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SOME FARMS IN THE SHIRE OF BROADMEADOWS, VIC., AUST. and Broadmeadows Township pioneers.

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on 2013-11-29 04:07:43

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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by itellya on 2013-12-03 08:35:39

by itellya on 2013-12-16 18:35:51

If you were a Broadmeadows (Township/area)resident why would you want to be buried at Bulla (like the Cargills and Corrigans) or Keilor (like the Hoctors)? Why not the Will Will Rook cemetery? Those who understand the history of Broadmeadows/Campbellfield, Bulla and Keilor will know the answer. The irony is that The Foundlings Home in John Kerr's Kerrsland changed the whole trend of burials at Will Will Rook. I'm not going to supply the answer.

by itellya on 2013-12-29 01:29:22

Information about BRODIE,MITCHELL DR.WESTON and HILL added to BROADMEADOWS TOWNSHIP PIONEERS. Exact locations of land advertised for sale by Mitchell and Hill will be given later. You can look them up, if you can't wait, by googling BROADMEADOWS TOWNSHIP,COUNTY OF BOURKE.

by itellya on 2013-12-29 06:15:54

Locations of advertised Hill and Mitchell land have been specified.

by itellya on 2014-01-02 06:24:15

Entries for George Langhorne (Broady Township), "Brook Hill","Belmont" and Crowe's Hill" have been added.

by itellya on 2014-01-03 09:11:46

The author of the website about the Morgans of the Cross Keys Hotel at Pascoe Vale told me how confused she was by the use of several different names to describe the same locality. Family historians suffering similar concerns about Melbourne's north west and the Mornington Peninsula should private message me so we can organise a chat. It is so easy to jump to the wrong conclusion about locations,as illustrated below.

Moonee Ponds did not mean the present suburb (as A.D.Pyke presumed in THE GOLD THE BLUE,a history of the Lowther Hall school and Grant Aldous presumed in THE STOPOVER THAT STAYED, a history of the City of Essendon.) Pyke thought that Peter McCracken's Stewarton (most of Gladstone Park)was in the suburb and Aldous described John Cochrane's Glenroy Farm,Moonee Ponds as if it belonged to the Essendon municipality. William Barker (near Castlemaine) and Dryden (near Hanging Rock) were described as squatters in the WESTERNPORT DISTRICT! In fairly recent times,the ESSENDON drive-in was at TULLAMARINE!

The above thoughts were brought to mind when I found Jack Simmie's marriage notice. Harpsdale (Melway 385 E5) is at the northwest corner of the parish of Bulla Bulla and Belmont (Melway 385 F4 but not named)is part of John Crowe's grants in the parish of Yuroke. Brocklands,certainly in the parish of Yuroke, once called Springfield North (the southern part of the crown allotment being a separate farm owned by Wal French after whom French Rd was named)is now occupied by Aitken College and a brand new housing estate.

GAMBLE - SIMMIE. - Jean Elizabeth,younger daughter of Mrs. M. Gamble and the late Mr. D. Gamble, of Brocklands, Greenvale, to John Ernest, only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Simmie, Harpsdale, Yuroke (sic.) (P.8, Argus,2-9-1947.)

P.S. Brocklands is named after John Brock an early squatter near Mt Macedon and pioneer of the Bundoora/ Janefield area,from whom the Gambles were descended. Jack Simmie madean enormous contribution to my understanding of the farms near Harpdale and showed me the Brodie crest set in tiles just inside the Harpsdale doorway. If I remember my reading of GREENVALE:LINKS FROM THE PAST (20 years ago)correctly, Jean and Jack met through the Greenvale Tennis Club.

by itellya on 2014-01-11 22:15:09

The 1856 road from Tullamarine Junction to Keilor (subject of today's journal) was a boon for the social life of Tullamarine residents. Tullamarine never had its own public hall, the old billiard room of the closed Beech Tree Hotel being used to send-off and welcome back (in not so many instances) the volunteers in World War 1; Jack Hoctor,born in the old coach house in Broad St (Westmeadows) described the lads' experience as being led like "lambs to the slaughter".

However there were dances at Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows, rostered so they wouldn't clash and there was a fairly regular excuse for the women and girls to dress up in their finery, with a reasonable road leading to each venue.

by itellya on 2014-01-12 09:51:50

In BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY,Andrew Lemon stated that after a lifetime of leasing land for his dairying pursuits, John Kerr Snr. bought the north part of the late Donald Kennedy's Glenroy Estate, on which he built Kerrsland,in 1874. So when I found that he was assessed on land in the parish of Yuroke,I naturally thought that he was leasing it. But he actually owned this land as well as some Will Will Rook land south of Brook Hill in today's Meadow Heights.

