History of Bulla Victoria Australia

THis history of Bulla was written by Oswald Daniel age 12 in 1910 and published in The Sunbury News on 4 June 1910.

HISTORY OF BULLA.  by Oswald Daniel 

published in The Sunbury News 4 June 1910

English: The historic Bulla Bridge, built 1869...
The historic Bulla Bridge, built 1869, crossing Deep Creek at Bulla, Victoria

Bulla derives its name from the aboriginal words, ‘Bulla-Bulla, which   mean ‘two round low hills,’ or ‘the two breasts.’ I do not know who gave the district that name, but it must have been named in the early settlement of the colony.

Two of the earliest settlers of the district were Mr Martin Batey (of Red Stone Hill), and Mr George Evans (father of Mr R. C. Evans, of Emu Bottom, near Sunbury), who, with their wives, landed in Melbourne from Tasmania before John Fawkner. When these pioneers essayed their eventful trip across Bass Strait the weather was so rough they had to turn back for shelter, when Fawkner decided that he would not go on, and the first trip was accomplished without him; and he did not come over till the second trip. Mrs Batey was sixteen years of age, and Mrs Evans a year younger.

Other settlers were :- Messrs Page Brothers, Fawkner, Duncan, Grant,   McNab, Riddell, Loeman, Dickens, Hunter, and Greene. Woodlands was the residence of Mr Greene, who was a naval officer and re- ceived this section of ground as a free grant for services to the Crown. The sections running northward are now occupied by the Oaklands Hunt Club, Messrs Peters, Quinlan, and Anderson; there were also grants from the Crown to Major Fairbrache, Captain Taylor, and other military officers.

The first church (the present Church of England), which stands on a corner of Woodlands, was built by Mrs Greene, and a right of passage existed until recently for persons attending church to walk along the southern boundary of the land. One of Mr Greene’s sons (Rawden) died of thirst while travelling with stock in Queensland, but his name is perpetuated in the township of Bulla– the street near the Roman Catholic Church being named ‘Rawden,’ and the street on which the Shire hall stands – ‘Greene’ street. The section extending from Mus grove’s corner to the late Andrew Carroll’s was owned by Mr William Wright, who cut it up and sold it about the year 1852, Messrs Musgrove, Johnson, Daniell, Carroll, Tulloch and Waylett were among the original purchasers. Mrs Mary Daniell purchased two blocks of the estate, one of which is still held by her grandson, Mr A. F. Daniel. The adjoining block she sold to the late John Cosgrove, who was alderman and first treasurer of the City of Melbourne. Mr Cosgrove used to cycle out on a ‘bone shaker,’ (a term given to a certain make of early cycles) that must have had an earlier history than the famous machine of the late Professor Kernot, and in his trips from North Melbourne to the farm he used to arrive with such an enormous appetite that one of his standing boasts was that he could eat anything that was put before him, On one occasion a crow was pre- pared, and he was invited to have a meal of crow. After he had finished the meal he remarked : ‘Humph ! I can eat crow, but I don’t hanker after it.’ Mr Cosgrove afterwards sold to Messrs Hunt and Standen. Mrs T. H. Dean, of Moonee Ponds (a daughter of Mr Standen) next possessed the property; then her son, Melbourne; and it has now become the property of the Hunt Club. It is a coincidence that the first run of the Oaklands Hunt Club, in which Mr H. H, Daniel carried the drag, finished upon the very spot where the kennels are now built. 

Mr William Wright built an hotel,which was named the’ Bridge Inn,’ on the Deep Creek, but it is now a ruin. He was known as ‘ Tulip’ Wright. The name was supposed to have been given him when he was chief constable of Port Phillip, but, as he had a beautiful garden, and a fine collection of tulips -in which he took a great pride, it is more probable the name arose from the latter source.

English: Part of the small town of Bulla, Vict...
Part of the small town of Bulla, Victoria as viewed from the other (western) side of the Deep Creek valley 


For many years in the early days of the district, there was no cemetery at Bulla, and a considerable number of those who died were buried on the bank of the creek about Bulla bridge; but in 1863 a grant was obtained from the Government of a piece of land near the Oaklands road, which is now used for the cemetery. 

