Abraham Bland

(22 January 1832 - 30 July 1897)
Abraham Bland of Hesett, Sfk & Yarram, Vic (1832-1897)
     Abraham Bland was born on 22 January 1832 in Hessett, Suffolk. He was the son of William Bland and Elizabeth Cocksedge. Abraham Bland was christened on 12 February 1832 in Hessett.
     Abraham Bland appeared on the 1841 census in the household of William Bland and Benjamin Cocksedge in Hessett. Abraham was listed as the son of William Bland in the 1851 census in Hessett.
     Abraham Bland married Harriet Bullett, daughter of James Squirrell Bullett and Sarah A Grimwood, on 23 October 1852 in Hessett.
     Abraham Bland and Harriet Bullett arrived per "Star of the South" on 5 August 1857 at Victoria, Australia. Abraham & his family sailed from Liverpool April 24 1857 as assisted immigrants and arrived at Hobsons Bay Melbourne on August 5 1857. Abraham was described as a 25 year old labourer of Suffolk, religion - Church of England, able to read only. Harriet was 25 and could read & write. Eliza Ann was 4 and William an infant. The ship was quarantined. They took passage by the steamer "Thistle" (which was wrecked in 1859) to Yarram arriving there on Aug 10th. Their 'disposal' was to J Carpenter of Yarram on Aug 12, wages being £52 p.a. the term 12 months. Mr Carpenter was a sawmiller and contractor and operated a flour and saw mill adjacent to the Tarra River in Yarram, or the Barkly Township as it was called by Carpenter. He worked for Carpenter for 7 years and then rented the Aylesbury property from him for 4 years before purchasing it.
Newspaper reports states that there was little work in Melbourne for the new immigrants.
     Another Abraham Bland, aged 37, an English labourer from Adelaide arrived in Melbourne in February 1852 aboard the Charlotte Jane.
     In 1860 and again in 1870 Abraham was elected trustee of the Public Hall.
     Mr Bland arrived Port Albert from Melbourne on "Royal Shepherd". Abraham was a farmer and miller in Yarram, from 1864. In 1864 he took over the Barkly Flour & Sawmill from John Carpenter and continued to operate this along with his grazing property. The Mill was destroyed by fire in October 1870. In 1872 he was elected to the Alberton Shire Council for one term to 1875. At this time he purchased a property near Sale called Crosslea where he resided for 3 years. In 1882 he purchased 800 acres in Reeves Survey which he divided between two sons, George & James a year or two later. [James & William each had 320 acres at Woranga from 1882]. During the eighties he was a foundation member of the Yarram Agricultural Society.
     On July 10 1891 a committee of prominent citizens was formed to investigate the possibility of establishing a co-operative butter factory in Yarram. Mr Bland was elected chairman of this committee. On the recommendation of this committee the first general meeting to form a company was held on July 23 1891. Bland was elected as one of seven directors, a position he held until his death. The factory site was purchased from Mr Bland. He was listed in a directory dated between 1869 and 1884 as Abraham Bland, miller at Yarram. He had purchased Carpenter's mill in 1868 or 69.
     On 6 June 1870 - Abraham Bland Allott 66 Yarram Yarram no. 1008 244 acres. Lease issued 6/6/73, purchased 20/8/79 79.80 over 1840 [Sale district rent rolls 1870 p.35, ag. leases].
     In October 1870 Bland's mill was burnt down. Arson was suspected. It was rebuilt to use steam power.
     His flour mill in Yarram was destroyed by fire in February 1884. In November 1884 he had a sale of machinery and stock as was leaving the district.
     Abraham Bland lived at 'Crosslea', Sale, Victoria, from 1885 to 1888. Abraham Bland of Boisdale, formerly of Yarram bought the property on the death of the former owner John James English in February 1885. It was bought in two lots for £3000. In the summer of 1886 misfortune struck, when the outbuildings caught fire. The glow of flames could be seen from Sale, and Sale's fledging fire brigade attended, with twenty men and the fire engine. By the time they arrived, badly hampered by lack of water, little could be done. The outbuildings, containing large quantities of oats, peas, chaff and other produce, lay in smouldering ruins. Damage was estimated at £700. Bland was uninsured and sold up in 1888. The buyer was George Linton.
     Abraham Bland made a will dated 15 July 1896 in Yarram, Victoria.
     Abraham died of heart disease on 30 July 1897 in 'Aylesbury', Yarram, Victoria, aged 65. The Gippsland Standard reported that The owner of the this picturesque and well kept estate on the banks of the Tarra was in his usual health at breakfast time. He left his residence to proceed to an adjoining paddock to superintend some ploughing operations. After handling the rather fresh and active horses for a while Mr Bland felt a sudden pain at the heart, and at once walked up to the house, whence his wife administered a homely palliative and advised him to retire to his room. He was at once assisted to undress, but he had only got into bed when the final spasm came, and with a wave of the hand towards his wife he uttered the name of Jesus twice, and immediately expired. Mrs Bland had sent for Dr. Birch but so sudden was the sad event that the messenger could hardly have been clear of the gate when the death message was given. He was buried on 1 August 1897 in the Church of England section, Alberton. Their headstone reads: Abraham Bland, 65, Yarram, C/E. Headstone: In Loving Memory Of my dear husband Abraham Bland who died 30th July 1897 aged 65 years. At Rest. Also his beloved wife Harriett who died 23rd Dec. 1909 aged 77 years. Father and Mother
Beloved children of Abraham & Harriet Bland, Annie died 23 July 1872 aged 9 months; Charles 19 Jan 1874 aged 4 years, Elizabeth died 9 Feb 1874 aged 9, Eliza Devonshire died 17 May 1874 aged 21 & her baby son Charles died 10 May 1874.

