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No's. 8 & 10 Glenelg Street, Portland.



Nos. 10 and 8 Glenelg Street, Portland, Victoria. No. 10 was built by William Hale between April 1853 and 1856.

The Hale family homes at 10 and 8 Glenelg Street, Portland, Victoria.




Upon arrival in Portland, Victoria, in 1853, William and Harriet Hale took possession of land in Glenelg Street containing a small building, situated where No. 10 stands today. At that time cottages were constructed at the front and rear of these blocks, and it appears that initially William and Harriet occupied a small building somewhere on this site, while a Joseph Haggeston occupied the neighbouring small timber cottage which today is No. 8 Glenelg Street. Research suggests that the timber cottage that now occupies the site at No. 10 was built sometime between 1853 and 1856, and therefore presumably by William Hale, as he was a Carpenter and Builder by trade and was working as a Builder in the town. Certainly this building was in existence by February 1857, as William and Harriet's daughter Jane was born there in that month.

 

Detail of Glenelg Street from the 1853 survey map of Portland by Frederick William Birmingham, showing the concentration of dwellings around the site of No. 8 Glenelg Street.

 

William soon established his own business in Portland as a Carpenter and Builder, but little is known of his business activities. The 1856 Electoral Roll of Victoria (Portland Division), records William Hale of Glenelg Street, a Joiner by trade, as having a Freehold property in Glenelg Street, which he occupied. In 1857 the property was described as a cottage, outbuildings and yard, and was valued at 30.0.0. The outbuildings are elsewhere described as workshop, so it must be assumed that William ran his business from the premises.

The Portland Rate records that by 1865 the property had been sold to Joseph Haggeston, the owner of No. 8 during the late 1850's. It is possible that William was forced to sell due to financial difficulties associated with his business. Haggeston had sold No. 8 to John Shacklock around 1862 before buying William Hale's property a few years later. William and Harriet Hale remained resident in No. 10 after selling to Haggeston, renting the property from him for the rest of their lives. No. 10 Glenelg Street remained the family home until 1928.

According to Jane Hale's Obituary Notice, printed in The Portland Guardian on 22 January 1928, Jane "died in the same house in which she was born". Research of Nos. 8 & 10 entails working backwards with this knowledge from that date. At the time of her death Jane owned No. 10 Glenelg Street, and it is known that it was owned before her by Joseph Haggeston, and before that by her father William Hale. William Hale purchased the property sometime between 9 April 1853, the date that he arrived in Portland Bay, and the first Portland Rate of 1856.

Ownership of Nos. 10, 8 & 6 (recorded in this order in the Rate Books) is established by working backwards from 1928, correlating the change of ownership of the three properties recorded in the Rate Books with ownership details taken from the Title Deeds of Nos. 8 & 10. The result reveals that Nos. 8 & 10 were initially recorded incorrectly in the Rate Books from 1857 to 1860 as being in Allotment 19 of Section 2, when in fact they are situated in Allotment 20. The Rate of 1861 finally corrects the error, still recording the same three owners for Nos. 10, 8 & 6, but now placing them all in Allotment 20. The historical study of No. 10 contained herein was based on information taken directly from the early Rates, and therefore cites the wrong property and owner, though the correct house.

The Title Deed information that follows is known to be accurate for No. 10 Glenelg Street. The Title Deed information for No. 8 Glenelg Street is believed to be accurate, but required much interpretation.



8 GLENELG STREET

Title Deed information.
DATE OWNER
31 March 1841 - 2 February 1854 William McDaniel
2 February 1854 - 5 September 1867
(This should read 5 September 1862)
Joseph Haggerston, Yeoman, paid 60 sterling.
5 September 1867 - 31 May 1878 John Shacklock, Storeman
31 May 1878 - 15 February 1910 Mary Lane (Willed to Mary Carroll Lane), Widow.
(Mary Lane died 27 January 1908)
15 February 1910 - 23 October 1912 Jane Hale, Spinster
23 October 1912 - 30 December 1922 William H. Cooper, painter
30 December 1922 - 2 May 1923 Nellie Alicia Murfitt, Married Woman
2 May 1923 - 15 November 1932 Willis John Hutchinson

Summary of Rate Book information.


