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Cyril Molyneux Reserve

Mansfield Street, Berwick, Victoria 3806
Contributed by: Brian Seddon   |   10 Nov 2014

Berwick is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, 43 km (27 mi) south-east of Melbourne's central business district. The recreation reserve was named after IMFA member AU009 Cyril Molyneux and a plaque at the recreation reserve reads as follows:

~ Cyril Molyneux ~

During WWII Cyril was involved in the defence of Darwin.  He married and left the service as a Lieutenant to move to Officer in 1953 and to Berwick 10 years later.  Cyril has been a Past President of the Berwick RSL and an active member for 50 years.

An accomplished district cricketer with Hawthorn-East Melbourne before the war he soon opened the batting and became captain and later coach of the local team.  He later became Vice President of the Dandenong District Cricket Association

Cyril was a City of Berwick Councillor from 1981 to 1991 and Mayor during 1985-86 and guided many new projects for the Berwick Community.

He played a major role in the acquisition of Wilson Botanic Park and the Old Cheese Factory.  He was the first chairman of the Berwick Craft Market, and promoted global friendships with the sister cities of Berwick Upon Tweed and Springfield, Ohio, USA.

Cyril was for 10 years an Honorary Magistrate and 50 years a Justice of the Peace, 10 years on the St Margaret’s School Council and an inaugural member of Hallam High School Council, 38 years as a member of the Berwick Rotary, and 40 years as a Board Member of Berwick Bush Nursing Hospital.

Cyril attributes his success to lessons learned from army life and an ability to separate local issues from the wider arena of state politics. His hard work for the community is greatly valued and respected.

"Endeavour With Integrity"


 

Hundred of Molineux

a District in South Australia
Contributed by: AU019 Brian Seddon   |   10 Nov 2014

Molineux is a District in South Australia (have written to the local Council for further info)

Hundred is an old Anglo-Saxon term used to describe the amount of land needed to support a hundred retainers & their families in the event of a conflict. It was used quite often in Colonial America. Wikipedia has an entry on it that goes into more detail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundred_(county_division)


 

Molineux Point & Molineux Reserve

Kurnell, New South Wales 2231, Australia
Contributed by: AU019 Brian Seddon   |   05 Nov 2014

A plaque placed by the Sydney Ports Corporation at Molineux Point says:
Sydney Ports Corporation welcomes you to Molineux Point.
This bridge commemorates the centenary of the Sydney Harbour Trust, established on 11 February 1901 to manage the Port of Sydney. The bridge is made from 100 year old timber recycled from the Sydney Harbour Trust’s No 6 and No 7 wharves at Walsh Bay in Sydney Harbour.

 


 

Molineux Road

Tarlee, South Australia
Contributed by: AU019 Brian Seddon   |   09 Nov 2014

Tarlee is a small town approx 79 km from Adelaide on the Main North Road to Burra, South Australia. Descendants of Samuel Molineux c1761–1838 and his wife Lydia Leppard 1771–1848 came to Australia in 1839 from Cuckfield, Sussex, England and settled in the Tarlee region. Descendants still farm in the area. It is thought that Molineux Road was possibly named after one of the descendants, Albert Molineux 1832-1909 who was born in Brighton, Sussex and went on to become a well-known South Australian farmer, editor and promoter of agriculture. A largely self-educated printer, compositor, naturalist and journalist, he exercised a significant influence over the development of agricultural organisations in South Australia through his access to the print media.

 


 

Molineux Way

Roxburgh Park, Victoria 3064, Australia
Contributed by: AU019 Brian Seddon   |   05 Dec 2014

Roxburgh Park is a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, 20 km (12 mi) north of Melbourne's central business district. At the 2011 Census, Roxburgh Park had a population of 19,235. Roxburgh Park was developed in the 1990s as a suburban area by the Victorian Government's Urban and Regional Land Corporation (not unlike the new towns in green wedges of Britain).

 


 

Mollineaux Drive

Old Beach, Brighton, Tasmania 7017, Australia
Contributed by: US297 Christina Mollineaux Witcher; AU019 Brian Seddon   |   07 Dec 2014

In December last year US297 Christina Mollineaux Witcher contributed Mollineaux Drive, Tasmania, to the Gazetteer. In April, 2015, AU019 Brian Seddon offered the following additional information. “I suspect but don’t know for sure if she was referring to the Mollineaux Drive at Old Beach which has connections with my own Mx line, or if she was referring to another Mollineux Drive in Tasmania. I am inclined to combine the info below with Christina’s entry as I don’t know of any other Mollineaux Drive in Tasmania.”

A ferry service on the Derwent River, Hobart, commenced in July 1818 and was run successfully for half a century by the families of Messrs. Austin and Earle. In 1870, Eliza Mollineaux, a resident of Old Beach, took over the ferry service. Eliza (maiden name Bell), was firstly married to John Carroll and after John died in 1851, she married John Mollineaux who was born in Westhoughton, Lancashire. They had six children. Family stories allege Eliza married, bore three children, shot a bushranger and married again, all before reaching the age of 21. Eliza rowed the ferry until she was 'too old', and at the age of 67 passed the service over to her grandson John. He was then 21. John would row in all kinds of weather, going up the river in strong winds and 'sailing' down to the Old Beach jetty. He had strong hands with very thick wrists and he always rowed at the same speed. When John developed heart trouble, the people of Old Beach bought him a motor, but he broke his wrist trying to start it. He was presented with a certificate of appreciation by the people of Old Beach for 52 years of service on the ferry.

