Douglas Martin died at Ballarat East in 1907.  Their daughter Catherine Martin lived at the Bond Street house until her death in 1927.

(Information courtesy of Julie Walsh great grand-daughter to Barbara Martin)

Mrs Martin of 90 Studley Street Abbotsford

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Miss Martin of Victoria Parade Fitzroy

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Mrs Martin of Ann Street Brunswick

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Mrs Martin of California Gully

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Mrs Martin of 20 Park Grove

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