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Ever noticed that the block on the Melrose Drive /Derby Street corner, across Derby St from the 7 acre Tullamarine Reserve, is TRIANGULAR? That is because Post Office Lane, the northern boundary of Trade Park across Melrose Drive, and the southern boundary of the triangular block follow the boundary between sections 3 and 6 of the parish of Tullamarine. David William O'Nial's Lady of the Lake Hotel was on section 3 and the triangular block, on section 6, is at the south west corner of the Camiestown (or Camieston) Estate. Because Hamilton Terrace (the one acre blocks), bounded by Melrose Drive, Derby St and the bent south end of Victoria STREET, was to have rectangular blocks*, Derby St had to meet the great road to the diggings at a right angle, forming the triangular block's north west boundary. (* 1x10 chains or 20x200 metres.)

By the time this advertisement appeared,the 450 (or 466) acre Chandos fronting Mickleham Rd from Freight Rd (inclusive) to the Moonee Ponds Creek may have already been sold to John Peter. This property will be discussed extensively later.

To owners of stock in Messrs Riddell and Hamilton's Paddock. NOTICE is hereby given that all horses and other stock now running in Messrs Riddell and Hamilton's paddock on the Moonee Ponds, adjoining the Lady of the Lake, public house, must be removed by the first day of October next, the paddock being now under sale.

THE VILLAGE OF CAMIESTOWN and Small Farms on the Moonee Ponds, For Sale.
THE undersigned have received instructions from Messrs. Riddell and Hamilton to sell their well known grazing paddock, on the great Mount Alexander road, and adjoining the Lady of the Lake public house. It is now being subdivided into village allotments and small farms,.... There is a mile of frontage to the great road to tho diggings. These frontages and the village allotments will be one acre each in extent, and the small farms, with frontages to roads leading to the water,can be had of five acres each up to 50. A great portion of the water frontage is reserved in common to the purchasers. (P.3,Argus, 22-9-1852. )

The parish of Tullamarine was surveyed by 1842 with many square mile blocks in the middle and smaller blocks fronting the Moonee Moonee Ponds and Deep and Jackson's Creeks. In 1847 a road was surveyed from North Melbourne to the newly proclaimed Village of Bulla. It cut corners off section 3, 6, 7, 14 and 15. John Carre Riddell had received the grants for sections 6 and 15 and John Pascoe Fawkner had received the grant for section 7. Fawkner bought the cut-off section 6 corner on which John Beech built the Beech Tree Hotel (almost opposite the Tullamarine Reserve site (Melway 5 F10.) Riddell bought the north east corner of section 7 (Melway 5 E7.)

CHANDOS was bounded by Mickleham Rd,Moonee Ponds Creek,Wright St and the Back Lane (Derby St.) It remained in the ownership of the Peter family for about 50 years until in about 1902 my great grandfather, John Cock,who had been leasing Stewarton/Gladstone for a decade, bought the property and dividing it into three farms,of 140, 198 and 123 acres,kept the middle portion for himself. The southern 140 acre farm became known as Wright's Strathconan,the largest portion as Bill Lockhart's Springburn and the northern 123 acres as Percy Judd's Chandos Park. William Bamford later bought the northern portion and built a new weatherboard homestead which is today surrounded by brick houses. Who's going to be the first to post its address?

The aerial photograph in VICTORIA ROAD HOMESTEAD;ON MY DOORSTEP shows two paddocks enclosed by boxthorn hedges. The one fronting Victoria STREET is part of Charles Nash's Fairview. The one fronting Wright Street was Wallis Wright's Sunnyside. Fairview was consistently described as 100 acres from 1863 in Broadmeadows rate books and Sunnyside as 43 acres. It is interesting to note the "great portion of the water frontage reserved in common to the purchasers".

Title documents show that Charles Nash purchased 67 acres 2 roods and 25 perches fronting Victoria St and Wright St consisting of lots 1-6 and 15-20 (i.e. 12 lots of roughly 5 acres each.) (Volume 80 folio 902 and Vol.89 203.) His original purchase however consisted of lots 7, fronting Victoria St, and 21,fronting Wright St.(Volume T folio 997) The boxthorn enclosed Fairview paddock would consist of lots 1-3,hence about 15 acres. The Fairview homestead would have been on lot 4. The enclosed Sunnyside paddock would have been on lots 16-20,obviously bought from Charles Nash. There seem to be two buildings accessed from Wright St by a long faint straight drive on about lot 22, which might indicate a later Sunnyside homestead area or a third farm.

