DON'T YOU DARE, MELBOURNE HUNT! (NORTH AND NORTH WEST OF MELBOURNE,VIC., AUST.)
See my journal-OH, THE FARMERS AND THE HUNTERS SHOULD BE FRIENDS (MELBOURNE OUTSKIRTS, VIC., AUST.) WHO DUNN IT?
WHAT A STRANGE NAME FOR AN ORGANIZATION!
I came across this notice while researching Joseph Trotman and can only conclude that this body was formed as a result of Edmund Dunn's stand against the Melbourne Hunt.
My apologies for not correcting the digitisation. I will be making a few observations about some of the members listed below.
PAGE 3, ARGUS,4-8-1869.
The FENCE, HELD, and CHATTEL
Membors of the Council :
Robert M'Dougal, JP., Archibald M'Launn
Chairman Thomas Argus
Joslah Mitchell J. F. Boodie
Alexander Gibb, J P. William Anketoll, J P.,
Edmund Dunn | Honorary Secretary.
B. B Stevenson, J P.
Standing Counsel-The lion. Georgo Higinbotham,
Belicltor-O. B. Dickinson, Esq.
Members enrolled in Batch A :
Robert M'Dougal, Essendon and Keilor.
Joslah Mitchell, Royal Park Farm, Molbourne
Alexander Gibb, Campbellfield.
Edmund Dunn, Tullamarine.
J, F. Boadlo, Prospect-hill, Bundoora.
Kobert Jones, Box Forest, Will Will Rook.
Thomas Vaughan, Glenroy, Will Will Rook.
Thomas Saunders, Camena, Pentridge
James Banks, Moonco Fonds.
Joseph M'Intyro, .Moonco Ponds.
Richard Davis, Campbellfield. Will Will Rook.
William Richards, Campbellfield, Will Will Rook.
John Sadlier, Campbellfield, Woolert
Malcolm Ritchie, Gowrie Park Tullamarine.
JameB Robertson, Campbellfield, Will Will Rook.
William Smytho, Campbellfield, Will Will Rook.
John Tonkin, Somerton, Woolert
Thomas Bookless, Somerton, Yuroke
John Laldlay, Oaklands, Koilbundoora.
JfimtB Fox, Gatosido, Koilbundoora.
P. M'Forlan, Uppor Springfield, Koilbundoora.
1 Robert White, Floraville, Koilbundoora.
, George Cooper, Nonics Bank, Buudoora.
John Hamilton, Strathallan, Bundoora.
Willam Jones, Janefield, Kcllbundoora.
T. Crlghton, Prospect Tarm, Bundoora.
Joseph James, Brighton Nursery, South Brighton.
John Jolly, Gains hall, Bundoora.
James Jolly, Gains hall, Bundoora.
Joseph Mitchinson, Kilmorld Farm, Bundoora.
John M'Kinmie, Violet Form, Bundoora
Thomas Nixon, Springfield, Janefield.
John Creighton, Grcon-hill, Bundoora.
John Mann, Overton, Bundeera.
E. \\ y o tt, Hamsteod, Koilbundoora.
Thomas Dungate, Greon bank, Bundoora.
Jumes Sparke, Bundoora.
Hugh Henderson, Strathallan, Bundoora.
Francis Bell, Pentridge
Thomas Dunstan, Newlands, Pcntridgo,
W. J Vincent, Nowlands, Pentridge
William Oliver, Nowlands, Pentridge.
John Harris, Newlands, Pentridge
Calob Dunstan, Nowlands, Pontriuzo
John Roberts, Nowlands, Pontrigo.
Thomas Endersbco, Newlands, Pentridge
Torrcncc Dunn, Bollngbrooke, Pentridge.
Thomas Singleton, Boliugbrooko, Pentildgo,
William Ritchie, Moro'and rood, Pentridge
John Carron, Sydnoy-road, Pentrldgo.
Isaac Summons, Bell streot oast. Pentridge
Alcxnndor Camoron, Moreland-road, Pentridge
William Anketell, Allan bank, Peutrldge.
Robert Farrington, Moonee Ponds, Peutrldgo.
David Patullo, Craig bank, Bulla Bulla.
George Summcrvlllo, Campbellfield, Will Will
Jahn M'Kircher, Yuroko, Broadmeadows.
Alex. Lamont, Summer-hill, Morang.
Alex M'Lean, Society's Paddock, Northcote
John Cooper, Preston.
Jumes Burrow e, Greensborough.
John Marshnll, Thorton, Preatou.
Wm Scotlar.d, Greensborough.
Ucmv Lane, Gnrwoll, Preston.
Jos. B. Watson; Rosallo Farm. '
, Robert Hobson, Ulm nile, Heidelberg.
1 Messrs Watson nncl Patterson, Northcote.
Robert Blearer, Janefield,
i Janies Woodmason, Cardlnor's Creek road.
Job Smith, Thornbury.
Edward Kdsell, Roso vale, Brighton.
Junes M'Meiknn and Co.
Samuel Mansfield, Tullamarine.
Jumes Sharp, Doutta Galla,
J, Trotman, Yuroko.
Thomas Dutton, Will Will Hook.
I James Robertson, Yuroko.
1 John Morgan, Koilbundoora.
i Alexander Young, Koilbundoora,
I ThomaB Argus, Kcllbundoora. .
1 Hay Lonio, Glonros, Campbellfield.
James Robertson, Aberfeldy, Moonco Ponds.
Mrs, E, Smith, Norwood, Doutta Galla,
Archibald M'Laurln, Frogmore, Oaulfiold.
William M-Millan, Brighton.
Themas Napier, Moonee Ponds, Essendon.
John W. Lobb, Brunswick.
John Grant, Seafield, Tullamarine
Donald M'ltao, Warlaby. Bulla Bulla.
i William KisBOck, Essendon.
! Janies Robertson, La Rose, Pentridge
I Thomas Oliver, Campbellfield, Will Will Rook.
I William Canning, Campbellfield. Will Will Rook.
1 Ooorge Shanks, Campbellfield. Will Will Rook.
I Thomas SbonkB, Glenroy, Will Will Rook.
I John Jukes, Box Forest, Will Will Rook.
Notice is hereby given, that all horsemen, whether under the pretence of hunting or otherwise, found
trespassing on the freeholds or leaseholds of the abovementioned Individuals after this notice, will be
prosecuted according to law.
In addition to the subscriptions of the members
enrolled In Batch A during the month of July, a con-
siderable sum of money was received, as donations,
frfcm parties warmly approving of the objects for
which the lcoguo has been instituted.
T Signed, by order of the oouficil,
ROBERT M'DOUGAL, Chairman. '
i WILLIAM ANKETELL, Don. Becretary.
INFORMATION ABOUT SOME OF THE MEMBERS LISTED ABOVE.
My main aim here is to give a rough indication of the farms occupied by the pioneers within about 5 kilometres of Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows south of Kenny St.) This rough indication might be near the centre of the property or the co-ordinate in which the homestead name is shown. Except for properties along Pascoe Vale Rd near Broadmeadows Station, precise boundaries of farms can be provided if requested. Some genealogical information is also provided.
GEORGE SOMERVILLE (See JONES).
ROBERT McDOUGALL(ESSENDON AND KEILOR)
Robert McDougall had leased part of the Glenroy Estate (between today's Oak Park and Camp Rd), which he called "Cona", for about a decade before leasing (John) Aitken's Estate,section 8 Doutta Galla, between Cannes Ave. and Beatrice Ave on the south side of Buckley St (Melway 27 H4.) Sandy Smith of "Norwood" adjoining its north west corner,married his daughter whom he would have met during the decade or so that Robert spent here before buying Edward Wilson's Arundel (Melway 4 G11)near Keilor. Robert also bought Warlaby (Melway 384 J8.) See Victoria and its Metropolis.
JOSIAH MITCHELL (MODEL FARM)
The Port Phillip Farmers' Society and the Acclimatisation Society shared an interest in improving agriculture and eventually the government established a model farm near Oak St (Melway 29 C11) where various crops and methods could be trialled. I have written extensively about this but I have no idea in which journal*.
(*OH, THE FARMERS AND THE HUNTERS SHOULD BE FRIENDS (MELBOURNE OUTSKIRTS, VIC., AUST.) WHO DUNN IT?)
ALEXANDER GIBB. See James Robertson,Campbellfield.
Alexander Gibb was a builder and built his Meadowbank homestead (Glenlitta Ave. at Melway 7 D10). His brother James,a blacksmith, and James Robertson of Gowrie Park, had both married Coupar girls, making Alex. a brother in Law of James Robertson, for whom Alex. built the Gowrie Park homestead between Meadowbank and Box Forest near the Merlyston Creek. Both Houses are still standing. See BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY p.18 for photos of both homesteads. Alexander gave his son Alex.the second given name of Coupar and Gibb Reserve (Melway 7 A4)is named in honour of the municipal service given by both. Andrew Lemon was wrong in stating that James Robertson of Gowrie Park was a Keilor farmer. (See James Robertson of Campbellfield, Aberfeldy and La Rose.)
Alexander Gibb's Meadowbank, fronting Campbellfield road (now Camp Rd) was the northern half (320 acres)of section 5 Will Will Rook,the southern half, fronting today's Hilton St, being James Robertson's Gowrie/Gowrie Park.
SEE THE GIBB/ROBERTSON STORY TOLD TWICE AT THE START AND END OF THE JAMES ROBERTSON (CAMPBELLFIELD) ENTRY.
WILL WILL ROOK CEMETERY.
BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHO DIE IN THE LORD / IN / MEMORY OF / ALEXANDER GIBB / DIED MARCH 23RD 1882 / AGED 71 YEARS / ALSO HIS DAUGHTERS / BETSY ANN / DIED JANUARY 30TH 1854 / AGED 17 MONTHS / MAGGIE / DIED DECEMBER 28TH 1867 / AGED 3 YEARS / AND ALSO HIS SON / JOHN COUPAR / DIED FEBRUARY 3RD 1886 / AGED 37 YEARS / ALSO / ELIZABETH / WIFE OF THE ABOVE / ALEXANDER GIBB / DIED DECEMBER 11TH 1906 / AGED 85 YEARS / ELIZABETH GIBB / 8TH MARCH 1913 / AGNES COUPAR GIBB / 24TH JUNE 1947
IN MEMORY OF / ********S GIBB. M.I**.R. / LATE OF MELVILLE PARK BERWICK / DIED 22ND FEB. 1919 AGED 76 YEARS / GIBB
ROBERT JONES (BOX FOREST).
Although it is a quarter of a century since I transcribed Broadmeadows rate records,I remember the Jones family being among the few residents at Box Forest. This square mile, section 2 Will Will Rook (Melway 17 D4), was one of many parcels in Melbourne's north west granted to John Pascoe Fawkner. A great supporter of the yoeman farmer,he formed a land co-operative to enable the little man to buy a block of about 6 or seven acres. Many blocks were purchased by speculators however and in most of his subdivisions, blocks were consolidated by such as Paul Tate on Tullamarine Island, the Mansfields and Ritchies between McNabs Rd and Deep Creek,the Loves near Bulla Rd; the same happened at Box Forest.
Box Forest is between the Northern Golf Club and Fawkner Cemetery with Hilton St and Boundary Rd forming the north and south boundaries,the latter being the boundary between the parishes of Will Will Rook and Jika Jika to the south.
