DETAILS OF SOME PORT PHILLIP ELECTORS IN 1847, VIC., AUST.
REVISED LIST OF ELECTORS FOR THE ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF PORT PHILLIP.
(P.4, THE MELBOURNE ARGUS, 9-7-1847.)
I was killing time because my edit about John Pascoe Fawkner's mother would not submit when I came across this page.
I'll write a few details about selected electors.
N.B. Moonee Moonee Ponds meant anywhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek, as far North as "Dunhelen", not the suburb of
JOHN MARTIN ARDLIE of Moonee Moonee Ponds was granted crown allotment 2 of section 4, parish of Tullamarine,consisting of
225 acres, on 31-7-1843. This later became part of Edmund Dunn's "Viewpoint" and is indicated roughly by Melway 5 K12 to
6 D12.I have much information about Ardlie in a journal of which he is the subject.
GEORGE ANNAND of South Yarra Yarra was a melbourne grocer who seconded an important motion critical in the democratic
improvement of the Port Phillip District, but I can't remember the details off-hand. He was the grantee of section 2,
parish of Tullamarine, which is roughly indicated by Melway 5 B-D 11 to 15 A-D2 (a continuation of Sharps Rd.) He called
this property"Annandale" but seems to have mainly leased it. Bill Parr,who retained the name for his 165 acre portion of
the property, followed his father James Henry (Pa) Parr as ashire of Keilor councillor.Amnnandale Rd recalls the grocer's
association with Tullamarine's history.
JOHN AITKIN (AITKEN!) of Doutta Galla is probably best remembered because of Mt Aitken west of Sunbury, so named by Governor
Bourke when he visited Aitken's Run during his hasty visit to the Port Phillip District in 1836 to sort out the Over -
straiters. Aitken's landing of his sheep in that March was rather unusual; when the Chili ran aground near Dromana,he
carried them all ashore with the assistance of the Boon-wurrung,to whom Georgiana McCrae was to become such a friend seven
years later.Many squatters bought land where they could rest their stock on the way to market in Melbourne,such as Fairbairn
Park in Ascot Vale and Niel Black's "Stewarton" (Gladstone Park). John Aitken obtained the grant for Section 8, Doutta Galla,
which surrounded the Saltwater River's horseshoe bend which took it close to Braybrook Road (Buckley St),its north west and
north east corners being the present Cannes and Baetrice Avenue corners (Melway 27G3 to 28 A4.) The great thing about this
land was that it was not far from Solomon's Ford (at the west end of Canning St) which was the closest spot to cross the
Saltwater River. Robert McDougall farmed thisland for some years after his tenure on "Glenroy" before moving into his newly
built homestead on "Arundel"at Tullamarine in 1872.
JOHN MOORE AIREY, suburbs and Mooroobool River, Geelong, had a brother named George if I remember correctly. Airey's Inlet
on the Bellarine Peninsulais named after one or the other. Captain J.M.C.Airey was also the grantee of land in the parish
of Bulla Bulla, which is detailed in my journal MAURICE QUINLAN AND FARMS ON OAKLANDS RD, BULLA.
RICHARD HANMER BUNBURY, Williamstown, came to Australia on the same ship as Georgiana McCrae and she wrote a fair deal about
him in her diary.He had lost his right arm in naval combat but Georgiana (herself a talented artist) praised the paintings
he managed with his non-preferred hand. Hewas appointed head of the Water Police at Williamstown,which has Bunbury and Hanmer
streets. He was the purchaser of "Arundel", section 1,parish of Tullamarine, whose northern boundary travels west from a spot
just north of (airport) gate 22 and through the South Localiser Rd corner to the Maribyrnong River,which bounds much of the
907 acres granted on 9-1-1843.A.V.Jennings named Bunbury St in Gladstone Park after the one-armed sailor. Arundel Farm and
Robert McDougall's homestead(as well as Argus editor, Edward Wilson's dairy) are in the angle of Arundel Rd. Glengyle was the
Browns Rd horseshoe bend part of Arundel sold off early and occupied by the Guthries and then Thomas Bertram (subject of a
journal) after whom Bertam's Ford was named.
WILLIAM BUST BURNLEY of Richmond was obviously honoured by the naming of the locality near Richmond.Burnley had moved to
the Port Phillip District by July 1842, leaving his good friend George Fisher in Launceston.