WHEATLANDS ESTATE. Near Broadmeadows (The Property of Mr. Jno. Kerr, Glenroy).
FARMS to be let by TENDER for seven years from the 1st February, 1887 :
NORTH SPRINGFIELD.-183a. 3r. 6p., occupied by Mr. Robert Trotman.
SOUTH SPRINGFIELD.- 181a. 3r. 12p., occupied by Mr. Wm. Shankland.
FAIRFIELD."-186a. Or. 25p., occupied by Mr.John Bond.
MOUNT PLEASANT.-185a. lr. 8p., occupied by Mr. John Bond.
BROOKHILL.-183a. 3r. 14p., occupied by Mr.M.Hoctor.
VALLEY FIELD.-177a. lr.8p., occupied by Mr.M. Hoctor.
PROSPECT.-I88a. lr. 2p., occupied by Mr. M. Hoctor.
ROCKLAW.-192 a. 0 r. 13 p., occupied by Mr. Jas.Darmody.

These farms comprise the very pick of the famous Broadmeadows district. The soil is not surpassed for agricultural or grazing purposes in Victoria,Fences are good, and each farm well and permanently watered In all seasons by the several branches of the
Moonee Ponds Creek. Broadmeadows and Somerton railway stations are near the estate ; Flemington Cattle-yards and the Haymarket from eight to ten miles away. The present tenants will point out the boundaries. (P.8,Argus,22-4-1886.)

If the farms were entire crown allotment, some locations will be detailed in a later comment. Mt. Pleasant, Valley Field and Prospect are new to me but the others are mentioned in the journal.

by itellya on 2014-01-19 22:39:30

The Patullo family was one of the pioneering families that ignored the perils mentioned in my poem recently posted in a comment under my journal DICTIONARY HISTORY OF BULLA:

Our historical Society has decreed the place for you to be;
Inside our society's designated boundary,
If you cross this border,we will,I fear
Just pretend you disappear.

The Keilor folk still joke or frown
About a family which went to Violet Town.
They returned with a different name used
So that town's bank manager wouldn't be confused.

So pioneer,be a mate;
Do not the boundary violate.
Or you'll miss out on your fame
Or come back with a different name!

David Patullo started as a humble shepherd in what was to become part of the shire of Broadmeadows and his rapid climb up the financial ladder might be explained by this poem.
David was an observant fellow;
The rock had just a trace of yellow.
His mates' excitement wasn't big
On the farm of Mr Rigg.

They laughed and joked at his expense
But David would have had more sense
And without telling authorities
Found it was not Iron Pyrites.

David had a large family and when the boys grew up, they left Craigbank at Bulla and sought their own abodes,some back in the shire of Broadmeadows and his eldest,who followed his poetic bent, settled near Rochester.William (brother or son?)was at Yannathan in Gippsland in 1883.

My journal THE PATULLO PIONEERS NEAR BULLA AND SOMERTON, VIC., AUST. contains David's 1888 biography from Victoria and Its Metropolis (including the inspiration for my poem above) and much Broadmeadows and Bulla Shire rates information.


by itellya on 2014-01-20 00:23:03


by itellya on 2014-01-20 02:13:07

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by itellya on 2014-01-28 05:34:35


The land boom is extending northwards. A syndicate consisting of Messrs.G.W.V. Taylor, T. Bent, Howden and other well known land plungers, are in treaty for the purchase of any and every farm between Essendon, Bulla, and Broadmeadows. Over 40 farms have been secured at good prices.
(North Melbourne Advertiser (Vic. : 1873 - 1894) Saturday 21 April 1888 p 2 Article.)

N.B. A railway to Bulla,perhaps via Broadmeadows Township,was proposed but this or an alternative route nearer the river/Deep Creek were abandoned when the 1890's depression hit.Taylor had bought "Stewarton",the northern 777 acres of Gladstone Park. The project was revived in about 1920 but once again abandoned by a depression.

At the Boroondara Council last night, on the reception of the report of the health inspector, Councillor Maling spoke very strongly against what he termed "the disgraceful practice" of the Melbourne Hospital authorities in sending the typhoid excreta from the hospital to Broadmeadows to be deposited on farms. By an inadvertence it had been reported that Boroondara shire had been similarly utilised,
but that imputation had been promptly denied by the president. Councillor Maling said it was shameful that, while a council such as Boroondara took every precaution to see that typhoid excreta was burnt, a large public institution like the Melbourne
Hospital should disseminate the abomination far and wide without rebuke.
(The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Tuesday 28 April 1896 p 6 Article.)

