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"William sold Valley Farm and paid his families passage to Australia.  He had been in poor health and his doctors felt the climate might help him.  They sailed on the Tulloch Castle and arrived in Port Philip on 13th December 1852.  Emigrants were arriving in such numbers that the Government had to lay out a piece of land between St Kilda Rd and Emerald Hill (Sth Melbourne) for the new arrivals to pitch tents on.  This was known as 'Canvas Town' , and here they set up a tent and prepared for their first night.  A heavy thunder storm occurred during the evening and with water flowing through the tent, the family spent the night standing up in order to keep dry. Eventually the family made their home at Brighton."  

The Taylor Family left Sudbury Suffolk and boarded the vessel “Tulloch Castle” in London on 11th August 1852.  The vessel was 502 tons, carried 12 paying passengers, 206 immigrants, stores and merchandise and the Master of the vessel was Capt. William Murray.  

The Family comprised:-     

Father ~                 William Bernard       aged 40 years.     

 Mother ~                Francis Horner         aged 40 years. (Maiden name Witts.)     

Son (eldest) ~       William Henry           aged 16 years.     

Son ~                     Edwin   Bernard       aged 15 years.     

Daughter ~            Fanny                        aged 13 years.     

Son ~                     Charles                     aged 12 years.     

Daughter ~            Ellen                          aged 10 years.     

Son ~                     Frederick  Richard   aged    9 years.     

Son ~                     Septimus                  aged    8 years.


Public Records of Victoria.  www.prov.vic.gov.au

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            The Family landed at Brighton on 11th December 1852.  The reason given for the family leaving England was, we believe, Francis Taylor’s health, but have also heard it was the Father’s health


William was born in 1812 in Coggeshall England and, at the time of his marriage, was a parishioner of Great Conard, Suffolk. He married Frances Horner WITTS on the 26th November 1834 in St Peter's in the Parish of Sudbury, Suffolk, with the curate, H.W. Wilkinson, performing the ceremony. Frances was a parishioner of Sudbury, William was of the Parish of Great Conard. Witnessess for the ceremony were John Taylor and Thomas Goldsmith. William & Frances had at least seven children and those surviving in 1853 were Edwin (c1836) and his younger siblings, Fanny, Charles Everett, Ellen Elizabeth, Fredrick and Septimus. William & Frances brought their family to the colony of Port Phillip in 1852. William was afarmer and merchant at Little Brighton but suffered the death of his wife in early 1853. He became depressed and this exacerbated his tendency to drown his sorrows in alcohol. In late June he succumbed to the effects of alcohol and an inquest was made into his death. William had taken one of his daughters into town on the omnibus, and had been accompanied by the publican, Mr Albert Keys. William returned on the omnibus but was suffering severly from the effects of alcohol that he fell on the floor of the bus and was unable to rise. Edwin, his eldest son, had been waiting for his father's return and tried to rouse him but William replied, "Let me lie". Edwin left his father there for about 1/4 of an hour but, at the suggestion of Mr Keys, Edwin managed to get William out of the cold weather, into the bar and by the fire. William then stated that he intended to stay in the public house all night but, after much persuasion, Edwin convinced his father tp go home. After a nobbler of brandy, and at 1/2 past 8 o'clock, William set out into the cold and wet night. William fell down several times on the walk home and finally he couldn't rise, and stated that "he must lie there". Edwin stayed out in the cold and wet night until about 4 o'clock but then, exhausted by the vigil, he went to his bed. He returned to his father at about 10 o'clock in the following morning and found William in an insensible state. Edwin went for a dray but, on coming back, he found William quite dead. Williams body was taken home in the dray. William had "been much addicted to drinking" and had "been subjected to fits, especially after drinking". As all of his children were under age to receive their inheritance, William's first cousin, William Sparrow, applied to be the administrator of the estate of 200 pound. James Kellock, a farmer, and David Jones agreed to stand as bondsmen for the estate.

