Lorice Jenking and Wendy Benoit with share something of
their recent trips to Cornwall
Renaming of ACU Aquinas Campus, "Manifold Hall" to
St Piran's Day - Details at February Meeting
Please note change of date due to Easter
AGM - Note change of date due to "Queen's Birthday"
Annual Bus Trip
from the 2014 Annual Bus Trip
To view images from the 2013 Bus Trip follow this link.
To view images from the 2012 Bus Trip follow this link.
St Piran's Day 2013
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To read about and view the photos of the 2011 St Piran's
Day events, click the link below
Previous Reports and Speakers
More images of Maureen Fuller's visit to Ballarat in May
Images from the 25th Anniversary
Nita Receiving her Award
Robert and Award Recipients
Nita and Joy Cutting the Cake
Maureen Fuller - Grand Bard
Images from the April Meeting
Miniature Steam Parade
Trevithick Day 2012
Interior at Lound Church
Helen Helston presenting her Family History segment
John and Sandra Hosking with John Skewes
December Cornish Christmas
Forty eight Cornish minded people met in the
Skipton Street Uniting Church hall for our
traditional Christmas meeting which commenced with
a spirited rendition of Trelawney.
President John Mildren welcomed Ballarat members
and friends from Melbourne, Geelong and Bendigo.
Special mention was made of the president of CAV,
Robert Gribben, Secretary June Whiffen, Patron
Bill Phillips and his wife Gwen, Treasurer Rod
Phillips, President of Geelong Branch Neil Thomas
and his wife Marilyn, George Ellis and Leanne and
Rob Lloyd from Bendigo.
President John paid tribute to the dedicated
members of the Ballarat Branch during the twenty
five years it has existed with special mention of
Joy and Jeff Menhennet Ian Jennings, Wendy Benoit
and Lenice Stuchbery.
Vice president Joy Menhennet provided piano
accompaniment for singing traditional Christmas
carols interspersed with Librarian Wendy Benoit
reading about Cornish Christmas customs and
activities experienced by our ancestors in their
President of the CAV, Reverend Professor Robert
Gribben, brought greetings to Ballarat, which he
is always pleased to visit. He expressed thanks
for our hospitality and shared some thoughts on
the late Nelson Mandela.
Patron of the CAV, Bill Phillips, said Grace in
the Cornish language and everyone enjoyed a
delicious Festive Feast.
Photos from Ian Jennings and Beryl and Ted Curnow.
Annual Bus Trip - Saturday 26th October
On a very overcast Saturday 26th October, 42
travellers from Ballarat, Geelong and Melbourne
boarded the bus at Skipton Street for a very
informative day with an extremely knowledgeable
and expert guide in Joan Hunt.
She showed us the towns or districts of
Smythesdale, New Town, Scarsdale, Happy Valley,
Piggoreet and Linton plus Nimmons Bridge and the
Devils Kitchen at Piggoreet
We stopped for lunch at the former Happy Valley
School, now a very well equipped community hall.
Ian Getsom welcomed us with a warm fire and had
organised a display of the history of the area.
John Mildren made a small presentation of thanks
After lunch we travelled to Linton where Joan had
arranged for two members from Linton to join her
in showing us some features of the town.
To see the photos
of the day click here
CHHA Family History Expo
On Friday and Saturday 18th and 19th October, the
group was involved in the Central Highlands
Historical Association Family History Expo.
On the Friday about 100 children were involved
from four schools - Bungaree, Trentham, Newlyn and
Dana Street in Ballarat. Some children gave
reports of work they had been undertaking and then
the children were divided into groups and did
three activities provided by the various
exhibitors. It was a fun day enjoyed by children,
teachers and activity providers. Saturday was open
to the public and we were able to assist numerous
people with their family research.
Joy with John Harrison
Joy with Students
Moira Drew and John Mildren
|At the October Meeting:
John Mildren shared photos and stories of
his and John Morrish's recent trip to
Cornwall where they visited many towns and
villages. As a keen ornithologist,
John was fortunate to see and gain a
photograph of a Cornish Chough.