JONES.On the 25th inst., at Box Forest, Isabella,the beloved wife of Mr. William Jones, and daughter of Mr. George Sommerville, of Warrnambool, after a long and painful illness.(P.4, Argus,26-6-1861.)
George Somerville was back to his old stomping ground by 1869 and was one of the above members.
In 1849 George Sommerville built a property on Sydney Road in what is now Coburg (but was then known as Dry Creek, which was also known as Pentridge) and wanted to get a license to run it as a hotel. The license was refused but at the same time James Parslowe had the license of the Young Queen Hotel on Old Sydney Road at Pascoevale after the previous license holder, William Smith, was convicted of manslaughter in July 1847.
In October 1849 James Parslowe moved his license for the Young Queen Hotel at Pascoevale to George Sommerville's property in Coburg. Then in December 1849 the Young Queen Hotel license was transferred to George Sommerville from James Parslowe.
At the same license hearing on 5 December 1849, William Smith was again granted a license for the original Young Queen Hotel on Old Sydney Road at Pascoevale. So this meant that by the beginning of 1850 there were 2 Young Queen Hotels, one on Sydney Road Pentridge (Coburg) run by George Sommerville and one on Old Sydney Road Pascoevale ran by William Smith.
(1167 Sydney Rd, Coburg : Buildings and Architecture - Page 2 ...
www.walkingmelbourne.com ... Buildings and Architecture)
The following members of the Somerville family are buried at the Will Will Rook Cemetery.
SOMERVILL ELLEN 68 1923 1148 PRES ST KILDA
SOMERVILLE FRANCIS J. 51 1918 1044 PRES MELBOURNE
SOMERVILLE GEORGE 92 1921 1094 PRES ST KILDA
SOMERVILLE GEORGE HENRY 8M 1868 208 PRES CAMPBELLFIELD FARMER'S CHILD
SOMERVILLE HARRIET ELLEN 2Y6M 1867 204 PRES CAMPBELLFIELD FARMER'S CHILD
SOMERVILLE HENRY G. 36 1890 560 PRES TULLAMARINE HOTELKEEPER
SOMERVILLE JAMES 3D 1869 241 PRES CLOVER DALE FARMER'S CHILD
SOMERVILLE JEAN TERESA 26 1882 453 PRES COLLINGWOOD DAIRYMAN'S WIFE
SOMERVILLE JOHN FARANGE 69 1929 1270 PRES ALBERT PARK
SOMERVILLE MARGARET D 51 1910 929 PRES ELTHAM HOUSEWIFE
SOMERVILLE THOMAS 50 1922 1117 PRES ST KILDA
SOMMERVILLE BESSIE M. 4 1892 587 PRES GEELONG SCHOOL TEACHER'S CHILD
SOMMERVILLE ELIZABETH MARY 94 1945 1500 PRES NORTH FITZROY
SOMMERVILLE FRANCIS V. 4M 1888 529 RC
SOMMERVILLE GEORGE 6M 1889 555 PRES BROADMEADOWS HOTELKEEPER'S SON
SOMMERVILLE H. M. 11 1885 489 PRES SOUTH MELBOURNE
SOMMERVILLE HARRIOTT F. 68 1903 723 PRES RICHMOND HOUSEWIFE
Only one member of the Jones family is recorded in the records and was obviously not a child of William and Isabella; perhaps Robert Jones was her father.
JONES FRANCES ANN 13M 1862 83 COE BROADMEADOWS DRAPERS CHILD
THOMAS VAUGHAN (GLENROY)
It is possible that this man was the same Thomas Vaughan who was fined for driving across a footpath in Melbourne in 1849. The Thomas Vaughan who died at (Corinella?)in 1884 could also have been the tenant on Glenroy who supported the election of his landlord,Donald Kennedy in 1856.The following notice is only included because the uncle,Robert Jones, might have been the Box Forest resident of 1869. It's a long shot!
VAUGHAN. In sorrowful remembrance of my father,Thomas Vaughan, who died at Cornella, June 19th,1884; also, of my uncle, Robert Jones, died June 28th, 1885; and my aunt Jane Jones, died July 1st, 1885, at Elizabeth-street, Melbourne. (Inserted by A. P. Vaughan.) (P.1, Argus, 2-7-1888.)
Another possible lead is an ANZAC born in North Melbourne to Thomas and Emily Vaughan of 37 Barwise St.
VAUGHAN. - On the 8th August, killed in action,at Gallipoli, Gunner Stanley Paul Vaughan, the beloved son of Thomas B. and Emily Vaughan, Salisbury Villa, Barwise street, North Melbourne, and brother of Willie, Isla, and Hazel;aged 21 years. (P.13,Argus,30-10-1915.)
Here's a third possible lead to the Thomas Vaughan of 1869.
VAUGHAN LILIAN E 18M 1909 914 PRES TULLAMARINE
VAUGHAN LILY MAY 6W 1885 493 COE THOMAS VAUGHAN LABOURER'S CHILD*
VAUGHAN THOMAS 46 1893 593 PM COBURG LABOURER
VAUGHAN WILLIAM 98 1922 1114 COE NORTHCOTE
Lillian was probably the daughter of Herbert Vaughan of 101 acres at the south corner of Bulla Rd and Grants Rd
(Melway 5 C7) that had been Spier's and Bill Ellis later called "Ecclesfield".I have found no link between Thomas and Herbert but the similarity between Lily and Lilian is interesting. William could be a brother of Thomas of 1869 and the Thomas Vaughan born in roughly 1847 could be a son of William or Thomas.
T.Vaughan, Broadmeadows won second prize for three year old entire horse in the Port Phillip Farmers' Show in 1865. (P.6, Argus,13-10-1865.)
This seems to be a definite! It looks as if lost Vaughan as a surname and gained Vaughan as an address!
MIDDLETON-VAUGHAN.-On the 4th inst., by licence, at St. Paul's Church, Broadmeadows, near Melbourne, by the Rev. J. B. Stair, James Philpott Middleton, of Vaughan, late of London, to Harriet,eldest daughter of Thomas Vaughan, Esq., of Broadmeadows, late of Kent. (P.2,Argus,16-9-1865.)
Thanks to Beryl Patullo for correcting this text too.
THE MARKET CHARGES UPON FARMERS.
A meeting of the farmers bringing hay and other produce to the Melbourne market was held yesterday, at the Paddington Hotel,Eastern Market. It was well attended, and Mr.Kirk was voted to the chair. The following resolutions were carried unanimously :
Proposed by Mr. DUTTON, and seconded by Mr. BOND- "That the Melbourne Corporation be petitioned to reduce tho market dues, and weighing of hay and other produce, by one-half; and that Messrs. Cochran, Jones, Dunn,Dewar, Kernan, Loman, Grant, Trotman,Laurence, Kirk, and Dutton be nominated to wait upon the corporation in reference to the above."
Proposed by Mr. VAUGHAN, and seconded by Mr. KIRK "That the Flemington Town Council and Broadmeadows Road Board be applied to to reduce the tolls at Flemington and Deep Creek to the same rate as charged at
the St. Kilda toll-gate (viz., 6d. per dray),and that Messrs. Carson, Darmody, Loeman,Kernan, Sommers, Trotman, Kirk, Gibb,Somerville, Bond, Smith, Dewar, John McKerchar, A. McNab, - Whelan, and T.Smith be appointed to wait on the said bodies on the subject." (P.5, Argus,2-7-1867.)
In ploughing contests of 1877 and 1878,T.Vaughan was described as a resident of Campbellfield.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 22 June 1877 p 3 Article
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 25 May 1878 p 8 Article
A bit of a mystery, our Mr Thomas Vaughan! Time to give up.
MALCOLM RITCHIE (GOWRIE PARK)
At this time Malcolm Ritchie was involved in three properties,Gowrie Park (Melway 4 K4),Aucholzie (4 D5) and Overpostle (3 K4). Malcolm married a daughter of Donald Gray of Bellno (horseshoe bend in 4 A2 and east to about gate 11 on the north side of Mansfields Rd) and his daughter married James Robertson Jnr of Upper Keilor (2 K7) and Aberfeldie.
JAMES ROBERTSON (CAMPBELLFIELD) See Alexander Gibb.
James Robertson's farm, the southern half (320 acres)of section 5, Will Will Rook,fronted Hilton St and was known as Gowrie or Gowrie Park. It should not be confused with the 560 acre majority of section 14 Tullamarine (Thompson and Duncan, Ritchie, James Lane) that contains much of Melbourne Airport. It adjoined Alexander Gibb's Meadowbank to the north and Fawkner's Box Forest to the south. The Gowrie railway station (Melway 17G1) is actually east of Gowrie, whose south east corner is occupied by the Fairleigh St houses. No link with James Robertson of Yuroke (Somerton)has been found but the later was more likely linked to the Gowrie Robertsons than those on Upper Keilor/Aberfeldie or La Rose/ Trinifour.
James Robertson of Yuroke (Somerton in 1868) and John Robertson (Craigieburn area 1880's) might have been related to James Robertson of Gowrie. The author of the following seems to know the names of the latter's children.
Ann Coupar - Electric Scotland
Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (R)
Robertson, James and Ann
On 4 June 1841 James Robertson and his wife Ann, nee Coupar, stood together on the deck of the emigrant ship INDIA and watched as Greenock, the Scottish port from which they had embarked, receded into the distance. The couple had been married in Errol, Perthshire on 9 February 1839. Their two months' old baby, Agnes, born on 5 April 1841, travelled with them as did Ann's sister Betsy and her husband Alexander Gibb.
The description of the horrendous voyage of the 'India' cannot be better told than by visiting the INDIA website at : http://www.home.gil.com.au/~bbiggar/india.htm [note the few paragraphs on James and Ann Robertson on this site.]
Once you have read that let me tell you something of these amazing pioneers, my G G Grandparents.
The Robertson and Coupar families were natives of Errol, Perthshire, a village close to the Firth of Tay and below a range of hills known as the Carse of Gowrie.
James Robertson was the eldest son of James Robertson, blacksmith, and his wife Helen Sandeman who were married at Errol on 21 June 1807. James was born in 1808. There were eight other children.
Ann Coupar, James' wife, was christened in Perth on 11 December 1814 and her parents were John and Ann Coupar (sometimes Mary Ann) who were married in 1808. Other Coupar children were born in Errol, which was probably Ann's birthplace.
In 1854 a tombstone was erected in the Errol graveyard two years after Helen Robertson nee Sandeman died in 1852. Her sons 'James, John and Alexander Robertson, now in Australia' were responsible, and it reads:
"To the memory of their father James Robertson, late blacksmith in Errol who died 4th August 1845 aged 64 years and their mother Helen Sandeman who died 9th April 1852 aged 58 years. Also their four sisters - Mary who died in infancy, Jane who died 22nd July 1842 aged 30 years. Elizabeth, 24th February 1847 aged 37 years. Catherine 6th March 1853, aged 33 years."
Engraved below this at a later time was engraved the words 'The above Alexr. Robertson died in N.S.Wales 10th Oct. 1873 aged 46 years.' (It is still there, check it out if your in the area.)
At the time James left Scotland in 1841 both his parents and the three sisters mentioned were alive, and it is easy to imagine how cut off he and his brothers John and Alexander 'now in Australia' must have felt when they learnt of their deaths.