Charles Everett Taylor 

Charles Everett was born in c1838 in Newton Suffolk, to William Bernard TAYLOR and Frances Horner (nee WITTS). 
YOUTH- In 1852 he emigrated to Victoria with his parents and siblings.  The following year 1853, Charles experienced the untimely death of his mother, and then his father became depressed and drank heavily.  In June of that same year his father died of the effects of his drinking, and the six surviving children were left as orphans with only 200 pounds, in trust, to support them.  Charles soon took farming work for a few months for William Price, a very early colonist, in Brighton and then did gardening elsewhere in the same district for four years.  Having saved some money, he then began farming at Hanging Rock (Newham).  To supplement that income he began "carrying on the roads to different parts of the country"
CARRYING- 'Carrying" or bullock-driving had been the profession of older men but the discovery of gold had increased the demand, and profitability, of transport and offered opportunities for enterprising younger men.  The profits of carrying had trebled in the early years of the rush and throughout the fifties remained high, but so had the capital costs: the cost of a dray had increased to 50 pound and a working bullock might cost from 35 pound to 45 pound at a time when wages, with workers in acute  demand, were 40 pound to 60 pound a year for a labourer.  Costs on route had also increased with opportunists building bridges, and taverns, along the roads to the gold fields and then charging extortionate prices for their use.  The carrying was hard work and drivers were known for their resource and indifference to the hardships of the road.  The roads themselves were recently hewn from the primeval bush and the surface was, invariably, the unalloyed earth rutted and pot holed by the passage of traffic.  Stumps of tress cut off breast high were left in the road to be dug up much later.  During the summer months a cloud of dust, mingled with the ubiquitous flies, covered the traveller but at least the roads were passable, during the winter the dirt surface turned into a quagmire.  The dray and bullocks were liable to become stuck fast in the viscous mud and teams were bogged for weeks, or it might take three  teams together to haul a dray to dry land.  During the worst winter months bullocks might sink without trace in vast pot-holes of mud.  So although there was good money to be made, the work was hard and the financial stake of the team and dray were always a hazard.
FARMING-Charles began his farming at Hanging Rock on land leased from the Crown.  The life was primitive in a post and bark hut but, unlike struggling small farmers elsewhere, there was a ready and profitable market for farm produce in nearby goldfields such as that of Woodend.  By dent of the fortuitous opportunities of the gold rush, and the wisdom to seek the more reliable riches of supplying the diggers than joining them.  Charles Everett laid the basis for his future financial success.  But he had worked hard and for long hours to achieve that security.  In 1860 he married Ellen Robinson and they began to produce their tribe of children at Hanging Rock, and the children attended Newham State School.