About the year 1842 the late Mr Michael Loeman came up from Moonee Ponds and took up the land which he named ‘ Glenloeman.’ On his second trip he brought up the late Mr John  Dickins, who also look up land next to him. Mr Loeman married a Miss Isabella McLean, who was escorted in a long overland journey from New South Wales by the late John Dean, when the New South Wales blacks had become so dangerous that the white settlers had to leave. Although Mr Loeman was one of the very early settlers, when he paid his first visit to Bulla a well known identity, the late William Pender (or ‘ Old Bill Pender’ as he was popularly known) was camped in a tent on the edge of the creek just above ‘Glenloeman’ on land now occupied by Mr James Allen. During the drought of 1868 Mr Richard Brodie, of Helensville, gave Mr Pender the remainder of his sheep, which were in the last stages of starvation, on condition that he took them away, so that he could not see them die A couple of days after Mr Pender left rain came and left Mr Pen der with a fine flock. He used to run his stock along the roads betweens Bulla and Lancefield, which was known as ‘Pender’s run.’ 

Messrs Hume and Hovell, in their first overland journey, Must have crossed the Deep Creek near BuIla, as the spot where it is considered they crossed Jackson’s Creek is close to Mr A. Randall’s, in Tullamarine Island. 

In 1860 the Burke and Wills expedition passed through Bulla, their second camp being at a small waterhole, traces of which are to be seen behind the gorse bushes opposite the Inverness Hotel, which was then kept by Mr Melville. 

A meeting was called on 23rd October, 1862, at the Bridge Inn for the purpose of forming a Road Board District. Mr James Macintosh was in the chair. The first “Council was formed and elected by a show of hands at the meeting ; it consisted of Messrs Walter Clark, Michael Loeman, Martin Batey,James Mcintosh, William Bethell, Thomas Branigan, David Patulla, Dugald Stewart, and John Dickins. Mr James Macintosh was appointed first chairman and Mr Walter Clark occupied the chair the following year. Mr Macintosh went to New Zealand, where he took a prominent part in politics, and was Minister of Lands when he died. 

At that time the Bulla Road District extended towards Melbourne as far as Woods’ Hotel, and the first ratepayers’ roll was revised at the Moonee Ponds Police Court, and signed by Mesers R. McCracken, T. Napier, and M. Loeman. After holding two or three meetings at the Bridge Inn Mr Frost wanted to charge the Council for the use of the room.  ? came to the rescue, and allowed the council to have a room free of charge. After holding their meetings for five years in the places mentioned, the Council built the present Shire hall, in which they held their first meeting on 20th November, 1867. 

The Bulla district was the first in the colony in which wheat was grown. Mr Maurice McAuliffe, of Wildwood, gives interesting accounts of the farmers is the early ‘fifties carting their wheat in to Melbourne to Gillespie’s mills, and bringing home their supplies of flour. Mr William Hunter also had a mill on the creek, just above Bulla, the ruins of which are still to be seen. The late Mr Donald Ross was one of the masons employed in the building of it. 

The first school in Bulla was built on a piece of land which had been granted to the Church of England, about one hundred yards north of Bulla Bridge, and had for the first teachers the Misses Thorpe. Miss Dickins, Messrs P. Loeman, E. Fanning, and J. Lawlor were among their pupils. This school did service from 1854 til 1870, when the present school was built. The opening of the new school was celebrated by a grand ball, which was held in a marquee opposite the Shire hall, and a special treat given to the children by the late Richard Brodie, of Helensville.

 In the early days of the district there used to be a boiling-down works on Glenara, just above old Glencairn dam, and about 1867 a pottery works was started by the Victorian Pottery Company alongside the kaolin deposit at Bulla bridge. These, with the flour mill referred to, were the only manufactories established in the district, and have long ceased to exist.

 Since the year 1870 the district has simply been a farming one. With little change or alteration, and very little?history can be recorded for these years. The Oaklands Hunt Club was started in 1888, Mr A. McDougall being the first master. The first show of the Bulla Horticul-tural Society was held on lst May, 1897, Mr A. F. Daniel being presi dent, Mr E. Meeking secretary, and Mr W. Peers treasurer, and now completes its fourteenth year of existence with this show.”