It seems likely that James was the first of the brothers to emigrate. His brother John - born in Errol in 1823 - married Margaret Stewart in Dundee in 1851 and followed suit in the next couple of years. He was also a blacksmith. Alexander, born at Errol in 1827, remained unmarried. His date of emigration is unknown but he became a mining engineer at the Young goldfields in New South Wales, and was killed in 1873 after falling down a mine shaft. (Not an uncommon accident in the black of night and after a few pots.)
In Australia at last Robertson and Gibb became partners as blacksmith and wheelwright respectively 10 miles north of Melbourne on the Sydney Road. (A wise move as all travellers, then as now, know that the first ten miles are the most testing for the newly arrived and if things are going to go wrong with the horse and cart it'll happen in the first few miles out.)
The partnership prospered and by 1848 they were able to purchase 640 acres of land nearby. They divided the land and both built 'grand' homes in the Scottish style. James called his home GOWRIE PARK and Gibb called his Meadowbank. (Memories of back home?)
Initially the land was the runt of the group of plots that originally were ignored when they were offered for sale in 1842 but these hardy gentlemen and their wives managed to clear the land and begin their farming. The men carried on with the smithy which was just as well as the Gold Rush started in 1851. Because of this James was able to build the very substantial bluestone home that still stands to this day.
James ran the farm with his children till 1872 when he leased the property because he was becoming too old for the work and the eight children were obviously not keen in inheriting the tradition.
Ann died of dysentery in 1872 at the age of 58 years.
What a life. What a woman!
James finally succumbed in 1888 aged 80 years. At the time of his death his assets were 46,434 pounds!!!!
NOT A BAD LIFE, IF YOU DON'T DROWN.
If there are persons out there who, having read these accounts, believe they are related to the Robertson, Sandeman and Coupar families of Errol I would be interested to hear from them. There is so much more to tell of the Robertson's of Gowrie Park, Victoria, Austalia.
Conact me at email@example.com
WILL WILL ROOK CEMETERY.
IN / MEMORY / OF / JAMES / ROBERTSON* / DIED 28TH JULY 1888 AGED 80 / AND HIS WIFE / ANN COUPAR / DIED 17TH DEC. 1872 AGED 58 / ALSO THEIR DAUGHTER / MARY BETSY ANN ***/ DIED 14TH MARCH 1901 AGED 45 / AND / AGNES MOODIE / DIED 20TH SEP 1864 AGED 35
*James had moved to Albert Park.
ROBERTSON. On the 28th inst., at Sunnyside, Waggarandall**, the residence of his son-in-law, Mr.James Moodie, James Robertson, late of Gowrie-park, Campbellfield, and No. 6 Bridport-street, Albert-park, aged 80 years. A colonist of 47 years.
(**Waggarandall is on the Benalla-Tocumwal road and south west of Tungamah.)
THE Friends of the late JAMES ROBERTSON,Esq. (late of Gowrie-park, and also of No. 6 Bridport-street, Albert-park) are most respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Campbellfield General Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to move from the Broadmeadows railway station, to-morrow (Tuesday, the
31st), at 2 o'clock punctually. (P.1,Argus,1888.)
***Mary Betsy Ann's last journey was a long one!
ROBERTSON The friends of the late JAMES ROBERTSON, of "Gowrie-park," Campbellfield are respectfully requested to follow the remains of his youngest daughter Mary to the place of interment, the Campbellfield Cemetery.
The funeral will leave the residence of her sister,Mrs D Stewart,"Marroo," Dandenong, on Thursday 14th inst,, at 9.15 a.m., for Dandenong railway station, to proceed by the 10.10 a.m. train. Melbourne friends can join 12.10 p.m. train at Flinders Street station, arriving at Campbellfield about 1 p.m. Return train leaves Campbellfield at 5.19 p.m. (P.1, Argus, 13-3-1901- also death notice.)
JAMES GARNER Undertaker Dandenong.
ROBERTSON.On the 4th November, at Athol, Kendal street, Coburg (suddenly), John Coupar Robertson, the beloved husband of Kate Robertson, and loving father of Norman, the Rev.J. K. Robertson (North Melbourne), Ernest
(New Hebrides), Douglas, Amy (Mrs. A. C.McAdam), Kate Kirkland (Mrs. V. Duncan), Muriel, Melrose, Nancy, Agnes, and Jean ; eldest son of the late James Robertson, Gowrie Park,Campbellfield, in his 79th year; a Presbyterian home missionary for 25 years. (P.17,Argus, 10-11-1923.)
ROBERTSON. -On the 4th November at "Athol," Kendall street, Coburg, John Coupar, dearly loved husband of Kate Robertson, eldest son of the late James Robertson, of "Gowrie Park," Campbellfield, in his 79th year. (Interred privately Coburg Cemetery, Monday, November 5.) (P.1, Argus, 6-11-1923.)
It can be assumed with fair certainty that D.J.Robertson, who had established a property called "Gowrie Park" at Bena in Gippsland, was a brother of John Coupar Robertson. His severely ill wife Mary (nee Law)was obviously being cared for by her sister-in-law, Mrs D Stewart,"Marroo," Dandenong.
ROBERTSON.On the 2[...] mber, at the resi-.~-"Tr'ef'r>yv41Ttvr - it-ttr.i<*Mf,rav-'m-iAfiV;1
"Maroo," Dandenong, Mary (nee Law), the beloved wife of D. J. Robertson, of Gowrie-park, Bena, South Gippsland, after a severe illness.(P.1, Argus, 29-11-1910.)
Another brother was Alexander.
ROBERTSON. On the 24th June at Gowrie 2 Louisa Street Brunswick, Alexander, son of the late James Robertson of Gowrie Park,Campbellfield, aged 83 years.
The friends of ALEXANDER ROBERTSON are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the New Melbourne Cemetery.The funeral will leave the residence of his nephew(Mr Norman Robertson), Gowrie, No 2 Louisa street, Brunswick East, THIS DAY (Tuesday June 25th) at 3.30 pm. (Both P.1, Argus,25-6-1935.)
Information from my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND.
G.66. Broadmeadows rate records reveal the following occupants of Gowrie Park.
1863. James Robertson,320 acres, "Gowrie Park", (net annual value 144 pounds- as for Gibb's.)
1879-80. No 320 acre property at Campbellfield but a James Robertson had 217 acres at Somerton.
1899-1900. Thomas B.C.Robinson* leasing 317 acres, "Gowrie" at Campbellfield from James Robertson.(P.S.Perhaps the farm was leased in two parts,the house on 3 acres and the remaining 317 acres for grazing.) James Robertson of Somerton had two parcels,of 44 and 180 acres at SOMERTON.
1920-1. Robert Lewis**,trainer,owns the 317 acre "Gowrie."
P.S.*ROBISON (nee Pye)-On the 5th January, at Brunswick, the wife of T. C. Robison, 'Gowrie,'Campbellfield- a son. (P.1, Argus,8-1-1908.)
**It seems that,like Jim Pike (see KILTS AND COW DUNG FLATS), Robert Lewis combined riding and training.
Lewis and the Derby.
R. Lewis has a remarkable riding record in the Victorian Derby, having piloted seven winners. He won on Maltster in 1900, Hautvilliers in 1901, Sylvanite in 1904,Alawa in 1908, Wolowa in 1912, Carlita in 1914, and Furious last year. (P.6, Argus,3-11-1922.)
James Robertson and his wife are buried next to the Gibbs in the easternmost row at the Will Will Rook Cemetery. There is another Robertson plot on the other side of the recently (2014) restored grave of John Murray Peck and family.(P.S. I seem to have transcribed the death of James Robertson on 20-1-1901 at the age of 75. Could this be a brother of John Coupar, Alexander and D.C.Robertson of Bena?)
G.18-20 The GIBB entry in DHOTAMA, information supplied by Deidre Farfor, a descendant of the unrelated Robertson family of Upper Keilor which Andrew Lemon (BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY) thought was involved with Alexander Gibb at Campbellfield (i.e. James Robertson,a Keilor farmer.) Compare her story with that supplied by Alex. Robertson at the start of this entry. If there are any mistakes, they result from my misinterpretation of Deidre's notes.
Alexander Gibb arrived in 1841 aboard the Grindley with his wife, Betsy, after a traumatic voyage.They had left Greenoch in the India but it caught fire near Rio de Janiero. James Robertson and his wife, Ann (nee Coupar),who were married at Errol in Perthshire in 1839,also arrived on the Grindley in 1841,their daughter,Ann being only 3 months old when they commenced the voyage.
James Gibb's wife, Betsy was a sister of James Robertson's wife, Ann (nee Coupar.) James Gibb's wife, Betsy was a sister of James Robertson's wife, Ann (nee Coupar.)
OH NOES GREMLINS HAVE STRUCK!
THOMAS BOOKLESS (SOMERTON)
Thomas Bookless had been at North Melbourne in 1861, probably operating a carrying business but by 1869 was leasing a farm on the new Sydney road 13 miles from Melbourne. This would have been near Patullo's Rd which I think was called the Thirteen Mile Lane By 1871, his lease had ended and he had a clearing sale which indicated that his Clydesdales were of good pedigree and that he milked seven cows.(P.2, Argus,28-2-1871.)
Thomas and his brother (John?) obviously knew a thing or two about farming but in 1868,their profit went up in flames. George Bookless of Somerton had won a prize at the National Show of Stock and Implements at Castlemaine in 1865 for the best draught horse, any age.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 17 November 1865 p 5 Article)
T.and J.Bookless had won second prize in the same category in the Port Phillip Farmers' Society Show just a month earlier.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 13 October 1865 p 6 Article)
The district coroner held an inquest at Somerton, on Friday, as to the origin of a fire which destroyed two haystacks on the farm of Messrs. Bookless Brothers on the morning of the 8th inst. The stacks contained oaten hay, and one of them, consisting of 300 tons of hay two years old, was valued at about 1,800 ;the other, containing 200 tons of last year's hay, was valued at about 1,000. They were both utterly destroyed, and as they were not insured, the whole of the loss fell on the owners. The stacks were all right at ten o'clock on the previous night, but were found in flames at half-past four the next morning. There seemed to be no means of explaining how the fire could have arisen accidentally,and a match-box, from which only one or two matches had been taken, and which was picked up near the stacks after tho fire, suggested a different origin. The jury found that there was no evidence to show how the fire originated, but they believed that it had been wilfully caused. (P.5, Argus,27-4-1868.)
BOOKLESS.--In memory of my mother, Mary Bookless, who died at Parkville October 21,1902, aged 68 years; also her infant daughter, who died at Somerton, October 21, 1866, aged 10 months. A.C.
Thomas Bookless probably returned to the city and was supporting George Coppin in Melbourne Province in 1889. The death notice of Mary,his wife, reveals that they had moved to Drouin. Mary must have been staying with her daughter (A.C.) at Parkville.
BOOKLESS.-On the 21st October, at 86 Gatehouse-street, Parkville, Mary, the beloved wife of Thomas Bookless, of Drouin, Gippsland, aged 68 years. (P.1, Argus,22-10-1902.)