DATE OWNER
1856 - 1862 Joseph Haggeston
1863 - 1881 John Shacklock
1882 - 1907 Mary Lane
1908 Mary & Caroline Lane
1909 Caroline Lane
1910 - 1913 Jane Hale
1914 - 1922 William H. Cooper
1923 Nellie Alicia Murfitt
1924 - 1926 Willis John Hutchinson
1927 - Emily Fox

Note on Mary Lane.

Jane Hale purchased the neighbouring small wooden cottage at No. 8 Glenelg Street from Carroll Lane, who had inherited it a few years earlier from Mary Lane. Mary Lane died "At the Residence, Glenelg Street" on 27 January 1908.



Notes on William Henry Cooper.

Summary of Portland Electoral Role & Rate Books


DATE ADDRESS
1913-1916 Unlisted.
1917-1920 Glenelg Street, Painter, Owner of a house, 8 Rateable Value.
1919 W. H. Cooper purchased land at 10 Percy Street, and built a wooden house on it in 1923.
1921 Glenelg Street, Painter, Owner of a house, 12 Rateable Value.
PLUS
Elizabeth Cooper, Married, Glenelg Street,
Owner of land in Percy Street, 10 Rateable Value.
1922 Glenelg Street, Painter, Owner of a house, 7 Rateable Value.
PLUS
Elizabeth Cooper, Married, Glenelg Street,
Owner of land in Percy Street, 12 Rateable Value.
Elizabeth Cooper died 6 September 1921).
1923 William H. Cooper only, Glenelg Street, Painter,
Owner of a house in Percy Street, 12 Rateable Value.
1924-1926 Percy Street, Painter, Owner of a house, 40 Rateable Value.


Historical Studies of No. 8 Glenelg Street.

Portland Urban Conservation Study,
Wilson Sayer Pty. Ltd. & Philip Farmer & J. Wiltshire, December 1981.

Residence
National Trust Classified
8 Glenelg Street
Register of the National Estate.
R54M4K43; Pages 21, 84, 143-145, 170.

The double fronted timber cottage at 8 Glenelg Street was erected pre 1853 (the building is shown on town maps from 1853) by William Douglass, who purchased the land at the first public land auctions held in 1840. The cottage is one of the oldest surviving structures in Portland, and therefore, Victoria. With its wide sawn weatherboard cladding, timber shingle roof and continuous roof and verandah roof line, it epitomises the early timber structures of the town. The original verandah has been enclosed and now forms a front annex.

Recommended for addition to the Historic Buildings Register.


Victorian Archaeological Survey Occasional Papers Series, Number 9, by C. Eslick, May 1983.


Location 8 Glenelg St.
Map No. 28
VAS Site No. 72213/85
Date 1858/59
Type 3.7.1 - cottage, timber with iron roof over timber shingles.
Preservation Good; derelict.
Historical Records
Other Sources J. G. Wiltshire; National Trust.
Associations Built for William Douglas.
Site Distributions
Research Potential Yes.
Social Significance
Site Protection Poor; deteriorating; National Trust Classified; Register of National Estate.
Significance Rating 3
Recommendations Site should be recorded in full.



10 GLENELG STREET
Title Deed information.
DATE OWNER
Prior to 14 January 1888 Joseph Haggerston
14 January 1888 - 23 August 1928 Jane Hale (Jane Hale died 21 January 1928)
23 August 1928 William H. Cooper (Property transferred to William Henry Cooper)
23 August 1928 Constance Cooper (Property transferred again to Constance Cooper)

Summary of Rate Book information.
DATE OWNER
1856 - 1864 William Hale
1865 - 1890 Joseph Haggeston
1891 - 1928 Jane Hale
1929 onwards Constance Cooper



Notes on Jane Hale

Jane Hale's Obituary.

