THE HOTELS NEAR TULLAMARINE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA & THE O'NIAL- BEAMAN CONNECTION.
I was exploring trove when I discovered the source of a mistake in the Tullamarine Methodist Church centenary booklet of 1970. (The church, which stood directly opposite 274 Melrose Drive, has been demolished but its stained glass windows, which honour pioneering families, have been incorporated into the Uniting Church in Carrick Drive, Gladstone Park.) The mistake was made by Isaac Batey in his history of the Sunbury area; he called the Lady of the Lake Hotel, the "Lady of the Lady".
My intention is to give detail of the people who ran the hotels, but as I no longer have the copious notes from the Coles Collection of Hotel Records that I made over 20 years ago, I will have to call on TROVE for help. In the meantime, I can tell you the names and exact locations of the hotels between Essendon and Sunbury.
Before I start, I will tell you briefly about some of the hotels that existed along what is now known as Keilor Rd. The first was built by Tulip Wright, the early Chief Constable and Bulla pioneer from LINCOLNSHIRE. He had built the Bridge (later Deep Creek)Inn at Bulla in about 1843 but when the major route to the goldfield to Mt Alexander became the one through Keilor, he leased his first inn to (Caspar, or was it Donohue?) and built the Lincolnshire Arms at what was called the Essendon Crossroads (Deep Creek road, Mt Alexander (Keilor)Rd, Woodlands St and Lincoln road.)Lincoln Rd was the original name of Carnarvon Rd, the boundary between sections 15 and 16 Doutta Galla.
It appears that John Kernan had twice previously applied for a license at this site. A report on applications in The Argus of 16-4-1851 showed that his application for the Junction Inn was refused for the second year in a row. It was proposed to be located at the junction of the Mount Macedon and Keilor Roads. However the site applied for may have been that of Tullamarine's Junction Hotel. Even though Pascoe Vale Rd, Keilor Rd and Bulla Rd were all referred to in early times as "Macedon road', I am reasonably certain that Mount Macedon road meant Bulla Rd. However, the present Broadmeadows Rd in Tullamarine (the boundary between E.E.Kenny's "Camp Hill" and William Foster's grant)led south to Keilor and was still called Keilor Lane (as was Fosters Rd, renamed Keilor Park Drive) in reports about the Oaklands Hunt. In those days the northern part of Broadmeadows Rd (Mickleham Rd as far as Fawkner St) may not have been made. Travellers to Sydney were advised to proceed along Bulla Rd (now Melrose Drive) which was described in relation to the sale of Lake Farm in 1853 as "the great road to the diggings" and go to the right of the Lady of the Lake Hotel to reach Broadmeadows township. After they crossed the Moonee Ponds creek, they would climb the Ardlie St hill and continue towards Wallan on the route which is still called Old Sydney Rd north of Donnybrook Lane. As the present Broadmeadows Rd obviously did not continue to Broadmeadows township at the time the travelling advice was given, its only purpose would have been as a short cut to Keilor for those travelling south.
I HAVE JUSTIFIED WHY THE LOCATION OF JOHN KERNAN'S APPLICATION COULD ALSO HAVE BEEN AT TULLAMARINE JUNCTION. ANOTHER GLANCE AT MY PAGES OF SCRIBBLE, MAINLY ABOUT D.W.O'NIAL, REVEALED THAT IT MOST LIKELY WAS AT TULLAMARINE! An article on page 4 of The Argus of 21-4-1852 shows that the licence of the Lincolnshire Arms was transferred from Mr Wright to Edward Wilson. Mr Wright was, of course, Tulip Wright, and Edward Wilson may have been the Argus editor, leader of the acclimatisation movement and opponent of the squattocracy, who shortly after purchased Arundel and established a model farm (read "zoo") on it. As P.Donohue's application for a licence for Tulip's old Bridge Inn at Bulla was postponed at the same hearing as Kernan's in 1851, one would presume that Tulip was at least building the Lincolnshire at that time.The proximity of another hotel to Kernan's proposed location would have been given as a reason for refusal, or at least mentioned, if Kernan's site was at Essendon Crossroads.
What luck for Tulip! He built the Lincolnshire Arms just before the gold rush started at the one place that was on the great road to the diggings before and after 1854.Before Brees' bridge was built at Keilor, the main route was through Bulla (passing The Linc.)and when the road to Mt Alexander was improved at Government expense by contractors such as Samuel Brees and (Martin?) Higgins, diggers still went right past his hotel en route to Keilor.His luck did not last; he died in 1855 after having built the Sir John Franklin Hotel at Sunbury, which became Caspar's.
