CORRECTION: JAMES ANDERSON OF MAIN'S ESTATE AND BRAESIDE IN KEILOR WAS NOT A SON -IN-LAW OF DUGALD STEWART OF FLEETBANK, TULLAMARINE ISLAND, BULLA. (VIC., AUST.)
I no longer have my cubic metre of notes compiled from hundreds of sources,which were used in the writing of my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND. Thus,most of what I write comes from memory of what I wrote in those 2500* handwritten pages, a 20+ year old memory which is pretty good, but as demonstrated in this instance,not quite perfect, and genealogy needs to be perfect.
(*More like 3000 pages when all the newspaper articles etc. stuck on the backs of the foolscap pages are counted.)
I have stated in several journals that James Anderson married Dugald Stewart's daughter and that Dugald had come to the area because of involvement in the construction of the Mt Alexander and Murray River railway. Nearly true,but it was DONALDStewart, not Dugald.That is why James Anderson's wife was not listed as a family member in any death notices re Dugald Stewart and his children, which I mentioned was strange!
When I moved to Rosebud,I had no room for my notes (cubic metre), DHOTAMA (a metre-high stack),parish, geological survey, ordnance and airport acquisition maps (in cardboard tubes)etc. so most of the material (which might make sense to anybody else)was donated to the Tullamarine Library (formerly part of the Moonee Valley Regional Library but by this time part of the Hume Library)and was sent to the Hume Global Learning Centre near the Broadmeadows station.
When I wrote a history of the Horseshoe Bend Park at Keilor (involving William O'Neil who purchased all of the 19 acre Keilor Township suburban allotments,most granted to F.D.Wickham) in the present park,I was contacted by John Shorten of the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Park. It turned out that John was also president of the Keilor Plains Pioneer Family History group and that he asked for a lend of DHOTAMA.
That was when John decided to take on the mammoth task of scanning and digitising DHOTAMA so I entrusted the metre high pile to his care. He did it! John sent me copies of the files and made this correction possible.
ANDERSON.James,Don,Peter.(Keilor) (PAGE A18 DHOTAMA.)
James Anderson of Braeside was the son of Mr William Anderson and was born in Fifeshire in Scotland in 1847. He arrived in Victoria at the age of seven and his father set up at Keilor as a blacksmith. His father was killed as the result of an accident at the toll gate at the bridge.James was a versatile man and followed many rural occupations,including that of shearer. He owned several racehorses and won 21 steeplechases with the noted Springfield trained by Wally Cox, father of Mr.W.S.Cox, secretary of the Moonee Valley Racing Club. Another of his horses to be successful on the Victorian Turf was Zircon.
James Anderson'swife was the daughter of Donald Stewart who came out to Victoria in early days and teamed up with Cornish and Bruce, contractors for the construction of the Bendigo railway. Mr. Stewart remained with the construction as far as Sunbury and was there associated with the railway for the rest of his life.
(Keilor Centenary Celebrations, 1950)
(19-1-2014.The following might be a death notice for James Anderson's niece.
"STEWART.' - At Kelvin Grove private hospital, Margaret Stewart, only daughter of late D. C. Stewart and M. P. Stewart, of Sunbury, and the loved sister of Malcolm and David. P.13,Argus, 8-7-1933.)
To cut a long story short,James Anderson occupied James Wilson's old farm on the west side of Hoffmans Rd, Niddrie for many years before moving to Braeside. Wilson's farm is described in my journal "1888 GEOGRAPHY WITH THE MELBOURNE HUNT", as is James Anderson's mother's death at "Shelton".
His son, Don,(obviously named after Donald Stewart)provided for many years the most picturesque entry to Keilor from Melbourne every spring,with the blossom of his apricot orchard on the present Horseshoe Bend Park greeting travellers as they descended Curleys Hill. The Horseshoe Bend Park office is Don's old home.A history board nearby provides details.
Don's son Peter, who was living on a corner house on the south side of Church St, Keilor, by the 1990's, Braeside to the north having been sold, had married the daughter of Ina Henderson from Tullamarine. The Hendersons owned the land now occupied by Henderson Road and ran the brick post office (demolished for the construction of the road in 1956) and lived in a beautiful Victorian house on the north corner,later occupied by Ben Hall,grandson of the bushranger, before it too was demolished. Geoff Henderson from Gladstone Park brought a painting of the old post office to the 1998 BACK TO TULLA.
EXTRACTS FROM MY "EARLY LANDOWNERS: PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA."
SECTION 12 (East Keilor west of Rachelle Rd, Niddrie south of Farrell St.)
SECTION 12, MAIN’S ESTATE.
