William Broome and Anne Patterson

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    Grandmother Patterson

    Grandmother's maiden name was Elizabeth Grace (Grace being the surname). Hence the number of Graces in the family.
    Grandmother came from the West Coast of Ireland, from County Donegal and a village called ELPHIN. It was on the coast and her father was a surveyor. She had two brothers and one sister. The brothers were killed in the war and the sister married a missionary named WILSON, who went to India and nothing further was heard of him or indeed the family.
    The lady of the village of Elphin was Lady Alicia Minchen. Grandma used to do fine sewing for her. This name Alicia may account for the number of Alicia's in the families. Alicia Broome is the only one to use it as a first name as far as is known. Elizabeth Grace came out to Tasmania with the family (in what capacity is unknown ) of SIR RICHARD DRY, who was a leading politician in Tasmania. It is said he was equivalent to Wentworth of New South Wales. From the family bible Grandmother and Grandfather were married 4th Mar 1844. Grandfather William Patterson and Grandmother were married in Launceston. He was the only surviving child of 19 children and as Elizabeth Grace had no surviving brothers, and had lost trace of her sister, she also had no relatives or knowledge of any. The Pattersons lived in Launceston on the way to Cataract Gorge. One of their sons, William was drowned in Cataract Gorge when about 11 years old.
    The name of Elphin in Ireland is the reason for so many of the family homes being called Elphin. There is an Elphin road in Launceston and it is thought that Patterson Street in Launceston was named after Great-Grandfather Patterson. Our House here (Albury) is named Elphin and one day a man got quite excited over it and said that Elphin is a tiny town on the North West coast of Ireland. Both Grandparents were later buried at the foot of their garden about 19 miles from Albury. This now is under the waters of the Hume Weir. Grandmother had a wonderful garden of fruit vegetables and flowers. There were no pests in those days or Codlin moths. It is said that when the family came from Melbourne in buggy and pair and wagon, she obtained the root of a flower from a garden on the route and planted it in her garden at Elphin, her home near Albury. This is said to have spread and is now known as Patterson's Curse. In South Australia it is called Salvation Jane because the flowers are like purple Salvation Army Bonnets. In the spring the country-side is purple with the flower and it often grows 4 feet high and beats down all other growth. It is excellent feed while very young, and makes good hay, but when full grown takes possession of everything. Aunt (Mrs Broome) was a skilful Gardener, and said she could not remember it being in Grandma's garden at Elphin, neither does my mother remember it. In Victoria it is not seen for it is a noxious weed. Now if you go for a bus trip, they tell how Mrs Patterson brought it from England. Flower stalls began selling it in Melbourne as Riverina Blue Bell, but this was soon stopped for the seed spread. It is really a lovely sight with the hills and paddocks a bright purple.      

