Regular readers of artingeelong know that I have been trying to uncover the specific birthplace of Arthur Streeton. Is it Mt Moriac or Mt Duneed?
I decided to track down Mr Streeton’s birth certificate (best to check primary sources) and found it at the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. I promptly bought it for $17.00 and unfortunately, after viewing the certificate, I am none the wiser. It lists the Parish of Duneed as Streeton’s place of birth in the district of Mt Moriac! So the question is: Does the Duneed Parish include both Mt Moriac and Mt Duneed in 1867? I went along to the Geelong Heritage Centre to check parish boundaries.
After enduring the tedious process of trying to look at old parish maps on an old microfish machine that couldn’t zoom and making absolutely no progress at all through several lunch breaks, the helpful staff in the centre found a reference to the Duneed Parish in a book on local history, Barrabool Land of the Magpie by Ian Wynd. The author states “Today when we hear the name Duneed, we think of the area around Mount Duneed, but in the nineteenth century the term could be used to describe any place situated in the parish of Duneed. This lies between Waurn Ponds and Thomsons Creeks and stretches from Torquay Road to Mount Moriac, so the mere address Duneed leaves plenty of scope for location – and confusion.”
Indeed! Back to the square one.
Below are the relevant details from the certificate which you can click on for a larger image or you can download the complete pdf here: Arthur Streeton Birth Certificate
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