Bounded by Rachelle Rd., Buckley St., Hoffmans Rd. and the latitude of the north side of Farrell St., this was granted to James Patrick Main in 1846. He was probably related to Patrick who built the first bridge over the Moonee Ponds Creek at Flemington, still known as Main’s bridge after it had been swept away by floodwaters and rebuilt.
James P.Main, “ builder and settler, Moonee Ponds” in 1841 and 1847, may have been living on Main’s Estate. At the latter date, Thomas Anderson, dairyman, was on “Main’s Estate, Moonee Ponds”. I wonder if Thomas was related to James Anderson (a later occupant of Main’s Estate.)
James Wilson, who came to the colony in 1847 at 21 worked as a shepherd etc., and ran the Golden Fleece hotel at Pentridge for 5 years before buying 185 acres on Mains Estate in 1857. (In 1868, James Wilson was only assessed on 100 acres so he was obviously leasing a part of his land to somebody.) The farm was called Springbank and the homestead, a two storeyed brick mansion, was on the south corner of Hoffmans Rd. and Teague St. until it was demolished in the 1930’s and replaced by a garage which was itself demolished in early 1992.
Keilor’s 1868 ratebook shows that Wilson had 100 acres. His known neighbours on Main’s Estate were William Hoffman 100 acres, Dugald McPhail 221 acres, Thomas Cox 50 acres, James Collier 46 acres.
Possible occupants of the remaining 123 acres of Main’s Estate in 1868 were Thomas James Trahey (Saimey?) 60 ac. and John Foley 70 ac. (This gives a total of 647 acres; the extra acres are probably because McPhail’s land was actually 212 acres, that is Rosehill of 112 5/8 acres plus two blocks of just under 50 acres each.) p.s. Cox and Collier occupied the site of the Niddrie quarry. (Title information at end.)
Blacksmith, William Anderson was killed in an accident near the toll gate at the Keilor bridge (Brees’ 1854 bridge) on 25-2-1862, leaving his wife Catherine (nee Clark) and children, Janet, Catherine, Margaret, Alex. and James. The widow was Keilor’s midwife for thirty years until dying in September 1892. The daughter named after her seems to have been a pioneer of Ardmillan Rd from 1877 until 1894 (at old No.81, now 65 and 65A and from March 1909 Miss Morris’s Blinkbonnie Ladies College), when she probably moved back into her late mother’s Keilor residence. James worked at many occupations including that of shearer, was an overseer at Arundel in 1868, and in 1882 bought a butcher’s shop in Keilor. When that was sold, he and his wife (Annie Grace, daughter of Donald Stewart) went to a farm on North Pole Rd (50 acres in section 12 on the west side of Spring Gully) and afterwards to Springbank.
A press report of the Oakland Hunt Club’s meet of 20-5- 1899 says that the quarry was chased around Pinnacle Hill to a slaughterhouse, then east to Anderson’s well-kept farm etc. James later, some time after 1930, moved to a farm called Braeside (the 30 ½ acres in Keilor containing Meehan Ct, Watson Rise, Fleming Ct and Tan Ct), where he died on 2-6-1943 at 96. His son Don bought a part of William O’Neil’s Horseshoe Bend Farm in 1937 and his orchard became a feature for those descending down Curley’s Hill into Keilor. Don’s son, Peter, married a daughter of the Hendersons from Tullamarine and still lives across Church St from his grandfather’s Braeside land.
In 1900 James Anderson was farming Springbank of 179 acres and 214 acres (probably Sinclair’s Farm of 114 acres and two farms of about 50 acres each fronting the north side of Rose Hill Rd. He also had 50 acres accessed from North Pole Road (Cox’s Farm, lot 10 of section 12). He later owned “Braeside” on the hill overlooking Church St. and Green Gully Rd. at Keilor.
James Wilson’s old Spring Bank farm was put up for sale, obviously in 1918. The claim is made that the 179 acre farm had been in family ownership for 80 years; nonsense unless Wilson was related to J.P.Main, the grantee (and occupier since at least 1841).
THE BEAR FACTS.
James Patrick Main mortgaged section 12 to John and John Pinney Bear on 26 Jan., 29 July, and 3 December 1847 and on 4-4-1848 he made a Conveyance of Equity of Redemption in which the Bears paid him 1030 pounds. (D 801, E 252, E 601, E 956.) The last memorial apparently put the grant into the Bears’ ownership and they sold some of it as detailed later. On 10-1-1854, Main seems to have regained ownership, from Charles Kilburn, of the land that Blair was later to buy from him (49 259) and the southern part of Springbank, which he later sold to Wilson.
On 19-4-1851, Main mortgaged part of James Wilson’s later purchase to James Graham and Alexander McLean Hunter for 325 pounds (M 277). On 10-5-1854, he mortgaged both pieces of Springbank to Thomas Clark, a further amount being paid to him on 10-7-1854 (11 450 and 14 310).