Written by  OSWALD DANIEL.   (Age, 12 years 10 months).

Feehan and Dillon Family History

Letters and information about the family history of the Dillons and Feehans from Clonpet Co Tipperary Ireland who emigrated to Victoria Australia..

The following information and documents relate to the Feehans and Dillons from Co Tipperary who emigrated to the colony of Victoria.

This information was put together by the late Vic Feehan. It was kindly sent to me by Pat Feehan and published with his permission.

It is a draft which unfortunately was not completed but the letters and details included are still wonderful, especially the letters. It is so rare to find letters from this time.

Feehan and Dillon Family History Documents Vic Feehan p1 cr

Feehan and Dillon Family History Documents Vic Feehan p2 cr

Feehan and Dillon Family History Documents Vic Feehan p3 cr

Feehan and Dillon Family History Documents Vic Feehan p4 cr

The following is a letter from Richard Feehan in Melbourne to Richard Dillon in Co Tipperary ireland dated Dec 4 1873.

Feehan and Dillon Family History Documents Vic Feehan p5 cr

Feehan and Dillon Family History Documents Vic Feehan p6 cr

This letter is from Bridget Dillon in Melbourne in 1850 to her sister Honora Dillon in Co Tipperary. Bridget married Richard Feehan in 1853 in Victoria:

Feehan and Dillon Family History Documents Vic Feehan p7 cr

Feehan Dillon Mrs Lynch letter_0001


More Bulla Victoria Australia Parish Maps

Three more Bulla Victoria Australia Parish Maps from the 1850s and 1860s showing the land holdings of William Patrick “Big Bill” Fanning.and others

Map of the Township of Bulla 1855
Map of the Township of Bulla Victoria Australia 1855

If you right click the image and then open in a new tab you can get a larger image and can use zoom function. In this map from 1855  W. Fannan has a block of land in Quartz St Bulla.

Map of Bulla Parish date unknown
Map of Bulla Parish Victoria Australia date unknown

Has to be after 1854. W Farman has 346 acres on Emu or Bolinda Creek purchased on 7 June 1855. W.Farman also has the 119 acres “Sunnyside” next to M. Loeman. In town it looks like lot 47 is owned by E.Fanning. ?? Could be Ellen Fanning wife of John Henry Fanning son of William Patrick Fanning.

Map of Bulla Township Victoria Australia1863
Map of Bulla Township Victoria Australia1863

On Quartz St lot 7 belongs to Fannan in 1863.

More variations on the name Fanning!!

Thanks to my cousin Teresa for sending these parish maps to me.

Bulla Parish Plan 1856 Victoria Australia

This is the 1856 Parish Plan for Bulla then called Bulla Bulla in Victoria Australia showing the land holdings of William Patrick Fanning (listed as W. Fannan).

Parish Plan of Bulla 1856
Plan of the Parish of Bulla Victoria Australia 1856
Location of the Shire of Bulla within Victoria.
Location of the Shire of Bulla within Victoria

This Parish Plan was kindly sent to me by my first cousin Teresa Fairbairn nee Fanning.

Lot 19b was where Big Bill had “Sunnyside” built and where he and his family lived and where his descendants still live. The other 346 acres was the land that his son John Henry inherited. It was called “Emu Flat” and the Fannings living there were called the “Flat Fannings” and those at “Sunnyside” were the “Hill Fannings”. It is interesting that even in 1856 William Patrick Fanning is listed as W.Fannan.

English: Bulla, Victoria from the Bulla Hill R...
Bulla from the eastern side of Deep Creek 2010
English: Part of the small town of Bulla, Vict...
Village of Bulla from the Western Side 2010







English: The historic Bulla Bridge, built 1869...

Historic Bulla Bridge, built 1869, crossing Deep Creek at Bulla Victoria.








Old & New Photos of “Sunnyside” Bulla Victoria

“Sunnyside” was the original homestead of William Patrick Fanning and his wife Catherine Hayes who emigrated from Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland to Victoria on the Enmore in 1841. They spent some time at Werribee before settling here at Bulla north of Melbourne. These photos were taken in in c1867, 1907, c1940 and 2011.