BOOKLESS.-On the 10th September, at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. M. Crinnion, 20 South-street, Ascotvale, Thomas, the beloved father of Mrs. M. Crinnion, aged 75 years.(P.1, Argus,12-9-1910.)(TEXT CORRECTED BY BEZZA2*!)
It is possible that Mrs M.Crinnion was the A.C. of Gatehouse St in the "in Memory" notice of 1903.If I remember correctly the Crinnion brothers took over William Eastwood's hay and corn store on the north side of South St between East St and Mt Alexander Rd. Much more about the Crinnions in my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA or SOME FARMS IN THE SHIRE OF BROADMEADOWS or perhaps both. Priscilla Crinnion of South St still fondly remembered her grandparents,Thomas and Mary Bookless in 1923. (The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 10 September 1923 p 1 Family Notices)
(*Bezza2 and Elaine Brogan are stalwarts of the Friends of the Will Will Rook Cemetery. This reminds me of one of the few surviving gravestones 25 years ago. It was easy to read but made me sad. Thomas and Mary's daughter,Mary Jane,who married Phillip BELTON, and as a widow died accidentally in 1941 is buried at Carlton.(P.4,Argus,8-10-1941.) Someone has saved me having to transcribe the Will Will Rook gravestone. 1866, 1867 and 1868 is what made me sad.
ERECTED / BY / A. #GRINNION / IN LOVING MEMORY OF / HER PARENTS / MARY BOOKLESS / 1834-190* / THOMAS BOOKLESS / 1835-1910 / AND THEIR CHILDREN / MARY DIED 1866 AGED 15 MTHS./ JOHN DIED 1867 AGED 2 MTHS. / JOHN D. DIED 1868 AGED 2 MTHS. / ALSO OF / JANE NEWTON / SISTER OF THE ABOVE / THOMAS BOOKLESS / 1833-1868
FRANCIS BELL., Pentridge.
In BETWEEN TWO CREEKS, which I haven't seen for over 20 years, Richard Broome stated that Bell St.was so-named because of Bell Manor, which I seem to recall was built by a Mr Bell*. The house is said to be built in 1867, at which time Francis was living at Pentridge (soon to be renamed Coburg)but I have found no connection between Francis and the house. Perhaps locals later started referring to Bannockburn House as Bell manor.
*My memory sometimes leads me astray but it's pretty reliable. This is from the City of Moreland Thematic History 2010, page 36.
Coburgs Bell Street emerged as an east-west road
along a property boundary, and can be seen on Hams
map of 1853.95 The boundary became a road reservation
by 1855, as shown on a map of this date published by
de Gruchy, and was gazetted in 1857. 96 Originally known
as the Heidelberg and Pentridge Road, it was five miles
from Melbourne and stretched five miles between the
village reserves of Heidelberg and Pentridge. Its name
derived from Francis Bell, a local pioneer who lived on a
property called Bell Manor. The road initially served little
transport purpose, particularly at its western end at the
Moonee Ponds Creek escarpment, which it was extended
to in 1861 after land was donated by landowner James
Robertson.97 However, it had no connection across the
creek until 1960 when it was extended to Pascoe Vale
Road. Earlier commuters would turn off Bell Street at its
intersection with Melville Road and travel down Reynard
Street to cross the creek at La Rose Bridge, a timber
bridge erected in 1862.98
Francis was involved with many projects in early Melbourne. See my journal:
THE PRIVATE RAILWAY TO ESSENDON,VIC., AUST.
FERGUSON-On the 4th May at Bell Manor Coburg, James Ferguson, aged 67 years. (P.9, Argus, 4-5-1900.)
Francis Bell was the engineer for the private railway to Essendon and the advertisement contains a letter from him concerning the course it would take.
THE MELBOURNE, ESSENDON, and KILMORE RAILWAY COMPANY.
To he incorporated by Act of Parliament, limiting the liability of Shareholders.
Capital, 60,000,(With power to increase to 200,000,)In 5,000 Shares of 10 each. Deposit, 6s. per Share.
Provisional Directors : '
P. Phelan, Esq., M.L.A., Chairman. Chas, Bradshaw, Esq. John 0. King, Esq.John Brown, Esq. P. M'Cracken, Esq.
John Dinwoodie, Esq. Thomas Napier, Esq. Hugh Glass, Esq. W.H.Tuckett, Esq. Rawdon Greene, Esq. Wm. Yuille, Esq. George Holmes, Esq. E, B. Wight, Esq. Wm, Hoffman, Esq.
Bankers :The Colonial Bank of Australasia.
Solicitor :Frederick John Coote, Esq.
Engineer :Francis Bell, Esq.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 15 November 1858 p 8 Advertising)
BELL. On the 27th inst., at Hawthorne, the wife of Francis Bell, Esq., C.E., of a son.(P.4,Argus,29-6-1859.)
BRUCE.On the 11th January, on board the London,Mr. Allan Bruce, of Mount-park, Greenock, Scotland, and brother of Mr. Alexander Bruce, Toorak,and Mrs. Francis Bell, Bannockburn-house, Pentridge. (P.4,Argus,20-3-1866.)
BELL.-On the 21st Inst., at Bannockburn House,Pentridge, Mrs. Francis Bell of a son.(P.4, Argus,23-4-1867.)
DAVID PATULLO (CRAIG BANK)
David Patullo started off near Donnybrook and must have been close to being the first Victorian to find gold. Much information about Craigbank can be found in the WILLOWBANK entry in my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA journal. Craigbank was crown allotment 2,section 6,parish of Bulla Bulla,David's homestead being at Melway 384 C10. David also owned "Airey's" (177 B-E 1-2). His sons dispersed to many parts but some to the area near Patullo's Lane east of Ruthvenfield (Roxburgh Park.) David might have bought Craigbank with the proceeds of the yellow stuff that all his mates laughed at. See VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS. Beryl Patullo,one of the stalwart Friends of Will Will Rook Cemetery is helping me to locate William Canning's 200 acres at Somerton in 1863 by pinpointing the locations of some early buildings:"Two frontages to the New Sydney road, bounded on the north by the National School and Methodist Chapel ; on the south by the Royal Mail and Somerton Hotels".
JOHN McKERCHAR (YUROKE)
The land at the north west corner of today's Somerton and Mickleham Rds was jointly granted to John and Donald McKerchar. John's farm (178 G4) was the western portion which he called "Greenvale." He was the prime mover in getting what became State School 890. There was already a Yuroke school so it was decided to name the school after John's farm. The new Greenvale school on Hughie Williamson's Dunvegan (178 K 8-9)retains the original number. Donald called his farm,which fronted Mickleham Rd to the first slight bend in the middle of 178 K3, "Greenan". The boundary between Greenvale and Greenan was opposite the original eastern boundary of the school ground, exactly 5 chains (100 metres) east of the section Rd corner. (Anyone care to check this outrageous claim with a trundle wheel?) The south west corner of John's "Greenvale" was 7790 links (1558 metres) west of Mickleham Rd.
GREENVALE: LINKS WITH THE PAST by Annette Davis (now Ferguson)gives much information about the McKerchar family. Donald married a McNab girl and no doubt received a descendant of Oakbank Annie (prized Ayrshire cow) as a wedding present. The Greenvale book has now been published and should be available from local libraries.
SAMUEL MANSFIELD (TULLAMARINE)
Samuel Mansfield's land in 1869 was probably the middle 52 acre portion (east part of Melway 15 J2) of what was known to all Tullamarine pioneering families as Mansfield's Triangle (bounded by today's Broadmeadows Rd, Melrose Drive and Caterpillar Drive/Sharps Rd.) Sam eventually bought the 11 acres owned by Edmund Bale (roughly the area north of Sycamore Ave)and the southern 26 acres whose north east corner is where the Ring Road crosses Melrose Drive. (Measurements from land title memorials.) Sam's homestead was on the site of the telecom building in Melrose Drive just north of the Carol Grove corner.
JAMES SHARP (DOUTTA GALLA)
Section 21 Doutta Galla was bounded by a southern extension of the line of Broadmeadows Rd, an eastern extension of the line of Keilor Park's Spence St,a line from Collinson St to the northern end of Fosters Rd(now Keilor Park Drive) and Sharps Rd. This square mile and section 3 Tullamarine due north were granted to William Foster. In 1860, Maurice Crotty started leasing 21 D.G.and in 1867 his wife (nee McCormack) wrote that part of their farm had been sold. The buyer was James Sharp,who in 1863 had been leasing land,probably part of "Chandos". (Broadmeadows Rates.)
James Sharp called his farm "Hillside" and he and his wife lived there until their deaths. As they grew older,they leased most of the land to farmers such as Michael Reddan (circa 1928 when the Albion-Jacana line was being built-source: Joe Crotty), and George Dalley (source: MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920-1952,George Lloyd.)
SHARP. On the 6th December, at his late residence, "Hillside," Tullamarine, James Sharp,beloved husband of Mary Sharp, aged 87 years. A colonist of 63 years. (P.1, Argus,7-12-1916.)
SHARP -On the 14?th April, at her residence, "Hillside Tullamarine, Mary Sharp, relict of the late James Sharp, aged 93? years.(P.1, Argus,8-4-1920.)
In about 1943, R.S.(Joe or "Butcher") Thomas and his wife Edie moved onto Hillside and Joe renovated and extended the homestead,using granite from James Sharp's kitchen to erect gate pillars at the entrance of the farm which they called Carinya Park,the name emblazoned on the iron gates. They became prime movers of the Tullamarine Progress Association with Walter Murphy, (following Alec Rasmussen's retirement as secretary after 30 years) and ran picture shows in their barn to raise money for a Tullamarine hall (which due to Leo Dineen's negotiating skills was eventually built on the Leo Dineen Reserve at Spring St.) Edie played a vital role in getting a kindergarten for Tullamarine. Cake stalls and Gala Days raised good money but the paper drives were the real money spinners. Without Noel Grist's furniture truck and Edie's hayband (twine) they would have been impossible.
A family tragedy occurred in 1947. Joe and Edie were so distraught that somebody else must have submitted the three death notices; somebody who didn't know the correct spelling of Sharps Rd and the little tyke's name. An obituary in a Footcray area* paper, which mentioned Barrie's little (saddlex)jockey cap and whip being buried with him, got it right however.
(*OBITUARY Master Barrie Raymond Thomas
Sunshine Advocate (Vic. : 1924 - 1954) Friday 21 November 1947 p 1 Article)
Barrie Road (15 H3 to G5) gives a good indication of the 133 acres that James Sharp purchased in 1867 except that the plans for Airport Drive stopped it going to the southern boundary (an extension west of the Victory/ Halsey St midline.) Thomas St was probably later part of the eastern boundary of Carinya Park.
THOMAS.-On November 16 at his parents' residence, Sharpes road, Tullamarine,Barry Raymond, dearly loved youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Thomas, and loved brother of Cecil, aged 4 years and 7 months. -A little sufferer, in God's care.
JOSEPH TROTMAN (YUROKE)
See my journals: EVEN FOR A TROTMAN, QUITE A TROT MAN! TULLAMARINE, GREENVALE, WANGARATTA, VIC., AUST. and
LAZARUS RAISED SOME HERITAGE STUDY ERRORS: TULLAMARINE, VIC., AUST.
