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THE OAKLANDS HUNT (1), VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA. (Updates in bold type.) See OAKLAND HUNT (1) INDEX journal.

Journal by itellya

This journal covers the Keilor area. Other areas will be covered in The Oaklands Hunt (2) etc, with areas specified in the title.

This organisation was founded in 1888 and there is an excellent history about it called THE OAKLANDS HUNT and written by D.F.Cameron-Kennedy. The author used a small number of the numerous newspaper articles about its hunts in his book, which also has excellent photographs of buildings which no longer exist, such as Alexander McCracken's "Cumberland" and the Inverness Hotel as well as J.B.McArthur's beautiful "Arundel", which like the Dromana Hotel suffered "Modernisation!!!"
Its first event was following a trail laid by Farquhar McRae from Warlaby, the McDougall property at the south west corner of Craigieburn and Oaklands Rds (Melway 384 J8). The Brannigans' "St Johns Hill" (probably 384 G5) adjoining Warlaby on the north, "Harpsdale" (385 E5) across Konagaderra Rd from the Brannigans, and Oaklands (385 B9)were the other prominent properties at the corner. There was supposed to have been an Oaklands Junction School on Warlaby in early days according to "Vision and Realisation".
McRae was at the time in charge of the hunters at "Glenara". This was after the death of Walter Clark and Glenara (as well as many properties on Oaklands Rd including Glenalister) was occupied by Davis and ??. Glenara was later owned by Alister Clark, famed rose breeder and President of the Moonee Valley Racing Club, after whom Glenalister was named. Because of Alister, there was a strong link between the M.V.R.C. and the Oaklands Hunt Club. The Glenalister homestead was probably at 385 A11. Most of the square mile property was, by 1999, occupied by the Readymix Oaklands Junction quarry. The location I have indicated for the Glenalister Homestead is labelled Balbethan Stud. Bob Blackwell was the manager of Glenalister when it changed hands. The new owner wished to rename the farm Balbethan so Bob was given permission to use the Glenalister name for a farm he established at Elmore.
As mentioned elsewhere, there was also a strong link between the horsey fraternity and the Essendon Football Club. Cameron-Kennedy mentioned the unusual circumstance of a horseman winning a race at Moonee Valley and taking the field for Essendon a short time later. There was also a strong link between the Oaklands Hunt and the farmers over whose properties the quarry was pursued. This was probably due to so many local farmers being members (although many were members of the Melbourne legal fraternity) and the consideration they showed to their neighbours. Before the Club's formation, Edmond Dunn of Viewpoint had taken Warnock, Master of the Melbourne Hunt, to court over damage to his crops and trauma suffered by his ewes.
Before the purchase of Sherwood, the club's social activities mainly occurred at Alex. McCracken's "Cumberland", Alister Clark's "Glenara" and the Inverness Hotel while the hounds were based on "Narbonne", the property of the Daniel family. "Woodlands" had been involved with frantic horsemanship since the days of Rawdon Greene in the early 1840's, as illustrated by the accounts written by the author of "Robbery Under Arms", and the tradition continued after the club's formation. If I remember correctly, the kennels were located at Woodlands until a change of ownership occurred.
One owner of Woodlands has been described as the father of the Australian Turf. This was Charles Brown Fisher of the famed Maribyrnong Stud who also owned much of the land at Avondale Heights between Military Rd and the river as well as the land north of Raleigh Rd at Maribyrnong. Charles and his brother Hurtle (who established the stud, are recalled by Charles and Hurtle St, in Ascot Vale West, and Fisher Pde behind Flemington Racecourse. (Maribyrnong: Action in Tranquility".

