Friday, May 10, 2013

David B. & Hannah J.(Annie) (Montague) Olney

David B. Olney 1855 - 1917

Annie Jane Montague 1855 - 1928

Marriage Certificate of David Benjamin Olney and Annie Jane Montague 21 June 1879 at Stawell.

David Benjamin Olney born in Chilwell, Geelong 1855 and died in Hawthorn 1917
Annie Jane Olney nee Montague born Indented Head, Victoria in 1855 and died in Deepdene 1928

Various Newspaper Articles indicated David Olney and family were living in Wail, Victoria from 1883 - 1896

 “Horsham Times” 10 August 1886
From our own Correspondent – 9 August 1886.
The late Station Master at Wail.  A public meeting was held at Wail Station on Saturday evening to take into consideration the case of the late Station Master Mr D. Olney.  Mr James Allan, one of the convenors was voted to the chair and called upon Mr Wall to state what steps had been taken in connection with the case.  In June 1885, Mr Olney was examined by the Railway Doctor, Mr Jamieson who pronounced him colour blind and unfit for duty. Note that he was allowed to remain for nearly a year, when he once more underwent an examination with the same result as before.  About a fortnight after this he was given a third trial, and this time before the Commissioners, but by the same Doctor.  Of course the same Doctor would naturally fail him again. 
A petition, to which were attached 2 certificates from Drs. Cross & Hayden stating that Mr Olney was not colour blind, was then drawn up and signed by nearly 100 electors. This was given to Mr Madden as being the senior member.  The petitioners asked that Mr Madden would fully investigate the case.  Instead of doing so it would appear that he forwarded the petition to the Convenors who in their reply simply restated what they had received – as will be seen by the following letter – with the exception that they forgot to say anything about the time which had intervened between the several examinations.  
The Hon W.Madden M.P.  “Sir, adverting to the memorial from residents at Wail, forwarded by you the other day on behalf of Mr Olney, the Commission direct me to say that as you are aware they must determine whether a man is competent or not by reason of colour blind, and whenever a man has been reported against by the Doctor and has not been satisfied with such a report, the Commisssion have always afforded him an opportunity of again going through the examination in their presence.  This of course was adopted in the case of Mr Olney and it was clear from the examination which then took place that he was colour blind and the Commission with great regret decided against him.  They offered him an appointment where such defect was not material, but he declined it, and it was then decided that he should retire from the service on compensation”.
It was here explained to them that the other appointment offered meant a reduction of half a crown a day.  After several of those present had expressed their indignation at the manner in which Mr Madden had treated them, the following resolutions were passed – Moved by Mr Wilson and seconded by Mr Allan “That Mr Wall be elected Secretary”.  Moved by Mr Robertson JP and seconded by Mr Draffin “That Mr Richard Baker be written to requesting him to have all the papers etc in connection with the case laid on the table of the House and enquired into”.  Moved by Mr Wilson and seconded by Mr Wall “That Mr Olney proceed to Melbourne and be examined by two of the leading Doctors”.  The meeting broke up with 3 groans for Mr.Madden.

David Olney worked with Victorian Railways 1878 - 1888.  Station Master at Wail from 1884 to 1888.

"Horsham Times" - April 15th 1887
General Store, Wail.

The undersigned has much pleasure in thanking his numerous patrons for business at Wail, and by strict attention to business hopes still to merit a continuance of same.  Having just arrived new stock of winter goods in drapery, &c.  Intends to sell at prices to defy competition.  Inspection invited.

Wail Church
At a meeting held at D. Olney’s house on 25th April 1887, it was moved “that we build a Bible Christian Church in the township” and “that the Rev.Seacomb arrange the purchasing of land as soon as possible”.  At the next meeting it was intimated that land had been secured and that total cost inclusive of all fittings was about 50 pounds.  A Sunday School, with Mr.Barber as Superintendent, commenced in April 1888, and it was decided to purchase an organ for not more than 15 pounds.  In 1890 it was decided to shift the Wail North Church into the township.

Permission was given to the Salvation Army in 1888 to hold services on Friday nights, and in 1890 to the Education Department for use as a school.

