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I'D ALWAYS ASSUMED THAT 21 DOUTTA GALLA AND 3 TULLAMARINE WERE KNOWN AS SPRINGS OR THE SPRINGS! Section 20 Doutta Galla, near the river, had been called Leslie Banks during Alphabetical Foster's ownership.

TO LET, for a term of years, the following FARMS:
(portions of the estate of John L. Foster, Esq.), all fenced, and fit for the plough, viz. :
Springvale farm, on the Deep Creek-road, containing about 470 acres, with dwelling house, stables,&c.
Also, The Springs farm, containing about 90 acres**,with houses, &c.
For particulars apply to Mr. Sim*, Springvale ; or to Messrs. Edward Row and Co. (P.8, Argus, 7-12-1858.)

*Alexander Sim was the grantee of section 6, parish of Holden, consisting of 218.9 hectares (541 acres), on 6-9-1850. Its northern boundary was an eastern continuation of the line of Bulla-Diggers Rest Rd from Dickens Corner(Melway 176 D7) to Jacksons Creek at the top of 176 G8, this creek forming the east and south boundary to 175 C10 (bottom right.) By 1858 he had probably sold the property to John Dickens who called section 6 Coldingham Lodge. He had! From my Alexander Sim the Younger, Settler journal:
Having paid one pound 14 shillings per acre for the supposedly 541 acres (1.7 pounds x 541 acres= L919 14s) in 1850, Alexander sold it for more than three times as much less than two years later.

**Maurice Crotty married Miss McCormack and settled in 1860 on the leased north west portion of section 21 Doutta Galla across the north end of today's Keilor Park Drive from the south east portion of Annandale which the McCormacks were leasing. Mrs Crotty wrote a letter in 1867 stating that somebody had bought part of Springs; it was James Sharp who established Hillside. By this time John L.Foster had become John Foster Vesey Fitzgerald for reasons explained at the end of the journal.

"The Springs farm, containing about 90 acres"
Much of section 21 Doutta Galla had been leased to tenants but Alphabetical Foster retained a portion near Melway 15 F6 and the junction of Spring Creek, (which had originated from a spring across today's Mickleham Rd and flowed through Springvale and Hillside)and Steeles Creek, which originated in Annandale. Alphabetical was the Colonial Secretary when Governor Latrobe's illness caused a sudden retirement and Alphabetical became the Acting Governor. The Crotty's told a descendant, Glenn Cotchen about the GOVERNOR'S HOUSE and described roughly where it was. Glen found the site and told me about it.

I was trying to find when Springvale near Dandenong was first referred to by that name when I found there was a property in Deep Creek Road of that name opposite the Lady of the Lake Hotel available for lease.

TO LET, SPRING-VALE FARM, opposite the Lady of the Lake Hotel, on the Deep Creek-road, about 186 acres of good land, fenced, and fit for the plough, together with dwelling and out-houses. Immediate possession. Apply at the farm.(P.8, Argus, 12-3-1859.)

William Foster was granted section 3 Tullamarine and section 21 Doutta Galla immediately north and south, respectively, of the mile (8000 links) of Sharps Rd west of Broadmeadows Rd. It was this shared frontage that alerted me to the fact that in Melway map 3 onward, one millimetre represents a chain and enabled me to transpose the boundaries of properties onto Melway maps! William returned home to claim an inheritance and his younger brother, John, grantee of section 20 Doutta Galla, gained ownership of William's grants.

Section 3 Tullamarine and sections 21 and 20 are shown on parish maps with information about the Fosters
provided by Margaret, a descendant of Edward Winter who leased land on 3 Tullamarine from the Fosters.

Section 3 Tullamarine was north of Sharps Rd from Broadmeadows Rd to its western end where it adjoined section 2, Annandale. The eastern boundary, where it adjoined Camp Hill continued past Tullamarine junction into today's Mickleham Rd to the Londrew Court/Freight Rd midline and the northern boundary passing through the Melrose Drive/Derby St corner and along Post Office Lane, the northern boundary of TRADE PARK INDUSTRIAL ESTATE to the north west corner of section 3 in the middle of Melway 5 B10.

It consisted of 640 acres but the portion on the north east side of today's Melrose Drive consisted (by Measurement on Melway) of about 53 acres, occupied by the Lady of the Lake on about 5 acres, Broombank of about 27 acres and later the Junction Estate fronting today's Mickleham Rd as far north as, and including Londrew Court. Deducting the 53 acres would reduce Springvale to 583 acres but the land between the Janus St/Catherine Avenue midline and Post Office Lane was probably leased as small farmlets to such as Edward Winter and James Trimmer (who ran the awful school at "Springs" in 1850-mentioned on page 27 of BROADMEADOWS A FORGOTTEN HISTORY and by Isaac Batey who married Edward Winter's daughter.)

The part of section 3 occupied by Catherine Avenue and Trade Park Industrial Estate was sold by an agent for John Foster to Charles Nash (109 acres plus about 15 acres), J.F.Blanche (about 15 acres), George Mounsey (about 7 acres), Thomas Purvis (about 15 acres), John Wright (about 15 acres) and Ann Parr (15 acres.)

These farmlets totalled about 190 acres (possibly the 186 acre Springvale farm of 1859) and with the 400 acres discussed below and the estimated 53 acres across Deep Creek or Bulla Rd we get somewhere near the right total of 640 acres for section 3.

Not too long afterwards (25-9-1867) the Kilburns bought the 400 acre portion of section 3 south of a line indicated by the Catherine Ave/ Janus St midline and called it Fairfield, George Williamson leasing it for many years. Here's a brief history of the 400 acres from my WHERE WAS PRESTON PARK IN TULLAMARINE journal.

This was part of the Fosters' Leslie Park for which William and John gained a 10 year Crown lease in 1840. The southern 400 acre portion was sold to D.T.Kilburn on 25-9-1867. The Kilburns called it "Fairfield". I believe that (since there was only one 400 acre farm in Tullamarine) David Milburn of Grange Farm, Victoria's first irrigator, was leasing it in 1868. James Harrick was leasing it in 1893 and 1900. By 1913 it had become two farms of 200 acres, Reddan's Brightview and Ernie Baker's farm. By 1930, Brightview had become J.P.Doyle's Ristaro.
Tom Loft was in Tullamarine by 1924 when he convened the meeting at which the Tullamarine Progress Association was formed. He called Baker"s old farm "Dalkeith" and, as stated before, subdivided the Broadmeadows Rd frontage. Keilor rates reveal that Leslie King Dawson owned the farm by 1943 and Percy Hurren by 1956.(Postscript. Percy,the storekeeper/postmaster at Jones' Corner at Moorooduc in 1950,attended his first Tullamarine Progress Association meeting in 1951 so he was probably already on the former PRESTON PARK.)

As section 21 Doutta Galla and 3 Tullamarine both consisted of 640 acres, , 110 acres of the former had been sold and 62 acres of the latter by September 1867.John Fitzgerald Leslie Foster had rearranged his names to become John Foster Vesey Fitzgerald (previous to his departure for Europe)so he could secure a Fitzgerald inheritance.

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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.

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