In same grave are - James Bullet died 31 Aug 1888 aged 79 and his wife Sarah died 4 Sep 1881 aged 70.
     Warren Currey wrote: "Abraham Bland was a man of active and progressive temperament, bold and speculative, but watchful and circumspect." Aylesbury was sold again in 1990 for $2134 per acre.
     His will was proved on 4 February 1898. His real estate was valued at £5250 and personal estate at £2226.
     Abraham Bland, born 1832, landed at Port Albert by steamer on 10th August, 1857, having come with his wife and children from Birkenhead, England, in the ship Star of the South, to Melbourne, He worked seven years for John Carpenter, saw- miller, then rented and purchased Aylesbury from him, and grazed and dairied until his death in 1898. He also owned a -flour and saw mill, and was for 3.0 years a shire councillor.

Children of Abraham Bland and Harriet Bullett

Harriet Bullett

(27 October 1833 - 23 December 1909)
     Harriet was described as a child of James Squirrell Bullett in his removal order from in Wattisham, Suffolk, on 17 October 1833; He was to be removed to Hessett with his wife Sarah and daughter Harriet. Harriet Bullett was christened on 27 October 1833 in Wattisham, Suffolk, England. She was the daughter of James Squirrell Bullett and Sarah A Grimwood.
     Harriet Bullett appeared on the 1841 census in the household of James Squirrell Bullett and Sarah A Grimwood in Hessett.
     Harriet Bullett was recorded on the 1851 census in Groom Farm, Hessett. Harriett Bullett, servant, unmarried 19, general servant, born Hessett in the household of Mary Groom widow, farmer of 105 acres employing 9 men, and her family.
     Harriet Bullett married Abraham Bland, son of William Bland and Elizabeth Cocksedge, on 23 October 1852 in Hessett.
     Harriet Bullett and Abraham Bland arrived per "Star of the South" on 5 August 1857 at Victoria, Australia. Abraham & his family sailed from Liverpool April 24 1857 as assisted immigrants and arrived at Hobsons Bay Melbourne on August 5 1857. Abraham was described as a 25 year old labourer of Suffolk, religion - Church of England, able to read only. Harriet was 25 and could read & write. Eliza Ann was 4 and William an infant. The ship was quarantined. They took passage by the steamer "Thistle" (which was wrecked in 1859) to Yarram arriving there on Aug 10th. Their 'disposal' was to J Carpenter of Yarram on Aug 12, wages being £52 p.a. the term 12 months. Mr Carpenter was a sawmiller and contractor and operated a flour and saw mill adjacent to the Tarra River in Yarram, or the Barkly Township as it was called by Carpenter. He worked for Carpenter for 7 years and then rented the Aylesbury property from him for 4 years before purchasing it.
Newspaper reports states that there was little work in Melbourne for the new immigrants.
     Another Abraham Bland, aged 37, an English labourer from Adelaide arrived in Melbourne in February 1852 aboard the Charlotte Jane.
     On 3 May 1866, Harriett Bland paid into the immigration deposit account for the passage of her brother George Bullett and his wife Mary Ann & their daughter Annie aged 3, to Victoria.
     On 10 January 1867, Harriet Bland paid into the Immigration Deposit account - £8 for William Cocksedge and £2 each for Edward [Emma??] Cocksedge & Charlotte Cocksedge.
     In Abraham Bland's will dated 15 July 1896 in Yarram, Victoria, Harriet Bullett was named as heir and executrix of the estate. She was an executor of Abraham Bland's estate on 4 February 1898.
     Harriet Bullett made a will dated 12 June 1907 in Victoria.
     Harriett gave land to the Wesley church £480/10/6. Joan Graham lived in the old parsonage when the church was demolished. The parsonage was a replica of 'Aylesbury'. Mrs Wood was the author of the Wesley church history.
     Harriet died BLAND.- On the 23rd December, at 'Thurston', Yarram Yarram, Harriett, relict of the late Abraham Bland, of 'Aylesbury', Yarram Yarram; beloved mother of Mrs. C. Rout, Kew; Mrs. R. Williams, Hawthorn; Mrs. R. W. Gibson, Perth; Mrs. G. Ruby, Balloong, and William George and James Bland, aged 77 years. Interred in Alberton Ceme- tery, 25th December. Thurston is a village about 4 miles east of Burys St Edmunds on 23 December 1909 in 'Thurston', Yarram, Victoria, Australia, aged 76. She was buried on 24 December 1909 in the Church of England section, Alberton.
     Her will was proved on 8 March 1910 at Victoria. Her real estate was valued at £1200 and personal estate at £2324.

Children of Harriet Bullett and Abraham Bland

Hanora Ryan

     Hanora Ryan married Townley Blackwood Dobson, son of John Savage Dobson and Elizabeth Dick Dunbar, in 1883 in New South Wales.

Children of Hanora Ryan and Townley Blackwood Dobson