March 28th 1890
Business Announcement
I desire to thank my numerous patrons for their past favors, and hope by strict attention to my business to merit a fair share of patronage as theretofore.  As it is my intention to encourage the cash system I have reduced all goods to the lowest possible limit FOR CASH ONLY.
Re Half-Holiday, I beg to intimate that my store will be CLOSED EVERY WEDNESDAY, from 1pm on and after 16th April.
Note the address – D. Olney, General Storekeeper, Wail

“Horsham Times”
General Store, Wail
Important Announcement
I have great pleasure in informing my numerous customers that I have just received my first instalment of goods for the season’s trade.  My purchases this season are on a more extensive scale, and buying in a cheap market, I am in a position to offer my patrons special value in this department.  I have just received a splendid stock of calicoes, sheetings, blankets, trousers and vests, &c., &c., also prints which are worthy of special notice.  Boots and shoes to suit all.
The grocery department is now well stocked with best brands and fresh and new goods.
Ironmongery, tinware, crockery and a good consignment of new season’s teas also just received.
I refrain from quoting prices, and will ask but one call to prove the above statements, as I am determined to sell at equal prices to any establishment in the Wimmera FOR CASH.
Highest prices given for butter and eggs also Cash Buyer of wheat.       D.Olney.

“Horsham Times” – January 7th 1896
Business Notice
Wail Store
David Olney, General Storekeeper, Wail.
Desires to inform the public that he will hold a Special Clearing Sale of his well assorted stock, comprising groceries, ironmongery, tinware, crockery, drapery, boots &c. from this date until the 31st January 1896 for cash only at Melbourne prices.
300 Pounds worth of drapery and boots alone will be sacrificed to clear it all out.
The public can rely on this being a genuine sale, as the above stock must be sold, having decided to relinquish business here when I hand over to my successor on 3rd February.
I wish to announce that NO CREDIT will be given after 31st December when my books will be closed.
Also, I will hold a clearing sale about the end of January of furniture, horses, buggies, scales, &c.  Date and full particulars will be published by my auctioneer in a future issue.

“Horsham Times” – 4 February 1896
Valedictory to Mr.Olney  (from a Correspondent).
On Wednesday evening the residents of Wail turned out in mass to a meeting convened to bid success to Mr.& Mrs.David Olney who, after a residency of 13 years here, are leaving for Yea, where Mr.Olney intends entering business.  The wheat shed was chosen as the place of meeting.  Our popular Chairman Mr R.Stanley JP was in the place of honour and gave perfect satisfaction, as he always does.
Local talent filled the programme with songs and recitations, generally ably perfect.
Miss A Granage opened with an overtune; recitation “My Dream” by Miss E.Olney; song “Chime Again Beautiful Bells” by Miss A Holmes; recitation “The Twins” by Miss Thomas; song “A Vision” by Mr Bowman.  This was loudly encored and Mr Bowman replied with “Queen of the Earth”; then came a comic duet, certainly the gem of the evening, by Miss Thomas & Mr S Palmer (in which Miss Thomas especially performed her part in her usual efficient style); recitation “The Dinner and the Kiss” by Miss G Thomas; song “I’m Waiting My Lover’s Return” by Miss Boyd; recitation “The Honest Newsboy” by Miss Lawson; piano solo by Miss. Olney; recitation by Michael O’Roorke and Mr McLachlan; song “Belle Mahone” by Miss. Flora Olney; pianoforte duet by Misses Olney; song “Why Do Summer Roses Fall” by Miss A Holmes; recitation “Suppose” by Miss Ivy Thomas.
At the conclusion of the programme the Chairman referred to the object of the meeting and event upon Wail, who having known Mr.& Mrs.Olney since their arrival in Wail, spoke in eulogistic terms of them and on behalf of the meeting wished them every success in their new home.  Mr Thomas, another old resident of Wail, followed in a similar strain and judging from the many kind things said of Mr.& Mrs.Olney that night, they are general favorites among their neighbours in Wail.  Mr.Olney responded briefly, thanking the numerous company on behalf of himself and his wife for their kindly wishes and for their presence that evening.  The audience having sung “Auld Lang Syne”, refreshments were handed round by the ladies.