The Hunt was a matter of excitement to the children of Bulla and Greenvale, especially the Point to Point Steeplechase; incidentally a steeplechase was originally a race from one church to another with the most daring riders taking the most direct route.
The intention of this journal is to describe the location of the properties of the pioneers mentioned in the reports of the hunts. Many family historians may be aware of properties farmed by their ancestors because of "family legends" but many are not! One case in point is the family of Joseph Porta; the legend contained many details of bellows manufacturing but nobody knew about crown allotment 63 Moorooduc. Hopefully this journal will provide information for researchers such as the person who was trying to find the location of the Daniel family's "Narbonne". This person obviously had not read THE OAKLANDS HUNT!
When I began researching the area around Tullamarine, my first working title was "Every Square Inch" and with the help of Bob Blackwell and Sid Lloyd (whose brother, George, wrote "Mickleham Road 1920-1952") who knew the area like the back of their hands, parish maps and Bulla, Keilor and Broadmeadows rate records, I did discover occupants and farm names and locations for almost every square inch in the above shires as far north as Craigieburn Rd.

A nice easy one to start with.
Argus 24-6-1929, page 5. This is a photo of A. Scott and W.Bamford jumping a fence. You will notice that a rail has been removed. This was a common practice. (JimX) John Gilligan was killed when riding home in the dark, unaware that somebody had replaced the rail.
John Cock bought the 450 acre "Chandos" (which adjoined the Junction Estate between Londrew Ct and Freight Rd and extended north to the Moonee Ponds Creek) and subdivided it into three parts which became, from the north, Percy Judd's "Chandos Park", Bill Lockhart's, and the Wrights' "Strathconnan". William Moore Bamford bought Judd's farm in 1949 and built a new timber house, which still stands, surrounded by brick houses in Ashford Cres. It is not known where Bamford was living in 1929.(P.28, "Before The Jetport" by Ray Gibb.)
The Scott's purchased "Camp Hill" and renamed it "Gowanbrae", which is Gaelic for "Hill of flowers". They built a new homestead on the site of the Atco factory.

SUNBURY NEWS AND BULLA AND MELTON ADVERTISER 27-5-1893, page 3. (NOTE: This source will hereafter be abbreviated to SNABAMA.) The correspondent made a couple of mistakes, writing Delaney twice for Delahey and not realising that Sandy Smith's "Norwood" lay between Buckley Street and the paddock of Charles Brown Fisher. My comments are in italics.
Mr McDougall, the master, and many riders assembled at Essendon Crossroads. (1) Heading along Woodlands St, they entered Mr Napier's land (2) then passed through Mr Kernan's (3), Peck's (4), Stevenson's (5) and Williamson's (6) properties before taking a break at Tullamarine Junction (7).
Then their pursuit took them toward Keilor Chapel (8), through H. Delaney's (9), across into Mr Taylor's (10), over the Salt Water River at the Arundel Ford (11), thence into Overnewton (11a), along Mount Alexander Road and round by the Keilor State School.(12) After a rest, they resumed the chase again, crossing the Saltwater River at McIntyre's ford (13), due west through Mr R. Delaney's property (14), across North Pole Road (15), over Spring Creek (16) into Mr James Anderson's (17). The quarry hid in a blind gully but when discovered, went through Mr Hoffman's estate (18), across Buckley Street into Mr C.E.Fisher's (19) paddock where it was caught.