The heritage study examined in the second journal correctly states that William and Kezia Trotman were original purchasers, as members of John Pascoe Fawkner's land cooperative of land in 13A Tullamarine (roughly just south of the east west runway in Melway 4 G3) but, WRONGLY, that the family moved to Springvale. They moved "SPRINGFIELD" on the north east corner of Somerton and Mickleham Rds,just across the latter road from Donald McKerchar's "Greenan".
TROTMAN.---On the 5th inst., at his residence, Springfield Farm, Broadmeadows, Enoch, second son of the late William Trotman, of Bulla Bulla aged twenty-six. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.
By March,1872,Joseph Trotman was farming "Glenarthur", the next property east,which is now the western half of the Greenvale Reservoir. It's an each way bet whether Joseph Trotman's property in 1869 was Springfield or Glenarthur. In my efforts to determine which one Joseph was on in 1869,I've found proof of a theory that I've held for three years about James Hearn of "Thorngrove" and James Hearn of Mt Martha so the search has been abandoned.
WILLIAM DEWAR (TULLAMARINE)
From Page D43 of my DHOTAMA.
By 1888 when VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS was published, William Dewar had retired to Essendon. A native of Aberdeen, he worked for Riddell and Hamilton at Gisborne for three years after arriving in 1841 before renting land near Broadmeadows and then buying Glendewar. He was a Bulla Shire councillor for six years and after 41 years near Broadmeadows had retired a year and a half ago.
Riddell and Hamilton advertised their Camieston Estate at Tullamarine in the early 1850's and William bought Glendewar, which comprised much of the 713 acre section 15 Tullamarine, other portions being bought by John Mansfield (80 acres now occupied by the Melbourne Airport terminal building), William Peter (the northern 123 acres of his "Chandos" and a total of 103 acres in William Love's wedge shaped purchase adjoining Glendewar and Charles Nash's "Fairview" across Victoria St (to Wright St) (Melway 5 F-G, 6-7 roughly.)
William's original purchase (volume 46 folio 466) consisted of 377 acres 2 roods and 6 perches so he later added about another 27 acres. The farm was between Bulla Rd and the Moonee Ponds Creek, with its north west corner at about Melway 5C3 and its south east corner being at the middle of the bottom of 5 E7 and about 80% of the Cleanaway tip being within its north east corner.
JAMES ROBERTSON (YUROKE)
James Robertson of Yuroke (Somerton in 1868) and John Robertson (Craigieburn area 1880's) might have been related to James Robertson of Gowrie. See the Craigieburn Historical Interest Group's page:
Yvonne Kernan or some of the other members of the group may be able to supply further details.
b. 1827 Kinross Shire Scotland
d. 20 Jan 1901 Campbellfield Victoria
Father: Robertson, John
Mother: Miller, Janet
Spouse: Langford, Elizabeth
Robertson, John Thomas
Robertson, Janet Annie
Robertson, Alexander William
Robertson, Elizabeth Emma
Robertson, James Charles
Robertson, Walter Horatio
Robertson, Florence Adeline
Robertson, Frederick Langford
Robertson, Victoria May
Robertson, Albert Victor
Spouse: Langford, Sarah
b. 1837 Hyde Cheshire England
d. 11 Feb 1861 Ballarat Victoria
Father: Langford, Samuel
Mother: Brown, Mary Ann
Robertson, Mary Jane Ann
(Genealogy Data Page 1872 (Family Pages)
LANGFORD.On the 29th inst., at the residence of his son-in-law Mr James Robertson, Somerton, Thomas the beloved husband of Grace Langford, late postmaster of Loddonvale, aged 82 years. A colonist of 48 years.
(P.1, Argus, 30-1-1890.)
THE Friends of Mr. JAMES ROBERTSON are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late beloved father in law Mr. Thomas Langford, to the place of interment, the Campbellfield Cemetery. The funeral will leave his residence Somerton TOMORROW (Friday the 31st inst) at 1 o'clock. (As above.)
LANGFORD.In loving remembrance of our dear mother, Grace Langford, who died on 14th November, 1893 at Loddon-vale. (Inserted by Elizabeth Robertson and Emma Manson.) (P.1, Argus,15-11-1899.)
Beryl Patullo told me, "Both Thomas & Grace Langford are buried in WWR. also their daughter Elizabeth and husband James Robertson who had "Kinross" Craigieburn parents unknown on death reg. Elizabeth first married a Blennergassett age 15yrs abt he died 1860 and she married Robertson 1866 #2767.wwr info also mentions Gowrie Park John Thomas the JP was their son. died Essendon."
ZIEBELL-ROBERTSON-On the 14th November,at the residence of the brides parents by the Rev. G. Carson, Charles E B Ziebell, son of the late C. Ziebell of Somerton to Janet Annie(Queenie) eldest daughter ofJames Robertson
of Kinross, Craigieburn. (P.1, Argus, 10-1-1901.)
ROBERTSON.In loving memory of James Robertson, who died at "Kinross," Craigieburn, 20th January, 1901. (Inserted by his wife and family.) P.1, Argus, 20-1-1905.
CLIFFROBERTSON.On the 10th September, at Craigieburn, by the Rev. J. McNeilage, Herbert James, fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff, of "Yarborough," Craigieburn, to Victoria May, youngest daughter of Mrs. Robertson and the late James Robertson, of "Kinross," Craigieburn.(P.1, Argus,12-11-1913.)
RORERTSON-PEARSON.-On the 10th April, 1910,at Presbyterian Church, Coburg, by the Rev. John Mathew, M.A., B.D , James Charles Robertson, son of the late James Robertson and Mrs.Robertson, of "Kinross," Craigieburn, to Ethel
Agnes, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W.Pearson, of Campbellfield.(P.13, Argus,24-5-1919.)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21
UNRESERVED CLEARING SALE, At "KINROSS," CRAIGIEBURN. By Order of Mr.J. T. Robertson, Executor of James Robertson, Deceased. ADAMSON,STRETTLE, AND CO. PTY. LTD. having sold the property, will SELL by AUCTION,
as above, All the dairy cattle, horses, machinery, working-plant, mid. furniture. Detailed particulars will appear in next Saturday's issue. (P.4, Argus, 4-10-1919.)
ROBERTSON.On the 20th February, at private hospital, East Melbourne, John Thomas Robertson, J.P., eldest son of the late James and Elizabeth Robertson, of "Kinross," Craigieburn, and loving brother of E.E., J.C., and E.A., A.V., and M. (Interred privately Will Will Rook Cemetery, Campbellfield, on 22nd.) A patient sufferer at rest.
ROBERTSON.A loving tribute to the memory of our esteemed friend, John Thomas Robertson,J.P., late of "Kinross," Craigieburn, who passed peacefully away at private hospital, East Melbourne, on February 20. Mr. and Mrs. J. W.Pearson and family, Essendon. (P.13, Argus,26-2-1921.)
ROBERTSON.-On October 31, at East Malvern, Elizabeth Emma (Cis), loved daughter of the late James and Elizabeth
Robertson, loving sister of John (deceased),Will (deceased), Annie (Mrs. Ziebell), Charlie,Vic, (Mrs. Cliff), Florrie, and Bert, late of Kinross, Craigieburn. -A patient sufferer. (P.2, Argus, 14-11-1942.)
AUCTION KINROSS CRAIGIEBURN Mon April 2 on the property at 11 o clock a/c Mr R.J.Condon ATTRACTIVE & WELL
IMPROVED FARM , 222 AC. Good home, sheds, stables and trotting track. (P.24, Argus, 24-3-1951.)
HAY LONIE (GLENROY)
The evidence below perfectly illustrates the exact land that Hay Lonie was occupying in 1871 and presumably in 1869 when he joined the League. That is,if you are looking at the sale plan for the Glenroy Estate in 1874 which can be seen on page 78 of BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY. I will continue my explanation of the locations of Hay's two parcels of land after Mr Lawes' description of the affected farms below. Note that Pascoe Vale Rd was still being called the Sydney-road two decades after the new Sydney road was extended past the Pentridge Gaol. All the farms described were on the east side of Pascoe Vale Rd.
(Peter McCracken,) Cross-examined by Mr. Webb.-The 50 per cent, for compulsory taking was the verdict of a jury, which was given for a lump sum, but he understood that the agreement, as he had stated it, had been come to beforehand. Regarded the present value of Lonie's farm in the Glenroy estate as higher than that of Cochrane's farm, though the latter was nearer Melbourne, because of the convenience of access.
(Evander McIver said he) Would allow 35s. per acre as compensation for severance in Cochrane's and Shanks' farms, 17s.per acre in Lonie's farm in the Glenroy estate, and 1 per acre in the Ruthven estate.
(P.6, Argus, 18-7-1871.)
Mr Lawes gave a far better idea of the location of the various farms:
The two estates consisted of four blocks, all fronting the Sydney-road. The first and nearest to Melbourne was of 664* acres, let to Mr.Cochrane ; the next was of 358 acres,, let to Mr. Stranks, and the next was of 390
acres, let to Mr. Lonie. This completed the Glenroy Estate, and next but one to it further northward (the intervening block being in other hands) was the Ruthven Estate of 402 acres, also let to Mr. Lonie.
The first farm (lots 4 and 5), with Rhodes Pde. as its southern boundary, was occupied by M.J.C.Cochrane and totalled 599 acres 0 roods 31 perches. Mr Lawes' estimate of 664 acres was too high, about 620 acres being more realistic because only about 15 acres was required for the railway or cut off by it.
Lot 3, Bayview Farm of 344 acres 3 roods and 6 perches ,was occupied by Thomas Stranks and had also been overestimated by Mr Lawes because the line and cut-off area would only amount to six acres,making the original farm 350 acres,not 358.
Lot 2, Pasture Hill Farm, of 383 acres was being leased by John Kerr in 1874,Hay Lonie probably having moved to the farm (somewhere near Thorngrove if I remember correctly)mentioned in the journal I wrote about him. Kerr bought Pasture Hill and Bayview Farm at the sale. Mr Lawes' estimate was fairly close this time.
Hay Lonie's farm on the Glenroy Estate was thus from Bicknell Court/Bindi St north to Camp Rd.
Across Camp Rd was section 11 Will Will Rook. Both the road and railway line veer sharply to the right and 746 metres to the north meet the western boundary of section 11 which they follow due magnetic north. Alexander Gibb was granted 11A which shares the Camp Rd frontage with the Will Will Rook cemetery. Both went north 2000 links (400 metres) to the back fence line of blocks on the north side of Kitchener St.
North of this line was LOT 1, 11B, Will Will Rook,Angus and George C.Cameron's RUTHVEN ESTATE. (Donald Cameron called his grant which comprised most of Roxburgh Park "Stony Field" but the family renamed it Ruthvenfield before Thomas Brunton gave it the present name. Be careful not to confuse the Camerons' RUTHVEN with their RUTHVENFIELD.)The Ruthven estate consisted of 403 acres so Mr Lawes was one acre under this time. This was Hay Lonie's second farm and it extended north to a line joining the Phillip St/ Koroit Ave midline to the northwest corner of the Northcorp Industry Park.
Hay Lonie was primarily a dairy farmer so his main concern would have been that the hunters might traumatise the cows,affecting their milk production, and trample fodder crops. He later purchased Camp Hill at Tullamarine and Lochton at Bulla which he owned for some time before moving much farther north.