“Horsham Times” – Tuesday 23rd June 1896
His many friends in the Wail district will be interested to learn that in a private letter Mr.D.Olney, who recently removed to Yea, writes as follows:-
I like the move very well so far, and business is quite up to my expectations. Yea is a nice little town, and the people seem to enjoy themselves thoroughly.  I had bad health for about six weeks, having caught a cold which gave me kidney trouble, but I am getting on well now – getting acclimatised, for it is much colder here than in the Wimmera.  We have had nice rains this week and the district will benefit greatly by them.  I trust you have had a fall before now, as I believe it has been dry in the Wimmera, but I hope you will have a prosperous year.  
The “Yea Chronicle” reports that on opening a very carefully packed parcel a few days ago Mr.D.Olney was pleasantly surprised on finding the contents comprised a handsomely framed, illuminated address from a number of residents of the township of Wail, where he resided for nine years, and where, besides successfully carrying on a large general business, he also acted as Stationmaster.  As the words of the address are very explicit, and plainly show the high esteem Mr. Olney was held in, we give them without further comment, as follows:-

To Mr.D.Olney,
Dear Sir,
We, the undersigned residents of Wail and district, feel that we cannot permit you to depart from our midst without some slight expression of our good feelings towards you, and our testimony to the respect in which you are and have been held amongst us, and which you so well deserve.  By your kind and genial manners you have gained the respect and esteem to us all.  In your public capacity as Stationmaster of this township, you have, by your civility and obliging manner, combined with strict attention in your duties, gained the respect of all with whom you were brought into contact; and as storekeeper in the place for the last nine years, by your uprightness in all matters of business, and your kindness, civility and attention, you have still further endorsed yourself to us all.  We beg most heartily to wish you all prosperity and happiness in your undertaking at Yea, and good health and long life to enjoy same, and we trust that when you look upon this small token of our esteem and affection you will sometimes give a kindly thought on the many friends you leave behind in Wail.  We are, dear sir, yours very sincerely –
(Signed) G.Hutchinson, Geo.Bennett, W.Olney, Jas.Reynolds, F.Wilkinson, Samuel E.Palmer, Alex.Leslie, Jas.Giddings, Jas. O’Connor, Robt.A.Stanley, Jas.McLean, H.W.Paschke, A.Collins, Jas.Holmes, John Hennessy, W.Ellis and W.J.Sallman.     Wail, 9th June 1896.

"Horsham Times" - Tuesday June 30th 1896
Fire at Wail. 

On Saturday morning the store, with private dwelling house attached, of Mr.S.D.Thomas, of Wail, was totally destroyed by fire.  The family were seated at breakfast when the fire, which broke out in the shop, was discovered.  It had then got such a firm hold of the buildings that any hope of saving them was out of the question.  The only articles recovered from destruction were the piano and a little clothing.  Nothing is known as to the origin of the fire.  The store which was owned by Mr.D.Olney who leased it to Mr. Thomas when leaving recently for Yea (where he had purchased a business) was insured for 400 pounds in the Australian Alliance Insured for which Mr.A.A.Rogers is the local agent.  Mr.Olney estimates the value of his property at 600 pounds and in addition to expending money on the building, &c., he has planted ornamental trees all around the premises.  Much sympathy is felt for him in his loss, as well as for Mr.Thomas, who was so suddenly rendered homeless.

David Olney's store in Wail, Victoria 1889

David Olney's store in Dimboola, Victoria 1888

David Olney's store in Wail, Victoria 1889

Various Newspaper Articles in "Yea Chronicle" indicate David 

Olney and family lived in Yea, Victoria 1896 - 1907

Advertisement - "Yea Chronicle" 14 May 1896
Notice - To the Licensing Court for the Licensing District of Yea
I, John Curthew Sanders of Yea, the holder of a Grocer’s License for premises situated in High Street Yea and known as Empire Store, hereby give Notice that it is my intention to Apply to the Licensing Magistrate holding the Licensing meeting at Yea, on the first day of June, one thousand eight hundred and ninety six, to TRANSFER the said License to David Olney, of Yea aforesaid, Storekeeper. 
Given under my hand this eighth day of May, one thousand eight hundred and ninety six.
J.Curthew Sanders.
Witness – Jas Finn.
And I the said David Olney, hereby Apply for the said Transfer.
Given under my hand this eighth day of May, one thousand eight hundred and ninety six.
David Olney.
Witness – Jas Finn.
James Finn, High Street, Yea.  Solicitor for Applicant.