Open your Melway to 16 F12.
1. Essendon Crossroads was where the roads to Bulla and Keilor, Lincoln Road and Woodlands St met. Carnarvon Rd, earlier called Mawbey's Rd after an owner of St John's grant (Strathmore Heights to Lebanon Reserve)was by now called Lincoln Rd in directories. 2. This would be Theodore Napier's "Magdala" (Melway 16 G12); Thomas Napier had died and his son-in- law, George Barbour (an early Melbourne lawyer) had returned from Warrnambool to live on Rosebank and build the mansion which still stands. Theodore donated Napier Park to Essendon Council even though it was in the Shire of Broadmeadows, because the shire didn't want it. 3. John Kernan owned Merai Farm (Melway16 K8)but by this stage owned land in Section 15 Doutta Galla (Melway 16 H10)which he subdivided, naming Loeman St after his great mate Michael Loeman , who leased "Moreland" for 14 years before moving to Glenloeman on Tullamarine Island.(The bridge in Moreland Rd was called Loeman's Bridge.)
4. John Murray Peck was one of four young Americans, including Freeman Cobb, who established Cobb & Co. He came from New Hampshire and named his Ascot Vale House "Mascoma" after a river there. In 1882, he built a new house, still standing in Wendora St, and named it "Lebanon" after a town on the Mascoma River. Cunning John noticed that 12 acres north of Lebanon (purchased by Sir John Franklin and once part of "Dunn's Farm" was unoccupied, fenced it and paid the rates on the paddock; John English applied for the title for it decades later.The riders were now at Melway 16 G9.
5. Henry Stevenson owned "Niddrie" bounded by Keilor Rd, the Grange Rd/ Bowes Ave midline, approximately Fraser St and Treadwell Rd, later owned for decades by Dr Morgan's family. Strangely the farm's name is now applied to the suburb south of Keilor Rd. Henry also owned the western 300 acres of "St John's"; the eastern 200 or so acres being owned by Robert McDougall of "Arundel" until his death. As Harry Peck points out in "Memoirs of a Stockman", they were not the friendliest of neighbours. McDougall, the father of the Master of the Hunt, was an advocate of the Booth strain of shorthorns and Stevenson of the Baines strain and they actively ignored each other. The riders were now at 16 C6.
6. The Williamson's farmed several properties near Tullamarine but at this time they were on Camp Hill, between the tenures of Hay Lonie and the Gilligans. Camp Hill originally extended west to Broadmeadows Rd but the part west of Macedon road (Melrose Drive) became (Sam) Mansfield's Triangle, having been sold by Eyre Evans Kenny. Camp Hill Park (Melway 15 J1) indicates Camp Hill's north west corner and an eastern extension of Sharps Rd to the Moonee Ponds Creek its southern boundary. Bruce Small was a much later owner of Camp Hill and planned to build his Malvern Star bicycles there but could not get a railway siding. He must have also owned part of Jack Howse's old South Wait property where Malvern Avenue is located.
7. Tullamarine Junction (Melway 15 J1) did not exist until the 1860's. Those wishing to travel to Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows) or Sydney would continue along Macedon road to David O'Niall's Lady of the Lake Hotel (near Millar Rd at 5 H11) and travel through Chandos to Fawkner St. Then Broadmeadows Rd (now Mickleham Rd) which was a boundary between crown sections must have been made. One possible reason that travellers continued to the Lady of the Lake is that the start of the more direct route would have been frequently under water. An early survey map has a note "plentiful supply of water" near the location of the western end of Brunton Cres. Contour lines do not indicate a catchment so the only conclusion is that the water came from a spring. The water flowed into William Foster's section 3, scouted the east side of the Spring St (now Leo Dineen) Reserve, passing through the right of way at its south end to collect water from a tributary near Clyne Crt and continuing through William Foster's section 21 Doutta Galla to join Steel's Chain of Ponds at Melway 15 F7.

It makes sense that the Fosters called their properties "Springs". This lead to the areas near their land being also called Springs, which could be a cause of confusion because both David O'Niall and James Laverty were described as being at Springs but David was on the road to Bulla and James was on the road to Keilor! Most farms south of the Foster land had names including Spring, such as Spring Park (Patrick Phelan, Johnson etc), Springfield (Connor), Spring Vale (Laverty, Corcoran),Spring Bank (James Wilson, James Anderson)and Spring Hill (later Aberfeldie, James Robertson.)

The Broadmeadows Road Board, established 1857, probably could not afford to deal with the flooding problem due to so many competing requests for road works but the formation of the Bulla Road Board in 1862 and Keilor Road Board in 1863, plus a toll gate at the junction would have provided funds for the construction of a culvert. (Even up to the 1950's flooding occurred every time the culvert was blocked- Tullamarine Progress Association minutes book.) By 1863 James Hendry had a store on the present 711 site,and became Tullamarine's first post master in (1867?) C. Evans also had a shop. John Knaggs was the toll collector in 1868 but he never received any payment from Edmond Dunn of Viewpoint (the part of Gladstone Park south of Lackenheath Dr./ Windermere Cres.); he could leave his property near Stewarton or Camp Hill to avoid the tolls and despite being a trustee of The Tullamarine Methodist Church had no problems with his conscience. (Church Centenary Souvenir 1970.)