John Kernan's family pioneered the Somerton area and John Kernan (perhaps the licence applicant) leased, and then bought the part of J.P.Fawkner's "Belle Vue Park" that had been sold to H.G.Ashurst (after whom part of Pascoe Vale Rd was once named.)John Kernan called this Merai Farm; it grew fine crops because of the nightsoil that was used as fertiliser! Merai Farm was bounded by Pascoe Vale, Devon and Northumberland Rds and Gaffney St. John later developed subdivisions in Strathmore and named a street there after his great mate Michael Loeman of "Glenloeman" on Tullamarine Island.
The next hotel on Keilor Rd was the one on the A.J.Davis Reserve mentioned in the history compiled by Garnet Price,Keilor's City Engineer, which had to be the Springfield Inn.. This inn was included in the sale when the grantee, William Nicholson sold Springfield to James Kavanagh. In 1852, James and his wife Mary were attendants at the wedding of Patrick Phelan and Ellen Connor who lived on the next farm east, Spring Park.Five years later, James and Mary were to lose their daughter, Mary Ann, whose funeral procession started from the Springfield Hotel (Argus 1-10-1857 page 8.)
The North Pole Inn was on the west corner of Milleara Rd, which was called North Pole Road from the time that William Cherry used Solomon's ford to get from Altona to Keilor until well into the 1900's, when Quinn and others were subdividing land once farmed by the Dodds/Delaheys and John Beale.In 1850, James Laverty, a business associate of Connor and Phelan, bought land between the present Webber Pde and Milleara Rd from the grantee, Joseph Hall, for a song. A year later he would have had to pay an opera because the gold rush had started! It was consistently said to be of 183 acres although the Doutta Galla parish map says it was 180 acres and 3 roods. Edward Fegan was running this hotel by 1858. Laverty tried to sell the hotel and the adjoining estate of Spring Vale in 1859. (Argus 22-6-1859.) On 3-2-1864, George and Elizabeth Arbuthnot took over the hotel's operation; In the same year, John Corcoran bought the hotel and land.It was probably John who renamed Spring Vale as North Pole Farm. A later owner of this and the next crown allotment east was Michael Fox, who owned Barbiston at Tullamarine. Michael lived in a house at the corner of Milleara Rd until his death on 4-9-1918.
The Sir John Franklin Hotel was at the east side of the Collinson St corner. Crown Allotment 18A was granted to Grey and Wedge, and passed into the ownership of John Gemmell who sold the 133 acres to Charles and Joseph Bradshaw on 31-12-1853. The Bradshaws subdivided the land, naming Erebus, Terror and Snow streets after men o' war.Henry Eldridge bought the hotel site for 278 pounds on 1-6-1854. In 1857, he lost a daughter, Eleanor. Her funeral was to proceed from Henry's Sir John Franklin Hotel to the new cemetery. Henry did not seem to be listed in the electoral role of 1856 but he's there all right, under the alias of Henry Heldridge!
The 1847 Port Phillip directory listed Henry Eldridge as a farmer on the Carlton (or Carleton) Estate, Plenty. Nobody seems to know where this estate was and the term Carlton Estate has not been seen in newspapers of that time.
HOTELS IN BROADMEADOWS TOWNSHIP.
This township, now known as Westmeadows, had three hotels. The BROADMEADOWS and the VICTORIA were operating in the 1850's, the former still on the same site but in its third building. It is so obvious that the first two buildinds, and the Victoria, were destroyed by fire that I won't bother telling you. (Sorry but sometimes my sick sense of humour gets the better of me.) The Victoria was a little bit further up Ardlie St.These two hotels did a roaring trade due to one of the routes to Sydney passing through the township and the hopefuls rushing to McIvor's Diggings at Heathcote. Henry Franklin, a baker, added the Franklin Hotel on the west corner of Fawkner and Bent Sts in the 1870's.Its bluestone was used to build the vestry at St Paul's C of E after it had burnt down but some remains under the ground near the present front fence. As plenty of detail is provided in Andrew Lemon's "Broadmeadows: A Forgotten History", I will not repeat it here, due to my policy of not regurgitating what has already been written, (as long as it is freely available.)