Advertisement in "Yea Chronicle" January 23 1906

David Olney's Empire Store, High Street, Yea 1896 - 1907
"Foodway" Supermarket January 2002
"Foodworks" Supermarket July 2003
"Bag A Bargain" Variety Store December 2006

Margaret Cross and Diane Miniards discovered Olney's old Empire Store in 1999. They presented to the owners of "Foodway" supermarket a collage of photographs in honour of David B.Olney.  The collage was hanging in the store over the stairway down to the old cellar along with other memorabilia.
In July 2003 it was a "Foodworks" supermarket

The David B. Olney collage that was hanging in the old Empire Store.
By October 2005 the old shop was being renovated.  The original flooring was being replaced.  The memorabilia is now hanging in the "Station 7 Icecream Parlour & Candy Store" and being looked after by Mr. Ian Finley.  Should he sell, the Olney photos will be donated to the Historical Society.  The Iceream Parlour is an old house with a shop front, on the corner of Station and Anne Street, Yea, opposite the old Yea Railway Station.  An ideal place for a snack, coffee or icecream and take in the atmosphere.

February 2015 Peter and I were travelling through Yea and we were looking forward to our coffee at "Station 7 Icecream & Candy Store". We soon discovered that the business had closed as Ian Finley had recently died. Further investigation took me to the Council Office where I found that the Olney memorabilia was in safe keeping and they hoped that the Historical Society would be able to display its exhibits in a new location by the end of the year.

"Station 7 Icecream Parlour & Candy Store" where Olney memorabilia can be viewed

In December 2006 the old Empire Store was a "Bag A Bargain" painted sky blue.  Opposite are the public toilets in the main street and behind them is the Post Office. Facing the Post Office, the old School where David and Arthur attended is on the right, and to the left of the Post Office is Lyons Street which runs off Station Street, with the Church on the corner.

The Cyclopedia of Victoria – Page 457/458 (written about 1905)
Mr. David Olney, Secretary of the Yea Racing Club, was born in Geelong, Victoria, in 1855, and is a son of one of the early pioneers of that district.  Educated at Buninyong, he afterwards entered the service of the Victorian Railways, where he was engaged for a period of ten years, during four of which he acted as Stationmaster, retiring in 1888 on compensation.  Mr. Olney then started in business as a storekeeper near Dimboola, and in 1897 removed to Yea, where he established his present business, which is the principal one of its kind in the district.  He carries a large and valuable stock of drapery, groceries, wines and spirits, boots and shoes, ironmongery, and other articles usually found in an up-to-date business.  Mr. Olney has always evinced a warm interest in local affairs, and has been largely instrumental in developing the mining industry of the district.  He is an ardent sportsman, and is the leading spirit of the local Racing Club, and Bowling Club secretary at the present time.  Mr. Olney has been a member of the Yea Shire Council for some years, and is like-wise on the committee of the Yea Waterworks Trust, having been elected three years in succession as chairman, and a member of the local Masonic Lodge.  Mr. Olney married in 1879 to Annie, daughter of Mr. George Montague, of Geelong, who celebrated his golden wedding in 1904, and is a very old and esteemed resident of that town.

Yea Racing Club - Secretary for 3 years. David Olney is seated in front row RHS

Yea Bowling Club 1903.  David Olney is seated centre in front row.

Yea Councillors.  David Olney is seated front row LHS.
Yea Municipal Offices 2006

Australian Federal Referendum signed by David B. Olney July1899.  This certificate is hanging in Graham K. Olney's home.