Another early feature near the junction was the Wesleyan school at the bend in Cherie St, started in 1855. Broadmeadows had a very high proportion of Scots, Bulla and Keilor had many Irish pioneers but Tullamarine's early pioneers included a large number of Methodists (Dunn, Nash, Parr, Wright, Anderson, Purvis etc.) They would not have been happy to have the Beech Tree Hotel, the Lady of the Lake Hotel and the Junction Hotel so close to their school. The Lady of the Lake had probably burnt down by the time John Cock started leasing Broombank from Richard Beaman in 1867 and the Junction Hotel was probably opened soon thereafter. It was a Methodist, Tommy Loft of "Dalkeith", who urged the Junction Hotel's closure in the late 1920's (See Hotels near Tullamarine journal.) Cec and Lily Green opened a shop and garage in the old hotel giving the junction its well-known name of Greens' Corner.

8. Keilor Chapel was St Augustine's Roman Catholic Church. It was commenced in the 1850's but due to a shortage of labour because of the goldrush, it was not finished until (1863?) Its congregations would have been huge during its construction because most of the workers constructing the Mt Alexander and Murray River Railway in the vicinity of Keilor Rd Station (Sydenham) in 1958-9 were Irish. Some worshippers came from Bulla, such as Maurice Crotty who was probably at that time working at the Brannigans' "St John's Hill", which I mentioned at the start of this journal (Victoria and Its Metropolis.) Maurice met at this church a young McCormack girl, who displayed courage of legendary status, when she placed her body between aborigines intent on revenge and a relative who had been pursued from Keilor to Corryong. Mrs Crotty was one brave woman!
St Augustine's continued as the parish centre until a temporary building was moved from the east end of Glass St (Napier Cres) to establish St Monica's in Mt Alexander Rd.

9. The land between Fosters Rd (now Keilor Park Dr.) and the river was granted to J.F.L. Foster and became known as Leslie Banks. The Delaheys and their relatives, the Dodds, were granted all the land constituting Brimbank Park and called Oakley or Oakleigh Park, (later The Oaks when Michael Fox leased it). For decades Delaheys also owned Leslie Banks, probably until David Thompson arrived. The Harrick family were their neighbours between Leslie Banks and Keilor Rd and the Harrick homestead is heritage -listed. As Mary Delahey farmed much land in the southern part of the parish of Maribyrnong, I urged the naming of a new suburb in the parish after this pioneering family.

10. Section 2 of the parish of Tullamarine was granted to George Annand, a Melbourne grocer who also seemed to have engaged in money lending. He called section 2 "Annandale" and following part of section 2 being included in the Arundel Closer Settlement, Cr Bill Parr retained the name for his farm on the north side of Annandale Rd which adjoined his brother Sam's "The Elms" fronting Bulla Rd just south of the Conders Rd (Link Rd) school. I no longer have my rate records but I believe William Taylor was assessed on the 640 acres of section 2 in 1868, the earliest assessment I found at Keilor. Anderson and Parr (James Henry, Bill and Sam's father) leased the farm in about 1890 but either the owner's name was not recorded or I failed to record it.
It is likely that William Taylor had bought the Browns Rd area near Bertram's ford (Melway 14 G2), Turner's
(4 E12) and the part of section 2 that was included in the Arundel Closer Settlement (about 320 acres.)The year 1892 was a hard one for rate collectors. (A search I did regarding the McIntyres resulted in the discovery of a history of the Shire of Braybrook (Sunshine area) which states that 6 out of every 7 residents could not pay their rates in that year.) It is possible that William Taylor had sold the eastern half of Annandale to Thomas Nash and "Pa" Parr in or soon after 1892. When refreshing my memory about Overnewton's boundaries, I found that in 1892, William Taylor owned section 1 (Arundel) and section 2 was owned Blythe & Co. It is likely that Blythe sold the east half of Annandale to Nash and Parr and the western half to Taylor.
Incidentally the part of section 2 south of the start of Annandale Rd west to and including the Star Trak property is labelled "Chesterfield" in my 1999 Melway. I thought at first that this information must have been supplied by Keith McNab but then I realised that it must have come from Glen Cotchen, a descendant of Maurice Crotty. This was the property that the McCormacks were leasing from Annand in the 1850's when Maurice met his future wife at St Augustines; it is directly across Keilor Park Drive from "Broomfield".
The image below shows the Delahey property (Leslie Banks). In Melway 15 A2, the riders would have passed from Henry Delahey's into Mr Taylor's "Annandale".