Andrew does not mention the later movements of William Chadwick of the Broadmeadows Hotel after whom I had Chadwick Lane (Melway 6 A5) named. He later built the Farmers' Arms at the south west Corner of Mt Alexander Rd (28 G5) which was later obviously run by Peter Pitches, after whom Pitches St would have been named. Later, he built the Farmers' Arms Hotel at, I think, Benalla.(When John Shorten sends me a copy of the 2 500 page Dictionary History of Tullamarine and Miles Around, I will be able to confirm this from the Chadwick entry.)
Further north at the south west corner of Mickleham and Somerton Rds, John LavArs built Lavars' Hotel which was quite a landmark, sometimes too hard to pass without stopping for some. Bob Blackwell' s grandfather, John Blackwell, of Blackwells Lane (177 E7)was working for Pigdon on Dunhelen (386 B 11)and returning from a delivery of hay to Melbourne thought he'd stop for a drink or ten. As he drove into the Dunhelen driveway, John Pigdon's steely glare could be sensed even in the dark as he snarled, "You're late!" Standing erect on the driver's seat, John Blackwell replied, "Nobody can say I'm drunk!" Pigdon laughed heartily at such effrontery and forgave the transgression. Lavers Place (6 A5) is another street on the Alanbrae subdivision of Keith Campbell's Willowbank to be named after a publican. Not trusting my spelling of the name, the developer unwisely consulted the rate records and came up with the wrong spelling.
HOTELS ON BULLA ROAD.
TRAVELLERS' REST HOTEL. (Melway 16 A5.) Gordon Connor told me in 1989 that this hotel was "where the garage is." He was referring to the garage near Airport West Shoppingtown. Titles information shows that the hotel land was bounded by Dromana Ave, Louis St, Rodd Rd and the northern section of Matthews Ave (which was Deep Creek Rd.) Hotels in the country usually had stables and grazing for guests' horses; catering for travellers was the government's main reason for allowing them. Gordon was the son of a Moonee Ponds bootmaker and often passed the site, shortly after the hotel was burnt down in 1899, on his way to Grandma Nash's "Fairview" at Melway 5 F6. Jack Howse who owned the hotel, had a farm called "South Wait" between Cam Taylor's St John's (where nightsoil was dumped before it became St John's Field or Essendon Aerodrome) and Camp Hill (Gowanbrae.) Howse also had a slaughteryard. (Gordon Connor; George Lloyd's "Mickleham Road 1920-1952; Titles.)
JUNCTION HOTEL.(Melway 5 J10) This hotel was operating by 1868 and continued until the early 1920's when Tommy Loft of "Dalkeith" whose homestead (built by George Mansfield in 1910) was "only 100 yards away", on the north corner of Dalkeith Ave, led the push to have it closed. A stalwart of the aforementioned Methodist Church, Tommy never let liquor pass his lips but it was not the merchandise that led to his opposition. The hotel was the scene of frequent weekend brawls as carloads of louts from Melbourne descended on the sleepy hamlet to get "smashed". Cec and Lily Green took over the hotel as a garage and shop, giving that junction the well-known name of Greens Corner. A policeman visited the Greens later and showed them a bullet lodged in a door that had been fired in an attempt to arrest Squizzy Taylor at the hotel.Lily Green stated that her fondest memory of her time there was serving that great man, Alister Clark of Glenara.(Gordon Connor; Harry Heaps; Methodist Church Centenary 1970; trove; Broadmeadows Observer interview with Lily Green; A Green descendant re the bullet.)
THE LADY OF THE LAKE (Melway 5 H11.)This hotel was established by David William O'Nial. His wife's name was Ellen. David O'Nial died. Ellen O'Nial did not die! I suspected 23 years ago that Ellen O'Nial did not die when I was researching Broadmeadows rate records in relation to John Cock who leased a farm called "Broombank" from 1867 until 1882, when he started a lease on Donald Kennedy's "Dundonald Estate" between Broadmeadows Township and Gellibrand Hill.
He was followed on "Broombank" by the Williams family. One of the sons of that family, Colin Williams, was 99 when I first met him.Colin told me of the many coins found by his father while ploughing. Jack Hoctor (also 99) told me how his uncle Michael Hoctor (who lived in the old coach house on the Broad St corner at Westmeadows) was working on Broombank for John Cock, who suggested that Michael sleep in the barn and go home at weekends.After the first night, Michael, whose sleep had been much disturbed by mice, stated emphatically, with true Irish colour, "I'll not sleep here again or I'll likely wake up and find myself dead entirely!"