JAMES ROBERTSON (ABERFELDY)
The writer of the article about the origins of the names of Melbourne's suburbs has done a good job but I will be adding information about some of the suburbs.
James Robertson bought Crown land in the area in 1845 and called his home by the Scottish name Aberfeldie, which later became the name of the suburb.
James Robertson (one of three unrelated pioneers before 1850 with that name at Campbellfield, Pascoe Vale South and Keilor),established "Upper Keilor" whose homestead remains near the Keilor Public Golf Course. When he died, his son, James, inherited the land near the Maribyrnong River, known as "Spring Hill" which had been leased for some time by Dugald McPhail who organised the area's first Presbyterian services there. Another son, Francis, inherited land north of Braybrook road (Buckley St) on the west side of McCracken St and adjoining Hoffman's Butzbach, calling it Mar Lodge. James Jnr. stayed on at Upper Keilor until his mother died and then built the mansion that gave Aberfeldie its name.
ABERFELDIE NEAR ESSENDON, VIC., AUST. (HOW SPRING HILL BECAME ABERFELDIE.)
I thought that my information about James Robertson Jnr not moving to Aberfeldie until after his mother, Margaret Robertson, died was wrong when I read Rosslyn's information about her dying at Essendon, but the birth notice below demonstrates that she had died at the Mar Lodge residence of her bachelor son, Francis. Mar Lodge fronted Keilor Rd and Buckley St, including all McCracken St and Hedderwick house blocks.Mar Lodge was named* by Francis Robertson, not the McCrackens who later owned Mar Lodge and set up a golf course on it.
(*DEATH OF MR. FRANCIS ROBERTSON, M.L.C.
Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) Wednesday 17 March 1886 p 8 Article
... residence,.Mar-lodge, Essendon, on Thursday, after a long and painful illness)
I'm not sure if I am asking the right question but I wondered if anyone had
access to the Wills Index for Victoria. I am wanting to obtain file numbers
for the following people who may have had wills:
James Robertson, died 16 October 1853, of Upper Keilor.
Margaret Robertson died 17 November 1869 Essendon.
I realise these aren't goldfielders but they are possible parents for my
ancestor who is.
THE Friends of the late Mrs. MARGARET ROBERTSON, relict of the late James Robertson,Esq , of Keilor, are respectfully invited to follow her remains to the place of interment, Melbourne General Cemetery.The funeral will leave tho residence of her son, the Hon. F. Robertson, Essendon, on Saturday, 20th inst,at 2 o'clock p m.
(P.8, Argus, 19-11-1869.)
DEATH OF MR. JAMES ROBERTSON.
Mr. James Robertson, one of the oldest of the squatting pioneers, died at his residence, The Grange, South Yarra, on Tuesday and was buried in the Melbourne Cemetery yesterday. In accordance with the request of the deceased the funeral was a quiet one, and was attended only by relatives and a few of the oldest friends
of the family. The Rev. Dr. Marshall, of Scots Church, assisted by the Rev J. M'Crae, of the Toorak Presbyterian Church, read the burial service.
Mr. Robertson was born in Glen Muir, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1819,and was consequently 76 years of age at his death. In February, 1841, he arrived in the colony in the company of his parents,and his sister and two brothers. The family settled at Upper Keilor, and commenced sheep farming on a large scale.The freehold of the Upper Keilor Estate was subsequently acquired from the Government, and Mr. Robertson held it at the time
of his death. After living many years at Upper Keilor the family removed to Aberfeldie, Essendon, where 183 acres were acquired at 5 an acre, then deemed an extravagant price. Mr. Robertson's father was confident of the ultimate value of the property, and his judgment was justified in 1887, when it was disposed of for 55,000, or a shade over 3OO an acre.
Mr. Robertson was a partner at one time with Mr. Robert Landale in the Moulamein Station, New South Wales, and after selling out of that purchased the Bullarook station, in the Upper Wimmera district, on the fringe of the mallee. In 1860 he became part owner of the Janera and Wapweelah stations on the Darling River, New South Wales, and his interest in them was held to the last.
Mr.Robertson revisited his birthplace in 1887, and again in 1893. He never took a public interest in politics, though repeatedly urged to allow himself to be nominated for a seat in the Legislative Council. In municipal affairs, however, he always displayed keen appreciation, and for over 20 years he occupied a seat in the
Keilor Shire Council. A first class judge of stock, his opinion was much valued at agricultural shows, where he was usually one of the judges, and amongst municipal councillors, the honorary magistracy, and the fast thinning ranks of the squatting pioneers he will be much missed. Mr. Robertson leaves a widow and eight children. (P.3, Argus, 13-6-1895.)
Further investigation of the build year of James Robertson Jnr's "Aberfeldie" mansion is necessary to determine if he was residing in it by August,1869. However it makes sense that he was living on "Spring Hill",perhaps in an old house that Dugald McPhail had earlier occupied while leasing the property. This would allow him to visit his mother, on Mar Lodge just across Buckley St, regularly rather than making a much longer trip from Upper Keilor. Therefore it was "Spring Hill" that was being threatened by the Melbourne Hunt's activities, not Upper Keilor (which I have never seen mentioned in the countless hunt reports that I have read.)
The following seems to indicate that the mansion had been built by 1869.
An important sale of pure short-horn cattle will be held at 12 o'clock to-day, by Messrs. R.Goldsbrough and Co., at Mr. Jas. Robertson's estate, Aberfeldie, near Essendon, that gentleman having decided to sell his well-known herd. (P.4,Argus,19-11-1869.)
This was not a clearing sale. James was now into merinos and apparently breeding as he had several rams. He was most upset when a sheep dog pup went missing. It seems that James' spelling of his property name was Aberfeldy.
STOLEN, from Aberfeldy, Essendon, a black-and-tanned sheep PUP, about 10 months old. 5 reward on conviction of the thief ; or 1 on recovery of the dog. James Robertson, Aberfeldy, Essendon. (P.7, Argus, 8-11-1871.)
Melway 27 E-G 3-4, adjoining Aitken's Estate, (rented by Robert McDougall, whose daughter Sandy Smith married), at a line extending Cannes Avenue to Buckley St.
SMITHMcDOUGALL.On the 24th inst., at the residence of the bride's parents, by the Rev. Hugh M'Kail, Bulla, Alexander Smith, of the firm of King and Cunningham, stock and station agents, Melbourne, to Jeannie, second daughter of Robert McDougall, J.P , of Arundel, Keilor.(P.1, Argus,29-11-1881.)
Extract from my EARLY LANDOWNERS: PARISH OF DOUTTA GALLA.
Section 9 was south of Buckley St./Rimcross Dr., west of Cannes Ave./Riverview St. and north of Clarendon St.
Lot A, west of North Rd. and consisting of 176 acres, was granted to P.OBrien who had the adjoining southern 1/3 of 11A. In 1868 he had 283 acres, the 176 in 9a and 106 in 11a. In 1900, James Fitzpatrick was leasing the same land but it was called 282 acres.
Lot B, between Buckley St. and Thackeray Quadrant and running east from North Rd. to Cannes Ave, consisted of 222 acres and was granted to I.Davis (Sic), W.ONeil and W. Robinson on 27-6-1849. The first-named grantee was Isaac Davies, according to Angela Evans, and I wonder if Davis St. has been incorrectly named because of a spelling mistake on Doutta Galla parish maps. The three men split lot B into thirds: i.e.
Vol.L folio 4. Isaac Davies became owner of the 74 acres that, with the adjoining land on Fawkners grant, became Norwood. Its southern boundary was due east from the intersection of Military Rd and North Rd.
Vol.L f.6. William ONeill became the owner of 74 acres between a line just north of Charmaine Ave, and Thackeray Quadrant.
Vol. 174 f.208 of 16-10-1867, in which William Robinson the elder gave his 74 acres to William Robinson the younger, gives the dimensions used to establish the boundaries of Norwood to the north and ONeils land to the south. William Jnr. leased the 74 acres to Thomas Smith of Norwood (V. 221f.175) and later sold it to C.B.Fisher (V.299 f.427.) Adjoining the south boundary of Norwood, this land went south to a line due west from the Mountain View Ave/ Doyle St corner.
In 1868 James Staples was leasing 75 acres from William ONeil of Horseshoe Bend. Davies had died on 10-6-1862 after establishing Norwood on 73 acres of 9B and 13 acres of 11B south of Roberts St. His widow leased Norwood to Thomas Smith for 15 years and moved to Ballarat Rd. but by 1868 Thomas had died too. Widow Smith had 100 acres and I believe that she had four blocks on 11B to account for the other 27 acres, two in addition to the two that Isaac Davies had bought. Two blocks were leased.
In 1868 James Staples was leasing 75 acres from William ONeil of Horseshoe Bend. Davies had died on 10-6-1862 after establishing Norwood on 73 acres of 9B and 13 acres of 11B south of Roberts St. His widow leased Norwood to Thomas Smith for 15 years and moved to Ballarat Rd. but by 1868 Thomas had died too. Widow Smith had 100 acres and I believe that she had four blocks on 11B to account for the other 27 acres, two in addition to the two that Isaac Davies had bought. Two blocks were leased.
THOMAS NAPIER (MOONEE PONDS)
Extract from my AIRPORT WEST journal,probably taken from the Niddrie Wikipedia entry.
Between 1843 and 1851, the Scottish settler, Thomas Napier (1802-1881) purchased the Keilor Road land covering Niddrie and Airport West. In 1869, Napier sold this 249-acre (1.01 km2) land to Henry Stevenson (1810-1893). By 1871, Stevenson had built a house he named Niddrie, after his birthplace of Niddrie, a suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland. After his death in 1893 the property was transferred to his wife Elizabeth who sold it to Patrick Morgan eight years later.
"Niddrie" was bounded by the Grange Rd/Bowes Ave. midline, Fraser St(inclusive), Nomad Rd/ Treadwell St and Keilor Rd (Melway maps 15K/16B 7-10.) As Napier did not sell the land until 1869, when the League's notice was published, its fences and crops might have been damaged but Thomas Napier did not live on this land. His house "Rosebank" was on 100 acres, bought from E.J.Brewster much earlier, bounded by Carnarvon Rd, Glenbervie/Upland Rd, the Moonee Ponds Creek and Woodland St in present day Strathmore. Moonee Ponds meant anywhere near the Moonee Ponds Creek (the eastern boundary of Rosebank.)
The Oaklands Hunt, established 1888, referred to the area near the Bulla Rd,Keilor Rd, Woodland St junction as Essendon Crossroads and started many of their hunts from there. The Melbourne Hunt would have known the locality as Bendigo Corner and would have hunted in the area,passing through Thomas's grant and "Rosebank".
The following was found while I was trying to discover whether Thomas Napier was leasing his grant or using it himself. If I remember correctly,the Keilor Road Board assessed him on it in 1868. I have never seen mention of Thomas Napier Junior in the Australian Dictionary of Biography entry,other countless articles or even the family history on the internet. It has nothing to do with the Melbourne Hunt but I will include it here anyway.
