This memorial is to John Dickson Wyselaskie of "Narrapumelap" Wickliffe, native of "Sanquhar", Dummfrieshire, Scotland. A biography by J. Ann Hone reports that Wyselaskie explored land north to the Mallee in Victoria and then took up a run (presumably a "sheep run") near Bunninyong. In 1840 he left to take up Narrapumelap, 40,000 acres on the Hopkins River. His first years were difficult. He eventually purchased the land and formed a flock of merino sheep which became noted for its fine quality wool. In 1873 he built a French Gothic Mansion which he called Narrapumelap after the land. Today the Mansion stands proud in manicured gardens and is available for tours. It is on my "must see" list.
He and his wife, Mary Jane Austin, nee Farrell, moved to Melbourne in 1878 where they built Wickliffe House a grand mansion located on the corner of Pollington Street and the Upper Esplanade in St. Kilda. This is a prime location with views over Port Philip Bay. John lived here in retirement and poor health until his death of apoplexy on 4 May 1883. He is at rest at Boroondara Cemetery. He left an estate of 72,337 pounds in realty and 28,063 pounds personally. Being childless he bequeathed most of his wealth to the Church. His epitaph reads "A good and just man's memory is forever blest".
In 1912 Wickliffe House was converted into a cafe with a theatre called the Arcadia. I plan to visit this spot to see what exists there today.
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