Moira Drew introduced the Ballarat branch
to the 'Overland
Gold' project on which she has been
working for some years.
To learn more, follow this link. Overland Gold
Moira recently led a car convoy along the
route taken by those who crossed from
South Australia and she would like to
arrange a re-enactment of the trip with a
bullock wagon in the near future.
August Meeting 2013
In the Cornish segment of the evening, Bev Pratt
spoke about Rev. John Cope, great great
grandfather of Susan Gribben???one of five clerics
in Susan's family. (Susan is the wife of the
President of the CAV, Rev. Prof. Robert Gribben)
John Cope, born 7th December 1825 in Cheadle,
Staffordshire, was a schoolmaster in Mevagissey in
1851, where he lodged with the Lelean family.
In 1854 he married Mary Ann Lelean at St Austell.
After several years as a Probationer Minister he
was ordained by the Wesleyan church in 1855 and
emigrated to Hobart serving there, in Launceston ,
Campbelltown, Adelaide, Melbourne, Geelong, St.
Kilda, Richmond, Hobart again and finally in
Lydiard Street , Ballarat , for two years,
retiring in 1883 because of ill health.
The presentation was followed by some community
singing of Cornish Favourites, accompanied by Joy
Menhennet on the piano.
|The Cope family claim that
a pair of silver buckles, given in thanks
by John Wesley, to Mary Ann???s parents,
are now displayed in the Museum at
Wesley???s Chapel in London.
The 1880 Quarterly Meeting, at Lydiard
Street Methodist Church, invited John Cope
to be the Superintendent Minister in the
circuit, comprising fourteen
congregations???Lydiard Street, Macarthur
Street, Pleasant Street, Wendouree,
Sebastopol, Magpie, Rubicon, Black Lead,
Scotchman's, Buninyong, Garibaldi,
Alfredton, Hiscocks and Corduroy.
In 1881 John commenced this three years???
appointment with a stipend of 250 pounds
In his first year memberships in the
fourteen congregations totalled 1273.
The Quarterly Meeting 24th 1881 decided to
hold a ??? Love Feast??? at Lydiard Street
on the Wednesday night immediately before
the next full moon. Communion would have
been celebrated and moonlight would have
ensured safe walking.
That meeting also resolved to urge the
Trustees to build a larger church to
accommodate 1,300 .This was the second
church , built south of the current
church, and now used by the School of
It is thought that Mary Ann???s family
were the forebears of the Lelean family
known to Ballarat members. Rev Drew Lelean
in Melbourne has chalice once used
by John Wesley.
It was a fun night and enjoyed by all. A
scrumptious high tea followed.
June Meeting 2013
was the 25th Anniversary of the Ballarat
Branch and it was wonderful that some former
members and the President of the CAV, Robert
Gribben, were able to join us for this
mark this auspicious occasion, Vice
President Joy Menhennet made and decorated a
cake, in the shape of our country Australia
and decorated it with Cornish emblems.
and Nita Bartle lit a candle and cut the
cake. President Robert congratulated
Ballarat Branch members on this achievement
and all present sang ???Happy
presented a Life Membership certificate to
Nita Bartle and framed congratulatory
certificates to Foundation Members Ian and
Marilyn Jennings, Joy Menhennet and Lenice
Stuchbery and in absentia Eleanor Chisholm,
Val D???Angri, John Mildren and Brian and
were offered to both Marjory Foo and Bill
Whitford for their contribution over many
shared with us a fascinating story of his
wife???s (Susan) ancestors - Walter and Mary
Croggon (nee Mullis) - Susan???s great great
born in Grampound, and Mary in St Germans.
