Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Historical 'Coriyule' is for sale

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I usually throw out 90% of the Saturday papers with all the stuff on property and finance, but by chance I browsed through the Geelong Advertiser Property section for a change and found some beauties! 'Coriyule' is for sale! Two women pioneers of Geelong lived there, Caroline Newcombe (which our suburb is named after) and Anne Drysdale. Surely there are ghosts of genteel or not so gentle women around this deteriorating old house - about 20 minutes drive from Geelong. Yes, they say there is one ghost - of Anne, when visitors hear someone playing the piano! It was built about 1849 when Geelong was a very newly built town. These two women are famous for being lady squatters. I wonder who will buy... as it needs lots of repairs but it has 'presence'.

notes from heritage register of Coriyule.

Coriyule at Drysdale was built in 1849 for pioneer squatting partners, Anne Drysdale and Caroline Newcomb. Drysdale was an unmarried Scottish gentlewoman, who in 1839, aged 47, migrated to Port Phillip for health reasons. She was well educated and well connected, had owned a farm in Scotland, and intended to farm sheep in the colony. She first took up a squatting run at Boronggoop, on the Barwon River near Geelong, where she built a four room cottage. She formed a partnership with Caroline Newcomb, an Englishwoman who had come to Port Phillip in 1836 as governess to the children of John Batman, one of the founders of Melbourne, and together they ran the sheep station. They bought the lease of the nearby Coriyule run in 1843, and after obtaining the freehold in 1847, in 1849 commissioned Melbourne architect Charles Laing to design a new house on the run. The house was built on an eminence overlooking Corio Bay by Geelong builders: one named Henderson, who did the masonry and brickwork, and Brenton & Howell, who did the carpentry and joinery. The town which grew up near their station was named after Anne Drysdale.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have thought that if you had chosen to publish this information about the sale of Coriyule and 'borrowed' our photographs, you might have at least had the decency to leave our (The Conjunctional Agents)details on the page!

1:21 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

My apologies to the Conjunctional Agents. I thought the story was of interest to people interested in the history of the Geelong region - about the two lady squatters.

Here are some details of the real estate agents who are involved in the auction.

84 Hesse Street,
Phone: 03 5258 3633
Fax: 03 5258 3767

Contact: NEIL LAWS
Phone: 03 5258 3633
Mobile: 0419 583 633

Phone: 03 98665588
Mobile: 0418 317 440

The website has a huge long name but can be found by googling "auction Coriyule"

5:31 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

The local agent is Jens Gaunt Real Estate which I forgot to mention. The other conjunctional agent is Pat Rice Hawkins 441 St Kilda Rd Melbourne. Peter Hawkins 041831744. Of course I would have loved to make paintings instead of using photographs but I doubt if an artist would have access to Coriyule prior to auction.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for taking the time to post the scrap of histroy for all to see. although it is well past, I would love to have had the opprotunity to walk through the house and even better still to be able to purchase same. In those early days of Geelong, my anscetors came to Australia and worked for the two women and lived at Coriyule for some time. Their decisions at the time, as small and insignificant as they may have seemed has Led to a vast spread of "Wilsons"across the Australian landscape.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Hello Miss or Mr Wilson or family,
Have you any of the letters, photos, or papers of your ancestors who worked at Coriyule? They might be handy for people who are researching Geelong history.
Thank you for your comment.

11:34 PM  

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