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Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 11:29 AM

In the footsteps of pioneers


ST HELENA.

[Church photographed in 1994, aged 16, where pioneer Anthony Beale, and his wife, Katherine Rose are buried.]

Stay tuned for Kinglake Ranges News upcoming series of “My Journey to the Mountain”  tracing the Geelan family’s connection to the Kinglake Ranges community for over 92 years.

My paternal grandmother, Eve Judd (Edwards) spent her childhood in Alexandra and went to school in Alexandra and my paternal grandfather, Gordon Geelan, [SERVICE RECORD] a New South Welshman met Eve following his service during World War II.

Gordon and Eve married following the war and had three children, Warwick, Graeme (my father) and Rodney Geelan.

I attended Wahroonga Pre-School, on Anthony Beale’s original land in St Helena.

You’ll see Anthony’s name mentioned in many (if not most) reports provided to the Evelyn Observer and in Kinglake Ranges News ‘On This Day’ series of reports from Kinglake correspondent(s) of years’ past.

Following the death of my mother from breast cancer in 2008, my younger brother and I purchased a home in the Kinglake township area, yet again on Anthony Beale’s original land.

As I type this report … I’m still on Anthony Beale’s original land.

Over the coming months we’ll be exploring in depth all the history and connections to the Kinglake Ranges and wider district with interviews from childhood friends of the era, photographs and historical records from Geelan Media archives and family records.

Stay tuned as we explore local history and follow my journey to Kinglake Ranges News.


Text & Images © COPYRIGHT 2017 Kinglake Ranges News.


KINGLAKE RANGES NEWS. IN MEMORY OF LOCAL PIONEERS.
WE’RE FOR THE KINGLAKE RANGES.

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