When he was sixteen, my great great grandfather , Philip de Crespigny (1850-1927), was accused of having looked at his watch twice during a sermon at Talbot. His offence was reported by several newspapers.

NEWS AND NOTES. (1866, April 10). The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 – 1924), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112868619


The Ballarat Star, The Age and several other newspapers quoted the initial report in the Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser a week earlier:

THE NEWS OF THE DAY. (1866, April 4). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article155047396

The news was reproduced in:

  • the Mount Alexander Mail of Castlemaine 
  • the Melbourne Leader 
  • the New South Welsh Tumut and Adelong Times 

The Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser has not yet been digitised for that year.


Yesterday my husband and I attended an organ concert in St Michael’s and All Angels Anglican Church Talbot. The church we were in dated from 1871, replacing an earlier building erected in 1862. There does not seem to be any sign of the previous church building in Argyle Street, Talbot.  The organist was very talented but even so I confess I glanced at my neighbour’s watch at least twice during an Elgar piece, which seemed to go on for a while.

St Michael’s Church of England, Talbot built 1870-1871 in January 2017

Today’s concert was held at St Paul’s church East Ballarat, where my great great grandfather was married.

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