1849 Land Purchase document

I just love it when other Societies share their collection when it isn’t relevant to their own region.

That’s what happened today – I received an SMS that there was mail in our (Geelong Family History Group) Post Office Box at Geelong Post Office.  I love technology at work – it saves making a trip to the Post Office to check an empty box!  And it was a double bonus as I received an SMS for my own PO Box at the same place.

But I digress (what’s new?).  There was an elongated shaped tough bag addressed to the Geelong Family History Group from the Castlemaine Historical Society Inc.  I waited until I got home to carefully open the envelope.

The With Compliments slip said:

This archive is not required for our collection.  Hope it is useful for your collection.  Please acknowledge.

Alleyne Hockley, Archivist CHSI

The Document was a ‘Grant by Purchase’ dated 20th October 1849.  It referred to the 23 acres of Portion 3 of Section 3 of the Parish of Moorpanyal.  It was purchased by Thomas MARSHALL and William Bust BURNLEY in trust for Sarah MARSHALL.

The land in question (highlighted in the map above) was bounded by Sharp Street, Latrobe Terrace, Fyans Street West, and Pakington Street.  Today, Marshall Street runs east-west through the middle of the original property.

I know a fair amount about the MARSHALL family and potentially this may end up as an article in our Pivot Tree journal.

If you have any connection with this MARSHALL family, please get in touch!

And to the Castlemaine Historical Society – THANK YOU.

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