SHIRE OF BACCHUS MARSH PROCLAIMED ON 23 JANUARY 1871
To celebrate the 150 anniversary, the Society remembers some of our past Shire Presidents.
Commissions have been received during the past week by Captain George Grant, and Lieutenants Cornelius Mahoney and William Henry McFarlane, of the Bacchus Marsh Troop of Cavalry. The seniority of Lieutenant Mahoney dates from 28th January, 1873. Ten Martini-Henry rifles have been received for distribution among the troop.
Bacchus Marsh Express – Saturday 22 April 1876 page 2
George Grant was born in Caithness Scotland in 1833, he emigrated to Geelong in 1852 with his 12 brothers and sisters. His father settled at Broadlands Estate, Bacchus Marsh and later at Parwan. George married Christina Grant and they lived at ‘Ballochoyle Springs’, Pentland Hills.
George was involved in many community groups and was noted for improving the local roads in the area.
The Rifle Club’s – Mr. George Grant’s Prize
Results of the Bacchus Marsh Rifle Club competition for the Mr. George Grant’s Prize. Bacchus Marsh Express – Saturday 14 July 1883 – page 2.
Copies of the story of the Rifle Club ‘Club Number 4: A Short History of the Bacchus Marsh Rifle Club‘, can be purchased from the Society’s online Shop.
Courtesy of the Bacchus Marsh and District Historical Society Inc. Collection.
He died suddenly on the 31 December 1914 at his home ‘Glen Park’ in Eltham and was buried at the Eltham Cemetery early in 1915.
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