Edward Michael Colbert

(11 July 1878 - 1 February 1947)
     Edward Michael Colbert was born on 11 July 1878 in Haddon, Victoria. Son of Edward Colbert, 38, miner, & Mary (O'Hagan), 34. He was the son of Edward Colbert and Mary Hagan.
     Edward Michael Colbert was placed in an orphanage from 9 June 1886 to 9 October 1892 in Ballarat. On 9 June 1886 (a month after his mother died) Edward, Ellen, Charles & Michael were placed in the Ballarat Orphanage. his father Edward was described as a splitter, Roman Catholic, born county Cork, Ireland, who arrived in the colony in 1857 and paid 5/- a week for each of the children. On 9 October 1892 he left the orphanage (6 months after his siblings) on the application of his father and proceeded to Gippsland. He joined his father in Leongatha clearing scrub on farms according to family tradition. He rode to Leongatha from Ballarat.
     In Edward Colbert's will dated 23 September 1898 in Leongatha, Victoria, Edward Michael Colbert was named as heir; This is the last will of Edward Colbert of Leongatha farmer I revoke all former wills and appoint Hugh McCartin of Leongatha auctioneer & Thomas Hyne of Leongatha farmer, executors and trustees of this my last will
I devise and bequeath the whole of my real and personal estate unto the said executors and trustees upon the trusts following To pay my debts funeral and testamentary expenses and if necessary for this purpose to mortgage my real estate. To permit my sons Michael and Charles to reside on cultivate farm and manage my real estate for their use and profit (and for this purpose the said Michael and Charles are to have the use of my plant furniture stock and everything now in use upon or .. in or about my farm) until the younger of them attains the age of 21 years or if the younger should die before attaining that age then till eth other of them attains that age. Upon the younger of the said sons attaining the age of 21 years, I direct my said executors and trustees to convey my said real estate to my said sons Michael and Charles as tenants in common and to transfer to them absolutely my personal estate
I direct my said executors to pay the following legacies following as soon as convenient after the younger of my said sons attaining the age of 21 years and for the purpose of paying the same they may mortgage or otherwise charge my real estate
To my son John one hundred pounds
To each of Johns's two children now living £25
To my daughter Ellen £20
To my son Edward £5
I direct my executors to pay as soon after my death as convenient two sums of £2/10/- each for masses for the repose of my soul, one sum to the abbot of Melleray co. Waterford Ireland, the other sum to Father Galivan now or lately stationed at Gisborne Vic. I further direct my executors to spend a sum not exceeding £50 in erecting a tombstone to my memory in the cemetery at Leongatha. Signed & dated 23 Sep 1898 - Edwd Colbert, witnessed by Edward Hurst accountant & Chas Hyne salesman, both of Leongatha.

     He was keen on racing and his father disapproved. Had a horse called Elsie.
     Edward Michael Colbert married Margaret Robertson, daughter of James Robertson and Mary Ann MacPherson, on 29 March 1902 in Christ Church (Anglican), Maryborough, Victoria. They were both of Maryborough, he described himself as a miner aged 23. She was aged 24 and occupied in domestic duties. The witnesses were Robert Dean and Martha Robertson..
     Edward and Margaret were registered at Maryborough, Laanecoorie district, on the between 1903 and 1909 electoral roll.
     Edward and Margaret were registered as Edward Michael & Margaret Colbert, carrier & labourer at Leongatha, on the between 1908 and 1914 electoral roll.
     Edward Michael Colbert lived at Marion Crescent, Wonthaggi, Victoria. He built the house.
     Edward was was a carter in Leongatha, Victoria, in December 1915. He left Leongatha about 1919.
     Edward and Margaret were registered as a labourer & home duties at Maryborough, on the between 1919 and 1921 electoral roll. They were still registered at Leongatha in 1917. Edward Michael Colbert was listed in a directory dated 1925 as Edward Michael Colbert at Maryborough, Victoria. He lived at Railway Street/Crescent, Manning Street & Nolan Street.
     Edward and Margaret were registered as Edward Michael, labourer, Margaret, home duties, James McIntosh, baker, Edward John, boot repairer at 8-10 Johnston St, Fitzroy, Victoria, on the between 1926 and 1928 electoral roll. In 1927 they were at no. 72.
     Edward and Margaret were registered as Edward Michael Colbert at 9 Roosevelt Street, Coburg, on the between 1931 and 1937 electoral roll. He was also listed in the 1931 Sands & McDougal directory for that year.
     Edward was registered at 35 Shackell St, Coburg, on the 1942 electoral roll.
     Edward died of heart disorder/stroke - at the tram stop on 1 February 1947 in Coburg, Victoria, aged 68. He was buried on 3 February 1947 in New Melbourne General Cemetery, Fawkner.

