Reverend Cusack RussellA cottage, Wando Vale

The Vern McCallum Photo Collection

Photos of the Western District of Victoria, Australia, from 1860





Reverend Cusack Russell, died 1876  

Reverend Cusack Russell, died 1876.

Appointed Church of England priest for the Portland area in 1850, and spent the next 24 years travelling his enormous parish first on horseback, then in a two pony trap. Tireless, devoted and very well liked. Referred to as "The pioneer of all denominations."

Bluff School   Bluff School. The photo bears the inscription "Miss Johnson, teacher. Girl in beads Bessie".
Captain Farley was a mariner who operated in NSW, Victorian, Tasmanian and New Zealand waters. He first settled at Bridgewater, near Portland where his first wife, Martha Lowe is buried in a private cemetery on the Lal Lal property. After re-marrying to Catherine Cunneen in Portland Captain Farley moved to Digby where he held many positions including poundkeeper, registrar of births and deaths, and publican.. He is Vern McCallum's great-great-grandfather.   Captain Farley

Capt Farley, "Master Mariner" and Martha Eliza Lowe were married on 12 Oct 1847 in Launceston.

The Portland Guardian, 6th July 1854: " Died at Rockingham, Cape Bridgewater on 1st, Martha Elvin wife of Captain A. T. Farley late commander of Brig Panama of this port after a long and painful illness." The Guardian got her second name wrong.

Lone Furrows on Sea and Land. Centenary of Victoria 1834-1934: "Captain Farley was an early settler at Bridgewater whose tenure was short lived. His wife is buried in a private cemetery there." This is the cemetery on the Hedditch's property, Lal Lal, in December 1996.

The original wooden enclosure has been protected by an outer, iron fence. The marker is a simple limestone tablet, with names scratched into it. In addition to Mrs Farley are: Emily Hedditch, 1853; Baby Malseed, 1865; Samuel Hedditch, 1869; Alex Malseed, 1870; Baby Devlin.

The site also contains a modern plaque raised by the Hedditch family and inscribed:

"Centenary of the arrival at Adelaide of Mr and Mrs Charlton Hedditch in the Barque Eden 24 Jun 1838 - 1938. They made Lal-Lal their home in 1845"

Unknown but admired.   Unknown woman
Feeding the chooks   Feeding the chooks.

The rabbiters

  The rabbiters.
Lucca Singh: Indian hawkers travelled the district at least until the 1950s.   Lucca Singh: Indian hawker
Gone to the War.   Gone to the War

Some did not come back.

Private Vern Burgess was killed on 19th January, 1942 while serving with the 2/29th Battalion during the battles in the Muar and Bakri region of the state of Johore, Malaya.

Vern Burgess was the uncle of Vern McCallum.

  Private Vern Burgess, killed on 19th January, 1942