(P.6,Launceston Examiner,23-7-1842.)Burnley, an unmarried merchant,was the M.L.C. for North Bourke from August 1853 to March
1856. He died at Richmond on 21-6-1860.
JOSEPH BRADSHAW,MERRI MERRI CREEK, and his brother, obtained grants at Hawstead (between Essendon and Woodland St) and bought
much land in Temperance Township, Ascot Vale, when Fletcher's triangular grant was subdivided. Essendon Historical Society
can provide much detail.
CAPTAIN HENRY WILLIAM BACCHUS,River Weirabee, was another after whom a locality was named-during his lifetime! His son,
William Henry Jnr.seems to have called his run Merrimu,a name used for the reservoir.
JOHN BEAR,River Plenty, may have been John Pinney Bear who was involved in land subdivision just south east of Moonee Ponds
Junction, along Keilor Rd,and on Main's Estate between Hoffmans and Rachelle Rd, all in the parish of Doutta Galla.
WILLIAM LEANEY BRODIE, Moonee Moonee Ponds,would have been related to George Sinclair Brodie (early Melbourne auctioneer) and
Richard Brodie. Early squatters in the parishes of Bulla Bulla and Yuroke,they owned Harpsdale (Melway 385 E5), Dunhelen
(385J1), 586 acres (20 AB Bulla) north of Bulla Township,which vague memory tells me was called Helensville, and 306 acres at
383 F7-8. George gave his address as Darebin Creek and Richard may not have been old enough to vote.
JOSEPH BURNS, Pascoevale. This isinteresting because the name Pascoeville was commonly used until the 1930's so good
old Burnsy could be the first to have used the current name. He was the first to lease Merai Farm when H.G.Ashurst bought it
from Fawkner in 1842. See my PASCOE VALE AND STRATHMORE journal.
WILLIAM BROWNLIE,River Plenty, was almost certainly William Brown-Lee, who started leasing the northern part of Jamieson's
Special Survey in 1851.He and Charles Graves grew extensive crops of wheaton the Survey, which included the Safety Beach area
but went east to Bulldog Creek Rd. On Boxing Day, 1849,John McLear was killed at a race meeting held near the Plough Inn at
the Plenty River. His groom, William Marshall, tried to protect him but to no avail. How strange that William Brown-Lee,
widow, Mary Ann and William Marshall all started leases on the Survey on 1851. I wonder if they inflenced eachother to give
it a go, and travelled together.
EDWARD JONES BREWSTER, Moonee Moonee Ponds.Grantee of section 15, Doutta Galla, which encompassed almost all of Strathmore,
between Carnarvon Rd and the Moonee Ponds Creek.He probably only bought this land with speculation in mind. See my journal
about Pascoe Vale and Strathmore for titles information regarding its subdivision.
A barrister who qualified in Southern Ireland, Brewster was the foundation Chairman of the Court of Quarter Session in
Melbourne in 1839, and on the bench of magistrates in 1841. He represented the Port Phillip District on the N.S.W.
Legislative Council from January 1846 to February 1848. The N.S.W.Parliament website that provides this information goes on
to say that he bought land at Strathmore and soon sold it at a huge profit but that he had lived there (which isbacked up
by the address given in the list of electors. Then laughably (not having the benefit of my note at the start of thisjournal)
it adds:Owned land in Moonee Moonee Ponds. Section 15 Doutta Galla where he lived briefly (till at least July 1847) and which
he soon sold at a huge profit was his land at Moonee Moonee Ponds, its eastern boundary being the Moonee moonee Chain
DUNCAN CAMERON, Glenroy. There were three Cameron properties in Melbourne's north west:Stony Fields (renamed Ruthven by the
same family and later called Roxburg Park by Thomas Brunton),Ruthvenfield (east of Broadmeadows Station) and Glenroy (bounded
by the Moonee Ponds Creek, Camp Rd, Fairview St, Glenroy, and Victoria St-Rhodes Pde- Boundary Rd (the boundary between the
parishes of Will Will Rook and Jika Jika.) The name of Glenroy was supposedly bestowed by the Camerons. Glenroy was across
Camp Rd from Ruthvenfield so it would be logical to assume that the same family owned both. Ruthvenfield and Stony Fields
finished up with virtually the same name so it would also be logical to assume that the same family owned both.However,a
ship arrivedcarrying something like 243 Camerons in early days so assuming anything could be dangerous!