An inquest was held on Tuesday, by Mr Candler, on the body of the young man who committed suicide on Monday afternoon, in the Government Paddock at Kew. The deceased was identified by Mr. Thomas Caldwell, merchant, as Thomas Napier, son of Mr. T. Napier, of Essendon. Deceased he said had been ailing for some time, and was in a state of weakness and general debility, and witness believed that he sometimes suffered from disease of the brain. He was always in a state of melancholy and low-spirited, and was nearly always reading. He had been heard to say that he wished that he was dead, but witness did not know that he had ever threatened
suicide. He rode into town on Saturday and possibly this was too great an exertion in his weak condition. The remainder of the evidence, respecting the hearing of the shot, the discovery of the body, calling in of a
surgeon, &c, was but a repetition of what has been previously given in this journal. The evidence of Dr. Ralph, the medical man called to see deceased after he was discovered in the paddock, contained a statement of his belief that the unfortunate young man was of unsound mind. The jury found that he committed suicide while
labouring under unsoundness of mind. (P.4, Argus,31-1-1867.)
I'll let you discover what the funeral notice said. There was no death notice.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Wednesday 30 January 1867 p 8 Family Notices
... Friends of THOMAS NAPIER, Esq., of Essendon, are invited to attend tho funeral of his late son, Thomas
JOHN GRANT (SEAFIELD)
Seafield (Melway 4 H 1-2 to 5 A7, bounded by McNabs Rd,Grants Rd and an extension of the line of Barbiston Rd to the east.
Seafield River Frontage (Melway 4 F8 roughly.)
From page G 71-2 of DHOTAMA.
John Grant was a native of Inverness,Scotland who landed in Sydney in October, 1838. Moving to Melbourne in 1839,he rented land at Campbellfield* for eleven years.Then purchasing Seafield,he commenced to breed Ayrshires with which he won many prizes including the Championship Cup at the West Bourke Agricultural Show shortly before 1888. Seafield consisted of 400 acres (the northern half of section 8 Tullamarine and the Seafield River Frontage of 80 acres at the south corner of McNabs and Barbiston Rd. He also had an estate with a one and a half mile frontage to the Murray River.
He was married in 1846 to Miss Mary McNab of Perthshire and in 1888 had two sons and four daughters, and had served on the Keilor Shire Council for 19 years.(VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS,1888.)
(*On Pages 57-60 of BULLA BULLA, I.W.Symonds stated that John Grant was credited with being the first to plough over an extensive tract of Victorian soil. Land was purchased for the Bulla Presbyterian Church on 19-2-1870 in the names of John Grant of Seafield, Walter Clark of Glenara and David Patullo of Craigbank.
The McNab brothers had the southern half of section 8 and imported Oakland Annie, the first Ayrshire cow brought into Australia. Their herd was renowned as the best in Australia and was the basis of Tasmania's Ayrshire herd. Despite this and a dual marital relationship, the Grant family challenged their in-laws' claim to the title of the best Ayrshire breeders.
DONALD McRAE (WARLABY)
Warlaby was section 11, Bulla Bulla, Melway 384 G6 (north west), 384 F 9 (south west), 384 J8 (homestead.)
Granted to D.Cameron, Warlaby was later purchased by Robert McDougall who was well acquainted with the Bulla area while still at Glenroy. His son Alexander (Sandy) was assessed on Warlaby for some years before moving to Western Australia in about 1900. Donald McCrae would have been leasing Warlaby in 1869 and ironically, Farquhar McRae, possibly his son, organised a paper trail starting from Warlaby,following which the Oaklands Hunt Club was formed in 1888. The Oaklands Hunt had many local farmers as members and showed far greater respect for fences, crops and stock than the Melbourne Hunt had done.
Farquhar was at the time in charge of the hunters on Glenara for two related families who, following the death of Walter Clark in 1873, were leasing not only Glenara, but also the extensive Glenara Estate up Oaklands Rd. Unfortunately, I remember only one of the partners mentioned in D.F.Cameron -Kennedy's THE OAKLANDS HUNT. Trove should help.
RUSSELL-On the 23rd Inst at Glenara, Arthur Melbourne, son of John Russell, aged four months.(P.1, Argus,28-11-1878.)
DAVIS. - On the 15th inst., at Glenara, Bulla, Gladys Georgena, youngest daughter of Chas. Percy Davis,
aged one year. (P.1, Argus,17-10-1879.)
Yep that's right,Farquhar was in charge of the hunting horses owned by Russell and Davis.
Page 53 of Neil Mansfield's THE DAVID MANSFIELD STORY indicates that Duncan McCrae, possibly Donald's brother,had been at Newham near Woodend in 1868 and 1872. Two of Duncan's children married members of the Mansfield family which lived south of Glenara. Duncan's son, Duncan, born in 1872, married a sister of William John Mansfield who married Catherine McRae,born in 1868. It must have been Duncan Jnr. who moved to Green Gully between Keilor and St Albans prior to a terrible tragedy.
Bertram's Ford had been for about half a century,the most direct access from Tullamarine to Keilor and the McRaes needed a horse. William John Mansfield and his young namesake son (who lived on the 80 acre triangle on which the Melbourne Airport terminal building is located) and Willy's mate,young Hill (who lived on Danby Farm near the east end of the east-west runway)were in a jinker leading this horse,whose reins young Hill was holding.A partly constructed bridge near the ford had been swept away by a flood earlier in 1906 so they had to use the ford. William John Snr. and Jnr. drowned but young Hill was dragged ashore by the led horse. Further genealogical detail for William John Mansfield's widow is available.
As I was involved in the naming of McCrae Boulevard (Melway 14 E 6-8) it is disappointing that some bureaucrat got the spelling of the name wrong.
WILLIAM KISSOCK (ESSENDON)
William Kissock's North Park would have been near the site of Alexander McCracken's North Park mansion which is the St Columbans Mission Priests Residence, 69 Woodland St, Essendon North, VIC 3041
The area between Glass St and Woodland St,Essendon was divided into suburban blocks and called Hawstead. Thus William Kissock's "North Park" might have consisted of only J.T.Smith's grant,crown allotment 6 of 7 acres 0 roods and 33 perches but it might have also included Smith's other grant, crown allotment 24 of 5a. 0r. 19p., directly across Five mile Creek and fronting Glass St. There seemed in 1865 to be only four houses near Woodlands St when the late Lewis Clarke's "Roseneath", just east of the water reserve (today's Woodlands Park) and near Salmon St (named after a later owner)was put up for sale, the other three being Hector??? Napier's on the north side,Dr Pearce's neat cottage and William Kissock's house past Napier St.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 17 August 1865 p 2 Advertising)
I presume Hector was Theodore Napier so the advertisement was referring to Theodore's "Magdala" near Madala Avenue and across Woodland St from Roseneath, rather than Thomas Napier's original "Rosebank" house which was near G.P.Barber's later Rosebank mansion still standing in Rosebank Avenue.
The Essendon Conservation Study (circa 1980's) stated that William Kissock was an early leaseholder from the Crown in the parish of Tullamarine but it was actually John Kissock, according to the Argus circa 1847. John Kissock's wife died later in the Strathbogie area.
William Kissock and Thomas Kissock both sat on the jury in the Supreme Court in the case of a stabbing that had taken place in Benalla. I would assume that they were related and that William arrived with Thomas, whose memoirs were published in 1896.(FIFTY YEARS AGO. AN EARLY COLONIST'S RECOLLECTIONS.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 5 June 1896 p 5 Article)
William Kissock was made a partner of Dalmahoy Campbell & Co. in 1855.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 25 January 1855 p 6 Advertising)
KISSOCK. On the 14th ult., at Waratah, New Town,Tasmania, the Hon. Alexander Kissock, aged fifty seven, brother of Mr William Kissock, of the firm of Dalmakoy Campbell and Co., of this city.
(The Australian News for Home Readers (Vic. : 1864 - 1867) Saturday 23 June 1866 p 16 Family Notices)
THE Friends of the late WILLIAM KISSOCK, Esq.(late of the firm of Messrs. Dalmahoy Campbell and Co.), are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Melbourne General Cemetery.
The funeral procession is appointed to move from his late residence, North-park, Essendon, on Thursday, the 17th inst., at half-past 12 o'clock. (P.8,Argus,15-11-1870.)
JAMES ROBERTSON (LA ROSE)
Crown allotment 141, Jika Jika, consisting of 270 acres was granted to Arundel Wright. It was bounded by the Moonee Ponds Creek on the west, 1500 metres of Bell St on the north, Rose St Melway 29 D1) on the east and Reynard Rd on the south. The homestead, known in heritage studies as Wentworth House is a beautiful bluestone house on the north corner of Mitchell Pde. and Le Cateau St (Melway 29 A1.)
DETAILS / SIGNIFICANCE
What is significant?
Wentworth House at Pascoe Vale, known as La Rose during the nineteenth century, was built from c1842 for Dr Farquhar McCrae. He was the brother-in-law of Georgiana McCrae, who made several references to Farquhar and La Rose in her diaries. Farquar had migrated from Scotland in 1839 with his mother, wife, sisters and children, and moved to La Rose in 1842. He was from the Scottish gentry, and was immediately successful in the colony, becoming a magistrate and the director of several companies and a bank, and was prominent in early colonial society. He got into financial difficulties during the depression of the early 1840s, and in about 1845 moved to Sydney, where he practised medicine. During this time the property was leased and farmed by Coiler Robertson, who purchased it in 1852, after McCrae?s death. It passed in the mid 1850s to James Robertson (probably Coiler?s son), a partner with Robert and Peter McCracken in one of Melbourne?s most successful brewery companies. The property of more than a hundred hectares remained intact until 1899, after which it was progressively subdivided, after 1920 by the War Service Homes Commissioner. The house is now on about an acre. It was renamed Wentworth House between 1908 and 1911.
(Wentworth House (Heritage Listed Location) : On My Doorstep)
Dr Farquhar McCrae was granted land bisected by Moreland Rd and called it Moreland after his uncle's plantation in Jamaica but left this in the management of Michael Loeman who leased it for a decade or so before becoming a Bulla pioneer. McCrae was not an honourable man and failed to repay a loan given him by his brother Andrew, leaving Andrew and Georgiana in dire straits. He also dudded John Foster over a run near Dandenong* and Alphbetical Foster challenged to a duel,leading to his hasty departure for Sydney. Before this he had become about the third owner of crown allotment 141 and is believed to have had the core of Wentworth House built.
(*Streets in Dandenong are named after both men.)
Peter McCracken married Coiler Robertson's daughter, Grace,and they lived at Stewarton, Moonee Ponds (the northern 777 acres of Gladstone Park) 1846-1855 and then at their Kensington dairy between Kensington Rd an eastern boundary indicated by the Bellair St/Arden St corner until their Ardmillan mansion was built on the uphill side of Smith's Lane (about 35-7 Ardmillan Rd. Peter had to sell "Ardmillan" in about 1870 because of losses incurred by the failed private railway to Essendon. By that time their son, Coiler, had fallen for Margaret, the daughter of James Robertson Jnr of Aberfeldie which adjoined Ardmillan's west boundary. They married and built Earlesbrae Hall in Leslie St,Essendon but had to sell it and it is now part of the Lowther Hall school.(Thus the McCrackens had two unrelated James Robertsons as in-laws!)
Grace's brother, James, was a 17 year old brewer when the family arrived and it was he who was probably responsible for the rapid rise of the McCracken Brewery. Coiler and James were also responsible for the construction of most of Wentworth House on La Rose.
