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April A-Z Challenge – D is for Devenish

April 8, 2015

DD is for DEVENISH, Victoria, Australia

My Great Grandfather,William Taylor went into his first farming venture at Devenish, buying a selection of land from the government. As was often the case, the block was dry, dusty and covered in bushy, weedy, scrub. Definitely not ideal farming land. To make things worse and more difficult, there was a severe drought starting just as he moved onto the block.

I have letters he wrote, asking for extensions to payments that were owing, due to hardship.

William and his wife Janet’s baby son, William, was born in October 1880 while they were struggling to make a living on the farm at Devenish. William died in May 1882, at age 6 months and is buried in the Devenish cemetary. Shortly after his death the William and his family walked off the farm, as it was impossible to farm the land, not to mention make a living from it.



He wrote letters begging for his purchase payments to be delayed due to hardships. Thjs was done a couple of times, but eventually, life became too difficult and he walked away from the land.






One Comment
  1. That is sad. It must have been so hard back then.

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