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Blogging from A to Z – U is for Ultima

On my side of the family tree, there was one family who lived for a time at Ultima.

Robert Faulks was born in 1886 at Korong Vale.  He was the son of Thomas Faulks and Hannah Maria Oldroyd.  (Hannah’s father John was the brother of my 2x great grandmother Jane Elizabeth Oldroyd).

Robert married Florence Emily Blenkinsop in 1911. Florence had been born in 1886 in Maldon.  Their first two children were born at Ultima; their son Alfred Allan Faulks was born in 1912 at Ultima and died the same year, and they also had a daughter who was born at Ultima.

Robert was a saddler, and his business was involved in a fire in 1916.

Big Fire at Ultima
BIG FIRE AT ULTIMA. (1916, January 20).Bendigonian (Bendigo, Vic. : 1914 – 1918), , p. 6. Retrieved April 25, 2016, from

Ultima, 15th January.
An extensive and disastrous fire broke out in the drapery portion of Smith Bros. general store, and rapidly spreading before a southerly wind, swept the whole of the following business premises:-Mrs. Vernon, fruit shop; Robt. Faulks, saddler; Robt. Gundlack, hairdresser and tobacconist; Joseph Brooks, baker.  An empty shop was also consumed. A lawn tennis court separating the last-named from H.E. and M. A. Cuttle’s private house saved the latter. The flames reached right across the two chain street, and the London Bank and post office were in great danger, but were saved by the townspeople with buckets of water.

This article had first appeared in The Age, and the Bendigo Advertiser, on 17 January 1916:

DISASTROUS FIRE AT ULTIMA. (1916, January 17). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954), , p. 6. Retrieved April 25, 2016, from
BIG FIKE AT ULTIMA. (1916, January 17).Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918), , p. 2. Retrieved April 25, 2016, from

There was another article with information about the fire

The Fire in Ultima
The Fire in Ultima. (1916, January 26).Quambatook Times (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), , p. 3. Retrieved April 25, 2016, from

The Fire in Ultima.
The following is stated to be the insurances upon the various buildings, stock, etc:- W. and A. Smith, £500 upon buildings in the Manchester Insurance Co., £300 upon plant consisting of engine and freezing works in the
same company, and £500 upon stock in the Commercial Union Co. There was not any insurance upon the furniture and personal effects of Smith Bros. Mrs Vernon, £200 upon main building in the Patriotic Insurance Co., £50 on detached bedrooms in the same company, and £60 on furniture. The stock was also insured in another company, but only for a small sum. Robert Faulks. £155 on buildings in the Wachem and Munish Insurance Co. G. G. Goudie, £160 on shops in Patriotic Insurance Co., and £50 on a detached building behind the shop in the same company. Andrew Groat. £150 on two shops and £50 on bake house and oven in the Patriotic Insurance Co. At the rear of Mrs Vernon’s shop there are two bedrooms and a shed, and these were saved almost solely by the efforts of Mr Harry Powell, who for a long time unnoticed and unassisted battled with the threatening flames with tank water which he bucketted on to the building. When he was noticed he was almost exhausted, and had to be revived with water whilst others continued the good work. Mr Powell boards at Mrs Vernon’s and had been making ice-cream when the fire broke out, and immediately he recovered from his exhaustion he set to work and finished his labors and the fire-fighters were supplied with ice-cream whilst the fire still burned, but had run its course, and very acceptable it proved. Another humorous side-light was the expression of a poultry fancier who, with beaming eyes when he gazed upon the damaged corrugated iron, was heard to remark in a stage whisper “There will be plenty iron for fowl-houses cheap now, Joe.”
Mrs Vernon is utilizing the unburnt portion of her premises to carry on her business.

An even more detailed article appeared in the Ultima and Chillingollah Star on 21 January 1916 – Big Fire in Ultima. (1916, January 21).Ultima and Chillingollah Star (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 3. Retrieved April 25, 2016, from   As this article is quite long, I have not included a copy or transcription here.  There are also a few other articles on Trove about the fire.

Robert and his family continued to live at Ultima until 1938, when they moved to Kerang.

People and Events
PEOPLE AND EVENTS (1938, October 4).The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), , p. 14. Retrieved April 25, 2016, from

Mr and Mrs R Faulks and family, who are leaving the Ultima district to live at Kerang, were presented with gifts by members of the Methodist church, and by people of the district. Mr Faulks has lived in Ultima for 30 years

Robert died in 1970, and his wife Florence in 1974.

On my husband’s side of the family, there was one person who was born at Ultima.  Kate Florence Jury was born at Ultima in 1904.

Kate’s connection is: Kate married William Arstall in 1926.  William was the son of Harry Arstall and Wilhelmina Finlayson.  Wilhelmina was the daughter of William Finlayson and Elizabeth Clyne.  Elizabeth was the daughter of David Clyne and Elizabeth Sinclair.  My husband is descended from David and Elizabeth, through their son David.