|The Argus stated he was Wesleyean minister at Goulburn, NSW when married. Rev R V Danne was shown as Wesleyean minister at Adelong, NSW in 1871-2.
(From the Murrurundi Times, 24 June 1876.)
A very serious accident happened to the Rev R. V. Danne, Wesleyan Minister,on Sunday,the 18th. The rev gentleman left Murrurundi for Wallabadah on the previous day, and started on the return journey, and the accident appears to have occurred about half-past two in the afternoon, at a newly metalled part of the main road distant about three miles from Golly Creek gate Mr. Danne was riding quickly towards Murrurundi but desiring to avoid the rough metal, had chosen the left hand side of the road, where the ground appeared to offer easy travelling. But this had formerly been boggy, and under the fresh growth of trefoil which covered it were numerous hoof marks now hardened into dangerous holes. Catching its foot in one of these the horse stumbled, but being well held, was just recovering its footing when a similar false step was made, and the animal fell, unseating Mr Danne, and throwing him to the ground. Before the rev gentleman could rise, the horse rolled upon him, crushing his chest and breaking his left arm just above the elbow, and causing other injuries to his person, which rendered him unconscious for some time. Upon regaining his senses, Mr. Danne realized the serious nature of the accident in the useless arm and torturing agony that accompanied the slightest movement. Summoning all his strength Mr Danne recovered his horse which had strayed some distance along the road, and managing to re-mount, endeavoured to travel slowly, though with indescribable suffering, to a place where relief could be obtained. In this condition a shepherd met him, and at his request procured some slips of bark with which to splint the broken arm sufficiently to keep it stationary. The shepherd then procured additional assistance and Mr. Danne was held in the saddle and conducted slowly to the residence of Mr. Loder Here, he received the utmost attention, and the services of Dr. Davis were speedily secured. The arm was then carefully set and other injuries treated, when after hours of agony the unfortunate gentleman experienced a measure of relief. Early on the following day he was carefully removed in Mr. Loder's buggy to his residence in town, where under the skilfull treatment of Dr Gordon he has continued to recover so rapidly that he will be enabled to occupy his pulpit tomorrow morning, and probably will soon be as active as before in discharging the duties of his responsible position.
(From the Murrurundi Times. 16 March 1878)
Many of our readers who regard with regret the approaohing departure of the Rev. R. V. Danne from Murrurundi, will learn with some satisfaction that his destination will not be the district of Inverell, as supposed, but the more enjoyable and populous township of St. Kilda,a fashionable suburb of the Victorian metropolis.
This desirable change has been effected by the rev gentleman's acceptance of a call from the Congregational Church in St Kilda, and his resignation of his place in the Wesleyan Methodist ministry. [Maitland Mercury 21 March 1878]
From The Argus of 15 April 1890:
A farmer named Charles Comer, residing at the Yan Yean, brought an action, which was tried in the Supreme Court yesterday, against the Rev Richard V. Danne, of St. Kilda, with reference to an agreement made by Mr Danne to purchase some land from him. The land consisted of 219 acres, situate at Yan Yean The agreement was made on the 29th August, 1888, and by it Mr Danne agreed to purchase the land for £3,000. The terms of the agreement were that £150 should be paid by the purchaser as a deposit, and a further sum of £850 in six months, and that bills should be given for the balance of the purchase money extending over five years It was also provided that the land should be tranferred to the purchaser after the payment of the deposit of £150. The transfer was accordingly made to Mr Danne on the 29th August, 1888, and he immediately afterwards obtained an overdraft from the Bank of Australasia at St. Kilda for £300 on the deposit of the certificate of title. He afterwards, on the 8th December, 1888, mortgaged the land to the Messrs. Johnson, of William street, Melbourne, for £1,200. The defendant alleged that the plaintiff had consented to his so dealing with the land. It appeared that Mr. Danne did not pay to Mr. Comer the further sum of £850 within the six months as prescribed by the agreement but paid it off by instalments from time to time. There was still a sum of £13 part of it unpaid at the time of the commencement of the action. The first bill also fell due on the 5th January, 1890 and was not then paid. The plaintiff denied having consented to the defendant raising the sum of £300 on the land, or to his giving the mortgage tor £1,200, The plaintiff brought the action to obtain specific performance of the agreement for the purchase of the land by the defendant, and for a declaration that the plaintiff had a vendor's lien over the land for the unpaid purchase money subject to the mortgage to the Messrs Johnson. The defendant, since the trial, paid the amounts due on the contracts to date and he undertook to pay off all interest in arrear due on the mortgage, and the principal question remaining was as to costs. Mr Justice Hood, before whom the case was tried yesterday, made an order in favour of the plaintiff for specific performance of the contract, and a declaration that the plaintiff was entitled to the lien he claimed. He thought the defendant should pay the costs of the litigation, and judgment was therefore given for the plaintiff with costs. Mr. Higgins and Mr. Hayes appeared for the plaintiff, Mr. Topp and Dr Smith for the defendant.