LOTS 11?,9?,7. SPRINGBANK.
On 9-8-1855, James Wilson bought Spring Bank from J.P.Main for 4732 pounds. Wilson claimed to have established the farm in 1857 (Victoria and Its Metropolis 1888). Did he mortgage it straight after the purchase and take two years to pay it off? This land ran south 4008 links from the northern boundary of section 12 to the northern boundary of Niddrie Secondary College (29 662.) These boundaries explain the bends in Newman Cres. (north) and Garnet St (south). It is of interest that John Wilson started leasing 18c (which touches the n/w corner of section 12) from J.P.Bear on 31-7- 1855, just over a week before James Wilson bought Springbank.
Wilson’s family seems to have owned the property until 1918. James Anderson was occupying Springbank, possibly by 1895 (1918-23 years) and certainly by mid 1899 (Oaklands Hunt report) and was still there in 1930, his address being given as Buckley Park (Vol.534 fol.973). No mention of Springbank is made in the James Wilson or James Anderson title index but “Sam Merrifield’s House Names Index” contains an entry claiming that Anderson owned the farm. (Owner Mr Anderson. Occupier Mr Swan, butcher of Essendon. Vide Essendon Gazette 8/2/1900. 2 storied brick mansion. Abuts Conniston Ave. Demolished 1930’s.) Conniston Ave. could have been Hoffmans Rd or Teague St.
Land Plan 10004, lodged by C.R.Anderson on 27-11-1923, deals with the subdivision of Springbank. The plan shows that the northern boundary of section 12 was the front fenceline of houses on the north side of Farrell St. The south boundary of Springbank was at the southern end of the bend in Garnet St. See further details at end of Section 12 entry under Hoffmans Rd heading.
Peter Anderson told me that James Anderson’s youngest son was named Colin when I asked if he’d heard of C.R.Anderson. However, the second Christian name of Colin, born in 1900 at Keilor to James Anderson and Annie (nee Stewart), was Lindsay. C.R.Anderson lodged many land plans and was probably no relation of the Springbank farmer.
An undated entry on P. 32 of “Sam Merrifield’s House Names Index” (L.Frost) seems to date from 1918 and, as well as making the ridiculous claim that Springbank had been owned by the same family for 80 years (possibly a typo for 60!), states that the same lessee had been there for 23 years. The previous entry (in brackets above) says that James Anderson owned it and the second seems to indicate that James was only a lessee. Was James Wilson related to James Anderson? Was Anderson sub-letting to Swan?
JUST LOST HOURS OF WORK THROUGH CARELESS CLICKING. HAVE TO REDO LATER AS I'M ON DUTY AT DROMANA MUSEUM IN TWO HOURS AND I STILL HAVEN'T EATEN BREAKFAST DESPITE STARTING AT 7 A.M.
ANDERSON/DAWSON/YATES FAMILY NOTICES FROM TROVE SEARCHES (USE SEARCH HISTORY)RACECOURSE RD, TRAGEDIES,ETC
SUSAN JENNISON ARTICLE RE PUB AND RACECOURSE?
By the way, James Anderson married Donald Stewart's daughter,ANNIE GRACE.
ANDERSON. Annie Grace. - On November 14, at her daughter's residence, 5 Grice crescent, Essendon, the dearly beloved wife of the late James Anderson, of Braeside, Keilor, and loving mother of James, Leslie, Florence (Mrs. Dawson, deceased). Donald, William, Gordon, Colin, and Janet (Mrs. Yates), aged 90 years 3 months. -Peacefully at rest.
ANDERSON. Annie Grace (of Braeside. Keilor). -On November 14, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. C. Yates. 5 Grice crescent, Essendon, wife of the late James Anderson, fond and devoted mother of Les, mother-in-law of
Phyllis, and loving grandmother of Marie, Lesley, Judith, and Stewart.' Our beautiful mother.
James Anderson's father, William, had married Catherine Clark, as stated above,and her christian name was passed on for generations. It seems that the Ardmillan Rd resident, Catherine Anderson, was the sister of James, who called one of his daughters Florence Catherine. Catherine (nee Clark)died at Shelton, the former farm of John Beale who had moved to Ardmillan Rd, Moonee Ponds. The resident of Miss Morris's Blinkbonnie College in Ardmillan Rd (until 1894 according to directories)must have been the sister of James as his mother died in 1892.
Shelton was all of the land bounded by North Pole (Milleara) road, Clarks Rd, Rachelle Rd (named after one after John Beale's twins who both died of Diptheria)and Buckley St,except for the portion south of the Dinah Pde. corner and west of Quinn Grove.As stated earlier James was assessed on land other than Springbank and he was certainly the son on Shelton.
