and Kate Chandler were early settlers in The Basin. Their family
had a large influence in development of The Basin and surrounding
Kitty Chandler was born in 1887,
the youngest of eleven children born to William and Kate (nee
Kitty never married and spent most of her adult
life in the company of her mother until Kate died. She then moved
into the home of her sister, Louisa Maguire.
was made in 1974. Whilst it is a rambling conversation with
frequent references to abridged or common names of relatives or
friends, it is a lucid and fascinating personal insight into the
life of William and Kate Chandler, their friends, and the
It also provides a glimpse into the business and
social life of The Basin and other local towns from the late
1800s to the 1970s.
of Chandler family photographs
video is on YouTube (19 minutes).
of Louisa Timewell’s Journal (pdf)
The journal was
written aboard the sailing ship “Birmingham”
from London in 1852, and arrival in Melbourne after
Louisa Timewell was Kate Chandlers mother.
Louisa left her parents and siblings in London and travelled to
Melbourne with her husband, brother and her two children.
journal was written for her London family and shipped there. It
was part of mail cargo bound for London but the
ship carrying the mail sank. The ship was raised, and the
journal, being wrapped in oilcloth, survived. It was returned to
The first page of the transcript shows a ruler and
coin beside the first page of the journal to give some indication
of the its size.
The original is held in The State Library of Victoria. Several
family members have visited the library to see the original.
Chandler Diary (pdf)
Scanned pages of 1902 Diary,
January to June.
Updated June 2022