'Sunnyside' Bulla Victoria. William Patrick Fanning“,Big Bill” and Johanna,his daughter, c 1867
William Patrick Fanning and his daughter,Johanna and Tommy, a ward of the state, at Sunnyside Bulla Victoria Australia c 1867

“Sunnyside” was the original homestead of William Patrick Fanning and his wife Catherine Hayes who emigrated from Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland to Victoria on the Enmore in 1841. They spent some time at Werribee before settling at Bulla which is north of Melbourne.

Sunnyside Bulla Victoria date unknown
Sunnyside Bulla Victoria Fanning Home date unknown c1940
Winifred Fanning at Sunnyside fixed 2
Winifred Fanning at Sunnyside Bulla Victoria Australia c1943
Sunnyside Front Gate June 2011 Closer
Sunnyside Front Gate June 2011
Sunnyside House Jun 2011
Sunnyside House Jun 2011
Sunnyside Front of House June 2011
Sunnyside Front of House June 2011

Bulla Township Residents 1869 Victoria Australia

The 1869 Post Office Directory for Victoria Australia lists the residents of Bulla, including William and John Fanning, farmers.

These are the Bulla residents listed in the 1869 Post Office Directory for Victoria:

William Patrick Fanning and his son John Henry Fanning are listed as farmers and also Martin Dillon.

Edward Francis Fanning 1887- 1968 Victoria Australia

Edward Francis Fanning, 1887-1968, was the second son of Edward Francis Fanning and Bridget Anna Collins. He married Matilda O’Connor and had one child Catherine. He worked as a clerk and died at Melbourne Australia in 1968.

Edward Francis Fanning at his brother Frank’s Wedding in 1915

Edward, known as Ned, was the second son of Edward Francis Fanning and Bridget Anna Collins. he was born at his grandparents’ home in Northcote, Melbourne, on June 1 1887.

His mother died in childbirth when he was one year old. His father married her sister Sarah in 1890 and had five children with her, only three survived to adulthood.

He was educated at Xavier College in Melbourne and his education and that of his older brother William was paid for by his grandparents Patrick and Mary Collins of Northcote.

Edward was the informant on his grandfather, Patrick Collin’s death certificate in 1905.

He worked as a clerk and lived in Northcote, Essendon and Caulfield. He married Mathilda (Hillda) O’Connor and they had one child, Catherine Mary (Maisie).

He died on the 15th of October, 1968 in Caulfield. He is said to have kept a diary up until 1967.

The following genealogy report details the ancestry of Edward Francis Fanning.

Ancestors of Edward Francis Fanning 1887-1968, 2015

John Henry Fanning 1842-1894 Bulla Victoria Australia

John Henry Fanning was born in Victoria Australia in 1842, son of William Patrick Fanning and Catherine Hayes, and died in Melbourne in 1894. He married Ellen Gormley and had sixteen children with her. He was a farmer and lived at Emu Flat in Bulla Victoria. he is buried in Bulla Cemetery.

John Henry Fanning


John Henry Fanning was the eldest son of “Big Bill” Fanning and Catherine Hayes. He was born in 1842 in Werribee, Victoria, Australia.

One story about him is that he took off and went up north to Queensland and was breaking in horses there. He was supposed to have been cut off by his father for doing this. He is also supposed to have eloped with the station manager or owner’s daughter.

He married Ellen Gormley in Sydney, in Nov 1870, at St Patrick’s Church. Ellen was the third third daughter and youngest child of Cornelius and Anne Gormley.


John Fanning & Ellen Gormley Marriage 1870 Sydney cr
Marriage certificate of John Henry Fanning and Ellen Gormley 1870 Sydney


He married the daughter of Connor Gormley, a farmer in NSW. This may well have been where he was breaking horses. It looks that they may have eloped as they were married in Sydney which is a long way from either of their family homes. Although Ellen did get the permission of her father to marry as she was under the age of 18, although the above record has her age as 21? It also has her place of residence as Sydney.

Ellen’s parents were Cornelias (Connor) Gormley and Ann McDermid  and Ellen was born in Ogulary (Townland or Parish of Ogulla) Co Roscommon, Ireland about 1851. Cornelius was the son of Thomas Gormley. She and her family came out to Australia on the “Ellenborough” arriving on 12th October, 1853. On board were her father, listed as Connor Gormley, a shepherd, aged 43, her mother, Ann aged 35, her sister Sarah, aged 11, her sister, Eliza aged 6 and Ellen aged 2. Her brothers, Thomas aged 13 and Peter aged 9, were also on board.

