Historical 'Coriyule' is for sale
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.