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A-Z Challenge: V for Violet Town

April 28, 2016


I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing  towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.


V is for Violet Town, a small town, just off the Hume Highway, in north eastern Victoria, with a population of just over 1000. Violet Town is situated on the Honeysuckle Creek and most of the street names are named after flowers


Violet Town in the early days.

Originally this small town came into being as a coach stop on the main road from Melbourne to Sydney.

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Violet Town Hotel in 1890/91

Violet Town is very important to my family history as my grandfather and great grandparents lived there until the early 1900s.

My grandfather WILLIAM LOWE JONES and his siblings were born between 1884 and 1889,  just outside Violet Town at Gowangardie, a large sheep run, where their father CORNELIUS JONES was a labourer and sheep shearer.

My great grandmother MARY CALNAN was born at Violet Town to Irish parents WILLIAM CALNAN and ELLEN BOYLE. Mary Calnan was a midwife in the area and helped out with many births at this time.

Very sadly, there was a murder in our family, also at Violet Town. You can read about PATRICK BOYLE’S daughter,  The short life of Ellen Boyle 1853 – 1871 in my recent blog post. Patrick Boyle farmed on the Honeysuckle Creek. His daughter was murdered just outside Violet Town on the Murchison Road.


Today Violet Town is a quiet but progressive small town. It’s claim to fame is the Violet Town Market which is held monthly and brings many visitors to the town.



sources: wikipedia,





  1. Ian Jones permalink

    My name is Ian Jones, my father was Cornelius Lloyd Jones, son of William Lowe Jones and Emily (nee) Taylor. Are there any traces in Gowangardie cemetery of the family ?

    • HibIan none of our family that o know of are buried at Gowangardie cemetery. I followed it up many years ago. There was another Jones family at Violet Town who aren’t connected to us as far as I’ve been able to find so far. Ian we met when we were children. Our family was on holidays in Adelaide as was yours and we ran into each. I can remember that we spent quite a bit of time together that week. My father often spoke about it in later years

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