Rev R V Danne is shown as arriving in Sydney on the City of Sydney from San Francisco on 7 May 1883.
BREACH OF THE RAILWAY BY-LAWS.
A CLERGYMAN FINED.
At the Prahran Police Court on Thursday, before the mayor of Prahran (Mr. W. Davies) and Messrs. Kilpatrick, Osment, and Brown, J.P.'s, the Rev. R V. Danne was charged with having travelled on the Victorian railways in a first class carriage on a second class ticket on the 14th inst. Porter Wells gave evidence that having seen the defendant enter a first class carriage at Elsternwick he followed him to Balaclava and demanded his ticket, which proved to be only a second-class one. Defendant made a statement that a mistake had been made at the ticket-office, where he had been supplied with a second-class ticket when he demanded a first class one. Mr Emmerson, who appeared for the Railway Commissioners, stated that the defendant had already supplied the commissioners with his explanation of what took place The explanation was not considered satisfactory, and prosecution was ordered. A fine of 20s. with £2 2s. costs was imposed. (The Argus 1 Sep 1893)
A PHILANTHROPIST IN DIFFICULTIES. (The Argus 1 May 1897)
Richard Vallancey Danne, of Granby house, Gipps-street, Richmond, doctor of medicine, not registered in Victoria applied yesterday to Judge Molesworth, for an unconditional certificate of discharge from his debts and dispensation. Mr. Martyn appeared for the applicant, and Mr. Jameson, for a creditor, to oppose.
Insolvent's affidavit set forth that for about 1½ years prior to 1888 his medical practice was worth £1,500. In that year he and Mr Stanford Chapman, of Kew, being both interested in philanthropic work determined to found reformatory and training school for neglected boys, and negotiated with with one Charles Comer for the purchase of 209 acres of land at Linton as a site. The purchase-money was £3,000, of which £1,200 was to be paid within 12 months. Mr. Chapman retired from the scheme, and the land was transferred to insolvent, who borrowed £1,200 on the security of a first mortgage of the land; and offered at the time to pay Comer £1,000 Comer, however, preferred to receive the money in instalments. Insolvent paid £1,000 within the year and also £315, being the amount of the first promissory note and overdue interest thereon. He also paid Comer £100 for furniture, and spent £1,000 in improving the land. Before the first of the promissory notes became due he was obliged to defend an action in the Supreme Court, brought by Comer to obtain security for the purchase money, and this with the depreciation in value of land prevented him from paying off the balance, and the sum due on mortgage. His business also fell off, till he was forced to sequestrate his estate.
Judge Molesworth, in granting the application, said that there was no doubt that the insolvent was actuated by philanthropic motives. and that when Chapman retired he insolvent went straight to Comer and explained what the situation was. He had no reason whatever to doubt the statement in the affadavit, and would make the usual order, granting dispensation.