In 1853 citizens living outside the Brighton area petitioned for the establishment of a post office in Moorabbin. Sheehy, writing in 1979 reported, "This petition, although successful only after three years of discussions, was signed by practically every pioneer in the Cities of Moorabbin, Sandringham and Mordialloc. The names form something of a comprehensive pioneers’ register covering those who took up residence here within two years of Victoria gaining severence (sic) from New South Wales, and many of them are known today merely as street names." The listing below of the petitioners is in the same order as they originally appeared.
It was in 1857 that the Postmaster agreed to establish three post offices in the district to the east and south of Brighton. Robert Hitchen was distributing mail from his boot and shoe store on a site diagonally opposite the current site of the Cheltenham Post Office in Nepean Highway. William Peel was carrying out similar duties at the ‘Double Lagoon’ general store opposite the municipal buildings in Nepean Highway, Moorabbin and E Aitchison was handing out mail from a tiny annex of his small home in East Bentleigh.
"Prior to the establishment of these post offices people had to walk or ride a horse to the General Post Office in Flinders Street, Melbourne, to pick up their letters and parcels. Normally they would call at the small Brighton Post Office on their way as mail at that time played something of a game of hide and seek with those who anxiously awaited deliveries. … Each month, page after page of unclaimed letters were listed in the Government Gazette, clearly indicating that the mail delivery service left a lot to be desired." Sheehy (1979).
A M Betties (late Lieutenant to H M 35th Regiment)
Benjm Meeres (Sth Brighton)
Charles G Knight
Charles Miller (Beaumaris)
Charles Torrers (late Lieutenant to H M 35th Regiment)
Edward Earnes (Moorabbin)
Henry Ebeneser Shedland (Sth Brighton)
Henry Hilliar (Beaumaris)
John Barlow (Beaumaris)
John Bertram Skinnards
John F Backhouse (Sth Brighton)
John Miller Junior (Sth Brighton)
John Miller Senior (Sth Brighton)
John Tyler (late Lieutenant to HM 35th Regiment)
Josiah Preston (Moorabbin)
Mary Ann Tilley
Nicholas Le Page
Thomas Middlemiss (Cheltenham)
William Thomas Robinson (Sth Brighton)
William Wraight (Beaumaris)
W'm Bally (Beaumaris)
Barrie Gregg’s South Brighton Hotel, c1888 on the corner of South and Nepean roads.
- Sheehy, T., 1979 Pioneer Settlers, Mooroobin Vol 1 No 4.
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