MrJohn Mollineaux
We, the past and present residents of Old Beach and Austins Ferry, wish to share Our appreciation of your long service as ferryman and mailman between our two Districts. For fifty-two years you have rowed your boat across the river at all times and in all weathers, without accident, and you have carried the mails for some eighty thousand miles with every care and consideration for the wishes of the public.
We feel by this record of faithful service that you have earned not only the appreciation but the gratitude of us all. We wish you good health and good fortune for many years to come.

 

Further details can be found in the excellent article by AU061 Ray Hyland ‘The Ferry Men of The Derwent’ published in MxWorld Volume XVI, No 3, in February 2002.


 

Molyneaux Avenue

Kings Langley, New South Wales 2147, Australia
Contributed by: AU019 Brian Seddon   |   05 Nov 2014

Kings Langley is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Kings Langley is located 39 km west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Blacktown. Kings Langley is part of the Greater Western Sydney region.


 

Molyneaux Road

Dooen, Victoria 3401, Australia
Contributed by: AU019 Brian Seddon   |   05 Nov 2014

Dooen is a small town situated in the Wimmera region of Western Victoria, Australia. The Henty Highway between Mildura and Portland passes through the tiny town. At the 2006 census, Dooen and the surrounding area had a population of 544. The Dooen Post Office opened on 1 September 1877 and closed in 1982. The Old Dooen pub is one of the few remaining occupied buildings and is popular amongst the agricultural students of the nearby Longerenong College. The Dooen School closed in 1994, the Dooen Hall is all that remains on the site.

Molyneaux Road, Dooen is 2.27 km long and was named after the forebears of IMFA member Luke Molyneux and his parents – former members Jim and Fay Molyneaux. Luke’s great grandfather James Molyneaux emigrated from Kilkeel, Co Down, Ireland in 1854 and was followed by two nephews John and Robert who also worked on the family farm at Dooen.


 

Molyneux Road

Mukinbudin, Western Australia 6479
Contributed by: AU019 Brian Seddon   |   14 Mar 2015

Molyneux Road, Mukinbudin was named after two brothers, Syd and Bert Molyneux, who in 1924 settled on 2,250 acres of virgin land at Mukinbudin, around 180 miles NE of Perth. The road runs through what was then the Molyneux farm. The brothers started clearing the block by axe, survived the Great Depression, droughts and floods, when many others had to walk off their farms due to the harsh conditions. The Molyneux brothers also made money by cutting sandalwood. Their basic bush home had no water other than that caught from rainfall on the roof and no power but that from kerosene lamps.

Syd and Bert were born in Liverpool, sons of Albert Molyneux, a marine engineer and his wife Sarah Jones. They were the grandsons of Thomas Molyneux, a Liverpool wheelwright and ironmonger and his wife Mary Watkin. Syd and Bert immigrated to Australia in 1923 and in Perth met up with their uncle Caryl Crosby Molyneux who provided them with advice on what land to purchase.

Both Syd and Bert married in Western Australia in the 1930s. Syd, his wife Nora and young daughter returned to live in the UK while Bert and his wife Ellen continued on the Mukinbudin farm. In 1961 they sold the farm to the Seaby family who still own the property. Bert and Ellen retired to Scarborough, a coastal suburb of Perth. Bert died in 1984 aged 85 and Ellen died in 1994 aged 93. It was Bert’s wish that his ashes were buried on his old farm and they were buried under a gimlet tree near where he and his brother first set up camp on his new block 60 years earlier.


 

Molyneux Rush

Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
Contributed by: AU019 Brian Seddon   |   21 Apr 2015

The place name Molyneux Rush originates from the Molyneux family who have been mining opals for three generations at Lightning Ridge, 770 km NW of Sydney. The town has a population of about 1,200 which is supplemented by thousands of visitors who arrive every year to either try their luck at fossicking or to see what an outback mining town is really like.

Ormond Molyneux, or Ormie as he is known around the district, is quite a colourful character with a large bushy beard. Ormie works with his son and his brother Joe at Molyneux Rush. There are about 200 diggers who are full-time professional miners earning an erratic living from opals at Lightning Ridge.

Ormie is uncertain about his family’s origins. "Me great grandfather, he was a migrant," says Ormie. "We're not too sure if it was from Ireland or %#*/n' England – anyhow, he came over and was kickin' around in the backblocks, livin' on a clay pan at Burren Junction. My grandfather and his brother rode pushbikes over to the Ridge lookin' for work in the 1920s."

The Molyneuxs have been chasing the elusive black opal of Lightning Ridge ever since.