Obituary

The death occurred at her residence, Glenelg Street, on Saturday, of Miss Jane Hale, an old and very highly respected resident of the town. Miss Hale was born in Portland 70 years ago, and died in the same house in which she was born. Her parents resided in Portland in the days of the Hentys', and were also old residents of this town. The deceased was a verger and caretaker of St. Stephen's Church for over 40 years. She was the last surviving child, and was a niece of Mrs. Boyes, principal of the first primary school in Portland. The burial took place at the North Portland cemetery on Sunday, where the remains of her mother and father and grandparents lie. The service at the graveside was conducted by the Vicar (Canon Coupe), and the mortuary arrangements were carried out by Mr. W. Jarrett.

The Portland Guardian, 22 January 1928.


From Jane Hale's Death Certificate.

Jane Hale, Spinster, died on 21st February 1928, at Roseneatte, Portland, Borough of Portland, County of Normamby.
Usual Residence: Glenelg Street.



Historical Study of No. 10 Glenelg Street.
Portland Urban Conservation Study,
Wilson Sayer Pty. Ltd. & Philip Farmer & J. Wiltshire, December 1981.

Residence
10 Glenelg Street
R55M4K44; Pages 84, 143, 145.

It appears that the timber cottage at 10 Glenelg Street dates from between 1853 - 57. The 1857 ratebook lists the site as "cottage and garden; W. M. Douglas owner; Mrs. McCarthy, occupant." The simply composed double fronted cottage with its simple line shows characteristics dating from the late nineteenth century and forms a cohesive group with the neighbouring cottage, No. 8 Glenelg Street. The rear outbuilding is also noteworthy.



Section 2 Rate Book Information.

1856.
No. Name Description Valuation
662 Wm. Hale 32.0.0
663 H. Mason Cottage 20.0.0
664 Wm. Douglass 20.0.0

 

1857.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
42 William Hale William Hale Allotment 19 Cottage, Outbuildings & Yard 30.0.0
43 Henry Sutton Mason Joseph Haggeston Allotment 19 Cottage & Garden 18.0.0
44 Mrs. McCarthy William Douglass Allotment 20 Cottage & Garden 15.0.0
 
1858.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
42 Wm. Hale Wm. Hale Allotment 19 Cottage & Workshop 30.0.0
43 Joseph Haggeston J. Haggeston Allotment 19 Cottage 20.0.0
44 Pat McCarthy Wm. Douglass Allotment 20 Cottage 15.0.0
 
1859.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
42 William Hale William Hale Allotment 19 Cottage & Workshop 30.0.0
43 Joseph Haggeston J. Haggeston Allotment 19 Cottage 20.0.0
44 Thos. ????? Wm. Douglass Allotment 20 Cottage 15.0.0
 
1860.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
43 Wm. Hale Wm. Hale Allotment 19 Cottage & Workshop 30.0.0
44 Joseph Haggeston J. Haggeston Allotment 19 Cottage 20.0.0
44 Wm. Douglass Allotment 20 Cottage 10.0.0
 
1861.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
42 William Hale W. Hale Allotment 20 Cottage & Workshop 20.0.0
43 Joseph Haggeston Allotment 20 Cottage 15.0.0
44 Kerr Wm. Douglass Allotment 20 Cottage 5.0.0
 
1862.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
39 Wm. Hale W. Hale Allotment 20 Cottage
40 Joseph Haggeston Allotment 20 Cottage
41 Charles Kerr Wm. Douglass Allotment 20 Cottage
 
1863.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
39 William Hale W. Hale Allotment 20 Cottage 15.0.0
40 John Shacklock Shacklock Allotment 20 Cottage 15.0.0
41 Wm. Douglass Allotment 20 Cottage 3.0.0
 
1864.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
41 Hale William Hale William Allotment 20 W. House 15.0.0
42 John Shacklock Shacklock John Allotment 20
43 Douglass William Allotment 20
 
