PROPOSAL TO RENAME MELBOURNE AIRPORT STREETS AFTER INDIGENOUS, EUROPEAN AND AVIATION PIONEERS CIRCA 1990. (VIC., AUST.)
FROM THE KEILOR ENTRY ON PAGE I-L 52 OF MY DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND.
Rosemary Davidson, librarian, had used the material given to me by descendants of Tullamarine's pioneers for a history week display at the Tullamarine Library in 1989. Anthony Rowhead, an inspector with the Federal Airports Corporation viewed the display and, inspired by it to start a bicentenial project, renaming streets after indigenous, European and aviation pioneers, sought help from Ian Hunter, Wurundjeri researcher, myself and aviation historians. Anthony's letter outlining the final draft may be included with other material I gave to the Hume Global Learning Centre when I moved to Rosebud.
Below are the proposed names, street names or descriptions at the time in brackets, and information supporting the new name. Any comments added are in italics and/or lower case. The information is given as a summary,not verbatim.
AIRPORT DRIVE, (EDGAR JOHNSON DRIVE, AIRPORT ADMINISTRATOR;
MELBOURNE DRIVE, (WOIWURRUNG DRIVE), LOCAL ABORIGINAL TRIBE;
CENTRE ROAD, (BEBEJUNG ROAD), ONE OF THE CHIEFS INVOLVED IN BATMAN'S TREATY. Actually Bebejern, father of William Barak. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Barak ;
GRANTS ROAD, (GRANTS ROAD), REMAINS UNCHANGED John Grant's "Seafield was at Melway 4 H6-7 to 5A7, parts 6,8
SERVICE ROAD, (DUIGAN ROAD), DESIGNED, BUILT AND FLEW FIRST AUSTRALIAN PLANE;
LANDSIDE DRIVE, (BONNEY STREET), FIRST AUSTRALIAN WOMAN TO FLY FROM AUSTRALIA TO ENGLAND;
DEPOT DRIVE, (PRATT STREET), FLYING SCHOOL IN GEELONG 1914, R.A.A.F. PLANE CONSTRUCTION;
EAST STREET, (BROADBENT STREET), RECORD BREAKING FLIGHTS ENGLAND TO AUSTRALIA;
MARKER ROAD, (GLENDURA DRIVE), NAME OF JOHNSON's DAIRY FARM ON WHICH THE ROAD WAS BUILT.Olive Nash had never seen the name of the farm,not far north of her former "Fairview" farm,in writing and had taken a guess at the spelling. I did not know at the time that William Dewar had established the farm;
QUARRY ROAD, (QUARRY ROAD) UNCHANGED;
LINK ROAD, (PARR ROAD), NAMES EARLY PIONEERS, JAMES HENRY AND ANN PARR. JAMES AND HIS SON (Bill of "Annandale,
15 C-D1), SERVED MANY TERMS AS Keilor SHIRE PRESIDENT. Link Rd runs south just inside the western boundary of the farm occupied by James Henry and his other son, Sam;
SOUTH CENTRE ROAD, (CROTTY ROAD), RESIDENTS OF TULLAMARINE FOR OVER A CENTURY.The Crotty dairy farm "Broomfield" was on the south side of the western end of Sharps Rd with Tullamarine Park Rd just inside its eastern and southern boundaries;
OPERATIONS ROAD, (NASH ROAD), RESIDENTS OF THE AREA FOR A CENTURY OR MORE. Charles Nash bought land in the early 1850's at Melway 5 F 5-6 (Fairview) and "Bayview", most of today's Trade Park Industrial Estate and west to part of 5 F 11-12. His son Thomas Nash later had land west of the Crotty farm, between Fosters Rd (now Keilor Park Drive) and the river;
CARGO ROAD, (ANDERSON ROAD), ROBERT FOSTER ANDERSON WAS ONE OF SEVERAL PIONEERS WITH THIS SURNAME. Thomas Anderson was an original trustee of Methodist land and one of the access roads in John Pascoe Fawkner's subdivision of that part of sections 6 and 7 Tullamarine within the airport boundary and opposite Wright St (now Springbank St) was called Anderson's Lane by the locals;
ROAD TO NEW HAWKER HANGAR, (REDDAN ROAD), RESIDENTS OF BULLA FROM 1847 AND OCCUPANTS OF BRIGHTVIEW (15 EF2 to 5 FG11),HILLSIDE (Barrie Rd and Allied Drive area east of the Crotty farm) AND SEAFIELD (John Grant's old farm) FROM THE EARLY 1900's.