                      Grandfather Patterson

  William Patterson used to say he was almost a Cockney for he was born within the sound of Bow Bells in London. The only surviving child of 19. His father, our Great-grandfather (also William) lived in Prince Rupert's Mansions London. Great-Grandfather would often be out late at night and Grandfather at 11 years old would go to the door and let him in and he used to feel very creepy pacing the suits of armour in the hall. Great-Great-Grandfather was Sir William Patterson. I think his wife was french. Somebody's wife was named Alicia, hence the Alicia's in the family. I believe there is now a Prince Rupert's Road in a very busy part of London. It would be interesting to find out if there really was a place called Prince Rupert's Mansions. Great-Great-Grandfather and son (our Great-Grandfather) came to Launceston and G Grandfather had a College there and Grandfather used to teach in it I think he was probably in his teens. It is not known when Great-Great-Grandfather (Sir William) died in England which meant that Great Grandfather inherited the title. ... left for England but died in Calcutta and all his papers disappeared. He was very friendly with a man on the ship and it is wondered if he might have taken the papers and claimed the title. Aunt Annie (Mrs Broome) used to say she did not thing there was much money with the title.
  Uncle Richard, Aunt Annie, Uncle Willie (who was drowned) and my mother (Elizabeth) were born in Tasmania and went to school there for Aunt annie used to tell how every Monday she took one pound in her hand to pay her school fees and my mothers at a Ladies Seminary. I think Uncle Richard might have been named after Richard Fry. The family moved to Melbourne where Mother and Aunt Annie had Music Lessons. Grandfather had a hay and corn store and perhaps a drapers shop also. They lived in Prahan Street. later they moved to Albury by buggy and wagon and Grandmother drove the buggy. When Burke and Wills the explorers set out from Melbourne, Grandfather and family drove out for some distance. The younger Children, George, Eddie, Henry, and Berta (Mrs Emmett, Ruth's Mother) had not much education. Most of it taught at home by Grandfather and the older ones.
   The family settled on "Elphin" a property 19 miles from Albury, and there Grandmother and Grandfather died. Now "Elphin", graves and all are under the waters of the Hume weir. The "Elphin" family was a happy one, but  Uncle Richard was inclined to order the younger ones about, and they resented it. They were all musical and all could sing. They played piano or organ, concertina and calopian (whatever that was). The three older sister played three church organs in the district.
   Uncle Richard Married Mary Ann Hore, a neighbours daughter. He died at 81 years. Aunt Annie married a Cornishman named Broome and lived in Victoria not far from Albury. There is a fourth generation living there now but their name is Drummond. Aunt Annie was 93 years old when she died. Mother (Elizabeth) died at 74 years, Uncle Eddie was 88 and Uncle George(?) 56 Aunt Bertha (Emmett) was 56. Uncle Harry died of typhoid at 47.
   George seems to be the first to go to Queensland. Having quarrelled with the girl he was engaged to, he left for Queensland, otherwise there may have been no Pattersons in Queensland. Uncle George was my mothers favourite brother. Aunt Bertha married a policeman named Emmett, who afterwards turned farmer near Sydney. Uncle Harry married Eliza Hore, sister of Richard's wife. All the family seems to have kept to the land but Uncle Harry who had a machinery agency in Forbes, where he died. Uncle Eddie married Eliza head, one of Melbourne's pioneer families. Some years ago they had a reunion in a chapel which an older head had built. the whole service was provided by heads. They had a celebration lasting three days. They had lived on the present site of Scotch College, Melbourne. My mother Elizabeth married Robert Wallace, son of a leading grocer and citizen of Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland. Father came to Australia for his health. Finally settled in "Rotherfield" 19 miles from Albury.
   Maude Broome (Aunt Annie's daughter) remembers Grandfather Patterson as a tall thin man. Grandmother was stout and short. Maude says the Pattersons left Tasmania because of the boy who drowned and also because of the death of another child. I know mother had a twin, but I think it died t birth.
   Aunt Annie (Broome) said Grandfather went to jail for a few days rather than pay a file which he considered unjust, .... thought it was right. He wanted to start Uncle George with his timber mill so mortgaged sheep. Later he sold the sheep, thinking it quite in order, because he had other sheep. They took it to court, a Grandfather was fined. Aunt said it broke his heart and he died soon after. Aunt said "he was a perfect gentleman". The story is told of old "Cumberoona" (property name) Hore, who saw a man with a wagon on a hill at what became "Elphin". Hore sent a man to order the wagon man away off his property, which he thought he had selected in Melbourne, but he had not. The man was Grandfather, who had selected it in Melbourne. Said Grandfather, "I will improve it and sell it to you later on. After Grandfather's death it became the property of one of the "Mugwee" Hores, cousin to the other Hore. Now it is under the Weir. The story told to us was that it was the "Mugwee" rather than the "Cumberoona" Hore who thought he owned the property.

  At the 1957 Albury Floral Festival Mr Fairbain, M.H.R. made this remark.
 "Those who plant trees and flowers leave something behind to remember them by long after they have gone on."
The Pattersons could not have lived long in Melbourne, as Aunt Berta was born at "Elphin" near Albury in 1861. Grandfather must have lived at "Elphin" 21 years, and Grandmother 26 years.

All the foregoing in an exercise book in the handwriting of Phoebe McQueen.  

Notes LJR
Alicia' (Berta) : Her birth seemst to have been registered in South Yarra. But the family may have been living at Elphin at the time. This would be consistent with the Wallace sister's statement above.
 William (P746) was a cockney. He was a turner and Draper. He was
the only surviving child of 19 children. Probabl bapt 22 May 1819 Marlebone IGI C035246.

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