How 24 Lyons Street, Yea was discovered in 1980

In 1980 Margaret (a grand-daughter of David Benjamin and Annie Jane Olney) & John Cross from New Zealand were on holidays visiting Diane (a great grand-daughter) & Stewart Miniards in Sydney.

They took a rental car and visited Yea, Victoria, because Margaret had a medal belonging to her father (William David Olney) which indicated he was dux of the school at Yea.  They found the old school abandoned and run down. They also found David Olney’s old “Empire Store” in the main street of Yea. A few doors from the shop was Purcell’s, an identical to Olney’s shop, where Margaret met Jean Scott, a daughter of the Purcell family, who later became a valuable contact.  Margaret recalls it was a great feeling to be in Yea.

At the Yea pub the locals suggested they visit the “Yea Chronicle”.  An advertisement seeking “Olney information” was placed.  While the visitors were in Yea they searched for old houses, Diane took some photos.  When Jean Scott read the advertisement in the “Yea Chronicle” she remembered she had a photo of the Olney family taken in 1901 on the steps of their home in 24 Lyons Street, Yea.  She sent it over to Margaret in New Zealand.  Jean Scott was over 70 in 1980 but thrilled to tell Margaret by mail lots about life in the days when she was a girl living opposite the Olney’s house – then called “Dunedin”.  

Some weeks later an article was place in the “Yea Chronicle”.  It read as follows:
“Link with 1900 period”
“Visitors from New Zealand and Sydney a few weeks back gained just what they were seeking – some documentary evidence of their ancestors – Mr. & Mrs. David Olney, who ran the Empire Store in Yea about the turn of the century.  Mr.Olney senior, was secretary of the Yea Racing Club and apparently a much community involved citizen.  The visitors, Mrs. Margaret Cross of Waioura, New Zealand and a neice, Mrs. Diane Miniards, of Sydney (with family members) were lucky in that Mrs. Jean Scott later unearthed a photo of the whole Olney family taken on the steps of their home (later known as “Dunlop’s”) and is sending it on.  Mrs. Scott has since received a most appreciative letter from New Zealand”.

Almost 20 years later Margaret and Diane came over for the 150th anniversary of Charles and Martha Olney arriving in Geelong on 9 August 1849.  Margaret wrote to “The Occupier” of 24 Lyons Street, Yea saying that they were coming over for an Olney family reunion on 8 August 1999 and wondered if it would be possible to see over the house.  Meg and Lionel Heres were most hospitable and agreed.  Margaret and Diane arrived in a rental car and walked to the gate, they were both sobbing.  It took a bit to get under control!  It was like a dream come true, like they had been “over the rainbow” and into the past Margaret recalls.  The Heres family were very interested to know as much as possible of the history of the house and the Olneys who lived there from 1896 – 1907.

It was not until Margaret and Diane returned to New Zealand after their visit that they looked back over those old house photos taken in 1980 that they discovered Diane had snapped “Dunedin” in 1980, before renovations took place in 1981 or so.  Jean Scott wanted a copy so that the steps could be copied when rebuilt.  Unfortunately Margaret never did send the photos as requested, so the steps are not as they originally were.  Heres have made a kitchen and coffee table from the original steps – 2 beautiful pieces of furniture.  Margaret has since sent a large photo of the Olney family standing on the steps in 1901 (the photo Jean Scott sent Margaret). It is hanging in the home today. 

After Margaret & Diane visited the “Foodway” supermarket in 1999 they presented the present owner with a framed collection of photos recognising David Benjamin Olney’s contribution to the community of Yea from 1896 – 1907.  It was hanging with other Yea memorabilia in a prominent position in the store until 2005.  Today it can be viewed in “Station 7 Icecream Parlour & Candy Store” Cnr.Station and Anne Streets, Yea.

Peter (a great grandson of David & Annie Olney) & Joy Olney visited Margaret Cross in New Zealand in November 2001.  Hearing the story of the Yea house they decided to visit 24 Lyons Street, Yea themselves.  Peter, Joy and Marjorie Olney (Peter’s mother) were most warmly welcomed by Meg who has decorated the home beautifully taking much care to have it looking like the time it was built.  The home is adorned with paintings done by Meg herself, her husband is a “full time gardener” and the gardens were indeed a picture.  The home is now heritage listed.  After 1 ½ hours, and some photos on the steps, we walked down the long garden path and were farewelled at the gate by Meg.  In many ways we felt like we had been “home”. 