Ormie’s great grandfather was Walter William Beck Molyneux who was born in 1859 on Hampstead Road, the son of a London City Missionary


 

Molyneux Street

Mount Gravatt, Queensland, Australia
Contributed by: AU059 Greg Molyneux   |   08 Jul 2015

My grandfather William Molyneux owned the land at Mount Gravatt Queensland. William farmed the land from approximately 1925 until it was subdivided into a housing estate by my late father Ron Molyneux in 1964. We lived in Molyneux street for a number of years.

I have attached a photo of my children Elise and Shaun Molyneux under the Molyneux Street sign, which was taken on a visit back to the area about seven years ago.


 

Molyneux Street

Mount Gravatt, Queensland 4122, Australia
Contributed by: AU019 Brian Seddon   |   05 Dec 2014

Mount Gravatt is a major suburb of Brisbane. The suburb is situated in the south-east of the city and is one of Brisbane's largest.

 


 

Molyneux Street

Warracknabeal, Victoria 3393, Australia
Contributed by: AU019 Brian Seddon   |   05 Nov 2014

Warracknabeal is a wheatbelt town in the Australian state of Victoria. Situated on the banks of the Yarriambiack Creek, 330 km north-west of Melbourne, it is the business and services centre of the northern Wimmera and southern Mallee districts, and hosts local government offices of the Shire of Yarriambiack. The original inhabitants of the area were the Wotjobaluk tribe of Aboriginal people. The town's name is believed to derive from an aboriginal expression meaning "place of big gums shading the water hole".

Molyneux Street in Warracknabeal was named after Robert Chapman Molyneux 1847 – 1915 who was born in Oxford, England, son of Philip Molyneux and his wife Sophia Franklin. His grandparents were William Molyneux and Mary Chapman. He settled in Australia around 1865 and several years later joined the police force as a mounted trooper. In 1869 at Dimboola, Victoria, he married Henrietta Bray and they had seven children 1871 – 82. When the police station at Warracknabeal was opened in 1871, Trooper Molyneux was placed in charge. At this time cattle stealing was rampant around Warracknabeal and Robert Chapman Molyneux had many an exciting story to tell about the capture and conviction of ‘cattle duffers’. He served in the police force until his retirement as Superintendent in 1907. He is the great grandfather of SA001 Adrienne D Molyneux, IMFA's Family Representative for South Africa.

In 1873 when Trooper Molyneux was officer in charge at Warracknabeal a lock-up was built. The lock-up still stands in its original position on land between what is now Molyneux Street and Deveraux Street, a block away from the present-day Warracknabeal Police Station. In 1988 the lock-up was placed on the Victorian Heritage Register with the following Statement of Significance:

The exterior was said to be excellent and the interior perfect, no modernisation had been carried out. One of the best lock-ups in the state and said to be one of the "most important 250 buildings in the state". The only addition has been an iron roof, to replace the original wooden slab one. Made of hand cut red gum logs with a ceiling of pine was in use until the mid 1950s.Tender let December 1877. Builder was Thomas Crerar. Building was completed 1873. Constable RC Molyneuse, officer in charge of Warracknabeal Police Station from 1871 to 1874 assisted in the capture of Ned Kelly at Glenrowan. Source: National Trust of Australia (Victoria).

 


 

Molyneux Street

Sweers Island, Queensland 4871, Australia
Contributed by: AU019 Brian Seddon   |   05 Dec 2014

Sweers is located in Australia's southern Gulf of Carpentaria approximately 30 km off the coast, directly north of Burketown. The island is surrounded by acres of rock reef, with some coral.

 

 


 

Molyneux Way

Bridgetwon, Western Australia 6255
Contributed by: AU019 Brian Seddon   |   05 Dec 2014

Bridgetown is a town in the South West region of Western Australia, approximately 270 km (168 mi) south of Perth on the Blackwood River. Molyneux Way was named after Mr Eric Charles Molyneux 1920-1987 who served the Bridgetown Council as Shire Clerk for 26 years. He was born in Camberwell, London, England. In 1941 at Reading, Berkshire, he married Kathleen Miriam Mitchell. In 1949 they sailed from Liverpool aboard the Orient Line ‘Dorsetshire’, arriving in Freemantle on 20 May 1949. Eric first started work a farm hand in Boyup Brook before commencing work for the Shire of Bridgetown. He died 18 November 1987.


 

Robert Molyneux Avenue

Endeavour Hills, Victoria 3802, Australia
Contributed by: AU019 Brian Seddon   |   10 Nov 2014

Endeavour Hills is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 31 km (19 mi) south-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Casey and at the 2011 Census, Endeavour Hills had a population of 24,574.

The suburb was named after Captain James Cook's ship, 'The Endeavour'. In 1970, the name 'Endeavour Hills' was coined in honour of the two hundredth anniversary of Captain James Cook's arrival in Botany Bay. The estate was officially opened in 1974 under this name.

New streets were named around the explorer James Cook, his ship the ‘Endeavour’ and fellow sailors and explorers. These include James Cook Drive, Thomas Mitchell Drive, Matthew Flinders Avenue, John Fawkner Drive, Arthur Phillip Drive and others. Robert Molyneux Avenue was named after Robert Molyneux, who at the age of 22 was Master of the ‘Endeavour. Another street, Manley Close was named after Molyneux’s servant Isaac Manley.