Richard VINE 1809-1878
Mary NOLAN c.1825-1882

Station Overseer and Squatter of...
Wiltshire, England ; "Merino Downs" and "Woodburn" stations, Glenelg and Wannon ; Portland, Victoria, Australia

Richard VINE 1809-1878, b. Wiltshire, England, son of Thomas VINE & Elizabeth TAUNTON, arrived Port Phillip in 1840. Before 1844 he was a station overseer at "Merino Downs" on the Wannon river for Francis HENTY. In 1844 he became a squatter when he occupied land on Steep Bank Creek, near "Wando Vale" station which was known as "Woodburn" station [see map] which is mentioned on a number occasions in the early newspapers...

"The Melbourne Daily News" (Vic.) Tuesday, 20th February 1849.
Superintendent's Office, Melbourne, January 1849.
No. 286. Richard Vine.
Name of run--Woodbourne, Steep Bank Rivulet.
Estimated area--7260 acres.
Estimated grazing capability--50 head of cattle 3,000 sheep.
Commencing at a point on the (north) Glenelg road from Portland, and bounded by said road north-east bearing south east 4 miles, dividing from lands occupied by T. Bilstone, on the east by said road bearing south 1 miles, and a furrow bearing SSW 1 miles dividing from lands occupied by J. Corney, on the south-west by a furrow bearing WNW 4 miles, dividing from lands occupied by G. Robertson, on the north-west by a line of marked trees through stringy-bark and heath, bearing NNE 4 miles.
"The Portland Guardian" (Vic.) Thursday, 9th February 1854.
FOR SALE.--THE Woodbourne Station on the Steep Bank Creek, containing about 7000 acres, with 3200 sheep, 60 head of cattle and four horses with all the requisite improvements for carrying on the business. For particulars apply to the undersigned on the station. RICHD. VINE. Woodbourne, Glenelg, Feb. 1st, 1854.
"The Portland Guardian" (Vic.) Monday, 1st March 1858.
Impoundings --- CASTERTON.-Impounded at Casterton, 20th January, 1858, by Richard Vine, Esq., Woodburne.
62. Dark brindle and white bull, no apparent brand
63. Red and white bull calf, no apparent brand
64. Red and white steer, like BA near rump
If not claimed and expenses paid, to be sold on 3rd March, 1858.
W. LEONARD, Poundkeeper.
"The Geelong Advertiser" (Vic.) Monday, 30th March 1863.
Messrs Hepburn and Leonard report.--Horses : Good hacks and light harness horses are in request, also heavy draught. Inferior stock are not saleable at present. We sold for Richard Vine, Esq. of Woodbourne, 14 head, principally adapted for spring cart purposes, at 15 all round ; also 12 head light harness, the property of different owners, at from 5 3s to 12.

Richard VINE died at Portland, Victoria in 1878 and was buried in the South Portland Cemetery with a military funeral as he was a Lt. in the Portland Volunteer Artillery Corps. His widow Mary VINE (nee NOLAN) died at Portland, Victoria in 1882 and was also buried in the South Portland Cemetery.

"The Hamilton Spectator" (Vic.) Tuesday, 14th May 1878
COUNTRY INTELLIGENCE. (From Our Own Correspondent.)
PORTLAND, MAY 11.-- Richard Vine died suddenly about 9 o'clock this morning. He was reading a paper in a chair. Cause of death unknown at present.
MAY 13.--The funeral of the late Lieutenant Richard Vine took place this afternoon, the attendance being large and great respect being shown his memory. The deceased was Lieutenant of the Portland Artillery Corps, and the cortege was headed by sixty Volunteers under the command of Captain Trangmar. The coffin was envelopedin the Union Jack with the sword and cap of the deceased on top. The procession moved from his late residence along Tyers-street, down Percy and Julia-streets to the South Cemetery, the band palyed the Dead March. The Rev. C. P. Allnutt officiated, and the deceased was buried close to the late Mr. Charles Trangmar. Service over, the volunteers fired three volleys over the grave. The deceased was greatly respected throughout the town and district. Stores and hotels were wholly or partially closed and all flags were hoisted at half-mast.
"The Portland Guardian" (Vic.) Tuesday, 14th May 1878.
Death is gradually thinning the ranks of our oldest colonists, and Saturday last, the 11th inst., added to the number the name of Lieutenant Richard Vine, a gentleman well known and highly respected in Portland, where for the last 14 or 15 years he has lived comparatively retired from business on the means acquired by honorable means and a steady course of honest industry. It is probably more than 30 years since the deceased acted as working overseer with Mr. Francis Henty, on the Merino Downs; subsequently he became the owner of the Woodburn station, north of Casterton, and this he worked to advantage, but prior to his residence in Portland sold to Mr. Owen O'Reilly, the present proprietor, for, it is said, about 12,000. The deceased was a charitable man, but unostentatious in his charities, and there were few public matters carried on in the town in which his name did not figure as a contributor. Mr. Vine, though advanced in years, joined the Western Artillery Volunteer Corps in 1866, and it is but doing him bare justice to say that since he joined he has done his duty in active service to the detachment, and has also contributed liberally to meet expenses beyond the Government allowance to which the company was necessarily at times subjected. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon, and the remains were followed to the South Cemetery by a large number of the Portland artillery and a crowd of friends, who joined to pay the last tribute of respect to an honorable upright man. The procession moved from his late residence in Bentinck street about half-past two o'clock. The firing party consisting of sergeant and 40 rank and file took the lead in command of the drill instructor. The band under the able leadership of Mr. George Jarrett, played the Dead March in Saul. The remains were first placed on the hearse by six gunners of his company, and were received with the usual compliment of presented arms. The whole procession was under the superintendence of Captain Commandant Trangmar. The route was through Bentinck, Tyers, Percy and Julia streets, and again into Bentinck street, on the coffin was placed the Union Jack with the sword and cap of the deceased officer. The cortege moved in slow time wheeling to the left at the junction of Tyers and Bentinck streets. On account of the late rains the firing party and band found great difficulty to keep the step. On reaching the South Cemetery, the firing party opened out and the remains were carried to the grave on the shoulders of six members of the corps. The funeral service was read very impressively by the Rev. J. C. P. Allnutt, of St. Stephen's, when the firing party were called to attention, presented arms, and fired three volleys, small arms, in remarkably correct time, after which the corps was marched back to town. As beforestated, Mr. Vine joined the corps, when re-formed in 1866 and in 1872 was made Lieutenant. For some months past the deceased was in bad health, and for some weeks was barely able to take any out-door exercise. On Saturday he breakfasted at the usual hour, and provided with newspapers and books, was passing his morning, when all at once he fell back in his chair and expired. The deceased leaves a widow but no children, and a share of his property, we learn, will go to a surviving sister, and some relatives in Bath, Somerset, England, of which country deceased was a native.
"Portland Guardian" (Vic.) Tuesday, 28th March 1882.
DIED --- VINE.-On Monday morning, March 27th, Mary, widow of the late Lieutenant Richard Vine of Portland, formerly of Woodburn Station near Casterton; aged 56 years. [The funeral will leave the late residence of the deceased, for the South Portland cemetery, at 2.30 p.m. this day (Tuesday). Friends are invited to attend.]

Links to Pioneer Names at...

Carapook & Muntham : Casterton : Chetwynd : Dartmoor : Digby : Harrow & Balmoral : Hotspur :

Merino & Henty : Sandford : Strathdownie : Wando Vale

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