Richard Joye"Split Point"Baker (1863 - 1949)



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Pennsylvania census 1870.
Name ......... .... .. ..... Age. ....... ... Born.
Joseph Shead............28.........England.
Anna Shead..............26..........Canada.
John Baker.................12..........Pennsylvania.
Richard Baker............7.........Pennsylvania.
Catherine Baker..........3.........Pennsylvania.

Shead and son bread makers, Philadelphia.

( The Revolt of the Field ) 1870's South East England.
Wages of farm labourers cut.

Labour shortage in New Zealand.
New Zealand Government offer too good to refuse.
Free passage to N.Z.

In 1879 they all migrated to New Zealand from England on the steamship Stad Haarlem.
The barque rigged, S.S. Stadt Haarlem was built to carry only 450 passengers, but converted
for the 667 passengers who made the long voyage from Plymouth, to
Lyttleton, New Zealand. Anyone over 12 years old was considered an adult.
The journey to N.Z. took 57 days, it would of been a lot quicker, but they had trouble
loading coal at a few ports.The ship left Plymouth Sound on 15th Feb 1879, arrived N.Z. 14th April 1879.
The passengers were mostly union farm labourers from East Kent and Sussex, who had
had enough of paycut's due to the fall in the price of wheat and hops.

Joseph Shead had a bakery in High street, Christchurch, N.Z.

When Richard was young his stepfather Joseph Shead (a baker) made him climb into the oven to get the loaves at the back.

Richard disembarked off the brigantine Forest King in Sydney in 1883 from New Zealand.

Papers Past N.Z.
January 30, 1883,Port Chalmers,Dunedin,
Forest King for Sydney.
Richard married Norah in 1884
Electoral Roll.1890. Vic. Aus.
Norah Baker .........King street..Queenscliff....home duties.
Richard J. Baker.....King street..Queenscliff.....lightkeeper.

The Mornington Standard 1907. DROMANA.
Mr.Baker who recently had charge of the Rosebud lighthouse
has been transferred to the Cape Everard station,
during his sojourn here he and his family by their kind
and obliging disposition made many friends who are
sorry to hear of their departure.Mr.Baker was a staunch
supporter of the Dromana football club and the genial
lighthouse keeper and his family carry away with
them the good wishes of the members.

1890.........Queenscliff. Assistant keeper.
1891-1892......Cliffy Island.
1893-1895......Cape Otway.
1896-1900.....Split Point,Airey's Inlet
1904.............Port Fairy, Griffiths Island.
1906............South Channel.Rosebud.
1907-1910....Cape Everard, ( Point Hicks )
1910-1912......Cape Schanck.
1912-1915.......Cliffy Island.
1915-1919........Split Point, Airey's Inlet.
1921................Cape Nelson, Cape Schanck.
1922................Airey's Inlet.

The Mornington Standard...1911
Sports Gathering at Cape Schanck.
A very successful picnic and sports gathering was held by the
Cape Schanck and Main Ridge State schools at
Cape Schanck on the 19th April. A large number
of friends and visitors attended in drags etc.(horse carriage).
From Dromana,Rosebud,Boneo and Fingal.
The lightkeeper (Mr.Baker)and family doing
everything possible to make all enjoy themselves.
Parties visited Pulpit Rock,caves and the lighthouse.
Races were held there being fifteen,following are the results:
Infants,50 yds...Beryl Baker 1,Mona Peters 2;
Boys,14 years,100 yds,T.Cairns 1,t.Speakman 2.
Boys 12 years,100 yds,Arthur Baker 1,P.Cairns 2.
Girls 16 years and over 100 yds Q.Baker 1,E.Cairns 2.
Boys 18 years and over 100 yds Ernest Baker 1,H.Cairns
2.Hop,step and jump D.Baker (47 feet 6 inches)
Tug of war won by George Patterson and his side.
The best thanks are due to Mr and Mrs Baker for their
efforts.A social was held in the evening dispersing at 1am.

The Geelong Advertiser, November 1919.
On the 31st of last month a very pleasant social evening was held at Inlet Hotel, where many friends gathered together to bid au revoir to Mr and Mrs. Baker on the eve of their departure from Airey's Inlet. For the past five years Mr. Baker has been head keeper at the Split Point Lighthouse, where recently an automatic light has been installed, making a keeper unnecessary. Friends motored from as far as Mt. Duneed, Freshwater Creek and Geelong to be present at the gathering. The musical programme was as follows:- song- Miss Baker, "The Rose of No Man's Land" : duet- Les and Percy Anderson "One of These Days" Mr. Baker-"I Love to be a Sailor"