Her family lived near Kempsey in New South Wales at Belmore River, where they farmed. Her parents and brother and sister are buried in Frederickton Cemetery, just north of Kempsey.

John Henry Fanning was also not left the Family property which is customary as he was the eldest son. Was this because of his wild ways? or did he get the best deal anyway? “Emu Flat”, 342 acres purchased by his father on July 7 1855, was larger and  supposedly a better property. John Henry’s branch of the family became known as the “Flat Fannings” as opposed to the “Hill Fannings” up on a hill at Bulla.

John Henry Fanning from Bulla is listed as signing the Petition for Clemency for Ned Kelly in 1880.

In 1888  he put up for sale land at Emu Creek:

Sale of Emu Creek Land 1888
Sale of Land at Emu Creek by John Fanning 1888


John Henry Fanning The Argus Dec 14 1887
John Henry Fanning and failure to control rabbits
John Henry Fanning died aged 52, in 1894 in St Kilda, Melbourne of a liver ulcer which he was sick with for six months. He was supposed to have died after being trodden on by a cow.

When he died in 1894 at age 52,  his youngest was one year old. Ellen Fanning leased Emu Flat and moved to Essendon. The property was sold about thirty years later and had become very run down.

John Fanning died without a will and his probate papers are online at PROV. His land of 346 acres was mortgaged and the remaining balance of his estate was 793 pounds.

On his land was a four roomed stone house. It is hard to imagine 18 people living in a four roomed house. Ellen came to live at 35 Keilor Rd Essendon with her children.

John Henry Fanning is buried in Bulla Cemetery with his wife Ellen Gormley and many of his seventeen children.

John Thomas Fanning, son of Ellen and John Henry Fanning and grandson of Cornelius and Ann Gormley, also lived at Belmore River before he enlisted in 1916. He is listed in the Sands Directory 1858-1933 at Gladstone in the years 1910-1914. In 1914 he had 14 horses and 65 cattle on 149 acres. Gladstone is a village in the Belmore River area. He farmed land owned by his uncle Peter Gormley. After Peter Gormley’s death  in 1916 Ellen Fanning was left this land . She sold it in 1924.

Ellen Fanning nee Gormley Bulla
Ellen Fanning nee Gormley Bulla Cemetery

Ellen Fanning died 21 May 1928, aged 76 years. In this grave is buried a John Fanning who was buried on 26 Nov 1925.There is no death record for him or details on the cemetery records other than his name and burial date.

John Henry Fanning 1894 Bulla
Grave of John Henry Fanning died 1894

John Henry Fanning died on the 28th October 1894, aged 52 years.

These graves are in the Bulla Cemetry, Victoria, Australia. A number of their children are also buried in the cemetery at Bulla:

Teresa and Frances Fanning Bulla
Grave of Teresa and Francis Fanning Bulla Cemetery
Laura Fanning 1960 & Thomas Fanning 1961
Grave of Laura and Thomas Fanning Bulla Cemetery
Georgina & Johanna Fanning Bulla
Graves of Georgina and Johanna Fanning Bulla Cemetery
Edward Fanning 1948 & Margaret Fanning 1951 Bulla Cem.
Edward Fanning 1948 & Margaret Fanning nee Mallon 1951 Bulla Cemetery
Eileen Mary Fanning & Frederick Joseph Fanning Bulla Cem.
Eileen Mary Fanning & Frederick Joseph Fanning Bulla Cemetery
John Thomas Fanning 1957 Bulla Cem.
John Thomas Fanning 1957 Bulla Cemetery

The following reports trace the ancestry of John Henry Fanning back to Co Tipperary Ireland and also describe his descendants in Victoria Australia.