1865.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
41 Hale William Haggeston Joseph Allotment 20 W. House 10.0.0
42 Shacklock John Shacklock John Allotment 20 W. House 10.0.0
43 Douglass William Allotment 20 W. House 8.0.0
 
1865 - 1881.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
41 Hale William Haggeston Joseph Allotment 20 W. House Varies
42 Various Occupants Shacklock John Allotment 20 W. House Varies
43 Various Occupants Douglass William Allotment 20 W. House Varies
 
1881.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
41 Hale William Haggeston Joseph Allotment 20 W. House
42 Lane Mary Shacklock John Allotment 20 W. House
43 Douglass William Allotment 20 W. House
 
1881.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
41 Hale William Haggeston Joseph Allotment 20 W. House
42 Lane Mary Lane Mary Allotment 20 W. House
43 Douglass William Allotment 20 Building Lot
 
1882 - 1889.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
41 Hale William Haggeston Joseph Allotment 20 W. House
42 Lane Mary Lane Mary Allotment 20 W. House
43 Douglass William Allotment 20 Building Lot
 
1890.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
41 Hale Jane Haggeston Joseph Allotment 20 Wooden House
42 Lane Mary Lane Mary Allotment 20 Wooden House
43 Campbell William Douglass William Allotment 20 Building Lot
 
1891.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
36 Hale Jane Hale Jane Part of 20 W. House & Garden
37 Lane Mary Lane Mary Part of 20 W. House & Garden
38 McCormick Douglass William Part of 20 W. House
 
1891 - 1908.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
36 Hale Jane Hale Jane Part of 20 W. House
37 Lane Mary Lane Mary Part of 20 W. House
38 Various Occupants Douglass Part of 20 W. House
 
1908.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
36 Cooper Chas. Hale Jane Part of 20 W. House
37 Lane Caroline Lane Mary & Caroline Part of 20 W. House
38 Hardy Frederick Douglass Estate of W. Part of 20 W. House
 
1909.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
36 Kilian Chas. Hale Jane Part of 20 W. House
37 Cooper Jno. Lane Caroline Part of 20 W. House
38 Hardy Frederick Douglass Estate of W. Part of 20 W. House
 
1910.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
36 Kilian Chas. Hale Jane Part of 20 W. House
37   Hale Jane Part of 20 W. House
38   Douglass Estate of W. Part of 20 W. House
 
1910 - 1913.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
36 Various Occupants Hale Jane Part of 20 W. House
37 Various Occupants Hale Jane Part of 20 W. House
38 Various Occupants Douglass Estate of W. Part of 20 W. House
 
1914 - 1922.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
36 Various Occupants Hale Jane Part of 20 W. House
37 Various Occupants Cooper William Part of 20 W. House
38 Various Occupants Douglass Estate of W. Part of 20 W. House
 
1923 - 1928.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
42 Various Occupants Hale Jane Part of 20 W. House
43 Various Occupants Various Owners Part of 20 W. House
44 Various Occupants Douglass Estate of W. Part of 20 W. House
 
1929.
No. Occupier Owner Situation Description Valuation
42 Miller James Cooper Constance Part of 20 W. House 100.0.0
43   Fox Emily Part of 20 W. House 48.0.0
44 Humphries Mary Douglass Estate of W. Part of 20 W. House 60.0.0

 



Notes on "Claremont".

 

Claremont, 65 Julia Street, Portland.

 

The premises constructed for Stephen Henty known as Claremont was not erected before 1853 as it not shown on Frederick William Birmingham's 1853 Map of Portland, which is accurate and reliable.

The construction of a major premises in Portland was always reported in The Portland Guardian, yet there is no mention on Claremont in any existing copies of the Guardian. However, all copies of The Portland Guardian are missing after 24 March 1853 until 12 January 1854, so it is probable that it was during this period that Claremont was constructed.

Claremont was not occupied before 1856, when it was listed in the Rate Book at a net annual valuation of 200-.

 

 







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