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Broadmeadows was the name of a township, the site for which was reserved in 1838,and the township being proclaimed in 1850. Like most townships it straddled a stream, in this case, the Moonee Moonee Chain of Ponds (Moonee Ponds Creek)and thus was in the parishes of Tullamarine and Will Will Rook, south of the creek and Kenny St to Forman St. The township was the headquarters of the Broadmeadows municipality until 1928 when the town hall was built at East Broadmeadows near the station.

In 1857 Broadmeadows became a road district and celebrated its 125th anniversary of municipal government as a road board, shire and city on 27 November 1982.
(BROADMEADOWS: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY, Andrew Lemon, commissioned in 1980 to celebrate this anniversary.)

When I started researching the history of the area near Tullamarine in August 1988, I did not realise that I'd known a member of the pioneering Hoctor family since about 1972 when I played footy with Doutta Stars and Ed Hoctor was the club's president during my three years wearing the yellow star. Ed., later a City of Broadmeadows councillor and mayor, was responsible for the renaming of the portion of Black St SOUTH OF THE CREEK as Coopers Hill Drive. Ed introduced me to Jack Hoctor, who with Gordon Connor and Colin Williams possessed memories of the area from before W.W.1.

Jack was born in the old coach house on the Broad St corner with the assistance of midwife, Nurse Mitchell, who delivered many of the township's children and took absolute control, allowing no interference from the fathers. He was the town's lamplighter and delivered bread for Anderson's bakery (between the bridge and the Foresters' Hall. Jack provided much information about his family and the farm called Rocklaw whose position I could never really pinpoint and is thus the reason for this journal. He told me about the sale of the Dundoald estate in 1929 which was confirmed by George Lloyd's MICKLEHAM ROAD 1920- 1952 shortly afterwards and trove over two decades later. Boundy's store would sell goods on barter, such as for a supply of eggs. The footy team's goal and behind posts were kept at the Broady Pub but one of them fed the fire one cold night. When dances were held at the Foresters' hall, people were allowed to leave their vehicles and horses in Anderson's yard next door. The remount was used to spell draught horses from the army camp. Jack's older brother enlisted for W.W. 1 and Jack's mum would send young Jack on the 3 mile walk to the camp to deliver goodies that she had baked. Some of the Broady boys were pretty wild but policeman Jim Ahern kept them in line; it's doubtful though whether he discovered which lads were responsible for whitewashing a horse left overnight at George Kingshott's smithy.Butcher, Robert Cargill's young son was accidentally shot by young Graco and there was ill feeling towards the Graco family which moved to Keilor.(This story has been confirmed on trove and the Graco farm near Keilor found on the Doutta Galla parish map.) The above constitutes a fraction of the stories provided by Jack.
Mr Timothy Hoctor, who died on 28th ultimo at Broadmeadows, was an old and much respected resident of that district. He was a kindly citizen, aged 77 years, and leaves a widow and grown up family, with whom there is much sympathy. (P.3, Kilmore Free Press, 6-7-1916.)

Colin Williams' parents moved onto Broombank at Tullamarine and had a man called Timothy Hoctor working on their farm. As farmers worked from dawn to dusk, they suggested that he could sleep in their barn to avoid having to add a walk in the dark from and back to the township to his already long working day. He tried it once but heard gnawing in the night and said he wouldn't try it again because he was likely to wake up and find that he'd been eaten up entirely. (The Irish certainly had a way with words!) Whether he was the deceased above might be confirmed when Victorian BDM comes back online.

(To the Editor.)
Sir - Kindly allot me space in your columns to contradict the rumour current in this district to the effect that
I induced O*.Kingshott to enlist. I would like to say here for the benefit of those who think they have an axe
to grind, that O. Kingshott enlisted of his own free will, and not through any inducement of mine. With all respect due to the man who has decided to fight for his country, I think it is time those others concerned, who make the balls in the dark, should come out in the light and fire them. It is hardly fair at this time that one of two knock kneed patriots, conscious of their short comings, should seek to side-step their own shufflings by holding their neighbour up to ridicule.--Yours, etc.
TIMOTHY P. HOCTOR. Broadmeadows, 14/3/16.
(The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter Thursday 16 March 1916 p 3)
* Owen Kingshott.