When Rick Foreman of Sydney (a grandson of David and Annie Olney and son of Elsie Foreman, nee Olney) died about 1995 all his Olney family photos went to Margaret in New Zealand. Thank you Margaret for allowing us to have copies of these precious photos of our ancestors, also photos of happy family holidays the wider Olney families had together.

Letter from Jean Scott to Margaret Cross re 24 Lyons St, Yea

The following are excerpts from letters written by Mrs. Jean Scott (nee Purcell), a Yea resident responding to an advertisement in “Yea Chronicle” August 1980. Jean describes her connection with David Benjamin Olney of 24 Lyons Street, Yea and the family. In 1980, having found it in a trunk, Jean Scott sent the photo of the Olney family on the steps in 1901. 

21 August 1980
Dear Margaret,
Firstly, we must not refer to each other any longer as the formal Mrs. I’m sure the old folk didn’t.
I was just as thrilled as you were to receive your letter and to know you were so happy at the thought of receiving the photo.
I think we must be alike in our natures and sentimental over family history.  Sending the photo makes me feel I am parting with something very precious as our memories on “Dunedin” are some of the happiest of our childhood days as it was one place we were allowed to go out to play.  Then in the summer evenings on a Sunday we were allowed to listen to Mr. Dunlop play over his music for church on the organ.
See J.W.Dunlop 186,187,188 in “History of Yea”.  Aunt May (no relation) would sit on her chair and we, on the top step of those very steps would play guessing games. As it was Sunday and we were not allowed to run around and make a noise.
Now I must tell you a little of “Dunedin”. I could write pages I’m sure.  Yes, it is still standing but things have changed about it.  To us “Dunedin” was a castle as it was so much bigger and higher than the houses about it.  It stood in a corner of a four acre paddock, looking at the steps, to the left was a large archway, yards long, over where beautiful grape vines were, then the orchard.  Round the fence, all but on the side of the neighbours house were pine trees, where we spent many hours making houses from the pine needles.  We also kept our pony in the paddock.  Our place was in the next street, directly opposite and we loved to sit on our verandah and watch the moon come up over the pines.  There was no gate for us, but a little style on the corner, which we used every day coming and going to school, as going through we cut off the climb up the hill.
The house itself was set in a lovely garden setting, lots of trees and pretty shrubs.  A little from the front of the steps was a nice big lawn, in the centre a big spray.  As we had no pool and not allowed to the river, good use was made of this spot when hot.  To the left of the steps was Dunlop’s bedroom.  Wrought iron is all well-kept and is so pretty under the spouting like lovely lace.  There were three bedrooms, a small den, a large dining room, office, vestibule, bathroom in the front portion, then the gorgeous fernery, (Aunt May’s pot plants were very well known) that opened into a large kitchen, scullery, pantry, storerooms (2), wash house.  Birds of all kind made their nests in the fernery as there were no dogs or cats.  It was always well kept until this present owner’s husband died.
Aunt May (87) has come home, so before I sent the photo away I took it along for her to see.  At once she said “Oh, I know them, Ethel, Elsie and Floss she thought was number three and she knew grandpa well.
One day when my son is home with his camera I will get him to take a few shots round the house.  In the paddock there are about seven homes now, not at all in keeping with “Dunedin” and of course we hate it too. Boys galore in one family, where we used to love the peace and quietness of this end of the town, it’s now noisy cars and those dreadful motorbikes.
Now I must say farewell for the present.  I’m dying for you to get the photo. I know you will love it, a golden link between us and if ever over this way again just say “Yea” we’d love to see you again.
My love to all, affectionately yours,
Jean Scott.
Excerpt from another letter:-
I called over yesterday for a look over “Dunedin”, gosh what they have done inside, outside hasn’t been touched.  It was lovely walking around the garden alone with all my fond memories.  We sat on the verandah, on those same steps and played our games “I see something starting with J”. etc.
David & Annie Olney on the steps of "Dunedin" in 1901. Children left to right Elsie, William, Roy, Arthur, Ethel, Florence
"Dunedin" built about 1892. Photo taken about 1897 before extension.

