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Geelong advertiser Corrio villa  

Alfred Douglass was, according to 'Brownhill', a native of Loughborough, Leicestershire, who arrived in Tasmania in March 1835 by the barque Wave, and in 1850 came to Victoria. Near the Breakwater on the Barwon, he established the wool scouring works known as Barwonside.

Alfred Douglass is thought to be a descendant of John Douglass, who lived with his wife Bridget at Yarm, Yorkshire.


One of their sons, also John, rose to be the Bishop of London and one of the leading figures of the English Catholic revival. Meanwhile one of their daughters, also Bridget, was said to have met Bonnie Prince Charlie who ‘gave her a miniature portrait of himself’ which was handed down through generations but is now apparently lost.

The coat of arms has been linked to Thomas Douglas, Baillie of Edinburgh in the mid-17th Century, a son of the Douglases of Cavers in the Scottish Borders, but no firm ancestral link to him has yet been established.


Corio Villa (a beautiful classified building), his home at Eastern Beach was built in 1856 and he died there in October 1885 at the age of 65. Alfred and Elizabeth Douglass lived in Corio Villa until Alfred’s death in 1885 when Alfred’s son, Henry Douglass, a lawyer, took ownership.


He married Elizabeth (? nee de Little, sister of Joseph) and had three (known) sons, Henry Percival,  F.M. Douglas, and Alfred Bayley Douglass (3 May 1854 - 11 Apr 1855).  A number of children had died in infancy before Henry was born.


A scrapbook assembled by his wife, Elizabeth, is held in State Library of New South Wales.


1. In 1861 the Geelong Advertiser was offered for public sale ... ownership passed to a partnership consisting of Alfred Douglass and Joseph De Little trading under the style of Alfred Douglass and Company in Geelong, and Douglass De Little and Company in Melbourne. The partnership had been formed on 28th August 1855 ... dissolved on 31st October 1864 ... the Geelong business was carried on by Alfred Douglass and Company and the Melbourne business by Joseph De Little and Company ... James Harrison continued to print and publish the Advertiser for Alfred Douglass the proprietor until March 1865.

2. Alfred Douglass and Company had the Barwonside Wool Scouring Works
3. Alfred Douglas Wool Mart Yarra Street



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