Despite other claims on the internet,John Pascoe Fawkner's "Box Forest" in the parish of Will Will Rook (west of the Fawkner Cemetery)was named after Cr Rupert Hadfield, who was a Broadmeadows Shire councillor by 1928 (plaque on building) when the new shire office was built on Glen Allan and still in 1946 as shown below.

Business at last. Broadmeadows Council meeting, presided over by Cr.R. S. Hadfield, J.P.,etc.....

Cr. ,Henshall reported having attended a conference to consider the matter of a green agricultural belt around the City of Melbourne. Braybrook, Keilor and Broadmeadows
Councils were represented. Keilor drew a line following certain streets to Bulla Road, adjoining the Tullamarine school. The Forests Department denied having received any plan from the Broadmeadows shire engineer (Mr.Walters).It was accordingly left to him to draw a line for Broadmeadows, and he made the line from Tullamarine school to Somerton station.
(Kilmore Free Press Thursday 21 November 1946 p 3 Article.)

N.B.1. Tullamarine State School 2613 operated on the present north corner of Link Rd and Melrose Drive from 1884 to 1960.The land was purchased for the jetport and the present Tullamarine school, started in "light timber construction buildings" (clad with bricks between 1971 and 1973) near the site of Tommy Loft's old corn store on "Dalkeith".
2.Bill Henshall represented the ward that included Old Broadmeadows (the township) and Tullamarine on the north east side of Bulla Rd. During his long tenure on the council he gave great support to the Tullamarine Progress Association, as recorded in the black-covered minute book that should be at the Home Global Learning Centre.
3. The area between Bulla Rd and Somerton later became part of the Shire of Bulla, leading to the Kenny St. farce. The northern boundary of Broadmeadows Township became the new shire boundary and while Broadmeadows wanted to seal Kenny St,Bulla didn't, with the result that only the southern half of the road was sealed.

by itellya on 2014-01-28 09:35:28

by itellya on 2014-01-28 09:39:30

Oops,Peter McCracken , 1846 to 1855 (nine years on Stewarton.)

by itellya on 2014-01-28 10:17:06

Don't bother looking in the J.T.SMITH for the death notice re Peter McCracken's son. It had obviously been the world's greatest fluke that I had I ever found it that one, and only time.

Peter McCracken farmed on Stewarton from 1846 until 1855.This was the 777 acres of Gladstone Park/Gardens between the Forman St and Lackenheath Dr. corners and extending to the Moonee Ponds Creek, which formed the eastern boundary.I have just spent two hours looking for the death notice of Peter's three year old son, William, in 1852, which I read last night but cannot now find! However, an indication of this death is found on page 722 of The Cornwall Chronicle (Launceston) of 3-11-1852.

The Chronicle article would have been a verbatim copy of the Argus article of 28-10-1852.

by itellya on 2014-01-29 06:16:44

If you really wish to enquire
Who was where in Broady shire
Reading George Lloyd's book's the thing to do:
"MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920 TO 1952".

With Bob Blackwell he was my locality mentor;
Look in the Hume Global Learning Centre.

Another good strategy is a trove search for "Broadmeadows, Oaklands Hunt".
A horse gymkhana in aid of the Broadmeadows auxiliary for the Queen Victoria
Hospital and the Broadmeadows Red Cross and Comforts Fund was held on Mrs. John
Orr's property Broadmeadows. The committee of the Oaklands Hunt Club assisted the effort from which a satisfactory profit will result.Among the winning riders in the various hunters' plates and other events were Mrs Ken Moore, Mrs Hickey, and Messrs J.Scott, W. Patten and J Attwood. Mr Campbell Fraser was ground supervisor and Mr. W. Mason judge. They had the assistance of Messrs J. Barrow, J. Attwood and K. Campbell committee . Miss E. Elliott was secretary, and Mrs. Orr,president.
(P.2, Argus,25-6-1940.)

John Orr purchased Kia Ora (the sloping ground across the creek to the north of the present Westmeadows footy ground)from the (Donald) Kennedy estate in 1929 and (Jim?)Attwood bought the 400 acre north of that,to Swain St, displacing the Hatty family which had leased Dundonald for many decades. Attwood sold the southern 200 acres to the Commonwealth for a remount and it now houses a vet college,and police horse and dog squads. The Scotts were on Camp Hill which they had renamed Gowanbrae and were heavily into horse racing.

