Somerville Learmonth

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Somerville Learmonth was an early settler in Victoria.



Somerville Livinstone Learmonth (1819-1878) was part of the Learmonth family who settled in Victoria in the 1830's.[1] He was the son of Thomas Learmonth (1783-1869) and his second wife, Christian Donald. His brothers were John (1812-1871), Thomas (1818-1903), and Andrew James (1825-1892).[1]

Brothers Thomas and Somerville were pioneers in the pastoral settlement of Port Phillip. They first settled at Geelong before moving to the Ballarat district in 1838. They established the Boninyong station, and then moved to start a larger property, Borrumbeet.[1] From 1854 they began building a homestead in the Scottish baronial style.[1] The homestead, named Ercildoun, was completed about 1859.[1]

Ercildoun was sold to Samuel Wilson in 1873, and the brotheres left Australia to go to England.

Somerville Learmonth donated 5 pounds towards a reverberatory furnace for treating Pyrites at the Ballarat School of Mines.[2]


  • The Ercildoun homestead.

See also

Ballarat School of Mines



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 P. L. Brown, 'Learmonth, Somerville (1819–1878)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 29 January 2014.
  2. The School of Mines Ballarat: A Statement of the Objects and Present Resources of the School, 1873.

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--C.K.Gervasoni 15:38, 5 August 2014 (EST)

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