David and Ellen O'Nial had four daughters; two of them married but the ones Colin told me about were the two spinsters, Catherine and Minnie. These two were well-known to Colin and to Harry Heaps and Maggie Loft, another two of my informants.
Catherine and Minnie told Colin how they had peered through the Cape Broom hedge that gave Broombank its name as the Burke and Landells expedition passed on its way to the second encampment near the site of the Inverness Hotel. Because of childhood attachments such as this momentous occasion in Australian history, when the ownership of Broombank passed to the two spinsters, who lived in Docker St, Richmond according to the rate records, they refused to sell the property.
After the Williams moved, Ray Loft (son of Tommy Loft of Dalkeith) leased Broombank for many years until, on the death of the last remaining spinster, he was finally able to purchase the farm. Ray lived in the Californian Bungalow at 3 Eumarella St on Tommy's subdivision. The Broombank homestead was over 80 years old and probably a restorer's delight as the real estate agents put it. Colin Williams, who showed me a photo of the building, told me that it was at the end of a 70 yard driveway from Bulla Rd; When Ray Loft subdivided Broombank in 1952, he named the drive after his wife, Maggie (nee Millar.) The homestead was, of course, the old Lady of the Lake Hotel! John Cock told Colin's dad that it was haunted but this was not because Ellen O'Nial did not die.
Okay I'll fess up! Firstly, you probably wondered what this Burke and Landells business was. Landells, who organised the camels was second in charge but left in a huff. William Wright (not Tulip) was engaged to replace him but lingered at Menindee, thus causing the deaths of Burke, Wills and Gray.Secondly, Mrs Ellen O'Nial did not die, but Mrs Ellen Beaman , relict of the late David William O'Nial did. I thank the Broadmeadows rate collector for filling in the details regarding the owner of the 33/37 acres that John Cock was leasing, R.Beaman. Without this detail I would never have thought of googling Beaman.
Before moving onto a chronology with the aid of trove, I need to tell you about SPRINGS , which was given as the location of the Lady of the Lake. Springs was a very vague location, about as vague as Moonee Moonee Ponds, which is mentioned in my historical howlers journal. The fact that SPRINGS was on the way to both Keilor and Bulla made Isaac Batey think that Jack O'Nial may have also operated the Springfield Inn on Keilor Rd.Spring St, Tullamarine and Spring St, Niddrie are reminders of how vague the location name was.
By 1849 the name Springs was used to describe the location of Sandy Smith of "Norwood" (Melway 27 E2-3), James Laverty of "Spring Vale" (15 E9)and David O'Nial of the Lady of the Lake (5 H 11.)This obviously created confusion so by 1856 Bernard Cavenagh (sic, Kavanagh) of Springfield, James Collier (55 acres 2 roods and 3 perches comprising the northern part of the Niddrie quarry- east of Quinn Grove Reserve), Patrick Phelan of Spring Park (bisected by McNamara Ave)and Edward Fegan, operator of the North Pole Inn, were all described as living at Springfield. You might find something common to most of the farm names; they have spring as the first part of the name. Add to these James Robertson's Spring Hill, which became Aberfeldie!
Why a 10 year was issued for Leslie Park is beyond me, for by the end of 1842, land in the parish of Tullamarine was put up for alienation (purchase from the Crown.) William V.Leslie Foster received the grants for section 3 Tullamarine and 21 Doutta Galla on opposite sides of Sharps Rd and west of the line of Broadmeadows Rd. John Foster received the grant for 20 Doutta Galla,between Fosters Rd (Now Keilor Park Dr.) and the river, which was later called "Spring Farm" (The Argus, 29-11-1867 p.2). It is likely that the brothers called all of this land "The Springs" as by 1850 there was a school on it with "The Springs" used to describe its location. The name was also used to describe the Fosters' property in the case of a murder that took place on the road to Keilor in, I think, 1843.Why would they call their property "The Springs"?
The Fosters were early squatters, John Vasey Leslie Foster (later John Fitzgerald Leslie Foster) had challenged Dr Farquhar McCrae to a duel over the transfer of the Eumemmerring run (which accounts for Foster and McCrae Sts in the heart of Dandenong)and in 1840, John and his older brother, William, were given a 10 year lease on Leslie Park, which Sam Merrifield stated was located at Essendon. (Sam Merrifield, who was born in the old Wordsworth house on the south side of the Strathconnan Square/ Melrose Dr. corner, according to Harry Heaps,became a much loved member of parliament and historian; the Moonee Ponds Library is named after him.)