Ken Moore was not a Broadmeadows resident. He was a prominent eventing rider who was much involved with Vale's daughter,Mrs Jackson*,(I MEAN RIDING HER HORSES!) at Dalkeith (where the old Nepean Highway feeds onto the Moorooduc Freeway south of Balcombe's The Briars.) He may be discussed in my journal THE FEMALE DROVER: A HISTORY OF MOOROODUC. (*The hill from the Dalkeith homestead to Range Rd is called Jacksons Hill.)

Jim Barrow farmed Gladstone Park (from Forman St to the Lackenheath Drive corner,had the first motorised tractor in the district and had wheat sown by the Lloyd brothers after W.W.2. Keith Campbell bought Willowbank,across Ardlie St from Kia Ora and north of Kenny St,which is now the Alanbrae Estate for which I suggested many street names.

Miss Elliot may have been related to Doug Elliot of the popular Sunday morning sport show on Channel 7 who was among the prominent patrons of the Inverness Hotel in its final decade.

by itellya on 2014-01-30 08:56:30

THE State Government will today make the biggest land acquisition in Victorian history. It will take over 5,500 acres in theBroadmeadows area for use as a
Housing Commission settlement.

The Commission aims at a model suburb, capable of housing up to 50,000 people.The acquisition was announced last night by Mr Swinburne, Housing Minister. The land begins 2,000 yards south of Broadmeadows station,and extends for 2,000 yards either side of the main Sydney railway line to a point level with Somerton station.

Hundred of present landowners will lose their home building blocks, dozens more will
have to leave their homes, and at least 20 families will be displaced from farms.
Mr. Swinburne said it was planned to re-subdivide the area into enough blocks for another 10,000 to 12,000 houses. Gas, electricity, water, sewerage and drainage would be installed in the next two years. Provision would be made in re-subdivisional plans for parklands, roads, churches, shopping centres,schools, theatres, and industry.

Mr. Swinburne said all homes and buildings that did not fit in with subdivisional plans - those on potential roads and parklands would have to be demolished. All householders in the area would have to apply for exemption from the order, and this
would be granted where possible. No exemption would be given to the 20-odd farmers in the district who would have to find other properties. Only landowners to escape the
acquisition order were those who could prove they had definite plans to build and whose land did not encroach on future parklands or roads. Mr. Swinburne said householders forced to move would be offered other homes in the area or compensated.
Mr. Swinburne added that although there were several hundred homes in the area, comparatively few would be affected. (P. , Argus,12-4-1951.)

by itellya on 2014-02-01 03:08:53

Andrew Lemon is not being very helpful re reprinting BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY so the historical society plans to publish a booklet covering the area's history up to 1996 and has asked permission to use my material. Elayne has my history files re Broady on a USB stick that I sent her, as I've mentioned before, such as EARLY LANDOWNERS:PARISH OF TULLAMARINE. Any historical society has my permission to use my material in any way they see fit.

"I do not intend to alter any words or pictures other than to change the print style to Calibri and enhance the pictures. We have only a few copies of 'Broadmeadows - a forgotten history' left and gaining permission from Andrew Lemon to reprint this has been an ongoing saga for more than 4 years. We need another book / booklet to publicise this area before it is totally forgotten."

Thanking you in anticipation

Yours faithfully,


Elayne Whatman
Hon. Secretary
Broadmeadows Historical
Society Inc. & Museum

by itellya on 2014-02-02 09:40:34

KINGSHOTT entry in Broady Township Pioneers is underway.

by itellya on 2014-02-02 18:24:39

Copy of email sent to Jan (John!)Kingshott of Exeter, Devon in England.

Jan, as the KINGSHOTT entry in my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND would have to be transcribed to be included in the Broadmeadows journal (see the message I sent last night), I intend only to provide a few details in the journal.

Therefore I will attempt to transmit the I-L volume to you as an email attachment. I will mention in comments under the journal that I have done so and ask Kingshott researchers in Australia to get in touch with you through the Gordon Victor Kingshott page.

by itellya on 2014-02-03 02:19:38

By 1884 the shire of Bulla adjoined the old Broadmeadows Township. The Kenny St.farce has been mentioned elsewhere; only the south half of the street was sealed!


Letter written in July 1984 to Office of the Place, Names Committee.

For some time significant new development has been occurring within the Shire of Bulla along its boundary with the City of Broadmeadows at Kenny Street, Westmeadows. Development is also occurring in the Shire to the north of Kenny Street and plans for further development are at an advanced stage.

