The Sebire family were one of the early families to arrive in Wandin. Originally French, they were forced to flee to Guernsey in the 1600s, persecuted for their Protestant religious beliefs. In 1849, Henry Sebire sailed from Guernsey to England. Records show that on 2 October, he boarded the barque ‘Maitland’ in Plymouth and set sail to Australia, arriving in Melbourne on 9 January 1850. At that time, Melbourne was still part of NSW. Five passengers had died of cholera before the ship even left England and another eight died during the three-month voyage.
Given a license to occupy land, Henry was originally granted 80 acres and set about clearing it to build his family a home. He named the property Mont De Lancey after the area in Guernsey they came from. They learnt to farm the land, planting raspberries, and making jam that was sent overseas.
The rest, as they say, is history and it’s here waiting for you to discover it all in person, and we look forward to sharing it with you, when you visit Mont De Lancey.