ANDERSON- On the 10th inst., at her son's residence,Shelton Farm, Keilor, Catherine, relict of the late
William Anderson of Keilor, aged 87 years. (P.1, Argus,12-9-1892.)
DAWSON -Sacred to the memory of our dear sister Florence Catherine, who passed to a higher life, September 28, 1931.
Three little words,
Forget me not,
They don't seem much
But they mean a lot.
-(Inserted by Colin and Donald Anderson,Keilor.)
David Yates is the third eldest of Josiah and Mary Ann. He married Bessey Smith, who was 17 years, at East Charlton, Victoria. Bessey being bought up with not much money signed her name with cross signaling that she could not write. Both the Yates family and the Smith family wrote false details on the wedding certificate. Bessey's mother Isabella who was the widow of John Smith and the wife of Theophilus Haylett gave her name as Isabella Smith not her married name Haylett which caused a lot of curiosity. Also David wrote that his father was a drover and his mothers maiden name was McGown instead of O'Connor. Although no officials caught them lying it was a big scandal in the town as no one new what was going on behind closed doors. David Yates was also the owner of the Keilor Racecourse Hotel and it was there that two of his young sons drowned in the creek. David and Bessey had a big family of eleven children. Their children are David William, Joseph John, Kenneth, Edward Humphries, Bessie Ellen, Sophia, John Smith, Clyde Stephen, Charles Adrian, Herbert and Thelma.
("YATES, KEILOR,RACECOURSE" SEARCH ON GOOGLE: MyMigrantStory: David Yates
It was just as well that David and Bessie Yates had a large family because they tragically lost three children in two years.
YATES.-On the 19th December, accidentally drowned, at Keilor, David and Joseph, the dearly beloved children of Mr. and Mrs. David Yates, of Racecourse-road, Keilor, aged respectively 10 years and 8 years.
YATES.—On the 15th January, at her parents' residence, Racecourse Hotel, Keilor, Sophy, dearly beloved youngest daughter of David and Bessie Yates aged 15 months. (P.1, Argus, 17-1-1898.)
Racecourse Hotel, Keilor. Flemington Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) Thursday 8 July 1915 p 2 Article ... Racecourse Hotel, Keilor. D. Milburn, a native a Keilor and a well-known resident, advertises that he has taken possession of the Racecourse course Hotel, Keilor, which has been carried on so favourably for the past 29 years by Mlr. D. Yates, and trusts, by strict attention to business and by ... 64 words
Keilor Sports Ground
The Keilor Sports Ground together with the Keilor Primary School site originally formed the Keilor racecourse.
(Source: KHS newsletter, September 2004)(Keilor Sports Club - Vicnet
EXTRACT FROM MY "KEILOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY" JOURNAL.
APRIL, MAY 1998. Harrick's Cottage restoration became possible on 14-5-1998. Bulla Directory of 1868. (This includes landowners around Bulla but does not seem to include residents up Oaklands Rd; they would have been listed under Oaklands Junction. The Reddans were north of Dickins Corner -Melway 176 D7- one of their farms being "Holden View" and John Dickens (sic) on Coldingham Lodge south of the bend. Walter Clark of Glenara is listed but his neighbours to the south such as the Mansfields, Grays, Charles Farnes, the Ritchies etc would have been listed under Tullamarine. *One family with a connection to Keilor was the Tate family of "Pleasant Vale" (on Tullamarine Island north of George Randall), related by marriage to the Milburns. Some of the Wildwood Rd residents were the McAuliffes of "Wildwood", David Patullo of "Craig Bank" and John Fanning of Emu Flat. Edward Fanning's family still had "Sunnyside" south of the Loemans /Diggers Rest Rd junction in the 1990's and probably still owns it after over a century and a half of occupancy;See Kathleen Fanning's FANNING FAMILY website which has a good Bulla parish map.) Memories of old Keilor resident,William Johnston, which indicates that the Eldorado Hotel was later John Eagling's Waggoners' Arms and David Yates Racecourse Hotel on the west corner of Arabin St**. The Eldorado was run by Donald McDonald's father for some time; Donald wrote a nature column in The Argus.
(*A reference to James Anderson and Dugald Stewart of Fleetbank has been deleted for obvious reasons.)
(** The editor, Susan Jennison O.A.M., wrote some notes at the end of William Johnston's story,including this:
David Yates was a great sportsman and trainer of horses. He built a race track
at the rear of his hotel on the corner of Macedon and Arabin Streets, Keilor in 1888. At the age of 75 he was still winning harness races. He died in 1934 aged 82 years and is buried in the Keilor General Cemetery.)
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