Back to the origin of the name. In the 1860 Geological Survey Map at a spot north of the present Camp Hill Park (Melway 15 J1) is written "a constant supply of excellent water." As the contours do not indicate a catchment, it must be assumed that the origin of the water was a spring.The water then flowed west one chain into section 3, curving south on the east side of the Spring St (Leo Dineen) Reserve and through the pedestrian access at the south end of the oval where it met another stream that originated north west of section 3 and flowed through what became Michael Reddan's "Brightview".It then joined the Steele chain of ponds at 15 F 7, which was set aside as a water reserve in the subdivision of 18A Doutta Galla.(Memorial 24734(2).)
Information about SPRINGS comes mainly from page 95 of my "Early Landowners;Parish of Doutta Galla."
LADY OF THE LAKE ON TROVE.(All from The Argus unless otherwise stated.)
16-4-1851. LICENCES.P. Donohue's application for the filthy Bridge Inn at Bulla was postponed but that of D.W.O'Nial, Springs, was granted.
115-5-1852 p.2. An inquest into the death of Joseph Morgan, bullock driver was held at the Lady of the Lake Hotel.
19-4-1855 p.7, MISCELLANEOUS. The secretary of the Port Phillip Farmers'Society, A.E.McCracken advertised that body's annual ploughing match, to be held on the farm of Mr Beaman, Lady of the Lake Hotel, Deep Creek Rd, on 10th May. (The secretary was Alexander Earle McCracken of Butzbach, brother of Robert and Peter, who returned to Scotland in 1857 due to his wife's poor health. See the J.T.Smith and his electors journal.)
26-5-1855 p.4, BIRTHS. At the Lady of the Lake Hotel on the 23rd, the wife of Richard Beaman of a son.
13-11-1856 p.5. INSOLVENT COURT. In re Richard Beaman. The official assignee elected to abandon the property over which Mr Foster held security. This was almost certainly the Lady of the Lake. The northern part of Foster's section 3, east of Melrose Drive, was bounded on the east by today's Mickleham Rd to a point just north of Londrew Court. Up to 1952, It contained only two properties, Broombank and the land associated with the Junction Hotel that became known as the Junction Hotel. The rest of the northern 240 acres (west of Melrose Dr.) can be accounted for: Charles Nash ("Bayview" of 109 1/2 acres) and smaller blocks owned by Nash and George Mounsey, J.F.Blanche (teacher at the Wesleyan school at the Cherie St bend), Thomas Purvis, John Wright and Ann Parr. They were all Wesleyans.
15-4-1865 p.5. W.J.O'Nial was given a 30 yard start in the half mile handicap and was also entered in the sack race over 80 yards at the Melbourne Amateur Athletic Sports on the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He might have been David's son or nephew.
20-2-1875 p.1, MARRIAGES. On 9-11-1874 at St Patrick's Cathedral, Charles John, the only son of Richard Beaman Esq., Collingwood to Elizabeth Neil, second surviving daughter of Andrew Knox Esq. late of Edinburgh.As Charles was an only son, he may have been the boy whose birth was reported on 26-5-1855. It's a pity that the mother's name was not mentioned in these notices and that I don't remember the address of the owner of "Broombank" in 1867 when John Cock started leasing it so that I could state with certainty that Richard was the new owner of "Broombank"circa 1855 and Charles his newborn, and only, son. I just did a genealogy search for Charles John Beaman and found something that must be corrected; I am starting a BEAMAN/O'NIAL journal. Be back soon.
How things have changed! I would not imagine many widows today would tie the knot again if anything they inherited from their late husband automatically became the property of their new husband (read "master".) And how many mothers today would be happy with a birth notice that is no reward for nine months of labour and the pain , and probable death, during delivery? How is the 26-5-1855 notice any different from this imagined birth notice?
BIRTH. McNAB. On 5-5-1851, the cow of John McNab Esq. of Oakbank of a male calf. In fact such a notice would have mentioned that the mother's name was Oakbank Annie, the first Ayrshire in the colony.
23-12-1884 p.1.DEATH. On the 21st at her residence, Clyde Terrace,Collingwood, Ellen Theresa, the dearly beloved wife of Richard Beaman and relict of the late David William O'Nial, an old colonist of 43 years standing.