John Henry Fanning Ancestor Report 2015
Ancestry of John Henry Fanning 1842-1894 Victoria Australia 2015
John Henry Fanning Descendant Report 2015
Descendants of John Henry Fanning 1842-1894 Victoria Australia updated 2015

Edward Francis Fanning 1850-1927 Bulla Victoria Australia

Edward Francis Fanning was born in 1850 to William Patrick Fanning and Catherine Hayes from Thurles, Co Tipperary, Ireland. He inherited “Sunnyside” and was a farmer. He married Bridget Anna Collins in 1884 and had children by her before she died in childbirth. His second wife was her sister, Sarah Collins, who also died young. She had five children. Edward’s surviving children were William Patrick, Edward Francis, John Hugh, Francis Collins and Thomas Fanning. Edward, called Ned, died in 1927 at Bulla and is buried in Melbourne Cemetery.

Edward ( known as Ned) was the youngest son of William and Catherine Fanning who emigrated to Victoria in 1841. He was born  on the 15th of Feb, 1850, at Bulla.

Ned attended the denominational school at Bulla and took over the farm after his father’s death and remained there until his death in 1927 at the age of 79.

He was a member of the Royal Agricultural Society, a founding member of the Victorian National Party, and accompanied the Burke and Wills expedition when they passed through Bulla. He is my great grandfather. My great grandmother was his second wife, Sarah Collins.

He married his first wife Bridget Anna Collins on Jan 2, 1884, at Bridget’s parents’ home in Northcote.

Bridget Anna Collins and Edward Fanning Marriage 1884_0001
Bridget Anna Collins and Edward Fanning Marriage 1884


Bridget Anna Collins (pictured left) was the eldest daughter of Patrick Collins and Mary Gribben. She was born in Footscray, Melbourne in 1860. Her family home was in Waterloo St Northcote, Melbourne.

Her father, born in Co Limerick Ireland, was a Police Constable. His wife Mary came from Co Down in Northern Ireland. Pat Collins came out to the colonies sometime between 1853 and 1856 and worked on the gold fields before becoming a police constable in Melbourne. His wife, Mary, arrived from Ireland in 1857. Bridget Collins was born at Footscray in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1860. She had four older brothers and seven sisters.

Bridget married Edward Francis Fanning, the youngest child of William Patrick Fanning, “Big Bill” and Catherine Hayes, in 1884, at her parents’ home in Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria. She was twenty four and Edward was thirty four years old when they married.

Bridget had three children: William Patrick born in 1885 at Bulla, Edward Francis born in 1887 at Northcote and Thomas Augustus who died, at Deep Creek, after three days, in 1888. Bridget died in childbirth on July 2 1888, after giving birth to Thomas. She was twenty seven old and had been married less than four years. Edward was left with two young sons, one three years old and the other two years old, to look after. Bridget and her infant son, Thomas, are buried in the Melbourne Cemetery.

Gravestone of Bridget Fanning nee Collins Melbourne Cemetery
Gravestone of Bridget Fanning nee Collins Melbourne Cemetery

Two years later, on the 18th of February, 1890, Edward married Bridget’s younger sister, Sarah Ann Collins, at St John’s Church, Clifton Hill, Melbourne. Sarah was born in Fitzroy, Melbourne in 1870.

Family stories have it that after Bridget died Edward needed help with his young children and Sarah Collins came to live there and help out. Apparently she fell pregnant to Edward and a huge rift came between the two families over this out of wedlock pregnancy. This explains the Collins family looking after the eldest two boys but not the children of Sarah and Edward. One of the boys complained that Edward kept the half brothers separated from each other.

Sarah Collins signature 1890

Ned and Sarah Fanning had five children but only three survived to adulthood: My grandfather, Francis Collins Fanning born 1892, John Hugh Fanning born 1893 and Thomas Augustus Fanning born 1894. John Augustus Fanning died aged 2 mths, and Joseph Leo Fanning also died as a baby.

Sarah was only 27 when she died of  tuberculosis (called phthisis in those days), in 1897. She had been sick for two years. Below is the memorial card for Sarah Fanning.

Sarah Fanning Memorial Card (1)
Sarah Fanning nee Collins Memorial Card

Their son, Thomas, also died of the same disease in 1915, at age 20. He died in a sanitarium in Surrey Hills, Melbourne, after being ill for four years with tuberculosis (sometimes referred to as consumption).

Apparently there was talk of Edward marrying another Collins sister, Tottie (Mary Josephine Collins) but this did not eventuate.

