T.C. Naples

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After the World War One T. C. (Charles) Naples became known as an Indian horse exporter.[1]



T.C. Naples was associated with the firm of Coghlan, Naples, and Co. Stock and Station agents, becoming a partner in June 1891.[2] He lived at "Mavis Bush", Dean, Victoria.[3] Naples served during World War One and is listed on the World War One Honour Board of the Old Colonists' Club.


Recently Mr T.C. Naples presented to the gardens a very handsome collection of orchids, and in acknowledging these Mayor Elliott, in his report to-day, says: —“In a letter received by Cr Shoppee from Mr Naples, he states that the orchids are very fine specimens, and the best that he has yet received. I would recommend that a letter of thanks be forwarded to him for his gift.”[4]

It is stated that Captain T. C Naples, of Ballarat, will probably be a candidate for Warrenheip at the State elections. Captain Naples was the first Australian native to enter the Creswick Shire Council, and filled the president's chair with great satisfaction to the council and the ratepayers. Since retiring from the council Captain Naples has been travelling abroad, and it is considered that his experIence should be of value in the State Legislature.[5]

The will of Mr Charles Naples, deceased, late of Geelong, and formerly of Dean, has been proved at £11,000. The Ballarat Trustees Executors and Agency Company, Limited, and Messrs Anderson and Brown are the executors.[6]

The large attendance at the stores of A M Greenfield, in Doveton-street, Ballarat on Saturday betokened some unusual interest in land transactions, due to the sale of the late Mr Naples estate, at Dean. Messrs A. M Greenfield and Co., and Coles and Pullum were the auctioneers, in conjunction. The homestead of "Mavis Bush," containing 134 acres, starting at £20 ran up rapidly to £36 an acre, and fell to the bid of Mr Charles McPherson, of Newlyn. The next lot, of 202 acres, started at £25, ran rapidly up to £29/10/-, where it paused, and then taking a new lease of the bids continued up to £38/10/-, and the auctioneer announced that the buyer was the same as of the last lot, Mr. McPherson. The next line was a 100 acre farm, held by Mr M. White, J.P., and it went to the tenant it £20 an acre. That finished the agricultural areas, and the bush lands were, then submitted, a small lot of 28 acres being eagerly competed for, and purchased by Mr Salatini at £12 per acre. Another bush paddock of 140 acres was spiritedly bid for, but not reaching the vendors' ideas of values, it was passed in. This sale (says the "Star") establishes a record for this district for the last 10 to 12 years, as it has been out of repute, but the last two years' prices and heavy crops of potatoes, with unusually high prices, have brought it back apparently to its pristine form of 20 years ago. The total amount realised was about £15,000.[7]



The death is reported from Geelong of an old Ballarat district resident, Mrs. Naples, widow of the late Mr. Naples, agriculturist, of Dean, and mother of Mr. T. C. Naples, the well known Indian horse exporter, who recently left the State on a business mission to Bombay. The deceased lady, who was 74 years of age, was of a kind and charitable disposition, and during her long residence in the Creswick district she was always prominently associated with movements having for their object the relief of the poor and distressed.[8]

Also See

World War One

Old Colonists' Association


  1. The Age, 17 February 1902.
  2. Ballarat Star, 06 June 1891.
  3. Ballarat Star, 05 April 1899.
  4. Ballarat Star, 26 June 1899.
  5. Ballarat Star, 24 September 1917.
  6. Geelong Advertiser, 20 August 1895.
  7. Geelong Advertiser, 18 November 1902.
  8. The Age, 17 February 1902.

--Clare K.Gervasoni 20:21, 12 April 2018 (AEST)

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