Richard Medwell

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Richard Medwell operated Medwell's Chaff Mill at Learmonth, Victoria.


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History

Richard Lovelock Medwell was born in 1866 at Learmonth, one of ten children of John Medwell and Ann Coutts.[1] He operated a chaff cutting business. At first it was a steam powered chaff cutter which could be moved around to the farms.[2] In 1909 he built a permanent chaff mill near the railway line.

He married Alice Whitehand (1870-1952) of Warrenheip in Victoria in 1891.[3]

Medwell served as the President of the Ballarat Shire in 1917.[4]

He died on May 2, 1919[5] during the influenza epidemic of 1919. Two of his sons also died.

From the Argus, May 9, 1919:

Three in Family Die.

BALLARAT. Thursday,- A third death has taken place in the Medwell family at Learmonth, the second son having died shortly after his brother and his father, Mr R. Medwell, ex-president of the Ballarat Shire. There are now over 80 cases in that district, and a number of deaths have taken place.[6]


His son, Richard, took over the management of the mill.[7]

Medwell is buried in the Learmonth Cemetery.[5]

Legacy

The mill was demolished in 1989.[8]

See also

Medwell's Chaff Mill

Notes


References

  1. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1866 Births, Ref. No. 15605, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  2. 1917 'LEARMONTH.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 22 January, p. 4 Edition: DAILY., viewed 14 December, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74555503
  3. Federation Index Victoria 1888-1901, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1891 Marriages, Ref. No. 4728, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1997
  4. 1917 'BALLARAT SHIRE.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 28 August, p. 1 Edition: DAILY., viewed 14 December, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73324887
  5. 5.0 5.1 Australian Cemeteries, on line database, Learmonth Cemetery, access dated December 14, 2013
  6. 1919 'Three in Family Die.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 9 May, p. 5, viewed 14 December, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1465757
  7. Learmonth Heritage Walk, Learmonth & District Historical Society, 2010.
  8. Learmonth Heritage Walk, Learmonth & District Historical Society, 2010.


Further Reading

  • Medwell, Lorna & Burke, Margaret, 2007, "Lincolnshire poacher Learmonth pioneer : a story of the family of John Medwell pioneer of the Learmonth District of the Shire of Ballarat, Victoria, and of his wife, the lass from Dunfermline, Annie Coutts", L.M. & S.P.Burke,Gangara Press, San Remo, Vic

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--Beth Kicinski 14:16, 4 September 2013 (EST)

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