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Marcus Hill: Timeline

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Some events in the history of Marcus Hill :-

Pre-European Settlement Area inhabited by Bengalat balug (Clan) of the Wathaurong Tribe
1802 First European explorers.
January : Lieutenant John Murray
April : Captain Matthew Flinders
1803 - 1835 William Buckley the first European living in the area
1835 + Area investigated and surveyed by Wedge and Gellibrand
1836 + Area occupied by squatters
1863 Church services began in a thatched hut, then a brick building that also served as a Sunday School
1865 Marcus Hill described as a small hamlet about four miles west-south-west of Queenscliff, at the head of a salt swamp draining into Swan Bay and on a freshwater lake or swamp.  The scattered population consisted of small agriculturalists and a few brickmakers
1870 School opened by Anne Higgison - in 1874 became S.S. No. 1370
1878 New School No. 2029 opened - originally called Queenscliff Road School
  • Church enlarged and moved near the State School on the Queenscliff Road.   The church was subsidized by the Pastoral Aid Society, and Presbyterian and Church of England ministers had worked harmoniously there
  • Marcus Hill railway station built.  This was on Swan Bay Road and later was renamed Mannerim
  • Marcus Hill Post Office gazetted - later renamed Mannerim
  • Great demands on the well-established brick-making industry at Marcus Hill by increased building activity at Queenscliff
1884 New church opened near the school
1886 Provision made for shelter-shed at Railway Station
1888 Movement said to be afoot to have Marcus Hill Railway Station renamed Paywit
1889 Tender accepted for erection of railway platform
  • Name of Marcus Hill Railway Station changed to Mannerim Railway Station
  • Grigg & Kimberley called tenders for erection of a large weatherboard building for bark factory at corner of Queenscliff and Grubb Roads, Marcus Hill
1896 Ocean Grove Railway Station renamed Marcus Hill - later it was called Marcus
1928 Marcus Hill School operating part-time with Ocean Grove School

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 January 2010 06:25  

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