William E. Stanbridge

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Plaque in the Daylesford Hospital, 2019. Ballarat Heritage Services

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History

William Edward Stanbridge was born on 1 December 1816 in the village of Astley, near the city of Coventry, in Warwickshire, England to Edward and Anne (nee Crofts). In November 1841, Stanbridge arrived in Port Phillip, Victoria. [1]

William Edward Stanbridge was a squatter of Wombat Estate ([Daylesford]). He served as Mayor on the Daylesford Council.

In 1852 William E. Stanbridge bought the Wombat Run and had it surveyed at the same time as the township of Wombat (later renamed Daylesford); he built the first cottage at Wombat Park in 1854. It still stands on Spring Creek, below the present homestead. By 1860 Stanbridge had built the substantial brick stable and coach house complex and by 1872 a second homestead (relocated to Daylesford in the 1930s). He had also laid out a garden in the rich red volcanic soil. In what is now known as the ‘old garden’, the Mackenzies uncovered beds surrounded by quartz gravel paths and box hedges. Above them stood various conifers, including a rare Mexican pine nut (Pinus quadrifolia var. parryana) that is on the National Trust’s Significant Tree Register); Spanish firs (Abies pinsapo); and an avenue of cedars. Stanbridge became a Member of the Legislative Assembly[2]

Stanbridge died a wealthy man in Daylesford on 5 April 1894 at the age of 77 and was buried in a family vault at the Daylesford cemetery.[3]

Legacy

Stanbridge left an indelible mark on education, philanthropy, womens suffrage, and Aboriginal knowledge.[4]

He was one of the first people to write in depth about Aboriginal astronomical traditions. His significant contribution to colonial knowledge of Aboriginal culture was in the form of 'On the astronomy and mythology of the Aborigines of Victoria' (1857)[5] and Some particulars of the general characteristics, astronomy, and mythology of the tribes in the central part of Victoria, southern Australia (1861)[6] He also collected elaborate bark etchings from Lake Tyrell which he gave to R. Brough Smyth who later donated them in 1874 to Museum Victoria. [7]

See also

Daylesford

Notes

References

  1. file:///Users/bhs/Downloads/The_Life_and_Legacy_of_William_E._Stanbr.pdf, accessed 19 June 2017.
  2. http://www.homelife.com.au/lifestyle/travel/wombat-park-daylesford-article, accessed 19 June 2016.
  3. file:///Users/bhs/Downloads/The_Life_and_Legacy_of_William_E._Stanbr.pdf, accessed 19 June 2017.
  4. file:///Users/bhs/Downloads/The_Life_and_Legacy_of_William_E._Stanbr.pdf, accessed 19 June 2017.
  5. Stanbridge, William Edward. "On the astronomy and mythology of the Aborigines of Victoria." Proceedings of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria, Transactions, Vol. 2, pp. 137-140 2 (1857): 137-140.
  6. Stanbridge, William Edward. "Some particulars of the general characteristics, astronomy, and mythology of the tribes in the central part of Victoria, southern Australia." Transactions of the Ethnological Society of London 1 (1861): 286-304.
  7. La Comb, Michelle; Lakic, Mira and Sculthorpe, Gaye. Guide to Victorian Aboriginal collections in the Museum of Victoria. Museum, 1990. P.54-5

Further Reading

External links

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--Clare K.Gervasoni 18:49, 18 June 2016 (AEST)

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