Charles Payne PRESTON 
- Born: Abt 1872, South Yarra Melb. Vic.
- Died: 20 Jan 1937, 28 Beaconsfield Rd Port Melb. aged about 65
- Buried: 22 Jan 1937, Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, Vic.
Cause of his death was was Angina Pectoris.
Charles was distiller and died, unmarried aged 65, he is recorded as living 5 years in South Australia, 15 years in Queensland, and 45 years in Victoria.
Miss Charlotte Alice Fairthorne refered to in Charles will was his defacto wife and known to the family as Lottie. Jean (Preston) and her new husband Douglas Donaldson visited Lottie in February 1937, during their honeymoon in Melbourne.
His death certificate records that his parents were George & Hannah Preston but it believed that he and his sister Edith were born out of wedlock to one of George & Hannah's daughters, and raised by their grandparents.
SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA
IN THE WILL of CHARLES PAYNE PRESTON late of Rouse Street Port Melbourne in the State of Victoria Distiller deceased
BE IT KNOWN that on the fifteenth day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and thirty seven the will ( a true copy whereof is hereunto annexed)
of CHARLES PAYNE PRESTON late of Rouse Street, Port Melbourne in the State of Victoria Distiller deceased who died on the twentieth day of JanuaryOne thousand nine hundred and thirty-seven and who had at the time of his death - real estate within the jurisdiction sworn not to exceed in value the sum of TWENTY-THREE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE POUNDS
and personal estate within the jurisdiction sworn not to exceed in value the sum of
TWENTY THREE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FIVE POUNDS FOURTEEN SHILLINGS AND ONEPENNY
Was proved by JOHN MOIR ALEXANDER of Sutherland Road Armadale in the said State, Merchant and ANDREW LINDSAY REID of 9 Labassa Grove Caulfield in the said State Merchant (the members of the firm of Messrs. Alexander & Paterson Merchants formerly of McKillop Street Melbourne now of Eastern Market Bourke Street Melbourne aforesaid) the Executors of the said Will according to the tenor thereof the said John Moir Alexander and Andrew Lindsay Reid
G Wilson Register of Probates 1937
PRESTON'S MELBOURNE DISTILLERY
Distillers and Rectifiers
(150 Years' British and Colonial Distilling Experience)
Telephone: M 2669
The last Will and Testament of Charles Payne Preston of Preston's Melbourne Distillery, Distiller
The Distillery property, Land, Buildings, Machinery, Plant Stock and Business to, be divided into thirty equal parts in value for purposes of this will -
Fourteen parts to go to Miss Charlotte Alice Fairthorne in consideration of her having looked after me so well for many years and having received only her current expenses.
10 (Ten) parts to go to Messrs Alexander & Paterson, Merchants, McKillop Street, Melbourne in consideration of their looking after the general financial and business
arrangements of the Distillery for its successful carrying on and continuance in the best interests of all conoerned
Three and Half (3½) parts to Alan Sandow who has been in the employ of the Distillery for many years and who is to co-operate with Messrs Alexander & Paterson for the carrying on of the business and if he leave the Distillery at any time his interest to be lessened by one half.
Two and Half (2½) parts to go to Miss Vera Withers who has been in the employ of the Distillery and who is to cooperate with the others for its continuation and success and if she leaves the employ of the Distillery, her interest to be lessened by one half.
Miss Fairthorne is to have all my furniture and effects at present at the house 28 Beaconsfield Parade Port Melbourne except such instruments, papers, and technical books as are required or used for the Distillery
Miss Fairthorne is to have three pounds per week out of the revenues of the Distillery until such time as the dividends on her interest exceed the amounts paid when it can be deducted but at all times her income is not to be less than three pounds (£3) per week. She is also to have the use of the living rooms being constructed in the Distillery free of rent.
SIGNED BY THE SAID
CHARLES PAYNE PRESTON
IN THE PRESENCE OF TWO WITNESSES
R R Dando & I Johnson
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIa.
IN THE WILL AND ESTATE of CHARLES PAYNE
Lat of Rouse Street Port Melbourne
in the State of Victoria Distiller deceased.
INVENTORY OF ASSETS
Real Estate .
1.ALL THOSE pieces of land situated in Rouse Street and Johnston Streets Port Melbourne being Crown Allotments 1, 2, 3, and 8 and parts of Crown Allotments 4, 5, 6 and 7 Section A City of Port Melbourne Parish of Melbourne South more particularly
described in Certificates of Title Volume 5951 Folio 1190049, Volume 5361 Folios 1072096, 1072097 and 1072098 upon which is erected a Distillery. (Business Asset)
Valued at £23185. 0. 0
Land held under lease or licence
Allotment 18C Section 4 Parish of Boga containing 18 acres 3 roods 38 perches held under Lease from Closer Settlement Commission and used by deceased as a vineyard in connection with his business as a distiller (Business Asset)
Valued at£641. 4.10
Money in Hand or House
Of Petty Cash in hand in deceased's distillery business (Business Asset) £3. 7. 8
Furniture and Household, Effects
Roll Top Desk and Technical Books £10. 0. 0
Machinery and Plant at deceased's distillery
business (Business Asset) £14,490. 0. 0
Debts due to Estate
Sundry Debtors of deceased's distillery business
(Business Asset) £1244.18. 7
Stock in Shop or Business
Stock in deceased's distillery business
(Business Assets) £7576. 3. 0
Total Assets £ 47,150.14. 1
DATED the 7thday ofApril 1937
John M Alexander
Andrew L Reid
Certified by Dr J P Millar 20 Jan 1937.