Grave of George, Alice and Emily Missen (Melton cemetery)

Prior to purchasing land in Altona, George (1387 – 1921) and Alice Missen nee Morphet (1844 – 1920) were prominent citizens of Werribee. Not only did they run a butchery within the town but George served as a councillor for six years. Alice was George’s second wife after he lost his first wife Emily Maria Barton in 1889 and with a large family to look after the need for a mother was great.

He had bought land and settled on the Altona estate in the 1890s, bringing his dwelling with him and re-erecting it on the corner of Queen and Sargood Streets. In conjunction with Alice and his eldest son William John, George combined farming and grazing with a district butchering business. George also brought his experience and knowledge as a councillor to the new township and assisted in bring residents together to resolve a number of local concerns and to drive progress within the town.

George Missen died in February 1921, less than a year after Alice, when he suffered a broken leg in an accident from which he failed to recover. George, Alice and Emily are buried within the Melton cemetery.

Research: Ann Cassar and Graeme Reilly (ALHS) 2020