George Sidney RYAN

George Sidney RYAN

Male 1891 - 1977  (86 years)

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  • Name George Sidney RYAN  [1
    Born 25 Mar 1891  Footscray, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number R21 
    Died 18 Dec 1977  Box Hill, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 20 Dec 1977  Burwood, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I35  Hunt/Johnson
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2006 

    Family Amelia Teresa (Mill) BENNETT,   b. 1 May 1890, Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1971, Box Hill, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 9 Jan 1915  Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Roman Catholic Church Oakleigh. [1]
    Children 
    +1. Margaret Annetta RYAN,   b. 22 Oct 1915, Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1994, Dandenong, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +2. Edith Elizabeth RYAN,   b. 30 Mar 1917, Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1981, Rochester, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +3. Living
    +4. Living
    +5. George Joseph RYAN,   b. 11 Feb 1923, Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1989, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 29 Oct 2006 
    Family ID F13  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • See attached sources. [1]
    • (Research):When his mother (Annette Jane CHAPMAN) died, George Sidney and his 5 younger brothers were put in the care of their grandmother, Elizabeth CHAPMAN. A few years later he married Amelia Teresa BENNETT in Oakleigh. After his marriage he built alarge house on his property at Wheelers's Hill, and it was here that they raised their 5 children.
      He had bought this 180 Acre property in 1912. He had paid for the property with the money he had made with a good crop of cabbage in a time when no other growers had a good crop.
      Wheeler's Hill was built of brick from Gambles brickworks in Oakleigh. He only used the best bricks of each firing, so it took some time to collect enough bricks to build this exceptionlly large house, for its time, with 5 bedrooms and a livingroom large enough for 38 people dancing at the same time with room left over for chairs and tables. The dining table was so large that when the house was finally sold in the late 1950's it could not be moved out as it had been built rightinside the room some 40 years before. Wheeler's Hill had no electricity as long as it was owned by the Ryans there was only kerosene and candles and large external batteries were used to power the radio. There were also tennis courts andoutbuildings to house some of the many workers that were employed on the farm.
      George Sidney was by occupation a market gardener, and a good one at that. It was he who led the other farmers on the yearly trips to the Ballarat-Bendigo areas to buy seed potatoes for the following years crop He and his brother Ern (Ernest
      John) formed Ryan Brothers, a market garden farm.
      The farm at Wheeler's Hill, at its peak, had 16 full time employees with others being brought into harvest labour intensive crops, such as peas and beans. The top men were paid top wages, 4 pounds 4 shillings a weeks.
      " In the early 1930's George Ryan of Ryan Brothers, who grew cabbages, sprouts, cauliflowers and potatoes at Wheeler's Hill, purchased land and grew potatoes at Menzies' Creek. He also tried carrots, and marketed them at the Queen VictoriaMarket, mainly at the latter end of the local season - August to October. The carrots were of such high quality they received high prices, and other growers soon went into production."

      Melbourne Markets 1841-1979
      George Sidney bought 72 acres on Ridge Road at Menzies Creek in 1933-34 because the government was thinking about confiscating money held in banks but could not take land back
      In the late 1950's he moved to Mt Morton where he raised cattle and continued to farm on other land in the Dandenongs. Upon retiring they moved to a small house on a lot in Box Hill. After his wife died in 1971 he built and moved into a house
      in Sorrento.
      All of his life he read many books on farming and related matters. Using this information, which many considered very strange, to help develop new and different ways of growing produce. He was always willing to experiment and try the latest
      ideas, of which many worked for him.
      He contracted diabeties just after his marriage. He did not get along well with his father James Sidney.

      Family History
      George Sidney was very involved with the Market Gardeners Association especially during the World War II 1939-45. He was in deputations with Government Department re essential industry and economics re priceing. He, and a group of other farmers, wouldgo off together for a few days breaks. A large Nash car, belonging to George Sidney was used on these occasions. He read anything he could find on "World Finance". He was interested in the Social Credit Movement. One of his favourite authorswas G.K.Chesterton. He was interested in Australian aboriginals - took a trip to the northern part of Western Australia where he met full-blooded aboriginals.

      Mildred CROSBIE (nee RYAN)
      George Sidney Ryan is buried in 19a#60, Burwood New Lawn Cemetery Melbourne.

  • Sources 
    1. [S10] M Johnson, M Johnson.


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