Fairview's 100 acres would definitely have consisted of lots 1-7 (35+ acres) and maybe lot 15 (about 8 acres),George Goodwin's 9, 10,11,23,24, 25 (30 acres),John Anderson's 12, 13, 26 (15 acres), and Thomas Purvis's 14, 27 and 28 (15 acres.)

Charles Nash would have been one of the original purchasers on the Camiestown Estate in 1852. The Gages were early residents of Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows)and Charles married Mary Gage.They bought land, where Trade Park now stands, from Alphabetical Foster and called it Bayview. Charles donated land for the Methodist Church. The Nash, Parr and Wright families were mainstays of the church for a century, the Andersons,John Blanche and Edmund Dunn also being prominent in earlier days while Tommy Loft of Dalkeith, his daughter, Doris Scoones,and the Morgans were leading lights from the 1920's. The Nash family also bought land on the south side of Mansfields Rd (Melway 4 G4)to spell dry cows. Olive Nash supplied much information when I started researching Tullamarine's history in 1988. Like Mary (Gage) she became a widow far too early. Olive was the daughter of the postmistress, Mrs Simmons, and young Harry Nash's willingness to collect the mail was not only due to him being a good Methodist! The dust and noise from the quarry eventually forced Olive to move away from her beloved Fairview and she spent her last years in a home unit next door to her fellow Methodist Church stalwart, Joyce Morgan.

A daughter of Charles and Mary Nash married an early Moonee Ponds bootmaker and their son,Gordon,must have been born in about 1890 because he was just short of his century when I interviewed him in 1989. Gordon used to go up to Fairview as a boy to help with the hay harvest around Christmas time. He recalled Cam Taylor's St Johns being green, when every other paddock was dry,because Essendon's nightsoil was dumped there. I don't know how long the smell would last, but you could try a sniff next time you're going past the original (north) part of Essendon Aerodrome!Gordon also saw the Travellers Rest Hotel (Melway 16 A5) before it burnt down in 1899. The Fairview haystacks were protected by mats woven from reeds obtained at Altona.

By 1911, Wallis Wright had died and two of his sons were involved in occupations off the farm. Fred was a blacksmith who had been apprenticed to William Munsie and then took over his forge on the part of section 7 east of Bulla Rd (now Melrose Drive) that Fawkner had sold to Riddell. Ted was a wheelwright (on the present garage site on the north east corner of Black Street-now Cooper's Hill Drive- in Broadmeadows Township,-now Westmeadows) that he had taken over from John Kingshott. Frank Wright, who married Tullamarine teacher,Jessie Rowe, and was farming the 140 acre Strathconnan by 1920 (and with Wallis Wright Jnr was a former schoolmate of W.A.Furphey who was killed in W.W.1)may have been another son of Wallis and Mary Wright,possibly Wallis Jnr, who also served in W.W.1, too. Sunnyside seems to have been leased out for a while and in 1923, when Harry Heaps was 14, his family moved onto Sunnyside and established one of the many pig farms that began to change the pattern of Tullamarine's hay and dairy farming tradition.

Pig farming was hard work so the Heaps changed to Poultry farming after a while. Poultry farming was to become another type of farming at Tullamarine with the Duggans on or near Judd's old Chandos Park. A brick building, just past the motel on the Wright St corner, was a chicken processing factory.Alec Rasmussen, Tullamarine's much-loved teacher and longtime progress association secretary,suggested that the T.P.A. acquire Noah Holland's old 6 acre property, which had not been occupied since the drover's death. This was done and young Harry Heaps was one of the willing workers who planted pine trees around the perimeter.

At a meeting of the Broadmeadows Council on Thursday representatives of the Tullamarine Progress Association waited on the council to deliver to the council the deeds of six acres of land near the Tullamarine boundary of the shire, which have been acquired for recreation purposes. The deeds were handed to the president of the council(Councillor Laffan) by Mr. A. H. Rasmussen, secretary of the association, who said that it was
intended that the land should always remain in the possession of the people of Broadmeadows.
(P.30, Argus,30-11-1929.)

Honour Board Unveiled. Organised by the Tullamarine Progress Association, a "Back to Tullamarine" and reunion of old scholars and teachers of the three schools which have existed in the district was held at Tullamarine on
Saturday afternoon. Two of these schools-Seafield and the old Tullamarine school-were closed 51 years ago. Three hundred people were present, some coming from other States. The oldest of those returning for the celebrations were Messrs.C. W. Howse, aged 84 years, and C. Evans,aged 82 years. Of the sons and daughters of the first 21 pioneers who arrived at Tullamarine between 1842 and 1850, only four of whom are known to be alive, two were present. These were Miss Elizabeth Grant and Mr. W. McNab. The oldestnative of the district present was Mr.Frank Wright, who still lives in the district. The oldest teacher present was Mr.A. H.Rasmussen, who was in charge of the Tullamarine school for nearly 20 years.(P.6, Argus, 1-4-1935.)

