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William Fox - Early Pioneer of Avenel (1897)

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William Fox

Born C. 1830 - Burnham - Norfolk - England

Died 17 May 1897 - Avenel

Buried 19 May 1897

Father - Hugh Fox

Mother - Phoebe Jared

Wife - Mary Ann Broughton

married 4 Mar 1856

Church of England - Kilmore - Victoria

Arrived in Melbourne on 13 January, 1849, on the ship “Manchester” which took 100 days to sail from Plymouth in England. The records show his occupation was bricklayer and he was aged 18 years. He was an indentured labourer for 6 months for Col. Kenton at Devil’s River at twenty pounds per annum. Devils River is near the headwaters of the Broken River which rises near Nillahcootie and its tributary of the Goulburn River. The broken river was originally called Winding Swamp probably because in dry seasons the river bed was broken into a series of waterholes. The station at Devil’s River was occupied in 1839 by Watson & Hunter and named John Hunter and his mate Campbell after watching a night corroboree.

This was in 1868 - stated he was living in a slab bark hut-garden-Avenel - and was listed as a labourer.

1872 - occupation listed as Bullock Driver

1877 - occupation was listed as a carrier

1897 - occupation listed as labourer - owned Lot 7 & 8 - Section 8 - Anderson St - Avenel - valued at 2 Pounds

Wife Mary first entry was in 1900 after William had died - Fox Mary - House - 2 Acres - Old Avenel. In 1903 this house was then a weatherboard cottage - occupation listed as homeowner.

Last entry was in 1914 - cottage - 2 acres - cottage- Home duties - Avenel

Mary Ann Fox (Broughton) was buried 29 Jul 1915 - aged 74 - Heart Failure - Grave 50 - Section B - Protestant - Row 23 (unmarked Grave)

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