The Council believes that it is desirable and would be appropriate for the area in which the present development is taking place and the further development is planned, to be known by its own distinct locality name. Having its own locality name will enable the many people moving there to become better identified with the area and not be considered merely as an extension of Broadmeadows and Westmeadows. A distinct locality name would also encourage such new residents of the Shire of Bulla to identify more with this, their own municipality.

Accordingly, the Council has considered the matter and has determined that a most suitable name for the area would be "Attwood" and application is now made herewith to your Committee for approval of same.

The name "Attwood" has a long association with the area proposed to be renamed. James Gordon Attwood purchased 399 acres of the former Dundonald property (Part of Crown Allotment 8, Parish of Will Will Rook) in November 1929. Part of the area (202 acres) fronting Mickleham Road was acquired by the Commonwealth of Australia and it is now occupied by the Victorian Government Department of Agriculture "Attwood" Veterinary Research Laboratory and a smaller portion by Police Dog Squad and "Attwood" Police Stud Depot.

In the early 1960's, Mr. Attwood further reducing his remaining 197 acres by subdividing ten (10), five (5) acre housing lots along the frontage to Mickleham Road and the rear balance of 147 acres was sold in 1964 and in 1980 was purchased by the State Government for inclusion in the Gellibrand Hill Regional Park.

The area, which the Council wishes to be known at "Attwood", is indicated on the enclosed plan. The boundary of the area on the south and east is the boundary of the Shire of Bulla. The western boundary is the western boundary of the original boundary is the northern boundary of the Veterinary Research Laboratory and Police areas to Mickleham Road and then the southern boundary of the Residential D zoning of the Greenvale area.

The area proposed to be known as "Attwood" will encompass a significant residential area in the south, the non-residential Aircraft Noise effected area in the north and the already well known, Attwood Veterinary Research Laboratory and Police Centre in the west on Mickleham Road.

The Council looks forward to your favourable consideration and agreement to this renaming request.

Yours faithfully

John W. Watson


by itellya on 2014-02-03 17:25:46

by itellya on 2014-02-03 22:44:54

by itellya on 2014-02-08 01:10:14

As this journal lists Broadmeadows farms in alphabetical order, only Broadmeadows Township residents are mentioned in alphabetical order. Some farmers who were not actually township residents were listed with them because I thought that I might never re-find the information,or think of them again. When I stumbled upon the death notice of young William McCracken (actually M'Cracken)while doing a Broadmeadows 1850-1859 search on trove, I posted it in a new journal straight away so I wouldn't spend another two years looking for it.

Then I decided to use the journal for the alphabetical discussion of Broadmeadows pioneers. Some township residents are mentioned in both journals. The will of John Bryan of the Victoria Hotel, in the new journal,introduces John Dick and Donald McPhee as participants in the township's history.

This is the new journal:

by itellya on 2014-02-16 21:23:00

I might seem to have been ignoring my BULLA and BROADY journals for a week or so but nothing could have been farther from the truth. Having been contacted by a descendant of Andrew McLennan of Moorooduc near Mornington the incredible connection between Bulla/Broady and Mornington pioneers has increased dramatically. Andrew McLellan's son, Alexander, married Margaret Jenkins at Broadmeadows(Township)in 1863 and after she died, he married Eliza Millar, who was possibly a sister of James Hunter Millar, Thomas Millar and Robert Millar; the last brother renamed John McKerchar's "Greenvale" as "The Elms" and called one of his daughters Elsie Eliza.

Having conveyed the information about Alexander McLellan's wives to Beryl Patullo, she replied thus 13 hours ago:
HI xxx, It appears whenever a new area was opened up for settlement, that families from the same area seem to move there. Margaret Patullo married Henry Rogers, 1892, at Moonee Ponds at the home of Wm Patullo, and although they had the settlement at Yannathan, their first son was born at Mornington in 1894, and an article was put in the Schnapper Point newspaper, I think from memory, haven't got it in front of me.