11. The Arundel Ford was known to locals such as the McNabs, Mansfields and Milburns as Bertram's Ford.
Read details of the Guthries and Bertrams in the J.T.SMITH AND HIS ELECTORS and BERTRAM journals. The ford is at Melway 14 H2, virtually underneath the new Arundel bridge.
11a. "Overnewton". Once across the ford the riders would be on the eastern boundary of Overnewton (Arundel Rd, part of which is now named after Jose Borrell of Gumm's Corner.) William Taylor's Estate went west of Keilor Township to well past Sydenham and south to include land on both sides of Taylors Rd.

12. The quarry went along Mt Alexander Rd towards the Keilor State School. Mt Alexander Rd was the road to Keilor and the main street of the Village (which in my 1999 Melway is named to recall its pre- gold rush name of Macedon Rd.) The school was originally on a Church of England reservation at the bottom of the street named after Ebenezer Bonfield but was now at the top of Bonfield Reserve.

13. McINTYRE'S FORD. The location of this ford has cost me brain strain and about seven hours. After crossing this ford they headed due west through Mr R.Delahey's property. Without this information, it would be easy to assume that the ford was the one near Garden Ave (not far from the school site, where they'd taken a breather.)
This would have taken them into Keilor Binn Farm, originally part of Keilor Township. By the 1890's this was owned by Matthew Goudie, owner of the remaining Keilor hotel. His daughter married a Dodd lad and insisted that their farm be called "Brimbank". I'm not sure whether they were on the property by this time but it was certainly never owned by a Delahey. The other reason that this was not McIntyre's ford is that by heading east (the author said west when he meant east, a mistake I've made about a million times)the riders would have encountered the river again.
My assumption is that the quarry followed the north and then west bank of the river until it was south of the east-west transmission line which indicates the southern boundary of Keilor Binn Farm. This would then take it to the Delahey share of section 10 Doutta Galla.(See map below.) The south east boundary of the Delahey grant is the Western Ring Road.McIntyre's Ford could have been at the end of Charles Stenson's road or at the end of Government Rd (14 H12)which has the tell tale signs of a bending approach to "something" so that the descent would not be too steep. I do not think that either was McIntyre's ford, mainly because of the location of the McIntyre land.
I cannot find a Cut Cut Paw map but I can say with certainty that McIntyre Rd was the western boundary of the parish and that the McIntyre grants were directly over the river from the Dodd/Delahey ones (north of Berkshire Rd if I remember correctly.) A question that needs to be posed is why McIntyre would want a ford. To me the answer would be to get produce to Melbourne. Thus the two alternatives rejected before would create a long detour. I have no information at hand about when they settled but I believe it would have been in the early 1850's. They would have had two choices to cross the river: (a) cross near the E.J.Whitten bridge and skirt the north bank of the river to Braybrook road (Buckley St), (b) pay to use Lynch's punt on present racecourse land and then Smithfield Rd, which would have been mighty expensive if you were transporting tons of hay or livestock in large numbers. My guess regarding the ford being near the Whitten bridge is based on dim recollections of a ride down the bike path from Brimbank Park to the city many years ago. The ford which obviously existed at the end of North Rd, Avondale Heights is another possibility but a report from the Melbourne Hunt (detailed later) indicates that there were two fords, safer than McIntyre's, further downstream and they would have had to be the North Rd ford and Solomon's Ford near the end of Canning St.