TONGALA- In 1874 the family trekked in bullock wagons to Tongala where Charles Everett selected 320 acres, on Henderson Rd., half a mile from the present township, and proceeded to make their first home, hewn with an axe from the timber from the surrounding forests. Unlike so many other selectors of the time he had considerable financial assets and had chosen land that was suitable to farming.However the early years were hard.  Once again the home was hewn from timbers cleared from the selection and the area was extremely isolated with no roads, the nearest town of Tongala was non-existent, and Echuca was the nearest town.By dent of hard work, his previous experience farming enabled him to succeed on his small selection.  As others succumbed to misfortune or inexperience, Charles use his financial assets to buy out their farms at a relatively bargain price.  By judicial purchase he had thus acquired a further 500 acres by 1888 when he was achieving some 16 bushels to the acre, and by 1891 he was the owner of 1400 acres.Early after moving to Tongala he began the customary pursuits of the successful yeoman farmer such as membership in the Agricultural Society of Echuca.He had become an affluent man, careful with his money, and was able to bestow a wedding dowry of eighty gold sovereigns on his daughters when they married.HIS FINAL YEARS- In Charles later years the Closer Settlement Board purchased his land holdings at Tongala and Charles and most of his family left the district.  However the Taylor farming presence was continued with his son, John, retaining some of the farm land.In 1911 a residence was purchased at Seymour and here Charles and Ellen spent their last years in their home "Earlington", a seven room weather-board house on 11 acres in Goulburn St., Seymour.  Here they lived with their daughters Emily and Mary.The house in Goulburn St remains to this day. It is presently undergoing restoration from a previously neglected state but most of the original features can be seen: the original, relatively simple fireplaces, the plaster and the lathe walls.The cottage consists of five original front rooms and several add on rooms at the back which may have been the original style.  The front is typical Edwardian with its woodwork ornamentation to a veranda covering half of the house front.  The cottage is attractive and solid rather than artistic and ambitious, surely the typical expression of a yeoman farmer made good and come to town to retire, a man content with his life's achievements and no need to prove anything to the world.Charles Everett remained active right up until the last year of his life and he continued to ride his bicycle around Seymour.  In 1923 Charles suffered a brief illness and, despite the care and attention of Dr. Hansen, death ensued on 6 May 1923 as a result of haemorrhage.  Charles was 84 years.He was interred in the old Seymour cemetery with the Reverend Ride officiating, the graveside service conducted by Reverend Palmer Phillips.  The pall bearers were Messrs Chittick, A and R Ward, A, Stewart, E. Heywood, and H. Rose.  The coffin was borne by John, Charles, Frederick, Samuel, Everett and Roy Taylor.ESTATE- His estate was considerable and was valued at 11,347 pound.  It consisted of his home 1,600 pound, furnishings 155 pound, bank accounts 7,553 pound, war bonds 1,000 pound, mortgage and loan owing to the deceased 1,073 pound. His executors were his son Frederick and daughter Martha McCall.  He bequeathed the furniture and use of the home, together will 500 pound each, to his daughters Emily and Mary.  The estate was then divided into tenths which were distributed to each of his children (excepting John who presumably received the farm earlier)   As Ann was then deceased, her share was to go to her children.Charles Everett is buried in the Seymour Pioneer Cemetery and is marked with a stone inscribed:In loving memory of our dear father, the beloved husband of Ellen Taylor, who passed away 6 May 1922 aged 84 years "Until the day dawns and the shadows flee away'A stained glass window in the Seymour Methodist Church commemorates the memory of Charles Everatt Taylor and his wife Ellen. Taken From - VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS THE COLONY AND ITS PEOPLE 1888- Taylor- Chas E-Tongala, was born at Newton, Suffolk, England, and came to this colony in 1852. He was first employed at farming at Brighton for a few months for Mr William Price, a very old colonist, and then did gardening work about the same district for four years. He was next farming at Hanging Rock (Newham), and was also carrying on the roads to different parts of the country. In 1874, he proceeded to Tongala and selected 320 acres and has since purchased close upon 500 acres. His principal crop is wheat, of which he has a yield of 16 bushels to the acre. Mr Taylor is of opinion that with sufficient rainfall lucerne would flourish abundantly all over the district. He has been a member of the Agricultural Society of Echuca for some time.Taylor- The friends of the late CHARLES EVERETT TAYLOR are respectfully informed that his remains will be interred in the Seymour Old Cemetery.The funeral is appointed to move from his late residence, Arlington, Goulburn Street, Seymour, on Tuesday May 8th, 1923 at 2o'clock.G. Diggle Funeral Director, Head Office, 547 Spencer St., West Melbourne. TAYLOR- On the 6th May, 1923, at his residence, Goulburn Street, Seymour, Charles Everett, the beloved husband of the late Ellen Taylor, and loving father of John, Francis, Ann (deceased), William (deceased), Charles Everett, Ellen, Elizabeth, Mary, Emma, Frederick, Sam, Martha and Emily, aged 84 years. (Colonist of 70 years)WAGON WHEELS TO WATER WHEELS-Tongala Family History GroupCHARLES EVERETT TAYLORCharles was born at Newtown Suffolk, England, and arrived in Australia in 1852.  For a few months he was employed at farming in Brighton for Mr William Price and then did gardening work in the same district for four years.  Next he was farming at Hanging Rock (Newham) and also carrying on the roads to different parts of the country.  His son John was born there and completed his education at Newham State School.In March 1875 Charles Taylor received his licence to occupy 320 acres at Tongala.  Charles and his family moved to Tongala by bullock wagon to the property that he had selected on Henderson Rd. half a mile south of the present town. Later he purchased a further 500 acres and by 1891 the family holding had extended to 1400 acres.  Their first home was built from timber hewn with an axe from the surrounding forests.  At first there was nothing at Tongala, no railway, or roads.  Echuca was the nearest town.  Strangely enough even rabbits and magpies did not appear until many years later.Charles mainly grew wheat and had yields of 16 bushels per acre.  He believed that if there were sufficient rainfall, lucerne would flourish abundantly all over the district.  For some time he was a member of the Agricultural Society in EchucaOLD RESIDENT PASSES- THE SEYMOUR EXPRESS- Friday, May 11, 1923MR CHARLES EVERETT TAYLOR.Almost every week it is our sad duty to record the death of one or more of the sturdy pioneers of this state, who shared the privations and hardships that confronted the early settlers in those days of converting a wilderness into a continent of prosperity.  The death on Sunday last of Mr Charles Everett Taylor, of "Arlington", Goulburn Street, Seymour, removes from our midst an old and highly respected colonist of 71 years. The deceased was a native of Newton, Suffolk, England, being born at that place in 1839.  When only 13 years of age he arrived in Victoria with his parents.  He was first employed at farming at Brighton, and later at Hanging Rock and Newham.  In 1874 he proceeded to Tongala, where by sheer hard work and perseverance he became the owner of a large area of land, which he utilised successfully for mixed farming and dairying.  He was for many years a prominent member of the Echuca Agricultural Society, and took a live interest in all matters affecting the rural welfare of the State.  Having spent 36 years at Tongala he disposed of his property to the Closer Settlement Board, and made his home at Seymour, where he resided until his death.  His illness was of short duration, and despite the care and attention of Dr Hansen, death ensued as above stated, due to hemhorage. His was a familiar figure about the town, and his quiet and retiring disposition won the respect and esteem of all whom he came in contact with.  He leaves behind one sister, Mrs Thomas Perkins, (who has been in charge of Newham Post Office for the past 50 years) and a large family, most o whom are married and resident in various parts of Victoria and New South Wales.  His wife, who predeceased him six years ago, was a native of Antrim, North of Island of Ireland and possessed the gentile Irish temperament which endeared her to all.The members of deceased's family Messrs John (Tongala), Charles Essendon), Frederick (Kamarah NSW) Samuel (Maryborough) Mrs A Waters (Edi), Mrs J Faulkner (Wangaratta), Mrs H.B.Baker (Narrandera NSW) Mrs T. McColl  (Burrajaa North NSW), and Misses Mary and Emily (Seymour). also Anne and William (deceased)The funeral took place on Tuesday last at the local cemetery, the service at the graveside being conducted by Rev. Palmer Phillips.  The mortuary arrangements were carried out by Mr. G. Diggle in most satisfactory manner.  The pall bearers were Messrs Chittick, A Ward, R Ward, A Stewart, E Heywood, and H Rose. The coffin was borne by Messrs John Taylor, Charles Taylor, Everett Taylor and Roy Taylor.

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