John McRae,probably from St Kilda, married one of Alexander's sisters, settling in Mornington, and might have been related to Farquhar McRae who was the groom in charge of the hunters at Glenara when he organised the first ride of what became the Oaklands Hunt in 1888. Could it be that Gilbert Alston,who lived just east of Glenara wrote a letter to his nephew, William Alston in Mornington and mentioned that Davis was looking for a groom, that William mentioned this to his partner in the blacksmith business, John Jenkins, who passed the message on to the Jenkins who had married a McLellan, who passed it onto John McRae, who passed it onto Farquhar McRae?

by itellya on 2014-02-17 08:33:28

by itellya on 2014-02-27 02:06:07

Yet another link has been found between the Mornington Peninsula and Broady.I don't know whether any of the pioneering Cairns family of Boneo were directly linked with the Carron timber mill in Melbourne but their stepbrothers were. Joseph Anderson had a place called Burn Head at Moonee Ponds (probably Broadmeadows Township) in the 1850's; his son, Adam, became a partner in the Carron Timber mill and his daughter married Walter MacFarlane of Strathoer, near Broadmeadows and adjoining Glenroy. Because millyhettie and camcairns sent me private messages, they will now be able to share their information. The former's first post is on the way.

Once again,thanks to Scott Jangro who makes all of this connection between researchers possible.

by itellya on 2014-03-06 18:43:06

My aim is to acknowledge our pioneers and part of the task is to preserve any heritage that they left us, whether as individuals, families or part of communities. Many pioneers were disenfranchised and due to agitation by the common man and criticism from such as Edward Wilson, Government became more liberal and democratic. Land was made available to the battlers through selection and part of the Rosebud foreshore, where fishermen had been squatting for many years, was declared as the Rosebud Fishing Village so that they could buy the land on which they had built their huts. Sadly many residents of Rosebud are now disenfranchised by not truly being represented by two of their three councillors who are trying to get part of the foreshore as the site for a swimming pool, crown land reserved for all Victorians for public recreation.

I have been fully occupied for the last two weeks trying to prevent the theft of this crown land with logical arguments exposing untruths in council and consultants' reports. See the SAVE ROSEBUD FORESHORE Facebook page in which these untruths and the council's lack of open transparent consultation are explained.

Having done all I think possible to preserve that heritage, I will now be returning my focus to our Bulla and Broady pioneers.

by itellya on 2014-03-10 09:56:42

BROADMEADOWS (Shire)-The retiring members of the council, and also the local auditor, were re-elected, viz:-David Brodie, of Harpsdale, for the Mickleham Riding; David Williamson, of Glenroy, for the Broadmeadows Riding, John Kerr, Glen Allan, for the Campbellfield Riding ; and George Couser, Broadmeadows, as local auditor.

As I am fairly certain that the majority of Harpsdale (section 18 Bulla Bulla) was in the shire of Bulla,David Brodie's link with Broadmeadows Shire would have been land just to the north in the parish of Mickleham that Jack Simmie told me was part of the farm. I believe that David Williamson was on Camp Hill* (now Gowanbrae) and that Glenroy would have been in the Campbellfield Riding. The occupant of Glen Allan was probably John Kerr Junior and John Couser was the storekeeper/postmaster in Broadmeadows Township just uphill in Ardlie St from the Broadmeadows Hotel.

by itellya on 2014-03-17 09:23:45

FAIRVIEW and SUNNYSIDE at Tullamarine are discussed in some detail in an archaeological survey which can be obtained online by googling VICTORIA ROAD HOMESTEAD,TARDIS.

Fairview was established by Charles Nash and carried on by several generations of the family,which with the Parr and Wright families composed the backbone of the Tullamarine Methodist Church for over a century. Victoria Road was actually Victoria Street but was known to all Tullamarine residents as Nash's Lane. When the freeway was built,the southern part of Victoria St was renamed Greenhill St and was closed but is now part of Mercer Drive which leads from the freeway to the taxi holding area.

Charles Nash married Mary Gage, daughter of a pioneering Broadmeadows Township family. Harry Nash, who played a prominent part in fighting fires in the area,with a tank mounted on his truck, married Olive Simmons, daughter of the postmistress at Post Office Lane (north boundary of Trade Park Industrial Estate,of which another Nash farm,Bayview, constituted a major part, the church being built in 1870 on what is now the north corner of present Trade Park Drive.)Harry,like Charles Nash Snr. died fairly young and Olive (like Mary,nee Gage)carried on the farm as a widow. Olive eventually was forced to leave Fairview because of dust from the Bayview quarry across Nash's Lane which later became the Cleanaway tip. She spent her last years in a unit next to Joyce Morgan (a fellow stalwart of the Tullamarine Methodist Church) on the old Morgan one or two acre block 20 metres north of, but now adjoining the Tullamarine Reserve, as the old Handlen acre was added to the reserve.

Sunnyside was so-named by Wallis Wright. It fronted Wright St,the southern part of which was renamed Springbank St when the freeway was built. The sons moved to bigger properties or became blacksmiths/wheelwrights and in 1923,Harry Heaps' father William,took over the farm to earn (or produce) his bacon, pig farming now coming into vogue. The Heaps later changed to poultry farming,which was much easier work.