Edward was a farmer and lived his whole life at “Sunnyside” in Bulla.Edward was elected to the Board of Advice for the Bulla District in 1878 and re-elected in July 1881.This was reported in the Argus on June 18, 1878:

Edward Fanning 1878 Elected School Member
Edward Fanning Elected School Member, 1878, The Argus


Edward Fanning 1850-1927 Bulla Residents 1921 (2)The above photo of Bulla residents was taken in 1921. Edward Fanning is the sixth person from the right standing, directly behind the seated woman in black.

Ned Fanning died in 1927 and is buried in the Melbourne General Cemetery in Carlton with his parents, William and Catherine and  Sarah and Bridget, his two wives and his infant son Thomas Augustus. His death was mentioned in The Argus:

Edward Fanning Obit Kilmore Free Press 13 Jan 1927
Edward Fanning Obituary Kilmore Free Press 13 Jan 1927
Sarah & Edward Fanning Melbourne Cemetery
Sarah Fanning nee Collins and Edward Francis Fanning Melbourne Cemetery

The following genealogy reports trace the ancestors and descendants of Edward Francis Fanning 1850-1927 Bulla Victoria Australia.

Edward Francis Fanning 1850-1927 Ancestor Report 2015
Edward Francis Fanning 1850-1927 Ancestor Report 2015
Edward Francis Fanning 1850-1927 Descendant Report 2015
Edward Francis Fanning 1850-1927 Descendant Report 2015

Johanna Dell nee Fanning 1848-1923 Victoria Australia

Johannah Fanning the daughter of William Fanning and Catherine Hayes was born in Bulla, Victoria Australia in 1848. She married William Frederick Dell in 1884 and had two children who died as infants. She and her husband worked in hotels all their lives. She died in 1923 and is buried with her husband in the Melbourne General Cemetery in Carlton Victoria Australia.

Johanna Fanning Sunnyside cropped
Johanna Fanning outside her family home “Sunnyside” at Bulla Victoria Australia

This picture was taken outside “Sunnyside”  c 1868. She would have been about twenty years old.

Johanna Louisa Fanning was born in 1848 at Bulla in Victoria.

She married William Frederick Dell on the 17th Nov, 1884. She was 36, although the marriage certificate says 27, and he was also 27.

They were married in St Francis’ Catholic Church, Melbourne.

On her marriage record Johanna signed her name using the more English “Joanna”.

Joanna Fanning and William Dell Marriage 1884_0001 cropped
Joanna Fanning and William Dell Marriage 1884

William Dell was born in Berkshire, England about 1857. His being English did not please Johanna’s Irish father and it is said that Johanna was cut out of the will because she chose to marry an Englishman. She was the only child not to receive property from her parents.

On her marriage certificate her occupation is given as “Hotel Keeper” and address as Bulla. I wonder what hotel she was working at or managing.

Family stories have them owning a pub in Richmond. In 1888 on her daughter’s death certificate she is again listed as a hotel keeper.

From the years 1909 to her death in 1923, she lived at 145 Surrey Rd, South Yarra, Melbourne and her occupation was described as “Home Duties”.

Her sister, Mary Skehan of Monegetta, left Johanna 50 pounds in her will in 1900.

Joanna was 74 when she died.

She had a very sad life, in that her only two children died as infants.

William Frederick Dell died after only two weeks on 28 Dec, 1887. His parents’ address at this time was the Norfolk Hotel in Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

Joanna Louise Dell was born at South Yarra, but died after five months, at Bulla, on 3 Dec 1888.

William Dell died in Richmond in 1939 aged 81.

On the census forms he is listed as a Gentleman in 1884, a Hotel Keeper in 1888 and from 1909 to 1924 as a Cook.

In 1936 he was living at 7 Claremont St, Sth Yarra, Melbourne.

Joanna and William Frederick Dell are buried with their two children, in the Melbourne General Cemetery, in the Catholic section, but not in the Fanning plot.

Joanna Dell Death Notice Oct 1923 Argus (2)
Joanna Dell Death Notice Oct 1923 The Argus
Joanna Dell memorial Notice Argus 1925
Memorial Notice for Joanna Dell The Argus 1925