14. Mr R.Delaney's land. The reporting could be misleading to anyone who does not know every square inch. As stated before, Delaney should be Delahey and it was probably Richard (of "Richard's Lookout".) Also, if the quarry had gone due east (not west as stated) it would have been impossible to reach North Pole Rd through Delahey land. I have a theory that the Dodd and Delahey land on section 10 was separated by a wire netting fence and the quarry followed it in the hope of finding a gap. Then having reached a point near Dodds Rd near the Keilor Terminal Station (15 B11), it did head due east into 11A Doutta Galla, through the area with streets named after cricketers.This northern third of 11A was Delahey land as you can see on the map. The middle third was Dodd land.
15. This land fronts Milleara Rd, which was known until the 1940's as NORTH POLE ROAD. In the sale of the noble Spring Vale Estate, the North Pole Inn was referred to as the Essendon road. I presumed that the Essendon Road would have been Hoffmans Rd (the boundary between Essendon and the Shire of Keilor)but an examination of the acreage and Keilor Rd and Essendon road frontages proved that the North Pole Inn was on the west corner of Milleara Rd (not in some of the other sites suggested over the years.) Hoffmans Rd had a notorious dog leg (Moushall Avenue}and the road was deplorable until a Fullarton connection in the mid 1900's ended the lack of co-operation between the Essendon and Keilor councils. (Dorothy Fullarton, Eddie Deutcher.)
North Pole Rd, on the other hand had led to Solomon's Ford and Braybrook Rd from soon after Melbourne's foundation. I believe that there was a pole near the north and south side of the ford to indicate its location, thus giving Milleara Rd and Duke St, Sunshine their original names. (South Pole Rd, Braybrook was seen in an early directory.)

16.SPRING CREEK. Not being mentioned, the land between Milleara Rd and Spring St-Rachelle Rd must have been in a state of flux regarding ownership and occupancy but is mentioned below in 17 and in the Melbourne Hunt report(which follows soon.)It is likely that the creek was called Spring Creek in the 1850's. (See 7 re Springs at Tullamarine and Keilor Rd and the farm names right down to Aberfeldie with Spring in their names. The creek ran through "Spring Gully". The creek is now named Steeles Creek. It was also known as Rose Ck where it crossed the direct line of Buckley St and travellers had to detour slightly to the north through Dugald McPhail's "Rose Hill" and "Sinclair's Farm" to reach Solomon's Ford. Title documents constantly refer to the stream as STEEL'S CHAIN OF PONDS. I can find no link to anyone named Steel in the area so I presume that Steel was an early squatter or a surveyor; in 1900 a Rupert Percy Steele had land bisected by McNamara Ave, Airport West but this was well after the chain of ponds bore the name.

17.JAMES ANDERSON'S. James Anderson's "Spring Bank" was the north east part of Main's Estate (Section 12 Doutta Galla)purchases by James Wilson on 9-8-1855.Wilson probably built the homestead which stood on the south corner of Teague St until it was replaced by a service station in the 1930's. It is likely that the farm name was bestowed by James Patrick Main. Another Oaklands Hunt report describes it as Mr James Anderson's well-kept farm.The 1900 Keilor rates showed that James Anderson also had 50 acres accessed from North Pole Rd.
In 1892, James was possibly living on 11B, between North Pole Rd and Rachelle Rd, on "Shelton Farm" Keilor. His mother Catherine, widow of William Anderson, had died there on 10-9-1892 at the age of 87.(Argus 12-9-1892.) Catherine had been one of the early residents of Ardmillan Rd, Moonee Ponds, following the death of her husband, and her house was later occupied by Blinkbonnie College, run by Miss Morris and at its second location in the street. Mrs Mullens, its owner circa 1998, told me she had often dug up inkwells while gardening.What of the owner of Shelton Farm; where was he? John Beale Snr had moved to Ardmillan Rd and the house was called Shelton of course! His son followed him in the Ardmillan Rd house and the property passed to John Beale Jnr's son in law, Loftus Henry Moran. Hmmm, where have I seen that surname before? In which house on Shelton Farm was James Anderson living in 1892? I think it was Dr Crooke's Sanitorium and that John Beale had previously lived in it. I no longer have my titles transcriptions but it is possible that the sanitorium was on lot 8 of Main's Estate between Rachelle Rd and Craig St, bought by John Beale on 1-6-1865.

