Historical information

William Box1834-1902 and Elizabeth Avis Box 1835-1913 came to Australia with his parents George and Mary Cripps-Box and siblings in 1856. Caroline Box, the eldest daughter of George and Mary Cripps-Box, remained in England working as a cook until she joined the family in Australia in 1863.

William Box with his wife Elizabeth Avis Box at first leased market garden allotments in Brighton that was part of the Henry Dendy Special Survey 1841. In 1868 and 1869 they purchased 2 blocks with a pioneer’s cottage in Jasper Road East Brighton ( now Ormond / McKinnon ) where they established a market garden, built a 2nd house and raised 13 children. In 1908 Elizabeth sold most of the land retaining 1 acre with the dwellings in which she resided with her two daughters until her death 1913.
The original pioneer cottage was reconstructed in 1984 and is known as Box Cottage Museum


William & Elizabeth Avis- Box settled in the pioneer Cottage in Jasper Road East Brighton 1868 and established a market garden whilst raising their 13 children. This Cottage was reconstructed in Joyce Park, Ormond 1984 and is the home of City of Moorabbin Historical Society. In 1960 many local residents responded to a call for the donation of historical artefacts and the Box Cottage Museum now preserves this eclectic collection for the community.

Physical description

A certified true copy of the Death Certificate of William Box 1834 -1902 in a wooden picture frame, obtained from The Births, Deaths and Marriages Office Melbourne Victoria 1985

Inscriptions & markings

THIRD SCHEDULE / DEATHS in the District of East Brighton in the State of Victoria Registered by W. Ward

Certified ‘true copy of an entry in a register’………

Signed by Paul Kenny Registration Officer 1985