A recreation reserve, gained after 87 years of settlement at Tullamarine, and an honour board of the district's pioneers were just two of Alec Rasmussen's contributions to the Tullamarine community but sadly community consultation with users of the reserve and 2013 residents on the Camiestown Estate led to the proposal to name the reserve after Alec Rasmussen being rejected. Further efforts are being made to have some other reserve nearby named after Alec.

From about 1929, Tullamarine had its own football team for about four years but as most of the players were hard-working farmers,it was hard to keep up the numbers. One of Harry's team mates described him as a nuggety rover. He wasn't bad as shown by an invitation to train with North Melbourne.Harry was not the only Tullamarine player to attract the interest of V.F.L. clubs.W.J.Doyle of "Ristaro", fronting Sharps Rd west of today's Fisher Grove houses,was another.
W J Doyle, Tullamarine to Essendon, (P.12, Argus, 8-6-1933, FOOTBALL, LEAGUE PERMITS.)

When he was married, Harry Heaps bought a property in "Hamilton Terrace" just south east of the Wright St (now Springbank St) corner. It probably consisted of two of the acre blocks because it had an unusually long frontage to Melrose Drive. The 100 year old house was so run-down it had to be demolished. Michael Reddan's wife had been born there according to Harry, and much-loved politician and founder of the Essendon Historical Society, Sam Merrifield,after whom the Moonee Ponds library is named, had lived in it.

Although Harry Heaps was in poor health in 1988-9 when I was full steam ahead with my research of Tulla's history, he reeled off one anecdote after another for four hours at a time,preceding many with his mischievous "I shouldn't tell you this,but.." There was an old barn on Harry's property and a boxing ring in it let the young bucks of Tullamarine test their pugalistic skills.

After Harry's death his descendants were delighted to receive from me a videotape of our conversations. They could not have possibly felt sadness watching the tape because Harry retained the "naughty boy within" despite his advanced age and they would have been too busy chuckling. When the property was sold and subdivided after Harry's death, the street within it, Strathconnan Square, was named after the 140 acre farm across the "back lane" (Derby St.) Unfortunately the spelling should be STRATHCONAN as the name had a long o sound.

WILLIAM HEAPS, Late of Tullamarine,Farmer, Deceased. - After fourteen clear days Lily Armstrong, of Tulla-
marine, married woman, and Mervyn Clifton, of 34 Hunter street, West Brunswick, accountant, the executors
appointed by deceased's will, dated the 11th day of October, 1948, will APPLY to the Supreme Court for a grant of PROBATE of the said WILL.(P.16, Argus, 19-1-1950.)

It is likely that Sunnyside ceased to be a working farm in about 1956 when Harry's mother died.
HEAPS. - On August 28. at her residence, Tullamarine. Mary Lesley, dearly loved wife of the late William, loving mother of Lily(Mrs. Armstrong), Eva (Mrs, Clifton). Harry. May (Mrs. Tucker), aged 81 years.
(P.13, Argus, 29-8-1956.)


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on 2013-11-25 17:48:31

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 2013-11-27 18:17:08

by NoonanV on 2014-05-30 03:52:52

I am interested in the reference to Samuel Merrifield in the article. Samuel was a relative of mine and I am currently writing the Merrifield family history. I was not aware that he lived at Hamilton Terrace. Do you have any further information?

I am also interested in the history of Tullamarine, my great-great grandfather Peter Marmion was a store keeper at Tullamarine in 1862, his first sone Patrick Joseph James Marmion was born at Tullamarine in 1862 snd baptised at St Augustines Roman Catholic Church Keilor 3 June 1862. By 1864 Peter had moved to Mt Alexander Road Essendon. I was wondering in your research if you have any information that may assist me with Peter Marmion's life in Tulllamarine - where the store would have been and when he may have started the store.

Your assistance greatly appreciated.

by itellya on 2014-05-31 00:19:00

by itellya on 2014-05-31 00:46:05

by itellya on 2014-05-31 01:05:44

Andy Craig and Peachey's dairy were on the south east side of Peachey's Lane (Derby St)not south west. Millar Rd was named after Maggie Loft(nee Millar)wife of Ray Loft who bought Broombank in the 1930's from the estate of the O'Niall girls (who had watched Burke and Wills through the Cape Broom hedge in 1860), and subdivided it in 1952. Ray's father,Tommy of "Dalkeith" had the Junction Hotel,a haunt of Squizzie Taylor,closed.

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