100 year Dromana family legacy lives on

Published on 14 June 2018

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A Dromana family committed to the community for more than 100 years has been remembered with a bridge over Dunns Creek named in their honour.

On Thursday 7 June, Seawinds Ward Councillors Antonella Celi and Simon Brooks joined representatives from VicRoads, Dromana & District Historical Society and members of the Littlejohn family to officially name the bridge on Point Nepean Road ‘Littlejohn Bridge’.

William Littlejohn came to Dromana in 1917 with his young family of nine children and settled on land along Dunns Creek.

In 1927 William successfully tendered to build the reinforced concrete bridge which replaced an old timber bridge and was located right at the entrance to the Littlejohn property.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said “the Littlejohn family has, over many years, made a significant contribution to the Dromana district and wider peninsula community.

“This bridge will serve as a fitting tribute and local reminder of the dedication and community spirit of a well-loved peninsula family”.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Antonella Celi said “it is an absolute pleasure to recognise the Littlejohn family and their historical connection to the peninsula, in particular Dromana and Redhill that spans over 100 years.

“The formal naming of the ‘Littlejohn Bridge’ will serve as a reminder and recognition of their longstanding legacy in our community”

Seawinds Ward Councillor Frank Martin said “the Littlejohn’s provided work for their family and others in the community when jobs were virtually non-existent.

“William and his boys also built houses, fruit packing sheds and were involved in renovating the Dromana State School”.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Simon Brooks said “the Dromana community progressed in the earlier days with thanks to many members of the Littlejohn family contributing their time, labour and tireless fundraising”.

The Littlejohn Family was heavily involved in the wider peninsula community including:

• Involvement on local School Committees;
• Initiating the building of the Tennis Club House at Red Hill;
• Involvement in the Red Hill Show, and;
• Improvements to the Red Hill Reserve. 

The family moved the stage and extended the Western End of the Red Hill Hall and also built the Red Hill Scout Hall. Family members were also on the Red Hill Committee for the Dromana Bush Nursing Hospital.

The naming request was initiated by the Dromana Historical Society which recommended the Littlejohns, an early pioneering family in the Dromana Region.

Council supported this proposal and advised VicRoads as the naming authority designated to assign a geographic name to the bridge.

PICTURE DETAILS: Seawinds Ward Councillors Antonella Celi and Simon Brooks with representatives from VicRoads, Dromana & District Historical Society and members of the Littlejohn family at Littlejohn Bridge.