18.Hoffman had later bought land in Main's Estate from Dugald McPhail, so the quarry may not have crossed Hoffmans Rd before crossing Buckley St into Charles Brown Fisher's paddock.

19.Fisher's land appears on the map.
The land between Buckley St and Parr and Venice Cts had been granted to Isaac Davies and became Sandy Smith's "Norwood", which also included about 13 acres north of Buckley St. Smith and Fisher appear to have done a property swap. C.B.Fisher's older brother, Hurtle, had built a mansion (Beau Lejour?) on the Essendon hospital site in Holmes Rd and this became Sandy's "Coilsfield" while Fisher gained the Buckley St frontage, as shown by the map.

( Mr Hoffman's Estate, "Butzbach" was bounded by Hoffmans Rd, Keilor Rd, approximately Hedderwick St (named after a lawyer)where it adjoined the McCrackens' "Mar Lodge", and Buckley St. This and the land on Main's Estate was later called the Buckley Park Estate.)

The Argus 8-7-1893, PAGE 15, HUNTING. THE MELBOURNE HUNT. This report is added to the above in reference to the location of McIntyre's Ford and "Shelton".
The country was covered with water but the master, Mr Watson, decided it was past time for another hunt and the meet was at the gates of Flemington racecourse. After riding along Epsom Rd and past Maribyrnong Rd, the quarry was released near Aberfeldie. They had ridden along Orford St; Corio St,Burns St, Scotia St and Huntly St did not seem to exist. The only mention of Corio in Moonee Ponds in 1893 concerned the death of the wife of George Patterson, inspector of works for the Victorian Railways at her residence "Corio" in Grace St; I wonder if Patterson was responsible for the naming of Corio St! The throw off must have occurred on Thomas Millar's old Ringwood but the property name was no longer used. The Ringwood homestead was at the end of Burns St according to Bob Chalmers of the Essendon Historical Society.
The quarry went north west through the Aberfeldie Estate (of James Robertson Jnr of Upper Keilor) towards Budesbach (sic, Budzbach)between Hedderwick St and Hoffmans Rd as mentioned previously, and crossing Buckley St, inclined to the left, crossing Spring Creek and entering Mr Beale's property (Shelton.)
They might have passed through Rose Hill and Sinclair's Farm unless the quarry crossed Rosehill Rd and entered John Beale's lot 8 of Main's Estate (between Rachelle Rd and Craig St (Melway 27 H1). The term "inclined to the left" suggests the latter path. The pursuit took the riders across North Pole Road into Dodd's paddock (between Keilor Park Drive and Lauricella Ave)with Keilor Cemetery on the right and entering Mr W.Delahey's property they arrived at McIntyre's ford.
Because crossing at the ford was so dangerous, most of the riders detoured to the Keilor bridge and the path towards the railway is not specified in much detail; Mrs Dodd's paddock would appear to be the land in the parish of Maribyrnong (owned by Mary Delahey) referred to regarding the naming of the suburb of Delahey.
I quote the end of the report verbatim. "It was a great disappointment to Miss Chirnside and Miss Watson, who were the only ladies out, that the fox had crossed at such a dangerous ford as McIntyre's for if he had gone to either of the lower fords they could have crossed with perfect safety."
McIntyre's ford was on the Delahey portion of section 10 so it would have had to be just north of the E.J.Whitten bridge or at the end of Stenson or Government Rds. As the latter two locations make no sense for the purpose of McIntyre travelling to Melbourne or Keilor, I will state my belief that McIntyre's ford was just north of the Whitten Bridge, and rest my case.The two lower fords would have been the one at the end of North Rd and Solomons Ford.
Further hunts in other areas will appear in other journals entitled THE OAKLANDS HUNT (2) etc. with areas specified.

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