George Payne
Name George Payne (male)
Birth Details Date & Place 1 July 1824, Tickenham, Somerset
Baptism 10 October 1824, Christ Church, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset with brother Charles
Father George Gould Payne 1797, Axbridge area,
Mother Ann Andrews (aka Anderson) 1792 Compton Bishop
Death Details Date & Place 13 June 1891, Woodstock, Victoria (close to Whittlesea)
Marriage was by licence, celebrant HHP Handfield, witnesses Joseph Tod and Sarah Aldous the bride's sister. Certificate No. 1853/299905
Burial 15 June 1891, Whittlesea Cemetery, Victoria
Cause of Death Chronic Bronchitis, 5 years
Age at Death 67 years
Marriage Details Date & Place 20 April 1853, St. Peter's Collingwood, Victoria
Spouse Zillah Rosina Aldous, 1837 Wilby, Suffolk, England
  1. Mary Jane, 1854, Preston, Victoria
  2. John, 1855, Merri Creek, Victoria
  3. Anne, 1857, Yan Yean, Victoria
  4. Elizabeth, 1858, Yan Yean, Victoria
  5. James, 1859, Barber's Creek, Victoria
  6. William George, 1861, Yan Yean, Victoria
  7. William, 1862, Yan Yean, Victoria
  8. Charlotte, 1863, Yan Yean, Victoria
  9. Louisa, 1865, Plenty, Victoria
  10. Edward, 1866, Yan Yean, Victoria
  11. Charles Thomas, 1869, Flowerdale near Woodstock, Victoria
  12. Alice Edith Matilda, 1870, Yan Yean, Victoria
  13. Caroline Sarah, 1872, Yan Yean, Victoria
  14. Zillah Rosina, 1876, Yan Yean, Victoria
  15. Edwin Ernest Horace, 1880, Yan Yean, Victoria
Occupation initially Agricultural Labourer but then Farmer, Carter, Hotelier in Australia
Residence Irishtown (now Preston) and Woodstock/Whittlesea Victoria
Religion Church of England in 1872

George was illiterate as his marriage certificate only has his mark. He immigration to Victoria (Melbourne) on the Lady Peel in February of 1848. He was the first of the five Pain siblings to emigrate.

George spent 2 years in Heidleberg in the employment of Mr. Stevenson and did the first piece of fencing through Croxton Park and Broadmeadows. He took a farm at Preston (known then as Irishtown) on a 7 year lease from a Mr. Thomas Short. and at the same time owned bullock teams. He stayed there for over 15 years. At the same time he owned bullock teams (starting, or continuing, a strong family involvement with carting). This is the result of extensive research through various documents and family papers. Claire Hughes 5/11/2005

He owned the Bridge Inn, Merina near Woodstock, and gave management of it to his brother John.

PAYNES HOUSE 5.19 Paynes House was built about 1890 for George and Zillah Payne. The Payne’s had previously farmed nearby on the Yan Yean Road at Woodstock. George’s brother John also lived in the district and at different times operated both the Bridge Inn Hotel at Merinda and the Sir Henry Barclay Hotel at Woodstock. George had arrived in Australia in 1848, aged twenty-four, aboard the Lady Peel.

After taking various farming jobs, including fencing, he leased a farm at Preston for seven years. He also owned several bullock teams. In 1854 (Note:1853) he married Zillah Aldous and together they raised several children. In about 1873 George took the family from Preston to Woodstock, where they farmed until he and Zillah retired to their newly erected stone house just north of the corner of Epping and Summerhill Roads. George died before 1893 when Shire of Darebin rate records list Zillah as occupier, the home being in the hands of George’s executors. After Zillah’s death the property passed to a son who later sold it to Daniel and Agnes Bodycoat, who retired there from their nearby dairyfarm. Daniel died in 1927 and Agnes in 1933. In 1934 the house and its ten acres was purchased by another local resident, Arthur Yann, who still lives there today. Unlike the majority of the bluestone houses in the Wollert Region, this building has a suburban quality, addressing the main road rather than a farmyard precinct. Its combination of rough faced ashlar blocks and bichrome chimneys is unusual. By the 1890s very few suburban buildings were using bluestone for walls. Polychrome brick, render or weather- boards were the favoured materials. This building carries on the local tradition of bluestone construction despite the change in fashion in the City and indicates the rural character of Wollert despite its close proxim- ity to Melbourne. H ISTORICAL R EFERENCES Payne History of Wollert State School 1877-1977, 1977. Shire of Darebin/Epping Rate Books Victoria and its Metropolis 1888.