Harry Heaps,who was 14 when he arrived in Tullamarine, saw the formation of the progress association in 1924 and was one of the enthusiastic volunteers who planted pine trees around Noah Holland's old 6 acre block when the progress association,(at the suggestion of its secretary,Alec Rasmussen, who may* be honoured by a plaque at the reserve) gained title and donated it to Broadmeadows Shire as a recreation reserve.
When he married,Harry moved to the large Hamilton Terrace block now occupied by Strathconan Square. Unfortunately nothing now remains of the Fairview and Sunnyside homesteads but the survey will ensure that reminders of the two farms will be preserved.

In reference to your query in regard to potential ways in which Mr Alec Rasmussen can be recognised within the community,Council officers are currently investigating the possibility of installing a memorial plaque at Tullamarine Reserve. I will advise you again in writing when a final decision has been made on a suitable memorial for Mr Alec Rasmussen.

by itellya on 2014-04-05 09:31:01

by itellya on 2014-04-14 10:26:56

Town puzzled by 100th birthday
THE Shire Council, the Anglican vicar and the townspeople of Broadmeadows are trying to work out what came first - their town or its Church of England.
The answer is proving hard to find, because nobody kept any record, and nobody
is old enough to remember. The riddle is important just now, because the church,
St. Paul's, will celebrate its centenary next month, and it will have to serve as the town's centenary, too. According to records of the vicar, the Rev. A. D. Canley, St.Paul's was built "substantially" and opened in August, 1850.

For many of Broadmeadows' 150 people, the celebration will be the greatest local event they can remember. Broadmeadows, 10.5 miles from Melbourne, has not changed much this century. Three houses have been built there in the last 40 years. The lack of growth was caused by the railway line being built two miles from the town. All the new development happened around the station. Then the farmers turned to grazing, and the farm workers drifted away. Even two wars had no effect.The army camp was in the district, but thousands of soldiers had no need to go through the town. The station was closer. Broadmeadows' oldest inhabitant, Mr. Edgar Wright, cannot
remember anything important happening in the town this century.Except for the time the pub was burnt down. (P.5,Argus,11-7-1950.)

The north eastern railway to Albury reached Broadmeadows in 1872 and with road traffic largely bypassing the township from the 1850's when Pascoe Vale Rd and Cliffords Rd provided a reasonably FLAT route to the new Sydney road,the historic township became a sleepy hollow. Edgar or Ted Wright learned his trade with his brother Fred at Tullamarine (Melway 5 D-E7)before setting up as a coach builder on the Fawkner St/Coopers Hill Drive corner occupied by the service station.

by itellya on 2014-04-28 20:29:05

An obituary for James Drain has been added to the Drain entry under Broadmeadows Township pioneers at the start of the journal.

by itellya on 2014-05-06 12:42:43

by itellya on 2014-05-07 09:09:49

It's not a great time to lose your internet connection when you've spent over an hour correcting digitisation on trove and the changes can't be saved. In this case it was the advertisement (P.15, Argus,9-10-1909)in the previous comment. I'm sure I have mentioned the Dundonald Estate north of Broadmeadows Township and the sale of Donald Kennedy's portion of the Glenroy Estate (east of Pascoe Vale Rd) by his widow in 1874.

After Donald's death there was a bloke named Shannon assessed on Dundonald; Donald had married Jessie Grace SHANNON! This comment was going to be about the other farms that had been put up for lease in 1909 but I was so disheartened that I went on a bender, not drinking but a frenzy of trove exploration based on the previous comment.

The first mention of Glenroy in The Argus was in the late 1840's and mainly concerned Robert McDougall who suggested the best way to make and maintain the road from Five Mile Creek to "Glenroy" was to plough proper drains. George Gordon Cameron was kicked off Glenroy in 1860, having become insolvent. Thomas Dutton was on the part of Glenroy west of Pascoe Vale Rd by 1872 and until 1880 but may have been using it as a depot towards the end of his tenure. (Corop?) Thomas married John Beale's daughter and John Beale Jnr married a Dutton girl! (John Beale owned Shelton,about three quarters of the land bounded by Milleara Rd,Clark Rd, Rachelle Rd,and Buckey St in East Keilor. He retired to Ardmillan Rd, Moonee Ponds,naming his house Shelton. )

A.Cameron continued the Cameron connection with Glenroy and became the President of the Shire of Broadmeadows. Donald Cameron settled Glenroy with Duncan Cameron in the 1830's but did not stay there long, soon moving to the Portland area where he owned over 6000 acres at the time of his death. (If I remember correctly Saint Mary McKillop was the governess to Donald Cameron's children and was his niece.)

