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Hutchins Family Home


This early cottage (visible in 1866 Bryans Creek photos) was the first home of the Hutchins family who migrated from Alton England to Port Philip district in 1852, settling in Coleraine in 1855. This home was built for John Hutchins and his new bride Mary Ann Patching in circa 1864. The couple raised 13 children in this tiny cottage. Mary Ann Hutchins was the Coleraine mid-wife until her death in 1926. Her husband John Hutchins was a farm labourer at Koonongwootong and later a bullocky.

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