Thomas Dunne was Timothy Hoctor's brother in law. His farm at Greenvale was Belmont between Harpsdale and Crowe's Hill at about Melway 385 F6. Timothy Hoctor had two pieces of land on Dunhelen Lane east of Mickleham Rd, the larger piece being on the south side. It was no surprise that the two families became related because most pioneers married near-neighbours. THOMAS DUNNE'S OBITUARY

It would seem that Timothy had married Mary Dunne. Thomas Dunne was buried at Keilor, as was Timothy Hoctor.

HOCTOR.—On the 28th June, 1916, at his residence,Broadmeadows, Timothy, beloved husband of Mary, and beloved father of M. B., M. T., N., and J., aged 77 years. (No flowers.) R.I.P.

HOCTOR.—The Friends of the late Mr.TIMOTHY HOCTOR are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Keilor* Cemetery. The funeral will leave his late residence, Broadmeadows*, THIS DAY (Friday, 30th June, 1916), at ?? (Both P.1, Argus, 30-6-1916.)

*Part of the funeral notice was illegible and the digitisation wrongly stated his residence as Broadford and the cemetery as Fawkner. (mjdunstan had made some wrong guesses in his text corrections.)
Timothy was buried at Keilor, date of death given as 28-6-1916, but his year of birth is wrongly stated as 1888.
Timothy Hoctor
It was probably Timothy Patrick, their son, who was born in 1888.

HOCTOR.— On the 24th January, at private hospital, Essendon, Timothy Patrick (Murphy), the second beloved son of Mary and the late Timothy Hoctor, of Broadmeadows, loving brother of Maria, Bridge, Mick, Ted(deceased), Nell (Mrs. M. Lawless), Frank(deceased), and Jim. R.I.P. Nearer my God to Thee.(P.11, The Age, 1-2-1930.)

HOCTOR. On November 11, at her residence, Broadmeadows. Mary, relict of the late Timothy Hoctor, and dearly beloved mother of Maria, Michael (deceased), Bridget, Annie (deceased), Michael, Timothy (deceased), Edward (deceased), Ellen (Mrs. M.Lawless), Francis (deceased), and James, in her 95th year. Requiescat in pace.

HOCTOR. - On November 11, Mary, dearly loved mother-in-law of Laurie, loving gran of Jack, Ted, Frank, Jim, Bernie, Tim, Mary,Carmel, Kevin, and Laura, and great-grand-mother of John, Marjorie, Edward, David,Glenice, Terry, Margaret, Bernard, and Janice Hoctor, in her 95th year. Requiescat in pace.

HOCTOR.-Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of the late Mrs. MARY HOCTOR will be celebrated at St. Anne's Church*, Broadmeadows, THIS DAY (Tuesday), at 10 a.m. The Funeral will leave the church at the conclusion of the Mass for the Keilor Cemetery. (All P. 2 Argus, 12-11-1946.)

Although Broadmeadows Township had had a catholic church for a long time, many of the town's Catholics were buried at Keilor or Bulla rather than the Will Will cemetery near the army camp. Andrew Lemon didn't even mention St Anne's and in my efforts to find when St Anne's started, I discovered that many township Catholics must have been married elsewhere.


Michael had arrived in about 1857 and married Margaret Corcoran.
HOCTOR.—On the 20th August at his residence "Rocklaw," Broadmeadows Michael the dearly beloved husband of Margaret and beloved father of John, James, Peter, Michael, Mrs. Mahoney, Mrs. O'Sullivan Mrs. Beahan, and Liza, native of King's County, Ireland, aged 82 years, and colonist of 57 years. R.I.P.(P.1, Argus, 22-8-1914.)

A native of Brunswick, but one of Broadmeadows' residents, died at latter place at advanced age of her 89th year,on Thursday last, when Mrs Margaret Hoctor was called to her reward. The deceased lady was relict of the late Mr.Michael Hoctor, and reared a large and respectable family, with whom many friends and neighbors sympathise.(P.3, Kilmore Free Press, 6-7-1933.)

HOCTOR.—On the 29th June, 1933, at her residence Rocklaw, Broadmeadows East, Margaret,dearly beloved wife of the late Michael Hoctor, dearly beloved mother of Bridget-(Mrs. Mahoney),Mary Ann (Mrs. O'Sullivan), Eliza (Mrs. May), John, Maggie (Mrs. Beahan), James (Boinka), Peter, and Michael, loved sister of Daniel Corcoran,
aged 88 years and 3 months. Native of Brunswick. May her soul rest in peace. (P.1, Argus, 30-6-1933.)


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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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