TWO BROTHERS STORY
Proudly named after local brothers Thomas and Andrew Chirnside.
In January 1838 the Scotsman, Thomas Chirnside, left his homeland and sailed from Liverpool to Sydney with only a few pounds in his pocket and the dream of a new life. Thomas’ brother, Andrew, followed this quest and joined Thomas in 1941. Together they wondered the North and South of Australia buying land including several train stations and an 80,000 acreage of land in Wyndham. It was here Thomas settled while Andrew made his home on 50,000 acres at Carranballac, Skipton.
Thomas sailed back to Scotland to see his family in 1845 where he fell in love with his cousin Mary Begbie. He asked for her hand in marriage but her parents did not approve and so he sailed back to Australia alone. It was then Andrew’s turn to make a visit to his homeland. Before Andrew set off Thomas asked Andrew to bring Mary back with him. In 1852 Andrew returned with Mary as his own wife!
By the 1870s, on his property in Wyndham, Thomas built a 60 – room Italian style mansion, now known as Werribee Park Mansion, for Andrew and Mary and they’re 3 children. Meanwhile Thomas lived in his nearby property in Point Cook, he bred cattle and imported bloodstock including mares and stallions, foxes, hares, pheasants, partridges and red deer. Thomas was an excellent judge of horses and in 1874 his horse Haricot had won the Melbourne Cup.
In 1883 Thomas donated an acre of land and built the first church in Werribee to be known as St Thomas the Apostle. In his last few years Thomas Chirnside took up residence in his mansion at Werribee Park where he fell sick and depressed. On June 25th 1887 Thomas sadly took his own life, leaving everything to his brother Andrew and his nephews. Only three years later, in 1890, Andrew passed leaving the property to he two sons, George and John Percy.
The Two Brothers Sports Bar stands in memory of the life and times of Thomas and Andrew Chirnside