"Dunedin" about 1900 after extension.
Annie Ethel Olney 1881 - 1911

Elsie Louisa Olney 1885 - 1964 and Florence Margaret Olney 1883 - 1971
William David Olney 1889 - 1974

Arthur Edgar Olney 1893 - 1978

Roy Montague Olney 1899 - 1971

After receiving old photos Joy Olney put together this collage of Olneys in 2003.
 Martha Olney, to David & Louisa Olney & family, to David & Annie Olney & family, to Arthur & Doris Olney & family.

24 Lyons Street, Yea in 2002

Beautiful garden, Heritage listed, tastefully decorated.
The Olney family on the steps at 24 Lyons Street, Yea in 2002

Hallway at "Dunedin"
Dining Room at "Dunedin".

Lounge Room at "Dunedin".
A piece of timber found in the garage at 24 Lyons Street, Yea - left over from early 1900s

Presentation to Cr. Olney – “Yea Chronicle” Thursday 22 August 1907

The public meeting convened by the Shire President (Cr. G.H.Evans), to arrange a send off to Cr. Olney was well attended on Saturday last.  The President was in the chair and briefly outlined the business of the meeting.  He said that he had convened the meeting in response to a numerously signed requisition, and the object had his most cordial sympathy.  He had during his term of office to assist at various meetings of this nature, but none had met with his approval to such an extent as this.  During a number of years Mr.Olney had taken a deep interest in many matters of a public nature, and by his energy and ability greatly aided in their furtherance.  In municipal matters of the Shire Council and the Water Trust, he (the President) had sat with Cr.Olney for several years at the Council table and, although they had naturally differed at times, he had always found him an energetic, competent representative of the ratepayers, and careful that their interests were conserved.  Mr.Olney had also taken an active part in other public bodies, notably the Race Club, Bowling Club, and Caledonian Society.  He considered that on the eve of his departure from Yea he was deserving of some substantial public recognition from the residents of the district.

Mr. E.S.Purcell endorsed the remarks of the President.  His opinion was that Mr.Olney had been in every sense of the word a public citizen.  He had been connected with Mr.Olney in the Water Trust, as a fellow trustee of the Recreation Reserve, as well as other outside bodies. In all Mr.Olney had been an energetic and effective worker, and well deserving of some public acknowledgment.

Cr.O’Callaghan stated that he fully agreed with the former speakers regarding Mr.Olney as a Councillor and commissioner of the Water Trust.  He had also been active and efficient worker in the Racing Club.  Some form of send off should be tendered to him.

Messrs.Redpath, Saunders, Hunter, E.McCristal, and others having also borne testimony to Mr.Olney’s merit as a progressive citizen during the term of his residence in Yea, it was unanimously decided that a presentation should be made to him in appreciation of the public services rendered by him to the district.

Mr.J.Clark was appointed honourary secretary to the movement, and the following gentlemen agreed to form the committee: Messrs Evans (chairman), Hunter, Redpath, Purcell, E.McCristal, A.Drysdale, A.Anderson, Begg, W.Ker, O’Callaghan, C.Hamilton, Harry Smith, H.McDonald, Francis, Dunlop and Saunders – five to form a quorum.

It was further resolved that the presentation fund should be raised by public contributions, and the following were appointed collectors: Messrs E.McCristal, Evans, A.Anderson, Redpath, and Clark.

It was considered that the presentation should be made at either a social or a smoke night, but the definite arrrangement of this matter was adjourned until the next meeting of the committee.  This will be held at the Shire Hall on Saturday next at 4pm.

Olneys left Yea in 1907 and moved to Melbourne.

Sands & McDougall record:.