The author of THE OAKLANDS HUNT circa 1988 was D.F.Cameron-Kennedy.His name has made me suspect that there was a marital
connection between the Cameron and Kennedy families.Speculators, Hughes and Hosking, bought over 5000 acres in Will Will Rook
parish in 1838, including what was to be "Dundonald" and "Glenroy" and Glenroy was leased to the Camerons (who may have
occupied it as part of a Run before 1838.) Donald Kennedy and his brother Duncan came from New South Wales in 1840 and
prospered from pastoral pursuits. When the depression of 1843 caused land prices to plummet, the brothers were able to buy
Dundonald and Glenroy.Donald's widow,Jessie sold the part of Glenroy east of Pascoe Vale Rd in 1874 and Duncan sold Jacana
and Glenroy West to James Chapman in 1887.Dundonald was farmed in parcels until the family disposed of them in 1929,
the Hattys having farmed the 400 acre Dundonald for generations. The other farms were Kia Ora, Willowbank, Springbank,Wattle
Glen and Annette Farm,the last two accessed via Elizabeth St in Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows.)
ROBERT and NEIL CAMPBELL,Merri Merri Creek. Campbellfield would have been named after one of them or both. Most of their land
was leased out to farmers.
THOMAS COLCLOUGH, Mercersvale, Kalkallo, was a big fair man with a great voice that could be heard across the paddocks for
half a mile and was not afraid of using it. By contrast, his brothers,John and Richard were respectively very quiet and
painfully deaf.(Memoirs of a Stockman.) Thomas became a member of the Broadmeadows Road Board in 1869.
WILLIAM COGHILL, Moonee Moonee Ponds. There is a Coghill St in Westmeadows and one in Bulla Township. William Coghill would
have been on the 880 acre "Cumberland" west from Melway 5 F 1-4 to the Moonee Ponds Creek with the homestead at 5 C1. Thus
the street in Broadmeadows Township. The family also owned Glencairne (177 C-G12), the southern half of Glenara(established
by Walter Clark in 1856. Glencairne was the reason for the naming of Coghill St in Bulla. The cost of building the beautiful
Cumberland homestead (photo in THE OAKLANDS HUNT and the Woodlands home-stead)was a main cause of the Coghills' financial
downfall. The dam at Melway 177 D12 is known to old timers (and young me) as the Glencairn Dam. It was probably built by
William's son, George, to provide water for his boiling down works.
JOHN DIGHT, Yarra Yarra. If I remember correctly, Dight was a miller operating near Dight's falls.(Falls-MelWay 2D B6;
Mill 2D A6.)
THOMAS EDOLS, Geelong,was probably related to John Edols of Ballan and Dunhelen (which he bought from the Brodies.) See my
Blackwood Jottings journal.
JOHN FITZGERALD LESLIE FOSTER, Leslie Park,Doutta Galla. I've got a surprise for you; he had another given name, Vesey.
With so many given names, he was nicknamed "Alphabetical" Foster. He and his older brother, William, were allowed a ten year
lease of Leslie Park in 1840, which was stupid because the survey was well underway. It probably went from Keilor Rd to at
least a mile past Sharps Rd. William got a square mile (640 acre) pre-emptive right in each parish, section 3 Tullamarine
fronting the north side of Sharps Rd west of Broadmeadows Rd and section 21 Doutta Galla, directly across Sharps Rd. When
William returned home to inherit, John lived there in a homestead the Crottys of Broomfield called the "Governor's House."
This two square mile property was called "Springs"for reasons outlined in my ABERFELDIE journal.
John received the grant for section 20, between Fosters Rd(now Keilor Park Drive) and the river, which he called
Leslie Banks. This was leased out to William O'Neil of Horseshoe Bend and the Delaheys who later owned it for some
time before ownership passed to James Harrick.
21 Mar 1857 - Williamstown Chronicle - p3
The nomination and re-election of Mr. J. V. L. Foster, whose appeal to a constituency was rendered necessary by his
acceptance of the office of Treasurer, took ...
John Leslie Fitzgerald Vesey FOSTER was an Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the District
of Port Phillip. His pastoral ventures identified him with the colony's conservative squatting element. In 1850 Foster sold
his land rights and returned to Ireland. Married in Ireland in 1850 to Emily Fletcher, daughter of the Rev. J. J. Fletcher
DD, of Dunran, County Wicklow, Ireland, and had issue, 1 son and 4 daughters.
In 1853 returned to Victoria and acted as an administrator for the colony. Became a target of much criticism and was a
scapegoat for the Eureka goldfields. (Victoria before 1848 website.)
Exhausted and soon to die, the scholarly Latrobe retired and it was some time before Governor Hotham could replace him.
Alphabetical was the acting Governor for a while and was followed by John Macarthur's son.
JOHN PASCOE FAWKNER, Pascoeville. See my PASCOE VALE and STRATHMORE journal.
Now I have to find in which issue the list is continued.But I've got other journals to finish first.
on 2013-03-17 10:36:32
Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.