Children of Edward Michael Colbert and Margaret Robertson

James Robertson

(9 August 1833 - 24 October 1917)
     James Robertson was born on 9 August 1833 in Culnamon of Cardross, Port of Menteith, Perthshire, Scotland. He was christened on 9 August 1833 in Port of Menteith, Perthshire. He was the son of John Robertson and Elisabeth MacIntosh.
     James Robertson appeared on the 1841 census in the household of John Robertson and Elisabeth MacIntosh in Colleymun Moss settlers, Port of Menteith.
     James Robertson was recorded on the 1851 census in Blarsassenach, Port of Menteith, Perthshire. He was not with his parents but at Blarsassenach nearby, aged 17, unmarried, born Pt of Menteith, as a farm servant in the household of Henry & Agnes Dougall, farmer of 270 acres.
     James Robertson arrived per "Meteor" in December 1858 at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, from Liverpool, departing 17 September 1858. James was described as an English speaking, 24 year old farmer.
     James Robertson married Mary Ann MacPherson, daughter of Paul MacPherson and Jane Emslie, on 7 April 1869 in Newmarket, near Avoca, Victoria, Australia. They were married as Presybterians by licence with the consent of her father, her sister Jessie was witness along with William Byers. James was a farmservant of Wareek at the time. James Robertson witnessed Robert Allan's burial on 22 September 1874 in Maryborough.
On 15 September 1875 James Robertson purchased property in Eddington, Victoria, on 15 September 1875. The l79 acres of land was transferred to David Dalgety Simson on 6 July 1877.
     James was a defendant in a court case on 19 December 1888 in Maryborough, Victoria. Maryborough Court of Petty Sessions: Robertson, James: neglect to send child to school, at Maryborough court, 19 Dec 1888.
     At the Maryborough Court, a James Robinson, was fined for cutting timber under size, 27 Jul 1890, paid 58/90. A James Robertson/Robinson was fined for being drunk and disorderly on 10 July & 14 August 1893, 12 February and 23 April 1894. He was admitted to the hospital, Maryborough, between 1892 and 1904. He was admitted onl 27 Feb 1892, aged 60, miner of Maryborough, port of embarkation Liverpool, ship - Meteor, 37 years in colony, married, Presbyterian, native of Perthshire. He was again admitted 8 May 1899, also 7 April 1902, aged 68, railway employee, port of embarkation Glasgow, ship Metox, 43 years in colony, and again admitted 30 Jan 1904, aged 70, miner, 45 years in the colony.
     On October 22 1903 James Robertson was fined for a wandering cow. He is also possibly the James Robertson who was convicted of unlawful assault there on 14 Nov 1907, although he seems a little old.
     James was a defendant in a court case on 14 November 1907 in Maryborough, Victoria. He or his son was convicted of unlawfull assault - more likely his son as he would have been 74.
     James was registered as James Robertson, pensioner at Tullaroop Rd, Maryborough, Victoria, on the 1908 electoral roll.
     James was registered as James Robertson at Tullaroop Rd, Maryborough, on the 1912 electoral roll. There were 2 James Robertsons at that address, one was a miner the other had no occupation, presumably father and son.
     James was a defendant in a court case in 1917 in Maryborough. On 27 Feb 1917, he was convicted for taking a seat in a railway carriage without a ticket. On Oct 15 1917 James Robertson was fined for being unlawfully on licenced premises. These events may refer to his son James.
     James died of old age & influenza on 24 October 1917 in Tullaroop Rd, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, aged 84. Labourer, aged 84, born Scotland, 60 years in Victoria. Married at Newmarket at 34 to Mary Ann McPherson, issue: John (dec'd), Mary 42, Bessie 40, Maggie 38, Martha 36, James 32 & Paul 30. He was buried on 26 October 1917 in Maryborough.

Children of James Robertson and Mary Ann MacPherson

Mary Ann MacPherson

(8 August 1850 - 20 April 1935)
     Mary Ann MacPherson was born on 8 August 1850 in Menangle Road, Picton, New South Wales. She was the daughter of Paul MacPherson and Jane Emslie. Mary Ann MacPherson was christened on 8 March 1851 in Church of England, Picton.
     Mary Ann MacPherson married James Robertson, son of John Robertson and Elisabeth MacIntosh, on 7 April 1869 in Newmarket, near Avoca, Victoria, Australia. They were married as Presybterians by licence with the consent of her father, her sister Jessie was witness along with William Byers. James was a farmservant of Wareek at the time.
     Mary was registered as Mary Ann Robinson at Tullaroop Rd, Maryborough, on the 1908 electoral roll.
     Mary was registered as Mary Ann Robertson, home duties, Paul McPherson Robertson, labourer, james McPherson Robertson, labourer at Victoria Pde, Maryborough, Victoria, on the between 1921 and 1922 electoral roll.
     Mary was registered as James McPherson Robertson, labourer & Mary Ann Robertson & Paul McPherson Robertson, labourer. at McKean St, Maryborough, Victoria, on the 1924 electoral roll.
     
     Mary died on 20 April 1935 in 9 Roosevelt Street, North Coburg, Victoria, aged 84. The informant at her death was the undertaker who stated 10 years in NSW, 78 years in Vic. therefore moved in 1860 but would make her born in 1847! Her age at marriage is correct (19) but the place is given as Maryborough. She was buried on 23 April 1935 in New Melbourne General cemetery, Fawkner.

Children of Mary Ann MacPherson and James Robertson