52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #3 Alexander Alexander Harley

Alexander married Henrietta Louisa Russell on 25 August 1888.  They lived for the first few years in a house Alexander owned at 33 Hambleton Street, South Melbourne.  The new documents I found for Alexander include the South Melbourne Rate books.

These show in 1889, Alexander Harley was the owner/occupier of 33 Hambleton Street South Melbourne.  His occupation was listed as Polisher.

Alexander Harley 1889 rate book
Ancestry.com, “Victoria, Australia, Rate Books, 1855-1963,” database and images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 6 Jul 2017); entry for Alexander Harley, residence date 30 September 1889, residence place South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Public Record Office Victoria; North Melbourne, Australia; Series Title: 2332/P Microfilm Copy Of Rate Books, City of South Melbourne [copy of VPRS 8264] [1855-1901.
In 1893, Alexander was still the owner of 33 Hambleton Street, but he was renting the house out to Thomas McDonnell.

Alexander Harley 1893 rate book - owner
Ancestry.com, “Victoria, Australia, Rate Books, 1855-1963,” database and images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 6 Jul 2017); occupier Thomas McDonnell, residence date 25 Jan 1893, residence place South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, owner name Alexander Harley; Public Record Office Victoria; North Melbourne, Australia; Series Title: 2332/P Microfilm Copy Of Rate Books, City of South Melbourne [copy of VPRS 8264] [1855-1901]
The rate books for 1893 show that Alexander was renting a house at 112 Buckhurst Street

Alexander Harley 1893 rate book
Ancestry.com, “Victoria, Australia, Rate Books, 1855-1963,” database and images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 6 Jul 2017); occupier Alexander Harley, residence date 23 Jan 1893, residence place South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, owner name Henry McGilton; Public Record Office Victoria; North Melbourne, Australia; Series Title: 2332/P Microfilm Copy Of Rate Books, City of South Melbourne [copy of VPRS 8264] [1855-1901]
It was in 1892 that Alexander first applied for land.

The Public Record Office Victoria website has an entry for Alexander in the Land Selection and Correspondence Files:

806/42 ALEXANDER A HARLEY TARRAWARRA NORTH 71 156–1—30
VPRS 5357/P0 unit 3231, item 806/42
1892 to 1892
Land Selection And Correspondence Files
Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands

I have no further details about this file at this stage.  Alexander then applied for land at Jeeralang (this article uses the spelling Jeeraling)

Local Land Board
LOCAL LAND BOARD. (1893, April 25). Traralgon Record (Traralgon, Vic. : 1886 – 1932) , p. 3 (MORNING.). Retrieved March 14, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59315026

The Victoria Government Gazette dated 21 July 1893 (on FindMyPast) shows that this application was not granted.

Alexander then applied for land at Woolamai – the following entry was also found on the Public Record Office Victoria website

12371/42.44 ALEXANDER ALEXANDER HARLEY WOOLAMAI 43A 93–1–1
VPRS 5357/P0 unit 3994, item 12371/42.44
1893 to 1928
Land Selection And Correspondence Files
Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands

I found an article on Trove that showed that this application was granted.

Gazette Notices
Gazette Notices. (1894, March 29). Great Southern Advocate (Vic. : 1889 – 1906; 1914 – 1918), p. 3. Retrieved July 6, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210720634

Alexander lived on the farm at Woolamai until his death in 1939.

This Google map shows the location of Woolamai, and Jeeralang.

 

Background of featured image is a photo I took in 1984, from the hill at the top of the farm at Woolamai, looking towards Bass Strait

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