Walter's family were Baptists but he was
influenced by the ministry of two well-known
Wesleyan Methodist preachers and offered
himself for the Methodist Ministry.
began as a Local Preacher in the Truro
circuit and when he was accepted as a
candidate, was stationed in Penzance, St
Austell and Liskeard. He was then posted to
Paris as part of the church's foreign
missions from 1822-26, and then to the
Greek Island of Zante (or Zakynthos) in the
was a Wesleyan Methodist missionary to the
islands which were then under British
control and as well as undertaking church
responsibilities, they both did amazing work
in teaching Greek boys and girls in small
schools they organised. Mary died in 1830 at
the age of 31 and was survived by a six year
old daughter Marianne (Susan???s ancestor)
and her husband.
returned to England, after his wife's death
and was Superintendent of Irish Schools and
Missions, based in Dublin, until his
wife Mary lies buried in the English
cemetery on Zante, but the grave took some
finding. When Robert and Susan discovered
the grave and cleaned it, the inscription
told them that two other of their babies had
already been buried there, and that Mary had
died after the birth of a third.
MEETING WITH THE GRAND BARD
On an extremely cold Wednesday 15th May, 12
members and nine visitors joined together for a
very enjoyable lunch with the Grand Bard,
Maureen Fuller, Steren Mor.
It was Maureen???s first visit to Australia and
she was fortunate that she had been able to make
contact with a family member whilst in Sydney.
Maureen shared some of her family???s story with
us and those lucky enough to attend Kernewek
Lowender heard some more.
It was a wonderful opportunity to meet Maureen
and those who attended felt her warmth and
April Meeting 2013
At the April Meeting, Joy
Menhennet told us about Henry Richards Caselli
JP baptised 23rd June 1861 at Falmouth. Henry
Richards Caselli served an apprenticeship with a
large ship building yard studying naval
architecture. He invented an improved gun
carriage and platform, visiting Germany and
attracting the attention of the British Military
The Caselli family arrived in Victoria in
December 1853 on the Gazelle. Henry was the
Lloyd???s Shipping Company Surveyor for Corio
Bay Harbour, Geelong, before being attracted by
the discovery of gold, to Ballarat, where he
witnessed the Eureka riots. Henry Caselli was
the architect for many Ballarat buildings.
Arthur and Robyn Coates shared photos and
stories of their trip to the UK during 2012.
Cornish segments included The ???Obby ???Oss
Festival, Trevithick Day and a trip to
Morwenstow with the tales of Robert Stephen
A visit to St John the Baptist Church, Lound (in
Suffolk) where an ancestor of Robyn???s (Booth
Hodgetts Lynes) had personally financed the
refurbishment of the small church back to its
medieval grandeur, ended the talk.
February Meeting 2013
After a short business meeting
Helen Helston shared information about her
Rickard family. Two brothers, Mark and
Thomas Rickard migrated to the USA and from
there to Australia.
Mark became the manager of the Grand Duke mine
at Timor near Maryborough but after a mine
accident shifted to Ballarat. Mark married Annie
Kent whose father was Nicholas Kent from
Sebastopol after whom Kent Street was named.
John Hosking was born in Camborne Conrwall and
emigrated to Australia. He worked as a
miner and in the china clay industry both in
Cornwall and Australia and is an active member
of the Ballarat Mechanics Institute.
He has researched the reasons that lead to the
migration of huge numbers of young people from
Cornwall to Australia in the 1850s.
Cornwall had been very prosperous from the
production of tin and copper particularly in the
1800s for the navy, fishing and the large scale
imports of otherwise highly taxed luxury goods
(known to us as smuggling).
Within a 5 year period each of these industries
was decimated, tranforming the community from
prosperity to poverty. Copper had been
discovered in Canada and tin in Malaysia hence
the prices had plummetted, The large trawlers
from the east had destroyed the huge herring
shoals and the war with France had ceased so
personnel and ships could be deployed in
disrupting the smuggling trade.
At the same time, the South Australian
Government offered free passages to Australia
for people with farming skills, blacksmiths and
No wonder they came.