See what I mean about a frenzy? Sorry that sources aren't quoted.

(Page numbers given below are from BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY.)
The main point of this comment was to be my amazement that Glenallen and "Dutton's" were part of the Kennedy Estate in 1909. Donald and Duncan Kennedy partitioned the Glenroy land in 1857 (P.79),with Duncan getting "Dutton's",fronting the east bank of Moonee Ponds Creek. In July 1887, Duncan signed a contract to sell his 1500 plus acres to James Chapman for 76 000 pounds. (P. 82.) Chapman probably sold some of the land before the 1890's depression but by 1892 was probably insolvent with the result that the unsold land reverted to Kennedy ownership. (Andrew Lemon did not mention this happening but it obviously did.)

As I remember, in Broadmeadows:A Forgotten History,Lemon mentioned that John Kerr Jnr. had established a dairy on "Glen Allan" but this seems to have been left out of the index. My frenzied search did reveal that John Jnr had lost two children during his time on the farm (which obviously ended before 1909.)

When transcribing Broady rates a quarter of a century ago,I was able to trace the various occupants of Glenallen because of its unusual acreage which matched no other farm in the shire. As in other shires owners of properties were probably not recorded and I naturally assumed that the occupiers were also the owners.

One question that arises is when the Kennedys had bought Glenallen. Donald had died in 1864,so it could be presumed that the land between Annette/ Wattle Glen and Pascoe Vale Rd had been bought before his death. His widow had sold her share of Glenroy in 1874 and his brother sold his share in 1887 so it would be doubtful that they'd bother buying other land nearby. As Glenallen was advertised as two farms in 1909,I was fortunate to find this 1882 advertisement.

To be LET by TENDER, GLENALLEN FARM,old Sydney road (now in occupation of Mr John
Kerr) 672 acres, more or less. Term, five years from 1st March, 1882. Particulars to be obtained from Messrs LYNCH and McDONALD, Market square,Collins street west, with whom tenders must be lodged on or before 1st February next.(P.8, Argus,18-1-1882.)

By 1909 the total acreage of Glenallen was only 523 acres.

Lot 3 - Eastern part "GLENALLEN" adjoining Broadmeadows R.S. Watered by creek.
Area -286 acres 1 rood 11 perches, the most of which can be cultivated.

Lot 4.-- Western part "GLENALLEN" comprising 237 acres 1 rood 9 perches. Watered
by creek. Practically all can be cultivated.

Trove results for Glenallen ended in the 1890's; the name had morphed to "Glen Allan". The Twomeys had been on Willowbank in 1909.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Friday 22 August 1919 p 1 Family Notices
... TWOMEY - On the 20th August, at his residence, "Glen Allan", Broadmeadows, .
(Andrew Lemon mentions on page 108 that in 1909 John Twomey grew maize that was nine feet tall.)

The occupant with the German name is discussed elsewhere in the journal,if I remember properly, in the OAKLANDS HUNT report near the start or perhaps the Glenallan entry.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Thursday 4 May 1950 p 21 Article
... Stud records lost in fire ! The stud records of 26 pedigree horses were burnt by a fire that destroyed three rooms of Glen Allan stud farm, at Broadmeadows, early yesterday morning. Mr. Arthur Robert Parkinson, manager of the farm, said he was awakened by the crackling of flames

by itellya on 2014-05-07 10:03:57

Charles James Garrard was the grantee of section 10, Will Will Rook of 959 acres. This was bounded by a northerly extension of Ardlie St,Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows), a northern boundary 4000 links (4 cm on Melway)north of Kenny St indicated by the ends of Sinclair and Devenish Courts, Pascoe Vale Rd, a westerly extension of the line of Camp Rd to Moonee Ponds Creek,Lyons St and Kenny St.

From Ardlie St,this was divided into Willowbank (Allanbrae Estate)of 299 acres, Wattle Glen or Wattle Grove,195a. 2r. 8p.,Michael Corrigan's lot 5 in 1909 (accessed via Elizabeth St) and Glenallen,523 acres in 1909,a total of about 1017 acres so the northern boundary of some or all of these farms would have had to be a bit further north than that of Garrard's grant to provide the extra 58 acres.

Google WILL WILL ROOK,COUNTY OF BOURKE to inspect the parish map.

by itellya on 2014-05-10 06:49:56

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