ADD NEW SURNAMES!!!
THE BEECH TREE. (Melway 5 G10, opposite 322 Melrose Dr.)This was destroyed by fire in 1892 (The Argus 2-2-1892, page 4) but was rebuilt, serving its patrons (mainly drovers such as Noah Holland) for three more decades. The Melrose Drive or Tullamarine Reserve was originally Noah Holland's 6 acre property but was enlarged with the addition of Handlen's acre block on the north. Hopefully this reserve will soon be called the Rasmussen Reserve to honour Tullamarine's much loved teacher from 1909 and Progress Association Secretary (1924-1954)who was responsible for its acquisition and donation to Broadmeadows Shire.
EXTRACTS FROM "EARLY LANDOWNERS: PARISH OF TULLAMARINE.
The Beech Tree Hotel was closed in 1911 with Mrs Ivy Fleming probably being the last licensee. John Beech originally had a store in 1853 but by 1865 Balls were being held at the hotel, probably in the billiards room in which volunteers were given send offs to the First World War. The Beech Tree was a haunt of drovers and Noah Holland would meet them there to guide them to Newmarket Saleyards. See Tullamarine on Trove, last page.
(Andrew Lemon, Coles Hotel Records, Harry Peck.)
BEECH TREE HOTEL.
5-11-1855. (Page 8, last column) A draught horse had been stolen and a reward for its return could be collected at the Lamb Inn in Melbourne or the Beech Tree hotel in Deep Creek Road. This is the earliest reference I have seen to the hotel; the previous earliest being a reference to a Ball in 1860 from the Coles Collection of Hotel Records. Bulla was called Deep Creek for a while because of Tulip Wrights Deep Creek Inn near the causeway that he built. (Bulla Bulla I.W.Symonds.)
24-2-1860. John Beech placed a notice for W.Williams to see him at the hotel about some good news.
13-2-1861. (page 8) The hotel was advertised for lease.
24-1-1874. ( Page 1, 1st column, DEATHS.) Notice of the death of James Tenniel at the Beech Tree Hotel on the 23rd. there is also a funeral notice. If I remember correctly, James had been a policeman in Broadmeadows Township in its early days. He had run the hotel for some time (1868 Keilor Rates.)
25-11-1884. (Page 3, last column, FATAL SHOOTING ACCIDENT.) Edward Alford, who had been working for Robert McDougal on Arundel (Section 1) for a short time was accidentally shot and died. His body was taken to the Beech Tree Hotel where an inquest would be held.
2-2-1892. (Page 6.) Late last night the Beech Tree Hotel at Tullamarine was completely destroyed by fire. It must have been rebuilt quickly. Keilor Shire assessed William F.Katchell in 1890, Max Rosenberg in 1891, Buggy and Fontana in 1892 and A.Huxtable in 1893. (Tullamarine: Before The Jetport Ray Gibb.)
23-3-1910. (Page 2, column 2, 1st item.) The hotel, with the 57 acres on which it was situated, was being sold on the instructions of James Holbery (who had owned it for quite a while.) Its description is excellent. Of special significance was the billiard room (30x18 feet) in which the Tullamarine community farewelled its soldiers during WW1. Ivy Jackson was leasing the hotel. Three years later, Marion Wilson, who was running the post office (almost opposite Derby St), was also assessed on a hall (the old billiard room.)
2-7-1919. (Page 2, 7th item.) The property is described again as it is sold as part of the estate of the late S.D.Kinnear.
THE INVERNESS. (Melway 177 H11, intersection of flight path and Perimeter Rd.)
SEE SEPARATE JOURNAL ABOUT THE LAST DAYS OF THIS HOTEL AND ITS PENNY POLE WHICH FINISHED UP AS A STORY OF ITS WHOLE 111 YEAR HISTORY BEFORE IT CLOSED AT THE END OF 1964. I BET HENRY KENNEDY WAS FROM INVERNESS!
For the hotels between Oaklands Junction and the Lancefield turn off before Goonawarra, I am relying on memory.
Hang on, no I don't, now that I have my 2500 page, handwritten DHOTAMA. But I will have to type the text, which will take some time. However, I will attach the page on which I have plotted the locations of the Bulla hotels. The map also tells me where the Hillary drowning tragedy took place (as described in NAMES IN A LIST AIN'T MUCH GOOD.) See if you can work it out, ignoring the north-south mentioned at the inquest.
on 2011-11-29 08:36:44
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.