GREEN HILLS, PURVES RD., ROSEBUD/DROMANA, VIC., AUST.
While writing the George and Ollie Johnstone journal, I determined from Alex Johnstone's email that George's 180 acres bought from James Purves was the southern portion of The late Dr Hearn's Green Hills.(Lot 7 below.)
In the advertisement re Dr Hearn's estate in 1891,Green Hills was obviously the name of a farm, just as Roselands was the name of the farm across Purves Rd.
GREEN HILLS-MELWAY 171 C-F7,west to Gardens Rd, south to Davos St.
ROSELANDS- MELWAY 171 G-K 7,8, from Wilson Rd corner south to opposite the Davos St corner, and fronting Rurves and Main Creek Rds.
lot7- Green Hills being Allotments 29A and 29B, parish of Wannaeue, county of Mornington, containing 301 acres 1 rood 20 perches agricultural and grazing land fenced and subdivided, timber rung and partly cleared, well adapted for orchards, prettily situated in the Arthurs Seat Range from which is obtained extensive views of the bay and Southern Ocean.
Lot 8 -Roselands being Allotment 22, parish of Wannaeue containing 265 acres 2 roods 22 perches good grazing land, fenced, separated from Green Hills by Government-road.
(P.2, Argus, 25-3-1891, Sale of the estate of the late Dr.Hearn of Heronswood,column 6.)
While investigating Walter Cairns' Quamby and Ned and Edna Cairns' land at the end of Duells Rd, I discovered in my transcription of the 1900 rates:DAVID CAIRNS, 260 ACRES,13AB, WANNAEUE, GREENHILLS.
What's more, James Purves was assessed on 180 acres, 14AB Wannaeue, not 29AB,despite Hector Hanson's statement that "up at 'Green Hills' the men were clearing the land,putting in underground wells and building the shingle roofed sheds and dairy" in the late 1880's when Emily Purves and her younger sister Frances had their frightening encounter with seven aborigines at Tootgarook.
13AB, MELWAY 171 B-F9,from Davos St to opposite 463 Purves Rd and west to Two Bays Walking Track.
14AB, MELWAY 171 d-E11, fronting Purves Rd (south of a point opposite No.463) and Browns Rd (to a point opposite No. 27.)
Crown allotments 14AB were granted to James Purves on 10-11-1869. This was probably the son of Peter Purves Senior,not Peter's architect brother. It is likely that James had bought his land in the parish of Fingal and 14AB with money inherited from his father circa 1860 when Peter died.
It seems that the name of Dr. Hearn's farm "Green Hills" had been used to describe the locality, as in the case of John McKerchar's "Greenvale" and John Brock's "Janefield" near Bundoora. Purves Rd (the Government road in the 1891 advertisement) seems to have been known as Green Hills Rd by 1899.
DEATHS. QUINAN.— On the 21st of June, at 'Green Hills.' Dromana, Victoria, Frances Emma, in her 85th year, relict of the late R. D. D. Quinan, and mother of Mrs, John Laird, Gawler, Mrs. James Purves, Victoria, and Robert and Arthur Quinan, W. A., and sister in-law of Lady - Ribton, Henry and Dr. E. Quinan, Dublin, Ireland. Dublin papers please copy.
Family Notices. Bunyip (Gawler, SA : 1863 - 1954) Friday 5 July 1907 p 2
LENZ-PURVES - On the 20th December 1899 at St John's Church Dromana by the Rev M M Witton. Gustaf F.P. LENZ of Gawler, South Australia to Emily*, eldest daughter of James Purves, Green Hills, Dromana.
Family Notices. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 7 April 1900 p 9
(*See the encounter with the aborigines above.)
Red Hill and Mornington Horticultural Society. DROMANA SHOW.
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 25 March 1897 Edition: MORNING. p 3 Detailed lists, results, guides
... ferns, dried and mounted in book or card, etc. First. 5s, gift of J, Baldry, Esq., Green Hills, Dromana; ... value £110s, gift of Mrs. Purves, Green Hills, Dromana
John Baldry was assessed on 161 acres, Wannaeue in 1900.This was crown allotment 8 of 161 acres and 30 perches,granted to John on 25-20-1902,located at Melway 254 E5, south of the equestrian ground and containing
the part of the Baldry Circuit walk east of the tributary arising in D4. The boundaries of Green Hills were expanding rapidly but Alex Johnstone, who family came after 1920, had never heard the term!
gravelling on Green Hills road, J.Purves £15 31 5d ;
Shire of Flinders and Kangerong.
Mornington Standard (Vic. : 1889 - 1908) Thursday 2 November 1899 p 2 Article (Tenders)
See the MURRAY GOMM journal for some PURVES genealogy.
on 2013-05-27 21:06:32
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.