The Argus, Melbourne, November 1919.
CAMERON.-On the 28th, October 1919, at his residence,
"Glennifer", Boundary road, Surrey Hills, Alex Pullar, late
A.I.F., loved pal of Bert (late A.I.F.), Ernie (late A.I.F.), Dick
and Arthur Baker, and loved friend of Annie(Mrs.Griffith),
Queenie (Mrs.Graham), and Mr. and Mrs.R.J. Baker,
and Beryl, Lighthouse, Airey's Inlet.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Cameron, of Genoa, aged 25.
( Alex was wounded at Bapaume, France 1917 and
repatriated to Australia, he died of Tuberculosis.
Ernie and Alex were in the 4th Artillery Brigade,
they embarked from Melbourne 18th November 1915, on HMAT Wiltshire.)
( Boundary road, name changed to Warrigal road in 1939).

The Portland Guardian, 11 July 1921.
Mr. H. Dickson, who has been in charge of Cape Nelson Lighthouse since the retirement of Mr. H. Stafford, took his departure this morning for Cliffy Island. He is a native of Scotland and has decided to make "Aussie" his permanent abode, he represents a class of men most welcome to these shores. Mr. Baker, of Cliffy Island succeeds Mr. Dickson as the Nelson's chief.

After Norah passed away in 1921,Richard married Clara Lear from Portland in 1923.

Richard’s daughter Adelaide Catherine Noyes
and her daughter Mrs.Balzer were in charge of "Corinella "
private hospital in Hannan street, Williamstown.

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in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania United States


on at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, in Parkville, VIC Australia

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in Fawkner Memorial Park, VIC Australia


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Williamstown, Vic Australia

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Father: Benjamin Baker
Mother: Ann (Joye) Baker
Siblings: Benjamin Baker Jnr

Wife: Honora "Norah" (Curtis) Baker
Children with Honora: Albert Otway Baker, Arthur Valentine Baker, Richard Joye Benjamin Baker, Ernest Frank Baker, Queenie Norah Cliffy (Baker) Graham, Adelaide Catherine (Baker) Noyes, Annie Joye (Baker) Griffith, and Beryl Floris Doreen (Baker) Cameron

Wife: Clara (Lear) Baker


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1863 - In the year that Richard Joye"Split Point"Baker was born, in January, British scientist John Tyndall proved the greenhouse effect - which had been widely theorized, but not proven, by scientists.

1876 - He was merely 13 years old when on November 2nd, a giant squid - a little over 20 feet long - washed up on a beach at Thimble Tickle Bay in Newfoundland. It's still a rare occurrence since giant squid live in deep sea at 1000 to 3000 foot depth.

1908 - He was 45 years old when unemployment in the U.S. was at 8.0% and the cost of a first-class stamp was 2 cents while the population in the United States was 88,710,000. The world population was almost 4.4 billion.

1948 - By the time he was 85 years old, on January 30th, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi by a member of a Hindu nationalist party who thought that Gandhi was too accommodating to Muslims. The man, Nathuram Godse, shot Gandhi 3 times. He died immediately. The shooter was tried, convicted, and hung in November 1949.

1949 - In the year of Richard Joye"Split Point"Baker 's passing, on April 4th, NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was established. Twelve nations originally signed the North Atlantic Treaty - the United States, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Iceland, Canada, and Portugal. Greece, Turkey, and West Germany later joined. Today, there are 26 nations in NATO.

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The Herald, Melbourne. Monday 5th December. 1949.
BAKER.- On December 2, Richard Joye of
38 Hannan street, Williamstown, at home of
his daughter, Mrs. Adelaide Noyes, and
granddaughter Winnie ( Mrs. Balzer ).
Beloved peace, perfect peace.
Inserted by Adelaide, Winnie, Niz and Jack.

BAKER. - On December 2 at Royal Melbourne
Hospital, Richard Joye Baker late of Williamstown
and the Lighthouse service, beloved husband of the late Norah,
dearly loved father of Richard, Bert, Ernest,
Arthur, Annie ( Mrs. G. Griffith ), Adelaide ( Mrs E. Noyes ),
Queenie ( Mrs. L. Graham ) and Beryl ( Mrs. H. Cameron ),
in his 86th year.
In God's care.

BAKER. - On 2nd Dec, Richard Joye of
Corinella, Hannan street, Williamstown,
beloved father of Adelaide ( sister Noyes ),
and grandfather of Winifred ( Mrs.Balzer ).
Peacefully sleeping.

BAKER.- Dromana Lodge No. 511,
Masons of Victoria. The Officers and Brethren
are requested to attend the
funeral of our late esteemed
The Funeral is appointed to leave 180 Lygon
street, Carlton for Fawkner Cemetery.

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