Coiler and Peter McCracken had bought a crown allotment near the Moonee Ponds/ Essendon boundary and partitioned it, Peter's Ardmillan being the southern portion and Coiler's the north. Coiler was close to insolvency so he sold his portion at a bargain price to his son, James,who later built "Trinfour" which still stands on the south side of Park St just east of the railway gates.
THOMAS OLIVER (CAMPBELLFIELD)
Thomas John Oliver's farm seems to have consisted of 46 acres (unless lots 1 and 2 which sold for L750* were also part of the farm) and was located 10 miles from Melbourne on the east side of Sydney Rd.
(I THOUGHT I'D GIVE YOU A GLIMPSE AT WHAT THE WHOLE ADVERTISEMENT LOOKED LIKE!)
SALE OF CAMPBELLFIELD LAND.
W.S.Keast, stock and station agent, Queen's House, Queen street, Melbourne reports having submitted to public auction at Scott's Hotel on Thursday, in the estate of the late T.J. Oliver,the property comprising 46 acres, situated about half a mile from Campbellfield and 10 miles from Melbourne, together with the homestead and outbuildings,having a frontage to the Merri Creek. There was a large attendance and spirited bidding.The property realised L8500. l Ile aln uprtrH har hu; fiolil lotn 1 Jnd l \A hil. nllotimnU or lund onbldtuj. rad for A.710 Ulai wUv i.9 l\i\
(P.18, Argus, 10-9-1923.)
MEASURE AND GIVE MELWAY REF.
OLIVER. On the 11th September, at his residence,34 De Carl street, Coburg, Thomas John, loving father of Annie, Sarah, Tom, Mill, Gert., Hersey, Ada and John, aged 82 years, late of Boomahnoomoonah and Campbellfield, colonist for 75 years (Privately interred 13th.) Yarrawonga papers please copy.(P.1, Argus,18-9-1922.)
OLIVER-BAKER. -On the 14th inst., at the Presbyterian Church, Campbellfield, by the Rev. J. Manby, Alfred Oliver, youngest son of T Oliver, Esq , to Emily Jane Baker, second daughter of T. Baker, Esq , both of Campbellfield. (P.1, Argus, 16-10-1879.)
This was another version of the above which reveals the residence of the fathers of the bride and groom; perhaps the Thomas Oliver who joined the League in 1869 was a brother of Alfred and Emily was the sister of Thomas Baker*, one of the biggest dairy farmers in the area from Bakers Rd., North Coburg to Somerton.
(*See P. 109 BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY, VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS and,possibly Richard Broome's BETWEEN TWO CREEKS, a history of Coburg.)
OLIVER-BAKER- On tho 14th inst., at the Presbyterian Church, Campbellfield, by the Rev. J.Mamby, Alfred Oliver, youngest son of T. Oliver, of Bedfordshire England, to Emily Jane Baker, second daughter of T. Baker, of West Coker, Somersetshire,England. P.1, Argus,31-10-1879.)
OLIVER. - On January 4,Mary Ethel, eldest daughter of the late Alfred and Emily Oliver, of Campbellfield, and loved sister of Rosetta (Mrs. Robertson), Percival,Elizabeth (Mrs. Boardman), Adelaide. Alfred, Wyndham, and
Harrie. -At rest.(P.17, Argus, 6-1-1955.)
McMAHON -On the 15th May (suddenly) at her residence 38 Campbell street, Bentleigh, Mary? Annie beloved wife of William Henry, loving mother of Colin, David and Alma, loved sister of Mrs Ruse (Cobram) Tom Oliver,Oaklands?, NSW, eldest daughter of the late J Oliver of Campbellfield and Yarrawonga aged 58 years. Loved by all.
(P.1, Argus, 17-5-1934.)
There is an entry for Thomas Oliver in VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS.
WILLIAM CANNING (CAMPBELLFIELD)
Transcribed from Page C 32 of my handwritten DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND (circa 1990.)
Three members of the Canning family were recorded (at that time) as being buried in the Will Will Rook cemetery. William Canning buried 19-7-1904,Lucy Canning 14-1-1905 at 82 and Alice Jane buried on 13-2-1875.
IN / LOVING MEMORY / OF / WILLIAM CANNING / DIED 19TH JULY 1904 / AGED 83 YEARS / ALSO / LUCY CANNING / WIFE OF THE ABOVE / DIED 14TH JANUARY 1905 / AGED 82 YEARS / LIFES WORK WELL DONE
William Canning was a native of Berkshire, England who arrived in Melbourne in 1842 and went to Campbellfield a few months later. In 1853 he purchased some land there.In 1888 he had 215 acres (note- Highclere Farm) on which he was farming (i.e.as opposed to grazing)and had seven sons and five daughter,all living. (See Victoria and Its Metropolis.)
In 1893 William resigned as Secretary of the Will Will Rook Cemetery Trust, after 30 years in that capacity, because he was leaving the district. (P.97, BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)William and Lucy had obviously returned before their deaths, most likely with Walter. They were probably on Highclere Farm before 1875 when Alice died.
CANNING ALICE JANE 1Y9M 1875 340 PM EUROKE FARMER'S CHILD
CANNING LUCY 81 1905 768 METH CAMPBELLFIELD HOUSEWIFE
CANNING WILLIAM 83 1904 753 COE CAMPBELLFIELD FARMER
In 1899-1900,Walter M.Canning was assessed on 214 acres at Campbellfield,which was probably the 213 acres that
William had occupied in 1879-80 (at which time Thomas Canning seemed to have been leasing 325 acres,possibly John Watt's grant at the east corner of Pascoe Vale and Somerton Rds.)
HARDING - CANNING - On the 9th ult., at the residence of the bride's parents, by the Rev. T. W. Cameron,
William, only son of the late Mr Edward Harding, of Brunswick, to Alice Jane, youngest daughter of Mr William Canning, Highclere, Campbellfield.(P.1, Argus, 8-4-1882.)
On page 32 of DHOTAMA, I had speculated that Hiclere Farm, based on acreage and location, was the property later occupied by H.Maltzahns in 1920. My guesses are not made lightly so my guess about the farm being at about Melway 7 G6 might have been right too. Let's see.*
MALTZAHN.-In loving memory of our dear brothers. Charles, who passed away at Nicholson street. Coburg, August IS, 1913; and Henry, at "Highclere," Campbellfield, August 4, 1921.(P.1,Argus,18-8-1921.)
(*TRANSFER OF LAND ACT 1928.-APPLICATION NO. 51864
Dulcie Mooney, married woman,and Francis William Mooney, turner and fitter, both of Campbellfield,have applied to bring the land described below under this act, and the Commissioner cf Titles has directed notice thereof to be advertised in the "Argus," and has appointed fourteen days from such advertisement after which time the land may be brought under the act unless a caveat is lodged forbidding the same.
Dated the 21st day of February,1955.
Part of Crown portion 13, parish of Will Will Rook, county of Bourke. Commencing at a point on the east boundary of Hume Highway 68 feet 9.5 inches, 1040 feet 10 inches and 1130 feet 7 inches southerly from the southern boundary of Barrys road; thence by lines easterly 280 feet, southerly 132 feet, a fence westerly 294
feet ll inches, and a fence partly along Hume Highway northerly 133 feet 9.5 inches to the commencing
Granting this application will affect Certificate of Title, vol. 7672 fol. 174; in the name of ALAN
MCPHERSON MALTZAHN and LOUIS HENRY MALTZAHN. as shown on a plan at the Titles Office.(P.16, Argus, 24-2-1955.)
The above property had its northwestern corner 2238+ feet south of the eastern corner of Hume Highway and Barry Rd, about 746 yards or 34 chains. It would seem that the block described was being excised from the former Highclere Farm and was near the Fordson Rd corner (Melway 7 F6). But this cannot be correct. As highlighted above,this block was part of section 13 Will Will Rook and Fordson Rd is just within the parish of Yuroke. The boundary between the two parishes is a line joining Swain St (Melway 178 J12)to a point in Melway 7 K2 where the Hume Freeway crosses Merri Creek,on the way forming the northern boundary of Northcorp Industrial Park and the Nestle factory across the highway from the historic Scots Church. The parish boundary is 41 chains south of Barry Rd.
A.and L.Maltzahn seemed to have been heavily into haygrowing judging by what was on offer in their clearing sale(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 28 August 1954 p 23 column 1), however,once petrol rationing ended after W.W.2, that was the end for hay growing. Sadly no advertisement for the sale of their farm can be found to pinpoint the location of Highclere Farm. I have amended my guess of 7 G6 to 7 G7.
William Canning was involved in the Somerton area by 1863 and seemingly involved with Thomas Ormiston Martin a grantee of much land in the parishes of Fingal and Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula; the latter apparently occupying the farm described.
SOMERTON, Sydney-road, 200a, (good agricultural and grazing LAND for SALE, 14 miles from town. Two frontages to the New Sydney road, bounded on the north by the National School and Methodist Chapel ; on the south by the Royal Mail and Somerton Hotels, and on the east by a never failing supply of running water. Subdivided into five convenient paddocks. 40a. have been under cultivation. The improvements consist of four-roomed weatherboard men's hut, dairy, milking shed, piggery, and commodious barn 60ft. by 20ft. All fenced in.There is a first rate self-sown crop on the ground ; also four acres of rye-grass. This property presents an
opportunity not often met with of securing a comfortable home within an hour's drive from town.Immediate possession. Title unexceptionable. Mr. WILLIAM CANNING, farmer, Campbellfield;or Mr. T. O. Martin, on the ground. (P.8,Argus,4-12-1863.)
THOMAS SHANKS (sic) STRANKS (GLENROY)
I (believex) AM CERTAIN this should be Thomas STRANKS*. In 1874 a Mr Stranks was the occupier of lot 3 of the Glenroy Estate,Bayview Farm, consisting of nearly 345 acres,between about Hilton St and Bindi St. (See plan on P. 78 of BEOADMEADOWS;A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)
(*RAILWAY ARBITRATION CASE.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 21 July 1871 p 7 Article
... three farms (Cochrane's, Stranks's, and Lonie's) in tho Glenroy Estate, and two in tho Ruthven Estate ... tho old road which led to tho gateway. Tho crossing in Stranks's farm was in the same position as ... )
I'm guessing that the 1869 and 1874 residents on Glenroy were the same and that he moved to Brunswick.
STRANKS. On the 29th ult., at her late residence,Barkly-street. Brunswick, Esther, the dearly beloved
wife of Thomas Stranks, and mother of George and Nathaniel Stranks, Brunswick, in her 77th year. Her
end was peace.(P.1, Argus, 1-1-1889.) N.B.Nathaniel was a long-time Brunswick councillor.
JOHN JUKES (BOX FOREST.)
THE Friends of Mr. HENRY JUKES are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late wife to the place of Interment, Campbellfield Cemetery, The funeral to move from hiss residence, Box Forest,Sydney road,THIS DAY (Friday), 19th instant, at half-past 1 o'clock p m. (P.8, Argus, 19-11-1869.)
As Box Forest was west of The Fawkner Cemetery and the north eastern railway,it might seem strange to describe it as being on Sydney road. Obviously the cemetery was not yet established and the railway was not extended from Essendon until about 1872.
Family members must have purchased land in the break up of the Campbell Estate near Jukes Rd (17 G1.)
on 2014-06-29 22:37:35
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.