PLANT ROAD, (GARWARD ROAD), AIRWAYS ENGINEERING ADMINISTRATOR;
TOWER ROAD, (WINDSOR ROAD), L.W.WINDSOR, RESPONSIBLE FOR PILOT TRAINING;
POWER ROAD, (DOYLE ROAD), AVIATION ADMINISTRATOR AND EARLY AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER.COINCIDENTALLY, A DOYLE FAMILY BOUGHT BRIGHTVIEW AFTER THE REDDANS LEFT AND RENAMED IT RISTARO.
AIRWAYS STREET, (WINDSOR STREET), E.W.WINDSOR TRAINED MANY RADIO OPERATORS. It was not very smart proposing the same name for two streets but the aviation historians and Anthony didn't pick this up and I was so absorbed in the early settlers component that I didn't notice it either;
ACCESS ROAD TO F.A.C. ELECTRICAL SERVICES, (GOWRIE PARK DRIVE), SECTION 14 TULLAMARINE (between the terminal building and a northern continuation of McNabs Rd from 4G5 to North Glide Rd) OWNED BY RITCHIES, JAMES LANE ETC., AND USED AS AN EARLY LANDING FIELD CIRCA 1920 DURING LANE'S TENURE. THE FARM WAS CALLED GOWRIE PARK.
Despite the proposal being knocked on the head, Gowrie Park Drive at 5 C5, received its name.
ACCESS ROAD TO FEDERAL POLICE AREA, (MURPHY ROAD), WALTER MURPHY WAS A RENOWNED LEADER OF THE TULLAMARINE COMMUNITY. Known as Major Murphy, although he disliked his former rank being used, W.V.Murphy organised burning of firebreaks, was president of the Tullamarine Progress Association, moved the Broadmeadows Township War Memorial from between the Westmeadows bridge and pub where it was a hazard and cause of bottlenecks to traffic taking the only route, via the Ardlie St hill to Mickleham Rd, the Tullamarine War Memorial from the old Tullamarine S.S. 2613 site on the north corner of Conders Lane just north of Sam Parr's The Elms to the south corner of Dalkeith Avenue, and St Mary's Church of England from the south west corner of Woodlands (yellow part of 177 J9) to 177 B8 in Bulla Village. The Spring St reserve has since been named after Leo Dineen and a plaque on a boulder has been placed in the Melrose Drive Reserve to honour Alec Rasmussen, the other two of Tullamarine's great leaders. Sadly the Major, who was also a great leader in the scout movement was bashed to death by some young thugs.
MELROSE DRIVE, (MELROSE DRIVE), UNCHANGED. Sadly because of airport expansion, many roadways or part thereof such as Grants, McNabs, Mansfields and Barbiston Rds, whose names recalled much Tullamarine history have, or soon will, disappear from maps, which makes it hard to precisely indicate property boundaries. This has recently happened to the Mt.Macedon/Deep Creek/Bulla/Lancefield road, which was again renamed after Jimmy Melrose not too long after the Airport opened. See:
Biography - Charles James (Jimmy) Melrose - Australian Dictionary of ...
Charles James (Jimmy) Melrose (1913-1936), aviator, was born on 13 September 1913 at Burnside, Adelaide, only child of James Melrose (d.1922), pastoralist, ..
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