1908  - 52 Munro St, Coburg.
1908 -  35 Richardson St, South Melbourne.
1908 -  Melbourne & Suburban Firewood Co.Timber Supply Pty.Ltd., Yarra Bank Rd, Sth Melb.
1909 -1910  Melbourne & Suburban Firewood Supply P/L, Normanby Rd, Sth Melb.
1909 - 1910 "Tarrawatta, Inkerman Road, Caulfield.
1911 -1912 79 Manningtree Road, Hawthorn.
1912 -1917 Grocer 31 Victoria Pde, Collingwood.
1913 -1918 "Lipson", 26 Elm Street, Hawthorn.

David died 21 September 1917 at 26 Elm Street, Hawthorn.

Annie lived at:
1919 - 1921 ?
1922 - 1924 21 Austin Street, Balwyn.
1925 - ?       Roy Olney bought 21 Austin Street, Balwyn from his Mother when he married.
Annie Olney died 3 July 1928.

David & Annie Olney shifted from Yea  in 1907.  Their home at 79 Manningtree Road, Hawthorn from 1907 - 1913.

David & Annie Olney's home at "Lipson" 26 Elm Street, Hawthorn from 1913.  David died here in 1917.  Annie went to live with Roy M.Olney in 1918. Photo taken in 2003.

26 Elm Street, Hawthorn after being renovated in 2009.
David Olney bought Plot 100 at Boroondara Cemetery when his daughter Ethel Olney died of T.B. 20 June 1911.
David Olney died 21 September 1917.  Annie Olney died 3 July 1928. All 3 are buried together.

Will of David Benjamin Olney

This is the Last Will and Testament of me David Benjamin Olney in the Colony of Victoria, Storekeeper.

After payment of all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses I give devise and bequeath unto Annie Jane Olney my wife all my real and personal estate wheresoever, and whatsoever during her life and after her death the Estate to be equally divided amongst my children living viz Ethel Annie, Florence Margaret, Elsie Louisa, William David, Arthur Edgar, Roy Montague. If any of the above predecease me the same to be divided equally to those that are surviving.

I also bequeath my gold watch and chain to my oldest son William David and my double barrel gun to Arthur Edgar.

And I hereby appoint Annie Jane Olney and my son William David Olney as Executors to keep my last will and testament and at my wife’s death William David will see that each one living get their right and equal share.

Executors of this Will in witness whereof  I have hereunto set my hand this 8th  day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and eleven.

Signed by David Benjamin Olney.

Signed by the said David Benjamin Olney the Testator and by him declared to be his last Will and Testament in the presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

Signed James McCallum and John W.Tratford.

Note: David B.Olney made his last Will on 8 May 1911. He died on 21 September 1917. 

In the Supreme Court of Victoria – Probate Jurisdiction

In the Will of David Benjamin Olney late of  26 Elm Street, Hawthorn in Victoria, Grocer deceased.

This is the Will marked “A” referred to in the affidavit of Annie Jane Olney and William David Olney produced and shewn to the said Annie Jane Olney at the time of her swearing such affidavit this 14th day of  November 1917. Before me.


A Commissioner of the Supreme Court of the State of Victoria for taking affidavits.

David & Annie Olney and Ethel are buried in Compartment C, Presbyterian Section, Plot 100 at Boroondara Cemetery, High Street, Kew, Melbourne.
There is no headstone or anything to identify that it is an Olney grave except for a "100" stake. It is built up with concrete sides filled with dirt.  It resembles a bath!  So sad to think that no one has cared to put a plaque there.  David paid 1 pound in 1911 for the plot.
Margaret Cross visited the grave of David & Annie Olney and Ethel at Boroondara Cemetery in 1999.

Diane Miniards visited the grave of David & Annie Olney and Ethel at Boroondara Cemetery in 1999.

Peter & Joy Olney.  Peter attached "Olney" to David & Annie Olney's grave. It had been unnamed since  Ethel Annie Olney was buried in 1911.  David Olney was buried in 1917 and Annie Olney added in 1928.
Ross & Barbara Olney, Lyn Olney and Peter Olney at the grave of David & Annie Olney and Ethel Olney at Boroondara Cemetery, Kew 2013.
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These blogs have been written as another way of sharing the Olney family history with those interested. They do not cover all branches.  My interest has primarily been with the "David" Olney branch with parents Charles and Martha Olney.

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